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  1. Synthesis and Characterization of Strontium Carbonate Nanostructures via Simple Hydrothermal Method

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    Asgari-Fard, Zahra; Sabet, Mohammad; Salavati-Niasari, Masoud

    2016-02-01

    Strontium carbonate (SrCO3) nanostructures were synthesized via simple hydrothermal method by Sr(NO3)2, ethylenediamine and hydrazine as reagents. The products were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). Different parameter's effects on the product size and morphology were investigated. It was found that reagent concentration, reaction time and temperature play key roles in morphology of the obtained product.

  2. Study of various Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanostructures synthesized by simple solvothermal and hydrothermal methods

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    Senthil, T.S.; Muthukumarasamy, N.; Kang, Misook

    2014-09-15

    Controlling the size and morphology of the antimony sulfide nanostructures is important for photocatalytic and photovoltaic applications. Herein, we report a systematic approach to synthesize various nanostructures of antimony sulfide. Based on simple solvothermal and hydrothermal routes antimony sulfide nanorods have been synthesized at different temperatures. The size of the nanorods and the morphology of the constituent nano-units, in the form of nanorods, dumbbell and sphere have been controlled by adjusting the temperature. The changes have been confirmed by scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope analysis. - Highlights: • We prepared dumbbell structured Sb{sub 2}Sb{sub 3} by simple solvothermal and hydrothermal method. • Investigated the importance of bath temperature on the formation of various structures. • Growth mechanism of dumbbell like structured Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods was estimated.

  3. Synthesis of uniform and size-controllable carbon nanospheres by a simple hydrothermal method and fabrication of carbon nanosphere super-hydrophobic surface

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    Joula, Mohsen Heidari; Farbod, Mansoor

    2015-08-01

    A simple hydrothermal method was used to produce high yield, monodisperse and tightly controllable size of carbon nanospheres (CNSs) by adjusting the concentration of initial sucrose solution in a sealed autoclave at 170 °C for 8 h. By changing the solution concentration from 0.5 to 0.1 mol l-1, the sizes of carbon spheres (CS) were reduced from about 2500 to about 300 nm. Also by increasing the solution volume to the vessel volume ratio (Vs/Vv) from 5/6 to 11/13, the yield of CS was increased from 25% up to about 55% of initial raw materials. It was found that by post-annealing of the 300 nm CNSs at 435 °C for 30 min, their diameters were reduced to 100 nm. Moreover, annealing in air atmosphere had a noticeable influence on the surface functional groups and bonds of CNSs. In addition, CNSs were used to fabricate hydrophobic surfaces by coating their ethanolic colloidal solution on glass substrates. The measured contact angle (CA) of a water droplet was about 153°, indicating that the CNSs thick layers were super-hydrophobic. The size dependence of CNSs on the different parameters has been discussed.

  4. Effect of calcination temperature on structural and photocatalyst properties of nanofibers prepared from low-cost natural ilmenite mineral by simple hydrothermal method

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    Simpraditpan, Athapon; Wirunmongkol, Thanakorn; Pavasupree, Sorapong; Pecharapa, Wisanu

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Nanofibers were prepared from low-cost ilmenite mineral via simple hydrothermal. • High photocatalyst nanofibers were prepared via post heat treatment method. • The nanofibers calcined at 100–700 °C for 2 h maintained nanofiber structure. • The calcined nanofibers at 400 °C showed the highest photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: Titanate nanofibers were synthesized via the hydrothermal method (120 °C for 72 h) using natural ilmenite mineral (FeTiO{sub 3}) as the starting material. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescent (XRF), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) for specific surface area. The nanofibers were 20–90 nm in diameter and 2–7 μm in length. The as-synthesized nanofibers calcined at 300–400 °C showed TiO{sub 2} (B) whereas the nanofibers calcined at 500 °C revealed a mixture of two phases of TiO{sub 2} (B) and anatase. The nanofibers calcined at high temperature of 600–1000 °C showed a mixture of tri-crystalline of anatase, rutile, and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The rutile phase increased with increasing calcination temperature. The nanofibers calcined at 300–700 °C maintained their structure while the morphology of the nanofibers calcined at 800–1000 °C transformed into submicron rod-like structure. This increase of calcination temperature led to the phase transformation from thermodynamically metastable anatase to the most stable form of rutile phase. The crystallite size of prepared samples increased with increasing calcination temperature. Interestingly, with increasing calcination temperature, the absorption edge of the prepared samples shows an obvious shift to visible light region due to the change of crystallite phase and increased crystallite size. Therefore, the band gap energy of the prepared samples became narrower with increasing calcination temperature. Furthermore, the

  5. Effluent from diffuse hydrothermal venting. 1: A simple model of plumes from diffuse hydrothermal sources

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    Trivett, D.A.

    1994-09-01

    This paper focuses on modeling the fate of effluent from diffuse seafloor hydrothermal activity after it has been vented into the water column. The model was formulated using a number of simplifying assumptions which permit direct application of this model to field measurements. I have limited the configurations to those where the hydrothermal outflow velocities are smaller than horizontal current. I assume that the entrainment of ambient seawater into the plume is constant over the length of the plume. This permits formulation of a first-order relation for the rise height and dilution in a diffuse hydrothermal plume as a function of downstream distance. The analytic model is compared with a simple laboratory simulation of the hydrothermal flow. The results suggest that diffuse hydrothermal effluent will penetrate to a height in the water column that is proportional to the overall dimension of the diffuse vent patch, multiplied by a dimensionless plume intensity parameter. I also ahow relations for plume dilution which will be compared with field data in part 2 of this work.

  6. Synthesis of Nanoparticles via Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Methods

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    Li, Jianlin; Wu, Qingliu; Wu, Ji

    2015-01-01

    This chapter summarizes the synthesis of various types of nanoparticles as well as surface modifications of nanomaterials using hydrothermal and solvothermal methods. First, the definition, history, instrumentation, and mechanism of hydrothermal and solvothermal methods as well as the important parameters af-fecting the nucleation and crystal growth of nanomaterials are briefly introduced. Then the specific hydrothermal and solvothermal methods used to grow oxides, Group II-VI, III-V, IV, transitional metals, and metal-organic framework nanoparticles are summarized. Finally, the hydrothermal and solvothermal strategies used for the surface modification of nanomaterials are discussed.

  7. A series of spinel phase cathode materials prepared by a simple hydrothermal process for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Liang Yanyu; Bao Shujuan; Li Hulin . E-mail: lihl@lzu.edu.cn

    2006-07-15

    A series of spinel-structured materials have been prepared by a simple hydrothermal procedure in an aqueous medium. The new synthetic method is time and energy saving i.e., no further thermal treatment and extended grinding. The main experimental process involved the insertion of lithium into electrolytic manganese dioxide with glucose as a mild reductant in an autoclave. Both the hydrothermal temperature and the presence of glucose play the critical roles in determining the final spinel integrity. Particular electrochemical performance has also been systematically explored, and the results show that Al{sup 3+}, F{sup -} co-substituted spinels have the best combination of initial capacity and capacity retention among all these samples, exhibited the initial capacity of 115 mAh/g and maintained more than 90% of the initial value at the 50th cycle. - Graphical abstract: It is a SEM image of the spinel LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}, which was prepared by this novel hydrothermal procedure. It illustrates that reasonable-crystallized spinel oxide has occurred through the special hydrothermal process and the average particle size declined to about 1 {mu}m. This homogeneous grain size distribution provides an important morphological basis for the reversibility and accessibility of lithium ion insertion/extraction reactions.

  8. Special fractal growth of dendrite copper using a hydrothermal method

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    Zheng, Yan; Zhang, Zhejuan; Guo, Pingsheng; He, Pingang; Sun, Zhuo

    2011-08-01

    Special fractal dendrite Cu nanostructures have been synthesized through a simple hydrothermal method, and the effects of the volume ratio between glycerol and water and the concentration of H 3PO 3 on the morphologies of dendrite Cu have been studied in detail. The Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) have been used to characterize these Cu products. The results indicate that rhombic diamond and different morphologies of fractal dendrite were prepared because of the accumulation of Cu nuclei based on the diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) and the nucleation-limited aggregation (NLA) model. Fortunately, symmetrical leaf-like dendrite Cu nanostructures different from Cu dendrites reported before have been obtained. Additionally, an explanation for the growth of fractal dendrite Cu has been discussed carefully.

  9. Methods to enhance the characteristics of hydrothermally prepared slurry fuels

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    Anderson, C.M.; Musich, M.A.; Mann, M.D.; DeWall, R.A.; Richter, J.J.; Potas, T.A.; Willson, W.G.

    2000-04-25

    Methods are disclosed for enhancing the flow behavior and stability of hydrothermally treated slurry fuels. A mechanical high-shear dispersion and homogenization device is used to shear the slurry fuel. Other improvements include blending the carbonaceous material with a form of coal to reduce or eliminate the flocculation of the slurry, and maintaining the temperature of the hydrothermal treatment between approximately 300 to 350 C.

  10. Methods to enhance the characteristics of hydrothermally prepared slurry fuels

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    Anderson, Chris M.; Musich, Mark A.; Mann, Michael D.; DeWall, Raymond A.; Richter, John J.; Potas, Todd A.; Willson, Warrack G.

    2000-01-01

    Methods for enhancing the flow behavior and stability of hydrothermally treated slurry fuels. A mechanical high-shear dispersion and homogenization device is used to shear the slurry fuel. Other improvements include blending the carbonaceous material with a form of coal to reduce or eliminate the flocculation of the slurry, and maintaining the temperature of the hydrothermal treatment between approximately 300.degree. to 350.degree. C.

  11. Development of acoustic observation method for seafloor hydrothermal flows

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    Mochizuki, M.; Tamura, H.; Asada, A.; Kinoshita, M.; Tamaki, K.

    2012-12-01

    In October 2009, we conducted seafloor reconnaissance using a manned deep-sea submersible Shinkai6500 in Central Indian Ridge 18-20deg.S, where hydrothermal plume signatures were previously perceived. Acoustic video camera "DIDSON" was equipped on the top of Shinkai6500 in order to get acoustic video images of hydrothermal plumes. The acoustic video images of the hydrothermal plumes had been captured in three of seven dives. We could identify shadings inside the acoustic video images of the hydrothermal plumes. Silhouettes of the hydrothermal plumes varied from second to second, and the shadings inside them also varied. These variations corresponded to internal structures and flows of the plumes. DIDSON (Dual-Frequency IDentification SONar) is acoustic lens-based sonar. It has sufficiently high resolution and rapid refresh rate that it can substitute for optical system in turbid or dark water where optical systems fail. Ins. of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo has understood DIDSON's superior performance and tried to develop a new observation method based on DIDSON for hydrothermal discharging from seafloor vent. We expected DIDSON to reveal whole image of hydrothermal plume as well as detail inside the plume. The proposed method to observe and measure hydrothermal flow is the one to utilize a sheet-like acoustic beam. Scanning with concentrated acoustic beam gives distances to the edges of the hydrothermal flows. And then, the shapes of the flows can be identified even in low and zero visibility conditions. Tank experiment was conducted. The purposes of this experiment were to make an attempt at proposed method to delineate underwater hydrothermal flows and to understand relationships among acoustic video image, flow rate and water temperature. Water was heated in the hot tub and pumped to the water tank through the silicon tube. We observed water flows discharging from the tip of the tube with DIDSON. Flow rate had been controlled and temperatures of the

  12. Efficient methods for optimal scheduling of fixed head hydrothermal power systems

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    Zaghlool, M.F.; Trutt, F.C.

    1988-02-01

    This paper highlights a simple, very reliable and effective approach, employing matrix factorization, to the solution of hydrothermal dispatch problems. The salient feature of the solution method is calculating the LU factors corresponding to a permutation of the rows of the Jacobian matrix (Lagrange matrix) at each iteration. The economic operation of hydrothermal systems is further reformulated as a linearly constrained least-squares problem leading to another iterative technique which needs much less computer storage for cases when the hydro plant performance curve is modelled by a linear function. Results for sample systems are worked out in order to demonstrate the superiority of the proposed techniques.

  13. Simple, green and high-yield production of single- or few-layer graphene by hydrothermal exfoliation of graphite

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    Liu, Xiangrong; Zheng, Mingtao; Xiao, Ke; Xiao, Yong; He, Chenglong; Dong, Hanwu; Lei, Bingfu; Liu, Yingliang

    2014-04-01

    Graphene is widely used as promising electronic material and devices, owing to its exceptional electronic and optoelectronic properties. Up to now, defect-free graphene has been limited to the method for controllable, reproducible and scalable mass production. A simple, green, and nontoxic approach for large-scale preparation of high quality graphene is produced by exfoliation of graphite sheets collaborated with intercalant (FeCl2) under hydrothermal conditions, the absence of defects or oxides in graphene with a yield up to 10 wt% can be a practical application and industrial process such as optical limiters, transparent conductors, and sensors. This new process could potentially be improved to give a yield of up to 35 wt% of the starting graphite mass with sediment recycling. We show with experiments and theories that exfoliation graphene is the result of a combined action by diminishing the van der Waals interactions between graphite layers and the shear force drove by the Brownian motion of H2O and FeCl2 molecules. Hydrothermal exfoliation has potential applications in the exfoliation of other layered materials (e.g. BN, MoS2) and carbon nantubes, and in the synthesis of intercalation compounds, nanoribbons, and nanoparticles, thus opening new ways of exfoliation engineering.Graphene is widely used as promising electronic material and devices, owing to its exceptional electronic and optoelectronic properties. Up to now, defect-free graphene has been limited to the method for controllable, reproducible and scalable mass production. A simple, green, and nontoxic approach for large-scale preparation of high quality graphene is produced by exfoliation of graphite sheets collaborated with intercalant (FeCl2) under hydrothermal conditions, the absence of defects or oxides in graphene with a yield up to 10 wt% can be a practical application and industrial process such as optical limiters, transparent conductors, and sensors. This new process could potentially be

  14. Controllable Synthesis of Single-Crystalline CdO and Cd(OH)2Nanowires by a Simple Hydrothermal Approach

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    2010-01-01

    Single-crystalline Cd(OH)2 or CdO nanowires can be selectively synthesized at 150 °C by a simple hydrothermal method using aqueous Cd(NO3)2 as precursor. The method is biosafe, and compared to the conventional oil-water surfactant approach, more environmental-benign. As revealed by the XRD results, CdO or Cd(OH)2 nanowires can be generated in high purity by varying the time of synthesis. The results of FESEM and HRTEM analysis show that the CdO nanowires are formed in bundles. Over the CdO-nanowire bundles, photoluminescence at ~517 nm attributable to near band-edge emission of CdO was recorded. Based on the experimental results, a possible growth mechanism of the products is proposed. PMID:20672033

  15. Special fractal growth of dendrite copper using a hydrothermal method

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    Zheng Yan; Zhang Zhejuan; Guo Pingsheng; He Pingang; Sun Zhuo

    2011-08-15

    Special fractal dendrite Cu nanostructures have been synthesized through a simple hydrothermal method, and the effects of the volume ratio between glycerol and water and the concentration of H{sub 3}PO{sub 3} on the morphologies of dendrite Cu have been studied in detail. The Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) have been used to characterize these Cu products. The results indicate that rhombic diamond and different morphologies of fractal dendrite were prepared because of the accumulation of Cu nuclei based on the diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) and the nucleation-limited aggregation (NLA) model. Fortunately, symmetrical leaf-like dendrite Cu nanostructures different from Cu dendrites reported before have been obtained. Additionally, an explanation for the growth of fractal dendrite Cu has been discussed carefully. - Graphical abstract: Uniform dendritic Cu are grown through controlling V{sub glycerol/water} in range of 0.6-1.2 and the concentration of H{sub 3}PO{sub 3} in range of 0.06-0.3 M. The rhombic cluster Cu are obtained by decreasing the amount of glycerol. Highlights: > Volume ratio of glycerol/water and concentration of H{sub 3}PO{sub 3} were varied, respectively. > Morphologies of dendritic Cu have some changes. > Leaf-like and rhombic cluster Cu were obtained. > The concentration changes affect the aggregation of Cu crystallites. > The aggregation and crystallographic orientation cause leaf-like Cu nanostructures.

  16. Simple method for model reference adaptive control

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    Seraji, H.

    1989-01-01

    A simple method is presented for combined signal synthesis and parameter adaptation within the framework of model reference adaptive control theory. The results are obtained using a simple derivation based on an improved Liapunov function.

  17. A method for quantitatively estimating diffuse and discrete hydrothermal discharge

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    Baker, Edward T.; Massoth, Gary J.; Walker, Sharon L.; Embley, Robert W.

    1993-07-01

    Submarine hydrothermal fluids discharge as undiluted, high-temperature jets and as diffuse, highly diluted, low-temperature percolation. Estimates of the relative contribution of each discharge type, which are important for the accurate determination of local and global hydrothermal budgets, are difficult to obtain directly. In this paper we describe a new method of using measurements of hydrothermal tracers such as Fe/Mn, Fe/heat, and Mn/heat in high-temperature fluids, low-temperature fluids, and the neutrally buoyant plume to deduce the relative contribution of each discharge type. We sampled vent fluids from the north Cleft vent field on the Juan de Fuca Ridge in 1988, 1989 and 1991, and plume samples every year from 1986 to 1991. The tracers were, on average, 3 to 90 times greater in high-temperature than in low-temperature fluids, with plume values intermediate. A mixing model calculates that high-temperature fluids contribute only ˜ 3% of the fluid mass flux but > 90% of the hydrothermal Fe and > 60% of the hydrothermal Mn to the overlying plume. Three years of extensive camera-CTD sled tows through the vent field show that diffuse venting is restricted to a narrow fissure zone extending for 18 km along the axial strike. Linear plume theory applied to the temperature plumes detected when the sled crossed this zone yields a maximum likelihood estimate for the diffuse heat flux of8.9 × 10 4 W/m, for a total flux of 534 MW, considering that diffuse venting is active along only one-third of the fissure system. For mean low- and high-temperature discharge of 25°C and 319°C, respectively, the discrete heat flux must be 266 MW to satisfy the mass flux partitioning. If the north Cleft vent field is globally representative, the assumption that high-temperature discharge dominates the mass flux in axial vent fields leads to an overestimation of the flux of many non-conservative hydrothermal species by about an order of magnitude.

  18. Calcium Deficient Hydroxyapatite for Medical Application Prepared by Hydrothermal Method

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    Ioku, Koji; Kamitakahara, Masanobu; Ikeda, Tohru

    2010-11-01

    Hydrothermal processing plays a key role in the synthesis of biomaterials with excellent biocompatibility in the physiological environment. Especially, calcium phosphates are paid to much attention for the regenerative medicine. Two kinds of porous materials of hydroxyapatite with 70% porosity were prepared. One of them is a newly developed calcium-deficient hydroxyapatite composed of rod-shaped particles of about 20 μm in length synthesized hydrothermally (HHA) and the other one is the stoichiometric hydroxyapatite (SHA) prepared by the conventional sintering method. These materials were used for animal implantation tests to compare these biological responses. In the rabbit femur, implanted HHA was slowly resorbed and then most of the implanted HHA was resorbed after 72 weeks. The implanted SHA was unresorbed throughout the experimental period. The volume of newly formed bone and the number of osteoclasts in the implanted region were significantly larger in HHA than in SHA after 24 weeks. Results in the present research suggested that the activity of osteoclasts correlated to the bone forming activity of osteoblasts. The method to synthesize biodegradable pure calcium-deficient HA is expected to provide adequate biodegradability and bone replaceability.

  19. A simple method for simulating gasdynamic systems

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    Hartley, Tom T.

    1991-01-01

    A simple method for performing digital simulation of gasdynamic systems is presented. The approach is somewhat intuitive, and requires some knowledge of the physics of the problem as well as an understanding of the finite difference theory. The method is explicitly shown in appendix A which is taken from the book by P.J. Roache, 'Computational Fluid Dynamics,' Hermosa Publishers, 1982. The resulting method is relatively fast while it sacrifices some accuracy.

  20. Textured catalysts, methods of making textured catalysts, and methods of catalyzing reactions conducted in hydrothermal conditions

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    Werpy, Todd [West Richland, WA; Wang, Yong [Richland, WA

    2003-12-30

    A textured catalyst having a hydrothermally-stable support, a metal oxide and a catalyst component is described. Methods of conducting aqueous phase reactions that are catalyzed by a textured catalyst are also described. The invention also provides methods of making textured catalysts and methods of making chemical products using a textured catalyst.

  1. Hydroxyapatite-phosphonoformic acid hybrid compounds prepared by hydrothermal method

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    Turki, Thouraya; Othmani, Masseoud; Bantignies, Jean-Louis; Bouzouita, Khaled

    2014-01-01

    Hydroxyapatites were prepared in the presence of different amounts of phosphonoformic acid (PFA) via the hydrothermal method. The obtained powders were characterized through chemical analysis, XRD, IR, 31P MAS-NMR, TEM, and TG-TDA. The XRD showed that the PFA did not affect the apatite composition. Indeed, only a reduction of the crystallite size was noted. After grafting of PFA, the IR spectroscopy revealed the appearance of new bands belonging to HPO42- and carboxylate groups of the apatite and organic moiety, respectively. Moreover, the 31P MAS-NMR spectra exhibited a peak with a low intensity assigned to the terminal phosphonate group of the organic moiety in addition to that of the apatite. Based on these results, a reaction mechanism involving the surface hydroxyl groups (tbnd Casbnd OH) of the apatite and the carboxyl group of the acid was proposed.

  2. A Simple Weighing Method for Spherical Cells.

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    Zhao, Qili; Shirinzadeh, Bijan; Cui, Maosheng; Sun, Mingzhu; Zhao, Xin

    2015-08-01

    This article presents a simple weighing method for spherical cells to avoid the high cost of correlated devices in traditional cell-weighing methods. In this method, the constant falling speeds of the spherical objects in liquid are derived to estimate their masses online. Using this method, the detected density of one type of microbead is highly in accordance with the known value. This method is proved to be capable of detecting tiny variations of the cell mass (at least within 1% of the cell mass). Finally, the proposed method is applied in nuclear transplantation operations, and, for the first time, the proper amount of the removed cytoplasm in porcine enucleation is estimated. The proposed method is able to weigh cells with a success rate of 92% at an average speed of 22 s/cell, and it can be performed on traditional microoperation systems, which makes it easily applicable in biological applications. PMID:25911396

  3. Simple method for locking birefringent resonators.

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    Libson, Adam; Brown, Nicolas; Buikema, Aaron; López, Camilo Cela; Dordevic, Tamara; Heising, Matthew; Evans, Matthew

    2015-02-01

    We report on a simple method of locking a laser to a birefringent cavity using polarization spectroscopy. The birefringence of the resonator permits the simple extraction of an error signal by using one polarization state as a phase reference for another state. No modulation of the light or the resonator is required, reducing the complexity of the laser locking setup. This method of producing an error signal can be used on most birefringent optical resonators, even if the details of birefringence and eigenpolarizations are not known. This technique is particularly well suited for fiber ring resonators due to the inherent birefringence of the fiber and the unknown nature of that birefringence. We present an experimental demonstration of this technique using a fiber ring. PMID:25836232

  4. A simple method for global sequence comparison.

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    Pizzi, E; Attimonelli, M; Liuni, S; Frontali, C; Saccone, C

    1992-01-01

    A simple method of sequence comparison, based on a correlation analysis of oligonucleotide frequency distributions, is here shown to be a reliable test of overall sequence similarity. The method does not involve sequence alignment procedures and permits the rapid screening of large amounts of sequence data. It identifies those sequences which deserve more careful analysis of sequence similarity at the level of resolution of the single nucleotide. It uses observed quantities only and does not involve the adoption of any theoretical model. PMID:1738591

  5. Tunable ZnO spheres with high anti-biofilm and antibacterial activity via a simple green hydrothermal route.

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    Patrinoiu, Greta; Calderón-Moreno, José Maria; Chifiriuc, Carmen Mariana; Saviuc, Crina; Birjega, Ruxandra; Carp, Oana

    2016-01-15

    A family of distinct ZnO morphologies - hollow, compartmented, core-shell and full solid ZnO spheres, dispersed or interconnected - is obtained by a simple hydrothermal route, in the presence of the starch biopolymer. The zinc-carbonaceous precursors were characterized by infrared spectroscopy, thermal analysis and scanning electron microscopy, while the ZnO spheres, obtained after the thermal processing, were investigated by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, UV-VIS spectroscopy, photoluminescence measurements, antimicrobial, anti-biofilm and flow cytometry tests. The formation mechanism proposed for this versatile synthesis route is based on the gelling ability of amylose, one of the starch template constituents, responsible for the effective embedding of zinc cations into starch prior to its hydrothermal carbonization. The simple variation of the raw materials concentration dictates the type of ZnO spheres. The micro-sized ZnO spheres exhibit high antibacterial and anti-biofilm activity against Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis) and Gram-negative (Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa) reference and methicillin resistant clinical strains especially for Gram-negative biofilms (P. aeruginosa), demonstrating great potential for new ZnO anti-biofilm formulations. PMID:26433479

  6. A simple hydrothermal preparation of TiO 2 nanomaterials using concentrated hydrochloric acid

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    Nguyen Phan, Thuy-Duong; Pham, Hai-Dinh; Viet Cuong, Tran; Jung Kim, Eui; Kim, Sunwook; Woo Shin, Eun

    2009-12-01

    A TiO 2 nanostructure was synthesized via a simple method using only concentrated hydrochloric acid as the morphological/crystallographic controlling agent. Microscopy images showed that the texture of the TiO 2 powder could be easily engineered and tuned by tailoring the HCl volume, creating cuboid, flower, cauliflower, and ball-shaped particles. Three-dimensional TiO 2 microparticles resulted from the self-assembly of nanostructured sub-units including nanocubes, nanoprisms, and nanorods. The crystalline anatase and rutile phases were also identified depending on the acidic medium. HCl played a key role in orchestrating the structures and morphologies of the TiO 2 nanoscale materials. The phase transformation and morphological changes were strongly related to the crystal growth mechanism of the TiO 2 nanostructure.

  7. Simple gas chromatographic method for furfural analysis.

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    Gaspar, Elvira M S M; Lopes, João F

    2009-04-01

    A new, simple, gas chromatographic method was developed for the direct analysis of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF), 2-furfural (2-F) and 5-methylfurfural (5-MF) in liquid and water soluble foods, using direct immersion SPME coupled to GC-FID and/or GC-TOF-MS. The fiber (DVB/CAR/PDMS) conditions were optimized: pH effect, temperature, adsorption and desorption times. The method is simple and accurate (RSD<8%), showed good recoveries (77-107%) and good limits of detection (GC-FID: 1.37 microgL(-1) for 2-F, 8.96 microgL(-1) for 5-MF, 6.52 microgL(-1) for 5-HMF; GC-TOF-MS: 0.3, 1.2 and 0.9 ngmL(-1) for 2-F, 5-MF and 5-HMF, respectively). It was applied to different commercial food matrices: honey, white, demerara, brown and yellow table sugars, and white and red balsamic vinegars. This one-step, sensitive and direct method for the analysis of furfurals will contribute to characterise and quantify their presence in the human diet. PMID:18976770

  8. Microwave-hydrothermal method for the synthesis of composite materials for removal of arsenic from water.

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    Andjelkovic, Ivan; Jovic, Bojan; Jovic, Milica; Markovic, Marijana; Stankovic, Dalibor; Manojlovic, Dragan; Roglic, Goran

    2016-01-01

    Composite material Zr-doped TiO2, suitable for the removal of arsenic from water, was synthetized with fast and simple microwave-hydrothermal method. Obtained material, Zr-TiO2, had uniform size and composition with zirconium ions incorporated into crystal structure of titanium dioxide. Synthetized composite material had large specific surface area and well-developed micropore and mesopore structure that was responsible for fast adsorption of As(III) and As(V) from water. The influence of pH on the adsorption capacity of arsenic was studied. The kinetics and isotherm experiments were also performed. The treatment of natural water sample containing high concentration of arsenic with composite material Zr-TiO2 was efficient. The concentration of arsenic was reduced to the value recommended by WHO. PMID:26310708

  9. CuO urchin-nanostructures synthesized from a domestic hydrothermal microwave method

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    Keyson, D.; Volanti, D.P.; Cavalcante, L.S. Simoes, A.Z.; Varela, J.A.; Longo, E.

    2008-03-04

    This letter reports the synthesis of CuO urchin-nanostructures by a simple and novel hydrothermal microwave method. The formation and growth of urchin-nanostructures is mainly affected by the addition of polyethylene glycol (PEG). The hierarchical malachite particles are uniform spheres with a diameter of 0.7-1.9 {mu}m. CuO urchin-nanostructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FEG-SEM) and nitrogen adsorption (BET). The specific surface area of the CuO nanostructured microspheres was about 170.5 m{sup 2}/g. A possible mechanism for the formation of such CuO urchin-nanostructures is proposed.

  10. Restoration Monitoring - A Simple Photo Monitoring Method

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    Nelson, J.K.

    2000-02-14

    Through the use of a simple photo monitoring design, it is possible to visually document, with both landscape and ground views, the progression of a restoration/revegetation project in a repeatable, cost-effective manner. The use of web browser technology can display the results in a simple, informative, professional manner, suitable for presentations and displays.

  11. Rare Earth Oxide Fluoride Nanoparticles And Hydrothermal Method For Forming Nanoparticles

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    Fulton, John L.; Hoffmann, Markus M.

    2003-12-23

    A hydrothermal method for forming nanoparticles of a rare earth element, oxygen and fluorine has been discovered. Nanoparticles comprising a rare earth element, oxygen and fluorine are also described. These nanoparticles can exhibit excellent refractory properties as well as remarkable stability in hydrothermal conditions. The nanoparticles can exhibit excellent properties for numerous applications including fiber reinforcement of ceramic composites, catalyst supports, and corrosion resistant coatings for high-temperature aqueous solutions.

  12. Rare earth oxide fluoride nanoparticles and hydrothermal method for forming nanoparticles

    DOEpatents

    Fulton, John L [Richland, WA; Hoffmann, Markus M [Richland, WA

    2001-11-13

    A hydrothermal method for forming nanoparticles of a rare earth element, oxygen and fluorine has been discovered. Nanoparticles comprising a rare earth element, oxygen and fluorine are also described. These nanoparticles can exhibit excellent refractory properties as well as remarkable stability in hydrothermal conditions. The nanoparticles can exhibit excellent properties for numerous applications including fiber reinforcement of ceramic composites, catalyst supports, and corrosion resistant coatings for high-temperature aqueous solutions.

  13. A Simple Method for Collecting Airborne Pollen

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    Kevan, Peter G.; DiGiovanni, Franco; Ho, Rong H.; Taki, Hisatomo; Ferguson, Kristyn A.; Pawlowski, Agata K.

    2006-01-01

    Pollination is a broad area of study within biology. For many plants, pollen carried by wind is required for successful seed set. Airborne pollen also affects human health. To foster studies of airborne pollen, we introduce a simple device--the "megastigma"--for collecting pollen from the air. This device is flexible, yielding easily obtained data…

  14. Application of Hyperspectral Methods in Hydrothermal Mineral System Studies

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    Laukamp, Carsten; Cudahy, Thomas; Gessner, Klaus; Haest, Maarten; Cacetta, Mike; Rodger, Andrew; Jones, Mal; Thomas, Matilda

    2010-05-01

    hyperspectral mineral mapping of contaminating, carbonate- or clay-rich zones helped to better constrain the ore zones and the genesis of the mineral system. Airborne hyperspectral data covering about 2500 km2 were obtained from the Eastern Goldfields Superterrane (Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia), which is highly prospective for Archean Au as well as komatiite associated Fe-Ni sulphide mineralisation. In this project hyperspectral airborne data allowed not only the remote mapping of mafic and ultramafic rocks, which are among the main host rocks for Archean Au deposits in the study area, but also the remote mapping of hydrothermal alteration patterns and various geochemical signatures related to the structurally controlled Au mineralisation down to a 4.5 m pixel size. We can reconstruct fluid pathways and their intersections with steep physicochemical gradients, where Au deposition presumably took place, by combining hyperspectral remote sensing with hyperspectral drill core data in 3D mineral maps. White mica mineral maps as well as mineral maps based on the abundance and composition of MgOH and FeOH bearing silicates are the main products for a semi-quantitative assessment of the key alteration minerals in this project. In the southern Selwyn Range, Mount Isa Inlier, Queensland, hyperspectral mineral maps, such as "ferric oxide abundance", "white mica abundance" and "white mica composition", were integrated with geophysical datasets (total magnetic intensity, ternary radiometric imagery). The integration of the datasets enabled us to construct a comprehensive fluid flow model contributing to our understanding of iron-oxide Cu-Au deposits in this region, identifying the source, pathway and depositional sites, which are in good accordance with known deposits. 3D mineral maps derived from hyperspectral methods can distinctly improve our understanding of mineral systems. The advantages of hyperspectral techniques over conventional exploration methods include: (1) the fast and

  15. Controlled synthesis of BiVO{sub 4} with multiple morphologies via an ethylenediamine-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Qi, Xuemei; Zhu, Xinyuan; Wu, Jiang; Wu, Qiang; Li, Xian; Gu, Miaoli

    2014-11-15

    Graphical abstract: BiVO{sub 4} samples with various morphologies were synthesized via a simple ethylenediamine (EN) assisted hydrothermal route. One of the mixed crystal phase with spherical and porous morphology showed excellent photocatalytic activity and about 90% Rhodamine B was degraded after 140 min visible light irradiation. - Highlights: • BiVO{sub 4} samples with various morphologies were synthesized by hydrothermal method. • Ethylenediamine mainly acts as alkaline source to adjust pH values of precursor. • BiVO{sub 4} with spherical morphology has excellent photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: In this work, BiVO{sub 4} particles with different crystal structures and morphologies including hexahedral, spherical porous and hyperbranched ones were fabricated in the presence of ethylenediamine by hydrothermal process. The as-fabricated samples were well characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and ultraviolet–visible absorption spectroscopy. The results showed that the morphology and crystal structure of BiVO{sub 4} particles could be well controlled by only changing the ethylenediamine content in the deionized water solution. Photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated by the degradation of Rhodamine B under visible-light irradiation. It was shown that BiVO{sub 4} sample with spherical porous morphology and mixed crystal phase exhibited the best photocatalytic performance after optimizing the ethylenediamine content. The best degradation ratio of Rhodamine B could reach about 87% after 140 min visible-light irradiation.

  16. Methods and apparatus for catalytic hydrothermal gasification of biomass

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    Elliott, Douglas C.; Butner, Robert Scott; Neuenschwander, Gary G.; Zacher, Alan H.; Hart, Todd R.

    2012-08-14

    Continuous processing of wet biomass feedstock by catalytic hydrothermal gasification must address catalyst fouling and poisoning. One solution can involve heating the wet biomass with a heating unit to a temperature sufficient for organic constituents in the feedstock to decompose, for precipitates of inorganic wastes to form, for preheating the wet feedstock in preparation for subsequent separation of sulfur contaminants, or combinations thereof. Treatment further includes separating the precipitates out of the wet feedstock, removing sulfur contaminants, or both using a solids separation unit and a sulfur separation unit, respectively. Having removed much of the inorganic wastes and the sulfur that can cause poisoning and fouling, the wet biomass feedstock can be exposed to the heterogeneous catalyst for gasification.

  17. Hierarchically structured copper gallium spinels through microwave hydrothermal methods

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    Conrad, Franziska; Bauer, Matthias; Weyeneth, Stephen; Zhou, Ying; Hametner, Kathrin; Günther, Detlef; Patzke, Greta Ricarda

    2013-10-01

    The promising structural features of the defect spinel-type oxide γ-Ga2O3 and its application potential as a host for new nanoscale solid solutions have been far less explored than its analog γ-alumina, which is widely used in catalysis. Therefore, new synthetic approaches are required to access transition metal-doped γ-Ga2O3 materials on the nanoscale. We have established the first microwave-hydrothermal route for the challenging incorporation of Cu2+ ions into a nanostructured γ-Ga2O3 matrix. Homogeneous γ-Ga2O3:Cu2+ materials with high surface areas are formed within less than 30 min, and the copper content can be adjusted through the synthetic parameters. The copper distribution within the spinel matrix was analyzed with a wide range of compositional, structural, spectroscopic and magnetic characterizations.

  18. Application of Hyperspectral Methods in Hydrothermal Mineral System Studies

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    Laukamp, Carsten; Cudahy, Thomas; Gessner, Klaus; Haest, Maarten; Cacetta, Mike; Rodger, Andrew; Jones, Mal; Thomas, Matilda

    2010-05-01

    hyperspectral mineral mapping of contaminating, carbonate- or clay-rich zones helped to better constrain the ore zones and the genesis of the mineral system. Airborne hyperspectral data covering about 2500 km2 were obtained from the Eastern Goldfields Superterrane (Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia), which is highly prospective for Archean Au as well as komatiite associated Fe-Ni sulphide mineralisation. In this project hyperspectral airborne data allowed not only the remote mapping of mafic and ultramafic rocks, which are among the main host rocks for Archean Au deposits in the study area, but also the remote mapping of hydrothermal alteration patterns and various geochemical signatures related to the structurally controlled Au mineralisation down to a 4.5 m pixel size. We can reconstruct fluid pathways and their intersections with steep physicochemical gradients, where Au deposition presumably took place, by combining hyperspectral remote sensing with hyperspectral drill core data in 3D mineral maps. White mica mineral maps as well as mineral maps based on the abundance and composition of MgOH and FeOH bearing silicates are the main products for a semi-quantitative assessment of the key alteration minerals in this project. In the southern Selwyn Range, Mount Isa Inlier, Queensland, hyperspectral mineral maps, such as "ferric oxide abundance", "white mica abundance" and "white mica composition", were integrated with geophysical datasets (total magnetic intensity, ternary radiometric imagery). The integration of the datasets enabled us to construct a comprehensive fluid flow model contributing to our understanding of iron-oxide Cu-Au deposits in this region, identifying the source, pathway and depositional sites, which are in good accordance with known deposits. 3D mineral maps derived from hyperspectral methods can distinctly improve our understanding of mineral systems. The advantages of hyperspectral techniques over conventional exploration methods include: (1) the fast and

  19. Action Research Methods: Plain and Simple

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    Klein, Sheri R., Ed.

    2012-01-01

    Among the plethora of action research books on the market, there is no one text exclusively devoted to understanding how to acquire and interpret research data. Action Research Methods provides a balanced overview of the quantitative and qualitative methodologies and methods for conducting action research within a variety of educational…

  20. Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous MgO by template-free hydrothermal method

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    Cui, Hongmei; Wu, Xiaofeng; Chen, Yunfa; Boughton, R.I.

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • A simple synthesis of porous MgO with diameter size from 3 to 10 μm without any templates. • Effect of temperature and time were investigated. • Systematic characterization by TG/DTA, XRD, SEM, TEM, and nitrogen adsorption–desorption isotherm of MgO. • A possible formation and crystal growth mechanism of mesopores MgO is proposed. - Abstract: Mesoporous MgO particles have been synthesized through a novel template-free hydrothermal co-precipitation method using a Mg(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} solution as the magnesium source and NaCO{sub 3} as precipitant. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption analysis. The results indicate that the MgO samples have a disordered mesoporous structure, a large BET surface area, and a large pore volume. The effect of reaction temperature on the MgO product BET surface area was studied. A possible formation and crystal growth mechanism for mesoporous MgO is proposed.

  1. Electrical and electrochemical performance of Mn3O4 nanoparticles synthesized by hydrothermal method

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    Shaik, Dadamiah P. M. D.; Rosaiah, P.; Hussain, O. M.

    2016-05-01

    Hausmannite Mn3O4 nanoparticles have been synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method at low temperature. The microstructural, electrical and dielectric properties were studied. The XRD data exhibited different diffraction peaks along with predominant (211) orientation corresponds to tetragonal structure of Mn3O4 with crystallite size of 65 nm. The SEM analysis reveals that the octahedral shape of grains with average grain size of 250 nm. The vibrational studies from Raman measurements confirmed the formation of Mn3O4. The impedance response of the Mn3O4 sample was studied over the frequency range of 1 Hz - 1 MHz in the temperature range from room temperature to 373 K. The conductivity of the sample was observed to be increased (1.86 × 10-5 S/m at 373 K) with temperature following the Arrhenius behavior with an estimated activation energy of 0.37 eV. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss were examined from 333K to 373K in the frequency range of 1 Hz - 1 MHz. The electrochemical performance of Mn3O4 electrode was examined in 1M K2SO4 aqueous electrolyte which exhibited a high specific capacitance of 356 F/g at a scan rate of 10 mV/s over a potential range -0.1 V - +0.9 V and showed excellent electrochemical stability during cycling.

  2. Hydrothermal Methods as a New Way of Actinide Phosphate Preparation

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    Clavier, Nicolas; Wallez, Gilles; Quarton, Michel

    2007-07-01

    Precipitation processes driven in hydrothermal conditions were applied to the preparation of phosphate-based ceramics. In particular, three systems composed by a crystallized precursor linked with a high temperature compound were examined: M(OH)PO{sub 4} / M{sub 2}O(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} (M = Th, U), MPO{sub 4} 0.5 H{sub 2}O / MPO{sub 4} (M = La - Dy), and Th{sub 2-x/2}An{sub x/2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}(HPO{sub 4}) H{sub 2}O / {beta}-Th{sub 4-x}An{sub x}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} (M = U, Np, Pu). A significant improvement of several physico-chemical properties of the powders, especially in the sintering capability and the homogeneity of the final solids, was evidenced when starting from the precursors. Furthermore, these phases were also found to control the solubility of lanthanides and actinides during leaching experiments when reaching the saturation conditions in the solution. (authors)

  3. A simple method to synthesize single-crystalline lanthanide orthovanadate nanorods

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    Fan, Weiliu; Zhao, Wei; You, Liping; Song, Xinyu; Zhang, Weimin; Yu, Haiyun; Sun, Sixiu

    2004-12-01

    Single-crystalline tetragonal LnVO 4 ( Ln=La, Nd, Sm, Eu, Dy) nanorods were prepared via a simple hydrothermal method, in the absence of any surfactant or template using cheap and simple inorganic salts as raw materials. The products were characterized by XRD, TEM, HRTEM, and PL. It has been shown that after the hydrothermal process, LaVO 4 transformed its crystal structure from monoclinic to tetragonal phase, but LnVO 4 ( Ln=Nd, Sm, Eu, Dy) have not exhibited the structural change. This could be associated with the change of lanthanide ion radius. TEM and HRTEM results show that the nanorods are pure, structurally uniform, single crystalline, and most of them are free from dislocations. Further study reveals the nanorods grow along the [001] direction. A possible growth mechanism of lanthanide orthovanadate nanorods was also proposed. The advantages of our method for the nanorods synthesis lie in the high yield and the low temperature and mild reaction conditions, which permit large scale production at low cost.

  4. Simple rapid method for gene transfer

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    Cockburn, A.F.; Meier, H.

    1990-01-30

    The object of the present invention is to provide methods for gene transfer that reduce or eliminate cellular pretreatment steps, e.g., the removal of cell wall by chemical or enzymatic methods, is rapid and can be practiced without the need of additional expensive equipment. Cells, embryos or tissues selected for genetic manipulation are suspended in an Eppendorf tube in an aliquot of the desired genetic material to be transferred to which the resulting mixture is added and is agitated by vortexing from about 30 to about 90 seconds. The cells, embryos or tissue are sedimented and the DNA supernatant removed. After sedimentation, the injected material is resuspended in or on a growth medium to assay for expression.

  5. A vapor phase hydrothermal modification method converting a honeycomb structured hybrid film into photoactive TiO2 film.

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    Zhao, Huijun; Shen, Yanming; Zhang, Shanqing; Zhang, Haimin

    2009-09-15

    Transforming an organic/inorganic hybrid material into a pure inorganic material without losing its original structure is of interest for a range of applications. In this work, a simple and effective vapor phase hydrothermal method was developed to transform a 3D honeycomb structured PS/TTIP hybrid film into a photoactive TiO2 film without dismantling the originally templated 3D structure. The method utilizes the vapor phase hydrothermal process to create titania network/clusters with sufficient mechanical strength via the formation of Ti-oxo bridges. The organic components of the sample can be removed by means of pyrolysis while perfectly maintaining the original 3D honeycomb structure. The resultant film can be directly used for photocatalysis applications and could be further modified for other applications. In principle, this method can be used to preserve 3D structures of other organic/inorganic hybrid films during their conversion to pure inorganic films via a pyrolysis process, if mechanically strong networks can be formed as a result of hydrolysis reactions. The ability to preserve the preferred 3D structure during the subsequent conversion processes enables realization of the full benefit of unique architectures created by a templating method. PMID:19496571

  6. Hydrothermal method of synthesis of rare-earth tantalates and niobates

    DOEpatents

    Nyman, May D; Rohwer, Lauren E.S.; Martin, James E

    2012-10-16

    A hydrothermal method of synthesis of a family of rare-earth Group 5 oxides, where the Group 5 oxide is a niobate or tantalate. The rare-earth Group 5 oxides can be doped with suitable emitter ions to form nanophosphors.

  7. Optical characteristics of ZnO single crystal grown by the hydrothermal method

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    Chen, G. Z.; Yin, J. G.; Zhang, L. H.; Zhang, P. X.; Wang, X. Y.; Liu, Y. C.; Zhang, C. L.; Gu, S. L.; Hang, Y.

    2015-12-01

    ZnO single crystals have been grown by the hydrothermal method. Raman scattering and Photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL) have been used to study samples of ZnO that were unannealed or annealed in different ambient gases. It is suggested that the green emission may originate from defects related to copper in our samples.

  8. Optical characteristics of ZnO single crystal grown by the hydrothermal method

    SciTech Connect

    Chen, G. Z.; Yin, J. G. E-mail: yjg@siom.ac.cn; Zhang, L. H.; Zhang, P. X.; Wang, X. Y.; Liu, Y. C.; Zhang, C. L.; Gu, S. L.; Hang, Y.

    2015-12-15

    ZnO single crystals have been grown by the hydrothermal method. Raman scattering and Photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL) have been used to study samples of ZnO that were unannealed or annealed in different ambient gases. It is suggested that the green emission may originate from defects related to copper in our samples.

  9. A simple method to estimate interwell autocorrelation

    SciTech Connect

    Pizarro, J.O.S.; Lake, L.W.

    1997-08-01

    The estimation of autocorrelation in the lateral or interwell direction is important when performing reservoir characterization studies using stochastic modeling. This paper presents a new method to estimate the interwell autocorrelation based on parameters, such as the vertical range and the variance, that can be estimated with commonly available data. We used synthetic fields that were generated from stochastic simulations to provide data to construct the estimation charts. These charts relate the ratio of areal to vertical variance and the autocorrelation range (expressed variously) in two directions. Three different semivariogram models were considered: spherical, exponential and truncated fractal. The overall procedure is demonstrated using field data. We find that the approach gives the most self-consistent results when it is applied to previously identified facies. Moreover, the autocorrelation trends follow the depositional pattern of the reservoir, which gives confidence in the validity of the approach.

  10. NiO nanowall array prepared by a hydrothermal synthesis method and its enhanced electrochemical performance for lithium ion batteries

    SciTech Connect

    Cao, F.; Pan, G.X.; Tang, P.S.; Chen, H.F.

    2013-03-15

    Graphical abstract: Self-supported NiO nanowall array is fabricated by a facile hydrothermal synthesis method and exhibits noticeable Li ion battery performance with good cycle life and high capacity. Highlights: ► NiO nanowall array is prepared by a hydrothermal synthesis method. ► NiO nanowall array with high capacity as anode material for Li ion battery. ► Nanowall array structure is favorable for fast ion/electron transfer. - Abstract: Free-standing quasi-single-crystalline NiO nanowall array is successfully fabricated via a simple hydrothermal synthesis method. The as-prepared NiO film exhibits a highly porous nanowall structure composed of many interconnected nanoflakes with thicknesses of ∼20 nm. The NiO nanowalls arrange vertically to the substrate resulting in the formation of extended porous net-like structure with pores of 30–300 nm. As anode material for lithium ion batteries, the quasi-single-crystalline NiO nanowall array exhibits pretty good electrochemical performances with high capacity, weaker polarization, higher coulombic efficiency and better cycling performance as compared to the dense polycrystalline NiO film. The quasi-single-crystalline NiO nanowall array presents an initial coulombic efficiency of 76% and good cycling life with a capacity of 564 mAh g{sup −1} at 0.5 A g{sup −1} after 50 cycles, higher than that of the dense polycrystalline NiO film (358 mAh g{sup −1}). The enhanced performance is due to the unique nanowall array structure providing faster ion/electron transport and better morphological stability.

  11. Optimum reaction conditions for lead zirconate titanate thick film deposition by ultrasound-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Saigusa, Katsuhiro; Morita, Takeshi

    2016-07-01

    A hydrothermal method can be used to deposit lead zirconate titanate (PZT) films and has several advantages, such as a relatively low reaction temperature and high crystal quality. We developed an ultrasound-assisted hydrothermal method to promote the hydrothermal reactions, which is effective for thick-PZT-film deposition. The first ultrasound-assisted hydrothermal method we developed can synthesize a 7.5 µm PZT film on a titanium substrate. However, for a much thicker film, repeated depositions were required, and the optimum precursor solution for the first deposition was not suitable for repeated depositions. In this study, we attempted to find the optimum precursor solution for depositing a film of sufficient thickness by repeated depositions. As a result, we were able to synthesize a 23.6 µm PZT film on second deposition by changing the ratio of zirconium to titanium ions in the precursor solutions. In addition, a transverse effect transducer was fabricated under optimum conditions and its vibration properties were evaluated.

  12. Hydrothermal growth and characterization of vertically well-aligned and dense ZnO nanorods on glass and silicon using a simple optimizer system

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    Mohammad, Sabah M.; Hassan, Z.; Ahmed, Naser M.; Talib, Rawnaq A.; Abd-Alghafour, Nabeel M.; Omar, A. F.

    2016-07-01

    Vertically, well-aligned and high density ZnO nanorods were successfully hydrothermally grown on glass and silicon substrates using a simple and low cost system. The mechanism of synthesis of ZnO nanorods, generated with our system under hydrothermal conditions, is investigated in this report. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy indicated that the fabricated ZnO nanorods on both substrates have hexagonal shape with diameters ranging from 20 nm to 70 nm which grew vertically from the substrate. XRD analysis confirms the formation of wurtzite ZnO phase with a preferred orientation along (002) direction perpendicular on the substrate and enhanced crystallinity. The low value of the tensile strain (0.126 %) revealed that ZnO nanorods preferred to grow along the c-axis for both substrates. Photoluminescence spectra exhibited a strong, sharp UV near band edge emission peak with narrow FWHM values for both samples.

  13. Propidium Monoazide-based Method for Identifying Phylogenetic Association of Necromass Near Hydrothermal Systems

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    Ramírez, Gustavo; Edwards, Katrina

    2014-05-01

    Black Smoker hydrothermal systems are geologically driven systems located near subduction zones and spreading centers associated with plate margins. The high temperature and low pH of fluids that are often associated with basalt-hosted hydrothermal systems select for unique microbial communities primarily comprised of prokaryotes capable of S and Fe cycling. High temperature fluids, where temperatures exceed 300° C, are likely to have a lethal effect on transient deep water planktonic communities and, over long temporal scales, may influence the molecular composition of pelleted necromass aggregates near the chimney system. We have developed a method for discriminative sequencing permitting intra vs. extracellular 16S rDNA sequencing to reveal community differences between biologically-relevant and necromass-associated DNA. This method has only recently been applied to marine environments and, here, we propose its use as relevant tool for studying the molecular ecology of high temperature hydrothermal systems, as physical drivers of massive transient community die offs and associated detrital 16S rDNA community shifts. Ultimately, we aim to understand the fraction of 16S rDNA communities that do not represent living taxa, or the information-containing fraction of total necromass pool, to better frame ecological hypotheses regarding environmental biogeochemical cycling in hydrothermal system environments.

  14. A study of thermal properties of sodium titanate nanotubes synthesized by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method

    SciTech Connect

    Preda, Silviu; Rutar, Melita; Umek, Polona; Zaharescu, Maria

    2015-11-15

    Highlights: • The microwave-assisted hydrothermal route was used for titanate nanotubes synthesis. • Conversion to single-phase nanotube morphology completes after 8 h reaction time. • The nanotube morphology is stable up to 600 °C, as determined by in-situ XRD and SEM. • Sodium ions migrate to the surface due to thermal motion and structure condensation. - Abstract: Sodium titanate nanotubes (NaTiNTs) were synthesized by microwave-assisted hydrothermal treatment of commercial TiO{sub 2}, at constant temperature (135 °C) and different irradiation times (15 min, 1, 4, 8 and 16 h). The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and specific surface area measurements. The irradiation time turned out to be the key parameter for morphological control of the material. Nanotubes were observed already after 15 min of microwave irradiation. The analyses of the products irradiated for 8 and 16 h confirm the complete transformation of the starting TiO{sub 2} powder to NaTiNTs. The nanotubes are open ended with multi-wall structures, with the average outer diameter of 8 nm and specific surface area up to 210 m{sup 2}/g. The morphology, surface area and crystal structure of the sodium titanate nanotubes synthesized by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method were similar to those obtained by conventional hydrothermal method.

  15. Taal volcanic hydrothermal system (Philippines) inferred by electromagnetic and other geophysical methods

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zlotnicki, Jacques; Toutain, Jean Paul; Sasai, Yoichi; Villacorte, Egardo; Bernard, Alain; Fauquet, Frederic; Nagao, Toshiyatsu

    2010-05-01

    On volcanoes which display hydrothermal/magmatic unrests, Electromagnetic (EM) methods can be combined with geochemical (GC) and thermal methods. The integration of these methods allows to image in detail hydrothermal systems, to find out possible scenarios of volcanic unrest, and to monitor the on-going activity with knowledge on the sources of heat, gas and fluid transfers. Since the 1990's the volcano shows recurrent periods of seismic activity, ground deformation, hydrothermal activity, and surface activity (geysers). Combined EM and GC methods noticeably contribute to map in detail the hydrothermal system and to analyse the sources of the activity: - Total magnetic field mapping evidences demagnetised zones over the two main areas forming the hydrothermal system (in the northern part of Main crater (MC)). These low magnetized areas are ascribed to thermal sources located at some hundreds metres of depth, - Self-potential surveys, delineate the contours of the fluids-heat transfer, and the northern and southern structural discontinuities enclosing the hydrothermal system, - Ground temperature gradient measurements evidence the distinctive heat transfer modes, from low fluxes related to soil temperature dominated by solar input to extremely high temperature gradients of 1200 °C m-1 or to more related to magmatic fluids. - Ground temperature and surface temperature of central acidic lake calculated by Thermal Aster imaging highlight the location of the most active ground fissures, outcrops and diffuse areas. Higher and larger anomalies are observed in the northern part of MC. A rough estimation of the thermal discharge in the northern part of the volcano gives 17 MW. - CO2 concentrations and fluxes from soil supply inform on fluids origin and on local processes operating along active fractures. Much higher carbon dioxide fluxes at MC sites confirm that the source of Taal activity is presently located in the northern part of the crater. - Heat and fluids release

  16. Influence of surfactants on the morphology of SnO{sub 2} nanocrystals prepared via a hydrothermal method

    SciTech Connect

    Wang Mi; Gao Yanfeng; Dai Lei; Cao Chuanxiang; Guo Xuhong

    2012-05-15

    Nanoscaled SnO{sub 2} with different morphologies has been synthesized via a simple hydrothermal process at 180 Degree-Sign C using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), sodium dodecyl sulfonate (SDS), cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) or tetrapropyl ammonium bromide (TPAB) as surfactant. All the prepared SnO{sub 2} are of a tetragonal crystal structure. Nanocubes, nanorods, nanosheets, nanobelts and nanoparticles were prepared when changing the type and dosage of organic surfactants. It is shown that anionic surfactant (SDS) and cationic surfactant (CTAB or TPAB) at their suitable addition amounts can largely influence the morphologies of SnO{sub 2} nanocrystals. The effect is significantly dependent on the solvent types: water or ethanol. The non-ionic surfactant (PVP) can also change the morphologies like SDS but the impacts are less obvious. The effect of surfactants on the shape and size of SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles was discussed in detail. The particle growth mechanism is described based on the electrostatic interactions and Van der Waals' forces. - Graphical abstract: SnO{sub 2} nanocrystals with controllable morphologies were prepared via a hydrothermal method with surfactants. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SnO{sub 2} nanocrystals were prepared via a hydrothermal method with surfactants. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SnO{sub 2} morphologies changed with the type and the dosage of surfactants. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The effect of surfactants on the growth of crystal planes was studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The controlling mechanisms of surfactants on SnO{sub 2} morphologies were discussed.

  17. Synthesis of lithium cobalt oxide by single-step soft hydrothermal method

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    Kumar Bokinala, Kiran; Pollet, M.; Artemenko, A.; Miclau, M.; Grozescu, I

    2013-02-15

    Lithium cobalt double oxide LiCoO{sub 2} was synthesized at 220 Degree-Sign C by soft hydrothermal method using Co(OH){sub 2} and LiOH as precursors, LiOH/NaOH as mineralizers and H{sub 2}O{sub 2} as oxidant. The soft hydrothermal synthesis method offers the dual advantage of a much lower synthesis time and a higher purity in comparison with other synthesis methods. The compound was identified by X-ray diffraction and its purity was checked by magnetic and electron magnetic resonance measurements. The grain morphology was studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy and an exponential growth of particle size with synthesis time was observed. - Graphical abstract: Concave cuboctohedrons obtained after 60 h reaction time. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer An optimized soft hydrothermal method for a fast synthesis of high purity LiCoO{sub 2} compound is reported. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Both lamellar and cuboctahedral particles could be stabilized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Secondary phases content is lower than 0.1%. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Close to surface defects were evidenced using EMR.

  18. Photocatalytic activity of BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles synthesized through hydrothermal method

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    Dhanalakshmi, Radhalayam; Muneeswaran, M.; Vanga, Pradeep Reddy; Ashok, M.; Giridharan, N. V.

    2015-06-24

    Multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) nanoparticles (Nps) were synthesized using hydrothermal method. From the X-Ray diffraction analysis (XRD), the synthesized Nps were found to having rhombohedral structure with R3c space group confirmed by Rietveld analysis. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis was carried out to identify the chemical bonds present in the BFO Nps. Photocatalytic properties of synthesized Nps were studied for the degradation of Methylene Blue (MB) dye under visible light of 150W.

  19. Hierarchical Na-doped cubic ZrO{sub 2} synthesis by a simple hydrothermal route and its application in biodiesel production

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    Lara-García, Hugo A.; Romero-Ibarra, Issis C.; Pfeiffer, Heriberto

    2014-10-15

    Hierarchical growth of cubic ZrO{sub 2} phase was successfully synthesized via a simple hydrothermal process in the presence of different surfactants (cationic, non-ionic and anionic) and sodium hydroxide. The structural and microstructural characterizations of different ZrO{sub 2} powders were performed using various techniques, such as X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption, scanning electron microscopy and infrared. Results indicated that sodium addition stabilized the cubic ZrO{sub 2} phase by a Na-doping process, independently of the surfactant used. In contrast, microstructural characteristics varied as a function of the surfactant and sodium presence. In addition, water vapor (H{sub 2}O) and carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) sorption properties were evaluated on ZrO{sub 2} samples. Results evidenced that sample surface reactivity changed as a function of the sodium content. Finally, this surface reactivity was evaluated on the biodiesel transesterification reaction using the different synthesized samples, obtaining yields of 93%. - Graphical abstract: Hierarchical growth of cubic Na-ZrO{sub 2} phase was synthesized by hydrothermal processes in the presence of surfactants and sodium. Sodium addition stabilized the cubic phase by a Na-doping process, while the microstructural characteristics varied with surfactants. Finally, this surface reactivity was evaluated on the biodiesel transesterification reaction. - Highlights: • Cubic-ZrO{sub 2} phase was synthesized via a simple hydrothermal process. • ZrO{sub 2} structure and microstructures changed as a function of the surfactant. • Cubic-ZrO{sub 2} phase was evaluated on the biodiesel transesterification reaction.

