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  1. To use MIBI or not to use MIBI? That is the question when assessing tumour cells.

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    Moretti, Jean-Luc; Hauet, Nathalie; Caglar, Meltem; Rebillard, Olivier; Burak, Zeynep

    2005-07-01

    99mTc-sestamibi (MIBI) is a well-known tumour imaging agent. Its retention within tumour cell mitochondria is related to perfusion and to the magnitude of the electrical gradient, reflecting cell viability. Several internal cell factors modulate this uptake; for example, multidrug resistance membrane proteins (Pgp and MRP1) and anti-apoptotic BCl-2 protein of the outer mitochondrial membrane can limit retention of MIBI. At the early stage of cell apoptosis, the electrical driving forces of MIBI uptake are impaired, and influx and accumulation are reduced. It seems clear that MIBI can be used before treatment to detect drug resistance, assess anti-apoptotic status and predict treatment efficacy. Although it has been suggested that MIBI might be used to monitor tumour response to treatment, MIBI is unable to differentiate tumours with ongoing apoptosis from those developing drug resistance.

  2. Simultaneous technetium-99m MIBI angiography and myocardial perfusion imaging

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    Baillet, G.Y.; Mena, I.G.; Kuperus, J.H.; Robertson, J.M.; French, W.J.

    1989-01-01

    Resting first-pass radionuclide angiography (FPRNA) was performed with the myocardial perfusion agent technetium-99m MIBI. In 27 patients, it was compared with technetium-99m diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid FPRNA. A significant correlation was present in left (r = 0.93, p less than 0.001) as well as right (r = 0.92, p less than 0.001) ventricular ejection fraction measured with both radiopharmaceuticals. In 13 patients, MIBI derived segmental wall motion was compared with contrast ventriculography. A high correlation was present (p less than 0.001), and qualitative agreement was found in 38/52 segments. In 19 patients with myocardial infarction a significant correlation was present between MIBI segmental wall motion and perfusion scores (p less than 0.001). In ten patients with a history of myocardial infarction, 18 myocardial segments demonstrated diseased coronary vessels and impaired wall motion at contrast angiography. These segments were all identified by the MIBI wall motion and perfusion study. We conclude that MIBI is a promising agent for simultaneous evaluation of cardiac function and myocardial perfusion at rest.

  3. Statin induced myopathy does not show up in MIBI scintigraphy.

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    Lupattelli, G; Palumbo, B; Sinzinger, H

    2001-05-01

    Statin induced myopathy is the most commonly seen side effect in users of this family of drugs. Their different forms present with either creatine phosphokinase (CK) elevation or not, signs of in vivo oxidation injury or not or a combination of both. The pathogenetic background, however, still remains obscure. As MIBI, beside myocardial and tumour scintigraphy, is useful in detecting muscle metabolic abnormalities, an increased uptake of MIBI in the diseased muscular segments could be expected. We investigated seven patients (five males, two females; aged 36-56 years) with statin induced myopathy with either elevated CK, isoprostanes or muscle pains at varying combinations. MIBI whole-body imaging was done immediately, the patients still being on the respective statin. Sixteen patients (six males, 10 females) suffering from lung or breast cancer and being on statins served as controls. No uptake abnormalities in any muscular segment either in the patients or the control group were seen. Thus, MIBI scintigraphy is not useful, apparently, in diagnosing and eventually localizing statin induced myopathy. These findings indicate that MIBI scintigraphy is of no help for diagnosis and gaining further insight into statin induced myopathy.

  4. 99mTc MIBI in neurofibromatosis imaging diagnosis: case report.

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    Stefănescu, C; Meignan, M; Volkenstein, P; Rusu, V

    1996-01-01

    99mTc MIBI has been shown to accumulate in different cancer cells types, in vitro and malignant tumours in vivo, making evidence of the scintigraphic diagnostic of them. We report two cases of neurofibromatosis type I, which has realised high levels of 99mTc MIBI uptake, primary to all chemo- or radiotherapy. Only certain zones of tumorous localisation have been seen, but a relation with the lesion histology was not really established. In conclusion, 99mTc MIBI scintigraphy may be usefull in the investigation of type I neurofibromatosis.

  5. [Imaging of hyperparathyroidism-Ultrasonography and 99mTc-MIBI scintigraphy-].

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    Kawabe, Joji; Higashiyama, Shigeaki; Yoshida, Atsushi; Kotani, Kohei; Shiomi, Susumu

    2016-06-01

    Treatments for primary hyperparathyroidism due to adenoma, hyperplasia and carcinoma and secondary hyperparathyroidism are mainly surgical resections of them. Accurate imaging diagnoses of the existences and the regions are very important for reductions of invasiveness. We describe ultrasonography and (99m)Tc-MIBI scintigraphy of hyperparathyroidism. We explain an advantage, a disadvantage and diagnosability of these modalities. We mention utilities of SPECT/CT, too. We show echogram and (99m)Tc-MIBI scintigraphy images about 3 cases of hyperparathyroidism.

  6. The importance of the incidental thyroid gland uptake during Tc-99m MIBI myocardial perfusion scintigraphy.

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    Karacavus, S; Ede, H; Sarikaya, S; Delibas, N; Kaya, E; Erbay, A R

    2015-08-01

    The purpose of study was to investigate whether incidental thyroid gland uptake had an important during Tc-99m sestamibi (MIBI) myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (SPECT). In the presented study, 968 consecutive patients were evaluated for the presence or absence of thyroid gland uptake in the raw data of the Tc-99m MIBI SPECT. All of the patients had thyroid gland uptake of the Tc-99m MIBI underwent laboratory evaluation of thyroid function, ultrasonographic imaging, and hystopathological examination. The thyroid gland uptake was detected in 14 of 968 (1.4%) consecutive patients during the evaluation of raw images of Tc-99m MIBI SPECT studies. Among these 14 patients, 4 had subacute thyroiditis, 7 multinodular goiter, 3 Graves disease by ultrasonographic imaging and hystopathological examination. TSH levels of all of these patients were < 0.01 U/ml. Tc-99m MIBI uptake by thyroid gland has been explained with associated clinical thyrotoxicosis. Although the primary goal of myocardial perfusion imaging is the evaluation of myocardial perfusion, the interpretation of myocardial perfusion imaging should not be limited to the heart. Because, it is possible to observe extracardiac radioactivity accumulation, which may then lead to the diagnosis of a noncardiac disease during this detailed examination.

  7. Next Generation Molecular Histology Using Highly Multiplexed Ion Beam Imaging (MIBI) of Breast Cancer Tissue Specimens for Enhanced Clinical Guidance

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    2016-07-01

    AWARD NUMBER: W81XWH- 14-1-0192 TITLE: Next-Generation Molecular Histology Using Highly Multiplexed Ion Beam Imaging (MIBI) of Breast Cancer ...DATES COVERED 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Next-Generation Molecular Histology Using Highly Multiplexed Ion Beam Imaging (MIBI) of Breast Cancer Tissue

  8. Comparison of Technetium-99m-MIBI imaging with MRI for detection of spine involvement in patients with multiple myeloma

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    Mirzaei, Siroos; Filipits, Martin; Keck, Andrea; Bergmayer, Walter; Knoll, Peter; Koehn, Horst; Ludwig, Heinz; Pecherstorfer, Martin

    2003-01-01

    Background Recently, radiopharmaceutical scanning with Tc-99m-MIBI was reported to depict areas with active bone disease in multiple myeloma (MM) with both high sensitivity and specificity. This observation was explained by the uptake of Tc-99m-MIBI by neoplastic cells. The present investigation evaluates whether Tc-99m-MIBI imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) perform equally well in detecting myelomatous bone marrow lesions. Methods In 21 patients with MM, MRIs of the vertebral region TH12 to S1 and whole body scans with Tc-99m-MIBI were done. Results Tc-99m-MIBI scanning missed bone marrow infiltration in 43 of 87 vertebrae (50.5%) in which MRI showed neoplastic bone marrow involvement. In patients with disease stage I+II, Tc-99m-MIBI scanning was negative in all of 24 vertebrae infiltrated according to MRI. In patients with disease stage III, Tc-99m-MIBI scanning detected 44 of 63 (70%) vertebrae involved by neoplastic disease. Conclusion Tc-99m-MIBI scanning underestimated the extent of myelomatous bone marrow infiltration in the spine, especially in patients with low disease stage. PMID:14670090

  9. Mitochondrial Cardiomyopathy with a Unique 99mTc-MIBI/123I-BMIPP Mismatch Pattern

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    Tashiro, Ryosuke; Onoue, Noriko; Rikimaru, Hiroya; Tsukita, Kenichi; Fujita, Hiroshi; Yamaguchi, Nobuhiro; Ishizuka, Takeshi; Suzuki, Yasushi; Suzuki, Hiroyoshi; Shinozaki, Tsuyoshi

    2017-01-01

    A 42-year-old man was referred to our hospital due to chest pain, diabetes mellitus, and sensorineural hearing loss. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed diffuse left ventricular hypokinesis. He was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease and a c.A3243G mutation was identified in his mitochondrial DNA. This case of mitochondrial cardiomyopathy demonstrated a low uptake of 123I-BMIPP, while the uptake of 99mTc-MIBI was preserved. In contrast, previous reports have noted the increased uptake of123I-BMIPP and the decreased uptake of 99mTc-MIBI. This is the first study to show this unique 99mTc-MIBI/123I-BMIPP mismatch pattern. We also discuss the relationships among the cardiac scintigraphy, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, and histopathology findings. PMID:28154277

  10. TC-99m MIBI SPECT imaging in patients with lung carcinoma: is it a functional probe of multidrug resistance genes?

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    Ak, Ilknur; Gülbaş, Zafer; Ocak, Suna; Kaya, Eser; Alataş, Füsun; Vardareli, Erkan; Metintaş, Muzaffer

    2007-01-01

    Multidrug-resistance (MDR) phenotype concerns altered membrane transport that results in lower cell concentrations of cytotoxic drug in many cancer types, including lung cancer, and is related to the overexpression of a variety of proteins that act as adenosine triphosphate-dependent extrusion pumps. Tc-99m Sestamibi (MIBI) is a transport substrate for P-glycoprotein (Pgp) pump. In this study, we assessed the uptake and clearance of technetium-99m-2-hexakis 2-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (Tc-99m MIBI) from the tumor and its correlation with messenger RNA (mRNA) levels of Pgp, MDR-associated protein (MRP1), and lung resistance protein (LRP) in lung carcinoma. This study was carried out on 19 patients (mean age, 60.1 +/- 2.07 years) with advanced-stage lung carcinoma. The tumor samples obtained by bronchoscopy were assessed to estimate the levels of Pgp, MRP1, and LRP expression on mRNA level by quantitative real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction. Tc-99m MIBI chest imaging was performed 15 and 180 minutes after injection of 740 MBq Tc-99m MIBI. The early (T/Be) and delayed (T/Bd) Tc-99m MIBI uptakes and washout rate (WR) of Tc-99m MIBI from the tumor were measured. No correlation was found between the T/Be Tc-99m MIBI uptake of tumors (T/Be) and the levels of Pgp mRNA, MRP1 mRNA, and LRP mRNA by reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction. There was a correlation between the mean T/Bd Tc-99m MIBI uptake and Pgp expression of the tumors (P = 0.001, Spearman rho = - 0.702). There was a correlation between the WR of Tc-99m MIBI from the tumor and Pgp expression of the tumor (P = 0.000, Spearman rho = 0.875). Washout rate of Tc-99m MIBI was not related to the levels of MRP1 mRNA (P = 0.93, Spearman rho = 0.02) or LRP mRNA (P = 0.47, Spearman rho = 0.177). Increased WR of Tc-99m MIBI is related in Pgp over expression of the tumor. Tc-99m MIBI single photon emission computed tomography imaging may be a functional probe of overexpression of Pgp in

  11. Comparison of TC-99M methoxyisobutlyisonitrile (MIBI) Tl-201 and CT/MRI in the evaluation of primary tumors of the brain

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    Gupta, P.; Waxman, A.; Nguyen, K.

    1995-05-01

    Tl-201 has been used to evaluate primary brain tumors with some success reported in tumor grading and detection of recurrence. Limited information is available relative to its use in brain tumors. The purpose of the current paper was to compare MIBI with Tl-201, as well as CT/MRI in evaluating pts. with primary brain malignancies. 28 pts. with known brain tumors underwent MIBI and Tl-201 scintigraphy. 3 mCi Tl-201 planar images were begun 10 min. post-injection, and were followed by 30 mCi MIBI planar and then SPECT images. All results were compared with CT/MRI and surgery. MIBI/Planar MIBI/SPECT TL/Planar CT/MRI Sens. 65% (15/23) 71% (15/21) 50% (11/22) 95% 23/24 Spec. 100% (5/5) 80% (4/5) 100% (5/5) 50% 2/4 Tl-201 sensitivity was inferior to MIBI planar and MIBI SPECT imaging. Both MIBI and Tl-201 sensitivity was less than CT/MRI. Tumor recurrence was detected with both high sensitivity and specificity with MIBI. Lesion size and extent of tumor necrosis appeared to be important factors in detection of tumor by MIBI and Tl-201. MIBI SPECT imaging is superior to MIBI planar and Tl-201 imaging. Tl-201 sensitivity was significantly less than MIBI planar imaging (p<0.05). MIBI and Tl-201 are insensitive in detecting primary tumors of the brain when the tumors are necrotic or when the size is less than the equiv. of a 9 mm sphere.

  12. Dual-phase 99mTc-MIBI imaging findings in sporadic primary hyperplasia of parathyroid glands.

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    Yang, Qi-Sheng; Wang, Chang-Yin; Wang, Bi-Cheng

    2015-05-01

    Primary hyperplasia of parathyroid is uncommon and rarely documented in literatures. We report an 18-year-old female patient with hyperparathyroidism due to unifocal primary hyperplasia of parathyroid glands. Dual-phase Tc-MIBI imaging was performed for this patient. We found remarkably increased MIBI uptake in the hyperplastic lesion in early imaging and no extinction of the uptake in delayed imaging. These results suggest that the dual-phase Tc-MIBI imaging is useful in localizing the hyperfunctioning lesions of primary hyperplasia of parathyroid glands.

  13. Assessment of resistance to paclitaxel of murine tumors by (99m)Tc-MIBI/(201)Tl dual-radionuclide imaging.

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    Oriuchi, N; Jibu, T; Milas, L; Choe, J; Kuang, L; Kim, E E; Hunter, N R; Wallace, S; Podoloff, D A

    2000-02-01

    This study investigated P-glycoprotein (Pgp) expression by murine tumors with and without resistance to paclitaxel and the role of (99m)Tc-2-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI)/(201)Tl imaging in predicting the effect of paclitaxel. Antitumor effect of paclitaxel and biodistribution of the radiopharmaceuticals were evaluated in mice bearing four tumor types. Pgp expression did not correlate with the antitumor efficacy of paclitaxel. Although the absolute uptake of (99m)Tc-MIBI did not correlate with Pgp expression, (99m)Tc-MIBI could predict paclitaxel sensitivity by its higher uptake.

  14. VO2 responses to running speeds above VO2max.

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    Duffield, R; Bishop, D

    2008-06-01

    This study compared VO2, heart rate (HR) and electromyographic (iEMG) responses to speeds above the velocity associated with VO2max (v-VO2max). Eight male, middle-distance runners performed a graded exercise test to determine VO2max and v-VO2max and runs to fatigue at 100 % and 110 % v-VO2max. Breath-by-breath VO2 and HR were continuously recorded; lactate [La (-)] measured pre- and post-run and iEMG measures of rectus femoris (RF) and vastus lateralis were recorded during the first and last 20 s of each run. Analysis indicated longer time to fatigue in the 100 % v-VO2max run with no differences between conditions for VO2 or HR amplitudes or post-run [La (-)] (p > 0.05). There were significantly faster tau values (p < 0.05) in the 110 % condition in VO2 and HR. No significant correlations were observed between VO2 or HR tau values and time to fatigue. RF iEMG was significantly larger in 110 % compared to 100 % run in the first 20 s (p < 0.05). While no association between treadmill performance and VO2 response was evident, faster running speeds resulted in faster VO2 and HR responses, with no difference in amplitude or % VO2max attained. This may potentially be as a result of an increased muscle fibre recruitment stimulus during the faster running velocity resulting in faster cardiodynamic responses.

  15. The role of 99mTc-MIBI SPECT-CT in reoperation therapy of persistent hyperparathyroidism patients

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    Yin, Lijie; Guo, Dandan; Liu, Jie; Yan, Jue

    2015-01-01

    To compare the role of 99mTc-MIBI SPECT-CT image and US in reoperation of persistent secondary hyperparathyroidism patients. A total of 8 persistent secondary hyperparathyroidism patients underwent parathyroidectomy. The sensitivity and accuracy of US and 99mTc-MIBI images before operation were determined. 9 of 14 surgical resection tissues from 8 persistent secondary hyperparathyroidism patients were confirmed to parathyroid hyperplasia. The results showed that the sensitivities were 77.8% and 100%, respectively, for US and 99mTc-MIBI SPECT-CT images. And the accuracies of US and 99mTc-MIBI dual time planar image and SPECT-CT were 50%, 78.6%, respectively. There was significantly difference between two procedures (P=0.021). The superior and inferior localization of glands were both detected by the ultrasound and scintigraphy. Two ectopic parathyroidism nodules were found by 99mTc-MIBI SPECT-CT imaging, while US provided no consistent findings. There was no significantly difference between two procedures (P=0.3). Although two cases of them were not confirmed by pathology, the iPTH of them (800 and 1429 respectively) were much higher than other four cases (<400) pg/ml. PTX is a safe and effective treatment for the patients with persistent SHPT. 99mTc-MIBI planar and SPECT-CT imaging may provide more helps for clinician’s localization the hyperparathyroidism glands accurately.

  16. Implementation of technetium-99m MIBI SPECT imaging guidelines: optimizing the two day stress-rest protocol.

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    Lavalaye, J M; Schroeder-Tanka, J M; Tiel-van Buul, M M; van der Wall, E E; Lie, K I; van Royen, E A

    1997-08-01

    In a previous study in 460 patients, we found that in patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease undergoing stress-rest technetium-99m sestamibi (MIBI) SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging, rest SPECT imaging could be withhold in approximately 20% of patients because of a completely normal stress study. The present study was set up to evaluate the consequences of the implementation of this finding in a subsequent population of patients, and to set standards for the variety of protocols now used for MIBI SPECT imaging. Within a period of 4 months, 235 consecutive patients referred for MIBI SPECT scintigraphy were studied. All patients had stable cardiac chest pain and underwent symptom-limited exercise MIBI SPECT perfusion imaging. The stress SPECT images were reconstructed and evaluated immediately after acquisition of the images. In case of a clearly normal stress SPECT study, rest imaging was cancelled. Twenty-six of 235 patients (11%) had a completely normal stress MIBI SPECT study and the rest SPECT imaging procedure could be subsequently cancelled. In 20 patients (9%) the stress SPECT was inconclusive, and in 189 (80%) of patients stress imaging was clearly abnormal. In the first month of the study, the nuclear medicine physicians and cardiologists would interprete only 6% of the stress images as normal, while this number increased to 13% after 9 weeks, with a mean of 11% for the whole investigation period of 4 months. In patients undergoing stress MIBI SPECT imaging, it was found justified to cancel rest MIBI SPECT imaging in at least 11% of patients because of a completely normal stress SPECT. As 9% of the images were inconclusive, the number of normal stress images could theoretically increase to 20% if reliable measures are taken to improve reading accuracy. This number is in close agreement with the number of normal stress studies previously reported by our institution and would lead to a considerable reduction of radiation dose, costs, and

  17. Next-Generation Molecular Histology Using Highly Multiplexed Ion Beam Imaging (MIBI) of Breast Cancer Tissue Specimens for Enhanced Clinical Guidance

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    2015-07-01

    AWARD NUMBER: W81XWH-14-1-0180 TITLE: Next-Generation Molecular Histology Using Highly Multiplexed Ion Beam Imaging (MIBI) of Breast Cancer Tissue...4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Next-Generation Molecular Histology Using Highly Multiplexed Ion Beam Imaging (MIBI) of Breast Cancer Tissue Specimens for

  18. Clinical Utility of Tc-99m MIBI SPECT/CT for Preoperative Localization of Parathyroid Lesions.

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    Ozkan, Zeynep Gozde; Unal, Seher Nilgun; Kuyumcu, Serkan; Sanli, Yasemin; Gecer, Mehmet Fatih; Ozcinar, Beyza; Giles, Yasemin Senyurek; Erbil, Yesim

    2017-08-01

    We aimed to demonstrate the role of SPECT/CT in preoperative localization of parathyroid lesions in patients with hyperparathyroidism who had technetium-99m (Tc-99m) methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) dual-phase parathyroid scintigraphy. We evaluated retrospectively the scintigraphic data of 103 patients who had parathyroidectomy after Tc-99m MIBI dual-phase parathyroid scintigraphy with SPECT/CT. The planar and SPECT/CT images were evaluated separately to determine their efficacy in localizing parathyroid lesions. These results were then compared with surgical data. There were 84 female and 19 male patients whose mean age was 54 ± 12 years. A total of 115 parathyroid lesions in 103 patients were resected during operations. In 87 patients, with both planar and SPECT/CT images, a total of 100 lesions could be detected correctly. In 11 patients, only SPECT/CT images could show 13 subcentimetric lesions. In three patients, three lesions were evaluated as parathyroid lesions both with planar and SPECT/CT images, but according to histopathologic evaluation, they came out to be nonparathyroidal lesions. In two patients, two parathyroid lesions could not be detected preoperatively neither with planar nor with SPECT/CT images. The lesion-based sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and accuracy were 87 %, 99 %, 97.1 %, 95.3 %, and 95.8 % for planar images and 98.3 %, 99 %, 97.4 %, 99.4 %, and 98.8 % for SPECT/CT images, respectively. Tc-99m MIBI parathyroid scintigraphy should be a diagnostic modality of choice in preoperative evaluation of patients with hyperparathyroidism. SPECT/CT has an incremental value both in demonstrating subcentimetric lesions and in accurately localizing lesions anatomically.

  19. Detection of Thymoma on 99mTc MIBI Scintigraphy: Revisiting the Past

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    Parida, Girish Kumar; Roy, Shambo Guha; Sharma, Anshul; Patel, Chetan D.

    2017-01-01

    Although thymoma is a rare tumor, it is the most common anterior mediastinal tumor, usually affecting the adults in their fifth and sixth decade. We present a case of 68-year-old man with history of myocardial infarction, who presented to the cardiology OPD with recent onset of exertional dyspnea. On 99mTc MIBI myocardial perfusion SPECT, there was an extra cardiac accumulation of radiotracer in the anterior mediastinum just above the heart, which later was diagnosed as thymoma on histopathology. PMID:28242989

  20. [Occult breast cancer. Detection and radioguided surgery with 99mTc-MIBI].

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    Barberá, L; Illanes, L; Terrier, F; Dopta, G

    2003-01-01

    We include those patients who present with an isolated metastasis of axillary adenopathy in the occult primary breast cancer group. Presumably, the primary tumor is a primitive breast carcinoma, unsuspected until this moment and not clinically demonstrable by mammography or ultrasonography. When no method succeeds in confirming the primary breast lesion, the patients are usually treated assuming the existing of breast cancer. Several diagnostic methods have been used to find the primary breast lesion. Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRI), Positron Emission (PET) and Doppler sonography have been used in this way and several papers present the results reached with them. Our group incorporates detection and radioguided surgery with 99mTechnetium (99mTc) methoxyisobutil isonitrile into the study of these patients. We perform a planar scintimammography and SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) with 99mTc-MIBI. If the radioisotopic method shows a functional image compatible with a carcinoma, a gamma detecting probe is then used to locate the lesion and guide its surgical removal. In this paper, we present the application of the technique in 5 cases and describe the technique and its possibilities. Its advantages are explained in comparison with other methods. The dosimetric values found in the performance of the technique are reported. We consider that detection and radioguided surgery with 99mTc-MIBI in the diagnosis and treatment of occult breast cancer adds an effective tool and means progress in the approach to this disease.

  1. The usefulness of preoperative dual-phase 99mTc MIBI-scintigraphy and IO-PTH assay in the treatment of secondary and tertiary hyperparathyroidism.

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    Gasparri, Guido; Camandona, Michele; Bertoldo, Ugo; Sargiotto, Antonella; Papotti, Mauro; Raggio, Eleonora; Nati, Laura; Martino, Paola; Felletti, Giulia; Mengozzi, Giulio

    2009-12-01

    Persistent secondary or tertiary hyperparathyroidism (HPT) results from failure to remove enough hyperfunctioning parathyroid tissue. Ectopically situated parathyroid glands and supernumerary glands make failure more likely. Recurrent HPT after subtotal Ptx is usually due to regrowth of the remaining parathyroid tissue. Recurrence may also develop from a hyperplastic supernumerary gland or rarely from parathyromatosis. Recurrent HPT after total Ptx with autotransplantation is usually due to overgrowth of the autograft or for the previously mentioned reasons. Since 1995, 464 patients with SHPT or THPT were treated surgically; intraoperative parathormone (PTH) was measured in 277 patients. Sixty-eight patients also had a preoperative MIBI scan. We compared the preoperative MIBI scan results with intraoperative findings, parathyroid gland weight and histology. We questioned whether MIBI uptake corresponded to parathyroid gland size and weight. We also correlated the number of Ki67 nuclear positive cells with MIBI uptake. For SHPT in group I with 145 patients, neither intraoperative PTH (IO-PTH) assay nor MIBI scanning was done. In group II with 163 patients IO-PTH was used and in group III with 48 patients both IO-PTH and MIBI scanning was used. For THPT in group I with 42 patients, neither IO-PTH assay nor MIBI scanning was done. In group II with 46 patients IO-PTH was used and in group III with 20 patients both IO-PTH and MIBI scanning was used. Parathyroid weight correlated directly with MIBI uptake. No correlation, however, occurred between MIBI uptake and parathyroid histology or between Ki67 staining and MIBI scanning. For SHPT in group I the persistence rate was 6.2% and recurrence rate 11%; in group II the persistence rate was 4.9% and recurrence rate 4.9%; in group III the persistence rate was 2%, and recurrence 4.2% (P < 0.05 between group I and III for persistence and recurrence). We obtained similar results in THPT, but recurrence was 0 in groups II and

  2. Simultaneous 99mtc/111in spect reconstruction using accelerated convolution-based forced detection monte carlo

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    Karamat, Muhammad I.; Farncombe, Troy H.

    2015-10-01

    Simultaneous multi-isotope Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) imaging has a number of applications in cardiac, brain, and cancer imaging. The major concern however, is the significant crosstalk contamination due to photon scatter between the different isotopes. The current study focuses on a method of crosstalk compensation between two isotopes in simultaneous dual isotope SPECT acquisition applied to cancer imaging using 99mTc and 111In. We have developed an iterative image reconstruction technique that simulates the photon down-scatter from one isotope into the acquisition window of a second isotope. Our approach uses an accelerated Monte Carlo (MC) technique for the forward projection step in an iterative reconstruction algorithm. The MC estimated scatter contamination of a radionuclide contained in a given projection view is then used to compensate for the photon contamination in the acquisition window of other nuclide. We use a modified ordered subset-expectation maximization (OS-EM) algorithm named simultaneous ordered subset-expectation maximization (Sim-OSEM), to perform this step. We have undertaken a number of simulation tests and phantom studies to verify this approach. The proposed reconstruction technique was also evaluated by reconstruction of experimentally acquired phantom data. Reconstruction using Sim-OSEM showed very promising results in terms of contrast recovery and uniformity of object background compared to alternative reconstruction methods implementing alternative scatter correction schemes (i.e., triple energy window or separately acquired projection data). In this study the evaluation is based on the quality of reconstructed images and activity estimated using Sim-OSEM. In order to quantitate the possible improvement in spatial resolution and signal to noise ratio (SNR) observed in this study, further simulation and experimental studies are required.

  3. Evaluating disease activity in patients with ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis using 99mtc-glucosamine

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    Manolios, Nicholas; Ali, Marina; Camden, Bradley; Aflaky, Elham; Pavic, Katrina; Markewycz, Andrew; De Costa, Robert; Angelides, Socrates

    2016-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical utility of a novel radiotracer, 99mTc-glucosamine, in assessing disease activity of both rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Material and Methods: Twenty-five patients with RA (nine males and 16 females) and 12 patients with AS (all male) at various stages of disease were recruited for the study. A clinical history and examination was performed, followed by the measurement of hematological, biochemical, and autoimmune serological parameters to assess disease activity. 99mTc-glucosamine was intravenously administered and scans were compared with other imaging modalities, including plain X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and bone scans. Results In patients with AS, 99mTc-glucosamine scans were more capable of identifying active disease and differentiating between inflammatory and non-inflammatory causes. In patients with RA, 99mTc-glucosamine accumulated at all known sites of disease involvement. Uptake was most pronounced in patients with active untreated disease. The relative tracer activity in the involved joints increased with time compared with that in the adjoining soft tissue, liver, and cardiac blood pool. Using Spearman’s correlation coefficient, there was a positive correlation among glucosamine scan scores, C-reactive protein (p=0.048), and clinical assessment (p=0.003), which was not noted with bone scans. Conclusion The radiotracer was well tolerated by all patients, with no adverse reactions. 99mTc-glucosamine imaging could detect spinal inflammation in AS. With respect to RA, 99mTc-glucosamine was a viable alternative to 99mTc-labeled methylene diphosphonate nuclear bone scans for imaging inflamed joints and had the added advantage of demonstrating a significant clinical correlation between disease activity and scan findings. PMID:27708974

  4. 99MTC Alpha-Fetoprotein: A Novel, Specific Agent for the Detection of Human Breast Cancer.

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    1999-07-01

    produce recombinant virus . Virus was plaque- purified, then screened for the incorporation of the Domain III coding sequence into the viral genome...by PCR; Polymerase Chain Reaction) and for the ability of recombinant virus to produce secreted protein (Western Blot). Recombinant baculovirus...quantity of vi- rus. Protein was then produced in large batches by infection of SF9 cells with recombinant virus . The medium containing the secreted

  5. Accessing the VO with Python

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    Plante, R.; Fitzpatrick, M.; Graham, M.; Tody, D.; Young, W.

    2014-05-01

    We introduce two products for accessing the VO from Python: PyVO and VOClient. PyVO is built on the widely-used Astropy package and is well suited for integrating automated access to astronomical data into highly customizable scripts and applications for data analysis in Python. VOClient is built on a collection of C-libraries and is well suited for integrating with multi-language analysis packages. It also provides a framework for integrating legacy software into the Python environment. In this demo, we will run through several examples demonstrate basic data discovery and retrieval of data. This includes finding archives containing data of interest (VO registry), retrieving datasets (SIA, SSA), and exploring (Cone Search, SLAP). VOClient features some extended capabilities including the ability to communicate to other desktop applications from a script using the SAMP protocol.

  6. Comparison of F-18 FDG-PET/CT and Tc-99m MIBI in the preoperative evaluation of cold thyroid nodules in the same patient group.

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    Sager, Sait; Vatankulu, Betul; Erdogan, Ezgi; Mut, Sanem; Teksoz, Serkan; Ozturk, Tulin; Sonmezoglu, Kerim; Kanmaz, Bedii

    2015-09-01

    Recent studies have reported that standardized uptake values of FDG-PET imaging might predict malignant thyroid nodules and can be used in the preoperative evaluation of thyroid lesions. The aim of our study was to evaluate FDG-PET imaging in patients with cold thyroid nodules and to compare the imaging findings with Tc-99m MIBI scans and with post-op histopathology results. Twenty-three patients (18F, 5M) with 24 nodules that were suspicious in ultrasound and cold in Tc-99m pertechnetate scan, were included in the study. Each nodule underwent sonographically guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy. FDG-PET and MIBI scans were performed with an interval of 3-5 days. All patients underwent thyroidectomy and their FDG-PET, and MIBI thyroid scan results were compared with post-thyroidectomy pathology results. Post-op histopathology results found 7 malignant and 17 benign nodules. Six of the seven malignant nodules had increased uptake, which were positive for malignancy in both PET and MIBI scans. Each imaging method used different radiopharmaceuticals but showed one false-negative result in two different patients. FDG-PET produced false positives in eight nodules and MIBI scans found false positives in four nodules. FDG-PET imaging and MIBI scan showed the same sensitivity in malignant nodule evaluation, but their specificity differed. As a result, we suggest that FDG-PET imaging is not superior to MIBI scanning in differentiating malignant from benign thyroid nodules. MIBI imaging should be the first choice in the preoperative evaluation of patients with cold thyroid nodules as an adjunct procedure to FNAB because of its low cost and availability. This imaging technique can be used routinely in patients who are reluctant to undergo FNAB.

  7. Comparison of Tc-99m pertechnetate images with dual-phase Tc 99m MIBI and SPECT images in primary hyperparathyroidism

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    Sager, Sait; Shafipour, Hojjat; Asa, Sertac; Yılmaz, Sabire; Teksöz, Serkan; Önsel, Çetin

    2014-01-01

    Background: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the value of Tc-99m pertechnetate planar, dual-phase MIBI and MIBI-SPECT images in the determination and localization of parathyroid lesions. Materials and Methods: In this study, 38 patients who underwent operation for primary hyperparathyroidism were included. Tc-99m pertechnetate planar-pinhole imaging of the neck and then MIBI planar and SPECT images in supine position was performed. Late SPECT images were acquired 120 minutes after the injection. Early and late MIBI images were quantitatively evaluated. Results: Of the 38 patients, 30 of them had adenoma, 2 patients had hyperplasia and 6 of them were normal on planar images. Thirty-four of 38 patients were positive on SPECT images. SPECT images of the patients with positive results were matched with pathology results. Conclusion: As a result, Tc-99m pertechnetate planar-pinhole, Tc-99m MIBI planar and SPECT images are useful for localization of parathyroid lesions especially in multinodular thyroid gland. However, US or CT images are necessary for more accurate localization and Tc-99m pertechnetate images are useful for interpreting and comparing with the early and late MIBI images. PMID:25143912

  8. Comparison of Tc-99m pertechnetate images with dual-phase Tc 99m MIBI and SPECT images in primary hyperparathyroidism.

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    Sager, Sait; Shafipour, Hojjat; Asa, Sertac; Yılmaz, Sabire; Teksöz, Serkan; Onsel, Cetin

    2014-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the value of Tc-99m pertechnetate planar, dual-phase MIBI and MIBI-SPECT images in the determination and localization of parathyroid lesions. In this study, 38 patients who underwent operation for primary hyperparathyroidism were included. Tc-99m pertechnetate planar-pinhole imaging of the neck and then MIBI planar and SPECT images in supine position was performed. Late SPECT images were acquired 120 minutes after the injection. Early and late MIBI images were quantitatively evaluated. Of the 38 patients, 30 of them had adenoma, 2 patients had hyperplasia and 6 of them were normal on planar images. Thirty-four of 38 patients were positive on SPECT images. SPECT images of the patients with positive results were matched with pathology results. As a result, Tc-99m pertechnetate planar-pinhole, Tc-99m MIBI planar and SPECT images are useful for localization of parathyroid lesions especially in multinodular thyroid gland. However, US or CT images are necessary for more accurate localization and Tc-99m pertechnetate images are useful for interpreting and comparing with the early and late MIBI images.

  9. VO for Education: Archive Prototype

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    Ramella, M.; Iafrate, G.; De Marco, M.; Molinaro, M.; Knapic, C.; Smareglia, R.; Cepparo, F.

    2014-05-01

    The number of remote control telescopes dedicated to education is increasing in many countries, leading to correspondingly larger and larger amount of stored educational data that are usually available only to local observers. Here we present the project for a new infrastructure that will allow teachers using educational telescopes to archive their data and easily publish them within the Virtual Observatory (VO) avoiding the complexity of professional tools. Students and teachers anywhere will be able to access these data with obvious benefits for the realization of grander scale collaborative projects. Educational VO data will also be an important resource for teachers not having direct access to any educational telescopes. We will use the educational telescope at our observatory in Trieste as a prototype for the future VO educational data archive resource. The publishing infrastructure will include: user authentication, content and curation validation, data validation and ingestion, VO compliant resource generation. All of these parts will be performed by means of server side applications accessible through a web graphical user interface (web GUI). Apart from user registration, that will be validated by a natural person responsible for the archive (after having verified the reliability of the user and inspected one or more test files), all the subsequent steps will be automated. This means that at the very first data submission through the webGUI, a complete resource including archive and published VO service will be generated, ready to be registered to the VO. The efforts required to the registered user will consist only in describing herself/himself at registration step and submitting the data she/he selects for publishing after each observation sessions. The infrastructure will be file format independent and the underlying data model will use a minimal set of standard VO keywords, some of which will be specific for outreach and education, possibly including VO

  10. VOSA: A VO SED Analyzer

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    Rodrigo, C.; Bayo, A.; Solano, E.

    2017-03-01

    VOSA (VO Sed Analyzer, http://svo2.cab.inta-csic.es/theory/vosa) is a public web-tool developed by the Spanish Virtual Observatory (http://svo.cab.inta-csic.es/) and designed to help users to (1) build Spectral Energy Distributions (SEDs) combining private photometric measurements with data available in VO services, (2) obtain relevant properties of these objects (distance, extinction, etc) from VO catalogs, (3) analyze them comparing observed photometry with synthetic photometry from different collections of theoretical models or observational templates, using different techniques (chi-square minimization, Bayesian analysis) to estimate physical parameters of the observed objects (teff, logg, metallicity, stellar radius/distance ratio, infrared excess, etc), and use these results to (4) estimate masses and ages via interpolation of collections of isochrones and evolutionary tracks from the VO. In particular, VOSA offers the advantage of deriving physical parameters using all the available photometric information instead of a restricted subset of colors. The results can be downloaded in different formats or sent to other VO tools using SAMP. We have upgraded VOSA to provide access to Gaia photometry and give a homogeneous estimation of the physical parameters of thousands of objects at a time. This upgrade has required the implementation of a new computation paradigm, including a distributed environment, the capability of submitting and processing jobs in an asynchronous way, the use of parallelized computing to speed up processes (˜ ten times faster) and a new design of the web interface.

  11. Introduction of novel semiquantitative evaluation of (99m)Tc-MIBI SPECT before and after treatment of glioma.

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    Deltuva, Vytenis Pranas; Jurkienė, Nemira; Kulakienė, Ilona; Bunevičius, Adomas; Matukevičius, Algimantas; Tamašauskas, Arimantas

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE. There is a need for objective semiquantitative indexes for the evaluation of results of single-photon emission tomography (SPECT) in patients with brain glioma. The aim of this study was to validate the total size index (TSI) and total intensity index (TII) based on technetium-99m-methoxyisobutylisonitrile ((99m)Tc-MIBI) SPECT scans to discriminate the patients with high-grade glioma versus low-grade glioma and to evaluate the changes of viable glioma tissue by the means of TSI and TII after surgery and after radiation treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS. Thirty-two patients (mean age, 55 years [SD, 18]; 20 men) underwent a (99m)Tc-MIBI-SPECT scan before surgery. Of these patients, 27 underwent a postoperative (99m)Tc-MIBI-SPECT scan and 7 patients with grade IV glioma underwent a third (99m)Tc-MIBI-SPECT scan after radiation treatment. TII that corresponds to the area and intensity of tracer uptake and TSI that corresponds to the area of tracer uptake were calculated before surgery, after surgery, and after radiation treatment. RESULTS. The TII and TSI were found to be valid in discriminating the patients with high-grade versus low-grade glioma with optimal cutoff values of 3.0 and 2.5, respectively. Glioma grade correlated with the preoperative TSI score (r=0.76, P<0.001) and preoperative TII score (r=0.64, P<0.001). There was a significant decrease in the TII and TSI after surgery in patients with grade IV glioma. After radiation treatment, there was a significant increase in the TII in patients with grade IV glioma. CONCLUSIONS. TSI and TII were found to be reliable in discriminating the patients with high-grade versus low-grade glioma and allowed for the semiquantitative evaluation of change in viable glioma tissue after surgery and after radiation treatment in patients with grade IV glioma.

  12. The diagnostic value of 11C-methionine PET in hyperparathyroidism with negative 99mTc-MIBI SPECT: a meta-analysis.

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    Yuan, Leilei; Liu, Jun; Kan, Ying; Yang, Jigang; Wang, Xufu

    2017-05-01

    Background 99mTc-sestamibi (MIBI) parathyroid SPECT is generally regarded as the best preoperative localizing method in patients with hyperparathyroidism (HPT). However, 99mTc-MIBI SPECT is false negative in approximately 25% of adenomas. 11C-methionine positron emission tomography (PET) has been used in HPT with negative 99mTc-MIBI SPECT scan results. Purpose To systematically review and conduct a meta-analysis of published data on the performance of 11C-methionine PET in patients with HPT with negative 99mTc-MIBI SPECT. Material and Methods A comprehensive review of the literature was performed. Pooled sensitivity and specificity of 11C-methionine PET in patients with HPT and a negative 99mTc-MIBI SPECT was calculated on a per-patient basis using receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) methodology. Results Nine studies that met all inclusion and exclusion criteria were included into our meta-analysis, comprising a total sample size of 137 patients. Pooled sensitivity and specificity of 11C-methionine PET in patients with HPT with negative or inconclusive 99mTc-MIBI SPECT scans was 86% and 86%, respectively. The area under the ROC curve was 0.87. Conclusion By merit of the high overall sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy, 11C-methionine PET can potentially complement the diagnostic workup of patients with HPT and negative or inconclusive 99mTc-MIBI SPECT. 11C-methionine PET appears to be a promising diagnostic modality in complicated cases with HPT.

  13. The Diagnostic Value of Tc-99m MIBI Gated Myocardial Perfusion SPECT in Detection of Silent Myocardial Ischemia in Asymptomatic Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

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    Ak, Coskun; Sahin, Ali; Capoglu, Ilyas

    2008-01-01

    Objective: In this study, we aimed to evaluate the diagnostic value of Technetium-99m methoxyisobutylisonitrile (Tc-99m MIBI) gated myocardial perfusion SPECT (MPS) in the detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) and silent myocardial ischemia (SMI) in patients with asymptomatic type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). Materials and Methods: For this purpose, 35 patients with type 2 DM and 15 volunteers with no cardiac symptoms (control group) were included in this study. Exercise tolerance tests (ETT), echocardiography and Tc-99m MIBI gated MPS were performed in patients and volunteers. Computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) was performed in patients with coronary ischemia or infarct detected by Tc-99m MIBI gated MPS. The results were analyzed and compared visually and statistically. Results: The present study revealed a high rate of silent myocardial ischemia (25.71%, N=9) in 35 patients with type 2 DM. Severe CAD in CTCA was detected in four of nine patients with ischemia or infarct by Tc-99m MIBI gated MPS (44.4%). Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction, ischemic pattern and high risk of CAD were detected in the same four patients by echocardiography, ETT and biochemical analysis, respectively. At the end of the statistical evaluation, we found that Tc-99m MIBI gated MPS showed significant correlations with CTCA, echocardiography, ETT, Hba1c level, risk of CAD and diabetic age in diabetic patients with CAD. Conclusion: We propose that Tc-99m MIBI gated MPS is a reliable and non-invasive method that can be used to detect silent myocardial ischemia and CAD in patients with type 2 DM. PMID:25610029

  14. Comparison of exercise-rest-reinjection Tl-201 imaging and rest sublingual isosorbide dinitrate Tc-99m MIBI imaging for the assessment of myocardial viability.

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    Günel, Seval Erhamamci; Akgun, Ayşegul

    2009-07-01

    Nitrate administration has been proposed to enhance the detection of myocardial viability when performing myocardial perfusion imaging. In this study, we aimed to compare Tl-201 exercise-rest-reinjection protocol with rest isosorbide dinitrate (ISDN)-Tc99m MIBI study in the same population examined for the myocardial viability. Twenty-six patients with coronary artery disease who had fixed segmental defects on exercise-rest-Tl-201 imaging were studied. All of them underwent Tl-201 reinjection study. Within 1 week of Tl-201 imaging, rest-Tc99m MIBI imaging was performed after sublingual 5 mg ISDN administration (2-day protocol). For each study, tomograms were divided into 20 segments based on three short-axis slices, one vertical long-axis representing the totality of the left ventricle and regional tracer uptake was quantitatively analyzed. Regional tracer uptake was evaluated in 20 myocardial segments for all patients. Viability was defined as presence of tracer uptake >/=50% of peak activity on each study. A total 520 myocardial segments were assessed by semi quantitative analysis. On the baseline rest Tl-201 studies, 211 segments of the 520 segments that were analyzed had <50% of peak activity. Of these segments, 42 (20%) showed reversibility after reinjection Tl-201 imaging and 55 segments (27%) described as viable on the rest ISDN-Tc99m MIBI imaging. There was 89% concordance between the ISDN-Tc99m MIBI study and Tl-201 reinjection study regarding viable myocardial segments. Of the 23 segments with discordant results, 18 were irreversible on Tl-201 reinjection study, but showed >/=50% uptake on ISDN-Tc99m MIBI. Observation of good agreement between Tl-201 reinjection and ISDN-Tc99m MIBI study studies led us to suggest the use of ISDN enhanced imaging in the evaluation of myocardial viability.

  15. Cardiac resynchronization therapy evaluated by myocardial scintigraphy with 99mTc-MIBI: changes in left ventricular uptake, dyssynchrony, and function

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    Nishioka, Silvana A. D.; Giorgi, Maria C. P.; Chen, Ji; Abe, Rubens; Filho, Martino Martinelli; Hotta, Viviane T.; Vieira, Marcelo L.; Garcia, Ernest V.; Meneghetti, José C.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose 99mTc-MIBI gated myocardial scintigraphy (GMS) evaluates myocyte integrity and perfusion, left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony and function. Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) may improve the clinical symptoms of heart failure (HF), but its benefits for LV function are less pronounced. We assessed whether changes in myocardial 99mTc-MIBI uptake after CRT are related to improvement in clinical symptoms, LV synchrony and performance, and whether GMS adds information for patient selection for CRT. Methods A group of 30 patients with severe HF were prospectively studied before and 3 months after CRT. Variables analysed were HF functional class, QRS duration, LV ejection fraction (LVEF) by echocardiography, myocardial 99mTc-MIBI uptake, LV end-diastolic volume (EDV) and end-systolic volume (ESV), phase analysis LV dyssynchrony indices, and regional motion by GMS. After CRT, patients were divided into two groups according to improvement in LVEF: group 1 (12 patients) with increase in LVEF of 5 or more points, and group 2 (18 patients) without a significant increase. Results After CRT, both groups showed a significant improvement in HF functional class, reduced QRS width and increased septal wall 99mTc-MIBI uptake. Only group 1 showed favourable changes in EDV, ESV, LV dyssynchrony indices, and regional motion. Before CRT, EDV, and ESV were lower in group 1 than in group 2. Anterior and inferior wall 99mTc-MIBI uptakes were higher in group 1 than in group 2 (p<0.05). EDV was the only independent predictor of an increase in LVEF (p=0.01). The optimal EDV cut-off point was 315 ml (sensitivity 89%, specificity 94%). Conclusion The evaluation of EDV by GMS added information on patient selection for CRT. After CRT, LVEF increase occurred in hearts less dilated and with more normal 99mTc-MIBI uptake. PMID:19145431

  16. Preparation and Characterization of VO 2 Nanopowders

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    Zheng, Chenmou; Zhang, Xinmin; Zhang, Jianhui; Liao, Kairong

    2001-02-01

    VO2 powders with sizes of <30 nm were successfully synthesized by pyrolysis of the precursor, [NH4]5[(VO)6(CO3)4(OH)9]·10H2O. The effects of various pyrolysis conditions on VO2 stoichiometries and crystal states were investigated in detail. The results of IR measurements show that for the stoichiometric VO2, from micro- to nanocrystals and to amorphous state, the absorptions shifted to lower wavenumbers, the numbers of bands decreased gradually, and the widths of the bands broadened. Moreover, the IR spectra of nanocrystals were obviously different from those of microcrystals and amorphism. In comparison with stoichiometric VO2 crystals, the IR absorptions of oxygen-rich VO2 crystals clearly were blue shift, and those of oxygen-deficient VO2 crystals lightly red shift. The heats and temperatures of phase transition from VO1.96 to VO2.07 were determined. The results indicate that the phase transition temperature of VO2.02 is 70.1°C and has the maximum phase transition heat.

  17. Scintigraphy for interpretation of malignant tumours of the head and neck: comparison of technetium-99m-hexakis-2-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (Tc-MIBI) and thallium-201-chloride (Tl-201).

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    Sato, T; Kawabata, Y; Kobayashi, Y; Suenaga, S; Indo, H; Kawano, K; Iwashita, Y; Morita, Y; Majima, H J

    2005-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare the usefulness of technetium-99m-hexakis-2-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (99Tc(m)-MIBI) and thallium-201-chloride (Tl-201) as scintigraphic agents. Dynamic and static scintigraphic imaging with 99Tc(m)-MIBI and Tl-201 were performed on patients with a variety of malignant and benign tumours. Factors of the grade of the static scan, the blood flow index, the early and delayed retention indexes, and the tumour retention index were obtained from the scintigraphy. In addition to these factors, the grade of tissue differentiation and tumour size were evaluated to clarify the difference between 99Tc(m)-MIBI and Tl-201 for the diagnosis of malignant tumours of the head and neck. 99Tc(m)-MIBI accumulation depended upon the blood flow index in the early static scan, but this accumulation did not correlate with tumour size. The accumulation in most subjects decreased in the delayed static scan, and the tumour retention index had a tendency to decrease with the grade of tissue differentiation. Tl-201 accumulation depended upon the blood flow index in the early static scan similar to 99Tc(m)-MIBI, and the accumulation correlated with tumour size, unlike 99Tc(m)-MIBI. The tumour retention index had a tendency to increase with the grade of tissue differentiation. Thus, the tumour retention indexes showed opposite behaviours between 99Tc(m)-MIBI and Tl-201, but they both accurately determined tumour malignancy. There was no major difference between 99Tc(m)-MIBI and Tl-201scintigraphy with respect to accuracy of diagnosis of malignant tumours of the head and neck. However, 99Tc(m)-MIBI was superior to Tl-201 for small-size tumours and Tl-201 was useful for large-size tumours.

  18. Failed Switching off in the MIBI-Parathyroid Scintigraphy in a Dialyzed Patient with Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Responsive to Cinacalcet Therapy

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    Bolasco, Piergiorgio; Serra, Alessandra; Loi, Maurizio; Galfré, Andrea; Piga, Mario

    2010-01-01

    The aims of your case report is to show the predictivity of 99mTc-sestamibi (MIBI) scintigraphy and doppler ultrasound imaging on secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in a patient responsive to calcimimetic treatment. Moreover, it has been reported that calcimimetic has great potential in reducing the volume of the parathyroid gland. On the other hand, the MIBI scintigraphy is considered a crucial diagnostic procedure to monitor the response to therapy in terms of turnover and cellular metabolism; whereas, ultrasound to monitor the volume variation in response to treatment. It is described the case of a 73-year-old man on hemodialysis from 1995 for ESRD. Within 2 years the patient gradually developed SHPT with progressively increased iPTH up to 1,000 ρg/ml. The ultrasound, highlighted the presence of two parathyroid hyperplasia, confirmed by scintigraphy, showing focal increase uptake of sestamibi in the same anatomical areas. As a result of the patient's refusal to perform a parathyroidectomy, cinacalcet, was administered (65 mg overage daily dose). After a year of treatment, there was a striking decrease of iPTH (from 1300 to 57 ρg/ml, −95%); but, on the contrary to expectations, this positive metabolic outcome, was not followed by parathyroid changes in ultrasound and scintigraphic findings. PMID:20652073

  19. Detection rate of (99m) Tc-MIBI single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT in preoperative planning for patients with primary hyperparathyroidism: A meta-analysis.

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    Treglia, Giorgio; Sadeghi, Ramin; Schalin-Jäntti, Camilla; Caldarella, Carmelo; Ceriani, Luca; Giovanella, Luca; Eisele, David W

    2016-04-01

    Parathyroid scintigraphy using (99m) Tc-MIBI single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT has been proposed as one of the most accurate localization techniques in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT). The purpose of this review was to meta-analyze published data on the detection rate of (99m) Tc-MIBI SPECT/CT in the preoperative planning of patients with PHPT. A comprehensive literature search of studies published through June 2014 was performed. The pooled detection rate of this scintigraphic method including 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) was calculated on a per patient-based and on a per lesion-based analysis by using a random effects model. Twenty-three articles including 1236 patients with PHPT were selected. The pooled detection rate of (99m) Tc-MIBI SPECT/CT in the preoperative planning of patients with PHPT was 88% (95% CI = 84% to 92%) and 88% (95% CI = 82% to 92%) on a per patient-based and per lesion-based analysis, respectively. The (99m) Tc-MIBI SPECT/CT has high detection rate for hyperfunctioning parathyroid glands in patients with PHPT. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck 38: E2159-E2172, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Maximal endurance time at VO2max.

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    Morton, R H; Billat, V

    2000-08-01

    There has been significant recent interest in the minimal running velocity which elicits VO2max. There also exists a maximal velocity, beyond which the subject becomes exhausted before VO2max is reached. Between these limits, there must be some velocity that permits maximum endurance at VO2max, and this parameter has also been of recent interest. This study was undertaken to model the system and investigate these parameters. We model the bioenergetic process based on a two-component (aerobic and anaerobic) energy system, a two-component (fast and slow) oxygen uptake system, and a linear control system for maximal attainable velocity resulting from declining anaerobic reserves as exercise proceeds. Ten male subjects each undertook four trials in random order, running until exhaustion at velocities corresponding to 90, 100, 120, and 140% of the minimum velocity estimated as being required to elicit their individual VO2max. The model development produces a skewed curve for endurance time at VO2max, with a single maximum. This curve has been successfully fitted to endurance data collected from all 10 subjects (R2 = 0.821, P < 0.001). For this group of subjects, the maximal endurance time at VO2max can be achieved running at a pace corresponding to 88% of the minimal velocity, which elicits VO2max as measured in an incremental running test. Average maximal endurance at VO2max is predicted to be 603 s in a total endurance time of 1024 s at this velocity. Endurance time at VO2max can be realistically modeled by a curve, which permits estimation of several parameters of interest; such as the minimal running velocity sufficient to elicit VO2max, and that velocity for which endurance at VO2max is the longest.

  1. VoIP to the Rescue

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    Milner, Jacob

    2005-01-01

    Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is everywhere. The technology lets users make and receive phone calls over the Internet, transporting voice traffic alongside data traffic such as instant messages (IMs) and e-mail. While the number of consumer customers using VoIP increases every week, the technology is finding its way into K-12 education as…

  2. VoIP to the Rescue

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Milner, Jacob

    2005-01-01

    Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is everywhere. The technology lets users make and receive phone calls over the Internet, transporting voice traffic alongside data traffic such as instant messages (IMs) and e-mail. While the number of consumer customers using VoIP increases every week, the technology is finding its way into K-12 education as…

  3. Pre-operative prediction of cervical nodal metastasis in papillary thyroid cancer by 99mTc-MIBI SPECT/CT; a pilot study.

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    Tangjaturonrasme, Napadon; Vasavid, Pataramon; Sombuntham, Premsuda; Keelawat, Somboon

    2013-06-01

    Papillary thyroid cancer has a high prevalence of cervical nodal metastasis. There is no "gold standard" imaging for pre-operative diagnosis. The aim of the present study was to assess the accuracy of pre-operative 99mTc-MBI SPECT/CT in diagnosis of cervical nodal metastasis in patients with papillary thyroid cancer Fifteen patients were performed 99Tc-MlBI SPECT/CT pre-operatively. Either positive pathological report of neck dissection or positive post-treatment I-131 whole body scan with SPECT/CT of neck was concluded for definite neck metastasis. The PPV, NPV, and accuracy of 99mTc-MIBI SPECT/CT were analyzed. The PPV NPV and accuracy were 80%, 88.89%, and 85.71%, respectively. 99mTc-MIBI SPECT/CT could localize the abnormal lymph nodes groups correctly in most cases when compared with pathological results. However the authors found one false positive case with caseating granulomatous lymphadenitis and one false negative case with positive post-treatment 1-131 whole body scan with SPECT/CT of neck on cervical nodes zone II and IV CONCLUSION: 99mTc-MIBI SPECT/CTseem promising for pre-operative staging of cervical nodal involvement in patients with papillary thyroid cancer without the need of using iodinated contrast that may complicate subsequence 1-131 treatment. However, false positive result in granulomatous inflammatory nodes should be aware of especially in endemic areas. 99mTc-MIBI SPECT/CT scan shows a good result when compared with previous study of CT or MRI imaging. The comparative study between different imaging modality and the extension of neck dissection according to MIBI result seems interesting.

  4. Rapid hydrothermal synthesis of VO2 (B) and its conversion to thermochromic VO2 (M1).

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

    2013-05-06

    The present study provides a rapid way to obtain VO2 (B) under economical and environmentally friendly conditions. VO2 (B) is one of the well-known polymorphs of vanadium dioxide and is a promising cathode material for aqueous lithium ion batteries. VO2 (B) was successfully synthesized by rapid single-step hydrothermal process using V2O5 and citric acid as precursors. The present study shows that phase-pure VO2 (B) polytype can be easily obtained at 180 °C for 2 h and 220 °C for 1 h, that is, the lowest combination of temperature and duration reported so far. The obtained VO2 (B) is characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, high-resolution scanning electron microscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. In addition, we present an indirect way to obtain VO2 (M1) by annealing VO2 (B) under vacuum for 1 h.

  5. Graphene quantum dot sensitized leaf-like InVO4/BiVO4 nanostructure: a novel ternary heterostructured QD-RGO/InVO4/BiVO4 composite with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity.

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    Lin, Xue; Wang, Yushuang; Zheng, Jia; Liu, Chang; Yang, Yang; Che, Guangbo

    2015-11-28

    Leaf-like InVO4/BiVO4 nanostructures with sizes of 2-5 μm were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method. Graphene quantum dots (QD-RGO) were then deposited onto the surfaces of the leaf-like InVO4/BiVO4 crystals through a facile deposition-precipitation technique. Under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm), the QD-RGO/InVO4/BiVO4 photocatalyst degraded rhodamine B (Rh B) efficiently and displayed a much higher photocatalytic activity than pure BiVO4, InVO4, RGO/InVO4, RGO/BiVO4 or an InVO4/BiVO4 hybrid. The InVO4/BiVO4 photocatalyst with 3 wt% of QD-RGO exhibited the highest photocatalytic efficiency. The quenching effects of different scavengers demonstrated that O2˙(-) played a major role in Rh B degradation. It was elucidated that the excellent photocatalytic activity of QD-RGO/InVO4/BiVO4 for the degradation of Rh B under visible light (λ > 420 nm) can be ascribed to the extended absorption in the visible light region resulting from the QD-RGO loading, the high specific surface area, and the efficient separation of photogenerated electrons and holes through the QD-RGO/InVO4/BiVO4 heterostructure.

  6. A gamma-distribution convolution model of (99m)Tc-MIBI thyroid time-activity curves.

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    Wesolowski, Carl A; Wanasundara, Surajith N; Wesolowski, Michal J; Erbas, Belkis; Babyn, Paul S

    2016-12-01

    The convolution approach to thyroid time-activity curve (TAC) data fitting with a gamma distribution convolution (GDC) TAC model following bolus intravenous injection is presented and applied to (99m)Tc-MIBI data. The GDC model is a convolution of two gamma distribution functions that simultaneously models the distribution and washout kinetics of the radiotracer. The GDC model was fitted to thyroid region of interest (ROI) TAC data from 1 min per frame (99m)Tc-MIBI image series for 90 min; GDC models were generated for three patients having left and right thyroid lobe and total thyroid ROIs, and were contrasted with washout-only models, i.e., less complete models. GDC model accuracy was tested using 10 Monte Carlo simulations for each clinical ROI. The nine clinical GDC models, obtained from least counting error of counting, exhibited corrected (for 6 parameters) fit errors ranging from 0.998% to 1.82%. The range of all thyroid mean residence times (MRTs) was 212 to 699 min, which from noise injected simulations of each case had an average coefficient of variation of 0.7% and a not statistically significant accuracy error of 0.5% (p = 0.5, 2-sample paired t test). The slowest MRT value (699 min) was from a single thyroid lobe with a tissue diagnosed parathyroid adenoma also seen on scanning as retained marker. The two total thyroid ROIs without substantial pathology had MRT values of 278 and 350 min overlapping a published (99m)Tc-MIBI thyroid MRT value. One combined value and four unrelated washout-only models were tested and exhibited R-squared values for MRT with the GDC, i.e., a more complete concentration model, ranging from 0.0183 to 0.9395. The GDC models had a small enough TAC noise-image misregistration (0.8%) that they have a plausible use as simulations of thyroid activity for querying performance of other models such as washout models, for altered ROI size, noise, administered dose, and image framing rates. Indeed, of the four washout

  7. Diagnostic Value of Semiquantitative Analysis of 99mTechnetium-Methoxyisobutylisonitrile (99mTc-MIBI Imaging in Predicting Early-Stage Cervical Lymph Node Metastasis of Thyroid Carcinoma

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    Zhu, Xiao-Chun; Zhou, Kai; Xu, Shi-Qing; Ma, Yu-Bo

    2017-01-01

    Background The aim of this study was to evaluate the value of semiquantitative analysis (SQA) of 99mTc-MIBI imaging in predicting early-stage cervical lymph node metastasis (CLNM) in thyroid carcinoma (TC). Material/Methods TC patients (n=106) undergoing surgical resection and histopathological examination were enrolled. All patients received 99mTc-MIBI imaging prior to surgery. P-glycoprotein (P-gp) expression was detected by PT-PCR and immunohistochemistry. With pathological results as the criterion standard, the diagnostic efficiency of 99mTc-MIBI imaging in predicting early-stage CLNM was evaluated. The correlation of P-gp with 99mTc-MIBI imaging was investigated. Logistic regression analysis was applied for analyzing the factors affecting early-stage CLNM. Results The detection rate and misdiagnosis rate of 99mTc-MIBI imaging for early-stage CLNM diagnosis were 87.3% and 12.7%, respectively. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis showed an accuracy of 99mTc-MIBI imaging of 85.85%. Preoperative 99mTc-MIBI scan showed statistical differences between metastasis and non-metastasis groups in early and delayed T/NT and washout rate (all P<0.05). The percentage of P-gp-expressing cells and the expression rate of P-gp gene both exhibited statistical differences between metastasis and no-metastasis groups (both P<0.05). Tumor diameter, lesion distribution, the percentage of P-gp-expressing cells, and the expression rate of P-gp gene were risk factors for CLNM (all P<0.05). Conclusions 99mTc-MIBI imaging has value in qualitative diagnosis of early-stage CLNM in TC. Tumor diameter, lesion distribution, the percentage of P-gp-expressing cells, and the expression rate of P-gp gene were risk factors for CLNM. PMID:28362720

  8. Positive (99m)Tc-MIBI and the subtraction parathyroid scan are related to intact parathyroid hormone but not to total plasma calcium in primary hyperparathyroidism.

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    Dugonjić, Sanja; Šišić, Marija; Radulović, Marija; Ajdinović, Boris

    2017-01-01

    Primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) is characterised by increased parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretion and consequently increased plasma calcium. During the last few decades parathyroid scintigraphy (PS), is applied in almost all patients with pPHT before surgery and specifically before minimally invasive parathyroidectomy. The aim of this study was to find the best cut-off levels of total plasma calcium and intact PTH (iPTH) that correlate with positive technetium-99m-methoxy isobutyl isonitrile ((99m)Tc-MIBI) PS and with positive subtraction PS (SPS) in patients with pHPT and thus the positive diagnostic value of these PS. We studied 50 patients, operated for pHPT, aged from 22-78 years, (median age 60 years), 45 female and 5 male, with a total number of 57 parathyroid glands (PG), (46 adenomas and 11 hyperplasias). All patients underwent SPS before surgery. Static scintigrams of the head, neck and chest were performed 15min after the intravenous (i.v.) injection of 740MBq of (99m)Tc-MIBI. Late scintigrams of the head, neck and chest were performed 2h and 3h after the injection of (99m)Tc-MIBI. Four to 24h after the washout of (99m)Tc-MIBI from the parathyroid and the thyroid glands, we injected i.v. 185MBq of (99m)Tc-pertechnetate ((99m)TcP) and after 15min we performed the PS. Normalization and motion correction of the early (99m)Tc-MIBI scan and the (99m)TcP followed. We then subtracted the (99m)TcP from the (99m)Tc-MIBI scan. The areas of increased uptake on the (99m)Tc-MIBI scan visible at the early and late or at the subtraction images represented the hyperfunctioning tissue of the enlarged and hyperfunctioning parathyroid glands. Scintigraphic findings were graded subjectively, from 1 to 5 depending on the degree of the uptake of the radiopharmaceutical. Normal iPTH levels were between 10.0-65.0pg/mL and normal total plasma calcium between 2.13-2.65mmoL/L. Of all patients 12/50 and 38/50 had both PS positive grade 4 and very positive grade 5 findings

  9. UkrVO astronomical WEB services

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    Mazhaev, O. E.

    2017-02-01

    Ukraine Virtual Observatory (UkrVO) has been a member of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) since 2011. The virtual observatory (VO) is not a magic solution to all problems of data storing and processing, but it provides certain standards for building infrastructure of astronomical data center. The astronomical databases help data mining and offer to users an easy access to observation metadata, images within celestial sphere and results of image processing. The astronomical web services (AWS) of UkrVO give to users handy tools for data selection from large astronomical catalogues for a relatively small region of interest in the sky. Examples of the AWS usage are showed.

  10. Dual-phase 99mTc-MIBI imaging and the expressions of P-gp, GST-π, and MRP1 in hyperparathyroidism.

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    Xue, Jianjun; Liu, Yan; Yang, Danrong; Yu, Yan; Geng, Qianqian; Ji, Ting; Yang, Lulu; Wang, Qi; Wang, Yuanbo; Lu, Xueni; Yang, Aimin

    2017-08-11

    The aim of this study was to further elucidate the mechanisms of dual-phase technetium-99m methoxyisobutylisonitrile (Tc-MIBI) parathyroid imaging by exploring the association between early uptake results (EUR), delayed uptake results (DUR), and the retention index (RI) in dual-phase Tc-MIBI parathyroid imaging and P glycoprotein (P-gp), multidrug resistance-associated protein 1 (MRP1), and glutathione S-transferase-π (GST-π) expression in hyperparathyroidism (HPT). Preoperative dual-phase (early and delayed) Tc-MIBI imaging was performed on 74 patients undergoing parathyroidectomy for HPT. EUR, DUR, and RI were calculated. P-gp, MRP1, and GST-π expressions were assessed using immunohistochemistry in resected tissue from HPT and control patients. The association between P-gp, MRP1, and GST-π expressions and EUR, DUR, and RI in HPT was evaluated. The positive rate of dual-phase T c-MIBI imaging was 91.89% (68/74) and the false-negative rate was 8.11% (6/74). P-gp and GST-π expressions were higher in tissues resected from control compared with HPT patients (47.37 and 81.5%, P<0.05); there was no difference in MRP1. EUR were associated with P-gp and GST-π expressions, and DUR were associated with MRP1 expression. There was a significant difference in MRP1 expression between RI greater than or equal to 0 and RI less than 0. There was no relationship between the sensitivity of dual-phase Tc-MIBI imaging and P-gp, MRP1, and GST-π expressions in resected parathyroid tissue. The six false-negative HPT cases consisted of three P-gp (-)/MRP1 (-) tissues, three P-gp (-)/GST-π (-) tissues, and four MRP1 (-)/GST-π (-) tissues. As P-gp and GST-π expressions were higher in tissues resected from control compared with HPT patients, Tc-MIBI may wash out faster from normal parathyroid tissue surrounding the lesion compared with the lesion itself, facilitating detection.This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution

  11. Radiation absorbed dose estimates for oxygen-15 radiopharmaceuticals (H2( V)O, C VO, O VO) in newborn infants

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    Powers, W.J.; Stabin, M.; Howse, D.; Eichling, J.O.; Herscovitch, P.

    1988-12-01

    In preparation for measurement of regional cerebral oxygen metabolism by positron emission tomography, radiation absorbed dose estimates for 19 internal organs, blood, and total body were calculated for newborn infants following bolus intravenous administration of H2( V)O and brief inhalation of C VO and O VO. Cumulated activity for each radiopharmaceutical was calculated from a compartmental model based on the known biologic behavior of the compound. Values for mean absorbed dose/unit cumulated activity (S) for internal organs and total body were based on a newborn phantom. S was separately calculated for blood. Total radiopharmaceutical absorbed dose estimates necessary to measure cerebral oxygen metabolism in a 3.51-kg infant based on 0.7 mCi/kg H2( V)O and 1 mCi/kg C VO and O VO were determined to be 1.6 rad to the lung (maximum organ dose), 0.28 rad to the marrow, 0.46 rad to the gonads, and 0.22 rad to total body. These values are similar to those for current clinical nuclear medicine procedures employing /sup 99m/Tc in newborn infants.

  12. [VO2 max, a true exercise test].

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    Saunier, Carole

    2013-01-01

    VO2 max is nowadays an essential examination performed in the monitoring of heart failure. The nurse has a role to play during the test and in supporting the patient, although this test remains highly technical and complex.

  13. Tunable VO2/Au Hyperbolic Metamaterial

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    2016-02-12

    United States Government.   Tunable VO2/Au hyperbolic metamaterial S. Prayakarao1, B. Mendoza2,3, A. Devine2,3, C. Kyaw2, R. B. Van Dover2, V...can be used as a tunable component of an active metamaterial . The lamellar metamaterial studied in this work is composed of subwavelength VO2 and Au...Au lamellar metamaterial stacks have been fabricated and studied in the electrical conductivity and optical (transmission and reflection

  14. Towards a VO compliant ESO science archive

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    Padovani, Paolo

    2007-08-01

    Data centres have a major role in the Virtual Observatory (VO), as they are the primary source of astronomical data. The VO cannot (and does not) dictate how a data centre handles its own archive. However, ‘VO-layer’ is needed to ‘translate’ any locally defined parameter to the standard (i.e., International Virtual Observatory Alliance compliant) ones. The longer term vision of the VO is also to hide away any observatory/telescope/instrument specific detail and work in astronomical units, for example, ‘wavelength range’ and not grism or filter name. Data providers are then advised to systematically collect metadata (‘data about data’) about the curation process, assign unique identifiers, describe the general content (e.g., physical coverage) of a collection, and provide interface and capability parameters of public services. Finally, the VO will work at its best with high-level (‘science-ready’) data, so that the VO user is spared as much as possible any complex and time consuming data reduction. Data centres should then make an effort to provide such data.

