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  1. Accurate pointing of tungsten welding electrodes

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    Ziegelmeier, P.

    1971-01-01

    Thoriated-tungsten is pointed accurately and quickly by using sodium nitrite. Point produced is smooth and no effort is necessary to hold the tungsten rod concentric. The chemically produced point can be used several times longer than ground points. This method reduces time and cost of preparing tungsten electrodes.

  2. Surface-electrode point Paul trap

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    Chuang, Isaac L.

    We present a model as well as experimental results for a surface electrode radiofrequency Paul trap that has a circular electrode geometry well suited for trapping single ions and two-dimensional planar ion crystals. The ...

  3. Arc electrode interaction study

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    Zhou, X.; Berns, D.; Heberlein, J.

    1994-01-01

    The project consisted of two parts: (1) the cathode interaction studies which were a continuation of previous work and had the objective of increasing our understanding of the microscopic phenomena controlling cathode erosion in arc jet thrusters, and (2) the studies of the anode attachment in arc jet thrusters. The cathode interaction studies consisted of (1) a continuation of some modeling work in which the previously derived model for the cathode heating was applied to some specific gases and electrode materials, and (2) experimental work in which various diagnostics was applied to the cathode. The specific diagnostics used were observation of the cathode tip during arcing using a Laser Strobe Video system in conjunction with a tele-microscope, a monochromator with an optical multichannel analyzer for the determination of the cathode temperature distribution, and various ex situ materials analysis methods. The emphasis of our effort was shifted to the cathode materials analysis because a parallel project was in place during the second half of 1993 with a visiting scientist pursuing arc electrode materials studies. As a consequence, the diagnostic investigations of the arc in front of the cathode had to be postponed to the first half of 1994, and we are presently preparing these measurements. The results of last year's study showed some unexpected effects influencing the cathode erosion behavior, such as increased erosion away from the cathode tip, and our understanding of these effects should improve our ability to control cathode erosion. The arc jet anode attachment studies concentrated on diagnostics of the instabilities in subsonic anode attachment arc jet thrusters, and were supplemental measurements to work which was performed by one of the authors who spent the summer as an intern at NASA Lewis Research Center. A summary of the results obtained during the internship are included because they formed an integral part of the study. Two tasks for 1994, the diagnostics of the anode closure phenomenon, and the use of arc jet thrusters for the deposition of c-BN, are being prepared.

  4. Weld electrode cooling study

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    Masters, Robert C.; Simon, Daniel L.

    1999-03-01

    The U.S. auto/truck industry has been mandated by the Federal government to continuously improve their fleet average gas mileage, measured in miles per gallon. Several techniques are typically used to meet these mandates, one of which is to reduce the overall mass of cars and trucks. To help accomplish this goal, lighter weight sheet metal parts, with smaller weld flanges, have been designed and fabricated. This paper will examine the cooling characteristics of various water cooled weld electrodes and shanks used in resistance spot welding applications. The smaller weld flanges utilized in modern vehicle sheet metal fabrications have increased industry's interest in using one size of weld electrode (1/2 inch diameter) for certain spot welding operations. The welding community wants more data about the cooling characteristics of these 1/2 inch weld electrodes. To hep define the cooling characteristics, an infrared radiometer thermal vision system (TVS) was used to capture images (thermograms) of the heating and cooling cycles of several size combinations of weld electrodes under typical production conditions. Tests results will show why the open ended shanks are more suitable for cooling the weld electrode assembly then closed ended shanks.

  5. Electrical impedance tomography using a point electrode inverse scheme for complete

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    Electrical impedance tomography using a point electrode inverse scheme for complete electrode data Fabrice Delbary and Rainer Kress Abstract For the two dimensional inverse electrical impedance problem electrode model are used. 1 Introduction Electrical impedance tomography is a non-invasive imaging technique

  6. Electrochemical charge transfer at a metallic electrode: a simulation study 

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    Pounds, Michael A.

    2010-01-01

    Part I Electrochemical charge transfer at a metallic electrode: a simulation study The factors which affect the rate of heterogeneous electron transfer at a metallic electrode in the context of Marcus theory are ...

  7. Raman structural studies of the nickel electrode

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    Cornilsen, B. C.

    1985-01-01

    Raman spectroscopy is sensitive to empirically controlled nickel electrode structural variations, and has unique potential for structural characterization of these materials. How the structure relates to electrochemical properties is examined so that the latter can be more completely understood, controlled, and optimized. Electrodes were impregnated and cycled, and cyclic voltammetry is being used for electrochemical characterization. Structural variation was observed which has escaped detection using other methods. Structural changes are induced by: (1) cobalt doping, (2) the state of change or discharge, (3) the preparation conditions and type of buffer used, and (4) the formation process. Charged active mass has an NiOOH-type structure, agreeing with X-ray diffraction results. Discharged active mass, however, is not isostructural with beta-Ni(OH)2. Chemically prepared alpha phases are not isostructural either. A disordered structural model, containing point defects, is proposed for the cycled materials. This model explains K(+) incorporation. Band assignments were made and spectra interpreted for beta-Ni(OH)2, electrochemical NiOOH and chemically precipitated NiOOH.

  8. AC impedance study of degradation of porous nickel battery electrodes

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    Lenhart, Stephen J.; Macdonald, D. D.; Pound, B. G.

    1987-01-01

    AC impedance spectra of porous nickel battery electrodes were recorded periodically during charge/discharge cycling in concentrated KOH solution at various temperatures. A transmission line model (TLM) was adopted to represent the impedance of the porous electrodes, and various model parameters were adjusted in a curve fitting routine to reproduce the experimental impedances. Degradation processes were deduced from changes in model parameters with electrode cycling time. In developing the TLM, impedance spectra of planar (nonporous) electrodes were used to represent the pore wall and backing plate interfacial impedances. These data were measured over a range of potentials and temperatures, and an equivalent circuit model was adopted to represent the planar electrode data. Cyclic voltammetry was used to study the characteristics of the oxygen evolution reaction on planar nickel electrodes during charging, since oxygen evolution can affect battery electrode charging efficiency and ultimately electrode cycle life if the overpotential for oxygen evolution is sufficiently low.

  9. Two-point concrete resistivity measurements: interfacial phenomena at the electrode-concrete contact zone

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    McCarter, W. J.; Taha, H. M.; Suryanto, B.; Starrs, G.

    2015-08-01

    Ac impedance spectroscopy measurements are used to critically examine the end-to-end (two-point) testing technique employed in evaluating the bulk electrical resistivity of concrete. In particular, this paper focusses on the interfacial contact region between the electrode and specimen and the influence of contacting medium and measurement frequency on the impedance response. Two-point and four-point electrode configurations were compared and modelling of the impedance response was undertaken to identify and quantify the contribution of the electrode-specimen contact region on the measured impedance. Measurements are presented in both Bode and Nyquist formats to aid interpretation. Concretes mixes conforming to BSEN206-1 and BS8500-1 were investigated which included concretes containing the supplementary cementitious materials fly ash and ground granulated blast-furnace slag. A measurement protocol is presented for the end-to-end technique in terms of test frequency and electrode-specimen contacting medium in order to minimize electrode-specimen interfacial effect and ensure correct measurement of bulk resistivity.

  10. GLAS Spacecraft Pointing Study

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    Born, George H.; Gold, Kenn; Ondrey, Michael; Kubitschek, Dan; Axelrad, Penina; Komjathy, Attila

    1998-01-01

    Science requirements for the GLAS mission demand that the laser altimeter be pointed to within 50 m of the location of the previous repeat ground track. The satellite will be flown in a repeat orbit of 182 days. Operationally, the required pointing information will be determined on the ground using the nominal ground track, to which pointing is desired, and the current propagated orbit of the satellite as inputs to the roll computation algorithm developed by CCAR. The roll profile will be used to generate a set of fit coefficients which can be uploaded on a daily basis and used by the on-board attitude control system. In addition, an algorithm has been developed for computation of the associated command quaternions which will be necessary when pointing at targets of opportunity. It may be desirable in the future to perform the roll calculation in an autonomous real-time mode on-board the spacecraft. GPS can provide near real-time tracking of the satellite, and the nominal ground track can be stored in the on-board computer. It will be necessary to choose the spacing of this nominal ground track to meet storage requirements in the on-board environment. Several methods for generating the roll profile from a sparse reference ground track are presented.

  11. Super-resolution imaging using multi- electrode CMUTs: theoretical design and simulation using point targets.

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    You, Wei; Cretu, Edmond; Rohling, Robert

    2013-11-01

    This paper investigates a low computational cost, super-resolution ultrasound imaging method that leverages the asymmetric vibration mode of CMUTs. Instead of focusing on the broadband received signal on the entire CMUT membrane, we utilize the differential signal received on the left and right part of the membrane obtained by a multi-electrode CMUT structure. The differential signal reflects the asymmetric vibration mode of the CMUT cell excited by the nonuniform acoustic pressure field impinging on the membrane, and has a resonant component in immersion. To improve the resolution, we propose an imaging method as follows: a set of manifold matrices of CMUT responses for multiple focal directions are constructed off-line with a grid of hypothetical point targets. During the subsequent imaging process, the array sequentially steers to multiple angles, and the amplitudes (weights) of all hypothetical targets at each angle are estimated in a maximum a posteriori (MAP) process with the manifold matrix corresponding to that angle. Then, the weight vector undergoes a directional pruning process to remove the false estimation at other angles caused by the side lobe energy. Ultrasound imaging simulation is performed on ring and linear arrays with a simulation program adapted with a multi-electrode CMUT structure capable of obtaining both average and differential received signals. Because the differential signals from all receiving channels form a more distinctive temporal pattern than the average signals, better MAP estimation results are expected than using the average signals. The imaging simulation shows that using differential signals alone or in combination with the average signals produces better lateral resolution than the traditional phased array or using the average signals alone. This study is an exploration into the potential benefits of asymmetric CMUT responses for super-resolution imaging. PMID:24158286

  12. Study of the near-electrode processes in quasi-steady plasma accelerators with impenetrable electrodes

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    Kozlov, A. N.

    2012-01-15

    Near-electrode processes in a coaxial plasma accelerator with equipotential impenetrable electrodes are simulated using a two-dimensional (generally, time-dependent) two-fluid MHD model with allowance for the Hall effect and the plasma conductivity tensor. The simulations confirm the theoretically predicted mechanism of the so-called 'crisis of current' caused by the Hall effect. The simulation results are compared with available experimental data. The influence of both the method of plasma supply to the channel and an additional longitudinal magnetic field on the development of near-electrode instabilities preceding the crisis of current is studied.

  13. Study of electric discharges between moving electrodes in air

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    Andreev, V. V.; Pichugin, Yu. P.; Telegin, V. G.; Telegin, G. G.

    2011-12-15

    A barrier electric discharge excited between a fixed electrode and a rotating electrode covered with a dielectric layer in atmospheric-pressure air is studied experimentally. A distinctive feature of this type of discharge is that it operates at a constant voltage between the electrodes. An advantage of the proposed method for plasma generation in the boundary layer of the rotating electrode (e.g., for studying the influence of plasma on air flows) is the variety of forms of the discharge and conditions for its initiation, simplicity of the design of the discharge system, and ease of its practical implementation.

  14. Imaging study on acupuncture points

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    Yan, X. H.; Zhang, X. Y.; Liu, C. L.; Dang, R. S.; Ando, M.; Sugiyama, H.; Chen, H. S.; Ding, G. H.

    2009-09-01

    The topographic structures of acupuncture points were investigated by using the synchrotron radiation based Dark Field Image (DFI) method. Four following acupuncture points were studied: Sanyinjiao, Neiguan, Zusanli and Tianshu. We have found that at acupuncture point regions there exists the accumulation of micro-vessels. The images taken in the surrounding tissue out of the acupuncture points do not show such kind of structure. It is the first time to reveal directly the specific structure of acupuncture points by X-ray imaging.

  15. Alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC) electrode lifetime studies

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    Bankston, C. Perry; Williams, Roger M.; Jeffries-Nakamura, Barbara; Colle, Terry

    1987-01-01

    Experimental studies are being conducted at JPL to identify long life, high area power density electrodes for AMTEC. Power versus time measurements are being made in a demountable electrode test cell and, for longer term experiments, a self-contained recirculating cell. The experimental apparatus and procedures are described in detail. The results show that thin film molybdenum electrodes can be designed to produce power near 0.5 W/sq cm for over two hundred hours. Also, platinum/tungsten electrodes exhibit power densities that are stable near 0.5 W/sq cm. If the performance of these electrodes is verified for longer periods (thousands of hours), then practical AMTEC systems will be possible.

  16. Alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC) electrode lifetime studies

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    Bankston, C. Perry; Williams, Roger M.; Jeffries-Nakamura, Barbara; Colle, Terry

    Experimental studies are being conducted at JPL to identify long life, high area power density electrodes for AMTEC. Power versus time measurements are being made in a demountable electrode test cell and, for longer term experiments, a self-contained recirculating cell. The experimental apparatus and procedures are described in detail. The results show that thin film molybdenum electrodes can be designed to produce power near 0.5 W/sq cm for over two hundred hours. Also, platinum/tungsten electrodes exhibit power densities that are stable near 0.5 W/sq cm. If the performance of these electrodes is verified for longer periods (thousands of hours), then practical AMTEC systems will be possible.

  17. A study of the glow discharge characteristics of contact electrodes at atmospheric pressure in air

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    Liu, Wenzheng Sun, Guangliang Li, Chuanhui; Zhang, Rongrong

    2014-04-15

    Electric field distributions and discharge properties of rod-rod contact electrodes were studied under the condition of DBD for the steady generation of atmospheric pressure glow discharge plasma (APGD) in air. We found that under the effect of the initial electrons generated in a nanometer-scale gap, the rod-rod cross-contact electrodes yielded APGD plasma in air. Regarding the rod-rod cross-contact electrodes, increasing the working voltage expanded the strong electric field area of the gas gap so that both discharge area and discharge power increased, and the increase in the number of contact points kept the initial discharge voltage unchanged and caused an increase in the plasma discharge area and discharge power. A mesh-like structure of cross-contact electrodes was designed and used to generate more APGD plasma, suggesting high applicability.

  18. Electrochemical study of thiols and disulfides using modified electrodes

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    Linders, C.R.; Patriarche, G.J.; Kauffman, J.M.

    1986-01-01

    The electrochemical oxidative behavior of cysteine and several disulfides, such as cysteine, lipoic acid and disulfiram, have been investigated using a carbon paste (EPC) and a modified carbon paste (EPCM) electrode. The study has permitted the differentiation of the oxidative behavior of the thiol and of the disulfides. Modification of the carbon paste, by incorporating cobalt(II) phthalocyanine, offers interesting properties due to the electrocatalytic capability of the electrode. Using these types of electrodes the different molecules have been quantitatively determined at concentrations as low as 2.10/sup -7/ M. 14 references, 2 figures, 1 table.

  19. Raman structural studies of the nickel electrode

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    Cornilsen, Bahne C.

    1994-01-01

    The objectives of this investigation have been to define the structures of charged active mass, discharged active mass, and related precursor materials (alpha-phases), with the purpose of better understanding the chemical and electrochemical reactions, including failure mechanisms and cobalt incorporation, so that the nickel electrode may be improved. Although our primary tool has been Raman spectroscopy, the structural conclusions drawn from the Raman data have been supported and augmented by three other analysis methods: infrared spectroscopy, powder X-ray Diffraction (XRD), and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (in particular EXAFS, Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy).

  20. Electrochemical charge transfer at a metallic electrode: A simulation study

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    Reed, Stewart K.; Madden, Paul A.; Papadopoulos, Aristides

    2008-03-01

    The calculation of the Marcus free energy curves for electron transfer events between a redox species and a metallic electrode in an atomistic simulation designed to model the electrochemical interface with an ionic liquid is described. The calculation is performed on a system comprising a molten salt mixture confined between model metallic electrodes [Reed et al., J. Chem. Phys. 126, 084704 (2007)] which are maintained at a constant electrical potential. The calculation therefore includes a self-consistent description of the screening of the electrode potential by the liquid and the polarization of the electrode by the ions (image charge effects). The purpose of the study was to examine how the Marcus curves depend on the applied potential and on the distance of the redox species from an electrode. The pronounced oscillations in the mean electrical potential seen in molten salt systems in the "double-layer" region are not reflected in the reaction free energy for the electron transfer event. The reorganization energy depends markedly on the distance of the redox ion from the electrode surface because of image charge effects.

  1. The development of a micropatterned electrode for studies of zinc electrodeposition

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    Sutija, D.P.; Muller, R.H.; Tobias, C.W.

    1986-12-01

    A micropatterned electrode was prepared for the study of electrocrystallization. Using microphotolithography, in conjunction with evaporation and pulse electrodeposition of thin films, a set of artificially roughened electrodes with hemispherical surface features five microns in diameter was developed. Voltammetric studies were conducted to determine the best electrode material. Gold, platinum, and various carbon surfaces were evaluated for zinc nucleation density and hydrogen overpotential. Surface homogeneity was examined by both light and scanning electron microscopy. Gold was determined to possess the best combination of material properties: chemical inertness, low melting point, and a high work function allowing underpotential deposition of zinc which reduces the rate of hydrogen evolution. Stripping coulometry was employed to determine zinc limiting currents, and evaluate effective diffusion coefficients in concentrated zinc chloride solutions. Although the method worked well for dilute zinc chloride and copper sulfate solutions, it failed at higher current densities; the emergence of surface roughness obscured actual limiting current plateaus.

  2. Electrode, current collector, and electrolyte studies for AMTEC cells

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    Ryan, M.A.; Williams, R.M.; Underwood, M.L.; Jeffries-Nakamura, B.; O'Connor, D. )

    1993-01-15

    Studies of components for AMTEC devices at JPL have focussed on electrode materials, materials and construction of the current collection network, and the [beta][double prime]-alumina solid electrolyte. Electrode materials include thin films of molybdenum metal and metal alloys such as PtW and RhW. Surface self-diffusion coefficients have been determined for Mo electrodes in the temperature range 1050--1200 K, and for RhW at 1125 K. The diffusion coefficients have been used in a grain growth model to predict electrode operating lifetimes at temperatures in this range. Current collection networks sputtered with a thin film of platinum have decreased total electrical resistance in an operating device by 35%. Electrolyte studies have found no mechanical stress or chemical degradation induced by long term operation. Further electrolyte studies have focussed on synthesis of both sodium and potassium [beta][double prime]-alumina ceramic. Potassium [beta][double prime]-alumina solid electrolyte has potential application in a potassium-based AMTEC device which operates at a hot side temperature of [similar to]1000 K.

  3. Electrode, current collector, and electrolyte studies for AMTEC cells

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    Ryan, Margaret A.; Williams, Roger M.; Underwood, Mark L.; Jeffries-Nakamura, Barbara; O'Connor, Dennis

    1993-01-01

    Studies of components for AMTEC devices at JPL have focussed on electrode materials, materials and construction of the current collection network, and the ?`-alumina solid electrolyte. Electrode materials include thin films of molybdenum metal and metal alloys such as PtW and RhW. Surface self-diffusion coefficients have been determined for Mo electrodes in the temperature range 1050-1200 K, and for RhW at 1125 K. The diffusion coefficients have been used in a grain growth model to predict electrode operating lifetimes at temperatures in this range. Current collection networks sputtered with a thin film of platinum have decreased total electrical resistance in an operating device by 35%. Electrolyte studies have found no mechanical stress or chemical degradation induced by long term operation. Further electrolyte studies have focussed on synthesis of both sodium and potassium ?`-alumina ceramic. Potassium ?`-alumina solid electrolyte has potential application in a potassium-based AMTEC device which operates at a hot side temperature of ˜1000 K.

  4. Model electrode structures for studies of electrocatalyst degradation.

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    St. Pierre, Jean; Atanassov, Plamen Borissov; Datye, Abhaya K.; Goeke, Ronald S.

    2010-10-01

    Proton exchange membrane fuel cells are being extensively studied as power sources because of their technological advantages such as high energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. The most effective catalyst in these systems consists of nanoparticles of Pt or Pt-based alloys on carbon supports. Understanding the role of the nanoparticle size and structure on the catalytic activity and degradation is needed to optimize the fuel cell performance and reduce the noble metal loading. One of the more significant causes of fuel cell performance degradation is the cathode catalyst deactivation. There are four mechanisms considered relevant to the loss of electrochemically active surface area of Pt in the fuel cell electrodes that contribute to cathode catalyst degradation including: catalyst particle sintering such as Ostwald ripening, migration and coalescence, carbon corrosion and catalyst dissolution. Most approaches to study this catalyst degradation utilize membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs), which results in a complex system where it is difficult to deconvolute the effects of the metal nanoparticles. Our research addresses catalyst degradation by taking a fundamental approach to study electrocatalyst using model supports. Nanostructured particle arrays are engineered directly onto planar glassy carbon electrodes. These model electrocatalyst structures are applied to electrochemical activity measurements using a rotating disk electrode and surface characterization by scanning electron microscopy. Sample transfer between these measurement techniques enables examination of the same catalyst area before and after electrochemical cycling. This is useful to probe relationships between electrochemical activity and catalyst structure such as particle size and spacing. These model systems are applied to accelerated aging studies of activity degradation. We will present our work demonstrating the mechanistic aspects of catalyst degradation using this simplified geometric system. The active surface area loss observed in repeated cyclic voltammetry is explained through characterization and imaging of the same RDE electrode structures throughout the aging process.

  5. ECG electrodes. A study of electrical and mechanical long-term properties.

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    Ask, P; Oberg, P A; Odman, S; Tenland, T; Skogh, M

    1979-04-01

    The long-term properties of commercially available ECG-electrodes were studied by investigating the parameters: polarization potential, electrical impedance, adhesion, and skin reactions during a period of 7 days. As expected, the most stable polarization potentials were obtained for Ag/AgCl electrodes. Certain simple disposable electrodes showed large polarization potential variations. The most stable electrode impedance was obtained for disposable electrodes with stable adhesion and equipped with an electrode cup or similar. Unchanged adhesion and mechanical properties during the test period were shown by the disposable electrodes with a large self-adhesive collar. PMID:442948

  6. Theoretical modeling of RF ablation with internally cooled electrodes: comparative study of different thermal boundary conditions at the electrode-tissue interface.

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    Rivera, María J; Molina, Juan A López; Trujillo, Macarena; Berjano, Enrique J

    2009-07-01

    Previous studies on computer modeling of RF ablation with cooled electrodes modeled the internal cooling circuit by setting surface temperature at the coolant temperature (i.e., Dirichlet condition, DC). Our objective was to compare the temperature profiles computed from different thermal boundary conditions at the electrode-tissue interface. We built an analytical one-dimensional model based on a spherical electrode. Four cases were considered: A) DC with uniform initial condition, B) DC with pre-cooling period, C) Boundary condition based on Newton's cooling law (NC) with uniform initial condition, and D) NC with a pre-cooling period. The results showed that for a long time (120 s), the profiles obtained with (Cases B and D) and without (Cases A and C) considering pre-cooling are very similar. However, for shorter times ( 30 s), Cases A and C overestimated the temperature at points away from the electrode-tissue interface. In the NC cases, this overestimation was more evident for higher values of the convective heat transfer coefficient (h). Finally, with NC, when h was increased the temperature profiles became more similar to those with DC. The results suggest that theoretical modeling of RF ablation with cooled electrodes should consider: 1) the modeling of a pre-cooling period, especially if one is interested in the thermal profiles registered at the beginning of RF application; and 2) NC rather than DC, especially for low flow in the internal circuit. PMID:19566131

  7. Electrode surface studies by LEED-Auger

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    Ogrady, W. E.; Woo, M. Y. C.; Hagans, P. L.; Yeager, E.

    1977-01-01

    The role the electronic and geometric structures of the metal surface play in electrochemical surface reactions remains as yet an unknown factor. In order to investigate these surface contributions to electrochemical reactions, a low-energy-electron diffraction (LEED) and an Auger electron spectrometer (AES) have been combined with an electrochemical thin-layer cell. The surface to be studied electrochemically is first characterized by LEED-AES and then transferred into a second chamber where it becomes part of the electrochemical thin-layer cell. Electrochemical reactions are then run on this surface. The sample may then be transferred back to the LEED-AES chamber for further characterization. Data on Pt (111) will be presented.

  8. Impedance-based study of capacitive porous carbon electrodes with hierarchical and bimodal porosity

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    Santiago, Juan G.

    Impedance-based study of capacitive porous carbon electrodes with hierarchical and bimodal porosity impedance spectroscopy) study of porous carbon electrode capacitors which integrate nano- scale pores. Ó 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. 1. Introduction Porous carbon electrodes are extensively

  9. Comparison of resistive switching characteristics using copper and aluminum electrodes on GeOx/W cross-point memories

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    2013-01-01

    Comparison of resistive switching memory characteristics using copper (Cu) and aluminum (Al) electrodes on GeOx/W cross-points has been reported under low current compliances (CCs) of 1 nA to 50 ?A. The cross-point memory devices are observed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Improved memory characteristics are observed for the Cu/GeOx/W structures as compared to the Al/GeOx/W cross-points owing to AlOx formation at the Al/GeOx interface. The RESET current increases with the increase of the CCs varying from 1 nA to 50 ?A for the Cu electrode devices, while the RESET current is high (>1 mA) and independent of CCs varying from 1 nA to 500 ?A for the Al electrode devices. An extra formation voltage is needed for the Al/GeOx/W devices, while a low operation voltage of ±2 V is needed for the Cu/GeOx/W cross-point devices. Repeatable bipolar resistive switching characteristics of the Cu/GeOx/W cross-point memory devices are observed with CC varying from 1 nA to 50 ?A, and unipolar resistive switching is observed with CC >100 ?A. High resistance ratios of 102 to 104 for the bipolar mode (CCs of 1 nA to 50 ?A) and approximately 108 for the unipolar mode are obtained for the Cu/GeOx/W cross-points. In addition, repeatable switching cycles and data retention of 103 s are observed under a low current of 1 nA for future low-power, high-density, nonvolatile, nanoscale memory applications. PMID:24305116

  10. An optimization based study of equivalent circuit models for representing recordings at the neuron-electrode interface

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    Thakore, Vaibhav; Molnar, Peter; Hickman, James J.

    2014-01-01

    Extracellular neuroelectronic interfacing is an emerging field with important applications in the fields of neural prosthetics, biological computation and biosensors. Traditionally, neuron-electrode interfaces have been modeled as linear point or area contact equivalent circuits but it is now being increasingly realized that such models cannot explain the shapes and magnitudes of the observed extracellular signals. Here, results were compared and contrasted from an unprecedented optimization based study of the point contact models for an extracellular ‘on-cell’ neuron-patch electrode and a planar neuron-microelectrode interface. Concurrent electrophysiological recordings from a single neuron simultaneously interfaced to three distinct electrodes (intracellular, ‘on-cell’ patch and planar microelectrode) allowed novel insights into the mechanism of signal transduction at the neuron-electrode interface. After a systematic isolation of the nonlinear neuronal contribution to the extracellular signal, a consistent underestimation of the simulated supra-threshold extracellular signals compared to the experimentally recorded signals was observed. This conclusively demonstrated that the dynamics of the interfacial medium contribute nonlinearly to the process of signal transduction at the neuron-electrode interface. Further, an examination of the optimized model parameters for the experimental extracellular recordings from sub- and supra-threshold stimulations of the neuron-electrode junctions revealed that ionic transport at the ‘on-cell’ neuron-patch electrode is dominated by diffusion whereas at the neuron-microelectrode interface the electric double layer (EDL) effects dominate. Based on this study, the limitations of the equivalent circuit models in their failure to account for the nonlinear EDL and ionic electrodiffusion effects occurring during signal transduction at the neuron-electrode interfaces are discussed. PMID:22695342

  11. Pressure-independent point in current-voltage characteristics of coplanar electrode microplasma devices operated in neon

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    Meng Lingguo; Lin Zhaojun; Xing Jianping; Liang Zhihu; Liu Chunliang

    2010-05-10

    We introduce the idea of a pressure-independent point (PIP) in a group of current-voltage curves for the coplanar electrode microplasma device (CEMPD) at neon pressures ranging from 15 to 95 kPa. We studied four samples of CEMPDs with different sizes of the microcavity and observed the PIP phenomenon for each sample. The PIP voltage depends on the area of the microcavity and is independent of the height of the microcavity. The PIP discharge current, I{sub PIP}, is proportional to the volume (Vol) of the microcavity and can be expressed by the formula I{sub PIP}=I{sub PIP0}+DxVol. For our samples, I{sub PIP0} (the discharge current when Vol is zero) is about zero and D (discharge current density) is about 3.95 mA mm{sup -3}. The error in D is 0.411 mA mm{sup -3} (less than 11% of D). When the CEMPD operates at V{sub PIP}, the discharge current is quite stable under different neon pressures.

  12. EIS Studies of Porous Oxygen Electrodes with Discrete II. Transmission Line Modeling

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    . Experimental Porous electrodes were prepared by coating Toray carbon paper disks with supported catalyst inksEIS Studies of Porous Oxygen Electrodes with Discrete Particles II. Transmission Line Modeling Chad, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, USA Porous electrodes provide high-surface-area supports

  13. Alternative Electrode Materials and Ceramic Filter Minimize Disinfection Byproducts in Point-of-Use Electrochemical Water Treatment

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    Yoon, Yeojoon; Jung, Youmi; Kwon, Minhwan; Cho, Eunha; Kang, Joon-Wun

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Effects of various electrodes and prefiltration to minimize disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in electrochemical water disinfection was evaluated. The target microorganism, Escherichia coli O157:H7, was effectively inactivated even applying a solar-charged storage battery for the electrolysis process. Extent of microbial inactivation decreased with lower water temperature and higher pH in the free chlorine disinfection system. The RuO2/Ti electrode was most efficient because it produced the lowest concentration of chlorate and the highest generation of free chlorine. Prefiltration using a ceramic filter inhibited formation of halogenated DBPs because it removed precursors of DBPs. For safe point-of-use water treatment, the use of a hybrid prefiltration stage with the electrolysis system is strongly recommended to reduce risks from DBPs. The system is particularly suited to use in developing regions. PMID:24381482

  14. Alternative Electrode Materials and Ceramic Filter Minimize Disinfection Byproducts in Point-of-Use Electrochemical Water Treatment.

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    Yoon, Yeojoon; Jung, Youmi; Kwon, Minhwan; Cho, Eunha; Kang, Joon-Wun

    2013-12-01

    Effects of various electrodes and prefiltration to minimize disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in electrochemical water disinfection was evaluated. The target microorganism, Escherichia coli O157:H7, was effectively inactivated even applying a solar-charged storage battery for the electrolysis process. Extent of microbial inactivation decreased with lower water temperature and higher pH in the free chlorine disinfection system. The RuO2/Ti electrode was most efficient because it produced the lowest concentration of chlorate and the highest generation of free chlorine. Prefiltration using a ceramic filter inhibited formation of halogenated DBPs because it removed precursors of DBPs. For safe point-of-use water treatment, the use of a hybrid prefiltration stage with the electrolysis system is strongly recommended to reduce risks from DBPs. The system is particularly suited to use in developing regions. PMID:24381482

  15. Electrochemical studies on reconstituted horseradish peroxidase modified carbon paste electrodes.

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    Varma, Shailly

    2002-05-15

    Horseradish peroxidase (HRP) is a heme protein that acts specifically on H(2)O(2) as the electron acceptor. Hemin (Ferriprotoporhyrin-IX) is the prosthetic group of the enzyme. A direct molecular wire to the redox center of the enzyme is expected to enhance the electrochemical response of the enzyme. Native HRP was immobilized onto the surface of glassy carbon (GC) matrix using a 16-atom spacer arm. We have also immobilized the redox center of the enzyme (hemin) through one of the propionate groups onto the surface of glassy carbon matrix using an 11-atom spacer arm with amino terminus. Apoperoxidase was isolated according to the Teale's method and was allowed to reconstitute with the hemin-bound matrix for enzyme reconstitution. The HRP paste and reconstituted-HRP (rec-HRP) paste electrodes were used to study the electrochemical response to substrate H(2)O(2) using electrochemical techniques like cyclic voltammetry (CV) and flow injection (FI) studies. Flow injection studies using HRP paste electrode showed a linearity from 25 to 200 microM H(2)O(2). The rec-HRP paste showed approximately 100 times increase in the electron transfer rates compared to native HRP paste, and substrate linearity from 25 to 100 microM was observed. PMID:12009454

  16. Studies of Low-Current Back-Discharge in Point-Plane Geometry with Dielectric Layer

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    Jaworek, Anatol; Rajch, Eryk; Krupa, Andrzej; Czech, Tadeusz; Lackowski, Marcin

    2006-01-15

    The paper presents results of spectroscopic investigations of back-discharges generated in the point-plane electrode geometry in ambient air at atmospheric pressure, with the plane electrode covered with a dielectric layer. Fly ash from an electrostatic precipitator of a coal-fired power plant was used as the dielectric layer in these investigations. The discharges for positive and negative polarities of the needle electrode were studied by measuring optical emission spectra at two regions of the discharge: near the needle electrode and dielectric layer surface. The visual forms of the discharge were recorded and correlated with the current-voltage characteristics and optical emission spectra. The back-arc discharge was of particular interest in these studies due to its detrimental effects it causes in electrostatic precipitators.

  17. Kinetic Studies with Ion Selective Electrodes: Determination of Creatinine in Urine with a Picrate Ion Selective Electrode: A Laboratory Experiment.

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    Diamandis, E. P.; And Others

    1983-01-01

    The kinetic of the Jaffe reaction with picrate ion selective electrode (ISE) and a kinetic method for determining creatinine in urine is presented. The experiment could be used to familarize students with the application of ISE in kinetic studies and chemical analysis. (Author/JN)

  18. Advances in Studies of Electrode Kinetics and Mass Transport in AMTEC Cells (abstract)

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    Williams, R. M.; Jeffries-Nakamura, B.; Ryan, M. A.; Underwood, M. L.; Kisor, A.; O'Connor, D.; Kikkert, S.

    1993-01-01

    Previous work reported from JPL has included characterization of electrode kinetics and alkali atom transport from electrodes including Mo, W, WRh(sub x), WPt(sub x)(Mn), in sodium AMTEC cells and vapor exposure cells, and Mo in potassium vapor exposure cells. These studies were generally performed in cells with small area electrodes (about 1 to 5 cm(sup 2)), and device geometry had little effect on transport. Alkali diffusion coefficients through these electrodes have been characterized, and approximate surface diffusion coefficients derived in cases of activated transport. A basic model of electrode kinetic at the alkali metal vapor/porous metal electrode/alkali beta'-alumina solid electrolyte three phase boundary has been proposed which accounts for electrochemical reaction rates with a collision frequency near the three phase boundary and tunneling from the porous electrode partially covered with adsorbed alkali metal atoms. The small electrode effect in AMTEC cells has been discussed in several papers, but quantitative investigations have described only the overall effect and the important contribution of electrolyte resistance. The quantitative characterization of transport losses in cells with large area electrodes has been limited to simulations of large area electrode effects, or characterization of transport losses from large area electrodes with significant longitudinal temperature gradients. This paper describes new investigations of electrochemical kinetics and transport, particularily with WPt(sub 3.5) electrodes, including the influence of electrode size on the mass transport loss in the AMTEC cell. These electrodes possess excellent sodium transport properties making verification of device limitations on transport much more readily attained.

  19. An AC impedance study of the degradation of porous nickel battery electrodes

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    Lenhart, S.J.; Macdonald, D.D.; Pound, B.G.

    1988-05-01

    AC impedance spectra of porous nickel battery electrodes were recorded periodically during charge/discharge cycling in concentrated KOH solution at various temperatures. A transmission line model (TLM) was adopted to represent the impedance of the porous electrodes, and various model parameters were adjusted in a curve fitting routine to reproduce the experimental impedances. Degradation processes were deduced from changes in model parameters with electrode cycling time. In developing the TLM, impedance spectra of planar (nonporous) electrodes were used to represent the pore wall and backing plate interfacial impedances. These data were measured over a range of potentials and temperatures, and an equivalent circuit model was adopted to represent the planar electrode data. Cyclic voltammetry was used to study the characteristics of the oxygen evolution reaction on planar nickel electrodes during charging, since oxygen evolution can affect battery electrode charging efficiency and ultimately electrode cycle life if the overpotential for oxygen evolution is sufficiently low. Transmission line modeling results suggest that porous rolled and bonded nickel electrodes undergo restructuring during charge/discharge cycling prior to failure. The average pore length and the number of active pores decreases during cycling, while the average solid phase resistivity increases. The average solution phase resistivity remains relatively constant during cycling, and the total porous electrode impedance is relatively insensitive to the solution/backing plate interfacial impedance.

  20. Contribution to the study of the electric arc: Erosion of metallic electrodes. Thesis

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    Castro, A.

    1986-01-01

    A procedure is described for determining the extent of arc electrode erosion (excluding erosion due to transfer of material) from measurements of emitted spectral beam intensity. The relation between emission intensity and plasma temperature is ascertained. Experimental study of several combinations of monometallic electrodes shows that the method is suitable for determining cathode erosion, although the anode metal affects the extent of erosion. Combinations of electrodes which lead to low erosion of silver are reported.

  1. EIS Studies of Porous Oxygen Electrodes with Discrete I. Impedance of Oxide Catalyst Supports

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    characteristics of these electrodes.1 Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy EIS is a frequency- domain method In their model, the three-dimensional problem was transformed into a one-dimensional model by dividing the porousEIS Studies of Porous Oxygen Electrodes with Discrete Particles I. Impedance of Oxide Catalyst

  2. Influence of electrodes on the photon energy deposition in CVD-diamond dosimeters studied with the Monte Carlo code PENELOPE

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    Górka, B.; Nilsson, B.; Fernández-Varea, J. M.; Svensson, R.; Brahme, A.

    2006-08-01

    A new dosimeter, based on chemical vapour deposited (CVD) diamond as the active detector material, is being developed for dosimetry in radiotherapeutic beams. CVD-diamond is a very interesting material, since its atomic composition is close to that of human tissue and in principle it can be designed to introduce negligible perturbations to the radiation field and the dose distribution in the phantom due to its small size. However, non-tissue-equivalent structural components, such as electrodes, wires and encapsulation, need to be carefully selected as they may induce severe fluence perturbation and angular dependence, resulting in erroneous dose readings. By introducing metallic electrodes on the diamond crystals, interface phenomena between high- and low-atomic-number materials are created. Depending on the direction of the radiation field, an increased or decreased detector signal may be obtained. The small dimensions of the CVD-diamond layer and electrodes (around 100 µm and smaller) imply a higher sensitivity to the lack of charged-particle equilibrium and may cause severe interface phenomena. In the present study, we investigate the variation of energy deposition in the diamond detector for different photon-beam qualities, electrode materials and geometric configurations using the Monte Carlo code PENELOPE. The prototype detector was produced from a 50 µm thick CVD-diamond layer with 0.2 µm thick silver electrodes on both sides. The mean absorbed dose to the detector's active volume was modified in the presence of the electrodes by 1.7%, 2.1%, 1.5%, 0.6% and 0.9% for 1.25 MeV monoenergetic photons, a complete (i.e. shielded) 60Co photon source spectrum and 6, 18 and 50 MV bremsstrahlung spectra, respectively. The shift in mean absorbed dose increases with increasing atomic number and thickness of the electrodes, and diminishes with increasing thickness of the diamond layer. From a dosimetric point of view, graphite would be an almost perfect electrode material. This study shows that, for the considered therapeutic beam qualities, the perturbation of the detector signal due to charge-collecting graphite electrodes of thicknesses between 0.1 and 700 µm is negligible within the calculation uncertainty of 0.2%.

  3. Mixed ionic and electronic conducting electrode studies for an alkali metal thermal to electric converter

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    Guo, Yuyan

    This research focuses on preparation, kinetics, and performance studies of mixed ionic and electronic conducting electrodes (MIEE) applied in an alkali metal thermal to electric converter (AMTEC). Two types of MIEE, metal/sodium titanate and metal/beta?-alumina were investigated, using Ni, Cu, Co and W as the metal components. Pure metal electrodes (PME) were also studied, including Ta, Ni, Nb, Ir, W and MoRe electrodes. The stability of MIEE/beta?-alumina solid electrolyte (BASE) interface was studied in terms of the chemical potential of Na-Al-Ti-O system at 1100K (typical AMTEC operating temperature). Ni metal was compatible with sodium titanate and BASE and displayed the best initial performance among all tested PMEs. Ni/sodium titanate electrodes with 4/1 mass ratios of metal/ceramic performed best among all tested electrodes. Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) observations showed that grain agglomeration, which is the main mechanism for electrode degradation, occurred in all tested electrodes. Ceramic components were able to effectively limit the growth of metal grains and resulted in a long lifetime for MIEEs. Ni particles in the MIEE formed a network microstructure that was close to the theoretical morphology of the ideal electrode. A model based on percolation theory was constructed to interpret and predict the performance of MIEEs. The electrode kinetics was studied and a theoretical expression for the interface impedance was derived for both PME and MIEE, using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The conductivity of the Na2Ti 3O7 and Na2Ti6O13 mixture was measured. The average activation energy for the bulk conductivity was 0.87ev. Finally, theoretical analysis clarified that the transfer coefficient alpha value change would cause at most a few percent change in the electrode performance parameter B.

  4. Lunar libration point flight dynamics study

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    1969-01-01

    Two satellite concepts, Halo and Hummingbird, for a lunar libration point satellite to be used as a tracking and communications link with the far side of the moon were evaluated. Study areas included flight dynamics, communications, attitude control, propulsion, and system integration. Both concepts were proved feasible, but Halo was shown to be the better concept.

  5. Characterization of Piezoresistive PEDOT:PSS Pressure Sensors with Inter-Digitated and Cross-Point Electrode Structures

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    Wang, Jer-Chyi; Karmakar, Rajat Subhra; Lu, Yu-Jen; Huang, Chiung-Yin; Wei, Kuo-Chen

    2015-01-01

    The piezoresistive characteristics of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) pressure sensors with inter-digitated (IDE) and cross-point electrode (CPE) structures have been investigated. A small variation of the resistance of the pressure sensors with IDE without bottom indium-tin-oxide (b-ITO) film and with CPE structures was observed owing to the single carrier-conducting pathway. For the IDE pressure sensors with b-ITO, the piezoresistive characteristics at low and high pressure were similar to those of the pressure sensors with IDE without b-ITO and with CPE structures, respectively, leading to increased piezoresistive pressure sensitivity as the PEDOT:PSS film thickness decreased. A maximum sensitivity of more than 42 k?/Pa was achieved. When the normal pressure was applied, the increased number of conducting points or the reduced distance between the PEDOT oligomers within the PEDOT:PSS film resulted in a decrease of the resistance. The piezoresistive pressure sensors with a single carrier-conducting pathway, i.e., IDE without b-ITO and CPE structures, exhibited a small relaxation time and a superior reversible operation, which can be advantageous for fast piezoresistive response applications. PMID:25569756

  6. Impedance study of tea with added taste compounds using conducting polymer and metal electrodes.

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    Dhiman, Mopsy; Kapur, Pawan; Ganguli, Abhijit; Singla, Madan Lal

    2012-09-01

    In this study the sensing capabilities of a combination of metals and conducting polymer sensing/working electrodes for tea liquor prepared by addition of different compounds using an impedance mode in frequency range 1 Hz-100 KHz at 0.1 V potential has been carried out. Classification of six different tea liquor samples made by dissolving various compounds (black tea liquor + raw milk from milkman), (black tea liquor + sweetened clove syrup), (black tea liquor + sweetened ginger syrup), (black tea liquor + sweetened cardamom syrup), (black tea liquor + sweet chocolate syrup) and (black tea liquor + vanilla flavoured milk without sugar) using six different working electrodes in a multi electrode setup has been studied using impedance and further its PCA has been carried out. Working electrodes of Platinum (Pt), Gold (Au), Silver (Ag), Glassy Carbon (GC) and conducting polymer electrodes of Polyaniline (PANI) and Polypyrrole (PPY) grown on an ITO surface potentiostatically have been deployed in a three electrode set up. The impedance response of these tea liquor samples using number of working electrodes shows a decrease in the real and imaginary impedance values presented on nyquist plots depending upon the nature of the electrode and amount of dissolved salts present in compounds added to tea liquor/solution. The different sensing surfaces allowed a high cross-selectivity in response to the same analyte. From Principal Component Analysis (PCA) plots it was possible to classify tea liquor in 3-4 classes using conducting polymer electrodes; however tea liquors were well separated from the PCA plots employing the impedance data of both conducting polymer and metal electrodes. PMID:23035436

  7. Study of nickel hydroxide electrodes. 2: Oxidation products of nickel (2) hydroxides

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    Bode, H.; Demelt, K.; White, J.

    1986-01-01

    Pure phases of some oxidized Ni oxides were prepared galvanimetrically with the Ni(2) hydroxide electrode of an alkaline battery. The crystallographic data of these phases, their chemical behavior, and conditions of transition were studied.

  8. A Study in Enzyme Kinetics Using an Ion-Specific Electrode.

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    Turchi, Sandra; And Others

    1989-01-01

    Describes an undergraduate biochemistry laboratory experiment on enzyme kinetics using the D-amino acid oxidase system and an ammonia electrode. Preparation of an ammonia standard curve, a sample preparation, and inhibition studies are discussed. (YP)

  9. Insertion of electrode array using percutaneous cochlear implantation technique: a cadaveric study Ramya Balachandran1

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    Insertion of electrode array using percutaneous cochlear implantation technique: a cadaveric study-invasive technique, called percutaneous cochlear implantation (PCI), has been proposed that involves drilling: Percutaneous cochlear implantation, microstereotactic frame, minimally-invasive surgery. 1. INTRODUCTION

  10. Anodic iridium oxide films: An UPS study of emersed electrodes

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    Kötz, E. R.; Neff, H.

    1985-09-01

    Formation of anodic iridium oxide films has been monitored using Ultraviolet Photoemission Spectroscopy (UPS) of the emersed electrodes. The potential dependent valence band spectra clearly show the onset of oxide formation at about 0.6 V versus SCE. The density of states at the Fermi level and the positron of the Fermi level with respect to the maximum of the t 2g band of the oxide indicates a transition from metallic to semiconducting behaviour of the oxide. Protonation of the oxide is associated with increased emission from OH species. A linear correlation between electrode potential and workfunction change is observed for the metal as well as for the oxide. Our results confirm known band theory models and provide a fundamental understanding of the electrochromism of anodic iridium oxide films.

  11. Cyclic Voltammetry at Shallow Recessed Microdisc Electrode: Theoretical and Experimental Study

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    Guo, Jidong; Lindner, Ern?

    2009-01-01

    This study focuses on the cyclic voltammetry behavior at shallow recessed microdisc electrode, particularly on the transition from cottrellian behavior to steady state behavior. Diffusion to the inlaid and recessed microdisc electrode is simulated. From the shape of the CVs, for a given radius and potential scan rate, the transition time from planar diffusion to hemispherical diffusion presents a minimum as the recess increases. Theoretical prediction was confirmed by fitting the simulated CVs with experimental results. Dimensionless transition scan rate has been defined and determined by simulation for inlaid and recessed microdisc electrodes. PMID:20160948

  12. A systematic study of BNL's 3D-Trench Electrode detectors

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    Montalbano, A.; Bassignana, D.; Li, Z.; Liu, S.; Lynn, D.; Pellegrini, G.; Tsybychev, D.

    2014-11-01

    New types of silicon pixel detectors have been proposed because of the need for more radiation hard semiconductor devices for the high luminosity tracking detector upgrades at the Large Hadron Collider. A novel type of 3D Si pixel detectors is proposed, with each cell of the 3D-Trench Electrode pixel detector featuring a concentric trench electrode surrounding the central collecting column electrode. The pixel sensor is an array of those individual cells. Systematic 3D simulations using Silvacos TCAD programs have been carried out to study the characteristics of this novel 3D pixel design and to compare to the traditional 3D column electrode pixel design. The 3D simulations show a much lower depletion voltage and a more uniform electric field in the new 3D-Trench Electrode pixel detectors as compared to the traditional 3D column Electrode detectors. The first prototype 3D-Trench Electrode pixel detectors have been manufactured at the Centro Nacional De Microelectronica. Preliminary electrical measurements are discussed and charge collection efficiency measurements are presented.

  13. Electrochemical and morphological study of the effect of temperature on the restructuring and loss of capacity of alkaline battery electrodes

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    Lenhart, S.J.; Chao, C.Y.; MacDonald, D.D.

    1981-01-01

    Alkaline battery electrode restructuring is being studied using ac impedance and ellipsometric techniques. Porous electrodes have been modeled as transmission lines, and the electrochemical properties (e.g., impedance and voltage drop in the pores) of the electrodes are being derived in terms of measurable physical properties. 5 refs.

  14. Voltammetric studies of porous molybdenum electrodes for the alkali metal thermoelectric converter

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    Williams, R. M.; Bankston, C. P.; Khanna, S. K.; Cole, T.

    1986-11-01

    Voltammetry of partially oxidized porous molybdenum alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC) electrodes from about 600 to 1000 K revealed a series of redox processes within the AMTEC operational voltage range which can be used to establish the electronic and ionic conductivities of these electrodes. Improved estimates of the free energies of formation of Na2Mo3O6, NaMoO2, and Na3MoO4 are obtained. Evidence is provided for the slow corrosive attack by Na2MoO4 on molybdenum. The ionic conductivity of Na2MoO4 is found to be sufficiently large at temperatures of greater than 700 K to explain the observed electrochemical phenomena in addition to the enhanced sodium transport in AMTEC electrodes below the freezing point of Na2MoO4.

  15. Voltammetric studies of porous molybdenum electrodes for the alkali metal thermoelectric converter

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    Williams, R. M.; Bankston, C. P.; Khanna, S. K.; Cole, T.

    1986-01-01

    Voltammetry of partially oxidized porous molybdenum alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC) electrodes from about 600 to 1000 K revealed a series of redox processes within the AMTEC operational voltage range which can be used to establish the electronic and ionic conductivities of these electrodes. Improved estimates of the free energies of formation of Na2Mo3O6, NaMoO2, and Na3MoO4 are obtained. Evidence is provided for the slow corrosive attack by Na2MoO4 on molybdenum. The ionic conductivity of Na2MoO4 is found to be sufficiently large at temperatures of greater than 700 K to explain the observed electrochemical phenomena in addition to the enhanced sodium transport in AMTEC electrodes below the freezing point of Na2MoO4.

  16. Experimental study and finite element analyses of electrode wear mechanisms during the resistance spot welding of galvannealed steel

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    Lu, Feng

    The wear mechanisms of electrodes used on resistance spot welding of galvannealed steels were studied. The study focused on the inter-relationship among the steel properties, welding parameters and electrode wear. Six different galvannealed steels were studied using a standard constant current welding test. With the same kind of Cu-Zr electrode, the tests were performed with the electrode force fixed at 600 lbs and the welding time fixed at 12 cycles for all the steels studied. The welding current is set at just below the expulsion limit for each of the steels. The microstructure and mechanical properties of these steels were examined by SEM and microhardness tests. The face profiles for electrodes subjected to various numbers of welds were examined using carbon imprint tests and low magnification optical microscopy. The alloys formed on the electrode face were studied by the EDS and WDS quantitative analyses and linescans. Changes in the microhardness of the electrode material near the electrode face during the electrode wear process were also studied. Combined with the experimental examination, a sequentially coupled finite element analysis procedure was used to analyze the detailed distribution and evolution of the electrical current, temperature and stress throughout the process of making a weld. These analyses have greatly enhanced the understanding of the experimental observations. The results of this study indicate that the welding current is the dominant factor influencing electrode life. When the electrode force and the welding time are fixed, the welding current is determined by the steel properties. Thicker steel sheets and higher steel sheet surface hardnesses will result in smaller welding current. When the electrode force and welding time are fixed, steels requiring higher welding currents will yield shorter electrode lives. With increasing welding current, the top and bottom electrodes in this study showed increasingly different wear behaviors. Electrodes used on steels requiring higher welding current developed an edge pit near the top electrode periphery, that gradually evolved into a large pit at the bottom electrode face center. Toward the end of the electrode life, these electrodes result in a "three spots" feature nuggets that are shifted toward the top electrode. This kind of electrode failure is characterized by "nugget shifting". In contrast, under smaller welding current, the top and bottom electrode wear approximately the same. As the electrode face diameter increases gradually, not all the face area is in good contact with the steel sheet during welding. The localized contact areas for the top and bottom electrodes are symmetric and become fragmented gradually toward the end of the electrode life. The fragmentation of the electrode face areas which can be in good contact with the steel sheet results in the shunting of the welding current. When the electrical current density is reduced to a certain level by the shunting effect, the nugget can not be formed and the electrodes are declared to be failed. This kind of electrode failure is characterized by nugget shrinking. The welding current also has a big influence on the other electrode wear mechanism as the electrode mushrooming, face alloying, etc.

  17. Study on the distortion of apparent resistivity curves caused by the 'infinite' electrode space of a Pole-Pole array and its correction

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    Xiao, Le-Le; Wei, Jiu-Chuan; Niu, Chao; Shi, Long-Qing; Zhai, Pei-He; Yin, Hui-Yong; Xie, Dao-Lei

    2015-07-01

    The Pole-Pole (PP) array is widely used for measurements that incorporate two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) multi-electrode electrical resistivity surveys, although an effective equilibrium has not yet been achieved between two factors, the location of 'infinite' electrodes and the data utilisation of the effective resistivity, which affects the detection accuracy; thus, the data collected under the conditions of 'infinite' electrodes that are as finite as possible are maximally effective. Studies have shown that the optimum 'infinite' electrode distance must be greater than 20 times the current-potential electrode distance AM; this value is much greater than the currently used value of 5 to 10 times AM. However, limitations imposed by landforms and topographic conditions, such as mountainous areas and coal mine roadways, often prevent the 'infinite' condition from being satisfied. In this study, a field test was designed and performed by adopting a particular PP array to collect sounding data under different 'infinite' electrode distances, and the differences were analysed in the apparent resistivity curves calculated with different geometric coefficients. The results reveal that when the 'infinite' electrode space is finite relative to AM, significant distortion may occur, and a minimum inflection point may appear in the sounding curve of apparent resistivity that is calculated with the geometric coefficient Kpp. Although the data past the minimum inflection point of ?s-mpp curve lose their value for the sounding application, a portion of the first segment of the distorted curve can be used, therefore, a correction formula under the condition of non-infinite electrode (Bing and Greenhalgh, 1998) space in a PP array is derived based on traditional electric field theories and formulas of apparent resistivity under different electrode arrays. The error analysis after correction indicates that the data utilisation ratio in the corrected effective apparent resistivity is significantly improved, and all the data that appear before the minimum inflection point can be effectively corrected. Additionally, the error between the corrected apparent resistivity and the value under an ideal state (when BM is at least 20 times AM) is less than 5%. Engineering application cases are conducted to validate the effectiveness of this correction formula, and the results indicate that this formula can be applied to process the resistivity sounding data affected by the 'infinite' electrodes.

  18. Study of electrode pattern design for a CZT-based PET detector

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    Gu, Y; Levin, C S

    2014-01-01

    We are developing a 1 mm resolution small animal positron emission tomography (PET) system using 3-D positioning Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) photon detectors comprising 40 mm × 40 mm × 5 mm crystals metalized with a cross-strip electrode pattern with a 1 mm anode strip pitch. We optimized the electrode pattern design for intrinsic sensitivity and spatial, energy and time resolution performance using a test detector comprising cathode and steering electrode strips of varying dimensions. The study found 3 mm and 5 mm width cathode strips locate charge-shared photon interactions near cathode strip boundaries with equal precision. 3 mm width cathode strips exhibited large time resolution variability as a function of photon interaction location between the anode and cathode planes (~26 ns to ~127.5 ns FWHM for 0.5 mm and 4.2 mm depths, respectively). 5 mm width cathode strips by contrast exhibited more stable time resolution for the same interaction locations (~34 ns to ~83 ns FWHM), provided more linear spatial positioning in the direction orthogonal to the electrode planes, and as much as 68.4% improvement in photon sensitivity over the 3 mm wide cathode strips. The results were understood by analyzing the cathode strips’ weighting functions, which indicated a stronger “small pixel” effect in the 3 mm wide cathode strips. Photon sensitivity and anode energy resolution were seen to improve with decreasing steering electrode bias from 0 V to ?80 V w.r.t the anode potential. A slight improvement in energy resolution was seen for wider steering electrode strips (400 ?m vs. 100 ?m) for charge-shared photon interactions. Although this study successfully focused on electrode pattern features for PET performance, the results are generally applicable to semiconductor photon detectors employing cross-trip electrode patterns. PMID:24786208

  19. Study of electrode pattern design for a CZT-based PET detector

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    Gu, Y.; Levin, C. S.

    2014-06-01

    We are developing a 1 mm resolution small animal positron emission tomography (PET) system using 3D positioning cadmium zinc telluride photon detectors comprising 40 mm × 40 mm × 5 mm crystals metalized with a cross-strip electrode pattern with a 1 mm anode strip pitch. We optimized the electrode pattern design for intrinsic sensitivity and spatial, energy and time resolution performance using a test detector comprising cathode and steering electrode strips of varying dimensions. The study found 3 and 5 mm width cathode strips locate charge-shared photon interactions near cathode strip boundaries with equal precision. 3 mm width cathode strips exhibited large time resolution variability as a function of photon interaction location between the anode and cathode planes (˜26 to ˜127.5 ns full width at half maximum (FWHM) for 0.5 mm and 4.2 mm depths, respectively). 5 mm width cathode strips by contrast exhibited more stable time resolution for the same interaction locations (˜34 to ˜83 ns FWHM), provided more linear spatial positioning in the direction orthogonal to the electrode planes, and as much as 68.4% improvement in photon sensitivity over the 3 mm wide cathode strips. The results were understood by analyzing the cathode strips’ weighting functions, which indicated a stronger ‘small pixel’ effect in the 3 mm wide cathode strips. Photon sensitivity and anode energy resolution were seen to improve with decreasing steering electrode bias from 0 to -80 V w.r.t. the anode potential. A slight improvement in energy resolution was seen for wider steering electrode strips (400 versus 100 µm) for charge-shared photon interactions. Although this study successfully focused on electrode pattern features for PET performance, the results are generally applicable to semiconductor photon detectors employing cross-trip electrode patterns.

  20. A study of rechargeable zinc electrodes for alkaline cells requiring anodic limitation

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    Binder, L.; Odar, W.; Kordesch, K.

    1981-07-01

    Problems associated with the cyclic operation of zinc electrodes in rechargeable alkaline cells for which anodic limitation is required are investigated. Experiments were conducted to determine the influence of electrolyte additives and cell construction on the capacity loss of limited zinc electrodes during cycling; current-voltage diagrams for zinc electrodes within the potential range of passivation and of hydrogen evolution were also recorded. In tests of alkaline cells with zinc and MnO2 electrodes, it is found that the addition of ZnO and Zn(CN)2 to the electrolyte or the use of Zn(CN)2 for the electrode gel leads to an increase in cell cycle life up to 70 cycles. Cells with copper powder and PTFE added to the electrode gel are observed to exhibit nearly uniform cycles after a rapid drop in capacity at the second cycle. Passivation studies based on the current-voltage diagrams reveal a peak in current densities needed for passivation at an electrolyte concentration of 7.5 m KOH. Results also confirm the fact that metals including lead, tin and indium increase the hydrogen overvoltage of zinc to the same extent as mercury.

  1. Experimental Studies about Transient Characteristics of a Deeply Buried Grounding Electrode and a Grounding Mesh

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    Yamamoto, Kazuo; Yanagawa, Shunichi; Sekioka, Shozo

    When lightning strikes the tower of a cellular phone base station or other such facilities, power and communication equipments in the vicinity of the tower may suffer extensive damages due to the lightning current flowing backward from the grounding system of the tower. The use of a deeply buried grounding electrode has been proposed recently to suppress such back flow current and a potential rise in the vicinity of the tower. The deeply buried grounding electrode is a bare conductor buried deep in the ground that is connected to a lightning rod on the ground by an insulated wire. When lightning strikes the lightning rod, the lightning current is directed to the electrode from which it diffuses to the ground. The deeply buried grounding electrodes have been installed in cellular phone base stations and other such facilities to solve such problems caused by the back flow current and the potential rise. A grounding mesh is usually laid around such base stations as a grounding system for the facilities on the ground. Therefore, it is important to understand the interactions between the deeply buried grounding electrode and the grounding mesh. In this study, experiments on the interactions between a grounding mesh and a deeply buried grounding electrode have been carried out. Additionally, the transient characteristics of the mesh grounding have researched.

  2. Numerical Study of the Buoyancy-Driven Flow in a Four-Electrode Rectangular Electrochemical Cell

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    Sun, Zhanyu; Agafonov, Vadim; Rice, Catherine; Bindler, Jacob

    2009-11-01

    Two-dimensional numerical simulation is done on the buoyancy-driven flow in a four-electrode rectangular electrochemical cell. Two kinds of electrode layouts, the anode-cathode-cathode-anode (ACCA) and the cathode-anode-anode-cathode (CAAC) layouts, are studied. In the ACCA layout, the two anodes are placed close to the channel outlets while the two cathodes are located between the two anodes. The CAAC layout can be converted from the ACCA layout by applying higher electric potential on the two middle electrodes. Density gradient was generated by the electrodic reaction I3^-+2e^- =3I^-. When the electrochemical cell is accelerated axially, buoyancy-driven flow occurs. In our model, electro-neutrality is assumed except at the electrodes. The Navier-Stokes equations with the Boussinesq approximation and the Nernst-Planck equations are employed to model the momentum and mass transports, respectively. It is found that under a given axial acceleration, the electrolyte density between the two middle electrodes determines the bulk flow through the electrochemical cell. The cathodic current difference is found to be able to measure the applied acceleration. Other important electro-hydrodynamic characteristics are also discussed.

  3. Dithiooxamide modified glassy carbon electrode for the studies of non-aqueous media: electrochemical behaviors of quercetin on the electrode surface.

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    Mülaz?mo?lu, Ay?en Demir; Y?lmaz, Ecir; Mülaz?mo?lu, Ibrahim Ender

    2012-01-01

    Electrochemical oxidation of quercetin, as an important biological molecule, has been studied in non-aqueous media using cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. To investigate the electrochemical properties of quercetin, an important flavonoid derivative, on a different surface, a new glassy carbon electrode has been developed using dithiooxamide as modifier in non-aqueous media. The surface modification of glassy carbon electrode has been performed within the 0.0 mV and +800 mV potential range with 20 cycles using 1 mM dithioxamide solution in acetonitrile. However, the modification of quercetin to both bare glassy carbon and dithiooxamide modified glassy carbon electrode surface was carried out in a wide +300 mV and +2,800 mV potential range with 10 cycles. Following the modification process, cyclic voltammetry has been used for the surface characterization in aqueous and non-aqueous media whereas electrochemical impedance spectroscopy has been used in aqueous media. Scanning electron microscopy has also been used to support the surface analysis. The obtained data from the characterization and modification studies of dithioxamide modified and quercetin grafted glassy carbon electrode showed that the developed electrode can be used for the quantitative determination of quercetin and antioxidant capacity determination as a chemical sensor electrode. PMID:22666010

  4. Study on the Realization of Indium Point

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    Widiatmo, Januarius V.; Yamazawa, Kazuaki; Satou, Kouichi; Tamba, Jun; Arai, Masaru

    Indium point cells are fabricated using ingots of various forms from a variety of sources (manufacturers). Using these cells, newly built indium point furnaces are evaluated and their reliability is confirmed. The indium point realizations based on the single solid-liquid method (SSL method) and multi solid-liquid method (MSL method) are evaluated. The effect of impurities in the ingots is evaluated from the dependency of the slope of the freezing curve on the change in furnace temperature, the indium point depression based on the impurity analysis, and the cell comparison. The results show equality among the cells. Based on the results obtained, the uncertainty in realizing the indium point using the described indium point cells and indium point furnaces is estimated. The new uncertainty budget introduces uncertainties coming from plateau repeatability and chemical impurity derived by the present work, the values of which are significantly lower than those adopted in the current calibration service.

  5. Study of RPC bakelite electrodes and detector performance for INO-ICAL

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    Ashok Kumar; Ankit Gaur; Md. Hasbuddin; Praveen Kumar; Purnendu Kumar; Daljeet Kaur; Swati Mishra; Md. Naimuddin

    2014-09-19

    The Resistive Plate Chambers (RPCs) are going to be used as the active detectors in the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO)-Iron Calorimeter (ICAL) experiment for the detection and study of atmospheric neutrinos. In this paper, an extensive study of structural and electrical properties for different kind of bakelite RPC electrodes is presented. RPCs fabricated from these electrodes are tested for their detector efficiency and noise rate. The study concludes with the variation of efficiency, leakage current and counting rate over the period of operation with different gas compositions and operational conditions like temperature and relative humidity.

  6. Optical and electrochemical study of model zinc electrode pores in alkaline electrolyte

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    Flatt, J. H.; McLarnon, F. R.; Cairns, E. J.

    1985-09-01

    A computer-controlled model single-pore cell has been developed to study zinc electrode discharge behavior in alkaline electrolytes. The cell design allows for simultaneous microscopic and potential performance observations. A quartz-supported, thin-film cadmium reference microelectrode was designed, fabricated and installed in the cell. The cell was designed to create model pores of dimensions comparable to those in commercial zinc electrodes. Zinc electrode discharge behavior was studied in pores of effective radii between 14 and 20 microns at 7 mA/sq cm, 30 mA/sq cm and 1250 mA/sq cm rates of discharge in 7.7M KOH electrolyte. Results are consistent with a dissolution-precipitation discharge reaction mechanism. SEM studies showed significant variations in electrodes surface morphology with location in the pore and rate of discharge. Significant poreOH(-) gradients, with slow relaxation times, were found to exist within the pore at the mA/sq cm rate. Passivation was observed at the 1250 mA/sq cm rate. Zinc electrode discharge behavior in 3.5M KOH-3.4M KF showed a similar discharge reaction mechanism. However, earlier surface film formation in 3.5M KOH-3.4M KF was found to occur. Initial reaction penetration depths in 7.7M KOH and 3.5M KOH-3.4M KF electrolytes were 0.11 cm and 0.10 cm.

  7. Voltammetric studies of porous molybdenum electrodes for the alkali metal thermoelectric converter

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    Williams, R.M.; Bankston, C.P.; Khanna, S.K.; Cole, T.

