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  1. The synthesis and characterization of Mg-Zn-Ca alloy by powder metallurgy process

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    Annur, Dhyah; Franciska P., L.; Erryani, Aprilia; Amal, M. Ikhlasul; Sitorus, Lyandra S.; Kartika, Ika

    2016-04-01

    Known for its biodegradation and biocompatible properties, magnesium alloys have gained many interests to be researched as implant material. In this study, Mg-3Zn-1Ca, Mg-29Zn-1Ca, and Mg-53Zn-4.3Ca (in wt%) were synthesized by means of powder metallurgy method. The compression strength and corrosion resistance of magnesium alloy were thoroughly examined. The microstructures of the alloy were characterized using optical microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscope, and also X-ray diffraction analysis. The corrosion resistance were evaluated using electrochemical analysis. The result indicated that Mg- Zn- Ca alloy could be synthesized using powder metallurgy method. This study showed that Mg-29Zn-1Ca would make the highest mechanical strength up to 159.81 MPa. Strengthening mechanism can be explained by precipitation hardening and grain refinement mechanism. Phase analysis had shown the formation of α Mg, MgO, and intermetallic phases: Mg2Zn11 and also Ca2Mg6Zn3. However, when the composition of Zn reach 53% weight, the mechanical strength will be decreasing. In addition, all of Mg-Zn-Ca alloy studied here had better corrosion resistance (Ecorr around -1.4 VSCE) than previous study of Mg. This study indicated that Mg- 29Zn- 1Ca alloy can be further analyzed to be a biodegradable implant material.

  2. High-Strength Low-Alloy (HSLA) Mg-Zn-Ca Alloys with Excellent Biodegradation Performance

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    Hofstetter, J.; Becker, M.; Martinelli, E.; Weinberg, A. M.; Mingler, B.; Kilian, H.; Pogatscher, S.; Uggowitzer, P. J.; Löffler, J. F.

    2014-04-01

    This article deals with the development of fine-grained high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) magnesium alloys intended for use as biodegradable implant material. The alloys contain solely low amounts of Zn and Ca as alloying elements. We illustrate the development path starting from the high-Zn-containing ZX50 (MgZn5Ca0.25) alloy with conventional purity, to an ultrahigh-purity ZX50 modification, and further to the ultrahigh-purity Zn-lean alloy ZX10 (MgZn1Ca0.3). It is shown that alloys with high Zn-content are prone to biocorrosion in various environments, most probably because of the presence of the intermetallic phase Mg6Zn3Ca2. A reduction of the Zn content results in (Mg,Zn)2Ca phase formation. This phase is less noble than the Mg-matrix and therefore, in contrast to Mg6Zn3Ca2, does not act as cathodic site. A fine-grained microstructure is achieved by the controlled formation of fine and homogeneously distributed (Mg,Zn)2Ca precipitates, which influence dynamic recrystallization and grain growth during hot forming. Such design scheme is comparable to that of HSLA steels, where low amounts of alloying elements are intended to produce a very fine dispersion of particles to increase the material's strength by refining the grain size. Consequently our new, ultrapure ZX10 alloy exhibits high strength (yield strength R p = 240 MPa, ultimate tensile strength R m = 255 MPa) and simultaneously high ductility (elongation to fracture A = 27%), as well as low mechanical anisotropy. Because of the anodic nature of the (Mg,Zn)2Ca particles used in the HSLA concept, the in vivo degradation in a rat femur implantation study is very slow and homogeneous without clinically observable hydrogen evolution, making the ZX10 alloy a promising material for biodegradable implants.

  3. Microstructures, mechanical properties and corrosion resistances of extruded Mg-Zn-Ca-xCe/La alloys.

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    Tong, L B; Zhang, Q X; Jiang, Z H; Zhang, J B; Meng, J; Cheng, L R; Zhang, H J

    2016-09-01

    Magnesium alloys are considered as good candidates for biomedical applications, the influence of Ce/La microalloying on the microstructure, mechanical property and corrosion performance of extruded Mg-5.3Zn-0.6Ca (wt%) alloy has been investigated in the current study. After Ce/La addition, the conventional Ca2Mg6Zn3 phases are gradually replaced by new Mg-Zn-Ce/La-(Ca) phases (T1'), which can effectively divide the Ca2Mg6Zn3 phase. The Ca2Mg6Zn3/T1' structure in Mg-Zn-Ca-0.5Ce/La alloy is favorably broken into small particles during the extrusion, resulting in an obvious refinement of secondary phase. The dynamic recrystallized grain size is dramatically decreased after 0.5Ce/La addition, and the tensile yield strength is improved, while further addition reverses the effect, due to the grain coarsening. However, the corrosion resistance of extruded Mg-Zn-Ca alloy deteriorates after Ce/La addition, because the diameter of secondary phase particle is remarkably decreased, which increases the amount of cathodic sites and accelerates the galvanic corrosion process. PMID:27179307

  4. Development of biodegradable Zn-1X binary alloys with nutrient alloying elements Mg, Ca and Sr.

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    Li, H F; Xie, X H; Zheng, Y F; Cong, Y; Zhou, F Y; Qiu, K J; Wang, X; Chen, S H; Huang, L; Tian, L; Qin, L

    2015-01-01

    Biodegradable metals have attracted considerable attentions in recent years. Besides the early launched biodegradable Mg and Fe metals, Zn, an essential element with osteogenic potential of human body, is regarded and studied as a new kind of potential biodegradable metal quite recently. Unfortunately, pure Zn is soft, brittle and has low mechanical strength in the practice, which needs further improvement in order to meet the clinical requirements. On the other hand, the widely used industrial Zn-based alloys usually contain biotoxic elements (for instance, ZA series contain toxic Al elements up to 40 wt.%), which subsequently bring up biosafety concerns. In the present work, novel Zn-1X binary alloys, with the addition of nutrition elements Mg, Ca and Sr were designed (cast, rolled and extruded Zn-1Mg, Zn-1Ca and Zn-1Sr). Their microstructure and mechanical property, degradation and in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility were studied systematically. The results demonstrated that the Zn-1X (Mg, Ca and Sr) alloys have profoundly modified the mechanical properties and biocompatibility of pure Zn. Zn-1X (Mg, Ca and Sr) alloys showed great potential for use in a new generation of biodegradable implants, opening up a new avenue in the area of biodegradable metals. PMID:26023878

  5. Development of biodegradable Zn-1X binary alloys with nutrient alloying elements Mg, Ca and Sr

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    Li, H. F.; Xie, X. H.; Zheng, Y. F.; Cong, Y.; Zhou, F. Y.; Qiu, K. J.; Wang, X.; Chen, S. H.; Huang, L.; Tian, L.; Qin, L.

    2015-01-01

    Biodegradable metals have attracted considerable attentions in recent years. Besides the early launched biodegradable Mg and Fe metals, Zn, an essential element with osteogenic potential of human body, is regarded and studied as a new kind of potential biodegradable metal quite recently. Unfortunately, pure Zn is soft, brittle and has low mechanical strength in the practice, which needs further improvement in order to meet the clinical requirements. On the other hand, the widely used industrial Zn-based alloys usually contain biotoxic elements (for instance, ZA series contain toxic Al elements up to 40 wt.%), which subsequently bring up biosafety concerns. In the present work, novel Zn-1X binary alloys, with the addition of nutrition elements Mg, Ca and Sr were designed (cast, rolled and extruded Zn-1Mg, Zn-1Ca and Zn-1Sr). Their microstructure and mechanical property, degradation and in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility were studied systematically. The results demonstrated that the Zn-1X (Mg, Ca and Sr) alloys have profoundly modified the mechanical properties and biocompatibility of pure Zn. Zn-1X (Mg, Ca and Sr) alloys showed great potential for use in a new generation of biodegradable implants, opening up a new avenue in the area of biodegradable metals. PMID:26023878

  6. Damping Capacities of Mg-4 Pct Zn-(0-0.5) Pct Ca Biomedical Alloys

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    Jun, Joong-Hwan; Hwang, In-Je

    2016-07-01

    This study is intended to investigate the damping capacities of cast Mg-4 pct Zn-(0-0.5) pct Ca biomedical alloys. The Mg-4 pct Zn-(0-0.5) pct Ca alloys had similar damping levels regardless of Ca content in the strain-amplitude-independent region, but showed a decreasing tendency with an increase in Ca content in the strain-amplitude-dependent region. Almost identical concentration of solutes in the α-(Mg) matrix and the increased number density of the precipitate particles are responsible for the damping behaviors in the strain-amplitude-independent and strain-amplitude-dependent regions, respectively.

  7. Investigation on microstructure characterization and property of rapidly solidified Mg-Zn-Ca-Ce-La alloys

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    Zhou Tao; Chen Zhenhua; Yang Mingbo; Hu Jianjun; Xia Hua

    2012-01-15

    Rapidly solidified (RS) Mg-Zn-Ca-Ce-La (wt.%) alloys have been produced via atomizing the alloy melt and subsequent splat-quenching on the water-cooled copper twin-rollers in the form of flakes. Microstructure characterization, phase compositions and thermal stability of the alloys have been systematically investigated. The results showed that with addition of RE (Ce and La) to the Mg-6Zn-5Ca alloy, the stable intermetallic compounds i.e. the Mg{sub x}Zn{sub y}RE{sub z} phase with a few Ca (about 3 at.%), shortened as the T Prime phase, were formed at the expense of the binary Mg-Zn and Ca{sub 2}Mg{sub 6}Zn{sub 3} phases, which was possibly beneficial to the enhanced thermal stability of the alloy. In the Mg-6Zn-5Ca-3Ce-0.5La alloy, the composition of the T Prime phase in the grain interior was different from that at the grain boundaries, in which the segregation of the La elements was found, and the atomic percentage ratio of Zn to Ce in the T Prime phase within the grains was close to 2. Moreover, the stable Mg{sub 2}Ca phases were detected around the T Prime phases at the grain boundaries in the alloy. - Research Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The phase constitution of RS Mg-6Zn-5Ca alloy can be improved by RE additions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In the Mg-Zn-Ca-Ce-La alloys, the Mg{sub x}Zn{sub y}RE{sub z} phase with a few Ca (T Prime phase) is formed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The formation of the T Prime phase leads to the loss of the Mg-Zn and Ca{sub 2}Mg{sub 6}Zn{sub 3} phases. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The composition of the T Prime phase differs from the grain interior to the grain boundary.

  8. The Influence of Zn Content on the Corrosion and Wear Performance of Mg-Zn-Ca Alloy in Simulated Body Fluid

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    Li, Hua; Liu, Debao; Zhao, Yue; Jin, Feng; Chen, Minfang

    2016-07-01

    Mg-Zn-Ca alloy has been attracting increasing attention as a potential biodegradable implant material. In this paper, Mg-3Zn-0.2Ca and Mg-4Zn-0.2Ca alloys were prepared by means of vacuum melting and subsequent hot extrusion process. The influences of Zn content on the microstructure, mechanical properties, and corrosion and wear behavior of Mg-Zn-Ca alloys in simulated body fluid (SBF) were studied. The results show that with increased Zn content, the grain size and corrosion resistance were decreased, while the mechanical strength and wear resistance were increased, under both dry sliding and SBF-lubricated conditions. For the same Mg-Zn-Ca alloy, the wear loss rate under SBF lubrication was higher than dry sliding condition, indicating a strong corrosion-assisted wear effect of SBF to the Mg-Zn-Ca alloy.

  9. Cytotoxicity assessment of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells on synthesized biodegradable Mg-Zn-Ca alloys.

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    Fazel Anvari-Yazdi, Abbas; Tahermanesh, Kobra; Hadavi, Seyed Mohammad Mehdi; Talaei-Khozani, Tahereh; Razmkhah, Mahboobeh; Abed, Seyedeh Mehr; Mohtasebi, Maryam Sadat

    2016-12-01

    Magnesium (Mg)-based alloys have been extensively considered as biodegradable implant materials for orthopedic surgery. Mg and its alloys are metallic biomaterials that can degrade in the body and promote new bone formation. In this study, the corrosion behavior and cytotoxicity of Mg-Zn-Ca alloys are evaluated with adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs). Mg-2Zn and Mg-2Zn-xCa (x=1, 2 and 3wt.%) alloys were designated. Mg alloys were analyzed with scanning electron microscopy and potentiodynamic polarization. To understand the in-vitro biocompatibility and cytotoxicity of Mg-2Zn and Mg-2Zn-xCa alloys, ASCs were cultured for 24 and 72h in contact with 10%, 50% and 100% extraction of all alloys prepared in DMEM. Cell cytotoxicity and viability of ASCs were examined by MTT assay. Alloying elements including Zn and Ca improved the corrosion resistance of alloys were compared with pure Mg. The cytotoxicity results showed that all alloys had no significant adverse effects on cell viability in 24h. After 72h, cell viability and proliferation increased in the cells exposed to pure Mg and Mg-2Zn-1Ca extracts. The release of Mg, Zn and Ca ions in culture media had no toxic impacts on ASCs viability and proliferation. Mg-2Zn-1Ca alloy can be suggested as a good candidate to be used in biomedical applications. PMID:27612751

  10. Unique antitumor property of the Mg-Ca-Sr alloys with addition of Zn

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    Wu, Yuanhao; He, Guanping; Zhang, Yu; Liu, Yang; Li, Mei; Wang, Xiaolan; Li, Nan; Li, Kang; Zheng, Guan; Zheng, Yufeng; Yin, Qingshui

    2016-02-01

    In clinical practice, tumor recurrence and metastasis after orthopedic prosthesis implantation is an intensely troublesome matter. Therefore, to develop implant materials with antitumor property is extremely necessary and meaningful. Magnesium (Mg) alloys possess superb biocompatibility, mechanical property and biodegradability in orthopedic applications. However, whether they possess antitumor property had seldom been reported. In recent years, it showed that zinc (Zn) not only promote the osteogenic activity but also exhibit good antitumor property. In our present study, Zn was selected as an alloying element for the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr alloy to develop a multifunctional material with antitumor property. We investigated the influence of the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr-xZn (x = 0, 2, 4, 6 wt%) alloys extracts on the proliferation rate, cell apoptosis, migration and invasion of the U2OS cell line. Our results show that Zn containing Mg alloys extracts inhibit the cell proliferation by alteration the cell cycle and inducing cell apoptosis via the activation of the mitochondria pathway. The cell migration and invasion property were also suppressed by the activation of MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) pathway. Our work suggests that the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr-6Zn alloy is expected to be a promising orthopedic implant in osteosarcoma limb-salvage surgery for avoiding tumor recurrence and metastasis.

  11. Unique antitumor property of the Mg-Ca-Sr alloys with addition of Zn.

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    Wu, Yuanhao; He, Guanping; Zhang, Yu; Liu, Yang; Li, Mei; Wang, Xiaolan; Li, Nan; Li, Kang; Zheng, Guan; Zheng, Yufeng; Yin, Qingshui

    2016-01-01

    In clinical practice, tumor recurrence and metastasis after orthopedic prosthesis implantation is an intensely troublesome matter. Therefore, to develop implant materials with antitumor property is extremely necessary and meaningful. Magnesium (Mg) alloys possess superb biocompatibility, mechanical property and biodegradability in orthopedic applications. However, whether they possess antitumor property had seldom been reported. In recent years, it showed that zinc (Zn) not only promote the osteogenic activity but also exhibit good antitumor property. In our present study, Zn was selected as an alloying element for the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr alloy to develop a multifunctional material with antitumor property. We investigated the influence of the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr-xZn (x = 0, 2, 4, 6 wt%) alloys extracts on the proliferation rate, cell apoptosis, migration and invasion of the U2OS cell line. Our results show that Zn containing Mg alloys extracts inhibit the cell proliferation by alteration the cell cycle and inducing cell apoptosis via the activation of the mitochondria pathway. The cell migration and invasion property were also suppressed by the activation of MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) pathway. Our work suggests that the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr-6Zn alloy is expected to be a promising orthopedic implant in osteosarcoma limb-salvage surgery for avoiding tumor recurrence and metastasis. PMID:26907515

  12. Unique antitumor property of the Mg-Ca-Sr alloys with addition of Zn

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    Wu, Yuanhao; He, Guanping; Zhang, Yu; Liu, Yang; Li, Mei; Wang, Xiaolan; Li, Nan; Li, Kang; Zheng, Guan; Zheng, Yufeng; Yin, Qingshui

    2016-01-01

    In clinical practice, tumor recurrence and metastasis after orthopedic prosthesis implantation is an intensely troublesome matter. Therefore, to develop implant materials with antitumor property is extremely necessary and meaningful. Magnesium (Mg) alloys possess superb biocompatibility, mechanical property and biodegradability in orthopedic applications. However, whether they possess antitumor property had seldom been reported. In recent years, it showed that zinc (Zn) not only promote the osteogenic activity but also exhibit good antitumor property. In our present study, Zn was selected as an alloying element for the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr alloy to develop a multifunctional material with antitumor property. We investigated the influence of the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr-xZn (x = 0, 2, 4, 6 wt%) alloys extracts on the proliferation rate, cell apoptosis, migration and invasion of the U2OS cell line. Our results show that Zn containing Mg alloys extracts inhibit the cell proliferation by alteration the cell cycle and inducing cell apoptosis via the activation of the mitochondria pathway. The cell migration and invasion property were also suppressed by the activation of MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) pathway. Our work suggests that the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr-6Zn alloy is expected to be a promising orthopedic implant in osteosarcoma limb-salvage surgery for avoiding tumor recurrence and metastasis. PMID:26907515

  13. Exploring Mg-Zn-Ca-Based Bulk Metallic Glasses for Biomedical Applications Based on Thermodynamic Approach

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    Ramya, M.; Sarwat, Syed Ghazi; Udhayabanu, V.; Raj, Baldev; Ravi, K. R.

    2015-12-01

    Magnesium (Mg)-based metallic glasses are considered as possible candidates in orthopedic implant applications. This paper aims to theoretically predict the glass-forming ability (GFA) in Mg-Zn-Ca alloy using a newly proposed thermodynamic model ( P HHS), and the consistency of this model is verified through experimental analysis. P HHS is based on thermodynamic parameters such as enthalpy of chemical mixing, elastic enthalpy, and configurational entropy, thus incorporating the pivotal effects, i.e., electron transfer effects, effect of atomic size mismatch, and effect of randomness, which aid to high GFA. In essence, P HHS can be visualized as the energy barrier that exists between the transformations of random atomic structure of glass to ordered crystalline structure. When the P HHS value is more negative, the energy barrier will be high, supporting easy glass formation. Various Mg-Zn-Ca metallic glass compositions displayed almost an expected and supporting trend, where the critical diameter of the metallic glass rod increased with a more negative P HHS value. Among the predicted Mg-Zn-Ca systems, the Mg60Zn35Ca5 composition shows deviation from the expected trend. This discrepancy has been clearly elucidated using a eutectic phase diagram. In addition to the consistency of the P HHS parameter to verifying the GFA of various compositions, the unique ability of this model is to predict unexplored Mg-Zn-Ca glass-forming compositions using contour development. Thus, proving P HHS parameter to be used as an efficient tool in predicting new glass-forming compositions.

  14. In vivo degradation behavior of Ca-deficient hydroxyapatite coated Mg-Zn-Ca alloy for bone implant application.

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    Wang, Huanxin; Guan, Shaokang; Wang, Yisheng; Liu, Hongjian; Wang, Haitao; Wang, Liguo; Ren, Chenxing; Zhu, Shijie; Chen, Kuisheng

    2011-11-01

    In present paper, an in vivo study was carried out on uncoated and calcium-deficient hydroxyapatite (Ca-def HA) coated Mg-Zn-Ca alloy to investigate the effect of Ca-def HA coating on the degradation behavior and bone response of magnesium substrate. Magnesium alloy rods were implanted into rabbit femora and evaluated during 24 weeks implantation. The characterization of both implants indicates that in vivo degradation of the Ca-def HA coating and magnesium substrate occurs almost simultaneously, and in vivo valid life of the coating is about 8 weeks, after that the degradation rate of the coated implants increases obviously. The main reasons for the Ca-def HA coating degradation can be attributed to its reaction with body fluid and the substitution of Mg(2+) ions in Ca-def HA. Histopathological examinations show that the Ca-def HA coating has good osteoconductivity and is in favor of the formation of more new bone on the surface of magnesium alloy. So the Ca-def HA coating could not only slow down in vivo degradation of magnesium alloy but also improve its bone response. PMID:21783346

  15. Antioxidant response and carboxylate metabolism in Brassica rapa exposed to different external Zn, Ca, and Mg supply.

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    Blasco, Begoña; Graham, Neil S; Broadley, Martin R

    2015-03-15

    Zinc (Zn), calcium (Ca), and magnesium (Mg) malnutrition are common deficiencies in many developed and developing countries, resulting in a widespread health problem. Biofortification of food crops is an agricultural strategy that can be used to increase the levels of these elements in the edible portions of crops. Deficiency or toxicity of these cations in soils reduces plant growth, crop yield, and the quality of plant foodstuff. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of external Zn, Ca, and Mg supply on accumulation and distribution of this elements as well as antioxidant response and organic acid composition of Brassica rapa ssp. trilocularis line R-o-18. Plants were grown at low Zn (0.05 μM Zn) and high Zn (500 μM Zn), low Ca (0.4 mM) and high Ca (40 mM), and low Mg (0.2 mM), and high Mg (20 mM) to simulate deficiency and toxicity conditions. Larger shoot biomass reductions were observed under high Zn, Ca and Mg treatments, and superoxide dismutase (SOD), ascorbate peroxidase (APX), H2O2, malondialdehyde (MDA), and total ascorbate (AA) showed a marked increase in these treatments. Therefore, Brassica plants might be more sensitive to excess of these elements in the nutrient solution. The translocation factor (TF) and distribution coefficient (DC) values of Zn, Ca, and Mg indicated higher translocation and accumulation in deficient conditions. High biosynthesis and citrate content in Brassica plants may be associated mainly with a high-nutrient solution extraction ability of these plants. These results provide background data, which will be used to characterize TILLING mutants to study the effects of mutations in genes involved in regulating Zn, Ca, and Mg distribution and accumulation in plants. PMID:25544655

  16. Evaluation of a new Mg-Zn-Ca-Y alloy for biomedical application.

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    Qu, Yang; Kang, Mingyang; Dong, Rongpeng; Liu, Jiansheng; Liu, Junyang; Zhao, Jianwu

    2015-01-01

    In this study, a new Mg-Zn-Ca-Y alloy was evaluated for blood compatibility and in vivo biocompatibility in rabbits after implantation in the sacral crest muscle. Blood test and HE staining was performed to examine the host response, and scanning electron microscope was used to observe the fibrous membrane and corrosion of the magnesium alloy. The results showed that hemolysis rate decreased with the Mg(2+) concentration, in particularly, the hemolysis rate was 47.24 % for the magnesium alloy 100 % mixture solution, while was 0.1372 % for the 1 % extract solution. After implantation, the rabbits showed generally good condition, without swelling and wound secretions. One week after implantation, in the experimental group, a few lymphocytes and macrophages could be observed around the local muscle tissue, and fiber membrane structure had not yet formed; after 2 weeks, loose fiber membranes formed, while the number of inflammatory cells decreased; the fiber membrane became thinner at 4 and 12 weeks,. The fiber membrane thickness at 24 weeks were measured by scanning electron microscopy, at about 15-25 μm, which accord with the U.S. ASTM-F4 implant requirements (<30 μm). Acceptable degradation and corrosion were observed after implantation into rabbits. Through the in vivo study, the new magnesium alloy exhibited good biocompatibility and non-toxic in the experimental animals. Addition of Zn, Ca and Y can slow the degradation rate, and have acceptable side effects in vivo, resulting in improved corrosion properties and desirable biocompatibility at the same time. PMID:25578696

  17. Does Lactobacillus plantarum or ultrafiltration process improve Ca, Mg, Zn and P bioavailability from fermented goats' milk?

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    Bergillos-Meca, Triana; Cabrera-Vique, Carmen; Artacho, Reyes; Moreno-Montoro, Miriam; Navarro-Alarcón, Miguel; Olalla, Manuel; Giménez, Rafael; Seiquer, Isabel; Ruiz-López, Maria Dolores

    2015-11-15

    Ca, Mg, Zn and P bioavailability from two experimental ultrafiltered fermented goats' milks (one of them with the probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum and another one without it), and fermented goats' milk samples available in the market were evaluated. Solubility, dialysability and a model combining simulated gastrointestinal digestion and mineral retention, transport and uptake by Caco-2 cells were used to assess bioavailability. The highest Ca, Mg, Zn and P bioavailability values always corresponded to the fermented milk developed by our research group, which could be explained by the effect of milk ultrafiltration. The fermented milk with L. plantarum showed higher Ca retention than the ones without the microorganism, and major Ca uptake when compared to commercial products. This fact could be attributed to a positive effect exerted by the probiotic strain. PMID:25977032

  18. In vitro and in vivo studies on biodegradable CaMgZnSrYb high-entropy bulk metallic glass.

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    Li, H F; Xie, X H; Zhao, K; Wang, Y B; Zheng, Y F; Wang, W H; Qin, L

    2013-11-01

    In order to enhance the corrosion resistance of the Ca65Mg15Zn20 bulk metallic glass, which has too fast a degradation rate for biomedical applications, we fabricated the Ca20Mg20Zn20Sr20Yb20 high-entropy bulk metallic glass because of the unique properties of high-entropy alloys. Our results showed that the mechanical properties and corrosion behavior were enhanced. The in vitro tests showed that the Ca20Mg20Zn20Sr20Yb20 high-entropy bulk metallic glass could stimulate the proliferation and differentiation of cultured osteoblasts. The in vivo animal tests showed that the Ca20Mg20Zn20Sr20Yb20 high-entropy bulk metallic glass did not show any obvious degradation after 4 weeks of implantation, and they can promote osteogenesis and new bone formation after 2 weeks of implantation. The improved mechanical properties and corrosion behavior can be attributed to the different chemical composition as well as the formation of a unique high-entropy atomic structure with a maximum degree of disorder. PMID:23380208

  19. Introducing Mg-4Zn-3Gd-1Ca/ZnO nanocomposite with compressive strengths matching/exceeding that of mild steel.

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    Chen, Y; Tekumalla, S; Guo, Y B; Gupta, M

    2016-01-01

    This work introduces Mg-4Zn-3Gd-1Ca/2ZnO (wt.%) nanocomposite fabricated using the technique of disintegrated melt deposition and extrusion. Addition of ZnO nanoparticles enhanced the compressive strengths of alloy by ~100 MPa. Nanocomposite samples display high strength and good ductility: 0.2% compressive yield stress of 355 MPa, ultimate compressive stress of 703 MPa, and compressive failure strain of 10.6%. The significant enhancement of compressive yield stress is mainly attributed to the grain refinement by adding nanoparticles. The strength levels exceed that of commercial magnesium alloys (i.e. WE43, WE54, ZK60, and ME21) and mild steels (i.e. S275 and S355), making Mg-4Zn-3Gd-1Ca/2ZnO a very promising material for multiple engineering and biomedical applications. PMID:27572903

  20. Introducing Mg-4Zn-3Gd-1Ca/ZnO nanocomposite with compressive strengths matching/exceeding that of mild steel

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    Chen, Y.; Tekumalla, S.; Guo, Y. B.; Gupta, M.

    2016-01-01

    This work introduces Mg-4Zn-3Gd-1Ca/2ZnO (wt.%) nanocomposite fabricated using the technique of disintegrated melt deposition and extrusion. Addition of ZnO nanoparticles enhanced the compressive strengths of alloy by ~100 MPa. Nanocomposite samples display high strength and good ductility: 0.2% compressive yield stress of 355 MPa, ultimate compressive stress of 703 MPa, and compressive failure strain of 10.6%. The significant enhancement of compressive yield stress is mainly attributed to the grain refinement by adding nanoparticles. The strength levels exceed that of commercial magnesium alloys (i.e. WE43, WE54, ZK60, and ME21) and mild steels (i.e. S275 and S355), making Mg-4Zn-3Gd-1Ca/2ZnO a very promising material for multiple engineering and biomedical applications. PMID:27572903

  1. Electronic band structures and photovoltaic properties of MWO{sub 4} (M=Zn, Mg, Ca, Sr) compounds

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    Kim, Dong Wook; Cho, In-Sun; Shin, Seong Sik; Lee, Sangwook; Noh, Tae Hoon; Kim, Dong Hoe; Jung, Hyun Suk; Hong, Kug Sun

    2011-08-15

    Divalent metal tungstates, MWO{sub 4}, with wolframite (M=Zn and Mg) and scheelite (M=Ca and Sr) structures were prepared using a conventional solid state reaction method. Their electronic band structures were investigated by a combination of electronic band structure calculations and electrochemical measurements. From these investigations, it was found that the band structures (i.e. band positions and band gaps) of the divalent metal tungstates were significantly influenced by their crystal structural environments, such as the W-O bond length. Their photovoltaic properties were evaluated by applying to the working electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells. The dye-sensitized solar cells employing the wolframite-structured metal tungstates (ZnWO{sub 4} and MgWO{sub 4}) exhibited better performance than those using the scheelite-structured metal tungstates (CaWO{sub 4} and SrWO{sub 4}), which was attributed to their enhanced electron transfer resulting from their appropriate band positions. - Graphical abstract: The electronic band structures of divalent metal tungstates are described from the combination of experimental results and theoretical calculations, and their electronic structure-dependent photovoltaic performances are also studied. Highlights: > MWO{sub 4} compounds with wolframite (M=Zn and Mg) and scheelite structure (M=Ca and Sr) were prepared. > Their electronic band structures were investigated by the calculations and the measurements. > Their photovoltaic properties were determined by the crystal and electronic structures.

  2. In vitro corrosion behavior and in vivo biodegradation of biomedical β-Ca3(PO4)2/Mg-Zn composites.

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    Yu, Kun; Chen, Liangjian; Zhao, Jun; Li, Shaojun; Dai, Yilong; Huang, Qiao; Yu, Zhiming

    2012-07-01

    In this study 5, 10 and 15% β-Ca(3)(PO(4))(2)/Mg-Zn composites were prepared through powder metallurgy methods, and their corrosion behavior and mechanical properties were studied in simulated body fluid (SBF) at 37°C. The 10% β-Ca(3)(PO(4))(2)/Mg-Zn composite was selected for cytocompatibility assessment and in vivo biodegradation testing. The results identified the α-Mg, MgZn and β-Ca(3)(PO(4))(2) phases in these sintered composites. The density and elastic modulus of the β-Ca(3)(PO(4))(2)/Mg-6% Zn composite match those of natural bone, and the strength is approximately double that of natural bone. The 10% β-Ca(3)(PO(4))(2)/Mg-6% Zn composites exhibit good corrosion resistance, as determined by a 30 day immersion test and electrochemical measurements in SBF at 37°C. The 10% β-Ca(3)(PO(4))(2)/Mg-6% Zn composite is safe for cellular applications, with a cytotoxicity grade of ∼0-1 against L929 cells in in vitro testing. The β-Ca(3)(PO(4))(2)/Mg-6% Zn composite also exhibits good biocompatibility with the tissue and the important visceral organs the heart, kidney and liver of experimental rabbits. The composite has a suitable degradation rate and improves the concrescence of a pre-broken bone. The corrosion products, such as Mg(OH)(2) and Ca(5)(PO(4))(6)(OH)(2), can improve the biocompatibility of the β-Ca(3)(PO(4))(2)/Mg-Zn composite. PMID:22503951

  3. Microstructure and Fatigue Behavior of Friction Stir-welded Noncombustive Mg-9Al-Zn-Ca Magnesium Alloy

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    Zhou, L.; Li, Z. Y.; Nakata, K.; Feng, J. C.; Huang, Y. X.; Liao, J. S.

    2016-06-01

    Microstructure and fatigue behavior of friction stir-welded noncombustive Mg-9Al-Zn-Ca magnesium alloy were investigated. The as-received hot-extruded material consisted of equiaxed α-Mg grains with β-Mg17Al12 and Al2Ca compounds distributed along the grain boundaries. Friction stir welding produced much refined α-Mg grains accompanied by the dissolution of the eutectic β-Mg17Al12 phase, while Al2Ca phase was dispersed homogenously into the Mg matrix. Friction stir welding produced slightly increased hardness and tensile strength in the defect-free welds compared with the base material due to microstructural refinement and uniform distribution of intermetallic compounds. The load-controlled uniaxial tensile high-cycle fatigue tests indicated that fatigue strength of 90 MPa was obtained for the friction stir-welded joint with fatigue crack initiated basically near the specimen's surface and at the retreating side of the joint. Crack propagation was characterized by cleavage and fatigue striations.

  4. Acidity and metal (Mg2+, Ca2+, Zn2+) affinity of L-γ-carboxyglutamic acid and its peptide analog

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    Remko, Milan; Broer, Ria; Remková, Anna; Van Duijnen, Piet Th.

    2014-10-01

    Density functional theory methods with the B3LYP and B97D functionals with triple-zeta 6-311++G(d,p) basis set have been used to study the acidity, basicity and metal affinity of L-γ-carboxyglutamic acid (GLA) and its peptide derivative [2-acetylamino-3-(methylamino)-3-oxopropyl]malonic acid (AMD-GLA). The Gibbs interaction energies of the GLA2-…M2+ and AMD-GLA2-…M2+ (M = Mg, Ca, Zn) complexes show an increasing binding affinity in the order Ca2+ < Mg2+ < Zn2+ The transition metal Zn2+ is most effectively recognized by the dianions of GLA and AMD-GLA. Of the dianions studied the AMD-GLA dianion is the strongest Lewis base. Computations that include the effect of solvation showed that in water the relative stability of GLA2-…M2+ and AMD-GLA2-…M2+ ionic bonds is rapidly diminished. The computed interaction Gibbs energy in water is small and negative.

  5. Synthesis of solar active nanocrystalline ferrite, MFe 2O 4 (M: Ca, Zn, Mg) photocatalyst by microwave irradiation

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    Dom, Rekha; Subasri, R.; Radha, K.; Borse, Pramod H.

    2011-03-01

    For the first time, nanocrystalline photocatalysts of spinel MgFe2O4, ZnFe2O4 and orthorhombic CaFe2O4 oxides were synthesized (at low temperature ˜973 K) by microwave sintering, in one sixtieth of the time required to that of the conventional method. A significantly improved crystallinity was obtained for the samples irradiated for longer duration of time (˜10-100 min). The theoretically computed electronic structure of the MFe2O4 (M: Ca, Zn, Mg) systems was respectively correlated with the experimental results obtained from their structural and photocatalytic characterization. The photocatalytic performance was found to be affected by surface area and crystallinity of the photocatalyst. The density functional theory (DFT) calculations of MFe2O4 lattices revealed that M-ion controllably affects the density of sates of the Fe-d orbitals near the Fermi level. Consequently they play an important role in determining the band-energetics and thus the visible light photocatalytic activity for methylene blue degradation.

  6. Fabrication and characterization of bioactive composite coatings on Mg-Zn-Ca alloy by MAO/sol-gel.

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    Gao, J H; Shi, X Y; Yang, B; Hou, S S; Meng, E C; Guan, F X; Guan, S K

    2011-07-01

    High corrosion rate and accumulation of hydrogen gas upon degradation impede magnesium alloys' clinical application as implants. In this work, micro-arc oxidation (MAO) was used to fabricate a porous coating on magnesium alloys as an intermediate layer to enhance the bonding strength of propolis layer. Then the composite coatings were fabricated using sol-gel method by dipping sample into the solution containing propolis and polylactic acid at 40 °C. The corrosion resistance of the samples was determined based on potentiodynamic polarization experiments and immersion tests. Biocompatibility was designed by observing the attachment and growth of wharton's jelly-derived mesenchymal stem cells (WJCs) on substrates with MAO coating and substrates with composite coatings. The results showed that, compared with that of Mg-Zn-Ca alloy, the corrosion current density of the samples with composite coatings decreased from 5.37 × 10⁻⁵ to 1.10 × 10⁻⁶ A/cm² and the corrosion potential increased by 240 mV. Composite coatings exhibit homogeneous corrosion behavior and can promote WJCs cell adhesion and proliferation. In the meantime, pH value was relatively stable during the immersion tests, which may be significant for cellular survival. In conclusion, our results indicate that composite coatings on Mg-Zn-Ca alloy fabricated by MAO/sol-gel method provide a new type bioactive material. PMID:21656033

  7. Southwest Pacific Ocean response to a warming world: Using Mg/Ca, Zn/Ca, and Mn/Ca in foraminifera to track surface ocean water masses during the last deglaciation

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    Marr, Julene P.; Carter, Lionel; Bostock, Helen C.; Bolton, Annette; Smith, Euan

    2013-06-01

    In situ measurements of Mg/Ca, Zn/Ca, Mn/Ca, and Ba/Ca in Globigerinoides bulloides and Globigerina ruber from southwest Pacific core top sites and plankton tow are reported and their potential as paleoproxies is explored. The modern samples cover 20° of latitude from 34°S to 54°S, 7-19°C water temperature, and variable influence of subantarctic (SAW) and subtropical (STW) surface waters. Trace element signatures recorded in core top and plankton tow planktic foraminifera are examined in the context of the chemistry and nutrient profiles of their modern water masses. Our observations suggest that Zn/Ca and Mn/Ca may have the potential to trace SAW and STW. Intraspecies and interspecies offsets identified by in situ measurements of Mg/Ca and Zn/Ca indicate that these ratios may also record changes in thermal and nutrient stratification in the upper ocean. We apply these potential proxies to fossilized foraminifera from the high-resolution core MD97 2121. At the Last Glacial Maximum, surface water Mg/Ca temperature estimates indicate that temperatures were approximately 6-7°C lower than those of the present, accompanied by low levels of Mn/Ca and Zn/Ca and minimal thermal and nutrient stratification. This is consistent with regional dominance of SAW and reduced STW inflow associated with a reduced South Pacific Gyre (SPG). Upper ocean thermal and nutrient stratification collapsed during the Antarctic Cold Reversal, before poleward migration of the zonal winds and ocean fronts invigorated the SPG and increased STW inflow in the early Holocene. Together with reduced winds, this favored a stratified upper ocean from circa 10 ka to the present.

  8. Effects of Oral Administration of CrCl3 on the Contents of Ca, Mg, Mn, Fe, Cu, and Zn in the Liver, Kidney, and Heart of Chicken.

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    Liu, Yanhan; Zhao, Xiaona; Zhang, Xiao; Zhao, Xuejun; Liu, Yongxia; Liu, Jianzhu

    2016-06-01

    This study aimed to investigate the effects of oral administration of trivalent chromium on the contents of Ca, Mg, Mn, Fe, Cu, and Zn in the heart, liver, and kidney. Different levels of 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 LD50 (LD50 = 5000 mg/kg body mass) CrCl3 milligrams per kilogram body mass daily were added into the water to establish the chronic poisoning model. Ca, Mg, Mn, Fe, Cu, and Zn were detected with the flame atomic absorption spectrometry in the organs exposed 14, 28, and 42 days to CrCl3, respectively. Results showed that Cr was accumulated in the heart, liver, and kidney significantly (P < 0.05) with extended time and dose. The contents of Ca and Fe increased, whereas those of Mg, Mn, Cu, and Zn decreased in the heart, liver, and kidney of each treated group, which had a dose- and time-dependent relationship, but the contents of Mg and Zn in the heart took on a fluctuated change. These particular observations were different from those in the control group. In conclusion, the oral administration of CrCl3 could change the contents of Ca, Mg, Mn, Fe, Cu, and Zn in the heart, liver, and kidney, which may cause disorders in the absorption and metabolism of the metal elements of chickens. PMID:26537118

  9. Contributions of different strengthening mechanisms to the shear strength of an extruded Mg-4Zn-0.5Ca alloy

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    Naghdi, F.; Mahmudi, R.; Kang, J. Y.; Kim, H. S.

    2015-11-01

    The shear deformation behaviour of an extruded Mg-4Zn-0.5Ca alloy was studied using shear punch testing at room temperature. The extrusion process effectively refined the microstructure, leading to a grain size of 4.6 ± 1.4 μm. Contributions of different strengthening mechanisms to the room temperature shear yield stress, and overall flow stress of the material, were calculated. These mechanisms include dislocation strengthening, grain boundary strengthening, solid solution hardening and strengthening resulting from second-phase particles. Grain boundary strengthening and solid solution hardening made significant contributions to the overall strength of the material, while the contributions of second-phase particles and dislocations were trivial. The observed differences between calculated and experimental strength values were discussed based on the textural softening of the material.

  10. Dissolution and precipitation behaviors of silicon-containing ceramic coating on Mg-Zn-Ca alloy in simulated body fluid.

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    Pan, Yaokun; Chen, Chuanzhong; Wang, Diangang; Huang, Danlan

    2014-10-01

    We prepared Si-containing and Si-free coatings on Mg-1.74Zn-0.55Ca alloy by micro-arc oxidation. The dissolution and precipitation behaviors of Si-containing coating in simulated body fluid (SBF) were discussed. Corrosion products were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffractometer (XRD), fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FT-IR) and X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS). Electrochemical workstation, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer (ICP-AES), flame atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS) and pH meter were employed to detect variations of electrochemical parameter and ions concentration respectively. Results indicate that the fast formation of calcium phosphates is closely related to the SiOx(n-) groups, which induce the heterogeneous nucleation of amorphous hydroxyapatite (HA) by sorption of calcium and phosphate ions. PMID:25174544

  11. Effect of Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Sr(2+) and Ba(2+) metal ions on the antifungal activity of ZnO nanoparticles tested against Candida albicans.

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    Haja Hameed, Abdulrahman Syedahamed; Karthikeyan, Chandrasekaran; Senthil Kumar, Venugopal; Kumaresan, Subramanian; Sasikumar, Seemaisamy

    2015-01-01

    The antifungal ability of pure and alkaline metal ion (Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Sr(2+) and Ba(2+)) doped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) prepared by the co-precipitation method was tested against the pathogenic yeast, Candida albicans (C. albicans), and the results showed that the Mg-doped ZnO NPs possessed greater effect than the other alkaline metal ion doped ZnO NPs. The impact of the concentration of Mg doped ZnO sample on the growth of C. albicans was also studied. The Minimal Fungicidal Concentration (MFC) of the Mg doped ZnO NPs was found to be 2000 μg/ml for which the growth of C. albicans was completely inhibited. The ZnO:Mg sample (1.5mg/ml) with various concentrations of histidine reduced the fungicidal effect of the nanoparticles against C. albicans, which was deliberately explained by the role of ROS. The ZnO:Mg sample added with 5mM of histidine scavenged the ample amount of generated ROS effectively. The binding of the NPs with fungi was observed by their FESEM images and their electrostatic attraction is confirmed by the zeta potential measurement. PMID:25953555

  12. Influence of trace impurities on the in vitro and in vivo degradation of biodegradable Mg-5Zn-0.3Ca alloys.

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    Hofstetter, J; Martinelli, E; Pogatscher, S; Schmutz, P; Povoden-Karadeniz, E; Weinberg, A M; Uggowitzer, P J; Löffler, J F

    2015-09-01

    The hydrogen evolution method and animal experiments were deployed to investigate the effect of trace impurity elements on the degradation behavior of high-strength Mg alloys of type ZX50 (Mg-5Zn-0.3Ca). It is shown that trace impurity elements increase the degradation rate, predominantly in the initial period of the tests, and also increase the material's susceptibility to localized corrosion attack. These effects are explained on the basis of the corrosion potential of the intermetallic phases present in the alloys. The Zn-rich phases present in ZX50 are nobler than the Mg matrix, and thus act as cathodic sites. The impurity elements Fe and Mn in the alloy of conventional purity are incorporated in these Zn-rich intermetallic phases and therefore increase their cathodic efficiency. A design rule for circumventing the formation of noble intermetallic particles and thus avoiding galvanically accelerated dissolution of the Mg matrix is proposed. PMID:25983315

  13. Quantitative evaluation of antibacterial activities of metallic oxide powders (ZnO, MgO and CaO) by conductimetric assay.

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    Sawai, J

    2003-08-01

    Antibacterial activities of metallic oxide (ZnO, MgO and CaO) powders against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli were quantitatively evaluated by measuring the change in electrical conductivity of the growth medium caused by bacterial metabolism (conductimetric assay). The obtained conductivity curves were analyzed using the growth inhibition kinetic model proposed by Takahashi for calorimetric evaluation, and the metallic oxides were determined for the antibacterial efficacy and kinetic parameters. The parameters provide some useful indicators for antimicrobial agents, such as the dependence of antibacterial activity on agent concentration, and the affinity between the agent and the bacterial cells. CaO was the most effective, followed by MgO and ZnO, against E. coli. On the other hand, ZnO was the most effective for S. aureus and was suggested to have a strong affinity to the cells of S. aureus. PMID:12782373

  14. Influence of Applied Voltage and Film-Formation Time on Microstructure and Corrosion Resistance of Coatings Formed on Mg-Zn-Zr-Ca Bio-magnesium Alloy

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    Yandong, Yu; Shuzhen, Kuang; Jie, Li

    2015-09-01

    The influence of applied voltage and film-formation time on the microstructure and corrosion resistance of coatings formed on a Mg-Zn-Zr-Ca novel bio-magnesium alloy has been investigated by micro-arc oxidation (MAO) treatment. Phase composition and microstructure of as-coated samples were analyzed by the x-ray diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. And the porosity and average of micro-pore aperture of the surface on ceramic coatings were analyzed by general image software. Corrosion microstructure of as-coated samples was caught by a microscope digital camera. The long-term corrosion resistance of as-coated samples was tested in simulated body fluid for 30 days. The results showed that the milky white smooth ceramic coating formed on the Mg-Zn-Zr-Ca novel bio-magnesium alloy was a compound of MgO, Mg2SiO4 and MgSiO3, and its corrosion resistance was significantly improved compared with that of the magnesium substrate. In addition, when the MAO applied voltage were 450 V and 500 V and film-formation time were 9 min and 11 min, the surface micro-morphology and the corrosion resistance of as-coated samples were relatively improved. The results provided a theoretical foundation for the application of the Mg-Zn-Zr-Ca novel bio-magnesium alloy in biomedicine.

  15. Metallic elements (Ca, Hg, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Zn) in the fruiting bodies of Boletus badius.

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    Kojta, Anna K; Falandysz, Jerzy

    2016-06-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate and compare the levels of eight metallic elements in the fruiting bodies of Bay Bolete (Boletus badius; current name Imleria badia) collected from ten sites in Poland to understand better the value of this popular mushroom as an organic food. Bay Bolete fruiting bodies were collected from the forest area near the towns and villages of Kętrzyn, Poniatowa, Bydgoszcz, Pelplin, Włocławek, Żuromin, Chełmno, Ełk and Wilków communities, as well as in the Augustów Primeval Forest. Elements such as Ca, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na and Zn were analyzed by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), and mercury by cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry (CV-AAS). This made it possible to assess the nutritional value of the mushroom, as well as possible toxicological risks associated with its consumption. The results were subjected to statistical analysis (Kruskal-Wallis test, cluster analysis, principal component analysis). PMID:26830580

  16. Terahertz Spectroscopy of CaH (X^{2}Σ^{+}), MgH (X^{2}Σ^{+}), and ZnH (X^{2}Σ^{+}) : Extreme Hydride Synthesis

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    Bucchino, Matthew P.; Ziurys, Lucy M.

    2013-06-01

    Sub-millimeter spectra of CaH (X^{2}Σ^{+}), MgH (X^{2}Σ^{+}), and ZnH (X^{2}Σ^{+}) have been measured in the sub-mm{/}THz regime (500{-805} GHz) using direct{-absorption} methods. All species were produced by the reaction of metal vapor with H_{2} under DC discharge in a Broida-type oven. Because of efficient molecule production, spectra of ^{26}MgH, ^{66}ZnH, ^{68}ZnH and ^{70}ZnH could be recorded in their natural abundance as well, with high signal-to-noise. Additionally, the N = 0 {→} 1 and N = 1 {→} 2 transitions of ^{25}MgH and ^{67}ZnH were measured. Fermi contact, dipolar, and quadrupole constants for the ^{25}Mg and ^{67}Zn nuclei have been accurately determined for the first time in the gas phase, and are in good agreement with previous ESR studies. The hyperfine constants suggest a substantial amount of covalent character is present in metal hydrides.

  17. Biological and mechanical properties of an experimental glass-ionomer cement modified by partial replacement of CaO with MgO or ZnO.

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    Kim, Dong-Ae; Abo-Mosallam, Hany; Lee, Hye-Young; Lee, Jung-Hwan; Kim, Hae-Won; Lee, Hae-Hyoung

    2015-01-01

    Some weaknesses of conventional glass ionomer cement (GIC) as dental materials, for instance the lack of bioactive potential and poor mechanical properties, remain unsolved.Objective The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of the partial replacement of CaO with MgO or ZnO on the mechanical and biological properties of the experimental glass ionomer cements.Material and Methods Calcium fluoro-alumino-silicate glass was prepared for an experimental glass ionomer cement by melt quenching technique. The glass composition was modified by partial replacement (10 mol%) of CaO with MgO or ZnO. Net setting time, compressive and flexural properties, and in vitrorat dental pulp stem cells (rDPSCs) viability were examined for the prepared GICs and compared to a commercial GIC.Results The experimental GICs set more slowly than the commercial product, but their extended setting times are still within the maximum limit (8 min) specified in ISO 9917-1. Compressive strength of the experimental GIC was not increased by the partial substitution of CaO with either MgO or ZnO, but was comparable to the commercial control. For flexural properties, although there was no significance between the base and the modified glass, all prepared GICs marked a statistically higher flexural strength (p<0.05) and comparable modulus to control. The modified cements showed increased cell viability for rDPSCs.Conclusions The experimental GICs modified with MgO or ZnO can be considered bioactive dental materials. PMID:26398508

  18. Biological and mechanical properties of an experimental glass-ionomer cement modified by partial replacement of CaO with MgO or ZnO

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    Dong-Ae, KIM; Hany, ABO-MOSALLAM; Hye-Young, LEE; Jung-Hwan, LEE; Hae-Won, KIM; Hae-Hyoung, LEE

    2015-01-01

    Some weaknesses of conventional glass ionomer cement (GIC) as dental materials, for instance the lack of bioactive potential and poor mechanical properties, remain unsolved. Objective The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of the partial replacement of CaO with MgO or ZnO on the mechanical and biological properties of the experimental glass ionomer cements. Material and Methods Calcium fluoro-alumino-silicate glass was prepared for an experimental glass ionomer cement by melt quenching technique. The glass composition was modified by partial replacement (10 mol%) of CaO with MgO or ZnO. Net setting time, compressive and flexural properties, and in vitro rat dental pulp stem cells (rDPSCs) viability were examined for the prepared GICs and compared to a commercial GIC. Results The experimental GICs set more slowly than the commercial product, but their extended setting times are still within the maximum limit (8 min) specified in ISO 9917-1. Compressive strength of the experimental GIC was not increased by the partial substitution of CaO with either MgO or ZnO, but was comparable to the commercial control. For flexural properties, although there was no significance between the base and the modified glass, all prepared GICs marked a statistically higher flexural strength (p<0.05) and comparable modulus to control. The modified cements showed increased cell viability for rDPSCs. Conclusions The experimental GICs modified with MgO or ZnO can be considered bioactive dental materials. PMID:26398508

  19. Microstructure and mechanical properties of spray-deposited Mg-12.55Al-3.33Zn-0.58Ca-1Nd alloy

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    Bai Pucun; Dong Taishang; Hou Xiaohu; Zhao Chunwang; Xing Yongming

    2010-07-15

    A Mg-Al-Zn-Ca-Nd magnesium alloy was prepared by spray forming technology, and the spray-deposited alloy was subsequently hot-extruded with a reduction rate of 16:1 at 623 K. The mechanical properties of the extruded alloy were investigated, and the result shows that the spray-formed Mg alloy offers superior tensile strength with poor ductility. The morphologies, fracture characteristic and chemical compositions of the extruded alloy were then explored by scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectrometer. Furthermore, microstructure of the extruded alloy was examined by X-ray diffractometry and transmission electron microscopy. The results indicate that the microstructure of the spray-deposited magnesium alloy consists of {alpha}-Mg and Al{sub 2}Ca phases, and the Al{sub 2}Ca compound is distributed along the grain boundaries of the primary {alpha}-Mg. Moreover, twin substructure is found to exist in microstructure of the Al{sub 2}Ca phase, rare earth Nd in the Al{sub 2}Ca phase in the form of solid solution.

  20. Ultrafiltration of skimmed goat milk increases its nutritional value by concentrating nonfat solids such as proteins, Ca, P, Mg, and Zn.

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    Moreno-Montoro, Miriam; Olalla, Manuel; Giménez-Martínez, Rafael; Bergillos-Meca, Triana; Ruiz-López, María Dolores; Cabrera-Vique, Carmen; Artacho, Reyes; Navarro-Alarcón, Miguel

    2015-11-01

    Goat milk has been reported to possess good nutritional and health-promoting properties. Usually, it must be concentrated before fermented products can be obtained. The aim of this study was to compare physicochemical and nutritional variables among raw (RM), skimmed (SM), and ultrafiltration-concentrated skimmed (UFM) goat milk. The density, acidity, ash, protein, casein, whey protein, Ca, P, Mg, and Zn values were significantly higher in UFM than in RM or SM. Dry extract and fat levels were significantly higher in UFM than in SM, and Mg content was significantly higher in UFM than in RM. Ultrafiltration also increased the solubility of Ca and Mg, changing their distribution in the milk. The higher concentrations of minerals and proteins, especially caseins, increase the nutritional value of UFM, which may therefore be more appropriate for goat milk yogurt manufacturing in comparison to RM or SM. PMID:26342988

  1. Elastic properties of Ca{sub 5-x}A {sub x}Nb{sub 2}TiO{sub 12} (A = Mg, Zn) microwave ceramics

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    George, Vimala; Philip, J.; Bijumon, P.V.; Sebastian, M.T.

    2006-04-13

    Microwave dielectrics in Ca{sub 5-x}A {sub x}Nb{sub 2}TiO{sub 12} (A = Mg, Zn) system have been prepared for different values of x by conventional solid-state ceramic route. The elastic properties of the ceramics were investigated as a function of composition by ultrasonic techniques. X-ray diffraction studies revealed that the ceramics form phase pure compounds for 0 {<=} x {<=} 1 and form mixture phases beyond x = 1. The elastic properties were strongly affected by structural transformations. Magnesium-based compositions have better elastic properties compared with zinc-based system.

  2. [Mineral composition of different types of Canarian gofio; factors affecting the presence of Na, K, Mg, Ca, Mn, Fe, Cn and Zn].

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    Caballero, J M; Tejera, R L; Caballero A, A; Rubio, C; González-Weller, D; Gutiérrez, A J; Hardisson, A

    2014-01-01

    The contents of Na, K, Mg, Ca, Mn, Fe, Cu and Zn were analyzed and evaluated in 181 samples of various types of gofio produced from different roasted cereal grains. Samples were analyzed by ICP-OES. Based on a daily gofio intake of 30 g/day for adults and 15 g/day for children, the daily intake of each metal, and its percentage contribution to the RDAs established for the Spanish population, were estimated. The metal with the highest concentration was K (2189 ± 766 mg/kg). The lowest concentration was observed for Cu in corn gofio samples (2.05 ± 0.36 mg/kg). With respect to daily intake, it is noteworthy that gofio contributes significantly to the recommended allowance of copper (53.77%-71.45% of the RDI), depending on the population group considered and on the type of gofio. PMID:24559016

  3. Determination of Ca, Mg, Na, Cd, Cu, Fe, K, Li and Zn in acid mine and reference water samples by inductively coupled plasma atomic fluorescence spectrometry

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    Sanzolone, R.F.; Meier, A.L.

    1986-01-01

    An inductively coupled plasma atomic fluorescence spectrometric (ICP-AFS) method was used for the determination of nine elements in natural water. Reference and acid mine water samples were analysed by this method to demonstrate its usefulness for hydrogeochemical exploration. The elements were determined in two groups based on the compatibility of operating conditions and consideration of element abundance levels in natural water. Ca, Mg and Na were determined as a group using one set of instrumental conditions and a 1 + 99 dilution of the sample, and Cd, Cu, Fe, K, Li and Zn were determined using another set of conditions and the undiluted sample. The detection limits for the elements are as follows: Ca, 1.4; Mg, 1.7; Na, 2.0; Cd, 1.8; Cu, 6.2; Fe, 15.8; K, 3.5; Li, 0.3; and Zn, 1.2 ng m1-1. Each element has a linear range spanning about four orders of magnitude. The method has good precision and accuracy, as shown by statistics on replicate analyses and by the agreement between values obtained and those recommended for the reference water samples, and also those obtained by atomic absorption spectrometry for the acid mine water samples.

  4. Crystal Structures of the Trifluoromethyl Sulfonates M(SO3CF3)2 (M = Mg, Ca, Ba, Zn, Cu) from Synchrotron X-ray Powder Diffraction Data

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    Dinnebier,R.; Sofina, N.; Hildebrandt, L.; Jansen, M.

    2006-01-01

    The crystal structures of divalent metal salts of trifluoromethyl sulfonic acid ('trifluoromethyl sulfonates') M(SO{sub 3}CF{sub 3}){sub 2} (M = Mg, Ca, Ba, Zn, Cu) were determined from high-resolution X-ray powder diffraction data. Magnesium, calcium and zinc trifluoromethyl sulfonate crystallize in the rhombohedral space group R{bar 3}. Barium trifluoromethyl sulfonate crystallizes in the monoclinic space group I2/a(C2/c) and copper trifluoromethyl sulfonate crystallizes in the triclinic group P{bar 1}. Within the crystal structures the trifluoromethyl sulfonate anions are arranged in double layers with the apolar CF{sub 3} groups pointing towards each other. The cations are located next to the SO{sub 3} groups. The symmetry relations between the different crystal structures have been analyzed.

  5. Effect of phosphate additives on the microstructure, bioactivity, and degradability of microarc oxidation coatings on Mg-Zn-Ca-Mn alloy.

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    Dou, Jinhe; You, Qiongya; Gu, Guochao; Chen, Chuanzhong; Zhang, Xihua

    2016-01-01

    Calcium phosphate coatings were prepared on the surface of self-designed Mg-Zn-Ca-Mn alloy using microarc oxidization technology. To characterize the microstructures, cross-section morphologies, and compositions of the coatings, the authors used scanning electron microscopy equipped with an energy-disperse spectrometer, x-ray diffraction, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Potentiodynamic polarization in the simulated body fluid (SBF) was used to evaluate the corrosion behaviors of the samples. An SBF immersion test was used to evaluate the coating bioactivity and degradability. After the immersion tests, some bonelike apatite formed on the coating surfaces indicate that bioactivity of the coatings is excellent. The coating prepared in electrolyte containing (NaPO3)6 had slower degradation rate after immersion test for 21 days. PMID:27440396

  6. Tululite, Ca14(Fe3+,Al)(Al,Zn,Fe3+,Si,P,Mn,Mg)15O36: a new Ca zincate-aluminate from combustion metamorphic marbles, central Jordan

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    Khoury, Hani N.; Sokol, Ella V.; Kokh, Svetlana N.; Seryotkin, Yurii V.; Nigmatulina, Elena N.; Goryainov, Sergei V.; Belogub, Elena V.; Clark, Ian D.

    2016-02-01

    Tululite (Ca14(Fe3+,Al)(Al,Zn,Fe3+,Si,P,Mn,Mg)15O36 (the hypothetical end-member formula Ca14{Fe3+O6}[SiO4][Zn5Al9]O26) (IMA2014-065) is a new natural Ca zincate-aluminate, identified in medium-temperature (800-850 °C) combustion metamorphic (CM) spurrite-fluorellestadite marbles from central Jordan. The type locality (Tulul Al Hammam area) is situated in the northern part of the Siwaqa complex, the largest area of the "Mottled Zone" Formation in the Dead Sea region. The marbles originated from bitumen-rich chalky marine sediments of the Maastrichtian-Paleogene Muwaqqar Chalk Marl Formation, which have low clay content (and, consequently, low Al) and high Zn, Cd, and U enrichments. The bulk CM rocks derived from the low-Al protolith have unusually high (Zn + Cd)/Al ratios ( 0.2) and, as a result, a mineralogy with negligibly small percentages of Ca aluminates having low Ca:Al molar ratios (minerals of mayenite supergroup, Ca:Al = 6:7) common to most of calcareous CM rocks in the Mottled Zone. Instead, the mineral assemblage of the Zn-rich marbles contains tululite, with high Ca:Al = 2.55 molar ratios and Zn substituting for a large portion of Al (Zn:Al = 1.1). Tululite occurs in thin clusters as irregular grains with indented outlines (20-100 μm in size), having typical open-work textures associated with rock-forming calcite, fluorellestadite, spurrite, and accessory Zn-rich periclase, lime-monteponite solid solutions, calcium uranates, and zincite. Marbles also bear brownmillerite, dorrite, fluormayenite, high-fluorine Ca aluminate, and lakargiite. Secondary phases are brucite, gel-like calcium silicate hydrates and calcium silicate aluminate hydrates, including Zn- and U-bearing and Cd-rich compounds, Si-bearing hydrated compounds after calcium uranates, and basic Cd chlorides. The empirical formula of the holotype tululite (a mean of 32 analyses) is (Ca13.29Cd0.75)Σ14.04(Al5.46Zn5.20Fe3+ 2.23Si0.95Mn3+ 1.01Mg0.78P0.41)Σ16.04O36. Tululite is cubic, space

  7. Sodium, K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Cu, and Zn concentrations in molluscs from the Magellan Strait (Chile): their contribution to dietary intake.

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    España, M S Astorga; Rodríguez, E M Rodríguez; Romero, C Díaz

    2005-08-01

    The concentrations of the essential metals Na, K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Cu, and Zn were determined in 126 specimens of molluscs belonging to five different species: Mytilus chilensis, n=47; Nacella deaurata, n=65; Aulacomya ater, n=4; Fissurella picta, n=4; Acanthina monodon, n=6, collected from the coastline of the Magellan Strait. Significant differences were obtained among the mean metal concentrations in the mollusc species considered. The contribution to the dietary daily intake of these metals for the consumption of one serving of these molluscs was high, especially the contribution to the Fe intake for the consumption of N. deaurata. Some significant differences were observed among the mean concentrations for the studied metals according to the zone of sampling. The influence of the zone of sampling on the mean concentration of metals in N. deaurata was higher than in M. chilensis. The application of lineal discriminant analysis (LDA) made it possible to differentiate statistically between specimens according to the mollusc species. Within the each mollusc species, the LDA helped to identify specimens according to the zone of sampling and weight/length ratio. PMID:16236595

  8. Synthesis of layered double hydroxides containing Mg2+, Zn2+, Ca2+ and Al3+ layer cations by co-precipitation methods-A review

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    Theiss, Frederick L.; Ayoko, Godwin A.; Frost, Ray L.

    2016-10-01

    Co-precipitation is a common method for the preparation of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) and related materials. This review article is aimed at providing newcomers to the field with some examples of the types of co-precipitation reactions that have been reported previously and to briefly investigate some of the properties of the products of these reactions. Due to the sheer volume of literature on the subject, the authors have had to limit this article to the synthesis of Mg/Al, Zn/Al and Ca/Al LDHs by co-precipitation and directly related methods. LDHs have been synthesised from various reagents including metal salts, oxides and hydroxides. Co-precipitation is also useful for the direct synthesis of LDHs with a wide range of interlayer anions and various bases have been successfully employed to prepare LDHs. Examples of other synthesis techniques including the urea method, hydrothermal synthesis and various mechanochemical methods that are undoubtedly related to co-precipitation have also been included in this review. The effect of post synthesis hydrothermal has also been summarised.

  9. Chemically anchoring of TiO2 coating on OH-terminated Mg3(PO3)2 surface and its influence on the in vitro degradation resistance of Mg-Zn-Ca alloy

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    Cao, Guoqin; Wang, Lijie; Fu, Zhenya; Hu, Junhua; Guan, Shaokang; Zhang, Caili; Wang, Liguo; Zhu, Shijie

    2014-07-01

    Surface treatment is of particular interest to slow down the in vitro degradation of Mg-based implants. In this work, micro arc oxidation (MAO) coating was fabricated on Mg-Zn-Ca alloy which has been developed by our group especially for the application of bio-implants. Evident improvement in corrosion resistance was obtained although the MAO coating was porous. In order to further diminish the contact with SBF, a composite coating was prepared by introducing a TiO2 layer by liquid phase deposition (LPD) method on the MAO pre-treated alloy. The coatings were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The results of the potentiodynamic polarization experiments showed that, compared with the bare alloy, the corrosion potential of TiO2/MAO/alloy increased from -1.771 to -1.607 V. At the same time, the corrosion current density decreased from 1.43 × 10-4 A cm-2 to 5.69 × 10-7 A cm-2. The improvement of degradation resistance in SBF was ascribed to both barrier effect and enhanced interface condition. The OH-terminated MAO layer surface can make the TiO2 layer anchor tightly on the MOA surface. The chemical bonding of composite layer induced by Mg2+ cations bridges was also analyzed.

  10. Analysis of six elements (Ca, Mg, Fe, Zn, Cu, and Mn) in several wild vegetables and evaluation of their intakes based on Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2010-2011.

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    Bae, Yun-Jung; Kim, Mi-Hyun; Lee, Je-Hyuk; Choi, Mi-Kyeong

    2015-03-01

    Wild vegetables, those edible among naturally grown vegetables, have been reported to contain many bioactive substances, dietary fibers, vitamins, and minerals. The purpose of this study is to examine the six elements of the wild vegetables frequently consumed by Koreans and assess the element intakes through them. Contents of six kinds of elements (Ca, Mg, Fe, Zn, Cu, and Mn) in 11 wild vegetables were analyzed by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy. Using these analysis data, the 6-element intakes from the wild vegetables were evaluated in healthy Korean adults aged 19-64 years from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2010-2011). Sedum and shepherd's purse contained over 100 mg of Ca in 100 g of their edible portion. The Mg content per 100 g of the 11 wild vegetables ranged from 12.1 mg to 43.4 mg. The wild vegetable with the highest mineral content per 100 g was sedum for Ca, spinach for Mg, shepherd's purse for Fe, spinach for Zn, bracken for Cu, and fragrant edible wild aster for Mn. The element intakes from the 11 wild vegetables compared with dietary reference intakes in the healthy Koreans were 1.0 % for Ca, 2.1 % for Mg, 5.3 % for Fe, 1.4 % for Zn, 0.3 % for Cu, and 1.8 % for Mn. Considering the low intake ratio (1.2 %) of the wild vegetable to total food intake, wild vegetables may contribute to some element intakes. Our results show the nutritional value of the wild vegetables in the aspect of mineral nutrition; however, further research is needed to evaluate the bioavailability of various elements in wild vegetables. PMID:25524523

  11. Blood pressure and levels of Fe, Ca, Mg, Zn, Cu, Na and K in the hair of young Bantu men from Tanzania.

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    Rębacz-Maron, Ewa; Baranowska-Bosiacka, Irena; Gutowska, Izabela; Chlubek, Dariusz

    2013-03-01

    Mineral imbalance in the body may significantly contribute to the development and course of hypertension. In this paper, blood pressure figures have been linked to the levels of Fe, Ca, Mg, Zn, Cu, Na and K in hair. The research sample was composed of young men (n = 91) aged 13-21, from the town of Mafinga, Iringa District, Tanzania. The data collected included their age, tribal background and weekly diet. Based on body mass index, the participants were categorised into pre-defined subgroups. To examine how the minerals in question affect blood pressure, correlation analysis and multiple ridge regression analysis were performed. Analysis of ridge regression findings for the researched group (n = 91) shows that the minerals under scrutiny account for systolic blood pressure variation in 13 % and in 15 % for diastolic blood pressure variation. After including two additional variables-calendar age and body mass index-in regression analysis, the ultimate coefficient of determination (R (2)) changes for systolic blood pressure and remains the same for diastolic blood pressure (R (2) = 0.194 and R (2) = 0.156, respectively). Nutritional analysis shows that the students included in the study received insufficient calories per day (1,500-2,200 kcal). The group of students with abnormal blood pressure were not aware of their poor health. Research findings may result from progressive environmental changes and poor nutrition in terms of food quantity and quality, which had an impact on the subjects' blood pressure. Hair analysis used to determine mineral content in the body may be an auxiliary tool in identifying the links between factors leading to the development of hypertension. PMID:23279941

  12. Spontaneous polarization driven Mg concentration profile reconstruction in MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures

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    Imasaka, K.; Falson, J.; Kozuka, Y. Kawasaki, M.; Tsukazaki, A.

    2014-06-16

    Atomic reconstruction at the interface of MgZnO and ZnO in molecular beam epitaxy grown heterostructures is investigated. Using secondary ion mass spectroscopy, we experimentally find that Mg atomic reconstruction depends on the polarity of the interface; it is not observed in n-type interfaces (MgZnO on Zn-polar ZnO) owing to electron accumulation, while in p-type interfaces (ZnO on Zn-polar MgZnO), Mg drastically redistributes into the ZnO layer. Combined with self-consistent calculation of band profiles and carrier distributions, we reveal that the observed Mg reconstruction is not due to thermal diffusion but consequences in order to avoid hole accumulation. This tendency implies inherent significant asymmetry of energy scales of atomic and electronic reconstructions between n-type and p-type interfaces.

  13. High Resolution Structures of p-Aminobenzamidine- and Benzamidine- VIIa/Soluble Tissue Factor: Unpredicted Conformation of the 192-193 Peptide Bond and Mapping of Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+ an Zn2+ Sites in Facto VIIa

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    Bajaj,S.; Schmidt, A.; Agah, S.; Bajaj, M.; Padmanabhan, K.

    2006-01-01

    Factor VIIa (FVIIa) consists of a {gamma}-carboxyglutamic acid (Gla) domain, two epidermal growth factor-like domains, and a protease domain. FVIIa binds seven Ca{sup 2+} ions in the Gla, one in the EGF1, and one in the protease domain. However, blood contains both Ca{sup 2+} and Mg{sup 2+}, and the Ca{sup 2+} sites in FVIIa that could be specifically occupied by Mg{sup 2+} are unknown. Furthermore, FVIIa contains a Na{sup +} and two Zn{sup 2+} sites, but ligands for these cations are undefined. We obtained p-aminobenzamidine-VIIa/soluble tissue factor (sTF) crystals under conditions containing Ca{sup 2+}, Mg{sup 2+}, Na{sup +}, and Zn{sup 2+}. The crystal diffracted to 1.8{angstrom} resolution, and the final structure has an R-factor of 19.8%. In this structure, the Gla domain has four Ca{sup 2+} and three bound Mg{sup 2+}. The EGF1 domain contains one Ca{sup 2+} site, and the protease domain contains one Ca{sup 2+}, one Na{sup +}, and two Zn{sup 2+} sites. {sup 45}Ca{sup 2+} binding in the presence/absence of Mg{sup 2+} to FVIIa, Gla-domainless FVIIa, and prothrombin fragment 1 supports the crystal data. Furthermore, unlike in other serine proteases, the amide N of Gly{sup 193} in FVIIa points away from the oxyanion hole in this structure. Importantly, the oxyanion hole is also absent in the benzamidine-FVIIa/sTF structure at 1.87{angstrom} resolution. However, soaking benzamidine-FVIIa/sTF crystals with D-Phe-Pro-Arg-chloromethyl ketone results in benzamidine displacement, D-Phe-Pro-Arg incorporation, and oxyanion hole formation by a flip of the 192-193 peptide bond in FVIIa. Thus, it is the substrate and not the TF binding that induces oxyanion hole formation and functional active site geometry in FVIIa. Absence of oxyanion hole is unusual and has biologic implications for FVIIa macromolecular substrate specificity and catalysis.

  14. Chemical stability and dielectric properties of RO-La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3} (R = Ca, Mg, Zn)-based ceramics

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    Jo, Yeon Hwa; Kang, Min Soo; Chung, Kyung Won; Cho, Yong Soo

    2008-02-05

    New lanthanum borate (La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}) glasses modified with divalent oxides, such as CaO, MgO and ZnO were investigated as potential low temperature dielectrics by understanding compositional dependence of dielectric properties and chemical leaching resistance. Firing behavior, such as densification and crystallization, depended strongly on the glass composition and is found to influence the resultant dielectric performance. Specifically, the dielectric composition of 20ZnO-20La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-60B{sub 2}O{sub 3} glass with 40 wt% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} as a filler showed distinct enhancements of dielectric properties, i.e., k {approx} 8.3 and Q {approx} 1091 at the resonant frequency of 17.1 GHz, as a result of 850 deg. C firing. The result was believed related to earlier densification and unexpected evolvements of ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} and La(BO{sub 2}){sub 3} phases during firing. The Mg-containing glass sample was most stable in strong acid solutions and did not show any significant changes in microstructure even after 300 min exposure. The Ca-containing glass sample was not regarded as a promising candidate for low temperature dielectrics from the observed low quality factor and weak chemical durability.

  15. Improvement of Corrosion Resistance of Binary Mg-Ca Alloys Using Duplex Aluminum-Chromium Coatings

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    Daroonparvar, Mohammadreza; Yajid, Muhamad Azizi Mat; Yusof, Noordin Mohd; Bakhsheshi-Rad, Hamid Reza; Adabi, Mohsen; Hamzah, Esah; Kamali, Hussein Ali

    2015-07-01

    Al-AlCr was coated on Mg-Ca and Mg-Zn-Ce-La alloys using physical vapor deposition method. The surface morphology of the specimens was characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The AFM results indicated that the average surface roughness of Al-AlCr coating on the Mg-Ca alloy is much lower than that of Al-AlCr coating on the Mg-Zn-Ce-La alloy. However, Al-AlCr coating on the Mg-Ca alloy presented a more compact structure with fewer pores, pinholes, and cracks than Al-AlCr coating on the Mg-Zn-Ce-La alloy. Electrochemical studies revealed that the novel coating (Al-AlCr) can remarkably reduce the corrosion rate of the Mg-Ca alloy in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution. It was seen that the anodic current density of the Al-AlCr-coated Mg-Ca alloy was very small when compared to the Al-AlCr-coated Mg-Zn-Ce-La and uncoated alloys. Impedance modulus ( Z) of the Al-AlCr-coated samples was higher than that of the bare Mg alloys. Z of Al-AlCr-coated Mg-Ca alloy was higher than that of the Al-AlCr-coated Mg-Zn-Ce-La alloy at low frequency.

  16. Release of Zn from maternal tissues in pregnant rats deficient in Zn or Zn and Ca

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    Hurley, L.S.; Masters, D.G.; Lonnerdal, B.; Keen, C.L.

    1986-03-05

    Earlier studies have shown that diets that increase tissue catabolism reduce the teratogenic effects of Zn deficiency. The hypothesis that Zn may be released from body tissues when the metabolic state is altered was further tested. Nonpregnant Sprague Dawley females were injected with Zn-65; after equilibration, the two major pools of Zn, bone and muscle, had different specific activities (SA), muscle being much higher. Females were mated and fed diets adequate in Zn and Ca (C) or deficient in Zn (ZnD) or deficient in both Zn and Ca (ZnCaD). Calculations using weight loss in ZnD and ZnCaD rats, Zn content of maternal bone and muscle, and total fetal Zn at term indicated that in ZnCaD rats a relatively small amount of Zn from bone early in pregnancy was sufficient to prevent abnormal organogenesis, but most fetal Zn came from breakdown of maternal muscle in the last 3 days of pregnancy. Isotope data supported this conclusion. SA of Zn in ZnD fetuses was equal and high, indicating that most Zn came from the same maternal tissue. High muscle SA prior to mating, and increased SA in tibia and liver during pregnancy suggest that muscle provided Zn for other maternal tissues as well as fetuses. In contrast, SA in C fetuses was less than 30% of that of the D groups, consistent with the earlier hypothesis that most fetal Zn in C rats is accrued directly from the diet.

  17. Diffusion of Ca and Mg in Calcite

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    Cygan, R.T.; Fisler, D.K.

    1999-02-10

    The self-diffusion of Ca and the tracer diffusion of Mg in calcite have been experimentally measured using isotopic tracers of {sup 25}Mg and {sup 44}Ca. Natural single crystals of calcite were coated with a thermally-sputtered oxide thin film and then annealed in a CO{sub 2} gas at one atmosphere total pressure and temperatures from 550 to 800 C. Diffusion coefficient values were derived from the depth profiles obtained by ion microprobe analysis. The resultant activation energies for Mg tracer diffusion and Ca self-diffusion are respectively: E{sub a}(Mg) = 284 {+-} 74 kJ/mol and E{sub a}(Ca) = 271 {+-} 80 kJ/mol. For the temperature ranges in these experiments, the diffusion of Mg is faster than Ca. The results are generally consistent in magnitude with divalent cation diffusion rates obtained in previous studies and provide a means of interpreting the thermal histories of carbonate minerals, the mechanism of dolomitization, and other diffusion-controlled processes. The results indicate that cation diffusion in calcite is relatively slow and cations are the rate-limiting diffusing species for the deformation of calcite and carbonate rocks. Application of the calcite-dolomite geothermometer to metamorphic assemblages will be constrained by cation diffusion and cooling rates. The direct measurement of Mg tracer diffusion in calcite indicates that dolomitization is unlikely to be accomplished by Mg diffusion in the solid state but by a recrystallization process.

  18. Fast sequential multi-element determination of Ca, Mg, K, Cu, Fe, Mn and Zn for foliar diagnosis using high-resolution continuum source flame atomic absorption spectrometry: Feasibility of secondary lines, side pixel registration and least-squares background correction

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    de Oliveira, Silvana Ruella; Raposo, Jorge Luiz, Jr.; Gomes Neto, José Anchieta

    2009-06-01

    The fast sequential multi-element determination of Ca, Mg, K, Cu, Fe, Mn and Zn in plant tissues by high-resolution continuum source flame atomic absorption spectrometry is proposed. For this, the main lines for Cu (324.754 nm), Fe (248.327 nm), Mn (279.482 nm) and Zn (213.857 nm) were selected, and the secondary lines for Ca (239.856 nm), Mg (202.582 nm) and K (404.414 nm) were evaluated. The side pixel registration approach was studied to reduce sensitivity and extend the linear working range for Mg by measuring at wings (202.576 nm; 202.577 nm; 202.578 nm; 202.580 nm; 202.585 nm; 202.586 nm; 202.587 nm; 202.588 nm) of the secondary line. The interference caused by NO bands on Zn at 213.857 nm was removed using the least-squares background correction. Using the main lines for Cu, Fe, Mn and Zn, secondary lines for Ca and K, and line wing at 202.588 nm for Mg, and 5 mL min - 1 sample flow-rate, calibration curves in the 0.1-0.5 mg L - 1 Cu, 0.5-4.0 mg L - 1 Fe, 0.5-4.0 mg L - 1 Mn, 0.2-1.0 mg L - 1 Zn, 10.0-100.0 mg L - 1 Ca, 5.0-40.0 mg L - 1 Mg and 50.0-250.0 mg L - 1 K ranges were consistently obtained. Accuracy and precision were evaluated after analysis of five plant standard reference materials. Results were in agreement at a 95% confidence level (paired t-test) with certified values. The proposed method was applied to digests of sugar-cane leaves and results were close to those obtained by line-source flame atomic absorption spectrometry. Recoveries of Ca, Mg, K, Cu, Fe, Mn and Zn in the 89-103%, 84-107%, 87-103%, 85-105%, 92-106%, 91-114%, 96-114% intervals, respectively, were obtained. The limits of detection were 0.6 mg L - 1 Ca, 0.4 mg L - 1 Mg, 0.4 mg L - 1 K, 7.7 µg L - 1 Cu, 7.7 µg L - 1 Fe, 1.5 µg L - 1 Mn and 5.9 µg L - 1 Zn.