  20. p-Cu2O/n-ZnO heterojunction fabricated by hydrothermal method

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    Jia, Wei; Dong, Hailiang; Zhao, Junfu; Dang, Suihu; Zhang, Zhuxia; Li, Tianbao; Liu, Xuguang; Xu, Bingshe

    2012-11-01

    The heterojunction composed of p-type Cu2O film and n-type ZnO nanorod arrays was fabricated by using hydrothermal method. The Cu2O film with a thickness of 1.5 μm and a preferential (111) orientation grew on the ZnO nanorod arrays with length of around 1 μm. The hydrothermal growth approach of Cu2O/ZnO heterojunction was analyzed by characterizing the samples prepared with different aging times. Typical solar cell behavior of the Cu2O/ZnO heterojunction was evaluated, with the short circuit current density ( J sc) of 7.8~mA/cm2, the open circuit voltage ( V oc) of 0.36 V, and the fill factor (FF) of 0.31. Owing to the large J sc of the heterojunction cell, its photovoltaic conversion efficiency (PCE) was found to be 0.86 %. This study demonstrates that the hydrothermal method is a promising technique for a large-scale fabrication of low-cost heterojunction, which is expected to have wide application in solar energy field.

  1. Discovering simple DNA sequences by the algorithmic significance method.

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    Milosavljević, A; Jurka, J

    1993-08-01

    A new method, 'algorithmic significance', is proposed as a tool for discovery of patterns in DNA sequences. The main idea is that patterns can be discovered by finding ways to encode the observed data concisely. In this sense, the method can be viewed as a formal version of the Occam's Razor principle. In this paper the method is applied to discover significantly simple DNA sequences. We define DNA sequences to be simple if they contain repeated occurrences of certain 'words' and thus can be encoded in a small number of bits. Such definition includes minisatellites and microsatellites. A standard dynamic programming algorithm for data compression is applied to compute the minimal encoding lengths of sequences in linear time. An electronic mail server for identification of simple sequences based on the proposed method has been installed at the Internet address pythia/anl.gov. PMID:8402207

  2. A Simple Method to Estimate Harvest Index in Grain Crops

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    Several methods have been proposed to simulate yield in crop simulation models. In this work we present a simple method to estimate harvest index (HI) of grain crops based on fractional post-anthesis growth (fG = fraction of growth that occurred post-anthesis). We propose that there is a linear or c...

  3. A Simple Method for Calculating Clebsch-Gordan Coefficients

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    Klink, W. H.; Wickramasekara, S.

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents a simple method for calculating Clebsch-Gordan coefficients for the tensor product of two unitary irreducible representations (UIRs) of the rotation group. The method also works for multiplicity-free irreducible representations appearing in the tensor product of any number of UIRs of the rotation group. The generalization to…

  4. Fluorescence characteristics of carbon nanoemitters derived from sucrose by green hydrothermal and microwave methods.

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    Patidar, Rajesh; Rebary, Babulal; Bhadu, Gopala Ram

    2016-12-01

    In this work, fluorescent carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) were prepared through two green methods i.e. microwave and hydrothermal, using sucrose as carbon precursor. Both of these methods have offered fluorescent CNPs as characterized by TEM, FTIR, zeta potential, absorbance and emission techniques. Excitation dependent emission spectra were exhibited by aqueous dispersion of these CNPs when they were subjected to different excitation wavelengths. The luminous characteristics of CNPs obtained from both of these methods were studied and compared. Their fluorescence stability in water and buffer was monitored for about three months. Influence of pH and various metal ions on emission spectra were investigated. PMID:27314910

  5. [The hydrothermal contraction of collagen fibers as a method of its structure investigation].

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    Kukhareva, L V

    2009-01-01

    The hydrothermal contraction of collagen fibers, that is sharp decrease of the fiber length in the narrow temperature range during their heating in water, is a typical example of phase transition which is analogous to melting. General thermodynamic consideration of the melting of oriented polymer fibers was carried out by Gee (1947) and Flory (1956). Flory derived and equilibrium dependence of force on temperature considering the melted polymer as an ideal rubber. We proposed an experimental method for quantitative investigation of this process including estimation of two critical parameters, which are the critical tension and the critical temperature. The necessary condition for the critical parameters estimation is the prior cross-linking of the fiber. We studied theoretically and by experiment the influence of different factors on these critical parameters. We demonstrated the critical tension of hydrothermal collagen contraction to be an important characteristic making possible the estimation of native collagen structure retaining and molecular orientation's degree. The critical tension value was used do advantage for the collagen structure characteristic in some mammoth fossils skin, in bovine skin in the process of leather manufacture and in artificial collagen fibers. The initial temperature of hydrothermal collagen contraction, what is known as shrinkage temperature using widely for the collagen tannage estimation, was shown to be dependent on the occurrence of non-collagenous sheath on native collagen fibers. PMID:19435280

  6. Studies on the magnetism of cobalt ferrite nanocrystals synthesized by hydrothermal method

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    Zhao Lijun; Zhang Hongjie Xing Yan; Song Shuyan; Yu Shiyong; Shi Weidong; Guo Xianmin; Yang Jianhui; Lei Yongqian; Cao Feng

    2008-02-15

    Fe-Co/CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposite and CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanopowders were prepared by the hydrothermal method. The structure of magnetic powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction diffractometer (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermal gravity analysis (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA) analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS), and Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR) techniques, while magnetic properties were determined by using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) at room temperature. The effects of hydrothermal reaction conditions on magnetic properties were also discussed in details. The values of saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) and coercive fore (H{sub c}) for Fe-Co/CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposite are 113 emu/g and 1.4 kOe, respectively. Furthermore, CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite with a single-domain critical size of 70 nm was fabricated by controlling the hydrothermal reaction conditions carefully, which presents high coercive force (ca. 4.6 kOe) and high squareness ratio (ca. 0.65). One interesting thing is M{sub s} value of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite with a diameter of 40 nm is 86 emu/g which is comparable to that of the bulk counterpart. - Graphical abstract: CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite with a single-domain critical size of 70 nm was fabricated by controlling the hydrothermal reaction conditions carefully, which presents high coercive force (ca. 4.6 kOe) and high squareness ratio (ca. 0.65)

  7. A Simple Estimation Method for Aggregate Government Outsourcing

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    Minicucci, Stephen; Donahue, John D.

    2004-01-01

    The scholarly and popular debate on the delegation to the private sector of governmental tasks rests on an inadequate empirical foundation, as no systematic data are collected on direct versus indirect service delivery. We offer a simple method for approximating levels of service outsourcing, based on relatively straightforward combinations of and…

  8. Preparation of meta-stable phases of barium titanate by Sol-hydrothermal method

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    Selvaraj, Mahalakshmi; Venkatachalapathy, V.; Mayandi, J.; Karazhanov, S.; Pearce, J. M.

    2015-11-01

    Two low-cost chemical methods of sol-gel and the hydrothermal process have been strategically combined to fabricate barium titanate (BaTiO3) nanopowders. This method was tested for various synthesis temperatures (100 °C to 250 °C) employing barium dichloride (BaCl2) and titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) as precursors and sodium hydroxide (NaOH) as mineralizer for synthesis of BaTiO3 nanopowders. The as-prepared BaTiO3 powders were investigated for structural characteristics using x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The overall analysis indicates that the hydrothermal conditions create a gentle environment to promote the formation of crystalline phase directly from amorphous phase at the very low processing temperatures investigated. XRD analysis showed phase transitions from cubic - tetragonal - orthorhombic - rhombohedral with increasing synthesis temperature and calculated grain sizes were 34 - 38 nm (using the Scherrer formula). SEM and TEM analysis verified that the BaTiO3 nanopowders synthesized by this method were spherical in shape and about 114 - 170 nm in size. The particle distribution in both SEM and TEM shows that as the reaction temperature increases from 100 °C to 250 °C, the particles agglomerate. Selective area electron diffraction (SAED) shows that the particles are crystalline in nature. The study shows that choosing suitable precursor and optimizing pressure and temperature; different meta-stable (ferroelectric) phases of undoped BaTiO3 nanopowders can be stabilized by the sol-hydrothermal method.

  9. Preparation of meta-stable phases of barium titanate by Sol-hydrothermal method

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    Selvaraj, Mahalakshmi; Venkatachalapathy, V.; Karazhanov, S.; Pearce, J. M. E-mail: jeyanthinath@yahoo.co.in

    2015-11-15

    Two low-cost chemical methods of sol–gel and the hydrothermal process have been strategically combined to fabricate barium titanate (BaTiO{sub 3}) nanopowders. This method was tested for various synthesis temperatures (100 °C to 250 °C) employing barium dichloride (BaCl{sub 2}) and titanium tetrachloride (TiCl{sub 4}) as precursors and sodium hydroxide (NaOH) as mineralizer for synthesis of BaTiO{sub 3} nanopowders. The as-prepared BaTiO{sub 3} powders were investigated for structural characteristics using x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The overall analysis indicates that the hydrothermal conditions create a gentle environment to promote the formation of crystalline phase directly from amorphous phase at the very low processing temperatures investigated. XRD analysis showed phase transitions from cubic - tetragonal - orthorhombic - rhombohedral with increasing synthesis temperature and calculated grain sizes were 34 – 38 nm (using the Scherrer formula). SEM and TEM analysis verified that the BaTiO{sub 3} nanopowders synthesized by this method were spherical in shape and about 114 - 170 nm in size. The particle distribution in both SEM and TEM shows that as the reaction temperature increases from 100 °C to 250 °C, the particles agglomerate. Selective area electron diffraction (SAED) shows that the particles are crystalline in nature. The study shows that choosing suitable precursor and optimizing pressure and temperature; different meta-stable (ferroelectric) phases of undoped BaTiO{sub 3} nanopowders can be stabilized by the sol-hydrothermal method.

  10. Simple method to generate and fabricate stochastic porous scaffolds.

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    Yang, Nan; Gao, Lilan; Zhou, Kuntao

    2015-11-01

    Considerable effort has been made to generate regular porous structures (RPSs) using function-based methods, although little effort has been made for constructing stochastic porous structures (SPSs) using the same methods. In this short communication, we propose a straightforward method for SPS construction that is simple in terms of methodology and the operations used. Using our method, we can obtain a SPS with functionally graded, heterogeneous and interconnected pores, target pore size and porosity distributions, which are useful for applications in tissue engineering. The resulting SPS models can be directly fabricated using additive manufacturing (AM) techniques. PMID:26249613

  11. Photocatalytic properties of hierarchical ZnO flowers synthesized by a sucrose-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Lv, Wei; Wei, Bo; Xu, Lingling; Zhao, Yan; Gao, Hong; Liu, Jia

    2012-10-01

    In this work, hierarchical ZnO flowers were synthesized via a sucrose-assisted urea hydrothermal method. The thermogravimetric analysis/differential thermal analysis (TGA-DTA) and Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR) showed that sucrose acted as a complexing agent in the synthesis process and assisted combustion during annealing. Photocatalytic activity was evaluated using the degradation of organic dye methyl orange. The sucrose added ZnO flowers showed improved activity, which was mainly attributed to the better crystallinity as confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. The effect of sucrose amount on photocatalytic activity was also studied.

  12. Hydro-thermal Commitment Scheduling by Tabu Search Method with Cooling-Banking Constraints

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    Nayak, Nimain Charan; Rajan, C. Christober Asir

    This paper presents a new approach for developing an algorithm for solving the Unit Commitment Problem (UCP) in a Hydro-thermal power system. Unit Commitment is a nonlinear optimization problem to determine the minimum cost turn on/off schedule of the generating units in a power system by satisfying both the forecasted load demand and various operating constraints of the generating units. The effectiveness of the proposed hybrid algorithm is proved by the numerical results shown comparing the generation cost solutions and computation time obtained by using Tabu Search Algorithm with other methods like Evolutionary Programming and Dynamic Programming in reaching proper unit commitment.

  13. Ferromagnetism in Sm doped ZnO nanorods by a hydrothermal method

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    Piao, Jingyuan; Tseng, Li-Ting; Yi, Jiabao

    2016-04-01

    Sm doped ZnO nanorods with various concentrations have been successfully synthesized using a hydrothermal method. XRD analysis indicates that there are no impurities or secondary phases in all the samples. The continuous expansion of d-spacing from XRD and TEM analysis suggests the effective corporation of Sm ions in ZnO. It is found that pure ZnO is paramagnetic. Both 1% and 5% Sm doped ZnO nanorods are ferromagnetic at room temperature. 5% Sm doped ZnO has a large paramagnetic signal at low temperature, suggesting the formation of the precipitation or clusters of samarium oxide.

  14. Synthesis of CdTe QDs by hydrothermal method, with tunable emission fluorescence

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    Liu, Fujun; Laurent, Sophie; Vander Elst, Luce; Muller, Robert N.

    2015-09-01

    Cadmium telluride (CdTe) quantum dots (QDs) were prepared via a hydrothermal method, using 3-mercaptopropionic acid (3-MPA) as the stabilizing agent. With the help of absorption and emission spectra, it was found that prolonging the reaction time and raising the reaction temperature can increase the size of the QDs obtained, and hence induce a red shift of fluorescence emission. Rhodamine 6G was used as the reference to calculate the quantum yield (QY), and this showed that the use of extra Cd ions will distinctly increase the QY of CdTe.

  15. Studies on n-ZnO/p-Si heterojunction fabricated by hydrothermal method

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    V, Shrisha B.; Bhat, Shashidhara; Naik, K GopalaKrishna

    2015-06-24

    Pure and Aluminum (Al) doped ZnO nanorods were grown on silicon (Si) substrates by hydrothermal method. The grown samples were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). FESEM images shows that there is no distinct difference between morphology of Al-doped and undoped nanorods. The pure and Al doped ZnO nanorods were used to fabricate n-ZnO/p-Si p–n heterojunction diodes. Temperature-dependant (313, 473, 523, 573, 623, and 673 K) current voltage (I–V) characteristics for the fabricated diodes are presented in this paper.

  16. Anticorrosive magnesium hydroxide coating on AZ31 magnesium alloy by hydrothermal method

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    Zhu, Yanying; Wu, Guangming; Zhao, Qing; Zhang, Yun-Hong; Xing, Guangjian; Li, Donglin

    2009-09-01

    Magnesium alloys are potential biodegradable biomaterials in orthopedic surgery. However, the rapid degradation rate has limited their application in biomedical field. A great deal of studies have been done to improve the resistance of magnesium alloys. In this article, An anticorrosive magnesium hydroxide coating with a thickness of approximately 100μm was formed on an AZ31 magnesium alloy by hydrothermal method. The morphology of the coatings were observed by an optical microscope and SEM. And the samples were soaked in hank's solution (37°C) to investigate the corrosion resistance. Magnesium alloy AZ31 with magnesium hydroxide coatings present superior corrosion resistance than untreated samples.

  17. Growth and optical properties of bulk KTP crystals by hydrothermal method

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    Zhang, Chang-Long; Hu, Zhang-Gui; Huang, Ling-Xiong; Zhou, Wei-Ning; lü, Zhi; Zhang, Ge; Liu, You-Chen; Zou, Yan-Bin; Lu, Fu-Hua; Hou, Hang-De; Qin, Shi-Jie; Zhang, Hai-Xia; Bai, Lang

    2008-04-01

    The high-quality bulk potassium titanyl phosphate (KTiOPO 4 or KTP) crystals have been grown successfully by the hydrothermal method using an improved mixed solution of K 2HPO 4 (2.0 mol/l), KH 2PO 4 (0.1 mol/l) and H 2O 2 (1 wt%) as mineralizer, and spontaneous flux KTP crystals as nutrients. The growing rate of KTP crystals along (0 1 1) was 0.15 mm/day. The size of the biggest grown crystal was up to 26×83×25 mm 3, 132 g in weight. The transmittance was over 80% in the range of 450-2500 nm. The optical homogeneity was up to 4.15×10 -6 cm -1. The precise principal refractive indices were measured by the auto-collimation method and compared with those of KTP grown by the flux method. The Sellmeir equations were fitted with the experimental data. The test of bulk absorption at strong CW green radiation 532 nm was performed with the photo-thermal common-path interferometer. The results showed that the hydrothermal KTP crystals have great ability to anti-gray track.

  18. A simple and inexpensive method for muddy shore profiling

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    Chowdhury, Sayedur Rahman; Hossain, M. Shahadat; Sharifuzzaman, S. M.

    2014-11-01

    There are several well-established methods for obtaining beach profiles, and more accurate and precise high-tech methods are emerging. Traditional low-cost methods requiring minimal user skill or training are still popular among professionals, scientists, and coastal zone management practitioners. Simple methods are being developed with a primary focus on sand and gravel beaches. This paper describes a simple, low-cost, manual field method for measuring profiles of beaches, which is particularly suitable for muddy shores. The equipment is a type of flexible U-tube manometer that uses liquid columns in vertical tubes to measure differences in elevation; the supporting frame is constructed from wooden poles with base disks, which hold measuring scales and a PVC tube. The structure was trialed on a mudflat characterized by a 20-40-cm-thick surface layer of silt and clay, located at the Kutubdia Island, Bangladesh. The study results are discussed with notes on the method's applicability, advantages and limitations, and several optional modifications for different scenarios for routine profiling of muddy shores. The equipment can be used by one person or two people, and the accuracy of the method is comparable to those in other methods. The equipment can also be used on sandy or gravel beaches.

  19. Hydrothermal Alteration Mineralogy Characterized Through Multiple Analytical Methods: Implications for Mars

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    Black, S.; Hynek, B. M.; Kierein-Young, K. S.; Avard, G.; Alvarado-Induni, G.

    2015-12-01

    Proper characterization of mineralogy is an essential part of geologic interpretation. This process becomes even more critical when attempting to interpret the history of a region remotely, via satellites and/or landed spacecraft. Orbiters and landed missions to Mars carry with them a wide range of analytical tools to aid in the interpretation of Mars' geologic history. However, many instruments make a single type of measurement (e.g., APXS: elemental chemistry; XRD: mineralogy), and multiple data sets must be utilized to develop a comprehensive understanding of a sample. Hydrothermal alteration products often exist in intimate mixtures, and vary widely across a site due to changing pH, temperature, and fluid/gas chemistries. These characteristics require that we develop a detailed understanding regarding the possible mineral mixtures that may exist, and their detectability in different instrument data sets. This comparative analysis study utilized several analytical methods on existing or planned Mars rovers (XRD Raman, LIBS, Mössbauer, and APXS) combined with additional characterization (thin section, VNIR, XRF, SEM-EMP) to develop a comprehensive suite of data for hydrothermal alteration products collected from Poás and Turrialba volcanoes in Costa Rica. Analyzing the same samples across a wide range of instruments allows for direct comparisons of results, and identification of instrumentation "blind spots." This provides insight into the ability of in-situ analyses to comprehensively characterize sites on Mars exhibiting putative hydrothermal characteristics, such as the silica and sulfate deposits at Gusev crater [eg: Squyres et al., 2008], as well as valuable information for future mission planning and data interpretation. References: Squyres et al. (2008), Detection of Silica-Rich Deposits on Mars, Science, 320, 1063-1067, doi:10.1126/science.1155429.

  20. Facile synthesis of graphene/ZnO nanocomposites by low temperature hydrothermal method

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    Saravanakumar, Balasubramaniam; Mohan, Rajneesh; Kim, Sang-Jae

    2013-02-15

    Highlights: ► Graphene/ZnO nanocomposites were prepared by low temperature hydrothermal method. ► Rhodamine-B degraded by using graphene/ZnO nanocomposites. ► ZnO anchored well on the surface of graphene. -- Abstract: Graphene/ZnO nanocomposites have been synthesized using hydrothermal method at two different temperatures 80 and 90 °C. The structure, morphology and optical properties of as synthesized nanocomposites were analyzed through X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV–vis absorbance spectroscopy. The XRD pattern confirmed the formation of graphene decorated by hexagonal ZnO with high crystallinity. FESEM image revealed that the sheet like graphene decorated with ZnO in homogeneously. Decoration of quasi-spherical ZnO nanoparticles on graphene sheet was confirmed by TEM. The characteristic absorbance peaks of graphene/ZnO nanocomposites were observed in UV visible spectra. The photocatalytic degradation experiment was performed against rhodamine-B dye and showed good catalytic activity for both samples. The graphene/ZnO nanocomposites showed higher catalytic activity then ZnO nanoparticles. The GZN-90 sample showed more catalytic activity than GZN-80 due to higher density of ZnO in graphene surface generates large number of photo-induced electron.

  1. A Simple Graphical Method to Determine the Order in Catalyst

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    2016-01-01

    Abstract A graphical analysis to elucidate the order in catalyst is presented. This analysis uses a normalized time scale, t [cat]T n, to adjust entire reaction profiles constructed with concentration data. The method is fast and simple to perform because it directly uses the concentration data, therefore avoiding the data handling that is usually required to extract rates. Compared to methods that use rates, the normalized time scale analysis requires fewer experiments and minimizes the effects of experimental errors by using information on the entire reaction profile. PMID:26749539

  2. Simple method for determination of parameters of cemented doublet.

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    Mikš, Antonín; Pokorný, Petr

    2016-07-10

    This paper proposes a simple noninvasive method that makes it possible to calculate the inner design parameters of the cemented doublet using measurements of its chosen paraxial optical and geometrical parameters without any damage to the system under testing (e.g., dismantling). Derived formulas are based on the knowledge of measured values of the lenses thicknesses, the radii of curvatures of the first and the last doublet's surfaces, the paraxial focal length, and positions of the object and the image focal point. Practical usefulness of the proposed method is demonstrated on the real measurement of a known doublet. PMID:27409326

  3. An alternative simple method in laryngoscope blade decontamination.

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    Orhan, Mehmet Emin; Saygun, Onur; Güzeldemir, M Erdal

    2002-06-01

    The cleaning and disinfection of laryngoscope blades is controversial. The aim of this study is to investigate the efficacy of two different chemical disinfectant agents and tap water where the laryngoscope blades were contaminated by different microorganisms and try to create a simple, effective and easy decontamination method. The results of our study demonstrate that the decontamination of the laryngoscope blades, which are cleansed with tap water, is not a reliable approach. In conclusion, mechanical cleaning of blades with water and the immersion in 2% glutaraldehyde or 10% polyvinyl pyrrolidine iodine for 10 minutes is an effective method for decontamination of laryngoscope blades. PMID:12138517

  4. Simple laboratory methods for quantitative IR measurements of CW agents

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    Puckrin, Eldon; Thériault, Jean-Marc; Lavoie, Hugo; Dubé, Denis; Lepage, Carmela J.; Petryk, Michael

    2005-11-01

    A simple method is presented for quantitatively measuring the absorbance of chemical warfare (CW) agents and their simulants in the vapour phase. The technique is based on a standard lab-bench FTIR spectrometer, 10-cm gas cell, a high accuracy Baratron pressure manometer, vacuum pump and simple stainless-steel hardware components. The results of this measurement technique are demonstrated for sarin (GB) and soman (GD). A second technique is also introduced for the passive IR detection of CW agents in an open- air path located in a fumehood. Using a modified open-cell with a pathlength of 45 cm, open-air passive infrared measurements have been obtained for simulants and several classical CW agents. Detection, identification and quantification results based on passive infrared measurements are presented for GB and the CW agent simulant, DMMP, using the CATSI sensor which has been developed by DRDC Valcartier. The open-cell technique represents a relatively simple and feasible method for examining the detection capability of passive sensors, such as CATSI, for CW agents.

  5. Preparation high photocatalytic activity of CdS/halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) nanocomposites with hydrothermal method

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    Xing, Weinan; Ni, Liang; Huo, Pengwei; Lu, Ziyang; Liu, Xinlin; Luo, Yingying; Yan, Yongsheng

    2012-10-01

    A novel nanocatalyst CdS/halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) was synthesized by hydrothermal method with direct growth of CdS nanoparticles on the surface of HNTs. The as-prepared photocatalysts had been characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-vis DRS), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and the thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA). The photocatalytic activity of the sample was evaluated by the degradation of tetracycline (TC) under visible light irradiation. Benefit from the excellent properties of CdS and HNTs, the photocatalyst exhibited good photocatalytic activity and stability. In order to find out the optimum synthesis condition to obtain the best photocatalytic activity, a series of experiments were performed with different CdS loading capacity, different sources of sulfide and different hydrothermal temperatures, etc. The best photodegradation rate could reach 93% in 60 min under visible light irradiation. Therefore, the combination of CdS nanoparticles with HNTs endowed this material with a potential use in environmental treatments in industries.

  6. Simple colorimetric method for seminal plasma zinc assay.

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    Fuentes, J; Miró, J; Riera, J

    1982-01-01

    Zinc concentration in seminal plasma is one of the best biochemical parameters with which to assess prostatic function in the study of male infertility. Nevertheless, this parameter is not determined in many laboratories because of technical difficulties. In this paper a simple colorimetric method for seminal plasma zinc assay is presented. This assay is performed with only one reagent solution making deproteinization and extraction with organic solvents unnecessary. The method is based on the reaction between 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-naphthol and zinc which yields a coloured complex, that is soluble in the reagent solution when dodecyl hydrogen sulfate sodium salt is present. The solubilized complex has an absorbance peak at 560 nm. The accuracy of this method is proved by statistical comparison with atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Furthermore, the method has a good precision and is free of interference. PMID:7125243

  7. Simple colorimetric method for determination of thiamine hydrochloride in pharmaceuticals.

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    Sane, R T; Doshi, V J; Jukar, S; Joshi, S K; Sawant, S V; Pandit, U R

    1985-01-01

    A simple colorimetric method is described for the determination of thiamine hydrochloride (vitamin B1) in dosage forms. The method is based on measurement of a yellow complex formed when thiamine HCl is treated with p-methylaminophenol sulfate (Metol) under alkaline conditions. Compounds such as vitamins A, B2, B6, B12, C, D, and E, and niacinamide, citric acid, liquid glucose, calcium pantothenate, biotin, liver extract, and folic acid do not interfere in the reaction. Extracting the complex into chloroform before quantitation enhances the stability of the reaction product and removes interference of water-soluble colored constituents in syrup samples. Statistical validation shows that the method is precise and accurate. Results agree well with those obtained by other methods in the literature. PMID:3980419

  8. THE CONTOUR METHOD: SIMPLE 2-D MAPPING OF RESIDUAL STRESSES

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    M. PRIME; A. GONZALES

    2000-06-01

    We present an entirely new method for measuring residual stress that is extremely simple to apply yet more powerful than existing techniques. In this method, a part is carefully cut in two. The contour of the resulting new surface is measured to determine the displacements normal to the surface caused by the release of the residual stresses. Analytically, the opposite of these measured displacements are applied as boundary conditions to the surface in a finite element model. By Bueckner's superposition principle, this gives the original residual stresses normal to the plane of the cut. Unlike other relaxation methods for measuring residual stress, the measured data can be used to solve directly for the stresses without a tedious inversion technique. At the same time, an arbitrary two-dimensional variation in stresses can be determined. We demonstrate the method on a steel specimen with a known residual stress profile.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of WO{sub 3} nanostructures prepared by an aged-hydrothermal method

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    Huirache-Acuna, R.; Paraguay-Delgado, F.; Albiter, M.A.; Lara-Romero, J.; Martinez-Sanchez, R.

    2009-09-15

    Nanostructures of tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3}) have been successfully synthesized by using an aged route at low temperature (60 deg. C) followed by a hydrothermal method at 200 deg. C for 48 h under well controlled conditions. The material was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Specific Surface Area (S{sub BET}) were measured by using the BET method. The lengths of the WO{sub 3} nanostructures obtained are between 30 and 200 nm and their diameters are from 20 to 70 nm. The growth direction of the tungsten oxide nanostructures was determined along [010] axis with an inter-planar distance of 0.38 nm.

  10. A simple method of intramedullary fixation for proximal interphalangeal arthrodesis.

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    Canales, Michael B; Razzante, Mark C; Ehredt, Duane J; Clougherty, Coleman O

    2014-01-01

    Lesser digital arthrodesis has become one of the most widely used techniques in foot and ankle surgery. When performing digital arthrodesis, surgeons have an abundance of options for implantable devices. We provide information on a simple method of achieving successful arthrodesis. An intramedullary Kirschner wire is implanted into the proximal phalanx with the intermediate phalanx compressed over the wire for rigid internal fixation to avoid the use of an external device. We have had results similar to those from the published data of more expensive implants. PMID:24846156

  11. Simple processing method for high-strength silicon carbide

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    Hurst, Janet B.; Dutta, Sunil

    1987-01-01

    Silicon carbide test bars were made by a simple wet-processing technique. The pressure casting method used the same equipment as conventional dry-pressing, but with a modified die. This casting technique was employed in order to produce test bars with improved strength and smaller fracture flaws than produced by dry-pressing. This was accomplished by eliminating pore clusters which were present in dry-pressed specimens and identified as a common source of failure in SiC MOR test bars.

  12. A simple method for collection of gunshot residues from clothing.

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    Andrasko, J; Pettersson, S

    1991-01-01

    Simple equipment for the sampling of gunshot residue particles from clothing, inside of bags, pockets, etc, is described. Collection was achieved by vacuuming through a double filtration system constructed from a Nucleopore aerosol holder connected to an ordinary vacuum cleaner. The collected particles were examined by scanning electron microscopy. Good results were observed in functional tests of this equipment and the method has been introduced into casework in our laboratory. Various experiments on possible contamination of clothing by GSR particles were performed. The usefulness of clothing as evidence material in searching for GSR particles is discussed. PMID:1744623

  13. A simple method for making photographic records under sterile conditions.

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    Kao, Chiung-Lun; Cheng, Bor-Chih; Lu, Ming-Shian; Nan, Yu-Yun; Chang, Jen-Ping

    2007-12-01

    Digital photography has become a practical alternative to conventional film photography for medical documentation, communication, and education. The use of digital cameras has become increasingly popular in recent years for documenting perioperative conditions, intraoperative findings, and imaging studies. However, taking intraoperative pictures or video clips may be technically demanding for assistants or nurses. Herein, we describe a simple and effective method for surgeons to create photographic and video records of operations under sterile conditions involving the use of a digital camera encased in commercially available protective housing. PMID:18036961

  14. Anomalous luminescence phenomena of indium-doped ZnO nanostructures grown on Si substrates by the hydrothermal method

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    2012-01-01

    In recent years, zinc oxide (ZnO) has become one of the most popular research materials due to its unique properties and various applications. ZnO is an intrinsic semiconductor, with a wide bandgap (3.37 eV) and large exciton binding energy (60 meV) making it suitable for many optical applications. In this experiment, the simple hydrothermal method is used to grow indium-doped ZnO nanostructures on a silicon wafer, which are then annealed at different temperatures (400°C to 1,000°C) in an abundant oxygen atmosphere. This study discusses the surface structure and optical characteristic of ZnO nanomaterials. The structure of the ZnO nanostructures is analyzed by X-ray diffraction, the superficial state by scanning electron microscopy, and the optical measurements which are carried out using the temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) spectra. In this study, we discuss the broad peak energy of the yellow-orange emission which shows tendency towards a blueshift with the temperature increase in the PL spectra. This differs from other common semiconductors which have an increase in their peak energy of deep-level emission along with measurement temperature. PMID:22647253

  15. A simple and effective heat induced antigen retrieval method

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    K.R., Vinod; Jones, Denny; Udupa, Venkatesha

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we describe an additional step to the standard method of heat induced antigen retrieval to improve the detection of antibody staining of formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue sections. Direct heating of tissues in buffer is an efficient epitope retrieval method but often results in the damage or loss of tissues. In this modified method, before keeping in buffer for heating, we overlapped the tissue on the slide with a plain slide by clipping one end using a normal paperclip, keeping a minimum gap between the slides. Tissues heated in this way in buffer had following advantages over normal heat treatment for epitope retrieval. • Tissues were intact even at high temperatures which improved the quality of staining by preventing fold, damage or detachment of tissues from the slides. • The method is very safe and economical compared to the methods using microwave or pressure cooker. • This simple method also appears to be very effective and less time consuming compared to the existing methods. PMID:27158596

  16. A simple method for extracting DNA from old skeletal material.

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    Cattaneo, C; Smillie, D M; Gelsthorpe, K; Piccinini, A; Gelsthorpe, A R; Sokol, R J

    1995-07-28

    Extraction of DNA from old skeletal material is of great importance in the identification of human remains, but is particularly difficult because the methods currently employed, especially those using phenol/chloroform, are not always satisfactory. A simple technique based on the removal of non-nucleic acid material by salting out (precipitation) with saturated sodium acetate is described; the presence of DNA in the extract being confirmed by amplification of selected sequences of the HLA-DRB1 gene using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The method was applied to fresh bone (five femoral heads and six vertebral bodies) and to bone from two forensic cases, 3 and 9 months post-mortem, respectively. Parallel extractions using the phenol/chloroform technique were performed on all samples in order to compare the efficiency of the two methods. Using sodium acetate precipitation, amplifiable DNA was consistently extracted from fresh bone, as well as from the two forensic cases. With the phenol/chloroform method, amplification was successful in only 7 out of 11 instances with the fresh bone samples and failed in both forensic cases. The studies also showed that an effective way of removing PCR inhibitors is to subject the extract to agarose gel electrophoresis, isolate the high molecular weight area and re-extract the DNA from the gel by boiling. It was concluded that the sodium acetate method is a valid alternative to established techniques for extracting DNA from bone and that it offers the advantages of being simple, quick, inexpensive and avoids using hazardous reagents. PMID:7557753

  17. The influence of sodium lauryl sulfate on the crystal phases of titania by hydrothermal method

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    Liu, Chaohong; Wang, Xin

    2012-11-01

    In this paper, we prepared TiO2 nanostructures by a hydrothermal method and investigated the influence of the SO4^{2-} ion and the effect of long alkyl chains of sodium dodecyl sulfate on the crystal phases of TiO2 by experiments and theoretical calculations. The results indicate that the absorption of the H+HSO4 fragment on rutile (110) is more stable than that of the 2H+SO4 fragment and more favorable to the formation of anatase. The absorption and steric effects of sodium dodecyl sulfate on the surfaces of TiO2 grains also have an important influence on the formation of mixed crystals by changing the speed and the way of octahedral TiO6 units combining. Based on the above facts, we revised the original reaction scheme for crystalline titania formation by previous authors.

  18. Dramatic activity of mixed-phase TiO2 photocatalyst synthesized by hydrothermal method

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    Li, Huiquan; Xu, Bolian; Fan, Yining

    2013-02-01

    The mixed-phase TiO2 photocatalysts with different anatase/rutile/brookite ratios and high specific surface area (157-218 m2/g) were prepared by hydrothermal method at 100 °C and the effect of rutile content in TiO2 on the BET surface area, light absorption and separation efficiency of photogenerated charge carriers was studied and correlated to the photocatalytic activity of TiO2. Rutile content increased from 0% to 100% by increasing the amount of TiCl4 in aqueous phase and the initial pH value of reaction solution played an important role in the phase composition of TiO2. The photocatalytic mechanism of mixed-phase TiO2 was discussed.

  19. Fabrication of indium sulfide nanofibers via a hydrothermal method assisted by AAO template

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    Zhu Xiaoyi; Ma Junfeng . E-mail: majf@mail.ouc.edu.cn; Wang Yonggang; Tao Jiantao; Zhou Jun; Zhao Zhongqiang; Xie Lijin; Tian Hua

    2006-08-10

    {beta}-In{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanofibers were successfully synthesized via a hydrothermal method with AAO membrane as a template at 150 deg. C for 15 h. XRD patterns indicated the perfect crystallization of {beta}-In{sub 2}S{sub 3}. SEM images showed that the {beta}-In{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanofibers grew up from the channel ends of the AAO template. TEM images confirmed that the nanofibers had a high aspect ratio of ca. 40-50 and diameters of about 10 nm. The room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectrum of the {beta}-In{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanofibers indicated its potential applications in light-emission devices.

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of Nanostructure Transition Metal Oxides Extracted from Industrial Waste (EOFD) by Hydrothermal Method

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    Girisun, T. C. Sabari; Babeela, C.; Vidhya, V.

    2011-10-01

    Electric oil furnace dust (EOFD) is a solid waste generated in the collection of particulate material during steelmaking process in electric and oil furnaces. Over 7 million metric tons dust produced per annum in worldwide creates deep impacts like soil, ground water and ecology pollutions. This article reports the simple one step process for the extraction of nanostructured metal oxides from the industrial waste (EOFD) for the realization of low cost solar applications. By hydrothermal technique valuable metals were obtained in the form of metal oxides. Initially the presence of metals was identified by ICP analysis. XRD analysis confirms the formation of nano structured titanium oxide (TiO) along with traces of iron oxide (Fe2O3). The surface morphology and the particle size were analyzed by SEM analysis. Thus the metal oxides derived could be helpful to reduce the burden on the environment, increase the development of the source nano material and reduce the cost of raw materials for solar cell applications.

  1. Hydrazine-hydrothermal method to synthesize three-dimensional chalcogenide framework for photocatalytic hydrogen generation

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    Liu Yi; Kanhere, Pushkar D.; Wong, Chui Ling; Tian Yuefeng; Feng Yuhua; Boey, Freddy; Wu, Tom; Chen Hongyu; White, Tim J.; Chen Zhong; Zhang Qichun

    2010-11-15

    A novel chalcogenide, [Mn{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}S{sub 5}(N{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sub 3}] (1), has been synthesized by the hydrazine-hydrothermal method. X-ray crystallography study reveals that the new compound 1 crystallizes in space group P1-bar (no. 2) of the triclinic system. The structure features an open neutral three-dimensional framework, where two-dimensional mesh-like inorganic layers are bridged by intra- and inter-layer hydrazine ligands. Both two Mn1 and Mn2 sites adopt distorted octahedral coordination. While two Sb1 and Sb2 sites exhibit two different coordination geometries, the Sb1 site is coordinated with three S atoms to generate a SbS{sub 3} trigonal-pyramidal geometry, and the Sb2 site adopts a SbS{sub 4} trigonal bipyramidal coordination geometry. It has an optical band gap of about {approx}2.09 eV, which was deduced from the diffuse reflectance spectrum, and displays photocatalytic behaviors under visible light irradiation. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show compound 1 obeys the Curie-Weiss law in the range of 50-300 K. -- Graphical abstract: A novel chalcogenide, [Mn{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}S{sub 5}(N{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sub 3}] (1), synthesized by hydrazine-hydrothermal method, has a band gap of about {approx}2.09 eV and displays photocatalytic behaviors under visible light irradiation. Display Omitted

  2. A simple headspace equilibration method for measuring dissolved methane

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    Magen, C; Lapham, L.L.; Pohlman, John W.; Marshall, Kristin N.; Bosman, S.; Casso, Michael; Chanton, J.P.

    2014-01-01

    Dissolved methane concentrations in the ocean are close to equilibrium with the atmosphere. Because methane is only sparingly soluble in seawater, measuring it without contamination is challenging for samples collected and processed in the presence of air. Several methods for analyzing dissolved methane are described in the literature, yet none has conducted a thorough assessment of the method yield, contamination issues during collection, transport and storage, and the effect of temperature changes and preservative. Previous extraction methods transfer methane from water to gas by either a "sparge and trap" or a "headspace equilibration" technique. The gas is then analyzed for methane by gas chromatography. Here, we revisit the headspace equilibration technique and describe a simple, inexpensive, and reliable method to measure methane in fresh and seawater, regardless of concentration. Within the range of concentrations typically found in surface seawaters (2-1000 nmol L-1), the yield of the method nears 100% of what is expected from solubility calculation following the addition of known amount of methane. In addition to being sensitive (detection limit of 0.1 ppmv, or 0.74 nmol L-1), this method requires less than 10 min per sample, and does not use highly toxic chemicals. It can be conducted with minimum materials and does not require the use of a gas chromatograph at the collection site. It can therefore be used in various remote working environments and conditions.

  3. Development of a Simple Method for Concentrating Enteroviruses from Oysters

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    Sobsey, Mark D.; Wallis, Craig; Melnick, Joseph L.

    1975-01-01

    The development of a simple method for concentrating enteroviruses from oysters is described. In this method viruses in homogenized oyster tissues are efficiently adsorbed to oyster solids at pH 5.5 and low salt concentration. After low-speed centrifugation, the supernatant is discarded and viruses are eluted from the sedimented oyster solids by resuspending them in pH 3.5 glycine-buffered saline. The solids are then removed by low-speed centrifugation, and the virus-containing supernatant is filtered through a 0.2-μm porosity filter to remove bacteria and other small particulates without removing viruses. The virus-containing filtrate is then concentrated to a volume of a few milliliters by ultrafiltration, and the concentrate obtained is inoculated directly into cell cultures for virus assay. When tested with pools of oysters experimentally contaminated with small amounts of different enteroviruses, virus recovery efficiency averaged 63%. PMID:234154

  4. Phenology of Net Ecosystem Exchange: A Simple Estimation Method

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    Losleben, M. V.

    2007-12-01

    Carbon sequestration is important to global carbon budget and ecosystem function and dynamics research. Direct measurement of Net Ecosystem Exchange (NEE), a measure of the carbon sequestration of an ecosystem, is instrument, labor, and fiscally intensive, thus there is value to establish a simple, robust estimation method. Six ecosystem types across the United States, ranging from deciduous and coniferous forests to desert shrub land and grasslands, are compared. Initial results suggest instrumentally measured NEE and this proxy method are promising, showing excellent temporal matches of the two methods for onset and termination of carbon sequestration in a sub-alpine forest for the study period, 1997-2006. Moreover, the similarity of climatic signatures in all six ecosystems of this study suggests this proxy estimation method may be widely applicable across diverse environmental zones This estimation method is simply the interpretation of annual accumulated daily precipitation plotted against the annual daily accumulated degree growing days above a zero degree C base. Applicability at sub-seasonal time scales will also be discussed in this presentation.

  5. A simple unsplit Godunov method for multidimensional MHD

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    Stone, James M.; Gardiner, Thomas

    2009-02-01

    We describe a numerical algorithm based on Godunov methods for integrating the equations of compressible magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) in multidimensions. It combines a simple, dimensionally-unsplit integration method with the constrained transport (CT) discretization of the induction equation to enforce the divergence-free constraint. We present the results of a series of fully three-dimensional tests which indicate the method is second-order accurate for smooth solutions in all MHD wave families, and captures shocks, contact and rotational discontinuities well. However, it is also more diffusive than other more complex unsplit integrators combined with CT. Thus, the primary advantage of the method is its simplicity. It does not require a characteristic tracing step to construct interface values for the Riemann solver, it is straightforward to extend with additional physics, and it is suitable for use with nested and adaptive meshes. The method is implemented as one of two dimensionally unsplit MHD integrators in the Athena code, which is freely available for download from the web.

  6. A Simple Method for Demonstrating the Giardia Lamblia Trophozoite

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    Rajurkar, Monali N.; Lall, Niharika; Basak, Silpi; Mallick, Sanjay K.

    2012-01-01

    Introduction Giardia lamblia is a flagellated protozoan parasite of man. Only 2 stages i.e. the trophozoite and the cyst forms are observed in the life cycle of Giardia. The Giardia infection is acquired from drinking water or by eating food which is contaminated with cysts. The symptoms of the Giardia infection are foul smelling diarrhoea, flatulence, steatorrhoea, etc. Stool samples from the patients are examined for the detection of the motile trophozoites and cysts. As the trophozoites disintegrate rapidly, the stool sample should be observed within 15 minutes of its passage. Hence, we developed a staining method to stain the Giardia trophozoite permanently. Materials and Methods Smears of the stool samples were prepared and they were fixed with methanol. The staining was done by using a 1% methylene blue solution. Results All the 15 known Giardia lamblia trophozoite positive samples were also found to be positive by the Methylene blue staining. The Giardia lamblia cysts could not be stained by this method. 20 stool samples were used as negative controls. Conclusion We developed the methylene blue staining for demonstrating the trophozoite of Giardia, which is a very simple permanent staining method. The slides can be kept for a permanent record. PMID:23285438

  7. A simple method for rapidly processing HEU from weapons returns

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    McLean, W. II; Miller, P.E.

    1994-01-01

    A method based on the use of a high temperature fluidized bed for rapidly oxidizing, homogenizing and down-blending Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) from dismantled nuclear weapons is presented. This technology directly addresses many of the most important issues that inhibit progress in international commerce in HEU; viz., transaction verification, materials accountability, transportation and environmental safety. The equipment used to carry out the oxidation and blending is simple, inexpensive and highly portable. Mobile facilities to be used for point-of-sale blending and analysis of the product material are presented along with a phased implementation plan that addresses the conversion of HEU derived from domestic weapons and related waste streams as well as material from possible foreign sources such as South Africa or the former Soviet Union.

  8. A simple gel electrophoresis method for separating polyhedral gold nanoparticles

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    Kim, Suhee; Lee, Hye Jin

    2015-07-01

    In this paper, a simple approach to separate differently shaped and sized polyhedral gold nanoparticles (NPs) within colloidal solutions via gel electrophoresis is described. Gel running parameters for separating efficiently gold NPs including gel composition, added surfactant types and applied voltage were investigated. The plasmonic properties and physical structure of the separated NPs extracted from the gel matrix were then investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-vis spectrophotometry respectively. Data analysis revealed that gel electrophoresis conditions of a 1.5 % agarose gel with 0.1 % sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) surfactant under an applied voltage of 100 V resulted in the selective isolation of ~ 50 nm polyhedral shaped gold nanoparticles. Further efforts are underway to apply the method to purify biomolecule-conjugated polyhedral Au NPs that can be readily used for NP-enhanced biosensing platforms.

  9. A simple vitrification method for cryobanking avian testicular tissue.

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    Liu, J; Cheng, K M; Purdy, P H; Silversides, F G

    2012-12-01

    Cryopreservation of testicular tissue is a promising method of preserving male reproductive potential for avian species. This study was conducted to assess whether a vitrification method can be used to preserve avian testicular tissue, using the Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) as a model. A simple vitrification method that included dimethyl sulphoxide, ethylene glycol, and sucrose as cryoprotective agents, and allowed the storage of tissue in a sealed macrotube was applied to the testicular tissue from 1-wk-old Japanese quail. The vitrified tissue was warmed at room temperature or at 40°C. After warming, tissue was implanted onto the chorioallantoic membrane of 8- to 9-d-old chicken embryos and the vascularization of the grafts was evaluated. When compared with fresh tissue, the tissue that had been warmed at 40°C showed no difference in vascularization. The tissue that had been warmed at room temperature was significantly less vascularized than the fresh tissue. Vitrification of testicular tissue and storage in macrotubes provide a promising model for preservation and recovery of male germplasm of avian species. PMID:23155032

  10. A simple method to improve autonomous GPS positioning for tractors.

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    Gomez-Gil, Jaime; Alonso-Garcia, Sergio; Gómez-Gil, Francisco Javier; Stombaugh, Tim

    2011-01-01

    Error is always present in the GPS guidance of a tractor along a desired trajectory. One way to reduce GPS guidance error is by improving the tractor positioning. The most commonly used ways to do this are either by employing more precise GPS receivers and differential corrections or by employing GPS together with some other local positioning systems such as electronic compasses or Inertial Navigation Systems (INS). However, both are complex and expensive solutions. In contrast, this article presents a simple and low cost method to improve tractor positioning when only a GPS receiver is used as the positioning sensor. The method is based on placing the GPS receiver ahead of the tractor, and on applying kinematic laws of tractor movement, or a geometric approximation, to obtain the midpoint position and orientation of the tractor rear axle more precisely. This precision improvement is produced by the fusion of the GPS data with tractor kinematic control laws. Our results reveal that the proposed method effectively reduces the guidance GPS error along a straight trajectory. PMID:22163917

  11. A Simple Method to Improve Autonomous GPS Positioning for Tractors

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    Gomez-Gil, Jaime; Alonso-Garcia, Sergio; Gómez-Gil, Francisco Javier; Stombaugh, Tim

    2011-01-01

    Error is always present in the GPS guidance of a tractor along a desired trajectory. One way to reduce GPS guidance error is by improving the tractor positioning. The most commonly used ways to do this are either by employing more precise GPS receivers and differential corrections or by employing GPS together with some other local positioning systems such as electronic compasses or Inertial Navigation Systems (INS). However, both are complex and expensive solutions. In contrast, this article presents a simple and low cost method to improve tractor positioning when only a GPS receiver is used as the positioning sensor. The method is based on placing the GPS receiver ahead of the tractor, and on applying kinematic laws of tractor movement, or a geometric approximation, to obtain the midpoint position and orientation of the tractor rear axle more precisely. This precision improvement is produced by the fusion of the GPS data with tractor kinematic control laws. Our results reveal that the proposed method effectively reduces the guidance GPS error along a straight trajectory. PMID:22163917

  12. A simple method for the measurement of reflective foil emissivity

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    Ballico, M. J.; van der Ham, E. W. M.

    2013-09-01

    Reflective metal foil is widely used to reduce radiative heat transfer within the roof space of buildings. Such foils are typically mass-produced by vapor-deposition of a thin metallic coating onto a variety of substrates, ranging from plastic-coated reinforced paper to "bubble-wrap". Although the emissivity of such surfaces is almost negligible in the thermal infrared, typically less than 0.03, an insufficiently thick metal coating, or organic contamination of the surface, can significantly increase this value. To ensure that the quality of the installed insulation is satisfactory, Australian building code AS/NZS 4201.5:1994 requires a practical agreed method for measurement of the emissivity, and the standard ASTM-E408 is implied. Unfortunately this standard is not a "primary method" and requires the use of specified expensive apparatus and calibrated reference materials. At NMIA we have developed a simple primary technique, based on an apparatus to thermally modulate the sample and record the apparent modulation in infra-red radiance with commercially available radiation thermometers. The method achieves an absolute accuracy in the emissivity of approximately 0.004 (k=2). This paper theoretically analyses the equivalence between the thermal emissivity measured in this manner, the effective thermal emissivity in application, and the apparent emissivity measured in accordance with ASTM-E408.

  13. A simple method for the measurement of reflective foil emissivity

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    Ballico, M. J.; Ham, E. W. M. van der

    2013-09-11

    Reflective metal foil is widely used to reduce radiative heat transfer within the roof space of buildings. Such foils are typically mass-produced by vapor-deposition of a thin metallic coating onto a variety of substrates, ranging from plastic-coated reinforced paper to 'bubble-wrap'. Although the emissivity of such surfaces is almost negligible in the thermal infrared, typically less than 0.03, an insufficiently thick metal coating, or organic contamination of the surface, can significantly increase this value. To ensure that the quality of the installed insulation is satisfactory, Australian building code AS/NZS 4201.5:1994 requires a practical agreed method for measurement of the emissivity, and the standard ASTM-E408 is implied. Unfortunately this standard is not a 'primary method' and requires the use of specified expensive apparatus and calibrated reference materials. At NMIA we have developed a simple primary technique, based on an apparatus to thermally modulate the sample and record the apparent modulation in infra-red radiance with commercially available radiation thermometers. The method achieves an absolute accuracy in the emissivity of approximately 0.004 (k=2). This paper theoretically analyses the equivalence between the thermal emissivity measured in this manner, the effective thermal emissivity in application, and the apparent emissivity measured in accordance with ASTM-E408.

  14. Preparation and magnetic properties of nano size nickel ferrite particles using hydrothermal method

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    2012-01-01

    Background Nickel ferrite, a kind of soft magnetic materials is one of the most attracting class of materials due to its interesting and important properties and has many technical applications, such as in catalysis, sensors and so on. In this paper the synthesis of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles by the hydrothermal method is reported and the inhibition of surfactant (Glycerol or Sodium dodecyl sulfate) on the particles growth is investigated. Methods For investigation of the inhibition effect of surfactant on NiFe2O4 particles growth, the samples were prepared in presence of Glycerol and Sodium dodecyl sulfate. The X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer (ICP-AES) techniques were used to characterize the samples. Results The results of XRD and ICP-AES show that the products were pure NiFe2O4 and also nanoparticles grow with increasing the temperature, while surfactant prevents the particle growth under the same condition. The average particle size was determined from the Scherrer's equation and TEM micrographs and found to be in the range of 50-60 nm that decreased up to 10-15 nm in presence of surfactant. The FT-IR results show two absorption bands near to 603 and 490 cm-1 for the tetrahedral and octahedral sites respectively. Furthermore, the saturated magnetization and coercivity of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles were in the range of 39.60 emu/g and 15.67 Qe that decreased for samples prepared in presence of surfactant. As well as, the nanoparticles exhibited a superparamagnetic behavior at room temperature. Conclusions Nanosized nickel ferrite particles were synthesized with and without surfactant assisted hydrothermal methods. The results show that with increasing of temperature, the crystallinity of nanoparticles is increased. In the presence of surfactants, the crystallinity of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles

  15. Intraoral approach for reduction malarplasty: a simple method.

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    Lee, Jin-Gew; Park, Young-Wook

    2003-01-01

    Young Korean women with prominent zygoma may experience stress in daily life because the Oriental physiognomy often associates prominent zygoma with bad luck. Moreover, prominent zygoma in a wide Oriental face has the effect of making a person appear older and stubborn. Zygomatic reduction is often necessary to relieve stress from self-consciousness about facial appearance and to obtain younger and softer features. As such, most zygomatic procedures are cosmetic; therefore, an entirely intraoral approach with no skin incision is desirable. The current operative method of zygomatic reduction consists of two steps. The zygomatic body and arch are exposed through a mucoperiosteal incision from the maxillary canine to the first molar area. The first step is to grind and file the zygomatic body. The second step is made on the zygomatic arch. Using an oscillating saw, a partial-thickness osteotomy is made just posterior to the orbital rim, and a full-thickness osteotomy is made just anterior to the articular tubercle of the zygomatic arch. Light pressure on the posterior part of the arch produces a greenstick fracture of the anterior osteotomy site and a complete fracture of the posterior osteotomy site, resulting in inward repositioning of the zygomatic arch. This method of zygomatic reduction is simple, easy, effective, and leaves no conspicuous scars on the face. PMID:12496618

  16. A new simple multidomain fast multipole boundary element method

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    Huang, S.; Liu, Y. J.

    2016-09-01

    A simple multidomain fast multipole boundary element method (BEM) for solving potential problems is presented in this paper, which can be applied to solve a true multidomain problem or a large-scale single domain problem using the domain decomposition technique. In this multidomain BEM, the coefficient matrix is formed simply by assembling the coefficient matrices of each subdomain and the interface conditions between subdomains without eliminating any unknown variables on the interfaces. Compared with other conventional multidomain BEM approaches, this new approach is more efficient with the fast multipole method, regardless how the subdomains are connected. Instead of solving the linear system of equations directly, the entire coefficient matrix is partitioned and decomposed using Schur complement in this new approach. Numerical results show that the new multidomain fast multipole BEM uses fewer iterations in most cases with the iterative equation solver and less CPU time than the traditional fast multipole BEM in solving large-scale BEM models. A large-scale fuel cell model with more than 6 million elements was solved successfully on a cluster within 3 h using the new multidomain fast multipole BEM.

  17. Transoperative refusion: a simple and safe method in emergency surgery.

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    Gusmão, Luiz Carlos Buarque; Valoes, Sérgio Henrique Chagas; Leitão Neto, José da Silva

    2014-01-01

    The objective is to reinforce the importance of blood reinfusion as a cheap, safe and simple method, which can be used in small hospitals, especially those in which there is no blood bank. Moreover, even with the use of devices that perform the collection and filtration of blood, more recent studies show that the cost-benefit ratio is much better when autologous transfusion is compared with blood transfusions, even when there is injury to hollow viscera and blood contamination. It is known that the allogeneic blood transfusion carries a number of risks to patients, among them are the coagulation disorders mediated by excess enzymes in the conserved blood, and deficiency in clotting factors, mainly the Factor V, the proacelerin. Another factor would be the risk of contamination with still unknown pathogens or that are not investigated during screening for selection of donors, such as the West Nile Fever and Creutzfeldt-Jacob, better known as "Mad Cow" disease. Comparing both methods, we conclude that blood autotransfusion has numerous advantages over heterologous transfusion, even in large hospitals. We are not against blood transfusions, just do not agree that the patient's own blood is discarded without making sure there will be enough blood in stock to get him out of the hemorrhagic shock. PMID:25295992

  18. A new simple multidomain fast multipole boundary element method

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    Huang, S.; Liu, Y. J.

    2016-06-01

    A simple multidomain fast multipole boundary element method (BEM) for solving potential problems is presented in this paper, which can be applied to solve a true multidomain problem or a large-scale single domain problem using the domain decomposition technique. In this multidomain BEM, the coefficient matrix is formed simply by assembling the coefficient matrices of each subdomain and the interface conditions between subdomains without eliminating any unknown variables on the interfaces. Compared with other conventional multidomain BEM approaches, this new approach is more efficient with the fast multipole method, regardless how the subdomains are connected. Instead of solving the linear system of equations directly, the entire coefficient matrix is partitioned and decomposed using Schur complement in this new approach. Numerical results show that the new multidomain fast multipole BEM uses fewer iterations in most cases with the iterative equation solver and less CPU time than the traditional fast multipole BEM in solving large-scale BEM models. A large-scale fuel cell model with more than 6 million elements was solved successfully on a cluster within 3 h using the new multidomain fast multipole BEM.

  19. A Simple Method for High-Lift Propeller Conceptual Design

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    Patterson, Michael; Borer, Nick; German, Brian

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we present a simple method for designing propellers that are placed upstream of the leading edge of a wing in order to augment lift. Because the primary purpose of these "high-lift propellers" is to increase lift rather than produce thrust, these props are best viewed as a form of high-lift device; consequently, they should be designed differently than traditional propellers. We present a theory that describes how these props can be designed to provide a relatively uniform axial velocity increase, which is hypothesized to be advantageous for lift augmentation based on a literature survey. Computational modeling indicates that such propellers can generate the same average induced axial velocity while consuming less power and producing less thrust than conventional propeller designs. For an example problem based on specifications for NASA's Scalable Convergent Electric Propulsion Technology and Operations Research (SCEPTOR) flight demonstrator, a propeller designed with the new method requires approximately 15% less power and produces approximately 11% less thrust than one designed for minimum induced loss. Higher-order modeling and/or wind tunnel testing are needed to verify the predicted performance.

  20. Simple method for correct enumeration of Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Haaber, J; Cohn, M T; Petersen, A; Ingmer, H

    2016-06-01

    Optical density (OD) measurement is applied universally to estimate cell numbers of microorganisms growing in liquid cultures. It is a fast and reliable method but is based on the assumption that the bacteria grow as single cells of equal size and that the cells are dispersed evenly in the liquid culture. When grown in such liquid cultures, the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus is characterized by its aggregation of single cells into clusters of variable size. Here, we show that aggregation during growth in the laboratory standard medium tryptic soy broth (TSB) is common among clinical and laboratory S. aureus isolates and that aggregation may introduce significant bias when applying standard enumeration methods on S. aureus growing in laboratory batch cultures. We provide a simple and efficient sonication procedure, which can be applied prior to optical density measurements to give an accurate estimate of cellular numbers in liquid cultures of S. aureus regardless of the aggregation level of the given strain. We further show that the sonication procedure is applicable for accurate determination of cell numbers using agar plate counting of aggregating strains. PMID:27080188

  1. Acoustic measurement method of the volume flux of a seafloor hydrothermal plume

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    Xu, G.; Jackson, D. R.; Bemis, K. G.; Rona, P. A.

    2011-12-01

    Measuring fluxes (volume, chemical, heat, etc.) of the deep sea hydrothermal vents has been a crucial but challenging task faced by the scientific community since the discovery of the vent systems. However, the great depths and complexities of the hydrothermal vents make traditional sampling methods laborious and almost daunting missions. Furthermore, the samples, in most cases both sparse in space and sporadic in time, are hardly enough to provide a result with moderate uncertainty. In September 2010, our Cabled Observatory Vent Imaging Sonar System (COVIS, http://vizlab.rutgers.edu/AcoustImag/covis.html) was connected to the Neptune Canada underwater ocean observatory network (http://www.neptunecanada.ca) at the Main Endeavour vent field on the Endeavour segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge. During the experiment, the COVIS system produced 3D images of the buoyant plume discharged from the vent complex Grotto by measuring the back-scattering intensity of the acoustic signal. Building on the methodology developed in our previous work, the vertical flow velocity of the plume is estimated from the Doppler shift of the acoustic signal using geometric correction to compensate for the ambient horizontal currents. A Gaussian distribution curve is fitted to the horizontal back-scattering intensity profile to determine the back-scattering intensity at the boundary of the plume. Such a boundary value is used as the threshold in a window function for separating the plume from background signal. Finally, the volume flux is obtained by integrating the resulting 2D vertical velocity profile over the horizontal cross-section of the plume. In this presentation, we discuss preliminary results from the COVIS experiment. In addition, several alternative approaches are applied to determination of the accuracy of the estimated plume vertical velocity in the absence of direct measurements. First, the results from our previous experiment (conducted in 2000 at the same vent complex using a

  2. Quality and high yield synthesis of Ag nanowires by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Meléndrez, Manuel F.; Medina, Carlos; Solis-Pomar, Francisco; Flores, Paulo; Paulraj, Mani; Pérez-Tijerina, Eduardo

    2015-02-01

    Silver nanowires (Ag-NWs) were obtained using microwave-assisted hydrothermal method (MAH). The main advantage of the method is its high NWs production which is greater than 90%. It is also easy, fast, and highly reproducible process. One of the drawbacks presented so far in the synthesis of nanostructures by polyol path is the high temperature used in the process, which is superior than the boiling point of solvent (ethylene glycol), and also its excessive reaction time. Here, Ag-NWs with diameters of 70 to 110 nm were synthesized in 5 min in large quantities. Results showed that dimensions and shape of nanowires were very susceptible to changes with reaction parameters. The reactor power and reactor fill capacity were important for the synthesis. It was found that the reaction time needs to be decreased because of the NWs which start to deform and break up due to significant increase in the pressure's system. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and electron diffraction analysis (SAED) did not show corresponding phases of AgO. Some aspects about synthesis parameters which are related to the percent yield and size of nanowires are also discussed.