    1986-11-01

    Voltammetry of partially oxidized porous molybdenum alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC) electrodes from --600 to --1000 K revealed a series of redox processes within the operational voltage range of the AMTEC device. The most important of these processes involve reactions that add sodium to MoO/sub 2/, Na/sub 2/Mo/sub 3/O/sub 6/, and Na/sub 2/MoO/sub 4/. The redox processes can be used as an in situ analytical probe of oxide species in porous molybdenum electrodes. These constituents are important in establishing the electronic and ionic conductivities of AMTEC electrodes. The estimated equilibrium potentials of these reactions provide improved estimates of the free energies of formation of Na/sub 2/Mo/sub 3/O/sub 6/, NaMoO/sub 2/, and Na/sub 3/MoO/sub 4/. In the AMTEC operating regime, there is evidence for the comparatively slow corrosive attack by Na/sub 2/MoO/sub 4/ on molybdenum. The ionic conductivity of Na/sub 2/MoO/sub 4/ measured from 600 to over 1000 K shows sharp increases in conductivity at --750, 865, and 960 K. The conductivity is sufficiently large at T > 700 K to explain the observed electrochemical phenomena, as well as enhanced sodium transport in AMTEC electrodes below the freezing point (960 K) of Na/sub 2/MoO/sub 4/.

  8. Studies on Mechanical Alloying of Copper-Tungsten Carbide Composite for Spot Welding Electrode

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    Zuhailawati, H.; Jamaludin, S. B.

    2009-12-01

    This article presents a study on the properties and performance of copper-based composite reinforced with recycled tungsten carbide powder as spot welding electrode. The copper-tungsten carbide composite electrode was prepared by mechanical alloying and powder forging before being machined into truncated cone-face geometry. The welding operation was conducted on galvanized steel using a pedestal-type spot welding machine. Composites with higher density and electrical conductivity were obtained after mechanical alloying for shorter time. In contrast, a higher hardness is shown in the composite, which was mechanically alloyed to longer time. The strength of the welded steel coupon was found to increase with decreasing milling time due to an increase in density and electrical conductivity. The wear behavior of the composite revealed that the deformation of the spot weld electrode increased with increasing milling time.

  9. Two and Three-Electrode Impedance Studies on 18650 Li-Ion Cells

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    Nagasubramanian, Ganesan

    1999-08-11

    Two and three electrode impedance measurements were made on 18650 Li-ion cells at different QB temperatures ranging from 35 C to {minus}40 C. The ohmic resistance of the cell is nearly constant the temperature range studied although the total cell impedance increases by an order of magnitude in the same temperature range. In contrast to what is commonly believed, we show from our three-electrode impedance results that, the increase in cell impedance comes mostly from the cathode and not from the anode. Further, the anode and cathode contribute to both the impedance loops (in the NyQuist plot).

  10. Electrode-polarization studies in hot-corrosion systems. Progress report, 1 June 1980-31 May 1981

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    Devereux, O.F.

    1981-02-01

    The following tasks are reported on: electrode polarization studies in molten sodium carbonate, liquid line corrosion, and gas/metal reactions in mixed oxidants. Two previously unpublished papers are included as appendices: Reactions at the CO, CO/sub 2//Ni electrode in Molten Sodium Carbonate; and Reactions at the Corroding Nickel Electrode in Molten Sodium Carbonate under CO, CO/sub 2/ Atmospheres. (DLC)

  11. Operando studies of all-vanadium flow batteries: Easy-to-make reference electrode based on silver-silver sulfate

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    Ventosa, Edgar; Skoumal, Marcel; Vázquez, Francisco Javier; Flox, Cristina; Morante, Joan Ramon

    2014-12-01

    In-depth evaluation of the electrochemical performance of all-vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs) under operando conditions requires the insertion of a reliable reference electrode in the battery cell. In this work, an easy-to-make reference electrode based on silver-silver sulfate is proposed and described for VRFBs. The relevance and feasibility of the information obtained by inserting the reference electrode is illustrated with the study of ammoxidized graphite felts. In this case, we show that the kinetic of the electrochemical reaction VO2+/VO2+ is slower than that of V2+/V3+ at the electrode. While the slow kinetics at the positive electrode limits the voltage efficiency, the operating potential of the negative electrode, which is outside the stability widow of water, reduces the coulombic efficiency due to the hydrogen evolution.

  12. Empirical study on human acupuncture point network

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    Li, Jian; Shen, Dan; Chang, Hui; He, Da-Ren

    2007-03-01

    Chinese medical theory is ancient and profound, however is confined by qualitative and faint understanding. The effect of Chinese acupuncture in clinical practice is unique and effective, and the human acupuncture points play a mysterious and special role, however there is no modern scientific understanding on human acupuncture points until today. For this reason, we attend to use complex network theory, one of the frontiers in the statistical physics, for describing the human acupuncture points and their connections. In the network nodes are defined as the acupuncture points, two nodes are connected by an edge when they are used for a medical treatment of a common disease. A disease is defined as an act. Some statistical properties have been obtained. The results certify that the degree distribution, act degree distribution, and the dependence of the clustering coefficient on both of them obey SPL distribution function, which show a function interpolating between a power law and an exponential decay. The results may be helpful for understanding Chinese medical theory.

  13. ICESat Spacecraft Pointing Support Study Grant

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    2000-01-01

    The Geodetic Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) mission is designed to measure changes in the elevations of the polar ice sheets. The ICESat satellite will carry the GLAS altimeter, and will have a nominal orbit altitude of 600 km and orbit inclination of 94deg. The groundtrack repeat period is 182 days and will be maintained to less than 1 km at the equator via routine orbit adjustments. Science requirements for the GLAS mission demand that the laser altimeter be pointed to within 50 meters of a predetermined reference groundtrack. As the actual ICESat groundtrack drifts away from the reference groundtrack, the attitude must be controlled such that the altimeter boresight is pointed, crosstrack, at the reference groundtrack. This orientation may be described by a rotation, theta, about the instantaneous geodetic local horizontal direction vector, which lies in the orbit plane and is oriented in the direction of motion of the satellite. The attitude is further complicated by requirements related to thermal and power considerations for various instruments, spacecraft components, and solar array orientation. In order to keep battery temperatures within the specified operating range, and maintain near normal pointing of the solar array with respect to the sunline direction vector as the orbit precesses relative to the sun, the satellite will be oriented in one of four fixed yaw modes. Each of these yaw modes depends upon the angle between the orbit plane and the sunline direction vector; this angle is designated Beta'. Table 1 shows the satellite yaw angle, Psi, for a given Beta' range. The angle Psi represents a rotation about the satellite z-axis, which points in the geodetic nadir direction; for Psi = 0deg the satellite x-axis points in the direction of motion.

  14. Simultaneous determination of tyrosine and tryptophan by mesoporous silica nanoparticles modified carbon paste electrode using H-point standard addition method.

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    Tashkhourian, J; Daneshi, M; Nami-Ana, S F

    2016-01-01

    A simple, selective and sensitive sensor based on mesoporous silica nanoparticles modified carbon paste electrode (MSNs/CPE) is introduced for electrochemical determination of tyrosine (Tyr) and tryptophan (Trp). Compared with the unmodified electrode and commercial SiO2 modified electrode (SiO2/CPE), the oxidation peak current significantly improved for both amino acids. Under optimized experimental conditions, the oxidation peak current of Trp was linear over a concentration range of 5.0 × 10(-8) to 4.0 × 10(-4) M with a detection limit of 3.4 × 10(-8) M. The oxidation peak current of Tyr was linear over a concentration range from 5.0 × 10(-7) to 6.0 × 10(-4) M with a detection limit of 1.5 × 10(-7) M. For simultaneous determination Trp and Tyr, H-point standard addition method was applied to resolve the overlapping of differential pulse voltammetric peaks of Trp and Tyr. The results showed that the method was successfully applied to the simultaneous determination of Trp and Tyr in some synthetic samples. Moreover, the applicability of the method was demonstrated by the recovery tests of Trp and Tyr in artificial urine. PMID:26703257

  15. Conversion of the electrohydraulic electrode to an electromechanical stone impactor: basic studies and a case report.

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    Dretler, S P; Bhatta, K M; Rosen, D

    1991-09-01

    A 3.3F electrohydraulic electrode (Wolf 2137.23) has been confined within a spring with a metal end cap, irrigated with water and covered with a 0.003-inch metal sheath (outside diameter 5F). The electrohydraulic lithotripsy discharge (Wolf Generator 2137.50) at E1 causes the metal cap to extend 3 mm. at 1,500 cm. per second and creates an impact pressure of 600 to 800 bar. Stone fragmentation efficiency of the electromechanical impactor was equivalent to unshielded electrohydraulic lithotripsy (gallstone 2.83 mg. per pulse, struvite/apatite 1.41 mg. per pulse, cystine 0.41 mg. per pulse, uric acid 1.48 mg. per pulse and 100% calcium oxalate monohydrate 0.10 mg. per pulse). Studies of the discharge of the electromechanical impactor within the pig ureter showed that minimal ureteral submucosal edema and hemorrhage occurred at 300 shocks discharged at a single point, and disruption of the mucosa and partial injury to the muscle layer occurred after 600 shocks given at the site of a pinched pig ureter. Pushing the electromechanical impactor perpendicular to the wall of the pig bladder will create a mechanical perforation within 35 shocks (electrohydraulic lithotripsy within 2 shocks). One patient had excellent fragmentation of a lower ureteral mixed monohydrate and dihydrate stone under direct vision performed with the electromechanical impactor passed via a 9.5F ureteroscope. There was no evidence of mucosal injury with 500 shocks. The electromechanical impactor has been developed to provide a safe and inexpensive method of ureteral stone fragmentation or disimpaction. These studies were performed to establish limits of safety that may allow use of the electromechanical impactor for stone fragmentation in the ureter without the need for ureteroscopy. PMID:1875485

  16. Electrode-polarization studies in hot corrosion systems. Progress report, June 1, 1982-May 31, 1983

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    Devereux, O.F.

    1983-01-01

    Electrode polarization studies in molten sodium sulfide: polarization of nickel electrodes in molten 25% FeS - 75% Na/sub 2/S was found to be linear in current, with the major part due to ohmic electrolyte resistance. Nickel was observed to undergo nonelectrodic dissolution in this electrolyte at the rate of 1.6 x 10/sup -6/g cm/sup -2/sec/sup -1/, with anomalous initial behavior attributed to the presence of polysulfide in the melt. Electrode polarization studies in molten sodium carbonate: this task is proceeding in the direction of a complete mechanistic and kinetic understanding of electrode reactions at the H/sub 2//H/sub 2/S/CO/CO/sub 2/, Ni electrode in molten sodium carbonate. Progress is hampered in working with H/sub 2/S. Gas/metal reactions in mixed oxidants: the kinetics of scale formation on iron in H/sub 2//H/sub 2/S/CO/CO/sub 2/ mixtures at 900/sup 0/C was studied over a range of P/sub O/sub 2// values encompassing thermodynamic stability of FeS and Fe/sub 3/O/sub 4/. All scales, however, were FeS, and all behavior seen could be treated as a perturbation of sulfidation kinetics in H/sub 2//H/sub 2/S alone. During this period a highly successful model was developed which invokes an initial period in which islands of scale form and grow laterally and in thickness. After the surface is entirely covered, i.e., the islands impinge, the scale undergoes a period of diffusion-controlled, parabolic growth, following which the outer portion of the scale ceases to be a diffusion barrier by some process, such as recrystallization, which progresses linearly with time. The inner, barrier portion of the scale thus diminishes in thickness until a steady state condition, with linear scale growth, is attained.

  17. Insertion of electrode array using percutaneous cochlear implantation technique: a cadaveric study

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    Balachandran, Ramya; Mitchell, Jason E.; Noble, Jack; Schurzig, Daniel; Blachon, Grégoire; McRackan, Theodore R.; Webster, Robert J.; Dawant, Benoit M.; Fitzpatrick, J. Michael; Labadie, Robert F.

    2011-03-01

    Cochlear implantation is a surgical procedure for treating patients with hearing loss in which an electrode array is inserted into the cochlea. The traditional surgical approach requires drilling away a large portion of the bone behind the ear to provide anatomical reference and access to the cochlea. A minimally-invasive technique, called percutaneous cochlear implantation (PCI), has been proposed that involves drilling a linear path from the lateral skull to the cochlea avoiding vital structures and inserting the implant using that drilled path. The steps required to achieve PCI safely include: placing three bone-implanted markers surrounding the ear, obtaining a CT scan, planning a surgical path to the cochlea avoiding vital anatomy, designing and constructing a microstereotactic frame that mounts on the markers and constrains the drill to the planned path, affixing the frame on the markers, using it to drill to the cochlea, and inserting the electrode through the drilled path. We present in this paper a cadaveric study demonstrating the PCI technique on three temporal bone cadaveric specimens for inserting electrode array into the cochlea. A custom fixture, called a Microtable, which is a type of microstereotactic frame that can be constructed in less than five minutes, was fabricated for each specimen and used to reach the cochlea. The insertion was successfully performed on all three specimens. Postinsertion CT scans confirm the correct placement of the electrodes inside the cochlea without any damage to the facial nerve.

  18. Electrochemical study of multi-electrode microbial fuel cells under fed-batch and continuous flow conditions

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    Electrochemical study of multi-electrode microbial fuel cells under fed-batch and continuous flow November 2013 Available online 18 December 2013 Keywords: Multi-electrode Microbial fuel cells Hydraulic connected microbial fuel cells (MFCs) was compared with the reactors operated using individual electrical

  19. Photochemical Quartz Crystal Microbalance Study of the Nanocrystalline Titanium Dioxide Semiconductor Electrode/Water Interface: Simultaneous Photoaccumulation of Electrons

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    Semiconductor Electrode/Water Interface: Simultaneous Photoaccumulation of Electrons and Protons Buford I. Lemon: protons in the case of water, small electrolyte cations in the case of aprotic solvents. The cations at light-sensitive electrodes. Rajesh- war and co-workers have used this technique to study photo

  20. A comparative study of nano-scale coatings on gold electrodes for bioimpedance studies of breast cancer cells

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    Heflin, Randy

    - sitivity to MDA-MB-231 metastatic breast cancer cells. There was also a significant shift in the peak roughness . Bioimpedance . ECIS . Breast cancer 1 Introduction Bioimpedance is the complex electricalA comparative study of nano-scale coatings on gold electrodes for bioimpedance studies of breast

  1. Bright point study. [of solar corona

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    Tang, F.; Harvey, K.; Bruner, M.; Kent, B.; Antonucci, E.

    1982-01-01

    Transition region and coronal observations of bright points by instruments aboard the Solar Maximum Mission and high resolution photospheric magnetograph observations on September 11, 1980 are presented. A total of 31 bipolar ephemeral regions were found in the photosphere from birth in 9.3 hours of combined magnetograph observations from three observatories. Two of the three ephemeral regions present in the field of view of the Ultraviolet Spectrometer-Polarimeter were observed in the C IV 1548 line. The unobserved ephemeral region was determined to be the shortest-lived (2.5 hr) and lowest in magnetic flux density (13G) of the three regions. The Flat Crystal Spectrometer observed only low level signals in the O VIII 18.969 A line, which were not statistically significant to be positively identified with any of the 16 ephemeral regions detected in the photosphere. In addition, the data indicate that at any given time there lacked a one-to-one correspondence between observable bright points and photospheric ephemeral regions, while more ephemeral regions were observed than their counterparts in the transition region and the corona.

  2. Point-to-Point Car Racing: an Initial Study of Evolution Versus Temporal Difference Learning

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    Togelius, Julian

    Point-to-Point Car Racing: an Initial Study of Evolution Versus Temporal Difference Learning Simon, jtogel}@essex.ac.uk Abstract-- This paper considers variations on an extremely simple form of car racing-evaluation neural networks, and these were greatly superior to human drivers. Keywords: Car racing, reinforcement

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  4. Voltammetric studies of the behavior of carbon black during phenol oxidation on Ti/Pt electrodes

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    Boudenne, J.L.; Cerclier, O.; Bianco, P.

    1998-08-01

    Oxidation of phenol on platinum electrodes rapidly leads to the formation of a passivating film on the surface of these electrodes. Studies of cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry combined with high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analyses have shown that the presence of carbon black avoids these phenomena of passivation and thus allows the complete mineralization of phenol. The nature of carbon black and the pH value are two important factors which are studied here. VULCAN XC-72 R, an intrinsic p-type semiconductor, having a large specific area, showed all its efficiency when cyclic voltammetry experiments were carried out in an acid medium (pH 2.2). HPLC analyses revealed the appearance of several by-products such as hydroquinone and benzoquinone, and maleic and fumaric acids.

  5. Electrochemical Studies of Ceramic Carbon Electrodes Prepared with Sulfonated Organosilane Precursors

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    Eastcott, Jennie

    State-of-the-art electrodes for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) contain platinum catalyst and a Nafion proton-conducting binder. Optimal conditions for Nafion functionality are at 80°C and 100% relative humidity (RH). Ceramic carbon electrodes (CCEs), consisting of carbon particles supported by ceramic binder network, may be an alternative electrode structure which replaces Nafion with organosilane materials. CCEs are also attractive for their high surface area and durable nature. CCEs have been fabricated via an in-situ sol-gel polymerization process. Development of a novel electrode fabrication procedure included direct spray-deposition of CCEs onto a microporous/gas diffusion layer to facilitate adhesion and facile electrode preparation. CCEs were composed of commercial carbon-supported platinum catalyst and 3-trihydroxysilyl-1-propanesulfonic acid (TPS) or TPS and tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) to vary the level of sulfonation. CCEs were initially tested electrochemically in a half-cell set-up to evaluate electrode functionality. An optimal loading of 42-48 wt% silane was determined for CCEs with only TPS to provide the highest electrochemically active surface area (ECSA) of platinum and proton conductivity. BET surface areas were low due to restriction of pore sizes by the sulfonated side chain. Composite CCEs of TPS/TEOS had enhanced electrochemical performance and high BET surface areas (>400 m 2 g-1), indicating high porosity. Excellent electrochemical results were obtained for the CCE with a TPS:TEOS ratio of 4:96 (40 wt% total silane). The sulfonated TPS/TEOS CCE (SS-CCE) was further evaluated in a fuel cell. Electrochemical studies showcased higher accessibility of catalyst sites and good proton conductivity compared to Nafion-containing cathodes. At 80°C and 100% relative humidity (RH), CCEs performed similarly to Nafion electrodes at low current density but suffered from mass transport limitations due to flooding at high current density. Investigation at lower %RH conditions revealed superior performance for membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) with SS-CCE cathodes compared to Nafion-based cathodes, resulting from back-diffusion of water from the cathode to the membrane. SS-CCE durability was demonstrated over multiple start-up/shut-down conditions and 300 hours of continuous load testing. Carbon corrosion and silane backbone degradation were not observed, though ECSA was reduced. Transport phenomena related to performance losses were evaluated compared to Nafion cathodes. No performance drop was observed when air was the oxidant (vs. oxygen), suggesting excellent oxygen transport capabilities for SS-CCE cathodes. Oxygen diffusivity through the catalyst layer is enhanced by the silane-based ionomer, and the major contribution to performance loss is related to pore flooding, which could be alleviated under low humidity conditions. Keywords: proton exchange membrane fuel cell, ceramic carbon electrode, electrochemistry, sulfonated organosilane, sol-gel, carbon-supported catalysts, microporous layer, relative humidity, durability, cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

  6. Thermal-stability studies of electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Jiang, Junwei

    2005-07-01

    The thermal stability of lithium-ion batteries has recently attracted attention for two major reasons. (1) Attempts to make large-size cells used in power tools, E-bikes and EVs. Large cells have lower surface area to volume ratios and hence heat dissipation is more problematic than 18650-size cells. Safety problems, therefore, for large cells are more serious. (2) Next generation high-capacity electrodes will increase the energy density of lithium-ion cells meaning even an 18650-size cell may face safety concerns. This thesis presents studies of the thermal stability of electrode materials in electrolytes to understand their reactivity. A search for new positive electrode materials with high thermal stability was made. The thermal stability of two common electrode materials (Li0.81 C6 and Li0.5CoO2) in lithium-ion cells was studied by Accelerating Rate Calorimeter (ARC). Li0.81C 6 has much lower reactivity with lithium bis(oxalato)borate (LiBOB) electrolyte compared to LiPF6 electrolyte. It is not the case, however, for Li0.5CoO2. Oven tests of full LiCoO 2/C 18650-size cells with LiBOB or LiPF6 electrolytes, confirmed the ARC results. ARC was then used to study the reactivity of existing electrode materials. The thermal stability of a negative electrode material was found to increase with the binding energy of Li atoms hosted in the material. Li0.5VO 2 (B) has a higher lithium binding energy (2.45 eV vs. Li) than Li 0.81C6 (0.1 eV vs. Li) and Li7Ti5O 12 (1.55 eV) and it shows the highest thermal stability in EC/DEC among the three materials. The reactivity of two existing positive electrode materials, LiMn2O4 and LiFePO4, was studied. Cell systems expected to be highly tolerant to thermal abuse were suggested: LiFePO 4/C or Li4Ti5O12 in LiBOB electrolytes. The system, x Li[Ni1/2Mn1/2]O2 • y LiCoO2 • z Li[Li1/3Mn2/3]O2 (x + y + z = 1), was explored for new positive electrode materials with large capacity and high thermal stability. Li[(Ni0.5Mn0.5) xCo1-x]O2 (0.4 ? x ? 0.7) samples have excellent electrochemical properties and thermal stability and are being commercialized by industry. Li[(Ni0.5Mn0.5)xCo y(Li1/3Mn2/3)z]O2 (1/12 ? y ? 1/4, 1/6 ? z ? 1/3) samples have high specific capacity (200 mA h g-1), excellent cycling performance, and are safer than LiCoO2. The materials are suggested for energy cells used in cell phones, laptops, and so on.

  7. High-freezing-point fuel studies

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    Tolle, F. F.

    1980-01-01

    Considerable progress in developing the experimental and analytical techniques needed to design airplanes to accommodate fuels with less stringent low temperature specifications is reported. A computer technique for calculating fuel temperature profiles in full tanks was developed. The computer program is being extended to include the case of partially empty tanks. Ultimately, the completed package is to be incorporated into an aircraft fuel tank thermal analyser code to permit the designer to fly various thermal exposure patterns, study fuel temperatures versus time, and determine holdup.

  8. Studying the glial cell response to biomaterials and surface topography for improving the neural electrode interface

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    Ereifej, Evon S.

    Neural electrode devices hold great promise to help people with the restoration of lost functions, however, research is lacking in the biomaterial design of a stable, long-term device. Current devices lack long term functionality, most have been found unable to record neural activity within weeks after implantation due to the development of glial scar tissue (Polikov et al., 2006; Zhong and Bellamkonda, 2008). The long-term effect of chronically implanted electrodes is the formation of a glial scar made up of reactive astrocytes and the matrix proteins they generate (Polikov et al., 2005; Seil and Webster, 2008). Scarring is initiated when a device is inserted into brain tissue and is associated with an inflammatory response. Activated astrocytes are hypertrophic, hyperplastic, have an upregulation of intermediate filaments GFAP and vimentin expression, and filament formation (Buffo et al., 2010; Gervasi et al., 2008). Current approaches towards inhibiting the initiation of glial scarring range from altering the geometry, roughness, size, shape and materials of the device (Grill et al., 2009; Kotov et al., 2009; Kotzar et al., 2002; Szarowski et al., 2003). Literature has shown that surface topography modifications can alter cell alignment, adhesion, proliferation, migration, and gene expression (Agnew et al., 1983; Cogan et al., 2005; Cogan et al., 2006; Merrill et al., 2005). Thus, the goals of the presented work are to study the cellular response to biomaterials used in neural electrode fabrication and assess surface topography effects on minimizing astrogliosis. Initially, to examine astrocyte response to various materials used in neural electrode fabrication, astrocytes were cultured on platinum, silicon, PMMA, and SU-8 surfaces, with polystyrene as the control surface. Cell proliferation, viability, morphology and gene expression was measured for seven days in vitro. Results determined the cellular characteristics, reactions and growth rates of astrocytes grown on PMMA resembled closely to that of cells grown on the control surface, thus confirming the biocompatibility of PMMA. Additionally, the astrocyte GFAP gene expressions of cells grown on PMMA were lower than the control, signifying a lack of astrocyte reactivity. Based on the findings from the biomaterials study, it was decided to optimize PMMA by changing the surface characteristic of the material. Through the process of hot embossing, nanopatterns were placed on the surface in order to test the hypothesis that nanopatterning can improve the cellular response to the material. Results of this study agreed with current literature showing that topography effects protein and cell behavior. It was concluded that for the use in neural electrode fabrication and design, the 3600mm/gratings pattern feature sizes were optimal. The 3600 mm/gratings pattern depicted cell alignment along the nanopattern, less protein adsorption, less cell adhesion, proliferation and viability, inhibition of GFAP and MAP2k1 compared to all other substrates tested. Results from the initial biomaterials study also indicated platinum was negatively affected the cells and may not be a suitable material for neural electrodes. This lead to pursuing studies with iridium oxide and platinum alloy wires for the glial scar assay. Iridium oxide advantages of lower impedance and higher charge injection capacity would appear to make iridium oxide more favorable for neural electrode fabrication. However, results of this study demonstrate iridium oxide wires exhibited a more significant reactive response as compared to platinum alloy wires. Astrocytes cultured with platinum alloy wires had less GFAP gene expression, lower average GFAP intensity, and smaller glial scar thickness. Results from the nanopatterning PMMA study prompted a more thorough investigation of the nanopatterning effects using an organotypic brain slice model. PDMS was utilized as the substrate due to its optimal physical properties. Confocal and SEM imaging illustrated cells from the brain tissue slices were aligned along the nanopatt

  9. Chemisorption and anodic oxidation of aromatic molecules on Pd electrode surfaces: studies by UHV-EC-STM 

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    Chen, Xiaole

    2006-04-12

    The chemisorption and anodic oxidation of hydroquinone (H2Q) and benzoquinone (BQ) at palladium electrode surfaces was studied by a combination of electrochemistry (EC), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), high-resolution electron...

  10. Reaction kinetics and x-ray absorption spectroscopy studies of yttrium containing metal hydride electrodes

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    Ticianelli, E.A.; Mukerjee, S.; McBreen, J.; Adzic, G.D.; Johnson, J.R.; Reilly, J.J.

    1998-12-31

    This was a study of electrode degradation mechanisms and the reaction kinetics of LaNi{sub 4.7}Sn{sub 0.3}, La{sub (1{minus}x)} Y{sub x}Ni{sub 4.7}Sn{sub 0.3} (x = 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3) and La{sub 0.7}Y{sub 0.3}Ni{sub 4.6}Sn{sub 0.3}Co{sub 0.1} metal hydride electrodes. Alloy characterization included x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray absorption (XAS), hydrogen absorption in a Sieverts apparatus, and electrochemical cycling of alloy electrodes. The atomic volume of H was determined for two of the alloys. Electrochemical kinetic measurements were made using steady state galvanostatic measurements, galvanodynamic sweep, and electrochemical impedance techniques. XAS was used to examine the degree of corrosion of the alloys with cycling. Alloying with Y decreased the corrosion rate. The results are consistent with corrosion inhibition by a Y containing passive film. The increase in the kinetics of the hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR) with increasing depth of discharge was much greater on the Y containing alloys. This may be due to the dehydriding of the catalytic species on the surface of the metal hydride particles.

  11. New epicardial mapping electrode with warming/cooling function for experimental electrophysiology studies.

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    Tormos, Alvaro; Guill, Antonio; Millet, José; Roses, Eduardo J; Trapero, Isabel; Such-Miquel, Luis; Chorro, Francisco J

    2011-06-01

    Cardiac electrical activity is influenced by temperature. In experimental models, the induction of hypothermia and/or hyperthermia has been used for the study of mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmia. A system that allows for localized, controlled induction, besides simultaneously recording electrical activity in the same induced area, needs to be developed ad hoc. This article describes the construction and application of a new system capable of locally modifying the epicardial temperature of isolated hearts and of carrying out cardiac mapping with sufficient spatial resolution. The system is based on a thermoelectric refrigerator and an array of 128 stainless steel unipolar electrodes in encapsulated epoxy of good thermal conductivity. The surface of the electrode is shaped to match the ventricular curvature. The electrode-device was tested on 7 isolated perfused rabbit hearts following the Langendorff technique. Quality recordings were obtained for the left ventricle at temperatures of 37° C, 22° C and 42° C. The effects of temperature were explored in relation to two electrophysiological parameters: the QT interval during sinus rhythm and the VV interval during ventricular fibrillation. The results indicate that this is a suitable method for creating and analyzing electrophysiological heterogeneities induced by temperature in the experimental model. PMID:21256794

  12. A statistical study of the correlation between interest points and gaze points

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    Nauge, Michael; Larabi, Mohamed-Chaker; Fernandez-Maloigne, Christine

    2012-03-01

    This study intends to measure the degree of correlation/similarity between the subjective gaze points (obtained by eye tracking experiments) and the objective interest points of several well-known detectors such as Harris and SURF. For each of the latter, we look for the best setting in term of maximization of likeness with the gaze points. For this task, the Earth Mover's Distance (EMD) is used to compare two data-sets with different cardinalities. We also used ANOVA to measure the influence of each parameter involved in the detectors' settings as well as the possible introduced bias. The conclusions of this study are related to the suitability of each detector to estimate the subjective gaze points.

  13. Study on the Realization of Zinc Point and the Zinc-Point Cell Comparison

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    Widiatmo, J. V.; Sakai, M.; Satou, K.; Yamazawa, K.; Tamba, J.; Arai, M.

    2011-01-01

    Continuing our study on aluminum, tin, and silver points, a study on the realization of the zinc point was conducted. Zinc-point cells were newly fabricated using 6N-nominal grade zinc samples, impurity elements of which were analyzed extensively based on glow-discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS). The present paper reports the temperature measurements done using the newly fabricated cells during the zinc freezing process, under which the zinc fixed point is defined, and the analysis of the freezing curve obtained. Comparisons of zinc-point temperatures realized by the newly fabricated cells (cell-to-cell comparisons) were also conducted. Zinc-point depression due to impurity elements was calculated based on the sum of individual estimates and the impurity element analysis. One of the cells evaluated was drawn out from its crucible and analyzed by GDMS at four points, namely, at around the center of the top, of the middle, of the bottom, and around the outer part of the middle area. The purpose of this cell disassembly is to see whether or not there has been some difference before and after cell fabrication, as well as difference in impurity element distribution within the ingot. From the aforementioned studies, some findings were obtained. First finding is that the homogeneity of the zinc ingot was within 30%, except for Pb, which was more concentrated in the center part. Second finding is that the cell-to-cell temperature difference changes along with the progressing solidification process. As a consequence, for an accurate cell-to-cell comparison, the locus in the freezing plateau where the comparison is done should be determined. Third finding is that the slope analysis estimates accurately the cell-to-cell comparison, and is consistent with the impurity analysis. This shows that the slope analysis gives extensive information about the effect of impurity to the zinc-point realization, especially after the cell fabrication.

  14. Theoretical and experimental study of the bending influence on the capacitance of interdigitated micro-electrodes patterned on flexible substrates

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    Molina-Lopez, F.; Briand, D.; Rooij, N. F. de; Kinkeldei, T.; Tröster, G.

    2013-11-07

    Interdigitated electrodes are common structures in the fields of microelectronics and MEMS. Recent developments in flexible electronics compel an understanding of such structures under bending constraints. In this work, the behavior of interdigitated micro-electrodes when subjected to circular bending has been theoretically and experimentally studied through changes in capacitance. An analytical model has been developed to calculate the expected variation in capacitance of such structures while undergoing outward and inward bending along the direction perpendicular to the electrodes. The model combines conformal mapping techniques to account for the electric field redistribution and fundamental aspects of solid mechanics in order to define the geometrical deformation of the electrodes while bending. To experimentally verify our theoretical predictions, several interdigitated electrode structures with different geometries were fabricated on polymeric substrates by means of photolithography. The samples, placed in a customized bending setup, were bent to controlled radii of curvature while measuring their capacitance. A maximum variation in capacitance of less than 3% was observed at a minimum radius of curvature of 2.5?mm for all the devices tested with very thin electrodes whereas changes of up to 7% were found on stiffer, plated electrodes. Larger or smaller variations would be possible, in theory, by adjusting the geometry of the device. This work establishes a useful predictive tool for the design and evaluation of truly flexible/bendable electronics consisting of interdigitated structures, allowing one to tune the bending influence on the capacitance value through geometrical design.

  15. Comprehensive Study of Microgel Electrode for On-Chip Electrophoretic Cell Sorting

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    Akihiro Hattori,; Kenji Yasuda,

    2010-06-01

    We have developed an on-chip cell sorting system and microgel electrode for applying electrostatic force in microfluidic pathways in the chip. The advantages of agarose electrodes are 1) current-driven electrostatic force generation, 2) stability against pH change and chemicals, and 3) no bubble formation caused by electrolysis. We examined the carrier ion type and concentration dependence of microgel electrode impedance, and found that CoCl2 has less than 1/10 of the impedance from NaCl, and the reduction of the impedance of NaCl gel electrode was plateaued at 0.5 M. The structure control of the microgel electrode exploiting the surface tension of sol-state agarose was also introduced. The addition of 1% (w/v) trehalose into the microgel electrode allowed the frozen storage of the microgel electrode chip. The experimental results demonstrate the potential of our system and microgel electrode for practical applications in microfluidic chips.

  16. Origins of the Human Pointing Gesture: A Training Study

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    Matthews, Danielle; Behne, Tanya; Lieven, Elena; Tomasello, Michael

    2012-01-01

    Despite its importance in the development of children's skills of social cognition and communication, very little is known about the ontogenetic origins of the pointing gesture. We report a training study in which mothers gave children one month of extra daily experience with pointing as compared with a control group who had extra experience with…

  17. Plasma meniscus and extraction electrode studies of the ISIS H{sup -} ion source

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    Lawrie, S. R.; Faircloth, D. C.; Letchford, A. P.; Gabor, C.; Pozimski, J. K.

    2010-02-15

    In order to reduce the emittance and increase the transported beam current from the ISIS Penning-type H{sup -} ion source, improvements to the extraction system are required. This ion source is currently being commissioned on the front end test stand at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, which demands higher extraction energies, higher beam currents, and smaller emittances. To facilitate this, the present geometry requires optimization. This paper details the experimental and simulation studies performed of the plasma meniscus and the possible electrode geometry modifications needed to extract the highest quality beam.

  18. Ab initio study of DNA nucleotides sandwiched between Au(111) electrodes

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    Bogdan, Diana; Bratfalean, Radu; Isai, Radu; Morari, Cristian

    2009-08-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we study the electronic properties of the four DNA nucleotides sandwiched between two Au(111) electrodes. The geometrical structure of the systems is a realistic model of the recently proposed devices for DNA sequencing. For these metal-molecule-metal systems, we calculate the total and local density of states (DOS, LDOS), and the metal-molecule charge transfers. Our results suggest that the qualitative differences between the four systems are sufficient to ensure the recognition of the DNA bases by the proposed device. Nevertheless, the full investigation of the quantitative features of the current-voltage curves is needed to decide if the practical use is possible.

  19. Design and study of the characteristics of a three electrode experimental ionization chamber for gamma ray dosimetry of spent fuel

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    Ahmad, N.; Mirza, Nasir M.; Mirza, Sikander M.; Rashid, T.; Tufail, M.; Khan, Liaquat A.

    1992-09-01

    The ( I, V) characteristics of two and three electrode ionization chamber filled with argon gas have been studied. To determine the sensitivity and the response with increase in exposure rate, the chamber was tested with a 60Co commercial irradiator. The response is linear up to more than 1.5 krad/h. The experimentally measured sensitivity of the chamber is 1.849×10 -13 A/cm 3 per rad/h when the argon gas pressure in the chamber is 1.24 GPa (180 psi). The effect of transparency of the intermediate electrod on the saturation current due to 137Cs gamma-rays has also been studied. The experimental results show that the electrode with holes of small diameter acts as a better intermediate electrode as compared to the electrodes without holes or with holes of a larger diameter. The chamber has also been teste with fission product gamma-rays from spent fuel elements of a typical pool type research reactor. The results indicate that the presence of an intermediate electrode lowers the operating voltage by 50% and reduces the slope in the plateau region.

  20. Study of electrode slice forming of bicycle dynamo hub power connector

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    Chen, Dyi-Cheng; Jao, Chih-Hsuan

    2013-12-01

    Taiwan's bicycle industry has been an international reputation as bicycle kingdom, but the problem in the world makes global warming green energy rise, the development of electrode slice of hub dynamo and power output connector to bring new hope to bike industry. In this study connector power output to gather public opinion related to patent, basis of collected documents as basis for design, structural components in least drawn to power output with simple connector. Power output of this study objectives connector hope at least cost, structure strongest, highest efficiency in output performance characteristics such as use of computer-aided drawing software Solid works to establish power output connector parts of 3D model, the overall portfolio should be considered part types including assembly ideas, weather resistance, water resistance, corrosion resistance to vibration and power flow stability. Moreover the 3D model import computer-aided finite element analysis software simulation of expected the power output of the connector parts manufacturing process. A series of simulation analyses, in which the variables relied on first stage and second stage forming, were run to examine the effective stress, effective strain, press speed, and die radial load distribution when forming electrode slice of bicycle dynamo hub.

  1. Electrochemical study of NO conversion from Fe(II)-EDTA-NO complex on Pt electrodes

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    Juzeliunas, E.; Juettner, K.

    1998-01-01

    The Fe(II)-ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)-NO complex formed by interaction of gaseous nitrous oxide (ca. 200 ppm) and Fe(II)-EDTA in aqueous solution was found to be convert3ed electrochemically on platinum electrodes at potentials below ca. {minus}0.6 V{sub SCE}, indicating the cathodic reduction of NO. In addition to the previous studies by which the indirect conversion of NO with dithionite as a redox mediator was confirmed, the present results should elucidate the possibility of the direct electrochemical conversion of NO in mediator-free solutions. To clearly separate this process from other reactions in the system, the electrochemical behavior of Fe(II)-EDTA and Fe(III)-EDTA was studied over a wide potential range at different pH values. Five electrode reactions could be identified, which include the oxidation/reduction of Fe{sup 2+}/Fe{sup 3+} in the EDTA complex, the reduction of EDTA, the reduction of protons, the cathodic deposition of iron, and the anodic decomposition of EDTA. The electrochemical deposition of iron from Fe(II)-EDTA at potentials E < {minus}1.0 V{sub SCE} was confirmed by electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance measurements and energy-dispersive x-ray analysis.

  2. Point and non-point microbial source pollution: A case study of Delhi

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    Jamwal, Priyanka; Mittal, Atul K.; Mouchel, Jean-Marie

    The present study identifies major point and non-point sources of microbial pollution during dry and wet weather in Delhi watershed which is the first prerequisite for planning and management of water quality of the river Yamuna. Fecal coliforms (FC) and fecal streptococci (FS) levels were determined from two types of sources - point source (effluent from sewage treatment plants) and non-point source (stormwater runoff during dry and wet weather). FC and FS levels in the river Yamuna were also monitored, which is an ultimate sink for all microbial loads in Delhi watershed. Effluent from sewage treatment plants (STPs) employing different treatment technologies were evaluated. FC and FS levels greater than the effluent discharge standard (1000 MPN/100 ml) were observed in the effluents from all STPs except “oxidation pond Timarpur”. This study also involved field program for characterization of urban runoff from different land-uses. Results indicated that the microbial quality of urban runoff produced during wet weather from different land-uses was similar to that of raw sewage. Sewage overflows along with human and animal sources were responsible for high FC and FS levels in the runoff samples. Wet weather FC and FS levels in river Yamuna were higher as compared to the dry weather levels suggesting that dilution of the river water during wet weather does not affect its microbiological quality. Thus on the basis of this study it was found that urban runoff also contributes to the microbial quality of the river Yamuna.

  3. Structural and electrochemical study of positive electrode materials for rechargeable lithium ion batteries

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    Jiang, Meng

    The research presented in this dissertation focuses on a combined study of the electrochemistry and the structure of positive electrode materials for Li ion batteries. Li ion batteries are one of the most advanced energy storage systems and have been the subject of numerous scientific studies in recent decades. They have been widely used for various mobile devices such as cell phones, laptop computers and power tools. They are also promising candidates as power sources for automotive applications. Although intensive research has been done to improve the performance of Li ion batteries, there are still many remaining challenges to overcome so that they can be used in a wider range of applications. In particular, cheaper and safer electrodes are required with much higher reversible capacity. The series of layered nickel manganese oxides [NixLi 1/3-2x/3Mn2/3- x/3]O2 (0 < x < 1/2) are promising alternatives for Li2CoO2, the commercial positive electrode materials in Li ion batteries, because of their lower cost and higher safety and abuse tolerance, when lithium is removed from their structure. Compounds with x<1/2, in which the total Li content is higher than transition metal content, are referred as "Li-excess" materials. The "Li2MnO3-like" region is always present in this type of materials, and the overcapacity is obtained in the first charge process, which is not reversible in the following cycles. A combined X-ray diffraction, solid state nuclear magnetic resonance and X-ray absorption spectroscopy study is performed to investigate the effect of synthetic methods on the structure, to probe the structural change of the materials during cycling and to understand the electrochemical reaction mechanism. The conversion compounds are also investigated because of their high capacities. Since the various compounds have different voltage windows, they can have potential applications as both cathodes and anodes. Solid state nuclear magnetic resonance is used to study the change in the local environment of the structure during the cycling process. Two systems are included in this work, including iron fluorides and Cu-containing materials. A comparison study has been performed on FeF3 and FeF2. Different discharge reaction mechanisms are clarified for each compound, and possible phase transitions are proposed as well. As for the Cu-containing systems, three compounds were chosen with different anions: CuS, CuO and CuF2. The reaction mechanisms are studied by 63Cu, 7Li and 19F NMR and supported by powder X-ray diffraction.

  4. Sodiation kinetics of metal oxide conversion electrodes: A comparative study with lithiation

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    He, Kai; Lin, Feng; Zhu, Yizhou; Yu, Xiqian; Li, Jing; Lin, Ruoqian; Nordlund, Dennis; Weng, Tsu Chien; Richards, Ryan M.; Yang, Xiao -Qing; Doeff, Marca M.; Stach, Eric A.; Mo, Yifei; Xin, Huolin L.; Su, Dong

    2015-08-19

    The development of sodium ion batteries (NIBs) can provide an alternative to lithium ion batteries (LIBs) for sustainable, low-cost energy storage. However, due to the larger size and higher m/e ratio of the sodium ion compared to lithium, sodiation reactions of candidate electrodes are expected to differ in significant ways from the corresponding lithium ones. In this work, we investigated the sodiation mechanism of a typical transition metal-oxide, NiO, through a set of correlated techniques, including electrochemical and synchrotron studies, real-time electron microscopy observation, and ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. We found that a crystalline Na?O reaction layer that was formed at the beginning of sodiation plays an important role in blocking the further transport of sodium ions. In addition, sodiation in NiO exhibits a “shrinking-core” mode that results from a layer-by-layer reaction, as identified by ab initio MD simulations. For lithiation, however, the formation of Li anti-site defects significantly distorts the local NiO lattice that facilitates Li insertion, thus enhancing the overall reaction rate. These observations delineate the mechanistic difference between sodiation and lithiation in metal-oxide conversion materials. More importantly, our findings identify the importance of understanding the role of reaction layers on the functioning of electrodes and thus provide critical insights into further optimizing NIB materials through surface engineering.

  5. An impedimetric study of DNA hybridization on paper-supported inkjet-printed gold electrodes

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    Ihalainen, Petri; Pettersson, Fredrik; Pesonen, Markus; Viitala, Tapani; Määttänen, Anni; Österbacka, Ronald; Peltonen, Jouko

    2014-03-01

    In this study, two different supramolecular recognition architectures for impedimetric detection of DNA hybridization have been formed on disposable paper-supported inkjet-printed gold electrodes. The gold electrodes were fabricated using a gold nanoparticle based ink. The first recognition architecture consists of subsequent layers of biotinylated self-assembly monolayer (SAM), streptavidin and biotinylated DNA probe. The other recognition architecture is constructed by immobilization of thiol-functionalized DNA probe (HS-DNA) and subsequent backfill with 11-mercapto-1-undecanol (MUOH) SAM. The binding capacity and selectivity of the recognition architectures were examined by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) measurements. SPR results showed that the HS-DNA/MUOH system had a higher binding capacity for the complementary DNA target. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements showed that the hybridization can be detected with impedimetric spectroscopy in picomol range for both systems. EIS signal indicated a good selectivity for both recognition architectures, whereas SPR showed very high unspecific binding for the HS-DNA/MUOH system. The factors affecting the impedance signal were interpreted in terms of the complexity of the supramolecular architecture. The more complex architecture acts as a less ideal capacitive sensor and the impedance signal is dominated by the resistive elements.

  6. Sodiation kinetics of metal oxide conversion electrodes: A comparative study with lithiation

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    He, Kai; Lin, Feng; Zhu, Yizhou; Yu, Xiqian; Li, Jing; Lin, Ruoqian; Nordlund, Dennis; Weng, Tsu Chien; Richards, Ryan M.; Yang, Xiao -Qing; et al

    2015-08-19

    The development of sodium ion batteries (NIBs) can provide an alternative to lithium ion batteries (LIBs) for sustainable, low-cost energy storage. However, due to the larger size and higher m/e ratio of the sodium ion compared to lithium, sodiation reactions of candidate electrodes are expected to differ in significant ways from the corresponding lithium ones. In this work, we investigated the sodiation mechanism of a typical transition metal-oxide, NiO, through a set of correlated techniques, including electrochemical and synchrotron studies, real-time electron microscopy observation, and ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. We found that a crystalline Na?O reaction layer thatmore »was formed at the beginning of sodiation plays an important role in blocking the further transport of sodium ions. In addition, sodiation in NiO exhibits a “shrinking-core” mode that results from a layer-by-layer reaction, as identified by ab initio MD simulations. For lithiation, however, the formation of Li anti-site defects significantly distorts the local NiO lattice that facilitates Li insertion, thus enhancing the overall reaction rate. These observations delineate the mechanistic difference between sodiation and lithiation in metal-oxide conversion materials. More importantly, our findings identify the importance of understanding the role of reaction layers on the functioning of electrodes and thus provide critical insights into further optimizing NIB materials through surface engineering.« less

  7. Sodiation Kinetics of Metal Oxide Conversion Electrodes: A Comparative Study with Lithiation.

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    He, Kai; Lin, Feng; Zhu, Yizhou; Yu, Xiqian; Li, Jing; Lin, Ruoqian; Nordlund, Dennis; Weng, Tsu-Chien; Richards, Ryan M; Yang, Xiao-Qing; Doeff, Marca M; Stach, Eric A; Mo, Yifei; Xin, Huolin L; Su, Dong

    2015-09-01

    The development of sodium ion batteries (NIBs) can provide an alternative to lithium ion batteries (LIBs) for sustainable, low-cost energy storage. However, due to the larger size and higher m/e ratio of the sodium ion compared to lithium, sodiation reactions of candidate electrodes are expected to differ in significant ways from the corresponding lithium ones. In this work, we investigated the sodiation mechanism of a typical transition metal-oxide, NiO, through a set of correlated techniques, including electrochemical and synchrotron studies, real-time electron microscopy observation, and ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. We found that a crystalline Na2O reaction layer that was formed at the beginning of sodiation plays an important role in blocking the further transport of sodium ions. In addition, sodiation in NiO exhibits a "shrinking-core" mode that results from a layer-by-layer reaction, as identified by ab initio MD simulations. For lithiation, however, the formation of Li antisite defects significantly distorts the local NiO lattice that facilitates Li insertion, thus enhancing the overall reaction rate. These observations delineate the mechanistic difference between sodiation and lithiation in metal-oxide conversion materials. More importantly, our findings identify the importance of understanding the role of reaction layers on the functioning of electrodes and thus provide critical insights into further optimizing NIB materials through surface engineering. PMID:26288360

  8. Experimental Study of Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) Coated Electrodes for Pulsed High Gradient Electron Gun

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    Paraliev, M; Ivkovic, S; Le Pimpec, F

    2010-01-01

    For the SwissFEL Free Electron Laser project at the Paul Scherrer Institute, a pulsed High Gradient (HG) electron gun was used to study low emittance electron sources. Different metals and surface treatments for the cathode and anode were studied for their HG suitability. Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coatings are found to perform exceptionally well for vacuum gap insulation. A set of DLC coated electrodes with different coating parameters were tested for both vacuum breakdown and photo electron emission. Surface electric fields over 250MV/m (350 - 400kV, pulsed) were achieved without breakdown. From the same surface, it was possible to photo-emit an electron beam at gradients up to 150MV/m. The test setup and the experimental results are presented

  9. A study of TiO2/carbon black composition as counter electrode materials for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    2013-01-01

    This study describes a systematic approach of TiO2/carbon black nanoparticles with respect to the loading amount in order to optimize the catalytic ability of triiodide reduction for dye-sensitized solar cells. In particular, the cell using an optimized TiO2 and carbon black electrode presents an energy conversion efficiency of 7.4% with a 5:1 ratio of a 40-nm TiO2 to carbon black. Based on the electrochemical analysis, the charge-transfer resistance of the carbon counter electrode changed based on the carbon black powder content. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry study show lower resistance compared to the Pt counter electrode. The obtained nanostructures and photo electrochemical study were characterized. PMID:23672498

  10. The acetabular point: a morphological and ontogenetic study

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    RISSECH, C.; SAÑUDO, J. R.; MALGOSA, A.

    2001-01-01

    The acetabular point was analysed by studying human pelvic bones from 326 individuals ranging from newborns to age 97 y. The bones were categorised into 3 groups according to the degree of fusion for the 3 elements of the pelvis: nonfused (59), semifused (5) and fused (262). The acetabular point in immature pelvic bones is clearly represented by the point of the fusion lines for each bony element at the level of the acetabular fossa. In adult pelvic bones the acetabular fossa has an irregular clover-leaf shape, the superior lobe being smaller than the anterior and posterior lobes. Cross-sectional analysis of acetabular morphology suggested that the acetabular point in adult pelvic bones is always represented by the indentation between the superior and the anterior lobes of the acetabular fossa. PMID:11465866

  11. Preparation of polymer-modified electrodes: A literature and experimental study

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    Jayanta, P.S.; Ishida, Takanobu

    1991-05-01

    A literature review is presented on the field of polymer modified electrodes which can be electrochemically generated. It is suggested that a possible application of these polymer modified electrodes is as a regeneratable catalysis packing material for use in couter-current exchange columns. Secondly, there is a presentation of experimental results dealing with possible electrode modification using difluoro- and dimethyl- phenols and fluorinated derivatives of styrene, benzoquinone and hydroquinone. It appears that dimethylphenol shows the most potential of the monomers experimentally tested in providing a stable polymer modified electrode surface. 170 refs., 31 figs., 1 tab.

  12. AMTEC system performance studies using the detailed electrode kinetic and transport model

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    Sievers, Robert K.; Williams, Roger M.; Underwood, Mark L.; Jeffries-Nakamura, Barbara; Bankston, C. P.

    1992-01-01

    A detailed electrochemical model of the alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC) electrode and current collector grid has been developed recently. Comparative evaluations of the resulting differences in model predictions reveal that the new detailed model predicts up to 50 percent higher electrode power densities at condenser operating temperatures above 600 K. The new model, with experimentally determined parameters, was used to recalculate the projected system performance of previously reported 1- and 100-kWe AMTEC space power systems that had incorporated earlier electrolyte/electrode models. It was found that when the detailed model was used to determine the electrode power densities, enhanced specific power and efficiencies are predicted.

  13. AMTEC system performance studies using the detailed electrode kinetic and transport model

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    Sievers, Robert K.; Williams, Roger M.; Underwood, Mark L.; Jeffries-Nakamura, Barbara; Bankston, C. P.

    A detailed electrochemical model of the alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC) electrode and current collector grid has been developed recently. Comparative evaluations of the resulting differences in model predictions reveal that the new detailed model predicts up to 50 percent higher electrode power densities at condenser operating temperatures above 600 K. The new model, with experimentally determined parameters, was used to recalculate the projected system performance of previously reported 1- and 100-kWe AMTEC space power systems that had incorporated earlier electrolyte/electrode models. It was found that when the detailed model was used to determine the electrode power densities, enhanced specific power and efficiencies are predicted.

  14. Virtual electrodes for high-density electrode arrays

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    Cela, Carlos J.; Lazzi, Gianluca

    2015-10-13

    The present embodiments are directed to implantable electrode arrays having virtual electrodes. The virtual electrodes may improve the resolution of the implantable electrode array without the burden of corresponding complexity of electronic circuitry and wiring. In a particular embodiment, a virtual electrode may include one or more passive elements to help steer current to a specific location between the active electrodes. For example, a passive element may be a metalized layer on a substrate that is adjacent to, but not directly connected to an active electrode. In certain embodiments, an active electrode may be directly coupled to a power source via a conductive connection. Beneficially, the passive elements may help to increase the overall resolution of the implantable array by providing additional stimulation points without requiring additional wiring or driver circuitry for the passive elements.

  15. Point-to-point connectivity, an abstract concept or a key issue for risk assessment studies?

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    Trinchero, Paolo; Sánchez-Vila, Xavier; Fernàndez-Garcia, Daniel

    2008-12-01

    Connectivity of high/low-permeability areas has been recognized to significantly impact groundwater flow and solute transport. The task of defining a rigorous quantitative measure of connectivity for continuous variables has failed so far, and thus there exist a suite of connectivity indicators which are dependent on the specific hydrodynamic processes and the interpretation method. Amongst the many existing indicators, we concentrate on those characterizing connectivity between the points involved in a hydraulic or tracer test. The flow connectivity indicator used here is based on the time elapsed for hydraulic response in a pumping test (e.g., the storage coefficient estimated by the Cooper-Jacob method, S). Regarding transport, we select the estimated porosity from the breakthrough curve (?). According to Knudby and Carrera [Knudby C, Carrera J. On the relationship between indicators of geostatistical, flow and transport connectivity. Adv Water Resour 2005;28(4):405-21] these two indicators measure connectivity differently, and are poorly correlated. Here, we use perturbation theory to analytically investigate the intrinsic relationship between S and ?. We find that ? can be expressed as a weighted line integral along the particle trajectory involving two parameters: the transmissivity point values, T, and the estimated values of S along the particle path. The weighting function is linear with the distance from the pumping well, thus the influence of the weighting function is maximum at the injection area, whereas the hydraulic information close to the pumping well becomes redundant (null weight). The relative importance of these two factors is explored using numerical simulations in a given synthetic aquifer and tested against intermediate-scale laboratory tracer experiments. We conclude that the degree of connectivity between two points of an aquifer (point-to-point connectivity) is a key issue for risk assessment studies aimed at predicting the travel time of a potential contaminant.

  16. Point-to-point connectivity, an abstract concept or a key issue for risk assessment studies?

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    Sanchez-Vila, X.; Trinchero, P.; Fernàndez-Garcia, D.

    2009-04-01

    Connectivity of high/low permeability areas has been recognized to significantly impact groundwater flow and solute transport. The task of defining a rigorous quantitative measure of connectivity for continuous variables has failed so far, and thus there exist a suite of connectivity indicators which are dependent on the specific hydrodynamic processes and the interpretation method. Amongst the many existing indicators, we concentrate on those characterizing connectivity between the points involved in a hydraulic or tracer test. The flow connectivity indicator used here is based on the time elapsed for hydraulic response in a pumping test (e.g., the storage coefficient estimated by the Cooper-Jacob method, S_est). Regarding transport, we select the estimated porosity from the breakthrough curve (m_est). According to Knudby and Carrera (2005) these two indicators measure connectivity differently, and are poorly correlated. Here, we use perturbation theory to analytically investigate the intrinsic relationship between S_est and m_est. We find that m_est can be expressed as a weighted line integral along the particle trajectory involving two parameters: the transmissivity point values, T, and the estimated values of Sest along the particle path. The weighting function is linear with the distance from the pumping well, thus the influence of the weighting function is maximum at the injection area, whereas the hydraulic information close to the pumping well becomes redundant (null weight). The relative importance of these two factors is explored using numerical simulations in a given synthetic aquifer and tested against intermediate-scale laboratory tracer experiments. We conclude that the degree of connectivity between two points of an aquifer (point-to-point connectivity) is a key issue for risk assessment studies aimed at predicting the travel time of a potential contaminant.

  17. Numerical Studies of Electrode Plasma Formation and Expansion in High Power Charged Particle Beam Diodes

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    Rittersdorf, I. M.; Swanekamp, S. B.; Richardson, A. S.; Allen, R. J.; Schumer, J. W.

    2014-10-01

    High-power diodes that generate intense electron beams are useful in many applications, such as producing x-rays for flash radiography and nuclear weapon effects simulations. Desorption and ionization of gases from electrodes can form a plasma during operation. Expansion of this plasma into the gap leads to a short circuit, which limits the radiation production. It is difficult for particle-in-cell codes to model the surface physics or the subsequent expansion of the plasma. NRL is beginning a multi-year research effort to study such plasmas. This paper will summarize the relevant literature on plasma formation in high-power diodes with a goal of developing dynamic models that describe the formation and expansion of these plasmas that are suitable for PIC codes. This work was supported by the NRL Basic and Applied Research Program.

  18. Studies of localized corrosion in welded aluminum alloys by the scanning reference electrode technique

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    Danford, M. D.; Nunes, A. C.

    1995-01-01

    Localized corrosion in welded samples of 2219-T87 Al alloy (2319 filler), 2090 Al-Li alloy (4043 and 2319 fillers), and 2195 Al-Li alloy (4043 and 2319 fillers) has been investigated using the relatively new scanning reference electrode technique. The weld beads are cathodic in all cases, leading to reduced anode/cathode ratios. A reduction in anode/cathode ratio leads to an increase in the corrosion rates of the welded metals, in agreement with results obtained in previous electrochemical and stress corrosion studies involving the overall corrosion rates of welded samples. The cathodic weld beads are bordered on both sides by strong anodic regions, with high propensity for corrosion.

  19. Electrochemical properties of titanium nitride nerve stimulation electrodes: an in vitro and in vivo study

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    Meijs, Suzan; Fjorback, Morten; Jensen, Carina; Sørensen, Søren; Rechendorff, Kristian; Rijkhoff, Nico J. M.

    2015-01-01

    The in vivo electrochemical behavior of titanium nitride (TiN) nerve stimulation electrodes was compared to their in vitro behavior for a period of 90 days. Ten electrodes were implanted in two Göttingen minipigs. Four of these were used for electrical stimulation and electrochemical measurements. Five electrodes were kept in Ringer's solution at 37.5°C, of which four were used for electrical stimulation and electrochemical measurements. The voltage transients measured in vivo were 13 times greater than in vitro at implantation and they continued to increase with time. The electrochemical properties in vivo and the tissue resistance (Rtissue) followed a similar trend with time. There was no consistent significant difference between the electrochemical properties of the in vivo and in vitro electrodes after the implanted period. The differences between the in vivo and in vitro electrodes during the implanted period show that the evaluation of electrochemical performance of implantable stimulation electrodes cannot be substituted with in vitro measurements. After the implanted period, however, the performance of the in vivo and in vitro electrodes in saline was similar. In addition, the changes observed over time during the post-implantation period regarding the electrochemical properties of the in vivo electrodes and Rtissue were similar, which indicates that these changes are due to the foreign body response to implantation. PMID:26300717

  20. Sulfate adsorption on a Au(111) electrode studied by AES, CEELS, LEED and cyclic voltammetry

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    Mrozek, P.; Han, M.; Sung, Y.-E.; Wieckowski, A.

    1994-11-01

    We have studied interactions of sulfate anions with a Au(111) electrode using Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), low energy electron diffraction (LEED), core electron energy loss spectroscopy ( CEELS ), and electrochemistry, and have employed a nonstandard method of quantitative analysis by AES in which the anion coverage is determined using a thick Na 2SO 4 film as a reference. A favorable comparison of surface coverage results obtained in this manner with the radiochemical, in situ, data shows that the sulfate adsorbate formed in solution does not desorb upon exposure to ultra-high vacuum (UHV). Since the AES ratio of oxygen-to-sulfur in the sulfate adlattice is 4, and the S(LMM) Auger electron transitions and S(L 2, 3) core electron energy loss spectra show a characteristic S 6+ surface valency, our results indicate that no decomposition, e.g., dehydration, of the anion occurs in UHV. In a narrow potential range around E = 1.12 V on the potential scale in use, the adsorbate forms an ordered Au(111)( 3× 3) R30° adlattice that gives rise to a clear, but diffuse LEED pattern. This structure is discussed vis-á-vis recent scanning tunneling microscopy results with the same Au(111)/solution interface. In addition to the structural considerations, our companion spectroscopic analyses suggest that surface gold electrons participate in the anion chemisorption. Namely, below 1.12 V, the down-shift in the core electron loss energy is indicative of increasing electron density on sulfur with increasing sulfate-surface bonding via a back-donation into empty electronic orbitals. Above 1.12 V, the electron loss spectra are dominated by the final state effect induced by the decrease in the number of sulfate oxygen atoms that coordinate the electrode surface.

  1. Multifactorial comparative study of spatial point pattern analysis methods.

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    Wallet, F; Dussert, C

    1997-08-01

    A way of studying cooperative behaviour of biological entities (proteins, cells, etc.) is by using topographical analysis: the quantification of the spatial patterns formed by the entities considered as points. Five methods of topographical analysis were compared in terms of discriminant power, stability of parameters, methodological bias and algorithms. We tested five methods (nearest neighbour distribution, radial distribution, Voronoï paving, quadrat count, minimal spanning tree graph) which generated nine parameters on four simulated models (random point process, hardcore model and two cluster models) and on experimental cellular models. The method which offers the best discrimination power and stability seems to be the minimal spanning tree graph edge length distribution. PMID:9245582

  2. Study of Interdigitated Electrode Arrays Using Experiments and Finite Element Models for the Evaluation of Sterilization Processes.

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    Oberländer, Jan; Jildeh, Zaid B; Kirchner, Patrick; Wendeler, Luisa; Bromm, Alexander; Iken, Heiko; Wagner, Patrick; Keusgen, Michael; Schöning, Michael J

    2015-01-01

    In this work, a sensor to evaluate sterilization processes with hydrogen peroxide vapor has been characterized. Experimental, analytical and numerical methods were applied to evaluate and study the sensor behavior. The sensor set-up is based on planar interdigitated electrodes. The interdigitated electrode structure consists of 614 electrode fingers spanning over a total sensing area of 20 mm². Sensor measurements were conducted with and without microbiological spores as well as after an industrial sterilization protocol. The measurements were verified using an analytical expression based on a first-order elliptical integral. A model based on the finite element method with periodic boundary conditions in two dimensions was developed and utilized to validate the experimental findings. PMID:26473883

  3. Study of Interdigitated Electrode Arrays Using Experiments and Finite Element Models for the Evaluation of Sterilization Processes

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    Oberländer, Jan; Jildeh, Zaid B.; Kirchner, Patrick; Wendeler, Luisa; Bromm, Alexander; Iken, Heiko; Wagner, Patrick; Keusgen, Michael; Schöning, Michael J.

    2015-01-01

    In this work, a sensor to evaluate sterilization processes with hydrogen peroxide vapor has been characterized. Experimental, analytical and numerical methods were applied to evaluate and study the sensor behavior. The sensor set-up is based on planar interdigitated electrodes. The interdigitated electrode structure consists of 614 electrode fingers spanning over a total sensing area of 20 mm2. Sensor measurements were conducted with and without microbiological spores as well as after an industrial sterilization protocol. The measurements were verified using an analytical expression based on a first-order elliptical integral. A model based on the finite element method with periodic boundary conditions in two dimensions was developed and utilized to validate the experimental findings. PMID:26473883

  4. Electrode compositions

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    Block, J.; Fan, X.

    1998-10-27

    An electrode composition is described for use as an electrode in a non-aqueous battery system. The electrode composition contains an electrically active powder in a solid polymer and, as a dispersant, a C{sub 8}-C{sub 15} alkyl capped oligomer of a hexanoic acid that is electrochemically inert at 2.5--4.5 volts.

  5. Electrode compositions

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    Block, Jacob (Rockville, MD); Fan, Xiyun (Orange, TX)

    1998-01-01

    An electrode composition for use as an electrode in a non-aqueous battery system. The electrode composition contains an electrically active powder in a solid polymer and, as a dispersant, a C.sub.8 -C.sub.15 alkyl capped oligomer of a hexanoic acid that is electrochemically inert at 2.5-4.5 volts.

  6. Do we activate specifically somatosensory thin fibres with the concentric planar electrode? A scalp and intracranial EEG study.

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    Perchet, Caroline; Frot, Maud; Charmarty, Audran; Flores, Cecilia; Mazza, Stephanie; Magnin, Michel; Garcia-Larrea, Luis

    2012-06-01

    Laser-evoked potentials (LEPs) are acknowledged as the most reliable laboratory tool for assessing thermal and pain pathways. Electrical stimulation with a newly developed planar concentric electrode, delivering stimuli limited to the superficial skin layers, has been suggested to provide selective activation of A? fibres without the inconveniences linked to laser stimulation. The aim of our study was to compare the scalp and intracranial responses to planar concentric electrode stimulation (CE-SEPs) with those of LEPs and standard somatosensory-evoked potentials (SEPs). Sixteen healthy subjects, 6 patients with intracortical electrodes, and 2 patients with selective lesions of the spinothalamic pathway were submitted to Neodymium:Yttrium-Aluminium-Perovskite laser stimulations, and electrical stimulations using standard electrodes or planar concentric electrodes (CE). In both healthy controls and epileptic implanted patients, CE- and standard SEPs showed significantly shorter latencies than LEPs. This is consistent with A?-fibre activation, peripheral activation time being unable to account for longer LEP latencies. In the patients with spinothalamic lesions, LEPs were absent after stimulation of the affected territory, while CE-SEPs were still present. For these 2 reasons, we conclude that the planar CE does not selectively activate the A? and C fibers, but coexcites a significant proportion of large myelinated A? fibres that dominate the ensuing cortical response. The use of CE-SEPs for the detection of spinothalamic system lesions is therefore not warranted; the planar electrode can, however, represent a useful tool to study nociceptive reflexes, which can be reliably elicited even in the presence of A? coactivation. PMID:22497800

  7. Comparative study of carbon free and carbon containing Li4Ti5O12 electrodes

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    Pohjalainen, Elina; Kallioinen, Jani; Kallio, Tanja

    2015-04-01

    Traditionally electrodes for lithium ion batteries are manufactured using carbon additives to increase the conductivity. However, in case of lithium titanate, Li4Ti5O12 (LTO), carbon free electrodes have gathered some interest lately. Therefore two LTO materials synthesized using the same synthesis but different end milling process resulting in materials with different particle size and surface area are compared here using electrodes manufactured with and without carbon additives. Both LTO samples (LTO-SP with small primary particle size and high surface area, and LTO-LP with larger primary particle size and small surface area) produce similar capacities and voltages with or without carbon additives at low C-rates at the room temperature. However, at high C-rates and/or sub-zero temperatures electrodes with carbon additives produce higher capacities and smaller ohmic losses and this behavior is more pronounced for the LTO electrodes with smaller primary particle size and larger surface area. These results show that the feasibility of carbon free LTO electrodes depends on the properties of LTO affecting the morphology of the electrode and consequently, the transport properties. This is most pronounced under conditions where electron and Li+ ion transfer become limiting (high C-rates and low temperature).