  19. Pressure effects on resistive transition in (Cu,M)Ba{sub 2}Ca{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}O{sub y} (M = C,Al,Tl,Mg,Zn) superconductors

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    Tokiwa, K.; Kunugi, C.; Kashiwagi, H.

    1999-11-01

    Single phase samples with the composition of (Cu,M)Ba{sub 2}Ca{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}O{sub y}(CuM-1234; M = C,Al,Tl,Mg,Zn) have been synthesized using high pressure technique. The authors have measured the pressure dependence of superconducting transition temperature ({Tc}) through in situ resistivity measurements up to 8 GPa for these samples, reproducibly. These samples indicated almost the same {Tc}-enhancement by applied pressure, in spite of their different ambient {Tc} values. The enhancement values of 8--10 K at 8 GPa pressure for these samples are found to be comparable to those of Hg-system and (B,C)-system.

  20. Effect of ambient Mg/Ca ratio on Mg fractionation in calcareous marine invertebrates: A record of the oceanic Mg/Ca ratio over the Phanerozoic

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    Ries, Justin B.

    2004-11-01

    The Mg/Ca ratio of seawater has changed significantly over the Phanerozoic, primarily as a function of the rate of ocean-crust production. Echinoids, crabs, shrimps, and calcareous serpulid worms grown in artificial seawaters encompassing the range of Mg/Ca ratios that existed throughout the Phanerozoic exhibit a direct nonlinear relationship between skeletal and ambient Mg/Ca. Specimens grown in seawater with the lowest Mg/Ca (˜1) changed their mineralogy to low-Mg calcite (<4 mol% MgCO3), suggesting that these high-Mg calcareous organisms would have produced low-Mg calcite in the Cretaceous, when oceanic Mg/Ca was lowest (˜1). These results support the empirical evidence that the skeletal chemistry of calcareous organisms has varied significantly over the Phanerozoic as a function of the Mg/Ca of seawater, and that the Mg/Ca of unaltered fossils of such organisms may be a record of oceanic Mg/Ca throughout the Phanerozoic. Mg fractionation algorithms, which relate skeletal Mg/Ca, seawater Mg/Ca, and temperature, were derived from these and other experiments. They can be used to estimate paleoceanic Mg/ Ca ratios and temperatures from fossil skeletal Mg/Ca of the organisms evaluated. Pale oceanic Mg/Ca ratios, recalculated by using the echinoderm Mg fractionation algorithm from published fossil echinoid Mg/Ca, crinoid Mg/Ca, and paleotemperature data, are consistent with other estimates and models of oceanic Mg/Ca over the Phanerozoic.

  1. Structural and optical properties of ZnMgO nanostructures formed by Mg in-diffused ZnO nanowires

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    Pan, C.-J.; Hsu, H.-C.; Cheng, H.-M.; Wu, C.-Y.; Hsieh, W.-F.

    2007-04-15

    ZnMgO nanostructures with wurtzite phase were prepared by thermal diffusion of Mg into the ZnO nanowires. As ZnO light-emitting devices have been operated by using ZnMgO layers as energy barrier layers to confine the carriers, it is essential to realize the characterization of ZnMgO particularly. In this work, the Mg content in Zn{sub 1} {sub -x} Mg {sub x} O alloy determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL) shows a good coincidence. The variation of lattice constant and the blueshift of near-band-edge emission indicate that Zn{sup 2+} ions are successfully substituted by Mg{sup 2+} ions in the ZnO lattice. In Raman-scattering studies, the change of E {sub 2}(high) phonon line shape in ZnO:Mg nanostructures reveals the microscopic substitutional disorder. In addition to the host phonons of ZnO, two additional bands around 383 and 510 cm{sup -1} are presumably attributed to the Mg-related vibrational modes. - Graphical abstract: We reported the synthesis of the ZnMgO nanostructures prepared by a simple vapor transport method. Magnesium-related anomalous modes are observed by Raman spectra for the first time in ZnMgO system.

  2. Diffusion Couple Investigation of the Mg-Zn System

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    Brennan, Sarah; Bermudez, Katrina; Sohn, Yong Ho; Kulkarni, Nagraj S

    2012-01-01

    Phase layer growth and interdiffusion in the binary Mg-Zn system was investigated utilizing solid-to-solid diffusion couples annealed at 295 , 315 and 325 C for 21, 7 and 5 days, respectively. The diffusion microstructure was examined by scanning electron microscopy and concentration profiles were determined using X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy and electron microprobe analysis. The Mg solid solution, Mg2Zn11, MgZn2 and Mg2Zn3 in all three couples were observed in addition to the high temperature, Mg51Zn20 phase at 325 C. The MgZn2 phase was observed to grow the thickest layer, followed by the Mg2Zn3 and the Mg2Zn11 phases. Activation energies for the parabolic growth were calculated to be 105 kJ/mol and 207 kJ/mol for the Mg2Zn3 and MgZn2, respectively. Relevant interdiffusion coefficients were calculated for the phases present by analyses of concentration profiles. This study was sponsored by the US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Vehicle Technologies Program (DE-AC05-00OR22725).

  3. ZnO/(ZnMg)O single quantum wells with high Mg content graded barriers

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    Laumer, Bernhard; Schuster, Fabian; Wassner, Thomas A.; Stutzmann, Martin; Rohnke, Marcus; Schoermann, Joerg; Eickhoff, Martin

    2012-06-01

    ZnO/Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O single quantum wells (SQWs) were grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on c-plane sapphire substrates. Compositional grading allows the application of optimized growth conditions for the fabrication of Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O barriers with high crystalline quality and a maximum Mg content of x = 0.23. High resolution x-ray diffraction reveals partial relaxation of the graded barriers. Due to exciton localization, the SQW emission is found to consist of contributions from donor-bound and free excitons. While for narrow SQWs with well width d{sub W}{<=}2.5nm, the observed increase of the exciton binding energy is caused by quantum confinement, the drop of the photoluminescence emission below the ZnO bulk value found for wide SQWs is attributed to the quantum-confined Stark effect. For a Mg content of x = 0.23, a built-in electric field of 630 kV/cm is extracted, giving rise to a decrease of the exciton binding energy and rapid thermal quenching of the SQW emission characterized by an activation energy of (24 {+-} 4) meV for d{sub W} = 8.3 nm.

  4. Mg Content Dependence of EML-PVD Zn-Mg Coating Adhesion on Steel Strip

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    Jung, Woo Sung; Lee, Chang Wook; Kim, Tae Yeob; De Cooman, Bruno C.

    2016-09-01

    The effect of coating thickness and Mg concentration on the adhesion strength of electromagnetic levitation physical vapor deposited Zn-Mg alloy coatings on steel strip was investigated. The phase fraction of Zn, Mg2Zn11, and MgZn2 was determined for a coating Mg concentration in the 0 to 15 wt pct range. Coatings with a Mg content less than 5 pct consisted of an Zn and Mg2Zn11 phase mixture. The coatings showed good adhesion strength and ductile fracture behavior. Coatings with a higher Mg concentration, which consisted of a Mg2Zn11 and MgZn2 phase mixture, had a poor adhesion strength and a brittle fracture behavior. The adhesion strength of PVD Zn-Mg alloy coatings was found to be related to the pure Zn phase fraction. The effect of coating thickness on adhesion strength was found to be negligible. The microstructure of the interface between steel and Zn-Mg alloy coatings was investigated in detail by electron microscopy, electron diffraction, and atom probe tomography.

  5. Mg Content Dependence of EML-PVD Zn-Mg Coating Adhesion on Steel Strip

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    Jung, Woo Sung; Lee, Chang Wook; Kim, Tae Yeob; De Cooman, Bruno C.

    2016-07-01

    The effect of coating thickness and Mg concentration on the adhesion strength of electromagnetic levitation physical vapor deposited Zn-Mg alloy coatings on steel strip was investigated. The phase fraction of Zn, Mg2Zn11, and MgZn2 was determined for a coating Mg concentration in the 0 to 15 wt pct range. Coatings with a Mg content less than 5 pct consisted of an Zn and Mg2Zn11 phase mixture. The coatings showed good adhesion strength and ductile fracture behavior. Coatings with a higher Mg concentration, which consisted of a Mg2Zn11 and MgZn2 phase mixture, had a poor adhesion strength and a brittle fracture behavior. The adhesion strength of PVD Zn-Mg alloy coatings was found to be related to the pure Zn phase fraction. The effect of coating thickness on adhesion strength was found to be negligible. The microstructure of the interface between steel and Zn-Mg alloy coatings was investigated in detail by electron microscopy, electron diffraction, and atom probe tomography.

  6. Impact of seawater [Ca2+] on the calcification and calciteMg / Ca of Amphistegina lessonii

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    Mewes, A.; Langer, G.; Thoms, S.; Nehrke, G.; Reichart, G.-J.; de Nooijer, L. J.; Bijma, J.

    2015-04-01

    Mg / Ca ratios in foraminiferal tests are routinely used as paleotemperature proxies, but on long timescales, they also hold the potential to reconstruct past seawater Mg / Ca. The impact of both temperature and seawater Mg / Ca on Mg incorporation in Foraminifera has been quantified by a number of studies. The underlying mechanism responsible for Mg incorporation in foraminiferal calcite and its sensitivity to environmental conditions, however, has not been fully identified. A recently published biomineralization model (Nehrke et al., 2013) proposes a combination of transmembrane transport and seawater leakage or vacuolization to link calcite Mg / Ca to seawater Mg / Ca and explains inter-species variability in Mg / Ca ratios. To test the assumptions of this model, we conducted a culture study in which seawater Mg / Ca was manipulated by varying [Ca2+] and keeping [Mg2+] constant. Foraminiferal growth rates, test thickness and calcite Mg / Ca of newly formed chambers were analyzed. Results showed optimum growth rates and test thickness at Mg / Ca closest to that of ambient seawater. Calcite Mg / Ca is positively correlated to seawater Mg / Ca, indicating that it is not absolute seawater [Ca2+] and [Mg2+] but their ratio that controls Mg / Ca in tests. These results demonstrate that the calcification process cannot be based only on seawater vacuolization, supporting the mixing model proposed by Nehrke et al. (2013). Here, however, we suggest transmembrane transport fractionation that is not as strong as suggested by Nehrke et al. (2013).

  7. Impact of seawater Ca2+ on the calcification and calcite Mg/Ca of Amphistegina lessonii

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    Mewes, A.; Langer, G.; Thoms, S.; Nehrke, G.; Reichart, G.-J.; de Nooijer, L. J.; Bijma, J.

    2014-12-01

    Mg/Ca ratios in foraminiferal tests are routinely used as paleo temperature proxy, but on long timescales, also hold the potential to reconstruct past seawater Mg/Ca. Impact of both temperature and seawater Mg/Ca on Mg incorporation in foraminifera have been quantified by a number of studies. The underlying mechanism responsible for Mg incorporation in foraminiferal calcite and its sensitivity to environmental conditions, however, is not fully identified. A recently published biomineralization model (Nehrke et al., 2013) proposes a combination of transmembrane transport and seawater leakage or vacuolization to link calcite Mg/Ca to seawater Mg/Ca and explains inter-species variability in Mg/Ca ratios. To test the assumptions of this model, we conducted a culture study in which seawater Mg/Ca was manipulated by varying [Ca2+] and keeping [Mg2+] constant. Foraminiferal growth rates, test thickness and calcite Mg/Ca of newly formed chambers were analyzed. Results showed optimum growth rates and test thickness at Mg/Ca closest to that of ambient seawater. Calcite Mg/Ca is positively correlated to seawater Mg/Ca, indicating that not absolute seawater [Ca2+] and [Mg2+], but the telative ratio controls Mg/Ca in tests. These results demonstrate that the calcification process cannot be based only on seawater vacuolization, supporting the mixing model proposed by Nehrke et al. (2013). Here we, however, suggest a transmembrane transport fractionation that is not as strong as suggested by Nehrke et al. (2013).

  8. Energy band bowing parameter in MgZnO alloys

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    Wang, Xu; Saito, Katsuhiko; Tanaka, Tooru; Nishio, Mitsuhiro; Guo, Qixin; Nagaoka, Takashi; Arita, Makoto

    2015-07-13

    We report on bandgap bowing parameters for wurtzite and cubic MgZnO alloys from a study of high quality and single phase films in all Mg content range. The Mg contents in the MgZnO films were accurately determined using the energy dispersive spectrometer and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The measurement of bandgap energies by examining the onset of inelastic energy loss in core-level atomic spectra from XPS is proved to be valid for determining the bandgap of MgZnO films. The dependence of the energy bandgap on Mg content is found to deviate downwards from linearity. Fitting of the bandgap data resulted in two bowing parameters of 2.01 ± 0.04 eV and 1.48 ± 0.11 eV corresponding to wurtzite and cubic MgZnO films, respectively.

  9. Research on an Mg-Zn alloy as a degradable biomaterial.

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    Zhang, Shaoxiang; Zhang, Xiaonong; Zhao, Changli; Li, Jianan; Song, Yang; Xie, Chaoying; Tao, Hairong; Zhang, Yan; He, Yaohua; Jiang, Yao; Bian, Yujun

    2010-02-01

    In this study a binary Mg-Zn magnesium alloy was researched as a degradable biomedical material. An Mg-Zn alloy fabricated with high-purity raw materials and using a clean melting process had very low levels of impurities. After solid solution treatment and hot working the grain size of the Mg-Zn alloy was finer and a uniform single phase was gained. The mechanical properties of this Mg-Zn alloy were suitable for implant applications, i.e. the tensile strength and elongation achieved were approximately 279.5MPa and 18.8%, respectively. The results of in vitro degradation experiments including electrochemical measurements and immersion tests revealed that the zinc could elevate the corrosion potential of Mg in simulated body fluid (SBF) and reduce the degradation rate. The corrosion products on the surface of Mg-Zn were hydroxyapatite (HA) and other Mg/Ca phosphates in SBF. In addition, the influence caused by in vitro degradation on mechanical properties was studied, and the results showed that the bending strength of Mg-Zn alloy dropped sharply in the earlier stage of degradation, while smoothly during the later period. The in vitro cytotoxicity of Mg-Zn was examined. The result 0-1 grade revealed that the Mg-Zn alloy was harmless to L-929 cells. For in vivo experiments, Mg-Zn rods were implanted into the femoral shaft of rabbits. The radiographs illustrated that the magnesium alloy could be gradually absorbed in vivo at about 2.32mm/yr degradation rate obtained by weight loss method. Hematoxylin and eosin (HE) stained section around Mg-Zn rods suggested that there were newly formed bone surrounding the implant. HE stained tissue (containing heart, liver, kidney and spleen tissues) and the biochemical measurements, including serum magnesium, serum creatinine (CREA), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (GPT) and creatine kinase (CK) proved that the in vivo degradation of Mg-Zn did not harm the important organs. Moreover, no adverse effects of

  10. Effects of Mg2+ on Ca2+ waves and Ca2+ transients of rat ventricular myocytes.

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    Terada, H; Hayashi, H; Noda, N; Satoh, H; Katoh, H; Yamazaki, N

    1996-03-01

    It has been shown that the occurrence of the transient inward current, which is responsible for triggered activity, was often associated with propagating regions of increased intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i), i.e., the "Ca2+ wave." To investigate the mechanism of antiarrhythmic action of Mg2+, we have studied effects of high concentrations of Mg2+ on Ca2+ waves in isolated rat ventricular myocytes. [Ca2+]i was estimated using the Ca(2+)-indicating probe indo 1. Ca2+ waves in myocytes, stimulated at 0.2 Hz, were induced by perfusion of isoproterenol (10(-7) M). High Mg2+ concentration suppressed Ca2+ waves in a concentration-dependent manner (36% at 4 mM, 70% at 8 mM, and 82% at 12 mM). The Ca2+ channel blocker verapamil also suppressed Ca2+ waves in a similar way. In contrast with marked depression of Ca2+ transients by verapamil, Ca2+ transients were not affected by high Mg2+ concentration (8 mM). High Mg2+ concentration also reduced frequencies of Ca2+ waves in the absence of electrical stimulation, whereas verapamil failed to reduce frequencies of Ca2+ waves. Reduction in frequency of Ca2+ waves by high Mg2+ concentration was associated with slowing of propagation velocity of Ca2+ waves. To examine whether suppressive effects of high Mg2+ concentration on Ca2+ waves were related to an increase in intracellular Mg2+ concentration ([Mg2+]i), the effect of high-Mg2+ solution on [Mg2+]i was examined in myocytes loaded with mag-fura 2. An increase in extracellular Mg2+ concentration from 1 to 12 mM increased [Mg2+]i from 1.06 +/- 0.16 to 1.87 +/- 0.22 mM (P < 0.01) in 30 min. To examine the effect of high Mg2+ concentration on amount of releasable Ca2+ in the sarcoplasmic reticulum, the effect of high Mg2+ concentration on the Ca2+ transient induced by a rapid application of caffeine was examined. High-Mg2+ solution increased the peak of the caffeine-induced Ca2+ transient. These results suggest that the inhibitory effect of Mg2+ on Ca2+ waves was not due

  11. Thermal Parameters and Microstructural Development in Directionally Solidified Zn-Rich Zn-Mg Alloys

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    Vida, Talita A.; Freitas, Emmanuelle S.; Brito, Crystopher; Cheung, Noé; Arenas, Maria A.; Conde, Ana; De Damborenea, Juan; Garcia, Amauri

    2016-06-01

    Transient directional solidification experiments have been carried out with Zn-Mg hypoeutectic alloys under an extensive range of cooling rates with a view to analyzing the evolution of microstructure. It is shown that the microstructure is formed by a Zn-rich matrix of different morphologies and competitive eutectic mixtures (Zn-Zn11Mg2 and Zn-Zn2Mg). For 0.3 wt-pct Mg and 0.5 wt-pct Mg alloys, the Zn-rich matrix is shown to be characterized by high-cooling rates plate-like cells (cooling rates >9.5 and 24 K/s, respectively), followed by a granular-dendritic morphological transition for lower cooling rates. In contrast, a directionally solidified Zn1.2 wt-pct Mg alloy casting is shown to have the Zn-rich matrix formed only by dendritic equiaxed grains. Experimental growth laws are proposed relating the plate-like cellular interphase, the secondary dendritic arm spacing, and the eutectic interphase spacings to solidification thermal parameters, i.e., cooling rate and growth rate. The experimental law for the growth of secondary dendritic spacings under unsteady-state solidifications is also shown to encompass results of hypoeutectic Zn-Mg alloys subjected to steady-state Bridgman growth.

  12. Thermal Parameters and Microstructural Development in Directionally Solidified Zn-Rich Zn-Mg Alloys

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    Vida, Talita A.; Freitas, Emmanuelle S.; Brito, Crystopher; Cheung, Noé; Arenas, Maria A.; Conde, Ana; De Damborenea, Juan; Garcia, Amauri

    2016-04-01

    Transient directional solidification experiments have been carried out with Zn-Mg hypoeutectic alloys under an extensive range of cooling rates with a view to analyzing the evolution of microstructure. It is shown that the microstructure is formed by a Zn-rich matrix of different morphologies and competitive eutectic mixtures (Zn-Zn11Mg2 and Zn-Zn2Mg). For 0.3 wt-pct Mg and 0.5 wt-pct Mg alloys, the Zn-rich matrix is shown to be characterized by high-cooling rates plate-like cells (cooling rates >9.5 and 24 K/s, respectively), followed by a granular-dendritic morphological transition for lower cooling rates. In contrast, a directionally solidified Zn1.2 wt-pct Mg alloy casting is shown to have the Zn-rich matrix formed only by dendritic equiaxed grains. Experimental growth laws are proposed relating the plate-like cellular interphase, the secondary dendritic arm spacing, and the eutectic interphase spacings to solidification thermal parameters, i.e., cooling rate and growth rate. The experimental law for the growth of secondary dendritic spacings under unsteady-state solidifications is also shown to encompass results of hypoeutectic Zn-Mg alloys subjected to steady-state Bridgman growth.

  13. Distribution of P, K, Ca, Mg, Cd, Cu, Fe, Mn, Pb and Zn in wood and bark age classes of willows and poplars used for phytoextraction on soils contaminated by risk elements.

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    Zárubová, Pavla; Hejcman, Michal; Vondráčková, Stanislava; Mrnka, Libor; Száková, Jiřina; Tlustoš, Pavel

    2015-12-01

    Fast-growing clones of Salix and Populus have been studied for remediation of soils contaminated by risk elements (RE) using short-rotation coppice plantations. Our aim was to assess biomass yield and distributions of elements in wood and bark of highly productive willow (S1--[Salix schwerinii × Salix viminalis] × S. viminalis, S2--Salix × smithiana clone S-218) and poplar (P1--Populus maximowiczii × Populus nigra, P2--P. nigra) clones with respect to aging. The field experiment was established in April 2008 on moderately Cd-, Pb- and Zn- contaminated soil. Shoots were harvested after four seasons (February 2012) and separated into annual classes of wood and bark. All tested clones grew on contaminated soils, with highest biomass production and lowest mortality exhibited by P1 and S2. Concentrations of elements, with exception of Ca and Pb, decreased with age and were higher in bark than in wood. The Salix clones were characterised by higher removal of Cd, Mn and Zn compared to the Populus clones. Despite generally higher RE content in young shoots, partly due to lower wood/bark ratios and higher RE concentrations in bark, the overall removal of RE was higher in older wood classes due to higher biomass yield. Thus, longer rotations seem to be more effective when phytoextraction strategy is considered. Of the four selected clones, S1 exhibited the best removal of Cd and Zn and is a good candidate for phytoextraction. PMID:26201656

  14. ZnCdMgSe-Based Semiconductors for Intersubband Devices

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    Tamargo, Maria C.

    2008-11-13

    This paper presents a review of recent results on the application of ZnCdMgSe-based wide bandgap II-VI compounds to intersubband devices such as quantum cascade lasers and quantum well infrared photodetectors operating in the mid-infrared region. The conduction band offset of ZnCdSe/ZnCdMgSe quantum well structures was determined from contactless electroreflectance measurements to be as high as 1.12 eV. FT-IR was used to measure intersubband absorption in multi-quantum well structures in the mid-IR range. Electroluminescence at 4.8 {mu}m was observed from a quantum cascade emitter structure made from these materials. Preliminary results are also presented on self assembled quantum dots of CdSe on ZnCdMgSe, and novel quantum well structures with metastable binary MgSe barriers.

  15. Theoretical studies on the two-dimensional electron-gas properties of MgZnO/MgO/ZnO heterostructures

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    Park, Seoung-Hwan; Hong, Woo-Pyo; Kim, Jong-Jae

    2016-07-01

    The polarization effects on the two-dimensional electron-gas (2DEG) of the ZnO/MgO/MgZnO heterostructure were theoretically investigated. The carrier confinement in the MgZnO/MgO/ZnO high-electron-mobility transistor (HEMT) structure is shown to be superior to that in the conventional MgZnO/ZnO HEMT structure. The electron density is shown to be very sensitive to the layer thickness and to become a maximum at a layer thickness of 2 nm. Also, the MgZnO/MgO/ZnO HEMT structure shows a larger saturation drain current than the conventional MgZnO/ZnO HEMT structure does. This is mainly due to the increased channel electron density induced by the enhanced polarization charge with the inclusion of the MgO layer.

  16. Ultraviolet emission from a multi-layer graphene/MgZnO/ZnO light-emitting diode

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    Kang, Jang-Won; Choi, Yong-Seok; Goo Kang, Chang; Hun Lee, Byoung; Kim, Byeong-Hyeok; Tu, C. W.; Park, Seong-Ju

    2014-02-03

    We report on ultraviolet emission from a multi-layer graphene (MLG)/MgZnO/ZnO light-emitting diodes (LED). The p-type MLG and MgZnO in the MLG/MgZnO/ZnO LED are used as transparent hole injection and electron blocking layers, respectively. The current-voltage characteristics of the MLG/MgZnO/ZnO LED show that current transport is dominated by tunneling processes in the MgZnO barrier layer under forward bias conditions. The holes injected from p-type MLG recombine efficiently with the electrons accumulated in ZnO, and the MLG/MgZnO/ZnO LED shows strong ultraviolet emission from the band edge of ZnO and weak red-orange emission from the deep levels of ZnO.

  17. In Vitro Degradation Behavior of Ternary Mg-Zn-Se and Mg-Zn-Cu Alloys as Biomaterials

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    Persaud-Sharma, Dharam; Budiansky, Noah

    2013-01-01

    In this study, the corrosion behavior of Mg-Zn-Se and Mg-Zn-Cu alloys was investigated to evaluate their corrosion behavior related to use as implantable biomaterials. The corrosion behavior of these alloys and a commercially available Mg-Zn alloy were examined using static solution electrochemical testing, dynamic solution gravimetric testing, ion leaching testing, and microscopic evaluation. Fluctuations in the pH of the Dulbecco’s Modified Eagles Medium (DMEM) used for the gravimetric and ion leaching immersion testing were also recorded over the 30-day duration to assess whether the media conditions induced by the alloy degradation would permit for cellular survival. Weight loss experimentation and electrochemical tests revealed the Mg-Zn-Cu alloy to have the greatest corrosion rate. PMID:24465245

  18. Hot Tearing Susceptibility of Mg-Ca Binary Alloys

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    Song, Jiangfeng; Wang, Zhi; Huang, Yuanding; Srinivasan, Amirthalingam; Beckmann, Felix; Kainer, Karl Ulrich; Hort, Norbert

    2015-12-01

    Hot tearing is known as one of the most critical solidification defects commonly encountered during casting practice. As most Mg alloys are initially prepared by casting, ingots must have superior quality with no casting defects for the further processing. Due to the extensive potential biodegradable applications of binary Mg-Ca alloys, it is of great importance to investigate their hot tearing behavior. In the present study, the influence of Ca content (0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 wt pct) on hot tearing susceptibility (HTS) of Mg-Ca binary alloys was investigated using a constrained rod casting apparatus equipped with a load cell and data acquisition system. Tear volumes were quantified with 3D X-ray tomography. Results showed that the influence of Ca content on HTS followed a "Λ" shape: the HTS increased with increase in Ca content, reached a maximum at 0.5 to 1 wt pct Ca, and then decreased with further increasing the Ca content to 2.0 wt pct. The wide solidification range and reasonably high volume of intermetallic in the Mg-0.5 wt pct Ca and Mg-1 wt pct Ca alloys resulted in high HTS. Microstructure analysis suggested that the hot tear initiated at grain boundaries and propagated along them through thin film rupture or across the eutectic.

  19. A SIMS Calibration of Benthic Foraminiferal Mg/Ca

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    Curry, W. B.; Marchitto, T. M.

    2005-12-01

    Using a suite of multi-core tops, we have produced a calibration of C. pachyderma Mg/Ca versus temperature spanning the temperature range of 5 to 18 °C. The core tops are located along the Florida margin south of Dry Tortugas (KNR166), along the Bahamas west of Andros Island and Great Bahama Bank (KNR166), and along the southeastern margin of Brazil (KNR159). Water depths range from about 200 to 800 m for the Florida Straits multi-cores and 400 to 800 m for the Brazil margin multi-cores. Five of the KNR166 core tops contain post-1950 bomb radiocarbon with Fmodern> 1; several others have bomb radiocarbon mixed in with pre-bomb sediments to give ages less than 0 BP. Core top ages are generally older for the KNR159 multi-cores, but each is from a location with a well documented Holocene section. Sedimentation rates for KNR166 multi-cores vary from 10 to 100 cm kyr-1; for KNR159 multi-cores, sedimentation rates vary from 5 to 10 cm kyr-1. Elemental ratios were determined by Secondary Ionization Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) using a Cameca IMS 3f ion probe calibrated for Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca using two standards which were independently measured using ICP-MS. Using SIMS, the external precision of the calibration standards averages ±3.5% (1σ RSD) for Mg/Ca and ± 1.7% (1σ RSD) for Sr/Ca. SIMS elemental measurements were performed on one to three individual C. pachyderma tests in each core top; more than 30 tests have been measured from 18 multi-core tops. Mg/Ca variability within C. pachyderma tests averages ± 20% (1σ RSD) with a small but significant trend toward higher variability at higher Mg/Ca. Higher Mg/Ca is observed in warmer waters, but the Mg/Ca values are generally lower (at comparable warm temperatures) than observed in previous calibration studies. At temperatures below 8 °C, C. pachyderma Mg/Ca values are less than 2 mmole/mole. At temperatures warmer than 15 °C, C. pachyderma Mg/Ca values exceed 3 mmole/mole. The slope of Mg/Ca versus temperature (~0.14 mmole

  20. Blood compatibility of zinc-calcium phosphate conversion coating on Mg-1.33Li-0.6Ca alloy

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    Zou, Yu-Hong; Zeng, Rong-Chang; Wang, Qing-Zhao; Liu, Li-Jun; Xu, Qian-Qian; Wang, Chuang; Liu, Zhi-Wei

    2016-06-01

    Magnesium alloys as a new class of biomaterials possess biodegradability and biocompatibility in comparison with currently used metal implants. However, their rapid corrosion rates are necessary to be manipulated by appropriate coatings. In this paper, a new attempt was used to develop a zinc-calcium phosphate (Zn-Ca-P) conversion coating on Mg-1.33Li-0.6Ca alloys to increase the biocompatibility and improve the corrosion resistance. In vitro blood biocompatibility of the alloy with and without the Zn-Ca-P coating was investigated to determine its suitability as a degradable medical biomaterial. Blood biocompatibility was assessed from the hemolysis test, the dynamic cruor time test, blood cell count and SEM observation of the platelet adhesion to membrane surface. The results showed that the Zn-Ca-P coating on Mg-1.33Li-0.6Ca alloys had good blood compatibility, which is in accordance with the requirements for medical biomaterials.

  1. Blood compatibility of zinc-calcium phosphate conversion coating on Mg-1.33Li-0.6Ca alloy

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    Zou, Yu-Hong; Zeng, Rong-Chang; Wang, Qing-Zhao; Liu, Li-Jun; Xu, Qian-Qian; Wang, Chuang; Liu, Zhi-Wei

    2016-09-01

    Magnesium alloys as a new class of biomaterials possess biodegradability and biocompatibility in comparison with currently used metal implants. However, their rapid corrosion rates are necessary to be manipulated by appropriate coatings. In this paper, a new attempt was used to develop a zinc-calcium phosphate (Zn-Ca-P) conversion coating on Mg-1.33Li-0.6Ca alloys to increase the biocompatibility and improve the corrosion resistance. In vitro blood biocompatibility of the alloy with and without the Zn-Ca-P coating was investigated to determine its suitability as a degradable medical biomaterial. Blood biocompatibility was assessed from the hemolysis test, the dynamic cruor time test, blood cell count and SEM observation of the platelet adhesion to membrane surface. The results showed that the Zn-Ca-P coating on Mg-1.33Li-0.6Ca alloys had good blood compatibility, which is in accordance with the requirements for medical biomaterials.

  2. Different response of osteoblastic cells to Mg(2+), Zn(2+) and Sr(2+) doped calcium silicate coatings.

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    Hu, Dandan; Li, Kai; Xie, Youtao; Pan, Houhua; Zhao, Jun; Huang, Liping; Zheng, Xuebin

    2016-03-01

    Mg(2+), Zn(2+) and Sr(2+) substitution for Ca(2+) in plasma sprayed calcium silicate (Ca-Si) coatings have been reported to impede their degradation in physiological environment and, more importantly, to improve their biological performance. The reason for the improved biological performance is still elusive and, especially, the contribution of the dopant ions is lack of obvious and direct evidence. In this study, we aim to identify the effect of Mg(2+), Zn(2+) and Sr(2+) incorporation on the osteogenic ability of Ca-Si based coatings (Ca2MgSi2O7, Ca2ZnSi2O7 and Sr-CaSiO3) by minimizing the influence of Ca and Si ions release and surface physical properties. Similar surface morphology, crystallinity and roughness were achieved for all samples by optimizing the spray parameters. As expected, Ca and Si ions release from all the coatings showed the comparable concentration with immersing time. The response of MC3T3-E1 cells onto Mg(2+), Zn(2+) and Sr(2+) doped Ca-Si coatings were studied in terms of osteoblastic adhesion, proliferation, differentiation and mineralization. The results showed that the level of cell adhesion and proliferation increased the most on the surface of Mg-modified coating. Gene expressions of early markers of osteoblast differentiation (COL-I and ALP mRNA) were obviously improved on Zn-modified coating. Gene expressions of later markers for osteoblast differentiation (OPN and OC mRNA) and mineralized nodules formation were obviously accelerated on the surface of Sr-modified coating. Since Mg(2+), Zn(2+) and Sr(2+) play a regulatory role in different stages of osteogenesis, it may be possible to utilize this in the development of new coating materials for orthopedic application. PMID:26787488

  3. Effect of (Ca0.8Sr0.2)0.6La0.267TiO3 on Phase, Microstructure, and Microwave Dielectric Properties of Mg0.95Zn0.05TiO3 Synthesized by Polymeric Precursor Method

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    Naeem, Abdul; Ullah, Asad; Mahmood, Tahira; Iqbal, Yaseen; Mahmood, Asad; Hamayun, Muhammad

    2016-08-01

    A number of compounds in the (1 - x)Mg0.95Zn0.05TiO3- x(Ca0.8Sr0.2)0.6 La0.267TiO3 ( x = 0 to 0.25) composition series have been obtained via a polymeric precursor route to investigate the effect of increasing (Ca0.8Sr0.2)0.6La0.267TiO3 proportion on the phase, microstructure, and microwave dielectric properties of the sintered ceramics. Composite powders having nanometric particles were obtained by calcining the precursors at 700°C. Refinement results revealed that these samples comprised a mixture of Mg0.95Zn0.05TiO3 and (Ca0.8Sr0.2)0.6La0.267TiO3 ceramics. A combination of optimum microwave dielectric properties, i.e., dielectric constant of 25.17, quality factor of 58,754 GHz, and temperature coefficient of resonant frequency of -5.8 ppm/°C, was achieved for the x = 0.2 composition sintered at 1200°C.

  4. Effect of (Ca0.8Sr0.2)0.6La0.267TiO3 on Phase, Microstructure, and Microwave Dielectric Properties of Mg0.95Zn0.05TiO3 Synthesized by Polymeric Precursor Method

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    Naeem, Abdul; Ullah, Asad; Mahmood, Tahira; Iqbal, Yaseen; Mahmood, Asad; Hamayun, Muhammad

    2016-05-01

    A number of compounds in the (1 - x)Mg0.95Zn0.05TiO3-x(Ca0.8Sr0.2)0.6 La0.267TiO3 (x = 0 to 0.25) composition series have been obtained via a polymeric precursor route to investigate the effect of increasing (Ca0.8Sr0.2)0.6La0.267TiO3 proportion on the phase, microstructure, and microwave dielectric properties of the sintered ceramics. Composite powders having nanometric particles were obtained by calcining the precursors at 700°C. Refinement results revealed that these samples comprised a mixture of Mg0.95Zn0.05TiO3 and (Ca0.8Sr0.2)0.6La0.267TiO3 ceramics. A combination of optimum microwave dielectric properties, i.e., dielectric constant of 25.17, quality factor of 58,754 GHz, and temperature coefficient of resonant frequency of -5.8 ppm/°C, was achieved for the x = 0.2 composition sintered at 1200°C.

  5. Nanoscale order in ZnSe:(Mg, O)

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    Elyukhin, Vyacheslav A.

    2014-02-21

    Self-assembling of 1O4Mg identical tetrahedral clusters resulting in the nanoscale order in ZnSe:(Mg, O) is presented. Co-doping transforms ZnSe into Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O{sub y}Se{sub 1−y} alloy of MgO, MgSe, ZnO and ZnSe. The decrease of a sum of the enthalpies of the constituent compounds and diminution of the strain energy are the causes of this phenomenon. The self-assembling conditions are obtained from the free energy minimum when magnesium and oxygen are in the dilute and ultra dilute limits, correspondingly. The occurrence of 1O4Mg clusters and completion of self-assembling when all oxygen atoms are in clusters are results of the continuous phase transitions. The self-assembling occurrence temperature does not depend on the oxygen content and it is a function of magnesium concentration. Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O{sub y}Se{sub 1−y} with all oxygen atoms in clusters can be obtained in temperature ranges from T = 206 °C (x = 0.001, y = 1×10{sup −4}) to T = 456 °C (x = 0.01, y = 1×10{sup −4}) and from T = 237 °C (x = 0.001, y = 1×10{sup −6}) to T = 462 °C (x = 0.01, y = 1×10{sup −6})

  6. Enhanced biocorrosion resistance and biocompatibility of degradable Mg-Nd-Zn-Zr alloy by brushite coating.

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    Niu, Jialin; Yuan, Guangyin; Liao, Yi; Mao, Lin; Zhang, Jian; Wang, Yongping; Huang, Feng; Jiang, Yao; He, Yaohua; Ding, Wenjiang

    2013-12-01

    To further improve the corrosion resistance and biocompatibility of Mg-Nd-Zn-Zr alloy (JDBM), a biodegradable calcium phosphate coating (Ca-P coating) with high bonding strength was developed using a novel chemical deposition method. The main composition of the Ca-P coating was brushite (CaHPO4·2H2O). The bonding strength between the coating and the JDBM substrate was measured to be over 10 MPa, and the thickness of the coating layer was about 10-30 μm. The in vitro corrosion tests indicated that the Ca-P treatment improved the corrosion resistance of JDBM alloy in Hank's solution. Ca-P treatment significantly reduced the hemolysis rate of JDBM alloy from 48% to 0.68%, and induced no toxicity to MC3T3-E1 cells. The in vivo implantation experiment in New Zealand's rabbit tibia showed that the degradation rate was reduced obviously by the Ca-P treatment and less gas was produced from Ca-P treated JDBM bone plates and screws in early stage of the implantation, and at least 10weeks degradation time can be prolonged by the present coating techniques. Both Ca-P treated and untreated JDBM Mg alloy induced bone growth. The primary results indicate that the present Ca-P treatment is a promising technique for the degradable Mg-based biomaterials for orthopedic applications. PMID:24094194

  7. Tunable zinc interstitial related defects in ZnMgO and ZnCdO films

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    Li, Wanjun; Qin, Guoping; Fang, Liang E-mail: kchy@163.com; Ye, Lijuan; Wu, Fang; Ruan, Haibo; Zhang, Hong; Kong, Chunyang E-mail: kchy@163.com; Zhang, Ping

    2015-04-14

    We report tunable band gap of ZnO thin films grown on quartz substrates by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. The zinc interstitial (Zn{sub i}) defects in ZnO films were investigated by X-ray diffraction, Raman scattering, Auger spectra, first-principle calculations, and Hall measurement. Undoped ZnO film exhibits an anomalous Raman mode at 275 cm{sup −1}. We first report that 275 cm{sup −1} mode also can be observed in ZnO films alloyed with Mg and Cd, whose Raman intensities, interestingly, decrease and increase with increasing Mg and Cd alloying content, respectively. Combined with the previous investigations, it is deduced that 275 cm{sup −1} mode is attributed to Zn{sub i} related defects, which is demonstrated by our further experiment and theoretical calculation. Consequently, the concentration of Zn{sub i} related defects in ZnO can be tuned by alloying Mg and Cd impurity, which gives rise to different conductivity in ZnO films. These investigations help to further understand the controversial origin of the additional Raman mode at 275 cm{sup −1} and also the natural n-type conductivity in ZnO.

  8. ZnO and MgZnO Nanocrystalline Flexible Films: Optical and Material Properties

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    Huso, Jesse; Morrison, John L.; Che, Hui; Sundararajan, Jency P.; Yeh, Wei Jiang; McIlroy, David; Williams, Thomas J.; Bergman, Leah

    2011-01-01

    An emore » merging material for flexible UV applications is Mg x Zn 1 − x O which is capable of tunable bandgap and luminescence in the UV range of ~3.4 eV–7.4 eV depending on the composition x . Studies on the optical and material characteristics of ZnO and Mg 0.3 Zn 0.7 O nanocrystalline flexible films are presented. The analysis indicates that the ZnO and Mg 0.3 Zn 0.7 O have bandgaps of 3.34 eV and 4.02 eV, respectively. The photoluminescence (PL) of the ZnO film was found to exhibit a structural defect-related emission at ~3.316 eV inherent to the nanocrystalline morphology. The PL of the Mg 0.3 Zn 0.7 O film exhibits two broad peaks at 3.38 eV and at 3.95 eV that are discussed in terms of the solubility limit of the ZnO-MgO alloy system. Additionally, external deformation of the film did not have a significant impact on its properties as indicated by the Raman LO-mode behavior, making these films attractive for UV flexible applications.« less

  9. Propagation loss reduction of ZnMgTe/ZnTe waveguide devices

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    Sun, Wei-Che; Kazami, Fukino; Wang, Jing; Nakasu, Taizo; Hattori, Shota; Kizu, Takeru; Hashimoto, Yuki; Kobayashi, Masakazu; Asahi, Toshiaki

    2016-08-01

    A ZnMgTe/ZnTe electro-optic (EO) waveguide has great potential to be utilized for practical applications. A low-dislocation ZnMgTe/ZnTe waveguide can be fabricated when the cladding layer thickness is below 20-fold the calculated critical layer thickness (CCLT × 20). To improve optical confinement, a waveguide with a thicker cladding layer or a higher Mg% should be considered. However, the device performance might be affected because of crystal quality deterioration since the lattice mismatch between MgTe and ZnTe was around 4.1%. In this study, optical confinement and propagation loss were examined by changing the dimensions of the ZnMgTe/ZnTe waveguide structure. The propagation loss, EO characteristics, and crystal quality of the fabricated waveguides were mainly studied. A waveguide with a cladding layer thickness of around 1.5-fold the 1/e penetration depth of the evanescent wave (d p 1/e × 1.5, corresponding to CCLT × 100) showed better optical properties than other waveguides, although its interface defect density was reasonably high.

  10. Sr / Ca and Mg / Ca ratios in polygenetic carbonate allochems from a Michigan marl lake

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    Treese, Thomas N.; Owen, Robert M.; Wilkinson, Bruce H.

    1981-03-01

    Rapid accumulation of CaCO 3 is occurring in Littlefield Lake, a marl lake located in central Michigan. The sediment, which is 95% CaCO 3, primarily consists of eight different genetic groups of carbonate allochems. These include calcite muds, sands, algal oncoids and Chara encrustations, as well as the dominant aragonitic gastropods Valvota tricarinota. Gyraulus deflectus and Amnicola integra. and the dominant aragonitic pelecypod Sphaerium partumeium. Samples of each of these groups were analyzed for Ca, Sr and Mg. Molar Mg/Ca ratios are primarily controlled by allochem mineralogy, with calcitic forms having Mg/Ca ratios 5-10 times larger than aragonitic (shelled) forms. The Sr/Ca ratios are primarily controlled by biochemical fractionation, and are significantly lower than Sr/Ca ratios of inorganically precipitated aragonite from other settings. Partition coefficients were determined for both Sr and Mg for each carbonate allochem group and, based on comparisons with results reported by other workers, the partition coefficients determined here are generally considered 'typical' or representative values for biogeneous freshwater carbonates. An analysis of variance of the data indicates that most genera and species of carbonate-secreting organisms in marl lakes have highly characteristic Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca ratios. These ratios can potentially serve as geochemical tracers in future investigations of lacustrine carbonate diagenesis. Both Sr and Mg are influenced by grain size and/or surface area, probably due to the presence of these elements in non-lattice-held (exchangeable) positions.

  11. Electromechanical properties of MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures on flexible polyimide and stainless steel substrates under flexing

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    Wu, Tsung-Han; Chen, Jian-Zhang; Hsu, Cheng-Che; Cheng, I.-Chun

    2014-06-01

    We investigate the electromechanical properties of radio frequency (rf)-sputtered MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures on flexible polyimide (PI) and stainless steel 304 (StSt304) substrates. By subjecting ZnO to ultra-short (30-40 s) atmospheric pressure plasma jet treatment and prolonged (>3 h) thermal annealing at 300 °C, highly conductive interfaces are induced in rf-sputtered MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures on flexible PI and StSt304 substrates. The electrical properties of on-StSt MgZnO/ZnO annealed at 400 °C for 30 min are evaluated under the inward and outward bending conditions. Furthermore, the electrical properties of on-PI MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures annealed at 300 °C for 3 h are examined under the bending and stretching conditions. Compared with ZnO, MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures show better electrical stability under mechanical flexing; deviations in the electrical properties of MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures occur under larger strain levels. Piezoelectric polarization is induced under flexing, resulting in an increase or decrease in the resistance of MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures.

  12. Homoepitaxy of ZnO and MgZnO Films at 90 °C

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    Ehrentraut, Dirk; Goh, Gregory K.L.; Fujii, Katsushi; Ooi, Chin Chun; Quang, Le Hong; Fukuda, Tsuguo; Kano, Masataka; Zhang, Yuantao; Matsuoka, Takashi

    2014-06-01

    The aqueous synthesis of uniform single crystalline homoepitaxial zinc oxide, ZnO, and magnesium zinc oxide, Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O, films under very low temperature conditions at T=90 °C and ambient pressure has been explored. A maximum Mg content of 1 mol% was recorded by energy dispersive spectroscopy. The growth on the polar (0 0 0 1) and (0 0 0 1¯) faces resulted in films that are strongly different in their structural and optical quality as evidenced by high-resolution X-ray diffraction, secondary electron microscopy, and photoluminescence. This is a result of the chemistry and temperature of the solution dictating the stability range of growth-governing metastable species. The use of trisodium citrate, Na{sub 3}C{sub 6}H{sub 5}O{sub 7}, yielded coalesced, mirror-like homoepitaxial films whereas adding magnesium nitrate hexahydrate, Mg(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}·6H{sub 2}O, favors the growth of films with pronounced faceting. - Graphical abstract: Homoepitaxial ZnO films grown from aqueous solution below boiling point of water on a ZnO substrate with off-orientation reveal parallel grooves that are characterized by (1 0 1{sup ¯} 1) facets. Adding trisodium citrate yields closed, single-crystalline ZnO films, which can further be functionalized. Alloying with MgO yields MgZnO films with low Mg content only. - Highlights: • A simple method to synthesize uniform single crystalline homoepitaxial ZnO and MgZnO films. • ZnO growth on (0 0 0 1) and (0 0 0 1{sup ¯}) face resulted in films that are strongly different in their structural and optical quality. • Single crystalline MgZnO film was fabricated under mild conditions (90 °C and ambient pressure). • Mg incorporation of nearly 1 mol% was obtained while maintaining single phase wurtzite structure.

  13. In vivo corrosion behavior of Mg-Mn-Zn alloy for bone implant application.

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    Xu, Liping; Yu, Guoning; Zhang, Erlin; Pan, Feng; Yang, Ke

    2007-12-01

    Magnesium alloy has been implanted in rats to investigate the in vivo degradation behavior of magnesium for bone implant application. After 9 weeks postoperation, 100% implants were fixed and no inflammation was observed. Histological analysis showed new bone was formed around magnesium implant and no difference was found in the histological microstructure of the new bone and the cortical bone. A degradation or reaction layer, which was mainly composed of Ca, P, O, and Mg, was formed on the surface of magnesium alloy implants. High Ca content in the degradation layer displayed that magnesium could promote the deposition of Ca. Residual area calculation has showed that 10-17% magnesium alloy implant has been degraded in vivo. Compared with that of the controlled rats, no increase in serum magnesium and no disorder of kidney were observed after 15 weeks postoperation. After 18 weeks postoperation, 100% magnesium implants were fixed and no inflammation was observed. About 54% magnesium implant has degraded in vivo. Element analysis showed that Zn and Mn in Mg-Mn-Zn alloy distributed homogeneously in the residual magnesium implant, the degradation layer, and the surrounding bone tissue after 18 weeks implantation, indicating that Zn and Mn elements were easily absorbed by bioenvironment. PMID:17549695

  14. The ZnO p-n homojunctions modulated by ZnMgO barriers

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    Yang, Jing-Jing; Fang, Qing-Qing; Wang, Dan-Dan; Du, Wen-Han

    2015-04-01

    In this paper, we fabricated the ultrathin ZnO p-n homojunctions, which modulated by ZnMgO asymmetrical double barriers (ADB). The ADB p-n homojunctions displays step-like curve in the absorption spectrums, this is the first time that quantum confinement effect has been observed in the absorption spectrums at room temperature (RT). The Hall-effect data confirm there is 2-dimensional electron gas in the interface of the ZnMgO ADB p-n junctions. The quantum confinement effect enhances the hall-mobility μ to 103 cm2V -1s-1 based on the polarity of the films. There was no rectification property in the ZnO homojunctions with thickness of 250nm, however, when the ADB was added in the n-type layer of the homojunctions, it displays a typical Zener diode rectification property in the I-V curve.

  15. Growth rate effects on Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios constrained by belemnite calcite

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    Vinzenz Ullmann, Clemens

    2016-04-01

    Multiple temperature proxies from single species are important to achieve robust palaeotemperature estimates. Besides the commonly employed oxygen isotope thermometer, also Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios perform well as proxies for calcification temperature in the shells of some species. While salinity changes affect the ratios of earth alkaline elements much less than the δ18O thermometer, metabolic effects may exert a strong control on the expression of element ratios. Such effects are hard to study because biomineralization experiments have to overcome large intraspecific variability and can hardly ever isolate the controls of a single parameter on shell geochemistry. The unique geometry of the belemnite rostrum constitutes an exception to this rule. Its shape, large size, and the visibility of growth increments as bands enable the analysis of multiple, correlatable, high resolution geochemical profiles in a single fossil. The effects of the growth rate variability amongst these profiles on Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios has been tested here. Within a specimen of Passaloteuthis bisulcata (Early Toarcian, Cleveland Basin, UK), Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca data were obtained from four profiles. With respect to growth rate in the first profile, which was taken as a reference, the relative growth rates in the remaining three profiles varied by a factor of 0.9 to 2.7. Results suggest that relative growth rate is linearly correlated with Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca, with a decrease of Mg/Ca by 8 % and increase of Sr/Ca by 6 % per 100 % increase in relative growth rate. The observed trends are consistent with abiogenic precipitation experiments and suggest that crystal precipitation rate exerts a significant, predictable control on the element distribution in biogenic calcite.

  16. Synthesis and Characterization of Mg-doped ZnO Nanorods for Biomedical Applications

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    Gemar, H.; Das, N. C.; Wanekaya, A.; Delong, R.; Ghosh, K.

    2013-03-01

    Nanomaterials research has become a major attraction in the field of advanced materials research in the area of Physics, Chemistry, and Materials Science. Bio-compatible and chemically stable metal nanoparticles have biomedical applications that includes drug delivery, cell and DNA separation, gene cloning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This research is aimed at the fabrication and characterization of Mg-doped ZnO nanorods. Hydrothermal synthesis of undoped ZnO and Mg-doped ZnO nanorods is carried out using aqueous solutions of Zn(NO3)2 .6H2O, MgSO4, and using NH4OH as hydrolytic catalyst. Nanomaterials of different sizes and shapes were synthesized by varying the process parameters such as molarity (0.15M, 0.3M, 0.5M) and pH (8-11) of the precursors, growth temperature (130°C), and annealing time during the hydrothermal Process. Structural, morphological, and optical properties are studied using various techniques such as XRD, SEM, UV-vis and PL spectroscopy. Detailed structural, and optical properties will be discussed in this presentation. This work is partially supported by National Cancer Institute (1 R15 CA139390-01).

  17. "Quasi-Antiferromagnetic" Ordering in the R-Mg-Zn Icosahedral Alloys? The Case of Tb-Mg-Zn

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    Goldman, A. I.; Islam, Z.; Fisher, I. R.; Panchula, A. F.; Cheon, K. O.; Canfield, P. C.; Stassis, C.; Zarestky, J.

    1998-03-01

    Recently, it was reported that long-range magnetic ordering was observed in several of the new rare earth containing icosahedral alloys, R-Mg-Zn (R=Tb, Dy, Ho, Er) (B. Charrier et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 4637, 1997.). At low temperatures, the antiferromagnetic Bragg peaks, while weak, could be indexed to the icosahedral parent phase with good accuracy. In addition, significant magnetic diffuse scattering, indicating only short-range magnetic order, was also observed. However, bulk magnetization measurements have evidenced only a spin-glass transition at low temperatures, and no antiferromagnetic transition. We will report on new neutron scattering measurements of the magnetic order in Tb-Mg-Zn powder samples produced from crushed single-crystals, used to improve sample purity. Our results for these samples show only the diffuse component of the magnetic scattering at low temperature, and no antiferromagnetic Bragg peaks. We will discuss several possibilities for the discrepencies between the two experiments.

  18. Responsivity enhancement of ZnO/Pt/MgZnO/SiO2 and MgZnO/Pt/ZnO/SiO2 structured ultraviolet detectors by surface plasmons in Pt nanoparticles

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    Sun, Long; Jiang, Dayong; Zhang, Guoyu; Liu, Rusheng; Duan, Qian; Qin, Jieming; Liang, Qingcheng; Gao, Shang; Hou, Janhua; Zhao, Jianxun; Liu, Wanqiang; Shen, Xiande

    2016-01-01

    The structured (ZnO/Pt/MgZnO/SiO2) ultraviolet detector was fabricated and demonstrated to investigate how metallic nanoparticles localized surface plasmons contribute when the two different dielectrics surrounded simultaneously. After sandwiching the Pt nanoparticles between the double layers of MgZnO and ZnO, the extinction was increased largely. Meanwhile, by examining the dependence of MgZnO and ZnO peak responsivity enhancement ratio, we found that MgZnO was significantly larger than ZnO. The interpretation by considering is that the localized surface plasmons of energy match with MgZnO which is superior to ZnO. In order to validate this conclusion and make it more accurate, we also fabricated the MgZnO/Pt/ZnO/SiO2 structure. Our work suggests that rational integration of double-layer and metal nanoparticles is a viable approach to perceive localized surface plasmons with double-layer ultraviolet detectors, which may help to advance optoelectronic devices.

  19. Ostracode Mg/Ca Paleothermometry: Applications and Complications

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    Cronin, T. M.; Dwyer, G. S.

    2007-12-01

    Ostracode (bivalved Crustacea) shell Mg/Ca paleothermometry has wide applicability in Cenozoic paleoclimatology over 101 to 107 year timescales because they are commonly fossilized, live in freshwater, shallow- and deep-marine habitats, and grow by molting, which minimizes Mg/Ca variability due to ontogenetic variability. Two empirically derived Mg/Ca-temperature calibrations based on core top and culturing include one for the shallow marine, estuarine genus Loxoconcha (5 to 30°C) and another for deep-sea genus Krithe (<1 to 14°C). The former produced a temperature history for Chesapeake Bay for the last millennium, which has been intensively analyzed in the context of the hockey stick temperature curve. The latter produced evidence for decreased deep-sea temperature during glacial intervals and the first Atlantic-wide reconstruction of deep-sea temperature during the warm mid-Pliocene. In addition to temperature, however, factors such as host-water magnesium concentrations, salinity, intra-shell, intra-population, and interspecific variabilility, seasonality, biological factors (shell secretion rate), and post-mortem dissolution can contribute to scatter in calibration datasets and uncertainty in paleotemperature estimates. We will review these processes, present a new 2000 year Chesapeake temperature record, and discuss its relation to twentieth century climate change.

  20. Effect of Zn Content on the Microstructure and Properties of Super-High Strength Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloys

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    Chen, Ziyong; Mo, Yuanke; Nie, Zuoren

    2013-08-01

    The microstructure and properties of three different Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys with high Zn content (9 wt pct, 10 wt pct, and 11 wt pct, marked as 9Zn, 10Zn, and 11Zn, respectively) were investigated. The strength of alloys increases as the Zn content increases from 9 wt pct to 10 wt pct, while it does not increase any more as the Zn content increases continuously from 10 wt pct to 11 wt pct. The stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) resistance decreases as the Zn content increases from 9 wt pct to 10 wt pct, while it changes unobviously as the Zn content increases continuously from 10 wt pct to 11 wt pct. The elongation and fracture toughness of alloys decrease as the Zn content increases in these Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys. The Zn content has little effect on the precipitation reaction of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys that contain the mixture of GP zones, and η' are the main Matrix Precipitates (MPt) in the peak-aging state, and the mixture of η' and η are the main MPt in the over-aging state. The amount of MPt and coarse T (AlZnMgCu) phases are shown to increase with the increasing Zn content in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys. The coarse T phases hardly dissolve into the matrix and are the source for the crack initiation, which may be the responsibility for the negative effect on the properties of high Zn content Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys.

  1. SrZn2Sn2 and Ca2Zn3Sn6 — two new Ae-Zn-Sn polar intermetallic compounds (Ae: alkaline earth metal)

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    Stegmaier, Saskia; Fässler, Thomas F.

    2012-08-01

    SrZn2Sn2 and Ca2Zn3Sn6, two closely related new polar intermetallic compounds, were obtained by high temperature reactions of the elements. Their crystal structures were determined with single crystal XRD methods, and their electronic structures were analyzed by means of DFT calculations. The Zn-Sn structure part of SrZn2Sn2 comprises (anti-)PbO-like {ZnSn4/4} and {SnZn4/4} layers. Ca2Zn3Sn6 shows similar {ZnSn4/4} layers and {Sn4Zn} slabs constructed of a covalently bonded Sn scaffold capped by Zn atoms. For both phases, the two types of layers are alternatingly stacked and interconnected via Zn-Sn bonds. SrZn2Sn2 adopts the SrPd2Bi2 structure type, and Ca2Zn3Sn6 is isotypic to the R2Zn3Ge6 compounds (R=La, Ce, Pr, Nd). Band structure calculations indicate that both SrZn2Sn2 and Ca2Zn3Sn6 are metallic. Analyses of the chemical bonding with the electron localization function (ELF) show lone pair like basins at Sn atoms and Zn-Sn bonding interactions between the layers for both title phases, and covalent Sn-Sn bonding within the {Sn4Zn} layers of Ca2Zn3Sn6.

  2. Electrical and magnetic properties of Co-Zn-Mg ferrite

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    Oza, M. H.; Baldha, G. J.

    2016-05-01

    The series Co(0.8)Zn0.2-XMgXFe2O4 has been synthesized using standard ceramic technique and characterized using different techniques. The XRD analysis shows single phase cubic structure of the sample. It was also observed from XRD that lattice constant values calculated from these data were found to increase on increasing value of concentration X. The a.c susceptibility was carried out which exhibited ferromagnetic ordering. The Neel's temperature Tc determined from it increases with increasing X. There is an agreement in ferrimagnetic behaviour between magnetization and susceptibility data. This also suggests that A-B interaction increases with increasing X. The electrical properties of Zn - Mg substituted Co ferrite were found through DC resistivity measurements.

  3. The modulation of grain boundary barrier in ZnMgO/ZnO heterostructure by surface polar liquid

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    Ji, Xu; Zhu, Yuan; Chen, Mingming; Su, Longxing; Chen, Anqi; Gui, Xuchun; Xiang, Rong; Tang, Zikang

    2014-01-01

    Modulation of grain boundary barrier in ZnO layer by polar liquid, was investigated in ZnMgO/ZnO heterostructures grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Traditionally, surface adsorbates can only affect the surface atoms or surface electronic states. However, it was found that the electronic conduction property of ZnO far from the surface could be tailored obviously by the polar liquid adsorbed on the ZnMgO surface. Physically, this phenomenon is supposed to be caused by the electrostatical couple between the liquid polarity and the grain boundary barrier in the ZnO layer through crystal polarization field. PMID:24566523

  4. Liquation Cracking in Arc and Friction-Stir Welding of Mg-Zn Alloys

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    Wagner, Dustin C.; Chai, Xiao; Tang, Xin; Kou, Sindo

    2015-01-01

    As compared to Al alloys, which are known to be susceptible to liquation ( i.e., liquid formation) and liquation-induced cracking, most Mg alloys have a lower eutectic temperature and thus are likely to be even more susceptible. The present study was conducted to study liquation and liquation cracking in Mg alloys during arc welding and friction-stir welding (FSW). Binary Mg-Zn alloys were selected as a model material in view of their very low eutectic temperature of 613 K (340 °C). Mg-Zn alloys with 2, 4, and 6 wt pct of Zn were cast and welded in the as-cast condition by both gas-tungsten arc welding (GTAW) and FSW. A simple test for liquation cracking was developed, which avoided interference by solidification cracking in the nearby fusion zone. Liquation and liquation cracking in GTAW were found to be in the decreasing order of Mg-6Zn, Mg-4Zn, and Mg-2Zn. Liquation cracking occurred in FSW of Mg-6Zn but not Mg-4Zn or Mg-2Zn. Instead of a continuous ribbon-like flash connected to the weld edge, small chips, and powder covered the weld surface of Mg-6Zn. The results from GTAW and FSW were discussed in light of the binary Mg-Zn phase diagram and the curves of temperature vs fraction solid during solidification.

  5. Studies on ZnS-MgS Nano Composites

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    Rajkumar, M.; Raj, S. Alfred Cecil

    2011-10-01

    ZnS-MgS nanocomposites was successfully prepared by the microwave assisted solvothermal method using a domestic microwave oven. The prepared sample was annealed at 100 °C for 1 hr to improve the ordering. Grain sizes and lattice parameters were determined by carrying out X-ray powder diffraction measurements. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) shows the morphology. AC electrical measurements were carried out on pelletised samples at various temperatures ranging from 40-150 °C. Results of the present study reveal that the space charge contribution plays a significant role in the charge transport process and polarizability.

  6. Phase stability, mechanical property, and electronic structure of an Mg-Ca system.

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    Zhou, Peng; Gong, H R

    2012-04-01

    First principle calculations reveal that Mg-Ca phases are energetically favorable with negative heats of formation within the entire composition range, and that a strong chemical bonding is formed between Mg and Ca atoms. Calculations also show that the composition has an important effect on mechanical properties of Mg-Ca, and that the Mg-Ca phases with an Mg composition of less than 50 at.% would be good candidates as degradable bone materials in terms of Young's modulus and ductility. In addition, it is found out that Mg(3)Ca, MgCa and MgCa(3) have phase sequences of BCC→HCP, BCC→HCP and FCC→HCP under high pressure, respectively, and that Ca plays a dominant role in determining the electronic structures and stable crystal structures of various Mg-Ca phases. PMID:22402162

  7. Influence of valence electron concentration on Laves phases: Structures and phase stability of pseudo-binary MgZn2-xPdx

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    Thimmaiah, Srinivasa; Miller, Gordon J.

    2015-06-03

    A series of pseudo-binary compounds MgZn2-xPdx (0.15 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) were synthesized and structurally characterized to understand the role of valence electron concentration (vec) on the prototype Laves phase MgZn2 with Pd-substitution. Three distinctive phase regions were observed with respect to Pd content, all exhibiting fundamental Laves phase structures: 0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.3 (MgNi2-type, hP24; MgZn1.80Pd0.20(2)), 0.4 ≤ x ≤ 0.6 (MgCu2-type, cF24; MgZn1.59Pd0.41(2)), and 0.62 ≤ x ≤ 0.8 (MgZn2-type, hP12: MgZn1.37Pd0.63(2)). Refinements from single-crystal X-ray diffraction indicated nearly statistical distributions of Pd and Zn atoms among the majority atom sites in these structures. Interestingly, the MgZn2-typemore » structure re-emerges in MgZn2–xPdx at x ≈ 0.7 with the refined composition MgZn1.37(2)Pd0.63 and a c/a ratio of 1.59 compared to 1.64 for binary MgZn2. Electronic structure calculations on a model “MgZn1.25Pd0.75” yielded a density of states (DOS) curve showing enhancement of a pseudogap at the Fermi level as a result of electronic stabilization due to the Pd addition. Moreover, integrated crystal orbital Hamilton population values show significant increases of orbital interactions for (Zn,Pd)–(Zn,Pd) atom pairs within the majority atom substructure, i.e., within the Kagomé nets as well as between a Kagomé net and an apical site, from binary MgZn2 to the ternary “MgZn1.25Pd0.75”. Multi-centered bonding is evident from electron localization function plots for “MgZn1.25Pd0.75”, an outcome which is in accordance with analysis of other Laves phases.« less

  8. Optical probing of MgZnO/ZnO heterointerface confinement potential energy levels

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    Solovyev, V. V.; Van'kov, A. B.; Kukushkin, I. V.; Falson, J.; Kozuka, Y.; Zhang, D.; Smet, J. H.; Maryenko, D.; Tsukazaki, A.; Kawasaki, M.

    2015-02-23

    Low-temperature photoluminescence and reflectance measurements were employed to study the optical transitions present in two-dimensional electron systems confined at Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1–x}O/ZnO heterojunctions. Transitions involving A- and B-holes and electrons from the two lowest subbands formed within the confinement potential are detected. In the studied density range of 2.0–6.5 × 10{sup 11 }cm{sup −2}, the inter-subband splitting is measured and the first excited electron subband is shown to be empty of electrons.

  9. Formation of Zn Ca phyllomanganate nanoparticles in grass roots

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    Lanson, Bruno; Marcus, Matthew A.; Fakra, Sirine; Panfili, Frédéric; Geoffroy, Nicolas; Manceau, Alain

    2008-05-01

    It is now well established that a number of terrestrial and aquatic microorganisms have the capacity to oxidize and precipitate Mn as phyllomanganate. However, this biomineralization has never been shown to occur in plant tissues, nor has the structure of a natural Mn(IV) biooxide been characterized in detail. We show that the graminaceous plant Festuca rubra (red fescue) produces a Zn-rich phyllomanganate with constant Zn:Mn and Ca:Mn atomic ratios (0.46 and 0.38, respectively) when grown on a contaminated sediment. This new phase is so far the Zn-richest manganate known to form in nature (chalcophanite has a Zn:Mn ratio of 0.33) and has no synthetic equivalent. Visual examination of root fragments under a microscope shows black precipitates about ten to several tens of microns in size, and their imaging with backscattered and secondary electrons demonstrates that they are located in the root epidermis. In situ measurements by Mn and Zn K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) with a micro-focused beam can be quantitatively described by a single-phase model consisting of Mn(IV) octahedral layers with 22% vacant sites capped with tetrahedral and octahedral Zn in proportions of 3:1. The layer charge deficit is also partly balanced by interlayer Mn and Ca. Diffracting crystallites have a domain radius of 33 Å in the ab plane and contain only 1.2 layers (∼8.6 Å) on average. Since this biogenic Mn oxide consists mostly of isolated layers, basal 00l reflections are essentially absent despite its lamellar structure. Individual Mn layers are probably held together in the Mn-Zn precipitates by stabilizing organic molecules. Zinc biomineralization by plants likely is a defense mechanism against toxicity induced by excess concentrations of this metal in the rhizosphere.

  10. Eocene sea temperatures for the mid-latitude southwest Pacific from Mg/Ca ratios in planktonic and benthic foraminifera

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    Creech, John B.; Baker, Joel A.; Hollis, Christopher J.; Morgans, Hugh E. G.; Smith, Euan G. C.

    2010-11-01

    We have used laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) to measure elemental (Mg/Ca, Al/Ca, Mn/Ca, Zn/Ca, Sr/Ca, and Ba/Ca) ratios of 13 species of variably preserved early to middle Eocene planktonic and benthic foraminifera from New Zealand. The foraminifera were obtained from Ashley Mudstone, mid-Waipara River, South Island, which was deposited at bathyal depth ( ca. 1000 m) on the northern margin of the east-facing Canterbury Basin at a paleo-latitude of ca. 55°S. LA-ICP-MS data yield trace element depth profiles through foraminifera test walls that can be used to identify and exclude zones of surficial contamination and infilling material resulting from diagenetic coatings, mineralisation and detrital sediment. Screened Mg/Ca ratios from 5 species of foraminifera are used to calculate sea temperatures from late Early to early Middle Eocene ( ca. 51 to 46.5 Ma), a time interval that spans the termination of the Early Eocene Climatic Optimum (EECO). During this time, sea surface temperatures (SST) varied from 30 to 24 °C, and bottom water temperatures (BWT) from 21 to 14 °C. Comparison of Mg/Ca sea temperatures with published δ 18O and TEX 86 temperature data from the same samples (Hollis et al., 2009) shows close correspondence, indicating that LA-ICP-MS can provide reliable Mg/Ca sea temperatures even where foraminiferal test preservation is variable. Agreement between the three proxies also implies that Mg/Ca-temperature calibrations for modern planktonic and benthic foraminifera can generally be applied to Eocene species, although some species (e.g., V. marshalli) show significant calibration differences. The Mg/Ca ratio of the Eocene ocean is constrained by our data to be 35-50% lower than the modern ocean depending on which TEX 86 - temperature calibration (Kim et al., 2008; Liu et al., 2009) - is used to compare with the Mg/Ca sea temperatures. Sea temperatures derived from δ 18O analysis of foraminifera from Waipara show

  11. Precise calibration of Mg concentration in Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}O thin films grown on ZnO substrates

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    Kozuka, Y.; Falson, J.; Tsukazaki, A.; Segawa, Y.; Makino, T.; Kawasaki, M.

    2012-08-15

    The growth techniques for Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}O thin films have advanced at a rapid pace in recent years, enabling the application of this material to a wide range of optical and electrical applications. In designing structures and optimizing device performances, it is crucial that the Mg content of the alloy be controllable and precisely determined. In this study, we have established laboratory-based methods to determine the Mg content of Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}O thin films grown on ZnO substrates, ranging from the solubility limit of x {approx} 0.4 to the dilute limit of x < 0.01. For the absolute determination of Mg content, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy is used for the high Mg region above x = 0.14, while secondary ion mass spectroscopy is employed to quantify low Mg content. As a lab-based method to determine the Mg content, c-axis length is measured by x-ray diffraction and is well associated with Mg content. The interpolation enables the determination of Mg content to x = 0.023, where the peak from the ZnO substrate overlaps the Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}O peak in standard laboratory equipment, and thus limits quantitative determination. At dilute Mg contents below x = 0.023, the localized exciton peak energy of the Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}O films as measured by photoluminescence is found to show a linear Mg content dependence, which is well resolved from the free exciton peak of ZnO substrate down to x = 0.0043. Our results demonstrate that x-ray diffraction and photoluminescence in combination are appropriate methods to determine Mg content in a wide Mg range from x = 0.004 to 0.40 in a laboratory environment.

  12. Structural and optical properties of MgO doped ZnO

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    Verma, Kavita; Shukla, S.; Varshney, Dinesh; Varshney, M.; Asthana, A.

    2014-04-24

    Samples of ZnO, Zn{sub 0.5}Mg{sub 0.5}O and MgO were prepared by co-precipitation method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern infers that the sample of ZnO is in single-phase wurtzite structure (hexagonal phase, space group P6{sub 3}mc), MgO crystallizes in cubic Fd3m space group and Zn{sub 0.5}Mg{sub 0.5}O represents mixed nature of ZnO and MgO lattices. Similar features were observed from Raman spectroscopy. The energy band gaps estimated from UV-Vis spectroscopy are found to be 4.21 and 3.42 eV for ZnO and Zn{sub 0.5}Mg{sub 0.5}O samples respectively.

  13. The ZnO p-n homojunctions modulated by ZnMgO barriers

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    Yang, Jing-Jing; Fang, Qing-Qing Wang, Dan-Dan; Du, Wen-Han

    2015-04-15

    In this paper, we fabricated the ultrathin ZnO p-n homojunctions, which modulated by ZnMgO asymmetrical double barriers (ADB). The ADB p-n homojunctions displays step-like curve in the absorption spectrums, this is the first time that quantum confinement effect has been observed in the absorption spectrums at room temperature (RT). The Hall-effect data confirm there is 2-dimensional electron gas in the interface of the ZnMgO ADB p-n junctions. The quantum confinement effect enhances the hall-mobility μ to 10{sup 3} cm{sup 2}V {sup −1}s{sup −1} based on the polarity of the films. There was no rectification property in the ZnO homojunctions with thickness of 250nm, however, when the ADB was added in the n-type layer of the homojunctions, it displays a typical Zener diode rectification property in the I-V curve.

  14. Influence of Ca/Mg ratio on phytoextraction properties of Salix viminalis. II. Secretion of low molecular weight organic acids to the rhizosphere.

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    Magdziak, Z; Kozlowska, M; Kaczmarek, Z; Mleczek, M; Chadzinikolau, T; Drzewiecka, K; Golinski, P

    2011-01-01

    A hydroponic experiment in a phytotron was performed to investigate the effect of two different Ca/Mg ratios (4:1 and 1:10) and trace element ions (Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn) in solution on the efficiency of low molecular weight organic acid (LMWOA) formation in Salix viminalis rhizosphere. Depending on the Ca/Mg ratio and presence of selected trace elements at 0.5mM concentration, the amount and kind of LMWOAs in the rhizosphere were significantly affected. In physiological 4:1 Ca/Mg ratio the following complex of acids was observed: malonic (Pb, Zn), citric, lactic, maleic and succinic (Zn) acids. Under 1:10 Ca/Mg ratio, citric (Cd, Zn), maleic and succinic (Cd, Cu, Pb, Zn) acids were seen. Additionally, high accumulation of zinc and copper in all systems was observed, with the exception of those where one of the metals was at higher concentration. Summing up, the results indicate a significant role of LMWOAs in Salix phytoremediation abilities. Both effects can be modulated depending on the mutual Ca/Mg ratio. PMID:20950858

  15. Impact of Mg Content on (Mg,Zn)O Native Point Defects

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    Ball, Molly; Restrepo, Oscar; Brillson, Leonard; Windl, Wolfgang; Department of Material Science; Engineering Collaboration; Department of Physics Collaboration

    2015-03-01

    The two most thermodynamically stable defects in ZnO are oxygen vacancies (VO) and zinc vacancies (VZn) . These native point defects are electrically charged and can contribute to free carrier densities. Experiment shows that Mg addition to ZnO significantly changes native defect densities. To better understand this dramatic decrease in VZn and VO-related defects with increasing Mg content up to x =0.44 and the subsequent increase, we performed density functional theory (DFT) calculations using PAW potentials within PBE using VASP. The results showed to be very sensitive to DFT method used and chemical-potential calculation. For the latter, the literature shows that one can assume that the oxygen chemical potential equals that of the atoms in the oxygen molecules at a given surrounding partial oxygen pressure. However, one can also postulate that the total defect concentrations conserve the stoichiometry, or limiting potentials from elemental equilibrium phases can be used. The experimentally observed dependence helped identify the correct way to reproduce the experimental dependence of formation energy on Mg concentration, which will be discussed in detail in this presentation.

  16. Growth of ZnMgTe/ZnTe waveguide structures on ZnTe (0 0 1) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Kumagai, Y.; Imada, S.; Baba, T.; Kobayashi, M.

    2011-05-01

    ZnMgTe/ZnTe/ZnMgTe layered structures were grown on (0 0 1) ZnTe substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. This structure was designed to apply to waveguides in various optoelectronic devices to reduce light loss. Since the lattice mismatch between ZnTe and ZnMgTe was not negligible, the critical layer thickness (CLT) was theoretically derived. Structures with varying Mg composition and layer thickness of ZnMgTe cladding layer were grown and examined for crystal quality with respect to theoretical data. The crystal quality was investigated by means of cross sectional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and reciprocal space mapping (RSM). Optical confinements were observed by irradiating a laser beam from one end of the sample and monitoring the transmitted light from the other end.

  17. In vitro biodegradation behavior, mechanical properties, and cytotoxicity of biodegradable Zn-Mg alloy.

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    Gong, Haibo; Wang, Kun; Strich, Randy; Zhou, Jack G

    2015-11-01

    Zinc-Magnesium (Zn-Mg) alloy as a novel biodegradable metal holds great potential in biodegradable implant applications as it is more corrosion resistant than Magnesium (Mg). However, the mechanical properties, biodegradation uniformity, and cytotoxicity of Zn-Mg alloy remained as concerns. In this study, hot extrusion process was applied to Zn-1 wt % Mg (Zn-1Mg) to refine its microstructure. Effects of hot extrusion on biodegradation behavior and mechanical properties of Zn-1Mg were investigated in comparison with Mg rare earth element alloy WE43. Metallurgical analysis revealed significant grain size reduction, and immersion test found that corrosion rates of WE43 and Zn-1Mg were reduced by 35% and 57%, respectively after extrusion. Moreover, hot extrusion resulted in a much more uniform biodegradation in extruded Zn-1Mg alloy and WE43. In vitro cytotoxicity test results indicated that Zn-1Mg alloy was biocompatible. Therefore, hot extruded Zn-1Mg with homogenous microstructure, uniform as well as slow degradation, improved mechanical properties, and good biocompatibility was believed to be an excellent candidate material for load-bearing biodegradable implant application. PMID:25581552

  18. Dual-color ultraviolet photodetector based on mixed-phase-MgZnO/i-MgO/p-Si double heterojunction

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    Xie, X. H.; Zhang, Z. Z.; Shan, C. X.; Chen, H. Y.; Shen, D. Z.

    2012-08-01

    We report a dual-color ultraviolet (UV) photodetector based on mixed-phase-MgZnO/i-MgO/p-Si double heterojunction. The device exhibits distinct dominant responses at solar blind (250 nm) and visible blind (around 330 nm) UV regions under different reverse biases. By using the energy band diagram of the structure, it is found that the bias-tunable two-color detection is originated from different valence band offset between cubic MgZnO/MgO and hexagonal MgZnO/MgO. Meanwhile, due to the large conduction band offset at the Si/MgO interface, the visible-light photoresponse from Si substrate is suppressed.

  19. Experimental and calculated phases in two as-cast and annealed Mg-Zn-Y alloys

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    Farzadfar, S.A.; Sanjari, M.; Jung, I.-H.; Essadiqi, E.; Yue, S.

    2012-01-15

    The CALPHAD (Calculation of Phase Diagram) method was used to select ternary alloys from Mg-Zn-Y system, aimed at determining the role of precipitates in the microstructure and texture evolution of Mg during and after deformation. The selected alloys are Mg-6Zn-1.2Y and Mg-5Zn-2Y. The constituent phases in the as-cast Mg-6Zn-1.2Y alloy are {alpha}-Mg solid solution phase and I (Mg{sub 3}YZn{sub 6}) intermetallic phase. The as-cast Mg-5Zn-2Y alloy is composed of {alpha}-Mg, I and W (Mg{sub 3}Y{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}) phases. The intermetallics in the two alloys form by eutectic reaction, which in Mg-5Zn-2Y alloy results in initially W-phase formation and ultimately I-phase formation during solidification. After heat treatment, the Mg-6Zn-1.2Y and Mg-5Zn-2Y alloys contain nearly the same amount of ternary intermetallics (I and W phases, respectively) in equilibrium with {alpha}-Mg solid solution phase. The main solute in {alpha}-Mg phase is Zn with the same amount in the two alloys. The type and quantity of the phases obtained experimentally disagree with the results obtained from the thermodynamic database. One important discrepancy is that, in Mg-6Zn-1.2Y alloy, the I phase is not stable at the temperature of 430 Degree-Sign C, and that the W phase is the stable phase at this temperature. The differences in the experimental and calculated data indicate that the Mg-Zn-Y system requires to be reassessed with more experimental data. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mg-6Zn-1.2Y and Mg-5Zn-2Y alloys were selected by FactSage Trade-Mark-Sign Thermodynamic software. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The I and W intermetallics in the two alloys form by eutectic reaction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The alloys contain similar amounts of different intermetallics in equilibrium with {alpha}-Mg. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In Mg-6Zn-1.2Y, the I phase is not stable at the temperature of 430 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The hardness of W phase is determined to be

  20. Structural, Electronic and Elastic Properties of MgH2, CaH2 and Ca4Mg3H14 for Hydrogen Storage Materials

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    Djellab, Sihem; Bouhadda, Youcef; Bououdina, Mohamed; Fenineche, Noureddine; Boudouma, Youcef

    2016-08-01

    The structural, electronic and elastic properties of MgH2, CaH2 and Ca4Mg3H14 have been determined using first principles calculation based on density functional theory. The calculated lattice constants were in good agreement with the experimental values. The electronic density of states revealed that these hydrides are insulators. The calculated elastic constants of MgH2, CaH2 and Ca4Mg3H14 indicated that these hydrides are mechanically stable at zero pressure. The bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, Young's modulus E, and Poisson's ratio ν were derived, and the ductility was discussed.

