Sample records for polyvinyl acetate pvac

  1. Nonlinear Dielectric Relaxation Spectra of Polyvinyl Acetate

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Takeo Furukawa; Kiyokazu Matsumoto

    1992-01-01

    The frequency spectra of the linear and third nonlinear permittivities, \\\\varepsilon1* and \\\\varepsilon3*, have been measured for polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) at temperatures above Tg. The Debye relaxation of \\\\varepsilon1* associated with the micro-Brownian motion of noncrystalline segments is found to be accompanied by the complex frequency dependence of \\\\varepsilon3* due to combined contributions from the intrinsic nonlinear dielectricity and the

  2. Correlations between the morphology and the thermo-mechanical properties in poly(vinyl acetate)\\/epoxy thermosets

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    M. Sánchez-Cabezudo; R. M. Masegosa; C. Salom; M. G. Prolongo

    2010-01-01

    The mechanical properties of poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc)\\/epoxy thermosets as a function of the PVAc content were investigated\\u000a through dynamic mechanical thermal analysis from ?100 to 220 °C and through tensile tests at room temperature. The morphology\\u000a of the thermosets was examined by scanning electron microscopy. Cured PVAc\\/epoxy blends are phase separated, arising two phases\\u000a that correspond to a PVAc-rich phase and

  3. Characterization of poly(vinyl acetate)\\/sugar cane bagasse lignin blends and their photochemical degradation

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    M. F. Silva; E. A. G. Pineda; A. A. W. Hechenleitner; D. M. Fernandes; M. K. Lima; P. R. S. Bittencourt

    The acetone-soluble lignin fraction (ASLF) of sugar cane bagasse, from a sugar and alcohol factory residue, was obtained after\\u000a extraction with formic acid and used to prepare blends with poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) by casting. PVAc and ASLF\\/PVAc blends\\u000a were irradiated with ultraviolet light (Hg lamp). Blend formation and the irradiation effects were examined through thermal\\u000a analysis (TG and DSC), scanning

  4. Cosolvent gel-like materials from partially hydrolyzed poly(vinyl acetate)s and borax.

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    Angelova, Lora V; Terech, Pierre; Natali, Irene; Dei, Luigi; Carretti, Emiliano; Weiss, Richard G

    2011-09-20

    A gel-like, high-viscosity polymeric dispersion (HVPD) based on cross-linked borate, partially hydrolyzed poly(vinyl acetate) (xPVAc, where x is the percent hydrolysis) is described. Unlike hydro-HVPDs prepared from poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and borate, the liquid portion of these materials can be composed of up to 75% of an organic cosolvent because of the influence of residual acetate groups on the polymer backbone. The effects of the degree of hydrolysis, molecular weight, polymer and cross-linker concentrations, and type and amount of organic cosolvent on the rheological and structural properties of the materials are investigated. The stability of the systems is explored through rheological and melting-range studies. (11)B NMR and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) are used to probe the structure of the dispersions. The addition of an organic liquid to the xPVAc-borate HVPDs results in a drastic increase in the number of cross-linked borate species as well as the agglomeration of the polymer into bundles. These effects result in an increase in the relaxation time and thermal stability of the networks. The ability to make xPVAc-borate HVPDs with very large amounts of and rather different organic liquids, with very different rheological properties that can be controlled easily, opens new possibilities for applications of PVAc-based dispersions. PMID:21848256

  5. Fungal degradation of polyvinyl acetate.

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    García Trejo, A

    1988-08-01

    Certain Aspergillus and Penicillium strains isolated from soil grow well and degrade a commercial sample of polyvinyl acetate (PVA, 4.5 g liter-1) when it is used as the only carbon source. These strains showed an increase in dry weight after 11 days of incubation, along with a depletion of carbohydrates, protein, and deoxyribonucleic acid. This was interpreted as an active turnover of the above metabolites during the degradation. This effect was greatly enhanced by equilibrating the carbon:nitrogen ratio by addition of yeast extract in the original culture. The increase in esterase activity and the loss of viscosity were also considered evidence of the fungal degradation. Isolation of the enzyme was attempted, but unsuccessful. PMID:3181066

  6. Photochemical degradation study of polyvinyl acetate paints used in artworks by Py–GC/MS

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    Wei, Shuya; Pintus, Valentina; Schreiner, Manfred

    2012-01-01

    Photochemical degradation of commercial polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) homopolymer and PVAc paints mixed with burnt umber, cobalt blue, cadmium red dark, nickel azo yellow and titanium white commonly used for artworks were studied by pyrolysis–gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py–GC/MS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR). Py–GC/MS with single-shot technique was used for the characterization of the thermal degradation of PVAc at different temperatures, while the double-shot technique of Py–GC/MS was used to reveal the differences in the specimens before and after UV ageing, including the changes of detectable amounts of deacetylation product – acetic acid and plasticizers such as diethyl phthalate (DEP). Furthermore, the relative concentration of the pyrolysis products of the paint samples could be measured and compared in the second step of the double-shot Py–GC/MS, which are highly dependent on the presence of pigments and the ageing status of PVAc paints. PMID:23024446

  7. Evaluation of CO2-philicity of poly(vinyl acetate) and poly(vinyl acetate-alt-maleate) copolymers through molecular modeling and dissolution behavior measurement.

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    Hu, Dongdong; Sun, Shaojun; Yuan, Peiqing; Zhao, Ling; Liu, Tao

    2015-02-19

    Multiscale molecular modeling and dissolution behavior measurement were both used to evaluate the factors conclusive on the CO2-philicity of poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) homopolymer and poly(vinyl acetate-alt-maleate) copolymers. The ab initio calculated interaction energies of the candidate CO2-philic molecule models with CO2, including vinyl acetate dimer (VAc), dimethyl maleate (DMM), diethyl maleate (DEM), and dibutyl maleate (DBM), showed that VAc was the most CO2-philc segment. However, the cohesive energy density, solubility parameter, Flory-Huggins parameter, and radial distribution functions calculated by using the molecular dynamics simulations for the four polymer and polymer-CO2 systems indicated that poly(VAc-alt-DBM) had the most CO2-philicity. The corresponding polymers were synthesized by using free radical polymerization. The measurement of cloud point pressures of the four polymers in CO2 also demonstrated that poly(VAc-alt-DBM) had the most CO2-philicity. Although copolymerization of maleate, such as DEM or DBM, with PVAc reduced the polymer-CO2 interactions, the weakened polymer-polymer interaction increased the CO2-philicity of the copolymers. The polymer-polymer interaction had a significant influence on the CO2-philicity of the polymer. Reduction of the polymer-polymer interaction might be a promising strategy to prepare the high CO2-philic polymers on the premise that the strong polymer-CO2 interaction could be maintained. PMID:25599262

  8. Effect of lithium salt concentration in PVAc\\/PMMA-based gel polymer electrolytes

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    S. Rajendran; V. Shanthi Bama; M. Ramesh Prabhu

    2010-01-01

    Hybrid solid polymer electrolyte films comprising of poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), LiClO4, and propylene carbonate are prepared by solution casting technique by varying the salt concentration. In this study, PVAc\\/PMMA\\u000a polymer blend ratio is fixed as 25:75 on the basis of conductivity and mechanical stability of the film. X-ray diffraction,\\u000a Fourier transform infrared impedance, thermogravimetry\\/differential thermal analysis and

  9. Polyvinyl acetate-based film coatings.

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    Kolter, K; Dashevsky, A; Irfan, Muhamad; Bodmeier, R

    2013-12-01

    Polyvinyl acetate-based colloidal aqueous polymer dispersion Kollicoat(®) SR 30 D results in coatings characterized by moderate swelling behaviour, lipophilicity, pH-independent permeability for actives and high flexibility to withstand mechanical stress and is therefore used for controlled release coating. The colloidal aqueous polymer dispersion of Kollicoat(®) SR 30 D can be easily processed due to an optimal low minimum film forming temperature (MFT) of 18 °C without plasticizer addition and a thermal after-treatment (curing) of coated pellets. The drug release from Kollicoat(®) SR 30 D coated pellets was almost pH independent. Drug release could be easily adjusted by coating level or addition of soluble pore forming polymers. Physically stable Kollicoat(®) SR 30 D dispersions were obtained with the water-soluble polymers Kollidon(®) 30 and Kollicoat(®) IR up to 50% w/w. The addition of only 10% w/w triethyl citrate as plasticizer improved the flexibility of the films significantly and allowed compaction of the pellets. The drug release was almost independent of the compression force and the pellet content of the tablets. The inclusion of various tableting excipients slightly affected the drug release, primarily because of a different disintegration rate of the tablets. A combination of Kollicoat(®) SR 30 D and Kollicoat(®) IR with higher coating levels>10 mg/cm(2) is a relatively new alternative to OROS system which does not require drilling. PMID:24076229

  10. Structural and mechanical properties of "peelable" organoaqueous dispersions with partially hydrolyzed poly(vinyl acetate)-borate networks: applications to cleaning painted surfaces.

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    Natali, Irene; Carretti, Emiliano; Angelova, Lora; Baglioni, Piero; Weiss, Richard G; Dei, Luigi

    2011-11-01

    The preparation and structural characterization of a family of viscoelastic dispersions of borate cross-linked, 80% hydrolyzed poly(vinyl acetate) (80PVAc) in aqueous-organic liquids are presented. Correlations between mechanical properties (from rheological measurements) and the degree and nature of cross-linking (from (11)B NMR spectroscopy) are reported, and the results are used to assess their potential as low-impact cleaning agents for the surfaces of paintings. Because the dispersions can be prepared at room temperature by simple procedures from readily available materials and can contain up to 50% (w/w) of an organic liquid, they offer important advantages over previously described cleaning agents that are based on fully hydrolyzed PVAc (i.e., poly(vinyl alcohol). The mechanical properties of the various aqueous-organic dispersions, as determined quantitatively by rheological investigations and qualitatively by their ease of removal from a solid surface (i.e., the so-called "peel-off" ability) have been tuned systematically by varying the amount of organic liquid, its structure, and the concentrations of borax and 80PVAc. The (11)B NMR studies demonstrate that the concentration of borate ions actively participating in cross-linking increases significantly with the amount of organic liquid in the mixture. The degree of cross-linking remains constant when the 80PVAc and borax concentrations are varied, as long as their ratios are kept constant. Some of the 80PVAc-borax dispersions have been tested successfully as cleaning agents on the surface of a 16th-17th century oil-on-wood painting by Lodovico Cardi, "Il Cigoli", that was covered by a brown patina and on the surface of a Renaissance wall painting by Vecchietta in Santa Maria della Scala, Siena, Italy, that had a degraded polyacrylate coating from a previous conservation treatment. PMID:21749078

  11. A novel simple one-step air jet spinning approach for deposition of poly(vinyl acetate)/hydroxyapatite composite nanofibers on Ti implants.

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    Abdal-Hay, Abdalla; Hamdy, Abdel Salam; Khalil, Khalil Abdelrazek; Lim, Ju Hyun

    2015-04-01

    A biocompatible coating consists of a poly(vinyl acetate)/hydroxyapatite (PVAc/HA) composite nanofiber mat was applied to NaOH-treated titanium metal by means of a novel, facile and efficient air jet spinning (AJS) approach. Results showed that HA nanoparticles (NPs) strongly embedded onto the AJS single fiber surface resulting in a strong chemical interfacial bonding between the two phases due to the difference in kinetic energies. It was proven that AJS membrane coatings can provide significant improvement in the corrosion resistance of titanium substrate. Interestingly, the biocompatibility using MC3T3-E1 osteoblast to the PVAc/HA fiber composite layer coated on Ti was significantly higher than pure titanium-substrates. PMID:25686997

  12. Poly(vinyl acetate), poly((1- O-(vinyloxy) ethyl-2,3,4,6-tetra- O-acetyl-?- d-glucopyranoside) and amorphous poly(lactic acid) are the most CO 2-soluble oxygenated hydrocarbon-based polymers

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    D. Tapriyal; Y. Wang; R. M. Enick; J. K. Johnson; J. Crosthwaite; M. C. Thies; I. H. Paik; A. D. Hamilton

    2008-01-01

    Poly(vinyl acetate), PVAc, remains the most CO2-soluble non-fluorous polymer identified to date. Small sugar acetates are known to be extraordinarily CO2-philic, but cellulose triacetate, a crystalline high molecule weight polymer is CO2 insoluble. Therefore, an amorphous high molecular weight polymer with pendant sugar acetates was synthesized. This polymer, poly(1-O-(vinyloxy) ethyl-2,3,4,6-tetra-O-acetyl-?-d-glucopyranoside, P(AcGIcVE), was indeed CO2-soluble, however cloud point pressures of P(AcGIcVE)

  13. Thermal stability and viscoelastic properties of MF\\/PVAc hybrid resins on the adhesion for engineered flooring in under heating system; ONDOL

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    Sumin Kim; Hyun-Joong Kim

    2006-01-01

    The thermal properties of blends of melamine-formaldehyde (MF) resin and poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) for engineered flooring used on the Korean traditional ONDOL house floor heating system were investigated by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA). The viscoelastic properties of the blends were also studied. Because MF resin is a thermosetting adhesive, the effect

  14. Electrical and Thermal Properties of Polyvinyl Acetal Based Nanocomposites

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    Sauers, Isidor [ORNL; James, David Randy [ORNL; Ellis, Alvin R [ORNL; Tuncer, Enis [ORNL; Polyzos, Georgios [ORNL; Pace, Marshall O [ORNL

    2009-10-01

    A water chemistry procedure is used to synthesize titanium dioxide nanoparticles which can later be blended with a polymer to form a nanodielectric. The synthesized nanoparticles are dispersed in two grades of polyvinyl acetal (commercially available under the trade names BX-L and KS-10, manufactured by SEKISUI Chemicals). Nanocomposite materials were prepared with 15 and 33 wt% titanium dioxide. The variation of the glass transition temperature with increasing filler weight fraction is presented. The dielectric breakdown strengths of the nanodielectric samples are reported. The presented results can be employed to optimize the dielectric properties of the studied nanocomposites for potential use in cryogenic high voltage applications.

  15. Diffusion relaxation of photoinduced gratings in polyvinyl acetate latex films

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    Veniaminov, A. V.; Bartsch, E.

    2011-03-01

    The features of the postexposure relaxation of holographic gratings recorded in inhomogeneous polyvinyl acetate latex films with photosensitive agents (photochromic molecules of fulgide dyes and phenanthrenequinone) have been considered. The diffusion coefficients and rms displacements of izomerized probe in polymer latex particles and aqueous environment are determined within the model of two diffusion states. The effective diffusion coefficient of the molecular probe, which is responsible for the relaxation of gratings, increases with an increase in their period in wet films, whereas in dry films, this parameter is independent of the grating period. In the films subjected to high-temperature treatment the effective diffusion coefficient decreases with an increase in the grating period. The successive stages of grating relaxation in latex films with phenanthrenequinone are related to the diffusion of free molecules, radicals, and polymer chains, as well as to the local displacement of macromolecular segments at distances of 5-25 nm.

  16. Combustion Properties of Oak (Quercus robur L.) Laminated Veneer Lumbers Bonded With PVAc, PF Adhesives and Impregnated With Some Fire-Retardants

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    ?eref Kurt; Burhanettin Uysal

    2009-01-01

    In this study, the effects of impregnation materials — di-ammonium phosphate, aluminium sulphate, potassium carbonate, calcium chloride, zinc chloride — on combustion properties of 3-ply laminated veneer lumbers (LVL) produced from oak (Quercus robur L.) bound by phenol-formaldehyde (PF), or poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) have been investigated. The pressure–vacuum method was used for the impregnation process. Combustion test was performed according

  17. Rheological properties of polymethyl methacrylate and polyvinyl acetate in the molten state

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Shigeharu Onogi; Toshiro Masuda; Toshio Ibaragi

    1968-01-01

    Summary Dynamic viscosity?', dynamic rigidityG' and apparent viscosity?a of fractions and blends of polymethyl methacrylate and of polyvinyl acetate having different molecular weight and distribution have been measured at high temperatures by means of a concentric cylinder-type rheometer which enables us to measure not only dynamic but also steady-flow properties. The values of?' andG' as functions of frequency for each

  18. Ethylene and dimethyl acetals from hydroformylated linseed, soybean, and safflower methyl esters as plasticizers for polyvinyl chloride

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    R. A. Awl; E. N. Frankel; E. H. Pryde; G. R. Riser

    1974-01-01

    Dimethyl and ethylene acetals of polyformylated unsaturated fatty esters were prepared, characterized, and evaluated as polyvinyl\\u000a chloride plasticizers. Dimethyl acetals were prepared with trimethyl orthoformate as a water scavenger in the acid catalyzed\\u000a acetalation reaction. With ethylene acetals, water was removed azeotropically. Although the acetals prepared were mixtures,\\u000a molecular distillation gave diacetal esters of 80–90% purity and triacetal esters of

  19. Effect of Hydroxyl Concentration on Chemical Sensitivity of Polyvinyl Alcohol/Carbon-Black Composite Chemiresistors

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    Hughes, Robert C.; Patel, Sanjay V.; Yelton, W. Graham

    1999-05-19

    The sensitivity and selectivity of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) / carbon black composite films have been found to vary depending upon the hydroxylation percentage ("-OH") of the polymer. These chemiresistors made from PVA films whose polymer backbone is 88% hydroxylated (PVA88) have a high sensitivity to water, while chemiresistors made from PVA75 have a higher sensitivity to methanol. The minor differences in polymer composition result in films with different Hildebrand volubility parameters. The relative responses of several different PVA-based chemiresistors to solvents with different volubility parameters are presented. In addition, polyvinyl acetate (PVAC) films with PVA88 are used in an array to distinguish the responses to methanol-water mixtures.

  20. Enhancement of service characteristics of boon boards by modifying carbamide-formaldehyde binder with poly(vinyl acetate) dispersion

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    S. A. Ugryumov; V. E. Tsvetkov

    2008-01-01

    Carbamide-formaldehyde oligomer is modified with poly(vinyl acetate) dispersion taking into account the basic notions of the\\u000a theory of adhesive wetting. It is established that this type of modification makes it possible to enhance the adhesive properties\\u000a of carbamide-formaldehyde oligomer to the flax boon and to improve the qualitative characteristics of boon boards. The optimal\\u000a amount of modifier is determined. Results

  1. Lipase immobilization on epoxy-activated poly(vinyl acetate-acrylamide) microspheres.

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    Zhang, Dong-Hao; Peng, Li-Juan; Wang, Yun; Li, Ya-Qiong

    2015-05-01

    Poly(vinyl acetate-acrylamide) microspheres with an average diameter of 2-4?m were successfully prepared and characterized via SEM and FTIR. Then the microspheres were modified with epoxy groups through reacting with epichlorohydrin and used as carriers to covalently immobilize Candida rugosa lipase. The results revealed that agitation played an important role on epoxy activation and the immobilization ratio increased with the increase of the epoxy density. On the other hand, the specific activity of the immobilized lipase as well as the activity recovery declined gradually with the increase in the immobilization ratio from 72% to 93%, which were attributed to the steric hindrance effects caused by enzyme overloading. When epoxy density was 76?mol/g microsphere, the activity recovery reached the maximum at 47.5%, and the activity of the immobilized lipase was 261.3U/g microsphere. Moreover, the thermal stability of the immobilized lipase was much better than that of the free one, which indicated potential applications of the immobilized lipase. PMID:25863711

  2. Studies on thermal analysis and optical parameters of Cu doped poly(vinyl acetate)/polyindole composites

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    Bhagat, D. J.; Dhokane, G. R.

    2015-05-01

    This article reports investigation on optical parameters and thermal analysis of Cu doped poly(vinyl acetate)/polyindole composites using cupric chloride as an oxidant. The study's complex optical parameters were determined through ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy. Thermal analysis was done through thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). The optical band gap values were found in the range 3.4381-4.8646 eV that reflects that synthesized composites have the potential to have application in optical devices and solar cells. The optical conductivity of composites is calculated to be 1.608 × 107 S-1.

  3. Preparation of Syndiotactic Poly(vinyl alcohol)/Poly(vinyl pivalate/vinyl acetate) Microspheres with Radiopacity Using Suspension Copolymerization and Saponification

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    Seok Lyoo, Won; Wook Cha, Jin; Young Kwak, Kun; Jae Lee, Young; Yong Jeon, Han; Sik Chung, Yong; Kyun Noh, Seok

    2010-06-01

    To prepare Poly(vinyl pivalate/vinyl acetate) [P(VPi/VAc)] microspheres with radiopacity, the suspension copolymerization approach in the presence of aqueous radiopaque nanoparticles was used. After, The P(VPi/VAc) microspheres with radiopacity were saponified in heterogeneous system, and then P(VPi/VAc) microspheres without aggregates were converted to s-PVA/P(VPi/VAc) microspheres of skin/core structure through the heterogeneous surface saponification. Radiopacity of microspheres was confirmed with Computed tomography (CT).

  4. Selective formation of organo, organo-aqueous, and hydro gel-like materials from partially hydrolysed poly(vinyl acetate)s based on different boron-containing crosslinkers.

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    Angelova, L V; Leskes, M; Berrie, B H; Weiss, R G

    2015-06-17

    Viscoelastic, gel-like, polymeric dispersions (HVPDs) can be prepared by crosslinking polyols with borax or boric acid in water under alkaline conditions. Rheologically similar HVPDs have been prepared in organic liquids containing no water or hydroxylic groups through crosslinking partially or fully hydrolysed poly(vinyl acetate)s with trimethyl borate, boric acid, or borax. The organo-HVPDs are water-sensitive and rheoreversible on exposure to water. They were characterised rheologically and by solution and solid-state (11)B NMR spectroscopy. Spectroscopic analyses show the presence of mono- and di-diol crosslinks, as well as non-crosslinked boron species in HVPDs prepared with trimethyl borate or boric acid. The number of crosslinks in organo-HVPDs prepared with borax increased over the course of several days. Results from solution and solid-state (11)B NMR spectroscopy are comparable; no solid-like component was detectable. We demonstrate that hydro, organo, or organo-aqueous HVPDs can be obtained from partially hydrolysed poly(vinyl acetate)s by 'tuning' the structure of the boron-based crosslinker. PMID:26027551

  5. A simple synthesis and magnetic behavior of nanocrystalline Zn 0.9Co 0.1O powders by using Zn and Co acetates and polyvinyl pyrrolidone as precursors

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    Santi Maensiri; Paveena Laokul; Sumalin Phokha

    2006-01-01

    This paper reports the synthesis of nanocrystalline powders of Co-doped ZnO (i.e. Zn0.9Co0.1O (ZCO)) diluted magnetic semiconductor by a simple method using acetate salts of Zn and Co, and polyvinyl pyrrolidone as precursors. The morphology and crystalline size of the synthesized powders were evaluated by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The ZCO powders consist of both nanoparticles

  6. Cellulose acetate butyrate-pH/thermosensitive polymer microcapsules containing aminated poly(vinyl alcohol) microspheres for oral administration of DNA.

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    Fundueanu, Gheorghe; Constantin, Marieta; Bortolotti, Fabrizio; Cortesi, Rita; Ascenzi, Paolo; Menegatti, Enea

    2007-04-01

    The aim of this work is to safely transport bioadhesive microspheres loaded with DNA to intestine and to test their bioadhesive properties. Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) microspheres were prepared by dispersion reticulation with glutaraldehyde and further aminated. These microspheres were firstly loaded with plasmid DNA by electrostatic interactions and then entrapped in cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) microcapsules for gastric protection. The entrapped PVA microspheres do not have enough force by swelling to produce the rupture of CAB shell, therefore the resistance of microcapsules was weakened by incorporating different amount of the pH/thermosensitive polymer (SP) based on poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-methyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) (NIPAAm-co-MM-co-MA). This polymer is insoluble in gastric juice at pH 1.2 and 37 degrees C, but quickly solubilized in intestinal fluids (pH 6.8 and pH 7.4). Therefore, DNA loaded PVA microspheres were not expelled in acidic media but were almost entirely discharged in small intestine or colon. The integrity of DNA after entrapment was tested by agarose gel electrophoresis indicating that no DNA degradation occurs during encapsulation. The percentage of adhered microspheres on the mucus surface of everted intestinal tissue was 65+/-18% for aminated PVA microspheres without DNA and almost 50+/-15% for those loaded with DNA. Non-aminated PVA microspheres display the lowest adhesive properties (33+/-12%). In conclusion DNA loaded microspheres were progressively discharged in intestine. The integrity of DNA was not modified after entrapment and release, as proved by agarose gel electrophoresis. Both loaded and un-loaded aminated microspheres display good bioadhesive properties. PMID:17085025

  7. A simple synthesis and magnetic behavior of nanocrystalline Zn 0.9Co 0.1O powders by using Zn and Co acetates and polyvinyl pyrrolidone as precursors

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    Maensiri, Santi; Laokul, Paveena; Phokha, Sumalin

    2006-10-01

    This paper reports the synthesis of nanocrystalline powders of Co-doped ZnO (i.e. Zn 0.9Co 0.1O (ZCO)) diluted magnetic semiconductor by a simple method using acetate salts of Zn and Co, and polyvinyl pyrrolidone as precursors. The morphology and crystalline size of the synthesized powders were evaluated by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The ZCO powders consist of both nanoparticles with particle sizes of ˜50-100 nm and nanorods with diameters of ˜100-200 and ˜200-500 nm in length. The X-ray diffraction and TEM results indicated that the synthesized ZCO powders had the pure wurtzite structure without any significant change in the structure affected by Co substitution. Optical absorption measurements showed absorption bands indicating the presence of Co ions in substitution of Zn ions. Room-temperature magnetization results revealed a paramagnetic behavior for the ZCO precursor (as grown sample) and a ferromagnetic behavior for the ZCO powders calcined in air at 873 K for 1 h.

  8. Release Behavior and Cytotoxicity of Poly(vinyl alcohol)\\/Chitosan Blend Microspheres Containing 2,4-Dihydroxy-5-Fluoropyrimidine

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    Lizhi Xiong; Zeqiang He

    2012-01-01

    Blend microspheres of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) with chitosan (Cs) were prepared as candidates for oral delivery system. Cs\\/PVA microspheres containing 2,4-dihydroxy-5-fluoropyrimidine (5-FU) were obtained using glutaraldehyde (GA) as a cross-linking agent. The effects of cross-linker concentration and cross-linking time on the release of 5-FU were investigated, and the cytotoxicities of free 5-FU and the PVA\\/Cs microspheres loaded with 5-FU were

  9. Cellulose nanocrystals/ZnO as a bifunctional reinforcing nanocomposite for poly(vinyl alcohol)/chitosan blend films: fabrication, characterization and properties.

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    Azizi, Susan; Ahmad, Mansor B; Ibrahim, Nor Azowa; Hussein, Mohd Zobir; Namvar, Farideh

    2014-01-01

    In this study, cellulose nanocrystals/zinc oxide (CNCs/ZnO) nanocomposites were dispersed as bifunctional nano-sized fillers into poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and chitosan (Cs) blend by a solvent casting method to prepare PVA/Cs/CNCs/ZnO bio-nanocomposites films. The morphology, thermal, mechanical and UV-vis absorption properties, as well antimicrobial effects of the bio-nanocomposite films were investigated. It demonstrated that CNCs/ZnO were compatible with PVA/Cs and dispersed homogeneously in the polymer blend matrix. CNCs/ZnO improved tensile strength and modulus of PVA/Cs significantly. Tensile strength and modulus of bio-nanocomposite films increased from 55.0 to 153.2 MPa and from 395 to 932 MPa, respectively with increasing nano-sized filler amount from 0 to 5.0 wt %. The thermal stability of PVA/Cs was also enhanced at 1.0 wt % CNCs/ZnO loading. UV light can be efficiently absorbed by incorporating ZnO nanoparticles into a PVA/Cs matrix, signifying that these bio-nanocomposite films show good UV-shielding effects. Moreover, the biocomposites films showed antibacterial activity toward the bacterial species Salmonella choleraesuis and Staphylococcus aureus. The improved physical properties obtained by incorporating CNCs/ZnO can be useful in variety uses. PMID:24945313

  10. Fabrication and characterization of cobalt ferrite (CoFe 2O 4) nanofibers by electrospinning

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    Young-Wan Ju; Jae-Hyun Park; Hong-Ryun Jung; Sung-June Cho; Wan-Jin Lee

    2008-01-01

    By sol–gel process and electrospinning method, cobalt ferrite\\/polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) composite fiber was obtained. Cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanofibers were synthesized by calcination of the cobalt ferrite\\/polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) composite fiber with several temperatures. The nanofibers were characterized by SEM, FT-IR, XRD and EXAFS. The diameter of nanofibers was slightly decreased with increasing the calcination temperature. The fibers calcined at 800°C

  11. In situ self cross-linking of polyvinyl alcohol battery separators

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    Philipp, W. H.; Hsu, L. C.; Sheibley, D. W. (inventors)

    1979-01-01

    A battery separator was produced from a polyvinyl alcohol sheet structure which was subjected to an in situ, self crosslinking process by selective oxidation of the 1,2 diol units present in the polyvinyl alcohol sheet structure. The 1,2 diol units were cleaved to form aldehyde end groups which subsequently crosslink through acetalization of the 1,3 diol units of the polyvinyl alcohol. Selective oxidation was achieved using a solution of a suitable oxidizing agent such as periodic acid or lead tetraacetate.

  12. Eslicarbazepine acetate.

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    McCormack, Paul L; Robinson, Dean M

    2009-01-01

    Eslicarbazepine acetate, a prodrug of eslicarbazepine (S-licarbazepine), is a novel, voltage-gated sodium channel antagonist under development for the adjunctive treatment of adult patients experiencing treatment-refractory partial-onset seizures. * In phase III trials, eslicarbazepine acetate 800 and 1200 mg once daily significantly reduced seizure frequency compared with placebo over 12 weeks of maintenance treatment in adults experiencing partial-onset seizures who were taking 1-3 concomitant antiepileptic drugs. * During long-term, open-label treatment for up to 1 year, eslicarbazepine acetate at a median dosage of 800 mg once daily produced sustained reductions from baseline in seizure frequency. * Long-term treatment with eslicarbazepine acetate significantly improved from baseline health-related quality of life as assessed by the Quality-of-Life in Epilepsy Inventory-31 instrument. Similarly, eslicarbazepine acetate significantly reduced depressive symptoms assessed by the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale. * Eslicarbazepine acetate was generally well tolerated in clinical trials. The majority of treatment-emergent adverse events were of mild to moderate severity and most occurred early in treatment. PMID:19062776

  13. Synthesis of Degradable Materials Based on Caprolactone and Vinyl Acetate Units Using Radical Chemistry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Seema Agarwal; Rimpu Kumar; Thomas Kissel; Regina Reul

    2009-01-01

    Present studies are carried out with an aim to make degradable materials based on caprolactone and vinyl acetate units using radical chemistry. Radical ring-opening copolymerization of 2-methylene-l,3-dioxepane (MDO) with vinyl acetate in presence of AIBN initiator at 70 °C was carried out to achieve the aim. The copolymerization introduced degradable PCL repeat units onto the C-C backbone of poly(vinyl acetate).

  14. Gas permeation of polymer blends. V. Compatibility studies of poly(vinyl chloride)\\/poly-?-caprolactone blends

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Young J. Shur; Bengt Rnby

    1977-01-01

    The transport behavior of O2 and N2 was studied for physical blends of Poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) with poly-?-caprolactone (PCL) and four types of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers and acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymers in which vinyl acetate and acrylonitrile contents were varied. Crystallinity of the blends was studied by x-ray diffraction at room temperature. Permeation rates of O2 and N2 measured at 25°C showed

  15. Estimation of polyvinyl alcohol cryogel mechanical properties with four ultrasound elastography methods and comparison with gold standard testings.

    PubMed

    Fromageau, Jérémie; Gennisson, Jean-Luc; Schmitt, Cédric; Maurice, Roch L; Mongrain, Rosaire; Cloutier, Guy

    2007-03-01

    Tissue-mimicking phantoms are very useful in the field of tissue characterization and essential in elastography for the purpose of validating motion estimators. This study is dedicated to the characterization of polyvinyl alcohol cryogel (PVA-C) for these types of applications. A strict fabrication procedure was defined to optimize the reproducibility of phantoms having a similar elasticity. Following mechanical stretching tests, the phantoms were used to compare the accuracy of four different elastography methods. The four methods were based on a one-dimensional (1-D) scaling factor estimation, on two different implementations of a 2-D Lagrangian speckle model estimator (quasistatic elastography methods), and on a 1-D shear wave transient elastography technique (dynamic method). Young's modulus was investigated as a function of the number of freeze-thaw cycles of PVA-C, and of the concentration of acoustic scatterers. Other mechanical and acoustic parameters-such as the speed of sound, shear wave velocity, mass density, and Poisson's ratio-also were assessed. The Poisson's ratio was estimated with good precision at 0.499 for all samples, and the Young's moduli varied in a range of 20 kPa for one freeze-thaw cycle to 600 kPa for 10 cycles. Nevertheless, above six freeze-thaw cycles, the results were less reliable because of sample geometry artifacts. However, for the samples that underwent less than seven freeze-thaw cycles, the Young's moduli estimated with the four elastography methods showed good matching with the mechanical tensile tests with a regression coefficient varying from 0.97 to 1.07, and correlations R2 varying from 0.93 to 0.99, depending on the method. PMID:17375819

  16. [Preparation and clinical application of polyvinyl alcohol/drug-loaded chitosan microsphere composite wound dressing].

    PubMed

    Zhang, Xiuju; Lin, Zhidan; Chen, Wenbin; Song, Ying; Li, Zhizhong

    2011-04-01

    In order to prepare and apply the polyvinyl alcohol/drug-loaded chitosan microspheres composite wound dressing, we first prepared chitosan microspheres by emulsion cross-linking method, and then added chitosan microspheres into the reactants during the acetalization of polyvinyl alcohol and formaldehyde. We further studied the morphology, water absorption, swelling degree, mechanical properties and in vitro release of the sponge with different amount of chitosan microspheres. The results showed that polyvinyl alcohol/drug-loaded chitosan composite sponge has porous structure with connectionism. Increasing the amount of chitosan microspheres would make the apertures smaller, so that the water absorption and the swelling of sponge decreased, but the tensile strength and compressive strength increased. With the increase of the amount of chitosan microspheres, the drug absorption of cefradine and the release rate increase, and the release time become longer. With the results of toxicity grade of 0 to 1, this type of composite sponge is non-toxic and meets the requirement of biocompatibility. The observation of rabbit nasal cavity after surgical operation suggested that polyvinyl acetal sponge modified with the chitosan has antiphlogistic, hemostatic and non-adherent characteristic, and can promote the healing and recovering of the nasalmucosa. After using this composite material, best growing surroundings for patients' granulation tissue were provided. Exposed bone and tendon were covered well with granulation tissue. PMID:21604506

  17. Biocorrosion behavior and cell viability of adhesive polymer coated magnesium based alloys for medical implants

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Abdal-hay, Abdalla; Dewidar, Montasser; Lim, Jae Kyoo

    2012-11-01

    The present study was ultimately aimed to design novel adhesive biodegradable polymer, poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc), coatings onto Mg based alloys by the dip-coating technique in order to control the degradation rate and enhance the biocompatibility of magnesium alloys. The influence of various solvents on PVAc surface topography and their protection of Mg alloys were dramatically studied in vitro. Electrochemical polarization, degradation, and PVAc film cytocompatibility were also tested. Our results showed that the solvent had a significant effect on coating quality. PVAc/dichloromethane solution showed a porous structure and solution concentration could control the porous size. The coatings prepared using tetrahydrofuran and dimethylformamide solvents are exceptional in their ability to generate porous morphology even at low polymer concentration. In general, the corrosion performance appears to be different on different PVAc-solvent system. Immersion tests illustrated that the porous morphology on PVAc stabilized corrosion rates. A uniform corrosion attack in artificial simulation body fluid was also exhibited. The cytocompatibility of osteoblast cells (MC3T3) revealed high adherence, proliferation, and survival on the porous structure of PVAc coated Mg alloy, which was not observed for the uncoated samples. This novel PVAc coating is a promising candidate for biodegradable implant materials, which might widen the use of Mg based implants.

  18. Influence of polyvinyl pyrrolidone on the formation and properties of ZnO thin films in chemical bath deposition

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Rudolf C. Hoffmann; Shijun Jia; Lars P. H. Jeurgens; Joachim Bill; Fritz Aldinger

    2006-01-01

    Thin films consisting of ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by solvolysis from solutions of zinc acetate, polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) and sodium hydroxide in 2-propanol at temperatures of 328 K. Uniform, photoluminescent films with homogeneous surface coverage were obtained on silicon wafers modified with SO3–H terminated self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). High resolution transmission electron micrographs and the corresponding electron diffraction patterns in combination

  19. Immunological evaluation of mannosylated chitosan nanoparticles based foot and mouth disease virus DNA vaccine, pVAC FMDV VP1-OmpA in guinea pigs.

    PubMed

    Nanda, Raj Kishore; Hajam, Irshad Ahmed; Edao, Bedaso Mammo; Ramya, Kalaivanan; Rajangam, Mageswary; Chandra Sekar, Shanmugam; Ganesh, Kondabattula; Bhanuprakash, Veerakyathappa; Kishore, Subodh

    2014-05-01

    A DNA vaccine for foot and mouth disease (FMD) based on mannosylated chitosan nanoparticles was evaluated in guinea pigs. The DNA construct was comprised of FMD virus full length-VP1 gene and outer membrane protein A (Omp A) gene of Salmonella typhimurium as a Toll-like receptor (TLR)-ligand in pVAC vector. Groups of guinea pigs immunized either intramuscularly or intra-nasally were evaluated for induction of virus neutralizing antibodies, Th1(IgG2) and Th2 (IgG1) responses, lymphocyte proliferation, reactive nitrogen intermediate production, secretory IgA for naso-mucosal immune response and protection upon homotypic type O virulent FMD virus challenge. The results indicate the synergistic effect of OmpA on the immunogenic potential of FMD DNA vaccine construct delivered using mannosylated chitosan nano-particles by different routes of administration. These observations suggest the substantial improvement in all the immunological parameters with enhanced protection in guinea pigs. PMID:24656961

  20. Pallidol hexa­acetate ethyl acetate monosolvate

    PubMed Central

    Mao, Qinyong; Taylor, Dennis K.; Ng, Seik Weng; Tiekink, Edward R. T.

    2013-01-01

    The entire mol­ecule of pallidol hexa­acetate {systematic name: (±)-(4bR,5R,9bR,10R)-5,10-bis­[4-(acet­yloxy)phen­yl]-4b,5,9b,10-tetra­hydro­indeno­[2,1-a]indene-1,3,6,8-tetrayl tetra­acetate} is completed by the application of twofold rotational symmetry in the title ethyl acetate solvate, C40H34O12·C4H8O2. The ethyl acetate mol­ecule was highly disordered and was treated with the SQUEEZE routine [Spek (2009 ?). Acta Cryst. D65, 148–155]; the crystallographic data take into account the presence of the solvent. In pallidol hexa­acetate, the dihedral angle between the fused five-membered rings (r.m.s. deviation = 0.100?Å) is 54.73?(6)°, indicating a significant fold in the mol­ecule. Significant twists between residues are also evident as seen in the dihedral angle of 80.70?(5)° between the five-membered ring and the pendent benzene ring to which it is attached. Similarly, the acetate residues are twisted with respect to the benzene ring to which they are attached [C—O(carb­oxy)—C—C torsion angles = ?70.24?(14), ?114.43?(10) and ?72.54?(13)°]. In the crystal, a three-dimensional architecture is sustained by C—H?O inter­actions which encompass channels in which the disordered ethyl acetate mol­ecules reside. PMID:24046702

  1. 21 CFR 177.1670 - Polyvinyl alcohol film.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Polyvinyl alcohol film. 177.1670 Section 177.1670 Food and Drugs...Contact Surfaces § 177.1670 Polyvinyl alcohol film. Polyvinyl alcohol film may be safely used in contact with food of...

  2. 21 CFR 177.1670 - Polyvinyl alcohol film.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Polyvinyl alcohol film. 177.1670 Section 177.1670 Food and Drugs...Contact Surfaces § 177.1670 Polyvinyl alcohol film. Polyvinyl alcohol film may be safely used in contact with food of...

  3. 21 CFR 177.1670 - Polyvinyl alcohol film.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Polyvinyl alcohol film. 177.1670 Section 177.1670 Food and Drugs...Contact Surfaces § 177.1670 Polyvinyl alcohol film. Polyvinyl alcohol film may be safely used in contact with food of...

  4. 21 CFR 177.1670 - Polyvinyl alcohol film.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Polyvinyl alcohol film. 177.1670 Section 177.1670 Food and Drugs...Contact Surfaces § 177.1670 Polyvinyl alcohol film. Polyvinyl alcohol film may be safely used in contact with food of...

  5. 21 CFR 177.1670 - Polyvinyl alcohol film.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Polyvinyl alcohol film. 177.1670 Section 177.1670 Food and Drugs...Contact Surfaces § 177.1670 Polyvinyl alcohol film. Polyvinyl alcohol film may be safely used in contact with food of...

  6. Laser Ablative Deposition of Polymer Films: A Promise for Sensor Fabrication

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Blazevska-Gilev, Jadranka; Kup?ík, Jaroslav; Šubrt, Jan; Pola, Josef

    There is a continuing interest in the use of polymer films as insulating components of sensors; a number of such films have been prepared by polymer sputtering or vacuum deposition processes involving gas phase pyrolysis/photolysis and by plasma decomposition of monomers. An attractive and rather new technique for the deposition of novel polymer films is IR laser ablation of polymers containing polar groups. We have recently studied this process with poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC), poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and poly(vinyl chloride-co-vinyl acetate) P(VC/VAc) to establish its specific features and differences to conventional pyrolysis.

  7. Effect of Renal Embolization with Trisacryl and PAVc

    PubMed Central

    de Assis Barbosa, Leandro; Caldas, Jose Guilherme Mendes Pereira; Conti, Mario Luiz; Malheiros, Denise Maria Avancini Costa; Ramos, Francisco Ferreira

    2009-01-01

    OBJECTIVES Evaluate the degree of vascular occlusion, vascular recanalization, and necrosis of the vascular wall caused by polyvinyl alcohol-covered polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) particles compared to trisacryl particles after renal embolization. METHODS Seventy-nine female albino New Zealand rabbits underwent arterial catheterization of the right kidney. Thirty-three animals were embolized with trisacryl particles, thirty-one with PVAc particles, and fifteen were kept as controls. Four animals were excluded (three trisacryl and one PVAc) due to early death. Five subgroups of six animals were created. The animals in the different groups were sacrificed either 48 hours, 5 days, 10 days, 30 days, or 90 days after embolization. The control group was divided into subgroups of three animals each and kept for the same periods of time. The kidneys were dyed with hematoxylin-eosin and Masson’s trichrome and then examined using optical microscopy. RESULTS There were significant differences in the degree of vascular occlusion caused by the trisacryl and the PVAc particles between the five-day and the ten-day groups. Additional differences were noted between the five-day and 48-hour groups in regard to the amount of necrosis. For both findings, the PVAc group members showed adequate tissue reaction (ischemia and volumetric reduction) and less recanalization than those treated with trisacryl. CONCLUSION The use of PVAc as an embolization material exhibited an adequate tissue reaction (ischemia and volumetric reduction), more expressive vascular occlusion and necrosis, and less recanalization than the trisacryl material. PMID:19936185

  8. Microencapsulation techniques using ethyl acetate as a dispersed solvent: effects of its extraction rate on the characteristics of PLGA microspheres

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hongkee Sah

    1997-01-01

    Ethyl acetate solvent evaporation and extraction processes were developed to prepare poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) microspheres. The microencapsulation processes first emulsified a polymer-containing ethyl acetate solution with a 1% aqueous polyvinyl alcohol solution (W1) to make an oil-in-water (O\\/W1) emulsion. The O:W1 phase ratio was carefully chosen so as to saturate the W1 by a small proportion of the dispersed solvent and to

  9. Polyfunctional Biologically Active Polyvinyl Alcohol Film Materials

    Microsoft Academic Search

    T. N. Yudanova; I. F. Skokova; E. Yu. Aleshina; L. S. Gal'braikh

    2001-01-01

    Incorporation of sodium alginate in the spinning solution in the amount of 2% decreases the rate of inactivation of protease C immobilized in the structure of a polyvinyl alcohol film material by two times and decreases the amount of desorbed polyhexamethyleneguanidine hydrochloride by ten times, giving the film self-disinfecting properties. Addition of sodium tetraborate in the spinning solution increases the

  10. Catalytic poly(vinyl alcohol) functionalized membranes obtained by gamma irradiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Casimiro, M. H.; Silva, A. G.; Pinto, J. V.; Ramos, A. M.; Vital, J.; Ferreira, L. M.

    2012-09-01

    Polymeric catalytic membranes bearing sulfonic acid functions have been prepared by mutual gamma irradiation at a 60Co source, of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) membranes and methanesulfonic acid. The effect of various synthesis conditions on membranes' physical-chemical properties and catalytic activity in the esterification reaction between acetic acid and isoamyl alcohol to obtain isoamyl acetate (banana flavor), was evaluated. The membranes were characterized by ATR-FTIR, TPP, AFM and SEM. Water contact angle determinations were also performed. The obtained results showed that within the range of conditions studied the increase in sulfonic acid groups' content is accompanied by an enhancement in the membranes catalytic activity, while the increase in absorbed dose leads to a decrease in catalytic activity.

  11. Preparation of vinyl acetate

    DOEpatents

    Tustin, Gerald Charles (Kingsport, TN); Zoeller, Joseph Robert (Kingsport, TN); Depew, Leslie Sharon (Kingsport, TN)

    1998-01-01

    This invention pertains to the preparation of vinyl acetate by contacting a mixture of hydrogen and ketene with a heterogeneous catalyst containing a transition metal to produce acetaldehyde, which is then reacted with ketene in the presence of an acid catalyst to produce vinyl acetate.

  12. Biochemistry of microbial polyvinyl alcohol degradation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Fusako Kawai; Xiaoping Hu

    2009-01-01

    Effect of minor chemical structures such as 1,2-diol content, ethylene content, tacticity, a degree of polymerization, and\\u000a a degree of saponification of the main chain on biodegradability of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) is summarized. Most PVA-degraders\\u000a are Gram-negative bacteria belonging to the Pseudomonads and Sphingomonads, but Gram-positive bacteria also have PVA-degrading\\u000a abilities. Several examples show symbiotic degradation of PVA by different

  13. Effect of Heat Treatment on Some Mechanical Properties of Laminated Window Profiles Manufactured Using Two Types of Adhesives

    PubMed Central

    Korkut, Derya Sevim; Korkutand, Suleyman; Dilik, Tuncer

    2008-01-01

    The mechanical properties of laminated window profiles manufactured using two types of adhesives were determined. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effects of heat treatment on some mechanical properties of laminated window profiles that manufactured from Kosipo (Entandrophragma candollei Harms.) using differenet type adhesives. Commercially produced polyurethane based Macroplast UR 7221 and polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) adhesive were used for experiments. The overall test results were found to be comparable to those obtained in the previous studies. Both types of adhesives resulted in significant differences in their strength characteristics at 95% confidence level. Adhesive UR 7221 improved the overall properties of the samples in contrast to PVAc. PMID:19325761

  14. Performance of gelled-type dye-sensitized solar cells associated with glass transition temperature of the gelatinizing polymers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Chi-Wei Tu; Ken-Yen Liu; An-Ting Chien; Chia-Hsin Lee; Kuo-Chuan Ho; King-Fu Lin

    2008-01-01

    Poly(methyl acrylate) (PMA), poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and poly(n-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) with their respective Tg of 6, 32, and 145°C were employed to gel the LiI\\/I2\\/tertiary butylpyridine electrolyte system for preparation of the gelled-type dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The light-to-electricity conversion efficiencies of DSSCs gelled by PMA, PVAc, and PNIPAAm were 7.17%, 5.62%, and 3.17%, respectively under simulated AM 1.5 sunlight irradiation,

  15. Dehydration of ethyl acetate aqueous solution by pervaporation using PVA\\/PAN hollow fiber composite membrane

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hai-Kuan Yuan; Jie Ren; Xiao-Hua Ma; Zhen-Liang Xu

    2011-01-01

    Using poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) as coating material, tartaric acid (Tac) and maleic anhydride (Mac) as cross-linking agents and the poly(acrylonitrile) (PAN) hollow fiber ultrafiltration membrane as support layer, the PVA\\/PAN composite membrane was prepared by dip-coating method used for pervaporation (PV) dehydration of ethyl acetate (EAc)\\/H2O solution. The PVA\\/PAN composite membrane was characterized by FT-IR spectra and SEM. The effects

  16. Dehydration of ethyl acetate–water mixtures using PVA\\/ceramic composite pervaporation membrane

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Shanshan Xia; Xueliang Dong; Yuexin Zhu; Wang Wei; Fenjuan Xiangli; Wanqin Jin

    2011-01-01

    Dehydration of ethyl acetate (EAC)–water mixtures by pervaporation (PV) was studied using a ceramic-supported polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) composite membrane. The effects of feed temperature, feed water content and feed flow rate on the PV performance of the membrane were systematically investigated. In addition, swelling experiments were performed to evaluate the sorption characteristic of the membrane. Flory-Huggins and NRTL (non-random two

  17. 78 FR 39256 - Polyvinyl Alcohol From Taiwan: Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2012-2013

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2013-07-01

    ...Administration [A-583-841] Polyvinyl Alcohol From Taiwan: Rescission of Antidumping...the antidumping duty order on polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) from Taiwan for the period March...CCPC to the Department, ``Polyvinyl Alcohol from Taiwan: Withdrawal of...

  18. Norethisterone and norethisterone acetate.

    PubMed

    1979-12-01

    This monograph on norethisterone and its acetate (NOR) includes chemical and physical data (synonyms and trade names), structural and molecular formulae and molecular weight of NOR, chemical and physical properties of NOR, and the production, use, occurrence, and analysis of NOR. Production of NOR and its acetate, both of which are not known to occur naturally, occurs via conversion of estrone to its methyl ester which is reduced to estradiol 3-methyl ether with lithium aluminum hydride; NOR acetate is synthesized by acetylating NOR with acetic anhydride in pyridine. NOR has been used for human medicine in a variety of ways: 1) to treat amenorrhea, 2) to treat dysfunctional uterine bleeding, and 3) for treating endometriosis. It has also been used to treat premenstrual tension and dysmenorrhea. Medicinal use of NOR acetate is similar to that for NOR. Analytical procedures for determining NOR as a bulk chemical are presented tabularly. Biological data relevant to the evaluation of carcinogenic risk to humans are presented briefly. With experimental animals, when administered alone NOR and/or its acetate increased the incidence of benign liver tumors in male mice and of pituitary tumors in females; females also suffered granulosa-cell ovarian tumors. NOR in combination with an estrogen increased incidence of pituitary tumors in mice of both sexes. NOR is embryolethal in some species and produces virilization in female fetuses. It is concluded that there is limited evidence for the carcinogenicity of NOR and its acetate in animals. Human studies are not available, but NOR is implicated causally as a progestogenic element in side effects of combined oral contraceptive usage. PMID:120838

  19. METHOD OF POLYVINYL ALCOHOL SUBSTITUTION IN AQUEOUS MAGNETIC COLLOIDS

    E-print Network

    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    873 METHOD OF POLYVINYL ALCOHOL SUBSTITUTION IN AQUEOUS MAGNETIC COLLOIDS D. CHANDESRIS, A substitution of the water by a polyvinyl alcohol. The resulting samples are solid and can be studied : a good ferrofluid, i. e. one which strongly counteracts the separation of the grains from the liquid

  20. Complex compound polyvinyl alcohol-titanic acid/titanium dioxide

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Prosanov, I. Yu.

    2013-02-01

    A complex compound polyvinyl alcohol-titanic acid has been produced and investigated by means of IR and Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and synchronous thermal analysis. It is claimed that it represents an interpolymeric complex of polyvinyl alcohol and hydrated titanium oxide.

  1. Effects of acetic acid\\/acetic anhydride ratios on the properties of corn starch acetates

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Cherif Ibrahima Khalil Diop; Hai Long Li; Bi Jun Xie; John Shi

    2011-01-01

    Corn starch was pre-treated with acetic acid and then acetylated by acetic anhydride under microwave irradiation. The effects of molar ratios of these two reagents on the acetylation of starch were investigated. Starch acetate with a high degree of substitution (DS, 2.93) was obtained at a molar ratio (acetic acid\\/acetic anhydride) of 1:1. However, the DS should tend to decrease

  2. Synthesis and sorption properties of porous layers of cyclames on a modified polyvinyl chloride surface

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tsivadse, A. Yu.; Fridman, A. Ya.; Morozova, E. M.; Sokolova, N. P.; Voloshchuk, A. M.; Petukhova, G. A.; Bardyshev, I. I.; Gorbunov, A. M.; Polyakova, I. Ya.; Shapokhina, O. P.

    2012-03-01

    The structure and adsorption properties of the porous layers of synthesized ethanol-cyclames and sodium acetate cyclames on a surface of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) encapsulating fibers of the asbestos tissue of chrysotile asbestos are studied. It is established that PVC is linked to the silicon-oxygen chains of magnesium hydrosilicate; the capsule ensures the stability of the asbestos tissue under the action of the concentrated solutions of acids and alkalis; its exterior reproduces the fiber surface and has a typical microrelief; and there are voids in the layers. We conclude that the specific surface of layers and the volume of the adsorption space are larger than those of the initial fibers, and the statistical capacity upon the adsorption of water vapor and polar and nonpolar organic molecules depends on the nature and affinity for cyclames.