  8. Electrochemical and morphological study of the effect of temperature on the restructuring and loss of capacity of alkaline battery electrodes. Final report

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    Macdonald, D.D.; Pound, B.G.; Lenhart, S.J.

    1984-11-01

    The degradation processes occurring within porous nickel battery electrodes were investigated during charge/discharge cycling at temperatures in the range 0 to 100/sup 0/C. The ac impedance of two types of porous nickel electrodes (sintered electrodes and rolled and bonded electrodes) in a 8 m KOH solution was measured, and the data were analyzed in terms of a transmission line model (TLM). In addition, cyclic voltammetry was used to study the characteristics of the oxygen evolution reaction on nickel electrodes during charging. Impedance data of planar, non-porous electrodes were obtained over a range of potentials and temperatures in order to provide an equivalent circuit to model the pore-wall and backing-plate interfacial impedance components in the TLM. Parameters in the TLM were curve-fitted to experimental impedance data obtained for porous electrodes at different stages of cycling. Changes in these parameters with cycling time for rolled and bonded electrodes were consistent with experimental observations, and could be attributed to various degradation processes. The principal changes found to occur with increasing cycle number were that the average pore effective length decreases and the average solid-phase resistivity increases. The impedance data for sintered electrodes do not change during galvanostatic cycling and failures occur abruptly after a relatively large number of cycles. Consequently, the TLM provides little insight into cycle-dependent degradation phenomena on sintered electrodes.

  9. Nanostructured electrodes for organic bulk heterojunction solar cells: Model study using carbon nanotube dispersed polythiophene-fullerene

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    in the bulk hetero- junction solar cell architecture has increased the power con- version efficiency solar cells to improve their photovoltaic performance by enhancing their charge collection efficiencyNanostructured electrodes for organic bulk heterojunction solar cells: Model study using carbon

  10. Numerical study of the cathode electrode in the Microfluidic Fuel Cell using agglomerate model

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    Moein-Jahromi, M.; Movahed, S.; Kermani, M. J.

    2015-03-01

    Simulation of the cathode electrode of a Microfluidic Fuel Cell (hereafter MFC) is performed with focus on the electrochemical reaction. Oxygen transport phenomena are modeled from the microchannel inlet to the reaction sites surface (on the platinum particles) in the catalyst layer. The dissolved oxygen in sulfuric acid and the formic acid are considered as the oxidant and the fuel, respectively. The cathode catalyst layer is modeled using the agglomerate model versus the homogenous model which is incapable of predicting concentration loss at high current densities. The results are validated versus the experiments of Choban et al. published in 2004. A set of parametric study is performed to investigate the influence of operating and structural parameters on the cell performance; at the end, a sensitivity analysis is implemented to rank the studied parameters with rank 1 for the most influential parameters. The results indicate that oxygen concentration at the inlet of microchannel within the range 0.1 M-0.7 M is the most influential parameter, and the cell performance can enhance by 2.615 W m-2 at the studied range. The results could be used by the microfluidic fuel cell manufacturers to overcome the current drawbacks of the MFCs.

  11. STUDIES ON TWO CLASSES OF POSITIVE ELECTRODE MATERIALS FOR LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES

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    Wilcox, James D.

    2010-01-01

    4) Lithium Battery Cathode. Electrochemical and Solid-StateBattery Electrodes Utilizing Fibrous Conductive Additives. Electrochemical and Solid-Statesolid state, these effects can become limiting in some systems. 1.3 Battery

  12. Electrochemical study of uranium cations in LiCl-KCl melt using a rotating disk electrode

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    Bae, Sang-Eun; Kim, Dae-Hyun; Kim, Jong-Yoon; Park, Tae-Hong; Cho, Young Hwan; Yeon, Jei-Won; Song, Kyuseok

    2013-07-01

    A rotating disk electrode (RDE) measurement technique was employed to investigate the electrochemical REDOX reactions of actinide (An) and lanthanide (Ln) ions in LiCl-KCl molten salt. By using RDE, it is possible to access more exact values of the diffusion coefficient, Tafel slope, and exchange current density. In this work, we constructed RDE setup and electrodes for RDE measurements in high temperature molten salt and measured the electrochemical parameters of the An and Ln ions. The RDE setup is composed of a Pine model MSRX rotator equipped with a rod type of W electrode. The active electrode area was confined to the planar part of the W rod by making meniscus at the LiCl-KCl melt surface.

  13. Electron transfer at the contact between Al electrode and gold nanoparticles of polymer: Nanoparticle resistive switching devices studied by alternating current impedance spectroscopy

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    Ouyang, Jianyong

    2013-12-02

    Electron transfer at the contact between an Al electrode and Au nanoparticles of polymer:nanoparticle devices is studied by ac impedance spectroscopy. The devices have a polystyrene layer embedded with Au nanoparticles capped with conjugated 2-naphthalenethiol sandwiched between Al and MoO{sub 3}/Al electrodes, and they exhibit electrode-sensitive resistive switches. The devices in the pristine or high resistance state have high capacitance. The capacitance decreases after the devices switch to a low resistance state by a voltage scan. The change in the capacitance is attributed to the voltage-induced change on the electronic structure of the contact between the Al electrode and Au nanoparticles.

  14. Solid state NMR and pair distribution function studies of silicon electrodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Key, Baris

    The universally used negative electrode material in a LIB is carbon, because of its moderate capacity (372 mAhg-1 for graphite), cyclability and high rate capability. However, new, low cost, safe electrode materials with higher capacities are still urgently required for both portable and transportation applications. Silicon anodes are particularly attractive alternatives to carbon with extremely high gravimetric energy densities (3572 mAhg-1). Compared to graphite, silicon has a massive volumetric capacity of 8322 mAhcm-3 (calculated based on the original volume of silicon) which is approximately ten times that graphite. At room temperature, upon electrochemical lithiation, silicon undergoes a crystalline to amorphous phase transition forming a lithiated amorphous silicide phase. Unfortunately, due to the amorphous nature of the lithiated silicides, it is not possible to monitor all the structural changes that occur during lithium insertion/removal with conventional methods such as diffraction. The short range order of the amorphous materials remains unknown, preventing attempts to optimize performance based on electrochemical-structure correlations. In this work, a combination of local structure probes, ex-situ 7Li nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies and pair distribution function (PDF) analysis of X-ray data was applied to investigate the changes in short range order that occur during the initial charge and discharge cycles. The distinct electrochemical profiles observed subsequent to the 1 st discharge have been shown to be associated with the formation of distinct amorphous lithiated silicide structures. A (de)lithiation model consisting of four different mechanisms, each being valid for regions of the charge or discharge process is proposed to explain the hysteresis and the steps in the electrochemical profile observed during lithiation and delithiation of Si. A spontaneous reaction of the fully lithiated lithium silicide with the electrolyte is directly observed in the in situ NMR experiments; this mechanism results in self-discharge, and potentially capacity loss. The rate of this self-discharge process is much slower when CMC (carboxymethylcellulose) is used as the binder. Previous work has shown that the electrochemical performance of nanoparticulate crystalline silicon is different from the bulk. The lithiation and delithiation mechanisms of nano-Si for lithium ion batteries are studied by using ex-situ solid state MAS NMR and PDF analysis. The main differences vs. bulk lithiation and delithiation are identified by characterizing the amorphous phases formed.

  15. Impedance spectroscopy study of a catechol-modified activated carbon electrode as active material in electrochemical capacitor

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    Cougnon, C.; Lebègue, E.; Pognon, G.

    2015-01-01

    Modified activated carbon (Norit S-50) electrodes with electrochemical double layer (EDL) capacitance and redox capacitance contributions to the electric charge storage were tested in 1 M H2SO4 to quantify the benefit and the limitation of the surface redox reactions on the electrochemical performances of the resulting pseudo-capacitive materials. The electrochemical performances of an electrochemically anodized carbon electrode and a catechol-modified carbon electrode, which make use both EDL capacitance of the porous structure of the carbon and redox capacitance, were compared to the performances obtained for the pristine carbon. Nitrogen gas adsorption measurements have been used for studying the impact of the grafting on the BET surface area, pore size distribution, pore volume and average pore diameter. The electrochemical behavior of carbon materials was studied by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The EIS data were discussed by using a complex capacitance model that allows defining the characteristic time constant, the global capacitance and the frequency at which the maximum charge stored is reached. The EIS measurements were achieved at different dc potential values where a redox activity occurs and the evolution of the capacitance and the capacitive relaxation time with the electrode potential are presented. Realistic galvanostatic charge/discharge measurements performed at different current rates corroborate the results obtained by impedance.

  16. A semi-analytical study of positive corona discharge in wire-plane electrode configuration

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    Yanallah, K.; Pontiga, F.; Chen, J. H.

    2013-08-01

    Wire-to-plane positive corona discharge in air has been studied using an analytical model of two species (electrons and positive ions). The spatial distributions of electric field and charged species are obtained by integrating Gauss's law and the continuity equations of species along the Laplacian field lines. The experimental values of corona current intensity and applied voltage, together with Warburg's law, have been used to formulate the boundary condition for the electron density on the corona wire. To test the accuracy of the model, the approximate electric field distribution has been compared with the exact numerical solution obtained from a finite element analysis. A parametrical study of wire-to-plane corona discharge has then been undertaken using the approximate semi-analytical solutions. Thus, the spatial distributions of electric field and charged particles have been computed for different values of the gas pressure, wire radius and electrode separation. Also, the two dimensional distribution of ozone density has been obtained using a simplified plasma chemistry model. The approximate semi-analytical solutions can be evaluated in a negligible computational time, yet provide precise estimates of corona discharge variables.

  17. A Printed Superoxide Dismutase Coated Electrode for the Study of Macrophage Oxidative Burst

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    Hiatt, Leslie A.; McKenzie, Jennifer R.; Deravi, Leila F.; Harry, Reese S.; Wright, David W.; Cliffel, David E.

    2012-01-01

    The miniaturization of electrochemical sensors allows for the minimally invasive and cost effective examination of cellular responses at a high efficacy rate. In this work, an ink-jet printed superoxide dismutase electrode was designed, characterized, and utilized as a novel microfluidic device to examine the metabolic response of a 2D layer of macrophage cells. Since superoxide production is one of the first indicators of oxidative burst, macrophage cells were exposed within the microfluidic device to phorbol myristate acetate (PMA), a known promoter of oxidative burst, and the production of superoxide was measured. A 46 ± 19% increase in current was measured over a 30 min time period demonstrating successful detection of sustained macrophage oxidative burst, which corresponds to an increase in the superoxide production rate by 9 ± 3 attomoles/cell/sec. Linear sweep voltammetry was utilized to show the selectivity of this sensor for superoxide over hydrogen peroxide. This novel controllable microfluidic system can be used to study the impact of multiple effectors from a large number of bacteria or other invaders along a 2D layer of macrophages, providing an in vitro platform for improved electrochemical studies of metabolic responses. PMID:22257735

  18. Conversion Reaction Mechanisms in Lithium Ion Batteries: Study of the Binary Metal Fluoride Electrodes

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    Wang, Feng; Robert, Rosa; Chernova, Natasha A.; Pereira, Nathalie; Omenya, Fredrick; Badway, Fadwa; Hua, Xiao; Ruotolo, Michael; Zhang, Ruigang; Wu, Lijun; Volkov, Vyacheslav; Su, Dong; Key, Baris; Whittingham, M. Stanley; Grey, Clare P.; Amatucci, Glenn G.; Zhu, Yimei; Graetz, Jason

    2015-10-15

    Materials that undergo a conversion reaction with lithium (e.g., metal fluorides MF{sub 2}: M = Fe, Cu, ...) often accommodate more than one Li atom per transition-metal cation, and are promising candidates for high-capacity cathodes for lithium ion batteries. However, little is known about the mechanisms involved in the conversion process, the origins of the large polarization during electrochemical cycling, and why some materials are reversible (e.g., FeF{sub 2}) while others are not (e.g., CuF{sub 2}). In this study, we investigated the conversion reaction of binary metal fluorides, FeF{sub 2} and CuF{sub 2}, using a series of local and bulk probes to better understand the mechanisms underlying their contrasting electrochemical behavior. X-ray pair-distribution-function and magnetization measurements were used to determine changes in short-range ordering, particle size and microstructure, while high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) were used to measure the atomic-level structure of individual particles and map the phase distribution in the initial and fully lithiated electrodes. Both FeF{sub 2} and CuF{sub 2} react with lithium via a direct conversion process with no intercalation step, but there are differences in the conversion process and final phase distribution. During the reaction of Li{sup +} with FeF{sub 2}, small metallic iron nanoparticles (<5 nm in diameter) nucleate in close proximity to the converted LiF phase, as a result of the low diffusivity of iron. The iron nanoparticles are interconnected and form a bicontinuous network, which provides a pathway for local electron transport through the insulating LiF phase. In addition, the massive interface formed between nanoscale solid phases provides a pathway for ionic transport during the conversion process. These results offer the first experimental evidence explaining the origins of the high lithium reversibility in FeF{sub 2}. In contrast to FeF{sub 2}, no continuous Cu network was observed in the lithiated CuF{sub 2}; rather, the converted Cu segregates to large particles (5-12 nm in diameter) during the first discharge, which may be partially responsible for the lack of reversibility in the CuF{sub 2} electrode.

  19. Empirical study of unipolar and bipolar configurations using high resolution single multi-walled carbon nanotube electrodes for electrophysiological probing of electrically excitable cells.

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    de Asis, Edward D; Leung, Joseph; Wood, Sally; Nguyen, Cattien V

    2010-03-26

    Identifying the neurophysiological basis underlying learning and memory in the mammalian central nervous system requires the development of biocompatible, high resolution, low electrode impedance electrophysiological probes; however, physically, electrode impedance will always be finite and, at times, large. Herein, we demonstrate through experiments performed on frog sartorius muscle that single multi-walled carbon nanotube electrode (sMWNT electrode) geometry and placement are two degrees of freedom that can improve biocompatibility of the probe and counteract the detrimental effects of MWNT/electrolyte interface impedance on the stimulation efficiency and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). We show that high aspect ratio dependent electric field enhancement at the MWNT tip can boost stimulation efficiency. Derivation of the sMWNT electrode's electrical equivalent indicates that, at low stimulus voltage regimes below 1 V, current conduction is mediated by charge fluctuation in the double layer obviating electrolysis of water, which is potentially toxic to pH sensitive biological tissue. Despite the accompanying increase in electrode impedance, a pair of closely spaced sMWNT electrodes in a two probe (bipolar) configuration maintains biocompatibility and enhances stimulation efficiency and SNR compared to the single probe (unipolar) configuration. For stimulus voltages below 1 V, the electrical equivalent verifies that current conduction in the two probe configuration still proceeds via charge fluctuation in the double layer. As an extracellular stimulation electrode, the two sMWNT electrodes comprise a current dipole that concentrates the electric field and the current density in a smaller region of sartorius; consequently, the bipolar configuration can elicit muscle fiber twitching at low voltages that preclude electrolysis of water. When recording field potentials, the bipolar configuration subtracts the potential between two points allowing for the detection of higher signal amplitudes. As a result, SNR is improved. These results indicate that use of the high aspect ratio MWNT in a bipolar configuration can achieve a biocompatible electrode that offers enhanced stimulation efficiency and higher SNR. PMID:20182008

  20. Understanding capacity fade in silicon based electrodes for lithium-ion batteries using three electrode cells and upper cut-off voltage studies

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    Beattie, Shane D.; Loveridge, M. J.; Lain, Michael J.; Ferrari, Stefania; Polzin, Bryant J.; Bhagat, Rohit; Dashwood, Richard

    2016-01-01

    Commercial Li-ion batteries are typically cycled between 3.0 and 4.2 V. These voltages limits are chosen based on the characteristics of the cathode (e.g. lithium cobalt oxide) and anode (e.g. graphite). When alternative anode/cathode chemistries are studied the same cut-off voltages are often, mistakenly, used. Silicon (Si) based anodes are widely studied as a high capacity alternative to graphite for Lithium-ion batteries. When silicon-based anodes are paired with high capacity cathodes (e.g. Lithium Nickel Cobalt Aluminium Oxide; NCA) the cell typically suffers from rapid capacity fade. The purpose of this communication is to understand how the choice of upper cut-off voltage affects cell performance in Si/NCA cells. A careful study of three-electrode cell data will show that capacity fade in Si/NCA cells is due to an ever-evolving silicon voltage profile that pushes the upper voltage at the cathode to >4.4 V (vs. Li/Li+). This behaviour initially improves cycle efficiency, due to liberation of new lithium, but ultimately reduces cycling efficiency, resulting in rapid capacity fade.

  1. Voltammetric studies of Azathioprine on the surface of graphite electrode modified with graphene nanosheets decorated with Ag nanoparticles.

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    Asadian, Elham; Iraji Zad, Azam; Shahrokhian, Saeed

    2016-01-01

    By using graphene nanosheets decorated with Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs-G) as an effective approach for the surface modification of pyrolytic graphite electrode (PGE), a sensing platform was fabricated for the sensitive voltammetric determination of Azathioprine (Aza). The prepared AgNPs-G nanosheets were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis and Raman spectroscopy techniques. The electrochemical behavior of Aza was investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry. Comparing to the bare PGE, a remarkable enhancement was observed in the response characteristics of Aza on the surface of the modified electrode (AgNPs-G/PGE) as well as a noticeable decrease in its reduction overpotential. These results can be attributed to the incredible enlargement in the microscopic surface area of the electrode due to the presence of graphene nanosheets together with strong adsorption of Aza on its surface. The effect of experimental parameters such as accumulation time, the amount of modifier suspension and pH of the supporting electrolyte were also optimized toward obtaining the maximum sensitivity. Under the optimum conditions, the calibration curve studies demonstrated that the peak current increased linearly with Aza concentrations in the range of 7×10(-7) to 1×10(-4)molL(-1) with the detection limit of 68nM. Further experiments revealed that the modified electrode can be successfully applied for the accurate determination of Aza in pharmaceutical preparations. PMID:26478409

  2. Electrode studies in molten salts: Final report for the period June 1, 1984-May 31, 1986

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    Devereux, O.F.

    1986-10-15

    The work performed under this contract consisted primarily of a study of the deterioration of refractory oxide films in molten sodium carbonate. Films were prepared by anodic oxidation of NiAl in sodium carbonate at 1000/sup 0/C. The impedance of the anodized NiAl substrates was found to follow models consisting of resistive and capacitive elements, combined with Warburg or diffusive elements. No evidence, derived from impedance behavior or otherwise, was found of refractory oxide dissolution or ''fluxing'' as a result of immersion in the molten carbonate. Rather, the impedance behavior of the immersed film-covered substrates was consistant with a continued growth of the oxide, whether under cathodic, zero or anodic polarization, interrupted by apparent spalling of the oxide due, presumably, to growth stresses. A secondary task within this program involved an exploratory examination of the behavior of chromium electrodes in molten sodium polysulfide at approx.375/sup 0/C. The anodic behavior of this system was characterized by the formation of a ''blocking'' film of elemental sulfur.

  3. Study of methods to increase cluster/dislocation loop densities in electrodes

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    Yang, Xiaoling; Miley, George H.

    2009-03-01

    Recent research has developed a technique for imbedding ultra-high density deuterium ``clusters'' (50 to 100 atoms per cluster) in various metals such as Palladium (Pd), Beryllium (Be) and Lithium (Li). It was found the thermally dehydrogenated PdHx retained the clusters and exhibited up to 12 percent lower resistance compared to the virginal Pd samplesootnotetextA. G. Lipson, et al. Phys. Solid State. 39 (1997) 1891. SQUID measurements showed that in Pd these condensed matter clusters approach metallic conditions, exhibiting superconducting propertiesootnotetextA. Lipson, et al. Phys. Rev. B 72, 212507 (2005ootnotetextA. G. Lipson, et al. Phys. Lett. A 339, (2005) 414-423. If the fabrication methods under study are successful, a large packing fraction of nuclear reactive clusters can be developed in the electrodes by electrolyte or high pressure gas loading. This will provide a much higher low-energy-nuclear- reaction (LENR) rate than achieved with earlier electrodeootnotetextCastano, C.H., et al. Proc. ICCF-9, Beijing, China 19-24 May, 2002..

  4. The feasibility of endoscopic transcanal approach for insertion of various cochlear electrodes: a pilot study.

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    Migirov, Lela; Shapira, Yisgav; Wolf, Michael

    2015-07-01

    To determine the feasibility of inserting various types of electrode arrays using an endoscopic transcanal approach into the cochlea via the round window membrane (RWM). All the procedures were performed by the first author and started with a cortical mastoidectomy. A six o'clock vertical incision was made in the meatal skin, and a posterior tympano-meatal flap was elevated transmeatally to expose the middle ear cavity using a rigid 0° endoscope (diameter 3 mm, length 14 cm). The chorda tympani nerve (CTN) and body of the incus were exposed. The RWM was incised, and the electrodes were passed through the tunnel from the mastoid to the epitympanum, medial to the CTN and lateral to the incus into the round window (RW) in seven procedures. In the other six cases, an open groove had been drilled, starting superiorly and laterally to the CTN and ending in the mastoid region. After electrodes insertion, the groove was filled with bone dust and covered with a large piece of fascia prior to repositioning of the tympano-meatal flap. Complete electrode insertion (7 Nucleus Contour Advance, 5 Concerto and 1 HiRes90K) via the RW was achieved in all 13 cases. Endoscopic CI was more feasible for insertion of concerto electrode followed by HiRes90K and Nucleus. An assistance of another surgeon was required for removal of stylet in the "off-the-stylet technique" utilized for implantation of nucleus electrode. Endoscopic transcanal implantation of different cochlear electrodes through the RW is feasible in both children and adults and can be used as first surgical option or as a complementary to the traditional posterior tympanotomy approach. PMID:24619204

  5. Surface study of stainless steel electrode deposition from soil electrokinetic (EK) treatment using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)

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    Embong, Zaidi; Johar, Saffuwan; Tajudin, Saiful Azhar Ahmad; Sahdan, Mohd Zainizan

    2015-04-29

    Electrokinetic (EK) remediation relies upon application of a low-intensity direct current through the soil between stainless steel electrodes that are divided into a cathode array and an anode array. This mobilizes charged species, causing ions and water to move toward the electrodes. Metal ions and positively charged organic compounds move toward the cathode. Anions such as chloride, fluoride, nitrate, and negatively charged organic compounds move toward the anode. Here, this remediation techniques lead to a formation of a deposition at the both cathode and anode surface that mainly contributed byanion and cation from the remediated soil. In this research, Renggam-Jerangau soil species (HaplicAcrisol + RhodicFerralsol) with a surveymeter reading of 38.0 ± 3.9 ?R/hr has been investigation in order to study the mobility of the anion and cation under the influence electric field. Prior to the EK treatment, the elemental composition of the soil and the stainless steel electrode are measured using XRF analyses. Next, the soil sample is remediated at a constant electric potential of 30?V within an hour of treatment period. A surface study for the deposition layer of the cathode and anode using X-ray Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that a narrow photoelectron signal from oxygen O 1s, carbon, C 1s silica, Si 2p, aluminium, Al 2p and chromium, Cr 2p exhibited on the electrode surface and indicate that a different in photoelectron intensity for each element on both electrode surface. In this paper, the mechanism of Si{sup 2+} and Al{sup 2+} cation mobility under the influence of voltage potential between the cathode and anode will be discussed in detail.

  6. Fabrication and heating rate study of microscopic surface electrode ion traps This article has been downloaded from IOPscience. Please scroll down to see the full text article.

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    Wallraff, Andreas

    and recombination of ion crystals [3, 4]. To overcome the difficulties of assembling three-dimensional (3D) trap electrodes lie within one plane and can be constructed using standard microfabrication methods [5Fabrication and heating rate study of microscopic surface electrode ion traps This article has been

  7. A Study on the Optimal Positions of ECG Electrodes in a Garment for the Design of ECG-Monitoring Clothing for Male.

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    Cho, Hakyung; Lee, Joo Hyeon

    2015-09-01

    Smart clothing is a sort of wearable device used for ubiquitous health monitoring. It provides comfort and efficiency in vital sign measurements and has been studied and developed in various types of monitoring platforms such as T-shirt and sports bra. However, despite these previous approaches, smart clothing for electrocardiography (ECG) monitoring has encountered a serious shortcoming relevant to motion artifacts caused by wearer movement. In effect, motion artifacts are one of the major problems in practical implementation of most wearable health-monitoring devices. In the ECG measurements collected by a garment, motion artifacts are usually caused by improper location of the electrode, leading to lack of contact between the electrode and skin with body motion. The aim of this study was to suggest a design for ECG-monitoring clothing contributing to reduction of motion artifacts. Based on the clothing science theory, it was assumed in this study that the stability of the electrode in a dynamic state differed depending on the electrode location in an ECG-monitoring garment. Founded on this assumption, effects of 56 electrode positions were determined by sectioning the surface of the garment into grids with 6 cm intervals in the front and back of the bodice. In order to determine the optimal locations of the ECG electrodes from the 56 positions, ECG measurements were collected from 10 participants at every electrode position in the garment while the wearer was in motion. The electrode locations indicating both an ECG measurement rate higher than 80.0 % and a large amplitude during motion were selected as the optimal electrode locations. The results of this analysis show four electrode locations with consistently higher ECG measurement rates and larger amplitudes amongst the 56 locations. These four locations were abstracted to be least affected by wearer movement in this research. Based on this result, a design of the garment-formed ECG monitoring platform reflecting the optimal positions of the electrode was suggested. PMID:26254250

  8. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy of surfactants on silver electrodes

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    Sun, Soncheng; Birke, R.L.; Lombardi, J.R. )

    1990-03-08

    Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has been used to study different kinds of surfactants (cationic, anionic, and nonionic surfactants) adsorbed on a roughened Ag electrode. Spectral assignments are made for the SERS spectrum of cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), and it is shown that the molecule is oriented with its pyridinium ring end-on at the electrode surface at potentials positive to the point of zero charge (pzc) on Ag.

  9. Ionization EM calorimetry with accordion electrodes and liquid krypton or argon

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    Radeka, V.

    1993-11-01

    The results of a study and tests of a liquid krypton/argon electromagnetic calorimeter with accordion electrode structure are briefly summarized. This includes the calorimeter response to electrons and muons, energy, pointing and timing resolution, and a measurement by multiple sampling. The electrode layout with fine segmentation is illustrated.

  10. Liquid electrode

    DOEpatents

    Ekechukwu, Amy A. (Augusta, GA)

    1994-01-01

    A dropping electrolyte electrode for use in electrochemical analysis of non-polar sample solutions, such as benzene or cyclohexane. The liquid electrode, preferably an aqueous salt solution immiscible in the sample solution, is introduced into the solution in dropwise fashion from a capillary. The electrolyte is introduced at a known rate, thus, the droplets each have the same volume and surface area. The electrode is used in making standard electrochemical measurements in order to determine properties of non-polar sample solutions.

  11. Theoretical and experimental studies of the electrochemistry of p-aminophenol on a golden electrode

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    Song, Y. Z.; Xie, J. M.; Song, Y.; Ye, Y.

    2007-10-01

    The geometric parameters, vibrational frequencies, and thermochemical values of p-quinonimine ( p-AQ) and p-aminophenol ( p-AP) were computed ab initio (IIF) and by the density functional theory (DFT) method with the 6-31G( d, p) basis set. Cyclic voltammetry with a golden electrode of p-AP solutions in phosphate buffers at pH 7.30 showed that the standard electrode potential of half reaction for p-QI and p-AP was 0.728 V. The standard electrode potentials of half reactions for p-QI and p-AP were calculated using the free energies and solvation energies of p-QI, p-AP, p-benzoquinone ( p-BQ), and hydroquinone ( p-HQ). The results showed that the standard electrode potential of half reaction for p-QI and p-AP was 0.743 V at the B3LYP/6-31G( d, p) level and 0.755 V at the HF/6-31G( d, p) level. The standard electrode potentials computed at the B3LYP/6-31G( d, p) and HF/6-31G( d, p) levels were close to their experimental values.

  12. Effects of electrode position on spatiotemporal auditory nerve fiber responses: a 3D computational model study.

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    Kang, Soojin; Chwodhury, Tanmoy; Moon, Il Joon; Hong, Sung Hwa; Yang, Hyejin; Won, Jong Ho; Woo, Jihwan

    2015-01-01

    A cochlear implant (CI) is an auditory prosthesis that enables hearing by providing electrical stimuli through an electrode array. It has been previously established that the electrode position can influence CI performance. Thus, electrode position should be considered in order to achieve better CI results. This paper describes how the electrode position influences the auditory nerve fiber (ANF) response to either a single pulse or low- (250 pulses/s) and high-rate (5,000 pulses/s) pulse-trains using a computational model. The field potential in the cochlea was calculated using a three-dimensional finite-element model, and the ANF response was simulated using a biophysical ANF model. The effects were evaluated in terms of the dynamic range, stochasticity, and spike excitation pattern. The relative spread, threshold, jitter, and initiated node were analyzed for single-pulse response; and the dynamic range, threshold, initiated node, and interspike interval were analyzed for pulse-train stimuli responses. Electrode position was found to significantly affect the spatiotemporal pattern of the ANF response, and this effect was significantly dependent on the stimulus rate. We believe that these modeling results can provide guidance regarding perimodiolar and lateral insertion of CIs in clinical settings and help understand CI performance. PMID:25755675

  13. Microtitrimetry by differential electrolytic potentiometry using metallic electrodes and nanomaterials modified metallic electrodes

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    Amro, Abdulaziz Nabil

    For the first time silver wire electrodes have been coated with carbon nanotubes using floating catalyst chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. The production of CNTs has been conducted in a horizontal tubular reactor. Acetylene gas was used as a carbon source. Ferrocene has been used as a catalyst precursor for the growth of CNT. Different parameters have been optimized to get a high yield of CNTs and ensure their growth on the silver electrodes using univariate method. The parameters studied include the hydrogen flow rate, acetylene flow rate, temperature of the furnace, time of the reaction and the location of the electrodes in the reactor tube. The optimum conditions for those parameters were: for hydrogen and acetylene, the flow rates were 25 mL /min and 75 mL / min respectively. The furnace temperature was found to be 700 °C and the reaction time was 15 minutes. Regarding the location of the silver wires it should be located in the first 10 cm of the front side of the tube. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transition electron microscopy (TEM) have been used to characterize carbon on silver electrodes. According to the experimental results, TEM figures show that CNT produced on Silver wire is multiwall carbon nanotubes MWCNT. Silver electrodes either pure or coated with CNT were used as indicating systems in micro titration using both dc differential electrolytic potentiometry (DEP) and mark-space bias DEP techniques. All types of titrimetric reactions were investigated using different types of electrodes like Pt and gold for oxidation reduction titrations, antimony electrodes for acid base titrations, silver electrodes for precipitation titrations in addition to Ag-CNT electrodes. End points at volumes of 1 microL were determined. Different parameters were optimized like the current density, the percentage bias, the volume of the sample and the concentrations of the reactants. Microtitrimetry has been applied on several types of analytes; Ferrous, Ascorbic acid, chloride, Cyanide, Sodium Bicarbonate and Ketoconazole in aqueous and non- aqueous medium. The performance of Ag-CNT electrodes was found to be much better than the normal silver electrodes. The differential titration curves obtained were symmetrical with significant heights. For silver electrodes coated with CNT the first derivative of the potential was found to give better curves than the normal differential curves, hence the end point location was successfully achieved. A micro liter injector that can deliver volumes at a micro liter level was designed and fabricated. Microtitrimetry which requires volumes of reagents at the micro liter level can offer a solution to the large consumption of reagents in all classical titrimetric processes. Hence, large savings in reagents as well as less waste will reach the environment.

  14. Enhanced capacitance of composite TiO2 nanotube/boron-doped diamond electrodes studied by impedance spectroscopy

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    Siuzdak, K.; Bogdanowicz, R.; Sawczak, M.; Sobaszek, M.

    2014-12-01

    We report on novel composite nanostructures based on boron-doped diamond thin films grown on top of TiO2 nanotubes. The nanostructures made of BDD-modified titania nanotubes showed an increase in activity and performance when used as electrodes in electrochemical environments. The BDD thin films (~200-500 nm) were deposited using microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition (MW PA CVD) onto anodically fabricated TiO2 nanotube arrays. The influence of boron-doping level, methane admixture and growth time on the performance of the Ti/TiO2/BDD electrode was studied in detail. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was applied to investigate the surface morphology and grain size distribution. Moreover, the chemical composition of TiO2/BDD electrodes was investigated by means of micro-Raman spectroscopy. The composite electrodes TiO2/BDD are characterized by a significantly higher capacitive current compared to BDD films deposited directly onto a Ti substrate. The novel composite electrode of TiO2 nanotube arrays overgrown by boron-doped diamond (BDD) immersed in 0.1 M NaNO3 can deliver a specific capacitance of 2.10, 4.79, and 7.46 mF cm-2 at a scan rate of 10 mV s-1 for a [B]/[C] ratio of 2k, 5k and 10k, respectively. The substantial improvement of electrochemical performance and the excellent rate capability could be attributed to the synergistic effect of TiO2 treatment in CH4 : H2 plasma and the high electrical conductivity of BDD layers. The analysis of electrochemical impedance spectra using an electric equivalent circuit allowed us to determine the surface area on the basis of the value of constant phase element.

  15. Enhanced capacitance of composite TiO2 nanotube/boron-doped diamond electrodes studied by impedance spectroscopy.

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    Siuzdak, K; Bogdanowicz, R; Sawczak, M; Sobaszek, M

    2015-01-14

    We report on novel composite nanostructures based on boron-doped diamond thin films grown on top of TiO2 nanotubes. The nanostructures made of BDD-modified titania nanotubes showed an increase in activity and performance when used as electrodes in electrochemical environments. The BDD thin films (?200-500 nm) were deposited using microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition (MW PA CVD) onto anodically fabricated TiO2 nanotube arrays. The influence of boron-doping level, methane admixture and growth time on the performance of the Ti/TiO2/BDD electrode was studied in detail. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was applied to investigate the surface morphology and grain size distribution. Moreover, the chemical composition of TiO2/BDD electrodes was investigated by means of micro-Raman spectroscopy. The composite electrodes TiO2/BDD are characterized by a significantly higher capacitive current compared to BDD films deposited directly onto a Ti substrate. The novel composite electrode of TiO2 nanotube arrays overgrown by boron-doped diamond (BDD) immersed in 0.1 M NaNO3 can deliver a specific capacitance of 2.10, 4.79, and 7.46 mF cm(-2) at a scan rate of 10 mV s(-1) for a [B]/[C] ratio of 2k, 5k and 10k, respectively. The substantial improvement of electrochemical performance and the excellent rate capability could be attributed to the synergistic effect of TiO2 treatment in CH4?:?H2 plasma and the high electrical conductivity of BDD layers. The analysis of electrochemical impedance spectra using an electric equivalent circuit allowed us to determine the surface area on the basis of the value of constant phase element. PMID:25413987

  16. An in situ x-ray absorption spectroscopy study of InSb electrodes in lithium batteries.

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    Kropf, A. J.; Tostmann, H.; Johnson, C. S.; Vaughey, J. T.; Thackeray, M. M.; Chemical Engineering; Univ. of Florida

    2001-11-01

    We present a detailed in situ extended X-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) study of structural and compositional changes in InSb intermetallic electrodes under electrochemical cycling conditions in a lithium battery. Analysis of the EXAFS data shows that Li is inserted into and In is extruded from the zinc-blende-type InSb network during the first discharge from 1.5 to 0.5 V, yielding changing Li{sub x+y}In{sub 1-y}Sb compositions (0 < x {le} 2, 0 < y {le} 1), with a lattice parameter that varies between that of InSb (a = 6.478 A) and Li{sub 3}Sb (a = 6.572 A). The structural features of tetragonal metallic In and lithiated (i.e., In depleted) InSb are evident. The fully recharged electrode, at 1.2 V, has a zinc-blende framework closely resembling InSb. However, 40% of the In remains permanently outside the face-centered-cubic Sb lattice, explaining a loss in capacity after the first discharge. After the second discharge, at 0.51 V, Li has replaced about 80% of the indium in the InSb lattice, while the Li{sub x}In{sub y}Sb volume has expanded less than 4% compared to the initial electrode. Finally, as the cell is discharged below 0.51 V, Li reacts with the In metal, forming LiIn. Our results indicate that intermetallic electrodes are promising alternative negative electrodes for Li batteries.

  17. Application of Gold Electrodes for the Study of Nickel Based Homogeneous Catalysts for Hydrogen Oxidation

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    Nepomnyashchii, Alexander B.; Liu, Fei; Roberts, John A.; Parkinson, Bruce A.

    2013-08-12

    Gold and glassy carbon working electrode materials are compared as suitable substrates for the hydrogen oxidation reaction with Ni(PCy2Nt-Bu2)2(BF4)2 used as a catalyst. Voltammetric responses showing electrocatalytic hydrogen oxidation mediated by the homogeneous electrocatalyst Ni(PCy2Nt-Bu2)2(BF4)2 are identical at glassy carbon and gold electrodes, which shows that gold electrode can be used for hydrogen oxidation reaction. This work is supported as part of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under FWP 56073.

  18. Experimental Study of Corona Properties with a Heated Discharge Electrode and Crossed Magnetic Fields Individually

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    Abu-Elabass, Karim

    2015-07-01

    This work involves ac and dc corona in air with heated discharge electrode, and breakdown streamers in corona in a crossed magnetic field. At first, the triggering of the breakdown streamers in positive and ac corona are governed by the temperature of the discharge electrode. In the negative corona, however, the breakdown streamers found to be practically independent of the temperature of the discharge electrode. Then, the transverse magnetic field, applied perpendicularly to the electric field, result in an improvement in pre-breakdown characteristic of the wire-tube gap. The application of the transverse field has the effect of increasing the corona onset voltage and the breakdown voltage. Also the transverse applied field has the effect of decreasing the corona current. It has been observed that triggering of the breakdown streamers in negative corona is affected appreciably by the transverse magnetic field.

  19. Advanced electrodes for AMTEC

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    Fiebig, Brad; Schuller, Michael; Hudson, Patricia; Williams, Roger

    1999-01-01

    Texas A&M University has begun an investigation of materials and fabrication methods which will improve AMTEC electrode performance. The study currently involves gathering data on materials which meet the basic requirements of operating in an AMTEC cell, and sorting out candidates possessing characteristics conducive to efficient AMTEC operation. An initial assessment has shown Iridium as a promising metal electrode candidate. Sodium-containing double-oxides, with melting temperatures above AMTEC operating temperatures, including NaNbO{sub 3} and Na{sub 2}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 7}, have been identified as possible electrode dopants, to enhance the sodium conductivity of an electrode. Photo-deposition and Evaporative-deposition will be investigated further as electrode fabrication techniques. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  20. Advanced electrodes for AMTEC

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    Fiebig, Brad; Schuller, Michael; Ryan, Margaret Amy; Williams, Roger; Hudson, Patricia

    1999-01-01

    Texas A&M University has begun an investigation of materials and fabrication methods which will improve AMTEC electrode performance. The study currently involves gathering data on materials which meet the basic requirements of operating in an AMTEC cell, and sorting out candidates possessing characteristics conducive to efficient AMTEC operation. An initial assessment has shown Iridium as a promising metal electrode candidate. Sodium-containing double-oxides, with melting temperatures above AMTEC operating temperatures, including NaNbO3 and Na2Ti3O7, have been identified as possible electrode dopants, to enhance the sodium conductivity of an electrode. Photo-deposition and Evaporative-deposition will be investigated further as electrode fabrication techniques.

  1. First-principles study of point defects in thorium carbide

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    Pérez Daroca, D.; Jaroszewicz, S.; Llois, A. M.; Mosca, H. O.

    2014-11-01

    Thorium-based materials are currently being investigated in relation with their potential utilization in Generation-IV reactors as nuclear fuels. One of the most important issues to be studied is their behavior under irradiation. A first approach to this goal is the study of point defects. By means of first-principles calculations within the framework of density functional theory, we study the stability and formation energies of vacancies, interstitials and Frenkel pairs in thorium carbide. We find that C isolated vacancies are the most likely defects, while C interstitials are energetically favored as compared to Th ones. These kind of results for ThC, to the best authors' knowledge, have not been obtained previously, neither experimentally, nor theoretically. For this reason, we compare with results on other compounds with the same NaCl-type structure.

  2. Electrode polarization studies in hot corrosion systems. Progress report, 1 June 1979-31 April 1980

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    Devereux, O.F.

    1980-02-01

    Work on the following discrete tasks is reported: Electrode Polarization Studies in Molten Sodium Carbonate: A comprehensive set of tests has been performed on iron, nickel, and types 304 and 316 stainless steel in gas mixtures of controlled CO, CO/sub 2/, H/sub 2/, and H/sub 2/S pressures at a total pressure of one atmosphere and in a temperature range of 900 to 1000/sup 0/C. The polarization curves thus derived have been reduced to a set of empirical kinetic constants via computer modelling. Gas/Metal Reactions in Mixed Oxidants: Oxidation of iron in gas mixtures of controlled P/sub CO/, P/sub CO//sub 2/, P/sub H//sub 2/ and P/sub H//sub 2//sub S/ at a total pressure of one atmosphere and a temperature of 900/sup 0/C has been studied. In the P/sub S//sub 2/ and P/sub O//sub 2/ ranges employed sulfide scales were formed; P/sub O//sub 2/ influenced the short term sulfidation kinetics. Specimen geometry was seen as a significant factor influencing long term kinetics. Liquid Line Corrosion: A reproducible corrosive attack is seen at the metal/molten carbonate/gas phase junction. This attack can be quantitatively evaluated and explained in terms of a diffusion model. Evaluation of Reaction Kinetics from Polarization Data (addendum): previous modelling procedures have been expanded to include one or more anodic reactions displaying passive behavior.

  3. A study of the effect of water management and electrode flooding on the dimensional change of polymer electrolyte fuel cells

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    Mason, Thomas J.; Millichamp, Jason; Neville, Tobias P.; Shearing, Paul R.; Simons, Stefaan; Brett, Daniel J. L.

    2013-11-01

    Water management and flooding play an important role in the performance and durability of polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs). In this study, a dynamic electro-mechanical analysis is performed to examine the performance of a working PEFC during hydration transients and flooding events. Cell resistance is measured using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and the stress/strain characteristics - cell compression and membrane electrode assembly (MEA) dimensional change - are studied using a controlled compression unit (CCU). Ex-situ measurements of membrane thickness as a function of hydration level provide a direct correlation between ionic conductivity and thickness. During initial hydration of Nafion membranes there is a direct relationship between membrane conductivity and dimensional change (swelling) of MEAs. Electrode flooding is found to result in membrane hydration and an increase in stress or strain, depending on the compression mode of the fuel cell. Results suggest that hydration cycles and flooding events can lead to cell degradation due to the stresses imposed.

  4. Point Contact Andreev Reflection Studies on Iron Pnictide Superconductors

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    Zhang, Xiaohang; Saha, S. R.; Butch, N. P.; Kirshenbaum, K.; Paglione, J.; Greene, R. L.; Takeuchi, I.; Oh, Y.-S.; Liu, Y.; Yan, L. Q.; Kim, K.-H.

    2011-03-01

    We have systematically investigated the temperature, doping and the directional dependence of the gap structure for various types of single crystal iron pnictide superconductors by point contact Andreev reflection spectroscopy. Our studies were performed on highly transparent junctions evidenced by sharp and dramatic conductance enhancements at low temperatures. For the 122 family, despite some small features occasionally observed on the spectroscopy curves which may originate from the multiband superconductivity, a more conclusive characteristic of our obtained spectra is the presence of one predominant superconducting gap. By applying the BTK model, we find that the determined gap size scales well with the transition temperature, resulting in the 2 ? / kBTC value of ~ 3.1 for both potassium doped and cobalt doped single crystals. Directional studies suggest that this gap is highly isotropic. Results on chalcogenide and nickel doped 122 superconductors will also be discussed. [X. H. Zhang et al., Phys. Rev. B 81, 024518 (2010)]. Supported by CNAM and NSF DMR-0653535.

  5. Modeling of EEG electrode artifacts and thermal ripples in human radiofrequency exposure studies.

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    Murbach, Manuel; Neufeld, Esra; Christopoulou, Maria; Achermann, Peter; Kuster, Niels

    2014-05-01

    The effects of radiofrequency (RF) exposure on wake and sleep electroencephalogram (EEG) have been in focus since mobile phone usage became pervasive. It has been hypothesized that effects may be explained by (1) enhanced induced fields due to RF coupling with the electrode assembly, (2) the subsequent temperature increase around the electrodes, or (3) RF induced thermal pulsing caused by localized exposure in the head. We evaluated these three hypotheses by means of both numerical and experimental assessments made with appropriate phantoms and anatomical human models. Typical and worst-case electrode placements were examined at 900 and 2140?MHz. Our results indicate that hypothesis 1 can be rejected, as the induced fields cause <20% increase in the 10?g-averaged specific absorption rate (SAR). Simulations with an anatomical model indicate that hypothesis 2 is also not supported, as the realistic worst-case electrode placement results in a maximum skin temperature increase of 0.31?°C while brain temperature elevations remained <0.1?°C. These local short-term temperature elevations are unlikely to change brain physiology during the time period from minutes to several hours after exposure. The maximum observed temperature ripple due to RF pulses is <0.001?°C for GSM-like signals and <0.004?°C for 20-fold higher pulse energy, and offers no support for hypothesis 3. Thus, the mechanism of interaction between RF and changes in the EEG power spectrum remains unknown. PMID:24523224

  6. In-situ Studies of Structures and Processes at Model Battery Electrode/Electrolyte Interfaces

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    Fenter, Paul

    2015-03-01

    The ability to understand and control materials properties within electrochemical energy storage systems is a significant scientific and technical challenge. This is due, at least in part, to the extreme conditions present within these systems, and the significant structural and chemical changes that take place as lithium ions are incorporated in the active electrode material. In particular, the behavior of interfaces in such systems is poorly understood, notably the solid-liquid interface that separates the electrode and the liquid electrolyte. I will review our recent work in which we seek to isolate and understand the role of interfacial reactivity in these systems through in-situ, real-time, observations of electrochemically driven lithiation/delithation reactions. This is achieved by observing well-defined model electrode-electrolyte interfaces using X-ray reflectivity. These results reveal novel understandings of interfacial reactivity in conversion reactions (e.g., Si, SixCr, Ge, NiO) that can be used to control the complex reaction lithiation pathway through the use of thin-film and multilayer electrode structures. This work was supported by the Center for Electrochemical Energy Science, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, in collaboration with T. Fister, A. Gewirth, M.J. Bedzyk and others.

  7. First-principles study of high-conductance DNA sequencing with carbon nanotube electrodes

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    Chen, X.; Rungger, I.; Pemmaraju, C. D.; Schwingenschlögl, U.; Sanvito, S.

    2012-03-01

    Rapid and cost-effective DNA sequencing at the single nucleotide level might be achieved by measuring a transverse electronic current as single-stranded DNA is pulled through a nanometer-sized pore. In order to enhance the electronic coupling between the nucleotides and the electrodes and hence the current signals, we employ a pair of single-walled close-ended (6,6) carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as electrodes. We then investigate the electron transport properties of nucleotides sandwiched between such electrodes by using first-principles quantum transport theory. In particular, we consider the extreme case where the separation between the electrodes is the smallest possible that still allows the DNA translocation. The benzene-like ring at the end cap of the CNT can strongly couple with the nucleobases and therefore it can both reduce conformational fluctuations and significantly improve the conductance. As such, when the electrodes are closely spaced, the nucleobases can pass through only with their base plane parallel to the plane of CNT end caps. The optimal molecular configurations, at which the nucleotides strongly couple to the CNTs, and which yield the largest transmission, are first identified. These correspond approximately to the lowest energy configurations. Then the electronic structures and the electron transport of these optimal configurations are analyzed. The typical tunneling currents are of the order of 50 nA for voltages up to 1 V. At higher bias, where resonant transport through the molecular states is possible, the current is of the order of several ?A. Below 1 V, the currents associated to the different nucleotides are consistently distinguishable, with adenine having the largest current, guanine the second largest, cytosine the third and, finally, thymine the smallest. We further calculate the transmission coefficient profiles as the nucleotides are dragged along the DNA translocation path and investigate the effects of configurational variations. Based on these results, we propose a DNA sequencing protocol combining three possible data analysis strategies.

  8. Molecular second harmonic generation studies of methylene blue chemisorbed onto a sulfur-modified polycrystalline platinum electrode

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    Campbell, D.J.; Higgins, D.A.; Corn, R.M. )

    1990-05-03

    The resonant molecular second harmonic generation (SHG) response of a monolayer of adsorbed methylene blue is studied in situ on a polycrystalline platinum electrode modified by the deposition of a monolayer of chemisorbed sulfur. The sulfur monolayer prevents the irreversible decomposition of the dye molecules on the platinum electrode and ensures that the contributions to the surface nonlinear susceptibility from the metal and from the methylene blue remain separable. At an incident angle of 40{degree}, the resonant molecular SHG signal from the methylene blue monolayer dominates the nonlinear optical response of the interface, and the potential dependence of the resonant SHG signal matches that expected during the electrochemical reduction and reoxidation of the chemisorbed methylene blue.

  9. A feasibility study of a rotary planar electrode array for electrical impedance mammography using a digital breast phantom.

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    Zhang, X; Chatwin, C; Barber, D C

    2015-06-01

    A feasibility study of an electrical impedance mammography (EIM) system with a rotary planar electrode array, named RPEIM, is presented. The RPEIM system is an evolution of the Sussex MK4 system, which is a prototype instrument for breast cancer detection. Comparing it with the other planar electrode EIM systems, the rotation feature enables a dramatic increase in the number of independent measurements. To assist impedance evaluation exploiting electrode array rotation, a synchronous mesh method is proposed. Using the synchronous mesh method, the RPEIM system is shown to have superior performance in image accuracy, spatial resolution and noise tolerance over the MK4 system. To validate the study, we report simulations based on a close-to-realistic 3D digital breast phantom, which comprises of: skin, nipple, ducts, acinus, fat and tumor. A digital breast phantom of a real patient is constructed, whose tumor was detected using the MK4 system. The reconstructed conductivity image of the breast phantom indicates that the breast phantom is a close replica of the patient's real breast as assessed by the MK4 system in a clinical trial. A comparison between the RPEIM system and the MK4 system is made based on this phantom to assess the advantages of the RPEIM system. PMID:26007201

  10. Studies of acoustic emission from point and extended sources

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    Sachse, W.; Kim, K. Y.; Chen, C. P.

    1986-01-01

    The use of simulated and controlled acoustic emission signals forms the basis of a powerful tool for the detailed study of various deformation and wave interaction processes in materials. The results of experiments and signal analyses of acoustic emission resulting from point sources such as various types of indentation-produced cracks in brittle materials and the growth of fatigue cracks in 7075-T6 aluminum panels are discussed. Recent work dealing with the modeling and subsequent signal processing of an extended source of emission in a material is reviewed. Results of the forward problem and the inverse problem are presented with the example of a source distributed through the interior of a specimen.

  11. Liquid electrode

    DOEpatents

    Ekechukwu, A.A.

    1994-07-05

    A dropping electrolyte electrode is described for use in electrochemical analysis of non-polar sample solutions, such as benzene or cyclohexane. The liquid electrode, preferably an aqueous salt solution immiscible in the sample solution, is introduced into the solution in dropwise fashion from a capillary. The electrolyte is introduced at a known rate, thus, the droplets each have the same volume and surface area. The electrode is used in making standard electrochemical measurements in order to determine properties of non-polar sample solutions. 2 figures.

  12. Lifetime studies of high power rhodium/tungsten and molybdenum electrodes for application to AMTEC (alkali metal thermal-to-electric converter)

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    Williams, R. M.; Jeffries-Nakamura, B.; Underwood, M. L.; O'Connor, D.; Ryan, M. A.; Kikkert, S.; Bankston, C. P.

    A detailed and fundamental model for the electrochemical behavior of AMTEC electrodes is developed which can aid in interpreting the processes which occur during prolonged operation of these electrodes. Because the sintering and grain growth of metal particles is also a well-understood phenomenon, the changes in electrode performance which accompany its morphological evolution may be anticipated and modeled. The grain growth rate observed for porous Mo AMTEC electrodes is significantly higher than that predicted from surface diffusion data obtained at higher temperatures and incorporated into the grain growth model. The grain growth observed under AMTEC conditions is also somewhat higher than that measured for Mo films on BASE (beta-alumina solid electrolyte) substrates in vacuum or at similar temperatures. Results of modeling indicate that thin Mo electrodes may show significant performance degradation for extended operation (greater than 10,000 h) at higher operating temperatures (greater than 1150 K), whereas W/Rh and W/Pt electrodes are expected to show adequate performance at 1200 K for lifetimes greater than 10,000 h. It is pointed out that current collection grids and leads must consist of refractory metals such as Mo and W which do not accelerate sintering or metal migration.

  13. Lifetime studies of high power rhodium/tungsten and molybdenum electrodes for application to AMTEC (alkali metal thermal-to-electric converter)

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    Williams, R. M.; Jeffries-Nakamura, B.; Underwood, M. L.; O'Connor, D.; Ryan, M. A.; Kikkert, S.; Bankston, C. P.

    1990-01-01

    A detailed and fundamental model for the electrochemical behavior of AMTEC electrodes is developed which can aid in interpreting the processes which occur during prolonged operation of these electrodes. Because the sintering and grain growth of metal particles is also a well-understood phenomenon, the changes in electrode performance which accompany its morphological evolution may be anticipated and modeled. The grain growth rate observed for porous Mo AMTEC electrodes is significantly higher than that predicted from surface diffusion data obtained at higher temperatures and incorporated into the grain growth model. The grain growth observed under AMTEC conditions is also somewhat higher than that measured for Mo films on BASE (beta-alumina solid electrolyte) substrates in vacuum or at similar temperatures. Results of modeling indicate that thin Mo electrodes may show significant performance degradation for extended operation (greater than 10,000 h) at higher operating temperatures (greater than 1150 K), whereas W/Rh and W/Pt electrodes are expected to show adequate performance at 1200 K for lifetimes greater than 10,000 h. It is pointed out that current collection grids and leads must consist of refractory metals such as Mo and W which do not accelerate sintering or metal migration.

  14. Polyaniline-Supported Atomic Gold Electrodes: Comparison with Macro Electrodes

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    Schwartz, Ilana; Jonke, Alex P.; Josowicz, Mira A.; Janata, Jiri

    2012-11-01

    Under precisely controlled conditions, atomic gold electrodes with even or odd number of Au atoms per polyaniline repeat unit (Pt/PANI/AuN for 0 electrodes is compared with that of macro gold and PANI coated platinum electrodes by testing electrochemical oxidation of n-propanol and iso-propanol. This study allowed us to separate the behavior dominated by that of macroscopic gold in strongly alkaline medium and by that of the quantized odd–even effect of atomic gold. Within this overarching scope, there is a specific oxidation pattern attributable to the structural differences between the two isomers of propanol. The significance of this research lies in the recognition of high specific catalytic activity of atomic gold, which is at least three orders of magnitude higher than that of bulk gold for the oxidation of alcohols. It points to a substantial saving of the precious metal without the loss of catalytic activity, which is important in fuel cells and in other energy conversion device applications.

  15. Comprehensive Study of an Earth-Abundant Bifunctional 3D Electrode for Efficient Water Electrolysis in Alkaline Medium.

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    Sharifi, Tiva; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Jia, Xueen; Sandström, Robin; Wågberg, Thomas

    2015-12-30

    We report efficient electrolysis of both water-splitting half reactions in the same medium by a bifunctional 3D electrode comprising Co3O4 nanospheres nucleated on the surface of nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (NCNTs) that in turn are grown on conductive carbon paper (CP). The resulting electrode exhibits high stability and large electrochemical activity for both oxygen and hydrogen evolution reactions (OER and HER). We obtain a current density of 10 mA/cm(2) in 0.1 M KOH solution at overpotentials of only 0.47 and 0.38 V for OER and HER, respectively. Additionally, the experimental observations are understood and supported by analyzing the Co3O4:NCNT and NCNT:CP interfaces by ab initio calculations. Both the experimental and the theoretical studies indicate that firm and well-established interfaces along the electrode play a crucial role on the stability and electrochemical activity for both OER and HER. PMID:26629887

  16. Control of electrode depth in electroslag remelting

    DOEpatents

    Melgaard, David K. (Albuquerque, NM); Shelmidine, Gregory J. (Tijeras, NM); Damkroger, Brian K. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2002-01-01

    A method of and apparatus for controlling an electroslag remelting furnace by driving the electrode at a nominal speed based upon melting rate and geometry while making minor proportional adjustments based on a measured metric of the electrode immersion depth. Electrode drive speed is increased if a measured metric of electrode immersion depth differs from a set point by a predetermined amount, indicating that the tip is too close to the surface of a slag pool. Impedance spikes are monitored to adjust the set point for the metric of electrode immersion depth based upon one or more properties of the impedance spikes.

  17. Study of nickel electrode oxidation as a function of 80% depth of discharge cycling

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    Pickett, D.F. Jr.; Scoles, D.L.; Johnson, Z.W.; Hayden, J.W.; Pennington, R.D.

    1997-12-31

    Oxidation of nickel sinter used in nickel oxide electrodes in aerospace nickel cadmium cells leads to hydrogen gassing and the potential for cell rupture. The oxidation is directly related to loss of overcharge protection built into the cell during manufacturing. In nickel hydrogen cells, excessive oxidation of the nickel sinter can eventually lead to a burst before leak situation and is a potential source of failure. It is well known that nickel cadmium cells having nylon separators contribute to loss of overcharge via a hydrolysis reaction of the nylon in the potassium hydroxide electrolyte environment in the cell. The hydrolysis reaction produces lower chain organics which are oxidized by the positive electrode and oxygen. Oxidation of the organics diminishes the overcharge protection. With introduction of the Super NiCd{trademark} and the Magnum{trademark} nickel cadmium cells the nylon hydrolysis reaction is eliminated, but any reducing agent in the cell such as nickel or an organic additive can contribute to loss of overcharge protection. The present effort describes chemical analyses made to evaluate the extent of overcharge protection loss in nickel cadmium cells which do not have nylon hydrolysis, and quantifies the amount of hydrogen buildup in nickel hydrogen cells which are subjected to 80% depth of discharge cycling with and without the presence of cadmium in the positive electrode.

  18. In-situ acoustic emission study of Si-based electrodes for Li-ion batteries

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    Tranchot, A.; Etiemble, A.; Thivel, P.-X.; Idrissi, H.; Roué, L.

    2015-04-01

    The mechanical degradation of a Si powder (?2 ?m) based electrode is investigated by acoustic emission (AE). AE signals are mainly detected during the first lithiation, suggesting that electrode cracking mainly occurs during this period. The formation of the solid electrolyte interface (SEI) is not very acoustically emissive, in contrast to the Si particle cracking which is initiated in the early stage of the lithiation in accordance with a core-shell lithiation mechanism. An increase of the AE activity is observed at the end of the discharge when the c-Li15Si4 phase is formed and during the charge when the potential reaches ?0.45 V, corresponding to the delithiation of c-Li15Si4. From a clustering procedure, three types of signals are identified: type-1 signals consisting of a succession of very short waveforms with high peak frequency (?700 kHz) are primarily detected when the Si lithiation is initiated and are ascribed to the nucleation of surface microcracks on the Si particles; type-2 signals (peak frequency ?400 kHz), present all during the Si lithiation, are attributed to the propagation of cracks through the Si particles and into the composite film; type-3 signals (peak frequency ?200 kHz), detected when the potential reaches 60 mV, are ascribed to the accentuation of the electrode cracking due to the c-Li15Si4 formation.

  19. Space Shuttle Earth Observation sensors pointing and stabilization requirements study

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    1976-01-01

    The shuttle orbiter inertial measurement unit (IMU), located in the orbiter cabin, is used to supply inertial attitude reference signals; and, in conjunction with the onboard navigation system, can provide a pointing capability of the navigation base accurate to within plus or minus 0.5 deg for earth viewing missions. This pointing accuracy can degrade to approximately plus or minus 2.0 deg for payloads located in the aft bay due to structural flexure of the shuttle vehicle, payload structural and mounting misalignments, and calibration errors with respect to the navigation base. Drawbacks to obtaining pointing accuracy by using the orbiter RCS jets are discussed. Supplemental electromechanical pointing systems are developed to provide independent pointing for individual sensors, or sensor groupings. The missions considered and the sensors required for these missions and the parameters of each sensor are described. Assumptions made to derive pointing and stabilization requirements are delineated.

  20. Study on the influence of the B4C layer thickness on the neutron flux and energy distribution shape in multi-electrode ionisation chamber.

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    Tymi?ska, K; Maciak, M; O?ko, J; Tulik, P; Zielczy?ski, M; Gryzi?ski, M A

    2014-10-01

    A model of a multi-electrode ionisation chamber, with polypropylene electrodes coated with a thin layer of B4C was created within Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNPX) and Fluktuierende Kaskade (FLUKA) codes. The influence of the layer thickness on neutron absorption in B4C and on the neutron spectra in the consecutive intra-electrode gas volumes has been studied using the MCNPX and FLUKA codes. The results will be used for designing the new type of the ionisation chamber. PMID:24729596

  1. Surface-enhanced resonance hyper-Raman scattering and surface-enhanced resonance Raman scattering of dyes adsorbed on silver electrode and silver colloid: a comparison study

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    Li, Wu-Hu; Li, Xiao-Yuan; Yu, Nai-Teng

    1999-10-01

    Surface-enhanced resonance hyper-Raman scattering (SERHRS) and surface-enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS) of three dyes, rhodamine 6G, crystal violet and basic fuchsin, are studied comparatively on electrochemically roughened silver electrode and silver colloid, respectively. All three dyes show a better SERHRS efficiency on the silver colloid than on the silver electrode, a phenomenon just opposite to what we have recently observed for pyridine and pyrazine [Chem. Phys. Lett. 305 (1999) 303]. These results suggest that the efficiency of SEHRS depends not only on the active surfaces employed (colloidal metals versus roughened electrodes) but also on the types of the adsorbed molecules.

  2. Pathological Alterations and Stress Responses near DBS Electrodes after MRI Scans at 7.0T, 3.0T and 1.5T: An In Vivo Comparative Study

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    Meng, Da-Wei; Li, Shao-Wu; Liu, Huan-Guang; Li, Jun-Ju; Wang, Xiu; Zhang, Xin; Zhang, Jian-Guo

    2014-01-01

    Objective The purpose of this study was to investigate the pathological alterations and the stress responses around deep brain stimulation (DBS) electrodes after magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans at 7.0T, 3.0T and 1.5T. Materials and Methods DBS devices were stereotactically implanted into the brains of New Zealand rabbits, targeting the left nucleus ventralis posterior thalami, while on the right side, a puncture passage pointing to the same target was made. MRI scans at 7.0T, 3.0T and 1.5T were performed using transmit/receive head coils. The pathological alterations of the surrounding tissue were evaluated by hematoxylin and eosin staining (H&E staining) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The levels of the 70 kDa heat shock protein (HSP-70), Neuronal Nuclei (NeuN) and Caspase-3 were determined by western-blotting and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (QPCR) to assess the stress responses near the DBS electrodes. Results H&E staining and TEM showed that the injury around the DBS electrodes was featured by a central puncture passage with gradually weakened injurious alterations. Comparisons of the injury across the groups manifested similar pathological alterations near the DBS electrodes in each group. Moreover, western-blotting and QPCR assay showed that the level of HSP-70 was not elevated by MRI scans (p>0.05), and the levels of NeuN and Caspase-3 were equal in each group, regardless of the field strengths applied (p>0.05). Conclusions Based on these findings, it is reasonable to conclude that in this study the MRI scans at multiple levels failed to induce additional tissue injury around the DBS electrodes. These preliminary data furthered our understanding of MRI-related DBS heating and encouraged revisions of the current MRI guidelines for patients with DBS devices. PMID:24988329

  3. Radiofrequency Ablation with a New Perfused-Cooled Electrode Using a Single Pump: An Experimental Study in Ex Vivo Bovine Liver

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    Kim, Seung Kwon Seo, Jung Wook

    2005-12-15

    The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy of a new perfused-cooled electrode that uses a single pump for creating a large ablation zone in explanted bovine liver. This was done by comparing with the radiofrequency (RF) ablation zones that were created with a monopolar cooled electrode to the RF ablation zones that were created by the new perfused-cooled electrode. We developed a new perfused-cooled electrode that uses a single pump by modifying a 17-gauge cooled electrode (Radionics) with a 2.5-cm outer metallic sheath (15-gauge) in order to allow use of the internal cooling water (5.85 % hypertonic saline) for the infused saline. Thirty ablation zones were created in explanted bovine livers (12-min ablation cycle; pulsed technique; 2000 mA, maximum) with three different regimens: group A, RF ablation with the 17-gauge cooled electrode; group B, RF ablation with the 15-gauge cooled electrode; group C, RF ablation with the perfused-cooled electrode. T2-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging was obtained immediately after RF ablation for calculating volumes of the ablation zone. Following MR imaging, the ablation zones were excised and measured for transverse diameters and vertical diameters. The transverse diameter, vertical diameter, and the calculated volumes of the ablation zones on MR imaging were compared among the groups. Ablation zones created with the perfused-cooled electrode (group C) were significantly larger than those created with the 17-gauge cooled electrode (group A) and the 15-gauge cooled electrode (group B) according to the transverse diameter and vertical diameter on the gross specimens (p < 0.05): 3.6 {+-} 0.38 cm and 4.4 {+-} 0.20 cm in group A, 3.7 {+-} 0.08 cm and 4.6 {+-} 0.16 cm in group B, and 5.4 {+-} 0.65 cm and 6.0 {+-} 0.56 cm in group C, respectively. On the MR imaging, the calculated volumes of the ablation zones in group C were significantly larger than those in groups A and B (p < 0.05): 23.1 {+-} 8.7 cm{sup 3} in group A, 28.9 {+-} 5.7 cm{sup 3} in group B, and 80.0 {+-} 34 cm{sup 3} in group C, respectively. A new perfused-cooled electrode using a single pump could efficiently increase the size of the ablation zone in liver compared with a monopolar cooled electrode, and this was due to its simultaneous use of internal cooling and saline infusion.