  1. In vitro degradation and cytotoxicity of Mg/Ca composites produced by powder metallurgy.

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    Zheng, Y F; Gu, X N; Xi, Y L; Chai, D L

    2010-05-01

    Mg/Ca (1 wt.%, 5 wt.%, 10 wt.% Ca) composites were prepared from pure magnesium and calcium powders using the powder metallurgy method, aiming to enlarge the addition of Ca content without the formation of Mg(2)Ca. The microstructures, mechanical properties and cytotoxicities of Mg/Ca composite samples were investigated. The corrosion of Mg/Ca composites in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM) for various immersion intervals was studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements and environmental scanning electron microscope, with the concentrations of released Mg and Ca ions in DMEM for various immersion time intervals being measured. It was shown that the main constitutional phases were Mg and Ca, which were uniformly distributed in the Mg matrix. The ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and elongation of experimental composites decreased with increasing Ca content, and the UTS of Mg/1Ca composite was comparable with that of as-extruded Mg-1Ca alloy. The corrosion potential increased with increasing Ca content, whereas the current density and the impedance decreased. It was found that the protective surface film formed quickly at the initial immersion stage. With increasing immersion time, the surface film became compact, and the corrosion rate of Mg/Ca composites slowed down. The surface film consisted mainly of CaCO(3), MgCO(3)x3H(2)O, HA and Mg(OH)(2) after 72 h immersion in DMEM. Mg/1Ca and Mg/5Ca composite extracts had no significant toxicity (p>0.05) to L-929 cells, whereas Mg/10Ca composite extract induced approximately 40% reduced cell viability. PMID:19815098

  2. Pressure Effects on Mg70Zn30 Superconductor

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    Theoretical computation of the pressure dependence of superconducting state parameters of binary Mg70Zn30 is reported using model potential formalism. Explicit expressions have been derived for the volume dependence of the electron-phonon coupling strength λ and the Coulomb pseudopotential μ* considering the variation of Fermi momentum kF and Debye temperature θD with volume. The well-known Ashcroft's empty core (EMC) model pseudopotential and five different types of the local field correction functions viz. Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al. (F) and Sarkar et al. (S) have been used for obtaining pressure dependence of transition temperature TC and the logarithmic volume derivative Φ of the effective interaction strength N0V for metallic glass. It has been observed that the μ* curve shows a linear nature and an elbow is formed in the Φ graph.

  3. Electrical properties of Mg x Zn1- x O thin films deposited by using RF magnetron co-sputtering with ZnO and Mg0.3Zn0.7O targets

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    Yue, Li Li; Yang, Yi Da; Kim, Hong Seung; Jang, Nak Won; Yun, Young

    2016-03-01

    We successfully deposited hexagonal wurtzite Mg x Zn1- x O (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.18) films on Si substrates by using RF magnetron co-sputtering with ZnO and Mg0.3Zn0.7O targets. The Mg content was varied by controlling the RF power of the Mg0.3Zn0.7O target while the RF power of the ZnO target was fixed at 100 W. The electrical properties of the Mg x Zn1- x O films were investigated by using a transmission line model (TLM) with Ti/Au electrode and Hall effect measurements. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) results demonstrate that some Zn atoms can be replaced by Mg atoms in the Mg x Zn1- x O films. As the Mg content was increased from 0 at.% to 18 at.%, the resistivity of Mg x Zn1- x O films increased and the carrier concentration decreased from 1.17 × 1019 cm-3 to 1.17 × 1017 cm-3, which indicates a decrease in the number of oxygen vacancies. Meanwhile, the Hall mobility increased to 15.3 cm2/Vs. The electrical properties of Mg x Zn1- x O films were tuned by using the Mg content.

  4. Microstructures and Thermal Properties of Mg-Sn-Ca Alloys: Casts and Extrusions

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    Kim, Jung-Han; Choi, Jeong-Won; Kim, Yong-Ho; Yoo, Hyo-Sang; Woo, Kee-Do; Lee, Seong-Hee; Son, Hyeon-Taek

    2015-11-01

    Microstructure and thermal properties of Mg-(3 mass% or 5 mass%) Sn-2 mass% Ca alloys as casts and extrusions have been investigated with different ram speeds and extrusion temperatures. Mg-(3 mass% or 5 mass%) Sn-2 mass% Ca alloys are composed of \\upalpha -Mg, MgSnCa, and {Mg}2{Ca} phases. By adding Sn content from 3 mass% to 5 mass%, the MgSnCa phase is increased and the {Mg}2{Ca} phase is decreased. During hot extrusion, the average grain sizes are increased with increasing ram speed and temperature. The ultimate tensile strength ( UTS) and elongation for the Mg-5Sn-2Ca alloy at 2.3 {mm}{\\cdot }{s}^{-1} are 227.73 MPa and 18.43 %, respectively. With increasing extrusion ram speed, the UTS and elongation for the Mg-5Sn-2Ca alloy are remarkably decreased to 215.95 MPa, 206.33 MPa, and 14.74 %, 6.88 %, respectively. The thermal conductivity for the Mg-3Sn-2Ca alloy is dramatically improved, compared to commercialized Mg alloys such as AZ31 and AZ91 due to formation of MgSnCa and {Mg}2{Ca} phases.

  5. Effect of Mg diffusion on photoluminescence spectra of MgZnO/ZnO bi-layers annealed at different temperatures

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    Das, Amit K.; Misra, P.; Ajimsha, R. S.; Bose, A.; Joshi, S. C.; Porwal, S.; Sharma, T. K.; Oak, S. M.; Kukreja, L. M.

    2013-11-01

    MgZnO/ZnO bilayers (Mg concentration of ˜30%) have been grown and subsequently annealed at different temperatures in the range of 600-900 °C with the specific interest of studying the effect of inter-diffusion of Mg on the photoluminescence (PL) properties of the bilayers. The influence of Mg diffusion and material homogenization is evaluated through absorption, PL, and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) measurements. No appreciable change in the spectral positions is seen either in PL or absorption up to an annealing temperature of 700 °C, which is also supported by SIMS. However at higher annealing temperatures, diffusion of Mg into the ZnO layer is clearly evident in SIMS profile, which results in the red-shift (blue-shift) of spectral positions of MgZnO (ZnO) layer, respectively. Finally, for the sample annealed at 900 °C, the two layers are completely merged providing a single peak at ˜3.60 eV in PL/absorption corresponding to a completely homogenized MgZnO layer. Spectroscopic results are corroborated by the numerical simulations based on a simple theoretical model, which correlates the observed PL spectra of the heterostructures with the experimental Mg diffusion profiles across the heterointerface, as measured by SIMS.

  6. On the synthesis, structural, optical and magnetic properties of nano-size Zn-MgO

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    Varshney, Dinesh; Dwivedi, Sonam

    2015-09-01

    Chemical co-precipitation method is employed to synthesize ZnO, MgO and Zn0.5Mg0.5O nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern infers that the sample of ZnO is in single-phase wurtzite structure (hexagonal phase, P63mc), MgO crystallizes in cubic Fd3m space group and Zn0.5Mg0.5O represents mixed nature of ZnO and MgO lattices. MgO nanocrystals band around 1078 cm-1 is ascribed to the TO-LO surface phonon modes in MgO lattice. In case of Zn0.5Mg0.5O lattice illustrating two bands at 436 and 1087 cm-1. FTIR spectra clearly show the broad band within 450-600 cm-1 is associated with the special vibration of magnesium oxide. FT-IR spectrum of Zn0.5Mg0.5O represents the combined bands of both ZnO-MgO oxides. Further the optical study obtained value of MgO (4.08 eV) is much lower than the corresponding bulk value (7.08 eV). All samples show diamagnetic nature at room temperature.

  7. Growth of high Mg content wurtzite MgZnO epitaxial films via pulsed metal organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Alema, Fikadu; Ledyaev, Oleg; Miller, Ross; Beletsky, Valeria; Osinsky, Andrei; Schoenfeld, Winston V.

    2016-02-01

    We report on the growth of high Mg content, high quality, wurtzite MgxZn1-xO (MgZnO) epitaxial films using a pulsed metal organic chemical vapor deposition (PMOCVD) method. Series of MgZnO films with variable Mg concentration were deposited on bare and AlN coated sapphire substrates. The band gap of the films estimated using UV-visible transmission spectra ranges from 3.24 eV to 4.49 eV, corresponding to fraction of Mg between x=0.0 and x=0.51, as determined by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. The cathodoluminescence (CL) measurement has shown a blue-shift in the peak position of MgZnO with an increasing Mg content. No multi-absorption edges and CL band splitting were observed, suggesting the absence of phase segregation in the as grown films. The crystal structure and phase purity of the films were also confirmed by XRD analysis. Hall effect measurement in van der Pauw configuration was employed to evaluate the electrical properties of the films. With a rise in Mg incorporation into the ZnO lattice, the films became very resistive, consistent with the widening of the band gap. The AFM measurement on the films has shown a decreasing surface roughness with an Mg content. To the best of our knowledge, the current result shows the highest Mg content (x=0.51), high quality, wurtzite MgZnO epitaxial film ever grown by MOCVD. The high Mg incorporation without phase separation is believed to be due to the non-equilibrium behavior of the PMOCVD in which the kinetic processes dominate the thermodynamic one.

  8. A many-body model to study proteins. I. Applications to MLnm+ complexes, Mm+=Li+, Na+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+, and Zn2+, L=H2O, CH3OH, HCONH2, n=1-6, and to small hydrogen bonded systems

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    Masella, Michel; Cuniasse, Philippe

    2003-07-01

    A new model to study proteinic systems including a many-body polarization and a hydrogen bond energy contribution is presented. This model represents an extension of an earlier water many-body model [M. Masella and J.-P. Flament, J. Chem. Phys. 107 9105 (1997)]. As in this earlier model, the new model is developed to reproduce quantum computations on small molecular aggregates, and, in this first paper, we focus our efforts in developing an accurate potential to describe interactions among all nonbonded atoms occurring in proteins, and among those atoms and six cations of biological interest: Li+, Na+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+, and Zn2+. Intramolecular degrees of freedom are described as in classical two-body force fields. In the present paper, the new model is applied to investigate the properties of small ion-neutral [M,Ln]m+ complexes and of small hydrogen-bonded systems. The results showed that this model is able to reproduce most of the theoretical quantum predictions and experimental data published until now regarding those systems.

  9. Air-gap gating of MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures

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    Tambo, T.; Falson, J. Kozuka, Y.; Maryenko, D.; Tsukazaki, A.; Kawasaki, M.

    2014-08-28

    The adaptation of “air-gap” dielectric based field-effect transistor technology to controlling the MgZnO/ZnO heterointerface confined two-dimensional electron system (2DES) is reported. We find it possible to tune the charge density of the 2DES via a gate electrode spatially separated from the heterostructure surface by a distance of 5 μm. Under static gating, the observation of the quantum Hall effect suggests that the charge carrier density remains homogeneous, with the 2DES in the 3 mm square sample the sole conductor. The availability of this technology enables the exploration of the charge carrier density degree of freedom in the pristine sample limit.

  10. Air-gap gating of MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures

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    Tambo, T.; Falson, J.; Maryenko, D.; Kozuka, Y.; Tsukazaki, A.; Kawasaki, M.

    2014-08-01

    The adaptation of "air-gap" dielectric based field-effect transistor technology to controlling the MgZnO/ZnO heterointerface confined two-dimensional electron system (2DES) is reported. We find it possible to tune the charge density of the 2DES via a gate electrode spatially separated from the heterostructure surface by a distance of 5 μm. Under static gating, the observation of the quantum Hall effect suggests that the charge carrier density remains homogeneous, with the 2DES in the 3 mm square sample the sole conductor. The availability of this technology enables the exploration of the charge carrier density degree of freedom in the pristine sample limit.

  11. Exciton dynamics in individual semimagnetic (Zn,Mn)Te/(Zn,Mg)Te nanowires

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    Gałkowski, K.; Wojnar, P.; Janik, E.; Papierska, J.; Sawicki, K.; Kossacki, P.; Suffczyński, J.

    2015-09-01

    Dynamics and mechanisms of photocreated carriers decay in individual core/shell (Zn,Mn)Te/(Zn,Mg)Te semimagnetic nanowires are studied with a high temporal resolution. Exciton lifetime determined to 44 ± 5 ps is found to increase to 78 ± 5 ps upon application of magnetic field of up to 10 T. A quantitative modeling attributes the effects observed in time-resolved and time-integrated micro-photoluminescence to the magnetic field induced quenching of exchange Auger type, non-radiative carrier recombination related to Mn2+ ions. The reported properties of the semimagnetic nanowires are promising for their implementation in high-speed devices exploiting light-induced conductivity.

  12. Exciton dynamics in individual semimagnetic (Zn,Mn)Te/(Zn,Mg)Te nanowires

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    Gałkowski, K.; Papierska, J.; Sawicki, K.; Kossacki, P.; Suffczyński, J.; Wojnar, P.; Janik, E.

    2015-09-07

    Dynamics and mechanisms of photocreated carriers decay in individual core/shell (Zn,Mn)Te/(Zn,Mg)Te semimagnetic nanowires are studied with a high temporal resolution. Exciton lifetime determined to 44 ± 5 ps is found to increase to 78 ± 5 ps upon application of magnetic field of up to 10 T. A quantitative modeling attributes the effects observed in time-resolved and time-integrated micro-photoluminescence to the magnetic field induced quenching of exchange Auger type, non-radiative carrier recombination related to Mn{sup 2+} ions. The reported properties of the semimagnetic nanowires are promising for their implementation in high-speed devices exploiting light-induced conductivity.

  13. Effect of Intra CA1 and Intraperitoneal Administration of Opioid Receptor Modulating Agents on The Anxiolytic Properties of Nano and Conventional ZnO in Male Rats

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    Torabi, Mozhgan; Kesmati, Mahnaz; Eshagh Harooni, Hooman; Varzi, Hosein Najafzadeh

    2014-01-01

    Objective Nano components are today’s new wonder material. However, the safety or toxicity of these components in humans is not yet clear. In a previous study we indicated that nano ZnO (nZnO) has a stronger anxiolytic effect compared to the conventional ZnO (cZnO). The present study was designed to evaluate the intraperitoneal administration of an opioidergic receptor agonist and antagonist of as well as the intra CA1 administration of an opioidergic receptor antagonist on the anxiolytic properties of nano and conventional ZnO in adult male Wistar rats. Materials and Methods In this experimental study, rats received drugs via two modes of injection; intraperitoneal (IP.) and intra CA1 (intra hippocampus, CA1 area). Firstly, nZnO (5, 10, 20 mg/kg), cZnO (5, 10, 20 mg/kg), morphine 6 mg/kg, and naloxone 1 mg/kg were injected IP and naloxone 1µg/rat was injected intra CA1. Subsequently, morphine and na- loxone (IP and intra CA1) were co-injected with the effective dose of nZnO and cZnO. An elevated plus maze was used to evaluate anxiety related behavior and anxiety parameters 30 minutes after the second injection. Results The results indicated that the anxiolytic effects of nZnO 5 mg/kg and cZnO 10 mg/kg were equal. When injected intraperitoneally, naloxone increased anxiety but did not inhibit the anxiolytic effect of nZnO and cZnO. The anxiolytic effects of morphine potentiated the anxio- lytic effects of ZnO, particularly nZno. When introduced via intra CA1 injection naloxone alone had no effect on anxiety behaviors and did not inhibit the anxiolytic effect of nZnO. Conclusion It seems that the opioidergic system activity involved in the anxiolytic effect of nano and conventional ZnO may operate through shared and unshared pathways. PMID:24567946

  14. Phosphorus recovery from biogas fermentation liquid by Ca-Mg loaded biochar.

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    Fang, Ci; Zhang, Tao; Li, Ping; Jiang, Rongfeng; Wu, Shubiao; Nie, Haiyu; Wang, Yingcai

    2015-03-01

    Shortage in phosphorus (P) resources and P wastewater pollution is considered as a serious problem worldwide. The application of modified biochar for P recovery from wastewater and reuse of recovered P as agricultural fertilizer is a preferred process. This work aims to develop a calcium and magnesium loaded biochar (Ca-Mg/biochar) application for P recovery from biogas fermentation liquid. The physico-chemical characterization, adsorption efficiency, adsorption selectivity, and postsorption availability of Ca-Mg/biochar were investigated. The synthesized Ca-Mg/biochar was rich in organic functional groups and in CaO and MgO nanoparticles. With the increase in synthesis temperature, the yield decreased, C content increased, H content decreased, N content remained the same basically, and BET surface area increased. The P adsorption of Ca-Mg/biochar could be accelerated by nano-CaO and nano-MgO particles and reached equilibrium after 360min. The process was endothermic, spontaneous, and showed an increase in the disorder of the solid-liquid interface. Moreover, it could be fitted by the Freundlich model. The maximum P adsorption amounts were 294.22, 315.33, and 326.63mg/g. The P adsorption selectivity of Ca-Mg/biochar could not be significantly influenced by the typical pH level of biogas fermentation liquid. The nano-CaO and nano-MgO particles of Ca-Mg/biochar could reduce the negative interaction effects of coexisting ions. The P releasing amounts of postsorption Ca-Mg/biochar were in the order of Ca-Mg/B600>Ca-Mg/B450>Ca-Mg/B300. Results revealed that postsorption Ca-Mg/biochar can continually release P and is more suitable for an acid environment. PMID:25766018

  15. Structural and optical properties of ZnMgO thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition using ZnO-MgO multiple targets

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    Maemoto, Toshihiko; Ichiba, Nobuyasu; Ishii, Hiroaki; Sasa, Shigehiko; Inoue, Masataka

    2007-04-01

    We report on structural and optical properties for Zn1-xMgxO (ZMO) thin films produced by pulsed laser ablation. ZMO thin films were grown on a-plane Al2O3 substrates at 400°C. In order to efficiently incorporate Mg into ZnO thin films, we used multiple ZnO-MgO ablation targets. Pulses from a Nd:YAG laser (4th harmonic generation: 266 nm) were directed on the ZnO-MgO ablation targets, which consisted of MgO single crystals mounted on ZnO ceramic targets. The ZMO films were characterized by x-ray diffraction, optical transmittance and cathodeluminescence (CL) measurements. Highly c-axis oriented ZMO(0002) reflections corresponding to the wurtzite-phase were observed. The c-axis lattice constants of the films were determined from the ZnMgO(0002) peak. The c-axis length of the ZMO films decreased linearly with Mg content. From the optical transmittance spectra of ZMO films, we observed a blue shift in the absorption edge with increasing Mg content. Band gap energies of ZMO thin films were determined from the optical transmittance and CL spectra. We found that the band gap energy changed from 3.27 eV to 3.95 eV. The Mg content of ZMO films increased monotonically with the number of laser pulses which struck the MgO target. These results show that laser ablation using multiple targets of ZnO and MgO is effective for band engineering of ZMO.

  16. Effect of reaction time and (Ca+Mg)/Al molar ratios on crystallinity of Ca-Mg-Al layered double Hydroxide

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    Heraldy, E.; Nugrahaningtyas, K. D.; Sanjaya, F. B.; Darojat, A. A.; Handayani, D. S.; Hidayat, Y.

    2016-02-01

    Ca-Mg-Al Layered Double Hydroxides (Ca-Mg-Al-LDH) compounds were successfully synthesized from brine water and AlCl3.6H2O as the starting materials by coprecipitation method. The product result was characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR). The effects of the reaction time and the molar ratios of the raw material on the crystallinity of Ca-Mg-Al-LDH were examining. Results show that increasing reaction time (30; 60 and 90 min.) could improve the crystallinity and monodispersity of layered double hydroxide compounds particles. The well-defined Ca-Mg- Al-LDH could be prepared with (Ca+Mg)/Al molar ratios 0.5.

  17. High Zn Content Single-phase RS-MgZnO Suitable for Solar-blind Frequency Applications

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    Liang, H. L.; Mei, Z. X.; Liu, Z. L.; Guo, Y.; Du, X. L.; Azarov, A. Yu.; Kuznetsov, A. Yu.; Hallen, A.

    2010-11-01

    Single-phase rock-salt MgZnO films with high Zn content were successfully fabricated on the templates of MgO (111)/{alpha}-sapphire (0001) by radio-frequency plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The influence of growth temperature on epitaxy of MgZnO alloy films was investigated by the combined studies of crystal structures, compositions, and optical properties. It is found that the incorporation of Zn atoms into the rock-salt MgZnO films is greatly enhanced at low temperature, confirmed by in-situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction observations and ex-situ X-ray diffraction characterization. Zn fraction in the single-phase rock-salt Mg{sub 0.53}Zn{sub 0.47}O film was determined by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. Optical properties of the films were investigated by transmittance spectroscopy and reflectance spectroscopy, both of which demonstrate the solar-blind band gap and its dependence on Zn content.

  18. Synthesis and photoluminescence of quasi-arrayed ZnMgO nanorods

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    Wang, Fazhan; Zhao, Chao; Liu, Bo; Yuan, Sicong

    2009-06-01

    Quasi-arrayed ZnMgO single-crystal nanorods with different Mg concentrations have been fabricated by thermal evaporation of Zn and Mg on a Si substrate using Au as a catalyst. The synthesized ZnMgO nanorods had uniform flat hexagonal crystallorgraphic planes with diameters of about 300 nm. It was found that with the increase in the dopant concentration, the peak position of (0 0 2) was shifted towards the high-angle side (from 34.40° to 34. 54°) and the near-band-edge emission was blue-shifted to 364 nm (3.41 eV) from 385 nm (3.22 eV) in comparison with that of pure ZnO. The direct modulation of the band-gap caused by Mg substitution was responsible for the blue shift. The possible growth mechanism of the ZnMgO nanorods was discussed.

  19. Solidification of Mg-Zn-Y Alloys at 6 GPa Pressure: Nanostructure, Phases Formed, and Their Stability

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    Zhou, Haitao; Liu, Keming; Zhang, Li; Atrens, Andrej; Yu, Jiuming; Li, Xiaolong

    2016-06-01

    Mg-Zn-Y alloys solidified under high pressure were characterized using XRD, DTA, SEM, and TEM. After solidification at atmospheric pressure, Mg-6Zn-1Y consisted of α-Mg, Mg7Zn3, and Mg3YZn6, while Mg-6Zn-3Y consisted of α-Mg, Mg3Y2Zn3, and Mg3YZn6. After solidification at 6 GPa pressure, both alloys consisted of α-Mg, MgZn, and Mg12YZn. The size and the shape of the second-phase particles formed for atmospheric solidification were significantly different to those formed for solidification at 6 GPa pressure. In Mg-6Zn-1Y, the second-phase size decreased from 300 to 50 nm, and the shape changed from needle like to blocky. In Mg-6Zn-3Y, the size decreased from 100 to 50 nm and the shape changed from short rod like to small and round. After aging at 200 °C for 12 h, the new MgZn phase transformed into the intermediate MgZn2 phase. Increasing the aging time to 24 h caused the intermediate MgZn2 phase to transform into Mg7Zn3 with a size of 50 nm, while the Mg12YZn phase remained unchanged.

  20. Magnesium relaxes arterial smooth muscle by decreasing intracellular Ca2+ without changing intracellular Mg2+.

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    D'Angelo, E K; Singer, H A; Rembold, C M

    1992-01-01

    Elevations in extracellular [Mg2+] ([Mg2+]o) relax vascular smooth muscle. We tested the hypothesis that elevated [Mg2+]o induces relaxation through reductions in myoplasmic [Ca2+] and myosin light chain phosphorylation without changing intracellular [Mg2+] ([Mg2+]i). Histamine stimulation of endothelium-free swine carotid medial tissues was associated with increases in both Fura 2- and aequorin-estimated myoplasmic [Ca2+], myosin phosphorylation, and force. Elevated [Mg2+]o decreased myoplasmic [Ca2+] and force to near resting values. However, elevated [Mg2+]o only transiently decreased myosin phosphorylation values: sustained [Mg2+]o-induced decreases in myoplasmic [Ca2+] and force were associated with inappropriately high myosin phosphorylation values. The elevated myosin phosphorylation during [Mg2+]o-induced relaxation was entirely on serine 19, the Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent myosin light chain kinase substrate. Myoplasmic [Mg2+] (estimated with Mag-Fura 2) did not significantly increase with elevated [Mg2+]o. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that increased [Mg2+]o induces relaxation by decreasing myoplasmic [Ca2+] without changing [Mg2+]i. These data also demonstrate dissociation of myosin phosphorylation from myoplasmic [Ca2+] and force during Mg(2+)-induced relaxation. This finding suggests the presence of a phosphorylation-independent (yet potentially Ca(2+)-dependent) mechanism for regulation of force in vascular smooth muscle. Images PMID:1602005

  1. Study of ZnO and Mg doped ZnO nanoparticles by sol-gel process

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    Ansari, Mohd Meenhaz Arshad, Mohd; Tripathi, Pushpendra

    2015-06-24

    Nano-crystalline undoped and Mg doped ZnO (Mg-ZnO) nanoparticles with compositional formula Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}O (x=0,1,3,5,7,10 and 12 %) were synthesized using sol-gel process. The XRD diffraction peaks match with the pattern of the standard hexagonal structure of ZnO that reveals the formation of hexagonal wurtzite structure in all samples. SEM images demonstrates clearly the formation of spherical ZnO nanoparticles, and change of the morphology of the nanoparticles with the concentration of the magnesium, which is in close agreement with that estimated by Scherer formula based on the XRD pattern. To investigate the doping effect on optical properties, the UV–VIS absorption spectra was obtained and the band gap of the samples calculated.

  2. Study of p-type ZnO and MgZnO Thin Films for Solid State Lighting

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    Liu, Jianlin

    2015-07-31

    This project on study of p-type ZnO and MgZnO thin films for solid state lighting was carried out by research group of Prof. Jianlin Liu of UCR during the four-year period between August 2011 and July 2015. Tremendous progress has been made on the proposed research. This final report summarizes the important findings.

  3. Effect of Mg doping in ZnO buffer layer on ZnO thin film devices for electronic applications

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    Giri, Pushpa; Chakrabarti, P.

    2016-05-01

    Zinc Oxide (ZnO) thin films have been grown on p-silicon (Si) substrate using magnesium doped ZnO (Mg: ZnO) buffer layer by radio-frequency (RF) sputtering method. In this paper, we have optimized the concentration of Mg (0-5 atomic percent (at. %)) ZnO buffer layer to examine its effect on ZnO thin film based devices for electronic and optoelectronic applications. The crystalline nature, morphology and topography of the surface of the thin film have been characterized. The optical as well as electrical properties of the active ZnO film can be tailored by varying the concentration of Mg in the buffer layer. The crystallite size in the active ZnO thin film was found to increase with the Mg concentration in the buffer layer in the range of 0-3 at. % and subsequently decrease with increasing Mg atom concentration in the ZnO. The same was verified by the surface morphology and topography studies carried out with scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic electron microscopy (AFM) respectively. The reflectance in the visible region was measured to be less than 80% and found to decrease with increase in Mg concentration from 0 to 3 at. % in the buffer region. The optical bandgap was initially found to increase from 3.02 eV to 3.74 eV by increasing the Mg content from 0 to 3 at. % but subsequently decreases and drops down to 3.43 eV for a concentration of 5 at. %. The study of an Au:Pd/ZnO Schottky diode reveals that for optimum doping of the buffer layer the device exhibits superior rectifying behavior. The barrier height, ideality factor, rectification ratio, reverse saturation current and series resistance of the Schottky diode were extracted from the measured current voltage (I-V) characteristics.

  4. A monoclonal antibody to the calmodulin-binding (Ca2+ + Mg2+)-dependent ATPase from pig stomach smooth muscle inhibits plasmalemmal (Ca2+ + Mg2+)-dependent ATPase activity.

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    Verbist, J; Wuytack, F; Raeymaekers, L; Van Leuven, F; Cassiman, J J; Casteels, R

    1986-01-01

    A monoclonal antibody (2B3) directed against the calmodulin-binding (Ca2+ + Mg2+)-dependent ATPase from pig stomach smooth muscle was prepared. This antibody reacts with a 130,000-Mr protein that co-migrates on SDS/polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis with the calmodulin-binding (Ca2+ + Mg2+)-ATPase purified from smooth muscle by calmodulin affinity chromatography. The antibody causes partial inhibition of the (Ca2+ + Mg2+)-ATPase activity in plasma membranes from pig stomach smooth muscle, in pig erythrocytes and human erythrocytes. It appears to be directed against a specific functionally important site of the plasmalemmal Ca2+-transport ATPase and acts as a competitive inhibitor of ATP binding. Binding of the antibody does not change the Km of the ATPase for Ca2+ and its inhibitory effect is not altered by the presence of calmodulin. No inhibition of (Ca2+ + Mg2+)-ATPase activity or of the oxalate-stimulated Ca2+ uptake was observed in a pig smooth-muscle vesicle preparation enriched in endoplasmic reticulum. These results confirm the existence in smooth muscle of two different types of Ca2+-transport ATPase: a calmodulin-binding (Ca2+ + Mg2+)-ATPase located in the plasma membrane and a second one confined to the endoplasmic reticulum. Images Fig. 4. Fig. 5. PMID:2950852

  5. Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca in Aragonitic Bivalves: Do They Record Temperature?

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    Gillikin, D. P.; Ulens, H.; Dehairs, F.; Baeyens, W.; Navez, J.; Andre, L.; Keppens, E.; Calmars Group,.

    2003-12-01

    The chemical or isotopic composition of calcareous skeletons have long been recognized as archives of past and present environmental conditions. Oxygen isotopes (d18O) of biogenic carbonates are a powerful proxy of SST, however, although usually dominated by SST, salinity (SSS) also significantly effects the oxygen isotopic signal recorded in the carbonate. This has led researchers to explore new proxies, which are independent of SSS. Generally, Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca of seawater remains unchanged above salinities of 10 and marine animals will commonly live in habitats that do not fluctuate below this salinity. To solve the issue of SSS complicating paleotemperature records, these "new" proxies must be at least as reliable as d18O. If an environmental control is dominant, the proxies should be reproducible between specimens growing under the same field conditions. Both Sr and Mg have been used as paleotemperature proxies in corals and foraminifera, whereas a fewer attempts have been made to use these proxies in bivalves. Some report a clear seasonal periodicity in Sr/Ca profiles of bivalves, which covaries with d18O (i.e., temperature), whereas others have found no clear periodicity. We test the robustness of these proxies by analyzing the shell material from three species of aragonitic clams from around the world using a LA-ICP-MS. Three individuals of M. mercenaria from North Carolina, USA, three individuals of Saxidomus giganteus from Washington, USA and one Arctica islandica from Norway have been analyzed. As expected, there is excellent reproducibility of d18O between specimens (both M. mercenaria and S. giganteus) indicating external environmental conditions control this proxy (i.e. SST and SSS). Preliminary data analysis show that Sr and Mg are not reproducible between specimens from the same site nor do they exhibit a clear seasonal cyclicity, indicating individual metabolic effects (i.e., vital effects) dominate the incorporation of these elements. A. islandica

  6. Effect of sterilization process on surface characteristics and biocompatibility of pure Mg and MgCa alloys.

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    Liu, X L; Zhou, W R; Wu, Y H; Cheng, Y; Zheng, Y F

    2013-10-01

    The aim of this work was to investigate the effect of various sterilization methods on surface characteristics and biocompatibility of MgCa alloy, with pure Mg as a comparison, including steam autoclave sterilization (SA), ethylene oxide steam sterilization (EO), glutaraldehyde sterilization (GD), dry heat sterilization (DH) and Co60 γ ray radiation sterilization (R) technologies. The surface characterizations were performed by environmental scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, water contact angle and surface free energy measurement, whereas the cytotoxicity and hemocompatibility were evaluated by cellular adhesive experiment, platelet adhesion and hemolysis test. The results showed that the five sterilization processes caused more changes on the surface of MgCa alloy than that on the surface of pure Mg. The GD sterilization caused the most obvious changes on the surface of the pure Mg, and the SA sterilization made the largest alteration on the MgCa alloy surface. The GD and DH sterilization processes could cause increases on surface free energy for both pure Mg and MgCa alloys, while the other three sterilization processes reduced the surface free energy. The DH and GD sterilization processes caused the least alteration on the cell adhesion on pure Mg surface, whereas the EO sterilization performed the greatest impact on the cell adhesion on the Mg-Ca alloy surface. The hemolysis percentage of pure Mg and MgCa alloys were reduced by SA sterilization, meanwhile the other four sterilization processes increased their hemolysis percentages significantly, especially for the EO sterilization. PMID:23910326

  7. Accuracy, standardization, and interlaboratory calibration standards for foraminiferal Mg/Ca thermometry

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    Greaves, Mervyn; Barker, Stephen; Daunt, Caroline; Elderfield, Henry

    2005-02-01

    The use of liquid and solid standards for foraminiferal Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca determinations and interlaboratory calibration has been investigated. Preparation of single element standard solutions from primary solid standard material enables the preparation of mixed standard solutions with Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios of known accuracy to better than 0.1%. We also investigated commercial reference materials to determine whether existing carbonate standards could be used as reference material for Mg/Ca determinations in foraminiferal calcite. We propose that, in the absence of a pure calcium carbonate standard certified for Mg/Ca, ECRM 752-1, a limestone CRM containing Mg/Ca within the range of typical foraminifera, is a suitable solid standard for interlaboratory calibration. Replicate Mg/Ca determinations showed that, provided silicate phases are removed by centrifugation, this material is homogenous within the precision of daily instrumental Mg/Ca determinations over a range of sample weights from 10 to 1000 mg, taken from two separate bottles of ECRM 752-1. Results gave an average value of Mg/Ca = 3.75 mmol/mol (0.015 s.d., 0.41% r.s.d.) on 118 determinations from the two bottles.

  8. Tuning Complexity by Lithiation: A Family of Intergrowth Structures Using Condensed hypho-Icosahedra in the Li-Doped Ca-Zn System.

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    Lin, Qisheng; Zhu, Ran; Miller, Gordon J

    2016-05-16

    Cluster chemistry of intermetallics with valence electron counts (VECs) in the range of 2.0-3.0 is intriguing. Lithiation of polar intermetallics in this VEC region is found to be an effective chemical route to produce new complex structures with different stability mechanisms. In this work, two new complex intermetallic structures have been discovered in the Ca-Li-Zn system: Ca12LixZn59-x and Ca15LixZn75-x. Ca12LixZn59-x, x ≈ 5.65(3)-14.95(3), forms in the trigonal space group R3̅m, with a = 9.074(1)-9.1699(2) Å, c = 53.353(1)-53.602(1) Å, and Z = 3. In comparison, Ca15LixZn75-x, x ≈ 19.07(2), crystallizes in the space group P63/mmc, with a ≈ 9.183(1) Å, c ≈ 45.191(5) Å), and Z = 2. Both structures are members of a large intergrowth family featuring slabs of dimers (D) and trimers (T) stacking along [001], with the sequences DTDDTDDTD for Ca12LixZn59-x and TDDDTDDD for Ca15LixZn75-x. Each dimer consists of two face-sharing Zn-centered hypho-icosahedra, and each trimer comprises a Li-centered icosahedron sandwiched by two hypho-icosahedra. This intergrowth family includes several known intermetallic structure types involving very electropositive metals, e.g., SrMg5.2, Ba2Li4.21Al4.79, and Sr9Li17.5Al25.5. Because of cluster defects and condensation, both Ca12LixZn59-x and Ca15LixZn75-x are electronically akin to close-packed metals, and their structural stabilities can be interpreted by a Hume-Rothery mechanism rather than the Zintl-Klemm concept. PMID:27115056

  9. Photoluminescence of Tb 3+ and Mn 2+ activated Ca 8MgGd(PO 4) 7 under vacuum ultraviolet excitation

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    Zhang, Jia; Wang, Yuhua; Huang, Yan

    2011-06-01

    Novel Tb 3+ and Mn 2+ activated Ca 8MgGd(PO 4) 7 phosphors were synthesized by solid-state reaction and their photoluminescence properties in vacuum ultraviolet region were investigated for the first time. It can be observed from the excitation spectra that the host-related absorption band is located around 170 nm, and it overlaps the O 2- → Tb 3+ charge transfer band of Ca 8MgGd(PO 4) 7:Tb 3+ around 161 nm and the 3d 5 → 3d 44s transition band of Ca 8MgGd(PO 4) 7:Mn 2+ near 200 nm. The 4f-4f 5d spin-allowed and spin-forbidden transitions of Tb 3+ are verified to be located at 170-250 and 257-271 nm, respectively. Upon 147 nm excitation, the dominant emission peak intensity of the Ca 8MgGd 0.1(PO 4) 7:0.9Tb 3+ phosphor is about 2.7 times stronger than that of the commercial Zn 2SiO 4:Mn 2+ green phosphor, and the brightness of the former with a short decay time of 2.5 ms is about 98% of the latter's. The Ca 8MgGd(PO 4):Mn 2+ phosphor excited at 147 nm exhibits a deep red emission around 650 nm, which could be attributed to the 4T 1 → 6A 1 transition of Mn 2+, with the CIE index (0.679, 0.321). In a word, the results above indicate that both Tb 3+ and Mn 2+ activated Ca 8MgGd(PO 4) 7 phosphors could be promising for PDP or Hg-free lamp applications.

  10. The effect of Zn on precipitation in Al-Mg-Si alloys

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    Saito, Takeshi; Wenner, Sigurd; Osmundsen, Elisa; Marioara, Calin D.; Andersen, Sigmund J.; Røyset, Jostein; Lefebvre, Williams; Holmestad, Randi

    2014-07-01

    Effects of addition of Zn (up to 1 wt%) on microstructure, precipitate structure and intergranular corrosion (IGC) in an Al-Mg-Si alloys were investigated. During ageing at 185 °C, the alloys showed modest increases in hardness as function of Zn content, corresponding to increased number densities of needle-shaped precipitates in the Al-Mg-Si alloy system. No precipitates of the Al-Zn-Mg alloy system were found. Using high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM), the Zn atoms were incorporated in the precipitate structures at different atomic sites with various atomic column occupancies. Zn atoms segregated along grain boundaries, forming continuous film. It correlates to high IGC susceptibility when Zn concentration is ~1wt% and the materials in peak-aged condition.

  11. Reconstructing past seawater Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca from mid-ocean ridge flank calcium carbonate veins.

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    Coggon, Rosalind M; Teagle, Damon A H; Smith-Duque, Christopher E; Alt, Jeffrey C; Cooper, Matthew J

    2010-02-26

    Proxies for past seawater chemistry, such as Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios, provide a record of the dynamic exchanges of elements between the solid Earth, the atmosphere, and the hydrosphere and the evolving influence of life. We estimated past oceanic Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios from suites of 1.6- to 170-million-year-old calcium carbonate veins that had precipitated from seawater-derived fluids in ocean ridge flank basalts. Our data indicate that before the Neogene, oceanic Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios were lower than in the modern ocean. Decreased ocean spreading since the Cretaceous and the resulting slow reduction in ocean crustal hydrothermal exchange throughout the early Tertiary may explain the recent rise in these ratios. PMID:20133522

  12. Interlaboratory comparison study of calibration standards for foraminiferal Mg/Ca thermometry

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    Greaves, M.; Caillon, N.; Rebaubier, H.; Bartoli, G.; Bohaty, S.; Cacho, I.; Clarke, L.; Cooper, M.; Daunt, C.; Delaney, M.; Demenocal, P.; Dutton, A.; Eggins, S.; Elderfield, H.; Garbe-Schoenberg, D.; Goddard, E.; Green, D.; Groeneveld, J.; Hastings, D.; Hathorne, E.; Kimoto, K.; Klinkhammer, G.; Labeyrie, L.; Lea, D. W.; Marchitto, T.; MartíNez-Botí, M. A.; Mortyn, P. G.; Ni, Y.; Nuernberg, D.; Paradis, G.; Pena, L.; Quinn, T.; Rosenthal, Y.; Russell, A.; Sagawa, T.; Sosdian, S.; Stott, L.; Tachikawa, K.; Tappa, E.; Thunell, R.; Wilson, P. A.

    2008-08-01

    An interlaboratory study of Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios in three commercially available carbonate reference materials (BAM RS3, CMSI 1767, and ECRM 752-1) was performed with the participation of 25 laboratories that determine foraminiferal Mg/Ca ratios worldwide. These reference materials containing Mg/Ca in the range of foraminiferal calcite (0.8 mmol/mol to 6 mmol/mol) were circulated with a dissolution protocol for analysis. Participants were asked to make replicate dissolutions of the powdered samples and to analyze them using the instruments and calibration standards routinely used in their laboratories. Statistical analysis was performed in accordance with the International Standardization Organization standard 5725, which is based on the analysis of variance (ANOVA) technique. Repeatability (RSDr%), an indicator of intralaboratory precision, for Mg/Ca determinations in solutions after centrifuging increased with decreasing Mg/Ca, ranging from 0.78% at Mg/Ca = 5.56 mmol/mol to 1.15% at Mg/Ca = 0.79 mmol/mol. Reproducibility (RSDR%), an indicator of the interlaboratory method precision, for Mg/Ca determinations in centrifuged solutions was noticeably worse than repeatability, ranging from 4.5% at Mg/Ca = 5.56 mmol/mol to 8.7% at Mg/Ca = 0.79 mmol/mol. Results of this study show that interlaboratory variability is dominated by inconsistencies among instrument calibrations and highlight the need to improve interlaboratory compatibility. Additionally, the study confirmed the suitability of these solid standards as reference materials for foraminiferal Mg/Ca (and Sr/Ca) determinations, provided that appropriate procedures are adopted to minimize and to monitor possible contamination from silicate mineral phases.

  13. Positron lifetime studies of decomposition in 2024 (Al-Cu-Mg) and 7010 (Al-Zn-Cu-Mg) alloys

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    Dlubek, G. |; Lademann, P.; Krause, H.; Krause, S.; Unger, R.

    1998-09-04

    In the current paper, the decomposition behavior of the engineering alloys 2024 (Al-Cu-Mg) and 7010 (Al-Zn-Cu-Mg) is studied using positron lifetime measurements. Positrons probe open volume defects such as vacancies and dislocations. However, they may also be used to investigate coherent zones and incoherent precipitates. In order to understand the rather complicated precipitation sequences and the response of positrons to different type of precipitates occurring in 2024 and 7010 alloys, binary and ternary laboratory alloys were also investigated under the same experimental conditions as the engineering alloys. The interpretations of the results are based on experiences of the group from extensive positron studies of laboratory alloys such as Al-Zn, Al-Zn-Mg, Al-Cu, and further Al alloys (see also the review (4)). Their collected results are shown as lifetimes and curve-shape parameters S of the electron-positron momentum distribution curves characteristic for different precipitates in Al alloys.

  14. Transport and magnetotransport study of Mg doped ZnO thin films

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    Agrawal, Arpana; Dar, Tanveer A. Sen, Pratima; Phase, Deodatta M.

    2014-04-14

    We report negative magnetoresistance in pulsed laser deposited single phase ZnO and Mg{sub 0.268}Zn{sub 0.732}O films and attribute it to the presence of oxygen interstitials (O{sub i}) and zinc interstitials (Zn{sub i}) as observed in the X-ray photoelectron spectra of the films. An interesting feature of reduction of negative magnetoresistance at low temperatures and large fields in Mg{sub 0.268}Zn{sub 0.732}O film is observed and is explained by taking into account the localized scattering.

  15. Zn- and Mg- Containing Tricalcium Phosphates-Based Adjuvants for Cancer Immunotherapy

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    Wang, Xiupeng; Li, Xia; Onuma, Kazuo; Sogo, Yu; Ohno, Tadao; Ito, Atsuo

    2013-01-01

    Zn-, and Mg-containing tricalcium phosphates (TCPs) loaded with a hydrothermal extract of a human tubercle bacillus (HTB) were prepared by immersing Zn-TCP and Mg-TCP in HTB-containing supersaturated calcium phosphate solutions. The in vitro and in vivo immunogenic activities of the HTB-loaded Zn-, and Mg-TCPs (Zn-Ap-HTB and Mg-Ap-HTB, respectively) were evaluated as potential immunopotentiating adjuvants for cancer immunotherapy. The Zn-Ap-HTB and Mg-Ap-HTB adjuvants showed no obvious cytotoxicity and more effectively stimulated granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) secretion by macrophage-like cells than unprocessed HTB or HTB-loaded TCP (T-Ap-HTB) in vitro. Zn-Ap-HTB and Mg-Ap-HTB mixed with liquid-nitrogen-treated tumor tissue markedly inhibited the in vivo development of rechallenged Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) cells compared with T-Ap-HTB and the unprocessed HTB mixed liquid-nitrogen-treated tumor tissue. Zn-Ap-HTB and Mg-Ap-HTB contributed to eliciting potent systemic antitumor immunity in vivo. PMID:23857555

  16. AC conductivity and structural properties of Mg-doped ZnO ceramic

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    Othman, Zayani Jaafar; Hafef, Olfa; Matoussi, Adel; Rossi, Francesca; Salviati, Giancarlo

    2015-11-01

    Undoped ZnO and Zn1- x Mg x O ceramic pellets were synthesized by the standard sintering method at the temperature of 1200 °C. The influence of Mg doping on the morphological, structural and electrical properties was studied. The scanning electron microscopy images revealed rough surface textured by grain boundaries and compacted grains having different shapes and sizes. Indeed, the X-ray diffraction reveals the alloying of hexagonal ZnMgO phase and the segregation of cubic MgO phase. The crystallite size, strain and stress were studied using Williamson-Hall (W-H) method. The results of mean particle size of Zn1- x Mg x O composites showed an inter-correlation with W-H analysis and Sherrer method. The electrical conductivity of the films was measured from 173 to 373 K in the frequency range of 0.1 Hz-1 MHz to identify the dominant conductivity mechanism. The DC conductivity is thermally activated by electron traps having activation energy of about 0.09 to 0.8 eV. The mechanisms of AC conductivity are controlled by the correlated barrier hopping model for the ZnO sample and the small polaron tunneling (SPT) model for Zn0.64Mg0.36O and Zn0.60Mg0.40O composites.

  17. Zn- and Mg- Containing Tricalcium Phosphates-Based Adjuvants for Cancer Immunotherapy

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    Wang, Xiupeng; Li, Xia; Onuma, Kazuo; Sogo, Yu; Ohno, Tadao; Ito, Atsuo

    2013-07-01

    Zn-, and Mg-containing tricalcium phosphates (TCPs) loaded with a hydrothermal extract of a human tubercle bacillus (HTB) were prepared by immersing Zn-TCP and Mg-TCP in HTB-containing supersaturated calcium phosphate solutions. The in vitro and in vivo immunogenic activities of the HTB-loaded Zn-, and Mg-TCPs (Zn-Ap-HTB and Mg-Ap-HTB, respectively) were evaluated as potential immunopotentiating adjuvants for cancer immunotherapy. The Zn-Ap-HTB and Mg-Ap-HTB adjuvants showed no obvious cytotoxicity and more effectively stimulated granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) secretion by macrophage-like cells than unprocessed HTB or HTB-loaded TCP (T-Ap-HTB) in vitro. Zn-Ap-HTB and Mg-Ap-HTB mixed with liquid-nitrogen-treated tumor tissue markedly inhibited the in vivo development of rechallenged Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) cells compared with T-Ap-HTB and the unprocessed HTB mixed liquid-nitrogen-treated tumor tissue. Zn-Ap-HTB and Mg-Ap-HTB contributed to eliciting potent systemic antitumor immunity in vivo.

  18. Solidification Paths and Phase Components at High Temperatures of High-Zn Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloys with Different Mg and Cu Contents

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    Shu, W. X.; Hou, L. G.; Liu, J. C.; Zhang, C.; Zhang, F.; Liu, J. T.; Zhuang, L. Z.; Zhang, J. S.

    2015-11-01

    Studies were carried out systematically on a series of Al-8.5 wt pct Zn- xMg- yCu alloys ( x is about 1.5, 2.0, and 2.5 wt pct, and y is about 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, and 2.9 wt pct). The effects of alloying elements Mg and Cu on the microstructures of as-cast and homogenized alloys were investigated using the computational/experimental approach. It shows that Mg(Zn,Al,Cu)2 ( σ) phase can exist in all the as-cast alloys without any observable Mg32(Al,Zn)49/Al2Mg3Zn3 ( T) or Al2CuMg ( S) phase, whereas Al2Cu ( θ) phase is prone to exist in the alloys with low Mg and high Cu contents. Thermodynamic calculation shows that the real solidification paths of the designed alloys fall in between the Scheil and the equilibrium conditions, and close to the former. After the long-time homogenization [733 K (460 °C)/168 hours] and the two-step homogenization [733 K (460 °C)/24 hours + 748 K (475 °C)/24 hours], the phase components of the designed alloys are generally consistent with the calculated phase diagrams. At 733 K (460 °C), the phase components in the thermodynamic equilibrium state are greatly influenced by Mg content, and the alloys with low Mg content are more likely to be in single-Al phase field even if the alloys contain high Cu content. At 748 K (475 °C), the dissolution of the second phases is more effective, and the phase components in the thermodynamic equilibrium state are dominated primarily by (Mg + Cu) content, except the alloys with (Mg + Cu) ≳ 4.35 wt pct, all designed alloys are in single-Al phase field.

  19. In vitro and in vivo corrosion measurements of Mg-6Zn alloys in the bile.

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    Chen, Yigang; Yan, Jun; Wang, Zhigang; Yu, Song; Wang, Xiaohu; Yuan, Ziming; Zhang, Xiaonong; Zhao, Changli; Zheng, Qi

    2014-09-01

    Mg-6Zn alloy was studied as candidate biodegradable metallic implants for the common bile duct (CBD) in terms of its in vitro corrosion and in vivo corrosion. Electrochemical measurements, immersion tests and hydrogen evolution were performed in the bile and Hanks' solution to evaluate the in vitro degradation behavior of Mg-6Zn alloy. The results showed that the degradation rate and hydrogen evolution were higher when Mg-6Zn alloy immersed in the bile than in the Hanks' solution. The polarization resistance of the samples in the Hanks' solution was about 1.5 times to that in the bile. In the in vivo experiment, Mg-6Zn alloy stents were inserted in CBD of 42 rabbits, and CT scans, the value of total bilirubin (TB) and in vivo corrosion rate were determined. From the results of CT images and the fluctuations of TB values, it can be seen that the stent was degraded gradually in CBD. After 1 week post-implantation, the majority of the Mg-6Zn alloy sample remained in the CBD. Usually the required support time for CBD stent was approximately 7-10 days, thus the Mg-6Zn alloy stent was very close to the clinical requirement for CBD support materials. After three weeks, the residual weight of the Mg-6Zn alloy was only 9% of the original weight. The in vivo corrosion rate of Mg-6Zn alloy was ~0.107 mm·year(-1), which was much lower than that calculated in vitro (~0.72 mm·year(-1) by electrochemical test). Based on our research, there is promising for the Mg-6Zn alloy in CBD applications. PMID:25063100

  20. Effect of Zn- and Ca-oxides on the structure and chemical durability of simulant alkali borosilicate glasses for immobilisation of UK high level wastes

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    Zhang, Hua; Corkhill, Claire L.; Heath, Paul G.; Hand, Russell J.; Stennett, Martin C.; Hyatt, Neil C.

    2015-07-01

    Compositional modification of United Kingdom high level nuclear waste (HLW) glasses was investigated with the aim of understanding the impact of adopting a ZnO/CaO modified base glass on the vitrified product phase assemblage, glass structure, processing characteristics and dissolution kinetics. Crystalline spinel phases were identified in the vitrified products derived from the Na2O/Li2O and the ZnO/CaO modified base glass compositions; the volume fraction of the spinel crystallites increased with increasing waste loading from 15 to 20 wt%. The spinel composition was influenced by the base glass components; in the vitrified product obtained with the ZnO/CaO modified base glass, the spinel phase contained a greater proportion of Zn, with a nominal composition of (Zn0.60Ni0.20Mg0.20)(Cr1.37Fe0.63)O4. The addition of ZnO and CaO to the base glass was also found to significantly alter the glass structure, with changes identified in both borate and silicate glass networks using Raman spectroscopy. In particular, these glasses were characterised by a significantly higher Q3 species, which we attribute to Si-O-Zn linkages; addition of ZnO and CaO to the glass composition therefore enhanced glass network polymerisation. The increase in network polymerisation, and the presence of spinel crystallites, were found to increase the glass viscosity of the ZnO/CaO modified base glass; however, the viscosities were within the accepted range for nuclear waste glass processing. The ZnO/CaO modified glass compositions were observed to be significantly more durable than the Na2O/Li2O base glass up to 28 days, due to a combination of the enhanced network polymerisation and the formation of Ca/Si containing alteration layers.

  1. Excellent capability in degrading azo dyes by MgZn-based metallic glass powders

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    Wang, Jun-Qiang; Liu, Yan-Hui; Chen, Ming-Wei; Louzguine-Luzgin, Dmitri V.; Inoue, Akihisa; Perepezko, John H.

    2012-01-01

    The lack of new functional applications for metallic glasses hampers further development of these fascinating materials. In this letter, we report for the first time that the MgZn-based metallic glass powders have excellent functional ability in degrading azo dyes which are typical organic water pollutants. Their azo dye degradation efficiency is about 1000 times higher than that of commercial crystalline Fe powders, and 20 times higher than the Mg-Zn alloy crystalline counterparts. The high Zn content in the amorphous Mg-based alloy enables a greater corrosion resistance in water and higher reaction efficiency with azo dye compared to crystalline Mg. Even under complex environmental conditions, the MgZn-based metallic glass powders retain high reaction efficiency. Our work opens up a new opportunity for functional applications of metallic glasses. PMID:22639726

  2. Room temperature ferromagnetism in Mg-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Singh, Jaspal Vashihth, A.; Gill, Pritampal Singh; Verma, N. K.

    2015-06-24

    Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O (x = 0, 0,10) nanoparticles were successfully synthesized using sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirms that the synthesized nanoparticles possess wurtzite phase having hexagonal structure. Morphological analysis was carried out using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) which depicts the spherical morphology of ZnO nanoparticles. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) showed the presence of Mg in ZnO nanoparticles. Electron spin resonance (ESR) signal was found to be decreasing with increasing of Mg-doping concentration. The room temperature ferromagnetism was observed in undoped and Mg-doped ZnO nanoparticles. The increase of Mg-doping concentration resulted in decrease of saturation magnetization value which could be attributed to decrease of oxygen vacancies present in host nanoparticles.

  3. Determination of the spontaneous polarization of wurtzite (Mg,Zn)O

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    Stölzel, Marko Müller, Alexander; Benndorf, Gabriele; Lorenz, Michael; Grundmann, Marius; Patzig, Christian; Höche, Thomas

    2014-05-12

    We report on the experimental determination of the spontaneous polarization of wurtzite-(Mg,Zn)O by examination of the recombination dynamics of polar ZnO/(Mg,Zn)O quantum wells (QWs). The thickness-dependent decay time of the unscreened single-exciton states inside the QWs was modeled by a self-consistent solution of Schrödinger- and Poisson-equation to deduce the total polarization across the QW for different Mg-contents inside the barriers. By the separation of the piezoelectric components of the polarization, a linear increase in spontaneous polarization with increasing Mg-content x of P/x = (0.151 ± 0.015) C/m{sup 2} was determined for Mg{sub x} Zn{sub 1−x} O.

  4. Effect of secular variation in oceanic Mg/Ca on calcareous biomineralization

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    Ries, J. B.; Stanley, S. M.

    2006-12-01

    The polymorph mineralogy of simple, hypercalcifying marine organisms has generally varied in synchroneity with the polymorph mineralogy of abiotic CaCO3 precipitates (ooids, marine cements) throughout the Phanerozoic Eon. This synchroneity is caused by secular variation in the Mg/Ca ratio of seawater (SW; mMg/Ca > 2 = aragonite + high-Mg calcite; mMg/Ca < 2 = calcite), determined primarily by the mixing rate of mid-ocean-ridge/large-igneous-province hydrothermal brines and river water, driven by the global rate of ocean crust production. Here, we present experiments evaluating the effect of seawater Mg/Ca on the biomineralization and growth of extant representatives of hypercalcifying taxa that have been subjected to fluctuations in oceanic Mg/Ca in the past. Codiacean algae (arag), scleractinian corals (arag), coccolithophores (low-high Mg-calc), coralline algae (high Mg-calc), various reef-dwelling animals (echinoids, crabs, shrimp, calcareous serpulid worms; high Mg- calc), and calcifying microbial mats (arag + high-Mg calc) were grown in artificial SW formulated over the range of mMg/Ca (1.0 to 5.2) that occurred throughout each taxon's history. Codiacean algae and scleractinian corals exhibited higher rates of calcification and growth in artificial SW favoring their aragonite mineralogy and, significantly, produced a portion of their CaCO3 as calcite in the artificial calcite SW. Coccolithophores (low-high Mg calc.) showed higher calcification and growth rates and produced low-Mg calcite in the calcite SW. Likewise, coralline algae and the reef-dwelling animals (high-Mg calc) varied skeletal Mg/Ca with seawater Mg/Ca. The calcifying microbial mats grew equally well in the calcite and aragonite SW and varied their mineral polymorph commensurate with the SW (mMg/Ca<2 = low- Mg calc; mMg/Ca>2 = arag + high-Mg calc), suggesting a nearly abiotic mode of calcification. The precipitation of low-Mg calcite + aragonite by codiacean algae and scleractinian corals (arag

  5. Growth of new ternary intermetallic phases from Ca/Zn eutectic flux

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    Stojanovic, Milorad Latturner, Susan E.

    2007-03-15

    The eutectic 7.3:2.7 molar ratio mixture of calcium and zinc metal melts at 394 deg. C and was explored as a solvent for the growth of new intermetallic phases for potential use as hydrogen storage materials. The reaction of nickel in this molten mixture produces two new phases-the CaCu{sub 5}-related structure CaNi{sub 2}Zn{sub 3} (P6/mmm, a=8.9814(5) A, c=4.0665(5) A) and a new cubic structure Ca{sub 21}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36} (Fd-3m, a=21.5051(4) A). Palladium-containing reactions produced CaPd{sub 0.85}Zn{sub 1.15} with the orthorhombic TiNiSi structure type (Pnma, a=7.1728(9) A, b=4.3949(5) A, c=7.7430(9) A). Reactions of platinum in the Ca/Zn mixture produce Ca{sub 6}Pt{sub 3}Zn{sub 5}, with an orthorhombic structure related to that of W{sub 3}CoB{sub 3} (Pmmn, a=13.7339(9) A, b=4.3907(3) A, c=10.7894(7) A). - Graphical abstract: The calcium/zinc eutectic is a useful synthesis medium for the growth of new intermetallic phases. Addition of group 10 transition metals to this flux produces ternary phases CaNi{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}, Ca{sub 21}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36}, CaPd{sub 0.85}Zn{sub 1.15}, and Ca{sub 6}Pt{sub 3}Zn{sub 5}. The nickel-centered zinc icosahedron surrounded by a pentagonal dodecahedron of calcium atoms is found in Ca{sub 21}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36}.

  6. Fe:ZnSe and Fe:ZnMgSe lasers pumped by Er:YSGG radiation

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    Jelínková, H.; Doroshenko, M. E.; Jelínek, M.; Å ulc, J.; Němec, M.; Kubeček, V.; Zagoruiko, Y. A.; Kovalenko, N. O.; Gerasimenko, A. S.; Puzikov, V. M.; Komar, V. K.

    2015-02-01

    The aim of the presented work was to design and characterize bulk Fe:ZnSe and Fe:Zn(1-x)Mg(x)Se (Mg content x = 0.19) lasers coherently pumped by electro-optically Q-switched Er:YSGG laser. This laser generated pumping radiation at 2.79 μm with the maximum energy of 50 mJ in 80 ns long pulse with the repetition-rate of 1 Hz. The 25 mm long optical resonator of Fe:ZnSe or Fe:ZnMgSe lasers was formed by a plan dichroic pumping mirror and a concave output coupler (r = 200 mm) with reflectivity 88 % @ 4-5 μm. Both lasers were operated at room temperature. Measured maximum output energy/slope efficiency in respect to the absorbed energy was ~ 3.8 mJ/42 % for the Fe:ZnSe laser and ~ 0.48 mJ/10 % for the Fe:ZnMgSe laser. The generated output pulse duration was 150 - 200 ns in both cases and the output beam spatial profile was approximately gaussian. The Fe:ZnSe and Fe:ZnMgSe lasers output spectra line-width was ~ 200 nm (FWHM) and their maxima were centered at 4.45 μm and 4.8 μm, respectively. The results were compared to pumping the same crystals by a Q-switched Er:YAG laser in similar conditions.

  7. Adsorption and desorption of Zn(II) and Cu(II) on Ca- alginate immobilized activated rice bran

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    Suratman, A.; Kamalia, N. Z.; Kusumawati, W. A.

    2016-02-01

    Ca-alginate immobilized activated rice bran has been used for adsorption of Zn(II) and Cu(II) from aqueous solution. The effect of the pH, kinetics model, adsorption isotherm and desorption on the adsorption performance was investigated. Activated rice bran was immobilized by the entrapment in alginate beads. The adsorption strength of Ca-alginate immobilized activated rice bran was compared to Ca-alginate and non-immobilized activated rice bran. The concentrations of adsorbed ions were analyzed using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS). The result showed that pH of 4.0 and the contact time of 120 min are the optimum condition for adsorption of Zn(II) and Cu(II). The adsorption kinetic of Zn(II) and Cu(II) followed the pseudo-second-order model with adsorption rate constant 4.9 x 10-2 and 3.14 g.mg-1.min-1, respectively. The both adsorption processes obeyed Langmuir isotherm with adsorption capacity of 2.03 and 2.42 mg.g-1 of adsorbent, respectively. The strength of Zn adsorption on Ca-alginate immobilized activated rice bran (86.63%) was more effective compared to Ca-alginate beads (60.96%) and activated rice bran (43.85%). The strength of Cu adsorption was 80.00%, 61.50% and 22.10%, respectively. The desorption of Zn(II) and Cu(II) showed that recovery percentage of the adsorption was 76.56% and 57.80% with the condition of using HCl 0.1 M as desorption agent for 1 hour.

  8. Growth dependent optical properties of ZnMgO at THz frequencies

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    Rivera, Abdiel; Mazady, Anas; Ahi, Kiarash; Anwar, Mehdi

    2015-05-01

    A relatively high Mg mole fraction of 7% is achieved using the cavitation effect under sonication to overcome the low solubility of ZnO-MgO at low temperature. The Mg mole fraction is confirmed by shift in the near band emission of free exciton under photoluminescence spectroscopy at room temperature. The x-ray diffraction pattern has a large peak associated to ZnO (002) from which the c-lattice constant is calculated to be 5.1967Ǻ. The nanorods (NRs) grown via sonochemical are compared to nanowires (NWs) grown using metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) and hydrothermal synthesis. Also, the effect of the ZnO film used as seed layer is described and compare to a simple spin coated layer. Terahertz (THz) index of refraction and dielectric constant of wurtzite Zn1-xMgxO NWs with Mg mole fraction of 7% via sonochemical are determined using THz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). The results are compared with ZnO and ZnMgO NWs with 10% Mg mole fraction grown using MOCVD. The successful growth of Zn1-xMgxO with wurtzite structure at low temperature permits realization of the growth of heterostructures, quantum well, nanowires and nanorods on flexible substrates providing lower cost, optical and carrier confinement necessary in advanced light emitting diodes (LEDs), laser diodes (LDs) and high efficiency solar cells.

  9. Impact of strain on electronic defects in (Mg,Zn)O thin films

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    Schmidt, Florian Müller, Stefan; Wenckstern, Holger von; Benndorf, Gabriele; Pickenhain, Rainer; Grundmann, Marius

    2014-09-14

    We have investigated the impact of strain on the incorporation and the properties of extended and point defects in (Mg,Zn)O thin films by means of photoluminescence, X-ray diffraction, deep-level transient spectroscopy (DLTS), and deep-level optical spectroscopy. The recombination line Y₂, previously detected in ZnO thin films grown on an Al-doped ZnO buffer layer and attributed to tensile strain, was exclusively found in (Mg,Zn)O samples being under tensile strain and is absent in relaxed or compressively strained thin films. Furthermore a structural defect E3´ can be detected via DLTS measurements and is only incorporated in tensile strained samples. Finally it is shown that the omnipresent deep-level E3 in ZnO can only be optically recharged in relaxed ZnO samples.

  10. Interdiffusion and impurity diffusion in polycrystalline Mg solid solution with Al or Zn

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    Kammerer, Catherine; Kulkarni, Nagraj S; Warmack, Robert J Bruce; Sohn, Yong Ho

    2014-01-01

    Interdiffusion and impurity diffusion in Mg binary solid solutions, Mg(Al) and Mg(Zn) were investigated at temperatures ranging from 623 to 723 K. Interdiffusion coef cients were determined via the Boltzmann Matano Method using solid-to-solid diffusion couples assembled with polycrystalline Mg and Mg(Al) or Mg(Zn) solid solutions. In addition, the Hall method was employed to extrapolate the impurity diffusion coef cients of Al and Zn in pure polycrystalline Mg. For all diffusion couples, electron micro-probe analysis was utilized for the measurement of concentration pro les. The interdiffusion coef cient in Mg(Zn) was higher than that of Mg(Al) by an order of magnitude. Additionally, the interdiffusion coef cient increased signi cantly as a function of Al content in Mg(Al) solid solution, but very little with Zn content in Mg(Zn) solid solution. The activation energy and pre-exponential factor for the average effective interdiffusion coef cient in Mg(Al) solid solution were determined to be 186.8 ( 0.9) kJ/mol and 7.69 x 10-1 ( 1.80 x 10-1) m2/s, respectively, while those determined for Mg(Zn) solid solution were 139.5 ( 4.0) kJ/mol and 1.48 x 10-3 ( 1.13 x 10-3) m2/s. In Mg, the Zn impurity diffusion coef cient was an order of magnitude higher than the Al impurity diffusion coef cient. The activation energy and pre-exponential factor for diffusion of Al impurity in Mg were determined to be 139.3 ( 14.8) kJ/mol and 6.25 x 10-5 ( 5.37 x 10-4) m2/s, respectively, while those for diffusion of Zn impurity in Mg were determined to be 118.6 ( 6.3) kJ/mol and 2.90 x 10-5 ( 4.41 x 10-5) m2/s.

  11. Growth and optical properties of ZnTe quantum dots on ZnMgSe by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Fan, W. C.; Huang, S. H.; Chou, W. C.; Tsou, M. H.; Yang, C. S.; Chia, C. H.; Phu, Nguyen Dang; Hoang, Luc Huy

    2015-09-01

    Self-assembled type-II ZnTe quantum dots (QDs) were grown on GaAs (0 0 1) substrates with Zn1-xMgxSe (x=0.24 and 0.52) buffer layers by molecular beam epitaxy. The optical properties of ZnTe QDs were investigated by low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) and time-resolved PL. An abrupt variation of the PL peak energy with coverage implies the existence of wetting layer of 3.2 MLs and 4.0 MLs for the Mg concentration x=0.24 and 0.52, respectively. The thickness of wetting layer is larger than that of ZnTe QDs grown on ZnSe buffer layers because the strain between ZnTe and Zn1-xMgxSe is smaller. The non-mono-exponential decay profiles reflect the processes of carrier transfer and recapture. The Kohlrausch's stretching exponential well fits the decay profiles of ZnTe/Zn1-xMgxSe QDs.

  12. In vivo corrosion mechanism by elemental interdiffusion of biodegradable Mg-Ca alloy.

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    Jung, Jae-Young; Kwon, Sang-Jun; Han, Hyung-Seop; Lee, Ji-Young; Ahn, Jae-Pyoung; Yang, Seok-Jo; Cho, Sung-Youn; Cha, Pil-Ryung; Kim, Yu-Chan; Seok, Hyun-Kwang

    2012-11-01

    We elucidated the in vivo corrosion mechanism of the biodegradable alloy Mg-10 wt % Ca in rat femoral condyle through transmission electron microscope observations assisted by focused ion beam technique. The alloy consists of a primary Mg phase and a three-dimensional lamellar network of Mg and Mg(2)Ca. We found that the Mg(2)Ca is rapidly corroded by interdiffusion of Ca and O, leading to a structural change from lamellar network to nanocrystalline MgO. In contrast to the fast corrosion rate of the lamellar structure, the primary Mg phase slowly changes into nanocrystalline MgO through surface corrosion by O supplied along the lamellar networks. The rapid interdiffusion induces an inhomogeneous Ca distribution and interestingly leads to the formation of a transient CaO phase, which acts as a selective leaching path for Ca. In addition, the outgoing Ca with P from body fluids forms needle-type calcium phosphates similar to hydroxyl apatite at interior and surface of the implant, providing an active biological environment for bone mineralization. PMID:22915505

  13. Microstructural analysis of dehydrogenation products of the Ca(BH₄)₂-MgH₂ composite.

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    Kim, Jong-Min; Kim, Yoonyoung; Shim, Jae-Hyeok; Lee, Young-Su; Suh, Jin-Yoo; Ahn, Jae-Pyoung; Kim, Gyeung-Ho; Cho, Young Whan

    2013-08-01

    The microstructural analysis of the dehydrogenation products of the Ca(BH₄)₂-MgH₂ composite was performed using transmission electron microscopy. It was found that nanocrystalline CaB₆ crystallites formed as a dehydrogenation product throughout the areas where the signals of Ca and Mg were simultaneously detected, in addition to relatively coarse Mg crystallites. The uniform distribution of the nanocrystalline CaB₆ crystallites appears to play a key role in the rehydrogenation of the dehydrogenation products, which implies that microstructure is a crucial factor determining the reversibility of reactive hydride composites. PMID:23920195

  14. Effects of biodegradable Mg-6Zn alloy extracts on cell cycle of intestinal epithelial cells.

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    Wang, Zhanhui; Yan, Jun; Zheng, Qi; Wang, Zhigang; Li, Jianan; Zhang, Xiaonong; Zhang, Shaoxiang

    2013-02-01

    In this study, intestinal epithelial cells (IEC)-6 were cultured in different concentration extracts of Mg-6Zn alloys for different time periods. We studied the indirect effects of Mg-6Zn alloys on cell cycle of IEC-6 cells. The cell cycle of IEC-6 cells was measured using flow cytometry. And, the cell cycle of IEC-6 cells was evaluated by investigating the expression of cyclin D1, CDK4, and P21 using real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and Western blotting tests. It was found that the IEC-6 cells displayed better cell functions in 20% extract of the Mg-6Zn alloy extracts, compared to the 100% or 60% extract. The in vitro results indicated that the conspicuous alkaline environment that is a result of rapid corrosion of Mg-6Zn alloys is disadvantageous to cell cycle of IEC-6 cells. PMID:22071354

  15. Structural properties and spatial ordering in multilayered ZnMgTe/ZnSe type-II quantum dot structures

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    Manna, U.; Noyan, I. C.; Neumark, G. F.; Zhang, Q.; Moug, R.; Salakhutdinov, I. F.; Dunn, K. A.; Novak, S. W.; Tamargo, M. C.; Kuskovsky, I. L.

    2012-02-01

    We report the structural properties and spatial ordering of multilayer ZnMgTe quantum dots (QDs) embedded in ZnSe, where sub-monolayer quantities of Mg were introduced periodically during growth in order to reduce the valence band offset of ZnTe QDs. The periodicity, period dispersion, individual layer thickness, and the composition of the multilayer structures were determined by comparing the experimental high resolution x-ray diffraction (HRXRD) spectra to simulated ones for the allowed (004) and quasi-forbidden (002) reflections in combination with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) profiles confirmed the incorporation of Mg inside the QD layers, and the HRXRD analysis revealed that there is approximately 32% Mg in the ZnMgTe QDs. The presence of Mg contributes to higher scattering intensity of the HRXRD, leading to the observation of higher order superlattice peaks in both the (004) and (002) reflections. The distribution of scattered intensity in the reciprocal space map (RSM) shows that the diffuse scattered intensity is elongated along the q{sub x} axis, indicating a vertical correlation of the dots, which is found to be less defined for the sample with larger periodicity. The diffuse scattered intensity is also found to be weakly correlated along the q{sub z} direction indicating a weak lateral correlation of the dots.

  16. Identification and characteristics of ZnO/MgO core-shell nanowires

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    Yang, S. Wang, L.; Wang, Y.; Li, L.; Wang, T.; Jiang, Z.

    2015-03-15

    In this paper, ZnO/MgO core-shell nanowires are synthesized based on a one-step chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of core-shell nanowires indicate that Mg addition has little influence on the morphology of the synthesizing products. High crystalline quality ZnO/MgO core-shell nanowires instead of ZnMgO ternary compounds are identified by X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images, selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern and photoluminescence (PL) spectra. The experimental results show that the ultraviolet (UV) emission of these samples with MgO shell is 12 times higher than that of the corresponding bare ZnO nanowires, and the suppression of the green emission is only 1/45 of the bare ZnO nanowires. It is also found that PL properties are proportional to Mg ratio. The UV emission enhancement and green emission suppression are due to the passivation of surface defects and the improvement of ZnO crystalline quality. The results are very useful for the development of optical devices based on nanowires.

  17. Chamber formation leads to Mg/Ca banding in the planktonic foraminifer Neogloboquadrina pachyderma

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    Jonkers, Lukas; Buse, Ben; Brummer, Geert-Jan A.; Hall, Ian R.

    2016-10-01

    Many species of planktonic foraminifera show distinct banding in the intratest distribution of Mg/Ca. This heterogeneity appears biologically controlled and thus poses a challenge to Mg/Ca paleothermometry. The cause of this banding and its relation with chamber formation are poorly constrained and most of what we know about intratest Mg/Ca variability stems from culture studies of tropical, symbiont-bearing foraminifera. Here we present data on the non-spinose, symbiont-barren Neogloboquadrina pachyderma from the subpolar North Atlantic where wintertime mixing removes vertical gradients in temperature and salinity. This allows investigation of biologically controlled Mg/Ca intratest variability under natural conditions. We find that intratest Mg/Ca varies between <0.1 and 7 mmol/mol, even in winter specimens. High Mg/Ca bands occur at the outer edge of the laminae, indicating reduced Mg removal at the end of chamber formation. Our data thus provide new constraints on the timing of the formation of such bands and indicate that their presence is intrinsic to the chamber formation process. Additionally, all specimens are covered with an outer crust consisting of large euhedral crystals. The composition of the crust is similar to the low Mg/Ca bands in the laminar calcite in winter and summer specimens, indicating a tight biological control on crust formation and composition. Nevertheless, despite high intratest variability, the median Mg/Ca of summertime tests is higher than that of wintertime tests. This provides support for Mg/Ca paleothermometry, but to improve the accuracy of paleotemperature estimates biological effects on Mg incorporation need to be better accounted for.

  18. Influence of ZnO on the crystallization kinetics and properties of diopside-Ca-Tschermak based glasses and glass-ceramics

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    Goel, Ashutosh; Ferreira, Jose M. F.; Tulyaganov, Dilshat U.; Shaaban, Essam R.; Basu, Rajendra N.

    2008-08-15

    We report on the influence of ZnO on the structural, thermal, and crystallization behavior of the diopside-Ca-Tschermak based glasses, and on the processing, microstructure, and the properties of the sintered glass ceramics. Four glasses with nominal compositions of CaMg{sub 0.8}Al{sub 0.4}Si{sub 1.8}O{sub 6}, CaMg{sub 0.75}Zn{sub 0.05}Al{sub 0.4}Si{sub 1.8}O{sub 6}, CaMg{sub 0.70}Zn{sub 0.10}Al{sub 0.4}Si{sub 1.8}O{sub 6}, and CaMg{sub 0.60}Zn{sub 0.20}Al{sub 0.4}Si{sub 1.8}O{sub 6} were obtained by melting at 1580 deg. C for 1 h. Structural and thermal behavior of the glasses was investigated by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, density measurements, dilatometry, and differential thermal analysis. Nonisothermal crystallization kinetics has been employed to study the crystallization mechanism in the glasses. Sintering, crystallization, microstructure, and properties of the glass ceramics were investigated under nonisothermal heating conditions in the temperature range of 850-1000 deg. C.

  19. In situ corrosion analysis of Al-Zn-In-Mg-Ti-Ce sacrificial anode alloy

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    Ma Jingling Wen Jiuba; Zhai Wenxia; Li Quanan

    2012-03-15

    The corrosion behaviour of Al-5Zn-0.02In-1Mg-0.05Ti-0.5Ce (wt.%) alloy has been investigated by immersion test, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray detector, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and electrochemical noise. The results show that there exist different corrosion types of the alloy in 3.5% NaCl solution with the immersion time. At the initial stage of immersion, pitting due to the precipitates predominates the corrosion with a typical inductive loop at low frequencies in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The major precipitates of the alloy are MgZn{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}CeZn{sub 2} particles. The corrosion potentials of the bulk MgZn{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}CeZn{sub 2} alloys are negative with respect to that of {alpha}-Al, so the MgZn{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}CeZn{sub 2} precipitates can act as activation centre and cause the pitting. In the late corrosion, a relative uniform corrosion predominates the corrosion process controlled by the dissolution/precipitation of the In ions and characterized by a capacitive loop at medium-high frequencies in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The potential noise of the pitting shows larger amplitude fluctuation and lower frequency, but the potential noise of the uniform corrosion occurs with smaller amplitude fluctuation and higher frequency.

  20. Foram Farming in the Mid-Continent: Culturing Low-Mg Benthic Foraminifera to Calibrate the Mg/Ca Paleothermometer

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    Jennings, D.; Hasiuk, F.; Thomas, E.; Varekamp, J. C.