  3. Laserspritzer: A Simple Method for Optogenetic Investigation with Subcellular Resolutions

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    Sun, Qian-Quan; Wang, Xinjun; Yang, Weiguo

    2014-01-01

    To build a detailed circuit diagram in the brain, one needs to measure functional synaptic connections between specific types of neurons. A high-resolution circuit diagram should provide detailed information at subcellular levels such as soma, distal and basal dendrites. However, a limitation lies in the difficulty of studying long-range connections between brain areas separated by millimeters. Brain slice preparations have been widely used to help understand circuit wiring within specific brain regions. The challenge exists because long-range connections are likely to be cut in a brain slice. The optogenetic approach overcomes these limitations, as channelrhodopsin 2 (ChR2) is efficiently transported to axon terminals that can be stimulated in brain slices. Here, we developed a novel fiber optic based simple method of optogenetic stimulation: the laserspritzer approach. This method facilitates the study of both long-range and local circuits within brain slice preparations. This is a convenient and low cost approach that can be easily integrated with a slice electrophysiology setup, and repeatedly used upon initial validation. Our data with direct ChR2 mediated-current recordings demonstrates that the spatial resolution of the laserspritzer is correlated with the size of the laserspritzer, and the resolution lies within the 30 µm range for the 5 micrometer laserspritzer. Using olfactory cortical slices, we demonstrated that the laserspritzer approach can be applied to selectively activate monosynaptic perisomatic GABAergic basket synapses, or long-range intracortical glutamatergic inputs formed on different subcellular domains within the same cell (e.g. distal and proximal dendrites). We discuss significant advantages of the laserspritzer approach over the widely used collimated LED whole-field illumination method in brain slice electrophysiological research. PMID:24992677

  4. A simple graphical method for measuring inherent safety.

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    Gupta, J P; Edwards, David W

    2003-11-14

    Inherently safer design (ISD) concepts have been with us for over two decades since their elaboration by Kletz [Chem. Ind. 9 (1978) 124]. Interest has really taken off globally since the early nineties after several major mishaps occurred during the eighties (Bhopal, Mexico city, Piper-alfa, Philips Petroleum, to name a few). Academic and industrial research personnel have been actively involved into devising inherently safer ways of production. The regulatory bodies have also shown deep interest since ISD makes the production safer and hence their tasks easier. Research funding has also been forthcoming for new developments as well as for demonstration projects.A natural question that arises is as to how to measure ISD characteristics of a process? Several researchers have worked on this [Trans. IChemE, Process Safety Environ. Protect. B 71 (4) (1993) 252; Inherent safety in process plant design, Ph.D. Thesis, VTT Publication Number 384, Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Finland, 1999; Proceedings of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center Symposium, 2001, p. 509]. Many of the proposed methods are very elegant, yet too involved for easy adoption by the industry which is scared of yet another safety analysis regime. In a recent survey [Trans. IChemE, Process Safety Environ. Prog. B 80 (2002) 115], companies desired a rather simple method to measure ISD. Simplification is also an important characteristic of ISD. It is therefore desirable to have a simple ISD measurement procedure. The ISD measurement procedure proposed in this paper can be used to differentiate between two or more processes for the same end product. The salient steps are: Consider each of the important parameters affecting the safety (e.g., temperature, pressure, toxicity, flammability, etc.) and the range of possible values these parameters can have for all the process routes under consideration for an end product. Plot these values for each step in each process route and compare. No

  5. A Simple Method for Measuring Linguopalatal Contact Force During Speech

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    Tsuji, Ryunosuke; Matsumuta, Masafumi; Niikawa, Takuya; Nohara, Kanji; Tachimura, Takashi; Wada, Takeshi; Chihara, Kunihiro

    This paper proposes a using probe for measuring of contact force between tongue and palatal, during speech. We developed a 0.03 mm-thick stainless steel tongue force probe with a 3x5 mm force sensor at the tip. Linguopalatal contact force was measured by inserting the probe into the oral cavity. Contact force was measured at the following three locations. Based on the coordinate and measurement obtained at the three points, the action point of tongue force was calculated by the weighted mean. Linguopalatal contact force was measured in four adult men and women without articulation disorder and in three adult men with articulation disorders. Results showed that the action point of tongue force in subjects with articulation disorders was further toward the pharynx than that in subjects without articulation disorders. Linguopalatal contact pressure was then measured again by asking the subjects with articulation disorders to wear a palatal augmentation prosthesis (PAP) to compensate for insufficient linguopalatal contact force. The action point of tongue force became better approximated to that of subjects without articulation disorders. Given these results, our simple method for measuring linguopalatal contact force using a tongue force probe appears to be a promising tool for speech therapists treating articulation disorders.

  6. Rapid and simple method for purification of nucleic acids.

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    Boom, R; Sol, C J; Salimans, M M; Jansen, C L; Wertheim-van Dillen, P M; van der Noordaa, J

    1990-01-01

    We have developed a simple, rapid, and reliable protocol for the small-scale purification of DNA and RNA from, e.g., human serum and urine. The method is based on the lysing and nuclease-inactivating properties of the chaotropic agent guanidinium thiocyanate together with the nucleic acid-binding properties of silica particles or diatoms in the presence of this agent. By using size-fractionated silica particles, nucleic acids (covalently closed circular, relaxed circular, and linear double-stranded DNA; single-stranded DNA; and rRNA) could be purified from 12 different specimens in less than 1 h and were recovered in the initial reaction vessel. Purified DNA (although significantly sheared) was a good substrate for restriction endonucleases and DNA ligase and was recovered with high yields (usually over 50%) from the picogram to the microgram level. Copurified rRNA was recovered almost undegraded. Substituting size-fractionated silica particles for diatoms (the fossilized cell walls of unicellular algae) allowed for the purification of microgram amounts of genomic DNA, plasmid DNA, and rRNA from cell-rich sources, as exemplified for pathogenic gram-negative bacteria. In this paper, we show representative experiments illustrating some characteristics of the procedure which may have wide application in clinical microbiology. Images PMID:1691208

  7. Simple method for purification of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli fimbriae.

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    Curtis, Brittany; Grassel, Christen; Laufer, Rachel S; Sears, Khandra T; Pasetti, Marcela F; Barry, Eileen M; Simon, Raphael

    2016-03-01

    Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) are endemic pathogens in the developing world. They frequently cause illness in travelers, and are among the most prevalent causes of diarrheal disease in children. Pathogenic ETEC strains employ fimbriae as adhesion factors to bind the luminal surface of the intestinal epithelium and establish infection. Accordingly, there is marked interest in immunoprophylactic strategies targeting fimbriae to protect against ETEC infections. Multiple strategies have been reported for purification of ETEC fimbriae, however none is ideal. Purification has typically involved the use of highly virulent wild-type strains. We report here a simple and improved method to purify ETEC fimbriae, which was applied to obtain two different Class 5 fimbriae types of clinical relevance (CFA/I and CS4) expressed recombinantly in E. coli production strains. Following removal from cells by shearing, fimbriae proteins were purified by orthogonal purification steps employing ultracentrifugation, precipitation, and ion-exchange membrane chromatography. Purified fimbriae demonstrated the anticipated size and morphology by electron microscopy analysis, contained negligible levels of residual host cell proteins, nucleic acid, and endotoxin, and were recognized by convalescent human anti-sera. PMID:26581778

  8. A simple method for identification of irradiated spices

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    Behere, Arun; Desai, S. R. Padwal; Rao, S. M. D.; Nair, P. M.

    Thermoluminescence (TL) properties of curry powder, a salt containing spice mixture, and three different ground spices, viz. chilli, turmeric and pepper, were compared with TL of table salt. The spices other than curry powder, did not exhibit characteristic TL in the absence of salt. Therefore studies were initiated to develop a simple and reliable method using common salt for distinguishing irradiated spices (10 kGy) from unirradiated ones under normal conditions of storage. Common salt exhibited a characteristic TL glow at 170°C. However, when present in curry powder, the TL glow of salt showed a shift to 208°C. It was further observed that upon storage up to 6 months, the TL of irradiated curry powder retained about 10% of the original intensity and still could be distinguished from the untreated samples. From our results it is evident that common salt could be used as an indicator either internally or externally in small sachets for incorporating into prepacked spices.

  9. A finite volume method for fluctuating hydrodynamics of simple fluids

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    Narayanan, Kiran; Samtaney, Ravi; Moran, Brian

    2015-11-01

    Fluctuating hydrodynamics accounts for stochastic effects that arise at mesoscopic and macroscopic scales. We present a finite volume method for numerical solutions of the fluctuating compressible Navier Stokes equations. Case studies for simple fluids are demonstrated via the use of two different equations of state (EOS) : a perfect gas EOS, and a Lennard-Jones EOS for liquid argon developed by Johnson et al. (Mol. Phys. 1993). We extend the fourth order conservative finite volume scheme originally developed by McCorquodale and Colella (Comm. in App. Math. & Comput. Sci. 2011), to evaluate the deterministic and stochastic fluxes. The expressions for the cell-centered discretizations of the stochastic shear stress and stochastic heat flux are adopted from Espanol, P (Physica A. 1998), where the discretizations were shown to satisfy the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. A third order Runge-Kutta scheme with weights proposed by Delong et al. (Phy. Rev. E. 2013) is used for the numerical time integration. Accuracy of the proposed scheme will be demonstrated. Comparisons of the numerical solution against theory for a perfect gas as well as liquid argon will be presented. Regularizations of the stochastic fluxes in the limit of zero mesh sizes will be discussed. Supported by KAUST Baseline Research Funds.

  10. Transformation of Morinda citrifolia via simple mature seed imbibition method.

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    Lee, J J; Ahmad, S; Roslan, H A

    2013-12-15

    Morinda citrifolia, is a valuable medicinal plant with a wide range of therapeutic properties and extensive transformation study on this plant has yet been known. Present study was conducted to establish a simple and reliable transformation protocol for M. citrifolia utilising Agrobacterium tumefaciens via direct seed exposure. In this study, the seeds were processed by tips clipping and dried and subsequently incubated in inoculation medium. Four different parameters during the incubation such as incubation period, bacterial density, temperature and binary vectors harbouring beta-glucuronidase (GUS) gene (pBI121 and pGSA1131), were tested to examine its effect on transformation efficiency. The leaves from the treated and germinated seedlings were analysed via Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), histochemical assay of the GUS gene and reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR). Results of the study showed that Agrobacterium strain LBA4404 with optical density of 1.0 and 2 h incubation period were optimum for M. citrifolia transformation. It was found that various co-cultivation temperatures tested and type of vector used did not affect the transformation efficiency. The highest transformation efficiency for M. citrifolia direct seed transformation harbouring pBI121 and pGSA1131 was determined to be 96.8% with 2 h co-cultivation treatment and 80.4% when using bacterial density of 1.0, respectively. The transformation method can be applied for future characterization study of M. citrifolia. PMID:24517006

  11. A simple dose calculation method for total body photon irradiation

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    Curran, W.J. Jr.; Galvin, J.M.; D'Angio, G.J.

    1989-07-01

    A simple technique for calculation of the prescribed dose for total body irradiation (TBI) is presented. The technique uses a standard calibration procedure and applies standard correction methods to account for variations in the field size, depth, and treatment distance. Since the scattering volume (the entire body) is smaller than the X ray field for this treatment, the change in output with field size is handled separately from changes due to scatter within the phantom. The latter is shown to be a function of the phantom size (corresponding to the frontal area of the trunk of the body for patient irradiation) rather than the size of the field opening. Dosimetric tests of this technique have been conducted and the errors determined. For these tests, three different phantom sizes were used to represent the upper body sizes of a 2-year old child, an 8-year old, and an adult, and three linear accelerator energies (6, 10, and 15 MV) were included. Calculations were performed using the technique and compared to measurements for the same phantom sizes. Differences of less than 1.3 were found.

  12. A Simple Method for Measuring Soil Redistribution on Hillslopes

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    Chandler, D. G.

    2002-12-01

    Human activities and associated land-use changes often result in accelerated soil movement on hillslopes. The impacts of such soil movement can be dramatic both on- and off-site. Appropriate strategies for mitigation or control erosion and mass movements are especially critical for application in tropical countries, where steep slopes are increasingly converted from forest to agricultural use and are subject to intense precipitation. The immediacy of the need for erosion control and limited access to research institutions often results in a gap between extension and testing of erosion control strategies for these settings. To address this need, a transect datum technique was developed to assess rates of soil redistribution and loss on steep, deforested slopes with thin, calcareous soil in the Philippines. The method is simple, inexpensive and robust and does not require disturbing the soil surface, as do erosion pins. Application of the technique for three years to several land uses, including contour hedgerows, a contour-plowed field without hedgerows, slash/burn no-till, and pasture demonstrated the technique sensitive enough to measure fluctuations in soil height associated with changing bulk density, soil redistribution and loss and slumping of the terraces within the contour-hedgerow system.

  13. A simple method for vapor dosing of charcoal sorbent tubes.

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    Thomas, M L; Cohen, B S

    1995-01-01

    A method for vapor-dosing of charcoal sorbent tubes (CST) that does not require the expense and effort of a test chamber was used to test the desorption efficiency (DE) of seven solvent vapors, representing six classes of solvents as follows: aromatic hydrocarbons (m-xylene); ether/alcohol (2-ethoxyethanol); vinyl monomers (styrene monomer, vinyl acetate); aliphatic hydrocarbons (n-hexane); aliphatic esters (n-butyl acetate); and aliphatic acrylic monomers (methyl methacrylate). The quantities of the solvents used in these experiments would represent eight-hour exposures to concentrations of approximately 0.2 to 10 ppm. The vapor-dosing experimental system consisted of a loaded filter cassette connected directly to a CST. Vapor was generated by injecting liquid solvent onto the glass fiber filter and drawing air through the system. The solvent was desorbed from the filter and charcoal for analysis. Vapor desorption efficiency was determined from the fraction of the injected solvent evaporated from the filter and the amount recovered from the charcoal. The measured DEs were similar to those reported for liquid dosed charcoal. Vapor dosing of sorbent tubes is more representative of samples collected for industrial hygiene exposure assessment. The system is simple to use and applicable for vapor dosing of any sorbent tube. PMID:7872204

  14. Non-enzymatic hydrogen peroxide biosensor based on rose-shaped FeMoO{sub 4} nanostructures produced by convenient microwave-hydrothermal method

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    Liu, Hongying; Gu, Chunchuan; Li, Dujuan; Zhang, Mingzhen

    2015-04-15

    Graphical abstract: A non-enzymatic H{sub 2}O{sub 2} sensor with high selectivity and sensitivity based on rose-shaped FeMoO{sub 4} synthesized by the convenient microwave-assisted hydrothermal method, was fabricated. - Highlights: • Rose-shaped FeMoO{sub 4} is synthesized within 10 min via microwave-assisted hydrothermal approach. • Non-enzymatic hydrogen peroxide biosensor based on FeMoO{sub 4} nanomaterials is fabricated. • The biosensor exhibits good performance. - Abstract: In this work, we demonstrated a simple, rapid and reliable microwave-assisted hydrothermal approach to synthesize the uniform rose-shaped FeMoO{sub 4} within 10 min. The morphologies of the synthesized materials were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Moreover, a non-enzymatic amperometric sensor for the detection of hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) was fabricated on the basis of the FeMoO{sub 4} as electrocatalysis. The resulting FeMoO{sub 4} exhibited high sensitivity and good stability for the detection of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, which may be attributed to the rose-shaped structure of the material and the catalytic property of FeMoO{sub 4}. Amperometric response showed that the modified electrode had a good response for H{sub 2}O{sub 2} with a linear range from 1 μM to 1.6 mM, a detection limit of 0.5 μM (S/N = 3), high selectivity and short response time. Additionally, good recoveries of analytes in real milk samples confirm the reliability of the prepared sensor in practical applications.

  15. Simple method of isolating humic acids from organic soils

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    Ahmed, O. H.; Susilawati, K.; Nik Muhamad, A. B.; Khanif, M. Y.

    2009-04-01

    Humic substances particularly humic acids (HA) play a major role in soil conditioning e.g. erosion control, soil cation exchange capacity, complexation of heavy metal ions and pesticides, carbon and nitrogen cycles, plant growth and reduction of ammonia volatilization from urea. Humified substances such as coal, composts, and peat soils have substantial amounts of HA but the isolation of these acids is expensive, laborious, and time consuming. Factors that affect the quality and yield of HA isolated from these materials include extraction, fractionation, and purification periods. This work developed a simple, rapid, and cost effective method of isolating HA from peat soils. There was a quadratic relationship between extraction period and HA yield. Optimum extraction period was estimated at 4 h instead of the usual range of 12 to 48 h. There was no relationship between fractionation period and HA yield. As such 2 h instead of the usual range of 12 to 24 h fractionation period could be considered optimum. Low ash content (5%), remarkable reduction in K, coupled with the fact that organic C, E4/E6, carboxylic COOH, phenolic OH, and total acidity values of the HA were consistent with those reported by other authors suggest that the HA dealt with were free from mineral matter. This was possible because the distilled water used to purify the HA served as Bronsted-Lowry acid during the purification process of the HA. Optimum purification period using distilled waster was 1 h instead of the usual range of 1 and 7 days (uses HF and HCl and dialysis). Humic acids could be isolated from tropical peat soils within 7 h (i.e. 4 h extraction, 2 h fractionation, and 1 h purification) instead of the existing period of 2 and 7 days. This could facilitate the idea of producing organic fertilizers such as ammonium-humate and potassium-humate from humified substances since techniques devised in this study did not alter the true nature of the HA. Besides, the technique is rapid, simple

  16. Core-shell hematite nanorods: a simple method to improve the charge transfer in the photoanode for photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Gurudayal; Chee, Png Mei; Boix, Pablo P; Ge, Hu; Yanan, Fang; Barber, James; Wong, Lydia Helena

    2015-04-01

    We report a simple method to produce a stable and repeatable photoanode for water splitting with a core-shell hematite (α-Fe2O3) nanorods system by combining spray pyrolysis and hydrothermal synthesis. Impedance spectroscopy revealed passivation of the surface states by the shell layer, which results in an increase of the charge injection through the hematite conduction band. In pristine hematite more holes are accumulated on the surface and the charge transfer to the electrolyte occurs through surface states, whereas in the core-shell hematite photoanode the majority of hole transfer process occurs through the valence band. As a result the photoactivity of the core-shell nanorods, 1.2 mA cm(-2), at 1.23 V vs RHE, is twice that of pristine hematite nanorods. The alteration of the interface energetics is supported by TEM, showing that the crystallinity of the surface has been improved by the deposition of the shell. PMID:25790720

  17. One-step synthesis of titanium oxide nanocrystal- rutile by hydrothermal method

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    Yan, Evyan Yang Chia; Zakaria, Sarani; Chia, Chin Hua

    2014-09-03

    Pure rutile phase titanium oxides (TiO{sub 2}) nanocrystals were synthesized via hydrothermal method with titanium tetrachloride (TiCl{sub 4}) and water (H{sub 2}O) treated in an autoclave. The particle size and phase assemblages were characterized using Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) respectively. Band gap energy (E{sub g}) of the nanocrystals was estimated from the Ultra violet – visible light (UV-vis) absorption spectra. It was demonstrated that TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals can be prepared through increasing of temperature and period of treatment. It is believed that the presence of acid chloride (HCl) as by-product during the hydrolysis played an important role in controlling the growth of morphology and crystal structures. The E{sub g} of the samples were estimated from the plot of modified Kubelka-Munk function were in the range of 3.04 – 3.26eV for the samples synthesized at temperature ranging from 50 to 200°C for 16 hours.

  18. Highly porous nickel oxide thin films prepared by a hydrothermal synthesis method for electrochromic application

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    Chen, Z.; Xiao, A.; Chen, Y.; Zuo, C.; Zhou, S.; Li, L.

    2013-11-01

    We report NiO nanowall thin films prepared by a facile hydrothermal synthesis method and their electrochromic application. The as-prepared porous nanowall NiO thin films show a highly porous structure built up by many interconnected nanoflakes with a thickness of about 30 nm. The electrochromic performances of the NiO films are characterized by means of UV-vis spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements. The effect of the annealing temperature on electrochromic properties is discussed. The NiO nanowall film annealed at 300 °C exhibits much better electrochromic performance than those counterparts annealed at higher temperature. The film annealed at 300 °C exhibits a noticeable electrochromism with reversible color changes from transparent to brown dark and presents a transmittance variation with 77% at 550 nm. The NiO nanowall film also shows good reaction kinetics with fast switching speed, and the coloration and bleaching times are 3 s and 4 s, respectively. The improved electrochromic performances are due to the porous morphological characteristics with fast ion and electron transfer resulting in fast reaction kinetics and high color contrast.

  19. One-step synthesis of titanium oxide nanocrystal- rutile by hydrothermal method

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    Yan, Evyan Yang Chia; Zakaria, Sarani; Chia, Chin Hua

    2014-09-01

    Pure rutile phase titanium oxides (TiO2) nanocrystals were synthesized via hydrothermal method with titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) and water (H2O) treated in an autoclave. The particle size and phase assemblages were characterized using Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) respectively. Band gap energy (Eg) of the nanocrystals was estimated from the Ultra violet - visible light (UV-vis) absorption spectra. It was demonstrated that TiO2 nanocrystals can be prepared through increasing of temperature and period of treatment. It is believed that the presence of acid chloride (HCl) as by-product during the hydrolysis played an important role in controlling the growth of morphology and crystal structures. The Eg of the samples were estimated from the plot of modified Kubelka-Munk function were in the range of 3.04 - 3.26eV for the samples synthesized at temperature ranging from 50 to 200°C for 16 hours.

  20. Electric Properties of NaTaO3 Obtained by Hydrothermal Method

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    Malaescu, Dan; Grozescu, Ioan; Sfirloaga, Paula; Vlazan, Paulina; Marin, Catalin N.

    2015-12-01

    Two samples of NaTaO3 perovskite materials were prepared by the standard hydrothermal method at the same reaction temperature (600 °C) but with different sintering times: 6 hours for sample S1 and 12 hours for sample S2. Using X-ray diffraction (XRD), it shows that samples S1 and S2 are mixtures of Na-Ta oxides (Ta2O5 and the prevailing phase NaTaO3). The scanning electron microscopy analysis (SEM), shows that the grains are connected each other in agglomerated clusters of size about few hundred nanometers. The frequency (f) dependencies of complex impedance, Z(f) = Z'(f) - i Z''(f) of the samples, over the frequency range 20 Hz - 2 MHz, at room temperature are presented. The real component Z' of the complex impedance decreases with increasing frequency and the imaginary component Z'' has two maximum corresponding to two relaxation processes. The results obtained from the complex impedance spectroscopy, Z''(Z') showed the appearance of two semicircles, corresponding to grain and grain boundary mechanism. Experimental results have been fitted with two parallel RC equivalent circuits connected in series and the parameters R and C have been evaluated.

  1. Synthesis of BiFeO3 thin films on single-terminated Nb : SrTiO3 (111) substrates by intermittent microwave assisted hydrothermal method

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    Velasco-Davalos, Ivan; Ambriz-Vargas, Fabian; Kolhatkar, Gitanjali; Thomas, Reji; Ruediger, Andreas

    2016-06-01

    We report on a simple and fast procedure to create arrays of atomically flat terraces on single crystal SrTiO3 (111) substrates and the deposition of ferroelectric BiFeO3 thin films on such single-terminated surfaces. A microwave-assisted hydrothermal method in deionized water and ammonia solution selectively removes either (SrO3)4- or Ti4+ layers to ensure the same chemical termination on all terraces. Measured step heights of 0.225 nm (d111) and uniform contrast in the phase image of the terraces confirm the single termination in pure and Nb doped SrTiO3 single crystal substrates. Multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films were then deposited by the same microwave assisted hydrothermal process on Nb : SrTiO3 (111) substrates. Bi(NO3)3 and Fe(NO3)3 along with KOH served as the precursors solution. Ferroelectric behavior of the BiFeO3 films on Nb : SrTiO3 (100) substrates was verified by piezoresponse force microscopy.

  2. Synthesis of original spherical α-Ni(OH) 2 architectures by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method and their in situ thermal convention to NiO

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    Zhu, Zhenfeng; Zhang, Yanli; Liu, Hui; Wei, Na

    2012-02-01

    The original spherical α-Ni(OH) 2 architectures with many cubic particles growing from the surface were successfully synthesized by a microwave-assisted hydrothermal method using urea as hydrolysis-controlling agent and polyethylene glycol (PEG) as surfactant. The NiO architectures with similar morphology were obtained by simple thermal decomposition of the precursor α-Ni(OH) 2. The as-obtained products were well characterized by XRD, FTIR, TGA, SEM, TEM, UV-Vis and CVs. The experimental results showed that the diameter of spherical α-Ni(OH) 2 architectures was in the range of 2-4 μm. The side length of the cubic particles was uniform about 200 nm. The cyclic voltammetric results showed that the reversible behavior of NiO electrode change better with the increasing of the cycle index. The original NiO we have prepared are expected to have good electrochemical behavior.

  3. A Simple, Powerful Method for Optimal Guidance of Spacecraft Formations

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    Hughes, Steven P.

    2006-01-01

    One of the most interesting and challenging aspects of formation guidance law design is the coupling of the orbit design and the science return. The analyst's role is more complicated than simply to design the formation geometry and evolution. He or she is also involved in designing a significant portion of the science instrument itself. The effectiveness of the formation as a science instrument is intimately coupled with the relative geometry and evolution of the collection of spacecraft. Therefore, the science return can be maximized by optimizing the orbit design according to a performance metric relevant to the science mission goals. In this work, we present a simple method for optimal formation guidance that is applicable to missions whose performance metric, requirements, and constraints can be cast as functions that are explicitly dependent upon the orbit states and spacecraft relative positions and velocities. We present a general form for the cost and constraint functions, and derive their semi-analytic gradients with respect to the formation initial conditions. The gradients are broken down into two types. The first type are gradients of the mission specific performance metric with respect to formation geometry. The second type are derivatives of the formation geometry with respect to the orbit initial conditions. The fact that these two types of derivatives appear separately allows us to derive and implement a general framework that requires minimal modification to be applied to different missions or mission phases. To illustrate the applicability of the approach, we conclude with applications to two missions: the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (MMS) , and the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA).

  4. A Simple, Powerful Method for Optimal Guidance of Spacecraft Formations

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    Hughes, Steven P.

    2005-01-01

    One of the most interesting and challenging aspects of formation guidance law design is the coupling of the orbit design and the science return. The analyst s role is more complicated than simply to design the formation geometry and evolution. He or she is also involved in designing a significant portion of the science instrument itself. The effectiveness of the formation as a science instrument is intimately coupled with the relative geoniet,ry and evolution of the collection of spacecraft. Therefore, the science return can be maximized by optimizing the orbit design according to a performance metric relevant to the science mission goals. In this work, we present a simple method for optimal formation guidance that is applicable to missions whose performance metric, requirements, and constraints can be cast as functions that are explicitly dependent upon the orbit states and spacecraft relative positions and velocities. We present a general form for the cost and constraint functions, and derive their semi-analytic gradients with respect to the formation initial conditions. The gradients are broken down into two types. The first type are gradients of the mission specific performance metric with respect to formation geometry. The second type are derivatives of the formation geometry with respect to the orbit initial conditions. The fact that these two types of derivatives appear separately allows us to derive and implement a general framework that requires minimal modification to be applied to different missions or mission phases. To illustrate the applicability of the approach, we conclude with applications to twc missims: the Magnetospheric Mu!tiscale mission (MMS), a,nd the TJaser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA).

  5. A simple method to control nanotribology behaviors of monocrystalline silicon

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    Wang, X. D.; Guo, J.; Chen, C.; Chen, L.; Qian, L. M.

    2016-01-01

    A simple method was proposed to control the nanotribology behaviors of monocrystalline silicon against SiO2 microsphere by adjusting relative humidity (RH). Experimental results indicated that adhesion work, friction coefficient, and nanowear of silicon against SiO2 microsphere significantly varied between 60% and 90% RH. Under 60% RH, adhesion work was 119 mN/m, and friction coefficient was about 0.53. However, adhesion work and friction coefficient decreased to ˜70 mN/m and ˜0.3 under 90% RH, respectively. An apparent wear track ˜13 nm deep formed on the silicon surface under 60% RH, whereas no obvious wear scar was observed on the silicon surface under 90% RH. Analysis indicated that such tribological behaviors were due to different water condensations on the silicon surface under 60% and 90% RH. Under 60% RH, the water that condensed on the surfaces of the silicon sample and SiO2 tip mainly consisted of ice-like water. As a result, adhesion work was enlarged by the breaking force of the ice-like water bridge in the contact area. Given that a ≡Si-O-Si≡ bonding bridge easily formed between the silicon surface and the SiO2 tip with the help of water condensation under 60% RH instead of 90% RH, the friction coefficient was large and the nanowear of the silicon sample was severe under 60% RH. These results may help elucidate the nanotribology behaviors of silicon and facilitate the tribological design of dynamic microelectromechanical systems working under humid conditions.

  6. A simple objective method for determining a dynamic journal collection.

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    Bastille, J D; Mankin, C J

    1980-10-01

    In order to determine the content of a journal collection responsive to both user needs and space and dollar constraints, quantitative measures of the use of a 647-title collection have been related to space and cost requirements to develop objective criteria for a dynamic collection for the Treadwell Library at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a large medical research center. Data were collected for one calendar year (1977) and stored with the elements for each title's profile in a computerized file. To account for the effect of the bulk of the journal runs on the number of uses, raw use data have been adjusted using linear shelf space required for each title to produce a factor called density of use. Titles have been ranked by raw use and by density of use with space and cost requirements for each. Data have also been analyzed for five special categories of use. Given automated means of collecting and storing data, use measures should be collected continuously. Using raw use frequency ranking to relate use to space and costs seems sensible since a decision point cutoff can be chosen in terms of the potential interlibrary loans generated. But it places new titles at risk while protecting titles with long, little used runs. Basing decisions on density of use frequency ranking seems to produce a larger yield of titles with fewer potential interlibrary loans and to identify titles with overlong runs which may be pruned or converted to microform. The method developed is simple and practical. Its design will be improved to apply to data collected in 1980 for a continuous study of journal use. The problem addressed is essentially one of inventory control. Viewed as such it makes good financial sense to measure use as part of the routine operation of the library to provide information for effective management decisions. PMID:7437589

  7. P-doped TiO2 with superior visible-light activity prepared by rapid microwave hydrothermal method

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    Niu, Jinfen; Lu, Pan; Kang, Mei; Deng, Kunfa; Yao, Binghua; Yu, Xiaojiao; Zhang, Qian

    2014-11-01

    Phosphorous-doped anatase TiO2 powders (P-TiO2) were prepared by rapid microwave hydrothermal method. The resulting materials were characterized by XRD, SEM, XPS, DRS and N2 adsorption. P-doping decreased the band gap and enlarged the surface area of P-doped samples than that of undoped TiO2 samples. Therefore, the photocatalytic degradation of methyl blue (MB) and tetracycline hydrochloride (Tc) experiments showed that the P-TiO2 catalysts, especially the two-steps-controlling products P-TiO2-2, exhibited higher degradation efficiency than the undoped TiO2 and commercial P25 under visible-light irradiation. Hydroxyl radicals (rad OH) have been confirmed to be the active species during the photocatalytic oxidation reaction. The microwave hydrothermal method confirms to be very suitable for the synthesis of superior visible-light activity P-doped samples.

  8. Hydrothermal Processing

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    Elliott, Douglas C.

    2011-03-11

    This chapter is a contribution to a book on Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass being edited by Prof. Robert Brown of Iowa State University. It describes both hydrothermal liquefaction and hydrothermal gasification of biomass to fuels.

  9. Synthesis of Nano-Crystalline CO3O4 Particles by Hydrothermal Method Under Pulsed Magnetic Field

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    Deng, Xiaolong; Li, Ying; Zhu, Mingyuan; Jin, Hongming; Wang, Zhun; Zhu, Zhenzhen; Liu, Huakun

    Nanocrystalline CO3O4 particles were successfully synthesized by hydrothermal method under pulsed magnetic field. The effect of magnetic field and aging time on the morphology and microstructure were examined. Different morphologies were observed from SEM images for the samples fabricated with or without pulsed magnetic field. The pulsed magnetic field made CO3O4 sphere compact and more smooth surface. The hollow sphere morphology and refined grain of CO3O4 were formed after aging process.

  10. A Simple Method for Automated Equilibration Detection in Molecular Simulations.

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    Chodera, John D

    2016-04-12

    Molecular simulations intended to compute equilibrium properties are often initiated from configurations that are highly atypical of equilibrium samples, a practice which can generate a distinct initial transient in mechanical observables computed from the simulation trajectory. Traditional practice in simulation data analysis recommends this initial portion be discarded to equilibration, but no simple, general, and automated procedure for this process exists. Here, we suggest a conceptually simple automated procedure that does not make strict assumptions about the distribution of the observable of interest in which the equilibration time is chosen to maximize the number of effectively uncorrelated samples in the production timespan used to compute equilibrium averages. We present a simple Python reference implementation of this procedure and demonstrate its utility on typical molecular simulation data. PMID:26771390

  11. Nanocrystalline spinel ferrite (MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, M = Ni, Co, Mn, Mg, Zn) powders prepared by a simple aloe vera plant-extracted solution hydrothermal route

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    Phumying, Santi; Labuayai, Sarawuth; Swatsitang, Ekaphan; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya; Maensiri, Santi

    2013-06-01

    Graphical abstract: This figure shows the specific magnetization curves of the as-prepared MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M = Ni, Co, Mn, Mg, Zn) powders obtained from room temperature VSM measurement. These curves are typical for a soft magnetic material and indicate hysteresis ferromagnetism in the field ranges of ±500 Oe, ±1000 Oe, and ±2000 Oe for the CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} respectively, whereas the samples of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} show a superparamagnetic behavior. Highlights: ► Nanocrystalline MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} powders were synthesized by a novel hydrothermal method. ► Metal acetylacetonates and aloe vera plant-extracted solution are used. ► This biosynthetic route is very simple and provides high-yield oxide nanomaterials. ► XRD and TEM results indicate that the prepared samples have only spinel structure. ► The maximum M{sub s} of 68.9 emu/g at 10 kOe were observed for the samples of MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline spinel ferrite MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M = Ni, Co, Mn, Mg, Zn) powders were synthesized by a novel hydrothermal method using Fe(acac){sub 3}, M(acac){sub 3} (M = Ni, Co, Mn, Mg, Zn) and aloe vera plant extracted solution. The X-ray diffraction and selected-area electron diffraction results indicate that the synthesized nanocrystalline have only spinel structure without the presence of other phase impurities. The crystal structure and morphology of the spinel ferrite powders, as revealed by TEM, show that the NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples contain nanoparticles, whereas the MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples consist of many nanoplatelets and nanoparticles. Interestingly, the ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample contains plate-like structure of networked nanocrystalline particles. Room temperature magnetization results show a ferromagnetic behavior of the CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples, whereas the

  12. Simple Methods of Calculating Dispersion from Urban Area Sources.

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    Hanna, Steven R.

    A simple but physically realistic model is shown to be adequate for estimating long-term average pollutant concentrations due to area sources in cities. In this model, the surface concentration is directly proportional to the local area source strength and inversely proportional to the wind speed. The model performs nearly as well as much more…

  13. A Simple Method for Tracking Vertebrate-Dispersed Seeds

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    Levey, D.J.; Sargent, S.

    1999-01-20

    New and simple technique for tracking seeds using fluorescence microspheres applied to fruit and later recovered in fecal material of captive Cedar Waxwings. Study demonstrates high percentage recovery of microspheres, all defecations having seeds have microspheres, few microspheres recovered in defecations not having seeds and presence of microspheres on fruit does not affect fruit choice.

  14. Improving Student Engagement in Mathematics Using Simple but Effective Methods

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    Shearman, Donald; Rylands, Leanne; Coady, Carmel

    2012-01-01

    A significant proportion of students enrolling in mathematical subjects designed for non-STEM majors in university courses have minimal mathematical skills and poor motivation. This combination of starting attributes often leads to failure in the first mathematical subject encountered. We have been implementing simple, alternative pedagogies in an…

  15. Simple method for monitoring rangeland health and wildlife habitat

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    We describe a monitoring system that requires just a pencil, one page datasheet and a 1-meter stick. Data are collected using the stick at five locations on each of four 25-m transects. Vegetation cover, composition, and horizontal and vertical structure are recorded by marking simple icons on the s...

  16. An investigation of the crystallization kinetics of zeotype SAPO-34 crystals synthesized by hydrothermal and sonochemical methods.

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    Marzpour Shalmani, Fariba; Halladj, Rouein; Askari, Sima

    2016-03-01

    The kinetics study of SAPO-34 crystallization from a gel containing morpholine as a structure directing agent (SDA) was investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns in order to determine the kinetics parameters, i.e. induction times, rate constants, frequency factors, and activation energies for the induction and growth stages. The kinetics data of growth period were determined by using the Avrami-Erofeev nucleation growth model. SAPO-34 molecular sieves were synthesized by using both sonochemical-assisted hydrothermal and conventional hydrothermal heating at temperatures of 180, 200, and 220 °C to elucidate the influence of crystallization method on the crystallization kinetics of SAPO-34. The activation energy values indicated that the crystal growth mechanism was enhanced for samples synthesized sonochemically, whereas the induction energy was not greatly affected by using sonication process. Also, the kinetic compensation effect (KCE) was considered in order to obtain the isokinetic temperature. PMID:26585015

  17. A Novel Method for Discovering Fuzzy Sequential Patterns Using the Simple Fuzzy Partition Method.

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    Chen, Ruey-Shun; Hu, Yi-Chung

    2003-01-01

    Discusses sequential patterns, data mining, knowledge acquisition, and fuzzy sequential patterns described by natural language. Proposes a fuzzy data mining technique to discover fuzzy sequential patterns by using the simple partition method which allows the linguistic interpretation of each fuzzy set to be easily obtained. (Author/LRW)

  18. Synthesis of bilayer MoS{sub 2} nanosheets by a facile hydrothermal method and their methyl orange adsorption capacity

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    Ye, Lijuan; Xu, Haiyan; Zhang, Dingke; Chen, Shijian

    2014-07-01

    Highlights: • Hexagonal phase of MoS{sub 2} nanosheets was synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. • FE-SEM and TEM images show the sheets-like morphology of MoS{sub 2}. • Bilayer MoS{sub 2} can be grown under the optimized mole ratio of 2:1 of S:Mo at 180 °C for 50 h. • The MoS{sub 2} nanosheets possess high methyl orange adsorption capacity due to the large surface area. - Abstract: Molybdenum disulfide (MoS{sub 2}) nanosheets have received significant attention recently due to the potential applications for exciting physics and technology. Here we show that MoS{sub 2} nanosheets can be prepared by a facile hydrothermal method. The study of the properties of the MoS{sub 2} nanosheets prepared at different conditions suggests that the mole ratio of precursors and hydrothermal time significantly influences the purity, crystalline quality and thermal stability of MoS{sub 2}. X-ray diffraction, Raman spectra and transmission electron microscopy results indicate that bilayer MoS{sub 2} can be grown under an optimized mole ratio of 2:1 of S:Mo at 180 °C for 50 h. Moreover, such ultrathin nanosheets exhibit a prominent photoluminescence and possess high methyl orange adsorption capacity due to the large surface area, which can be potentially used in photodevice and photochemical catalyst.

  19. Characterization of ZnO:Co particles prepared by hydrothermal method for room temperature magnetism

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    Peng, Yingzi; Huo, Dexuan; He, Haiping; Li, Yuan; Li, Lingwei; Wang, Huawen; Qian, Zhenghong

    2012-03-01

    ZnO based diluted magnetic semiconductor particles (ZnO:Co) have been grown using a hydrothermal method with good crystallinity. The atomic percentage of Co presented in the specimen is about 0.01. Based on the x-ray diffraction and high-resolution transition electron, Co is found to be incorporated into ZnO lattice without evidence of obvious Co precipitates. However, from photoluminescence (PL) spectra in the range of 1.94 -3.45 eV, a strong broad emission centered around 600 nm (2.07 eV) in the visible range as well as a relatively weak peak at 2.81 eV are observed, indicating the presence of Co impurities. Moreover, intrinsic emissions such as DOX suggest that at least some Co have been doped into ZnO lattice, substituting for Zn2+ ions. The PL results further confirm the substitution of Zn2+ ions by Co, which leads to the changes of the electronic band structures. Magnetism could be realized at room temperature for the ZnO:Co nanoparticles under our experimental conditions although with low coercivity. The field-cooled and zero-field-cooled curves can be explained as a result of competition between the ferromagnetic and the antiferromagnetic ordering in the ZnO:Co nanoparticles. Combining the results from PL and magnetism characterization, it is reasonable to think that both doped Co in the ZnO lattice and Co impurities contribute to magnetism in ZnO:Co nanoparticles at room temperature.

  20. A simple method for the stabilization of scintillation detectors

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    Böttcher, M.; Brewer, W. D.; Klein, E.

    1983-02-01

    We report on the design and operation of a gain-stabilized Nal(Tl) scintillation spectrometer for use in stray magnetic fields utilizing a blue light-emitting diode as reference source. The spectrometer is simple, compact, and robust and the stabilization can be constructed at modest additional cost. It is easy to operate, and yields long-term gain stability of better than ±0.2% as well as greatly improved operation in stray magnetic fields.

  1. Simple optimization method for EMI mesh pattern design

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    Alpman, Mehmet Erhan; Senger, Tolga

    2014-05-01

    Metallic mesh coatings are used on visible and infrared windows and domes widely to provide shielding from EMI (Electromagnetic Interference). In this paper, different EMI mesh geometries are compared with each other regarding various performance parameters. But to decide the best fitting EMI mesh geometry to particular optic system is a little bit complicated issue. Therefore, we try to find a simple optimization methodology to decide best EMI mesh geometry design that fits our particular high performance ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems.

  2. A simple approximation method for obtaining the spanwise lift distribution

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    Schrenk, O

    1940-01-01

    The approximation method described makes possible lift-distribution computations in a few minutes. Comparison with an exact method shows satisfactory agreement. The method is of greater applicability than the exact method and includes also the important case of the wing with end plates.

  3. A simple method to ordered mesoporous carbons containing nickel nanoparticles

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    Dai, Sheng; Wang, Xiqing

    2009-01-01

    A series of ordered mesoporous carbons containing magnetic Ni nanoparticles (Ni-OMCs) with a variety of Ni loadings was made by a simple one-pot synthetic procedure through carbonization of phenolic resin-Pluronic block copolymer composites containing various amount of nickel nitrate. Such composite materials were characterized by N{sub 2} sorption, XRD, and STEM. Ni-OMCs exhibited high BET surface area, uniform pore size, and large pore volume without obvious pore blockage with a Ni loading as high as 15 wt%. Ni nanoparticles were crystalline with a face-center-cubic phase and observed mainly in the carbon matrix and on the outer surface as well. The average particle size of Ni nanoparticles was dependent on the preparation (carbonization) temperature and Ni loading; the higher the temperature was used and the more the Ni was incorporated, the larger the Ni nanoparticles were observed. One of the applications of Ni-OMCs was demonstrated as magnetically separable adsorbents.

  4. Simple, rapid method for the preparation of isotopically labeled formaldehyde

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    Hooker, Jacob Matthew; Schonberger, Matthias; Schieferstein, Hanno; Fowler, Joanna S.

    2011-10-04

    Isotopically labeled formaldehyde (*C.sup..sctn.H.sub.2O) is prepared from labeled methyl iodide (*C.sup..sctn.H.sub.3I) by reaction with an oxygen nucleophile having a pendant leaving group. The mild and efficient reaction conditions result in good yields of *C.sup..sctn.H.sub.2O with little or no *C isotopic dilution. The simple, efficient production of .sup.11CH.sub.2O is described. The use of the .sup.11CH.sub.2O for the formation of positron emission tomography tracer compounds is described. The reaction can be incorporated into automated equipment available to radiochemistry laboratories. The isotopically labeled formaldehyde can be used in a variety of reactions to provide radiotracer compounds for imaging studies as well as for scintillation counting and autoradiography.

  5. A Rapid and Simple Bioassay Method for Herbicide Detection

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    Li, Xiu-Qing; Ng, Alan; King, Russell; Durnford, Dion G.

    2008-01-01

    Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a unicellular green alga, has been used in bioassay detection of a variety of toxic compounds such as pesticides and toxic metals, but mainly using liquid culture systems. In this study, an algal lawn—agar system for semi-quantitative bioassay of herbicidal activities has been developed. Sixteen different herbicides belonging to 11 different categories were applied to paper disks and placed on green alga lawns in Petri dishes. Presence of herbicide activities was indicated by clearing zones around the paper disks on the lawn 2–3 days after application. The different groups of herbicides induced clearing zones of variable size that depended on the amount, mode of action, and chemical properties of the herbicides applied to the paper disks. This simple, paper-disk-algal system may be used to detect the presence of herbicides in water samples and act as a quick and inexpensive semi-quantitative screening for assessing herbicide contamination. PMID:19578512

  6. Simple method for calibrating omnidirectional stereo with multiple cameras

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    Ha, Jong-Eun; Choi, I.-Sak

    2011-04-01

    Cameras can give useful information for the autonomous navigation of a mobile robot. Typically, one or two cameras are used for this task. Recently, an omnidirectional stereo vision system that can cover the whole surrounding environment of a mobile robot is adopted. They usually adopt a mirror that cannot offer uniform spatial resolution. In this paper, we deal with an omnidirectional stereo system which consists of eight cameras where each two vertical cameras constitute one stereo system. Camera calibration is the first necessary step to obtain 3D information. Calibration using a planar pattern requires many images acquired under different poses so it is a tedious step to calibrate all eight cameras. In this paper, we present a simple calibration procedure using a cubic-type calibration structure that surrounds the omnidirectional stereo system. We can calibrate all the cameras on an omnidirectional stereo system in just one shot.

  7. Confined-pyrolysis as an experimental method for hydrothermal organic synthesis.

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    Leif, R N; Simoneit, B R

    1995-10-01

    A closed pyrolysis system has been developed as a tool for studying the reactions of organic compounds under extreme hydrothermal conditions. Small high pressure stainless steel vessels in which the ratio of sediment or sample to water has been adjusted to eliminate the headspace at peak experimental conditions confines the organic components to the bulk solid matrix and eliminates the partitioning of the organic compounds away from the inorganic components during the experiment. Confined pyrolysis experiments were performed to simulate thermally driven catagenetic changes in sedimentary organic matter using a solids to water ratio of 3.4 to 1. The extent of alteration was measured by monitoring the steroid and triterpenoid biomarkers and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon distributions. These pyrolysis experiments duplicated the hydrothermal transformations observed in nature. Molecular probe experiments using alkadienes, alkenes and alkanes in H2O and D2O elucidated the isomerization and hydrogenation reactions of aliphatic compounds and competing oxidative reactions occurring under hydrothermal conditions. This confined pyrolysis technique is being applied to test experiments on organic synthesis of relevance to chemical evolution for the origin of life. PMID:11536697

  8. Confined-pyrolysis as an experimental method for hydrothermal organic synthesis

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    Leif, Roald N.; Simoneit, Bernd R. T.

    1995-10-01

    A closed pyrolysis system has been developed as a tool for studying the reactions of organic compounds under extreme hydrothermal conditions. Small high pressure stainless steel vessels in which the ratio of sediment or sample to water has been adjusted to eliminate the headspace at peak experimental conditions confines the organic components to the bulk solid matrix and eliminates the partitioning of the organic compounds away from the inorganic components during the experiment. Confined pyrolysis experiments were performed to simulate thermally driven catagenetic changes in sedimentary organic matter using a solids to water ratio of 3.4 to 1. The extent of alteration was measured by monitoring the steroid and triterpenoid biomarkers and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon distributions. These pyrolysis experiments duplicated the hydrothermal transformations observed in nature. Molecular probe experiments using alkadienes, alkenes and alkanes in H2O and D2O elucidated the isomerization and hydrogenation reactions of aliphatic compounds and the competing oxidative reactions occurring under hydrothermal conditions. This confined pyrolysis technique is being applied to test experiments on organic synthesis of relevance to chemical evolution for the origin of life.

  9. Confined-Pyrolysis as an Experimental Method for Hydrothermal Organic Synthesis

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    Leif, Roald N.; Simoneit, Bernd R. T.

    1995-01-01

    A closed pyrolysis system has been developed as a tool for studying the reactions of organic compounds under extreme hydrothermal conditions. Small high pressure stainless steel vessels in which the ratio of sediment or sample to water has been adjusted to eliminate the headspace at peak experimental conditions confines the organic components to the bulk solid matrix and eliminates the partitioning of the organic compounds away from the inorganic components during the experiment. Confined pyrolysis experiments were performed to simulate thermally driven catagenetic changes in sedimentary organic matter using a solids to water ratio of 3.4 to 1. The extent of alteration was measured by monitoring the steroid and triterpenoid biomarkers and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon distributions. These pyrolysis experiments duplicated the hydrothermal transformations observed in nature. Molecular probe experiments using alkadienes, alkenes and alkanes in H2O and D2O elucidated the isomerization and hydrogenation reactions of aliphatic and the competing oxidative reactions occurring under hydrothermal conditions. This confined pyrolysis technique is being applied to test experiments on organic synthesis of relevance to chemical evolution for the origin of life.

  10. A Simple Method for Determining Specific Yield from Pumping Tests

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    Ramsahoye, L.E.; Lang, Solomon Max

    1961-01-01

    A simpler solution which greatly reduces the time necessary to compute the specific yield by the pumping-test method of Remson and Lang (1955) is presented. The method consists of computing the volume of dewatered material in the cone of depression and comparing it with the total volume of discharged water. The original method entails the use of a slowly converging series to compute the volume of dewatered material. The solution given herein is derived directly from Darcy's law.

  11. Simple numerical method for predicting steady compressible flows

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    Vonlavante, Ernst; Nelson, N. Duane

    1986-01-01

    A numerical method for solving the isenthalpic form of the governing equations for compressible viscous and inviscid flows was developed. The method was based on the concept of flux vector splitting in its implicit form. The method was tested on several demanding inviscid and viscous configurations. Two different forms of the implicit operator were investigated. The time marching to steady state was accelerated by the implementation of the multigrid procedure. Its various forms very effectively increased the rate of convergence of the present scheme. High quality steady state results were obtained in most of the test cases; these required only short computational times due to the relative efficiency of the basic method.

  12. Measuring Plant Water Status: A Simple Method for Investigative Laboratories.

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    Mansfield, Donald H.; Anderson, Jay E.

    1980-01-01

    Describes a method suitable for quantitative studies of plant water status conducted by high school or college students and the calculation of the relative water content (RWC) of a plant. Materials, methods, procedures, and results are discussed, with sample data figures provided. (CS)

  13. A Simple and Accurate Method for Measuring Enzyme Activity.

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    Yip, Din-Yan

    1997-01-01

    Presents methods commonly used for investigating enzyme activity using catalase and presents a new method for measuring catalase activity that is more reliable and accurate. Provides results that are readily reproduced and quantified. Can also be used for investigations of enzyme properties such as the effects of temperature, pH, inhibitors,…

  14. A simple vitrification method for cryobanking avian testicular tissue

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    Cryopreservation of testicular tissue is a promising method of preserving male reproductive potential for avian species. This study was conducted to assess whether a vitrification method can be used to preserve avian testicular tissue, using the Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) as a model. A sim...

  15. A Simple Method for Obtaining Russell-Saunders Term Symbols.

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    Vicente, J.

    1983-01-01

    Most inorganic chemistry textbooks present the determination of spectroscopic terms obtained from a given electronic configuration by a method which requires explicitly writing down all microstates. A method is provided and discussed in which tabulating all possible microstates is not required. (JN)

  16. A simple eigenfunction convergence acceleration method for Monte Carlo

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    Booth, Thomas E

    2010-11-18

    Monte Carlo transport codes typically use a power iteration method to obtain the fundamental eigenfunction. The standard convergence rate for the power iteration method is the ratio of the first two eigenvalues, that is, k{sub 2}/k{sub 1}. Modifications to the power method have accelerated the convergence by explicitly calculating the subdominant eigenfunctions as well as the fundamental. Calculating the subdominant eigenfunctions requires using particles of negative and positive weights and appropriately canceling the negative and positive weight particles. Incorporating both negative weights and a {+-} weight cancellation requires a significant change to current transport codes. This paper presents an alternative convergence acceleration method that does not require modifying the transport codes to deal with the problems associated with tracking and cancelling particles of {+-} weights. Instead, only positive weights are used in the acceleration method.

  17. A facile vapor-phase hydrothermal method for direct growth of titanate nanotubes on a titanium substrate via a distinctive nanosheet roll-up mechanism.

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    Liu, Porun; Zhang, Haimin; Liu, Hongwei; Wang, Yun; Yao, Xiangdong; Zhu, Guangshan; Zhang, Shanqing; Zhao, Huijun

    2011-11-30

    We present a facile vapor-phase hydrothermal approach for direct growth of vertically aligned titanate nanotubes on a titanium foil substrate. The resultant nanotubes display external diameters of 50-80 nm and walls with an average thickness of 10 nm that consist of more than 10 titanate layers. This is in strong contrast to the titanate nanotubes obtained from alkaline liquid-phase hydrothermal methods, which are generally smaller than 12 nm in external diameter and have walls consisting of less than five titanate layers. Importantly, the investigation confirmed that under vapor-phase hydrothermal conditions, the nanotubes were formed via a distinctive nanosheet roll-up mechanism that differs remarkably from those of conventional liquid-phase hydrothermal processes. For the first time, a coaxial circular cylinder crystal structure of the resultant nanotubes was confirmed. PMID:22035232

  18. A simple tuning method for high temperature superconducting microstrip filters

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    Pal, Srikanta; Stevens, Chris; Edwards, David

    2005-07-01

    In this paper we report a simple tuning methodology of high temperature superconducting (HTS) microstrip filters. In order to establish this new tuning approach a 5 pole lumped element HTS bandpass filter, centre frequency 800 MHz, narrowband (bandwidth, 7.6 MHz), is designed and fabricated on a 2 inch (diameter) Y Ba2Cu3O6.94 thin film of thickness 700 nm and lanthanum aluminate (LaAlO3) substrate of 0.5 mm thickness. The filter was etched using conventional photolithography and a wet chemical etching process. The 5 pole lumped element filter is tested in an integrated RF-cryocooler measurement system at 65 K and also in liquid nitrogen (77 K). We demonstrate a 19.3 MHz downward shift of the centre frequency of the 5 pole filter response. This is achieved by overlaying two layers of thin dielectric tape (PTFE) (50.0 µm thickness, permittivity 3.2) over the conducting patterned part of the filter surface. A full wave electromagnetic analysis of the dielectric environment of this tuning arrangement matches the measured response closely. To improve the passband response, the filter is tuned in liquid nitrogen, placing pieces of sapphire rods over the resonators of the filter layout.

  19. A simple method for synthesizing and producing guitar sounds

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    Torres, Jesús A.; Rendón, Pablo L.

    2013-05-01

    An uncomplicated model is proposed to describe the transverse force exerted by a plucked string on a guitar bridge. This model incorporates the effect of internal damping, lending the synthesized sound a transient quality that makes it more realistic than sound produced without taking damping into account. The synthesized signals are then compared to actual measurements for both free and palm-muted vibrations, and show agreement in both cases. These synthesized signals can also be used to play MIDI files through a guitar acting as a modified loudspeaker cone, driving the instrument mechanically. The sound thus obtained is realistic and provides an interesting classroom exercise for an undergraduate audience. The main set-up is also affordable as a laboratory activity and for public demonstrations, and has the advantage of being simple to implement and flexible enough to allow different kinds of modification. It is, in fact, reliable enough to use as a tool for the comparison of different guitars driven in the same manner.

  20. TEMPEST: A three-dimensional time-dependent computer program for hydrothermal analysis: Volume 1, Numerical methods and input instructions

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    Trent, D.S.; Eyler, L.L.; Budden, M.J.

    1983-09-01

    This document describes the numerical methods, current capabilities, and the use of the TEMPEST (Version L, MOD 2) computer program. TEMPEST is a transient, three-dimensional, hydrothermal computer program that is designed to analyze a broad range of coupled fluid dynamic and heat transfer systems of particular interest to the Fast Breeder Reactor thermal-hydraulic design community. The full three-dimensional, time-dependent equations of motion, continuity, and heat transport are solved for either laminar or turbulent fluid flow, including heat diffusion and generation in both solid and liquid materials. 10 refs., 22 figs., 2 tabs.

  1. Simple methods to reduce patient exposure during scoliosis radiography

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    Butler, P.F.; Thomas, A.W.; Thompson, W.E.; Wollerton, M.A.; Rachlin, J.A.

    1986-05-01

    Radiation exposure to the breasts of adolescent females can be reduced significantly through the use of one or all of the following methods: fast, rare-earth screen-film combinations; specially designed compensating filters; and breast shielding. The importance of exposure reduction during scoliosis radiography as well as further details on the above described methods are discussed. In addition, the early results of a Center for Devices and Radiological Health study, which recorded exposure and technique data for scoliosis radiography, is presented.

  2. Simple method to verify OPC data based on exposure condition

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    Moon, James; Ahn, Young-Bae; Oh, Sey-Young; Nam, Byung-Ho; Yim, Dong Gyu

    2006-03-01

    In a world where Sub100nm lithography tool is an everyday household item for device makers, shrinkage of the device is at a rate that no one ever have imagined. With the shrinkage of device at such a high rate, demand placed on Optical Proximity Correction (OPC) is like never before. To meet this demand with respect to shrinkage rate of the device, more aggressive OPC tactic is involved. Aggressive OPC tactics is a must for sub 100nm lithography tech but this tactic eventually results in greater room for OPC error and complexity of the OPC data. Until now, Optical Rule Check (ORC) or Design Rule Check (DRC) was used to verify this complex OPC error. But each of these methods has its pros and cons. ORC verification of OPC data is rather accurate "process" wise but inspection of full chip device requires a lot of money (Computer , software,..) and patience (run time). DRC however has no such disadvantage, but accuracy of the verification is a total downfall "process" wise. In this study, we were able to create a new method for OPC data verification that combines the best of both ORC and DRC verification method. We created a method that inspects the biasing of the OPC data with respect to the illumination condition of the process that's involved. This new method for verification was applied to 80nm tech ISOLATION and GATE layer of the 512M DRAM device and showed accuracy equivalent to ORC inspection with run time that of DRC verification.

  3. A simple method for labeling CT images with respiratory states

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    Berlinger, Kajetan; Sauer, Otto; Vences, Lucia; Roth, Michael

    2006-09-15

    A method is described for labeling CT images with their respiratory state by a needle, connected to the patient's chest/abdomen. By means of a leverage the needle follows the abdominal respiratory motion. The needle is visible as a blurred spot in every CT slice. The method was tested with nine patients. A series of volume scans during free breathing was performed. The detected positions of the moving needle in every single slice were compared to each other thus enabling respiratory state assignment. The tool is an inexpensive alternative to complex respiratory measuring tools for four dimensional (4D) CT and was greatly accepted in the clinic due to its simplicity.

  4. A new simple method to estimate fracture pressure gradient

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    Rocha, L.A.; Bourgoyne, A.T.