  4. Point contact spectroscopy studies of the iron based superconductors

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    Arham, Hamood Zafir

    Point contact spectroscopy (PCS) is used to probe both the normal and superconducting phases of the iron based superconductors. It is shown that apart from probing superconductors by Andreev reflection, PCS is also a useful technique to study exotic electron matter in correlated materials. The point contact junctions are made by two separate techniques: needle-anvil PCS and soft PCS. dI/dV measured in the superconducting phase is sensitive to the magnitude and symmetry of the superconducting order parameter. Andreev reflection spectra for the 122 and 111 families of the iron based superconductors is presented. The 122 crystals probed include electron doped Ba(Fe1-x Cox)2As2 (x = 0.05, 0.055, 0.07, 0.08), hole doped Ba0.8K0.2Fe2As2, and isoelectronic doped BaFe2(As1-xPx)2 (x = 0.24, 0.43). The 111 crystals studied are electron doped NaFe 1-xCoxAs (x = 0.02, 0.06). The Andreev spectra show clear features corresponding to multiple, nodeless superconducting gaps. The dI/dV curves are fit to the independent two band BTK model assuming isotropic s-wave order parameters. The normal state spectra of certain iron based superconductors shows a conductance enhancement around zero bias above the structural transition temperature, TS. Theoretical analysis showing that this enhancement is likely a consequence of orbital fluctuations is discussed. The nonsuperconducting compounds probed are AEFe2As2 (AE = Ca,Sr,Ba) and Fe1+yTe. For AE = Sr,Ba orbital fluctuations are detected above TS while for AE = Ca these fluctuations start below TS. Co doping preserves the orbital fluctuations while K doping suppresses it. The fluctuations are only seen at those dopings and temperatures where for detwinned crystals, an in-plane resistive anisotropy is known to exist. The normal state spectra thus provides evidence that PCS is sensitive to orbital fluctuations in the iron based superconductors. A thorough analysis of Ba(Fe1-xCo x)2As2 is performed and a new region on the phase diagram is defined where PCS picks up orbital fluctuations. Diagnostics performed to ensure the quality of the PCS junctions are discussed in detail. Preliminary data for dI/dV under applied magnetic field and compressive stress is also presented.

  5. The Leidenfrost point: Experimental study and assessment of existing models

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    Bernardin, J.D.; Mudawar, I.

    1999-11-01

    Recent demands for superior material properties and more efficient use of materials and production time are forcing manufacturers to develop intelligent processing techniques for enhanced process control in order to better dictate the end product. In the heat treatment and processing of metallic alloys, the desire to obtain parts of enhanced and uniform mechanical properties is requiring increased control over heat removal rates and enhanced temperature control. In particular, spray quenching has been shown to be an effective means to control and enhance the cooling rates of heat treatable aluminum alloys. This study presents a detailed and thorough parametric study of the Leidenfrost point (LFP), which serves as the temperature boundary between the transition and film boiling regimes. Sessile drop evaporation experiments were conducted with acetone, benzene, FC-72, and water on heated aluminum surfaces with either polished, particle blasted, or rough sanded finishes to observe the influential effects of fluid properties, surface roughness, and surface contamination on the LFP. A weak relationship between surface energies and the LFP was observed by performing droplet evaporation experiments with water on polished copper, nickel, and silver surfaces. Additional parameters which were investigated and found to have negligible influence on the LFP included liquid subcooling, liquid degassing, surface roughness on the polished level, and the presence of polishing paste residues. The accumulated LFP data of this study were used to assess several existing models which attempt to identify the mechanisms which govern the LFP. The disagreement between the experimental LFP values and those predicted by the various models suggests that an accurate and robust theoretical model which effectively captures the LFP mechanisms is currently unavailable.

  6. Study of freezing-point depression of selected food extracts

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    Tanaka, Fumihiko; Murata, Satoshi; Habara, Kazuhiro; Amaratunga, K.S.P.

    1996-12-31

    The phenomenon of freezing-point depression that accompanies the solute concentration of selected food extracts was investigated to reveal the characteristics of solid-liquid phase equilibrium. The freezing curves of various food extracts did not exhibit ideal solution behavior in the higher concentration range. The experimental data were fitted to new freezing-point depression equations by the method of nonlinear least squares, and the results clearly indicated that the calculated freezing points at various concentrations were in good agreement with the experimental data. Furthermore, by using the determined parameters, the freezing ratio and the activation coefficient were derived.

  7. A study on oxidized glassy carbon sheets for bipolar supercapacitor electrodes

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    Braun, A.; Baertsch, M.; Geiger, F.

    2000-07-01

    Electrochemical Double Layer Capacitors (EDLC) for high energy and power density applications, based on glassy carbon (GC) electrodes, are being developed in this laboratory. In the context of this project, GC sheets were oxidized and investigated with Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS), Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) and Nitrogen Gas Adsorption (BET). During oxidation on active film with open pores is built on the surface of the GC. Upon oxidation, the internal volumetric surface area of the active film decreases, whereas the volumetric electrochemical double layer capacitance increases. The authors show that this effect is correlated with the opening, the growth and the coalescence of the pores.

  8. Electrode immersion depth determination and control in electroslag remelting furnace

    DOEpatents

    Melgaard, David K. (Albuquerque, NM); Beaman, Joseph J. (Austin, TX); Shelmidine, Gregory J. (Tijeras, NM)

    2007-02-20

    An apparatus and method for controlling an electroslag remelting furnace comprising adjusting electrode drive speed by an amount proportional to a difference between a metric of electrode immersion and a set point, monitoring impedance or voltage, and calculating the metric of electrode immersion depth based upon a predetermined characterization of electrode immersion depth as a function of impedance or voltage.

  9. A mechanistic study of electron transfer from the distal termini of electrode-bound, single-stranded DNAs

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    Uzawa, Takanori; Cheng, Ryan R.; White, Ryan J.; Makarov, Dmitrii E.; Plaxco, Kevin W

    2010-01-01

    Electrode-bound, redox-reporter-modified oligonucleotides play roles in the functioning of a number of electrochemical biosensors, and thus the question of electron transfer through or from such molecules has proven of significant interest. In response, we have experimentally characterized the rate with which electrons are transferred between a methylene blue on the distal end of a short, single-stranded polythymine DNAs to a monolayer-coated gold electrode to which the other end of the DNA is site-specifically attached. We find that this rate scales with oligonucleotide length to the ?1.16±0.09 power. This weak, approximately inverse length dependence differs dramatically from the much stronger dependencies observed for the rates of end-to-end collisions in single-stranded DNA and through-oligonucleotide electron hopping. It instead coincides with the expected length dependence of a reaction-limited process in which the overall rate is proportional to the equilibrium probability that the end of the oligonucleotide chain approaches the surface. Studies of the ionic strength and viscosity dependencies of electron transfer further support this “chain-flexibility” mechanism, and studies of the electron transfer rate of methylene blue attached to the hexanethiol monolayer suggest that heterogeneous electron transfer through the monolayer is rate limiting. Thus, under the circumstances we have employed, the flexibility (i.e., the equilibrium statistical properties) of the oligonucleotide chain defines the rate with which an attached redox reporter transfers electrons to an underlying electrode, an observation that may be of utility in the design of new biosensor architectures. PMID:20964337

  10. Z-Pinch Wire-Electrode Contact Resistance Studies Using Weighted and Soft Metal Gasket Contacts*

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    Gomez, M. R.; Zier, J. C.; Thurtell, A. F.; French, D. M.; Gilgenbach, R. M.; Tang, W.; Lau, Y. Y.

    2008-11-01

    The contact made between z-pinch wires and electrodes has a significant effect on both the energy deposited in the wires and the uniformity of the expansion profile of the wires. We have shown that using soft metal gaskets can improve wire-electrode contact significantly over typical weighted contacts. Images of wire expansion profile and wire plasma emission will be presented for single and double wire shots on a 16 kA, 100 kV 4-stage Marx bank with 150 ns risetime. Bench resistance measurements for aluminum, stainless steel, and tungsten wires with diameters ranging from 7.5 um to 30 um will be presented. These measurements utilized both soft metal gasket contacts (gaskets include: indium, silver, aluminum, tin, and lead) and double-ended wire weight contacts (weights ranged from 0.4 g to 1.9 g). *This research was supported by U. S. DoE through Sandia National Laboratories award document numbers 240985, 768225, 790791 and 805234 to the University of Michigan. MRG supported by NNSA Fellowship and JCZ supported by NPSC Fellowship sponsored by Sandia National Labs.

  11. In-situ Spectroscopic and Structural Studies of Electrode Materials for Advanced Battery Applications

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    Daniel A Scherson

    2013-03-14

    Techniques have been developed and implemented to gain insight into fundamental factors that affect the performance of electrodes in Li and Li-ion batteries and other energy storage devices. These include experimental strategies for monitoring the Raman scattering spectra of single microparticles of carbon and transition metal oxides as a function of their state of charge. Measurements were performed in electrolytes of direct relevance to Li and Li-Ion batteries both in the static and dynamic modes. In addition, novel strategies were devised for performing conventional experiments in ultrahigh vacuum environments under conditions which eliminate effects associated with presence of impurities, using ultrapure electrolytes, both of the polymeric and ionic liquid type that display no measurable vapor pressure. Also examined was the reactivity of conventional non aqueous solvent toward ultrapure Li films as monitored in ultrahigh vacuum with external reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Also pursued were efforts toward developing applying Raman-scattering for monitoring the flow of charge of a real Li ion battery. Such time-resolved, spatially-resolved measurements are key to validating the results of theoretical simulations involving real electrode structures.

  12. Electrochemical and kinetic studies of ultrafast laser structured LiFePO4 electrodes

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    Mangang, M.; Gotcu-Freis, P.; Seifert, H. J.; Pfleging, W.

    2015-03-01

    Due to a growing demand of cost-efficient lithium-ion batteries with an increased energy and power density as well as an increased life-time, the focus is set on intercalation cathode materials like LiFePO4. It has a high practical capacity, is environmentally friendly and has low material costs. However, its low electrical conductivity and low ionic diffusivity are major drawbacks for its use in electrochemical storage devices or electric vehicles. By adding conductive agents, the electrical conductivity can be enhanced. By increasing the surface of the cathode material which is in direct contact with the liquid electrolyte the lithium-ion diffusion kinetics can be improved. A new approach to increase the surface of the active material without changing the active particle packing density or the weight proportion of carbon black is the laser-assisted generation of 3D surface structures in electrode materials. In this work, ultrafast laser radiation was used to create a defined surface structure in LiFePO4 electrodes. It was shown that by using ultrashort laser pulses instead of nanosecond laser pulses, the ablation efficiency could be significantly increased. Furthermore, melting and debris formation were reduced. To investigate the diffusion kinetics, electrochemical methods such as cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic intermittent titration technique were applied. It could be shown that due to a laser generated 3D structure, the lithium-ion diffusion kinetic, the capacity retention and cell life-time can be significantly improved.

  13. Cyclic voltammetry at TCNQ and TTF-TCNQ modified platinum electrodes: A study of the glucose oxidase/glucose and galactose oxidase/galactose systems

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    Hale, P.D.; Skotheim, T.A.

    1988-01-01

    Recent work has shown that the synthetic metal TTF-TCNQ can be used as an electrode material for the oxidation of enzymes containing the prosthetic group flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD). This direct electron transfer (direct in the sense that oxygen is not a mediator) between reduced enzyme and electrode, a process which does not occur to any measurable extent at a typical metal electrode, is not very well understood. In the present work, electron transfer between reduced glucose oxidase and TTF-TCNQ is investigated using cyclic voltammetry, and it is also shown that TCNQ itself can mediate this electron transfer between the enzyme and a platinum electrode. In addition to the glucose oxidase studies, cyclic voltammetric experiments have been performed on the galactose oxidase system, which contains a copper redox center rather than FAD. The results of these experiments demonstrate that the catalytic ability of TTF-TCNQ in enzyme-based electrochemical sensors is quite general. 15 refs., 4 figs.

  14. A Study on a Lightning-Surge Analysis Composite Model of a Reinforced Concrete Pole and a Grounding Electrode in Power Distribution Lines

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    Miyazaki, Teru; Okabe, Shigemitsu; Mori, Kenjirou; Aiba, Kiyoshi; Hirai, Takao; Yoshinaga, Jun; Sekioka, Shozo

    It has been well known for many years that grounding resistance has a current-dependent characteristic due to soil ionization. Moreover reinforced concrete poles should be treated as a kind of grounding electrode against lightning strokes. However, these characteristics were seldom taken into account for lightning-protection designs. If these characteristics are represented in EMTP models for lightning protection designs, the rationalization of the lightning protection designs for distribution lines is expected. In order to clarify transient behaviors of a system of a grounding electrode and a concrete pole, experiments were conducted with full-scale grounding systems. In this study, the paper described a composite model of a reinforced concrete pole and a grounding electrode for distribution lines and compared the calculated waveforms with measured waveforms of the experiments. The results show that it is necessary to take a current-dependent characteristic into account and treat concrete poles as a kind of grounding electrode.

  15. A study on prevention of an electric discharge at an extraction electrode of an electron cyclotron resonance ion source for cancer therapy

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    Kishii, Y. Kawasaki, S.; Kitagawa, A.; Muramatsu, M.; Uchida, T.; Graduate School of Interdisciplinary New Science, Toyo University, 2100 Kujirai, Kawagoe 350-8585

    2014-02-15

    A compact ECR ion source has utilized for carbon radiotherapy. In order to increase beam intensity with higher electric field at the extraction electrode and be better ion supply stability for long periods, electric geometry and surface conditions of an extraction electrode have been studied. Focusing attention on black deposited substances on the extraction electrode, which were observed around the extraction electrode after long-term use, the relation between black deposited substances and the electrical insulation property is investigated. The black deposited substances were inspected for the thickness of deposit, surface roughness, structural arrangement examined using Raman spectroscopy, and characteristics of electric discharge in a test bench, which was set up to simulate the ECR ion source.

  16. Cermet electrode

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    Maskalick, Nicholas J. (Pittsburgh, PA)

    1988-08-30

    Disclosed is a cermet electrode consisting of metal particles of nickel, cobalt, iron, or alloys or mixtures thereof immobilized by zirconia stabilized in cubic form which contains discrete deposits of about 0.1 to about 5% by weight of praseodymium, dysprosium, terbium, or a mixture thereof. The solid oxide electrode can be made by covering a substrate with particles of nickel, cobalt, iron, or mixtures thereof, growing a stabilized zirconia solid oxide skeleton around the particles thereby immobilizing them, contacting the skeleton with a compound of praseodymium, dysprosium, terbium, or a mixture thereof, and heating the skeleton to a temperature of at least 500.degree. C. The electrode can also be made by preparing a slurry of nickel, cobalt, iron, or mixture and a compound of praseodymium, dysprosium, terbium, or a mixture thereof, depositing the slurry on a substrate, heating the slurry to dryness, and growing a stabilized zirconia skeleton around the metal particles.

  17. Directly Grown Nanostructured Electrodes for High Volumetric Energy Density Binder-Free Hybrid Supercapacitors: A Case Study of CNTs//Li4Ti5O12

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    Zuo, Wenhua; Wang, Chong; Li, Yuanyuan; Liu, Jinping

    2015-01-01

    Hybrid supercapacitor (HSC), which typically consists of a Li-ion battery electrode and an electric double-layer supercapacitor electrode, has been extensively investigated for large-scale applications such as hybrid electric vehicles, etc. Its application potential for thin-film downsized energy storage systems that always prefer high volumetric energy/power densities, however, has not yet been explored. Herein, as a case study, we develop an entirely binder-free HSC by using multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) network film as the cathode and Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) nanowire array as the anode and study the volumetric energy storage capability. Both the electrode materials are grown directly on carbon cloth current collector, ensuring robust mechanical/electrical contacts and flexibility. Our 3?V HSC device exhibits maximum volumetric energy density of ~4.38?mWh cm?3, much superior to those of previous supercapacitors based on thin-film electrodes fabricated directly on carbon cloth and even comparable to the commercial thin-film lithium battery. It also has volumetric power densities comparable to that of the commercial 5.5?V/100?mF supercapacitor (can be operated within 3?s) and has excellent cycling stability (~92% retention after 3000 cycles). The concept of utilizing binder-free electrodes to construct HSC for thin-film energy storage may be readily extended to other HSC electrode systems. PMID:25586374

  18. Directly Grown Nanostructured Electrodes for High Volumetric Energy Density Binder-Free Hybrid Supercapacitors: A Case Study of CNTs//Li4Ti5O12

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    Zuo, Wenhua; Wang, Chong; Li, Yuanyuan; Liu, Jinping

    2015-01-01

    Hybrid supercapacitor (HSC), which typically consists of a Li-ion battery electrode and an electric double-layer supercapacitor electrode, has been extensively investigated for large-scale applications such as hybrid electric vehicles, etc. Its application potential for thin-film downsized energy storage systems that always prefer high volumetric energy/power densities, however, has not yet been explored. Herein, as a case study, we develop an entirely binder-free HSC by using multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) network film as the cathode and Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) nanowire array as the anode and study the volumetric energy storage capability. Both the electrode materials are grown directly on carbon cloth current collector, ensuring robust mechanical/electrical contacts and flexibility. Our 3 V HSC device exhibits maximum volumetric energy density of ~4.38 mWh cm-3, much superior to those of previous supercapacitors based on thin-film electrodes fabricated directly on carbon cloth and even comparable to the commercial thin-film lithium battery. It also has volumetric power densities comparable to that of the commercial 5.5 V/100 mF supercapacitor (can be operated within 3 s) and has excellent cycling stability (~92% retention after 3000 cycles). The concept of utilizing binder-free electrodes to construct HSC for thin-film energy storage may be readily extended to other HSC electrode systems.

  19. Directly grown nanostructured electrodes for high volumetric energy density binder-free hybrid supercapacitors: a case study of CNTs//Li4Ti5O12.

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    Zuo, Wenhua; Wang, Chong; Li, Yuanyuan; Liu, Jinping

    2015-01-01

    Hybrid supercapacitor (HSC), which typically consists of a Li-ion battery electrode and an electric double-layer supercapacitor electrode, has been extensively investigated for large-scale applications such as hybrid electric vehicles, etc. Its application potential for thin-film downsized energy storage systems that always prefer high volumetric energy/power densities, however, has not yet been explored. Herein, as a case study, we develop an entirely binder-free HSC by using multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) network film as the cathode and Li(4)Ti(5)O(12) (LTO) nanowire array as the anode and study the volumetric energy storage capability. Both the electrode materials are grown directly on carbon cloth current collector, ensuring robust mechanical/electrical contacts and flexibility. Our 3 V HSC device exhibits maximum volumetric energy density of ~4.38 mWh cm(-3), much superior to those of previous supercapacitors based on thin-film electrodes fabricated directly on carbon cloth and even comparable to the commercial thin-film lithium battery. It also has volumetric power densities comparable to that of the commercial 5.5 V/100 mF supercapacitor (can be operated within 3 s) and has excellent cycling stability (~92% retention after 3000 cycles). The concept of utilizing binder-free electrodes to construct HSC for thin-film energy storage may be readily extended to other HSC electrode systems. PMID:25586374

  20. Photoelectrochemical electrodes

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    Williams, R. M.; Rembaum, A. (inventors)

    1983-01-01

    The surface of a moderate band gap semiconductor such as p-type molybdenum sulfide is modified to contain an adherent film of charge mediating ionene polymer containing an electroactive unit such as bipyridimium. Electron transport between the electrode and the mediator film is favorable and photocorrosion and recombination processes are suppressed. Incorporation of particles of catalyst such as platinum within the film provides a reduction in overvoltage. The polymer film is readily deposited on the electrode surface and can be rendered stable by ionic or addition crosslinking. Catalyst can be predispersed in the polymer film or a salt can be impregnated into the film and reduced therein.

  1. Electrochemical, interfacial, and surface studies of the conversion of carbon dioxide to liquid fuels on tin electrodes

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    Wu, Jingjie

    The electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) into liquid fuels especially coupling with the intermittent renewable electricity offers a promising means of storing electricity in chemical form, which reduces the dependence on fossil fuels and mitigates the negative impact of anthropogenic CO2 emissions on the planet. Although converting CO2 to fuels is not in itself a new concept, the field has not substantially advanced in the last 30 years primarily because of the challenge of discovery of structural electrocatalysts and the development of membrane architectures for efficient collection of reactants and separation of products. An efficient catalyst for the electrochemical conversion of CO2 to fuels must be capable of mediating a proton-coupled electron transfer reaction at low overpotentials, reducing CO2 in the presence of water, selectively converting CO 2 to desirable chemicals, and sustaining long-term operations (Chapter 1). My Ph.D. research was an investigation of the electroreduction of CO2 on tin-based electrodes and development of an electrochemical cell to convert CO2 to liquid fuels. The initial study focused on understanding the CO2 reduction reaction chemistry in the electrical double layer with an emphasis on the effects of electrostatic adsorption of cations, specific adsorption of anion and electrolyte concentration on the potential and proton concentration at outer Helmholtz plane at which reduction reaction occurs. The variation of potential and proton concentration at outer Helmholtz plane accounts for the difference in activity and selectivity towards CO2 reduction when using different electrolytes (Chapter 2). Central to the highly efficient CO2 reduction is an optimum microstructure of catalyst layer in the Sn gas diffusion electrode (GDE) consisting of 100 nm Sn nanoparticles to facilitate gas diffusion and charge transfer. This microstructure in terms of the proton conductor fraction and catalyst layer thickness was optimized to maximize the triple phase boundary length for simultaneous high current density and selectivity towards formate formation (Chapter 3). The Sn GDEs was incorporated into a home-designed scalable full electrochemical cell which features a buffer layer of circulating liquid electrolyte mediating the proton concentration at cathode electrode surface. The Sn GDEs exhibited excellent short-term performance for CO2 reduction with high selectivity towards formate formation at low overpotentials in the full electrochemical cell. Additionally, coupling water oxidation and CO2 reduction was demonstrated in this full electrochemical cell to mimic biosynthesis (Chapter 4). The rapid degradation of selectivity towards formate formation on Sn GDEs in the full electrochemical cell, however, was observed during long-term operation. The degradation mechanism was unraveled due to the decrease of electrode potential resulted from substantial increase of internal ohmic resistance of the full electrochemical cell. The unexpected rise of internal ohmic resistance was attributed to the pulverization of 100 nm Sn nanoparticles due to the hydrogen diffusion induced stress. Based on the understanding of the origin of Sn nanoparticles pulverization, SnO2 nanoparticles of 3˜3.5 nm close to the critical size were utilized and reduced in situ to form Sn catalyst for electrochemical reduction of CO2. The pulverization was suppressed and subsequently a stable performance of electrodes was obtained (Chapter 5). Due to the affinity to oxygen, Sn nanoparticle surface is covered by a native thin oxide layer. The performance of Sn GDEs towards CO2 reduction strongly depends on the initial thickness of the surface oxide layer. The selectivity towards formate production dropped while the hydrogen yield increased as the initial thickness of the oxide layer increased (Chapter 6). These results suggest the underlying of surface structure on the selectivity of Sn electrode for CO2 reduction and provide insight into the development of more efficient catalysts.

  2. Two-point bend studies of glass fibers

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    Tang, Zhongzhi

    The principal objective of this research is to advance our understanding of how glass breaks. Glass, a material well known for its brittleness, has been used widely but within a frustrating limit of its strength. Generally, strength is not considered as an intrinsic property of glass, due to the difficulty of avoiding the presence of flaws on the sample surface. The fiber drawing system and two-point bending (TPB) equipment developed at Missouri S&T allow the fabrication of pristine glass fibers and failure strain measurements while minimizing the effects of strength limiting critical flaws. Several conditions affect the failure behavior of glasses, including glass composition, thermal history of melts and environmental conditions during the failure tests. Understanding how these conditions affect failure helps us understand how glass fails. In this dissertation, failure strains for many different silicate and borate glasses were measured under a variety of experimental conditions. Failure stresses for various silicate glasses were calculated using values of the nonlinear elastic moduli reported in the literature. Inert intrinsic strengths for alkali silicate glasses were related to the structure and corresponding bond strengths, and the dependence of the inert strengths on faceplate velocity is discussed. Inert failure strains were also obtained for sodium borate glasses. Up to ˜40% failure strain was measured for vitreous B2O 3. The addition of soda to boron oxide increases the dimensionality and connectivity of the glass structure and hence increases its resistance to deformation, as was observed in elasticity and brittleness measurements reported in the literature. The increase in deformation resistance produces lower failure strains, a behavior also seen for alkali silicate and aluminosilicate glasses where the reduction of non-bridging oxygen increases the structure stiffness and leads to lower inert failure strain. Fatigue effects on silicate glasses were studied by measuring the failure strains in water at different temperatures and at different loading rates, and in air with a range of relative humidities. The dominant fatigue reaction for cross-linked network glasses is bond hydrolysis, whereas for alkali modified depolymerized glasses is ion-exchange reaction between alkali ions and water species. The fatigue mechanism difference results in the difference in the humidity sensitivity of the reaction rate. The dominant fatigue reaction also changes at around 50% relative humidity.

  3. Os layers spontaneously deposited on the Pt(111) electrode : XPS, STM and GIF-XAS study.

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    Rhee, C. K.; Wakisaka, M.; Tolmachev, Y.; Johnston, C.; Haasch, R.; Attenkofer, K.; Lu, G. Q.; You, H.; Wieckowski, A.; Univ. of Illinois Champaigh-Urbana

    2003-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) characterized adlayers of spontaneously deposited osmium on a Pt(111) electrode were investigated using ex-situ X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and in-situ grazing incidence fluorescence X-ray absorption spectroscopy (GIF-XAS). After a single spontaneous deposition, monoatomic (or nearly monoatomic) nanoislands of osmium are formed. The island diameter varies from 2 to 5 nm depending on the Os coverage, which in turn is adjusted by varying the concentration of the Os precursor salt (OsCl3) in the deposition bath and/or by the deposition time. XPS reveals three oxidation states: a metallic Os (the 4f7/2 core level binding energy of 50.8 eV), Os(IV) (51.5 eV) and Os(VIII) (52.4 eV). The metallic osmium exists at potentials below 500 mV (vs. RHE) while above 500 mV osmium is oxidized to Os(IV). Electrodissolution of osmium begins above 900 mV and occurs simultaneously with platinum oxidation. At ca. 1200 mV V versus the RHE reference, the oxidation state of some small amounts of osmium that survive dissolution is the Os(VIII). We demonstrate, for the first time, that mixed or odd valencies of osmium exist on the platinum surface at potentials higher that 800 mV. In-situ GIF-XAS measurements of an Os LIII edge also reveal the presence of three Os oxidation states. Namely, below the electrode potential of 400 mV, the X-ray fluorescent energy at maximum absorption is 10.8765 keV, and is characteristic of the metallic Os. In the potential range between 500 and 1000 mV this energy is gradually shifted to higher values, assignable to higher valencies of osmium, like Os(IV). This tendency continues to higher potentials consistent with the third, highly oxidized osmium form present, most likely Os(VIII). The variation of the 'raw edge jump height' of Os with the electrode potential, which is equivalent to a drop in osmium surface concentration, demonstrates that the electrochemical stripping of Os begins below 1.0 V versus RHE, as expected from voltammetry. Also, the observed intensity of the white line of Os in the 100-400 mV region is larger than the value reported for metallic bulk Os. This discrepancy may result from the difference in the electronic properties of the metallic Os layers on Pt(111) and the metallic bulk Os: in the potential region between 100 and 400 mV, the 5d electrons in Os and Pt form a mixed electronic band, and the density of electronic states near the Fermi level, the main factor determining the white line intensity, may not be the same as in metallic bulk. The presented results on osmium adlayers are much more comprehensive than those available in our previous work due to the combined STM, GIF-XAS and XPS investigations. A nearly perfect convergence of the in situ and ex situ data is one of the main research outcomes of this project. Finally, platinum XPS spectra taken in the context of Os electrooxidation from the electrode surface are also presented and conclusions are made, that up to 900 mV platinum remain metallic, irrespective of a significant osmium oxidation on its surface.

  4. Production and study of megawatt air-nitrogen plasmatron with divergent channel of an output electrode

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    Isakaev, E. H.; Chinnov, V. F.; Tyuftyaev, A. S.; Gadzhiev, M. Kh; Sargsyan, M. A.; Konovalov, P. V.

    2015-11-01

    Megawatt generator of high-enthalpy air plasma jet (H ? 30 kJ/g) is constructed. Plasmatron belongs to the class of plasma torches with thermionic cathode, tangential swirl flow and divergent channel of an output electrode-anode. Plasma torch ensures the formation of the slightly divergent (2? = 12°) air plasma jet with the diameter D = 50 mm. The current-voltage characteristics of the plasma torch has virtually unchanged voltage relative to its current with enhanced (compared with arcs in cylindrical channels) stable combustion zone. Preliminary analysis of the obtained air plasma spectra shows that at a current of 1500 A near-axis zone of the plasma jet is characterized by a temperature of up to 15000 K, and the peripheral radiating area has a temperature of 8000-9000 K.

  5. Fabrication and heating rate study of microscopic surface electrode ion traps

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    N. Daniilidis; S. Narayanan; S. A. Möller; R. Clark; T. E. Lee; P. J. Leek; A. Wallraff; St. Schulz; F. Schmidt-Kaler; H. Häffner

    2010-09-15

    We report heating rate measurements in a microfabricated gold-on-sapphire surface electrode ion trap with trapping height of approximately 240 micron. Using the Doppler recooling method, we characterize the trap heating rates over an extended region of the trap. The noise spectral density of the trap falls in the range of noise spectra reported in ion traps at room temperature. We find that during the first months of operation the heating rates increase by approximately one order of magnitude. The increase in heating rates is largest in the ion loading region of the trap, providing a strong hint that surface contamination plays a major role for excessive heating rates. We discuss data found in the literature and possible relation of anomalous heating to sources of noise and dissipation in other systems, namely impurity atoms adsorbed on metal surfaces and amorphous dielectrics.

  6. Study of QCD critical point using the canonical ensemble method

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    Anyi Li

    2010-03-06

    The existence of the QCD critical point at non-zero baryon density is not only of great interest for experimental physics but also a challenge for the theory. Any hint of the existence of the first order phase transition and, particularly, its critical point will be valuable towards a full understanding of the QCD phase diagram. We use lattice simulation based on the canonical ensemble method to explore the finite baryon density and finite temperature region and look for the QCD critical point. As a benchmark, we run simulations for the four degenerate flavor QCD where we observe a clear signal of the expected first order phase transition. In the two flavor case, we do not see any signal for temperatures as low as $0.83 \\rm{T_c}$. Although our real world contains two light quarks and one heavier quark, three degenerate flavor case shares a lot of similar phase structures as the QCD. We scan the phase diagram using clover fermions with $m_\\pi \\approx 700{MeV}$ on $6^3\\times4$ lattices. The baryon chemical potential is measured as we increase the baryon number and we see the characteristic "S-shape" that signals the first order phase transition. We determine the phase boundaries by Maxwell construction and report our preliminary results for the location of critical point for the present lattice.

  7. Strain-based in-situ study of anion and cation insertion into porous carbon electrodes with different pore sizes

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    Black, Jennifer M; Feng, Guang; Fulvio, Pasquale F; Hillesheim, Patrick C; Dai, Sheng; Gogotsi, Yury G.; Cummings, Peter T; Kalinin, Sergei V; Balke, Nina

    2013-01-01

    The expansion of porous carbon electrodes in a room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) is studied using in-situ atomic force microscopy (AFM). The effect of carbon surface area and pore size/pore size distribution on the observed strain profile and ion kinetics is examined. Also, the influence of potential scan rate on the strain response is investigated. By analyzing the strain data at various potential scan rates information on ion kinetics in the different carbon materials is obtained. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are performed to compare with and provide molecular insights into experimental results, which is the first MD work investigating the pressure exerted on porous electrodes under applied potential in a RTIL electrolyte. Using MD, the pressure exerted on the pore wall is calculated as a function of potential/charge for both a micropore (1.2 nm) and a mesopore (7.0 nm). The shape of the calculated pressure profile matches closely with the strain profiles observed experimentally.

  8. Potential dependence of self-assembled porphyrin layers on a Cu(111) electrode surface: In-situ STM study

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    Phan, Thanh Hai; Kosmala, Tomaz; Wandelt, Klaus

    2015-01-01

    The adsorption of redox-active 5,10,15,20-Tetrakis(4-trimethylammoniophenyl) porphyrin tetra(p-toluenesulfonate) molecules, abbreviated as [H2TTMAPP]4+, on a chloride pre-covered Cu(111) electrode surface was studied in an electrochemical environment by means of combined cyclic voltammetry (CV) and in situ electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (EC-STM). The [H2TTMAPP]4+ molecules adsorb spontaneously on the c(p ×?{ 3}) Cl/Cu(111) surface and form a highly ordered 2D monolayer once the supporting electrolyte (10 mM HCl) is replaced by the molecule containing electrolyte (10 mM HCl + 0.1 mM H2TTMAPP) at a potential of E = + 20 mV vs. RHE (reversible hydrogen electrode). This ordered phase undergoes a phase transition into a disordered one once the [H2TTMAPP]4+ molecules pass through the first reduction step at negative potentials. In contrast, at positive potentials, the copper corrosion process, taking place at step-edges with predominant < 2 bar 11 > directions, is not prevented by the presence of the [H2TTMAPP]4+ adlayer.

  9. Rotating Ring-Disk Electrode and Quantum-Chemical Study of the Electrochemical Reduction of Monoiodoacetic Acid and Iodoform.

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    Ma, Jing; Yan, Mingquan; Kuznetsov, Andrey M; Masliy, Aleksey N; Ji, Guodong; Korshin, Gregory V

    2015-11-17

    This study examined the electrochemical (EC) reduction of monoiodoacetic acid (MIAA) and iodoform (CHI3), which are typical iodine-containing disinfection byproducts (I-DBPs). Experiments carried out using the method of a rotating ring-disk electrode (RRDE) with a gold working electrode showed that the reduction of CHI3 and MIAA is diffusion-controlled. The MIAA diffusion coefficient was determined to be (1.86 ± 0.24)·10(-5) cm(2) s(-1). The yield of the iodide ion formed as a result of MIAA or CHI3 reduction was affected by the presence of dissolved organic matter (DOM) and resorcinol. Increasing concentrations of DOM or resorcinol did not affect the EC reduction of the examined I-DBPs, but the formation of iodide was suppressed. This indicated that free iodine, ·I, was formed as a result of the first step in the EC reduction of MIAA and CHI3. This also indicated that the pathway of the EC reduction of MIAA and CHI3 was different from that typical for the reduction of Br- and Cl-containing DBPs, in which case Br(-) or Cl(-) tend to be formed as a result of the electron transfer. Quantum-chemical (QC) calculations confirmed the thermodynamic likelihood of and possible preference to the formation of free iodine species as a result of the EC reduction of MIAA, CHI3, and other I-DBPs. PMID:26496660

  10. STUDIES ON TWO CLASSES OF POSITIVE ELECTRODE MATERIALS FOR LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES

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    Wilcox, James D.

    2008-12-18

    The development of advanced lithium-ion batteries is key to the success of many technologies, and in particular, hybrid electric vehicles. In addition to finding materials with higher energy and power densities, improvements in other factors such as cost, toxicity, lifetime, and safety are also required. Lithium transition metal oxide and LiFePO{sub 4}/C composite materials offer several distinct advantages in achieving many of these goals and are the focus of this report. Two series of layered lithium transition metal oxides, namely LiNi{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3-y}M{sub y}Mn{sub 1/3}O{sub 2} (M=Al, Co, Fe, Ti) and LiNi{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.2-y}M{sub y}Mn{sub 0.4}O{sub 2} (M = Al, Co, Fe), have been synthesized. The effect of substitution on the crystal structure is related to shifts in transport properties and ultimately to the electrochemical performance. Partial aluminum substitution creates a high-rate positive electrode material capable of delivering twice the discharge capacity of unsubstituted materials. Iron substituted materials suffer from limited electrochemical performance and poor cycling stability due to the degradation of the layered structure. Titanium substitution creates a very high rate positive electrode material due to a decrease in the anti-site defect concentration. LiFePO{sub 4} is a very promising electrode material but suffers from poor electronic and ionic conductivity. To overcome this, two new techniques have been developed to synthesize high performance LiFePO{sub 4}/C composite materials. The use of graphitization catalysts in conjunction with pyromellitic acid leads to a highly graphitic carbon coating on the surface of LiFePO{sub 4} particles. Under the proper conditions, the room temperature electronic conductivity can be improved by nearly five orders of magnitude over untreated materials. Using Raman spectroscopy, the improvement in conductivity and rate performance of such materials has been related to the underlying structure of the carbon films. The combustion synthesis of LiFePO4 materials allows for the formation of nanoscale active material particles with high-quality carbon coatings in a quick and inexpensive fashion. The carbon coating is formed during the initial combustion process at temperatures that exceed the thermal stability limit of LiFePO{sub 4}. The olivine structure is then formed after a brief calcination at lower temperatures in a controlled environment. The carbon coating produced in this manner has an improved graphitic character and results in superior electrochemical performance. The potential co-synthesis of conductive carbon entities, such as carbon nanotubes and fibers, is also briefly discussed.

  11. Study of the effect of semi-infinite crystalline electrodes on transmission of gold atomic wires using DFT

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    Sattar, Abdul; Yasmeen, Sumaira; Javed, Hafsa; Latif, Hamid; Mahmood, Hasan; Iqbal, Azmat; Usman, Arslan; Akhtar, Majid Niaz; Khan, Salman Naeem; Dousti, M R

    2015-01-01

    First principle calculations of the conductance of gold wires containing 3-8 atoms each with 2.39 {\\AA} bond length were performed using density functional theory. Three different configuration of wire/electrodes were used. For zigzag wire with semi-infinite crystalline electrodes, even-odd oscillation is observed which is consistent with the previously reported results. A lower conductance was observed for the chain in semi-infinite crystalline electrodes compared to the chains suspended in wire-like electrode. The calculated transmission spectrum for the straight and zig-zag wires suspended between semi-infinite crystalline electrodes showed suppression of transmission channels due to electron scattering occurring at the electrode-wire interface.

  12. Microfluidic Device with Tunable Post Arrays and Integrated Electrodes for Studying Cellular Release

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    Selimovic, Asmira; Erkal, Jayda L.; Spence, Dana M.; Martin, R. Scott

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we describe the development of a planar, pillar array device that can be used to image either side of a tunable membrane, as well as sample and detect small molecules in a cell-free region of the microchip. The pores are created by sealing two parallel PDMS microchannels (a cell channel and a collector channel) over a gold pillar array (5 or 10 µm in height), with the device being characterized and optimized for small molecule cross-over while excluding a flowing cell line (here, red blood cells, RBCs). The device was characterized in terms of the flow rate dependence of cross-over of analyte and cell exclusion as well as the ability to perform amperometric detection of catechol and nitric oxide (NO) as they cross-over into the collector channel. Using catechol as the test analyte, the limits of detection (LOD) of the cross-over for the 10 µm and 5 µm pillar array heights were shown to be 50 nM and 106 nM, respectively. Detection of NO was made possible with a glassy carbon detection electrode (housed in the collector channel) modified with Pt-black and Nafion, to enhance sensitivity and selectivity, respectively. Reproducible cross-over of NO as a function of concentration resulted in a linear correlation (r2 = 0.995, 7.6 µM - 190 µM), with an LOD for NO of 230 nM on the glassy carbon-Pt-black-0.05% Nafion electrode. The applicability of the device was demonstrated by measuring the NO released from hypoxic RBCs, with the device allowing the released NO to cross-over into a cell free channel where it was detected in close to real-time. This type of device is an attractive alternative to the use of 3-dimensional devices with polycarbonate membranes, as either side of the membrane can be imaged and facile integration of electrochemical detection is possible. PMID:25105251

  13. In?Situ Powder Diffraction Studies of Electrode Materials in Rechargeable Batteries.

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    Sharma, Neeraj; Pang, Wei Kong; Guo, Zaiping; Peterson, Vanessa K

    2015-09-01

    The ability to directly track the charge carrier in a battery as it inserts/extracts from an electrode during charge/discharge provides unparalleled insight for researchers into the working mechanism of the device. This crystallographic-electrochemical information can be used to design new materials or modify electrochemical conditions to improve battery performance characteristics, such as lifetime. Critical to collecting operando data used to obtain such information in?situ while a battery functions are X-ray and neutron diffractometers with sufficient spatial and temporal resolution to capture complex and subtle structural changes. The number of operando battery experiments has dramatically increased in recent years, particularly those involving neutron powder diffraction. Herein, the importance of structure-property relationships to understanding battery function, why in?situ experimentation is critical to this, and the types of experiments and electrochemical cells required to obtain such information are described. For each battery type, selected research that showcases the power of in?situ and operando diffraction experiments to understand battery function is highlighted and future opportunities for such experiments are discussed. The intention is to encourage researchers to use in?situ and operando techniques and to provide a concise overview of this area of research. PMID:26223736

  14. Parametric Study of Plasma Torch Operation Using a MHD Model Coupling the Arc and Electrodes

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    Alaya, M.; Chazelas, C.; Vardelle, A.

    2015-10-01

    Coupling of the electromagnetic and heat transfer phenomena in a non-transferred arc plasma torch is generally based on a current density profile and a temperature imposed on the cathode surface. However, it is not possible to observe the current density profile experimentally and so the computations are grounded on an estimation of current distribution at cathode tip. To eliminate this boundary condition and be able to predict the arc dynamics in the plasma torch, the cathode was included in the computational domain, the arc current was imposed on the rear surface of the cathode, and the electromagnetism and energy conservation equations for the fluid and the electrode were coupled and solved. The solution of this system of equations was implemented in a CFD computer code to model various plasma torch operating conditions. The model predictions for various arc currents were consistent and indicated that such a model could be applied with confidence to plasma torches of different geometries, such as cascaded-anode plasma torches.

  15. Studies on Supercapacitor Electrode Material from Activated Lignin-Derived Mesoporous Carbon

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    Saha, Dipendu; Li, Yunchao; Bi, Zhonghe; Chen, Jihua; Keum, Jong Kahk; Hensley, Dale K; Grappe, Hippolyte A.; Meyer III, Harry M; Dai, Sheng; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Naskar, Amit K

    2014-01-01

    We synthesized mesoporous carbon from pre-cross-linked lignin gel impregnated with a surfactant as the pore-forming agent, and then activated the carbon through physical and chemical methods to obtain activated mesoporous carbon. The activated mesoporous carbons exhibited 1.5- to 6-fold increases in porosity with a maximum BET specific surface area of 1148 m2/g and a pore volume of 1.0 cm3/g. Slow physical activation helped retain dominant mesoporosity; however, aggressive chemical activation caused some loss of the mesopore volume fraction. Plots of cyclic voltammetric data with the capacitor electrode made from these carbons showed an almost rectangular curve depicting the behavior of ideal double-layer capacitance. Although the pristine mesoporous carbon exhibited the same range of surface-area-based capacitance as that of other known carbon-based supercapacitors, activation decreased the surface-area-based specific capacitance and increased the gravimetric-specific capacitance of the mesoporous carbons. Surface activation lowered bulk density and electrical conductivity. Warburg impedance as a vertical tail in the lower frequency domain of Nyquist plots supported good supercapacitor behavior for the activated mesoporous carbons. Our work demonstrated that biomass-derived mesoporous carbon materials continue to show potential for use in specific electrochemical applications.

  16. Particle Transportation Using Programmable Electrode Arrays

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    Kua, C.H.

    This study presents a technique to manipulate particles in microchannels using arrays of individually excitable electrodes. These electrodes were energized sequentially to form a non-uniform electric field that moved along ...

  17. Electrode structures

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    Brennan, M.P.

    1981-01-06

    In a sodium sulphur cell, a cathode electrode of annular form comprising a plurality of segments, each of trapezoidal form in cross-section and joined by webs along a longer edge of each segment so that the assembly is foldable to form a substantially annular structure. This electrode may be made by compressing a blanket or sheet of carbon or graphite felt or fibres in a heated mould, which is shaped to produce the segments joined by thin webs, the material being impregnated with sulphur or sodium polysulphide before or after insertion in the mould, and the material being cooled before removal from the mould. Alternatively, the segments may be formed from the blanket or sheet by using shaped rolls, the material being cooled, E.G. By water or air, as it leaves the rolls.

  18. Fabrication of ion-conducting carbon-polymer composite electrodes by spin-coating

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    Põldsalu, Inga; Mändmaa, Sven-Erik; Peikolainen, Anna-Liisa; Kesküla, Arko; Aabloo, Alvo

    2015-04-01

    We report a fabricating method for ion-conducting carbon electrodes on top of industrially produced PVDF membrane by spin-coating. Spin-coating is desirable due to its potential application in large-scale actuator manufacturing and its possibility to produce very thin electrodes. The industrial grade membrane was chosen in order to investigate more accurately the results of spin-coating without considering the deviations present in a hand-made membrane. Spin-coating and surface resistivity measurements via four-point probe were described in further detail. The production process of electrode suspension and suspension dispensing were developed and fine-tuned. The spin coater was programmed to obtain electrodes with uniform electrical properties. The arrangement of the spin coater was slightly altered to remove swelling and bubble formation effects concurrent with usage of the porous membrane. Electrodes produced with the developed method were measured and analyzed. Thickness of the film was measured with micrometer screw gauge and four-point probe was used to measure sheet resistivity, in addition film was studied under scanning electron microscope. In best cases the coefficient of variation for sheet conductivity was 6.2%. For all electrode sheet conductivities the median coefficient of variation was 7%. The thickness of the electrodes varied from 6 to 23 ?m. As a proof of concept for the developed method a working actuator with spin-coated electrodes was produced.

  19. Restructuring of porous nickel electrodes

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    Lenhart, S.J.; Macdonald, D.D.; Pound, B.G.

    1984-08-01

    A transmission line model for the electrochemical impedance of porous electrodes was used to study the degradation of nickel battery plates throughout their cycle life. The model was shown to successfully account for changes in the observed electrode properties in terms of simultaneous restructuring of the active mass and rupture of particleparticle ohmic contacts.

  20. Mechanistic Studies of Charge Injection from Metallic Electrodes into Organic Semiconductors Mediated by Ionic Functionalities: Final Report

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    Nguyen, Thuc-Quyen; Bazan, Guillermo; Mikhailovsky, Alexander

    2014-04-15

    Metal-organic semiconductor interfaces are important because of their ubiquitous role in determining the performance of modern electronics such as organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), fuel cells, batteries, field effect transistors (FETs), and organic solar cells. Interfaces between metal electrodes required for external wiring to the device and underlying organic structures directly affect the charge carrier injection/collection efficiency in organic-based electronic devices primarily due to the mismatch between energy levels in the metal and organic semiconductor. Environmentally stable and cost-effective electrode materials, such as aluminum and gold typically exhibit high potential barriers for charge carriers injection into organic devices leading to increased operational voltages in OLEDs and FETs and reduced charge extraction in photovoltaic devices. This leads to increased power consumption by the device, reduced overall efficiency, and decreased operational lifetime. These factors represent a significant obstacle for development of next generation of cheap and energy-efficient components based on organic semiconductors. It has been noticed that introduction of organic materials with conjugated backbone and ionic pendant groups known as conjugated poly- and oligoelectrolytes (CPEs and COEs), enables one to reduce the potential barriers at the metal-organic interface and achieve more efficient operation of a device, however exact mechanisms of the phenomenon have not been understood. The goal of this project was to delineate the function of organic semiconductors with ionic groups as electron injection layers. The research incorporated a multidisciplinary approach that encompassed the creation of new materials, novel processing techniques, examination of fundamental electronic properties and the incorporation of the resulting knowledgebase into development of novel organic electronic devices with increased efficiency, environmental stability, and reduced cost. During the execution of the project, main efforts were focused on the synthesis of new charge-bearing organic materials, such as CPEs and COEs, and block copolymers with neutral and ionic segments, studies of mechanisms responsible for the charge injection modulation in devices with ionic interlayers, and use of naturally occurring charged molecules for creation of enhanced devices. The studies allowed PIs to demonstrate the usefulness of the proposed approach for the improvement of operational parameters in model OLED and FET systems resulting in increased efficiency, decreased contact resistance, and possibility to use stable metals for fabrication of device electrodes. The successful proof-of-the-principle results potentially promise development of light-weight, low fabrication cost devices which can be used in consumer applications such as displays, solar cells, and printed electronic devices. Fundamental mechanisms responsible for the phenomena observed have been identified thus advancing the fundamental knowledgebase.

  1. Theoretical study of the adsorption of urea related species on Pt(1 0 0) electrodes

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    Birkenheuer, Uwe

    to the value obtained from ``in situ'' Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy in an electrochemical;ultra-high vacuum (UHV), conditions. A case in point is ``in situ'' Fourier transform infrared to be preferred over urea adsorption, consistent with the interpretation of electrochemical measurements, even

  2. Electrochemical studies of thin films of conducting polymers and conducting polymer composites deposited on metal and semiconductor electrodes

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    Nagasubramanian, G.; Di Stefano, S.; Moacanin, J.

    1987-01-01

    Electrochemical studies indicate that poly(Isothianaphthene) or PITN, can be p-doped only. Electrochemical properties of PITN and Nafion-PITN in acetonitrile solutions containing tetra-phenyl Phosphonium chloride as supporting electrolyte are compared. In both cases, the electrochemical behavior of thin films are different from that of thick films. In addition, Nafion does not seem to alter the electrochemical properties of PITN. Cyclic voltammetric and chronocoulometric measurements were made to compute the diffusion coefficient of the counter ions. Electrochemical behavior of both PITN and Nafion-PITN in acetonitrile solution containing different counter ions are described. PITN, when electrochemically deposited, apparently neither passivates surface states present nor forms ohmic contacts with p-Si or p(+)Si single-crystal electrodes.

  3. Study of the ion-channel behavior on glassy carbon electrode supported bilayer lipid membranes stimulated by perchlorate anion.

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    Zhang, Zhiquan; Shi, Jun; Huang, Weimin

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, a kind of didodecyldimethylammonium bromide (DDAB) layer membranes was supported on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE). We studied the ion channel behavior of the supported bilayer lipid membrane by scanning electrochemical microscopy (SCEM) in tris(2,2'-bipyridine) ruthenium(II) solution. Perchlorate anion was used as a presence of stimulus and ruthenium(II) complex cations as the probing ions for the measurement of SECM, the lipid membrane channel was opened and exhibited the behavior of distinct SECM positive feedback curve. The channel was in a closed state in the absence of perchlorate anions while reflected the behavior of SECM negative feedback curve. The rates of electron transfer reaction in the lipid membranes surface were detected and it was dependant on the potential of SECM. PMID:26117774

  4. Do changes in electrical skin resistance of acupuncture points reflect menstrual pain? A comparative study in healthy volunteers and primary dysmenorrhea patients.

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    She, Yan-Fen; Ma, Liang-Xiao; Qi, Cong-Hui; Wang, Yan-Xia; Tang, Ling; Li, Chun-Hua; Yuan, Hong-Wen; Liu, Yu-Qi; Song, Jia-Shan; Zhu, Jiang

    2014-01-01

    Electrical skin resistance (ESR) measurements were performed with a four-electrode impedance detector at 10 points bilaterally on the first day of and the third day after menstruation in 48 healthy volunteers and 46 primary dysmenorrhea (PD) patients, to assess whether ESR changes of acupuncture points can reflect menstrual pain or not. The results showed statistical reductions in ESR imbalance ratio between left and right side that were detected at SP8 (Diji) and GB39 (Xuanzhong) (P < 0.05), and a statistical increase was detected at SP6 (Sanyinjiao) (P = 0.05) on the first day of menstruation compared with those values on the third day after menstruation in dysmenorrhea group. No significant differences were detected at other points within and between two groups (P > 0.05). This study showed that the imbalance of ESR at uterine-relevant points in PD patients is not significantly different from those of healthy women on both the 1st day of and the 3rd day after menstruation. The ESR imbalance ratio of certain points can either be lower or higher during menstruation in PD patients. The ESR property of acupuncture points needs to be investigated in further clinical trials with appropriate points, diseases, larger sample sizes, and optimal device. PMID:24876879

  5. Preliminary numerical modeling results - cone penetrometer (CPT) tip used as an electrode

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    Ramirez, A L

    2006-12-19

    Figure 1 shows the resistivity models considered in this study; log10 of the resistivity is shown. The graph on the upper left hand side shows a hypothetical resisitivity well log measured along a well in the upper layered model; 10% Gaussian noise has been added to the well log data. The lower model is identical to the upper one except for one square area located within the second deepest layer. Figure 2 shows the electrode configurations considered. The ''reference'' case (upper frame) considers point electrodes located along the surface and along a vertical borehole. The ''CPT electrode'' case (middle frame) assumes that the CPT tip serves as an electrode that is electrically connected to the push rod; the surface electrodes are used in conjuction with the moving CPT electrode. The ''isolated CPT electrode'' case assumes that the electrode at the CPT tip is electrically isolated from the pushrod. Note that the separate CPT push rods in the middle and lower frames are shown separated to clarify the figure; in reality, there is only one pushrod that is changing length as the probe advances. Figure 3 shows three pole-pole measurement schemes were considered; in all cases, the ''get lost'' electrodes were the leftmost and rightmost surface electrodes. The top frame shows the reference scheme where all surface and borehole electrodes can be used. The middle frame shows two possible configurations available when a CPT mounted electrode is used. Note that only one of the four poles can be located along the borehole at any given time; electrode combinations such as the one depicted in blue (upper frame) are not possible in this case. The bottom frame shows a sample configuration where only the surface electrodes are used. Figure 4 shows the results obtained for the various measurement schemes. The white lines show the outline of the true model (shown in Figure 1, upper frame). The starting initial model for these inversions is based on the electrical resistivity log shown on the upper left. The results in the lower frame show what would be observed if the data collected by the CPT electrode have been corrected for the effects of the push rod. Figure 5 shows the results obtained when the starting initial model is a homogeneous half-space with a resistivity of 20 ohm-m. This figure can be compared with Figure 4 to see the effect that different starting models have on the inversion. Figure 6 shows results that are analogous to those in Figure 4. In this case, the true model is the one shown in the lower frame of Figure 1. Figure 7 compares corrected and uncorrected results. Both results only used data that can be collected when CPT electrodes are used. The top frame shows results when data is collected with point electrodes (no correction used). The bottom frame shows results when data is collected using a CPT electrode; a correction was applied to remove the effects of the electrically conducting pushrod. Figure 8 compares data collected using the CPT electrodes to data collected with point electrode. The blue diamonds represent the uncorrected CPT data and the red squares represent the corrected CPT data. The top frame (electrical gap = 0.0 m) corresponds to the case where the CPT electrode and the pushrod are connected together thorigh the metal. The bottom frame corresponds to the case where the CPT electrode and pushrod are separated by a 1.0 m gap; the electrical connection between rod and electrode is through the soil.

  6. A Cross-Cultural Study of Reference Point Adaptation: Evidence from China, Korea, and the US

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    Arkes, Hal R.; Hirshleifer, David; Jiang, Danling; Lim, Sonya S.

    2010-01-01

    We examined reference point adaptation following gains or losses in security trading using participants from China, Korea, and the US. In both questionnaire studies and trading experiments with real money incentives, reference point adaptation was larger for Asians than for Americans. Subjects in all countries adapted their reference points more…

  7. Humana.Mente Journal of Philosophical Studies, 2013, Vol. 24, 5377 Are Apes' Responses to Pointing

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    Indiana University

    Humana.Mente Journal of Philosophical Studies, 2013, Vol. 24, 53­77 Are Apes' Responses to Pointing This paper examines the meaningfulness of pointing in great apes. We appeal to Hannah Ginsborg's conception difference between the responses of human infants and those of other great apes to pointing gestures

  8. (abstract) Experimental and Modeling Studies of the Exchange Current at the Alkali Beta'-Alumina/Porous Electrode/Alkali Metal Vapor Three Phase Boundary

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    Williams, R. M.; Jeffries-Nakamura, B.; Ryan, M. A.; Underwood, M. L.; O'Connor, D.; Kikkert, S.

    1993-01-01

    The microscopic mechanism of the alkali ion-electron recombination reaction at the three phase boundary zone formed by a porous metal electrode in the alkali vapor on the surface of an alkali beta'-alumina solid electrolyte (BASE) ceramic has been studied by comparison of the expected rates for the three simplest reaction mechanisms with known temperature dependent rate data; and the physical parameters of typical porous metal electrode/BASE/alkali metal vapor reaction zones. The three simplest reactions are tunneling of electrons from the alkali coated electrode to a surface bound alkali metal ion; emission of an electron from the electrode with subsequent capture by a surface bound alkali metal ion; and thermal emission of an alkali cation from the BASE and its capture on the porous metal electrode surface where it may recombine with an electron. Only the first reaction adequately accounts for both the high observed rate and its temperature dependence. New results include crude modeling of simple, one step, three phase, solid/solid/gas electrochemical reaction.

  9. Electromagnetic Initiation and Propagation of Bipolar Radiofrequency Tissue Reactions via Invasive Non-Insulated Microneedle Electrodes

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    Na, Jongju; Zheng, Zhenlong; Dannaker, Christopher; Lee, Sang Eun; Kang, Jin-Soo; Cho, Sung Bin

    2015-01-01

    Radiofrequency (RF) energy can be emitted into the skin, either non- or invasively, via a monopolar mode that utilizes an active electrode and a grounded electrode or via a bipolar mode that employs two active electrodes. In this experimental study of RF tissue reactions, bipolar RF energy was emitted in vivo to micropig skin at varying microneedle penetration depths, signal amplitudes, and conduction times. Immediately after RF treatment, skin samples exhibited RF-induced coagulation columns of thermal injury, separately generated around each microneedle in the dermis. In ex vivo bovine liver tissue, the thermal coagulation columns were found to be concentrated maximally around the pointed tips of each electrode. After a RF conduction time of 2?seconds, the individual areas of thermal coagulation began to converge with neighboring RF-induced coagulation columns; the convergence of coagulation columns was found to start from the tips of neighboring electrodes. PMID:26563971

  10. Electrical stimulation and electrode properties. Part 2: pure metal electrodes.

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    Stevenson, Matthew; Baylor, Kelly; Netherton, Brett L; Stecker, Mark M

    2010-12-01

    Electrical stimulation can cause significant damage to clinical electrodes as well as patient injury. In this study, the effects of stimulation on pure metal electrodes were investigated without the complexities introduced by the multiple elements that make up the clinical electrode. As with the clinical electrodes, there was significant decomposition of pure stainless steel anodes with no associated significant changes in the cathodes when stimulation employed long pulse durations. Effects of stimulation were greater when the anode and cathode were closer under constant voltage stimulation but were distance independent under constant current stimulation. High ionic content of the solution also increased the degree of damage to the anode as did the presence of chloride in the solution. Electrode composition also influenced the amount damage to the anode. Platinum and platinum-iridium electrodes showed no damage with any stimulus while stainless steel showed the lowest resistance to corrosion for direct current (DC) stimulation. Tungsten electrodes behaved very differently than stainless steel, decomposing with pulse stimulation and resisting decomposition during DC stimulation because of the formation of surface protective layers. Because platinum was able to maintain high levels of current over time, prolonged stimulation produced dramatic increases in the temperature of the solution; however, even short periods of stimulation were sufficient to produce dramatic changes in pH in the neighborhood of the electrode. PMID:21313789

  11. Enhancing Electrochemical Water-Splitting Kinetics by Polarization-Driven Formation of Near-Surface Iron(0): An In?Situ XPS Study on Perovskite-Type Electrodes**

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    Opitz, Alexander K; Nenning, Andreas; Rameshan, Christoph; Rameshan, Raffael; Blume, Raoul; Hävecker, Michael; Knop-Gericke, Axel; Rupprechter, Günther; Fleig, Jürgen; Klötzer, Bernhard

    2015-01-01

    In the search for optimized cathode materials for high-temperature electrolysis, mixed conducting oxides are highly promising candidates. This study deals with fundamentally novel insights into the relation between surface chemistry and electrocatalytic activity of lanthanum ferrite based electrolysis cathodes. For this means, near-ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (NAP-XPS) and impedance spectroscopy experiments were performed simultaneously on electrochemically polarized La0.6Sr0.4FeO3?? (LSF) thin film electrodes. Under cathodic polarization the formation of Fe0 on the LSF surface could be observed, which was accompanied by a strong improvement of the electrochemical water splitting activity of the electrodes. This correlation suggests a fundamentally different water splitting mechanism in presence of the metallic iron species and may open novel paths in the search for electrodes with increased water splitting activity. PMID:25557533

  12. Electrodes and multiple electrode systems for radiofrequency ablation: a proposal for updated terminology.

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    Mulier, Stefaan; Miao, Yi; Mulier, Peter; Dupas, Benoit; Pereira, Philippe; de Baere, Thierry; Lencioni, Riccardo; Leveillee, Raymond; Marchal, Guy; Michel, Luc; Ni, Yicheng

    2005-04-01

    Research on technology for soft tissue radiofrequency (RF) ablation is ever advancing. A recent proposal to standardise terminology of RF electrodes only deals with the most frequently used commercial electrodes. The aim of this study was to develop a logical, versatile and unequivocal terminology to describe present and future RF electrodes and multiple electrode systems. We have carried out a PubMed search for the period from January 1 1990 to July 1 2004 in seven languages and contacted the six major companies that produce commercial RF electrodes for use in clinic. In a first step, names have been defined for the five existing basic designs of single-shaft electrode. These names had to be unequivocal, descriptive of the electrode's main working principle and as short as possible. In a second step, these basic names have been used as building blocks to describe the single-shaft electrodes in combination designs. In a third step, using the same principles, a logical terminology has been developed for multiple electrode systems, defined as the combined use of more than one single-shaft RF electrode. Five basic electrode designs were identified and defined: plain, cooled, expandable, wet and bipolar electrodes. Combination designs included cooled-wet, expandable-wet, bipolar-wet, bipolar-cooled, bipolar-expandable and bipolar-cooled-wet electrodes. Multiple electrode systems could be characterised by describing several features: the number of electrodes that were used (dual, triple, ...), the electric mode (monopolar or bipolar), the activation mode (consecutive, simultaneous or switching), the site of the inserted electrodes (monofocal or multifocal), and the type of single shaft electrodes that were used. In this terminology, the naming of the basic electrode designs has been based on objective criteria. The short and unequivocal names of the basic designs can easily be combined to describe current and future combination electrodes. This terminology provides an exact and complete description of the versatile novel multiple electrode systems. PMID:15711846

  13. First-Principles Study of Point Defects in LaAlO?

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    Zheng, J.X.

    In this study, the native point defects including oxygen vacancy and interstitial, metal (La, Al) vacancy and interstitial, and metal antisite in perovskite LAO are studied. Defect formation energies are studied as a ...

  14. Inexpensive and Disposable pH Electrodes

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    Goldcamp, Michael J.; Conklin, Alfred; Nelson, Kimberly; Marchetti, Jessica; Brashear, Ryan; Epure, Emily

    2010-01-01

    Inexpensive electrodes for the measurement of pH have been constructed using the ionophore tribenzylamine for sensing H[superscript +] concentrations. Both traditional liquid-membrane electrodes and coated-wire electrodes have been constructed and studied, and both exhibit linear, nearly Nernstian responses to changes in pH. Measurements of pH…

  15. Noise characteristics of stainless-steel surface electrodes.

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    Godin, D T; Parker, P A; Scott, R N

    1991-11-01

    Bioelectric events measured with surface electrodes are subject to noise components which may be significant in comparison with low-level biological signals such as evoked neuroelectric potentials, and myoelectric potentials. In an effort to better understand noise arising from these electrodes, electrode and measurement system noise is modelled. The effect of electrode surface area on electrode impedance and noise is studied using circular stainless-steel electrodes of varying diameters. The main contributions of the work are the development of a model for stainless-steel electrode noise as a function of electrode area, and demonstrating that, for the band-width of interest to evoked neuroelectric and myoelectric signals (8-10,000 Hz), the primary noise components are thermal and amplifier current generated. The magnitudes of both of these depend on the electrode impedance magnitude. Electrode impedance is shown to be a power function of both electrode diameter and frequency, consistent with a capacitive electrode model. PMID:1813753

  16. Performance and impedance studies of thin, porous molybdenum and tungsten electrodes for the alkali metal thermoelectric converter

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    Wheeler, B. L.; Williams, R. M.; Jeffries-Nakamura, B.; Lamb, J. L.; Loveland, M. E.; Bankston, C. P.; Cole, T.

    1988-01-01

    Columnar, porous, magnetron-sputtered molybdenum and tungsten films show optimum performance as alkali metal thermoelectric converter electrodes at thicknesses less than 1.0 micron when used with molybdenum or nickel current collector grids. Power densities of 0.40 W/sq cm for 0.5-micron molybdenum films at 1200 K and 0.35 W/sq cm for 0.5-micron tungsten films at 1180 K were obtained at electrode maturity after 40-90 h. Sheet resistances of magnetron sputter deposited films on sodium beta-double-prime-alumina solid electrolyte (BASE) substrates were found to increase very steeply as thickness is decreased below about 0.3-double-prime 0.4-micron. The ac impedance data for these electrodes have been interpreted in terms of contributions from the bulk BASE and the porous electrode/BASE interface. Voltage profiles of operating electrodes show that the total electrode area, of electrodes with thickness less than 2.0 microns, is not utilized efficiently unless a fairly fine (about 1 x 1 mm) current collector grid is employed.