    2014-12-01

    The initiation of Cenozoic continental ice sheets and the history of their growth/decay is difficult to reconstruct because of the mixed effects of polar ice volume and temperature on benthic foraminiferal oxygen isotope values. Coupled measurements of foraminiferal δ18O and Mg/Ca are a promising tool to unlock the history of past continental glaciation by calculating the oxygen isotopic composition of paleo-seawater. This method has been applied on Quaternary timescales with success, but uncertainty about secular changes in seawater Mg/Ca and potential changes in carbonate saturation have produced varying results with deeper time data. Currently, no experimentally-calibrated model explains how the Mg/Ca of low-Mg calcite, such as secreted by benthic foraminifera, responds to variations in seawater temperature and Mg/Ca. Our "Foram Farm" is a culture system for low-Mg calcite benthic foraminifera, composed of a colony and an experimental line. Currently, the colony hosts several species of rotaliids, miliolids, and buliminids obtained from Qatar, the Dominican Republic, Scotland, and Long Island Sound, USA. In addition, two tanks contain "live sand," a mixture of sandy material and seawater obtained from tropical reefs, and commonly used to condition hobbyist saltwater aquaria. This sand contains foraminifera and numerous other microorganisms. "Live sand" could be a source for cheap and easy to obtain test subjects. The foram farm gives access to a constant supply and variety of test subjects for the experimental line, which consists of several analytical refrigerators with varying temperatures. Each refrigerator houses petri dishes where forams are grown in water with varying Mg/Ca compositions. Elphidium excavatum, a well-researched, eurytopic taxon, will be the first to be cultured in the experimental line. After growing under experimental conditions, specimens will be analyzed using LA-ICP-MS, in order to model effects of seawater T and Mg/Ca on foram Mg/Ca

  1. Luminescence and electrical properties of single ZnO/MgO core/shell nanowires

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    Grinblat, Gustavo; Comedi, David; Bern, Francis; Barzola-Quiquia, José; Esquinazi, Pablo; Tirado, Mónica

    2014-03-10

    To neutralise the influence of the surface of ZnO nanowires for photonics and optoelectronic applications, we have covered them with insulating MgO film and individually contacted them for electrical characterisation. We show that such a metal-insulator-semiconductor-type nanodevice exhibits a high diode ideality factor of 3.4 below 1 V. MgO shell passivates ZnO surface states and provides confining barriers to electrons and holes within the ZnO core, favouring excitonic ultraviolet radiative recombination, while suppressing defect-related luminescence in the visible and improving electrical conductivity. The results indicate the potential use of ZnO/MgO nanowires as a convenient building block for nano-optoelectronic devices.

  2. Thermoelectric properties of Zintl compound Ca1-xNaxMg2Bi1.98

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    Shuai, Jing; Kim, Hee Seok; Liu, Zihang; He, Ran; Sui, Jiehe; Ren, Zhifeng

    2016-05-01

    Motivated by good thermoelectric performance of Bi-based Zintl compounds Ca1-xYbxMg2Biy, we further studied the thermoelectric properties of Zintl compound CaMg2Bi1.98 by doping Na into Ca as Ca1-xNaxMg2Bi1.98 via mechanical alloying and hot pressing. We found that the electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, power factor, and carrier concentration can be effectively adjusted by tuning the Na concentration. Transport measurement and calculations revealed that an optimal doping of 0.5 at. % Na achieved better average ZT and efficiency. The enhancement in thermoelectric performance is attributed to the increased carrier concentration and power factor. The low cost and nontoxicity of Ca1-xNaxMg2Bi1.98 makes it a potentially promising thermoelectric material for power generation in the mid-temperature range.

  3. Timing and mechanism for intratest Mg/Ca variability in a living planktic foraminifer

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    Spero, Howard J.; Eggins, Stephen M.; Russell, Ann D.; Vetter, Lael; Kilburn, Matt R.; Hönisch, Bärbel

    2015-01-01

    Geochemical observations indicate that planktic foraminifer test Mg/Ca is heterogeneous in many species, thereby challenging its use as a paleotemperature proxy for paleoceanographic reconstructions. We present Mg/Ca and Ba/Ca data collected by laser ablation ICP-MS from the shells of Orbulina universa cultured in controlled laboratory experiments. Test calcite was labeled with Ba-spiked seawater for 12 h day or night calcification periods to quantify the timing of intratest Mg-banding across multiple diurnal cycles. Results demonstrate that high Mg bands are precipitated during the night whereas low Mg bands are precipitated during the day. Data obtained from specimens growing at 20 °C and 25 °C show that Mg/Ca ratios in both high and low Mg bands increase with temperature, and average test Mg/Ca ratios are in excellent agreement with previously published empirical calibrations based on bulk solution ICP-MS analyses. In general, Mg band concentrations decrease with increasing pH and/or [CO2-3] but this effect decreases as experimental temperatures increase from 20 °C to 25 °C. We suggest that mitochondrial uptake of Mg2+ from the thin calcifying fluid beneath streaming rhizopodial filaments may provide the primary locus for Mg2+ removal during test calcification, and that diurnal variations in either mitochondrial density or activity produce Mg banding. These results demonstrate that Mg banding is an inherent component of test biomineralization in O. universa and show that the Mg/Ca paleothermometer remains a fundamental tool for reconstructing past ocean temperatures from fossil foraminifers.

  4. Lubrication performance and mechanisms of Mg/Al-, Zn/Al-, and Zn/Mg/Al-layered double hydroxide nanoparticles as lubricant additives

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    Li, Shuo; Bhushan, Bharat

    2016-08-01

    Solid lubricant particles are commonly used as oil additives for low friction and wear. Mg/Al-, Zn/Al-, and Zn/Mg/Al-layered double hydroxides (LDH) were synthesized by coprecipitation method. The benefits of LDH nanoparticles are that they can be synthesized using chemical methods where size and shape can be controlled, and can be modified organically to allow dispersal in fluids. The LDH nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, thermogravimetry, and differential scanning calorimetry. A pin-on-disk friction and wear tester was used for evaluating the friction and wear properties of LDH nanoparticles as lubricant additives. LDH nanoparticles have friction-reducing and anti-wear properties compared to oil without LDHs. Mg/Al-LDH has the best lubrication, possibly due to better thermal stability in severe conditions.

  5. P- T- X controls on Ca and Na distribution between Mg-Al tourmaline and fluid

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    Berryman, Eleanor J.; Wunder, Bernd; Rhede, Dieter; Schettler, Georg; Franz, Gerhard; Heinrich, Wilhelm

    2016-04-01

    Ca-Na partitioning between tourmaline and a coexisting fluid is investigated in the system CaO-Na2O-B2O3-Al2O3-MgO-SiO2-H2O-Cl between 0.2-4.0 GPa and 500-700 °C. The synthesis experiments produced a mineral assemblage of tourmaline, coesite/quartz, and in some cases additional phases, typically comprising <1 wt% of the solid product. The synthesized tourmalines are solid solutions of dravite [NaMg3Al6Si6O18(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)], "oxy-uvite" (i.e. "Ca-Mg-O root name") [CaMg3Al6Si6O18(BO3)3(OH)3O], and magnesio-foitite [☐(Mg2Al)Al6Si6O18(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)]. Starting materials comprised a fluid of constant ionic strength (2.00 m) and an oxide mixture with a constant Mg/Al ratio. As a result, the number of vacancies at the X site and the Mg/Al ratio of tourmaline crystals synthesized at the same temperature vary only slightly. The major solid solution is Ca-Na exchange at the X site via the exchange vector X Ca W O[ X Na W (OH)]-1, with the exchange vector X (Ca☐)[ X Na2]-1 serving as a secondary Ca-incorporation mechanism. Tourmaline's X-site composition reflects the fluid composition, whereby the Ca (or Na) concentration in the fluid corresponds with the Ca (or Na) content in tourmaline at each pressure and temperature. At 0.2 GPa, 700 °C, Ca preferentially partitions into tourmaline, producing the most Ca-rich tourmaline crystals synthesized here. At pressures >1.0 GPa, Ca partitions preferentially into the fluid, resulting in Na-dominant tourmaline compositions. Temperature has a secondary effect on Ca-Na partitioning, with higher temperatures correlating with increased Ca incorporation in tourmaline. Based on the experimental findings, tourmaline is expected to have Ca-rich compositions when it forms in low pressure, high-temperature Ca-rich rocks, consistent with the current record of tourmaline occurrence. The bulk Mg/Al ratio and the pH of the tourmaline-forming system may also affect Ca incorporation in tourmaline, but remain to be investigated experimentally.

  6. Using benthic foraminiferal B/Ca to constrain the effect of dissolution on key Pliocene Mg/Ca temperature records

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    White, S. M.; Ravelo, A. C.

    2015-12-01

    The state of the Pliocene tropical Pacific is currently the subject of heated debate. The debate hinges on the veracity of planktic foraminiferal Mg/Ca temperatures from the west Pacific warm pool (WPWP) and the eastern equatorial Pacific (EEP) that show Pliocene WPWP temperatures similar to today but a warmer Pliocene EEP, resulting in a much reduced east-west gradient [Wara et al., 2005]. These findings form the basis of the "permanent El Niño-like state" paradigm of Pliocene climate. However, recent studies using organic biomarker proxies produce temperature records that indicate a WPWP cooling trend since the Pliocene that differs markedly from Mg/Ca-temperature records [O'Brien et al., 2014; Zhang et al., 2014]. Though much of the debate has focused on changes in seawater Mg/Ca, spatial variations in proxy agreement point to dissolution as a key factor. Dissolution, which imparts a cool bias to Mg/Ca temperatures, varies across ocean basins depending on Δ[CO32-], the difference from the carbonate ion concentration needed for calcite saturation. By necessity, dissolution corrections use the modern value of Δ[CO32-] for the entire record, so it is possible that Pliocene proxy discrepancies could stem from varying Δ[CO32-] over time. Here we present benthic foraminiferal B/Ca data (a proxy for Δ[CO32-]) from the EEP and WEP spanning the past 5 Myr, to constrain the effect of dissolution on Pliocene Mg/Ca records. To account for possible changes in seawater B/Ca, we present paired epifaunal-infaunal B/Ca data. Infaunal species are much less sensitive to Δ[CO32-] than epifaunal species, but would still record long-term changes in seawater B/Ca. The true Δ[CO32-] can thus be calculated from the epifaunal-infaunal B/Ca difference [Brown et al., 2011]. Our study is the first to apply this approach downcore; by accounting for long-term changes in seawater, it greatly expands use of the B/Ca proxy and enables a first attempt at correcting for time

  7. Phosphorescence quenching by mechanical stimulus in CaZnOS:Cu

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    Tu, Dong; Kamimura, Sunao; Xu, Chao-Nan; Fujio, Yuki; Sakata, Yoshitaro; Ueno, Naohiro

    2014-07-07

    We have found that phosphorescence intensity of CaZnOS:Cu decreased visibly under an applied load. This mechanical quenching (MQ) of phosphorescence in CaZnOS:Cu corresponded to the mechanical stimuli. We have thus demonstrated that the MQ of CaZnOS:Cu could be used for visualizing stress distributions in practical applications. We propose that MQ arises from non-radiative recombination due to electron-transfer from trap levels to non-radiative centers as a result of the mechanical load.

  8. Neogene ice volume and ocean temperatures: Insights from infaunal foraminiferal Mg/Ca paleothermometry

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    Lear, Caroline H.; Coxall, Helen K.; Foster, Gavin L.; Lunt, Daniel J.; Mawbey, Elaine M.; Rosenthal, Yair; Sosdian, Sindia M.; Thomas, Ellen; Wilson, Paul A.

    2015-11-01

    Antarctic continental-scale glaciation is generally assumed to have initiated at the Eocene-Oligocene Transition, yet its subsequent evolution is poorly constrained. We reconstruct changes in bottom water temperature and global ice volume from 0 to 17 Ma using δ18O in conjunction with Mg/Ca records of the infaunal benthic foraminifer, O. umbonatus from Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Site 806 (equatorial Pacific; ~2500 m). Considering uncertainties in core top calibrations and sensitivity to seawater Mg/Ca (Mg/Ca)sw, we produce a range of Mg/Ca-temperature-Mg/Casw calibrations. Our favored exponential temperature calibration is Mg/Ca = 0.66 ± 0.08 × Mg/Casw0.27±0.06 × e(0.114±0.02 × BWT) and our favored linear temperature calibration is Mg/Ca = (1.21 ± 0.04 + 0.12 ± 0.004 × BWT (bottom water temperature)) × (Mg/Casw-0.003±0.02) (stated errors are 2 s.e.). The equations are obtained by comparing O. umbonatus Mg/Ca for a Paleocene-Eocene section from Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Site 690 (Weddell Sea) to δ18O temperatures, calculated assuming ice-free conditions during this peak warmth period of the Cenozoic. This procedure suggests negligible effect of Mg/Casw on the Mg distribution coefficient (DMg). Application of the new equations to the Site 806 record leads to the suggestion that global ice volume was greater than today after the Middle Miocene Climate Transition (~14 Ma). ODP Site 806 bottom waters cooled and freshened as the Pacific zonal sea surface temperature gradient increased, and climate cooled through the Pliocene, prior to the Plio-Pleistocene glaciation of the Northern Hemisphere. The records indicate a decoupling of deep water temperatures and global ice volume, demonstrating the importance of thresholds in the evolution of the Antarctic ice sheet.

  9. Benthic foraminiferal Mg/Ca-paleothermometry: a revised core-top calibration

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    Lear, Caroline H.; Rosenthal, Yair; Slowey, Niall

    2002-10-01

    Core-top samples from different ocean basins have been analyzed to refine our current understanding of the sensitivity of benthic foraminiferal calcite magnesium/calcium (Mg/Ca) to bottom water temperatures (BWT). Benthic foraminifera collected from Hawaii, Little Bahama Bank, Sea of Okhotsk, Gulf of California, NE Atlantic, Ceara Rise, Sierra Leone Rise, the Ontong Java Plateau, and the Southern Ocean covering a temperature range of 0.8 to 18°C were used to revise the Cibicidoides Mg/Ca-temperature calibration. The Mg/Ca-BWT relationship of three common Cibicidoides species is described by an exponential equation: Mg/Ca = 0.867 ± 0.049 exp (0.109 ± 0.007 × BWT) (stated errors are 95% CI). The temperature sensitivity is very similar to a previously published calibration. However, the revised calibration has a significantly different preexponential constant, resulting in different predicted absolute temperatures. We attribute this difference in the preexponential constant to an analytical issue of accuracy. Some genera, notably Uvigerina, show apparently lower temperature sensitivity than others, suggesting that the use of constant offsets to account for vital effects in Mg/Ca may not be appropriate. Downcore Mg/Ca reproducibility, as determined on replicate foraminiferal samples, is typically better than 0.1 mmol mol -1 (2 S.E.). Thus, considering the errors associated with the Cibicidoides calibration and the downcore reproducibility, BWT may be estimated to within ±1°C. Application of the revised core-top Mg/Ca-BWT data to Cenozoic foraminiferal Mg/Ca suggests that seawater Mg/Ca was not more than 35% lower than today in the ice-free ocean at 50 Ma.

  10. Thermoluminescence studies of γ-irradiated ZnO:Mg2+ nanoparticles

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    Pushpa, N.; Kokila, M. K.; Nagabhushana, K. R.

    2016-07-01

    Pure and Mg2+ doped ZnO nanoparticles are synthesized by solution combustion method. X-ray diffraction studies of the samples confirm hexagonal phase. Crystallite size is calculated using Scherer formula and found to be ∼30 nm for undoped ZnO and 34-38 nm for Mg2+ doped ZnO. A broad PL emission in the range 400-600 nm with peaks at 400, 450, 468, 483, 492, 517, 553 nm are observed in both pure and Mg2+ doped nanoparticles. Near band edge emission of ZnO is observed at 400 nm. The broad band emissions are due to surface defects. PL emission intensity is found to increase with Mg2+ concentration up to 1.5 mol% and then decreases due to concentration quenching. Samples are irradiated with γ-rays in a dose range 0.05-8 kGy. Gamma irradiation doesn't affect PL properties. Undoped samples exhibit unstructured low intense TL glow with peak at 720 K. Whereas Mg2+ doped samples exhibit well structured TL glow curves with peak at ∼618 K. TL glow peak intensity of Mg2+ doped samples increases with Mg2+ concentration up to 2 mol%, thereafter decreases. TL curves of Mg2+ (2 mol%) doped ZnO exhibit two glows, a high intense peak at 618 K and a weak one with peak at ∼485 K. TL intensity of Mg2+ (2 mol%) doped ZnO samples increases with gamma dose up to 1 kGy and then decreases. Kinetic parameters of TL glows are calculated by deconvolution technique. Activation energy and frequency factor are found to be 1.5 eV and 3.38 × 1011 s-1 respectively.

  11. Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Ca isotope ratios in benthonic foraminifers related to test structure, mineralogy and environmental controls

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    Gussone, Nikolaus; Filipsson, Helena L.; Kuhnert, Henning

    2016-01-01

    We analysed Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Ca isotope ratios of benthonic foraminifers from sediment core tops retrieved during several research cruises in the Atlantic Ocean, in order to improve the understanding of isotope fractionation and element partitioning resulting from biomineralisation processes and changes in ambient conditions. Species include foraminifers secreting tests composed of hyaline low magnesium calcite, porcelaneous high magnesium calcite as well as aragonite. Our results demonstrate systematic isotope fractionation and element partitioning patterns specific for these foraminiferal groups. Calcium isotope fractionation is similar in porcelaneous and hyaline calcite tests and both groups demonstrate the previously described anomaly with enrichment of heavy isotopes around 3-4 °C (Gussone and Filipsson, 2010). Calcium isotope ratios of the aragonitic species Hoeglundina elegans, on the other hand, are about 0.4‰ lighter compared to the calcitic species, which is in general agreement with stronger fractionation in inorganic aragonite compared to calcite. However, the low and strongly variable Sr content suggests additional processes during test formation, and we propose that transmembrane ion transport or a precursor phase to aragonite may be involved. Porcelaneous tests, composed of high Mg calcite, incorporate higher amounts of Sr compared to hyaline low Mg calcite, in agreement with inorganic calcite systematics, but also porcelaneous tests with reduced Mg/Ca show high Sr/Ca. While calcium isotopes, Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca in benthonic foraminifers primarily appear to fractionate and partition with a dominant inorganic control, δ44/40Ca temperature and growth rate dependencies of benthonic foraminifer tests favour a dominant contribution of light Ca by transmembrane transport relative to unfractionated seawater Ca to the calcifying fluid, thus controlling the formation of foraminiferal δ44/40Ca and Sr/Ca proxy signals.

  12. ZnO-Based Solar Blind Ultraviolet-B Photodetectors Using MgZnO Absorption Layer

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    Lee, Ching-Ting; Lin, Tzu-Shun; Chen, Chia-Hsun

    2015-12-01

    The heterostructured thin films of the solar blind p-ZnO:LiNO3/i-MgZnO/n-MgZnO:In ultraviolet-B photodetectors were deposited at a low temperature using the vapor cooling condensation system. The photodetectors exhibited an absorption cut-off wavelength of 310 nm and did not response in the visible wavelength range. A low dark current of 20 pA and a high rejection ratio of 3.60 × 103 were measured when a reverse bias voltage of -1 V was applied. The associated photoresponsivity of 0.2 A/W, the noise equivalent power of 9.50 × 10-12 W and the specific detectivity of 3.16 × 1012 cm Hz1/2 W-1 were obtained. Furthermore, the dominant noise originated from the flicker noise.

  13. Rapid and High-Efficiency Laser-Alloying Formation of ZnMgO Nanocrystals

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    Liu, Peisheng; Wang, Hao; Chen, Jun; Li, Xiaoming; Zeng, Haibo

    2016-01-01

    Applications of ZnMgO nanocrystals (NCs), especially in photoelectric detectors, have significant limitations because of the unresolved phase separation in the synthesis process. Here, we propose a rapid and highly efficient ZnMgO NC alloying method based on pulsed laser ablation in liquid. The limit value of homogeneous magnesium (Mg) is pushed from 37% to 62%, and the optical band gap is increased to 3.7 eV with high doping efficiency (>100%). Further investigations on the lattice geometry of ZnMgO NCs indicate that all ZnMgO NCs are hexagonal wurtzite structures, and the (002) and (100) peaks shift to higher diffraction angles with the increase in Mg doping content. The calculated results of the lattice constants a and c slightly decrease based on Bragg’s law and lattice geometry equations. Furthermore, the relationship between annealing temperature and the limit value of homogeneous Mg is examined, and the results reveal that the latter decreases with the former because of the phase separation of MgO. A probable mechanism of zinc magnesium alloy is introduced to expound on the details of the laser-alloying process. PMID:27324296

  14. Rapid and High-Efficiency Laser-Alloying Formation of ZnMgO Nanocrystals

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    Liu, Peisheng; Wang, Hao; Chen, Jun; Li, Xiaoming; Zeng, Haibo

    2016-06-01

    Applications of ZnMgO nanocrystals (NCs), especially in photoelectric detectors, have significant limitations because of the unresolved phase separation in the synthesis process. Here, we propose a rapid and highly efficient ZnMgO NC alloying method based on pulsed laser ablation in liquid. The limit value of homogeneous magnesium (Mg) is pushed from 37% to 62%, and the optical band gap is increased to 3.7 eV with high doping efficiency (>100%). Further investigations on the lattice geometry of ZnMgO NCs indicate that all ZnMgO NCs are hexagonal wurtzite structures, and the (002) and (100) peaks shift to higher diffraction angles with the increase in Mg doping content. The calculated results of the lattice constants a and c slightly decrease based on Bragg’s law and lattice geometry equations. Furthermore, the relationship between annealing temperature and the limit value of homogeneous Mg is examined, and the results reveal that the latter decreases with the former because of the phase separation of MgO. A probable mechanism of zinc magnesium alloy is introduced to expound on the details of the laser-alloying process.

  15. Rapid and High-Efficiency Laser-Alloying Formation of ZnMgO Nanocrystals.

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    Liu, Peisheng; Wang, Hao; Chen, Jun; Li, Xiaoming; Zeng, Haibo

    2016-01-01

    Applications of ZnMgO nanocrystals (NCs), especially in photoelectric detectors, have significant limitations because of the unresolved phase separation in the synthesis process. Here, we propose a rapid and highly efficient ZnMgO NC alloying method based on pulsed laser ablation in liquid. The limit value of homogeneous magnesium (Mg) is pushed from 37% to 62%, and the optical band gap is increased to 3.7 eV with high doping efficiency (>100%). Further investigations on the lattice geometry of ZnMgO NCs indicate that all ZnMgO NCs are hexagonal wurtzite structures, and the (002) and (100) peaks shift to higher diffraction angles with the increase in Mg doping content. The calculated results of the lattice constants a and c slightly decrease based on Bragg's law and lattice geometry equations. Furthermore, the relationship between annealing temperature and the limit value of homogeneous Mg is examined, and the results reveal that the latter decreases with the former because of the phase separation of MgO. A probable mechanism of zinc magnesium alloy is introduced to expound on the details of the laser-alloying process. PMID:27324296

  16. High-pressure modifications of CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}, and BaAl{sub 2}: Implications for Laves phase structural trends

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    Kal, Subhadeep; Stoyanov, Emil; Belieres, Jean-Philippe; Groy, Thomas L.; Norrestam, Rolf; Haeussermann, Ulrich

    2008-11-15

    High-pressure forms of intermetallic compounds with the composition CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}, and BaAl{sub 2} were synthesized from CeCu{sub 2}-type precursors (CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}) and Ba{sub 21}Al{sub 40} by multi-anvil techniques and investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (SrAl{sub 2} and BaAl{sub 2}), X-ray single-crystal diffraction (CaZn{sub 2}), and electron microscopy (SrZn{sub 2}). Their structures correspond to that of Laves phases. Whereas the dialuminides crystallize in the cubic MgCu{sub 2} (C15) structure, the dizincides adopt the hexagonal MgZn{sub 2} (C14) structure. This trend is in agreement with the structural relationship displayed by sp bonded Laves phase systems at ambient conditions. - Graphical abstract: CeCu{sub 2}-type polar intermetallics can be transformed to Laves phases upon simultaneous application of pressure and temperature. The observed structures are controlled by the valence electron concentration.

  17. In vitro degradation and cell viability assessment of Zn-3Mg alloy for biodegradable bone implants.

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    Dambatta, M S; Murni, N S; Izman, S; Kurniawan, D; Froemming, G R A; Hermawan, H

    2015-05-01

    This article reports the in vitro degradation and cytotoxicity assessment of Zn-3Mg alloy developed for biodegradable bone implants. The alloy was prepared using casting, and its microstructure was composed of Mg2Zn11 intermetallic phase distributed within a Zn-rich matrix. The degradation assessment was done using potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectrometry. The cell viability and the function of normal human osteoblast cells were assessed using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2-(4-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium and alkaline phosphatase extracellular enzyme activity assays. The results showed that the degradation rate of the alloy was slower than those of pure Zn and pure Mg due to the formation of a high polarization resistance oxide film. The alloy was cytocompatible with the normal human osteoblast cells at low concentrations (<0.5 mg/mL), and its alkaline phosphatase activity was superior to pure Mg. This assessment suggests that Zn-3Mg alloy has the potential to be developed as a material for biodegradable bone implants, but the toxicity limit must be carefully observed. PMID:25991712

  18. Ammonia sensing properties of V-doped ZnO:Ca nanopowders prepared by sol–gel synthesis

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    Fazio, E.; Hjiri, M.; Dhahri, R.; El Mir, L.; Sabatino, G.; Barreca, F.; Neri, F.; Leonardi, S.G.; Pistone, A.; Neri, G.

    2015-03-15

    V-doped ZnO:Ca nanopowders with different V loading were prepared by sol–gel synthesis and successive drying in ethanol under supercritical conditions. Characterization data of nanopowders annealed at 700 °C in air, revealed that they have the wurtzite structure. Raman features of V-doped ZnO:Ca samples were found to be substantially modified with respect to pure ZnO or binary ZnO:Ca samples, which indicate the substitution of vanadium ions in the ZnO lattice. The ammonia sensing properties of V-doped ZnO:Ca thick films were also investigated. The results obtained demonstrate the possibility of a fine tuning of the sensing characteristics of ZnO-based sensors by Ca and V doping. In particular, their combined effect has brought to an enhanced response towards NH{sub 3} compared to bare ZnO and binary V-ZnO and Ca-ZnO samples. Raman investigation suggested that the presence of Ca play a key role in enhancing the sensor response in these ternary composite nanomaterials. - Graphical abstract: V-doped ZnO:Ca nanopowders prepared by sol–gel synthesis possess enhanced sensing characteristics towards NH{sub 3} compared to bare ZnO. - Highlights: • V-doped ZnO:Ca nanopowders with different V loading were prepared by sol–gel synthesis. • Raman features of V-doped ZnO:Ca samples indicate the substitution of V ions in the ZnO lattice. • Combined effects of dopants have brought to an enhanced response to NH{sub 3} compared to ZnO. • Ca play a key role in enhancing the sensor response of ternary V-doped ZnO:Ca composites.

  19. Structure, phase composition, and strengthening of cast Al-Ca-Mg-Sc alloys

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    Belov, N. A.; Naumova, E. A.; Bazlova, T. A.; Alekseeva, E. V.

    2016-02-01

    The structure and phase composition of Al-Ca-Mg-Sc alloys containing 0.3 wt % Sc, up to 10 wt % Ca, and up to 10 wt % Mg have been investigated in the cast state and state after heat treatment. It has been shown that only binary phases Al4Ca, Al3Sc, and Al3Mg2 can be in equilibrium with the aluminum solid solution. It has been found that the maximum strengthening effect caused by the precipitation of Al3Sc nanoparticles for all investigated alloys is attained after annealing at 300-350°C.

  20. Mechanical Responses of Superlight β-Based Mg-Li-Al-Zn Wrought Alloys under Resonance

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    Song, Jenn-Ming; Lin, Yi-Hua; Su, Chien-Wei; Wang, Jian-Yih

    2009-05-01

    To extend the application of lightweight Mg alloys in the automotive industry, this study suggests a β-based Mg-Li alloy (LAZ1110) with superior vibration fracture resistance by means of material design. In the cold-rolled state, a strengthened β matrix by the additions of Al and Zn, as well as intergranular platelike α precipitates, which are able to stunt the crack growth, contributes to a comparable vibration life with commercial Mg-Al-Zn alloys under a similar strain condition.

  1. The Mg isotopic composition of Cenozoic seawater - evidence for a link between Mg-clays, seawater Mg/Ca, and climate

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    Higgins, John A.; Schrag, Daniel P.

    2015-04-01

    Cooling of Earth's climate over the Cenozoic has been accompanied by large changes in the magnesium and calcium content of seawater whose origins remain enigmatic. The processes that control these changes affect the magnesium isotopic composition of seawater, rendering it a useful tool for elucidating the processes that control seawater chemistry on geologic timescales. Here we present a Cenozoic magnesium isotope record of carbonate sediments and use a numerical model of seawater chemistry and the carbon cycle to test hypotheses for the covariation between Cenozoic seawater chemistry and climate. Records are consistent with a 2-3× increase in seawater Mg/Ca and little change in the Mg isotopic composition of seawater. These observations are best explained by a change in the cycling of Mg-silicates. We propose that Mg/Ca changes were caused by a reduction in removal of Mg from seawater in low-temperature marine clays, though an increase in the weathering of Mg-silicates cannot be excluded. We attribute the reduction in the Mg sink in marine clays to changes in ocean temperature, directly linking the major element chemistry of seawater to global climate and providing a novel explanation for the covariation of seawater Mg/Ca and climate over the Cenozoic.

  2. MgZnO Nanocrystals: Mechanism for Dopant-Stimulated Self-Assembly.

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    Li, Xiaoming; Liu, Yanli; Song, Jizhong; Xu, Jiayue; Zeng, Haibo

    2015-10-01

    Understanding the growth behavior of nanocrystals (NCs), especially when heteroatoms are introduced, is very important for the optimization of doping (or alloying) and optoelectronic performances. Here, it is reported on the observation of alloying-facilitated self-assembly of MgZnO NCs and the underlying mechanism of alloying concentration-dependent surface grafting. Using the developed one-pot thermolysis of Zn and Mg organic salts with the help of oleylamine (OAm) and oleic acid (OA), the Mg ions can be introduced into the ZnO lattice without phase separation with concentrations as high as 20%. Interestingly, with the increase of Mg alloying concentration, the morphologies of the products transform from monodispersed NCs to nanoflowers, and then nanobouquet superstructures, which have quasi-monocrystal features and obey the oriented attachment rules. According to the analyses of surface functional groups, a mechanism involving concentration-dependent surface grafting is proposed for such alloying-facilitated self-assembly. PMID:26237680

  3. Direct determination of the band alignment at the (Zn,Mg)O/CISSe interface

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    Erfurth, F.; Reinert, F.; Weinhardt, L.; Grimm, A.; Palm, J.; Niesen, T. P.; Umbach, E.

    2011-04-04

    The electronic and chemical properties of the (Zn{sub 1-x},Mg{sub x})O/CuIn(S,Se){sub 2} interface, prepared by sputtering of thin (Zn,Mg)O layers, were investigated with direct and inverse photoelectron spectroscopy on in situ prepared samples. With the combination of both techniques we have determined the band alignment at this interface as a function of Mg-content in the range 0{<=}x{<=}0.30. We find that the band alignment at the interface can be tailored between a ''cliff'' (downward step) in the conduction band for pure ZnO and a 'spike' (upward step) for high Mg-contents. A direct influence of the band alignment modifications on the solar cell parameters is found.

  4. Stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Song, R.G.; Dietzel, W.; Zhang, B.J.; Liu, W.J.; Tseng, M.K.; Atrens, A

    2004-09-20

    The age hardening, stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and hydrogen embrittlement (HE) of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu 7175 alloy were investigated experimentally. There were two peak-aged states during ageing. For ageing at 413 K, the strength of the second peak-aged state was slightly higher than that of the first one, whereas the SCC susceptibility was lower, indicating that it is possible to heat treat 7175 to high strength and simultaneously to have high SCC resistance. The SCC susceptibility increased with increasing Mg segregation at the grain boundaries. Hydrogen embrittlement (HE) increased with increased hydrogen charging and decreased with increasing ageing time for the same hydrogen charging conditions. Computer simulations were carried out of (a) the Mg grain boundary segregation using the embedded atom method and (b) the effect of Mg and H segregation on the grain boundary strength using a quasi-chemical approach. The simulations showed that (a) Mg grain boundary segregation in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys is spontaneous, (b) Mg segregation decreases the grain boundary strength, and (c) H embrittles the grain boundary more seriously than does Mg. Therefore, the SCC mechanism of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys is attributed to the combination of HE and Mg segregation induced grain boundary embrittlement.

  5. Electro-optic property of ZnO:X (X=Li,Mg) thin films

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    Nagata, Takahiro; Shimura, Tamaki; Ashida, Atsushi; Fujimura, Norifumi; Ito, Taichiro

    2002-04-01

    We have proposed an application of ZnO:X (X=Li,Mg,Ni,Al etc.) films for monolithic optical integrated circuits (OICs) (Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 574 (1999) 317). Although non-doped ZnO has an electro-optic effect, it is only a Pockel's effect. The electro-optic effect of Pb(Zr,Ti)O 3 (Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 34 (1995) 5091) is superior to ZnO, because that is caused by a non-linear Kerr effect. Our group demonstrated that Li-doped ZnO (ZnO:Li) films exhibited ferroelectric behavior (Appl. Phys. A, in press). ZnO with ferroelectricity should have a non-linear electro-optic effect against the applied voltage. In this paper, to design the ZnO monolithic slab waveguide for electro-optical switch, the refractive indices of top and bottom electrode layers and core layer were investigated. Then, electro-optical property of ZnO:Li,Mg films was evaluated, and the possibility of applying to an optical switch was also discussed.

  6. High response solar-blind MgZnO photodetectors grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Schoenfeld, Winston V.; Wei, Ming; Boutwell, R. Casey; Liu, Huiyong

    2014-03-01

    High quality w-MgxZn1-xO thin films were grown epitaxially on c-plane sapphire substrates by plasma-assisted Molecular Beam Epitaxy. ZnO thin films with high crystalline quality, low defect and dislocation densities, and subnanometer surface roughness were achieved by applying a low temperature nucleation layer. By tuning Mg/Zn flux ratio, wurtzite MgxZn1-xO thin films with Mg composition as high as x=0.46 were obtained without phase segregation. Metal- Semiconductor-Metal (MSM) photoconductive and Schottky barrier devices with interdigitated electrode geometry and active surface area of 1 mm2 were fabricated and characterized. Resultant devices showed ~100 A/W peak responsivity at wavelength of ~260nm. We also report on cubic rock salt c-MgxZn1-xO thin films, following a non-traditional approach on MgO substrates, to demonstrate solar-blind photoresponse in MSM photodetectors, realizing a peak responsivity of 460 A/W (@ 250 nm) and 12.6 mA/W (@ 240nm) for mixed phase and single crystal films, respectively. A specific focus of the work is on identifying the impact of various growth parameters on the performance of the c- MgZnO detectors.

  7. The ternary system K2SO4MgSO4CaSO4

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    Rowe, J.J.; Morey, G.W.; Silber, C.C.

    1967-01-01

    Melting and subsolidus relations in the system K2SO4MgSO4CaSO4 were studied using heating-cooling curves, differential thermal analysis, optics, X-ray diffraction at room and high temperatures and by quenching techniques. Previous investigators were unable to study the binary MgSO4CaSO4 system and the adjacent area in the ternary system because of the decomposition of MgSO4 and CaSO4 at high temperatures. This problem was partly overcome by a novel sealed-tube quenching method, by hydrothermal synthesis, and by long-time heating in the solidus. As a result of this study, we found: (1) a new compound, CaSO4??3MgSO4 (m.p. 1201??C) with a field extending into the ternary system; (2) a high temperature form of MgSO4 with a sluggishly reversible inversion. An X-ray diffraction pattern for this polymorphic form is given; (3) the inversion of ??-CaSO4 (anhydrite) to ??-CaSO4 at 1195??C, in agreement with grahmann; (1) (4) the melting point of MgSO4 is 1136??C and that of CaSO4 is 1462??C (using sealed tube methods to prevent decomposition of the sulphates); (5) calcium langbeinite (K2SO4??2CaSO4) is the only compound in the K2SO4CaSO4 binary system. This resolved discrepancies in the results of previous investigators; (6) a continuous solid solution series between congruently melting K2SOP4??2MgSO4 (langbeinite) and incongruently melting K2SO4??2CaSO4 (calcium langbeinite); (7) the liquidus in the ternary system consists of primary phase fields of K2SO4, MgSO4, CaSO4, langbeinite-calcium langbeinite solid solution, and CaSO4??3MgSO4. The CaSO4 field extends over a large portion of the system. Previously reported fields for the compounds (K2SO4??MgSO4??nCaSO4), K2SO4??3CaSO4 and K2SO4??CaSO4 were not found; (8) a minimum in the ternary system at: 740??C, 25% MgSO4, 6% CaSO4, 69% K2SO4; and ternary eutectics at 882??C, 49% MgSO4, 19% CaSO4, 32% K2SO4; and 880??, 67??5% MgSO4, 5% CaSO4, 27??5% K2SO4. ?? 1967.

  8. Compositional tuning of atomic layer deposited MgZnO for thin film transistors

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    Wrench, J. S.; Brunell, I. F.; Chalker, P. R.; Jin, J. D.; Shaw, A.; Mitrovic, I. Z.; Hall, S.

    2014-11-17

    Thin film transistors (TFTs) have been fabricated using magnesium zinc oxide (MgZnO) layers deposited by atomic layer deposition at 200 °C. The composition of the MgZnO is systematically modified by varying the ratio of MgO and ZnO deposition cycles. A blue-shift of the near band-edge photoluminescence after post-deposition annealing at 300 °C indicates significant activation of the Mg dopant. A 7:1 ratio of ZnO:MgO deposition cycles was used to fabricate a device with a TFT channel width of 2000 μm and a channel length of 60 μm. This transistor yielded an effective saturation mobility of 4 cm{sup 2}/V s and a threshold voltage of 7.1 V, respectively. The on/off ratio was 1.6×10{sup 6} and the maximum interface state density at the ZnO/SiO{sub 2} interface is ∼6.5×10{sup 12} cm{sup −2}.

  9. Investigations on structural, vibrational and dielectric properties of nanosized Cu doped Mg-Zn ferrites

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    Yadav, Anand; Rajpoot, Rambabu; Dar, M. A.; Varshney, Dinesh

    2016-05-01

    Transition metal Cu2+ doped Mg-Zn ferrite [Mg0.5Zn0.5-xCuxFe2O4 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5)] were prepared by sol gel auto combustion (SGAC) method to probe the structural, vibrational and electrical properties. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern reveals a single-phase cubic spinel structure without the presence of any secondary phase corresponding to other structure. The average particle size of the parent Mg0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 is found to be ~29.8 nm and is found to increase with Cu2+ doping. Progressive reduction in lattice parameter of Mg0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 has been observed due to difference in ionic radii of cations with improved Cu doping. Spinel cubic structure is further confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. Small shift in Raman modes towards higher wave number has been observed in doped Mg-Zn ferrites. The permittivity and dielectric loss decreases at lower doping and increases at higher order doping of Cu2+.

  10. Seawater Mg/Ca controls polymorph mineralogy of microbial CaCO3: a potential proxy for calcite-aragonite seas in Precambrian time.

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    Ries, J B; Anderson, M A; Hill, R T

    2008-03-01

    A previously published hydrothermal brine-river water mixing model driven by ocean crust production suggests that the molar Mg/Ca ratio of seawater (mMg/Ca(sw)) has varied significantly (approximately 1.0-5.2) over Precambrian time, resulting in six intervals of aragonite-favouring seas (mMg/Ca(sw) > 2) and five intervals of calcite-favouring seas (mMg/Ca(sw) < 2) since the Late Archaean. To evaluate the viability of microbial carbonates as mineralogical proxy for Precambrian calcite-aragonite seas, calcifying microbial marine biofilms were cultured in experimental seawaters formulated over the range of Mg/Ca ratios believed to have characterized Precambrian seawater. Biofilms cultured in experimental aragonite seawater (mMg/Ca(sw) = 5.2) precipitated primarily aragonite with lesser amounts of high-Mg calcite (mMg/Ca(calcite) = 0.16), while biofilms cultured in experimental calcite seawater (mMg/Ca(sw) = 1.5) precipitated exclusively lower magnesian calcite (mMg/Ca(calcite) = 0.06). Furthermore, Mg/Ca(calcite )varied proportionally with Mg/Ca(sw). This nearly abiotic mineralogical response of the biofilm CaCO3 to altered Mg/Ca(sw) is consistent with the assertion that biofilm calcification proceeds more through the elevation of , via metabolic removal of CO2 and/or H+, than through the elevation of Ca2+, which would alter the Mg/Ca ratio of the biofilm's calcifying fluid causing its pattern of CaCO3 polymorph precipitation (aragonite vs. calcite; Mg-incorporation in calcite) to deviate from that of abiotic calcification. If previous assertions are correct that the physicochemical properties of Precambrian seawater were such that Mg/Ca(sw) was the primary variable influencing CaCO3 polymorph mineralogy, then the observed response of the biofilms' CaCO3 polymorph mineralogy to variations in Mg/Ca(sw), combined with the ubiquity of such microbial carbonates in Precambrian strata, suggests that the original polymorph mineralogy and Mg/Ca(calcite )of well

  11. Effect of Ca addition on the corrosion behavior of Mg-Al-Mn alloy

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    Yang, Jiang; Peng, Jian; Nyberg, Eric A.; Pan, Fu-sheng

    2016-04-01

    The microstructures and corrosion resistance of magnesium-5 wt% aluminum-0.3 wt% manganese alloys (Mg-Al-Mn) with different Ca additions (0.2-4 wt%) were investigated. Results showed that with increasing Ca addition, the grain of the alloys became more refined, whereas the corrosion resistant ability of the alloys initially increased and then decreased. The alloy with 2 wt% Ca addition exhibited the best corrosion resistance, attributed to the effect of the oxide film and (Mg,Al)2Ca phases which were discontinuously distributed on the grain boundaries. These phases acted as micro-victims, they preferentially corroded to protect the α-Mg matrix. The oxide film formed on the alloy surface can hinder the solution further to protect the α-Mg matrix.

  12. Scleractinian corals cultured in low Mg/Ca seawater form aragonite skeleton

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    Stolarski, Jaroslaw; Reynaud, Stéphanie; Ferrier-Pages, Christine; Janiszewska, Katarzyna; Domart-Coulon, Isabelle; Beraud, Eric; Marrocchi, Yves; Mazur, Maciej; Szlachetko, Jakub; Meibom, Anders

    2010-05-01

    Scleractinian corals represent a testing ground for ideas regarding biologically vs. environmentally controlled calcification. The morphology of skeletal micro-structural units (arrangement of the skeletal fibers) and their biogeochemical composition have, for a long time, been interpreted from two opposite view points: (1) as a purely physico-chemical process involving simple supersaturation of a fluid close in composition to seawater, hypothesized to exist at the interface between the skeleton and the calicoblastic cell-layer, or (2) a complete physiological control of calcification by the organism by means of a presumed amorphous precursor phase and precisely utilized organic macromolecules that control mineralogy, crystal orientation etc. Paleontological data originally supported the second interpretation because the aragonitic skeletal mineralogy appeared to be stable through geological time despite of changes in seawater chemistry (e.g., the late Mesozoic decrease of Mg/Ca ratio), which was believed to promote inorganic precipitation of calcite. However, Ries et al. (Geology 2006, 34: 525-528) argued that scleractinians are so-called 'hyper-calcifiers' and limited in their mineralogical control. Accordingly, in modern seawater (Mg/Ca molar ratio = 5.2) such organisms form aragonite simply because the Mg/Ca ratio favors this mineralogy. However, if the Mg/Ca ratio drops below 3.5, the mineralogy of such 'hyper-calcifiers' are supposed to become calcitic. In low-Mg/Ca experiments, Ries et al. detected calcite by X-ray diffraction of the bulk skeleton of Acropora, Montipora, and Porites and also indicated, by electron microprobe analyses, the presence of calcite in the uppermost portion of coral skeleton, though the exact position of the mapped areas were not indicated. We have cultured Acropora, Porites, Pavona and Galaxea in low Mg/Ca (compared with normal seawater) artificial seawater (ASW). A low Mg/Ca ratio can be obtained either by lowering the Mg

  13. Modulation of Kir1.1 Inactivation by Extracellular Ca and Mg

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    Sackin, Henry; Nanazashvili, Mikheil; Li, Hui; Palmer, Lawrence G.; Yang, Lei

    2011-01-01

    Kir1.1 inactivation, associated with transient internal acidification, is strongly dependent on external K, Ca, and Mg. Here, we show that in 1 mM K, a 15 min internal acidification (pH 6.3) followed by a 30 min recovery (pH 8.0) produced 84 ± 3% inactivation in 2 mM Ca but only 18 ± 4% inactivation in the absence of external Ca and Mg. In 100 mM external K, the same acidification protocol produced 29 ± 4% inactivation in 10 mM external Ca but no inactivation when extracellular Ca was reduced below 2 mM (with 0 Mg). However, chelation of external K with 15 mM of 18-Crown-6 (a crown ether) restored inactivation even in the absence of external divalents. External Ca was more effective than external Mg at producing inactivation, but Mg caused a greater degree of open channel block than Ca, making it unlikely that Kir1.1 inactivation arises from divalent block per se. Because the Ca sensitivity of inactivation persisted in 100 mM external K, it is also unlikely that Ca enhanced Kir1.1 inactivation by reducing the local K concentration at the outer mouth of the channel. The removal of four surface, negative side chains at E92, D97, E104, and E132 (Kir1.1b) increased the sensitivity of inactivation to external Ca (and Mg), whereas addition of a negative surface charge (N105E-Kir1.1b) decreased the sensitivity of inactivation to Ca and Mg. This result is consistent with the notion that negative surface charges stabilize external K in the selectivity filter or at the S0-K binding site just outside the filter. Extracellular Ca and Mg probably potentiate the slow, K-dependent inactivation of Kir1.1 by decreasing the affinity of the channel for external K independently of divalent block. The removal of external Ca and Mg largely eliminated both Kir1.1 inactivation and the K-dependence of pH gating, thereby uncoupling the selectivity filter gate from the cytoplasmic-side bundle-crossing gate. PMID:21354393

  14. What is the Right Temperature Sensitivity for Foraminiferal Mg/ca Paleothermometry in Ancient Oceans?

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    Eggins, S.; Holland, K.; Hoenisch, B.; Spero, H. J.; Allen, K. A.

    2013-12-01

    Mg/Ca seawater thermometry has become a cornerstone of modern paleoceanography. Laboratory experiments, seafloor core-top samples, plankton trap and tow collected materials all indicate consistent temperature sensitivity (9-10% increase in Mg/Ca per °C) for a full range of modern planktic foraminifer species. While these results demonstrate the overall robustness of Mg/Ca paleothermometry for the modern ocean, it is an empirical tool for which there is limited understanding of its bio-physio-chemical basis and its applicability to ancient oceans. We have undertaken experimental cultures of Orbulina universa, Globigerinoides sacculifer and Globigerinoides ruber (pink) across a range of seawater compositions (temperature, carbonate chemistry and Mg/Casw) that encompass modern and ancient Paleogene and Cretaceous ocean compositions (Mg/Casw 0.25x to 2x modern and pCO2 = 200 to 1500 ppmv). Our results reveal that the sensitivity of the Mg/Ca-thermometer for planktic foraminifers reduces significantly with Mg/Casw, rather than remaining constant as has been widely assumed or, increasing at lower Mg/Casw as proposed recently by Evans and Müller (2012). These results indicate that the modern sensitivity of 9-10% increase in Mg/Ca per °C cannot yet be applied to obtain reliable relative temperature change estimates to ancient oceans. These results further suggest that variations in foraminiferal Mg/Ca compositions in ancient oceans with lower Mg/Casw may correspond to larger temperature variations than in the modern ocean. Evans D. and Müller W., Paleoceanography, vol. 27, PA4205, doi:10.1029/2012PA002315, 2012

  15. Isotopic fractionation of Mg 2+(aq), Ca 2+(aq), and Fe 2+(aq) with carbonate minerals

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    Rustad, James R.; Casey, William H.; Yin, Qing-Zhu; Bylaska, Eric J.; Felmy, Andrew R.; Bogatko, Stuart A.; Jackson, Virgil E.; Dixon, David A.

    2010-11-01

    Density-functional electronic structure calculations are used to compute the equilibrium constants for 26Mg/ 24Mg and 44Ca/ 40Ca isotope exchange between carbonate minerals and uncomplexed divalent aquo ions. The most reliable calculations at the B3LYP/6-311++G(2d,2p) level predict equilibrium constants K, reported as 10 3ln ( K) at 25 °C, of -5.3, -1.1, and +1.2 for 26Mg/ 24Mg exchange between calcite (CaCO 3), magnesite (MgCO 3), and dolomite (Ca 0.5Mg 0.5CO 3), respectively, and Mg 2+(aq), with positive values indicating enrichment of the heavy isotope in the mineral phase. For 44Ca/ 40Ca exchange between calcite and Ca 2+(aq) at 25 °C, the calculations predict values of +1.5 for Ca 2+(aq) in 6-fold coordination and +4.1 for Ca 2+(aq) in 7-fold coordination. We find that the reduced partition function ratios can be reliably computed from systems as small as M(CO)610- and M(HO)62+ embedded in a set of fixed atoms representing the second-shell (and greater) coordination environment. We find that the aqueous cluster representing the aquo ion is much more sensitive to improvements in the basis set than the calculations on the mineral systems, and that fractionation factors should be computed using the best possible basis set for the aquo complex, even if the reduced partition function ratio calculated with the same basis set is not available for the mineral system. The new calculations show that the previous discrepancies between theory and experiment for Fe 3+-hematite and Fe 2+-siderite fractionations arise from an insufficiently accurate reduced partition function ratio for the Fe 3+(aq) and Fe 2+(aq) species.

  16. Isotopic Fractionation of Mg2+(aq), Ca2+(aq), and Fe2+(aq) with Carbonate Minerals

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    Rustad, James R.; Casey, William H.; Yin, Qing-Zhu; Bylaska, Eric J.; Felmy, Andrew R.; Bogatko, Stuart A.; Jackson, Virgil E.; Dixon, David A.

    2010-11-15

    Density functional electronic structure calculations are used to compute the equilibrium constant (the isotope fractionation factor) for 26Mg/24Mg and 44Ca/40Ca isotope exchange between carbonate minerals and uncomplexed divalent aquo ions. The most reliable calculations at the B3LYP/6-311++G(2d,2p) level predict equilibrium constants K, reported as 103ln(K) at 25 °C, of -5.3, -1.1, and +1.1 for 26Mg/24Mg exchange between calcite (CaCO3), magnesite (MgCO3), and dolomite (Ca0.5Mg0.5CO3), respectively, and Mg2+(aq), with positive values indicating enrichment in the mineral phase. For 44Ca/40Ca exchange between calcite and Ca2+(aq), the calculations predict values of +1.5 for Ca2+(aq) in six-fold coordination and +4.1 for Ca2+(aq) in seven-fold coordination. We find that the reduced partition function ratios can be reliably computed from systems as small as M(CO3)610- and M2+(H2O)6 embedded in a set of fixed atoms representing the 2nd shell (and greater) coordination environment. We find that the aqueous cluster representing the aquo ion is much more sensitive to improvements in the basis set than the calculations on the mineral systems, and that fractionation factors should be computed using 2 the best possible basis set for the aquo complex, even if the reduced partition function ratio calculated with the same basis set is not available for the mineral system. The new calculations show that the previous discrepancies between theory and experiment for Fe3+-hematite and Fe2+-siderite fractionations arise from an insufficiently accurate reduced partition function ratio for the Fe3+(aq) and Fe2+(aq) species.

  17. Evaluating the Utility of Multiple Proxies (Mg/Ca, Li/Ca, Cd/Ca, δ13C and Nd isotopes) in Foraminiferal Shells: New calibrations from the Demerara Rise, western tropical Atlantic

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    Huang, K.; Oppo, D.; Curry, W. B.; Blusztajn, J.

    2011-12-01

    Reconstructions of changes in Antarctic Intermediate Water (AAIW) circulation and its properties across abrupt climate events provides crucial information about the role of AAIW in regulating the climate system and how AAIW responds to changes in North Atlantic overturning. In order to better constrain the ocean conditions in the past, we systematically examine the utility of temperature (Mg/Ca and Mg/Li), carbonate saturation state (B/Ca and Li/Ca), nutrient (Cd/Ca, Zn/Ca and δ13C) and watermass proxies (Nd isotopes) in foraminifera shells using a set of 22 multicore tops (KNR197-3, spanning depths of 380 to 3300 m) and ambient seawaters collected from the Demerara Rise in the tropical northwestern Atlantic. In this study new core-top calibrations will be presented for calcitic foraminifera (i.e., Cibicidoides pachyderma, Cibicidoides wuellerstorfi, Uvigerina peregrina) and aragonitic Hoeglundina elegans through a direct comparison of shell chemistry to physical/chemical properties of ambient seawaters. We will also present new Nd isotope calibrations based on measurements on seawaters, mixed planktonic foraminifera and Fe-Mn oxyhydroxides from the core-top samples, to refine the utility of the Nd isotopes in authigenic marine precipitates as a watermass proxy. These new results enable us to evaluate the impact of environmental parameters (T, S, and Δ[CO32-]) on these paleo-proxies, and to further assess the robustness of down-core reconstructions and interpretations.

  18. Characteristics (Delta44/40Ca, Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca) of Mytilus edulis and Arctica islandica Shells formed in a Temperature-Salinity Matrix

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    Hiebenthal, C.; Eisenhauer, A.; Wahl, M.

    2008-12-01

    We investigated the influence of temperature (5°C to 15°C (A. islandica) resp. 25°C (M. edulis)) and salinity (15 to 35 psu) regimes on the calcium (Ca) isotope fractionation (Δ44/40Ca) and on Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca in cultured bivalves (Mytilus edulis and Arctica islandica). In an orthogonal 2-factorial (temperature vs. salinity) experiment, the bivalves were allowed to grow for 15 weeks under tightly controlled conditions and then probed and analysed by thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (TIMS) and optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). Several interactions between the factors temperature and salinity with respect to their influence on bivalve shell parameters could be found. However, with the exception of Sr/Ca data, the variation of measured shell characteristics between individual bivalves was high. The Sr/Ca - salinity proxy seems to be the most reliable (linear. regression, M. edulis: Sr/Ca = -0.0283*sal + 1.7967, R2 = 0.81, p < 0.001), even though, in A. islandica shells, it can be blurred by temperature effects at low salinities (lin. regr. at 5°C: p > 0.05, at 10°C: Sr/Ca = - 0.061*sal + 3.13, R2 = 0.93, p < 0.001, at 15°C: Sr/Ca = -0.066*sal + 3.34, R2 = 0.92, p < 0.001). In M. edulis shells Mg/Ca ratios related well with seawater temperature (lin. regr.: Mg/Ca = 0.642*t - 0.107, R2 = 0.81, p < 0.001). Ca isotope ratios only in A. islandica related significantly with temperature (lin. regr.: Δ44/40Ca = 0.016*t - 1.26, R2 = 0.29, p < 0.01) but due to an interacting salinity effect at 10°C (lin. regr.: Δ44/40Ca = -0.0148*sal - 0.738, R2 = 0.62, p = 0.002) the temperature model can only explain a limited part of the variation. Overall, the calcitic shells of M. edulis appear to provide the better element ratio proxies (Mg/Ca for temperature and Sr/Ca for salinity) and the aragonitic shells of A. islandica have the better Ca isotope - temperature proxy.

  19. Europium substitution into intermetallic phases grown in Ca/Zn flux

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    Stojanovic, Milorad; Latturner, Susan E.

    2009-08-15

    Replacement of calcium with europium in the phases Ca{sub 21}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36} and CaNi{sub 2}Zn{sub 3} was attempted to explore the possibility of substitution in metal flux reactions and potential magnetic interactions between closely spaced Eu{sup 2+} ions. Limited substitution occurs when Eu is added to the reaction of nickel in a Ca/Zn flux mixture, up to stoichiometries of Eu{sub 5.8(3)}Ca{sub 15.2(3)}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36} and Eu{sub 0.42(8)}Ca{sub 0.58(8)}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}. Structural characterization and magnetic susceptibility studies on Eu{sub x}Ca{sub 21-x}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36} phases indicate that the Eu and Ca ions do not form an even solid solution on their sites, but instead segregate in separate regions of the crystals. The europium-rich regions of the samples order ferromagnetically, with T{sub C} dependent on the size of the clusters. If the concentration of Eu in the flux is raised above 20 mol%, a new compound Eu{sub 1.63(1)}Ca{sub 1.37(1)}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 3} (Cmcm, a=4.1150(5) A, b=16.948(2) A, c=10.302(1) A, Z=4, R{sub 1}=0.0396) is produced. - Graphical abstract: Exploration of europium substitution into intermetallic compounds grown in Ca/Zn flux has yielded analogs of Eu{sub x}Ca{sub 21-x}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36} with unusual magnetic properties due to segregation of europium in the crystals; high concentrations of Eu in the flux trigger the growth of Eu{sub 1.63(1)}Ca{sub 1.37(1)}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 3} with a new structure type.

  20. Microstructural evolution in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Sc-Zr alloys during short-time homogenization

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    Liu, Tao; He, Chun-nian; Li, Gen; Meng, Xin; Shi, Chun-sheng; Zhao, Nai-qin

    2015-05-01

    Microstructural evolution in a new kind of aluminum (Al) alloy with the chemical composition of Al-8.82Zn-2.08Mg-0.80Cu-0.31Sc-0.3Zr was investigated. It is found that the secondary phase MgZn2 is completely dissolved into the matrix during a short homogenization treatment (470°C, 1 h), while the primary phase Al3(Sc,Zr) remains stable. This is due to Sc and Zr additions into the Al alloy, high Zn/Mg mass ratio, and low Cu content. The experimental findings fit well with the results calculated by the homogenization diffusion kinetics equation. The alloy shows an excellent mechanical performance after the short homogenization process followed by hot-extrusion and T6 treatment. Consequently, a good combination of low energy consumption and favorable mechanical properties is obtained.

  1. ZnMgS-based solar-blind UV photodetectors grown by MBE

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    Sou, I. K.; Wu, Marcus C. W.; Wong, K. S.; Wong, G. K. L.

    2001-07-01

    Molecular beam epitaxial growth of Zn 1- xMg xS alloy thin films on GaP (1 0 0) substrates is reported. In situ reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) studies show that the alloys can be grown with stable zinc-blende structure up to x around 30%. For x>30%, a phase transition will occur at a critical thickness which is sensitively dependent on the composition x. Several Schottky barrier photodetectors using Zn 1- xMg xS layer, with thickness less than the critical thickness, as active layer were fabricated. High ultra-violet responsivity and excellent visible rejection are achieved. The response curve of the Zn 0.43Mg 0.57S device offers a long wavelength cut-off at 295 nm and closely matches the erythemal action spectrum that describes human skin sensitivity to UV radiation.

  2. Inter-species and Seasonal Variability in Mg / Ca in Larger Benthic Foraminifera: Implications for Paleo-proxy

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    Singh, A.; Saraswati, P. K.; Pande, K.; Sanyal, P.

    2015-12-01

    The reports of inter-species variability to intra-test heterogeneity in Mg/Ca in several species of foraminifera have raised question about its use in estimation of seawater temperatures and necessitate field and culture studies to verify it for species from different habitats. In this study, we attempt to investigate if Mg/Ca in larger benthic foraminifera (LBF) could be a potential proxy of seawater temperatures for shallow marine carbonates. The samples were collected in different seasons from coral reef at Akajima (Okinawa, Japan). The Ca and Mg of 13 species of LBF and small benthic foraminifera from the same season were determined to examine variation in Mg/Ca among the species calcified under presumably the same temperature and salinity conditions. We also analyzed Amphistegina lessoni from different seasons for Ca, Mg and δ18O to determine variation in Mg/Ca with temperature and see how the two proxies of temperatures, Mg/Ca and δ18O, correlate in the same species. The species cluster about two distinctly separated Mg/Ca values. The first group comprising species of Amphistegina, Gypsina, Ammonia and Elphidium have relatively lower Mg/Ca, varying from 30 to 45 mmol/mol. The second group, having average Mg/Ca ranging from ~110 to 170 mmol/mol, includes species of Schlumbergerella, Baculogypsinoides, Baculogypsina, Heterostegina, Operculina, Calcarina, Amphisorus, Alveolinella and Poroeponides. The result suggests large interspecies variability implying vital effect in foraminiferal Mg/Ca. There is no distinct difference in Mg/Ca values between porcelaneous and hyaline types or symbiont-bearing and symbiont-free types. In Amphistegina lessoni the variation in Mg/Ca between individuals of the same season is as large as variation across the seasons. There is no correlation between Mg/Ca and seawater temperature. Lack of correlation between Mg/Ca and δ18O further suggests that Mg/Ca in the species is not primarily controlled by temperature.

  3. Ionophore 4-BrA23187 transports Zn2+ and Mn2+ with high selectivity over Ca2+.

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    Erdahl, W L; Chapman, C J; Wang, E; Taylor, R W; Pfeiffer, D R

    1996-10-29

    The cation transport selectivities of the Ca2+ ionophores A23187, Ionomycin, and 4-BrA23187 have been determined using a model system comprised of phospholipid vesicles loaded with the chelator/indicator Quin-2. At pH 7.00 and a 100 microM concentration of the cations, A23187 displays the transport selectivity sequence Zn2+ > Mn2+ > Ca2+ > Co2+ > Ni2+ > Sr2+, with the absolute rates of transport spanning approximately 3 orders of magnitude. Similar data are obtained with Ionomycin, although the relative transport rates of Zn2+ and Mn2+ are equivalent, and the range of absolute rates is decreased by a factor of approximately 3. When values are normalized to those of Ca2+, transport selectivity is seen to be only weakly related to complexation or extraction selectivity. It is also seen that, when used to manipulate Ca2+ (or Mg2+), both ionophores can be expected to alter the distribution of additional divalent cations which have known biological activities. 4-BrA23187 is a low-activity ionophore for Ca2+, compared to A23187 and Ionomycin, while retaining comparable activities as an ionophore for the other cations. As a consequence, 4-BrA23187 is highly selective for the transport of Zn2+ and Mn2+, compared to Ca2+, with selectivity ratios approaching that of valinomycin for K+ over Na+ when conditions are optimal. Plots of the log of the rate of cation transport vs the log of the ionophore concentration indicate that Ca2+ is transported primarily as a 2:1 complex by A23187 and 4-BrA23187, but Zn2+ and Mn2+ are transported, in part, as 1:1 complexes. These findings, together with a postulated low stability of 2:1, compared to 1:1 complexes between 4-BrA23187 and divalent cations, partially explain the novel transport selectivity of this compound. Unlike A23187 or Ionomycin, 4-BrA23187 may be useful for investigating cell regulation by Zn2+ and Mn2+, without interference by regulatory mechanisms which respond to Ca2+. PMID:8901524

  4. Superconductivity of amorphous Mg 0.70Zn 0.30-xGa x alloys

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    2008-06-01

    The screening dependence theoretical investigations of the superconducting state parameters (SSP) viz. electron-phonon coupling strength λ, Coulomb pseudopotential μ∗, transition temperature TC , isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength NOV of five Mg 0.70Zn 0.30-xGa x ( x = 0.0, 0.06, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20) ternary amorphous alloys viz. Mg 0.70Zn 0.30Ga 0.00, Mg 0.70Zn 0.24Ga 0.06, Mg 0.70Zn 0.20Ga 0.10, Mg 0.70Zn 0.15Ga 0.15 and Mg 0.70Zn 0.10Ga 0.20 have been reported for the first time using Ashcroft’s empty core (EMC) model potential. Five local field correction functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor (T), Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al. (F) and Sarkar et al. (S) are used in the present investigation to study the screening influence on the aforesaid properties. It is observed that the electron-phonon coupling strength λ and the transition temperature TC are quite sensitive to the selection of the local field correction functions, whereas the Coulomb pseudopotential μ∗, isotope effect exponent α and effective interaction strength NOV show weak dependences on the local field correction functions. The transition temperature TC obtained from H-local field correction function is found in an excellent agreement with available experimental data. Quadratic TC equation has been proposed, which provide successfully the TC values of ternary amorphous alloys under consideration. Also, the present results are found in qualitative agreement with other such earlier reported data, which confirms the superconducting phase in the ternary amorphous alloys.

  5. Ca-Mg-Sr-Nd Isotopes in Granitic Rocks of the Lhasa Terrane, Southern Tibet

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    Peterson, B. T.; Simon, J. I.; Depaolo, D. J.; Christensen, J. N.; Harrison, T. M.

    2010-12-01

    Magnesium (Mg) and Calcium (Ca) isotopes are fractionated by aqueous precipitation and incongruent silicate weathering, resulting in sedimentary reservoirs with characteristic isotopic compositions. Limestones and dolomites are isotopically light in both elements, whereas shales/pelites can have heavy Mg and light Ca. The isotopic character of these reservoirs may persist through anatexis (Shen, et al., PNAS 106(49), 2009). Mg and Ca isotopes could therefore be used to gain new insights into the sources of granitic magmas and hence the mechanisms by which the continental crust forms and evolves. Radiogenic 40Ca gives additional information about the K/Ca ratios of magma sources, and Sr and Nd isotopes provide complementary age and lithology information. To evaluate the potential of Ca and Mg isotopes for studying granite petrogenesis we made measurements on a suite of granitic intrusive rocks of Jurassic to Miocene age in southern Tibet that exhibit large variations in Nd (ɛNd = +5 to -12) and Sr isotopes (87Sr/86Sr = 0.704 to 0.722). Our samples represent a transect northward from the Indus-Yalu Suture (IS), west of Lhasa. Rocks close to the IS have mantle-like Nd and Sr isotopic compositions, whereas those farther to the north have low ɛNd and higher 87Sr/86Sr, and include Mesozoic, Paleogene and Neogene peraluminous (2-mica) granites (DePaolo, et al., Goldschmidt, 2008; Kapp, et al., JGR 110, 2005; Hou et al., EPSL 220, 2004). Radiogenic 40Ca is detectable in peraluminous (2-mica) granites and correlates with high 87Sr/86Sr, but does not correlate with Nd isotopes, indicating that 2-mica granite magmas come from both low-K and high-K sources. Stable isotopes of both Ca and Mg show substantial variation. Relative to bulk silicate Earth (BSE, which we define as δ=0 for discussion) δ44Ca values vary from 0 to -0.7, and δ26Mg varies from -0.3 to +0.6. Thus to first order Ca is light and Mg is heavy relative to BSE. For samples with mantle-like Nd and Sr, δ44Ca

  6. Mechanisms of rapid reactive oxygen species generation in response to cytosolic Ca2+ or Zn2+ loads in cortical neurons.

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    Clausen, Aaron; McClanahan, Taylor; Ji, Sung G; Weiss, John H

    2013-01-01

    Excessive "excitotoxic" accumulation of Ca(2+) and Zn(2+) within neurons contributes to neurodegeneration in pathological conditions including ischemia. Putative early targets of these ions, both of which are linked to increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, are mitochondria and the cytosolic enzyme, NADPH oxidase (NOX). The present study uses primary cortical neuronal cultures to examine respective contributions of mitochondria and NOX to ROS generation in response to Ca(2+) or Zn(2+) loading. Induction of rapid cytosolic accumulation of either Ca(2+) (via NMDA exposure) or Zn(2+) (via Zn(2+)/Pyrithione exposure in 0 Ca(2+)) caused sharp cytosolic rises in these ions, as well as a strong and rapid increase in ROS generation. Inhibition of NOX activation significantly reduced the Ca(2+)-induced ROS production with little effect on the Zn(2+)- triggered ROS generation. Conversely, dissipation of the mitochondrial electrochemical gradient increased the cytosolic Ca(2+) or Zn(2+) rises caused by these exposures, consistent with inhibition of mitochondrial uptake of these ions. However, such disruption of mitochondrial function markedly suppressed the Zn(2+)-triggered ROS, while partially attenuating the Ca(2+)-triggered ROS. Furthermore, block of the mitochondrial Ca(2+) uniporter (MCU), through which Zn(2+) as well as Ca(2+) can enter the mitochondrial matrix, substantially diminished Zn(2+) triggered ROS production, suggesting that the ROS generation occurs specifically in response to Zn(2+) entry into mitochondria. Finally, in the presence of the sulfhydryl-oxidizing agent 2,2'-dithiodipyridine, which impairs Zn(2+) binding to cytosolic metalloproteins, far lower Zn(2+) exposures were able to induce mitochondrial Zn(2+) uptake and consequent ROS generation. Thus, whereas rapid acute accumulation of Zn(2+) and Ca(2+) each can trigger injurious ROS generation, Zn(2+) entry into mitochondria via the MCU may do so with particular potency. This may be of

  7. INFLUENCE OF N, P, K, CA, AND MG RATES ON LEAF MACRONUTRIENT CONCENTRATION OF 'NAVAHO' BLACKBERRY

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    'Navaho' blackberry plants were grown in sand culture for two years and fertilized with solutions consisting of five macro nutrients (N, P, K, Ca, and Mg) applied at three different rates (0 mg/l, control and 10X control). Foliar samples were collected at 4, 8, and 16 weeks after treatment initiati...

  8. The effect of Mg/2+/ and Ca/2+/ on urea-catalyzed phosphorylation reactions

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    Handschuk, G. J.; Lohrmann, R.; Orgel, L. E.

    1973-01-01

    The effect of Mg(2+) and Ca(2+) on phosphorylation reactions catalyzed by urea is investigated, showing that Mg(2+) improves markedly the yield of products containing pyrophosphate bonds. Yields of up to 25% of uridine diphosphate can be obtained with struvite at temperatures as low as 65 C.

  9. Homoepitaxial nonpolar (10-10) ZnO/ZnMgO monolithic microcavities: Towards reduced photonic disorder

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    Zuniga-Perez, J.; Kappei, L.; Deparis, C.; Reveret, F.; Grundmann, M.; de Prado, E.; Jamadi, O.; Leymarie, J.; Chenot, S.; Leroux, M.

    2016-06-01

    Nonpolar ZnO/ZnMgO-based optical microcavities have been grown on (10-10) m-plane ZnO substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Reflectivity measurements indicate an exponential increase of the cavity quality factor with the number of layers in the distributed Bragg reflectors. Most importantly, microreflectivity spectra recorded with a spot size in the order of 2 μm show a negligible photonic disorder (well below 1 meV), leading to local quality factors equivalent to those obtained by macroreflectivity. The anisotropic character of the nonpolar heterostructures manifests itself both in the surface features, elongated parallel to the in-plane c direction, and in the optical spectra, with two cavity modes being observed at different energies for orthogonal polarizations.

  10. Acoustic-phonon-limited mobility and giant phonon-drag thermopower in MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures

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    Tsaousidou, M.

    2013-12-04

    We present numerical simulations for the acoustic-phonon-limited mobility, μ{sub ac}, in two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) confined in MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures for temperatures 0.4–20 K. The calculations are based on the semiclassical Boltzmann equation. We examine two 2DEGs with sheet densities 1.4 and 7×10{sup 15} m{sup −2}. Good agreement is found with recent experimental data without any adjustable parameter. We also calculate the contribution to thermopower that arises due to the phonon wind set up by a temperature gradient (the so-called phonon-drag thermopower, S{sup g}). A giant magnitude of S{sup g} is predicted that exceeds 50–100 mV/K at 5 K depending on the sheet density. Our findings suggest that the ZnO based heterostructures could be promising materials for thermoelectric applications at low temperatures.

  11. Reversible Hydrogen Storage Characteristics of Catalytically Enhanced Ca(Li)-nMg-B-N-H System

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    Srinivasan, Sesha; Emre Demircak, Dervis; Sharma, Prakash; Yogi, Goswami; Stefanakos, Elias

    2013-04-01

    The aim of the present investigation is to study the synergistic effects of multi-walled carbon nanotubes, Nb2O5 and other catalysts for reversible hydrogen storage characteristics of Ca(Li)-nMg-B-N-H systems. Multinary hydride using light weight, high capacity hydride compounds such as Ca(BH4)2, LiBH4, LiNH2, nanoMgH2 in 3:1:8:4 composition was synthesized using high energy planetary milling under Ar/H2 ambient. Various nano additives and bi-metallic catalysts were added in a very small concentration with the host hydride (Ca)Li-nMg-B-N-H. The TGA and DSC results demonstrated that the catalytically enhanced Ca(Li)-nMg-B-N-H with hydrogen release at lower temperatures when compared to the pristine systems such as either Ca-Li-B-H or Ca-Li-Mg-B-H. Analyses of metrological characterization using XRD, SEM and have revealed the effectiveness and the role of the catalytic nanoparticles and their enhanced reversible hydrogen storage behavior on the host hydride matrix. The mass spectrometric investigations employing RGA on these nanocrystalline, multi-component hydride systems exhibit the release of hydrogen in major proportion (˜80-90%) as compared to previously attributed ammonia.

  12. Deep-sea ostracode shell chemistry (Mg:Ca ratios) and late Quaternary Arctic Ocean history

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    Cronin, T. M.; Dwyer, G.S.; Baker, P.A.; Rodriguez-Lazaro, J.; Briggs, W.M., Jr.

    1996-01-01

    The magnesium:calcium (Mg:Ca) and strontium:calcium (Sr:Ca) ratios were investigated in shells of the benthic ostracode genus Krithe obtained from 64 core-tops from water depths of 73 to 4411 m in the Arctic Ocean and Nordic seas to determine the potential of ostracode shell chemistry for paleoceanographic study. Shells from the abyssal plain and ridges of the Nansen, Amundsen and Makarov basins and the Norwegian and Greenland seas had a wide scatter of Mg:Ca ratios ranging from 0.007 to 0.012 that may signify post-mortem chemical alteration of the shells from Arctic deep-sea environments below about 1000 m water depth. There is a positive correlation (r2=0.59) between Mg:Ca ratios and bottom-water temperature in Krithe shells from water depths <900 m.

  13. Electron microprobe analyses of Ca, S, Mg and P distribution in incisors of Spacelab-3 rats

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    Rosenberg, G. D.; Simmons, D. J.

    1985-01-01

    The distribution of Ca, S, Mg and P was mapped within the incisors of Spacelab-3 rats using an electron microprobe. The data indicate that Flight rats maintained in orbit for 7 days have significantly higher Ca/Mg ratios in dentin due to both higher Ca and lower Mg content than in dentin of ground-based Controls. There is no statistical difference in distribution of either P or S within Fligth animals and Controls, but there is clear indication that, for P at least, the reason is the greater variability of the Control data. These results are consistent with those obtained on a previous NASA/COSMOS flight of 18.5 days duration, although they are not pronounced. The results further suggest that continuously growing rat incisors provide useful records of the effects of weightlessness on Ca metabolism.

  14. Ab initio investigation of CaO-ZnO alloys under high pressure

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    Sha, Xiaojing; Tian, Fubo; Li, Da; Duan, Defang; Chu, Binhua; Liu, Yunxian; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian

    2015-01-01

    CaxZn1–xO alloys are potential candidates to achieve wide band-gap, which might significantly promote the band gap engineering and heterojunction design. We performed a crystal structure search for CaO-ZnO system under pressure, using an ab initio evolutionary algorithm implemented in the USPEX code. Four stable ordered CaxZn1–xO structures are found in the pressure range of 8.7–60 GPa. We further constructed the pressure vs. composition phase diagram of CaO-ZnO alloys based on the detailed enthalpy calculations. With the increase in Ca concentration, the CaO-ZnO alloy first undergoes a hexagonal to monoclinic transition, and then transforms back to a hexagonal phase. At Above 9 GPa, there is no cubic structure in the alloys, in contrast to the insostructural components (B1-B1). The band gap of the CaxZn1–xO alloy shows an almost linear increase as a function of the Ca concentration. We also investigated the variation regularity of the band gap under pressure. PMID:26183060

  15. Single- and dual-wavelength photodetectors with MgZnO/ZnO metal–semiconductor–metal structure by varying the bias voltage

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    Hwang, J. D.; Lin, G. S.

    2016-09-01

    By varying the bias voltage of an Mg x Zn1‑x O/ZnO metal–semiconductor–metal photodetector (MSM-PDs), the detection wavelength can be modulated from a single to a dual wavelength. A long-wavelength band response is caused by the ZnO absorption and a short-wavelength band response is caused by Mg x Zn1‑x O. At a 0 V bias voltage, the photogenerated electrons in ZnO are confined to the Mg x Zn1‑x O/ZnO interface, arising from the piezoelectric polarization. The accumulated electrons hop the Mg x Zn1‑x O layer through the assistance of defects; however, the photogenerated electrons in Mg x Zn1‑x O cannot cross over the large barrier height at the Au/MgZnO interface, resulting in a single-wavelength photodetector with a long-wavelength band (345–400 nm) having a peak wavelength of 370 nm. By increasing the bias voltage to 1–2 V, the barrier height is lowered, enabling the photogenerated electrons in Mg x Zn1‑x O to easily cross over the low barrier height, leading to dual-wavelength photodetectors having peak wavelengths of 370 and 340 nm. On further increasing the bias voltage beyond 2 V, the photogenerated electrons in ZnO sink deeply in the hollow at the Mg x Zn1‑x O/ZnO interface owing to the large applied voltage. These electrons are effectively confined at the Mg x Zn1‑x O/ZnO interface, which retards the tunneling of the photogenerated electrons in ZnO through the Mg x Zn1‑x O layer; hence the MSM-PDs revert back to single wavelength photodetectors; however, the detection wavelength is different from that of the MSM-PDs biased at 0 V. Instead of having a long-wavelength band (345–400 nm), the MSM-PDs demonstrate a short-wavelength band (320–345 nm) at a 3 V bias voltage.

  16. Single- and dual-wavelength photodetectors with MgZnO/ZnO metal-semiconductor-metal structure by varying the bias voltage.

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    Hwang, J D; Lin, G S

    2016-09-16

    By varying the bias voltage of an Mg x Zn1-x O/ZnO metal-semiconductor-metal photodetector (MSM-PDs), the detection wavelength can be modulated from a single to a dual wavelength. A long-wavelength band response is caused by the ZnO absorption and a short-wavelength band response is caused by Mg x Zn1-x O. At a 0 V bias voltage, the photogenerated electrons in ZnO are confined to the Mg x Zn1-x O/ZnO interface, arising from the piezoelectric polarization. The accumulated electrons hop the Mg x Zn1-x O layer through the assistance of defects; however, the photogenerated electrons in Mg x Zn1-x O cannot cross over the large barrier height at the Au/MgZnO interface, resulting in a single-wavelength photodetector with a long-wavelength band (345-400 nm) having a peak wavelength of 370 nm. By increasing the bias voltage to 1-2 V, the barrier height is lowered, enabling the photogenerated electrons in Mg x Zn1-x O to easily cross over the low barrier height, leading to dual-wavelength photodetectors having peak wavelengths of 370 and 340 nm. On further increasing the bias voltage beyond 2 V, the photogenerated electrons in ZnO sink deeply in the hollow at the Mg x Zn1-x O/ZnO interface owing to the large applied voltage. These electrons are effectively confined at the Mg x Zn1-x O/ZnO interface, which retards the tunneling of the photogenerated electrons in ZnO through the Mg x Zn1-x O layer; hence the MSM-PDs revert back to single wavelength photodetectors; however, the detection wavelength is different from that of the MSM-PDs biased at 0 V. Instead of having a long-wavelength band (345-400 nm), the MSM-PDs demonstrate a short-wavelength band (320-345 nm) at a 3 V bias voltage. PMID:27501372

  17. Fabrication of stable, wide-bandgap thin films of Mg, Zn and O

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    Katiyar, Ram S.; Bhattacharya, Pijush; Das, Rasmi R.

    2006-07-25

    A stable, wide-bandgap (approximately 6 eV) ZnO/MgO multilayer thin film is fabricated using pulsed-laser deposition on c-plane Al2O3 substrates. Layers of ZnO alternate with layers of MgO. The thickness of MgO is a constant of approximately 1 nm; the thicknesses of ZnO layers vary from approximately 0.75 to 2.5 nm. Abrupt structural transitions from hexagonal to cubic phase follow a decrease in the thickness of ZnO sublayers within this range. The band gap of the thin films is also influenced by the crystalline structure of multilayer stacks. Thin films with hexagonal and cubic structure have band-gap values of 3.5 and 6 eV, respectively. In the hexagonal phase, Mg content of the films is approximately 40%; in the cubic phase Mg content is approximately 60%. The thin films are stable and their structural and optical properties are unaffected by annealing at 750.degree. C.