    1996-09-01

    Projecting safety and more economic wells calls for estimating correctly the fracture pressure gradient. On the other hand, a poor prediction of the fracture pressure gradient may lead to serious accidents, such as lost circulation followed by a kick. Although these kind of accidents can occur in any phase of the well, drilling shallow formations can offer additional dangers caused by shallow gas kicks because they have the potential of becoming a shallow gas blowout leading sometimes to the formation of craters. This paper presents a new method to estimate fracture pressure gradient. The proposed method has the advantage of (1) using only the knowledge of leakoff test data and (2) being independent of the pore pressure. The method is based on a new concept called pseudo-overburden pressure, defined as the overburden pressure a formation would exhibit if it were plastic. The method was applied in several areas of the world, such as the US Gulf Coast (Mississippi Canyon and Green Canyon), with very good results.

  5. A new simple method to estimate fracture pressure gradient

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    Rocha, L.A.; Bourgoyne, A.T.

    1994-12-31

    Projecting safer and more economic wells calls for estimating correctly the fracture pressure gradient. On the other hand, a poor prediction of the fracture pressure gradient may lead to serious accidents such as lost circulation followed by a kick. Although these kinds of accidents can occur in any phase of the well, drilling shallow formations can offer additional dangerous due to shallow gas kicks, because they have the potential of becoming a shallow gas blowout leading sometimes to the formation of craters. Often, one of the main problems when estimating the fracture pressure gradient is the lack of data. In fact, drilling engineers generally face situations where only leak off test data (frequently having questionable results) are available. This problem is normally the case when drilling shallow formations where very few information is collected. This paper presents a new method to estimate fracture pressure gradient. The proposed method has the advantage of (a) using only the knowledge of leak off test data and (b) being independent of the pore pressure. The method is based on a new concept called pseudo-overburden pressure, defined as the overburden pressure a formation would exhibit if it were plastic. The method was applied in several areas of the world such as US Gulf Coast (Mississippi Canyon and Green Canyon) with very good results.

  6. Measurement of emissivity of industrial surfaces using a simple method

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    Dallmeyer, H.

    1988-01-01

    To detect emissivity, the drop in temperature of the sample undergoing radiation exchange with the wall in an evacuated space is measured over a given period. In this manner, emissivities of various synthetic resin lacquers, metals, and metallic coatings were measured. Once the emissivity is known, the same method can be used to detect specific heat and the head condition of gases.

  7. A SIMPLE METHOD FOR EVALUATING DATA FROM AN INTERLABORATORY STUDY

    EPA Science Inventory

    Large-scale laboratory-and method-performance studies involving more than about 30 laboratories may be evaluated by calculating the HORRAT ratio for each test sample (HORRAT=[experimentally found among-laboratories relative standard deviation] divided by [relative standard deviat...

  8. A Simple and Universal Method for Making up Buffer Solutions.

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    Dennison, Clive

    1988-01-01

    Uses a method which involves weighing out an amount of the appropriate weak acid or base and dissolving it in distilled water close to the final volume. Solution is then titrated with strong acid or base to give the desired pH. Provides three examples. (MVL)

  9. Properties of beryl single crystals grown by a high pressure hydrothermal method

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    Furusaki, T.; Bando, Y.; Kodaira, K. ); Matsushita, T. )

    1989-08-01

    The authors discuss beryl crystals grown under high pressure hydrothermal condition of 1 GPa. The optimum crystal growth was observed at 600{sup 0}C and from 0.1N NaOH solution. The beryl crystals from 0.1 - 0.3N NaOH solutions incorporated water molecules and alkali cations in the channels of the beryl structure. The crystals showed same refractive indices and density as those of natural emerald crystals. These physical properties were very similar to natural emeralds.

  10. Efficient deinterlacing method using simple edge slope tracing

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    Khan, Sajid; Lee, Dongho

    2015-10-01

    This paper presents a low-complexity interpolation method that minimizes image quality losses at edges, which are easily perceivable by the human eye. Deinterlacing, which converts an interlaced video into a progressive video, is a problem in image interpolation that doubles the number of vertical lines. Applying averaging, or any linear algorithm, achieves time-efficient deinterlacing but produces artifacts. However, applying other complex methods tends to reduce unwanted artifacts but at the cost of high computation time. The proposed deinterlacing scheme is based on an algorithm called "edge slope tracing" which simply predicts the slope on the basis of information on adjacent slopes. Predicted slopes are used to perform deinterlacing in slope-based line averaging. The simulation results show that this scheme provides better results and reduces complexity compared to conventional state-of-the-art algorithms.

  11. Simple method for prediction of aircraft noise contours

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    Stewart, E. C.; Carson, T. M.

    1980-01-01

    A method for generating noise contours more rapidly and more simply than previously used programs is discussed. The method gives the area, the noise contour, and its extremities for an arbitrarily complex flight path for both takeoffs and landings with relative ease. The analysis reveals the fundamental nature of the contours and how the various factors that influence its size and shape enter into the analysis. It is noted that the effects of ground attenuation and shielding are omitted as they are important only on the initial portion of flight and are highly dependent upon aircraft configuration. However, the analysis shows that these effects could be included. It is emphasized the the single-event contour is an obvious choice for purposes of minimizing noise impact.

  12. An Adaptive Kalman Filter using a Simple Residual Tuning Method

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    Harman, Richard R.

    1999-01-01

    One difficulty in using Kalman filters in real world situations is the selection of the correct process noise, measurement noise, and initial state estimate and covariance. These parameters are commonly referred to as tuning parameters. Multiple methods have been developed to estimate these parameters. Most of those methods such as maximum likelihood, subspace, and observer Kalman Identification require extensive offline processing and are not suitable for real time processing. One technique, which is suitable for real time processing, is the residual tuning method. Any mismodeling of the filter tuning parameters will result in a non-white sequence for the filter measurement residuals. The residual tuning technique uses this information to estimate corrections to those tuning parameters. The actual implementation results in a set of sequential equations that run in parallel with the Kalman filter. Equations for the estimation of the measurement noise have also been developed. These algorithms are used to estimate the process noise and measurement noise for the Wide Field Infrared Explorer star tracker and gyro.

  13. An Adaptive Kalman Filter Using a Simple Residual Tuning Method

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    Harman, Richard R.

    1999-01-01

    One difficulty in using Kalman filters in real world situations is the selection of the correct process noise, measurement noise, and initial state estimate and covariance. These parameters are commonly referred to as tuning parameters. Multiple methods have been developed to estimate these parameters. Most of those methods such as maximum likelihood, subspace, and observer Kalman Identification require extensive offline processing and are not suitable for real time processing. One technique, which is suitable for real time processing, is the residual tuning method. Any mismodeling of the filter tuning parameters will result in a non-white sequence for the filter measurement residuals. The residual tuning technique uses this information to estimate corrections to those tuning parameters. The actual implementation results in a set of sequential equations that run in parallel with the Kalman filter. A. H. Jazwinski developed a specialized version of this technique for estimation of process noise. Equations for the estimation of the measurement noise have also been developed. These algorithms are used to estimate the process noise and measurement noise for the Wide Field Infrared Explorer star tracker and gyro.

  14. A simple method of predicting S-wave velocity

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Lee, M.W.

    2006-01-01

    Prediction of shear-wave velocity plays an important role in seismic modeling, amplitude analysis with offset, and other exploration applications. This paper presents a method for predicting S-wave velocity from the P-wave velocity on the basis of the moduli of dry rock. Elastic velocities of water-saturated sediments at low frequencies can be predicted from the moduli of dry rock by using Gassmann's equation; hence, if the moduli of dry rock can be estimated from P-wave velocities, then S-wave velocities easily can be predicted from the moduli. Dry rock bulk modulus can be related to the shear modulus through a compaction constant. The numerical results indicate that the predicted S-wave velocities for consolidated and unconsolidated sediments agree well with measured velocities if differential pressure is greater than approximately 5 MPa. An advantage of this method is that there are no adjustable parameters to be chosen, such as the pore-aspect ratios required in some other methods. The predicted S-wave velocity depends only on the measured P-wave velocity and porosity. ?? 2006 Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

  15. A Simple Buckling Analysis Method for Airframe Composite Stiffened Panel by Finite Strip Method

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tanoue, Yoshitsugu

    Carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) have been used in structural components for newly developed aircraft and spacecraft. The main structures of an airframe, such as the fuselage and wings, are essentially composed of stiffened panels. Therefore, in the structural design of airframes, it is important to evaluate the buckling strength of the composite stiffened panels. Widely used finite element method (FEM) can analyzed any stiffened panel shape with various boundary conditions. However, in the early phase of airframe development, many studies are required in structural design prior to carrying out detail drawing. In this phase, performing structural analysis using only FEM may not be very efficient. This paper describes a simple buckling analysis method for composite stiffened panels, which is based on finite strip method. This method can deal with isotropic and anisotropic laminated plates and shells with several boundary conditions. The accuracy of this method was verified by comparing it with theoretical analysis and FEM analysis (NASTRAN). It has been observed that the buckling coefficients calculated via the present method are in agreement with results found by detail analysis methods. Consequently, this method is designed to be an effective calculation tool for the buckling analysis in the early phases of airframe design.

  16. Simple method to join YAG ceramics and crystals

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    Bagayev, S. N.; Kaminskii, A. A.; Kopylov, Yu. L.; Kotelyanskii, I. M.; Kravchenko, V. B.

    2012-04-01

    Method to join samples of yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) ceramics and crystals together includes deposition of thin SiOx layer(s) on flat polished surfaces of the samples to be joined and heating the samples with the contacting surfaces above 1700 °C. There is no visible border between the crystal samples bonded. YAG single crystal solid state growth takes place on the bonded crystal-ceramics border, and crystal growth velocity is much higher when intermediate SiOx layer is used.

  17. Method for catalyzing oxidation/reduction reactions of simple molecules

    SciTech Connect

    Bicker, D.; Bonaventura, J.

    1988-06-14

    A method for oxidizing carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide is described comprising: (1) contacting, together, carbon monoxide, a nitrogen-containing chelating agent and water; wherein the chelating agent is at least one member selected from the group consisting of methmeoglobin bound to a support, ferric hemoglobin bound to a support, iron-containing porphyrins bound to a support, and sperm whale myoglobin bound to a support, wherein the support is glass, a natural fiber, a synthetic fiber, a gel, charcoal, carbon ceramic material, a metal oxide, a synthetic polymer, a zeolite, a silica compound of an alumina compound; and (2) obtaining carbon dioxide.

  18. Electronic structure and magnetic properties of FeWO{sub 4} nanocrystals synthesized by the microwave-hydrothermal method

    SciTech Connect

    Almeida, M.A.P.; Cavalcante, L.S.; Morilla-Santos, C.; Filho, P.N. Lisboa; Beltran, A.; Andres, J.; Gracia, L.; Longo, E.

    2012-11-15

    This communication reports that FeWO{sub 4} nanocrystals were successfully synthesized by the microwave-hydrothermal method at 443 K for 1 h. The structure and shape of these nanocrystals were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Rietveld refinement, and transmission electron microscopy. The experimental results and first principles calculations were combined to explain the electronic structure and magnetic properties. Experimental data were obtained by magnetization measurements for different applied magnetic fields. Theoretical calculations revealed that magnetic properties of FeWO{sub 4} nanocrystals can be assigned to two magnetic orderings with parallel or antiparallel spins in adjacent chains. These factors are crucial to understanding of competition between ferro- and antiferromagnetic behavior. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Monophasic FeWO{sub 4} nanocrystals were synthesized by the microwave-hydrothermal method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rietveld refinement and clusters model for monoclinic structure Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetic properties of FeWO{sub 4} nanocrystals at different temperatures.

  19. A SIMPLE LIKELIHOOD METHOD FOR QUASAR TARGET SELECTION

    SciTech Connect

    Kirkpatrick, Jessica A.; Schlegel, David J.; Ross, Nicholas P.; Myers, Adam D.; Hennawi, Joseph F.; Sheldon, Erin S.; Schneider, Donald P.; Weaver, Benjamin A.

    2011-12-20

    We present a new method for quasar target selection using photometric fluxes and a Bayesian probabilistic approach. For our purposes, we target quasars using Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) photometry to a magnitude limit of g = 22. The efficiency and completeness of this technique are measured using the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) data taken in 2010. This technique was used for the uniformly selected (CORE) sample of targets in BOSS year-one spectroscopy to be realized in the ninth SDSS data release. When targeting at a density of 40 objects deg{sup -2} (the BOSS quasar targeting density), the efficiency of this technique in recovering z > 2.2 quasars is 40%. The completeness compared to all quasars identified in BOSS data is 65%. This paper also describes possible extensions and improvements for this technique.

  20. A simple humane method to euthanize a sea turtle

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    Work, Thierry M.; Balazs, George H.

    2013-01-01

    Increased interconnectedness, communication, and demands of society require that wildlife professionals make every effort to consider animal welfare when handling animals. The challenge can be daunting, particularly when a wild animal needs to be euthanized. In some cases, biologists are in remote areas under conditions that may be less than ideal to properly and swiftly dispatch an animal, either because of a lack of proper supplies or veterinary training. Societal demands for consideration of animal welfare are not limited to wildlife professionals. Native cultures, fishermen and hunters have traditional methods of capturing or killing wildlife that are now under increasing public scrutiny. A current example is in Australia where aborigines were criticized for the practice of dispatching sea turtles by throwing a cement block at the animals’ heads resulting in negative public reaction (Queensland Times 2010).

  1. Predicting sulphur and nitrogen deposition using a simple statistical method

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    Filip, Oulehle; Jiří, Kopáček; Tomáš, Chuman; Vladimír, Černohous; Iva, Hůnová; Jakub, Hruška; Pavel, Krám; Zora, Lachmanová; Tomáš, Navrátil; Petr, Štěpánek; Miroslav, Tesař; Christopher, Evans D.

    2016-09-01

    Data from 32 long-term (1994-2012) monitoring sites were used to assess temporal development and spatial variability of sulphur (S) and inorganic nitrogen (N) concentrations in bulk precipitation, and S in throughfall, for the Czech Republic. Despite large variance in absolute S and N concentration/deposition among sites, temporal coherence using standardised data (Z score) was demonstrated. Overall significant declines of SO4 concentration in bulk and throughfall precipitation, as well as NO3 and NH4 concentration in bulk precipitation, were observed. Median Z score values of bulk SO4, NO3 and NH4 and throughfall SO4 derived from observations and the respective emission rates of SO2, NOx and NH3 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia showed highly significant (p < 0.001) relationships. Using linear regression models, Z score values were calculated for the whole period 1900-2012 and then back-transformed to give estimates of concentration for the individual sites. Uncertainty associated with the concentration calculations was estimated as 20% for SO4 bulk precipitation, 22% for throughfall SO4, 18% for bulk NO3 and 28% for bulk NH4. The application of the method suggested that it is effective in the long-term reconstruction and prediction of S and N deposition at a variety of sites. Multiple regression modelling was used to extrapolate site characteristics (mean precipitation chemistry and its standard deviation) from monitored to unmonitored sites. Spatially distributed temporal development of S and N depositions were calculated since 1900. The method allows spatio-temporal estimation of the acid deposition in regions with extensive monitoring of precipitation chemistry.

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  5. A SIMPLE METHOD FOR THE EXTRACTION AND QUANTIFICATION OF PHOTOPIGMENTS FROM SYMBIODINIUM SPP.

    EPA Science Inventory

    John E. Rogers and Dragoslav Marcovich. Submitted. Simple Method for the Extraction and Quantification of Photopigments from Symbiodinium spp.. Limnol. Oceanogr. Methods. 19 p. (ERL,GB 1192).

    We have developed a simple, mild extraction procedure using methanol which, when...

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  13. Dynamical models of elliptical galaxies - I. Simple methods

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    Agnello, A.; Evans, N. W.; Romanowsky, A. J.

    2014-08-01

    We study dynamical models for elliptical galaxies, deriving the projected kinematic profiles in a form that is valid for general surface brightness laws and (spherical) total mass profiles, without the need for any explicit deprojection. We provide accurate approximations of the line of sight and aperture-averaged velocity dispersion profiles for galaxies with total mass density profiles with slope near -2 and with modest velocity anisotropy using only single or double integrals, respectively. This is already sufficient to recover many of the kinematic properties of nearby ellipticals. As an application, we provide two different sets of mass estimators for elliptical galaxies, based on either the velocity dispersion at a location at or near the effective radius, or the aperture-averaged velocity dispersion. In the large aperture (virial) limit, mass estimators are naturally independent of anisotropy. The spherical mass enclosed within the effective radius Re can be estimated as 2.4 R_e < σ 2_p > / G, where < σ ^2_p > is the average of the squared velocity dispersion over a finite aperture. This formula does not depend on assumptions such as mass-follows-light, and is a compromise between the cases of small and large aperture sizes. Its general agreement with results from other methods in the literature makes it a reliable means to infer masses in the absence of detailed kinematic information. If on the other hand the velocity dispersion profile is available, tight mass estimates can be found that are independent of the mass-model and anisotropy profile. In particular, for a de Vaucouleurs surface brightness, the velocity dispersion measured at ≈1Re yields a tight mass estimate (with 10 per cent accuracy) at ≈3Re that is independent of the mass model and the anisotropy profile. This allows us to probe the importance of dark matter at radii where it dominates the mass budget of galaxies. Explicit formulae are given for small anisotropy, large radii and/or power

  14. Spectroscopic investigations on the synthesis of nano-hydroxyapatite from calcined eggshell by hydrothermal method using cationic surfactant as template

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    Prabakaran, K.; Rajeswari, S.

    2009-12-01

    The present work reports the successful synthesis of nano-hydroxyapatite, Ca 10(PO 4) 6(OH) 2 (denoted HAP) from calcined eggshell by hydrothermal method using cationic surfactant (CTAB) as regulator of nucleation and crystal growth. The reaction involved in the synthesis was studied elaborately. The influence of reaction temperature, ageing time and CTAB concentration on the synthesis of nano-HAP are also studied in addition to the effect of sintering temperature on the crystal growth. Spectral characterization involving Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques were performed for functional group analysis and phase identification of the materials, respectively. Thermal stability of nano-HAP was investigated by thermal analysis (TG/DTA). The physical characteristics, such as morphology and particle size of the synthesized nano-HAP were assessed thoroughly by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques. The results have revealed that well-crystallized nano-HAP was synthesized by hydrothermal treatment at 160 °C for 10 h with the addition of CTAB at critical micelle concentration (CMC). It was also found that the synthesized nano-HAP was thermally stable up to 1100 °C.

  15. Characterization and adsorption performance of Pb(II) on CuO nanorods synthesized by the hydrothermal method

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    Arfaoui, Lobna; Kouass, Salah; Dhaouadi, Hassouna; Jebali, Raouf; Touati, Fathi

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • The nanorods of CuO were synthesized by a hydrothermal route without any surfactant. • X-ray diffraction showed monoclinic structure with space group C{sub 2/c}. • The nanorods show relatively high adsorption capacity for the removal of Pb(II). • The adsorption kinetics could be fitted well by the pseudo-second-order model. • The equilibrium data can be fitted well using the Langmuir isotherm model - Abstract: Copper oxide (CuO) nanorods were synthesized by hydrothermal method. The detailed structural, compositional and optical characterization of this material was also evaluated with XRD, FT-IR, EDS, and UV–vis spectroscopy, which confirmed that the obtained nanorods are well-crystallized CuO and possess good optical properties. SEM and TEM studies revealed that the as-synthesized CuO nanorods are uniform with an average diameter of 17 nm. The adsorption activity of the CuO nanostructures was studied. The adsorption results showed that the CuO nanorods are an effective and efficient adsorbent for the removal of Pb(II) ions. The influence of various operational parameters such as the pH of the solution, the contact time and the initial concentrations were also studied and the results were discussed. The estimated maximum lead ion adsorption capacity of the CuO nanorods was found to be 188.67 mg g{sup −1} at an optimum pH of 6.

  16. Preparation of perpendicular oriented TiO2 films via hydrothermal method: phase selection and growth control

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    Gao, Yun; Guo, Meilan; Xia, Xiaohong; Shao, Guosheng

    2013-03-01

    Either rutile or anatase vertical orientated TiO2 array films were synthesized successfully on FTO (F: SnO2) substrate via hydrothermal method through controlling the concentration of Cl- and SO42- . The density of nanorods can be adjusted by varying the volume ratio of ethanol/water, and the degree of orientation and crystallinity of TiO2 nanofilms were enhanced with increasing dosage of ethanol. Meanwhile, completely dense anatase films with [004] oriented growth appear within a very narrow concentration window when adding sulfuric acid into precursor. Besides, other alcohols such as methanol, n-propanol and n-butyl were also used as solvent to examine the role of alcohol type during hydrothermal process for both two phase films. The growth rate and degree of perpendicular orientation declined as the alkyl length of solvents increases. Hydrogen sensing characteristics of dense films of both rutile and anatase phases showed that there was a remarkable improvement of sensitivity response over reported data. It was found that rutile films have higher sensitivity while anatase films have faster response. This work is supported by Ministry of Education of China (211108) and Science and Technology of Wuhan (2010CDA024, 201110821251).

  17. Methods for sulfate removal in liquid-phase catalytic hydrothermal gasification of biomass

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    Elliott, Douglas C; Oyler, James R

    2014-11-04

    Processing of wet biomass feedstock by liquid-phase catalytic hydrothermal gasification must address catalyst fouling and poisoning. One solution can involve heating the wet biomass with a heating unit to a pre-treatment temperature sufficient for organic constituents in the feedstock to decompose, for precipitates of inorganic wastes to form, for preheating the wet feedstock in preparation for subsequent removal of soluble sulfate contaminants, or combinations thereof. Processing further includes reacting the soluble sulfate contaminants with cations present in the feedstock material to yield a sulfate-containing precipitate and separating the inorganic precipitates and/or the sulfate-containing precipitates out of the wet feedstock. Having removed much of the inorganic wastes and the sulfate contaminants that can cause poisoning and fouling, the wet biomass feedstock can be exposed to the heterogeneous catalyst for gasification.

  18. Methods for sulfate removal in liquid-phase catalytic hydrothermal gasification of biomass

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    Elliott, Douglas C; Oyler, James

    2013-12-17

    Processing of wet biomass feedstock by liquid-phase catalytic hydrothermal gasification must address catalyst fouling and poisoning. One solution can involve heating the wet biomass with a heating unit to a pre-treatment temperature sufficient for organic constituents in the feedstock to decompose, for precipitates of inorganic wastes to form, for preheating the wet feedstock in preparation for subsequent removal of soluble sulfate contaminants, or combinations thereof. Processing further includes reacting the soluble sulfate contaminants with cations present in the feedstock material to yield a sulfate-containing precipitate and separating the inorganic precipitates and/or the sulfate-containing precipitates out of the wet feedstock. Having removed much of the inorganic wastes and the sulfate contaminants that can cause poisoning and fouling, the wet biomass feedstock can be exposed to the heterogenous catalyst for gasification.

  19. Synthesis and characterisations of SnO2 nanorods via low temperature hydrothermal method

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    Inderan, Vicinisvarri; Lim, Shin Ye; Ong, Teng Sian; Bastien, Samuel; Braidy, Nadi; Lee, Hooi Ling

    2015-12-01

    In the present study, tin oxide (SnO2) nanorods were successfully synthesized through hydrothermal treatment at a relatively low temperature (180 °C) using various concentrations of metal precursor, SnCl4·5H2O (0.04 M-0.16 M) in a mixed solution of ethanol and water before bringing the pH to 13 by adding 6 M NaOH. The effect of concentration on the morphology and structure of SnO2 were comprehensively studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR). It was found that increasing the concentration of tin precursor from 0.04 M to 0.16 M leads to a complete conversion from nanospheres to nanoplates and finally to nanorods. The SEM results confirmed that SnO2 nanorods are obtained for concentrations up to 0.12 M. At synthesis condition of 0.12 M, SnCl4·5H2O and pH 13, single rutile nanorods with preferential growth in the [002] direction were obtained. It was found that the diameter of nanorods formed at 0.12 M is similar to that of nanoplates formed at 0.08 M (20 nm), which suggests that spear-shaped nanorods might have originated from the primary nanoparticles (the particles grown in lower concentration during hydrothermal treatment). Possible reaction mechanisms are proposed to explain the observed morphologies.

  20. Synthesis of lead-free piezoelectric powders by ultrasonic-assisted hydrothermal method and properties of sintered (K0.48Na0.52)NBO3 ceramics.

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    Isobe, Gaku; Maeda, Takafumi; Bornmann, Peter; Hemsel, Tobias; Morita, Takeshi

    2014-02-01

    (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics have attracted much attention as lead-free piezoelectric materials with high piezoelectric properties. High-quality (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics can be sintered using KNbO3 and NaNbO3 powders synthesized by a hydrothermal method. In this study, to enhance the quality factor of the ceramics, high-power ultrasonic irradiation was employed during the hydrothermal method, which led to a reduction in the particle size of the resultant powders. PMID:24474129

  1. Electromagnetic and geochemical methods applied to investigations of hydrothermal/volcanic unrests: Examples of Taal (Philippines) and Miyake-jima (Japan) volcanoes

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    Zlotnicki, Jacques; Sasai, Y.; Toutain, J. P.; Villacorte, E.; Harada, M.; Yvetot, P.; Fauquet, F.; Bernard, A.; Nagao, T.; Phivolcs Team

    Magnetic, -electric and -electromagnetic phenomena (EM) are almost always observed on volcanoes before and during volcanic eruptions, if EM methods are well-designed and applied on the field. But unfortunately these methods are, most often, still used independently. They also do not benefit of dense inter-correlated networks which should allow more accurate results and fine modelling of the volcanic activity. On volcanoes which display hydrothermal/magmatic unrests, EM methods can be combined with geochemical (GC) methods. The integration of these methods allows us to image in detail hydrothermal systems, to find out possible scenarios of volcanic unrest, and to monitor the on-going activity with some knowledge on the sources of heat, gas and fluid transfers. The objectives of this paper is (1) to outline the appearance and the characteristics of EM signals before an eruptive event when multi-EM methods are applied on the field, (2) to sketch out the complementary between EM and GC methods when these methods are jointly applied on volcanic/hydrothermal systems. Two case studies are given in the paper. On Miyake-jima volcano in Japan integrated EM methods started in 1995. Although the seismicity only appeared 13 days before the July 8, 2000 collapse of the summit, changes in the magnetic field, electrical resistivity and electric potential have progressively appeared after 1996. Based on geophysical observations and on continuous magnetotelluric soundings, a synthesis of the EM observations allows proposing a coherent model of the volcano unrest. The second case study is Taal volcano in Philippines on which sporadic, but sometimes intense, seismic crises are observed since 1992. A strong and large scale hydrothermal system stands on the volcano and is periodically re-activated. Commonly applied since 2005, combined EM and GC methods give an accurate description of the hydrothermal activity and heat discharge. EM methods, as magnetic and self-potential, map the

  2. Luminescent nanocrystals in the rare-earth niobate–zirconia system formed via hydrothermal method

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    Hirano, Masanori Dozono, Hayato

    2013-08-15

    Luminescent nanocrystals based on the rare-earth niobates (Ln{sub 3}NbO{sub 7}, Ln=Y, Eu) and zirconia (ZrO{sub 2}) that were composed of 50 mol% Ln{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} and 50 mol% ZrO{sub 2}, were hydrothermally formed as cubic phase under weakly basic conditions at 240 °C. The lattice parameter of the as-prepared nanoparticles corresponding to the composition of Y{sub 3−x}Eu{sub x}NbO{sub 7}–4ZrO{sub 2} that was estimated as a single phase of cubic gradually increased as the content of europium x increased. The existence of small absorbance peaks at 395 and 466 nm corresponding to the Eu{sup 3+7}F{sub 0}→{sup 5}L{sub 6}, and {sup 7}F{sub 0}→{sup 5}D{sub 2} excitation transition, respectively, was clearly observed in the diffuse reflectance spectra of the as-prepared samples containing europium. The optical band gap of the as-prepared samples was in the range from 3.5 to 3.7 eV. The photoluminescence spectra of the as-prepared nanocrystals containing europium showed orange and red luminescences with main peaks at 590 and 610 nm, corresponding to {sup 5}D{sub 0}→{sup 7}F{sub 1} and {sup 5}D{sub 0}→{sup 7}F{sub 2} transitions of Eu{sup 3+}, respectively, under excitation at 395 nm Xe lamp. The emission intensity corresponding to {sup 5}D{sub 0}→{sup 7}F{sub 2} transition increased as heat-treatment temperature rose from 800 to 1200 °C. - Graphical abstract: This graphical abstract shows the excitation and emission spectra and a transmission electron microscopy image of nanocrystals (with composition based on the rare-earth niobates (Ln{sub 3}NbO{sub 7}, Ln=Y, Eu) and zirconia (ZrO{sub 2}) that were composed of 50 mol% Ln{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} and 50 mol% ZrO{sub 2}) formed via hydrothermal route. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Nanocrystals composed of 50 mol% Y{sub 3−x}Eu{sub x}NbO{sub 7} and 50 mol% ZrO{sub 2} was directly formed. • The nanocrystals were hydrothermally formed under weakly basic conditions at 240 °C. • The Y{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} showed

  3. One-pot synthesis and photoluminescence properties of core/porous-shell olive-like BaWO4 microstructure by a template-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Zhang, Suyue; Wang, Yunlong; Wang, Cuiping; Zhang, Hui; Shen, Yuhua; Xie, Anjian

    2016-02-01

    Core/porous-shell olive-like crystalline BaWO4 is synthesized by a combined simple hydrothermal method and soft template approach. The prepared product shows an olive-like shape with diameter of ˜2 μm, length of ˜4 μm, and the thickness of the shell of about 65 nm, which are orderly assembled by many nanoparticles. A possible formation mechanism of olive-like BaWO4 microstructure involving interfacial recognization of ions, nucleation, aggregation, in situ growth and Ostwald ripening process is proposed. Polyacrylic acid sodium (PAAS) as a template plays an important role in inducing the nucleation and growth of olive-like BaWO4 microcrystalline. Other shapes of BaWO4 microcrystalline are also fabricated by varying the concentration of PAAS and Ba2+. The olive-like product with a core-shell structure which exists a large number of pores on crystal surface shows excellent photoluminescence property, which have potentially applied prospects in fields such as light display systems etc.

  4. Nanowire Na0.35MnO2 from a hydrothermal method as a cathode material for aqueous asymmetric supercapacitors

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    Zhang, B. H.; Liu, Y.; Chang, Z.; Yang, Y. Q.; Wen, Z. B.; Wu, Y. P.; Holze, R.

    2014-05-01

    Nanowire Na0.35MnO2 was prepared by a simple and low energy consumption hydrothermal method; its electrochemical performance as a cathode material for aqueous asymmetric supercapacitors in Na2SO4 solution was investigated. Due to the nanowire structure its capacitance (157 F g-1) is much higher than that of the rod-like Na0.95MnO2 (92 F g-1) from solid phase reaction although its sodium content is lower. When it is assembled into an asymmetric aqueous supercapacitor using activated carbon as the counter electrode and aqueous 0.5 mol L-1 Na2SO4 electrolyte solution, the nanowire Na0.35MnO2 shows an energy density of 42.6 Wh kg-1 at a power density of 129.8 W kg-1 based on the total weight of the two electrode material, higher than those for the rod-like Na0.95MnO2, with an energy density of 27.3 Wh kg-1 at a power density of 74.8 W kg-1, and that of LiMn2O4. The new material presents excellent cycling behavior even when dissolved oxygen is not removed from the electrolyte solution. The results hold great promise for practical applications of this cathode material since sodium is much cheaper than lithium and its natural resources are rich.

  5. One-Step Synthesis of Water-Soluble MoS2 Quantum Dots via a Hydrothermal Method as a Fluorescent Probe for Hyaluronidase Detection.

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    Gu, Wei; Yan, Yinghan; Zhang, Cuiling; Ding, Caiping; Xian, Yuezhong

    2016-05-11

    In this work, a bottom-up strategy is developed to synthesize water-soluble molybdenum disulfide quantum dots (MoS2 QDs) through a simple, one-step hydrothermal method using ammonium tetrathiomolybdate [(NH4)2MoS4] as the precursor and hydrazine hydrate as the reducing agent. The as-synthesized MoS2 QDs are few-layered with a narrow size distribution, and the average diameter is about 2.8 nm. The resultant QDs show excitation-dependent blue fluorescence due to the polydispersity of the QDs. Moreover, the fluorescence can be quenched by hyaluronic acid (HA)-functionalized gold nanoparticles through a photoinduced electron-transfer mechanism. Hyaluronidase (HAase), an endoglucosidase, can cleave HA into proangiogenic fragments and lead to the aggregation of gold nanoparticles. As a result, the electron transfer is blocked and fluorescence is recovered. On the basis of this principle, a novel fluorescence sensor for HAase is developed with a linear range from 1 to 50 U/mL and a detection limit of 0.7 U/mL. PMID:27082278

  6. Polyphenolic contents and antioxidant activities of Lawsonia inermis leaf extracts obtained by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method.

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    Zohourian, Tayyebeh Haleh; Quitain, Armando T; Sasaki, Mitsuru; Goto, Motonobu

    2011-01-01

    Extracts obtained by microwave-assisted hydrothermal extraction of Lawsonia inermis leaves were evaluated for the presence of polyphenolic compounds and antioxidant activities. Extraction experiments were performed in temperature-controlled mode at a range of 100 to 200 degrees C, and extraction time of 5 to 30 min, and microwave-controlled mode at a power from 300-700 W, in irradiation time of 30 to 120 s. Polyphenolic contents were measured using Folin-Ciocalteau method, while antioxidant properties were analyzed using DPPH radical scavenging activities (RSA) expressed in BHA equivalents. Results showed that best values of RSA were obtained at mild temperature range of 100-120 degrees C. Controlling microwave power at short irradiation time gave better results than temperature-controlled treatment as well. Furthermore, comparison with the result obtained at room temperature confirmed that the use of microwave was more effective for extracting polar components that normally possess higher antioxidant activities. PMID:24428109

  7. Growth of TiO 2 coating on wood surface using controlled hydrothermal method at low temperatures

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    Li, Jian; Yu, Haipeng; Sun, Qingfeng; Liu, Yixing; Cui, Yongzhi; Lu, Yun

    2010-06-01

    This paper examines the growth of anatase TiO 2 coating on a wood surface through the hydrolysis of tetrabutyl orthotitanate (TBOT) in different conditions, using a controlled hydrothermal method at low temperatures. Energy disperse X-ray analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis confirm that the growth of TiO 2 coating on a wood surface is bonded to hydrocarbon chains. Several reaction factors that influence the morphologies and amount of TiO 2 present on wood surface were also investigated. As observed from the scanning electron microscopy images, the morphology and content of TiO 2 grown on a wood surface could be controlled under appropriate reaction conditions. Approximately 32.6% TiO 2 content on a wood surface could be obtained when specific conditions are applied.

  8. Synthesis and enhanced photocatalytic property of feather-like Cd-doped CuO nanostructures by hydrothermal method

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    Wang, Yongqian; Jiang, Tingting; Meng, Dawei; Wang, Dagui; Yu, Meihua

    2015-11-01

    Feather-like Cd-doped CuO nanostructures were fabricated by a one-step hydrothermal method. X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) demonstrated that Cd2+ entered the crystal lattice of CuO and substituted Cu2+ without destroying crystal structures to form feather-like CuO nanostructures. The optical property of Cd-doped CuO was investigated by using UV-vis spectrophotometer. A slight blue-shift of optical band gap was observed because of quantum confinement effect. The doped samples exhibited obviously higher absorbance in UV light region and better photocatalytic activity for the photodegradation of methyl blue than the pure CuO nanosheets.

  9. Ferromagnetic spin-order in Mg-doped SnS2 nanoflowers prepared by hydrothermal method

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    Wang, Na; Wu, Ping; Sun, Lili; Zhou, Wei

    2016-05-01

    Mg-doped SnS2 nanoflowers were synthesized by hydrothermal method. The XRD and absorption spectra analyses reveal that the incorporated Mg atoms substitute for Sn atoms in SnS2 lattice and red-shift the band-gap at low doping concentration (≤4 at%). With further doping, a transformation of Mg atoms from substitutional sites to interstitial sites occurs. The ferromagnetism of SnS2 nanoflowers is enhanced non-monotonously with Mg doping and the largest saturation magnetization of 2.11×10-3 emu/g appears in 4 at% Mg-doped SnS2. The holes created by Mg substituted incorporation may be the origin of the ferromagnetism. On the other hand, interstitial Mg atoms play a negative role in enhancing the ferromagnetism due to the holes compensation effect.

  10. Enhanced Visible-Light Photocatalytic Activity of C/Ce-Codoped ZnO Nanoellipsoids Synthesized by Hydrothermal Method

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    Ha, Luu Thi Viet; Dai, Luu Minh; Nhiem, Dao Ngoc; Van Cuong, Nguyen

    2016-05-01

    C/Ce-codoped ZnO nanomaterial has been synthesized by a hydrothermal method and its physical properties and characterization investigated using thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The photocatalytic activity of the nanomaterial was examined using methylene blue as organic dye under visible-light source. The results show that the C/Ce-codoped ZnO nanomaterial exhibited higher photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation compared with undoped ZnO, Ce-doped ZnO or C-doped ZnO nanomaterials. Such enhancement of the photocatalytic activity of C/Ce-codoped ZnO under visible-light irradiation suggests that these nanoparticles might have good applications in optoelectronics and wastewater treatment.

  11. Photoluminescence Analysis of Energy Level on Li-Doped ZnO Nanowires Grown by a Hydrothermal Method

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    Hyo Lee, Sang; Lee, Jun Seok; Ko, Won Bae; Inn Sohn, Jung; Cha, Seung Nam; Kim, Jong Min; Park, Young Jun; Hong, Jin Pyo

    2012-09-01

    The optical and structural properties of Li-doped ZnO nanowires grown by a hydrothermal method are reported herein. The low-temperature and temperature-dependent photoluminescence spectra clearly exhibited emission peaks that confirmed the presence of a lithium impurity as an acceptor dopant. Particularly, the acceptor energy level of the Li dopant was estimated to be 121 meV from the PL spectra. This value was also indicated from an Arrhenius plot of the integrated PL intensity of the A°X emission as a function of temperature. These results are in agreement with theoretical and experimental results of previously considered p-type dopants reported in other studies.

  12. Photoluminescence Analysis of Energy Level on Li-Doped ZnO Nanowires Grown by a Hydrothermal Method

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    Lee, Sang Hyo; Lee, Jun Seok; Ko, Won Bae; Sohn, Jung Inn; Cha, Seung Nam; Kim, Jong Min; Park, Young Jun; Hong, Jin Pyo

    2012-09-01

    The optical and structural properties of Li-doped ZnO nanowires grown by a hydrothermal method are reported herein. The low-temperature and temperature-dependent photoluminescence spectra clearly exhibited emission peaks that confirmed the presence of a lithium impurity as an acceptor dopant. Particularly, the acceptor energy level of the Li dopant was estimated to be 121 meV from the PL spectra. This value was also indicated from an Arrhenius plot of the integrated PL intensity of the A\\circX emission as a function of temperature. These results are in agreement with theoretical and experimental results of previously considered p-type dopants reported in other studies.

  13. Enhanced Visible-Light Photocatalytic Activity of C/Ce-Codoped ZnO Nanoellipsoids Synthesized by Hydrothermal Method

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    Ha, Luu Thi Viet; Dai, Luu Minh; Nhiem, Dao Ngoc; Van Cuong, Nguyen

    2016-08-01

    C/Ce-codoped ZnO nanomaterial has been synthesized by a hydrothermal method and its physical properties and characterization investigated using thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The photocatalytic activity of the nanomaterial was examined using methylene blue as organic dye under visible-light source. The results show that the C/Ce-codoped ZnO nanomaterial exhibited higher photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation compared with undoped ZnO, Ce-doped ZnO or C-doped ZnO nanomaterials. Such enhancement of the photocatalytic activity of C/Ce-codoped ZnO under visible-light irradiation suggests that these nanoparticles might have good applications in optoelectronics and wastewater treatment.

  14. Novel and simple non-parametric methods of estimating the joint and marginal densities

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    Alghalith, Moawia

    2016-07-01

    We introduce very simple non-parametric methods that overcome key limitations of the existing literature on both the joint and marginal density estimation. In doing so, we do not assume any form of the marginal distribution or joint distribution a priori. Furthermore, our method circumvents the bandwidth selection problems. We compare our method to the kernel density method.

  15. Fabrication and Magnetic Properties of Sn-Doped ZnO Microstructures via Hydrothermal Method.

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    Farooq, M Hassan; Hussain, Riaz; Iqbal, M Zubair; Shah, M W; Rana, Usman Ali; Khan, Salah Ud-Din

    2016-01-01

    Pure zinc oxide (ZnO) and Sn-doped ZnO hexagonal sheets were synthesized by template free hydrothermal growth mechanism with controlled morphology by using zinc acetate dihydrate (Zn(CH₃COO)₂· 2H₂O), tin chloride pentahydrate (SnCl₄ · 5H₂O), Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and H₂O as precursors. The structural, physical, chemical, and magnetic characteristics were investigated by X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and alternating gradient magnetometer (AGM), respectively. The average crystalline size of hexagonal phase of ZnO sheets was calculated to be about 34 nm from XRD patterns. Energy dispersive spectroscopy provided the compositional analysis of pure and Sn-doped ZnO. Room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) was observed by AGM for pure and Sn-doped ZnO hexagonal plates. RTFM increases monotonically for Sn doping and reaches maximum saturation magnetization 0.045 emu/g for 3% Sn-doped ZnO. PMID:27398543

  16. Hydrothermal growth and morphology evolution of CePO{sub 4} aggregates by a complexing method

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    Ma Lin; Chen Weixiang Zheng Yifan; Xu Zhude

    2008-11-03

    A facile hydrothermal route assisted by Na{sub 2}H{sub 2}EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid disodium) has been successfully developed to prepare uniform cerium phosphate (CePO{sub 4}) aggregates with different morphologies, such as peanut-like and spindle-like. It was found that the as-prepared uniform CePO{sub 4} aggregates were constructed with many nearly parallel aligned nanorods. The molar ratio of EDTA/Ce{sup 3+}, solution pH and reaction time had great influences on the morphologies and sizes of the CePO{sub 4} samples. In our process of synthesis, Na{sub 2}H{sub 2}EDTA played important roles as complexing reagent and inducing agent on the formation of CePO{sub 4} aggregates. The possible growth mechanism for CePO{sub 4} aggregates was presented. Ce{sub 0.9}Tb{sub 0.1}PO{sub 4} aggregates with different morphologies were also prepared and their photoluminescence properties were characterized.

  17. Synthesis and optical characteristics of yttrium-doped zinc oxide nanorod arrays grown by hydrothermal method.

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    Park, Hyunggil; Kim, Younggyu; Ji, Iksoo; Lee, Sang-Heon; Kim, Jin Soo; Kim, Jin Soo; Leem, Jae-Young

    2014-11-01

    Yttrium-doped ZnO (YZO) nanorods were synthesized by hydrothermal growth on a quartz substrate with various post-annealing temperatures. To investigate the effects of post-annealing on the optical properties and parameters of the nanorods, X-ray diffractometry (XRD), photoluminescence (PL) measurement, and ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectroscopy were used. From the XRD investigation, the full width at half maximum (FWHM) and the dislocation density of the nanorods was found to increase with an increase in the post-annealing temperature. In the PL spectra, the intensity of the near band edge (NBE) emission peak in the UV region also increases with an increase in the temperature of post-annealing. The deep level emission (DLE) peak in the visible region changes with various post-annealing temperatures, and its intensity increases remarkably with post-annealing at 800 degrees C. In this paper, changes in the optical parameters of the nanorods caused by variation in the behavior of Y during post-annealing was investigated, with properties such as absorption coefficients, refractive indices, and dispersion parameters being obtained from transmittance and reflectance analysis. PMID:25958523

  18. A novel hydrothermal method to convert incineration ash into pollucite for the immobilization of a simulant radioactive cesium.

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    Jing, Zhenzi; Hao, Wenbo; He, Xiaojun; Fan, Junjie; Zhang, Yi; Miao, Jiajun; Jin, Fangming

    2016-04-01

    The Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan on March 11, 2011 produced huge amounts of Cs-polluted incineration ashes; conventional solidification methods seem unsuitable for the treatment of large amounts of Cs-polluted ashes. A novel hydrothermal method was developed to directly convert Cs-polluted incineration ash (rice husk ash) into pollucite to immobilize Cs in its crystal structure in situ. Results revealed that pollucite could be synthesized readily over a wide range of added Cs (Cs/Si=0.2-0.6); the addition of more Cs (Cs/Si≥0.5) caused the formation of a small amount of cesium aluminosilicate (CsAlSiO4), which exhibits poor immobilization behavior for Cs. Pollucite could be formed even for a short curing time (1h) or at a low curing temperature (150°C). However, a high curing temperature or a long curing time favored the formation of a pure pollucite. With the added calcium hydroxide, a tough specimen with a flexural strength of approximately 22MPa could be obtained, which suggested that this technology may be applied directly to the solidification of Cs-polluted incineration ashes. Hydrogarnet and tobermorite formations enhanced the strength of the solidified specimens, and meanwhile the formed pollucite was present in a matrix steadily. Leaching test demonstrated that the amount of Cs that leached from the synthesized specimens was very low (0.49×10(-5)-2.31×10(-5)) and even lower than that from the reference hollandite-rich synroc (2.0×10(-2)), although a higher content of Cs was found in the synthesized pollucite specimens (6.0-31.7%) than in the reference (3.7%). Therefore, the hydrothermal conversion of Cs-polluted incineration ash into pollucite can be applied to immobilize Cs directly. PMID:26736173

  19. 17 CFR 162.7 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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  1. 17 CFR 162.7 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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  2. [Analysis on the accuracy of simple selection method of Fengshi (GB 31)].

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    Li, Zhixing; Zhang, Haihua; Li, Suhe

    2015-12-01

    To explore the accuracy of simple selection method of Fengshi (GB 31). Through the study of the ancient and modern data,the analysis and integration of the acupuncture books,the comparison of the locations of Fengshi (GB 31) by doctors from all dynasties and the integration of modern anatomia, the modern simple selection method of Fengshi (GB 31) is definite, which is the same as the traditional way. It is believed that the simple selec tion method is in accord with the human-oriented thought of TCM. Treatment by acupoints should be based on the emerging nature and the individual difference of patients. Also, it is proposed that Fengshi (GB 31) should be located through the integration between the simple method and body surface anatomical mark. PMID:26964185

  3. A Simple Method to Measure the Angular Speed of a Spinning Object

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    Misra, Raj M.

    2008-01-01

    The angular speed of a spinning object is commonly measured using a stroboscope or a mechanically or optically coupled tachometer. We present here an alternate, simple, and instructive method to measure it using a microphone and a computer.

  4. SIMPLE METHOD FOR THE REPRESENTATION, QUANTIFICATION, AND COMPARISON OF THE VOLUMES AND SHAPES OF CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS

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    A conceptually and computationally simple method for the definition, display, quantification, and comparison of the shapes of three-dimensional mathematical molecular models is presented. Molecular or solvent-accessible volume and surface area can also be calculated. Algorithms, ...

  5. A Simple Design Method Based on Vector Control of AC Machines with LC Filter

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    Saito, Ryosuke; Kubota, Hisao

    This paper presents a simple voltage control system of AC machines using PWM voltage source inverter with output LC filters. By assuming a motor as a current source, the voltage is controlled by a simple proportional differential (PD) control. The vector control and PD control can be separately controlled in this system. A method for disturbance rejection is also described. The effectiveness of the proposed method is verified by simulations and experiments.

  6. Structural and Morphology of ZnO Nanorods Synthesized Using ZnO Seeded Growth Hydrothermal Method and Its Properties as UV Sensing

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    Ridhuan, Nur Syafinaz; Abdul Razak, Khairunisak; Lockman, Zainovia; Abdul Aziz, Azlan

    2012-01-01

    In this study, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod arrays were synthesized using a simple hydrothermal reaction on ZnO seeds/n-silicon substrate. Several parameters were studied, including the heat-treatment temperature to produce ZnO seeds, zinc nitrate concentration, pH of hydrothermal reaction solution, and hydrothermal reaction time. The optimum heat-treatment temperature to produce uniform nanosized ZnO seeds was 400°C. The nanorod dimensions depended on the hydrothermal reaction parameters. The optimum hydrothermal reaction parameters to produce blunt tip-like nanorods (770 nm long and 80 nm in top diameter) were 0.1 M zinc nitrate, pH 7, and 4 h of growth duration. Phase analysis studies showed that all ZnO nanorods exhibited a strong (002) peak. Thus, the ZnO nanorods grew in a c-axis preferred orientation. A strong ultraviolet (UV) emission peak was observed for ZnO nanorods grown under optimized parameters with a low, deep-level emission peak, which indicated high optical property and crystallinity of the nanorods. The produced ZnO nanorods were also tested for their UV-sensing properties. All samples responded to UV light but with different sensing characteristics. Such different responses could be attributed to the high surface-to-volume ratio of the nanorods that correlated with the final ZnO nanorods morphology formed at different synthesis parameters. The sample grown using optimum synthesis parameters showed the highest responsivity of 0.024 A/W for UV light at 375 nm under a 3 V bias. PMID:23189199

  7. A Method for Detecting the Impact of Atmospheric Storms on Hydrothermal Systems

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    Bemis, K. G.; Ozer, S.; Xu, G.; Silver, D.; Rona, P. A.

    2013-12-01

    A methodology for detecting events within time series data based on a model of normal behavior has enabled the detection of storm effects within the usual tidally driven plume bending time series. The event detection method uses a graph-based modeling technique to detect the difference between normal or background behavior and events (Ozer et al., 2013). A state-based model specifies a behavior pattern; then the method matches every time step with a stage in the pattern and reports time sequences where the desired pattern is found. An extended and ongoing sequence of 3D acoustic images has been collected by the Cabled Observatory Vent Imaging System, or COVIS, since its installation in September 29, 2010. The plumes above the clusters of smokers on Grotto mound, Main Endeavour Field, Juan de Fuca Ridge, are identified by increased backscatter intensity; a skeleton-based centerline algorithm estimates the path of the plume cores and yields an overall estimate of orientation changes. While most of the variability in the orientation of the plume centerline likely stems from the tidal currents local to Grotto, there are many instances where a) the amount of change in direction over the 3 hour sampling interval is smaller (<30°) or larger (>120°) than that predicted by tidally-driven models (e.g. ~90° over 3 hours based on the anticipated 180° over 6 hours) and b) little change in direction and/or amount of bending over an extended time interval. The event detection method is applied to identify what other phenomena are occurring. Two basic models have been implemented for the COVIS plume centerline orientation data: 1) a simple sloshing model that looks for failures to follow a regular pattern of change and 2) a storm model that looks for extended periods of consistent orientation of the plume centerline. A variety of models are tested for stability and relevance. The prediction of storm events will be compared with sea surface buoy records and land records of

  8. Luminescent nanocrystals in the rare-earth niobate-zirconia system formed via hydrothermal method

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    Hirano, Masanori; Dozono, Hayato

    2013-08-01

    Luminescent nanocrystals based on the rare-earth niobates (Ln3NbO7, Ln=Y, Eu) and zirconia (ZrO2) that were composed of 50 mol% Ln3NbO7 and 50 mol% ZrO2, were hydrothermally formed as cubic phase under weakly basic conditions at 240 °C. The lattice parameter of the as-prepared nanoparticles corresponding to the composition of Y3-xEuxNbO7-4ZrO2 that was estimated as a single phase of cubic gradually increased as the content of europium x increased. The existence of small absorbance peaks at 395 and 466 nm corresponding to the Eu3+7F0→5L6, and 7F0→5D2 excitation transition, respectively, was clearly observed in the diffuse reflectance spectra of the as-prepared samples containing europium. The optical band gap of the as-prepared samples was in the range from 3.5 to 3.7 eV. The photoluminescence spectra of the as-prepared nanocrystals containing europium showed orange and red luminescences with main peaks at 590 and 610 nm, corresponding to 5D0→7F1 and 5D0→7F2 transitions of Eu3+, respectively, under excitation at 395 nm Xe lamp. The emission intensity corresponding to 5D0→7F2 transition increased as heat-treatment temperature rose from 800 to 1200 °C.

  9. The Krylov accelerated SIMPLE(R) method for flow problems in industrial furnaces

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    Vuik, C.; Saghir, A.; Boerstoel, G. P.

    2000-08-01

    Numerical modeling of the melting and combustion process is an important tool in gaining understanding of the physical and chemical phenomena that occur in a gas- or oil-fired glass-melting furnace. The incompressible Navier-Stokes equations are used to model the gas flow in the furnace. The discrete Navier-Stokes equations are solved by the SIMPLE(R) pressure-correction method. In these applications, many SIMPLE(R) iterations are necessary to obtain an accurate solution. In this paper, Krylov accelerated versions are proposed: GCR-SIMPLE(R). The properties of these methods are investigated for a simple two-dimensional flow. Thereafter, the efficiencies of the methods are compared for three-dimensional flows in industrial glass-melting furnaces. Copyright

  10. Simple, Low-Cost Data Collection Methods for Agricultural Field Studies.

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    Koenig, Richard T.; Winger, Marlon; Kitchen, Boyd

    2000-01-01

    Summarizes relatively simple and inexpensive methods for collecting data from agricultural field studies. Describes methods involving on-farm testing, crop yield measurement, quality evaluations, weed control effectiveness, plant nutrient status, and other measures. Contains 29 references illustrating how these methods were used to conduct…

  11. The Box-and-Dot Method: A Simple Strategy for Counting Significant Figures

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    Stephenson, W. Kirk

    2009-01-01

    A visual method for counting significant digits is presented. This easy-to-learn (and easy-to-teach) method, designated the box-and-dot method, uses the device of "boxing" significant figures based on two simple rules, then counting the number of digits in the boxes. (Contains 4 notes.)

  12. The Box-and-Dot Method: A Simple Strategy for Counting Significant Figures

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    Stephenson, W. Kirk

    2009-08-01

    A visual method for counting significant digits is presented. This easy-to-learn (and easy-to-teach) method, designated the box-and-dot method, uses the device of "boxing" significant figures based on two simple rules, then counting the number of digits in the boxes.

  13. A simple and rapid method for the analysis of phenolic compounds in beverages and grains

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    A simple, rapid and direct method for detection of phenolics in foods and beverages is needed. The current standard method (Folin-Ciocalteau) indirectly measures the “total phenolics” through the reducing capacity of components of food or beverages. A novel method was developed to quantify polypheno...

  14. Surface hydrothermal minerals and their distribution in the Tengchong geothermal area, China

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    Meixiang, Z.; Wei, T.

    1987-01-01

    In the active hydrothermal areas of Tengchong there is widespread evidence that hydrothermal minerals are deposited directly from the geothermal fluid or from water-rock interactions. X-ray powder diffraction, electron microprobe analyses and classical optical methods were used to identify these hydrothermal minerals. Sulfates (gypsum, alunite, alunogen, halotrichite, etc.), carbonates (calcite, trona, thermonatrite, etc.), clay minerals (kaolinite, illite-smectite mixed layer mineral, etc.) and silica minerals (opal, chalcedony, etc.) are the dominant phases. Native sulfur, pyrite, marcasite and aragonite are next in order of abundance. Some chabazite, analcime, pitchblende, coffinite, hematite, thenardite, rozenite, coquimbite, manganocalcite and rhodochrosite is also present. Although travertine and efflorescences, along with carbonates and simple sulfates, are widespread in the low-temperature hydrothermal areas, siliceous sinters and hydrothermal altered minerals, such as clay minerals, zeolites and efflorescences with complex sulfates containing Fe, Al, are only found in a few high-temperature hydrothermal areas, such as in the Hot Sea and the Ruidian hydrothermal areas. Most of the wall rock was intensely altered by geothermal fluid in the Hot Sea and Ruidian, zoning in the characteristic feature of the altered minerals within the Hot Sea. Pitchblende, coffinite, pyrite, marcasite and hematite, which are all of hydrothermal genesis, as well as the sulfate with Al and Fe, seem to be the result of water-rock interaction.

  15. Method for estimating the morphological significance of simple forms of crystals from X-ray data

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    Treivus, E. B.

    2010-09-15

    When developing V.I. Mikheev and I.I. Shafranovskii's method for estimating the morphological significance of faces of different simple forms from X-ray reflection intensities, a way to approximately evaluate the morphological significance of simple forms on crystals from the structure amplitudes of the corresponding atomic planes is proposed. The potential for this approach is demonstrated by the examples of marcasite and zircon.

  16. Synthesis of nanostructured and microstructured ZnO and Zn(OH)2 on activated carbon cloth by hydrothermal and microwave-assisted chemical bath deposition methods

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    Mosayebi, Elham; Azizian, Saeid; Hajian, Ali

    2015-05-01

    Nanostructured and microstructured ZnO and Zn(OH)2 loaded on activated carbon cloth were synthesized by microwave-assisted chemical bath deposition and hydrothermal methods. By hydrothermal method the deposited sample on carbon fiber is pure ZnO with dandelion-like nanostructures. By microwave-assisted chemical bath method the structure and composition of deposited sample depends on solution pH. At pH = 9.8 the deposited sample on carbon fiber is pure ZnO with flower-like microstructure; but at pH = 10.8 the sample is a mixture of ZnO and Zn(OH)2 with flower-like and rhombic microstructures, respectively. The mechanism of crystal grow by microwave-assisted chemical bath method was investigated by SEM method at both pH.

  17. A simple method for characterizing the RF properties of high-temperature superconductive materials

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    Chang, K.; Pandey, R. K.; Skrehot, M. K.; Li, M.

    1989-01-01

    A simple method using a resonant strip in a rectangular waveguide has been devised for superconductive material characterization. The method has the advantages of simplicity; and it requires only a small piece of the superconductive material. The resonant frequency of the superconductive strip can be predicted theoretically.

  18. 12 CFR 41.25 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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    ... CREDIT REPORTING Affiliate Marketing § 41.25 Reasonable and simple methods of opting out. (a) In general... means to opt out, such as a form that can be electronically mailed or processed at an Internet Web site... affiliate marketing opt-out under the Act, by a single method, such as by calling a single...

  19. 12 CFR 334.25 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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    ... STATEMENTS OF GENERAL POLICY FAIR CREDIT REPORTING Affiliate Marketing § 334.25 Reasonable and simple methods... or processed at an Internet Web site, if the consumer agrees to the electronic delivery of... opt-out under the Act, and the affiliate marketing opt-out under the Act, by a single method, such...

  20. 12 CFR 717.25 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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  2. 12 CFR 334.25 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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  3. 12 CFR 717.25 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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  4. 12 CFR 41.25 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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    ... CREDIT REPORTING Affiliate Marketing § 41.25 Reasonable and simple methods of opting out. (a) In general... means to opt out, such as a form that can be electronically mailed or processed at an Internet Web site... affiliate marketing opt-out under the Act, by a single method, such as by calling a single...

  5. 12 CFR 717.25 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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  6. A simple method of calculating lower-bound limit loads for axisymmetric thin shells

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    Boyle, J.T.; Hamilton, R.; Shi, J.; Mackenzie, D.

    1997-05-01

    In this paper, a simple method for calculating lower-bound limit loads for shells is presented, based on Ilyushin`s and Ivanov`s generalized yield criterion, respectively, and using the elastic compensation procedure. Several examples, including torispherical and conical ends, radial nozzles, and a skirted vessel, are examined using this method. The results are compared with previously published results.

  7. The Effect of Herrmann Whole Brain Teaching Method on Students' Understanding of Simple Electric Circuits

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    Bawaneh, Ali Khalid Ali; Nurulazam Md Zain, Ahmad; Salmiza, Saleh

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of Herrmann Whole Brain Teaching Method over conventional teaching method on eight graders in their understanding of simple electric circuits in Jordan. Participants (N = 273 students; M = 139, F = 134) were randomly selected from Bani Kenanah region-North of Jordan and randomly assigned to…

  8. Solving Space-Time Fractional Differential Equations by Using Modified Simple Equation Method

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    Kaplan, Melike; Akbulut, Arzu; Bekir, Ahmet

    2016-05-01

    In this article, we establish new and more general traveling wave solutions of space-time fractional Klein–Gordon equation with quadratic nonlinearity and the space-time fractional breaking soliton equations using the modified simple equation method. The proposed method is so powerful and effective to solve nonlinear space-time fractional differential equations by with modified Riemann–Liouville derivative.