  17. THE STUDY OF LANGUAGES--A POINT OF VIEW.

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    EDGERTON, M., JR.

    FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY IN SCHOOLS SHOULD BE PREDICATED ON THE NEED OF SOCIETIES TO COEXIST WITH OTHER CONTEMPORARY NATIONAL CULTURES. IN A WORLD THAT CONSISTS OF A LARGE NUMBER OF HISTORICALLY DETERMINED, SEPARATE CULTURES, LANGUAGE ALONE CAN PRESENT THE LINGUISTICALLY CONDITIONED THOUGHT PATTERNS, THE "REALITY," OF A SPECIFIC CULTURE. LANGUAGE…

  18. Space tug point design study. Volume 4: Program requirements

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    1973-01-01

    A study was conducted to determine the configuration of a space tug and to predict the performance parameters. The program plans and planning data generated in support of the tug development program are presented. The preliminary plans and supporting planning data emphasize the following requirements: (1) maintenance and refurbishment, (2) technology development, (3) production, (4) test facilities, (5) quality control, and (6) scheduling.

  19. Activated transport in AMTEC electrodes

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    Williams, R. M.; Jeffries-Nakamura, B.; Ryan, M. A.; Underwood, M. L.; O'Connor, D.; Kikkert, S.

    1992-01-01

    Transport of alkali, metal atoms through porous cathodes of alkali metal thermal-to-electric converter (AMTEC) cells is responsible for significant reducible losses in the electrical performance of these cells. Experimental evidence for activated transport of metal atoms at grain surfaces and boundaries within some AMTEC electrodes has been derived from temperature dependent studies as well as from analysis of the detailed frequency dependence of ac impedance results for other electrodes, including thin, mature molybdenum electrodes which exhibit transport dominated by free molecular flow of sodium gas at low frequencies or dc conditions. Activated surface transport will almost always exist in parallel with free molecular flow transport, and the process of alkali atom adsorption/desorption from the electrode surface will invariably be part of the transport process, and possibly a dominant part in some cases. The temperature dependence of the diffusion coefficient of the alkali metal through the electrode in several cases provides an activation energy and preexponential, but at least two activated processes may be operative, and the activation parameters should be expected to depend on the alkali metal activity gradient that the electrode experiences. In the case of Pt/W/Mn electrodes operated for 2500 hours, limiting currents varied with electrode thickness, and the activation parameters could be assigned primarily to the surface/grain boundary diffusion process.

  20. Plated Metal Powders for Electrode Pastes

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    Bickler, D. B.

    1984-01-01

    Metal grains to be sintered precoated with frit metal. Coated metal powders used to make ink-like electrode pastes for printing and sintering electrode-fabrication process. Grains of base metal coated with lowmelting-point--, lead or tin-- by electroless deposition.

  1. Impedance studies of nickel/cadmium and nickel/hydrogen cells using the cell case as a reference electrode

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    Reid, Margaret A.

    1990-01-01

    Impedance measurements have been made on several Ni/Cd and Ni/H2 flight-weight cells using the case as a reference electrode. For these measurements, the voltage of the case with respect to the anode or cathode is unimportant provided that it remains stable during the measurement of the impedance. In the cells measured so far, the voltage of the cell cases with respect to the individual electrodes differ from cell to cell, even at the same overall cell voltage, but they remain stable with time. The measurements can thus be used to separate the cell impedance into the contributions of each electrode, allowing improved diagnosis of cell problems.

  2. Electrochemical study of functionalization on the surface of a chitin/platinum-modified glassy carbon paste electrode.

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    Sugawara, Kazuharu; Yugami, Asako; Terui, Norifumi; Kuramitz, Hideki

    2009-11-01

    To functionalize chitin surfaces using proteins, we developed a glucose oxidase (GOD)-chitin/platinum-modified glassy carbon paste electrode (GCPE) as a model. In a weakly acidic solution, negatively charged GOD were immobilized by the protonated acetylamide groups on chitin. When the electrode was immersed in a solution containing GOD, the enzyme was readily immobilized due to the electrostatic interaction. In addition, measurements were performed using electrodes made with powders of different sizes because sensor performance depends on the particle sizes of glassy carbon powder. PMID:19907096

  3. Electrode/workpiece combinations

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    Benedict, J.J.

    1989-10-19

    Of the many machine tool operations available in the shop today, plunge cut EDM has become an increasingly useful method of materials fabrication. It is a necessary tool for the research and development type of work performed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). With advancing technology, plunge cut EDMs are more efficient, faster, have greater accuracy and are able to produce better surface finishes. They have been in the past and will continue to be an important part of the production of quality parts in both the Precision and NC Shop. It should be kept in mind that as a non-traditional machining process, EDMing is a time consuming process that can be a very expensive method of producing parts. For this reason, it must be used in the most efficient manner in order to make it a cost-effective means of fabrication, although technology has advanced to the point of state-of-the-art equipment, there is currently a void in available technical information needed for use with this process. The type of information sought after concerns the area of electrode/workpiece combinations. This is in reference to the task of choosing the correct electrode material for the specific workpiece material encountered. A brief description of the EDM process will help in understanding the electrode/workpiece relationship. 5 figs.

  4. Stable ?-MnS thin film deposited by two-electrode cell: synthesis, structural characterization and photoemission spectroscopic studies

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    Taleatu, Bidini A.; Arbab, Elhadi A. A.; Mola, Genene T.

    2015-09-01

    Stable MnS thin film was deposited from catalyst-free inorganic solution by electrochemical cell. The film was characterized by some surface profiling techniques. Morphology revealed that film's particles were fairly distributed across substrate's surface. Crystallinity and surface growth height/roughness were observed before and after post-deposition annealing. Optical studies further showed that annealing has improved film transmittance across visible wavelength region. Reflections from planes associated with only rock salt structure of MnS were prominently identified by diffraction studies. An estimated average crystal size of 17.40 nm suggested that the deposited film is mainly composed of nanocrystalline particles. Film durability was appraised by core-level profiling of Mn and S binding energy (BE) positions during X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS). The results indicated that before and after vacuum annealing, chemical states of Mn and S remained the same suggesting that the film did not undergo any form of transformation after long exposure to ambient environment. This study demonstrated sustainability of MnS electrode in extreme environmental condition.

  5. Space tug point design study. Volume 1: Summary

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    1972-01-01

    The design and characteristics of a space tug are discussed. The primary objective of the study is to verify the performance capability of a baseline design to deliver and retrieve payloads between 100 nautical miles, 28.5 degrees inclination, and geosynchronous. The space tug is ground based, reusable for 20 mission cycles, and is shuttled to and from low earth orbit by an earth orbital shuttle (EOS) with a 65,000 pound payload capability. It is shown that the baseline concept can meet the target performance goals. The design analysis encompassed: (1) definition of the vehicle primary structure, (2) thermal control, (3) meteoroid protection, (4) propulsion and mechanical subsystems, and (5) avionics including power generation and distribution.

  6. Electrode-Skin contact impedance: In vivo measurements on an ovine model

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    Nguyen, D. T.; Kosobrodov, R.; Barry, M. A.; Chik, W.; Jin, C.; Oh, T. I.; Thiagalingam, A.; McEwan, A.

    2013-04-01

    The problem of electrical impedance between the skin and the electrode is an on-going challenge in bio-electronics. This is particularly true in the case of Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT), which uses a large number of skin-contact electrodes and is very sensitive to noise. In the present article, contact impedance is measured and compared for a range of electrodes placed on the thorax of an ovine model. The study has been approved by the Westmead Hospital Animal Ethics Committee. The electrode models that were employed in the research are Ag/AgCl electrodes (E1), commonly used for ECG and EIT measurements in both humans and animal models, stainless steel crocodile clips (E2), typically used on animal models, and novel multi-point dry electrodes in two modifications: bronze plated (E3) and nickel plated (E4). Further, since the contact impedance is mostly attributed to the acellular outer layer of the skin, in our experiment, we attempted to study the effect of this layer by comparing the results when the skin is intact and when electrodes are introduced underneath the skin through small cuts. This boundary effect was assessed by comparison of measurements obtained during E2 skin surface contact, and sub-cutaneous contact (E5). Twelve gauge intradermal needles were also tested as an electrode (E6). The full impedance spectrum, from 500 Hz to 300 kHz, was recorded, analysed and compared. As expected, the contact impedance in the more invasive cases, i.e the electrodes under the skin, is significantly lower than in the non-invasive cases. At the frequency of 50 kHz which is commonly used in lung EIT acquisition, electrodes E3, E4 and E6 demonstrated contact impedance of less than 200 ?, compared to more than 400 ? measured for electrodes E1, E2 and E5. In conclusion, the novel multipoint electrodes proved to be best suited for EIT purposes, because they are non-invasive and have lower contact impedance than Ag/AgCl and crocodile clips, in both invasive and non-invasive cases. This further prompted us to design a flexible electrode belt using the novel multi-point electrodes for lung EIT on animal models.

  7. Research on rechargeable oxygen electrodes

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    Giner, J.; Malachesky, P. A.; Holleck, G.

    1971-01-01

    Studies were carried out on a number of factors which may influence the behavior of the platinum electrocatalyst of oxygen electrodes for use in rechargeable metal-oxygen batteries or hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells. The effects of pretreatments for various potentials and added ionic species, which could be present in such systems, were studied with reguard to: (1) the state of surface oxidation, (2) platinum dissolution, (3) the kinetics of oxygen evolution and reduction (including the role of hydrogen peroxide), and (4) changes in porous electrode structure. These studies were carried out on smooth platinum, platinized platinum, and Teflon-bonded platinum black electrodes in carefully purified electrolyte solutions. The main factors which appear to affect rechargeable oxygen electrode performance and life are: (1) the buildup of a refractory anodic layer on extended cycling, and (2) the dissolution of platinum.

  8. A Novel In-situ Electrochemical Cell for Neutron Diffraction Studies of Phase Transitions in Small Volume Electrodes of Li-ion Batteries

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    Vadlamani, Bhaskar S; An, Ke; Jagannathan, M.; Ravi Chandran, K.

    2014-01-01

    The design and performance of a novel in-situ electrochemical cell that greatly facilitates the neutron diffraction study of complex phase transitions in small volume electrodes of Li-ion cells, is presented in this work. Diffraction patterns that are Rietveld-refinable could be obtained simultaneously for all the electrodes, which demonstrates that the cell is best suited to explore electrode phase transitions driven by the lithiation and delithiation processes. This has been facilitated by the use of single crystal (100) Si sheets as casing material and the planar cell configuration, giving improved signal-to-noise ratio relative to other casing materials. The in-situ cell has also been designed for easy assembly and to facilitate rapid experiments. The effectiveness of cell is demonstrated by tracking the neutron diffraction patterns during the charging of graphite/LiCoO2 and graphite/LiMn2O4 cells. It is shown that good quality neutron diffraction data can be obtained and that most of the finer details of the phase transitions, and the associated changes in crystallographic parameters in these electrodes, can be captured.

  9. An apparatus for studying electrical breakdown in liquid helium at 0.4 K and testing electrode materials for the SNS nEDM experiment

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    T. M. Ito; J. C. Ramsey; W. Yao; D. H. Beck; V. Cianciolo; S. M. Clayton; C. Crawford; S. A. Currie; B. W. Filippone; W. C. Griffith; M. Makela; R. Schmid; G. M. Seidel; Z. Tang; D. Wagner; W. Wei; S. E. Williamson

    2015-10-20

    We have constructed an apparatus to study DC electrical breakdown in liquid helium at temperatures as low as 0.4 K and at pressures between the saturated vapor pressure and $\\sim$600 torr. The apparatus can house a set of electrodes that are 12 cm in diameter with a gap of $1-2$ cm between them, and a potential up to $\\pm 50$ kV can be applied to each electrode. Initial results demonstrated that it is possible to apply fields exceeding 100 kV/cm in a 1 cm gap between two electropolished stainless steel electrodes 12 cm in diameter for a wide range of pressures at 0.4 K. We also measured the current between two electrodes. Our initial results, $I 5\\times10^{18}$ $\\Omega\\cdot$cm. This lower bound is 5 times larger than the bound previously measured. We report the design, construction, and operational experience of the apparatus, as well as initial results.

  10. An apparatus for studying electrical breakdown in liquid helium at 0.4 K and testing electrode materials for the SNS nEDM experiment

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    Ito, T M; Yao, W; Beck, D H; Cianciolo, V; Clayton, S M; Crawford, C; Currie, S A; Filippone, B W; Griffith, W C; Makela, M; Schmid, R; Seidel, G M; Tang, Z; Wagner, D; Wei, W; Williamson, S E

    2015-01-01

    We have constructed an apparatus to study DC electrical breakdown in liquid helium at temperatures as low as 0.4 K and at pressures between the saturated vapor pressure and $\\sim$600 torr. The apparatus can house a set of electrodes that are 12 cm in diameter with a gap of $1-2$ cm between them, and a potential up to $\\pm 50$ kV can be applied to each electrode. Initial results demonstrated that it is possible to apply fields exceeding 100 kV/cm in a 1 cm gap between two electropolished stainless steel electrodes 12 cm in diameter for a wide range of pressures at 0.4 K. We also measured the current between two electrodes. Our initial results, $I 5\\times10^{18}$ $\\Omega\\cdot$cm. This lower bound is 5 times larger than the bound previously measured. We report the design, construction, and operational experience of the apparatus, as well as initial results.

  11. Interfacial Properties of Ultrathin- Film Metal Electrodes: Studies by Combined Electron Spectroscopy and Electrochemistry 

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    Cummins, Kyle

    2012-07-16

    -Chinchilla, Xiaole Chen, Juan Cruz, Ding Li, and Alnald Javier. Akhtar Mohammed Hossain deserves a special thanks for his collaborative work. Thanks also to Stephanus Axnanda, a co- worker in the study of alloy cathodes. I am ever-so-grateful for the support...

  12. AN ELECTROANALYTICAL STUDY OF ELECTRODE REACTIONS ON CARBON ANODES DURING ELECTROLYTIC PRODUCTION OF ALUMINUM

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    Sadoway, Donald Robert

    OF ALUMINUM Hongmin Zhu and Donald R. Sadoway Department of Materials Science and Engineering Massachusetts production of aluminum the anodic reactions have been studied on carbon microelectrodes by voltammetry electrolysis in a laboratory-scale aluminum reduction cell. When the voltage exceeds a critical value (about 3

  13. Low resistance electrode construction

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    Redey, Laszlo (Downers Grove, IL); Karell, Eric J. (Woodridge, IL)

    2002-01-01

    An electrochemical cell having a cathode and an anode in contact with an electrolyte. Both electrodes or one of them has an electrically conducting non-metal receptacle defining a chamber with a first metal having a melting point in the range of from about room temperature to about 800.degree. C. inside said receptacle chamber. A second metal with a melting point greater than about 800.degree. C. is in contact with the first metal inside the receptacle chamber and extends outside of the receptacle chamber to form a terminal for the anode. The electrolyte may include the oxides, halides or mixtures thereof of one or more of Li, V, U, Al and the lanthanides. Metal may be produced at the cathode during operation of the cell and oxygen or chlorine at the anode.

  14. Hairy carbon electrodes studied by cyclic voltammetry and battery discharge testing

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    Chung, Deborah D. L.; Shui, Xiaoping; Frysz, Christine A.

    1993-01-01

    Hairy carbon is a new material developed by growing submicron carbon filaments on conventional carbon substrates. Typical substrate materials include carbon black, graphite powder, carbon fibers, and glassy carbon. A catalyst is used to initiate hair growth with carbonaceous gases serving as the carbon source. To study the electrochemical behavior of hairy carbons, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and discharge testing were conducted. In both cases, hairy carbon results surpassed those of the substrate material alone.

  15. Use of platinum electrodes for the electrochemical detection of bacteria

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    Wilkins, J. R.

    1978-01-01

    Platinum electrodes with surface area ratios of four to one were used to detect and enumerate a variety of gram-positive and gram-negative organisms. Linear relationships were established between inoculum size and detection time. End points for platinum electrodes were similar to those obtained with a platinum-reference electrode combination. Shape of the overall response curves and length of detection times for gram-positive organisms were markedly different than those for the majority of gram-negative species. Platinum electrodes are better than the platinum-reference electrode combination because of cost, ease of handling, and clearer definition of the end point.

  16. Study on electrical characteristics of barrier-free atmospheric air diffuse discharge generated by nanosecond pulses and long wire electrodes

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    Li, Lee Liu, Yun-Long; Teng, Yun; Liu, Lun; Pan, Yuan

    2014-07-15

    In room-temperature atmospheric air, the large-scale diffuse plasmas can be generated via high-voltage nanosecond pulses with short rise-time and wire electrodes. Diffuse discharge with the wire electrode length up to 110.0?cm and the discharge spacing of several centimeters has been investigated in this paper. Electrical characteristics of diffuse discharge have been analyzed by their optical photographs and measuring of the voltage and current waveforms. Experimental results show the electrode spacing, and the length of wire electrodes can influence the intensity and mode transition of diffuse discharge. The characteristic of current waveforms is that there are several current oscillation peaks at the time of applied pulsed voltage peak, and at the tail of applied pulse, the conduction current component will compensate the displacement one so that the measured current is unidirectional in diffuse discharge mode. The transition from diffuse discharge to arc discharge is always with the increasing of conduction current density. As for nanosecond pulses with long tail, the long wire electrodes are help for generating non-equilibrium diffuse plasmas.

  17. Activated transport in AMTEC electrodes

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    Williams, R.M.; Jeffries-Nakamura, B.; Ryan, M.A.; Underwood, M.L.; O`Connor, D.; Kikkert, S.

    1992-07-01

    Transport of alkali metal atoms through porous cathodes of alkali metal thermal-to-electric converter (AMTEC) cells is responsible for significant, reducible losses in the electrical performance of these cells. Experimental evidence for activated transport of metal atoms at grain surfaces and boundaries within some AMTEC electrodes has been derived from temperature dependent studies as well as from analysis of the detailed frequency dependence of ac impedance results for other electrodes, including thin, mature molybdenum electrodes which exhibit transport dominated by free molecular flow of sodium gas at low frequencies or dc conditions. Activated surface transport will almost always exist in parallel with free molecular flow transport, and the process of alkali atom adsorption/desorption from the electrode surface will invariably be part of the transport process, and possibly a dominant part in some cases. Little can be learned about the detailed mass transport process from the ac impedance or current voltage curves of an electrode at one set of operating parameters, because the transport process includes a number of important physical parameters that are not all uniquely determined by one experiment. The temperature dependence of diffusion coefficient of the alkali metal through the electrode in several cases provides an activation energy and pre-exponential, but at least two activated processes may be operative, and the activation parameters should be expected to depend on the alkali metal activity gradient that the electrode experiences. In the case of Pt/W/Mn electrodes operated for 2500 hours, limiting currents varied with electrode thickness, and the activation parameters could be assigned primarily to the surface/grain boundary diffusion process. 17 refs.

  18. Activated transport in AMTEC electrodes

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    Williams, R.M.; Jeffries-Nakamura, B.; Ryan, M.A.; Underwood, M.L.; O'Connor, D.; Kikkert, S.

    1992-01-01

    Transport of alkali metal atoms through porous cathodes of alkali metal thermal-to-electric converter (AMTEC) cells is responsible for significant, reducible losses in the electrical performance of these cells. Experimental evidence for activated transport of metal atoms at grain surfaces and boundaries within some AMTEC electrodes has been derived from temperature dependent studies as well as from analysis of the detailed frequency dependence of ac impedance results for other electrodes, including thin, mature molybdenum electrodes which exhibit transport dominated by free molecular flow of sodium gas at low frequencies or dc conditions. Activated surface transport will almost always exist in parallel with free molecular flow transport, and the process of alkali atom adsorption/desorption from the electrode surface will invariably be part of the transport process, and possibly a dominant part in some cases. Little can be learned about the detailed mass transport process from the ac impedance or current voltage curves of an electrode at one set of operating parameters, because the transport process includes a number of important physical parameters that are not all uniquely determined by one experiment. The temperature dependence of diffusion coefficient of the alkali metal through the electrode in several cases provides an activation energy and pre-exponential, but at least two activated processes may be operative, and the activation parameters should be expected to depend on the alkali metal activity gradient that the electrode experiences. In the case of Pt/W/Mn electrodes operated for 2500 hours, limiting currents varied with electrode thickness, and the activation parameters could be assigned primarily to the surface/grain boundary diffusion process. 17 refs.

  19. Activated transport in AMTEC electrodes

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    Williams, R. M.; Jeffries-Nakamura, B.; Ryan, M. A.; Underwood, M. L.; Oconnor, D.; Kikkert, S.

    1992-08-01

    Transport of alkali metal atoms through porous cathodes of alkali metal thermal-to-electric converter (AMTEC) cells is responsible for significant, reducible losses in the electrical performance of these cells. Experimental evidence for activated transport of metal atoms at grain surfaces and boundaries within some AMTEC electrodes has been derived from temperature dependent studies as well as from analysis of the detailed frequency dependence of ac impedance results for other electrodes, including thin, mature molybdenum electrodes which exhibit transport dominated by free molecular flow of sodium gas at low frequencies or dc conditions. Activated surface transport will almost always exist in parallel with free molecular flow transport, and the process of alkali atom adsorption/desorption from the electrode surface will invariably be part of the transport process, and possibly a dominant part in some cases. Little can be learned about the detailed mass transport process from the ac impedance or current voltage curves of an electrode at one set of operating parameters, because the transport process includes a number of important physical parameters that are not all uniquely determined by one experiment. The temperature dependence of the diffusion coefficient of the alkali metal through the electrode in several cases provides an activation energy and pre-exponential, but at least two activated processes may be operative, and the activation parameters should be expected to depend on the alkali metal activity gradient that the electrode experiences. In the case of Pt/W/Mn electrodes operated for 2500 hours, limiting currents varied with electrode thickness, and the activation parameters could be assigned primarily to the surface/grain boundary diffusion process.

  20. Chemical Modification of Electrodes.

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    Bard, Allen J.

    1983-01-01

    Methods of preparing and characterizing modified electrodes are outlined and several applications are described. Topics include how electrodes are modified, characterization of such electrodes, and why it is necessary to modify electrodes. Reasons include use in electrocatalysis and display devices and in analytical/photoelectrochemical…

  1. Fundamental electrode kinetics

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    Elder, J. P.

    1968-01-01

    Report presents the fundamentals of electrode kinetics and the methods used in evaluating the characteristic parameters of rapid-charge transfer processes at electrode-electrolyte interfaces. The concept of electrode kinetics is outlined, followed by the principles underlying the experimental techniques for the investigation of electrode kinetics.

  2. Ion-Selective Electrodes.

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    Arnold, Mark A.; Meyerhoff, Mark E.

    1984-01-01

    Literature on ion-selective electrodes (ISEs) is reviewed in seven sections: books, conferences, reviews; potentiometric membrane electrodes; glass and solid-state membrane electrodes; liquid and polymer membrane ISEs; coated wire electrodes, ion-selective field effect transistors, and microelectrodes; gas sensors and selective bioelectrode…

  3. Optimization of Wet Radiofrequency Ablation Using a Perfused-Cooled Electrode: A Comparative Study in Ex Vivo Bovine Livers

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    Lee, Jeong Min; Kim, Se Hyung; Lee, Jae Young; Shin, Kyung Sook; Han, Chang Jin; Lee, Min Woo; Choi, Jun Il; Choi, Byung Ihn

    2004-01-01

    Objective To determine the optimized protocol for wet monopolar radiofrequency ablation (RFA) using a perfused-cooled electrode to induce coagulation necrosis in the ex vivo bovine liver. Materials and Methods Radiofrequency was applied to excised bovine livers in a monopolar mode using a 200W generator with an internally cooled electrode (groups A and B) or a perfused-cooled electrode (groups C, D, E, and F) at maximum power (150-200 W) for 10 minutes. A total of 60 ablation zones were created with six different regimens: group A - dry RFA using intra-electrode cooling; group B - dry RFA using intra-electrode cooling and a pulsing algorithm; group C - wet RFA using only interstitial hypertonic saline (HS) infusion; group D - wet RFA using interstitial HS infusion and a pulsing algorithm; group E - wet RFA using interstitial HS infusion and intra-electrode cooling; and group F - wet RFA using interstitial HS infusion, intra-electrode cooling and a pulsing algorithm. In groups C, D, E, and F, RFA was performed with the infusion of 6% HS through the perfused cooled electrode at a rate of 2 mL/minute. During RFA, we measured the tissue temperature at a distance of 15 mm from the electrode. The dimensions of the ablation zones and the changes in impedance, currents, and liver temperature during RFA were compared between these six groups. Results During RFA, the mean tissue impedances in groups A (243 ± 88 ?) and C (252.5 ± 108 ?) were significantly higher than those in groups B (85 ± 18.7 ?), D (108.2 ± 85 ?), E (70.0 ± 16.3 ?), and F (66.5 ± 7 ?) (p < 0.05). The mean currents in groups E and F were significantly higher than those in groups B and D, which were significantly higher than those in groups A and C (p < 0.05): 520 ± 425 mA in group A, 1163 ± 34 mA in group B, 652.5 ± 418 mA in group C, 842.5 ± 773 mA in group D, 1665 ± 295 mA in group E, and 1830 ± 109 mA in group F. The mean volumes of the ablation regions in groups E and F were significantly larger than those in the other groups (p < 0.05): 17.7 ± 5.6 cm3 in group A, 34.5 ± 3.0 cm3 in group B, 20.2 ± 15.6 cm3 in group C, 36.1 ± 19.5 cm3 in group D, 68.1 ± 12.4 cm3 in group E, and 79.5 ± 31 cm3 in group F. The final tissue temperatures at a distance of 15 mm from the electrode were higher in groups E and F than those in groups A, C, and D (p < 0.05): 50 ± 7.5? in group A, 66 ± 13.6? in group B, 60 ± 13.4? in group C, 61 ±12.7? in group D, 78 ± 14.2? in group E, and 79 ± 12.0? in group F. Conclusion Wet monopolar RFA, using intra-electrode cooling and interstitial saline infusion, showed better performance in creating a large ablation zone than either dry RFA or wet RFA without intra-electrode cooling. PMID:15637475

  4. Study of infrared point source simulator for generating the multi-decoy

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    Zeng, Chang-e.; Yang, Di; Su, Jian-gang; Huang, Yan-jun; Wang, Zhi-sheng

    2013-08-01

    The hardware-in-loop test system for infrared point-type guide missile was introduced;The decoy irradiation and motion characteristics were analyzed; multi-decoy generation mode and principle were studied.

  5. Comparative study of atmospheric pressure low and radio frequency microjet plasmas produced in a single electrode configuration

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    Kim, Dan Bee; Rhee, J. K.; Gweon, B.; Moon, S. Y.; Choe, W.

    2007-10-08

    Microsize jet-type plasmas were generated in a single pin electrode structure source for two separate input frequencies of 50 kHz and 13.56 MHz in the ambient air. The copper pin electrode radius was 360 {mu}m, and it was placed in a Pyrex tube with a radius of 3 mm for helium gas supply. Due to the input frequency difference, the generated plasmas showed distinct discharge characteristics for their plasma physical appearances, electrical properties, gas temperatures, and optical properties. Strengths and weaknesses of both plasmas were discussed for further applications.

  6. An experimental and computational study of solid oxide fuel cell electrodes

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    Shah, Megna Narendra

    2011-12-01

    Composite nano-LSCF-GDC cathodes were sythesized using an infiltration method achieving polarization resistances as low as 0.2 Ocm 2 at 600°C. Instead of firing both the LSCF and GDC phase in one step, as is done conventionally, the processing of each phase was separate, allowing for individual control to optimize the microstructure of each phase. It was found that firing the GDC scaffold at 1100°C followed by infiltrating LSCF and firing at 800°C yielded optimal performance. The resulting microstructure was a sub-micron scale GDC matrix covered with a nano-scaled LSCF particle network. It was also found that up to 12 vol% LSCF (the highest loading tested), the performance of the cathodes continually improved. A simple model relating the performance of the cathodes to the surface area of the LSCF, electrocatalyst phase showed good agreement with experimental results without the use of fitting parameters at 600°C. Based on the knowledge that the surface area of the LSCF directly impacts the performance, coarsening was then assumed to be the primary degradation mechanism of the cathode. An accelerated testing method was developed, where the cathodes were aged at high temperatures (650--850°C), and impedance measurements were taken at 600°C. This data was fit to a power-law model for coarsening of a 3D particle on a 2D surface. The fit was very good indicating that coarsening was in fact responsible for the decrease in performance. SEM images in the same location after various aging treatments also showed a loss of surface area in the LSCF phase. An activation energy range was found from fitting the power-law model, and predicted degradation over 40,000h was between 39--74%. Finally, a dual infiltration of both LSCF and GDC into a GDC matrix showed decreased degradation, likely because the GDC particles were acting to pin the LSCF and slow the coarsening. Additionally, a phase field model was developed to describe the growth and coarsening of electrocatalyst particles. Both bulk and surface diffusion were accounted for in this model, and a method for relating the mobility at the surface to the surface diffusion coefficient was developed. Since the diffusion coefficients of this novel system remain unknown, a parametric study of diffusion coefficients was done revealing how various ratios of bulk and surface diffusion in the substrate and particle affect the microstructural evolution of the anode.

  7. Preliminary Study on Appearance-Based Detection of Anatomical Point Landmarks in Body Trunk CT Images

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    Nemoto, Mitsutaka; Nomura, Yukihiro; Hanaoka, Shohei; Masutani, Yoshitaka; Yoshikawa, Takeharu; Hayashi, Naoto; Yoshioka, Naoki; Ohtomo, Kuni

    Anatomical point landmarks as most primitive anatomical knowledge are useful for medical image understanding. In this study, we propose a detection method for anatomical point landmark based on appearance models, which include gray-level statistical variations at point landmarks and their surrounding area. The models are built based on results of Principal Component Analysis (PCA) of sample data sets. In addition, we employed generative learning method by transforming ROI of sample data. In this study, we evaluated our method with 24 data sets of body trunk CT images and obtained 95.8 ± 7.3 % of the average sensitivity in 28 landmarks.

  8. HSPES membrane electrode assembly

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    Kindler, Andrew (Inventor); Yen, Shiao-Ping (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    An improved fuel cell electrode, as well as fuel cells and membrane electrode assemblies that include such an electrode, in which the electrode includes a backing layer having a sintered layer thereon, and a non-sintered free-catalyst layer. The invention also features a method of forming the electrode by sintering a backing material with a catalyst material and then applying a free-catalyst layer.

  9. Potential Controls the Interaction of Liposomes with Octadecanol-Modified Au Electrodes: An in Situ AFM Study.

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    Musgrove, Amanda; Bizzotto, Dan

    2015-11-24

    The formation of supported lipid bilayers using liposomes requires interaction with the solid surface, rupture of the liposome, and spreading to cover the surface with a lipid bilayer. This can result in a less-than-uniform coating of the solid surface. Presented is a method that uses the electrochemical poration of an adsorbed lipid-like layer on a Au electrode to control the interaction of 100 nm DOPC liposomes. An octadecanol-coated Au-on-mica surface was imaged using tapping-mode AFM during the application of potential in the presence or absence of liposomes. When the substrate potential was made negative enough, defects formed in the adsorbed layer and new taller features were observed. More features were observed and existing features increased in size with time spent at this negative poration potential. The new features were 1.8-2.0 nm higher than the octadecanol-coated gold surface, half the thickness of a DOPC bilayer. These features were not observed in the absence of liposomes when undergoing the same potential perturbation. In the presence of liposomes, the application of a poration potential was needed to initiate the formation of these taller features. Once the applied potential was removed, the features stopped growing and no new regions were observed. The size of these new regions was consistent with the footprint of a flattened 100 nm liposome. It is speculated that the DOPC liposomes were able to interact with the defects and became soluble in the octadecanol, creating a taller region that was limited in size to the liposome that adsorbed and became incorporated. This AFM study confirms previous in situ fluorescence measurements of the same system and illustrates the use of a potential perturbation to control the formation of these regions of increased DOPC content. PMID:26528884

  10. A Mixed-Methods Study Investigating the Relationship between Media Multitasking Orientation and Grade Point Average

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    Lee, Jennifer

    2012-01-01

    The intent of this study was to examine the relationship between media multitasking orientation and grade point average. The study utilized a mixed-methods approach to investigate the research questions. In the quantitative section of the study, the primary method of statistical analyses was multiple regression. The independent variables for the…

  11. The Social Studies Program of the Grosse Pointe Public Schools: K-12.

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    Grosse Pointe Public School System, MI.

    This outline specifies social studies subject matter, concepts, skills, and attitudes appropriate for students at various grade levels from K-12. The social studies program combines educational practices of the Grosse Pointe Public Schools, concepts developed by the National Council of the Social Studies, and ideas from junior high and high school…

  12. Ab initio study of radiation effects on the Li4Ti5O12 electrode used in lithium-ion batteries

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    Samin, Adib; Kurth, Michael; Cao, Lei

    2015-04-01

    Lithium-ion batteries are currently in wide use owing to their high energy density and enhanced capabilities. Li4Ti5O12 is a promising anode material for lithium-ion batteries because of its advantageous properties. Lithium-ion batteries could be exposed to radiation occurring in various conditions such as during outer space exploration and nuclear accidents. In this study, we apply density functional theory to explore the effect of radiation damage on this electrode and, ultimately, on the performance of the battery. It was found that radiation could affect the structural stability of the material. Furthermore, the electrode was shown to undergo a transition from insulator to metal, following the defects due to radiation. In addition, the effect of radiation on the intercalation potential was found to be highly dependent on the nature of the defect induced.

  13. Controlled porosity in electrodes

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    Chiang, Yet-Ming; Bae, Chang-Jun; Halloran, John William; Fu, Qiang; Tomsia, Antoni P.; Erdonmez, Can K.

    2015-06-23

    Porous electrodes in which the porosity has a low tortuosity are generally provided. In some embodiments, the porous electrodes can be designed to be filled with electrolyte and used in batteries, and can include low tortuosity in the primary direction of ion transport during charge and discharge of the battery. In some embodiments, the electrodes can have a high volume fraction of electrode active material (i.e., low porosity). The attributes outlined above can allow the electrodes to be fabricated with a higher energy density, higher capacity per unit area of electrode (mAh/cm.sup.2), and greater thickness than comparable electrodes while still providing high utilization of the active material in the battery during use. Accordingly, the electrodes can be used to produce batteries with high energy densities, high power, or both compared to batteries using electrodes of conventional design with relatively highly tortuous pores.

  14. High frequency reference electrode

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    Kronberg, J.W.

    1994-05-31

    A high frequency reference electrode for electrochemical experiments comprises a mercury-calomel or silver-silver chloride reference electrode with a layer of platinum around it and a layer of a chemically and electrically resistant material such as TEFLON around the platinum covering all but a small ring or halo' at the tip of the reference electrode, adjacent to the active portion of the reference electrode. The voltage output of the platinum layer, which serves as a redox electrode, and that of the reference electrode are coupled by a capacitor or a set of capacitors and the coupled output transmitted to a standard laboratory potentiostat. The platinum may be applied by thermal decomposition to the surface of the reference electrode. The electrode provides superior high-frequency response over conventional electrodes. 4 figs.

  15. Flexible retinal electrode array

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    Okandan, Murat (Albuquerque, NM); Wessendorf, Kurt O. (Albuquerque, NM); Christenson, Todd R. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2006-10-24

    An electrode array which has applications for neural stimulation and sensing. The electrode array can include a large number of electrodes each of which is flexibly attached to a common substrate using a plurality of springs to allow the electrodes to move independently. The electrode array can be formed from a combination of bulk and surface micromachining, with electrode tips that can include an electroplated metal (e.g. platinum, iridium, gold or titanium) or a metal oxide (e.g. iridium oxide) for biocompatibility. The electrode array can be used to form a part of a neural prosthesis, and is particularly well adapted for use in an implantable retinal prosthesis where the electrodes can be tailored to provide a uniform gentle contact pressure with optional sensing of this contact pressure at one or more of the electrodes.

  16. Micromachined electrode array

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    Okandan, Murat (Edgewood, NM); Wessendorf, Kurt O. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2007-12-11

    An electrode array is disclosed which has applications for neural stimulation and sensing. The electrode array, in certain embodiments, can include a plurality of electrodes each of which is flexibly attached to a common substrate using a plurality of springs to allow the electrodes to move independently. In other embodiments of the electrode array, the electrodes can be fixed to the substrate. The electrode array can be formed from a combination of bulk and surface micromachining, and can include electrode tips having an electroplated metal (e.g. platinum, iridium, gold or titanium) or a metal oxide (e.g. iridium oxide) for biocompatibility. The electrode array can be used to form a part of a neural prosthesis, and is particularly well adapted for use in an implantable retinal prosthesis.

  17. High frequency reference electrode

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    Kronberg, James W. (Aiken, SC)

    1994-01-01

    A high frequency reference electrode for electrochemical experiments comprises a mercury-calomel or silver-silver chloride reference electrode with a layer of platinum around it and a layer of a chemically and electrically resistant material such as TEFLON around the platinum covering all but a small ring or "halo" at the tip of the reference electrode, adjacent to the active portion of the reference electrode. The voltage output of the platinum layer, which serves as a redox electrode, and that of the reference electrode are coupled by a capacitor or a set of capacitors and the coupled output transmitted to a standard laboratory potentiostat. The platinum may be applied by thermal decomposition to the surface of the reference electrode. The electrode provides superior high-frequency response over conventional electrodes.

  18. A study of impulsive multiterm fractional differential equations with single and multiple base points and applications.

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    Liu, Yuji; Ahmad, Bashir

    2014-01-01

    We discuss the existence and uniqueness of solutions for initial value problems of nonlinear singular multiterm impulsive Caputo type fractional differential equations on the half line. Our study includes the cases for a single base point fractional differential equation as well as multiple base points fractional differential equation. The asymptotic behavior of solutions for the problems is also investigated. We demonstrate the utility of our work by applying the main results to fractional-order logistic models. PMID:24578623

  19. High performance cermet electrodes

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    Isenberg, Arnold O. (Forest Hills Boro, PA); Zymboly, Gregory E. (Penn Hills, PA)

    1986-01-01

    Disclosed is a method of increasing the operating cell voltage of a solid oxide electrochemical cell having metal electrode particles in contact with an oxygen-transporting ceramic electrolyte. The metal electrode is heated with the cell, and oxygen is passed through the oxygen-transporting ceramic electrolyte to the surface of the metal electrode particles so that the metal electrode particles are oxidized to form a metal oxide layer between the metal electrode particles and the electrolyte. The metal oxide layer is then reduced to form porous metal between the metal electrode particles and the ceramic electrolyte.

  20. Experimental study of adaptive pointing and tracking for large flexible space structures

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    Boussalis, D.; Bayard, D. S.; Ih, C.; Wang, S. J.; Ahmed, A.

    1991-01-01

    This paper describes an experimental study of adaptive pointing and tracking control for flexible spacecraft conducted on a complex ground experiment facility. The algorithm used in this study is based on a multivariable direct model reference adaptive control law. Several experimental validation studies were performed earlier using this algorithm for vibration damping and robust regulation, with excellent results. The current work extends previous studies by addressing the pointing and tracking problem. As is consistent with an adaptive control framework, the plant is assumed to be poorly known to the extent that only system level knowledge of its dynamics is available. Explicit bounds on the steady-state pointing error are derived as functions of the adaptive controller design parameters. It is shown that good tracking performance can be achieved in an experimental setting by adjusting adaptive controller design weightings according to the guidelines indicated by the analytical expressions for the error.

  1. PEDOT Electrochemical Polymerization Improves Electrode Fidelity and Sensitivity

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    Frost, Christopher M.; Wei, Benjamin; Baghmanli, Ziya; Cederna, Paul S.; Urbanchek, Melanie G.

    2015-01-01

    Background The goal of the authors is to restore fine motor control and sensation for high-arm amputees. They developed a regenerative peripheral nerve interface with the aim of attaining closed loop neural control by integrating directly with the amputee's residual motor and sensory peripheral nerves. PEDOT, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), has both electrical and ionic conduction characteristics. This hybrid character could help bridge the salutatory conduction of the nervous system to an electrode. The purpose of this study was to determine whether electrodes polymerized with PEDOT have improved ability to both record and stimulate peripheral nerve action potentials. Methods Impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry were performed on electrodes before and after polymerization to measure electrode impedance and charge capacity. Both recording needle and bipolar stimulating electrodes were polymerized with PEDOT. Plain and PEDOT electrodes were tested using rat (n = 18) in situ nerve conduction studies. The peroneal nerve was stimulated using a bipolar electrode at multiple locations along the nerve. Action potentials were measured in the extensor digitorum longus muscle. Results Bench testing showed PEDOT electrodes had a higher charge capacity and lower impedance than plain electrodes, indicating significantly improved electrode fidelity. Nerve conduction testing indicated a significant reduction in the stimulus threshold for both PEDOT recording and PEDOT stimulatory electrodes when compared with plain electrodes, indicating an increase in sensitivity. Conclusions PEDOT electrochemical polymerization improves electrode fidelity. Electrodes that have been electropolymerized with PEDOT show improved sensitivity when recording or stimulating action potentials at the tissue–electrode interface. PMID:22456363

  2. Interfacial Interactions between Implant Electrode and Biological Environment 

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    Chiu, Cheng-Wei 1979-

    2012-11-06

    interactions to the charge transport. The interfacial interactions of an implanted electrode with neural system will be studied in two types of electrodes: silver and graphene coated. The interfacial impedance of both samples will be studied using EIS...

  3. Analysis of non-point and point source pollution in China: case study in Shima Watershed in Guangdong Province

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    Fang, Huaiyang; Lu, Qingshui; Gao, Zhiqiang; Shi, Runhe; Gao, Wei

    2013-09-01

    China economy has been rapidly increased since 1978. Rapid economic growth led to fast growth of fertilizer and pesticide consumption. A significant portion of fertilizers and pesticides entered the water and caused water quality degradation. At the same time, rapid economic growth also caused more and more point source pollution discharge into the water. Eutrophication has become a major threat to the water bodies. Worsening environment problems forced governments to take measures to control water pollution. We extracted land cover from Landsat TM images; calculated point source pollution with export coefficient method; then SWAT model was run to simulate non-point source pollution. We found that the annual TP loads from industry pollution into rivers are 115.0 t in the entire watershed. Average annual TP loads from each sub-basin ranged from 0 to 189.4 ton. Higher TP loads of each basin from livestock and human living mainly occurs in the areas where they are far from large towns or cities and the TP loads from industry are relatively low. Mean annual TP loads that delivered to the streams was 246.4 tons and the highest TP loads occurred in north part of this area, and the lowest TP loads is mainly distributed in middle part. Therefore, point source pollution has much high proportion in this area and governments should take measures to control point source pollution.

  4. Kinetics of electrode processes on cadmium electrode of a sealed nickel-cadmium accumulator

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    Ten`kovtsev, V.V.; Nadezhina, L.S.; Borisov, B.A.; Gerasimenko, L.N.

    1995-12-20

    The kinetics of electrode processes on cadmium electrode of an alkali accumulator related to the variations of concentration of cadmium species in the near-electrode layers of electrolyte under the primary current-generating process as well as the mechanism of contamination of separation material under the conditions when an electrode is operated as a part of a sealed accumulators are studied. The major factors that lead to an increase in the concentration of cadmium species in the near-electrode layers and are mainly responsible for the penetration of cadmium into the separation material, its reduction to metal under cycling and further interelectrode leakages and short cuts are determined.

  5. [Study on water quality monitoring scheme based on non-point source pollution].

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    Wu, Xi-Jun; Li, Huai-En; Li, Jia-Ke; Li, Qiang-Kun; Dong, Wen

    2013-06-01

    In order to improve standardization and normalization of non-point source pollution monitoring, this paper summarized the non-point source pollution monitoring scheme that based on conventional technology condition. The scheme firstly emphasized the preparation work before monitoring, including situation investigation and index selection of the monitoring area and so on; In the process of establishing monitoring scheme, the monitoring area was divided into three types: city, agriculture and watershed. Take urban area monitoring scheme for Xi'an as an example, through dividing function zone setting sampling point, summarized sampling time interval, frequency and sampling methods during a rainfall process. An irrigation district was an example for agricultural monitoring scheme, through unit division, setting sampling point at the approach channel and drain channel, introduced sampling times, interval time and so on in the process of irrigation. Watershed monitoring scheme's example was the Weihe GuanZhong section, raised the setting principle of each sample section, and analyzed each section's sampling law in the process of rainfall. Finally the principal character of different non-point source pollution monitoring areas was discussed, and concluded that non-point source pollution monitoring scheme is the base of non-point source pollution study and control. PMID:23947026

  6. Radiofrequency Ablation Using a Multiple-Electrode Switching System for Lung Tumors with 2.0-5.0-cm Maximum Diameter: Phase II Clinical Study.

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    Kodama, Hiroshi; Yamakado, Koichiro; Hasegawa, Takaaki; Fujimori, Masashi; Yamanaka, Takashi; Takaki, Haruyuki; Uraki, Junji; Nakatsuka, Atsuhiro; Sakuma, Hajime

    2015-12-01

    Purpose To prospectively evaluate the safety and effectiveness of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) by using a multiple-electrode switching system to treat 2.0-5.0-cm lung tumors. Materials and Methods The institutional review board approved this prospective phase II study. Written informed consent was obtained from all patients. Between September 2009 and July 2011, RFA using two or three radiofrequency (RF) electrodes and a multiple-electrode switching system was performed for malignant lung tumors with a maximum tumor diameter of 2.0-5.0 cm in nonsurgical candidates. The primary endpoint was safety, as evaluated using the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events. Patients were observed for at least 1 year. Local tumor progression and overall survival were analyzed with the Kaplan-Meier method. Results Thirty-three patients (26 men, seven women; mean age, 70.5 years ± 10.0; age range, 46-87 years) with 35 lung tumors with a mean maximum diameter of 3.0 cm ± 0.7 (standard deviation; range, 2.0-4.4 cm) underwent treatment in 35 sessions. No procedure-related death or grade 4 adverse events (AEs) occurred. Grade 3 AEs occurred in four patients (12%), with pleural effusion requiring chest tube placement in two patients, pneumothorax requiring pleural adhesion in one patient, and pulmonary hemorrhage requiring pulmonary artery coil embolization in one patient. Grade 2 AEs were detected in 13 patients (39%). The 1-year local tumor progression and overall survival rates were 12.7% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.0, 25.5) and 81.2% (95% CI: 67.6, 94.8). Conclusion RFA with a multiple-electrode switching system may be a safe therapeutic option with which to treat 2.0-5.0-cm lung cancer tumors. (©) RSNA, 2015. PMID:26053308

  7. Electrodes for long-term esophageal electrocardiography.

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    Niederhauser, Thomas; Haeberlin, Andreas; Marisa, Thanks; Jungo, Michael; Goette, Josef; Jacomet, Marcel; Abacherli, Roger; Vogel, Rolf

    2013-09-01

    The emerging application of long-term and high-quality ECG recording requires alternative electrodes to improve the signal quality and recording capability of surface skin electrodes. The esophageal ECG has the potential to overcome these limitations but necessitates novel recorder and lead designs. The electrode material is of particular interest, since the material has to ensure conflicting requirements like excellent biopotential recording properties and inertness. To this end, novel electrode materials like PEDOT and silver-PDMS as well as established electrode materials such as stainless steel, platinum, gold, iridium oxide, titanium nitride, and glassy carbon were investigated by long-term electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and model-based signal analysis using the derived in vitro interfacial properties in conjunction with a dedicated ECG amplifier. The results of this novel approach show that titanium nitride and iridium oxide featuring microstructured surfaces did not degrade when exposed to artificial acidic saliva. These materials provide low electrode potential drifts and insignificant signal distortion superior to surface skin electrodes making them compatible with accepted standards for ambulatory ECG. They are superior to the noble and polarizable metals such as platinum, silver, and gold that induced more signal distortions and are superior to esophageal stainless steel electrodes that corrode in artificial saliva. The study provides rigorous criteria for the selection of electrode materials for prolonged ECG recording by combining long-term in vitro electrode material properties with ECG signal quality assessment. PMID:23649132

  8. Carbon paste electrodes modified with biosolids, soils and biocomposites utilized to study the interaction between organic matter and copper.

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    Flores-Álvarez, J M; González, I; García-de la Rosa, L A; Mancilla-Peña, F; Reyes-Gómez, J

    2011-03-01

    Carbon paste electrodes (CPEs) modified with a biosolid, two types of soils with different amounts of organic matter (OM), and two biocomposites (soils mixed with a biosolid) were used to assess and compare the Cu(II) ion retention properties of the organic matter contained in the samples. The accumulation of Cu(II) on the surface of the modified carbon paste electrodes (MCPEs) was performed under open-circuit conditions. When comparing the response of the MCPEs while assessing parameters such as pH, preconcentration time, and adsorption/desorption capacity, it was found that the reaction mechanism of the two soils is different between the soils and dissimilar from the biosolid; while the biocomposites show reaction mechanisms that are intermediate between those of the soils and the biosolid. This was proven with the use of infrared spectroscopy, since the FTIR spectra show similarities between the two soils and significant differences between the soils and the biosolid. PMID:21044813

  9. Evolution of the negative electrode (tin/silicate) for Li-ion batteries studied by 119 Sn Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Mouyane, M.; Lippens, P.-E.; Womes, M.; Ducourant, B.; Olivier-Fourcade, J.; Jumas, J.-C.

    2008-11-01

    A novel tin composite Sn/CaSiO3 for the anode of Li-ion batteries was prepared by solid-state reaction. The CaSiO3 matrix was synthesized by a sol-gel route. The crystalline structures and morphology were determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and 119Sn Mössbauer spectroscopy; the electrochemical properties were evaluated by galvanostatic charge and discharge. The results obtained show that the Sn/CaSiO3 composite presents very interesting electrochemical performances in terms of specific capacity in the first discharge (591 mAh/g) and a good reversibility due to both the formation of an interface between active and inactive materials and the reversible formation of Li x Sn alloys. We have also highlighted, by 119Sn Mössbauer spectroscopy, the various tin species constituting the material of the starting electrode, as well as the chemical evolutions occurring during the discharge and the charge of the electrode.

  10. A study of electrodeposited negative electrodes for lithium-ion batteries with an emphasis on combinatorial electrodeposition

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    Beattie, Shane D.

    When Sn-rich electrodes are cycled in a Li cell to large voltages (>1.4 V) anomalous high-voltage irreversible capacity (AHVIC) can be initiated. AHVIC is detrimental to the cell and should be avoided. A theory describing AHVIC is proposed that teaches ways to eliminate AHVIC. Three ways to avoid AHVIC are: (1) keep the recharge voltage below 1.3 V (vs. Li); (2) cycle the cell at a rate above about 75 mA/cm2 and (3) by alloying Sn with another element (such as Cu). It is shown that advanced negative electrode materials for Li-ion batteries can be made quickly, simply and inexpensively using electrodeposition. In order to investigate a wide range of alloys in a single experiment, combinatorial electrodeposition has been successfully developed and implemented. Electrodes are cut from the composition spread film and tested in Li button cells to determine which composition exhibits both high capacity and good capacity retention. Using combinatorial methods it was determined that a Cu-Sn electrode with 28 atm. % Sn satisfied these criteria. Combinatorial electrodeposition can be applied to many binary systems. Here we look at three binary systems: Cu-Sn, Cu-Zn and Sn-Zn. Composition-spread films were deposited for each system. Composition and crystal structure varied smoothly with position for each system. Combinatorial electrodeposition can also be applied to ternary systems. The Cu-Sn-Zn system is discussed as an example. Combinatorial electrodeposition embodies and even extends the advantages of combinatorial material science: faster, cheaper, better, simpler and scalable. Ingenuity replaces robots and million dollar machines with water guns and buckets.

  11. Three electrode measurements on solid electrolytes

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    Pham, A.Q.; Glass, R.S.

    1995-12-01

    AC impedance spectroscopy and chronopotentiometry have been used to study solid-state ionic conductors. Results obtained using three electrodes are compared to those using a two-electrode configuration. The uncompensated resistance was shown to depend strongly on the geometric placement of the electrodes. The optimal configuration for minimized uncompensated resistance effects is similar to the Luggin capillary arrangement in the liquid phase. The effect of non-negligible geometric capacitance on interpretation of results is discussed.

  12. Multiscale porous fuel cell electrodes

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    Wen, Hao

    Porous electrodes are widely used in fuel cells to enhance electrode performance due to their high surface area. Increasingly, such electrodes are designed with both micro-scale and nano-scale features. In the current work, carbon based porous materials have been synthesized and utilized as bioelectrode support for biofuel cells, analysis of such porous electrodes via rotating disk electrode has been enhanced by a numerical model that considers diffusion and convection within porous media. Finally, porous perovskite metal oxide cathodes for solid oxide fuel cell have been modeled to simulate impedance response data obtained from symmetric cells. Carbon fiber microelectrodes (CFME) were fabricated to mimic the microenvironment of carbon fiber paper based porous electrodes. They were also miniature electrodes for small-scale applications. As observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), carbon nanotubes (CNTs) formed a homogeneously intertwined matrix. Biocatalysts can fully infiltrate this matrix to form a composite, with a significantly enhanced glucose oxidation current---that is 6.4 fold higher than the bare carbon fiber electrodes. Based on the CNT based porous matrix, polystyrene beads of uniform diameter at 500 nm were used as template to tune the porous structure and enhance biomolecule transport. Focused ion beam (FIB) was used to observe the morphology both at the surface and the cross-section. It has been shown that the template macro-pores enhanced the fuel transport and the current density has been doubled due to the improvement. Like commonly used rotating disk electrode, the porous rotating disk electrode is a system with analytically solved flow field. Although models were proposed previously with first order kinetics and convection as the only mass transport at high rotations, some recent findings indicated that diffusion could play an important role at all disk rotation rates. In the current proposed model, enzymatic kinetics that follow a Ping Pong Bi Bi mechanism was considered, diffusional transport included, and the electrolyte transport of substrate outside the porous media discussed as well. Composite solid oxide fuel cells have good power generation due to enhanced ion conductivity in the cathode achieved by inclusion of high oxygen ion conductivity materials. Impedance spectroscopies of such cathodes were modeled to study the underlying transport and kinetic mechanisms. The effects of electronic conductor loading were studied, including loading values below the percolation threshold. The conductivity and oxygen surface exchange reaction rate were fitted to experimental data and percolation theory was utilized to explain the fitted trends.

  13. Improved biomedical electrode

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    Frost, J. D., Jr.

    1972-01-01

    Newly designed electrode is prefilled, disposable, electrolyte-saturated spong. New design permits longe periods of storage without deterioration, and readiness in matter of seconds. Electrodes supply signals for electroencephalogram, electro-oculogram, and electrocardiogram.

  14. Silver nanowires embedded gel electrodes

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    Abe, Yuta; Gong, Jin; Furukawa, Hidemitsu

    2013-04-01

    The polyelectrolyte of high-strength gels was made to improve the mechanical properties in our previous study. In the field of electronic devices, the demand of polymer electrodes, which have high conductivity, high flexibility and transparence, is increasing. In this study, we attempt to make a transparent polymer electrode by laminating polymer thin film and silver nanowire (AgNW). High transparenct poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) film, which is produced by using solvent cast method is used. AgNW is prepared by reacting Silver chloride (AgCl) with Silver nitrate (AgNO3) based on previous study. The AgNWs taking on different shapes were obtained. Fibrous AgNWs are formed by using high molecular weight polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). These results showed a possibility of developing the polymer electrode with high conductivity, high flexibility and transparence.

  15. Stereotactic electroencephalography with temporal grid and mesial temporal depth electrode coverage: does technique of depth electrode placement affect outcome?

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    Van Gompel, Jamie J.; Meyer, Fredric B.; Marsh, W. Richard; Lee, Kendall H.; Worrell, Gregory A.

    2011-01-01

    Object Intracranial monitoring for temporal lobe seizure localization to differentiate neocortical from mesial temporal onset seizures requires both neocortical subdural grids and hippocampal depth electrode implantation. There are 2 basic techniques for hippocampal depth electrode implantation. This first technique uses a stereotactically guided 8-contact depth electrode directed along the long axis of the hippocampus to the amygdala via an occipital bur hole. The second technique involves direct placement of 2 or 3 4-contact depth electrodes perpendicular to the temporal lobe through the middle temporal gyrus and overlying subdural grid. The purpose of this study was to determine whether one technique was superior to the other by examining monitoring success and complications. Methods Between 1997 and 2005, 41 patients underwent invasive seizure monitoring with both temporal subdural grids and depth electrodes placed in 2 ways. Patients in Group A underwent the first technique, and patients in Group B underwent the second technique. Results Group A consisted of 26 patients and Group B 15 patients. There were no statistically significant differences between Groups A and B regarding demographics, monitoring duration, seizure localization, or outcome (Engel classification). There was a statistically significant difference at the point in time at which these techniques were used: Group A represented more patients earlier in the series than Group B (p < 0.05). The complication rate attributable to the grids and depth electrodes was 0% in each group. It was more likely that the depth electrodes were placed through the grid if there was a prior resection and the patient was undergoing a new evaluation (p < 0.05). Furthermore, Group A procedures took significantly longer than Group B procedures. Conclusions In this patient series, there was no difference in efficacy of monitoring, complications, or outcome between hippocampal depth electrodes placed laterally through temporal grids or using an occipital bur hole stereotactic approach. Placement of the depth electrodes perpendicularly through the grids and middle temporal gyrus is technically more practical because multiple head positions and redraping are unnecessary, resulting in shorter operative times with comparable results. PMID:20170311

  16. Cryogenic Propellant Storage and Transfer Technology Demonstration: Prephase A Government Point-of-Departure Concept Study

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    Mulqueen, J. A.; Addona, B. M.; Gwaltney, D. A.; Holt, K. A.; Hopkins, R. C.; Matis, J. A.; McRight, P. S.; Popp, C. G.; Sutherlin, S. G.; Thomas, H. D.; Baysinger, M. F.; Maples, C. D.; Capizzo, P. D.; Fabisinski, L. L.; Hornsby, L. S.; Percy, T. K.; Thomas, S. D.

    2012-01-01

    The primary purpose of this study was to define a point-of-departure prephase A mission concept for the cryogenic propellant storage and transfer technology demonstration mission to be conducted by the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT). The mission concept includes identification of the cryogenic propellant management technologies to be demonstrated, definition of a representative mission timeline, and definition of a viable flight system design concept. The resulting mission concept will serve as a point of departure for evaluating alternative mission concepts and synthesizing the results of industry- defined mission concepts developed under the OCT contracted studies

  17. Advances in lightweight nickel electrode technology

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    Coates, Dwaine; Paul, Gary; Wheeler, James R.; Daugherty, Paul

    1989-01-01

    Studies are currently underway to further the development of lightweight nickel electrode technology. Work is focused primarily on the space nickel-hydrogen system and nickel-iron system but is also applicable to the nickel-cadmium and nickel-zinc systems. The goal is to reduce electrode weight while maintaining or improving performance thereby increasing electrode energy density. Two basic electrode structures are being investigated. The first is the traditional nickel sponge produced from sintered nickel-carbonyl powder and the second is a new material for this application which consists of a non-woven mat of nickel fiber. Electrodes are being manufactured, tested and evaluated at the electrode and cell level.

  18. Advances in lightweight nickel electrode technology

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    Coates, Dwaine; Paul, Gary; Daugherty, Paul

    1989-01-01

    Studies are currently underway to further the development of lightweight nickel electrode technology. Work is focused primarily on the space nickel-hydrogen system and nickel-iron system but is also applicable to the nickel-cadmium and nickel-zinc systems. The goal is to reduce electrode weight while maintaining or improving performance, thereby increasing electrode energy density. Two basic electrode structures are being investigated. The first is the traditional nickel sponge produced from sintered nickel-carbonyl powder. The second is a new material for this application which consists of a non-woven mat of nickel fiber. Electrodes are being manufactured, tested, and evaluated at the electrode and cell level.

  19. Insulated ECG electrodes

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    Portnoy, W. M.; David, R. M.

    1973-01-01

    Insulated, capacitively coupled electrode does not require electrolyte paste for attachment. Other features of electrode include wide range of nontoxic material that may be employed for dielectric because of sputtering technique used. Also, electrode size is reduced because there is no need for external compensating networks with FET operational amplifier.

  20. Electrically conductive diamond electrodes

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    Swain, Greg (East Lansing, MI); Fischer, Anne (Arlington, VA),; Bennett, Jason (Lansing, MI); Lowe, Michael (Holt, MI)

    2009-05-19

    An electrically conductive diamond electrode and process for preparation thereof is described. The electrode comprises diamond particles coated with electrically conductive doped diamond preferably by chemical vapor deposition which are held together with a binder. The electrodes are useful for oxidation reduction in gas, such as hydrogen generation by electrolysis.

  1. Longitudinal discharge laser electrodes

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    Warner, B.E.; Miller, J.L.; Ault, E.R.

    1994-08-23

    The improved longitudinal discharge laser electrode with IR baffle includes an electrode made up of washers spaced along the laser axis in order to form inter-washer spaces for hollow cathode discharge to take place and for IR radiation to be trapped. Additional IR baffles can be placed between the electrode ann the window. 2 figs.

  2. Longitudinal discharge laser electrodes

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    Warner, Bruce E. (Livermore, CA); Miller, John L. (Dublin, CA); Ault, Earl R. (Dublin, CA)

    1994-01-01

    The improved longitudinal discharge laser electrode with IR baffle includes an electrode made up of washers spaced along the laser axis in order to form inter-washer spaces for hollow cathode discharge to take place and for IR radiation to be trapped. Additional IR baffles can be placed between the electrode ann the window.

  3. A Simple Hydrogen Electrode

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    Eggen, Per-Odd

    2009-01-01

    This article describes the construction of an inexpensive, robust, and simple hydrogen electrode, as well as the use of this electrode to measure "standard" potentials. In the experiment described here the students can measure the reduction potentials of metal-metal ion pairs directly, without using a secondary reference electrode. Measurements…

  4. Near-electrode imager

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    Rathke, Jerome W. (Lockport, IL); Klingler, Robert J. (Westmont, IL); Woelk, Klaus (Wachtberg, DE); Gerald, II, Rex E. (Brookfield, IL)

    2000-01-01

    An apparatus, near-electrode imager, for employing nuclear magnetic resonance imaging to provide in situ measurements of electrochemical properties of a sample as a function of distance from a working electrode. The near-electrode imager uses the radio frequency field gradient within a cylindrical toroid cavity resonator to provide high-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance spectral information on electrolyte materials.

  5. Fuel cell electrodes

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    Strmcnik, Dusan; Cuesta, Angel; Stamenkovic, Vojislav; Markovic, Nenad

    2015-06-23

    A process includes patterning a surface of a platinum group metal-based electrode by contacting the electrode with an adsorbate to form a patterned platinum group metal-based electrode including platinum group metal sites blocked with adsorbate molecules and platinum group metal sites which are not blocked.

  6. A quantitative study on accumulation of age mass around stagnation points in nested flow systems

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    Jiang, Xiao-Wei; Wan, Li; Ge, Shemin; Cao, Guo-Liang; Hou, Guang-Cai; Hu, Fu-Sheng; Wang, Xu-Sheng; Li, Hailong; Liang, Si-Hai

    2012-12-01

    The stagnant zones in nested flow systems have been assumed to be critical to accumulation of transported matter, such as metallic ions and hydrocarbons in drainage basins. However, little quantitative research has been devoted to prove this assumption. In this paper, the transport of age mass is used as an example to demonstrate that transported matter could accumulate around stagnation points. The spatial distribution of model age is analyzed in a series of drainage basins of different depths. We found that groundwater age has a local or regional maximum value around each stagnation point, which proves the accumulation of age mass. In basins where local, intermediate and regional flow systems are all well developed, the regional maximum groundwater age occurs at the regional stagnation point below the basin valley. This can be attributed to the long travel distances of regional flow systems as well as stagnancy of the water. However, when local flow systems dominate, the maximum groundwater age in the basin can be located around the local stagnation points due to stagnancy, which are far away from the basin valley. A case study is presented to illustrate groundwater flow and age in the Ordos Plateau, northwestern China. The accumulation of age mass around stagnation points is confirmed by tracer age determined by 14C dating in two boreholes and simulated age near local stagnation points under different dispersivities. The results will help shed light on the relationship between groundwater flow and distributions of groundwater age, hydrochemistry, mineral resources, and hydrocarbons in drainage basins.

  7. Lithium-ion drifting: Application to the study of point defects in floating-zone silicon

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    Walton, J. T.; Wong, Y. K.; Zulehner, W.

    1997-01-01

    The use of lithium-ion (Li(+)) drifting to study the properties of point defects in p-type Floating-Zone (FZ) silicon crystals is reported. The Li(+) drift technique is used to detect the presence of vacancy-related defects (D defects) in certain p-type FZ silicon crystals. SUPREM-IV modeling suggests that the silicon point defect diffusivities are considerably higher than those commonly accepted, but are in reasonable agreement with values recently proposed. These results demonstrate the utility of Li(+) drifting in the study of silicon point defect properties in p-type FZ crystals. Finally, a straightforward measurement of the Li(+) compensation depth is shown to yield estimates of the vacancy-related defect concentration in p-type FZ crystals.

  8. Study of structural break points in global and hemispheric temperature series by piecewise regression

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    Werner, Rolf; Valev, Dimitar; Danov, Dimitar; Guineva, Veneta

    2015-12-01

    The study of climate trends taking into consideration possible structural changes is important for understanding climate development characterized by a stochastic trend or by a determined one. In the paper global and hemisphere temperature anomalies are modeled by piecewise linear regression and break points in the temperature evolution are found. It was demonstrated that the used method allowed finding of breaks characterized by long time trends (low frequency processes) as well as abrupt changes (fast frequency processes). The obtained break points for slow temperature change are close to the ones found by other authors however additional conditions (as segment length, gradient and others) are not used here. The results for higher break point numbers are like the ones of step slope models. It was demonstrated that the successive phases of warming and cooling and most of the break points subdividing these periods in the Northern Hemisphere are introduced by the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation. Because the strong quasi periodicity of the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation the authors recommend the removal of its influence on the temperature from the temperature series before studies of trends or structural changes. The Northern Hemisphere temperature data after the removal of the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation influence show structures like the Southern Hemisphere temperatures. Model selection by the Schwarz-Bayesian Information Criterion developed by Liu, Wu and Zidek (LWZ criterion) shows that models with only one break point are to be preferred.