  3. Preparation of porous super-hydrophobic and super-oleophilic polyvinyl chloride surface with corrosion resistance property

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kang, Yingke; Wang, Jinyan; Yang, Guangbin; Xiong, Xiujuan; Chen, Xinhua; Yu, Laigui; Zhang, Pingyu

    2011-11-01

    Porous super-hydrophobic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) surfaces were obtained via a facile solvent/non-solvent coating process without introducing compounds with low surface energy. The microstructure, wetting behavior, and corrosion resistance of resultant super-hydrophobic PVC coatings were investigated in relation to the effects of dosage of glacial acetic acid and the temperature of drying the mixed PVC solution spread over glass slide substrate. As-prepared PVC coatings had porous microstructure, and the one obtained at a glacial acetic acid to tetrahydrofuran volume ratio of 2.5:10.0 and under a drying temperature of 17 °C had a water contact angle of 150 ± 1.5°, showing super-hydrophobicity. In the meantime, it possessed very small contact angles for liquid paraffin and diiodomethane and good corrosion resistance against acid and alkali corrosive mediums, showing promising applications in self-cleaning, waterproof for outer wall of building, seawater resistant coating, and efficient separation of oil and water.

  4. Ulipristal acetate: in uterine fibroids.

    PubMed

    Croxtall, Jamie D

    2012-05-28

    Ulipristal acetate, a selective progesterone-receptor modulator, inhibits the proliferation and induces apoptosis of leiomyoma cells in vitro. It also modulates the expression of vascular endothelial growth factors and hormone receptors and modulates extracellular matrix breakdown in leiomyoma cells but not in myometrial cells. In two randomized, double-blind, multinational phase III trials of 13 weeks' duration in women aged 18-50 years with uterine fibroids, a once-daily regimen of oral ulipristal acetate 5 mg/day controlled excessive uterine bleeding (primary endpoint) in ?90% of patients. Ulipristal acetate 5 mg/day was more effective than placebo and was shown to be noninferior to intramuscular leuprolide acetate 3.75 mg once monthly in controlling uterine bleeding. Uterine bleeding was rapidly controlled by ulipristal acetate. Approximately half of recipients of ulipristal acetate 5 mg/day became amenorrhoeic within the first 10 days of treatment. Furthermore, uterine bleeding was controlled significantly more rapidly for recipients of ulipristal acetate than recipients of leuprolide acetate. A significantly greater median reduction from baseline in total fibroid volume was observed for recipients of ulipristal acetate 5 mg once daily than recipients of placebo following 13 weeks' treatment (coprimary endpoint). For patients who did not undergo surgery, the volume reduction was maintained for at least 6 months after discontinuing treatment. Ulipristal acetate was generally well tolerated in women with uterine fibroids. The incidence of hot flush occurred with a significantly lower frequency for recipients of ulipristal acetate than for recipients of leuprolide acetate. PMID:22568731

  5. CORRELATION AMONG MORPHOLOGY, INTERFACE, AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES: EXPERIMENTAL STUDY

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Mo Song; Yongxin Pang

    2001-01-01

    The effect of the disperse phase and the diffuse interface between phases on the tensile and impact strengths of polypropylene (PP)\\/poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) (75\\/20 by weight) blends compatibilized with maleic anhydride–grafted PP derivatives and on the tensile modulus of poly(vinyl chloride)\\/polystyrene (PVC\\/PS) nanoparticle blends compatibilized with polystyrene\\/poly(vinyl acetate) (PS\\/PVAc) block copolymers were investigated experimentally. The weight fraction of the diffuse

  6. Mechanical behaviour and 3D stress analysis of multi-layered wooden beams made with welded-through wood dowels

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Cian O’Loinsigh; Marc Oudjene; Elisabeth Shotton; Antonio Pizzi; Paul Fanning

    This paper presents experimental and numerical investigations on multi-layered timber beams using welded-through wood dowels in place of traditional poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc)-adhesives (or metallic nails). Four-layer beams were constructed with varying numbers of dowels, in each, and then loaded using four-points bending tests to evaluate the mechanical performance of these beams. The practical difficulties encountered in constructing deeper multi-layer beams

  7. Polyvinyl alcohol cross-linked with two aldehydes

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Sheibley, D. W.; Rieker, L. L.; Hsu, L. C.; Manzo, M. A. (inventors)

    1982-01-01

    A film forming polyvinyl alcohol resin is admixed, in aqueous solution, with a dialdehyde crosslinking agent which is capable of crosslinking the polyvinyl alcohol resin and a water soluble acid aldehyde containing a reactive aldehyde group capable of reacting with hydroxyl groups in the polyvinyl alcohol resin and an ionizable acid hydrogen atom. The dialdehyde is present in an amount sufficient to react with from 1 to 20% by weight of the theoretical amount required to react with all of the hydroxyl groups of the polyvinyl alcohol. The amount of acid aldehyde is from 1 to 50% by weight, same basis, and is sufficient to reduce the pH of the aqueous admixture to 5 or less. The admixture is then formed into a desired physical shape, such as by casting a sheet or film, and the shaped material is then heated to simultaneously dry and crosslink the article.

  8. 4-Carbamoylpiperidinium acetate monohydrate.

    PubMed

    Smith, Graham; Wermuth, Urs D

    2010-01-01

    In the structure of the title compound, C(6)H(13)N(2)O(+)·C(2)H(3)O(2) (-)·H(2)O, the amide H atoms of the cations form centrosymmetric cyclic hydrogen-bonding associations incorporating two water mol-ecules [graph set R(4) (2)(8)], which are conjoint with cyclic water-bridged amide-amide associations [R(4) (4)(12)] and larger R(4) (4)(20) associations involving the water mol-ecule and the acetate anions, which bridge through the piperidinium H-bond donors, giving an overall three-dimensional framework structure. PMID:21589458

  9. 4-Carbamoylpiperidinium acetate monohydrate

    PubMed Central

    Smith, Graham; Wermuth, Urs D.

    2010-01-01

    In the structure of the title compound, C6H13N2O+·C2H3O2 ?·H2O, the amide H atoms of the cations form centrosymmetric cyclic hydrogen-bonding associations incorporating two water mol­ecules [graph set R 4 2(8)], which are conjoint with cyclic water-bridged amide–amide associations [R 4 4(12)] and larger R 4 4(20) associations involving the water mol­ecule and the acetate anions, which bridge through the piperidinium H-bond donors, giving an overall three-dimensional framework structure. PMID:21589458

  10. Anisotropic polyvinyl alcohol hydrogel for cardiovascular applications.

    PubMed

    Millon, L E; Mohammadi, H; Wan, W K

    2006-11-01

    Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) is a hydrophilic polymer with various characteristics desired for biomedical applications and can be transformed into a solid hydrogel by physical crosslinking, using a low-temperature thermal cycling process. As with most polymeric materials, the mechanical properties of the resultant PVA are isotropic, as oppose to most soft tissues, which are anisotropic. The objective of this research is to develop a PVA-based hydrogel that not only mimics the nonlinear mechanical properties displayed by cardiovascular tissues, but also their anisotropic behavior. By applying a controlled strain to the PVA samples, while undergoing low-temperature thermal cycling, we were able to create oriented mechanical properties in PVA hydrogels. The oriented stress-strain properties of porcine aorta were matched simultaneously by a PVA hydrogel prepared (10% PVA, cycle 3, 75% initial strain). This novel technique allows the controlled introduction of anisotropy to PVA hydrogel, and gives a broad range of control of its mechanical properties, for specific medical device applications. PMID:16680682

  11. Preparation and properties of polyvinyl alcohol microspheres

    SciTech Connect

    Campbell, J.H.; Grens, J.Z.; Poco, J.F.; Ives, B.H.

    1986-06-01

    Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) microspheres, having a size range of approx.150- to 250-..mu..m diameter with 1- to 5-..mu..m wall thickness, have been fabricated using a solution droplet technique. The spheres were developed for possible use on the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Program. PVA, a polymer chosen based on earlier survey work carried out at KMS Fusion, Inc., has good strength, low hydrogen permeability, is optically transparent, and water soluble. The latter property makes it safe and easy to use in our droplet generator system. A unique dual-orifice droplet generator was used to prepare the spheres. The droplet generator operating conditions and the column processing parameters were chosen using results from our 1-D model calculations as a guide. The polymer microsphere model is an extension of the model we developed to support the glass sphere production. After preparation, the spheres were physically characterized for surface quality, sphericity, wall thickness (and uniformity), and size. We also determined the buckling pressure for both uncoated and CH-coated spheres. Radiation stability to beta decay (from tritium) was evaluated by exposing the spheres to a 7-keV electron beam. The results from these and other physical property measurements are presented in this report.

  12. 77 FR 14342 - Polyvinyl Alcohol From Taiwan: Correction to Notice of Opportunity To Request Administrative Review

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    2012-03-09

    ...A-583-841] Polyvinyl Alcohol From Taiwan: Correction...Request Administrative Review AGENCY: Import Administration...request administrative review of the antidumping duty order on polyvinyl alcohol from Taiwan. See Antidumping...Request Administrative Review, 77 FR 12559...

  13. Molecular Structure of Phenylmercuric acetate

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    2004-11-10

    Phenylmercuric acetate is white to white-yellow crystalline powder that is odorless. This phenyl mercury compound is used mainly as a fungicide, herbicide, slimicide and bacteriocide. Phenylmercuric acid serves as a preservative in canned paint, eye ointments and drops, injectable solutions, skin disinfectants and in cosmetics products such as hair shampoos, mouthwashes and toothpastes. It is also used in contraceptive gels and foams. Phenylmercuric acetate is prepared by interaction of benzene with mercuric acetate in glacial acetic acid. Phenylmercuric acetate's former production and use as a fungicide and as a mildew inhibitor in paints may have resulted in its direct release to the environment. This substance is very toxic to aquatic organisms and may be hazardous to the environment.

  14. Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/sulfonated polyhedral oligosilsesquioxane (sPOSS) hybrid membranes

    E-print Network

    Mather, Patrick T.

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/sulfonated polyhedral oligosilsesquioxane (sPOSS) hybrid membranes/inorganic hybrid membranes based on poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and sulfonated polyhedral oligosilsesquioxane (s membrane. Copyright # 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. KEYWORDS: poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA); sulfonated

  15. 21 CFR 582.1721 - Sodium acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Sodium acetate. 582.1721 Section 582...Purpose Food Additives § 582.1721 Sodium acetate. (a) Product. Sodium acetate. (b) Conditions of use. This substance is generally...

  16. 21 CFR 582.1721 - Sodium acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Sodium acetate. 582.1721 Section 582...Purpose Food Additives § 582.1721 Sodium acetate. (a) Product. Sodium acetate. (b) Conditions of use. This substance is generally...

  17. 21 CFR 582.1721 - Sodium acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Sodium acetate. 582.1721 Section 582...Purpose Food Additives § 582.1721 Sodium acetate. (a) Product. Sodium acetate. (b) Conditions of use. This substance is generally...

  18. 21 CFR 582.1721 - Sodium acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Sodium acetate. 582.1721 Section 582...Purpose Food Additives § 582.1721 Sodium acetate. (a) Product. Sodium acetate. (b) Conditions of use. This substance is generally...

  19. 27 CFR 21.107 - Ethyl acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...acetate. (a) 85 percent ester: (1) Acidity (as acetic acid). Not more than 0.015 percent by weight. (2...C. (b) 100 percent ester: (1) Acidity (as acetic acid). Not more than 0.010 percent by weight....

  20. 27 CFR 21.107 - Ethyl acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...acetate. (a) 85 percent ester: (1) Acidity (as acetic acid). Not more than 0.015 percent by weight. (2...C. (b) 100 percent ester: (1) Acidity (as acetic acid). Not more than 0.010 percent by weight....

  1. Ulipristal acetate for emergency contraception.

    PubMed

    Russo, J A; Creinin, M D

    2010-09-01

    Ulipristal acetate is a progesterone receptor modulator. As an emergency contraceptive, a 30-mg micronized formulation is effective for use up to 120 h from unprotected sexual intercourse. Ulipristal acetate acts as an antagonist of the progesterone receptor at the transcriptional level and a competitive antagonist of glucocorticoid receptor function. In contrast to other contraceptives, it has little effect on sex hormone-binding globulin. Although a single small study demonstrated some potential endometrial effects after ulipristal acetate administration, the clinical relevance of these findings is unclear. The incidence of adverse events in clinical trials for emergency contraception has typically been minimal, with one study showing a higher than expected incidence of nausea upon ulipristal acetate use. Ulipristal acetate, like other emergency contraceptive products, can lengthen the time to the next expected menstruation. Ulipristal acetate may have several advantages over currently approved emergency contraceptives. When compared to levonorgestrel, ulipristal acetate maintains its efficacy for a full 120 h, whereas levonorgestrel formulations have declining efficacy over that time frame. Moreover, although the copper intrauterine device (IUD) is highly effective as an emergency contraceptive, accessibility is an issue since the IUD requires a skilled provider for insertion. PMID:20967297

  2. Ulipristal acetate: contraceptive or contragestive?

    PubMed

    Keenan, Jeffrey A

    2011-06-01

    Ulipristal acetate is the first selective progesterone receptor modulator approved for postcoital contraception in the US. It appears to be significantly more effective in inhibition of ovulation than other forms of emergency contraception. However, ulipristal acetate is structurally similar to mifepristone, and several lines of evidence suggest that a postfertilization mechanism of action is also operative. This mechanism of action is considered to be contragestive versus contraceptive. Ulipristal acetate administration is contraindicated in a known or suspected pregnancy; however, it could quite possibly be used as an effective abortifacient. Health-care providers should inform patients of the possibility of both mechanisms of action with use of this drug. PMID:21666088

  3. Molecular Structure of Sodium acetate

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    2002-08-26

    Sodium acetate is known for its ability to supercool. It freezes at 130 degrees, but can exist as a liquid at a much lower temperature. In order to melt solidified sodium acetate, however, every single crystal must liquify, otherwise the material will recrystallize. Sodium acetate has been used as a deicer for roads and runways. It is also used a component of buffer systems and in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and heat pads. The compound is quite stable. It may act as an irritant and be harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

  4. RESEARCH PAPER Effects of iron oxide nanoparticles on polyvinyl alcohol

    E-print Network

    Guo, John Zhanhu

    RESEARCH PAPER Effects of iron oxide nanoparticles on polyvinyl alcohol: interfacial layer and bulk Abstract Iron oxide (a-phase) nanoparticles with coercivity larger than 300 Oe have been fabricated to effectively serve as a solid spacer to disperse the iron precursor and to prevent the nanoparticles from

  5. Structural-mechanical and thermophysical properties of modified polyvinyl chloride

    Microsoft Academic Search

    N. A. Bordyuk; Yu. N. Bestyuk; V. I. Nikitchuk; B. S. Kolupaev

    1991-01-01

    On the basis of a systematic investigation of the viscoelastic properties of polyvinyl chloride filled with waste from mineral fertilizer and phosphoric acid production in the form of highly dispersed phospho-gypsum, the specific heat is calculated and the energy of interaction of the structural elements of the system matrix is determined, together with the effective thermal conductivity coefficient, with allowance

  6. Interaction of collagen and poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) in blends

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Alina Sionkowska

    2003-01-01

    The interaction between collagen and poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) in blends has been studied by viscometry, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). It was found that the amide A and amide I bands position in FTIR spectra of collagen were shifted after blending with PVP to higher wavenumbers. DSC measurements showed different melting temperature, glass transition

  7. Effect of natural gas odorants on polyvinyl chloride pipe

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. R. Knight; A. Verma

    1975-01-01

    From studies of the effect of natural gas odorants on polyvinyl chloride and polyethylene pipe, the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Power Corp. conclude that PE pipe is not affected by the odorants, while the mechanical strength of PVC pipe is affected by some. After 10-day exposures to liquid mercaptan-based odorants, the PE samples showed no physical changes and

  8. Poly-Sugar: Modification of Poly(vinyl Alcohol)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. M. Usmani; I. O. Salyer

    1979-01-01

    This paper describes the attachment of sugar (sucrose) onto low molecular weight poly(vinyl alcohols) (etherification) to produce a new class of synthetic sweetener. Because of its regulated molecular weight, the new sweetener would pass through the digestive tract and be excreted in its original molecular form. We have termed the new class of sweeteners poly-sugar. The etherification of sucrose with

  9. Antibiofilm Properties of Acetic Acid

    PubMed Central

    Bjarnsholt, Thomas; Alhede, Morten; Jensen, Peter Østrup; Nielsen, Anne K.; Johansen, Helle Krogh; Homøe, Preben; Høiby, Niels; Givskov, Michael; Kirketerp-Møller, Klaus

    2015-01-01

    Bacterial biofilms are known to be extremely tolerant toward antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents. These biofilms cause the persistence of chronic infections. Since antibiotics rarely resolve these infections, the only effective treatment of chronic infections is surgical removal of the infected implant, tissue, or organ and thereby the biofilm. Acetic acid is known for its antimicrobial effect on bacteria in general, but has never been thoroughly tested for its efficacy against bacterial biofilms. In this article, we describe complete eradication of both Gram-positive and Gram-negative biofilms using acetic acid both as a liquid and as a dry salt. In addition, we present our clinical experience of acetic acid treatment of chronic wounds. In conclusion, we here present the first comprehensive in vitro and in vivo testing of acetic acid against bacterial biofilms. PMID:26155378

  10. Methanogenesis from acetate: enrichment studies.

    PubMed

    Baresi, L; Mah, R A; Ward, D M; Kaplan, I R

    1978-07-01

    An acetate enrichment culture was initiated by inoculating anaerobic sludge from a mesophilic methane digestor into a mineral salts medium with calcium acetate as the sole carbon and energy source. This enrichment was maintained indefinitely by weekly transfer into medium of the same composition. A study of this enrichment disclosed an unexpected age-dependent inhibition of methanogenesis by H2 and formate which apparently differed from the inhibition by chloroform and benzyl viologen. This age-dependent inhibition indicated that microbial interactions of the mixed enrichment population may play a regulatory role in methane formation. Futhermore, stimulation of methanogenesis in the acetate enrichment by addition of yeast extract showed a nutrient limitation which indicated that syntrophic interactions leading to formation of growth factors may also occur. A model is presented to illustrate the possible interrelationships between methanogenic and nonmethanogenic bacteria in their growth and formation of methane and carbon dioxide from acetate. PMID:697356

  11. Molecular Structure of Acetic acid

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    2003-06-02

    Acetic Acid commonly associated with vinegar; it is the most commercially important organic acid and is used to manufacture a wide range of chemical products, such as plastics and insecticides. Acetic acid is produced naturally by Aceto bacteria but, except for making vinegar, is usually made through synthetic processes. Ethanoic acid is used as herbicide, as a micro-biocide, as a fungicide and for pH adjustment.

  12. Treatment of desizing wastewater containing poly(vinyl alcohol) by wet air oxidation

    SciTech Connect

    Chen, G.; Lei, L.; Yue, P.L.; Cen, P.

    2000-05-01

    The effectiveness of wet air oxidation (WAO) is studied in a 2-L autoclave for the treatment of desizing wastewater from man-made fiber textile plants. At an oxygen pressure of less than 2 MPa, over 30-min, chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal was found to increase from 15 to 65% when the temperature was raised from 150 to 250 C. The biodegradability of the wastewater was also simultaneously increased. Up to 90% of the COD could be removed within 120 min. A simplified reaction mechanism is proposed which involves a direct mineralization step in parallel with a step in which an intermediate is formed prior to mineralization. A kinetic model for COD removal was developed based on this reaction mechanism. The model was tested with experimental COD results over the temperature range of the experiments. The dependence of the specific reaction rate constants was found to follow the Arrhenius type of equation. The direct oxidation of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) to carbon dioxide and water is the dominant reaction step. The intermediates formed are not likely to be the acetic acid but may be short segments of PVA that are easily oxidized.

  13. Cross-linked polyvinyl alcohol and method of making same

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Hsu, L. C.; Sheibley, D. W.; Philipp, W. H. (inventors)

    1981-01-01

    A film-forming polyvinyl alcohol polymer is mixed with a polyaldehyde-polysaccharide cross-linking agent having at least two monosaccharide units and a plurality of aldehyde groups per molecule, perferably an average of at least one aldehyde group per monosaccharide units. The cross-linking agent, such as a polydialdehyde starch, is used in an amount of about 2.5 to 20% of the theoretical amount required to cross-link all of the available hydroxyl groups of the polyvinyl alcohol polymer. Reaction between the polymer and cross-linking agent is effected in aqueous acidic solution to produce the cross-linked polymer. The polymer product has low electrical resistivity and other properties rendering it suitable for making separators for alkaline batteries.

  14. Taraxerol acetate at 100 K.

    PubMed

    Billodeaux, D R; Benavides, G A; Fischer, N H; Fronczek, F R

    1999-12-15

    The title triterpene, D-friedoolean-14-en-3 beta-yl acetate, C32H52O2, was isolated from dichloromethane extracts of the roots of common ragweed Ambrosia artemisiifolia. The skeleton contains five fused six-membered rings with an average Csp3-Csp3 bond distance of 1.549 (6) A and one double bond of length 1.348 (6) A. The D and E rings are cis-fused. The compound also contains a beta-oriented acetate group with a C-O distance 1.461 (5) A. PMID:10641284

  15. Surface acoustic wave humidity sensor using polyvinyl-alcohol film

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. Penza; V. I. Anisimkin

    1999-01-01

    A surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensor has been fabricated and used to study the hygroscopic properties of the polyvinyl-alcohol (PVA) polymer film as layer chemically sensitive to relative humidity (RH). A 42 MHz SAW device has been configured as delay line onto 128° YX-LiNbO3 substrate with the SAW path totally covered by the spin-coated PVA film. The SAW phase response

  16. Accuracy of three polyvinyl siloxane putty-wash impression techniques

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Joseph Nissan; Ben-Zion Laufer; Tamar Brosh; David Assif

    2000-01-01

    Statement of problem. There is much discussion in the dental literature concerning the effect of the impression technique on the accuracy of cast restorations.Purpose. This study assessed the accuracy of 3 putty-wash impression techniques using the same impression material (polyvinyl siloxane) in a laboratory model.Material and methods. The 3 putty-wash impression techniques used were (1) 1-step (putty and wash impression

  17. Electrical conductivity of polyvinyl alcohol-multiwall carbon nanotubes composites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Amrin, Sayed; Deshpande, V. D.

    2013-06-01

    The dc and ac conductivity of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWNT) nanocomposites prepared by solution casting were investigated by employing dielectric relaxation spectroscopy in broad frequency range (0.1 Hz-10 MHz) at room temperature as a function of the conductive weight fraction (p) ranging from 0 to 2wt.%. The frequency dependence of the measured conductivity obeys the universal dynamic response (UDR); a dc plateau followed, by the power law above a critical frequency (fc).

  18. Preparation and characterization of bioglass\\/polyvinyl alcohol composite hydrogel

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hong Xu; Yingjun Wang; Yudong Zheng; Xiaofeng Chen; Li Ren; Gang Wu; Xiaoshan Huang

    2007-01-01

    In order to form firm active fixation with the adjacent bone, a new kind of bioactive composite hydrogel was prepared with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and bioglass (BG) through ultrasonic dispersion, heat-high-pressure and freeze\\/thawed technique. A digital speckle correlation method (DSCM) was utilized to characterize the mechanical properties of the series of BG\\/PVA composites. Results showed that at different load pressures,

  19. Polyvinyl Alcohol Based Membrane as Separator for Alkaline Water Electrolyzer

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Seetharaman; S. Ravichandran; D. J. Davidson; S. Vasudevan; G. Sozhan

    2011-01-01

    Alkaline water Electrolyzer employs Nickel based electrodes and asbestos cloth diaphragm. Asbestos is considered as carcinogenic. In order to limit the usage of asbestos diaphragm, separator membrane was synthesized from polyvinyl alcohol, glutaraldehyde, N,N,N'N'-Tetramethyl hexane-1,6 diamine and Titanium dioxide. The role of N,N,N'N'-Tetramethyl hexane-1,6 diamine is to improve the dimensional stability of the membrane. The fabricated membranes were characterized by

  20. Radiation-induced degradation of polyvinyl alcohol in aqueous solutions

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Shu-Juan Zhang; Han-Qing Yu

    2004-01-01

    The degradation of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) by ?-ray irradiation was investigated. Degradation efficiency of PVA was influenced by several factors, such as initial PVA concentration, dose rate, pH, and the addition of H2O2. The degradation kinetics depended on initial PVA concentration and dose rate. At a relatively lower PVA concentration, e.g., 180mg\\/L, and a higher dose rate, e.g., 55.7Gy\\/min, the

  1. Poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogels as soft contact lens material

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Suong-Hyu Hyon; Won-Ill Cha; Yoshito Ikada; Mihori Kita; Yuichiro Ogura; Yoshihito Honda

    1994-01-01

    A new type of soft contact lens was developed from the poly(vinyl alchol) (PVA) hydrogel prepared by a low temperature crystallization technique using a water-dimethyl sulfoxide mixed solvent. The PVA contact lens materials had a water content of 78% and a tensile strength of 50 kg\\/cm, five times as strong as that of commercial poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) soft contact lens. The

  2. Structural-mechanical and thermophysical properties of modified polyvinyl chloride

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bordyuk, N. A.; Bestyuk, Yu. N.; Nikitchuk, V. I.; Kolupaev, B. S.

    1991-06-01

    On the basis of a systematic investigation of the viscoelastic properties of polyvinyl chloride filled with waste from mineral fertilizer and phosphoric acid production in the form of highly dispersed phospho-gypsum, the specific heat is calculated and the energy of interaction of the structural elements of the system matrix is determined, together with the effective thermal conductivity coefficient, with allowance for energy dissipation by the elements of the structure.

  3. Preparation and properties of microfibrillated cellulose polyvinyl alcohol composite materials

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jue Lu; Tao Wang; Lawrence T. Drzal

    2008-01-01

    This work reports the preparation of MFC–PVA composite films, and the thermal and mechanical properties of these films. Microfibrillated cellulose (MFC), which was separated from kraft pulp by a mechanical process, was used as the reinforcement in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix. This MFC reinforcement has an interconnected web-like structure with fibrils having a diameter in the range of 10–100nm, as

  4. Ozone decomposition in aqueous acetate solutions

    SciTech Connect

    Sehested, K.; Holcman, J.; Bjergbakke, E.; Hart, E.J.

    1987-01-01

    The acetate radical ion reacts with ozone with a rate constant of k = (1.5 +/- 0.5) x 10Z dmT mol s . The products from this reaction are CO2, HCHO, and O2 . By subsequent reaction of the peroxy radical with ozone the acetate radical ion is regenerated through the OH radical. A chain decomposition of ozone takes place. It terminates when the acetate radical ion reacts with oxygen forming the unreactive peroxy acetate radical. The chain is rather short as oxygen is developed, as a result of the ozone consumption. The inhibiting effect of acetate on the ozone decay is rationalized by OH scavenging by acetate and successive reaction of the acetate radical ion with oxygen. Some products from the bimolecular disappearance of the peroxy acetate radicals, however, react further with ozone, reducing the effectiveness of the stabilization.

  5. 21 CFR 184.1721 - Sodium acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...form. It is produced synthetically by the neutralization of acetic acid with sodium carbonate or by treating calcium acetate with sodium sulfate and sodium bicarbonate. (b) The ingredient meets the specifications of the Food...

  6. 21 CFR 184.1721 - Sodium acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...form. It is produced synthetically by the neutralization of acetic acid with sodium carbonate or by treating calcium acetate with sodium sulfate and sodium bicarbonate. (b) The ingredient meets the specifications of the Food...

  7. 21 CFR 184.1721 - Sodium acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...form. It is produced synthetically by the neutralization of acetic acid with sodium carbonate or by treating calcium acetate with sodium sulfate and sodium bicarbonate. (b) The ingredient meets the specifications of the Food...

  8. 21 CFR 184.1721 - Sodium acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...form. It is produced synthetically by the neutralization of acetic acid with sodium carbonate or by treating calcium acetate with sodium sulfate and sodium bicarbonate. (b) The ingredient meets the specifications of the Food...

  9. 21 CFR 184.1721 - Sodium acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...form. It is produced synthetically by the neutralization of acetic acid with sodium carbonate or by treating calcium acetate with sodium sulfate and sodium bicarbonate. (b) The ingredient meets the specifications of the Food...

  10. Electron tunneling studies of Mn12-Acetate 

    E-print Network

    Ma, Lianxi

    2008-10-10

    We used self-assembling tunnel junctions (SATJs) to study the electron transport through films of the molecular magnets, Mn12-Acetate. Pulse laser deposition (PLD) was used to deposit two monolayers of Mn12-Acetate on ...

  11. Concentrating aqueous acetate solutions with tertiary amines 

    E-print Network

    Lee, Champion

    1993-01-01

    Water may be extracted from aqueous calcium acetate or sodium acetate solutions using low miscibility, low molecular weight tertiary amines, e.g. triethylamine (TEA) and N,N- dietliylmethylaniine (DEMA). This novel extraction technology...

  12. Stimuli-Responsive Mechanically Adaptive Polymer Nanocomposites

    PubMed Central

    Shanmuganathan, Kadhiravan; Capadona, Jeffrey R.; Rowan, Stuart J.; Weder, Christoph

    2010-01-01

    A new series of biomimetic stimuli-responsive nanocomposites, which change their mechanical properties upon exposure to physiological conditions, was prepared and investigated. The materials were produced by introducing percolating networks of cellulose nanofibers or “whiskers” derived from tunicates into poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc), poly(butyl methacrylate) (PBMA), and blends of these polymers, with the objective of determining how the hydrophobicity and glass-transition temperature (Tg) of the polymer matrix affect the water-induced mechanically dynamic behavior. Below the Tg (~60–70 °C), the incorporation of whiskers (15.1 – 16.5% v/v) modestly increased the tensile storage moduli (E?) of the neat polymers from 0.6 to 3.8 GPa (PBMA) and from 2 to 5.2 GPa (PVAc). The reinforcement was much more dramatic above Tg, where E? increased from 1.2 to 690 MPa (PVAc) and ~1 to 1.1 GPa (PBMA). Upon exposure to physiological conditions (immersion in artificial cerebrospinal fluid, ACSF, at 37 °C) all materials displayed a decrease of E?. The most significant contrast was seen in PVAc; for example the E? of a 16.5% v/v PVAc/whisker nanocomposite decreased from 5.2 GPa to 12.7 MPa. Only a modest modulus decrease was measured for PBMA/whisker nanocomposite; here the E? of a 15.1% v/v PBMA/whisker nanocomposite decreased from 3.8 to 1.2 GPa. A systematic investigation revealed that the magnitude of the mechanical contrast was related to the degree of swelling with ACSF, which was shown to increase with whisker content, temperature, and polarity of the matrix (PVAc > PBMA). The mechanical morphing of the new materials can be described in the framework of both the percolation and Halpin-Kardos models for nanocomposite reinforcement, and is the result of changing interactions among the nanoparticles and plasticization of the matrix upon swelling. PMID:20305827

  13. Effect of composite microstructure on electrical and mechanical properties of poly(vinyl acetate) composites with carbon black and clay. 

    E-print Network

    Miriyala, Sethu M.

    2009-05-15

    with three clay concentrations (0.2, 0.4 and 2 wt%). In emulsion-based composites, low clay concentration reduced the percolation threshold from 1.2 vol% to 0.8 vol% carbon black, but with solution-based composites clay increased the percolation threshold...

  14. 21 CFR 73.2396 - Lead acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...ADDITIVES EXEMPT FROM CERTIFICATION Cosmetics § 73.2396 Lead acetate. (a...additive lead acetate may be safely used in cosmetics intended for coloring hair on the scalp...The amount of the lead acetate in the cosmetic shall be such that the lead...

  15. 21 CFR 73.2396 - Lead acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...ADDITIVES EXEMPT FROM CERTIFICATION Cosmetics § 73.2396 Lead acetate. (a...additive lead acetate may be safely used in cosmetics intended for coloring hair on the scalp...The amount of the lead acetate in the cosmetic shall be such that the lead...

  16. 27 CFR 21.107 - Ethyl acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...107 Ethyl acetate. (a) 85 percent ester: (1) Acidity (as acetic acid). Not more than 0.015 percent by weight...and none above 80 °C. (b) 100 percent ester: (1) Acidity (as acetic acid). Not more than 0.010 percent by...

  17. 27 CFR 21.107 - Ethyl acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...107 Ethyl acetate. (a) 85 percent ester: (1) Acidity (as acetic acid). Not more than 0.015 percent by weight...and none above 80 °C. (b) 100 percent ester: (1) Acidity (as acetic acid). Not more than 0.010 percent by...

  18. 27 CFR 21.107 - Ethyl acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...107 Ethyl acetate. (a) 85 percent ester: (1) Acidity (as acetic acid). Not more than 0.015 percent by weight...and none above 80 °C. (b) 100 percent ester: (1) Acidity (as acetic acid). Not more than 0.010 percent by...

  19. Asymmetric cyclopropanation of ketene silyl acetal with allylic acetate catalyzed by a palladium complex

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Akiharu Satake; Hitomi Kadohama; Hiroyuki Koshino; Tadashi Nakata

    1999-01-01

    The first asymmetric cyclopropanation of ketene silyl acetal with allylic acetate was achieved. New chiral oxazolidinylpyrazole ligands and their ?3-allylpalladium complexes were synthesized. Reaction of cinnamyl acetate with ketene silyl acetal of ethyl isobutylate in the presence of a palladium complex gave a phenyl cyclopropane derivative in 20? 54%ee.

  20. Polyvinyl alcohol doped with nickel chloride hexahydrate as conductor polymer

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ruiz-Limon, B.; Olivares-Perez, Arturo; Silva-Andrade, F.; Fuentes-Tapia, I.; Ibarra-Torres, Juan Carlos

    2004-06-01

    Polyvinyl alcohol is a viscous solution, with blue clear appearance, not has odor, when is deposited, as a film dry the appearance is clear transparent and has high flexibility. This polymer no has double link and don not has p orbital that permit the conductivity. However, can be doped with salts as ammonium dichromate and nickel chloride hexahydrate NiCl26H2O constructing a good conductor polymer with a resistivity around 300 ohms cm. Conserving the high flexibility opened new possibilities and applications.

  1. Nanodielectric system for cryogenic applications: Barium titanate filled polyvinyl alcohol

    SciTech Connect

    Tuncer, Enis [ORNL; Sauers, Isidor [ORNL; James, David Randy [ORNL; Ellis, Alvin R [ORNL; Duckworth, Robert C [ORNL

    2008-01-01

    In the current study the focus is on dielectric properties (as a function of frequency and temperature) of a polymeric composite system composed of polyvinyl alcohol and barium titanate nano powder. In the investigations, the temperature range is between 50-295 K, and the frequency range is between $20\\ \\hertz-1\\ \\mega\\hertz$. Polarization and conduction processes are investigated in the linear regime. Dielectric breakdown strengths of samples are also reported. The materials presented have potential to be implemented in cryogenic capacitor or field grading applications.

  2. Memristive learning and memory functions in polyvinyl alcohol polymer memristors

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    Lei, Yan; Liu, Yi; Xia, Yidong; Gao, Xu; Xu, Bo; Wang, Suidong; Yin, Jiang; Liu, Zhiguo

    2014-07-01

    Polymer based memristive devices can offer simplicity in fabrication and at the same time promise functionalities for artificial neural applications. In this work, inherent learning and memory functions have been achieved in polymer memristive devices employing Polyvinyl Alcohol. The change in conduction in such polymer devices strongly depends on the pulse amplitude, duration and time interval. Through repetitive stimuli training, temporary short-term memory can transfer into consolidated long-term memory. These behaviors bear remarkable similarities to certain learning and memory functions of biological systems.

  3. RADIOCHEMICAL ALTERATIONS IN POLYVINYL CHLORIDE UNDER THE EFFECT OF Co⁶° GAMMA RADIATION

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Wuckel

    1960-01-01

    The role of air oxygen in the radiochemical changes of polyvinyl ; chloride was investigated. A polyvinyl chloride emulsion polymeride with a K ; value of 60 to 65 was used as a sample. It was radiated in the form of powder, ; films, and massive cylinders in high vacuum and in air. The total viscosity of ; the powders

  4. Controlling the color of Lippmann holograms recorded in dichromated gelatin polyvinyl alcohol

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Tiequan Cai; Yixing Tang; Hui Wang; Chaoming Dai; Lu-Rong Guo

    1993-01-01

    The polyvinyl alcohol and several other organic materials are mixed into the aqueous gelatin while the film is coated. This thin solid film is sensitized by aqueous ammonium dichromate, so it is called a dichromated gelatin polyvinyl alcohol (DC-GPVA) holographic recording material. DC-GPVA not only possesses the same excellent holographic properties as the conventional dichromated gelatin (DCG) but also obviously

  5. Preparation and Properties of Biodegradable Polymer Film Based on Polyvinyl Alcohol and Tropical Fruit Waste Flour

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ooi Xian Zhong; Hanafi Ismail; Nor Aziah Abdul Aziz; Azhar Abu Bakar

    2011-01-01

    In this study, two different types of tropical fruit waste flour, rambutan waste flour (RWF) and banana waste flour (BWF), were blended with polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) by solution casting method. The structure of the blend film was characterised by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The tensile strength and elongation at break of tropical fruit waste flour-filled polyvinyl alcohol were lower, but

  6. Rapidly dissolving poly(vinyl alcohol)/cyclodextrin electrospun nanofibrous membranes

    E-print Network

    Khan, Saad A.

    complexes of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), hydroxypropyl-b-cyclodextrin (HPbCD), and a poorly water soluble of these complexes within electrospun polymer nanobers is yet to be fully explored. Cyclodextrins have beenRapidly dissolving poly(vinyl alcohol)/cyclodextrin electrospun nanofibrous membranes Joshua L

  7. Perpendicularly oriented lamellae in poly(3-hydroxybutyric acid-co-3-hydroxyvaleric acid) blended with an amorphous polymer: ultra-thin to thick films.

    PubMed

    Su, Chean-Cheng; Woo, Eamor M; Hsieh, Ya-Ting

    2013-02-21

    The oppositely oriented lamellae in ridge and valley bands of ring-banded spherulites in biodegradable poly(3-hydroxybutyric acid-co-3-hydroxyvaleric acid) (PHBV) interacting with amorphous poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) were examined using polarized-light optical, scanning electron, and atomic-force microscopy techniques (POM, SEM, AFM). Solvent-etching and fracturing were utilized for probing the interior morphology of the large-size ring-banded spherulites in PHBV/PVAc (70/30) blend [T(c) = 110 °C] films or thick bulk of various thicknesses. SEM analysis revealed that dual ridges of two opposite-oriented lamellae correspond to two-color bands (yellow and blue) of successive rings in POM micrographs. Fracture of thick blend samples further exposed that interior 3D spherulites were composed of sheath-kebab (similar to corrugated board) lamellae of two mutually perpendicular orientations. PMID:23318504

  8. CORROSION OF LEAD SHIELDING IN NUCLEAR MATERIALS PACKAGES

    SciTech Connect

    Subramanian, K; Kerry Dunn, K

    2007-11-16

    Inspection of United States-Department of Energy (US-DOE) model 9975 nuclear materials shipping package revealed corrosion of the lead shielding induced by off-gas constituents from organic components in the package. Experiments were performed to determine the corrosion rate of lead when exposed to off-gas or degradation products of these organic materials. The results showed that the room temperature vulcanizing (RTV) sealant was the most corrosive organic species followed by the polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) glue. The fiberboard material induced corrosion to a much lesser extent than the PVAc glue and RTV, and only in the presence of condensed water. The results indicated faster corrosion at temperatures higher than ambient and with condensed water as expected. A corrosion rate of 0.05 mm/year measured for coupons exposed to the most aggressive conditions was recommended as a conservative estimate for use in package performance calculations.

  9. CORROSION OF LEAD SHIELDING IN NUCLEAR MATERIALS PACKAGES

    SciTech Connect

    Subramanian, K; Kerry Dunn, K; Joseph Murphy, J

    2008-07-18

    Inspection of United States-Department of Energy (US-DOE) model 9975 nuclear materials shipping package revealed corrosion of the lead shielding that was induced by off-gas constituents from organic components in the package. Experiments were performed to determine the corrosion rate of lead when exposed to off-gas or degradation products of these organic materials. The results showed that the room temperature vulcanizing (RTV) sealant was the most corrosive organic species used in the construction of the packaging, followed by polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) glue. Fiberboard material, also used in the construction of the packaging induced corrosion to a much lesser extent than the PVAc glue and RTV sealant, and only in the presence of condensed water. The results indicated faster corrosion at temperatures higher than ambient and with condensed water. In light of these corrosion mechanisms, the lead shielding was sheathed in a stainless steel liner to mitigate against corrosion.

  10. End-of-life of starch-polyvinyl alcohol biopolymers.

    PubMed

    Guo, M; Stuckey, D C; Murphy, R J

    2013-01-01

    This study presents a life cycle assessment (LCA) model comparing the waste management options for starch-polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) biopolymers including landfill, anaerobic digestion (AD), industrial composting and home composting. The ranking of biological treatment routes for starch-PVOH biopolymer wastes depended on their chemical compositions. AD represents the optimum choice for starch-PVOH biopolymer containing N and S elements in global warming potential (GWP(100)), acidification and eutrophication but not on the remaining impact categories, where home composting was shown to be a better option due to its low energy and resource inputs. For those starch-PVOH biopolymers with zero N and S contents home composting delivered the best environmental performance amongst biological treatment routes in most impact categories (except for GWP(100)). The landfill scenario performed generally well due largely to the 100-year time horizon and efficient energy recovery system modeled but this good performance is highly sensitive to assumptions adopted in landfill model. PMID:23131650

  11. Incidence of cancer among vinyl chloride and polyvinyl chloride workers.

    PubMed Central

    Heldaas, S S; Langård, S L; Andersen, A

    1984-01-01

    The results of a follow up study of the incidence of cancer and the mortality in a cohort of 454 male workers producing vinyl chloride and polyvinyl chloride are presented. The study population was restricted to employees with more than one year's work experience in the study plant between 1950 and 1969 and the cohort was followed up from 1953 to the end of 1979. Twenty three new cases of cancer were observed compared with 20.2 expected; one case of liver angiosarcoma was found. Five cases of lung cancer were found (2.8 expected) and four cases of malignant melanoma of the skin were observed (0.8 expected). The possibility of a causal relationship between exposure to vinyl chloride and the development of malignant melanomas is discussed. PMID:6691932

  12. Structural insights into enzymatic degradation of oxidized polyvinyl alcohol.

    PubMed

    Yang, Yu; Ko, Tzu-Ping; Liu, Long; Li, Jianghua; Huang, Chun-Hsiang; Chan, Hsiu-Chien; Ren, Feifei; Jia, Dongxu; Wang, Andrew H-J; Guo, Rey-Ting; Chen, Jian; Du, Guocheng

    2014-09-01

    The ever-increasing production and use of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) threaten our environment. Yet PVA can be assimilated by microbes in two steps: oxidation and cleavage. Here we report novel ?/?-hydrolase structures of oxidized PVA hydrolase (OPH) from two known PVA-degrading organisms, Sphingopyxis sp. 113P3 and Pseudomonas sp. VM15C, including complexes with substrate analogues, acetylacetone and caprylate. The active site is covered by a lid-like ?-ribbon. Unlike other esterase and amidase, OPH is unique in cleaving the C?C bond of ?-diketone, although it has a catalytic triad similar to that of most ?/?-hydrolases. Analysis of the crystal structures suggests a double-oxyanion-hole mechanism, previously only found in thiolase cleaving ?-ketoacyl-CoA. Three mutations in the lid region showed enhanced activity, with potential in industrial applications. PMID:25044912

  13. 40 CFR 721.10001 - 2-Ethoxyethanol, 2-ethoxyethanol acetate, 2-methoxyethanol, and 2-methoxyethanol acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...reporting. (1) The chemical substances identified as 2-ethoxyethanol (CAS No. 110-80-5), 2-ethoxyethanol acetate (CAS No. 111-15-9), 2-methoxyethanol (CAS No. 109-86-4), and 2-methoxyethanol acetate (CAS No....

  14. 40 CFR 721.10001 - 2-Ethoxyethanol, 2-ethoxyethanol acetate, 2-methoxyethanol, and 2-methoxyethanol acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...reporting . (1) The chemical substances identified as 2-ethoxyethanol (CAS No. 110-80-5), 2-ethoxyethanol acetate (CAS No. 111-15-9), 2-methoxyethanol (CAS No. 109-86-4), and 2-methoxyethanol acetate (CAS No....

  15. 40 CFR 721.10001 - 2-Ethoxyethanol, 2-ethoxyethanol acetate, 2-methoxyethanol, and 2-methoxyethanol acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...reporting . (1) The chemical substances identified as 2-ethoxyethanol (CAS No. 110-80-5), 2-ethoxyethanol acetate (CAS No. 111-15-9), 2-methoxyethanol (CAS No. 109-86-4), and 2-methoxyethanol acetate (CAS No....

  16. 40 CFR 721.10001 - 2-Ethoxyethanol, 2-ethoxyethanol acetate, 2-methoxyethanol, and 2-methoxyethanol acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...reporting . (1) The chemical substances identified as 2-ethoxyethanol (CAS No. 110-80-5), 2-ethoxyethanol acetate (CAS No. 111-15-9), 2-methoxyethanol (CAS No. 109-86-4), and 2-methoxyethanol acetate (CAS No....

  17. 40 CFR 721.10001 - 2-Ethoxyethanol, 2-ethoxyethanol acetate, 2-methoxyethanol, and 2-methoxyethanol acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...reporting . (1) The chemical substances identified as 2-ethoxyethanol (CAS No. 110-80-5), 2-ethoxyethanol acetate (CAS No. 111-15-9), 2-methoxyethanol (CAS No. 109-86-4), and 2-methoxyethanol acetate (CAS No....

  18. Positron scattering from vinyl acetate

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    Chiari, L.; Zecca, A.; Blanco, F.; García, G.; Brunger, M. J.

    2014-09-01

    Using a Beer-Lambert attenuation approach, we report measured total cross sections (TCSs) for positron scattering from vinyl acetate (C4H6O2) in the incident positron energy range 0.15-50 eV. In addition, we also report an independent atom model with screening corrected additivity rule computation results for the TCSs, differential and integral elastic cross sections, the positronium formation cross section and inelastic integral cross sections. The energy range of these calculations is 1-1000 eV. While there is a reasonable qualitative correspondence between measurement and calculation for the TCSs, in terms of the energy dependence of those cross sections, the theory was found to be a factor of ˜2 larger in magnitude at the lower energies, even after the measured data were corrected for the forward angle scattering effect.

  19. Manufacturing Ethyl Acetate From Fermentation Ethanol

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Rohatgi, Naresh K.; Ingham, John D.

    1991-01-01

    Conceptual process uses dilute product of fermentation instead of concentrated ethanol. Low-concentration ethanol, extracted by vacuum from fermentation tank, and acetic acid constitutes feedstock for catalytic reaction. Product of reaction goes through steps that increases ethyl acetate content to 93 percent by weight. To conserve energy, heat exchangers recycle waste heat to preheat process streams at various points.

  20. Structural studies of alumina pillared hectorite using polyvinyl alcohol as a pillaring agent

    E-print Network

    Kroenig, Andrea N

    1997-01-01

    In the present work, the structures of a natural hectorite clay pillared with alumina were studied. Frequently, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) was added as a pillaring agent to observe structural differences in the calcined products. Series of products...

  1. Hydrogen-bonded layer-by-layer assembly of poly(vinyl alcohol) and tannic acid

    E-print Network

    Sample, Caitlin (Caitlin Sarah)

    2014-01-01

    Hydrogen-bonded multilayer thin films containing tannic acid (TA) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) were assembled under different pH conditions, and film growth and dissolution behavior was assessed through profilometry. ...

  2. Ulipristal acetate in emergency contraception.

    PubMed

    Goldstajn, Marina Sprem; Baldani, Dinka Pavici?; Skrgati?, Lana; Radakovi?, Branko; Vrbi?, Hrvoje; Cani?, Tomislav

    2014-03-01

    Despite the widespread availability of highly effective methods of contraception, unintended pregnancy is common. Unplanned pregnancies have been linked to a range of health, social and economic consequences. Emergency contraception reduces risk of pregnancy after unprotected intercourse, and represents an opportunity to decrease number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions. Emergency contraception pills (ECP) prevent pregnancy by delaying or inhibiting ovulation, without interfering with post fertilization events. If pregnancy has already occurred, ECPs will not be effective, therefore ECPs are not abortificants. Ulipristal acetate (17alpha-acetoxy-11beta-(4N-N,N-dymethilaminophenyl)-19-norpregna--4,9-diene-3,20-dione) is the first drug that was specifically developed and licensed for use as an emergency contraceptive. It is an orally active, synthetic, selective progesterone modulator that acts by binding with high affinity to the human progesterone receptor where it has both antagonist and partial agonist effects. It is a new molecular entity and the first compound in a new pharmacological class defined by the pristal stem. Up on the superior clinical efficacy evidence, UPA has been quickly recognized as the most effective emergency contraceptive pill, and recently recommended as the first prescription choice for all women regardless of the age and timing after intercourse. This article provides literature review of UPA and its role in emergency contraception. PMID:24851646

  3. 21 CFR 582.5933 - Vitamin A acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Vitamin A acetate. 582.5933 Section 582...AS SAFE Nutrients and/or Dietary Supplements 1 § 582.5933 Vitamin A acetate. (a) Product. Vitamin A acetate. (b) Conditions of...

  4. 21 CFR 582.5933 - Vitamin A acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Vitamin A acetate. 582.5933 Section 582...AS SAFE Nutrients and/or Dietary Supplements 1 § 582.5933 Vitamin A acetate. (a) Product. Vitamin A acetate. (b) Conditions of...

  5. 21 CFR 582.5933 - Vitamin A acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Vitamin A acetate. 582.5933 Section 582...AS SAFE Nutrients and/or Dietary Supplements 1 § 582.5933 Vitamin A acetate. (a) Product. Vitamin A acetate. (b) Conditions of...

  6. 21 CFR 582.5933 - Vitamin A acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Vitamin A acetate. 582.5933 Section 582...AS SAFE Nutrients and/or Dietary Supplements 1 § 582.5933 Vitamin A acetate. (a) Product. Vitamin A acetate. (b) Conditions of...

  7. 21 CFR 582.5933 - Vitamin A acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Vitamin A acetate. 582.5933 Section 582...AS SAFE Nutrients and/or Dietary Supplements 1 § 582.5933 Vitamin A acetate. (a) Product. Vitamin A acetate. (b) Conditions of...

  8. Doped with Sodium Acetate and Metallic Sodium

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tada, Satoki; Isoda, Yukihiro; Udono, Haruhiko; Fujiu, Hirofumi; Kumagai, Shunji; Shinohara, Yoshikazu

    2014-06-01

    We have investigated the thermoelectric properties of p-type Na-doped Mg2 Si0.25Sn0.75 solid solutions prepared by liquid-solid reaction and hot-pressing methods. Na was introduced into Mg2Si0.25Sn0.75 by using either sodium acetate (CH3COONa) or metallic sodium (2 N). The samples doped with sodium acetate consisted of phases with antifluorite structure and a small amount of MgO as revealed by x-ray diffraction, whereas the sample doped with metallic sodium contained the Sn, MgO, and Mg2SiSn phases. The hole concentrations of Mg1.975Na0.025Si0.25Sn0.75 doped by sodium acetate and metallic sodium were 1.84 × 1025 m-3 and 1.22 × 1025 m-3, respectively, resulting in resistivities of 4.96 × 10-5 ? m (sodium acetate) and 1.09 × 10-5 ? m (metallic sodium). The Seebeck coefficients were 198 ?V K-1 (sodium acetate) and 241 ?V K-1 (metallic sodium). The figures of merit for Mg1.975Na0.025Si0.25Sn0.75 were 0.40 × 10-3 K-1 (sodium acetate) and 0.25 × 10-3 K-1 (metallic sodium) at 400 K. Thus, sodium acetate is a suitable Na dopant for Mg2Si1- x Sn x .

  9. Thermal stability of polyvinyl alcohol/nanocrystalline cellulose composites.

    PubMed

    Voronova, Marina I; Surov, Oleg V; Guseinov, Sabir S; Barannikov, Vladimir P; Zakharov, Anatoly G

    2015-10-01

    Thermal stability of polyvinyl alcohol/cellulose nanocrystals (PVA/CNCs) composites prepared with solution casting technique was studied. The PVA/CNCs composites were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and thermogravimetric (TG) analysis. Due to the presence of CNCs nanoparticles, thermal degradation of the composites occurs at much higher temperatures compared to that of the neat PVA. Thermal stability of the PVA/CNCs composites is maximally enhanced with CNCs content of 8-12 wt%. Some thermal degradation products of the PVA/CNCs composites were identified by mass spectrometric analysis. TG measurements with synchronous recording of mass spectra revealed that the thermal degradation of both CNCs and PVA in the composites with CNCs content of 8-12 wt% occurs simultaneously at a much higher temperature than that of CNCs or the neat PVA. However, with increasing CNCs content more than 12 wt% the thermal stability of the composites decreases. In this case, the degradation of CNCs comes first followed by the degradation of PVA. PMID:26076645

  10. UV-responsive polyvinyl alcohol nanofibers prepared by electrospinning

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    Khatri, Zeeshan; Ali, Shamshad; Khatri, Imran; Mayakrishnan, Gopiraman; Kim, Seong Hun; Kim, Ick-Soo

    2015-07-01

    We report UV-responsive polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) nanofibers for potential application for recording and erasing quick response (QR) codes. We incorporate 1?-3?-dihydro-8-methoxy-1?,3?,3?-trimethyl-6-nitrospiro [2H-1-benzopyran-2,2?-(2H)-indole] (indole) and,3-dihydro-1,3,3-trimethylspiro [2H-indole-2,3?-[3H] phenanthr [9,10-b] (1,4) oxazine] (oxazine) into PVA polymer matrix via electrospinning technique. The resultant nanofibers were measured for recording-erasing, photo-coloration and thermal reversibility. The rate of photo-coloration of PVA-indole nanofibers was five times higher than the PVA-oxazine nanofibers, whereas the thermal reversibility found to be more than twice as fast as PVA-oxazine nanofibers. Results showed that the resultant nanofibers have very good capability of recording QR codes multiple times. The FTIR spectroscopy and SEM were employed to characterize the electrospun nanofibers. The UV-responsive PVA nanofibers have great potentials as a light-driven nanomaterials incorporated within sensors, sensitive displays and in optical devices such as erasable and rewritable optical storage.