  15. PiVoT GPS Receiver

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    Wennersten, Miriam Dvorak; Banes, Anthony Vince; Boegner, Gregory J.; Dougherty, Lamar; Edwards, Bernard L.; Roman, Joseph; Bauer, Frank H. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has built an open architecture, 24 channel space flight GPS receiver. The CompactPCI PiVoT GPS receiver card is based on the Mitel/GEC Plessey Builder-2 board. PiVoT uses two Plessey 2021 correlators to allow tracking of up to 24 separate GPS SV's on unique channels. Its four front ends can support four independent antennas, making it a useful card for hosting GPS attitude determination algorithms. It has been built using space quality, radiation tolerant parts. The PiVoT card will track a weaker signal than the original Builder 2 board. It also hosts an improved clock oscillator. The PiVoT software is based on the original Plessey Builder 2 software ported to the Linux operating system. The software is POSIX complaint and can easily be converted to other POSIX operating systems. The software is open source to anyone with a licensing agreement with Plessey. Additional tasks can be added to the software to support GPS science experiments or attitude determination algorithms. The next generation PiVoT receiver will be a single radiation hardened CompactPCI card containing the microprocessor and the GPS receiver optimized for use above the GPS constellation. PiVoT was flown successfully on a balloon in July, 2001, for its first non-simulated flight.

  16. Magnetic Irreversibility in VO2/Ni Bilayers

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    de La Venta, Jose; Lauzier, Josh; Sutton, Logan

    The temperature dependence of the coercivity and magnetization of VO2/Ni bilayers was studied. VO2 exhibits a well-known Structural Phase Transition (SPT) at 330-340 K, from a low temperature monoclinic (M) to a high temperature rutile (R) structure. The SPT of VO2 induces an inverse magnetoelastic effect that strongly modifies the coercivity and magnetization of the Ni films. In addition, the growth conditions allow tuning of the magnetic properties. Ni films deposited on top of VO2 (M) show an irreversible change in the coercivity after the first cycle through the high temperature phase, with a corresponding change in the surface morphology of VO2. On the other hand, the Ni films grown on top of VO2 (R) do not show this irreversibility. These results indicate that properties of magnetic films are strongly affected by the strain induced by materials that undergo SPT and that it is possible to control the magnetic properties by tuning the growth conditions.

  17. Dual-phase (99m)Tc-MIBI scintigraphy with delayed neck and thorax SPECT/CT and bone scintigraphy in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism: correlation with clinical or pathological variables.

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    Qiu, Zhong-Ling; Wu, Bo; Shen, Chen-Tian; Zhu, Rui-Sen; Luo, Quan-Yong

    2014-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between (99m)Tc-MIBI and (99m)Tc-MDP bone scintigraphy and clinical or pathological variables, including preoperative serum PTH levels and tumor diameter, in patients with newly diagnosed PHPT. Dual-phase (99m)Tc-MIBI planar scintigraphy was performed in 244 patients with PHPT. Of these patients, 155 underwent (99m)Tc-MDP bone scintigraphy to detect bone changes before parathyroidectomy. Factors influencing (99m)Tc-MIBI scintigraphy and (99m)Tc-MDP bone scintigraphy detection rate were assessed using univariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis; optimal cutoff values for predicting positive (99m)Tc-MIBI and (99m)Tc-MDP bone scintigraphy were evaluated using ROC analysis. Among 244 patients, 174 (71.31 %) patients with 181 foci had a positive (99m)Tc-MIBI planar scintigraphy; delayed neck and thorax SPECT/CT could identify and locate the (99m)Tc-MIBI lesions but could not find more lesions than planar scintigraphy. 70 (28.69 %) patients had a negative (99m)Tc-MIBI planar scintigraphy. Tumor diameter, serum PTH level and symptoms were statistically significant predictive factors in predicting positive (9m)Tc-MIBI scintigraphy both univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses. The optimal thresholds for tumor diameter and serum PTH by ROC analysis were 1.03 cm and 127.60 ng/L, respectively. Among 155 patients with bone scintigraphy, (99m)Tc-MDP bone scintigraphy showed positive finding in 80 (51.61 %) patients and negative finding in 75 patients. Univariate logistic regression analysis showed that patient age, sex, tumor diameter and PTH level (≥150 ng/L) were statistically significant in predicting positive (99m)Tc-MDP bone scintigraphy. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed both tumor diameter and PTH ≥ 150 ng/L were statistically significant in predicting positive (99m)Tc-MDP bone scintigraphy. The optimal thresholds for tumor diameter and serum PTH by ROC analysis were

  18. Effects of adenosine and a selective A2A adenosine receptor agonist on hemodynamic and thallium-201 and technetium-99m-sestaMIBI biodistribution and kinetics.

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    Mekkaoui, Choukri; Jadbabaie, Farid; Dione, Donald P; Meoli, David F; Purushothaman, Kailasnath; Belardinelli, Luiz; Sinusas, Albert J

    2009-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare a selective A(2A) adenosine receptor agonist (regadenoson) with adenosine in clinically relevant canine models with regard to effects on hemodynamics and thallium-201 ((201)Tl) and technetium-99m ((99m)Tc)-sestaMIBI biodistribution and kinetics. The clinical application of vasodilator stress for perfusion imaging requires consideration of the effects of these vasodilating agents on systemic hemodynamics, coronary flow, and radiotracer uptake and clearance kinetics. Sequential imaging and arterial blood sampling was performed on control, anesthetized closed-chest canines (n = 7) to evaluate radiotracer biodistribution and kinetics after either a bolus administration of regadenoson (2.5 microg/kg) or 4.5-min infusion of adenosine (280 microg/kg). The effects of regadenoson on coronary flow and myocardial radiotracer uptake were then evaluated in an open-chest canine model of a critical stenosis (n = 7). Results from ex vivo single-photon emission computed tomography were compared with tissue well-counting. The use of regadenoson compared favorably with adenosine in regard to the duration and magnitude of the hemodynamic effects and the effect on (201)Tl and (99m)Tc-sestaMIBI biodistribution and kinetics. The arterial blood clearance half-time was significantly faster for (99m)Tc-sestaMIBI (regadenoson: 1.4 +/- 0.03 min; adenosine: 1.5 +/- 0.08 min) than for (201)Tl (regadenoson: 2.5 +/- 0.16 min, p < 0.01; adenosine: 2.7 +/- 0.04 min, p < 0.01) for both vasodilator stressors. The relative microsphere flow deficit (0.34 +/- 0.02%) during regadenoson stress was significantly greater than the relative perfusion defect with (99m)Tc-sestaMIBI (0.69 +/- 0.03%, p < 0.001) or (201)Tl (0.53 +/- 0.02%, p < 0.001), although (201)Tl tracked the flow deficit within the ischemic region better than (99m)Tc-sestaMIBI. The perfusion defect score was larger with (201)Tl (22 +/- 2.8% left ventricular) than with (99m)Tc-sestaMIBI (17 +/- 1

  19. Scalable architecture for VoIP privacy

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    Medvinsky, Alexander

    2001-07-01

    An access network for Voice over IP (VoIP) clients (e.g. DOCSIS-based HFC network) often provides a privacy service. However, such a privacy service is limited only to that access network. When VoIP packets are carried over an open IP network or over a network with some connections to the Internet, it is desirable to provide an end-to-end privacy service where each VoIP packet is encrypted at the source and decrypted at the terminating endpoint. Clearly, public key encryption cannot be applied to each voice packet; the performance would be unacceptable regardless of the choice of a public key algorithm. The only alternative is for the two VoIP endpoints to negotiate a shared symmetric key. Since VoIP connections are established only for duration of a phone call, the end-to-end key negotiation needs to occur during each call setup. And it should not noticeably delay the call setup phase. In order to provide end-to-end privacy, it is not sufficient to encrypt all messages between the two endpoints. It is important that the two endpoints authenticate each other - validate each other's identity. Without authentication an adversary might trick two VoIP clients to negotiate keys with her and then sit in the middle of their conversation and record each VoIP packet, before forwarding it to the intended destination. However, direct authentication of the two VoIP endpoints is not always possible in telephony networks - in particular when caller ID blocking services are enabled. To support such anonymity services, it may be sufficient to authenticate not the identity of the caller but the fact that it is a valid subscriber and that all subsequent signaling and voice traffic will be coming from the same source. The PacketCable specifications provide an example of a VoIP architecture with end-to-end privacy that meets the above stated criteria. This paper describes the PacketCable end-to-end privacy approach and suggests additional mechanisms that may be used to further

  20. Kinetics of VO(2) in professional cyclists.

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    Lucía, Alejandro; Hoyos, Jesús; Santalla, Alfredo; Pérez, Margarita; Chicharro, José L

    2002-02-01

    To analyze the kinetics of oxygen uptake (VO(2)) in professional road cyclists during a ramp cycle ergometer test and to compare the results with those derived from well-trained amateur cyclists. Twelve professional cyclists (P group; 25 +/- 1 yr; maximal power output (W(max)), 508.3 +/- 9.3 watts) and 10 amateur cyclists (A group; 22 +/- 1 y; W(max), 429.9 +/- 8.6 watts) performed a ramp test until exhaustion (power output increases of 25 watts x min(-1)). The regression lines of the VO(2):power output (W) relationship were calculated for the following three phases: phase I (below the lactate threshold (LT)), phase II (between LT and the respiratory compensation point (RCP)), and phase III (above RCP). In group P, the mean slope (Delta VO(2):Delta W) of the VO(2):W relationship decreased significantly (P < 0.01) across the three phases (9.9 +/- 0.1, 8.9 +/- 0.2, and 3.8 +/- 0.6 mL O(2) x watts(-1) x min(-1) for phases I, II, and III, respectively). No significant differences (P > 0.05) were found between phases I and II (P > 0.05) in group A, whereas Delta VO(2):Delta W significantly increased in phase III (P < 0.01), compared with phase II (10.2 +/- 0.3, 9.2 +/- 0.4, and 10.1 +/- 1.1 mL O(2) x watts(-1) x min(-1) in phases I, II, and III, respectively). The mean value of Delta VO(2):Delta W for phase III was significantly lower in group P than in group A (P < 0.01). Contrary to the case in amateur riders, the rise in VO(2) in professional cyclists is attenuated at moderate to high workloads. This is possibly an adaptation to the higher demands of their training/competition schedule.

  1. Validation of a new method for estimating VO2max based on VO2 reserve.

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    Swain, David P; Parrott, James A; Bennett, Anna R; Branch, J David; Dowling, Elizabeth A

    2004-08-01

    The American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) preferred method for estimating maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) has been shown to overestimate VO2max, possibly due to the short length of the cycle ergometry stages. This study validates a new method that uses a final 6-min stage and that estimates VO2max from the relationship between heart rate reserve (HRR) and VO2 reserve. A cycle ergometry protocol was designed to elicit 65-75% HRR in the fifth and sixth minutes of the final stage. Maximal workload was estimated by dividing the workload of the final stage by %HRR. VO2max was then estimated using the ACSM metabolic equation for cycling. After the 6-min stage was completed, an incremental test to maximal effort was used to measure actual VO2max. Forty-nine subjects completed a pilot study using one protocol to reach the 6-min stage, and 50 additional subjects completed a modified protocol. The pilot study obtained a valid estimate of VO2max (r = 0.91, SEE = 3.4 mL x min(-1) x kg-1) with no over- or underestimation (mean estimated VO2max = 35.3 mL x min(-1) x kg(-1), mean measured VO2max = 36.1 mL x min(-1) x kg(-1)), but the average %HRR achieved in the 6-min stage was 78%, with several subjects attaining heart rates considered too high for submaximal fitness testing. The second study also obtained a valid estimate of VO2max (r = 0.89, SEE = 4.0 mL x min(-1) x kg(-1)) with no over- or underestimation (mean estimated VO2max = 36.7 mL x min(-1) x kg(-1), mean measured VO2max = 36.9 mL x min(-1) x kg(-1), and the average %HRR achieved in the 6-min stage was 64%. A new method for estimating VO2max from submaximal cycling based on VO2 reserve has been found to be valid and more accurate than previous methods.

  2. β-Nb9VO25

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    Nasri, Rawia; Chérif, Saïda Fatma; Zid, Mohamed Faouzi; Driss, Ahmed

    2014-01-01

    The title compound, nona­niobium vanadium penta­cosa­oxide, was prepared by a solid-state reaction at 1198 K. It is isotypic with Nb9AsO25, Nb9PO25 and Ta9VO25. The structure consists of NbO6 octa­hedra (one with 4/m.. and two with m.. symmetry) and VO4 tetra­hedra (-4.. symmetry) sharing corners and edges to form a three-dimensional framework. This framework can be considered as a junction between ribbons made up from NbO6 octa­hedra and chains of NbO6 octa­hedra and chains of VO4 tetra­hedra. The V site shows half-occupancy, hence one half of the VO4 tetra­hedra is unoccupied. The structural differences with α-Nb9VO25, VOSO4, SbOPO4 and NbOPO4 oxides are discussed. PMID:24860297

  3. 99mTc-3P4-RGD2 Scintimammography in the Assessment of Breast Lesions: Comparative Study with 99mTc-MIBI

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    Gao, Shi; Ji, Tiefeng; Wen, Qiang; Song, Yan; Zhu, Lei; Xu, Zheli; Liu, Lin

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To compare the potential application of 99mTc-3P-Arg-Gly-Asp (99mTc-3P4-RGD2) scintimammography (SMM) and 99mTc-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (99mTc-MIBI) SMM for the differentiation of malignant from benign breast lesions. Method Thirty-six patients with breast masses on physical examination and/or suspicious mammography results that required fine needle aspiration cytology biopsy (FNAB) were included in the study. 99mTc-3P4-RGD2 and 99mTc-MIBI SMM were performed with single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) at 60 min and 20 min respectively after intravenous injection of 738±86 MBq radiotracers on a separate day. Images were evaluated by the tumor to non-tumor localization ratios (T/NT). Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis was performed on each radiotracer to calculate the cut-off values of quantitative indices and to compare the diagnostic performance for the ability to differentiate malignant from benign diseases. Results The mean T/NT ratio of 99mTc-3P4-RGD2 in malignant lesions was significantly higher than that in benign lesions (3.54±1.51 vs. 1.83±0.98, p<0.001). The sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of 99mTc-3P4-RGD2 SMM were 89.3%, 90.9% and 89.7%, respectively, with a T/NT cut-off value of 2.40. The mean T/NT ratio of 99mTc-MIBI in malignant lesions was also significantly higher than that in benign lesions (2.86±0.99 vs. 1.51±0.61, p<0.001). The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of 99mTc-MIBI SMM were 87.5%, 72.7% and 82.1%, respectively, with a T/NT cut-off value of 1.45. According to the ROC analysis, the area under the curve for 99mTc-3P4-RGD2 SMM (area = 0.851) was higher than that for 99mTc-MIBI SMM (area = 0.781), but the statistical difference was not significant. Conclusion 99mTc-3P4-RGD2 SMM does not provide any significant advantage over the established 99mTc-MIBI SMM for the detection of primary breast cancer. The T/NT ratio of 99mTc-3P4-RGD2 SMM was significantly higher than that of 99mTc-MIBI

  4. PocketVO -- A Simple Tool for Accessing Multiwavelength Images through the VO

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    Santos, R.; Raddick, M. J.; Fernandes, I. F.

    2008-08-01

    Several existing Web-based tools allow users to access astronomical images and data from different surveys, almost all integrated with or accessible via Virtual Observatory (VO) portals. These tools are often too complex for most untrained users, including students and amateur astronomers. In this paper we present PocketVO, a simple interface to existing services such as the Sesame name resolver and many image cutout services. PocketVO provides a simple interface for untrained users for the display of astronomical images. We provide examples and also discuss possible extensions.

  5. Synthesis and Electrochemical Properties of Nano-VO2 (B).

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    Yang, Yun; Lu, Yong; Wang, Wei; Feng, Chuanqi; Yang, Shuijin

    2016-03-01

    The nano-VO2 (B) has been self-assembly synthesized by hydrothermal method using different templates, which may give them some interesting properties. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The electrochemical properties of the samples were investigated. The results show that the hexadecyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) (soft template) was used to obtain the VO2 (B1) nanobelts. The flake graphite (hard template) was taken to get the VO2 (B2) nanosheets. The VO2 (B1) nanobelts have higher initial capacity to compare with VO2 (B2). But the VO2 (B2) nanosheets showed better cycling performance than that of VO2 (B1) nanobelts. The nano VO2 (B2) is a promising anode material for lithium ion battery application.

  6. VO2 max in an Indian population: a study to understand the role of factors determining VO2 max.

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    Nitin, Y M; Sucharita, S; Madhura, M; Thomas, T; Sandhya, T A

    2013-01-01

    VO2 max is the maximum amount of oxygen a person can consume and the value does not change despite an increase in workload. There is lack of data evaluating the impact of factors, which could affect VO2 max measurement, particularly in Indian population. The objectives of the present study were (i) to estimate VO2 max in a young healthy Indian population and to compare it with available prediction equations for Indian population (ii) to correlate time to achieve VO2 max with the relative VO2 max (iii) to assess the factors affecting the time to achieve VO2 max measurement (body composition and physical activity level). Twenty healthy adult males (18-30 years) underwent detailed anthropometry, physical activity level and modified Bruce protocol for VO2 max assessment. Breath by breath VO2, VCO2, oxygen saturation, heart rate, blood pressure were measured continuously and following exercise protocol. There was an internal validity between the estimated VO2 max and the maximum heart rate (MHR) (r = 0.51, P < 0.05). Respiratory rate and tidal volume significantly correlated with VO2 max P < 0.01). Linear regression analysis indicated physical activity level (PAL) was a strong predictor of time to reach VO2 max. Out of the 3 prediction equations computed to estimate VO2 max, 2 equations significantly overestimated VO2 max. In Conclusion, physical activity level emerged to be a strong predictor of time to VO2 max. Time to achieve VO2 max is an important factor to be considered when determining VO2 max. There was an overestimation in the VO2 max values derived from predicted equations.

  7. 99mTc-MIBI radio-guided minimally invasive parathyroidectomy: experience with patients with normal thyroids and nodular goiters.

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    Casara, Dario; Rubello, Domenico; Cauzzo, Cristina; Pelizzo, Maria Rosa

    2002-01-01

    The surgical approach to primary hyperparathyroidism (HPT) is changing. In patients with a high probability to be affected by a solitary parathyroid adenoma (PA), a unilateral neck exploration (UNE) or a minimally invasive radio-guided surgery (MIRS) using the intraoperative gamma probe (IGP) technique have recently been proposed. We investigated the role of IGP in a group of 84 patients with primary HPT who were homogeneously evaluated before surgery by a single-day imaging protocol including 99mTcO4/MIBI subtraction scan and neck ultrasound (US) and then operated on by the same surgical team. Quick parathyroid hormone (QPTH) was intraoperatively measured in all cases to confirm successful parathyroidectomy. In 70 patients with scan/US evidence of a single enlarged parathyroid gland (EPG) and with a normal thyroid gland, MIRS was planned. In the other 14 patients, the IGP technique was utilized during a standard bilateral neck exploration (BNE) because of the presence of concomitant nodular goiter (11 cases) or multiglandular disease (MGD) (3 cases). The IGP technique consisted of the following: (1) in the operating room, a low 99mTc-MIBI dose (37 MBq) was injected intravenously during anesthesia induction; (2) subsequently, the patient's neck was scanned with the probe by the surgeon to localize the cutaneous projection of the EPG; (3) in patients who underwent MIRS, the EPG was detected intraoperatively with the probe and removed through a small, 2 to 2.5 cm skin incision; (4) radioactivity was measured on the EPG both in vivo and ex vivo, the thyroid, the background and the parathyroid bed after EPG removal. In patients with concomitant nodular goiter, the radioactivity was also measured on the thyroid nodules. Surgical and pathologic findings were consistent with a single PA in 78 patients, parathyroid carcinoma in 2, and MGD in 4. MIRS was successfully performed in 67 of the 70 patients (97.7%) in whom this approach was planned. It must be pointed out that

  8. VoIP in a Campus Environment

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    Young, Dan

    2005-01-01

    Internet Protocol (IP) Telephony, or voice-over IP (VoIP), has proved to be a wise decision for many organizations. This technology crosses the boundaries of public and private networks, enterprise and residential markets, voice and data technologies, as well as local and long-distance services. The convergence of voice and data into a single,…

  9. How To: Be VoIP-Savvy

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    Branzburg, Jeffrey

    2005-01-01

    Cablevision, Comcast, Verizon, and many other high-speed broadband Internet providers are now also offering telephone services through "Voice over Internet Protocol" (VoIP). This technology sends ordinary telephone calls over the Internet rather than over telephone lines. While impractical without the use of a broadband Internet connection, with…

  10. Is VoIP Worth It?

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    Schaffhauser, Dian

    2008-01-01

    School districts have by and large had great results implementing VoIP, which has become the conduit for delivering expanded functionality, achieving greater internal control, and gaining freedom from onerous monthly phone bills. But demonstrating a financial return on what is a substantial investment can be an elusive effort. The goal of…

  11. How To: Be VoIP-Savvy

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    Branzburg, Jeffrey

    2005-01-01

    Cablevision, Comcast, Verizon, and many other high-speed broadband Internet providers are now also offering telephone services through "Voice over Internet Protocol" (VoIP). This technology sends ordinary telephone calls over the Internet rather than over telephone lines. While impractical without the use of a broadband Internet connection, with…

  12. VoIP in a Campus Environment

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    Young, Dan

    2005-01-01

    Internet Protocol (IP) Telephony, or voice-over IP (VoIP), has proved to be a wise decision for many organizations. This technology crosses the boundaries of public and private networks, enterprise and residential markets, voice and data technologies, as well as local and long-distance services. The convergence of voice and data into a single,…

  13. Is VoIP Worth It?

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    Schaffhauser, Dian

    2008-01-01

    School districts have by and large had great results implementing VoIP, which has become the conduit for delivering expanded functionality, achieving greater internal control, and gaining freedom from onerous monthly phone bills. But demonstrating a financial return on what is a substantial investment can be an elusive effort. The goal of…

  14. [Quantitative analysis of heart scintigraphy (99mTc-MIBI GSPECT) with regional myocardial wall motion and systolic thickening of left ventricle assessment for detecting myocardial damage in ethanol withdrawal patients].

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    Pach, Dorota; Sowa-Staszczak, Anna; Gawlikowski, Tomasz; Groszek, Barbara; Baczyńska, Ewelina; Biedroń, Witold; Głowa, Bogusław; Hubalewska-Dydejczyk, Alicja

    2010-01-01

    Severe ethanol withdrawal syndrome, with psychosomatic symptoms, is life-threatening condition and if not treated can be fatal (in approximately 15% of cases). The purpose of this investigation was to assess cardiac muscle function using 99mTc-MIBI GSPECT in acute alcohol withdrawal. The group examined consisted of 10 males aged from 33 to 45 (45.7 +/- 8.82) because of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The control group for quantitative analysis of the heart scintigraphy (GSPECT) consisted of 20 people referred for examination to the Laboratory of Nuclear Medicine, Jagiellonian University, which results of cardiac perfusion scintigraphy were assessed as normal. In acute withdrawal syndrome quantitative analysis of the heart scintigraphy (99mTc-MIBI GSPECT) revealed impaired regional wall motion and wall thickening related mainly to the lower wall segments. The abnormalities in myocardial perfusion (99mTc-MIBI GSPECT) was found in varying degrees of severity in all patients.

  15. Euro-VO-Coordination of virtual observatory activities in Europe

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    Genova, Françoise; Allen, Mark G.; Arviset, Christophe; Lawrence, Andy; Pasian, Fabio; Solano, Enrique; Wambsganss, Joachim

    2015-06-01

    The European Virtual Observatory Euro-VO has been coordinating European VO activities through a series of projects co-funded by the European Commission over the last 15 years. The bulk of VO work in Europe is ensured by the national VO initiatives and those of intergovernmental agencies. VO activities at the European level coordinate the work in support of the three "pillars" of the Virtual Observatory: support to the scientific community, take-up by the data providers, and technological activities. Several Euro-VO projects have also provided direct support to selected developments and prototyping. This paper explains the methodology used by Euro-VO over the years. It summarises the activities which were performed and their evolutions at different stages of the development of the VO, explains the Euro-VO role with respect to the international and national levels of VO activities, details the lessons learnt for best practices for the coordination of the VO building blocks, and the liaison with other European initiatives, documenting the added-value of European coordination. Finally, the current status and next steps of Euro-VO are briefly addressed.

  16. Using VoIP to compete.

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    Werbach, Kevin

    2005-09-01

    Internet telephony, or VoIP, is rapidly replacing the conventional kind. This year, for the first time, U.S. companies bought more new Internet-phone connections than standard lines. The major driver behind this change is cost. But VoIP isn't just a new technology for making old-fashioned calls cheaper, says consultant Kevin Werbach. It is fundamentally changing how companies use voice communications. What makes VoIP so powerful is that it turns voice into digital data packets that can be stored, copied, combined with other data, and distributed to virtually any device that connects to the Internet. And it makes it simple to provide all the functionality of a corporate phone-call features, directories, security-to anyone anywhere there's broadband access. That fosters new kinds of businesses such as virtual call centers, where widely dispersed agents work at all hours from their homes. The most successful early adopters, says Werbach, will focus more on achieving business objectives than on saving money. They will also consider how to push VoIP capabilities out to the extended organization, making use of everyone as a resource. Deployment may be incremental, but companies should be thinking about where VoIP could take them. Executives should ask what they could do if, on demand, they could bring all their employees, customers, suppliers, and partners together in a virtual room, with shared access to every modern communications and computing channel. They should take a fresh look at their business processes to find points at which richer and more customizable communications could eliminate bottlenecks and enhance quality. The important dividing line won't be between those who deploy Vol P and those who don't, or even between early adopters and laggards. It will be between those who see Vol P as just a new way to do the same old things and those who use itto rethink their entire businesses.

  17. Lessons Learned in Building VO Resources: Binding Together Several VO Standards into an Operational Service

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    Chilingarian, I.; Bonnarel, F.; Louys, M.; Le Sidaner, P.

    2012-09-01

    The International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) developed numerous interoperability standards during the last several years. Most of them are quite simple to implement from the technical point of view and even contain “SIMPLE” in the title. Does it mean that it is also simple to build a working VO resource using those standards? Yes and no. “Yes” because the standards are indeed simple, and “no” because usually one needs to implement a lot more than it was thought in the beginning of the project so the time management of the team becomes difficult. In our presentation we will start with a basic case of a simple spectral data collection. Then we will describe several examples of “small” technologically advanced VO resources built in CDS and VO-Paris and will show that many standards are hidden from managers' eyes at the initial stage of the project development. The projects will be: (1) the GalMer database providing access to the results of numerical simulations of galaxy interactions; (2) the full spectrum fitting service that allows one to extract internal kinematics and stellar populations from spectra of galaxies available in the VO. We conclude that: (a) with the existing set of IVOA standards one can already build very advanced VO-enabled archives and tools useful for scientists; (b) managers have to be very careful when estimating the project development timelines for VO-enabled resources.

  18. High-pressure synthesis, crystal structures, and characterization of CdVO{sub 3-{delta}} and solid solutions CdVO{sub 3}-NaVO{sub 3}

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    Belik, Alexei A. . E-mail: Alexei.BELIK@nims.go.jp; Takayama-Muromachi, Eiji

    2006-06-15

    CdVO{sub 3-{delta}} and solid solutions of Cd{sub 1-x}Na{sub x}VO{sub 3} with the GdFeO{sub 3}-type perovskite structure were prepared using a high-pressure (6GPa) and high-temperature technique. No significant oxygen and cation deficiency was found in CdVO{sub 3}. Cd{sub 1-x}Na{sub x}VO{sub 3} are formed in the compositional range of 0=VO{sub 3} and Cd{sub 1-x}Na{sub x}VO{sub 3} demonstrate metallic conductivity and Pauli paramagnetism between 2 and 300K. A large electronic contribution to the specific heat ({gamma}=13.4 and 11.2mJ/(molK{sup 2}) for CdVO{sub 3} and Cd{sub 0.8}Na{sub 0.2}VO{sub 3}, respectively) was observed at low temperatures due to the strongly correlated electrons. Crystal structures of CdVO{sub 3} and Cd{sub 0.8}Na{sub 0.2}VO{sub 3} were refined by X-ray powder diffraction: space group Pnma; Z=4; a=5.33435(7)A, b=7.52320(9)A, and c=5.26394(6)A for CdVO{sub 3} and a=5.32056(9)A, b=7.50289(13)A, and c=5.25902(8)A for Cd{sub 0.8}Na{sub 0.2}VO{sub 3}.

  19. Epitaxial stabilization and phase instability of VO2 polymorphs

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    Lee, Shinbuhm; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Keum, Jong K.; ...

    2016-01-20

    The VO2 polymorphs, i.e., VO2(A), VO2(B), VO2(M1) and VO2(R), have a wide spectrum of functionalities useful for many potential applications in information and energy technologies. However, synthesis of phase pure materials, especially in thin film forms, has been a challenging task due to the fact that the VO2 polymorphs are closely related to each other in a thermodynamic framework. Here, we report epitaxial stabilization of the VO2 polymorphs to synthesize high quality single crystalline thin films and study the phase stability of these metastable materials. We selectively deposit all the phases on various perovskite substrates with different crystallographic orientations. Bymore » investigating the phase instability, phonon modes and transport behaviours, not only do we find distinctively contrasting physical properties of the VO2 polymorphs, but that the polymorphs can be on the verge of phase transitions when heated as low as ~400 °C. In conclusion, our successful epitaxy of both VO2(A) and VO2(B) phases, which are rarely studied due to the lack of phase pure materials, will open the door to the fundamental studies of VO2 polymorphs for potential applications in advanced electronic and energy devices.« less

  20. Epitaxial stabilization and phase instability of VO2 polymorphs

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    Lee, Shinbuhm; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Keum, Jong K.; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2016-01-01

    The VO2 polymorphs, i.e., VO2(A), VO2(B), VO2(M1) and VO2(R), have a wide spectrum of functionalities useful for many potential applications in information and energy technologies. However, synthesis of phase pure materials, especially in thin film forms, has been a challenging task due to the fact that the VO2 polymorphs are closely related to each other in a thermodynamic framework. Here, we report epitaxial stabilization of the VO2 polymorphs to synthesize high quality single crystalline thin films and study the phase stability of these metastable materials. We selectively deposit all the phases on various perovskite substrates with different crystallographic orientations. By investigating the phase instability, phonon modes and transport behaviours, not only do we find distinctively contrasting physical properties of the VO2 polymorphs, but that the polymorphs can be on the verge of phase transitions when heated as low as ~400 °C. Our successful epitaxy of both VO2(A) and VO2(B) phases, which are rarely studied due to the lack of phase pure materials, will open the door to the fundamental studies of VO2 polymorphs for potential applications in advanced electronic and energy devices. PMID:26787259

  1. Modular VO oriented Java EE service deployer

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    Molinaro, Marco; Cepparo, Francesco; De Marco, Marco; Knapic, Cristina; Apollo, Pietro; Smareglia, Riccardo

    2014-07-01

    The International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) has produced many standards and recommendations whose aim is to generate an architecture that starts from astrophysical resources, in a general sense, and ends up in deployed consumable services (that are themselves astrophysical resources). Focusing on the Data Access Layer (DAL) system architecture, that these standards define, in the last years a web based application has been developed and maintained at INAF-OATs IA2 (Italian National institute for Astrophysics - Astronomical Observatory of Trieste, Italian center of Astronomical Archives) to try to deploy and manage multiple VO (Virtual Observatory) services in a uniform way: VO-Dance. However a set of criticalities have arisen since when the VO-Dance idea has been produced, plus some major changes underwent and are undergoing at the IVOA DAL layer (and related standards): this urged IA2 to identify a new solution for its own service layer. Keeping on the basic ideas from VO-Dance (simple service configuration, service instantiation at call time and modularity) while switching to different software technologies (e.g. dismissing Java Reflection in favour of Enterprise Java Bean, EJB, based solution), the new solution has been sketched out and tested for feasibility. Here we present the results originating from this test study. The main constraints for this new project come from various fields. A better homogenized solution rising from IVOA DAL standards: for example the new DALI (Data Access Layer Interface) specification that acts as a common interface system for previous and oncoming access protocols. The need for a modular system where each component is based upon a single VO specification allowing services to rely on common capabilities instead of homogenizing them inside service components directly. The search for a scalable system that takes advantage from distributed systems. The constraints find answer in the adopted solutions hereafter sketched. The

  2. Middleware for Data Visualization in VO-enabled Data Archives

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    Zolotukhin, I.; Chilingarian, I.

    2008-08-01

    We present middleware for visualization and exploration of complex datasets in a VO framework, that performs interaction between data archives and existing VO client applications using PLASTIC. It comprises: (1) PLASTIC-enabled Java control applet, integrated into archive web-pages and interacting with VO applications; (2) cross-browser compatible JavaScript part managing PLASTIC-aware VO Clients (launch, data manipulation) by means of Java LiveConnect. This (or similar) solution is an essential for the new generation VO-enabled data archives providing access to complex observational and theoretical datasets (3D-spectroscopy, N-body simulations, etc.) through web-interface. Thanks to PLASTIC capabilities it is possible to start all necessary client software with a single-click in the archive query result page in a web-browser. This simplifies the scientific usage of the VO resources and makes it easy even for users with no experience in the VO technologies.

  3. Electrical oscillation in Pt/VO{sub 2} bilayer strips

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    Wang, Ying; Qi, Long; Xu, Yanjun; Wu, Yihong; Chai, Jianwei; Wang, Shijie; Yang, Yumeng; Tanaka, Hidekazu

    2015-02-14

    We report on the observation of stable electrical oscillation in Pt/vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) bilayer strips, in which the Pt overlayer serves the dual purposes of heating up the VO{sub 2} and weakening the electric field in the VO{sub 2} layer. Systematic measurements in an ultrahigh vacuum nanoprobe system show that the oscillation frequency increases with the bias current and/or with decreasing device dimension. In contrast to most VO{sub 2}-based oscillators reported to date, which are electrically triggered, current-induced Joule heating in the Pt overlayer is found to play a dominant role in the generation of oscillation in Pt/VO{sub 2} bilayers. A simple model involving thermally triggered transition of VO{sub 2} on a heat sink is able to account for the experimental observations. The results in this work provide an alternative view of the triggering mechanism in VO{sub 2}-based oscillators.

  4. Hiding Data in VoIP

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2008-12-01

    is the LACK (Lost Audio Packets Steganography ) method, which is described in the third section of this paper. Fig. 4 Steganophony...although it is an application layer steganography technique, is less complex to implement than most audio steganography algorithms. The achieved...LACK, HICCUPS and SIP-based VoIP protocols’ steganography – are briefly described. 1. INTRODUCTION The main aim of network steganography is

  5. Europlanet-IDIS activities in VO-Paris: towards a planetary VO

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    Erard, Stéphane; Le Sidaner, Pierre; Aboudarham, Jean; Berthier, J.; Henry, Florence; Thuillot, William; Vinatier, Sandrine

    VO-Paris Data Centre is a common structure to the Observatory of Paris, in charge of develop-ing Virtual Observatory activities. As a partner in Europlanet-IDIS, VO-Paris contributes to defining the future European VO in Planetary Science. There are two aspects in this program: on one hand, VO-Paris is in charge of the IDIS thematic node "Planetary Dynamics and Extra-Terrestrial Matter", which distributes data resources related to this field, including resources developed by other Europlanet Work Packages. On the other hand, OV-Paris is a partner in the Joint Research Activity (JRA4) which designs the VO infrastructure, and is the co-leader of the task "Added Value Services". VO-Paris baseline in Europlanet-IDIS is to remain as compatible as possible with existing VO systems in Astronomy and Solar Physics, ie to use standards and protocols developed in the IVOA context when they suit the need of Planetary Science, and possibly to propose their extensions whenever the existing standards do not address the usual specific questions in Planetary Science. This approach will allow the rapid design of a registry system, and easy use of tools providing basic functions such as data visualization. Concerning the data resources involved, our aim is to set up a core of data services on which the community will accrete new data resources accessible through VO protocols. This initial core is currently expected to include AMDA (CDPP's service in plasma physics), SSODnet (a semi-VO service being developed at OV-Paris), the PSA (ESA's space missions archive), GhoSST (solid samples spectroscopy developed at LPG), and various topical data bases such as a reference data base set up in LESIA to support the Herschel TNO key-program. The OV-Paris IDIS node can be reached at: http://voparis-europlanet.obspm.fr/ The EuroPlaNet RI project is funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program, grant 228319 "Capacities Specific Programme".

  6. ESA Science Archives and associated VO activities

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    Arviset, Christophe; Baines, Deborah; Barbarisi, Isa; Castellanos, Javier; Cheek, Neil; Costa, Hugo; Fajersztejn, Nicolas; Gonzalez, Juan; Fernandez, Monica; Laruelo, Andrea; Leon, Ignacio; Ortiz, Inaki; Osuna, Pedro; Salgado, Jesus; Tapiador, Daniel

    ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), near Madrid, Spain, hosts most of ESA space based missions' scientific archives, in planetary (Mars Express, Venus Express, Rosetta, Huygens, Giotto, Smart-1, all in ESA Planetary Science Archive), in astronomy (XMM-Newton, Herschel, ISO, Integral, Exosat, Planck) and in solar physics (Soho). All these science archives are operated by a dedicated Science Archives and Virtual Observatory Team (SAT) at ESAC, enabling common and efficient design, development, operations and maintenance of the archives software systems. This also ensures long term preservation and availability of such science archives, as a sustainable service to the science community. ESA space science data can be accessed through powerful and user friendly user interface, as well as from machine scriptable interface and through VO interfaces. Virtual Observatory activities are also fully part of ESA archiving strategy and ESA is a very ac-tive partner in VO initiatives in Europe through Euro-VO AIDA and EuroPlanet and worldwide through the IVOA (International Virtual Observatory Alliance) and the IPDA (International Planetary Data Alliance).

  7. 11C-methionine PET/CT after inconclusive 99mTc-MIBI-SPECT/CT for localisation of parathyroid adenomas in primary hyperparathyroidism.

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    Braeuning, U; Pfannenberg, C; Gallwitz, B; Teichmann, R; Mueller, M; Dittmann, H; Reimold, M; Bares, R

    2015-01-01

    To investigate the efficacy of PET/CT with 11C-methionine for localizing parathyroid adenomas in patients with suspected primary hyperparathyroidism and inconclusive results of cervical ultrasonography and 99mTc-MIBI-SPECT/CT. Retrospective analysis of imaging data of 18 patients and correlation with clinical outcome, in particular intraoperative findings and histopathology of excised tissue. 12 of 18 patients received surgery. In 10 patients single parathyroid adenomas were found (diameter: 5-20 mm), 2 patients presented parathyroid hyperplasia (5 excised hyperplastic glands (diameter: 2-12 mm). PET/CT correctly localized all adenomas and 1 of 5 hyperplastic glands. The sensitivity per patient was 91.7% (11 of 12), the sensitivity per lesion 73.3% (11 of 15). All lesions missed by PET/CT had a size smaller than 9 mm and a volume of less than 0.2 ml. In 6 patients no surgery was performed. Five of them had a negative or atypical PET/CT. Further follow-up indicated familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia in 3 of them (thus, PET/CT true negative), in the remaining 2 patients no validation is available. One patient with 2 highly suggestive lesions rejected surgery so far. PET/CT with 11C-methionine is a very sensitive method for the detection of parathyroid adenomas, even if they are too small to be visualized by 99mTc-MIBI-SPECT/CT.

  8. Alternative chromatographic system for the quality control of lipophilic technetium-99m radiopharmaceuticals such as [99mTc(MIBI)6]+

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    Faria, D.P.; Buchpiguel, C.A.; Marques, F.L.N.

    2015-01-01

    Knowledge of the radiochemical purity of radiopharmaceuticals is mandatory and can be evaluated by several methods and techniques. Planar chromatography is the technique normally employed in nuclear medicine since it is simple, rapid and usually of low cost. There is no standard system for the chromatographic technique, but price, separation efficiency and short time for execution must be considered. We have studied an alternative system using common chromatographic stationary phase and alcohol or alcohol:chloroform mixtures as the mobile phase, using the lipophilic radiopharmaceutical [99mTc(MIBI)6]+ as a model. Whatman 1 modified phase paper and absolute ethanol, Whatman 1 paper and methanol:chloroform (25:75), Whatman 3MM paper and ethanol:chloroform (25:75), and the more expensive ITLC-SG and 1-propanol:chloroform (10:90) were suitable systems for the direct determination of radiochemical purity of [99mTc(MIBI)6]+ since impurities such as99mTc-reduced-hydrolyzed (RH),99mTcO4 - and [99mTc(cysteine)2]-complex were completely separated from the radiopharmaceutical, which moved toward the front of chromatographic systems while impurities were retained at the origin. The time required for analysis was 4 to 15 min, which is appropriate for nuclear medicine routines. PMID:26445333

  9. Alternative chromatographic system for the quality control of lipophilic technetium-99m radiopharmaceuticals such as [(99m)Tc(MIBI)₆].

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    Faria, D P; Buchpiguel, C A; Marques, F L N

    2015-10-01

    Knowledge of the radiochemical purity of radiopharmaceuticals is mandatory and can be evaluated by several methods and techniques. Planar chromatography is the technique normally employed in nuclear medicine since it is simple, rapid and usually of low cost. There is no standard system for the chromatographic technique, but price, separation efficiency and short time for execution must be considered. We have studied an alternative system using common chromatographic stationary phase and alcohol or alcohol:chloroform mixtures as the mobile phase, using the lipophilic radiopharmaceutical [(99m)Tc(MIBI)₆]⁺ as a model. Whatman 1 modified phase paper and absolute ethanol, Whatman 1 paper and methanol:chloroform (25:75), Whatman 3MM paper and ethanol:chloroform (25:75), and the more expensive ITLC-SG and 1-propanol:chloroform (10:90) were suitable systems for the direct determination of radiochemical purity of [(99m)Tc(MIBI)₆]⁺ since impurities such as (99m)Tc-reduced-hydrolyzed (RH), (99m)TcO(4)(-) and [(99m)Tc(cysteine)₂]⁻ complex were completely separated from the radiopharmaceutical, which moved toward the front of chromatographic systems while impurities were retained at the origin. The time required for analysis was 4 to 15 min, which is appropriate for nuclear medicine routines.

  10. A novel inorganic precipitation-peptization method for VO2 sol and VO2 nanoparticles preparation: Synthesis, characterization and mechanism.

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    Li, Yao; Jiang, Peng; Xiang, Wei; Ran, Fanyong; Cao, Wenbin

    2016-01-15

    In this paper, a simple, safe and cost-saving precipitation-peptization method was proposed to prepare VO2 sol by using inorganic VOSO4-NH3⋅H2O-H2O2 reactants system in air under room temperature. In this process, VOSO4 was firstly precipitated to form VO(OH)2, then monometallic species of VO(O2)(OH)(-) were formed through the coordination between VO(OH)2 and H2O2. The rearrangement of VO(O2)(OH)(-) in a nonplanar pattern and intermolecular condensation reactions result in multinuclear species. Finally, VO2 sol is prepared through the condensation reactions between the multinuclear species. After drying the obtained sol at 40°C, VO2 xerogel exhibiting monoclinic crystal structure with the space group of C2/m was prepared. The crystal structure of VO2 nanoparticles was transferred to monoclinic crystal structure with the space group of P21/c (VO2(M)) by annealing the xerogel at 550°C. Both XRD and TEM analysis indicated that the nanoparticles possess good crystallinity with crystallite size of 34.5nm as estimated by Scherrer's method. These results suggest that the VO2 sol has been prepared successfully through the proposed simple method. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. 99mTc-MIBI Lung Scintigraphy in the Assessment of Pulmonary Involvement in Interstitial Lung Disease and Its Comparison With Pulmonary Function Tests and High-Resolution Computed Tomography: A Preliminary Study.

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    Bahtouee, Mehrzad; Saberifard, Jamshid; Javadi, Hamid; Nabipour, Iraj; Raeisi, Alireza; Assadi, Majid; Eftekhari, Mohammad

    2015-11-01

    The differentiation of active inflammatory processes from an inactive form of the disease is of great value in the management of interstitial lung disease (ILD). The aim of this investigation was to assess the efficacy of 99mTc-methoxy-isobutyl-isonitrile (99mTc-MIBI) scans in distinguishing the severity of the disease compared to radiological and clinical parameters.In total, 19 known cases of ILD were included in this study and were followed up for 1 year. Five patients without lung disease were considered as the control group. The patients underwent pulmonary function tests (PFTs) and high-resolution computed tomography scans, followed by 99mTc-MIBI scanning. The 99mTc-MIBI scans were analyzed either qualitatively (subjectively) or semiquantitatively.All 19 ILD patients demonstrated a strong increase in 99mTc-MIBI uptake in the lungs compared to the control group. The 99mTc-MIBI scan scores were higher in the patient group in both the early phase (0.24[0.19-0.31] vs 0.11[0.10-0.15], P < 0.05) and the delayed phase (0.15[0.09-0.27] vs 0.04[0.01-0.09], P < 0.05) compared with the control group. A positive correlation was detected between the 99mTc-MIBI scan and the high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scores (Spearman's correlation coefficient = 0.65, P < 0.02) in the early phase but not in the delayed phase in patients (P > 0.14). The 99mTc-MIBI scan scores were not significantly correlated with the PFT findings (P > 0.05). In total, 5 patients died and 14 patients were still alive over the 1-year follow-up period. There was also a significant difference between the uptake intensity of 99mTc-MIBI and the outcome in the early phase (dead: 0.32[0.29-0.43] vs alive: 0.21[0.18-0.24], P < 0.05) and delayed phase (dead: 0.27[0.22-0.28] vs alive: 0.10[0.07-0.19], P < 0.05).The washout rate was ~40 min starting from 20 min up to 60 min and this rate was significantly different in our 2 study groups (ILD: 46.61[15.61-50.39] vs NL: 70.91[27.09-116.36], P = 0.04).The

  12. 99mTc-MIBI Lung Scintigraphy in the Assessment of Pulmonary Involvement in Interstitial Lung Disease and Its Comparison With Pulmonary Function Tests and High-Resolution Computed Tomography

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    Bahtouee, Mehrzad; Saberifard, Jamshid; Javadi, Hamid; Nabipour, Iraj; Raeisi, Alireza; Assadi, Majid; Eftekhari, Mohammad

    2015-01-01

    Abstract The differentiation of active inflammatory processes from an inactive form of the disease is of great value in the management of interstitial lung disease (ILD). The aim of this investigation was to assess the efficacy of 99mTc-methoxy-isobutyl-isonitrile (99mTc-MIBI) scans in distinguishing the severity of the disease compared to radiological and clinical parameters. In total, 19 known cases of ILD were included in this study and were followed up for 1 year. Five patients without lung disease were considered as the control group. The patients underwent pulmonary function tests (PFTs) and high-resolution computed tomography scans, followed by 99mTc-MIBI scanning. The 99mTc-MIBI scans were analyzed either qualitatively (subjectively) or semiquantitatively. All 19 ILD patients demonstrated a strong increase in 99mTc-MIBI uptake in the lungs compared to the control group. The 99mTc-MIBI scan scores were higher in the patient group in both the early phase (0.24[0.19–0.31] vs 0.11[0.10–0.15], P < 0.05) and the delayed phase (0.15[0.09–0.27] vs 0.04[0.01–0.09], P < 0.05) compared with the control group. A positive correlation was detected between the 99mTc-MIBI scan and the high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scores (Spearman's correlation coefficient = 0.65, P < 0.02) in the early phase but not in the delayed phase in patients (P > 0.14). The 99mTc-MIBI scan scores were not significantly correlated with the PFT findings (P > 0.05). In total, 5 patients died and 14 patients were still alive over the 1-year follow-up period. There was also a significant difference between the uptake intensity of 99mTc-MIBI and the outcome in the early phase (dead: 0.32[0.29–0.43] vs alive: 0.21[0.18–0.24], P < 0.05) and delayed phase (dead: 0.27[0.22–0.28] vs alive: 0.10[0.07–0.19], P < 0.05). The washout rate was ∼40 min starting from 20 min up to 60 min and this rate was significantly different in our 2 study groups (ILD: 46

  13. UkrVO: Astroplates and the Joint Digitized Archive

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    Vavilova, I.; Pakuliak, L.; Protsyuk, Y.; Shlyapnikov, A.; Golovnya, V.; Yizhakevych, O.; Shatokhina, S.; Kazantseva, L.; Virun, N.; Kashuba, S.

    The UkrVO (Ukrainian VO) database consists of about 150,000 astronegatives and 50,000 CCD-frames containing the unique astroinformation for formulation of important scientific tasks. This database is compiled from observations conducted in 1898-2011 years at observational sites of 8 Ukrainian observatories with about 50 instruments. The Joint Digital Archive (JDA) of photographic observations has become the UkrVO astroplate's core. Now the UkrVO Joint Digitized Archive covers about 40,000 astroplates, from which 15,000 are digitized. They were performed with a flatbed scanner EpsonExpression 10000XL with 16-bit gray levels, resolution of 1200-1600 dpi. Digitized images are stored in TIFF and FITS formats. Current version of UkrVO site for JDA and other information is placed on http://ukr-vo.org.

  14. PyVO: Python access to the Virtual Observatory

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    Graham, Matthew; Plante, Ray; Tody, Doug; Fitzpatrick, Mike

    2014-02-01

    PyVO provides access to remote data and services of the Virtual observatory (VO) using Python. It allows archive searches for data of a particular type or related to a particular topic and query submissions to obtain data to a particular archive to download selected data products. PyVO supports querying the VAO registry; simple data access services (DAL) to access images (SIA), source catalog records (Cone Search), spectra (SSA), and spectral line emission/absorption data (SLAP); and object name resolution (for converting names of objects in the sky into positions). PyVO requires both AstroPy and NumPy.

  15. VO-compliant workflows and science gateways

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    Castelli, G.; Taffoni, G.; Sciacca, E.; Becciani, U.; Costa, A.; Krokos, M.; Pasian, F.; Vuerli, C.

    2015-06-01

    Workflow and science gateway technologies have been adopted by scientific communities as a valuable tool to carry out complex experiments. They offer the possibility to perform computations for data analysis and simulations, whereas hiding details of the complex infrastructures underneath. There are many workflow management systems covering a large variety of generic services coordinating execution of workflows. In this paper we describe our experiences in creating workflows oriented science gateways based on gUSE/WS-PGRADE technology and in particular we discuss the efforts devoted to develop a VO-compliant web environment.

  16. Electrospinning synthesis of InVO4/BiVO4 heterostructured nanobelts and their enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Liu, Zhendong; Lu, Qifang; Guo, Enyan; Liu, Suwen

    2016-08-01

    In the present work, one-dimensional InVO4/BiVO4 heterostructured nanobelts with the width of about 800 nm have been successfully prepared by a simple electrospinning technique followed by the subsequent calcination process. The prepared products were characterized by thermogravimetry, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, UV-Vis absorbance spectroscopy, high-performance liquid chromatography, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The obtained InVO4/BiVO4 heterostructured nanobelts presented an admirable morphology and excellent photocatalytic properties for the degradation of methylene blue solution under visible-light irradiation.

  17. VO2 kinetics during heavy and severe exercise in swimming.

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    Pessoa Filho, D M; Alves, F B; Reis, J F; Greco, C C; Denadai, B S

    2012-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to describe the VO2 kinetics above and below respiratory compensation point (RCP) during swimming. After determination of the gas-exchange threshold (GET), RCP and VO(2max), 9 well-trained swimmers (21.0 ± 7.1 year, VO(2max)=57.9 ± 5.1 ml.kg (- 1).min (- 1)), completed a series of "square-wave" swimming transitions to a speed corresponding to 2.5% below (S - 2.5%) and 2.5% above (S+2.5%) the speed observed at RCP for the determination of pulmonary VO2 kinetics. The trial below (~2.7%) and above RCP (~2%) was performed at 1.28 ± 0.05 m.s (- 1) (76.5 ± 6.3% VO(2max)) and 1.34 0.05 m.s (- 1) (91.3 ± 4.0% VO(2max)), respectively. The time constant of the primary component was not different between the trials below (17.8 ± 5.9 s) and above RCP (16.5 ± 5.1 s). The amplitude of the VO(2)slow component was similar between the exercise intensities performed around RCP (S - 2.5%=329.2 ± 152.6 ml.min (- 1) vs. S+2.5%=313.7 ± 285.2 ml.min (- 1)), but VO(2max) was attained only during trial performed above RCP (S-2.5%=91.4 ± 5.9% VO(2max) vs. S+2.5%=103.0 ± 8.2% VO(2max)). Thus, similar to the critical power during cycling exercise, the RCP appears to represent a physiological boundary that dictates whether VO(2) kinetics is characteristic of heavy- or severe-intensity exercise during swimming. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  18. Flexible thermochromic window based on hybridized VO2/graphene.

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    Kim, Hyeongkeun; Kim, Yena; Kim, Keun Soo; Jeong, Hu Young; Jang, A-Rang; Han, Seung Ho; Yoon, Dae Ho; Suh, Kwang S; Shin, Hyeon Suk; Kim, TaeYoung; Yang, Woo Seok

    2013-07-23

    Large-scale integration of vanadium dioxide (VO2) on mechanically flexible substrates is critical to the realization of flexible smart window films that can respond to environmental temperatures to modulate light transmittance. Until now, the formation of highly crystalline and stoichiometric VO2 on flexible substrate has not been demonstrated due to the high-temperature condition for VO2 growth. Here, we demonstrate a VO2-based thermochromic film with unprecedented mechanical flexibility by employing graphene as a versatile platform for VO2. The graphene effectively functions as an atomically thin, flexible, yet robust support which enables the formation of stoichiometric VO2 crystals with temperature-driven phase transition characteristics. The graphene-supported VO2 was capable of being transferred to a plastic substrate, forming a new type of flexible thermochromic film. The flexible VO2 films were then integrated into the mock-up house, exhibiting its efficient operation to reduce the in-house temperature under infrared irradiation. These results provide important progress for the fabrication of flexible thermochromic films for energy-saving windows.

  19. Electronic structure and insulating gap in epitaxial VO2 polymorphs

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    Lee, Shinbuhm; Meyer, Tricia L.; Sohn, Changhee; ...

    2015-12-24

    Here, determining the origin of the insulating gap in the monoclinic VO2(M1) is a long-standing issue. The difficulty of this study arises from the simultaneous occurrence of structural and electronic transitions upon thermal cycling. Here, we compare the electronic structure of the M1 phase with that of single crystalline insulating VO2(A) and VO2(B) thin films to better understand the insulating phase of VO2. As these A and B phases do not undergo a structural transition upon thermal cycling, we comparatively study the origin of the gap opening in the insulating VO2 phases. By x-ray absorption and optical spectroscopy, we findmore » that the shift of unoccupied t2g orbitals away from the Fermi level is a common feature, which plays an important role for the insulating behavior in VO2 polymorphs. The distinct splitting of the half-filled t2g orbital is observed only in the M1 phase, widening the bandgap up to ~0.6 eV. Our approach of comparing all three insulating VO2 phases provides insight into a better understanding of the electronic structure and the origin of the insulating gap in VO2.« less

  20. Leg strength and the VO2 max of older men.

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    Lovell, D; Cuneo, R; Delphinus, E; Gass, G

    2011-04-01

    The purpose of the study was to determine if leg strength limits VO2 max and the ability to reach a plateau during VO2 max test in older men during cycle ergometry. Men aged 70-80 years were randomly selected into a strength training (ST, n=12) 3 times weekly for 16 weeks, followed by 4 weeks detraining or a non-training control group (C, n=12). Leg strength and VO2 max were assessed every 4 weeks for 20 weeks; body composition and cardiac function were assessed before and after 16 weeks training and after 4 weeks detraining. Leg strength, upper leg muscle mass (ULMM), arterial-venous O2 difference (a-v O2 difference) and VO2 max increased in the ST group (95±0.6%, 7±0.7%. 6.2±0.5% and 8±0.8%, respectively; P<0.05) after 16 weeks training. After 4 weeks detraining, gains in ULMM (50%) and strength (75%) were retained, but VO2 max and a-v O2 difference returned to pre-training levels. There was no change in the ability of the participants to reach a plateau during VO2 max testing over the 20-week study. These findings indicate that leg strength may not limit either VO2 max or the ability to plateau during VO2 max tests in older men during cycle ergometry.

  1. Tunable VO{sub 2}/Au hyperbolic metamaterial

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    Prayakarao, S.; Noginov, M. A.; Mendoza, B.; Devine, A.; Kyaw, C.; Dover, R. B. van; Liberman, V.

    2016-08-08

    Vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) is known to have a semiconductor-to-metal phase transition at ∼68 °C. Therefore, it can be used as a tunable component of an active metamaterial. The lamellar metamaterial studied in this work is composed of subwavelength VO{sub 2} and Au layers and is designed to undergo a temperature controlled transition from the optical hyperbolic phase to the metallic phase. VO{sub 2} films and VO{sub 2}/Au lamellar metamaterial stacks have been fabricated and studied in electrical conductivity and optical (transmission and reflection) experiments. The observed temperature-dependent changes in the reflection and transmission spectra of the metamaterials and VO{sub 2} thin films are in a good qualitative agreement with theoretical predictions. The demonstrated optical hyperbolic-to-metallic phase transition is a unique physical phenomenon with the potential to enable advanced control of light-matter interactions.

  2. Microstructures and thermochromic characteristics of VO2/AZO composite films

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    Xiao, Han; Li, Yi; Yuan, Wenrui; Fang, Baoying; Wang, Xiaohua; Hao, Rulong; Wu, Zhengyi; Xu, Tingting; Jiang, Wei; Chen, Peizu

    2016-05-01

    A vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin film was fabricated on a ZnO doped with Al (AZO) conductive glass by magnetron sputtering at room temperature followed by annealing under air atmosphere. The microstructures and optical properties of the thin film were studied. The results showed that the VO2/AZO composite film was poly-crystalline and the AZO layer did not change the preferred growth orientation of VO2. Compared to the VO2 film fabricated on soda-lime glass substrate through the same process and condition, the phase transition temperature of the VO2/AZO composite film was decreased by about 25 °C, thermal hysteresis width narrowed to 6 °C, the visible light transmittance was over 50%, the infrared transmittances before and after phase transition were 21% and 55%, respectively at 1500 nm.

  3. Breast Imaging Utilizing Dedicated Gamma Camera and (99m)Tc-MIBI: Experience at the Tel Aviv Medical Center and Review of the Literature Breast Imaging.

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    Even-Sapir, Einat; Golan, Orit; Menes, Tehillah; Weinstein, Yuliana; Lerman, Hedva

    2016-07-01

    The scope of the current article is the clinical role of gamma cameras dedicated for breast imaging and (99m)Tc-MIBI tumor-seeking tracer, as both a screening modality among a healthy population and as a diagnostic modality in patients with breast cancer. Such cameras are now commercially available. The technology utilizing a camera composed of a NaI (Tl) detector is termed breast-specific gamma imaging. The technology of dual-headed camera composed of semiconductor cadmium zinc telluride detectors that directly converts gamma-ray energy into electronic signals is termed molecular breast imaging. Molecular breast imaging system has been installed at the Department of Nuclear medicine at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv in 2009. The article reviews the literature well as our own experience. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. High level runners are able to maintain a VO2 steady-state below VO2max in an all-out run over their critical velocity.

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    Billat, V; Binsse, V; Petit, B; Koralsztein, J P

    1998-02-01

    During prolonged and intense running exercises beyond the critical power level, a VO2 slow component elevates VO2 above predicted VO2-work rates calculated from exercise performed at intensities below the lactate threshold. In such cases, the actual VO2 value will increase over time until it reaches VO2max. The aims of the present study were to examine whether the VO2 slow component is a major determinant of VO2 over time when running at a speed beyond critical velocity, and whether the exhaustion latency period at such intensity correlates with the magnitude of the VO2 slow component. Fourteen highly trained long-distance runners performed four exhaustive runs, each separated by one week of light training. VO2 and the velocity at VO2max (vVO2max) were determined for each by a graded treadmill exercise. The critical velocity (86.1 +/- 1.5% vVO2max) of each runner was calculated from exhaustive treadmill runs at 90, 100 and 105% of vVO2max. During supra-critical velocity runs at 90% of vVO2max, there was no significant rise in VO2max (20.9 +/- 2.1 ml min-1 kg-1 between the third and last min of tlim 90), such that the runners reached a VO2 steady-state, but did not reach their vVO2max level over time (69.5 +/- 5.0 vs 74.9 +/- 3.0 ml min-1 kg-1). Thus, subjects' time to exhaustion at 90% of vVO2max was not correlated with the VO2max slow component (r = 0.11, P = 0.69), but significantly correlated with the lactate threshold (r = 0.54, P = 0.04) and the critical velocity (% vVO2max; r = 0.65, P = 0.01). In conclusion, the present study demonstrates that for highly trained long-distance runners performing exhaustive, supra-critical velocity runs at 90% of vVO2max, there was not a VO2 slow component tardily completing the rise of VO2. Instead, runners will maintain a VO2 steady-state below VO2max, such that the time to exhaustion at 90% of vVO2max for these runners is positively correlated with the critical velocity expressed as % of vVO2max.

  5. 99Tcm-MIBI single photon emission tomography (SPET) for detecting myocardial ischaemia and necrosis in patients with significant coronary artery disease.

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    Sciammarella, M G; Fragasso, G; Gerundini, P; Maffioli, L; Cappelletti, A; Margonato, A; Savi, A; Chierchia, S

    1992-12-01

    The ability of 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) single photon emission tomography (SPET) to detect myocardial ischaemia and necrosis was assessed in 56 patients (45 male, 11 female, aged 55 +/- 5 years), with clinically recognized ischaemic heart disease (IHD). All underwent coronary angiography (CA) and left ventriculography (LV). SPET images were obtained at rest and at peak exercise (Modified Bruce) 90 min after injection of 99Tcm-MIBI (650-850 MBq). Data were acquired in 30 min over 180 degrees (from 45 degrees RAO to 45 degrees LPO) with no correction for attenuation, using a 64 x 64 matrix. The presence of persistent (P) or reversible (R) perfusion defects (PD) was then correlated to the resting and exercise ECG and to the results of CA and LV. Of the 56 patients, 34 had reversible underperfusion (RPD), 46 persistent underperfusion (PPD) and 31 had both. The occurrence of RPD correlated well with the occurrence of exercise-induced ST segment depression and/or angina (27 patients of 34 patients, 79%) and with the presence of significant coronary artery disease (CAD) (33 of 44, 73%). In 45 of 46 patients (98%) PPD corresponded to akinetic or severely hypokinetic segments (LV) usually explored by ECG leads exhibiting diagnostic Q waves (42 of 46 patients, 91%). The scan was normal both at rest and after stress in four of 11 patients with no CAD, and in two of 45 patients with CAD. Finally, an abnormal resting scan was seen in seven of 11 patients with normal coronary arteries, of whom six had regional wall motion abnormalities.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  6. Contribution of early SPECT/CT to (99m)Tc-MIBI double phase scintigraphy in primary hyperparathyroidism: Diagnostic value and correlation between uptake and biological parameters.

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    García-Talavera, P; Díaz-Soto, G; Montes, A A; Villanueva, J G; Cobo, A; Gamazo, C; Ruiz, M Á; González-Selma, M L

    To evaluate the value of (99m)Tc-MIBI double-phase scintigraphy (DPS) and early SPECT/CT in the pre-surgical assessment of patients with primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT). Also, to calculate the correlation between uptake and some biological parameters. Forty patients with PHPT were included: 37 solitary adenomas, 1 hyperplasia, and 2 double adenomas. Fifteen patients had ectopic glands. DPS and early SPECT/CT were acquired in all patients. Ultrasound was performed in 31/40. All patients underwent surgery, intra-operative iPTH measurements, and histopathological examinations. Qualitative DPS uptake was assessed and correlated to pre-surgical calcium, iPTH levels, gland weight, and maximum diameter. In the planar study, there were 23 positive cases, 8 doubtful, and 9 negatives. With the SPECT/CT, 8/9 negatives cases were located. All doubtful cases were confirmed as positives. Gland location improved in 16 cases (12 ectopic). DPS+SPECT/CT failed to detect a solitary adenoma and at least one gland in three cases of multiglandular disease (MGD). The sensitivity by patient was: DPS 72.5%, DPS+SPECT/CT 90%, and ultrasound 42%. Ultrasound and scintigraphy (DPS+SPECT/CT) were concordant in 16/31 patients. For the rest of them, scintigraphy proved correct in 14/15, and both techniques failed in one case. There was a significant correlation between level of uptake and iPTH level, gland weight, and maximum diameter. Early SPECT/CT improves sensitivity and the locating of parathyroid pathological glands and increases diagnostic confidence. iPTH level, glandular size, and weight are related to the qualitative assessment of (99m)Tc-MIBI uptake in early DPS. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  7. Features of propane conversion in the presence of SmVO3 and SmVO4

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    Markova, E. B.; Lyadov, A. S.; Kurilkin, V. V.

    2016-09-01

    Features of propane conversion in the presence of samarium vanadite and samarium vanadate, both produced via solid-phase synthesis, are studied. It is shown that SmVO3 catalyzes mainly the propane cracking process to form methane and ethylene, while SmVO4 equally accelerates both cracking and the dehydrogenation of propane. Based on the results from catalytic experiments, energies of activation are calculated for the thermal cracking of propane (104 kJ/mol) and the conversion of propane in the presence of SmVO3 (39 kJ/mol) and SmVO4 (42 kJ/mol). The thermal stability of SmVO4 in a hydrogen atmosphere is studied via temperature-programmed reduction, while SmVO3 stability in an oxidizing environment is studied by DTA. Energies of activation for the reduction of SmVO4 (75 kJ/mol) and the oxidation of SmVO3 (244 kJ/mol) are calculated using the Kissinger method.

  8. Improving the electrocatalytic performance of carbon nanotubes for VO2+/VO2+ redox reaction by KOH activation

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    Dai, Lei; Jiang, Yingqiao; Meng, Wei; Zhou, Huizhu; Wang, Ling; He, Zhangxing

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) was activated by KOH treatment at high temperature and investigated as catalyst for VO2+/VO2+ redox reaction for vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results suggest that the oxygen-containing groups can be introduced on CNTs by KOH activation. The mass transfer of vanadium ions can be accelerated by chemical etching by KOH activation and improved wettability due to the introduction of hydrophilic groups. The electrochemical properties of VO2+/VO2+ redox reaction can be enhanced by introduced oxygen-containing groups as active sites. The sample treated at 900 °C with KOH/CNTs mass ratio of 3:1 (CNTs-3) exhibits the highest electrocatalytic activity for VO2+/VO2+ redox reaction. The cell using CNTs-3 as positive catalyst demonstrates the smallest electrochemical polarization, the highest capacity and efficiency among the samples. Using KOH-activated CNTs-3 can increase the average energy efficiency of the cell by 4.4%. This work suggests that KOH-activated CNTs is a low-cost, efficient and promising catalyst for VO2+/VO2+ redox reaction for VRFB system.

  9. Data access service of China-VO

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    Sang, Jian; Zhao, Yong-Heng; Cui, Chen-Zhou

    2004-09-01

    With the development of technologies and the implementation of large quantity of astronomical observation projects, astronomy faces data avalanche and has entered an information era. A basic aim of the Virtual Observatory is to provide uniform access to highly distributed, complicated, huge astronomical datasets, and to realize federation of global astronomical data resources, so that astronomers can obtain required data efficiently and conveniently for their research. China Virtual Observatory (China-VO) project designs and implements astronomical data access services based on Grid technology, and provides uniform interface to Grid client application. In this paper, we introduce the data access service toolkit development using Globus Toolkit, the Grid services encapsulation of catalogs according to the latest astronomical data standards recommended by International Virtual Observatory Alliance, the implements of catalog Cone Search access service. Furthermore, we also introduce how to construct other Grid services using above data access services.

  10. Integrating the IA2 Astronomical Archive in the VO: The VO-Dance Engine

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    Molinaro, M.; Laurino, O.; Smareglia, R.

    2012-09-01

    Virtual Observatory (VO) protocols and standards are getting mature and the astronomical community asks for astrophysical data to be easily reachable. This means data centers have to intensify their efforts to provide the data they manage not only through proprietary portals and services but also through interoperable resources developed on the basis of the IVOA (International Virtual Observatory Alliance) recommendations. Here we present the work and ideas developed at the IA2 (Italian Astronomical Archive) data center hosted by the INAF-OATs (Italian Institute for Astrophysics - Trieste Astronomical Observatory) to reach this goal. The core point is the development of an application that from existing DB and archive structures can translate their content to VO compliant resources: VO-Dance (written in Java). This application, in turn, relies on a database (potentially DBMS independent) to store the translation layer information of each resource and auxiliary content (UCDs, field names, authorizations, policies, etc.). The last token is an administrative interface (currently developed using the Django python framework) to allow the data center administrators to set up and maintain resources. This deployment, platform independent, with database and administrative interface highly customizable, means the package, when stable and easily distributable, can be also used by single astronomers or groups to set up their own resources from their public datasets.

  11. Factors determining the time course of VO2(max) decay during bedrest: implications for VO2(max) limitation.

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    Capelli, C; Antonutto, G; Kenfack, M Azabji; Cautero, M; Lador, F; Moia, C; Tam, E; Ferretti, G

    2006-09-01

    The aim of this study was to characterize the time course of maximal oxygen consumption VO2(max) changes during bedrests longer than 30 days, on the hypothesis that the decrease in VO2(max) tends to asymptote. On a total of 26 subjects who participated in one of three bedrest campaigns without countermeasures, lasting 14, 42 and 90 days, respectively, VO2(max) maximal cardiac output (Qmax) and maximal systemic O2 delivery (QaO2max) were measured. After all periods of HDT, VO2max, Qmax, and QaO2max were significantly lower than before. The VO2max decreased less than qmax after the two shortest bedrests, but its per cent decay was about 10% larger than that of Qmax after 90-day bedrest. The VO2max decrease after 90-day bedrest was larger than after 42- and 14-day bedrests, where it was similar. The Qmax and QaO2max declines after 90-day bedrest was equal to those after 14- and 42-day bedrest. The average daily rates of the VO2max, Qmax, and QaO2max decay during bedrest were less if the bedrest duration were longer, with the exception of that of VO2max in the longest bedrest. The asymptotic VO2max decay demonstrates the possibility that humans could keep working effectively even after an extremely long time in microgravity. Two components in the VO2max decrease were identified, which we postulate were related to cardiovascular deconditioning and to impairment of peripheral gas exchanges due to a possible muscle function deterioration.