  18. Mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of Mg-Gd-Ca-Zr alloys for medical applications.

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    Shi, Ling-Ling; Huang, Yuanding; Yang, Lei; Feyerabend, Frank; Mendis, Chamini; Willumeit, Regine; Ulrich Kainer, Karl; Hort, Norbert

    2015-07-01

    Magnesium alloys are promising candidates for biomedical applications. In this work, influences of composition and heat treatment on the microstructure, the mechanical properties and the corrosion behavior of Mg-Gd-Ca-Zr alloys as potential biomedical implant candidates were investigated. Mg5Gd phase was observed at the grain boundaries of Mg-10Gd-xCa-0.5Zr (x=0, 0.3, 1.2wt%) alloys. Increase in the Ca content led to the formation of additional Mg2Ca phase. The Ca additions increased both the compressive and the tensile yield strengths, but reduced the ductility and the corrosion resistance in cell culture medium. After solution heat treatment, the Mg5Gd particles dissolved in the Mg matrix. The compressive strength decreased, while the corrosion resistance improved in the solution treated alloys. After ageing at 200°C, metastable β' phase formed on prismatic planes and a new type of basal precipitates have been observed, which improved the compressive and tensile ultimate strength, but decreased the ductility. PMID:25837343

  19. White-light luminescence properties of Mg and Sn doped ZnO prepared by thermal oxidation

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    Zeng, Jun; Fan, Huiqing; Xue, Jun; Wang, Yangli

    2014-02-01

    Graphical abstract: The PL spectrum of MgSnZnO was measured at room temperature through multi-peak Gaussian fitting, it is found that the broad emission is composed of six peaks. - Highlights: • Mg and Sn doped ZnO are synthesized by thermal oxidation of MgSnZn alloys. • The structure is characterized by XRD and micro-Raman scattering technology. • The optical properties are characterized by photoluminescence spectrum. • The resulting Mg and Sn doped ZnO shows white photoluminescence. - Abstract: This work reports that Mg and Sn doped ZnO (MgSnZnO) are synthesized by thermal oxidation of MgSnZn alloys. The structure and optical properties are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), micro-Raman scattering technology and photoluminescence spectrum. Interestingly, the resulting MgSnZnO shows white photoluminescence. Additionally, the photoluminescence spectrum of MgSnZnO shows two broad emission bands ranging from 360 to 420 nm and 420 to 630 nm, respectively. Through multi-peak Gaussian fitting, it is found that the broad emission is composed of six Gaussian peaks. The six Gaussian peaks are centrered at 383 nm, 397 nm, 455 nm, 516 nm, 560 nm and 614 nm.

  20. Effect of Ca addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of as-cast Mg-Sm alloys.

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    Luo, Xiaoping; Fang, Daqing; Chai, Yuesheng; Yang, Bin

    2016-08-01

    This study investigated the effect of Ca addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of as-cast Mg-4Sm alloys. The addition of 1.0 wt% Ca led to a significant grain refinement of Mg-4.0Sm alloys owing to the formation of rod-like Mg2Ca phases that acted as active nucleates for the Mg matrix. The as-cast Mg-4.0Sm-1.0Ca alloy showed the smallest grain size at 45 μm. Furthermore, the Mg-4.0Sm-1.0Ca alloy exhibited greater hardness, higher tensile strength, and higher yield tensile strength and elongation than the other two alloys with different Ca contents. These results were attributed to the grain refinement and precipitation strengthening of the Mg2Ca and Mg41Sm5 phases. Microsc. Res. Tech. 79:707-711, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27311709

  1. Impurity Diffusion Coefficients of Al and Zn in Mg Determined from Solid-to-Solid Diffusion Couples

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    Kammerer, Catherine; Kulkarni, Nagraj S; Warmack, Robert J Bruce; Perry, Kelly A; Belova, Irina; Murch, Prof. Graeme; Sohn, Yong Ho

    2013-08-01

    Increasing use and development of lightweight Mgalloys have led to the desire for more fundamental research in and understanding of Mg-based systems. As property enhancing components, Al and Zn are two of the most important and common alloying elements for Mg-alloys. We have investigated the concentration dependent interdiffusion of Al and Zn in Mg using diffusion couples of pure polycrystalline Mg mated to Mg solid solutions containing either <9 at.% Al or <3 at.% Zn. Concentration profiles were determined by electron micro-probe microanalysis of the diffusion zone. The interdiffusion coefficients were determined by the classical Boltzmann-Matano method within the Mg solid solution. As the concentration of Al or Zn approaches the dilute ends, we employ an analytical approach based on the Hall method to estimate the impurity diffusion coefficients. Results of Al and Zn impurity diffusion in Mg are reported and compared to published impurity diffusion coefficients typically determined by thin film techniques.

  2. Diffuse scattering and phason fluctuations in the Zn-Mg-Sc icosahedral quasicrystal and its Zn-Sc periodic approximant.

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    de Boissieu, M; Francoual, S; Kaneko, Y; Ishimasa, T

    2005-09-01

    We report on the absolute scale measurement of the x-ray diffuse scattering in the ZnMgSc icosahedral quasicrystal and its periodic approximant. Whereas the diffuse scattering in the approximant is purely accounted for by thermal diffuse scattering, an additional signal is observed in the quasicrystal. It is related to phason fluctuations as indicated by its Q(2)(per) dependence. Moreover, when compared to previous measurements carried out on the i-AlPdMn phase, we find that the amount of diffuse scattering is smaller in the i-ZnMgSc phase, in agreement with larger phason elastic constants in this phase. This is confirmed by the observation of a large number of weak Bragg peaks having a high Q(per) reciprocal space component. PMID:16196940

  3. Core top calibration of Mg/Ca in tropical foraminifera: Refining paleotemperature estimation

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    Dekens, Petra S.; Lea, David W.; Pak, Dorothy K.; Spero, Howard J.

    2002-04-01

    Optimal use of Mg/Ca as a paleotemperature proxy requires establishing calibrations for different species of foraminifera and quantifying the influence of dissolution. To achieve this goal, we have measured Mg/Ca and δ18O in a series of tropical and subtropical core tops, including four depth transects: the Ceara Rise, the Sierra Leone Rise, and the Rio Grande Plateau in the Atlantic, and the Ontong Java Plateau in the Pacific, focusing on spinose mixed layer dwelling species Globigerinoides ruber and Globigerinoides sacculifer, and nonspinose thermocline dwelling Neogloboquadrina dutertrei. Shell Mg/Ca in G. sacculifer is 5-15% lower than in G. ruber, while N. dutertrei Mg/Ca is 49-55% lower than in G. ruber. This statistically significant offset has allowed us to establish different calibrations for each species. Multilinear regression analysis was used to develop calibration equations that include a correction term for the dissolution effect on Mg/Ca in foraminiferal calcite. Presented in this paper are two sets of calibrations; one set using core depth as a dissolution correction and another using ΔCO32- as a dissolution parameter. The calibrations suggest that G. ruber is the most accurate recorder of surface temperature, while G. sacculifer records temperatures below the surface at 20-30 m. The depth habitat of N. dutertrei is more uncertain, owing to the wide range in habitat depths depending on hydrographic conditions, but on average, Mg/Ca and δ18O data suggest it is at ~50 m. Of the three species, N. dutertrei is the most sensitive to dissolution (up to 23% decrease in shell Mg/Ca per km), while G. sacculifer is the most resistant.

  4. In vitro and in vivo corrosion and histocompatibility of pure Mg and a Mg-6Zn alloy as urinary implants in rat model.

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    Zhang, Shiying; Zheng, Yang; Zhang, Liming; Bi, Yanze; Li, Jianye; Liu, Jiao; Yu, Youbin; Guo, Heqing; Li, Yan

    2016-11-01

    Pure Mg and a Mg-6wt.% Zn alloy were investigated as potential candidates for biodegradable implants for the urinary system. The in vitro corrosion behavior was studied by potentiodynamic polarization and immersion tests in simulated body fluid (SBF) at 37°C. The in vivo degradation and histocompatibility were examined through implantation into the bladders of Wistar rats. The alloying element Zn elevated the passivation potential and increased the cathodic current density. Both in vitro and in vivo degradation tests showed a faster corrosion rate for the Mg-6Zn alloy. Tissues stained with hematoxylin and eosin (HE) suggested that both pure Mg and Mg-6Zn alloy exhibited good histocompatibility in the bladder indwelling implantation and no differences between pure Mg and Mg-6Zn groups were found in bladder, liver and kidney tissues during the 2weeks implantation. Overall, this work presented instructive information on the degradation properties and histocompatibility of pure Mg and the Mg-6Zn alloy in the urinary system. PMID:27524036

  5. Mg/Ca composition of benthic foraminifera Miliolacea as a new tool of paleoceanography

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    Sadekov, Aleksey Yu.; Bush, Flora; Kerr, Joanna; Ganeshram, Raja; Elderfield, Henry

    2014-10-01

    The Mg/Ca compositions of benthic foraminifera from the superfamily Miliolacea have been studied to explore the use of these high-Mg foraminifera as a proxy for deep ocean conditions. Taxonomic analyses, relative abundance, and depth distributions of different Miliolacea species were carried out on a collection of core top samples, covering a depth range of 131 m to 2530 m, along the Australian coast of the Timor Sea. Pyrgo sp., composed of Pyrgo sarsi and Pyrgo murrhina, was found to be the most suitable for proxy studies. Mg/Ca values of this group of foraminifera show a strong correlation with bottom water temperatures and carbonate ion saturation described by the linear relationship: Mg/Ca = 2.53(±0.22) × BWT + 0.129(±0.023) × Δ[CO32-] + 4.63(±0.53), within the -1°C to 8°C temperature range. Absolute Mg/Ca values of Pyrgo sp. calcite and their temperature sensitivity are similar to those observed for inorganic calcite, suggesting that Mg composition of Pyrgo sp. calcite is mainly controlled by inorganic processes. The Mg/Ca composition of Pyrgo sp. calcite provides a new tool for reconstructing both water temperature and carbonate ion saturation when combined with other proxies for one of these parameters. A down core record from the Eastern Equatorial Pacific has been generated to illustrate how Mg/Ca values can be used for paleoclimate studies. This down core record shows large changes in Pacific bottom waters [CO32-] across glacial-interglacial transition, implying an increase in [CO32-] during the glacial period.

  6. Effect of Mg/Ca ratios on microbially induced carbonate precipitation

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    Balci, Nurgul; Demirel, Cansu; Seref Sonmez, M.; Kurt, M. Ali

    2016-04-01

    Influence of Mg/Ca ratios on microbially induced carbonate mineralogy were investigated by series of experiments carried out under various environmental conditions (Mg/Ca ratio, temperature and salinity). Halophilic bacterial cultures used for biomineralization experiments were isolated from hypersaline Lake Acıgöl (Denizli, SW Turkey), displaying extreme water chemistry with an average pH around 8.6 (Balci eta l.,2015). Enriched bacterial culture used in the experiments consisted of Halomonas saccharevitans strain AJ275, Halomonas alimentaria strain L7B; Idiomarina sp. TBZ29, 98% Idiomarina seosensis strain CL-SP19. Biomineralization experiments were set up using above enriched culture with Mg/Ca ratios of 0.05, 1, 4 and 15 and salinity of 8% and 15% experiments at 30oC and 10oC. Additionally, long-term biomineralization experiments were set up to last for a year, for Mg/Ca=4 and Mg/Ca=15 experiments at 30oC. For each experimental condition abiotic experiments were also conducted. Solution chemistry throughout incubation was monitored for Na, K, Mg, Ca, bicarbonate, carbonate, ammonium and phosphate for a month. At the end of the experiments, precipitates were collected and morphology and mineralogy of the biominerals were investigated and results were evaluated using the software DIFFRAC.SUITE EVA. Overall the preliminary results showed chemical precipitation of calcite, halite, hydromagnesite and sylvite. Results obtained from biological experiments indicate that, low Mg/Ca ratios (0.05 and 1) favor chlorapatite precipitation, whereas higher Mg/Ca ratios favor struvite precipitation. Biomineralization of dolomite, huntite and magnesite is favorable at high Mg/Ca ratios (4 and 15), in the presence of halophilic bacteria. Moreover, results indicate that supersaturation with respect to Mg (Mg/Ca=15) combined with NaCl (15%) inhibits biomineralization and forms chemical precipitates. 15% salinity is shown to favor chemical precipitation of mineral phases more than

  7. The effects of diagenesis and dolomitization on Ca and Mg isotopes in marine platform carbonates: Implications for the geochemical cycles of Ca and Mg

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    Fantle, Matthew S.; Higgins, John

    2014-10-01

    The Ca, Mg, O, and C isotopic and trace elemental compositions of marine limestones and dolostones from ODP Site 1196A, which range in depth (∼58 to 627 mbsf) and in depositional age (∼5 and 23 Ma), are presented. The objectives of the study are to explore the potential for non-traditional isotope systems to fingerprint diagenesis, to quantify the extent to which geochemical proxies are altered during diagenesis, and to investigate the importance of diagenesis within the global Ca and Mg geochemical cycles. The data suggest that Ca, which has a relatively high solid to fluid mass ratio, can be isotopically altered during diagenesis. In addition, the alteration of Ca correlates with the alteration of Mg in such a way that both can serve as useful tools for deciphering diagenesis in ancient rocks. Bulk carbonate δ44Ca values vary between 0.60 and 1.31‰ (SRM-915a scale); the average limestone δ44Ca is 0.97 ± 0.24‰ (1SD), identical within error to the average dolostone (1.03 ± 0.15 1SD ‰). Magnesium isotopic compositions (δ26Mg, DSM-3 scale) range between -2.59‰ and -3.91‰, and limestones (-3.60 ± 0.25‰) and dolostones (-2.68 ± 0.07‰) are isotopically distinct. Carbon isotopic compositions (δ13C, PDB scale) vary between 0.86‰ and 2.47‰, with average limestone (1.96 ± 0.31‰) marginally offset relative to average dolostone (1.68 ± 0.57‰). The oxygen isotopic compositions (δ18O, PDB scale) of limestones (-1.22 ± 0.94‰) are substantially lower than the dolostones measured (2.72 ± 1.07‰). The isotopic data from 1196A suggest distinct and coherent trends in isotopic and elemental compositions that are interpreted in terms of diagenetic trajectories. Numerical modeling supports the contention that such trends can be interpreted as diagenetic, and suggests that the appropriate distribution coefficient (KMg) associated with limestone diagenesis is ∼1 to 5 × 10-3, distinctly lower than those values (>0.015) reported in laboratory

  8. The new ternary phases of La3(Zn0.874Mg0.126)11 and Ce3(Zn0.863Mg0.137)11

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    Pavlyuk, Volodymyr; Rozycka-Sokolowska, Ewa; Marciniak, Bernard

    2010-01-01

    The new ternary inter­metallic title compounds, namely trilanthanum undeca­(zinc/magnesium), La3(Zn0.874Mg0.126)11, (I), and tricerium undeca­(zinc/magnesium), Ce3(Zn0.863Mg0.137)11, (II), are isostructural and crystallize in the ortho­rhom­bic La3Al11 structure type. These three phases belong to the same structural family, the representative members of which may be derived from the tetra­gonal BaAl4 structure type by a combination of inter­nal deformation and multiple substitution. Compared to the structure of La3Al11, in (I), a significant decrease of 11.9% in the unit-cell b axis and an increase in the other two directions, of 3.6% along a and 5.2% along c, are observed. Such an atypical deformation is caused by the closer packing of atoms in the unit cell due to atom shifts that reflect strengthening of metallic-type bonding. This structural change is also manifested in a significant difference in the coordination around the smaller atoms at the 8l Wyckoff position (site symmetry m). The Al atom in La3Al11 is in a tricapped trigonal prismatic environment (coordination number 9), while the Zn atoms in (I) and (II) are situated in a tetra­gonal anti­prism with two added atoms (coordination number 10). PMID:20203390

  9. Surface treatment to improve responsivity of MgZnO UV detectors

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    Zhao, Yajun; Jiang, Dayong; Liu, Rusheng; Duan, Qian; Tian, Chunguang; Sun, Long; Gao, Shang; Qin, Jieming; Liang, Qingcheng; Zhao, Jianxun

    2015-09-01

    MgZnO films were grown on quartz substrates by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering technique with a combinatorial target. The structural and optical properties of the sputtering films were characterized. Based on the MgZnO films, planar geometry metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) structured ultraviolet (UV) detectors were fabricated. At 30 V bias, a peak responsivity of 3.5 mA/W was achieved at 285 nm, and the visible rejection was about one order of magnitude with 25 pairs of electrodes. Afterward, in order to improve the responsivity, the surface of the MgZnO-based detector was sputtered ZnO within 20 s. The responsivity was improved significantly from 3.5 to 15.8 mA/W after surface treatment, and the corresponding visible rejection increased to three orders of magnitude. It revealed ZnO particles play a key role in enhancing the responsivity of detector, and the physical mechanism has been explained by a straightforward model.

  10. Suppression of the internal electric field effects in ZnO/Zn(0.7)Mg(0.3)O quantum wells by ion-implantation induced intermixing.

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    Davis, J A; Dao, L V; Wen, X; Ticknor, C; Hannaford, P; Coleman, V A; Tan, H H; Jagadish, C; Koike, K; Sasa, S; Inoue, M; Yano, M

    2008-02-01

    Strong suppression of the effects caused by the internal electric field in ZnO/ZnMgO quantum wells following ion-implantation and rapid thermal annealing, is revealed by photoluminescence, time-resolved photoluminescence, and band structure calculations. The implantation and annealing induces Zn/Mg intermixing, resulting in graded quantum well interfaces. This reduces the quantum-confined Stark shift and increases electron-hole wavefunction overlap, which significantly reduces the exciton lifetime and increases the oscillator strength. PMID:21817603

  11. Influence of ZnO/MgO substitution on sintering, crystallisation, and bio-activity of alkali-free glass-ceramics.

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    Kapoor, Saurabh; Goel, Ashutosh; Correia, Ana Filipa; Pascual, Maria J; Lee, Hye-Young; Kim, Hae-Won; Ferreira, José M F

    2015-08-01

    The present study reports on the influence of partial replacement of MgO by ZnO on the structure, crystallisation behaviour and bioactivity of alkali-free bioactive glass-ceramics (GCs). A series of glass compositions (mol%): 36.07 CaO-(19.24-x) MgO-x ZnO-5.61 P2O5-38.49 SiO2-0.59 CaF2 (x=2-10) have been synthesised by melt-quench technique. The structural changes were investigated by solid-state magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS-NMR), X-ray diffraction and differential thermal analysis. The sintering and crystallisation behaviours of glass powders were studied by hot-stage microscopy and differential thermal analysis, respectively. All the glass compositions exhibited good densification ability resulting in well sintered and mechanically strong GCs. The crystallisation and mechanical behaviour were studied under non-isothermal heating conditions at 850 °C for 1h. Diopside was the primary crystalline phase in all the GCs followed by fluorapatite and rankinite as secondary phases. Another phase named petedunnite was identified in GCs with ZnO content >4 mol. The proliferation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and their alkaline phosphatase activity (ALP) on GCs was revealed to be Zn-dose dependent with the highest performance being observed for 4 mol% ZnO. PMID:26042713

  12. Quantitative determination of Ca2+-dependent Mg2+-ATPase from sarcoplasmic reticulum in muscle biopsies.

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    Everts, M E; Andersen, J P; Clausen, T; Hansen, O

    1989-01-01

    The possibility of quantifying the total concentration of Ca2+-dependent Mg2+-ATPase of sarcoplasmic reticulum was investigated by measurement of the Ca2+-dependent steady-state phosphorylation from [gamma-32P]ATP and the Ca2+-dependent 3-O-methylfluorescein phosphatase (3-O-MFPase) activity in crude muscle homogenates. The Ca2+-dependent phosphorylation at 0 degree C (mean +/- S.E.) was 40.0 +/- 2.5 (n = 6) and 6.2 +/- 0.7 (n = 4) nmol/g wet wt. in rat extensor digitorum longus (EDL) and soleus muscle, respectively (P less than 0.001). The Ca2+-dependent 3-O-MFPase activity at 37 degrees C was 1424 +/- 238 (n = 6) and 335 +/- 56 (n = 4) nmol/min per g wet wt. in rat EDL and soleus muscle, respectively (P less than 0.01). The molecular activity calculated from these measurements amounted to 35 +/- 5 min-1 (n = 6) and 55 +/- 10 min-1 (n = 4) for EDL and soleus muscle respectively. These values were not different from the molecular activity calculated for purified Ca2+-ATPase (36 min-1). The Ca2+-dependent 32P incorporation in soleus muscle decreased in the order mice greater than rats greater than guinea pigs. In EDL muscles from hypothyroid rats at a 30% reduction of the Ca2+-dependent phosphorylation was observed. The Ca2+-dependent phosphorylation in vastus lateralis muscle from three human subjects amounted to 4.5 +/- 0.8 nmol/g wet wt. It is concluded that measurement of the Ca2+-dependent phosphorylation allows rapid and reproducible quantification of the concentration of Ca2+-dependent Mg2+-ATPase of sarcoplasmic reticulum. Since only 20-60 mg of tissue is required for the measurements, the method can also be used for biopsies obtained in clinical studies. PMID:2548478

  13. Dynamic defect annealing in wurtzite MgZnO implanted with Ar ions

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    Azarov, A. Yu.; Wendler, E.; Du, X. L.; Kuznetsov, A. Yu.; Svensson, B. G.

    2015-09-01

    Successful implementation of ion beams for modification of ternary ZnO-based oxides requires understanding and control of radiation-induced defects. Here, we study structural disorder in wurtzite ZnO and MgxZn1-xO (x ⩽ 0.3) samples implanted at room and 15 K temperatures with Ar ions in a wide fluence range (5 × 1012-3 × 1016 cm-2). The samples were characterized by Rutherford backscattering/channeling spectrometry performed in-situ without changing the sample temperature. The results show that all the samples exhibit high radiation resistance and cannot be rendered amorphous even for high ion fluences. Increasing the Mg content leads to some damage enhancement near the surface region; however, irrespective of the Mg content, the fluence dependence of bulk damage in the samples displays the so-called IV-stage evolution with a reverse temperature effect for high ion fluences.

  14. [VUV spectral properties of CaMgSi2O6 : Eu].

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    Zhou, Dan; He, Da-wei; Hou, Tao

    2007-05-01

    CaMgSiOs6 : Eu samples were synthesized by a normal solid state reaction using CaCO3, MgO, SiO2 and Eu2O3 as starting materials. The properties of structure, VUV excitation and luminescence under VUV excitation were studied. CaMgSi2O6 : Eu belongs to the monoclinic space group, and the crystal structure does not change as the crystal lattice is doped with Eu ions. The emission spectra of CaMgSi2O6 : Eu3+ have revealed an intense and sharp (611 nm) red color emission from Eu3+ ((5)D0-->(7)F2) transition under 147 nm VUV excitation. The correlative data shows that the concentration quenching occurs when the Eu3+ mole concentration ranges from 0.02 to 0.10 mol. The emission spectra of CaMgSi2O6 : Eu2+ have revealed an intense and sharp (452 nm) blue color emission from Eu2+ (5d-->4f) transition under 172 nm VUV excitation. It can be seen that the intensity of the emission peak increases with increasing H3BO3 concentration. PMID:17655118

  15. Accurate estimation of sea surface temperatures using dissolution-corrected calibrations for Mg/Ca paleothermometry

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    Rosenthal, Yair; Lohmann, George P.

    2002-09-01

    Paired δ18O and Mg/Ca measurements on the same foraminiferal shells offer the ability to independently estimate sea surface temperature (SST) changes and assess their temporal relationship to the growth and decay of continental ice sheets. The accuracy of this method is confounded, however, by the absence of a quantitative method to correct Mg/Ca records for alteration by dissolution. Here we describe dissolution-corrected calibrations for Mg/Ca-paleothermometry in which the preexponent constant is a function of size-normalized shell weight: (1) for G. ruber (212-300 μm) (Mg/Ca)ruber = (0.025 wt + 0.11) e0.095T and (b) for G. sacculifer (355-425 μm) (Mg/Ca)sacc = (0.0032 wt + 0.181) e0.095T. The new calibrations improve the accuracy of SST estimates and are globally applicable. With this correction, eastern equatorial Atlantic SST during the Last Glacial Maximum is estimated to be 2.9° ± 0.4°C colder than today.

  16. Shape and site dependent in vivo degradation of Mg-Zn pins in rabbit femoral condyle.

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    Han, Pei; Tan, Moyan; Zhang, Shaoxiang; Ji, Weiping; Li, Jianan; Zhang, Xiaonong; Zhao, Changli; Zheng, Yufeng; Chai, Yimin

    2014-01-01

    A type of specially designed pin model of Mg-Zn alloy was implanted into the full thickness of lesions of New Zealand rabbits' femoral condyles. The recovery progress, outer surface healing and in vivo degradation were characterized by various methods including radiographs, Micro-CT scan with surface rendering, SEM (scanning electron microscope) with EDX (Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis) and so on. The in vivo results suggested that a few but not sufficient bridges for holding force were formed between the bone and the implant if there was a preexisting gap between them. The rapid degradation of the implantation in the condyle would result in the appearance of cavities. Morphological evaluation of the specially designed pins indicated that the cusp was the most vulnerable part during degradation. Furthermore, different implantation sites with distinct components and biological functions can lead to different degradation rates of Mg-Zn alloy. The rate of Mg-Zn alloy decreases in the following order: implantation into soft tissue, less trabecular bone, more trabecular bone, and cortical bone. Because of the complexities of in vivo degradation, it is necessary for the design of biomedical Mg-Zn devices to take into consideration the implantation sites used in clinics. PMID:24566138

  17. Shape and Site Dependent in Vivo Degradation of Mg-Zn Pins in Rabbit Femoral Condyle

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    Han, Pei; Tan, Moyan; Zhang, Shaoxiang; Ji, Weiping; Li, Jianan; Zhang, Xiaonong; Zhao, Changli; Zheng, Yufeng; Chai, Yimin

    2014-01-01

    A type of specially designed pin model of Mg-Zn alloy was implanted into the full thickness of lesions of New Zealand rabbits’ femoral condyles. The recovery progress, outer surface healing and in vivo degradation were characterized by various methods including radiographs, Micro-CT scan with surface rendering, SEM (scanning electron microscope) with EDX (Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis) and so on. The in vivo results suggested that a few but not sufficient bridges for holding force were formed between the bone and the implant if there was a preexisting gap between them. The rapid degradation of the implantation in the condyle would result in the appearance of cavities. Morphological evaluation of the specially designed pins indicated that the cusp was the most vulnerable part during degradation. Furthermore, different implantation sites with distinct components and biological functions can lead to different degradation rates of Mg-Zn alloy. The rate of Mg-Zn alloy decreases in the following order: implantation into soft tissue, less trabecular bone, more trabecular bone, and cortical bone. Because of the complexities of in vivo degradation, it is necessary for the design of biomedical Mg-Zn devices to take into consideration the implantation sites used in clinics. PMID:24566138

  18. Ca and Mg Incorporation in Siderite at Low Temperatures (< 50° C): Results from Laboratory Experiments

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    Sanchez-Roman, M.; Romanek, C. S.; Xu, H.; Coleman, M.

    2008-12-01

    Siderite (FeCO3) is a common mineral found in modern environments and in ancient rocks produce usually by microbia mediation [1,2]. It usually forms concretions with strongly varying chemical compositions which are governed by both pore-water origin and by microbial influence. In addition, siderite has also been identified in extraterrestrial material such as meteorites and dust particles [3,4]. The geochemical information stored in siderite provides valuable insights into the environmental conditions of mineral formation and the processes by which it is modified over time [5]. To unerstand the inorganic constraints on precipitation relative to natural compositions we undertook free drift experiments under anaerobic conditions at 25, 35 and 45°C with variable concentrations of Fe, Ca and Mg in solution. Samples of solution and solid were withdrawn at different time intervals (15, 21 and 30 days) during time course experiments to determine the composition of the solution and mineral precipitates, and the morphology and mineralogy of the precipitates. After 15 days of incubation a metastable phase was formed, whereas after 21 and 30 days of incubation siderite, Ca-siderite, Mg-siderite Ca-Mg siderite and/or Fe-pokrovskite (a hydrated magnesium hydroxy carbonate) were formed depending on the aqueous Fe, Ca and Mg concentrations in the solution. The Mg and Ca contents in the siderite increased with increasing Mg and Ca concentrations in the medium and with increasing temperature. Siderite precipitates ranged from 1.5 to 50.81 mol percent CaCO3 and from 0.54 to 41.38 mol percent MgCO3. Pokrovskite precipitates ranged from 48.8 to 57.7 mol percent MgCO3 and from 42.34 to 51.17 mol percent FeCO3. The Fe content in the pokrovskite increased with increasing temperature. These inorganic experiments will help to understand the mechanism of Ca-Mg-Fe carbonate formation in natural systems and they are of fundamental importance not only for understanding modern and

  19. Role of Alloying Elements in the Mechanical Behaviors of An Mg-Zn-Zr-Er Alloy

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    Zhang, Jing; Liu, Min; Dou, Yuchen; Liu, Guobao

    2014-11-01

    The mechanical behavior of the as-extruded and heat-treated Mg-1.5Zn-0.6Zr and Mg-1.5Zn-0.6Zr-2Er alloys was investigated and correlated with microstructure evolution. Deformation mechanisms are detailed. No evidence of twinning was observed under compression in the Er-bearing alloy throughout the grain size range of ~5 to 27 μm at a strain rate of 0.001 or 1/s. The compressive yield strength followed a Hall-Petch relation with a slope of ~10.3 MPa/mm1/2. Er played a major role in the pyramidal < c+ a> slip that was identified as a dominant plastic deformation mechanism. The CRSS for < c+ a> slip system was greatly reduced and was 98 MPa in the as-extruded alloy. While it did not change the mechanical response of the Mg-1.5Zn-0.6Zr-2Er alloy, annealing was found to promote dissolution of Zn in the Mg matrix, leading to an increase in CRSS for extension twinning in the heat-treated Mg-1.5Zn-0.6Zr alloy. As a result, twinning was only observed under a higher strain rate of 1/s in compression. The CRSS for extension twinning for the heat-treated alloy with a grain size of ~28 μm was estimated to be 40 MPa, a bit lower than that for the Er-bearing alloy of the same grain size, which was 42 MPa.

  20. Liquidus (Ca+Mg)-rich exsolution phases in low-sulfur fly ash

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    O'Connor, J.T.; Meeker, G.M.

    1999-07-01

    Ca- and Mg-rich fly ash samples from an electric power plant burning low-sulfur Powder River Coal were analyzed using optical petrographic microscope (OPM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), electron microprobe analyzer (EMPA), and Gandolfi and bulk-powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. Abundant Ca and Mg in the fly ash, probably originating from dispersed authigenic and residual minerals in the coal feed stock, flux the molten fly ash, effectively allowing many crystalline phases to achieve ordering, to separate from each other, and to grow to appreciable size (>10{micro}m) in the brief time (<20 sec) they spend at high temperature. Phases identified from the (Ca+Mg)-rich fly ash are listed in a table and shown in figures.

  1. Theoretical study of a two-dimensional electron gas in wurtzite ZnO/MgZnO heterostructures and comparison with experiment

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    Park, Seoung-Hwan; Hong, Woo-Pyo; Kim, Jong-Jae; Ahn, Doyeol

    2015-11-01

    The effect of polarization on a two-dimensional electron gas in the ZnO/MgZnO heterostructure were investigated by using an effective mass theory. The O-face MgZnO/ZnO structure is shown to have a larger sheet carrier density than the Zn-face structure. This can be explained by the fact that, in the case of the O-face, the ZnO layer is under tensile strain, and the strain-induced polarization is parallel to the orientation of the spontaneous polarization. The calculated results for the O-face agree well with the experiment. Also, the contribution of additional donor impurities on the electron sheet concentration is shown to be less effective when the Mg mole fraction is large.

  2. Observation of Room Temperature Photoluminescence from Asymmetric CuGaO2/ZnO/ZnMgO Multiple Quantum Well Structures.

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    Aneesh, P M; Jayaraj, M K; Reshmi, R; Ajimsha, R S; Kukreja, L M; Aldrin, A; Rojas, F; Bertomeu, J; López-Vidrier, J; Hernández, S

    2015-05-01

    Asymmetric (CuGaO2/ZnO/ZnMgO) and symmetric (ZnMgO/ZnO/ZnMgO) multiple quantum well (MQW) structures were successfully fabricated using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and their comparison were made. Efficient room temperature photoluminescent (PL) emission was observed from these MQWs and temperature dependent luminescence of asymmetric and symmetric MQWs can be explained using the existing theories. A systematic blue shift was observed in both MQWs with decrease in the confinement layer thickness which could be attributed to the quantum confinement effects. The PL emission from asymmetric and symmetric MQW structures were blue shifted compared to 150 nm thick ZnO thin film grown by PLD due to quantum confinement effects. PMID:26505029

  3. Comparison between Mg II k and Ca II H images recorded by SUNRISE/SuFI

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    Danilovic, S.; Hirzberger, J.; Riethmüller, T. L.; Solanki, S. K.; Barthol, P.; Gandorfer, A.; Gizon, L.; Berkefeld, T.; Schmidt, W.; Knölker, M.; Rodríguez, J. Blanco; Iniesta, J. C. Del Toro

    2014-03-20

    We present a comparison of high-resolution images of the solar surface taken in the Mg II k and Ca II H channels of the Filter Imager on the balloon-borne solar observatory SUNRISE. The Mg and Ca lines are sampled with 0.48 nm and 0.11 nm wide filters, respectively. The two channels show remarkable qualitative and quantitative similarities in the quiet Sun, in an active region plage and during a small flare. However, the Mg filtergrams display 1.4-1.7 times higher intensity contrast and appear more smeared and smoothed in the quiet Sun. In addition, the fibrils in a plage are wider. Although the exposure time is 100 times longer for Mg images, the evidence suggests that these differences cannot be explained only with instrumental effects or the evolution of the solar scene. The differences at least partially arise because of different line-formation heights, the stronger response of Mg k emission peaks to the higher temperatures, and the larger height range sampled by the broad Mg filter used here. This is evidently manifested during the flare when a surge in Mg evolves differently than in Ca.

  4. Comparison between Mg II k and Ca II H Images Recorded by SUNRISE/SuFI

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    Danilovic, S.; Hirzberger, J.; Riethmüller, T. L.; Solanki, S. K.; Barthol, P.; Berkefeld, T.; Gandorfer, A.; Gizon, L.; Knölker, M.; Schmidt, W.; Blanco Rodríguez, J.; Del Toro Iniesta, J. C.

    2014-03-01

    We present a comparison of high-resolution images of the solar surface taken in the Mg II k and Ca II H channels of the Filter Imager on the balloon-borne solar observatory SUNRISE. The Mg and Ca lines are sampled with 0.48 nm and 0.11 nm wide filters, respectively. The two channels show remarkable qualitative and quantitative similarities in the quiet Sun, in an active region plage and during a small flare. However, the Mg filtergrams display 1.4-1.7 times higher intensity contrast and appear more smeared and smoothed in the quiet Sun. In addition, the fibrils in a plage are wider. Although the exposure time is 100 times longer for Mg images, the evidence suggests that these differences cannot be explained only with instrumental effects or the evolution of the solar scene. The differences at least partially arise because of different line-formation heights, the stronger response of Mg k emission peaks to the higher temperatures, and the larger height range sampled by the broad Mg filter used here. This is evidently manifested during the flare when a surge in Mg evolves differently than in Ca.

  5. Effects in Mg-Zn-based alloys strengthened by quasicrystalline phase

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    Vlček, M.; Čížek, J.; Lukáč, F.; Melikhova, O.; Hruška, P.; Procházka, I.; Vlach, M.; Stulíková, I.; Smola, B.; Jäger, A.

    2016-01-01

    Magnesium Mg-based alloys are promising lightweight structural materials for automotive, aerospace and biomedical applications. Recently Mg-Zn-Y system attracted a great attention due to a stable icosahedral phase (I-phase) with quasicrystalline structure which is formed in these alloys. Positron lifetime spectroscopy and in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction were used to study thermal stability of I-phase and precipitation effects in Mg-Zn-Y and Mg- Zn-Al alloys. All alloys containing quasicrystalline I-phase exhibit misfit defects characterized by positron lifetime of ∼ 300 ps. These defects are associated with the interfaces between I- phase particles and Mg matrix. The quasicrystalline I-phase particles were found to be stable up to temperatures as high as ∼ 370°C. The W-phase is more stable and melts at ∼ 420°C. Concentration of defects associated with I-phase decreases after annealing at temperatures above ∼ 300°C.

  6. Enhanced antibacterial properties, biocompatibility, and corrosion resistance of degradable Mg-Nd-Zn-Zr alloy.

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    Qin, Hui; Zhao, Yaochao; An, Zhiquan; Cheng, Mengqi; Wang, Qi; Cheng, Tao; Wang, Qiaojie; Wang, Jiaxing; Jiang, Yao; Zhang, Xianlong; Yuan, Guangyin

    2015-06-01

    Magnesium (Mg), a potential biodegradable material, has recently received increasing attention due to its unique antibacterial property. However, rapid corrosion in the physiological environment and potential toxicity limit clinical applications. In order to improve the corrosion resistance meanwhile not compromise the antibacterial activity, a novel Mg alloy, Mg-Nd-Zn-Zr (Hereafter, denoted as JDBM), is fabricated by alloying with neodymium (Nd), zinc (Zn), zirconium (Zr). pH value, Mg ion concentration, corrosion rate and electrochemical test show that the corrosion resistance of JDBM is enhanced. A systematic investigation of the in vitro and in vivo antibacterial capability of JDBM is performed. The results of microbiological counting, CLSM, SEM in vitro, and microbiological cultures, histopathology in vivo consistently show JDBM enhanced the antibacterial activity. In addition, the significantly improved cytocompatibility is observed from JDBM. The results suggest that JDBM effectively enhances the corrosion resistance, biocompatibility and antimicrobial properties of Mg by alloying with the proper amount of Zn, Zr and Nd. PMID:25890720

  7. Influence of Zn Interlayer on Interfacial Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of TIG Lap-Welded Mg/Al Joints

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    Gao, Qiong; Wang, Kehong

    2016-03-01

    This study explored 6061 Al alloy and AZ31B Mg alloy joined by TIG lap welding with Zn foils of varying thicknesses, with the additional Zn element being imported into the fusion zone to alloy the weld seam. The microstructures and chemical composition in the fusion zone near the Mg substrate were examined by SEM and EDS, and tensile shear strength tests were conducted to investigate the mechanical properties of the Al/Mg joints, as well as the fracture surfaces, and phase compositions. The results revealed that the introduction of an appropriate amount of Zn transition layer improves the microstructure of Mg/Al joints and effectively reduces the formation of Mg-Al intermetallic compounds (IMCs). The most common IMCs in the fusion zone near the Mg substrate were Mg-Zn and Mg-Al-Zn IMCs. The type and distribution of IMCs generated in the weld zone differed according to Zn additions; Zn interlayer thickness of 0.4 mm improved the sample's mechanical properties considerably compared to thicknesses of less than 0.4 mm; however, any further increase in Zn interlayer thickness of above 0.4 mm caused mechanical properties to deteriorate.

  8. The chemistry of precipitates in an aged Al-2.1Zn-1.7Mg at.% alloy

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    Maloney, S.K.; Hono, K.; Polmear, I.J.; Ringer, S.P.

    1999-10-22

    Ageing processes in most aluminum alloys are complex and the decomposition of saturated solid solutions obtained by quenching takes place in several stages. Precipitation in Al-Zn-Mg alloys has also been widely considered to involve three stages, the nature of which depends on the alloy composition and in turn the Zn:Mg ratio. For higher ratios, G.P. zones (rich in Zn and Mg) are thought to be replaced gradually by the formation of the intermediate precipitate {eta}{prime} (commonly accepted to have the composition MgZn{sub 2}) and the equilibrium phase {eta} (MgZn{sub 2}), both of which are hexagonal although the lattice parameters are different. For alloys with lower Zn:Mg ratios, the intermediate precipitate may be the cubic T{prime} phase (probably Mg{sub 32}(Al,Zn){sub 49}) and the equilibrium phase T, of the same composition, which is also cubic. The present work uses a combination of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and three-dimensional atom probe (3DAP) in an attempt to examine the precise compositions of precipitates in a high-purity, ternary Al-Zn-Mg alloy.

  9. Mg/Ca and δ18O in the calcite of benthic foraminifera: does size matter?

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    de Nooijer, Lennart; Bijma, Jelle; -Jan Reichart, Gert; Hathorne, Ed

    2010-05-01

    Mg/Ca and del-18O are popular proxies for past sea water temperatures, ice volume and, together, salinity. The biological control that foraminifera have over calcification results in precipitation of calcium carbonate that has an isotope and element composition that is very different from those of inorganically precipitated calcium carbonates. Indications for an effect of ontogeny (i.e. size of a specimen) on the fractionation of oxygen isotopes are contradictory, while for the incorporation of most (trace) elements, data are lacking. The causes of size-based variability in element incorporation and isotope fractionation need to be understood and quantified in order to reliably use them as paleoproxies. In this study, we present Mg/Ca and oxygen isotope data from cultured specimens of the benthic foraminifer Ammonia tepida. When asexual reproduction takes place in this species, 50-300 genetically identical juveniles (i.e. clones) are produced. These juveniles are cultured at constant temperature, carbonate chemistry, salinity, etc to determine inter- and intra-specimen variability in Mg/Ca, Ba/Ca and Sr/Ca. From the same groups of clones, del-18O was determined from specimens with different sizes. Results show that the variability differs greatly between the analysed elements (e.g. relatively constant for Sr and Ba, variable for Mg) and isotopes, underscoring the need for a biological understanding of foraminiferal calcification pathways.

  10. Ethacrynic acid inhibitable Ca2+ and Mg2+-activated membrane adenosine triphosphatase in rat mast cells.

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    Magro, A M

    1977-01-01

    A crude plasma membrane fraction from the homogenate of purified rat mast cells demonstrates a high degree of Ca2+-dependent and Mg2+-dependent adenosine triphosphatase (ATPase) activity. The microsomal and mitochondrial fractions show negligible amounts of the Ca2+ and Mg2+-activated ATPases. The broad ATPase inhibitor, ethacrynic acid, effectively blocks the mast cell ATPase activity while ouabain demonstrates little inhibitory effect. Correspondingly, ethacrynic acid inhibits histamine release from antigen-challenged mast cells while ouabain does not. Both ATPase inhibition and histamine release inhibition by ethacrynic acid require the presence of the olefinic bond in the ethacrynic acid molecule. PMID:75076

  11. Influence of surface pre-treatment on the cytocompatibility of a novel biodegradable ZnMg alloy.

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    Jablonská, Eva; Vojtěch, Dalibor; Fousová, Michaela; Kubásek, Jiří; Lipov, Jan; Fojt, Jaroslav; Ruml, Tomáš

    2016-11-01

    Degradable zinc-based alloys with an appropriate corrosion rate are promising materials for the preparation of temporary orthopaedic implants. Previously, we prepared and characterised a novel Zn1.5Mg alloy. This paper is focused on the characterisation of this alloy after a surface pre-treatment, which should mimic processes occurring in vivo. The samples of the Zn1.5Mg alloy were immersed in a simulated body fluid (SBF) at 37°C for 14days in order to form a protective layer of corrosion products. Thereafter, these samples were used for the corrosion rate determination, an indirect in vitro cytotoxicity test, as well as for a direct contact test and were compared with the non-treated samples. The protective layer was characterized by SEM and its chemical composition was determined by EDS and XPS analysis. The corrosion rate was significantly decreased after the pre-incubation. The protective layer of corrosion products was rich in Ca and P. The pre-incubated samples exhibited increased cytocompatibility in the indirect test (metabolic activity of L929 cells was above 70%) and we also observed osteoblast-like cell growth directly on the samples during the contact tests. Thus, the pre-incubation in SBF leading to improved cytocompatibility could represent more appropriate model to in vivo testing. PMID:27524013

  12. Processes Producing the Extremely Hot Ca and Mg Exospheres at Mercury

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    Killen, R. M.

    2015-12-01

    Ca, there has been some indication that Mg in Mercury's exosphere is perhaps as hot as 20,000 K and may be concentrated in the dawn hemisphere (Sarantos et al., 2011). Some of the arguments put forth for Ca may also apply to Mg.

  13. Removal of K+, Na+, Ca2+, and Mg2+ from saline-alkaline water using the microalga Scenedesmus obliquus

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    Yao, Zongli; Ying, Chengqi; Lu, Jianxue; Lai, Qifang; Zhou, Kai; Wang, Hui; Chen, Ling

    2013-11-01

    The capability of Scenedesmus obliquus to remove cations (K+, Na+, Ca2+, Mg2+) from saline-alkaline water was investigated at different salinities (0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25) and carbonate alkalinities (0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 mmol/L). K+, Na+, Ca2+, and Mg2+ in saline-alkaline water were efficiently removed by S. obliquus. The maximum removal of the cations (29.37 mg for K+, 185.85 mg for Na+, 23.07 mg for Ca2+, 66.14 mg for Mg2+) occurred at salinity 25. The maximum removal of K+ (2.28 mg), Na+ (6.62 mg), Ca2+ (1.01 mg), and Mg2+ (0.62 mg) occurred at carbonate alkalinities of 25 mmol/L for K+, 35 mmol/L for Na+, 20 mmol/L for Ca2+, and 25 mmol/L for Mg2+, respectively. Under a salinity stress, the concentration of Na+ in S. obliquus increased significantly, while that of K+ decreased significantly. The concentrations of Ca2+ and Mg2+ decreased as well. The ratios of K+/Na+, Ca2+/Na+, and Mg2+/Na+ were significantly lower in all salinity treatments than those of the control. Under alkaline stress, the concentrations of Na+ and K+ in S. obliquus decreased significantly and the ratios of K+/Na+, Ca2+/Na+, and Mg2+/Na+ were significantly higher in all treatments than in the control. Moreover, the concentrations of Ca2+ and Mg2+ in S. obliquus at alkalinities of 5-10 mmol/L were significantly higher than those of the other treatments. The removal of Na+ by S. obliquus mainly occurs through biosorption, and Mg2+ and Ca2+ were removed through both biosorption and bioaccumulation.

  14. Geothermal solute equilibria. Derivation of Na-K-Mg-Ca geoindicators

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    Giggenbach, Werner F.

    1988-12-01

    Relative Na, K, Mg, and Ca contents of thermal waters in full equilibrium with a thermodynamically stable mineral system derived through isochemical recrystallisation of an average crustal rock are, at a given temperature and salinity, uniquely fixed. Together with the compositions of waters resulting from isochemical rock dissolution, they provide valuable references for the assessment of the degree of attainment of fluid-rock equilibrium. In geothermal systems, the pair K-Na reaches its equilibrium contents as governed by L kn = log ( c K/c Na) = 1.75 - ( 1390/T) most slowly ( c1 in mg/kg, T in K). The quotient c 2K/c Mg adjusts much faster and to low temperatures (<100°C) according to L km = log ( c 2K/c Mg) = 14.0 - ( 4410/T) . The system K-Ca is sensitive to variations in fco2 with L kc = log ( c 2K/c Ca) = log f co2 + 3.0. These subsystems are combined to obtain graphical techniques for the evaluation of deep temperatures and CO 2-partial pressures by use of Na, K, Mg and Ca contents of geothermal water discharges.

  15. Mg and Ca isotope signatures of authigenic dolomite in siliceous deep-sea sediments

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    Blättler, Clara L.; Miller, Nathaniel R.; Higgins, John A.

    2015-06-01

    Authigenic carbonates in marine sediments frequently have carbon isotope ratios that reflect local organic carbon processing rather than the δ13C of the global DIC (dissolved inorganic carbon) reservoir, but their contributions to ancient sedimentary sections are difficult to assess. In this study of authigenic dolomite from the Miocene-age Monterey Formation of offshore California, Mg and Ca isotopes are shown to vary with stratigraphic depth as a result of early diagenetic processes. The dolomite is a pre-compaction authigenic phase that occurs as beds and nodules with δ13C ranging from -16 to + 9 ‰. Light δ13C values were likely acquired from the sedimentary zone of microbial sulfate reduction, while heavy δ13C values were acquired from the zone of methanogenesis. Mg and Ca isotopes are roughly anti-correlated, with intervals of negative δ13C associated with low δ26Mg and higher δ 44/40Ca values. The variability is observed over a wide range of length-scales, from 10-2 meters within individual authigenic beds/nodules, to 102 meters over the entire stratigraphic column, and can be understood as the consequence of dolomite precipitation in pore fluids where Mg supply is limited by diffusive transport. The relationship of δ26Mg and δ 44/40Ca to the more common stable isotope measurements of δ13C and δ18O represents a new, diagenetically robust, geochemical fingerprint for identifying synsedimentary authigenic carbonates in the geological record.

  16. Synthesis, structure and ESR studies of Mg doped ZnAlO nanoparticles

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    Cakiroglu, O.; Acikgoz, M.; Arda, L.; Akcan, D.; Dogan, N.

    2015-01-01

    Zn0.98-xMgxAl0.02O solutions with different (x=0.05, 0.10, 0.15, and 0.20) compositions were synthesized by the sol-gel technique using Zn, Mg and Al based alkoxide. The effects of highly Mg doping ratio on structure and magnetic properties were investigated systematically. The phase and the crystal structure of the Zn0.98-xMgxAl0.02O nanoparticles were characterized using X-ray diffraction. Scanning Electron Microscope and X-ray diffraction were utilized to understand the size and microstructure of samples. We observed the particle sizes of nanoparticles between 80 nm and 100 nm range. Furthermore, ESR spectra of Zn0.98-xMgxAl0.02O nanoparticles were collected at room temperature on a Bruker EMX model X-band spectrometer operating at a frequency of 9.50 GHz. It is observed that the critical concentration of Mg, x=0.1, has minimum g-factor and maximum line-width (W).

  17. MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures with electron mobility exceeding 1 × 106 cm2/Vs

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    Falson, Joseph; Kozuka, Yusuke; Uchida, Masaki; Smet, Jurgen H.; Arima, Taka-hisa; Tsukazaki, Atsushi; Kawasaki, Masashi

    2016-01-01

    The inherently complex chemical and crystallographic nature of oxide materials has suppressed the purities achievable in laboratory environments, obscuring the rich physical degrees of freedom these systems host. In this manuscript we provide a systematic approach to defect identification and management in oxide molecular beam epitaxy grown MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures which host two-dimensional electron systems. We achieve samples displaying electron mobilities in excess of 1 × 106 cm2/Vs. This data set for the MgZnO/ZnO system firmly establishes that the crystalline quality has become comparable to traditional semiconductor materials. PMID:27229479

  18. MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures with electron mobility exceeding 1 × 10(6) cm(2)/Vs.

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    Falson, Joseph; Kozuka, Yusuke; Uchida, Masaki; Smet, Jurgen H; Arima, Taka-Hisa; Tsukazaki, Atsushi; Kawasaki, Masashi

    2016-01-01

    The inherently complex chemical and crystallographic nature of oxide materials has suppressed the purities achievable in laboratory environments, obscuring the rich physical degrees of freedom these systems host. In this manuscript we provide a systematic approach to defect identification and management in oxide molecular beam epitaxy grown MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures which host two-dimensional electron systems. We achieve samples displaying electron mobilities in excess of 1 × 10(6) cm(2)/Vs. This data set for the MgZnO/ZnO system firmly establishes that the crystalline quality has become comparable to traditional semiconductor materials. PMID:27229479

  19. MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures with electron mobility exceeding 1 × 106 cm2/Vs

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    Falson, Joseph; Kozuka, Yusuke; Uchida, Masaki; Smet, Jurgen H.; Arima, Taka-Hisa; Tsukazaki, Atsushi; Kawasaki, Masashi

    2016-05-01

    The inherently complex chemical and crystallographic nature of oxide materials has suppressed the purities achievable in laboratory environments, obscuring the rich physical degrees of freedom these systems host. In this manuscript we provide a systematic approach to defect identification and management in oxide molecular beam epitaxy grown MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures which host two-dimensional electron systems. We achieve samples displaying electron mobilities in excess of 1 × 106 cm2/Vs. This data set for the MgZnO/ZnO system firmly establishes that the crystalline quality has become comparable to traditional semiconductor materials.

  20. The Role of Ca and Mg in Controlling the Skeletal Composition of Scleractinian Corals

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    Swart, Peter; Giri, Sharmila; Devlin, Quinn; Adkins, Jess

    2015-04-01

    The concentrations of many trace and minor elements in aragonitic coral skeletons are widely used within the annual banding structure to provide information on a wide range of environmental factors. Such ratios are measured not only in recent corals, but also in well preserved corals collected from rocks as old as the Triassic where they have been interpreted as reflecting changes in the minor element and calcium concentrations of the oceans. In particular the changing Mg/Ca ratio of seawater throughout geological time. Most of these trace elements are believed to substitute for Ca within the skeleton and therefore a principal tenant of this approach is that the ratio of an element being measured relative to Ca responds directly the same ratio in seawater. In order to test the fundamental assumption in corals we have grown specimens of the coral Pocillopora damicornis in seawater spiked with combinations of elevated Ca and Mg for periods of ~ 10 weeks and measured the concentrations of a number of elements in the new skeletal growth. These elements include Ca, Sr, Mg, Ba, Mn, S, P, B, Li, and Fe. These experiments provide evidence that the minor and trace element incorporation is much more complicated than previously believed. For example, while the Sr/Ca ratio of coral skeletons is directly related to the same ratio in seawater over a wide range, is also influenced by the Mg content of the seawater. Hence raising the Mg content lowers the distribution coefficient for Sr in corals. The incorporation of other elements such as Ba, B, S, and P in the skeleton are influenced in other unexpected ways.

  1. Local structures of polar wurtzites Zn1-xMgxO studied by raman and 67Zn/25Mg NMR spectroscopies and by total neutron scattering

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    Proffen, Thomas E; Kim, Yiung- Il; Cadars, Sylvian; Shayib, Ramzy; Feigerle, Charles S; Chmelka, Bradley F; Seshadri, Ram

    2008-01-01

    Research in the area of polar semiconductor heterostructures has been growing rapidly, driven in large part by interest in two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) systems. 2DEGs are known to form at heterojunction interfaces that bear polarization gradients. They can display extremely high electron mobilities, especially at low temperatures, owing to spatial confinement of carrier motions. Recent reports of 2DEG behaviors in Ga{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}N/GaN and Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O/ZnO heterostructures have great significance for the development of quantum Hall devices and novel high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs). 2DEG structures are usually designed by interfacing a polar semiconductor with its less or more polar alloys in an epitaxial manner. Since the quality of the 2DEG depends critically on interface perfection, as well as the polarization gradient at the heterojunction, understanding compositional and structural details of the parent and alloy semiconductors is an important component in 2DEG design and fabrication. Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O/ZnO is one of the most promising heterostructure types for studies of 2DEGs, due to the large polarization of ZnO, the relatively small lattice mismatch, and the large conduction band offsets in the Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O/ZnO heterointerface. Although 2DEG formation in Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O/ZnO heterostructures have been researched for some time, a clear understanding of the alloy structure of Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O is currently lacking. Here, we conduct a detailed and more precise study of the local structure of Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O alloys using Raman and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), in conjunction with neutron diffraction techniques.

  2. The in vitro biological properties of Mg-Zn-Sr alloy and superiority for preparation of biodegradable intestinal anastomosis rings

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    Liu, Ling; Li, Nianfeng; Lei, Ting; Li, Kaimo; Zhang, Yangde

    2014-01-01

    Background Magnesium (Mg) alloy is a metal-based biodegradable material that has received increasing attention in the field of clinical surgery, but it is currently seldom used in intestinal anastomosis. This study was conducted to comprehensively assess a ternary magnesium (Mg)-zinc (Zn)-strontium (Sr) alloy’s biological superiorities as a preparation material for intestinal anastomosis ring. Material/Methods Mouse L-929 fibroblasts were cultured with Mg-Zn-Sr alloy extract and compared with both positive (0.64% phenol) and negative (original broth culture) controls. The cell morphology of different groups was examined using microscopy, and a cytotoxicity assessment was performed. Fresh anticoagulated human blood was mixed with Mg-Zn-Sr alloy extract and compared with both positive (distilled water) and negative (normal saline) controls. The absorbance of each sample at 570 nm was used to calculate the Mg-Zn-Sr alloy hemolysis ratio in order to test the Mg alloy’s blood compatibility. Bacterial cultures of Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Staphylococcus aureus were added to Mg-Zn-Sr alloy block samples and compared with positive (Ceftazidime), negative (316LSS stainless steel), and blank controls. The broth cultures were sampled to compare their bacterial colony counts so as to evaluate the antibacterial properties of the Mg-Zn-Sr alloy. The Mg-Zn-Sr alloy was surface-coated with a layer of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) carrying everolimus. The surface morphology and degradability of the coating were examined so as to demonstrate feasibility of coating, which can release the drug evenly. Results The experiments proved that Mg-Zn-Sr alloy has good biocompatible, antibacterial, and drug-loaded coating performances, which are lacking in existing intestinal anastomosis devices/materials. Conclusions The Mg-Zn-Sr alloy increases biocompatibility, and yields a safer and better therapeutic effect; therefore, it is a novel biomaterial that is feasible for

  3. Sol-Gel Derived Hydroxyapatite Coating on Mg-3Zn Alloy for Orthopedic Application

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    Singh, Sanjay; Manoj Kumar, R.; Kuntal, Kishor Kumar; Gupta, Pallavi; Das, Snehashish; Jayaganthan, R.; Roy, Partha; Lahiri, Debrupa

    2015-04-01

    In recent years, magnesium and its alloys have gained a lot of interest as orthopedic implant constituents because their biodegradability and mechanical properties are closer to that of human bone. However, one major concern with Mg in orthopedics is its high corrosion rate that results in the reduction of mechanical integrity before healing the bone tissue. The current study evaluates the sol-gel-derived hydroxyapatite (HA) coating on a selected Mg alloy (Mg-3Zn) for decreasing the corrosion rate and increasing the bioactivity of the Mg surface. The mechanical integrity of the coating is established as a function of the surface roughness of the substrate and the sintering temperature of the coating. Coating on a substrate roughness of 15-20 nm and sintering at 400°C shows the mechanical properties in similar range of bone, thus making it suitable to avoid the stress-shielding effect. The hydroxyapatite coating on the Mg alloy surface also increases corrosion resistance very significantly by 40 times. Bone cells are also found proliferating better in the HA-coated surface. All these benefits together establish the candidature of sol-gel HA-coated Mg-3Zn alloy in orthopedic application.

  4. First-principles study of electronic and dynamic properties of AgMg and AgZn

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    Arıkan, Nihat; Bayhan, Ülkü

    2012-05-01

    The structural, electronic, and phonon properties of AgMg and AgZn in the cesium-chloride phase have been investigated using the density functional theory (DFT) within the local density approximation (LDA). The calculated ground state properties such as lattice constant and bulk modulus agree well with the previous theoretical calculations. The electronic band structure is also presented for AgMg and AgZn. The calculated DOS at the Fermi energy are 0.49{states}/{eV cell} for AgMg and 0.43{states}/{eV cell} for AgZn. A linear-response approach to the density functional theory is used to derive phonon dispersion curves and the total and partial density of states for AgMg and AgZn. The high-frequency region of AgMg is mainly due to the vibrations of Mg atoms.

  5. Characterization and luminescence properties of CaMgSi2O6:Eu2+ blue phosphor.

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    Chandrakar, P; Baghel, R N; Bisen, D P; Chandra, B P

    2015-11-01

    A blue CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+) phosphor was prepared by the solid-state reaction method and the phosphor characterized in terms of crystal structure, particle size, photoluminescence (PL), thermoluminescence (TL) and mechanoluminescence (ML) properties using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), PL spectroscopy, TLD reader and ML impact technique. The XRD result shows that phosphor is formed in a single phase and has a monoclinic structure with the space group C2/c. Furthermore, the PL excitation spectra of Eu(2+) -doped CaMgSi2 O6 phosphor showed a strong band peak at 356 nm and the PL emission spectrum has a peak at 450 nm. The depths and frequency factors of trap centers were calculated using the TL glow curve by deconvolution method in which the trap depths were found to be 0.48 and 0.61 eV. The formation of CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+) phosphor was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The ML intensity increased linearly with the impact velocity of the piston used to deform the phosphor. It was shown that the local piezoelectricity-induced electron bombardment model is responsible for the ML emission. Finally, the optical properties of CaMgSi2O6:Eu(2+) phosphors are discussed. PMID:25665136

  6. Evaluation of foraminiferal trace element cleaning methods on the Mg/Ca of marine ostracoda Krithe

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    Gray, W. R.; Holmes, J. A.; Shevenell, A.

    2012-12-01

    Mg/Ca of marine ostracod Krithe calcite is a potentially important tool for reconstructing oceanic bottom water (150-4000m) temperatures, as core top studies show ostracod Mg uptake is unaffected by carbonate ion saturation. Rigorous cleaning procedures, routinely used to remove clays, organic matter and Fe-Mn-oxides in trace element studies of foraminifera are not regularly applied to marine ostracods. Here we assess the possibility of reducing the analytical uncertainty in Krithe Mg/Ca analyses by employing foraminiferal trace element cleaning procedures and determining the effects of these cleaning procedures on valve chemistry. Using coretop samples of adult and juvenile male Krithe pernoides valves from boxcore OCE205-50BC (26.23oN, 77.7oW, 817m water depth), we apply methanol sonication, hydrogen peroxide oxidation, and hydrazine reduction to single ostracod valves, and sequentially assess the impact of each cleaning step. We compare the results from each cleaning step to valves cleaned using the traditional ethanol/DI rinse method. Significant correlation between Al/Fe and Mn/Fe respectively indicate that clays and Fe-Mn-oxides are detectable in traditionally cleaned samples. Mn and Al covary with Mg in juvenile but not in adult valves, indicating that clays and Fe-Mn-oxides exert a significant control on the Mg/Ca of low valve weight juveniles. Results of our Krithe cleaning experiments confirm that the removal of clays by sonication in methanol results in a decrease in average Fe, Al and Mn values, as well as a reduction in Mg/Ca by 1 mmol/mol in juveniles and 0.5 mmol/mol in adults. Following hydrogen peroxide oxidation samples show a reduction in Fe, Al and Mn concentrations with no significant change in valve Mg/Ca (±0.15 mmol/mol). After reductive cleaning we observe a significant decrease in valve Mg (>1 mmol/mol in juveniles), however there is little effect on Mn and Fe. Examination of adult and juvenile Krithe valves using scanning electron

  7. The content of Ca, Cu, Fe, Mg and Mn and antioxidant activity of green coffee brews.

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    Stelmach, Ewelina; Pohl, Pawel; Szymczycha-Madeja, Anna

    2015-09-01

    A simple and fast method of the analysis of green coffee infusions was developed to measure total concentrations of Ca, Cu, Fe, Mg and Mn by high resolution-continuum source flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The precision of the method was within 1-8%, while the accuracy was within -1% to 2%. The method was used to the analysis of infusions of twelve green coffees of different geographical origin. It was found that Ca and Mg were leached the easiest, i.e., on average 75% and 70%, respectively. As compared to the mug coffee preparation, the rate of the extraction of elements was increased when infusions were prepared using dripper or Turkish coffee preparation methods. Additionally, it was established that the antioxidant activity of green coffee infusions prepared using the mug coffee preparation was high, 75% on average, and positively correlated with the total content of phenolic compounds and the concentration of Ca in the brew. PMID:25842341

  8. Thermoelectric transport properties of CaMg2Bi2, EuMg2Bi2, and YbMg2Bi2

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    May, Andrew F; McGuire, Michael A; Ma, Jie; Delaire, Olivier A; Huq, Ashfia; Singh, David J; Cai, Wei; Wang, Hsin

    2012-01-01

    The thermoelectric transport properties of CaMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2}, EuMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2}, and YbMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2} were characterized between 2 and 650 K. As synthesized, the polycrystalline samples are found to have lower p-type carrier concentrations than single-crystalline samples of the same empirical formula. These low carrier concentration samples possess the highest mobilities yet reported for materials with the CaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2} structure type, with a mobility of {approx}740 cm{sup 2}/V/s observed in EuMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2} at 50 K. Despite decreases in the Seebeck coefficient ({alpha}) and electrical resistivity ({rho}) with increasing temperature, the power factor ({alpha}{sup 2}{rho}) increases for all temperatures examined. This behavior suggests a strong asymmetry in the conduction of electrons and holes. The highest figure of merit (zT) is observed in YbMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2}, with zT approaching 0.4 at 600 K for two samples with carrier densities of approximately 2 x 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} and 8 x 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} at room temperature. Refinements of neutron powder diffraction data yield similar behavior for the structures of CaMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2} and YbMg{sub 2}Bi{sub 2}, with smooth lattice expansion and relative expansion in c being {approx}35% larger than relative expansion in a at 973 K. First-principles calculations reveal an increasing band gap as Bi is replaced by Sb and then As, and subsequent Boltzmann transport calculations predict an increase in {alpha} for a given n associated with an increased effective mass as the gap opens. The magnitude and temperature dependence of {alpha} suggests higher zT is likely to be achieved at larger carrier concentrations, roughly an order of magnitude higher than those in the current polycrystalline samples, which is also expected from the detailed calculations.

  9. Effect of alloying elements Al and Ca on corrosion resistance of plasma anodized Mg alloys

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    Anawati, Asoh, Hidetaka; Ono, Sachiko

    2016-04-01

    Plasma anodizing is a surface treatment used to form a ceramic-type oxide film on Mg alloys by the application of a high anodic voltage to create intense plasma near the metal surface. With proper selection of the process parameters, the technique can produce high quality oxide with superior adhesion, corrosion resistance, micro-hardness, wear resistance and strength. The effect of alloying element Al on plasma anodizing process of Mg alloys was studied by comparing the anodizing curves of pure Mg, AZ31, and AZ61 alloys while the effect of Ca were studied on AZ61 alloys containing 0, 1, and 2 wt% Ca. Anodizing was performed in 0.5 M Na3PO4 solution at a constant current density of 200 Am-2 at 25°C. Anodic oxide films with lava-like structure having mix composition of amorphous and crystal were formed on all of the alloys. The main crystal form of the oxide was Mg3(PO4)2 as analyzed by XRD. Alloying elements Al and Ca played role in modifying the plasma lifetime during anodization. Al tended to extend the strong plasma lifetime and therefore accelerated the film thickening. The effect of Ca on anodizing process was still unclear. The anodic film thickness and chemical composition were altered by the presence of Ca in the alloys. Electrochemical corrosion test in 0.9% NaCl solution showed that the corrosion behavior of the anodized specimens depend on the behavior of the substrate. Increasing Al and Ca content in the alloys tended to increase the corrosion resistance of the specimens. The corrosion resistance of the anodized specimens improved significantly about two orders of magnitude relative to the bare substrate.

  10. High Resolution Characterization of the Precipitation Behavior of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Li, Yi-Yun; Kovarik, Libor; Phillips, Patrick J.; Hsu, Yung-Fu; Wang, Wen-Hsiung; Mills, Michael J.

    2012-04-01

    The metastable particles in an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy have been examined at atomic-resolution using high-angle annular dark field (HAADF) imaging. In underaged conditions, thin {eta}' plates were formed with a thickness of 7 atomic planes parallel to the {l_brace}111{r_brace}Al planes. The five inner planes of the {eta}' phase appear to be alternatively enriched in Mg and Zn, with two outer planes forming distinct Zn-rich interfacial planes. Similar Zn rich interfacial enrichment has also been identified for the {eta} phase, which is a minimum 11-planes thick structure. In rare instances, particles less than 7 planes were found indicating a very early preference for 7-layer particle formation. Throughout the aging, the plate thickness appears constant, while the plate radius increases and no particles between 7 and 11 planes were observed. Based on the HAADF contrast, our observations do not support the {eta}' models previously set forth by other authors. Clear structural similarities between {eta}' and {eta} were observed, suggesting that drawing distinctions between {eta}' and {eta} phases may not be necessary or useful.

  11. Temperature and frequency-dependent dielectric properties of Zn substituted Li-Mg ferrites

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    Shaikh, A. M.; Bellad, S. S.; Chougule, B. K.

    1999-05-01

    The DC and AC resistivity ( ρ DC, ρ AC), dielectric constant ( ɛ') and dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) of Zn substituted Li-Mg ferrites having the general formula Li xMg 0.4 Zn 0.6-2 xFe 2+ xO 4 (where x=0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.25 and 0.3) have been investigated as a function of composition, temperature and frequency. The compositional variation of DC resistivity and dielectric constant show the inverse trend with each other. The sample with x=0.15 (Zn=0.3) shows lowest DC resistivity and highest dielectric constant. The dielectric constant increases slowly with temperature in the beginning and then abruptly at about 473 K and above. The AC resistivity and dielectric constant of all the samples decrease with increase in frequency exhibiting normal ferrimagnetic behaviour. The variation of dielectric loss tangent with frequency showed maxima in the 2-40 kHz frequency range. These maxima are also found to shift towards low-frequency region as the content of Zn increases. All the variations are explained on the basis of Fe 2+ and Fe 3+ concentrations on octahedral sites and electronic hopping frequency between Fe 2+ and Fe 3+ ions.

  12. Controlling spin-dependent tunneling by bandgap tuning in epitaxial rocksalt MgZnO films

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    Li, D. L.; Ma, Q. L.; Wang, S. G.; Ward, R. C. C.; Hesjedal, T.; Zhang, X.-G.; Kohn, A.; Amsellem, E.; Yang, G.; Liu, J. L.; Jiang, J.; Wei, H. X.; Han, X. F.

    2014-01-01

    Widespread application of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) for information storage has so far been limited by the complicated interplay between tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio and the product of resistance and junction area (RA). An intricate connection exists between TMR ratio, RA value and the bandgap and crystal structure of the barrier, a connection that must be unravelled to optimise device performance and enable further applications to be developed. Here, we demonstrate a novel method to tailor the bandgap of an ultrathin, epitaxial Zn-doped MgO tunnel barrier with rocksalt structure. This structure is attractive due to its good Δ1 spin filtering effect, and we show that MTJs based on tunable MgZnO barriers allow effective balancing of TMR ratio and RA value. In this way spin-dependent transport properties can be controlled, a key challenge for the development of spintronic devices. PMID:25451163

  13. Early-stage precipitation in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy (7050)

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    Sha Gang; Cerezo, Alfred

    2004-09-06

    GP zone and metastable {eta}{sup '} formation during the early-stage precipitation of a 7050 Al alloy aged at 121 deg. C has been investigated using transmission electron microscopy, together with 3-dimensional atom probe analysis (of the chemistry and morphology) of individual precipitates. Small Mg-rich clusters (GPI zones) are found in the alloy after short ageing times at 121 deg. C, together with larger GPI zones (Zn/Mg=1.0). Zn-rich {eta}{sup '} platelets are seen to form mainly between 30 and 240 min ageing, coexisting with larger GPI zones. A significant fraction of <1 1 0> elongated clusters have also been observed over this period of ageing. The dominant mechanism for {eta}{sup '} formation at this stage is shown to be by transformation of small GPI zones, via these elongated clusters and not by nucleation on larger zones.

  14. Friction Stir Welding of a Thick Al-Zn-Mg Alloy Plate

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    Buchibabu, V.; Reddy, G. M.; Kulkarni, D.; De, A.

    2016-03-01

    Al-Zn-Mg alloys are widely used as structural materials due to high strength-to-weight ratio and impact toughness. As fusion welds in these alloys commonly face hot cracking and macro porosity, friction stir welding is increasingly becoming the preferred recourse. We report here a detailed experimental study on friction stir welding of a specific Al-Zn-Mg alloy with its chemical compositions close to AA7039. The effect of tool rotational speed and welding speed on the weld profile, joint microstructure, and mechanical properties is studied extensively. The results show sound weld profiles and joint properties within the selected range of process conditions. Within the selected range of welding conditions, the welds made at a tool rotational speed of 350 rpm and welding speed of 3 mm/s have showed joint structure, tensile, and impact toughness properties fairly close to that of the base material.

  15. Ultraviolet random lasing from asymmetrically contacted MgZnO metal-semiconductor-metal device

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    Morshed, Muhammad M.; Suja, Mohammad; Zuo, Zheng; Liu, Jianlin

    2014-11-24

    Nitrogen-doped Mg{sub 0.12}Zn{sub 0.88}O nanocrystalline thin film was grown on c-plane sapphire substrate. Asymmetric Ni/Au and Ti/Au Schottky contacts and symmetric Ni/Au contacts were deposited on the thin film to form metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) laser devices. Current-voltage, photocurrent, and electroluminescence characterizations were performed. Evident random lasing with a threshold current of ∼36 mA is demonstrated only from the asymmetric MSM device. Random lasing peaks are mostly distributed between 340 and 360 nm and an output power of 15 nW is measured at 43 mA injection current. The electron affinity difference between the contact metal and Mg{sub 0.12}Zn{sub 0.88}O:N layer plays an important role for electron and hole injection and subsequent stimulated random lasing.

  16. Reinvestigation of long-range magnetic ordering in icosahedral Tb-Mg-Zn

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    Islam, Z.; Fisher, I. R.; Zarestky, J.; Canfield, P. C.; Stassis, C.; Goldman, A. I.

    1998-05-01

    We present results of a study of possible magnetic ordering in the icosahedral phase of Tb-Mg-Zn probed by bulk magnetization measurements and neutron diffraction. Measurements on both crushed single grains and cast polycrystalline samples of Tb-Mg-Zn were performed. Magnetization measurements on both samples reveal only a spin-glass-like transition at approximately 5.8 K. Neutron diffraction from the crushed single grains reveals only short-range magnetic ordering at low temperatures, with no evidence of the long-range magnetic ordering reported previously [Charrier, Ouladdiaf, and Schmitt, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 4637 (1997)]. Likewise, the cast polycrystalline samples exhibit primarily diffuse magnetic scattering at low temperature, but at least one relatively sharp diffraction peak was observed. Our results indicate that for single grain samples there is no long-range magnetic ordering and that, at best, the magnetic ordering in these quasicrystalline alloys is not very robust.

  17. Controlling spin-dependent tunneling by bandgap tuning in epitaxial rocksalt MgZnO films

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    Li, D. L.; Ma, Q. L.; Wang, S. G.; Ward, R. C. C.; Hesjedal, T.; Zhang, X. -G.; Kohn, A.; Amsellem, E.; Yang, G.; Liu, J. L.; et al

    2014-12-02

    Widespread application of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) for information storage has so far been limited by the complicated interplay between tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio and the product of resistance and junction area (RA). An intricate connection exists between TMR ratio, RA value and the bandgap and crystal structure of the barrier, a connection that must be unravelled to optimise device performance and enable further applications to be developed. In this paper, we demonstrate a novel method to tailor the bandgap of an ultrathin, epitaxial Zn-doped MgO tunnel barrier with rocksalt structure. This structure is attractive due to its good Δ1more » spin filtering effect, and we show that MTJs based on tunable MgZnO barriers allow effective balancing of TMR ratio and RA value. Finally, in this way spin-dependent transport properties can be controlled, a key challenge for the development of spintronic devices.« less

  18. Controlling spin-dependent tunneling by bandgap tuning in epitaxial rocksalt MgZnO films

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    Li, D. L.; Ma, Q. L.; Wang, S. G.; Ward, R. C. C.; Hesjedal, T.; Zhang, X. -G.; Kohn, A.; Amsellem, E.; Yang, G.; Liu, J. L.; Jiang, J.; Wei, H. X.; Han, X. F.

    2014-12-02

    Widespread application of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) for information storage has so far been limited by the complicated interplay between tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio and the product of resistance and junction area (RA). An intricate connection exists between TMR ratio, RA value and the bandgap and crystal structure of the barrier, a connection that must be unravelled to optimise device performance and enable further applications to be developed. In this paper, we demonstrate a novel method to tailor the bandgap of an ultrathin, epitaxial Zn-doped MgO tunnel barrier with rocksalt structure. This structure is attractive due to its good Δ1 spin filtering effect, and we show that MTJs based on tunable MgZnO barriers allow effective balancing of TMR ratio and RA value. Finally, in this way spin-dependent transport properties can be controlled, a key challenge for the development of spintronic devices.

  19. Paramagnetism in the kagome compounds (Zn ,Mg ,Cd ) Cu3(OH) 6Cl2

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    Iqbal, Yasir; Jeschke, Harald O.; Reuther, Johannes; Valentí, Roser; Mazin, I. I.; Greiter, Martin; Thomale, Ronny

    2015-12-01

    Frustrated magnetism on the kagome lattice has been a fertile ground for rich and fascinating physics, ranging from experimental evidence of a spin liquid to theoretical predictions of exotic superconductivity. Among experimentally realized spin-1/2 kagome magnets, herbertsmithite, kapellasite, and haydeeite [(Zn ,Mg ) Cu3(OH) 6Cl2] are all well described by a three-parameter Heisenberg model, but they exhibit distinctly different physics. We address the problem using a pseudofermion functional renormalization-group approach and analyze the low-energy physics in the experimentally accessible parameter range. Our analysis places kapellasite and haydeeite near the boundaries between magnetically ordered and disordered phases, implying that slight modifications could dramatically affect their magnetic properties. Inspired by this, we perform ab initio density functional theory calculations of (Zn,Mg,Cd ) Cu3 (OH) 6Cl2 at various pressures. Our results suggest that by varying pressure and composition one can traverse a paramagnetic regime between different magnetically ordered phases.

  20. Mechanical properties and phase composition of potential biodegradable Mg-Zn-Mn-base alloys with addition of rare earth elements

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    Stulikova, Ivana; Smola, Bohumil

    2010-10-15

    Mechanical properties and creep resistance of the MgY4Zn1Mn1 alloy in the as cast as well as in the T5 condition were compared to those of the MgCe4Zn1Mn1 alloy in the same conditions. Yield tensile stress and ultimate tensile strength of the MgY4Zn1Mn1 alloy are slightly better in the temperature range 20 deg. C-400 deg. C than these of the MgCe4Zn1Mn1 alloy. Better thermal stability of ultimate tensile strength was observed in the T5 treated MgCe4Zn1Mn1 alloy than in this material in the as cast condition. An outstanding creep resistance at 225 deg. C-350 deg. C found in the MgY4Zn1Mn1 alloy is due to the existence of the 18R long period stacking structure persisting in this alloy even a long heat treatment of 500 deg. C/32 h. No similar stacking effects happen when Ce substitutes Y in approximately the same concentration. The creep resistance deteriorates considerably in the MgCe4Zn1Mn1 alloy. Rectangular particles of the equilibrium Mg{sub 12}Ce phase dominate in the microstructure of as cast as well as of high temperature heat-treated MgCe4Zn1Mn1 alloy. A population of small oval particles containing Mg and Zn develops additionally during annealing of this alloy. These particles pin effectively dislocations and can be responsible for the better thermal stability of the T5 treated material.