  9. Electrode potential studies of liquid-solid equilibrium in Na{sub 3}Bi-saturated Na-Bi melts

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    Yan, X.Y.; Langberg, D.E.; Rankin, W.J.

    2000-04-01

    Liquid binary Na-Bi alloys have been studied extensively because of the interest in possible uses as electrochemically active couples in regenerative electrochemical cells, in high-energy batteries, and as potential heat-transfer media in nuclear reaction processes. Techniques used previously for thermodynamic measurements on the system have included the transpiration method, quasi-static and boiling point methods, the electromotive force (emf) method using molten salt mixtures and various solid electrolytes, and thermal analysis. Most of the thermodynamic data on Bi-Na alloys were recently assessed by Sangster and Pelton. However, no experimental thermodynamic data for liquid-solid equilibrium in liquid Na-Bi alloys saturated with solid Na{sub 3}Bi have been reported in the literature. The aim of the present work was to investigate experimentally the equilibrium between Na-Bi melts and solid Na{sub 3}Bi by the emf method in the range 638 to 973 K.

  10. Impact of Field of Study, College and Year on Calculation of Cumulative Grade Point Average

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    Trail, Carla; Reiter, Harold I.; Bridge, Michelle; Stefanowska, Patricia; Schmuck, Marylou; Norman, Geoff

    2008-01-01

    A consistent finding from many reviews is that undergraduate Grade Point Average (uGPA) is a key predictor of academic success in medical school. Curiously, while uGPA has established predictive validity, little is known about its reliability. For a variety of reasons, medical schools use different weighting schemas to combine years of study.…

  11. Contingency Management to Increase Grade Point Average among Fraternity Members: A Feasibility Study

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    Van Patten, Ryan A.; Irons, Jessica G.; Apple, Kevin J.

    2015-01-01

    Contingency management is an incentive-based intervention strategy that has been demonstrated to be effective for inducing behavior change among a variety of populations and for a variety of behaviors. The current study examined whether contingency management techniques can help students change behaviors in an effort to raise their grade point

  12. Mechanical characterization of Cu-Zn wire electrode base used in EDM and study of influence of the process of machining on its properties

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    Sedjal, H.; Amirat, B.; Aichour, M.; Marouf, T.; Chitroub, M.

    2015-03-01

    This work is part of a Research National project (PNR) carried out by the group of research of the engineering and material sciences laboratory of the polytechnic national school at Algiers in collaboration with company BCR, which relates to "the characterization of the wire intended for the EDM of matrices metal. The goal of this work is to bring metallographic explanations on the wire electrode used by the machine ROBOFIL 290P, mechanically characterized this wire as of knowing of advantage about the process of its manufacturing (wiredrawing, .) The methods of studies used are it micro Vickers pyramid hardness, the tensile test, optical microscopy and scan electronic microscopy SEM.

  13. Mechanical characterization of Cu-Zn wire electrode base used in EDM and study of influence of the process of machining on its properties

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    Sedjal, H. Amirat, B.; Aichour, M.; Marouf, T.; Chitroub, M.

    2015-03-30

    This work is part of a Research National project (PNR) carried out by the group of research of the engineering and material sciences laboratory of the polytechnic national school at Algiers in collaboration with company BCR, which relates to “the characterization of the wire intended for the EDM of matrices metal. The goal of this work is to bring metallographic explanations on the wire electrode used by the machine ROBOFIL 290P, mechanically characterized this wire as of knowing of advantage about the process of its manufacturing (wiredrawing, .) The methods of studies used are it micro Vickers pyramid hardness, the tensile test, optical microscopy and scan electronic microscopy SEM.

  14. Retrospective study using MRI to measure depths of acupuncture points in neck and shoulder region

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    Chou, Pei-Chi; Huang, Yu-Chuen; Hsueh, Chun-Jen; Lin, Jaung-Geng; Chu, Heng-Yi

    2015-01-01

    Objectives There are safety issues associated with acupuncture treatment. Previous studies regarding needling depth of acupuncture points revealed inconsistent results due to vague depth definition, acupuncture point localisation and measuring tools. The objective of this study is to find and compare the differences of the mean depths of 11 acupuncture points in the neck and shoulder region between subjects, with variables including gender and body mass index (BMI). Setting This study was conducted at a single medical center in Taiwan. Participants Three hundred and ninety-four participants were included in this study. Participants were grouped according to gender and BMI. Acupuncture points were localised by WHO standard and measured by MRI. Outcome measures The distance from the needle insertion point (surface of the skin) to any tissues that would cause possible/severe complications. Results Mean depths of 11 points were obtained in groups of different BMI and gender. Mean depths of all participants regardless of BMI and gender are as follows, in centimetres: GB21=5.6, SI14=5.2, SI15=8.8, GV15=4.9, GV16=4.6, GB20=5.0, ST9=1.6, SI16=1.8, SI17=2.4, TE16=3.1, LI18=1.3. Participants with higher BMI had greater measured depths in both gender groups. Male participants had larger mean depths than female participants regardless of BMI except in SI17 and LI18. When taking BMI into consideration, depths in male participants are greater than in female participants in most of the points except the following: GB21, TE16 in obesity group; ST9 in underweight and obesity group; SI16 in ideal body weight, overweight and obesity group; SI17, LI18 in each group. Conclusions Participants with higher BMI had greater measured depths and males tended to have greater depths in most of the points. Clinical practitioners are recommended to consider this information to prevent complications when applying acupuncture treatment to their patients. PMID:26224017

  15. Retina-on-a-chip: a microfluidic platform for point access signaling studies.

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    Dodson, Kirsten H; Echevarria, Franklin D; Li, Deyu; Sappington, Rebecca M; Edd, Jon F

    2015-12-01

    We report on a microfluidic platform for culture of whole organs or tissue slices with the capability of point access reagent delivery to probe the transport of signaling events. Whole mice retina were maintained for multiple days with negative pressure applied to tightly but gently bind the bottom of the retina to a thin poly-(dimethylsiloxane) membrane, through which twelve 100 ?m diameter through-holes served as fluidic access points. Staining with toluidine blue, transport of locally applied cholera toxin beta, and transient response to lipopolysaccharide in the retina demonstrated the capability of the microfluidic platform. The point access fluidic delivery capability could enable new assays in the study of various kinds of excised tissues, including retina. PMID:26559199

  16. Electrochemistry at Nanometer-Scaled Electrodes

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    Watkins, John J.; Bo Zhang; White, Henry S.

    2005-01-01

    Electrochemical studies using nanometer-scaled electrodes are leading to better insights into electrochemical kinetics, interfacial structure, and chemical analysis. Various methods of preparing electrodes of nanometer dimensions are discussed and a few examples of their behavior and applications in relatively simple electrochemical experiments…

  17. Effect of electrode coating on the response curve of dose calibrators for nuclear medicine: A computer simulation study

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    Kleeven, Willem J. G. M.; Wijnhoven, Gerd P. J.

    1985-07-01

    For most types of re-entrant ionization chambers filled with nobel gases, the response is relatively low in the energy region between ca 100 and 500 keV. By coating the electrode with a thin high- Z metal layer, the response in this region can be considerably increased. The influence of thickness and Z number of the coating on the response is calculated with a computer model for ?-energies up to 1000 keV. Calculations are carried out for a spherical model geometry of the ionization chamber. Using a lead coating of 200 ?m and krypton gas filling, an improvement in response of a factor 3 around 350 keV can be achieved. Although the model is not suited for calculation of the response of actual dose calibrators, it enables a better understanding of the influence of dimensions, construction materials, gas filling and particularly electrode coating on the final shape of the response curve. It may be seen as an onset for more complicated models for the achievement of dose calibrators with a flat response curve.

  18. Study on dielectric and piezoelectric properties of 0.7 Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.3 PbTiO3 single crystal with nano-patterned composite electrode

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    Chang, Wei-Yi; Huang, Wenbin; Bagal, Abhijeet; Chang, Chih-Hao; Tian, Jian; Han, Pengdi; Jiang, Xiaoning

    2013-09-01

    Effect of nano-patterned composite electrode and backswitching poling technique on dielectric and piezoelectric properties of 0.7 Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.3 PbTiO3 was studied in this paper. Composite electrode consists of Mn nano-patterns with pitch size of 200 nm, and a blanket layer of Ti/Au was fabricated using a nanolithography based lift-off process, heat treatment, and metal film sputtering. Composite electrode and backswitching poling resulted in 27% increase of d33 and 25% increase of dielectric constant, and we believe that this is attributed to regularly defined nano-domains and irreversible rhombohedral to monoclinic phase transition in crystal. The results indicate that nano-patterned composite electrode and backswitching poling has a great potential in domain engineering of relaxor single crystals for advanced devices.

  19. Study on dielectric and piezoelectric properties of 0.7 Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.3 PbTiO3 single crystal with nano-patterned composite electrode

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    Chang, Wei-Yi; Huang, Wenbin; Bagal, Abhijeet; Chang, Chih-Hao; Tian, Jian; Han, Pengdi; Jiang, Xiaoning

    2013-01-01

    Effect of nano-patterned composite electrode and backswitching poling technique on dielectric and piezoelectric properties of 0.7 Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.3 PbTiO3 was studied in this paper. Composite electrode consists of Mn nano-patterns with pitch size of 200?nm, and a blanket layer of Ti/Au was fabricated using a nanolithography based lift-off process, heat treatment, and metal film sputtering. Composite electrode and backswitching poling resulted in 27% increase of d33 and 25% increase of dielectric constant, and we believe that this is attributed to regularly defined nano-domains and irreversible rhombohedral to monoclinic phase transition in crystal. The results indicate that nano-patterned composite electrode and backswitching poling has a great potential in domain engineering of relaxor single crystals for advanced devices. PMID:24170960

  20. Reviving common standards in point-count surveys for broad inference across studies

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    Matsuoka, Steven M.; Mahon, C. Lisa; Handel, Colleen M.; Solymos, Peter; Bayne, Erin M.; Fontaine, Patricia C.; Ralph, C.J.

    2014-01-01

    We revisit the common standards recommended by Ralph et al. (1993, 1995a) for conducting point-count surveys to assess the relative abundance of landbirds breeding in North America. The standards originated from discussions among ornithologists in 1991 and were developed so that point-count survey data could be broadly compared and jointly analyzed by national data centers with the goals of monitoring populations and managing habitat. Twenty years later, we revisit these standards because (1) they have not been universally followed and (2) new methods allow estimation of absolute abundance from point counts, but these methods generally require data beyond the original standards to account for imperfect detection. Lack of standardization and the complications it introduces for analysis become apparent from aggregated data. For example, only 3% of 196,000 point counts conducted during the period 1992-2011 across Alaska and Canada followed the standards recommended for the count period and count radius. Ten-minute, unlimited-count-radius surveys increased the number of birds detected by >300% over 3-minute, 50-m-radius surveys. This effect size, which could be eliminated by standardized sampling, was ?10 times the published effect sizes of observers, time of day, and date of the surveys. We suggest that the recommendations by Ralph et al. (1995a) continue to form the common standards when conducting point counts. This protocol is inexpensive and easy to follow but still allows the surveys to be adjusted for detection probabilities. Investigators might optionally collect additional information so that they can analyze their data with more flexible forms of removal and time-of-detection models, distance sampling, multiple-observer methods, repeated counts, or combinations of these methods. Maintaining the common standards as a base protocol, even as these study-specific modifications are added, will maximize the value of point-count data, allowing compilation and analysis by regional and national data centers.

  1. Vascular Fasciatherapy Danis Bois Method: a Study on Mechanism Concerning the Supporting Point Applied on Arteries

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    Payrau, Bernard; Quéré, Nadine; Bois, Danis

    2011-01-01

    Background A first study on vascular fasciatherapy enabled us to observe the turning of a turbulent blood flow into a laminar one, and a questioning on the process involved in this transformation emerged. The first question was: What is the nature of artery from the point of view of fascia? And a second question was: Which is the link permitting the observed process working in our first study? So this time, we are investigating a specific aspect of the big question that polarizes the interest of many researchers: “What is fascia?” Methods Following Donald Ingber’s statement, “It is necessary to understand how tissues and organs are structured across multiple size scales”, our research methods have been established in order to collect information on what is artery and what is fascia. Concerning these two organs, we have questioned science across the scales of embryology, anatomy, histology and cytology. Beyond the knowledge on structure, the functional link between artery and fascia is the necessary complement of this study whose starting point is in fact a questioning on process. As an application of this study, vascular fasciatherapy Danis-Bois Method and mechanotransduction have been investigated in theoretical and in research aspects to improve the understanding of how they work. Results The embryological approach points out a common origin and a histofunctional community of connective tissue and artery. As organs, arteries are sheathed by the adventia-fascia, and are penetrated by connective tissue extensions in media and intima. Furthermore, the functional point of view of this study reports the knowledge on mechanotransduction involving artery, both from the connective side and from the luminal side. Functional anatomy, surgery, histology, and cytology integrating the theory of the extended cytoskeleton, underline continuity from the static and functional points of view, with tensegrity being the architectural principle linking molecules to the entire body. Conclusion By answering these questions, we are attempting a better understanding of the mechanisms occurring in the progress of the arterial supporting point. One could presume that it relaxes adventitia and media, locally and all along the arterial network. Its action could also extend inward to the intima and on blood, as well as outwards to the neighboring connective tissue. By its local and remote action, it may be useful when diseases associate general perturbations and arterial disorders, like in high blood pressure or in aging. PMID:22211153

  2. Insights on Capacitive Interdigitated Electrodes Coated with MOF Thin Films: Humidity and VOCs Sensing as a Case Study

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    Sapsanis, Christos; Omran, Hesham; Chernikova, Valeriya; Shekhah, Osama; Belmabkhout, Youssef; Buttner, Ulrich; Eddaoudi, Mohamed; Salama, Khaled N.

    2015-01-01

    A prototypical metal-organic framework (MOF), a 2D periodic porous structure based on the assembly of copper ions and benzene dicarboxylate (bdc) ligands (Cu(bdc)·xH2O), was grown successfully as a thin film on interdigitated electrodes (IDEs). IDEs have been used for achieving planar CMOS-compatible low-cost capacitive sensing structures for the detection of humidity and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Accordingly, the resultant IDEs coated with the Cu(bdc)·xH2O thin film was evaluated, for the first time, as a capacitive sensor for gas sensing applications. A fully automated setup, using LabVIEW interfaces to experiment conduction and data acquisition, was developed in order to measure the associated gas sensing performance. PMID:26213943

  3. Degradation of Li/S Battery Electrodes On 3D Current Collectors Studied Using X-ray Phase Contrast Tomography.

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    Zielke, L; Barchasz, C; Walu?, S; Alloin, F; Leprêtre, J-C; Spettl, A; Schmidt, V; Hilger, A; Manke, I; Banhart, J; Zengerle, R; Thiele, S

    2015-01-01

    Lithium/sulphur batteries are promising candidates for future energy storage systems, mainly due to their high potential capacity. However low sulphur utilization and capacity fading hinder practical realizations. In order to improve understanding of the system, we investigate Li/S electrode morphology changes for different ageing steps, using X-ray phase contrast tomography. Thereby we find a strong decrease of sulphur loading after the first cycle, and a constant loading of about 15% of the initial loading afterwards. While cycling, the mean sulphur particle diameters decrease in a qualitatively similar fashion as the discharge capacity fades. The particles spread, migrate into the current collector and accumulate in the upper part again. Simultaneously sulphur particles lose contact area with the conducting network but regain it after ten cycles because their decreasing size results in higher surface areas. Since the capacity still decreases, this regain could be associated with effects such as surface area passivation and increasing charge transfer resistance. PMID:26043280

  4. Insights on Capacitive Interdigitated Electrodes Coated with MOF Thin Films: Humidity and VOCs Sensing as a Case Study.

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    Sapsanis, Christos; Omran, Hesham; Chernikova, Valeriya; Shekhah, Osama; Belmabkhout, Youssef; Buttner, Ulrich; Eddaoudi, Mohamed; Salama, Khaled N

    2015-01-01

    A prototypical metal-organic framework (MOF), a 2D periodic porous structure based on the assembly of copper ions and benzene dicarboxylate (bdc) ligands (Cu(bdc)·xH2O), was grown successfully as a thin film on interdigitated electrodes (IDEs). IDEs have been used for achieving planar CMOS-compatible low-cost capacitive sensing structures for the detection of humidity and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Accordingly, the resultant IDEs coated with the Cu(bdc)·xH2O thin film was evaluated, for the first time, as a capacitive sensor for gas sensing applications. A fully automated setup, using LabVIEW interfaces to experiment conduction and data acquisition, was developed in order to measure the associated gas sensing performance. PMID:26213943

  5. Electrochemical study of Si/C composites with particulate and fibrous morphology as negative electrodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Gómez-Cámer, Juan Luis; Thuv, Heidi; Novák, Petr

    2015-10-01

    Silicon-carbon composites with two different morphologies, particulate and fibrous, prepared by NaOH catalyzed polymerization of resorcinol and formaldehyde in presence of Si nanoparticles and cosurfactants, are examined as negative electrodes in lithium-ion batteries. The composites prepared with ca. 33, 50, and 66% Si deliver around 1000, 1500, and 2000 mAh g-1, respectively. Higher silicon content results in higher initial specific charge, but also faster fading during cycling. The composites with the lowest silicon content exhibit the most stable specific charges. The differences in electrochemical behavior for the optimized compositions are investigated by means of microscopy and electrochemical impedance analysis and are discussed in terms of morphology of the different composites.

  6. Degradation of Li/S Battery Electrodes On 3D Current Collectors Studied Using X-ray Phase Contrast Tomography

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    Zielke, L.; Barchasz, C.; Walu?, S.; Alloin, F.; Leprêtre, J.-C.; Spettl, A.; Schmidt, V.; Hilger, A.; Manke, I.; Banhart, J.; Zengerle, R.; Thiele, S.

    2015-01-01

    Lithium/sulphur batteries are promising candidates for future energy storage systems, mainly due to their high potential capacity. However low sulphur utilization and capacity fading hinder practical realizations. In order to improve understanding of the system, we investigate Li/S electrode morphology changes for different ageing steps, using X-ray phase contrast tomography. Thereby we find a strong decrease of sulphur loading after the first cycle, and a constant loading of about 15% of the initial loading afterwards. While cycling, the mean sulphur particle diameters decrease in a qualitatively similar fashion as the discharge capacity fades. The particles spread, migrate into the current collector and accumulate in the upper part again. Simultaneously sulphur particles lose contact area with the conducting network but regain it after ten cycles because their decreasing size results in higher surface areas. Since the capacity still decreases, this regain could be associated with effects such as surface area passivation and increasing charge transfer resistance. PMID:26043280

  7. Bending properties of nickel electrodes for nickel-hydrogen batteries

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    Lerch, Bradley

    1995-01-01

    Recent changes in manufacturing have resulted in nickel-hydrogen batteries which fail prematurely by electrical shorting. This is believed to be a result of a blistering problem in the nickel electrodes. This study investigates the bending properties of nickel electrodes in an attempt to correlate the bending properties with the propensity of the electrode to blister. Nickel electrodes from three different batches of material were tested in both the as-received and impregnated forms. Effects of specimen curvature and position within the electrode on the bending strength were studied and within-electrode and batch-to-batch variation were addressed. Two color imaging techniques were employed which allowed differentiation of phases within the electrodes. These techniques aided in distinguishing the relative amounts of nickel hydroxide surface loading on each electrode, relating surface loading to bend strength. Bend strength was found to increase with the amount of surface loading.

  8. Bending Properties of Nickel Electrodes for Nickel-Hydrogen Batteries

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    Lerch, Brad A.; Wilson, Richard M.; Keller, Dennis; Corner, Ralph

    1995-01-01

    Recent changes in manufacturing have resulted in nickel-hydrogen batteries that fail prematurely by electrical shorting, This failure is believed to be a result of a blistering problem in the nickel electrodes. In this study the bending properties of nickel electrodes are investigated in an attempt to correlate the bending properties of the electrode with its propensity to blister. Nickel electrodes from three different batches of material were tested in both the as-received and impregnated forms. The effects of specimen curvature and position within the electrode on the bending strength were studied, and within-electrode and batch-to-batch variations were addressed. Two color-imaging techniques were employed to differentiate between the phases within the electrodes. These techniques aided in distinguishing the relative amounts of nickel hyroxide surface loading on each electrode, thereby relating surface loading to bend strength. Bend strength was found to increase with the amount of surface loading.

  9. Sulfur Tolerant Solid Oxide Fuel Cell for Coal Syngas Application: Experimental Study on Diverse Impurity Effects and Fundamental Modeling of Electrode Kinetics

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    Gong, Mingyang

    With demand over green energy economy, fuel cells have been developed as a promising energy conversion technology with higher efficiency and less emission. Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) can utilize various fuels in addition to hydrogen including coal derived sygas, and thus are favored for future power generation due to dependence on coal in electrical industry. However impurities such as sulfur and phosphorous present in coal syngas in parts per million (p.p.m.) levels can severely poison SOFC anode typically made of Ni/yttria-stabilized-zirconia (Ni-YSZ) and limit SOFC applicability in economically derivable fuels. The focus of the research is to develop strategy for application of high performance SOFC in coal syngas with tolerance against trace impurities such as H2S and PH3. To realize the research goal, the experimental study on sulfur tolerant anode materials and examination of various fuel impurity effects on SOFC anode are combined with electrochemical modeling of SOFC cathode kinetics in order to benefit design of direct-coal-syngas SOFC. Tolerant strategy for SOFC anode against sulfur is studied by using alternative materials which can both mitigate sulfur poisoning and function as active anode components. The Ni-YSZ anode was modified by incorporation of lanthanum doped ceria (LDC) nano-coatings via impregnation. Cell test in coal syngas containing 20 ppm H2S indicated the impregnated LDC coatings inhibited on-set of sulfur poisoning by over 10hrs. Cell analysis via X-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electrochemistry revealed LDC coatings reacted with H2S via chemisorptions, resulting in less sulfur blocking triple--phase-boundary and minimized performance loss. Meanwhile the effects of PH3 impurity on SOFC anode is examined by using Ni-YSZ anode supported SOFC. Degradation of cell is found to be irreversible due to adsorption of PH3 on TPB and further reaction with Ni to form secondary phases with low melting point. The feasibility of mixed ionic and electronic conductive (MIEC) metal oxides with perovskite structure (ABO3) as alternative ceramic SOFC anodes in coal syngas has been examined by PH3 exposure test. The study found although perovskite anodes can be generally more tolerant against H2S, further examination on PH3 tolerance is indispensable before their extensive application in coal syngas. On the theoretical end it is this research's initiative that oxygen reduction reaction at mixed ionic and electronic conductive (MIEC) cathode is a key factor controlling SOFC performance at intermediate temperature (700˜850°C). It is generally recognized that the overall charge-transfer process could occur through both surface pathway at triple-phase boundary (3PB) and bulk pathway at electrolyte/cathode interface (2PB). A modified one-dimensional model is thus developed to predict defect evolution of MIEC cathode under overpotential by incorporating multi-step charge-transfer into the bi-pathway continuum model. Finite volume control method is applied to obtain solutions for the model. The simulation predicted kinetics transition from 3PB control to 2PB control as cathodic overpotential stepping from -0.2V to -0.4V, depending on the material properties parameters. Meanwhile significant activation behavior of the MIEC electrode was also observed as indicated by extension of reaction region towards gas-exposed oxide surface. This model addressed contribution from electrochemical-controlled rate-limiting steps (RLSs) on the reduction kinetics, and identified the role played by multiple material property parameters such as surface oxygen ion concentration and bulk vacancy concentration on the kinetics transition. Combined academic knowledge gained through experimental investigation and theoretical simulation in this research would benefit the future design, development and application strategy of high-performance SOFC in coal syngas fuels.

  10. Comparative study of two- and three-dimensional modeling on arc discharge phenomena inside a thermal plasma torch with hollow electrodes

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    Kim, Keun Su; Park, Jin Myung; Choi, Sooseok; Kim, Jongin; Hong, Sang Hee

    2008-02-15

    A comparative study between two- and three-dimensional (2D and 3D) modeling is carried out on arc discharge phenomena inside a thermal plasma torch with hollow electrodes, in order to evaluate the effects of arc root configuration characterized by either 2D annular or 3D highly localized attachment on the electrode surface. For this purpose, a more precise 3D transient model has been developed by taking account of 3D arc current distribution and arc root rotation. The 3D simulation results apparently reveal that the 3D arc root attachment brings about the inherent 3D and turbulence nature of plasma fields inside the torch. It is also found that the constricted arc column near the vortex chamber plays an important role in heating and acceleration of injected arc gases by concentrating arc currents on the axis of the hollow electrodes. The inherent 3D nature of arc discharge is well preserved inside the cathode region, while these 3D features slowly diminish behind the vortex chamber where the turbulent flow begins to be developed in the anode region. Based on the present simulation results, it is noted that the mixing effects of the strong turbulent flow on the heat and mass transfer are mainly responsible for the gradual relaxation of the 3D structures of plasma fields into the 2D axisymmetric ones that eventually appear in the anode region near the torch exit. From a detailed comparison of the 3D results with the 2D ones, the arc root configuration seems to have a significant effect on the heat transfer to the electrode surfaces interacting with the turbulent plasma flow. That is, in the 2D simulation based on an axisymmetric stationary model, the turbulence phenomena are fairly underestimated and the amount of heat transferred to the cold anode wall is calculated to be smaller than that obtained in the 3D simulation. For the validation of the numerical simulations, calculated plasma temperatures and axial velocities are compared with experimentally measured ones, and the 3D simulation turns out to be more accurate than the 2D simulation as a result of a relatively precise description of the turbulent phenomena inside the torch using a more realistic model of arc root attachment. Finally, it is suggested that the 3D transient formulation is indeed required for describing the real arc discharge phenomena inside the torch, while the 2D stationary approach is sometimes useful for getting practical information about the time-averaged plasma characteristics outside the torch because of its simplicity and rapidness in computation.

  11. Reading Different Orthographic Structures in the Shallow-Pointed Hebrew Script: A Cross-Grade Study in Elementary School

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    Shany, Michal; Bar-On, Amalia; Katzir, Tami

    2012-01-01

    Hebrew-speaking children learn to read using a transparent, pointed writing system, but by grade three, they gradually begin using the non-pointed version of Hebrew script. The current study examined the development of reading, in the pointed script, of a nationally representative sample of children in grades two, four, and six. Rate and accuracy…

  12. Nanoscopic electrode molecular probes

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    Krstic, Predrag S. (Knoxville, TN); Meunier, Vincent (Knoxville, TN)

    2012-05-22

    The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for enhancing the electron transport property measurements of a molecule when the molecule is placed between chemically functionalized carbon-based nanoscopic electrodes to which a suitable voltage bias is applied. The invention includes selecting a dopant atom for the nanoscopic electrodes, the dopant atoms being chemically similar to atoms present in the molecule, and functionalizing the outer surface and terminations of the electrodes with the dopant atoms.

  13. Using GENIE to study a tipping point in the climate system.

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    Lenton, Timothy M; Myerscough, Richard J; Marsh, Robert; Livina, Valerie N; Price, Andrew R; Cox, Simon J; Genie Team

    2009-03-13

    We have used the Grid ENabled Integrated Earth system modelling framework to study the archetypal example of a tipping point in the climate system; a threshold for the collapse of the Atlantic thermohaline circulation (THC). eScience has been invaluable in this work and we explain how we have made it work for us. Two stable states of the THC have been found to coexist, under the same boundary conditions, in a hierarchy of models. The climate forcing required to collapse the THC and the reversibility or irreversibility of such a collapse depends on uncertain model parameters. Automated methods have been used to assimilate observational data to constrain the pertinent parameters. Anthropogenic climate forcing leads to a robust weakening of the THC and increases the probability of crossing a THC tipping point, but some ensemble members collapse readily, whereas others are extremely resistant. Hence, we test general methods that have been developed to directly diagnose, from time-series data, the proximity of a 'tipping element', such as the THC to a bifurcation point. In a three-dimensional ocean-atmosphere model exhibiting THC hysteresis, despite high variability in the THC driven by the dynamical atmosphere, some early warning of an approaching tipping point appears possible. PMID:19087945

  14. Influence of recording electrode type and reference electrode position on the canine electroretinogram.

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    Mentzer, Alice E; Eifler, Danielle M; Montiani-Ferreira, Fabiano; Tuntivanich, Nalinee; Forcier, Janice Q; Petersen-Jones, Simon M

    2005-09-01

    Electroretinography is commonly used to assess the functional integrity of the retina. There are many external variables that can influence the electroretinographic waveforms recorded, and it is important to be aware of these so as not to misinterpret their effects as abnormalities in retinal function. In this study we examined the effect of three different recording electrodes on the ERGs recorded from normal dogs. A bipolar Burian-Allen lens, a monopolar Dawson Trick Litzkow (DTL) fiber electrode, and a monopolar ERG-Jet lens electrode were compared. The effect of altering the distance of the reference electrode from the eye was also examined; using the ERG-Jet lens electrode, the ERG was recorded with the reference electrode placed over the zygomatic arch at 1, 3 and 5 cm caudal to the lateral canthus. The ERGs recorded with the bipolar Burian-Allen lens had significantly lower amplitudes, higher a-wave thresholds and a shallower initial a-wave slope, than those recorded by the two monopolar electrodes. Positioning the reference electrode further from the eye resulted in significantly higher amplitudes. Naka-Rushton fitting and calculation of retinal sensitivity (K) gave significantly different results between the Burian-Allen lens and ERG-Jet lens electrode with the reference electrode 5 cm from the lateral canthus. These results demonstrate that recording electrode type and distance of the reference electrode from the eye significantly affect the ERG tracings of the dog, and may alter the assessment of retinal function that can therefore be derived. Results obtained using these three different types of electrodes cannot be directly compared. PMID:16514491

  15. Pocket ECG electrode

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    Lund, Gordon F. (Inventor)

    1982-01-01

    A low-noise electrode suited for sensing electrocardiograms when chronically and subcutaneously implanted in a free-ranging subject. The electrode comprises a pocket-shaped electrically conductive member with a single entrance adapted to receive body fluids. The exterior of the member and the entrance region is coated with electrical insulation so that the only electrolyte/electrode interface is within the member remote from artifact-generating tissue. Cloth straps are bonded to the member to permit the electrode to be sutured to tissue and to provide electrical lead flexure relief.

  16. Pocket ECG electrode

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    Lund, G. F. (inventor)

    1980-01-01

    A low noise electrode suited for sensing electrocardiograms when chronically and subcutaneously implanted in a free ranging subject is described. The electrode comprises a pocket shaped electrically conductive member with a single entrance adapted to receive body fluids. The exterior of the member and the entrance region is coated with electrical insulation so that the only electrolyte/electrode interface is within the member, remote from artifact-generating tissue. Cloth straps are bonded to the member to permit the electrode to be sutured to tissue and to provide electrical lead flexure relief.

  17. Plastic Membrane Sensor from a Disposed Combined Glass Electrode

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    Marafie, Hayat M.; Shoukry, Adel F.; Alshatti, Laila A.

    2007-01-01

    The construction of combined plastic membrane electrode for hydralazinium cation from a disposed glass electrode is described. A variety of electrodes could be prepared by students using other types of polymers, plasticizers, or exchangers which could also help to study effects of pH and temperature, or environmental investigations.

  18. Improving Electrode Durability of PEF Chamber by selecting suitable material

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    Corrosion resistance of four materials - titanium, platinized titanium, stainless steel, and boron carbide - as electrodes in a Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) system was studied to reduce electrode material migration into the food by electrode corrosion. The PEF process conditions were 28 kV/cm field s...

  19. Application of double-impedance system and cyclic voltammetry to study the adsorption of fullerols (C60(OH)n) on biological peptide-adsorbed gold electrode.

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    Zhou, A; Zhang, J; Xie, Q; Yao, S

    2001-09-01

    The adsorption of fullerols (C60(OH)n) on glutathione-adsorbed gold electrode was characterized by using double-impedance system, i.e., electrochemical quartz crystal impedance and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry. The time courses of piezoelectric parameters were used to reflect the changes of interfacial physical properties, such as mass, density-viscosity, and dielectric constant, during the adsorptions of peptide and fullerols onto electrode. The electrochemical impedance based on the simple equivalent electric network were also simultaneously measured and provided electrochemical interface information, e.g., double-layer capacitance and charge-transfer resistance. It was found that the double-impedance responses were varied with the forms of glutathione. It was also shown that the frequency curves due to the adsorption of oxidized (GSSG) and reduced (GSH) glutathione could be exhibited as different kinetic equations. The heterogeneous charge-transfer rate constants of ferricyanide/ferrocyanide before and after the peptide and fullerols adsorption were determined by CV and EIS methods. The results showed that the proposed method has potential applications in interfacial studies of biomaterials, since these combined techniques have advantages in real time providing multidimensional piezoelectric and electrochemical impedance information. PMID:11516084

  20. Interactions between point defects and dislocations in Al: An ab initio study

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    Lu, Gang; Zhang, Qing; Kioussis, Nicholas; Kaxiras, Efthimios

    2001-06-01

    Interactions of point defects (vacancies and interstitials) and dislocations play an important role in materials mechanical properties. In this paper, we employ the semidiscrete variational Peierls-Nabarro model to study the core properties of various dislocations in Al with and without point defects. In specific, the point defects we study in this paper are vacancy and interstitial H. The material parameters, including elastic constants and generalized stacking fault energy surfaces entering the model are calculated from ab initio approaches with large supercells to simulate the low concentration of vacancy and H interstitial (less than 5 at.properties, such as core energy, Peierls stress and core structure are calculated with and without the point defects and the interactions between them are thus revealed. We find although there is a strong binding between H interstitial and dislocation cores, a weak repulsion is observed for vacancy and dislocations. Moreover while the binding energy of H at dislocation cores increases from screw to edge dislocations, the repulsion between vacancy and dislocations remains almost the same for the various dislocations we studied. The critical stress to move a dislocation, Peierls stress, is calculated and we find that both vacancy and H interstitial can reduce the Peierls stress significantly, while the latter has a more dramatic effect (orders of magnitude), strongly supporting the H-enhanced local plasticity theory of H-embrittlement. For the static dislocation core structure, we find vacancy can facilitate dislocations to dissociate into two partials, with distances between them ranging from 5 to 11 Ådepending on the dislocation characters, while H interstitial can only increase the dislocation width but without any dissociation.

  1. Electrochemical Determination of Chlorpyrifos on a Nano-TiO?Cellulose Acetate Composite Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode.

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    Kumaravel, Ammasai; Chandrasekaran, Maruthai

    2015-07-15

    A rapid and simple method of determination of chlorpyrifos is important in environmental monitoring and quality control. Electrochemical methods for the determination of pesticides are fast, sensitive, reproducible, and cost-effective. The key factor in electrochemical methods is the choice of suitable electrode materials. The electrode materials should have good stability, reproducibility, more sensitivity, and easy method of preparation. Mercury-based electrodes have been widely used for the determination of chlorpyrifos. From an environmental point of view mercury cannot be used. In this study a biocompatible nano-TiO2/cellulose acetate modified glassy carbon electrode was prepared by a simple method and used for the electrochemical sensing of chlorpyrifos in aqueous methanolic solution. Electroanalytical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry, differential pulse voltammetry, and amperometry were used in this work. This electrode showed very good stability, reproducibility, and sensitivity. A well-defined peak was obtained for the reduction of chlorpyrifos in cyclic voltammetry and differential pulse voltammetry. A smooth noise-free current response was obtained in amperometric analysis. The peak current obtained was proportional to the concentration of chlorpyrifos and was used to determine the unknown concentration of chlorpyrifos in the samples. Analytical parameters such as LOD, LOQ, and linear range were estimated. Analysis of real samples was also carried out. The results were validated through HPLC. This composite electrode can be used as an alternative to mercury electrodes reported in the literature. PMID:26075585

  2. Microscopic study on magnetocaloric and electrocaloric effects near the critical point

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    Honmi, Hitoshi; Hashizume, Yoichiro; Nakajima, Takashi; Okamura, Soichiro

    2015-09-01

    Adiabatic temperature changes of magnetocaloric/electrocaloric effects are analytically investigated. The analytical studies are based on the microscopic statistical models such as Husimi-Temperley model and Slater model. As a result, we show the characteristic scales of the adiabatic processes correspond to microscopic parameters, namely exchange couplings and Slater energy. The scaled parameter dependence become stronger near the critical point. Furthermore, using a general Hamiltonian method, we clarify the adiabatic temperature changes depend on the relative ratio of characteristic scales. The present study may propose a useful aspect for applications.

  3. Vibrational Sum Frequency Study of the Influence of Water-Ionic Liquid Mixtures in the CO2 Electroreduction on Silver Electrodes

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    Garcia Rey, Natalia; Dlott, Dana

    2015-06-01

    Understand the molecular dynamics on buried electrodes under electrochemical transformations is of significant interest. There is a big gap of knowledge in the CO2 electroreduction mechanism due to the limitations to access and probe the liquid-metal interfaces [1,2]. Vibrational Sum Frequency Spectroscopy (VSFS) is a non-invasive and surface sensitive technique, with molecular level detection that can be used to probe electrochemical reactions occurring on the electrolyte-electrode interface [2]. We observed the CO2 electroreduction to CO in ionic liquids (ILs) on poly Ag using VSFS synchronized with cyclic voltammetry. In order to follow the CO2 reaction in situ on the ionic liquid-Ag interface; the CO, CO2 and imidazolium vibrational modes (resonant SFS) were monitored as a function of potential. We identified at which potential the CO was produced and how the EMIM-BF4 played an important role in the electron transfer to the CO2, lowering the CO2- energy barrier. A new approach to reveal the double layer dynamics to the electrostatic environment is presented by the study of the nonresonant sum frequency intensity as a function of the applied potential. By this method, we studied the influence of water-ionic liquid mixtures in the CO2 electroreduction on Ag electrode. We observed a shift to lower potentials in the CO2 electroreduction in water-ILs electrolyte. Previous studies in gas diffusion fuel cells have shown the CO2 electroreduction in a water-imidazolium-based ILs on Ag nanoparticles at lower overpotential [3]. Our VSFS study helps to understand the fundamental electrochemical mechanism, showing how the ILs structural transition influences the CO2 electroreduction. [1] Polyansky, D. E.; Electroreduction of Carbon Dioxide, 2014, Encyclopedia of Applied Electrochemistry, Springer New York, pag 431-437. [2] Bain, C. D.; J. Chem. Soc., Faraday Trans., 1995, 91, 1281. [3] Rosen, B. A. et al; Science, 2011, 334 (6056), 643. Rosen, B. A. et al.; J. electrochem. Soc., 2013, 160 (2), H138.

  4. Molecular dynamics study of polarizable point dipole models for molten sodium iodide

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    Alcaraz, Olga; Bitrián, Vicente; Trullàs, Joaquim

    2007-10-01

    The structure, the ionic transport properties, and the dynamics of long-wavelength charge-density fluctuations, for two polarizable point dipole models of molten NaI, have been studied by molecular dynamics simulations. These models are based on a rigid ion potential to which the induced dipole polarization of the anions is added. The polarization is added in such a way that point dipoles are induced on the anions by both local electric field and short-range damping interactions that oppose the electrically induced dipole moments. The two polarizable ion models differ only in the range of the damping polarization interactions. The influence of the induced anion polarization on the different properties of simulated molten NaI is discussed.

  5. Molecular dynamics study of polarizable point dipole models for molten sodium iodide.

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    Alcaraz, Olga; Bitrián, Vicente; Trullàs, Joaquim

    2007-10-21

    The structure, the ionic transport properties, and the dynamics of long-wavelength charge-density fluctuations, for two polarizable point dipole models of molten NaI, have been studied by molecular dynamics simulations. These models are based on a rigid ion potential to which the induced dipole polarization of the anions is added. The polarization is added in such a way that point dipoles are induced on the anions by both local electric field and short-range damping interactions that oppose the electrically induced dipole moments. The two polarizable ion models differ only in the range of the damping polarization interactions. The influence of the induced anion polarization on the different properties of simulated molten NaI is discussed. PMID:17949174

  6. First-principles studies of intrinsic point defects in magnesium silicide

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    Kato, Akihiko; Yagi, Takeshi; Fukusako, Naoto

    2009-05-01

    We have studied intrinsic point defects in magnesium silicide, Mg2Si, by density-functional theory. Evaluating the formation energies of point defects, we show that n-type electric conductivity of Mg2Si originates from formations of positively charged Mg ions at interstitial sites, regardless of the chemical composition in crystal growth. Moreover, we have calculated the Born effective charge tensors and the valence charge density distribution. They show Mg2Si is an ionic crystal composed of Mg2+ and Si4- which have very different ionic radii, 0.6 Å and 2.1 Å, respectively. We have concluded that the unfavorable antisite defect, MgSi, is due to the dissimilar ionic radii.

  7. Enhancing generalisation in biofeedback intervention using the challenge point framework: A case study

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    HITCHCOCK, ELAINE R.; BYUN, TARA McALLISTER

    2014-01-01

    Biofeedback intervention can help children achieve correct production of a treatment-resistant error sound, but generalisation is often limited. This case study suggests that generalisation can be enhanced when biofeedback intervention is structured in accordance with a “challenge point” framework for speech-motor learning. The participant was an 11-year-old with residual /r/ misarticulation who had previously attained correct /r/ production through a structured course of ultrasound biofeedback treatment but did not generalise these gains beyond the word level. Treatment difficulty was adjusted in an adaptive manner following predetermined criteria for advancing, maintaining, or moving back a level in a multidimensional hierarchy of functional task complexity. The participant achieved and maintained virtually 100% accuracy in producing /r/ at both word and sentence levels. These preliminary results support the efficacy of a semi-structured implementation of the challenge point framework as a means of achieving generalisation and maintenance of treatment gains. PMID:25216375

  8. Access resistance of stimulation electrodes as a function of electrode proximity to the retina

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    Majdi, Joseph A.; Minnikanti, Saugandhika; Peixoto, Nathalia; Agrawal, Anant; Cohen, Ethan D.

    2015-02-01

    Objective. Epiretinal prostheses seek to effectively stimulate the retina by positioning electrode arrays close to its surface so current pulses generate narrow retinal electric fields. Our objective was to evaluate the use of the electrical impedance of insulated platinum electrodes as a measure of the proximity of insulated platinum electrodes to the inner surface of the retina. Approach. We examined the impedance of platinum disk electrodes, 0.25 mm in diameter, insulated with two widths (0.8 and 1.6 mm outer diameter) of transparent fluoropolymer in a rabbit retinal eyecup preparation. Optical coherence tomography measured the electrode’s proximity to the retinal surface which was correlated with changes in the voltage waveform at the electrode. Electrode impedance changes during retinal deformation were also studied. Main results. When the 1.6 mm diameter insulated electrodes advanced towards the retinal surface from 1000 ?m, their voltage step at current pulse onset increased, reflecting an access resistance increase of 3880 ± 630 ?, with the 50% midpoint averaging 30 ?m, while thin 0.8 mm insulated electrode advancement showed an access resistance increase 50% midpoint averaging 16 ?m. Using impedance spectroscopy, electrode-retina proximity differences were seen in the 1.6 mm insulated electrode impedance modulus between 1 and 100 kHz and the waveform phase angle at 0.3-10 kHz, while thin 0.8 mm insulated electrode advancement produced smaller impedance modulus changes with retinal proximity between 3 and 100 kHz. These impedance changes with retinal proximity may reflect different sized zones of eye wall being coupled in series with the insulated platinum electrode. Significance. The proximity of stimulus electrodes to neural tissue in fluid-filled spaces can be estimated from access resistance changes in the stimulus pulse waveform. Because many prosthetic devices allow back telemetry communication of the stimulus electrode waveform, it is possible these series resistance increases observed with retinal proximity could be used as a metric of stimulus electrode placement.

  9. Membrane Bioprobe Electrodes

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    Rechnitz, Garry A.

    1975-01-01

    Describes the design of ion selective electrodes coupled with immobilized enzymes which operate either continuously or on drop-sized samples. Cites techniques for urea, L-phenylalanine and amygdalin. Micro size electrodes for use in single cells are discussed. (GH)

  10. Long term flight electrodes

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    Mosier, B.

    1975-01-01

    The reproducibility, stability, and methods of preparation for the various types and forms of biomedical electrodes are discussed. A critical and selective compilation of information on biological and/or physiological electrodes is presented. A discussion of plant hydrocolloids, clays, hydrophyllic colloids, synthetic waxes, and acrylic polymers is included.

  11. Electrodes with fiber structure

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    Benczur-Uermoessy, G.; Berger, G.; Haschka, F.

    1986-01-01

    An electrode framework with a fiber structure, universally applicable in alkaline storage battery systems, was developed and readied for production. Storage batteries with these electrodes present higher energy and power densities and are economical to produce. The design is applicable to all rechargable storage batteries and might replace the previous variety of designs.

  12. Satisfaction with the local service point for care: results of an evaluation study

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    Esslinger, Adelheid Susanne; Macco, Katrin; Schmidt, Katharina

    2009-01-01

    Purpose The market of care increases and is characterized by complexity. Therefore, service points, such as the ‘Zentrale Anlaufstelle Pflege (ZAPf)’ in Nuremberg, are helpful for clients to get orientation. The purpose of the presentation is to show the results of an evaluation study about the clients' satisfaction with the offers of ZAPf. Study Satisfaction with service may be measured with the SERVQUAL concept introduced by Parasuraman et al. (1988). They found out five dimensions of quality (tangibles, reliability, responsiveness, assurances and empathy). We took these dimensions in our study. The study focuses on the quality of service and the benefits recognized by clients. In spring 2007, we conducted 67 interviews by phone, based on a half standardized questionnaire. Statistical analysis was conducted using SPSS. Results The clients want to get information about care in general, financial and legal aspects, alternative care arrangement (e.g. ambulant, long-term care) and typical age-related diseases. They show a high satisfaction with the service provided. Their benefits are to get information and advice, to strengthen the ability of decision taking, to cope with changing situations in life, and to develop solutions. Conclusions The results show that the quality of service is on a high level. Critical success factors are the interdisciplinary cooperation at the service point, based on a regularly and open exchange of information. Every member focuses on an optimal individual solution for the client. Local professional service points act as networkers and brokers. They serve not only for the clients' needs but also support the effective and efficient provision of optimized care.

  13. Electrodes for microfluidic applications

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    Crocker, Robert W. (Fremont, CA); Harnett, Cindy K. (Livermore, CA); Rognlien, Judith L. (Livermore, CA)

    2006-08-22

    An electrode device for high pressure applications. These electrodes, designed to withstand pressure of greater than 10,000 psi, are adapted for use in microfluidic devices that employ electrokinetic or electrophoretic flow. The electrode is composed, generally, of an outer electrically insulating tubular body having a porous ceramic frit material disposed in one end of the outer body. The pores of the porous ceramic material are filled with an ion conductive polymer resin. A conductive material situated on the upper surface of the porous ceramic frit material and, thus isolated from direct contact with the electrolyte, forms a gas diffusion electrode. A metal current collector, in contact with the gas diffusion electrode, provides connection to a voltage source.

  14. Bifunctional catalytic electrode

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    Cisar, Alan (Inventor); Murphy, Oliver J. (Inventor); Clarke, Eric (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    The present invention relates to an oxygen electrode for a unitized regenerative hydrogen-oxygen fuel cell and the unitized regenerative fuel cell having the oxygen electrode. The oxygen electrode contains components electrocatalytically active for the evolution of oxygen from water and the reduction of oxygen to water, and has a structure that supports the flow of both water and gases between the catalytically active surface and a flow field or electrode chamber for bulk flow of the fluids. The electrode has an electrocatalyst layer and a diffusion backing layer interspersed with hydrophilic and hydrophobic regions. The diffusion backing layer consists of a metal core having gas diffusion structures bonded to the metal core.

  15. Study of the Gauge Mediation Signal with Non-pointing Photons at the CERN LHC

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    Kiyotomo Kawagoe; Tomio Kobayashi; Mihoko M. Nojiri; Atsuhiko Ochi

    2003-09-03

    In this paper we study the gauge mediation signal with the ATLAS detector at the CERN LHC. We focus on the case where the NLSP is the long-lived lightest neutralino ($\\tilde{\\chi}^0_1$) which decays dominantly into a photon ($\\gamma$) and a gravitino ($\\tilde{G}$). A non-pointing photon from the neutralino decay can be detected with good position and time resolutions by the electormagnetic calorimeter (ECAL), while the photon momentum would be precisely measured if the photon is converted inside the inner tracking detector before reaching the ECAL. A new technique is developed to determine the masses of the slepton ($\\tilde{\\ell}$) and the neutralino from events with a lepton and a converted non-pointing photon arising from the cascade decay $\\tilde{\\ell}\\to \\ell\\tilde{\\chi}^0_1\\to \\ell\\gamma \\tilde{G}$. A Monte Carlo simulation at a sample point shows that the masses would be measured with an error of 3% for $\\cal{O}$(100) selected $\\ell\\gamma$ pairs. Once the sparticle masses are determined by this method, the decay time and momentum of the neutralino are solved using the ECAL data and the lepton momentum only, for all $\\ell\\gamma$ pairs without the photon conversion. We estimate the sensitivity to the neutralino lifetime for $c\\tau=10$ cm to $\\cal{O}$(10) m.

  16. Acupuncture at local and distant points for tinnitus: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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    2012-01-01

    Background Tinnitus is the perception of a sound in the absence of an objective physical source. Up to now, there is no generally accepted view how these phantom sounds come about, and also no efficient treatment. Patients are turning to complementary or alternative medical therapies, such as acupuncture. Based on the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, acupoints located on both the adjacent and distal area of the disease can be needled to treat disease. Furthermore, the way of combining acupoints is for strengthening the curative effect. We aim to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture at local points in combination with distal points in subjective tinnitus patients. Method This trial is a randomized, single-blind, controlled study. A total of 112 participants will be randomly assigned to one of four treatment groups receiving acupuncture treatment for 4 weeks. The primary outcome measure is subjective tinnitus loudness and annoyance perception, which is graded using the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). The assessment is at baseline (before treatment initiation), 4 weeks after the first acupuncture session, and 8 weeks after the first acupuncture session. Discussion Completion of this trial will help to identify whether acupuncture at local acupoints in combination with distal acupoints may be more effective than needling points separately. Trial registration International Standard Randomized Controlled Trial Number Register: ISRCTN29230777 PMID:23176350

  17. A finite element analysis of the effect of electrode area and inter-electrode distance on the spatial distribution of the current density in tDCS

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    Faria, Paula; Hallett, Mark; Cavaleiro Miranda, Pedro

    2011-12-01

    We investigated the effect of electrode area and inter-electrode distance on the spatial distribution of the current density in transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). For this purpose, we used the finite element method to compute the distribution of the current density in a four-layered spherical head model using various electrode montages, corresponding to a range of electrode sizes and inter-electrode distances. We found that smaller electrodes required slightly less current to achieve a constant value of the current density at a reference point on the brain surface located directly under the electrode center. Under these conditions, smaller electrodes also produced a more focal current density distribution in the brain, i.e. the magnitude of the current density fell more rapidly with distance from the reference point. The combination of two electrodes with different areas produced an asymmetric current distribution that could lead to more effective and localized neural modulation under the smaller electrode than under the larger one. Focality improved rapidly with decreasing electrode size when the larger electrode sizes were considered but the improvement was less marked for the smaller electrode sizes. Also, focality was not affected significantly by inter-electrode distance unless two large electrodes were placed close together. Increasing the inter-electrode distance resulted in decreased shunting of the current through the scalp and the cerebrospinal fluid, and decreasing electrode area resulted in increased current density on the scalp under the edges of the electrode. Our calculations suggest that when working with conventional electrodes (25-35 cm2), one of the electrodes should be placed just 'behind' the target relative to the other electrode, for maximum current density on the target. Also electrodes with areas in the range 3.5-12 cm2 may provide a better compromise between focality and current density in the scalp than the traditional electrodes. Finally, the use of multiple small return electrodes may be more efficient than the use of a single large return electrode.

  18. Cohort protocol paper: The Pain and Opioids In Treatment (POINT) study

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    2014-01-01

    Background Internationally, there is concern about the increased prescribing of pharmaceutical opioids for chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP). In part, this is related to limited knowledge about the long-term benefits and outcomes of opioid use for CNCP. There has also been increased injection of some pharmaceutical opioids by people who inject drugs, and for some patients, the development of problematic and/or dependent use. To date, much of the research on the use of pharmaceutical opioids among people with CNCP, have been clinical trials that have excluded patients with complex needs, and have been of limited duration (i.e. fewer than 12 weeks). The Pain and Opioids In Treatment (POINT) study is unique study that aims to: 1) examine patterns of opioid use in a cohort of patients prescribed opioids for CNCP; 2) examine demographic and clinical predictors of adverse events, including opioid abuse or dependence, medication diversion, other drug use, and overdose; and 3) identify factors predicting poor pain relief and other outcomes. Methods/Design The POINT cohort comprises around 1,500 people across Australia prescribed pharmaceutical opioids for CNCP. Participants will be followed-up at four time points over a two year period. POINT will collect information on demographics, physical and medication use history, pain, mental health, drug and alcohol use, non-adherence, medication diversion, sleep, and quality of life. Data linkage will provide information on medications and services from Medicare (Australia’s national health care scheme). Data on those who receive opioid substitution therapy, and on mortality, will be linked. Discussion This study will rigorously examine prescription opioid use among CNCP patients, and examine its relationship to important health outcomes. The extent to which opioids for chronic pain is associated with pain reduction, quality of life, mental and physical health, aberrant medication behavior and substance use disorders will be extensively examined. Improved understanding of the longer-term outcomes of chronic opioid therapy will direct community-based interventions and health policy in Australia and internationally. The results of this study will assist clinicians to better identify those patients who are at risk of adverse outcomes and who therefore require alternative treatment strategies. PMID:24646721

  19. Point Contact Spectroscopy Study of the New Superconductor Nb2 PdxSe5

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    Jiang, Yeping; Zhang, Xiaohang; Takeuchi, Ichiro; Greene, Richard; Khim, Seunghyun; Lee, Bumsung; Kim, Kee-Hoon

    2014-03-01

    We have systematically investigated the temperature dependence of the energy gap structure for the new quasi-one-dimensional superconductor Nb2PdxSe5 by point contact spectroscopy (PCS). Our studies were performed on highly transparent Andreev reflection junctions evidenced by sharp and dramatic conductance enhancements at low temperatures. By applying the BTK model, we find that the energy gap scales with the transition temperature (Tc =5.5 K) in a BCS-like manner. Details of this and a few anomalous features of the PCS will be presented. Supported by NSF DMR-1104256 and AFOSR-MURI FA9550-09-1-0603.

  20. First-principles study of point defects at a semicoherent interface

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    Metsanurk, E.; Tamm, A.; Caro, A.; Aabloo, A.; Klintenberg, M.

    2014-01-01

    Most of the atomistic modeling of semicoherent metal-metal interfaces has so far been based on the use of semiempirical interatomic potentials. We show that key conclusions drawn from previous studies are in contradiction with more precise ab-initio calculations. In particular we find that single point defects do not delocalize, but remain compact near the interfacial plane in Cu-Nb multilayers. We give a simple qualitative explanation for this difference on the basis of the well known limited transferability of empirical potentials. PMID:25524061

  1. Study of the Electrocatalytic Activity of Cerium Oxide and Gold-Studded Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles Using a Sonogel-Carbon Material as Supporting Electrode: Electroanalytical Study in Apple Juice for Babies

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    Abdelrahim, M. Yahia M.; Benjamin, Stephen R.; Cubillana-Aguilera, Laura Ma; Naranjo-Rodríguez, Ignacio; Hidalgo-Hidalgo de Cisneros, Josè L.; Delgado, Juan Josè; Palacios-Santander, Josè Ma

    2013-01-01

    The present work reports a study of the electrocatalytic activity of CeO2 nanoparticles and gold sononanoparticles (AuSNPs)/CeO2 nanocomposite, deposited on the surface of a Sonogel-Carbon (SNGC) matrix used as supporting electrode and the application of the sensing devices built with them to the determination of ascorbic acid (AA) used as a benchmark analyte. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) were used to investigate the electrocatalytic behavior of CeO2- and AuSNPs/CeO2-modified SNGC electrodes, utilizing different concentrations of CeO2 nanoparticles and different AuSNPs:CeO2 w/w ratios. The best detection and quantification limits, obtained for CeO2 (10.0 mg·mL?1)- and AuSNPs/CeO2 (3.25% w/w)-modified SNGC electrodes, were 1.59 × 10?6 and 5.32 × 10?6 M, and 2.93 × 10?6 and 9.77 × 10?6 M, respectively, with reproducibility values of 5.78% and 6.24%, respectively, for a linear concentration range from 1.5 ?M to 4.0 mM of AA. The electrochemical devices were tested for the determination of AA in commercial apple juice for babies. The results were compared with those obtained by applying high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) as a reference method. Recovery errors below 5% were obtained in most cases, with standard deviations lower than 3% for all the modified SNGC electrodes. Bare, CeO2- and AuSNPs/CeO2-modified SNGC electrodes were structurally characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). AuSNPs and AuSNPs/CeO2 nanocomposite were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD), and information about their size distribution and shape was obtained by transmission electron microscopy (TEM;. The advantages of employing CeO2 nanoparticles and AuSNPs/CeO2 nanocomposite in SNGC supporting material are also described. This research suggests that the modified electrode can be a very promising voltammetric sensor for the determination of electroactive species of interest in real samples. PMID:23584124

  2. Layered electrode for electrochemical cells

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    Swathirajan, Swathy (West Bloomfield, MI); Mikhail, Youssef M. (Sterling Heights, MI)

    2001-01-01

    There is provided an electrode structure comprising a current collector sheet and first and second layers of electrode material. Together, the layers improve catalyst utilization and water management.

  3. One electron oxygen reduction in room temperature ionic liquids: A comparative study of Butler-Volmer and Symmetric Marcus-Hush theories using microdisc electrodes

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    Tanner, Eden E L; Barnes, Edward O; Compton, Richard G

    2015-01-01

    The voltammetry for the reduction of oxygen at a microdisc electrode is reported in two room temperature ionic liquids: 1-butyl-1-methylpyyrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide ([Bmpyrr][NTf2]) and trihexyltetradecylphosphonium bis9trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide ([P14,6,6,6][NTf2]) at 298 K. Simulated voltammograms using Butler-Volmer theory and Symmetric Marcus-Hush (SMH) theory were compared with experimental data. Butler-Volmer theory consistently provided experimental parameters with a higher level of certainty than SMH theory. A value of solvent reorganisation energy for oxygen reduction in ionic liquids was inferred for the first time as 0.4-0.5 eV, which is attributable to inner-sphere reorganisation with a negligible contribution from solvent reorganisation. The developed Butler-Volmer and Symmetric Marcus-Hush programs are also used to theoretically study the possibility of kinetically limited steady state currents, and to establish an approximate equivalence relationship between microdisc el...

  4. Comprehensive study of the conditions for obtaining hydrogenated amorphous erbium- and oxygen-doped silicon suboxide films, a-SiO{sub x}:H Left-Pointing-Angle-Bracket Er,O Right-Pointing-Angle-Bracket , by dc-magnetron deposition

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    Undalov, Yu. K. Terukov, E. I.; Gusev, O. B.; Lebedev, V. M.; Trapeznikova, I. N.

    2011-12-15

    The results of a comprehensive study of the conditions for growing a-SiO{sub x}:H Left-Pointing-Angle-Bracket Er,O Right-Pointing-Angle-Bracket films are presented. The effect of the composition of various erbium-containing targets (a-SiO{sub x}:H , ErO{sub x}, Er{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}, Er{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and Er), substrate temperature, and annealing temperatures in argon, air, and under conditions of SiH{sub 4} + Ar + O{sub 2} plasma glow is studied. In order to obtain a-SiO{sub x}:H Left-Pointing-Angle-Bracket Er,O Right-Pointing-Angle-Bracket films with the highest photoluminescence intensity of erbium ions, it is recommended for the following technological conditions to be used: the substrate holder should be insulated from dc-magnetron electrodes and the working gas mixture should include silane, argon, and oxygen. Single-crystal silicon and metal erbium should be used as targets. The erbium target should be placed only in the Si-target erosion zone.

  5. Structure and energy of point defects in TiC: An ab initio study

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    Sun, Weiwei; Ehteshami, Hossein; Korzhavyi, Pavel A.

    2015-04-01

    We employ first-principles calculations to study the atomic and electronic structure of various point defects such as vacancies, interstitials, and antisites in the stoichiometric as well as slightly off-stoichiometric Ti1 -cCc (including both C-poor and C-rich compositions, 0.49 ?c ?0.51 ). The atomic structure analysis has revealed that both interstitial and antisite defects can exist in split conformations involving dumbbells. To characterize the electronic structure changes caused by a defect, we introduce differential density of states (dDOS) defined as a local perturbation of the density of states (DOS) on the defect site and its surrounding relative to the perfect TiC. This definition allows us to identify the DOS peaks characteristic of the studied defects in several conformations. So far, characteristic defect states have been discussed only in connection with carbon vacancies. Here, in particular, we have identified dDOS peaks of carbon interstitials and dumbbells, which can be used for experimental detection of such defects in TiC. The formation energies of point defects in TiC are derived in the framework of a grand-canonical formalism. Among the considered defects, carbon vacancies and interstitials are shown to have, respectively, the lowest and the second-lowest formation energies. Their formation energetics are consistent with the thermodynamic data on the phase stability of nonstoichiometric TiC. A cluster type of point defect is found to be next in energy, a titanium [100] dumbbell terminated by two carbon vacancies.

  6. Measuring electrode assembly

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    Bordenick, J.E.

    1988-04-26

    A pH measuring electrode assembly for immersion in a solution includes an enclosed cylindrical member having an aperture at a lower end thereof. An electrolyte is located in the cylindrical member above the level of the aperture and an electrode is disposed in this electrolyte. A ring formed of an ion porous material is mounted relative to the cylindrical member so that a portion of this ring is rotatable relative to and is covering the aperture in the cylindrical member. A suitable mechanism is also provided for indicating which one of a plurality of portions of the ring is covering the aperture and to keep track of which portions of the ring have already been used and become clogged. Preferably, the electrode assembly also includes a glass electrode member in the center thereof including a second electrolyte and electrode disposed therein. The cylindrical member is resiliently mounted relative to the glass electrode member to provide for easy rotation of the cylindrical member relative to the glass electrode member for changing of the portion of the ring covering the aperture. 2 figs.

  7. Measuring electrode assembly

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    Bordenick, John E. (West Mifflin, PA)

    1989-01-01

    A pH measuring electrode assembly for immersion in a solution includes an enclosed cylindrical member having an aperture at a lower end thereof. An electrolyte is located in the cylindrical member above the level of the aperture and an electrode is disposed in this electrolyte. A ring formed of an ion porous material is mounted relative to the cylindrical member so that a portion of this ring is rotatable relative to and is covering the aperture in the cylindrical member. A suitable mechanism is also provided for indicating which one of a plurality of portions of the ring is covering the aperture and to keep track of which portions of the ring have already been used and become clogged. Preferably, the electrode assembly also includes a glass electrode member in the center thereof including a second electrolyte and electrode disposed therein. The cylindrical member is resiliently mounted relative to the glass electrode member to provide for easy rotation of the cylindrical member relative to the glass electrode member for changing of the portion of the ring covering the aperture.

  8. Study of the electrodes length influence on the trajectories of water droplets dispersed in oil and affected by non-uniform electric field

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    Kharlamov, S. N.; Zaikovskii, V. V.; Shenderova, I. V.

    2015-11-01

    The paper presents the results of numerical modelling of the processes accompanying movement of drop viscous media (water) in oil under the influence of exterior forces of the electric and dynamic nature. Systematic calculations of influence on the electric field heterogeneity drops, created by a symmetric and asymmetrical configuration of electrodes are carried out both in inter electrode and behind electrode areas taking into account a complex operation of dielectrophoresis forces, buoyancies and drag, as well as the variability of electrode sizes. The analysis of drop movement trajectories shows that the asymmetrical configuration of electrodes can be applied for an electro-coalescence intensification of water-in-oil emulsion. Correctness of calculations of the mathematical model and numerical methods are confirmed by good results if compared with the available data of the other authors.

  9. AMTEC electrode development

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    Bankston, C. P.; Williams, R. M.; Nakamura, B. J.; Wheeler, B. L.; Loveland, M. E.; Cole, T.

    1987-01-01

    The Alkali Metal Thermoelectric Converter (AMTEC) is a direct energy conversion device, utilizing a high sodium vapor pressure or activity ratio across a beta-alumina solid electrolyte. Progress is reported on a long life, high power, porous electrode. Two electrode compositions were identified which have the potential for long life operation at power densities above 0.5 W/sq cm. Longer lifetime testing is being initiated. Successful optimization and demonstration of very long lifetimes for these electrodes will be a major step toward establishing the feasibility of AMTEC space power systems.

  10. AMTEC electrode development

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    Bankston, C. P.; Williams, R. M.; Nakamura, B. J.; Wheeler, B. L.; Loveland, M. E.; Cole, T.

    The Alkali Metal Thermoelectric Converter (AMTEC) is a direct energy conversion device, utilizing a high sodium vapor pressure or activity ratio across a beta-alumina solid electrolyte. Progress is reported on a long life, high power, porous electrode. Two electrode compositions were identified which have the potential for long life operation at power densities above 0.5 W/sq cm. Longer lifetime testing is being initiated. Successful optimization and demonstration of very long lifetimes for these electrodes will be a major step toward establishing the feasibility of AMTEC space power systems.

  11. Multifunctional reference electrode

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    Redey, Laszlo (Lisle, IL); Vissers, Donald R. (Naperville, IL)

    1983-01-01

    A multifunctional, low mass reference electrode of a nickel tube, thermocouple means inside the nickel tube electrically insulated therefrom for measuring the temperature thereof, a housing surrounding the nickel tube, an electrolyte having a fixed sulfide ion activity between the housing and the outer surface of the nickel tube forming the nickel/nickel sulfide/sulfide half-cell. An ion diffusion barrier is associated with the housing in contact with the electrolyte. Also disclosed is a cell using the reference electrode to measure characteristics of a working electrode.