  12. Fabrication of VO2-based multilayer structure with variable emittance

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    Wang, Xiao; Cao, Yunzhen; Zhang, Yuzhi; Yan, Lu; Li, Ying

    2015-07-01

    VO2 film holds promise for smart radiation device (SRD) use because of its infrared reflection change through the semiconductor-to-metal transition (SMT). In present study, a multilayer structure which consisted of VO2 layer, HfO2 layer and Ag layer was fabricated to achieve variable emittance based on the principle of reflection filter and SMT of VO2. It was found that with optimal 50 nm-thick VO2 layer, emittance of the multilayer structure could reversibly change from 0.13 at 30 °C to 0.68 at 80 °C with emittance variability of 0.55. Emittance hysteresis loop with transition temperature (Tc) of 58 °C and narrow width of 4 °C was obtained. Finally, multilayer structures with W-doped VO2 films were deposited and transition temperature decreased from 58 to 5 °C as W doping concentration increased from 0% to 3%, with Tc decreasing efficiency of -17.2 °C/at%. However, W doping also led to increased low temperature infrared absorption of VO2 film, which resulted in decreased emittance variability for the multilayer structure, from 0.55 to 0.37 as the W doping concentration in VO2 layer increase from 0% to 3%.

  13. SIP-CCME cooperation in multimedia VoIP network

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    Grądkowska, Magdalena; Popiel, Piotr; Sobańska, Katarzyna

    2006-10-01

    VoIP is a fast-developing technology which allows making telephone calls using a data network like the Internet. VoIP converts the voice signal from the telephone into a digital signal that travels over the Internet and then converts it back at the other end so that speaking to anyone with a regular phone number is possible. VoIP may also enable the direct calls from a computer with the use of a conventional telephone or a microphone. Some services using VoIP may only allow you to call other people using the same VoIP service, but others may allow you to call anyone who has a telephone number. First condition is a broadband Internet connection for VoIP technology to work. There are two major advantages of VOIP: lower cost and increased functionality. In the paper the integration of two networks, one with a CCME based installation and the other with a full Asterisk/SIP voicemail deployment is presented. The goal was to allow dialing between VoIP's telephony from different networks and evaluate a quality of connection with the use of certain codecs.

  14. Time at VO2max during intermittent treadmill running: test protocol dependent or methodological artefact?

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    Midgley, A W; McNaughton, L R; Carroll, S

    2007-11-01

    Effects of methodological differences on the determination of time at VO (2max) (t (VO2max)) during intermittent treadmill running were investigated. Subjects performed three incremental tests to volitional exhaustion: a continuous protocol with 1-min stages (Cont-INC ([1-min])), and two discontinuous protocols of 2-min (Dis-INC ([2-min])) and 3-min (Dis-INC ([3-min])) stage durations. For each test, VO (2max) and the running velocity associated with V.O (2max) (vVO (2max)) were determined. On a fourth visit, subjects performed an intermittent test with 30-s work and relief intervals run at 105 % and 60 %, respectively, of the vV. (2max) determined during Cont-INC ((1-min)). The t (VO2max) during the intermittent test was determined using three different criteria: VO (2) data points > or = 100 % VO (2max) determined in Cont-INC ((1-min)) (t (VO2max[100 %])), > or = 95 % VO (2max) (t (VO2max[95 %])) and > or = VO (2max) minus 2.1 ml . kg (-1) . min (-1) (t (VO2max[- 2.1])). The V.O (2max) means (SD) for Cont-INC ((1-min)), Dis-INC ((2-min)) and Dis-INC ((3-min)) were 4093 (538), 4096 (516), and 3980 (488) mL . min (-1), respectively. The t (VO2max) means (SD) were: t (VO2max(100 %)) 163 (227) s, t (VO2max(95 %)) 418 (439) s, and t (VO2max(- 2.1)) 358 (395) s. All differences in t (V.O2max) were significantly different (p < 0.05). Differences in t (VO2max) due to using V.O (2max) values derived from using different V.O (2) time-averages were significantly different (p < 0.05). Methodological differences should be considered during interpretation of previous studies.

  15. Assessment of anaerobic power to verify VO2max attainment.

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    Astorino, Todd A; White, Ailish C

    2010-07-01

    Across various populations, verification testing is used to confirm VO(2)max attainment and has repeatedly shown similar VO(2)max values to those obtained from incremental exercise. Yet, many individuals show meaningful differences in VO(2)max between protocols, and an explanation for this is unknown. The aim of the study was to elucidate this phenomenon in 30 men and women of similar age, fitness, and physical activity using assessment of anaerobic power. On day 1, they completed the Wingate test, and returned at least 48 h later to complete incremental cycle ergometry followed by a verification protocol. During exercise, ventilation, pulmonary gas exchange data, and heart rate (HR) were continuously measured. Mean VO(2)max was similar (P > 0.05) between protocols (42.05 +/- 5.88 ml kg(-1) per min versus 42.03 +/- 5.75 ml kg(-1) per min, respectively), although seven subjects (23%) revealed a VO(2)max that was not 'verified' by the supramaximal protocol. Indices of power output and gas exchange data were similar (P > 0.05) between subjects who revealed a 'true' VO(2)max compared to those who did not, although peak and mean power was consistently higher in persons whose VO(2)max was not 'verified.' A previously established HRmax criterion for verification testing was not met in 17% of subjects. Additional study is merited to identify alternate determinants of VO(2)max, such as muscle activation via assessment of motor unit recruitment, and to investigate utility of verification testing to confirm VO(2)max attainment in elite athletes and the elderly.

  16. K3VO2(V2As2O12)

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    Ezzine, Safa; Zid, Mohamed Faouzi; Driss, Ahmed

    2009-01-01

    A new potassium vanadium arsenate, tripotassium trivanadium bis­(arsenate) hexa­oxide, K3VO2(V2As2O12), was synthesized by a solid-state reaction at 743 K. The structure is built up from VO5 pyramids, VO4 tetra­hedra (.m. symmetry) and AsO4 tetra­hedra linked together by corner-sharing to form a three-dimensional framework. The two crystallographically independent K+ cations, one of which has .m. symmetry, are located in the inter­connected tunnels running along the a and b directions. PMID:21583723

  17. ESR spectra of VO2+ ions adsorbed on calcium phosphates.

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    Oniki, T; Doi, Y

    1983-07-01

    The ESR spectra of oxovanadium(IV) ions, (VO2+), adsorbed on hydroxyapatite(OHAp), fluorhydroxyapatite(FHAp), Mg-containing tricalcium phosphate(Mg-TCP), .octacalcium phosphate (OCP), dicalcium phosphate dihydrate (DCPD), and amorphous calcium phosphate(ACP) were measured at room temperature. The ESR parameters of VO2+ adsorbed on these compounds were slightly different from one another and accordingly, the ESR technique by use of VO2+ was useful for an analysis of the calcium phosphates precipitated from supersaturated solutions. The ESR parameters of VO2+ adsorbed on ACP and Mg-TCP were found to be very similar to each other, suggesting that ACP and TCP resemble each other in the structure of their crystal surfaces.

  18. Depressed Phase Transition in Solution-Grown VO2 Nanostructures

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    Whittaker, L.; Jaye, C; Fu, Z; Fischer, D; Banerjee, S

    2009-01-01

    The first-order metal-insulator phase transition in VO{sub 2} is characterized by an ultrafast several-orders-of-magnitude change in electrical conductivity and optical transmittance, which makes this material an attractive candidate for the fabrication of optical limiting elements, thermochromic coatings, and Mott field-effect transistors. Here, we demonstrate that the phase-transition temperature and hysteresis can be tuned by scaling VO{sub 2} to nanoscale dimensions. A simple hydrothermal protocol yields anisotropic free-standing single-crystalline VO{sub 2} nanostructures with a phase-transition temperature depressed to as low as 32 C from 67 C in the bulk. The observations here point to the importance of carefully controlling the stochiometry and dimensions of VO{sub 2} nanostructures to tune the phase transition in this system.

  19. Depressed phase transition in solution-grown VO2 nanostructures.

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    Whittaker, Luisa; Jaye, Cherno; Fu, Zugen; Fischer, Daniel A; Banerjee, Sarbajit

    2009-07-01

    The first-order metal-insulator phase transition in VO(2) is characterized by an ultrafast several-orders-of-magnitude change in electrical conductivity and optical transmittance, which makes this material an attractive candidate for the fabrication of optical limiting elements, thermochromic coatings, and Mott field-effect transistors. Here, we demonstrate that the phase-transition temperature and hysteresis can be tuned by scaling VO(2) to nanoscale dimensions. A simple hydrothermal protocol yields anisotropic free-standing single-crystalline VO(2) nanostructures with a phase-transition temperature depressed to as low as 32 degrees C from 67 degrees C in the bulk. The observations here point to the importance of carefully controlling the stoichiometry and dimensions of VO(2) nanostructures to tune the phase transition in this system.

  20. Audio CAPTCHA for SIP-Based VoIP

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    Soupionis, Yannis; Tountas, George; Gritzalis, Dimitris

    Voice over IP (VoIP) introduces new ways of communication, while utilizing existing data networks to provide inexpensive voice communications worldwide as a promising alternative to the traditional PSTN telephony. SPam over Internet Telephony (SPIT) is one potential source of future annoyance in VoIP. A common way to launch a SPIT attack is the use of an automated procedure (bot), which generates calls and produces audio advertisements. In this paper, our goal is to design appropriate CAPTCHA to fight such bots. We focus on and develop audio CAPTCHA, as the audio format is more suitable for VoIP environments and we implement it in a SIP-based VoIP environment. Furthermore, we suggest and evaluate the specific attributes that audio CAPTCHA should incorporate in order to be effective, and test it against an open source bot implementation.

  1. Accuracy of VO2(max) prediction equations in older adults.

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    Peterson, Matthew J; Pieper, Carl F; Morey, Miram C

    2003-01-01

    We explored the accuracy and bias of prediction equations (ACSM and Foster) in older, deconditioned men and women. We also examined the predictors of VO2(max) to further understand which variables affect respiratory fitness in the elderly. One hundred seventy-one community dwelling, men (72.6 +/- 4.8 yr) and women (71.0 +/- 5.1 yr) screened in a clinical trial were retrospectively examined. VO2(max) was measured using a standardized protocol with gas exchange measured. Measured VO2 (max) values were compared with prediction equations via mean difference analyses, and bias was explored using Bland-Altman analyses. Regression analysis determined significant predictors of measured VO2 (max). Alpha was PVO2 (max), 21.7 +/- 4.8 and 17.3 +/- 4.0, respectively. ACSM overestimated VO2 (max) in men and women, 26.3 +/- 8.2 and 20.9 +/- 7.3, respectively. By using Bland-Altman plots, ACSM showed significant overestimation bias in more fit women (r = 0.29), whereas Foster showed no estimation bias in either gender. Significant predictors of VO2 (max) were gender, BMI, age, treadmill grade, and speed, with an equation R(2) of 0.70. A measure of current activity levels did not make it into the final model ( P= 0.0505) but is worthy of future consideration using more sensitive measures than ours. ACSM is not appropriate for use when treadmill testing older adults. We believe the Foster equation's VO2 (max) prediction accuracy is acceptable, showing no bias along a continuum of aerobic capacity.

  2. Cardiovascular factors explain genetic background differences in VO2max.

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    Roy, Jane L P; Hunter, Gary R; Fernandez, Jose R; McCarthy, John P; Larson-Meyer, D Enette; Blaudeau, Tamilane E; Newcomer, Bradley R

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to further explore factors that may be related to ethnic differences in the maximum rate at which an individual can consume oxygen (VO2max) between 20 African American (AA) and 30 European American (EA) sedentary women who were matched for body weight (kg) and fat-free mass (FFM). VO2max (l/min) was determined during a graded treadmill exercise test. Submaximal steady-state heart rate and submaximal VO2 were determined at a treadmill speed of 1.3 m/sec and a 2.5% grade. Hemoglobin (Hb) was determined by the cyanide method, muscle oxidative capacity by 31P magnetic resonance spectroscopy (ADP time constant), and FFM (kg) by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. Genetic classification was self-reported, and in a subset of the sample (N = 32), the determinants of ethnicity were measured by African genetic admixture. AA women had significantly reduced VO2max, Hb levels, and muscle oxidative capacity (longer ADP time constants, P < or = 0.05) than EA women. Submaximal oxygen pulse (O2Psubmax), ADP time constant, Hb, and ethnic background were all significantly related to VO2max (ml/kg/min and ml/kg FFM/min, all P < or = 0.01). By multiple regression modeling, Hb, O2Psubmax, muscle oxidative capacity, and ethnicity were found to explain 61% and 57% of the variance of VO2max in ml/kg/min and ml/kg FFM/min, respectively. Muscle oxidative capacity and O2Psubmax were both significantly and independently related to VO2max in all three models (P < or = 0.05), whereas Hb and ethnicity were not. These results suggest that mitochondrial muscle oxidative capacity and oxygen delivery capabilities, as determined by O2Psubmax, account for most if not all of the ethnic differences in VO2max.

  3. Enhanced optical response of hybridized VO2/graphene films

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    Kim, Hyeongkeun; Kim, Yena; Kim, Taeyoung; Jang, A.-Rang; Jeong, Hu Young; Han, Seung Ho; Yoon, Dae Ho; Shin, Hyeon Suk; Bae, Dong Jae; Kim, Keun Soo; Yang, Woo Seok

    2013-03-01

    Application of graphene as transparent electrodes is an active research area due to its excellent electrical and optical properties. Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is an attractive material since it is a thermochromic material that undergoes a structural phase transition when heat is applied. The phase transition results in the change of electrical and optical characteristics. We report optical characteristics of hybrid materials of graphene and VO2. We observed a 12% improvement in infrared transmittance with VO2 films deposited on graphene sapphire substrates compared to that of bare sapphire substrates. We also found that the phase transition temperature decreases as the number of graphene layers on the substrates increases. In the case of VO2 films on the substrate that was coated with four layers of graphene, the mean phase transition temperature was lowered to ~56 °C.Application of graphene as transparent electrodes is an active research area due to its excellent electrical and optical properties. Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is an attractive material since it is a thermochromic material that undergoes a structural phase transition when heat is applied. The phase transition results in the change of electrical and optical characteristics. We report optical characteristics of hybrid materials of graphene and VO2. We observed a 12% improvement in infrared transmittance with VO2 films deposited on graphene sapphire substrates compared to that of bare sapphire substrates. We also found that the phase transition temperature decreases as the number of graphene layers on the substrates increases. In the case of VO2 films on the substrate that was coated with four layers of graphene, the mean phase transition temperature was lowered to ~56 °C. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr34054f

  4. Interference systems for wideband mid-IR VO2 mirrors

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    Danilov, Oleg B.; Konovalova, O. P.; Sidorov, Aleksandr I.; Shaganov, Igor I.

    1999-01-01

    We performed the analyze of principles of wide-band VO2- mirrors creation for mid-IR (2.5 - 12 micrometers ) laser radiation control. It was shown, that the choice of interference system of VO2-mirror makes possible to extend region of maximum reflection change up to 1 - 2 (mu) . Calculations and experimental results are presented for mirrors with dR/d>0 and <0 with the change of reflection coefficient from 0.1 up to 94 - 98%.

  5. The preparation of a plasmonically resonant VO2 thermochromic pigment

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    Bai, Huaping; Cortie, Michael B.; Maaroof, Abbas I.; Dowd, Annette; Kealley, Catherine; Smith, Geoffrey B.

    2009-02-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) undergoes a reversible metal-insulator transition, normally at ~68 °C. While the properties of continuous semi-transparent coatings of VO2 are well known, there is far less information available concerning the potential use of discrete VO2 nanoparticles as a thermochromic pigment in opaque coatings. Individual VO2 nanoparticles undergo a localized plasmon resonance with near-infrared light at about 1100 nm and this resonance can be switched on and off by simply varying the temperature of the system. Therefore, incorporation of VO2 nanoparticles into a coating system imbues the coating with the ability to self-adaptively modulate its own absorptive efficiency in the near-infrared. Here we examine the magnitude and control of this phenomenon. Prototype coatings are described, made using VO2 powder produced by an improved process. The materials are characterized using calorimetry, x-ray diffraction, high-resolution scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and by measurement of optical properties.

  6. Fair Scheduling for Delay-Sensitive VoIP Traffic

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    Ahmed, Shawish; Jiang, Xiaohong; Horiguchi, Susumu

    With the wide expansion of voice services over the IP networks (VoIP), the volume of this delay sensitive traffic is steadily growing. The current packet schedulers for IP networks meet the delay constraint of VoIP traffic by simply assigning its packets the highest priority. This technique is acceptable as long as the amount of VoIP traffic is relatively very small compared to other non-voice traffic. With the notable expansion of VoIP applications, however, the current packet schedulers will significantly sacrifice the fairness deserved by the non-voice traffic. In this paper, we extend the conventional Deficit Round-Robin (DRR) scheduler by including a packet classifier, a Token Bucket and a resource reservation scheme and propose an integrated packet scheduler architecture for the growing VoIP traffic. We demonstrate through both theoretical analysis and extensive simulation that the new architecture makes it possible for us to significantly improve the fairness to non-voice traffic while still meeting the tight delay requirement of VoIP applications.

  7. Electric field induced metal-insulator transition in VO2 thin film based on FTO/VO2/FTO structure

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    Hao, Rulong; Li, Yi; Liu, Fei; Sun, Yao; Tang, Jiayin; Chen, Peizu; Jiang, Wei; Wu, Zhengyi; Xu, Tingting; Fang, Baoying

    2016-03-01

    A VO2 thin film has been prepared using a DC magnetron sputtering method and annealing on an F-doped SnO2 (FTO) conductive glass substrate. The FTO/VO2/FTO structure was fabricated using photolithography and a chemical etching process. The temperature dependence of the I-V hysteresis loop for the FTO/VO2/FTO structure has been analyzed. The threshold voltage decreases with increasing temperature, with a value of 9.2 V at 20 °C. The maximum transmission modulation value of the FTO/VO2/FTO structure is 31.4% under various temperatures and voltages. Optical modulation can be realized in the structure by applying an electric field.

  8. VO2 kinetics and metabolic contributions whilst swimming at 95, 100, and 105% of the velocity at VO2max.

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    Sousa, Ana C; Vilas-Boas, João P; Fernandes, Ricardo J

    2014-01-01

    A bioenergetical analysis of swimming at intensities near competitive distances is inexistent. It was aimed to compare the transient VO2 kinetics responses and metabolic contributions whilst swimming at different velocities around VO2max. 12 trained male swimmers performed (i) an incremental protocol to determine the velocity at VO2max (vVO2max) and (ii) three square wave exercises from rest to 95, 100, and 105% of vVO2max. VO2 was directly measured using a telemetric portable gas analyser and its kinetics analysed through a double-exponential model. Metabolic contributions were assessed through the sum of three energy components. No differences were observed in the fast component response (τ1--15, 18, and 16 s, A1--36, 34, and 37 mL · kg(-1) · min (-1), and Gain--32, 29, and 30 mL · min (-1) at 95, 100, and 105% of the vVO2max, resp.) but A2 was higher in 95 and 100% compared to 105% intensity (480.76 ± 247.01, 452.18 ± 217.04, and 147.04 ± 60.40 mL · min (-1), resp.). The aerobic energy contribution increased with the time sustained (83 ± 5, 74 ± 6, and 59 ± 7% for 95, 100, and 105%, resp.). The adjustment of the cardiovascular and/or pulmonary systems that determine O2 delivery and diffusion to the exercising muscles did not change with changing intensity, with the exception of VO2 slow component kinetics metabolic profiles.

  9. The Euro-VO Registry, Re-engineering the Back-end

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    Arviset, C.; Perdikeas, M.; Osuna, P.; Gonzalez, J.

    2015-09-01

    The Euro-VO Registry, located, developed and operated at ESAC, is one of the full searchable registries available worldwide, gathering information about all VO-compliant resources. The Euro-VO Registry serves as a registration point for European - and other countries- VO actors and data centres wishing to publish VO services. It harvests other registries to ensure its completeness so VO applications developers and VO users can use it to discover all VO resources, from Europe and from all other VO projects. The Euro-VO Registry provides as well a harvesting interface to other registries in the world to make sure the European VO services are also included in all other worldwide full registries. In particular, the new Euro-VO registry will be supporting the new RegTAP search interface for the relational registry allowing arbitrary ADQL queries against its contents over a compliant TAP service. The recently obsolete (for future developments) SOAP-based legacy search interface will also be supported for backwards compatibility purposes. Furthermore, in the context of the IVOA, some quality control and curation procedures for the registry resources are being defined. The Euro-VO Registry implements these procedures to ensure the high quality of the VO resources it references. This paper gives an overview of the recent development of the new Euro-VO Registry, together with its new curation facilities, both of which are being performed under a contract awarded to Neuropublic, under ESA special initiative to Greece.

  10. VO2@RER1.0: a novel submaximal cardiopulmonary exercise index.

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    Chin, Clifford; Kazmucha, Jeffrey; Kim, Nancy; Suryani, Reny; Olson, Inger

    2010-01-01

    Maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) is the "gold standard" by which to assess functional capacity; however, it is effort dependent. VO2@RER1.0 is defined when VO2 = VCO2. Between December 22, 1997 and November 9, 2004, 305 pediatric subjects underwent cycle ergometer cardiopulmonary exercise testing, exercised to exhaustion, and reached a peak respiratory exchange ratio > or = 1.10. Group 1 subjects achieved a peak VO2 > or = 80% of predicted VO2max; group 2 subjects achieved a peak VO2 < or = 60% of predicted VO2max; and group 3 subjects achieved a peak VO2 between 61 and 79% of predicted VO2max. Linear regression analysis was performed for VO2@RER1.0 as a function of predicted VO2 for group 1 subjects. A -2 SD regression line and equation was created. VO2@RER1.0 data from groups 2 and 3 were plotted onto the normative graph. Contingency table and relative-risk analysis showed that an abnormal VO2@RER1.0 predicted an abnormal peak VO2(positive-predictive value 83%, negative-predictive value 85%, sensitivity 84%, and specificity 84%). VO2@RER1.0 is a highly sensitive, specific, and predictive submaximal index of functional capacity. This submaximal index is easy to identify without subjectivity. This index may aid in the evaluation of subjects who cannot exercise to maximal parameters.

  11. Charge-Order-Induced Ferroelectricity in LaVO3 /SrVO 3 Superlattices

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    Park, Se Young; Kumar, Anil; Rabe, Karin M.

    2017-02-01

    The structure and properties of the 1 ∶1 superlattice of LaVO3 and SrVO3 are investigated with a first-principles density-functional-theory-plus-U (DFT +U ) method. The lowest energy states are antiferromagnetic charge-ordered Mott-insulating phases. In one of these insulating phases, layered charge ordering combines with the layered La/Sr cation ordering to produce a polar structure with a large nonzero spontaneous polarization normal to the interfaces. This polarization, comparable to that of conventional ferroelectrics, is produced by electron transfer between the V3 + and V4 + layers. The energy of this normal-polarization state relative to the ground state is only 3 meV per vanadium. Under tensile strain, this energy difference can be further reduced, suggesting that the normal-polarization state can be induced by an electric field applied normal to the superlattice layers, yielding an antiferroelectric double-hysteresis loop. If the system does not switch back to the ground state on removal of the field, a ferroelectric-type hysteresis loop could be observed.

  12. Chemical and sonochemical approaches to the formation of VO{sub 2} films and VO{sub 2}-impregnated materials

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    Keppens, V.; Mandrus, D.; Boatner, L.A.

    1997-11-01

    A new chemical and chemical/ultrasonic approach to the preparation of VO{sub 2} films and VO{sub 2}-impregnated bulk materials has been developed. In this approach, a V{sub 2}O{sub 5} sol prepared by quenching is used to coat SiO{sub 2} substrates. The resulting gel-film is heat treated in a reducing atmosphere to form a film identified as VO{sub 2} from the results of X-ray diffraction and both optical and resistivity measurements, which reveal the phase transition characteristic of vanadium dioxide. The advantage of this approach to the formation of VO{sub 2} is that the V{sub 2}O{sub 5} sol can be used to impregnate porous materials, which are then heated treated to form an optically active composite material. The switching properties of the VO{sub 2} films are investigated using optical and resistivity measurements, and the results are compared to those obtained for VO{sub 2}-films prepared by more-conventional methods.

  13. VO-Dance an IVOA tools to easy publish data into VO and it's extension on planetology request

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    Smareglia, R.; Capria, M. T.; Molinaro, M.

    2012-09-01

    Data publishing through the self standing portals can be joined to VO resource publishing, i.e. astronomical resources deployed through VO compliant services. Since the IVOA (International Virtual Observatory Alliance) provides many protocols and standards for the various data flavors (images, spectra, catalogues … ), and since the data center has as a goal to grow up in number of hosted archives and services providing, the idea arose to find a way to easily deploy and maintain VO resources. VO-Dance is a java web application developed at IA2 that addresses this idea creating, in a dynamical way, VO resources out of database tables or views. It is structured to be potentially DBMS and platform independent and consists of 3 main tokens, an internal DB to store resources description and model metadata information, a restful web application to deploy the resources to the VO community. It's extension to planetology request is under study to best effort INAF software development and archive efficiency.

  14. Scaling behavior of VO2peak in trained wheelchair athletes.

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    Goosey-Tolfrey, Victoria L; Batterham, Alan M; Tolfrey, Keith

    2003-12-01

    To examine the scaling behavior of peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak) in wheelchair athletes, adjusting for known covariates. Body mass, VO2peak, and an estimate of adiposity (sum of four skinfolds) were determined in a sample of 45 highly trained wheelchair basketball and racing athletes. The participants were classified as possessing either "high" or "low" trunk stability and balance using recognized sporting classifications. A wheelchair ergometer was used to obtain the VO2peak measurements. The relationship between VO2peak and body mass was obtained via a nonlinear allometric model with the sum of four skinfolds, trunk stability and balance, and chronological age entered as covariates. The point estimate exponent for body mass was 0.82 (95% CI, 0.54-1.10). After controlling for the influence of body mass, adiposity, and age, the wheelchair athletes with greater trunk stability and balance had on average an 11% greater VO2peak. The regression model explained 54% of the sample variance in VO2peak. The obtained mass exponent of 0.82 is congruent with that predicted from the multiple-causes allometric cascade model and consideration of the physiological characteristics of spinal cord injured athletes. To compare the body size-independent VO2peak values of athletes within the study sample, the mass exponent of 0.82 may be adopted (i.e., mL x kg(-0.82) x min(-1)). The uncertainty in the point estimate, reflected in the relatively wide 95% CI, highlights the need for further research with larger samples to increase the precision of estimation.

  15. Theoretical and experimental study on passive mode-locking composite Nd:GdVO4/Nd:GdVO4/Nd:GdVO4 lasers

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    Wang, X. M.; Li, G. Q.; Zhao, S. Z.; Li, S. X.; Zhang, L.; Guo, Y. J.

    2016-12-01

    Stable passive mode-locking multi-segment composite Nd:GdVO4 lasers with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror were demonstrated for the first time. For the composite crystals, the output power increased linearly with the increase of the incident pump power, showing excellent thermo-mechanical performances. While for the conventional crystal, power saturation was observed when the incident pump power exceeded 8.79 W. The maximum average output power of 1.465 W was achieved by Nd(0.1%):GdVO4/Nd(0.5%):GdVO4/Nd(1%):GdVO4 composite crystal at an incident pump power of 9.28 W. The largest pulse energy of 14.90 nJ and the highest peak power of 0.53 kW with a pulse duration of 28.0 ps were also obtained by using the same composite crystal, revealing that the multi-segment composite crystal with a proper combination of Nd3+-doped concentrations could obtain the optimal laser performance.

  16. 99MTc-Hexamethylpropyleneamine Oxime Imaging for Early Detection of Acute Lung Injury in Rats Exposed to Hyperoxia or Lipopolysaccharide Treatment.

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    Audi, Said H; Clough, Anne V; Haworth, Steven T; Medhora, Meetha; Ranji, Mahsa; Densmore, John C; Jacobs, Elizabeth R

    2016-10-01

    Tc-Hexamethylpropyleneamine oxime (HMPAO) is a clinical single-photon emission computed tomography biomarker of tissue oxidoreductive state. Our objective was to investigate whether HMPAO lung uptake can serve as a preclinical marker of lung injury in two well-established rat models of human acute lung injury (ALI).Rats were exposed to >95% O2 (hyperoxia) or treated with intratracheal lipopolysaccharide (LPS), with first endpoints obtained 24 h later. HMPAO was administered intravenously before and after treatment with the glutathione-depleting agent diethyl maleate (DEM), scintigraphy images were acquired, and HMPAO lung uptake was quantified from the images. We also measured breathing rates, heart rates, oxygen saturation, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cell counts and protein, lung homogenate glutathione (GSH) content, and pulmonary vascular endothelial filtration coefficient (Kf).For hyperoxia rats, HMPAO lung uptake increased after 24 h (134%) and 48 h (172%) of exposure. For LPS-treated rats, HMPAO lung uptake increased (188%) 24 h after injury and fell with resolution of injury. DEM reduced HMPAO uptake in hyperoxia and LPS rats by a greater fraction than in normoxia rats. Both hyperoxia exposure (18%) and LPS treatment (26%) increased lung homogenate GSH content, which correlated strongly with HMPAO uptake. Neither of the treatments had an effect on Kf at 24 h. LPS-treated rats appeared healthy but exhibited mild tachypnea, BAL, and histological evidence of inflammation, and increased wet and dry lung weights. These results suggest the potential utility of HMPAO as a tool for detecting ALI at a phase likely to exhibit minimal clinical evidence of injury.

  17. The Effect of Habitual Smoking on VO2max

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    Wier, Larry T.; Suminski, Richard R.; Poston, Walker S.; Randles, Anthony M.; Arenare, Brian; Jackson, Andrew S.

    2008-01-01

    VO2max is associated with many factors, including age, gender, physical activity, and body composition. It is popularly believed that habitual smoking lowers aerobic fitness. PURPOSE: to determine the effect of habitual smoking on VO2max after controlling for age, gender, activity and BMI. METHODS: 2374 men and 375 women employed at the NASA/Johnson Space Center were measured for VO2max by indirect calorimetry (RER>=1.1), activity by the 11 point (0-10) NASA Physical Activity Status Scale (PASS), BMI and smoking pack-yrs (packs day*y of smoking). Age was recorded in years and gender was coded as M=1, W=0. Pack.y was made a categorical variable consisting of four levels as follows: Never Smoked (0), Light (1-10), Regular (11-20), Heavy (>20). Group differences were verified by ANOVA. A General Linear Models (GLM) was used to develop two models to examine the relationship of smoking behavior on VO2max. GLM #1(without smoking) determined the combined effects of age, gender, PASS and BMI on VO2max. GLM #2 (with smoking) determined the added effects of smoking (pack.y groupings) on VO2max after controlling for age, gender, PASS and BMI. Constant errors (CE) were calculated to compare the accuracy of the two models for estimating the VO2max of the smoking subgroups. RESULTS: ANOVA affirmed the mean VO2max of each pack.y grouping decreased significantly (p<0.01) as the level of smoking exposure increased. GLM #1 showed that age, gender, PASS and BMI were independently related with VO2max (R2 = 0.642, SEE = 4.90, p<0.001). The added pack.y variables in GLM #2 were statistically significant (R2 change = 0.7%, p<0.01). Post hoc analysis showed that compared to Never Smoked, the effects on VO2max from Light and Regular smoking habits were -0.83 and -0.85 ml.kg- 1.min-1 respectively (p<0.05). The effect of Heavy smoking on VO2max was -2.56 ml.kg- 1.min-1 (p<0.001). The CE s of each smoking group in GLM #2 was smaller than the CE s of the smoking group counterparts in GLM #1

  18. [Effect of 4 weeks of training on the limit time at VO2 max].

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    Heubert, Richard; Bocquet, Valéry; Koralsztein, Jean Pierre; Billat, Véronique

    2003-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of 4 weeks training in running on the time spent at VO2max (tlim VO2max). Eight athletes carried out, before and after an aerobic training, an incremental and five exhaustive tests at 90, 95, 100, 115% vVO2max and at the critical power at VO2max (CV'; slope of the linear relation between the tlim VO2max and the distance limit at VO2max). This training did not significantly improve VO2max (p = 0.17) or tlim VO2max (p = 0.72). However, the "tlim VO2max-intensity" curve was shifted toward the right, meaning that the athlete had to run at a higher intensity after training to obtain the same tlim VO2max. Tlim VO2max at CV' before training was significantly higher than tlim VO2max at 90, 95, 100, and 115% vVO2max (p < 0.05). This training increased CV' in absolute value (13.9 +/- 1.3 vs. 14.9 +/- 1.2 km.h-1, p < 0.05; n = 6) but not in relative value (86 +/- 4 vs. 86 +/- 5% vVO2max; p = 0.9). In conclusion, in spite of the shift of the "tlim VO2max-intensity" curve, tlim VO2max was not significantly increased by this training. Furthermore, CV' allowed subjects to spend the longest time of exercise at VO2max during a continuous exercise with constant speed, but CV', expressed in % vVO2max, did not improve with this training.

  19. Proposal of Secure VoIP System Using Attribute Certificate

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    Kim, Jin-Mook; Jeong, Young-Ae; Hong, Seong-Sik

    VoIP is a service that changes the analogue audio signal into a digital signal and then transfers the audio information to the users after configuring it as a packet; and it has an advantage of lower price than the existing voice call service and better extensibility. However, VoIP service has a system structure that, compared to the existing PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network), has poor call quality and is vulnerable in the security aspect. To make up these problems, TLS service was introduced to enhance the security. In practical system, however, since QoS problem occurs, it is necessary to develop the VoIP security system that can satisfy QoS at the same time in the security aspect. In this paper, a user authentication VoIP system that can provide a service according to the security and the user through providing a differential service according to the approach of the users by adding AA server at the step of configuring the existing VoIP session is suggested. It was found that the proposed system of this study provides a quicker QoS than the TLS-added system at a similar level of security. Also, it is able to provide a variety of additional services by the different users.

  20. Thermochromic characteristics of Ti-doped VO2 thin film

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    Lee, Hwasoo; Ko, Kyung Hyun; Choi, Jun Oh

    2014-03-01

    Utilizing metal-to-insulator transition (MIT) properties of V-oxide film, stable VO2 phase is necessary. In sputtering deposition of VO2, simple target preparation and high deposition rate are recommendable. For this, VO2 film was deposited on quartz substrate by RF magnetron sputter system under low working pressure using V2O5 target. Due to the lower sputtering yield of oxygen compared to vanadium, oxygen ion contents is usually deficient from that of target. So, the reduction of V ions was a result of charge compensation with the oxygen ions. Under lower working pressure, deposition rate become higher so that this deficiency is getting larger to cause further reduction to destabilize VO2. Preventing this, titanium oxide co-deposition was suggested to enrich oxygen source. When TiO2 was used, Ti ion has stable +4 charge state so that extra oxygen sputtered prevents V ion reduction below +4 state. But, in case of TiO, Ti ions were oxidized from +2 to +3 and +4 state and V ions with less oxidation potential should be reduced to +3 or so. Pure VO2 film had MIT at 66°C and large resistivity ratio of 4 orders of magnitude from 30°C to 90°C. Under low working pressure, (V2O5 + TiO2) system yield fairly good films, while films with poor or absence of MIT were produced with TiO case.

  1. Accuracy of peak VO2 assessments in career firefighters

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    2011-01-01

    Background Sudden cardiac death is the leading cause of on-duty death in United States firefighters. Accurately assessing cardiopulmonary capacity is critical to preventing, or reducing, cardiovascular events in this population. Methods A total of 83 male firefighters performed Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI) maximal exercise treadmill tests and direct peak VO2 assessments to volitional fatigue. Of the 83, 63 completed WFI sub-maximal exercise treadmill tests for comparison to directly measured peak VO2 and historical estimations. Results Maximal heart rates were overestimated by the traditional 220-age equation by about 5 beats per minute (p < .001). Peak VO2 was overestimated by the WFI maximal exercise treadmill and the historical WFI sub-maximal estimation by ~ 1MET and ~ 2 METs, respectively (p < 0.001). The revised 2008 WFI sub-maximal treadmill estimation was found to accurately estimate peak VO2 when compared to directly measured peak VO2. Conclusion Accurate assessment of cardiopulmonary capacity is critical in determining appropriate duty assignments, and identification of potential cardiovascular problems, for firefighters. Estimation of cardiopulmonary fitness improves using the revised 2008 WFI sub-maximal equation. PMID:21943154

  2. Submaximal treadmill test predicts VO2max in overweight children.

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    Nemeth, Blaise A; Carrel, Aaron L; Eickhoff, Jens; Clark, R Randall; Peterson, Susan E; Allen, David B

    2009-05-01

    To demonstrate the ability of a submaximal test to predict VO(2max) in overweight children. A total of 130 children, 11 to 14 years old, with body mass index >85 percentile for age and sex performed a submaximal walking test. VO(2max) was measured by using open circuit spirometry during a graded exercise test to volitional fatigue. An equation to predict VO(2max) was modeled by using the variables of sex, weight (kg), height (cm), heart rate (HR) after 4 minutes during the submaximal test (4minHR), HR difference (4minHR - resting HR), and submaximal treadmill speed (miles per hour [mph]) in 75% of the subjects. Validation was performed by using the remaining 25% of subjects. A total of 113 subjects achieved a maximal effort and was used in the statistical analysis. Development and validation groups were similar in all aspects. On validation, the mean square error was 241.06 with the predicted VO(2max) within 10% of the observed value in 67% of subjects. VO(2max) was accurately predicted in this cohort of overweight children by using a submaximal, treadmill-based testing protocol.

  3. Biology of VO2 max: looking under the physiology lamp.

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    Lundby, C; Montero, D; Joyner, M

    2016-11-07

    In this review, we argue that several key features of maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max) should underpin discussions about the biological and reductionist determinants of its interindividual variability: (i) training-induced increases in VO2 max are largely facilitated by expansion of red blood cell volume and an associated improvement in stroke volume, which also adapts independent of changes in red blood cell volume. These general concepts are also informed by cross-sectional studies in athletes that have very high values for VO2 max. Therefore, (ii) variations in VO2 max improvements with exercise training are also likely related to variations in these physiological determinants. (iii) All previously untrained individuals will respond to endurance exercise training in terms of improvements in VO2 max provided the stimulus exceeds a certain volume and/or intensity. Thus, genetic analysis and/or reductionist studies performed to understand or predict such variations might focus specifically on DNA variants or other molecular phenomena of relevance to these physiological pathways.

  4. Thermochromic VO2 on Zinnwaldite Mica by pulsed laser deposition

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    Mathevula, L.; Ngom, B. D.; Kotsedi, L.; Sechogela, P.; Doyle, T. B.; Ghouti, M.; Maaza, M.

    2014-09-01

    VO2 thin films have been deposited by pulsed laser deposition on Zinnwaldite Mica substrates. The crystal structure, chemical composition, morphology were determined and the semiconductor/metal transition (SMT) properties of the deposited films were investigated. Without any post annealing, the films exhibit a textured nature with a VO2 (0 1 1) preferred crystallographic orientation and an elevated thermal variation of the electric resistance ratio RS/RM through the SMT at T ≈ 68 °C of the order of 104 and a narrow ∼7 °C hysteresis. In addition, the growth of the VO2 crystallites seem to be governed likely by a Volmer-Weber or Stranski-Krastanov mechanisms and certainly not a Frank-van Der Merwe process.

  5. Phonons and the metal-insulator transition in VO2

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    Chang, Sung; Alatas, A.

    2005-03-01

    VO2 undergoes a metal-insulator transition (MIT) at TC= 340 K, which is accompanied by a structural phase transition from a high temperature rutile phase to a low temperature monoclinic phase. Although VO2 has been studied extensively for over 40 years, a clear understanding of the origin of the phase transition has not been forthcoming. Still at issue is the relative importance of electron-lattice and electron-electron interactions as driving mechanisms for the MIT. Here, we report the phonon dispersion of VO2, measured along the rutile γ-R direction using high resolution inelastic X-ray scattering. Unusual phonon behavior at the R point, as the MIT is approached, suggests significant electron-phonon coupling.

  6. The NOAO NVO Portal: Client-Side VO

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    Gasson, D.; Fuentes, E.; Miller, C. J.

    2007-10-01

    The NOAO National Virtual Observatory (NVO) portal is a recently deployed web application for one-stop discovery, analysis, and access to VO-compliant imaging data and services. The NOAO NVO portal utilizes Simple Image Access Protocol (SIAP) services provided by some astronomical archives. The portal also utilizes a number of SOAP-based VO web services (WESIX, Sesame, etc). We discuss the design decisions and technology choices that were made in the NOAO NVO portal code to facilitate the use of IVOA standards and VO data/services. This includes a new Virtual Observatory library written for Ruby: an interpreted scripting language for quick and easy object-oriented programming. We provide an overview of VORuby and how it is utilized in the NOAO NVO Portal.

  7. Photoluminescence of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides integrated with VO2

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    Lin, Yu-Chuan; DeLello, Kursti; Zhang, Hai-Tian; Zhang, Kehao; Lin, Zhong; Terrones, Mauricio; Engel-Herbert, Roman; Robinson, Joshua A.

    2016-12-01

    Integrating a phase transition material with two-dimensional semiconductors can provide a route towards tunable opto-electronic metamaterials. Here, we integrate monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides with vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films grown via molecular beam epitaxy to form a 2D/3D heterostructure. Vanadium dioxide undergoes an insulator-to-metal transition at 60-70 °C, which changes the band alignment between MoS2 and VO2 from a semiconductor-insulator junction to a semiconductor-metal junction. By switching VO2 between insulating and metallic phases, the modulation of photoluminescence emission in the 2D semiconductors was observed. This study demonstrates the feasibility to combine TMDs and functional oxides to create unconventional hybrid optoelectronic properties derived from 2D semiconductors that are linked to functional properties of oxides through proximity coupling.

  8. Manipulation of avalanche characteristics in nanoscaled VO2 devices

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    Wang, Siming; West, Kevin G.; Schuller, Ivan K.

    2011-03-01

    The temperature driven metal insulator transition (MIT) in nanoscaled VO2 devices occurs through a series of resistance jumps ranging over two decades in magnitude. A power law distribution of the jump sizes, demonstrates that the transition is caused by avalanches across the percolation transition. We investigate the effect of a DC write current on the intrinsic behavior of the MIT transition in nanoscaled VO2 devices. We find an increase in the maximum resistance jump size by as much as a factor of 10x after application of a DC write current at room temperature. Interestingly, we find no significant changes in the exponent of the power law distribution as a function of an applied DC write current. The observations suggest that the DC current changes the intrinsic properties of the VO2 thin film and may be related to spatial confinement which leads to an increase in the maximum resistance jump size. Work supported by US-DOE.

  9. A VO-Driven Astronomical Data Grid in China

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    Cui, C.; He, B.; Yang, Y.; Zhao, Y.

    2010-12-01

    With the implementation of many ambitious observation projects, including LAMOST, FAST, and Antarctic observatory at Doom A, observational astronomy in China is stepping into a brand new era with emerging data avalanche. In the era of e-Science, both these cutting-edge projects and traditional astronomy research need much more powerful data management, sharing and interoperability. Based on data-grid concept, taking advantages of the IVOA interoperability technologies, China-VO is developing a VO-driven astronomical data grid environment to enable multi-wavelength science and large database science. In the paper, latest progress and data flow of the LAMOST, architecture of the data grid, and its supports to the VO are discussed.

  10. Affinity Purification and Structural Features of the Yeast Vacuolar ATPase Vo Membrane Sector*

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    Couoh-Cardel, Sergio; Milgrom, Elena; Wilkens, Stephan

    2015-01-01

    The membrane sector (Vo) of the proton pumping vacuolar ATPase (V-ATPase, V1Vo-ATPase) from Saccharomyces cerevisiae was purified to homogeneity, and its structure was characterized by EM of single molecules and two-dimensional crystals. Projection images of negatively stained Vo two-dimensional crystals showed a ring-like structure with a large asymmetric mass at the periphery of the ring. A cryo-EM reconstruction of Vo from single-particle images showed subunits a and d in close contact on the cytoplasmic side of the proton channel. A comparison of three-dimensional reconstructions of free Vo and Vo as part of holo V1Vo revealed that the cytoplasmic N-terminal domain of subunit a (aNT) must undergo a large conformational change upon enzyme disassembly or (re)assembly from Vo, V1, and subunit C. Isothermal titration calorimetry using recombinant subunit d and aNT revealed that the two proteins bind each other with a Kd of ∼5 μm. Treatment of the purified Vo sector with 1-palmitoyl-2-hydroxy-sn-glycero-3-[phospho-rac-(1-glycerol)] resulted in selective release of subunit d, allowing purification of a VoΔd complex. Passive proton translocation assays revealed that both Vo and VoΔd are impermeable to protons. We speculate that the structural change in subunit a upon release of V1 from Vo during reversible enzyme dissociation plays a role in blocking passive proton translocation across free Vo and that the interaction between aNT and d seen in free Vo functions to stabilize the Vo sector for efficient reassembly of V1Vo. PMID:26416888

  11. A quantitative study of the biotransformation of insulin-enhancing VO(2+) compounds.

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    Sanna, Daniele; Buglyó, Péter; Micera, Giovanni; Garribba, Eugenio

    2010-08-01

    Potentiometric (pH titrations) and spectroscopic (electron paramagnetic resonance) methods have been used to determine the thermodynamic stability constants of the various VO(2+) complexes formed after the interaction of four insulin-enhancing vanadium compounds, [VO(6-mepic)(2)], cis-[VO(pic)(2)(H(2)O)], [VO(acac)(2)], and [VO(dhp)(2)], where 6-mepic, pic, acac, and dhp indicate the deprotonated forms of 6-methylpicolinic acid, picolinic acid, acetylacetone, and 1,2-dimethyl-3-hydroxy-4(1H)-pyridinone, with high molecular mass [human serum apotransferrin (hTf) and human serum albumin (HSA)] and low molecular mass (lactate) components of blood serum. In particular, log beta values for the formation of (VO)hTf (13.0 +/- 0.5), (VO)(2)hTf (25.5 +/- 0.5), (VO)HSA (9.1 +/- 1.0), (VO) (2) (d) HSA (20.9 +/- 1.0), cis-VO(dhp)(2)(hTf) (25.5 +/- 0.6), cis-VO(dhp)(2)(HSA) (25.9 +/- 0.6), (VO)hTf(lact) (14.5 +/- 0.8), (VO)(2)hTf(lact)(2) (28.5 +/- 0.8), (VO)hTf(pic) (15.6 +/- 0.8), and (VO)(2)hTf(pic)(2) (30.4 +/- 0.8) were determined. The values of the stability constants were used to compare the calculated composition of ternary and quinary systems with that recently proposed by some of us through electron paramagnetic resonance and density functional theory methods (Sanna et al. in Inorg. Chem. 49:174-187, 2010) and to predict the distribution of VO(2+) ion in blood serum when one of the four insulin-enhancing vanadium compounds studied, [VO(carrier)(2)], is administered.

  12. Synthesis, characterization and formation mechanism of metastable phase VO{sub 2}(A) nanorods

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    Cheng, X.H.; Xu, H.F.; Wang, Z.Z.; Zhu, K.R.; Li, G.; Jin, Shaowei

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Pure phases of VO{sub 2}(B) and VO{sub 2}(A) were prepared by a facile hydrothermal method. • Belt-like particles prepared at 180 °C was indexed as monoclinic VO{sub 2}(B) phase. • Rod-like particles prepared at 230 °C was indexed as tetragonal VO{sub 2}(A) phase. • VO{sub 2}(A) nanorods resulted from VO{sub 2}(B) nanobelts by assembly and crystal adjustment. - Abstract: Pure phase VO{sub 2}(A) nanorods were synthesized via the reduction of V{sub 2}O{sub 5} by oxalic acid during the hydrothermal treatment. Two sets of samples were prepared by varying both system temperature and reaction time under a filling ratio of 0.40 for observing the formation and evolution of VO{sub 2}(A) nanorods. Structures were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopies, respectively. It was found that VO{sub 2}(B) was firstly formed and then transformed into VO{sub 2}(A) as the increasing system temperature or extending reaction time. An assembling and following crystal adjustment was proposed for explanation the formation process of VO{sub 2}(A) from VO{sub 2}(B). For VO{sub 2}(A) nanorods, the phase transition temperature of 169.7 °C was higher than that of the VO{sub 2}(A) bulk, it might be ascribed to the lower crystallinity or nonstoichiometry in VO{sub 2}(A) nanorods. VO{sub 2} nanostructures with controllable phases and properties should find their promising applications in a single VO{sub 2} nanodevice.

  13. VO2 Reserve vs. Heart Rate Reserve During Moderate Intensity Treadmill Exercise

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    SOLHEIM, TANNER J.; KELLER, BRAD G.; FOUNTAINE, CHARLES J.

    2014-01-01

    VO2 and heart rate (HR) are widely used when determining appropriate training intensities for clinical, healthy, and athletic populations. It has been shown that if the % reserve (%R) is used, rather than % of max, HR and VO2 can be used interchangeably to accurately prescribe exercise intensities. Thus, heart rate reserve (HRR) can be prescribed if VO2 reserve (VO2R) is known. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare VO2 R and HRR during moderate intensity exercise (50%R). Physically active college students performed a maximal treadmill test to exhaustion. During which VO2 and HR were monitored to determine max values. Upon completion of the maximal test, calculations were made to determine the % grade expected to yield approximately 50% of the subjects VO2R. Subjects then returned to complete the submaximal test (50%R) at least two days later. The %VO2R and %HRR were calculated and compared to the predicted value as well as to each other. Statistical analysis revealed that VO2 at 50%R was significantly greater than the actual VO2 achieved, p < .001. Conversely, the mean predicted HR at 50%R was significantly less than the actual HR achieved, p < .001. In conclusion, this study indicated that VO2 could be more accurately predicted than HR during moderate intensity exercise. The weak correlation between VO2R and HRR indicates that caution should be used when relying on a HR to determine VO2. PMID:27182409

  14. Direct synthesis of thermochromic VO{sub 2} through hydrothermal reaction

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    Alie, David; Gedvilas, Lynn; Wang, Zhiwei; Tenent, Robert; Engtrakul, Chaiwat; Yan, Yanfa; Shaheen, Sean E.; Dillon, Anne C.; Ban, Chunmei

    2014-04-01

    Thermochromic VO{sub 2} was directly synthesized using hydrothermal techniques. The effects of formation conditions on the structure and morphology of the final product were studied through X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Unique hollow sphere morphology was observed for the synthesized VO{sub 2} powders. Ex-situ XRD studies after heat treatment confirmed the thermal stability of the VO{sub 2} structure. Thermochromic properties, as a consequence of the reversible structural transformation between monoclinic VO{sub 2} and tetragonal phases, were observed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). - Graphical abstract: Thermochromic VO{sub 2} crystals with hollow spherical and asterisk shape were directly synthesized using hydrothermal techniques. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) studies confirmed the thermal stability and the reversible thermochromic properties of the VO{sub 2} structure. - Highlights: • One-step synthesis of thermochromic VO{sub 2} monoclinic phase, and VO{sub 2} (A and B phases) using hydrothermal technique. VO{sub 2} (A), VO{sub 2} (B). • Identification of the relationship between synthesis conditions and the morphology/structure of the final products. • Formation of VO{sub 2} monoclinic phase with an interesting hollow sphere shape. • Demonstration of superior thermal stability of the VO{sub 2} monoclinic phase. • Characterizing the thermochromic properties of VO{sub 2} monoclinic phase.

  15. Relationship between body and leg VO2 during maximal cycle ergometry

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    Knight, D. R.; Poole, D. C.; Schaffartzik, W.; Guy, H. J.; Prediletto, R.; Hogan, M. C.; Wagner, P. D.

    1992-01-01

    It is not known whether the asymptotic behavior of whole body O2 consumption (VO2) at maximal work rates (WR) is explained by similar behavior of VO2 in the exercising legs. To resolve this question, simultaneous measurements of body and leg VO2 were made at submaximal and maximal levels of effort breathing normoxic and hypoxic gases in seven trained male cyclists (maximal VO2, 64.7 +/- 2.7 ml O2.min-1.kg-1), each of whom demonstrated a reproducible VO2-WR asymptote during fatiguing incremental cycle ergometry. Left leg blood flow was measured by constant-infusion thermodilution, and total leg VO2 was calculated as the product of twice leg flow and radial arterial-femoral venous O2 concentration difference. The VO2-WR relationships determined at submaximal WR's were extrapolated to maximal WR as a basis for assessing the body and leg VO2 responses. The differences between measured and extrapolated maximal VO2 were 235 +/- 45 (body) and 203 +/- 70 (leg) ml O2/min (not significantly different). Plateauing of leg VO2 was associated with, and explained by, plateauing of both leg blood flow and O2 extraction and hence of leg VO2. We conclude that the asymptotic behavior of whole body VO2 at maximal WRs is a direct reflection of the VO2 profile at the exercising legs.

  16. Relationship between body and leg VO2 during maximal cycle ergometry

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    Knight, D. R.; Poole, D. C.; Schaffartzik, W.; Guy, H. J.; Prediletto, R.; Hogan, M. C.; Wagner, P. D.

    1992-01-01

    It is not known whether the asymptotic behavior of whole body O2 consumption (VO2) at maximal work rates (WR) is explained by similar behavior of VO2 in the exercising legs. To resolve this question, simultaneous measurements of body and leg VO2 were made at submaximal and maximal levels of effort breathing normoxic and hypoxic gases in seven trained male cyclists (maximal VO2, 64.7 +/- 2.7 ml O2.min-1.kg-1), each of whom demonstrated a reproducible VO2-WR asymptote during fatiguing incremental cycle ergometry. Left leg blood flow was measured by constant-infusion thermodilution, and total leg VO2 was calculated as the product of twice leg flow and radial arterial-femoral venous O2 concentration difference. The VO2-WR relationships determined at submaximal WR's were extrapolated to maximal WR as a basis for assessing the body and leg VO2 responses. The differences between measured and extrapolated maximal VO2 were 235 +/- 45 (body) and 203 +/- 70 (leg) ml O2/min (not significantly different). Plateauing of leg VO2 was associated with, and explained by, plateauing of both leg blood flow and O2 extraction and hence of leg VO2. We conclude that the asymptotic behavior of whole body VO2 at maximal WRs is a direct reflection of the VO2 profile at the exercising legs.

  17. VO2 Reserve vs. Heart Rate Reserve During Moderate Intensity Treadmill Exercise.

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    Solheim, Tanner J; Keller, Brad G; Fountaine, Charles J

    VO2 and heart rate (HR) are widely used when determining appropriate training intensities for clinical, healthy, and athletic populations. It has been shown that if the % reserve (%R) is used, rather than % of max, HR and VO2 can be used interchangeably to accurately prescribe exercise intensities. Thus, heart rate reserve (HRR) can be prescribed if VO2 reserve (VO2R) is known. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare VO2 R and HRR during moderate intensity exercise (50%R). Physically active college students performed a maximal treadmill test to exhaustion. During which VO2 and HR were monitored to determine max values. Upon completion of the maximal test, calculations were made to determine the % grade expected to yield approximately 50% of the subjects VO2R. Subjects then returned to complete the submaximal test (50%R) at least two days later. The %VO2R and %HRR were calculated and compared to the predicted value as well as to each other. Statistical analysis revealed that VO2 at 50%R was significantly greater than the actual VO2 achieved, p < .001. Conversely, the mean predicted HR at 50%R was significantly less than the actual HR achieved, p < .001. In conclusion, this study indicated that VO2 could be more accurately predicted than HR during moderate intensity exercise. The weak correlation between VO2R and HRR indicates that caution should be used when relying on a HR to determine VO2.

  18. Growth and characterization of LuVO4 single crystals

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    Dimitrov, D. Z.; Rafailov, P. M.; Chen, Y. F.; Lee, C. S.; Todorov, R.; Juang, J. Y.

    2017-09-01

    Large LuVO4 single crystals have been successfully obtained by high-temperature solution method. The structure details of these crystals are determined by X-ray crystallographic analysis and Raman spectroscopy. It is observed that the crystal consists of LuVO4 phase with trace amount of imperfections possibly due to oxygen vacancies. The optical quality of the crystal is assessed by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (SE). The crystal shows higher than +0.2 birefringence in a large interval of wavelengths.

  19. Accuracy of the VO2peak prediction equation in firefighters

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    2014-01-01

    Background A leading contributing factor to firefighter injury and death is lack of fitness. Therefore, the Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI) was established that includes a focus on providing fitness assessments to all fire service personnel. The current fitness assessment includes a submaximal exercise test protocol and associated prediction equation to predict individual VO2peak as a measure of fitness. There is limited information on the accuracy, precision, and sources of error of this prediction equation. This study replicated previous research by validating the accuracy of the WFI VO2peak prediction equation for a group of firefighters and further examining potential sources of error for an individual firefighters’ assessment. Methods The sample consisted of 22 firefighters who completed a maximal exercise test protocol similar to the WFI submaximal protocol, but the test was terminated when firefighters reached a maximal level of exertion (i.e., measured VO2peak). We then calculated the predicted VO2peak based on the WFI prediction equation along with individual firefighters’ body mass index (BMI) and 85% of maximum heart rate. The data were analyzed using paired samples t-tests in SPSS v. 21.0. Results The difference between predicted and measured VO2peak was -0.77 ± 8.35 mL•kg-1•min-1. However, there was a weak, statistically non-significant association between measured VO2peak and predicted VO2peak (R2 = 0.09, F(1,21) = 2.05, p = 0.17). The intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC = 0.215, p > 0.05) and Pearson (r = 0.31, p = 0.17) and Spearman (ρ = 0.28, p = 0.21) correlation coefficients were small. The standard error of the estimate (SEE) was 8.5 mL•kg-1•min-1. Further, both age and baseline fitness level were associated with increased inaccuracy of the prediction equation. Conclusions We provide data on the inaccuracy and sources of error for the WFI VO2peak

  20. Providing VoD Streaming Using P2P Networks

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    Pedro Muñoz-Gea, Juan; Malgosa-Sanahuja, Josemaria; Manzanares-Lopez, Pilar; Carlos Sanchez-Aarnoutse, Juan

    Overlays and P2P systems, initially developed to support IP multicast and file-sharing, have moved beyond that functionality. They are also proving to be key technologies for the delivery of video streaming. Recently, there have been a number of successful deployments for "live" P2P streaming. However, the question remains open whether similar P2P technologies can be used to provide VoD (Video-On-Demand) services. A P2P VoD service is more challenging to design than a P2P live streaming system because the system should allow users arriving at arbitrary times to watch (arbitrary parts of) the video.

  1. Phase Transformation of VO2 Nanoparticles Assisted by Microwave Heating

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    Sikong, Lek.

    2014-01-01

    The microwave assisted synthesis nowadays attracts a great deal of attention. Monoclinic phase VO2 (M) was prepared from NH4VO3 and H2C2O4 · 2H2O by a rapid microwave assisted technique. The synthesis parameters, microwave irradiation time, microwave power, and calcinations temperature were systematically varied and their influences on the structure and morphology were evaluated. The microwave power level has been carried out in range 180–600 W. TEM analysis demonstrated nanosized samples. The structural and morphological properties were measured using XRD, TEM, and thermal analyses. The variations of vanadium phase led to thermochromic properties. PMID:24688438

  2. Clinical value of technetium-99m-labeled octreotide scintigraphy in local recurrent or metastatic medullary thyroid cancers: a comparison of lesions with 18F-FDG-PET and MIBI images.

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    Sager, Sait; Kabasakal, Levent; Ocak, Meltem; Maecke, Helmut; Uslu, Lebriz; Halaç, Metin; Asa, Sertac; Sager, Günes; Önsel, Çetin; Kanmaz, Bedii

    2013-12-01

    Various studies have been conducted for determining the most optimal method for the early diagnosis of local recurrent or distant metastatic thyroid cancers. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical utility of technetium-99m (Tc-99m)-labeled octreotide derivatives in the detection of recurrence or distant metastases in medullary thyroid cancer patients and to compare the lesions with those detected using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG)-PET and Tc-99m MIBI studies in the same patient group. Sixteen medullary thyroid cancer patients [two male and 14 female; mean age 52.0 ± 14.1 years (range 13-72 years)] were included in this study. All patients underwent a whole-body scan 1 and 4 h after injection with octreotide derivatives and single photon emission computed tomography images were taken of the sites suspicious for metastasis. The lesions seen in Tc-99m HYNIC octreotide studies were compared with those seen in 18F-FDG-PET and Tc-99m MIBI studies. Among the Tc-99m-labeled octreotide scintigraphy studies, nine were evaluated as true positive (56.2%) and one was evaluated as false positive (6.2%); six were false negative (37.5%). In 16 patients, the total number of lesions seen on octreotide scintigraphy was 21. Thirteen of the 16 patients underwent 18F-FDG-PET imaging. Of the 13 patients studied, 10 showed true-positive (76.9%) and three showed false-negative (23.1%) results. The total number of lesions seen on 18F-FDG-PET was 23. The Tc-99m MIBI study yielded positive results in seven of 16 patients (43.7%) and negative results in nine patients (56.3%). The total number of lesions on Tc-99m MIBI was 12. The Tc-99m-labeled somatostatin receptor scintigraphy analogs HYNIC-tyrosine octreotide and HYNIC-TATE are useful imaging alternatives in somatostatin receptor-expressing thyroid cancers. Radiolabeling using these analogs is easy and they are readily available for routine use.

  3. Comparison of 99mTc-HYNIC-TOC and HYNIC-TATE octreotide scintigraphy with FDG PET and 99mTc-MIBI in local recurrent or distant metastatic thyroid cancers.

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    Sager, Sait; Kabasakal, Levent; Halac, Metin; Maecke, Helmut; Uslu, Lebriz; Önsel, Çetin; Kanmaz, Bedii

    2013-05-01

    There have been various studies for early diagnosis of local recurrent or distant metastatic thyroid cancers. The aim of this study is to evaluate the clinical utility of 99mTc-HYNIC-TOC and 99mTc-HYNIC-TATE, octreotide derivatives, to detect recurrences or distant metastases in 131I-negative thyroglobulin positive thyroid cancer patients and to compare the lesions with FDG PET and 99mTc-MIBI studies in the same patient group. Twenty differentiated thyroid cancer patients, 7 male and 13 female, mean age 54.6 ± 15.3 (range 13-78 years), were included in this study. Eighteen patients had papillary thyroid cancer and 2 had follicular thyroid cancer. Fifteen patients received HYNIC-TOC and 5 patients received HYNIC-TATE as a radiopharmaceutical. All patients underwent whole-body scan 1 and 4 hours after injection of octreotide derivatives and SPECT imagings were performed from the suspicious sites. The lesions that were seen in 99mTc-HYNIC-TOC and 99mTc-HYNIC-TATE studies were compared with 99mTc-MIBI and FDG-PET studies. Among 99mTc-HYNIC-TOC and 99mTc-HYNIC-TATE scintigraphies, 15 patient studies were evaluated as true positive (75%) and 5 were false negative (25%). The total number of lesions in octreotide scintigraphy was 48 in 20 patients. Of 20 patients, 19 had FDG-PET study, 15 of them were evaluated as true positive (78.9%), and 4 them were evaluated as false negative (21.1%). Total number of lesions in FDG PET was 74. 99mTc-MIBI study was positive in 11 patients (55%) and negative in 9 patients (45%). Total number of lesions in 99mTc-MIBI was 25. Technetium-labeled somatostatin receptor scintigraphy analogues HYNIC-TOC and HYNIC-TATE are useful imaging alternatives in somatostatin receptor expressing thyroid cancer patients. Radiolabeling is easy and they are readily available for routine use.

  4. Urchin-like m-LaVO{sub 4} and m-LaVO{sub 4}/Ag microspheres: Synthesis and characterization

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    Chen, Limiao; Wu, Min; Wang, Dan; Zhou, Le; Yu, Na; Zhang, Peisen; Huang, Jianhan; Liu, Xiaohe; Qiu, Guanzhou

    2014-12-15

    The semiconductor nanostructures decorated with noble metals have attracted increasing attention due to their interesting physical and chemical properties. In this work, urchin-like monoclinic (m-) LaVO{sub 4} microspheres were prepared by a hydrothermal method and used as a template to fabricate Ag nanoparticle-decorated m-LaVO{sub 4} composites. The morphology and structure were characterized by transmission electron microscope, high-resolution transmission electron microscope, scanning electron microscope, and energy-dispersive X-ray. It was found that Ag nanoparticles with narrow size distribution were uniformly loaded on urchin-like m-LaVO{sub 4} microspheres, and the resulted composite microspheres showed distinct surface plasmon absorption band compared to pure m-LaVO{sub 4} microspheres. Photocatalytic activities of as-prepared samples were examined by studying the degradation of methyl orange solutions under visible-light irradiation (> 400 nm). Results clearly showed that urchin-like m-LaVO{sub 4}/Ag microspheres possess much higher photocatalytic activity than pure m-LaVO{sub 4} microspheres and P25. - Highlights: • m-LaVO{sub 4}/Ag composites microspheres were fabricated by a hydrothermal method. • m-LaVO{sub 4} microspheres show higher photocatalytic activity than m-LaVO{sub 4} microspheres. • m-LaVO{sub 4}/Ag microspheres exhibit a good stability.

  5. Mediated proton transport through Nafion 117 membranes imbibed with varying concentrations of aqueous VOSO4 (VO2+) and NH4VO3 (VO2+) in 2 M H2SO4

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    Suarez, Sophia; Paterno, Domenec

    2016-11-01

    We performed an extensive study on Nafion 117 membrane imbibed with various concentrations of aqueous ammonium metavanadate (NH4VO3), and vanadyl sulfate (VOSO4), in 2 M H2SO4 over the temperature range of 20-100 °C, using 1H NMR and AC Impedance spectroscopies. The objective was to determine the effect of the tetravalent (VO2+) and pentavalent (VO2+) vanadium ions on the proton transport of Nafion 117.1H NMR chemical shift and linewidth data show greater short-range proton transport for the VO2+ imbibed membranes compared with the VO2+. However, the local environments seem to differ in that while the data for VO2+ imbibed membranes seem to follow more the trends observed for water hydrated Nafion 117, those for the VO2+ followed the trend of its aqueous bulk vanadium solvents, indicating that viscosity plays a larger role for the VO2+ imbibed membranes compared to the VO2+.

  6. Persistent electrochemical performance in epitaxial VO2(B)

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    Lee, Shinbuhm; Sun, Xiao -Guang; Lubimtsev, Andrew A.; ...

    2017-03-07

    Discovering high-performance energy storage materials is indispensable for renewable energy, electric vehicle performance, and mobile computing. Owing to the open atomic framework and good room temperature conductivity, bronze-phase vanadium dioxide [VO2(B)] has been regarded as a highly promising electrode material for Li ion batteries. However, previous attempts were unsuccessful to show the desired cycling performance and capacity without chemical modification. Here, we show with epitaxial VO2(B) films that one can accomplish the theoretical limit for capacity with persistent charging–discharging cyclability owing to the high structural stability and unique open pathways for Li ion conduction. Atomic-scale characterization by scanning transmission electronmore » microscopy and density functional theory calculations also reveal that the unique open pathways in VO2(B) provide the most stable sites for Li adsorption and diffusion. Furthermore, this work ultimately demonstrates that VO2(B) is a highly promising energy storage material and has no intrinsic hindrance in achieving superior cyclability with a very high power and capacity in a Li-ion conductor.« less

  7. Optical diffraction in ordered VO2 nanoparticle arrays

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    Lopez, Rene; Feldman, Leonard; Haglund, Richard

    2006-03-01

    The potential of oxide electronic materials as multifunctional building blocks is one of the driving concepts of the field. In this presentation, we show how nanostructured particle arrays with long-range order can be used to modulate an optical response through exploiting the metal-insulator transition of vanadium dioxide. Arrays of VO2 nanoparticles with long-range order were fabricated by pulsed laser deposition in an arbitrary pattern defined by focused ion-beam lithography. The interaction of light with the nanoparticles is controlled by the nanoparticle size, spacing and geometrical arrangement and by switching between the metallic and semiconducting phases of VO2. In addition to the near-infrared surface plasmon response observed in previous VO2 studies, the VO2 nanoparticle arrays exhibit size-dependent optical resonances in the visible region that likewise show an enhanced optical contrast between the semiconducting and metallic phases. The collective optical response as a function of temperature gives rise to an enhanced scattering state during the evolving phase transition, while the incoherent coupling between the nanoparticles produces an order-disorder-order transition.

  8. A novel two-dimensional mixed molybdenum vanadium polyoxometalate: Synthesis, magnetic property and characterization of [PMo8VIMo4VO(VO){Co(phen)}](HO)[PMo4VIMo8VO(VO){Co(phen)(HO)}

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    Dai, Limei; Ma, Ying; Wang, Enbo; Wang, Xinlong; Lu, Ying; Wang, Xiaolan

    2007-03-01

    A new compound [PMo8VIMo4VO(VO)2{Co(phen)2}2](HO)2[PMo4VIMo8VO(VO)2{Co(phen)2(HO)}2]1 (phen = phenanthroline) has been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions and characterized by IR, TG analysis and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The study of the magnetic property of compound 1 exhibits the presence of antiferromagnetic interactions. Compound 1 crystallizes in the monoclinic system, space group P2 1/ c, a = 21.843(4) Å, b = 16.566(3) Å, c = 21.025(4) Å, α = 90°, β = 100.26(3)°, γ = 90°, V = 7486(3) Å 3, Z = 2. The basic building unit in compound 1 is the [PMo 12V 2O 42] cluster. The most remarkable structural feature of 1 is that there exist two distinct [PMo 12V 2O 42] clusters. One is covalently linked by [Co(phen) 2] complexes to form 2D covalent layer, the other supports two [Co(phen) 2(H 2O)] complexes forming a 2D supramolecular network. Such two different kinds of layers are further stacked to form a novel 3D supramolecular framework.

  9. Multi-VO support in IHEP's distributed computing environment

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    Yan, T.; Suo, B.; Zhao, X. H.; Zhang, X. M.; Ma, Z. T.; Yan, X. F.; Lin, T.; Deng, Z. Y.; Li, W. D.; Belov, S.; Pelevanyuk, I.; Zhemchugov, A.; Cai, H.

    2015-12-01

    Inspired by the success of BESDIRAC, the distributed computing environment based on DIRAC for BESIII experiment, several other experiments operated by Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP), such as Circular Electron Positron Collider (CEPC), Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO), Large High Altitude Air Shower Observatory (LHAASO) and Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) etc, are willing to use DIRAC to integrate the geographically distributed computing resources available by their collaborations. In order to minimize manpower and hardware cost, we extended the BESDIRAC platform to support multi-VO scenario, instead of setting up a self-contained distributed computing environment for each VO. This makes DIRAC as a service for the community of those experiments. To support multi-VO, the system architecture of BESDIRAC is adjusted for scalability. The VOMS and DIRAC servers are reconfigured to manage users and groups belong to several VOs. A lightweight storage resource manager StoRM is employed as the central SE to integrate local and grid data. A frontend system is designed for user's massive job splitting, submission and management, with plugins to support new VOs. A monitoring and accounting system is also considered to easy the system administration and VO related resources usage accounting.