  9. A simple method to calculate P50 from a single blood sample.

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    Doyle, D J

    1997-01-01

    Hill's equation relating oxygen tension, saturation and P50 is used as the basis for a simple method to calculate P50 from a single blood sample. The effects of errors of measurement in oxygen tension and saturation are considered using the technique of sensitivity analysis. The method is illustrated using data published by Severinghaus. PMID:9336736

  10. Sensitive and selective detection of Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions by fluorescent Ag nanoclusters synthesized via a hydrothermal method

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    Liu, Jing; Ren, Xiangling; Meng, Xianwei; Fang, Zheng; Tang, Fangqiong

    2013-09-01

    An easily prepared fluorescent Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) probe for the sensitive and selective detection of Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions was developed here. The Ag NCs were synthesized by using polymethacrylic acid sodium salt as a template via a convenient hydrothermal process. The as-prepared fluorescent Ag NCs were monodispersed, uniform and less than 2 nm in diameter, and can be quenched in the presence of mercury (Hg2+) or copper (Cu2+) ions. Excellent linear relationships existed between the quenching degree of the Ag NCs and the concentrations of Hg2+ or Cu2+ ions in the range of 10 nM to 20 μM or 10 nM to 30 μM, respectively. By using ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) as the masking agent of Cu2+, Hg2+ was exclusively detected in coexistence with Cu2+ with high sensitivity (LOD = 10 nM), which also provided a reusable detection method for Cu2+. Furthermore, the different quenching phenomena caused by the two metals ions such as changes in visible colour, shifts of UV absorbance peaks and changes in size of Ag NCs make it easy to distinguish between them. Therefore the easily synthesized fluorescent Ag NCs may have great potential as Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions sensors.An easily prepared fluorescent Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) probe for the sensitive and selective detection of Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions was developed here. The Ag NCs were synthesized by using polymethacrylic acid sodium salt as a template via a convenient hydrothermal process. The as-prepared fluorescent Ag NCs were monodispersed, uniform and less than 2 nm in diameter, and can be quenched in the presence of mercury (Hg2+) or copper (Cu2+) ions. Excellent linear relationships existed between the quenching degree of the Ag NCs and the concentrations of Hg2+ or Cu2+ ions in the range of 10 nM to 20 μM or 10 nM to 30 μM, respectively. By using ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) as the masking agent of Cu2+, Hg2+ was exclusively detected in coexistence with Cu2+ with high sensitivity (LOD = 10 nM), which also provided a

  11. Structure and phase transition of BiFeO{sub 3} cubic micro-particles prepared by hydrothermal method

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    Zhou, Jian-Ping; Yang, Ruo-Lin; Xiao, Rui-Juan; Chen, Xiao-Ming; Deng, Chao-Yong

    2012-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO{sub 3}) cubic micro-particles with smooth surfaces were synthesized. BiFeO{sub 3} has a hexagonal perovskite structure with a space group R3c below 370 °C and rhombohedral perovskite structure with a space group R3m below 755 °C, undergoes a phase transition in the temperature range of 755–817 °C to a cubic structure, then decompose to liquid and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} above 939 °C. Highlights: ► BiFeO{sub 3} micro-particles with smooth surface were synthesized by hydrothermal method. ► BiFeO{sub 3} enjoys hexagonal structure with well element ratio and chemical valence. ► BiFeO{sub 3} transition from rhombohedral phase to cubic phase lasts 60 °C. -- Abstract: Single-phase bismuth ferrite (BiFeO{sub 3}) powders were synthesized with a hydrothermal method by controlling the experimental conditions carefully. The powder structure, morphology and composition were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscope, Raman measurement and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The particles change from irregular agglomerations to regular cubes with increasing KOH concentration. The large BiFeO{sub 3} cubic particles enjoy much smooth surfaces with well-matched element ratio (Bi:Fe:O = 1:1:3) and chemical valence (Bi{sup 3+}, Fe{sup 3+} and O{sup 2−}). The high temperature XRD and differential scanning calorimetry show that BiFeO{sub 3} powders have a hexagonal perovskite structure with a space group R3c below 370 °C and a rhombohedral structure with a space group R3m below 755 °C. BiFeO{sub 3} undergoes a phase transition in the temperature range of 755–817 °C from rhombohedral structure to a cubic phase, then decomposes to liquid and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} above 939 °C.

  12. Synthesis of nanocrystalline barium-hexaferrite from nanocrystalline goethite using the hydrothermal method: Particle size evolution and magnetic properties

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    Penn, R.L.; Banfield, J.F.; Voigt, J.

    1997-03-01

    To characterize particle size/magnetic property relationships, 9 to 50 nm in diameter barium hexaferrite, BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} (BHF), particles were prepared using a new synthesis route. By replacing the conventional 50 to 100 nm particles of goethite with nanocrystalline goethite produced via the microwave anneal method of Knight and Sylva, nanocrystalline BHF was synthesized using the hydrothermal method. Evolution of particle size and morphology with respect to concentration and heat treatment time is reported. Hysteresis properties, including coercivity (0.2--1.0 kOe), magnetization saturation (0.1--33.4 emu/g), and magnetization remanence (0.004--22.5 emu/g) are discussed as a function of particle size. The magnetization saturation and remanence of the 7 nm particles is nearly zero, suggesting the superparamagnetic threshold size for BHF is around this size. In addition, the equilibrium morphology of BHF crystals was calculated to be truncated hexagonal prisms which was verified by experiment, and the isoelectric point, pH of 4.1, was measured for 18 nm BHF particles.

  13. YVO 4:Eu 3+ arrays with flower-like and rod-like shape fabricated by a hydrothermal method

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    Bao, Amurisana; Lai, Hua; Yang, Yuming; Xu, Weiwei; Tao, Chunyan; Zhang, Hua; Yang, Hua

    2008-09-01

    Large-scale well-aligned rod-like and flower-like YVO 4:Eu 3+ crystals were prepared on glass substrates by a hydrothermal method in a controllable way with additive ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid disodium salt [Na 2H 2L·2H 2O]. No extra surfactants or templates were used. In the synthesis process, well-aligned YVO 4:Eu 3+ microrods were fabricated on YVO 4:Eu 3+-seed-coated substrates. The YVO 4:Eu 3+ seed precursor was prepared by a sol-gel reaction. And well-defined flower-like YVO 4:Eu 3+ microstructures were fabricated on bare substrates. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and photoluminescence (PL). TEM and SEM studies reveal that the flower-like superstructure is composed of dozens of radially oriented rhombus-shaped microrods and the crystalline microrods with rectangle cross-sections and well-defined crystallographic faces are grown directly onto the substrates. This convenient method may be applicable to prepare other orthovanadate phosphors with 3D morphologies.

  14. A simple and direct method for generating travelling wave solutions for nonlinear equations

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    Bazeia, D. Das, Ashok; Silva, A.

    2008-05-15

    We propose a simple and direct method for generating travelling wave solutions for nonlinear integrable equations. We illustrate how nontrivial solutions for the KdV, the mKdV and the Boussinesq equations can be obtained from simple solutions of linear equations. We describe how using this method, a soliton solution of the KdV equation can yield soliton solutions for the mKdV as well as the Boussinesq equations. Similarly, starting with cnoidal solutions of the KdV equation, we can obtain the corresponding solutions for the mKdV as well as the Boussinesq equations. Simple solutions of linear equations can also lead to cnoidal solutions of nonlinear systems. Finally, we propose and solve some new families of KdV equations and show how soliton solutions are also obtained for the higher order equations of the KdV hierarchy using this method.

  15. Mapping deep-sea hydrothermal deposits with an in-loop transient electromagnetic method: Insights from 1D forward and inverse modeling

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    Jang, Hangilro; Kim, Hee Joon

    2015-12-01

    In transient electromagnetic (TEM) measurements, secondary fields that contain information on conductive targets such as hydrothermal mineral deposits in the seafloor can be measured in the absence of strong primary fields. A TEM system using a loop source is useful to the development of compact, autonomous instruments, which are well suited to submersible-based surveys. In this paper, we investigate the possibility of applying an in-loop TEM system to the detection of marine hydrothermal deposits through a one-dimensional modeling and inversion study. We examine step-off responses for a layered model and compare the characteristics of horizontal and vertical loop systems for detecting hydrothermal deposits. The feasibility study shows that TEM responses are very sensitive to a highly conductive layer. Time-domain target responses are larger and appear earlier in horizontal magnetic fields than in vertical ones, although the vertical field has 2-3 times larger magnitude than the horizontal one. An inverse problem is formulated with the Gauss-Newton method and solved with the damped and smoothness-constrained least-squares approach. The test example for a marine hydrothermal TEM survey demonstrated that the depth extent, conductivity and thickness of the highly conductive layer are well resolved.

  16. Simple method to demonstrate radiation-inducible radiation resistance in microbial cells

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    Tan, S.T.; Maxcy, R.B.

    1986-01-01

    A simple method for detection of radiation-inducible radiation resistance was developed by irradiating aliquots (0.01 ml) of cell suspension on agar plates. Part of each experimental plate was subjected to an induction treatment, and subsequent radiation resistance was compared with that of untreated cells on the same plate. The UV radiation resistance of a Micrococcus sp. was increased approximately 1.6 times by an induction treatment. This simple procedure of irradiating cells in a fixed position on agar avoided washing, centrifugation, and cell enumeration required in traditional methods.

  17. A Simple Joint Estimation Method of Residual Frequency Offset and Sampling Frequency Offset for DVB Systems

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    Kwon, Ki-Won; Cho, Yongsoo

    This letter presents a simple joint estimation method for residual frequency offset (RFO) and sampling frequency offset (STO) in OFDM-based digital video broadcasting (DVB) systems. The proposed method selects a continual pilot (CP) subset from an unsymmetrically and non-uniformly distributed CP set to obtain an unbiased estimator. Simulation results show that the proposed method using a properly selected CP subset is unbiased and performs robustly.

  18. A simple method for afterpulse probability measurement in high-speed single-photon detectors

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    Liu, Junliang; Li, Yongfu; Ding, Lei; Zhang, Chunfang; Fang, Jiaxiong

    2016-07-01

    A simple statistical method is proposed for afterpulse probability measurement in high-speed single-photon detectors. The method is based on in-laser-period counting without the support of time-correlated information or delay adjustment, and is readily implemented with commercially available logic devices. We present comparisons among the proposed method and commonly used methods which use the time-correlated single-photon counter or the gated counter, based on a 1.25-GHz gated infrared single-photon detector. Results show that this in-laser-period counting method has similar accuracy to the commonly used methods with extra simplicity, robustness, and faster measuring speed.

  19. Effect of lattice strain on structural and optical properties of ZnO nanorods grown by hydrothermal method

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    Gautam, Khyati; Singh, Inderpreet; Nirwal, Varun Singh; Singh, Joginder; Peta, Koteswara Rao; Bhatnagar, P. K.

    2016-05-01

    In this work, we have synthesized ZnO nanorods over ZnO seeds/ITO/glass substrate by the facile hydrothermal method. ZnO seeds are grown at different temperatures ranging from 150°C to 550°C in steps of 100°C. We have studied the effect of strain on the structural and optical properties of ZnOnanorods. It was observed that the growth temperature of seed layer has an influence over the lattice strain present in the nanorods. The as synthesized nanorods were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL). SEM images confirm the formation of dense arrays of vertically aligned nanorods on seeds which are grown at 350°C. In addition to this, XRD patterns reveal that these ZnO nanorods are preferentially oriented along (002) direction. The strain analysis based on the XRD results reveals that the minimum value of strain is obtained at 350°C which is attributed to the improved crystalline quality of the interface of seed layer and nanorods leading to their c-axis alignment and enhancement of ultraviolet emission as observed in the PL spectra.

  20. [Color-tunable nano-material alpha-NaYF4 : Yb, Er, Tm prepared by microemulsion-hydrothermal method].

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    Long, Dan-Dan; Zhang, Qing-Xia; Wang, Yu; Zhang, Fan; Wang, Yan-Fei; Zhou, Xin; Qi, Xiao-Hua; Zhang, Heng; Yan, Jing-Hui; Zou, Ming-Qiang

    2013-08-01

    NaYF4 : Yb3+, Er3+, Tm3+ nanoparticles were prepared by microemulsion-hydrothermal method. Crystal phase, morphology and structure of the samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The luminescence properties were studied by up-conversional fluorescence spectroscopy. The XRD patterns of as-prepared samples were in agreement with the PDF # 77-2042 of cubic NaYF4. SEM images of the particles showed that the samples were cotton-like spherical in shape and which were assembled by smaller nano-particles. The average size was 120 nm, while the shape was regular and the particle size was homogeneous. Under the excitation of 980 nm, the as-prepared particles could emit blue (438 and 486 nm), green (523 and 539 nm) and red (650 nm) light simultaneously. It can be seen from the color coordinates figure (CIE) that when doping concentration ratio of Tm3+ and E3+ increased from 0 to 2, the whole emitting light color of samples movedto green region. While the ratio was 1 : 1, pseudo white light was obtained. As the ratio changed from 2 to 7, the luminous color was moved to red region. PMID:24159845

  1. Preparation of cube micrometer potassium niobate (KNbO3) by hydrothermal method and sonocatalytic degradation of organic dye.

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    Zhang, Hongbo; Wei, Chunsheng; Huang, Yingying; Wang, Jun

    2016-05-01

    Cube micrometer potassium niobate (KNbO3) powder, as a high effective sonocatalyst, was prepared using hydrothermal method, and then, was characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). In order to evaluate the sonocatalytic activity of prepared KNbO3 powder, the sonocatalytic degradation of some organic dyes was studied. In addition, some influencing factors such as heat-treatment temperature and heat-treatment time on the sonocatalytic activity of prepared KNbO3 powder and catalyst added amount and ultrasonic irradiation time on the sonocatalytic degradation efficiency were examined by using UV-visible spectrophotometer and Total Organic Carbon (TOC) determination. The experimental results showed that the best sonocatalytic degradation ratio (69.23%) of organic dyes could be obtained when the conditions of 5.00 mg/L initial concentration, 1.00 g/L prepared KNbO3 powder (heat-treated at 400 °C for 60 min) added amount, 5.00 h ultrasonic irradiation (40 kHz frequency and 300 W output power), 100mL total volume and 25-28 °C temperature were adopted. Therefore, the micrometer KNbO3 powder could be considered as an effective sonocatalyst for treating non- or low-transparent organic wastewaters. PMID:26597541

  2. Electrochemical properties of Li2 FeSiO4 /C nanocomposites prepared by sol-gel and hydrothermal methods

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    Kumar, Ajay; Jayakumar, O. D.; Naik, Vaman M.; Nazri, Gholam A.; Naik, Ratna

    Li2FeSiO4 is considered as potential cathode material for next generation lithium ion batteries because of its high specific theoretical capacity, low cost, and safety. However, it suffers from poor electronic conductivity and slow lithium ion diffusion in the solid phase. To address these issues, we have studied mesoporous Li2FeSiO4/C composites synthesized by sol-gel (SG) and hydrothermal (HT) methods using tri-block copolymer (P123) as carbon source and structure directing agent. The structure and morphology of the composites were characterized by XRD, SEM and TEM and the surface area and pore size distribution were measured by using N2 adsorption/desorption. Galvanostatic cycling, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry were used to evaluate the electrochemical performance of the Li2FeSiO4/C composites. The Li2FeSiO4/C (HT) composites show a superior electrochemical performance compared to Li2FeSiO4/C (SG). At C/30 rate, the discharge capacity of Li2FeSiO4/C (HT) reached ~276 mAh/g in the 1.5-4.6 V window and shows better rate capability and stability at high rates. We attribute the improved electrochemical performance of Li2FeSiO4/C (HT) to its large surface area and reduced particle size. The details of the study will be presented.

  3. Growth and characterization of seed layer-free ZnO thin films deposited on porous silicon by hydrothermal method

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    Kim, Min Su; Yim, Kwang Gug; Kim, Do Yeob; Kim, Soaram; Nam, Giwoong; Lee, Dong-Yul; Kim, Sung-O.; Kim, Jin Soo; Kim, Jong Su; Son, Jeong-Sik; Leem, Jae-Young

    2012-02-01

    Catalyst- and seed layer-free zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were grown on porous silicon (PS) by a hydrothermal method. Atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and photoluminescence (PL) were carried out to investigate the structural and optical properties of the PS and the ZnO thin films. The ZnO thin films have an extraordinary tendency to grow along the a-axis with a hexagonal wurtzite structure. The growth rate of the ZnO thin films was increased with the increase in the precursor concentration. The crystal quality of the ZnO thin films was improved, and the residual stress was decreased as their thickness increased. Monochromatic indigo and red light emission peaks were observed from the ZnO thin films and the PS, respectively. At an excessively high precursor concentration, a green light emission peak was also observed in the ZnO thin films. The luminescent efficiency of the indigo light emission peak was enhanced with the increase in the precursor concentration.

  4. A TiO2/AC composite photocatalyst with high activity and easy separation prepared by a hydrothermal method.

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    Liu, S X; Chen, X Y; Chen, X

    2007-05-01

    In the present work, a TiO2/activated carbon (AC) photocatalyst with high activity and easy separation was prepared using a hydrothermal method. Phenol, methyl orange (MO) and Cr(VI) were used as target pollutants to test the activity and decantability. SEM, XRD, FTIR, diffuse reflectance spectra (UV/DRS) and N2 adsorption isotherms were used to characterize the crystalline and electronic structure. Results show that the AC composite has a significant effect on the TiO2 activity. With suitable AC content, the TiO2/xAC catalysts prepared were much more active. The TiO2/5AC catalyst exhibited easy separation and less deactivation after several runs, and was less sensitive to pH changes. UV/DRS revealed that no electronic bandgap changes in TiO2 occurred on addition of the AC. SEM and XRD results suggest that better TiO2 distribution can be achieved when an optimal AC content is used. A Ti-O-C bond was formed and a slight conjugation effect appeared between the AC bulk and TiO2. The advantages of the obtained TiO2/5AC catalyst revealed its great practical potential in wastewater treatment. PMID:17049160

  5. Adsorption of methyl orange and Cr(VI) on mesoporous TiO2 prepared by hydrothermal method.

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    Asuha, S; Zhou, X G; Zhao, S

    2010-09-15

    Mesoporous TiO(2) was synthesized by a hydrothermal method using cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as a structure-directing agent, and its adsorption abilities for the removal of methyl orange (MO) and Cr(VI) from waste waters were investigated. Transmission electron micrograph (TEM) observations together with nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurements show the formation of mesoporous TiO(2) with an average pore size of 5.2 nm and a surface area of 161.2 m(2)/g. The adsorption data for both MO and Cr(VI) fit well with either Langmuir or Freundlich adsorption model. The adsorption for MO is slightly influenced by pH of the solutions, while that for Cr(VI) is strongly dependent on solution pH. By an increase in solution pH from 3 to 12, the adsorbed percentage of MO decreases from ca. 87 to 78%; however, the adsorbed percentage of Cr(VI) decreases from ca. 45 to 0%. The maximum adsorption capacities of the mesoporous TiO(2) for MO and Cr(VI) are determined to be 454.5 and 33.9 mg/g, respectively, which suggests that the mesoporous TiO(2) is an excellent adsorbent for MO and Cr(VI). PMID:20510510

  6. Controllable synthesis and luminescence properties of TiO2:Eu3+ nanorods, nanoparticles and submicrospheres by hydrothermal method

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    Qi, Xiaofei; Song, Yanhua; Sheng, Ye; Zhang, Hongguang; Zhao, Huan; Shi, Zhan; Zou, Haifeng

    2014-12-01

    Eu3+-doped TiO2 nanocrystals with three kinds of morphologies (nanorods, nanoparticles, and submicrospheres) have been successfully fabricated in cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)/water/cyclohexane/n-pentanol reverse micelle by hydrothermal method for the first time and their photoluminescence (PL) properties have also been studied. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), FT-IR, and PL spectra were used to characterize the samples. The acidic and alkaline conditions of the microemulsion play an important role in determining the geometric morphologies of the final products. TiO2:Eu3+ with three different morphologies all exist only in anatase phase and show high luminescence intensity without further calcinations, which show its advantages of energy saving. The shape of emission spectra was independent of the morphologies of the products but the luminescence intensity of the TiO2:Eu3+ materials is strongly dependent on their morphology. The results show that TiO2:Eu3+ nanorods possess the strongest luminescence intensity among the three nanostructured samples.

  7. The effect of ZnO nanorod growth duration by hydrothermal deposition method to the photovoltaic properties

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    Ali, Engku Abd Ghapur Engku; Rezali, Roslinda

    2012-11-01

    In this study, the effect of time in hydrothermal method to the growth of ZnO nanorods at low temperature was investigated. The substrate is prepared through three stages which are the seeding stage, the growth stage and the dye sensitized stage. The morphology of the ZnO growth was measured using the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Efficiency was verified by the growth duration of 2, 4 and 8 hours. The current and voltage of the thin films were measured by using two point probes under dark and different light intensity of 10, 20, 50 and 100 Wm-2. The efficiency under light intensity was increased with increasing growth duration. Growth duration of 8 hours combined with Bis(2,2'-bipyridine)-4,4'-dicarboxybipyridine-ruthenium di(N-succinimidyl ester) bis(hexafluorophosphate) and 1-butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium chloride thin films on indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films are suitable to increase the efficiency of the device under 100 W/m2 intensity of light which is 1.2 7%.

  8. CL from impurities and point defects in ZnO:Mn nanorods grown by the hydrothermal method

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    Guerrero, A.; Herrera, M.

    2013-03-01

    Cathodoluminescence (CL) is used to investigate the nature of defects and impurities generated in ZnO:Mn nanorods grown by the hydrothermal method. The incorporation of Mn in the ZnO nanorods generated an increase in the surface roughness and the formation of an Mn complex-compound of spinel ZnMn2O4. CL measurements acquired at room temperature revealed two emissions at 3.2 and 2.3 eV, associated with the ZnO near-band-edge emission and the luminescence of spinel ZnMn2O4, respectively. CL spectra at 100 K recorded the Mn2+ ion d-d transitions as a broad CL emission, with energies between 2.6 and 3.1 eV. The well-known ZnO yellow emission (2.0 eV) was also present in the samples, recording a relative intensity ratio I2.0/I2.33 that increased when the temperature was dropped at 100 K. A thermal annealing of the samples at 400 °C, in Ar atmosphere, generated strong decreases in the intensity of the defects and Mn-related emissions, recording an intensity ratio Iband-edge/Idefects of about 15. Diffusion of Mn from the ZnO surface to the bulk is proposed to explain this effect.

  9. Sensitive and selective detection of Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions by fluorescent Ag nanoclusters synthesized via a hydrothermal method.

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    Liu, Jing; Ren, Xiangling; Meng, Xianwei; Fang, Zheng; Tang, Fangqiong

    2013-10-21

    An easily prepared fluorescent Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) probe for the sensitive and selective detection of Hg(2+) and Cu(2+) ions was developed here. The Ag NCs were synthesized by using polymethacrylic acid sodium salt as a template via a convenient hydrothermal process. The as-prepared fluorescent Ag NCs were monodispersed, uniform and less than 2 nm in diameter, and can be quenched in the presence of mercury (Hg(2+)) or copper (Cu(2+)) ions. Excellent linear relationships existed between the quenching degree of the Ag NCs and the concentrations of Hg(2+) or Cu(2+) ions in the range of 10 nM to 20 μM or 10 nM to 30 μM, respectively. By using ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) as the masking agent of Cu(2+), Hg(2+) was exclusively detected in coexistence with Cu(2+) with high sensitivity (LOD = 10 nM), which also provided a reusable detection method for Cu(2+). Furthermore, the different quenching phenomena caused by the two metals ions such as changes in visible colour, shifts of UV absorbance peaks and changes in size of Ag NCs make it easy to distinguish between them. Therefore the easily synthesized fluorescent Ag NCs may have great potential as Hg(2+) and Cu(2+) ions sensors. PMID:24056730

  10. Arsenate adsorption onto Fe-TNTs prepared by a novel water-ethanol hydrothermal method: mechanism and synergistic effect.

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    Wang, Yanqi; Liu, Wen; Wang, Ting; Ni, Jinren

    2015-02-15

    Arsenate adsorption onto Fe2O3 was highly restricted at acidic condition due to dramatic dissolution. To overcome this difficulty, iron oxide nanoparticle-grafted titanate nanotubes (Fe-TNTs) were synthesized by a facile one-step water-ethanol hydrothermal method and used to remove As(V) from aqueous solutions. This new adsorbent was acid-resistant, and showed a large As(V) adsorption capacity of 90.96 mg/g determined by two-site Langmuir model, which was almost 3 times of the original TNTs. Fe2O3 was proved to bonded to the surface of TNTs by TEM and XRD analysis and synergy of Fe2O3 and TNTs was of great help to excellent As(V) adsorption. Load of Fe2O3 greatly enhanced the point of zero charge. Moreover, tubular TNTs not only inhibited dissolution of Fe2O3 at low pH, but also maintained good sedimentation property. The hydroxyl groups on Fe-TNTs surface played the most important role in As(V) adsorption. Electrostatic interaction followed by complexation was confirmed to be the primary adsorption mechanism by means of XPS analysis. Desorption capability and reuse performance of Fe-TNTs were also investigated, and satisfactory As(V) adsorption was further found with NaOH desorbed even after three reuse cycles. PMID:25460713

  11. 12 CFR 571.25 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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    2013-01-01

    ... CREDIT REPORTING Affiliate Marketing § 571.25 Reasonable and simple methods of opting out. (a) In general... out, such as a form that can be electronically mailed or processed at an Internet Web site, if the... (15 U.S.C. 6801 et seq.), the affiliate sharing opt-out under the Act, and the affiliate marketing...

  12. 12 CFR 571.25 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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    ... CREDIT REPORTING Affiliate Marketing § 571.25 Reasonable and simple methods of opting out. (a) In general... out, such as a form that can be electronically mailed or processed at an Internet Web site, if the... (15 U.S.C. 6801 et seq.), the affiliate sharing opt-out under the Act, and the affiliate marketing...

  13. 12 CFR 571.25 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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    2014-01-01

    ... CREDIT REPORTING Affiliate Marketing § 571.25 Reasonable and simple methods of opting out. (a) In general... out, such as a form that can be electronically mailed or processed at an Internet Web site, if the... (15 U.S.C. 6801 et seq.), the affiliate sharing opt-out under the Act, and the affiliate marketing...

  14. Two Magnets and a Ball Bearing: A Simple Demonstration of the Methods of Images.

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    Poon, W. C. K.

    2003-01-01

    Investigates the behavior of a bar magnet with a steel ball bearing on one pole as it approaches another bar magnet. Maps the problem onto electrostatics and explains observations based on the behavior of point charges near an isolated, uncharged sphere. Offers a simple demonstration of the method of images in electrostatics. (Author/NB)

  15. A simple method for quantitative diagnosis of small hive beetles, Aethina tumida, in the field

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    Here we present a simple and fast method for quantitative diagnosis of small hive beetles (= SHB) in honeybee field colonies using corrugated plastic “diagnostic-strips”. In Australia, we evaluated its efficacy by comparing the number of lured SHB with the total number of beetles in the hives. The d...

  16. A simple, rapid and inexpensive screening method for the identification of Pythium insidiosum.

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    Tondolo, Juliana Simoni Moraes; Loreto, Erico Silva; Denardi, Laura Bedin; Mario, Débora Alves Nunes; Alves, Sydney Hartz; Santurio, Janio Morais

    2013-04-01

    Growth of Pythium insidiosum mycelia around minocycline disks (30μg) did not occur within 7days of incubation at 35°C when the isolates were grown on Sabouraud, corn meal, Muller-Hinton or RPMI agar. This technique offers a simple and rapid method for the differentiation of P. insidiosum from true filamentous fungi. PMID:23419825

  17. 12 CFR 717.25 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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    2011-01-01

    ... an Internet Web site, if the consumer agrees to the electronic delivery of information; (iv) Providing a toll-free telephone number that consumers may call to opt out; or (v) Allowing consumers to... single toll-free telephone number. (2) Opt-out methods that are not reasonable and simple. Reasonable...

  18. A Simple Method for Nucleon-Nucleon Cross Sections in a Nucleus

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    Tripathi, R. K.; Cucinotta, Francis A.; Wilson, John W.

    1999-01-01

    A simple reliable formalism is presented for obtaining nucleon-nucleon cross sections within a nucleus in nuclear collisions for a given projectile and target nucleus combination at a given energy for use in transport, Monte Carlo, and other calculations. The method relies on extraction of these values from experiments and has been tested and found to give excellent results.

  19. A SIMPLE HPLC METHOD FOR DETECTING CARBARYL AND 1-NAPHTHOL IN BIOLOGICAL TISSUES.

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    Carbamates are a class of pesticide used in both agricultural and residential applications. A simple HPLC method for detecting Carb and its metabolite 1-naphthol (Naph) in tissues was developed to try to correlate tissue levels of carbaryl (Carb) (a prototypical carbamate) with c...

  20. Global Study of the Simple Pendulum by the Homotopy Analysis Method

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    Bel, A.; Reartes, W.; Torresi, A.

    2012-01-01

    Techniques are developed to find all periodic solutions in the simple pendulum by means of the homotopy analysis method (HAM). This involves the solution of the equations of motion in two different coordinate representations. Expressions are obtained for the cycles and periods of oscillations with a high degree of accuracy in the whole range of…

  1. 17 CFR 248.125 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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    ... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 4 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Reasonable and simple methods of opting out. 248.125 Section 248.125 Commodity and Securities Exchanges SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (CONTINUED) REGULATIONS S-P, S-AM, AND S-ID Regulation S-AM: Limitations on Affiliate...

  2. Simple Method for Assaying Colistin Methanesulfonate in Plasma and Urine Using High-Performance Liquid Chromatography

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    Li, Jian; Milne, Robert W.; Nation, Roger L.; Turnidge, John D.; Coulthard, Kingsley; Valentine, Jason

    2002-01-01

    A simple and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatographic method is described for the determination of colistimethate sodium in plasma and urine. The accuracy and reproducibility was within 10.1 and 11.2% with rat plasma and urine, respectively. Several commonly coadministered antibacterial agents do not interfere with the assay. PMID:12234867

  3. Photocatalytic properties of h-WO3 nanoparticles obtained by annealing and h-WO3 nanorods prepared by hydrothermal method

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    Boyadjiev, Stefan I.; Nagy-Kovács, Teodóra; Lukács, István; Szilágyi, Imre M.

    2016-03-01

    In the present study, two different methods for preparing hexagonal WO3 (h-WO3) photocatalysts were used - controlled thermal decomposition and hydrothermal synthesis. WO3 nanoparticles with hexagonal structure were obtained by annealing (NH4)xWO3-y at 500 °C in air. WO3 nanorods were prepared by a hydrothermal method using sodium tungstate Na2WO4, HCl, (COOH)2 and NaSO4 precursors at 200 °C. The formation, morphology, structure and composition of the as-prepared nanoparticles and nanorods were studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy combined with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX). The photocatalytic activity of the h-WO3 nanoparticles and nanorods was studied by decomposing methyl orange in aqueous solution under UV light irradiation.

  4. A simple method for one-loop renormalization in curved space-time

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    Markkanen, Tommi; Tranberg, Anders E-mail: anders.tranberg@uis.no

    2013-08-01

    We present a simple method for deriving the renormalization counterterms from the components of the energy-momentum tensor in curved space-time. This method allows control over the finite parts of the counterterms and provides explicit expressions for each term separately. As an example, the method is used for the self-interacting scalar field in a Friedmann-Robertson-Walker metric in the adiabatic approximation, where we calculate the renormalized equation of motion for the field and the renormalized components of the energy-momentum tensor to fourth adiabatic order while including interactions to one-loop order. Within this formalism the trace anomaly, including contributions from interactions, is shown to have a simple derivation. We compare our results to those obtained by two standard methods, finding agreement with the Schwinger-DeWitt expansion but disagreement with adiabatic subtractions for interacting theories.

  5. 2D barcodes: a novel and simple method for denture identification.

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    Sudheendra, Udyavara S; Sowmya, Kasetty; Vidhi, Mathur; Shreenivas, Kallianpur; Prathamesh, Joshi

    2013-01-01

    Several methods of denture marking have been described in the literature. However, most of them are expensive, time-consuming, and do not permit the incorporation of large amounts of information. We propose a novel and simple method incorporating 2D codes which has several advantages over the existing methods. A 2D code was generated in the dental office and inserted into a maxillary denture. The code was then read using software downloaded into a mobile phone giving access to the website containing details about the patient. The denture was also subjected to durability tests, which did not hamper the efficacy of the 2D code. 2D coding for dentures is a simple, less expensive method with the potential of storing a large amount of information that can be accessed on-site by the forensic investigator, thus allowing quick identification of the denture wearer. PMID:22971078

  6. A simple method for finding a protein’s ligand-binding pockets

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    2014-01-01

    Background This paper provides a simple and rapid method for a protein-clustering strategy. The basic idea implemented here is to use computational geometry methods to predict and characterize ligand-binding pockets of a given protein structure. In addition to geometrical characteristics of the protein structure, we consider some simple biochemical properties that help recognize the best candidates for pockets in a protein’s active site. Results Our results are shown to produce good agreement with known empirical results. Conclusions The method presented in this paper is a low-cost rapid computational method that could be used to classify proteins and other biomolecules, and furthermore could be useful in reducing the cost and time of drug discovery. PMID:25038637

  7. A simple method for converting frequency domain aerodynamics to the time domain

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    Dowell, E. H.

    1980-01-01

    A simple, direct procedure was developed for converting frequency domain aerodynamics into indicial aerodynamics. The data required for aerodynamic forces in the frequency domain may be obtained from any available (linear) theory. The method retains flexibility for the analyst and is based upon the particular character of the frequency domain results. An evaluation of the method was made for incompressible, subsonic, and transonic two dimensional flows.

  8. Note: A simple, convenient, and reliable method to prepare gold scanning tunneling microscope tips

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    Qian Guoguang; Saha, Swatilekha; Lewis, K. M.

    2010-01-15

    A simple method to prepare gold tips for scanning tunneling microscopy has been introduced. In this method, electrochemical etching without a hazardous electrolyte was employed. The setup uses basic laboratory instrumentation to control the etching process. This avoids purchasing complicated, expensive, and dedicated equipment for tip preparation. A procedure to optimize the etching parameters by setting the current limit is described. Etched tips were checked with both optical and scanning electron microscopy.

  9. A simple and efficient method for isolating small RNAs from different plant species

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    2011-01-01

    Background Small RNAs emerged over the last decade as key regulators in diverse biological processes in eukaryotic organisms. To identify and study small RNAs, good and efficient protocols are necessary to isolate them, which sometimes may be challenging due to the composition of specific tissues of certain plant species. Here we describe a simple and efficient method to isolate small RNAs from different plant species. Results We developed a simple and efficient method to isolate small RNAs from different plant species by first comparing different total RNA extraction protocols, followed by streamlining the best one, finally resulting in a small RNA extraction method that has no need of first total RNA extraction and is not based on the commercially available TRIzol® Reagent or columns. This small RNA extraction method not only works well for plant tissues with high polysaccharide content, like cactus, agave, banana, and tomato, but also for plant species like Arabidopsis or tobacco. Furthermore, the obtained small RNA samples were successfully used in northern blot assays. Conclusion Here we provide a simple and efficient method to isolate small RNAs from different plant species, such as cactus, agave, banana, tomato, Arabidopsis, and tobacco, and the small RNAs from this simplified and low cost method is suitable for downstream handling like northern blot assays. PMID:21349188

  10. Hydrothermal reactivity of saponite.

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    Whitney, G.

    1983-01-01

    The nature and extent of the reactions of synthetic Fe-free saponite have been investigated under experimental hydrothermal conditions as a first step towards understanding saponite reactivity under relatively simple conditions. Saponite crystallizes from amorphous gel of ideal saponite composition within 7 days at 300o-550oC under P = 1 kbar. Reactions subsequent to this initial crystallization depend on reaction T and interlayer cations. Saponite is found to react hydrothermally, over a period of 200 days, at T down to 400oC, at least 150oC lower than previously reported, but showed no signs of reaction below 400oC. At 450oC, a mixture of talc/saponite and saponite/phlogopite clays forms from K-saponite via intracrystalline layer transformations, while above 450oC the initial K-saponite dissolves, with talc and phlogopite forming as discrete phases. After 200 days reactions at 400-450oC were not complete, so that given sufficient time to reach equilibrium, a lower hydrothermal stability limit for saponite is possible. Further study of the Fe-bearing saponite system will be required before experimental results can be applied to natural systems.-D.F.B.

  11. Cellufine sulfate column chromatography as a simple, rapid, and effective method to purify dengue virus.

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    Kanlaya, Rattiyaporn; Thongboonkerd, Visith

    2016-08-01

    Conventional method to purify/concentrate dengue virus (DENV) is time-consuming with low virus recovery yield. Herein, we applied cellufine sulfate column chromatography to purify/concentrate DENV based on the mimicry between heparan sulfate and DENV envelope protein. Comparative analysis demonstrated that this new method offered higher purity (as determined by less contamination of bovine serum albumin) and recovery yield (as determined by greater infectivity). Moreover, overall duration used for cellufine sulfate column chromatography to purify/concentrate DENV was approximately 1/20 of that of conventional method. Therefore, cellufine sulfate column chromatography serves as a simple, rapid, and effective alternative method for DENV purification/concentration. PMID:27155240

  12. Simple Common Plane contact algorithm for explicit FE/FD methods

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    Vorobiev, O

    2006-12-18

    Common-plane (CP) algorithm is widely used in Discrete Element Method (DEM) to model contact forces between interacting particles or blocks. A new simple contact algorithm is proposed to model contacts in FE/FD methods which is similar to the CP algorithm. The CP is defined as a plane separating interacting faces of FE/FD mesh instead of blocks or particles used in the original CP method. The new method does not require iterations even for very stiff contacts. It is very robust and easy to implement both in 2D and 3D parallel codes.

  13. Hydrothermal Processes

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    German, C. R.; von Damm, K. L.

    2003-12-01

    What is Hydrothermal Circulation?Hydrothermal circulation occurs when seawater percolates downward through fractured ocean crust along the volcanic mid-ocean ridge (MOR) system. The seawater is first heated and then undergoes chemical modification through reaction with the host rock as it continues downward, reaching maximum temperatures that can exceed 400 °C. At these temperatures the fluids become extremely buoyant and rise rapidly back to the seafloor where they are expelled into the overlying water column. Seafloor hydrothermal circulation plays a significant role in the cycling of energy and mass between the solid earth and the oceans; the first identification of submarine hydrothermal venting and their accompanying chemosynthetically based communities in the late 1970s remains one of the most exciting discoveries in modern science. The existence of some form of hydrothermal circulation had been predicted almost as soon as the significance of ridges themselves was first recognized, with the emergence of plate tectonic theory. Magma wells up from the Earth's interior along "spreading centers" or "MORs" to produce fresh ocean crust at a rate of ˜20 km3 yr-1, forming new seafloor at a rate of ˜3.3 km2 yr-1 (Parsons, 1981; White et al., 1992). The young oceanic lithosphere formed in this way cools as it moves away from the ridge crest. Although much of this cooling occurs by upward conduction of heat through the lithosphere, early heat-flow studies quickly established that a significant proportion of the total heat flux must also occur via some additional convective process (Figure 1), i.e., through circulation of cold seawater within the upper ocean crust (Anderson and Silbeck, 1981). (2K)Figure 1. Oceanic heat flow versus age of ocean crust. Data from the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans, averaged over 2 Ma intervals (circles) depart from the theoretical cooling curve (solid line) indicating convective cooling of young ocean crust by circulating seawater

  14. A Simple Method for Estimating Interactions between a Treatment and a Large Number of Covariates

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    Tian, Lu; Alizadeh, Ash A; Gentles, Andrew J

    2015-01-01

    We consider a setting in which we have a treatment and a potentially large number of covariates for a set of observations, and wish to model their relationship with an outcome of interest. We propose a simple method for modeling interactions between the treatment and covariates. The idea is to modify the covariate in a simple way, and then fit a standard model using the modified covariates and no main effects. We show that coupled with an efficiency augmentation procedure, this method produces clinically meaningful estimators in a variety of settings. It can be useful for practicing personalized medicine: determining from a large set of biomarkers the subset of patients that can potentially benefit from a treatment. We apply the method to both simulated datasets and real trial data. The modified covariates idea can be used for other purposes, for example, large scale hypothesis testing for determining which of a set of covariates interact with a treatment variable. PMID:25729117

  15. A simple method to determine leakage location in water distribution based on pressure profiles

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    Prihtiadi, Hafizh; Azwar, Azrul; Djamal, Mitra

    2016-03-01

    Nowadays, the pipeline leak is a serious problem for water distributions in big cities and the government that needs action and a great solution. Several techniques have been developed to improve the accuracy, the limitation of losses, and decrease environmental damage. However, these methods need highly costs and complexity equipment. This paper presents a simple method to determine leak location with the gradient intersection method calculations. A simple water distribution system have been built on PVC pipeline along 4m, diameter 15mm and 12 pressure sensors which placed into the pipeline. Each sensor measured the pressure for each point and send the data to microcontroller. The artificial hole was made between the sixth and seventh of sensor. With three holes, the system calculated and analyzed the leak location with error 3.67%.

  16. A simple direct method for finding persistence times of populations and application to conservation problems.

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    Mangel, M; Tier, C

    1993-01-01

    The computation of persistence times of populations has become a central focus in conservation biology. We describe a simple, direct method for finding the statistics of persistence times by assuming that there is a maximum population size. Thus, even though the population dynamics may be very complex for population sizes below the maximum, it is possible to write a finite set of equations from which the mean and second moment of the persistence time can be found by using simple, algebraic methods. We apply the method to compute the mean and coefficient of variation of persistence times of populations that suffer large decrements (catastrophes). Our results show that in the presence of catastrophes, the increase in mean persistence time with large populations is not nearly as rapid as other theories suggest and that catastrophes occurring at even modest rates can considerably increase the risk of extinction. PMID:11607362

  17. Synthesis of anhydrous K2TiOF4 via a mild hydrothermal method

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    Felder, Justin B.; Yeon, Jeongho; zur Loye, Hans-Conrad

    2015-10-01

    The synthesis of anhydrous K2TiOF4 has been previously attempted by transforming precursor compounds, such as the peroxide (K2Ti(O2)F4), hydrate (K2TiOF4·H2O) and fluoride (K2TiF6). Due to the large structural differences between these precursors and the anhydrous oxyfluorides, however, these preparations have been unsuccessful. Therefore, a direct method of synthesis has been employed to grow single crystals of K2TiOF4 that were characterized by single crystal x-ray diffraction. K2TiOF4 was found to be isostructural with the previously known K2VOF4.

  18. Modelling of Thermal Advective Reactive Flow in Hydrothermal Mineral Systems Using an Implicit Time-stepped Finite Element Method.

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    Hornby, P. G.

    2005-12-01

    Understanding chemical and thermal processes taking place in hydrothermal mineral deposition systems could well be a key to unlocking new mineral reserves through improved targeting of exploration efforts. To aid in this understanding it is very helpful to be able to model such processes with sufficient fidelity to test process hypotheses. To gain understanding, it is often sufficient to obtain semi-quantitative results that model the broad aspects of the complex set of thermal and chemical effects taking place in hydrothermal systems. For example, it is often sufficient to gain an understanding of where thermal, geometric and chemical factors converge to precipitate gold (say) without being perfectly precise about how much gold is precipitated. The traditional approach is to use incompressible Darcy flow together with the Boussinesq approximation. From the flow field, the heat equation is used to advect-conduct the heat. The flow field is also used to transport solutes by solving an advection-dispersion-diffusion equation. The reactions in the fluid and between fluid and rock act as source terms for these advection-dispersion equations. Many existing modelling systems that are used for simulating such systems use explicit time marching schemes and finite differences. The disadvantage of this approach is the need to work on rectilinear grids and the number of time steps required by the Courant condition in the solute transport step. The second factor can be particularly significant if the chemical system is complex, requiring (at a minimum) an equilibrium calculation at each grid point at each time step. In the approach we describe, we use finite elements rather than finite differences, and the pressure, heat and advection-dispersion equations are solved implicitly. The general idea is to put unconditional numerical stability of the time integration first, and let accuracy assume a secondary role. It is in this sense that the method is semi-quantiative. However

  19. Characterization of single-crystalline PbTiO3 nanowire growth via surfactant-free hydrothermal method

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    Gu, Haoshuang; Hu, Yongming; You, Jing; Hu, Zhenglong; Yuan, Ying; Zhang, Tianjin

    2007-01-01

    In this work, we present the results obtained in fabrication and characterization of single-crystalline lead titanate nanowires synthesized by surfactant-free hydrothermal method at 200°C. The as-prepared samples were characterized by means of x-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM, selected-area electron diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis, Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. The results show that the products have a tetragonal perovskite structure without any other impurity phase, which are made up of a large quantity of nanowires with uniform diameters of about 12nm and lengths reaching up to 5μm, and the growth of nanowires is generally along the [001] direction. XPS result shows that the binding energy of Ti2p(3/2) core level peak for PbTiO3 nanowires is larger than that of the corresponding ceramics and leads to the larger spin-orbit splitting (Δ[2p(3/2)-2p(1/2)]) for Ti2p. Raman studies show that the vibration modes of nanowires redshifted and broadened, which have shorter phonon lifetime compared to that of bulk materials. A blue light emission peaking at about 471nm (2.63eV ) is observed at room temperature, oxygen vacancies are responsible for the luminescence in PbTiO3 nanowires. The band gap energy for PbTiO3 nanowires was about 4.15eV.

  20. Adsorption of Cu2+ ions using chitosan-modified magnetic Mn ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Meng, Yuying; Chen, Deyang; Sun, Yitao; Jiao, Dongling; Zeng, Dechang; Liu, Zhongwu

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan-modified Mn ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized by a one-step microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. These Mn ferrite magnetic composite nanoparticles were employed to absorb Cu2+ ions in water. XRD verified the spinel structure of the MnFe2O4 nanoparticles. Chitosan modification does not result in any phase change of MnFe2O4. FTIR and zeta potentials curves for all samples suggest that chitosan can be successfully coated on the Mn ferrites. TEM characterization showed that the modified MnFe2O4 nanoparticles have a cubic shape with a mean diameter of ∼100 nm. For adsorption behavior, the effects of experiment parameters such as solution pH value, contact time and initial Cu2+ ions concentration on the adsorption efficiency were systematically investigated. The results showed that increasing solution pH value and extending contact time are favorable for improving adsorption efficiency. Especially, adsorption efficiency can reach up to 100% and 96.7% after 500 min adsorption at pH 6.5 for the solutions with initial Cu2+ ions concentration of 50 mg/L and 100 mg/L. Adsorption data fits well with the Langmuir isotherm models with a maximum adsorption capacity (qm) and a Langmuir adsorption equilibrium constant (K) of 65.1 mg/g and 0.090 L/mg, respectively. The adsorption kinetic agrees well with pseudo second order model with the pseudo second rate constants (K2) of 0.0468 and 0.00189 g/mg/min for solutions with initial Cu2+ ions of 50 and 100 mg/L, respectively.

  1. Rapid synthesis of Ti-MCM-41 by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method towards photocatalytic degradation of oxytetracycline.

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    Chen, Hanlin; Peng, Yen-Ping; Chen, Ku-Fan; Lai, Chia-Hsiang; Lin, Yung-Chang

    2016-06-01

    This study employed microwave-assisted hydrothermal method to synthesize Ti-MCM-41, which are mesoporous materials with a high surface area and excellent photocatalytic ability. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) were employed. The XRD findings showed that Ti-MCM-41 exhibited a peak at 2θ of 2.2°, which was attributed to the hexagonal MCM-41 structure. The BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller) results agreed with the TEM findings that Ti-MCM-41 has a pore size of about 3-5nm and a high surface area of 883m(2)/g. FTIR results illustrated the existence of Si-O-Si and Si-O-Ti bonds in Ti-MCM-41. The appearance of Ti 2p peaks in the XPS results confirmed the FTIR findings that the Ti was successfully doped into the MCM-41 structure. Zeta (ζ)-potential results indicated that the iso-electric point (IEP) of Ti-MCM-41 was at about pH3.02. In this study, the photocatalytic degradation of oxytetracycline (OTC) at different pH was investigated under Hg lamp irradiation (wavelength 365nm). The rate constant (K'obs) for OTC degradation was 0.012min(-1) at pH3. Furthermore, TOC (total organic carbon) and high resolution LC-MS (liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry) analyses were conducted to elucidate the possible intermediate products and degradation pathway for OTC. The TOC removal efficiency of OTC degradation was 87.0%, 74.4% and 50.9% at pH3, 7 and 10, respectively. LC-MS analysis results showed that the degradation products from OTC resulted from the removal of functional groups from the OTC ring. PMID:27266304

  2. Rietveld refinement and spectroscopic studies of sodium lead fluoroapatite lacunaire synthesized by hydrothermal method

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    Toumi, M. Mhiri, T.

    2008-06-03

    The structure of NaPb{sub 9}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}F(H{sub 2}O){sub 0.33}, isostructural with apatite, was determined by X-ray powder diffraction methods and the result of Rietveld refinement is P6{sub 3}/m, a = 9.76396(8) A and c = 7.27520(9) A. The final refinement led to R{sub F} = 5.4%, R{sub B} = 6.6%. In the tunnel, the water molecule (O{sub w}) and F{sup -} ions appear to be located in 2b and 4e sites, with occupancies of 0.028(6) and 0.075(8), respectively. In the M(1) and M(2) sites the occupancies of Pb and Na are 0.282(3)/0.051(3) and 0.467(5)/0.033(5), respectively. The formula assigned to the compound is [Pb{sub 3.38(4)}Na{sub 0.62(4)}](1)[Pb{sub 5.60(6)}Na{sub 0.40(6)}](2)(PO{sub =} 4){sub 6}F{sub 0.90(10)}(H{sub 2}O){sub 0.33(7)}{open_square}{sub 0.77(17)}, where {open_square} = vacancy. The assignment of the observed frequencies in the Raman and infrared spectra is discussed on the basis of a unit-cell group analysis and by comparison with fluor and chloroapatite analogs. The result of {sup 31}P and {sup 23}Na magic angle spinning-nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS-NMR) spectroscopies confirmed the structural results.

  3. Comparison of structural and electrical properties of Co{sup 2+}doped Mn-Zn soft nano ferrites prepared via coprecipitation and hydrothermal methods

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    Anwar, Humaira; Maqsood, Asghari

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Coprecipitation and hydrothermal synthesis of Co{sup 2+} doped Mn-Zn ferrites. • Dielectric measurements at 3 MHz and 1 GHz frequencies. • Enhanced DC electrical resistivity for samples prepared from hydrothermal technique. • Impedance studies for the prepared samples showing major contribution due to grains. - Abstract: A series of Co doped Mn-Zn ferrites compounds with the formula Mn{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5−x}Co{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.15, 0.25, 0.35 and 0.50) were successfully synthesized by polyethylene glycol-assisted coprecipitation and hydrothermal methods. The structural characterization of the samples was done using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). All the samples found to have cubic spinel structure. The average crystallite size of all nanoparticles were estimated using Scherrer's formula and found to lie between 10 and 25 ± 3 nm with small size distribution of particles prepared by hydrothermal method. The FTIR spectrum showed two absorption bands of tetrahedral and octahedral metal-oxygen sites. DC electrical resistivity varied from 4.12 × 10{sup 7} to 8.32 × 10{sup 10} ohm cm with cobalt doping. The dielectric measurements were performed from 20 Hz to 3 MHz and from 1 MHz to 1 GHz frequency ranges. The value of dielectric constant (ε′) varies from 15.54 to 106.25 (1 MHz) and 6.73–16.48 (1 GHz) for all the samples at room temperature. Impedance spectroscopy was carried out from 20 Hz to 3 MHz, at room temperature to study the grains and grain boundaries effect.

  4. A Simple Spectrofluorimetric Method for the Determination of Losartan in Some Tablet Dosage Forms

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    Taher, M. A.; Asadollahzadeh, H.; Fazelirad, H.

    2015-11-01

    A very simple and sensitive spectrofluorimetric method was developed for the direct determination of losartan in some commercial tablets. The suggested method is based on the linear relationship between 0.1-5.0 μg/ml of losartan and its fluorescence intensity at 400 nm in acidic medium. The detection limit and relative standard deviation (for ten repetitive measurements of 2.0 μg/ml) were obtained as 12.0 ng/ml and 1.35%, respectively. The recommended method was successfully applied for the determination of losartan in three types of commercial tablets from different brands.

  5. Simple method for reducing the first-order optical nonlinearity in a heterodyne laser interferometer.

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    Fu, Haijin; Hu, Pengcheng; Tan, Jiubin; Fan, Zhigang

    2015-07-10

    A simple method was proposed by using a tunable attenuator fitted in the reference or measurement arm of a heterodyne laser interferometer to adjust the values of mixing laser beams while the spectrum of the measurement signal is monitored using a signal analyzer. The effectiveness of the proposed method in reducing the first-order optical nonlinearity was verified through experiments. Results indicated that the peak value of the first-order optical nonlinearity could be reduced from 5.15 to 0.24 nm. It was therefore concluded that the proposed method was applicable to ultraprecision laser interferometry. PMID:26193410

  6. A simple method for measuring power, force, velocity properties, and mechanical effectiveness in sprint running.

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    Samozino, P; Rabita, G; Dorel, S; Slawinski, J; Peyrot, N; Saez de Villarreal, E; Morin, J-B

    2016-06-01

    This study aimed to validate a simple field method for determining force- and power-velocity relationships and mechanical effectiveness of force application during sprint running. The proposed method, based on an inverse dynamic approach applied to the body center of mass, estimates the step-averaged ground reaction forces in runner's sagittal plane of motion during overground sprint acceleration from only anthropometric and spatiotemporal data. Force- and power-velocity relationships, the associated variables, and mechanical effectiveness were determined (a) on nine sprinters using both the proposed method and force plate measurements and (b) on six other sprinters using the proposed method during several consecutive trials to assess the inter-trial reliability. The low bias (<5%) and narrow limits of agreement between both methods for maximal horizontal force (638 ± 84 N), velocity (10.5 ± 0.74 m/s), and power output (1680 ± 280 W); for the slope of the force-velocity relationships; and for the mechanical effectiveness of force application showed high concurrent validity of the proposed method. The low standard errors of measurements between trials (<5%) highlighted the high reliability of the method. These findings support the validity of the proposed simple method, convenient for field use, to determine power, force, velocity properties, and mechanical effectiveness in sprint running. PMID:25996964

  7. A novel hydrothermal method for zinc extraction and separation from zinc ferrite and electric arc furnace dust

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    Wang, Hui-gang; Li, Yang; Gao, Jian-ming; Zhang, Mei; Guo, Min

    2016-02-01

    A novel hydrothermal process was developed to extract zinc from pure zinc ferrite (ZnFe2O4) nanopowder and zinc-containing electric arc furnace (EAF) dust using hexahydrated ferric chloride (FeCl3·6H2O) as a decomposing agent. The effects of solid FeCl3·6H2O to ZnFe2O4 ratio by mass ( R F/Z), hydrothermal reaction temperature, and time on zinc extraction were systematically investigated. In the results, when the hydrothermal reaction is conducted at 150°C for 2 h with R F/Z of 15:20, the efficiency of zinc extraction from ZnFe2O4 reaches 97.2%, and the concentration of ferric ions (Fe3+) in the leaching solution is nearly zero, indicating a high selectivity for zinc. In addition, the zinc extraction efficiency from the EAF dust reaches 94.5% in the case of the hydrothermal reaction performed at 200°C for 10 h with the solid FeCl3·6H2O to EAF dust ratio by mass ( R F/EAF dust) of 15:10. Zinc and iron separation is achieved by adjusting the pH value of the leaching solution according to the different precipitation pH values of metal hydroxides.

  8. Hydrothermal synthesis of hydroxyapatite nanorods using pyridoxal-5′-phosphate as a phosphorus source

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    Zhao, Xin-Yu; Zhu, Ying-Jie Lu, Bing-Qiang; Chen, Feng; Qi, Chao; Zhao, Jing; Wu, Jin

    2014-07-01

    Graphical abstract: Hydroxyapatite nanorods are synthesized using biocompatible biomolecule pyridoxal-5′-phosphate as a new organic phosphorus source by the hydrothermal method. - Highlights: • Hydrothermal synthesis of hydroxyapatite nanorods is reported. • Biocompatible pyridoxal-5′-phosphate is used as an organic phosphorus source. • This method is simple, surfactant-free and environmentally friendly. - Abstract: Hydroxyapatite nanorods are synthesized by the hydrothermal method using biocompatible biomolecule pyridoxal-5′-phosphate (PLP) as a new organic phosphorus source. In this method, PLP biomolecules are hydrolyzed to produce phosphate ions under hydrothermal conditions, and these phosphate ions react with pre-existing calcium ions to form hydroxyapatite nanorods. The effects of experimental conditions including hydrothermal temperature and time on the morphology and crystal phase of the products are investigated. This method is simple, surfactant-free and environmentally friendly. The products are characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric (TG) analysis.

  9. The Reality-Based Learning Method: A Simple Method for Keeping Teaching Activities Relevant and Effective

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    Smith, Louise W.; Van Doren, Doris C.

    2004-01-01

    Active and experiential learning theory have not dramatically changed collegiate classroom teaching methods, although they have long been included in the pedagogical literature. This article presents an evolved method, reality based learning, that aids professors in including active learning activities with feelings of clarity and confidence. The…

  10. A simple screening method using ion chromatography for the diagnosis of cerebral creatine deficiency syndromes.

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    Wada, Takahito; Shimbo, Hiroko; Osaka, Hitoshi

    2012-08-01

    Cerebral creatine deficiency syndromes (CCDS) are caused by genetic defects in L-arginine:glycine amidinotransferase, guanidinoacetate methyltransferase or creatine transporter 1. CCDS are characterized by abnormal concentrations of urinary creatine (CR), guanidinoacetic acid (GA), or creatinine (CN). In this study, we describe a simple HPLC method to determine the concentrations of CR, GA, and CN using a weak-acid ion chromatography column with a UV detector without any derivatization. CR, GA, and CN were separated clearly with the retention times (mean ± SD, n = 3) of 5.54 ± 0.0035 min for CR, 6.41 ± 0.0079 min for GA, and 13.53 ± 0.046 min for CN. This new method should provide a simple screening test for the diagnosis of CCDS. PMID:22080216

  11. A Simple Method to Measure Nematodes' Propulsive Thrust and the Nematode Ratchet.

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    Bau, Haim; Yuan, Jinzhou; Raizen, David

    2015-11-01

    Since the propulsive thrust of micro organisms provides a more sensitive indicator of the animal's health and response to drugs than motility, a simple, high throughput, direct measurement of the thrust is desired. Taking advantage of the nematode C. elegans being heavier than water, we devised a simple method to determine the propulsive thrust of the animals by monitoring their velocity when swimming along an inclined plane. We find that the swimming velocity is a linear function of the sin of the inclination angle. This method allows us to determine, among other things, the animas' propulsive thrust as a function of genotype, drugs, and age. Furthermore, taking advantage of the animals' inability to swim over a stiff incline, we constructed a sawteeth ratchet-like track that restricts the animals to swim in a predetermined direction. This research was supported, in part, by NIH NIA Grant 5R03AG042690-02.

  12. Simple method to measure and analyze the fluctuations of a small particle in biopolymer solutions

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    Kuroda, Masafumi; Murayama, Yoshihiro

    2015-12-01

    We developed a simple method to investigate the motion of a small particle in biopolymer solutions. Using optical tweezers with low stiffness, a trapped probe particle fluctuates widely for a long time along the light axis, which reflects the rheological properties of the surrounding environment. We present a convenient technique for three-dimensional position tracking and the analysis focused on the distribution of particle positions and its variance in a given time interval. It allows us to obtain useful information about the dynamics of a small particle in a wide range from a free diffusive motion to a constrained motion with statistical significance. We applied this method to investigate the dynamics in collagen and DNA solutions; it was found that a collagen solution behaves as a simple viscous liquid and a DNA solution has apparent elasticity due to the slow relaxation of the configuration of molecules.

  13. Embedding guidelines into direct physician order entry: simple methods, powerful results.

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    Chin, H. L.; Wallace, P.