  11. Preparation and flammability of poly(vinyl alcohol) composite aerogels.

    PubMed

    Chen, Hong-Bing; Wang, Yu-Zhong; Schiraldi, David A

    2014-05-14

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH)-based aerogel composites with nanoscale silica, halloysite, montmorillonite (MMT), and laponite were prepared via a freeze-drying method. The PVOH/MMT and PVOH/laponite composites exhibit higher compressive moduli than the PVOH/SiO2 or PVOH/halloysite samples. Layered microstructures were observed for the samples except with PVOH/laponite, which showed irregular network morphologies. Thermogravimetric analysis of the aerogel samples showed increased thermal stability with the addition of nanofillers. The heat release measured by cone calorimetry, smoke release, and carbon monoxide production of the aerogel composites are all significantly decreased with the addition of nanofillers; these values are much lower than those for commercial expanded polystyrene foam. The fillers did not lead to obvious increases in the limiting oxygen index values, and the corresponding time to ignition values decrease. The ability to adjust the nanofiller levels in these foamlike aerogel composites allows for specific tuning of these products for fire safety. PMID:24731187

  12. Respiratory illness caused by overheating of polyvinyl chloride.

    PubMed

    Froneberg, B; Johnson, P L; Landrigan, P J

    1982-08-01

    On 9 August 1979, 62 (30.8%) of 201 workers and one of 60 management personnel in a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fabricating plant developed acute upper and lower respiratory irritation, headache, nausea, and fainting. All were taken to hospital; none died. Sixty of the patients were women. Interviews two weeks later with 57 affected and 14 unaffected workers disclosed that illness had followed exposure to fumes from an overheated (362 degrees C) PVC extruding machine. Fumes were emitted from 1100 until 1150; cases occurred from 1100 until late afternoon. All workers who became ill worked west of the overheated extruder, and the affected manager had visited that area. The earliest cases occurred closest to the machine, and incidence decreased (from 53.3% to 15.4%) with distance westward. This pattern was consistent with plant ventilation. Incidence rates in men and women did not differ (p greater than 0.1). At two and 14 weeks, pulmonary function testing of workers with persistent pulmonary symptoms showed abnormalities in 13 of 16 and in 9 of 11 respectively; the group with persistent symptoms contained an excess of non-smokers and of those with previous respiratory illnesses. One kilogram of PVC heated to 300 degrees C releases an estimated 12.9 g of hydrochloric acid (HCl) and 4.9 g of carbon monoxide (CO). We attributed the outbreak to exposure to toxic HCl and CO and rejected the hypothesis of mass psychogenic illness. PMID:7093150

  13. Acetic Acid Off Gassing in Clamshell Enclosures

    E-print Network

    Brewer, Allison

    2013-01-01

    . This presentation will investigate the use of acid detection strips (A-D strips) to study acetic acid off gassing occurring in custom-made, cloth covered book boxes constructed and used by conservators in research libraries....

  14. Fragrance material review on 4-methylbenzyl acetate.

    PubMed

    McGinty, D; Letizia, C S; Api, A M

    2012-09-01

    A toxicologic and dermatologic review of 4-methylbenzyl acetate when used as a fragrance ingredient is presented. 4-Methylbenzyl acetate is a member of the fragrance structural group Aryl Alkyl Alcohol Simple Acid Esters (AAASAE). The AAASAE fragrance ingredients are prepared by reacting an aryl alkyl alcohol with a simple carboxylic acid (a chain of 1-4 carbons) to generate formate, acetate, propionate, butyrate, isobutyrate and carbonate esters. This review contains a detailed summary of all available toxicology and dermatology papers that are related to this individual fragrance ingredient and is not intended as a stand-alone document. Available data for 4-methylbenzyl acetate were evaluated, then summarized, and includes: physical properties, skin irritation, skin sensitization, and elicitation data. A safety assessment of the entire AAASAE will be published simultaneously with this document. Please refer to Belsito et al. (2012) for an overall assessment of the safe use of this material and all AAASAE in fragrances. PMID:22414643

  15. Methanogenesis from acetate: a nonmethanogenic bacterium from an anaerobic acetate enrichment.

    PubMed

    Ward, D M; Mah, R A; Kaplan, I R

    1978-06-01

    A methanogenic acetate enrichment was initiated by inoculation of an acetate-mineral salts medium with domestic anaerobic digestor sludge and maintained by weekly transfer for 2 years. The enrichment culture contained a Methanosarcina and several obligately anaerobic nonmethanogenic bacteria. These latter organisms formed varying degrees of association with the Methanosarcina, ranging from the nutritionally fastidious gram-negative rod called the satellite bacterium to the nutritionally nonfastidious Eubacterium limosum. The satellite bacterium had growth requirements for amino acids, a peptide, a purine base, vitamin B12, and other B vitamins. Glucose, mannitol, starch, pyruvate, cysteine, lysine, leucine, isoleucine, arginine, and asparagine stimulated growth and hydrogen production. Acetate was neither incorporated nor metabolized by the satellite organism. Since acetate was the sole organic carbon source in the enrichment culture, organism(s) which metabolize acetate (such as the Methanosarcina) must produce substrates and growth factors for associated organisms which do not metabolize acetate. PMID:677881

  16. Isolation of acetic acid bacteria from honey

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kanlaya Kappeng; Wasu Pathom-aree

    Four thermotolerant acetic acid bacteria designated as CMU1, CMU2, CMU3 and CMU4 were isolated from six honey samples produced by three native bee species in northern Thailand, namely the dwarf honey bee (Apis florea), Asian honey bee (A. cerena) and giant honey bee (A. dorsata). All isolates were tested for their tolerance to acetic acid and ethanol at 30?C and

  17. Nomegestrol acetate/estradiol: in oral contraception.

    PubMed

    Yang, Lily P H; Plosker, Greg L

    2012-10-01

    Nomegestrol acetate/estradiol is a combined oral contraceptive with approval in many countries. This fixed-dose combination tablet contains nomegestrol acetate, a highly selective progestogen, and estradiol, a natural estrogen. It is the first monophasic combined oral contraceptive to contain estradiol, and is taken in 28-day cycles, consisting of 24 active therapy days with 4 placebo days (i.e. 24/4-day cycles). In two large, 1-year, randomized, open-label, multicentre, phase III trials in healthy adult women (aged 18-50 years), nomegestrol acetate/estradiol was at least as effective as drospirenone/ethinylestradiol as contraceptive therapy, as the pregnancy rates in women aged 18-35 years (primary efficacy population) in terms of the Pearl Index (primary endpoint) were numerically lower with nomegestrol acetate/estradiol, although the between-group difference was not statistically significant. In both trials, nomegestrol acetate/estradiol was given in a 24/4-day cycle, and drospirenone/ethinylestradiol was given in a 21/7-day cycle. The criteria for using condoms in case of forgotten doses were less stringent in the nomegestrol acetate/estradiol group than in the drospirenone/ethinylestradiol group. Nomegestrol acetate/estradiol therapy for up to 1 year was generally well tolerated in healthy adult women, with an acceptable tolerability profile in line with that expected for a combined oral contraceptive. The most commonly reported adverse events were acne and abnormal withdrawal bleeding (most often shorter, lighter or absent periods). Overall, compared with drospirenone/ethinylestradiol, nomegestrol acetate/estradiol appeared to be associated with less favourable acne-related outcomes, and shorter, lighter or absent periods. PMID:22950535

  18. Acetate Oxidation Is the Dominant Methanogenic Pathway from Acetate in the Absence of Methanosaetaceae†

    PubMed Central

    Karakashev, Dimitar; Batstone, Damien J.; Trably, Eric; Angelidaki, Irini

    2006-01-01

    The oxidation of acetate to hydrogen, and the subsequent conversion of hydrogen and carbon dioxide to methane, has been regarded largely as a niche mechanism occurring at high temperatures or under inhibitory conditions. In this study, 13 anaerobic reactors and sediment from a temperate anaerobic lake were surveyed for their dominant methanogenic population by using fluorescent in situ hybridization and for the degree of acetate oxidation relative to aceticlastic conversion by using radiolabeled [2-14C]acetate in batch incubations. When Methanosaetaceae were not present, acetate oxidation was the dominant methanogenic pathway. Aceticlastic conversion was observed only in the presence of Methanosaetaceae. PMID:16820524

  19. Fabrication of a solution-processed thin-film transistor using zinc oxide nanoparticles and zinc acetate

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    Lee, Sul; Jeong, Sunho; Kim, Dongjo; Park, Bong Kyun; Moon, Jooho

    2007-07-01

    We have fabricated a solution-processed ZnO thin-film transistor without vacuum deposition. ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by the polyol method from zinc acetate, polyvinyl pyrrolidone, and diethyleneglycol. The solution-processable semiconductor ink was prepared by dispersing the synthesized ZnO in a solvent. Inverted stagger type thin-film transistors were fabricated by spin casting the ZnO ink on the heavily doped Si wafer with 200 nm thick SiO 2, followed by evaporation of Cr/Au source and drain electrodes. After the drying and heat treatment at 600 ?C, a relatively dense ZnO film was obtained. The film characteristics were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). In order to obtain the electrical properties of the solution-derived transistor, the on-off ratio, threshold voltage, and mobility were measured.

  20. New holographic polymeric composition based on plexiglass, polyvinyl butyral, and phenanthrenquinone

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    Matusevich, Vladislav; Tolstik, Elen; Kowarschik, Richard; Egorova, Elena; Matusevich, Yuri I.; Krul, Leonid

    2013-05-01

    The newly developed Plexiglas films containing polyvinyl butyral resins and phenanthrenequinone molecules as photosensitive dopant, which are proposed for the practical application as interlayer of laminated safety glass, are shown for the first time. The injection of the phenanthrenequinone-poly(methyl methacrylate) into the polyvinyl butyral protective interlayer provides a homogenous distribution of the recording holographic medium in the layer and allows fixing the entire surface grating in the laminated glass. In addition, the original properties of polyvinyl butyral as a connecting material were preserved during manufacturing of the laminated glass. This allows a recording of holographic structures directly after baking of the laminated glass, thus reducing the destruction of the gratings due to the elevated temperatures. The diffractive structures in phenanthrenequinone-poly(methyl methacrylate)-polyvinyl butyral polymeric layers with thicknesses of hundreds of microns are sealed between two panels of glass (so-called laminated glass) and are generated by illumination with an Argon-laser of 514 nm. Efficiently fixed and long-term stable holographic gratings recorded in the phenanthrenequinone-poly(methyl methacrylate)-polyvinyl butyral layer enable to produce transparent laminated glass with inserted diffractive elements, which can be used e.g. for Head-up Displays in automobile windshields or as holographic light concentrators for solar cells.

  1. Acetate Transport and Utilization in the Rat Brain

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    Deelchand, Dinesh K.; Shestov, Alexander A.; Koski, Dee M.; U?urbil, Kâmil; Henry, Pierre-Gilles

    2009-01-01

    Acetate, a glial-specific substrate, is an attractive alternative to glucose for the study of neuronal-glial interactions. The present study investigates the kinetics of acetate uptake and utilization in the rat brain in vivo during infusion of [2-13C]acetate using NMR spectroscopy. When plasma acetate concentration was increased, the rate of brain acetate utilization (CMRace) increased progressively and reached close to saturation for plasma acetate concentration > 2-3 mM, whereas brain acetate concentration continued to increase. The Michaelis-Menten constant for brain acetate utilization ( KMutil=0.01±0.14mM) was much smaller than for acetate transport through the blood-brain barrier ( KMt=4.18±0.83mM). The maximum transport capacity of acetate through the blood-brain barrier ( Vmaxt=0.96±0.18?mol/g/min) was nearly two-fold higher than the maximum rate of brain acetate utilization ( Vmaxutil=0.50±0.08?mol/g/min). We conclude that, under our experimental conditions, brain acetate utilization is saturated when plasma acetate concentrations increase above 2-3 mM. At such high plasma acetate concentration, the rate-limiting step for glial acetate metabolism is not the blood-brain barrier, but occurs after entry of acetate into the brain. PMID:19393008

  2. Direct detection of the acetate-forming activity of the enzyme acetate kinase.

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    Fowler, Matthew L; Ingram-Smith, Cheryl J; Smith, Kerry S

    2011-01-01

    Acetate kinase, a member of the acetate and sugar kinase-Hsp70-actin (ASKHA) enzyme superfamily, is responsible for the reversible phosphorylation of acetate to acetyl phosphate utilizing ATP as a substrate. Acetate kinases are ubiquitous in the Bacteria, found in one genus of Archaea, and are also present in microbes of the Eukarya. The most well characterized acetate kinase is that from the methane-producing archaeon Methanosarcina thermophila. An acetate kinase which can only utilize PP(i) but not ATP in the acetyl phosphate-forming direction has been isolated from Entamoeba histolytica, the causative agent of amoebic dysentery, and has thus far only been found in this genus. In the direction of acetyl phosphate formation, acetate kinase activity is typically measured using the hydroxamate assay, first described by Lipmann, a coupled assay in which conversion of ATP to ADP is coupled to oxidation of NADH to NAD(+) by the enzymes pyruvate kinase and lactate dehydrogenase, or an assay measuring release of inorganic phosphate after reaction of the acetyl phosphate product with hydroxylamine. Activity in the opposite, acetate-forming direction is measured by coupling ATP formation from ADP to the reduction of NADP(+) to NADPH by the enzymes hexokinase and glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase. Here we describe a method for the detection of acetate kinase activity in the direction of acetate formation that does not require coupling enzymes, but is instead based on direct determination of acetyl phosphate consumption. After the enzymatic reaction, remaining acetyl phosphate is converted to a ferric hydroxamate complex that can be measured spectrophotometrically, as for the hydroxamate assay. Thus, unlike the standard coupled assay for this direction that is dependent on the production of ATP from ADP, this direct assay can be used for acetate kinases that produce ATP or PP(i). PMID:22214984

  3. Hot Pin Welding of Thin Poly(vinyl chloride) Sheet James D. Van de Ven, Arthur G. Erdman

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    Van de Ven, James D.

    Hot Pin Welding of Thin Poly(vinyl chloride) Sheet James D. Van de Ven, Arthur G. Erdman Mechanical of welding two thin sheets of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) with a heated pin, thus allowing construction of a relationship between the weld temperature and weld strength. Constructing a relationship between weld strength

  4. FTIR studies of plasticized poly(vinyl alcohol)-chitosan blend doped with NH 4NO 3 polymer electrolyte membrane

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    Kadir, M. F. Z.; Aspanut, Z.; Majid, S. R.; Arof, A. K.

    2011-03-01

    Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy studies of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), and chitosan polymer blend doped with ammonium nitrate (NH 4NO 3) salt and plasticized with ethylene carbonate (EC) have been performed with emphasis on the shift of the carboxamide, amine and hydroxyl bands. 1% acetic acid solution was used as the solvent. It is observed from the chitosan film spectrum that evidence of polymer-solvent interaction can be observed from the shifting of the carboxamide band at 1660 cm -1 and the amine band at 1591 cm -1 to 1650 and 1557 cm -1 respectively and the shift of the hydroxyl band from 3377 to 3354 cm -1. The hydroxyl band in the spectrum of PVA powder is observed at 3354 cm -1 and is observed at 3343 cm -1 in the spectrum of the PVA film. On addition of NH 4NO 3 up to 30 wt.%, the carboxamide, amine and hydroxyl bands shifted from 1650, 1557 and 3354 cm -1 to 1642, 1541 and 3348 cm -1 indicating that the chitosan has complexed with the salt. In the PVA-NH 4NO 3 spectrum, the hydroxyl band has shifted from 3343 to 3272 cm -1 on addition of salt from 10 to 30 wt.%. EC acts as a plasticizing agent since there is no shift in the bands as observed in the spectrum of PVA-chitosan-EC films. The mechanism of ion migration is proposed for the plasticized and unplasticized PVA-chitosan-NH 4NO 3 systems. In the spectrum of PVA-chitosan-NH 4NO 3-EC complex, the doublet C dbnd O stretching in EC is observed in the vicinity 1800 and 1700. This indicates that there is some interaction between the salt and EC.

  5. An acetate switch regulates stress erythropoiesis.

    PubMed

    Xu, Min; Nagati, Jason S; Xie, Jian; Li, Jiwen; Walters, Holly; Moon, Young-Ah; Gerard, Robert D; Huang, Chou-Long; Comerford, Sarah A; Hammer, Robert E; Horton, Jay D; Chen, Rui; Garcia, Joseph A

    2014-09-01

    The hormone erythropoietin (EPO), which is synthesized in the kidney or liver of adult mammals, controls erythrocyte production and is regulated by the stress-responsive transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor-2 (HIF-2). We previously reported that the lysine acetyltransferase CREB-binding protein (CBP) is required for HIF-2? acetylation and efficient HIF-2-dependent EPO induction during hypoxia. We now show that these processes require acetate-dependent acetyl CoA synthetase 2 (ACSS2). In human Hep3B hepatoma cells and in EPO-generating organs of hypoxic or acutely anemic mice, acetate levels rise and ACSS2 is required for HIF-2? acetylation, CBP-HIF-2? complex formation, CBP-HIF-2? recruitment to the EPO enhancer and efficient induction of EPO gene expression. In acutely anemic mice, acetate supplementation augments stress erythropoiesis in an ACSS2-dependent manner. Moreover, in acquired and inherited chronic anemia mouse models, acetate supplementation increases EPO expression and the resting hematocrit. Thus, a mammalian stress-responsive acetate switch controls HIF-2 signaling and EPO induction during pathophysiological states marked by tissue hypoxia. PMID:25108527

  6. A mammalian acetate switch regulates stress erythropoiesis

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    Xu, Min; Nagati, Jason S.; Xie, Jian; Li, Jiwen; Walters, Holly; Moon, Young-Ah; Gerard, Robert D.; Huang, Chou-Long; Comerford, Sarah A.; Hammer, Robert E.; Horton, Jay D.; Chen, Rui; Garcia, Joseph A.

    2014-01-01

    Endocrine erythropoietin (Epo), which is synthesized in the kidney or liver of adult mammals, controls erythrocyte production and is regulated by the stress-responsive transcription factor Hypoxia Inducible Factor 2 (HIF-2). We previously reported that the lysine acetyltransferase Cbp is required for HIF-2? acetylation and efficient HIF-2 dependent Epo induction during hypoxia. We now show these processes require acetate-dependent acetyl CoA synthetase 2 (Acss2). In Hep3B hepatoma cells and in Epo-generating organs of hypoxic or acutely anemic mice, acetate levels increase and Acss2 is required for HIF-2? acetylation, Cbp/HIF-2? complex formation and recruitment to the Epo enhancer, and efficient Epo induction. In acutely anemic mice, acetate supplementation augments stress erythropoiesis in an Acss2-dependent manner. In acquired and genetic chronic anemia mouse models, acetate supplementation also increases Epo expression and resting hematocrits. Thus, a mammalian stress-responsive acetate switch controls HIF-2 signaling and Epo induction during pathophysiological states marked by tissue hypoxia. PMID:25108527

  7. Electrospinning processed nanofibrous TiO2 membranes for photovoltaic applications

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    Onozuka, Katsuhiro; Ding, Bin; Tsuge, Yosuke; Naka, Takayuki; Yamazaki, Michiyo; Sugi, Shinichiro; Ohno, Shingo; Yoshikawa, Masato; Shiratori, Seimei

    2006-02-01

    We have recently fabricated dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) comprising nanofibrous TiO2 membranes as electrode materials. A thin TiO2 film was pre-deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) coated conducting glass substrate by immersion in TiF4 aqueous solution to reduce the electron back-transfer from FTO to the electrolyte. The composite polyvinyl acetate (PVac)/titania nanofibrous membranes can be deposited on the pre-deposited thin TiO2 film coated FTO by electrospinning of a mixture of PVac and titanium isopropoxide in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF). The nanofibrous TiO2 membranes were obtained by calcining the electrospun composite nanofibres of PVac/titania as the precursor. Spectral sensitization of the nanofibrous TiO2 membranes was carried out with a ruthenium (II) complex, cis-dithiocyanate-N,N'-bis(2,2'-bipyridyl-4,4'-dicarboxylic acid) ruthenium (II) dihydrate. The results indicated that the photocurrent and conversion efficiency of electrodes can be increased with the addition of the pre-deposited TiO2 film and the adhesion treatment using DMF. Additionally, the dye loading, photocurrent, and efficiency of the electrodes were gradually increased by increasing the average thickness of the nanofibrous TiO2 membranes. The efficiency of the fibrous TiO2 photoelectrode with the average membrane thickness of 3.9 µm has a maximum value of 4.14%.

  8. Novel, Facile, Single-Step Technique of Polymer/TiO2 Nanofiber Composites Membrane for Photodegradation of Methylene Blue.

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    Abdal-Hay, Abdalla; Hamdy Makhlouf, Abdel Salam; Khalil, Khalil Abdelrazek

    2015-06-24

    Novel photocatalyst membrane materials were successfully fabricated by an air jet spinning (AJS) technique from polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) solutions containing nanoparticles (NPs) of titanium dioxide (TiO2). Our innovative strategy for the production of composite nanofibers is based on stretching a solution of polymer with a high-speed compressed air jet. This enabled us to rapidly cover different substrates with TiO2/PVAc interconnected nanofibers. Surprisingly, the diameters of the as-spun fibers were found to decrease with increasing amount of NPs. Our results showed that AJS PVAc-based fibrous membranes with average fiber diameters of 505-901 nm have an apparent porosity of about 79-93% and a mean pore size of 1.58-5.12 ?m. Embedding NPs onto the as-spun fibers resulted in increasing the tensile strength of the obtained composite fiber mats. The photodegradation property of TiO2 membrane mats proved a high efficiency in the decomposition of methylene blue dye. The novel fiber spinning technique discussed in this paper can provide the capacity to lace together a variety of types of polymers, fibers and particles to produce interconnected fibers layer. Our approach, therefore, opens the door for the innovation in nanocomposite mat that has great potential as efficient and economic water filter media and as reusable photocatalyst. PMID:25985264

  9. CORROSION OF LEAD SHIELDING IN MODEL 9975 PACKAGE

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    Subramanian, K

    2006-03-15

    Experiments were performed to determine the corrosion rate of lead when exposed to off-gas or degradation products of organic materials used in the model 9975 package.[1] The experiments were completed within the framework of a parametric test matrix with variables of organic configuration, temperature, humidity and the effect of durations of exposure on the corrosion of lead in the 9975 package. The room temperature vulcanizing (RTV) sealant was the most corrosive organic species in the testing, followed by the polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) glue. The Celotex{copyright} material uniquely induced measurable corrosion only in situations with condensed water, and to a much lesser extent than the PVAc glue and RTV. The coupons exhibited faster corrosion at higher temperatures than at room temperatures. There was a particularly pronounced effect of condensed water as the coupons exposed in the cells with condensed water exhibited much higher corrosion rates. In the 9975 package, the PVAc glue was determined to be the most aggressive due to it's proximity in the design. The condition considered most representative of the package conditions is that of the coupon exposed to the Celotex{copyright}/glue organic exposed in the ambient humidity conditions. The corrosion rate of 2 mpy measured in the laboratory experiments for this condition is considered to be a bounding condition to the 9975 package conditions when the laboratory results are extrapolated to actual package conditions, and is recommended as a conservative estimate for package performance calculations.

  10. Poly(vinyl alcohol)-based buffering membranes for isoelectric trapping separations 

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    Craver, Helen C.

    2009-05-15

    exposed to high concentrations of acid and base due to hydrolysis of the amide bonds. Poly(vinyl alcohol)-based, or PVA-based, membranes were made as an alternative to the polyacrylamide-based membranes since they provide more hydrolytic and mechanical...

  11. Silastic Molding Method for Pectus Excavatum Correction Using a Polyvinyl Alcohol (Ivalon) Sponge

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    Lee, Jun-Ho; Kim, Sung-Jin; Chung, Won-Sang; Kim, Hyuck; Chon, Soon-Ho

    2012-01-01

    Pectus excavatum is rare, but it is the most common type of sternal congenital disorder. There are many surgical methods to correct pectus excavatum such as the Ravitch method, Wada method, Silastic mold method, and the Nuss operation. We report a case of minimal invasive surgery for pectus excavatum using a polyvinyl alcohol sponge. PMID:23275928

  12. Poly(vinyl chloride)\\/clay nanocomposites: X-ray diffraction, thermal and rheological behaviour

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    T. Peprnicek; J. Duchet; L. Kovarova; J. Malac; J. F. Gerard; J. Simonik

    2006-01-01

    The paper concentrates on poly(vinyl chloride) – PVC – from the point of view of structural characterisation of PVC\\/clay nanocomposites through X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis and dynamic rheometric analysis. PVC plasticizer was mixed with clay, natural and organophilic, and the suspension was then compounded with other components. Two factors were followed: effect of shearing alone, and in combination with temperature.

  13. Controlling the color of Lippmann holograms recorded in dichromated gelatin polyvinyl alcohol

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    Cai, Tiequan; Tang, Yixing; Wang, Hui; Dai, Chaoming; Guo, Lurong

    1993-03-01

    The polyvinyl alcohol and several other organic materials are mixed into the aqueous gelatin while the film is coated. This thin solid film is sensitized by aqueous ammonium dichromate, so it is called a dichromated gelatin polyvinyl alcohol (DC-GPVA) holographic recording material. DC-GPVA not only possesses the same excellent holographic properties as the conventional dichromated gelatin (DCG) but also obviously improves its environmental stability. Experimental results have shown that the reconstruction wavelength of a Lippman hologram recorded in DC-GPVA can be shifted to longer or shorter wavelengths and freely controlled to a certain extent by varying the ratio of the gelatin and the polyvinyl alcohol and relative organic materials, or hardeners and its quantity, or heated temperature and heated time exerted on the drying films, or thickness of them. After the films are sensitized, they can be exposed by He-Cd or Ar+ laser (441.6 nm or 488.0 nm) and developed by the regular post processed method. Initial discussions are also presented about the functions and mechanisms of the polyvinyl alcohol and relative organic materials added into DC-GPVA.

  14. Oxidative mineralization and characterization of polyvinyl alcohol for compatibility with tank farm processing chemistry

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    Oji, L.N.

    2000-01-04

    Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) material has been evaluated for use as a cost-effective substitute for conventional cellulose-based disposal materials (decontamination mops and wipes), plastic bags, and disposable personal protection clothing, that are currently used at Savannah River Site. This study also provides process design criteria for ultraviolet/ultrasonic/hydrogen peroxide PVA reactor system.

  15. Removal of total organic carbon from aqueous solution containing polyvinyl alcohol by electrocoagulation technology

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Wei-Lung Chou; Chih-Ta Wang; Chia-Wei Hsu; Kai-Yu Huang; Te-Chao Liu

    2010-01-01

    The removal of total organic carbon (TOC) from aqueous solution containing polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) using iron electrocoagulation (EC) was investigated. Iron hydroxides generated during EC were used to remove PVA and TOC from the aqueous solution, and the effects of varying current density and solution temperature on PVA and TOC adsorption characteristics were evaluated. The findings indicated that complete PVA

  16. Compatibility of Polyvinyl Alcohol with the 241-F/H Tank Farm Liquid Waste

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    Oji, L.N.

    1998-11-25

    This report describes results from laboratory-scale oxidative mineralization of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), and the evaluation of the F/H Tank Farms as a storage/disposal option for PVA waste solution generated in the Canyons and B-line decontamination operations.

  17. DSC, TGA and dielectric properties of carboxymethyl cellulose\\/polyvinyl alcohol blends

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. El-Sayed; K. H. Mahmoud; A. A. Fatah; A. Hassen

    2011-01-01

    Films with different compositions of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) blends have been prepared using the casting method. Differential scanning calorimetery (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and dielectric spectroscopy of all compositions have been investigated. It was found that PVA and CMC are compatible in the studied range of composition. With increasing CMC content, the thermal stability of PVA

  18. Radiation Synthesis and Characterization of Hydrogels Composed of Poly(vinyl alcohol) and Acrylamide Mixtures

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    Safaa G. Abd Alla

    2007-01-01

    Hydrogels based on various compositions of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and acrylamide (AM) monomer were produced under the effect of ??irradiation. The hydrogels were characterized by IR spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). In addition, the effect of temperature and pH on the swelling behavior was studied. It was proved that the composition of the final product corresponds to the initial composition

  19. Phase separation in the solution of water glass and poly(vinyl alcohol)

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    Hironobu Nishino; Ryoji Takahashi; Satoshi Sato; Toshiaki Sodesawa

    2004-01-01

    Silica gel samples with macropores were prepared from solutions of silicate and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), where macropores were formed by fixing a transitional structure of phase separation. Among the silica sources tested, tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), colloidal silica and water glass, only the system with water glass shows phase separation and forms macroporous silica gel. In the system with TEOS, ethanol formed

  20. The Rheological Properties of Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) Gels from Rotational Viscometry

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    Hurst, Glenn A.; Bella, Malika; Salzmann, Christoph G.

    2015-01-01

    A laboratory experiment was developed to follow the gelation of a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) solution upon addition of borax by using rotational viscometry. The rheological properties of the gel were examined, measuring the dependence of viscosity and shear stress on the shear rate. Time-dependent studies were also conducted in which the viscosity of…

  1. The Effect of High Intensity UV Irradiation on Color Behavior of Poly(Vinyl Chloride)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Xiaofei Zhang; Hong Pi; Shaoyun Guo

    2012-01-01

    A detailed study of color change in poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) sheets due to high intensity ultraviolet (UV) irradiation was undertaken, focusing on the first 50 h of change. Color changes were monitored with a Datacolor check spectrophotometer and compared with a set of controls. Measurements were taken after 1, 3, 5, 10, 15, and 20 h of irradiation, then at

  2. Treatment of aquarium water by denitrifying photosynthetic bacteria using immobilized polyvinyl alcohol beads

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    Hisashi Nagadomi; Takako Hiromitsu; Kenji Takeno; Masanori Watanabe; Ken Sasaki

    1999-01-01

    During the purification of an aquarium for carp breeding, a relatively high level of chemical oxygen demand (COD) was removed by filtration systems packed with both alginate- and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-immobilized gel beads of Rhodobacter sphaeroides S. Low nitrate accumulation was observed in the alginate gel beads packed system due to denitrification, but high levels of nitrate and nitrite accumulation

  3. Characterization of poly(vinyl chloride) aged in a bromine containing electrolyte

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    C. Jr. Arnold; A. Leo; M. Tarjani

    1988-01-01

    Poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) is being considered for use as a flow frame material in a developmental zinc\\/bromine battery. The choice of PVC was based on its low cost and the ease with which it can be molded into complex parts. The electrolyte used in this battery is a highly corrosive mixture of bromine, zinc bromide, zinc chloride, potassium bromide, potassium

  4. Evaluation of an innovative polyvinyl chloride (PVC) ultrafiltration membrane for wastewater treatment

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Xuezhi Zhang; Yongsheng Chen; A. H. Konsowa; Xiaoshan Zhu; John C. Crittenden

    2009-01-01

    The use of ultrafiltration (UF) employing a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) membrane (LH3-1060-V) as pretreatment for a reverse osmosis (RO) system treating secondary water effluent at the Scottsdale Water Campus was investigated. Membrane fouling tendency was evaluated, foulants were characterized, and chemical cleaning was optimized. Feed and permeate water qualities were indexed to address the effect of UF as a pretreatment

  5. Concanavalin A and polyvinyl butyral use as a potential dengue electrochemical biosensor

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Maria D. L. Oliveira; Maria T. S. Correia; Flamarion B. Diniz

    2009-01-01

    Immobilization of concanavalin A on gold electrode by means of gold nanoparticles and polyvinyl butyral was carried out and investigated by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The system was tested with sera from patients infected by dengue fever (DF) and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF). Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (in the frequency range from 100mHz to 100KHz), and cyclic voltammetry (from

  6. Neutron attenuation characteristics of polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, and heavy aggregate concrete and mortars

    SciTech Connect

    Abdul-Majid, S.; Othman, F. [King Abdulaziz Univ., Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

    1994-03-01

    Polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride pellets were introduced into concrete to improve its neutron attenuation characteristics while several types of heavy coarse aggregates were used to improve its gamma ray attenuation properties. Neutron and gamma ray attenuation were studied in concrete samples containing coarse aggregates of barite, pyrite, basalt, hematite, and marble as well as polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride pellets in narrow-beam geometry. The highest neutron attenuation was shown by polyethylene mortar, followed by polyvinyl chloride mortar; barite and pyrite concrete showed higher gamma ray attenuation than ordinary concrete. Broad-beam and continuous (infinite) medium geometries were used to study the neutron attenuation of samples containing polymers at different concentrations with and without heavy aggregates, the fitting equations were established, and from these the neutron removal coefficients were deduced. In a radiation field of neutrons and gamma rays, the appropriate concentration of polymer and heavy aggregate can be selected to give the optimum total dose attenuation depending on the relative intensities of each type of radiation. This would give much better design flexibility over ordinary concrete. The compressive strength tests performed on mortar and concrete samples showed that their value, in general, decreases as polymer concentration increases and that the polyvinyl chloride mortar showed higher values than the polyethylene mortar. For general construction purposes, the compression strength was considered acceptable in these samples. 34 refs., 16 figs., 4 tabs.

  7. CHARACTERIZATION OF BIODEGRADABLE COMPOSITE FILMS PREPARED FROM BLENDS OF POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, CORNSTARCH AND LIGNOCELLULOSICC FIBER

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Several composite blends of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and lignocellulosic fibers were prepared and characterized. Cohesive and flexible cast films were obtained by blending lignocellulosic fibers derived from orange waste and PVA with or without cornstarch. Films were evaluated for their thermal s...

  8. Molecular dynamics simulation on surface modification of carbon black with polyvinyl alcohol

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Shijin Dong; Juntao Yan; Nan Xu; Jia Xu; Hongyan Wang

    2011-01-01

    A novel and reasonable model of carbon black (CB) was built to investigate the surface encapsulation modification of CB particles with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) by molecular dynamic simulation. The modification process of PVA on CB surface was intuitively exhibited, which indicated that the encapsulation films were formed by stacking PVA molecules layer by layer on the surface of CB. The

  9. Polyvinyl Pyrrolidone is not Effective for Improving Recovery of Cryopreserved Shoots of Two Rubus Cultivars

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The use of the antioxidant polyvinyl pyrrolidone as a pretreatment or recovery treatment for Rubus shoot cultures was tested with two blackberry cultivars. Plantlet growth was initially evaluated on medium with 1 to 10% PVP (10,000 MW). Growth and multiplication of the plantlets was severely inhib...

  10. Efficacy of Trisacryl Gelatin Microspheres versus Polyvinyl Alcohol Particles in the Preoperative Embolization of Meningiomas

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Martin Bendszus; Rudiger Klein; Ralf Burger; Monika Warmuth-Metz; Erich Hofmann; Laszlo Solymosi

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Trisacryl gelatin microspheres are a new, commercially available nonabsorbable embolic agent. The purpose of this study was to evaluate their efficacy in the preoperative embolization of meningiomas as compared with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) particles of various sizes. METHODS: In 30 consecutive patients, trisacryl gelatin microspheres (150-300 mm) were used for the preoperative superselective embolization of meningiomas (group

  11. Development of structure in natural silk spinning and poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel formation

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    Patricia Jeanene Willcox

    1998-01-01

    This research involves the characterization of structure and structure formation in aqueous systems. Particularly, these studies investigate the effect of various processing variables on the structure formation that occurs upon conversion from aqueous solution to fiber or hydrogel. The two processes studied include natural silk fiber spinning and physical gelation of poly(vinyl alcohol), PVOH, in water. The techniques employed combine

  12. Poly(vinyl alcohol)–collagen hydrolysate thermoplastic blends: I. Experimental design optimisation and biodegradation behaviour

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. Alexy; D. Bakoš; S. Hanzelová; L. Kukolíková; J. Kupec; K. Charvátová; E. Chiellini; P. Cinelli

    2003-01-01

    Hybrid blends based on poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and collagen hydrolysate (CH), an abundant, added value waste product of the leather industry, have been processed by melt blow extrusion to environmentally degradable films. Optimisation of the blend compositions was performed in respect of mechanical properties of the films. The experimental design method (DOE) was used for the understanding of the structure–property

  13. FOAMED ARTICLES BASED ON POTATO STARCH, CORN AND WHEAT FIBRE, AND POLY(VINYL ALCOHOL)

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    Continued research cooperation between USDA Laboratories (USA) and the University of Pisa, Italy, has yielded several composites based on blends of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and either corn or wheat fibres, co-product of the corn-wheat wet-milling process. Foam trays were prepared by baking the blen...

  14. Poly(vinyl alcohol)\\/Fatty Acid Blends for Thermal Energy Storage

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    A. Sari; K. Kaygusuz

    2007-01-01

    This article is aimed to prepare the blends of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) with fatty acids (lauric, myristic, palmitic, and stearic acids) as shape-stabilized phase change material (PCM), to prove the miscibility of fatty acids with the PVA by microscopic investigation and infrared (IR) spectroscopy, and to measure their melting temperature and the latent heat of fusion by differential scanning calorimetry

  15. Oxidative Mineralization and Characterization of Polyvinyl Alcohol Solutions for Wastewater Treatment

    SciTech Connect

    Oji, L.N.

    1999-08-31

    The principal objectives of this study are to identify an appropriate polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) oxidative mineralization technique, perform compatibility and evaporation fate tests for neat and mineralized PVA, and determine potential for PVA chemical interferences which may affect ion exchange utilization for radioactive wastewater processing in the nuclear industry.

  16. Neutron attenuation characteristics of polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, and heavy aggregate concrete and mortars.

    PubMed

    Abdul-Majid, S; Othman, F

    1994-03-01

    Polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride pellets were introduced into concrete to improve its neutron attenuation characteristics while several types of heavy coarse aggregates were used to improve its gamma ray attenuation properties. Neutron and gamma ray attenuation were studied in concrete samples containing coarse aggregates of barite, pyrite, basalt, hematite, and marble as well as polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride pellets in narrow-beam geometry. The highest neutron attenuation was shown by polyethylene mortar, followed by polyvinyl chloride mortar; barite and pyrite concrete showed higher gamma ray attenuation than ordinary concrete. Broad-beam and continuous (infinite) medium geometries were used to study the neutron attenuation of samples containing polymers at different concentrations with and without heavy aggregates, the fitting equations were established, and from these the neutron removal coefficients were deduced. In a radiation field of neutrons and gamma rays, the appropriate concentration of polymer and heavy aggregate can be selected to give the optimum total dose attenuation depending on the relative intensities of each type of radiation. This would give much better design flexibility over ordinary concrete. The compressive strength tests performed on mortar and concrete samples showed that their value, in general, decreases as polymer concentration increases and that the polyvinyl chloride mortar showed higher values than the polyethylene mortar. For general construction purposes, the compression strength was considered acceptable in these samples. PMID:8106253

  17. Mechanism of growth of colloidal silver nanoparticles stabilized by polyvinyl pyrrolidone in ?-irradiated silver nitrate solution

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hyeon Suk Shin; Hyun Jung Yang; Seung Bin Kim; Mu Sang Lee

    2004-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles were prepared by using polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) as a stabilizer and ?-irradiation. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results showed that both the amount and the molecular weight of PVP in the irradiated solution considerably affect the average size of the silver nanoparticles. The average size of the silver nanoparticles decreases with increasing the amount of PVP in the solution,

  18. Enhanced Degradation of Polyvinyl Alcohol by Pycnoporus cinnabarinus after Pretreatment with Fenton’s Reagent

    PubMed Central

    Larking, Daniel M.; Crawford, Russell J.; Christie, Gregor B. Y.; Lonergan, Greg T.

    1999-01-01

    Degradation of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) was investigated by using a combination of chemical treatment with Fenton’s reagent and biological degradation with the white rot fungus Pycnoporus cinnabarinus. Inclusion of the chemical pretreatment resulted in greater degradation of PVA than the degradation observed when biological degradation alone was used. PMID:10103286

  19. Recovery of agricultural odors and odorous compounds from polyvinyl fluoride film bags

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Accurate sampling methods are necessary when quantifying odor and volatile organic compound emissions at agricultural facilities. The commonly accepted methodology in the U.S. has been to collect odor samples in polyvinyl fluoride bags (PVF, brand name Tedlar®) and, subsequently, analyze with human ...

  20. Comparison of storage stability of odorous VOCs in polyester aluminum and polyvinyl fluoride tedlar bags

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Whole air sampling using containers such as flexible bags or rigid canisters is commonly used to collect samples of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in air. The objective of this study was to compare the stability of polyester aluminum (PEA) and polyvinyl fluoride (PVF, brand name Tedlar®) bags for ...

  1. Treatment of Pedophilia with Leuprolide Acetate

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Nancy Raymond; Bean Robinson; Chris Kraft; Barry Rittberg; Eli Coleman

    2002-01-01

    To date, the literature on the treatment of individuals who have committed sexual offenses has focused primarily on psychotherapeutic interventions and the use of antiandrogens. Recently case reports and small series supporting the efficacy of other psychiatric medication, such as serotonin reuptake inhibitors, have been published. Only a few publications have looked at the efficacy of leuprolide acetate, an LH-RH

  2. Heat Bonding of Irradiated Ethylene Vinyl Acetate

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    Slack, D. H.

    1986-01-01

    Reliable method now available for joining parts of this difficult-tobond material. Heating fixture encircles ethylene vinyl acetate multiplesocket part, providing heat to it and to tubes inserted in it. Fixtures specially designed to match parts to be bonded. Tube-and-socket bonds made with this technique subjected to tensile tests. Bond strengths of 50 percent that of base material obtained consistently.

  3. Fragrance material review on ?-methylbenzyl acetate.

    PubMed

    McGinty, D; Letizia, C S; Api, A M

    2012-09-01

    A toxicologic and dermatologic review of ?-methylbenzyl acetate when used as a fragrance ingredient is presented. ?-Methylbenzyl acetate is a member of the fragrance structural group Aryl Alkyl Alcohol Simple Acid Esters (AAASAE). The AAASAE fragrance ingredients are prepared by reacting an aryl alkyl alcohol with a simple carboxylic acid (a chain of 1-4 carbons) to generate formate, acetate, propionate, butyrate, isobutyrate and carbonate esters. This review contains a detailed summary of all available toxicology and dermatology papers that are related to this individual fragrance ingredient and is not intended as a stand-alone document. Available data for ?-methylbenzyl acetate were evaluated, then summarized, and includes: physical properties, acute toxicity, skin irritation, mucous membrane (eye) irritation, skin sensitization, elicitation, and repeated dose data. A safety assessment of the entire AAASAE will be published simultaneously with this document. Please refer to Belsito et al. (2012) for an overall assessment of the safe use of this material and all AAASAE in fragrances. PMID:22406576

  4. Fragrance material review on benzyl acetate.

    PubMed

    McGinty, D; Vitale, D; Letizia, C S; Api, A M

    2012-09-01

    A toxicologic and dermatologic review of benzyl acetate when used as a fragrance ingredient is presented. Benzyl acetate is a member of the fragrance structural group aryl alkyl alcohol simple acid esters (AAASAE). The AAASAE fragrance ingredients are prepared by reacting an aryl alkyl alcohol with a simple carboxylic acid (a chain of 1-4 carbons) to generate formate, acetate, propionate, butyrate, isobutyrate and carbonate esters. This review contains a detailed summary of all available toxicology and dermatology papers that are related to this individual fragrance ingredient and is not intended as a stand-alone document. Available data for benzyl acetate were evaluated, then summarized, and includes: physical properties, acute toxicity, skin irritation, mucous membrane (eye) irritation, skin sensitization, elicitation, phototoxicity, toxicokinetics, repeated dose, reproductive toxicity, genotoxicity, or carcinogenicity data. A safety assessment of the entire AAASAE will be published simultaneously with this document. Refer Belsito et al. (2012) for an overall assessment of the safe use of this material and all AAASAE in fragrances. PMID:22387848

  5. Process for the preparation of vinyl acetate

    DOEpatents

    Tustin, Gerald Charles (Kingsport, TN); Zoeller, Joseph Robert (Kingsport, TN); Depew, Leslie Sharon (Kingsport, TN)

    1998-01-01

    This invention pertains to the preparation of vinyl acetate by contacting within a contact zone a mixture of ketene and acetaldehyde with an acid catalyst at about one bar pressure and between about 85.degree. and 200.degree. C. and removing the reaction products from the contact zone.

  6. Phenyl Acetate Preparation from Phenol and Acetic Acid: Reassessment of a Common Textbook Misconception.

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    Hocking, M. B.

    1980-01-01

    Reassesses a common textbook misconception that "...phenols cannot be esterified directly." Results of experiments are discussed and data tables provided of an effective method for the direct preparation of phenyl acetate. (CS)

  7. Volatile organic compounds of polyethylene vinyl acetate plastic are toxic to living organisms.

    PubMed

    Meng, Tingzhu Teresa

    2014-01-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic products readily evaporate; as a result, hazardous gases enter the ecosystem, and cause cancer in humans and other animals. Polyethylene vinyl acetate (PEVA) plastic has recently become a popular alternative to PVC since it is chlorine-free. In order to determine whether PEVA is harmful to humans, this research employed the freshwater oligochaete Lumbriculus variegatus as a model to compare their oxygen intakes while they were exposed to the original stock solutions of PEVA, PVC or distilled water at a different length of time for one day, four days or eight days. During the exposure periods, the oxygen intakes in both PEVA and PVC groups were much higher than in the distilled water group, indicating that VOCs in both PEVA and PVC were toxins that stressed L. variegatus. Furthermore, none of the worms fully recovered during the24-hr recovery period. Additionally, the L. variegatus did not clump together tightly after four or eight days' exposure to either of the two types of plastic solutions, which meant that both PEVA and PVC negatively affected the social behaviors of these blackworms. The LD50 tests also supported the observations above. For the first time, our results have shown that PEVA plastic has adverse effects on living organisms, and therefore it is not a safe alternative to PVC. Further studies should identify specific compounds causing the adverse effects, and determine whether toxic effect occurs in more complex organisms, especially humans. PMID:25242410

  8. Structural design of ketal and acetal blocking groups in two-component chemically amplified positive DUV resists

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    Mertesdorf, Carlo; Muenzel, Norbert; Holzwarth, Heinz E.; Falcigno, Pasquale A.; Schacht, Hans-Thomas; Rohde, Ottmar; Schulz, Reinhard; Slater, Sydney G.; Frey, David; Nalamasu, Omkaram; Timko, Allen G.; Neenan, Thomas X.

    1995-06-01

    In the present study, protecting groups of moderate stability, such as acetals and ketals, were investigated as pendant blocking groups in polyvinyl phenols. Polymers were obtained by reacting enol ethers with the phenolic side groups to form acetal or ketal blocked phenols. Decomposition temperatures, glass transition temperatures, and molecular weights of the resulting polymers were monitored and correlated with the protecting group structure. Stability of the protecting groups can be explained by protonation occurring at either of the two oxygen sites, making two cleavage routes possible. Secondary reactions of the released protecting groups in the resist film were investigated and discussed. The structure of the protecting group was designed in order to meet basic resist properties such as resolution/linearity, DOF, post exposure delay latitude and thermal stability. A Canon FPA 4500 (NA equals 0.37) and a GCA XLS exposure tool (NA equals 0.53) were used for the optimization process. A preoptimized resist formulation based on the above criteria exhibits 0.23 micrometers line/space resolution, 0.8 micrometers focus latitude at 0.25 micrometers resolution and approximately two hours post exposure delay latitude.

  9. Simultaneous Capillary Gas Chromatographic Determination of Cyproterone Acetate and 15?-Hydroxycyproterone Acetate in Urine

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jasmina Novakovic; Eva Tvrzická

    1993-01-01

    The simultaneous capillary GC determination of underivatized antiandrogen cyproterone acetate (CPA) and its active metabolite 15?-hydroxycyproterone acetate (OH-CPA) in spiked urine was performed on a flexible VCOT quartz capillary column, coated with a non-polar CP-Sil 5 CB liquid phase. A split\\/splitless injector and a flame-ionization detector were used. Equilin was used as an internal standard, and resolution of all the

  10. The effect of acetic acid and acetate on CO2 corrosion of carbon steel

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Dong Liu; ZhenYu Chen; XingPeng Guo

    2008-01-01

    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to consider the effect of acetic acid and acetate on the anodic and cathodic reactions of carbon steel present in CO2 corrosion. Design\\/methodology\\/approach – The corrosion behaviour of carbon steel (N80) in CO2-saturated 1% NaCl solution at 50°C and 0.1 MPa was investigated by using weight-loss tests, electrochemical methods (polarization curves and

  11. 21 CFR 520.1341 - Megestrol acetate tablets.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 2011-04-01 false Megestrol acetate tablets. 520.1341 Section 520.1341 Food and...ANIMAL DRUGS § 520.1341 Megestrol acetate tablets. (a) Specifications. Each tablet contains 5 or 20 milligrams of megestrol...

  12. 21 CFR 520.1341 - Megestrol acetate tablets.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 2010-04-01 false Megestrol acetate tablets. 520.1341 Section 520.1341 Food and...ANIMAL DRUGS § 520.1341 Megestrol acetate tablets. (a) Specifications. Each tablet contains 5 or 20 milligrams of megestrol...

  13. Studies on an acetate-fermenting strain of Methanosarcina.

    PubMed

    Mah, R A; Smith, M R; Baresi, L

    1978-06-01

    An acetate-fermenting strain of Methanosarcina was isolated from an acetate enrichment culture inoculated with anaerobic sludge from a waste treatment digestor. In pure culture, this organism fermented acetate in the absence of added hydrogen at rates comparable in magnitude to those found in digestor systems. This rate was significantly higher than previously obtained for pure cultures of this genus. Mineral components of yeast extract were highly stimulatory for cultures growing on methanol. Comparable stimulation was not observed for cultures growing on acetate. Labeling studies indicated that acetate was converted to methane and CO2 as predicted by previous studies on mixed cultures. Total oxidation or reduction of acetate was not the mechanism of conversion of acetate to methane by the pure culture. The ability of this strain to form colonies or to produce methane from acetate was apparently influenced by the choice of substrate and conditions used for growing the inoculum. PMID:677880

  14. Expression of Acetate Permease-like (apl) Genes in Subsurface Communities of Geobacter Species Under Fluctuating Acetate Concentrations

    SciTech Connect

    Elifantz, H.; N'Guessan, A. L.; Mouser, Paula; Williams, Kenneth H.; Wilkins, Michael J.; Risso, Carla; Holmes, Dawn; Long, Philip E.; Lovley, Derek R.

    2010-09-01

    The addition of acetate to uranium-contaminated aquifers in order to stimulate the growth and activity of Geobacter species that reduce uranium is a promising in situ bioremediation option. Optimizing this bioremediation strategy requires that suf?cient acetate be added to promote Geobacter species growth. We hypothesized that under acetate-limiting conditions, subsurface Geobacter species would increase the expression of either putative acetate symporters genes (aplI and aplII). Acetate was added to a uranium-contaminated aquifer (Ri?e, CO) in two continuous amendments separated by 5 days of groundwater ?ush to create changing acetate concentrations. While the expression of aplI in monitoring well D04 (high acetate) weakly correlated with the acetate concentration over time, the transcript levels for this gene were relatively constant in well D08 (low acetate). At the lowest acetate concentrations during the groundwater ?ush, the transcript levels of aplII were the highest. The expression of aplII decreased 2–10-fold upon acetate reintroduction. However, the overall instability of acetate concentrations throughout the experiment could not support a robust conclusion regarding the role of apl genes in response to acetate limitation under ?eld conditions, in contrast to previous chemostat studies, suggesting that the function of a microbial community cannot be inferred based on lab experiments alone.

  15. Ferroelectric thin film bismuth titanate prepared from acetate precursor

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yanxia Lu; David T. Hoelzer; Walter A. Schulze; Bmce Tuttle; B. G. Potter

    1994-01-01

    Bismuth titanate (Bi4Ti3O12) thin films were fabricated by spin coat deposition-rapid thermal processing (RTP) technique. Acetate derived solution for deposition was synthesized by blending dissolved bismuth acetate in aqueous acetic acid, and then adding with titanium acetate. A series of electrically insulating, semiconducting and conducting substrates were evaluated for Bi4 Ti3O12 films deposition. While X-ray diffraction and TEM analyses indicated

  16. Analysis of plasticizers in poly(vinyl chloride) medical devices for infusion and artificial nutrition: comparison and optimization of the extraction procedures, a pre-migration test step.