  10. Structure and magnetism of epitaxial PrVO3 films.

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    Copie, O; Rotella, H; Boullay, P; Morales, M; Pautrat, A; Janolin, P-E; Infante, I C; Pravathana, D; Lüders, U; Prellier, W

    2013-12-11

    The interplay between charge, spin, orbital and lattice degrees of freedom in transition metal oxides has motivated extensive research aiming to understand the coupling phenomena in these multifunctional materials. Among them, rare earth vanadates are Mott insulators characterized by spin and orbital orderings strongly influenced by lattice distortions. Using epitaxial strain as a means to tailor the unit cell deformation, we report here on the first thin films of PrVO3 grown on (001)-oriented SrTiO3 substrate by pulsed laser deposition. An extensive structural characterization of the PrVO3 films, combining x-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy studies, reveals the presence of oriented domains and a unit cell deformation tailored by the growth conditions. We have also investigated the physical properties of the PrVO3 films. We show that, while PrVO3 exhibits an insulating character, magnetic measurements indicate low-temperature hard-ferromagnetic behavior below 80 K. We discuss these properties in view of the thin-film structure.

  11. Covert Channels in SIP for VoIP Signalling

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    Mazurczyk, Wojciech; Szczypiorski, Krzysztof

    In this paper, we evaluate available steganographic techniques for SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) that can be used for creating covert channels during signaling phase of VoIP (Voice over IP) call. Apart from characterizing existing steganographic methods we provide new insights by introducing new techniques. We also estimate amount of data that can be transferred in signalling messages for typical IP telephony call.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of FeVO{sub 4} nanoparticles

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    Nithya, V.D.; Selvan, R. Kalai; Sanjeeviraja, C.; Radheep, D. Mohan; Arumugam, S.

    2011-10-15

    Highlights: {yields} Simple co-precipitation method were employed for the synthesis of FeVO{sub 4}. {yields} The calcination temperature and the reaction time were optimized. {yields} The effect of surfactants on the structural, morphological and magnetic properties was studied. {yields} The shape of the particles changes due to the effect of surfactant. {yields} Enhancement of magnetic orderings on the addition of surfactant. -- Abstract: Iron vanadate (FeVO{sub 4}) nanoparticles were synthesized by simple co-precipitation method using various surfactants such as ethylene glycol, polyethylene glycol 200 and polyethylene glycol 400 as the structure directing agents. Systematic investigations on the structural, morphological and magnetic properties of the materials have been studied. The lattice constants of the triclinic structure of FeVO{sub 4} were calculated from the X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses. The average grain size was estimated to be around 35 nm, which increased with increasing the calcination temperature. The stretching and bending vibrations of Fe-O were evaluated from the FT-IR spectra. Using VSM magnetometer, magnetic property was investigated through magnetic susceptibility and magnetization measurements. FeVO{sub 4} exhibits two magnetic ordering temperatures at T {approx} 20 K and 14 K, which is due to two different chemical environments of Fe ligands such as octahedral FeO{sub 6} and trigonal bipyramidal FeO{sub 5} in a six-column doubly bent chain, respectively.

  13. A minimal model for the structural energetics of VO2

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    Kim, Chanul; Marianetti, Chris; The Marianetti Group Team

    Resolving the structural, magnetic, and electronic structure of VO2 from the first-principles of quantum mechanics is still a forefront problem despite decades of attention. Hybrid functionals have been shown to qualitatively ruin the structural energetics. While density functional theory (DFT) combined with cluster extensions of dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) have demonstrated promising results in terms of the electronic properties, structural phase stability has not yet been addressed. In order to capture the basic physics of the structural transition, we propose a minimal model of VO2 based on the one dimensional Peierls-Hubbard model and parameterize this based on DFT calculations of VO2. The total energy versus dimerization in the minimal mode is then solved numerically exactly using density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) and compared to the Hartree-Fock solution. We demonstrate that the Hartree-Fock solution exhibits the same pathologies as DFT+U, and spin density functional theory for that matter, while the DMRG solution is consistent with experimental observation. Our results demonstrate the critical role of non-locality in the total energy, and this will need to be accounted for to obtain a complete description of VO2 from first-principles. The authors acknowledge support from FAME, one of six centers of STARnet, a Semiconductor Research Corporation program sponsored by MARCO and DARPA.

  14. Persistent Electrochemical Performance in Epitaxial VO2(B).

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    Lee, Shinbuhm; Sun, Xiao-Guang; Lubimtsev, Andrew A; Gao, Xiang; Ganesh, Panchapakesan; Ward, Thomas Z; Eres, Gyula; Chisholm, Matthew F; Dai, Sheng; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2017-04-12

    Discovering high-performance energy storage materials is indispensable for renewable energy, electric vehicle performance, and mobile computing. Owing to the open atomic framework and good room temperature conductivity, bronze-phase vanadium dioxide [VO2(B)] has been regarded as a highly promising electrode material for Li ion batteries. However, previous attempts were unsuccessful to show the desired cycling performance and capacity without chemical modification. Here, we show with epitaxial VO2(B) films that one can accomplish the theoretical limit for capacity with persistent charging-discharging cyclability owing to the high structural stability and unique open pathways for Li ion conduction. Atomic-scale characterization by scanning transmission electron microscopy and density functional theory calculations also reveal that the unique open pathways in VO2(B) provide the most stable sites for Li adsorption and diffusion. Thus, this work ultimately demonstrates that VO2(B) is a highly promising energy storage material and has no intrinsic hindrance in achieving superior cyclability with a very high power and capacity in a Li-ion conductor.

  15. Direct and continuous synthesis of VO2 nanoparticles

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    Powell, M. J.; Marchand, P.; Denis, C. J.; Bear, J. C.; Darr, J. A.; Parkin, I. P.

    2015-11-01

    Monoclinic VO2 nanoparticles are of interest due to the material's thermochromic properties, however, direct synthesis routes to VO2 nanoparticles are often inaccessible due to the high synthesis temperatures or long reaction times required. Herein, we present a two-step synthesis route for the preparation of monoclinic VO2 nanoparticles using Continuous Hydrothermal Flow Synthesis (CHFS) followed by a short post heat treatment step. A range of particle sizes, dependent on synthesis conditions, were produced from 50 to 200 nm by varying reaction temperatures and the residence times in the process. The nanoparticles were characterised by powder X-ray diffraction, Raman and UV/Vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The nanoparticles were highly crystalline with rod and sphere-like morphologies present in TEM micrographs, with the size of both the rod and spherical particles being highly dependent on both reaction temperature and residence time. SEM micrographs showed the surface of the powders produced from the CHFS process to be highly uniform. The samples were given a short post synthesis heat treatment to ensure that they were phase pure monoclinic VO2, which led to them exhibiting a large and reversible switch in optical properties (at near-IR wavelengths), which suggests that if such materials can be incorporated into coatings or in composites, they could be used for fenestration in architectural applications.

  16. Validity of 3 protocols for verifying VO2 max.

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    Kirkeberg, J M; Dalleck, L C; Kamphoff, C S; Pettitt, R W

    2011-04-01

    The verification bout has emerged as a technique for confirming 'true' VO2 max; however, validity during a single visit is unknown. We evaluated 3 different GXT durations with severe intensity verification bouts. On 3 separate days, in counterbalanced order, 12 recreational-trained men completed short (9±1 min), middle (11±1 min), and long (13±2 min) duration GXTs followed by exhaustive, sine wave verification bouts during the same visit. Intensities for verification were set at speeds equivalent to 2-stages minus end-GXT speed. No differences (p<0.05) in VO2 max (mL/kg/min) were observed between short (49.1), middle (48.2), and long (48.8) protocols. In addition, no differences in verification bout duration occurred between protocols (3±1 min). Validity of VO2 max was strongest for the middle duration protocol (ICC α=0.97; typical error=1 mL/kg/min; CV=2%). A small, but significantly higher HR (max) (∼1-2 bpm) was observed for the long protocol. Maximum respiratory exchange ratios were inconsistent (ICC α ranged 0.58-0.68). Our findings indicate GXT-verification bout testing during a single visit is a valid means of measuring 'true' VO2 max. The 10 min target for GXT duration was the optimum.

  17. Matching of Male and Female Subjects Using VO2 Max.

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    Cureton, Kirk J.

    1981-01-01

    The increasing use of various VO2 max expressions as test measures is a problem because the magnitude of sex difference varies considerably with each expression. A valid match of male and female test subjects would consider physical activity history and the amount of endurance exercise done in the previous year. (Author/FG)

  18. VO2 prediction and cardiorespiratory responses during underwater treadmill exercise.

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    Greene, Nicholas P; Greene, Elizabeth S; Carbuhn, Aaron F; Green, John S; Crouse, Stephen F

    2011-06-01

    We compared cardiorespiratory responses to exercise on an underwater treadmill (UTM) and land treadmill (LTM) and derived an equation to estimate oxygen consumption (VO2) during UTM exercise. Fifty-five men and women completed one LTM and five UTM exercise sessions on separate days. The UTM sessions consisted of chest-deep immersion, with 0, 25, 50, 75, and 100% water-jet resistance. All session treadmill velocities increased every 3 min from 53.6 to 187.8 m x min(-1). Cardiorespiratory responses were similar between LTM and UTM when jet resistance for UTM was 50%. Using multiple regression analysis, weight-relative VO2 could be estimated as: VO2 (mLO2 c kg(-1) x min(-1)) = 0.19248 x height (cm) + 0.17422 x jet resistance (% max) + 0.14092 x velocity (m x min(-1)) -0.12794 x weight (kg)-27.82849, R2 = .82. Our data indicate that similar LTM and UTM cardiorespiratory responses are achievable, and we provide a reasonable estimate of UTM VO2.

  19. Determinants of VO(2) kinetics at high power outputs during a ramp exercise protocol.

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    Lucía, Alejandro; Rivero, José-Luis L; Pérez, Margarita; Serrano, Antonio L; Calbet, José A L; Santalla, Alfredo; Chicharro, José L

    2002-02-01

    To determine the relationship between the additional, nonlinear increase in oxygen uptake (Delta VO(2)) that occurs at high power outputs during a ramp cycle ergometer test, on one hand; and possible explanatory mechanisms of the phenomenon, such as cardiorespiratory work, blood lactate, fitness level, or muscle fiber distribution, on the other. Ten healthy, sedentary young adults (age (mean +/- SEM), 22 +/- 1 yr) were chosen as subjects. A muscle biopsy specimen was taken from the vastus lateralis of the right leg to determine fiber type distribution by immunohistochemical identification of myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoforms. During the ramp tests (power output increases of 5 W every 15-s interval), the ventilatory threshold (VT) and lactate threshold (LT) were measured. We defined Delta VO(2) as the difference between "true" VO(2) values observed at the maximal power output (VO(2)obs) and those expected (VO(2)exp) from the previous linear VO2:power output relationship below the VT. A nonlinear increase was observed in VO2 (Delta VO(2) = 239 +/- 79 mL x min(-1), P < 0.05 for VO(2)obs vs VO(2)exp), which was significantly correlated with the percentage of type IIX fibers (r = 0.80, P < 0.05). No other correlations were found between Delta VO(2) and possible explanatory mechanisms. A greater percentage of type IIX fibers is associated with a higher excess VO(2) at high power outputs (above VT).

  20. Estimation of VO2 Max: A Comparative Analysis of Five Exercise Tests.

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    Zwiren, Linda D.; And Others

    1991-01-01

    Thirty-eight healthy females measured maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) on the cycle ergometer and treadmill to compare five exercise tests (run, walk, step, and two tests using heart-rate response on the bicycle ergometer) in predicting VO2max. Results indicate that walk and run tests are satisfactory predictors of VO2max in 30- to 39-year-old…

  1. Estimation of VO2 Max: A Comparative Analysis of Five Exercise Tests.

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    Zwiren, Linda D.; And Others

    1991-01-01

    Thirty-eight healthy females measured maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) on the cycle ergometer and treadmill to compare five exercise tests (run, walk, step, and two tests using heart-rate response on the bicycle ergometer) in predicting VO2max. Results indicate that walk and run tests are satisfactory predictors of VO2max in 30- to 39-year-old…

  2. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activities of rare earth-loaded BiVO 4 catalysts

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    Xu, Hui; Wu, Chundu; Li, Huaming; Chu, Jinyu; Sun, Guangsong; Xu, Yuanguo; Yan, Yongsheng

    2009-11-01

    The BiVO 4-based photocatalysts loaded with rare earth (RE=Ho, Sm, Yb, Eu, Gd, Nd, Ce and La) were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), nitrogen adsorption for the BET specific surface area and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photocatalytic activities of the samples were evaluated by decolorization of methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation. The results of XRD, SEM and XPS analysis deduced that the rare earth ions were present as RE 2O 3 in the samples. The DRS analysis showed the shift in the absorbption edge from the UV to the visible range: Ho 3+-BiVO 4 < Sm 3+-BiVO 4 < Yb 3+-BiVO 4 < Eu 3+-BiVO 4 < Gd 3+-BiVO 4 < Nd 3+-BiVO 4 < La 3+-BiVO 4 < Ce 3+-BiVO 4 < BiVO 4. Gd 3+-BiVO 4 had the highest photocatalytic activity among all the RE 3+-BiVO 4 catalysts. The optimal Gd content was 8 at% under visible light irradiation. This beneficial effect was attributed to the specific electron structure characteristics of gadolinium and the increasing in the separation efficiency of the electron-hole pairs. On the contrast, the other rare earth ions had the detrimental effect on the photocatalytic decolorization of MB.

  3. Can We Confidently Study VO2 Kinetics in Young People?

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    Fawkner, Samantha G.; Armstrong, Neil

    2007-01-01

    The study of VO2 kinetics offers the potential to non-invasively examine the cardiorespiratory and metabolic response to dynamic exercise and limitations to every day physical activity. Its non-invasive nature makes it hugely attractive for use with young people, both healthy and those with disease, and yet the literature, whilst growing with respect to adults, remains confined to a cluster of studies with these special populations. It is most likely that this is partly due to the methodological difficulties involved in studying VO2 kinetics in young people which are not present, or present to a lesser degree, with adults. This article reviews these methodological issues, and explains the main procedures that might be used to overcome them. Key pointsThe VO2 kinetic response to exercise represents the combined efficiency of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic systems, and an accurate assessment of the response potentially provides a great deal of useful information via non-invasive methodology.An accurate assessment of the VO2 kinetic response is however inherently difficult with children and especially those with reduced exercise tolerance, due primarily to the apparent breath-by-breath noise which masks the true underlying physiological response, and the small amplitudes of the response signal.Despite this, it is possible to assess and quantify the VO2 kinetic response with children if appropriate steps are taken to apply carefully selected methodologies and report response variables with confidence intervals. In this way, both the researcher and the reader can be confident that the data reported is meaningful. PMID:24149413

  4. The ROI of VoIP: Everybody Says VoIP Saves Big Bucks. But Does It?

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    Villano, Matt

    2006-01-01

    Advocates of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) say it saves money on long distance calls by sending them over the Internet, improves communication by eliminating the Private Branch Exchange (PBX), and offers a host of neat features such as call forwarding, e-mail accessible voicemail, and more. When it comes to measuring the dollars-and-cents…

  5. Identifying the active site in nitrogen-doped graphene for the VO2+/VO2(+) redox reaction.

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    Jin, Jutao; Fu, Xiaogang; Liu, Qiao; Liu, Yanru; Wei, Zhiyang; Niu, Kexing; Zhang, Junyan

    2013-06-25

    Nitrogen-doped graphene sheets (NGS), synthesized by annealing graphite oxide (GO) with urea at 700-1050 °C, were studied as positive electrodes in a vanadium redox flow battery. The NGS, in particular annealed at 900 °C, exhibited excellent catalytic performance in terms of electron transfer (ET) resistance (4.74 ± 0.51 and 7.27 ± 0.42 Ω for the anodic process and cathodic process, respectively) and reversibility (ΔE = 100 mV, Ipa/Ipc = 1.38 at a scan rate of 50 mV s(-1)). Detailed research confirms that not the nitrogen doping level but the nitrogen type in the graphene sheets determines the catalytic activity. Among four types of nitrogen species doped into the graphene lattice including pyridinic-N, pyrrolic-N, quaternary nitrogen, and oxidic-N, quaternary nitrogen is verified as a catalytic active center for the [VO](2+)/[VO2](+) couple reaction. A mechanism is proposed to explain the electrocatalytic performance of NGS for the [VO](2+)/[VO2](+) couple reaction. The possible formation of a N-V transitional bonding state, which facilitates the ET between the outer electrode and reactant ions, is a key step for its high catalytic activity.

  6. The ROI of VoIP: Everybody Says VoIP Saves Big Bucks. But Does It?

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    Villano, Matt

    2006-01-01

    Advocates of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) say it saves money on long distance calls by sending them over the Internet, improves communication by eliminating the Private Branch Exchange (PBX), and offers a host of neat features such as call forwarding, e-mail accessible voicemail, and more. When it comes to measuring the dollars-and-cents…

  7. Visible light driven photocatalysis and antibacterial activity of AgVO{sub 3} and Ag/AgVO{sub 3} nanowires

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    Singh, Anamika; Dutta, Dimple P.; Ballal, A.; Tyagi, A.K.; Fulekar, M.H.

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Ag/AgVO{sub 3} and pure AgVO{sub 3} nanowires synthesized by sonochemical process. • Characterization done using XRD, SEM, TEM, EDX and BET analysis. • Visible light degradation of RhB by Ag/AgVO{sub 3} within 45 min. • Antibacterial activity of Ag/AgVO{sub 3} demonstrated. - Abstract: Ag/AgVO{sub 3} nanowires and AgVO{sub 3} nanorods were synthesized in aqueous media via a facile sonochemical route. The as-synthesized products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller surface area analysis, scanning electron microscopy together with an energy dispersion X-ray spectrum analysis, transmission electron microscopy and UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The results revealed that inert atmosphere promotes the formation of Ag/AgVO{sub 3} nanowires. The photocatalytic studies revealed that the Ag/AgVO{sub 3} nanowires exhibited complete photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B within 45 min under visible light irradiation. The antibacterial activity of Ag/AgVO{sub 3} nanowires was tested against Escherechia coli and Bacillus subtilis. The minimum growth inhibitory concentration value was found to be 50 and 10 folds lower than for the antibiotic ciprofloxacin for E. coli and B. subtilis, respectively. The antibacterial properties of the β-AgVO{sub 3} nanorods prove that in case of the Ag dispersed Ag/AgVO{sub 3} nanowires, the enhanced antibacterial action is also due to contribution from the AgVO{sub 3} support.

  8. Synthesis, characterisation and catalytic potential of hydrazonato-vanadium(V) model complexes with [VO]3+ and [VO2]+ cores.

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    Maurya, Mannar R; Agarwal, Shalu; Bader, Cerstin; Ebel, Martin; Rehder, Dieter

    2005-02-07

    Reaction between [VO(acac)2] and H2L (H2L are the hydrazones H2sal-nah I or H2sal-fah II; sal = salicylaldehyde, nah = nicotinic acid hydrazide and fah = 2-furoic acid hydrazide) in methanol leads to the formation of oxovanadium(IV) complexes [VOL.H2O](H2L = I: 1, H2L = II: 4). Aerial oxidation of the methanolic solutions of 1 and 4 yields the dinuclear oxo-bridged monooxovanadium(V) complexes [{VOL}2mu-O](H2L = I: 2, H2L = II: 5). These dinuclear complexes slowly convert, in excess methanol, to [VO(OMe)(MeOH)L](H(2)L = I: 9, H(2)L = II: 10), the crystal and molecular structures of which have been determined, confirming the ONO binding mode of the dianionic ligands in their enolate form. Reaction of aqueous K[VO3] with the ligands at pH ca. 7.5 results in the formation of [K(H2O)][VO2L](H2L = I: 3, H2L = II: 6). Treatment of 3 and 6 with H2O2 yields (unstable) oxoperoxovanadium(v) complexes K[VO(O2)L], the formation of which has been monitored spectrophotometrically. Acidification of methanolic solutions of 3 and 6 with HCl affords oxohydroxo complexes, while the neutral complexes [VO2(Hsal-nah)] 7 and [VO2(Hsal-fah)] 8 were isolated on treatment of aqueous solutions of 3 and 6 with HClO4. These complexes slowly transform into 9 and 10 in methanol, as confirmed by 1H, 13C and 51V NMR. The anionic complexes 3 and 6 catalyse the oxidative bromination of salicylaldehyde in water in the presence of H2O2/KBr to 5-bromosalicylaldehyde and 3,5-dibromosalicylaldehyde, a reaction similar to that exhibited by vanadate-dependent haloperoxidases. They are also catalytically active for the oxidation of benzene to phenol and phenol to catechol and p-hydroquinone.

  9. Current Status of VO Compliant Data Service in Japanese Virtual Observatory

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    Shirasaki, Y.; Komiya, Y.; Ohishi, M.; Mizumoto, Y.; Ishihara, Y.; Tsutsumi, J.; Hiyama, T.; Nakamoto, H.; Sakamoto, M.

    2012-09-01

    In these years, standards to build a Virtual Observatory (VO) data service have been established with the efforts in the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA). We applied these newly established standards (SSAP, TAP) to our VO service toolkit which was developed to implement earlier VO standards SIAP and (deprecated) SkyNode. The toolkit can be easily installed and provides a GUI interface to construct and manage VO service. In this paper, we describes the architecture of our toolkit and how it is used to start hosting VO service.

  10. Infrared Response and Optoelectronic Memory Device Fabrication Based on Epitaxial VO2 Film.

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    Fan, Lele; Chen, Yuliang; Liu, Qianghu; Chen, Shi; Zhu, Lei; Meng, Qiangqiang; Wang, Baolin; Zhang, Qinfang; Ren, Hui; Zou, Chongwen

    2016-12-07

    In this work, high-quality VO2 epitaxial films were prepared on high-conductivity n-GaN (0001) crystal substrates via an oxide molecular beam epitaxy method. By fabricating a two-terminal VO2/GaN film device, we observed that the infrared transmittance and resistance of VO2 films could be dynamically controlled by an external bias voltage. Based on the hysteretic switching effect of VO2 in infrared range, an optoelectronic memory device was achieved. This memory device was operated under the "electrical writing-optical reading" mode, which shows promising applications in VO2-based optoelectronic device in the future.

  11. Enhanced charge separation and oxidation kinetics of BiVO4 photoanode by double layer structure

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    Yang, Lin; Xiong, Yuli; Dong, Hongmei; Peng, Huarong; Zhang, Yunhuai; Xiao, Peng

    2017-03-01

    Monoclinic bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) is a promising semiconductor for photoelectrochemical water splitting. Here, we developed a facile fabrication of BiVO4 double layer photoanode on the fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate by electrodeposition. The BiVO4 double layer photoanode is composed by a dense BiVO4 film as the inner layer and a nanoporous BiVO4 film as the outer layer. Compared to the BiVO4 single layer photoanode, the optimized BiVO4 double layer photoanode produced a much higher photocurrent of 1.15 mA/cm2 at 0.6 V vs. Ag/AgCl under AM 1.5G (100 mW/cm2) illumination. The results of the photoelectric conversion kinetics for different samples revealed that the charge separation and oxidation kinetics efficiencies for the BiVO4 double layer are 47.2% and 51.6% at 0.6 V vs. Ag/AgCl, while the values for BiVO4 single layer are 32.3% and 35.8%, respectively. The improved photoelectrochemical performance for BiVO4 double layer is mainly ascribed to the decrease of defect state at the interface after inserting a dense BiVO4 as an inner layer to prevent the recombination of photogenerated electron-hole pairs.

  12. Epitaxial stabilization and phase instability of VO2 polymorphs

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    Lee, Shinbuhm; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Keum, Jong K.; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2016-01-20

    The VO2 polymorphs, i.e., VO2(A), VO2(B), VO2(M1) and VO2(R), have a wide spectrum of functionalities useful for many potential applications in information and energy technologies. However, synthesis of phase pure materials, especially in thin film forms, has been a challenging task due to the fact that the VO2 polymorphs are closely related to each other in a thermodynamic framework. Here, we report epitaxial stabilization of the VO2 polymorphs to synthesize high quality single crystalline thin films and study the phase stability of these metastable materials. We selectively deposit all the phases on various perovskite substrates with different crystallographic orientations. By investigating the phase instability, phonon modes and transport behaviours, not only do we find distinctively contrasting physical properties of the VO2 polymorphs, but that the polymorphs can be on the verge of phase transitions when heated as low as ~400 °C. In conclusion, our successful epitaxy of both VO2(A) and VO2(B) phases, which are rarely studied due to the lack of phase pure materials, will open the door to the fundamental studies of VO2 polymorphs for potential applications in advanced electronic and energy devices.

  13. "Tailored" submaximal step test for VO2max prediction in healthy older adults.

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    Pogliaghi, Silvia; Bellotti, Cecilia; Paterson, Donald H

    2014-04-01

    The authors developed and validated a "tailored" version of the Astrand-Rhyming step test (tA-R) and a new equation for VO2max prediction in older adults (OA). Sixty subjects (age 68 ± 4 yr, 30 male, 30 female) performed their tA-R step test (5-min, 30-cm step, tailored stepping rate) and an incremental cycling test to exhaustion. VO2max was (a) predicted using the standard A-R equation (predicted VO2max), (b) predicted based on the authors' new multiple linear equation (equation VO2max), and (c) directly measured by incremental cycling test (direct VO2max). Agreement among values of VO2max was evaluated by Bland-Altman analysis. The predicted VO2max was not significantly different from the direct VO2max, yet with relatively large imprecision. The equation VO2max allowed more precise as well as accurate predictions of VO2max compared with standard A-R prediction. The "tailored" version of the Astrand-Rhyming step test and the new prediction equation appear suitable for a rapid (5-min), safe (submaximal), accurate, and precise VO2max prediction in healthy OA.

  14. Synthesis of novel photocatalytic RGO-InVO{sub 4} nanocomposites with visible light photoactivity

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    Shen, Jianfeng; Li, Xianfu; Huang, Weishi; Li, Na; Ye, Mingxin

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: A facile method for preparation of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) sheets supported indium vanadate (InVO{sub 4}) photocatalysts is reported. The visible light response and adsorption ability of RGO-InVO{sub 4} nanocomposites is greatly improved, which can effectively remove methyl orange and Cr (VI) from water. - Highlights: • Supramolecular photocatalyst of RGO-InVO{sub 4} was achieved. • Reduction of GO and preparation of RGO-InVO{sub 4} was simultaneous. • The prepared RGO-InVO{sub 4} shows high photocatalytic activity and adsorption capacity under visible light. • In situ growth of uniform InVO{sub 4} particles on RGO sheets is facile and efficient - Abstract: In this study, we report a facile method for preparation of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) sheets supported indium vanadate (InVO{sub 4}) photocatalysts. A wide range of characterization techniques, such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Thermogravimetric analysis and Transmission electron microscopy were applied to characterize the obtained composites. The results indicated that the composites consist of uniformly dispersed InVO{sub 4} nanocrystals on RGO sheets. Visible light responses of RGO-InVO{sub 4} nanocomposites are greatly improved as compared with the bulk InVO{sub 4}. The as-prepared RGO-InVO{sub 4} nanocomposites can effectively remove methyl orange and Cr (VI) from water under visible light irradiation, which can be used as novel photocatalysts for environmental protection.

  15. VO2 and VCO2 variabilities through indirect calorimetry instrumentation.

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    Cadena-Méndez, Miguel; Escalante-Ramírez, Boris; Azpiroz-Leehan, Joaquín; Infante-Vázquez, Oscar

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to understand how to measure the VO2 and VCO2 variabilities in indirect calorimetry (IC) since we believe they can explain the high variation in the resting energy expenditure (REE) estimation. We propose that variabilities should be separately measured from the VO2 and VCO2 averages to understand technological differences among metabolic monitors when they estimate the REE. To prove this hypothesis the mixing chamber (MC) and the breath-by-breath (BbB) techniques measured the VO2 and VCO2 averages and their variabilities. Variances and power spectrum energies in the 0-0.5 Hertz band were measured to establish technique differences in steady and non-steady state. A hybrid calorimeter with both IC techniques studied a population of 15 volunteers that underwent the clino-orthostatic maneuver in order to produce the two physiological stages. The results showed that inter-individual VO2 and VCO2 variabilities measured as variances were negligible using the MC while variabilities measured as spectral energies using the BbB underwent 71 and 56% (p < 0.05), increase respectively. Additionally, the energy analysis showed an unexpected cyclic rhythm at 0.025 Hertz only during the orthostatic stage, which is new physiological information, not reported previusly. The VO2 and VCO2 inter-individual averages increased to 63 and 39% by the MC (p < 0.05) and 32 and 40% using the BbB (p < 0.1), respectively, without noticeable statistical differences among techniques. The conclusions are: (a) metabolic monitors should simultaneously include the MC and the BbB techniques to correctly interpret the steady or non-steady state variabilities effect in the REE estimation, (b) the MC is the appropriate technique to compute averages since it behaves as a low-pass filter that minimizes variances, (c) the BbB is the ideal technique to measure the variabilities since it can work as a high-pass filter to generate discrete time series able to accomplish

  16. Improving the Accuracy of Predicting Maximal Oxygen Consumption (VO2pk)

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    Downs, Meghan E.; Lee, Stuart M. C.; Ploutz-Snyder, Lori; Feiveson, Alan

    2016-01-01

    Maximal oxygen (VO2pk) is the maximum amount of oxygen that the body can use during intense exercise and is used for benchmarking endurance exercise capacity. The most accurate method to determineVO2pk requires continuous measurements of ventilation and gas exchange during an exercise test to maximal effort, which necessitates expensive equipment, a trained staff, and time to set-up the equipment. For astronauts, accurate VO2pk measures are important to assess mission critical task performance capabilities and to prescribe exercise intensities to optimize performance. Currently, astronauts perform submaximal exercise tests during flight to predict VO2pk; however, while submaximal VO2pk prediction equations provide reliable estimates of mean VO2pk for populations, they can be unacceptably inaccurate for a given individual. The error in current predictions and logistical limitations of measuring VO2pk, particularly during spaceflight, highlights the need for improved estimation methods.

  17. New phases in the system LiMnVO{sub 4}-Mn{sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Clemens, Oliver; Haberkorn, Robert; Beck, Horst Philipp

    2011-10-15

    The synthesis of orthorhombic Mn{sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} via a simple solid state route as well as the description of a new tetragonal high temperature phase are reported in this paper. Additionally, the system LiMnVO{sub 4}-Mn{sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} (=Mn{sub 1.5}VO{sub 4}), described by the formula Li{sub x}Mn{sub 1.5-x/2}VO{sub 4}, is investigated in detail, showing that substitution of one Mn{sup 2+} in Mn{sub 1.5}VO{sub 4} by two Li{sup +} ions favors the formation of the tetragonal high temperature phase for x{<=}0.22. This substitution is facilitated by the statistical half occupancy of the 4b site by Mn{sup 2+} in tetragonal Mn{sub 1.5}VO{sub 4}, whereas additional crystallographic sites would have to be occupied in the orthorhombic phase. The inverse substitution of Li by Mn in orthorhombic LiMnVO{sub 4} is also shown to be possible in the range 0.72{<=}x{<=}1. For 0.22{<=}x{<=}0.72, there is a large miscibility gap with a two phase mixture of the tetragonal Mn{sub 1.5}VO{sub 4} type and orthorhombic LiMnVO{sub 4} type phases. - Graphical Abstract: The unusual coordination of Mn in the form of a stella quadrangula with the surrounding vanadate groups. Highlights: > First synthesis of orthorhombic Mn{sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} via a simple solid state route. > The crystal chemistry of the phases involved is rather complicated and it depends on the amount of Li that is incorporated. > System LiMnVO{sub 4}-Mn{sub 3}(VO{sub 4}){sub 2} (=Mn{sub 1.5}VO{sub 4}), described by the formula Li{sub x}Mn{sub 1.5-x/2}VO{sub 4}, is investigated in detail.

  18. VO2 thermochromic smart window for energy savings and generation

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    Zhou, Jiadong; Gao, Yanfeng; Zhang, Zongtao; Luo, Hongjie; Cao, Chuanxiang; Chen, Zhang; Dai, Lei; Liu, Xinling

    2013-01-01

    The ability to achieve energy saving in architectures and optimal solar energy utilisation affects the sustainable development of the human race. Traditional smart windows and solar cells cannot be combined into one device for energy saving and electricity generation. A VO2 film can respond to the environmental temperature to intelligently regulate infrared transmittance while maintaining visible transparency, and can be applied as a thermochromic smart window. Herein, we report for the first time a novel VO2-based smart window that partially utilises light scattering to solar cells around the glass panel for electricity generation. This smart window combines energy-saving and generation in one device, and offers potential to intelligently regulate and utilise solar radiation in an efficient manner. PMID:24157625

  19. UkrVO Astroinformatics Software and Web-services

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    Vavilova, I. B.; Yatskiv, Ya. S.; Pakuliak, L. K.; Andronov, I. L.; Andruk, V. M.; Protsyuk, Yu. I.; Savanevych, V. E.; Savchenko, D. O.; Savchenko, V. S.

    2017-06-01

    The aim of this paper is to introduce the software and astronomical web-services developed in frame of the Ukraine Virtual Observatory (UkrVO) and VIrtual Roentgen and Gamma Observatory (VIRGO) to the broad astronomical community. We report briefly on such web-services as the public databases ``Sky Maps'' of X-ray observations by XMM-Newton, the Earth Orbital Parameters for International Earth Rotation System, and the UkrVO Joint Digitized Archive of astroplates. We refer to such software as the ``Multi-Column View'', ``Variable Stars Calculator'', ``FrameSmooth'' for variable star's research and ``Collection Light Technology'' (CoLiTec) software for search and discovery of new Solar System bodies.

  20. Epitaxial growth of VO{sub 2} by periodic annealing

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    Tashman, J. W.; Paik, H.; Merz, T. A.; Lee, J. H.; Moyer, J. A.; Schiffer, P.; Misra, R.; Mundy, J. A.; Spila, T.; Schubert, J.; Muller, D. A.; Schlom, D. G.

    2014-02-10

    We report the growth of ultrathin VO{sub 2} films on rutile TiO{sub 2} (001) substrates via reactive molecular-beam epitaxy. The films were formed by the cyclical deposition of amorphous vanadium and its subsequent oxidation and transformation to VO{sub 2} via solid-phase epitaxy. Significant metal-insulator transitions were observed in films as thin as 2.3 nm, where a resistance change ΔR/R of 25 was measured. Low angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy was used in conjunction with electron energy loss spectroscopy to study the film/substrate interface and revealed the vanadium to be tetravalent and the titanium interdiffusion to be limited to 1.6 nm.

  1. VO2 thermochromic smart window for energy savings and generation

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    Zhou, Jiadong; Gao, Yanfeng; Zhang, Zongtao; Luo, Hongjie; Cao, Chuanxiang; Chen, Zhang; Dai, Lei; Liu, Xinling

    2013-10-01

    The ability to achieve energy saving in architectures and optimal solar energy utilisation affects the sustainable development of the human race. Traditional smart windows and solar cells cannot be combined into one device for energy saving and electricity generation. A VO2 film can respond to the environmental temperature to intelligently regulate infrared transmittance while maintaining visible transparency, and can be applied as a thermochromic smart window. Herein, we report for the first time a novel VO2-based smart window that partially utilises light scattering to solar cells around the glass panel for electricity generation. This smart window combines energy-saving and generation in one device, and offers potential to intelligently regulate and utilise solar radiation in an efficient manner.

  2. UkrVO Joint Digitized Archive and Scientific Prospects

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    Vavilova, I. B.; Pakuliak, L. K.; Protsyuk, Yu. I.; Shlyapnikov, A. A.; Savanevich, V. E.; Kondrashova, N. N.; Yatsenko, A. I.; Andruk, V. N.

    The UkrVO (Ukrainian Virtual Observatory) database consists of about 200 000 astronomical photographic plates and 500 000 CCD frames containing unique astronomical information for formulating important scientific tasks. This database is compiled from observations conducted in 1898--2011 at the observing sites of 8 Ukrainian observatories, with about 60 instruments. This paper deals with some principal scientific projects where the UkrVO data\\-bases are used, namely, the creation of the Joint Digitized Archive (JDA); compilation of new stellar catalogues; search for optical counterparts of gamma-ray bursts; spectroscopic study of solar flares and solar active formations; development of software for searches for new small bodies of the solar system.

  3. Synergy Between Archives, VO, and the Grid at ESAC

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    Arviset, C.; Alvarez, R.; Gabriel, C.; Osuna, P.; Ott, S.

    2011-07-01

    Over the years, in support to the Science Operations Centers at ESAC, we have set up two Grid infrastructures. These have been built: 1) to facilitate daily research for scientists at ESAC, 2) to provide high computing capabilities for project data processing pipelines (e.g., Herschel), 3) to support science operations activities (e.g., calibration monitoring). Furthermore, closer collaboration between the science archives, the Virtual Observatory (VO) and data processing activities has led to an other Grid use case: the Remote Interface to XMM-Newton SAS Analysis (RISA). This web service-based system allows users to launch SAS tasks transparently to the GRID, save results on http-based storage and visualize them through VO tools. This paper presents real and operational use cases of Grid usages in these contexts

  4. VO Access to Complex Data - MERLIN and Other Interferometry Archives

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    Richards, A. M. S.; Allen, M. D.; Garrington, S. T.; Harrison, P. A.; Lamb, P.; Muxlow, T. W. B.; Power, R.; Reynolds, C.; Stirling, A.; Thomasson, P.; Venturi, T.; Winstanley, N.

    2004-07-01

    Radio interferometry data should be as accessible as any other part of the electromagnetic spectrum in the form of images, spectra or whatever the astronomer requires, without laborious massive dataset transport or esoteric software at the user end. Many existing facilities are developing on-line access to archive and current data, incorporating VO compatibility. The next generation of interferometers will have data access for non-experts designed into their archives.

  5. Luminescent YbVO4 by atomic layer deposition.

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    Getz, Michael; Hansen, Per-Anders; Ahmed, Mohammed A K; Fjellvåg, Helmer; Nilsen, Ola

    2017-02-28

    UV to visible and near-infrared converting thin films of YbVO4 have been deposited by atomic layer deposition, using the precursor combinations Yb(thd)3 (thd = 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-3,5-heptanedione) and O3, and VO(thd)2 and O3 at a deposition temperature of 240 °C, followed by post deposition annealing at 400-1000 °C. The UV absorption and the visible and near-infrared emission have been investigated in detail. The structure, thickness and composition of the deposited films have been studied by X-ray diffraction, ellipsometry, and X-ray fluorescence, respectively. The optimal pulse ratio of Yb(thd)3 and VO(thd)2 with respect to near-infrared emission was found to be 1 : 3, which also yielded the most crystalline sample after annealing. Crystallization of the films is accelerated when an excess of V2O5 is present, enabling crystallization at temperatures as low as 500 °C, probably through a flux aided process.

  6. VoSeq: a voucher and DNA sequence web application.

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    Peña, Carlos; Malm, Tobias

    2012-01-01

    There is an ever growing number of molecular phylogenetic studies published, due to, in part, the advent of new techniques that allow cheap and quick DNA sequencing. Hence, the demand for relational databases with which to manage and annotate the amassing DNA sequences, genes, voucher specimens and associated biological data is increasing. In addition, a user-friendly interface is necessary for easy integration and management of the data stored in the database back-end. Available databases allow management of a wide variety of biological data. However, most database systems are not specifically constructed with the aim of being an organizational tool for researchers working in phylogenetic inference. We here report a new software facilitating easy management of voucher and sequence data, consisting of a relational database as back-end for a graphic user interface accessed via a web browser. The application, VoSeq, includes tools for creating molecular datasets of DNA or amino acid sequences ready to be used in commonly used phylogenetic software such as RAxML, TNT, MrBayes and PAUP, as well as for creating tables ready for publishing. It also has inbuilt BLAST capabilities against all DNA sequences stored in VoSeq as well as sequences in NCBI GenBank. By using mash-ups and calls to web services, VoSeq allows easy integration with public services such as Yahoo! Maps, Flickr, Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) and GBIF (by generating data-dumps that can be processed with GBIF's Integrated Publishing Toolkit).

  7. In situ high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction study of the structural stability in NdVO{sub 4} and LaVO{sub 4}

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    Errandonea, D.; Achary, S.N.; Tyagi, A.K.; Bettinelli, M.

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • NdVO{sub 4} and LaVO{sub 4} were studied under high pressure using synchrotron powder XRD. • Both compounds exhibit first-order phase transitions. • In NdVO{sub 4} the transition involves a symmetry breaking and in LaVO{sub 4} is isomorphic. • The crystal structures of the high-pressure phases are assigned. • Axial and bulk compressibilities are determined. - Abstract: Room-temperature angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction measurements on zircon-type NdVO{sub 4} and monazite-type LaVO{sub 4} were performed in a diamond-anvil cell up to 12 GPa. In NdVO{sub 4}, we found evidence for a non-reversible pressure-induced structural phase transition from zircon to a monazite-type structure at 6.5 GPa. Monazite-type LaVO{sub 4} also exhibits a phase transition but at 8.6 GPa. In this case the transition is reversible and isomorphic. In both compounds the pressure induced transitions involve a large volume collapse. Finally, the equations of state and axial compressibilities for the low-pressure phases are also determined.

  8. Electrochemical Synthesis of Amorphous VO2 Colloids and Their Rapid Thermal Transforming to VO2 (M) Nanoparticles with Good Thermochromic Performance.

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    Wu, Hao; Li, Ming; Zhong, Li; Luo, Yuan Yuan; Li, Guang Hai

    2016-12-05

    Amorphous VO2 (a-VO2 ) colloids were synthesized by electrochemical anodic oxidation of metallic vanadium. It was found that the a-VO2 colloids have a cotton-like morphology composed of very small clusters, and that the crystallization temperature of the a-VO2 colloids can be adjusted either by the electrolyte of the anodic oxidation or/and the dispersion agent of the colloids. VO2 (M) nanoparticles (NPs) (and a NP film) with an average size of about 50 nm can be obtained by a rapid thermal annealing of the a-VO2 colloids at 310 °C under air, which is beneficial for practical applications. The VO2 (M) NP film shows an obvious metal-semiconductor transition with a resistance less than 10 Ω in the metallic state. An integral visible transmittance of 40.7 %, a solar transmittance modulation of 9.4 %, and a resistance modulation in the order of 5×10(4) were realized in the VO2 (M) NP film.

  9. Double-diffusion-based synthesis of BiVO4 mesoporous single crystals with enhanced photocatalytic activity for oxygen evolution.

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    Wu, Qiangfang; Bao, Shenyuan; Tian, Baozhu; Xiao, Yifei; Zhang, Jinlong

    2016-06-14

    BiVO4 mesoporous single crystals (MSCs) were successfully prepared, for the first time, by a one-step hydrothermal method using the acidified BiVO4 precursor solution pre-impregnated silica as the template. It was revealed that the BiVO4 MSCs were formed by a double-diffusion mechanism. The O2 evolution rate over BiVO4 MSCs was improved nearly 10 times than that over BiVO4 bulk single crystals.

  10. Time limit and time at VO2max' during a continuous and an intermittent run.

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    Demarie, S; Koralsztein, J P; Billat, V

    2000-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to verify, by track field tests, whether sub-elite runners (n=15) could (i) reach their VO2max while running at v50%delta, i.e. midway between the speed associated with lactate threshold (vLAT) and that associated with maximal aerobic power (vVO2max), and (ii) if an intermittent exercise provokes a maximal and/or supra maximal oxygen consumption longer than a continuous one. Within three days, subjects underwent a multistage incremental test during which their vVO2max and vLAT were determined; they then performed two additional testing sessions, where continuous and intermittent running exercises at v50%delta were performed up to exhaustion. Subject's gas exchange and heart rate were continuously recorded by means of a telemetric apparatus. Blood samples were taken from fingertip and analysed for blood lactate concentration. In the continuous and the intermittent tests peak VO2 exceeded VO2max values, as determined during the incremental test. However in the intermittent exercise, peak VO2, time to exhaustion and time at VO2max reached significantly higher values, while blood lactate accumulation showed significantly lower values than in the continuous one. The v50%delta is sufficient to stimulate VO2max in both intermittent and continuous running. The intermittent exercise results better than the continuous one in increasing maximal aerobic power, allowing longer time at VO2max and obtaining higher peak VO2 with lower lactate accumulation.

  11. Synthesis and modification of FeVO4 as novel anode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Liu, Xiaolin; Cao, Yuancheng; Zheng, Hao; Chen, Xiao; Feng, Chuanqi

    2017-02-01

    FeVO4 and FeVO4/graphene nanorods were synthesized successfully by combining a facile hydrothermal and heat treatment method. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. The content of graphene in FeVO4/graphene was determined by thermogravimetric analysis (TG). The electrochemical properties of the samples were also investigated by battery testing system. The results showed that the FeVO4 formed were taken on morphology of nanorods with the length between 0.5 and 1 μm and the diameter in range of 50 to 100 nm. Besides, the size of FeVO4/graphene was smaller than that of pure FeVO4. The content of graphene in composite was about 25.0% by weight. The reversible discharge capacities of FeVO4 and FeVO4/graphene were 405.2 mAh g-1 and 1046.5 mAh g-1 separately after 100 cycles at the current density of 100 mAh g-1 in the voltage range of 0.01-3 V. The reasons for the FeVO4/graphene composite to behave outstanding electrochemical properties were also discussed. The FeVO4/graphene composite can be a novel and promising anode material for lithium ion battery application.

  12. Pulmonary and leg VO2 during submaximal exercise: implications for muscular efficiency

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    Poole, D. C.; Gaesser, G. A.; Hogan, M. C.; Knight, D. R.; Wagner, P. D.

    1992-01-01

    Insights into muscle energetics during exercise (e.g., muscular efficiency) are often inferred from measurements of pulmonary gas exchange. This procedure presupposes that changes of pulmonary O2 (VO2) associated with increases of external work reflect accurately the increased muscle VO2. The present investigation addressed this issue directly by making simultaneous determinations of pulmonary and leg VO2 over a range of work rates calculated to elicit 20-90% of maximum VO2 on the basis of prior incremental (25 or 30 W/min) cycle ergometry. VO2 for both legs was calculated as the product of twice one-leg blood flow (constant-infusion thermodilution) and arteriovenous O2 content difference across the leg. Measurements were made 3-5 min after each work rate imposition to avoid incorporation of the VO2 slow component above the lactate threshold. For all 17 subjects, the slope of pulmonary VO2 (9.9 +/- 0.2 ml O2.W-1.min-1) was not different (P greater than 0.05) from that for leg VO2 (9.2 +/- 0.6 ml O2.W-1.min-1). Estimation of "delta" efficiency (i.e., delta work accomplished divided by delta energy expended, calculated from slope of VO2 vs. work rate and a caloric equivalent for O2 of 4.985 cal/ml) using pulmonary VO2 measurements (29.1 +/- 0.6%) was likewise not significantly different (P greater than 0.05) from that made using leg VO2 measurements (33.7 +/- 2.4%). These data suggest that the net VO2 cost of metabolic "support" processes outside the exercising legs changes little over a relatively broad range of exercise intensities. Thus, under the conditions of this investigation, changes of VO2 measured from expired gas reflected closely those occurring within the exercising legs.

  13. Indirect estimation of VO2max in athletes by ACSM's equation: valid or not?

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    Koutlianos, N; Dimitros, E; Metaxas, T; Cansiz, M; Deligiannis, As; Kouidi, E

    2013-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the indirect calculation of VO2max using ACSM's equation for Bruce protocol in athletes of different sports and to compare with the directly measured; secondly to develop regression models predicting VO2 max in athletes. Fifty five male athletes of national and international level (mean age 28.3 ± 5.6 yrs) performed graded exercise test with direct measurement of VO2 through ergospirometric device. Moreover, 3 equations were used for the indirect calculation of VO2max: a) VO2max= (0.2 · Speed) + (0.9 · Speed · Grade) + 3.5 (ACSM running equation), b) regression analysis model using enter method and c) stepwise method based on the measured data of VO2. Age, BMI, speed, grade and exercise time were used as independent variables. Regression analysis using enter method yielded the equation (R=.64, standard error of estimation [SEE] = 6.11): VO2max (ml·kg(-1)·min(-1)) = 58.443 - (0.215 · age) - (0.632 · BMI) - (68.639 · grade) + (1.579 · time) while stepwise method (R = .61, SEE = 6.18) led to: VO2max (ml·kg(-1)·min(-1)) = 33.971 - (0.291 · age) + (1.481 · time). The calculated values of VO2max from these regression models did not differ significantly from the measured VO2max (p>.05). On the contrary, VO2max calculated from the ACSM's running equation was significantly higher from the actually measured value by 14.6% (p <.05). In conclusion, it seems that ACSM's equation is not capable of accurately predicting VO2max in athletes aged 18-37 years using Bruce protocol. Only the regression models were correlated moderately with the actually measured values of VO2max.

  14. Indirect estimation of VO2max in athletes by ACSM’s equation: valid or not?

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    Koutlianos, N; Dimitros, E; Metaxas, T; Cansiz, M; Deligiannis, AS; Kouidi, E

    2013-01-01

    Aim: The purpose of this study was to assess the indirect calculation of VO2max using ACSM’s equation for Bruce protocol in athletes of different sports and to compare with the directly measured; secondly to develop regression models predicting VO2 max in athletes. Methods: Fifty five male athletes of national and international level (mean age 28.3 ± 5.6 yrs) performed graded exercise test with direct measurement of VO2 through ergospirometric device. Moreover, 3 equations were used for the indirect calculation of VO2max: a) VO2max= (0.2 · Speed) + (0.9 · Speed · Grade) + 3.5 (ACSM running equation), b) regression analysis model using enter method and c) stepwise method based on the measured data of VO2. Age, BMI, speed, grade and exercise time were used as independent variables. Results: Regression analysis using enter method yielded the equation (R=.64, standard error of estimation [SEE] = 6.11): VO2max (ml·kg-1·min-1) = 58.443 - (0.215 · age) - (0.632 · BMI) - (68.639 · grade) + (1.579 · time) while stepwise method (R = .61, SEE = 6.18) led to: VO2max (ml·kg-1·min-1) = 33.971 - (0.291 · age) + (1.481 · time). The calculated values of VO2max from these regression models did not differ significantly from the measured VO2max (p>.05). On the contrary, VO2max calculated from the ACSM’s running equation was significantly higher from the actually measured value by 14.6% (p <.05). Conclusions: In conclusion, it seems that ACSM’s equation is not capable of accurately predicting VO2max in athletes aged 18-37 years using Bruce protocol. Only the regression models were correlated moderately with the actually measured values of VO2max. PMID:24376318

  15. Pulmonary and leg VO2 during submaximal exercise: implications for muscular efficiency

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    Poole, D. C.; Gaesser, G. A.; Hogan, M. C.; Knight, D. R.; Wagner, P. D.

    1992-01-01

    Insights into muscle energetics during exercise (e.g., muscular efficiency) are often inferred from measurements of pulmonary gas exchange. This procedure presupposes that changes of pulmonary O2 (VO2) associated with increases of external work reflect accurately the increased muscle VO2. The present investigation addressed this issue directly by making simultaneous determinations of pulmonary and leg VO2 over a range of work rates calculated to elicit 20-90% of maximum VO2 on the basis of prior incremental (25 or 30 W/min) cycle ergometry. VO2 for both legs was calculated as the product of twice one-leg blood flow (constant-infusion thermodilution) and arteriovenous O2 content difference across the leg. Measurements were made 3-5 min after each work rate imposition to avoid incorporation of the VO2 slow component above the lactate threshold. For all 17 subjects, the slope of pulmonary VO2 (9.9 +/- 0.2 ml O2.W-1.min-1) was not different (P greater than 0.05) from that for leg VO2 (9.2 +/- 0.6 ml O2.W-1.min-1). Estimation of "delta" efficiency (i.e., delta work accomplished divided by delta energy expended, calculated from slope of VO2 vs. work rate and a caloric equivalent for O2 of 4.985 cal/ml) using pulmonary VO2 measurements (29.1 +/- 0.6%) was likewise not significantly different (P greater than 0.05) from that made using leg VO2 measurements (33.7 +/- 2.4%). These data suggest that the net VO2 cost of metabolic "support" processes outside the exercising legs changes little over a relatively broad range of exercise intensities. Thus, under the conditions of this investigation, changes of VO2 measured from expired gas reflected closely those occurring within the exercising legs.

  16. WO3/W:BiVO4/BiVO4 graded photoabsorber electrode for enhanced photoelectrocatalytic solar light driven water oxidation.

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    Choi, Junghyun; Sudhagar, Pitchaimuthu; Kim, Joo Hyun; Kwon, Jiseok; Kim, Jeonghyun; Terashima, Chiaki; Fujishima, Akira; Song, Taeseup; Paik, Ungyu

    2017-02-08

    We demonstrate the dual advantages of graded photoabsorbers in mesoporous metal oxide-based hetero interfacial photoanodes in improving photogenerated charge carrier (e(-)/h(+)) separation for the solar light-driven water-oxidation process. The pre-deposition of sol-gel-derived, tungsten-doped bismuth vanadate (W:BiVO4) onto a primary BiVO4 water oxidation layer forms graded interfaces, which facilitate charge transfer from the primary photoabsorber to the charge transport layer, thereby superseding the thickness-controlled charge recombination at the BiVO4 water oxidation catalyst. As a result, the WO3/BiVO4 hetero photoanode containing the photoactive W:BiVO4 interfacial layer showed 130% higher photocurrent than that of the interfacial layer-free hetero photoelectrode owing to the enhanced charge separation led water oxidation process.

  17. Insights into Stabilization of the 99TcVO Core for Synthesis of 99TcVO Compounds

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    McGregor, Donna; Burton-Pye, Benjamin P.; Lukens, Wayne W.; Howell, Robertha C.; Francesconi, Lynn C.

    2014-01-01

    Synthesis of technetium-99 (99Tc; t1/2: 2.1 105 years, max: 253 keV) materials is of importance in studies of the nuclear fuel cycle where Tc is a major fission product (6percent thermal yield from 235U and 239Pu), in understanding radioactive tank waste composition, and in identifying 99mTc compounds for nuclear medicine imaging. One of the most useful synthetic starting materials, (NBu4)TcOCl4, is susceptible to disproportionation in water to form TcO4 and TcIV species, especially TcO2 2H2O. This unwanted reaction is especially problematic when working with ligands bearing hard donor atoms, such as oxygen, where the stability with the soft TcV=O3+ core may be low. Polyoxometalates (POMs) are such ligands. They possess defect sites with four hard oxygen atoms and show low (ca. 108) stability constants with transition metals. Tc complexes of POMs are molecular-level models for Tc metal oxide solid-state materials and can provide information on coordination and redox environments of metal oxides that stabilize low-valent Tc. In order to synthesize pure Tc POM complexes [TcVO(1-P2W17O61)]7 (TcVO-1) and [TcVO(2-P2W17O61)]7 (TcVO-2) from (NBu4)TcOCl4, we have identified strategies that minimize formation of TcIV species and optimize the formation of pure TcV species. The parameters that we consider are the amount of ethylene glycol, which is employed as a transfer ligand to prevent hydrolysis of (NBu4)TcOCl4, and the precipitating agent. The TcIV species that contaminates the non-optimized syntheses is likely a TcIV -oxido-bridged dimer [TcIV-(-O)2-TcIV]. We also employ a novel procedure where the 2 ligand is photoactivated and reduced (in the presence of a sacrificial electron donor) to subsequently reduce TcVIIO4 to an isolatable TcVO-2 product that is remarkably free of TcIV.

  18. Zn1.86Cd0.14(OH)VO4

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    Đorđević, Tamara; Stojanović, Jovica; Karanović, Ljiljana

    2010-01-01

    The title compound, dizinc cadmium hydroxide tetraoxido­vanadate, Zn1.86Cd0.14(OH)VO4, was prepared under low-temperature hydro­thermal conditions. It is isostructural with Zn2(OH)VO4 and Cu2(OH)VO4. In the crystal structure, chains of edge-sharing [ZnO6] octahedra are inter­connected by VO4 tetra­hedra (site symmetries of both V atoms and their coordination polyhedra are .m.) to form a three-dimensional [Zn(OH)VO4]2− framework with channels occupied by Zn and Zn/Cd cations adopting trigonal–bipyramidal and distorted octa­hedral coordinations, respectively. Zn1.86Cd0.14(OH)VO4 is topologically related to adamite-type phases, and descloizite- and tsumcorite-type structures. PMID:21589202

  19. Epitaxial growth and electronic structure of oxyhydride SrVO2H thin films

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    Katayama, Tsukasa; Chikamatsu, Akira; Yamada, Keisuke; Shigematsu, Kei; Onozuka, Tomoya; Minohara, Makoto; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Ikenaga, Eiji; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2016-08-01

    Oxyhydride SrVO2H epitaxial thin films were fabricated on SrTiO3 substrates via topotactic hydridation of oxide SrVO3 films using CaH2. Structural and composition analyses suggested that the SrVO2H film possessed one-dimensionally ordered V-H--V bonds along the out-of-plane direction. The synthesis temperature could be lowered by reducing the film thickness, and the SrVO2H film was reversible to SrVO3 by oxidation through annealing in air. Photoemission and X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements revealed the V3+ valence state in the SrVO2H film, indicating that the hydrogen existed as hydride. Furthermore, the electronic density of states was highly suppressed at the Fermi energy, consistent with the prediction that tetragonal distortion induces metal to insulation transition.

  20. Carbon quantum dots coated BiVO{sub 4} inverse opals for enhanced photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation

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    Nan, Feng; Shen, Mingrong; Fang, Liang E-mail: lfang@suda.edu.cn; Kang, Zhenhui E-mail: lfang@suda.edu.cn; Wang, Junling

    2015-04-13

    Carbon quantum dots (CQDs) coated BiVO{sub 4} inverse opal (io-BiVO{sub 4}) structure that shows dramatic improvement of photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation has been fabricated using electrodeposition with a template. The io-BiVO{sub 4} maximizes photon trapping through slow light effect, while maintaining adequate surface area for effective redox reactions. CQDs are then incorporated to the io-BiVO{sub 4} to further improve the photoconversion efficiency. Due to the strong visible light absorption property of CQDs and enhanced separation of the photoexcited electrons, the CQDs coated io-BiVO{sub 4} exhibit a maximum photo-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 0.35%, which is 6 times higher than that of the pure BiVO{sub 4} thin films. This work is a good example of designing composite photoelectrode by combining quantum dots and photonic crystal.

  1. Carbon quantum dots coated BiVO4 inverse opals for enhanced photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation

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    Nan, Feng; Kang, Zhenhui; Wang, Junling; Shen, Mingrong; Fang, Liang

    2015-04-01

    Carbon quantum dots (CQDs) coated BiVO4 inverse opal (io-BiVO4) structure that shows dramatic improvement of photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation has been fabricated using electrodeposition with a template. The io-BiVO4 maximizes photon trapping through slow light effect, while maintaining adequate surface area for effective redox reactions. CQDs are then incorporated to the io-BiVO4 to further improve the photoconversion efficiency. Due to the strong visible light absorption property of CQDs and enhanced separation of the photoexcited electrons, the CQDs coated io-BiVO4 exhibit a maximum photo-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 0.35%, which is 6 times higher than that of the pure BiVO4 thin films. This work is a good example of designing composite photoelectrode by combining quantum dots and photonic crystal.

  2. Epitaxial growth and electronic structure of oxyhydride SrVO{sub 2}H thin films

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    Katayama, Tsukasa; Chikamatsu, Akira Yamada, Keisuke; Onozuka, Tomoya; Shigematsu, Kei; Minohara, Makoto; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Ikenaga, Eiji

    2016-08-28

    Oxyhydride SrVO{sub 2}H epitaxial thin films were fabricated on SrTiO{sub 3} substrates via topotactic hydridation of oxide SrVO{sub 3} films using CaH{sub 2}. Structural and composition analyses suggested that the SrVO{sub 2}H film possessed one-dimensionally ordered V-H{sup −}-V bonds along the out-of-plane direction. The synthesis temperature could be lowered by reducing the film thickness, and the SrVO{sub 2}H film was reversible to SrVO{sub 3} by oxidation through annealing in air. Photoemission and X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements revealed the V{sup 3+} valence state in the SrVO{sub 2}H film, indicating that the hydrogen existed as hydride. Furthermore, the electronic density of states was highly suppressed at the Fermi energy, consistent with the prediction that tetragonal distortion induces metal to insulation transition.

  3. Effect of Oxide Buffer Layer on the Thermochromic Properties of VO2 Thin Films

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    Koo, Hyun; Xu, Lu; Ko, Kyeong-Eun; Ahn, Seunghyun; Chang, Se-Hong; Park, Chan

    2013-12-01

    VO2 thin films were deposited on soda lime glass substrates with ZnO, TiO2, SnO2, and CeO2 thin films applied as buffer layers between the VO2 films and the substrates in order to investigate the effect of buffer layer on the formation and the thermochromic properties of VO2 film. Buffer layers with thicknesses over 50 nm were found to affect the formation of VO2 film, which was confirmed by XRD spectra. By using ZnO, TiO2, and SnO2 buffer layers, monoclinic VO2 (VO2(M)) film was successfully fabricated on soda lime glass at 370 °C. On the contrary, films of VO2(B), which is known to have no phase transition near room temperature, were formed rather than VO2(M) when the film was deposited on CeO2 buffer layer at the same film deposition temperature. The excellent thermochromic properties of the films deposited on ZnO, TiO2, and SnO2 buffer layers were confirmed from the temperature dependence of electrical resistivity from room temperature to 80 °C. Especially, due to the tendency of ZnO thin film to grow with a high degree of preferred orientation on soda lime glass at low temperature, the VO2 film deposited on ZnO buffer layer exhibits the best thermochromic properties compared to those on other buffer layer materials used in this study. These results suggest that deposition of VO2 films on soda lime glass at low temperature with excellent thermochromic properties can be achieved by considering the buffer layer material having structural similarity with VO2. Moreover, the degree of crystallization of buffer layer is also related with that of VO2 film, and thus ZnO can be one of the most effective buffer layer materials.

  4. Impact of VoIP and QoS on Open and Distance Learning

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    Saxena, P. C.; Jasola, Sanjay; Sharma, Ramesh C.

    2006-01-01

    Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is becoming a reality in many organizations. The potential for mobility in voice over wi-fi networks will derive demand for the technology. Wireless VoIP is poised to rival VoIP as an alternative telephony tool. Internet has been used to transport data in the form of packet. In the past, Internet did not support…

  5. Monitoring changes in VO2max via the Polar FT40 in female collegiate soccer players.

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    Esco, Michael R; Snarr, Ronald L; Williford, Hank N

    2014-01-01

    This study was conducted to determine if the Polar FT40 could accurately track changes in maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) in a group of female soccer players. Predicted VO2max (pVO2max) via the Polar FT40 and observed VO2max (aVO2max) from a maximal exercise test on a treadmill were determined for members of a collegiate soccer team (n = 20) before and following an 8-week endurance training protocol. Predicted (VO2max and aVO2max measures were compared at baseline and within 1 week post-training. Change values (i.e., the difference between pre to post) for each variable were also determined and compared. There was a significant difference in aVO2max (pre = 43.6 ± 2.4 ml · kg · min(-1), post = 46.2 ± 2.4 ml · kg · min(-1), P < 0.001) and pVO2max (pre = 47.3 ± 5.3 ml · kg · min(-1), post = 49.7 ± 6.2 ml · kg · min(-1), P = 0.009) following training. However, predicted values were significantly greater at each time point compared to observed values (P < 0.001 at pre and P = 0.008 at post). Furthermore, there was a weak correlation between the change in aVO2max and the change in pVO2max (r = 0.18, P = 0.45). The Polar FT40 does not appear to be a valid method for predicting changes in individual VO2max following 8 weeks of endurance training in female collegiate soccer players.

  6. The metropolitan VoD system based on ethernet/SCM PON

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    Ji, Wei; Yang, Hongliang; Feng, Dejun; Liu, Yang; Sun, Jande

    2008-11-01

    VoD is a very attractive service which used for entertainment, education and other purposes. In this paper, we present an evolution method that integrates the EPON and SCM-PON by WDM technology to provide high dedicated bandwidth for the metropolitan VoD services. Using DVB, IPTV protocol, unicasting and broadcasting method to maximize the system throughput and by numerical analysis, the hybrid PON system can implement the metropolitan VoD services.

  7. n-VO2/p-GaN based nitride-oxide heterostructure with various thickness of VO2 layer grown by MBE

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    Wang, Minhuan; Bian, Jiming; Sun, Hongjun; Liu, Weifeng; Zhang, Yuzhi; Luo, Yingmin

    2016-12-01

    High quality VO2 films with precisely controlled thickness were grown on p-GaN/sapphire substrates by oxide molecular beam epitaxy (O-MBE). Results indicated that a distinct reversible semiconductor-to-metal (SMT) phase transition was observed for all the samples in the temperature dependent electrical resistance measurement, and the influence of VO2 layer thickness on the SMT properties of the as-grown n-VO2/p-GaN based nitride-oxide heterostructure was investigated. Meanwhile, the clear rectifying transport characteristics originated from the n-VO2/p-GaN interface were demonstrated before and after SMT of the VO2 over layer, which were attributed to the p-n junction behavior and Schottky contact character, respectively. Moreover, the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses confirmed the valence state of vanadium (V) in VO2 films was principally composed of V4+ with trace amount of V5+. The design and modulation of the n-VO2/p-GaN based heterostructure devices will benefit significantly from these achievements.

  8. Spectroscopic analysis in the virtual observatory environment with SPLAT-VO

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    Škoda, P.; Draper, P. W.; Neves, M. C.; Andrešič, D.; Jenness, T.

    2014-11-01

    SPLAT-VO is a powerful graphical tool for displaying, comparing, modifying and analysing astronomical spectra, as well as searching and retrieving spectra from services around the world using Virtual Observatory (VO) protocols and services. The development of SPLAT-VO started in 1999, as part of the Starlink StarJava initiative, sometime before that of the VO, so initial support for the VO was necessarily added once VO standards and services became available. Further developments were supported by the Joint Astronomy Centre, Hawaii until 2009. Since end of 2011 development of SPLAT-VO has been continued by the German Astrophysical Virtual Observatory, and the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. From this time several new features have been added, including support for the latest VO protocols, along with new visualization and spectra storing capabilities. This paper presents the history of SPLAT-VO, its capabilities, recent additions and future plans, as well as a discussion on the motivations and lessons learned up to now.

  9. Matching characteristics of different buffer layers with VO2 thin films

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    Yang, Kai; Zhang, Dongping; Liu, Yi; Guan, Tianrui; Qin, Xiaonan; Zhong, Aihua; Cai, Xingmin; Fan, Ping; Lv, Weizhong

    2016-10-01

    VO2 thin films were fabricated by reactive DC magnetron sputtering on different buffer layers of MgF2, Al2O3 and TiO2, respectively. The crystallinity and orientation relationship, thickness of VO2 thin films, atoms vibrational modes, optical and electrical property, surface morphology of films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman scattering microscopy, step profiler, spectrophotometer, four-probe technique, and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. XRD results investigated that the films have preferential crystalline planes VO2 (011). The crystallinity of VO2 films grown on TiO2 buffer layers are superior to VO2 directly deposited on soda-lime glass. The Raman bands of the VO2 films correspond to an Ag symmetry mode of VO2 (M). The sample prepared on 100nm TiO2 buffer layer appears nanorods structure, and exhibits remarkable solar energy modulation ability as high as 5.82% in full spectrum and 23% in near infrared spectrum. Cross-sectional SEM image of the thin films samples indicate that MgF2 buffer layer has clear interface with VO2 layer. But there are serious interdiffusion phenomenons between Al2O3, TiO2 buffer layer with VO2 layer.

  10. Laser processing of VO2 thin films for THz devices and metamaterials

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    Charipar, Nicholas A.; Charipar, Kristin M.; Kim, Heungsoo; Mathews, Scott A.; Breckenfeld, Eric; Auyeung, Raymond C. Y.; Piqué, Alberto

    2017-02-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) undergoes a metal-insulator transition (MIT) at 68°C, at which point its electrical conductivity changes by several orders of magnitude. This extremely fast transition (Δt < 100 fs) can be induced thermally, mechanically, electrically, or optically. The combination of fast switching times and response to a broad range of external stimuli make VO2 an ideal material for a variety of novel devices and sensors. While the MIT in VO2 has been exploited for a variety of microwave/terahertz applications (i.e. tunable filters and modulators), very few devices exploiting the fast switching time of VO2 have been reported. The electrical properties of thin film VO2 (conductivity, carrier concentration, switching speed, etc.) are highly dependent on growth and post-processing conditions. The optimization of these conditions is therefore critical to the design and fabrication of VO2 devices. This paper will report the effects of various pulsed laser deposition (PLD) growth conditions on the metal-insulator transition in thin film VO2. In particular, we report the effect of PLD growth conditions on the stress/strain state of the VO2 layer, and the subsequent change in electrical properties. Finally, results from fabricated VO2 devices (THz emitters and THz modulators) will be presented.

  11. Optimization of VO2 nanowire polymer composite thermochromic films by optical simulation

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    Naoi, Yuki; Amano, Jun

    2016-12-01

    Thermochromic films with high efficiency, transparency, and flexibility are highly desirable for energy-efficient smart window films. Vanadium oxide (VO2)-nanoparticle-embedded flexible polymer composite films are the most promising thermochromic films because of the sharp phase transition of insulating to metallic phases of VO2 at 68 °C with visible transparency and a large change in transmittance at near-infrared wavelengths before and after the metal-insulator phase transition. This paper describes the simulation of high-efficiency thermochromic polymer composite films embedded with VO2 nanoparticles of various sizes to investigate the optimum VO2 nanowire size and length.

  12. EPR study of VO2+ doped glycine zinc sulphate single crystal

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    Prabakaran, R.; Subramanian, P.

    2015-06-01

    Single crystals Of GZS:VO2+ were grown by slow evaporation of solvent at room temperature. The EPR study was carried out at room temperature. Single crystal rotations in each of the three mutually orthogonal planes indicate single site occupation of VO2+ in the lattice. g and A tensors were calculated from the recorded EPR spectra. The principal values of g and A indicates existence of rhombic symmetry around the VO2+ ion. From the direction cosines of the g and A tensors, the locations of VO2+ in the lattice have been identified as substitutional site.

  13. Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic activity of AgBr/BiVO4 composite photocatalyst.

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    Song, Yanhua; Xu, Hui; Yan, Jia; Wang, Cheng; Cai, Guobin; Li, Huaming; Lei, Yucheng

    2014-09-01

    The AgBr/BiVO4 heterostructure were synthesized. The heterostructure materials were characterized by XRD, DRS, SEM-EDS, TEM, XPS and TG-DSC. In order to investigate the photocatalytic activity of AgBr/BiVO4 heterostructures, the methylene blue (MB) dye was used as a model compound. The result suggested that under visible light irradiation, the degradation efficiency of AgBr/BiVO4 reached 83.1% within 2.5 h, which was higher than that of the pure BiVO4. The presence of AgBr significantly increased the photocatalytic activity of the composites. The photocatalytic mechanism was also discussed.