  1. Planktic foraminifera shell chemistry response to seawater chemistry: Pliocene-Pleistocene seawater Mg/Ca, temperature and sea level change

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    Evans, David; Brierley, Chris; Raymo, Maureen E.; Erez, Jonathan; Müller, Wolfgang

    2016-03-01

    Foraminifera Mg/Ca paleothermometry forms the basis of a substantial portion of ocean temperature reconstruction over the last 5 Ma. Furthermore, coupled Mg/Ca-oxygen isotope (δ18O) measurements of benthic foraminifera can constrain eustatic sea level (ESL) independent of paleo-shoreline derived approaches. However, this technique suffers from uncertainty regarding the secular variation of the Mg/Ca seawater ratio (Mg/Casw) on timescales of millions of years. Here we present coupled seawater-test Mg/Ca-temperature laboratory calibrations of Globigerinoides ruber in order to test the widely held assumptions that (1) seawater-test Mg/Ca co-vary linearly, and (2) the Mg/Ca-temperature sensitivity remains constant with changing Mg/Casw. We find a nonlinear Mg/Catest-Mg/Casw relationship and a lowering of the Mg/Ca-temperature sensitivity at lower than modern Mg/Casw from 9.0% °C-1 at Mg/Casw = 5.2 mol mol-1 to 7.5 ± 0.9% °C-1 at 3.4 mol mol-1. Using our calibrations to more accurately calculate the offset between Mg/Ca and biomarker-derived paleotemperatures for four sites, we derive a Pliocene Mg/Casw ratio of ∼4.3 mol mol-1. This Mg/Casw implies Pliocene ocean temperature 0.9-1.9 °C higher than previously reported and, by extension, ESL ∼30 m lower compared to when one assumes that Pliocene Mg/Casw is the same as at present. Correcting existing benthic foraminifera datasets for Mg/Casw indicates that deep water source composition must have changed through time, therefore seawater oxygen isotope reconstructions relative to present day cannot be used to directly reconstruct Pliocene ESL.

  2. Physical properties of solar chromospheric plages. III - Models based on Ca II and Mg II observations

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    Kelch, W. L.; Linsky, J. L.

    1978-01-01

    Solar plages are modeled using observations of both the Ca II K and the Mg II h and k lines. A partial-redistribution approach is employed for calculating the line profiles on the basis of a grid of five model chromospheres. The computed integrated emission intensities for the five atmospheric models are compared with observations of six regions on the sun as well as with models of active-chromosphere stars. It is concluded that the basic plage model grid proposed by Shine and Linsky (1974) is still valid when the Mg II lines are included in the analysis and the Ca II and Mg II lines are analyzed using partial-redistribution diagnostics.

  3. What do we know about the evolution of Mg to Ca ratios in seawater?

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    Broecker, Wally; Yu, Jimin

    2011-09-01

    Although most reconstructions of the evolution of the Mg to Ca ratio in seawater conclude that it has increased during the course of the Cenozoic, they disagree widely regarding the magnitude of this change. On the basis of fluid inclusion and CaCO3 mineralogy observations, the increase was at least threefold. On the basis of Mg content of foraminifera shells it was only a factor of 1.7. A recently published reconstruction based on the Mg content of calcite fillings of voids in ridge flank basalts lends support to the conclusion that the change was severalfold. But as it is very difficult to come up with a plausible geologic scenario which could account for such a large change, we lean toward the smaller estimate based on the magnesium content of foraminifera shells.

  4. Diluted ferromagnetic semiconductor (LaCa)(ZnMn)SbO isostructural to ``1111'' type iron pnictide superconductors

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    Han, Wei; Zhao, Kan; Wang, XianCheng; Liu, QingQing; Ning, FanLong; Deng, Zheng; Liu, Ying; Zhu, JinLong; Ding, Cui; Man, HuiYuan; Jin, ChangQing

    2013-11-01

    We report discovery of ferromagnetism in (LaCa)(ZnMn)SbO isostructural to the well-studied iron-based superconductor LaFeAs(O1- x F x ). Spin is induced by partial substitution of Mn2+ for Zn2+, while charge is induced by substitution of Ca2+ for La3+ within the parent compound LaZnSbO. Ferromagnetism with Curie temperature ( T C) is observed up to 40 K at the spin doping 0.15 by introducing Mn2+ into the Zn2+ sites for (La0.95Ca0.05)(Zn1- x Mn x )SbO. The Hall coefficient measurement indicates p-type carrier for (La0.95Ca0.05)(Zn0.9Mn0.1)SbO with concentration of n˜1020 cm-3 showing anomalous Hall effect below T C.

  5. Ca and Mg isotope constraints on the origin of Earth's deepest δ13 C excursion

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    Husson, Jon M.; Higgins, John A.; Maloof, Adam C.; Schoene, Blair

    2015-07-01

    Understanding the extreme carbon isotope excursions found in carbonate rocks of the Ediacaran Period (635-541 Ma), where δ13 C of marine carbonates (δ13 Ccarb) reach their minimum (- 12 ‰) for Earth history, is one of the most vexing problems in Precambrian geology. Known colloquially as the 'Shuram' excursion, the event has been interpreted by many as a product of a profoundly different Ediacaran carbon cycle. More recently, diagenetic processes have been invoked, with the very negative δ13 C values of Ediacaran carbonates explained via meteoric alteration, late-stage burial diagenesis or growth of authigenic carbonates in the sediment column, thus challenging models which rely upon a dramatically changing redox state of the Ediacaran oceans. Here we present 257 δ 44 / 40 Ca and 131 δ26 Mg measurements, along with [Mg], [Mn] and [Sr] data, from carbonates of the Ediacaran-aged Wonoka Formation (Fm.) of South Australia to bring new isotope systems to bear on understanding the 'Shuram' excursion. Data from four measured sections spanning the basin reveal stratigraphically coherent trends, with variability of ∼1.5‰ in δ26 Mg and ∼1.2‰ in δ 44 / 40 Ca. This Ca isotope variability dwarfs the 0.2-0.3 ‰ change seen coeval with the Permian-Triassic mass extinction, the largest recorded in the rock record, and is on par with putative changes in the δ 44 / 40 Ca value of seawater seen over the Phanerozoic Eon. Changes in both isotopic systems are too large to explain with changes in the isotopic composition of Ca and Mg in global seawater given modern budgets and residence times, and thus must be products of alternative processes. Relationships between δ 44 / 40 Ca and [Sr] and δ26 Mg and [Mg] are consistent with mineralogical control (e.g., aragonite vs. calcite, limestone vs. dolostone) on calcium and magnesium isotope variability. The most pristine samples in the Wonoka dataset, preserving Sr concentrations (in the 1000s of ppm range) and δ 44 / 40

  6. Inversion of absorption anisotropy and bowing of crystal field splitting in wurtzite MgZnO

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    Neumann, M. D.; Esser, N.; Chauveau, J.-M.; Goldhahn, R.; Feneberg, M.

    2016-05-01

    The anisotropic optical properties of wurtzite MgxZn1-xO thin films (0 ≤x ≤0.45 ) grown on m-plane ZnO substrates by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy are studied using spectroscopic ellipsometry at room temperature. The data analysis provides the dielectric functions for electric field polarizations perpendicular and parallel to the optical axis. The splitting between the absorption edges of the two polarization directions decreases between x = 0 and x = 0.24, while an inverted absorption anisotropy is found at higher Mg content, indicating a sign change of the crystal field splitting Δcr as for the spin orbit parameter. The characteristic energies such as exciton binding energies and band gaps are determined from the analysis of the imaginary parts of the dielectric functions. In particular, these data reveal a bowing parameter of b =-283 meV for describing the compositional dependence of the crystal field splitting and indicate Δcr=-327 meV for wurtzite MgO. The inverted valence band ordering of ZnO ( Γ7-Γ9-Γ7 ) is found to be preserved with increasing Mg content, while the optical selection rules interchange.

  7. Ultrafast intramolecular relaxation dynamics of Mg- and Zn-bacteriochlorophyll a

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    Kosumi, Daisuke; Nakagawa, Katsunori; Sakai, Shunsuke; Nagaoka, Yuya; Maruta, Satoshi; Sugisaki, Mitsuru; Dewa, Takehisa; Nango, Mamoru; Hashimoto, Hideki

    2013-07-01

    Ultrafast excited-state dynamics of the photosynthetic pigment (Mg-)bacteriochlorophyll a and its Zn-substituted form were investigated by steady-state absorption/fluorescence and femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopic measurements. The obtained steady-state absorption and fluorescence spectra of bacteriochlorophyll a in solution showed that the central metal compound significantly affects the energy of the Qx state, but has almost no effect on the Qy state. Photo-induced absorption spectra were recorded upon excitation of Mg- and Zn-bacteriochlorophyll a into either their Qx or Qy state. By comparing the kinetic traces of transient absorption, ground-state beaching, and stimulated emission after excitation to the Qx or Qy state, we showed that the Qx state was substantially incorporated in the ultrafast excited-state dynamics of bacteriochlorophyll a. Based on these observations, the lifetime of the Qx state was determined to be 50 and 70 fs for Mg- and Zn-bacteriochlorophyll a, respectively, indicating that the lifetime was influenced by the central metal atom due to the change of the energy gap between the Qx and Qy states.

  8. Optical properties of NbCl5 and ZnMg intercalated graphite compounds

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    Jung, Eilho; Lee, Seokbae; Roh, Seulki; Meng, Xiuqing; Tongay, Sefaattin; Kang, Jihoon; Park, Tuson; Hwang, Jungseek

    2014-12-01

    We studied NbCl5 and ZnMg alloy intercalated graphite compounds using an optical spectroscopy technique. These intercalated metallic graphite samples were quite challenging to obtain optical reflectance spectra since they were not flat and quite thin. By using both a new method and an in situ gold evaporation technique we were able to obtain reliable reflectance spectra of our samples in the far and mid infrared range (80-7000 cm-1). We extracted the optical constants including the optical conductivity and the dielectric function from the measured reflectance spectra using a Kramers-Kronig analysis. We also extracted the dc conductivity and the plasma frequencies from the optical conductivity and dielectric functions. NbCl5 intercalated graphite samples show similar optical conductivity spectra as bare highly oriented pyrolytic graphite even though there are some differences in detail. ZnMg intercalated samples show significantly different optical conductivity spectra from the bare graphite. Optical spectroscopy is one of the most reliable experimental techniques to obtain the electronic band structures of materials. The obtained optical conductivities support the recent theoretically calculated electronic band structures of NbCl5 and ZnMg intercalated graphite compounds. Our results also provide important information of electronic structures and charge carrier properties of these two new intercalated materials for applications.

  9. Factors Affecting the Hydrogen Environment Assisted Cracking Resistance of an AL-Zn-Mg-(Cu) Alloy

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    Young, G A; Scully, J R

    2002-04-09

    Precipitation hardenable Al-Zn-Mg alloys are susceptible to hydrogen environment assisted cracking (HEAC) when exposed to aqueous environments. In Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys, overaged tempers are used to increase HEAC resistance at the expense of strength but overaging has little benefit in low copper alloys. However, the mechanism or mechanisms by which overaging imparts HEAC resistance is poorly understood. The present research investigated hydrogen uptake, diffusion, and crack growth rate in 90% relative humidity (RH) air for both a commercial copper bearing Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy (AA 7050) and a low copper variant of this alloy in order to better understand the factors which affect HEAC resistance. Experimental methods used to evaluate hydrogen concentrations local to a surface and near a crack tip include nuclear reaction analysis (NRA), focused ion beam, secondary ion mass spectroscopy (FIB/SIMS) and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). Results show that overaging the copper bearing alloys both inhibits hydrogen ingress from oxide covered surfaces and decreases the apparent hydrogen diffusion rates in the metal.

  10. Ultrafast intramolecular relaxation dynamics of Mg- and Zn-bacteriochlorophyll a

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    Kosumi, Daisuke; Nagaoka, Yuya; Maruta, Satoshi; Sugisaki, Mitsuru; Dewa, Takehisa; Hashimoto, Hideki

    2013-07-21

    Ultrafast excited-state dynamics of the photosynthetic pigment (Mg-)bacteriochlorophyll a and its Zn-substituted form were investigated by steady-state absorption/fluorescence and femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopic measurements. The obtained steady-state absorption and fluorescence spectra of bacteriochlorophyll a in solution showed that the central metal compound significantly affects the energy of the Q{sub x} state, but has almost no effect on the Q{sub y} state. Photo-induced absorption spectra were recorded upon excitation of Mg- and Zn-bacteriochlorophyll a into either their Q{sub x} or Q{sub y} state. By comparing the kinetic traces of transient absorption, ground-state beaching, and stimulated emission after excitation to the Q{sub x} or Q{sub y} state, we showed that the Q{sub x} state was substantially incorporated in the ultrafast excited-state dynamics of bacteriochlorophyll a. Based on these observations, the lifetime of the Q{sub x} state was determined to be 50 and 70 fs for Mg- and Zn-bacteriochlorophyll a, respectively, indicating that the lifetime was influenced by the central metal atom due to the change of the energy gap between the Q{sub x} and Q{sub y} states.

  11. The Mg2+ transporter CNNM4 regulates sperm Ca2+ homeostasis and is essential for reproduction.

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    Yamazaki, Daisuke; Miyata, Haruhiko; Funato, Yosuke; Fujihara, Yoshitaka; Ikawa, Masahito; Miki, Hiroaki

    2016-05-01

    Ca(2+) influx triggers sperm capacitation; however, the underlying regulatory mechanisms remain incompletely understood. Here, we show that CNNM4, a Mg(2+) transporter, is required for Ca(2+) influx during capacitation. We find that Cnnm4-deficient male mice are almost infertile because of sperm dysfunction. Motion analyses show that hyperactivation, a qualitative change in the mode of sperm motility during capacitation, is abrogated in Cnnm4-deficient sperm. In contrast, tyrosine phosphorylation of flagellar proteins, a hallmark of capacitation, is excessively augmented. These seemingly paradoxical phenotypes of Cnnm4-deficient sperm are very similar to those of sperm lacking a functional cation channel of sperm (CatSper) channel, which plays an essential role in Ca(2+) influx during sperm capacitation. Ca(2+) imaging analyses demonstrate that Ca(2+) influx is perturbed in Cnnm4-deficient sperm, and forced Ca(2+) entry into these sperm normalizes the level of tyrosine phosphorylation. Furthermore, we confirm the importance of CNNM4 in sperm by generating germ-cell-specific Cnnm4-deficient mice. These results suggest a new role of CNNM4 in sperm Ca(2+) homeostasis. PMID:27006114

  12. SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6} - two new Ae-Zn-Sn polar intermetallic compounds (Ae: alkaline earth metal)

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    Stegmaier, Saskia; Faessler, Thomas F.

    2012-08-15

    SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6}, two closely related new polar intermetallic compounds, were obtained by high temperature reactions of the elements. Their crystal structures were determined with single crystal XRD methods, and their electronic structures were analyzed by means of DFT calculations. The Zn-Sn structure part of SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} comprises (anti-)PbO-like {l_brace}ZnSn{sub 4/4}{r_brace} and {l_brace}SnZn{sub 4/4}{r_brace} layers. Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6} shows similar {l_brace}ZnSn{sub 4/4}{r_brace} layers and {l_brace}Sn{sub 4}Zn{r_brace} slabs constructed of a covalently bonded Sn scaffold capped by Zn atoms. For both phases, the two types of layers are alternatingly stacked and interconnected via Zn-Sn bonds. SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} adopts the SrPd{sub 2}Bi{sub 2} structure type, and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6} is isotypic to the R{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Ge{sub 6} compounds (R=La, Ce, Pr, Nd). Band structure calculations indicate that both SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6} are metallic. Analyses of the chemical bonding with the electron localization function (ELF) show lone pair like basins at Sn atoms and Zn-Sn bonding interactions between the layers for both title phases, and covalent Sn-Sn bonding within the {l_brace}Sn{sub 4}Zn{r_brace} layers of Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6}. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structures of the new Ae-Zn-Sn polar intermetallic phases SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New polar intermetallic phases SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Obtained by high temperature reactions of the elements. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Single crystal XRD structure determination and DFT electronic structure calculations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Closely related crystal and electronic structures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Metallic conductivity coexisting with lone pairs and covalent bonding

  13. Temperature calibration of Mg/Ca ratios in the intermediate water benthic foraminifer Hyalinea balthica

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    Rosenthal, Yair; Morley, Audrey; Barras, Christine; Katz, Miriam E.; Jorissen, Frans; Reichart, Gert-Jan; Oppo, Delia W.; Linsley, Braddock K.

    2011-04-01

    Core top samples from Indonesian and northeast Atlantic depth transects were used to calibrate Mg/Ca and δ18O in tests of the calcitic benthic foraminifer Hyalinea balthica to bottom water temperature between 4°C and 13°C. This shallow infaunal species is primarily abundant in neritic to upper bathyal sediments (<600 m). Both linear and exponential calibrations suggest a temperature sensitivity of ˜12% per °C that is ˜4 times higher than observed in other species of deep-sea benthic foraminifera. Culture experiments support the core top calibration. We find no discernible effect of salinity and saturation on Mg/Ca. Comparison between the measured benthic foraminiferal δ18O and predicted equilibrium values suggests that on average H. balthica δ18O is 0.64‰ ± 0.13‰ lower than predicted from the equilibrium composition. To test the reliability of using paired H. balthica Mg/Ca and δ18O measurements for reconstructing seawater δ18Osw and salinity, we apply this calibration to another depth transect from Cape Ghir off NW Africa, which was not included in the calibration. Based on error analysis of the calibration data and this validation test, we show that the uncertainty of reconstructing bottom water temperature and salinity from paired Mg/Ca and δ18O measurements of H. balthica is better than ±0.7°C and ±0.69 practical salinity scale, respectively. The small uncertainties allow for the reconstruction of seawater density to better than 0.3σθ units, which is precise enough for the identification of specific water masses and reconstruction of changes in their properties. We propose that the relatively high Mg content and temperature sensitivity of H. balthica might be due to minor, biologically mediated contribution of high-Mg calcite to the primarily low Mg calcite test, which is influenced by the ambient temperature. This hypothesis, if correct, suggests that benthic species with relatively high Mg/Ca may be better suited for deepwater temperature

  14. Chelate titrations of Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) using microfluidic paper-based analytical devices.

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    Karita, Shingo; Kaneta, Takashi

    2016-06-14

    We developed microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (μPADs) for the chelate titrations of Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) in natural water. The μPAD consisted of ten reaction zones and ten detection zones connected through narrow channels to a sample zone located at the center. Buffer solutions with a pH of 10 or 13 were applied to all surfaces of the channels and zones. Different amounts of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) were added to the reaction zones and a consistent amount of a metal indicator (Eriochrome Black T or Calcon) was added to the detection zones. The total concentrations of Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) (total hardness) in the water were measured using a μPAD containing a buffer solution with a pH of 10, whereas only Ca(2+) was titrated using a μPAD prepared with a potassium hydroxide solution with a pH of 13. The μPADs permitted the determination of Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) in mineral water, river water, and seawater samples within only a few minutes using only the naked eye-no need of instruments. PMID:27181645

  15. High Mg-content wurtzite MgZnO alloys and their application in deep-ultraviolet light-emitters pumped by accelerated electrons

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    Ni, Pei-Nan; Shan, Chong-Xin E-mail: shendz@ciomp.ac.cn; Li, Bing-Hui; Shen, De-Zhen E-mail: shendz@ciomp.ac.cn

    2014-01-20

    High Mg-content single-phase wurtzite MgZnO alloys with a bandgap of 4.35 eV have been obtained on sapphire substrate by introducing a composition-gradient Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O buffer layer. By employing the accelerated electrons obtained in a solid-state structure as an excitation source, an emission at around 285 nm, which is originated from the near-band-edge emission of the Mg{sub 0.51}Zn{sub 0.49}O active layer, has been observed. The results reported in this paper may provide a promising route to high performance deep-ultraviolet light-emitting devices by bypassing the challenging doping issues of wide bandgap semiconductors.

  16. Interface engineering of high-Mg-content MgZnO/BeO/Si for p-n heterojunction solar-blind ultraviolet photodetectors

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    Liang, H. L.; Mei, Z. X.; Zhang, Q. H.; Gu, L.; Liang, S.; Hou, Y. N.; Ye, D. Q.; Gu, C. Z.; Yu, R. C.; Du, X. L.

    2011-05-30

    High-quality wurtzite MgZnO film was deposited on Si(111) substrate via a delicate interface engineering using BeO, by which solar-blind ultraviolet photodetectors were fabricated on the n-MgZnO(0001)/p-Si(111) heterojunction. A thin Be layer was deposited on clean Si surface with subsequent in situ oxidation processes, which provides an excellent template for high-Mg-content MgZnO growth. The interface controlling significantly improves the device performance, as the photodetector demonstrates a sharp cutoff wavelength at 280 nm, consistent with the optical band gap of the epilayer. Our experimental results promise potential applications of this technique in integration of solar-blind ultraviolet optoelectronic device with Si microelectronic technologies.

  17. Magnetic field induced third order susceptibility of third order harmonic generation in a ZnMgSe strained quantum well

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    Mark, J. Abraham Hudson Peter, A. John

    2014-04-24

    Third order susceptibility of third order harmonic generation is investigated in a Zn{sub 0.1}Mg{sub 0.9}Se/Zn{sub 0.8}Mg{sub 0.2}Se/Zn{sub 0.1}Mg{sub 0.9}Se quantum well in the presence of magnetic field strength. The confinement potential is considered as the addition of energy offsets of the conduction band (or valence band) and the strain-induced potential in our calculations. The material dependent effective mass is followed throughout the computation because it has a high influence on the electron energy levels in low dimensional semiconductor systems.

  18. Structural and optical properties of sol-gel synthesised Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O nanocrystals.

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    Chandrasekaran, P; Anandan, P; Srinivasan, N

    2013-12-01

    Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O nanocrystals with various compositions (x = 0-0.1) were synthesised by sol-gel process using tri ethanol amine (TEA) as a capping agent. The structural properties of the prepared materials were studied by X-ray diffraction analysis. Un-agglomerated nanocrystals with spherical morphology were observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The presence of Mg in the Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Moreover, the Mg composition relatively increases in the synthesised nanocrystals as it increases in the precursor solution. The optical absorption studies of the Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O samples show the blue shift from the pure ZnO due to the incorporation of Mg in ZnO lattice. The photoluminescence studies demonstrated that the intensity of defect related deep level emission increases drastically with increasing the x value from 0.02 to 0.08 and decreases sharply on further increase of Mg from 0.08 to 0.1. The mechanism for the enhanced green emission was explained based on the structural properties of the Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O samples. PMID:23973572

  19. Photoluminescence performance enhancement of ZnO/MgO heterostructured nanowires and their applications in ultraviolet laser diodes.

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    Shi, Zhi-Feng; Zhang, Yuan-Tao; Cui, Xi-Jun; Zhuang, Shi-Wei; Wu, Bin; Chu, Xian-Wei; Dong, Xin; Zhang, Bao-Lin; Du, Guo-Tong

    2015-06-01

    Vertically aligned ZnO/MgO coaxial nanowire (NW) arrays were prepared on sapphire substrates by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition combined with a sputtering system. We present a comparative investigation of the morphological and optical properties of the produced heterostructures with different MgO layer thicknesses. Photoluminescence measurements showed that the optical performances of ZnO/MgO coaxial NWs were strongly dependent on the MgO layer thickness. The intensity of deep-level emission (DLE) decreased monotonously with the increase of MgO thickness, while the enhancement of ultraviolet (UV) emission showed a critical thickness of 15 nm, achieving a maximum intensity ratio (∼226) of IUV/IDLE at the same time. The significantly improved exciton emission efficiency of the coaxial NW structures allows us to study the surface passivation effect, photogenerated carrier confinement and transfer in terms of energy band theory. More importantly, we achieved an ultralow threshold (4.5 mA, 0.58 A cm(-2)) electrically driven UV lasing action based on the ZnO/MgO NW structures by constructing an Au/MgO/ZnO metal/insulator/semiconductor diode, and the continuous-current-driven diode shows a good temperature tolerance. The results obtained on the unique optical properties of ZnO/MgO coaxial NWs shed light on the design and development of ZnO-based UV laser diodes assembled with nanoscale building blocks. PMID:25803480

  20. Phosphate recovery from anaerobic digester effluents using CaMg(OH)4.

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    Liu, Xueyu; Xu, Zhonghou; Peng, Jianfeng; Song, Yonghui; Meng, Xiaoguang

    2016-06-01

    Dolomite lime (DL) (CaMg(OH)4) was used as an economical source of Mg(2+) for the removal and recovery of phosphate from an anaerobic digester effluent of a municipal wastewater treatment plant (MWWTP) wastewater. Batch precipitation results determined that phosphate was effectively reduced from 87 to less than 4mg-P/L when the effluent water was mixed with 0.3g/L of DL. The competitive precipitation mechanisms of different solids in the treatment system consisting of Ca(2+)-Mg(2+)-NH4(+)-PO4(3-)CO3(2-) were determined by comparing model predictions with experimental results. Thermodynamic model calculations indicated that hydroxyapatite (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2), Ca4H(PO4)3∙3H2O, Ca3(PO4)2(beta), and Ca3(PO4)2(am2) were more stable than struvite (MgNH4PO3∙6H2O) and calcite (CaCO3). However, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis determined the formation of struvite and calcite minerals in the treated effluent. Kinetic experimental results showed that most of the phosphate was removed from synthetic effluent containing NH4(+) within 2hr, while only 20% of the PO4(3-) was removed in the absence of NH4(+) after 24hr of treatment. The formation of struvite in the DL-treated effluent was due to the rapid precipitation rate of the mineral. The final pH of the DL-treated effluent significantly influenced the mass ratio of struvite to calcite in the precipitates. Because more calcite was formed when the pH increased from 8.4 to 9.6, a pH range of 8.0-8.5 should be used to produce solid with high PO4(3-) content. This study demonstrated that DL could be used for effective removal of phosphate from the effluent and that resultant precipitates contained high content of phosphate and ammonium. PMID:27266323

  1. Effect of hydrogen on Ca and Mg acceptors in GaN

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    Lee, J.W.; Pearton, S.J.; Zolper, J.C.; Stall, R.A.

    1996-05-01

    The influence of minority carrier injection on the reactivation of hydrogen passivated Mg in GaN at 175 C has been investigated in p-n junction diodes. The dissociation of the neutral MgH complexes is greatly enhanced in the presence of minority carrier and the reactivation process follows second order kinetics. Conventional annealing under zero-bias conditions does not produce Mg-H dissociation until temperatures {ge} 450 C. These results provide an explanation for the e-beam induced reactivation of Mg acceptors in hydrogenated GaN. Exposure to a hydrogen plasma at 250 C of p-type GaN (Ca) prepared by either Ca{sup +} or Ca{sup +} plus P{sup +} coimplantation leads to a reduction in sheet carrier density of approximately an order of magnitude (1.6 {times} 10{sup 12} cm{sup {minus}2} to 1.8 {times} 10{sup 11} cm{sup {minus}2}), and an accompanying increase in hole mobility (6 cm{sup 2}/Vs to 18 cm{sup 2}/Vs). The passivation process can be reversed by post-hydrogenation annealing at 400--500 C under a N{sub 2} ambient. This reactivation of the acceptors is characteristic of the formation of neutral (Ca-H) complexes in the GaN. The thermal stability of the passivation is similar to that of Mg-H complexes in material prepared in the same manner (implantation) with similar initial doping levels. Hydrogen passivation of acceptor dopants in GaN appears to be a ubiquitous phenomenon, as it is in other p-type semiconductors.

  2. Effective charge on silicon atom in the metal silicides Mg{sub 2}Si and CaSi

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    Ishii, Hideshi; Karimov, Pavel; Kawai, Jun; Matsuo, Shuji; Tanaka, Koki

    2005-05-15

    The effective charges of Si in both magnesium (Mg{sub 2}Si) and calcium silicides (CaSi and Ca{sub 2}Si) have been investigated by measuring high-resolution Si K{alpha} x-ray fluorescence spectra. CaSi showed small but positive chemical shifts (+0.03 eV), while the chemical shift of Mg{sub 2}Si was negative (-0.14 eV), as expected from their electronegativity (Ca: 1.00; Mg: 1.31; Si: 1.90). The similarity of the chemical shift for the Fe silicides and the calculations for the free single Si atom suggested that the effective charge of Si for CaSi was positive. From the observations the effective charges on Si in CaSi and Mg{sub 2}Si were estimated to be +0.1 and -0.3 electrons. The discrete variation Hatree-Fock-Slater calculations for Mg{sub 2}Si and CaSi also showed opposite chemical shifts and effective charges: -0.09 eV and -0.35 electrons for Mg{sub 2}Si and +0.09 eV and +0.26 electrons for CaSi, respectively. The composition of the nearest-neighbor atoms of Si, which are Si in CaSi and Mg in Mg{sub 2}Si, cause the opposite effective charges between the two silicides.

  3. Analysis of High-n Dielectronic Rydberg Satellites in the Spectra of Na-like ZnXX and Mg-like ZnXIX

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    Petrocelli, G; Vinogradov, V I; Magunov, A I; Flora, F; Martellucci, S; Matafonov, A P; DiLazzaro, P; Skobelev, I Y; Pikuz, T A; Kyrilov, A S; Faenov, A Y; Francucci, M; Fournier, K B; Murra, D; Belyaev, V S; Bollanti, S

    2004-02-19

    We have observed spectra from highly charged zinc ions in a variety of laser-produced plasmas. Spectral features that are Na- and Mg-like satellites to high-n Rydberg transitions in the Ne-like ZnXXI spectrum are analyzed and modeled. Identifications and analysis are made by comparison with highly accurate atomic structure calculations and steady state collisional-radiative models. Each observed ZnXX and ZnXIX feature comprises up to {approx} 2 dozen individual transitions, these transitions are excited principally by dielectronic recombination through autoionizing levels in Na- and Mg-like Zn{sup 19+} Zn{sup 18+}. We find these satellites to be ubiquitous in laser-produced plasmas formed by lasers with pulse lengths that span four orders of magnitude, from 1 ps to {approx} 10 ns. The diagnostic potential of these Rydberg satellite lines is demonstrated.

  4. Mg(2+) differentially regulates two modes of mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake in isolated cardiac mitochondria: implications for mitochondrial Ca(2+) sequestration.

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    Blomeyer, Christoph A; Bazil, Jason N; Stowe, David F; Dash, Ranjan K; Camara, Amadou K S

    2016-06-01

    The manner in which mitochondria take up and store Ca(2+) remains highly debated. Recent experimental and computational evidence has suggested the presence of at least two modes of Ca(2+) uptake and a complex Ca(2+) sequestration mechanism in mitochondria. But how Mg(2+) regulates these different modes of Ca(2+) uptake as well as mitochondrial Ca(2+) sequestration is not known. In this study, we investigated two different ways by which mitochondria take up and sequester Ca(2+) by using two different protocols. Isolated guinea pig cardiac mitochondria were exposed to varying concentrations of CaCl2 in the presence or absence of MgCl2. In the first protocol, A, CaCl2 was added to the respiration buffer containing isolated mitochondria, whereas in the second protocol, B, mitochondria were added to the respiration buffer with CaCl2 already present. Protocol A resulted first in a fast transitory uptake followed by a slow gradual uptake. In contrast, protocol B only revealed a slow and gradual Ca(2+) uptake, which was approximately 40 % of the slow uptake rate observed in protocol A. These two types of Ca(2+) uptake modes were differentially modulated by extra-matrix Mg(2+). That is, Mg(2+) markedly inhibited the slow mode of Ca(2+) uptake in both protocols in a concentration-dependent manner, but not the fast mode of uptake exhibited in protocol A. Mg(2+) also inhibited Na(+)-dependent Ca(2+) extrusion. The general Ca(2+) binding properties of the mitochondrial Ca(2+) sequestration system were reaffirmed and shown to be independent of the mode of Ca(2+) uptake, i.e. through the fast or slow mode of uptake. In addition, extra-matrix Mg(2+) hindered Ca(2+) sequestration. Our results indicate that mitochondria exhibit different modes of Ca(2+) uptake depending on the nature of exposure to extra-matrix Ca(2+), which are differentially sensitive to Mg(2+). The implications of these findings in cardiomyocytes are discussed. PMID:26815005

  5. High-performance solar-blind ultraviolet photodetector based on mixed-phase ZnMgO thin film

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    Fan, M. M.; Liu, K. W. E-mail: shendz@ciomp.ac.cn; Zhang, Z. Z.; Li, B. H.; Chen, X.; Zhao, D. X.; Shan, C. X.; Shen, D. Z. E-mail: shendz@ciomp.ac.cn

    2014-07-07

    High Mg content mixed-phase Zn{sub 0.38}Mg{sub 0.62}O was deposited on a-face sapphire by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy, based on which a metal-semiconductor-metal solar-blind ultraviolet (UV) photodetector was fabricated. The dark current is only 0.25 pA at 5 V, which is much lower than that of the reported mixed-phase ZnMgO photodetectors. More interestingly, different from the other mixed-phase ZnMgO photodetectors containing two photoresponse bands, this device shows only one response peak and its −3 dB cut-off wavelength is around 275 nm. At 10 V, the peak responsivity is as high as 1.664 A/W at 260 nm, corresponding to an internal gain of ∼8. The internal gain is mainly ascribed to the interface states at the grain boundaries acting as trapping centers of photogenerated holes. In view of the advantages of mixed-phase ZnMgO photodetectors over single-phase ZnMgO photodetectors, including easy fabrication, high responsivity, and low dark current, our findings are anticipated to pave a new way for the development of ZnMgO solar-blind UV photodetectors.

  6. Long phase coherence length and anisotropic magnetoresistance in MgZnO thin film

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    Lv, Meng; Xu, Yonggang; Yu, Guolin Lin, Tie; Hu, Gujin; Chu, Junhao; Wang, Hao; Zhang, Huahan; Dai, Ning

    2015-04-21

    We comprehensively investigate magnetotransport properties of MgZnO thin film grown on ZnO substrate by molecular-beam epitaxy. We measure the weak localization effect and extract the electron phase coherence length by fitting to a three-dimensional weak localization theory and by analyzing the different changing rate of the magnetoresistance, results of which are in good agreement with each other. The phase coherence length ranges from 38.4±1    nm at 50 K to 99.8±3.6 nm at 1.4  K, almost the same as that of ZnO nanoplates and In-doped ZnO nanowires, and its temperature dependence is found to scale as T{sup −3/4}. Meanwhile, we study the anisotropic magnetoresistance resulting from the geometric effect as well as the Lorentz force induced path-length effect, which will be enhanced in higher magnetic fields.

  7. Molecular-beam-epitaxy-grown ZnMgS ultraviolet photodetectors

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    Sou, I. K.; Wu, Marcus C. W.; Sun, T.; Wong, K. S.; Wong, G. K. L.

    2001-03-01

    Epitaxial growth of Zn1-xMgxS alloy thin films on GaP(100) substrates was carried out using the molecular-beam-epitaxy technique. In situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction studies show that the alloys can be grown with a stable zinc-blende structure up to x around 30%. For x>30%, a structural transition will occur at a critical thickness which is sensitively dependent on the x composition. A near-band-edge peak with a full width at half maximum of about 10 nm was observed in room-temperature photoluminescence measurements made on as-grown alloy thin films. Several Zn1-xMgxS-based Schottky barrier photodetectors were fabricated. Room-temperature photoresponse measurements were performed on these detectors and abrupt long-wavelength cutoffs covering 325, 305, 295, and 270 nm were achieved for devices with Mg composition of 16%, 44%, 57%, and 75%, respectively. The response curve of the Zn0.43Mg0.57S device offers a close match to the erythemal action spectrum that describes human skin sensitivity to UV radiation.

  8. Stress Corrosion Cracking in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Aluminum Alloys in Saline Environments

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    Holroyd, N. J. Henry; Scamans, G. M.

    2013-03-01

    Stress corrosion cracking of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu (AA7xxx) aluminum alloys exposed to saline environments at temperatures ranging from 293 K to 353 K (20 °C to 80 °C) has been reviewed with particular attention to the influences of alloy composition and temper, and bulk and local environmental conditions. Stress corrosion crack (SCC) growth rates at room temperature for peak- and over-aged tempers in saline environments are minimized for Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys containing less than ~8 wt pct Zn when Zn/Mg ratios are ranging from 2 to 3, excess magnesium levels are less than 1 wt pct, and copper content is either less than ~0.2 wt pct or ranging from 1.3 to 2 wt pct. A minimum chloride ion concentration of ~0.01 M is required for crack growth rates to exceed those in distilled water, which insures that the local solution pH in crack-tip regions can be maintained at less than 4. Crack growth rates in saline solution without other additions gradually increase with bulk chloride ion concentrations up to around 0.6 M NaCl, whereas in solutions with sufficiently low dichromate (or chromate), inhibitor additions are insensitive to the bulk chloride concentration and are typically at least double those observed without the additions. DCB specimens, fatigue pre-cracked in air before immersion in a saline environment, show an initial period with no detectible crack growth, followed by crack growth at the distilled water rate, and then transition to a higher crack growth rate typical of region 2 crack growth in the saline environment. Time spent in each stage depends on the type of pre-crack ("pop-in" vs fatigue), applied stress intensity factor, alloy chemistry, bulk environment, and, if applied, the external polarization. Apparent activation energies ( E a) for SCC growth in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys exposed to 0.6 M NaCl over the temperatures ranging from 293 K to 353 K (20 °C to 80 °C) for under-, peak-, and over-aged low-copper-containing alloys (<0.2 wt pct) are typically ranging from

  9. The role of beryllium in the band structure of MgZnO: Lifting the valence band maximum

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    Chen, S. S.; Pan, X. H. E-mail: yezz@zju.edu.cn; Chen, W.; Zhang, H. H.; Dai, W.; Ding, P.; Huang, J. Y.; Lu, B.; Ye, Z. Z. E-mail: yezz@zju.edu.cn

    2014-09-22

    We investigate the effect of Be on the valence band maximum (VBM) of MgZnO by measuring the band offsets of Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O/Be{sub x}Mg{sub y}Zn{sub 1−x−y}O heterojunctions using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O and Be{sub x}Mg{sub y}Zn{sub 1−x−y}O films have been grown on c-plane sapphire substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The valence band offset (ΔE{sub V}) of Mg{sub 0.15}Zn{sub 0.85}O (E{sub g} = 3.62 eV)/Be{sub 0.005}Mg{sub 0.19}Zn{sub 0.805}O (E{sub g} = 3.73 eV) heterojunction is 0.01 eV and Be{sub 0.005}Mg{sub 0.19}Zn{sub 0.805}O has a lower VBM. The increased Mg composition is the main factor for the reduction of VBM. The VBM of Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O is lower by 0.03 eV with the enlargement of E{sub g} from 3.62 eV to 3.73 eV by increasing Mg composition. Considering the effect of increased Mg composition, it is concluded that the little amount of Be makes the VBM go up by 0.02 eV when the E{sub g} of the alloy is 3.73 eV. The ΔE{sub V} of Mg{sub 0.11}Zn{sub 0.89}O (E{sub g} = 3.56 eV)/Be{sub 0.007}Mg{sub 0.12}Zn{sub 0.873}O (E{sub g} = 3.56 eV) heterojunction is calculated to be 0.03 eV and Be{sub 0.007}Mg{sub 0.12}Zn{sub 0.873}O has a higher VBM than Mg{sub 0.11}Zn{sub 0.89}O, which means that a little amount Be lifts the VBM by 0.03 eV when the E{sub g} of the alloy is 3.56 eV. The experimental measurements have offered a strong support for the theoretical research that alloying Be in Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O alloys is hopeful to form a higher VBM and to enhance the p-type dopability of MgZnO.

  10. Mg/Ca ratios in freshwater microbial carbonates: Thermodynamic, kinetic and vital effects

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    Saunders, P.; Rogerson, M.; Wadhawan, J. D.; Greenway, G.; Pedley, H. M.

    2014-12-01

    The ratio of magnesium to calcium (Mg/Ca) in carbonate minerals in an abiotic setting is conventionally assumed to be predominantly controlled by (Mg/Ca)solution and a temperature dependant partition coefficient. This temperature dependence suggests that both marine (e.g. foraminiferal calcite and corals) and freshwater (e.g. speleothems and surface freshwater deposits, “tufas”) carbonate deposits may be important archives of palaeotemperature data. However, there is considerable uncertainty in all these settings. In surface freshwater deposits this uncertainty is focussed on the influence of microbial biofilms. Biogenic or “vital” effects may arise from microbial metabolic activity and/or the presence of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). This study addresses this key question for the first time, via a series of unique through-flow microcosm and agitated flask experiments where freshwater calcite was precipitated under controlled conditions. These experiments reveal there is no strong relationship between (Mg/Ca)calcite and temperature, so the assumption of thermodynamic fractionation is not viable. However, there is a pronounced influence on (Mg/Ca)calcite from precipitation rate, so that rapidly forming precipitates develop with very low magnesium content indicating kinetic control on fractionation. Calcite precipitation rate in these experiments (where the solution is only moderately supersaturated) is controlled by biofilm growth rate, but occurs even when light is excluded indicating that photosynthetic influences are not critical. Our results thus suggest the apparent kinetic fractionation arises from the electrochemical activity of EPS molecules, and are therefore likely to occur wherever these molecules occur, including stromatolites, soil and lake carbonates and (via colloidal EPS) speleothems.

  11. Mg/Ca ratios in coralline red algae as temperature proxies for reconstructing Labrador Current variability

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    Gamboa, G.; Halfar, J.; Zack, T.; Hetzinger, S.; Adey, W.

    2009-04-01

    Climate and oceanographic changes in the Northwestern Atlantic have recently had a dramatic impact on ecosystems and fishery yields. Fluctuations of North Atlantic marine climate have been linked in part to a dominant pattern of atmospheric circulation known as the North Atlantic Oscillation, which has a strong influence on transport variability of the Labrador Current (LC) flowing along the Eastern Canadian coastline. Although interdecadal and interannual variability of SST and salinity in the LC system have been documented, a clear cyclic pattern has not been identified. In order to better understand the observed ecosystem changes and predict future changes in LC flow, a spatial and temporal reconstruction of the LC is needed. This, however, requires reliable long-term and high-resolution temperature records, which are not available from short instrumental observations. Our research is therefore concerned with establishing century-scale sea-surface temperature (SST) reconstructions from the Northwest Atlantic using long-lived coralline red algae. Coralline red algae have a high-Mg calcite skeleton, live in shallow water worldwide and develop annual growth bands. It has previously been demonstrated that subannual resolution SST information can be obtained from coralline red algal Mg/Ca ratios, a commonly used paleotemperature proxy. Specimens of the long-lived coralline red algae Clathromorphum compactum were collected alive in August 2008 along a latitudinal transect spanning the southern extent of LC flow in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. This collection is supplemented with specimens from the same region collected in the 1960's. In order to reconstruct spatial and temporal patterns of the LC, selected samples of C. compactum were analyzed for Mg/Ca using Laser Ablation Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). Age models were established for all specimens by counting annual growth increments, which average 350 microns/year. Mg/Ca ratios range

  12. Mg/Ca Ratios in Coralline Red Algae as Temperature Proxies for Reconstructing Labrador Current Variability

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    Gamboa, G.; Hetzinger, S.; Halfar, J.; Zack, T.; Kunz, B.; Adey, W.

    2009-05-01

    Marine ecosystems and fishery productivity in the Northwestern Atlantic have been considerably affected by regional climate and oceanographic changes. Fluctuations of North Atlantic marine climate have been linked in part to a dominant pattern of atmospheric circulation known as the North Atlantic Oscillation, which has a strong influence on transport variability of the Labrador Current (LC). The cold LC originates in the Labrador Sea and flows southbound along the Eastern Canadian coastline causing an important cooling effect on marine waters off the Canadian Atlantic provinces. Although interdecadal and interannual variability of sea surface temperatures (SST) in the LC system have been documented, a long-term pattern has not been identified. In order to better understand the observed ecosystem changes and their relationship with climate variability in the Northwestern Atlantic, a century-scale reconstruction of spatial and temporal variations of the LC is needed. This, however, requires reliable long-term and high-resolution SST records, which are not available from short instrumental observations. Here we present the first century-scale SST reconstructions from the Northwest Atlantic using long-lived coralline red algae. Coralline red algae have a high-Mg calcite skeleton, live in shallow water worldwide and develop annual growth bands. It has previously been demonstrated that subannual resolution SSTs can be obtained from coralline red algal Mg/Ca ratios, a commonly used paleotemperature proxy. Specimens of the long-lived coralline red algae Clathromorphum compactum were collected alive in August 2008 along a latitudinal transect spanning the southern extent of LC flow in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. This collection is supplemented with specimens from the same region collected in the 1960's. In order to reconstruct spatial and temporal patterns of the LC, selected samples of C. compactum were analyzed for Mg/Ca using Laser Ablation Inductively-Coupled Plasma

  13. The electronic and optical properties of Al2O3, MO, and MAl2O4 (M = Zn, Mg).

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    Zhang, Fang-Ying; Zeng, Z; You, J Q

    2010-08-01

    The electronic properties and the imaginary parts of the dielectric function for nanosized ZnAl2O4 and MgAl2O4 are studied compared with those of B4-ZnO, B1-MgO and alpha-Al2O3 using a first-principles pesudopotential plane-wave method. The results show that both the electronic structures and the optical spectra of ZnAl2O4 and MgAl2O4 are different from those of ZnO, MgO and Al2O3 due to the atomic rearrangement, which agrees with the experimental data. The insight mechanism is also discussed. PMID:21125922

  14. Estimated daily intake of Fe, Cu, Ca and Zn through common cereals in Tehran, Iran.

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    Kashian, S; Fathivand, A A

    2015-06-01

    This paper presents the findings of study undertaken to estimate the dietary intake of iron (Fe), copper (Cu), calcium (Ca) and zinc (Zn) through common cereals in Tehran, Iran. 100 samples of rice, wheat and barley were collected from various brands between August and October 2013. The samples were analyzed performing instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). The dietary intake for adults was estimated by a total cereal study. Calculations were carried out on the basis of the reported adults' average food consumption rate data. The total daily intake estimated in mgd(-1) for Tehran population were 3.6 (Fe), 10.2 (Zn), 0.3 (Cu) and 234.5 (Ca). Wheat showed the highest contribution to Zn, Cu and Ca intakes. Furthermore, intakes were compared with recommended dietary allowance (RDA). Zn total intake (10.2mgd(-1)) was comparable with RDA values for males (11mgd(-1)) and was higher than recommended value for females (8mgd(-1)). The intakes of other studied elements were below the respective RDAs. PMID:25624223

  15. Chemistry of soluble β-diketiminatoalkaline-earth metal complexes with M-X bonds (M=Mg, Ca, Sr; X=OH, Halides, H).

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    Sarish, Sankaranarayana Pillai; Nembenna, Sharanappa; Nagendran, Selvarajan; Roesky, Herbert W

    2011-03-15

    Victor Grignard's Nobel Prize-winning preparation of organomagnesium halides (Grignard reagents) marked the formal beginning of organometallic chemistry with alkaline earth metals. Further development of this invaluable synthetic route, RX+Mg→RMgX, with the heavier alkaline earth metals (Ca and Sr) was hampered by limitations in synthetic methodologies. Moreover, the lack of suitable ligands for stabilizing the reactive target molecules, particularly with the more electropositive Ca and Sr, was another obstacle. The absence in the literature, until just recently, of fundamental alkaline earth metal complexes with M-H, M-F, and M-OH (where M is the Group 2 metal Mg, Ca, or Sr) bonds amenable for organometallic reactions is remarkable. The progress in isolating various unstable compounds of p-block elements with β-diketiminate ligands was recently applied to Group 2 chemistry. The monoanionic β-diketiminate ligands are versatile tools for addressing synthetic challenges, as amply demonstrated with alkaline earth complexes: the synthesis and structural characterization of soluble β-diketiminatocalcium hydroxide, β-diketiminatostrontium hydroxide, and β-diketiminatocalcium fluoride are just a few examples of our contribution to this area of research. To advance the chemistry beyond synthesis, we have investigated the reactivity and potential for applications of these species, for example, through the demonstration of dip coating surfaces with CaCO(3) and CaF(2) with solutions of the calcium hydroxide and calcium fluoride complexes, respectively. In this Account, we summarize some recent developments in alkaline earth metal complex chemistry, particularly of Mg, Ca, and Sr, through the utilization of β-diketiminate ligands. We focus on results generated in our laboratory but give due mention to work from other groups as well. We also highlight the closely related chemistry of the Group 12 element Zn, as well as the important chemistry developed by other groups

  16. Microwave plasma atomic emission spectrometric determination of Ca, K and Mg in various cheese varieties.

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    Ozbek, Nil; Akman, Suleyman

    2016-02-01

    Microwave plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (MP-AES) was used to determine calcium, magnesium and potassium in various Turkish cheese samples. Cheese samples were dried at 100 °C for 2 days and then digested in a mixture of nitric acid/hydrogen peroxide (3:1). Good linearities (R(2) > 0.999) were obtained up to 10 μg mL(-1) of Ca, Mg and K at 445.478 nm, 285.213 nm and 766.491 nm, respectively. The analytes in a certified reference milk powder sample were determined within the uncertainty limits. Moreover, the analytes added to the cheese samples were recovered quantitatively (>90%). All determinations were performed using aqueous standards for calibration. The LOD values for Ca, Mg and K were 0.036 μg mL(-1), 0.012 μg mL(-1) and 0.190 μg mL(-1), respectively. Concentrations of Ca, K and Mg in various types of cheese samples produced in different regions of Turkey were found between 1.03-3.70, 0.242-0.784 and 0.081-0.303 g kg(-1), respectively. PMID:26304350

  17. Effect of Inner Electrode on Reliability of (Zn,Mg)TiO3-Based Multilayer Ceramic Capacitor

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    Lee, Wen‑His; Su, Chi‑Yi; Lee, Ying Chieh; Yang, Jackey; Yang, Tong; PinLin, Shih

    2006-07-01

    In this study, different proportions of silver-palladium alloy acting as the inner electrode were adopted to a (Zn,Mg)TiO3-based multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) sintered at 925 °C for 2 h to evaluate the effect of the inner electrode on reliability. The main results show that the lifetime is inversely proportional to Ag content in the Pd/Ag inner electrode. Ag+1 diffusion into the (Zn,Mg)TiO3-based MLCC during cofiring at 925 °C for 2 h and Ag+1 migration at 140 °C against 200 V are both responsible for the short lifetime of the (Zn,Mg)TiO3-based MLCC, particularly the latter factor. A (Zn,Mg)TiO3-based MLCC with high Ag content in the inner electrode Ag/Pd=99/01 exhibits the shortest lifetime (13 h), and the effect of Ag+1 migration is markedly enhanced when the activation energy of the (Zn,Mg)TiO3 dielectric is greatly lowered due to the excessive formation of oxygen vacancies and the semiconducting Zn2TiO4 phase when Ag+ substitutes for Zn+2 during co-firing.

  18. Effect of heteroboundary spreading on the properties of exciton states in Zn(Cd)Se/ZnMgSSe quantum wells

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    Adiyatullin, A. F. Belykh, V. V.; Kozlovsky, V. I.; Krivobok, V. S. Martovitsky, V. P.; Nikolaev, S. N.

    2012-11-15

    Exciton states in Zn(Cd)Se/ZnMgSSe quantum wells with different diffusion spreading of interfaces are studied by optical spectroscopy methods. It is shown that the emission spectrum of quantum wells at low temperatures is determined by free excitons and bound excitons on neutral donors. The nonlinear dependence of the stationary photoluminescence intensity on the excitation power density and the biexponential luminescence decay are explained by the neutralization of charged defects upon photoexcitation of heterostructures. With the stationary illumination on, durable (about 40 min) reversible changes in the reflection coefficient near the exciton resonances of quantum wells are observed. It is shown that, along with the shift of exciton levels, the spreading of heteroboundaries leads to three effects: an increase in the excitonphonon interaction, an increase in the energy shift between the emission lines of free and bound excitons, and a decrease in the decay time of exciton luminescence in a broad temperature range. The main reasons for these effects are discussed.

  19. Light polarization sensitive photodetectors with m- and r-plane homoepitaxial ZnO/ZnMgO quantum wells

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    Tabares, G.; Hierro, A.; Lopez-Ponce, M.; Muñoz, E.; Vinter, B.; Chauveau, J.-M.

    2015-02-01

    Homoepitaxial ZnO/(Zn,Mg)O multiple quantum wells (MQWs) grown with m- and r-plane orientations are used to demonstrate Schottky photodiodes sensitive to the polarization state of light. In both orientations, the spectral photoresponse of the MQW photodiodes shows a sharp excitonic absorption edge at 3.48 eV with a very low Urbach tail, allowing the observation of the absorption from the A, B and C excitonic transitions. The absorption edge energy is shifted by ˜30 and ˜15 meV for the m- and r-plane MQW photodiodes, respectively, in full agreement with the calculated polarization of the A, B, and C excitonic transitions. The best figures of merit are obtained for the m-plane photodiodes, which present a quantum efficiency of ˜11%, and a specific detectivity D* of ˜6.4 × 1010 cm Hz1/2/W. In these photodiodes, the absorption polarization sensitivity contrast between the two orthogonal in-plane axes yields a maximum value of (R⊥/R||)max ˜ 9.9 with a narrow bandwidth of ˜33 meV.

  20. Light polarization sensitive photodetectors with m- and r-plane homoepitaxial ZnO/ZnMgO quantum wells

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    Tabares, G.; Hierro, A. Lopez-Ponce, M.; Muñoz, E.

    2015-02-09

    Homoepitaxial ZnO/(Zn,Mg)O multiple quantum wells (MQWs) grown with m- and r-plane orientations are used to demonstrate Schottky photodiodes sensitive to the polarization state of light. In both orientations, the spectral photoresponse of the MQW photodiodes shows a sharp excitonic absorption edge at 3.48 eV with a very low Urbach tail, allowing the observation of the absorption from the A, B and C excitonic transitions. The absorption edge energy is shifted by ∼30 and ∼15 meV for the m- and r-plane MQW photodiodes, respectively, in full agreement with the calculated polarization of the A, B, and C excitonic transitions. The best figures of merit are obtained for the m-plane photodiodes, which present a quantum efficiency of ∼11%, and a specific detectivity D* of ∼6.4 × 10{sup 10} cm Hz{sup 1/2}/W. In these photodiodes, the absorption polarization sensitivity contrast between the two orthogonal in-plane axes yields a maximum value of (R{sub ⊥}/R{sub ||}){sub max} ∼ 9.9 with a narrow bandwidth of ∼33 meV.

  1. Li/Ca, B/Ca, and Mg/Ca content in sea urchin spines cultured at different temperatures and pCO2

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    Nguyen, T.; Eagle, R.; Courtney, T.; Ries, J. B.; Brillo, V.; Rollion-Bard, C.; Gabitov, R. I.; Tripati, A. K.

    2012-12-01

    Element/calcium ratios within biogenic calcium carbonate minerals have been used as tools to reconstruct seawater temperature and pH. Most recent studies have focused on examining systematics governing elemental incorporation in coral, foraminifera, and otoliths [1-3, etc.]. In this study we focus on examining Li/Ca, B/Ca, and Mg/Ca ratios in sea urchins cultured at different temperatures and pCO2. We conducted in situ secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analyses on two different species of sea urchins. A temperate species of sea urchin (Arbacia punctulata) was cultured at variable pCO2 (400, 600, 900, 2850 ppmv) and at a constant temperature (25°C) [4]. We also investigated a tropical species of sea urchins (Echinometra viridis) that was cultured at variable pCO2 (400 and 1000 ppmv) and variable temperature (20°C and 30°C). The highly porous spines were embedded in epoxy and polished with 3 μm diamond suspension. SIMS analyses were performed with an oxygen primary beam and a lateral spatial resolution of about 40 μm. The standard deviation for SIMS spot analysis of Li in the reference synthetic calcite, CAL-HTP, was 3.5 % (1σ). The standard deviation of SIMS spots analyses of coral reference material M93-TB-FC-1 was 9.5 % (1σ). The bulk B content in this reference coral was determined by LA-ICP-MS as 39.3 ppm [6]. The standard deviation for the SIMS spot analysis of Mg in the reference synthetic calcite, UCI, was 1% (1σ). For the temperate species, B/Ca ratios decrease from ~0.39 to 0.29 mmol/mol as pCO2 increase from 400 to 2850 ppmv. This suggests that B/Ca ratios in this species may be a viable proxy for paleo-seawater pH. Other elements such as Li/Ca showed an increase from .047 to .052 mmol/mol as pCO2 increased. However, Mg/Ca did not show any significant trend as pCO2 increased. The tropical species showed a general increase in Li/Ca, B/Ca, Mg/Ca with increasing temperature. When temperature was held constant, there was no significant effect of

  2. Depletion of intracellular free Mg2+ in Mg2(+)- and Ca2(+)-free solution in the taenia isolated from guinea-pig caecum.

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    Nakayama, S; Tomita, T

    1990-01-01

    1. In isolated strips of the taenia of guinea-pig caecum removal of Mg2+ alone from the external solution had no clear effects on contractions produced by carbachol. However, after treatment with Mg2(+)- and Ca2(+)-free solution, readmission of 2.4 mM-Ca2+ caused only limited recovery, and addition of Mg2+ was necessary for full recovery. 2. When Mg2+ was removed in the absence of Ca2+, oxygen consumption increased, but gradually decreased again in the prolonged absence of the divalent cations. The increase in O2 consumption was blocked by ouabain or by decreasing the external sodium concentration to 20 mM. 3. Under normal conditions, the intracellular free Mg2+ concentration [( Mg2+]i) was estimated to be 310 +/- 30 microM (n = 17) from the chemical shift of the ATP peaks obtained with 31P nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), assuming the dissociation constant of MgATP to be 41 microM. 4. Removal of external Mg2+ did not alter [Mg2+]i within 100 min. However, when both Mg2+ and Ca2+ were omitted, [Mg2+]i decreased to 8.3 +/- 3.6 microM (n = 12) in 100 min. The [Mg2+]i recovered completely on readmission of 1.2 mM-Mg2+. 5. When Mg2+ and Ca2+ were omitted, the phosphocreatine (PCr) content of the tissue slowly decreased to about 90% and the ATP concentration was reduced to about 60% of the control in 100 min. On Mg2+ readmission the ATP levels recovered partially, whereas PCr decreased further. 6. It is concluded that free [Mg2+]i slowly decreases when both Mg2+ and Ca2+ are removed from the external solution, due to an increased permeability of the plasma membrane, and that when [Mg2+]i is reduced to less than about 10% of the normal internal concentration, energy metabolism, membrane transport, and contraction are impaired. PMID:2348397

  3. Phase diagram, crystal chemistry and thermoelectric properties of compounds in the Ca-Co-Zn-O system

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    Wong-Ng, W; Luo, T; Xie, W; Tang, W H; Kaduk, J A; Huang, Q; Yan, Y; Chattopadhyay, S; Tang, X; Tritt, T

    2011-11-17

    In the Ca-Co-Zn-O system, we have determined the tie-line relationships and the thermoelectric properties, solid solution limits, and structures of two low-dimensional cobaltite series, Ca3(Co, Zn)4O9-z and Ca3(Co,Zn)2O6-z at 885 ºC in air. In Ca3(Co,Zn)4O9-z, which has a misfit layered structure, Zn was found to substitute in the Co site to a limit of Ca3(Co3.8Zn0.2)O9-z. The compound Ca3(Co,Zn)2O6-z (n=1 member of the homologous series, Can+2(Co,Zn)n(Co,Zn)'O3n+3-z) consists of one-dimensional parallel (Co,Zn)2O66- chains that are built from successive alternating face-sharing (Co,Zn)O6 trigonal prisms and 'n' units of (Co,Zn)O6 octahedra along the hexagonal c-axis. Zn substitutes in the Co site of Ca3Co2O6 to a small amount of approximately Ca3(Co1.95Zn0.05)O6-z. In the ZnO-CoOz system, Zn substitutes in the tetrahedral Co site of Co3O4 to the maximum amount of (Co2.49Zn0.51)O4-z and Co substitutes in the Zn site of ZnO to (Zn0.94Co0.06)O. The crystal structures of (Co2.7Zn0.3)O4-z, (Zn0.94Co0.06)O, and Ca3(Co1.95 Zn0.05)O6-z are described. Despite the Ca3(Co, Zn)2O6-z series having reasonably high Seebeck coefficients and relatively low thermal conductivity, the electrical resistivity values of its members are too high to achieve high figure of merit, ZT.

  4. Effects of gas produced by degradation of Mg-Zn-Zr Alloy on cancellous bone tissue.

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    Wang, Jingbo; Jiang, Hongfeng; Bi, Yanze; Sun, Jin e; Chen, Minfang; Liu, Debao

    2015-10-01

    Mg-Zn-Zr alloy cylinders were implanted into the femoral condyles of Japanese big-ear white rabbits. X-ray showed that by 12 weeks following implantation the implant became obscure, around which the low-density area appeared and enlarged. By 24 weeks, the implant was more obscure and the density of the surrounding cancellous bone increased. Scanning electron microscopy examination showed bone tissue on the surface of the alloy attached by living fibers at 12 weeks. Micro-CT confirmed that new bone tissue on the surface of the residual alloy implant increased from 12 weeks to 24 weeks. By 12 weeks, many cavities in the cancellous bone tissue around the implant were noted with a CT value, similar to gas value, and increasing by 24 weeks (P<0.01). Histological examination of hard tissue slices showed that bone tissue was visibly attached to the alloy in the femoral condyle at 12 weeks. The trabecular bone tissues became more intact and dense, and the cavities were filled with soft tissue at 24 weeks. In general, gas produced by the degradation of the Mg-Zn-Zr alloy can cause cavitation within cancellous bone, which does not affect osteogenesis of Mg alloy. PMID:26117789

  5. The structure of coatings obtained in the Zn-31Al-3Mg bath by the batch hot dip method

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    Kania, H.

    2012-05-01

    Zn-Al dip coatings provide effective protection of steel surface against corrosion - better than traditional zinc coatings. Corrosion resistance can be further increased by adding Mg to the bath. Coatings obtained in Zn-Al-Mg baths are produced on metal plates by applying the continuous method. In this paper the author presents the results of tests on obtaining Zn-Al-Mg coatings on products with limited shape by use of the batch hot dip method. The growth kinetics of coatings obtained in the Zn-31Al-3Mg bath on steel with low silicon contents has been defined. The structure has been developed and the chemical composition of particular structural components of the coating has be established. It has been determined that the structure of coatings obtained in the Zn-31Al-3Mg bath is continuous. The course of reaction between the tested steel and liquid Zn-31Al-3Mg alloy is very abrupt, which leads to the formation of coatings with excess and non-uniform thickness.

  6. Preparation and characterization of regenerated MgO-CaO refractory bricks sintered under different atmospheres

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    Qiu, Gui-bo; Yue, Chang-sheng; Li, Xiang; Guo, Min; Zhang, Mei

    2014-12-01

    Regenerated MgO-CaO brick samples containing 80wt%, 70wt%, and 60wt% MgO were prepared using spent MgO-CaO bricks and fused magnesia as raw materials and paraffin as a binder. The bricks were sintered at 1873 K for 2 h under an air atmosphere and under an isolating system. The microstructure, mechanical properties at room temperature, and hydration resistance of the regenerated samples were measured and compared. The results indicated that the isolating sintering generated a strongly reducing atmosphere as a result of the incomplete combustion of paraffin, and the partial oxygen pressure was approximately 6.68 × 10-7 Pa. The properties of the regenerated bricks sintered under air conditions were all higher than those of the bricks sintered under a reducing atmosphere. The deterioration of the bricks was a result of MgO reduction and a decrease in the amount of liquid phase formed during sintering under a reducing atmosphere.

  7. Structure, mechanical characteristics and in vitro degradation, cytotoxicity, genotoxicity and mutagenicity of novel biodegradable Zn-Mg alloys.

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    Kubásek, J; Vojtěch, D; Jablonská, E; Pospíšilová, I; Lipov, J; Ruml, T

    2016-01-01

    Zn-(0-1.6)Mg (in wt.%) alloys were prepared by hot extrusion at 300 °C. The structure, mechanical properties and in vitro biocompatibility of the alloys were investigated. The hot-extruded magnesium-based WE43 alloy was used as a control. Mechanical properties were evaluated by hardness, compressive and tensile testing. The cytotoxicity, genotoxicity (comet assay) and mutagenicity (Ames test) of the alloy extracts and ZnCl2 solutions were evaluated with the use of murine fibroblasts L929 and human osteosarcoma cell line U-2 OS. The microstructure of the Zn alloys consisted of recrystallized Zn grains of 12 μm in size and fine Mg2Zn11 particles arranged parallel to the hot extrusion direction. Mechanical tests revealed that the hardness and strength increased with increasing Mg concentration. The Zn-0.8 Mg alloys showed the best combination of tensile mechanical properties (tensile yield strength of 203 MPa, ultimate tensile strength of 301 MPa and elongation of 15%). At higher Mg concentrations the plasticity of Zn-Mg alloys was deteriorated. Cytotoxicity tests with alloy extracts and ZnCl2 solutions proved the maximum safe Zn(2+) concentrations of 120 μM and 80 μM for the U-2 OS and L929 cell lines, respectively. Ames test with extracts of alloys indicated that the extracts were not mutagenic. The comet assay demonstrated that 1-day extracts of alloys were not genotoxic for U-2 OS and L929 cell lines after 1-day incubation. PMID:26478283

  8. Nondestructive atomic compositional analysis of BeMgZnO quaternary alloys using ion beam analytical techniques

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    Zolnai, Z.; Toporkov, M.; Volk, J.; Demchenko, D. O.; Okur, S.; Szabó, Z.; Özgür, Ü.; Morkoç, H.; Avrutin, V.; Kótai, E.

    2015-02-01

    The atomic composition with less than 1-2 atom% uncertainty was measured in ternary BeZnO and quaternary BeMgZnO alloys using a combination of nondestructive Rutherford backscattering spectrometry with 1 MeV He+ analyzing ion beam and non-Rutherford elastic backscattering experiments with 2.53 MeV energy protons. An enhancement factor of 60 in the cross-section of Be for protons has been achieved to monitor Be atomic concentrations. Usually the quantitative analysis of BeZnO and BeMgZnO systems is challenging due to difficulties with appropriate experimental tools for the detection of the light Be element with satisfactory accuracy. As it is shown, our applied ion beam technique, supported with the detailed simulation of ion stopping, backscattering, and detection processes allows of quantitative depth profiling and compositional analysis of wurtzite BeZnO/ZnO/sapphire and BeMgZnO/ZnO/sapphire layer structures with low uncertainty for both Be and Mg. In addition, the excitonic bandgaps of the layers were deduced from optical transmittance measurements. To augment the measured compositions and bandgaps of BeO and MgO co-alloyed ZnO layers, hybrid density functional bandgap calculations were performed with varying the Be and Mg contents. The theoretical vs. experimental bandgaps show linear correlation in the entire bandgap range studied from 3.26 eV to 4.62 eV. The analytical method employed should help facilitate bandgap engineering for potential applications, such as solar blind UV photodetectors and heterostructures for UV emitters and intersubband devices.

  9. Phonon dynamics and Urbach energy studies of MgZnO alloys

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    Huso, Jesse Che, Hui; Thapa, Dinesh; Canul, Amrah; Bergman, Leah; McCluskey, M. D.

    2015-03-28

    The Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O alloy system is emerging as an environmentally friendly choice in ultraviolet lighting and sensor technologies. Knowledge of defects which impact their optical and material properties is a key issue for utilization of these alloys in various technologies. The impact of phase segregation, structural imperfections, and alloy inhomogeneities on the phonon dynamics and electronic states of Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O thin films were studied via selective resonant Raman scattering (SRRS) and Urbach analyses, respectively. A series of samples with Mg composition from 0–68% were grown using a sputtering technique, and the optical gaps were found to span a wide UV range of 3.2–5.8 eV. The extent of the inherent phase segregation was determined via SRRS using two UV-laser lines to achieve resonance with the differing optical gaps of the embedded cubic and wurtzite structural domains. The occurrence of Raman scattering from cubic structures is discussed in terms of relaxation of the selection rules due to symmetry breaking by atomic substitutions. The Raman linewidth and Urbach energy behavior indicate the phase segregation region occurs in the range of 47–66% Mg. Below the phase segregation, the longitudinal optical phonons are found to follow the model of one-mode behavior. The phonon decay model of Balkanski et al. indicates that the major contributor to Raman linewidth arises from the temperature-independent term attributed to structural defects and alloy inhomogeneity, while the contribution from anharmonic decay is relatively small. Moreover, a good correlation between Urbach energy and Raman linewidth was found, implying that the underlying crystal dynamics affecting the phonons also affect the electronic states. Furthermore, for alloys with low Mg composition structural defects are dominant in determining the alloy properties, while at higher compositions alloy inhomogeneity cannot be neglected.

  10. Thermal hysteresis of permeability and transport properties of Mn substituted Mg Cu Zn ferrites

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    Manjurul Haque, M.; Huq, M.; Hakim, M. A.

    2008-03-01

    Mn substituted Mg-Cu-Zn ferrites of composition Mg0.35Cu0.20Zn0.45O(Fe2-xMnx O3)0.97 have been prepared by the standard double sintering ceramic technique. X-ray diffraction patterns of the samples showed single phase cubic spinel structure without any detectable impurity phases. The lattice constant is found to increase linearly with increase in Mn3+ ion concentration obeying Vegard's law. The initial permeability (μi) of the Mg-Cu-Zn ferrites exhibits thermal hysteresis when the temperature is cycled from above the Curie temperature TC to below. The sharp decrease of μi at T = TC indicates that the samples have high homogeneity according to Globus et al. The Curie temperature TC of the studied ferrite system was determined from the μi-T curves where the Hopkinson type of effect at the TC has been observed with the manifestation of a sharp fall in permeability. The Curie temperature TC is found to increase with increasing Mn content. Dc electrical resistivity increases significantly with the increase in Mn content. The ac resistivity (ρac) and dielectric constant (ɛ') of the samples are found to decrease with increase in frequency, exhibiting normal ferrimagnetic behaviour. Dielectric relaxation peaks were observed for the frequency dependence of dielectric loss tangent curves. ɛ' increases as the temperature increases, which is the normal dielectric behaviour of the magnetic semiconductor ferrite. The observed variation of electrical and dielectric properties are explained on the basis of Fe2+/Fe3+ ionic concentration as well as the electronic hopping frequency between Fe2+ and Fe3+ ions in the present samples.

  11. Crop residue effects on Ca, Mg, K and Na concentrations and loads in runoff water

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    Miras-Avalos, J. M.; Sande-Fouz, P.; Bertol, I.; Paz-Gonzalez, A.

    2009-04-01

    Soil organic matter constitutes and important source of macro and micronutrients for plants and microorganisms while improving some physical and chemical properties of the soil. In Galicia (NW Spain), cultivated soils developed on schists from the Ordenes series show a relatively high susceptibility to surface degradation, which tends to be increased when soil organic content decreases. Therefore, management systems providing a high protection to the soil and increasing its organic matter content should also improve its quality. However, tillage practices may reduce the organic matter content in soil surface horizons, causing crust formation. Degraded soil surface conditions favor surface runoff, thus enhancing nutrient losses. This study examined the effect of applying crop residues to the soil surface on main nutrient (Ca, Mg, K and Na) losses by runoff from a tilled soil with a relatively low organic matter content. Runoff and sediment yield were made over 1 m2 plots using a rainfall simulator with constant 65 mmh-1 intensity. Four successive rainfall applications were performed, the first three ones 25 mm each and the last one 65 mm. Added corn straw varied between 0 and 4 tha-1 in the five studied treatments. Total and dissolved concentrations of the studied elements showed a trend to decrease due to the effect of corn straw on soil losses. After 140 mm cumulative rainfall, total nutrient losses were as follows: Ca from 12.32 to 28.94 mg L-1, Mg from 20.81 to 148.90 mg L-1, K from 14.20 to 35.17 mg L-1 and Na from 14.99 to 23.41 mg L-1. The relative contribution of the dissolved fraction to the total nutrient content loss was highly variable, being up to 90% in the case of Na. The obtained results confirmed that corn residues applied to a degraded soil, with low structural stability, prevented macronutrient losses.

  12. Study of properties of (Mg, Al)-codoped ZnO with GGA and mBJ approximations

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    Khuili, Mohamed; Fazouan, Nejma; El Makarim, Hassna Abou; Atmani, El Houssine

    2016-08-01

    The physical properties of the codoped ZnO system Zn 1 - x - yMgxAly O were studied using a Gaussian and plane waves basis set method implemented in CP2K code, combined to the modified Becke-Johnson potential approximation implemented in the Wien2k code. We have found that the magnesium doped ZnO enhances the optical properties and induces a blue shift in the optical band gap, but reduces its electrical properties. The incorporation of a low Mg concentration in Al doped ZnO achieves a good electrical conductivity and high transmittance. These results make this material a suitable candidate for electronic transparent devices.

  13. Mg/Ca-temperature and seawater-test chemistry relationships in the shallow-dwelling large benthic foraminifera Operculina ammonoides

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    Evans, David; Erez, Jonathan; Oron, Shai; Müller, Wolfgang

    2015-01-01

    The foraminifera Mg/Ca palaeothermometer contributes significantly to our understanding of palaeoceanic temperature variation. However, since seawater Mg/Ca has undergone large secular variation and the relationship between seawater and test Mg/Ca has not been calibrated in detail for any species with a substantial fossil record, it is only possible to assess relative temperature changes in pre-Pleistocene fossil samples. In order to establish the basis of accurate quantitative Mg/Ca-derived deep-time temperature reconstructions, we have calibrated the relationship between test Mg/Ca, seawater chemistry and temperature in laboratory cultures of the shallow-dwelling large benthic species Operculina ammonoides. Operculina has a fossil range extending back to the early Paleogene and is the nearest living relative of the abundant genus Nummulites. We find a temperature sensitivity of 1.7% °C-1 and a linear relationship between the Mg distribution coefficient and seawater Mg/Ca (Mg /Casw) with m = -1.9 × 10-3 , within error of the equivalent slope for inorganic calcite. The higher test Mg/Ca of O. ammonoides compared to inorganic calcite may be explained by an elevated pH of the calcifying fluid, implying that these foraminifera do not modify the Mg/Ca ratio of the seawater from which they calcify, differentiating them in this respect from most other perforate foraminifera. Applying these calibrations to previously published fossil data results in palaeo-Mg /Casw reconstruction consistent with independent proxy evidence. Furthermore, our data enable accurate absolute palaeotemperature reconstructions if Mg /Casw is constrained by another technique (e.g. ridge flank vein carbonate; fluid inclusions). Finally, we examine Li, Na, Sr and Ba incorporation into the test of O. ammonoides and discuss the control exerted by temperature, seawater chemistry, saturation state and growth rate on these emerging proxies.

  14. Structural and Electronic Properties of a Wide-Gap Quaternary Solid Solution: \\(Zn, Mg\\) \\(S, Se\\)

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    Saitta, A. M.; de Gironcoli, S.; Baroni, S.

    1998-06-01

    The structural properties of the (Zn, Mg) (S, Se) solid solutions are determined by a combination of the computational alchemy and the cluster expansion methods with Monte Carlo simulations. We determine the phase diagram of the alloy and show that the homogeneous phase is characterized by a large amount of short-range order occurring among first-nearest neighbors. Electronic-structure calculations performed using the special quasirandom structure approach indicate that the energy gap of the alloy is rather sensitive to this short-range order.

  15. Deep-cryogenic-treatment-induced phase transformation in the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Li, Chun-mei; Cheng, Nan-pu; Chen, Zhi-qian; Guo, Ning; Zeng, Su-min

    2015-01-01

    An aluminum alloy (Al-Zn-Mg-Cu) subjected to deep cryogenic treatment (DCT) was systematically investigated. The results show that a DCT-induced phase transformation varies the microstructures and affects the mechanical properties of the Al alloy. Both Guinier-Preston (GP) zones and a metastable η' phase were observed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The phenomenon of the second precipitation of the GP zones in samples subjected to DCT after being aged was observed. The viability of this phase transformation was also demonstrated by first-principles calculations.

  16. Haldane spin state in Y 2Ba(Ni, Zn or Mg)O 5

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    Batlogg, B.; Cheong, S.-W.; Rupp, L. W.

    1994-02-01

    We have identified Y 2BaNiO 5 as a new Haldane state chain compound with a magnetic excitation gap Δ min/k B of 100±5K and Δ min/|J|≈0.3. Single crystal results of χ(T→0) reveal a splitting of the excited magnetic state. The S=1 chains have been severed in a controlled way by the substitution of Zn or Mg for Ni, and the resulting modifications of χ(T) are presented.

  17. Impact of Zn, Mg, Ni and Co elements on glass alteration: Additive effects

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    Aréna, H.; Godon, N.; Rébiscoul, D.; Podor, R.; Garcès, E.; Cabie, M.; Mestre, J.-P.

    2016-03-01

    The minor elements present in the nuclear glass composition or coming from the groundwater of the future repository may impact glass alteration. In this study, the effects of Zn, Mg, Ni and Co on the International Simple Glass (ISG) alteration were studied throughout 511 days of aqueous leaching experiments. The aim was to determine their additive or competitive effect on glass alteration and the nature of the alteration products. The four elements were introduced separately or altogether in solution as XCl2 chloride salts (X = Zn, Mg, Ni or Co) with monthly additions to compensate for their consumption. The alteration kinetics were determined by leachate analyses (ICP-AES) and alteration products were characterized in terms of composition, morphology and microstructure (SEM, TEM-EDX, ToF-SIMS and XRD). Results indicate that when they are introduced separately, Zn, Mg, Ni and Co have the same qualitative and quantitative effect on glass alteration kinetics and on pH: they form secondary phases leading to a pH decrease and a significant increase in glass alteration. The secondary phases were identified as silicates of the added X element: trioctahedral smectites with a stoichiometry of[(Si(4-a) Ala) (X(3-b) Alb) O10 (OH)2](a+b)- [Xc Nad Cae] (2c+d+2e)+ with a = 0.11 to 0.45, b = 0.00 to 0.29, c = 0, d = 0.19 to 0.74 and e = 0.10 to 0.14. . It was shown that as pH stabilizes at a minimum value, X-silicates no longer precipitate, thus leading to a significant drop in the glass alteration rate. This pH value depends on X and it has been identified as being 8 for Mg-silicates, probably around 7.3 for Ni and Co-silicates and less than 6.2 for Zn-silicates. When tested together, the effects of these four elements on glass alteration are additive and lead to the formation of a mix of X-silicates that precipitate as long as their constitutive elements are available and the pH is above their respective minimum value. This study brings new quantitative information about the

  18. Easy Glide in a Coarse-Grained Mg-2Zn-2Nd Alloy

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    Wang, Tong; Jonas, John J.; Yue, Stephen

    2016-08-01

    Compression tests were performed at 673 K (400 °C) on a Mg-2Zn-2Nd alloy at the strain rates of 0.1, 0.01, and 0.001/s. The 0.1 and 0.01/s flow curves displayed work hardening to a peak stress at around 0.2 true strain. However, testing at 0.001/s led to steady-state flow at about 22 MPa from 0.03 true strain onwards. Such a steady-state flow is attributed to the predominance of basal slip under these conditions.

  19. Anisotropic Spin Correlations in the Zn-Mg-Ho Icosahedral Quasicrystal

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    Sato, Taku J.; Takakura, Hiroyuki; Tsai, An Pang; Shibata, Kaoru

    1998-09-01

    Neutron scattering experiments have been performed on the Zn-Mg-Ho icosahedral quasicrystal using powder and single-crystalline samples. In contrast to a previous Letter [Charrier et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 4637 (1997)], the magnetic long-range order could not be detected in the icosahedral quasicrystal. It instead exhibits highly anisotropic diffuse scattering, which appears as satellite ridges of intense nuclear Bragg reflections, running parallel to the fivefold axis. The result suggests that quasi-five-dimensional spin correlations develop on a six-dimensional hypercubic lattice.