    PubMed

    Bernard, Lise; Cueff, Régis; Bourdeaux, Daniel; Breysse, Colette; Sautou, Valérie

    2015-02-01

    Medical devices (MDs) for infusion and enteral and parenteral nutrition are essentially made of plasticized polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The first step in assessing patient exposure to these plasticizers, as well as ensuring that the MDs are free from di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), consists of identifying and quantifying the plasticizers present and, consequently, determining which ones are likely to migrate into the patient's body. We compared three different extraction methods using 0.1 g of plasticized PVC: Soxhlet extraction in diethyl ether and ethyl acetate, polymer dissolution, and room temperature extraction in different solvents. It was found that simple room temperature chloroform extraction under optimized conditions (30 min, 50 mL) gave the best separation of plasticizers from the PVC matrix, with extraction yields ranging from 92 to 100% for all plasticizers. This result was confirmed by supplemented Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflection (FTIR-ATR) and gravimetric analyses. The technique was used on eight marketed medical devices and showed that they contained different amounts of plasticizers, ranging from 25 to 36% of the PVC weight. These yields, associated with the individual physicochemical properties of each plasticizer, highlight the need for further migration studies. PMID:25577357

  17. Development of an Amperometric Acetic Acid Sensor in Organic System

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Shin Lin; Tse-Chuan Chou

    An amperometric method was developed by using a lead working electrode in acetonitrile organic solution for detecting acetic acid. The mechanisms of electrochemical reaction were corresponding to the reduction of acetic ions in acetonitrile organic solution. The steady state amperometric current resulted from the reduction of acetic ions to produce the aldehyde in a two-electron process. In the organic sensing

  18. Kinetics of Ethyl Acetate Synthesis Catalyzed by Acidic Resins

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Antunes, Bruno M.; Cardoso, Simao P.; Silva, Carlos M.; Portugal, Ines

    2011-01-01

    A low-cost experiment to carry out the second-order reversible reaction of acetic acid esterification with ethanol to produce ethyl acetate is presented to illustrate concepts of kinetics and reactor modeling. The reaction is performed in a batch reactor, and the acetic acid concentration is measured by acid-base titration versus time. The…

  19. Original article Ethanol and acetic-acid tolerance

    E-print Network

    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Original article Ethanol and acetic-acid tolerance in Indian geographical populations of Drosophila clines of ethanol toler- ance (1.5-4.2%) and acetic-acid tolerance (2.9-4.9%) were observed in adult individuals of 4 geographical populations of Drosophila immigrans. Thus, both ethanol and acetic

  20. Facile hydrolysis and alcoholysis of palladium acetate.

    PubMed

    Bedford, Robin B; Bowen, John G; Davidson, Russell B; Haddow, Mairi F; Seymour-Julen, Annabelle E; Sparkes, Hazel A; Webster, Ruth L

    2015-05-26

    Palladium(II) acetate is readily converted into [Pd3 (?(2) -OH)(OAc)5 ] (1) in the presence of water in a range of organic solvents and is also slowly converted in the solid state. Complex 1 can also be formed in nominally anhydrous solvents. Similarly, the analogous alkoxide complexes [Pd3 (?(2) -OR)(OAc)5 ] (3) are easily formed in solutions of palladium(II) acetate containing a range of alcohols. An examination of a representative Wacker-type oxidation shows that the Pd-OH complex 1 and a related Pd-oxo complex 4 can be excluded as potential catalytic intermediates in the absence of exogenous water. PMID:25865439

  1. Assessment Guidelines for Managing Cellulose Acetate Collections

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    2001-01-01

    Photographic negatives, motion picture film, microfilm, and sound recordings produced from the 1930s into the 1950s often used cellulose acetate as the transparent plastic carrier. As anyone who has ever come in contact with it well knows, its strong vinegar-like scent is hard to miss. Unfortunately, over time, the material is prone to deterioration, which eventually renders it unusable. In an effort to help guide libraries in Australia with this problem, the National Library of Australia has created this document. It provides assistance in identification of cellulose acetate (vs. other similar materials) and establishes criteria to assess condition, cultural importance, and use within the library or storage context. The document guides readers through the first step in a strategy for preserving these collections.

  2. Ulipristal acetate: the newest emergency contraceptive.

    PubMed

    Wilton, Jeanne M

    2012-01-01

    More than 50 percent of pregnancies in the United States are unplanned. Emergency contraception has been shown to possibly reduce the risk of pregnancy by as much as 75 percent. Ulipristal acetate is a selective progesterone receptor modulator that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency contraceptive use in August 2010. This article reviews information on its mechanism of action, efficacy, safety and implications for women's health nurses. PMID:22900810

  3. Mechanical and optical characterization of cellulose acetate

    Microsoft Academic Search

    H. Ishikawa; S. Tadano

    1988-01-01

    To obtain the basic relations for photo-viscoelastoplastic stress analysis using cellulose acetate, the effect of strain rate\\u000a as well as room temperature on mechanical and optical properties was precisely investigated by the uniaxial tension test.\\u000a As a result, the nonlinear stress-strain, the non-linear-stress-fringe order and the nonlinear-fringe-order strain relations\\u000a were uniquely reoresented in their nondimensional forms regardless of strain rate

  4. Calcium magnesium acetate production and cost reduction

    SciTech Connect

    Leuschner, A.P.

    1988-02-01

    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (Energy Authority), Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (ConEd), the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA), Chevron Chemical Company, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the Massachusetts Department of Public Works (MDPW) sponsored a research program to develop technology capable of producing Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA), an alternative road deicer, at a quality and cost which will allow its increased use. The objectives of this program were to determine the feasibility of: (1) producing CMA from regionally available waste and low grade organic feedstocks via biochemical engineering technologies; (2) operating the fermentation at concentrated product levels to reduce energy requirements and minimize drying process costs; (3) using this production approach to produce an environmentally acceptable CMA product; and (4) using and adapting an existing facility for a CMA commercial demonstration plant. The experimental program included:(1) selection of microorganisms for their ability to grow in the absence of sodium chloride and to tolerate high concentrations of calcium, magnesium, and acetate ions; (2) analysis of waste feedstocks for their potential conversion to acetate; (3) analysis of waste organic material for impurities in CMA that could carry over into the environment; (4) batch experiments to determine pH tolerance, growth in the absence of sodium chloride (NaCl), tolerance to magnesium, calcium and acetate ions, effect of substrate concentration, acid distribution, and acid production; and (5) semi-continuous laboratory scale anaerobic digestion experiments to determine loading rates, conversion efficiencies, and other design data. 67 refs., 33 figs., 66 tabs.

  5. Experimental evidence of an acetate transporter protein and characterization of acetate activation in aceticlastic methanogenesis of Methanosarcina mazei.

    PubMed

    Welte, Cornelia; Kröninger, Lena; Deppenmeier, Uwe

    2014-10-01

    Aceticlastic methanogens metabolize acetate to methane and carbon dioxide. The central metabolism and the electron transport chains of these organisms have already been investigated. However, no particular attention has been paid to the mechanism by which acetate enters the archaeal cell. In our study we investigated Methanosarcina mazei acetate kinase (Ack) and the acetate uptake reaction. At a concentration of 2 mM acetate, the Ack activity in cell extract of M. mazei was not limiting for the methane formation rate. Instead, the methanogenesis rate was controlled by the substrate concentration and increased 10-fold at 10 mM acetate. Subsequently, we analyzed the involvement of the putative acetate permease MM_0903 using a corresponding deletion mutant. At 2 mM acetate, only 25% of the wild-type methane formation rate was measured in the mutant. This indicated that the supply of acetate to Ack was limiting the rate of methane formation. Moreover, the mutant revealed an increased acetate kinase activity compared with the wild type. These results show for the first time that an acetate transporter is involved in aceticlastic methanogenesis and may be an important factor in the acetate threshold concentration for methanogenesis of Methanosarcina spp. PMID:25088360

  6. Compliant intracortical implants reduce strains and strain rates in brain tissue in vivo

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sridharan, Arati; Nguyen, Jessica K.; Capadona, Jeffrey R.; Muthuswamy, Jit

    2015-06-01

    Objective. The objective of this research is to characterize the mechanical interactions of (1) soft, compliant and (2) non-compliant implants with the surrounding brain tissue in a rodent brain. Understanding such interactions will enable the engineering of novel materials that will improve stability and reliability of brain implants. Approach. Acute force measurements were made using a load cell in n = 3 live rats, each with 4 craniotomies. Using an indentation method, brain tissue was tested for changes in force using established protocols. A total of 4 non-compliant, bare silicon microshanks, 3 non-compliant polyvinyl acetate (PVAc)-coated silicon microshanks, and 6 compliant, nanocomposite microshanks were tested. Stress values were calculated by dividing the force by surface area and strain was estimated using a linear stress–strain relationship. Micromotion effects from breathing and vascular pulsatility on tissue stress were estimated from a 5 s interval of steady-state measurements. Viscoelastic properties were estimated using a second-order Prony series expansion of stress–displacement curves for each shank. Main results. The distribution of strain values imposed on brain tissue for both compliant nanocomposite microshanks and PVAc-coated, non-compliant silicon microshanks were significantly lower compared to non-compliant bare silicon shanks. Interestingly, step-indentation experiments also showed that compliant, nanocomposite materials significantly decreased stress relaxation rates in the brain tissue at the interface (p < 0.05) compared to non-compliant silicon and PVAc-coated silicon materials. Furthermore, both PVAc-coated non-compliant silicon and compliant nanocomposite shanks showed significantly reduced (by 4–5 fold) stresses due to tissue micromotion at the interface. Significance. The results of this study showed that soft, adaptive materials reduce strains and strain rates and micromotion induced stresses in the surrounding brain tissue. Understanding the material behavior at the site of tissue contact will help to improve neural implant design.

  7. Sorption of boric acid by hydroxylic sorbents synthesized from polyvinyl alcohol and polyvinylene glycol

    SciTech Connect

    Kisel'gof, G.V.; Arkhangel'skii, L.K.; Bochkova, N.A.

    1986-10-10

    It has been shown that sorbents synthesized from polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and polyvinyl glycol (PVG) are the most effective agents for extraction of boron from natural waters and brines. The action of such sorbents is based on the ability of boric acid to form stable complexes with polyhydroxy compounds. In this work the authors studied hydroxylic sorbents differing in OH-group contents and in the amounts and nature of the cross-linking agent. The principal characteristics of the sorbents studied are given. The theoretical capacity was calculated on the assumption that the structural unit sorbing one boric acid molecule is -CH/sub 2/-CHOH-CH/sub 2/CHOH- in PVA and -CHOH-CHOH- in PVG.

  8. Leaching of diethylhexyl phthalate from polyvinyl chloride bags into intravenous cyclosporine solution

    SciTech Connect

    Venkataramanan, R.; Burckart, G.J.; Ptachcinski, R.J.; Blaha, R.; Logue, L.W.; Bahnson, A.; Giam, C.S.; Brady, J.E.

    1986-11-01

    The release of diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) from flexible polyvinyl chloride containers into intravenous cyclosporine solutions was studied. Intravenous cyclosporine solution or solutions containing the vehicle Cremophor EL and alcohol in dextrose were prepared in an all-glass system and stored in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) bags. Four samples were obtained at different time intervals, and DEHP content was analyzed by gas chromatography. The amount of DEHP that was leached into solutions stored in the PVC bags increased as storage time increased. By 48 hours, nearly 33 mg of DEHP had leached into the solution. Intravenous cyclosporine solutions should be prepared in glass containers to minimize patient exposure to DEHP. If plastic bags are used for preparing cyclosporine injections, the injections must be used immediately after preparation.

  9. Polyvinyl alcohol-coated hybrid fiber grating for relative humidity sensing

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dong, Xinyong; Li, Tao; Liu, Yang; Li, Yi; Zhao, Chun-Liu; Chan, Chi Chiu

    2011-07-01

    A relative humidity (RH) sensor based on a hybrid fiber grating coated with polyvinyl alcohol is proposed and demonstrated experimentally. The hybrid fiber grating is formed by superimposing a normal fiber Bragg grating (FBG) and a tilted-FBG around the same position of a single-mode fiber so that it can work in the reflection mode. Optical power of the reflected signal changes with the refractive index of the moisture sensitive polyvinyl alcohol, and humidity measurement can be realized. Experimental results show that the measurement range is 30 to 95% with the maximum sensitivity of 0.737 nW/% RH. The average response time is ~2 s and the measurement is nearly insensitive to temperature. Compared with the wavelength detection method used in normal FBG-based relative humidity sensors, the intensity demodulation method in this report is simpler and more cost-efficient.

  10. Adaptation and tolerance of bacteria against acetic acid.

    PubMed

    Tr?ek, Janja; Mira, Nuno Pereira; Jarboe, Laura R

    2015-08-01

    Acetic acid is a weak organic acid exerting a toxic effect to most microorganisms at concentrations as low as 0.5 wt%. This toxic effect results mostly from acetic acid dissociation inside microbial cells, causing a decrease of intracellular pH and metabolic disturbance by the anion, among other deleterious effects. These microbial inhibition mechanisms enable acetic acid to be used as a preservative, although its usefulness is limited by the emergence of highly tolerant spoilage strains. Several biotechnological processes are also inhibited by the accumulation of acetic acid in the growth medium including production of bioethanol from lignocellulosics, wine making, and microbe-based production of acetic acid itself. To design better preservation strategies based on acetic acid and to improve the robustness of industrial biotechnological processes limited by this acid's toxicity, it is essential to deepen the understanding of the underlying toxicity mechanisms. In this sense, adaptive responses that improve tolerance to acetic acid have been well studied in Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Strains highly tolerant to acetic acid, either isolated from natural environments or specifically engineered for this effect, represent a unique reservoir of information that could increase our understanding of acetic acid tolerance and contribute to the design of additional tolerance mechanisms. In this article, the mechanisms underlying the acetic acid tolerance exhibited by several bacterial strains are reviewed, with emphasis on the knowledge gathered in acetic acid bacteria and E. coli. A comparison of how these bacterial adaptive responses to acetic acid stress fit to those described in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is also performed. A systematic comparison of the similarities and dissimilarities of the ways by which different microbial systems surpass the deleterious effects of acetic acid toxicity has not been performed so far, although such exchange of knowledge can open the door to the design of novel approaches aiming the development of acetic acid-tolerant strains with increased industrial robustness in a synthetic biology perspective. PMID:26142387

  11. Effect of crosslinking on the mechanical and thermal properties of poly(vinyl alcohol)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M Krumova; D López; R Benavente; C Mijangos; J. M Pereña

    2000-01-01

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) was crosslinked with hexamethylene diisocyanate in solution. A broad range of degrees of crosslinking, from 1.7 up to 74mol% of reacted hydroxyl groups, was achieved. The variation of the thermal and mechanical properties of PVA with the crosslinking density show an initial decrease due to the diminution of the crystallinity of the system, caused by the crosslinking. After

  12. Electrical, mechanical and thermal properties of polyvinyl chloride composites filled with aluminum powder

    Microsoft Academic Search

    I. K. Bishay; S. L. Abd-El-Messieh; S. H. Mansour

    2011-01-01

    In this work, the electrical, mechanical and thermal properties of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) composites filled with different content of aluminum powder varying from 0 to 40wt.% have been prepared. The dielectric properties of these composites were investigated in the frequency range 100Hz–100kHz at temperature range from 30 to 98°C. The percolation threshold concentration, which is the concentration after which the

  13. Effects of molecular weight and stereoregularity on biodegradation of poly(vinyl alcohol) by Alcaligenes faecalis

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Shuichi Matsumura; Yukimasa Shimura; Koutaro Terayama; Takato Kiyohara

    1994-01-01

    Summary The biodegradability of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) was analyzed with respect to its molecular weight and stereoregularity using the isolated PVA-assimilating microbial strain,Alcaligenes faecalis KK314. The biodegradability of PVA was influenced by its stereoregularity, and the isotactic moiety was preferentially biodegraded. However, there is no difference in the biodegradability based on the molecular weight of PVA being larger than the

  14. Electrospun single-walled carbon nanotube\\/polyvinyl alcohol composite nanofibers: structure property relationships

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    Minoo Naebe; Tong Lin; Mark P. Staiger; Liming Dai; Xungai Wang

    2008-01-01

    Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) nanofibers and single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT)\\/PVA composite nanofibers have been produced by electrospinning. An apparent increase in the PVA crystallinity with a concomitant change in its main crystalline phase and a reduction in the crystalline domain size were observed in the SWNT\\/PVA composite nanofibers, indicating the occurrence of a SWNT-induced nucleation crystallization of the PVA phase. Both

  15. Preparation and conductivity of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films composited with molybdotungstovanadogermanic heteropoly acid

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    Yanli Cui; Jianwei Mao; Qingyin Wu

    2004-01-01

    In this work, the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films composited with molybdotungstovanadogermanic heteropoly acid were prepared. Infrared spectra (IR) revealed that the Keggin structure characteristic of the GeMo2W9VO405? anion was present in PVA films. At room temperature (20°C), the conductivity of the samples of different HPA content increased from 2.46×10?3 to 9.92×10?3Scm?1. The results indicated that they are new kind of

  16. Multifunctional baicalein blended poly(vinyl alcohol) composite nanofibers via electrospinning

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    R. Nirmala; D. Kalpana; Jin Won Jeong; Hyun Ju Oh; Ji-Hui Lee; R. Navamathavan; Yang Soo Lee; Hak Yong Kim

    2011-01-01

    We report on the preparation and characterizations of multifunctional baicalein blended poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) composite nanofibers via electrospinning process. In order to improve the biocompatibility properties, baicalein was blended in to PVA to prepare composite nanofibers. The morphology, structure and thermal properties of the PVA\\/baicalein composite nanofibers were analyzed by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform-infrared

  17. Bioartificial materials based on blends of dextran and poly(vinyl alcohol- co-acrylic acid)

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    N. Barbani; F. Bertoni; G. Ciardelli; C. Cristallini; D. Silvestri; M. L. Coluccio; P. Giusti

    2005-01-01

    Bioartificial polymeric materials based on blends of dextran and poly(vinyl alcohol-co-acrylic acid) P(VA-co-AA) were prepared in the form of films and characterised to evaluate the miscibility of the natural component with the synthetic one. The idea of this work was to compatibilise PVA and dextran by introducing carboxylic groups along the PVA chains.The copolymer was synthesised and characterised in our

  18. Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(vinyl alcohol) Membranes with Quaternary Ammonium Groups for Wound Dressing

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    Kuo-Yu Chen; Yu-Sheng Lin; Chun-Hsu Yao; Ming-Hsien Li; Jui-Che Lin

    2010-01-01

    2-[(acryloyloxy)ethyl]Trimethylammonium chloride (AETMAC) was grafted onto poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) using ceric ammonium nitrate (CAN) as a redox initiator. A series of graft co-polymer (PVA-g-PAETMAC) membranes with different contents of AETMAC were prepared with a casting method. The incorporation of AETMAC into PVA chains was confirmed by element analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The effects of grafting on the thermal

  19. Reinforcement and toughening of poly(vinyl chloride) with poly(caprolactone) grafted carbon nanotubes

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    Wang Guojiann; Wang Lijuan; Zu Mei; Chang Zhengmian

    2009-01-01

    Poly caprolactone (PCL) was used to modify multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs). The characterization results of TEM, FTIR, Raman, TG and 721 Spectrophotometer showed that PCL was covalently combined with MWNTs. The MWNTs\\/PVC composites were prepared by the addition of pristine and modified MWNTs into poly(vinyl chloride) through melting process. The addition of MWNT-PCL (0.28vol%) increased the Young’s modulus, tensile strength,

  20. Poly(?-caprolactone)-based ‘green’ plasticizers for poly(vinyl choride)

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    Guixin Shi; David G. Cooper; Milan Maric

    2011-01-01

    A series of proposed plasticizers for poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC), based on poly(?-caprolactone) (PCL) with octanoate and benzoate-terminal groups, were synthesized with various microstructures and molecular weights (MW) and tested for biodegradability as well as for mechanical performance, and leaching resistance in blends with PVC. The plasticization efficiency of each was characterized by measuring the glass transition temperature (Tg) and tensile

  1. Photochemical stability of poly(vinyl alcohol) in the presence of collagen

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    Alina Sionkowska; Anna P?anecka; Justyna Koz?owska; Joanna Skopi?ska-Wi?niewska

    2009-01-01

    The photochemical stability of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) in the presence of 1%, 3% and 5% of collagen has been studied by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy, UV–vis spectroscopy, and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). PVA samples containing 1%, 3% and 5% of collagen were irradiated with UV light wavelength ? = 254 nm in air.The results have shown that PVA in the presence of

  2. Changes in the optical spectra of poly(vinyl chloride) as a result of gamma irradiation

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    N. A. El-Zaher; W. G. Osiris

    1997-01-01

    In the present work, the effect of different doses of gamma rays ranging from 50 to 500 kGy on the transmission spectra and the tristimulus transmittance as well as the absorption coefficient in the range 400-700 nm of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) were studied by the optical transmission spectra. Variation in the group coordination in the near infrared region (700-3000 nm)

  3. Changes in the optical spectra of poly(vinyl chloride) as a result of gamma irradiation

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    N. A. El-Zaher; W. G. Osiris

    1997-01-01

    In the present work, the effect of different doses of gamma rays ranging from 50 to 500 kGy on the transmission spectra and the tristimulus transmittance as well as the absorption coefficient in the range 400–700 nm of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) were studied by the optical transmission spectra. Variation in the group coordination in the near infrared region (700–3000 nm)

  4. Study on dechlorination technology for municipal waste plastics containing polyvinyl chloride and polyethylene terephthalate

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Masaaki Fukushima; Beili Wu; Hidetoshi Ibe; Keiji Wakai; Eiichi Sugiyama; Hironobu Abe; Kiyohiko Kitagawa; Shigenori Tsuruga; Katsumi Shimura; Eiichi Ono

    2010-01-01

    It is necessary to remove chlorine efficiently from municipal waste plastics (MWP) that contain polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and\\u000a other plastics containing chlorine. In this article we consider thermal degradation liquefaction technology. In Japan, the\\u000a chlorine content of reclamation oil products must be kept below 100 ppm owing to the quality standard for pyrolysis oil. Liquefaction\\u000a dechlorination technology for MWP is

  5. Metal lanolin fatty acid as novel thermal stabilizers for rigid poly(vinyl chloride)

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    Yong GUO; Yuying ZHENG; Shangchang QIU; Anran ZENG; Baoming LI

    2011-01-01

    The synergistic stabilization effect of different metal lanolin fatty acids as natural-based thermal stabilizers for poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) including calcium lanolin fatty acid (Calan2), zinc lanolin fatty acid (Znlan2) and lanthanum lanolin fatty acid (Lalan3) were studied through Congo red testing, color measurements, FTIR analyses and thermal behavior in this paper. The results showed that Lalan3\\/Calan2\\/Znlan2 stabilizers exhibited more excellent

  6. Removal of nitrogen in wastewater by polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)immobilization of effective microorganisms

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    Jintae Lee; Moo Hwan Cho

    2010-01-01

    To remove nitrogen and carbon simultaneously from municipal wastewater, a mixture of effective microorganisms (EM) was immobilized\\u000a in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogel beads. The modified PVA beads with calcium alginate show characteristic pores and mechanical\\u000a stability and flexibility. The EM-immobilized PVA system was established in a 3 L sequential batch reactor (SBR) with a synthetic\\u000a wastewater and operated at an

  7. Poly(vinyl alcohol) multilayer mixed matrix membranes for the dehydration of ethanol–water mixture

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    Huai-Min Guan; Tai-Shung Chung; Zhen Huang; Mei Lin Chng; Santi Kulprathipanja

    2006-01-01

    We have developed multilayer mixed matrix membranes (MMMMs) consisting of a selective mixed matrix membrane (MMM) top layer, a porous poly(acrylonitrile-co-methyl acrylate) [poly(AN-co-MA)] intermediate layer and a polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) nonwoven fabrics substrate. The selective MMM layer was formed by incorporating KA zeolite in poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) matrix followed by the cross-linking reaction of PVA with fumaric acid. The fumaric

  8. Photochemical and thermal behaviours of poly(vinyl alcohol)\\/graphite oxide composites

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    Halina Kaczmarek; Andrzej Podgórski

    2007-01-01

    The properties of poly(vinyl alcohol)\\/graphite oxide (PVAL\\/GO) composites were investigated during UV irradiation using a mercury lamp (?=254nm). The course of photochemical reactions was monitored by FTIR and UV–vis absorption spectroscopies as well as by estimation of insoluble gel amount formed during crosslinking. Changes in average molecular weights resulting from main chain scission in PVAL were measured by gel permeation

  9. Dielectric properties of montmorillonite clay filled poly(vinyl alcohol)\\/poly(ethylene oxide) blend nanocomposites

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    R. J. Sengwa; Shobhna Choudhary; Sonu Sankhla

    2010-01-01

    Organic–inorganic nanocomposites of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)–poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) blend filled with montmorillonite (MMT) nanoclay up to 10wt.% concentration were synthesized by aqueous solution-cast technique. The complex dielectric function, electrical conductivity, electric modulus and impedance spectra of the nanocomposites were measured in the frequency range 20Hz–1MHz at ambient temperature. A direct correlation was observed between the real part of dielectric function

  10. Compressibility and compactibility of powdered polymers: poly(vinyl chloride) powders

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    Anne-France Rime; Danielle Massuelle; Frank Kubel; Hans-Rudolf Hagemann; Eric Doelker

    1997-01-01

    The present investigation is concerned with the possible effects of material-related properties (molecular mass, glass transition and melting temperatures, crystallinity, tacticity) and particle-related properties (shape, size, specific surface area) on the compression characteristics of the chosen model polymer powder: poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC). Four grades were selected known in literature for providing compacts of varied mechanical strength. The compression characteristics were

  11. Knoevenagel condensation catalysed by poly(vinyl chloride) supported tetraethylenepentamine (PVC-TEPA)

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    Fen Dong; Yi Qun Li; Rong Feng Dai

    2007-01-01

    Poly(vinyl chloride) supported tetraethylenepentamine (PVC-TEPA) has been found to be an efficient catalyst for the Knoevenagel condensation. A wide range of aromatic aldehydes easily undergo condensations with ethyl cyanoacetate and malononitrile in the commercial 95% ethanol in refluxing using PVC-TEPA as catalyst to afford the desired products of good purity in moderate to excellent yields. A recycling study confirmed that

  12. Chemically modified fly ash for fabricating super-strong biodegradable poly(vinyl alcohol) composite films

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    Dilip Chandra Deb Nath; Sri Bandyopadhyay; Philip Boughton; Aibing Yu; Darryl Blackburn; Chris White

    2010-01-01

    Composite films of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and chemically modified fly ash (MFA) by sodium hydroxide were prepared by aqueous\\u000a cast method with 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 wt% MFA treated with 1 wt% cross-linking agent (glutaraldehyde, GLA). The tensile strengths\\u000a of the composite films were found to increase proportionally with MFA and the maximum strength attained was 414% higher in\\u000a the

  13. Nitrification using polyvinyl alcohol-immobilized nitrifying biofilm on an O 2 enriching membrane

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    Yuan-Lynn Hsieh; Szu-Kung Tseng; Yu-Jie Chang

    2002-01-01

    A combination of cell immobilization and membrane aeration approaches was used in a biological reactor to treat NH4+ in wastewater. Nitrifying microorganisms, immobilized by polyvinyl-alcohol (PVA) and attached to the surface of a silicone membrane tube, were used to develop a novel reactor for nitrification. The immobilized biofilm had a rubber-like elasticity and resisted shear stress over 5 months of

  14. Electrodialytic Transport Properties of Anion-Exchange Membranes Prepared from Poly(vinyl alcohol) and Poly(vinyl alcohol-co-methacryloyl aminopropyl trimethyl ammonium chloride)

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    Jikihara, Atsushi; Ohashi, Reina; Kakihana, Yuriko; Higa, Mitsuru; Kobayashi, Kenichi

    2012-01-01

    Random-type anion-exchange membranes (AEMs) have been prepared by blending poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and the random copolymer-type polycation, poly(vinyl alcohol-co-methacryloyl aminopropyl trimethyl ammonium chloride) at various molar percentages of anion-exchange groups to vinyl alcohol groups, Cpc, and by cross-linking the PVA chains with glutaraldehyde (GA) solution at various GA concentrations, CGA. The characteristics of the random-type AEMs were compared with blend-type AEMs prepared in our previous study. At equal molar percentages of the anion exchange groups, the water content of the random-type AEMs was lower than that of the blend-type AEMs. The effective charge density of the random-type AEMs increased with increasing Cpc and reached a maximum value. Further, the maximum value of the effective charge density increased with increasing CGA. The maximum value of the effective charge density, 0.42 mol/dm3, was obtained for the random-type AEM with Cpc = 4.2 mol % and CGA = 0.15 vol %. A comparison of the random-type and blend-type AEMs with almost the same Cpc showed that the random-type AEMs had lower membrane resistance than the blend-type ones. The membrane resistance and dynamic transport number of the random-type AEM with Cpc = 6.0 mol % and CGA = 0.15 vol % were 4.8 ? cm2 and 0.83, respectively. PMID:24958543

  15. Poly(vinyl alcohol) gels for use as tissue phantoms in photoacoustic mammography.

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    Kharine, Alexei; Manohar, Srirang; Seeton, Rosalyn; Kolkman, Roy G M; Bolt, René A; Steenbergen, Wiendelt; de Mul, Frits F M

    2003-02-01

    Materials for solid photoacoustic breast phantoms, based on poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogels, are presented. Phantoms intended for use in photoacoustics must possess both optical and acoustic properties of tissue. To realize the optical properties of tissue, one approach was to optimize the number of freezing and thawing cycles of aqueous poly(vinyl alcohol) solutions, a procedure which increases the turbidity of the gel while rigidifying it. The second approach concentrated on forming a clear matrix of the rigid poly(vinyl alcohol) gel without any scattering, so that appropriate amounts of optical scatterers could be added at the time of formation, to tune the optical properties as per requirement. The relevant optical and acoustic properties of such samples were measured to be close to the average properties of human breast tissue. Tumour simulating gel samples of suitable absorption coefficient were created by adding appropriate quantities of dye at the time of formation; the samples were then cut into spheres. A breast phantom embedded with such 'tumours' was developed for studying the applicability of photoacoustics in mammography. PMID:12608612

  16. Eslicarbazepine acetate (BIA 2-093)

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    Luis Almeida; Patrício Soares-da-Silva

    2007-01-01

    Summary  Eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) [(S)-(?)-10-acetoxy-10, 11-dihydro-5H-dibenz[b,f]azepine-5-carboxamide], formerly known as BIA 2-093, is a novel central nervous system (CNS)-active compound with anticonvulsant\\u000a activity. It behaves as a voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC) blocker and is currently under clinical development for the\\u000a treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder. ESL shares with carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine the dibenzazepine nucleus bearing\\u000a the 5-carboxamide substitute, but is structurally

  17. Phytogenic biosynthesis and emission of methyl acetate.

    PubMed

    Jardine, Kolby; Wegener, Frederik; Abrell, Leif; van Haren, Joost; Werner, Christiane

    2014-02-01

    Acetylation of plant metabolites fundamentally changes their volatility, solubility and activity as semiochemicals. Here we present a new technique termed dynamic (13) C-pulse chasing to track the fate of C1-3 carbon atoms of pyruvate into the biosynthesis and emission of methyl acetate (MA) and CO2 . (13) C-labelling of MA and CO2 branch emissions respond within minutes to changes in (13) C-positionally labelled pyruvate solutions fed through the transpiration stream. Strong (13) C-labelling of MA emissions occurred only under pyruvate-2-(13) C and pyruvate-2,3-(13) C feeding, but not pyruvate-1-(13) C feeding. In contrast, strong (13) CO2 emissions were only observed under pyruvate-1-(13) C feeding. These results demonstrate that MA (and other volatile and non-volatile metabolites) derive from the C2,3 atoms of pyruvate while the C1 atom undergoes decarboxylation. The latter is a non-mitochondrial source of CO2 in the light generally not considered in studies of CO2 sources and sinks. Within a tropical rainforest mesocosm, we also observed atmospheric concentrations of MA up to 0.6 ppbv that tracked light and temperature conditions. Moreover, signals partially attributed to MA were observed in ambient air within and above a tropical rainforest in the Amazon. Our study highlights the potential importance of acetyl coenzyme A (CoA) biosynthesis as a source of acetate esters and CO2 to the atmosphere. PMID:23862653

  18. Platinum acetate blue: synthesis and characterization.

    PubMed

    Cherkashina, Natalia V; Kochubey, Dmitry I; Kanazhevskiy, Vladislav V; Zaikovskii, Vladimir I; Ivanov, Vladimir K; Markov, Alexander A; Klyagina, Alla P; Dobrokhotova, Zhanna V; Kozitsyna, Natalia Yu; Baranovsky, Igor B; Ellert, Olga G; Efimov, Nikolai N; Nefedov, Sergei E; Novotortsev, Vladimir M; Vargaftik, Michael N; Moiseev, Ilya I

    2014-08-18

    Platinum acetate blue (PAB) of the empirical formula Pt(OOCMe)2.5±0.25, a byproduct in the synthesis of crystalline platinum(II) acetate Pt4(OOCMe)8, is an X-ray amorphous substance containing platinum in the oxidation state between (II) and (III). Typical PAB samples were studied with X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis-thermogravimetric, extended X-ray absorption fine structure, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, magnetochemistry, and combined quantum chemical density functional theory-molecular mechanics modeling to reveal the main structural features of the PAB molecular building blocks. The applicability of PAB to the synthesis of platinum complexes was demonstrated by the preparation of the new homo- and heteronuclear complexes Pt(II)(dipy)(OOCMe)2 (1), Pt(II)(?-OOCMe)4Co(II)(OH2) (2), and Pt(III)2(OOCMe)4(O3SPhMe)2 (3) with the use of PAB as starting material. PMID:25102316

  19. Counterflow immunoisotachophoresis on cellulose acetate membranes.

    PubMed

    Abelev, G I; Karamova, E R

    1984-11-01

    Discontinuous electrophoresis on cellulose acetate membranes with the use of 0.06 M Tris-HCl (pH 6.7) as the leading electrolyte and 0.012 M Tris-beta-alanine (pH 8.6) as the terminating one results in concentration of the proteins present in the system on the Cl-/beta-alanine- boundary. If the antigen solution is placed in a "pocket" ahead of the moving boundary, a counterflow to the cathode arises due to electroendosmosis. At constant voltage the migration rate of the boundary drops and that of electroendosmosis does not change until they become equal. In such a stationary position, the antigen-containing solution is passing through the Cl-/beta-alanine- boundary to the cathode, while all the proteins are completely "absorbed" on the boundary as highly concentrated bands. Addition of ampholytes to the antigen solution contributes to the isotachophoretic separation of a protein mixture on the strip. The concentrated and separated antigens can be revealed by immunofixation, immunodiffusion, or crossed immunoelectrophoresis in gel. The technique is approximately 100 times more sensitive compared to the usual immunodiffusion and immunoelectrophoresis methods on cellulose acetate membranes, and is applicable to the detection of trace amounts of antigens in the urine, liquor, amniotic fluid, tears, and other biological fluids with low protein contents. PMID:6528978

  20. [Ulipristal acetate, 5mg: a new alternative].

    PubMed

    Monleón Sancho, Javier; Romaguera, Eugenia; Romero, Ainhoa; Higueras, Gema; Morcillo, Inmaculada; Fuster, Sonia

    2013-07-01

    Fibroids have a high prevalence (approaching 50%) in the female population. Although they are a benign entity, they represent a health problem of considerable magnitude, causing hemorrhaging, pain and sterility. Surgical treatment is currently safe and effective, but in recent decades numerous less invasive alternatives have appeared, such as uterine artery embolization and thermal ablation (HIFU and radiofrequency). New possibilities for medical treatment have also emerged, such as GnRh analogues, aromatase inhibitors and selective progesterone receptor modulators (SPRMs). SPRMs act through progesterone receptors and behave as agonists or antagonists in various target organs. Among them, ulipristal acetate (UA) inhibits the proliferation and induction of apoptosis and cell death pathways in leiomyoma cells, translating at the clinical level to smaller fibroids and lower uterine volumes, with no significant side effects. UA also produces amenorrhea in most patients. Randomized, phase III (PEARL I and II) clinical trials have shown the efficacy and security of UA versus placebo and leuprolide acetate (LA). UA is similar to LA, and superior to placebo in controlling bleeding and decreasing the size of the fibroid, with fewer side effects than LA. The safety and tolerance of UA have been satisfactory. UA is a reality in the preoperative treatment of fibroids, with broad potential for further development. PMID:24314567

  1. Atmospheric formic and acetic acids in Venezuela

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    Sanhueza, Eugenio; Figueroa, Luis; Santana, Magaly

    Gas, phase and rain concentrations of HCOOH and CH 3COOH have been measured at various sites in the savannah climatic region, a cloud forest site and a coastal site in Venezuela. Gas phase and rain water were sampled using the aqueous scrubber technique and a wet only collector, respectively. Analyses were made by ion chromatography. The results indicate that formic and acetic acids are important components of the Venezuelan atmosphere. They are homogeneously distributed, suggesting a widespread source. Boundary layer concentrations during the dry season (HCOOH, 1.8 ppbv; CH 3COOH, 1.25 ppbv) are higher than in the wet season (HCOOH, 1.0 ppbv; CH 3COOH, 0.7 ppbv), mainly due to a longer lifetime of the acid during the dry season (˜6 days) compared with the wet season (˜2 days). The overall concentrations in rain are 7.0 and 4.0 ?M for formic and acetic acids, respectively. The estimated annual total depositions are: HCOOH, 17 mmol m -2 yr -1 and CH 3COOH,10 mmol m -2 yr -1; around half of the acids are removed by dry deposition. It is established that a larger source (˜1.8 times) of both acids is present during the wet season. We speculate that atmospheric oxidation of hydrocarbons should be the main source of HCOOH and CH 3COOH in the Venezuelan atmosphere; soil emissions could make a significant contribution during the dry season.

  2. Synthesis and regeneration of lead (IV) acetate

    SciTech Connect

    Boyle, T.J.; Al-Shareef, H.N.; Moore, G.J. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Advanced Materials Lab.

    1996-11-01

    Lead acetate [Pb(O{sub 2}CMe){sub 4}] was easily synthesized from a warm solution of Pb{sub 3}O{sub 4}, HO{sub 2}CMe and O(OCMe){sub 2} following literature preparations when the appropriate measures to minimize water contamination were followed. Furthermore, Pb(O{sub 2}CMe){sub 4} which has been decomposed (evidenced by the appearance of a purple color due to oxidation) can be regenerated using a similar preparatory route. Introduction of Pb(O{sub 2}CMe){sub 4} from the two routes outlined above into the IMO process for production of PZT thin films gave films with comparable ferroelectric properties to commercially available Pb(O{sub 2}CMe){sub 4} precursors. However, the freshly synthesized material yields PZT films with better properties compared to the recycled material.

  3. Ulipristal acetate: a new emergency contraceptive.

    PubMed

    Sullivan, Jade L; Bulloch, Marilyn N

    2011-07-01

    Ulipristal acetate (UPA) is a newly developed emergency contraceptive currently available in the USA and Europe. It is approved as a 30 mg one-time dose taken within 120 h (5 days) of unprotected intercourse or failed contraception. This selective progesterone receptor modulator appears to be more effective than the levonorgestrel-containing emergency contraceptive, which must be taken within 72 h of unprotected intercourse. According to pharmacodynamic trials, UPA delays follicular maturation and ovulation. In addition, UPA may modulate the endometrium. Both Phase III clinical trials found that UPA does not lose efficacy within the 120-h dosing interval. Throughout all phases of clinical studies, UPA was shown to be well tolerated with only minimal adverse drug reactions, all of which are similar to competitor therapies. PMID:22114852

  4. Leuprolide acetate treatment of catamenial pneumothorax.

    PubMed

    Garris, P D; Sokol, M S; Kelly, K; Whitman, G F; Plouffe, L

    1994-01-01

    A 35-year-old nulligravid female with a 20 pack year history of smoking and continuous OC use since age 16 presented with recurrent pneumothoraces coinciding with the onset of menses at age 28. At that time she underwent a right partial pleurectomy and lobectomy, which demonstrated bullous disease but no glandular or stromal elements. Although catamenial respiratory discomfort persisted while on OCs, no pneumothoraces were documented until age 33 at which time she was given the diagnosis of catamenial pneumothorax. A diagnostic laparoscopy failed to demonstrate endometriosis or the presence of diaphragmatic defects. In an effort to preserve her fertility, she began a course of LA-GnRH-a therapy with depot LA. Because of disabling vasomotor and emotional side effects, continuous conjugated estrogens and MPA acetate were given as add-back therapy. She has remained symptom and side effect free for over 2 years on this regimen. PMID:8293833

  5. 4-Carbamoylpiperidinium phenyl-acetate hemihydrate.

    PubMed

    Smith, Graham; Wermuth, Urs D

    2010-01-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title compound, C(6)H(13)N(2)O(+)·C(8)H(7)O(2) (-)·0.5H(2)O, comprises two isonipecotamide cations, two phenyl-acetate anions and a water mol-ecule of solvation. The hydrogen-bonding environments for both sets of ion pairs are essentially identical with the piperidinium and amide 'ends' of each cation involved in lateral heteromolecular hydrogen-bonded cyclic N-H?O associations [graph set R(2) (2)(11)] which incorporate a single carboxyl O-atom acceptor. These cyclic motifs enclose larger R(5) (5)(21) cyclic systems, forming sheet substructures which lie parallel to (101) and are linked across b by the single water mol-ecule via water O-H?O(c) (c = carboxylate) associations, giving a duplex-sheet structure. PMID:21589544

  6. 4-Carbamoylpiperidinium phenyl­acetate hemihydrate

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    Smith, Graham; Wermuth, Urs D.

    2010-01-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title compound, C6H13N2O+·C8H7O2 ?·0.5H2O, comprises two isonipecotamide cations, two phenyl­acetate anions and a water mol­ecule of solvation. The hydrogen-bonding environments for both sets of ion pairs are essentially identical with the piperidinium and amide ‘ends’ of each cation involved in lateral heteromolecular hydrogen-bonded cyclic N—H?O associations [graph set R 2 2(11)] which incorporate a single carboxyl O-atom acceptor. These cyclic motifs enclose larger R 5 5(21) cyclic systems, forming sheet substructures which lie parallel to (101) and are linked across b by the single water mol­ecule via water O—H?Oc (c = carboxylate) associations, giving a duplex-sheet structure. PMID:21589544

  7. Oxidation of indole-3-acetic acid to oxindole-3-acetic acid by an enzyme preparation from Zea mays

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    Reinecke, D. M.; Bandurski, R. S.

    1988-01-01

    Indole-3-acetic acid is oxidized to oxindole-3-acetic acid by Zea mays tissue extracts. Shoot, root, and endosperm tissues have enzyme activities of 1 to 10 picomoles per hour per milligram protein. The enzyme is heat labile, is soluble, and requires oxygen for activity. Cofactors of mixed function oxygenase, peroxidase, and intermolecular dioxygenase are not stimulatory to enzymic activity. A heat-stable, detergent-extractable component from corn enhances enzyme activity 6- to 10-fold. This is the first demonstration of the in vitro enzymic oxidation of indole-3-acetic acid to oxindole-3-acetic acid in higher plants.

  8. Polymer coating of paramagnetic particulates for in vivo oxygen-sensing applications

    PubMed Central

    Eteshola, Edward; Pandian, Ramasamy P.; Kuppusamy, Periannan

    2009-01-01

    Crystalline lithium phthalocyanine (LiPc) can be used to sense oxygen. To enhance biocompatibility/stability of LiPc, we encapsulated LiPc in Teflon AF (TAF), cellulose acetate (CA), and polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) (TAF, previously used to encapsulate LiPc, was a comparator). We identified water-miscible solvents that don’t dissolve LiPc crystals, but are solvents for the polymers, and encapsulated crystals by solvent evaporation. Oxygen sensitivity of films was characterized in vitro and in vivo. Encapsulation did not change LiPc oximetry properties in vitro at anoxic conditions or varying partial pressures of oxygen (pO2). EPR linewidth of encapsulated particles was linear with pO2, responding to pO2 changes quickly and reproducibly for dynamic measurements. Encapsulated LiPc was unaffected by biological oxidoreductants, stable in vivo for four weeks. Oximetry, stability and biocompatibility properties of LiPc films were comparable, but both CA and PVAc films are cheaper, and easier to fabricate and handle than TAF films, making them superior. PMID:19083100

  9. Heterogeneous catalyst for the production of acetic anhydride from methyl acetate

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    Ramprasad, D.; Waller, F.J.

    1999-04-06

    This invention relates to a process for producing acetic anhydride by the reaction of methyl acetate, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen at elevated temperatures and pressures in the presence of an alkyl halide and a heterogeneous, bifunctional catalyst that contains an insoluble polymer having pendant quaternized phosphine groups, some of which phosphine groups are ionically bonded to anionic Group VIII metal complexes, the remainder of the phosphine groups being bonded to iodide. In contrast to prior art processes, no accelerator (promoter) is necessary to achieve the catalytic reaction and the products are easily separated from the catalyst by filtration. The catalyst can be recycled for consecutive runs without loss in activity. Bifunctional catalysts for use in carbonylating dimethyl ether are also provided.

  10. Heterogeneous catalyst for the production of acetic anhydride from methyl acetate

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    Ramprasad, Dorai (Allentown, PA); Waller, Francis Joseph (Allentown, PA)

    1999-01-01

    This invention relates to a process for producing acetic anhydride by the reaction of methyl acetate, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen at elevated temperatures and pressures in the presence of an alkyl halide and a heterogeneous, bifunctional catalyst that contains an insoluble polymer having pendant quaternized phosphine groups, some of which phosphine groups are ionically bonded to anionic Group VIII metal complexes, the remainder of the phosphine groups being bonded to iodide. In contrast to prior art processes, no accelerator (promoter) is necessary to achieve the catalytic reaction and the products are easily separated from the catalyst by filtration. The catalyst can be recycled for consecutive runs without loss in activity. Bifunctional catalysts for use in carbonylating dimethyl ether are also provided.

  11. Synthesis and dielectric studies of polyorthotoluidine-polyvinyl pyrrolidone conducting polymer composites

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    Himanshu, A. K.; Bahuguna, Rajni; Ray, D. K.; Bandyopadyayay, S. K.; Sinha, T. P.

    2013-02-01

    The intrinsically conducting polymer, polyorthotoluidine (POT) has been synthesized by chemical polymerization process with the help of water-soluble support polymer polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP)). The dielectric measurement of POT-PVP was measured in the temperature range from 308-398 K at frequency 10 kHz. The temperature dependent data has been analyzed in the framework of dielectric permittivity, loss tangent and ac conductivity. Above the temperature 345 K, conductivity shows weak temperature dependence. This is an important feature with respect to technological applications of POT-PVP as an electro-inactive material at high temperature.

  12. Occupational exposure to diisononyl phthalate (DiNP) in polyvinyl chloride processing operations

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    Cynthia J. Hines; Nancy B. Hopf; James A. Deddens; Manori J. Silva; Antonia M. Calafat

    Purpose  Diisononyl phthalate (DiNP) is primarily used as a plasticizer in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) materials. While information is\\u000a available on general population exposure to DiNP, occupational exposure data are lacking. We present DiNP metabolite urinary\\u000a concentrations in PVC processing workers, estimate DiNP daily intake for these workers, and compare worker estimates to other\\u000a populations.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  We assessed DiNP exposure in participants from

  13. Preparation and Characterization of Palm Leaf Incorporated Polyvinyl Alcohol Bio Composites

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    Patel, Arunendra Kumar; Bajpai, Rakesh; Keller, J. M.; Saha, Abhijit

    2011-12-01

    The Bio Composites of palm leaf (PL) incorporated polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) has been prepared using solution cast technique. Structural and microhardness properties of pure PVA and PL filled PVA Bio Composites has been determined by using FTIR and Vicker's indentation techniquque respectively. The FTIR analysis reveals the presence of PL moieties in PVA, which indicates the good compatibility between PL and PVA. The values of microhardness increases in all composition of PL incorporated PVA films as compared to the pure PVA. This increment in the microhardness is attributed to the excellent binding of PL into PVA.

  14. Synthesis of Nanocomposites of Polyvinyl Alcohol with Silver Nanoparticles and Their Use

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    Bhat, N. V.; Karmakar, N. S.; Kothari, D. C.

    2013-08-01

    Composites of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) containing silver nanoparticles were prepared using in situ synthesis of nanoparticles. Structure and properties of these composites were investigated using UV-Vis spectroscopy, XRD, DSC, SEM and AFM. The studies show that PVA can reduce the AgNO3 to yield silver nanoparticles and in the process forms bonds with PVA chains. The anti-bacterial properties of these films were studied by qualitative as well as quantitative methods which gave the values of 98% for gram positive and 89% for gram negative bacteria.

  15. Phosphonium-based ionic liquids as modifiers for biomedical grade poly(vinyl chloride)

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    Ana M. A. Dias; Sofia Marceneiro; Mara E. M. Braga; Jorge F. J. Coelho; Abel G. M. Ferreira; Pedro N. Simões; Helena I. M. Veiga; Liliana C. Tomé; Isabel M. Marrucho; José M. S. S. Esperança; Ana A. Matias; Catarina M. M. Duarte; Luís P. N. Rebelo; Hermínio C. de Sousa

    This work reports and discusses the influence of four phosphonium-based ionic liquids (PhILs), namely of trihexyl(tetradecyl) phosphonium dicyanamide, [P6,6,6,14][dca]; trihexyl(tetradecyl) phosphonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, [P6,6,6,14][Tf2N]; tetrabutyl phosphonium bromide, [P4,4,4,4][Br] and tetrabutyl phosphonium chloride, [P4,4,4,4][Cl], on some of the chemical, physical and biological properties of biomedical grade suspension poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC). The main goal of this work was to evaluate the capacity of

  16. Poly(vinyl alcohol-co-lactic acid)\\/Hydroxyapatite Composites: Synthesis and Characterization

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    Nita TudorachiAurica; Aurica P. Chiriac

    2011-01-01

    There is a wide range of applications where calcium phosphate and hydroxyapatite (HA) are used as biomaterials, e.g. as synthetic\\u000a bone grafts, coating on metal prostheses (like hip endoprostheses or dental implants) and drug carriers. In the study, the\\u000a design and synthesis of composites based on poly(vinyl alcohol-co-lactic acid)\\/hydroxyapatite (PVA-co-LA\\/HA) with potential\\u000a for biomedical applications, they are presented. The hydroxyapatite

  17. Superselective arterial embolisation with a liquid polyvinyl alcohol copolymer in patients with acute gastrointestinal haemorrhage

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    Markus Lenhart; Christian Paetzel; Michael Sackmann; Hans Schneider; Ernst Michael Jung; Andreas G. Schreyer; Stefan Feuerbach; Niels Zorger

    2010-01-01

    Objectives  To evaluate the results of emergency embolisation in acute arterial bleeding of the gastrointestinal tract with a liquid polyvinyl\\u000a alcohol copolymer from two centres.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  We retrospectively analysed 16 cases (15 patients) of acute arterial bleeding of the gastrointestinal tract where emergency\\u000a embolotherapy was performed by using the copolymer when acute haemorrhage was not treatable with endoscopic techniques alone.\\u000a Cause of

  18. Sliding of poly(vinyl chloride) on metals studied by Auger electron spectroscopy

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    Pepper, S. V.

    1974-01-01

    The sliding of polyvinyl chloride on nickel, iron and S-Monel has been studied by Auger electron spectroscopy. Polymer was not transferred to the metals, rather shear appeared to take place at the interface. The metal was progressively chlorinated as the polymer made multiple passes on the surface. The thickness of this chlorine film was the order of one atomic layer. Electron-induced desorption studies indicate that the chlorine is chemisorbed to the metal. These results are interpreted as evidence for mechanically induced and/or thermal degradation of the polymer during sliding. Degradation products of HCl and Cl2 which chemisorb to the metal are evolved near the interface.

  19. DSC studies of poly(vinyl chloride)\\/poly(?-caprolactone)\\/poly(?-caprolactone)-b-poly(dimethylsiloxane) blends

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    Claudia Gordin; Christelle Delaite; Sophie Bistac; Daniela Rusu; Mihai Rusu

    2009-01-01

    Poly(vinyl chloride)\\/poly(?-caprolactone)\\/poly(?-caprolactone)-b-poly(dimethylsiloxane) [PVC\\/PCL\\/(PCL-b-PDMS)] blends were\\u000a prepared by solvent casting from tetrahydrofuran. The content of PVC was kept constant (60 wt%); the PCL and PCL-b-PDMS contents\\u000a were varied by replacing different amounts of PCL [0–20 wt% from the PVC\\/PCL (60\\/40) blend] with PCL-b-PDMS copolymer having\\u000a different molecular weights of the PCL blocks. The thermal properties of prepared blends were investigated by

  20. First metacarpal resurfacing with polyvinyl alcohol implant in osteoarthritis: preliminary study.

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    Taleb, C; Berner, S; Mantovani Ruggiero, G

    2014-06-01

    Osteoarthritis of first carpometacarpal (CMC) joint is a condition that is frequently encountered in hand surgery. If conservative treatment fails, several surgical procedures are available ranging from arthroscopic debridement to total joint arthroplasty. This study focuses on a new resurfacing technique for the base of the first metacarpal using a polyvinyl alcohol hydrogel implant. Our preliminary study found good clinical outcomes and no inflammatory reaction after a follow-up of 30 months. However prospective studies with a longer follow-up and more patient are needed to confirm these results. PMID:24880607

  1. Grafting of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) with citric acid using gamma irradiation

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    Ajji, Zaki

    2007-12-01

    Ternary mixtures of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP), citric acid (CA) and water were irradiated at various gamma ray doses. Copolymer swelling and gelation% were determined with respect to the irradiation dose and PVP/CA composition. The gelation% increases with increasing the irradiation dose, but decreases with increasing the CA content in the graft copolymer. The swelling% of the prepared hydrogels decreases with increasing the irradiation dose and CA content in the copolymer, as a result of an increase in the crosslink density and the hydrogen bonds, respectively. The ion exchange capacity and the uptake of uranyl ions increase with increasing the CA content in the graft copolymer.

  2. Monitoring of Temperature Fatigue Failure Mechanism for Polyvinyl Alcohol Fiber Concrete Using Acoustic Emission Sensors

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    Li, Dongsheng; Cao, Hai

    2012-01-01

    The applicability of acoustic emission (AE) techniques to monitor the mechanism of evolution of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) fiber concrete damage under temperature fatigue loading is investigated. Using the temperature fatigue test, real-time AE monitoring data of PVA fiber concrete is achieved. Based on the AE signal characteristics of the whole test process and comparison of AE signals of PVA fiber concretes with different fiber contents, the damage evolution process of PVA fiber concrete is analyzed. Finally, a qualitative evaluation of the damage degree is obtained using the kurtosis index and b-value of AE characteristic parameters. The results obtained using both methods are discussed. PMID:23012555

  3. Polyvinyl alcohol-cellulose nanofibrils-graphene oxide hybrid organic aerogels.

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    Javadi, Alireza; Zheng, Qifeng; Payen, Francois; Javadi, Abdolreza; Altin, Yasin; Cai, Zhiyong; Sabo, Ronald; Gong, Shaoqin

    2013-07-10

    Hybrid organic aerogels consisting of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs), and graphene oxide nanosheets (GONSs) were prepared using an environmentally friendly freeze-drying process. The material properties of these fabricated aerogels were measured and analyzed using various characterization techniques including compression testing, scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric (TGA) analysis, Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET) surface area analysis, and contact angle measurements. These environmentally friendly, biobased hybrid organic aerogels exhibited a series of desirable properties including a high specific compressive strength and compressive failure strain, ultralow density and thermal conductivity, good thermal stability, and moisture resistance, making them potentially useful for a broad range of applications including thermal insulation. PMID:23789837

  4. Effect of borax concentration on the structure of Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) gels

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    Lawrence, Mathias B.; Desa, J. A. E.; Aswal, V. K.