  14. Temperature-agile and structure-tunable optical properties of VO2/Ag thin films

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    Zhang, X. R.; Wang, W.; Zhao, Y.; Hu, X.; Reinhardt, K.; Knize, R. J.; Lu, Yalin

    2012-12-01

    By integrating together VO2's unique near-room-temperature (RT) semiconductor-metal (S-M) phase transition with a thin silver (Ag) layer's plasmonic properties, VO2/Ag multilayers could present a much enhanced optical transmission change when increasing the temperature from RT to over VO2's S-M phase-transition temperature. Changing VO2 and Ag layer thicknesses can also significantly tune their transmission and absorption properties, which could lead to a few useful designs in optoelectronic and energy-saving industries.

  15. Microwave synthesis and photocatalytic activity of Tb(3+) doped BiVO4 microcrystals.

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    Wang, Ying; Liu, Fuyang; Hua, Yingjie; Wang, Chongtai; Zhao, Xudong; Liu, Xiaoyang; Li, Hongdong

    2016-12-01

    Tb(3+) doped BiVO4 has been successfully synthesized by a simple microwave-assisted hydrothermal method at 140°C for 30min. The structure, morphology and optical property of the Tb(3+) doped BiVO4 products have been systematically investigated. This study indicates that the incorporation of Tb(3+) could induce the conversion of structure from monoclinic to tetragonal for BiVO4. Furthermore, the as-obtained Tb(3+) doped BiVO4 samples showed an obvious morphological change: the hollow square rod-like BiVO4 crystal gradually changed to spindle-like crystal. The Tb(3+) doped BiVO4 products exhibited extraordinary photocatalytic activity for Methylene Blue (MB) degradation under visible light irradiation. The doped BiVO4 at a molar ratio of 2at% (Tb and Bi) with a mixture of monoclinic and tetragonal phases showed and prominent photocatalytic degradation rate, which reached 99.9% in 120min. The results suggest that the differences in the photocatalytic activity of these BiVO4 crystals with different Tb(3+) doping concentrations can be attributed to the change of crystalline phases, and the coexistence of the monoclinic/tetragonal phases in BiVO4 products, which improve the efficient charge separation and transportation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Preparation and Characterization of Mo Doped in BiVO4 with Enhanced Photocatalytic Properties

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    Liu, Bitao; Yan, Xuelian; Yan, Hengqing; Yao, Yucen; Cai, Yanhua; Wei, Jumeng; Chen, Shanyong; Xu, Xuhui; Li, Lu

    2017-01-01

    Molybdenum (Mo) doped BiVO4 was fabricated via a simple electrospun method. Morphology, structure, chemical states and optical properties of the obtained catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), N2 adsorption–desorption isotherms (BET) and photoluminescence spectrum (PL), respectively. The photocatalytic properties indicate that doping Mo into BiVO4 can enhance the photocatalytic activity and dark adsorption ability. The photocatalytic test suggests that the 1% Mo-BiVO4 shows the best photocatalytic activity, which is about three times higher than pure BiVO4. Meanwhile, 3% Mo-BiVO4 shows stronger dark adsorption than pure BiVO4 and 1% Mo-BiVO4. The enhancement in photocatalytic property should be ascribed to that BiVO4 with small amount of Mo doping could efficiently separate the photogenerated carries and improve the electronic conductivity. The high concentration doping would lead the crystal structure transformation from monoclinic to tetragonal phase, as well as the formation of MoO3 nanoparticles on the BiVO4 surface, which could also act as recombination centers to decrease the photocatalytic activity. PMID:28825676

  17. Effects of body mass on exercise efficiency and VO2 during steady-state cycling.

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    Berry, M J; Storsteen, J A; Woodard, C M

    1993-09-01

    Oxygen uptake (VO2) and exercise efficiency during cycle ergometer exercise are considered to be independent of body mass. To determine the validity of this assumption, 50 females ranging in body mass from 41.5-98.9 kg exercised on a cycle ergometer with no load at 60 rpm and at 25, 50, 75, and 100 W at 60 and 90 rpm. Gross VO2 and efficiency, net VO2 and efficiency, work VO2 and efficiency, and delta efficiency were computed. Gross and net VO2 were significantly and positively correlated with body mass at all work rates and pedal frequencies. Gross efficiency was significantly and negatively correlated with body mass at all work rates and pedal frequencies. Work VO2 and body mass were not significantly correlated. The correlations between work and delta efficiency and body mass were not significant. Since body mass was found to be significantly correlated with gross VO2, the following equation was developed using stepwise multiple regression to predict gross VO2: VO2 (ml.min-1) = 10.9 (work rate, W) + 8.2 (pedal rate, rpm) + 8.3 (body mass, kg) - 559.6. These data suggest that body mass should be considered when estimating the oxygen uptake during cycle ergometer exercise.

  18. Efficient removal rhodamine B over hydrothermally synthesized fishbone like BiVO{sub 4}

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    Lin, Xue; Li, Hongji; Yu, Lili; Zhao, Han; Yan, Yongsheng; Liu, Chunbo; Zhai, Hongjv

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Fishbone like BiVO{sub 4} product was synthesized through hydrothermal method. • BiVO{sub 4} sample was characterized by various characterization technologies. • Fishbone like BiVO{sub 4} presented outstanding photocatalytic performance. - Abstract: Fishbone like BiVO{sub 4} product has been successfully synthesized by a hydrothermal method without using any surfactant or template. The pH value was found to play an important role in the formation of this morphology. The band gap of the as-prepared fishbone like BiVO{sub 4} sample was estimated to be about 2.36 eV from the onset of UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (UV–vis DRS) of the photocatalyst. The as-prepared fishbone like BiVO{sub 4} sample exhibited excellent visible-light-driven photocatalytic efficiency. Over this catalyst, the 100% degradation of rhodamine B (Rh B) (0.005 mmol L{sup −1}) was obtained after visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm) for 180 min. This is much higher than that of bulk BiVO{sub 4} sample prepared by solid-state reaction. The reason for the differences in the photocatalytic activities of fishbone like BiVO{sub 4} sample and bulk BiVO{sub 4} sample was further investigated.

  19. Graphene wrapped BiVO4 photocatalyst and its enhanced performance under visible light irradiation

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    Gawande, Sandeep B.; Thakare, Sanjay R.

    2012-07-01

    Graphene wrapped BiVO4 (GW-BiVO4) photocatalyst is successfully synthesized via facile sol-gel method and characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy techniques. The morphology of GW-BiVO4 looks like a human embryo embedded inside the amniotic sac. The photocatalytic performance of GW-BiVO4 for the decolorization of methylene blue is investigated. GW-BiVO4 system reveals enhanced photocatalytic activity for degradation of methylene blue in water under visible light irradiation as compare to pure BiVO4 catalyst and BiVO4 decorated on graphene sheet (GD-BiVO4). The experimental result shows that the wrapping of the graphene sheets in this composite catalyst enhances the photocatalytic performance under visible light. This enhance activity is mainly attributed to the effective quenching of the photogenerated electron-hole pairs which confirmed by photoluminescence spectra. Trapping experiments of radicals and holes were performed to detect the reactive species generated in the photocatalytic system, experimental results found that the direct hole oxidation reaction is obviously dominant during the photocatalytic reactions on the GW-BiVO4 system.

  20. QoS-guaranteed burst transmission for VoIP service over optical burst switching networks

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    Tachibana, Takuji; Kasahara, Shoji

    2007-08-01

    We propose a burst transmission method that guarantees the voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service. The proposed method consists of three techniques: round-robin burst assembly with slotted scheduling, priority control with void filling, and hop-based preemption. Each technique is utilized so that the burst loss probability and the burst transmission delay satisfy VoIP quality of service (QoS). We evaluate by simulation the performance of the proposed method in NSFNET with 14 nodes. Numerical examples show that our proposed method is effective for guaranteeing the VoIP QoS while accommodating a large number of VoIP users.

  1. Ultrafast dynamics during the photoinduced phase transition in VO2

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    Wegkamp, Daniel; Stähler, Julia

    2015-12-01

    The phase transition of VO2 from a monoclinic insulator to a rutile metal, which occurs thermally at TC = 340 K, can also be driven by strong photoexcitation. The ultrafast dynamics during this photoinduced phase transition (PIPT) have attracted great scientific attention for decades, as this approach promises to answer the question of whether the insulator-to-metal (IMT) transition is caused by electronic or crystallographic processes through disentanglement of the different contributions in the time domain. We review our recent results achieved by femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron, optical, and coherent phonon spectroscopy and discuss them within the framework of a selection of latest, complementary studies of the ultrafast PIPT in VO2. We show that the population change of electrons and holes caused by photoexcitation launches a highly non-equilibrium plasma phase characterized by enhanced screening due to quasi-free carriers and followed by two branches of non-equilibrium dynamics: (i) an instantaneous (within the time resolution) collapse of the insulating gap that precedes charge carrier relaxation and significant ionic motion and (ii) an instantaneous lattice potential symmetry change that represents the onset of the crystallographic phase transition through ionic motion on longer timescales. We discuss the interconnection between these two non-thermal pathways with particular focus on the meaning of the critical fluence of the PIPT in different types of experiments. Based on this, we conclude that the PIPT threshold identified in optical experiments is most probably determined by the excitation density required to drive the lattice potential change rather than the IMT. These considerations suggest that the IMT can be driven by weaker excitation, predicting a transiently metallic, monoclinic state of VO2 that is not stabilized by the non-thermal structural transition and, thus, decays on ultrafast timescales.

  2. BAO Plate Archive and Armenian Virtual Observatory (ArVO)

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    Mickaelian, A. M. 1; Astsatryan, H. V. 2; Magakian, T. Yu. 1; Sargsyan, L. A. 1; Gigoyan, K. S. 1; Erastova, L. K. 1; Gyulzadyan, M. V. 1; Sinamyan, P. K. 1; Paronyan, G. M. 1; Knyazyan, A. V. 2; Mikayelyan, G. A. 1; Farmanyan, S. V. 1; Hovhannisyan, L. R. 1; Nikoghosyan, E. H. 1; Abrahamyan, H. V. 1; Andreasyan, H. R. 1; Azatyan, N. M. 1; Khachatryan, K. G. 1; Kostandyan, G. R. 1; Vardanyan, A. V. 1

    2016-09-01

    A review on Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO) Plate Archive and Armenian Virtual Observatory (ArVO) projects is given. BAO Plate Archive consists of 37,500 photographic plates and films, obtained with 2.6m telescope, 1m and 0.5m Schmidt telescopes and other smaller ones during 1947-1991. The famous Markarian Survey (or the First Byurakan Survey, FBS) 2000 plates were digitized in 2002-2005 and the Digitized FBS (DFBS, www.aras.am/Dfbs/dfbs.html) was created. New science projects have been conducted based on this low-dispersion spectroscopic material. Several other smaller digitization projects have been carried out as well, such as part of Second Byurakan Survey (SBS) plates, photographic chain plates in Coma, where the blazar ON 231 is located and 2.6m film spectra of FBS Blue Stellar Objects. However, most of the plates and films are not digitized. In 2015, we have started a project on the whole BAO Plate Archive digitization, creation of electronic database and its scientific usage. Armenian Virtual Observatory (ArVO, www.aras.am/Arvo/arvo.htm) database will accommodate all new data. The project runs in collaboration with the Armenian Institute of Informatics and Automation Problems (IIAP) and will continue during 3 years in 2015-2017. The final result will be an Electronic Database and online Interactive Sky map to be used for further research projects. ArVO will provide all standards and tools for efficient usage of the scientific output and its integration in international databases.

  3. A distributed infrastructure for publishing VO services: an implementation

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    Cepparo, Francesco; Scagnetto, Ivan; Molinaro, Marco; Smareglia, Riccardo

    2016-07-01

    This contribution describes both the design and the implementation details of a new solution for publishing VO services, enlightening its maintainable, distributed, modular and scalable architecture. Indeed, the new publisher is multithreaded and multiprocess. Multiple instances of the modules can run on different machines to ensure high performance and high availability, and this will be true both for the interface modules of the services and the back end data access ones. The system uses message passing to let its components communicate through an AMQP message broker that can itself be distributed to provide better scalability and availability.

  4. The DaCHS Multi-protocol VO Server

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    Demleitner, M.

    2014-05-01

    GAVO's Data Center Helper Suite (DaCHS) is a suite of tools for publishing data to the Virtual Observatory. It implements all major VO protocols (SCS, SIAP, SSAP, TAP, OAI-PMH). The integrated management and ingestion component allow defining metadata, structure, and services once and re-use the definition throughout the publication cycle from initial metadata aquisition to registry record generation. It has been driving GAVO's data center since 2008 and is now deployed in multiple locations around the globe. This poster briefly describes the design of the system as well as a bird's-eye view of data publishing with DaCHS.

  5. Japanese Virtual Observatory (JVO): implementation of VO standard protocols

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    Shirasaki, Y.; Tanaka, M.; Honda, S.; Kawanomoto, S.; Yasuda, N.; Masunaga, Y.; Ishihara, Y.; Tsutsumi, J.; Nakamoto, H.; Kobayashi, Y.

    2006-07-01

    We developed the third prototype towards a Japanese Virtual Observatory (JVO). IVOA standards, such as Simple Image Access and ADQL, were adapted to the system for the first time. We also constructed an OAI-PMH publishing registry, a web service based searchable registry, and VO data services based on SIA and SkyNode protocols. Most of the components were built on open software, except for an XML database used for searchable registry. This paper describes the JVO proto 3 system and results of a performance measurement.

  6. Thermochromic light scattering from particulate VO2 layers

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    Montero, José; Ji, Yu-Xia; Granqvist, Claes G.; Niklasson, Gunnar A.

    2016-02-01

    Particulate layers of thermochromic (TC) VO2 were made by reactive DC magnetron sputtering of vanadium onto In2O3:Sn-coated glass. The deposits were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. Specular and diffuse optical transmittance and reflectance were recorded in the 300-2500-nm wavelength range and displayed pronounced TC effects. These properties could be reconciled with a semi-quantitative model based on Lorentz-Mie theory applied to the distribution of particle sizes and accounting for particle shapes by the Grenfell-Warren approach with equal-volume-to-area spheres.

  7. Decoupling of structural and electronic phase transitions in VO2.

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    Tao, Zhensheng; Han, Tzong-Ru T; Mahanti, Subhendra D; Duxbury, Phillip M; Yuan, Fei; Ruan, Chong-Yu; Wang, Kevin; Wu, Junqiao

    2012-10-19

    Using optical, TEM, and ultrafast electron diffraction experiments we find that single crystal VO(2) microbeams gently placed on insulating substrates or metal grids exhibit different behaviors, with structural and metal-insulator transitions occurring at the same temperature for insulating substrates, while for metal substrates a new monoclinic metal phase lies between the insulating monoclinic phase and the metallic rutile phase. The structural and electronic phase transitions in these experiments are strongly first order and we discuss their origins in the context of current understanding of multiorbital splitting, strong correlation effects, and structural distortions that act cooperatively in this system.

  8. Reliability of treadmill measures and criteria to determine VO2max in prepubertal girls.

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    Figueroa-Colon, R; Hunter, G R; Mayo, M S; Aldridge, R A; Goran, M I; Weinsier, R L

    2000-04-01

    The main objective of this study was to determine the reliability of measuring treadmill exercise economy (VO2submax) and the maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) in prepubertal girls tested twice, 6 wk apart. We also wanted to examine the percentage of young girls who were able to reach the criteria for achieving VO2max and to describe methods that would allow a high proportion of young children to achieve criteria for reaching a true VO2max. We studied 61 normal-weight, prepubertal girls with a mean (+/- SD) age 7.3+/-1.3 yr (range 4.8 to 10.3 yr). VO2submax was determined while walking for 4 min at 2.5 mph with 0% grade. VO2max was measured during a progressive, all-out, continuous treadmill test using standardized procedures and criteria. Heart rate (HR) was measured using a Polar monitor. Respiratory rate (RR), respiratory exchange ratio (RER), ventilation (V), and VO2 were measured using a Sensormedics metabolic monitor. There were no significant differences between visits I and 2 in mean HR, RR, RER, V, VO2submax (421 vs 422 mL x min(-1), respectively), and VO2max (1036 vs 1049 mL x min(-1), respectively). Intra-individual coefficients of variation (CV) between visits 1 and 2 for submaximal tests were: HR = 5.1%, RR = 12.4%, RER = 7.2%, V = 12.5%, and VO2 = 12.4%. Intra-individual CVs for the maximum tests were: HRmax = 2.1%, RRmax = 10.8%, RERmax = 5.3%, Vmax = 11.7%, and VO2max = 7.5%. A high proportion of the girls reached criteria for VO2max [RER> 1.00, HR>85% of age predicted maximum, and plateauing of VO2max] in both visits: 99% reached one of three criteria, 92% reached two of three criteria, and 70% reached all three criteria. Twenty girls [mean age 7.2+/-1.2 yr] reached at least two criteria in both visits, whereas 32 girls [mean (+/- SD) age 8.6+/-1.0 yr] reached three criteria in both visits. Exercise measurements using treadmill testing were reliable in healthy, normal-weight, prepubertal girls. Older girls when compared to the younger girls were able

  9. Validity of VO2max equations for aerobically trained males and females.

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    Malek, Moh H; Berger, Dale E; Housh, Terry J; Coburn, Jared W; Beck, Travis W

    2004-08-01

    The purpose of this investigation was to cross-validate existing VO2max prediction equations on samples of aerobically trained males and females. A total of 142 aerobically trained males (mean +/- SD; 39.0 +/- 11.1 yr, N = 93) and females (39.7 +/- 10.1 yr, N = 49) performed a maximal incremental test to determine actual VO2max on a cycle ergometer. The predicted VO2max values from 18 equations (nine for each gender) were compared with actual VO2max by examining the constant error (CE), standard error of estimate (SEE), correlation coefficient (r), and total error (TE). The results of this investigation indicated that all of the equations resulted in significant (P < 0.006) CE values ranging from -216 to 1415 mL x min(-1) for the males and 132 to 1037 mL x min(-1) for the females. In addition the SEE, r, and TE values ranged from 266 to 609 mL x min(-1), 0.36 to 0.88, and 317 to 1535 mL x min(-1), respectively. Furthermore, the lowest TE values for the males and females represented 10% and 12% of the mean actual VO2max values, respectively. The results of the analysis indicated that the two equations using age, body weight, and the power output achieved at VO2 as predictor variables had the lowest SEE (7.7-9.8% of actual VO2max) and TE (10-12% of actual VO2max) values and are recommended for estimating VO2max in aerobically trained males and females. The magnitude of the TE values (>or= 20% of actual VO2max) associated with the remaining 16 equations, however, were too large to be of practical value for estimating VO2max.

  10. A Study of VO2 Max and Body Fat Percentage in Female Athletes

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    Bute, Smita S; Deshmukh, P.R

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Aerobic capacity of athletes is an important element of success in sports achievements. It is generally considered the best indicator of cardio respiratory endurance and athletic fitness. Body fat percentage affects VO2 max and thus the cardiovascular status of the athletes. The present study was undertaken to assess the VO2 max and body fat percentage in athletes. The secondary objective of the study was to study the relationship between VO2 max and body fat percentage. Materials and Methods: Twenty five female athletes of age group 17-22years were selected for the study. VO2 max was determined by Queen’s college step test and body fat percentage by skin fold calipers. The VO2 max and body fat percentage were determined in non athletes of same age group for comparison. The statistical analysis was done by Student’s t-test and Pearson correlation test. Observation and Results: The mean VO2 max in athletic group was 39.62 ± 2.80 ml/kg/min. In non-athletic group, VO2 max was 23.54 ± 3.26 ml/kg/min. The mean body fat percentage in athletes was 24.11 ± 1.83% and in non-athletes it was 29.31 ± 3.86%.The difference in VO2 max and body fat percentage was statistically significant in our study. The VO2 max and body fat percentage in both the groups showed negative correlation by Pearson test but, was not statistically significant. Conclusion: The present study showed a statistically significant higher VO2 max in female athletes. The study showed a negative correlation between VO2 max and body fat percentage but was not statistically significant. PMID:25653935

  11. The Effect of Aging on Relationships between Lean Body Mass and VO2max in Rowers

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    Kim, Chul-Ho

    2016-01-01

    Aging is associated with a fall in maximal aerobic capacity as well as with a decline in lean body mass. The purpose of the study was to investigate the influence of aging on the relationship between aerobic capacity and lean body mass in subjects that chronically train both their upper and lower bodies. Eleven older rowers (58±5 yrs) and 11 younger rowers (27±4 yrs) participated in the study. Prior to the VO2max testing, subjects underwent a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scan to estimate total lean body mass. Subsequently, VO2max was quantified during a maximal exercise test on a rowing ergometer as well as a semi-recumbent cycle ergometer. The test protocol included a pre-exercise stage followed by incremental exercise until VO2max was reached. The order of exercise modes was randomized and there was a wash-out period between the two tests. Oxygen uptake was obtained via a breath-by-breath metabolic cart (Vmax™ Encore, San Diego, CA). Rowing VO2max was higher than cycling VO2max in both groups (p<0.05). Older subjects had less of an increase in VO2max from cycling to rowing (p<0.05). There was a significant relationship between muscle mass and VO2max for both groups (p<0.05). After correcting for muscle mass, the difference in cycling VO2max between groups disappeared (p>0.05), however, older subjects still demonstrated a lower rowing VO2max relative to younger subjects (p<0.05). Muscle mass is associated with the VO2max obtained, however, it appears that VO2max in older subjects may be less influenced by muscle mass than in younger subjects. PMID:27479009

  12. A longitudinal assessment of change in VO2max and maximal heart rate in master athletes.

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    Hawkins, S A; Marcell, T J; Victoria Jaque, S; Wiswell, R A

    2001-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the longitudinal change in VO2max and HRmax in male and female master endurance runners and to compare these changes based upon gender, age, and change in training volume. Eighty-six male (53.9 +/- 1.1 yr) and 49 female (49.1 +/- 1.2 yr) master endurance runners were tested an average of 8.5 yr apart. Subjects were grouped by age at first visit, change in VO2max, and change in training volume. Measurements included body composition by hydrostatic weighing, maximal exercise testing on a treadmill, and training history by questionnaire. Data were analyzed by ANOVA and multiple regression. VO2max and HRmax declined significantly regardless of gender or age group (P < 0.05). The rate of change in VO2max by age group ranged from -1% to -4.6% per year for men and -0.5% to 2.4% per year for women. Men with the greatest loss in VO2max had the greatest loss in LBM (-2.8 +/- 0.7 kg), whereas women with the greatest loss in VO2max demonstrated the greatest change in training volume (-24.1 +/- 3.0 km.wk-1). Additionally, women with the greatest loss in VO2max (-9.6 +/- 2.6 mL.kg-1.min-1) did not replace estrogen after menopause independent of age. HRmax change did not differ by VO2max change or training volume change in either gender. In conclusion, these data suggest that VO2max declines in male and female master athletes at a rate similar to or greater than that expected in sedentary older adults. Additionally, these data suggest that maintenance of LBM and VO2max were associated in men, whereas in women, estrogen replacement and maintenance of training volume were associated with maintained VO2max.

  13. The Effect of Aging on Relationships between Lean Body Mass and VO2max in Rowers.

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    Kim, Chul-Ho; Wheatley, Courtney M; Behnia, Mehrdad; Johnson, Bruce D

    2016-01-01

    Aging is associated with a fall in maximal aerobic capacity as well as with a decline in lean body mass. The purpose of the study was to investigate the influence of aging on the relationship between aerobic capacity and lean body mass in subjects that chronically train both their upper and lower bodies. Eleven older rowers (58±5 yrs) and 11 younger rowers (27±4 yrs) participated in the study. Prior to the VO2max testing, subjects underwent a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scan to estimate total lean body mass. Subsequently, VO2max was quantified during a maximal exercise test on a rowing ergometer as well as a semi-recumbent cycle ergometer. The test protocol included a pre-exercise stage followed by incremental exercise until VO2max was reached. The order of exercise modes was randomized and there was a wash-out period between the two tests. Oxygen uptake was obtained via a breath-by-breath metabolic cart (Vmax™ Encore, San Diego, CA). Rowing VO2max was higher than cycling VO2max in both groups (p<0.05). Older subjects had less of an increase in VO2max from cycling to rowing (p<0.05). There was a significant relationship between muscle mass and VO2max for both groups (p<0.05). After correcting for muscle mass, the difference in cycling VO2max between groups disappeared (p>0.05), however, older subjects still demonstrated a lower rowing VO2max relative to younger subjects (p<0.05). Muscle mass is associated with the VO2max obtained, however, it appears that VO2max in older subjects may be less influenced by muscle mass than in younger subjects.

  14. Is peak VO2 a maximal index of children's aerobic fitness?

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    Armstrong, N; Welsman, J; Winsley, R

    1996-07-01

    A levelling of oxygen uptake (VO2 plateau) at high exercise intensities is conventionally used as the criterion for establishing VO2max during progressive, incremental exercise testing. Only a minority of children, however, demonstrate a VO2 plateau during exercise to voluntary exhaustion. This study was therefore designed to investigate whether a VO2 plateau is required before peak VO2 can be considered a maximal index of children's aerobic fitness. Eighteen girls and 17 boys (age 9.9 +/- 0.4 yrs) carried out three treadmill tests to exhaustion one week apart. The first test comprised a discontinuous, incremental protocol to voluntary exhaustion. In test two each child warmed up and then ran to exhaustion at the same belt speed but on a gradient 2.5% greater than that which had produced an exhaustive effort on the first test. The third test was conducted similarly but the treadmill gradient was raised to 5% greater than that which had produced an exhaustive effort on the first test. Seven girls and 6 boys demonstrated a VO2 plateau (< or = 2 ml.kg-1.min-7) on the first test but no significant differences in either anthropometrical or peak physiological data were detected between those who demonstrated a plateau and those who did not. Mean peak VO2 values during tests two and three (supramaximal tests) did not increase significantly above that achieved on test one although indicators of an increased anaerobic contribution were significantly higher in both supramaximal tests. These findings indicate that peak VO2 in test one was a maximal value despite the absence of a VO2 plateau. The requirement of a VO2 plateau before peak VO2 can be regarded as a maximal index of young children's aerobic fitness is therefore untenable.

  15. Molecular Beam Optical Zeeman Spectroscopy of Vanadium Monoxide, VO

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    Nguyen, Trung; Zhang, Ruohan; Steimle, Timothy

    2016-06-01

    Like almost all astronomical studies, exoplanet investigations are observational endeavors that rely primarily on remote spectroscopic sensing to infer the physical properties of planets. Most exoplanet related information is inferred from to temporal variation of luminosity of the parent star. An effective method of monitoring this variation is via Magnetic Doppler Imaging (MDI), which uses optical polarimetry of paramagnetic molecules or atoms. One promising paramagnetic stellar absorption is the near infrared spectrum of VO. With this in mind, we have begun a project to record and analyze the field-free and Zeeman spectrum of the band. A cold (approx. 20 K) beam of VO was probed with a single frequency laser and detected using laser induced fluorescence. The determined spectral parameters will be discussed and compared to those extracted from the analysis of a hot spectrum. Supported by the National Science Foundation under the Grant No. CHE-1265885. O. Kochukhov, N. Rusomarov, J. A. Valenti, H. C. Stempels, F. Snik, M. Rodenhuis, N. Piskunov, V. Makaganiuk, C. U. Keller and C. M. Johns-Krull, Astron. Astrophys. 574 (Pt. 2), A79/71-A79/12 (2015). S. V. Berdyugina, Astron. Soc. Pac. Conf. Ser. 437 (Solar Polarization 6), 219-235 (2011). S. V. Berdyugina, P. A. Braun, D. M. Fluri and S. K. Solanki, Astron. Astrophys. 444 (3), 947-960 (2005). A. S. C. Cheung, P. G. Hajigeorgiou, G. Huang, S. Z. Huang and A. J. Merer, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 163 (2), 443-458 (1994)

  16. Structural analysis of strained LaVO3 thin films.

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    Rotella, H; Copie, O; Steciuk, G; Ouerdane, H; Boullay, P; Roussel, P; Morales, M; David, A; Pautrat, A; Mercey, B; Lutterotti, L; Chateigner, D; Prellier, W

    2015-05-08

    While structure refinement is routinely achieved for simple bulk materials, the accurate structural determination still poses challenges for thin films due on the one hand to the small amount of material deposited on the thicker substrate and, on the other hand, to the intricate epitaxial relationships that substantially complicate standard x-ray diffraction analysis. Using both electron and x-ray diffraction, we analyze the crystal structure of epitaxial LaVO3 thin films grown on (1 0 0)-oriented SrTiO3. Transmission electron microscopy study reveals that the thin films are epitaxially grown on SrTiO3 and points to the presence of 90° oriented domains. The mapping of the reciprocal space obtained by high resolution x-ray diffraction permits refinement of the lattice parameters. We finally deduce that strain accommodation imposes a monoclinic structure onto the LaVO3 film. The reciprocal space maps are numerically processed and the extracted data computed to refine the atomic positions, which are compared to those obtained using precession electron diffraction tomography.

  17. Mel-cepstrum-based steganalysis for VoIP steganography

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    Kraetzer, Christian; Dittmann, Jana

    2007-02-01

    Steganography and steganalysis in VoIP applications are important research topics as speech data is an appropriate cover to hide messages or comprehensive documents. In our paper we introduce a Mel-cepstrum based analysis known from speaker and speech recognition to perform a detection of embedded hidden messages. In particular we combine known and established audio steganalysis features with the features derived from Melcepstrum based analysis for an investigation on the improvement of the detection performance. Our main focus considers the application environment of VoIP-steganography scenarios. The evaluation of the enhanced feature space is performed for classical steganographic as well as for watermarking algorithms. With this strategy we show how general forensic approaches can detect information hiding techniques in the field of hidden communication as well as for DRM applications. For the later the detection of the presence of a potential watermark in a specific feature space can lead to new attacks or to a better design of the watermarking pattern. Following that the usefulness of Mel-cepstrum domain based features for detection is discussed in detail.

  18. Fitness self-perception and Vo2max in firefighters.

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    Peate, W F; Lundergan, Linda; Johnson, Jerry J

    2002-06-01

    Firefighters work at maximal levels of exertion. Fitness for such duty requires adequate aerobic capacity (maximum oxygen consumption [Vo2max]). Aerobic fitness can both improve a worker's ability to perform and offer resistance to cardiopulmonary conditions. Inactive firefighters have a 90% greater risk of myocardial infarction than those who are aerobically fit. Participants (101 firefighters) completed a questionnaire that asked them to rank their fitness level from 0 to 7; e.g., Level 0 was low fitness: "I avoid walking or exertion, e.g., always use elevator, drive whenever possible." The level of activity rating increased to Level 7: "I run over 10 miles per week or spend 3 hours per week in comparable physical activity." Each participant then completed two measures of Vo2max: a 5-minute step test and a submaximal treadmill test. There was no association between the firefighters' self-perception of their level of fitness and their aerobic capacity as measured by either step test or submaximal treadmill. Because of the critical job demands of firefighting and the negative consequences of inadequate fitness and aerobic capacity, periodic aerobic capacity testing with individualized exercise prescriptions and work--community support may be advisable for all active-duty firefighters.

  19. DynAstVO : the Europlanet orbital asteroid database

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    Desmars, Josselin; Thuillot, William; Hestroffer, Daniel J.; David, Pedro

    2016-10-01

    DynAstVO is a new orbital database dedicated to Near Earth Asteroid orbits, developed within the Europlanet 2020 RI framework.It provides parameters of asteroid orbits: orbital elements, observational information, minimum distance with Earth and planets, ephemeris and in particular, orbit uncertainty and associated covariance matrix.This database is updated daily on the basis of the Minor Planet Electronic Circulars.Orbit determination and improvement is computed as soon as new observations are available or an object is discovered.This database conforms to EPN-TAP environment (Erard et al. 2015, A&C 7) and is accessible through VO protocols or classical web access. Auxiliary data such as SPICE kernels for their ephemerides are provided.Finally, we present a comparison with other classical databases such as Astorb or MPCORB.Acknowledgements: This work is done in the framework of Europlanet 2020 RI which has received fundingfrom the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654208.

  20. Elevated transition temperature in Ge doped VO2 thin films

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    Krammer, Anna; Magrez, Arnaud; Vitale, Wolfgang A.; Mocny, Piotr; Jeanneret, Patrick; Guibert, Edouard; Whitlow, Harry J.; Ionescu, Adrian M.; Schüler, Andreas

    2017-07-01

    Thermochromic GexV1-xO2+y thin films have been deposited on Si (100) substrates by means of reactive magnetron sputtering. The films were then characterized by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), four-point probe electrical resistivity measurements, X-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy. From the temperature dependent resistivity measurements, the effect of Ge doping on the semiconductor-to-metal phase transition in vanadium oxide thin films was investigated. The transition temperature was shown to increase significantly upon Ge doping (˜95 °C), while the hysteresis width and resistivity contrast gradually decreased. The precise Ge concentration and the film thickness have been determined by RBS. The crystallinity of phase-pure VO2 monoclinic films was confirmed by XRD. These findings make the use of vanadium dioxide thin films in solar and electronic device applications—where higher critical temperatures than 68 °C of pristine VO2 are needed—a viable and promising solution.

  1. Curvilinear VO(2):power output relationship in a ramp test in professional cyclists: possible association with blood hemoglobin concentration.

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    Lucía, Alejandro; Hoyos, Jesús; Santalla, Alfredo; Pérez, Margarita; Chicharro, José L

    2002-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine (1) if there exists an additional, nonlinear increase (DeltaVO(2)) in the oxygen uptake observed (VO2 (obs)) at the maximal power output reached during a ramp cycle ergometer test and that expected (VO2 (exp)) from the linear relationship between VO(2) and power output below the lactate threshold (LT) in professional riders, and (2) the relationship between DeltaVO(2) and possible explanatory mechanisms. Each of 12 professional cyclists (25 +/- 1 years; VO(2 max): 71.3 +/- 1.2 ml x kg(-1) x min(-1)) performed a ramp test until exhaustion (power output increases of 25 W x min(-1)) during which several gas-exchange and blood variables were measured (including lactate, HCO(3)(-) and K(+)). VO(2) was linearly related to power output until the LT in all subjects. Afterward, a nonlinear deflection was observed in the VO(2):power output relationship (DeltaVO(2) = 2492 +/- 55 ml x min(-1) and p < 0.05 for VO2 (obs) vs. VO2 (exp)). A significant negative correlation was encountered between DeltaVO(2) and resting hemoglobin levels before the tests (r = 20.61; p < 0.05). In conclusion, professional cyclists exhibit an attenuation of the VO(2) rise above the LT.

  2. VO2 Kinetics and Metabolic Contributions Whilst Swimming at 95, 100, and 105% of the Velocity at VO2 max

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    Sousa, Ana C.; Vilas-Boas, João P.; Fernandes, Ricardo J.

    2014-01-01

    A bioenergetical analysis of swimming at intensities near competitive distances is inexistent. It was aimed to compare the transient VO2 kinetics responses and metabolic contributions whilst swimming at different velocities around VO2max⁡. 12 trained male swimmers performed (i) an incremental protocol to determine the velocity at VO2max⁡ (vVO2max⁡) and (ii) three square wave exercises from rest to 95, 100, and 105% of vVO2max⁡. VO2 was directly measured using a telemetric portable gas analyser and its kinetics analysed through a double-exponential model. Metabolic contributions were assessed through the sum of three energy components. No differences were observed in the fast component response (τ1—15, 18, and 16 s, A1—36, 34, and 37 mL · kg−1 · min⁡−1, and Gain—32, 29, and 30 mL · min⁡−1 at 95, 100, and 105% of the vVO2max⁡, resp.) but A2 was higher in 95 and 100% compared to 105% intensity (480.76 ± 247.01, 452.18 ± 217.04, and 147.04 ± 60.40 mL · min⁡−1, resp.). The aerobic energy contribution increased with the time sustained (83 ± 5, 74 ± 6, and 59 ± 7% for 95, 100, and 105%, resp.). The adjustment of the cardiovascular and/or pulmonary systems that determine O2 delivery and diffusion to the exercising muscles did not change with changing intensity, with the exception of VO2 slow component kinetics metabolic profiles. PMID:25045690

  3. Removing the thermal component from heart rate provides an accurate VO2 estimation in forest work.

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    Dubé, Philippe-Antoine; Imbeau, Daniel; Dubeau, Denise; Lebel, Luc; Kolus, Ahmet

    2016-05-01

    Heart rate (HR) was monitored continuously in 41 forest workers performing brushcutting or tree planting work. 10-min seated rest periods were imposed during the workday to estimate the HR thermal component (ΔHRT) per Vogt et al. (1970, 1973). VO2 was measured using a portable gas analyzer during a morning submaximal step-test conducted at the work site, during a work bout over the course of the day (range: 9-74 min), and during an ensuing 10-min rest pause taken at the worksite. The VO2 estimated, from measured HR and from corrected HR (thermal component removed), were compared to VO2 measured during work and rest. Varied levels of HR thermal component (ΔHRTavg range: 0-38 bpm) originating from a wide range of ambient thermal conditions, thermal clothing insulation worn, and physical load exerted during work were observed. Using raw HR significantly overestimated measured work VO2 by 30% on average (range: 1%-64%). 74% of VO2 prediction error variance was explained by the HR thermal component. VO2 estimated from corrected HR, was not statistically different from measured VO2. Work VO2 can be estimated accurately in the presence of thermal stress using Vogt et al.'s method, which can be implemented easily by the practitioner with inexpensive instruments.

  4. On Tuning the Knobs of Distribution-Based Methods for Detecting VoIP Covert Channels

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    2012-01-04

    for use, because of the high bandwidth provided by the channels. However, Huang et al. [16] present a VoIP covert channel using steganography that...approximation theory. In Proc. of 49th IEEE FOCS, 2008. [16] Y F Huang, S Tang, and J Yuan. Steganography in inactive frames of VoIP streams encoded by

  5. Open porous BiVO{sub 4} nanomaterials: Electronspinning fabrication and enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Wang, Mengyan; Xi, Xin; Gong, Cairong; Zhang, Xiao Li; Fan, Guoliang

    2016-02-15

    Highlights: • BiVO{sub 4} nanofibers were successfully fabricated by electrospinning method. • PVP was used to adjust the viscosity and increase spinnability of the electrospinning sol. • BiVO{sub 4} nanofibers were used for the degradation of MB. • Compared to the submicron sized BiVO4, BiVO{sub 4} nanofibers show superior photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: Witnessed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Raman, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies, BiVO{sub 4} nanofibers and porous nanostructures were successfully fabricated by electrospinning method using NH{sub 4}VO{sub 3} and Bi(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} as starting materials. Polyvinylpyrrolidinone (PVP) was used to tune the viscosity and spinnability of the electrospinning sol. The slow decomposition and combustion of PVP matrix prevented rapid crystal growth of BiVO{sub 4} nanostructures leading to considerably small crystallite size (approximately 19.1–28.3 nm) with less surface defects after two hours calcination at varying temperatures. This paid great tributes to the superior visible light photocatalytic activity when compared to the submicron sized BiVO{sub 4} prepared in the absence of PVP.

  6. Epitaxial growth of higher transition-temperature VO2 films on AlN/Si

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    Slusar, Tetiana; Cho, Jin-Cheol; Kim, Bong-Jun; Yun, Sun Jin; Kim, Hyun-Tak

    2016-02-01

    We report the epitaxial growth and the mechanism of a higher temperature insulator-to-metal-transition (IMT) of vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films synthesized on aluminum nitride (AlN)/Si (111) substrates by a pulsed-laser-deposition method; the IMT temperature is TIMT ≈ 350 K. X-ray diffractometer and high resolution transmission electron microscope data show that the epitaxial relationship of VO2 and AlN is VO2 (010) ‖ AlN (0001) with VO2 [101] ‖ AlN [ 2 1 ¯ 1 ¯ 0 ] zone axes, which results in a substrate-induced tensile strain along the in-plane a and c axes of the insulating monoclinic VO2. This strain stabilizes the insulating phase of VO2 and raises TIMT for 10 K higher than TIMT single crystal ≈ 340 K in a bulk VO2 single crystal. Near TIMT, a resistance change of about four orders is observed in a thick film of ˜130 nm. The VO2/AlN/Si heterostructures are promising for the development of integrated IMT-Si technology, including thermal switchers, transistors, and other applications.

  7. Non-Exercise Estimation of VO[subscript 2]max Using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire

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    Schembre, Susan M.; Riebe, Deborah A.

    2011-01-01

    Non-exercise equations developed from self-reported physical activity can estimate maximal oxygen uptake (VO[subscript 2]max) as well as sub-maximal exercise testing. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire is the most widely used and validated self-report measure of physical activity. This study aimed to develop and test a VO[subscript…

  8. Submaximal Treadmill Exercise Test to Predict VO[subscript 2]max in Fit Adults

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    Vehrs, Pat R.; George, James D.; Fellingham, Gilbert W.; Plowman, Sharon A.; Dustman-Allen, Kymberli

    2007-01-01

    This study was designed to develop a single-stage submaximal treadmill jogging (TMJ) test to predict VO[subscript 2]max in fit adults. Participants (N = 400; men = 250 and women = 150), ages 18 to 40 years, successfully completed a maximal graded exercise test (GXT) at 1 of 3 laboratories to determine VO[subscript 2]max. The TMJ test was completed…

  9. Investigation of Terahertz Emission from BiVO4/Au Thin Film Interface

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    Kumar, Nishant; Abdi, Fatwa F.; Trzesniewski, Bartek; Smith, Wilson A.; Planken, Paul C. M.; Adam, Aurèle J. L.

    2015-11-01

    We demonstrate emission of terahertz pulses from a BiVO4/Au thin film interface, illuminated with femtosecond laser pulses. Based on the experimental observations, we propose that the most likely cause of the THz emission is the Photo-Dember effect caused by the standing wave intensity distribution formed at the BiVO4/Au interfaces.

  10. Occurrence of Siliceous Impact Melt in Netschaëvo IIE? A FIB-TEM Study

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    Hamann, C.; Van Roosbroek, N.; Greshake, A.; Pittarello, L.; Hecht, L.; Debaille, V.; Wirth, R.; Claeys, Ph.

    2015-07-01

    A silicate inclusion in a sample of the Netschaëvo IIE iron meteorite was studied with FIB-TEM. We present petrographic features indicating that this inclusion is quenched impact melt and suggest that Netschaëvo is an impact melt breccia.

  11. Selective synthesis of monazite- and zircon-type LaVO(4) nanocrystals.

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    Jia, Chun-Jiang; Sun, Ling-Dong; You, Li-Ping; Jiang, Xiao-Cheng; Luo, Feng; Pang, Yu-Cheng; Yan, Chun-Hua

    2005-03-03

    Pure monoclinic (m-) and tetragonal phased (t-) LaVO(4) nanocrystals could be obtained by a hydrothermal method in a controllable way with additives. It is found that chelating ligands, such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid [EDTA or H(4)L, where L(4-) = (CH(2)COO)(2)N(CH(2))(2)N(CH(2)COO)(2)(4-)], favor the formation of t-LaVO(4) and can induce the polymorph transformation from stable m-LaVO(4) to metastable t-LaVO(4). Further studies demonstrated the important roles of chelating ligands in this transformation process. Careful investigation over the phase transition from t- to m-LaVO(4) was also conducted with high-temperature X-ray diffraction (HTXRD) studies. The phase transition occurred at 850 degrees C, which is about 250 degrees C higher than for the bulk. The enhanced thermal stability of the nanosized metastable t-LaVO(4) may come from the small size effect. Our capability of obtaining and stabilizing t-LaVO(4) not only benefits the wider applications based on LaVO(4) due to the improved luminescent and catalytic performance but also provides a new idea in the studies of polymorph control and selective synthesis of inorganic materials.

  12. Non-Exercise Estimation of VO[subscript 2]max Using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire

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    Schembre, Susan M.; Riebe, Deborah A.

    2011-01-01

    Non-exercise equations developed from self-reported physical activity can estimate maximal oxygen uptake (VO[subscript 2]max) as well as sub-maximal exercise testing. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire is the most widely used and validated self-report measure of physical activity. This study aimed to develop and test a VO[subscript…

  13. Submaximal Treadmill Exercise Test to Predict VO[subscript 2]max in Fit Adults

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    Vehrs, Pat R.; George, James D.; Fellingham, Gilbert W.; Plowman, Sharon A.; Dustman-Allen, Kymberli

    2007-01-01

    This study was designed to develop a single-stage submaximal treadmill jogging (TMJ) test to predict VO[subscript 2]max in fit adults. Participants (N = 400; men = 250 and women = 150), ages 18 to 40 years, successfully completed a maximal graded exercise test (GXT) at 1 of 3 laboratories to determine VO[subscript 2]max. The TMJ test was completed…

  14. Nanostructured MoS2/BiVO4 Composites for Energy Storage Applications

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    Arora, Yukti; Shah, Amit P.; Battu, Shateesh; Maliakkal, Carina B.; Haram, Santosh; Bhattacharya, Arnab; Khushalani, Deepa

    2016-01-01

    We report the optimized synthesis and electrochemical characterization of a composite of few-layered nanostructured MoS2 along with an electroactive metal oxide BiVO4. In comparison to pristine BiVO4, and a composite of graphene/BiVO4, the MoS2/BiVO4 nanocomposite provides impressive values of charge storage with longer discharge times and improved cycling stability. Specific capacitance values of 610 Fg−1 (170 mAhg−1) at 1 Ag−1 and 166 Fg−1 (46 mAhg−1) at 10 Ag−1 were obtained for just 2.5 wt% MoS2 loaded BiVO4. The results suggest that the explicitly synthesized small lateral-dimensioned MoS2 particles provide a notable capacitive component that helps augment the specific capacitance. We discuss the optimized synthesis of monoclinic BiVO4, and few-layered nanostructured MoS2. We report the discharge capacities and cycling performance of the MoS2/BiVO4 nanocomposite using an aqueous electrolyte. The data obtained shows the MoS2/BiVO4 nanocomposite to be a promising candidate for supercapacitor energy storage applications. PMID:27808122

  15. Investigation of VO-Zni native donor complex in MBE grown bulk ZnO

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    Asghar, M.; Mahmood, K.; Ferguson, I. T.; Raja, M. Yasin A.; Xie, Y. H.; Tsu, R.; Hasan, M.-A.

    2013-10-01

    In this paper, we have experimentally investigated the theoretical predictions of VO-Zni to be a native donor in ZnO. Intrinsically zinc-rich n-type ZnO thin films having ND ˜ 6.23 × 1018 cm-3 grown by molecular beam epitaxy on Si (0 0 1) substrate were annealed in oxygen environment at 500-800 °C, keeping a step of 100 °C for 1 h, each. Room temperature Hall measurements demonstrated that free donor (VO-Zni) concentration decreased exponentially and Arrhenius plot yielded activation energy to be 1.2 ± 0.01 eV. This value is in agreement with theoretically reported activation energy of VO-Zni donor complex in ZnO. We argue; this observation can be explained by two-step process: (i) incoming oxygen fills VO of VO-Zni complex leaving behind Zni; (ii) Zni releases its energy and moves to a lower energy state with respect to the conduction band minima and/or occupies an inactive location. Consequently, Zni-VO complex loses its donor role in the lattice. Our experimental data supported theoretical predictions of VO-Zni to be a native donor. Results from photoluminescence spectroscopy carried out on Zn-rich ZnO additionally justify the existence of VO-Zni complex.

  16. Nanostructured MoS2/BiVO4 Composites for Energy Storage Applications

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    Arora, Yukti; Shah, Amit P.; Battu, Shateesh; Maliakkal, Carina B.; Haram, Santosh; Bhattacharya, Arnab; Khushalani, Deepa

    2016-11-01

    We report the optimized synthesis and electrochemical characterization of a composite of few-layered nanostructured MoS2 along with an electroactive metal oxide BiVO4. In comparison to pristine BiVO4, and a composite of graphene/BiVO4, the MoS2/BiVO4 nanocomposite provides impressive values of charge storage with longer discharge times and improved cycling stability. Specific capacitance values of 610 Fg‑1 (170 mAhg‑1) at 1 Ag‑1 and 166 Fg‑1 (46 mAhg‑1) at 10 Ag‑1 were obtained for just 2.5 wt% MoS2 loaded BiVO4. The results suggest that the explicitly synthesized small lateral-dimensioned MoS2 particles provide a notable capacitive component that helps augment the specific capacitance. We discuss the optimized synthesis of monoclinic BiVO4, and few-layered nanostructured MoS2. We report the discharge capacities and cycling performance of the MoS2/BiVO4 nanocomposite using an aqueous electrolyte. The data obtained shows the MoS2/BiVO4 nanocomposite to be a promising candidate for supercapacitor energy storage applications.

  17. Effect of Toe Clips During Bicycle Ergometry on VO2 max.

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    Moffat, Roger S.; Sparling, Phillip B.

    1985-01-01

    Eight men participated in three randomized maximal oxygen uptake tests to investigate the hypothesis that the use of toe clips on bicycle ergometers produced a higher VO2 max. No significant difference in mean VO2 max or performance time was observed. (Author/MT)

  18. Synthesis, surface and optical properties of Ag2Cu(VO3)4 and Cu(VO3)2 vanadates

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    Qiao, Xuebin; Wan, Yingpeng; Li, Yuze; Qin, Lin; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2016-04-01

    Ag2Cu(VO3)4 and Cu(VO3)2 were prepared via the sol-gel chemical synthesis. The phase formation was confirmed by X-ray powder polycrystalline diffraction (XRD) measurements. The surface properties were measured with the scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectra (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. The optical properties and the band-gap structures were investigated. The vanadates have efficient optical absorption in the UV to visible wavelength region with an indirect allowed transition. Ag2Cu(VO3)4 has smaller band gap (1.85 eV) than that of Cu(VO3)2 (2.03 eV). The narrowed band gap is due to the hybridization between the Ag-4d and O-2p in the valence band. The photocatalysis was investigated by photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) solutions excited by the light with wavelength longer than 420 nm. Correspondingly Ag2Cu(VO3)4 has more efficient photocatalytic activity on MB photodegradation than that of Cu(VO3)2. The photocatalytic mechanisms were suggested according to the band positions and the trapping experiments.

  19. Silica-shell encapsulation and adhesion of VO2 nanowires to glass substrates: integrating solution-derived VO2 nanowires within thermally responsive coatings

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    Pelcher, Kate E.; Crawley, Matthew R.; Banerjee, Sarbajit

    2014-09-01

    The binary vanadium oxide VO2 undergoes a reversible insulator—metal phase transition in response to increasing temperature accompanied by an orders of magnitude alteration of optical transmittance; the low-temperature monoclinic phase of VO2 is infrared-transmissive, whereas the high-temperature rutile phase is infrared-reflective. This remarkable property portends applications in thermally responsive spectral mirrors that can modulate infrared transmittance as a function of temperature. Using a modified Stöber process, we demonstrate the constitution of conformal SiO2 shells around the VO2 nanowires. The SiO2 shells enhance the robustness of the VO2 nanowires towards thermal oxidation; the thickness of the shells is observed to depend on the reaction time. Notably, the deposition of conformal shells does not deleteriously impact the metal—insulator transitions of the VO2 nanowire cores. A modification of this approach allows for the VO2 nanowires to be embedded within a SiO2 matrix bonded to glass. The applied coatings are strongly adhered to glass as evaluated using standardized ASTM methods. The coatings exhibit promising thermochromic response and attenuate transmission of near-infrared radiation with increasing temperature.

  20. A new non-exercise-based Vo2max prediction equation for aerobically trained men.

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    Malek, Moh H; Housh, Terry J; Berger, Dale E; Coburn, Jared W; Beck, Travis W

    2005-08-01

    The purposes of the present study were to (a) modify previously published Vo(2)max equations using the constant error (CE = mean difference between actual and predicted Vo(2)max) values from Malek et al. (28); (b) cross-validate the modified equations to determine their accuracy for estimating Vo(2)max in aerobically trained men; (c) derive a new non- exercise-based equation for estimating Vo(2)max in aerobically trained men if the modified equations are not found to be accurate; and (d) cross-validate the new Vo(2)max equation using the predicted residual sum of squares (PRESS) statistic and an independent sample of aerobically trained men. One hundred and fifty-two aerobically trained men (Vo(2)max mean +/- SD = 4,154 +/- 629 ml.min(-1)) performed a maximal incremental test on a cycle ergometer to determine actual Vo(2)max. An aerobically trained man was defined as someone who had participated in continuous aerobic exercise 3 or more sessions per week for a minimum of 1 hour per session for at least the past 18 months. Nine previously published Vo(2)max equations were modified for use with aerobically trained men. The predicted Vo(2)max values from the 9 modified equations were compared to actual Vo(2)max by examining the CE, standard error of estimate (SEE), validity coefficient (r), and total error (TE). Cross-validation of the modified non-exercise-based equations on a random subsample of 50 subjects resulted in a %TE > or = 13% of the mean of actual Vo(2)max. Therefore, the following non-exercise-based Vo(2)max equation was derived from a random subsample of 112 subjects: Vo(2)max (ml.min(-1)) = 27.387(weight in kg) + 26.634(height in cm) - 27.572(age in years) + 26.161(h.wk(-1) of training) + 114.904(intensity of training using the Borg 6-20 scale) + 506.752(natural log of years of training) - 4,609.791 (R = 0.82, R(2) adjusted = 0.65, and SEE = 378 ml.min(-1)). Cross-validation of this equation on the remaining sample of 40 subjects resulted in a %TE of 10

  1. Self-Assembly and Horizontal Orientation Growth of VO2 Nanowires

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    Cheng, Chun; Guo, Hua; Amini, Abbas; Liu, Kai; Fu, Deyi; Zou, Jian; Song, Haisheng

    2014-01-01

    Single-crystalline vanadium dioxide (VO2) nanostructures have attracted an intense research interest recently because of their unique single-domain metal-insulator phase transition property. Synthesis of these nanostructures in the past was limited in density, alignment, or single-crystallinity. The assembly of VO2 nanowires (NWs) is desirable for a “bottom-up” approach to the engineering of intricate structures using nanoscale building blocks. Here, we report the successful synthesis of horizontally aligned VO2 NWs with a dense growth mode in the [1-100]quartz direction of a polished x-cut quartz surface using a simple vapor transport method. Our strategy of controlled growth of VO2 NWs promisingly paves the way for designing novel metal-insulator transition devices based on VO2 NWs. PMID:24965899

  2. Preparation of Au-BiVO4 heterogeneous nanostructures as highly efficient visible-light photocatalysts.

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    Cao, Shao-Wen; Yin, Zhen; Barber, James; Boey, Freddy Y C; Loo, Say Chye Joachim; Xue, Can

    2012-01-01

    Au-BiVO(4) heterogeneous nanostructures have been successfully prepared through in situ growth of gold nanoparticles on BiVO(4) microtubes and nanosheets via a cysteine-linking strategy. The experimental results reveal that these Au-BiVO(4) heterogeneous nanostructures exhibit much higher visible-light photocatalytic activities than the individual BiVO(4) microtubes and nanosheets for both dye degradation and water oxidation. The enhanced photocatalytic efficiencies are attributed to the charge transfer from BiVO(4) to the attached gold nanoparticles as well as their surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption. These new heteronanostructures are expected to show considerable potential applications in solar-driven wastewater treatment and water splitting. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  3. Impact of the external resistance on the switching power consumption in VO2 nano gap junctions

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    Sánchez, L.; Rosa, A.; Griol, A.; Gutierrez, A.; Homm, P.; Van Bilzen, B.; Menghini, M.; Locquet, J. P.; Sanchis, P.

    2017-07-01

    The influence of an external resistance on the performance of VO2 nanogap junctions is analyzed and experimentally characterized. The current-voltage response shows the reversible metal-insulator transition typical of VO2 based devices. When reaching the metallic state, the current through the VO2 junction is abruptly increased, which may result in electrical contact damage. Therefore, an external resistance in series with the VO2 junction is usually employed to limit the maximum current through the device. Our results indicate that the external resistance plays a key role in the switching power consumption showing an optimum value, which depends on the dimensions of the VO2 junction. In such a way, power consumption reductions up to 90% have been demonstrated by selecting the optimum external resistance value.

  4. Hydrothermal growth of VO2 nanoplate thermochromic films on glass with high visible transmittance

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    Zhang, Jiasong; Li, Jingbo; Chen, Pengwan; Rehman, Fida; Jiang, Yijie; Cao, Maosheng; Zhao, Yongjie; Jin, Haibo

    2016-01-01

    The preparation of thermochromic vanadium dioxide (VO2) films in an economical way is of interest to realizing the application of smart windows. Here, we reported a successful preparation of self-assembly VO2 nanoplate films on TiO2-buffered glass by a facile hydrothermal process. The VO2 films composed of triangle-shaped plates standing on substrates exhibit a self-generated porous structure, which favors the transmission of solar light. The porosity of films is easily controlled by changing the concentration of precursor solutions. Excellent thermochromic properties are observed with visible light transmittance as high as 70.3% and solar modulating efficiency up to 9.3% in a VO2 film with porosity of ~35.9%. This work demonstrates a promising technique to promote the commercial utilization of VO2 in smart windows. PMID:27296772

  5. Hydrothermal growth of VO2 nanoplate thermochromic films on glass with high visible transmittance

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    Zhang, Jiasong; Li, Jingbo; Chen, Pengwan; Rehman, Fida; Jiang, Yijie; Cao, Maosheng; Zhao, Yongjie; Jin, Haibo

    2016-06-01

    The preparation of thermochromic vanadium dioxide (VO2) films in an economical way is of interest to realizing the application of smart windows. Here, we reported a successful preparation of self-assembly VO2 nanoplate films on TiO2-buffered glass by a facile hydrothermal process. The VO2 films composed of triangle-shaped plates standing on substrates exhibit a self-generated porous structure, which favors the transmission of solar light. The porosity of films is easily controlled by changing the concentration of precursor solutions. Excellent thermochromic properties are observed with visible light transmittance as high as 70.3% and solar modulating efficiency up to 9.3% in a VO2 film with porosity of ~35.9%. This work demonstrates a promising technique to promote the commercial utilization of VO2 in smart windows.

  6. Changes in body temperature influence the scaling of VO2max and aerobic scope in mammals.

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    Gillooly, James F; Allen, Andrew P

    2007-02-22

    Debate on the mechanism(s) responsible for the scaling of metabolic rate with body size in mammals has focused on why the maximum metabolic rate (VO2max ) appears to scale more steeply with body size than the basal metabolic rate (BMR). Consequently, metabolic scope, defined as VO2max/BMR, systematically increases with body size. These observations have led some to suggest that VO2max, and BMR are controlled by fundamentally different processes, and to discount the generality of models that predict a single power-law scaling exponent for the size dependence of the metabolic rate. We present a model that predicts a steeper size dependence for VO2max than BMR based on the observation that changes in muscle temperature from rest to maximal activity are greater in larger mammals. Empirical data support the model's prediction. This model thus provides a potential theoretical and mechanistic link between BMR and VO2 max.

  7. Influence of Heat Treatment on Photocatalytic Performance of BiVO4 Synthesized by Hydrothermal Method

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    Shen, Yi; Wang, Xiaomin; Zuo, Guifu; Li, Fengfeng; Meng, Yanzhi

    2016-10-01

    Monoclinic BiVO4 photocatalyst was successfully synthesized by hydrothermal method under appropriate temperature. The photocatalytic performance of BiVO4 was improved by calcining at appropriate temperature. The structural and morphological properties of the synthesized BiVO4 photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. It is confirmed that the photocatalytic activity of the prepared catalysts was evaluated by the photodegradation of RhB under visible-light irradiation. BiVO4 calcined under appropriate temperature exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than uncalcined BiVO4 under visible light irradiation because calcination might effectively increases the purity of monoclinic bismuth vanadate.

  8. Selective growth of single phase VO{sub 2}(A, B, and M) polymorph thin films

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    Srivastava, Amar; Saha, Surajit; Rotella, Helene; Pal, Banabir; Kalon, Gopinadhan; Mathew, Sinu; Motapothula, Mallikarjuna; Dykas, Michal; Yang, Ping; Okunishi, Eiji; Sarma, D. D.; Venkatesan, T.

    2015-02-01

    We demonstrate the growth of high quality single phase films of VO{sub 2}(A, B, and M) on SrTiO{sub 3} substrate by controlling the vanadium arrival rate (laser frequency) and oxidation of the V atoms. A phase diagram has been developed (oxygen pressure versus laser frequency) for various phases of VO{sub 2} and their electronic properties are investigated. VO{sub 2}(A) phase is insulating VO{sub 2}(B) phase is semi-metallic, and VO{sub 2}(M) phase exhibits a metal-insulator transition, corroborated by photo-electron spectroscopic studies. The ability to control the growth of various polymorphs opens up the possibility for novel (hetero)structures promising new device functionalities.

  9. Thermochromic properties of VO2 thin film on SiNx buffered glass substrate

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    Koo, Hyun; You, HyunWoo; Ko, Kyeong-Eun; Kwon, O.-Jong; Chang, Se-Hong; Park, Chan

    2013-07-01

    VO2 thin films were deposited on soda lime glass substrates with silicon nitride sodium-diffusion barrier layer as diffusion barrier, in order to investigate the effect of sodium ion diffusion on the formation of VO2. SiNx layers with thicknesses over 30 nm were found to successfully prevent sodium ion diffusion in VO2 thin film and also contribute to the formation of VO2 thin film, which was confirmed by XRD spectra and XPS measurements. The change of infrared transmittance at 2500 nm wavelength with temperature change from room temperature to 80 °C was increased significantly, and the optical hysteresis width of the sample decreased by almost 6 K as well. The results suggest that applying diffusion barrier can improve the thermochromic properties of the VO2 films for energy-saving smart coatings, and silicon nitride can be one of the effective materials to prevent sodium ion diffusion.

  10. Hydrothermal growth of VO2 nanoplate thermochromic films on glass with high visible transmittance.

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    Zhang, Jiasong; Li, Jingbo; Chen, Pengwan; Rehman, Fida; Jiang, Yijie; Cao, Maosheng; Zhao, Yongjie; Jin, Haibo

    2016-06-14

    The preparation of thermochromic vanadium dioxide (VO2) films in an economical way is of interest to realizing the application of smart windows. Here, we reported a successful preparation of self-assembly VO2 nanoplate films on TiO2-buffered glass by a facile hydrothermal process. The VO2 films composed of triangle-shaped plates standing on substrates exhibit a self-generated porous structure, which favors the transmission of solar light. The porosity of films is easily controlled by changing the concentration of precursor solutions. Excellent thermochromic properties are observed with visible light transmittance as high as 70.3% and solar modulating efficiency up to 9.3% in a VO2 film with porosity of ~35.9%. This work demonstrates a promising technique to promote the commercial utilization of VO2 in smart windows.

  11. Voltage switching of a VO{sub 2} memory metasurface using ionic gel

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    Goldflam, M. D.; Liu, M. K.; Chapler, B. C.; Stinson, H. T.; Sternbach, A. J.; McLeod, A. S.; Basov, D. N.; Zhang, J. D.; Geng, K.; Royal, M.; Jokerst, N. M.; Smith, D. R.; Kim, Bong-Jun; Averitt, R. D.; Kim, H-T.

    2014-07-28

    We demonstrate an electrolyte-based voltage tunable vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) memory metasurface. Large spatial scale, low voltage, non-volatile switching of terahertz (THz) metasurface resonances is achieved through voltage application using an ionic gel to drive the insulator-to-metal transition in an underlying VO{sub 2} layer. Positive and negative voltage application can selectively tune the metasurface resonance into the “off” or “on” state by pushing the VO{sub 2} into a more conductive or insulating regime respectively. Compared to graphene based control devices, the relatively long saturation time of resonance modification in VO{sub 2} based devices suggests that this voltage-induced switching originates primarily from electrochemical effects related to oxygen migration across the electrolyte–VO{sub 2} interface.

  12. TAPAS, a VO archive at the IRAM 30-m telescope

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    Leon, Stephane; Espigares, Victor; Ruíz, José Enrique; Verdes-Montenegro, Lourdes; Mauersberger, Rainer; Brunswig, Walter; Kramer, Carsten; Santander-Vela, Juan de Dios; Wiesemeyer, Helmut

    2012-07-01

    Astronomical observatories are today generating increasingly large volumes of data. For an efficient use of them, databases have been built following the standards proposed by the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA), providing a common protocol to query them and make them interoperable. The IRAM 30-m radio telescope, located in Sierra Nevada (Granada, Spain) is a millimeter wavelength telescope with a constantly renewed, extensive choice of instruments, and capable of covering the frequency range between 80 and 370 GHz. It is continuously producing a large amount of data thanks to the more than 200 scientific projects observed each year. The TAPAS archive at the IRAM 30-m telescope is aimed to provide public access to the headers describing the observations performed with the telescope, according to a defined data policy, making as well the technical data available to the IRAM staff members. A special emphasis has been made to make it Virtual Observatory (VO) compliant, and to offer a VO compliant web interface allowing to make the information available to the scientific community. TAPAS is built using the Django Python framework on top of a relational MySQL database, and is fully integrated with the telescope control system. The TAPAS data model (DM) is based on the Radio Astronomical DAta Model for Single dish radio telescopes (RADAMS), to allow for easy integration into the VO infrastructure. A metadata modeling layer is used by the data-filler to allow an implementation free from assumptions about the control system and the underlying database. TAPAS and its public web interface ( http://tapas.iram.es ) provides a scalable system that can evolve with new instruments and observing modes. A meta description of the DM has been introduced in TAPAS in order to both avoid undesired coupling between the code and the DM and to provide a better

  13. Time to Exhaustion at the VO2max Velocity in Swimming: A Review

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    Fernandes, Ricardo J.; Vilas-Boas, J. Paulo

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this study was to present a review on the time to exhaustion at the minimum swimming velocity corresponding to maximal oxygen consumption (TLim-vVO2max). This parameter is critical both for the aerobic power and the lactate tolerance bioenergetical training intensity zones, being fundamental to characterize it, and to point out its main determinants. The few number of studies conducted in this topic observed that swimmers were able to maintain an exercise intensity corresponding to maximal aerobic power during 215 to 260 s (elite swimmers), 230 to 260 s (high level swimmers) and 310 to 325 s (low level swimmers), and no differences between genders were reported. TLim-vVO2max main bioenergetic and functional determinants were swimming economy and VO2 slow component (direct relationship), and vVO2max, velocity at anaerobic threshold and blood lactate production (inverse relationship); when more homogeneous groups of swimmers were analysed, the inverse correlation value between TLim-vVO2max and vVO2max was not so evident. In general, TLim-vVO2max was not related to VO2max. TLim-vVO2max seems also to be influenced by stroking parameters, with a direct relationship to stroke length and stroke index, and an inverse correlation with stroke rate. Assessing TLim-vVO2max, together with the anaerobic threshold and the biomechanical general parameters, will allow a larger spectrum of testing protocols application, helping to build more objective and efficient training programs. PMID:23486651

  14. Time to Exhaustion at the VO2max Velocity in Swimming: A Review.

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    Fernandes, Ricardo J; Vilas-Boas, J Paulo

    2012-05-01

    The aim of this study was to present a review on the time to exhaustion at the minimum swimming velocity corresponding to maximal oxygen consumption (TLim-vVO2max). This parameter is critical both for the aerobic power and the lactate tolerance bioenergetical training intensity zones, being fundamental to characterize it, and to point out its main determinants. The few number of studies conducted in this topic observed that swimmers were able to maintain an exercise intensity corresponding to maximal aerobic power during 215 to 260 s (elite swimmers), 230 to 260 s (high level swimmers) and 310 to 325 s (low level swimmers), and no differences between genders were reported. TLim-vVO2max main bioenergetic and functional determinants were swimming economy and VO2 slow component (direct relationship), and vVO2max, velocity at anaerobic threshold and blood lactate production (inverse relationship); when more homogeneous groups of swimmers were analysed, the inverse correlation value between TLim-vVO2max and vVO2max was not so evident. In general, TLim-vVO2max was not related to VO2max. TLim-vVO2max seems also to be influenced by stroking parameters, with a direct relationship to stroke length and stroke index, and an inverse correlation with stroke rate. Assessing TLim-vVO2max, together with the anaerobic threshold and the biomechanical general parameters, will allow a larger spectrum of testing protocols application, helping to build more objective and efficient training programs.

  15. VO2+-hydroxyapatite complexes as models for vanadyl coordination to phosphate in bone

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    Dikanov, Sergei A.; Liboiron, Barry D.; Orvig, Chris

    2013-10-01

    We describe a 1D and 2D electron spin echo envelope modulation investigation of VO2+ adsorbed on hydroxyapatite (HA) at different concentrations and compare with VO2+-triphosphate (TPH) complexes studied previously in detail, in an effort to provide more insight into the structure of VO2+ coordination in bone. Structures of this interaction are important because of the role of bone in the long-term storage of administered vanadium, and the likely role of bone in the steady-state release of vanadium leading to the chronic insulin-enhancing anti-diabetic effects of vanadyl complexes. Three similar sets of cross-peaks from phosphorus nuclei observed in the 31P hyperfine sublevel correlation (HYSCORE) spectra of VO2+-HA, VO2+-TPH and VO2+-bone suggest a common tridentate binding motif for triphosphate moieties to the vanadyl ion. The similarities between the systems present the possibility that in vivo vanadyl coordination in bone is relatively uniform. Experiments with HA samples containing different amounts of adsorbed VO2+ demonstrate additional peculiarities of the ion-adsorbent interaction which can be expected in vivo. The HYSCORE spectra of HA samples show varying relative intensities of 31P lines from phosphate ligands and 1H lines, especially lines from protons of coordinated water molecules. This result suggests that the number of equatorial phosphate ligands in HA could be different depending on the water content of the sample and the VO2+ concentration; complexes of different structures probably contribute to the spectra of VO2+-HA. Similar behaviour can also be expected in vivo during VO2+ accumulation in bones.

  16. Preparation and thermochromic properties of Ce-doped VO{sub 2} films

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    Song, Linwei; Zhang, Yubo; Huang, Wanxia; Shi, Qiwu; Li, Danxia; Zhang, Yang; Xu, Yuanjie

    2013-06-01

    Graphical abstract: This effect of doping concentration on the phase transition temperature of VO{sub 2} films demonstrates that the phase transition temperature is decreasing along with the increase of the Ce dopant concentrations. After doping Ce, the transition temperature of VO{sub 2} film changes appreciably. Highlights: ► Ce-doped VO{sub 2} films were prepared on muscovite substrate by inorganic sol–gel method for the first time. ► The cerium existing in the VO{sub 2} films in the form of Ce{sup 4+} and Ce{sup 3+} was substituted for part of V atoms in the lattice. ► Ce doping could remarkably reduce the particle size of the Ce-doped films compared with undoped films. ► The phase transition temperature of Ce-doped VO{sub 2} films decreased appreciably with maintaining high-quality phase transition. - Abstract: Mixture of cerium (III) nitrate hexahydrate and vanadium pentaoxide powder were used as precursor to prepare Ce-doped VO{sub 2} films on the muscovite substrate by inorganic sol–gel method. SEM, XRD and XPS were used to investigate the morphologies and structures of VO{sub 2} films. The results show that the VO{sub 2} films grow on the muscovite substrate with preferred orientated (0 1 1) plane and the Ce exists in the form of Ce{sup 4+} and Ce{sup 3+} replacing part of V atoms in the lattice. The infrared transmittance change was measured from room temperature to the temperature above the metal–insulator transition. The films have excellent thermochromic performance. The metal–insulator transition temperature of VO{sub 2} films changes appreciably with Ce doped, which decreases by 4.5 °C per 1 at.% doping. Furthermore, Ce doping could remarkably reduce the particle size of VO{sub 2} films.