  20. Nonlinear absorption coefficient of pulsed laser deposited MgZnO thin film

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    Agrawal, Arpana Dar, Tanveer A.; Solanki, Ravi; Sen, Pratima; Phase, D. M.

    2015-06-24

    We report the imaginary part of 3{sup rd} order nonlinear susceptibility and the nonlinear absorption coefficient of Mg doped ZnO thin film using standard Z-scan technique. The origin of nonlinear absorption is attributed to the two photon absorption followed by the free carrier absorption because of the presence of oxygen vacancy defects. We have also confirmed the experimental results with the theoretical results obtained by considering the steady state response of a two level atom with the monochromatic field models.

  1. Exciton localization and large Stokes shift in quaternary BeMgZnO grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Toporkov, Mykyta; Ullah, Md. Barkat; Hafiz, Shopan; Nakagawara, Tanner; Avrutin, Vitaliy; Morkoç, Hadis; Özgür, Ümit

    2016-02-01

    Owing to wide range bandgap tunability to more than 5 eV, the quaternary (Be,Mg)ZnO solid solutions are attractive for a variety of UV optoelectronic applications, inclusive of solar blind photodetectors, and intersubband transition devices. The mutual compensation effects of Be and Mg on the formation energy and strain allows a wide range of compositions and bandgaps beyond those achievable by MgZnO and BeZnO ternaries. Localization effects are well pronounced in such wide-bandgap semiconductor alloys due to large differences in metal covalent radii and the lattice constants of the binaries, resulting in strain-driven compositional variations within the film and consequently large potential fluctuations, in addition to that possibly caused by defects. However, carrier localization may suppress recombination through nonradiative channels, and thus, facilitate high-efficiency optoelectronic devices. To investigate potential fluctuations and localization in BexMgyZn(1-x-y)O films grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy, optical absorption and steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) measurements were performed. O-polar BexMgyZn(1-x-y)O samples grown on GaN templates with compositions up to x = 0.04 and y = 0.18 were used for timeresolved studies, and O-polar BexMgyZn(1-x-y)O samples grown on sapphire with compositions up to x = 0.19 and y = 0.52 were used for absorption measurements. From spectrally resolved PL transients, BeMgZnO samples with higher Mg/Be content ratio were found to exhibit smaller localization depth, Δ0=98 meV for Be0.04Mg0.17Zn0.79O and Δ0=173 meV for Be0.10Mg0.25Zn0.65O, compared to samples with smaller Mg/Be ratio, Δ0=268 meV for Be0.11Mg0.15Zn0.74O. Similar correlation is observed in temporal redshift of the PL peak position of 8 meV, 42 meV and 55 meV for Be0.04Mg0.17Zn0.79O, Be0.10Mg0.25Zn0.65O and Be0.11Mg0.15Zn0.74O, respectively, that originates from potential fluctuations and removal of band filling effect in the

  2. Corrosion Behavior of Mg-6Al-1Zn+XRE Magnesium Alloy with Minor Addition of Yttrium

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    Manivannan, S.; Babu, S. P. Kumaresh; Sundarrajan, Srinivasan

    2015-04-01

    The effect of yttrium addition on the microstructure of Mg-6Al-1Zn alloy was investigated by optical microscopy, x-ray diffraction analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. The experimental alloys were prepared by melting high-purity Mg, Al, Zn, and Y, respectively. Melting was carried out in a Inconel 718 crucible under SF6 and ultra pure Ar (99.999%) gas mixture environment using electric arc furnace. The corrosion behavior of Mg-6Al-1Zn+ xYttrium ( x = 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 wt.% Y) magnesium alloy with different levels of yttrium additions was studied in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution. Microstructure of yttrium-added alloy shows that higher grainrefinement is obtained in Mg-6Al-1Zn+0.5wt.%Y. Increasing yttrium content reduces the size of α-grain and alters the distribution of the β-phase (Mg17Al12) from continuous network morphology to small and dispersive distribution. It forms secondary intermetallic phase Al2Y which has high melting point along the grain boundary. The corrosion resistance of Mg-6Al-1Zn magnesium alloy improved with addition of Yttrium. It was confirmed by the results of electrochemical polarization test. Based on the polarization curves, it is seen that fine precipitates of Al-Y intermetallic phase in Mg-6Al-1Zn alloy decrease the corrosion current density, thereby improving the corrosion resistance of the Mg-6Al-1Zn magnesium alloy.

  3. Microstructural evolution of Al-8.59Zn-2.00Mg-2.44Cu during homogenization

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    Shu, Wen-xiang; Liu, Jun-cheng; Hou, Long-gang; Cui, Hua; Liu, Jun-tao; Zhang, Ji-shan

    2014-12-01

    The microstructural evolution and phase transformations of a high-alloyed Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy (Al-8.59Zn-2.00Mg-2.44Cu, wt%) during homogenization were investigated. The results show that the as-cast microstructure mainly contains dendritic α(Al), non-equilibrium eutectics (α(Al) + Mg(Zn,Al,Cu)2), and the θ (Al2Cu) phase. Neither the T (Al2Mg3Zn3) phase nor the S (Al2CuMg) phase was found in the as-cast alloy. The calculated phase components according to the Scheil model are in agreement with experimental results. During homogenization at 460°C, all of the θ phase and most of the Mg(Zn,Al,Cu)2 phase were dissolved, whereas a portion of the Mg(Zn,Al,Cu)2 phase was transformed into the S phase. The type and amount of residual phases remaining after homogenization at 460°C for 168 h and by a two-step homogenization process conducted at 460°C for 24 h and 475°C for 24 h (460°C/24 h + 475°C/24 h) are in good accord with the calculated phase diagrams. It is concluded that the Al-8.59Zn-2.00Mg-2.44Cu alloy can be homogenized adequately under the 460°C/24 h + 475°C/24 h treatment.

  4. Measurement of Ca, Zn and Sr in enamel of human teeth by XRF

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    Wielopolski, L.; Featherstone, J.D.B.; Cohn, S.H.

    1984-01-01

    Energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) has been employed to measure Ca, Zn, and Sr in enamel of human teeth. The calibration of the EDXRF system was performed by comparing Sr/Ca ratios with values obtained by atomic absorption analysis of acid etched biopsies of the enamel surface. Two calibration lines were obtained, one line for untreated teeth and the second line for teeth immersed (treated) in solutions containing Sr. A simple analytical model demonstrated that the two calibration lines were the result of the difference in the depth of the enamel sampled by EDXRF and by the acid-etched biopsy. The multi-elemental, non-destructive and quantitative aspects of EDXRF permit the sequential monitoring of the effects of Sr and Zn ions on the mineralization and demineralization processes in human enamel. The portability of the system and adaptability to non-invasive measurements makes it suitable for field studies. 26 references, 4 figures.

  5. How strong are Ca2+-heparin and Zn2+-heparin interactions?

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    Remko, Milan; Broer, Ria; Remková, Anna; Van Duijnen, Piet Th.

    2015-02-01

    The formation of the calcium and zinc salts from CaCl2, ZnCl2 and six monomeric structural units of heparin (1-OMe ΔUA-2S, 1-OMe GlcN-S6S, 1,4-DiOMe GlcA, 1,4-DiOMe GlcN-S3S6S, 1,4-DiOMe IdoA-2S, and 1,4-DiOMe GlcN-S6S) have been studied in gas phase and aqueous solution as model reactions for formation of heparin-Ca2+ and heparin-Zn2+ complexes. Gibbs reaction energies computed at the B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory for the reactions studied in aqueous solution are positive and range from 20 to 250 kJ/mol.

  6. N₂O decomposition over K/Na-promoted Mg/Zn-Ce-cobalt mixed oxides catalysts.

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    Zhang, Jinli; Hu, Hui; Xu, Jie; Wu, Gaoming; Zeng, Zhaowei

    2014-07-01

    Three groups of cobalt mixed oxide catalysts (Mg/Zn-Co, Mg/Zn-Ce-C, K/Na-Mg/Zn-Ce-Co) were prepared by sol-gel or impregnation methods. The synergistic effects of transition metal, rare earth metal and alkali metal on cobalt mixed catalysts for nitrous oxide (N₂O) decomposing to N₂ and O₂ were investigated. The experimental results revealed that the catalytic activity for N₂O decomposition was promoted as Co²⁺ was replaced partially by Zn²⁺/Mg²⁺, moreover, the characterization analysis by XRD and XPS showed that Zn²⁺/Mg²⁺ replaced Co²⁺ successfully into the spinel structure of Co3O₄ and promoted significantly the catalytic activity. Especially, the addition of CeO₂ and K₂O/Na₂O decreased the binding energy and resulted in an increase in the density of the electron cloud around Co and an improvement of the catalytic activity. Of the investigated cobalt mixed catalysts, the best catalytic activity was shown by 2% K-Zn0.5-Ce0.05-Co catalyst. PMID:25079992

  7. Influx of extracellular Zn(2+) into the hippocampal CA1 neurons is required for cognitive performance via long-term potentiation.

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    Takeda, A; Suzuki, M; Tempaku, M; Ohashi, K; Tamano, H

    2015-09-24

    Physiological significance of synaptic Zn(2+) signaling was examined in the CA1 of young rats. In vivo CA1 long-term potentiation (LTP) was induced using a recording electrode attached to a microdialysis probe and the recording region was locally perfused with artificial cerebrospinal fluid (ACSF) via the microdialysis probe. In vivo CA1 LTP was inhibited under perfusion with CaEDTA and ZnAF-2DA, extracellular and intracellular Zn(2+) chelators, respectively, suggesting that the influx of extracellular Zn(2+) is required for in vivo CA1 LTP induction. The increase in intracellular Zn(2+) was chelated with intracellular ZnAF-2 in the CA1 1h after local injection of ZnAF-2DA into the CA1, suggesting that intracellular Zn(2+) signaling induced during learning is blocked with intracellular ZnAF-2 when the learning was performed 1h after ZnAF-2DA injection. Object recognition was affected when training of object recognition test was performed 1h after ZnAF-2DA injection. These data suggest that intracellular Zn(2+) signaling in the CA1 is required for object recognition memory via LTP. Surprisingly, in vivo CA1 LTP was affected under perfusion with 0.1-1μM ZnCl2, unlike the previous data that in vitro CA1 LTP was enhanced in the presence of 1-5μM ZnCl2. The influx of extracellular Zn(2+) into CA1 pyramidal cells has bidirectional action in CA1 LTP. The present study indicates that the degree of extracellular Zn(2+) influx into CA1 neurons is critical for LTP and cognitive performance. PMID:26204819

  8. Interplay of Ca(2+) and Mg (2+) in sodium-calcium exchanger and in other Ca(2+)-binding proteins: magnesium, watchdog that blocks each turn if able.

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    Levitsky, Dmitri O; Takahashi, Masayuki

    2013-01-01

    Sodium-calcium exchange across plasma membrane is regulated by intracellular calcium ions. The sodium-calcium exchanger (NCX1) is activated by successive saturation of numerous Ca(2+)-binding sites located in the intracellular loop of the protein. The progressive saturation of the binding domain CBD12 by Ca(2+) results in a series of conformational changes of CBD12 as well as of entire NCX1 molecule. Like other soluble and membrane Ca(2+)-binding proteins, NCX1 can also be regulated by Mg(2+) that antagonises Ca(2+) at the level of divalent cation-binding sites. This chapter summarises data on Mg(2+) impacts in the cells. Regulatory action of Mg(2+) on intracellular Ca(2+)-dependent processes can be achieved due to changes of its cytoplasmic level, which take place in the range of [Mg(2+)](i) from 0.5 to 3 mM. Under normal conditions, these changes are ensured by activation of plasmalemmal Mg(2+) transport systems and by variations in ATP level in cytoplasm. In heart and in brain, some pathological conditions, such as hypoxia, ischemia and ischemia followed by reperfusion, are associated with an important increase in intracellular Ca(2+). The tissue damage due to Ca(2+) overload may be prevented by Mg(2+). The protective actions of Mg(2+) can be achieved due to its ability to compete with Ca(2+) for the binding sites in a number of proteins responsible for the rise in intracellular free Ca(2+), including NCX1, in case when the reverse mode of Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchange becomes predominant. Saturation of CBD12 by Mg(2+) results in important changes of NCX1 conformation. Modulating actions of Mg(2+) on the conformation of NCX1 were detected at a narrow range of Mg(2+) concentration, from 0.5 to 1 mM. These data support an idea that variations of intracellular Mg(2+) could modify transmembrane Ca(2+) movements ensured by NCX1. PMID:23224871

  9. Trace metal (Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca) analyses of single coccoliths by Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

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    Prentice, Katy; Jones, Tom Dunkley; Lees, Jackie; Young, Jeremy; Bown, Paul; Langer, Gerald; Fearn, Sarah; EIMF

    2014-12-01

    Here we present the first multi-species comparison of modern and fossil coccolith trace metal data obtained from single liths. We present both trace metal analyses (Sr, Ca, Mg and Al) and distribution maps of individual Paleogene fossil coccoliths obtained by Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS). We use this data to determine the effects of variable coccolith preservation and diagenetic calcite overgrowths on the recorded concentrations of strontium and magnesium in coccolith calcite. The analysis of coccoliths from deep-ocean sediments spanning the Eocene/Oligocene transition demonstrates that primary coccolith calcite is resistant to the neomorphism that is common in planktonic foraminifera from similar depositional environments. Instead, where present, diagenetic calcite forms distinct overgrowths over primary coccolith calcite rather than replacing this calcite. Diagenetic overgrowths on coccoliths are easily distinguished in SIMS analyses on the basis of relatively higher Mg and lower Sr concentrations than co-occurring primary coccolith calcite. This interpretation is confirmed by the comparable SIMS analyses of modern cultured coccoliths of Coccolithus braarudii. Further, with diagenetic calcite overgrowth being the principle source of bias in coccolith-based geochemical records, we infer that lithologies with lower carbonate content, deposited below the palaeo-lysocline, are more likely to produce geochemical records dominated by primary coccolith calcite than carbonate-rich sediments where overgrowth is ubiquitous. The preservation of primary coccolith carbonate in low-carbonate lithologies thus provides a reliable geochemical archive where planktonic foraminifera are absent or have undergone neomorphism.

  10. Abnormal alterations in the Ca2+/CaV1.2/calmodulin/caMKII signaling pathway in a tremor rat model and in cultured hippocampal neurons exposed to Mg2+-free solution

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    LV, XINTONG; GUO, FENG; XU, XIAOXUE; CHEN, ZAIXING; SUN, XUEFEI; MIN, DONGYU; CAO, YONGGANG; SHI, XIANBAO; WANG, LEI; CHEN, TIANBAO; SHAW, CHRIS; GAO, HUILING; HAO, LIYING; CAI, JIQUN

    2015-01-01

    Voltage-dependent calcium channels (VDCCs) are key elements in epileptogenesis. There are several binding-sites linked to calmodulin (CaM) and several potential CaM-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII)-mediated phosphorylation sites in CaV1.2. The tremor rat model (TRM) exhibits absence-like seizures from 8 weeks of age. The present study was performed to detect changes in the Ca2+/CaV1.2/CaM/CaMKII pathway in TRMs and in cultured hippocampal neurons exposed to Mg2+-free solution. The expression levels of CaV1.2, CaM and phosphorylated CaMKII (p-CaMKII; Thr-286) in these two models were examined using immunofluorescence and western blotting. Compared with Wistar rats, the expression levels of CaV1.2 and CaM were increased, and the expression of p-CaMKII was decreased in the TRM hippocampus. However, the expression of the targeted proteins was reversed in the TRM temporal cortex. A significant increase in the expression of CaM and decrease in the expression of CaV1.2 were observed in the TRM cerebellum. In the cultured neuron model, p-CaMKII and CaV1.2 were markedly decreased. In addition, neurons exhibiting co-localized expression of CaV1.2 and CaM immunoreactivities were detected. Furthermore, intracellular calcium concentrations were increased in these two models. For the first time, o the best of our knowledge, the data of the present study suggested that abnormal alterations in the Ca2+/CaV1.2/CaM/CaMKII pathway may be involved in epileptogenesis and in the phenotypes of TRMs and cultured hippocampal neurons exposed to Mg2+-free solution. PMID:26299765

  11. Effect of Ca content percentage and sintering temperature on corrosion rate in Mg-Ca composite fabricated using powder metallurgy technique

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    Syaza Nabilla, M. S.; Zuraidawani, C. D.; Nazree, D. M.

    2016-07-01

    Magnesium (Mg) is a good element with high potential to be used in various field of work. It has the benefit of lightweight and low density its application is limited for Mg is relatively low in term of strength. Hence, calcium (Ca) is chosen to be mixed with Mg as additional element for it is lightweight and non-toxic. In this research, Mg is prepared with different weight percentage (0, 0.5, 1, 1.5 and 2 wt. %) of Cavia powder metallurgy (PM) method. The samples were sintered at 500 and 550°Cin argon atmosphere and electrochemically using SBF solution as the electrolyte medium. The effect of Ca content on corrosion rateis investigated by focusing on the microstructure and properties of sintered sample. Increase of Ca content causes reduction in grain structure due to increase Mg2Ca phase at grain boundaries. Subsequently, reduce corrosion resistance. Hence, the amount of Ca content and sintering temperature of Mg-Ca composite is controlled to acquire optimum corrosion rate.

  12. Optical properties of MgZnO alloys: Excitons and exciton-phonon complexes

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    Neumann, M. D.; Cobet, C.; Esser, N.; Laumer, B.; Wassner, T. A.; Eickhoff, M.; Feneberg, M.; Goldhahn, R.

    2011-07-01

    The characteristics of the excitonic absorption and emission around the fundamental bandgap of wurtzite Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}O grown on c-plane sapphire substrates by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy with Mg contents between x = 0 and x = 0.23 are studied using spectroscopic ellipsometry and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The ellipsometric data were analyzed using a multilayer model yielding the dielectric function (DF). The imaginary part of the DF for the alloys exhibits a pronounced feature which is attributed to exciton-phonon coupling (EPC) similar to the previously reported results for ZnO. Thus, in order to determine reliable transition energies, the spectral dependence is analyzed by a model which includes free excitonic lines, the exciton continuum, and the enhanced absorption due to EPC. A line shape analysis of the temperature-dependent PL spectra yielded in particular the emission-related free excitonic transition energies, which are compared to the results from the DF line-shape analysis. The PL linewidth is discussed within the framework of an alloy disorder model.

  13. An analytical electron microscopic investigation of precipitation in an Al-Cu-Zn-Mg-Ag alloy.

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    Hasan, F; Lorimer, G W

    1993-03-01

    The distribution, morphology, chemistry, and crystallography of the precipitates formed during aging of an Al-Cu-Zn-Mg-Ag alloy have been studied using analytical transmission electron microscopy. The first precipitates to appear during aging at 150 degrees C were thin hexagonal-shaped plate-like precipitates which formed on the (111)Al planes. These precipitates had a face-centred orthorhombic crystal structure and their composition was essentially CuAl2 although they contained a trace of silver. At peak hardness the microstructure consisted of the plate-like precipitates on (111)Al planes and theta' precipitates on (100)Al planes. Overaging resulted in the precipitation of equilibrium theta, CuAl2, which exhibited a lath morphology and an orientation-relationship with the matrix (210)Al magnitude of (110)gamma; (001)Al misoriented from (001)gamma by approximately 6 degrees. Prolonged overaging at 250 degrees C resulted in the formation of cuboid-shaped Al5(Cu,Zn)6Mg2 precipitates which had a cubic crystal structure and a cube:cube orientation-relationship with the matrix. PMID:8513176

  14. Pure and Zn-doped Pt Clusters go Flat and Upright on MgO(100)

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    Shen, Lu; Dadras, Mostafa J.; Alexandrova, Anastassia N.

    2014-12-28

    Pure and doped sub-nanoclusters can exhibit superb catalytic activity, which, however, strongly depends on their size, shape, composition, and the nature of the support. This work is about surface-deposited sub-nano Pt-based clusters, which are promising catalysts for the reactions of dehydrogenation. Using density functional theory and ab initio calculations, and an ab initio genetic algorithm for finding the global minima of clusters, we found a peculiar effect that Pt₅ and Pt₄Zn clusters exhibit upon deposition on MgO(100). Both of them change shapes from the gas phase 3-D form to a planar form, and they stand upright on the support. Several reasons are responsible for this behaviour. In part, clusters go flat due to the electron transfer from the support. Indeed, the anionic Pt₅- and Pt₄Zn- species are flat also in the gas phase. Charging induces the second-order Jahn–Teller effect (or partial covalency) facilitated by the recruitment of the higher-energy 6p atomic orbitals on Pt into the valence manifold, and that is the reason for the planarization of the anions. Secondly, clusters maximize interactions with the surface O atoms (resulting in further favouring of 2-D structures over 3-D), and avoid contacts with surface Mg atoms (resulting in upright morphologies).

  15. Environmental Fatigue-Crack Surface Crystallography for Al-Zn-Cu-Mg-Mn/Zr

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    Ro, Yunjo; Agnew, Sean R.; Gangloff, Richard P.

    2008-06-01

    The scanning electron microscope (SEM)-based electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD)/stereology technique quantitatively establishes distributions of the crystallographic characteristics of environmental-fatigue crack features for slightly overaged Al-Zn-Cu-Mg-X (X = Zr or Mn) alloys stressed in the low-growth-rate regime. Results for these homogeneous slip alloys conform to a substantial companion study of planar slip-prone Al-Cu-Mg/Li. Transgranular-crack characteristics are similar for the Mn and Zr variants, independent of grain size and recrystallization. Two morphologies of facetlike features exhibit a wide range of crystallographic orientations, change character at grain boundaries indicating an important role of grain orientation, and form in highly tensile-stressed spatial orientations about a crack tip. Similar characteristics for Al-Zn and Al-Cu suggest a common damage mechanism, speculatively attributed to hydrogen-environment embrittlement by decohesion. Slip-deformation band cracking resulting in facets near {111}, stimulated by H-enhanced localized plasticity, is not a viable mechanism for environmental fatigue. Repetitively stepped facets with surface curvature may involve H-enhanced cleavage along {100} or {110} planes subsequently distorted by plasticity. Broad-flat facets speculatively result from tensile stress-based cracking through dislocation cell structure, evolved by cyclic plasticity and containing trapped H.

  16. Nanoscale analysis of surface oxides on ZnMgAl hot-dip-coated steel sheets.

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    Arndt, M; Duchoslav, J; Itani, H; Hesser, G; Riener, C K; Angeli, G; Preis, K; Stifter, D; Hingerl, K

    2012-05-01

    In this work, the first few nanometres of the surface of ZnMgAl hot-dip-galvanised steel sheets were analysed by scanning Auger electron spectroscopy, angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. Although the ZnMgAl coating itself is exhibiting a complex micro-structure composed of several different phases, it is shown that the topmost surface is covered by a smooth, homogeneous oxide layer consisting of a mixture of magnesium oxide and aluminium oxide, exhibiting a higher amount of magnesium than aluminium and a total film thickness of 4.5 to 5 nm. Especially by the combined analytical approach of surface-sensitive methods, it is directly demonstrated for the first time that within surface imprints--created by industrial skin rolling of the steel sheet which ensures a smooth surface appearance as well as reduced yield-point phenomenon--the original, smooth oxide layer is partly removed and that a layer of native oxides, exactly corresponding to the chemical structure of the underlying metal phases, is formed. PMID:22086398

  17. Nanomesh electrode on MgZnO-based metal-semiconductor-metal ultraviolet photodetectors

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    Lee, Ching-Ting; Lin, Heng-Yu; Tseng, Chun-Yen

    2015-09-01

    In this work, the nano-scaled mesh electrodes are fabricated by obliquely depositing metals through the highly ordered polystyrene nanosphere mask. Furthermore, the intrinsic MgZnO film is deposited as the absorption layer for the metal-semiconductor-metal ultraviolet photodetectors (MSM-UV-PDs) using the vapor cooling condensation system. The 100-nm-linewidth nanomesh electrodes with metal occupying a roughly 10% of the device surface region consequently render PDs with a high transmittance in the ultraviolet (UV) wavelength range. The photoresponsivity of MgZnO-based MSM-UV-PDs evaluated at the wavelength of 330 nm with the operating bias voltage of 5 V is elevated from 0.135 to 0.248 A/W when the thin metal electrode is replaced by the nanomesh electrode, and the corresponding quantum efficiency is improved from 50.75 to 93.23%. Finally, adopting the nanomesh electrode also helps to enhance the UV-visible rejection ratio (R330nm/R450nm) and the detectivity from 1663 and 1.78 × 1010 cmHz0.5W-1 to 2480 and 2.43 × 1010 cmHz0.5W-1, respectively.

  18. Nanomesh electrode on MgZnO-based metal-semiconductor-metal ultraviolet photodetectors.

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    Lee, Ching-Ting; Lin, Heng-Yu; Tseng, Chun-Yen

    2015-01-01

    In this work, the nano-scaled mesh electrodes are fabricated by obliquely depositing metals through the highly ordered polystyrene nanosphere mask. Furthermore, the intrinsic MgZnO film is deposited as the absorption layer for the metal-semiconductor-metal ultraviolet photodetectors (MSM-UV-PDs) using the vapor cooling condensation system. The 100-nm-linewidth nanomesh electrodes with metal occupying a roughly 10% of the device surface region consequently render PDs with a high transmittance in the ultraviolet (UV) wavelength range. The photoresponsivity of MgZnO-based MSM-UV-PDs evaluated at the wavelength of 330 nm with the operating bias voltage of 5 V is elevated from 0.135 to 0.248 A/W when the thin metal electrode is replaced by the nanomesh electrode, and the corresponding quantum efficiency is improved from 50.75 to 93.23%. Finally, adopting the nanomesh electrode also helps to enhance the UV-visible rejection ratio (R330nm/R450nm) and the detectivity from 1663 and 1.78 × 10(10) cmHz(0.5)W(-1) to 2480 and 2.43 × 10(10) cmHz(0.5)W(-1), respectively. PMID:26324247

  19. Preparation and characterisation of nanophase Sr, Mg, and Zn substituted hydroxyapatite by aqueous precipitation.

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    Cox, Sophie C; Jamshidi, Parastoo; Grover, Liam M; Mallick, Kajal K

    2014-02-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) substituted with 2 mol% Sr, 10 mol% Mg, and 2 mol% Zn were precipitated under identical alkaline conditions (pH 11) at 20°C from an aqueous solution. As-synthesised materials were confirmed to be phase pure by XRD and samples prepared in air contained surface adsorbed CO2 as observed by FTIR. SEM studies revealed a globular morphology and agglomeration behaviour, typical of precipitated nHA. EDS spectra confirmed nominal compositions and substitution of Sr, Mg and Zn. At the levels investigated cationic doping was not found to radically influence particle morphology. An indication of the potential in-vivo bioactivity of samples was achieved by analysing samples immersed in SBF for up to 28 days by interferometry and complementary SEM micrographs. Furthermore, a live/dead assay was used and confirmed the viability of seeded MC3T3 osteoblast precursor cells on HA and substituted HA substrates up to 7 days of culture. PMID:24411358

  20. Reinvestigation of long-range magnetic ordering in icosahedral Tb-Mg-Zn

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    Islam, Z.; Fisher, I.R.; Zarestky, J.; Canfield, P.C.; Stassis, C.; Goldman, A.I.

    1998-05-01

    We present results of a study of possible magnetic ordering in the icosahedral phase of Tb-Mg-Zn probed by bulk magnetization measurements and neutron diffraction. Measurements on both crushed single grains and cast polycrystalline samples of Tb-Mg-Zn were performed. Magnetization measurements on both samples reveal only a spin-glass-like transition at approximately 5.8K. Neutron diffraction from the crushed single grains reveals only short-range magnetic ordering at low temperatures, with no evidence of the long-range magnetic ordering reported previously [Charrier, Ouladdiaf, and Schmitt, Phys. Rev. Lett. {bold 78}, 4637 (1997)]. Likewise, the cast polycrystalline samples exhibit primarily diffuse magnetic scattering at low temperature, but at least one relatively sharp diffraction peak was observed. Our results indicate that for single grain samples there is no long-range magnetic ordering and that, at best, the magnetic ordering in these quasicrystalline alloys is not very robust. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  1. Non-alloyed, refractory metal contact optimization with shallow implantations of Zn and Mg

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    Lovejoy, M.L.; Zolper, J.C.; Sherwin, M.E.; Baca, A.G.; Shul, R.J.; Rieger, D.J.; Klem, J.F.

    1994-03-22

    Refractory metal contacts to GaAs show great promise for stability during high-temperature processing and for high-reliability. In this paper the authors report a study of sputtered tungsten and tungsten silicide contacts to ion implanted p-GaAs with both Zn and Mg implantations. This study focused on refractory contacts to shallow implanted contact layers that are suitable for devices such as JFETs and HBTs. The very different energy loss mechanisms of Zn and Mg ions result in different levels of implant damage which is studied by varying anneal temperatures and measuring the effects on contact and sheet resistances with the transmission line method. For the fabrication schemes investigated, specific contact resistivity versus anneal temperature with implant doses from 1 {times} 10{sup 14} to 5 {times} 10{sup 15} cm{sup {minus}2} are found to vary from non-ohmic to 10{sup {minus}7} {Omega}-cm{sup 2}. Low resistance contacts to shallow (<800 {angstrom}) implanted layers are achieved.

  2. Cytotoxicity evaluation of biodegradable Zn-3Mg alloy toward normal human osteoblast cells.

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    Murni, N S; Dambatta, M S; Yeap, S K; Froemming, G R A; Hermawan, H

    2015-04-01

    The recent proposal of using Zn-based alloys for biodegradable implants was not supported with sufficient toxicity data. This work, for the first time, presents a thorough cytotoxicity evaluation of Zn-3Mg alloy for biodegradable bone implants. Normal human osteoblast cells were exposed to the alloy's extract and three main cell-material interaction parameters: cell health, functionality and inflammatory response, were evaluated. Results showed that at the concentration of 0.75mg/ml alloy extract, cell viability was reduced by ~50% through an induction of apoptosis at day 1; however, cells were able to recover at days 3 and 7. Cytoskeletal changes were observed but without any significant DNA damage. The downregulation of alkaline phosphatase protein levels did not significantly affect the mineralization process of the cells. Significant differences of cyclooxygenase-2 and prostaglandin E2 inflammatory biomarkers were noticed, but not interleukin 1-beta, indicating that the cells underwent a healing process after exposure to the alloy. Detailed analysis on the cell-material interaction is further discussed in this paper. PMID:25686984

  3. Structural stability of BaMF4 (M = Mg, Zn and Mn) at high pressures

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    Posse, J. M.; Friese, K.; Grzechnik, A.

    2011-06-01

    Piezoelectric fluorides of the composition BaMF4 (M = Mg, Zn, Mn) have been studied in situ at high pressures in diamond anvil cells with single-crystal x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. All three compounds crystallize in the acentric space group Cmc 21 at ambient pressure. BaMgF4 undergoes a reversible second order phase transition to the paraelectric phase (space group Cmcm) at pressures between 5 and 6 GPa. BaZnF4 undergoes a reversible first order phase transition to a monoclinic phase (space group P 11n). Both high- and low-pressure polymorphs coexist in the pressure range 5-7 GPa. BaMnF4 maintains the Cmc 21 structure up to pressures of 4 GPa. Above this pressure the diffraction signal decreases rapidly and at 6 GPa no diffraction signal could be detected in our experiment. The compound does not recover its crystallinity on decompression. A comparison of the effects of external and chemical pressure is presented.

  4. Pre-eutectic densification in MgF/sub 2/-CaF/sub 2/

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    Hu, S C; De Jonghe, L C

    1982-04-01

    Increased densification rates were found as much as 200/sup 0/C below the eutectic temperature (980/sup 0/C) for MgF/sub 2/ containing small amounts of CaF/sub 2/. Constant heating rate and constant temperature sintering data, as well as microstructural developments indicated that solid state grain-boundary transport rates had been enhanced by the eutectic forming additive. The effect saturated at about 1 wt % CaF/sub 2/. The results suggest that densification of ceramic powders could be favorably affected without a substantial increase in the grain growth rate, by the addition of small amounts of eutectic forming additives, and sintering below the eutectic temperature. 6 figures.

  5. Electronic Structure and Phase Stability of MgO, ZnO, CdO, and Related Ternary Alloys

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    Zhu, Y. Z.; Chen, G. D.; Ye, H.; Walsh, A.; Moon, C. Y.; Wei, S. H.

    2008-01-01

    The electronic structure and phase stability of MgO, ZnO, CdO, and related alloys in the rocksalt (B1), zincblende (B3), and wurtzite (B4) crystal structures were examined within first-principles band structure theory; the thermodynamically stable phases are reproduced for each material. The band alignment and band-gap deformation potentials were analyzed, showing an increase in the valence band maximum from Mg to Zn to Cd. Ternary alloy formation was explored through application of the special quasirandom structure method. The B1 structure is stable over all (Mg,Cd)O compositions, as expected from the preferences of the binary oxides. The (Mg,Zn)O alloy undergoes a tetrahedral to octahedral transition above 34% Mg content, in agreement with experiment. For (Zn,Cd)O, a transition is predicted above 62% Cd content. These results imply that band-gap manipulation of ZnO from alloying with Mg (Cd) will be limited to 4.0 eV (1.6 eV), while preserving the tetrahedral coordination of the host.

  6. Seasonal dripwater Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca variations driven by cave ventilation: Implications for and modeling of speleothem paleoclimate records

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    Wong, Corinne I.; Banner, Jay L.; Musgrove, MaryLynn

    2011-06-01

    A 4-year study in a central Texas cave quantifies multiple mechanisms that control dripwater composition and how these mechanisms vary at different drip sites. We monitored cave-air compositions, in situ calcite growth, dripwater composition and drip rate every 4-6 weeks. Three groups of drip sites are delineated (Groups 1-3) based on geochemical variations in dripwater composition. Quantitative modeling of mineral-solution reactions within the host carbonate rock and cave environments is used to identify mechanisms that can account for variations in dripwater compositions. The covariation of Mg/Ca (and Sr/Ca) and Sr isotopes is key in delineating whether Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca variations are dictated by water-rock interaction (i.e., calcite or dolomite recrystallization) or prior calcite precipitation (PCP). Group 1 dripwater compositions reflects a narrow range of the extent of water-rock interaction followed by varying amounts of prior calcite precipitation (PCP). Group 2 dripwater compositions are controlled by varying amounts of water-rock interaction with little to no PCP influence. Group 3 dripwater compositions are dictated by variable extents of both water-rock interaction and PCP. Group 1 drip sites show seasonal variations in dripwater Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca, whereas the other drip sites do not. In contrast to the findings of most previous dripwater Mg/Ca-Sr/Ca studies, these seasonal variations (at Group 1 drip sites) are independent of changes in water flux (i.e., rainfall and/or drip rate), and instead significantly correlate with changes in cave-air CO 2 concentrations. These results are consistent with lower cave-air CO 2, related to cool season ventilation of the cave atmosphere, enhancing calcite precipitation and leading to dripwater geochemical evolution via PCP. Group 1 dripwater Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca seasonality and evidence for PCP as a mechanism that can account for that seasonality, have two implications for many other regions where seasonal ventilation of

  7. Heat capacities and entropies at 298.15 K of MgTiO3 (geikielite), ZnO (zincite), and ZnCO3 (smithsonite)

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    Robie, R.A.; Haselton, H.T., Jr.; Hemingway, B.S.

    1989-01-01

    Heat capacities of synthetic MgTiO3 (geikielite), ZnO (zincite), and natural crystals of smithsonite (ZnCO3) were measured between 9 and 366 K using an automatic adiabatically shielded calorimeter. At 298.15 K the standard molar entropies Smo of MgTiO3, ZnO, and ZnCO3 are (74.64 ?? 0.15), (43.16 ?? 0.09), and (81.19 ?? 0.16) J??K-1??mol-1, respectively. Debye temperatures for MgTiO3 and ZnO calculated from our Cp, mo values below 20 K are (900 ?? 20) K and (440 ?? 25) K respectively. Heat capacities for MgTiO3 and ZnO were combined with enthalpy increments from the literature to derive heat-capacity equations for these phases from 260 to about 1800 K. The heat capacities of MgTiO3 between 260 and 1720 K were fitted with an average deviation of 0.3 per cent by the equation: C??p,m/(J??K-1??mol-1) = 222.5-0.05274(T/K)-6.092x105(T/K)-1-1874.6(T/K) -1/2+1.878x10-5(T/K)2 and for ZnO the equation: C??p,m/(J??K-1??mol-1) = 53.999+7.851x10-4(T/K)-5.868x105(T/K)-2 -127.50(T/K)-:1/2+1.9376x10-6(T/K)2 fits the heat capacities in the temperature interval of 250 to 1800 K with an average deviation of 0.7 per cent. ?? 1989.

  8. Influence of Zn substitution for Mg on microwave dielectric properties of spinel-structured (Mg1-xZnx)Ga2O4 solid solutions

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    Kan, Akinori; Takahashi, Susumu; Moriyama, Tohru; Ogawa, Hirotaka

    2014-09-01

    The microwave dielectric properties and crystal structure of spinel-structured (1 - x)MgGa2O4-xZnGa2O4 ceramics were characterized in this study. From the linear variation in the lattice parameters, the formation of solid solution was obtained over the whole composition range. On the basis of the refined atomic coordinates, the variations in the volume of tetrahedron and octahedron were estimated and the expansion of the MO4 (M = Mg, Zn, and Ga) tetrahedron was recognized. The covalency of the cation-oxygen bond in the 8a site decreased with increasing composition x, suggesting the preferential Zn substitution for Mg in 8a site. The ɛr values of Zn-substituted ceramics were higher than that of MgGa2O4 ceramic. The Q · f values higher than 1.8 × 105 GHz were obtained when the ceramics were sintered at temperatures higher than 1475 °C.

  9. Interactions of Na+, K+, Mg2+, and Ca2+ with benzene self-assembled monolayers.

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    Rimmen, M; Matthiesen, J; Bovet, N; Hassenkam, T; Pedersen, C S; Stipp, S L S

    2014-08-01

    Interactions between cations and organic molecules are found throughout nature, from the functionality and structure of proteins in humans and animals to the exchange of ions in minerals in soil and oil reservoirs with the fluid phases. We have explored the behavior of the s-block elements that are most common in the natural world, namely, Na(+), K(+), Mg(2+), and Ca(2+). Specifically, we investigated how these ions affect the interactions between surfaces covered by self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) terminated with benzene molecules. We used a flat oxidized silicon substrate and an atomic force microscopy (AFM) tip that were both functionalized with 11-phenoxyundecane-1-thiol and measured the adhesion force between them in solutions of each of the four chloride salts. We observed that the adhesion increased in the order of the Hofmeister series: K(+) < Na(+) ≈ Mg(2+) < Ca(2+). Supplementary evidence from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) allowed us to conclude that K(+) binds in the benzene layers, creating a positive surface charge on the benzene-covered surfaces, thus leading to lower adhesion in KCl solutions than in pure water. Evidence suggested that Ca(2+) does not bind to the surfaces but forms bridges between the layers, leading to higher adhesion than in pure water. In Na(+) and Mg(2+) solutions, adhesion is quite similar to that in pure water, indicating a lack of interaction between these two ions and the surfaces, or at least that the interaction is too weak to be detected by our measurements. The results of our studies clearly show that even a nonpolar, hydrophobic molecule, such as benzene, has a role to play in the behavior of aqueous solutions and that it interacts differently depending on which ions are present. Even ions from the same column in the periodic table behave differently. PMID:25003588

  10. Ultrafiltration behavior of major ions (Na, Ca, Mg, F, Cl, and SO4) in natural waters.

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    Guo, L; Hunt, B J; Santschi, P H

    2001-04-01

    Aquatic colloids, including macromolecules and microparticles, with sizes ranging between 1 nm to 1 micron, play important roles in the mobility and bioavailability of heavy metals and other contaminants in natural waters. Cross-flow ultrafiltration has become one of the most commonly used techniques for isolating aquatic colloids. However, the ultrafiltration behavior of chemical species remains poorly understood. We report here the permeation behavior of major ions (Na, Ca, Mg, F, Cl, and SO4) in natural waters during ultrafiltration using an Amicon 1 kDa ultrafiltration membrane (S10N1). Water samples across a salinity gradient of 0-20@1000 were collected from the Trinity River and Galveston Bay. The permeation behavior of major ions was well predicted by a permeation model, resulting in a constant permeation coefficient for each ion. The value of the model-derived permeation coefficient (Pc) was 0.99 for Na, 0.97 for Cl, and 0.95 for F, respectively, in Trinity River waters. Values of Pc close to 1 indicate that retention of Na, Cl, and F by the 1 kDa membrane during ultrafiltration was indeed minimal (< 1-5%). In contrast, significant (14-36%) retention was observed for SO4, Ca, and Mg in Trinity River waters, with a Pc value of 0.64, 0.82, and 0.86 for SO4, Ca and Mg, respectively. However, these retained major ions can further permeate through the 1 kDa membrane during diafiltration with ultrapure water. The selective retention of major ions during ultrafiltration may have important implications for the measurement of chemical and physical speciation of trace elements when using cross-flow ultrafiltration membranes to separate colloidal species from natural waters. Our results also demonstrate that the percent retention of major ions during ultrafiltration decreases with increasing salinity or ionic strength. This retention is largely attributed to electrostatic repulsion by the negatively charged cartridge membrane. PMID:11317897

  11. Mg/Ca temperature calibration for the benthic foraminifers Bulimina inflata and Bulimina mexicana

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    Grunert, Patrick; Rosenthal, Yair; Jorissen, Frans; Holbourn, Ann

    2016-04-01

    Bulimina inflata Seguenza 1862 and Bulimina mexicana Cushman 1922 are cosmopolitan, shallow infaunal benthic foraminifers which are common in the fossil record throughout the Neogene and Quaternary. The closely related species share a similar costate shell morphology that differs in the presence or absence of an apical spine. In the present study, we evaluate the temperature dependency of Mg/Ca ratios of these species from an extensive set of core-top samples from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The results show no significant offset in Mg/Ca values between B. inflata, B. mexicana, and two other costate morphospecies when present in the same sample. The apparent lack of significant inter-specific/inter-morphotype differences amongst the analysed costate buliminds allows for the combined use of their data-sets for our core-top calibration. Over a bottom-water temperature range of 3-14°C, the Bulimina inflata/mexicana group shows a sensitivity of ˜0.12 mmol/mol/°C which is comparable to the epifaunal Cibicidoides pachyderma and higher than for the shallow infaunal Uvigerina spp., the most commonly used taxa in Mg/Ca-based palaeotemperature reconstruction. B. inflata and B. mexicana might thus be a valuable alternative in mesotrophic settings where many of the commonly used species are diminished or absent, and particularly useful in hypoxic settings where costate buliminds may dominate foraminiferal assemblages. This study was financially supported by the Max-Kade-Foundation and contributes to project P25831-N29 of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

  12. Measuring past changes in ENSO variance using Mg/Ca measurements on individual planktic foraminifera

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    Marchitto, T. M.; Grist, H. R.; van Geen, A.

    2013-12-01

    Previous work in Soledad Basin, located off Baja California Sur in the eastern subtropical Pacific, supports a La Niña-like mean-state response to enhanced radiative forcing at both orbital and millennial (solar) timescales during the Holocene. Mg/Ca measurements on the planktic foraminifer Globigerina bulloides indicate cooling when insolation is higher, consistent with an ';ocean dynamical thermostat' response that shoals the thermocline and cools the surface in the eastern tropical Pacific. Some, but not all, numerical models simulate reduced ENSO variance (less frequent and/or less intense events) when the Pacific is driven into a La Niña-like mean state by radiative forcing. Hypothetically the question of ENSO variance can be examined by measuring individual planktic foraminiferal tests from within a sample interval. Koutavas et al. (2006) used d18O on single specimens of Globigerinoides ruber from the eastern equatorial Pacific to demonstrate a 50% reduction in variance at ~6 ka compared to ~2 ka, consistent with the sense of the model predictions at the orbital scale. Here we adapt this approach to Mg/Ca and apply it to the millennial-scale question. We present Mg/Ca measured on single specimens of G. bulloides (cold season) and G. ruber (warm season) from three time slices in Soledad Basin: the 20th century, the warm interval (and solar low) at 9.3 ka, and the cold interval (and solar high) at 9.8 ka. Each interval is uniformly sampled over a ~100-yr (~10-cm or more) window to ensure that our variance estimate is not biased by decadal-scale stochastic variability. Theoretically we can distinguish between changing ENSO variability and changing seasonality: a reduction in ENSO variance would result in narrowing of both the G. bulloides and G. ruber temperature distributions without necessarily changing the distance between their two medians; while a reduction in seasonality would cause the two species' distributions to move closer together.

  13. Reconstructing eddies using Mg/Ca of multiple species of planktonic foraminifera

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    Steinhardt, J.; Cléroux, C.; Ullgren, J. E.; de Nooijer, L. J.; Durgadoo, J. V.; Brummer, G. J. A.; Reichart, G. J.

    2014-12-01

    The Mozambique Channel (MC) is one of the major source areas feeding into the Agulhas Current, thereby presenting a major upstream control on Agulhas leakage. A large proportion of the hydrographic and transport variability observed in the MC can be attributed to the passing of large anticyclonic eddies, resulting in temporal deepening of the thermocline. A long-term mooring and sediment trap array in the MC is used to couple in situ physio-chemical conditions with planktonic foraminiferal test calcite chemistry to develop a novel proxy for past eddy intensity. Sediment trap samples from the Mozambique Channel, representing either persisting eddy or non-eddy conditions, were compared in order to investigate a possible impact of eddies on foraminiferal test chemistry. To test whether the calcite chemistry of different species can be used to reconstruct water column stratification, single chamber Mg/Ca was determined using laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). Ablated specimens of the surface-dweller Globigerinoides ruber and the thermocline-dwelling species Neogloboquadrina dutertrei and Pulleniatina obliquiloculata, as well as the deep-dwelling Globorotalia scitula were subsequently used to determine single specimen-stable oxygen isotope ratios. Results show that reduced temperature stratification during eddy conditions can be recognized from the difference in Mg/Ca between N. dutertrei and G. scitula. The close correspondence between inter-species offsets in Mg/Ca-based calcification temperature, between thermocline and sub-thermocline foraminiferal species, provides a promising proxy for reconstructing eddy frequency.

  14. Effects of Mg2+ on Ca2+ release from sarcoplasmic reticulum of skeletal muscle fibres from yabby (crustacean) and rat.

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    Launikonis, B S; Stephenson, D G

    2000-07-15

    1. The role of myoplasmic [Mg2+] on Ca2+ release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) was examined in the two major types of crustacean muscle fibres, the tonic, long sarcomere fibres and the phasic, short sarcomere fibres of the fresh water decapod crustacean Cherax destructor (yabby) and in the fast-twitch rat muscle fibres using the mechanically skinned muscle fibre preparation. 2. A robust Ca2+-induced Ca2+-release (CICR) mechanism was present in both long and short sarcomere fibres and 1 mM Mg2+ exerted a strong inhibitory action on the SR Ca2+ release in both fibre types. 3. The SR displayed different properties with respect to Ca2+ loading in the long and the short sarcomere fibres and marked functional differences were identified with respect to Mg2+ inhibition between the two crustacean fibre types. Thus, in long sarcomere fibres, the submaximally loaded SR was able to release Ca2+ when [Mg2+] was lowered from 1 to 0.01 mM in the presence of 8 mM ATPtotal and in the virtual absence of Ca2+ (< 5 nM) even when the CICR was suppressed. In contrast, negligible Ca2+ was released from the submaximally loaded SR of short sarcomere yabby fibres when [Mg2+] was lowered from 1 to 0.01 mM under the same conditions as for the long sarcomere fibres. Nevertheless, the rate of SR Ca2+ release in short sarcomere fibres increased markedly when [Mg2+] was lowered in the presence of [Ca2+] approaching the normal resting levels (50-100 nM). 4. Rat fibres were able to release SR Ca2+ at a faster rate than the long sarcomere yabby fibres when [Mg2+] was lowered from 1 to 0. 01 mM in the virtual absence of Ca2+ but, unlike with yabby fibres, the net rate of Ca2+ release was actually increased for conditions that were considerably less favourable to CICR. 5. In summary, it is concluded that crustacean skeletal muscles have more that one functional type of Ca2+-release channels, that these channels display properties that are intermediate between those of mammalian skeletal and

  15. Effects of electron interference on temperature dependent transport properties of two dimensional electron gas at MgZnO/ZnO interfaces

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    Das, Amit K. Misra, P.; Ajimsha, R. S.; Joshi, M. P.; Kukreja, L. M.

    2015-09-07

    We report the effects of electron interference on temperature dependent transport properties of two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) confined at the interface in polycrystalline MgZnO/ZnO heterostructures grown by pulsed laser deposition on c-alumina substrates. On increasing Mg concentration in the MgZnO layer, the sheet electron concentration was found to increase and the sheet resistance was found to decrease. In addition, the electron concentration and mobility were almost temperature independent in the range from 4.2 to 300 K, indicating the formation of 2DEG at the interface. The temperature dependent resistivity measurements showed a negative temperature coefficient of resistivity at low temperatures together with negative magnetoresistance. These were found to be caused by electron interference effects, and the experimental data could be explained using the models of quantum corrections to conductivity.

  16. Post-mesozoic rapid increase of seawater Mg/Ca due to enhanced mantle-seawater interaction.

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    Ligi, Marco; Bonatti, Enrico; Cuffaro, Marco; Brunelli, Daniele

    2013-01-01

    The seawater Mg/Ca ratio increased significantly from ~ 80 Ma to present, as suggested by studies of carbonate veins in oceanic basalts and of fluid inclusions in halite. We show here that reactions of mantle-derived peridotites with seawater along slow spreading mid-ocean ridges contributed to the post-Cretaceous Mg/Ca increase. These reactions can release to modern seawater up to 20% of the yearly Mg river input. However, no significant peridotite-seawater interaction and Mg-release to the ocean occur in fast spreading, East Pacific Rise-type ridges. The Mesozoic Pangean superocean implies a hot fast spreading ridge system. This prevented peridotite-seawater interaction and Mg release to the Mesozoic ocean, but favored hydrothermal Mg capture and Ca release by the basaltic crust, resulting in a low seawater Mg/Ca ratio. Continent dispersal and development of slow spreading ridges allowed Mg release to the ocean by peridotite-seawater reactions, contributing to the increase of the Mg/Ca ratio of post-Mesozoic seawater. PMID:24067442

  17. Post-Mesozoic Rapid Increase of Seawater Mg/Ca due to Enhanced Mantle-Seawater Interaction

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    Ligi, Marco; Bonatti, Enrico; Cuffaro, Marco; Brunelli, Daniele

    2013-01-01

    The seawater Mg/Ca ratio increased significantly from ~ 80 Ma to present, as suggested by studies of carbonate veins in oceanic basalts and of fluid inclusions in halite. We show here that reactions of mantle-derived peridotites with seawater along slow spreading mid-ocean ridges contributed to the post-Cretaceous Mg/Ca increase. These reactions can release to modern seawater up to 20% of the yearly Mg river input. However, no significant peridotite-seawater interaction and Mg-release to the ocean occur in fast spreading, East Pacific Rise-type ridges. The Mesozoic Pangean superocean implies a hot fast spreading ridge system. This prevented peridotite-seawater interaction and Mg release to the Mesozoic ocean, but favored hydrothermal Mg capture and Ca release by the basaltic crust, resulting in a low seawater Mg/Ca ratio. Continent dispersal and development of slow spreading ridges allowed Mg release to the ocean by peridotite-seawater reactions, contributing to the increase of the Mg/Ca ratio of post-Mesozoic seawater. PMID:24067442

  18. [Mechanism of eosin Y action of activity of solubilized Ca2+, Mg2+- ATPase from smooth muscle sarcolemma].

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    Chernysh, I H

    1999-01-01

    The eosin Y inhibitory effect on the activity of smooth muscle plasma membrane Ca(2+)-transporting ATPase was studied: effect of this inhibitor on the maximal initial rate of ATP-hydrolase reaction, catalyzed by Ca2+, Mg(2+)-ATPase, on the affinity of enzyme for the reaction reagents (Ca2+, Mg2+, ATP). Dependence of eosin Y inhibitory effect on some physicochemical factors of incubation medium was studied too. It was determined that eosin Y inhibited reversibly and with high specificity purified Ca2+, Mg(2+)-ATPase solubilized from myometrial cell plasma membrane (Ki--0.8 microM), decreased the turnover rate of this enzyme determined both by Mg2+, ATP and Ca2+. This inhibitor had no effect on the enzyme affinity for Ca2+, increased affinity for Mg2+ and decreased affinity for ATP. It was determined that inhibition of Ca2+, Mg(2+)-ATPase by eosin Y depended on pH and dielectric permeability of the incubation medium: increasing of pH from 6.5 to 8.0 reduced the apparent Ki, decreasing of dielectric permeability from 74.07 to 71.19 increased the apparent Ki. PMID:10726322

  19. Mapping wildfire effects on Ca2+ and Mg2+ released from ash. A microplot analisis.

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    Pereira, Paulo; Úbeda, Xavier; Martin, Deborah

    2010-05-01

    Wildland fires have important implications in ecosystems dynamic. Their effects depends on many biophysical components, mainly burned specie, ecosystem affected, amount and spatial distribution of the fuel, relative humidity, slope, aspect and time of residence. These parameters are heterogenic across the landscape, producing a complex mosaic of severities. Wildland fires have a heterogenic impact on ecosystems due their diverse biophysical features. It is widely known that fire impacts can change rapidly even in short distances, producing at microplot scale highly spatial variation. Also after a fire, the most visible thing is ash and his physical and chemical properties are of main importance because here reside the majority of the available nutrients available to the plants. Considering this idea, is of major importance, study their characteristics in order to observe the type and amount of elements available to plants. This study is focused on the study of the spatial variability of two nutrients essential to plant growth, Ca2+ and Mg2+, released from ash after a wildfire at microplot scale. The impacts of fire are highly variable even small distances. This creates many problems at the hour of map the effects of fire in the release of the studied elements. Hence is of major priority identify the less biased interpolation method in order to predict with great accuracy the variable in study. The aim of this study is map the effects of wildfire on the referred elements released from ash at microplot scale, testing several interpolation methods. 16 interpolation techniques were tested, Inverse Distance to a Weight (IDW), with the with the weights of 1,2, 3, 4 and 5, Local Polynomial, with the power of 1 (LP1) and 2 (LP2), Polynomial Regression (PR), Radial Basis Functions, especially, Spline With Tension (SPT), Completely Regularized Spline (CRS), Multiquadratic (MTQ), Inverse Multiquadratic (MTQ), and Thin Plate Spline (TPS). Also geostatistical methods were

  20. Simultaneous desorption behavior of M borohydrides and Mg2FeH6 reactive hydride composites (M = Mg, then Li, Na, K, Ca)

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    Chaudhary, Anna-Lisa; Li, Guanqiao; Matsuo, Motoaki; Orimo, Shin-ichi; Deledda, Stefano; Sørby, Magnus H.; Hauback, Bjørn C.; Pistidda, Claudio; Klassen, Thomas; Dornheim, Martin

    2015-08-01

    Combinations of complex metal borohydrides ball milled with the transition metal complex hydride, Mg2FeH6, are analysed and compared. Initially, the Reactive Hydride Composite (RHC) of Mg2+ cation mixtures of Mg2FeH6 and γ-Mg(BH4)2 is combined in a range of molar ratios and heated to a maximum of 450 °C. For the molar ratio of 6 Mg2FeH6 + Mg(BH4)2, simultaneous desorption of the two hydrides occurred, which resulted in a single event of hydrogen release. This single step desorption occurred at temperatures between those of Mg2FeH6 and γ-Mg(BH4)2. Keeping this anionic ratio constant, the desorption behavior of four other borohydrides, Li-, Na-, K-, and Ca-borohydrides was studied by using materials ball milled with Mg2FeH6 applying the same milling parameters. The mixtures containing Mg-, Li-, and Ca-borohydrides also released hydrogen in a single event. The Mass Spectrometry (MS) results show a double step reaction within a narrow temperature range for both the Na- and K-borohydride mixtures. This phenomenon, observed for the RHC systems at the same anionic ratio with all five light metal borohydride mixtures, can be described as simultaneous hydrogen desorption within a narrow temperature range centered around 300 °C.

  1. Mg/Ca thermometry in planktic foraminifera: Improving paleotemperature estimations for G. bulloides and N. pachyderma left

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    Vázquez Riveiros, Natalia; Govin, Aline; Waelbroeck, Claire; Mackensen, Andreas; Michel, Elisabeth; Moreira, Santiago; Bouinot, Thomas; Caillon, Nicolas; Orgun, Ayche; Brandon, Margaux

    2016-04-01

    Planktic foraminiferal Mg/Ca ratios have become a fundamental seawater temperature proxy in past climate reconstructions, due to the temperature dependence of Mg uptake into foraminiferal calcite. However, empirical calibrations for single species from methodologically consistent data are still lacking. Here we present species-specific calibrations of Mg/Ca versus calcification temperature for two commonly used species of planktic foraminifera: Globigerina bulloides and Neogloboquadrina pachyderma left, based on a series of Southern Ocean and North Atlantic core tops. Combining these new data with previously published data, we derive an integrated G. bulloides Mg/Ca-temperature calibration for mid and high latitudes of both hemispheres between 2 and 18°C, where Mg/Ca = 1.006 ± 0.032 * e0.065 ± 0.003*Tiso (R2 = 0.82). G. bulloides is found to calcify deeper in the Southern Ocean (˜ 200 m) than in the North Atlantic (top 50 m). We also propose a Mg/Ca temperature calibration to describe the temperature response in N. pachyderma left that calcified away from the influence of sea ice in the Southern Ocean, valid between ˜ -1 and 9°C, of the form Mg/Ca = 0.580 ± 0.016 * e0.084 ± 0.006*Tiso (R2 = 0.70). These calibrations account for uncertainties on Mg/Ca measurements and calcification temperature that were carefully estimated and propagated using Monte Carlo iterations. The 1σ propagated error in Mg/Ca-derived temperatures is 1.1°C for G. bulloides and 0.9°C for N. pachyderma left for the presented data sets. Geographical extension of genotypes must be assessed when choosing to develop regional or global calibrations.

  2. Properties of shallow donors in ZnMgO epilayers grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Zhao, Q. X.; Liu, X. J.; Holtz, P. O.

    2014-11-14

    High quality Zn{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}O epilayers have been grown by means of metal organic chemical vapor deposition technique on top of ZnO templates. The grown samples were investigated by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and photoluminescence. The magnesium (Mg) concentration was varied between 0% and 3% in order to study the properties of shallow donors. The free and donor bound excitons could be observed simultaneously in our high quality Zn{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}O epilayers in the photoluminescence spectra. The results indicate that both built-in strain and Mg-concentration influence the donor exciton binding energy. It clearly shows that the donor exciton binding energy decreases with increasing Mg-concentration and with increasing built-in strain. Furthermore, the results indicate that the donor bound exciton transition energy increases with decreasing strength of the built-in strain if the Mg-concentration is kept the same in the Zn{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}O epilayers.

  3. Corrosion and passivation behavior of Mg-Zn-Y-Al alloys prepared by cooling rate-controlled solidification

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    Yamasaki, Michiaki; Izumi, Shogo; Kawamura, Yoshihito; Habazaki, Hiroki

    2011-07-01

    Highly corrosion-resistant nanocrystalline Mg-Zn-Y-Al multi-phase alloys have been prepared by consolidation of rapidly solidified (RS) ribbons. The relation between corrosion behavior and microstructure evolution of Mg-Zn-Y-Al alloys with a long period stacking ordered phase has been investigated. In order to clarify the influence of rapid solidification on the occurrence of localized corrosion such as filiform corrosion, several Mg 96.75Zn 0.75Y 2Al 0.5 (at.%) alloys with different cooling rates are fabricated by the gravity casting, copper mould injection casting and melt-spinning techniques and their corrosion behavior and microstructures are examined by the salt water immersion test, electrochemical measurements, GDOES, XRD, SEM and TEM. To clarify the effect of aluminium addition on the improvement in corrosion resistance of the alloys, several Mg 97.25- xZn 0.75Y 2Al x alloys with different aluminium contents are fabricated by consolidating RS ribbons and the formation of corroded films on the Mg-Zn-Y-Al alloys have been investigated. Rapid solidification brings about the grain refinement and an increase in the solid solubility of zinc, yttrium and aluminium into the magnesium matrix, enhancing microstructural and electrochemical homogeneity, which in turn enhanced corrosion resistance. The addition of aluminium to magnesium can modify the structure and chemical composition of surface films and improves the resistance to local breakdown of the films.

  4. Microstructure evolution of Al/Mg butt joints welded by gas tungsten arc with Zn filler metal

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    Liu Fei; Zhang Zhaodong; Liu Liming

    2012-07-15

    Based on the idea of alloying welding seam, Gas tungsten arc welding method with pure Zn filler metal was chosen to join Mg alloy and Al alloy. The microstructures, phases, element distribution and fracture morphology of welding seams were examined. The results indicate that there was a transitional zone in the width of 80-100 {mu}m between the Mg alloy substrate and fusion zone. The fusion zone was mainly composed of MgZn{sub 2}, Zn-based solid solution and Al-based solid solution. The welding seam presented distinct morphology in different location owning to the quite high cooling rate of the molten pool. The addition of Zn metal could prevent the formation of Mg-Al intermetallics and form the alloyed welding seam during welding. Therefore, the tensile strengths of joints have been significantly improved compared with those of gas tungsten arc welded joints without Zn metal added. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mg alloy AZ31B and Al alloy 6061 are welded successfully. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Zinc wire is employed as a filler metal to form the alloyed welding seam. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer An alloyed welding seam is benefit for improving of the joint tensile strength.

  5. Epitaxial wurtzite-MgZnO barrier based magnetic tunnel junctions deposited on a metallic ferromagnetic electrode

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    Belmoubarik, M. Al-Mahdawi, M.; Sato, H.; Nozaki, T.; Sahashi, M.

    2015-06-22

    An epitaxial wurtzite (WZ) Mg{sub 0.23}Zn{sub 0.77}O barrier based magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ), with electrode-barrier structure of Co{sub 0.30}Pt{sub 0.70} (111)/Mg{sub 0.23}Zn{sub 0.77}O (0001)/Co (0001), was fabricated. The good crystallinity and tunneling properties were experimentally confirmed. Electrical and magnetic investigations demonstrated its high resistance-area product of 1.05 MΩ μm{sup 2}, a maximum tunneling magneto-resistance (TMR) of 35.5%, and the existence of localized states within the tunneling barrier producing TMR rapid decrease and oscillation when increasing the applied bias voltage. The TMR value almost vanished at 200 K, which was attributed to the induced moment and strong spin-orbit coupling in Pt atoms at the Co{sub 0.30}Pt{sub 0.70}/Mg{sub 0.23}Zn{sub 0.77}O interface. Owing to the ferroelectric behavior in WZ-MgZnO materials, the fabrication of WZ-MgZnO barrier based MTJs deposited on a metallic ferromagnetic electrode will open routes for electrically controllable non-volatile devices that are compatible with CMOS technology.

  6. Impact of Mg content on native point defects in Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.56)

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    Perkins, J.; Foster, G. M.; Myer, M.; Mehra, S.; Chauveau, J. M.; Hierro, A.; Windl, W.; Brillson, L. J.

    2015-06-01

    We used depth-resolved cathodoluminescence spectroscopy and surface photovoltage spectroscopy to measure the densities, energy levels, and spatial distributions of zinc/magnesium cation and oxygen vacancies in isostructural, single-phase, non-polar Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O alloys over a wide (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.56) range. Within this wide range, both defect types exhibit strong Mg content-dependent surface segregation and pronounced bulk density minima corresponding to unit cell volume minima, which can inhibit defect formation due to electrostatic repulsion. Mg in ZnO significantly reduces native defect densities and their non-polar surface segregation, both major factors in carrier transport and doping of these oxide semiconductors.

  7. Glass-ceramic coated Mg-Ca alloys for biomedical implant applications.

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    Rau, J V; Antoniac, I; Fosca, M; De Bonis, A; Blajan, A I; Cotrut, C; Graziani, V; Curcio, M; Cricenti, A; Niculescu, M; Ortenzi, M; Teghil, R

    2016-07-01

    Biodegradable metals and alloys are promising candidates for biomedical bone implant applications. However, due to the high rate of their biodegradation in human body environment, they should be coated with less reactive materials, such, for example, as bioactive glasses or glass-ceramics. Fort this scope, RKKP composition glass-ceramic coatings have been deposited on Mg-Ca(1.4wt%) alloy substrates by Pulsed Laser Deposition method, and their properties have been characterized by a number of techniques. The prepared coatings consist of hydroxyapatite and wollastonite phases, having composition close to that of the bulk target material used for depositions. The 100μm thick films are characterized by dense, compact and rough morphology. They are composed of a glassy matrix with various size (from micro- to nano-) granular inclusions. The average surface roughness is about 295±30nm due to the contribution of micrometric aggregates, while the roughness of the fine-texture particulates is approximately 47±4nm. The results of the electrochemical corrosion evaluation tests evidence that the RKKP coating improves the corrosion resistance of the Mg-Ca (1.4wt%) alloy in Simulated Body Fluid. PMID:27127065

  8. Intrinsic Proton NMR Studies of Mg(OH)2 and Ca(OH)2

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    Itoh, Yutaka; Isobe, Masahiko

    2016-09-01

    We studied the short proton free induction decay signals and the broad 1H NMR spectra of Mg(OH)2 and Ca(OH)2 powders at 77-355 K and 42 MHz using pulsed NMR techniques. Using a Gaussian-type back extrapolation procedure for the obscured data of the proton free induction decay signals, we obtained more precise values of the second moments of the Fourier-transformed broad NMR spectra than those in a previous report [Y. Itoh and M. Isobe, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 84, 113601 (2015)] and compared with the theoretical second moments. The decrease in the second moment could not account for the large decrease in the magnitude of the intrinsic proton spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T1 from Mg(OH)2 to Ca(OH)2. The analysis of 1/T1 ∝ exp(-Eg/kBT) with Eg ˜ 0.01 eV points to a local hopping mechanism, and that of 1/T1 ∝ Tn with n ˜ 0.5 points to an anharmonic rattling mechanism.

  9. Major soil element (Ca, Mg, K, Na, Al, Fe) distribution along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

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    Wang, Z.; Zhang, Y.; Zhang, H.; Ding, M.; Lin, X.

    2011-12-01

    The Tibetan Plateau (TP), which has been called the third polar region, is the highest plateau in the world. There are a series of special soils present in the TP, which are extremely important in soil sciences for their particularities. Soil chemical composition is one of the necessary indices of soil characteristics. The major element content of the soil, such as Ca, Mg, K, Na, not only can affect the soil pH value and soil fertility but also are the main drivers of soil geochemical processes. It is helpful to understand the TP environmental characteristics, to study the major soil element content.The Qinghai-Tibet Railway (QTR) is the highest-elevation and the longest highland railway on earth. There are nearly all types of TP soil along the QTR. Most of the areas along the QTR are in fairly pristine condition. This offers a good platform to study the natural environmental characteristics of the soil. This study selected 240 soil samples from 28 sample areas along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, and the aluminum, iron, calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium content in the soil were measured with ICP-AES. The results indicated: (1) Compared with the national soil background values, the Ca content in soil was higher along the QTR and Al was lower; but the Fe, Mg, K and Na contents were similar. (2) Along the whole QTR, the soil Al, Fe and Mg content showed a decreasing trend from Xining to Lhasa, the changes in K and Na values were relatively complex, and the distribution of Ca could be divided three sections. (3) The soil element contents varied with different soil types and parent materials. Most of the six elements content was minimum in soil, which derived from debris materials for ice and water, and the elements content was maximum in soil, which evolved from debris for flood, and the content of soil Ca developed from debris for lake was maximum. The amount of each element present in the Hapli-Cryic Aridosols and Calci-Cryic Aridosols was relatively higher than

  10. Factors Affecting the Hydrogen Environment Assisted Cracking Resistance of an Al-Zn-Mg-(Cu) Alloy

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    G.A. Young; J.R. Scully

    2001-09-12

    It is well established that Al-Zn-Mg-(Cu) aluminum alloys are susceptible to hydrogen environment assisted cracking (HEAC) when exposed to aqueous environments. In Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys, overaged tempers are commonly used to increase HEAC resistance at the expense of strength. Overaging has little benefit in low copper alloys. However, the mechanism or mechanisms by which overaging imparts HEAC resistance is poorly understood. The present research investigated hydrogen uptake, diffusion, and crack growth rate in 90% relative humidity (RH) air for both a commercial copper bearing Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy (AA 7050) and a low copper variant of this alloy in order to better understand the factors which affect HEAC resistance. Experimental methods used to evaluate hydrogen concentrations local to a surface and near a crack tip include nuclear reaction analysis (NRA), focused ion beam, secondary ion mass spectroscopy (FIB/SIMS) and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). When freshly bared coupons of AA 7050 are exposed to 90 C, 90% RH air, hydrogen ingress follows inverse-logarithmic-type kinetics and is equivalent for underaged (HEAC susceptible) and overaged (HEAC resistant) tempers. However, when the native oxide is allowed to form (24 hrs in 25 C, 40% RH lab air) prior to exposure to 90 C, 90% RH air, underaged alloy shows significantly greater hydrogen ingress than the overaged alloy. Humid air is a very aggressive environment producing local ({approx}1{micro}m) hydrogen concentrations in excess of 10,000 wt. ppm at 90 C. In the copper bearing alloy, overaging also effects the apparent diffusivity of hydrogen. As AA 7050 is aged from underaged {yields} peak aged {yields} overaged, the activation energy for hydrogen diffusion increases and the apparent diffusivity for hydrogen decreases, In the low copper alloy, overaging has little effect on hydrogen diffusion. Comparison of the apparent activation energies for hydrogen diffusion and for K independent (stage II) crack growth

  11. Reciprocal regulation of actin cytoskeleton remodelling and cell migration by Ca2+ and Zn2+: role of TRPM2 channels.

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    Li, Fangfang; Abuarab, Nada; Sivaprasadarao, Asipu

    2016-05-15

    Cell migration is a fundamental feature of tumour metastasis and angiogenesis. It is regulated by a variety of signalling molecules including H2O2 and Ca(2+) Here, we asked whether the H2O2-sensitive transient receptor potential melastatin 2 (TRPM2) Ca(2+) channel serves as a molecular link between H2O2 and Ca(2+) H2O2-mediated activation of TRPM2 channels induced filopodia formation, loss of actin stress fibres and disassembly of focal adhesions, leading to increased migration of HeLa and prostate cancer (PC)-3 cells. Activation of TRPM2 channels, however, caused intracellular release of not only Ca(2+) but also of Zn(2+) Intriguingly, elevation of intracellular Zn(2+) faithfully reproduced all of the effects of H2O2, whereas Ca(2+) showed opposite effects. Interestingly, H2O2 caused increased trafficking of Zn(2+)-enriched lysosomes to the leading edge of migrating cells, presumably to impart polarisation of Zn(2+) location. Thus, our results indicate that a reciprocal interplay between Ca(2+) and Zn(2+) regulates actin remodelling and cell migration; they call for a revision of the current notion that implicates an exclusive role for Ca(2+) in cell migration. PMID:27068538

  12. A new post-treatment process for attaining Ca2+, Mg2+, SO42- and alkalinity criteria in desalinated water.

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    Birnhack, Liat; Lahav, Ori

    2007-09-01

    A novel post-treatment approach for desalinated water, aimed at supplying a balanced concentration of alkalinity, Ca(2+), Mg(2+) and SO(4)(2-), is introduced. The process is based on replacing excess Ca(2+) ions generated in the common H(2)SO(4)-based calcite dissolution post-treatment process with Mg(2+) ions originating from seawater. In the first step, Mg(2+) ions are separated from seawater by means of a specific ion exchange resin that has high affinity toward divalent cations (Mg(2+) and Ca(2+)) and an extremely low affinity toward monovalent cations (namely Na(+) and K(+)). In the second step, the Mg(2+)-loaded resin is contacted with the effluent of the calcite dissolution reactor and Mg(2+) and Ca(2+) are exchanged. Consequently, the excess Ca(2+) concentration in the water decreases while the Mg(2+) concentration increases. The process is stopped at a predetermined Ca(2+) to Mg(2+) ratio. All water streams used in the process are internal and form a part of the desalination plant sequence, regardless of the additional ion exchange component. The proposed process allows for the supply of cheap Mg(2+) ions, while at the same time enables the application of the cheap H(2)SO(4)-based calcite dissolution process, thus resulting in higher quality water at a cost-effective price. A case study is presented in which additional cost of supplying a Mg(2+) concentration of 12mg/L using the process is estimated at $0.004/m(3) product water. PMID:17618670

  13. The Effects of Temperature and Salinity on Mg Incorporation in Planktonic Foraminifera Globigerinoides ruber (white): Results from a Global Sediment Trap Mg/Ca Database

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    Gray, W. R.; Weldeab, S.; Lea, D. W.

    2015-12-01

    Mg/Ca in Globigerinoides ruber is arguably the most important proxy for sea surface temperature (SST) in tropical and sub tropical regions, and as such guides our understanding of past climatic change in these regions. However, the sensitivity of Mg/Ca to salinity is debated; while analysis of foraminifera grown in cultures generally indicates a sensitivity of 3 - 6% per salinity unit, core-top studies have suggested a much higher sensitivity of between 15 - 27% per salinity unit, bringing the utility of Mg/Ca as a SST proxy into dispute. Sediment traps circumvent the issues of dissolution and post-depositional calcite precipitation that hamper core-top calibration studies, whilst allowing the analysis of foraminifera that have calcified under natural conditions within a well constrained period of time. We collated previously published sediment trap/plankton tow G. ruber (white) Mg/Ca data, and generated new Mg/Ca data from a sediment trap located in the highly-saline tropical North Atlantic, close to West Africa. Calcification temperature and salinity were calculated for the time interval represented by each trap/tow sample using World Ocean Atlas 2013 data. The resulting dataset comprises >240 Mg/Ca measurements (in the size fraction 150 - 350 µm), that span a temperature range of 18 - 28 °C and 33.6 - 36.7 PSU. Multiple regression of the dataset reveals a temperature sensitivity of 7 ± 0.4% per °C (p < 2.2*10-16) and a salinity sensitivity of 4 ± 1% per salinity unit (p = 2*10-5). Application of this calibration has significant implications for both the magnitude and timing of glacial-interglacial temperature changes when variations in salinity are accounted for.

  14. Hyperpolarizabilities of alkaline-earth metal ions Be+, Mg+, and Ca+

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    Yin, Dong; Zhang, Yong-Hui; Li, Cheng-Bin; Gao, Ke-Lin; Shi, Ting-Yun

    2016-09-01

    The knowledge of the hyperpolarizabilities of atoms and ions is helpful for the analysis of the high order effects of the frequency shifts in precision spectroscopy experiments. Liu et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 223001 (2015)] proposed to establish all-optical trapped ion clocks using laser at the magic wavelength for clock transition. To evaluate the high-order frequency shifts in this new scheme of optical clocks, hyperpolarizabilities are needed, but absent. Using the finite field method based on the B-spline basis set and model potentials, we calculated the electric-field-dependent energy shifts of the ground and low-lying excited states in Be+, Mg+, and Ca+ in the field strength range of 0.0-6×10-5 a.u.. The scalar and tensor polarizabilities ( α 0, α 2) and hyperpolarizabilities ( γ 0, γ 2, γ 4) were deduced. The results of the hyperpolarizabilities for Be+ showed good agreement with the values in literature, implying that the present method can be applied for the effective estimation of the atomic hyperpolarizabilities, which are rarely reported but needed in experiments. The feasibility of optical trapping of Ca+ is discussed, and the contributions of hyperpolarizabilities to the transition frequency shift for Ca+ in the optical dipole trap are estimated using quasi-electrostatic approximation.

  15. A reappraisal of the vital effect in benthic foraminifera on Mg/Ca ratios: species specific uncertainty relationships

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    Wit, J. C.; de Nooijer, L. J.; Barras, C.; Jorissen, F.; Reichart, G. J.

    2012-04-01

    The reconstruction of past temperatures is often achieved through measuring the Mg/Ca value of foraminiferal test carbonate. The diversity in foraminiferal Mg/Ca-temperature calibrations suggests that there is also a biological control on this proxy. This study presents a new Mg/Ca-temperature calibration for the benthic foraminifer Bulimina marginata, based on cultures under a range of temperatures (4-14 ° C). Measured Mg/Ca values for B. marginata correlate well with temperature (Mg/Ca = 1.10 ± 0.10e0.045 ± 0.009T, R2=0.28, p<0.01). The inter-individual variability is, however, also significant (standard deviation is 10-35 % of the average). Before applying this or any calibration, the effect of the inter-individual variability on the accuracy of the Mg/Ca-temperature calibration has to be evaluated. The inter-individual variability is quantified and split in three components, namely (1) an analytical error; (2) an environmental effect and (3) a vital effect. The effect of inter-individual variability on the accuracy of Mg/Ca-temperature calibrations is depending on the sensitivity of the used calibration and the number of individuals measured (Temperature uncertainty = (0.33 · N-0.50)/sensitivity). The less sensitive a calibration, the greater is the impact of inter-individual variability. This can partly be circumvented by measuring more individuals. Differences in sensitivity may depend on the stability of the environment in which the foraminifera live and the concurring ecological strategy. This study shows the link between inter-individual variability en sensitivity and their influence on the accuracy of Mg/Ca-temperature calibrations.

  16. Infrared and structural studies of Mg 1- xZn xFe 2O 4 ferrites

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    Mohammed, K. A.; Al-Rawas, A. D.; Gismelseed, A. M.; Sellai, A.; Widatallah, H. M.; Yousif, A.; Elzain, M. E.; Shongwe, M.

    2012-02-01

    Compositions of polycrystalline Mg-Zn mixed ferrites with the general formula Mg 1- xZn xFe 2O 4 (0≤ x≤1) were prepared by the standard double sintering ceramic method. The structural properties of these ferrites have been investigated using X-ray diffraction and infrared absorption spectroscopy. The lattice parameter, particle size, bonds length, force constants, density, porosity, shrinkage and cation distribution of these samples have been estimated and compared with those predicted theoretically. Most of these values were found to increase with increasing Zn content. The energy dispersive (EDS) analysis confirmed the proposed sample composition. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) micrographs showed aggregates of stacked crystallites of about 200-800 nm in diameter. Far infrared absorption spectra showed two significant absorption bands. The wave number of the first band, ν1, decreases with increasing Zn content, while the band, ν2 shifts linearly towards higher wave numbers with Zn contents, over the whole composition range. The room temperature electrical resistivity was found to decrease as Zn-content increases. Values of the vacancy model parameters showed that the packing factors Pa and Pb decrease, the fulfillment coefficient, α, remains almost constant and the vacancy parameter, β, strongly increases with increasing Zn content in the sample. The small values of Pa, Pb, α and the strong increase of the vacancy parameter, β, indicate the presence of cation or anion vacancies and the partial participation of the Zn 2+ vacancies in the improvement of the electrical conductivity in the Mg-Zn ferrites.