  12. Viewing another person's body as a target object: a behavioural and PET study of pointing.

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    Cleret de Langavant, Laurent; Trinkler, Iris; Remy, Philippe; Thirioux, Bérangère; McIntyre, Joseph; Berthoz, Alain; Dupoux, Emmanuel; Bachoud-Lévi, Anne-Catherine

    2012-07-01

    Humans usually point at objects to communicate with other persons, although they generally avoid pointing at the other's body. Moreover, patients with heterotopagnosia after left parietal damage cannot point at another person's body parts, although they can point at objects and at their own body parts and although they can grasp the others' body parts. Strikingly, their performance gradually improves for figurative human body targets. Altogether, this suggests that the body of another real person holds a specific status in communicative pointing. Here, we test in healthy individuals whether performance for communicative pointing is influenced by the communicative capacity of the target. In Experiment 1, pointing at another real person's body parts was compared to pointing at objects, and in Experiment 2, the person was replaced by a manikin. While reaction times for pointing at objects were shorter compared to pointing at other person's body parts, they were similar for objects and manikin body parts. By adapting Experiment 1 to PET-scan imaging (Experiment 3), we showed that, compared to pointing at objects, the brain network for pointing at other person's body parts involves the left posterior intraparietal sulcus, lesion of which could cause heterotopagnosia. Taken together, our results indicate that the specificity of pointing at another person's body goes beyond the visuo-spatial features of the human body and might rather rely on its communicative capacity. PMID:22579967

  13. [Study on the method of FTIR spectrum non linear multiple point calibration].

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    Liu, Zhi-ming; Gao, Min-guang; Liu, Wen-qing; Lu, Yi-huai; Zhang, Tian-shu; Xu, Liang; Wei, Xiu-li

    2008-09-01

    FTIR Technique has developed rapidly since 1980s, and has become increasingly important. It has been used in a variety of fields. In order to make sure the result is of nicety, the authors should manipulate the FTIR spectrometer accurately and study its instrument response function and calibration arithmetic. Because the instrument response of the detector of FTIR spectrometer is different at different wave band, the no-calibrated spectrum was ruleless. Without calibration, we can not obtain the absolute intensity, even relative intensity. There are two calibration arithmetics: Linear calibration arithmetic corresponding linear detector and non-calibration arithmetic corresponding non-linear detector. The present paper gave the arithmetic of linear calibration and non-linear multiple point calibration. The authors measured several blackbody spectra at some different temperatures. Some of them were used for calibration and one was used to test the result of calibration The result indicated that this method of non-linear multiple point calibration was very good. The relative arbitrary between calibrated blackbody spectrum and standard blackbody spectrum was near 0.2%, while the maximum was still lower than 0.4%. PMID:19093564

  14. An experimental-theoretical study of free vibrations of plates on elastic point supports

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    Leuner, T. R.

    1972-01-01

    A theoretical and experimental study is made to investigate the effect on plate vibrations of varying the stiffness of corner elastic point supports. A theoretical model is developed using a Rayleigh-Ritz analysis which approximates the plate mode shapes as products of free-free beam modes. The elastic point supports are modelled both as massless translational springs, and springs with tip masses. The tip masses are included to better represent the experimental supports. An experiment is constructed using the bending stiffness of horizontal beams to support a square plate at its four corners. The stiffness of these supports can be varied over such a range that the plate fundamental frequency is lowered to 40% of the rigid support frequency. The variation with support stiffness of the frequencies of the first eight plate modes is measured, and compared with the theoretical results. The plate mode shapes for rigid supports are analyzed using holographic interferometry. There is excellent agreement between the theoretical and experimental results, except for high plate modes where the theoretical model is demonstrated to be inadequate.

  15. Space science/space station attached payload pointing accommodation study: Technology assessment white paper

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    Lin, Richard Y.; Mann, Kenneth E.; Laskin, Robert A.; Sirlin, Samuel W.

    1987-01-01

    Technology assessment is performed for pointing systems that accommodate payloads of large mass and large dimensions. Related technology areas are also examined. These related areas include active thermal lines or power cables across gimbals, new materials for increased passive damping, tethered pointing, and inertially reacting pointing systems. Conclusions, issues and concerns, and recommendations regarding the status and development of large pointing systems for space applications are made based on the performed assessments.

  16. VOLTAMMETRIC MEMBRANE CHLORINE DIOXIDE ELECTRODE

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    A voltammetric membrane electrode system has been modified and applied to the in situ measurement of chlorine dioxide. The electrode system consisted of a gold cathode, a silver/silver chloride reference electrode, and a gold counter electrode. Different membrane materials were t...

  17. An experimental comparison of the Marcus-Hush and Butler-Volmer descriptions of electrode kinetics applied to cyclic voltammetry. The one electron reductions of europium (III) and 2-methyl-2-nitropropane studied at a mercury microhemisphere electrode

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    Henstridge, Martin C.; Wang, Yijun; Limon-Petersen, Juan G.; Laborda, Eduardo; Compton, Richard G.

    2011-11-01

    We present a comparative experimental evaluation of the Butler-Volmer and Marcus-Hush models using cyclic voltammetry at a microelectrode. Numerical simulations are used to fit experimental voltammetry of the one electron reductions of europium (III) and 2-methyl-2-nitropropane, in water and acetonitrile, respectively, at a mercury microhemisphere electrode. For Eu (III) very accurate fits to experiment were obtained over a wide range of scan rates using Butler-Volmer kinetics, whereas the Marcus-Hush model was less accurate. The reduction of 2-methyl-2-nitropropane was well simulated by both models, however Marcus-Hush required a reorganisation energy lower than expected.

  18. Ionomer Degradation in Electrodes of PEM Fuel Cell

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    Borup, Rodney L.

    2011-01-01

    Although PEMFC Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) durability related studies have increased dramatically since 2004, studies on ionomer degradation of the composite electrodes has received far less attention than that of the proton exchange membranes, electrocatalysts, and catalyst supports. The catalyst layer ionomer unavoidably gets involved in other components degradation processes since it is subjected to exposure to different operating effects, including the presence of the catalyst, catalyst support, and the porous nature of the electrode layer which includes 2-phase flow. PEMFC durability issues cannot be fully resolved without understanding the contribution of ionomer degradation in electrode to the performance decay in life time. However, addressing the impact of changes to the catalyst layer ionomer during durability tests is experimentally difficult mainly because of the need to separate the ionomer in the electrode from other components during chemical, electrical and materials characterization. The catalyst layer ionomer is essentially chemically identical to the membrane ionomeric material, and is composed of low atomic number elements, making characterization difficult. In the present work, MEAs with different Nafion ionomer types: stabilized and non-stablized ionomer in the electrode layer (Type I) and mixed membrane/ionomer MEAs (Type II) were designed to separate ionomer degradation from membrane degradation, as shown in Figure (1a) and (b) respectively. Stabilized and non stabilized ionomers were 5% Nafion{reg_sign} solutions (Ion Power, New Castle, Delaware). The non-stabilized version is the typical Nafion chemical structure with carboxylic acid (-COOH) end groups; these end groups are thought to be a susceptible point of degradative peroxide attack. The stabilized version replaces the -COOH end groups with -CF{sub 3} end groups to prevent peroxide attack at the end groups. Type I MEAs were designed to compare ionomer degradation and its effect on performance decay. Since F{sup -} ions are released only from PFSA based membranes, and not from non-PFSA based membranes, Type II MEAs use a hydrocarbon membrane with no fluorine with a PFSA (Nafion{reg_sign}) ionomer in the catalyst layer for FER measurements. Any F{sup -} ions measured will then have come only for the catalyst layer ionomer during degradation experiments. Type II MEAs allow more detailed chemical characterization exclusively of the catalyst layer ionomer to better understand its degradation.

  19. A Study of Point of View and Character in Preparation for Oral Performance of Cuttings from "The Optimist's Daughter."

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    Snow, Nancy Hill

    In the process of perfecting oral performances of selected scenes from Eudora Welty's "The Optimist's Daughter," it is important to study point of view and character as they pertain to the play. Four aspects should be considered to understand the point of view: (1) the character's story, (2) the position from which the narrator speaks, (3) the…

  20. Free standing carbon nanotube composite bio-electrodes.

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    Whitten, Philip G; Gestos, Adrian A; Spinks, Geoffrey M; Gilmore, Kerry J; Wallace, Gordon G

    2007-07-01

    Carbon nanotubes present a new material for the construction of electrodes for electrochemical devices such as batteries, capacitors, and actuators. Such electrodes require high conductivity, strength, and surface area. The latter two requirements are often incompatible. Electrodes composed entirely of carbon nanotubes (bucky paper) have high surface areas but are typically weak, and have insufficient conductivity for practical macroscopic applications. Here we report a technique that uses naturally occurring biopolymers to produce electrodes (free standing films) that exhibit conductivities of 300 S/cm. These composites also have considerable mechanical strength (up to 145 MPa) and sufficient specific capacitance of 19-27 F/g to enable them to be used as freestanding electrodes. One potential application that deserves special attention is that of biocompatible electrodes, where the binder is a biopolymer already used in a range of implants. Preliminary studies reported here show that the new carbon nanotube biopolymer electrodes can foster prolific L929 cell growth. PMID:17078076

  1. Genetic thinking in the study of social relationships: Five points of entry

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    Reiss, David

    2014-01-01

    For nearly a generation, researchers studying human behavioral development have combined genetically informed research designs with careful measures of social relationships: parenting, sibling relationships, peer relationships, marital processes, social class stratifications and patterns of social engagement in the elderly. In what way have these genetically informed studies altered the construction and testing of social theories of human development? We consider five points where genetic thinking is taking hold. First, genetic findings suggest an alternative scenario for explaining social data. Associations between measures of the social environment and human development may be due to genes that influence both. Second, genetic studies add to other prompts to study the early developmental origins of current social phenomena in mid-life and beyond. Third, genetic analyses promise to bring to the surface understudied social systems, such as sibling relationships, that have an impact on human development independent of genotype. Fourth, genetic analyses anchor in neurobiology individual differences in resilience and sensitivity to both adverse and favorable social environments. Finally, genetic analyses increase the utility of laboratory simulations of human social processes and of animal models. PMID:25419225

  2. Probabilistic Safety Study Applications Program for inspection of the Indian Point Unit 3 Nuclear Power Plant

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    Taylor, J.H.; Fullwood, R.; Fresco, A.

    1986-03-01

    By prioritizing the various areas of interest for inspection and by better defining inspection needs, the NRC expects to make more effective use of finite inspection resources by concentrating on those potential areas most significant to safety. Through review and application of the Indian Point Unit 3 Probabilistic Safety Study's numerical data and event tree modeling, and by utilizing related documents, a technical basis for prioritizing areas for NRC inspection has been developed. This was then tested at the plant site for the NRC Operating Reactor Inspection Program, I and E Manual Chapter 2515. Inspection activities addressed include normal operations, system and component testing, maintenance and surveillance. A computer program entitled NSPKTR, which was developed specifically for this program, modeled the internal plant states to the system level and performed the risk and importance calculations. 17 refs., 21 tabs.

  3. Fault tree application to the study of systems interactions at Indian Point 3

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    Youngblood, R.; Hanan, N.; Fitzpatrick, R.; Xue, D.; Bozoki, G.; Fresco, A.; Papazoglou, I.; Mitra, S.; MacDonald, G.; Mazour, T.

    1986-01-01

    This report describes an application of fault tree methods to search for systems interactions at Indian Point 3. This project was carried out in support of the resolution of Unresolved Safety Issue A-17 on Systems Interaction. Here, the methods are introduced, the findings are presented, and comments on the methods are offered. Findings are presented in the following manner. Systems interactions which may qualitatively violate regulatory requirements (regardless of their probability) are discussed; additionally, a probabilistically ranked list of system interactions is provided. This study resulted in the discovery of a previously undetected active single failure causing loss of low pressure injection. After verifying this finding, the licensee took immediate corrective actions, including a design modification to the switching logic for one of the safety buses, as well as procedural changes.

  4. Study to define points of entry for potential contaminants in limestone aquifers. [in Alabama

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    Doyle, F. L.

    1973-01-01

    Visual examinations of both prints and transparencies from ERTS 1 and U-2 aircraft imagery provided a method for discovering possible points of entry of potential contaminants into the limestone aquifer in Madison County, Alabama. Knowledge of the locations at which contaminants could enter the aquifer is an important consideration in water quality management, particularly for regions that depend, at least partially, on ground water for their water supply. ERTS 1 imagery recorded on December 28, 1972 in the Multispectral Scanner-5 (MSS-5) and MSS-7 bands, and a false-color composite of the MSS-4 (green), MSS-5 (red), and MSS-7 (near infrared) bands were the principal materials used, along with thermography recorded by an RS-7 infrared scanner onboard a U-2 aircraft. The results of the study are discussed in detail, providing information on prominent lineations and major fracture trends which are related to aquifer contamination. Maps depicting the observations are also presented.

  5. Pitch ranking, electrode discrimination, and physiological spread-of-excitation using Cochlear's dual-electrode mode

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    Goehring, Jenny L.; Neff, Donna L.; Baudhuin, Jacquelyn L.; Hughes, Michelle L.

    2014-01-01

    This study compared pitch ranking, electrode discrimination, and electrically evoked compound action potential (ECAP) spatial excitation patterns for adjacent physical electrodes (PEs) and the corresponding dual electrodes (DEs) for newer-generation Cochlear devices (Cochlear Ltd., Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia). The first goal was to determine whether pitch ranking and electrode discrimination yield similar outcomes for PEs and DEs. The second goal was to determine if the amount of spatial separation among ECAP excitation patterns (separation index, ?) between adjacent PEs and the PE-DE pairs can predict performance on the psychophysical tasks. Using non-adaptive procedures, 13 subjects completed pitch ranking and electrode discrimination for adjacent PEs and the corresponding PE-DE pairs (DE versus each flanking PE) from the basal, middle, and apical electrode regions. Analysis of d? scores indicated that pitch-ranking and electrode-discrimination scores were not significantly different, but rather produced similar levels of performance. As expected, accuracy was significantly better for the PE-PE comparison than either PE-DE comparison. Correlations of the psychophysical versus ECAP ? measures were positive; however, not all test/region correlations were significant across the array. Thus, the ECAP separation index is not sensitive enough to predict performance on behavioral tasks of pitch ranking or electrode discrimination for adjacent PEs or corresponding DEs. PMID:25096106

  6. Infrared cameras are potential traceable "fixed points" for future thermometry studies.

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    Yap Kannan, R; Keresztes, K; Hussain, S; Coats, T J; Bown, M J

    2015-11-01

    The National physical laboratory (NPL) requires "fixed points" whose temperatures have been established by the International Temperature Scale of 1990 (ITS 90) be used for device calibration. In practice, "near" blackbody radiators together with the standard platinum resistance thermometer is accepted as a standard. The aim of this study was to report the correlation and limits of agreement (LOA) of the thermal infrared camera and non-contact infrared temporal thermometer against each other and the "near" blackbody radiator. Temperature readings from an infrared thermography camera (FLIR T650sc) and a non-contact infrared temporal thermometer (Hubdic FS-700) were compared to a near blackbody (Hyperion R blackbody model 982) at 0.5?°C increments between 20-40?°C. At each increment, blackbody cavity temperature was confirmed with the platinum resistance thermometer. Measurements were taken initially with the thermal infrared camera followed by the infrared thermometer, with each device mounted in turn on a stand at a fixed distance of 20?cm and 5?cm from the blackbody aperture, respectively. The platinum thermometer under-estimated the blackbody temperature by 0.015?°C (95% LOA: -0.08?°C to 0.05?°C), in contrast to the thermal infrared camera and infrared thermometer which over-estimated the blackbody temperature by 0.16?°C (95% LOA: 0.03?°C to 0.28?°C) and 0.75?°C (95% LOA: -0.30?°C to 1.79?°C), respectively. Infrared thermometer over-estimates thermal infrared camera measurements by 0.6?°C (95% LOA: -0.46?°C to 1.65?°C). In conclusion, the thermal infrared camera is a potential temperature reference "fixed point" that could substitute mercury thermometers. However, further repeatability and reproducibility studies will be required with different models of thermal infrared cameras. PMID:26468981

  7. Capacitive de-ionization electrode

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    Daily, III, William D.

    2013-03-19

    An electrode "cell" for use in a capacitive deionization (CDI) reactor consists of the electrode support structure, a non-reactive conductive material, the electrode accompaniment or substrate and a flow through screen/separator. These "layers" are repeated and the electrodes are sealed together with gaskets between two end plates to create stacked sets of alternating anode and cathode electrodes in the CDI reactor.

  8. Electroanalytical studies on Cu (II) ion-selective sensor of coated pyrolytic graphite electrodes based on N2S2O2 and N2S2O3 heterocyclic benzothiazol ligands.

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    Singh, A K; Sahani, Manoj Kumar; Bandi, Koteswara Rao; Jain, A K

    2014-08-01

    Benzothiazol based chelating ionophores such as 1,3-bis[2-(1,3-benzothiazol-2-yl)-phenoxy]propane (L1) and 1,2'-bis[2-(1,3-benzothiazol-2-yl)-phenoxy]2-ethoxyethane(L2) were synthesized and explored as neutral ionophores in the fabrication of Cu(2+) ion-selective electrodes. Variety of PVC-based electrodes i.e., polymeric membrane electrodes (PME), coated graphite electrodes (CGE) and coated pyrolytic graphite electrodes (CPGE) were prepared. The membranes having composition L1:PVC:1-CN:NaTPB?5:38:55:2 (w/w; mg) and L2:PVC:1-CN:NaTPB in the ratio of 6:39:53:2 are found to be exhibit the best potentiometric characteristics. The comparative studies of PME, CGE and CPGE based on L2 reveals that the CPGE is superior in terms of low detection limit of 6.30×10(-9) mol L(-1) with a Nernstian slope of 29.5 mV decade(-1) of activity between pH2.0 to 8.5 with a fast response time of 9s and could be used over a period of 5 months without any significant divergence in its potentiometric characteristics. The sensor has been employed for the estimation of Cu(2+) ion in real samples viz., water, soil and herbal medicinal plants and besides this, the sensor was also used as an indicator electrode in the potentiometric determination of Cu(2+) with EDTA. PMID:24907753

  9. Modiolus-hugging intracochlear electrode array with shape memory alloy.

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    Min, Kyou Sik; Jun, Sang Beom; Lim, Yoon Seob; Park, Se-Ik; Kim, Sung June

    2013-01-01

    In the cochlear implant system, the distance between spiral ganglia and the electrodes within the volume of the scala tympani cavity significantly affects the efficiency of the electrical stimulation in terms of the threshold current level and spatial selectivity. Because the spiral ganglia are situated inside the modiolus, the central axis of the cochlea, it is desirable that the electrode array hugs the modiolus to minimize the distance between the electrodes and the ganglia. In the present study, we propose a shape-memory-alloy-(SMA-) embedded intracochlear electrode which gives a straight electrode a curved modiolus-hugging shape using the restoration force of the SMA as triggered by resistive heating after insertion into the cochlea. An eight-channel ball-type electrode array is fabricated with an embedded titanium-nickel SMA backbone wire. It is demonstrated that the electrode array changes its shape in a transparent plastic human cochlear model. To verify the safe insertion of the electrode array into the human cochlea, the contact pressures during insertion at the electrode tip and the contact pressures over the electrode length after insertion were calculated using a 3D finite element analysis. The results indicate that the SMA-embedded electrode is functionally and mechanically feasible for clinical applications. PMID:23762181

  10. Electrokinetic particle-electrode interactions at high frequencies

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    Yariv, Ehud; Schnitzer, Ory

    2013-01-01

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

  11. An active electrode for biopotential recording from small localized bio-sources

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    Valchinov, Emil S; Pallikarakis, Nicolas E

    2004-01-01

    Background Laser bio-stimulation is a well-established procedure in Medical Acupuncture. Nevertheless there is still a confusion as to whether it works or the effect is just placebo. Although a plethora of scientific papers published, showing positive clinical results, there is still a lack of objective scientific proofs about the bio-stimulation effect of lasers used in Acupuncture. The objective of this work was to design and build a body surface electrode and an amplifier for biopotential recording from acupuncture points, considered here as small localized bio-sources (SLB). The design is aimed for studying SLB potentials provoked by laser stimulus, in search for objective proofs of the bio-stimulation effect of lasers used in Medical Acupuncture. Methods The active electrode presented features a new adjustable anchoring system and fractionation of the biopotential amplifier between the electrode and the cabinet's location. The new adjustable electrode anchoring system is designed to reduce the electrode-skin contact impedance, its variation and motion artifacts. That is achieved by increasing the electrode-skin tension and decreasing its relative movement. Additionally the sensing element provides local constant skin stretching thus eliminating the contribution of the skin potential artifact. The electrode is attached to the skin by a double-sided adhesive pad, where the sensing element is a stainless steel, 4 mm in diameter. The fractionation of the biopotential amplifier is done by incorporating the amplifier's front-end op-amps at the electrodes, thus avoiding the use of extra buffers. The biopotential amplifier features two selectable modes of operation: semi-AC-mode with a -3 dB bandwidth of 0.32–1000 Hz and AC-mode with a bandwidth of 0.16–1000 Hz. Results The average measured DC electrode-skin contact impedance of the proposed electrode was 450 k?, with electrode tension of 0.3 kg/cm2 on an unprepared skin of the inner forearm. The peak-to-peak noise voltage measured at the amplifier output, with input terminals connected to common, was 10 mVp-p, or 2 ?Vp-p referred to the input. The common-mode rejection ratio of the amplifier was 96 dB at 50 Hz, measured with imbalanced electrodes' impedances. The prototype was also tested practically and sample records were obtained after a low intensity SLB laser stimulation. All measurements showed almost a complete absence of 50 Hz interference, although no electrolyte gel or skin preparation was applied. Conclusion The results showed that the new active electrode presented significantly reduced the electrode-skin impedance, its variation and motion artifact influences. This allowed SLB signals with relatively high quality to be recorded without skin preparation. The design offers low noise and major reduction in parts, size and power consumption. The active electrode specifications were found to be better or at least comparable to those of other existing designs. PMID:15271219

  12. A Study on Amino Acids: Synthesis of Alpha-Aminophenylacetic Acid (Phenylglycine) and Determination of its Isoelectric Point.

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    Barrelle, M.; And Others

    1983-01-01

    Background information and procedures are provided for an experimental study on aminophenylacetic acid (phenylglycine). These include physical chemistry (determination of isoelectric point by pH measurement) and organic chemistry (synthesis of an amino acid in racemic form) experiments. (JN)

  13. [Regional anaesthesia of the foot achieved from two cutaneous points of injection: an anatomical study].

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    Hromádka, R; Barták, V; Popelka, S; Jahoda, D; Pokorný, D; Sosna, A

    2009-04-01

    PURPOSE OF THE STUDY Regional anaesthesia for the lower extremity distal to the ankle joint, knows as anaesthetic ankle block or foot block, involves a series of injections of local anaesthetic to block the peripheral nerves that supply innervation to the foot. Since the tibial nerve block is not always effective, the aim of this study was to design a modified technique of anaesthetic application. MATERIAL The study was carried out on 30 human cadavers provided by the Institute of Anatomy, 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, and included data on a total of 60 lower extremities. METHODS Information about position of the tibial nerve (or its branches, i.e., the medial plantar and lateral plantar nerves) and the sural nerve was obtained using a set of special measurement devices designed for this purpose. The following distances were measured; the length of a basic line, i.e., distance between the posterior margin of the medial maleollus and the medial edge of the Achilles tendon (at the level of the upper part of the heel bone); the distance between the medial edge of the Achilles tendon and the tibial nerve; and the distance between the tibial nerve (its deep location) in the neurovascular plexus and the basic line. The location of the sural nerve behind the lateral maleollus was found by measuring the nerve distance from the posterior margin of the lateral maleollus and measuring the distance between this margin and the lateral edge of th Achilles tendon. RESULTS The distance between the posterior margin of the medial maleollus (medial edge of the sulcus for the posterior tibial muscle tenton) and the medial edge of the Achilles tendon (at the level of the upper part of the heel bone) was 46.3 mm +/- 5.2 mm. The depth of tibial nerve location, i.e. distance from the basic line to the neurovascular plexus, was 11.6 mm +/- 1.3 mm. The distance between the posterior margin of the lateral maleollus and the lateral edge of the Achilles tendon (at the level of the upper part of the heel bone) was 37.1 mm +/- 4.3 mm. The sural nerve was located at a distance of approximately 18.3 mm +/- 1.9 mm from the posterior edge of the lateral maleollus. DISCUSSION The study was concluded by proposing a modified technique of local anaesthetic ankle block using two points of anaesthetic injection. The first point is located immediately in front of the medial edge of the Achilles tendon and above the upper edge of the calcaneus. The anaesthetic applied will block the tibial and sural nerves, with the sural nerve being blocked by the anaesthetic delivered with a needle advanced through the soft tissues ventral to the Achilles tendon. The second area of application is located at 2 cm above the ventral fold of the ankle joint on the lateral edge of the anterior tibial muscle tendon and provides subcutaneous infiltration anaesthesia for the superficial and deep peroneal nerves and the saphenous nerve. CONCLUSIONS The results of this anatomical study provided a basis for a modified technique of regional anaesthesia of the foot. Its major clinical attributes involve reduced necessity to manipulate with the patient, and sensory and motor blockage of all nerves supplying innervation to the foot from only two points of injection. Key words: ankle block, foot block, regional anaesthesia. PMID:19439129

  14. Study of the Hg2+ binding with chelation therapy agents by differential pulse voltammetry on rotating Au-disk electrode and electrospray ionization mass-spectrometry.

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    Chekmeneva, Elena; Díaz-Cruz, José Manuel; Ariño, Cristina; Esteban, Miquel

    2009-10-19

    A recently proposed electroanalytical method, using differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) on the rotating Au-disk electrode, and electrospray ionization mass-spectrometry (ESI-MS) has been applied to study the binding of the pharmaceutical chelating agents meso-2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA), sodium 2,3-dimercaptopropanesulfate (DMPS) and D-penicillamine (D-Pen) with Hg(2+). From the use of voltammetric titrations it was possible to obtain a detailed picture of the complexation processes at concentrations much lower than in previous studies. Predominant species were Hg(Pen)(2), Hg(2)(DMSA)(2) and Hg(DMPS)(2). For Pen, Hg(Pen) was also deduced from DPV data, while Hg(2)(Pen)(4) from ESI-MS. For DMSA and DMPS, Hg(2)L species were detected by DPV, and Hg(2)L(3), Hg(3)L(3) as well as Hg(2)(DMPS)(2) and Hg(DMSA)(2) by ESI-MS. When possible, DPV data were analyzed by multivariate curve resolution with alternating least squares (MCR-ALS). PMID:19800477

  15. Redox-switching in a viologen-type adlayer: an electrochemical shell-isolated nanoparticle enhanced Raman spectroscopy study on Au(111)-(1×1) single crystal electrodes.

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    Liu, Bo; Blaszczyk, Alfred; Mayor, Marcel; Wandlowski, Thomas

    2011-07-26

    We reported the first application of in situ shell-isolated nanoparticle enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SHINERS) to an interfacial redox reaction under electrochemical conditions. We construct gap-mode sandwich structures composed of a thiol-terminated HS-6V6H viologen adlayer immobilized on a single crystal Au(111)-(1×1) electrode and covered by Au(60 nm)@SiO(2) core-shell nanoparticles acting as plasmonic antennas. We observed high-quality, potential-dependent Raman spectra of the three viologen species V(2+), V(+?), and V(0) on a well-defined Au(111) substrate surface and could map their potential-dependent evolution. Comparison with experiments on powder samples revealed an enhancement factor of the nonresonant Raman modes of ?3 × 10(5), and up to 9 × 10(7) for the resonance modes. The study illustrates the unique capability of SHINERS and its potential in the entire field of electrochemical surface science to explore structures and reaction pathways on well-defined substrate surfaces, such as single crystals, for molecular, (electro-)catalytic, bioelectrochemical systems up to fundamental double layer studies at electrified solid/liquid interfaces. PMID:21634391

  16. STM studies of fusion of cholesterol suspensions and mixed 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC)/cholesterol vesicles onto a Au(111) electrode surface.

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    Sek, Slawomir; Xu, Shimin; Chen, Maohui; Szymanski, Grzegorz; Lipkowski, Jacek

    2008-04-30

    Electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (EC-STM) has been applied to study the structure of the film formed by fusion of cholesterol suspensions and mixed dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC)/cholesterol vesicles on a Au(111) electrode surface. It has been demonstrated that cholesterol molecules assemble at the gold support into several structures templated by the crystallography of the metal surface and involving flat or edge-on adsorbed molecules. Studies of the film formed by fusion of mixed DMPC/cholesterol vesicles revealed that ordered domains of either pure DMPC or pure cholesterol were formed. These results indicate that, at the metal surface, the molecules released by the rupture of a vesicle initially self-assemble into a well-ordered monolayer. The self-assembly is controlled by the hydrocarbon skeleton-metal surface interaction. In the case of mixed DMPC/cholesterol vesicles, the molecule-metal interactions induce segregation of the two components into single component domains. However, the molecule-metal interaction induced monolayer is a transient phenomenon. When more molecules accumulate at the surface, the molecule-molecule interactions dominate the assembly, and the monolayer is transformed into a bilayer. PMID:18393425

  17. A Feasibility Study of Bilateral Anodal Stimulation of the Prefrontal Cortex Using High-Definition Electrodes in Healthy Participants

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    Xu, Jiansong; Healy, Stephen M.; Truong, Dennis Q.; Datta, Abhishek; Bikson, Marom; Potenza, Marc N.

    2015-01-01

    Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) studies often use one anode to increase cortical excitability in one hemisphere. However, mental processes may involve cortical regions in both hemispheres. This study’s aim was to assess the safety and possible effects on affect and working memory of tDCS using two anodes for bifrontal stimulation. A group of healthy subjects participated in two bifrontal tDCS sessions on two different days, one for real and the other for sham stimulation. They performed a working memory task and reported their affect immediately before and after each tDCS session. Relative to sham, real bifrontal stimulation did not induce significant adverse effects, reduced decrement in vigor-activity during the study session, and did not improve working memory. These preliminary findings suggest that bifrontal anodal stimulation is feasible and safe and may reduce task-related fatigue in healthy participants. Its effects on neuropsychiatric patients deserve further study. PMID:26339204

  18. Building Better Electrodes for Electrical Resistivity and Induced Polarization Data

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    Adkins, P. L.; La Brecque, D. J.

    2007-12-01

    In the third year of a project to understand and mitigate the systematic noise in resistivity and induced polarization measurements, we put a significant effort into understanding and developing better electrodes. The simple metal electrodes commonly used for both transmitting and receiving of electrical geophysical data are likely the Achilles" heal of the resistivity method. Even stainless steel, a commonly used electrode material because of its durability, showed only average results in laboratory tests for electrode noise. Better results have been found with non-polarizing metal-metal salt electrodes, which are widely used as surface electrodes and in IP surveys. But although they produce small measurement errors, they are not durable enough for in-situ borehole resistivity surveys, and often contain compounds that are toxic to the environment. They are also very seldom used as transmitters. In laboratory studies, we are exploring other materials and configurations for low-noise compound electrodes that will be nontoxic, inexpensive, and durable and can be used as both transmitters and receivers. Testing of the electrical noise levels of electrodes is an arduous task involving repeated measurements under varying conditions at field scales. Thus it is important to find methods of sorting out likely candidates from the mass of possible electrode configurations and construction methods. Testing of electrode impedance versus current density appears to provide simple criteria for predicting the suitability of electrodes. The best electrodes show relatively low overall contact impedance, relatively small changes in impedance with increased current density, and relatively small changes in impedance with time. Furthermore it can be shown that resistivity and induced polarization performance of electrodes is strongly correlated, so that methods of finding electrodes with low impedance and good direct current performance usually provide better quality induced polarization data and vice- versa.

  19. Pneumoconiosis in Carbon Electrode Makers

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    Watson, A. J.; Black, J.; Doig, A. T.; Nagelschmidt, G.

    1959-01-01

    In the absence of adequate preventive measures the manufacture of carbon electrodes is attended by a considerable dust hazard. The present paper is based on a study of the clinical, radiological, and pathological changes resulting from inhalation of this dust, which is derived from crushed coke and anthracite. An account is given of the findings in a clinical survey of 15 men who had been employed for at least 10 years in manufacturing carbon electrodes. Four of these men were suffering from complicated and five from simple pneumoconiosis. In addition, the findings in three necropsied cases (two complicated and one simple) are recorded in detail. Bacteriological examination of the lungs and analysis of the lung dust was carried out in the two cases of complicated pneumoconiosis. It is shown that carbon electrode makers may develop simple pneumoconiosis with focal emphysema and that this may complicated by the development of massive fibrotic lesions. Both the simple and the complicated pneumoconiosis are indistinguishable from the corresponding conditions in other coalworkers. Quartz was almost entirely absent from the lung dust of the two necropsied cases with massive fibrosis and in one of these cases virulent tubercle bacilli were shown. The significance of these findings is discussed in relation to the aetiology of progressive massive fibrosis. While it is evident that they are incompatible with the “silica” theory they provide some limited support for the “tuberculosis” theory. Images PMID:13843110

  20. Two-micron Laser Atmospheric Wind Sounder (LAWS) pointing/tracking study

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    Manlief, Scott

    1995-01-01

    The objective of the study was to identify and model major sources of short-term pointing jitter for a free-flying, full performance 2 micron LAWS system and evaluate the impact of the short-term jitter on wind-measurement performance. A fast steering mirror controls system was designed for the short-term jitter compensation. The performance analysis showed that the short-term jitter performance of the controls system over the 5.2 msec round-trip time for a realistic spacecraft environment was = 0.3 micro rad, rms, within the specified value of less than 0.5 micro rad, rms, derived in a 2 micron LAWS System Study. Disturbance modes were defined for: (1) the Bearing and Power Transfer Assembly (BAPTA) scan bearing, (2) the spacecraft reaction wheel torques, and (3) the solar array drive torques. The scan bearing disturbance was found to be the greatest contributing noise source to the jitter performance. Disturbances from the fast steering mirror reaction torques and a boom-mounted cross-link antenna clocking were also considered but were judged to be small compared to the three principal disturbance sources above and were not included in the final controls analysis.

  1. A CMB foreground study in WMAP data: Extragalactic point sources and zodiacal light emission

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    Chen, Xi

    The Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation is the remnant heat from the Big Bang. It serves as a primary tool to understand the global properties, content and evolution of the universe. Since 2001, NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) satellite has been napping the full sky anisotropy with unprecedented accuracy, precision and reliability. The CMB angular power spectrum calculated from the WMAP full sky maps not only enables accurate testing of cosmological models, but also places significant constraints on model parameters. The CMB signal in the WMAP sky maps is contaminated by microwave emission from the Milky Way and from extragalactic sources. Therefore, in order to use the maps reliably for cosmological studies, the foreground signals must be well understood and removed from the maps. This thesis focuses on the separation of two foreground contaminants from the WMAP maps: extragalactic point sources and zodiacal light emission. Extragalactic point sources constitute the most important foreground on small angular scales. Various methods have been applied to the WMAP single frequency maps to extract sources. However, due to the limited angular resolution of WMAP, it is possible to confuse positive CMB excursions with point sources or miss sources that are embedded in negative CMB fluctuations. We present a novel CMB-free source finding technique that utilizes the spectrum difference of point sources and CMB to form internal linear combinations of multifrequency maps to suppress the CMB and better reveal sources. When applied to the WMAP 41, 64 and 94 GHz maps, this technique has not only enabled detection of sources that are previously cataloged by independent methods, but also allowed disclosure of new sources. Without the noise contribution from the CMB, this method responds rapidly with the integration time. The number of detections varies as 0( t 0.72 in the two-band search and 0( t 0.70 in the three-band search from one year to five years, separately, in comparison to t 0.40 from the WMAP catalogs. Our source catalogs are a good supplement to the existing WMAP source catalogs, and the method itself is proven to be both complementary to and competitive with all the current source finding techniques in WMAP maps. Scattered light and thermal emission from the interplanetary dust (IPD) within our Solar System are major contributors to the diffuse sky brightness at most infrared wavelengths. For wavelengths longer than 3.5 mm, the thermal emission of the IPD dominates over scattering, and the emission is often referred to as the Zodiacal Light Emission (ZLE). To set a limit of ZLE contribution to the WMAP data, we have performed a simultaneous fit of the yearly WMAP time-ordered data to the time variation of ZLE predicted by the DIRBE IPD model (Kelsallet al. 1998) evaluated at 240 mm, plus [cursive l] = 1 - 4 CMB components. It is found that although this fitting procedure can successfully recover the CMB dipole to a 0.5% accuracy, it is not sensitive enough to determine the ZLE signal nor the other multipole moments very accurately.

  2. Reliability of cone beam computed tomography in scalar localization of the electrode array: a radio histological study

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    : a radio histological study Mathieu Marx · Frank Risi · Bernard Escude´ · Irfan Durmo · Christopher James, who determined the scalar localization of the implant. Temporal bones then underwent histological histologically. In the remaining temporal bone, histological analysis revealed an elevation with rupture

  3. A Feasibility Study of Bilateral Anodal Stimulation of the Prefrontal Cortex Using High-Definition Electrodes in Healthy Participants.

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    Xu, Jiansong; Healy, Stephen M; Truong, Dennis Q; Datta, Abhishek; Bikson, Marom; Potenza, Marc N

    2015-09-01

    Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) studies often use one anode to increase cortical excitability in one hemisphere. However, mental processes may involve cortical regions in both hemispheres. This study's aim was to assess the safety and possible effects on affect and working memory of tDCS using two anodes for bifrontal stimulation. A group of healthy subjects participated in two bifrontal tDCS sessions on two different days, one for real and the other for sham stimulation. They performed a working memory task and reported their affect immediately before and after each tDCS session. Relative to sham, real bifrontal stimulation did not induce significant adverse effects, reduced decrement in vigor-activity during the study session, and did not improve working memory. These preliminary findings suggest that bifrontal anodal stimulation is feasible and safe and may reduce task-related fatigue in healthy participants. Its effects on neuropsychiatric patients deserve further study. PMID:26339204

  4. Numerical analysis of a hollow electrode plasma torch with a reversed polarity discharge for radioactive waste treatment

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    Park, Seung-Chul; Kim, Dong-Uk; Kim, Min-Ho; Seo, Jun-Ho; Yang, O.-Bong

    2013-11-01

    In this study, a numerical analysis is carried out in order to investigate the effects of the electrode configuration and the operation conditions on the arc flow structure and the performance of a hollow electrode plasma torch with a reversed polarity discharge. From the numerical results, a swirl injection of plasma gas and a hollowed cathode with a convergent entrance are found to help control the recirculation directions of backflows and the attachment position of the anode spot in the rear electrode. For example, the anode spot is observed to be moved to the central point of the blocked side in the rear electrode (the anode) when the plasma-forming gases are injected with a swirl. This attachment point is predicted to act as a stable anode spot for the transferred operation of the hollow electrode plasma torch with a reversed polarity discharge. In addition, the torch performance is analyzed for operation variables, such as the arc current and the gas flow rates. Similar to that of a conventional hollow electrode plasma torch, the scale-up of input power is accompanied by increases in the arc current and the gas flow rate while increasing the arc current brings about a deterioration in the torch efficiency, which is defined as the ratio of the exit enthalpy to the input power. On the other hand, the temperature profiles at the torch's exit plane show relatively negligible differences for various arc currents and gas flow rates due to the cathode spot being close to the torch exit. Based on these features, we expect the hollow electrode plasma torch with a reversed polarity discharge to be a promising tool for treating radioactive wastes in a single step, both as a non-transferred-type plasma incinerator for combustibles and as a transferred-type arc-melter for non-combustibles.

  5. Seepage study of the Rocky Point Canal and the Grey Mountain-Pleasant Valley Canal systems, Duchesne County, Utah

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    Cruff, R.W.; Hood, J.W.

    1976-01-01

    This report describes the study of the Rocky Point Canal system in the vicinity of Duchesne and the Grey Mountain-Pleasant Valley Canal system between Duchesne and Myton, in the Uinta Basin, Duchesne County, Utah. The Rocky Point Canal diverts from the left bank of the Duchesne River about 4 mi north of Duchesne. This canal splits into the upper Rocky Point Canal and the lower Rocky Point Canal about 5.2 mi below its head. The Grey Mountain Canal diverts from the right bank of the Duchesne River about 6 mi east of Duchesne. At a point about 7.6 mi below the head, the Pleasant Valley Canal diverts from the right bank of the Grey Mountain Canal.

  6. Liquid-permeable electrode

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    Folser, George R. (Lower Burrell, PA)

    1980-01-01

    Electrodes for use in an electrolytic cell, which are liquid-permeable and have low electrical resistance and high internal surface area are provided of a rigid, porous, carbonaceous matrix having activated carbon uniformly embedded throughout. The activated carbon may be catalyzed with platinum for improved electron transfer between electrode and electrolyte. Activated carbon is mixed with a powdered thermosetting phenolic resin and compacted to the desired shape in a heated mold to melt the resin and form the green electrode. The compact is then heated to a pyrolyzing temperature to carbonize and volatilize the resin, forming a rigid, porous structure. The permeable structure and high internal surface area are useful in electrolytic cells where it is necessary to continuously remove the products of the electrochemical reaction.

  7. Composite carbon foam electrode

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    Mayer, S.T.; Pekala, R.W.; Kaschmitter, J.L.

    1997-05-06

    Carbon aerogels used as a binder for granulated materials, including other forms of carbon and metal additives, are cast onto carbon or metal fiber substrates to form composite carbon thin film sheets. The thin film sheets are utilized in electrochemical energy storage applications, such as electrochemical double layer capacitors (aerocapacitors), lithium based battery insertion electrodes, fuel cell electrodes, and electrocapacitive deionization electrodes. The composite carbon foam may be formed by prior known processes, but with the solid particles being added during the liquid phase of the process, i.e. prior to gelation. The other forms of carbon may include carbon microspheres, carbon powder, carbon aerogel powder or particles, graphite carbons. Metal and/or carbon fibers may be added for increased conductivity. The choice of materials and fibers will depend on the electrolyte used and the relative trade off of system resistivity and power to system energy. 1 fig.

  8. Composite carbon foam electrode

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    Mayer, Steven T. (San Leandro, CA); Pekala, Richard W. (Pleasant Hill, CA); Kaschmitter, James L. (Pleasanton, CA)

    1997-01-01

    Carbon aerogels used as a binder for granularized materials, including other forms of carbon and metal additives, are cast onto carbon or metal fiber substrates to form composite carbon thin film sheets. The thin film sheets are utilized in electrochemical energy storage applications, such as electrochemical double layer capacitors (aerocapacitors), lithium based battery insertion electrodes, fuel cell electrodes, and electrocapacitive deionization electrodes. The composite carbon foam may be formed by prior known processes, but with the solid particles being added during the liquid phase of the process, i.e. prior to gelation. The other forms of carbon may include carbon microspheres, carbon powder, carbon aerogel powder or particles, graphite carbons. Metal and/or carbon fibers may be added for increased conductivity. The choice of materials and fibers will depend on the electrolyte used and the relative trade off of system resistivty and power to system energy.

  9. Porous electrode preparation method

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    Arons, Richard M. (Wheaton, IL); Dusek, Joseph T. (Downers Grove, IL)

    1983-01-01

    A porous sintered plaque is provided with a bimodal porosity that is especially well suited for use as an electrode within a molten carbonate fuel cell. The coarse porosity is sufficient for admitting gases into contact with the reaction surfaces while the fine porosity is wetted with and retains molten electrolyte on the reaction sites. The electrode structure is prepared by providing a very fine powder of such as nickel oxide and blending the powder with a suitable decomposable binder to form a solid mass. The mass is comminuted into agglomerate size particles substantially larger than the fine oxide particles and formed into a cohesive compact for subsequent sintering. Sintering is carried out at sufficient conditions to bind the agglomerates together into a porous structure having both coarse and fine porosity. Where lithiated nickel oxide cathodes are prepared, the sintering conditions can be moderate enough to retain substantial quantities of lithium within the electrode for adequate conductivity.

  10. Porous electrode preparation method

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    Arons, R.M.; Dusek, J.T.

    1983-10-18

    A porous sintered plaque is provided with a bimodal porosity that is especially well suited for use as an electrode within a molten carbonate fuel cell. The coarse porosity is sufficient for admitting gases into contact with the reaction surfaces while the fine porosity is wetted with and retains molten electrolyte on the reaction sites. The electrode structure is prepared by providing a very fine powder of such as nickel oxide and blending the powder with a suitable decomposable binder to form a solid mass. The mass is comminuted into agglomerate size particles substantially larger than the fine oxide particles and formed into a cohesive compact for subsequent sintering. Sintering is carried out at sufficient conditions to bind the agglomerates together into a porous structure having both coarse and fine porosity. Where lithiated nickel oxide cathodes are prepared, the sintering conditions can be moderate enough to retain substantial quantities of lithium within the electrode for adequate conductivity. 2 figs.

  11. Changes in Antimicrobial Use Prevalence in China: Results from Five Point Prevalence Studies

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    Li, Chunhui; Ren, Nan; Wen, Ximao; Zhou, Pengcheng; Huang, Xun; Gong, Ruie; Lv, Yixin; Feng, Li; Wu, Hongman; Liu, Zhenru; Fu, Chenchao; Huang, Xin; Li, Jie; Chen, Yuhua; Zeng, Cui; Zuo, Shuangyan; Xiong, Xinrui; Xu, Xiuhua; Wu, Anhua

    2013-01-01

    Objective The abuse of antimicrobials is a serious concern in China. Several measures have been taken to improve the rational use of antimicrobials, including the establishment of a national surveillance network for antimicrobial use. This study describes the dynamic changes in antimicrobial use in China between 2001 and 2010, with the scope of identifying targets to improve the prescription of antimicrobials. Methods Five point prevalence surveys were performed in hospitals across mainland China in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2010. All inpatients who were admitted for at least 24 hours were included in the study. Details regarding antimicrobial use by these patients and the collection of samples for bacterial culture from inpatients administered therapeutic antimicrobials were recorded. Results The surveys encompassed tertiary hospitals from all 31 provinces of mainland China. Antimicrobial use prevalence decreased from 54.79% in 2001 to 46.63% in 2010. While this decline was observed in most hospital departments, antimicrobial use remained stable or increased in others. Antimicrobial use prevalence was relatively high in the Pediatrics departments and general intensive care units, whereas it was lower in the Obstetrics (Neonatal group) departments in each survey. The proportion of patients administered a single antimicrobial increased from 60.78% in 2001 to 70.16% in 2010, while the proportion of administration of two or more antimicrobials declined. The bacterial culture rate increased from 25.22% in 2003 to 34.71% in 2010. Antimicrobial use prevalence (47.96% vs 46.16%), bacterial culture rate (36.40% vs 34.19%), and the proportion of administration of a single antimicrobial (71.41% vs 67.33%) were higher in teaching hospitals than in nonteaching hospitals in 2010. Conclusion Although measures for enhancing the rational use of antimicrobials have been effective, further improvements are required. The findings from this study can promote such improvements. PMID:24376580

  12. Mechanical ventilation in ICUs in Poland: A multi-center point-prevalence study

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    Kübler, Andrzej; Maciejewski, Dariusz; Adamik, Barbara; Kaczorowska, Ma?gorzata

    2013-01-01

    Background Mechanical ventilation is the primary method of supporting organ function in patients treated in intensive care units (ICUs). Lung damage from mechanical ventilation can be avoided by using the correct ventilation modes. This study was designed to assess the epidemiology and treatment strategies of patients receiving mechanical ventilation in ICUs in Poland. Material/Methods This study was done using a point-prevalence methodology. Questionnaires requesting demographic data, indications for ventilation, variables involved in ventilation, airway access, methods of sedation, and mode of weaning were sent to 148 ICUs. Results Eighty-three ICUs took part in the study. The rate of ventilated patients was 73.6%. The indications for mechanical ventilation were: acute respiratory failure (40%), coma (40%), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation (14%), and neuromuscular diseases (5%). Patients were ventilated by orotracheal tube (58%), tracheostomy tube (41%), and mask/helmet (1%). The mean tidal volume was 8 ml/kg and positive end-expiratory pressure was commonly used. The mean oxygen concentration was 40%. Synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilation with pressure support was the most frequently used ventilatory mode. Benzodiazepine and opioids were used for sedation in 91% of centers. A systematic testing of the depth of sedation was performed at 48% surveyed ICUs. Ventilation monitoring with biomechanical methods was used at 53% of centers. Conclusions Mechanical ventilation is commonly used in ICUs in Poland. Almost half of the ventilated patients had extrapulmonary indications. Patients were ventilated with low concentrations of oxygen, and positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) was commonly employed. PMID:23727991

  13. Thermodynamic analysis and experimental study of the effect of atmospheric pressure on the ice point

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    Harvey, A. H.; McLinden, M. O.; Tew, W. L.

    2013-09-11

    We present a detailed thermodynamic analysis of the temperature of the ice point as a function of atmospheric pressure. This analysis makes use of accurate international standards for the properties of water and ice, and of available high-accuracy data for the Henry's constants of atmospheric gases in liquid water. The result is an ice point of 273.150 019(5) K at standard atmospheric pressure, with higher ice-point temperatures (varying nearly linearly with pressure) at lower pressures. The effect of varying ambient CO{sub 2} concentration is analyzed and found to be significant in comparison to other uncertainties in the model. The thermodynamic analysis is compared with experimental measurements of the temperature difference between the ice point and the triple point of water performed at elevations ranging from 145 m to 4302 m, with atmospheric pressures from 101 kPa to 60 kPa.

  14. Dual porosity gas evolving electrode

    DOEpatents

    Townsend, Carl W. (Los Angeles, CA)

    1994-01-01

    A dual porosity electrode for use in thermoelectrochemical systems where simultaneous transport of gas and liquid into and/or out of the electrode is required. The electrode includes catalytic electrode particles having diameters ranging from about 25 to 100 angstroms. The catalytic electrode particles are anchored to a support network in clusters which have internal pores ranging in size from 25 to 100 angstroms. The pores between the clusters range in size from between about 1 to 20 microns. A method for making the dual porosity electrodes is also disclosed.

  15. Dual porosity gas evolving electrode

    DOEpatents

    Townsend, C.W.

    1994-11-15

    A dual porosity electrode is described for use in thermoelectrochemical systems where simultaneous transport of gas and liquid into and/or out of the electrode is required. The electrode includes catalytic electrode particles having diameters ranging from about 25 to 100 angstroms. The catalytic electrode particles are anchored to a support network in clusters which have internal pores ranging in size from 25 to 100 angstroms. The pores between the clusters range in size from between about 1 to 20 microns. A method for making the dual porosity electrodes is also disclosed.

  16. Modelling of organic field effect transistors with inkjet printed poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrene sulfonate) electrodes: study of the annealing effects.

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    Grimaldi, Immacolata Angelica; Del Mauro, Anna de Girolamo; Loffredo, Fausta; Morvillo, Pasquale; Villani, Fulvia

    2013-07-01

    In the present work, the transport mechanism of organic transistors with bottom-gate/top-contact structure, manufactured by employing traditional and inkjet printing techniques, was studied. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) conductive polymer was used for realizing printed source, drain and gate electrodes. The influence of the printing parameters (substrate temperature, drop overlapping degree, drop emission frequency) on the uniformity and morphology of the PEDOT:PSS layer was investigated. Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) was used as organic dielectric and pentacene, deposited by thermal evaporation, was employed as p-type semiconductor. Organic field effect transistors (OFETs) were fabricated and electrically characterized before and after the thermal annealing process at 120 degrees C for 1 h in nitrogen ambient. The effect of the annealing on the performances of the OFETs was investigated by modelling the measured electrical characteristics and analyzing them in terms of mobility, characteristic temperature and energy distribution of the density of localized states (DOS). In addition, the OFET working under electrical stress in ambient conditions was observed and discussed. PMID:23901549

  17. Photophysical Studies on the Mono-and Dichromophoric Hemicyanine Dyes I. Photoelectric Conversion from the Dye Modified ITO Electrodes

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    Huang, Yanyi

    Photophysical Studies on the Mono- and Dichromophoric Hemicyanine Dyes I. Photoelectric Conversion photoelectric conversion (PEC) quantum yields from 1,3-Bis [(E)- 4-(2-(4-(N-methyl, N-octadecylamino) phenyl as a voltage-sensitive membrane probe, especially used in cell biology.17 The photophysical properties

  18. SEATTLE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM CORROSION CONTROL STUDY. VOLUME 6. USE OF A ROTATING DISC ELECTRODE TO ASSESS COPPER CORROSION

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    The uniform corrosion of copper tubing used for transport of Tolt River water is characterized in this study as a heterogeneous rate process composed of metal oxidation and oxide film growth, interfacial chemical reactions, and mass transport in the liquid phase. Quantitative rat...

  19. Sequence and Temperature Influence on Kinetics of DNA Strand Displacement at Gold Electrode Surfaces.

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    Biala, Katarzyna; Sedova, Ada; Flechsig, Gerd-Uwe

    2015-09-16

    Understanding complex contributions of surface environment to tethered nucleic acid sensing experiments has proven challenging, yet it is important because it is essential for interpretation and calibration of indispensable methods, such as microarrays. We investigate the effects of DNA sequence and solution temperature gradients on the kinetics of strand displacement at heated gold wire electrodes, and at gold disc electrodes in a heated solution. Addition of a terminal double mismatch (toehold) provides a reduction in strand displacement energy barriers sufficient to probe the secondary mechanisms involved in the hybridization process. In four different DNA capture probe sequences (relevant for the identification of genetically modified maize MON810), all but one revealed a high activation energy up to 200 kJ/mol during hybridization, that we attribute to displacement of protective strands by capture probes. Protective strands contain 4 to 5 mismatches to ease their displacement by the surface-confined probes at the gold electrodes. A low activation energy (30 kJ/mol) was observed for the sequence whose protective strand contained a toehold and one central mismatch, its kinetic curves displayed significantly different shapes, and we observed a reduced maximum signal intensity as compared to other sequences. These findings point to potential sequence-related contributions to oligonucleotide diffusion influencing kinetics. Additionally, for all sequences studied with heated wire electrodes, we observed a 23 K lower optimal hybridization temperature in comparison with disc electrodes in heated solution, and greatly reduced voltammetric signals after taking into account electrode surface area. We propose that thermodiffusion due to temperature gradients may influence both hybridization and strand displacement kinetics at heated microelectrodes, an explanation supported by computational fluid dynamics. DNA assays with surface-confined capture probes and temperature gradients should not neglect potential influences of thermodiffusion as well as sequence-related effects. Furthermore, studies attempting to characterize surface-tethered environments should consider thermodiffusion if temperature gradients are involved. PMID:26302819

  20. Sandwich-type electrode

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    Lu, Wen-Tong P. (Upper St. Clair, PA); Garcia, Earl R. (Ingram, PA)

    1983-01-01

    Disclosed is an improvement on a method of making an electrode wherein a suspension in a liquid is prepared of a powdered catalyst containing a noble metal, carbon powder and a binder, and the suspension is poured over a carbon substrate dried, compressed and sintered to form a solid catalyst layer bonded to the carbon substrate. The improvement is placing a carbon paper on the catalyst layer prior to compressing. The improved electrode can be used as either a cathode or an anode in a sulfur dioxide depolarized electrolyzer in a process for producing hydrogen from water.

  1. Raman spectroscopy for in-situ monitoring of electrode processes

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    Varma, R; Cook, G M; Yao, N P

    1982-04-01

    The theoretical and experimental applications of Raman spectroscopic techniques to the study of battery electrode processes are described. In particular, the potential of Raman spectroscopy as an in-situ analytical tool for the characterization of the structure and composition of electrode surface layers at electrode-electrolyte interfaces during electrolysis is examined. It is anticipated that this understanding of the battery electrode processes will be helpful in designing battery active material with improved performance. The applications of Raman spectroscopy to the in-situ study of electrode processes has been demonstrated in a few selected areas, including: (1) the anodic corrosion of lead in sulfuric acid and (2) the anodization and sulfation of tetrabasicleadsulfate in sulfuric acid. Preliminary results on the anodization of iron and on the electrochemical behavior of nickel positive-electrode active material in potassium hydroxide electrolytes are presented in the Appendix.

  2. Bending Properties of Nickel Electrodes for Nickel-Hydrogen Batteries

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    Lerch, Brad A.; Wilson, Richard M.; Keller, Dennis; Corner, Ralph

    1996-01-01

    Recent changes in manufacturing have resulted in nickel-hydrogen batteries that fail prematurely by electrical shorting. This failure is believed to be a result of a blistering problem in the nickel electrodes. In this study, the bending properties of nickel electrodes are investigated in an attempt to correlate the bending properties of the electrode with its propensity to blister. Nickel electrodes from three different batches of material were tested in both the as-received and impregnated forms. The effects of specimen curvature and position within the electrode on the bending strength were studied, and within-electrode and batch-to-batch variations were addressed. Bend strength was found to increase with the amount of surface loading.

  3. First-principles study of native point defects in Bi2Se3

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    Xue, L.; Zhou, P.; Zhang, C. X.; He, C. Y.; Hao, G. L.; Sun, L. Z.; Zhong, J. X.

    2013-05-01

    Using first-principles method within the framework of the density functional theory, we study the influence of native point defect on the structural and electronic properties of Bi2Se3. Se vacancy in Bi2Se3 is a double donor, and Bi vacancy is a triple acceptor. Se antisite (SeBi) is always an active donor in the system because its donor level (?(+1/0)) enters into the conduction band. Interestingly, Bi antisite (BiSe1) in Bi2Se3 is an amphoteric dopant, acting as a donor when ?e < 0.119 eV (the material is typical p-type) and as an acceptor when ?e > 0.251 eV (the material is typical n-type). The formation energies under different growth environments (such as Bi-rich or Se-rich) indicate that under Se-rich condition, SeBi is the most stable native defect independent of electron chemical potential ?e. Under Bi-rich condition, Se vacancy is the most stable native defect except for under the growth window as ?e > 0.262 eV (the material is typical n-type) and ??Se < -0.459 eV (Bi-rich), under such growth window BiSe1 carrying one negative charge is the most stable one.

  4. Do Owners Have a Clever Hans Effect on Dogs? Results of a Pointing Study

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    Schmidjell, Teresa; Range, Friederike; Huber, Ludwig; Virányi, Zsófia

    2012-01-01

    Dogs are exceptionally successful at interpreting human pointing gestures to locate food hidden in one of two containers. However, it has repeatedly been questioned whether dogs rely on the pointing gesture or their success is increased by subtle cues from their human handler. In two experiments we used a standard two-way object-choice task to focus on this potential Clever Hans effect. We investigated if and how owners’ knowledge and beliefs influenced their dogs’ performance. In two experiments, as is typical in such pointing tasks, the owners sat behind their dogs, in close auditory and tactile contact with them. In Experiment 1, we systematically manipulated the owners’ knowledge of whether or not their dog should follow the pointing gesture, but at the same time instructed the owners to refrain from influencing the choice of their dog. We found no influence of subtle cues from the owners, if indeed they existed: dogs in the different groups followed the pointing uniformly. Furthermore, in the absence of pointing dogs chose randomly, even though the owners had been informed about the location of the reward. In Experiment 2, owners were instructed to actively influence the choice of their dogs, and they, indeed, succeeded in sending their dogs to the container they believed to be baited. However, their influence was significantly weaker if the experimenter had previously pointed to the other location. Overall the pointing gesture seems to have a strong effect on the choice of dogs in an object-choice task. Pointing can lead the dogs to success without help from their owners as well as it can counteract clear directional instructions provided by the owners. PMID:23272000

  5. Dynamic Analysis of Mcfc Porous Electrode

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    Lee, Gwo-Lin Kevin

    1992-01-01

    The intent of this work is to develop AC impedance measurements, in combination with other methods, as a tool to determine the relative importance of various resistance sources in the multi-step process occurring at a gas-diffusion porous electrode. In particular, the case of a MCFC cathode is studied. The goals of this study are: (1) elucidation of electrode mechanism; (2) analysis of the porous electrode performance for the purpose of optimizing design; and (3) developing the capabilities of AC impedance as an index of long-term cell performance decay. The oxygen reduction reaction of molten carbonate fuel cell and the corresponding kinetic as well as transport parameters were tried to be estimated by using impedance techniques combining with other electrochemical methods from flag, wire and rotating disk electrodes in pot cell as well as porous electrode in lab cell. The dominant pathway for oxygen reduction in 62%Li _2CO_3/38%K _2CO_3 melt at 650^circC is via superoxide ions. This follows from flag electrode impedance results indicating that O_sp{2}{ -}/CO_2 mixed diffusion is the dominant source of resistance. The polarization behavior of gas-diffusion porous electrodes has been analyzed in terms of individual voltage loss and overall voltage loss. In most cases, the optimal electrolyte filling will be obtained when the dominant source of voltage loss switches from ohmic or mass transfer resistances to kinetic activation resistance, and similar behavior for optimal electrode thickness. Pressurized operation is favorable for performance if the reaction mechanism follows the superoxide mechanism, but not if the peroxide path dominates. A distributed-network approach has been developed and it is concluded that a digital simulation of AC-superimposed -on-DC impedance of a porous electrode is possible and helpful. Kinetic activation and mass transfer resistances are extracted separate and conclude that both peroxide and superoxide contribute the oxygen reduction around rest potential, but the superoxide will be the dominant reduction species under current load. CO_2 can somewhat reacts with (O)^- to form CO _sp{3}{=}, this leads CO_2 has a near zero reaction order for porous electrode. The capabilities of using AC impedance techniques for monitoring the long term cell performance is promising but needs further development.

  6. The point of Corumbau : a case study in emerging market (Brazil) real estate development feasibility analysis

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    Clayton, Paul B., S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2007-01-01

    In 2003, Renata Oliveira, a young Portuguese architect, has re-discovered the Point of Corumbau in Bahia, Brazil, and, like the Portuguese adventurers who had discovered Brazil 500 years earlier in the same location, found ...

  7. Points of contact: a qualitative fieldwork study of relationships between journalists and Muslim sources in Glasgow 

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    Munnik, Michael Brady

    2015-07-02

    for Muslims, and sources tended to describe anonymous “journalists” rather than specific individuals and their practices. I then analysed the points of contact through which these relationships were enacted, including press releases, direct contact, and social...

  8. A study on the effect of inlet turbulence on gas mixing for single point aerosol sampling 

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    Mohan, Anand

    2001-01-01

    The efficiency of certain mixing elements in achieving conditions suited for single point sampling is evaluated. Experimental measurements of velocity and tracer gas concentration are taken to determine the same. Readings ...

  9. Improved electrodes for skin contacts

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    Castle, J. G.; Lattanzi, R. R.

    1972-01-01

    Design is described of thick, flexible electrodes with appropriate metal surfaces which prevent unnecessary skin motion. Electrodes provide sufficient radial pressure directed toward body surface to depress skin a noticeable portion of its normal resilient thickness.

  10. Resistive switching properties of high crystallinity and low-resistance Pr{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} thin film with point-contacted Ag electrodes

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    Fujimoto, Masayuki; Koyama, Hiroshi; Nishi, Yuji; Suzuki, Toshimasa

    2007-11-26

    A high-crystallinity, low-resistance Pr{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}(PCMO) thin film deposited by sputtering at 600 deg. C showed no resistive switching with a Pt/Pr{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}/Pt structure but a remarkable bipolar resistive switching with a Ag paste/Pr{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}/Pt structure. Observed retention fatigue of the low-resistance state was almost saturated after 24 h. The resistive switching properties were characterized as point contact of Ag grains to PCMO thin film. It was also found that the interface can form interfacial trap states and resistive change active layers. This strongly suggests that the function of the Ag point contact is similar to those of the previously proposed filament path and the nanodomain switch.

  11. Battery electrode growth accommodation

    DOEpatents

    Bowen, Gerald K. (Cedarburg, WI); Andrew, Michael G. (Wauwatosa, WI); Eskra, Michael D. (Fredonia, WI)

    1992-01-01

    An electrode for a lead acid flow through battery, the grids including a plastic frame, a plate suspended from the top of the frame to hang freely in the plastic frame and a paste applied to the plate, the paste being free to allow for expansion in the planar direction of the grid.

  12. Dry EEG Electrodes

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    Lopez-Gordo, M. A.; Sanchez-Morillo, D.; Valle, F. Pelayo

    2014-01-01

    Electroencephalography (EEG) emerged in the second decade of the 20th century as a technique for recording the neurophysiological response. Since then, there has been little variation in the physical principles that sustain the signal acquisition probes, otherwise called electrodes. Currently, new advances in technology have brought new unexpected fields of applications apart from the clinical, for which new aspects such as usability and gel-free operation are first order priorities. Thanks to new advances in materials and integrated electronic systems technologies, a new generation of dry electrodes has been developed to fulfill the need. In this manuscript, we review current approaches to develop dry EEG electrodes for clinical and other applications, including information about measurement methods and evaluation reports. We conclude that, although a broad and non-homogeneous diversity of approaches has been evaluated without a consensus in procedures and methodology, their performances are not far from those obtained with wet electrodes, which are considered the gold standard, thus enabling the former to be a useful tool in a variety of novel applications. PMID:25046013

  13. Seismic mass Top electrode

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    Kraft, Michael

    by the suspension system of the seismic mass, which is either a "swastika"or an "articulated" design. Another difference in the design is that the seismic mass may be solid or hollow. Fig. 4.1 shows an exploded view of a sensing element with a "swastika"seismic mass; fig. 4.2 the centre electrode of the "articulated"design

  14. Flood Management and Protection from the Social Point of View: Case Study from Ukraine

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    Manukalo, V.; Gerasymenko, H.