    1999-01-01

    Kaiser Permanente in the Northwest Region has implemented a comprehensive outpatient computer-based patient record (CPR). Using this system, clinicians electronically order laboratory tests, radiology tests, and prescriptions. Clinicians also use this comprehensive CPR to document encounters, code diagnoses and procedures, maintain problem lists, and to send patient-specific messages and referrals to other medical providers. Healthcare for our entire membership of 440,000 covered lives is now provided through this system [1]. Implementation of a comprehensive CPR with direct physician order-entry provides the opportunity to embed guidelines into the ordering process. This article describes the underlying theme and various simple but effective methods we use to embed guidelines into the ordering process. Our experience demonstrates the powerful effect of these simple methods to reduce unnecessary variation and to reduce cost while maintaining or improving the quality of care delivery. PMID:10566353

  14. Simple spectrophotometric method for estimation of disodium edetate in topical gel formulations

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    Kamboj, Sunil; Sharma, Deepak; Nair, Anroop B.; Kamboj, Suman; Sharma, Rakesh Kumar; Ali, Javed; Pramod, K; Ansari, S. H.

    2011-01-01

    A simple, sensitive, cost-effective and reproducible UV-spectrophotometric method has been developed and validated for the estimation of disodium edetate in topical gel formulations. Solution of disodium edetate reacts with ferric chloride to form complex in 0.1 N HCl giving λmax at 270 nm. Beer's law was obeyed in the concentration range of 5–50 μg/mL (r2= 0.9997). The limit of detection and limit of quantitation were found to be 1.190 and 3.608 μg/mL, respectively. The results show that the procedure is accurate, precise, and reproducible (relative standard deviation < 1%), while being simple and less time consuming. The study concluded that the UV-spectrophotometric method could be used for the quantification of disodium edetate in pure form as well as in pharmaceutical formulations. PMID:23781446

  15. An analysis and an operating method of switched reluctance motors based on a simple inductance representation

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    Chiba, Akira; Fukao, Tadashi

    1995-12-31

    In this paper, a mathematical analysis based on a simple model is carried out. The operating characteristics of switched reluctance motors fed by square waveform voltage are analyzed. Inductance variations with respect to the rotor rotational position is approximated with only a sinusoidal function and a constant. Square waveform voltage is approximated by a fundamental component only. Based on this simple representation, it is possible to analyze operating characteristics mathematically in normalized planes and to derive a general control method. It is found that there exists a particular voltage phase angle which realizes the maximum output per current. It was also found that the maximum output per voltage can be achieved at the another particular voltage phase angle. These characteristics are found to be very similar to those of synchronous reluctance motors. As a result of the analysis, an efficient operating method is proposed. These results are confirmed by a 6,000 r/min., 2kW prototype machine.

  16. Cumulative radiation effect. Part VI: simple nomographic and tabular methods for the solution of practical problems.

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    Kirk, J; Gray, W M; Watson, E R

    1977-01-01

    In five previous papers, the concept of the Cumulative Radiation Effect (CRE) has been presented as a scale of accumulative sub-tolerance radiation damage. The biological effect generated in normal connective tissue by fractionated or continuous radiation therapy given in any temporal arrangement is described by the CRE on a unified scale of assessment, so that a unique value of the CRE describes a specific level of radiation effect. The basic methods of evaluating CREs were shown in these papers to facilitate a full understanding of the fundamental aspects of the CRE-system, but these methods can be time-consuming and tediuous for complex situations. In this paper, simple nomographic and tabular methods for the solution of practical problems are presented. An essential feature of solving a CRE problem is firstly to present it in a concise and readily appreciated form, and, to do this, nomenclature is introduced to describe schedules and regimes as compactly as possible. Simple algebraic equations are derived to describe the CRE achieved by multi-schedule regimes. In these equations, the equivalence conditions existing at the junctions between schedules are not explicit and the equations are based on the CREs of the constituent schedules assessed individually without reference to their context in the regime as a whole. This independent evaluations of CREs for each schedule results in a considerable simplification in the calculation of complex problems. The calculations are further simplified by the use of suitable tables and nomograms, so that the mathematics involved is reduced to simple arithmetical operations which require at the most the use of a slide rule but can be done by hand. The order of procedure in the presentation and calculation of CRE problems can be summarised in an evaluation procedure sheet. The resulting simple methods for solving practical problems of any complexity on the CRE-system are demonstrated by a number of examples. PMID:856533

  17. A simple method to determine evaporation duct height in the sea surface boundary layer

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    Musson-Genon, Luc; Gauthier, Sylvie; Bruth, Eric

    1992-09-01

    A formulation to determine the evaporation duct height in the sea surface boundary layer is presented. This formulation is based upon the theory of similarity of Monin Obukhov by using analytical solutions currently used in the field of numerical weather prediction. The proposed solution is simple, coherent with the surface boundary layer parameterization used in the Meteo France and European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts weather prediction models and gives good results when compared to more traditional methods.

  18. A simple and robust method to study after-pulses in Silicon Photomultipliers

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    Caccia, M.; Santoro, R.; Stanizzi, G. A.

    2014-10-01

    The after-pulsing probability in Silicon Photomultipliers and its time constant are obtained measuring the mean number of photo-electrons in a variable time window following a light pulse. The method, experimentally simple and statistically robust due to the use of the Central Limit Theorem, has been qualified applying it to an HAMAMATSU Multi Pixel Photon Counter (MPPC) S10362-11-100C.

  19. A simple method for the generation of organ and vessel contours from roentgenographic or fluoroscopic images

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    Newell, J. D.; Keller, R. A.; Baily, N. A.

    1974-01-01

    A simple method for outlining or contouring any area defined by a change in film density or fluoroscopic screen intensity is described. The entire process, except for the positioning of an electronic window, is accomplished using a small computer having appropriate softwave. The electronic window is operator positioned over the area to be processed. The only requirement is that the window be large enough to encompass the total area to be considered.

  20. Peer Review of Grant Applications: A Simple Method to Identify Proposals with Discordant Reviews

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    Giraudeau, Bruno; Leyrat, Clémence; Le Gouge, Amélie; Léger, Julie; Caille, Agnès

    2011-01-01

    Grant proposals submitted for funding are usually selected by a peer-review rating process. Some proposals may result in discordant peer-review ratings and therefore require discussion by the selection committee members. The issue is which peer-review ratings are considered as discordant. We propose a simple method to identify such proposals. Our approach is based on the intraclass correlation coefficient, which is usually used in assessing agreement in studies with continuous ratings. PMID:22110670

  1. A new and simple calibration-independent method for measuring the beam energy of a cyclotron.

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    Gagnon, Katherine; Jensen, Mikael; Thisgaard, Helge; Publicover, Julia; Lapi, Suzanne; McQuarrie, Steve A; Ruth, Thomas J

    2011-01-01

    This work recommends a new and simple-to-perform method for measuring the beam energy of an accelerator. The proposed method requires the irradiation of two monitor foils interspaced by an energy degrader. The primary advantage of the proposed method, which makes this method unique from previous energy evaluation strategies that employ the use of monitor foils, is that this method is independent of the detector efficiency calibration. This method was evaluated by performing proton activation of (nat)Cu foils using both a cyclotron and a tandem Van de Graaff accelerator. The monitor foil activities were read using a dose calibrator set to an arbitrary calibration setting. Excellent agreement was noted between the nominal and measured proton energies. PMID:20926304

  2. Simple and robust baseline estimation method for multichannel SAR-GMTI systems

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    Chen, Zhao-Yan; Wang, Tong; Ma, Nan

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, the authors propose an approach of estimating the effective baseline for ground moving target indication (GMTI) mode of synthetic aperture radar (SAR), which is different from any previous work. The authors show that the new method leads to a simpler and more robust baseline estimate. This method employs a baseline search operation, where the degree of coherence (DOC) is served as a metric to judge whether the optimum baseline estimate is obtained. The rationale behind this method is that the more accurate the baseline estimate, the higher the coherence of the two channels after co-registering with the estimated baseline value. The merits of the proposed method are twofold: simple to design and robust to the Doppler centroid estimation error. The performance of the proposed method is good. The effectiveness of the method is tested with real SAR data.

  3. A Simple Spectrophotometric Method for the Determination of Thiobarbituric Acid Reactive Substances in Fried Fast Foods.

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    Zeb, Alam; Ullah, Fareed

    2016-01-01

    A simple and highly sensitive spectrophotometric method was developed for the determination of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) as a marker for lipid peroxidation in fried fast foods. The method uses the reaction of malondialdehyde (MDA) and TBA in the glacial acetic acid medium. The method was precise, sensitive, and highly reproducible for quantitative determination of TBARS. The precision of extractions and analytical procedure was very high as compared to the reported methods. The method was used to determine the TBARS contents in the fried fast foods such as Shami kebab, samosa, fried bread, and potato chips. Shami kebab, samosa, and potato chips have higher amount of TBARS in glacial acetic acid-water extraction system than their corresponding pure glacial acetic acid and vice versa in fried bread samples. The method can successfully be used for the determination of TBARS in other food matrices, especially in quality control of food industries. PMID:27123360

  4. A Simple Spectrophotometric Method for the Determination of Thiobarbituric Acid Reactive Substances in Fried Fast Foods

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    Zeb, Alam; Ullah, Fareed

    2016-01-01

    A simple and highly sensitive spectrophotometric method was developed for the determination of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) as a marker for lipid peroxidation in fried fast foods. The method uses the reaction of malondialdehyde (MDA) and TBA in the glacial acetic acid medium. The method was precise, sensitive, and highly reproducible for quantitative determination of TBARS. The precision of extractions and analytical procedure was very high as compared to the reported methods. The method was used to determine the TBARS contents in the fried fast foods such as Shami kebab, samosa, fried bread, and potato chips. Shami kebab, samosa, and potato chips have higher amount of TBARS in glacial acetic acid-water extraction system than their corresponding pure glacial acetic acid and vice versa in fried bread samples. The method can successfully be used for the determination of TBARS in other food matrices, especially in quality control of food industries. PMID:27123360

  5. Seismic exploration methods for hydrothermal dolomite reservoirs: A case study of the Trenton-Black River groups

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    Ogiesoba, Osareni Christopher

    This thesis discusses 3D seismic exploration for hydrothermal dolomite (HTD) reservoirs. During this project, I utilized some of the existing algorithms as well as developed my own methods. I mentioned that HTD reservoirs constitute an important hydrocarbon play-type the world over, and are particularly important within the Ordovician aged Trenton-Black River Group in eastern North America. I noted that 3D seismic is the best tool to explore for HTD but it is adversely affected by random noise and acquisition footprint which must be attenuated. I designed a post-stack processing flow that can be applied to attenuate noise, highlight fault terminations, and increase reflection events continuity. By predicting porosity using seismic attributes, I examined the relationships between porosity distribution and faulting, and between porosity and seismic attributes. Results show that porosity development depends on basement-related faults, and that hydrocarbon production rate depends on the presence of faults, fractures and porosity. The results show that the sag observed to be associated with HTD reservoirs on seismic sections is due to velocity pull-down and that the best porosity is developed in these areas. The methods and results presented in this project can be used in other places with similar geologic settings. By way of semblance, I developed a dual-parameter scanning algorithm that can recover both NMO velocity (vnmo) and the effective anisotropic parameter (etaeff) at the same time, from which interval eta (etaint) is obtained by inversion. Noise-free synthetic data application show 10% maximum deviation between the extracted and actual flint values, while noise-contaminated synthetic data show >20% deviation. Real data application shows that it is possible to discriminate between HTD and limestone. Further testing is required to establish its validity. A velocity ratio (Vp/Vs) extracting algorithm was developed using AVO prestack amplitude inversion. Noise

  6. Microstructure and magnetic properties of MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M = Co, Ni, and Mn) ferrite nanocrystals prepared using colloid mill and hydrothermal method

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    Wang, Wei Ding, Zui; Zhao, Xiruo; Wu, Sizhu; Li, Feng; Yue, Ming; Liu, J. Ping

    2015-05-07

    Three kinds of spinel ferrite nanocrystals, MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M = Co, Ni, and Mn), are synthesized using colloid mill and hydrothermal method. During the synthesis process, a rapid mixing and reduction of cations with sodium borohydride (NaBH{sub 4}) take place in a colloid mill then through a hydrothermal reaction, a slow oxidation and structural transformation of the spinel ferrite nanocrystals occur. The phase purity and crystal lattice parameters are estimated by X-ray diffraction studies. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images show the morphology and particle size of the as-synthesized ferrite nanocrystals. Raman spectrum reveals active phonon modes at room temperature, and a shifting of the modes implies cation redistribution in the tetrahedral and octahedral sites. Magnetic measurements show that all the obtained samples exhibit higher saturation magnetization (M{sub s}). Meanwhile, experiments demonstrate that the hydrothermal reaction time has significant effects on microstructure, morphologies, and magnetic properties of the as-synthesized ferrite nanocrystals.

  7. Simple spot method of image analysis for evaluation of highly marbled beef.

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    Irie, M; Kohira, K

    2012-04-01

    The simple method of evaluating highly marbled beef was examined by image analysis. The images of the cross section at the 6 to 7th rib were obtained from 82 carcasses of Wagyu cattle. By using an overall trace method, the surrounding edges of the longissimus thoracis and three muscles were traced automatically and manually with image analysis. In a spot method, 3 to 5 locations (2.5 or 3.0 cm in diameter) for each muscle were rapidly selected with no manual trace. The images were flattened, binarized, and the ratio of fat area to muscle area was determined. The correlation coefficients for marbling between different muscles, and between the overall trace and the spot methods were 0.55 to 0.81 between different muscles and 0.89 to 0.97, respectively. These results suggested that the simple spot method is speedy and almost as useful as the overall trace method as a measuring technique for beef marbling in loin muscles, especially for highly marbled beef. PMID:25049601

  8. A simple micro-culture method for the study of group B arboviruses*

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    de Madrid, Ana Teresa; Porterfield, James S.

    1969-01-01

    Thirty-nine group B arboviruses have been titrated by a simple micro-culture method. The technique uses a stable line of pig kidney cells (PS cells) in which plaques develop when cells are first infected in suspension in the wells of haemagglutination trays and are then incubated for from 3 to 10 days under an overlay containing carboxymethyl-cellulose. This method can be adapted to measure neutralizing antibodies, and the principle underlying the test is applicable to other cells and other viruses. ImagesFIG. 1FIG. 2FIG. 3FIG. 4 PMID:4183812

  9. Nanoparticle film deposition using a simple and fast centrifuge sedimentation method

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    Markelonis, Andrew R.; Wang, Joanna S.; Ullrich, Bruno; Wai, Chien M.; Brown, Gail J.

    2015-04-01

    Colloidal nanoparticles (NPs) can be deposited uniformly on flat or rough and uneven substrate surfaces employing a standard centrifuge and common solvents. This method is suitable for depositing different types of nanoparticles on a variety of substrates including glass, silicon wafer, aluminum foil, copper sheet, polymer film, plastic, and paper, etc. The thickness of the films can be controlled by the amount of the colloidal nanoparticle solution used in the preparation. The method offers a fast and simple procedure compared to other currently known nanoparticle deposition techniques for studying the optical properties of nanoparticle films.

  10. The structural properties of barium cobalt hexaferrite powder prepared by a simple heat treatment method

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    Chauhan, Chetna; Jotania, Rajshree

    2016-05-01

    The W-type barium hexaferrite was prepared using a simple heat treatment method. The precursor was calcinated at 650°C for 3 hours and then slowly cooled to room temperature in order to obtain barium cobalt hexaferrite powder. The prepared powder was characterised by different experimental techniques like XRD, FTIR and SEM. The X-ray diffractogram of the sample shows W-and M phases. The particle size calculated by Debye Scherrer formula. The FTIR spectra of the sample was taken at room temperature by using KBr pallet method which confirms the formation of hexaferrite phase. The morphological study on the hexaferrite powder was carried out by SEM analysis.

  11. Simple Protein Complex Purification and Identification Method Suitable for High- throughput Mapping of Protein Interaction Networks

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    Markillie, Lye Meng; Lin, Chiann Tso; Adkins, Joshua N.; Auberry, Deanna L.; Hill, Eric A.; Hooker, Brian S.; Moore, Priscilla A.; Moore, Ronald J.; Shi, Liang; Wiley, H. S.; Kery, Vladimir

    2005-04-11

    Most of the current methods for purification and identification of protein complexes use endogenous expression of affinity tagged bait, tandem affinity tag purification of protein complexes followed by specific elution of complexes from beads, gel separation, in-gel digestion and mass spectrometric analysis of protein interactors. We propose a single affinity tag in vitro pulldown assay with denaturing elution, trypsin digestion in organic solvent and LC ESI MS/MS protein identification using SEQUEST analysis. Our method is simple, easy to scale up and automate thus suitable for high throughput mapping of protein interaction networks and functional proteomics.

  12. A simple method for the enrichment of bisphenols using boron nitride.

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    Fischnaller, Martin; Bakry, Rania; Bonn, Günther K

    2016-03-01

    A simple solid-phase extraction method for the enrichment of 5 bisphenol derivatives using hexagonal boron nitride (BN) was developed. BN was applied to concentrate bisphenol derivatives in spiked water samples and the compounds were analyzed using HPLC coupled to fluorescence detection. The effect of pH and organic solvents on the extraction efficiency was investigated. An enrichment factor up to 100 was achieved without evaporation and reconstitution. The developed method was applied for the determination of bisphenol A migrated from some polycarbonate plastic products. Furthermore, bisphenol derivatives were analyzed in spiked and non-spiked canned food and beverages. None of the analyzed samples exceeded the migration limit set by the European Union of 0.6mg/kg food. The method showed good recovery rates ranging from 80% to 110%. Validation of the method was performed in terms of accuracy and precision. The applied method is robust, fast, efficient and easily adaptable to different analytical problems. PMID:26471538

  13. Simple and efficient methods for the accurate evaluation of patterning effects in ultrafast photonic switches.

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    Xu, Jing; Ding, Yunhong; Peucheret, Christophe; Xue, Weiqi; Seoane, Jorge; Zsigri, Beáta; Jeppesen, Palle; Mørk, Jesper

    2011-01-01

    Although patterning effects (PEs) are known to be a limiting factor of ultrafast photonic switches based on semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs), a simple approach for their evaluation in numerical simulations and experiments is missing. In this work, we experimentally investigate and verify a theoretical prediction of the pseudo random binary sequence (PRBS) length needed to capture the full impact of PEs. A wide range of SOAs and operation conditions are investigated. The very simple form of the PRBS length condition highlights the role of two parameters, i.e. the recovery time of the SOAs as well as the operation bit rate. Furthermore, a simple and effective method for probing the maximum PEs is demonstrated, which may relieve the computational effort or the experimental difficulties associated with the use of long PRBSs for the simulation or characterization of SOA-based switches. Good agrement with conventional PRBS characterization is obtained. The method is suitable for quick and systematic estimation and optimization of the switching performance. PMID:21263552

  14. Simple Experimental Methods for Determining the Apparent Focal Shift in a Microscope System

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    Bratton, Benjamin P.; Shaevitz, Joshua W.

    2015-01-01

    Three-dimensional optical microscopy is often complicated by a refractive index mismatch between the sample and objective lens. This mismatch causes focal shift, a difference between sample motion and focal-plane motion, that hinders the accuracy of 3D reconstructions. We present two methods for measuring focal shift using fluorescent beads of different sizes and ring-stained fluorescent beads. These simple methods are applicable to most situations, including total internal reflection objectives and samples very close to the interface. For distances 0–1.5 μm into an aqueous environment, our 1.49-NA objective has a relative focal shift of 0.57 ± 0.02, significantly smaller than the simple n2/n1 approximation of 0.88. We also expand on a previous sub-critical angle theory by means of a simple polynomial extrapolation. We test the validity of this extrapolation by measuring the apparent focal shift in samples where the refractive index is between 1.33 and 1.45 and with objectives with numerical apertures between 1.25 and 1.49. PMID:26270960

  15. Simple and accurate methods for quantifying deformation, disruption, and development in biological tissues

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    Boyle, John J.; Kume, Maiko; Wyczalkowski, Matthew A.; Taber, Larry A.; Pless, Robert B.; Xia, Younan; Genin, Guy M.; Thomopoulos, Stavros

    2014-01-01

    When mechanical factors underlie growth, development, disease or healing, they often function through local regions of tissue where deformation is highly concentrated. Current optical techniques to estimate deformation can lack precision and accuracy in such regions due to challenges in distinguishing a region of concentrated deformation from an error in displacement tracking. Here, we present a simple and general technique for improving the accuracy and precision of strain estimation and an associated technique for distinguishing a concentrated deformation from a tracking error. The strain estimation technique improves accuracy relative to other state-of-the-art algorithms by directly estimating strain fields without first estimating displacements, resulting in a very simple method and low computational cost. The technique for identifying local elevation of strain enables for the first time the successful identification of the onset and consequences of local strain concentrating features such as cracks and tears in a highly strained tissue. We apply these new techniques to demonstrate a novel hypothesis in prenatal wound healing. More generally, the analytical methods we have developed provide a simple tool for quantifying the appearance and magnitude of localized deformation from a series of digital images across a broad range of disciplines. PMID:25165601

  16. Simple and accurate methods for quantifying deformation, disruption, and development in biological tissues.

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    Boyle, John J; Kume, Maiko; Wyczalkowski, Matthew A; Taber, Larry A; Pless, Robert B; Xia, Younan; Genin, Guy M; Thomopoulos, Stavros

    2014-11-01

    When mechanical factors underlie growth, development, disease or healing, they often function through local regions of tissue where deformation is highly concentrated. Current optical techniques to estimate deformation can lack precision and accuracy in such regions due to challenges in distinguishing a region of concentrated deformation from an error in displacement tracking. Here, we present a simple and general technique for improving the accuracy and precision of strain estimation and an associated technique for distinguishing a concentrated deformation from a tracking error. The strain estimation technique improves accuracy relative to other state-of-the-art algorithms by directly estimating strain fields without first estimating displacements, resulting in a very simple method and low computational cost. The technique for identifying local elevation of strain enables for the first time the successful identification of the onset and consequences of local strain concentrating features such as cracks and tears in a highly strained tissue. We apply these new techniques to demonstrate a novel hypothesis in prenatal wound healing. More generally, the analytical methods we have developed provide a simple tool for quantifying the appearance and magnitude of localized deformation from a series of digital images across a broad range of disciplines. PMID:25165601

  17. Simple method for absolute calibration of geophones, seismometers, and other inertial vibration sensors

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    Kann, Frank van; Winterflood, John

    2005-03-01

    A simple but powerful method is presented for calibrating geophones, seismometers, and other inertial vibration sensors, including passive accelerometers. The method requires no cumbersome or expensive fixtures such as shaker platforms and can be performed using a standard instrument commonly available in the field. An absolute calibration is obtained using the reciprocity property of the device, based on the standard mathematical model for such inertial sensors. It requires only simple electrical measurement of the impedance of the sensor as a function of frequency to determine the parameters of the model and hence the sensitivity function. The method is particularly convenient if one of these parameters, namely the suspended mass is known. In this case, no additional mechanical apparatus is required and only a single set of impedance measurements yields the desired calibration function. Moreover, this measurement can be made with the device in situ. However, the novel and most powerful aspect of the method is its ability to accurately determine the effective suspended mass. For this, the impedance measurement is made with the device hanging from a simple spring or flexible cord (depending on the orientation of its sensitive axis). To complete the calibration, the device is weighed to determine its total mass. All the required calibration parameters, including the suspended mass, are then determined from a least-squares fit to the impedance as a function of frequency. A demonstration using both a 4.5 Hz geophone and a 1 Hz seismometer shows that the method can yield accurate absolute calibrations with an error of 0.1% or better, assuming no a priori knowledge of any parameters.

  18. A simple method for fabrication of enhanced fluorescence substrate on TEM copper grid

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    Dong, Jun; Du, Yabing; Qi, Jianxia; Zhang, Wenwen; Li, Wenyang

    2013-09-01

    A simple method to fabricate enhanced fluorescence substrates was experimentally demonstrated. The fabricated substrate, consisting of silver dendrites, was manufactured by a modified galvanic displacement process between Ag ions and TEM grid at room temperature. Substrate enhancement efficiency, which was evaluated from fluorescence spectrum intensities of the adsorbed Rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) molecules, was found to increase rapidly with reaction time. The observation highlights the importance of strong coupling effects between silver nanobranches and the variation of SEF efficiency can be qualitatively explained with the local surface plasmon resonance model of coupled silver nanostructures. As a result, with a laser, a spectrometer, some second-hand TEM grids, and simple chemical agents, we can easily fabricate the enhanced substrate, which can be applied to study surface enhanced fluorescence, one of the research focuses currently.

  19. An Operationally Simple Method for Separating the Rare-Earth Elements Neodymium and Dysprosium.

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    Bogart, Justin A; Lippincott, Connor A; Carroll, Patrick J; Schelter, Eric J

    2015-07-01

    Rare-earth metals are critical components of electronic materials and permanent magnets. Recycling of consumer materials is a promising new source of rare earths. To incentivize recycling there is a clear need for simple methods for targeted separations of mixtures of rare-earth metal salts. Metal complexes of a tripodal nitroxide ligand [{(2-(t) BuNO)C6 H4 CH2 }3 N](3-) (TriNOx(3-) ), feature a size-sensitive aperture formed of its three η(2) -(N,O) ligand arms. Exposure of metal cations in the aperture induces a self-associative equilibrium comprising [M(TriNOx)thf]/ [M(TriNOx)]2 (M=rare-earth metal). Differences in the equilibrium constants (Keq ) for early and late metals enables simple Nd/Dy separations through leaching with a separation ratio SNd/Dy =359. PMID:26014901

  20. Synthesis and in-depth analysis of highly ordered yttrium doped hydroxyapatite nanorods prepared by hydrothermal method and its mechanical analysis

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    Nathanael, A. Joseph; Mangalaraj, D.; Hong, S.I.; Masuda, Y.

    2011-12-15

    In this study, undoped and yttrium (Y) doped nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite crystals were synthesized by the hydrothermal method at 180 Degree-Sign C for 24 h. Highly ordered and oriented hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanorods were prepared by yttrium doping and their nanostructure and physical properties were compared with those of undoped HAp rods. FESEM images showed that the doping with Y ions reduced the diameter (from 25 nm to 15 nm) and increased the length (from 95 nm to 115 nm) of the synthesized rods. The aspect ratio of the undoped and Y-doped nanorods were calculated to be 4.303 (SD = 0.0959) and 7.61 (SD = 0.0355), respectively. Specific surface area (SSA) analysis showed that SSA also increased from 66.74 m{sup 2}/g to 68.57 m{sup 2}/g with the addition of yttrium. Y-doped HAp nanorod reinforced HMWPE composites displayed the better mechanical performance than those reinforced with pure HAp nanorods. The possible strengthening of nanorods and the increase of SSA due to the reduction in the size of nanorods in the presence of yttrium may have contributed to the strengthening of Y-doped HAp/HMWPE composites. - Graphical Abstract: Highly ordered and oriented yttrium doped hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanorods were prepared by hydrothermal method. For undoped HAp the average length of the nanorod is 95 nm with mean diameter of 24 nm and for a Y doped nanorod the average length is {approx} 115 nm and the mean diameter is 15 nm. Mechanical analysis was carried out by polymer/nanoparticle composite method. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Yttrium doped hydroxyapatite nanorods were prepared by hydrothermal method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The nanorods have highly uniform size distribution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Yttrium substitution and nanostructure formation was confirmed by careful analysis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mechanical strength was analyzed by polymer nanoparticle reinforcement method.

  1. Simple method of light-shift suppression in optical pumping systems

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    McGuyer, B. H.; Jau, Y.-Y.; Happer, W.

    2009-06-01

    We report a simple method to suppress the light shift in optical pumping systems. This method uses only frequency modulation of a radio frequency or microwave source, which is used to excite an atomic resonance, to simultaneously lock the source frequency to the atomic resonance and lock the pumping light frequency to suppress the light shift. We experimentally validate the method in a vapor-cell atomic clock and verify the results through numerical simulation. This technique can be applied to many optical pumping systems that experience light shifts. It is especially useful for atomic frequency standards because it improves long-term performance, reduces the influence of the laser, and requires less equipment than previous methods.

  2. Simple energy-calculation method for solar industrial-process-heat steam systems

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    Gee, R. C.

    1983-01-01

    Designing a solar industrial process heat (IPH) system, sizing its components and predicting its annual energy delivery requires a method for calculating solar system performance. A calculation method that is accurate, easy to use, accounts for the impact of all important system parameters, and does not require use of a computer is described. Only simple graphs and a hand calculator are required to predict annual collector field performance and annual system losses. The energy calculation method is applicable to a variety of solar system configurations. The calculation method applied only to parabolic trough steam generation systems that do not employ thermal storage is described. Both flash tank and unfired boiler steam systems are covered.

  3. Rapid and simple method for serotyping of staphylocoagulase using polystyrene latex particles.

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    Kouguchi, Yoshihiro; Fujiwara, Takako; Teramoto, Miki

    2009-01-01

    The serotyping of staphylocoagulase is widely used in Japan. However, the conventional immunoassay based on neutralization of the antisera is so laborious and time-consuming that it is not widely used in the other countries. In order to overcome these drawbacks we developed a novel staphylocoagulase serotyping method based on a microplate format using polystyrene latex particles. Addition of latex particles promotes the formation of fibrin complexes, which represents a more rapidly and easily detected endpoint. For 83 strains, 90% were classified into serotypes within 3 h, and there was no discrepancy in the results between our method and the conventional method. These results indicate that the present microplate method is rapid, simple, and interpretable. PMID:20528093

  4. A simple method for quantifying the humic content of commercial products.

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    Quentel, François; Filella, Montserrat

    2011-12-01

    A method based on an analytical technique, initially developed for quantifying aquatic refractory organic matter (often called humics), has been applied to commercial samples claiming to contain humic-type substances. At present, no method exists for quantifying the humic content on this type of sample. The analytical method is based on measuring the peak current obtained by adsorptive stripping voltammetry of the complex formed by refractory organic matter in the presence of trace amounts of Mo(VI). The quantification procedure requires the response obtained for the unknown sample to be compared with the response obtained with International Humic Substance Society (IHSS) reference humic substances. A very simple procedure that enables the humic content of any sample to be expressed as IHSS standard equivalents is described in detail. The method is highly selective, reproducible and suitable for routine analysis. PMID:21935595

  5. Measuring acoustic energy density in microchannel acoustophoresis using a simple and rapid light-intensity method.

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    Barnkob, Rune; Iranmanesh, Ida; Wiklund, Martin; Bruus, Henrik

    2012-07-01

    We present a simple and rapid method for measuring the acoustic energy density in microchannel acoustophoresis based on light-intensity measurements of a suspension of particles. The method relies on the assumption that each particle in the suspension undergoes single-particle acoustophoresis. It is validated by the single-particle tracking method, and we show by proper re-scaling that the re-scaled light intensity plotted versus re-scaled time falls on a universal curve. The method allows for analysis of moderate-resolution images in the concentration range encountered in typical experiments, and it is an attractive alternative to particle tracking and particle image velocimetry for quantifying acoustophoretic performance in microchannels. PMID:22522812

  6. A simple method for reducing autotomy in rats after peripheral nerve lesions.

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    Sporel-Ozakat, R E; Edwards, P M; Hepgul, K T; Savas, A; Gispen, W H

    1991-02-01

    Experiments using peripheral nerve lesions (crush or transection) in rats to study repair processes are hampered by the tendency for the animals to attack the limb in which the peripheral nerves are damaged (autotomy). In this paper we describe a simple method which significantly reduces the incidence of autotomy after peripheral nerve lesions. The method consists of painting the hind paws of operated rats with a commercially available non-toxic lotion, which is used to discourage nail-biting and thumb-sucking in humans. Although the method is not absolute, it was extremely beneficial in our experiments, since the number of animals that had to be taken out of the experiment due to severe autotomy was greatly reduced. We believe that this method may prove to be as beneficial to other investigators who are using experimental peripheral nerve lesions to study the regenerative aspects of the nervous system. PMID:2062121

  7. Simple energy-calculation method for solar industrial-process-heat steam systems

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    Gee, R.

    1983-01-01

    Designing a solar industrial-process heat (IPH) system, sizing its components and predicting its annual energy delivery requires a method for calculating solar system performance. A calculation method that is accurate, easy to use, accounts for the impact of all important system parameters, and does not require use of a computer is described. Only simple graphs and a hand calculator are required to predict annual collector field performance and annual system losses. The energy-calculation method is applicable to a variety of solar-system configurations. The calculation method applied only to parabolic-trough steam-generation systems that do not employ thermal storage is described. Both flash tank and unfired-boiler steam systems are covered.

  8. A simple regression-based method to map quantitative trait loci underlying function-valued phenotypes.

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    Kwak, Il-Youp; Moore, Candace R; Spalding, Edgar P; Broman, Karl W

    2014-08-01

    Most statistical methods for quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping focus on a single phenotype. However, multiple phenotypes are commonly measured, and recent technological advances have greatly simplified the automated acquisition of numerous phenotypes, including function-valued phenotypes, such as growth measured over time. While methods exist for QTL mapping with function-valued phenotypes, they are generally computationally intensive and focus on single-QTL models. We propose two simple, fast methods that maintain high power and precision and are amenable to extensions with multiple-QTL models using a penalized likelihood approach. After identifying multiple QTL by these approaches, we can view the function-valued QTL effects to provide a deeper understanding of the underlying processes. Our methods have been implemented as a package for R, funqtl. PMID:24931408

  9. Compression-based distance (CBD): a simple, rapid, and accurate method for microbiota composition comparison

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    2013-01-01

    Background Perturbations in intestinal microbiota composition have been associated with a variety of gastrointestinal tract-related diseases. The alleviation of symptoms has been achieved using treatments that alter the gastrointestinal tract microbiota toward that of healthy individuals. Identifying differences in microbiota composition through the use of 16S rRNA gene hypervariable tag sequencing has profound health implications. Current computational methods for comparing microbial communities are usually based on multiple alignments and phylogenetic inference, making them time consuming and requiring exceptional expertise and computational resources. As sequencing data rapidly grows in size, simpler analysis methods are needed to meet the growing computational burdens of microbiota comparisons. Thus, we have developed a simple, rapid, and accurate method, independent of multiple alignments and phylogenetic inference, to support microbiota comparisons. Results We create a metric, called compression-based distance (CBD) for quantifying the degree of similarity between microbial communities. CBD uses the repetitive nature of hypervariable tag datasets and well-established compression algorithms to approximate the total information shared between two datasets. Three published microbiota datasets were used as test cases for CBD as an applicable tool. Our study revealed that CBD recaptured 100% of the statistically significant conclusions reported in the previous studies, while achieving a decrease in computational time required when compared to similar tools without expert user intervention. Conclusion CBD provides a simple, rapid, and accurate method for assessing distances between gastrointestinal tract microbiota 16S hypervariable tag datasets. PMID:23617892

  10. Machine learning plus optical flow: a simple and sensitive method to detect cardioactive drugs

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    Lee, Eugene K.; Kurokawa, Yosuke K.; Tu, Robin; George, Steven C.; Khine, Michelle

    2015-07-01

    Current preclinical screening methods do not adequately detect cardiotoxicity. Using human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPS-CMs), more physiologically relevant preclinical or patient-specific screening to detect potential cardiotoxic effects of drug candidates may be possible. However, one of the persistent challenges for developing a high-throughput drug screening platform using iPS-CMs is the need to develop a simple and reliable method to measure key electrophysiological and contractile parameters. To address this need, we have developed a platform that combines machine learning paired with brightfield optical flow as a simple and robust tool that can automate the detection of cardiomyocyte drug effects. Using three cardioactive drugs of different mechanisms, including those with primarily electrophysiological effects, we demonstrate the general applicability of this screening method to detect subtle changes in cardiomyocyte contraction. Requiring only brightfield images of cardiomyocyte contractions, we detect changes in cardiomyocyte contraction comparable to - and even superior to - fluorescence readouts. This automated method serves as a widely applicable screening tool to characterize the effects of drugs on cardiomyocyte function.

  11. Machine learning plus optical flow: a simple and sensitive method to detect cardioactive drugs.

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    Lee, Eugene K; Kurokawa, Yosuke K; Tu, Robin; George, Steven C; Khine, Michelle

    2015-01-01

    Current preclinical screening methods do not adequately detect cardiotoxicity. Using human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPS-CMs), more physiologically relevant preclinical or patient-specific screening to detect potential cardiotoxic effects of drug candidates may be possible. However, one of the persistent challenges for developing a high-throughput drug screening platform using iPS-CMs is the need to develop a simple and reliable method to measure key electrophysiological and contractile parameters. To address this need, we have developed a platform that combines machine learning paired with brightfield optical flow as a simple and robust tool that can automate the detection of cardiomyocyte drug effects. Using three cardioactive drugs of different mechanisms, including those with primarily electrophysiological effects, we demonstrate the general applicability of this screening method to detect subtle changes in cardiomyocyte contraction. Requiring only brightfield images of cardiomyocyte contractions, we detect changes in cardiomyocyte contraction comparable to - and even superior to - fluorescence readouts. This automated method serves as a widely applicable screening tool to characterize the effects of drugs on cardiomyocyte function. PMID:26139150

  12. Simple Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate-Assisted Sample Preparation Method for LC-MS-based Proteomic Applications

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    Zhou, Jianying; Dann, Geoffrey P.; Shi, Tujin; Wang, Lu; Gao, Xiaoli; Su, Dian; Nicora, Carrie D.; Shukla, Anil K.; Moore, Ronald J.; Liu, Tao; Camp, David G.; Smith, Richard D.; Qian, Weijun

    2012-03-10

    Sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) is one of the most popular laboratory reagents used for highly efficient biological sample extraction; however, SDS presents a significant challenge to LC-MS-based proteomic analyses due to its severe interference with reversed-phase LC separations and electrospray ionization interfaces. This study reports a simple SDS-assisted proteomic sample preparation method facilitated by a novel peptide-level SDS removal protocol. After SDS-assisted protein extraction and digestion, SDS was effectively (>99.9%) removed from peptides through ion substitution-mediated DS- precipitation with potassium chloride (KCl) followed by {approx}10 min centrifugation. Excellent peptide recovery (>95%) was observed for less than 20 {mu}g of peptides. Further experiments demonstrated the compatibility of this protocol with LC-MS/MS analyses. The resulting proteome coverage from this SDS-assisted protocol was comparable to or better than those obtained from other standard proteomic preparation methods in both mammalian tissues and bacterial samples. These results suggest that this SDS-assisted protocol is a practical, simple, and broadly applicable proteomic sample processing method, which can be particularly useful when dealing with samples difficult to solubilize by other methods.

  13. Some simple methods of home processing and their implication with weaning foods.

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    Moussa, W A; Tadros, M D; Mekhael, K G; Darwish, A E; Shakir, A H; El-Rehim, E A

    1992-01-01

    One of the most practical solutions to combat protein energy malnutrition (PEM) in low income groups is the intelligent mixing of cereals and legumes to make available low cost weaning foods of high nutritional quality. One of the main obstacles to increase energy and nutrient density of weaning foods of cereals and legumes is the bulk factor. In this study some simple methods of home processing to improve the nutritional quality of the home prepared weaning foods were tested and the processed weaning foods were chemically and biologically evaluated. Biochemical evaluation revealed that the germination of wheat raised its protein and fat and reduced carbohydrate, while ther was almost no change on lentils. Comparing germination with a special "chapati" process, protein and fat content wee higher in the formula processed by the former method, while minerals were higher in the same formula but processed by the latter method. Biological evaluation of the formula processed by the two different methods showed that germination got the highest PER and NPU compared with chapati process figures were (2.02 and 81.0) and (1.70 and 40.0) respectively. Although further research is needed, germination of ingredients of weaning foods of vegetable origin seems to be a good option of the simple home processing technique. PMID:1579153

  14. Machine learning plus optical flow: a simple and sensitive method to detect cardioactive drugs

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    Lee, Eugene K.; Kurokawa, Yosuke K.; Tu, Robin; George, Steven C.; Khine, Michelle

    2015-01-01

    Current preclinical screening methods do not adequately detect cardiotoxicity. Using human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPS-CMs), more physiologically relevant preclinical or patient-specific screening to detect potential cardiotoxic effects of drug candidates may be possible. However, one of the persistent challenges for developing a high-throughput drug screening platform using iPS-CMs is the need to develop a simple and reliable method to measure key electrophysiological and contractile parameters. To address this need, we have developed a platform that combines machine learning paired with brightfield optical flow as a simple and robust tool that can automate the detection of cardiomyocyte drug effects. Using three cardioactive drugs of different mechanisms, including those with primarily electrophysiological effects, we demonstrate the general applicability of this screening method to detect subtle changes in cardiomyocyte contraction. Requiring only brightfield images of cardiomyocyte contractions, we detect changes in cardiomyocyte contraction comparable to – and even superior to – fluorescence readouts. This automated method serves as a widely applicable screening tool to characterize the effects of drugs on cardiomyocyte function. PMID:26139150

  15. Simple and accessible analytical methods for the determination of mercury in soil and coal samples.

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    Park, Chul Hee; Eom, Yujin; Lee, Lauren Jong-Eun; Lee, Tai Gyu

    2013-09-01

    Simple and accessible analytical methods compared to conventional methods such as US EPA Method 7471B and ASTM-D6414 for the determination of mercury (Hg) in soil and coal samples are proposed. The new methods are consisted of fewer steps without the Hg oxidizing step consequently eliminating a step necessary to reduce excess oxidant. In the proposed methods, a Hg extraction is an inexpensive and accessible step utilizing a disposable test tube and a heating block instead of an expensive autoclave vessel and a specially-designed microwave. Also, a common laboratory vacuum filtration was used for the extracts instead of centrifugation. As for the optimal conditions, first, best acids for extracting Hg from soil and coal samples was investigated using certified reference materials (CRMs). Among common laboratory acids (HCl, HNO3, H2SO4, and aqua regia), aqua regia was most effective for the soil CRM whereas HNO3 was for the coal CRM. Next, the optimal heating temperature and time for Hg extraction were evaluated. The most effective Hg extraction was obtained at 120°C for 30min for soil CRM and at 70°C for 90min for coal CRM. Further tests using selected CRMs showed that all the measured values were within the allowable certification range. Finally, actual soil and coal samples were analyzed using the new methods and the US EPA Method 7473. The relative standard deviation values of 1.71-6.55% for soil and 0.97-12.11% for coal samples were obtained proving that the proposed methods were not only simple and accessible but also accurate. PMID:23683353

  16. In situ synthesis of TiH{sub 2} layer on metallic titanium foil through gaseous hydrogen free acid-hydrothermal method

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    Ren, Na; Wang, Guancong; Liu, Hong; Ohachi, Tadashi

    2014-02-01

    Graphical abstract: The reaction mechanism for in situ synthesizing TiH{sub 2} layer on titanium foil by a gaseous hydrogen free acid-hydrothermal methodology. - Highlights: • A dense TiH{sub 2} layer is synthesized by a hydrogen free acid-hydrothermal method. • Hydrogen in a TiH{sub 2} layer synthesized can release at low temperature. • During the dehydrogenation process, there is no any intermediate phase forming. • We report a method of low-cost, low-risk and convenience toward productive TiH{sub 2}. - Abstract: A novel strategy for synthesis of TiH{sub 2} layer on surface of metallic titanium by using an acid-hydrothermal method was proposed. During the synthesis process, no any elemental hydrogen was involved. X-ray powder diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy results confirmed that a TiH{sub 2} layer of 20 μm thickness on a Ti foil surface can be formed in situ by an interface reaction of metallic titanium with sulfuric acid solution, hydrochloric acid, or phosphoric acid, which is a hydrogen self-storage process. By tuning reaction parameters, for example, concentration of acid, composition and morphology of TiH{sub 2}-Ti hybrid materials can be adjusted. The TiH{sub 2} layer on a metallic titanium surface can be decompounded completely heated below 400 °C. This convenient, safe and low-cost method is a promising gaseous hydrogen free approach for the synthesis of hydride-based hydrogen storage materials.

  17. A simple method to predict body temperature of small reptiles from environmental temperature.

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    Vickers, Mathew; Schwarzkopf, Lin

    2016-05-01

    To study behavioral thermoregulation, it is useful to use thermal sensors and physical models to collect environmental temperatures that are used to predict organism body temperature. Many techniques involve expensive or numerous types of sensors (cast copper models, or temperature, humidity, radiation, and wind speed sensors) to collect the microhabitat data necessary to predict body temperatures. Expense and diversity of requisite sensors can limit sampling resolution and accessibility of these methods. We compare body temperature predictions of small lizards from iButtons, DS18B20 sensors, and simple copper models, in both laboratory and natural conditions. Our aim was to develop an inexpensive yet accurate method for body temperature prediction. Either method was applicable given appropriate parameterization of the heat transfer equation used. The simplest and cheapest method was DS18B20 sensors attached to a small recording computer. There was little if any deficit in precision or accuracy compared to other published methods. We show how the heat transfer equation can be parameterized, and it can also be used to predict body temperature from historically collected data, allowing strong comparisons between current and previous environmental temperatures using the most modern techniques. Our simple method uses very cheap sensors and loggers to extensively sample habitat temperature, improving our understanding of microhabitat structure and thermal variability with respect to small ectotherms. While our method was quite precise, we feel any potential loss in accuracy is offset by the increase in sample resolution, important as it is increasingly apparent that, particularly for small ectotherms, habitat thermal heterogeneity is the strongest influence on transient body temperature. PMID:27252829

  18. Dansylation metabolite assay: a simple and rapid method for sample amount normalization in metabolomics.

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    Wu, Yiman; Li, Liang

    2014-10-01

    Metabolomics involves the comparison of the metabolomes of individual samples from two or more groups to reveal the metabolic differences. In order to measure the metabolite concentration differences accurately, using the same amount of starting materials is essential. In this work, we describe a simple and rapid method for sample amount normalization. It is based on dansylation labeling of the amine and phenol submetabolome of an individual sample, followed by solvent extraction of the labeled metabolites and ultraviolet (UV) absorbance measurement using a microplate reader. A calibration curve of a mixture of 17 dansyl-labeled amino acid standards is used to determine the total concentration of the labeled metabolites in a sample. According to the measured concentrations of individual samples, the volume of an aliquot taken from each sample is adjusted so that the same sample amount is taken for subsequent metabolome comparison. As an example of applications, this dansylation metabolite assay method is shown to be useful in comparative metabolome analysis of two different E. coli strains using a differential chemical isotope labeling LC-MS platform. Because of the low cost of equipment and reagents and the simple procedure used in the assay, this method can be readily implemented. We envisage that, this assay, which is analogous to the bicinchoninic acid (BCA) protein assay widely used in proteomics, will be applicable to many types of samples for quantitative metabolomics. PMID:25215550

  19. A simple cytogenetic method to detect chromosomally integrated human herpesvirus-6.

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    Ohye, Tamae; Kawamura, Yoshiki; Inagaki, Hidehito; Yoshikawa, Akiko; Ihira, Masaru; Yoshikawa, Tetsushi; Kurahashi, Hiroki

    2016-02-01

    Some healthy individuals carry human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) within a host chromosome, which is called inherited chromosomally integrated human herpesvirus-6 (iciHHV-6). Because iciHHV-6 is generally considered a non-pathogenic condition, it is important to distinguish iciHHV-6 from HHV-6 reactivation in immunocompromised hosts because both conditions manifest high copy numbers of the HHV-6 in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Although fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) is a reliable method for the diagnosis of iciHHV-6, HHV-6-specific FISH probes are not commercially available. In our present study, we established a simple PCR-based method for producing FISH probes that can detect the chromosomal integration site of iciHHV-6 at high sensitivity. Using these probes, we confirmed that HHV-6 signals were consistently located at the telomeric region in all of the 13 iciHHV-6 individuals examined. Interestingly, in all seven Japanese iciHHV-6A patients, signals were detected exclusively on chromosome 22q. This method provides a simple and fast approach for iciHHV-6 diagnosis in the clinical laboratory. PMID:26549829

  20. A Simple Method for Multi-Day Imaging of Slice Cultures

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    Seidl, Armin H.; Rubel, Edwin W

    2009-01-01

    The organotypic slice culture (Stoppini et al., 1991) has become the method of choice to answer a variety of questions in neuroscience. For many experiments however, it would be beneficial to image or manipulate a slice culture repeatedly, for example over the course of many days. We prepared organotypic slice cultures of the auditory brainstem of P3 and P4 mice and kept them in vitro for up to 4 weeks. Single cells in the auditory brainstem were transfected with plasmids expressing fluorescent proteins by way of electroporation (Haas et al., 2001). The culture was then placed in a chamber perfused with oxygenated ACSF and the labeled cell imaged with an inverted wide-field microscope repeatedly for multiple days, recording several time-points per day, before returning the slice to the incubator. We describe a simple method to image a slice culture preparation over to the course of multiple days and over many continuous hours, without noticeable damage to the tissue or photobleaching. Our method employs a simple, inexpensive custom-built insulator constructed around the microscope to maintain controlled temperature, and uses a perfusion chamber as used for in vitro slice recordings. PMID:19565635

  1. A simple method of chromium coating using a ferrotype plate for scanning electron microscopy.

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    Mitsushima, A; Inoué, T

    1993-12-01

    A simple method of chromium coating was developed. A chromium ferrotype plate for drying photoprints was used as a target of a planar magnetron ion-sputter coater. As a result, a high quality chromium film was obtained on dried specimens at room temperature without cooling. The grain size, measuring 1-2 nm in diameter, was small enough for observations of ultrastructures such as F1 particles on the inner mitochondrial membrane. In routine studies under x 100,000, however, chromium coating was not recommended because of its low emission of secondary electrons. PMID:8176338

  2. A simple depression-filling method for raster and irregular elevation datasets

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    Huang, Pin-Chun; Lee, Kwan Tun

    2015-12-01

    A variety of methods have been developed to process digital elevation models (DEMs) in order to extract morphological properties of land surfaces. Almost all rely on depression filling to facilitate drainage analysis. This study proposes an intuitive and relatively simple depression-filling algorithm, which is readily applicable to raster and irregular datasets. In this study, topographic data of two watershed areas were provided to test the capability of this new algorithm. The results show that the proposed algorithm can accurately identify the locations of depressions and efficiently assign pseudo flow directions across the filled depressions.

  3. Preparation of nanocrystalline bredigite powders with apatite-forming ability by a simple combustion method

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    Huang Xianghui; Chang Jiang

    2008-06-03

    Nanocrystalline bredigite (Ca{sub 7}MgSi{sub 4}O{sub 16}) powders were synthesized by a simple solution combustion method. Phase pure bredigite powders with particle sizes ranging from 234 to 463 nm could be obtained at a relatively low temperature of 650 deg. C. The apatite-forming ability of the bredigite powders was examined by soaking them in a stimulated body fluid. The compositional and morphological changes of the powders before and after soaking were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy and the results showed that hydroxyapatite was formed after soaking for 4 days.

  4. PICPANTHER: A simple, concise implementation of the relativistic moment implicit particle-in-cell method

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    Kempf, Andreas; Kilian, Patrick; Ganse, Urs; Schreiner, Cedric; Spanier, Felix

    2015-03-01

    A three-dimensional, parallelized implementation of the electromagnetic relativistic moment implicit particle-in-cell method in Cartesian geometry (Noguchi et al., 2007) is presented. Particular care was taken to keep the C++11 codebase simple, concise, and approachable. GMRES is used as a field solver and during the Newton-Krylov iteration of the particle pusher. Drifting Maxwellian problem setups are available while more complex simulations can be implemented easily. Several test runs are described and the code's numerical and computational performance is examined. Weak scaling on the SuperMUC system is discussed and found suitable for large-scale production runs.

  5. A simple method for the addition of rotenone in Arabidopsis thaliana leaves

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    Maliandi, María V; Rius, Sebastián P; Busi, María V; Gomez-Casati, Diego F

    2015-01-01

    A simple and reproducible method for the treatment of Arabidopsis thaliana leaves with rotenone is presented. Rosette leaves were incubated with rotenone and Triton X-100 for at least 15 h. Treated leaves showed increased expression of COX19 and BCS1a, 2 genes known to be induced in Arabidopsis cell cultures after rotenone treatment. Moreover, rotenone/Triton X-100 incubated leaves presented an inhibition of oxygen uptake. The simplicity of the procedure shows this methodology is useful for studying the effect of the addition of rotenone to a photosynthetic tissue in situ. PMID:26357865

  6. A simple method for creating a robust optical vortex beam with a single cylinder lens

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    Nam, Hannarae Annie; Cohen, Martin G.; Noé, John W.

    2011-06-01

    We describe a simple method for creating Laguerre-Gauss (LG) optical vortex beams from Hermite-Gauss (HG) modes with a single cylinder lens. The diverging vortex created by the cylinder lens has the correct intensity distribution in the far-field but its residual longitudinal astigmatism causes the vortex to revert to the original HG mode when it is brought to a focus. We show that an appropriate small tilt of the focusing lens can prevent this effect by introducing a compensating astigmatism. The corrected vortex is a good approximation to an exact LG mode and should be useful for a variety of demonstrations and experiments.

  7. A simple method for reconstruction of severely damaged primary anterior teeth

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    Eshghi, Alireza; Esfahan, Raha Kowsari; Khoroushi, Maryam

    2011-01-01

    Restoration of severely decayed primary anterior teeth is often considered as a special challenge by pedodontists. This case report presents a 5-year-old boy with severely damaged maxillary right canine. Subsequent to root canal treatment, a reversed (upside-down) metal post was put into the canal and composite build-up was performed. This new method offers a simple, practical and effective procedure for reconstruction of severely decayed primary anterior teeth, which re-establishes function and esthetics for time the tooth should be present and functional in the child's mouth. PMID:22135694

  8. A simple and effective method for vegetative propagation of an endangered medicinal plant Salacia oblonga Wall.

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    Deepak, K G K; Suneetha, G; Surekha, Ch

    2016-01-01

    Salacia oblonga Wall. is an endangered medicinal plant whose conservation is urgently needed, as it is extensively used in the Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine to treat diabetes mellitus. This study shows an easy, effective and simple method of conserving genetic identity and producing elite clones of S. oblonga through vegetative propagation. Vegetative propagation was achieved using roots (R), stems with leaves (SL) and stems without leaves (S) with different concentrations (0-500 ppm) of indole butyric acid (IBA). Explants S and SL showed maximum shooting response with 300 ppm IBA and explant R showed maximum response with 200 ppm IBA. PMID:26267809

  9. A simple method for the addition of rotenone in Arabidopsis thaliana leaves.

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    Maliandi, María V; Rius, Sebastián P; Busi, María V; Gomez-Casati, Diego F

    2015-01-01

    A simple and reproducible method for the treatment of Arabidopsis thaliana leaves with rotenone is presented. Rosette leaves were incubated with rotenone and Triton X-100 for at least 15 h. Treated leaves showed increased expression of COX19 and BCS1a, 2 genes known to be induced in Arabidopsis cell cultures after rotenone treatment. Moreover, rotenone/Triton X-100 incubated leaves presented an inhibition of oxygen uptake. The simplicity of the procedure shows this methodology is useful for studying the effect of the addition of rotenone to a photosynthetic tissue in situ. PMID:26357865

  10. EVALUATIONS BY QUESTIONNAIRES ABOUT SIMPLE METHODS OF SEISMIC STRENGTHENING AND SETBACK OF HOUSES

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    Mizuno, Norio; Miyajima, Masakatsu

    Law on promotion of renovation for earthquake-resistant structures was revised in 2006. Since then administrative agencies have been promoting seismic diagnosis and retrofit of houses. But citizens living in densely built-up areas cannot rebuild their houses because of their economic reasons and Building Standards Act regulations. Therefore, we conducted questionnaire surveys of construction companies located in Ishikawa Prefecture and citizens living in Kanazawa City. The results of surveys show that many construction companies are not in favor of simple method of seismic retrofit, and that width of roads hardly influence the citizens' consciousness to renovation for earthquake-resistant structures.

  11. Simple method for measuring vibration amplitude of high power airborne ultrasonic transducer: using thermo-couple.

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    Saffar, Saber; Abdullah, Amir

    2014-03-01

    Vibration amplitude of transducer's elements is the influential parameters in the performance of high power airborne ultrasonic transducers to control the optimum vibration without material yielding. The vibration amplitude of elements of provided high power airborne transducer was determined by measuring temperature of the provided high power airborne transducer transducer's elements. The results showed that simple thermocouples can be used both to measure the vibration amplitude of transducer's element and an indicator to power transmission to the air. To verify our approach, the power transmission to the air has been investigated by other common method experimentally. The experimental results displayed good agreement with presented approach. PMID:24246149

  12. Note: A simple image processing based fiducial auto-alignment method for sample registration.

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    Robertson, Wesley D; Porto, Lucas R; Ip, Candice J X; Nantel, Megan K T; Tellkamp, Friedjof; Lu, Yinfei; Miller, R J Dwayne

    2015-08-01

    A simple method for the location and auto-alignment of sample fiducials for sample registration using widely available MATLAB/LabVIEW software is demonstrated. The method is robust, easily implemented, and applicable to a wide variety of experiment types for improved reproducibility and increased setup speed. The software uses image processing to locate and measure the diameter and center point of circular fiducials for distance self-calibration and iterative alignment and can be used with most imaging systems. The method is demonstrated to be fast and reliable in locating and aligning sample fiducials, provided here by a nanofabricated array, with accuracy within the optical resolution of the imaging system. The software was further demonstrated to register, load, and sample the dynamically wetted array. PMID:26329245

  13. A simple, low-cost staining method for rapid-throughput analysis of tumor spheroids

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    Eckerdt, Frank; Alvarez, Angel; Bell, Jonathan; Arvanitis, Constadina; Iqbal, Asneha; Arslan, Ahmet D.; Hu, Bo; Cheng, Shi-Yuan; Goldman, Stewart; Platanias, Leonidas C.

    2016-01-01

    Tumor spheroids are becoming an important tool for the investigation of cancer stem cell (CSC) function in tumors; thus, low-cost and high-throughput methods for drug screening of tumor spheroids are needed. Using neurospheres as non-adherent three-dimensional (3-D) cultures, we developed a simple, low-cost acridine orange (AO)–based method that allows for rapid analysis of live neurospheres by fluorescence microscopy in a 96-well format. This assay measures the cross-section area of a spheroid, which corresponds to cell viability. Our novel method allows rapid screening of a panel of anti-proliferative drugs to assess inhibitory effects on the growth of cancer stem cells in 3-D cultures. PMID:26757811

  14. Note: A simple charge neutralization method for measuring the secondary electron yield of insulators

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    Weng, Ming Cao, Meng; Zhao, Hong-Juan; Zhang, Hai-Bo

    2014-03-15

    We report on a simple and effective charge neutralization method for measuring the total electron-induced secondary electron yield of insulators in a measurement system with a single pulsed electron gun. In this method, the secondary electron collector is negatively biased with respect to the sample to force some emitted secondary electrons to return to the sample surface and therefore to neutralize positive charges accumulated in the sample during the previous measurement. The adequate negative bias is determined and the equilibrium state of negative charging is discussed. The efficacy of the method is demonstrated by the measured electron yields in the cases with and without charge neutralization and by comparison with existing electron yield data of polyimide.

  15. A simple method for correcting spatially resolved solar intensity oscillation observations for variations in scattered light

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    Jefferies, S. M.; Duvall, T. L., Jr.

    1991-01-01

    A measurement of the intensity distribution in an image of the solar disk will be corrupted by a spatial redistribution of the light that is caused by the earth's atmosphere and the observing instrument. A simple correction method is introduced here that is applicable for solar p-mode intensity observations obtained over a period of time in which there is a significant change in the scattering component of the point spread function. The method circumvents the problems incurred with an accurate determination of the spatial point spread function and its subsequent deconvolution from the observations. The method only corrects the spherical harmonic coefficients that represent the spatial frequencies present in the image and does not correct the image itself.

  16. A simple method for wind tunnel balance calibration including non-linear interaction terms

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    Ramaswamy, M. A.; Srinivas, T.; Holla, V. S.

    The conventional method for calibrating wind tunnel balances to obtain the coupled linear and nonlinear interaction terms requires the application of combinations of pure components of the loads on the calibration body compensating the deflection of the balance. For a six-component balance, this calls for a complex loading system and an arrangement to translate and tilt the balance support about all three axes. A simple method called the least-square method is illustrated for a three-component balance. The simplicity arises from the fact that application of the pure components of the loads or reorientation of the balance is not required. A single load is applied that has various components whose magnitudes can be easily found knowing the orientation of the calibration body under load and the point of application of the load. The coefficients are obtained by using the least-square-fit approach to match the outputs obtained for various combinations of load.