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

  18. The Effectiveness of Volition Support (VoS) in Promoting Students' Effort Regulation and Performance in an Online Mathematics Course

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    Kim, ChanMin; Bennekin, Kimberly N.

    2016-01-01

    The purposes of this study were to investigate (a) the effects of volition support (VoS) on students' motivation, effort regulation, and performance as well as (b) the perceptions of students about VoS in an online mathematics course offered at a community college. VoS was developed based on the theories of and research on volition (e.g., Corno…

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  20. The Effectiveness of Volition Support (VoS) in Promoting Students' Effort Regulation and Performance in an Online Mathematics Course

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    Kim, ChanMin; Bennekin, Kimberly N.

    2016-01-01

    The purposes of this study were to investigate (a) the effects of volition support (VoS) on students' motivation, effort regulation, and performance as well as (b) the perceptions of students about VoS in an online mathematics course offered at a community college. VoS was developed based on the theories of and research on volition (e.g., Corno…

  1. Magnetoelectric coupling in polycrystalline FeVO{sub 4}

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    Kundys, Bohdan; Martin, Christine; Simon, Charles

    2009-11-01

    We report coupling between magnetic and electric orders for antiferromagnetic polycrystalline FeVO{sub 4} in which magnetism-induced polarization has been recently found in noncollinear antiferromagnetic state below the second antiferromagnetic phase transition at T{sub N2}{approx_equal}15.7 K. In this low symmetry phase space group P1, the magnetic field dependence of electric polarization evidences a clear magnetoelectric coupling in the noncollinear spin-configured antiferromagnetic phase. The discontinuity of magnetodielectric effect observed at the vicinity of the polar to nonpolar transition evidences competition between different magnetodielectric couplings in the two different antiferromagnetic states. The existence of thermal expansion anomaly near T{sub N2} and magnetostriction effect support magnetoelastically mediated scenario of the observed magnetoelectric effect.

  2. Effects of training on muscle O2 transport at VO2max

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    Roca, J.; Agusti, A. G.; Alonso, A.; Poole, D. C.; Viegas, C.; Barbera, J. A.; Rodriguez-Roisin, R.; Ferrer, A.; Wagner, P. D.

    1992-01-01

    To quantify the relative contributions of convective and peripheral diffusive components of O2 transport to the increase in leg O2 uptake (VO2leg) at maximum O2 uptake (VO2max) after 9 wk of endurance training, 12 sedentary subjects (age 21.8 +/- 3.4 yr, VO2max 36.9 +/- 5.9 ml.min-1.kg-1) were studied. VO2max, leg blood flow (Qleg), and arterial and femoral venous PO2, and thus VO2leg, were measured while the subjects breathed room air, 15% O2, and 12% O2. The sequence of the three inspirates was balanced. After training, VO2max and VO2leg increased at each inspired O2 concentration [FIO2; mean over the 3 FIO2 values 25.2 +/- 17.8 and 36.5 +/- 33% (SD), respectively]. Before training, VO2leg and mean capillary PO2 were linearly related through the origin during hypoxia but not during room air breathing, suggesting that, at 21% O2, VO2max was not limited by O2 supply. After training, VO2leg and mean capillary PO2 at each FIO2 fell along a straight line with zero intercept, just as in athletes (Roca et al. J. Appl. Physiol. 67: 291-299, 1989). Calculated muscle O2 diffusing capacity (DO2) rose 34% while Qleg increased 19%. The relatively greater rise in DO2 increased the DO2/Qleg, which led to 9.9% greater O2 extraction. By numerical analysis, the increase in Qleg alone (constant DO2) would have raised VO2leg by 35 ml/min (mean), but that of DO2 (constant Qleg) would have increased VO2leg by 85 ml/min, more than twice as much. The sum of these individual effects (120 ml/min) was less (P = 0.013) than the observed rise of 164 ml/min (mean). This synergism (explained by the increase in DO2/Qleg) seems to be an important contribution to increases in VO2max with training.

  3. Effects of training on muscle O2 transport at VO2max

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    Roca, J.; Agusti, A. G.; Alonso, A.; Poole, D. C.; Viegas, C.; Barbera, J. A.; Rodriguez-Roisin, R.; Ferrer, A.; Wagner, P. D.

    1992-01-01

    To quantify the relative contributions of convective and peripheral diffusive components of O2 transport to the increase in leg O2 uptake (VO2leg) at maximum O2 uptake (VO2max) after 9 wk of endurance training, 12 sedentary subjects (age 21.8 +/- 3.4 yr, VO2max 36.9 +/- 5.9 ml.min-1.kg-1) were studied. VO2max, leg blood flow (Qleg), and arterial and femoral venous PO2, and thus VO2leg, were measured while the subjects breathed room air, 15% O2, and 12% O2. The sequence of the three inspirates was balanced. After training, VO2max and VO2leg increased at each inspired O2 concentration [FIO2; mean over the 3 FIO2 values 25.2 +/- 17.8 and 36.5 +/- 33% (SD), respectively]. Before training, VO2leg and mean capillary PO2 were linearly related through the origin during hypoxia but not during room air breathing, suggesting that, at 21% O2, VO2max was not limited by O2 supply. After training, VO2leg and mean capillary PO2 at each FIO2 fell along a straight line with zero intercept, just as in athletes (Roca et al. J. Appl. Physiol. 67: 291-299, 1989). Calculated muscle O2 diffusing capacity (DO2) rose 34% while Qleg increased 19%. The relatively greater rise in DO2 increased the DO2/Qleg, which led to 9.9% greater O2 extraction. By numerical analysis, the increase in Qleg alone (constant DO2) would have raised VO2leg by 35 ml/min (mean), but that of DO2 (constant Qleg) would have increased VO2leg by 85 ml/min, more than twice as much. The sum of these individual effects (120 ml/min) was less (P = 0.013) than the observed rise of 164 ml/min (mean). This synergism (explained by the increase in DO2/Qleg) seems to be an important contribution to increases in VO2max with training.

  4. Evaluation of the American College of Sports Medicine submaximal treadmill running test for predicting VO2max.

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    Marsh, Clare E

    2012-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the validity of the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM's) submaximal treadmill running test in predicting VO2max. Twenty-one moderately well-trained men aged 18-34 years performed 1 maximal treadmill test to determine maximal oxygen uptake (M VO2max) and 2 submaximal treadmill tests using 4 stages of continuous submaximal exercise. Estimated VO2max was predicted by extrapolation to age-predicted maximal heart rate (HRmax) and calculated in 2 ways: using data from all submaximal stages between 110 b·min(-1) and 85% HRmax (P VO2max-All), and using data from the last 2 stages only (P VO2max-2). The measured VO2max was overestimated by 3% on average for the group but was not significantly different to predicted VO2max (1-way analysis of variance [ANOVA] p = 0.695; M VO2max = 53.01 ± 5.38; P VO2max-All = 54.27 ± 7.16; P VO2max-2 = 54.99 ± 7.69 ml·kg(-1)·min(-1)), although M VO2max was not overestimated in all the participants--it was underestimated in 30% of observations. Pearson's correlation, standard error of estimate (SEE), and total error (E) between measured and predicted VO2max were r = 0.646, 4.35, 4.08 ml·kg(-1)·min(-1) (P VO2max-All) and r = 0.642, 4.21, 3.98 ml·kg(-1)·min(-1) (P VO2max-2) indicating that the accuracy in prediction (error) was very similar whether using P VO2max-All or P VO2max-2, with up to 70% of the participants predicted scores within 1 SEE (∼4 ml·kg(-1)·min(-1)) of M VO2max. In conclusion, the ACSM equation provides a reasonably good estimation of VO2max with no difference in predictive accuracy between P VO2max-2 and P VO2max-All, and hence, either approach may be equally useful in tracking an individual's aerobic fitness over time. However, if a precise knowledge of VO2max is required, then it is recommended that this be measured directly.

  5. Reduction of [VO2(ma)2]- and [VO2(ema)2]- by ascorbic acid and glutathione: kinetic studies of pro-drugs for the enhancement of insulin action.

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    Song, Bin; Aebischer, Nicolas; Orvig, Chris

    2002-03-25

    To shed light on the role of V(V) complexes as pro-drugs for their V(IV) analogues, the kinetics of the reduction reactions of [VO2(ma)2]- or [VO2(ema)2]- (Hma = maltol, Hema = ethylmaltol), with ascorbic acid or glutathione, have been studied in aqueous solution by spectrophotometric and magnetic resonance methods. EPR and 51V NMR studies suggested that the vanadium(V) in each complex was reduced to vanadium(IV) during the reactions. All the reactions studied showed first-order kinetics when the concentration of ascorbic acid or glutathione was in large excess and the observed first-order rate constants have a linear relationship with the concentrations of reductant (ascorbic acid or glutathione). Potentiometric results revealed that the most important species in the neutral pH range is [VO2(L)2]- for the V(V) system where L is either ma- or ema-. An acid dependence mechanism was proposed from kinetic studies with varying pH and varying maltol concentration. The good fits of the second order rate constant versus pH or the total concentration of maltol, and the good agreement of the constants obtained between fittings, strongly supported the mechanism. Under the same conditions, the reaction rate of [VO2(ma)2]- with glutathione is about 2000 times slower than that of [VO2(ma)2]- with ascorbic acid, but an acid dependence mechanism can also be used to explain the results for the reduction with glutathione. Replacing the methyl group in maltol with an ethyl group has little influence on the reduction rate with ascorbic acid, and the kinetics are the same no matter whether [VO2(ma)2]- or [VO2(ema)2]- is reduced.

  6. Energy star compliant voice over internet protocol (VoIP) telecommunications network including energy star compliant VoIP devices

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    Kouchri, Farrokh Mohammadzadeh

    2012-11-06

    A Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications system, a method of managing a communications network in such a system and a program product therefore. The system/network includes an ENERGY STAR (E-star) aware softswitch and E-star compliant communications devices at system endpoints. The E-star aware softswitch allows E-star compliant communications devices to enter and remain in power saving mode. The E-star aware softswitch spools messages and forwards only selected messages (e.g., calls) to the devices in power saving mode. When the E-star compliant communications devices exit power saving mode, the E-star aware softswitch forwards spooled messages.

  7. Prediction of VO2max with daily step counts for Japanese adult women.

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    Cao, Zhen-Bo; Miyatake, Nobuyuki; Higuchi, Mitsuru; Ishikawa-Takata, Kazuko; Miyachi, Motohiko; Tabata, Izumi

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to develop a new non-exercise VO(2max) prediction model using a physical activity (PA) variable determined by pedometer-determined step counts (SC, steps day(-1)) in Japanese women aged 20-69 years old. Eighty-seven and 102 subjects were used to develop the prediction model, and to validate the new model, respectively. VO(2max) was measured using a maximal incremental test on a bicycle ergometer. SC was significantly related to VO(2max) (partial correlation coefficient r = 0.40, P < 0.001) after adjusting for BMI (kg m(-2)) and age (years). When the new prediction equation developed by multiple regression to estimate VO(2max) from age, BMI, and SC (R = 0.71, SEE = 5.3 ml kg(-1) min(-1), P < 0.001) was applied to the Validation group, predicted VO(2max) correlated well with measured VO(2max) (r = 0.81, P < 0.001), suggesting that SC is a useful PA variable for non-exercise prediction of VO(2max) in Japanese women.

  8. Daily pattern of %VO2max and heart rates in normal and undernourished school children.

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    Spurr, G B; Reina, J C

    1990-10-01

    The pattern of usage of the VO2max, expressed as %VO2max during ordinary school days, with minute-by-minute heart rate recording, was studied in 106 boys and 83 girls, 6-16 yr of age divided into three age groups (6-8, 10-12, and 14-16 yr), living under economically deprived conditions in Colombia and classified as nutritionally normal or marginally malnourished. In a 12-h period, the 12 groups of children spent, on the average, 7-10 h at less than 30% VO2max, 1.5-4 h at 30-50% VO2max, and an accumulated time of 20-60 min above 50% VO2max. The latter occurred in short bursts rather than during sustained periods. There was a statistically significant but small decrease (approximately -3%) in the average 12 h %VO2max with age but no effects of sex or nutritional status. The overall average was about 25% VO2max in all groups. The data may suggest the existence of the regulation of physical activity to some level easily sustainable for long periods. Expressing the data as 30 min averages during 5 h of school and 5 h of free-time activity allows for the possibility of seeing group differences during shorter periods of time. This may prove useful in exercise training programs and studies of effort in the workplace.

  9. Efficient solar-driven water splitting by nanocone BiVO4-perovskite tandem cells.

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    Qiu, Yongcai; Liu, Wei; Chen, Wei; Chen, Wei; Zhou, Guangmin; Hsu, Po-Chun; Zhang, Rufan; Liang, Zheng; Fan, Shoushan; Zhang, Yuegang; Cui, Yi

    2016-06-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) has been widely regarded as a promising photoanode material for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting because of its low cost, its high stability against photocorrosion, and its relatively narrow band gap of 2.4 eV. However, the achieved performance of the BiVO4 photoanode remains unsatisfactory to date because its short carrier diffusion length restricts the total thickness of the BiVO4 film required for sufficient light absorption. We addressed the issue by deposition of nanoporous Mo-doped BiVO4 (Mo:BiVO4) on an engineered cone-shaped nanostructure, in which the Mo:BiVO4 layer with a larger effective thickness maintains highly efficient charge separation and high light absorption capability, which can be further enhanced by multiple light scattering in the nanocone structure. As a result, the nanocone/Mo:BiVO4/Fe(Ni)OOH photoanode exhibits a high water-splitting photocurrent of 5.82 ± 0.36 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode under 1-sun illumination. We also demonstrate that the PEC cell in tandem with a single perovskite solar cell exhibits unassisted water splitting with a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of up to 6.2%.

  10. The heart rate VO2 relationship of aerobic dance: a comparison of target heart rate methods.

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    Scharff-Olson, M; Williford, H N; Smith, F H

    1992-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between heart rate (HR) and oxygen consumption (VO2) for aerobic dance exercise. Therefore, eleven females completed 20 minutes of aerobic dance with continuous monitoring of HR and VO2. These physiological responses were analyzed with correlation/regression techniques. The results showed that for aerobic dance to produce a response in excess of 50% of VO2 max, the target HR must be approximately 80% of the age-predicted HR max or greater. In contrast, previously reported data for treadmill running shows that 50% of VO2 max is achieved at approximately 65% of age-predicted HR max in females. The maximum heart rate reserve (Karvonen) method was also found to underestimate the actual VO2 of AD. With the Karvonen method, the target heart rate must approximate 65% of maximum HR reserve in order to elicit a VO2 response which is representative of 50% of VO2 max. These data support recent research which illustrates that target heart rate prescriptions derived from treadmill testing may fail to accurately place AD participants in the recommended training zone.

  11. Synthesis and photocatalytic performances of BiVO 4 by ammonia co-precipitation process

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    Yu, Jianqiang; Zhang, Yan; Kudo, Akihiko

    2009-02-01

    This paper reports the preparation and photocatalytic performance of Bismuth vanadate (BiVO 4) by a facile and inexpensive approach. An amorphous BiVO 4 was first prepared by a co-precipitation process from aqueous solutions of Bi(NO 3) 3 and NH 4VO 3 using ammonia. Followed by heating treatment at various temperatures, the amorphous phase converted to crystalline BiVO 4 with a structure between monoclinic and tetragonal scheelite. The crystallization of BiVO 4 occurred at about 523 K, while the nanocrystalline BiVO 4 were formed with a heat-treatment of lower than 673 K. However, when the heat-treatment was carried out at 773 K, the accumulation of nanocrystals to bulk particles was observed. The photocatalytic performances of the materials were investigated by O 2 evolution under visible-light, and MB decomposition under solar simulator. The results demonstrated that the crystalline structure is still the vital factor for the activities of both reactions. However, the crystallinity of BiVO 4 gives a major influence on the activity of O 2 evolution, whereas the surface area, plays an important role for photocatalytic MB decomposition.

  12. Efficient solar-driven water splitting by nanocone BiVO4-perovskite tandem cells

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    Qiu, Yongcai; Liu, Wei; Chen, Wei; Chen, Wei; Zhou, Guangmin; Hsu, Po-Chun; Zhang, Rufan; Liang, Zheng; Fan, Shoushan; Zhang, Yuegang; Cui, Yi

    2016-01-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) has been widely regarded as a promising photoanode material for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting because of its low cost, its high stability against photocorrosion, and its relatively narrow band gap of 2.4 eV. However, the achieved performance of the BiVO4 photoanode remains unsatisfactory to date because its short carrier diffusion length restricts the total thickness of the BiVO4 film required for sufficient light absorption. We addressed the issue by deposition of nanoporous Mo-doped BiVO4 (Mo:BiVO4) on an engineered cone-shaped nanostructure, in which the Mo:BiVO4 layer with a larger effective thickness maintains highly efficient charge separation and high light absorption capability, which can be further enhanced by multiple light scattering in the nanocone structure. As a result, the nanocone/Mo:BiVO4/Fe(Ni)OOH photoanode exhibits a high water-splitting photocurrent of 5.82 ± 0.36 mA cm−2 at 1.23 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode under 1-sun illumination. We also demonstrate that the PEC cell in tandem with a single perovskite solar cell exhibits unassisted water splitting with a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of up to 6.2%. PMID:27386565

  13. Triton X-100 induced cuboid-like BiVO4 microsphere with high photocatalytic performance.

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    Suwanchawalit, Cheewita; Buddee, Supat; Wongnawa, Sumpun

    2017-05-01

    A highly active visible light-induced BiVO4 photocatalyst was prepared by a simple co-precipitation method using ammonia solution as a pH adjustor and Triton X-100 (TX100) as a structure directing agent. The physical properties of the prepared BiVO4 photocatalyst were investigated by several techniques such as X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area measurement, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive analysis (EDS), Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), photoluminescence (PL), and UV-Vis diffused reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). XRD results revealed the existence of a monoclinic scheelite structure in both the unmodified and the modified samples. The TX100 played a crucial role to control the cuboid-like shape morphology of BiVO4. The DRS results showed that the as-prepared cuboid BiVO4 possessed enhanced visible light absorption range compared with that of the unmodified BiVO4. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated via indigo carmine (IC) degradation under visible light irradiation. The modified BiVO4 showed higher photocatalytic efficiency than the unmodified BiVO4 and the commercial P25-TiO2 which could be ascribed to the better charge separation efficiency. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  14. The VO-Dance web application at the IA2 data center

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    Molinaro, Marco; Knapic, Cristina; Smareglia, Riccardo

    2012-09-01

    Italian center for Astronomical Archives (IA2, http://ia2.oats.inaf.it) is a national infrastructure project of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (Istituto Nazionale di AstroFisica, INAF) that provides services for the astronomical community. Besides data hosting for the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) Corporation, the Galileo National Telescope (Telescopio Nazionale Galileo, TNG) Consortium and other telescopes and instruments, IA2 offers proprietary and public data access through user portals (both developed and mirrored) and deploys resources complying the Virtual Observatory (VO) standards. Archiving systems and web interfaces are developed to be extremely flexible about adding new instruments from other telescopes. VO resources publishing, along with data access portals, implements the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) protocols providing astronomers with new ways of analyzing data. Given the large variety of data flavours and IVOA standards, the need for tools to easily accomplish data ingestion and data publishing arises. This paper describes the VO-Dance tool, that IA2 started developing to address VO resources publishing in a dynamical way from already existent database tables or views. The tool consists in a Java web application, potentially DBMS and platform independent, that stores internally the services' metadata and information, exposes restful endpoints to accept VO queries for these services and dynamically translates calls to these endpoints to SQL queries coherent with the published table or view. In response to the call VO-Dance translates back the database answer in a VO compliant way.

  15. Microstructure and Transport properties of epitaxial VO2 thin films on TiO2 substrates

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    Lu, Jiwei

    2008-10-01

    Vanadium oxides are paradigms of strongly correlated oxides and have attracted attention because of the metal insulator transitions (MIT) that several of the oxides and sub-oxides exhibit. In particular, VO2 has a metal--semiconductor transition at 340 K. This transition in VO2 combines the properties of a pure Mott Hubbard electronic transition with those of a Peierls structural transition. The Mott transition is responsible for the extreme speed of the optical switching that has been observed (faster than 100 fs). Understanding this transition and how to control it remains a challenge for both theory and experimental physics. We used a novel deposition technique, Reactive Bias Target Ion Beam Deposition, to grow 40 nm epitaxial VO2 thin films on rutile TiO2 substrates with various crystal orientations. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to explore the epitaxy of VO2 and we found that all VO2 thin films on TiO2 substrates showed tetragonal symmetry at room temperature due to the constrain from rutile substrates. We also characterized the metal-insulator transition of VO2 films as the function of the crystal orientation of rutile TiO2. We also characterized the anisotropy of VO2 thin films. In collaboration with Kevin West and Stuart Wolf, University of Virginia.

  16. Naturally formed ultrathin V2O5 heteroepitaxial layer on VO2/sapphire(001) film

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    Littlejohn, Aaron J.; Yang, Yunbo; Lu, Zonghuan; Shin, Eunsung; Pan, KuanChang; Subramanyam, Guru; Vasilyev, Vladimir; Leedy, Kevin; Quach, Tony; Lu, Toh-Ming; Wang, Gwo-Ching

    2017-10-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) and vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) thin films change their properties in response to external stimuli such as photons, temperature, electric field and magnetic field and have applications in electronics, optical devices, and sensors. Due to the multiple valence states of V and non-stoichiometry in thin films, it is challenging to grow epitaxial, single-phase V-oxide on a substrate, or a heterostructure of two epitaxial V-oxides. We report the formation of a heterostructure consisting of a few nm thick ultrathin V2O5 epitaxial layer on pulsed laser deposited tens of nm thick epitaxial VO2 thin films grown on single crystal Al2O3(001) substrates without post annealing of the VO2 film. The simultaneous observation of the ultrathin epitaxial V2O5 layer and VO2 epitaxial film is only possible by our unique reflection high energy electron diffraction pole figure analysis. The out-of-plane and in-plane epitaxial relationships are V2O5[100]||VO2[010]||Al2O3[001] and V2O5[03 2 bar]||VO2[100]||Al2O3[1 1 bar0], respectively. The existence of the V2O5 layer on the surface of the VO2 film is also supported by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy.

  17. Is time limit at the minimum swimming velocity of VO2 max influenced by stroking parameters?

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    Fernandes, Ricardo J; Marinho, Daniel A; Barbosa, Tiago M; Vilas-Boas, J Paulo

    2006-08-01

    The aim of this study was to observe the relationship between time limit at the minimum velocity that elicits maximal oxygen consumption (TLim-v VO2 max) and stroke rate, stroke length, and stroke index. 13 men and 10 women, highly trained swimmers, performed an intermittent incremental test for v VO2 max assessment and an all-out swim to estimate TLim-v VO2 max. The mean +/- SD TLim-v VO2 max, v VO2 max, stroke rate, stroke length, and stroke index values were 233.36 +/- 53.92 sec., 1.40 +/- .06 meter/sec., 35.58 +/- 2.89 cycles/min., 2.39 +/- .22 meter/cycle, and 3.36 +/- .41 meter2/(cycle x sec.), respectively. The correlation between TLim-v VO2 max and stroke rate was -.51 (p < .01), and values for TLim-v VO2 max with stroke length (r = .52, p < .01) and stroke index (r = .45, p < .05). These results seem to suggest that technical skill is a key factor in typical efforts requiring prolonged aerobic power.

  18. A theoretical analysis of factors determining VO2 MAX at sea level and altitude.

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    Wagner, P D

    1996-12-01

    When maximal VO2 (VO2 MAX) is limited by O2 supply, it is generally thought that cardiac output (QT) is mostly responsible, but other O2 transport conductances [ventilation (VA); [Hb]; pulmonary (DLO2) and muscle (DMO2) diffusion capacities] may also influence VO2 MAX. A numerical analysis interactively linking the lungs, circulation and muscles was designed to compare the influences of each conductance component on VO2 MAX at three altitudes: PB = 760, 464 and 253 Torr. For any given set of conductances the analysis simultaneously solved six equations for alveolar, arterial, and venous PO2 and PcO2. The equations represent pulmonary mass balance, pulmonary diffusion, and muscle diffusion for both gases. At PB = 760, [Hb], DLO2 and DMO2 were as influential as QT in limiting VO2 MAX. With increasing altitude, the influence of QT and [Hb] fell while that of VA, DLO2 and DMO2 progressively increased until at PB = 253, VO2 MAX was independent of QT and [Hb]. Neither the fall in maximal QT nor rise in [Hb] with chronic hypoxia therefore appear to affect VO2 MAX. However, high values of ventilation, DLO2 and DMO2 appear to be advantageous for exercise at altitude.

  19. Terbium-Doped VO2 Thin Films: Reduced Phase Transition Temperature and Largely Enhanced Luminous Transmittance.

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    Wang, Ning; Duchamp, Martial; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E; Liu, Shiyu; Zeng, XianTing; Cao, Xun; Long, Yi

    2016-01-26

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is a well-known thermochromic material with large IR modulating ability, promising for energy-saving smart windows. The main drawbacks of VO2 are its high phase transition temperature (τ(c) = 68°C), low luminous transmission (T(lum)), and weak solar modulating ability (ΔT(sol)). In this paper, the terbium cation (Tb(3+)) doping was first reported to reduce τ(c) and increase T(lum) of VO2 thin films. Compared with pristine VO2, 2 at. % doping level gives both enhanced T(lum) and ΔT(sol) from 45.8% to 54.0% and 7.7% to 8.3%, respectively. The T(lum) increases with continuous Tb(3+) doping and reaches 79.4% at 6 at. % doping level, representing ∼73.4% relative increment compared with pure VO2. This has surpassed the best reported doped VO2 thin films. The enhanced thermochromic properties is meaningful for smart window applications of VO2 materials.

  20. Seasonal variation of VO 2 max and the VO2-work rate relationship in elite Alpine skiers.

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    Gross, Micah A; Breil, Fabio A; Lehmann, Andrea D; Hoppeler, Hans; Vogt, Michael

    2009-11-01

    Alpine ski performance relates closely to both anaerobic and aerobic capacities. During their competitive season, skiers greatly reduce endurance and weight training, and on-snow training becomes predominant. To typify this shift, we compared exhaustive ramp cycling and squat (SJ) and countermovement jumping (CMJ) performance in elite males before and after their competitive season. In postseason compared with preseason: 1) maximal oxygen uptake (VO 2 max) normalized to bodyweight was higher (55.2 +/- 5.2 vs 52.7 +/- 3.6 mL x kg(-1) x min(-1), P < 0.01), but corresponding work rate (W) was unchanged; 2) at ventilatory thresholds (VT), absolute and relative work rates were similar but heart rates were lower; 3) VO2/W slope was greater (9.59 +/- 0.6 vs 9.19 +/- 0.4 mL O2 x min(-1) x W(-1), P = 0.02), with similar flattening (P < 0.01) above V T1 at both time points; and 4) jump height was greater in SJ (47.4 +/- 4.4 vs 44.7 +/- 4.3 cm, P < 0.01) and CMJ (52.7 +/- 4.6 vs 50.4 +/- 5.0 cm, P < 0.01). We believe that aerobic capacity and leg power were constrained in preseason and that improvements primarily reflected an in-season recovery from a fatigued state, which was caused by incongruous preseason training. Residual adaptations to high-altitude exposure in preseason could have also affected the results. Nonetheless, modern alpine skiing seemingly provides an ample cardiovascular training stimulus for skiers to maintain their aerobic capacities during the racing season. We conclude that aerobic fitness and leg explosiveness can be maintained in-season but may be compromised by heavy or excessive preseason training. In addition, ramp test V O2/W slope analysis could be useful for monitoring both positive and negative responses to training.

  1. Synthesis and photocatalytic performances of BiVO{sub 4} by ammonia co-precipitation process

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    Yu Jianqiang Zhang Yan; Kudo, Akihiko

    2009-02-15

    This paper reports the preparation and photocatalytic performance of Bismuth vanadate (BiVO{sub 4}) by a facile and inexpensive approach. An amorphous BiVO{sub 4} was first prepared by a co-precipitation process from aqueous solutions of Bi(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} and NH{sub 4}VO{sub 3} using ammonia. Followed by heating treatment at various temperatures, the amorphous phase converted to crystalline BiVO{sub 4} with a structure between monoclinic and tetragonal scheelite. The crystallization of BiVO{sub 4} occurred at about 523 K, while the nanocrystalline BiVO{sub 4} were formed with a heat-treatment of lower than 673 K. However, when the heat-treatment was carried out at 773 K, the accumulation of nanocrystals to bulk particles was observed. The photocatalytic performances of the materials were investigated by O{sub 2} evolution under visible-light, and MB decomposition under solar simulator. The results demonstrated that the crystalline structure is still the vital factor for the activities of both reactions. However, the crystallinity of BiVO{sub 4} gives a major influence on the activity of O{sub 2} evolution, whereas the surface area, plays an important role for photocatalytic MB decomposition. - Abstract: BiVO{sub 4} was prepared by a co-precipitation process using aqueous ammonia solution, followed by heating treatment at various temperatures. The crystalline structure and crystallization process, and their influences on photocatalytic O{sub 2} evolution and organic pollutants degradation were investigated. It demonstrated that the crystalline structure is still the vital factor for the activities of both reactions. However, the crystallinity of BiVO{sub 4} gives a major influence on the activity of O{sub 2} evolution, whereas the surface area, plays an important role for photocatalytic MB decomposition. Display Omitted.

  2. .VO2max is not altered by self-pacing during incremental exercise.

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    Chidnok, Weerapong; Dimenna, Fred J; Bailey, Stephen J; Burnley, Mark; Wilkerson, Daryl P; Vanhatalo, Anni; Jones, Andrew M

    2013-02-01

    We tested the hypothesis that incremental cycling to exhaustion that is paced using clamps of the rating of perceived exertion (RPE) elicits higher .VO2max values compared to a conventional ramp incremental protocol when test duration is matched. Seven males completed three incremental tests to exhaustion to measure .VO2max. The incremental protocols were of similar duration and included: a ramp test at 30 W min(-1) with constant cadence (RAMP1); a ramp test at 30 W min(-1) with cadence free to fluctuate according to subject preference (RAMP2); and a self-paced incremental test in which the power output was selected by the subject according to prescribed increments in RPE (SPT). The subjects also completed a .VO2max 'verification' test at a fixed high-intensity power output and a 3-min all-out test. No difference was found for .VO2max between the incremental protocols (RAMP1 = 4.33 ± 0.60 L min(-1); RAMP2 = 4.31 ± 0.62 L min(-1); SPT = 4.36 ± 0.59 L min(-1); P > 0.05) nor between the incremental protocols and the peak.VO2max measured during the 3-min all-out test (4.33 ± 0.68 L min(-1)) or the .VO2max measured in the verification test (4.32 ± 0.69 L min(-1)). The integrated electromyogram, blood lactate concentration, heart rate and minute ventilation at exhaustion were not different (P > 0.05) between the incremental protocols. In conclusion, when test duration is matched, SPT does not elicit a higher .VO2max compared to conventional incremental protocols. The striking similarity of .VO2max measured across an array of exercise protocols indicates that there are physiological limits to the attainment of .VO2max that cannot be exceeded by self-pacing.

  3. Estimated V(O2)max from the rockport walk test on a nonmotorized curved treadmill.

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    Seneli, Rhiannon M; Ebersole, Kyle T; OʼConnor, Kristian M; Snyder, Ann C

    2013-12-01

    The Rockport Walk Test (RWT) is a 1-mile walk used to estimate the maximal volume of oxygen uptake (V(O2)max). The purpose of this study was to validate the RWT on a nonmotorized curved treadmill (CT). Twenty-three healthy adults (10 females; 19-44 years old) participated. One trial of the RWT was performed on a measured indoor track (RWTO) and another on the CT (RWTC) on different days in randomized order. Heart rate (HR) and completion time were used to calculate V(O2)max using 6 different general and gender specific equations from previous research. Subjects also performed a treadmill graded exercise test (GXT), which was used as the criterion measure for V(O2)max. Completion times and HR between the 2 RWT were compared using dependent t-tests. Estimated V(O2)max values were compared between the RWTC, RWTO, and GXT through repeated measures analysis of variance, Pearson's correlations (r), and Bland-Altman's plots. There was no difference between completion times for the RWTO and RWTC but HRs were significantly higher with RWTC. When the same equation was applied to the RWTO and RWTC, there were no similar results. All V(O2)max estimations were different from observed V(O2)max except for the estimation from the relative general Kline et al. equation on the RWTO. Despite high correlations (r = 0.75-0.91), the RWTC underestimated V(O2)max. The RWTC underestimates V(O2)max but may be beneficial if a new equation were created specifically for the CT. With appropriate equations for the CT, the RWTC would provide an alternate form of V(O2)max testing.

  4. Expression of VO2peak in Children and Youth, with Special Reference to Allometric Scaling.

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    Loftin, Mark; Sothern, Melinda; Abe, Takashi; Bonis, Marc

    2016-10-01

    The aim of this review was to highlight research that has focused on examining expressions of peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak) in children and youth, with special reference to allometric scaling. VO2peak is considered the highest VO2 during an increasing workload treadmill or bicycle ergometer test until volitional termination. We have reviewed scholarly works identified from PubMed, One Search, EBSCOhost and Google Scholar that examined VO2peak in absolute units (L·min(-1)), relative units [body mass, fat-free mass (FFM)], and allometric expressions [mass, height, lean body mass (LBM) or LBM of the legs raised to a power function] through July 2015. Often, the objective of measuring VO2peak is to evaluate cardiorespiratory function and fitness level. Since body size (body mass and height) frequently vary greatly in children and youth, expressing VO2peak in dimensionless units is often inappropriate for comparative or explanatory purposes. Consequently, expressing VO2peak in allometric units has gained increased research attention over the past 2 decades. In our review, scaling mass was the most frequent variable employed, with coefficients ranging from approximately 0.30 to over 1.0. The wide variance is probably due to several factors, including mass, height, LBM, sex, age, physical training, and small sample size. In summary, we recommend that since skeletal muscle is paramount for human locomotion, an allometric expression of VO2peak relative to LBM is the best expression of VO2peak in children and youth.

  5. Lithium-inserted vanadium dioxide (LixVO2) thin films

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    Khan, Mohammad S. R.

    1996-04-01

    Thermochromic switching between a low-temperature and high-temperature less transparent state is possible in thin films based on vanadium dioxide (VO2). The critical temperature Tc at which the transition takes place in VO2 is on the order of 68 degrees Celsius which can be depressed towards a comfortable temperature by several techniques, including dopants. Dopants can be inserted by electrochemical means. This work is an exploratory study of the electrochromism of LixVO2 with a view to 'smart window' applications. Thin films of LixVO2 (0 less than or equal to x less than or equal to 0.43) were made by reactive sputtering and annealing electrolyte of LiClO4 and propylene carbonate. A maximum lithium content of x equals 0.43 was accomplished. Optical spectral response at wavelength pertinent to solar radiation was reported. Lithium insertion increased the transmittance gradually and reversibly i.e. LixVO2 showed electrochromism and bleached under Li insertion. LixVO2 also showed thermochroism, although to a smaller degree than VO2 and was most transparent at low temperature. Temperature- dependent electrical conductivity and thermoelectric power measurements were also performed. A conductivity transition by approximately 3 orders of magnitude was seen at approximately 60 degrees Celsius in VO2. This transition decreased in proportion with the amount of Li intercalation and was less than one order of magnitude in Li0.43VO2. Lithiation also decreased Tc by a few degrees Celsius. The thermoelectric power showed a well defined increase when Tc was exceeded.

  6. Effects of high-intensity interval training on the VO2 response during severe exercise.

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    Duffield, Rob; Edge, Johann; Bishop, David

    2006-06-01

    This study examined the effect of high-intensity interval training on the VO2 response during severe, constant-load exercise. Prior to, and following training, 10 females (V O2 peak 37.4+/-6.0 mL kg-1 min-1) performed a graded exercise test to determine VO2 peak and lactate threshold (LT) and a 6 min cycle test (CT) at the pre-training VO2 peak intensity. Training involved high-intensity intervals (2 min work, 1 min rest) performed 3x week for 8 weeks. Breath-by-breath data from 0 to 6 min during the CT were smoothed using 5s averages and fit to a bi-exponential model starting from 20s. Training resulted in significant improvements in VO2 max (2.34+/-0.37-2.78+/-0.30 L min-1), power at VO2 max (170+/-26-204+/-25 W) and power at LT (113+/-17-136+/-20 W) (p<0.05). Following training, the VO2 response showed a significant increase in the amplitude of the primary phase (A1) (1396+/-103-1695+/-100 mL min-1; p<0.05) and end-exercise VO2 (VO2 EE), with no difference (p>0.05) in the time constants of either phase or the amplitude of the slow component (318+/-67-380+/-48 mL; p=0.15). In conjunction, accumulated oxygen deficit (AOD) (43.7+/-9.8-17.2+/-2.8 mL O2 eq kg-1) and anaerobic contribution to the CT (19.4+/-4.4-7.2+/-1.2%) were significantly reduced. In contrast to previous moderate-intensity research, a high-intensity interval training program increased A1 and VO2 EE for the same absolute exercise intensity, decreasing the AOD during a severe-intensity CT.

  7. Triclinic-monoclinic-orthorhombic (T-M-O) structural transitions in phase diagram of FeVO4-CrVO4 solid solutions

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    Bera, Ganesh; Reddy, V. R.; Rambabu, P.; Mal, P.; Das, Pradip; Mohapatra, N.; Padmaja, G.; Turpu, G. R.

    2017-09-01

    Phase diagram of FeVO4-CrVO4 solid solutions pertinent with structural and magnetic phases is presented with unambiguous experimental evidences. Solid solutions Fe1-xCrxVO4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) were synthesized through the standard solid state route and studied by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectra of X-rays, Raman spectroscopy, d.c. magnetization, and 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopic studies. FeVO4 and CrVO4 were found to be in triclinic (P-1 space group) and orthorhombic structures (Cmcm space group), respectively. Cr incorporation into the FeVO4 lattice leads to the emergence of a new monoclinic phase dissimilar to the both end members of the solid solutions. In Fe1-xCrxVO4 up to x = 0.10, no discernible changes in the triclinic structure were found. A new structural monoclinic phase (C2/m space group) emerges within the triclinic phase at x = 0.125, and with the increase in Cr content, it gets stabilized with clear single phase signatures in the range of x = 0.175-0.25 as evidenced by the Rietveld analysis of the structures. Beyond x = 0.33, orthorhombic phase similar to CrVO4 (Cmcm space group) emerges and coexists with a monoclinic structure up to x = 0.85, which finally tends to stabilize in the range of x = 0.90-1.00. The Raman spectroscopic studies also confirm the structural transition. FeVO4 Raman spectra show the modes related to three nonequivalent V ions in the triclinic structure, where up to 42 Raman modes are observed in the present study. With the stabilization of structures having higher symmetry, the number of Raman modes decreases and the modes related to symmetry inequivalent sites collate into singular modes from the doublet structure. A systematic crossover from two magnetic transitions in FeVO4, at 21.5 K and 15.4 K to single magnetic transition in CrVO4, at 71 K (antiferromagnetic transition), is observed in magnetization studies. The intermediate solid solution with x = 0.15 shows two magnetic transitions

  8. Synthesis and field emission property of VO 2 nanorods with a body-centered-cubic structure

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    Wang, Yuquan; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2009-02-01

    Films consisting of vertically aligned VO 2 nanorods were prepared on planar silicon substrate by thermally heating a sheet of vanadium in a rough vacuum. These nanorods were found to be of a body-centered-cubic (BCC) structure with a lattice constant of 0.94 nm, which was not observed before for VO 2. Due to their sharp tip of the nanometer scale, the BCC VO 2 nanorods exhibited excellent field emission properties, which make them possible candidate materials for applications in field emission devices.

  9. Influence of Prior Exercise on VO2 Kinetics Subsequent Exhaustive Rowing Performance

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    Sousa, Ana; Ribeiro, João; Sousa, Marisa; Vilas-Boas, João Paulo; Fernandes, Ricardo J.

    2014-01-01

    Prior exercise has the potential to enhance subsequent performance by accelerating the oxygen uptake (VO2) kinetics. The present study investigated the effects of two different intensities of prior exercise on pulmonary VO2 kinetics and exercise time during subsequent exhaustive rowing exercise. It was hypothesized that in prior heavy, but not prior moderate exercise condition, overall VO2 kinetics would be faster and the VO2 primary amplitude would be higher, leading to longer exercise time at VO2max. Six subjects (mean ± SD; age: 22.9±4.5 yr; height: 181.2±7.1 cm and body mass: 75.5±3.4 kg) completed square-wave transitions to 100% of VO2max from three different conditions: without prior exercise, with prior moderate and heavy exercise. VO2 was measured using a telemetric portable gas analyser (K4b2, Cosmed, Rome, Italy) and the data were modelled using either mono or double exponential fittings. The use of prior moderate exercise resulted in a faster VO2 pulmonary kinetics response (τ1 = 13.41±3.96 s), an improved performance in the time to exhaustion (238.8±50.2 s) and similar blood lactate concentrations ([La−]) values (11.8±1.7 mmol.L−1) compared to the condition without prior exercise (16.0±5.56 s, 215.3±60.1 s and 10.7±1.2 mmol.L−1, for τ1, time sustained at VO2max and [La−], respectively). Performance of prior heavy exercise, although useful in accelerating the VO2 pulmonary kinetics response during a subsequent time to exhaustion exercise (τ1 = 9.18±1.60 s), resulted in a shorter time sustained at VO2max (155.5±46.0 s), while [La−] was similar (13.5±1.7 mmol.L−1) compared to the other two conditions. Although both prior moderate and heavy exercise resulted in a faster pulmonary VO2 kinetics response, only prior moderate exercise lead to improved rowing performance. PMID:24404156

  10. Controlled synthesis of m-BiVO4 dendrites for enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Li, Di; Shi, Weidong; Zheng, Wenjun

    2016-08-01

    Well-defined m-BiVO4 dendrites have been synthesized using a simple hydrothermal method without adding organic surfactant. A series of time-dependent experiments were conducted to investigate the shape formation mechanism of the m-BiVO4 dendrites. Furthermore, the corresponding growth mechanism which involved the Ostwald ripening process has been discussed. The m-BiVO4 dendrites showed great enhanced activity in the visible-light photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) solution which might be attributed to the special morphology.

  11. Prior Knowledge of Trial Number Influences the Incidence of Plateau at VO2max.

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    Gordon, Dan; Caddy, Oliver; Merzbach, Viviane; Gernigon, Marie; Baker, James; Scruton, Adrian; Keiller, Don; Barnes, Richard

    2015-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the VO2max plateau response at VO2max during a series of pre-determined trials. Ten male well-trained athletes (age, 23.0 ± 3.2; height, 183.3 ± 5.5 cm; mass 77.5 ± 11.1 Kg; VO2max 66.5 ± 5.0 ml(.)kg(-1,)min(-1)), but who were VO2max testing naïve and with prior-knowledge of trial number completed four incremental tests to volitional exhaustion, separated by ~72-h for the determination of VO2max and gas exchange threshold. Throughout all trials VO2max was recorded on a breath-by-breath basis using a pre-calibrated metabolic cart, using a plateau criterion of Δ VO2 ≤1.5 ml(.)kg(-1.)min(-1) over the final 2 consecutive 30 s sampling periods. A significant difference was observed between trial-1 and trial-4 for plateau incidence (p = 0.0285) rising from 20% in trial-1 to a 70% response rate in trial-4. Furthermore a significant difference was observed for VO2dif (difference between criterion value and Δ VO2) in trial-1, 1.02 ± 1.69 ml(.)kg(-1.)min(-1) (p = 0.038), with non-significant differences observed for all other trials, despite a non-significant difference for VO2max across all trials (p > 0.05). Finally, a significant difference was observed for effort perception (RPE) at volitional exhaustion between trial-1 (17.7 ± 1.3) and trial-4 (19.0 ± 1.4) (p = 0.0052). These data indicate that prior-knowledge of trial number can influence the manifestation of the VO2 plateau in a group of well-trained male athletes, thereby suggesting that a form of effort control is established in order to preserve the finite anaerobic capacity. Key pointsIn well-trained athletes the incidence of plateau at VO2max increases in conjunction with an increase in trial number and the associated sensations of pain and fatigue.By informing the participant of the number of trials to be completed a closed-loop condition is developed whereby effort in all trials is compared to a perceptually developed template.Closed-loop condition leads to a

  12. Instantaneous band gap collapse in photoexcited monoclinic VO2 due to photocarrier doping.

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    Wegkamp, Daniel; Herzog, Marc; Xian, Lede; Gatti, Matteo; Cudazzo, Pierluigi; McGahan, Christina L; Marvel, Robert E; Haglund, Richard F; Rubio, Angel; Wolf, Martin; Stähler, Julia

    2014-11-21

    Using femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy we demonstrate that photoexcitation transforms monoclinic VO2 quasi-instantaneously into a metal. Thereby, we exclude an 80 fs structural bottleneck for the photoinduced electronic phase transition of VO2. First-principles many-body perturbation theory calculations reveal a high sensitivity of the VO2 band gap to variations of the dynamically screened Coulomb interaction, supporting a fully electronically driven isostructural insulator-to-metal transition. We thus conclude that the ultrafast band structure renormalization is caused by photoexcitation of carriers from localized V 3d valence states, strongly changing the screening before significant hot-carrier relaxation or ionic motion has occurred.

  13. Cr(5+):GdVO(4) as a saturable absorber for a diode-pumped Nd:Lu(0.5)Gd(0.5)VO(4) laser.

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    Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Zhengping; Wang, Jiyang; Yu, Yonggui; Gao, Wenlan; Tao, Xutang; Liu, Junhai; Zhang, Xingyu; Jiang, Minhua

    2007-09-03

    A new Q-switched crystal Cr(5+):GdVO(4) was grown by the Czochralski method for the first time, to our knowledge. Polarized absorption spectra of Cr(5+)+:GdVO(4) were measured at room temperature. The results showed that the crystal has polarized absorption properties, and the absorption band of pi-polarized spectra located at 900 to 1300 nm should be suitable as a passive saturable absorber Q-switched laser at about 1 mum. With Cr(5+):GdVO(4) as a saturable absorber, the pulsed laser performance of Nd:Lu(0.5)Gd(0.5)VO(4) at 1.06 mum was demonstrated. The maximum average output power of 122 mW was obtained under a pump power of 3.79 W. The shortest pulse width and largest pulse energy obtained were 361 ns and 0.77 muJ, respectively. To our knowledge, it is the first time the absorption spectra of Cr(5+):GdVO(4) and a pulsed laser with the crystal as the saturable absorber have been obtained.

  14. Anticancer activity of baicalein and luteolin studied in colorectal adenocarcinoma LoVo cells and in drug-resistant LoVo/Dx cells.

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    Palko-Labuz, Anna; Sroda-Pomianek, Kamila; Uryga, Anna; Kostrzewa-Suslow, Edyta; Michalak, Krystyna

    2017-04-01

    Due to the type-specific diversity of cancer cells, an analysis and elucidation of molecular mechanisms responsible for anticancer properties of biologically active compounds are essential. Plant-derived polyphenolic compounds such as flavonoids may be useful in cancer chemoprevention or treatment because they influence diverse molecular pathways in cancer cells. In these studies anticancer activity of natural occurring flavones, baicalein and luteolin was investigated in colon cancer cells LoVo and in their drug resistant subline LoVo/Dx. Inhibitory activity of these flavones on cells growth and their ability to induce apoptosis were observed. A less pronounced influence of studied flavones on proliferation and apoptosis of LoVo/Dx as compared with LoVo cells well correlated with significantly lower cytotoxicity of these compounds in drug-resistant cells. These effects may be related to overexpression of multidrug transporter P-glycoprotein in drug-resistant LoVo/Dx cells. Our studies indicated that baicalein could be a substrate of this drug transporter. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  15. Photodeposited FeOOH vs electrodeposited Co-Pi to enhance nanoporous BiVO4 for photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Jia, Aihua; Kan, Miao; Jia, Jinping; Zhao, Yixin

    2017-06-01

    Co-Pi and FeOOH cocatalysts were in-situ deposited on the surface of nanoporous BiVO4 photoelectrodes. The FeOOH cocatalyst has little effect on the BiVO4 samples’ morphologies, while the electrodeposited Co-Pi cocatalyst seems to affect the surface of BiVO4. The impedance intensity modulated photocurrent spectroscopy (IMPS), Mott-Schottky (M-S) techniques characterize BiVO4 samples photoelectrochemical performance with the deposition of Co-Pi and FeOOH. The Co-Pi/BiVO4 shows better photoelectrochemical performance than the FeOOH/BiVO4, but the FeOOH/BiVO4 exhibited the better stabilities. The flat band potential and slope of M-S plotof FeOOH/BiVO4 have little variations compared with BiVO4. In contrast, Co-Pi/BiVO4 exhibited the down shifted flat band potential, which is beneficial for the photoelectrochemical water oxidation. The electron transfer measurements revealed that the deposition of FeOOH and Co-Pi onto BiVO4 significantly enhanced the photoelectrochemical performance via reducing the interface resistance and promoting the electron transport. Furthermore, Co-Pi cocatalysts can further pin the transport-limiting traps and significantly facilitate the electron transport.

  16. Morphology-dependent photocatalytic removal of NO by hierarchical BiVO4 microboats and microspheres under visible light

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    Ai, Zhihui; Lee, Shuncheng

    2013-09-01

    In this study, hierarchical monoclinic BiVO4 three-dimensional (3D) superstructures with two kinds of morphologies, namely BiVO4 microboats and BiVO4 microspheres, have been controllably synthesized by adjusting reaction time in the template-free hydrothermal process using ethylene glycol as solvent. The nucleation, growth, and self-assembly of the BiVO4 superstructures could be readily controlled with reaction time, which brought different morphologies to the final product. The as-prepared BiVO4 superstructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen adsorption-desorption experimentation, and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-vis DRS). The monoclinic 3D BiVO4 catalysts are composed of two-dimensional (2D) nanoplates which intercross with each other. Nanoplates were firstly formed by aggregation of primary nanocrystallites and then self-assembly converted to microboats and microspheres via the oriented attachment mechanism. The prepared BiVO4 3D catalysts can respond to visible light and their optical and photocatalytic properties are relevant to their morphologies. The BiVO4 microspheres showed superior photocatalytic activity on removal of gaseous NO compared to the BiVO4 microboats. The morphology-dependent photocatalytic property of the BiVO4 superstructures is discussed. This work suggests that the synthesized BiVO4 micropheres are promising photocatalyst for environmental remediation.

  17. Continuous Tuning of Phase Transition Temperature in VO2 Thin Films on c-Cut Sapphire Substrates via Strain Variation.

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    Jian, Jie; Wang, Xuejing; Li, Leigang; Fan, Meng; Zhang, Wenrui; Huang, Jijie; Qi, Zhimin; Wang, Haiyan

    2017-02-15

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films with controlled thicknesses are deposited on c-cut sapphire substrates with Al-doped ZnO (AZO) buffer layers by pulsed laser deposition. The surface roughness of AZO buffer layers is varied by controlling oxygen pressure during growth. The strain in the VO2 lattice is found to be dependent on the VO2 thickness and the VO2/AZO interface roughness. The semiconductor-to-metal transition (SMT) properties of VO2 thin films are characterized and the transition temperature (Tc) is successfully tuned by the VO2 thickness as well as the VO2/AZO interface roughness. It shows that the Tc of VO2 decreases with the decrease of film thickness or VO2/AZO interface roughness. Other SMT properties of the VO2 films are maintained during the Tc tuning. The results suggest that the strain tuning induced by AZO buffer provides an effective approach for tuning Tc of VO2 continuously.

  18. Study on Thermochromic VO2 Films Grown on ZnO-Coated Glass Substrates for “Smart Windows”

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    Kato, Kazuhiro; Song, Pung Keun; Odaka, Hidehumi; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2003-10-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is one of the most attractive thermochromic materials, which show large changes in optical and electrical properties at the transition temperature (Tt) close to the atmospheric temperature (approximately 340 K). We already reported for VO2 deposition by rf magnetron sputtering using V2O3 or V2O5 targets that VO2 films thicker than 400 nm showed high thermochromic performance, whereas the VO2 films thinner than 200 nm did not show such performance because of their poor crystallinity and off-stoichiometry. In this study, very thin thermochromic VO2 films with thicknesses of about 50 nm were successfully deposited using highly < 001>-preferred oriented ZnO polycrystalline films as a buffer layer between the VO2 film and glass substrate (VO2/ZnO/glass) because of the heteroepitaxial growth of VO2 polycrystalline films. W-doped VO2 films were also deposited on the ZnO-coated glass substrates (ZnO/glass) by cosputtering. It was confirmed that W doping for thin VO2 films deposited on the ZnO/glass can decrease Tt systematically. Such very thin VO2 films should have high potential for application in “smart windows”.

  19. Characterization of nanostructured VO2 thin films grown by magnetron controlled sputtering deposition and post annealing method.

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    Chen, Sihai; Lai, Jianjun; Dai, Jun; Ma, Hong; Wang, Hongchen; Yi, Xinjian

    2009-12-21

    By magnetron controlled sputtering system, a new nanostructured metastable monoclinic phase VO2 (B) thin film has been fabricated. The testing result shows that this nanostructured VO2 (B) thin film has high temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of -7%/K. Scanning electron microscopy measurement shows that the average grain diameter of the VO2 (B) crystallite is between 100 and 250 nm. After post annealed, VO2 (B) crystallite is changed into monoclinic (M) phase VO2 (M) crystallite with the average grain diameter between 20 and 50 nm. A set up of testing the thin film switching time is established. The test result shows the switching time is about 50 ms. With the nanostructured VO2 (B) and VO2 (M) thin films, optical switches and high sensitivity detectors will be presented.

  20. Chapter 18: Web-based Tools - NED VO Services

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    Mazzarella, J. M.; NED Team

    The NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) is a thematic, web-based research facility in widespread use by scientists, educators, space missions, and observatory operations for observation planning, data analysis, discovery, and publication of research about objects beyond our Milky Way galaxy. NED is a portal into a systematic fusion of data from hundreds of sky surveys and tens of thousands of research publications. The contents and services span the entire electromagnetic spectrum from gamma rays through radio frequencies, and are continuously updated to reflect the current literature and releases of large-scale sky survey catalogs. NED has been on the Internet since 1990, growing in content, automation and services with the evolution of information technology. NED is the world's largest database of crossidentified extragalactic objects. As of December 2006, the system contains approximately 10 million objects and 15 million multi-wavelength cross-IDs. Over 4 thousand catalogs and published lists covering the entire electromagnetic spectrum have had their objects cross-identified or associated, with fundamental data parameters federated for convenient queries and retrieval. This chapter describes the interoperability of NED services with other components of the Virtual Observatory (VO). Section 1 is a brief overview of the primary NED web services. Section 2 provides a tutorial for using NED services currently available through the NVO Registry. The "name resolver" provides VO portals and related internet services with celestial coordinates for objects specified by catalog identifier (name); any alias can be queried because this service is based on the source cross-IDs established by NED. All major services have been updated to provide output in VOTable (XML) format that can be accessed directly from the NED web interface or using the NVO registry. These include access to images via SIAP, Cone- Search queries, and services providing fundamental, multi

  1. Sport-specific fitness testing differentiates professional from amateur soccer players where VO2max and VO2 kinetics do not.

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    Wells, C M; Edwards, A M; Winter, E M; Fysh, M L; Drust, B

    2012-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to identify if sport-specific and cardiopulmonary exercise testing differentiated professional from amateur soccer players. Thirty six men comprising 18 professional (mean±s: age 23.2±2.4 years) and 18 amateur (mean±SD: age 21.1±1.6 years) soccer players participated and performed four tests on separate occasions: 1) a graded exercise test to determine VO2max; 2) four exercise transients from walking to 80%Δ for the determination of VO2 kinetics; 3) the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test level 2 (Yo-Yo IR2) and 4) a repeated sprint test (RST). The players did not differ in VO2max (professional 56.5±2.9 mL.kg-1.min-1; amateur 55.7±3.5 mL.kg-1.min-1: P=0.484) or VO2 kinetic fundamental measures (τ1 onset, professional 24.5±3.2 s; amateur 24.0±1.8 s: τ1 cessation, professional 28.7±2.8 s; amateur 29.3±3.5 s: P=0.923). However, the amateurs were outperformed in the Yo-Yo IR2 (Professional 966±153 m; Amateur 840±156 m) (P=0.034) and RST (best time, professional 6.46±0.27 s; amateur 6.84±0.24 s, P=0.012). Performance indices derived from field-based sport-specific performance tests identified significant differences between professional and amateur players (P<0.05). However, neither tests of VO2 kinetics nor VO2max differentiated between groups, suggesting laboratory tests of cardiorespiratory parameters are probably less consequential to soccer than sport-specific field-based observations.

  2. Roles of grain boundaries on the semiconductor to metal phase transition of VO2 thin films

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    Jian, Jie; Zhang, Wenrui; Jacob, Clement; Chen, Aiping; Wang, Han; Huang, Jijie; Wang, Haiyan

    2015-09-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films with controlled grain sizes are deposited on amorphous glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The grain boundaries (GBs) are found as the dominating defects in the thin films. The semiconductor to metal transition (SMT) properties of VO2 thin films are characterized and correlated to the GB density. The VO2 films with lower GB density exhibit a sharper SMT with a larger transition amplitude. A high resolution TEM study at GB area reveals the disordered atomic structures along the boundaries and the distorted crystal lattices near the boundaries. The VO2 SMT amplitude and sharpness could be directly related to these defects at and near the boundaries.

  3. Photoelectrochemical cells with tungsten trioxide/Mo-doped BiVO4 bilayers.

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    Zhang, Kan; Shi, Xin-Jian; Kim, Jung Kyu; Park, Jong Hyeok

    2012-08-21

    Mo-doped BiVO(4) nanocrystals with low bandgap energy were embedded into the surface of WO(3) film, resulting in WO(3)/BiV(0.95)Mo(0.05)O(4) photoanodes, which were tested in photoelectrochemical cells for water splitting. Bilayer photoelectrochemical cells showed enhanced photocurrent density: three times that shown by a cell with a pure WO(3) photoanode and 1.5 times that of a cell with a WO(3)/BiVO(4) bilayer photoanode. BiVO(4) showed poor charge carrier mobility; the performance of photoelectrochemical cells can be improved only when BiVO(4) is combined with a WO(3) bottom layer, even after Mo doping and tailoring its transition energies by atomic doping.

  4. Semiconductor-metal transition in thin VO2 films grown by ozone based atomic layer deposition

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    Rampelberg, Geert; Schaekers, Marc; Martens, Koen; Xie, Qi; Deduytsche, Davy; De Schutter, Bob; Blasco, Nicolas; Kittl, Jorge; Detavernier, Christophe

    2011-04-01

    Thin films of vanadium dioxide (VO2) have been grown by a low temperature atomic layer deposition process at 150 °C using tetrakis[ethylmethylamino]vanadium as a vanadium source and ozone as reactant gas. Films deposited on SiO2 were amorphous, but during a thermal treatment at 450 °C tetragonal VO2(R) was formed. During in situ x-ray diffraction measurements, the semiconductor-metal transition was observed as a reversible transition between VO2(M1) and VO2(R) near 67 °C. Correlated with this phase change, a reversible change in resistivity was observed of more than two orders of magnitude for a film of 42 nm thickness.

  5. Hybrid Resonators and Highly Tunable Terahertz Metamaterials Enabled by Vanadium Dioxide (VO2).

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    Wang, Shengxiang; Kang, Lei; Werner, Douglas H

    2017-06-28

    Hybrid metamaterials that exhibit reconfigurable responses under external stimulus, such as electric fields and light radiation, have only recently been demonstrated by combining active media with patterned metallic structures. Nevertheless, hybrid terahertz (THz) metamaterials whose spectral performance can be dynamically tuned over a large scale remain rare. Compared with most active media (for instance, silicon) that provide limited activity, vanadium dioxide (VO2), which exhibits an insulator-to-metal transition, has been recently explored to facilitate dynamically tunable metamaterials. More importantly, the phase transition yields a three orders of magnitude increase in THz electrical conductivity, which suggests the potential for creating VO2 based hybrid resonators that operate at THz frequencies. Here, we show that an integration of VO2 structures and conventional metallic resonating components can enable a class of highly tunable THz metamaterials. Considering the widely studied phase-transition dynamics in VO2, the proposed hybrid metamaterials are capable of offering ultrafast modulation of THz radiation.

  6. Synthesis, crystal structure and optical properties of BiMgVO 5

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    Benmokhtar, S.; El Jazouli, A.; Chaminade, J. P.; Gravereau, P.; Guillen, F.; de Waal, D.

    2004-11-01

    The new vanadate BiMgVO 5 has been prepared and its structure has been determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction: space group P21/n, a=7.542(6) Å, b=11.615(5) Å, c=5.305(3) Å, β=107.38(5)°, wR2=0.0447, R=0.0255. The structure consists of [Mg 2O 10] and [Bi 2O 10] dimers sharing their corners with [VO 4] tetrahedra. The ranges of bond lengths are 2.129-2.814 Å for Bi-O; 2.035-2.167 Å for Mg-O and 1.684-1.745 Å for V-O. V-O bond lengths determined from Raman band wavenumbers are between 1.679 and 1.747 Å. An emission band overlapping the entire visible region with a maximum around 650 nm is observed.

  7. Preparation of tungsten-doped BiVO4 and enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Shan, Lianwei; Liu, Hongguang; Wang, Guilin

    2015-04-01

    W-doped BiVO4 samples have been successfully synthesized by a simple sol-gel technique, which involved the formation process of precursor and the subsequent calcination treatment. The incorporation of W ions into BiVO4 was detected by X-ray diffraction. Through X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and defect reactions, the tungstic ions should be responsible for the enhancement of decolorization due to reducing the consumption of photogenerated electrons. Also, the XPS signal of O 1 s was investigated, indicating that doped W species greatly improve the hydroxyl and H2O adsorption on the surface of W-doped BiVO4. In addition, the photoluminescence experiments indicate the enhanced separation of electron-hole pairs in comparison with pure BiVO4.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of VO2+ doped ZnO-CdS composite nanopowder

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    Thirumala Rao, G.; Babu, B.; Joyce Stella, R.; Pushpa Manjari, V.; Venkata Reddy, Ch.; Shim, Jaesool; Ravikumar, R. V. S. S. N.

    2015-02-01

    VO2+ doped ZnO-CdS composite nanopowder has been synthesized by chemical precipitation method. The prepared sample has been characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), FT-IR, photoluminescence (PL), optical absorption and EPR spectroscopy. From XRD pattern, average crystallite size is about 18 nm. SEM and TEM images showed sphere like structures. FT-IR spectrum indicates the presence of fundamental modes of ZnO, CdS and other functional groups. The PL spectrum of VO2+ doped ZnO-CdS composite nanopowder exhibits UV, blue and green emissions. Optical and EPR studies revealed the tetragonal compressed octahedral site symmetry for VO2+ ions. The bonding between VO2+ and its ligands is ionic.

  9. Infrared characteristics of VO{sub 2} thin films for smart window and laser protection applications

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    Huang Zhangli; Chen Sihai; Lv Chaohong; Huang Ying; Lai Jianjun

    2012-11-05

    Vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) films with a low semiconductor-to-metal transition temperature of 45 Degree-Sign C were fabricated through direct current magnetron sputtering followed by a post-annealing. Atomic force microscopy measurements show that the VO{sub 2} grain size is about one hundred of nanometers. Infrared (IR) characteristic is well investigated by applying a He-Ne laser power intensity measurement, and the result reveals that the VO{sub 2} film exhibits excellent IR switching property. Furthermore, solar smart window and laser protection experiments demonstrate that the obtained VO{sub 2} thin film is a promising material for the application in related fields.

  10. The character of W-doped one-dimensional VO{sub 2} (M)

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    Li Jing; Liu Chunyan; Mao Lijuan

    2009-10-15

    The one-dimensional W-doped VO{sub 2} (M) solid solutions with a various doped content were successfully synthesized under hydrothermal condition and subsequent calcination for the first time, and physical-chemical and phase transformation character were explored, subsequently. DSC analyses displayed that the phase-transition temperature of VO{sub 2} (M) solid solution could be linearly tuned with the doped content. Promisingly, the one-dimensional W-doped VO{sub 2} (M) had a good thermochromic property. - Graphical Abstract: One-dimensional W-doped VO{sub 2} (M) solid solutions with a various doped content were synthesized under hydrothermal condition and subsequent calcination. The physical-chemical and phase transformation character were explored, subsequently.

  11. Business Collaborations in Grids: The BREIN Architectural Principals and VO Model

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    Taylor, Steve; Surridge, Mike; Laria, Giuseppe; Ritrovato, Pierluigi; Schubert, Lutz

    We describe the business-oriented architectural principles of the EC FP7 project “BREIN” for service-based computing. The architecture is founded on principles of how real businesses interact to mutual benefit, and we show how these can be applied to SOA and Grid computing. We present building blocks that can be composed in many ways to produce different value systems and supply chains for the provision of computing services over the Internet. We also introduce the complementary BREIN VO concept, which is centric to, and managed by, a main contractor who bears the responsibility for the whole VO. The BREIN VO has an execution lifecycle for the creation and operation of the VO, and we have related this to an application-focused workflow involving steps that provide real end-user value. We show how this can be applied to an engineering simulation application and how the workflow can be adapted should the need arise.

  12. Predicting maximal aerobic capacity (VO2max) from the critical velocity test in female collegiate rowers.

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    Kendall, Kristina L; Fukuda, David H; Smith, Abbie E; Cramer, Joel T; Stout, Jeffrey R

    2012-03-01

    The objective of this study was to examine the relationship between the critical velocity (CV) test and maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) and develop a regression equation to predict VO2max based on the CV test in female collegiate rowers. Thirty-five female (mean ± SD; age, 19.38 ± 1.3 years; height, 170.27 ± 6.07 cm; body mass, 69.58 ± 0.3 1 kg) collegiate rowers performed 2 incremental VO2max tests to volitional exhaustion on a Concept II Model D rowing ergometer to determine VO2max. After a 72-hour rest period, each rower completed 4 time trials at varying distances for the determination of CV and anaerobic rowing capacity (ARC). A positive correlation was observed between CV and absolute VO2max (r = 0.775, p < 0.001) and ARC and absolute VO2max (r = 0.414, p = 0.040). Based on the significant correlation analysis, a linear regression equation was developed to predict the absolute VO2max from CV and ARC (absolute VO2max = 1.579[CV] + 0.008[ARC] - 3.838; standard error of the estimate [SEE] = 0.192 L·min(-1)). Cross validation analyses were performed using an independent sample of 10 rowers. There was no significant difference between the mean predicted VO2max (3.02 L·min(-1)) and the observed VO2max (3.10 L·min(-1)). The constant error, SEE and validity coefficient (r) were 0.076 L·min(-1), 0.144 L·min(-1), and 0.72, respectively. The total error value was 0.155 L·min(-1). The positive relationship between CV, ARC, and VO2max suggests that the CV test may be a practical alternative to measuring the maximal oxygen uptake in the absence of a metabolic cart. Additional studies are needed to validate the regression equation using a larger sample size and different populations (junior- and senior-level female rowers) and to determine the accuracy of the equation in tracking changes after a training intervention.

  13. Astronomical database and VO-tools of Nikolaev Astronomical Observatory

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    Mazhaev, A. E.; Protsyuk, Yu. I.

    2010-05-01

    search centre and a search radius. The search results are outputted into a main window of Aladin in textual and graphical forms using XML and Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP). In this way, the NVO image server is integrated with other astronomical servers, using a special configuration file. The user may conveniently request information from many servers using the same server selector of Aladin, although the servers are located in different countries. Aladin has a wide range of special tools for data analysis and handling, including connection with other standalone applications. As a conclusion, we should note that a research team of a data centre, which provides the infrastructure for data output to the internet, is responsible for creation of corresponding archives. Therefore, each observatory or data centre has to provide an access to its archives in accordance with the IVOA standards and a resolution adopted by the IAU XXV General Assembly #B.1, titled: Public Access to Astronomical Archives. A research team of NAO copes successfully with this task and continues to develop the NVO. Using our databases and VO-tools, we also take part in development of the Ukrainian Virtual Observatory (UkrVO). All three main parts of the NVO are used as prototypes for the UkrVO. Informational resources provided by other astronomical institutions from Ukraine will be included in corresponding databases and VO interfaces.

  14. Classifier fusion for VoIP attacks classification

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    Safarik, Jakub; Rezac, Filip

    2017-05-01

    SIP is one of the most successful protocols in the field of IP telephony communication. It establishes and manages VoIP calls. As the number of SIP implementation rises, we can expect a higher number of attacks on the communication system in the near future. This work aims at malicious SIP traffic classification. A number of various machine learning algorithms have been developed for attack classification. The paper presents a comparison of current research and the use of classifier fusion method leading to a potential decrease in classification error rate. Use of classifier combination makes a more robust solution without difficulties that may affect single algorithms. Different voting schemes, combination rules, and classifiers are discussed to improve the overall performance. All classifiers have been trained on real malicious traffic. The concept of traffic monitoring depends on the network of honeypot nodes. These honeypots run in several networks spread in different locations. Separation of honeypots allows us to gain an independent and trustworthy attack information.

  15. The Gaia Archive at ESAC: a VO-inside archive

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    Gonzalez-Nunez, J.

    2015-12-01

    The ESDC (ESAC Science Data Center) is one of the active members of the IVOA (International Virtual Observatory Alliance) that have defined a set of standards, libraries and concepts that allows to create flexible,scalable and interoperable architectures on the data archives development. In the case of astronomy science that involves the use of big catalogues, as in Gaia or Euclid, TAP, UWS and VOSpace standards can be used to create an architecture that allows the explotation of this valuable data from the community. Also, new challenges arise like the implementation of the new paradigm "move code close to the data", what can be partially obtained by the extension of the protocols (TAP+, UWS+, etc) or the languages (ADQL). We explain how we have used VO standards and libraries for the Gaia Archive that, not only have producing an open and interoperable archive but, also, minimizing the developement on certain areas. Also we will explain how we have extended these protocols and the future plans.

  16. Reactively sputtered thermochromic tungsten doped VO{sub 2} films

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    Sobhan, M.A.; Kivaisi, R.T.; Stjerna, B.; Granqvist, C.G.