    2012-06-01

    Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) hydrogels cross-linked with varying concentrations of borax have been studied using Small-Angle Neutron Scattering and X-Ray Diffraction. The intensity of scattering increases with borax concentration from 1 mg/ml up to 2 mg/ml and falls thereafter for 4 mg/ml, increasing again for a concentration of 10 mg/ml. The mesoscopic structural changes that cause these trends in the SANS data are in keeping with the variations in the X-ray diffraction patterns pertaining to structures within the PVA chains.

  5. Light scattering and viscoelasticity study of poly(vinyl alcohol)–borax aqueous solutions and gels

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    Hsiu-Li Lin; Yuan-Feng Liu; T. Leon Yu; Wen-Horng Liu; Syang-Peng Rwei

    2005-01-01

    Poly(vinyl alcohol)–borate (PVA–borate) aqueous solutions properties with PVA concentrations ranging from 2 to 60g\\/L and borax concentrations of 0.0 and 0.2M were investigated at room temperature using static and dynamic light scattering (SLS and DLS), and dynamic viscoelasticity measurements. Light scattering and viscoelasticity data revealed that all the PVA–borate aqueous systems, except those with [PVA]?40g\\/L and [borax]=0.2M, behaved as solutions.

  6. Copper Doped Methylene Blue Sensitized Poly(vinyl alcohol)-Acrylamide Films for Stable Diffraction Efficiency

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    John, Beena Mary; Joseph, Rani; Sreekumar, K.; Sudha Kartha, C.

    2006-11-01

    Copper doped methylene blue sensitized poly(vinyl alcohol) (MBPVA)-acrylamide films were fabricated to improve the storage life of recorded gratings. The films were fabricated using gravity settling method and the copper chloride concentration was optimized as 3.18× 10-3 mol/l for a dye concentration of 6.2× 10-4 mol/l. The gratings recorded on the optimized film constitution could be stored for months with stable diffraction efficiency (24%) without any chemical or thermal fixing techniques. The resolution of the material is found to be unaffected with the addition of copper chloride.

  7. Biodegradable Blends of Cellulose Acetate and Starch: Production and Properties

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    Jean M. Mayer; Glenn R. Elion; Charles M. Buchanan; Barbara K. Sullivan; Sheldon D. Pratt; David L. Kaplan

    1995-01-01

    Blends of cellulose acetate (2.5 degree of substitution) and starch were melt processed and evaluated for mechanical properties, biodegradability during composting, and marine and soil toxicity. Formulations containing, on a weight basis, 57% cellulose acetate (CA), 25% corn starch (St) and 19% propylene glycol (PG) had mechanical properties similar to polystyrene. Increasing plasticizer or starch content lowered tensile strength. Simulated

  8. Synthesis and characterization of cellulose acetate produced from recycled newspaper

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    Guimes Rodrigues Filho; Douglas Santos Monteiro; Carla da Silva Meireles; Rosana Maria Nascimento de Assunção; Daniel Alves Cerqueira; Hernane Silva Barud; Sidney J. L. Ribeiro; Younes Messadeq

    2008-01-01

    In this work, the viability of recycling newspaper for producing cellulose acetate was tested. Newspaper recycling is extremely important not only for the environment preservation, but also from the economical point of view of aggregating value to this residue. Cellulose acetate was produced from a homogeneous acetylation, and then characterized by FTIR, DSC and TGA. Acetylation times were 48h for

  9. Transition-Metal-Catalyzed Carbonylation of Methyl Acetate.

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    Polichnowski, S. W.

    1986-01-01

    Presents a study of the rhodium-catalyzed, ioding-promoted carbonylation of methyl acetate. This study provides an interesting contrast between the carbonylation of methyl acetate and the carbonylation of methanol when similar rhodium/iodine catalyst systems are used. (JN)

  10. Anaerobic thermophilic fermentation for acetic acid production from milk permeate.

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    Talabardon, M; Schwitzguébel, J P; Péringer, P

    2000-01-01

    Fermentation of milk permeate to produce acetic acid under anaerobic thermophilic conditions (approximately 60 degrees C) was studied. Although none of the known thermophilic acetogenic bacteria can ferment lactose, it has been found that one strain can use galactose and two strains can use lactate. Moorella thermoautotrophica DSM 7417 and M. thermoacetica DSM 2955 were able to convert lactate to acetate at thermophilic temperatures with a yield of approximately 0.93 g g(-1). Among the strains screened for their abilities to produce acetate and lactate from lactose, Clostridium thermolacticum DSM 2910 was found precisely to produce large amounts of lactate and acetate. However, it also produced significant amounts of ethanol, CO2 and H2. The lactate yield was affected by cell growth. During the exponential phase, acetate, ethanol, CO2 and H2 were the main products of fermentation with an equimolar acetate/ethanol ratio, whereas during the stationary phase, only lactic acid was produced with a yield of 4 mol per mol lactose, thus reaching the maximal theoretical value. When this bacterium was co-cultured with M. thermoautotrophica, lactose was first converted mainly to lactic acid, then to acetic acid, with a zero residual lactic acid concentration and an overall yield of acetate around 80%. Under such conditions, only 13% of the fermented lactose was converted to ethanol by C. thermolacticum. PMID:10784299

  11. Original article Ethanol and acetic-acid tolerances

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Original article Ethanol and acetic-acid tolerances in Drosophila melanogaster: similar maternal) Summary - Ethanol and acetic-acid tolerances were studied in a cross between 2 geo- graphic races disappeared in the F2. Further investigations demonstrated that for ethanol tolerance, the large difference

  12. RNA-RNA in situ hybridization using DIG-labeled probes: the effect of high molecular weight polyvinyl alcohol on the alkaline phosphatase

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    Franks, Robert

    polyvinyl alcohol on the alkaline phosphatase indoxyl-nitroblue tetrazolium reaction Marc DeBlock and Dirk digoxigenin-labeled probes: the use of high molecular weight polyvinyl alcohol in the alkaline phosphatase protocol us- ing alkaline phosphatase-conjugated digoxi- genin- (DIG-) labeled probes is presented

  13. Liquid-liquid equilibria of the ternary systems water + acetic acid + ethyl acetate and water + acetic acid + isophorene (3,5,5-trimethyl-2-cyclohexen-1-one)

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    Colombo, A.; Battilana, P.; Ragaini, V.; Bianchi, C.L. [Milan Univ. (Italy). Dept. of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry] [Milan Univ. (Italy). Dept. of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry; Carvoli, G. [Chemial S.p.A., Cavaglia (Italy)] [Chemial S.p.A., Cavaglia (Italy)

    1999-01-01

    Liquid-liquid equilibria for the ternary systems water + acetic acid + ethyl acetate and water + acetic acid + isophorone (3,5,5-trimethyl-2-cyclohexen-1-one) were measured over the temperature range (283 to 313) K. The results were used to estimate the interaction parameters between each of the three compounds of the systems studied for the NRTL and UNIQUAC models. The estimated interaction parameters were successfully used to predict the equilibrium compositions by the two models; experimental data were successfully reproduced. The UNIQUAC model was the most accurate in correlating the overall equilibrium composition of the studied systems. Also the NRTL model satisfactorily predicted the equilibrium composition. Isophorone experimentally resulted in a better extraction capacity for acetic acid and in a lower miscibility with water.

  14. Oxidation of indole-3-acetic acid and oxindole-3-acetic acid to 2,3-dihydro-7-hydroxy-2-oxo-1H indole-3-acetic acid-7'-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside in Zea mays seedlings

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    Nonhebel, H. M.; Bandurski, R. S.

    1984-01-01

    Radiolabeled oxindole-3-acetic acid was metabolized by roots, shoots, and caryopses of dark grown Zea mays seedlings to 2,3-dihydro-7-hydroxy-2-oxo-1H indole-3-acetic acid-7'-O-beta-D-glycopyranoside with the simpler name of 7-hydroxyoxindole-3-acetic acid-glucoside. This compound was also formed from labeled indole-3-acetic acid supplied to intact seedlings and root segments. The glucoside of 7-hydroxyoxindole-3-acetic acid was also isolated as an endogenous compound in the caryopses and shoots of 4-day-old seedlings. It accumulates to a level of 4.8 nanomoles per plant in the kernel, more than 10 times the amount of oxindole-3-acetic acid. In the shoot it is present at levels comparable to that of oxindole-3-acetic acid and indole-3-acetic acid (62 picomoles per shoot). We conclude that 7-hydroxyoxindole-3-acetic acid-glucoside is a natural metabolite of indole-3-acetic acid in Z. mays seedlings. From the data presented in this paper and in previous work, we propose the following route as the principal catabolic pathway for indole-3-acetic acid in Zea seedlings: Indole-3-acetic acid --> Oxindole-3-acetic acid --> 7-Hydroxyoxindole-3-acetic acid --> 7-Hydroxyoxindole-3-acetic acid-glucoside.

  15. Measurement of the rates of oxindole-3-acetic acid turnover, and indole-3-acetic acid oxidation in Zea mays seedlings

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    Nonhebel, H. M.; Bandurski, R. S. (Principal Investigator)

    1986-01-01

    Oxindole-3-acetic acid is the principal catabolite of indole-3-acetic acid in Zea mays seedlings. In this paper measurements of the turnover of oxindole-3-acetic acid are presented and used to calculate the rate of indole-3-acetic acid oxidation. [3H]Oxindole-3-acetic acid was applied to the endosperm of Zea mays seedlings and allowed to equilibrate for 24 h before the start of the experiment. The subsequent decrease in its specific activity was used to calculate the turnover rate. The average half-life of oxindole-3-acetic acid in the shoots was found to be 30 h while that in the kernels had an average half-life of 35h. Using previously published values of the pool sizes of oxindole-3-acetic acid in shoots and kernels from seedlings of the same age and variety, and grown under the same conditions, the rate of indole-3-acetic acid oxidation was calculated to be 1.1 pmol plant-1 h-1 in the shoots and 7.1 pmol plant-1 h-1 in the kernels.

  16. Acute health effects among firefighters exposed to a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fire

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    Markowitz, J.S.; Gutterman, E.M. (New York State Psychiatric Institute (USA)); Schwartz, S.; Link, B.; Gorman, S.M. (Columbia Univ., New York (USA))

    1989-05-01

    Firefighters are frequently being called on to fight fires that are chemical in nature. In the aftermath of a chemical fire in Plainfield, New Jersey on March 20-21, 1985, the authors conducted a retrospective cohort study which surveyed 80 firefighters exposed to burning polyvinyl chloride (PVC) as well as 15 nonexposed firefighter subjects. By means of an 81-item symptom checklist, exposed firefighters reported more frequent and severe symptoms at 5-6 weeks post incident. This was true for a total symptomatology score as well as 19 individual items. Some of the items with an elevated risk were consistent with exposure to hydrogen chloride, the main pyrolysis product of polyvinyl chloride. Other items with an elevated risk appeared to be related to smoke inhalation while others seemed psychosocial in nature. Analyses conducted within the exposed firefighter group showed that fighting the fire the first day, being a truckman, and residence within 1 mile (1.6 km) of the firehouse were significant risk factors for high total symptom scores. These risk factors may have been associated with level or duration of exposure to the toxic substances produced during the fire.

  17. Deep ultraviolet photoresist based on tungsten polyoxometalates and poly(vinyl alcohol) for bilayer photolithography

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    Carls, J.C.; Argitis, P.; Heller, A. (Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (US))

    1992-03-01

    In this paper a negative tone deep ultraviolet resist, a mixture of phosphotungstic acid and poly(vinyl alcohol) is described. This resist has {lt}100 mJ cm{sup {minus}2} sensitivity and resolves {le}0.3 {mu}m features. Even though the photochemistry involves chemical amplification, the exposed patterns are stable and the process tolerates hours between the exposure and the post-bake steps. The resist is spun from an aqueous solutio, and its wet processing is also aqueous. This resist is used in a bilayer scheme, where advantage is taken of both the resistance of the tungsten oxide to oxygen plasmas and its easy stripping in fluorine-containing plasmas. Because poly(vinyl alcohol) is intrisincally a wetting agent, pinhole-free resist films of {approximately}1000 {Angstrom} thickness can be spun. These thin coatings provide sufficient oxygen plasma etch resistance to allow patterning of a thick 1.5 {mu}m novolac planarizing layer underneath the resist.

  18. Pharmacokinetics and drug interactions of eslicarbazepine acetate.

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    Bialer, Meir; Soares-da-Silva, Patricio

    2012-06-01

    Eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) is a novel once-daily antiepileptic drug (AED) approved in Europe since 2009 that was found to be efficacious and well tolerated in a phase III clinical program in adult patients with partial onset seizures previously not controlled with treatment with one to three AEDs, including carbamazepine (CBZ). ESL shares with CBZ and oxcarbazepine (OXC) the dibenzazepine nucleus bearing the 5-carboxamide substitute, but is structurally different at the 10,11 position. This molecular variation results in differences in metabolism, preventing the formation of toxic epoxide metabolites such as carbamazepine-10,11-epoxide. Unlike OXC, which is metabolized to both eslicarbazepine and (R)-licarbazepine, ESL is extensively converted to eslicarbazepine. The systemic exposure to eslicarbazepine after ESL oral administration is approximately 94% of the parent dose, with minimal exposure to (R)-licarbazepine and OXC. After ESL oral administration, the effective half-life (t(1/2,eff) ) of eslicarbazepine was 20-24 h, which is approximately two times longer than its terminal half-life (t(1/2)). At clinically relevant doses (400-1,600 mg/day) ESL has linear pharmacokinetics (PK) with no effects of gender or moderate liver impairment. However, because eslicarbazepine is eliminated primarily (66%) by renal excretion, dose adjustment is recommended for patients with renal impairment. Eslicarbazepine clearance is induced by phenobarbital, phenytoin, and CBZ and it dose-dependently decreases plasma exposure of oral contraceptive and simvastatin. PMID:22612290

  19. Eslicarbazepine acetate for partial-onset seizures.

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    Rauchenzauner, Markus; Luef, Gerhard

    2011-12-01

    Eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL), a new voltage-gated sodium channel blocker that is chemically related to carbamazepine and partially metabolized to oxcarbazepine, has attracted attention as results of previous Phase II and III studies demonstrated and confirmed efficacy and tolerability of ESL 800 and 1200 mg once daily as add-on therapy for adult patients with drug-resistant partial-onset seizures. In children, efficacy data point towards a dose-dependent decrease in seizure frequency and tolerability analyses showed a low incidence of mild drug-related adverse effects at 5 and 15 mg/kg/day. The most frequently reported adverse effects were dizziness, somnolence, headache, diplopia, nausea and vomiting. The convenience of once-daily dosing and a short/simple titration regimen in combination with a comparative efficacy and tolerability profile might promote ESL as a valid alternative to the current adjunctive antiepileptic drug therapy armamentarium for drug-resistant partial seizures in adults. Since clinical trials in children and adolescents on ESL efficacy and safety are ongoing and data already published are far from conclusive, the therapeutic value of ESL in this special population has to be established in the near future. PMID:22091592

  20. Micelles Protect and Concentrate Activated Acetic Acid

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    Todd, Zoe; House, C.

    2014-01-01

    As more and more exoplanets are discovered and the habitability of such planets is considered, one can turn to searching for the origin of life on Earth in order to better understand what makes a habitable planet. Activated acetic acid, or methyl thioacetate, has been proposed to be central to the origin of life on Earth, and also as an important energy currency molecule in early cellular evolution. We have investigated the hydrolysis of methyl thioacetate under various conditions. Its uncatalyzed rate of hydrolysis is about three orders of magnitude faster (K = 0.00663 s^-1; 100°C, pH 7.5, concentration = 0.33mM) than published rates for its catalyzed production making it unlikely to accumulate under prebiotic conditions. However, we also observed that methyl thioacetate was protected from hydrolysis when inside its own hydrophobic droplets. We found that methyl thioacetate protection from hydrolysis was also possible in droplets of hexane and in the membranes of nonanoic acid micelles. Thus, the hydrophobic regions of prebiotic micelles and early cell membranes could have offered a refuge for this energetic molecule increasing its lifetime in close proximity to the reactions for which it would be needed. Methyl thioacetate could thus be important for the origin of life on Earth and perhaps for better understanding the potential habitability of other planets.

  1. Emergency contraception: potential role of ulipristal acetate.

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    Gemzell-Danielsson, Kristina; Meng, Chun-Xia

    2010-01-01

    Unintended pregnancy is a global reproductive health problem. Emergency contraception (EC) provides women with a safe means of preventing unwanted pregnancies after having unprotected intercourse. While 1.5 mg of levonorgestrel (LNG) as a single dose or in 2 doses with 12 hours apart is the currently gold standard EC regimen, a single dose of 30 mg ulipristal acetate (UPA) has recently been proposed for EC use up to 120 hours of unprotected intercourse with similar side effect profiles as LNG. The main mechanism of action of both LNG and UPA for EC is delaying or inhibiting ovulation. However, the 'window of effect' for LNG EC seems to be rather narrow, beginning after selection of the dominant follicular and ending when luteinizing hormone peak begins to rise, whereas UPA appears to have a direct inhibitory effect on follicular rupture which allows it to be also effective even when administered shortly before ovulation, a time period when use of LNG is no longer effective. These experimental findings are in line with results from a series of clinical trials conducted recently which demonstrate that UPA seems to have higher EC efficacy compared to LNG. This review summarizes some of the data available on UPA used after unprotected intercourse with the purpose to provide evidence that UPA, a new type of second-generation progesterone receptor modulator, represents a new evolutionary step in EC treatment. PMID:21072297

  2. PHA based denitrification: municipal wastewater vs. acetate.

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    Krasnits, Eli; Beliavsky, Michael; Tarre, Sheldon; Green, Michal

    2013-03-01

    Denitrification of municipal wastewater based on bacterial storage polymers-Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) - was investigated in biofilm sequencing batch reactors, as a part of a two sludge system for wastewater treatment and in comparison to acetate based synthetic wastewater. The results show that PHA based denitrification (PBD) of real wastewater can be a viable alternative, especially for wastewater with low COD/N ratio, without the need for external carbon source addition. High nitrate removal capacity of about 40-50 mg N/L with a low COD/N requirement of about 4-5, were observed. It was found that entrapped particulate organic matter contributed additional reducing power, on top of the storage materials, thus allowing for the high nitrate reduction capacity. Daily removal rates were similar to those of extensive treatment systems (0.24-0.31 gr N/L reactor*d). Large differences in storage yield and composition between biomass grown on synthetic and municipal wastewater were observed. PMID:23395755

  3. Biodegradable cellulose acetate nanofiber fabrication via electrospinning.

    PubMed

    Christoforou, Theopisti; Doumanidis, Charalabos

    2010-09-01

    Nanofiber manufacturing is one of the key advancements in nanotechnology today. Over the past few years, there has been a tremendous growth of research activities to explore electrospinning for nanofiber formation from a rich variety of materials. This quite simple and cost effective process operates on the principle that the solution is extracted under the action of a high electric field. Once the voltage is sufficiently high, a charged jet is ejected following a complicated looping trajectory. During its travel, the solvent evaporates leaving behind randomly oriented nanofibers accumulated on the collector. The combination of their nanoscale dimensionality, high surface area, porosity, flexibility and superior strength makes the electrospun fibers suitable for several value-added applications, such as filters, protecting clothes, high performance structures and biomedical devices. In this study biodegradable cellulose acetate (CA) nanofibrous membranes were produced using electrospinning. The device utilized consisted of a syringe equipped with a metal needle, a microdialysis pump, a high voltage supply and a collector. The morphology of the yielded fibers was determined using SEM. The effect of various parameters, including electric field strength, tip-to-collector distance, solution feed rate and composition on the morphological features of the electrospun fibers was examined. The optimum operating conditions for the production of uniform, non-beaded fibers with submicron diameter were also explored. The biodegradable CA nanofiber membranes are suitable as tissue engineering scaffolds and as reinforcements of biopolymer matrix composites in foils by ultrasonic welding methods. PMID:21133179

  4. 40 CFR 180.1258 - Acetic acid; exemption from the requirement of a tolerance.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Acetic acid; exemption from the requirement...From Tolerances § 180.1258 Acetic acid; exemption from the requirement...residues of the biochemical pesticide acetic acid when used as a...

  5. 40 CFR 180.1258 - Acetic acid; exemption from the requirement of a tolerance.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Acetic acid; exemption from the requirement...From Tolerances § 180.1258 Acetic acid; exemption from the requirement...residues of the biochemical pesticide acetic acid when used as a...

  6. Computerized image analysis for acetic acid induced intraepithelial lesions

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    Li, Wenjing; Ferris, Daron G.; Lieberman, Rich W.

    2008-03-01

    Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia (CIN) exhibits certain morphologic features that can be identified during a visual inspection exam. Immature and dysphasic cervical squamous epithelium turns white after application of acetic acid during the exam. The whitening process occurs visually over several minutes and subjectively discriminates between dysphasic and normal tissue. Digital imaging technologies allow us to assist the physician analyzing the acetic acid induced lesions (acetowhite region) in a fully automatic way. This paper reports a study designed to measure multiple parameters of the acetowhitening process from two images captured with a digital colposcope. One image is captured before the acetic acid application, and the other is captured after the acetic acid application. The spatial change of the acetowhitening is extracted using color and texture information in the post acetic acid image; the temporal change is extracted from the intensity and color changes between the post acetic acid and pre acetic acid images with an automatic alignment. The imaging and data analysis system has been evaluated with a total of 99 human subjects and demonstrate its potential to screening underserved women where access to skilled colposcopists is limited.

  7. Crystal structure of a mixed solvated form of amoxapine acetate

    PubMed Central

    Bhardwaj, Rajni M.; Raval, Vishal; Oswald, Iain D. H.; Florence, Alastair J.

    2015-01-01

    The mixed solvated salt 4-(2-chloro­dibenzo[b,f][1,4]oxazepin-11-yl)piperazin-1-ium acetate–acetic acid–cyclo­hexane (2/2/1), C17H17ClN3O+·C2H3O2 ?·C2H4O2·0.5C6H12, crystallizes with one mol­ecule of protonated amoxapine (AXPN), an acetate anion and a mol­ecule of acetic acid together with half a mol­ecule of cyclo­hexane. In the centrosymmetric crystal, both enanti­omers of the protonated AXPN mol­ecule stack alternatively along [001]. Acetate anions connect the AXPN cations through N—H?O hydrogen bonding in the [010] direction, creating a sheet lying parallel to (100). The acetic acid mol­ecules are linked to the acetate anions via O—H?O hydrogen bonds within the sheets. Within the sheets there are also a number of C—H?O hydrogen bonds present. The cyclo­hexane solvent mol­ecules occupy the space between the sheets. PMID:25878802

  8. Perspectives for the biotechnological production of ethyl acetate by yeasts.

    PubMed

    Löser, Christian; Urit, Thanet; Bley, Thomas

    2014-06-01

    Ethyl acetate is an environmentally friendly solvent with many industrial applications. The production of ethyl acetate currently proceeds by energy-intensive petrochemical processes which are based on natural gas and crude oil without exception. Microbial synthesis of ethyl acetate could become an interesting alternative. The formation of esters as aroma compounds in food has been repeatedly reviewed, but a survey which deals with microbial synthesis of ethyl acetate as a bulk product is missing. The ability of yeasts for producing larger amounts of this ester is known for a long time. In the past, this potential was mainly of scientific interest, but in the future, it could be applied to large-scale ester production from renewable raw materials. Pichia anomala, Candida utilis, and Kluyveromyces marxianus are yeasts which convert sugar into ethyl acetate with a high yield where the latter is the most promising one. Special attention was paid to the mechanism of ester synthesis including regulatory aspects and to the maximum and expectable yield. Synthesis of much ethyl acetate requires oxygen which is usually supplied by aeration. Ethyl acetate is highly volatile so that aeration results in its phase transfer and stripping. This stripping process cannot be avoided but requires adequate handling during experimentation and offers a chance for a cost-efficient process-integrated recovery of the synthesized ester. PMID:24788328

  9. SAGA complex components and acetate repression in Aspergillus nidulans.

    PubMed

    Georgakopoulos, Paraskevi; Lockington, Robin A; Kelly, Joan M

    2012-11-01

    Alongside the well-established carbon catabolite repression by glucose and other sugars, acetate causes repression in Aspergillus nidulans. Mutations in creA, encoding the transcriptional repressor involved in glucose repression, also affect acetate repression, but mutations in creB or creC, encoding components of a deubiquitination system, do not. To understand the effects of acetate, we used a mutational screen that was similar to screens that uncovered mutations in creA, creB, and creC, except that glucose was replaced by acetate to identify mutations that were affected for repression by acetate but not by glucose. We uncovered mutations in acdX, homologous to the yeast SAGA component gene SPT8, which in growth tests showed derepression for acetate repression but not for glucose repression. We also made mutations in sptC, homologous to the yeast SAGA component gene SPT3, which showed a similar phenotype. We found that acetate repression is complex, and analysis of facA mutations (lacking acetyl CoA synthetase) indicates that acetate metabolism is required for repression of some systems (proline metabolism) but not for others (acetamide metabolism). Although plate tests indicated that acdX- and sptC-null mutations led to derepressed alcohol dehydrogenase activity, reverse-transcription quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction showed no derepression of alcA or aldA but rather elevated induced levels. Our results indicate that acetate repression is due to repression via CreA together with metabolic changes rather than due to an independent regulatory control mechanism. PMID:23173087

  10. Clostridiumm ljungdahlii, an anaerobic ethanol and acetate producing microorganism

    DOEpatents

    Gaddy, J.L.; Clausen, E.C.

    1992-12-22

    A newly discovered microorganism was isolated in a biologically pure culture and designated Clostridium ljungdahlii, having the identifying characteristics of ATCC No. 49587. Cultured in an aqueous nutrient medium under anaerobic conditions, this microorganism is capable of producing ethanol and acetate from CO and H[sub 2]O and/or CO[sub 2] and H[sub 2] in synthesis gas. Under optimal growth conditions, the microorganism produces acetate in preference to ethanol. Conversely, under non-growth conditions, ethanol production is favored over acetate. 3 figs.

  11. Thermally stimulated transformation of the structure of cobalt complexes in polyvinyl alcohol-cobalt(II) chloride systems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. S. Stukalova; I. Yu. Prosanov

    2007-01-01

    We present the kinetic and temperature dependences of the optical absorption of thermochromic films of polyvinyl alcohol with\\u000a added CoCl2. Based on the data obtained, we have analyzed the possibility that tetrahedral cobalt complexes are formed from octahedral\\u000a complexes.

  12. Thermally stimulated transformation of the structure of cobalt complexes in polyvinyl alcohol-cobalt(II) chloride systems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. S. Stukalova; I. Yu. Prosanov

    2007-01-01

    We present the kinetic and temperature dependences of the optical absorption of thermochromic films of polyvinyl alcohol with added CoCl2. Based on the data obtained, we have analyzed the possibility that tetrahedral cobalt complexes are formed from octahedral complexes.

  13. Characterization of estrogenic compounds in medical polyvinyl chloride tubing by gas chromatography–mass spectrometry and estrogen receptor binding assay

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Koichi Inoue; Hiroyo Okumura; Tae Higuchi; Hisao Oka; Yoshihiro Yoshimura; Hiroyuki Nakazawa

    2002-01-01

    Background: In 2001, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened to conduct a safety assessment of a plasticizer, di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), released from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) medical devices. Hospitalized patients may be exposed to high concentrations of plasticizers, antioxidants, and chemical contaminants in PVC medical devices during blood transfusion or hemodialysis, thus, making them vulnerable to more potentially adverse

  14. Investigations on the intrinsic viscosity of poly(vinyl chloride)(PVC) affected by polymer–polymer interactions in solution

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yang Haiyang; Zhu Pingping; Li Guofeng; Wu Peng; Ren Feng

    1999-01-01

    The concentration-dependent intermolecular interactions between poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) and various polymers selected to form polymer solvent were thoroughly investigated by the method of polymer solvent. It has been found that these interactions depended upon both the polymer selected to form the polymer solvent and the concentration of the selected polymer in polymer solvent. If polystyrene (PS), an incompatible polymer with

  15. Study of enzymatic degradation and water absorption of nanocomposites starch\\/polyvinyl alcohol and sodium montmorillonite clay

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Mohammad Taghi Taghizadeh; Zahra Abbasi; Zainab Nasrollahzade

    The aims of the study were to investigate the effect of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and sodium montmorillonite clay content within the thermoplastic starch (TPS) blends on the rate and extent of starch enzymatic hydrolysis using enzyme -amylase. The results of this study have revealed that blends with a MMT-Na content at 5wt% exhibited a significantly reduced rate and extent of

  16. Poly(vinyl alcohol)–collagen hydrolysate thermoplastic blends: II. Water penetration and biodegradability of melt extruded films

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. Alexy; D. Bakoš; G. Crko?ová; Z. Kramárová; J. Hoffmann; M. Julinová; E. Chiellini; P. Cinelli

    2003-01-01

    Water solubility of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) is related to degree of hydrolysis, molecular weight and modification during blending in the presence of other processing additives. In the present paper the effect of collagen hydrolysate (CH), an abundant waste product of the leather industry, and glycerol on PVA water sensitivity has been investigated. This study is a continuation of the previous

  17. Water dispersible microbicidal cellulose acetate phthalate film

    PubMed Central

    Neurath, A Robert; Strick, Nathan; Li, Yun-Yao

    2003-01-01

    Background Cellulose acetate phthalate (CAP) has been used for several decades in the pharmaceutical industry for enteric film coating of oral tablets and capsules. Micronized CAP, available commercially as "Aquateric" and containing additional ingredients required for micronization, used for tablet coating from water dispersions, was shown to adsorb and inactivate the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1), herpesviruses (HSV) and other sexually transmitted disease (STD) pathogens. Earlier studies indicate that a gel formulation of micronized CAP has a potential as a topical microbicide for prevention of STDs including the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The objective of endeavors described here was to develop a water dispersible CAP film amenable to inexpensive industrial mass production. Methods CAP and hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) were dissolved in different organic solvent mixtures, poured into dishes, and the solvents evaporated. Graded quantities of a resulting selected film were mixed for 5 min at 37°C with HIV-1, HSV and other STD pathogens, respectively. Residual infectivity of the treated viruses and bacteria was determined. Results The prerequisites for producing CAP films which are soft, flexible and dispersible in water, resulting in smooth gels, are combining CAP with HPC (other cellulose derivatives are unsuitable), and casting from organic solvent mixtures containing ?50 to ?65% ethanol (EtOH). The films are ?100 µ thick and have a textured surface with alternating protrusions and depressions revealed by scanning electron microscopy. The films, before complete conversion into a gel, rapidly inactivated HIV-1 and HSV and reduced the infectivity of non-viral STD pathogens >1,000-fold. Conclusions Soft pliable CAP-HPC composite films can be generated by casting from organic solvent mixtures containing EtOH. The films rapidly reduce the infectivity of several STD pathogens, including HIV-1. They are converted into gels and thus do not have to be removed following application and use. In addition to their potential as topical microbicides, the films have promise for mucosal delivery of pharmaceuticals other than CAP. PMID:14617380

  18. Inhibition of Ice Growth and Recrystallization by Zirconium Acetate and Zirconium Acetate Hydroxide

    PubMed Central

    Mizrahy, Ortal; Bar-Dolev, Maya; Guy, Shlomit; Braslavsky, Ido

    2013-01-01

    The control over ice crystal growth, melting, and shaping is important in a variety of fields, including cell and food preservation and ice templating for the production of composite materials. Control over ice growth remains a challenge in industry, and the demand for new cryoprotectants is high. Naturally occurring cryoprotectants, such as antifreeze proteins (AFPs), present one solution for modulating ice crystal growth; however, the production of AFPs is expensive and inefficient. These obstacles can be overcome by identifying synthetic substitutes with similar AFP properties. Zirconium acetate (ZRA) was recently found to induce the formation of hexagonal cavities in materials prepared by ice templating. Here, we continue this line of study and examine the effects of ZRA and a related compound, zirconium acetate hydroxide (ZRAH), on ice growth, shaping, and recrystallization. We found that the growth rate of ice crystals was significantly reduced in the presence of ZRA and ZRAH, and that solutions containing these compounds display a small degree of thermal hysteresis, depending on the solution pH. The compounds were found to inhibit recrystallization in a manner similar to that observed in the presence of AFPs. The favorable properties of ZRA and ZRAH suggest tremendous potential utility in industrial applications. PMID:23555701

  19. Inhibition of ice growth and recrystallization by zirconium acetate and zirconium acetate hydroxide.

    PubMed

    Mizrahy, Ortal; Bar-Dolev, Maya; Guy, Shlomit; Braslavsky, Ido

    2013-01-01

    The control over ice crystal growth, melting, and shaping is important in a variety of fields, including cell and food preservation and ice templating for the production of composite materials. Control over ice growth remains a challenge in industry, and the demand for new cryoprotectants is high. Naturally occurring cryoprotectants, such as antifreeze proteins (AFPs), present one solution for modulating ice crystal growth; however, the production of AFPs is expensive and inefficient. These obstacles can be overcome by identifying synthetic substitutes with similar AFP properties. Zirconium acetate (ZRA) was recently found to induce the formation of hexagonal cavities in materials prepared by ice templating. Here, we continue this line of study and examine the effects of ZRA and a related compound, zirconium acetate hydroxide (ZRAH), on ice growth, shaping, and recrystallization. We found that the growth rate of ice crystals was significantly reduced in the presence of ZRA and ZRAH, and that solutions containing these compounds display a small degree of thermal hysteresis, depending on the solution pH. The compounds were found to inhibit recrystallization in a manner similar to that observed in the presence of AFPs. The favorable properties of ZRA and ZRAH suggest tremendous potential utility in industrial applications. PMID:23555701

  20. Miscibility studies on blends of cellulose acetate and nylon 6

    Microsoft Academic Search

    G. M Shashidhara; K. H Guruprasad; A Varadarajulu

    2002-01-01

    Miscibility studies on cellulose secondary acetate(CA)\\/Nylon 6(N6) blends have been carried out in this work. Dilute solution viscometry for the blend solutions using formic acid as the common solvent shows the existence of miscibility window.

  1. Extruding foams from corn starch acetate and native corn starch.

    PubMed

    Guan, Junjie; Hanna, Milford A

    2004-01-01

    Because of the hydrophilic characteristics of native starch foams and the cost of modifying starch, the uses of starch and modified starch foams are hindered. To decrease hydrophilicity and cost of starch foams, native corn starch was blended with starch acetate and extruded. A twin-screw mixing extruder was used to produce the foams. Native starch content, screw speed, and barrel temperature had significant effects on molecular degradation of starches during extrusion. The melting temperature of extruded starch acetate/native starch foam was higher (216 degrees C) than that for starch acetate (193.4 degrees C). Strong peaks in the X-ray diffractograms of extruded starch acetate/native starch foam suggested new crystalline regions were formed. Optimum conditions for high radial expansion ratio, high compressibility, low specific mechanical energy requirement, and low water absorption index were 46.0% native starch content, 163 rpm screw speed, and 148 degrees C barrel temperature. PMID:15530049

  2. Electronic interactions between gold films and mn12-acetate

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    Means, Joel Lewis

    2009-05-15

    Interactions between Mn12–acetate molecular magnets and thin gold films have been explored in light of the theory of weak localization. Low-temperature measurements of the magnetoresistance of gold films of varying thicknesses, with and without...

  3. Degradation by acetic acid for crystalline Si photovoltaic modules

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    Masuda, Atsushi; Uchiyama, Naomi; Hara, Yukiko

    2015-04-01

    The degradation of crystalline Si photovoltaic modules during damp-heat test was studied using some test modules with and without polymer film insertion by observing electrical and electroluminescence properties and by chemical analyses. Acetic acid generated by the hydrolysis decomposition of ethylene vinyl acetate used as an encapsulant is the main origin of degradation. The change in electroluminescence images is explained on the basis of the corrosion of electrodes by acetic acid. On the other hand, little change was observed at the pn junction even after damp-heat test for a long time. Therefore, carrier generation occurs even after degradation; however, such generated carriers cannot be collected owing to corrosion of electrodes. The guiding principle that module structure and module materials without saving acetic acid into the modules was obtained.

  4. 21 CFR 522.2477 - Trenbolone acetate and estradiol.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...has not been established for this product in preruminating calves. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. (3) Pasture cattle (slaughter, stocker, and feeder steers and heifers )—(i) Amount . (A) 40 mg trenbolone acetate and...

  5. Disposition of eslicarbazepine acetate in the mouse after oral administration.

    PubMed

    Alves, Gilberto; Figueiredo, Isabel; Castel-Branco, Margarida; Lourenço, Nulita; Falcão, Amílcar; Caramona, Margarida; Soares-da-Silva, Patrício

    2008-10-01

    Eslicarbazepine acetate is a promising antiepileptic drug structurally related to carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine, which is in the final phase of clinical development. The metabolism of eslicarbazepine acetate is clearly species dependent and, in this case, among small laboratory animals, the mouse seems to be the most relevant species to humans. Hence, the aim of this study was to investigate the plasma, brain and liver disposition of eslicarbazepine acetate in mice to better understand its disposition in humans. Adult male CD-1 mice were treated orally with a single dose of eslicarbazepine acetate 350 mg/kg. Blood samples, brain and liver tissues were taken at 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 2, 4, 6, 10, 16 and 24 h post-dose. Plasma and tissue levels of eslicarbazepine acetate and its metabolites (S-licarbazepine, R-licarbazepine and oxcarbazepine) were assessed by using high-performance liquid chromatography-ultraviolet detection. Both eslicarbazepine acetate and R-licarbazepine concentrations were below the limit of quantification of the assay in all matrices. Eslicarbazepine acetate was rapidly and extensively metabolized to S-licarbazepine (major metabolite), which was oxidized to oxcarbazepine to a small extent. The brain/plasma ratios suggest that the brain exposure to S-licarbazepine and oxcarbazepine was approximately 30% of their total systemic exposure. However, S-licarbazepine crossed the blood-brain barrier (BBB) less efficiently than oxcarbazepine. On the other hand, the liver/plasma ratios support the notion that S-licarbazepine undergoes hepatic accumulation, whereas oxcarbazepine appears to leave this compartment twice as fast as S-licarbazepine. Thus, the diffusion through the BBB is favourable to oxcarbazepine and the liver acts like a deposit of the pharmacologically active metabolite of eslicarbazepine acetate (S-licarbazepine). PMID:18710399

  6. Intrinsic hydration of monopositive uranyl hydroxide, nitrate, and acetate cations

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Winnie Chien; Victor Anbalagan; Melvin Zandler; Michael Van Stipdonk; Dorothy Hanna; Garold Gresham; Gary Groenewold

    2004-01-01

    The intrinsic hydration of three monopositive uranyl-anion complexes (UO2A)+ (where A = acetate, nitrate, or hydroxide) was investigated using ion-trap mass spectrometry (IT-MS). The relative rates\\u000a for the formation of the monohydrates [(UO2A)(H2O)]+, with respect to the anion, followed the trend: Acetate ? nitrate ? hydroxide. This finding was rationalized in terms of\\u000a the donation of electron density by the

  7. Purification of Acetic Acid Wastewater using Layer Melt Crystallization

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kwang-Joo Kim

    2008-01-01

    Ice crystalline layers were prepared from a binary eutectic mixture of acetic acid and water using layer melt crystallization. The crystalline layers were obtained under the conditions of the cooling temperature at 269, 268, and 267 K, the feed compositions of 0.5, 1.0, and 5.0 wt% acetic acid, and the cooling rates of 0.1, 0.5, and 1.0 K\\/min. After crystallization, sweating operations were

  8. Lifetime distribution study on evolution of dimensionality in blend-like polymer films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pekcan, Önder

    1993-12-01

    Fluorescence lifetime distributions were recovered from polymer films composed of poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and poly(2-ethylhexyl methacrylate) (PEHMA) which were prepared by solvent casting. The PEHMA phase was labeled with a low concentration (0.7 mol%/PEHMA) of naphthalene groups. Exposure of the films to a pentane solution of 9-anthrylmethyl pivalate (AMP) transferred the AMP molecules exclusively to the PEHMA phase. The exponential series method (ESM) analysis was used to obtain lifetime distributions. The Laplace transformed Klafter-Blumen equation was employed to interpret lifetime distributions in terms of a fractal dimension. Swelling agents for PEHMA, such as hexadecane and PEHMA itself, were used to evaluate the dimensionality of the PEHMA phase. The apparent dimension of the PEHMA thread was explained with the idea of geometrical crossover in the interconnected network.

  9. Graphene-filled hollow optical fiber saturable absorber for efficient soliton fiber laser mode-locking.

    PubMed

    Choi, Sun Young; Cho, Dae Kun; Song, Yong-Won; Oh, Kyunghwan; Kim, Kihong; Rotermund, Fabian; Yeom, Dong-Il

    2012-02-27

    We demonstrate a novel in-line saturable absorber based on hollow optical fiber (HOF) filled with graphene composite for high power operation of mode-locked fiber laser. Evanescent field of guided mode propagating in few centimeter-long HOF interacts with the graphene/polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) composite, which enables robust and efficient nonlinear absorption leading to stable passive mode-locking. The mode-locked fiber laser generates soliton pulses with 5.9-nm spectral bandwidth and its maximum output power is measured up to 80 mW. We also observe passive harmonic mode-locking of soliton laser delivering stable pulses with a repetition rate of 506.9 MHz at 33rd harmonics. PMID:22418373

  10. Effect of cellulose nanowhiskers on surface morphology, mechanical properties, and cell adhesion of melt-drawn polylactic Acid fibers.

    PubMed

    Hossain, Kazi M Zakir; Hasan, Muhammad S; Boyd, Daniel; Rudd, Chris D; Ahmed, Ifty; Thielemans, Wim

    2014-04-14

    Polylactic acid (PLA) fibers were produced with an average diameter of 11.2 (± 0.9) ?m via a melt-drawing process. The surface of the PLA fibers was coated with blends of cellulose nanowhiskers (CNWs) (65 to 95 wt %) and polyvinyl acetate (PVAc). The CNWs bound to the smooth PLA fiber surface imparted roughness, with the degree of roughness depending on the coating blend used. The fiber tensile modulus increased 45% to 7 GPa after coating with 75 wt % CNWs compared with the uncoated PLA fibers, and a significant increase in the fiber moisture absorption properties at different humidity levels was also determined. Cytocompatibility studies using NIH-3T3 mouse fibroblast cells cultured onto CNWs-coated PLA surface revealed improved cell adhesion compared with the PLA control, making this CNW surface treatment applicable for biomedical and tissue engineering applications. Initial studies also showed complete cell coverage within 2 days. PMID:24725085

  11. A polyvinyl alcohol-functionalized sorbent for extraction and determination of aminoglycoside antibiotics in honey.

    PubMed

    Wang, Yuan; Ji, Shunli; Zhang, Feng; Zhang, Feifang; Yang, Bingcheng; Liang, Xinmiao

    2015-07-17

    A novel highly hydrophilic sorbent simply prepared by coating polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) onto silica gel was used for extraction and determination of aminoglycoside antibiotics (AAs). The fabricated PVA coating is aimed to effectively protect core silica gel inside and offers good hydrophilic property. In combination of hydrophilic interaction chromatography tandem mass spectrometry, the performance of the sorbent was evaluated by selecting four model AAs (dihydrostreptomycin, streptomycin, kanamycin, spectinomycin). The sorbent was found to have effective adsorption ability to hydrophilic AAs, which was superior or comparable to those of commercial ones. Good recoveries (84-112%) of model AAs spiked in honey were obtained with good precision (<12.4%) and the limit of quantitation for the proposed method was in the range of 7.8-19.4ng/mL. PMID:26047525

  12. Intensity-modulated relative humidity sensing with polyvinyl alcohol coating and optical fiber gratings.

    PubMed

    Yang, Jingyi; Dong, Xinyong; Ni, Kai; Chan, Chi Chu; Shun, Perry Ping

    2015-04-01

    A relative humidity (RH) sensor in reflection mode is proposed and experimentally demonstrated by using a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-coated tilted-fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) cascaded by a reflection-band-matched chirped-fiber Bragg grating (CFBG). The sensing principle is based on the RH-dependent refractive index of the PVA coating, which modulates the transmission function of the TFBG. The CFBG is properly designed to reflect a broadband of light spectrally suited at the cladding mode resonance region of the TFBG, thus the reflected optical signal passes through and is modulated by the TFBG again. As a result, RH measurements with enhanced sensitivity of ?1.80???W/%RH are realized and demodulated in the range from 20% RH to 85% RH. PMID:25967167

  13. Improvement of polyvinyl alcohol properties by adding nanocrystalline cellulose isolated from banana pseudostems.

    PubMed

    Pereira, André Luís S; do Nascimento, Diego M; Souza Filho, Men de Sá M; Morais, João Paulo S; Vasconcelos, Niedja F; Feitosa, Judith P A; Brígida, Ana Iraidy S; Rosa, Morsyleide de F

    2014-11-01

    Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) isolated from banana pseudostems fibers (BPF) of the Pacovan variety were used as fillers in a polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) matrix to yield a nanocomposite. The fibers from the external fractions of the BPF were alkaline bleached and hydrolyzed under acidic conditions (H2SO4 62% w/w, 70 min, 45 °C) to obtain CNCs with a length (L) of 135.0 ± 12.0 nm and a diameter (D) of 7.2 ± 1.9 nm to yield an aspect ratio (L/D) of 21.2. The CNCs were applied to PVOH films at different concentrations (0%, 1%, 3%, and 5% w/w, dry basis). With higher concentrations of CNCs, the water-vapor barrier of the films increased, while the optical properties changed very little. Increasing the concentration of the CNCs up to 3% significantly improved the mechanical properties of the nanocomposite. PMID:25129731

  14. Antibacterial surfaces by adsorptive binding of polyvinyl-sulphonate-stabilized silver nanoparticles

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    Vasilev, Krasimir; Sah, Vasu R.; Goreham, Renee V.; Ndi, Chi; Short, Robert D.; Griesser, Hans J.

    2010-05-01

    This paper presents a novel and facile method for the generation of efficient antibacterial coatings which can be applied to practically any type of substrate. Silver nanoparticles were stabilized with an adsorbed surface layer of polyvinyl sulphonate (PVS). This steric layer provided excellent colloidal stability, preventing aggregation over periods of months. PVS-coated silver nanoparticles were bound onto amine-containing surfaces, here produced by deposition of an allylamine plasma polymer thin film onto various substrates. SEM imaging showed no aggregation upon surface binding of the nanoparticles; they were well dispersed on amine surfaces. Such nanoparticle-coated surfaces were found to be effective in preventing attachment of Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria and also in preventing biofilm formation. Combined with the ability of plasma polymerization to apply the thin polymeric binding layer onto a wide range of materials, this method appears promising for the fabrication of a wide range of infection-resistant biomedical devices.

  15. The mechanism of particulate contamination in soft polyvinyl chloride infusion fluid bags.

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    Roksvaag, P O; Rydstrøm, P; Smistad, G; Waaler, T

    1990-01-01

    In the seventies, it was shown that particles were generated in soft polyvinyl chloride (PVC) infusion fluid bags when they were shaken. In this investigation an exponentially modified log-normal distribution (EMLN) is fitted to the particle data. Using the formula for the volume of a sphere, the number-density distribution is converted into a volume-density distribution. The total particle load in the samples is estimated by integration for total particle volume. The results are expressed as volume concentration in plain SI-units (microliters/l). A four-factor analysis of variance demonstrates that the mechanism of the contamination process is most probably an emulsification of low molecular weight additives in the PVC plastic, i.e. di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), epoxidized vegetable oils (EVO), and others. PMID:2083036

  16. Reinforcement on properties of poly(vinyl alcohol) films by embedding functionalized carbon micro coils.

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    Adhikari, Prashanta Dhoj; Ujihara, Masaki; Imael, Toyoko; Hong, Po-Da; Motojima, Seiji

    2011-02-01

    Carbon micro coils (CMCs) were hybridized with poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) through esterification reaction. The mixing of as-prepared CMC hybrid with polymer (PVA) matrix was effective to prepare PVA film where the functionalized CMC was homogeneously dispersed and embedded. The presence of CMCs in PVA film heightened the glass transition temperature of PVA. Results of tensile stress and electrical conductivity indicated that overall mechanical and electrical properties of PVA film were enforced by embedding CMC, depending on increase of the CMC concentration. These properties were further reinforced by prefunctionalization of CMC by PVA, because CMC can have an affinity to PVA in matrix through PVA immobilized on CMCs. However, mechanical and electrical properties for both nonfunctionalized and functionalized composites were depressed above a certain CMC concentration, indicating the self-orientation of CMC in the matrix, different from the behavior of carbon black. PMID:21456130

  17. Metformin hydrochloride-loaded poly(vinyl alcohol) composites as drug delivery systems.

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    Cai, Xiaoqing; Shao, Wei; Luan, Yuxia; Pang, Jianmei; Li, Feifei; Li, Zhonghao

    2011-10-01

    A straightforward method is proposed for the preparation of drug-loaded biocompatible polymer composites based on the freeze drying technique. The solution of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and metformin hydrochloride (MH) is frozen using liquid nitrogen and the ice crystals are removed by sublimation through freeze drying, which results in the formation of MH-loaded PVA composite. By controlling the PVA concentration in the solution, both MH-loaded PVA fibers and porous products can be obtained. The synthesized MH-loaded PVA composites are characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The drug release behavior of the as-prepared products is studied to reveal their potential use in drug delivery system. PMID:22400234

  18. Study of the structure and electrical properties of chemically reduced graphene/polyvinyl alcohol composite films.

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    Wu, Haixia; Gao, Guo; Yang, Haijun; Zhou, Xuejiao; Zhang, Yan; Guo, Shouwu

    2013-03-01

    Thin films of composites of chemically reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) were prepared by simple solution-mixing technique followed by filtration or evaporation. The as-obtained composite rGO/PVA films were characterized by using optical microscope, gloss meter, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The different glossiness of the upper and lower surface of the films prepared by filtration and evaporation, combined with the section SEM images indicated that the thin films have a gradient layered structure, and the distance between the layers increases from the bottom to the top surface of the thin film obtained by filtration, and decreases for the film obtained by evaporation. Such a structure gives the films anisotropic swelling and electrical conduction properties which may find practical applications in electrodes and multifunctional composites. PMID:23755585

  19. Tuning of refractive index of poly(vinyl alcohol): Effect of embedding Cu and Ag nanoparticles

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    Mahendia, Suman; Kumar Tomar, Anil; Goyal, Parveen K.; Kumar, Shyam

    2013-02-01

    In this article, we have reported the results of our measurements, related to the tuning of the refractive index of the poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) polymer on embedding Cu and Ag nanoparticles at different concentrations. The size distribution and dispersion behaviour of embedded nanoparticles within PVA have been studied through transmission electron microscopy. A systematic increase in refractive index of PVA on increasing the concentration of embedded nanoparticles has been observed. These results have been tried to be explained using Bhar and Pinto model based on the Lorimar's theory for polymer composites. The values of refractive index of these nanocomposites have also been calculated using the Lorentz-Lorenz effective medium theory and found to be in close agreement with the experimental data. Nanoparticles embedded induced modifications in the structure of PVA have been revealed through FTIR spectroscopy.

  20. Synthesis, characterization, and in vitro studies of graphene oxide/chitosan-polyvinyl alcohol films.

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    Pandele, Andreea Madalina; Ionita, Mariana; Crica, Livia; Dinescu, Sorina; Costache, Marieta; Iovu, Horia

    2014-02-15

    Nanocomposites based on chitosan-polyvinyl alcohol (CS-PVA) and graphene oxide (GO) were prepared by casting the stable aqueous mixture of the components. SEM, TEM and X-ray diffraction showed that graphene oxide is largely dispersed on molecular scale within CS-PVA matrix. FTIR investigation indicated the occurrence of some interaction between graphene oxide nanosheets and CS-PVA. The obtained composites are mechanically strong and exhibit improved thermal stability. By addition of 6 wt.% GO within CS-PVA blend, the elastic modulus increased over 200%. The cell viability and proliferation results showed that MC3T3-E1 mouse osteoblastic cells can adhere and developed on the CS-PVA/GO composite films. A significant proliferation potential was displayed by the cells in contact with CS-PVA/GO 6 wt.%. Graphene oxide reinforced CS-PVA with high mechanical and bioactive properties are potential candidates for tissue engineering. PMID:24507351

  1. Behavior and products of mechano-chemical dechlorination of polyvinyl chloride and poly (vinylidene chloride).

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    Xiao, Xiao; Zeng, Zigao; Xiao, Songwen

    2008-02-28

    The mechano-chemical (MC) dechlorination of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) was performed by mechanical milling PVC/PVDC powder with zinc powder in a planetary ball mill, and the products of dechlorination were characterized by Infrared spectra (IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), and 13C solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The experimental results show that PVC/PVDC can be easily dechlorinated by milling with zinc powder, and formed various kinds of inorganic and organic products. Inorganic compounds included Zn2OCl(2).2H2O, Zn5(OH)8Cl2.H2O etc., and organic products involved diamond-like carbon, carbyne fragment, polyacetylene etc. Organic products formed following the paths of dechlorination, dehydrochlorination, crosslink, and oxidation. The mechano-chemical dechlorination process of PVC/PVDC may be an effective approach for carbyne synthesizing in the appropriate condition. PMID:17604907

  2. Covalent immobilization of mixed proteases, trypsin and chymotrypsin, onto modified polyvinyl chloride microspheres.

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    Li, Dong-Fang; Ding, Hao-Chen; Zhou, Tao

    2013-11-01

    A commercially available trypsin-chymotrypsin mixture was covalently immobilized onto modified polyvinyl chloride (PVC) microspheres, which were activated by the subsequent treatment of PVC microspheres with ethylenediamine and glutaraldehyde. The immobilized mixed protease was characterized by FT-IR and SEM analyses. Immobilization conditions were optimized by Box-Behnken design and the response surface method. The activity of the immobilized mixed protease prepared under optimal conditions (pH 6.6, 23 °C, 2 h) reached 1341 U/g. Compared with the free form, the immobilized enzyme possesses a slightly higher optimal pH value and a wider pH-activity profile, superior thermal stability, and a higher Km value. Reusability of the immobilized mixed protease indicated that >70% of the original activity was retained after having been recycled six times. PMID:24125631

  3. Bioinert membranes prepared from amphiphilic poly(vinyl chloride)-g-poly(oxyethylene methacrylate) graft copolymers.

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    Patel, Rajkumar; Patel, Madhumita; Ahn, Sung Hoon; Sung, Yong Kiel; Lee, Hyung-Keun; Kim, Jong Hak; Sung, Jung-Suk

    2013-04-01

    Poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) membrane was hydrophilically modified by grafting with poly(oxyethylene methacrylate) (POEM) using atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The successful grafting of PVC main chain by POEM was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The molecular weight and hydrophilicity of membranes increased with the amount of POEM grafting, as characterized by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and contact angle measurement, respectively. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) analysis revealed the microphase-separated structure of PVC-g-POEM and the domain spacing increased from 59.3 to 86.1 nm with increasing grafting degree. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used for the direct visualization of the mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEF) cell and bacteria adhesion on the membrane surface. Protein adsorption and eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell adhesion tests showed that the bioinert properties of membranes were significantly increased with POEM content. PMID:23827621

  4. Method of cross-linking polyvinyl alcohol and other water soluble resins

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    Phillipp, W. H.; May, C. E.; Hsu, L. C.; Sheibley, D. W. (inventors)

    1980-01-01

    A self supporting sheet structure comprising a water soluble, noncrosslinked polymer such as polyvinyl alcohol which is capable of being crosslinked by reaction with hydrogen atom radicals and hydroxyl molecule radicals is contacted with an aqueous solution having a pH of less than 8 and containing a dissolved salt in an amount sufficient to prevent substantial dissolution of the noncrosslinked polymer in the aqueous solution. The aqueous solution is then irradiated with ionizing radiation to form hydrogen atom radicals and hydroxyl molecule radicals and the irradiation is continued for a time sufficient to effect crosslinking of the water soluble polymer to produce a water insoluble polymer sheet structure. The method has particular application in the production of battery separators and electrode envelopes for alkaline batteries.