  17. Using Mg/Ca on oyster shells as paleoclimatic proxy, example from the Paleogene of Central Asia.

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    Bougeois, Laurie; de Rafélis, Marc; Reichart, Gert-Jan; de Nooijer, Lennart; Dupont-Nivet, Guillaume

    2015-04-01

    Due to their large occurrence in sedimentary records from Triassic to Quaternary, their strong resistance to post-mortem alteration, and the incremental nature of their shell growth, oysters are recognized to be a highly powerful tool to infer infra-annual paleoclimate variations. However, the common use of δ18O in biomineralisation to infer paleotemperatures is hindered by the difficulties in valuating δ18O of sea water (δ18Osw). If the δ18Osw values can be fairly well estimated when orking at the million-year time scale, the estimation of the infra-annual variation of the δ18Osw constitutes a considerable barrier for high-resolution paleo-reconstitutions. This issue can be resolved using the Mg/Ca ratio as a suitable and valuable independent high-resolution paleothermometer in oyster shells. However, if numerous studies provided new paleothermometer using Mg/Ca ratio in calcitic bivalve shells, their application to paleo-studies remains to be established. In this study, we combine incremental δ18O analyses with Mg/Ca ratio on Paleogene oyster shells from the Proto-Paratethys (Central Asia) that is characterized by high seasonal variability. We analysed various species growing in different depositional environments throughout late Paleocene to late Eocene times. Results from both proxies show consistent values from oysters of the same age and of the same species, attesting for the consistent Mg incorporation into shells. However, the Mg/Ca-T calibrations tested in this study reveals the importance of specie-specific effect for the incorporation of Mg, as well as the environment. This enables discarding results inappropriate for existing Mg/Ca calibrations and identifying those yielding meaningful paleo-temperatures. In particular, the consistency of the Mg/Ca temperature proxies yielded by the species Ostrea (T.) strictiplicata and Sokolowia buhsii shows that, with careful data selection, Mg/Ca provides a reliable infra-annual paleotemperature proxy.

  18. Hydrogen reduction of wustite single crystals doped with Mg, Mn, Ca, Al, and Si

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    Moukassi, M.; Gougeon, M.; Steinmetz, P.; Dupre, B.; Gleitzer, C.

    1984-06-01

    In order to investigate the reduction mechanism of wustite in the presence of impurities usually met in the ironmaking industry, single crystals have been prepared with Mg, Mn, Ca, Al, and Si as dopants. The amounts of dopant in the lattice is around 4,4,2.5,0.5, and 0.01 mol pct, respectively, at 800 ‡C. For reduction with pure hydrogen, from 600 to 950 ‡C, Ca is the most efficient for accelerating the process at high degrees of reduction (75 pct) Mg and Mn are also active in this respect. Al has only a slowing down effect. Si also slows down the reaction at temperatures between 600 < T < 850 ‡C, but it becomes accelerating at T > 850 ‡C. In the presence of 20 torrs of water vapor in the gas, Mg and Mn are less efficient and unable to prevent the same slowing down of reaction observed with pure wustite at around 850 ‡C and classically called the ‡rate minimum‡. Our interpretation of these results is mainly based upon the observations of microstructures of partly reduced crystals which show a change in the texture of the iron produced which can be correlated with the reduction rate. These observations lead to a possible explanation in terms of the role of inclusions of impurity oxides on the sintering process of the metal, correlated with their ability to dissolve into the wustite lattice. However, this suggestion cannot apply in the case of Si at low temperatures, and this element is therefore supposed to play a role in the stages of reaction associated with the surface of the crystals.

  19. Experimental examination of strain field within GP zone in an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy

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    Bai, P. C.; Liu, F.; Hou, X. H.; Zhao, C. W.; Xing, Y. M.

    2012-11-01

    The strain field of GP zone plays a very important role in strengthening of the precipitation-hardened aluminum alloys by prohibiting movement of dislocations; however, quantitative analysis about the strain field of the GP zone in the aluminum alloys has been seldom reported elsewhere. In this paper, the microstructure of GP zone in an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy was explored by using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and the displacement field of lattice planes within the GP zone was experimentally measured by geometric phase analysis (GPA) technique; then, the quantitative results about strains of the distorted lattice planes within the GP zone were also obtained. It is found that the GP zone core is convergence region of the strains, and the maximum value of the compressive strains within the GP zone is about 7.6%.

  20. Optical Energy Levels Scheme for Co2+ doped in K(Mg,Zn)F3 Fluoroperovskites

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    Barb, A. M.; Gruia, A. S.; Avram, C. N.

    2016-02-01

    The aim of this paper is to model the crystal field parameters and simulate the fine structure of optical energy levels scheme of Co2+:K(Mg,Zn)F3 systems. The crystal field parameters were modeled in the frame of an Exchange Charge Model of the crystal field theory, taking into account the effects of the covalent bond formation between the Co2+ and F- ions. The obtained parameters were used for simulating the fine structure of the system energy levels scheme, by diagonalization of the full Hamiltonian matrix, in the base of 100 wave functions of Co2+ ion. For resolving some discrepancies, the electron-phonon interaction in 4T2g excited state is investigated in the frame of the Ham theory, with the Jahn-Teller stabilization energy calculation. The comparison of the calculated energy levels with experimental data gives a good agreement, which confirms the model and used method.

  1. [Effect of substrate temperature on structure and photoluminescence of ZnMgO films].

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    Dong, Li-Na; Wang, Yu-Xin; Sun, Jing-Chang; Zheng, Ya-Ru; Zhang, Huan; Liang, Ming; Lin, Mao-Kui; Cui, Shuo

    2013-08-01

    ZnMgO films were deposited on quartz glass substrates by the ultrasonic spray pyrolysis at different substrate temperatures (450-550 degrees C). The structural, surface morphological and optical properties of the samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The results demonstrate that the substrate temperature has important effect on structural and optical characteristics. All the films have hexagonal wurtzite polycrystalline structures and the c-axis preferential orientation has an optimum temperature of 530 degrees C. The sample prepared at this temperature owns uniform grain size, smooth surface morphology and better crystalline quality. The width of deep-level emission decreases and the near band edge (NBE) ultraviolet emission peak appears with the increase in temperature by the PL spectrum. When the temperature arrives to 530 degrees C, a distinct NBE emission peak can be observed at 374. 5 nm, while the deep level emission is almost undetectable. PMID:24159844

  2. Temperature dependent structural behavior of Mg70Zn30: A molecular dynamics study

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    Mevada, A. D.; Pandya, N. Y.; Gajjar, P. N.

    2016-05-01

    Mg70Zn30 is simplest of metallic glasses having good mechanical properties, biocompatibility with human body and is biodegradable, so it is widely studied material in its class. We present in this paper first principle calculations showing the change in the structure of the system with temperature. The computations are performed using PWSCF tool of Quantum ESPRESSO package, which uses density functional theory for calculations of electronic ground state properties and dynamical structures. With increasing temperature the number of peaks in RDFs reduce in number leaving only a single peak,the system thus makes a transition from non-crystalline solid to liquid state within the range of 300-1000K. First coordination number was found to decrease with rising temperature.

  3. Effects of vanadium complexes supplementation on V, Cu, Mn, K, Fe, Zn, and Ca concentration in STZ diabetic rats pancreas.

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    Krośniak, Mirosław; Kowalska, Joanna; Francik, Renata; Gryboś, Ryszard; Kwiatek, Wojciech M

    2014-01-01

    The objective of the study was to assess the effects of Na[V(V)O(O2)2(2,2'-bpy)] x 8 H2O (complex 1), Na[V(V)O(O2)2(1,10'-phen)] x 5 H2O (complex 2), Na[V(V)O(O2)2(4,4'-Me-2,2'-bpy)] x 8 H2O (complex 3), [V(V)O(SO,)(1,10'-phen)] x 2 H2O, (complex 4), [V(IV)O(SO4)(2,2'-bpy)] x H2O (complex 5), where: 2,2'-bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine, 1.10'-phen = 1,10'-phenanthroline, 4,4'-Me-2,2'-bpy = 4,4'-dimethyl-2,2'-bipyridine and a small insulin injection on V, Cu, Mn, K, Fe, Zn, and Ca concentration in the STZ (streptozotocin) diabetic rats pancreas during a 5-week treatment with the tested complexes. In all groups of animals metal concentration in the pancreas was investigated by means of Proton Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) method. Maximum concentration of vanadium was observed in the pancreas for complex 5 (1.69 +/- 0.09 mg/kg dry weight), lower for complex 3 (1.51 +/- 0.10 mg/kg dry weight), and the lowest for complex 1 (1.21 +/- 0.27 mg/kg dry weight) supplementation. The influence of vanadium administration on other metals' concentration in the rats' pancreas was also investigated. All vanadium-tested complexes showed an increase of zinc concentration in the examined pancreas in comparison to the diabetic animals not treated with vanadium. The results were the highest for complex 1 and the lowest for complex 5. The concentration of Fe, Cu, Mn, K and Ca in the pancreas is not evidently influenced by administration of the vanadium complexes. PMID:25275204

  4. Microstructures, mechanical and corrosion properties and biocompatibility of as extruded Mg-Mn-Zn-Nd alloys for biomedical applications.

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    Zhou, Ying-Long; Li, Yuncang; Luo, Dong-Mei; Ding, Yunfei; Hodgson, Peter

    2015-04-01

    Extruded Mg-1Mn-2Zn-xNd alloys (x=0.5, 1.0, 1.5 mass %) have been developed for their potential use as biomaterials. The extrusion on the alloys was performed at temperature of 623K with an extrusion ratio of 14.7 under an average extrusion speed of 4mm/s. The microstructure, mechanical property, corrosion behavior and biocompatibility of the extruded Mg-Mn-Zn-Nd alloys have been investigated in this study. The microstructure was examined using X-ray diffraction analysis and optical microscopy. The mechanical properties were determined from uniaxial tensile and compressive tests. The corrosion behavior was investigated using electrochemical measurement. The biocompatibility was evaluated using osteoblast-like SaOS2 cells. The experimental results indicate that all extruded Mg-1Mn-2Zn-xNd alloys are composed of both α phase of Mg and a compound of Mg7Zn3 with very fine microstructures, and show good ductility and much higher mechanical strength than that of cast pure Mg and natural bone. The tensile strength and elongation of the extruded alloys increase with an increase in neodymium content. Their compressive strength does not change significantly with an increase in neodymium content. The extruded alloys show good biocompatibility and much higher corrosion resistance than that of cast pure Mg. The extruded Mg-1Mn-2Zn-1.0Nd alloy shows a great potential for biomedical applications due to the combination of enhanced mechanical properties, high corrosion resistance and good biocompatibility. PMID:25686931

  5. Study on biodegradation of the second phase Mg17Al12 in Mg-Al-Zn alloys: in vitro experiment and thermodynamic calculation.

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    Liu, Chen; Yang, Huazhe; Wan, Peng; Wang, Kehong; Tan, Lili; Yang, Ke

    2014-02-01

    The in vitro biodegradation behavior of Mg17Al12 as a second phase in Mg-Al-Zn alloys was investigated via electrochemical measurement and immersion test. The Hank's solutions with neutral and acidic pH values were adopted as electrolytes to simulate the in vivo environment during normal and inflammatory response process. Furthermore, the local orbital density functional theory approach was employed to study the thermodynamical stability of Mg17Al12 phase. All the results proved the occurrence of pitting corrosion process with crackings for Mg17Al12 phase in Hank's solution, but with a much lower degradation rate compared with both AZ31 alloy and pure magnesium. Furthermore, a preliminary explanation on the biodegradation behaviors of Mg17Al12 phase was proposed. PMID:24411344

  6. Structural and thermal characterization of CaO-MgO-SiO2-P2O5-CaF2 glasses

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    Kansal, Ishu; Goel, Ashutosh; Tulyaganov, Dilshat U.; Rajagopal, Raghu R.; Ferreira, Jose M.

    2012-08-01

    The paper presents the influence of varying CaO/MgO ratio on the structure and thermal properties of CaO-MgO-SiO2-P2O5-CaF2 glasses. A series of eight glass compositions in the glass forming region of diopside (CaMgSi2O6) - fluorapatite [Ca5(PO4)3F] - wollastonite (CaSiO3) ternary system have been designed and synthesized by varying diopside/wollastonite ratio in glasses. The as prepared melt-quenched glasses have been characterized for their structure by infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and magic angle spinning (MAS)-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Silicon is predominantly present as Q2 (Si) species, while phosphorus tends to coordinate in orthophosphate environment in all the investigated glasses. The change in CaO/MgO ratio had an insignificant affect on the structure of glasses. The thermal sintering and crystallization parameters for the studied glasses have been obtained from differential thermal analysis (DTA) while crystalline phase fractions in the sintered glass-ceramics have been analyzed by X-ray diffraction adjoined with Rietveld refinement. Diopside, fluorapatite, wollastonite and pseudowollastonite have crystallized as the main crystalline phases in all the glass-ceramics with their content varying with respect to variation in CaO/MgO ratio in glasses. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) has been used to shed light on the microstructure of glass-ceramics. The possible implications of structure and sintering behaviour of glasses on their bioactivity have been discussed.

  7. Mg-Zn based composites reinforced with bioactive glass (45S5) fabricated via powder metallurgy

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    Ab llah, N.; Jamaludin, S. B.; Daud, Z. C.; Zaludin, M. A. F.

    2016-07-01

    Metallic implants are shifting from bio-inert to bioactive and biodegradable materials. These changes are made in order to improve the stress shielding effect and bio-compatibility and also avoid the second surgery procedure. Second surgery procedure is required if the patient experienced infection and implant loosening. An implant is predicted to be well for 15 to 20 years inside patient body. Currently, magnesium alloys are found to be the new biomaterials because of their properties close to the human bones and also able to degrade in the human body. In this work, magnesium-zinc based composites reinforced with different content (5, 15, 20 wt. %) of bioactive glass (45S5) were fabricated through powder metallurgy technique. The composites were sintered at 450˚C. Density and porosity of the composites were determined using the gas pycnometer. Microstructure of the composites was observed using an optical microscope. In-vitro bioactivity behavior was evaluated in the simulated body fluid (SBF) for 7 days. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) was used to characterize the apatite forming on the samples surface. The microstructure of the composite showed that the pore segregated near the grain boundaries and bioglass clustering was observed with increasing content of bioglass. The true density of the composites increased with the increasing content of bioglass and the highest value of porosity was indicated by the Mg-Zn reinforced with 20 wt.% of bioglass. The addition of bio-glass to the Mg-Zn has also induced the formation of apatite layer after soaking in SBF solution.

  8. Ion-Sensitive Characteristics of an Electrolyte-Solution-Gate ZnO/ZnMgO Heterojunction Field-Effect Transistor as a Biosensing Transducer

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    Koike, Kazuto; Takagi, Daisuke; Kawasaki, Motoki; Hashimoto, Takahito; Inoue, Tomoyuki; Ogata, Ken-ichi; Sasa, Shigehiko; Inoue, Masataka; Yano, Mitsuaki

    2007-10-01

    Characteristics of an ion-sensitive ZnO/ZnMgO heterojunction field-effect transistor (HFET) with an amine-modified single-crystalline O-polar ZnMgO gate electrode are discussed to develop the application to biosensing transducers. The ion-sensitivity was based on the proton transfer to/from the amino groups on the gate electrode, the amine-modification of which was performed using a silanization technique by immersing the HFET into an aminosilane based solution. Stable operation in electrolyte solution in accordance with the standard FET theory with small hysteresis and small leakage current was confirmed, and the amperometric operation revealed a high pH sensitivity of -20 μA/pH with a reproducible result. A potential application of the ion-sensitive HFET to amperometric biosensing transducers was also demonstrated by immobilizing enzyme molecules of glucose oxidase on the amine-modified gate electrode.

  9. Effects of phosphates on microstructure and bioactivity of micro-arc oxidized calcium phosphate coatings on Mg-Zn-Zr magnesium alloy.

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    Pan, Y K; Chen, C Z; Wang, D G; Zhao, T G

    2013-09-01

    Calcium phosphate (CaP) coatings were prepared on Mg-Zn-Zr magnesium alloy by micro-arc oxidation (MAO) in electrolyte containing calcium acetate monohydrate (CH3COO)2Ca·H2O) and different phosphates (i.e. disodium hydrogen phosphate dodecahydrate (Na2HPO4·12H2O), sodium phosphate (Na3PO4·H2O) and sodium hexametaphosphate((NaPO3)6)). Scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) and X-ray diffractometer (XRD) were employed to characterize the microstructure, elemental distribution and phase composition of the CaP coatings. Simulated body fluid (SBF) immersion test was used to evaluate the coating bioactivity and degradability. Systemic toxicity test was used to evaluate the coating biocompatibility. Fluoride ion selective electrode (ISE) was used to measure F(-) ions concentration during 30 days SBF immersion. The CaP coatings effectively reduced the corrosion rate and the surfaces of CaP coatings were covered by a new layer formed of numerous needle-like and scale-like apatites. The formation of these calcium phosphate apatites indicates that the coatings have excellent bioactivity. The coatings formed in (NaPO3)6-containging electrolyte exhibit thicker thickness, higher adhesive strength, slower degradation rate, better apatite-inducing ability and biocompatibility. PMID:23603036

  10. Variation of the matter densities of nuclei from /sup 40/Ca to /sup 68/Zn

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    Papanicolas, C N; Sumner, W Q; Blair, J S; Bernstein, A M

    1981-01-01

    Analysis is made of elastic scattering of 42 MeV ..cap alpha..-particles from 19 nuclei from /sup 40/Ca to /sup 68/Zn in terms of a folding model, allowing determination of matter densities in the nuclear surface region relative to that of /sup 40/Ca. Specifically, values are deduced for the radii at which the matter density equals 0.016 nucleon/fm/sup 3/ as well as matter RMS radii. The relative sizes vary more slowly than A/sup 1/3/ between /sup 40/Ca and /sup 54/Fe and more rapidly than A/sup 1/3/ between /sup 54/Fe and /sup 68/Zn. The overall trend gives an increase with A/sup 1/3/ but with a bowing effect. The near equality of proton and matter RMS radii indicates that the neutron-proton radii are approximately equal to within the errors of the present analysis. The results are in reasonable agreement with those obtained with other hadronic probes and with calculated Hartree-Fock Bogolyubov densities.

  11. Effect of Ca:Mg ratio on precipitated P species identified using 31P solid state NMR

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    Manimel Wadu, M.

    2009-04-01

    M.C.W. Manimel Wadu1, O.O Akinremi1, S. Kroeker2 1Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, R3T 2N2, Canada 2Department of Chemistry, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, R3T 2N2, Canada Agronomic efficiency of added P fertilizer is reduced by the precipitation reactions with the exchangeable Ca and Mg in calcareous soils. We hypothesized that the ratio of Ca to Mg on the soil exchange complex will affect the species of P that is precipitated and its solubility in the soil. A laboratory experiment was conducted using a model calcareous soil system which was composed of resin (Amberlite IRP69) and sand coated with CaCO3 packed into a column. The resin was pre saturated with Ca and Mg in order to achieve five different saturation ratios of Ca:Mg approximately as 100:0, 70:30, 50:50, 30:70 and 0:100. Monoammonium Phosphate was applied to the soil surface to simulate one-dimensional diffusive transport. The column was then incubated for 2 weeks. Chemical analysis for water and acid soluble P, pH, NH4, Ca and Mg was performed on 2mm sections of the soil to a depth of 10 cm. This paper will present and discuss the distribution of P along the soil column. Unlike similar studies that have speculated on the precipitation of P, this study will identify and quantify the P species that is formed using 31P solid state NMR technique. Such knowledge will be helpful in understanding the effect of Ca and Mg on P availability in calcareous system and the role of each cation on P precipitation. Key words: P fertilizers, Ca, Mg, model system, solid state NMR

  12. Ca2+ and Na+ permeability of high-threshold Ca2+ channels and their voltage-dependent block by Mg2+ ions in chick sensory neurones.

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    Carbone, E; Lux, H D; Carabelli, V; Aicardi, G; Zucker, H

    1997-01-01

    1. The Mg2+ block of Na+ and Ca2+ currents through high-voltage activated (HVA; L- and N-type) Ca2+ channels was studied in chick dorsal root ganglion neurones. 2. In low extracellular [Ca2+] (< 10(-8) M) and with Na+o and Cs+i as the main charge carriers (120 mM), HVA Na+ currents started to activate at -40 mV, reached inward peak values near 0 mV and reversed at about +40 mV. 3. Addition of 30-500 microM Mg2+ to the bath caused a strong depression of inward Na+ currents that was voltage and dose dependent (KD = 39 microM in 120 mM Na+ at -10 mV). The block was maximal at negative potentials (< -70 mV) and decreased with increasing positive potentials, suggesting that Mg2+ cannot escape to the cell interior. 4. Block of Ca2+ currents by Mg2+ was also voltage dependent, but by three orders of magnitude less potent than with Na+ currents (KD = 24 mM in 2 mM Ca2+ at -30 mV). The high concentration of Mg2+ caused a prominent voltage shift of channel gating kinetics induced by surface charge screening effects. To compensate for this, Mg2+ block of inward Ca2+ currents was estimated from the instantaneous I-V relationships on return from very positive potentials (+100 mV). 5. Inward Na+ and Ca2+ tail currents following depolarization to +90 mV were markedly depressed, suggesting that channels cleared of Mg2+ ions during strong depolarization are quickly re-blocked on return to negative potentials. The kinetics of re-block by Mg2+ was too fast (< 100 microseconds) to be resolved by our recording apparatus. This implies a rate of entry for Mg2+ > 1.45 x 10(8) M-1 S-1 when Na+ is the permeating ion and a rate approximately 3 orders of magnitude smaller for Ca2+. 6. Mg2+ unblock of HVA Na+ currents at +100 mV was independent of the size of outward currents, whether Na+, Cs+ or NMG+ were the main internal cations. 7. Consistent with the idea of a high-affinity binding site for Ca2+ inside the channel, micromolar amounts of Ca2+ caused a strong depression of Na+ currents

  13. Ca2+ and Na+ permeability of high-threshold Ca2+ channels and their voltage-dependent block by Mg2+ ions in chick sensory neurones.

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    Carbone, E; Lux, H D; Carabelli, V; Aicardi, G; Zucker, H

    1997-10-01

    1. The Mg2+ block of Na+ and Ca2+ currents through high-voltage activated (HVA; L- and N-type) Ca2+ channels was studied in chick dorsal root ganglion neurones. 2. In low extracellular [Ca2+] (< 10(-8) M) and with Na+o and Cs+i as the main charge carriers (120 mM), HVA Na+ currents started to activate at -40 mV, reached inward peak values near 0 mV and reversed at about +40 mV. 3. Addition of 30-500 microM Mg2+ to the bath caused a strong depression of inward Na+ currents that was voltage and dose dependent (KD = 39 microM in 120 mM Na+ at -10 mV). The block was maximal at negative potentials (< -70 mV) and decreased with increasing positive potentials, suggesting that Mg2+ cannot escape to the cell interior. 4. Block of Ca2+ currents by Mg2+ was also voltage dependent, but by three orders of magnitude less potent than with Na+ currents (KD = 24 mM in 2 mM Ca2+ at -30 mV). The high concentration of Mg2+ caused a prominent voltage shift of channel gating kinetics induced by surface charge screening effects. To compensate for this, Mg2+ block of inward Ca2+ currents was estimated from the instantaneous I-V relationships on return from very positive potentials (+100 mV). 5. Inward Na+ and Ca2+ tail currents following depolarization to +90 mV were markedly depressed, suggesting that channels cleared of Mg2+ ions during strong depolarization are quickly re-blocked on return to negative potentials. The kinetics of re-block by Mg2+ was too fast (< 100 microseconds) to be resolved by our recording apparatus. This implies a rate of entry for Mg2+ > 1.45 x 10(8) M-1 S-1 when Na+ is the permeating ion and a rate approximately 3 orders of magnitude smaller for Ca2+. 6. Mg2+ unblock of HVA Na+ currents at +100 mV was independent of the size of outward currents, whether Na+, Cs+ or NMG+ were the main internal cations. 7. Consistent with the idea of a high-affinity binding site for Ca2+ inside the channel, micromolar amounts of Ca2+ caused a strong depression of Na+ currents

  14. The Ca2+/Mg2+ Sites of Troponin C Modulate Crossbridge-Mediated Thin Filament Activation in Cardiac Myofibrils†

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    Fuchs, Franklin; Grabarek, Zenon

    2011-01-01

    The Ca2+/Mg2+ sites (III and IV) located in the C-terminal domain of cardiac troponin C (cTnC) have been generally considered to play a purely structural role in keeping the cTnC bound to the thin filament. However, several lines of evidence, including the discovery of cardiomyopathy-associated mutations in the C-domain, have raised the possibility that these sites may have a more complex role in contractile regulation. To explore this possibility, the ATPase activity of rat cardiac myofibrils was assayed under conditions in which no Ca2+ was bound to the N-terminal regulatory Ca2+ -binding site (site II). Myosin-S1 was treated with N-ethylmaleimide to create strong-binding myosin heads (NEM-S1), which could activate the cardiac thin filament in the absence of Ca2+. NEM-S1 activation was assayed at pCa 8.0-6.5 and in the presence of either 1mM or 30 μM free Mg2+. ATPase activity was maximal when sites III and IV were occupied by Mg2+ and it steadily declined as Ca2+ displaced Mg2+. The data suggest that in the absence of Ca2+ at site II strong-binding myosin crossbridges cause the opening of more active sites on the thin filament if the C-domain is occupied by Mg2+ rather than Ca2+. This finding could be relevant to the contraction-relaxation kinetics of cardiac muscle. As Ca2+ dissociates from site II of cTnC during the early relaxing phase of the cardiac cycle, residual Ca2+ bound at sites III and IV might facilitate the switching off of the thin filament and the detachment of crossbridges from actin. PMID:21539814

  15. Leachable Li and Mg Evidence for Hydrological Changes in the Mono Basin, CA, USA

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    Sahajpal, R.; Hemming, N.; Zimmerman, S. R.; Hemming, S. R.

    2007-12-01

    Hydrology in closed basin lakes, such as Mono Lake of the US western Great Basin, is sensitive to regional climate changes. Lake level history of the Mono Basin has been put into a precise age framework using the paleomagnetic intensity of the Wilson Creek Formation sediments to North Atlantic records, and accordingly Greenland's GISP2 oxygen isotope record (Zimmerman et al., 2006, EPSL, v. 252, pp. 94- 106). This allows correlation of the lake level indicators and Greenland climate at high resolution. The physical evidence for lake level, based on the association of strata in near shore terraces, can be confidently correlated to proxies of lake chemistry preserved in the strata. We have tested the application of leachable Li, following the procedure developed by Bischoff et al. (1997, Quaternary Research, v. 48, pp. 313-325) for Owens Lake. At Owens Lake there is a positive correlation between salinity based on diatoms with leachable Li concentrations. In contrast, at Mono Lake the leachable Li concentration follows the bulk carbonate concentration, generally correlating low lake levels (high salinity) with low leachable Li concentrations. Our preferred explanation for both the carbonate and leachable Li concentrations is based on the fact that the Mono Basin rarely overflows, and therefore precipitation of minerals during evaporation leads to chemical divides (Garrels and Mackenzie., 1967, in "Equilibrium Concepts in Natural Water Systems", W. Stumm, Ed., pp. 222-242). As Li behaves conservatively compared to elements like Ca2+ and Mg2+, it might be expected that the leachable Li would be higher when lake level is lower. However, the host for the Li appears to be Mg-smectite. Therefore, the concentration of leachable Li in the sediment is controlled by the concentration of Mg-smectite, as well as the Li/Mg of the water from which the Mg- smectite precipitated and the Kd of the Li into the Mg-smectite. We are studying the Li and Mg systematics of these samples in

  16. A phosphorylated conformational state of the (Ca2+-Mg2+)-ATPase of fast skeletal muscle sarcoplasmic reticulum can mediate rapid Ca2+ release.

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    Chiesi, M; Wen, Y S

    1983-05-25

    A rapid Ca2+ release from Ca2+-loaded sarcoplasmic reticulum vesicles from fast skeletal muscle can be induced under conditions which permit the formation of a stable phosphorylated intermediate of the (Ca2+-Mg2+)-ATPase. Such a state can be achieved experimentally by phosphorylating the ATPase in the absence of Mg2+ ions, which otherwise would stimulate the dephosphorylation step(s). Also, quercetine stimulates the rapid release of Ca2+ if used in the concentration range which does not produce inhibition of phosphoenzyme formation, but which inhibits phosphoenzyme dephosphorylation. The rapid efflux of Ca2+ ions proceeds as long as the low affinity Ca2+-binding sites facing the lumen of the vesicles are saturated and as long as Ca2+ is removed from the catalytic sites facing the cytosol. A molecular mechanism of the phosphoenzyme-mediated Ca2+ release is proposed. This mechanism is based on a rapid shuttling of the ATPase molecules between an ADP-sensitive and an ADP-insensitive phosphorylated state. PMID:6133856

  17. Deep levels in a-plane, high Mg-content Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}O epitaxial layers grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Guer, Emre; Tabares, G.; Hierro, A.; Chauveau, J. M.

    2012-12-15

    Deep level defects in n-type unintentionally doped a-plane Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}O, grown by molecular beam epitaxy on r-plane sapphire were fully characterized using deep level optical spectroscopy (DLOS) and related methods. Four compositions of Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}O were examined with x = 0.31, 0.44, 0.52, and 0.56 together with a control ZnO sample. DLOS measurements revealed the presence of five deep levels in each Mg-containing sample, having energy levels of E{sub c} - 1.4 eV, 2.1 eV, 2.6 V, and E{sub v} + 0.3 eV and 0.6 eV. For all Mg compositions, the activation energies of the first three states were constant with respect to the conduction band edge, whereas the latter two revealed constant activation energies with respect to the valence band edge. In contrast to the ternary materials, only three levels, at E{sub c} - 2.1 eV, E{sub v} + 0.3 eV, and 0.6 eV, were observed for the ZnO control sample in this systematically grown series of samples. Substantially higher concentrations of the deep levels at E{sub v} + 0.3 eV and E{sub c} - 2.1 eV were observed in ZnO compared to the Mg alloyed samples. Moreover, there is a general invariance of trap concentration of the E{sub v} + 0.3 eV and 0.6 eV levels on Mg content, while at least and order of magnitude dependency of the E{sub c} - 1.4 eV and E{sub c} - 2.6 eV levels in Mg alloyed samples.

  18. The relationship between mitochondrial state, ATP hydrolysis, [Mg2+]i and [Ca2+]i studied in isolated rat cardiomyocytes.

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    Leyssens, A; Nowicky, A V; Patterson, L; Crompton, M; Duchen, M R

    1996-01-01

    1. As ATP has a higher affinity for Mg2+ than ADP, the cytosolic magnesium concentration rises upon ATP hydrolysis. We have therefore used the Mg(2+)-sensitive fluorescent indicator Magnesium Green (MgG) to provide an index of changing ATP concentration in single rat cardiomyocytes in response to altered mitochondrial state. 2. In response to FCCP, [Mg2+]i rose towards a plateau coincident with the progression to rigor, which signals ATP depletion. Contamination of the MgG signal by changes in intracellular free Ca2+ concentration (the KD of MgG for Ca2+ is 4.7 microM) was excluded by simultaneous measurement of [Ca2+]i and [Mg2+]i in cells dual loaded with fura-2 and MgG. The response to FCCP was independent of external Mg2+, confirming an intracellular source for the rise in [Mg2+]i. 3. Simultaneous measurements of mitochondrial NAD(P)H autofluorescence and mitochondrial potential (delta psi m; .-1 fluorescence) and of autofluorescence and MgG allowed closer study of the relationship between [Mg2+]i and mitochondrial state. Oligomycin abolished the FCCP-induced rise in [Mg2+]i without altering the change in autofluorescence. Thus, the rise in [Mg2+]i in response to FCCP is consistent with the release of intracellular Mg2+ following ATP hydrolysis by the mitochondrial F1F0-ATPase. 4. The rise in [Mg2+]i was correlated with cell-attached recordings of ATP-sensitive K+ channel (KATP) activity. In response to FCCP, an increase in KATP channel activity was seen only as [Mg2+]i reached a plateau. In response to blockade of mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis with cyanide (CN-) and 2-deoxyglucose (DOG), [Mg2+]i rose more slowly but again KATP channel opening increased only when [Mg2+]i reached a plateau and the cells shortened. 5. Oligomycin decreased the rate of rise of [Mg2+]i delayed the onset of rigor and increased the rate of mitochondrial depolarization in response to CN-_DOG. Thus, with blockade of mitochondrial respiration delta psi m is maintained by the

  19. Calmodulin antagonists have differential effects on Ca/sup 2 +/ uptake, (Ca/sup 2 +/ + Mg/sup 2 +/)-ATPase and Ca/sup 2 +/ release in hepatic endoplasmic reticulum

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    Delfert, D.M.; Koepnick, S.; McDonald, J.M.; Chan, K.M.

    1986-05-01

    The effect of calmodulin (CaM) antagonists on Ca/sup 2 +/ handling by hepatic endoplasmic reticulum (ER) was studied. Ca/sup 2 +/ uptake by saponin-permeabilized hepatocytes or isolated ER was measured using /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/ in a filtration assay in the presence of 0.09 ..mu..M free (Ca/sup 2 +/) and inhibitors of mitochondrial Ca/sup 2 +/ transport. Each CaM-antagonist (chlorpromazine, CPZ; trifluoperazine, TFP; calmidazolium, W7 and 48/80) showed a dose-dependent inhibition of Ca/sup 2 +/ accumulation in permeabilized hepatocytes. Both the initial rate and steady state values for Ca/sup 2 +/ uptake were reduced by 50% with 40 ..mu..M calmidazolium, 100 ..mu..M TFP, 150..mu..M W7, 150 ..mu..M CPZ and 300 ..mu..M 48/80. Using isolated ER both calmidazolium (20 ..mu..M) and W7 (150 ..mu..M) inhibited the initial rate and steady state level of Ca/sup 2 +/ accumulation. At this concentration calmidazolium inhibited the initial rate of (Ca/sup 2 +/ + Mg/sup 2 +/)-ATPase activity, and enhanced Ca/sup 2 +/ release. In contrast, W7 had no effect on these parameters. These results suggest that the reduced level of Ca/sup 2 +/ uptake into ER vesicles in the presence of calmidazolium may result from inhibition of the (Ca/sup 2 +/ + Mg/sup 2 +/)-ATPase as well as induction of Ca/sup 2 +/ release, while W7 may act to uncouple Ca/sup 2 +/ transport from its (Ca/sup 2 +/ + Mg/sup 2 +/)-ATPase counterpart.

  20. Fabrication and characteristics of Zn2+ doped MgO films prepared by sol-gel method

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    Wang, Xiaoju; Li, Peng; Lin, Zulun; Qi, Kangcheng; Chen, Zexiang; Cao, Guichuan

    2012-10-01

    One of the effective methods to improve the luminous efficiency and reduce power consumption of plasma display panel (PDP) is searching for new high secondary emission discharging materials. In this paper, doped MgO films with different Zn2+ dopant concentration are made on indium tin oxides glass substrates by sol-gel method. The effect of annealing atmosphere on the visible light transmittance is discussed, which indicates that the films annealed in the nitrogen have higher transmittance than that in the air. The discharge characteristics of the fabricated Zn2+ doped MgO thin films are studied in a tube filled with Ne-Xe gas mixtures imitating the real structure of alternating current plasma display panel (AC PDP). When the Zn2+ ratio is 10 %, the firing voltage of doped MgO thin film in Ne-Xe 5 % at the pressure of 10 torr is 378 V, in contrast to the pure MgO film of 390 V. In addition, burr sparks are also observed at the beginning of the test. As time go on, the gas discharge is more stable. The results show that Zn2+ doped MgO thin film, due to its lower firing voltage, can be a promising discharge layer for highly efficient AC PDP.

  1. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of TiO2-impregnated with MgZnAl mixed oxides obtained from layered double hydroxides for phenol degradation

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    de Almeida, Marciano Fabiano; Bellato, Carlos Roberto; Mounteer, Ann Honor; Ferreira, Sukarno Olavo; Milagres, Jaderson Lopes; Miranda, Liany Divina Lima

    2015-12-01

    A series of TiO2/MgZnAl photocatalysts were successfully synthesized from ternary (Mg, Zn and Al) layered double hydroxides impregnated with TiO2 nanoparticles by the co-precipitation method at variable pH with different Zn2+/Mg2+ molar ratios. The composite photocatalysts were calcined at 500 °C resulting in the incorporation of oxide zinc, in the calcined MgZnAl LDH structure. Synergistic effect between ZnO and TiO2 lead to significant enhancement of TiO2/MgZnAl photocatalytic activity. Composite photocatalysts were characterized by ICP-MS, N2 adsorption-desorption, XRD, SEM, EDS, IR and UV-vis DRS. Phenol in aqueous solution (50 mg/L) was used as a model compound for evaluation of UV-vis (filter cut-off for λ > 300 nm) photocatalytic activity. The most efficient photocatalyst composite was obtained at a 5% Zn2+/Mg2+ molar ratio, in the catalyst identified as TiO2/MgZnAl-5. This composite catalyst had high photocatalytic activity, completely destroying phenol and removing 80% of total organic carbon in solution after 360 min. The TiO2/MgZnAl-5 catalyst remained relatively stable, presenting a 15% decrease in phenol degradation efficiency after five consecutive photocatalytic cycles.

  2. EFFECT OF Sn AND Pb ADDITIONS ON MICROSTRUCTURE OF Mg-6Al-1Zn AS-CAST MAGNESIUM ALLOYS

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    Hou, Haibo; Zhu, Tianping; Wang, Yuxin; Gao, Wei

    2013-07-01

    Much attention has been paid to Mg alloys given that Mg alloys are the most promising lightweight metallic material. They have found applications in automobile and other fields where weight saving is of great significance. Mg-Al-Zn alloy system (AZ series), including AZ91 and AZ61 Mg alloys, is widely used in industry. We have studied the enhancement of mechanical properties by adding alloying elements Sn and Pb. This paper reports our study on the microstructure and element distribution of the alloys with small amounts of tin (Sn) and lead (Pb) additions.

  3. Enhanced bioactivity of Mg-Nd-Zn-Zr alloy achieved with nanoscale MgF2 surface for vascular stent application.

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    Mao, Lin; Shen, Li; Chen, Jiahui; Wu, Yu; Kwak, Minsuk; Lu, Yao; Xue, Qiong; Pei, Jia; Zhang, Lei; Yuan, Guangyin; Fan, Rong; Ge, Junbo; Ding, Wenjiang

    2015-03-11

    Magnesium (Mg) alloys have revolutionized the application of temporary load-bearing implants as they meet both engineering and medical requirements. However, rapid degradation of Mg alloys under physiological conditions remains the major obstacle hindering the wider use of Mg-based implants. Here we developed a simple method of preparing a nanoscale MgF2 film on Mg-Nd-Zn-Zr (denoted as JDBM) alloy, aiming to reduce the corrosion rate as well as improve the biological response. The corrosion rate of JDBM alloy exposed to artificial plasma is reduced by ∼20% from 0.337 ± 0.021 to 0.269 ± 0.043 mm·y(-1) due to the protective effect of the MgF2 film with a uniform and dense physical structure. The in vitro cytocompatibility test of MgF2-coated JDBM using human umbilical vein endothelial cells indicates enhanced viability, growth, and proliferation as compared to the naked substrate, and the MgF2 film with a nanoscale flakelike feature of ∼200-300 nm presents a much more favorable environment for endothelial cell adhesion, proliferation, and alignment. Furthermore, the animal experiment via implantation of MgF2-coated JDBM stent to rabbit abdominal aorta confirms excellent tissue compatibility of the well re-endothelialized stent with no sign of thrombogenesis and restenosis in the stented vessel. PMID:25705919

  4. Kinetic peculiarities of diamond crystallization in K-Na-Mg-Ca-Carbonate-Carbon melt-solution

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    Solopova, N. A.; Spivak, A. V.; Litvin, Yu. A.; Shiryaev, A. A.; Tsel'movich, V. A.; Nekrasov, A. N.

    2013-02-01

    The kinetic peculiarities of diamond crystallization in multicomponent K-Na-Mg-Ca-carbonate-carbon system have been studied in conditions of diamond stability at 1500-1800°C and 7.5-8.5 GPa. It has been established that the diamond phase nucleation density at a fixed temperature of 1600°C decreases from 1.3 × 105 nuclei/mm3 at 8.5 GPa to 3.7 × 103 nuclei/mm3 at 7.5 GPa. The fluorescence spectra of obtained diamond crystals contain peaks at 504 nm ( H3-defect), 575 nm (NV-center), and 638 nm (NV-defect), caused by the presence of nitrogen impurity. In the cathodoluminescence spectra, an A-band with the maximum at 470 nm is present. The obtained data make it possible to assign the synthesized diamonds in the carbonate-carbon system to the mixed Ia + Ib type.

  5. K-SHELL PHOTOIONIZATION AND PHOTOABSORPTION OF Ne, Mg, Si, S, Ar, AND Ca

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    Witthoeft, M. C.; Kallman, T. R.; Bautista, M. A.; Mendoza, C.; Palmeri, P.; Quinet, P.

    2009-05-15

    We present extensive computations of photoabsorption and photoionization cross sections across the K-edge of Ne, Mg, Si, S, Ar, and Ca ions with less than 11 electrons. The calculations are performed using the Breit-Pauli R-matrix method and include the effects of radiative and Auger damping by means of an optical potential. The wave functions are constructed from single-electron orbital bases obtained using a Thomas-Fermi-Dirac statistical model potential. Configuration interaction is considered among all fine-structure levels within the n = 2 complex. The damping processes affect the resonances converging to the K thresholds causing them to display symmetric profiles of constant width that smear the otherwise sharp edge at the photoionization thresholds.

  6. Optical Properties of Blue-Light-Emitting (Ca,Sr)Mg2Si3O9:Eu2+ Phosphor

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    Lee, Hyun Ju; Choi, Sung Hwan; Kim, Kyung Pil; Shin, Hyun Ho; Yoo, Jae Soo

    2010-10-01

    For light-emitting diode (LED) excitation at 400 nm, the optical properties of a Eu2+-activated CaO-SrO-MgO-SiO2 material system were investigated. All the materials were synthesized by solid state reaction. In particular, (Ca,Sr)Mg2Si3O9:Eu2+, which has the same crystal structure as CaMgSi2O6, was found to be promising as a blue-light-emitting phosphor for near UV LED application. The luminance intensity was optimized by controlling the Eu2+ concentration and the composition of the host lattice. The ratio of calcium ions to strontium ions was a convenient parameter for adjusting the maximum excitation peak to 400 nm, which is favorable for near UV LED excitation. The highest luminance intensity of Ca1-x-ySryMg2Si3O9:Eux2+ under 405 nm excitation was achieved at the Eu2+ concentration of x=0.01 and a Sr2+ concentration of y=0.3. The luminance intensity of (Ca,Sr)Mg2Si3O9:Eu2+ was found to be superior to that of a commercial blue-light-emitting BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+ phosphor, which is used for near-UV LED excitation.

  7. Preparation and Characterization of Mg Substituted NiCuZn Nano Ferrites for Multilayer Chip Inductors

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    Ch, Sujatha; Reddy K, Venugopal; Babu K, Sowri; Reddy A, R. C.; K, H. Rao

    2012-02-01

    The present paper examines the effect of magnesium substitution on structural and magnetic properties of NiCuZn nano ferrites synthesized by sol - gel method. Formation of single phase spinel structure was confirmed both from XRD and FTIR. The initial permeability shows decreasing trend with increasing Mg concentration due to reduced magnetization, grain size and increased magneto - crystalline anisotropy constant. At the same time, the cut off frequency increases with increasing Mg content. This is attributed to domain wall pinning arising due to the presence of non magnetic magnesium ions. Also the permeability is observed to be constant up to 10MHz frequency range showing compositional stability and quality of the material. The magnetic loss factor shows very low values at higher frequencies. It is concluded that even though both zinc and magnesium are non magnetic ions, substitution of one cation by another prone to influence the magnetic properties due to their change in dimension and cation distribution among the two available sites of a spinel system. These samples have advantages of low sintering temperature find applications in multilayer chip inductors due to their high and constant permeability even at higher frequencies.

  8. Experimentally determined Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios in juvenile bivalve calcite for Mytilus edulis: implications for paleotemperature reconstructions

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    Wanamaker, Alan D., Jr.; Kreutz, Karl J.; Wilson, Tiffany; Borns, Harold W., Jr.; Introne, Douglas S.; Feindel, Scott

    2008-10-01

    To further evaluate the potential use of Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios as a paleothermometer in the shell carbonate of the blue mussel Mytilus edulis, we grew juvenile mussels (˜15 mm shell height; <2 years old) collected from Maine, USA, in controlled environments for 4 months. The four-by-three factorial design consisted of four circulating temperature baths (7, 11, 15 and 19°C), and three salinity ranges (23, 28, and 32). During the experiment, water Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca molar ratios were monitored weekly, and showed little variation across all salinity and temperature ranges. Data from sampled shells including all salinity treatments yielded relatively poor relationships between shell elemental chemistry and water temperatures. However, if only the low salinity treatment data (23) are used, the relationships between shell elemental chemistry and water temperature improve moderately. Based on the data presented here, it may be possible to use Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios from the shell carbonate of juvenile M. edulis to reconstruct paleotemperatures in estuarine settings (salinity below 24) with a corresponding RMSE (root mean squared error; 95% confidence interval) of ±2.4°C and ±2.8°C, respectively. In order for this methodology to be statistically meaningful, water temperature changes must be rather large, as the errors associated with using Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios from the shell material of M. edulis are substantial. Further work is required to determine if the findings presented here can be duplicated, and if the potential salinity effect is pervasive.

  9. Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca, and stable isotopes in modern and Holocene Protothaca staminea shells from a northern California coastal upwelling region

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    Takesue, R.K.; VanGeen, A.

    2004-01-01

    This study explores the potential of intertidal Protothaca staminea shells as high-resolution geochemical archives of environmental change in a coastal upwelling region. Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios were analyzed by excimer laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) at sub-weekly temporal resolution in shells growing ???1 mm per month. Growth patterns of a modern P. staminea shell from Humboldt Bay, California, collected in December 1999 made it possible to infer a lifespan from 1993 to 1998. Growth hiatuses in the shell may have excluded records of extreme events. Mg/Ca ratios appeared to be partly controlled by water temperature; the correlation coefficient between temperature and Mg/Ca was r = 0.71 in one of four growth increments. Significant year-to-year differences in the sensitivity of Mg/Ca to temperature in P. staminea could not be explained, however. Sr/Ca ratios appeared to be more closely related to shell growth rate. Oxygen isotopes, measured at 2-week temporal resolution in the same shell, did not show a clear relation to local temperature in summer, possibly because temperatures were higher and less variable at the King Salmon mudflat, where the shell was collected, than in the main channel of Humboldt Bay, where water properties were monitored. Negative shell ??13C values (<-0.5???) marked spring and summer coastal upwelling events. The Mg contents of P. staminea midden shells dated to ???3 ka and ???9 ka were significantly lower than in the modern shell. This may have resulted from degradation of a Mg-rich shell organic matrix and precluded quantitative interpretation of the older high-resolution records. Elevated ??13C values in the ???3 ka shell suggested that the individual grew in highly productive or stratified environment, such as a shallow coastal embayment or lagoon. Copyright ?? 2004 Elsevier Ltd.

  10. Deep traps and photo-electric properties of p-Si/MgO/n-Zn{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}O heterojunction

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    Placzek-Popko, E. Paradowska, K. M.; Gumienny, Z.; Biegański, P.; Pietrzyk, M. A.; Kozanecki, A.

    2015-08-21

    In the paper, the photoluminescence (PL) measurements, current–voltage–temperature (I-V-T) measurements, space charge techniques (C-V and deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS)), and photocurrent spectral characteristics have been applied to investigate defects in p-Si/MgO/ n-Zn{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}O heterojunction (HJ). The HJ structure was grown on p-type Si (111) substrate with resistivity equal to 0.1 Ω cm by the plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy technique. A radio-frequency cell was used for the generation of oxygen plasma. PL spectrum let us determine the Mg content ∼10%. Besides the excitonic Zn{sub 0.9}Mg{sub 0.1}O line, the PL spectrum also contains green and yellow emission bands indicating the presence of defect states in the investigated structures. I-V measurements reveal the rectifying properties of the HJ and the current thermally activated with a trap with the activation energy equal to 0.42 eV. DLTS studies yield the majority trap of the activation energy 0.42 eV, confirming the result obtained from the I-V measurements. It was found that the defects related to this trap have a point like behaviour. A spectral characteristic of the photocurrent shows that the p-Si/MgO/n-Zn{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}O HJ may be applied as a photodiode operating within the wavelength range of 300 nm-1100 nm. The dark current transport and photocurrent spectrum were explained using the Anderson model of a HJ.

  11. Polar optical phonon states and their degenerative behaviors of wurtzite ZnO/MgZnO coupling quantum dots

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    Zhang, Li; Shi, J. J.

    2014-03-01

    Analytical polar optical phonon states in a wurtzite ZnO-based cylindrical coupling quantum dots (CQDs) with arbitrary number of quantum dots (QDs) are deduced and analyzed. It is found that there are four types of polar mixing optical phonon modes, i.e., the z-IO/ρ-QC modes, the z-PR/ρ-IO modes, the z-QC/ρ-QC modes and the z-HS/ρ-IO modes coexisting in the ZnO-based CQDs. Within the framework of the macroscopic dielectric continuum model, the dispersive equations are derived by using the transferring matrix method. And the Fröhlich electron-phonon interaction Hamiltonians are obtained via a standard procedure of field quantization. The relationships between the present ZnO-based CQDs and the ZnO-based quantum wells (QWs) or the nanowires (NWs) are analyzed, and the general features of phonon modes in ZnO-based low-dimensional quantum structures are concluded and discussed. Under certain conditions, the present theoretical results in wurtzite ZnO-based CQDs can be naturally degenerate into those in wurtzite ZnO-based single or double QDs, wurtzite NWs and QWs and even into cubic quantum confined structures. This just embodies the intrinsic consistency of phonon mode theories in low-dimensional confined systems with different confined dimensions. Due to the ternary mixing effect of MgxZn1-xO crystal, the dielectric functions of MgxZn1-xO crystals are quite complicated, and the phonon modes in ZnO-based quantum structures have both the features of phonon modes in anisotropic wurtzite confined systems and isotropic rock-salt crystal quantum systems. The characteristics of electron-phonon coupling strength in ZnO-based quantum systems are summarized. Very strong polaronic effect could be prognosticated and anticipated in ZnO-based low-dimensional quantum structures because of their quite large electron-phonon coupling constants. The theoretical results and conclusions described in this paper also can be looked on as a summary of phonon states and their general

  12. ZnMgO-based UV photodiodes: a comparison of films grown by spray pyrolysis and MBE

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    Hierro, A.; Tabares, G.; Lopez-Ponce, M.; Ulloa, J. M.; Kurtz, A.; Muñoz, E.; Marín-Borrás, V.; Muñoz-Sanjose, V.; Chauveau, J. M.

    2016-02-01

    Detecting the UV part of the spectrum is fundamental for a wide range of applications where ZnMgO has the potential to play a central role. The shortest achievable wavelength is a function of the Mg content in the films, which in turn is dependent on the growth technique. Moreover, increasing Mg contents lead to an electrical compensation of the films, which directly affects the responsivity of the photodetectors. In addition, the metal-semiconductor interface and the presence of grain boundaries have a direct impact on the responsivity through different gain mechanisms. In this work, we review the development of ZnMgO UV Schottky photodiodes using molecular beam epitaxy and spray pyrolysis, and we analyze and compare the physical mechanisms underlying the photodetector behavior.

  13. Solidification/stabilization of electrolytic manganese residue using phosphate resource and low-grade MgO/CaO.

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

    2016-11-01

    In this study, P-LGMgO (low-grade MgO and NaH2PO4·2H2O), P-CaO (CaO and NaH2PO4·2H2O), and P-MgCa (low-grade MgO, CaO and NaH2PO4·2H2O) were used for the solidification/stabilization (S/S) of electrolytic manganese residue (EMR). Relevant characteristics such as ammonia nitrogen and manganese stabilization behavior, unconfined compressive strength (UCS), probable S/S mechanisms, and EMR leaching test were investigated. The results demonstrate that using P-LGMgO had higher stabilization efficiency than P-CaO and P-MgCa for the S/S of EMR at the same stabilization agent dose. The stabilization efficiency of ammonia nitrogen and manganese in the EMR were 84.0% and 99.9%, respectively, and the UCS of EMR was 5.1MPa using P-LGMgO process after curing for 28 days when the molar ratio of Mg:P was 5:1 and dose of stabilization agent was 12wt%. In this process, ammonia nitrogen was stabilized by struvite (NH4MgPO4·6H2O), and manganese by bermanite (Mn3(PO4)2(OH)2·4H2O) and pyrochroite (Mn(OH)2). The leaching test results show that the values of all the measured metals on the 28th day were within the permitted level for the GB8978-1996 test suggested by China's environmental protection law and the concentration of ammonia nitrogen can be reduced from 504.0mgL(-1) to 76.6mgL(-1). PMID:27295063

  14. Cathodoluminescence of Ca/sub 1//sub -/ /sub x/ Mg /sub x/ S:A (A = Eu or Ce)

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    Kasano, J.; Megumi, K.; Yamamoto, H.

    1984-08-01

    Cathodoluminescent properties of Eu/sup 2 +/ - or Ce/sup 3 +/ -activated MgS and Ca/sub 1//sub -/..integral.. Mg..integral..S phosphors are investigated at 300 K. It found that MgS:Eu(0.01 mole percent (m/o) exhibits a high energy efficiency (about 16%) and a improved waterresistance if residual oxide content is less than 1 m/o. Under these highly sulfurizing conditions MgS is confirmed to be completely miscible with CaS in any compositional ratio. The composition Ca /sub 0.1/ Mg /sub 0.9/ S:Eu(0.05 m/o), Ba(0.1 m/o), whose color coordinates are comparable to the red phosphor (Y /sub 0.964/ Eu /sub 0.036/ )/sub 2/O/sub 2/S, exceeds the latter in brightness by 15% at 18 kV excitation. Additionally, Eu/sup 2 +/-activated alkaline-earth binary sulfides are examined. A complete miscibility is ascertained in the pseudobinary system where the difference in cation radius is less than 0.035 nm. Stress-induced peak shifts are observed in MgS:Eu and A/sub 1//sub -/ /sub y/ B /sub y/ S (A or B is identical to Mg, Ca, Sr or Ba, A is identical to B). Some mechanisms for these shifts are proposed.

  15. Modeling regulation of cardiac KATP and L-type Ca2+ currents by ATP, ADP, and Mg2+

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    Michailova, Anushka; Saucerman, Jeffrey; Belik, Mary Ellen; McCulloch, Andrew D.

    2005-01-01

    Changes in cytosolic free Mg(2+) and adenosine nucleotide phosphates affect cardiac excitability and contractility. To investigate how modulation by Mg(2+), ATP, and ADP of K(ATP) and L-type Ca(2+) channels influences excitation-contraction coupling, we incorporated equations for intracellular ATP and MgADP regulation of the K(ATP) current and MgATP regulation of the L-type Ca(2+) current in an ionic-metabolic model of the canine ventricular myocyte. The new model: 1), quantitatively reproduces a dose-response relationship for the effects of changes in ATP on K(ATP) current, 2), simulates effects of ADP in modulating ATP sensitivity of K(ATP) channel, 3), predicts activation of Ca(2+) current during rapid increase in MgATP, and 4), demonstrates that decreased ATP/ADP ratio with normal total Mg(2+) or increased free Mg(2+) with normal ATP and ADP activate K(ATP) current, shorten action potential, and alter ionic currents and intracellular Ca(2+) signals. The model predictions are in agreement with experimental data measured under normal and a variety of pathological conditions.

  16. Modeling regulation of cardiac KATP and L-type Ca2+ currents by ATP, ADP, and Mg2+.

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    Michailova, Anushka; Saucerman, Jeffrey; Belik, Mary Ellen; McCulloch, Andrew D

    2005-03-01

    Changes in cytosolic free Mg(2+) and adenosine nucleotide phosphates affect cardiac excitability and contractility. To investigate how modulation by Mg(2+), ATP, and ADP of K(ATP) and L-type Ca(2+) channels influences excitation-contraction coupling, we incorporated equations for intracellular ATP and MgADP regulation of the K(ATP) current and MgATP regulation of the L-type Ca(2+) current in an ionic-metabolic model of the canine ventricular myocyte. The new model: 1), quantitatively reproduces a dose-response relationship for the effects of changes in ATP on K(ATP) current, 2), simulates effects of ADP in modulating ATP sensitivity of K(ATP) channel, 3), predicts activation of Ca(2+) current during rapid increase in MgATP, and 4), demonstrates that decreased ATP/ADP ratio with normal total Mg(2+) or increased free Mg(2+) with normal ATP and ADP activate K(ATP) current, shorten action potential, and alter ionic currents and intracellular Ca(2+) signals. The model predictions are in agreement with experimental data measured under normal and a variety of pathological conditions. PMID:15738467

  17. Exciton confinement in homo- and heteroepitaxial ZnO/Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O quantum wells with x < 0.1

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    Laumer, Bernhard; Wassner, Thomas A.; Schuster, Fabian; Stutzmann, Martin; Schoermann, Joerg; Eickhoff, Martin; Rohnke, Marcus; Chernikov, Alexej; Bornwasser, Verena; Koch, Martin; Chatterjee, Sangam

    2011-11-01

    ZnO/Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O single quantum well (SQW) structures with well widths d{sub W} between 1.1 nm and 10.4 nm were grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy both heteroepitaxially on c-plane sapphire and homoepitaxially on (0001)-oriented bulk ZnO. A significantly reduced Mg incorporation in the top barrier related to the generation of stacking faults is observed for heteroepitaxial samples. Exciton localization is observed for both types of samples, while an enhancement of the exciton binding energy compared to bulk ZnO is only found for homoepitaxial SQWs for 2 nm {<=} d{sub W} {<=} 4 nm. Consistently, for homoepitaxial samples, the carrier dynamics are mainly governed by radiative recombination and carrier cooling processes at temperatures below 170 K, whereas thermally activated non-radiative recombination dominates in heteroepitaxial samples. The effects of polarization-induced electric fields are concealed for Mg concentrations x < 0.1 due to the reduction of the exciton binding energy, the screening by residual carriers as well as the asymmetric barrier structure in heteroepitaxial wells.

  18. Research on sintering behavior and microwave dielectric property of (Mg0.95Ca0.05)TiO3 ceramics for cross coupling filter

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    Luo, Chunya; Ma, Zhichao; Hu, Laisheng; Hu, Mingzhe; Huang, Xiaomin

    2015-12-01

    The microwave dielectric properties of 0.95%MgTiO3-0.05%CaTiO3 (abbreviated as 95MCT hereafter) ceramics have been studied for application in dielectric cross coupling filters. ZnO and Nb2O5 were selected as liquid sintering aids to lower the sintering temperature and enhance the Qf value of 95MCT and simultaneously we varied the mole ratio of ZnO : Nb2O5 to tune the microwave dielectric properties of 95MCT. When the ZnO : Nb2O5 mole ratio was 1.5 and the co-doping content was 0.25 wt.%, the optimal sintering temperature of 95MCT ceramic could be lowered from 1400∘C to 1320∘C and the Qf value could be improved by about 7.7%. The optimal microwave dielectric properties obtained under this condition were Qf = 72730 GHz (6.8 GHz), ɛr = 20.29 and τf = -6.84ppm/∘C, which demonstrated great potential usage in ceramic industry. High values of Qf ceramic were used to design the dielectric cross coupling filter. The dielectric filter measured at 2.35 GHz exhibited a 6.7% bandwidth (insert loss > -3 dB) of center frequency.

  19. Bioaccessibility of Cr, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Mo, Se and Zn from nutritional supplements by the unified BARGE method.

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    Tokalıoğlu, Serife; Clough, Robert; Foulkes, Mike; Worsfold, Paul

    2014-05-01

    In this study, the Unified Bioaccessibility Research Group of Europe (BARGE) in vitro method was used to assess the bioaccessibility of Cr, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Mo, Se, and Zn in ten nutritional supplement samples and three certified reference materials. The total digest, gastric phase and gastro-intestinal phase concentrations of Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn and Zn were determined by ICP-OES and Cr, Mo and Se by ICP-MS. The bioaccessible fractions of the elements in the gastric phase for the nutritional supplements were in the range 13-89% for Cr, 9-79% for Cu, 55-99% for Fe, 33-95% for Mg, 83-94% for Mn, 42-101% for Mo, 74-125% for Se and 81-104% for Zn. The range for the gastrointestinal phase was 6-65% for Cr, 27-66% for Cu, 3-14% for Fe, 34-91% for Mg, 53-62% for Mn, 40-109% for Mo, 53-146% for Se and 3-35% for Zn. PMID:24360457

  20. Influence cobalt on microstructural and hardness property of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Fe-Cr-Ni P/ M alloys

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    Naeem, Haider T.; Mohammad, Kahtan S.; Hussin, Kamarudin; Rahmat, Azim; Bashirom, Nurhuda

    2015-05-01

    In this study, influence cobalt additives on the microstructural and hardness properties of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Fe-Cr-Ni PM alloy undergone the retrogression and re-aging treatment were carried out. Green compacts pressed at 370 MPa were then sintered at temperature 650°C in argon atmosphere for two hours. The sintered compacts subjected to a homogenizing treated at 470°C for 1.5 hours then aged at 120°C for 24 hours and retrogressed at 180°C for 30 minutes, and then re-aged at 120°C for 24 hours. Microstructural results of the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-Fe-Cr-Ni-Co alloys introduced an intermetallics compound in the matrix of alloy, identified as the Al5Co2, Al70Co20Ni10 and Al4Ni3 phases besides to the MgZn2 and Mg2Zn11 phases which produced of the precipitation hardening during heat treatment. These compounds with precipitates provided strengthening of dispersion that led to improved Vickers's hardness and dinsifications properties of the alloy. The highest Vickers hardness of aluminum alloy containing cobalt was gotten after applying the retrogression and re-aging treatment.

  1. Signatures in magnetites formed by (Ca,Mg,Fe)CO3 thermal decomposition: Terrestrial and extraterrestrial implications

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    Jimenez-Lopez, Concepcion; Rodriguez-Navarro, Carlos; Rodriguez-Navarro, Alejandro; Perez-Gonzalez, Teresa; Bazylinski, Dennis A.; Lauer, Howard V.; Romanek, Christopher S.

    2012-06-01

    It has never been demonstrated whether magnetite synthesized through the heat-dependent decomposition of carbonate precursors retains the chemical and structural features of the carbonates. In this study, synthetic (Ca,Mg,Fe)CO3 was thermally decomposed by heating from 25 to 700 °C under 1 atm CO2, and by in situ exposure under vacuum to the electron beam of a transmission electron microscope. In both cases, the decomposition of the carbonate was topotactic and resulted in porous pseudomorphs composed of oriented aggregates of magnetite nanocrystals. Both calcium and magnesium were incorporated into nanophase magnetite, forming (Ca,Mg)-magnetites and (Ca,Mg)-ferrites when these elements were present in the parent material, thus preserving the chemical signature of the precursor. These results show that magnetites synthesized in this way acquire a chemical and structural inheritance from their carbonate precursor that indicates how they were produced. These results are not only important in the determination of the origin of chemically-impure, oriented nanophase magnetite crystals in general, but they also provide important insights into the origin of the large, euhedral, chemically-pure, [111]-elongated magnetites found within Ca-, Mg- and Fe-rich carbonates of the Martian meteorite ALH84001. Based on our experimental results, the chemically-pure magnetites within ALH84001 cannot be genetically related to the Ca-, Mg- and Fe-rich carbonate matrix within which they are embedded, and an alternative explanation for their occurrence is warranted.

  2. Surface compositions of atomic layer deposited Zn{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}O thin films studied using Auger electron spectroscopy

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    Xie, Ting; Romero, Danilo; Gomez, Romel D.

    2015-09-15

    In this paper, the authors present Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) studies of Zn{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}O (ZMO) films grown via interrupted atomic-layer deposition (ALD) techniques. The ZMO films were fabricated by alternating ALD deposition of ZnO and MgO layers up to 1000 cycles. Zn{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}O films with progressively decreasing Mg/Zn ratios (Mg/Zn = 1/1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/9, and 2/8, 3/12, 4/16, and 5/20) were fabricated for this study. The AES results exhibit an abrupt drop of Mg composition on the ZMO surface when the Mg/Zn < 1/3. Additionally, the surface composition ratios of O to Mg, O to Zn, and Mg to Zn were estimated with known Auger sensitivity factors. The results indicate that Mg ions diffuse into the bulk, forming Zn{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}O alloys.

  3. Effects of microstructure and CaO addition on the magnetic and mechanical properties of NiCuZn ferrites

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    Wang, Sea-Fue; Hsu, Yung-Fu; Liu, Yi-Xin; Hsieh, Chung-Kai

    2015-11-01

    In this study, the effects of grain size and the addition of CaCO3 on the magnetic and mechanical properties of Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramics were investigated. The bending strength of the ferrites increased from 66 to 84 MPa as the grain size of the sintered ceramics decreased from 10.25 μm to 7.53 μm, while the change in hardness was insignificant. The addition of various amounts of CaCO3 densified the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramics at 1075 °C. In the pure Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic, second phase CuO was segregated at the grain boundaries. With the CaCO3 content ≥1.5 wt%, a small amount of discrete plate-like second phase Fe2CaO4 was observed, together with the disappearance of the second phase CuO. The grain size of the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic dropped from 7.80 μm to 4.68 μm, and the grain size distribution widened as the CaCO3 content increased from 0 to 5 wt%. Initially rising to 807 after CaCO3 addition up to 2.0 wt%, due to a reduced grain size, the Vickers hardness began to drop as the CaCO3 content increased. The bending strength grew linearly with the CaCO3 content and reached twice the value for the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic with an addition of 5.0 wt% CaCO3. The initial permeability of the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic decreased substantially from 402 to 103 as the addition of CaCO3 in ferrite increased from 0 to 5 wt%, and the quality factor of the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic was maximized at 95 for 1.0 wt% CaCO3 addition.

  4. High-Resolution Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca Records from Protothaca staminea Mollusc Shells Using Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS)

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    Takesue, R. K.; van Geen, A.

    2001-12-01

    High resolutions records of past nearshore temperature, salinity, and nutrient enrichments at mid-latitudes would be valuable for reconstructing past changes in climate affecting coastal areas (e.g. changes in precipitation, the nature of wind-driven coastal upwelling or the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)). We present here a potential archive of such records in growth-banded mollusc shells. The potential paleo-temperature proxy Mg/Ca, as well as Sr/Ca and stable isotopes (δ 18O, δ 13C) were measured in shells of the clam Protothaca staminea. This bivalve appears favorable for nearshore paleoclimate reconstructions because it occurs over a wide geographic range (Alaska to central America), grows for nearly 10 years, and is present in archeological and geological deposits. P. staminea shells were obtained from a tidal flat in Humboldt Bay, CA (40.8° N; modern), and from the Duncan's Point Cave shell midden (CA Dept. Parks and Recreation site SON-348/H) near Bodega Bay, CA (39.6° N; ~3,000 and ~9,000 cal yr BP). High-resolution (monthly to weekly) Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca measurements were made by (UV Excimer) laser-ablation inductively-coupled plasma (quadrupole) mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) using a spot size of 90 μ m and sample spacing ranging from 100 to 300 μ m. The rapidity of LA-ICP-MS analysis made it possible to analyze a 4 cm-long section of shell within 1 day. Absolute scales for the Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca LA-ICP-MS records were obtained from shell powders drilled with a 0.5 or 0.7 mm burr then dissolved and analyzed by flame atomic absorbtion. Stable isotopes were measured on splits of the shell powders. The Mg/Ca record during the final four years of shell growth in the Humboldt Bay shell shows a regular seasonal pattern with highest values (3.5 mmol/mol) during summer and lowest values (2.5 mmol/mol) during winter corresponding to a nearshore climatological temperature range of 6° C. An abrupt shift in shell Mg/Ca values toward the end of each year

  5. Growth and stability of rocksalt Zn1-xMgxO epilayers and ZnO/MgO superlattice on MgO (100) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Lu, C-Y James; Tu, Y-T; Yan, T; Trampert, A; Chang, L; Ploog, K H

    2016-06-01

    Zn1-xMgxO films with x = 0.04-0.50 grown on MgO (100) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy retain the rocksalt (rs) crystal structure and grow epitaxially for x ≥ 0.17. In addition, the rs-ZnO epilayer is observed to be stable up to a thickness of 5 nm and also in a ZnO/MgO superlattice sample. However, a portion of the superlattice has transformed to wurtzite (wz)-structure islands in a self-accommodated manner during growth. The transformation is a combination of a Bain distortion, an in-plane rotation of 14.5°, and a Peierls distortion, resulting in an orientation relationship of (100)rs//(101̄0)wz and 〈011〉rs ∼//〈1̄21̄3〉wz. In such a manner, the volume expansion is only necessary along the growth direction and the in-plane strains can be minimized. A negative pressure generated during the transformation of ZnO stabilizes the MgO into a wurtzite structure. PMID:27276963

  6. Growth and stability of rocksalt Zn1-xMgxO epilayers and ZnO/MgO superlattice on MgO (100) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Lu, C.-Y. James; Tu, Y.-T.; Yan, T.; Trampert, A.; Chang, L.; Ploog, K. H.

    2016-06-01

    Zn1-xMgxO films with x = 0.04-0.50 grown on MgO (100) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy retain the rocksalt (rs) crystal structure and grow epitaxially for x ≥ 0.17. In addition, the rs-ZnO epilayer is observed to be stable up to a thickness of 5 nm and also in a ZnO/MgO superlattice sample. However, a portion of the superlattice has transformed to wurtzite (wz)-structure islands in a self-accommodated manner during growth. The transformation is a combination of a Bain distortion, an in-plane rotation of 14.5°, and a Peierls distortion, resulting in an orientation relationship of ( 100 ) rs / / ( 10 1 ¯ 0 ) wz and < 011 > rs ˜ / / < 1 ¯ 2 1 ¯ 3 > wz . In such a manner, the volume expansion is only necessary along the growth direction and the in-plane strains can be minimized. A negative pressure generated during the transformation of ZnO stabilizes the MgO into a wurtzite structure.

  7. Near infrared electroluminescence of ZnMgO/InN core-shell nanorod heterostructures grown on Si substrate.

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    Wu, Guoguang; Zheng, Weitao; Gao, Fubin; Yang, Hang; Zhao, Yang; Yin, Jingzhi; Zheng, Wei; Li, Wancheng; Zhang, Baolin; Du, Guotong

    2016-07-27

    This paper presents a systematic investigation of a ZnMgO/InN core-shell nanorods heterojunction device on a p-Si substrate. Here we demonstrated the heteroepitaxial growth of the well-aligned ZnMgO/InN core-shell nanorods structure, which enabled an increased heterojunction area to improve the carrier injection efficiency of nanodevices by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy combined with metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. In situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements were performed on the ZnMgO nanorods, the interface of ZnMgO/InN and the InN core-shell nanorods to fully understand the structure and working mechanism of the heterojunction device. The current transport mechanism has been discussed in terms of the characteristics of current-voltage and the energy band diagram of the n-InN/ZnMgO/p-Si heterojunction. At a low forward voltage, the current transport followed the dependence of I ∼ V(1.47), which was attributed to the deep-level assisted tunneling. When the forward voltage was larger than 10 V, the current followed the relation of I ∼ V(2) because of the radiative recombination process. In accordance with the above conclusion, the near-infrared electroluminescence of the diode could be observed after the forward bias voltage up to 11.6 V at room temperature. In addition, the size quantization effect and the intrinsic electron accumulation of the InN core-shell nanorods were investigated to explain the blueshift and broadened bandwidth. Furthermore, the light output power of about 0.6 microwatt at a fixed wavelength of 1500 nm indicated that our study will further provide a useful route for realizing the near-infrared electroluminescence of InN on Si substrate. PMID:27418413

  8. Band alignment and photon extraction studies of Na-doped MgZnO/Ga-doped ZnO heterojunction for light-emitter applications

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    Pandey, Sushil Kumar; Awasthi, Vishnu; Sengar, Brajendra Singh; Garg, Vivek; Sharma, Pankaj; Kumar, Shailendra; Mukherjee, C.; Mukherjee, Shaibal

    2015-10-01

    Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy is carried out to measure the energy discontinuity at the interface of p-type Na-doped MgZnO (NMZO)/n-type Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) heterojunction grown by dual ion beam sputtering. The offset values at valence band and conduction band of NMZO/GZO heterojunction are calculated to be 1.93 and -2.36 eV, respectively. The p-type conduction in NMZO film has been confirmed by Hall measurement and band structure. Moreover, the effect of Ar+ ion sputtering on the valence band onset values of NMZO and GZO thin films has been investigated. This asymmetric waveguide structure formed by the lower refractive index of GZO than that of NMZO indicates that easy extraction of photons generated in GZO through the NMZO layer into free space. The asymmetric waveguide structure has potential applications to produce ZnO-based light emitters with high extraction efficiency.

  9. Solid-state combinatorial screening of (Sr,Ca,Ba, Mg)₂Si₅N₈:Eu(2+) phosphors.

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    Lee, Bonghyun; Lee, Sangjun; Jeong, Hyung Gon; Sohn, Kee-Sun

    2011-03-14

    We employed a solid-state combinatorial chemistry technique to screen 4 ternary phosphor systems: (Sr,Ca,Ba)(2)Si(5)N(8):Eu(2+), (Sr,Ca,Mg)(2)Si(5)N(8):Eu(2+), (Sr,Mg,Ba)(2)Si(5)N(8):Eu(2+), and (Ca,Ba,Mg)(2)Si(5)N(8):Eu(2+). The current pure nitride-based system did not allow for the use of conventional liquid solution-based high-throughput experimentation, so that a specially designed solid-state high-throughput powder-dispensing synthesis technique was employed. As a result, four well-defined ternary combinatorial libraries were developed in terms of photoluminescent (PL) intensity and color chromaticity with no skipped compositions, which provided a quantitative relationship between PL properties and the composition of AE(2)Si(5)N(8):Eu(2+) (AE = alkaline earth elements) phosphors. PMID:21275428

  10. Competition between (001) and (111) MgO thin film growth on Al-doped ZnO by oxygen plasma assisted pulsed laser deposition

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    Xiao, Bo; Yang, Qiguang; Walker, Brandon; Gonder, Casey A.; Romain, Gari C.; Mundle, Rajeh; Bahoura, Messaoud; Pradhan, A. K.

    2013-06-07

    We report on the study of epitaxial MgO thin films on (0001) Al-doped ZnO (Al: ZnO) underlayers, grown by oxygen plasma assisted pulsed laser deposition technique. A systematic investigation of the MgO thin films was performed by X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy, along with the current-voltage characteristics. A distinguished behavior was observed that the preferred MgO orientation changes from (111) to (001) in the films as the growth temperature increases. Two completely different in-plane epitaxial relationships were also determined from X-ray diffraction as: [110]MgO//[1120]Al: ZnO and [110]MgO//[1100]Al: ZnO for (001) MgO with 60 Degree-Sign rotated triplet domains, and [110]MgO//[1120]Al: ZnO for (111) MgO with 180 Degree-Sign rotated twin. The pronounced temperature dependence indicates a reconciliation of the nucleation driving forces among surface, interfacial, and strain energy for heteroepitaxy of cubic MgO on hexagonal Al: ZnO. The related interfacial atomic registry is considered to be important to the formation of unusual (001) MgO on hexagonal crystals. In addition, the electrical characterization revealed a dramatic reduction of the leakage current in (001) MgO thin films, whereas the small grain size of (111) MgO is identified by atomic force microscopy as a main cause of large leakage current.

  11. Mg-Co-Zn magnetic nanoferrites: Characterization and their use for remediation of textile wastewater

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    Bhukal, Santosh; Sharma, Rimi; Mor, Suman; Singhal, Sonal

    2015-01-01

    Highly active and magnetically separable Mg substituted cobalt zinc nanoferrites having formula (Co0.6Zn0.4MgxFe2-xO4,x = 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0) were synthesized using sol-gel auto combustion method. The photo-catalytic activity of all the nanoferrites samples annealed at 1000 °C under visible light was evaluated by the degradation of Methyl orange (MO) dye. All the heterogeneous catalysts were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction patterns and vibrating sample magnetometer. FT-IR absorption spectra exhibited two absorption bands in the range of 400-600 cm-1 which were characteristic feature of spinel ferrites. Powder X-ray diffraction patterns at room temperature confirmed the formation of single-phase cubic spinel (FCC) structure with Fd3m space group in all the nanoferrites. Lattice parameter was found to decrease from 8.390 to 8.360 Å with increase in Mg concentration. Semiconductor behavior of all the prepared samples was confirmed by performing electrical measurements. Saturation magnetization (Ms) was observed to decrease from 55.13 to 24.14 (emu/g) with increase in magnesium concentration. All the samples were catalytically active and photo catalytic efficiency was enhanced as the concentration of magnesium ion increased from 0.2 to 1.0. Complete degradation of the MO dye was achieved along with easy magnetic separation of the catalyst from the solution, thereby exhibiting its potential use in organic pollutant removal from wastewater.

  12. Measuring Ages and Elemental Abundances from Unresolved Stellar Populations: Fe, Mg, C, N, and Ca

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    Graves, Genevieve J.; Schiavon, Ricardo P.

    2008-08-01

    We present a method for determining mean light-weighted ages and abundances of Fe, Mg, C, N, and Ca from medium-resolution spectroscopy of unresolved stellar populations. The method is implemented in a publicly available code called EZ_Ages. The method and error estimation are described, and the results tested for accuracy and consistency, by application to integrated spectra of well-known Galactic globular and open clusters. Ages and abundances from integrated light analysis agree with studies of resolved stars to within ±0.1 dex for most clusters, and to within ±0.2 dex for nearly all cases. The results are robust to the choice of Lick indices used in the fitting to within ±0.1 dex, except for a few systematic deviations that are clearly categorized. The realism of our error estimates is checked through comparison with detailed Monte Carlo simulations. Finally, we apply EZ_Ages to the sample of galaxies presented in Thomas et al. (2005) and compare our derived values of age, [Fe/H], and [α/Fe] to their analysis. We find that [α/Fe] is very consistent between the two analyses, that ages are consistent for old (age > 10 Gyr) populations but show modest systematic differences at younger ages, and that [Fe/H] is fairly consistent, with small systematic differences related to the age systematics. Overall, EZ_Ages provides accurate estimates of fundamental parameters from medium-resolution spectra of unresolved stellar populations in the old and intermediate-age regime, for the first time allowing quantitative estimates of the abundances of C, N, and Ca in these unresolved systems.

  13. Effect of Aging Treatment on the Damping Capacity and Mechanical Properties of Mg-6Al-1Zn Alloy

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    El-Morsy, Abdel-Wahab; Farahat, Ahmed I. Z.

    2015-01-01

    The damping capacity and mechanical properties of Mg-6Al-1Zn alloy after heat treatment were investigated. The damping characteristics of un-heat-treated, solution treated, and aged Mg-6Al-1Zn specimens were determined by measuring the damping ratio and the logarithmic decrement of free vibrations of a bending beam clamped at one side. The microstructural evaluations confirmed that the β-Mg17Al12 phase was reprecipitated after aging and increased with an increase in aging time. The peak level of damping ratio and logarithmic decrement was obtained after 34 hr of aging time, over which the damping capacity declined according to increasing amount of strong pining points. PMID:25918738