  17. A simple versatile method for measuring tail cuff systolic blood pressure in conscious rats.

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    Widdop, R E; Li, X C

    1997-09-01

    1. The non-invasive measurement of tail cuff systolic blood pressure in conscious rats is routinely used in long-term cardiovascular studies. There are a number of commercially available tail cuff systems, however, these apparatus are generally expensive and are dedicated for single-task operations. In the present study, a simple method for measuring systolic blood pressure, which requires only minor modifications to the existing hardware found in most cardiovascular laboratories, is described. 2. Systolic blood pressure measurements were made in the conventional manner by determining the systolic blood pressure which coincided with the restoration of the caudal artery pulse. This was achieved by using an inexpensive piezo-electric pulse transducer to detect the pulse, and this was coupled to a standard data-acquisition system (MacLab, ADInstruments) normally set up to record blood pressure. This method was compared with another established tail cuff method, as well as with direct intra-arterial recordings. 3. It was found that the results obtained using both tail cuff systems were in good agreement when systolic blood pressure was measured in Wistar-Kyoto rats and spontaneously hypertensive rats. In addition, systolic blood pressure was measured over 4 weeks in 2K1C rats and sham-operated rats, with both tail cuff methods producing similar results, which were not significantly different from direct intra-arterial recordings in the same animals. 4. Thus, in the present study, with only minor modifications, the same equipment was used for both direct and indirect determinations of systolic blood pressure. This situation differs from other conventional tail cuff systems since these items are designed for a single purpose. Therefore, the current method using piezo-electric sensor/MacLab-technology should be viewed as a relatively simple, flexible and cheap alternative method to measure tail cuff systolic blood pressure in conscious rats. PMID:9337632

  18. Simple isocratic method for simultaneous determination of caffeine and catechins in tea products by HPLC.

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    Fernando, Chamira Dilanka; Soysa, Preethi

    2016-01-01

    Tea is a popular beverage almost all over the world. Many studies show that tea consumption is closely associated with positive health impact. Most of the HPLC methods used for the determination of tea constituents include gradient elution systems which involve expensive instrumentation. The objective of this study was to develop a simple, rapid precise and low cost HPLC method for the separation and quantification of catechins and caffeine in tea (Camellia sinensis). The method utilizes a phenyl column (2.1 × 150 mm) with a UV-detector (280 nm) where excellent chromatographic separation of tea components i.e. gallic acid (GA), caffeine (Caf), epicatechin (EC) and (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) was achieved. The isocratic elution system of acetonitrile, glacial acetic acid and deionized water (8:1:91 v/v/v) at a flow rate of 0.5 mL/min was involved. This method produced excellent accuracy and precision. Within run and between run precision was less than 7.5 %. The equations for calibration curves were y = 0.117 (±0.010)x + 0.173 (±0.024), y = 0.100 (±0.003)x + 0.045 (±0.019), y = 0.016 (±0.001)x + 0.006 (±0.004), y = 0.025 (±0.001)x-0.025 (±0.007) for GA, Caf, EC and EGCG respectively. The method validation parameters prove that the method is efficient, a simple and adequate for the quantitative determination of principal components in tea samples. PMID:27429880

  19. A simple method of observation impact analysis for operational storm surge forecasting systems

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    Sumihar, Julius; Verlaan, Martin

    2016-04-01

    In this work, a simple method is developed for analyzing the impact of assimilating observations in improving forecast accuracy of a model. The method simply makes use of observation time series and the corresponding model output that are generated without data assimilation. These two time series are usually available in an operational database. The method is therefore easy to implement. Moreover, it can be used before actually implementing any data assimilation to the forecasting system. In this respect, it can be used as a tool for designing a data assimilation system, namely for searching for an optimal observing network. The method can also be used as a diagnostic tool, for example, for evaluating an existing operational data assimilation system to check if all observations are contributing positively to the forecast accuracy. The method has been validated with some twin experiments using a simple one-dimensional advection model as well as with an operational storm surge forecasting system based on the Dutch Continental Shelf model version 5 (DCSMv5). It has been applied for evaluating the impact of observations in the operational data assimilation system with DCSMv5 and for designing a data assimilation system for the new model DCSMv6. References: Verlaan, M. and J. Sumihar (2016), Observation impact analysis methods for storm surge forecasting systems, Ocean Dynamics, ODYN-D-15-00061R1 (in press) Zijl, F., J. Sumihar, and M. Verlaan (2015), Application of data assimilation for improved operational water level forecasting of the northwest European shelf and North Sea, Ocean Dynamics, 65, Issue 12, pp 1699-1716.

  20. Critical behavior near the ferromagnetic - paramagnetic phase transition in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3+d nanowires synthesized by hydrothermal method

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    Datta, Subarna; Ghosh, Barnali

    2015-06-01

    We report here the synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties of functional oxide nanowire (NW) of hole doped manganite La0.7Sr0.3MnO3+d (LSMO). The nanowires (NWs) are fabricated by hydrothermal method using autoclave at a temperature of 240°C. Due to size reduction of the NWs the volume of the unit cell decreases ~ 1% with respect to the bulk La0.7Sr0.3MnO3. The LSMO NWs have a ferromagnetic - paramagnetic transition temperature or Curie temperature (TC) at 311 K and it shows second order phase transition at TC as seen in bulk.

  1. Simple and efficient methods for enrichment and isolation of endonuclease modified cells.

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    Moriarity, Branden S; Rahrmann, Eric P; Beckmann, Dominic A; Conboy, Caitlin B; Watson, Adrienne L; Carlson, Daniel F; Olson, Erik R; Hyland, Kendra A; Fahrenkrug, Scott C; McIvor, R Scott; Largaespada, David A

    2014-01-01

    The advent of Transcription Activator-Like Effector Nucleases (TALENs), and similar technologies such as CRISPR, provide a straightforward and cost effective option for targeted gene knockout (KO). Yet, there is still a need for methods that allow for enrichment and isolation of modified cells for genetic studies and therapeutics based on gene modified human cells. We have developed and validated two methods for simple enrichment and isolation of single or multiplex gene KO's in transformed, immortalized, and human progenitor cells. These methods rely on selection of a phenotypic change such as resistance to a particular drug or ability to grow in a selective environment. The first method, termed co-transposition, utilizes integration of a piggyBac transposon vector encoding a drug resistance gene. The second method, termed co-targeting, utilizes TALENs to KO any gene that when lost induces a selectable phenotype. Using these methods we also show removal of entire genes and demonstrate that TALENs function in human CD34+ progenitor cells. Further, co-transposition can be used to generate conditional KO cell lines utilizing an inducible cDNA rescue transposon vector. These methods allow for robust enrichment and isolation of KO cells in a rapid and efficient manner. PMID:24798371

  2. A simple method for the formalin fixation of lungs in toxicological pathology studies.

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    Qu, Wen-Sheng; Yin, Ji-Ye; Wang, He-Mei; Dong, Yan-Sheng; Ding, Ri-Gao

    2015-10-01

    Optimized lung preparation for detailed structural evaluation is required to improve consistency in preclinical safety evaluation, differences of opinion exist among regulatory agency personnel regarding the optimal methods for routine formalin fixation of lungs from rodent toxicology studies. The simple tracheal ligation fixation method emphasizes tracheal ligation before opening the thorax instead of attempting to re-inflate after lung collapse when opening the thorax. Photomicrographs of this method demonstrated an unprecedented ability to maintain the natural lung architecture, in contrast to the unavoidable changes in the alveolar environment by the intratracheal instillation and vascular perfusion methods. In addition, a comparison of fixation methods on lung morphology in a rodent model of LPS-induced acute lung injury demonstrated that the tracheal ligation fixation method may provide a standard approach for morphometry. Additionally, a TUNEL assay was used to determine the degree of autolysis, which revealed that the autolysis was insignificant in the central areas of each lobe of the lung compared to the lung periphery by tracheal ligation fixation. In conclusion, our novel modified method, which avoids the disadvantages of generating artifacts, fulfills the requirement of preserving the clear, natural morphology of the lung making it suitable and worthy of recommendation for toxicological studies in a good laboratory practice (GLP) lab. PMID:26388042

  3. Simple and Economical Method to Create Thoracolumbar Burst Fracture in a Calf Spine Model

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    Sekharappa, Vijay

    2016-01-01

    Study Design Calf spine model study. Purpose To describe a technique of creating thoracolumbar burst fractures in calf spine model by low weight drop weight. Overview of Literature Burst fractures are one of the commonest types of thoracolumbar fractures and their treatment is controversial. Biomechanical studies aid in the decision of treatment of these fractures. A simple method of creation of burst fractures would help these biomechanical studies. Methods Ten specimens of thoracolumbar spines harvested from 6–8 week old calves were weakened at the target vertebra by standardized osteotomy cuts. Burst fractures were created by dropping a 5-kg of weight from a height of 1.2 m using an in-house device. An accelerometer attached to the weight measured the acceleration at the point of impact. Results Average weight and bone mineral density of the specimens was 390 g and 0.67 g/cm2, respectively. Computed tomography scan analysis of the fractures revealed McCormack grade 2 and grade 3 fractures in 5 and 3 specimens, respectively, Dennis type 2B in 4, type 2A burst fractures in 5 specimens and fracture dislocation in 1 specimen, AO type A3.1.1 in 4 specimens, type A3.2.2 in 4 and type A3.3.3 in 2 specimens. Vertical laminar split fracture was seen in 6 specimens. Average acceleration and energy at impact was 9.04 m/sec and 54.24 Nm, respectively. Conclusions We describe a technique to create thoracolumbar burst fractures in calf spine by a drop weight method using a device that is simple to operate and easy to construct. The method is consistent and produces fractures similar to those occurring naturally, and can be considered as an alternative method for creating burst fractures in biomechanical studies. PMID:26949452

  4. A simple iterative method for estimating evapotranspiration with integrated surface/subsurface flow models

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    Hwang, H.-T.; Park, Y.-J.; Frey, S. K.; Berg, S. J.; Sudicky, E. A.

    2015-12-01

    This work presents an iterative, water balance based approach to estimate actual evapotranspiration (ET) with integrated surface/subsurface flow models. Traditionally, groundwater level fluctuation methods have been widely accepted and used for estimating ET and net groundwater recharge; however, in watersheds where interactions between surface and subsurface flow regimes are highly dynamic, the traditional method may be overly simplistic. Here, an innovative methodology is derived and demonstrated for using the water balance equation in conjunction with a fully-integrated surface and subsurface hydrologic model (HydroGeoSphere) in order to estimate ET at watershed and sub-watershed scales. The method invokes a simple and robust iterative numerical solution. For the proof of concept demonstrations, the method is used to estimate ET for a simple synthetic watershed and then for a real, highly-characterized 7000 km2 watershed in Southern Ontario, Canada (Grand River Watershed). The results for the Grand River Watershed show that with three to five iterations, the solution converges to a result where there is less than 1% relative error in stream flow calibration at 16 stream gauging stations. The spatially-averaged ET estimated using the iterative method shows a high level of agreement (R2 = 0.99) with that from a benchmark case simulated with an ET model embedded directly in HydroGeoSphere. The new approach presented here is applicable to any watershed that is suited for integrated surface water/groundwater flow modelling and where spatially-averaged ET estimates are useful for calibrating modelled stream discharge.

  5. Structural and electrical properties of TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles synthesized by hydrothermal method

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    Vlazan, P.; Ursu, D.H.; Irina-Moisescu, C.; Miron, I.; Sfirloaga, P.; Rusu, E.

    2015-03-15

    TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by hydrothermal method in two stages: first stage is the hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles and second stage the obtained ZnO nanoparticles are encapsulated in TiO{sub 2}. The obtained ZnO, TiO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Brunauer, Emmett, Teller and resistance measurements. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed the presence of both, TiO{sub 2} and ZnO phases in TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles. According to transmission electron microscopy images, ZnO nanoparticles have hexagonal shapes, TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles have a spherical shape, and TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles present agglomerates and the shape of particles is not well defined. The activation energy of TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles was about 101 meV. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles were synthesized by hydrothermal method. • TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles were investigated by means of XRD, TEM and BET. • Electrical properties of TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles were investigated. • The activation energy of TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles was about E{sub a} = 101 meV.

  6. A simple plasmid-based transient gene expression method using High Five cells.

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    Shen, Xiao; Pitol, Ana K; Bachmann, Virginie; Hacker, David L; Baldi, Lucia; Wurm, Florian M

    2015-12-20

    The High Five (H5) cell line, derived from the lepidopteran Trichoplusia ni, is one of the major insect cell hosts for the production of recombinant proteins using the baculovirus expression vector system (BEVS). Here, we describe a simple polyethylenimine (PEI)-based transient gene expression (TGE) process for the rapid production of recombinant proteins from suspension-adapted H5 cells. The method was optimized using two model proteins, enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) and human tumor necrosis factor receptor-Fc fusion protein (TNFR-Fc). After screening several promoter and enhancer combinations for high levels of TNFR:Fc production, an expression vector containing the Autographa californica multicapsid nucleopolyhedrovirus immediate early 1 (ie1) promoter and homologous region 5 (hr5) enhancer was selected. Cells were transfected at a density of 2×10(6) cells/mL by direct addition of DNA and PEI. Under optimized conditions, a 90% transfection efficiency (percentage of EGFP-positive cells) was obtained. In addition, we observed volumetric TNFR-Fc yields over 150μg/mL within 4 days of transfection. The method was found to be reproducible and scalable to 300mL. This plasmid-based transient transfection process is a simple and efficient alternative to the BEVS for recombinant protein production in H5 cells. PMID:26476358

  7. A simple method of independent treatment time verification in gamma knife radiosurgery using integral dose

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    Jin Jianyue; Drzymala, Robert; Li Zuofeng

    2004-12-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop a simple independent dose calculation method to verify treatment plans for Leksell Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Our approach uses the total integral dose within the skull as an end point for comparison. The total integral dose is computed using a spreadsheet and is compared to that obtained from Leksell GammaPlan registered . It is calculated as the sum of the integral doses of 201 beams, each passing through a cylindrical volume. The average length of the cylinders is estimated from the Skull-Scaler measurement data taken before treatment. Correction factors are applied to the length of the cylinder depending on the location of a shot in the skull. The radius of the cylinder corresponds to the collimator aperture of the helmet, with a correction factor for the beam penumbra and scattering. We have tested our simple spreadsheet program using treatment plans of 40 patients treated with Gamma Knife registered in our center. These patients differ in geometry, size, lesion locations, collimator helmet, and treatment complexities. Results show that differences between our calculations and treatment planning results are typically within {+-}3%, with a maximum difference of {+-}3.8%. We demonstrate that our spreadsheet program is a convenient and effective independent method to verify treatment planning irradiation times prior to implementation of Gamma Knife radiosurgery.

  8. Aerosol and trace gas profile retrievals from MAX-DOAS observations using simple least squares methods

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    Wagner, Thomas; Beirles, Steffen; Shaiganfar, Reza

    2010-05-01

    Multi-AXis (MAX-) DOAS observations have become a widely used technique for the retrieval of atmospheric profiles of trace gases and aerosols. Since the information content of MAX-DOAS observations is limited, usually optimal estimation techniques are used for profile inversion, and a-priori assumptions are needed. In contrast, in our retrieval we limit the retrieved parameter to few basic profile parameters (e.g. profile shape and integrated column density), which are retrieved without further a-priori assumptions. The retrieval is instead based on simple least squares methods. Despite the simple retrieval scheme, our method has the advantage that it is very robust and stable. It also yields the most important parameters with good accuracy (e.g. total aerosol optical depth, total tropospheric trace gas column density, surface aerosol extinction, surface trace gas mixing ratio). Some of these parameters can even be retrieved for cloudy conditions. We present MAX-DOAS results from two measurement campaigns: The CINDI campaign in Cabauw, The Netherlands, in 2009 and the FORMAT campaign in Milano, Italy, in 2003. Results for aerosols, NO2, and HCHO, are presented and compared to independent measurements.

  9. A simple method for the determination of effective rain cell dimensions and orientation

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    Hodge, D. B.

    1973-01-01

    A simple method is proposed for the determination of effective rain cell dimensions and orientation. Two rain cell models were considered: the circular cell and the elliptical cell. In both models it is assumed that the rain rate is constant throughout the cell, that all cell locations are equally likely, and that the cell dimensions depend upon the rain rate. It is then shown that the effective cell dimensions and orientation may be deduced from rain rate statistics accumulated at two or three closely spaced sites, depending upon the model chosen. The results of this study alone with previous estimates of rain cell dimension indicate that the rain rate measurement points should be spaced on the order of one-half kilometer apart. The proposed method is simple and relatively inexpensive; thus, this approach is readily suited to the study of the dependence of rain cell size and orientation upon climatic region. The resulting rain cell characteristics are of direct value in the prediction of millimeter wavelength attenuation statistics on both single-terminal and diversity earth-space propagation paths as well as point-to-point terrestrial links.

  10. A Simple Transmission Electron Microscopy Method for Fast Thickness Characterization of Suspended Graphene and Graphite Flakes.

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    Rubino, Stefano; Akhtar, Sultan; Leifer, Klaus

    2016-02-01

    We present a simple, fast method for thickness characterization of suspended graphene/graphite flakes that is based on transmission electron microscopy (TEM). We derive an analytical expression for the intensity of the transmitted electron beam I 0(t), as a function of the specimen thickness t (t<λ; where λ is the absorption constant for graphite). We show that in thin graphite crystals the transmitted intensity is a linear function of t. Furthermore, high-resolution (HR) TEM simulations are performed to obtain λ for a 001 zone axis orientation, in a two-beam case and in a low symmetry orientation. Subsequently, HR (used to determine t) and bright-field (to measure I 0(0) and I 0(t)) images were acquired to experimentally determine λ. The experimental value measured in low symmetry orientation matches the calculated value (i.e., λ=225±9 nm). The simulations also show that the linear approximation is valid up to a sample thickness of 3-4 nm regardless of the orientation and up to several ten nanometers for a low symmetry orientation. When compared with standard techniques for thickness determination of graphene/graphite, the method we propose has the advantage of being simple and fast, requiring only the acquisition of bright-field images. PMID:26915000

  11. A simple two-step method to fabricate highly transparent ITO/polymer nanocomposite films

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    Liu, Haitao; Zeng, Xiaofei; Kong, Xiangrong; Bian, Shuguang; Chen, Jianfeng

    2012-09-01

    Transparent functional indium tin oxide (ITO)/polymer nanocomposite films were fabricated via a simple approach with two steps. Firstly, the functional monodisperse ITO nanoparticles were synthesized via a facile nonaqueous solvothermal method using bifunctional chemical agent (N-methyl-pyrrolidone, NMP) as the reaction solvent and surface modifier. Secondly, the ITO/acrylics polyurethane (PUA) nanocomposite films were fabricated by a simple sol-solution mixing method without any further surface modification step as often employed traditionally. Flower-like ITO nanoclusters with about 45 nm in diameter were mono-dispersed in ethyl acetate and each nanocluster was assembled by nearly spherical nanoparticles with primary size of 7-9 nm in diameter. The ITO nanoclusters exhibited an excellent dispersibility in polymer matrix of PUA, remaining their original size without any further agglomeration. When the loading content of ITO nanoclusters reached to 5 wt%, the transparent functional nanocomposite film featured a high transparency more than 85% in the visible light region (at 550 nm), meanwhile cutting off near-infrared radiation about 50% at 1500 nm and blocking UV ray about 45% at 350 nm. It could be potential for transparent functional coating materials applications.

  12. A simple and effective method to encapsulate tobacco mesophyll protoplasts to maintain cell viability.

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    Lei, Rong; Qiao, Wenjie; Hu, Fan; Jiang, Hongshan; Zhu, Shuifang

    2015-01-01

    Protoplasts have been widely used for genetic transformation, cell fusion, and somatic mutation due to the absence of a cell wall. However, without the protection of a cell wall, protoplasts are easy to rupture and aggregate during washing, collecting, and gene transfection. In this work, we propose a simple and effective silica/alginate two-step method to immobilize protoplasts with advantages in experimental manipulation and microscopic imaging, as well as in potentially studying cell biological processes such as secretion and metabolism. The proposed two-step immobilization method adopts Transwell with clear tissue culture-treated membrane to support protoplasts in the form of uniform thin layer, which has three unique properties. •The tissue culture-treated membrane has a good affinity for the plant cell; thus, protoplasts can spread evenly and form a very thin layer.•There are more choices for membrane pore size, depending on the application.•It is very convenient to change or collect the solution without mechanically disturbing the protoplasts. This simple and effective silica sol-gel/alginate two-step immobilization of protoplasts in Transwell has great potential for applications in genetic transformation, metabolite production, and migration assays. PMID:26150968

  13. Development of a simple cell lysis method for recombinant DNA using bacteriophage lambda lysis genes.

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    Jang, Boyun; Jung, Yuna; Lim, Dongbin

    2007-12-01

    In this study, we describe the development of a simple and efficient method for cell lysis via the insertion of a bacteriophage lambda lysis gene cluster into the pET22b expression vector in the following order; the T7 promoter, a gene for a target protein intended for production, Sam7 and R. This insertion of R and Sam7 into pET22b exerted no detrimental effects on cellular growth or the production of a target protein. The induction of the T7 promoter did not in itself result in the autolysis of cells in culture but the harvested cells were readily broken by freezing and thawing. We compared the efficiency of the cell lysis technique by freezing and thawing to that observed with sonication, and determined that both methods completely disintegrated the cells and released proteins into the solution. With our modification of pET22b, the lysis of cells became quite simple, efficient, and reliable. This strategy may prove useful for a broad variety of applications, particularly in experiments requiring extensive cell breakage, including library screening and culture condition exploration, in addition to protein purification. PMID:18176547

  14. A simple method for comparing fungal biomass in infected plant tissues.

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    Ayliffe, Michael; Periyannan, Sambasivam K; Feechan, Angela; Dry, Ian; Schumann, Ulrike; Wang, Ming-Bo; Pryor, Anthony; Lagudah, Evans

    2013-06-01

    Plant phenotypes resistant and susceptible to fungal pathogens are usually scored using qualitative, subjective methods that are based upon disease symptoms or by an estimation of the amount of visible fungal growth. Given that plant resistance genes often confer partial resistance to fungal pathogens, a simple, sensitive, nonsubjective quantitative method for measuring pathogen growth would be highly advantageous. This report describes an in planta quantitative assay for fungal biomass based upon detection of chitin using wheat germ agglutinin conjugated to a fluorophore. Using this assay, the growth of wheat rust pathogens on wheat was assayed and the additivity of several adult plant and seedling resistance genes to Puccinia striiformis, P. graminis, and P. triticina was assayed on both glasshouse- and field-grown material. The assay can discriminate between individual rust pustules on a leaf segment or, alternatively, compare fungal growth on field plots. The quantification of Erysiphe necator (powdery mildew) growth on Vitis vinifera (grapevine) is also demonstrated, with resistant and susceptible cultivars readily distinguished. Given that chitin is a major cell wall component of many plant fungal pathogens, this robust assay will enable simple and accurate measurement of biomass accumulation in many plant-fungus interactions. PMID:23405866

  15. Adulteration of Ginkgo biloba products and a simple method to improve its detection.

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    Wohlmuth, Hans; Savage, Kate; Dowell, Ashley; Mouatt, Peter

    2014-05-15

    Extracts of ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) leaf are widely available worldwide in herbal medicinal products, dietary supplements, botanicals and complementary medicines, and several pharmacopoeias contain monographs for ginkgo leaf, leaf extract and finished products. Being a high-value botanical commodity, ginkgo extracts may be the subject of economically motivated adulteration. We analysed eight ginkgo leaf retail products purchased in Australia and Denmark and found compelling evidence of adulteration with flavonol aglycones in three of these. The same three products also contained genistein, an isoflavone that does not occur in ginkgo leaf. Although the United States Pharmacopeia - National Formulary (USP-NF) and the British and European Pharmacopoeias stipulate a required range for flavonol glycosides in ginkgo extract, the prescribed assays quantify flavonol aglycones. This means that these pharmacopoeial methods are not capable of detecting adulteration of ginkgo extract with free flavonol aglycones. We propose a simple modification of the USP-NF method that addresses this problem: by assaying for flavonol aglycones pre and post hydrolysis the content of flavonol glycosides can be accurately estimated via a simple calculation. We also recommend a maximum limit be set for free flavonol aglycones in ginkgo extract. PMID:24566389

  16. A simple and effective method to encapsulate tobacco mesophyll protoplasts to maintain cell viability☆

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    Lei, Rong; Qiao, Wenjie; Hu, Fan; Jiang, Hongshan; Zhu, Shuifang

    2014-01-01

    Protoplasts have been widely used for genetic transformation, cell fusion, and somatic mutation due to the absence of a cell wall. However, without the protection of a cell wall, protoplasts are easy to rupture and aggregate during washing, collecting, and gene transfection. In this work, we propose a simple and effective silica/alginate two-step method to immobilize protoplasts with advantages in experimental manipulation and microscopic imaging, as well as in potentially studying cell biological processes such as secretion and metabolism. The proposed two-step immobilization method adopts Transwell with clear tissue culture-treated membrane to support protoplasts in the form of uniform thin layer, which has three unique properties. • The tissue culture-treated membrane has a good affinity for the plant cell; thus, protoplasts can spread evenly and form a very thin layer. • There are more choices for membrane pore size, depending on the application. • It is very convenient to change or collect the solution without mechanically disturbing the protoplasts. This simple and effective silica sol–gel/alginate two-step immobilization of protoplasts in Transwell has great potential for applications in genetic transformation, metabolite production, and migration assays. PMID:26150968

  17. A Simple and Efficient Diffuse Interface Method for Compressible Two-Phase Flows

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    Ray A. Berry; Richard Saurel; Fabien Petitpas

    2009-05-01

    In nuclear reactor safety and optimization there are key issues that rely on in-depth understanding of basic two-phase flow phenomena with heat and mass transfer. For many reasons, to be discussed, there is growing interest in the application of two-phase flow models to provide diffuse, but nevertheless resolved, simulation of interfaces between two immiscible compressible fluids – diffuse interface method (DIM). Because of its ability to dynamically create interfaces and to solve interfaces separating pure media and mixtures for DNS-like (Direct Numerical Simulation) simulations of interfacial flows, we examine the construction of a simple, robust, fast, and accurate numerical formulation for the 5-equation Kapila et al. [1] reduced two-phase model. Though apparently simple, the Kapila et al. model contains a volume fraction differential transport equation containing a nonlinear, non-conservative term which poses serious computational challenges. To circumvent the difficulties encountered with the single velocity and single pressure Kapila et al. [1] multiphase flow model, a 6-equation relaxation hyperbolic model is built to solve interface problems with compressible fluids. In this approach, pressure non-equilibrium is first restored, followed by a relaxation to an asymptotic solution which is convergent to the solutions of the Kapila et al. reduced model. The apparent complexity introduced with this extended hyperbolic model actually leads to considerable simplifications regarding numerical resolution, and the various ingredients used by this method are general enough to consider future extensions to problems involving complex physics.

  18. Functionalization of multiwall carbon nanotubes with nitrogen containing polyelectrolyte by a simple method

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    Kaur, Prabhsharan; Shin, Mun-Sik; Chae, So-Ryong; Kang, Moon-Sung; Park, Jin-Soo; Singh Sekhon, Satpal

    2015-10-01

    Commercially available multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) have been functionalized with poly(diallyl dimethylammonium) chloride (PDDA), a nitrogen containing polyelectrolyte by a simple on-off ultrasonication method. The results obtained from Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) studies confirm the functionalization of MWCNTs with PDDA. An up- shift in the positions of C1s XPS peak and a down-shift in the positions of the N1s XPS peak, has been observed along with an up-shift in the G-peak position in the Raman spectra, which suggest the occurrence of inter-molecular charge transfer from carbon atoms in MWCNTs to N+ centres in PDDA. The preliminary linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) results show good electrocatalytic activity of MWCNTs functionalized with nitrogen containing polyelectrolyte, which is comparable to the results with platinum based electrodes. Thus, MWCNTs non-covalently functionalized with a nitrogen containing polyelectrolyte (PDDA) by a simple on-off ultrasonication method could be advantageous for developing efficient metal-free electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR).

  19. Bubble nucleation in simple and molecular liquids via the largest spherical cavity method

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    Gonzalez, Miguel A.; Abascal, José L. F.; Valeriani, Chantal; Bresme, Fernando

    2015-04-21

    In this work, we propose a methodology to compute bubble nucleation free energy barriers using trajectories generated via molecular dynamics simulations. We follow the bubble nucleation process by means of a local order parameter, defined by the volume of the largest spherical cavity (LSC) formed in the nucleating trajectories. This order parameter simplifies considerably the monitoring of the nucleation events, as compared with the previous approaches which require ad hoc criteria to classify the atoms and molecules as liquid or vapor. The combination of the LSC and the mean first passage time technique can then be used to obtain the free energy curves. Upon computation of the cavity distribution function the nucleation rate and free-energy barrier can then be computed. We test our method against recent computations of bubble nucleation in simple liquids and water at negative pressures. We obtain free-energy barriers in good agreement with the previous works. The LSC method provides a versatile and computationally efficient route to estimate the volume of critical bubbles the nucleation rate and to compute bubble nucleation free-energies in both simple and molecular liquids.

  20. Filtration Isolation of Nucleic Acids: A Simple and Rapid DNA Extraction Method.

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    McFall, Sally M; Neto, Mário F; Reed, Jennifer L; Wagner, Robin L

    2016-01-01

    FINA, filtration isolation of nucleic acids, is a novel extraction method which utilizes vertical filtration via a separation membrane and absorbent pad to extract cellular DNA from whole blood in less than 2 min. The blood specimen is treated with detergent, mixed briefly and applied by pipet to the separation membrane. The lysate wicks into the blotting pad due to capillary action, capturing the genomic DNA on the surface of the separation membrane. The extracted DNA is retained on the membrane during a simple wash step wherein PCR inhibitors are wicked into the absorbent blotting pad. The membrane containing the entrapped DNA is then added to the PCR reaction without further purification. This simple method does not require laboratory equipment and can be easily implemented with inexpensive laboratory supplies. Here we describe a protocol for highly sensitive detection and quantitation of HIV-1 proviral DNA from 100 µl whole blood as a model for early infant diagnosis of HIV that could readily be adapted to other genetic targets. PMID:27583575

  1. A Simple Method for Solving the SVM Regularization Path for Semidefinite Kernels.

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    Sentelle, Christopher G; Anagnostopoulos, Georgios C; Georgiopoulos, Michael

    2016-04-01

    The support vector machine (SVM) remains a popular classifier for its excellent generalization performance and applicability of kernel methods; however, it still requires tuning of a regularization parameter, C , to achieve optimal performance. Regularization path-following algorithms efficiently solve the solution at all possible values of the regularization parameter relying on the fact that the SVM solution is piece-wise linear in C . The SVMPath originally introduced by Hastie et al., while representing a significant theoretical contribution, does not work with semidefinite kernels. Ong et al. introduce a method improved SVMPath (ISVMP) algorithm, which addresses the semidefinite kernel; however, Singular Value Decomposition or QR factorizations are required, and a linear programming solver is required to find the next C value at each iteration. We introduce a simple implementation of the path-following algorithm that automatically handles semidefinite kernels without requiring a method to detect singular matrices nor requiring specialized factorizations or an external solver. We provide theoretical results showing how this method resolves issues associated with the semidefinite kernel as well as discuss, in detail, the potential sources of degeneracy and cycling and how cycling is resolved. Moreover, we introduce an initialization method for unequal class sizes based upon artificial variables that work within the context of the existing path-following algorithm and do not require an external solver. Experiments compare performance with the ISVMP algorithm introduced by Ong et al. and show that the proposed method is competitive in terms of training time while also maintaining high accuracy. PMID:26011894

  2. A simple ion chromatography method for inorganic anion analysis in edible seaweeds.

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    Gómez-Ordóñez, Eva; Alonso, Esther; Rupérez, Pilar

    2010-09-15

    A new, simple, fast and sensitive ion chromatography (IC) method, for the simultaneous analysis of fluoride, chloride, nitrite, bromide, nitrate, phosphate and sulphate in edible seaweeds was developed and reported for the first time. The validation of the analytical method was studied in terms of linearity, sensitivity, precision and accuracy. All standard calibration curves showed very good correlation between anion peak area and concentration (r>0.999). Limits of detection and quantitation ranged between 0.002-0.05 mg/L and 0.01-0.1mg/L, respectively and indicated the high sensitivity of the method. Relative standard deviation values of repeatability and inter-day precision for standard anions with the same sample were less than 2%. Anion recoveries ranged from 97 to 113% for chloride and from 87 to 105% for sulphate, respectively and showed the fairly good accuracy of the method. The method was applied to the analysis of inorganic anions in brown and red edible seaweeds. Brown seaweeds were characterized by higher chloride content up to 33.7-36.9%, while red seaweeds were characterized by higher sulphate content (45-57%). Sulphate content in seaweeds is related to the presence of sulphated polysaccharides of biological importance. The method developed was well applicable to mineral anion analysis in edible seaweeds and shows suitability and reliability of use in other food samples of nutritional importance. PMID:20801334

  3. A simple kinetic spectrophotometric method for the determination of isoxsuprine in dosage forms.

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    El-Enany, N; Belal, F; Rizk, M

    2002-08-01

    A simple and sensitive kinetic method was developed for the determination of isoxsuprine in pharmaceutical preparations. The method is based upon a kinetic investigation of the oxidation reaction of the drug with alkaline potassium permanganate at room temperature for a fixed time of 30 min. The absorbance of the coloured manganate ion was measured at 610 nm. Alternatively, the decrease in the absorbance of potassium permanganate after addition of the drug was measured at 525 nm. The absorbance-concentration plots in both procedures were rectilinear over the range of 0.5-4 microg ml(-1) (r = 0.9998) with a minimum detectability of 0.05 microg ml (-1) (1.48 x 10(-7) M). The different experimental parameters affecting the development and stability of the colours were carefully studied and optimized. The determination of isoxsuprine by the fixed concentration and rate constant methods is also feasible with the calibration equations obtained but the fixed time method has been found to be more applicable. Both procedures were applied to the determination of isoxsuprine in formulations. The results obtained were in good agreement with those obtained using a reference method. The proposed method was also adopted to detect isoxsuprine in spiked human plasma at its therapeutic level of concentration (0.4 microg ml(-1)). A proposal of the reaction pathway was postulated. PMID:12361231

  4. A simple kinetic spectrophotometric method for the determination of oxamniquine in formulations and spiked biological fluids.

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    Rizk, M; Belal, F; Ibrahim, F; Ahmed, S M; El-Enany, N M

    2000-08-15

    A simple and sensitive kinetic method for the determination of oxamniquine in pharmaceutical preparations and biological fluids was developed. The procedure is based upon a kinetic investigation of the oxidation reaction of the drug with alkaline potassium permanganate at room temperature for a fixed time of 20 min. The absorbance of the colored manganate ions was measured at 610 nm. Alternatively, the decrease in the absorbance of potassium permanganate after addition of the drug was measured at 525 nm. The absorbance concentration plots in both procedures were rectilinear over the range 0.5-4 microg ml(-1). The concentration of oxamniquine is calculated using the corresponding calibration equation for the fixed-time method. The determination of oxamniquine by fixed-concentration and rate-constant methods was feasible with the calibration equations obtained but the fixed time method had been found to be more applicable. Both procedures were applied to the determination of oxamniquine in formulations. The results obtained were in good agreement with those obtained using the official method. The fixed time method of 20 min was further applied to spiked human urine and plasma, the recoveries (%) were 100.94 +/- 0.57 and 98.07 +/- 0.88 for urine and plasma, respectively, at 610 nm, and 97.51 +/- 1.27 and 95.69 +/- 1.23 for urine and plasma, respectively, at 525 nm. PMID:10933544

  5. A simple and practical method that prepares high molecular weight DNA ladders.

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    Zhang, Jun-He; Yang, Rui; Wang, Tian-Yun; Dong, Wei-Hua; Wang, Fang; Wang, Li

    2012-11-01

    The purpose of the current study was to report a simple and practical method to prepare high molecular weight (mw) DNA ladders. The method involves 1,000-4,000-base pairs (bp) DNA fragments being amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), using λ DNA as a template. The constructed plasmids are digested by restriction endonucleases to produce 5-, 6-, 8- and 10-kb DNA fragments, followed by purification and precipitation with ethanol, and mixed proportionally. The 1,000-4,000-bp DNA fragments were successfully generated by PCR and 5-, 6-, 8- and 10-kb DNA fragments were obtained through the digestion of the plasmids. The bands of the prepared high mw DNA ladder were clear and may aid future molecular biology studies. PMID:22948498

  6. Recasting wave functions into valence bond structures: A simple projection method to describe excited states.

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    Racine, Julien; Hagebaum-Reignier, Denis; Carissan, Yannick; Humbel, Stéphane

    2016-03-30

    A method is proposed to obtain coefficients and weights of valence bond (VB) determinants from multi configurational wave functions. This reading of the wave functions can apply to ground states as well as excited states. The method is based on projection operators. Both energetic and overlap-based criteria are used to assess the quality of the resulting VB wave function. The approach gives a simple access to a VB rewriting for low-lying states, and it is applied to the allyl cation, to the allyl radical and to the ethene (notably to the V-state). For these states, large overlap between VB and multi reference wave functions are easily obtained. The approach proves to be useful to propose an interpretation of the nature of the V-state of ethene. PMID:26786547

  7. A Simple and Sensitive Method to Quantify Biodegradable Nanoparticle Biodistribution using Europium Chelates

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    Crawford, Lindsey; Higgins, Jaclyn; Putnam, David

    2015-01-01

    The biodistribution of biodegradable nanoparticles can be difficult to quantify. We report a method using time resolved fluorescence (TRF) from a lanthanide chelate to minimize background autofluorescence and maximize the signal to noise ratio to detect biodegradable nanoparticle distribution in mice. Specifically, antenna chelates containing europium were entrapped within nanoparticles composed of polylactic acid-polyethylene glycol diblock copolymers. Tissue accumulation of nanoparticles following intravenous injection was quantified in mice. The TRF of the nanoparticles was found to diminish as a second order function in the presence of serum and tissue compositions interfered with the europium signal. Both phenomena were corrected by linearization of the signal function and calculation of tissue-specific interference, respectively. Overall, the method is simple and robust with a detection limit five times greater than standard fluorescent probes. PMID:26346817

  8. A Simple and Effective Method for Construction of Escherichia coli Strains Proficient for Genome Engineering

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    Shin, Kwangsu; Parisutham, Vinuselvi; Kim, Suk Min; Lee, Sung Kuk

    2014-01-01

    Multiplex genome engineering is a standalone recombineering tool for large-scale programming and accelerated evolution of cells. However, this advanced genome engineering technique has been limited to use in selected bacterial strains. We developed a simple and effective strain-independent method for effective genome engineering in Escherichia coli. The method involves introducing a suicide plasmid carrying the λ Red recombination system into the mutS gene. The suicide plasmid can be excised from the chromosome via selection in the absence of antibiotics, thus allowing transient inactivation of the mismatch repair system during genome engineering. In addition, we developed another suicide plasmid that enables integration of large DNA fragments into the lacZ genomic locus. These features enable this system to be applied in the exploitation of the benefits of genome engineering in synthetic biology, as well as the metabolic engineering of different strains of E. coli. PMID:24747264

  9. A simple identification method of saliva by detecting Streptococcus salivarius using loop-mediated isothermal amplification.

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    Nakanishi, Hiroaki; Ohmori, Takeshi; Hara, Masaaki; Takada, Aya; Shojo, Hideki; Adachi, Noboru; Saito, Kazuyuki

    2011-01-01

    We previously reported that detection of Streptococcus salivarius is feasible for proving the presence of saliva in a forensic sample. Here, a simple and rapid method for the detection of S. salivarius in forensic samples was developed that uses loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP). The LAMP primer set was designed using S. salivarius-specific sequences of glucosyltransferase K. To simplify the procedure, the sample was prepared by boiling and mutanolysin treatment only, and the entire analytical process was completed within 2.5 h. The cut-off value was set at 0.1 absorbance units, measured at 660 nm, upon termination of the reaction. S. salivarius was identified in all saliva samples, but was not detected in other body fluids or on the skin surface. Using this method, S. salivarius was successfully detected in various mock forensic samples. We therefore suggest that this approach is useful for the identification of saliva in forensic practice. PMID:21198609

  10. Enhancement of electrode performance by a simple casting method using sonochemically exfoliated graphene.

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    Walch, Nik J; Davis, Frank; Langford, Nathan; Holmes, Joanne L; Collyer, Stuart D; Higson, Séamus P J

    2015-09-15

    We demonstrate within this paper a method for modifying commercial screen-printed electrodes with aqueous graphene suspensions to enhance their electrochemical activity. The graphene suspensions are synthesized by a simple ultrasonic exfoliation method from graphite, where reaggregation is prevented by the addition of common cationic or anionic surfactants, thereby avoiding the use of organic solvents or harsh chemical procedures. These suspensions can then be simply cast onto the screen-printed electrodes. Cyclic voltammetry with a number of redox active species such as phenols, as well as impedance measurements, were made to characterize these systems. The modified electrodes are shown to demonstrate significantly enhanced electrochemical activity and greatly lowered electron transfer resistances compared to the unmodified electrodes. Initial proof of concept applications of these electrodes, including the detection of heavy metals by absorptive stripping voltammetry, are also shown. PMID:26289227

  11. A simple colorimetric method to screen drug cytotoxicity against Leishmania using the dye Alamar Blue.

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    Mikus, J; Steverding, D

    2000-01-01

    A quantitative colorimetric assay using the oxidation-reduction indicator Alamar Blue was developed to measure cytotoxicity of compounds against the protozoan parasite Leishmania. Absorbance increased linearly with the plating density of promastigotes of L. major MRHO/IR/76 vaccine strain up to at least 2.5 x 10(6) cells/ml when parasites were incubated for 72 h in the presence of 10% Alamar Blue. The 50% effective dose values of common drugs (amphotericin B, pentostam and paromomycin) obtained by this assay were in the same range as previously determined by other methods. The Alamar Blue assay permits a simple, reproducible and reliable method for screening antileishmanial drugs. PMID:11227767

  12. A rapid and simple method to draw polyethylene nanofibers with enhanced thermal conductivity

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    Ma, Jian; Zhang, Qian; Zhang, Yin; Zhou, Lei; Yang, Juekuan; Ni, Zhonghua

    2016-07-01

    We report on a rapid and simple method to fabricate polyethylene (PE) nanofibers by one-step drawing from PE solution. The diameter of the fiber prepared with this method can be as small as 40 nm. The thermal conductivity of the drawn PE nanofiber was measured with suspended microdevices, and the highest value obtained is 8.8 W m-1 K-1, which is very close to that of electrospun PE nanofibers, and over 20 times higher than bulk value. Raman spectra of these drawn PE nanofibers indicate that molecular chains in these fibers can be as well aligned as that in electrospun fibers, which results in the enhanced thermal conductivity of the drawn PE nanofibers.

  13. A simple and efficient method for PCR amplifiable DNA extraction from ancient bones

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    Kalmár, Tibor; Bachrati, Csanád Z.; Marcsik, Antónia; Raskó, István

    2000-01-01

    A simple and effective modified ethanol precipitation-based protocol is described for the preparation of DNA from ancient human bones. This method is fast and requires neither hazardous chemicals nor special devices. After the powdering and incubating of the bone samples Dextran Blue was added as a carrier for removing the PCR inhibitors with selective ethanol precipitation. This method could eliminate the time-consuming separate decalcification step, dialysis, application of centrifugation-driven microconcentrators and the second consecutive PCR amplification. The efficiency of this procedure was demonstrated on ten 500–1200-year-old human bones from four different Hungarian burial sites. A mitochondrial specific primer pair was used to obtain sequence information from the purified ancient DNA. The PCR amplification, after our DNA extraction protocol, was successful from each of the 10 bone samples investigated. The results demonstrate that extraction of DNA from ancient bone samples with this new approach increases the success rate of PCR amplification. PMID:10871390

  14. A simple method for in situ monitoring of water temperature in substrates used by spawning salmonids

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    Zimmerman, Christian E.; Finn, James E.

    2012-01-01

    Interstitial water temperature within spawning habitats of salmonids may differ from surface-water temperature depending on intragravel flow paths, geomorphic setting, or presence of groundwater. Because survival and developmental timing of salmon are partly controlled by temperature, monitoring temperature within gravels used by spawning salmonids is required to adequately describe the environment experienced by incubating eggs and embryos. Here we describe a simple method of deploying electronic data loggers within gravel substrates with minimal alteration of the natural gravel structure and composition. Using data collected in spawning sites used by summer and fall chum salmon Oncorhynchus keta from two streams within the Yukon River watershed, we compare contrasting thermal regimes to demonstrate the utility of this method.

  15. Zinc oxide formation in galvanized metallic wire by simple selective growth method

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    Sivanantham, A.; Abinaya, C.; Vishnukanthan, V.; Jayabal, P.; Boobalan, K.; Mohanraj, S.; Mayandi, J.

    2015-06-01

    ZnO nanostructures were synthesized by a simple method of oxidizing metallic wire by direct electrical heating. A galvanized iron wire was used as the source of zinc. Several optical techniques were employed on the synthesized ZnO nanostructure such as photoluminescence, Raman and FTIR spectroscopy. The formation of ZnO nanostructures was confirmed from the spectra of different optical studies and also determined by XRD. SEM analysis shows the signature of nanorod formation on the surface of the wire. The oxidation state and ferromagnetic property of these oxidized metallic wires were discussed with the help of EPR spectrum. In summation to the properties studied, a growth mechanism was suggested based on the observations and method of the oxidation procedure.

  16. Simple screening method for molds producing intracellular mycotoxins in pure cultures.

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    Filtenborg, O; Frisvad, J C; Svendsen, J A

    1983-02-01

    A simple screening method for molds producing the intracellular mycotoxins brevianamide A, citreoviridin, cyclopiazonic acid, luteoskyrin, penitrem A, roquefortine C, sterigmatocystin, verruculogen, viomellein, and xanthomegnin was developed. After removing an agar plug from the mold culture, the mycelium on the plug is wetted with a drop of methanol-chloroform (1:2). By this treatment the intracellular mycotoxins are extracted within seconds and transferred directly to a thin-layer chromatography plate by immediately placing the plug on the plate while the mycelium is still wet. After removal of the plug, known thin-layer chromatographic procedures are carried out. The substrate (Czapek yeast autolysate agar) and growth conditions (25 degrees C for 7 days) used by Penicillium taxonomists proved suitable for the production of the mycotoxins investigated when 60 known toxigenic isolates and 865 cultures isolated from foods and feedstuffs were tested with this screening method. PMID:6338829

  17. Simple screening method for molds producing intracellular mycotoxins in pure cultures.

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    Filtenborg, O; Frisvad, J C; Svendsen, J A

    1983-01-01

    A simple screening method for molds producing the intracellular mycotoxins brevianamide A, citreoviridin, cyclopiazonic acid, luteoskyrin, penitrem A, roquefortine C, sterigmatocystin, verruculogen, viomellein, and xanthomegnin was developed. After removing an agar plug from the mold culture, the mycelium on the plug is wetted with a drop of methanol-chloroform (1:2). By this treatment the intracellular mycotoxins are extracted within seconds and transferred directly to a thin-layer chromatography plate by immediately placing the plug on the plate while the mycelium is still wet. After removal of the plug, known thin-layer chromatographic procedures are carried out. The substrate (Czapek yeast autolysate agar) and growth conditions (25 degrees C for 7 days) used by Penicillium taxonomists proved suitable for the production of the mycotoxins investigated when 60 known toxigenic isolates and 865 cultures isolated from foods and feedstuffs were tested with this screening method. PMID:6338829

  18. A simple method to generate adipose stem cell-derived neurons for screening purposes.

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    Bossio, Caterina; Mastrangelo, Rosa; Morini, Raffaella; Tonna, Noemi; Coco, Silvia; Verderio, Claudia; Matteoli, Michela; Bianco, Fabio

    2013-10-01

    Strategies involved in mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) differentiation toward neuronal cells for screening purposes are characterized by quality and quantity issues. Differentiated cells are often scarce with respect to starting undifferentiated population, and the differentiation process is usually quite long, with high risk of contamination and low yield efficiency. Here, we describe a novel simple method to induce direct differentiation of MSCs into neuronal cells, without neurosphere formation. Differentiated cells are characterized by clear morphological changes, expression of neuronal specific markers, showing functional response to depolarizing stimuli and electrophysiological properties similar to those of developing neurons. The method described here represents a valuable tool for future strategies aimed at personalized screening of therapeutic agents in vitro. PMID:23468184

  19. A simple and flexible risk assessment method in the work environment.

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    Tint, Piia; Kiivet, Gunnar

    2003-01-01

    The existing risk assessment models in the work environment (on the basis of Standard No. BS 8800:1996; British Standards Institution, 1996) contain the need to determine the probability of the occurrence and the severity of consequences of the influence of hazardous factors on the worker. The determination of the probabilities of the influence of hazards (noise, vibration, chemicals, etc.) is complicated. The authors of this article have developed a simple risk assessment method that does not contain the probabilities. The method is based on a 2-step model that could be enlarged into a 6-step model. The implementation possibilities of the model are presented. The existing norms in the work environment in Estonia were analysed and the safety level of a wood-processing factory was determined. PMID:12820910

  20. Note: A simple method to suppress the artificial noise for velocity map imaging spectroscopy

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    Qin, Zhengbo E-mail: zctang@dicp.ac.cn; Li, Chunsheng; Qu, Zehua; Tang, Zichao E-mail: zctang@dicp.ac.cn

    2015-04-15

    A simple method has been proposed to suppress artificial noise from the counts with respect to the central line (or point) for the reconstructed 3D images with cylindrical symmetry in the velocity-map imaging spectroscopy. A raw 2D projection around the z-axis (usually referred to as central line) for photodetachment, photoionization, or photodissociation experiments is pre-processed via angular tailored method to avoid the signal counts distributed near the central line (or point). Two types of photoelectron velocity-map imaging (O{sup −} and Au{sup −} ⋅ NH{sub 3}) are demonstrated to give rise to the 3D images with significantly reduced central line noise after pre-processing operation. The major advantages of the pre-operation are the ability of suppression of central-line noise to resolve weak structures or vibrational excitation in atoms or molecules near photon threshold.

  1. A simple agroinfiltration method for transient gene expression in plant leaf discs.

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    Matsuo, Kouki; Fukuzawa, Noriho; Matsumura, Takeshi

    2016-09-01

    In the present study, we developed a simple transient gene expression system based on Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. Vacuum infiltration was applied to leaf discs from Nicotiana benthamiana plants with Agrobacterium suspension solution under conventional vacuum conditions in a needleless plastic syringe. Model proteins, green fluorescent protein, β-glucuronidase, mouse granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor, and human fibroblast growth factor 1 were successfully expressed in leaf discs within 4 days after infiltration. In addition, the functional evaluation of viral RNA silencing suppressors, Artichoke mottled crinkle virus p19 protein, was also performed. Using this method, the contamination and diffusion of genetically modified bacterium to the environment and important transgenic plants were prevented. This method can be conducted without specialized apparatuses or large amounts of Agrobacterium suspension solutions; thus, the simultaneous evaluation of multiple vectors will be easily possible. PMID:26995064

  2. A simple and effective method for filling gaps in Landsat ETM+ SLC-off images

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    Chen, J.; Zhu, Xudong; Vogelmann, J.E.; Gao, F.; Jin, S.

    2011-01-01

    The scan-line corrector (SLC) of the Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) sensor failed in 2003, resulting in about 22% of the pixels per scene not being scanned. The SLC failure has seriously limited the scientific applications of ETM+ data. While there have been a number of methods developed to fill in the data gaps, each method has shortcomings, especially for heterogeneous landscapes. Based on the assumption that the same-class neighboring pixels around the un-scanned pixels have similar spectral characteristics, and that these neighboring and un-scanned pixels exhibit similar patterns of spectral differences between dates, we developed a simple and effective method to interpolate the values of the pixels within the gaps. We refer to this method as the Neighborhood Similar Pixel Interpolator (NSPI). Simulated and actual SLC-off ETM+ images were used to assess the performance of the NSPI. Results indicate that NSPI can restore the value of un-scanned pixels very accurately, and that it works especially well in heterogeneous regions. In addition, it can work well even if there is a relatively long time interval or significant spectral changes between the input and target image. The filled images appear reasonably spatially continuous without obvious striping patterns. Supervised classification using the maximum likelihood algorithm was done on both gap-filled simulated SLC-off data and the original "gap free" data set, and it was found that classification results, including accuracies, were very comparable. This indicates that gap-filled products generated by NSPI will have relevance to the user community for various land cover applications. In addition, the simple principle and high computational efficiency of NSPI will enable processing large volumes of SLC-off ETM+ data.

  3. DREAM: A Simple Method for DNA Methylation Profiling by High-throughput Sequencing.

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    Jelinek, Jaroslav; Madzo, Jozef

    2016-01-01

    The digital restriction enzyme analysis of methylation (DREAM) is a simple method for DNA methylation analysis at tens of thousands of CpG sites across the genome. The method creates specific signatures at unmethylated and methylated CpG sites by sequential digests of genomic DNA with restriction endonucleases SmaI and XmaI, respectively. Both enzymes have the same CCCGGG recognition site; however, they differ in their sensitivity to CpG methylation and their cutting pattern. SmaI cuts only unmethylated sites leaving blunt 5'-GGG ends. XmaI cuts remaining methylated CC(me)CGG sites leaving 5'-CCGGG ends. Restriction fragments with distinct signatures at their ends are ligated to Illumina sequencing adaptors with sample-specific barcodes. High-throughput sequencing of pooled libraries follows. Sequencing reads are mapped to the restriction sites in the reference genome, and signatures corresponding to methylation status of individual DNA molecules are resolved. Methylation levels at target CpG sites are calculated as the proportion of sequencing reads with the methylated signature to the total number of reads mapping to the particular restriction site. Aligning the reads to the reference genome of any species is straightforward, since the method does not rely on bisulfite conversion of DNA. Sequencing of 25 million reads per human DNA library yields over 50,000 unique CpG sites with high coverage enabling accurate determination of DNA methylation levels. DREAM has a background less than 1 % making it suitable for accurate detection of low methylation levels. In summary, the method is simple, robust, highly reproducible, and cost-effective. PMID:27581143

  4. Validation of a simple and inexpensive method for the quantitation of infarct in the rat brain.

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    Schilichting, C L R; Lima, K C M; Cestari, L A; Sekiyama, J Y; Silva, F M; Milani, H

    2004-04-01

    A gravimetric method was evaluated as a simple, sensitive, reproducible, low-cost alternative to quantify the extent of brain infarct after occlusion of the medial cerebral artery in rats. In ether-anesthetized rats, the left medial cerebral artery was occluded for 1, 1.5 or 2 h by inserting a 4-0 nylon monofilament suture into the internal carotid artery. Twenty-four hours later, the brains were processed for histochemical triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) staining and quantitation of the schemic infarct. In each TTC-stained brain section, the ischemic tissue was dissected with a scalpel and fixed in 10% formalin at 0 masculine C until its total mass could be estimated. The mass (mg) of the ischemic tissue was weighed on an analytical balance and compared to its volume (mm(3)), estimated either by plethysmometry using platinum electrodes or by computer-assisted image analysis. Infarct size as measured by the weighing method (mg), and reported as a percent (%) of the affected (left) hemisphere, correlated closely with volume (mm(3), also reported as %) estimated by computerized image analysis (r = 0.88; P < 0.001; N = 10) or by plethysmography (r = 0.97-0.98; P < 0.0001; N = 41). This degree of correlation was maintained between different experimenters. The method was also sensitive for detecting the effect of different ischemia durations on infarct size (P < 0.005; N = 23), and the effect of drug treatments in reducing the extent of brain damage (P < 0.005; N = 24). The data suggest that, in addition to being simple and low cost, the weighing method is a reliable alternative for quantifying brain infarct in animal models of stroke. PMID:15064814

  5. An automatic method for producing robust regression models from hyperspectral data using multiple simple genetic algorithms

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    Sykas, Dimitris; Karathanassi, Vassilia

    2015-06-01

    This paper presents a new method for automatically determining the optimum regression model, which enable the estimation of a parameter. The concept lies on the combination of k spectral pre-processing algorithms (SPPAs) that enhance spectral features correlated to the desired parameter. Initially a pre-processing algorithm uses as input a single spectral signature and transforms it according to the SPPA function. A k-step combination of SPPAs uses k preprocessing algorithms serially. The result of each SPPA is used as input to the next SPPA, and so on until the k desired pre-processed signatures are reached. These signatures are then used as input to three different regression methods: the Normalized band Difference Regression (NDR), the Multiple Linear Regression (MLR) and the Partial Least Squares Regression (PLSR). Three Simple Genetic Algorithms (SGAs) are used, one for each regression method, for the selection of the optimum combination of k SPPAs. The performance of the SGAs is evaluated based on the RMS error of the regression models. The evaluation not only indicates the selection of the optimum SPPA combination but also the regression method that produces the optimum prediction model. The proposed method was applied on soil spectral measurements in order to predict Soil Organic Matter (SOM). In this study, the maximum value assigned to k was 3. PLSR yielded the highest accuracy while NDR's accuracy was satisfactory compared to its complexity. MLR method showed severe drawbacks due to the presence of noise in terms of collinearity at the spectral bands. Most of the regression methods required a 3-step combination of SPPAs for achieving the highest performance. The selected preprocessing algorithms were different for each regression method since each regression method handles with a different way the explanatory variables.

  6. A simple and sensitive spectrofluorimetric method for analysis of some nitrofuran drugs in pharmaceutical preparations.

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    Belal, Tarek Saied

    2008-09-01

    A simple, rapid, selective and sensitive spectrofluorimetric method was described for the analysis of three nitrofuran drugs, namely, nifuroxazide (NX), nitrofurantoin (NT) and nitrofurazone (NZ). The method involved the alkaline hydrolysis of the studied drugs by warming with 0.1 M sodium hydroxide solution then dilution with distilled water for NX or 2-propanol for NT and NZ. The formed fluorophores were measured at 465 nm (lambda (Ex) 265 nm), 458 nm (lambda (Ex) 245 nm) and 445 nm (lambda (Ex) 245 nm) for NX, NT and NZ, respectively. The reaction pathway was discussed and the structures of the fluorescent products were proposed. The different experimental parameters were studied and optimized. Regression analysis showed good correlation between fluorescence intensity and concentration over the ranges 0.08-1.00, 0.02-0.24 and 0.004-0.050 microg ml(-1) for NX, NT and NZ, respectively. The limits of detection of the method were 8.0, 1.9 and 0.3 ng ml(-1) for NX, NT and NZ, respectively. The proposed method was validated in terms of accuracy, precision and specificity, and it was successfully applied for the assay of the three nitrofurans in their different dosage forms. No interference was observed from common pharmaceutical adjuvants. The results were favorably compared with those obtained by reference spectrophotometric methods. PMID:18246413

  7. A simple, universal, efficient PCR-based gene synthesis method: sequential OE-PCR gene synthesis.

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    Zhang, Pingping; Ding, Yingying; Liao, Wenting; Chen, Qiuli; Zhang, Huaqun; Qi, Peipei; He, Ting; Wang, Jinhong; Deng, Songhua; Pan, Tianyue; Ren, Hao; Pan, Wei

    2013-07-25

    Herein we present a simple, universal, efficient gene synthesis method based on sequential overlap extension polymerase chain reactions (OE-PCRs). This method involves four key steps: (i) the design of paired complementary 54-mer oligonucleotides with 18 bp overlaps, (ii) the utilisation of sequential OE-PCR to synthesise full-length genes, (iii) the cloning and sequencing of four positive T-clones of the synthesised genes and (iv) the resynthesis of target genes by OE-PCR with correct templates. Mispriming and secondary structure were found to be the principal obstacles preventing successful gene synthesis and were easily identified and solved in this method. Compensating for the disadvantages of being laborious and time-consuming, this method has many attractive advantages, such as the ability to guarantee successful gene synthesis in most cases and good allowance for Taq polymerase, oligonucleotides, PCR conditions and a high error rate. Thus, this method provides an alternative tool for individual gene synthesis without strict needs of the high-specialised experience. PMID:23597923

  8. A simple and sensitive HPLC method for quantification of the metabolin of meclofenoxate in human plasma.

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    Ni, Bin; Zhang, Junren; Zou, Jianjun; Zhao, Wei; Li, JianHua

    2010-01-01

    A simple and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatographic method was developed for quantification of the metabolin of meclofenoxate, chlorophenoxyacetic acid, in human plasma. Ibuprofen was used as an internal standard. The present method used protein precipitation for extraction of chlorophenoxyacetic acid from human plasma. Separation was carried out on a reversed-phase C(18) column. The column effluent was monitored by UV detection at 254 nm. The mobile phase was a mixture of methanol and water containing 1.0% glacial acetic acid (70:30 v/v) at a flow rate of 1.0 mL/min. The column temperature was 20 degrees C. This method was linear over the range of 0.047-28.20 microg/mL with a regression coefficient greater than 0.99. The mean recovery of chlorophenoxyacetic acid and IS were (79.54 +/- 6.33)% and (78.48 +/- 2.14)%, respectively, and the method was found to be precise, accurate, and specific during the study. The method was successfully applied for pharmacokinetic study of chlorophenoxyacetic acid in human. PMID:20515527

  9. Three-dimensional sea-urchin-like hierarchical TiO{sub 2} microspheres synthesized by a one-pot hydrothermal method and their enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Zhou, Yi; Huang, Yan; Li, Dang; He, Wenhong

    2013-07-15

    Graphical abstract: SEM images of the samples synthesized at different hydrothermal temperatures for 8 h: (a) 75; (b) 100; (c) 120; and (d) 140°C, followed by calcination at 450 °C for 2 h. Highlights: ► Effects of calcination temperature on the phase transformation were studied. ► Effects of hydrothermal temperature and time on the morphology growth were studied. ► A two-stage reaction mechanism for the formation was presented. ► The photocatalytic activity was evaluated under sunlight irradiation. ► Effects of calcination temperature on the photocatalytic activity were studied. - Abstract: Novel three-dimensional sea-urchin-like hierarchical TiO{sub 2} superstructures were synthesized on a Ti plate in a mixture of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} and NaOH aqueous solution by a facile one-pot hydrothermal method at a low temperature, followed by protonation and calcination. The results of series of electron microscopy characterizations suggested that the hierarchical TiO{sub 2} superstructures consisted of numerous one-dimensional nanostructures. The microspheres were approximately 2–4 μm in diameter, and the one-dimensional TiO{sub 2} nanostructures were up to 600–700 nm long. A two-stage reaction mechanism, i.e., initial growth and then assembly, was proposed for the formation of these architectures. The three-dimensional sea-urchin-like hierarchical TiO{sub 2} microstructures showed excellent photocatalytic activity for the degradation of Rhodamine B aqueous solution under sunlight irradiation, which was attributed to the special three-dimensional hierarchical superstructure, and increased number of surface active sites. This novel superstructure has promising use in practical aqueous purification.