  5. Polyvinyl pyridine metal complex as permanent antimicrobial finishing for viscose fabric.

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    Kantouch, A; El-Sayed, A Atef

    2008-12-01

    Viscose fabrics were treated with polyvinyl pyridine (PVP) using padding technique, followed by oxidation with hydrogen peroxide or peracetic acid, which was prepared by the reaction of tetra acetyl ethylene diamine (TAED) with hydrogen peroxide. Peracetic acid gives higher oxidation of PVP than hydrogen peroxide. FTIR study proved the formation of N-oxide as a result of oxidation. Incorporation of copper and silver ion onto oxidized PVP was also proved by FTIR. The antimicrobial study emphasise that Cu/oxidized PVP and Ag/oxidized PVP have retarded the growth of bacteria significantly, and Ag/oxidized PVP has a far better biocidal activity. The antibacterial activity of both metal ions survived after washing 10 times. PMID:18835405

  6. Nanofibrillated Cellulose and Copper Nanoparticles Embedded in Polyvinyl Alcohol Films for Antimicrobial Applications

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    Zhong, Tuhua; Oporto, Gloria S.; Jaczynski, Jacek; Jiang, Changle

    2015-01-01

    Our long-term goal is to develop a hybrid cellulose-copper nanoparticle material as a functional nanofiller to be incorporated in thermoplastic resins for efficiently improving their antimicrobial properties. In this study, copper nanoparticles were first synthesized through chemical reduction of cupric ions on TEMPO nanofibrillated cellulose (TNFC) template using borohydride as a copper reducing agent. The resulting hybrid material was embedded into a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix using a solvent casting method. The morphology of TNFC-copper nanoparticles was analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM); spherical copper nanoparticles with average size of 9.2 ± 2.0?nm were determined. Thermogravimetric analysis and antimicrobial performance of the films were evaluated. Slight variations in thermal properties between the nanocomposite films and PVA resin were observed. Antimicrobial analysis demonstrated that one-week exposure of nonpathogenic Escherichia coli DH5? to the nanocomposite films results in up to 5-log microbial reduction. PMID:26137482

  7. PIXE investigation of in vitro release of chloramphenicol across polyvinyl alcohol/acrylamide hydrogel

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    Rihawy, M. S.; Alzier, A.; Allaf, A. W.

    2011-09-01

    Hydrogels based on polyvinyl alcohol and different amounts of acrylamide monomer were prepared by thermal cross-linking in the solid state. The hydrogels were investigated for drug delivery system applications. Chloramphenicol was adopted as a model drug to study its release behavior. Particle induced X-ray emission was utilized to study the drug release behavior across the hydrogels and a comparison study with ultraviolet measurements was performed. Fourier Transform Infrared measurements were carried out for molecular characterization. The releasing behavior of the drug exhibits a decrease and a subsequent increase in the release rate, as the acrylamide monomer increases. Characterization of the hydrogels has shown a competitive behavior between crosslinking with AAm acrylamide monomer or oligomerized version, depending on the amount added to prepare the hydrogels.

  8. Poly(vinyl pyridine)-based stabilizers for aqueous polypyrrole latices

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    Armes, S.P.; Aldissi, M.; Agnew, S.F.

    1988-01-01

    The preparation and characterization of sub-micronic polypyrrole latex particles using polymeric stabilizers based on poly(vinyl pyridine) is described. These novel colloidal dispersions enhance the usually limited processability of the electroactive component, and in addition exhibit usefully high solid-state conductivity, despite the presence of the insulating stabilizer component. Furthermore, these latices exhibit reversible base/acid induced flocculation-stabilization behavior. The latter phenomenon is of fundamental interest and is expected to have commercial applications. The latices were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, visible absorption spectroscopy, FTIR and Raman spectroscopy, microanalysis, and compressed pellet dc conductivity. Base-induced particle flocculation was studied as a function of latex particle concentration. 24 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. Reverse osmosis performance of modified polyvinyl alcohol thin-film composite membranes

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    Lang, K.; Chowdhury, G.; Matsuura, T.; Sourirajan, S. (Univ. of Ottawa, Ontario (Canada))

    1994-08-01

    Membrane separation characteristics in the nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO) regions of the filtration spectrum are governed by a complex combination of both steric hindrance and surface force interactions. NF and RO membranes having surface charges show unusual selectivity behavior not predicted on the basis of physical pore size alone. Hence, practical characterizations should employ techniques to gain insight on membrane function. In this work, the separation characteristics of an anionically charged modified polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) thin-film composite membrane under different operating pressures were investigated. A qualitative measurement of the surface force interactions between solutes and membrane polymer was conducted using liquid chromatography technique. An attempt was also made to study the chlorine resistance of the composite membrane.

  10. Novel thermally stable poly(vinyl chloride) composites for sulfate removal.

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    Nadagouda, Mallikarjuna N; Pressman, Jonathan; White, Colin; Speth, Thomas F; McCurry, Daniel L

    2011-04-15

    BaCO(3) dispersed PVC composites were prepared through a polymer re-precipitation method. The composites were tested for sulfate removal using rapid small scale column test (RSSCT) and found to significantly reduce sulfate concentration. The method was extended to synthesize barium carbonate-loaded silica aero-gels-polyvinyl chloride (PVC) polymer composites. The PVC composites were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray mapping, X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) analysis. The method has advantages over conventional sulfate precipitation (sulfate removal process) using BaCO(3) wherein clogging of the filter can be avoided. The method is environmentally friendly and does not interfere with natural organic matter as the conventional resin does. Some of the composites were thermally more stable as compared with the pure PVC discussed in the literature. PMID:21277679

  11. Effect of ? irradiation on poly(vinyl alcohol) and bacterial cellulose composites used as packaging materials

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    Stoica-Guzun, Anicuta; Stroescu, Marta; Jipa, Iuliana; Dobre, Loredana; Zaharescu, Traian

    2013-03-01

    The aim of this paper is to present the influence of bacterial cellulose microfibrils and ?-radiation dose on poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)-bacterial cellulose (BC) composites. Two composite materials were obtained: the first one from PVA aqueous solution 4% and 5% wet bacterial cellulose and the second from the same PVA solution and 10% wet bacterial cellulose. In terms of PVA/dry BC ratios (w/w) for these films the ratios are 1/0.025 and 1/0.050. The obtained composite materials were characterized by infrared spectroscopy with Fourier transform (FT-IR) and UV-vis spectroscopy in order to evaluate the irradiation effect on their stability. The swelling behavior of the polymeric composites was also studied. The composite materials were compared with a film of pure PVA and a dry BC membrane.

  12. Polyvinyl alcohol from China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Export trade information

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    NONE

    1995-04-01

    On the basis of the record developed in the subject investigations, the Commission unanimously determines, pursuant to section 733(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. Section 1673b(a)), that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports from China, Japan, and Taiwan of polyvinyl alcohol, provided for a subheading 3905.20.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). Investigation No. 731-TA-728 (Preliminary) concerning Korea is terminated on the basis of the unanimous determination that imports from Korea are negligible.

  13. ?-irradiated chitosan-polyvinyl pyrrolidone hydrogels as pH-sensitive protein delivery system

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    Dergunov, Sergey A.; Mun, Grigoriy A.

    2009-01-01

    The effects of pH of the buffer solution and the composition of the hydrogel system on the bovine serum albumin (BSA) adsorption capacity of chitosan (CS)-polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) (CSPVP) hydrogels and release of BSA were investigated. Poly-electrolyte CSPVP hydrogels with different compositions were prepared by irradiating CS/PVP/water mixtures with ?-rays at ambient temperature. The adsorption capacity of hydrogels was found to increase from 0 to 350 mg BSA/g dry gel, by changing external stimuli and hydrogel composition. The adsorption of BSA within CSPVP hydrogels increased with increase in CS content in the hydrogels. When the irradiation doses of hydrogel increased, the adsorption of BSA decreased. The maximum adsorption of BSA was observed at pH 5. A significant amount of the adsorbed BSA (up to 95%) was eluted in the phosphate medium containing 0.1 M NaCl at pH 7.4.

  14. Radiation synthesis and characterization of stimuli-sensitive chitosan-polyvinyl pyrrolidone hydrogels

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    Dergunov, Sergey A.; Nam, Irina K.; Mun, Grigoriy A.; Nurkeeva, Zauresh S.; Shaikhutdinov, Erengaip M.

    2005-04-01

    Novel cationic hydrogels were synthesized by ?-irradiation copolymerization of chitosan and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP). The synthesis regularities and the swelling behaviour of hydrogels have been studied. It was shown that increasing of PVP concentration in feed composition also as radiation dose accompanied of increase of yield of gel fraction and decrease of swelling degree. At dose more than 3.5 kGy increasing of swelling degree and decreasing of gel fraction yield have been observed. It was shown that the hydrogels exhibit pH-sensitive behaviour in aqueous solution. In solutions of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) the hydrogels are collapsed due to complexation, however, at concentration of SDS solution equal to critical micelle concentration the gels contracted and then swollen again.

  15. Electrospun polyvinyl alcohol-collagen-hydroxyapatite nanofibers: a biomimetic extracellular matrix for osteoblastic cells

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    Song, Wei; Markel, David C.; Wang, Sunxi; Shi, Tong; Mao, Guangzhao; Ren, Weiping

    2012-03-01

    The failure of prosthesis after total joint replacement is due to the lack of early implant osseointegration. In this study polyvinyl alcohol-collagen-hydroxyapatite (PVA-Col-HA) electrospun nanofibrous meshes were fabricated as a biomimetic bone-like extracellular matrix for the modification of orthopedic prosthetic surfaces. In order to reinforce the PVA nanofibers, HA nanorods and Type I collagen were incorporated into the nanofibers. We investigated the morphology, biodegradability, mechanical properties and biocompatibility of the prepared nanofibers. Our results showed these inorganic-organic blended nanofibers to be degradable in vitro. The encapsulated nano-HA and collagen interacted with the PVA content, reinforcing the hydrolytic resistance and mechanical properties of nanofibers that provided longer lasting stability. The encapsulated nano-HA and collagen also enhanced the adhesion and proliferation of murine bone cells (MC3T3) in vitro. We propose the PVA-Col-HA nanofibers might be promising modifying materials on implant surfaces for orthopedic applications.

  16. Nitrogen-doped carbon dots derived from polyvinyl pyrrolidone and their multicolor cell imaging

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    Ding, Hui; Zhang, Peng; Wang, Tian-Yi; Kong, Ji-Lie; Xiong, Huan-Ming

    2014-05-01

    Nitrogen-doped carbon dots (N-CDs) with a high quantum yield of 19.6% were prepared by calcining polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP, K-30), and then modified with 4,7,10-trioxa-1,13-tridecanediamine. The as-prepared N-CDs exhibited excitation-dependent and pH-sensitive photoluminescence. Transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectra demonstrated the graphitic structure of the N-CDs. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction studies revealed successful passivation and the presence of hydrophilic groups on the surface. Importantly, such modified quantum dots acted as good multicolor cell imaging probes due to their excellent fluorescent properties, low cytotoxicity and fine dispersity.

  17. Copper-containing polyvinyl alcohol composite systems: Preparation, characterization and biological activity

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    Reza Hajipour, Abdol; Mohammadsaleh, Fatemeh; Reza Sabzalian, Mohammad

    2015-08-01

    The present investigation reports, the complex formation of Cu(II) with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and the synthesis of PVA-stabilized Cu2O particles. This PVA-Cu2O composite has been prepared via chemical reduction method using PVA-Cu(II) complex as precursor. At first, Cu(II) ions were stabilized in PVA matrix via complex formation with OH groups; subsequently, this PVA-Cu(II) macromolecular complex as precursor reacted with ascorbic acid as reducing agent at pH=12 to prepare PVA-Cu2O composite. The products were characterized by FTIR, XRD, FE-SEM, HRTEM, Visible Spectroscopy and atomic absorption. In the following, the antibacterial properties of as-prepared composites were examined against Gram-positive (Bacillus thuringiensis) and Gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli), and the results showed excellent antibacterial activity of these materials.

  18. Spectroelectrochemical Studies on Quinacridone by Using Poly(vinyl alcohol) Coating as Protection Layer.

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    Enengl, Sandra; Enengl, Christina; Stadler, Philipp; Neugebauer, Helmut; Sariciftci, Niyazi Serdar

    2015-07-20

    Spectroscopic measurements in the infrared range combined with electrochemistry are a powerful technique for investigation of organic semiconductors to track changes during oxidation and reduction (p- and n-doping) processes. For these measurements it is important that the studied material, mostly deposited as a thin film on an internal reflection element, does not dissolve during this characterization. In this study we introduce a technique that allows infrared spectroelectrochemical characterization of films of these materials for the first time. In many cases so far this has been impossible, due to solubility in the oxidized and/or reduced form. This novel technique is shown on thin films of quinacridone by adding a protection layer of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA). PMID:26013836

  19. A Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy study of water sorption by poly(vinyl alcohol)

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    Thomas, P. S.; Stuart, B. H.

    1997-11-01

    The Fourier transform (FT) Raman spectrum of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA1) is reported. The spectra of PVA1 exposed to different aqueous environments are also reported. The changes to the FT Raman spectrum of PVA1 in the presence of water provide evidence of several forms of water in the polymer. For PVA1 exposed to an environment of 75% relative humidity, it is postulated that water molecules disrupt the inter-chain hydrogen bonding which exists in the polymer and produce an augmented hydrogen bonding. For the case of exposure to a 100% relative humidity environment, evidence is provided for the existence of liquid-like water clustered between the crystallites of PVA1.

  20. Nanosize Patterning with Nanoimprint Lithography Using Poly(vinyl alcohol) Transfer Layer

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    Park, In-Sung; Nichols, William T.; Ahn, Jinho

    2011-06-01

    Coupling the imprint mold structure having a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) and a buffer oxide layer (BOL) with a poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) resin is investigated for thermal nanoimprint lithography on flexible substrates. The mold structure is SAM/BOL/Cr. Among the buffer oxides tested (SiO2, Al2O3, HfO2), SiO2 results in the most hydrophobic character at the SAM surface of the mold. Water-soluble PVA resin is shown to be an excellent pattern transfer layer due to its clean release from the hydrophobic mold and strong barrier to SF6 etching during subsequent substrate patterning. The combination of SAM/SiO2/Cr mold structure with PVA resin is demonstrated to produce high quality, defect-free nanopatterns on both rigid silicon and flexible poly(ethylene terephthalate) and polyimide substrates.

  1. Investigation of polypyrrole/polyvinyl alcohol-titanium dioxide composite films for photo-catalytic applications

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    Cao, Shaoqiang; Zhang, Hongyang; Song, Yuanqing; Zhang, Jianling; Yang, Haigang; Jiang, Long; Dan, Yi

    2015-07-01

    Polypyrrole/polyvinyl alcohol-titanium dioxide (PPy/PVA-TiO2) composite films used as photo-catalysts were fabricated by combining TiO2 sol with PPy/PVA solution in which PPy was synthesized by in situ polymerization of pyrrole (Py) in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix and loaded on glass. The prepared photo-catalysts were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra and photoluminescence (PL). The results indicate that the composites have same crystal structure as the TiO2 and extend the optic absorption from UV region to visible light region. By detecting the variation ratio, detected by ultraviolet-vis spectroscopy, of model pollutant rhodamine B (RhB) solution in the presence of the composite films under both UV and visible light irradiation, the photo-catalytic performance of the composite films was investigated. The results show that the PPy/PVA-TiO2 composite films show better photo-catalytic properties than TiO2 film both under UV and visible light irradiation, and the photo-catalytic degradation of RhB follows the first-order kinetics. The effects of the composition of composite films and the concentration of RhB on the photo-catalytic performance, as well as the possible photo-catalytic mechanism, were also discussed. By photo-catalytic recycle experiments, the structure stability of the PPy/PVA-TiO2 composite film was investigated and the results show that the photo-catalytic activity under both UV and visible light irradiation have no significant decrease after four times of recycle experiments, suggesting that the photo-catalyst film is stable during the photo-catalytic process, which was also confirmed by the XRD pattern and FT-IR spectra of the composite film before and after photo-catalytic.

  2. [Preparation and characterization of polyvinyl alcohol microsphere pre-coated dynamic membranes].

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    Wang, Jiang-Wei; Zhang, Han-Min; Ye, Mao-Sheng; Yang, Feng-Lin

    2009-07-15

    To alleviate membrane fouling and reduce the price of membrane module, polyvinyl alcohol microsphere pre-coated dynamic membranes (PVA-MS/PCDMs) were investigated detailedly. It was prepared when the polyvinyl alcohol microsphere of the pre-coated reagent deposited on the surface and entered the pores of porous substrate common filter cloth which was low-cost by means of circulatory filtration. The morphology and structure of PVA-MS/PCDMs were examined using scanning electron microscope (SEM), and approximate maximal separated aperture, water contact angle, pure water permeation resistance and relative Zeta potential of the membrance surface were also determined. The results showed that pure water permeation resistance of PVA-MS/PCDMs was between 0.64 x 10(10) m(-1) and 3.84 x 10(10) m(-1) and the approximate maximal separated aperture reached microfiltration level. The hydrophilicity of PVA-MS/PCDMs increased with increasing PVA-MS pre-coated mass. The relative Zeta potential of the PVA-MS/PCDMs, which were measured using 0.01 mol x L(-1) KCl solution, pH 8.0 +/- 0.2 and at 20 degrees C, reached a peak value of -36.4 mV with pre-coated mass of 15.7 g x m(-2) PVA-MS on the membrance surface. In addition, evolutions of PVA-MS/PCDMs flux versus time were investigated using a 4 hours short-term filtration experiment at 9.5 kPa in an SMBR and the permeability coefficient of PVA-MS/PCDMs were measured by the extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) diffusion experiments. Results indicated that the PVA-MS/PCDMs presented dramatically high anti-fouling characteristics when the pre-coated mass of PVA-MS was 23.9-61.9 g x m(-2). PMID:19774996

  3. EFFECT OF SURFACTANTS ON FILM FORMATION OF POLY (VINYL ACETATE) AND POLY (VINYL ACETATE-BUTYL ACRYLATE) LATEXES

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    B. R. Vijayendran; T. Bone; L. C. Sawyer

    1982-01-01

    Effect of ethoxylated nonyl phenol type non-ionic and alkyl sulfate type anionic surfactants on the film formation process of poly (vinyl acetate) and poly (vinyl acetate-acrylate) latexes are discussed. HLB value of non-ionic surfactant is shown to affect glass transition temperature, minimum film formation temperature and rate of film coalescence of vinyl acrylic latexes. Higher HLB non-ionic surfactant appears to

  4. PREPARATION OF WATER-SOLUBLE AND WATER-SWELLABLE STARCH ACETATES USING MICROWAVE HEATING

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    Starch acetates of degree of substitution 0.1-1.5 were prepared by heating corn starch, acetic acid and acetic anhydride in sealed, stirred, Teflon vessels in a microwave reactor. Reaction efficiencies were typically >90% at reaction temperatures of 150-160 deg C for 4-7 minutes. Starch acetates w...

  5. Effect of sulfate and nitrate on acetate conversion by anaerobic microorganisms in a freshwater sediment

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    Johannes C. M Scholten; Peter M van Bodegom; Jaap Vogelaar; Alexander van Ittersum; Kees Hordijk; Wim Roelofsen; Alfons J. M Stams

    2002-01-01

    Acetate is quantitatively the most important substrate for methane production in a freshwater sediment in The Netherlands. In the presence of alternative electron acceptors the conversion of acetate by methanogens was strongly inhibited. By modelling the results, obtained in experiments with and without 13C-labelled acetate, we could show that the competition for acetate between methanogens and sulfate reducers is the

  6. Ulipristal acetate: a review of its use in emergency contraception.

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    McKeage, Kate; Croxtall, Jamie D

    2011-05-01

    Ulipristal acetate (ellaOne®; ella®) is the first of a new class of selective progesterone receptor modulators, and is indicated for emergency contraception within 120 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse or contraceptive failure. The principal effect of ulipristal acetate is to inhibit or delay ovulation. This effect may result from the drug's ability to delay the onset of luteinizing hormone (LH) surge or postpone LH peak if LH surge has started, or possibly by a direct inhibitory effect on follicular rupture, when administered in the follicular phase (including just before ovulation). In clinical trials, a single oral dose of ulipristal acetate 30?mg was effective in preventing pregnancies in women requesting emergency contraception after unprotected sexual intercourse and provided sustained efficacy throughout the 120-hour postcoital period in which it is indicated. When compared with levonorgestrel in well designed noninferiority trials, it was no less effective in preventing pregnancies when administered within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse, but was more effective when administered later (within 72-120 hours). Results of a meta-analysis suggest that ulipristal acetate may be more effective than levonorgestrel from day 1 and throughout the entire 5-day period following unprotected sexual intercourse. Ulipristal acetate is generally well tolerated, with a similar tolerability profile to that of levonorgestrel. In general, the onset of menses is delayed by 2-3 days following treatment. Although, ulipristal acetate is more expensive than levonorgestrel, it may represent a cost-effective alternative to levonorgestrel for women requesting emergency contraception within 120 hours of unprotected intercourse. Thus, ulipristal acetate provides effective, sustained and well tolerated emergency contraception when taken within 120 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse, thereby offering an extended treatment window compared with levonorgestrel, which should be administered within 72 hours. PMID:21568368

  7. Laboratory millimeter wave spectrum and astronomical search for vinyl acetate

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    Kolesniková, L.; Peña, I.; Alonso, J. L.; Cernicharo, J.; Tercero, B.; Kleiner, I.

    2015-05-01

    Context. The recent discovery of methyl acetate in Orion KL makes vinyl acetate, CH3C=OOCH=CH2, a potential molecule in the interstellar medium. We obtained very accurate spectroscopic constants in a comprehensive laboratory analysis of its rotational spectra which can be used to predict those transition frequencies towards interstellar sources. Aims: We present the experimental study and theoretical analysis of the ground torsional state of vinyl acetate in a large spectral range for astrophysical use. Methods: The room-temperature rotational spectrum of vinyl acetate has been measured from 125 to 305 GHz to provide direct frequencies to the astronomical community. Additional measurements have also been made using a broadband CP-FTMW spectrometer in the region of 6-18 GHz. Transition lines, corresponding to the most stable conformer, have been observed and assigned. All the rotational transitions revealed the A-E splitting due to the methyl internal rotation and had to be treated with a specific internal rotation code (BELGI-Cs). Results: We analyzed 2508 transitions up to J'' = 75 for vt = 0 for the most stable conformer of vinyl acetate. The new lines were globally fitted with previously published data and 24 parameters of the Hamiltonian were accurately determined. The spectral features of vinyl acetate were then searched for in Orion KL. Using the whole line survey of Orion KL (80-280 GHz) obtained with the IRAM 30 m radio telescope we can provide only an upper limit to the column density of vinyl acetate. However, using the ALMA science verification data we obtain a tentative detection of this species that will require further search at other frequencies to confirm its presence in this high mass star forming region. Table 2 is only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/577/A91

  8. Tetrazole acetic acid: Tautomers, conformers, and isomerization

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    Araujo-Andrade, C.; Reva, I.; Fausto, R.

    2014-02-01

    Monomers of (tetrazol-5-yl)-acetic acid (TAA) were obtained by sublimation of the crystalline compound and the resulting vapors were isolated in cryogenic nitrogen matrices at 13 K. The conformational and tautomeric composition of TAA in the matrix was characterized by infrared spectroscopy and vibrational calculations carried out at the B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) level. TAA may adopt two tautomeric modifications, 1H- and 2H-, depending on the position of the annular hydrogen atom. Two-dimensional potential energy surfaces (PESs) of TAA were theoretically calculated at the MP2/6-311++G(d,p) level, for each tautomer. Four and six symmetry-unique minima were located on these PESs, for 1H- and 2H-TAA, respectively. The energetics of the detected minima was subsequently refined by calculations at the QCISD level. Two 1H- and three 2H-conformers fall within the 0-8 kJ mol-1 energy range and should be appreciably populated at the sublimation temperature (˜330 K). Observation of only one conformer for each tautomer (1ccc and 2pcc) is explained in terms of calculated barriers to conformational rearrangements. All conformers with the cis O=COH moiety are separated by low barriers (less than 10 kJ mol-1) and collapse to the most stable 1ccc (1H-) and 2pcc (2H-) forms during deposition of the matrix. On the trans O=COH surfaces, the relative energies are very high (between 12 and 27 kJ mol-1). The trans forms are not thermally populated at the sublimation conditions and were not detected in matrices. One high-energy form in each tautomer, 1cct (1H-) and 2pct (2H-), was found to differ from the most stable form only by rotation of the OH group and separated from other forms by high barriers. This opened a perspective for their stabilization in a matrix. 1cct and 2pct were generated in the matrices selectively by means of narrow-band near-infrared (NIR) irradiations of the samples at 6920 and 6937 cm-1, where the first OH stretching overtone vibrations of 1ccc and 2pcc occur. The reverse transformations could be induced by irradiations at 7010 and 7030 cm-1, transforming 1cct and 2pct back to 1ccc and 2pcc, also selectively. Besides the NIR-induced transformations, the photogenerated 1cct and 2pct forms also decay in N2 matrices back to 1ccc and 2pcc spontaneously, with characteristic decay times of hours (1H) and tens of minutes (2H). The decay mechanism is rationalized in terms of the proton tunneling. In crystals, TAA exists exclusively as 1H-tautomer. By contrast, the tautomeric composition of the matrix-isolated monomers was found to consist of both 1H- and 2H-tautomers, in comparable amounts. A mechanistic discussion of the tautomerization process occurring during sublimation, accounting also for the observed minor decomposition of TAA leading to CO2 and 5-methyl-tetrazole, is proposed.

  9. Stochastic model prediction of the Kovacs' ``expansion gap'' effect for volume relaxation in glassy polymers

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    Medvedev, Grigori; Caruthers, James

    2015-03-01

    The classic series of experiments by A. Kovacs on volume relaxation following temperature jumps for poly(vinyl acetate), PVAc, in the Tg region revealed the richness and complexity of the viscoelastic behavior of glassy materials. Over the years no theoretical model has been able to predict all the features of the Kovacs data, where the so-called ``expansion gap'' effect proved to be particularly challenging. Specifically, for a series of up-jump experiments with different initial temperatures, Ti, but with the same final temperature, as the relaxation approaches equilibrium it would be expected that the effective relaxation time would be the same regardless of Ti; however, Kovacs observed that the dependence on Ti persisted seemingly all the way to equilibrium. In this communication we will show that a recently developed Stochastic Constitutive Model (SCM) that explicitly acknowledges the nano-scale dynamic heterogeneity of glasses can capture the ``expansion gap'' as well as the rest of the Kovacs data set for PVAc. It will be shown that the success of the SCM is due to its inherent thermo-rheological complexity.

  10. Zuclopenthixol acetate for acute schizophrenia and similar serious mental illnesses

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    Jayakody, Kaushadh; Gibson, Roger Carl; Kumar, Ajit; Gunadasa, Shalmini

    2014-01-01

    Background Medication used for acute aggression in psychiatry must have rapid onset of effect, low frequency of administration and low levels of adverse effects. Zuclopenthixol acetate is said to have these properties. Objectives To estimate the clinical effects of zuclopenthixol acetate for the management of acute aggression or violence thought to be due to serious mental illnesses, in comparison to other drugs used to treat similar conditions. Search methods We searched the Cochrane Schizophrenia’s Group Trials Register (July 2011). We supplemented this by citation searching and personal contact with authors and relevant pharmaceutical companies. Selection criteria All randomised clinical trials involving people thought to have serious mental illnesses comparing zuclopenthixol acetate with other drugs. Data collection and analysis Two review authors extracted and cross-checked data independently. We calculated fixed-effect relative risks (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for dichotomous data. We analysed by intention-to-treat. We used mean differences (MD) for continuous variables. Main results We found no data for the primary outcome, tranquillisation. Compared with haloperidol, zuclopenthixol acetate was no more sedating at two hours (n = 40, 1 RCT, RR 0.60, 95% CI 0.27 to 1.34). People given zuclopenthixol acetate were not at reduced risk of being given supplementary antipsychotics (n = 134, 3 RCTs, RR 1.49, 95% CI 0.97 to 2.30) although additional use of benzodiazepines was less (n = 50, 1 RCT, RR 0.03, 95% CI 0.00 to 0.47). People given zuclopenthixol acetate had fewer injections over seven days compared with those allocated to haloperidol IM (n = 70, 1 RCT, RR 0.39, 95% CI 0.18 to 0.84, NNT 4, CI 3 to 14). We found no data on more episodes of aggression or harm to self or others. One trial (n = 148) reported no significant difference in adverse effects for people receiving zuclopenthixol acetate compared with those allocated haloperidol at one, three and six days (RR 0.74, 95% CI 0.43 to 1.27). Compared with haloperidol or clotiapine, people allocated zuclopenthixol did not seem to be at more risk of a range of movement disorders (< 20%). Three studies found no difference in the proportion of people getting blurred vision/dry mouth (n = 192, 2 RCTs, RR at 24 hours 0.90, 95% CI 0.48 to 1.70). Similarly, dizziness was equally infrequent for those allocated zuclopenthixol acetate compared with haloperidol (n = 192, 2 RCTs, RR at 24 hours 1.15, 95% CI 0.46 to 2.88). There was no difference between treatments for leaving the study before completion (n = 522, RR 0.85, 95% CI 0.31 to 2.31). One study reported no difference in adverse effects and outcome scores, when high dose (50-100 mg/injection) zuclopenthixol acetate was compared with low dose (25-50 mg/injection) zuclopenthixol acetate. Authors’ conclusions Recommendations on the use of zuclopenthixol acetate for the management of psychiatric emergencies in preference to ‘standard’ treatment have to be viewed with caution. Most of the small trials present important methodological flaws and findings are poorly reported. This review did not find any suggestion that zuclopenthixol acetate is more or less effective in controlling aggressive acute psychosis, or in preventing adverse effects than intramuscular haloperidol, and neither seemed to have a rapid onset of action. Use of zuclopenthixol acetate may result in less numerous coercive injections and low doses of the drug may be as effective as higher doses. Well-conducted pragmatic randomised controlled trials are needed. PMID:22513898

  11. Effect of the polymer concentration on the ON/OFF states of a TN-LCD: polyvinyl alcohol vs. soy lecithin

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    de Coss Martinez, Romeo; Gonzalez Murguia, Jose Luis

    2011-03-01

    In this work we study the response of a Twisted Nematic Liquid Crystal Display (TN-LCD) by varying both the concentration and the polymer used for the microgroove. We compare the performance of two polymers: polyvinyl alcohol and soy lecithin. In particular, the light transmission for the ON/OFF states is evaluated. The polyvinyl alcohol is a polymer widely used in LCDs while lecithin soy is a natural polymer.

  12. A novel long-chained acetate in the defensive secretion of thrips.

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    Tschuch, Gunther; Lindemann, Peter; Niesen, Anja; Csuk, René; Moritz, Gerald

    2005-07-01

    Defensive secretions of adult and larval Suocerathrips linguis (Phlaeothripidae, Thysanoptera) were found to contain a long-chained acetate, (11Z)-11,19-eicosadienyl acetate, that was not previously known to occur naturally. This substance occurred together with octadecyl acetate and other long-chained acetates. The eicosadienyl acetate repels ants and spreads on the surface of such potential predators. The mixture can provide a long-lasting surface coating. PMID:16222792

  13. Dodecyl acetate, a second pheromone component of the cabbage looper moth, Trichoplusia ni

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    Louis B. Bjostad; Lyle K. Gaston; Lesly L. Noble; J. Harvey Moyer; H. H. Shorey

    1980-01-01

    Dodecyl acetate was identified as a second component of the sex pheromone ofTrichoplusia ni (Hübner). Dodecyl acetate comprised 9.6% by weight of the total pheromone [(Z)-7-dodecenyl acetate plus dodecyl acetate] extracted from glands and 7.3% by weight of the total pheromone evaporated from the surfaces of glands. Dodecyl acetate appears to function as a short-range pheromone component. Evaporation at female

  14. The Metabolism of Acetate by the Blue-green Algae, Anabaena variabilis and Anacystis nidulans

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    J. Pearce; N. G. Carr

    1967-01-01

    SUMMARY The utilization of acetate by blue-green algae was examined and the activities of enzymes involved in its metabolism measured. Although acetate did not stimulate the endogenous respiration of these organisms, the oxida- tion of acetate was followed by the rate of release of (14C) carbon dioxide from (I-~~CC) and (2-l4CC) sodium acetate. Similarly, sodium acetate did not alter the

  15. Eslicarbazepine acetate: an update on efficacy and safety in epilepsy.

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    Verrotti, Alberto; Loiacono, Giulia; Rossi, Alessandra; Zaccara, Gaetano

    2014-01-01

    Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder. Despite a broad range of commonly used antiepileptic drugs, approximately 30% of patients with epilepsy have drug resistance or encounter significant adverse effects. Eslicarbazepine acetate is a new central nervous system-active compound with anticonvulsant activity whose mechanism of action is by blocking the voltage-gated sodium channel. Eslicarbazepine acetate was approved by the European Medicines Agency and launched onto the European market in 2009 for adjunctive treatment in adult subjects of partial-onset seizures, with or without secondary generalization. This article provides an overview on the recent studies on eslicarbazepine acetate in the treatment of drug-resistant partial epilepsy. Efficacy and safety of this drug for partial-onset seizures were assessed in four randomized clinical trials with responder rates ranged between 17% and 43%. Adverse events were usually mild to moderate in intensity and the most common were dizziness, somnolence, nausea, diplopia, headache, vomiting, abnormal coordination, blurred vision, vertigo and fatigue. Eslicarbazepine acetate is not recommended below 18 years, but a published phase II trial had the main goal to evaluate the pharmacokinetics, efficacy and safety of this drug in pediatric population. Eslicarbazepine acetate appears to be a safe and effective drug with a linear pharmacokinetics, very low potential for drug-drug interactions and therefore it can offer a valid alternative to current antiepileptic drugs. Additionally, it is undergoing investigation for monotherapy in subjects with partial epilepsy, and other neurological and psychiatric disorders. PMID:24225327

  16. Photodissociation spectroscopy of the Mg{sup +}-acetic acid complex

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    Abate, Yohannes; Kleiber, P. D. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 and Optical Science and Technology Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 (United States)

    2006-11-14

    We have studied the structure and photodissociation of Mg{sup +}-acetic acid clusters. Ab initio calculations suggest four relatively strongly bound ground state isomers for the [MgC{sub 2}H{sub 4}O{sub 2}]{sup +} complex. These isomers include the cis and trans forms of the Mg{sup +}-acetic acid association complex with Mg{sup +} bonded to the carbonyl O atom of acetic acid, the Mg{sup +}-acetic acid association complex with Mg{sup +} bonded to the hydroxyl O atom of acetic acid, or to a Mg{sup +}-ethenediol association complex. Photodissociation through the Mg{sup +}-based 3p<-3s absorption bands in the near UV leads to direct (nonreactive) and reactive dissociation products: Mg{sup +}, MgOH{sup +}, Mg(H{sub 2}O){sup +}, CH{sub 3}CO{sup +}, and MgCH{sub 3}{sup +}. At low energies the dominant reactive quenching pathway is through dehydration to Mg(H{sub 2}O){sup +}, but additional reaction channels involving C-H and C-C bond activation are also open at higher energies.

  17. Catalytic oxidation of butyl acetate over silver-loaded zeolites.

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    Wong, Cheng Teng; Abdullah, Ahmad Zuhairi; Bhatia, Subhash

    2008-09-15

    The performance of silver-loaded zeolite (HY and HZSM-5) catalysts in the oxidation of butyl acetate as a model volatile organic compound (VOC) was studied. The objective was to find a catalyst with superior activity, selectivity towards deep oxidation product and stability. The catalyst activity was measured under excess oxygen condition in a packed bed reactor operated at gas hourly space velocity (GHSV)=15,000-32,000 h(-1), reaction temperature between 150 and 500 degrees C and butyl acetate inlet concentration of 1000-4000 ppm. Both AgY and AgZSM-5 catalysts exhibited high activity in the oxidation of butyl acetate. Despite lower silver content, AgY showed better activity, attributed to better metal dispersion, surface characteristics and acidity, and its pore system. Total conversion of butyl acetate was achieved at above 400 degrees C. The oxidation of butyl acetate followed a simple power law model. The reaction orders, n and m were evaluated under differential mode by varying the VOC partial pressure between 0.004 and 0.018 atm and partial pressure of oxygen between 0.05 and 0.20 atm. The reaction rate was independent of oxygen concentration and single order with respect to VOC concentration. The activation energies were 19.78 kJ/mol for AgY and 32.26 kJ/mol for AgZSM-5, respectively. PMID:18294771

  18. pH-sensitive freeze-dried chitosan–polyvinyl pyrrolidone hydrogels as controlled release system for antibiotic delivery

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    Makarand V Risbud; Anandwardhan A Hardikar; Sujata V Bhat; Ramesh R Bhonde

    2000-01-01

    The aim of this study was to develop a pH-sensitive chitosan\\/polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) based controlled drug release system for antibiotic delivery. The hydrogels were synthesised by crosslinking chitosan and PVP blend with glutaraldehyde to form a semi-interpenetrating polymer network (semi-IPN). The semi-IPN formation was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic (FTIR) analysis. Semi-IPNs, viz, air-dried and freeze-dried, were compared for

  19. Radiation crosslinking of rubber phase in poly(vinyl chloride)\\/epoxidized natural rubber blend: Effect on mechanical properties

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    Chantara Thevy Ratnam; Sabariah Kamaruddin; Yaganaidu Sivachalam; Marina Talib; Norzawani Yahya

    2006-01-01

    The effect of pre-irradiation of epoxidized natural rubber (ENR 50) on the properties of 50\\/50 poly(vinyl chloride)\\/epoxidized natural rubber blend (PVC\\/ENR) was investigated. The ENR 50 was irradiated using a 3.0MeV electron beam accelerator at a dose range of 10–100kGy in air and at room temperature. The irradiated ENR 50 was then melt blended with PVC using a Brabender Plasticorder

  20. Preparation and properties of injection-moulded blends of poly(vinyl chloride) and liquid crystal copolyester

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    Y. Z. Meng; S. C. Tjong

    1999-01-01

    Blends of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) and a liquid crystal copolyester (LCP) were prepared by injection-moulding. The LCP used was a copolyester consisting of 60mol% p-hydroxybenzoic acid (PHB) and 40mol% poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET). The mechanical and thermal properties and the morphologies of these blends were investigated. The results showed that the tensile strength and modulus of the blends tend to increase

  1. Why does poly(acrylic acid) addition improve the quality of holograms recorded in dichromated poly(vinyl alcohol)?

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    A. Barichard; Y. Israëli; A. Rivaton

    2009-01-01

    Holographic measurements have shown that the addition of 0.5% of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) can improve the quality of holograms recorded in poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) doped with ammonium dichromate (ADC). The purpose of this paper is to explain this improvement. First, an analytical approach investigated the structural and architectural modification of the polymeric matrix and the fate of the various chromium

  2. Study on the Crystallization Kinetic and Characterization of Poly(lactic acid) and Poly(vinyl alcohol) Blends

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    Jen-Taut Yeh; Ming-Chien Yang; Ching-Ju Wu; Xiong Wu; Chin-San Wu

    2008-01-01

    In this study, poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) blends, with PLA\\/PVA mass ratios of 100\\/0, 90\\/10, 80\\/20, 70\\/30, 60\\/40, 50\\/50, and 40\\/60, were prepared by means of the melt blending method. The result of torque measurements and thermal gravimtric analysis tests showed that the addition of PLA can decrease the melt viscosity of PVA and that the second

  3. Geopolymer-Organic Polymer Composite Synthesized by the Interactions of H3PO4 with Metakaolinite Powders and Polyvinyl Alcohol

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    Tao Xu; Jing-Zhong Chen; Wei Han; Zhen Li; Gang Yu

    2010-01-01

    Metakaolinite (MK)-based geopolymer-polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) composite (GPC) was synthesized in the presence of aqueous phosphoric acid as an activator at room temperature. The microstructure and morphological changes of GPC were analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform-infrared spectrometry (FT-IR), thermal analysis (DSC-TG), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). XRD and SEM results showed that the amorphous phase, including C,

  4. Frequency and temperature dependencies of a.c. conductivity of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-CoCl 2 composites

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    M. M. Elkholy; M. A. El-Shahawy

    1993-01-01

    The a.c. conductivity for polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-CoCl2 composites prepared by a casting method has been measured at different frequencies (0.1–10 kHz) in the temperature range 300–450 K. At constant temperature, the frequency dependence of a.c. conductivity, S(O), was found to fit the established equation S(O) = AOs quite well. On the other hand, the temperature dependence of a.c. conductivity suggested

  5. The synthesis and characterization of anhydrous proton conducting membranes based on sulfonated poly(vinyl alcohol) and imidazole

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    Mehtap Safak Boroglu; Sevim Unugur Celik; Ayhan Bozkurt; Ismail Boz

    2011-01-01

    Membranes with high anhydrous proton conducting properties have attracted remarkable interest as polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) at intermediate temperature (100–200°C). In this study, a new anhydrous proton conducting membrane based on poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), sulfosuccinic acid (SSA), and imidazole (Im) at various stoichiometric ratios was prepared. Sulfosuccinic acid was used as sulfonating agent to form a crosslinked structure

  6. Phosphotungstic acid doped poly(vinyl alcohol)\\/poly(ether sulfone) blend composite membranes for direct methanol fuel cells

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    Sayed Siavash Madaeni; Sedigheh Amirinejad; Mehdi Amirinejad

    2011-01-01

    Non-perfluorinated composite proton exchange membranes are prepared by solution casting for direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) based on poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and poly(ether sulfone) (PES) polymer blends and phosphotungstic acid (PWA) as proton conductive material. The homogenous structure of the blend membranes is confirmed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) shows that the addition of PES and PWA

  7. Sol–gel derived poly(vinyl alcohol)\\/maleic acid\\/silica hybrid membrane for desalination by pervaporation

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    Zongli Xie; Manh Hoang; Tuan Duong; Derrick Ng; Buu Dao; Stephen Gray

    2011-01-01

    Highly dispersed homogeneous hybrid polymer–inorganic membranes based on poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), maleic acid (MA) and inorganic silica were synthesized via a sol–gel method. Tetraethoxy-silane (TEOS) was used as the silica precursor with MA as an additional crosslinking agent. A range of techniques such as FTIR, SEM, TGA, XRD and DSC were used to characterise the nanostructure and properties of hybrid

  8. Residual polyvinyl alcohol associated with poly ( d, l-lactide-co-glycolide) nanoparticles affects their physical properties and cellular uptake

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    Sanjeeb K Sahoo; Jayanth Panyam; Swayam Prabha; Vinod Labhasetwar

    2002-01-01

    Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) is the most commonly used emulsifier in the formulation of poly lactide and poly (d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) polymeric nanoparticles. A fraction of PVA remains associated with the nanoparticles despite repeated washing because PVA forms an interconnected network with the polymer at the interface. The objective of this study was to determine the parameters that influence the amount of

  9. Antibacterial and Physical Properties of Poly(vinyl chloride)-based Film Coated with ZnO Nanoparticles

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    X. H. Li; Y. G. Xing; W. L. Li; Y. H. Jiang; Y. L. Ding

    2010-01-01

    Nanoparticles of ZnO and their application in coating systems have attracted a great deal of attention in recent years because of its multifunction property, especially antibacterial activity. In this study, antibacterial and physical properties of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) based film coated with ZnO nanoparticles were investigated. It was found that the antibacterial action should be attributed to the killing effect

  10. Comparison of Chain Conformations of Poly(vinyl alcohol) in Solutions and Melts from Quantum Chemistry Based Molecular Dynamics Simulations

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Richard Jaffe; Jie Han; Tsunetoshi Matsuda; Do Yoon

    1997-01-01

    Conformations of 2,4-dihydroxypentane (DHP), a model molecule for poly(vinyl alcohol), have been studied by quantum chemistry (QC) calculations and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. QC calculations at the 6-311G** MP2 level show the meso tt conformer to be lowest in energy followed by the racemic t\\\\overlineg, due to intramolecular hydrogen bond between the hydroxy groups. The Dreiding force field has been

  11. Percutaneous right portal vein embolization with polyvinyl alcohol particles in gastric cancer metastasis: report of a case.

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    Kutlu, Ramazan; Sarac, Kaya; Yilmaz, Sezai; Kirimlioglu, Vedat; Baysal, Tamer; Alkan, Alpay; Sigirci, Ahmet

    2005-01-01

    Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) particles are used for the embolization of various vascular tumors. They are also used before hepatic resection to embolize the ipsilateral portal vein, causing hypertrophy of the remaining liver. We report our first experience with portal vein embolization (PVE) with PVA particles to treat gastric cancer metastasis to the liver. PVE with PVA is a safe interventional radiologic procedure, which does not cause problems during surgery and can improve the outcome of hepatic resection. PMID:16133672

  12. Effect of Polyvinyl Pyrrolidone on the Thermal Phase Transition of 1,2 Dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine Bilayer

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    Michalakis Savva; Vladimir P Torchilin; Leaf Huang

    1999-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the interaction of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) with phospholipid bilayers in an effort to add a new dimension to our understanding of polymer interaction with lipids. For the preparation of lipid–polymer dispersions, measured amounts of DPPC (1,2 dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine) and PVP were mixed in chloroform. After complete elimination of organic solvent, the dry mixtures

  13. Blends of polycaprolactone-poly(dimethylsiloxane)-polycaprolactone triblock copolymer with poly(vinyl chloride): preparation and characterization

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    Bahattin M. Baysal; E ELIFHAMURCU

    1997-01-01

    Miscibility, thermal, mechanical, gas permeation, morphological and surface properties of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) blends containing 1–10% triblock polycaprolactone—poly(dimethylsiloxane)—polycaprolactone (PCL-PDMS-PCL) copolymer were investigated by using several techniques. Fourier transform infra-red analysis of blends reveal the existence of specific interactions via hydrogen bonding between the ?-hydrogen of PVC and the carbonyl group of PCL in the triblock copolymer. This PCL-PDMS-PCL\\/PVC blend system

  14. Polyvinyl Alcohol \\/Na-Montmorillonite Nanocomposite Hydrogels Prepared by Freezing-Thawing Method: Structural, Mechanical, Thermal and Swelling Properties

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    M. SIROUSAZAR; M. KOKABI; Z. M. HASSAN; A. R. BAHRAMIAN

    2012-01-01

    Physically crosslinked nanocomposite hydrogels based on polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) containing Na-montmorillonite were prepared by the cyclic freezing-thawing method. The primarily exfoliated morphology of prepared nanocomposite hydrogels was confirmed by X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) as complementary techniques. It is shown that some interactions developed between the hydroxyl groups of PVA chains and Na-montmorillonite silicate layers in the

  15. Polyvinyl Alcohol\\/Na-Montmorillonite Nanocomposite Hydrogels Prepared by Freezing–Thawing Method: Structural, Mechanical, Thermal, and Swelling Properties

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    M. Sirousazar; M. Kokabi; Z. M. Hassan; A. R. Bahramian

    2012-01-01

    Physically crosslinked nanocomposite hydrogels based on polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) containing Na-montmorillonite were prepared by the cyclic freezing–thawing method. The primarily exfoliated morphology of prepared nanocomposite hydrogels was confirmed by X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) as complementary techniques. It is shown that some interactions developed between the hydroxyl groups of PVA chains and Na-montmorillonite silicate layers in the

  16. Modification of polystyrene and poly(vinyl chloride) for the purpose of obtaining packaging materials degradable in the natural environment

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    Halina Kaczmarek; Ma?gorzata ?wi?tek; Alina Kami?ska

    2004-01-01

    For the purpose of increasing degradability of polystyrene (PS) and poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC), they were modified by means of introducing 1–5% addition of ketone (acetophenone or benzophenone). The influence of UV radiation on thin films of polymers modified in this way was studied. The changes in chemical structure of PS and PVC were studied using UV–vis and FTIR spectroscopy, the

  17. Galacto-oligosaccharides production during lactose hydrolysis by free Aspergillus oryzae ?-galactosidase and immobilized on magnetic polysiloxane-polyvinyl alcohol

    Microsoft Academic Search

    David F. M. Neri; Victor M. Balcão; Rafael S. Costa; Isabel C. A. P. Rocha; Eugénio M. F. C. Ferreira; Duarte P. M. Torres; Lígia R. M. Rodrigues; Luiz B. Carvalho Jr.; José A. Teixeira

    2009-01-01

    The synthesis of galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) by the action of Aspergillus oryzae ?-galactosidase free and immobilized on magnetic polysiloxane-polyvinyl alcohol (mPOS-PVA) was studied. A maximum GOS concentration of 26% (w\\/v) of total sugars was achieved at near 55% lactose conversion from 50%, w\\/v lactose solution at pH 4.5 and 40°C. Trisaccharides accounted for more than 81% of the total GOS produced.

  18. Poly(vinyl pyridine-poly ethylene glycol methacrylate-ethylene glycol dimethacrylate) beads for heavy metal removal

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    Ali Duran; Mustafa Soylak; S. Ali Tuncel

    2008-01-01

    Poly(vinyl pyridine-poly ethylene glycol methacrylate-ethylene glycol dimethacrylate) [poly(VP-PEGMA-EGDMA)] beads with an average size of 30–100?m were prepared by suspension polymerization. Poly(VP-PEGMA-EGDMA) beads were characterized by swelling studies, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), elemental analysis, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). The beads with a swelling ratio of 65% were used for the heavy metal removal studies. Chelation capacity of the beads for

  19. The benefits of polymeric plasticizers in poly(vinyl chloride) based ion-selective sensors; complete with interpretation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. Jed Harrison; Alem Teclemariam; Zhong Li; Xizhong Li; A. D. C. Chan

    1992-01-01

    The use of polymeric plasticizers for poly(vinyl chloride) based ion-selective electrode membranes was examined. Photopolymerized dihexenyl adipate, commercial Paraplex G-25, G-40, G-62, and Plasthall P-650 gave functional electrodes and increase sensor lifetime to varying degrees, on the basis of accelerated aging at 115°C. Optical studies of the uptake of water in membranes showed that osmotic pressure governs the amount of

  20. Interactions of human serum albumin with a modified poly(vinyl alcohol) gel packing for high-performance liquid chromatography

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Tohru Suzuki; Naka Muroi; Tsugikazu Tomono

    1989-01-01

    —The interactions of human serum albumin (HSA) with a poly(vinyl alcohol) gel packing (Asahipak GS-520) for high-performance liquid chromatography of proteins were investigated. Under certain conditions, the elution of HSA from the GS-520 column was retarded and its chromatogram was split into two peaks, indicating weak adsorption of HSA onto the gels and also the existence of two subfractions, i.e.