    1994-12-31

    Tungsten-doped vanadium oxide (V{sub 1{minus}x}W{sub x}O{sub 2}) films were prepared by concurrent reactive dc magnetron sputtering of vanadium and tungsten in an Ar + O{sub 2} plasma with a controlled oxygen partial pressure. Films were deposited onto glass substrates at 400 C. The films had a metal-semiconductor transition at a temperatures {tau}{sub t} that was depressed when x was increased. Rutherford Back Scattering was used to determine x. X-ray diffraction was employed to confirm the monoclinic low-temperature VO{sub 2} phase. The relation between x and {tau}{sub t} was studied and compared with results from the literature. It was shown that {tau}{sub t} could be set to a value between 17 and 65 C by proper choice of x. The optical and electrical properties of the films were investigated around the metal-semiconductor phase transition. The luminous transmittance was rather unaffected by the temperature, whereas the near infrared transmittance showed lower values above {tau}{sub t}. The degree of thermochromic modulation decreased for increased x. Electrical measurements showed that the ratio of the resistance above and below {tau}{sub t} decreased with increasing x.

  17. Enabling OpenID Authentication for VO-integrated Portals

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    Plante, R.; Yekkirala, V.; Baker, W.

    2012-09-01

    To support interoperating services that share proprietary data and other user-specific information, the VAO Project provides login services for browser-based portals built on the open standard, OpenID. To help portal developers take advantage of this service, we have developed a downloadable toolkit for integrating OpenID single sign-on support into any portal. This toolkit provides APIs in a few languages commonly used on the server-side as well as a command-line version for use in any language. In addition to describing how to use this toolkit, we also discuss the general VAO framework for single sign-on. While a portal may, if it wishes, support any OpenID provider, the VAO service provides a few extra features to support VO interoperability. This includes a portal's ability to retrieve (with the user's permission) an X.509 certificate representing the authenticated user so that the portal can access other restricted services on the user's behalf. Other standard features of OpenID allow portals to request other information about the user; this feature will be used in the future for sharing information about a user's group membership to enable sharing within a group of collaborating scientists.

  18. Dynamics of photothermally driven VO2-coated microcantilevers

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    Cabrera, Rafmag; Merced, Emmanuelle; Sepúlveda, Nelson; Fernández, Félix E.

    2011-11-01

    The dynamic response of VO2-coated silicon microcantilevers thermally driven over the film's insulator-to-metal transition was studied using laser light pulses directly incident on the cantilevers. The measured photothermal response revealed very high curvature changes of approximately 2500 m-1 up to pulse frequencies greater than 100 Hz and readily observable vibrations up to frequencies of a few kHz with no amplitude degradation after tens of thousands of pulses. Maximum tip amplitudes for 300-μm-long, 1-μm-thick cantilevers used in these experiments were nearly 120 μm and correspondingly less for 2-μm-thick cantilevers. The main mechanism limiting oscillation amplitude was found to be heat transport response during heating and cooling, which depends mainly on thermal conduction through the cantilever itself to the massive anchor and chip body, which acted as a heat sink at room temperature. For the laser-driven oscillations studied, damping by the surrounding air is unimportant in the range of frequencies probed. Large-curvature response is expected to extend to higher pulse frequencies for cantilevers with smaller dimensions.

  19. Size and composition-controlled fabrication of VO2 nanocrystals by terminated cluster growth

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    Anders, Andre; Slack, Jonathan

    2013-05-14

    A physical vapor deposition-based route for the fabrication of VO2 nanoparticles is demonstrated, consisting of reactive sputtering and vapor condensation at elevated pressures. The oxidation of vanadium atoms is an efficient heterogeneous nucleation method, leading to high nanoparticle throughtput. Fine control of the nanoparticle size and composition is obtained. Post growth annealing leads to crystalline VO2 nanoparticles with optimum thermocromic and plasmonic properties.

  20. Patterns of Senescence in Human Cardiovascular Fitness: VO2max in Subsistence and Industrialized Populations

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    Pisor, Anne C.; Gurven, Michael; Blackwell, Aaron D.; Kaplan, Hillard; Yetish, Gandhi

    2014-01-01

    Objectives This study explores whether cardiovascular fitness levels and senescent decline are similar in the Tsimane of Bolivia and Canadians, as well as other subsistence and industrialized populations. Among Tsimane, we examine whether morbidity predicts lower levels and faster decline of cardiovascular fitness, or whether their lifestyle (e.g., high physical activity) promotes high levels and slow decline. Alternatively, high activity levels and morbidity might counterbalance such that Tsimane fitness levels and decline are similar to those in industrialized populations. Methods Maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) was estimated using a step test heart rate method for 701 participants. We compared these estimates to the Canadian Health Measures Survey and previous studies in industrialized and subsistence populations. We evaluated whether health indicators and proxies for market integration were associated with VO2max levels and rate of decline for the Tsimane. Results The Tsimane have significantly higher levels of VO2max and slower rates of decline than Canadians; initial evidence suggests differences in VO2max levels between other subsistence and industrialized populations. Low hemoglobin predicts low VO2max for Tsimane women while helminth infection predicts high VO2max for Tsimane men, though results might be specific to the VO2max scaling parameter used. No variables tested interact with age to moderate decline. Conclusions The Tsimane demonstrate higher levels of cardiovascular fitness than industrialized populations, but levels similar to other subsistence populations. The high VO2max of Tsimane is consistent with their high physical activity and few indicators of cardiovascular disease, measured in previous studies. PMID:24022886

  1. Cardiac output distribution in miniature swine during locomotory exercise to VO/sub 3max/

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    Armstrong, R.B.; Delp, M.D.; Laughlin, M.H.

    1986-03-01

    Distribution of cardiac output (CO) was studied in miniature swine (22 +/- 1 kg) during level treadmill exercise up to the speed (17.7 km/hr) that elicited maximal oxygen consumption (VO/sub 2max/) (60 +/- 4 m1/min/kg). COs and tissue blood flows (BFs) were measured with the radiolabelled microsphere technique. CO increased from a preexercise value of 2.1 +/- 0.5 1/min up to 9.9 +/- 0.5 1/min at VO/sub 2max/. In preexercise standing 43% of CO went to skeletal muscle, which comprised 36 +/- 1% of body mass, 42% to viscera (12 +/- 1% mass), 5% to brain, heart, and lungs (2% +/- 0.1% mass), and 10% to skin and skeleton (35 +/- 2% mass). Preexercise could not be considered resting because of the animals' excitability. Skeletal muscle BF increased progressively with speed up to VO/sub 2max/, both in absolute terms and in percent CO. At VO/sub 2max/, 88% of CO went to muscle, 3% to viscera, 8% to brain, heart and lungs, and 1% to skin and skeleton. Thus, at VO/sub 2max/ only 4% of CO went to the inactive tissues, which constituted 47% of body mass. In 2 pigs that ran at speeds above 17 km/hr, total muscle BF leveled off at VO/sub 2max/. These findings demonstrate that muscle BF progressively increases up to VO/sub 2max/, and that VO/sub 2/ levels off at the same intensity as muscle flow.

  2. Resistance modulation in VO2 nanowires induced by an electric field via air-gap gates

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    Kanki, Teruo; Chikanari, Masashi; Wei, Tingting; Tanaka, Hidekazu; The Institute of Scientific; Industrial Research Team

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) shows huge resistance change with metal-insulator transition (MIT) at around room temperature. Controlling of the MIT by applying an electric field is a topical ongoing research toward the realization of Mott transistor. In this study, we have successfully switched channel resistance of VO2 nano-wire channels by a pure electrostatic field effect using a side-gate-type field-effect transistor (SG-FET) viaair gap and found that single crystalline VO2 nanowires and the channels with narrower width enhance transport modulation rate. The rate of change in resistance ((R0-R)/R, where R0 and R is the resistance of VO2 channel with off state and on state gate voltage (VG) , respectively) was 0.42 % at VG = 30 V in in-plane poly-crystalline VO2 channels on Al2O3(0001) substrates, while the rate in single crystalline channels on TiO2 (001) substrates was 3.84 %, which was 9 times higher than that using the poly-crystalline channels. With reducing wire width from 3000 nm to 400 nm of VO2 on TiO2 (001) substrate, furthermore, resistance modulation ratio enhanced from 0.67 % to 3.84 %. This change can not be explained by a simple free-electron model. In this presentation, we will compare the electronic properties between in-plane polycrystalline VO2 on Al2O3 (0001) and single crystalline VO2 on TiO2 (001) substrates, and show experimental data in detail..

  3. Which are the best VO2 sampling intervals to characterize low to severe swimming intensities?

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    de Jesus, K; Guidetti, L; de Jesus, K; Vilas-Boas, J P; Baldari, C; Fernandes, R J

    2014-11-01

    Cardiorespiratory response in swimming has been used to better understand aerobic performance, especially by assessing oxygen uptake (VO2). The current study aimed to compare different VO2 time-averaging intervals throughout low to severe swimming intensities, hypothesizing that VO2 values are similar for different time averages at low to moderate and heavy swimming intensities, but not for the severe domain. 20 male trained swimmers completed an incremental protocol of 7×200 m until exhaustion (0.05 m/s increments and 30 s intervals). VO2 was measured by a portable gas analyser connected to a snorkel system. 6 time average intervals (breath-by-breath, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 s) were compared for all the protocol steps. Breath-by-breath and 5 s average exhibited higher VO2 values than averages≥10 s for all swimming intensities (P≤0.02; partial η(2)≤0.28). VO2 values did not differ between 10, 15, 20 and 30 s averages throughout the incremental protocol (P>0.05; partial η(2)≤0.05). Furthermore, 10 and 15 s averages showed the lowest VO2 mean difference (0.19 mL( · )kg(-1 · )min(-1)). For the 6 time average intervals analysed, 10 and 15 s averages were those that showed the lowest changes on VO2 values. We recommended the use of 10 and 15 s time averaging intervals to determine relevant respiratory gas exchange parameters along a large spectrum of swimming intensities. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  4. Broadband terahertz generation using the semiconductor-metal transition in VO{sub 2}

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    Charipar, Nicholas A. Kim, Heungsoo; Mathews, Scott A.; Piqué, Alberto

    2016-01-15

    We report the design, fabrication, and characterization of broadband terahertz emitters based on the semiconductor-metal transition in thin film VO{sub 2} (vanadium dioxide). With the appropriate geometry, picosecond electrical pulses are generated by illuminating 120 nm thick VO{sub 2} with 280 fs pulses from a femtosecond laser. These ultrafast electrical pulses are used to drive a simple dipole antenna, generating broadband terahertz radiation.

  5. Effects of muscle electrical stimulation on peak VO2 in cardiac transplant patients.

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    Vaquero, A F; Chicharro, J L; Gil, L; Ruiz, M P; Sánchez, V; Lucía, A; Urrea, S; Gómez, M A

    1998-07-01

    Peak oxygen consumption (peak VO2) has become a critical component in the evaluation of heart transplant recipients (HTR). In these patients, peak VO2 remains low after cardiac transplantation mainly because of persisting peripheral limitations in the working muscles. Muscular electrical stimulation, on the other hand, has been shown to enhance the oxidative capacity of healthy muscle. It was the purpose of our investigation to study the effects of ES on the peak VO2 of HTR. Fourteen (11 males and 3 females) HTR (age: 57+/-7yr, mean +/- SD; height: 163+/-7 cm, weight: 70.5+/-8.6 kg) were selected as subjects and each of them was randomly assigned to one of two groups: (a) group EXP (n = 7), receiving electrical stimulation on both quadriceps muscles during a period of 8 weeks, and (b) group CONT (n = 7), not receiving electrical stimulation. Before (PRE) and after (POST) the aforementioned 8-week period, respectively, all the subjects performed a cardiopulmonary exercise test (ramp protocol) on a cycle ergometer for peak VO2 determination. PRE values of peak VO2 were similar in both groups (17.1+/-2.0 vs 16.9+/-3.8ml x kg(-1) x min(-1) in EXP and CONT, respectively). However, peak values of VO2 significantly increased in EXP (p < 0.05) after the period of electrical stimulation (POST peak VO2: 18.7+/-2.0ml x kg(-1)), whereas no change was observed in CONT (POST peak VO2: 16.2+/-3.2 ml x kg(-1) x min(-1)). In conclusion, electrical stimulation could therefore be used to improve the functional capacity of HTR, and might be included in the rehabilitation programs of this population group.

  6. Determining the role of TiO/VO in hot exoplanet atmospheres

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    Evans, Thomas

    2016-10-01

    The role of TiO and VO in ultra hot (>2000K) gas giant atmospheres is a major unresolved issue in the exoplanet field. At these temperatures, TiO and VO are known to be important absorbers in the atmospheres of M/L dwarfs and have been theorized to play an important role in irradiated gas giants. To date, however, TiO/VO has not been securely detected in a planetary atmosphere, despite numerous searches. One possibility is that the upper atmospheres of highly irradiated planets are typically depleted of TiO/VO by cold-trapping at lower altitudes or rain-out on the relatively cool nightside. Using WFC3 G141 and ground-based photometry, we have recently published a transmission spectrum for WASP-121b (T~2400K) showing new evidence for absorption by TiO/VO. Our observations also yielded a high confidence (5.4 sigma) detection of the 1.4 micron H2O absorption band. The TiO/VO claim, however, remains tentative, as it currently hinges upon broadband photometry measurements obtained from the ground at relatively low signal-to-noise. If TiO/VO is present it will have significant implications for the overall physics and chemistry of the atmosphere, including the likely production of a strong thermal inversion in the upper atmosphere. I will describe the follow-up observations we are currently pursuing in order to confirm or rule out TiO/VO in the atmosphere of WASP-121b and in doing so address a long-standing mystery of exoplanet atmospheres.

  7. Voltage-controlled switching and thermal effects in VO{sub 2} nano-gap junctions

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    Joushaghani, Arash; Jeong, Junho; Stewart Aitchison, J.; Poon, Joyce K. S.; Paradis, Suzanne; Alain, David

    2014-06-02

    Voltage-controlled switching in lateral VO{sub 2} nano-gap junctions with different gap lengths and thermal properties was investigated. The effect of Joule heating on the phase transition was found to be strongly influenced by the device geometry, the contact material, and the current. Our results indicate that the VO{sub 2} phase transition was likely initiated electronically, which was sometimes followed by a secondary thermally induced transition.

  8. Familial resemblance for VO2max in the sedentary state: the HERITAGE family study.

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    Bouchard, C; Daw, E W; Rice, T; Pérusse, L; Gagnon, J; Province, M A; Leon, A S; Rao, D C; Skinner, J S; Wilmore, J H

    1998-02-01

    This study investigates the familial resemblance of maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) based on data from 86 nuclear families of Caucasian descent participating in the HERITAGE Family Study. In the current study, VO2max was measured twice on a cycle ergometer in 429 sedentary individuals (170 parents and 259 of their offspring), aged between 16 and 65 yr. The VO2max was adjusted by regression procedures for the effects of 1) age and sex; 2) age, sex, and body mass; and 3) age, sex, body mass, fat mass, and fat-free mass, as determined by underwater weighing. Evidence for significant familial resemblance was observed for each of the three VO2max phenotypes. Spouse, sibling, and parent-offspring correlations were significant, suggesting that both genetic and environmental factors contribute to the familial resemblance for VO2max. Maximal heritability estimates were at least 50%, a value inflated to an undetermined degree by nongenetic factors. The hypothesis of maternal inheritance, with the father's contribution being environmental, was also found to fit the data with estimates of maternal heritability, potentially associated in part with mitochondrial inheritance, reaching about 30%. These results suggest that genetic and nongenetic factors as well as maternal influences contribute to the familial aggregation of VO2max in sedentary individuals.

  9. Controlled Synthesis and Photocatalytic Antifouling Properties of BiVO4 with Tunable Morphologies

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    Xiang, Zhenbo; Wang, Yi; Ju, Peng; Zhang, Dun

    2017-02-01

    Monoclinic BiVO4 with different nanostructures were prepared via a facile and rapid route by adding different surfactants. Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, polyvinylpyrrolidone, and sodium dodecyl sulfate surfactants were selected as morphology controlling agents. The crystal phase, morphology, and diffuse reflectance spectra of BiVO4 were characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra techniques, respectively. The photocatalytic activities of BiVO4 were investigated by killing the typical marine fouling bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa ( P. aeruginosa) under visible light irradiation. BiVO4 with grape-like nanostructure exhibited the best photocatalytic bactericidal activity. The sterilization rate of P. aeruginosa could reach up to 99.9% in 120 min. The photocatalytic mechanism was studied by captive species trapping experiments. The result revealed that photogenerated hole (h+) is the main reactive specie for killing P. aeruginosa under visible light irradiation. In addition, after five recycles, BiVO4 does not exhibit significant loss of photocatalytic sterilization activity. The results confirm that the synthesized BiVO4 photocatalyst has long-time reusability and good photocatalytic stability.

  10. Tailoring Multilayered BiVO4 Photoanodes by Pulsed Laser Deposition for Water Splitting.

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    Murcia-López, Sebastián; Fàbrega, Cristian; Monllor-Satoca, Damián; Hernández-Alonso, María D; Penelas-Pérez, Germán; Morata, Alex; Morante, Juan R; Andreu, Teresa

    2016-02-17

    Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) is proposed as promising technique for the fabrication of multilayered BiVO4-based photoanodes. For this purpose, bare BiVO4 films and two heterojunctions, BiVO4/SnO2 and BiVO4/WO3/SnO2, have been prepared using consecutive ablation of assorted targets in a single batch. The ease, high versatility and usefulness of this technique in engineering the internal configuration of the photoanode with stoichiometric target-to-substrate transfer are demonstrated. The obtained photocurrent densities are among the highest reported values for undoped BiVO4 without oxygen evolution catalysts (OEC). A detailed analysis of the influence of SnO2 and WO3 layers on the charge transport properties because of the changes at the internal FTO/semiconductor interface is performed through transient photocurrent measurements (TPC), showing that the BiVO4/WO3/SnO2 heterostructure attains a significant decrease in the internal losses and reaches high photocurrent values. This study is expected to open the door to the fabrication of other systems based on ternary (or even more complex) metal oxides as photoanodes for water splitting, which is a promising alternative for obtaining materials able to fulfill the different requierements in the development of more efficient systems for this process.

  11. Improving BiVO4 photoanodes for solar water splitting through surface passivation.

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    Liang, Yongqi; Messinger, Johannes

    2014-06-28

    BiVO4 has shown great potential as a semiconductor photoanode for solar water splitting. Significant improvements made during recent years allowed researchers to obtain a photocurrent density of up to 4.0 mA cm(-2) (AM1.5 sunlight illumination, 1.23 VRHE bias). For further improvements of the BiVO4 photoelectrodes, a deep understanding of the processes occurring at the BiVO4-H2O interface is crucial. Employing an electrochemical loading and removal process of NiOx, we show here that carrier recombination at this interface strongly affects the photocurrents. The removal of NiOx species by electrochemical treatment in a phosphate electrolyte leads to significantly increased photocurrents for BiVO4 photoelectrodes. At a bias of 1.23 VRHE, the Incident Photon-to-Current Efficiency (IPCE) at 450 nm reaches 43% for the passivated BiVO4 electrode under back side illumination. A model incorporating heterogeneity of NiOx centers on the BiVO4 surface (OER catalytic centers, recombination centers, and passivation centers) is proposed to explain this improved performance.

  12. Insight into Charge Separation in WO3/BiVO4 Heterojunction for Solar Water Splitting.

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    Chae, Sang Youn; Lee, Chang Soo; Jung, Hyejin; Joo, Oh-Shim; Min, Byoung Koun; Kim, Jong Hak; Hwang, Yun Jeong

    2017-06-14

    Recently, the WO3/BiVO4 heterojunction has shown promising photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting activity based on its charge transfer and light absorption capability, and notable enhancement of the photocurrent has been achieved via morphological modification of WO3. We developed a graft copolymer-assisted protocol for the synthesis of WO3 mesoporous thin films on a transparent conducting electrode, wherein the particle size, particle shape, and thickness of the WO3 layer were controlled by tuning the interactions in the polymer/sol-gel hybrid. The PEC performance of the WO3 mesoporous photoanodes with various morphologies and the individual heterojunctions with BiVO4 (WO3/BiVO4) were characterized by measuring the photocurrents in the absence/presence of hole scavengers using light absorption spectroscopy and intensity-modulated photocurrent spectroscopy. The morphology of the WO3 photoanode directly influenced the charge separation efficiency within the WO3 layer and concomitant charge collection efficiency in the WO3/BiVO4 heterojunction, showing the smaller sized nanosphere WO3 layer showed higher values than did the plate-like or rod-like one. Notably, we observed that photocurrent density of WO3/BiVO4 was not dependent on the thickness of WO3 film or its charge collection time, implying slow charge flow from BiVO4 to WO3 can be a crucial issue in determining the photocurrent, rather than the charge separation within the nanosphere WO3 layer.

  13. Reversible phase modulation and hydrogen storage in multivalent VO2 epitaxial thin films

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    Yoon, Hyojin; Choi, Minseok; Lim, Tae-Won; Kwon, Hyunah; Ihm, Kyuwook; Kim, Jong Kyu; Choi, Si-Young; Son, Junwoo

    2016-10-01

    Hydrogen, the smallest and the lightest atomic element, is reversibly incorporated into interstitial sites in vanadium dioxide (VO2), a correlated oxide with a 3d1 electronic configuration, and induces electronic phase modulation. It is widely reported that low hydrogen concentrations stabilize the metallic phase, but the understanding of hydrogen in the high doping regime is limited. Here, we demonstrate that as many as two hydrogen atoms can be incorporated into each VO2 unit cell, and that hydrogen is reversibly absorbed into, and released from, VO2 without destroying its lattice framework. This hydrogenation process allows us to elucidate electronic phase modulation of vanadium oxyhydride, demonstrating two-step insulator (VO2)-metal (HxVO2)-insulator (HVO2) phase modulation during inter-integer d-band filling. Our finding suggests the possibility of reversible and dynamic control of topotactic phase modulation in VO2 and opens up the potential application in proton-based Mottronics and novel hydrogen storage.

  14. BiVO4 thin film photoanodes grown by chemical vapor deposition.

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    Alarcón-Lladó, Esther; Chen, Le; Hettick, Mark; Mashouf, Neeka; Lin, Yongjing; Javey, Ali; Ager, Joel W

    2014-01-28

    BiVO4 thin film photoanodes were grown by vapor transport chemical deposition on FTO/glass substrates. By controlling the flow rate, the temperatures of the Bi and V sources (Bi metal and V2O5 powder, respectively), and the temperature of the deposition zone in a two-zone furnace, single-phase monoclinic BiVO4 thin films can be obtained. The CVD-grown films produce global AM1.5 photocurrent densities up to 1 mA cm(-2) in aqueous conditions in the presence of a sacrificial reagent. Front illuminated photocatalytic performance can be improved by inserting either a SnO2 hole blocking layer and/or a thin, extrinsically Mo doped BiVO4 layer between the FTO and the CVD-grown layer. The incident photon to current efficiency (IPCE), measured under front illumination, for BiVO4 grown directly on FTO/glass is about 10% for wavelengths below 450 nm at a bias of +0.6 V vs. Ag/AgCl. For BiVO4 grown on a 40 nm SnO2/20 nm Mo-doped BiVO4 back contact, the IPCE is increased to over 40% at wavelengths below 420 nm.

  15. VO2 estimation using 6-axis motion sensor with sports activity classification.

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    Nagata, Takashi; Nakamura, Naoteru; Miyatake, Masato; Yuuki, Akira; Yomo, Hiroyuki; Kawabata, Takashi; Hara, Shinsuke

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we focus on oxygen consumption (VO2) estimation using 6-axis motion sensor (3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope) for people playing sports with diverse intensities. The VO2 estimated with a small motion sensor can be used to calculate the energy expenditure, however, its accuracy depends on the intensities of various types of activities. In order to achieve high accuracy over a wide range of intensities, we employ an estimation framework that first classifies activities with a simple machine-learning based classification algorithm. We prepare different coefficients of linear regression model for different types of activities, which are determined with training data obtained by experiments. The best-suited model is used for each type of activity when VO2 is estimated. The accuracy of the employed framework depends on the trade-off between the degradation due to classification errors and improvement brought by applying separate, optimum model to VO2 estimation. Taking this trade-off into account, we evaluate the accuracy of the employed estimation framework by using a set of experimental data consisting of VO2 and motion data of people with a wide range of intensities of exercises, which were measured by a VO2 meter and motion sensor, respectively. Our numerical results show that the employed framework can improve the estimation accuracy in comparison to a reference method that uses a common regression model for all types of activities.

  16. Angiogenesis in Skeletal Muscle Precede Improvements in Peak VO2 in Peripheral Artery Disease Patients

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    Duscha, Brian D.; Robbins, Jennifer L.; Jones, William S.; Kraus, William E.; Lye, R. John; Sanders, John M.; Allen, Jason D.; Regensteiner, Judith G.; Hiatt, William R.; Annex, Brian H.

    2011-01-01

    Objective PAD is characterized by impaired blood flow to the lower extremities, causing claudication and exercise intolerance. The mechanism(s) by which exercise training improves functional capacity is not understood. This study tested the hypothesis that in peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients who undergo supervised exercise training, increases in capillary density (CD) in calf muscle take place before improvements in peak oxygen uptake (VO2). Methods and Results 35 PAD patients were randomized to 12 weeks of directly-supervised or home–based exercise training. Peak VO2 testing and gastrocnemius muscle biopsies were performed at baseline and after training. Capillary density (endothelial cells/mm2) was measured using immunofluorescence staining. After 3 weeks of directly-supervised training, patients had an increase in CD (216±66 vs 284±77, p<0.01) but no increase in peak VO2. However after 12 weeks, peak VO2 increased (15.3±2.8 vs 16.8±3.8, p<0.01), while in muscle CD remained increased over baseline but there were no changes in markers of oxidative capacity. Within subjects, CD was related to peak VO2 before and after directly-supervised training. Conclusions Changes in capillary density in ischemic muscle with training may modulate the response to training and those changes precede the increase in VO2. PMID:21868709

  17. Synthesis and characterization of VO2-based thermochromic thin films for energy-efficient windows.

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    Batista, Carlos; Ribeiro, Ricardo M; Teixeira, Vasco

    2011-04-07

    Thermochromic VO2 thin films have successfully been grown on SiO2-coated float glass by reactive DC and pulsed-DC magnetron sputtering. The influence of substitutional doping of V by higher valence cations, such as W, Mo, and Nb, and respective contents on the crystal structure of VO2 is evaluated. Moreover, the effectiveness of each dopant element on the reduction of the intrinsic transition temperature and infrared modulation efficiency of VO2 is discussed. In summary, all the dopant elements--regardless of the concentration, within the studied range-- formed a solid solution with VO2, which was the only compound observed by X-ray diffractometry. Nb showed a clear detrimental effect on the crystal structure of VO2. The undoped films presented a marked thermochromic behavior, specially the one prepared by pulsed-DC sputtering. The dopants effectively decreased the transition of VO2 to the proximity of room temperature. However, the IR modulation efficiency is markedly affected as a consequence of the increased metallic character of the semiconducting phase. Tungsten proved to be the most effective element on the reduction of the semiconducting-metal transition temperature, while Mo and Nb showed similar results with the latter being detrimental to the thermochromism.

  18. Verification Testing to Confirm VO2max in Altitude-Residing, Endurance-Trained Runners.

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    Weatherwax, R M; Richardson, T B; Beltz, N M; Nolan, P B; Dalleck, L

    2016-06-01

    We sought to explore the utility of the verification trial to confirm individual attainment of 'true' VO2max in altitude-residing, endurance-trained runners during treadmill exercise. 24 elite endurance-trained men and women runners (age=21.5±3.3 yr, ht=174.8±9.3 cm, body mass=60.5±6.7 kg, PR 800 m 127.5±13.1 s) completed a graded exercise test (GXT) trial (VO2max=60.0±5.8 mL·kg(-1)·min(-1)), and returned 20 min after incremental exercise to complete a verification trial (VO2max=59.6±5.7 mL·kg(-1)·min(-1)) of constant load, supramaximal exercise. The incidence of 'true' VO2max confirmation using the verification trial was 24/24 (100%) with all participants revealing differences in VO2max≤3% (the technical error of our equipment) between the GXT and verification trials. These findings support use of the verification trial to confirm VO2max attainment in altitude-residing, endurance-trained runners. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  19. Comparison of intensities and rest periods for VO2max verification testing procedures.

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    Nolan, P B; Beaven, M L; Dalleck, L

    2014-11-01

    We sought to determine the incidence of 'true' VO2max confirmation with the verification procedure across different protocols. 12 active participants (men n=6, women n=6) performed in random order 4 different maximal graded exercises tests (GXT) and verification bout protocols on 4 separate days. Conditions for the rest period and verification bout intensity were: A - 105% intensity, 20 min rest; B - 105% intensity, 60 min rest; C - 115% intensity, 20 min rest; D - 115% intensity, 60 min rest. VO2max confirmation (difference between peak VO2 GXT and verification trial<±3%) using the verification trial was 12/12 (100%), 12/12 (100%), 8/12 (66.70%), and 7/12 (58.33%) for protocols A, B, C, and D. There was a significant (p<0.05) effect of verification intensity on VO2max confirmation across all exercise test conditions (intensity effect within recovery 20 min (χ(2) (1)=4.800, p<0.05), intensity effect within recovery 60 min (χ(2) (1)=6.316, p<0.05)). No significant effect was found for incidence of VO2max confirmation with different rest periods. We recommend the use of 105% of the maximal GXT workload and 20 min rest periods when using verification trials to confirm VO2max in normally active populations. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  20. The relationship among HRpeak, RERpeak, and VO2peak during treadmill testing in girls.

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    Peyer, Karissa; Pivarnik, James M; Coe, Dawn Podulka

    2011-12-01

    Clear criteria for maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) determination in youth are not available, and no studies have examined this issue in girls. Our purpose was to determine whether different peak heart rate (HRpeak) and peak respiratory exchange ratio (RERpeak) cut points affect girls' (N = 453; M age = 13.3 years, SD = .1) VO2max during a maximal treadmill test. A multivariate analysis of variance revealed VO2max (ml kg(-1) min(-1) differed significantly among HRpeak, 180-189 b min(-1) = 34 (SD = .8), 190-194 bmin(-1) = 35 (SD = .9), 195-199 b min(-1) = 38 (SD = .8), 200-204 b min(-1) = 40 ml kg1 x min(-1) (SD = .8), and > or = 205 bmin(-1) = 42 ml kg1 x min(-1) (SD = .7) but not RERpeak. In studies where evidence of a VO2 plateau was examined, peak oxygen consumption (VO2peak) did not differ between plateau and no-plateau groups. Although our results suggest the association between lower VO2peak and lower peak heart rate is a true cardiovascular limit to aerobic energy production, we cannot rule out participant effort.

  1. Visible light photocatalytic activity of BiVO4 particles with different morphologies

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    Lin, Xue; Yu, Lili; Yan, Lina; Li, Hongji; Yan, Yongsheng; Liu, Chunbo; Zhai, Hongju

    2014-06-01

    Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) particles with different morphologies were synthesized by a one-step hydrothermal process and their optical and photocatalytic properties were investigated. Their crystal structure and microstructures were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). XRD patterns demonstrate that the as-prepared samples are monoclinic cell. FESEM shows that BiVO4 crystals can be fabricated in different morphologies by simply manipulating the reaction parameters of hydrothermal process. The UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-vis DRS) reveal that the band gaps of BiVO4 photocatalysts are about 2.07-2.21 eV. The as-prepared BiVO4 photocatalysts exhibit higher photocatalytic activities in the degradation of rhodamine B (Rh B) under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm) compared with traditional N-doped TiO2 (N-TiO2). Furthermore, wheat like BiVO4 sample reveals the highest photocatalytic activity. Up to 100% Rh B is decolorized after visible light irradiation for 180 min. The reason for the difference in the photocatalytic activities for BiVO4 samples obtained at different conditions were systematically studied based on their shape, size and the variation of local structure.

  2. Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic properties of Cu-loaded BiVO(4).

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    Xu, Hui; Li, Huaming; Wu, Chundu; Chu, Jinyu; Yan, Yongsheng; Shu, Huoming; Gu, Zheng

    2008-05-01

    A series of Cu-loaded BiVO(4) (Cu-BiVO(4)) catalysts were prepared by impregnation method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and special surface area. The photocatalytic activities of Cu-BiVO(4) catalysts for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) were found to depend largely on the Cu content and the calcination temperature. The optimum Cu loading and calcination temperature were found to be 5 at.% and 300 degrees C, respectively. The results of XPS and SEM analysis indicated that Cu, CuO in this case, was dispersed on the surface of BiVO(4). The results of DRS analysis showed that the Cu-BiVO(4) series catalysts had significant optical absorption in the visible region between 550 and 800 nm and found that the absorption intensity increased with the enhancement of Cu content. An efficient N-demethylation of MB using Cu-BiVO(4) catalyst (5 at.% Cu content) calcined at 300 degrees C was also observed.

  3. Inverse relationship between VO2max and economy/efficiency in world-class cyclists.

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    Lucía, Alejandro; Hoyos, Jesus; Pérez, Margarita; Santalla, Alfredo; Chicharro, José L

    2002-12-01

    To determine the relationship that exists between VO2max and cycling economy/efficiency during intense, submaximal exercise in world-class road professional cyclists. METHODS Each of 11 male cyclists (26+/-1 yr (mean +/- SEM); VO2max: 72.0 +/- 1.8 mL x kg(-1) x min(-1)) performed: 1) a ramp test for O2max determination and 2) a constant-load test of 20-min duration at the power output eliciting 80% of subjects' VO2max during the previous ramp test (mean power output of 385 +/- 7 W). Cycling economy (CE) and gross mechanical efficiency (GE) were calculated during the constant-load tests. CE and GE averaged 85.2 +/- 2.3 W x L(-1) x min(-1) and 24.5 +/- 0.7%, respectively. An inverse, significant correlation was found between 1) VO2max (mL x kg(-0.32) x min(-1)) and both CE (r = -0.71; P = 0.01) and GE (-0.72; P = 0.01), and 2) VO2max (mL x kg(-1) x min(-1)) and both CE (r = -0.65; P = 0.03) and GE (-0.64; P = 0.03). A high CE/GE seems to compensate for a relatively low VO2max in professional cyclists.

  4. Continuous tuning of W-doped VO{sub 2} optical properties for terahertz analog applications

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    Karaoglan-Bebek, G.; Hoque, M. N. F.; Fan, Z.; Bernussi, A. A.; Holtz, M.

    2014-11-17

    Vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}), with its characteristic metal-insulator phase transition, is a prospective active candidate to realize tunable optical devices operating at terahertz (THz) frequencies. However, the abrupt phase transition restricts its practical use in analog-like continuous applications. Incorporation of tungsten is a feasible approach to alter the phase transition properties of thin VO{sub 2} films. We show that amplitude THz modulation depth of ∼65%, characteristic phase transition temperature of ∼40 °C, and tuning range larger than 35 °C can be achieved with W-doped VO{sub 2} films grown on sapphire substrates. W-doped VO{sub 2} films can also be used to suppress Fabry-Perot resonances at THz frequencies but at temperatures much lower than that observed for undoped VO{sub 2} films. The gradual phase transition temperature window allows for precise control of the W-doped VO{sub 2} optical properties for future analog based THz devices.

  5. Enhanced photoelectrochemical response of plasmonic Au embedded BiVO4/Fe2O3 heterojunction.

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    Verma, Anuradha; Srivastav, Anupam; Khan, Saif A; Rani Satsangi, Vibha; Shrivastav, Rohit; Kumar Avasthi, Devesh; Dass, Sahab

    2017-06-14

    The effect of embedding Au nanoparticles (NPs) in a BiVO4/Fe2O3 heterojunction for photoelectrochemical water splitting is studied here for the first time. The present nanostructured heterojunction offers three major advantages over pristine BiVO4 and Fe2O3: (i) the formation of a heterojunction between BiVO4 and Fe2O3 enhances the charge carrier separation and transfer, (ii) the layer of Fe2O3 provides protection to BiVO4 from photocorrosion and, (iii) the Au NPs possessing surface plasmon resonance (SPR) enhance the photoelectrochemical response by transferring energy to metal oxides by hot electron transfer (HET) and plasmon resonant energy transfer (PRET). The present study reveals that the heterojunction ITO/BiVO4/Fe2O3 (with 32% v/v Au solution in both layers) gives the best performance and mitigates the limitations of both pristine Fe2O3 and BiVO4. A thirteen-fold increment in applied bias photon-to-current conversion efficiency (ABPE) was observed at 1.24 V vs. RHE under the condition of 1 Sun illumination. Monochromatic incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) measurements indicated that an Au embedded heterojunction is more effective in harvesting visible light in comparison to a heterojunction without Au NPs.

  6. VO(2max) and Microgravity Exposure: Convective versus Diffusive O(2) Transport.

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    Ade, Carl J; Broxterman, Ryan M; Barstow, Thomas J

    2015-07-01

    Exposure to a microgravity environment decreases the maximal rate of O2 uptake (VO(2max)) in healthy individuals returning to a gravitational environment. The magnitude of this decrease in VO(2max) is, in part, dependent on the duration of microgravity exposure, such that long exposure may result in up to a 38% decrease in VO(2max). This review identifies the components within the O(2) transport pathway that determine the decrease in postmicrogravity VO(2max) and highlights the potential contributing physiological mechanisms. A retrospective analysis revealed that the decline in VO(2max) is initially mediated by a decrease in convective and diffusive O(2) transport that occurs as the duration of microgravity exposure is extended. Mechanistically, the attenuation of O(2) transport is the combined result of a deconditioning across multiple organ systems including decreases in total blood volume, red blood cell mass, cardiac function and mass, vascular function, skeletal muscle mass, and, potentially, capillary hemodynamics, which become evident during exercise upon re-exposure to the head-to-foot gravitational forces of upright posture on Earth. In summary, VO(2max) is determined by the integration of central and peripheral O(2) transport mechanisms, which, if not maintained during microgravity, will have a substantial long-term detrimental impact on space mission performance and astronaut health.

  7. Comparison of VO2max in obese and non-obese young Indian population.

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    Patkar, Kshitija Umesh; Joshi, Anjali S

    2011-01-01

    Incidence of obesity in early life is increasing nowadays because of faulty food habits and lack of exercise. This study was aimed to find out whether obesity affects cardiorespiratory efficiency of young adults. As VO2max is the most accepted indicator of cardiorespiratory efficiency it was compared in 30 obese and 30 non-obese subjects aged around 18-20 years. VO2mx was estimated by Queen's college step test. Various other parameters measured and calculated are weight, height, BMI, skin fold thickness, percentage body fat, lean body mass, fat mass. The results showed that cardiorespiratory efficiency (absolute VO2max & VO2max/kg lean body mass) was not affected (P > 0.05) in obese group in both sexes. Ability to do exhausting work (VO2max/kg body weight) was less in obese group (P = 0.001) compared to non-obese group & in obese males (P < 0.01) as compared to non-obese males. Percentage body fat (r = -0.416), triceps skin fold thickness (r = -0.427) and calf skin fold thickness (r = -0.381) strongly correlate to VO2max/kg body weight. Therefore the exercise programs can be best designed to increase caloric expenditure and thus to decrease body fat rather than to improve aerobic fitness.

  8. VO2 (A): Reinvestigation of crystal structure, phase transition and crystal growth mechanisms

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

    2014-05-01

    Well crystallized VO2 (A) microrods were grown via a single step hydrothermal reaction in the presence of V2O5 and oxalic acid. With the advantage of high crystalline samples, we propose P4/ncc as an appropriate space group at room temperature. From morphological studies, we found that the oriented attachment and layer by layer growth mechanisms are responsible for the formation of VO2 (A) micro rods. The structural and electronic transitions in VO2 (A) are strongly first order in nature, and a marked difference between the structural transition temperatures and electronic transitions temperature was evidenced. The reversible intra- (LTP-A to HTP-A) and irreversible inter- (HTP-A to VO2 (M1)) structural phase transformations were studied by in-situ powder X-ray diffraction. Attempts to increase the size of the VO2 (A) microrods are presented and the possible formation steps for the flower-like morphologies of VO2 (M1) are described.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of VO2-based thermochromic thin films for energy-efficient windows

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    Batista, Carlos; Ribeiro, Ricardo M.; Teixeira, Vasco

    2011-12-01

    Thermochromic VO2 thin films have successfully been grown on SiO2-coated float glass by reactive DC and pulsed-DC magnetron sputtering. The influence of substitutional doping of V by higher valence cations, such as W, Mo, and Nb, and respective contents on the crystal structure of VO2 is evaluated. Moreover, the effectiveness of each dopant element on the reduction of the intrinsic transition temperature and infrared modulation efficiency of VO2 is discussed. In summary, all the dopant elements--regardless of the concentration, within the studied range-- formed a solid solution with VO2, which was the only compound observed by X-ray diffractometry. Nb showed a clear detrimental effect on the crystal structure of VO2. The undoped films presented a marked thermochromic behavior, specially the one prepared by pulsed-DC sputtering. The dopants effectively decreased the transition of VO2 to the proximity of room temperature. However, the IR modulation efficiency is markedly affected as a consequence of the increased metallic character of the semiconducting phase. Tungsten proved to be the most effective element on the reduction of the semiconducting-metal transition temperature, while Mo and Nb showed similar results with the latter being detrimental to the thermochromism.

  10. Properties of VO2 Films Sputter-Deposited from V2O5 Target

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    Tsai, Kuang-Yue; Chin, Tsung-Shune; Shieh, Han-Ping D.

    2003-07-01

    Rutile VO2 is a thermochromic material that exhibits a reversible metal-insulator phase transition upon thermal cycling. A new deposition process of rutile VO2 from a V2O5 target was developed using reactive oxygen instead of hydrogen. Adjusting the substrate temperature and the oxygen flow ratio changes the compositions and phases of the as-deposited films into rutile VO2 under optimum deposition conditions on the Si and thick glass substrates. Crystalline phases analyzed by X-ray diffraction shows the relationship among V4O9, V6O13, and VO2 films prepared under different deposition conditions. Analysis by AFM shows that VO2 films grown at higher substrate temperatures have larger grain size. The optical switching property of VO2 was measured at a wavelength of 1.5 μm and transition temperature around 45°C was also measured. Inhomogeneity and the strained structure of the film are suggested to be the reasons of transition temperature lower than typical reported value because the impurity in the target is too low to be detected quantatively by ICP.

  11. Multiferroicity and spiral magnetism in FeVO{sub 4} with quenched Fe orbital moments

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    Daoud-Aladine, A.; Chapon, L. C.; Kundys, B.; Martin, C.; Simon, C.; Radaelli, P. G.; Brown, P. J.

    2009-12-01

    FeVO{sub 4} has been studied by heat capacity, magnetic susceptibility, electric polarization and single-crystal neutron-diffraction experiments. The triclinic crystal structure is made of S-shaped clusters of six Fe{sup 3+} ions, linked by VO{sub 4}{sup 3-} groups. Two long-range magnetic ordering transitions occur at T{sub N1}=22 K and T{sub N2}=15 K. Both magnetic structures are incommensurate and below T{sub N2}, FeVO{sub 4} becomes weakly ferroelectric coincidentally with the loss of the collinearity of the magnetic structure in a very similar fashion than in the classical TbMnO{sub 3} multiferroic material. However we argue that the symmetry considerations and the mechanisms invoked to explain these properties in TbMnO{sub 3} do not straightforwardly apply to FeVO{sub 4}. First, the magnetic structures, even the collinear structure, are all acentric so that ferroelectricity in FeVO{sub 4} is not correlated with the fact magnetic ordering is breaking inversion symmetry. Regarding the mechanism, FeVO{sub 4} has quenched orbital moments that questions the exact role of the spin-orbit interactions.

  12. Activation of peroxymonosulfate by BiVO4 under visible light for degradation of Rhodamine B

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    Liu, Yang; Guo, Hongguang; Zhang, Yongli; Tang, Weihong; Cheng, Xin; Liu, Hongwei

    2016-06-01

    A photocatalytic system involving visible light and BiVO4 (Vis/BiVO4) in the presence of peroxymonosulfate (PMS) has been developed to oxidize the target pollutant Rhodamine B (RhB) in aqueous solution. It was found that PMS could enhance the photocatalytic efficiency of BiVO4 and could be activated to promote the removal of RhB with sulfate radicals, hydroxyl radicals and superoxide radicals. Critical impacting factors in the Vis/BiVO4/PMS system were investigated concerning the influence of PMS concentration, solution pH, catalyst dosage, initial concentration of RhB and the presence of anions (Cl- and CO32-). In addition, by using isopropanol, tert-butanol, 1,4-benzoquinone and ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid disodium salt as probe compounds, the main active species were demonstrated including radSO4-, radOH and radO2- in the system, and a detail photocatalytic mechanism for the Vis/BiVO4/PMS system was proposed. Finally, up to 10 intermediate products of RhB were identified by GC/MS, included benzenoid organic compounds, organic acids and three nitrogenous organic compounds. This study provides a feasible way to degrade organic pollutants in wastewater using BiVO4 with PMS under visible light.

  13. A comparison of time to exhaustion at VO2 max in élite cyclists, kayak paddlers, swimmers and runners.

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    Billat, V; Faina, M; Sardella, F; Marini, C; Fanton, F; Lupo, S; Faccini, P; de Angelis, M; Koralsztein, J P; Dalmonte, A

    1996-02-01

    A recent study has shown the reproducibility of time to exhaustion (time limit: tlim) at the lowest velocity that elicits the maximal oxygen consumption (vVO2 max). The same study found an inverse relationship between this time to exhaustion at vVO2 max and vVO2 max among 38 élite long-distance runners (Billat et al. 1994b). The purpose of the present study was to compare the time to exhaustion at the power output (or velocity) at VO2 max for different values of VO2 max, depending on the type of exercise and not only on the aerobic capacity. The time of exhaustion at vVO2 max (tlim) has been measured among 41 élite (national level) sportsmen: 9 cyclists, 9 kayak paddlers, 9 swimmers and 14 runners using specific ergometers. Velocity or power at VO2 max (vVO2 max) was determined by continuous incremental testing. This protocol had steps of 2 min and increments of 50 W, 30 W, 0.05 m s-1 and 2 km-1 for cyclists, kayak paddlers, swimmers and runners, respectively. One week later, tlim was determined under the same conditions. After a warm-up of 10 min at 60% of their vVO2 max, subjects were concluded (in less than 45 s) to their vVO2 max and then had to sustain it as long as possible until exhaustion. Mean values of vVO2 max and tlim were respectively equal to 419 +/- 49 W (tlim = 222 +/- 91 s), 239 +/- 56 W (tlim = 376 +/- 134 s), 1.46 +/- 0.09 m s-1 (tlim = 287 +/- 160 s) and 22.4 +/- 0.8 km h-1 (tlim = 321 +/- 84 s), for cyclists, kayak paddlers, swimmers and runners. Time to exhaustion at vVO2 max was only significantly different between cycling and kayaking (ANOVA test, p < 0.05). Otherwise, VO2 max (expressed in ml min-1 kg-1) was significantly different between all sports except between cycling and running (p < 0.05). In this study, time to exhaustion at vVO2 max was also inversely related to VO2 max for the entire group of élite sportsmen (r = -0.320, p < 0.05, n = 41). The inverse relationship between VO2 max and tlim at vVO2 max has to be explained, it

  14. Relationship between percentage of VO2max and type of physical activity in obese and non-obese adolescents.

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    Lazzer, S; Boirie, Y; Bitar, A; Petit, I; Meyer, M; Vermorel, M

    2005-03-01

    The objective of the present study was to determine oxygen uptake (VO(2)) and percentage of maximum oxygen uptake (%VO2max) in obese and non-obese adolescents during various activities in standardised conditions, and the corresponding %VO2max in free-living conditions. Twenty-seven obese and 50 non-obese adolescents aged 12 to 16 years participated in this study. Body composition was assessed by bioelectrical impedance analysis and dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), VO2max by treadmill tests, VO2 corresponding to various activities by whole body calorimetry, and time and % VO2max corresponding to various activities in free-living conditions using the heart-rate recording method and a physical activity diary. VO2max (l/min) was 27.4% higher in obese than in non-obese subjects (p<0.001), but not significantly different after adjustment for fat-free mass (FFM). In the whole body calorimeters, with the same activity program, % VO2max corresponding to sleep and sedentary activities were lower in obese than in non-obese girls (-15.1% and -12.3%, p<0.05), but not significantly different between obese and non-obese boys. However, walking at 4-5-6 km/h corresponded to 47-59% and 71% of VO2max, respectively, in obese, and 34-41% and 48% of VO2max in non-obese subjects (p<0.001). In free-living conditions, moderate physical activities and sports corresponded to 52% vs 35%, and 39% vs 51% of VO2max, respectively, in obese and non-obese adolescents. In standardised conditions %VO2max did not correspond to the same type of physical activity in obese compared to non-obese adolescents. Consequently, % VO2max is inadequate for comparing the types of physical activities of obese and non-obese adolescents in free-living conditions.

  15. Increases in .VO2max with "live high-train low" altitude training: role of ventilatory acclimatization.

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    Wilhite, Daniel P; Mickleborough, Timothy D; Laymon, Abigail S; Chapman, Robert F

    2013-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to estimate the percentage of the increase in whole body maximal oxygen consumption (.VO(2max)) that is accounted for by increased respiratory muscle oxygen uptake after altitude training. Six elite male distance runners (.VO(2max) = 70.6 ± 4.5 ml kg(-1) min(-1)) and one elite female distance runner (.VO(2max)) = 64.7 ml kg(-1) min(-1)) completed a 28-day "live high-train low" training intervention (living elevation, 2,150 m). Before and after altitude training, subjects ran at three submaximal speeds, and during a separate session, performed a graded exercise test to exhaustion. A regression equation derived from published data was used to estimate respiratory muscle .VO(2) (.VO(2RM)) using our ventilation (.VE) values. .VO(2RM) was also estimated retrospectively from a larger group of distance runners (n = 22). .VO(2max) significantly (p < 0.05) increased from pre- to post-altitude (196 ± 59 ml min(-1)), while (.VE) at .VO(2max) also significantly (p < 0.05) increased (13.3 ± 5.3 l min(-1)). The estimated .VO(2RM) contributed 37 % of Δ .VO(2max). The retrospective group also saw a significant increase in .VO(2max) from pre- to post-altitude (201 ± 36 ml min(-1)), along with a 10.8 ± 2.1 l min(-1) increase in (.VE), thus requiring an estimated 27 % of Δ .VO(2max) Our data suggest that a substantial portion of the improvement in .VO(2max) with chronic altitude training goes to fuel the respiratory muscles as opposed to the musculature which directly contributes to locomotion. Consequently, the time-course of decay in ventilatory acclimatization following return to sea-level may have an impact on competitive performance.

  16. Photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water oxidation over metal-doped monoclinic BiVO(4) photoanodes.

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    Parmar, Kanak Pal Singh; Kang, Hyun Joon; Bist, Amita; Dua, Piyush; Jang, Jum Suk; Lee, Jae Sung

    2012-10-01

    The visible-light-induced water oxidation ability of metal-ion-doped BiVO(4) was investigated and of 12 metal ion dopants tested, only W and Mo dramatically enhanced the water photo-oxidation activity of bare BiVO(4); Mo had the highest improvement by a factor of about six. Thus, BiVO(4) and W- or Mo-doped (2 atom %) BiVO(4) photoanodes about 1 μm thick were fabricated onto transparent conducting substrate by a metal-organic decomposition/spin-coating method. Under simulated one sun (air mass 1.5G, 100 mW cm(-2)) and at 1.23 V versus a reversible hydrogen electrode, the highest photocurrent density (J(PH)) of about 2.38 mA cm(-2) was achieved for Mo doping followed by W doping (J(PH) ≈ 1.98 mA cm(-2)), whereas undoped BiVO(4) gave a J(PH) value of about 0.42 mA cm(-2). The photoelectrochemical water oxidation activity of W- and Mo-doped BiVO(4) photoanodes corresponded to the incident photon to current conversion efficiency of about 35 and 40 % respectively. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and Mott-Schottky analysis indicated a positive flat band shift of about 30 mV, a carrier concentration 1.6-2 times higher, and a charge-transfer resistance reduced by 3-4-fold for W- or Mo-doped BiVO(4) relative to undoped BiVO(4). Electronic structure calculations revealed that both W and Mo were shallow donors and Mo doping generated superior conductivity to W doping. The photo-oxidation activity of water on BiVO(4) photoanodes (undopedVO(4) by drastically reducing its charge-transfer resistance and thereby minimizing photoexcited electron-hole pair recombination. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Validation of a Ramp Running Protocol for Determination of the True VO2max in Mice

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    Ayachi, Mohamed; Niel, Romain; Momken, Iman; Billat, Véronique L.; Mille-Hamard, Laurence

    2016-01-01

    In the field of comparative physiology, it remains to be established whether the concept of VO2max is valid in the mouse and, if so, how this value can be accurately determined. In humans, VO2max is generally considered to correspond to the plateau observed when VO2 no longer rises with an increase in workload. In contrast, the concept of VO2peak tends to be used in murine studies. The objectives of the present study were to determine whether (i) a continuous ramp protocol yielded a higher VO2peak than a stepwise, incremental protocol, and (ii) the VO2peak measured in the ramp protocol corresponded to VO2max. The three protocols (based on intensity-controlled treadmill running until exhaustion with eight female FVB/N mice) were performed in random order: (a) an incremental protocol that begins at 10 m.min−1 speed and increases by 3 m.min−1 every 3 min. (b) a ramp protocol with slow acceleration (3 m.min−2), and (c) a ramp protocol with fast acceleration (12 m.min−2). Each protocol was performed with two slopes (0 and 25°). Hence, each mouse performed six exercise tests. We found that the value of VO2peak was protocol-dependent (p < 0.05) and was highest (59.0 ml.kg 0.75.min−1) for the 3 m.min−2 0° ramp protocol. In the latter, the presence of a VO2max plateau was associated with the fulfillment of two secondary criteria (a blood lactate concentration >8 mmol.l−1 and a respiratory exchange ratio >1). The total duration of the 3 m.min−2 0° ramp protocol was shorter than that of the incremental protocol. Taken as a whole, our results suggest that VO2max in the mouse is best determined by applying a ramp exercise protocol with slow acceleration and no treadmill slope. PMID:27621709

  18. Validation of a Ramp Running Protocol for Determination of the True VO2max in Mice.

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    Ayachi, Mohamed; Niel, Romain; Momken, Iman; Billat, Véronique L; Mille-Hamard, Laurence

    2016-01-01

    In the field of comparative physiology, it remains to be established whether the concept of VO2max is valid in the mouse and, if so, how this value can be accurately determined. In humans, VO2max is generally considered to correspond to the plateau observed when VO2 no longer rises with an increase in workload. In contrast, the concept of VO2peak tends to be used in murine studies. The objectives of the present study were to determine whether (i) a continuous ramp protocol yielded a higher VO2peak than a stepwise, incremental protocol, and (ii) the VO2peak measured in the ramp protocol corresponded to VO2max. The three protocols (based on intensity-controlled treadmill running until exhaustion with eight female FVB/N mice) were performed in random order: (a) an incremental protocol that begins at 10 m.min(-1) speed and increases by 3 m.min(-1) every 3 min. (b) a ramp protocol with slow acceleration (3 m.min(-2)), and (c) a ramp protocol with fast acceleration (12 m.min(-2)). Each protocol was performed with two slopes (0 and 25°). Hence, each mouse performed six exercise tests. We found that the value of VO2peak was protocol-dependent (p < 0.05) and was highest (59.0 ml.kg (0.75).min(-1)) for the 3 m.min(-2) 0° ramp protocol. In the latter, the presence of a VO2max plateau was associated with the fulfillment of two secondary criteria (a blood lactate concentration >8 mmol.l(-1) and a respiratory exchange ratio >1). The total duration of the 3 m.min(-2) 0° ramp protocol was shorter than that of the incremental protocol. Taken as a whole, our results suggest that VO2max in the mouse is best determined by applying a ramp exercise protocol with slow acceleration and no treadmill slope.

  19. In situ high-pressure synchrotron x-ray diffraction study of CeVO[subscript 4] and TbVO[subscript 4] up to 50 GPa

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    Errandonea, D.; Kumar, R.S.; Achary, S.N.; Tyagi, A.K.

    2012-02-07

    Room-temperature angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction measurements on zircon-type TbVO{sub 4} and CeVO{sub 4} were performed in a diamond-anvil cell up to 50 GPa using neon as a pressure-transmitting medium. In TbVO{sub 4}, we found at 6.4 GPa evidence of a nonreversible pressure-induced structural phase transition from zircon to a scheelite-type structure. A second transition to an M-fergusonite-type structure was found at 33.9 GPa, which is reversible. Zircon-type CeVO{sub 4} exhibits two pressure-induced transitions: first, an irreversible transition to a monazite-type structure at 5.6 GPa and, second, at 14.7 GPa, a reversible transition to an orthorhombic structure. No additional phase transitions or evidences of chemical decomposition are found in the experiments. The equations of state and axial compressibility for the different phases are also determined. Finally, the sequence of structural transitions and the compressibilities are discussed in comparison with other orhtovanadates and the influence of nonhydrostaticity commented.

  20. First-Principles Study of InVO4 under Pressure: Phase Transitions from CrVO4- to AgMnO4-Type Structure.

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    López-Moreno, Sinhué; Rodríguez-Hernández, Plácida; Muñoz, Alfonso; Errandonea, Daniel

    2017-03-06

    First-principles calculations have been carried out to study the InVO4 compound under pressure. In this work, total energy calculations were performed in order to analyze the structural behavior of the experimentally known polymorphs of InVO4: α-MnMoO4-type (I), CrVO4-type (III), and wolframite (V). In addition, in this paper we present our results about the stability of this compound beyond the pressures reached by experiments. We propose some new high-pressure phases on the basis of the study of 13 possible candidates. The quasi-harmonic approximation has been used to calculate the sequence of phase transitions at 300 K: CrVO4-type, III (the transition pressure is given in parentheses) → wolframite, V (4.4 GPa) → raspite, VI (28.1 GPa) → AgMnO4-type, VII (44 GPa). Equations of state and phonon frequencies as a function of pressure have been calculated for the studied phases. In order to determine the stability of each phase, we also report the phonon dispersion along the Brillouin zone and the phonon density of states for the most stable polymorphs. Finally, the electronic band structure for the low- and high-pressure phases for the studied polymorphs is presented as well as the pressure evolution of the band gap by using the HSE06 hybrid functional.

  1. Coupling effect between the structure and surface characteristics of electrospun carbon nanofibres on the electrochemical activity towards the VO2(+)/VO(2+) redox couple.

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    Wei, Guanjie; Gao, Zhenguo; Wei, Zengfu; Fan, Xinzhuang; Liu, Jianguo; Yan, Chuanwei

    2015-08-21

    In order to investigate the structure-function relationship of electrospun carbon nanofibres (ECNFs), polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based electrospun carbon webs (ECWs) have been developed, consisting of ECNFs carbonized over the temperature range of 1000-1500 °C in a nitrogen atmosphere. The surface morphology, microstructure, composition, electrical conductivity and hydrophilicity of the ECNFs have been characterized. The electrochemical activity of the ECNFs towards the VO2(+)/VO(2+) redox reaction has been measured by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). It is worth noting that the electrochemical performance of the ECNFs decreases firstly and then rises gradually with the increase in carbonization temperature, and a carbonization temperature of about 1300 °C is the turning point. This unusual phenomenon might be attributed to the coupling effect between the surface and structure characteristics of the ECNFs towards the VO2(+)/VO(2+) redox couple. The surface composition plays a leading role in the electrochemical activity of ECNFs carbonized over the temperature range of 1000-1300 °C; however, the edge planes of graphite crystallites which form during the high temperature range from 1300-1500 °C then become the dominant factor. Therefore, the electrochemical activity decreases with the reduction of functional groups on the surface from carbonization at 1000-1300 °C, and then increases with the addition of the edge planes of graphite crystallites from carbonization at 1300-1500 °C.

  2. VoIP attacks detection engine based on neural network

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    Safarik, Jakub; Slachta, Jiri

    2015-05-01

    The security is crucial for any system nowadays, especially communications. One of the most successful protocols in the field of communication over IP networks is Session Initiation Protocol. It is an open-source project used by different kinds of applications, both open-source and proprietary. High penetration and text-based principle made SIP number one target in IP telephony infrastructure, so security of SIP server is essential. To keep up with hackers and to detect potential malicious attacks, security administrator needs to monitor and evaluate SIP traffic in the network. But monitoring and following evaluation could easily overwhelm the security administrator in networks, typically in networks with a number of SIP servers, users and logically or geographically separated networks. The proposed solution lies in automatic attack detection systems. The article covers detection of VoIP attacks through a distributed network of nodes. Then the gathered data analyze aggregation server with artificial neural network. Artificial neural network means multilayer perceptron network trained with a set of collected attacks. Attack data could also be preprocessed and verified with a self-organizing map. The source data is detected by distributed network of detection nodes. Each node contains a honeypot application and traffic monitoring mechanism. Aggregation of data from each node creates an input for neural networks. The automatic classification on a centralized server with low false positive detection reduce the cost of attack detection resources. The detection system uses modular design for easy deployment in final infrastructure. The centralized server collects and process detected traffic. It also maintains all detection nodes.

  3. Time at or near VO2max during continuous and intermittent running. A review with special reference to considerations for the optimisation of training protocols to elicit the longest time at or near VO2max.

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    Midgley, A W; Mc Naughton, L R

    2006-03-01

    Several authors have suggested that training at or near VO2max (i.e. > or = 95% VO2max) is the most effective training intensity to enhance VO2max and that for highly trained endurance athletes, training at or near VO2max may be necessary to increase it further. Consequently, there is an interest in characterising training protocols that allow the longest time at or near VO2max (T@VO2max). Intermittent running protocols have been found to be more effective than continuous protocols for increasing T@VO2max. Intermittent protocols can be manipulated by altering the warm-up intensity and timing, work and relief interval velocity and duration, amplitude, interval number per set, and the number of sets performed. To increase T@VO2max it is recommended that work interval intensity should generally range between 90% and 105% vVO2max and relief interval intensity between 50% vVO2max and the lactate threshold velocity. Work and relief interval durations should be between 15 and 30 seconds. The warm-up period prior to the intermittent protocol should be about 10 to 15 minutes in duration at 1 or 2 km x h(-1) below the lactate threshold velocity, with no gap between the warm-up and the intermittent protocol. When designing intermittent training protocols for the enhancement of VO2max, the simultaneous enhancement of other physiological performance determinants should also be considered. Further experimental research is required to identify the specific physiological responses and adaptations to various intermittent running protocols that are designed to elicit the longest time at or near VO2max, before recommendations can be given to competitive endurance runners.

  4. A simple and low-cost combustion method to prepare monoclinic VO2 with superior thermochromic properties

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    Cao, Ziyi; Xiao, Xiudi; Lu, Xuanming; Zhan, Yongjun; Cheng, Haoliang; Xu, Gang

    2016-12-01

    In this approach, the VO2 nanoparticles have been successfully fabricated via combusting the low-cost precursor solution consisted of NH4VO3, C2H6O2 and C2H5OH. By the XRD, TEM and XPS analysis, it can be found that the synthetic monoclinic VO2 is single crystal and no impurity is defined. After dispersing the VO2 nanoparticles into the polymer, the solar modulation of VO2-based composite film is up to 12.5% with luminous transmission and haze around 62.2% and 0.5%, respectively. In other words, the composite films show high performance of thermochromic properties. This could open an efficient way to fabricate low-cost and large-scale VO2 (M) nanoparticles and thermochromic films.

  5. Surface-doping effect of InVO4 nanoribbons and the distinctive behavior as gas sensors.

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    Liu, Shanshan; Hu, Fei; Zhang, Jie; Tang, Hanxiao; Shao, Mingwang

    2013-04-24

    Indium vanadate (InVO4) gas sensors were fabricated by depositing InVO4 nanoribbons aqueous suspension onto ceramic substrates. Their resistances distinctively increased in the detection of ammonia and propylamine, indicating an n-to-p semiconductor transition. This novel phenomenon of the InVO4-based sensor may be ascribed to the surface doping effect: electrons were trapped by H2O and O2 and produced OH(-) and O2(-) on the InVO4 surface, which resulted in holes overcompensation in the InVO4 valence band. Moreover, the sufficiently large surface-to-volume ratio of these nanoribbons enables fast carrier transfer on the sensor surface. The InVO4 nanoribbons-based sensors had optimum performance at room temperature and enjoyed good restorability. They also had great response to a wide range of target gas concentration, with ultrahigh sensitivities up to 1100% for ammonia and 760% for propylamine.

  6. Enhanced electrochemical performance of orientated VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays through direct lithiation for lithium ion batteries

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    Liu, Liang; Liu, Qiang; Zhao, Wen; Li, Guochun; Wang, Limei; Shi, Weidong; Chen, Long

    2017-02-01

    Lithiation modification of VO2(B) has been carried out by a facile hydrothermal process, and the compact and locally ordered VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays have been prepared. The synthesis route provides a new approach to elaborate a VO2(B) nanostructure under a mild environment condition. It is found that the growth mechanism of VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays is different from the traditional nucleation-growth process. A novel chemical lithiating-exfoliating-splitting model is proposed. Compared with the bulk counterpart, the lithiated VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays as cathodes exhibit a higher discharge capacity and an enhanced high-rate performance owing to their increased structural anisotropy and decreased polarization. This work indicates that VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays have great potential applications as cathode materials for lithium ion batteries.

  7. Characterization of polycrystalline VO2 thin film with low phase transition temperature fabricated by high power impulse magnetron sputtering

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    Lin, Tiegui; Wang, Langping; Wang, Xiaofeng; Zhang, Yufen

    2016-04-01

    VO2 is a unique material that undergoes a reversible phase transformation around 68∘C. Currently, applications of VO2 on smart windows are limited by its high transition temperature. In order to reduce the temperature, VO2 thin film was fabricated on quartz glass substrate by high power impulse magnetron sputtering with a modulated pulsed power. The phase transition temperature has been reduced to as low as 32∘C. In addition, the VO2 film possesses a typical metal-insulator transition. X-ray diffraction and selected area electron diffraction patterns reveal that an obvious lattice distortion has been formed in the as-deposited polycrystalline VO2 thin film. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy proves that oxygen vacancies have been formed in the as-deposited thin film, which will induce a lattice distortion in the VO2 thin film.

  8. A simple and low-cost combustion method to prepare monoclinic VO2 with superior thermochromic properties

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    Cao, Ziyi; Xiao, Xiudi; Lu, Xuanming; Zhan, Yongjun; Cheng, Haoliang; Xu, Gang

    2016-01-01

    In this approach, the VO2 nanoparticles have been successfully fabricated via combusting the low-cost precursor solution consisted of NH4VO3, C2H6O2 and C2H5OH. By the XRD, TEM and XPS analysis, it can be found that the synthetic monoclinic VO2 is single crystal and no impurity is defined. After dispersing the VO2 nanoparticles into the polymer, the solar modulation of VO2-based composite film is up to 12.5% with luminous transmission and haze around 62.2% and 0.5%, respectively. In other words, the composite films show high performance of thermochromic properties. This could open an efficient way to fabricate low-cost and large-scale VO2 (M) nanoparticles and thermochromic films. PMID:27976748

  9. Prediction of VO2peak from the 20-m shuttle-run test in youth with Down syndrome.

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    Agiovlasitis, Stamatis; Pitetti, Kenneth H; Guerra, Myriam; Fernhall, Bo

    2011-04-01

    This study examined whether 20-m shuttle-run performance, sex, body mass index (BMI), age, height, and weight are associated with peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak) in youth with Down syndrome (DS; n = 53; 25 women, age 8-20 years) and whether these variables can be used to develop an equation to predict VO2peak. BMI, 20-m shuttle-run performance, and sex were significantly associated with VO2peak in youth with DS, whereas age, height, and weight were not. A regression model included only shuttle-run performance as a significant predictor of VO2peak; however, the developed prediction equation had low individual predictability. Therefore, 20-m shuttle-run performance alone does not provide valid prediction of VO2peak in youth with DS. Sex, BMI, age, height, and weight do not improve the prediction of VO2peak.

  10. A simple and low-cost combustion method to prepare monoclinic VO2 with superior thermochromic properties.

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    Cao, Ziyi; Xiao, Xiudi; Lu, Xuanming; Zhan, Yongjun; Cheng, Haoliang; Xu, Gang

    2016-12-15

    In this approach, the VO2 nanoparticles have been successfully fabricated via combusting the low-cost precursor solution consisted of NH4VO3, C2H6O2 and C2H5OH. By the XRD, TEM and XPS analysis, it can be found that the synthetic monoclinic VO2 is single crystal and no impurity is defined. After dispersing the VO2 nanoparticles into the polymer, the solar modulation of VO2-based composite film is up to 12.5% with luminous transmission and haze around 62.2% and 0.5%, respectively. In other words, the composite films show high performance of thermochromic properties. This could open an efficient way to fabricate low-cost and large-scale VO2 (M) nanoparticles and thermochromic films.

  11. Hydrothermal synthesis of Mo-doped VO2/TiO2 composite nanocrystals with enhanced thermochromic performance.

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    Li, Dengbing; Li, Ming; Pan, Jing; Luo, Yuanyuan; Wu, Hao; Zhang, Yunxia; Li, Guanghai

    2014-05-14

    This paper reports a one-step TiO2 seed-assistant hydrothermal synthesis of Mo-doped VO2(M)/TiO2 composite nanocrystals. It was found that excess Mo doping can promote formation of the VO2(M) phase, and rutile TiO2 seed is beneficial to morphology control, size reduction, and infrared modulation of Mo-doped VO2(M) nanocrystals. The Mo-doped VO2 nanocrystals epitaxially grow on TiO2 seeds and have a quasi-spherical shape with size down to 20 nm and a nearly 35% infrared modulation near room temperature. The findings of this work demonstrate important progress in the near-room-temperature thermochromic performance of VO2(M) nanomaterials, which will find potential application in constructing VO2(M) nanocrystal-based smart window coatings.

  12. Preparation and characterization of self-supporting thermochromic films composed of VO2(M)@SiO2 Nanofibers.

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    Li, Shaotang; Li, Yamei; Jiang, Meng; Ji, Shidong; Luo, Hongjie; Gao, Yanfeng; Jin, Ping

    2013-07-24

    Nanofibers of VO2(A) with the diameter and length averagely at 100 nm and 10-20 μm were prepared via a facile one-step hydrothermal method by reducing NH4VO3 with 1,3-propylene glycol in an acidic solution. The obtained VO2(A) was coated by SiO2 to form VO2(A)@SiO2 core-shell nanocomposites, which were then transformed into VO2(M)@SiO2 by annealing under nitrogen atmosphere. The resulted composites maintained the original fibrous morphology, particularly with a large amount of pores emerging inside the fiber due to the volume shrinkage during the phase transition, which may improve its thermal insulation ability in real applications. The VO2(M)@SiO2 nanofibers were arranged into a self-supporting film by filtration, which shows excellent thermochromic properties.