  10. The BUME method: a new rapid and simple chloroform-free method for total lipid extraction of animal tissue.

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    Löfgren, Lars; Forsberg, Gun-Britt; Ståhlman, Marcus

    2016-01-01

    In this study we present a simple and rapid method for tissue lipid extraction. Snap-frozen tissue (15-150 mg) is collected in 2 ml homogenization tubes. 500 μl BUME mixture (butanol:methanol [3:1]) is added and automated homogenization of up to 24 frozen samples at a time in less than 60 seconds is performed, followed by a 5-minute single-phase extraction. After the addition of 500 μl heptane:ethyl acetate (3:1) and 500 μl 1% acetic acid a 5-minute two-phase extraction is performed. Lipids are recovered from the upper phase by automated liquid handling using a standard 96-tip robot. A second two-phase extraction is performed using 500 μl heptane:ethyl acetate (3:1). Validation of the method showed that the extraction recoveries for the investigated lipids, which included sterols, glycerolipids, glycerophospholipids and sphingolipids were similar or better than for the Folch method. We also applied the method for lipid extraction of liver and heart and compared the lipid species profiles with profiles generated after Folch and MTBE extraction. We conclude that the BUME method is superior to the Folch method in terms of simplicity, through-put, automation, solvent consumption, economy, health and environment yet delivering lipid recoveries fully comparable to or better than the Folch method. PMID:27282822

  11. The BUME method: a new rapid and simple chloroform-free method for total lipid extraction of animal tissue

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    Löfgren, Lars; Forsberg, Gun-Britt; Ståhlman, Marcus

    2016-01-01

    In this study we present a simple and rapid method for tissue lipid extraction. Snap-frozen tissue (15–150 mg) is collected in 2 ml homogenization tubes. 500 μl BUME mixture (butanol:methanol [3:1]) is added and automated homogenization of up to 24 frozen samples at a time in less than 60 seconds is performed, followed by a 5-minute single-phase extraction. After the addition of 500 μl heptane:ethyl acetate (3:1) and 500 μl 1% acetic acid a 5-minute two-phase extraction is performed. Lipids are recovered from the upper phase by automated liquid handling using a standard 96-tip robot. A second two-phase extraction is performed using 500 μl heptane:ethyl acetate (3:1). Validation of the method showed that the extraction recoveries for the investigated lipids, which included sterols, glycerolipids, glycerophospholipids and sphingolipids were similar or better than for the Folch method. We also applied the method for lipid extraction of liver and heart and compared the lipid species profiles with profiles generated after Folch and MTBE extraction. We conclude that the BUME method is superior to the Folch method in terms of simplicity, through-put, automation, solvent consumption, economy, health and environment yet delivering lipid recoveries fully comparable to or better than the Folch method. PMID:27282822

  12. The BUME method: a new rapid and simple chloroform-free method for total lipid extraction of animal tissue

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    Löfgren, Lars; Forsberg, Gun-Britt; Ståhlman, Marcus

    2016-06-01

    In this study we present a simple and rapid method for tissue lipid extraction. Snap-frozen tissue (15–150 mg) is collected in 2 ml homogenization tubes. 500 μl BUME mixture (butanol:methanol [3:1]) is added and automated homogenization of up to 24 frozen samples at a time in less than 60 seconds is performed, followed by a 5-minute single-phase extraction. After the addition of 500 μl heptane:ethyl acetate (3:1) and 500 μl 1% acetic acid a 5-minute two-phase extraction is performed. Lipids are recovered from the upper phase by automated liquid handling using a standard 96-tip robot. A second two-phase extraction is performed using 500 μl heptane:ethyl acetate (3:1). Validation of the method showed that the extraction recoveries for the investigated lipids, which included sterols, glycerolipids, glycerophospholipids and sphingolipids were similar or better than for the Folch method. We also applied the method for lipid extraction of liver and heart and compared the lipid species profiles with profiles generated after Folch and MTBE extraction. We conclude that the BUME method is superior to the Folch method in terms of simplicity, through-put, automation, solvent consumption, economy, health and environment yet delivering lipid recoveries fully comparable to or better than the Folch method.

  13. A simple and efficient method for assembling TALE protein based on plasmid library.

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    Zhang, Zhiqiang; Li, Duo; Xu, Huarong; Xin, Ying; Zhang, Tingting; Ma, Lixia; Wang, Xin; Chen, Zhilong; Zhang, Zhiying

    2013-01-01

    DNA binding domain of the transcription activator-like effectors (TALEs) from Xanthomonas sp. consists of tandem repeats that can be rearranged according to a simple cipher to target new DNA sequences with high DNA-binding specificity. This technology has been successfully applied in varieties of species for genome engineering. However, assembling long TALE tandem repeats remains a big challenge precluding wide use of this technology. Although several new methodologies for efficiently assembling TALE repeats have been recently reported, all of them require either sophisticated facilities or skilled technicians to carry them out. Here, we described a simple and efficient method for generating customized TALE nucleases (TALENs) and TALE transcription factors (TALE-TFs) based on TALE repeat tetramer library. A tetramer library consisting of 256 tetramers covers all possible combinations of 4 base pairs. A set of unique primers was designed for amplification of these tetramers. PCR products were assembled by one step of digestion/ligation reaction. 12 TALE constructs including 4 TALEN pairs targeted to mouse Gt(ROSA)26Sor gene and mouse Mstn gene sequences as well as 4 TALE-TF constructs targeted to mouse Oct4, c-Myc, Klf4 and Sox2 gene promoter sequences were generated by using our method. The construction routines took 3 days and parallel constructions were available. The rate of positive clones during colony PCR verification was 64% on average. Sequencing results suggested that all TALE constructs were performed with high successful rate. This is a rapid and cost-efficient method using the most common enzymes and facilities with a high success rate. PMID:23840477

  14. Lithium manganese oxide (LiMn2O4) nanoparticles synthesized by hydrothermal method as adsorbent of lithium recovery process from geothermal fluid of Lumpur Sidoarjo

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    Noerochim, Lukman; Sapputra, Gede Panca Ady; Widodo, Amien

    2016-04-01

    Lumpur Sidoarjo is one of geothermal fluid types which has a great potential as source of lithium. Adsorption method with Lithium Manganese Oxide (LiMn2O4) as an adsorbent has been chosen for lithium recovery process due to low production cost and environmental friendly. LiMn2O4 was synthesized by hydrothermal method at 200 °C for 24 hrs, 48 hrs, and 72 hrs. As prepared LiMn2O4 powder is treated by acid treatment with 0.5 M HCl solution for 24 hrs. XRD test result reveals that all of as-prepared samples are indexed as spinel structure of LiMn2O4 (JCPDS card no 35-0782) with no impurity peaks detected. SEM images show that LiMn2O4 has nanoparticles morphology with particle size around 25 nm. The highest adsorption efficiency of adsorbent is obtained by sample hydrothermal for 72 hrs with 42.76%.

  15. Fabrication of Li2TiO3 pebbles with small grain size via hydrothermal and improved dry-rolling methods

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    Zhang, Wen; Zhou, Qilai; Xue, Lihong; Yan, Youwei

    2015-09-01

    Lithium titanate (Li2TiO3) ceramic pebbles were successfully fabricated by using hydrothermal and improved dry-rolling method. In the present work, ultra-fine Li2TiO3 powder of high reactivity was prepared via hydrothermal reaction, using anatase titania and lithium hydroxide as raw materials. The as-synthesized Li2TiO3 powder exhibits an average crystalline size as small as 100 nm. Improved dry-rolling method was employed to fabricate Li2TiO3 pebbles. The green pebbles can be well-sintered (81% T.D.) at a temperature as low as 850 °C for 3 h. The pebbles have good sphericity (1.08) and narrow diameter distribution (1.0-1.2 mm) with a crush load of 35 N. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations of pebbles showed that the ceramic grain size was below 1 μm and atomic emission spectrometer fitted with inductively coupled plasma (ICP-AES) results confirmed that atomic ratio of Li to Ti in the fabricated pebbles was 1.97.

  16. Morphology-controlled synthesis of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} by one step template-free hydrothermal method

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    Zhou, Keqing; Liu, Jiajia; Wen, Panyue; Hu, Yuan Gui, Zhou

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} crystals had been synthesized by one step template-free hydrothermal method. • The H{sub 2}O{sub 2} plays a crucial role in morphological control of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanostructures. • The morphology has significant effect on the optical property of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}. - Abstract: We had developed a facile synthetic route of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} crystals with different morphologies via one step template-free hydrothermal method. The phase and composition of the Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction and Raman spectrum. The morphology and structure of the synthesized samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The H{sub 2}O{sub 2} played a crucial role in morphological control of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanostructures. It only obtained Co-based precursor in the absence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. On the contrary, the Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} with different morphologies including nanoparticles, nano-discs and well-defined octahedral nanostructures were synthesized in the presence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. In addition, the optical property of the obtained Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} samples was investigated by UV–vis spectra.

  17. CuBi{sub 2}O{sub 4} single crystal nanorods prepared by hydrothermal method: Growth mechanism and optical properties

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    Abdulkarem, A.M.; Li, Jialin; Aref, A.A.; Ren, Lu; Elssfah, E.M.; Wang, Hui; Ge, Yunke; Yu, Ying

    2011-09-15

    Highlights: {yields} CuBi{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanorods with single crystal structure by hydrothermal method are firstly synthesized. {yields} They are evolved from particles with oriented attachment-dissolution-splitting process. {yields} The optical properties of the samples are explored. -- Abstract: The synthesis of copper bismuth oxide (CuBi{sub 2}O{sub 4}) nanorods with single crystal structure by hydrothermal method is first reported here. The prepared CuBi{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanorods are characterized by X-ray diffractometer, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution TEM. It is found that the concentration of reagent cupric acetate has strong effect on the purity and microstructure of the prepared samples. The growth process is investigated in detail. It is proposed that the nanorods are evolved from spherical particles with oriented attachment mechanism followed by dissolution-splitting process. The optical properties of the samples are detected by UV-vis spectrometer and photoluminescence spectrometer and exhibit strong dependence on surface defect states and microstructure feature, which is mainly determined by preparation conditions.

  18. Enhanced performance of wearable piezoelectric nanogenerator fabricated by two-step hydrothermal process

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    Qiu, Yu; Lei, Jixue; Yang, Dechao; Yin, Bing; Zhang, Heqiu; Bian, Jiming; Ji, Jiuyu; Liu, Yanhong; Zhao, Yu; Luo, Yingmin; Hu, Lizhong

    2014-03-01

    A simple two-step hydrothermal process was proposed for enhancing the performance of the nanogenerator on flexible and wearable terylene-fabric substrate. With this method, a significant enhancement in output voltage of the nanogenerator from ˜10 mV to 7 V was achieved, comparing with the one by conventional one-step process. In addition, another advantage with the devices synthesized by two-step hydrothermal process was that their output voltages are only sensitive to strain rather than strain rate. The devices with a high output voltage have the ability to power common electric devices and will have important applications in flexible electronics and wearable devices.

  19. A simple combinatorial method to describe particle retention time in random media with applications in chromatography

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    da Silva, Roberto; Lamb, Luis C.; Lima, Eder C.; Dupont, Jairton

    2012-01-01

    We propose a foundational model to explain properties of the retention time distribution of particle transport in a random medium. These particles are captured and released by distributed theoretical plates in a random medium as in standard chromatography. Our approach differs from current models, since it is not based on simple random walks, but on a directed and coordinated movement of the particles whose retention time dispersion in the column is due to the imprisonment time of the particle spent in the theoretical plates. Given a pair of fundamental parameters (λc,λe) the capture and release probabilities, we use simple combinatorial methods to predict the Probability Distribution of the retention times. We have analyzed several distributions typically used in chromatographic peak fits. We show that a log-normal distribution with only two parameters describes with high accuracy chromatographic distributions typically used in experiments. This distribution show a better fit than distributions with a larger number of parameters, possibly allowing for better control of experimental data.

  20. Fine-structure enhancement — assessment of a simple method to resolve overlapping bands in spectra

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    Barth, Andreas

    2000-05-01

    A simple mathematical procedure — fine-structure enhancement — has been assessed on its ability to resolve overlapping bands in spectra. Its advantages and limitations have been explored using synthetic and experimental spectra. Fine-structure enhancement involves smoothing the original spectrum, multiplying the smoothed spectrum with a weighting factor and subtracting this spectrum from the original spectrum. As a result, the fine-structure of the original spectrum is enhanced in the processed spectrum and bands that overlap in the original spectrum appear as distinct bands in the processed spectrum. To be resolved by fine-structure enhancement, Lorentzian lines have to be separated by more than their quarter width at half maximum, Gaussian lines by more than their half width at half maximum. A comparison of fine-structure enhancement and Fourier self-deconvolution shows that Fourier self-deconvolution has in theory a higher potential to resolve overlapping bands. However, this depends crucially on the correct choice of the parameters. In practice, when parameters commonly used are chosen for Fourier self-deconvolution, fine-structure enhancement leads to similar results. This is demonstrated at the example of the infrared absorbance spectrum of the protein papain, where the amide I band components could be resolved similarly with both methods. Thus, fine-structure enhancement seems to be a simple alternative to Fourier self-deconvolution that does not require specialised software.

  1. A simple topological method for describing stereoisomers of DNA catenanes and knots.

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    White, J H; Cozzarelli, N R

    1984-06-01

    Although linking number is an effective topological invariant for describing supercoiled DNA, it is inadequate for the additional interwinding in catenated or knotted DNA. We explain how the two-bridge theory of Schubert provides a powerful yet simple method for analyzing these forms by associating them with two integral invariants, alpha and beta, that measure their geometric complexity. These integers can either be determined graphically or computed with the aid of standard tables, and they allow tabulation of all possible stereoisomers of a given knot or catenane . A complete classification can then be made via a simple theorem. Stereoisomers of representative knots and catenanes are tabulated for easy reference. There are four stereoisomers of regularly interlocked catenanes that we designate right-handed parallel, right-handed antiparallel, left-handed parallel, and left-handed antiparallel according to the helical intertwining of the rings. The biological processes that form catenanes --replication, recombination, and topoisomerase action--predict distinctly different isomers. PMID:6587352

  2. Blood Pressure over Height Ratios: Simple and Accurate Method of Detecting Elevated Blood Pressure in Children.

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    Galescu, Ovidiu; George, Minu; Basetty, Sudhakar; Predescu, Iuliana; Mongia, Anil; Ten, Svetlana; Bhangoo, Amrit

    2012-01-01

    Background. Blood pressure (BP) percentiles in childhood are assessed according to age, gender, and height. Objective. To create a simple BP/height ratio for both systolic BP (SBP) and diastolic BP (DBP). To study the relationship between BP/height ratios and corresponding BP percentiles in children. Methods. We analyzed data on height and BP from 2006-2007 NHANES data. BP percentiles were calculated for 3775 children. Receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve analyses were performed to calculate sensitivity and specificity of BP/height ratios as diagnostic tests for elevated BP (>90%). Correlation analysis was performed between BP percentiles and BP/height ratios. Results. The average age was 12.54 ± 2.67 years. SBP/height and DBP/height ratios strongly correlated with SBP & DBP percentiles in both boys (P < 0.001, R(2) = 0.85, R(2) = 0.86) and girls (P < 0.001, R(2) = 0.85, R(2) = 0.90). The cutoffs of SBP/height and DBP/height ratios in boys were ≥0.75 and ≥0.46, respectively; in girls the ratios were ≥0.75 and ≥0.48, respectively with sensitivity and specificity in range of 83-100%. Conclusion. BP/height ratios are simple with high sensitivity and specificity to detect elevated BP in children. These ratios can be easily used in routine medical care of children. PMID:22577400

  3. Blood Pressure over Height Ratios: Simple and Accurate Method of Detecting Elevated Blood Pressure in Children

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    Galescu, Ovidiu; George, Minu; Basetty, Sudhakar; Predescu, Iuliana; Mongia, Anil; Ten, Svetlana; Bhangoo, Amrit

    2012-01-01

    Background. Blood pressure (BP) percentiles in childhood are assessed according to age, gender, and height. Objective. To create a simple BP/height ratio for both systolic BP (SBP) and diastolic BP (DBP). To study the relationship between BP/height ratios and corresponding BP percentiles in children. Methods. We analyzed data on height and BP from 2006-2007 NHANES data. BP percentiles were calculated for 3775 children. Receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve analyses were performed to calculate sensitivity and specificity of BP/height ratios as diagnostic tests for elevated BP (>90%). Correlation analysis was performed between BP percentiles and BP/height ratios. Results. The average age was 12.54 ± 2.67 years. SBP/height and DBP/height ratios strongly correlated with SBP & DBP percentiles in both boys (P < 0.001, R2 = 0.85, R2 = 0.86) and girls (P < 0.001, R2 = 0.85, R2 = 0.90). The cutoffs of SBP/height and DBP/height ratios in boys were ≥0.75 and ≥0.46, respectively; in girls the ratios were ≥0.75 and ≥0.48, respectively with sensitivity and specificity in range of 83–100%. Conclusion. BP/height ratios are simple with high sensitivity and specificity to detect elevated BP in children. These ratios can be easily used in routine medical care of children. PMID:22577400

  4. Catchments as simple dynamical systems: A case study on methods and data requirements for parameter identification

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    Melsen, Lieke; Teuling, Adriaan; van Berkum, Sonja; Torfs, Paul; Uijlenhoet, Remko

    2014-05-01

    In many rainfall-runoff models at least some calibration of model parameters has to take place. Especially for ungauged or poorly gauged basins this can be problematic, because there is little or no data available for calibration. A possible solution to overcome the problems caused by data scarcity is to set up a measurement campaign for a short time period. With the employed approach based on the theory of Kirchner (2009), a model was developed and applied to the Rietholzbach catchment in Switzerland (Teuling et al., 2010, Seneviratne et al., 2012), with only two parameters. These two parameters describe a unique storage-discharge relation. The model is constructed such that the parameters can be determined not only with automatic calibration, but also by recession analysis and a priori from Boussinesq theory. The automatic calibration and the recession analysis have been fed with different selections of the full data record as well as with the full data record itself. For Boussinesq theory, catchment characteristics were given as required input. In the end, a comparison of the performance of the three different methods was made, and a comparison on the amount of data that is required by each of the three parameter identification methods. Melsen, L.A., Teuling, A.J., van Berkum, S.W., Torfs, P.J.J.F., Uijlenhoet, R. (2013) Catchments as simple dynamical systems: A case study on methods and data requirements for parameter identification, Water Resour. Res., under review References Kirchner, J.W. (2009), Catchments as simple dynamical systems: Catchment characterization, rainfall-runoff modeling, and doing hydrology backward, Water Resour. Res. 45:W02429. Seneviratne, S.I., I. Lehner, J. Gurtz, A.J. Teuling, H Lang, U. Moser, D. Grebner, L. Menzel, K. Schro, T. Vitvar, and M. Zappa (2012), Swiss prealpine Rietholzbach research catchment and lysimeter: 32 year time series and 2003 drought event, Water Resour. Res. 48:W06526. Teuling, A. J., I. Lehner, J. W. Kirchner

  5. Iohexol plasma clearance, a simple and reliable method to measure renal function in conscious mice.

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    Luis-Lima, Sergio; Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Ana Elena; Martín-Higueras, Cristina; Sierra-Ramos, Catalina; Carrara, Fabiola; Arnau, María Rosa; Alvarez de la Rosa, Diego; Salido, Eduardo; Gaspari, Flavio; Porrini, Esteban

    2016-09-01

    In mice, renal function evaluated by serum creatinine has limitations. Gold standard methods using radioactive markers are cumbersome. We aimed to develop the iohexol plasma clearance as a simple assessment of renal function in conscious mice. We used two groups of mice: testing and validation, formed by 16 animals (8 male and 8 female) each. Iohexol was injected intravenously into the tail vein (6.47 mg), and tail tip blood samples were collected at 1, 3, 7, 10, 15, 35, 55, and 75 min. Iohexol plasma clearances were calculated in two ways: (1) two-compartment model (CL2) using all time points and (2) one-compartment model (CL1) using only the last four points. In the testing group, CL1 overestimated the true clearance (CL2). Therefore, CL1 was recalculated applying a correction factor calculated as the ratio between CL2/CL1. The latter was considered as the simplified method. CL2 averaged 223.3 ± 64.3 μl/min and CL1 252.4 ± 76.4 μl/min, which lead to a CF of 0.89. Comparable results for CL2, CL1, and simplified method were observed in the validation group. Additionally, we demonstrated the capacity of the simplified method to quantitatively assess different degrees of renal function in three mouse models: hyperoxaluric-CKD (87.4 ± 28.3 μl/min), heminephrectomized (135-0 ± 50.5 μl/min), and obese (399.6 ± 112.1 μl/min) mice. We have developed a simple and reliable method to evaluate renal function in conscious mice under diverse clinical conditions. Moreover, the test can be repeated in the same animal, which makes the method useful to examine renal function changes over time. PMID:27315812

  6. Simple high-performance liquid chromatographic method for the determination of medroxyprogesterone acetate in human plasma.

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    Read, J; Mould, G; Stevenson, D

    1985-06-14

    The high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method was developed as a simple, reliable alternative to available methods for measuring plasma concentrations of medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA). The HPLC method has been successfully automated and is suitable for the rapid, inexpensive analysis of large batches of plasma samples. The best approach involves a solvent extraction followed by HPLC separation and analysis. MPA can be efficiently extracted, at all pH values, by nonpolar solvents. The Spherisorb 5-ODS2 HPLC column provides excellent separation of MPA from endogenous steroids of similar structure and from extraneous plasma blank peaks. A batch of 30-40 samples can be prepared by HPLC analysis in 2-3 hours, with a chromatographic run time of 10 minutes/sample. Calibration curves between 5-250 ng/ml show a good correlation between peak height ratio and MPA concentration, even at low levels. Plasma concentrations of MPA in patients receiving 1 g/day were between 12.6-270 ng/ml in this study, suggesting that the sensitivity of this method, 10 ng/ml, is sufficient for monitoring therapeutic concentrations of MPA. The results show a wide individual variation in plasma concentrations following similar dosing schedules--a finding reported by other workers. PMID:3161906

  7. A simple and sensitive enzymatic method for cholesterol quantification in macrophages and foam cells

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    Robinet, Peggy; Wang, Zeneng; Hazen, Stanley L.; Smith, Jonathan D.

    2010-01-01

    A precise and sensitive method for measuring cellular free and esterified cholesterol is required in order to perform studies of macrophage cholesterol loading, metabolism, storage, and efflux. Until now, the use of an enzymatic cholesterol assay, commonly used for aqueous phase plasma cholesterol assays, has not been optimized for use with solid phase samples such as cells, due to inefficient solubilization of total cholesterol in enzyme compatible solvents. We present an efficient solubilization protocol compatible with an enzymatic cholesterol assay that does not require chemical saponification or chromatographic separation. Another issue with enzyme compatible solvents is the presence of endogenous peroxides that interfere with the enzymatic cholesterol assay. We overcame this obstacle by pretreatment of the reaction solution with the enzyme catalase, which consumed endogenous peroxides resulting in reduced background and increased sensitivity in our method. Finally, we demonstrated that this method for cholesterol quantification in macrophages yields results that are comparable to those measured by stable isotope dilution gas chromatography with mass spectrometry detection. In conclusion, we describe a sensitive, simple, and high-throughput enzymatic method to quantify cholesterol in complex matrices such as cells. PMID:20688754

  8. Nonlinear bend stiffener analysis using a simple formulation and finite element method

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    Tong, Dong Jin; Low, Ying Min; Sheehan, John M.

    2011-12-01

    Flexible marine risers are commonly used in deepwater floating systems. Bend stiffeners are designed to protect flexible risers against excessive bending at the connection with the hull. The structure is usually analyzed as a cantilever beam subjected to an inclined point load. As deflections are large and the bend stiffener material exhibits nonlinear stress-strain characteristics, geometric and material nonlinearities are important considerations. A new approach has been developed to solve this nonlinear problem. Its main advantage is its simplicity; in fact the present method can be easily implemented on a spreadsheet. Finite element analysis using ABAQUS is performed to validate the method. Solid elements are used for the bend stiffener and flexible pipe. To simulate the near inextensibility of flexible risers, a simple and original idea of using truss elements is proposed. Through a set of validation studies, the present method is found to be in a good agreement with the finite element analysis. Further, parametric studies are performed by using both methods to identify the key parameters and phenomena that are most critical in design. The most important finding is that the common practice of neglecting the internal steel sleeve in the bend stiffener analysis is non-conservative and therefore needs to be reassessed.

  9. A simple method for the determination of resistance to gas diffusion in plant organs.

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    Cameron, A C; Yang, S F

    1982-07-01

    A simple method was developed for the determination of resistance coefficients for ethylene diffusion in plant tissues based on the kinetic analysis of the efflux of preloaded ethane gas. Efflux curves were analyzed to obtain first-order rate constants and resistance coefficients. Resistance coefficients determined by the ethane efflux and steady-state methods were found to agree well. Employing the ethane efflux method, it was shown that over 97% of gas exchange of tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum Mill., cv. ;Ace') fruits occurs through the stem scar. The resistances to diffusion of tomato skin and stem scar were found to be 280,000 and 300 seconds per centimeter, respectively; the combined resistance of intact tomato fruits was approximately 7,800 seconds per centimeter. The ethane efflux method was employed to show that plastic shrink-wrapping of English cucumbers (Cucumis sativus L. var anglicus Bailey) increased the resistance to ethane diffusion from 1.1 x 10(3) to 23 x 10(3) seconds per centimeter. PMID:16662447

  10. Economical, simple method for production of the gaseous environment required for cultivation of Campylobacter jejuni.

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    Pennie, R A; Zunino, J N; Rose, C E; Guerrant, R L

    1984-01-01

    Campylobacter jejuni is an enteric pathogen recognized worldwide as a cause of diarrhea. Its isolation from stool samples requires a microaerophilic environment that heretofore has been expensive and cumbersome to create. An economical, portable, and simple method is described which involves the production of appropriate concentrations of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Inside a plastic bag are placed two cups, one containing fine steel wool (grade 0) previously soaked in a 2.5% aqueous solution of copper sulfate and the other containing an Alka-Seltzer tablet in tap water. As suggested by Jurgensen et al. (Rev. Bras. Pat. Clin. 18:58-63, 1982), we used the effervescent antacid to generate CO2. By plate counts, we found this method to be as reliable in the cultivation of 20 isolates of C. jejuni in pure and mixed fecal culture as the reference gas method (85% N2, 10% CO2, and 5% O2). Analyses of the gas mixture inside the bag after up to 24 h of incubation confirmed the creation of an atmosphere of reduced O2 and increased CO2 concentrations. This method is eminently suitable for field situations in which more costly supplies are not available. PMID:6436301

  11. Economical, simple method for production of the gaseous environment required for cultivation of Campylobacter jejuni.

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    Pennie, R A; Zunino, J N; Rose, C E; Guerrant, R L

    1984-09-01

    Campylobacter jejuni is an enteric pathogen recognized worldwide as a cause of diarrhea. Its isolation from stool samples requires a microaerophilic environment that heretofore has been expensive and cumbersome to create. An economical, portable, and simple method is described which involves the production of appropriate concentrations of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Inside a plastic bag are placed two cups, one containing fine steel wool (grade 0) previously soaked in a 2.5% aqueous solution of copper sulfate and the other containing an Alka-Seltzer tablet in tap water. As suggested by Jurgensen et al. (Rev. Bras. Pat. Clin. 18:58-63, 1982), we used the effervescent antacid to generate CO2. By plate counts, we found this method to be as reliable in the cultivation of 20 isolates of C. jejuni in pure and mixed fecal culture as the reference gas method (85% N2, 10% CO2, and 5% O2). Analyses of the gas mixture inside the bag after up to 24 h of incubation confirmed the creation of an atmosphere of reduced O2 and increased CO2 concentrations. This method is eminently suitable for field situations in which more costly supplies are not available. PMID:6436301

  12. A Simple and Efficient Method to Detect Nuclear Factor Activation in Human Neutrophils by Flow Cytometry

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    García-García, Erick; Uribe-Querol, Eileen; Rosales, Carlos

    2013-01-01

    Neutrophils are the most abundant leukocytes in peripheral blood. These cells are the first to appear at sites of inflammation and infection, thus becoming the first line of defense against invading microorganisms. Neutrophils possess important antimicrobial functions such as phagocytosis, release of lytic enzymes, and production of reactive oxygen species. In addition to these important defense functions, neutrophils perform other tasks in response to infection such as production of proinflammatory cytokines and inhibition of apoptosis. Cytokines recruit other leukocytes that help clear the infection, and inhibition of apoptosis allows the neutrophil to live longer at the site of infection. These functions are regulated at the level of transcription. However, because neutrophils are short-lived cells, the study of transcriptionally regulated responses in these cells cannot be performed with conventional reporter gene methods since there are no efficient techniques for neutrophil transfection. Here, we present a simple and efficient method that allows detection and quantification of nuclear factors in isolated and immunolabeled nuclei by flow cytometry. We describe techniques to isolate pure neutrophils from human peripheral blood, stimulate these cells with anti-receptor antibodies, isolate and immunolabel nuclei, and analyze nuclei by flow cytometry. The method has been successfully used to detect NF-κB and Elk-1 nuclear factors in nuclei from neutrophils and other cell types. Thus, this method represents an option for analyzing activation of transcription factors in isolated nuclei from a variety of cell types. PMID:23603868

  13. Simple spectrophotometric method for determination of melamine in liquid milks based on green Mannich reaction

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    Chansuvarn, Woravith; Panich, Sirirat; Imyim, Apichat

    2013-09-01

    A new and simple spectrophotometric method has been developed and validated for measuring the contamination of melamine in different milk products. The method is based upon measuring the absorption of the complex formed from melamine, 4-hydroxyacetophenone (Hap) and 1-pyrene carboxaldehyde (Pcd), which was adapted from the Mannich reaction. Quantitative analysis was done at a wavelength of 236 nm within a few minutes. The reaction was optimized by focusing on both obtaining high performance of the method and to concern the volatility and toxicity of used reagents. This method provided a linear dynamic range, limit of detection and limit of quantification of 0.100-3.78, 0.08 and 0.14 mg L-1, respectively. The relative standard deviation (RSD) was 3.6% (n = 10). The recoveries of melamine spiked liquid milk samples, with melamine concentrations of 0.63, 1.26, 1.89 and 2.52 mg L-1, were 87.7 ± 3.7%, 91.1 ± 8.8%, 89.2 ± 4.4% and 90.6 ± 3.6% (n = 3), respectively.

  14. Simple, rapid method for direct isolation of nucleic acids from aquatic environments.

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    Somerville, C C; Knight, I T; Straube, W L; Colwell, R R

    1989-01-01

    Direct isolation of nucleic acids from the environment may be useful in several respects, including the estimation of total biomass, detection of specific organisms and genes, estimations of species diversity, and cloning applications. We have developed a method that facilitates the concentration of microorganisms from aquatic samples and the extraction of their nucleic acids. Natural water samples of 350 to greater than 1,000 ml are concentrated on a single cylindrical filter membrane (type SVGS01015; Millipore Corp., Bedford, Mass.), and cell lysis and proteolysis are carried out within the filter housing. Crude, high-molecular-weight nucleic acid solutions are then drawn off the filter. These solutions can be immediately analyzed, concentrated, or purified, depending on the intended application. The method is simple, rapid, and economical and provides high-molecular-weight chromosomal DNA, plasmid DNA, and speciated RNAs which comigrate with 5S, 16S, and 23S rRNAs. The methods presented here should prove useful in studying both the ecology and the phylogeny of microbes that resist classical culture methods. Images PMID:2467621

  15. Electrophoretic determination of ricin using immunogold silver staining--comparison with simple "protein dot" method.

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    Terazawa, K; Griffiths, G D; Leith, A G; Green, M A

    1989-08-01

    Studies were performed to establish a sensitive electrophoretic immunodetection system for the highly toxic plant protein, ricin. This has potential criminal application as an agent for causing a delayed death following parenteral administration. The immunodetection system could be used to demonstrate residual traces of the toxin left in certain tissues of the victim's body. Following polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of ricin added to rat muscle tissue extracts, the gels were electro-blotted onto nitrocellulose paper and ricin bands probed for visualisation by immunostaining. Several immunostaining procedures were investigated in order to select the most sensitive. These included indirect immunoperoxidase, peroxidase-anti-peroxidase (PAP), avidin-biotin complex (ABC) and the immunogold silver staining (IGSS) procedures. The sensitivity of PAP and indirect immunoperoxidase methods were similar at around 50 ng while the ABC technique gave visible staining of 10 ng of electro-blotted ricin. The method with greatest sensitivity was undoubtedly IGSS, which resulted in unequivocal demonstration of 4 ng of ricin. The IGSS-immunoblotting system was considered to readily demonstrate the presence of ricin in muscle tissue from the injection site of dead victims. We compared this system with the very simple method of sample dot staining. Here, samples of ricin were spotted directly onto nitrocellulose. The dots were stained using the IGSS method which was found able to demonstrate less than 10 pg of ricin. PMID:2479790

  16. Development of a simple cultivation method for isolating hitherto-uncultured cellulase-producing microbes.

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    Fujii, Katsuhiko; Kuwahara, Anna; Nakamura, Kanako; Yamashita, Yuki

    2011-08-01

    Although enrichment culture is typically employed to isolate cellulolytic microbes, this approach tends to favor fast-growing species and discriminates against all others. Therefore, efforts to prevent the overgrowth of fast-growing species are necessary to isolate novel cellulase-producing strains. In this study, we developed a simple culture method for isolating hitherto-uncultured microbes that possess cellulase activity, particularly exocellulase. In this method, the microbial source (a forest soil) was suspended in sterilized water and inoculated onto a mineral salts agar medium, which was then overlaid with filter paper to sandwich the microbial suspension between the agar surface and paper. The filter paper fibers served to immobilize the microbial cells and were the dominant carbon source. Following cultivation at 30°C for 2 weeks, emerging colonies were isolated based on their morphology and were then subjected to phylogenetic and enzyme analyses. Using this method, 2,150 CFUs/g dry soil were obtained, and the ratio of fungal to bacterial isolates was approximately 4:1. Phylogenetic analyses revealed that most fungal and bacterial isolates belong to ten and two genera, respectively. Notably, all isolates possessed exocellulase activity, and several strains showed strong activity that was comparable to Trichoderma cellulase. Many isolates also exhibited cellulase and xylanase activity, and several strains possessed laccase activity. It is expected that the culture method described here will be useful for the isolation of hitherto-uncultured cellulolytic microbes and the identification of novel cellulases. PMID:21656138

  17. Simple blood-feeding method for live imaging of gut tube remodeling in regenerating planarians.

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    Hosoda, Kazutaka; Morimoto, Mizuki; Motoishi, Minako; Nishimura, Osamu; Agata, Kiyokazu; Umesono, Yoshihiko

    2016-04-01

    Live cell imaging is a powerful technique to study cellular dynamics in vivo during animal development and regeneration. However, few live imaging methods have been reported for studying planarian regeneration. Here, we developed a simple method for steady visualization of gut tube remodeling during regeneration of a living freshwater planarian, Dugesia japonica. When planarians were fed blood several times, gut branches were well-visualized in living intact animals under normal bright-field illumination. Interestingly, tail fragments derived from these colored planarians enabled successive observation of the processes of the formation of a single anterior gut branch in the prepharyngeal region from the preexisting two posterior gut branches in the same living animals during head regeneration. Furthermore, we combined this method and RNA interference (RNAi) and thereby showed that a D. japonica raf-related gene (DjrafA) and mek-related gene (DjmekA) we identified both play a major role in the activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signaling during planarian regeneration, as indicated by their RNAi-induced defects on gut tube remodeling in a time-saving initial screening using blood-feeding without immunohistochemical detection of the gut. Thus, this blood-feeding method is useful for live imaging of gut tube remodeling, and provides an advance for the field of regeneration study in planarians. PMID:26948408

  18. A simple method to identify the unprocessed Strychnos seeds used in herbal medicinal products.

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    Han, Quan-Bin; Li, Song-Lin; Qiao, Chun-Feng; Song, Jing-Zheng; Cai, Zong-Wei; Pui-Hay But, Paul; Shaw, Pang-Chui; Xu, Hong-Xi

    2008-03-01

    The seeds of Strychnos nux-vomica are popularly used in the treatment of arthritis. Being extremely toxic, the raw seeds are forbidden and must be processed before clinical use. The quality of crude and processed Strychnos seeds can be controlled by examining the toxic alkaloids using established HPLC methods. But this procedure does not work in the case where the seeds are powdered and mixed with other medicinal materials in proprietary production. In this quality control study on Strychnos seeds, the contents of two major toxic alkaloids (strychnine and brucine) and a major non-alkaloid constituent (loganic acid) in twenty-four samples of Strychnos seeds (nine processed and fifteen unprocessed) were compared using published HPLC-UV methods. The results showed that the better the seeds were processed, the less loganic acid was found. The alkaloids and non-alkaloid components simultaneously decreased in processed seeds. The content ratio between alkaloids and loganic acid was clearly different in well-processed and crude Strychnos seeds. Based on this interesting discovery, a simple chromatographic method was established which allows a simultaneous determination of loganic acid and the alkaloids strychnine and brucine. The relative peak area (RPA) of strychnine-to-loganic acid was revealed to be a reliable key quality control parameter in order to effectively identify the processed seeds. This new method has been successfully applied to detect the insufficiently processed Strychnos material in marketed herbal medicinal products. PMID:18484543

  19. Simple method for highlighting the temperature distribution into a liquid sample heated by microwave power field

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    Surducan, V.; Surducan, E.; Dadarlat, D.

    2013-11-13

    Microwave induced heating is widely used in medical treatments, scientific and industrial applications. The temperature field inside a microwave heated sample is often inhomogenous, therefore multiple temperature sensors are required for an accurate result. Nowadays, non-contact (Infra Red thermography or microwave radiometry) or direct contact temperature measurement methods (expensive and sophisticated fiber optic temperature sensors transparent to microwave radiation) are mainly used. IR thermography gives only the surface temperature and can not be used for measuring temperature distributions in cross sections of a sample. In this paper we present a very simple experimental method for temperature distribution highlighting inside a cross section of a liquid sample, heated by a microwave radiation through a coaxial applicator. The method proposed is able to offer qualitative information about the heating distribution, using a temperature sensitive liquid crystal sheet. Inhomogeneities as smaller as 1°-2°C produced by the symmetry irregularities of the microwave applicator can be easily detected by visual inspection or by computer assisted color to temperature conversion. Therefore, the microwave applicator is tuned and verified with described method until the temperature inhomogeneities are solved.

  20. A simple Ultraviolet spectrophotometric method for the determination of etoricoxib in dosage formulations

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    Singh, Shipra; Mishra, Amrita; Verma, Anurag; Ghosh, Ashoke K.; Mishra, Arun K.

    2012-01-01

    The present study was undertaken to develop a validated, rapid, simple, and low-cost ultraviolet (UV) spectrophotometric method for estimating Etoricoxib (ETX) in pharmaceutical formulations. The analysis was performed on λ max 233 nm using 0.1 M HCl as blank/diluent. The proposed method was validated on International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines including parameters as linearity, accuracy, precision, reproducibility, and specificity. The proposed method was also used to access the content of the ETX in two commercial brands of Indian market. Beer's law was obeyed in concentration range of 0.1–0.5 μg/ml, and the regression equation was Y = 0.418x + 0.018. The mean accuracy values for 0.1 μg/ml and 0.2 μg/ml concentration of ETX were found to be 99.76 ± 0.52% and 99.12 ± 0.84, respectively, and relative standard deviation (RSD) of interday and intraday was less than 2%. The developed method was suitable and specific to the analysis of ETX even in the presence of common excipients. The method was applied on two different marketed brands and ETX contents were 98.5 ± 0.56 and 99.33 ± 0.44, respectively, of labeled claim. The proposed method was validated as per ICH guidelines and statistically good results were obtained. This method can be employed for routine analysis of ETX in bulk and commercial formulations. PMID:23378945

  1. A Simple yet Accurate Method for the Estimation of the Biovolume of Planktonic Microorganisms.

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    Saccà, Alessandro

    2016-01-01

    Determining the biomass of microbial plankton is central to the study of fluxes of energy and materials in aquatic ecosystems. This is typically accomplished by applying proper volume-to-carbon conversion factors to group-specific abundances and biovolumes. A critical step in this approach is the accurate estimation of biovolume from two-dimensional (2D) data such as those available through conventional microscopy techniques or flow-through imaging systems. This paper describes a simple yet accurate method for the assessment of the biovolume of planktonic microorganisms, which works with any image analysis system allowing for the measurement of linear distances and the estimation of the cross sectional area of an object from a 2D digital image. The proposed method is based on Archimedes' principle about the relationship between the volume of a sphere and that of a cylinder in which the sphere is inscribed, plus a coefficient of 'unellipticity' introduced here. Validation and careful evaluation of the method are provided using a variety of approaches. The new method proved to be highly precise with all convex shapes characterised by approximate rotational symmetry, and combining it with an existing method specific for highly concave or branched shapes allows covering the great majority of cases with good reliability. Thanks to its accuracy, consistency, and low resources demand, the new method can conveniently be used in substitution of any extant method designed for convex shapes, and can readily be coupled with automated cell imaging technologies, including state-of-the-art flow-through imaging devices. PMID:27195667

  2. A Simple yet Accurate Method for the Estimation of the Biovolume of Planktonic Microorganisms

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    2016-01-01

    Determining the biomass of microbial plankton is central to the study of fluxes of energy and materials in aquatic ecosystems. This is typically accomplished by applying proper volume-to-carbon conversion factors to group-specific abundances and biovolumes. A critical step in this approach is the accurate estimation of biovolume from two-dimensional (2D) data such as those available through conventional microscopy techniques or flow-through imaging systems. This paper describes a simple yet accurate method for the assessment of the biovolume of planktonic microorganisms, which works with any image analysis system allowing for the measurement of linear distances and the estimation of the cross sectional area of an object from a 2D digital image. The proposed method is based on Archimedes’ principle about the relationship between the volume of a sphere and that of a cylinder in which the sphere is inscribed, plus a coefficient of ‘unellipticity’ introduced here. Validation and careful evaluation of the method are provided using a variety of approaches. The new method proved to be highly precise with all convex shapes characterised by approximate rotational symmetry, and combining it with an existing method specific for highly concave or branched shapes allows covering the great majority of cases with good reliability. Thanks to its accuracy, consistency, and low resources demand, the new method can conveniently be used in substitution of any extant method designed for convex shapes, and can readily be coupled with automated cell imaging technologies, including state-of-the-art flow-through imaging devices. PMID:27195667

  3. The Harris-Kaiser Independent Cluster Rotation as a Method for Rotation to Simple Component Weights.

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    Kiers, H. A. L.; ten Berge, Jos M. F.

    1994-01-01

    Procedures for oblique rotation of factors or principal components typically focus on rotating the pattern matrix so that it becomes optimally simple. How the Harris and Kaiser independent cluster (1964) rotation can be modified to obtain a simple weights matrix rather than a simple pattern is described and illustrated. (SLD)

  4. A simple method to verify the opacity and equation of state of high-Z plasmas

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    Meng, Guangwei; Li, Jinghong; Yang, Jiamin; Zhu, Tuo; Zou, Shiyang; Wang, Min; Zhang, Weiyan

    2013-09-15

    Accurate opacity and equation of state (EOS) data are important parameters for reliable modeling and understanding many phenomena of high energy density physics. However, they are difficult to obtain either theoretically or experimentally especially for high-Z plasmas. In this paper, we proposed a simple method to verify the opacity and EOS of high-Z plasmas in rarefactive states, which is build on the two key aspects of ablation processes, i.e., the propagation of heatwave into materials and the hydrodynamic expansion of the blow-off plasmas. Based on the integrated analysis of the Au foil burnthrough and foam-confined plasma expansion experiments performed on the Shenguang II and Shenguang III prototype laser facilities, we suggested two semi-empirical multipliers to adjust the opacity and EOS of Au plasma. These adjusted opacity and EOS may then provide a foundation for other radiation hydrodynamic simulations under similar drive conditions.

  5. A simple and innovative method for species identification of phytoplankton cells on minute quantities of DNA.

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    Masseret, Estelle; Enquebecq, Marjorie; Laabir, Mohamed; Genovesi, Benjamin; Vaquer, André; Avarre, Jean-Christophe

    2010-12-01

    Dinoflagellates belonging to the genus Alexandrium are often involved in harmful algal blooms. Their ecological exploration is thus essential to increase our knowledge on these toxic events. Yet, population genetic studies, taxonomic identification and environmental monitoring are hampered by major constraints: the necessity to establish monoclonal cultures from environmental samples and the sensitivity of available molecular tools. The present work describes a very simple and sensitive method for extraction and amplification of DNA at the infra-single-cell level. Its on-slide format allows for easy visual control of both quality and quantity of the templates. Combined with a semi-multiplex PCR protocol designed on the 18S-28S rDNA-ITS region of Alexandrium catenella and Alexandrium tamarense, this procedure allowed the identification and discrimination of these species from both monoclonal cultures and natural samples. PMID:23766275

  6. Thermalization calorimetry: A simple method for investigating glass transition and crystallization of supercooled liquids

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    Jakobsen, Bo; Sanz, Alejandro; Niss, Kristine; Hecksher, Tina; Pedersen, Ib H.; Rasmussen, Torben; Christensen, Tage; Olsen, Niels Boye; Dyre, Jeppe C.

    2016-05-01

    We present a simple method for fast and cheap thermal analysis on supercooled glass-forming liquids. This "Thermalization Calorimetry" technique is based on monitoring the temperature and its rate of change during heating or cooling of a sample for which the thermal power input comes from heat conduction through an insulating material, i.e., is proportional to the temperature difference between sample and surroundings. The monitored signal reflects the sample's specific heat and is sensitive to exo- and endothermic processes. The technique is useful for studying supercooled liquids and their crystallization, e.g., for locating the glass transition and melting point(s), as well as for investigating the stability against crystallization and estimating the relative change in specific heat between the solid and liquid phases at the glass transition.

  7. A simple pharmacokinetic method for separating the three acetylation phenotypes: a preliminary report.

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    Lee, E J; Lee, L K

    1982-01-01

    1 Until recently, phenotyping the N-acetyltransferase enzyme had been restricted to distinguishing the slow acetylators from the rapid. Further separation of the heterozygous rapid phenotype from the homozygous rapid phenotype has only been possible by detailed pharmacokinetic studies using sulphadimidine and necessitating prolonged plasma sampling. 2 A simple method of deriving the basic pharmacokinetic parameters is presented. In this study of ten healthy volunteers, one urine sample and hourly plasma sampling over only 5 h enabled calculation of the total body (TBC) and metabolic clearances (MC) wih enough accuracy to distinguish the three (slow, intermediate and rapid) acetylator phenotypes. The spread of the distribution for the elimination rate constant was however too wide to enable their clear separation. PMID:7059437

  8. Simple method for the growth of 4H silicon carbide on silicon substrate

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    Asghar, M.; Shahid, M. Y.; Iqbal, F.; Fatima, K.; Nawaz, Muhammad Asif; Arbi, H. M.; Tsu, R.

    2016-03-01

    In this study we report thermal evaporation technique as a simple method for the growth of 4H silicon carbide on p-type silicon substrate. A mixture of Si and C60 powder of high purity (99.99%) was evaporated from molybdenum boat. The as grown film was characterized by XRD, FTIR, UV-Vis Spectrophotometer and Hall Measurements. The XRD pattern displayed four peaks at 2Θ angles 28.550, 32.700, 36.100 and 58.900 related to Si (1 1 1), 4H-SiC (1 0 0), 4H-SiC (1 1 1) and 4H-SiC (2 2 2), respectively. FTIR, UV-Vis spectrophotometer and electrical properties further strengthened the 4H-SiC growth.

  9. Super-hydrophobic surfaces from a simple coating method: a bionic nanoengineering approach

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    Liu, Yuyang; Chen, Xianqiong; Xin, J. H.

    2006-07-01

    Inspired by the self-cleaning behaviour of lotus leaves in nature, we developed a simple coating method that can facilitate the bionic creation of super-hydrophobic surfaces on various substrates, thus providing a feasible way of fabricating super-hydrophobic surfaces for civil and industrial applications. Micro-nanoscale binary structured composite particles of silica/fluoropolymer were prepared using an emulsion-mediated sol-gel process, and then these composite particles were applied to various substrates to mimic the surface microstructures of lotus leaves. Super-hydrophobic surfaces with a water contact angle larger than 150° are obtained, and these super-hydrophobic surfaces are expected to have potential applications for rusting-resistant, anti-fog and self-cleaning treatments.

  10. Analysis of a Four-Station Doppler Tracking Method Using a Simple CW Beacon

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    Fricke, Clifford L.; Watkins, Carl W. L.

    1961-01-01

    A Doppler tracking method is presented in which a very small, simple CW beacon transmitter is used with four Doppler receiving stations to obtain the position and velocity of a space research vehicle. The exact transmitter frequency need not be known, but an initial position is required, and Doppler frequencies must be measured with extreme accuracy. The errors in the system are analyzed and general formulas are derived for position and velocity errors. The proper location of receiving stations is discussed, a rule for avoiding infinite errors is given, and error charts for ideal station configurations are presented. The effect of the index of refraction is also investigated. The system is capable of determining transmitter position within 1,000 feet at a range of 200 miles.

  11. A Simple and Facile Iodination Method for Improving Sinterability and Electrical Conductivity of Silver Thick Films

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    Zhou, Jian; Gan, Weiping; Li, Yingfen; Luo, Lin; Pan, Qiaoyun; Xiong, Zhijun

    2014-09-01

    Micro-sized silver powders were decorated with nano-scaled Ag/AgI clusters on the surface via a simple reaction with iodine and subsequent exposure to sunshine. Surface morphologies, crystal structures, and thermal properties of the powders were characterized. The powders with different mole ratios of I:Ag (0:100, 2:100, 10:100) were employed in silver pastes to evaluate sinterability and electrical conductivity of thick films. Microstructures and sheet resistance of the films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and the four-point probe method. The particles coated with and without nano-sized Ag/AgI clusters showed different sintering behaviors. Moreover, clear necks were formed between the Ag particles with the ratio of 2:100 even at 570°C, whereas those untreated remained discrete. However, over-decoration lowered sinterability and electrical conductivity.

  12. Synthesis of silica particles from rice straw waste using a simple extraction method

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    Nandiyanto, A. B. D.; Rahman, T.; Fadhlulloh, M. A.; Abdullah, A. G.; Hamidah, I.; Mulyanti, B.

    2016-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to synthesize silica particles from rice straw waste using a simple extraction method. The experiment was conducted by heating and extracting rice straw waste into basic solution. To get silica particles, the extracted solution was then put into acid solution and heated to remove the remained solvent. The experimental results showed that the aggregated silica particles with sizes of about 200 nm were successfully produced. The XRD and FTIR analysis showed that the final product was silica and free of graphite. However, we found that some KCl component in the final product in which this was possibly from the use of KOH as the extraction agent. Therefore, further studies are still required to synthesize high purity silica particles from rice straw waste.

  13. Few-layer graphene growth from polystyrene as solid carbon source utilizing simple APCVD method

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    Ahmadi, Shahrokh; Afzalzadeh, Reza

    2016-07-01

    This research article presents development of an economical, simple, immune and environment friendly process to grow few-layer graphene by controlling evaporation rate of polystyrene on copper foil as catalyst and substrate utilizing atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD) method. Evaporation rate of polystyrene depends on molecular structure, amount of used material and temperature. We have found controlling rate of evaporation of polystyrene by controlling the source temperature is easier than controlling the material weight. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) as well as Raman Spectroscopy has been used for characterization of the layers. The frequency of G‧ to G band ratio intensity in some samples varied between 0.8 and 1.6 corresponding to few-layer graphene. Topography characterization by atomic force microscopy confirmed Raman results.

  14. A simple photoacoustic method for the in situ study of soot distribution in flames

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    Humphries, G. S.; Dunn, J.; Hossain, M. M.; Lengden, M.; Burns, I. S.; Black, J. D.

    2015-05-01

    This paper presents a simple photoacoustic technique capable of quantifying soot volume fraction across a range of flame conditions. The output of a high-power (30 W) 808-nm cw-diode laser was modulated in order to generate an acoustic pressure wave via laser heating of soot within the flame. The generated pressure wave was detected using a micro-electro-mechanical microphone mounted close to a porous-plug flat-flame burner. Measurements were taken using the photoacoustic technique in flames of three different equivalence ratios and were compared to laser-induced incandescence. The results presented here show good agreement between the two techniques and show the potential of the photoacoustic method as a way to measure soot volume fraction profiles in this type of flame. We discuss the potential to implement this technique with much lower laser power than was used in the experiments presented here.

  15. A simple method for counting nuclei in the preimplantation mouse embryo.

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    Ebert, K M; Hammer, R E; Papaioannou, V E

    1985-09-15

    An easy and rapid method of counting the number of cells in the preimplantation mouse embryo is described. The procedure increases the speed with which large numbers of embryos can be processed using a simple squash technique. Cell numbers are determined by exposing the embryos to the fluorescent DNA-binding dye, Hoechst 33258, removing the zona pellucida and simply squashing the embryo and counting the number of fluorescent nuclei. An increase in fluorescent intensity and maintenance of nuclear conformation of the squashed preparations are greatly improved by the use of the non-ionic detergent Triton X-100. Viability of dye-treated fertilized one-cell and blastocyst stage embryos is maintained at least up to day 13 of pregnancy following transfer of the embryos to the uteri of pseudopregnant recipients. Additional uses for this staining technique are discussed. PMID:2412884

  16. Simple and Fast Method for Fabrication of Endoscopic Implantable Sensor Arrays

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    Tahirbegi, I. Bogachan; Alvira, Margarita; Mir, Mònica; Samitier, Josep

    2014-01-01

    Here we have developed a simple method for the fabrication of disposable implantable all-solid-state ion-selective electrodes (ISE) in an array format without using complex fabrication equipment or clean room facilities. The electrodes were designed in a needle shape instead of planar electrodes for a full contact with the tissue. The needle-shape platform comprises 12 metallic pins which were functionalized with conductive inks and ISE membranes. The modified microelectrodes were characterized with cyclic voltammetry, scanning electron microscope (SEM), and optical interferometry. The surface area and roughness factor of each microelectrode were determined and reproducible values were obtained for all the microelectrodes on the array. In this work, the microelectrodes were modified with membranes for the detection of pH and nitrate ions to prove the reliability of the fabricated sensor array platform adapted to an endoscope. PMID:24971473

  17. Simple Method for Study of Single-mode Dispersion-shifted and Dispersion-flattened Fibers

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    Bose, Ashima; Gangopadhyay, S.; Saha, S. C.

    2012-12-01

    Employing the simple series expression based on Chebyshev technique, we predict the fundamental modal field inside the core as well as cladding in case of dispersion-shifted trapezoidal and dispersion-flattened graded and step W fibers. This formalism also estimates cladding decay parameters (W) of the said fibers. The analysis involves use of a linear relationship of the ratio of first and zero order modified Bessel functions in the form with 1/W over a wide and practical range of W values appropriate for guidance of only fundamental mode in such fibers. The present method prescribes analytical expressions for the concerned propagation characteristics and these are executable with little computations. Our results are found to match excellently with the available exact results.

  18. A new simple screening method for the detection of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins

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    Cheng, Jinping; Pi, Shuaishuai; Ye, Shufeng; Gao, Haomin; Yao, Lei; Jiang, Zhenyi; Song, Yuling; Xi, Lei

    2012-09-01

    The current testing for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) in shellfish is based on the mouse bioassay (MBA). To alleviate animal welfare concerns, we evaluated the utility of using sublethal indicators of toxicity as an alternative to measuring time to death. Live mice were injected with a PSP congener and the changes in neurotransmitter levels were measured 60, 90, and 120 min after injection. Acetylcholine (ACh) was the most sensitive marker for PSP toxicity. The changes in neurotransmitter levels were most pronounced in the blood. Thus, measurement of Ach levels in the blood may serve as a sensitive predictor for PSP that would not require sacrifice of the mice. This method was relatively simple, sensitive (less than 1 μg/kg weight, equivalent to 20 ng/mL), low maintenance, and rapid (less than 60 min).

  19. A simple method to calculate first-passage time densities with arbitrary initial conditions

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    Nyberg, Markus; Ambjörnsson, Tobias; Lizana, Ludvig

    2016-06-01

    Numerous applications all the way from biology and physics to economics depend on the density of first crossings over a boundary. Motivated by the lack of general purpose analytical tools for computing first-passage time densities (FPTDs) for complex problems, we propose a new simple method based on the independent interval approximation (IIA). We generalise previous formulations of the IIA to include arbitrary initial conditions as well as to deal with discrete time and non-smooth continuous time processes. We derive a closed form expression for the FPTD in z and Laplace-transform space to a boundary in one dimension. Two classes of problems are analysed in detail: discrete time symmetric random walks (Markovian) and continuous time Gaussian stationary processes (Markovian and non-Markovian). Our results are in good agreement with Langevin dynamics simulations.

  20. Preparation of a novel fluorescent nanocomposite: CeO2 / ANS by a simple method

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    Liu, X.; Lian, X.; Li, Y.; Zhang, N.

    2012-03-01

    For the first time, a novel fluorescent material, composed of CeO2/ANS nanocomposites was successfully synthesized by a simple ultrasonic method, using CeO2 nanoparticles and 8-anilino-1-naphthalenesulfonic acid (ANS) as the raw materials. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), photoluminescence spectroscopy and Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The results showed that the PL intensity of the CeO2/ANS nanocomposites was higher than that of both CeO2 nanoparticles and ANS powders, and the peak wavelength was also different from the peak wavelength typical of each of the used materials, which suggests that the chemical reaction occurs between CeO2 nanoparticles and ANS molecules. In addition, the effect of the ANS concentrations on the photoluminescence of the nanocomposites was also investigated.