    2012-12-01

    Defining Issue According to the statistics presented by the Ministry of Emergencies of Ukraine, river floods have imposed the most severe damages to the sectors of economy and the human communities in Ukraine. But, an adaptability and a vulnerability of Ukrainian society to floods are still poorly understood. Results Presentation In the response to increasing flood losses in the country between 1998 and 2008, the State Hydrometeorological Service of Ukraine, which is subordinate to the Ministry of Emergencies, in the cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine have carried out the research study focusing on public views on the problem of river floods for Ukraine. Aims of this study were: a) exploring the main sources of information on water-related hazards and the level of knowledge useful in a flood crisis situation in different groups of peoples; b) learning what the various population groups think of the most significant causes and consequences of flood damages and the role of various central/governmental/ and local authorities in an elaboration and implementation of mitigation measures. Public attitudes towards various prevention and mitigation strategies, as well as sources of emerging conflict were also revealed. The results of study have given a possibility to compare points of view of population groups which: a) living in the low- and high- flood risk areas; b) living in the urban and rural areas; c) having the different levels of education. The responses from 2550 residents have been analyzed and summarized. Among the most important findings of this study can be indicated following: a) on the one hand, the level of knowledge of some aspects of flood problem (impact of climate variation and change, adaptation measures) of the general public should be improved, on the other hand, the most of peoples understand that floods are the significant economical and ecological problem; b) views of the public on the problem differ very much with regard to their regions of residence (low- or high- flood risk areas, cities or villages), education level; c) a lot of peoples don't know distribution of duties between governmental bodies on central and local levels in the field of flood management and protection; d) the most of peoples don't know which Ukrainian governmental bodies are responsible for the elaboration of National adaptation strategy to the expected climate change; e) many recipient estimate as inefficient activities of Ukrainian authorities on local, national and international levels as well as a public participation in the flood management and protection policy. The results of this study have been rather unexpected for Ukrainian central and local governmental bodies responsible for flood management and protection policies. This underlines the importance of having the alternative flood risk management and protection policies studied not only from aspects of technical and economic rational, but also from that of social acceptability, before any decision is made. Practical Application Results of study have been used in preparation of: a) the State Program on the protection against floods in the Dniester, Prut and Siret river basins; b) of the "National Action Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change for period 2011-2015".

  15. Redox Cycling Without Reference Electrode

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    Sarkar, Sahana; Mathwig, Klaus; Kang, Shuo; Nieuwenhuis, Ab. F.; Lemay, Serge G.

    2015-01-01

    The reference electrode is a key component in electrochemical measurements, yet it remains a challenge to implement a reliable reference electrode in miniaturized electrochemical sensors. Here we explore experimentally and theoretically an alternative approach based on redox cycling which eliminates the reference electrode altogether. We show that shifts in the solution potential caused by the lack of reference can be understood quantitatively, and determine the requirements for accurate measurements in miniaturized systems in the absence of a reference electrode. PMID:25271709

  16. Stimulating the Comfort of Textile Electrodes in Wearable Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

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    Zhou, Hui; Lu, Yi; Chen, Wanzhen; Wu, Zhen; Zou, Haiqing; Krundel, Ludovic; Li, Guanglin

    2015-01-01

    Textile electrodes are becoming an attractive means in the facilitation of surface electrical stimulation. However, the stimulation comfort of textile electrodes and the mechanism behind stimulation discomfort is still unknown. In this study, a textile stimulation electrode was developed using conductive fabrics and then its impedance spectroscopy, stimulation thresholds, and stimulation comfort were quantitatively assessed and compared with those of a wet textile electrode and a hydrogel electrode on healthy subjects. The equivalent circuit models and the finite element models of different types of electrode were built based on the measured impedance data of the electrodes to reveal the possible mechanism of electrical stimulation pain. Our results showed that the wet textile electrode could achieve similar stimulation performance as the hydrogel electrode in motor threshold and stimulation comfort. However, the dry textile electrode was found to have very low pain threshold and induced obvious cutaneous painful sensations during stimulation, in comparison to the wet and hydrogel electrodes. Indeed, the finite element modeling results showed that the activation function along the z direction at the depth of dermis epidermis junction of the dry textile electrode was significantly larger than that of the wet and hydrogel electrodes, thus resulting in stronger activation of pain sensing fibers. Future work will be done to make textile electrodes have similar stimulation performance and comfort as hydrogel electrodes. PMID:26193273

  17. GPR study of a prehistoric archaeological site near Point Barrow, Alaska

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    Herman, R. B.; Jensen, A. M.

    2012-12-01

    A ground penetrating radar (GPR) study was performed on the prehistoric Thule cemetery site near Point Barrow, Alaska. The goals of this study were (a) to test this technology in this type of polar environment, and (b) to search for burials and other archaeological features in a location in imminent danger from ocean erosion. The Nuvuk site is currently eroding at an average rate measured at over 6 m/year. Prior archaeological work at the site had recovered over 80 burials with nearly 100 individuals represented, all of which were less than 1 m below surface, and detectable with small test pits. In addition, the first coastal Ipiutak occupation known north of Point Hope had been recently discovered, at a depth of nearly 2m below surface, in the erosion face. The occupation appeared to have been terminated by a large storm which overwashed the site, leaving a strandline immediately superimposed on the living surface. After that, approximately 1.5 m of sterile gravels had been deposited before the surface on which the Thule people were living formed. Both occupations are of considerable scientific interest. The matrix at the site consists of unconsolidated beach gravels, which necessitates opening large surface areas or use of shoring to test even small units to the depths of the Ipiutak deposit (approximately 8m x 8m at the surface to test 1m x 1m at 2m depth). Such excavations promote erosion, and are very costly in terms of time and labor, so a means to detect features buried at depths greater than those exposed by shovel test pits was desirable. GPR seemed a likely candidate, but it had not been used in such conditions before, and thus it was necessary to test it thoroughly prior to relying on GPR to eliminate areas from physical testing. The GPR imaged the subsurface to a depth of 3 meters at a frequency of 500MHz. Meter-deep test pits were placed at 2-meter intervals in the survey area in a grid pattern since the efficacy of the technology had yet to be shown. The results of the test pits and the GPR were in agreement. It was anticipated that there might be few or no remaining burials in this location since the number of burials had been declining with distance from the center of the larger site. Thus it was surprising when the GPR detected an anomaly that turned out to be the deepest burial in the whole site. In fact, it was so deeply buried that the standard shovel test pitting method might not have detected it. It proved to be a very well-preserved individual, with fairly intact garments. In addition to the burial site, the GPR was used to image a number of "strandlines" as well as other deep (>1m) features in this area. These correspond in depth and orientation to two partial Ipiutak features which have been exposed and recorded in the erosion face in two separate field seasons. It was not possible to test to that depth, but subsequent coastal erosion has exposed additional strandline debris at the depth and location predicted by the GPR data. Two- and three-dimensional images of these features will be presented, along with a detailed technical description of the GPR methods used in this environment.

  18. Dynamic silver speciation as studied with fluorous-phase ion-selective electrodes: Effect of natural organic matter on the toxicity and speciation of silver.

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    Mousavi, Maral P S; Gunsolus, Ian L; Pérez De Jesús, Carlos E; Lancaster, Mitchell; Hussein, Kadir; Haynes, Christy L; Bühlmann, Philippe

    2015-12-15

    The widespread application of silver in consumer products and the resulting contamination of natural environments with silver raise questions about the toxicity of Ag(+) in the ecosystem. Natural organic matter, NOM, which is abundant in water supplies, soil, and sediments, can form stable complexes with Ag(+), altering its bioavailability and toxicity. Herein, the extent and kinetics of Ag(+) binding to NOM, matrix effects on Ag(+) binding to NOM, and the effect of NOM on Ag(+) toxicity to Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 (assessed by the BacLight viability assay) were quantitatively studied with fluorous-phase Ag(+) ion-selective electrodes (ISEs). Our findings show fast kinetics of Ag(+) and NOM binding, weak Ag(+) binding for Suwannee River humic acid, fulvic acid, and aquatic NOM, and stronger Ag(+) binding for Pony Lake fulvic acid and Pahokee Peat humic acid. We quantified the effects of matrix components and pH on Ag(+) binding to NOM, showing that the extent of binding greatly depends on the environmental conditions. The effect of NOM on the toxicity of Ag(+) does not correlate with the extent of Ag(+) binding to NOM, and other forms of silver, such as Ag(+) reduced by NOM, are critical for understanding the effect of NOM on Ag(+) toxicity. This work also shows that fluorous-phase Ag(+) ISEs are effective tools for studying Ag(+) binding to NOM because they can be used in a time-resolved manner to monitor the activity of Ag(+) in situ with high selectivity and without the need for extensive sample preparation. PMID:26284896

  19. Trigger point-related sympathetic nerve activity in chronic sciatic leg pain: a case study.

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    Skorupska, El?bieta; Rychlik, Micha?; Pawelec, Wiktoria; Bednarek, Agata; Samborski, W?odzimierz

    2014-10-01

    Sciatica has classically been associated with irritation of the sciatic nerve by the vertebral disc and consequent inflammation. Some authors suggest that active trigger points in the gluteus minimus muscle can refer pain in similar way to sciatica. Trigger point diagnosis is based on Travel and Simons criteria, but referred pain and twitch response are significant confirmatory signs of the diagnostic criteria. Although vasoconstriction in the area of a latent trigger point has been demonstrated, the vasomotor reaction of active trigger points has not been examined. We report the case of a 22-year-old Caucasian European man who presented with a 3-year history of chronic sciatic-type leg pain. In the third year of symptoms, coexistent myofascial pain syndrome was diagnosed. Acupuncture needle stimulation of active trigger points under infrared thermovisual camera showed a sudden short-term vasodilatation (an autonomic phenomenon) in the area of referred pain. The vasodilatation spread from 0.2 to 171.9?cm(2) and then gradually decreased. After needling, increases in average and maximum skin temperature were seen as follows: for the thigh, changes were +2.6°C (average) and +3.6°C (maximum); for the calf, changes were +0.9°C (average) and +1.4°C (maximum). It is not yet known whether the vasodilatation observed was evoked exclusively by dry needling of active trigger points. The complex condition of the patient suggests that other variables might have influenced the infrared thermovision camera results. We suggest that it is important to check if vasodilatation in the area of referred pain occurs in all patients with active trigger points. PMID:24970043

  20. Zinc electrode in alkaline electrolyte

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    McBreen, J.

    1995-12-31

    The zinc electrode in alkaline electrolyte is unusual in that supersaturated zincate solutions can form during discharge and spongy or mossy zinc deposits can form on charge at low overvoltages. The effect of additives on regular pasted ZnO electrodes and calcium zincate electrodes is discussed. The paper also reports on in situ x-ray absorption (XAS) results on mossy zinc deposits.

  1. Flexible capacitive electrodes for minimizing motion artifacts in ambulatory electrocardiograms.

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    Lee, Jeong Su; Heo, Jeong; Lee, Won Kyu; Lim, Yong Gyu; Kim, Youn Ho; Park, Kwang Suk

    2014-01-01

    This study proposes the use of flexible capacitive electrodes for reducing motion artifacts in a wearable electrocardiogram (ECG) device. The capacitive electrodes have conductive foam on their surface, a shield, an optimal input bias resistor, and guarding feedback. The electrodes are integrated in a chest belt, and the acquired signals are transmitted wirelessly for ambulatory heart rate monitoring. We experimentally validated the electrode performance with subjects standing and walking on a treadmill at speeds of up to 7 km/h. The results confirmed the highly accurate heart rate detection capacity of the developed system and its feasibility for daily-life ECG monitoring. PMID:25120162

  2. Development of self-supporting air electrode SOFC

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    Nagata, M.; Iwasawa, C.; Yamaoka, S.; Seino, Y.; Ono, M.

    1995-12-31

    The authors are studying a self-supporting SOFC using the spray coating method, etc. A high-performance self-supporting air electrode has successfully been produced by the extrusion-sintering method, and a cell with its electrolyte and fuel electrode manufactured by the plasma spray coating method on the air electrode proved to have good performance. The maximum output density of a single cell is 0.31W/cm{sup 2}. Furthermore, the authors are developing a FGM (Functionally Gradient Material) film as the fuel electrode produced by the plasma spray coating method.

  3. Flexible Capacitive Electrodes for Minimizing Motion Artifacts in Ambulatory Electrocardiograms

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    Lee, Jeong Su; Heo, Jeong; Lee, Won Kyu; Lim, Yong Gyu; Kim, Youn Ho; Park, Kwang Suk

    2014-01-01

    This study proposes the use of flexible capacitive electrodes for reducing motion artifacts in a wearable electrocardiogram (ECG) device. The capacitive electrodes have conductive foam on their surface, a shield, an optimal input bias resistor, and guarding feedback. The electrodes are integrated in a chest belt, and the acquired signals are transmitted wirelessly for ambulatory heart rate monitoring. We experimentally validated the electrode performance with subjects standing and walking on a treadmill at speeds of up to 7 km/h. The results confirmed the highly accurate heart rate detection capacity of the developed system and its feasibility for daily-life ECG monitoring. PMID:25120162

  4. Point-contact spectroscopy study of the pairing symmetry of candidate topological superconductors

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    Chen, Xunchi; Huan, Chao; Hor, Yew San; Sasaki, Satoshi; Novak, Mario; Segawa, Kouji; Ando, Yoichi; Sa de Melo, Carlos; Jiang, Zhigang

    2014-03-01

    The recently proposed topological superconducting materials are predicted to have odd parity paring and host Majorana fermions on the surface. Here we investigate the pairing symmetry of candidate topological superconductors, including CuxBi2Se3, Sn1-xInxTe, etc., via point-contact spectroscopy. The measurements are performed using both normal-metal gold tips and s-wave superconducting niobium tips. For samples with s-wave pairing, one would expect standard Andreev reflection in gold tip case and supercurrent-like behavior in niobium tip case. For CuxBi2Se3, however, we observe robust zero-bias conductance peak (ZBCP) in the differential conductance spectra with gold point contact, while with niobium point contact we find the height of the peak exhibiting an unusual non-monotonic temperature dependence. We argue that both observations cannot be explained by Andreev reflection within the standard BTK model, but signifying unconventional superconductivity in this material. For Sn1-xTnxTe samples, we observe ZBCP in the differential conductance spectra with gold point contact, while with niobium point contact, the temperature dependence of ZBCP is monotonic as expected from conventional theory, leaving the nature of the superconductivity of Sn1-xTnxTe still an open question.

  5. In vivo impedance spectroscopy of deep brain stimulation electrodes

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    Lempka, Scott F.; Miocinovic, Svjetlana; Johnson, Matthew D.; Vitek, Jerrold L.; McIntyre, Cameron C.

    2009-08-01

    Deep brain stimulation (DBS) represents a powerful clinical technology, but a systematic characterization of the electrical interactions between the electrode and the brain is lacking. The goal of this study was to examine the in vivo changes in the DBS electrode impedance that occur after implantation and during clinically relevant stimulation. Clinical DBS devices typically apply high-frequency voltage-controlled stimulation, and as a result, the injected current is directly regulated by the impedance of the electrode-tissue interface. We monitored the impedance of scaled-down clinical DBS electrodes implanted in the thalamus and subthalamic nucleus of a rhesus macaque using electrode impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements ranging from 0.5 Hz to 10 kHz. To further characterize our measurements, equivalent circuit models of the electrode-tissue interface were used to quantify the role of various interface components in producing the observed electrode impedance. Following implantation, the DBS electrode impedance increased and a semicircular arc was observed in the high-frequency range of the EIS measurements, commonly referred to as the tissue component of the impedance. Clinically relevant stimulation produced a rapid decrease in electrode impedance with extensive changes in the tissue component. These post-operative and stimulation-induced changes in impedance could play an important role in the observed functional effects of voltage-controlled DBS and should be considered during clinical stimulation parameter selection and chronic animal research studies.

  6. An array of highly flexible electrodes with a tailored configuration locked by gelatin during implantation—initial evaluation in cortex cerebri of awake rats

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    Agorelius, Johan; Tsanakalis, Fotios; Friberg, Annika; Thorbergsson, Palmi T.; Pettersson, Lina M. E.; Schouenborg, Jens

    2015-01-01

    Background: A major challenge in the field of neural interfaces is to overcome the problem of poor stability of neuronal recordings, which impedes long-term studies of individual neurons in the brain. Conceivably, unstable recordings reflect relative movements between electrode and tissue. To address this challenge, we have developed a new ultra-flexible electrode array and evaluated its performance in awake non-restrained animals. Methods:An array of eight separated gold leads (4 × 10 ?m), individually flexible in 3D, were cut from a gold sheet using laser milling and insulated with Parylene C. To provide structural support during implantation into rat cortex, the electrode array was embedded in a hard gelatin based material, which dissolves after implantation. Recordings were made during 3 weeks. At termination, the animals were perfused with fixative and frozen to prevent dislocation of the implanted electrodes. A thick slice of brain tissue, with the electrode array still in situ, was made transparent using methyl salicylate to evaluate the conformation of the implanted electrode array. Results: Median noise levels and signal/noise remained relatively stable during the 3 week observation period; 4.3–5.9 ?V and 2.8–4.2, respectively. The spike amplitudes were often quite stable within recording sessions and for 15% of recordings where single-units were identified, the highest-SNR unit had an amplitude higher than 150 ?V. In addition, high correlations (>0.96) between unit waveforms recorded at different time points were obtained for 58% of the electrode sites. The structure of the electrode array was well preserved 3 weeks after implantation. Conclusions: A new implantable multichannel neural interface, comprising electrodes individually flexible in 3D that retain its architecture and functionality after implantation has been developed. Since the new neural interface design is adaptable, it offers a versatile tool to explore the function of various brain structures. PMID:26441505

  7. Quartz Microbalance Study of 400-angstrom Thick Films near the lambda Point

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    Chan, Moses H. W.

    2003-01-01

    In a recent measurement we observed the thinning of an adsorbed helium film induced by the confinement of critical fluctuations a few millikelvin below the lambda point. A capacitor set-up was used to measure this Casimir effect. In this poster we will present our measurement of an adsorbed helium film of 400 angstroms near the lambda point with a quartz microbalance. For films this thick, we must take into account the non-linear dynamics of the shear waves in the fluid. In spite of the added complications, we were able to confirm the thinning of the film due to the Casimir effect and the onset of the superfluid transition. In addition, we observe a sharp anomaly at the bulk lambda point, most likely related to critical dissipation of the first sound. This work is carried out in collaboration with Rafael Garcia, Stephen Jordon and John Lazzaretti. This work is funded by NASA's Office of Biological and Physical Research under grant.

  8. Synthesis, characterization and application of electrode materials

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    He, L.

    1995-07-07

    It has been known that significant advances in electrochemistry really depend on improvements in the sensitivity, selectivity, convenience, and/or economy of working electrodes, especially through the development of new working electrode materials. The advancement of solid state chemistry and materials science makes it possible to provide the materials which may be required as satisfactory electrode materials. The combination of solid state techniques with electrochemistry expands the applications of solid state materials and leads to the improvement of electrocatalysis. The study of Ru-Ti{sub 4}O{sub 7} and Pt-Ti{sub 4}O{sub 7} microelectrode arrays as introduced in paper 1 and paper 4, respectively, focuses on their synthesis and characterization. The synthesis is described by high temperature techniques for Ru or Pt microelectrode arrays within a conductive Ti{sub 4}O{sub 7} ceramic matrix. The characterization is based on the data obtained by x-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, voltammetry and amperometry. These microelectrode arrays show significant enhancement in current densities in comparison to solid Ru and Pt electrodes. Electrocatalysis at pyrochlore oxide Bi{sub 2}Ru{sub 2}O{sub 7.3} and Bi{sub 2}Ir{sub 2}O{sub 7} electrodes are described in paper 2 and paper 3, respectively. Details are reported for the synthesis and characterization of composite Bi{sub 2}Ru{sub 2}O{sub 7.3} electrodes. Voltammetric data are examined for evidence that oxidation can occur with transfer of oxygen to the oxidation products in the potential region corresponding to anodic discharge of H{sub 2}O with simultaneous evolution of O{sub 2}. Paper 3 includes electrocatalytic activities of composite Bi{sub 2}Ir{sub 2}O{sub 7} disk electrodes for the oxidation of I{sup -} and the reduction of IO{sub 3}{sup -}.

  9. Technique for manufacturing nickel electrodes

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    Yamazaki, H.; Yamane, T.; Kumano, Y.

    1983-01-01

    A method of manufacturing nickel electrodes distinctive for its use of a composite material for the electrode made up of nickel compound, electrode material, cobalt in metal form or cobalt in compound form is investigated. The composite is over-discharged (same as reverse charging) in an alkaline solution. After dealkalization, synthetic resin adhesive is added and the electrode is formed. Selection of the cobalt compound is made from a group consisting of cobalt oxide, cobalt hydroxide, cobalt carbonate and cobalt sulfate. The method upgrades plate characteristics by using an active material in a non-sintered type nickel electrode, which is activated by electro-chemical effect.

  10. Electroanalytical and Spectroscopic Studies of Poly(2,2'-bithiophene)-Modified Platinum Electrode to Detect Catechol in the Presence of Ascorbic Acid

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    Lunsford, Suzanne K.; Speelman, Nicole; Stinson, Jelynn; Yeary, Amber; Choi, Hyeok; Widera, Justyna; Dionysiou, Dionysios D.

    2008-01-01

    This article describes an undergraduate laboratory for an instrumental analysis course that integrates electroanalytical chemistry and infrared spectroscopy. Modified electrode surfaces are prepared by constant potentiometric electrolysis over the potential range of 1.5-1.8 V and analyzed by cyclic voltammetry and infrared spectroscopy. The…

  11. A comparative study of ORR at the Pt electrode in ammonium ion-contaminated H2SO4 and HClO4 solutions

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    Rahman, Mohammad R.; Awad, Mohamed I.; Kitamura, Fusao; Okajima, Takeyoshi; Ohsaka, Takeo

    2012-12-01

    Poisoning of the poly-Pt electrode by low concentration ammonium ion was investigated in H2SO4 and HClO4 solutions and a significant poisoning was observed in H2SO4 solution. An extraordinary recovery of the poisoned electrode was achieved in HClO4 solution by cycling the electrode potential between the onset potentials of the hydrogen and oxygen evolution. The extent of recovery was marked using the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) as a probing reaction. Ammonium ion poisoning of the electrodes in H2SO4 caused a significant contribution of the two-electron reduction of O2 to hydrogen peroxide, as indicated by the rotating ring-disk voltammetry. The Tafel slopes at the low and high current densities were also affected by the presence of ammonium ion in H2SO4 solution and an increase in the Tafel slope was recognized with increasing the concentration of ammonium ion. However, the Tafel slopes at the low and high current densities were hardly affected by the ammonium ion in HClO4 solution.

  12. Study of Pt electrode dissolution in H2O2-containing H2SO4 solution using an electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance

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    Inoue, Mitsuhiro; Nakazawa, Akira; Umeda, Minoru

    2011-05-01

    Pt electrode dissolution has been investigated using an electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) in H2O2-containing 0.5 mol dm-3 H2SO4. The Pt electrode weight-loss of ca. 0.4 ?g cm-2 is observed during nine potential sweeps between 0.01 and 1.36 V vs. RHE. In contrast, the Pt electrode weight-loss is negligible without H2O2 (<0.05 ?g cm-2). To support the EQCM results, the weight-decrease amounts of a Pt disk electrode and amounts of Pt dissolved in the solutions were measured after similar successive potential cycles. As a result, these results agreed well with the EQCM results. Furthermore, the H2O2 concentration dependence of the Pt weight-decrease rate was assessed by successive potential steps. These EQCM data indicated that the increase in H2O2 accelerates the Pt dissolution. Based on these results, H2O2 is known to be a major factor contributing to the Pt dissolution.

  13. Effects of electrode surface structure on the mechanoelectrical transduction of IPMC sensors

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    Palmre, Viljar; Pugal, David; Kim, Kwang

    2014-03-01

    This study investigates the effects of electrode surface structure on the mechanoelectrical transduction of IPMC sensors. A physics-based mechanoelectrical transduction model was developed that takes into account the electrode surface profile (shape) by describing the polymer-electrode interface as a Koch fractal structure. Based on the model, the electrode surface effects were experimentally investigated in case of IPMCs with Pd-Pt electrodes. IPMCs with different electrode surface structures were fabricated through electroless plating process by appropriately controlling the synthesis parameters and conditions. The changes in the electrode surface morphology and the corresponding effects on the IPMC mechanoelectrical transduction were examined. Our experimental results indicate that increasing the dispersion of Pd particles near the membrane surface, and thus the polymer-electrode interfacial area, leads to a higher peak mechanoelectrically induced voltage of IPMC. However, the overall effect of the electrode surface structure is relatively low compared to the electromechanical transduction, which is in good agreement with theoretical prediction.

  14. A metagenomic study of methanotrophic microorganisms in Coal Oil Point seep sediments

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    2011-01-01

    Background Methane oxidizing prokaryotes in marine sediments are believed to function as a methane filter reducing the oceanic contribution to the global methane emission. In the anoxic parts of the sediments, oxidation of methane is accomplished by anaerobic methanotrophic archaea (ANME) living in syntrophy with sulphate reducing bacteria. This anaerobic oxidation of methane is assumed to be a coupling of reversed methanogenesis and dissimilatory sulphate reduction. Where oxygen is available aerobic methanotrophs take part in methane oxidation. In this study, we used metagenomics to characterize the taxonomic and metabolic potential for methane oxidation at the Tonya seep in the Coal Oil Point area, California. Two metagenomes from different sediment depth horizons (0-4 cm and 10-15 cm below sea floor) were sequenced by 454 technology. The metagenomes were analysed to characterize the distribution of aerobic and anaerobic methanotrophic taxa at the two sediment depths. To gain insight into the metabolic potential the metagenomes were searched for marker genes associated with methane oxidation. Results Blast searches followed by taxonomic binning in MEGAN revealed aerobic methanotrophs of the genus Methylococcus to be overrepresented in the 0-4 cm metagenome compared to the 10-15 cm metagenome. In the 10-15 cm metagenome, ANME of the ANME-1 clade, were identified as the most abundant methanotrophic taxon with 8.6% of the reads. Searches for particulate methane monooxygenase (pmoA) and methyl-coenzyme M reductase (mcrA), marker genes for aerobic and anaerobic oxidation of methane respectively, identified pmoA in the 0-4 cm metagenome as Methylococcaceae related. The mcrA reads from the 10-15 cm horizon were all classified as originating from the ANME-1 clade. Conclusions Most of the taxa detected were present in both metagenomes and differences in community structure and corresponding metabolic potential between the two samples were mainly due to abundance differences. The results suggests that the Tonya Seep sediment is a robust methane filter, where taxa presently dominating this process could be replaced by less abundant methanotrophic taxa in case of changed environmental conditions. PMID:21970369

  15. Modification of the Two-Point Touch Cane Technique: A Pilot Study.

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    Jacobson, William H.; Ehresman, Paul

    1983-01-01

    Four blind adults were observed to determine the extent of the natural movement of their centers of gravity in relation to arc height during the two-point touch technique for long cane travel. The Ss learned and practiced a modified technique using their center of gravity as much as possible. (Author)

  16. School Attendance Revisited: A Study of Urban African American Students' Grade Point Averages and Coping Strategies

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    Steward, Robbie J.; Steward, Astin Devine; Blair, Jonathan; Jo, Hanik; Hill, Martin F.

    2008-01-01

    Urban African American first-year high school students' absenteeism was found to be negatively related to grade point average (GPA) and avoidance as a means of coping (use of substances as a way to escape--food, alcohol, smoking, caffeine, etc.) and positively related to use of social support as a means of coping (efforts to stay emotionally…

  17. Instrument pointing system applicability and orbiter stabilization for EVAL missions. Application studies

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    Spector, V. A.

    1977-01-01

    Related aspect of the Earth Viewing Applications Laboratory (EVAL) shuttle missions were investigated. The applicability of the gimballed Instrument Pointing System (IPS) to EVAL missions by comparing the IPS capabilities with the EVAL requirements was evaluated, and a means of stabilizing the shuttle orbiter attitude in earth viewing orientations for prolonged periods without use of the orbiter gas reaction control system was assessed.

  18. Public Internet Access Points (PIAPs) and Their Social Impact: A Case Study from Turkey

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    Afacan, Gulgun; Er, Erkan; Arifoglu, Ali

    2013-01-01

    Building public Internet access points (PIAPs) is a significant contribution of governments towards achieving an information society. While many developing countries are investing great amounts to establish PIAPs today, people may not use PIAPs effectively. Yet, the successful implementation of PIAPs is the result of citizens' acceptance to use…

  19. Magnetic phase transition near a Lifshitz point: A neutron study of UAs

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    Sinha, S.K.; Lander, G.H.; Shapiro, S.M.; Vogt, O.

    1980-09-22

    Peculiar rodlike diffuse critical scattering above the type-I antiferromagnetic (AF/I) phase transition has been observed in the actinide compound UAs and demonstrates that the transition is in the vicinity of a Lifshitz point. A mean-field theory is proposed based on a anisotropic Hamiltonian and provides a reasonable description of the results.

  20. Composite electrodes for lithium batteries.

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    Hackney, S. A.; Johnson, C. S.; Kahaian, A. J.; Kepler, K. D.; Shao-Horn, Y.; Thackeray, M. M.; Vaughey, J. T.

    1999-02-03

    The stability of composite positive and negative electrodes for rechargeable lithium batteries is discussed. Positive electrodes with spinel-type structures that are derived from orthorhombic-LiMnO{sub 2} and layered-MnO{sub 2} are significantly more stable than standard spinel Li[Mn{sub 2}]O{sub 4} electrodes when cycled electrochemically over both the 4-V and 3-V plateaus in lithium cells. Transmission electron microscope data of cycled electrodes have indicated that a composite domain structure accounts for this greater electrochemical stability. The performance of composite Cu{sub x}Sn materials as alternative negative electrodes to amorphous SnO{sub x} electrodes for lithium-ion batteries is discussed in terms of the importance of the concentration of the electrochemically inactive copper component in the electrode.

  1. Electrode array for neural stimulation

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    Wessendorf, Kurt O. (Albuquerque, NM); Okandan, Murat (Edgewood, NM); Stein, David J. (Albuquerque, NM); Yang, Pin (Albuquerque, NM); Cesarano, III, Joseph (Albuquerque, NM); Dellinger, Jennifer (Albuquerque, NM)

    2011-08-16

    An electrode array for neural stimulation is disclosed which has particular applications for use in a retinal prosthesis. The electrode array can be formed as a hermetically-sealed two-part ceramic package which includes an electronic circuit such as a demultiplexer circuit encapsulated therein. A relatively large number (up to 1000 or more) of individually-addressable electrodes are provided on a curved surface of a ceramic base portion the electrode array, while a much smaller number of electrical connections are provided on a ceramic lid of the electrode array. The base and lid can be attached using a metal-to-metal seal formed by laser brazing. Electrical connections to the electrode array can be provided by a flexible ribbon cable which can also be used to secure the electrode array in place.

  2. Catalyzed enzyme electrodes

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    Zawodzinski, T.A.; Wilson, M.S.; Rishpon, J.; Gottesfeld, S.

    1992-12-31

    An enzyme electrode is prepared with a composite coating on an electrical conductor. The composite coating is formed from a casting solution of a perfluorosulfonic acid, polymer, an enzyme, and a carbon supported catalyst. The solution may be cast directly on the conductor surface or may be formed as a membrane and applied to the surface. The perfluorosulfonic acid ionomer formed from the casting solution provides an insoluble biocompatible protective matrix for the enzyme and acts to retain the enzyme for long term availability in the electrode structure. The carbon supported catalyst provides catalytic sites throughout the layer for the oxidation of hydrogen peroxide from the enzyme reactions. The carbon support then provides a conductive path for establishing an electrical signal to the electrical conductor. In one embodiment, the electrical conductor is a carbon cloth that permits oxygen or other gas to be introduced to the perfluorosulfonic polymer to promote the enzyme reaction independent of oxygen in the solution being tested.

  3. Catalyzed enzyme electrodes

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    Zawodzinski, Thomas A. (Los Alamos, NM); Wilson, Mahlon S. (Los Alamos, NM); Rishpon, Judith (Ramat-Aviv, IL); Gottesfeld, Shimshon (Los Alamos, NM)

    1993-01-01

    An enzyme electrode is prepared with a composite coating on an electrical conductor. The composite coating is formed from a casting solution of a perfluorosulfonic acid polymer, an enzyme, and a carbon supported catalyst. The solution may be cast directly on the conductor surface or may be formed as a membrane and applied to the surface. The perfluorosulfonic acid ionomer formed from the casting solution provides an insoluble biocompatible protective matrix for the enzyme and acts to retain the enzyme for long term availability in the electrode structure. The carbon supported catalyst provides catalytic sites throughout the layer for the oxidation of hydrogen peroxide from the enzyme reactions. The carbon support then provides a conductive path for establishing an electrical signal to the electrical conductor. In one embodiment, the electrical conductor is a carbon cloth that permits oxygen or other gas to be introduced to the perfluorosulfonic polymer to promote the enzyme reaction independent of oxygen in the solution being tested.

  4. Long life reference electrode

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    Yonco, R.M.; Nagy, Z.

    1989-04-04

    An external, reference electrode is provided for long term use with a high temperature, high pressure system. The electrode is arranged in a vertical, electrically insulative tube with an upper portion serving as an electrolyte reservoir and a lower portion in electrolytic communication with the system to be monitored. The lower end portion includes a flow restriction such as a porous plug to limit the electrolyte release into the system. A piston equalized to the system pressure is fitted into the upper portion of the tube to impart a small incremental pressure to the electrolyte. The piston is selected of suitable size and weight to cause only a slight flow of electrolyte through the porous plug into the high pressure system. This prevents contamination of the electrolyte but is of such small flow rate that operating intervals of a month or more can be achieved. 2 figs.

  5. Long life reference electrode

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    Yonco, R.M.; Nagy, Z.

    1987-07-30

    An external, reference electrode is provided for long term use with a high temperature, high pressure system. The electrode is arranged in a vertical, electrically insulative tube with an upper portion serving as an electrolyte reservoir and a lower portion in electrolytic communication with the system to be monitored. The lower end portion includes a flow restriction such as a porous plug to limit the electrolyte release into the system. A piston equalized to the system pressure is fitted into the upper portion of the tube to impart a small incremental pressure to the electrolyte. The piston is selected of suitable size and weight to cause only a slight flow of electrolyte through the porous plug into the high pressure system. This prevents contamination of the electrolyte but is of such small flow rate that operating intervals of a month or more can be achieved. 2 figs.

  6. Graphene ultrathin film electrode for detection of lead ions in acetate buffer solution.

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    Wang, Zhaomeng; Liu, Erjia

    2013-01-15

    Few-layer graphene ultrathin films were synthesized via solid-state carbon diffusion from amorphous carbon (a-C) thin layers sputtering coated on Si substrates with or without a SiO(2) layer, which an a-C layer was covered by a nickel (Ni) layer as a catalyst. When the Ni/a-C bilayer coated samples were heated at 1000°C the carbon (C) atoms from the a-C layers diffused into the top Ni layers to form a C rich surface. Upon rapid cooling, the C atoms accumulated on the surface of the Ni layers and formed graphene ultrathin films through nucleation and growth processes. The formation of graphene ultrathin films was confirmed by Raman spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), electron diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and 4-point probe. The synthesized graphene ultrathin films were used as working electrodes for detection of trace heavy metal ions (Pb(2+), as low as 7 nM) in acetate buffer solutions (pH 5.3) using square wave anodic stripping voltammetry (SWASV). The effects of substrate surface condition and Ni layer thickness on the structure and electrochemical properties of graphene ultrathin film electrodes were investigated in detail. Compared to conventional diamond-like carbon (DLC) electrodes, the graphene electrodes developed in this study had better repeatability, higher sensitivity and higher resistance to passivation caused by surface active species. PMID:23200357

  7. Chemical and microstructural transformations in lithium iron phosphate battery electrodes following pulsed laser exposure

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    Lutey, Adrian H. A.; Fiorini, Maurizio; Fortunato, Alessandro; Ascari, Alessandro

    2014-12-01

    Multi-layer lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery electrodes are exposed to nanosecond pulsed laser radiation of wavelength 1064 nm. Test parameters are chosen to achieve characteristic interaction types ranging from partial incision of the active coating layers only to complete penetration of the electrodes with high visual cut quality. Raman spectroscopy is performed on unexposed regions and at points approaching each incision, highlighting changes in chemical composition and microstructure in the heat affected zone (HAZ). Thermogravimetric analysis is performed on the unexposed electrode active materials to distinguish the development of compositional changes under conditions of slow heating below the melting and sublimation temperatures. A brief theoretical description of the physical phenomena taking place during laser exposure is provided in terms of direct ablation during each laser pulse and vaporization or thermal degradation due to conductive heat transfer on a much longer time-scale, with characteristics of the HAZ reported in terms of these changes. For all laser exposures carried out in the study, chemical and microstructural changes are limited to the visible HAZ. Some degree of oxidation and LFP olivine phase degradation is observed in the cathode, while the polycrystalline graphite structure becomes less ordered in the anode. Where complete penetration is achieved, melting of the cathode active layer and combustion of the anode active layer take place near the cut edge due to thermal conduction from the metallic conductive layers. The presented results provide insight into the effects of laser processing on LFP electrode integrity.

  8. Thin film electrodes and passivation coatings for harsh environment microwave acoustic sensors

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    Moulzolf, Scott C.; Frankel, David J.; Bernhardt, George P.; Nugent, Bryn; Lad, Robert J.

    2011-06-01

    °Stable nanostructured ultra-thin electrodes and protective passivation coatings have been developed for langasite (La3Ga5SiO14) based surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors that can successfully operate in harsh high temperature environments up to 1000°C. Ultrathin (<100nm) nanocomposite Pt-Rh/ZrO2 electrode structures were fabricated by electron beam co-evaporation and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), 4-point resistivity, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies. It was found that the incorporation of ZrO2 into the Pt-Rh electrode films retards recrystallization and de-wetting, thereby maintaining film continuity and low resistivity up to at least 1000°C. XPS results show that with heating at 800°C, the stoichiometry of the bare langasite SAW sensor surface becomes depleted of Ga in a reducing (vacuum) environment, but remains close to the bulk composition when heated in an oxidizing (air) environment. The incorporation of a thin oxynitride (SiAlON or SiZrON) coating over the entire sensor diminishes high temperature roughening and degradation of both the electrode and bare langasite surfaces. The viability and performance of these sensors was validated by experiments in which the SAW devices were tested in a controlled atmosphere laboratory furnace and also attached to rotating turbine blades within a small turbine engine operating with centripetal acceleration loads and temperatures in excess of 52,000g and 650°C, and under cyclical temperature shock conditions.

  9. Comparison of Interaural Electrode Pairing Methods for Bilateral Cochlear Implants.

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    Hu, Hongmei; Dietz, Mathias

    2015-01-01

    In patients with bilateral cochlear implants (CIs), pairing matched interaural electrodes and stimulating them with the same frequency band is expected to facilitate binaural functions such as binaural fusion, localization, and spatial release from masking. Because clinical procedures typically do not include patient-specific interaural electrode pairing, it remains the case that each electrode is allocated to a generic frequency range, based simply on the electrode number. Two psychoacoustic techniques for determining interaurally paired electrodes have been demonstrated in several studies: interaural pitch comparison and interaural time difference (ITD) sensitivity. However, these two methods are rarely, if ever, compared directly. A third, more objective method is to assess the amplitude of the binaural interaction component (BIC) derived from electrically evoked auditory brainstem responses for different electrode pairings; a method has been demonstrated to be a potential candidate for bilateral CI users. Here, we tested all three measures in the same eight CI users. We found good correspondence between the electrode pair producing the largest BIC and the electrode pair producing the maximum ITD sensitivity. The correspondence between the pairs producing the largest BIC and the pitch-matched electrode pairs was considerably weaker, supporting the previously proposed hypothesis that whilst place pitch might adapt over time to accommodate mismatched inputs, sensitivity to ITDs does not adapt to the same degree. PMID:26631108

  10. Lightweight zinc electrode

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    Ferrando, William A.

    1994-02-01

    This document describes a light weight zinc electrode made of a sintered mat of copper metal coated graphite fibers, a composite material of zinc active material, and a hydrogel dispersed in a solid, impervious, inert polymer matrix. The composite material surrounds the individual copper metal coated graphite fibers of the sintered mat which support the composite material and provide paths of electrical conductivity throughout the composite material.

  11. Ice electrode electrolytic cell

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    Glenn, D.F.; Suciu, D.F.; Harris, T.L.; Ingram, J.C.

    1992-12-31

    This invention relates to a method and apparatus for removing heavy metals from waste water, soils, or process streams by electrolytic cell means. The method includes cooling a cell cathode to form an ice layer over the cathode and then applying an electric current to deposit a layer of the heavy metal over the ice. The metal is then easily removed after melting the ice. In a second embodiment, the same ice-covered electrode can be employed to form powdered metals.

  12. Electrocatalysts for oxygen electrodes

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    Yeager, E.B. )

    1991-10-01

    The objectives of the research were: to develop further understanding of the factors controlling O{sub 2} reduction and generation on various electrocatalysts, including transition metal macrocycles and oxides: to use this understanding to identify and develop much higher activity catalysts, both monofunction and bifunction; and to establish how catalytic activity for a given O{sub 2} electrocatalyst depends on catalyst-support interactions and to identify stable catalyst supports for bifunctional electrodes.

  13. Electrostatic Levitator Electrode Layout

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1998-01-01

    Schematic of Electrostatic Levitator (ESL) electrodes and controls system. The ESL uses static electricity to suspend an object (about 2-3 mm in diameter) inside a vacuum chamber while a laser heats the sample until it melts. This lets scientists record a wide range of physical properties without the sample contacting the container or any instruments, conditions that would alter the readings. The Electrostatic Levitator is one of several tools used in NASA's microgravity materials science program.

  14. Fuel cell oxygen electrode

    DOEpatents

    Shanks, Howard R. (Ames, IA); Bevolo, Albert J. (Ames, IA); Danielson, Gordon C. (Ames, IA); Weber, Michael F. (Wichita, KS)

    1980-11-04

    An oxygen electrode for a fuel cell utilizing an acid electrolyte has a substrate of an alkali metal tungsten bronze of the formula: A.sub.x WO.sub.3 where A is an alkali metal and x is at least 0.2, which is covered with a thin layer of platinum tungsten bronze of the formula: Pt.sub.y WO.sub.3 where y is at least 0.8.

  15. Ice electrode electrolytic cell

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    Glenn, D.F.; Suciu, D.F.; Harris, T.L.; Ingram, J.C.

    1993-04-06

    This invention relates to a method and apparatus for removing heavy metals from waste water, soils, or process streams by electrolytic cell means. The method includes cooling a cell cathode to form an ice layer over the cathode and then applying an electric current to deposit a layer of the heavy metal over the ice. The metal is then easily removed after melting the ice. In a second embodiment, the same ice-covered electrode can be employed to form powdered metals.

  16. Ice electrode electrolytic cell

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    Glenn, David F. (Idaho Falls, ID); Suciu, Dan F. (Idaho Falls, ID); Harris, Taryl L. (Idaho Falls, ID); Ingram, Jani C. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    1993-01-01

    This invention relates to a method and apparatus for removing heavy metals from waste water, soils, or process streams by electrolytic cell means. The method includes cooling a cell cathode to form an ice layer over the cathode and then applying an electric current to deposit a layer of the heavy metal over the ice. The metal is then easily removed after melting the ice. In a second embodiment, the same ice-covered electrode can be employed to form powdered metals.

  17. Membrane reference electrode

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    Redey, L.; Bloom, I.D.

    1988-01-21

    A reference electrode utilizes a small thin, flat membrane of a highly conductive glass placed on a small diameter insulator tube having a reference material inside in contact with an internal voltage lead. When the sensor is placed in a non-aqueous ionic electrolytic solution, the concentration difference across the glass membrane generates a low voltage signal in precise relationship to the concentration of the species to be measured, with high spatial resolution. 2 figs.

  18. Nickel anode electrode

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    Singh, Prabhakar (Bethel, CT); Benedict, Mark (Monroe, CT)

    1987-01-01

    A nickel anode electrode fabricated by oxidizing a nickel alloying material to produce a material whose exterior contains nickel oxide and whose interior contains nickel metal throughout which is dispersed the oxide of the alloying material and by reducing and sintering the oxidized material to form a product having a nickel metal exterior and an interior containing nickel metal throughout which is dispersed the oxide of the alloying material.

  19. Mechanism of the electrochemical dehydrogenation of hexahydropyrimidine on a boron-doped diamond electrode

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    Vedenyapina, M. D.; Simakova, A. P.; Kuznetsov, V. V.; Makhova, N. N.; Vedenyapin, A. A.

    2015-04-01

    The electrochemical behavior of hexahydropyrimidine (HHP) on a boron-doped diamond electrode was studied. The obtained data were compared with the results of previous studies on the electrooxidation of HHP on platinum and gold electrodes. It was shown that different products can be obtained from one organic substance using different electrode materials.

  20. Case study of ECG signal used as a reference signal in optical pulse transit time measurement of blood flow: the effect of different electrode placements on pulse transit time

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    Myllylä, Teemu S.; Vihriälä, Erkki V.; Korhonen, Vesa O.; Sorvoja, Hannu S. S.

    2013-02-01

    The electrocardiography (ECG) signal is often used as a reference signal when calculating pulse transit times (PTT) measured by photoplethysmographic (PPG) sensors. In addition, ECG measurements are widely used in clinical health monitoring. In clinical measurements, small changes in the time delays of R waves in relation to blood flow pulsations between each ECG measurement are not relevant. In most cases, they would not even be observed, due to the rather low sampling rates used in clinical ECG devices. However, in PTT measurements, where time delays are measured with an accuracy of milliseconds, the placement of ECG electrodes can have a distinct effect on the results. This paper presents case studies of ECG signals measured simultaneously and independently by two ECG devices. We explore what effect different placements of ECG electrodes have on the R wave of the QRS complex and how it should be taken into account when used as a reference signal in pulse transit time measurements of blood flow. Additionally, we study what kind of ECG electrode placements are most suitable for PTT measurements.

  1. Unitary plate electrode

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    Rowlette, John J. (Inventor); Clough, Thomas J. (Inventor); Josefowicz, Jack Y. (Inventor); Sibert, John W. (Inventor)

    1985-01-01

    The unitary electrode (10) comprises a porous sheet (12) of fiberglass the strands (14) of which contain a coating (16) of conductive tin oxide. The lower portion of the sheet contains a layer (18) of resin and the upper layer (20) contains lead dioxide forming a positive active electrode on an electrolyte-impervious layer. The strands (14) form a continuous conduction path through both layers (16, 18). Tin oxide is prevented from reduction by coating the surface of the plate facing the negative electrode with a conductive, impervious layer resistant to reduction such as a thin film (130) of lead or graphite filled resin adhered to the plate with a layer (31) of conductive adhesive. The plate (10) can be formed by casting a molten resin from kettle (60) onto a sheet of glass wool (56) overlying a sheet of lead foil and then applying positive active paste from hopper (64) into the upper layer (68). The plate can also be formed by passing an assembly of a sheet ( 80) of resin, a sheet (86) of sintered glass and a sheet (90) of lead between the nip (92) of heated rollers (93, 95) and then filling lead oxide into the pores (116) of the upper layer (118).

  2. Carbon cloth supported electrode

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    Lu, Wen-Tong P. (Upper St. Clair, PA); Ammon, Robert L. (Baldwin both of, PA)

    1982-01-01

    A flow-by anode is disclosed made by preparing a liquid suspension of about to about 18% by weight solids, the solids comprising about 3.5 to about 8% of a powdered catalyst of platinum, palladium, palladium oxide, or mixtures thereof; about 60 to about 76% carbon powder (support) having a particle size less than about 20 m.mu.m and about 20 to about 33% of an inert binder having a particle size of less than about 500 m.mu.m. A sufficient amount of the suspension is poured over a carbon cloth to form a layer of solids about 0.01 to about 0.05 cm thick on the carbon cloth when the electrode is completed. A vacuum was applied to the opposite side of the carbon cloth to remove the liquid and the catalyst layer/cloth assembly is dried and compressed at about 10 to about 50 MPa's. The binder is then sintered in an inert atmosphere to complete the electrode. The electrode is used for the oxidation of sulfur dioxide in a sulfur based hybrid cycle for the decomposition of water.

  3. Shielded capacitive electrode

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    Kireeff Covo, Michel

    2013-07-09

    A device is described, which is sensitive to electric fields, but is insensitive to stray electrons/ions and unlike a bare, exposed conductor, it measures capacitively coupled current while rejecting currents due to charged particle collected or emitted. A charged particle beam establishes an electric field inside the beam pipe. A grounded metallic box with an aperture is placed in a drift region near the beam tube radius. The produced electric field that crosses the aperture generates a fringe field that terminates in the back surface of the front of the box and induces an image charge. An electrode is placed inside the grounded box and near the aperture, where the fringe fields terminate, in order to couple with the beam. The electrode is negatively biased to suppress collection of electrons and is protected behind the front of the box, so the beam halo cannot directly hit the electrode and produce electrons. The measured signal shows the net potential (positive ion beam plus negative electrons) variation with time, as it shall be observed from the beam pipe wall.

  4. Use of electrocardiogram (ECG) electrodes for Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA)

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    Caicedo-Eraso, J. C.; González-Correa, C. H.; González-Correa, C. A.

    2012-12-01

    BIA is a safe, noninvasive, portable and relatively inexpensive method of estimating body composition that is practical and suitable for individual use and large-scale studies. However, the cost of the electrodes recommended by some BIA manufacturers is too high for developing countries; where very often the long and complicated process of importation reduces the time they can be used. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of two types of ECG electrodes (2290 and 2228 by 3M®) in BIA measurements to decrease the costs of the test. The results showed that the 2228 ECG electrodes can be used in BIA measurements for adult's body composition assessment. These electrodes are available in the domestic market and their costs are 92% lower than the electrodes recommended by manufacturer. The results show a new cost-benefit relation for BIA method and make this a more accessible tool for individual tests, large-scale researches and studies in the community.

  5. Evaluating the Turning Points Curriculum: A Three-Year Study to Assess Parenting Knowledge in a Sample of Incarcerated Women

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    Urban, Lynn S.; Burton, Barb

    2015-01-01

    The current study is an evaluation of the Turning Points parenting curriculum specially designed for use with incarcerated populations. The project combines intensive parent education with supervised offender mother/child visits in special family visiting rooms as well as ongoing offender support groups to help offender mothers become more…

  6. The Impact of Providing Web-Based PowerPoint Slides as Study Guides in Undergraduate Business Classes

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    Frank, Jonathan; Shaw, Lewis; Wilson, Elizabeth

    2009-01-01

    This study examines undergraduate business students' use of PowerPoint slides provided as a supplement to class attendance, textbook reading, and other traditional course resources. We survey students in 4 diverse (accounting, marketing, management, and information systems) lower-level undergraduate courses in which the instructor provided…

  7. Tightbinding moleculardynamics study of point defects in GaAs Hyangsuk Seong ? and Laurent J. Lewis y

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    Lewis, Laurent J.

    . INTRODUCTION Various types of defects form during the growth of crystals. For semiconductors, defects strongly density is reduced compared to defect­free regions of the crystal and, as a result, the life­ timeTight­binding molecular­dynamics study of point defects in GaAs Hyangsuk Seong ? and Laurent J

  8. Personal Digital Assistants as Point-of-Care Tools in Long-Term Care Facilities: A Pilot Study

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    Qadri, Syeda S.; Wang, Jia; Ruiz, Jorge G.; Roos, Bernard A.

    2009-01-01

    This study used both survey and interview questionnaires. It was designed to assess the feasibility, usability, and utility of two point-of-care tools especially prepared with information relevant for dementia care by staff nurses in a small, a medium-sized, and a large nursing home in Florida. Twenty-five LPN or RN nurses were recruited for the…

  9. Satellite Power Systems (SPS) concept definition study. Volume 4: SPS point design definition

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    Hanley, G.

    1978-01-01

    The satellite power systems point design concept is described. The concept definition includes satellite, ground and space systems, and their relationships. Emphasis is placed on the definition of the GaAlAs photovoltaic satellite system. The major subsystems of the satellite system including power conversion, power distribution and control, microwave, attitude control and stationkeeping, thermal control, structures, and information management and control are discussed.

  10. A study of purely astrometric selection of extragalactic point sources with Gaia

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    Heintz, K. E.; Fynbo, J. P. U.; Høg, E.

    2015-06-01

    Context. Selection of extragalactic point sources, e.g., quasi-stellar objects (QSOs), is often hampered by significant selection effects causing existing samples to have rather complex selection functions. Aims: We explore whether a purely astrometric selection of extragalactic point sources, e.g., QSOs, is feasible with the ongoing Gaia mission. The idea has been discussed in the context of Gaia, but it is the first time quantified numbers have been given. This kind of selection would also be interesting as it would be unbiased in terms of colors of the targets and hence would allow selection also with colors in the stellar sequence. Methods: We have analyzed a total of 18 representative regions of the sky using GUMS, the simulator prepared for ESAs Gaia mission, both in the range of 12 ? G ? 20 mag and 12 ? G ? 18 mag. For each region we determine the density of apparently stationary stellar sources, i.e., sources for which Gaia cannot measure a significant proper motion. The density is contrasted with the density of extragalactic point sources, e.g., QSOs, to establish in which celestial directions a pure astrometric selection is feasible. Results: When targeting regions at galactic latitude | b | ? 30o the ratio of QSOs to apparently stationary stars is above 50% and when observing toward the poles, the fraction of QSOs goes up to about ~80%. We show that the proper motions from the proposed Gaia successor mission in about 20 years would dramatically improve these results at all latitudes. Detection of QSOs solely from zero proper motion, unbiased by any assumptions on spectra, might lead to the discovery of new types of QSOs or new classes of extragalactic point sources.

  11. New Experimental Technique for the Study of Phase Transition Evolution in Fixed-Point Cells

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    Nemeth, T.; Nemeth, S.; Turzo-Andras, E.

    2015-08-01

    A new advanced technique was developed at the Hungarian Metrological Institute (MKEH), devoted to optimizing the realization of the International Temperature Scale ITS-90. The work was performed within the framework of the European project "Novel techniques for traceable temperature dissemination." The paper is devoted to describing this new measurement technique and its setup. The time evolution of the solid fraction and melt fraction along the phase transformation has been followed, using a technique based on the difference of the electrical conductivity between the solid and liquid phases of the metal. The measurement technique provides electrical signals, which are suitable for improving the quality of the freezing plateaus realized in the case of different fixed-point realizations, covering the temperature range from to . The ideal section of the freezing plateau can be maintained by ensuring a continuous flow of mass and energy of the fixed-point substance in the axial direction. The intervention is achieved by modifying the temperatures of the different zones of the furnace controller with more degrees, with the aid of developed intervening devices. Recent developments permit the selection of the ideal section of a freezing plateau and, what is more, the increase of this plateau section to practically unlimited for all metal fixed points.

  12. Adhesion of leukocytes under oscillating stagnation point conditions: a numerical study.

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    Walker, P G; Alshorman, A A; Westwood, S; David, T

    2002-01-01

    Leukocyte recruitment from blood to the endothelium plays an important role in atherosclerotic plaque formation. Cells show a primary and secondary adhesive process with primary bonds responsible for capture and rolling and secondary bonds for arrest. Our objective was to investigate the role played by this process on the adhesion of leukocytes in complex flow. Cells were modelled as rigid spheres with spring like adhesion molecules which formed bonds with endothelial receptors. Models of bond kinetics and Newton's laws of motion were solved numerically to determine cell motion. Fluid force was obtained from the local shear rate obtained from a CFD simulation of the flow over a backward facing step.In stagnation point flow the shear rate near the stagnation point has a large gradient such that adherent cells in this region roll to a high shear region preventing permanent adhesion. This is enhanced if a small time dependent perturbation is imposed upon the stagnation point. For lower shear rates the cell rolling velocity may be such that secondary bonds have time to form. These bonds resist the lower fluid forces and consequently there is a relatively large permanent adhesion region. PMID:12122269

  13. Study on Thermal Diffusion in Artificial Air Near the Critical Point

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    Nakano, A.; Maeda, T.

    2008-03-01

    Air is absolutely essential for our everyday life and also very important in the field of industry. The major part of it is composed of nitrogen and oxygen. We investigated the Soret effect in artificial air, which was a nitrogen-oxygen binary mixture with the composition of 0.791 mole fraction of nitrogen and 0.209 mole fraction of oxygen near the critical point. In the case of the artificial air, the estimated critical temperature and the estimated critical pressure are 132.61 K and 3.8381 MPa, respectively. We carried out the experiments by using a single stage two-chamber cell. We made a temperature difference between the two chambers, which were separated by a porous diaphragm. After an experiment had run for sufficient time to reach steady state, the concentration of oxygen in each chamber was measured by using a gas chromatograph. From the experiments, we observed that the thermal diffusion factor showed a strong drop near the critical point. The thermal diffusion ratio indicated was negative and behaved like 3He-overflow="scroll">4He mixtures. There has been no report that the thermal diffusion ratio of the nitrogen-oxygen system behaves just like the mixture of such substances. We discuss the thermal diffusion in the nitrogen-oxygen binary mixture near the critical point.

  14. Torsional magnetic reconnection at three dimensional null points: A phenomenological study

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    Wyper, Peter; Jain, Rekha

    2010-09-15

    Magnetic reconnection around three dimensional (3D) magnetic null points is the natural progression from X-point reconnection in two dimensions. In 3D the separator field lines of the X-point are replaced with the spine line and fan plane (the field lines which asymptotically approach or recede from the null). In this work analytical models are developed for the newly classified torsional spine and torsional fan reconnection regimes by solving the steady state, kinematic, resistive magnetohydrodynamic equations. Reconnection is localized to around the null through the use of a localized field perturbation leading to a localized current while a constant resistivity is assumed. For the torsional spine case current is found to localize around the spine leading to a spiraling slippage of the field around the spine and out along the fan. For the torsional fan case current is found to be localized to the fan plane leading again to a spiraling slippage of the field. In each case no flux is transported across either the spine or the fan. An intermediate twist is then introduced and a link is established between the two regimes. We find that for a general twist plasma flows associated with both torsional spine and fan appear in distinct regions. As such we suggest that the ''pure'' flows of each are extreme cases.

  15. Studies in trajectory tracking and launch point determination for ballistic missile defense

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    Hutchins, Robert G.; Pace, Philip E.

    2006-05-01

    Detecting and localizing a threat ballistic missile as quickly and accurately as possible are key ingredients required to engage the missile during boost phase over the territory of the aggressor, and rapid and accurate launch point determination is crucial to attack hostile facilities. Earlier research has focused on track initiation, boost phase tracking and rapid launch point determination using augmented IMM and Kalman-based techniques. This work extends that earlier research by comparing these IMM and Kalman-based trackers and backfitters with the newer particle filters to see what advantages particle filters might offer in this application. Simulations used in this research assume the ballistic missile target is in boost phase, transitioning to coast phase using a gravity turn and constant gravity. The rocket is assumed to be single stage. The IMM tracker performs well in tracking through booster cutoff. A smoothed estimate of the initial target state vector is used to backfit for launch point determination. Errors in this process are rather large and there appear to be biases in the estimates. These results are compared with a particle filter implementation. Here the correct nonlinear model of the missile dynamics was used, but the algorithm had to estimate engine thrust and the drag coefficient as well as position and velocity states. This algorithm proved to be a large disappointment because the number of particles required to generate reasonable results was large and the algorithm run time became unrealistically long.

  16. Petrological study of Greene Point mantle xenoliths, Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica.

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    Pelorosso, Beatrice; Bonadiman, Costanza; Faccini, Barbara; Coltorti, Massimo; Ntaflos, Theodoros; Grégoire, Michel

    2015-04-01

    A petrological study of mantle, anhydrous spinel-bearing lherzolites and harzburgites from Greene Point (GP) (Northern Victoria Land, NVL) have been carried out. Texturally they vary from protogranular to porphyroclastic with large orthopyroxene (opx) and olivine (ol) grains. Clinopyroxene (cpx) is smaller and often associated with vermicular and lobated spinel (sp). Several types of reaction textures occur with secondary phases represented by olivine (ol2), clinopyroxene (cpx2), cpx with spongy rim, and glass. Ol in lherzolites presents lower forsteritic content (90.5-91.7) than in harzburgites (Fo: 91.6-92.3), but for three samples with an anomalously high Fo contents (92.3-92.7). Irrespective of lithology NiO contents are on the average ~0.38 wt%. Opx, equilibrated with ol1, has mg# (Mg/(Mg+Fe)*100mol) values ranging from 91.0 to 92.6 with the highest values found in harzburgites. As for Ol, however three lherzolitic samples have mg# in opx overlapping the most residual harzburgites; Al2O3 varies from 2.33 to 4.92 wt% following a residual trend. Opx is characterized by fractionated REE-chondrite normalized patterns, depleted in light REE (LREE), with the most residual character in harzburgites. Cpx1 has mg# varying from 91.5 to 93.9, with cpx in harzburgites presenting the highest values. As for the other two phases, cpx in three lherzolites presents mg# values comparable with those of harzburgites. Al2O3 contents is between 4.00 and 6.42 wt% in lherzolites and from 2.32 to 4.37 wt% in harzburgites. TiO2 never exceeds 0.66 wt%. Cpx in lherzolites are usually depleted in Th, U, Nb, and Ta with Ti, Zr and Hf negative anomalies. They present a REE patterns variable from slightly LREE-enriched (with La and Ce inflections) to LREE-depleted with a general convex-upward trend. This latter trend is related to mg# rich lherzolites. In harzburgites cpx show the lowest HREE contents (YbN 1.00-2.94), with a strong positive fractionated L-MREE and flat HREE. Sp1 show a negative correlation between cr# (Cr/(Cr+Al) *100mol) (17.5-50.5) and mg# (67.3-81.6). Glasses are silica-rich (SiO2=59.16-68.51 wt%) with K2O and Na2O contents varying from 5.89 to 6.12 and from 5.76 to 9.72wt%, respectively. Trace elements are characterized by positive fractioned REE patterns at low HREE (YbN 2.10-2.72). Based on major and trace element models this mantle domain underwent a degree of partial melting variable between 10 and 18%. The Fe/Mg distribution between ol and sp evidences equilibrium for the majority of ol-sp pairs, leading to choose the ol-sp geothermometer of Ballhaus et al. (1991) to evaluate the GP thermal condition. Assuming a P of 15 Kbar, the majority of the samples has T close to 950°C; fO2 ranges from ?log fO2 (QFM) -1.70 to -0.38 (Ballhaus et al., 1991). On the whole these new data confirm the tendency for anhydrous GP xenolith population to have higher equilibration T and comparable redox condition with respect to the nearby hydrous Baker Rocks peridotites (Bonadiman et al., 2014). Ballhaus et al. (1991) CMP 106, 27-40 Bonadiman et al., (2014) CMP 167:984

  17. Multiple Input Electrode Gap Control During Vacuum Arc Remelting

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    Beaman, J.J.; Hysinger, C.L.; Melgaard, D.K.; Williamson, R.L.

    1999-01-14

    Accurate control of the electrode gap in a vacuum arc remelting (VAR) furnace has been a goal of melters for many years. The size of the electrode gap has a direct influence on ingot solidification structure. At the high melting currents (30 to 40 kA) typically used for VAR of segregation insensitive Ti and Zr alloys, process voltage is used as an indicator of electrode gap, whereas drip-short frequency (or period) is usually used at the lower currents (5 to 8 kA) employed during VAR of superalloys. Modem controllers adjust electrode position or drive velocity to maintain a voltage or drip-short frequency (or period) set-point. Because these responses are non-linear functions of electrode gap and melting current, these controllers have a limited range for which the feedback gains are valid. Models are available that relate process voltage and drip-short frequency to electrode gap. These relationships may be used to linearize the controller feedback signal. An estimate of electrode gap may then be obtained by forming a weighted sum of the independent gap estimates obtained from the voltage and drip-short signals. By using multiple independent measures to estimate the gap, a controller that is less susceptible to process disturbances can be developed. Such a controller was designed, built and tested. The tests were carried out at Allvac Corporation during VAR of 12Cr steel at intermediate current levels.

  18. Silver electrodes for reversible oxygen sensor applications

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    Kim, Taekyeong

    2015-09-01

    We report a single oxygen atomic sensor based on a scanning tunneling microscope break-junction (STM-BJ) technique by using silver electrodes at room temperature. The oxygen concentration was adjusted with argon gas in a glove box. An oxygen atom was inserted in the gap of the Ag electrodes after the Ag metal point contact had been ruptured during stretching of the Ag atomic junctions by moving a piezo. We successfully measured the conductance of a single oxygen atom by forming a series with the Ag contact, Ag-O-Ag bond. We found that the probability of Ag-O-Ag junction formation increased with increasing oxygen concentration. Furthermore, we observed that the peak height in the oxygen conductance histogram was changed reversibly depending on the oxygen concentration in a glove box. It confirms that our STM-BJ can be used for atomic sensor applications in the future.

  19. Non-gassing nickel-cadmium battery electrodes and cells

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    Luksha, E.; Gordy, D. J.

    1972-01-01

    The concept of a negative limited nongassing nickel-cadmium battery was demonstrated by constructing and testing practical size experimental cells of approximately 25 Ah capacity. These batteries operated in a gas-free manner and had measured energy densities of 10-11 Wh/lb. Thirty cells were constructed for extensive testing. Some small cells were tested for over 200 cycles at 100% depth. For example, a small cell with an electrodeposited cadmium active mass on a silver screen still had 55% of its theoretical capacity (initial efficiency was 85%). There was no evidence of deterioration of gassing properties with cycling of the nickel electrodes. The charge temperature was observed to be the most critical variable governing nickel electrode gassing. This variable was shown to be age dependent. Four types of cadmium electrodes were tested: an electrodeposited cadmium active mass on a cadmium or silver substrate, a porous sintered silver substrate based electrode, and a Teflon bonded pressed cadmium electrode. The electrodeposited cadmium mass on a silver screen was found to be the best all-around electrode from a performance point of view and from the point of view of manufacturing them in a size required for a 25 Ah size battery.

  20. A BASIC STUDY ON CONSTRUCTION OF PEDESTRIAN SPACE NETWORK BY USING POINT CLOUD DATA AND DIGITAL MAP

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    Watanabe, Kanya; Imai, Ryuichi; Tanaka, Shigenori

    Healthy people, the realization of a service route guidance for pedestrians, including elderly and people with disabilities, needs to develop pedestrian space network data. But we need to measure a step in the pedestrian corridor. Therefore, if we are to develop the data, it takes enormous effort. On the other hand, with the advances in measurement technology, by using a 3D laser scanner, you can get wide area high-precision point cloud data. If you can generate a pedestrian space network by using point cloud data, which contribute to efficient data development. In this study devised a method for generating by combines a digital map and point cloud data, aimed at outdoor pedestrian space network data development.