  1. Effect of multiwall carbon nanotubes on the morphology and optical properties of electrospun poly(vinyl alcohol) nanofibers

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    N. Diouri; M. Baitoul; M. Maaza

    2009-01-01

    Electrospinning is an established method to fabricate polymer nanofibers. It is widely investigated due to a great interest in nanotechnology science. The aim of this research was to study the fibers morphology of the nanocomposite Polyvinyl pyrrolidone\\/Poly (vinyl alcohol)\\/ Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate\\/MultiWall carbon nanotubes (PVP\\/PVA\\/SDS\\/MWCNT) product via the electrospinning and the effect of MWCNT concentration on the fibers properties. However,

  2. Alkali doped polyvinyl alcohol\\/multi-walled carbon nano-tube electrolyte for direct methanol alkaline fuel cell

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    Wen-Han Pan; S. Jessie Lue; Chia-Ming Chang; Ying-Ling Liu

    2011-01-01

    A novel route to functionalize polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) onto multi-walled carbon nano-tube (MWCNT) is reported in this work. FTIR, XPS, Raman spectroscopy, and TGA data confirmed PVA grafting onto the MWCNT. The grafted PVA content was estimated to be 25% in the PVA–functionalized MWCNT. A nano-composite consisting of PVA and 0.05% functionalized CNT was successfully prepared using a solution casting

  3. Preparation of poly(vinyl alcohol) membranes grafted with N-vinyl imidazole\\/acrylic acid binary monomers

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    Zaki Ajji; Ali M. Ali

    2005-01-01

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) films were grafted with two monomers using gamma radiation, acrylic acid and N-vinyl imidazole. The influence of different parameters on the grafting yield was investigated as: type of solvent and solvent composition, comonomer concentration and composition, addition of mineral acids, and irradiation dose. Water uptake in respect to the grafting yield was also evaluated.The ability of the grafted

  4. Electron-beam irradiation of poly(vinyl chloride)\\/epoxidized natural rubber blend in the presence of Irganox 1010

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Chantara Thevy Ratnam; M Nasir; A Baharin; Khairul Zaman

    2001-01-01

    The effect of irradiation on a 50\\/50 poly(vinyl chloride)\\/epoxidized natural rubber blend was studied in the presence of 0–1.5 phr Irganox 1010. The blend was irradiated by using a 3.0 MeV electron beam machine at 0, 100 and 200 kGy irradiation doses. The results on the gel fraction and tensile strength revealed the inhibition of the irradiation-induced crosslinking by the

  5. Isothermal decomposition of gamma-irradiated palladium acetate

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    Mahfouz, R. M.; Alshehri, S. M.; Monshi, M. A. S.; Abd El-Salam, N. M.

    2004-06-01

    The isothermal decomposition of un-irradiated (pristine) and pre-gamma-irradiated palladium acetate was studied in the temperature range (498-508 K) and in air using the isothermal thermogravimetric technique. The data were analysed using various solid state reaction models. The results showed that the kinetics of isothermal decomposition of palladium acetate was governed by random nucleation reaction (Erofe'ev equation A(3)). The activation energies of the main decomposition process for un-irradiated and pre-gamma-irradiated samples were calculated. The change in texture and crystal structure of the investigated palladium acetate by gamma-irradiation was studied using electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques.

  6. Disinfection of mung bean seed with gaseous acetic acid.

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    Delaquis, P J; Sholberg, P L; Stanich, K

    1999-08-01

    Mung bean seed inoculated with Salmonella Typhimurium, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Listeria monocytogenes (3 to 5 log CFU/g) was exposed to gaseous acetic acid in an aluminum fumigation chamber. Salmonella Typhimurium and E. coli O157:H7 were not detected by enrichment of seeds treated with 242 microl of acetic acid per liter of air for 12 h at 45 degrees C. L. monocytogenes was recovered by enrichment from two of 10 25-g seed samples treated in this manner. Fumigation with gaseous acetic acid was also lethal to indigenous bacteria and fungi on mung bean seed. The treatment did not significantly reduce seed germination rates, and no differences in surface microstructure were observed between treated and untreated seed viewed by scanning electron microscopy. PMID:10456753

  7. Syntrophic acetate oxidation in industrial CSTR biogas digesters.

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    Sun, Li; Müller, Bettina; Westerholm, Maria; Schnürer, Anna

    2014-02-10

    The extent of syntrophic acetate oxidation (SAO) and the levels of known SAO bacteria and acetate- and hydrogen-consuming methanogens were determined in sludge from 13 commercial biogas production plants. Results from these measurements were statistically related to the prevailing operating conditions, through partial least squares (PLS) analysis. This revealed that high abundance of microorganisms involved in SAO was positively correlated with relatively low abundance of aceticlastic methanogens and high concentrations of free ammonia (>160 mg/L) and volatile fatty acids (VFA). Temperature was identified as another influencing factor for the population structure of the syntrophic acetate oxidising bacteria (SAOB). Overall, there was a high abundance of SAOB in the different digesters despite differences in their operating parameters, indicating that SAOB are an enduring and important component of biogas-producing consortia. PMID:24333792

  8. Resonant spin tunneling in randomly oriented nanospheres of Mn?? acetate

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    Lendinez, S.; Billinge, S. J. L.; Zarzuela, R.; Tejada, J.; Terban, M. W.; Espin, J.; Imaz, I.; Maspoch, D.; Chudnovsky, E. M.

    2015-01-01

    We report measurements and theoretical analysis of resonant spin tunneling in randomly oriented nanospheres of a molecular magnet. Amorphous nanospheres of Mn?? acetate have been fabricated and characterized by chemical, infrared, TEM, X-ray, and magnetic methods. Magnetic measurements have revealed sharp tunneling peaks in the field derivative of the magnetization that occur at the typical resonant field values for the Mn?? acetate crystal in the field parallel to the easy axis.Theoretical analysis is provided that explains these observations. We argue that resonant spin tunneling in a molecular magnet can be established in a powder sample, without the need for amore »single crystal and without aligning the easy magnetization axes of the molecules. This is confirmed by re-analyzing the old data on a powdered sample of non-oriented micron-size crystals of Mn?? acetate. Our findings can greatly simplify the selection of candidates for quantum spin tunneling among newly synthesized molecular magnets.« less

  9. Acetate Metabolism in Anaerobes from the Domain Archaea

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    Ferry, James G.

    2015-01-01

    Acetate and acetyl-CoA play fundamental roles in all of biology, including anaerobic prokaryotes from the domains Bacteria and Archaea, which compose an estimated quarter of all living protoplasm in Earth’s biosphere. Anaerobes from the domain Archaea contribute to the global carbon cycle by metabolizing acetate as a growth substrate or product. They are components of anaerobic microbial food chains converting complex organic matter to methane, and many fix CO2 into cell material via synthesis of acetyl-CoA. They are found in a diversity of ecological habitats ranging from the digestive tracts of insects to deep-sea hydrothermal vents, and synthesize a plethora of novel enzymes with biotechnological potential. Ecological investigations suggest that still more acetate-metabolizing species with novel properties await discovery. PMID:26068860

  10. The assimilation of acetate and propionate by Prototheca zopfi

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    Lloyd, D.; Callely, A. G.

    1965-01-01

    1. The tricarboxylic acid and glyoxylate cycles are of major importance in the assimilation of acetate and propionate by Prototheca zopfii. The pattern of assimilation of [2-14C]acetate and [2-14C]propionate by whole cells growing with their respective substrates is similar except that, with propionate, ?-hydroxypropionate is the first labelled intermediate detected. 2. Carbon dioxide fixation is of little quantitative importance for the growth of this organism with propionate. 3. The yield of cells obtained/mole of acetate is similar to that obtained/mole of propionate and about half that obtained/mole of n-butyrate, these substrates acting as sole sources of carbon and energy. PMID:16749100

  11. Resonant spin tunneling in randomly oriented nanospheres of Mn?? acetate

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    Lendinez, S. [Univ. de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (Europe); Billinge, S. J. L. [Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States); Zarzuela, R. [Univ. de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (Europe); Tejada, J. [Univ. de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (Europe); Terban, M. W. [Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States); Espin, J. [Univ. Autonoma Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (Europe); Imaz, I. [Univ. Autonoma Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (Europe); Maspoch, D. [Univ. Autonoma Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (Europe); Chudnovsky, E. M. [City Univ. of New York, Bronx, NY (United States)

    2015-01-01

    We report measurements and theoretical analysis of resonant spin tunneling in randomly oriented nanospheres of a molecular magnet. Amorphous nanospheres of Mn?? acetate have been fabricated and characterized by chemical, infrared, TEM, X-ray, and magnetic methods. Magnetic measurements have revealed sharp tunneling peaks in the field derivative of the magnetization that occur at the typical resonant field values for the Mn?? acetate crystal in the field parallel to the easy axis.Theoretical analysis is provided that explains these observations. We argue that resonant spin tunneling in a molecular magnet can be established in a powder sample, without the need for a single crystal and without aligning the easy magnetization axes of the molecules. This is confirmed by re-analyzing the old data on a powdered sample of non-oriented micron-size crystals of Mn?? acetate. Our findings can greatly simplify the selection of candidates for quantum spin tunneling among newly synthesized molecular magnets.

  12. Acetate Metabolism in Anaerobes from the Domain Archaea.

    PubMed

    Ferry, James G

    2015-01-01

    Acetate and acetyl-CoA play fundamental roles in all of biology, including anaerobic prokaryotes from the domains Bacteria and Archaea, which compose an estimated quarter of all living protoplasm in Earth's biosphere. Anaerobes from the domain Archaea contribute to the global carbon cycle by metabolizing acetate as a growth substrate or product. They are components of anaerobic microbial food chains converting complex organic matter to methane, and many fix CO2 into cell material via synthesis of acetyl-CoA. They are found in a diversity of ecological habitats ranging from the digestive tracts of insects to deep-sea hydrothermal vents, and synthesize a plethora of novel enzymes with biotechnological potential. Ecological investigations suggest that still more acetate-metabolizing species with novel properties await discovery. PMID:26068860

  13. Development of structure in natural silk spinning and poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel formation

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    Willcox, Patricia Jeanene

    This research involves the characterization of structure and structure formation in aqueous systems. Particularly, these studies investigate the effect of various processing variables on the structure formation that occurs upon conversion from aqueous solution to fiber or hydrogel. The two processes studied include natural silk fiber spinning and physical gelation of poly(vinyl alcohol), PVOH, in water. The techniques employed combine cryogenic technology for sample preparation and direct observation by transmission electron microscopy with electron diffraction, atomic force microscopy, optical rheometry, X-ray scattering and optical microscopy. In order to explore the full range of structure formation in natural silk spinning, studies are conducted in vivo and in vitro. In vivo structural investigations are accomplished through the cryogenic quenching and subsequent microtoming of live silk-spinning animals, Nephila clavipes (spider) and Bombyx mori (silkworm). Observations made using transmission electron microscopy, electron diffraction and atomic force microscopy indicate a cholesteric liquid crystalline mesophase of aqueous silk fibroin in both species. The mechanism of structure formation in solution is studied in vitro using optical rheometry on aqueous solutions made from regenerated Bombyx mori cocoon silk. Concentrated solutions exhibit birefringence under flow, with a wormlike conformation of the silk molecules in concentrated salt solution. Changes in salt concentration and pH of the aqueous silk solutions result in differing degrees of alignment and aggregation. These results suggest that structural control in the natural silk spinning process is accomplished by chemical manipulation of the electrostatic interactions and hydrogen bonding between chains. Application of cryogenic methods in transmission electron microscopy also provides a unique look at hydration-dependent structures in gels of poly(vinyl alcohol) produced by freeze-thaw processing. Morphologies ranging from circular pores to fibrillar networks are observed in gels formed from aqueous PVOH solutions subjected to cycles of freezing and thawing. These morphologies can be directly associated with the progressive nature of the mechanism of gelation as it proceeds from liquid-liquid phase separation to crystallization with increased cycling. A comparison of the structures produced by cycling and by aging suggests that there is a similarity in structural changes, but a superposition of the effects of cycling and aging is not possible.

  14. Lipogels: surface-adherent composite hydrogels assembled from poly(vinyl alcohol) and liposomes

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    Jensen, Bettina E. B.; Hosta-Rigau, Leticia; Spycher, Philipp R.; Reimhult, Erik; Städler, Brigitte; Zelikin, Alexander N.

    2013-07-01

    Drug-eluting engineered surface coatings are of paramount importance for many biomedical applications from implantable devices to tissue engineering. Herein, we present the assembly of lipogels, composite physical hydrogels assembled from poly(vinyl alcohol) and liposomes using thiol-disulfide exchange between end group modified PVA and thiocholesterol containing liposomes, and the response of adhering cells to these coatings. We demonstrate the controlled loading of liposomes into the polymer matrix and the preserved mechanical properties of the lipogels. Furthermore, the lipogels are successfully rendered cell adhesive by incorporation of poly(l-lysine) into the PVA polymer matrix or by poly(dopamine) coating of the lipogels. The successful lipid uptake from the lipogels by macrophages, hepatocytes, and myoblasts was monitored by flow cytometry. Finally, the delivery of active cargo, paclitaxel, to adherent myoblasts is shown, thus illustrating the potential of the lipogels as a drug eluting interface for biomedical applications.Drug-eluting engineered surface coatings are of paramount importance for many biomedical applications from implantable devices to tissue engineering. Herein, we present the assembly of lipogels, composite physical hydrogels assembled from poly(vinyl alcohol) and liposomes using thiol-disulfide exchange between end group modified PVA and thiocholesterol containing liposomes, and the response of adhering cells to these coatings. We demonstrate the controlled loading of liposomes into the polymer matrix and the preserved mechanical properties of the lipogels. Furthermore, the lipogels are successfully rendered cell adhesive by incorporation of poly(l-lysine) into the PVA polymer matrix or by poly(dopamine) coating of the lipogels. The successful lipid uptake from the lipogels by macrophages, hepatocytes, and myoblasts was monitored by flow cytometry. Finally, the delivery of active cargo, paclitaxel, to adherent myoblasts is shown, thus illustrating the potential of the lipogels as a drug eluting interface for biomedical applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Paclitaxel calibration curve and images of DIC of PLL blended PVA physical hydrogels, lipogel FRAP, and different cell lines attached to lipogels are available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr01662e

  15. Carbon-11-acetate PET imaging in renal disease

    SciTech Connect

    Shreve, P.; Chiao, Ping-Chun; Humes, H.D.; Schwaiger, M.; Gross, M.D. [Univ. of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)

    1995-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of [1-{sup 11}C]acetate as a metabolic tracer for renal imaging in human subjects. Eighteen patients underwent dynamic PET imaging of the kidneys after intravenous bolus injection of 10-20 mCi [1-{sup 11}C]acetate. Time-activity curves of renal parenchyma tracer activity were fitted to a two-compartment model using direct arterial blood sampling for the arterial input function. Renal uptake of [1-{sup 11}C]acetate is prompt and high target-to-background ratios are achieved even in the presence of markedly reduced renal function. Carbon-11-acetate is cleared from the renal parenchyma without any urinary excretion and the rate of clearance is comparable to myocardial clearance rates. Among normal subjects, K{sub 1} ranged from 0.653 to 1.37 ml/min-g, and was reduced to as low as 0.363 ml/min-g in severe renal disease (serum creatinine greater than 5 mg/dl), while k{sub 2} ranged from 0.114 to 0.166 min{sup {minus}1} among normal subjects and was reduced to as low as 0.053 min{sup {minus}1} in severe renal disease. Kinetic parameters K{sub 1} and k{sub 2} were both reduced in the presence of intrinsic renal disease or significant renal artery stenosis. Renal cell carcinoma demonstrated similar uptake of [1-{sup 11}C]acetate, but substantially reduced the rate of clearance compared to normal and diseased non-neoplastic renal tissue, allowing for ready differentiation of renal cell carcinoma from non-neoplastic renal tissue on images acquired beyond 10 min of tracer administration. Carbon-11-acetate is a promising physiologic tracer for the study of renal disease. 26 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  16. Photoinduced crystallization of calcium carbonate from a homogeneous precursor solution in the presence of partially hydrolyzed poly(vinyl alcohol)

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    Nishio, Takashi; Naka, Kensuke

    2015-04-01

    Photoinduced crystallization of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) was demonstrated by the photodecarboxylation of ketoprofen (KP, 2-(3-benzoylphenyl)propionic acid) under alkaline conditions (pH 10). In this method, a homogeneous solution comprising KP, calcium chloride, ammonia, and partially hydrolyzed poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVAPS, degree of saponification: 86.5-89.0 mol %) was used as the precursor solution and was exposed to ultraviolet (UV) irradiation for different time periods. Thermogravimetric analysis of the obtained xerogels showed that increasing the UV irradiation time increased the amount of CaCO3 formed and the complete conversion of calcium ions to calcite was achieved after 50 min of UV irradiation. Furthermore, solid phase analyses suggested that nanometer-to-micron-sized calcite crystals were formed and dispersed in the obtained PVAPS matrix. Photoinduced crystallization of CaCO3 from homogenous solution was demonstrated. 2-(3-benzoylphenyl)propionic acid was used as a photoreactive CO2 generator. Partially hydrolyzed poly(vinyl alcohol) worked as a stabilizer in the solution. Complete conversion of Ca2+ to CaCO3 was achieved by UV irradiation for 50 min. Nanometer-to-micron-sized calcites dispersed in the poly(vinyl alcohol) matrix.

  17. Distribution of Tunnel Splittings in Mn12 Acetate

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    Mertes, K. M.; Suzuki, Yoko; Sarachik, M. P.; Paltiel, Y.; Shtrikman, H.; Zeldov, E.; Rumberger, E.; Hendrickson, D. N.; Christou, G.

    2001-11-01

    In magnetic fields applied parallel to the anisotropy axis, the relaxation of the magnetization of Mn12-acetate measured for different sweep rates collapses onto a single scaled curve. The form of the scaling implies that the dominant symmetry-breaking process responsible for tunneling is a locally varying second-order transverse anisotropy, forbidden by tetragonal symmetry in the perfect crystal, which gives rise to a broad distribution of tunnel splittings in a real crystal of Mn12 acetate. Different forms applied to even- and odd-numbered steps provide a clear distinction between even resonances (associated with crystal anisotropy) and odd resonances (which require a transverse magnetic field).

  18. First synthesis and characterization for the stereoisomers of Ulipristal acetate.

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    Zhao, Yi; Li, Xiaolong; Liu, Hong; Yu, Yongguo; Hai, Li; Guo, Li; Wu, Yong

    2015-03-01

    The three stereoisomers, 11?,17?-isomer I, 11?,17?-isomer II and 11?,17?-isomer III are related substances of the selective progesterone receptor modulator Ulipristal acetate. Herein, we presented an efficient and practical synthesis approach to deliver these three stereoisomers for the first time, and also confirmed the structure of the key intermediate 5a by single-crystal X-ray analysis. Our research will be of immense help for organic chemists to study the impurity profile of Ulipristal acetate. PMID:25554579

  19. Kanokonyl acetate-rich Indian valerian from northwestern Himalaya.

    PubMed

    Mathela, Chandra S; Padalia, Rajendra C; Chanotiya, Chandan S

    2009-09-01

    The volatile composition of rhizomes of Valeriana wallichii DC has been studied by GC, GC/MS and NMR spectroscopy. Sesquiterpenes were shown to be the main constituents (> 89.3%) comprising kanokonyl acetate (42.4%), gamma-curcumene (10.7%), ar-curcumene (7.2%), (Z)-beta-farnesene (3.2%), xanthorrhizol (4.1%), 7-epi-alpha-selinene (2.2%), valeranone (2.0%) and curcuphenol (1.4%). The unique presence of kanokonyl acetate and the complete absence of the earlier reported chemotype marker constituents of Indian valerian viz. maaliol and patchouli alcohol makes the composition significant. PMID:19831039

  20. Ultrasound-based treatment approaches for intrinsic viscosity reduction of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP).

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    Pawar, Indrajeet A; Joshi, Prathmesh J; Kadam, Akshay D; Pande, Nishant B; Kamble, Priyanka H; Hinge, Shruti P; Banerjee, Barnali S; Mohod, Ashish V; Gogate, Parag R

    2014-05-01

    The present work deals with achieving viscosity reduction in polymer solutions using ultrasound-based treatment approaches. Use of simple additives such as salts, or surfactants and introduction of air at varying flow rates as process intensifying parameters have been investigated for enhancing the degradation of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) using ultrasonic irradiation. Sonication is carried out using an ultrasonic horn at 36 kHz frequency at an optimized concentration (1%) of the polymer. The degradation behavior has been characterized in terms of the change in the viscosity of the aqueous solution of PVP. The intrinsic viscosity of the polymer has been shown to decrease to a limiting value, which is dependent on the operating conditions and use of different additives. Similar extent of viscosity reduction has been observed with 1% NaCl or 0.1% TiO2 at optimized depth of horn and 27°C, indicating the superiority of titanium dioxide as an additive. The combination of ultrasound and ultraviolet (UV) irradiation results in a significantly faster viscosity reduction as compared to the individual operations. A kinetic analysis for the degradation of PVP has also been carried out. The work provides a detailed understanding of the role of the operating parameters and additives in deciding the extent of reduction in the intrinsic viscosity of PVP solutions. PMID:24405712

  1. Plasma functionalization of poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel for cell adhesion enhancement

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    Ino, Julia M.; Chevallier, Pascale; Letourneur, Didier; Mantovani, Diego; Le Visage, Catherine

    2013-01-01

    Tailoring the interface interactions between a biomaterial and the surrounding tissue is a capital aspect to consider for the design of medical devices. Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hydrogels present suitable mechanical properties for various biological substitutes, however the lack of cell adhesion on their surface is often a problem. The common approach is to incorporate biomolecules, either by blending or coupling. But these modifications disrupt PVA intra- and intermolecular interactions leading therefore to a loss of its original mechanical properties. In this work, surface modification by glow discharge plasma, technique known to modify only the surface without altering the bulk properties, has been investigated to promote cell attachment on PVA substrates. N2/H2 microwave plasma treatment has been performed, and the chemical composition of PVA surface has been investigated. X-ray photoelectron and Fourier transform infrared analyses on the plasma-treated films revealed the presence of carbonyl and nitrogen species, including amine and amide groups, while the main structure of PVA was unchanged. Plasma modification induced an increase in the PVA surface wettability with no significant change in surface roughness. In contrast to untreated PVA, plasma-modified films allowed successful culture of mouse fibroblasts and human endothelial cells. These results evidenced that the grafting was stable after rehydration and that it displayed cell adhesive properties. Thus plasma amination of PVA is a promising approach to improve cell behavior on contact with synthetic hydrogels for tissue engineering. PMID:23989063

  2. Improved ion-selective detection method using nanopipette with poly(vinyl chloride)-based membrane.

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    Kang, Eun Ji; Takami, Tomohide; Deng, Xiao Long; Son, Jong Wan; Kawai, Tomoji; Park, Bae Ho

    2014-05-15

    Ion-selective electrodes (ISEs) are widely used to detect targeted ions in solution selectively. Application of an ISE to a small area detection system with a nanopipette requires a special measurement method in order to avoid the enhanced background signal problem caused by a cation-rich layer near the charged inner surface of the nanopipette and the selectivity change problem due to relatively fast saturation of the ISE inside the nanopipette. We developed a novel ion-selective detection system using a nanopipette that measures an alternating current (AC) signal mediated by saturated ionophores in a poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) membrane located at the conical shank of the nanopipette to solve the above problems. Small but reliable K(+) and Na(+) ionic current passing through a PVC membrane containing saturated bis(benzo-15-crown-5) and bis(12-crown-4) ionophore, respectively, could be selectively detected using the AC signal measurement system equipped with a lock-in amplifier. PMID:24766420

  3. Tunable self-assembly of cellulose nanowhiskers and polyvinyl alcohol chains induced by surface tension torque.

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    Mashkour, Mahdi; Kimura, Tsunehisa; Kimura, Fumiko; Mashkour, Mehrdad; Tajvidi, Mehdi

    2014-01-13

    This article focuses on the formation of the surface tension torque (STT) phenomenon close to the dry-line boundary layer during evaporation of the liquid phase of a solution casted shape-anisotropic nanoparticle suspension (here, cellulose nanowhisker (CNW)) or dissolved polymer (here, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)) and its effects on self-assembly of the cellulose nanocrystals and polymer chains. The results confirm that the STT tends to align both the CNWs and the PVA chains tangential to the dry-line boundary layer. By careful control of the advancement of the dry-line, achieving special linear and curved patterns of both the CNWs and the PVA chains proportional to the mold position and geometry is possible. The STT phenomenon is explained and simplified in terms of a physical model. Understanding of the STT phenomenon and its effects on the alignment and self-assembly of the CNWs and PVA chains is necessary especially when achieving alignment using a modulated external magnetic or electric field is desired. The STT is safe, inexpensive, easy, and efficient, and can be a good alternative to the magnetic and electric field orientation methods. PMID:24245587

  4. Electrospun polyvinyl alcohol-collagen-hydroxyapatite nanofibers: a biomimetic extracellular matrix for osteoblastic cells.

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    Song, Wei; Markel, David C; Wang, Sunxi; Shi, Tong; Mao, Guangzhao; Ren, Weiping

    2012-03-23

    The failure of prosthesis after total joint replacement is due to the lack of early implant osseointegration. In this study polyvinyl alcohol-collagen-hydroxyapatite (PVA-Col-HA) electrospun nanofibrous meshes were fabricated as a biomimetic bone-like extracellular matrix for the modification of orthopedic prosthetic surfaces. In order to reinforce the PVA nanofibers, HA nanorods and Type I collagen were incorporated into the nanofibers. We investigated the morphology, biodegradability, mechanical properties and biocompatibility of the prepared nanofibers. Our results showed these inorganic-organic blended nanofibers to be degradable in vitro. The encapsulated nano-HA and collagen interacted with the PVA content, reinforcing the hydrolytic resistance and mechanical properties of nanofibers that provided longer lasting stability. The encapsulated nano-HA and collagen also enhanced the adhesion and proliferation of murine bone cells (MC3T3) in vitro. We propose the PVA-Col-HA nanofibers might be promising modifying materials on implant surfaces for orthopedic applications. PMID:22370251

  5. Nanofiber composites of polyvinyl alcohol and cellulose nanocrystals: manufacture and characterization.

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    Peresin, Maria S; Habibi, Youssef; Zoppe, Justin O; Pawlak, Joel J; Rojas, Orlando J

    2010-03-01

    Cellulose nanocrystals (CN) were used to reinforce nanofibers in composite mats produced via electrospinning of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) with two different concentrations of acetyl groups. Ultrathin cross-sections of the obtained nanocomposites consisted of fibers with maximum diameters of about 290 nm for all the CN loads investigated (from 0 to 15% CN loading). The electrospinning process did not affect the structure of the PVA polymer matrix, but its degree of crystallinity increased significantly together with a slight increase in the corresponding melting temperature. These effects were explained as being the result of alignment and enhanced crystallization of PVA chains within the individual nanofibers that were subjected to high shear stresses during electrospinning. The strong interaction of the PVA matrix with the dispersed CN phase, mainly via hydrogen bonding or bond network, was reduced with the presence of acetyl groups in PVA. Most importantly, the elastic modulus of the nanocomposite mats increased significantly as a consequence of the reinforcing effect of CNs via the percolation network held by hydrogen bonds. However, this organization-driven crystallization was limited as observed by the reduction in the degree of crystallinity of the CN-loaded composite fibers. Finally, efficient stress transfer and strong interactions were demonstrated to occur between the reinforcing CN and the fully hydrolyzed PVA electrospun fibers. PMID:20088572

  6. Immobilized laccase on activated poly(vinyl alcohol) microspheres for enzyme thermistor application.

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    Bai, Xue; Gu, Haixin; Chen, Wei; Shi, Hanchang; Yang, Bei; Huang, Xin; Zhang, Qi

    2014-07-01

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) microspheres were prepared by inverse suspension crosslinked method, with glutaraldehyde as a crosslinking agent. PVA microspheres activated with aldehyde groups were employed for Trametes versicolor laccase immobilization. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to characterize the activated PVA microspheres and PVA microspheres with immobilized laccase (Lac/PVA microspheres), which show that laccase was successfully immobilized on the PVA microspheres. The optimum pH and temperature coupling conditions for the immobilized laccase were determined to be 3.3 and 30 °C, respectively. Residual activity was also investigated by soaking the immobilized laccase in organic solvents at different concentrations, proving it chemically stable. Immobilized laccase exhibited good storage stability at 4 °C. The enzyme biosensor showed good performance in 2,2-azinobis(3-ethylthiazoline-6-sulfonate) and bisphenol A, with concentration ranges of 2 to 8 mM and 0.05 to 0.25 mM, respectively. Therefore, PVA microspheres may have high potential as support for enzyme thermistor applications. PMID:24760609

  7. Preparation and characterization of the ferroelectric potassium nitrate: poly(vinyl alcohol) composite films.

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    Dabra, Navneet; Hundal, Jasbir S; Sekhar, Koppole Chandra; Nautiyal, Arvind; Nath, Rabinder

    2009-08-01

    The composite films of ferroelectric potassium nitrate (KNO3):poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) with different weight percentages of KNO3 have been prepared at 200 degrees C using the spray-deposition technique. The remanent polarization (Pr) and peak current density for all composite films was estimated by tracing the polarization-electric field (P-E) hysteresis loop and current density-electric field (J-E) loop, respectively, using a modified Sawyer-Tower circuit. Pure KNO3 is known not to exhibit any ferroelectricity under ambient conditions, but the X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies of PVA:KNO3 composite films reveal the presence of a ferroelectric phase III of KNO3 in the composite films at room temperature. The composite film containing KNO(3):PVA in equal proportions shows maximum Pr and peak intensity ratio of approximately 20.10 microC/cm2 and 2.67, respectively, at room temperature. The J-E and capacitance voltage (C-V) characteristics exhibit butterfly features that supports the presence of a ferroelectric phase in the composite films. The field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) image of the composite film containing equal proportions of KNO3 and PVA shows the homogenous distribution of spherical grains of KNO3 of size approximately 225 nm. PMID:19686978

  8. Synthesis, characterization, optical and antimicrobial studies of polyvinyl alcohol-silver nanocomposites.

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    Mahmoud, K H

    2015-03-01

    Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were synthesized by chemical reduction of silver salt (AgNO3) through sodium borohydride. The characteristic surface plasmon resonance band located at around 400nm in the UV-Visible absorption spectrum confirmed the formation of Ag nanoparticles. Polyvinyl alcohol-silver (PVA-Ag) nanocomposite films were prepared by the casting technique. The morphology and interaction of PVA with Ag NPs were examined by transmission electron microscopy and FTIR spectroscopy. Optical studies show that PVA exhibited indirect allowed optical transition with optical energy gap of 4.8eV, which reduced to 4.45eV under addition of Ag NPs. Optical parameters such as refractive index, complex dielectric constant and their dispersions have been analyzed using Wemple and DiDomenco model. Color properties of the nanocomposites are discussed in the framework of CIE L(?)u(?)v(?) color space. The antimicrobial activity of the nanocomposite samples was tested against Gram positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus NCTC 7447 &Bacillus subtillis NCIB 3610), Gram negative bacteria (Escherichia coli, NTC10416 &Pseudomonas aeruginosa NCIB 9016) and fungi (Aspergillus niger Ferm - BAM C-21) using the agar diffusion technique. The antimicrobial study showed that PVA has moderate antibacterial activity against B. subtillis and the 0.04wt% Ag NPs composite sample effect was strong against S. aureus. PMID:25523046

  9. Physicochemical and morphological properties of plasticized poly(vinyl alcohol)-agar biodegradable films.

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    Madera-Santana, T J; Freile-Pelegrín, Y; Azamar-Barrios, J A

    2014-08-01

    The effects of the addition of glycerol (GLY) on the physicochemical and morphological properties of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)-agar films were reported. PVA-agar films were prepared by solution cast method, and the addition of GLY in PVA-agar films altered the optical properties, resulting in a decrease in opacity values and in the color difference (?E) of the films. Structural characterization using Fourier transformation infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicated that the presence of GLY altered the intensity of the bands (from 1200 to 800cm(-1)) and crystallinity. The characterization of the thermal properties indicated that an increase in the agar content produces a decrease in the melting temperature and augments the heat of fusion. Similar tendencies were observed in plasticized films, but at different magnification. The formulation that demonstrated the lowest mechanical properties contained 25wt.% agar, whereas the formulation that contained 75wt.% agar demonstrated a significant improvement. The water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) and surface morphology analysis demonstrated that the structure of PVA-agar films is reorganized upon GLY addition. The physicochemical properties of PVA-agar films using GLY as a plasticizer provide information for the application of this formulation as packaging material for specific food applications. PMID:24875313

  10. Fabrication of polyvinyl alcohol/gelatin nanofiber composites and evaluation of their material properties.

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    Linh, Nguyen Thuy Ba; Min, Young Ki; Song, Ho-Yeon; Lee, Byong-Taek

    2010-10-01

    Electrospinning of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), gelatin (GE), and a PVA/GE blend was conducted with the aim of fabricating biodegradable scaffolds for tissue engineering. The process parameters including the concentration of GE in PVA/GE blends, electrical field, and tip-to-collector distance (TCD) were investigated. Electrospinning processes were conducted at three different GE concentrations (PVA/GE = 2/8, 6/4, and 8/2), and the voltage and TCD were varied from 18 to 24 kV and 7 to 20 cm, respectively. The average diameter of the electrospun PVA, GE, and PVA/GE blend fibers ranged from 50 to 150 nm. The TCD had significant effects on the average diameter of the PVA/GE nanofiber, while changes in the voltage did not significantly affect the diameter of the PVA/GE nanofiber. The miscibility of the PVA/GE blend fibers was examined by differential scanning calorimetry, and X-ray diffraction was used to determine the crystallinity of the membrane. Tensile strength was measured to evaluate the physical properties of the membrane. Based on the combined results of this study, the PVA/GE membrane holds great promise for use in tissue engineering applications, especially in bone or drug delivery systems. PMID:20737434

  11. Preparation of cellulose/polyvinyl alcohol biocomposite films using 1-n-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride.

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    Abdulkhani, Ali; Hojati Marvast, Ebrahim; Ashori, Alireza; Hamzeh, Yahya; Karimi, Ali Naghi

    2013-11-01

    This study has been focused on developing cellulose/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), a biocomposite film, pretreated with 1-n-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([bmim]Cl). The dissolved polymers were blended and their biocomposite films including cellulose and cellulose/PVA were prepared. The effect of PVA composition with cellulose was evaluated by comparing the physical, mechanical, chemical and thermal characteristics of produced films with neat cellulosic film. The results showed that the ionic liquid had a great capability in dissolving the polymers. Furthermore, in composition of the raw cellulose some chemical bonds were incorporated between the two components. Water uptake, thickness swelling and water vapor permeability of blend films were increased comparing to cellulosic film. Mechanical strength and Young's modulus of the films made of cellulose/PVA were decreased while the strain at break was increased. The optical transparency and thermal properties of the blend films were almost the same as neat cellulosic film. This work demonstrated a promising route for the preparation of biodegradable green composites. In addition, this biocomposite film is composed of sustainable biodegradable resources, which is suitable for release to the environment. The biocomposite films showed good optical transparency, thermal stabilities properties. PMID:24076203

  12. Poly(vinyl alcohol)/cellulose nanowhiskers nanocomposite hydrogels for potential wound dressings.

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    Gonzalez, Jimena S; Ludueña, Leandro N; Ponce, Alejandra; Alvarez, Vera A

    2014-01-01

    Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/cellulose nanowhisker (CNW) nanocomposite hydrogels to be used for wound dressing were obtained by freezing-thawing technique and characterized by means of morphological, physical, thermal, mechanical, barrier and antimicrobial properties. First, cellulose nanowhiskers were obtained by the acid hydrolysis of commercial crystalline microcellulose (MCC) and characterized by its size, shape, morphological, structural and thermal properties. Then, PVA/CNW nanocomposites with several CNW contents (0, 1, 3, 5 and 7wt.%) were obtained. Morphological, thermal, chemical and physical characterization of the PVA/CNW nanocomposite hydrogels was carried out. It was found that the addition of CNW to the hydrogel allows controlling the pore morphology of the samples. On the other hand, the transparency of the samples was maintained, the thermal stability was increased, the mechanical properties were improved and the water vapor transmission rate was in the range of wound dressing applications after CNW incorporation inside the PVA hydrogel matrix. The evaluation of microbial penetration showed that the prepared hydrogels can be considered as a good barrier against different microorganisms. All obtained results indicate that the PVA/CNW materials are promising to be used as wound dressing. PMID:24268233

  13. Preparation of nanocrystalline cellulose via ultrasound and its reinforcement capability for poly(vinyl alcohol) composites.

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    Li, Wei; Yue, Jinquan; Liu, Shouxin

    2012-05-01

    Rod-shaped nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) was prepared from microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) using the purely physical method of high-intensity ultrasonication. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction was used for the characterization of the morphology and crystal structure of the material. The thermal properties were investigated using thermogravimetric analysis. The reinforcement capabilities of the obtained NCC were investigated by adding it to poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) via the solution casting method. The results revealed that the prepared NCC had a rod-shaped structure, with diameters between 10 and 20 nm and lengths between 50 and 250 nm. X-ray diffraction results indicated that the NCC had the cellulose I crystal structure similar to that of MCC. The crystallinity of the NCC decreased with increasing ultrasonication time. The ultrasonic effect was non-selective, which means it can remove amorphous cellulose and crystalline cellulose. Because of the nanoscale size and large number of free-end chains, the NCC degraded at a slightly lower temperature, which resulted in increased char residue (9.6-16.1%), compared with that of the MCC (6.2%). The storage modulus of the nanocomposite films were significantly improved compared with that of pure PVA films. The modulus of PVA with 8 wt.% NCC was 2.40× larger than that of pure PVA. PMID:22153226

  14. Poly(vinyl alcohol)/sodium alginate/layered silicate based nanofibrous mats for bacterial inhibition.

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    Li, Wei; Li, Xueyong; Chen, Yang; Li, Xiaoxia; Deng, Hongbing; Wang, Ting; Huang, Rong; Fan, Gang

    2013-02-15

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/sodium alginate (ALG)/organic rectorite (OREC) composite nanofibrous mats are fabricated by electrospinning aqueous solutions with different mixing ratios. Both good fiber shape and three-dimensional structure of nanofibrous mats can be observed by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy shows the existence of OREC in the as-spun composite mats. In addition, small-angle X-ray diffraction confirms that the interlayer of OREC is intercalated by ALG/PVA chains, and the distance between OREC interlayers is increased from 4.50 to 4.74 nm. Wide angle X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectra further verify the intercalation is between polymers and layered silicate. Moreover, the thermal gravimetric analysis shows that the addition of OREC has only a small effect on the thermal stability of composites. Furthermore, the antibacterial experiments illustrate that OREC can enhance the bacterial inhibition ability of nanofibrous mats against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. PMID:23399282

  15. Thermal, mechanical and dielectric properties of poly(vinyl alcohol)/graphene oxide composites

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    Rathod, Sunil G.; Bhajantri, R. F.; Ravindrachary, V.; Pujari, P. K.; Sheela, T.; Naik, Jagadish

    2014-04-01

    In this work the composite films of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) doped with functionalized Graphene Oxide (GO) were prepared by solution casting method. The films were characterized using FT-IR, DSC, XRD, mechanical properties and dielectric studies at room temperature. FTIR spectra shows the formation of hydrogen bonds between hydroxyl groups of PVA and the hydroxy groups of GO. The DSC thermograms shows the addition of GO to PVA greatly improves the thermal stability of the composites. XRD patterns shows that the GO exfoliated and uniformly dispersed in PVA matrix. Mechanical properties are significantly improved in PVA/GO composites. The tensile strength increased from 8.2 to 13.7 MPa and the Young's modulus increased from 7.5 to 24.8 MPa for 5 wt% GO doped sample. Dielectric spectroscopy showed a highest dielectric constant for the 5 wt% GO doped PVA films. This work provides a potential design strategy on PVA/GO composite, which would lead to higher-performance, flexible dielectric materials, high charge-storage devices.

  16. Poly(vinyl alcohol)/collagen/hydroxyapatite hydrogel: properties and in vitro cellular response.

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    Song, Wei; Markel, David C; Jin, Xin; Shi, Tong; Ren, Weiping

    2012-11-01

    The objective of this study was to develop "bone-like" poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/hydroxyapatite (HA)/type I collagen (Col) hydrogel composites that stimulate adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation of osteoblastic cells. The hydrogel composites were prepared by mixing PVA with nanoscale HA and Col using a physical mixing method. The concentration of the components was optimized during formulation development. PVA/Col/HA hydrogels were characterized for viscoelasticity, degree of swelling, mechanical strength, embedded erythromycin drug release, and cellular response of both osteoblastic MC3T3 cells and RAW 264.7 macrophage cells. Compressive strength tests confirmed that the PVA coating possessed greater elasticity and was mechanically enhanced by the freeze-thaw treatment. PVA/Col/HA gel is biocompatible and nontoxic to MC3T3 preosteoblasts, and the reinforcement from HA and Col reduced the inflammatory response from macrophages. Our findings demonstrate that PVA composites are biocompatible, and enhance cell adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation in vitro. We propose that PVA/Col/HA hydrogels represent one of the promising implant surface coating matrices for the improvement of implant osseointegration. PMID:22733675

  17. Synthesis of biologically active and photostable rigid poly(vinyl chloride).

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    Rabie, Samira T; El-Saidi, Manal M T; Mohamed, Nadia R

    2012-12-01

    N,N-Dimethyl-N'-(6-oxo-2-thioxo-1H-pyrimidine-4-yl)formamidine has been synthesized and introduced as a substituent in poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) chains via a chemical reaction. Both the dimethyl derivative and the modified PVC have been characterized via spectroscopic analyses and their biological activities have been evaluated. Both IR and (1) H NMR spectral data confirm the incorporation of the newly prepared bioactive dimethyl pyrimidine derivative in the polymeric chains. The dimethyl pyrimidine derivative has exhibited good antibacterial and antifungal activities. The modified PVC shows higher antibacterial effects than that of the blank one. Photostabilizing efficiency of the modified PVC is determined by measuring the changes that occurred in the molecular weights of modified PVC samples after UV irradiation using the gel permeation chromatography technique. The extent of discoloration of the photodegraded modified PVC samples has also been measured. The results have been compared with that of the blank PVC and that of the PVC stabilized with phenyl salicylate as a reference UV absorber. The lower decrease in the values of weight average molecular weight, M(w) , at the first stages of UV irradiation and the absence of crosslinking at the latter stages of irradiation confirms the photostability of the modified PVC. The extent of discoloration of the modified sample is also decreased when compared with the blank and stabilized PVC samples. PMID:23015476

  18. Dielectric relaxation and alternating current conductivity of lanthanum, gadolinium, and erbium-polyvinyl alcohol doped films

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    Hanafy, Taha A.

    2012-01-01

    Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrum dielectric constant, ??, loss tangent, tan(?), electric modulus, M*, and ac conductivity, ?ac, of pure polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as well as La-, Gd-, and Er-PVA doped samples have been carried out. The dielectric properties have been studied in the temperature and frequency ranges; 300–450?K and 1?kHz–4?MHz, respectively. FTIR measurements reveal that La3+, Gd3+, and Er3+ ions form complex configuration within PVA structure. Two relaxation processes, namely, ? and ? were observed in pure PVA sample. The first process is due to the interfacial or Maxwell-Wagner-Sillers polarization. The second one is related to the micro-Brownian motion of the main chains. For doped PVA samples, ?-relaxation process splits into ?a and ?c. This splitting is due to the segmental motion in the amorphous (?a) and crystalline (?c) phases of PVA matrix. Electric modulus analysis was discussed to understand the mechanism of the electrical transport process. The behavior of ac conductivity for all PVA samples indicates that the conduction mechanism is correlated barrier hopping. PMID:22933826

  19. Tortuously structured polyvinyl chloride/polyurethane fibrous membranes for high-efficiency fine particulate filtration.

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    Wang, Na; Raza, Aikifa; Si, Yang; Yu, Jianyong; Sun, Gang; Ding, Bin

    2013-05-15

    Two-tier composite filtration medium exhibiting excellent filtration performance to airborne particulate was prepared by a facile deposition of electrospun polyvinyl chloride (PVC)/polyurethane (PU) fibers on a conventional filter paper support. The tortuous structure and composition of resultant fibrous membranes can be finely controlled by regulating the precursor solution composition. By employing the PU incorporation, the pristine PVC fibrous membranes were endowed with robust tensile strength approaching to 9.9 MPa. The plausible correlation between resultant blended fibrous structure and mechanical property of relevant membranes was discussed, and a three-step break mechanism upon the external stress was proposed. Additionally, quantitative pore size and porosity distribution analysis using the capillary flow porometry method has confirmed the tortuous structure of PVC/PU fibrous membranes. Furthermore, the as-prepared membranes with high abrasion resistance (134 cycles) and comparable air permeability (154.1mm/s) showed fascinating filtration efficiency (99.5%) and low pressure drop (144 Pa) performance for 300-500 nm sodium chloride aerosol particles, suggesting their use as a promising medium for variety of potential applications in air filtration. PMID:23489615

  20. Poly(vinyl alcohol)-heparin biosynthetic microspheres produced by microfluidics and ultraviolet photopolymerisation

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    Young, Cara; Rozario, Kester; Serra, Christophe; Poole-Warren, Laura; Martens, Penny

    2013-01-01

    Biosynthetic microspheres have the potential to address some of the limitations in cell microencapsulation; however, the generation of biosynthetic hydrogel microspheres has not been investigated or applied to cell encapsulation. Droplet microfluidics has the potential to produce more uniform microspheres under conditions compatible with cell encapsulation. Therefore, the aim of this study was to understand the effect of process parameters on biosynthetic microsphere formation, size, and morphology with a co-flow microfluidic method. Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), a synthetic hydrogel and heparin, a glycosaminoglycan were chosen as the hydrogels for this study. A capillary-based microfluidic droplet generation device was used, and by varying the flow rates of both the polymer and oil phases, the viscosity of the continuous oil phase, and the interfacial surface tension, monodisperse spheres were produced from ?200 to 800??m. The size and morphology were unaffected by the addition of heparin. The modulus of spheres was 397 and 335?kPa for PVA and PVA/heparin, respectively, and this was not different from the bulk gel modulus (312 and 365 for PVA and PVA/heparin, respectively). Mammalian cells encapsulated in the spheres had over 90% viability after 24 h in both PVA and PVA/heparin microspheres. After 28 days, viability was still over 90% for PVA-heparin spheres and was significantly higher than in PVA only spheres. The use of biosynthetic hydrogels with microfluidic and UV polymerisation methods offers an improved approach to long-term cell encapsulation. PMID:24404042

  1. Shock pressure measurements in Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films using multi-frame optical shadowgraphy

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    Chaurasia, S.; Tripathi, S.; Leshma, P.; Pasley, J.; Kumar, M.

    2012-07-01

    The knowledge of the equation of state (EOS) of materials at high pressures in excess of 10 Mbar is important in several branches of physics including astrophysics and inertial confinement fusion. It is possible to access this high pressure regime in the laboratory using shock waves launched by the interaction of a high power laser with a solid target. To study laser driven shock waves in plastic (Polyvinyl alcohol) (C2H4O)n targets, a multiframe optical shadowgraphy technique has been developed, with spatial and temporal resolution of 12 ?m and 500 ps respectively. The experiments were performed using the 1064 nm 20 J /500 ps Nd: Glass laser at BARC. The focused laser intensity on target was varied between 6 × 1013 W/cm2 and 2.7 × 1014 W/cm2. The experimental data have been compared with the results of previous experimental and theoretical studies. The results are also found to be in agreement with SESAME data. The maximum pressure attained in the experiments was 30 Mbar, achieved with a laser intensity of 2.7 × 1014 W/cm2.

  2. Mechanisms of diphylline release from dual-solute loaded poly(vinyl alcohol) matrices.

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    Hasimi, Albana; Papadokostaki, Kyriaki G; Sanopoulou, Merope

    2014-01-01

    The release kinetics of the model hydrophilic drug, diphylline (DPL), from physically crosslinked poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) matrices, is studied in relation to the drug load and the presence of a second solute incorporated in the matrix. The second solute, a gadolinium (III) complex (Gd-DTPA), is a commonly used MRI contrast agent. The water uptake kinetics by the glassy PVA matrix was found to deviate from t(1/2) law and to occur on time scales comparable to those of diphylline release. The corresponding rate of diphylline release was found to be substantially stabilized as compared to a purely diffusion-controlled release process, in line with theoretical predictions under conditions of relaxation-controlled water uptake kinetics. The release rate of DPL was found (i) to increase with increasing DPL load and (ii) for a particular DPL load, to increase in the presence of Gd-DTPA, incorporated in the matrix. The results were interpreted on the basis of the diphylline-induced plasticization of the polymer (evidenced by the depression of Tg) and of the excess hydration of the matrix at high solute loads. The latter effect was found to be additive in the case of dual-solute loaded matrices. PMID:24268271

  3. Synthesis of poly(vinyl alcohol)-magnetite ferrogel obtained by freezing-thawing technique

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    Reséndiz-Hernández, P. J.; Rodríguez-Fernández, O. S.; García-Cerda, L. A.

    Polymer gels are crosslinked polymer networks swollen by a fluid. If magnetic particles either as powder or dispersed in a magnetic fluid are introduced into the gel then the system becomes sensitive to external magnetic fields and the resulting material is called ferrogel. The polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-magnetite ferrogels system has properties that are attractive for artificial muscles and drug delivery systems for biomedical applications. This work investigates the synthesis and characterization of a ferrogel obtained by freezing-thawing cycles. PVA ( MW=89,000-98,000, degree of hydrolyzation: 99 mol%) and magnetite nanoparticles (˜12 nm) obtained by chemical coprecipitation were used as raw materials. The PVA-magnetite ferrogels were prepared by subjecting a PVA/DMSO/magnetite solution (2 g/30 ml/0.2 g) to freeze (-25 °C)/thaw (+25 °C) cycles. The resulting ferrogel was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and vibration sample magnetometry (VSM). The magnetic particles inside the PVA matrix formed agglomerates with average size ˜58 nm. All the ferrogels showed superparamagnetic behavior with maximum magnetization of 0.6 emu/g.

  4. Thalassospira povalilytica sp. nov., a polyvinyl-alcohol-degrading marine bacterium.

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    Nogi, Yuichi; Yoshizumi, Masaki; Miyazaki, Masayuki

    2014-04-01

    A polyvinyl-alcohol-degrading marine bacterium was isolated from plastic rope litter found in Tokyo Bay, Japan. The isolated strain, Zumi 95(T), was a Gram-reaction-negative, non-spore-forming and facultatively anaerobic chemo-organotroph. The major respiratory quinone was Q-10. The predominant fatty acids were C18?:?1?7c and C16?:?0. On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, the isolated strain was closely affiliated with members of the genus Thalassospira in the class Alphaproteobacteria. The DNA G+C content of the novel strain was 55.1 mol%. The hybridization values for DNA-DNA relatedness between this strain and four reference strains representing species of the genus Thalassospira were significantly lower than that accepted as the phylogenetic definition of a species. On the basis of differences in taxonomic characteristics, the isolated strain represents a novel species of the genus Thalassospira for which the name Thalassospira povalilytica sp. nov. (type strain Zumi 95(T)?=?JCM 18746(T)?=?DSM 26719(T)) is proposed. PMID:24408523

  5. Mechanical properties and in vitro characterization of polyvinyl alcohol-nano-silver hydrogel wound dressings

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    Oliveira, R. N.; Rouzé, R.; Quilty, B.; Alves, G. G.; Soares, G. D. A.; Thiré, R. M. S. M.; McGuinness, G. B.

    2014-01-01

    Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogels are materials for potential use in burn healing. Silver nanoparticles can be synthesized within PVA hydrogels giving antimicrobial hydrogels. Hydrogels have to be swollen prior to their application, and the common medium available for that in hospitals is saline solution, but the hydrogel could also take up some of the wound's fluid. This work developed gamma-irradiated PVA/nano-Ag hydrogels for potential use in burn dressing applications. Silver nitrate (AgNO3) was used as nano-Ag precursor agent. Saline solution, phosphate-buffered solution (PBS) pH 7.4 and solution pH 4.0 were used as swelling media. Microstructural evaluation revealed an effect of the nanoparticles on PVA crystallization. The swelling of the PVA-Ag samples in solution pH 4.0 was low, as was their silver delivery, compared with the equivalent samples swollen in the other media. The highest swelling and silver delivery were related to samples prepared with 0.50% AgNO3, and they also presented lower strength in PBS pH 7.4 and solution pH 4.0. Both PVA-Ag samples were also non-toxic and presented antimicrobial activity, confirming that 0.25% AgNO3 concentration is sufficient to establish an antimicrobial effect. Both PVA-Ag samples presented suitable mechanical and swelling properties in all media, representative of potential burn site conditions. PMID:24501677

  6. TiO2 and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) coated polyester filter in bioreactor for wastewater treatment.

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    Liu, Lifen; Zhao, Chuanqi; Yang, Fenglin

    2012-04-15

    Prepared by coating TiO(2)/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) on a low cost polyester filter cloth (22 ?m), a composite membrane (10 ?m pore size) was successfully used in an anoxic/oxic membrane bioreactor (A/O-MBR) for treating a simulate wastewater in removing nitrate/ammonium for water reuse in a polyester fiber production plant. Its permeate flux and the anti-fouling properties against extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) were studied. Comparing with a commercial (0.1 ?m) PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) membrane, similar effluent qualities were achieved, meeting the basic COD requirements for reuse. Anti-EPS accumulation, the TiO(2)/PVA Polyester composite membrane had higher sustained permeability and required less frequent cleaning. Its filtration time was 4 times longer when operated at a higher flux than the PVDF membrane. The nano-TiO(2) enhances the interaction between PVA and polyester, forms a more hydrophilic surface, drastically reduces the contact angle with water and reduces EPS fouling. The slow (trans-membrane pressure) TMP rise, loose cake layer, the low filtration resistances, and the EPS, SEM analysis confirmed the advantage of the composite membrane. Potential in lowering the membrane cost, the operation and maintenance cost, and in enhancing MBR waste water treatment efficiency is expected by the use of this new composite membrane. PMID:22325932

  7. Leaching of lead from new unplasticized polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) pipes into drinking water.

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    Zhang, Yuanyuan; Lin, Yi-Pin

    2015-06-01

    Unplasticized polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) pipes have been used in the premise plumbing system due to their high strength, long-term durability, and low cost. uPVC pipes, however, may contain lead due to the use of lead compounds as the stabilizer during the manufacturing process. The release of lead from three locally purchased uPVC pipes was investigated in this study. The effects of various water quality parameters including pH value, temperature, and type of disinfectant on the rate of lead release were examined. The elemental mapping obtained using scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX) confirmed the presence of lead on the inner surfaces of the uPVC pipes and their surface lead weight percentages were determined. The leachable lead concentration for each pipe was determined using high strength acidic EDTA solutions (pH 4, EDTA?=?100 mg/L). Lead leaching experiments using tap water and reconstituted tape water under static conditions showed that the rate of lead release increased with the decreasing pH value and increasing temperature. In the presence of monochloramine, lead release was faster than that in the presence of free chlorine. PMID:25539706

  8. Cell adhesive and antifouling polyvinyl chloride surfaces via wet chemical modification.

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    Gabriel, Matthias; Strand, Dennis; Vahl, Christian-Friedrich

    2012-09-01

    Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the most frequently used polymers for the manufacturing of medical devices. Limitations for its usage are based upon unfavorable surface properties of the polymer including its hydrophobicity and lack of functionalities in order to increase its versatility. To address this issue, wet chemical modification of PVC was performed through surface amination using the bifunctional compound ethylene diamine. The reaction was conducted in order to achieve maximum surface amination while leaving the bulk material unaffected. The initial activation step was characterized by means of various methods including contact angle measurements, colorimetric amine quantification, infrared spectroscopy, and gel permeation chromatography. Depth profiles were obtained by a confocal microscopic method using fluorescence labeling. Exclusive surface modification was thus confirmed. To demonstrate biological applications of the presented technique, two examples were chosen: The covalent immobilization of the cell adhesive Asp-Gly-Asp-Ser-peptide (RGD) onto PVC samples yielded a surface that strongly supported cellular adhesion and proliferation of fibroblasts. In contrast, the decoration of PVC with the hydrophilic polymer polyethylene glycol prevented cellular adhesion to a large extent. The impact of these modifications was demonstrated by cell culture experiments. PMID:22747750

  9. Polyvinyl formal based gel polymer electrolyte prepared using initiator free in-situ thermal polymerization method

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    Guan, Hong-yan; Lian, Fang; Xi, Kai; Ren, Yan; Sun, Jia-lin; Kumar, R. Vasant

    2014-01-01

    Novel polyvinyl formal (PVFM) based gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) are developed using an initiator free thermal polymerization method. The polymerization mechanism during the cross-linking process is investigated by means of Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy measurements. With the prepared GPEs (containing 2 to 5 wt % PVFM), Li polymer batteries with LiFePO4 as the cathode are assembled, and the electrochemical properties such as interfacial impedance, electrochemical stability window and cycling performance are evaluated. The resulting PVFM based GPEs present a better thermal stability compared with the corresponding conventional liquid electrolyte and an acceptable conductivity of ?10-3 S cm-1 at ambient temperatures. Cyclic voltammetric (CV) curves reveal that the electrochemical stability window of PVFM based GPE is 1.5-5V vs. Li/Li+ and wider than that for the corresponding liquid electrolyte which is 1.8-4.4 V. The discharge capacity of the polymer Li/LiFePO4 battery is 145 mAh g-1 over a voltage range of 2.5-4.25 V at 1/10 C rate after 80 cycles with a small capacity fade.

  10. In-line ultrasonic monitoring for sediments stuck on inner wall of a polyvinyl chloride pipe.

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    Seo, Hogeon; Lee, Kyoungjun; Jhang, Kyung-Young

    2014-01-01

    This research verified the applicability and effectiveness of the ultrasonic monitoring of sediments stuck on the inner wall of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes. For identifying the transmittance of acoustic energy and the speed of sound in the PVC material, the pulse-echo ultrasonic testing was conducted for PVC sheets of different thicknesses. To simulate the solidified sediment, the hot melt adhesive (HMA) was covered on the inner wall of the PVC pipe in different heights. From the experiment, the speeds of sound in the PVC and the HMA materials were obtained as about 2258 and 2000 m/s, respectively. The thickness of the materials was calculated through the signal processing such as taking the absolute value and low pass filtering, the echo detection, and the measurement of the time of flight. The errors between actual and measured thicknesses of PVC sheets were below 5%. In the case of the substance stuck on the inner wall, the errors were below 2.5%. Since the pulse-echo ultrasonic inspection is available on the outer surface and its measurement accuracy was over 95%, it can be an efficient and effective in-service structural health monitoring for the sediment on the wall of PVC pipes. PMID:25243223

  11. Radiation sensitive indicator based on tetrabromophenol blue dyed poly(vinyl alcohol)

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    Beshir, W. B.

    2013-05-01

    Radiation sensitive indicators based on dyed polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) containing acid- sensitive dye (tetrabromophenol blue, TBPB) and chloral hydrate (CCl3·CH·(OH)2, 2,2,2-trichloroethane-1,1-diol) have been developed. These plastic film dosimeters undergo color change from blue (the alkaline form of TBPB) to yellow (the acidic form of TBPB), indicating acid formation. The concentration of radiation formed acids in the films containing different concentrations of chloral hydrate was calculated at different doses. These films can be used as dosimeters for food irradiation applications where the maximum of the useful dose ranges are between 1 and 8 kGy depending on chloral hydrate concentration in the film. The films have the advantage of negligible humidity effects on response in the intermediate range of relative humidity from 0 to 70% as good post irradiation stability when stored in the dark at room temperature. The overall combined uncertainty (at 2?) associated with measurement of response (?A mm-1) at 623 nm for dose range 1-8 kGy is 4.53%.

  12. Thermochemical reaction mechanism of lead oxide with poly(vinyl chloride) in waste thermal treatment.

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    Wang, Si-Jia; Zhang, Hua; Shao, Li-Ming; Liu, Shu-Meng; He, Pin-Jing

    2014-12-01

    Poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) as a widely used plastic that can promote the volatilization of heavy metals during the thermal treatment of solid waste, thus leading to environmental problems of heavy metal contamination. In this study, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) coupled with differential scanning calorimeter, TGA coupled with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and lab-scale tube furnace experiments were carried out with standard PVC and PbO to explicate the thermochemical reaction mechanism of PVC with semi-volatile lead. The results showed that PVC lost weight from 225 to 230°C under both air and nitrogen with an endothermic peak, and HCl and benzene release were also detected. When PbO was present, HCl that decomposed from PVC instantly reacted with PbO via an exothermal gas-solid reaction. The product was solid-state PbCl2 at <501°C, which was the most volatile lead-containing compound with a low melting point and high vapor pressure. At >501°C, PbCl2 melted, volatilized and transferred into flue gas or condensed into fly ash. Almost all PbCl2 volatilized above 900°C, while PbO just started to volatilize slowly at this temperature. Therefore, the chlorination effect of PVC on lead was apt to lower-temperature and rapid. Without oxygen, Pb2O was generated due to the deoxidizing by carbon, with oxygen, the amount of residual Pb in the bottom ash was significantly decreased. PMID:25150687

  13. Effect of gamma irradiation on biopolymer composite films of poly(vinyl alcohol) and bacterial cellulose

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    Jipa, Iuliana Mihaela; Stroescu, Marta; Stoica-Guzun, Anicuta; Dobre, Tanase; Jinga, Sorin; Zaharescu, Traian

    2012-05-01

    Composite materials containing in different ratios poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), bacterial cellulose (BC) and glycerol (G) as plasticizer were obtained and exposed to different ? radiation doses using an irradiator GAMMATOR provided with 137Cs source. These films successively received up to 50 kGy absorbed doses at a dose rate of 0.4 kGy/h at room temperature. In order to study the chemical and structural changes during ? irradiation, Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and UV-Vis spectroscopy were used. Water vapour permeability (WVP), Hunter colour parameters and hardness were also measured for the irradiated samples. Investigation revealed that WVP was not significantly affected by the irradiation. Colour measurements indicated a slight decrease of pure PVA films transparency and it made clear that all samples became more reddish and yellowish after irradiation. The samples hardness was not affected by the irradiation doses used. However, the results showed no drastic structural or chemical changes of the irradiated samples, which prove, in consequence, a good durability. These composite materials could be used as packaging materials for ? irradiated products.

  14. Glucose oxidase encapsulated polyvinyl alcohol-silica hybrid films for an electrochemical glucose sensing electrode.

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    Lad, Umesh; Kale, Girish M; Bryaskova, Rayna

    2013-07-01

    An amperometric glucose enzyme electrode was developed by the immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOD) in a composite material based on polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and partially prehydrolyzed tetraethyl orthosilicate (pphTEOS) on the surface of "in-house" fabricated graphite electrodes. For comparison, silver and gold nanoparticles (Ag/AuNPs) embedded in the PVA-pphTEOS matrix was prepared through a novel method via sol-gel process based on the in situ chemical reduction of Ag or Au ions using PVA as a reducing agent and stabilizer. The successful incorporation of Ag and AuNPs ranging from 5 to 7.5 and 4.5-11 nm, respectively, in the PVA-pphTEOS matrix was confirmed by UV-Vis spectroscopy, TEM, and EDX analysis. The PVA-TEOS matrix was also characterized by FTIR spectroscopy. The analytical performance of the enzyme electrodes were studied in terms of linear ranges, sensitivities, response times, limits of detection, reproducibility and stability. PMID:23742133

  15. Dispersive kinetics of nonphotochemical hole burning and spontaneous hole filling: Cresyl Violet in polyvinyl films

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    Shu, L.; Small, G.J. (Department of Chemistry and Ames Laboratory U.S. Department of Energy, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011 (United States))

    1992-05-01

    The dispersive kinetics of nonphotochemical burning and spontaneous filling of the zero-phonon hole of Cresyl Violet in polyvinyl alcohol at 1.6 K are analyzed in terms of the standard external two-level system (TLS{sub {ital ezt}}) model for probe--glass systems and a distribution function for the tunnel frequency derived from a normal distribution function for the tunnel parameter {lambda}. Average values for the relaxation rates for burning and filling are determined. It is shown that the dominant mechanism for filling is not global spectral diffusion but rather antihole reversion. A high degree of positive correlation between the rates of burning and filling associated with the TLS{sub {ital ext}} is found. A new methodology that permits a more physically reasonable interpretation of spontaneous hole-filling kinetics is described. It is based on the hypothesis that only a fraction of burned sites, on reversion to the ground state, yield sites with resonance frequencies that lie within the hole profile.

  16. Improvement of Starch Digestion Using ?-Amylase Entrapped in Pectin-Polyvinyl Alcohol Blend

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    Cruz, Maurício; Fernandes, Kátia; Cysneiros, Cristine; Nassar, Reginaldo; Caramori, Samantha

    2015-01-01

    Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and pectin blends were used to entrap ?-amylase (Termamyl) using glutaraldehyde as a cross-linker. The effect of glutaraldehyde concentration (0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, and 1.25%) on the activity of the immobilized enzyme and rate of enzyme released was tested during a 24?h period. Characteristics of the material, such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), tensile strength (TS), elongation, and rate of dissolution in water (pH 5.7), ruminal buffering solution (pH 7.0), and reactor containing 0.1?mol?L?1 sodium phosphate buffer (pH 6.5), were also analyzed. SEM results showed that the surfaces of the pectin/PVA/amylase films were highly irregular and rough. TS values increased as a function of glutaraldehyde concentration, whereas percentage of elongation (%E) decreased. Pectin/PVA/amylase films presented similar values of solubility in the tested solvents. The material obtained with 0.25% glutaraldehyde performed best with repeated use (active for 24?h), in a phosphate buffer reactor. By contrast, the material obtained with 1.25% glutaraldehyde presented higher performance during in vitro testing using an artificial rumen. The results suggest that pectin/PVA/amylase is a highly promising material for biotechnological applications. PMID:25949991

  17. Polyvinyl alcohol electrospun nanofibers containing Ag nanoparticles used as sensors for the detection of biogenic amines.

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    Marega, Carla; Maculan, Jenny; Andrea Rizzi, Gian; Saini, Roberta; Cavaliere, Emanuele; Gavioli, Luca; Cattelan, Mattia; Giallongo, Giuseppe; Marigo, Antonio; Granozzi, Gaetano

    2015-02-20

    Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) electrospun nanofibers containing Ag nanoparticles (NPs) have been deposited on glass substrates. The aim of the work was to test the feasibility of this approach for the detection of biogenic amines by using either the Ag localized surface plasmon resonance quenching caused by the adsorption of amines on Ag NPs or by detecting the amines by surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) after adsorption, from the gas phase, on the metal NPs. Two different approaches have been adopted. In the first one an ethanol/water solution containing AgNO3 was used directly in the electrospinning apparatus. In this way, a simple heat treatment of the nanofibers mat was sufficient to obtain the formation of Ag NPs inside the nanofibers and a partial cross-link of PVA. In the second procedure, the Ag NPs were deposited on PVA nanofibers by using the supersonic cluster beam deposition method, so that a beam of pure Ag NPs of controlled size was obtained. Exposure of the PVA mat to the beam produced a uniform distribution of the NPs on the nanofibers surface. Ethylendiamine vapors and volatile amines released from fresh shrimp meat were chemisorbed on the nanofibers mats. A SERS spectrum characterized by a diagnostic Ag-N stretching vibration at 230 cm(-1) was obtained. The results allow to compare the two different approaches in the detection of ammines. PMID:25627790

  18. Arsenic adsorption by polyvinyl pyrrolidone K25 coated cassava peel carbon from aqueous solution.

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    Selvakumar, R; Kavitha, S; Sathishkumar, M; Swaminathan, K

    2008-05-01

    Sorption of arsenic from aqueous solution was carried out using polyvinyl pyrrolidone K25 coated cassava peel carbon (PVPCC). Batch experiments were conducted to determine the effect of contact time, initial concentration, pH and desorption. Batch sorption data's were fitted to Lagergren kinetic studies. Column studies were also conducted using PVPCC as adsorbent. The optimized flow rate of 2.5 mL min(-1) and bed height 10 cm were used to determine the effect of metal ion concentration on removal of As(V). BDST model was applied to calculate the adsorption capacity (N(0)) of column. The N(0) value of 2.59 x 10(-5), 4.21 x 10(-5), 4.05 x 10(-5), 4.26 x 10(-5) and 3.2 x 10(-5) mg g(-1) were obtained for 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5 mg L(-1) of As(V), respectively. The batch sorption proved to be more efficient than the column sorption. The sorption of As(V) and the nature of the adsorbent was examined by Fourier transmission infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies, respectively. PMID:17881120

  19. A Study of Specific Heat Capacity Functions of Polyvinyl Alcohol- Cassava Starch Blends

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    Sin, Lee Tin; Rahman, W. A. W. A.; Rahmat, A. R.; Morad, N. A.; Salleh, M. S. N.

    2010-03-01

    The specific heat capacity ( C sp) of polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) blends with cassava starch (CSS) was studied by the differential scanning calorimetry method. Specimens of PVOH-CSS blends: PPV37 (70 mass% CSS) and PPV46 (60 mass% CSS) were prepared by a melt blending method with glycerol added as a plasticizer. The results showed that the specific heat capacity of PPV37 and PPV46 at temperatures from 330 K to 530 K increased from (2.963 to 14.995) J· g-1 · K-1 and (2.517 to 14.727) J · g-1· K-1, respectively. The specific heat capacity of PVOH-CSS depends on the amount of starch. The specific heat capacity of the specimens can be approximated by polynomial equations with a curve fitting regression > 0.992. For instance, the specific heat capacity (in J · g-1 · K-1) of PPV37 can be expressed by C sp = -17.824 + 0.063 T and PPV46 by C sp = -18.047 + 0.061 T, where T is the temperature (in K).

  20. Characterization of poly(vinyl chloride) aged in a bromine containing electrolyte

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    Arnold, C. Jr.; Leo, A.; Tarjani, M.

    1988-01-01

    Poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) is being considered for use as a flow frame material in a developmental zinc/bromine battery. The choice of PVC was based on its low cost and the ease with which it can be molded into complex parts. The electrolyte used in this battery is a highly corrosive mixture of bromine, zinc bromide, zinc chloride, potassium bromide, potassium chloride and a quaternary amine salt. The quaternary salt serves to reduce the concentration of free bromine in the electrolyte by virtue of its complexing capability. It is well known that aqueous bromine is capable of oxidizing organic compounds. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the effect of a bromine electrolyte on two PVC formulations, PVC-1 and PVC-4. PVC-1 is the designation given to one of B.F. Goodrich's commercial formulations and is the present baseline material for the flow frame. PVC-4 is an experimental B.F. Goodrich formulation that was developed especially for battery applications. We sought answers to such questions as (1) does oxidation and/or bromination take place. (2) does bromine penetrate into the sample and, if so, how far. (3) how are the mechanical and morphological properties affected. and (4) are there differences in stability between PVC-1 and PVC-4. To accelerate the aging processes we aged the PVC samples at an elevated temperature in an electrolyte which did not contain any complexing agent. 5 refs., 6 figs.

  1. Dye Adsorption Behavior of Polyvinyl Alcohol/Glutaraldehyde/?-Cyclodextrin Polymer Membranes

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    Ghemati, Dj.; Aliouche, Dj.

    2014-05-01

    Crosslinked polyvinyl alcohol/glutaraldehyde (PVA/GA) membranes were prepared, and attempts to obtain hydrophilic crosslinked PVA membranes were made by adding various amounts of ?-cyclodexrin (?-CD), which is a typical cyclic oligosaccharide able to form inclusion complexes with organic host molecules (host-guest complexes). Thus, membranes of PVA/GA/?-CD were synthesized. The membranes were characterized by infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and swelling measurements. The ability of cyclodextrin to include a wide variety of chemicals was also exploited for the dye adsorption to show the potentialities of the membranes in textile liquid waste processing. Adsorption of reactive methyl orange, and methylene blue dyes on PVA/GA/?-CD membranes was consequently studied using UV-Vis spectroscopy at wavelengths of 547, 463, and 660 nm. Adsorption reached equilibrium after 24 h. Results indicated that there is no covalent bond formation between PVA and ?-CD; the ?-CD is completely mixed into the PVA matrix polymer. The adsorption capacity increases with increasing amounts of cyclodextrin; the maximum adsorption capacity was obtained with 8% ?-CD. Therefore, the change in adsorption capacities may be due to the dye structure effect, and the negative value of free energy indicated the spontaneous nature of adsorption.

  2. In-Line Ultrasonic Monitoring for Sediments Stuck on Inner Wall of a Polyvinyl Chloride Pipe

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    This research verified the applicability and effectiveness of the ultrasonic monitoring of sediments stuck on the inner wall of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes. For identifying the transmittance of acoustic energy and the speed of sound in the PVC material, the pulse-echo ultrasonic testing was conducted for PVC sheets of different thicknesses. To simulate the solidified sediment, the hot melt adhesive (HMA) was covered on the inner wall of the PVC pipe in different heights. From the experiment, the speeds of sound in the PVC and the HMA materials were obtained as about 2258 and 2000?m/s, respectively. The thickness of the materials was calculated through the signal processing such as taking the absolute value and low pass filtering, the echo detection, and the measurement of the time of flight. The errors between actual and measured thicknesses of PVC sheets were below 5%. In the case of the substance stuck on the inner wall, the errors were below 2.5%. Since the pulse-echo ultrasonic inspection is available on the outer surface and its measurement accuracy was over 95%, it can be an efficient and effective in-service structural health monitoring for the sediment on the wall of PVC pipes. PMID:25243223

  3. Polyvinylpyrrolidone/polyvinyl butyral composite as a stable binder for castable supercapacitor electrodes in aqueous electrolytes

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    Aslan, M.; Weingarth, D.; Herbeck-Engel, P.; Grobelsek, I.; Presser, V.

    2015-04-01

    Mixtures of polyvinylpyrrolidone/polyvinyl butyral (PVP/PVB) are attractive binders for the preparation of carbon electrodes for aqueous electrolyte supercapacitors. The use of PVP/PVB offers several key advantages: They are soluble in ethanol and can be used to spray coat or drain cast activated carbon (AC) electrodes directly on a current collector. Infrared spectroscopy and contact angle measurements show that the PVP-to-PVB ratio determines the degree of binder hydrophilicity. Within our study, the most favorable performance was obtained for AC electrodes with a composition of AC + 1.5 mass% PVP + 6.0 mass% PVB; such electrodes were mechanically stabile and water resistant with a PVP release of less than 5% of total PVP while PVB itself is water insoluble. Compared to when using PVDF, the specific surface area (SSA) of the assembled electrodes was 10% higher, indicating a reduced pore blocking tendency. A good electrochemical performance was observed in different aqueous electrolytes for composite electrodes with the optimized binder composition: 160 F g-1 at 1 A g-1 for 1 M H2SO4 and 6 M KOH and 120 F g-1 for 1 M NaCl. The capacitance was slightly reduced by 2.5% after cycling to 1.2 V with 1.28 A g-1 in 1 M NaCl for 10,000 times.

  4. Immobilized horseradish peroxidase on discs of polyvinyl alcohol-glutaraldehyde coated with polyaniline.

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    Caramori, Samantha Salomão; Fernandes, Kátia Flávia; de Carvalho Junior, Luiz Bezerra

    2012-01-01

    Discs of network polyvinyl alcohol-glutaraldehyde (PVAG) were synthesized and coated with polyaniline (PANI) using glutaraldehyde as a chemical arm (PVAG-PANIG-HRP disc). The best conditions for the immobilization were established as about 1.0?mg?mL(-1) of protein, for 60?min and pH 5.5. The soluble enzyme lost all of its activity after incubation at 70°C for 15?min, whereas the PVAG-PANIG-HRP disc retained about half of the initial activity for pyrogallol. The same PVAG-PANIG-HRP disc was used consecutively three times without any activity lossbut presented 25% of the initial activity after the 7th use. PVAG-PANIG-HRP disc retained approximately 80% and 60% of its initial activity after 60 and 80 days of storage, respectively. Resorcinol, m-cresol, catechol, pyrogallol, ?-naphthol, ?naphthol, and 4, 4'-diaminodiphenyl benzidine were efficiently oxidized by the PVAG-PANIG-HRP disc (from about 70% to 90%), and it was less efficient towards aniline, phenol, and 2-nitrosonaphthol. PMID:22619582

  5. Layered double hydroxide-alginate/polyvinyl alcohol beads: fabrication and phosphate removal from aqueous solution.

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    Kim Phuong, Nguyen Thi

    2014-01-01

    In the water treatment field, powder form of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) has wide applications in adsorptions. However, its applications are limited because of low hydraulic conductivity. Here, LDH-alginate/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) beads were fabricated by entrapment of the Mg-Al LDH powder into alginate/PVA beads. The obtained Mg-Al LDH-alginate/PVA beads were characterized by X-ray diffraction scanning electron microscopy. Their performance for phosphate removal by batch and column adsorption mode was evaluated. The Mg-Al LDH-alginate/PVA beads were found to be efficient adsorbents for phosphate removal. Batch adsorption experiment showed that the phosphate sorption process on the Mg-Al LDH-alginate/PVA beads followed pseudo-second-order reaction order kinetic model and the adsorption isotherm date could be simulated using both Langmiur and Freundlich models. In the column study, the flow rate and inlet phosphate concentration were maintained at 29.62 m³/m² h and 10 mgP/L, respectively. Using 20 cm column depth, the breakthrough and exhaust time were found to be 5 and 31 h, respectively. The percentage of phosphate removal by column was 80.09%. The values of adsorption rate coefficient (K) and the adsorption capacity coefficient (N) were 0.0125 L/mg h and 258.32 mg/L, respectively. PMID:25176487

  6. A poly(vinyl alcohol)/sodium alginate blend monolith with nanoscale porous structure

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    Sun, Xiaoxia; Uyama, Hiroshi

    2013-10-01

    A stimuli-responsive poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/sodium alginate (SA) blend monolith with nanoscale porous (mesoporous) structure is successfully fabricated by thermally impacted non-solvent induced phase separation (TINIPS) method. The PVA/SA blend monolith with different SA contents is conveniently fabricated in an aqueous methanol without any templates. The solvent suitable for the fabrication of the present blend monolith by TINIPS is different with that of the PVA monolith. The nanostructural control of the blend monolith is readily achieved by optimizing the fabrication conditions. Brunauer Emmett Teller measurement shows that the obtained blend monolith has a large surface area. Pore size distribution plot for the blend monolith obtained by the non-local density functional theory method reveals the existence of the nanoscale porous structure. Fourier transform infrared analysis reveals the strong interactions between PVA and SA. The pH-responsive property of the blend monolith is investigated on the basis of swelling ratio in different pH solutions. The present blend monolith of biocompatible and biodegradable PVA and SA with nanoscale porous structure has large potential for applications in biomedical and environmental fields.

  7. Effect of Process Parameters on Particle Removal Efficiency in Poly(vinyl alcohol) Brush Scrubber Cleaning

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    An, Joonho; Lee, Hyunseop; Kim, Hyoungjae; Jeong, Haedo

    2012-02-01

    Wafer cleaning is one of the most critical processes in the semiconductor device manufacturing. Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) brush scrubber cleaning is much attractive when compared with traditional wet-batch cleaning which causes the cross-contamination among the wafers in a bath and environmental issues with huge amount of chemical and deionized water (DIW) usages. The mechanical forces generated from PVA brush contact can remove the particles on a wafer surface under low concentration of chemical solution without cross-contamination. In this research, we monitored the change of the dynamic forces including normal and friction force generated by PVA brush contacts during cleaning process, and also investigated the effects of scrubbing conditions of PVA brush overlap and velocity, and the surface tension (low- or high-hydrophilic) of the wafer on the particle removal efficiency. The results show that the driving mechanism to remove the particle on a wafer surface can be changed by the PVA brush overlap and velocity condition such as the hydrodynamic drag force in the brush soft contact condition and friction force in the brush hard contact condition. The particle removal efficiency is higher under the low-hydrophilic surface having a low surface tension compared to high-hydrophilic surface.

  8. Short oligonucleotides aligned in stretched humid matrix: secondary DNA structure in poly(vinyl alcohol) environment.

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    Hanczyc, Piotr; Akerman, Björn; Nordén, Bengt

    2012-04-24

    We report that short, synthetic, double- as well as single-stranded DNA can be aligned in stretched humid poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) matrix, and the secondary structure (nucleobase orientation) can be characterized with linear dichroism (LD) spectroscopy. Oligonucleotides of lengths varying between 10 (3.4 nm) and 60 bases (20.4 nm) were investigated with respect to structural properties in the gel-like polymer environment. The DNA conformation as a function of relative humidity reveals a strong dependence of helical structure of DNA on PVA hydration level, results of relevance for nanotechnical studies of DNA-based supramolecular systems. Also, the PVA gel could provide possibilities to test models for nucleic acid interactions and distribution in cell contexts, including structural stability of genetic material in the cell and PVA-packaging for gene delivery. A method by which duplex oligonucleotides, with sequences designed to provide specific binding sites, become amenable to polarized-light spectroscopy opens up new possibilities for studying structure in DNA complexes with small adduct molecules as well as proteins. PMID:22452613

  9. Effects of Propylene Glycol on the Physical Properties of Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) Solutions and Films

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    Lim, Jung Ho; Cho, Yong Han; Kim, Byoung Chul

    2008-07-01

    The rheological properties of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) solutions in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and the physical properties of PVA films were investigated in terms of propylene glycol (PG) content in PVA. As the PG content was diminished, the solutions showed higher viscosity and more noticeable Bingham behavior. The yield stress of the solutions was increased with increasing temperature and concentration. However, increase in PG content reduced it. 6 wt% PVA solutions containing PG more than 30 wt% gave rise to an abrupt reduction of dynamic viscosity and storage modulus over the frequency range 0.08 and 0.2 rad/s. Further they showed a sudden decrease of relaxation time. On the other hand, 12 wt% solutions did not exhibit this discontinuous change of rheological parameters with PG content. As the PG content was increased, the tensile strength of PVA films were decreased but elongation at break was increased. Thus, incorporating PG in PVA toughened the resultant films up to a critical PG content.

  10. Properties and roles of bacterial symbionts of polyvinyl alcohol-utilizing mixed cultures.

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    Shimao, M; Saimoto, H; Kato, N; Sakazawa, C

    1983-01-01

    From several polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-utilizing mixed cultures, two component bacterial strains essential for PVA utilization were isolated, and their properties and roles in PVA utilization were studied. Each pair of essential component strains consisted of a type I strain, which produced a PVA-degrading enzyme and constituted the predominant population of the mixed culture in PVA, and a type II strain, which produced a certain growth stimulant for the former strain. All of the type I strains were taxonomically identical and assigned as Pseudomonas sp. In contrast, type II strains were taxonomically different from each other, belonging to Pseudomonas spp. and Alcaligenes sp. PVA utilization occurred in each mixed culture of a type I strain with Pseudomonas putida VM15A as a substitute for the type II strain of the original pair and also in each mixed culture of a type II strain with Pseudomonas sp. VM15C. The growth rates of these substituted, mixed cultures differed from each other. PMID:6639015

  11. Properties and roles of bacterial symbionts of polyvinyl alcohol-utilizing mixed cultures.

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    Shimao, M; Saimoto, H; Kato, N; Sakazawa, C

    1983-09-01

    From several polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-utilizing mixed cultures, two component bacterial strains essential for PVA utilization were isolated, and their properties and roles in PVA utilization were studied. Each pair of essential component strains consisted of a type I strain, which produced a PVA-degrading enzyme and constituted the predominant population of the mixed culture in PVA, and a type II strain, which produced a certain growth stimulant for the former strain. All of the type I strains were taxonomically identical and assigned as Pseudomonas sp. In contrast, type II strains were taxonomically different from each other, belonging to Pseudomonas spp. and Alcaligenes sp. PVA utilization occurred in each mixed culture of a type I strain with Pseudomonas putida VM15A as a substitute for the type II strain of the original pair and also in each mixed culture of a type II strain with Pseudomonas sp. VM15C. The growth rates of these substituted, mixed cultures differed from each other. PMID:6639015

  12. Vinyl monomers-induced synthesis of polyvinyl alcohol-stabilized selenium nanoparticles

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    Shah, Chetan P.; Singh, Krishan K. [Radiation and Photochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India)] [Radiation and Photochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Kumar, Manmohan, E-mail: manmoku@barc.gov.in [Radiation and Photochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India)] [Radiation and Photochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Bajaj, Parma N. [Radiation and Photochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India)] [Radiation and Photochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India)

    2010-01-15

    A simple wet chemical method has been developed to synthesize selenium nanoparticles (size 100-200 nm), by reaction of sodium selenosulphate precursor with different vinyl monomers, such as acrylamide, N,N'-dimethylene bis acrylamide, methyl methacrylate, sodium acrylate, etc., in aqueous medium, under ambient conditions. Polyvinyl alcohol has been used to stabilize the selenium nanoparticles. Average size of the synthesized selenium nanoparticles can be controlled by adjusting concentration of both the precursors and the stabilizer. Rate of the reaction as well as size of the resultant selenium nanoparticles have been correlated with the functional groups of the different monomers. UV-vis optical absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-rays, differential scanning calorimetry, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy techniques have been employed to characterize the synthesized selenium nanoparticles. Gas chromatographic analysis of the reaction mixture established the non-catalytic role of the vinyl monomers, which were found to be consumed during the course of the reaction.

  13. Acoustic characterization of polyvinyl chloride and self-healing silicone as phantom materials

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    Ceh, Dennis; Peters, Terry M.; Chen, Elvis C. S.

    2015-03-01

    Phantoms are physical constructs used in procedure planning, training, medical imaging research, and machine calibration. Depending on the application, the material a phantom is made out of is very important. With ultrasound imaging, phantom materials used need to have similar acoustic properties, specifically speed of sound and attenuation, as a specified tissue. Phantoms used with needle insertion require a material with a similar tensile strength as tissue and, if possible, the ability to self heal increasing its overall lifespan. Soft polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and silicone were tested as possible needle insertion phantom materials. Acoustic characteristics were determined using a time of flight technique, where a pulse was passed through a sample contained in a water bath. The speed of sound and attenuation were both determined manually and through spectral analysis. Soft PVC was determined to have a speed of sound of approximately 1395 m/s and attenuation of 0.441 dB/cm (at 1 MHz). For the silicone mixture, the respective speed of sound values was within a range of 964.7 m/s and 1250.0 m/s with an attenuation of 0.547 dB/cm (at 1 MHz).

  14. pH sensitivity of emeraldine salt polyaniline and poly(vinyl butyral) blend

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    Duyen Nguyen, Hoa; Nguyen, Thi Ha; Hoang, Ngoc Vu; Ngan Le, Nguyen; Nhien Nguyen, Thi Ngoc; Chanh Tin Doan, Duc; Chien Dang, Mau

    2014-12-01

    pH sensitivity of emeraldine salt polyaniline (ES-PANI) and poly(vinyl butyral) (PVB) blend film was investigated. This blend film can be used as a pH sensing element in new-type pH sensors to replace traditional instruments based on fragile glass electrodes for pH measurement of water in aquaculture farming. Structural and optical characteristic of PANI were studied by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and ultraviolet visible spectroscopy (UV–vis). Electrical characterization of ES-PANI:PVB blend films versus pH was performed with chemiresistors fabricated by micro-lithography. A ES-PANI:PVB layer was drop-coated on comb-shaped platinum electrodes patterned on SiO2/Si substrates. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and optical microscope were used to investigate morphology of the fabricated platinum electrodes and the coated polymer blend films. I–V measurements of the polymer-coated chemiresistors were performed at very low relative humidity after the polymer films were exposed to pH 1–8. The results showed that logarithm of electrical resistance of the ES-PANI:PVB films increased almost linearly as pH increased from 1 to 8. The initial results showed that the PANI blend-coated chemiresistors can be used as pH sensors for water quality monitoring.

  15. Case Report of Occupational Asthma Induced by Polyvinyl Chloride and Nickel

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    Song, Ga-Won; Ban, Ga-Young; Nam, Young-Hee; Park, Hae-Sim

    2013-01-01

    Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a widely used chemical for production of plastics. However occupational asthma (OA) caused by PVC has been reported only rarely. We report a 34-yr-old male wallpaper factory worker with OA due to PVC and nickel (Ni) whose job was mixing PVC with plasticizers. He visited the emergency room due to an asthma attack with moderate airflow obstruction and markedly increased sputum eosinophil numbers. A methacholine challenge test was positive (PC20 2.5 mg/mL). Bronchoprovocation tests with both PVC and Ni showed early and late asthmatic responses, respectively. Moreover, the fractional concentration of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) was increased after challenge with PVC. To our knowledge, this is the first case of OA in Korea induced by exposure to both PVC and Ni. We suggest that eosinophilic inflammation may be involved in the pathogenesis of PVC-induced OA and that FeNO monitoring can be used for its diagnosis. PMID:24133363

  16. Evaluation of polyvinyl alcohol composite membranes containing collagen and bone particles.

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    Hameed, Nishar; Glattauer, Veronica; Ramshaw, John A M

    2015-08-01

    Composite biomaterials provide alternative materials that improve on the properties of the individual components and can be used to replace or restore damaged or diseased tissues. Typically, a composite biomaterial consists of a matrix, often a polymer, with one or more fillers that can be made up of particles, sheets or fibres. The polymer matrix can be chosen from a wide range of compositions and can be fabricated easily and rapidly into complex shapes and structures. In the present study we have examined three size fractions of collagen-containing particles embedded at up to 60% w/w in a poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) matrix. The particles used were bone particles, which are a mineral-collagen composite and demineralised bone, which gives naturally cross-linked collagen particles. SEM showed well dispersed particles in the PVA matrix for all concentrations and sizes of particles, with FTIR suggesting collagen to PVA hydrogen bonding. Tg of membranes shifted to a slightly lower temperature with increasing collagen content, along with a minor amount of melting point depression. The modulus and tensile strength of membranes were improved with the addition of both particles up to 10wt%, and were clearly strengthened by the addition, although this effect decreased with higher collagen loadings. Elongation at break decreased with collagen content. Cell adhesion to the membranes was observed associated with the collagen particles, indicating a lack of cytotoxicity. PMID:25913606

  17. Occurrence and metabolism of 7-hydroxy-2-indolinone-3-acetic acid in Zea mays

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    Lewer, P.; Bandurski, R. S.

    1987-01-01

    7-Hydroxy-2-indolinone-3-acetic acid was identified as a catabolite of indole-3-acetic acid in germinating kernels of Zea mays and found to be present in amounts of ca 3.1 nmol/kernel. 7-Hydroxy-2-indolinone-3-acetic acid was shown to be a biosynthetic intermediate between 2-indolinone-3-acetic acid and 7-hydroxy-2-indolinone-3-acetic acid-7'-O-glucoside in both kernels and roots of Zea mays. Further metabolism of 7-hydroxy-2-[5-3H]-indolinone-3-acetic acid-7'-O-glucoside occurred to yield tritiated water plus, as yet, uncharacterized products.

  18. Eslicarbazepine acetate in the management of refractory bipolar disorder.

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    Nath, Kamal; Bhattacharya, Arnab; Praharaj, Samir Kumar

    2012-01-01

    Eslicarbazepine acetate is a novel third-generation antiepileptic related to carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine with a benign adverse effect profile. We report a patient with bipolar mania with intolerance to multiple antimanic drugs, responding to eslicarbazepine without any serious adverse effect. PMID:23151469

  19. Distribution of furfuryl alcohol between water and butyl acetate

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    Veber, N.V.; Khisamotdinova, A.I.; Tabachova, S.I.

    1985-06-10

    This paper studies the distribution of furfuryl alcohol between water and butyl acetate, which has a comparatively low solubility in water (0.5 g in 100 ml of water), forming a heterogeneous azeotropic mixture. Butyl acetate is capable of giving a hydrogen bond at the carbonyl oxygen with hydroxyl compounds, which serves as the basis for its use as an extraction reagent. The distribution of furfuryl alcohol between water and butyl acetate was studied without salting out agents, and also in the presence of sodium chloride. The experiments were conducted with model solutions of freshly redistilled furfuryl alcohol by shaking equal volumes of the phases in a separatory funnel at 18-20 C. An analysis of furfuryl alcohol in experiments without salting out was performed by a titrimetric method. The results of the distribution of furfuryl alcohol without salting out agents are presented in a table. The distribution of furfuryl alcohol in butyl acetate in the presence of sodium chloride was studied in a smaller range of concentrations.

  20. A green and regioselective acetylation of thioglycoside with ethyl acetate

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    Pi-Hui Liang; Yin-Jen Lu; Ting-Hsuan Tang

    2010-01-01

    Treatment of saccharidic polyols in ethyl acetate with catalytic sulfuric acid leads to the corresponding primary monoacetate derivatives in good yields. The transesterification was realized by simple stirring without rigorous exclusion of moisture or oxygen. Our protocol is applicable to the regioselective monoacetylation of amino sugars having different substituents at the 2-positions.

  1. On the Structure of Cellulose Acetate Molecules in Acetone Solution

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    Seymour J. Singer; Herman Mark

    1948-01-01

    Data obtained from sedimentation velocity and viscosity measurements on a series of cellulose acetate fractions in acetone are interpreted in terms of two models, the impenetrable ellipsoid of rotation and the uniform density random coil. The lack of agreement using the former model is shown to be a real effect, rather than one determined by experimental inaccuracy. As other investigations

  2. 21 CFR 584.200 - Ethyl alcohol containing ethyl acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...added the equivalent of 4.25 gallons of 100 percent ethyl acetate. It is used in accordance with good feeding practices in ruminant feed supplements as a source of added energy. [46 FR 52333, Oct. 27, 1981, as amended at 72 FR 41620, July 31,...

  3. Thermodynamic analysis of acetic acid steam reforming for hydrogen production

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    Goicoechea, Saioa; Ehrich, Heike; Arias, Pedro L.; Kockmann, Norbert

    2015-04-01

    A thermodynamic analysis of hydrogen generation by acetic acid steam reforming has been carried out with respect to applications in solid oxide fuel cells. The effect of operating parameters on equilibrium composition has been examined focusing especially on hydrogen and carbon monoxide production, which are the fuels in this type of fuel cell. The temperature, steam to acetic acid ratio, and to a lesser extent pressure affect significantly the equilibrium product distribution due to their influence on steam reforming, thermal decomposition and water-gas shift reaction. The study shows that steam reforming of acetic acid with a steam to acetic acid ratio of 2 to 1 is thermodynamically feasible with hydrogen, carbon monoxide and water as the main products at the equilibrium at temperatures higher than 700 °C, and achieving CO/CO2 ratios higher than 1. Thus, it can be concluded that within the operation temperature range of solid oxide fuel cells - between 700 °C and 1000 °C - the production of a gas rich in hydrogen and carbon monoxide is promoted.

  4. Application Studies of Cellulose Acetate and Polymethylmethacrylate Blend Ultrafiltration Membranes

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    S. Vidya; D. Mohan

    2010-01-01

    The preparation of novel membranes based on cellulose acetate and polymethylmethacrylate blends in the absence and presence of the pore former by solution blending and ultrafiltration set up was carried out. The effect of compaction time on pure water flux at higher transmembrane pressure for various polymer compositions of the above blends both in the presence and absence of the

  5. Tarapacol 15-Acetate, a New Diterpenoid from Grindelia tarapacana Phil.

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    Zhou, Lin; Timmermann, Barbara N.; Grittini, Carina; Bruck, Michael A.; Enemark, John H.

    1996-01-01

    In the title compound, 15-acetoxy-14(S)-hydroxy-13-epi-manoyl oxide {IUPAC systematic name: 2-(dodecahydro-3,4a,7,7,10a-pentamethyl-1H-naphtho[2,1-b]pyran-3-yl)-2-hydroxyethyl acetate}, C22H38N4, rings A and B have chair conformations. Ring C adopts...

  6. Diffusion of retinol acetate (1); carbon dioxide (2)

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    Winkelmann, J.

    This document is part of Subvolume A `Gases in Gases, Liquids and their Mixtures' of Volume 15 `Diffusion in Gases, Liquids and Electrolytes' of Landolt-Börnstein Group IV `Physical Chemistry'. It is part of the chapter of the chapter `Diffusion in Pure Gases' and contains data on diffusion of (1) retinol acetate; (2) carbon dioxide

  7. CIDRS INDUCE ESTROUS CYCLES, MELENGESTROL ACETATE (MGA) DOES NOT

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    Postpartum anestrous interval in beef cows is a major factor contributing to reproductive failure during a defined breeding season. Our objectives were to determine the ability of a controlled internal drug-releasing device (CIDR), or melengestrol acetate (MGA) to induce ovulation and to eliminate s...

  8. 40 CFR 721.303 - Substituted acetate (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... (1) The chemical substance identified as acetic acid, 2-methoxy-, methyl ester (PMN P-99-0365, CAS No. 6290-49-9) is subject to reporting under this section for the significant new uses described in paragraph (a)(2) of...

  9. Intrinsic Hydration of Uranyl-Hydroxide, -Nitrate and -Acetate Complexes

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    Winnie Chien; Dorothy Hanna; Victor Anbalagan; Garold Gresham; Gary Groenewold; Michael Van Stipdonk

    2004-06-01

    The intrinsic hydration of three monopositive uranyl-anion complexes (UO2A)+ (where A = acetate, nitrate, or hydroxide) was investigated using ion-trap mass spectrometry (IT-MS). The relative rates for the formation of the monohydrates [(UO2A)(H2O)]+, with respect to the anion, followed the trend: Acetate = nitrate >> hydroxide. This finding was rationalized in terms of the donation of electron density by the strongly basic OH- to the uranyl metal center, thereby reducing the Lewis acidity of U and its propensity to react with incoming nucleophiles, viz., H2O. An alternative explanation is that the more complex acetate and nitrate anions provide increased degrees of freedom that could accommodate excess energy from the hydration reaction. The monohydrates also reacted with water, forming dihydrates and then trihydrates. The rates for formation of the nitrate and acetate dihydrates [(UO2A)(H2O)2]+ were very similar to the rates for formation of the monohydrates; the presence of the first H2O ligand had no influence on the addition of the second. In contrast, formation of the [(UO2OH)(H2O)2]+ was nearly three times faster than the formation of the monohydrate.

  10. Fragrance material review on 2,4-dimethylbenzyl acetate.

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    McGinty, D; Letizia, C S; Api, A M

    2012-09-01

    A toxicologic and dermatologic review of 2,4-dimethylbenzyl acetate when used as a fragrance ingredient is presented. 2,4-Dimethylbenzyl acetate is a member of the fragrance structural group aryl alkyl alcohol simple acid esters (AAASAE). The AAASAE fragrance ingredients are prepared by reacting an aryl alkyl alcohol with a simple carboxylic acid (a chain of 1-4 carbons) to generate formate, acetate, propionate, butyrate, iso-butyrate and carbonate esters. This review contains a detailed summary of all available toxicology and dermatology papers that are related to this individual fragrance ingredient and is not intended as a stand-alone document. Available data for 2,4-dimethylbenzyl acetate were evaluated, then summarized, and includes: physical properties, acute toxicity, skin irritation, mucous membrane (eye) irritation, and skin sensitization data. A safety assessment of the entire AAASAE will be published simultaneously with this document. Please refer to Belsito et al. (2012) for an overall assessment of the safe use of this material and all AAASAE in fragrances. PMID:22414641

  11. Fragrance material review on p-isopropylbenzyl acetate.

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    McGinty, D; Letizia, C S; Api, A M

    2012-09-01

    A toxicologic and dermatologic review of p-isopropylbenzyl acetate when used as a fragrance ingredient is presented. p-Isopropylbenzyl acetate is a member of the fragrance structural group Aryl Alkyl Alcohol Simple Acid Esters (AAASAE). The AAASAE fragrance ingredients are prepared by reacting an aryl alkyl alcohol with a simple carboxylic acid (a chain of 1 to 4 carbons) to generate formate, acetate, propionate, butyrate, isobutyrate and carbonate esters. This review contains a detailed summary of all available toxicology and dermatology papers that are related to this individual fragrance ingredient and is not intended as a stand-alone document. Available data for p-isopropylbenzyl acetate were evaluated, then summarized, and includes: physical properties, acute toxicity, skin irritation, and skin sensitization data. A safety assessment of the entire AAASAE will be published simultaneously with this document. Please refer to Belsito et al. (2012) for an overall assessment of the safe use of this material and all AAASAE in fragrances. PMID:22406560

  12. Fragrance material review on ethyl phenyl carbinyl acetate.

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    McGinty, D; Letizia, C S; Api, A M

    2012-09-01

    A toxicologic and dermatologic review of ethyl phenyl carbinyl acetate when used as a fragrance ingredient is presented. Ethyl phenyl carbinyl acetate is a member of the fragrance structural group Aryl Alkyl Alcohol Simple Acid Esters (AAASAE). The AAASAE fragrance ingredients are prepared by reacting an aryl alkyl alcohol with a simple carboxylic acid (a chain of 1-4 carbons) to generate formate, acetate, propionate, butyrate, isobutyrate and carbonate esters. This review contains a detailed summary of all available toxicology and dermatology papers that are related to this individual fragrance ingredient and is not intended as a stand-alone document. Available data for ethyl phenyl carbinyl acetate were evaluated, then summarized, and includes: physical properties; acute toxicity; skin irritation; and skin sensitization data. A safety assessment of the entire AAASAE will be published simultaneously with this document; please refer to Belsito et al. (2012) for an overall assessment of the safe use of this material and all AAASAE in fragrances. PMID:22433983

  13. Functionalized ?,?-dibromo esters through Claisen rearrangements of dibromoketene acetals.

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    Dupper, Nathan J; Kwon, Ohyun

    2015-02-20

    Allylic alcohols can be transformed into ?,?-unsaturated ?,?-dibromo esters through a two-step process: formation of a bromal-derived mixed acetal, followed by tandem dehydrobromination/Claisen rearrangement. The scope and selectivity of both steps have been investigated. The product ?,?-dibromo esters were subjected to various carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions, oxidations, and lactonizations. PMID:25671693

  14. Cellulose acetate coated mercury film electrodes for anodic stripping voltametry

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    Joseph. Wang; Lori D. Hutchins-Kumar

    1986-01-01

    The response characteristics and analytical advantages of cellulose acetate coated mercury film electrodes for anodic stripping measurements of trace metals are described. The coating provides an effective barrier of the mercury surface, thus eliminating the effects of various organic surfactants. For example, up to at least 100 ppm gelatin does not alter the response. The diagnostic power of rotating disk

  15. 21 CFR 584.200 - Ethyl alcohol containing ethyl acetate.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...added the equivalent of 4.25 gallons of 100 percent ethyl acetate. It is used in accordance with good feeding practices in ruminant feed supplements as a source of added energy. [46 FR 52333, Oct. 27, 1981, as amended at 72 FR 41620, July 31,...

  16. Synthesis of methyl acetate from syngas via dimethyl ether

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    Tartamella, T.; Sardesai, A.; Lanterman, H.B.; Lee, S.

    1999-07-01

    Dimethyl ether (DME) can be used as a building block for a variety of specialty chemicals in the petrochemical industry. Its utilization stems mainly from its efficient production from synthesis gas in a single stage. This Liquid Phase Dimethyl Ether (LP-DME) process, based on dual catalysts slurried in inert oil, can alleviate the chemical equilibrium limitation governing the methanol synthesis reaction and concurrently improve once-through syngas conversion and reactor productivity. Studies in the past have focused on using DME as a feedstock for gasoline range hydrocarbons as well as lower olefins. The focus of this investigation is to study the synthesis of methyl acetate, an important intermediate for acetic acid, from dimethyl ether. In particular, conversion of DME to methyl acetate is investigated over a variety of Group VIII metal substituted phosphotungstic acid salts. Key aspects of the process such as the effect of active metal, support types, multiple metal loading, and feed conditions are examined. Thus, this paper introduces a novel process route for synthesis of methyl acetate from natural gas-based syngas via dimethyl ether as an intermediate.

  17. Condensation of acetol and acetic acid vapor with sprayed liquid

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    A cellulose-derived fraction of biomass pyrolysis vapor was simulated by evaporating acetol and acetic acid (AA) from flasks on a hot plate. The liquid in the flasks was infused with heated nitrogen. The vapor/nitrogen stream was superheated in a tube oven and condensed by contact with a cloud of ...

  18. Acetate: A better astrobiological indicator of life than methane?

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    Kanik, I.; Russell, M. J.; Hodyss, R. P.; Johnson, P. V.

    2009-12-01

    The emergence of life on the ocean floor of the early Earth has implications for life detection on other rocky planetary bodies having subsurface ocean or ground waters in our solar system. At bottom life hydrogenates carbon dioxide. This is true not only of oxygenic photosynthesis—a relatively late evolutionary invention—but also of autotrophic chemosynthesizers such as the acetogenic bacteria and the methanoarchaea; respectively probably the first and second organisms to have emerged on Earth. Both of these prokaryotes use the acetyl coenzyme-a pathway for biosynthesis, though the variant leading to methanogenesis is substantially more complicated and therefore more highly evolved. Yet serpentinization and volcanism can produce methane with facility—an ambiguity that confounds life detection. In contrast, hydrothermal vent experiments to date along with hot spring analyses have indicated that no significant concentrations of abiotic acetate were produced in spite of the simplicity of the biological pathway. It seems that the geochemical conditions that generate abiotic methane are generally too reducing to produce acetate. Thus, the generation of acetate is solely a biotic process. As there is every reason to believe that the same chemical and electrochemical tensions would occur on other wet rocky planets containing subsurface ocean or ground waters. This encourages us to look into chemical and spectroscopic methods of detecting of acetate (both remotely and in situ) which is a better indicator than methane for the past or present biological activity on planetary bodies such as Mars. We, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, have designed laboratory experiments to investigate the feasibility of detecting acetate using conventional chemical and spectroscopic methods. The results and applicability of these techniques for the future astrobiology missions will be discussed.

  19. The Key to Acetate: Metabolic Fluxes of Acetic Acid Bacteria under Cocoa Pulp Fermentation-Simulating Conditions

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    Adler, Philipp; Frey, Lasse Jannis; Berger, Antje; Bolten, Christoph Josef; Hansen, Carl Erik

    2014-01-01

    Acetic acid bacteria (AAB) play an important role during cocoa fermentation, as their main product, acetate, is a major driver for the development of the desired cocoa flavors. Here, we investigated the specialized metabolism of these bacteria under cocoa pulp fermentation-simulating conditions. A carefully designed combination of parallel 13C isotope labeling experiments allowed the elucidation of intracellular fluxes in the complex environment of cocoa pulp, when lactate and ethanol were included as primary substrates among undefined ingredients. We demonstrate that AAB exhibit a functionally separated metabolism during coconsumption of two-carbon and three-carbon substrates. Acetate is almost exclusively derived from ethanol, while lactate serves for the formation of acetoin and biomass building blocks. Although this is suboptimal for cellular energetics, this allows maximized growth and conversion rates. The functional separation results from a lack of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase and malic enzymes, typically present in bacteria to interconnect metabolism. In fact, gluconeogenesis is driven by pyruvate phosphate dikinase. Consequently, a balanced ratio of lactate and ethanol is important for the optimum performance of AAB. As lactate and ethanol are individually supplied by lactic acid bacteria and yeasts during the initial phase of cocoa fermentation, respectively, this underlines the importance of a well-balanced microbial consortium for a successful fermentation process. Indeed, AAB performed the best and produced the largest amounts of acetate in mixed culture experiments when lactic acid bacteria and yeasts were both present. PMID:24837393

  20. The key to acetate: metabolic fluxes of acetic acid bacteria under cocoa pulp fermentation-simulating conditions.

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    Adler, Philipp; Frey, Lasse Jannis; Berger, Antje; Bolten, Christoph Josef; Hansen, Carl Erik; Wittmann, Christoph

    2014-08-01

    Acetic acid bacteria (AAB) play an important role during cocoa fermentation, as their main product, acetate, is a major driver for the development of the desired cocoa flavors. Here, we investigated the specialized metabolism of these bacteria under cocoa pulp fermentation-simulating conditions. A carefully designed combination of parallel 13C isotope labeling experiments allowed the elucidation of intracellular fluxes in the complex environment of cocoa pulp, when lactate and ethanol were included as primary substrates among undefined ingredients. We demonstrate that AAB exhibit a functionally separated metabolism during coconsumption of two-carbon and three-carbon substrates. Acetate is almost exclusively derived from ethanol, while lactate serves for the formation of acetoin and biomass building blocks. Although this is suboptimal for cellular energetics, this allows maximized growth and conversion rates. The functional separation results from a lack of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase and malic enzymes, typically present in bacteria to interconnect metabolism. In fact, gluconeogenesis is driven by pyruvate phosphate dikinase. Consequently, a balanced ratio of lactate and ethanol is important for the optimum performance of AAB. As lactate and ethanol are individually supplied by lactic acid bacteria and yeasts during the initial phase of cocoa fermentation, respectively, this underlines the importance of a well-balanced microbial consortium for a successful fermentation process. Indeed, AAB performed the best and produced the largest amounts of acetate in mixed culture experiments when lactic acid bacteria and yeasts were both present. PMID:24837393