  13. Hydrogen-doping induced reduction in the phase transition temperature of VO2: a first-principles study.

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    Cui, Yuanyuan; Shi, Siqi; Chen, Lanli; Luo, Hongjie; Gao, Yanfeng

    2015-08-28

    VO2 is a promising thermochromic material that can intelligently control the transmittance of sunlight in the near-infrared region in response to temperature change, although the high phase transition temperature (Tc) of 340 K restricts its wide application. Our first-principles calculations show that hydrogen is an efficient dopant which can stabilize the metallic VO2 phase at ambient temperature through reducing Tc by 38 K/at% H. The reduction in Tc is coupled with the changes in atomic and electronic structures, i.e., the V-V chains feature the dimerization characteristics in H-doped VO2(R) and the V-O bonds become less ionic due to the formation of a typical H-O covalent bond. In addition, hydrogen-doped VO2 is more sensitive to external strain as compared with pure VO2, implying that Tc can be further regulated through a combination of H-doping and strain.

  14. Enhanced electrochemical performance of orientated VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays through direct lithiation for lithium ion batteries.

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    Liu, Liang; Liu, Qiang; Zhao, Wen; Li, Guochun; Wang, Limei; Shi, Weidong; Chen, Long

    2017-02-10

    Lithiation modification of VO2(B) has been carried out by a facile hydrothermal process, and the compact and locally ordered VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays have been prepared. The synthesis route provides a new approach to elaborate a VO2(B) nanostructure under a mild environment condition. It is found that the growth mechanism of VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays is different from the traditional nucleation-growth process. A novel chemical lithiating-exfoliating-splitting model is proposed. Compared with the bulk counterpart, the lithiated VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays as cathodes exhibit a higher discharge capacity and an enhanced high-rate performance owing to their increased structural anisotropy and decreased polarization. This work indicates that VO2(B) raft-like nanobelt arrays have great potential applications as cathode materials for lithium ion batteries.

  15. Effects of O2 pressure on the oxidation of VO(x)/Pt(111).

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    Tang, Zhenyan; Wang, Shaolin; Zhang, Lihua; Ding, Ding; Chen, Mingshu; Wan, Huilin

    2013-08-07

    Vanadium oxide (VO(x)) has been extensively used in many oxidation and selective oxidation reactions. In this study, VO(x) thin films were prepared in an ultra-high vacuum (UHV) chamber by evaporating V onto a Pt(111) surface followed by subsequent oxidation at 623 K in 1 × 10(-7) Torr O2, and further oxidized in the 'high-pressure' reaction cell with 1 Torr O2. The film quality and structure were investigated by high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), low energy electron diffraction (LEED), low energy ion scattering spectroscopy (LEIS), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and in situ infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRAS). On the Pt(111) surface, VO(x) forms isolated O=VO(x) (x = 0-3) species, surface two-dimensional (2D) (2 × 2)-V2O3 domains, a bi-layer structure with a (3√3 × 6) arrangement, and a complicated tri-layer structure as the coverage increases from submonolayer to multilayer. Under the UHV conditions, the oxidation state of V is mainly +3 and the stability was found to be surface V2O3 > bi-layer V2O3 > tri-layer one. After exposing to 0.3-1 Torr O2, VO(x) can be oxidized to higher oxidation states, mainly V2O5, as evidenced by the shifts of the core-level binding energies and presence of V=O. These results indicate that thorough oxidation of VO(x) requires sufficiently high O2 pressure, and that vanadium-based catalysts may possess higher oxidation states under most reaction conditions in the presence of O2.

  16. Effects of specific muscle training on VO2 on-response and early blood lactate.

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    Cerretelli, P; Pendergast, D; Paganelli, W C; Rennie, D W

    1979-10-01

    The relationship between half time of the O2 uptake on-response (t1/2 VO2on, seconds) and early blood lactate accumulation (delta Lab, mmol.1(-1) at the onset of submaximal arm and/or leg exercise was the object of a cross-sectional study of sedentary subjects (S,n = 3), and kayakers (K, n = 8), and of a longitudinal study on 11 untrained subjects of specific arm vs. leg training. In supine arm cranking (W = 125 watts) S had an average t1/2 VO2on of 82 s and a delta Aab of 9.2 mmol.1(-1) compared to 47 +/- 7 s and 4 +/- 1.4 mmol.1(-1), respectively, for K. In longitudinal trainees shorter t1/2 VO2on was accompanied by lower Lab for the trained limbs. Specific limb conditioning in swimmers and runners resulted in shorter t1/2 VO2on. A linear relationship was observed between delta Lab and t1/2 VO2on having an intercept on the time axis at congruent to 20 s and a slope proportional to muscle mass. Trained muscles were grouped closest to the intercept indicating local acceleration of the rate of O2 transfer approaching the t1/2 VO2on for isolated perfused muscle at the onset of work. Since t1/2 VO2on, we conclude that factors distal to the capillary are specifically involved in the local training response.

  17. VO2max Trainability and High Intensity Interval Training in Humans: A Meta-Analysis

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    Bacon, Andrew P.; Carter, Rickey E.; Ogle, Eric A.; Joyner, Michael J.

    2013-01-01

    Endurance exercise training studies frequently show modest changes in VO2max with training and very limited responses in some subjects. By contrast, studies using interval training (IT) or combined IT and continuous training (CT) have reported mean increases in VO2max of up to ∼1.0 L · min−1. This raises questions about the role of exercise intensity and the trainability of VO2max. To address this topic we analyzed IT and IT/CT studies published in English from 1965–2012. Inclusion criteria were: 1)≥3 healthy sedentary/recreationally active humans <45 yrs old, 2) training duration 6–13 weeks, 3) ≥3 days/week, 4) ≥10 minutes of high intensity work, 5) ≥1∶1 work/rest ratio, and 6) results reported as mean ± SD or SE, ranges of change, or individual data. Due to heterogeneity (I2 value of 70), statistical synthesis of the data used a random effects model. The summary statistic of interest was the change in VO2max. A total of 334 subjects (120 women) from 37 studies were identified. Participants were grouped into 40 distinct training groups, so the unit of analysis was 40 rather than 37. An increase in VO2max of 0.51 L ·min−1 (95% CI: 0.43 to 0.60 L · min−1) was observed. A subset of 9 studies, with 72 subjects, that featured longer intervals showed even larger (∼0.8–0.9 L · min−1) changes in VO2max with evidence of a marked response in all subjects. These results suggest that ideas about trainability and VO2max should be further evaluated with standardized IT or IT/CT training programs. PMID:24066036

  18. Heteroepitaxial VO2 thin films on GaN: Structure and metal-insulator transition characteristics

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    Zhou, You; Ramanathan, Shriram

    2012-10-01

    Monolithic integration of correlated oxide and nitride semiconductors may open up new opportunities in solid-state electronics and opto-electronics that combine desirable functional properties of both classes of materials. Here, we report on epitaxial growth and phase transition-related electrical properties of vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films on GaN epitaxial layers on c-sapphire. The epitaxial relation is determined to be (010)vo2‖(0001)GaN‖(0001)A12O3 and [100]vo2‖[1¯21¯0]A12O3 from x-ray diffraction. VO2 heteroepitaxial growth and lattice mismatch are analyzed by comparing the GaN basal plane (0001) with the almost close packed corrugated oxygen plane in vanadium dioxide and an experimental stereographic projection describing the orientation relationship is established. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy suggests a slightly oxygen rich composition at the surface, while Raman scattering measurements suggests that the quality of GaN layer is not significantly degraded by the high-temperature deposition of VO2. Electrical characterization of VO2 films on GaN indicates that the resistance changes by about four orders of magnitude upon heating, similar to epitaxial VO2 films grown directly on c-sapphire. It is shown that the metal-insulator transition could also be voltage-triggered at room temperature and the transition threshold voltage scaling variation with temperature is analyzed in the framework of a current-driven Joule heating model. The ability to synthesize high quality correlated oxide films on GaN with sharp phase transition could enable new directions in semiconductor-photonic integrated devices.

  19. VO2max trainability and high intensity interval training in humans: a meta-analysis.

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    Bacon, Andrew P; Carter, Rickey E; Ogle, Eric A; Joyner, Michael J

    2013-01-01

    Endurance exercise training studies frequently show modest changes in VO2max with training and very limited responses in some subjects. By contrast, studies using interval training (IT) or combined IT and continuous training (CT) have reported mean increases in VO2max of up to ~1.0 L · min(-1). This raises questions about the role of exercise intensity and the trainability of VO2max. To address this topic we analyzed IT and IT/CT studies published in English from 1965-2012. Inclusion criteria were: 1)≥ 3 healthy sedentary/recreationally active humans <45 yrs old, 2) training duration 6-13 weeks, 3) ≥ 3 days/week, 4) ≥ 10 minutes of high intensity work, 5) ≥ 1:1 work/rest ratio, and 6) results reported as mean ± SD or SE, ranges of change, or individual data. Due to heterogeneity (I(2) value of 70), statistical synthesis of the data used a random effects model. The summary statistic of interest was the change in VO2max. A total of 334 subjects (120 women) from 37 studies were identified. Participants were grouped into 40 distinct training groups, so the unit of analysis was 40 rather than 37. An increase in VO2max of 0.51 L · min(-1) (95% CI: 0.43 to 0.60 L · min(-1)) was observed. A subset of 9 studies, with 72 subjects, that featured longer intervals showed even larger (~0.8-0.9 L · min(-1)) changes in VO2max with evidence of a marked response in all subjects. These results suggest that ideas about trainability and VO2max should be further evaluated with standardized IT or IT/CT training programs.

  20. VO2 nanorods for efficient performance in thermal fluids and sensors

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    Dey, Kajal Kumar; Bhatnagar, Divyanshu; Srivastava, Avanish Kumar; Wan, Meher; Singh, Satyendra; Yadav, Raja Ram; Yadav, Bal Chandra; Deepa, Melepurath

    2015-03-01

    VO2 (B) nanorods with average width ranging between 50-100 nm are synthesized via a hydrothermal method and the post hydrothermal treatment drying temperature is found to be influential in their overall phase and growth morphology evolution. The nanorods with unusually high optical bandgap for a VO2 material are effective in enhancing the thermal performance of ethylene glycol nanofluids over a wide temperature range as is indicated by the temperature dependent thermal conductivity measurements. Humidity and LPG sensors fabricated using the VO2 (B) nanorods bear testament to their efficient sensing performance, which can be partially attributed to the mesoporous nature of the nanorods.VO2 (B) nanorods with average width ranging between 50-100 nm are synthesized via a hydrothermal method and the post hydrothermal treatment drying temperature is found to be influential in their overall phase and growth morphology evolution. The nanorods with unusually high optical bandgap for a VO2 material are effective in enhancing the thermal performance of ethylene glycol nanofluids over a wide temperature range as is indicated by the temperature dependent thermal conductivity measurements. Humidity and LPG sensors fabricated using the VO2 (B) nanorods bear testament to their efficient sensing performance, which can be partially attributed to the mesoporous nature of the nanorods. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Plots representing the actual ratio Knf/KEG (Knf is the thermal conductivity of the nanofluid and KEG being thermal conductivity of the base fluid) across the entire experimental temperature range of 20 to 80 °C, table representing a comparison of performance of the VO2 sensor towards different gases. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr06032f

  1. Associations between VO2max and vitality in older workers: a cross-sectional study

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    2010-01-01

    Background To prevent early exit from work, it is important to study which factors contribute to healthy ageing. One concept that is assumed to be closely related to, and therefore may influence healthy ageing, is vitality. Vitality consists of both a mental and a physical component, and is characterised by a perceived high energy level, decreased feelings of fatigue, and feeling fit. Since VO2max gives an indication of one's aerobic fitness, which can be improved by increased levels of physical activity, and because feeling fit is one of the main characteristics of vitality, it is hypothesised that VO2max is related to vitality. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the associations between VO2max and vitality. Methods In 427 older workers (aged 45 + years) participating in the Vital@Work study, VO2max was estimated at baseline using the 2-km UKK walk test. Vitality was measured by both the UWES Vitality Scale and the RAND-36 Vitality Scale. Associations were analysed using linear regression analyses. Results The linear regression models, adjusted for age, showed a significant association between VO2max and vitality measured with the RAND-36 Vitality Scale (β = 0.446; 95% CI: 0.220-0.673). There was no significant association between VO2max and vitality measured with the UWES (β = -0.006; 95% CI:-0.017 - 0.006), after adjusting for age, gender and chronic disease status. Conclusions VO2max was associated with a general measure of vitality (measured with the RAND-36 Vitality Scale), but not with occupational health related vitality (measured with the UWES Vitality Scale). The idea that physical exercise can be used as an effective tool for improving vitality was supported in this study. Trial registration NTR1240 PMID:21062484

  2. Effects of electrical stimulation on VO2 kinetics and delta efficiency in healthy young men

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    Perez, M; Lucia, A; Santalla, A; Chicharro, J

    2003-01-01

    Objective: To determine the effects of electrical stimulation (ES) on oxygen uptake (VO2) kinetics and delta efficiency (DE) during gradual exercise. The hypothesis was that ES would attenuate the VO2-workload relation and improve DE. Methods: Fifteen healthy, untrained men (mean (SD) age 22 (5) years) were selected. Ten were electrostimulated on both quadriceps muscles with a frequency of 45–60 Hz, with 12 seconds of stimulation followed by eight seconds recovery for a total of 30 minutes a day, three days a week for six weeks. The remaining five subjects were assigned to a control group. A standardised exercise test on a cycle ergometer (ramp protocol, workload increases of 20 W/min) was performed by each subject before and after the experimental period. The slope of the VO2-power output (W) relation (ΔVO2/ΔW) and DE were calculated in each subject at moderate to high intensities (above the ventilatory threshold—that is, from 50–60% to 100% VO2max). Results: The mean (SEM) values for ΔVO2/ΔW and DE had significantly decreased and increased respectively after the six week ES programme (p<0.05; 9.8 (0.2) v 8.6 (0.5) ml O2/W/min respectively and 27.7 (0.9) v 31.5 (1.4)% respectively). Conclusions: ES could be used as a supplementary tool to improve two of the main determinants of endurance capacity, namely VO2 kinetics and work efficiency. PMID:12663356

  3. Ukrainian Virtual Observatory (UkrVO). The Goals, Structure, and Tasks

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    Vavilova, I. B.; Pakuliak, L. K.; Protsyuk, Yu. I.

    2010-10-01

    The main points of the conception of the Ukrainian virtual observatory (UkrVO) are presented. We consider the main goal as the creation of the UkrVO organizational structure in the form of the Consortium of the Ukrainian observatories, which are owners of the unique astronomical data collections. There are also other goals of the UkrVO: creation of registry for all Ukrainian astronomical resources in accordance with IVOA standards; creation of joint data archive (JDA) for all photographic, CCD and radio observations of celestial bodies, which have been accumulated at observatories of Ukraine since 1890; creation of control system for access to the registry and the JDA; development of the JDA in accordance with the IVOA standards, which allow us to present uncoordinated data archive from different observatories of Ukraine in homogeneous form; promotion of wide access to UkrVO astronomical recources at national and international levels; development of Ukrainian astronomical educational recources. The place and role of virtual observatories in the "space mission data "ground-based telescopes" relation are discussed. We describe the main components of the scientific astroinformatics resource of the UkrVO, among which are photographic archives (including the unique historical archives from 1890 to 1945), archives of CCD and spectral observations of celestial bodies, catalogues and databases obtained with ground-based telescopes, and space mission data processed at Ukrainian observatories. We determine the primary problems in the creation of the UkrVO as the national center of astronomical and space data in the IVOA frame. The resolution of the problems demands new approaches to IT-support of the UkrVO and to the development of its educational subsystem.

  4. Markers of inflammation are inversely associated with VO2 max in asymptomatic men.

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    Kullo, Iftikhar J; Khaleghi, Mahyar; Hensrud, Donald D

    2007-04-01

    We investigated whether markers of inflammation, including a cytokine (IL-6), acute-phase reactants [C-reactive protein (CRP) and fibrinogen], and white blood cell (WBC) count are associated with maximal O(2) consumption (Vo(2 max)) in men without coronary heart disease (CHD). In asymptomatic men (n = 172, 51 +/- 9.3 yr old), Vo(2 max) was measured during a symptom-limited graded treadmill exercise test. Physical activity level was assessed by a standardized questionnaire. IL-6 and CRP were measured by immunoassays, fibrinogen by the Clauss method, and WBC count with a Coulter counter. IL-6 and CRP were logarithmically transformed to reduce skewness. Multivariable regression was used to assess whether markers of inflammation were associated with Vo(2 max) after adjustment for age, body mass index, CHD risk factors, and lifestyle variables (physical activity level, percent body fat, and alcohol intake). Vo(2 max) was 34.5 ml.kg(-1).min(-1) (SD 6.1). Log IL-6 (r = -0.38, P < 0.001), log CRP (r = -0.40, P < 0.001), fibrinogen (r = -0.42, P < 0.001), and WBC count (r = -0.22, P = 0.004) were each correlated with Vo(2 max). In separate multivariable linear regression models that adjusted for age, body mass index, CHD risk factors, and lifestyle variables, log IL-6 [beta-coeff = -1.66 +/- 0.63 (SE), P = 0.010], log CRP [beta-coeff = -0.99 +/- 0.33 (SE), P = 0.003], fibrinogen [beta-coeff = -1.51 +/- 0.44 (SE), P = 0.001], and WBC count [beta-coeff = -0.52 +/- 0.30 (SE), P = 0.088] were each inversely associated with Vo(2 max). In conclusion, higher circulating levels of IL-6, CRP, and fibrinogen are independently associated with lower Vo(2 max) in asymptomatic men.

  5. VO2 max is associated with ACE genotype in postmenopausal women.

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    Hagberg, J M; Ferrell, R E; McCole, S D; Wilund, K R; Moore, G E

    1998-11-01

    Relationships have frequently been found between angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) genotype and various pathological and physiological cardiovascular outcomes and functions. Thus we sought to determine whether ACE genotype affected maximal O2 consumption (VO2 max) and maximal exercise hemodynamics in postmenopausal women with different habitual physical activity levels. Age, body composition, and habitual physical activity levels did not differ among ACE genotype groups. However, ACE insertion/insertion (II) genotype carriers had a 6.3 ml . kg-1 . min-1 higher VO2 max (P < 0.05) than the ACE deletion/deletion (DD) genotype group after accounting for the effect of physical activity levels. The ACE II genotype group also had a 3.3 ml . kg-1 . min-1 higher VO2 max (P < 0.05) than the ACE insertion/deletion (ID) genotype group. The ACE ID group tended to have a higher VO2 max than the DD genotype group, but the difference was not significant. ACE genotype accounted for 12% of the variation in VO2 max among women after accounting for the effect of habitual physical activity levels. The entire difference in VO2 max among ACE genotype groups was the result of differences in maximal arteriovenous O2 difference (a-vDO2). ACE genotype accounted for 17% of the variation in maximal a-vDO2 in these women. Maximal cardiac output index did not differ whatsoever among ACE genotype groups. Thus it appears that ACE genotype accounts for a significant portion of the interindividual differences in VO2 max among these women. However, this difference is the result of genotype-dependent differences in maximal a-vDO2 and not of maximal stroke volume and maximal cardiac output.

  6. Transport of the anti-diabetic VO2+ complexes formed by pyrone derivatives in the blood serum.

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    Sanna, Daniele; Bíró, Linda; Buglyó, Péter; Micera, Giovanni; Garribba, Eugenio

    2012-10-01

    The biotransformation in the blood serum of the two anti-diabetic agents [VO(ema)(2)] - or BEOV - and [VO(koj)(2)] formed by ethylmaltol (Hema) and kojic acid (Hkoj) was studied with EPR spectroscopy, pH-potentiometry and DFT calculations. For comparison, the behavior of the systems with tropolone (Htrop) was also analyzed. The interaction of [VO(ema)(2)] and [VO(koj)(2)] with the most important bioligands of the serum, lactic (Hlact) and citric acid (H(3)citr), human serum transferrin (hTf), human serum albumin (HSA) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) was examined and discussed. Among the several mixed species observed, cis-VO(carrier)(2)(hTf), cis-VO(carrier)(2)(HSA) and cis-VO(carrier)(2)(IgG), where carrier is ethylmaltolate or kojate, with a His-N of the protein coordinated in the equatorial position, are plausible candidates for the transport processes of the drug toward the target organs. The values of the logβ are in the range 19.6-19.8 for the species formed by ethylmaltol and 17.4-17.6 for those formed by kojic acid. The formation of such species was confirmed through pH-titrations of the model systems VO(2+)/carrier/1-MeIm and VO(2+)/carrier/Ac-his, where 1-MeIm and Ac-his are 1-methylimidazole and N-acetylhistamine, and DFT calculations of (51)V A(z) of the model species cis-[VO(carrier)(2)(1-MeIm)] and cis-[VO(carrier)(2)(Ac-his)]. The values of the stability constants for the mixed species observed were used to predict the biodistribution of VO(2+) ion between the blood serum components for concentrations of 1, 10 and 50 μM. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Development of a prediction model to predict VO2(peak) in adolescent girls using the Bruce protocol to exhaustion.

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    Marshall, Mallory R; Coe, Dawn P; Pivarnik, James M

    2014-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop a prediction model based on a submaximal workload during the Bruce treadmill protocol to estimate peak oxygen consumption (VO2(peak)) in adolescent girls. Adolescent girls (N = 116, M(age) = 13.2 +/- 2.0 years) performed a Bruce Treadmill Test to exhaustion. Expired respiratory gases and heart rate (HR) were collected and measured continuously via indirect calorimetry and telemetry. To be included in the analysis, each participant met 2 of 3 criteria: attain 95% of age-predicted HR(peak), respiratory exchange ratio > 1.05, or plateau of VO2. VO2 and HR at Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Bruce test were entered into a regression model to predict VO2(peak). A regression model, constructed using the predicted sum of squares statistic, was developed using VO2 (VO(2)2) and HR (HR2) attained at the 2nd 3-min stage of the Bruce treadmill protocol: VO2(peak) = 46.77 - (0.2854155 x HR2) + (1.46732912 x VO(2)2). Actual average (+/- SD) VO2(peak) was 36.2 +/- 6.9 ml x kg(-1) x min(-1) (range = 22.9-55.9). Predicted VO2(peak) was 36.2 +/- 5.5 ml x kg(-1) x min(-1) (range = 24.3-56.2). The correlation between actual and predicted VO2(peak) was r = .80, standard error of estimate = 4.2 ml x kg(-1) x min(-1), with no bias relative to participant aerobic fitness. Based on this model, the VO2(peak) of healthy adolescent girls can be predicted within 4.2 ml x kg(-1) x min(-1) using submaximal Bruce data.

  8. Facile synthesis and photocatalytic activity of monoclinic BiVO{sub 4} micro/nanostructures with controllable morphologies

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    Wang, Xinkun; Li, Guicun; Ding, Jie; Peng, Hongrui; Chen, Kezheng

    2012-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► BiVO{sub 4} micro/nanostructures have been synthesized by a facile solvothermal method. ► The shapes of BiVO{sub 4} micro/nanostructures can be controlled by tuning the synthetic parameters. ► BiVO{sub 4} nanorods with rectangular cross sections exhibit improved photocatalytic activities. -- Abstract: Monoclinic BiVO{sub 4} (m-BiVO{sub 4}) micro/nanostructures, such as nanorods, nanofibers, bundle-like nanostructures, and porous submicrometer-sized rods, have been successfully synthesized by a facile solvothermal method in an ethylene glycol–water–sodium oleate system. The morphologies and sizes of m-BiVO{sub 4} micro/nanostructures can be controlled by adjusting the synthetic parameters, such as the concentrations of sodium oleate and reaction time. Among them, the synthesized m-BiVO{sub 4} nanorods have rectangular cross sections, and can grow along the [0 0 1] direction, and are enclosed by well-defined facets, such as (0 0 2), (2 4 0), and (2{sup ¯}10), which are distinct from that with circular cross sections. A crystallization-cleavage-disassembly process has been proposed for the formation of m-BiVO{sub 4} nanorods with rectangular cross sections. The photocatalytic activity of m-BiVO{sub 4} nanostructures is affected greatly by the sizes and shapes of m-BiVO{sub 4} nanostructures. Photocatalytic measurements show that the m-BiVO{sub 4} nanorods with rectangular cross sections exhibit higher photocatalytic activities of Rhodamine B in comparison with m-BiVO{sub 4} nanofibers with circular cross-sections and porous submicrometer-sized rods.

  9. Fabrication of an Efficient BiVO4-TiO2 Heterojunction Photoanode for Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation.

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    Cheng, Bo-Yan; Yang, Jih-Sheng; Cho, Hsun-Wei; Wu, Jih-Jen

    2016-08-10

    In this work, a simple planar BiVO4/TiO2 heterojunction photoanode was prepared on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water oxidation. The measurements of surface photovoltage, photocurrent transient behavior, and hole-scavenger-assisted PEC performance indicate that charge separation efficiency is improved compared to that of the BiVO4/FTO photoanode. This improvement is caused by the formation of the staggered BiVO4/TiO2 heterojunction. However, the photocurrent densities of the BiVO4/TiO2/FTO photoanode are higher than those of the BiVO4/FTO one only at potentials >1.2 V vs reversible hydrogen electrode, although the two BiVO4 layers with comparable light harvesting efficiencies were prepared by the same method. The hole-scavenger-assisted PEC measurements reveal that the hole injection efficiency of the BiVO4/TiO2/FTO photoanode is inferior to that of the bare BiVO4/FTO anode for oxygen evolution. It shows that the surface property of the BiVO4 layers is altered as they are deposited on different substrates. On the basis of these characterizations, the cocatalyst cobalt phosphate (Co-Pi) was further deposited on the surface of BiVO4/TiO2/FTO photoanode to improve the hole injection efficiency. Subsequently, the photocurrent density and stability of the Co-Pi/BiVO4/TiO2/FTO photoanode were significantly improved compared to those of the bare BiVO4/FTO photoanode.

  10. In situ X-ray powder diffraction, synthesis, and magnetic properties of InVO{sub 3}

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    Lundgren, Rylan J.; Cranswick, Lachlan M.D.; Bieringer, Mario . E-mail: Mario_Bieringer@umanitoba.ca

    2006-12-15

    We report the first synthesis and high-temperature in situ X-ray diffraction study of InVO{sub 3}. Polycrystalline InVO{sub 3} has been prepared via reduction of InVO{sub 4} using a carbon monoxide/carbon dioxide buffer gas. InVO{sub 3} crystallizes in the bixbyite structure in space group Ia-3 (206) with a=9.80636(31) A with In{sup 3+}/V{sup 3+} disorder on the (8b) and (24d) cation sites. In situ powder X-ray diffraction experiments and thermal gravimetric analysis in a CO/CO{sub 2} buffer gas revealed the existence of the metastable phase InVO{sub 3}. Bulk samples with 98.5(2)% purity were prepared using low-temperature reduction methods. The preparative methods limited the crystallinity of this new phase to approximately 225(50) A. Magnetic susceptibility and neutron diffraction experiments suggest a spin-glass ground state for InVO{sub 3}. - Graphical abstract: In situ powder X-ray diffractograms for the reduction of InVO{sub 4} in CO/CO{sub 2}. The three temperature regions show the conversion of InVO{sub 4} to InVO{sub 3} and final decomposition into In{sub 2}O{sub 3} and V{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  11. Effect of protocol on determination of velocity at VO2 max and on its time to exhaustion.

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    Billat, V L; Hill, D W; Pinoteau, J; Petit, B; Koralsztein, J P

    1996-01-01

    The velocity associated with the achievement of VO2 max during an incremental treadmill test (v VO2 max) has been reported to be an indicator of performance in middle distance running events. Previous study has shown the reproducibility of the time to exhaustion (time limit: tlim) at v VO2 max performed by well-trained males in the same condition at one week of interval (Billat et al., 1994b). It is essential in studies involving tlim at v VO2 max that the v VO2 max be precisely determined, or else the measured tlim will be meaningless. The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of the stage duration and velocity incrementation on the velocity at VO2 max and, consequently, on the two times to exhaustion (tlim) associated with the two v VO2 max generated by the two protocols. v VO2 max was determined in 15 trained male endurance athletes as the lowest speed at which VO2 max was attained in speed-incremented 0%-slope treadmill tests. For one test, increments were 1.0 km.h-1 and stages were 2 min in duration; for the other test, increments were 0.5 km.h-1 and stages were 1 min in duration. Results of paired means t-tests revealed no difference in v VO2 max obtained using the two protocols. v VO2 max was 20.7 +/- 1.0 km.h-1 with the 1.0 km.h-1 x 2 min protocol and 20.8 +/- 0.9 km.h-1 with the 0.5 km.h-1 x 1 min protocol. In addition, VO2, VCO2, VE, VE/VO2 and respiratory exchange ratio at the submaximal intensities that were common to both protocols (e.g., 17.0 km.h-1, 18.0 km.h-1, 19.0 km.h-1, 20.0 km.h-1) did not differ. Times to exhaustion at the two v VO2 max demonstrated a high degree of inter-individual variability (coefficients of variation were 35% and 45%) but did not differ (345 +/- 120 s versus 373 +/- 169 s). These results demonstrated that small changes in protocol have no significant impact on the value of v VO2 max and in consequence on tlim v VO2 max.

  12. A thermochromic low-emittance coating: Calculations for nanocomposites of In2O3:Sn and VO2

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    Li, S.-Y.; Niklasson, G. A.; Granqvist, C. G.

    2011-09-01

    Calculations based on the Bruggeman effective medium theory were applied to thin films comprising a heavily doped wide band gap semiconductor (specifically In2O3:Sn (ITO)) and VO2. Films with ˜20 vol. % of VO2 can combine a 10% thermochromic modulation of the solar energy throughput with a luminous transmittance of 50%-60% and low thermal emittance. The maximum thermochromic modulation is ˜13% and occurs at ˜35 vol. % VO2. Coatings of ITO-VO2 are of interest for energy efficient fenestration.

  13. Resistance switching of epitaxial VO2/Al2O3 heterostructure at room temperature induced by organic liquids

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    Yang, Mengmeng; Yang, Yuanjun; Hong, Bin; Huang, Haoliang; Hu, Sixia; Dong, Yongqi; Wang, Haibo; He, Hao; Zhao, Jiyin; Liu, Xuguang; Luo, Zhenlin; Li, Xiaoguang; Zhang, Haibin; Gao, Chen

    2015-03-01

    We studied using organic liquids (cyclohexane, n-butanol, and ethylene glycol) to modulate the transport properties at room temperature of an epitaxial VO2 film on a VO2/Al2O3 heterostructure. The resistance of the VO2 film increased when coated with cyclohexane or n-butanol, with maximum changes of 31% and 3.8%, respectively. In contrast, it decreased when coated with ethylene glycol, with a maximum change of -7.7%. In all cases, the resistance recovered to its original value after removing the organic liquid. This organic-liquid-induced reversible resistance switching suggests that VO2 films can be used as organic molecular sensors.

  14. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of BiVO4 in aqueous AgNO3 solution under visible light irradiation

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    Huang, Chien-Kai; Wu, Tsunghsueh; Huang, Chang-Wei; Lai, Chi-Yung; Wu, Mei-Yao; Lin, Yang-Wei

    2017-03-01

    Monoclinic-phase bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) with a 2.468 eV band gap exhibited enhanced synergic photodegradation activity toward methylene blue (MB) when combined with silver ions (Ag+) in an aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The mass ratio of AgNO3 to BiVO4 and the calcination temperature were discovered to considerably affect the degradation activity of BiVO4/Ag+. Superior photocatalytic performance was obtained when BiVO4 was mixed with 0.01%(w/v) AgNO3 solution, and complete degradation of MB was achieved after 25 min visible light irradiation, outperforming BiVO4 or AgNO3 solution alone. The enhanced photodegradation was investigated using systematic luminescence measurements, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and scavenger addition, after which a photocatalytic mechanism for MB degradation under visible light irradiation was identified that involved oxygen radicals and holes. This study also discovered the two dominating processes involved in enhancing the electron-hole separation efficiency and reducing their recombination rate, namely photoreduction of Ag+ and the formation of a BiVO4/Ag heterojunction. The synergic effect between BiVO4 and Ag+ was discovered to be unique. BiVO4/Ag+ was successfully used to degrade two other dyes and disinfect Escherichia Coli. A unique fluorescent technique using BiVO4 and a R6G solution to detect Ag+ ions in water was discovered.

  15. Use of a Nonexercise Estimate for Prestroke Peak Vo2 During the Acute Stroke Hospital Stay

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    Mattlage, Anna E.; Redlin, Sara A.; Rosterman, Lee R.; Harn, Nick; Sisante, Jason-Flor V.; Abraham, Michael G.; Billinger, Sandra A.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose For individuals with acute stroke, it is difficult to conduct an exercise test to assess peak oxygen consumption (peak Vo2). Therefore, the purpose of this study was to use a clinically feasible tool for assessing prestroke peak Vo2 using a nonexercise estimation equation to test whether estimated prestroke peak Vo2 was related to the functional outcome measures at discharge from the hospital in individuals after an acute stroke. We hypothesized that the estimated prestroke peak Vo2 would be significantly related to discharge Physical Performance Test (PPT), 6-minute walk test (6MWT), and lower extremity Fugl-Meyer (LEFM) assessment. Methods Estimated prestroke peak Vo2 was calculated using a previously validated prediction equation using the following variables: body mass index, age, sex, resting heart rate, and a self-reported measure of physical activity. Outcome measures were assessed 4 days after enrollment or immediately before discharge (whichever occurred first). Results Thirty-four participants (mean age = 56.0, SD = 12.6 years; 20 men) with acute stroke were enrolled within 48 hours of admission. For all individuals, mean estimated prestroke peak Vo2 was 27.3 (SD = 7.4) mL·kg−1·min−1 and had a weak, nonsignificant relationship with the PPT (r = 0.19; P = .28), 6MWT (r = 0.10; P = .56), and LEFM (r = 0.32; P = .06). However, when considering sex, women, but not men, had a significant relationship with LEFM (r = 0.73; P = .005) and moderate but nonsignificant relationship with PPT (r = 0.53; P = .06) and 6MWT (r = 0.47; P = .10). Conclusions Within 48 hours of stroke admission, we were able to administer a nonexercise equation to estimate prestroke peak Vo2. For the entire sample, functional measures conducted at discharge were not related to estimated prestroke peak Vo2. However, when considering sex, the relationship between prestroke Vo2 and the functional measures was strengthened. PMID:27478424

  16. Nanostructured WO3 /BiVO4 photoanodes for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Pihosh, Yuriy; Turkevych, Ivan; Mawatari, Kazuma; Asai, Tomohiro; Hisatomi, Takashi; Uemura, Jin; Tosa, Masahiro; Shimamura, Kiyoshi; Kubota, Jun; Domen, Kazunari; Kitamori, Takehiko

    2014-09-24

    Nanostructured photoanodes based on well-separated and vertically oriented WO3 nanorods capped with extremely thin BiVO4 absorber layers are fabricated by the combination of Glancing Angle Deposition and normal physical sputtering techniques. The optimized WO3 -NRs/BiVO4 photoanode modified with Co-Pi oxygen evolution co-catalyst shows remarkably stable photocurrents of 3.2 and 5.1 mA/cm(2) at 1.23 V versus a reversible hydrogen electrode in a stable Na2 SO4 electrolyte under simulated solar light at the standard 1 Sun and concentrated 2 Suns illumination, respectively. The photocurrent enhancement is attributed to the faster charge separation in the electronically thin BiVO4 layer and significantly reduced charge recombination. The enhanced light trapping in the nanostructured WO3 -NRs/BiVO4 photoanode effectively increases the optical thickness of the BiVO4 layer and results in efficient absorption of the incident light. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. VO2+ ions in zinc lead borate glasses studied by EPR and optical absorption techniques.

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    Prakash, P Giri; Rao, J Lakshmana

    2005-09-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and optical absorption spectra of vanadyl ions in zinc lead borate (ZnO-PbO-B2O3) glass system have been studied. EPR spectra of all the glass samples exhibit resonance signals characteristic of VO2+ ions. The values of spin-Hamiltonian parameters indicate that the VO2+ ions in zinc lead borate glasses were present in octahedral sites with tetragonal compression and belong to C4V symmetry. The spin-Hamiltonian parameters g and A are found to be independent of V2O5 content and temperature but changing with ZnO content. The decrease in Deltag( parallel)/Deltag( perpendicular) value with increase in ZnO content indicates that the symmetry around VO2+ ions is more octahedral. The decrease in intensity of EPR signal above 10 mol% of V2O5 is attributed to a fall in the ratio of the number of V4+ ions (N4) to the number of V5+ ions (N5). The number of spins (N) participating in resonance was calculated as a function of temperature for VO2+ doped zinc lead borate glass sample and the activation energy was calculated. From the EPR data, the paramagnetic susceptibility was calculated at various temperatures and the Curie constant was evaluated from the 1/chi-T graph. The optical absorption spectra show single absorption band due to VO2+ ions in tetragonally distorted octahedral sites.

  18. Growth and characterization of VO2/p-GaN/sapphire heterostructure with phase transition properties

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    Bian, Jiming; Wang, Minhuan; Miao, Lihua; Li, Xiaoxuan; Luo, Yingmin; Zhang, Dong; Zhang, Yuzhi

    2015-12-01

    High quality pure phase VO2 films were deposited on p-GaN/sapphire substrates by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). A well-defined interface with dense and uniform morphology was observed in the as-grown VO2/p-GaN/sapphire heterostructure. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses confirmed the valence state of vanadium (V) in VO2 films was principally composed of V4+ with trace amount of V5+, no other valence state of V was detected. Meanwhile, a distinct reversible semiconductor-to-metal (SMT) phase transition with resistance change up to nearly three orders of magnitude was observed in the temperature dependent electrical resistance measurement, which was comparable to the high quality VO2 film grown directly on sapphire substrates. Our present findings will give a deeper insight into the physical mechanism behind the exotic characteristics of VO2/p-GaN heterostructure, and further motivate research in novel devices with combined functional properties of both correlated oxide and wide bandgap nitride semiconductors.

  19. Size Dependent Plasmonic Effect on BiVO4 Photoanodes for Solar Water Splitting.

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    Zhang, Liwu; Herrmann, Lars O; Baumberg, Jeremy J

    2015-11-19

    Plasmonic nanostructures show great promise in enhancing the solar water splitting efficiency due to their ability to confine light to extremely small volumes inside semiconductors. While size plays a critical role in the plasmonic performance of Au nanoparticles (AuNPs), its influence on plasmon-assisted water splitting is still not fully understood. This holds especially true for low band gap semiconductors, for which interband excitations occur in wavelength regions that overlap with plasmonic resonances. Here, BiVO4 films are modified with AuNPs of diameters varying from 10 to 80 nm to study the size dependence of the plasmonic effect. Plasmon resonance energy transfer (PRET) is found to be the dominant effect in enhancing the water splitting efficiency of BiVO4. "Hot electron" injection effect is weak in the case of BiVO4/AuNP. This is attributed to the interband excitation of BiVO4, which is unfavourable for the hot electrons accumulation in BiVO4 conduction band. The resonant scattering effect also contributes to the enhanced water splitting efficiency for the larger diameter AuNPs. It is also for the first time found that higher PRET effect can be achieved at larger off-normal irradiation angle.

  20. Photochemical charge separation at particle interfaces: the n-BiVO4-p-silicon system.

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    Yang, Yuxin; Wang, Jiarui; Zhao, Jing; Nail, Benjamin A; Yuan, Xing; Guo, Yihang; Osterloh, Frank E

    2015-03-18

    The charge transfer properties of interfaces are central to the function of photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical cells and photocatalysts. Here we employ surface photovoltage spectroscopy (SPS) to study photochemical charge transfer at a p-silicon/n-BiVO4 particle interface. Particle films of BiVO4 on an aluminum-doped p-silicon wafer were obtained by drop-coating particle suspensions followed by thermal annealing at 353 K. Photochemical charge separation of the films was probed as a function of layer thickness and illumination intensity, and in the presence of methanol as a sacrificial electron donor. Electron injection from the BiVO4 into the p-silicon is clearly observed to occur and to result in a maximum photovoltage of 150 mV for a 1650 nm thick film under 0.3 mW cm(-2) illumination at 3.5 eV. This establishes the BiVO4-p-Si interface as a tandem-like junction. Charge separation in the BiVO4 film is limited by light absorption and by slow electron transport to the Si interface, based on time-dependent SPS measurements. These problems need to be overcome in functional tandem devices for photoelectrochemical water oxidation.

  1. Size Dependent Plasmonic Effect on BiVO4 Photoanodes for Solar Water Splitting

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    Zhang, Liwu; Herrmann, Lars O.; Baumberg, Jeremy J.

    2015-11-01

    Plasmonic nanostructures show great promise in enhancing the solar water splitting efficiency due to their ability to confine light to extremely small volumes inside semiconductors. While size plays a critical role in the plasmonic performance of Au nanoparticles (AuNPs), its influence on plasmon-assisted water splitting is still not fully understood. This holds especially true for low band gap semiconductors, for which interband excitations occur in wavelength regions that overlap with plasmonic resonances. Here, BiVO4 films are modified with AuNPs of diameters varying from 10 to 80 nm to study the size dependence of the plasmonic effect. Plasmon resonance energy transfer (PRET) is found to be the dominant effect in enhancing the water splitting efficiency of BiVO4. “Hot electron” injection effect is weak in the case of BiVO4/AuNP. This is attributed to the interband excitation of BiVO4, which is unfavourable for the hot electrons accumulation in BiVO4 conduction band. The resonant scattering effect also contributes to the enhanced water splitting efficiency for the larger diameter AuNPs. It is also for the first time found that higher PRET effect can be achieved at larger off-normal irradiation angle.

  2. Highly integrated VO2-based tunable antenna for millimeter-wave applications

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    Huitema, L.; Crunteanu, A.; Wong, H.; Arnaud, E.

    2017-05-01

    We report the concept of a frequency tunable antenna device operating in the millimeter wave frequency domain. The ability of the antenna to switch between two frequency states is achieved by the monolithic integration of a metal-insulator transition material (vanadium dioxide, VO2). The VO2 material is an insulator at room temperature but can be driven in a high conductivity metallic state when it is electrically activated using a continuous (DC) voltage. The antenna design is based on a slot antenna excited by a microstrip line having a length that can be conveniently varied using a VO2-based switch. Following the high-frequency VO2 material characterization, we present its monolithic integration in the device prototype along with the comparison between the measured and the simulated performances of the agile antenna. Thus, depending on the VO2 material state, the antenna device can be conveniently switched between 33 and 37 GHz operating frequency bands presenting stable radiation patterns with 5.28 dBi and 5.41 dBi maximum gains, respectively.

  3. Electrical Switching in Semiconductor-Metal Self-Assembled VO2 Disordered Metamaterial Coatings

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    Kumar, Sunil; Maury, Francis; Bahlawane, Naoufal

    2016-01-01

    As a strongly correlated metal oxide, VO2 inspires several highly technological applications. The challenging reliable wafer-scale synthesis of high quality polycrystalline VO2 coatings is demonstrated on 4” Si taking advantage of the oxidative sintering of chemically vapor deposited VO2 films. This approach results in films with a semiconductor-metal transition (SMT) quality approaching that of the epitaxial counterpart. SMT occurs with an abrupt electrical resistivity change exceeding three orders of magnitude with a narrow hysteresis width. Spatially resolved infrared and Raman analyses evidence the self-assembly of VO2 disordered metamaterial, compresing monoclinic (M1 and M2) and rutile (R) domains, at the transition temperature region. The M2 mediation of the M1-R transition is spatially confined and related to the localized strain-stabilization of the M2 phase. The presence of the M2 phase is supposed to play a role as a minor semiconducting phase far above the SMT temperature. In terms of application, we show that the VO2 disordered self-assembly of M and R phases is highly stable and can be thermally triggered with high precision using short heating or cooling pulses with adjusted strengths. Such a control enables an accurate and tunable thermal control of the electrical switching. PMID:27883052

  4. ScVO4 under non-hydrostatic compression: a new metastable polymorph

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    Garg, Alka B.; Errandonea, D.; Rodríguez-Hernández, P.; Muñoz, A.

    2017-02-01

    The high-pressure (HP) behaviour of scandium vanadate (ScVO4) is investigated under non-hydrostatic compression. The compound is studied by means of synchrotron-based powder x-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical-absorption techniques. The occurrence of a non-reversible phase transition is detected. The transition is from the zircon structure to the fergusonite-type structure and takes place around 6 GPa with nearly 10% volume discontinuity. XRD measurements on the pressure cycled sample confirm for the first time that the fergusonite-type ScVO4 can be recovered as the metastable phase at ambient conditions. Raman spectroscopic measurements verify the metastable phase to be of a fergusonite-type phase. Theoretical calculations also corroborate the experimental findings. The fergusonite phase is found to be stiffer than the ambient-pressure zircon phase, as indicated by the observed experimental and theoretical bulk moduli. The optical properties and lattice-dynamics calculation of the fergusonite ScVO4 are discussed. At ambient pressure the band gap of the zircon (fergusonite)-type ScVO4 is 2.75 eV (2.3 eV). This fact suggests that the novel metastable polymorph of ScVO4 can have applications in green technologies; for instance, it can be used as photocatalytic material for hydrogen production by water splitting.

  5. First finding of impact melt in the IIE Netschaëvo meteorite

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    Roosbroek, N.; Pittarello, L.; Greshake, A.; Debaille, V.; Claeys, P.

    2016-02-01

    About half of the IIE nonmagmatic iron meteorites contain silicate inclusions with a primitive to differentiated nature. The presence of preserved chondrules has been reported for two IIE meteorites so far, Netschaëvo and Mont Dieu, which represent the most primitive silicate material within this group. In this study, silicate inclusions from two samples of Netschaëvo were examined. Both silicate inclusions are characterized by a porphyritic texture dominated by clusters of coarse-grained olivine and pyroxene, set in a fine-grained groundmass that consists of new crystals of olivine and a glassy appearing matrix. This texture does not correspond to the description of the previously examined pieces of Netschaëvo, which consist of primitive chondrule-bearing angular clasts. Detailed petrographic observations and geochemical analyses suggest that the investigated samples of Netschaëvo consist of quenched impact melt. This implies that Netschaëvo is a breccia containing metamorphosed and impact-melt rock (IMR) clasts and that collisions played a major role in the formation of the IIE group.

  6. Size Dependent Plasmonic Effect on BiVO4 Photoanodes for Solar Water Splitting

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    Zhang, Liwu; Herrmann, Lars O.; Baumberg, Jeremy J.

    2015-01-01

    Plasmonic nanostructures show great promise in enhancing the solar water splitting efficiency due to their ability to confine light to extremely small volumes inside semiconductors. While size plays a critical role in the plasmonic performance of Au nanoparticles (AuNPs), its influence on plasmon-assisted water splitting is still not fully understood. This holds especially true for low band gap semiconductors, for which interband excitations occur in wavelength regions that overlap with plasmonic resonances. Here, BiVO4 films are modified with AuNPs of diameters varying from 10 to 80 nm to study the size dependence of the plasmonic effect. Plasmon resonance energy transfer (PRET) is found to be the dominant effect in enhancing the water splitting efficiency of BiVO4. “Hot electron” injection effect is weak in the case of BiVO4/AuNP. This is attributed to the interband excitation of BiVO4, which is unfavourable for the hot electrons accumulation in BiVO4 conduction band. The resonant scattering effect also contributes to the enhanced water splitting efficiency for the larger diameter AuNPs. It is also for the first time found that higher PRET effect can be achieved at larger off-normal irradiation angle. PMID:26581942

  7. Photocatalytic perfermance of sandwich-like BiVO4 sheets by microwave assisted synthesis

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    Liu, Suqin; Tang, Huiling; Zhou, Huan; Dai, Gaopeng; Wang, Wanqiang

    2017-01-01

    Sandwich-like BiVO4 sheets were successfully synthesized in an aqueous solution containing bismuth nitrate, ammonium metavanadate and polyethylene glycol with a molecular weight of 10,000 (PEG-10000) using a facile microwave-assisted method. The as-prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, N2 adsorption-desorption, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The results show that the presence of PEG-10000 plays a critical role in the formation of BiVO4 sheets, and Ostwald ripening is the primary driving force for the formation of sandwich-like structures. The sandwich-like BiVO4 sheets exhibit a high activity for the degradation of methyl orange under visible light irradiation (λ ≥ 420 nm). The enhancement of photocatalytic activity of sandwich-like BiVO4 sheets can be attributed to its large surface area over the irregular BiVO4 particles.

  8. Reproducibility of maximum aerobic power (VO2max) among soccer players using a modified heck protocol.

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    Santos-Silva, Paulo Roberto; Fonseca, Alfredo José; Castro, Anita Weigand de; Greve, Júlia Maria D'Andréa; Hernandez, Arnaldo José

    2007-08-01

    To determine the degree of reproducibility of maximum oxygen consumption (VO2max) among soccer players, using a modified Heck protocol. 2 evaluations with an interval of 15 days between them were performed on 11 male soccer players. All the players were at a high performance level; they were training for an average of 10 hours per week, totaling 5 times a week. When they were evaluated, they were in the middle of the competitive season, playing 1 match per week. The soccer players were evaluated on an ergometric treadmill with velocity increments of 1.2 km.h-1 every 2 minutes and a fixed inclination of 3% during the test. VO2max was measured directly using a breath-by-breath metabolic gas analyzer. The maximum running speed and VO2max attained in the 2 tests were, respectively: (15.6 +/- 1.1 vs. 15.7 +/- 1.2 km.h-1; [P = .78]) and (54.5 +/- 3.9 vs. 55.2 +/- 4.4 ml.kg-1.min-1; [P = .88]). There was high and significant correlation of VO2max between the 2 tests with a 15-day interval between them [r = 0.97; P < .001]. The modified Heck protocol was reproducible, and the 15-day interval between the ergospirometric testing was insufficient to significantly modify the soccer players' VO2max values.

  9. Non-exercise estimation of VO2max using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire

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    Schembre, Susan M.; Riebe, Deborah A.

    2011-01-01

    Non-exercise equations developed from self-reported physical activity can estimate maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) as well as submaximal exercise testing. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) is the most widely used and validated self-report measure of physical activity. This study aimed to develop and test a VO2max estimation equation derived from the IPAQ-Short Form (IPAQ-S). College-aged males and females (n = 80) completed the IPAQ-S and performed a maximal exercise test. The estimation equation was created with multivariate regression in a gender-balanced subsample of participants, equally representing five levels of fitness (n = 50) and validated in the remaining participants (n = 30). The resulting equation explained 43% of the variance in measured VO2max (SEE = 5.45 ml·kg-1·min-1). Estimated VO2max for 87% of individuals fell within acceptable limits of error observed with submaximal exercise testing (20% error). The IPAQ-S can be used to successfully estimate VO2max as well as submaximal exercise tests. Development of other population-specific estimation equations is warranted. PMID:21927551

  10. Electrical Switching in Semiconductor-Metal Self-Assembled VO2 Disordered Metamaterial Coatings

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    Kumar, Sunil; Maury, Francis; Bahlawane, Naoufal

    2016-11-01

    As a strongly correlated metal oxide, VO2 inspires several highly technological applications. The challenging reliable wafer-scale synthesis of high quality polycrystalline VO2 coatings is demonstrated on 4” Si taking advantage of the oxidative sintering of chemically vapor deposited VO2 films. This approach results in films with a semiconductor-metal transition (SMT) quality approaching that of the epitaxial counterpart. SMT occurs with an abrupt electrical resistivity change exceeding three orders of magnitude with a narrow hysteresis width. Spatially resolved infrared and Raman analyses evidence the self-assembly of VO2 disordered metamaterial, compresing monoclinic (M1 and M2) and rutile (R) domains, at the transition temperature region. The M2 mediation of the M1-R transition is spatially confined and related to the localized strain-stabilization of the M2 phase. The presence of the M2 phase is supposed to play a role as a minor semiconducting phase far above the SMT temperature. In terms of application, we show that the VO2 disordered self-assembly of M and R phases is highly stable and can be thermally triggered with high precision using short heating or cooling pulses with adjusted strengths. Such a control enables an accurate and tunable thermal control of the electrical switching.

  11. Epitaxial VO2 thin-film-based radio-frequency switches with electrical activation

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    Lee, Jaeseong; Lee, Daesu; Cho, Sang June; Seo, Jung-Hun; Liu, Dong; Eom, Chang-Beom; Ma, Zhenqiang

    2017-09-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is a correlated material exhibiting a sharp insulator-to-metal phase transition (IMT) caused by temperature change and/or bias voltage. We report on the demonstration of electrically triggered radio-frequency (RF) switches based on epitaxial VO2 thin films. The highly epitaxial VO2 and SnO2 template layer was grown on a (001) TiO2 substrate by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). A resistance change of the VO2 thin films of four orders of magnitude was achieved with a relatively low threshold voltage, as low as 13 V, for an IMT phase transition. VO2 RF switches also showed high-frequency responses of insertion losses of -3 dB at the on-state and return losses of -4.3 dB at the off-state over 27 GHz. Furthermore, an intrinsic cutoff frequency of 17.4 THz was estimated for the RF switches. The study on electrical IMT dynamics revealed a phase transition time of 840 ns.

  12. 1D ZnO/BiVO4 heterojunction photoanodes for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Yan, Lu; Zhao, Wei; Liu, Zhifeng

    2016-07-28

    In this paper, a novel ZnO nanorods (NRs)/BiVO4 heterojunction has been successfully prepared as a photoanode for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. Firstly, ZnO NRs were synthesized by chemical bath deposition onto indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass. Then BiVO4 was deposited by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR). The photocurrent density of ZnO NRs and the ZnO NRs/BiVO4 heterojunction photoanode was evaluated under light irradiation. And the value was up to 1.72 mA cm(-2) at 1.2 V vs. Ag/AgCl based on the ZnO NRs/BiVO4 photoanode in the electrolyte solution, which is higher than that of the pure ZnO NRs photoanode at the same potential. It is demonstrated that the presence of BiVO4 has played an important role in expanding the spectral response region and reducing the photogenerated charge recombination rate. This present work provides a simple synthesis route to construct a heterojunction which serves as a photoanode for PEC water splitting.

  13. Echinacea purpurea supplementation does not enhance VO2max in distance runners.

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    Baumann, Cory W; Bond, Kelsey L; Rupp, Jeffrey C; Ingalls, Christopher P; Doyle, J Andrew

    2014-05-01

    Oral supplementation of Echinacea purpurea (ECH) has been reported to increase levels of serum erythropoietin and as a result improve endurance performance in untrained subjects. The purpose of this study was to determine if ECH supplementation alters maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) in trained endurance runners. Using a double-blind design, 16 trained endurance runners (9 ECH and 7 placebo [PLA]) supplemented with either 8,000 mg·d(-1) of ECH or wheat flour (PLA) for 6 weeks. Maximal aerobic treadmill tests and blood samples were measured before and after supplementation to determine VO2max, hematocrit (Hct), and hemoglobin (Hb). VO2max, Hct, and Hb did not differ between the ECH and PLA groups before or after supplementation. Furthermore, supplementation of ECH failed to improve VO2max (67.37 ± 4.62 vs. 67.23 ± 5.82 ml·kg(-1)·min(-1)), Hct (43.57 ± 2.38 vs. 42.85 ± 1.46%), or Hb (14.93 ± 1.27 vs. 15.55 ± 0.80 g·dL(-1)) from baseline measurements. Echinacea purpurea supplementation of 8,000 mg·d(-1) for 6 weeks failed to increase VO2max, Hct, or Hb in trained endurance runners and thus does not seem to influence physiological variables that affect distance running performance.

  14. A new submaximal cycle ergometer test for prediction of VO2max.

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    Ekblom-Bak, E; Björkman, F; Hellenius, M-L; Ekblom, B

    2014-04-01

    Maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) is an important, independent predictor of cardiovascular health and mortality. Despite this, it is rarely measured in clinical practice. The aim of this study was to create and evaluate a submaximal cycle ergometry test based on change in heart rate (HR) between a lower standard work rate and an individually chosen higher work rate. In a mixed population (n = 143) with regard to sex (55% women), age (21-65 years), and activity status (inactive to highly active), a model included change in HR per unit change in power, sex, and age for the best estimate of VO2max. The association between estimated and observed VO2max for the mixed sample was r = 0.91, standard error of estimate = 0.302 L/min, and mean measured VO2max = 3.23 L/min. The corresponding coefficient of variation was 9.3%, a significantly improved precision compared with one of the most commonly used submaximal exercise tests, the Åstrand test, which in the present study was estimated to be 18.1%. Test-retest reliability analysis over 1 week revealed no mean difference in the estimated VO2max (-0.02 L/min, 95% confidence interval: -0.07-0.03). The new test is low-risk, easily administered, and valid for a wide capacity range, and is therefore suitable in situations as health evaluations in the general population.

  15. Scaling of VO2max and its relationship with insulin resistance in children.

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    Ahn, Bumsoo; McMurray, Robert; Harrell, Joanne

    2013-02-01

    The relationship between insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), percent body fat, and aerobic fitness (VO2max per unit fat free mass; mL/kgFFM/min) was examined in 1,710 children. Percent body fat was estimated from sum of skinfolds, and VO2max was estimated from submaximal cycle ergometer tests. Overnight fasting blood samples were obtained. VO2max (mL/kgFFM/min) and percent body fat were correlated with HOMA-IR (r = -0.076, p < .002; r = .420, p < .001, respectively); as was VO2max in units of mL/kg/min (r = -0.264, p < .001). When VO2max in mL/kg/min was used, a progressive increase in HOMA-IR was found with decreasing fitness (p < .05). However, when mL/kgFFM/min was used, HOMA-IR scores remained similar between moderate-fit and low-fit group. The stronger association between aerobic fitness (mL/kg/min) and HOMA-IR is partially due to the significant association of fat mass to HOMA-IR. Therefore, our recommendation is to express aerobic fitness in units of mL/kgFFM/min to eliminate the confounding factor of adiposity and better understand the influence of muscle on insulin resistance.

  16. Echinacea Purpurea Supplementation does not Enhance VO2max in Distance Runners.

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    Baumann, Cory W; Bond, Kelsey L; Rupp, Jeffrey C; Ingalls, Christopher P; Doyle, J Andrew

    2013-11-20

    Oral supplementation of echinacea purpurea (ECH) has been reported to increase levels of serum erythropoietin (EPO) and as a result improve endurance performance in untrained subjects. The purpose of this study was to determine if ECH supplementation alters maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) in trained endurance runners. Using a double-blind design, 16 trained endurance runners (9 ECH and 7 placebo-PLA) supplemented with either 8000 mg·d of ECH or wheat flour (PLA) for 6 weeks. Maximal aerobic treadmill tests and blood samples were measured before and after supplementation to determine VO2max, hematocrit (Hct) and hemoglobin (Hb). VO2max, Hct and Hb did not differ between the ECH and PLA group before or after supplementation. Furthermore, supplementation of ECH failed to improve VO2max (67.37 ± 4.62 vs. 67.23 ± 5.82 mL⋅kg⋅min), Hct (43.57 ± 2.38 vs. 42.85 ± 1.46%) or Hb (14.93 ± 1.27 vs. 15.55 ± .80 g·dL) from baseline measurements. Echinacea purpurea (ECH) supplementation of 8000 mg·d for 6 weeks failed to increase VO2max, Hct or Hb in trained endurance runners and thus does not appear to influence physiological variables that affect distance-running performance.

  17. ScVO4 under non-hydrostatic compression: a new metastable polymorph.

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    Garg, Alka B; Errandonea, D; Rodríguez-Hernández, P; Muñoz, A

    2017-02-08

    The high-pressure (HP) behaviour of scandium vanadate (ScVO4) is investigated under non-hydrostatic compression. The compound is studied by means of synchrotron-based powder x-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical-absorption techniques. The occurrence of a non-reversible phase transition is detected. The transition is from the zircon structure to the fergusonite-type structure and takes place around 6 GPa with nearly 10% volume discontinuity. XRD measurements on the pressure cycled sample confirm for the first time that the fergusonite-type ScVO4 can be recovered as the metastable phase at ambient conditions. Raman spectroscopic measurements verify the metastable phase to be of a fergusonite-type phase. Theoretical calculations also corroborate the experimental findings. The fergusonite phase is found to be stiffer than the ambient-pressure zircon phase, as indicated by the observed experimental and theoretical bulk moduli. The optical properties and lattice-dynamics calculation of the fergusonite ScVO4 are discussed. At ambient pressure the band gap of the zircon (fergusonite)-type ScVO4 is 2.75 eV (2.3 eV). This fact suggests that the novel metastable polymorph of ScVO4 can have applications in green technologies; for instance, it can be used as photocatalytic material for hydrogen production by water splitting.

  18. Concentration Dependence of VO2+ Crossover of Nafion for Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries

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    Lawton, Jamie; Jones, Amanda; Zawodzinski, Thomas A

    2013-01-01

    The VO2+ crossover, or permeability, through Nafion in a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) was monitored as a function of sulfuric acid concentration and VO2+ concentration. A vanadium rich solution was flowed on one side of the membrane through a flow field while symmetrically on the other side a blank or vanadium deficit solution was flowed. The blank solution was flowed through an electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) cavity and the VO2+ concentration was determined from the intensity of the EPR signal. Concentration values were fit using a solution of Fick s law that allows for the effect of concentration change on the vanadium rich side. The fits resulted in permeability values of VO2+ ions across the membrane. Viscosity measurements of many VO2+ and H2SO4 solutions were made at 30 60 C. These viscosity values were then used to determine the effect of the viscosity of the flowing solution on the permeability of the ion. 2013 The Electrochemical Society. [DOI: 10.1149/2.004306jes] All rights reserved.

  19. Epitaxial VO2 thin film-based radio-frequency switches with thermal activation

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    Lee, Jaeseong; Lee, Daesu; Cho, Sang June; Seo, Jung-Hun; Liu, Dong; Eom, Chang-Beom; Ma, Zhenqiang

    2017-08-01

    In this paper, we report on the demonstration of thermally triggered "normally ON" radio-frequency (RF) switches based on epitaxial vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films with a SnO2 template on (001) TiO2 substrates. Fast insulator-to-metal phase transition of the epitaxial VO2 at a relatively low temperature allowed RF switches made of the VO2 to exhibit sharp changes in the RF insertion loss during cooling and heating at 60 °C and 66 °C, respectively. The change of RF insertion loss due to phase transition is greater than 15 dB. The VO2 RF switches also completed the transition of S21 within less than 3 °C and showed a low-loss operation frequency of up to 24.2 GHz with a low insertion loss of -1.36 dB and isolation of 17.56 dB at 12.03 GHz, respectively. The demonstration suggests that epitaxial VO2-based RF switches can be used in switching elements up to Ku-band RF circuits.

  20. The phase transition of W-doped VO2 nanoparticles synthesized by an improved thermolysis method.

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    Hou, Jiwei; Zhang, Jianwu; Wang, Zhongping; Zhang, Zengming; Ding, Zejun

    2013-02-01

    High-quality thermochromic monoclinic VO2(M) and series of W-doped V(1-x)W(x)O2(M) nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by an improved thermolysis method. The products were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) technologies. The measurement of DSC revealed that the metal-insulator phase transition (MIT) of 2.0% W-doped VO2 sample occurred at 25.6 degrees C, which was much lower than the MIT of host VO2(M) nanoparticles at 67.6 degrees C. The results showed that the proportion of the transmittance of tetragonal phase reached only about 29% of that of monoclinic phase for 0.5% W-doped VO2 at the wavenumber 900 cm(-1), which indicated W-doped VO2(M) was an intelligent window and optical switch materials.

  1. Nanoporous thermochromic VO(2) films with low optical constants, enhanced luminous transmittance and thermochromic properties.

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    Kang, Litao; Gao, Yanfeng; Luo, Hongjie; Chen, Zhang; Du, Jin; Zhang, Zongtao

    2011-02-01

    Nanoporous thermochromic VO(2) films with low optical constants and tunable thicknesses have been prepared by polymer-assisted deposition. The film porosity and thickness change the interference relationship of light reflected from the film-substrate and the air-film interfaces, strongly influencing the optical properties of these VO(2) films. Our optimized single-layered VO(2) films exhibit high integrated luminous transmittance (T(lum,l) = 43.3%, T(lum,h) = 39.9%) and solar modulation (ΔT(sol) = 14.1%, from T(sol,l) = 42.9% to T(sol,h) = 28.8%), which are comparable to those of five-layered TiO(2)/VO(2)/TiO(2)/VO(2)/TiO(2) films (T(lum,l) = 45%, T(lum,h) = 42% and ΔT(sol) = 12%, from T(sol,l) = 52% to T(sol,h) = 40%, from Phys. Status Solidi A2009, 206, 2155-2160.). Optical calculations suggest that the performance could be further improved by increasing the porosity.

  2. Role of surface defects and microstructure in infrared optical properties of thermochromic VO2 materials

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    Guinneton, Frédéric; Sauques, Laurent; Valmalette, Jean-Christophe; Cros, Frédéric; Gavarri, Jean-Raymond

    2005-01-01

    Thermochromic vanadium dioxide VO2 exhibits a semi-conducting to metallic phase transition at Tc=68 °C, involving strong variations in optical transmittance, reflectance and emissivity. However, the optical contrasts observed in thin films or nanostructured compacted samples seem to depend on both surface microstructure and surface crystal texture. In the case of opaque materials, surface defects might play a drastic role in optical reflectivity. As the high temperature metallic phase of VO2 is opaque for infrared radiations, we used aluminum samples as standards allowing us to correlate reflectivity responses with porosity and surface defects. Then, various polycrystalline and nanostructured VO2 samples compacted at various pressures and presenting variable surface roughness were prepared. Thin films were deposited by radio frequency sputtering process. The samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Optical properties (reflectance and emissivity) were analyzed above and below the transition temperature, making use of specific FTIR equipments. In thin films, the deposited VO2 phase was systematically oriented and surface porosity was very weak. In polycrystalline samples, as the compaction pressure increased, surface porosity decreased, and infrared optical contrast increased. In such samples, preferred orientations were favored for low applied pressures. These features clearly show that the main parameters conditioning the optical contrast should be the surface defects and porosity, not the preferred crystal orientations. As an additional interesting result, the surfaces formed from compacted nanocrystalline VO2 powders present improved optical contrast for reflectance and emissivity properties.

  3. Transport Anisotropy of Epitaxial VO2 films grown on (100) TiO2

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    Kittiwatanakul, Salinporn; Lu, Jiwei; Wolf, Stuart

    2011-03-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) exhibits a metal semiconductor transition (MST) at 340 K. This transition is accompanied by the abrupt change in the electrical conductivity, optical transmittance and reflectance in infrared region, which can be used in the electronic devices such as temperature sensors and electric switches. In this study, Reactive Bias Target Ion Beam Deposition was used for epitaxial VO2 thin film growth on Ti O2 (100) substrates. The out-of-plane and the in-plane XRD scans have been performed to confirm the single phase VO2 and the epitaxial relationship between the film and the substrate. The hall bars along the in-plane c-axis and b-axis of R-VO2 were fabricated via the photolithographic process. It is found that the maximum conductivity was parallel to c-axis, while the minimum conductivity was parallel to b-axis. The conductivity anisotropy persisted through the metal semiconductor transition. The conductivity anisotropy ratio σc / σb was found to be ~ 16.2 at 300 K, much larger than that of single crystal VO2 . The temperature dependent anisotropy of the carrier concentration and the mobility is to be discussed.

  4. Transmission of reactive pulsed laser deposited VO2 films in the THz domain

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    Émond, Nicolas; Hendaoui, Ali; Ibrahim, Akram; Al-Naib, Ibraheem; Ozaki, Tsuneyuki; Chaker, Mohamed

    2016-08-01

    This work reports on the characteristics of the insulator-to-metal transition (IMT) of reactive pulsed laser deposited vanadium dioxide (VO2) films in the terahertz (THz) frequency range, namely the transition temperature TIMT, the amplitude contrast of the THz transmission over the IMT ΔA, the transition sharpness ΔT and the hysteresis width ΔH. XRD analysis shows the sole formation of VO2 monoclinic structure with an enhancement of (011) preferential orientation when varying the O2 pressure (PO2) during the deposition process from 2 to 25 mTorr. THz transmission measurements as a function of temperature reveal that VO2 films obtained at low PO2 exhibit low TIMT, large ΔA, and narrow ΔH. Increasing PO2 results in VO2 films with higher TIMT, smaller ΔA, broader ΔH and asymmetric hysteresis loop. The good control of the VO2 IMT features in the THz domain could be further exploited for the development of advanced smart devices, such as ultrafast switches, modulators, memories and sensors.

  5. Template-free synthesis of BiVO4 nanostructures: II. Relationship between various microstructures for monoclinic BiVO4 and their photocatalytic activity for the degradation of rhodamine B under visible light.

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    Ren, Lu; Ma, Lili; Jin, Lei; Wang, Jian-Bo; Qiu, Mingqiang; Yu, Ying

    2009-10-07

    The shape-controlled synthesis of nanostructured materials has opened up new possibilities to improve their physical and chemical properties. In this work, new types of monoclinic structured BiVO4 with complex morphologies, namely flowerlike, disclike, tubelike and platelike shapes, have been synthesized in a binary green solvent (water and ethanol) through controlling reaction conditions such as solvent, pH value, concentration of precursors and reaction temperature. The morphology of BiVO4 can transform from three-dimensional (3D) flowerlike superstructures and hexagonal-prismatic nanotubes to two-dimensional (2D) platelike and disclike structures. UV-vis absorption spectra show that all of the prepared nano- and microstructures can respond to visible light and the optical properties of BiVO4 samples are relevant to their structures. More importantly, the photocatalytic activities of various BiVO4 samples are strongly dependent on their morphology for the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible-light irradiation. The 2D (disclike and platelike) BiVO4 demonstrates better photocatalytic activity than 3D and bulk BiVO4. Among the nano- and microstructures, the nanoplate BiVO4 exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity for degradation of organic pollutants. Additionally, it is found that the different microstructure of BiVO4 leads to the different degradation route for organic compounds of RhB. The reasons for the differences in the photocatalytic behavior for these BiVO4 nanostructures are further discussed. The relationship between the microstructure and the photocatalytic activity for BiVO4 may give clues for the preparation of photocatalysts with high activity based on material morphology design. Moreover, the prepared 2D BiVO4 can be a good photocatalyst used in environmental pollution control.

  6. Template-free synthesis of BiVO4 nanostructures: II. Relationship between various microstructures for monoclinic BiVO4 and their photocatalytic activity for the degradation of rhodamine B under visible light

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    Ren, Lu; Ma, Lili; Jin, Lei; Wang, Jian-Bo; Qiu, Mingqiang; Yu, Ying

    2009-10-01

    The shape-controlled synthesis of nanostructured materials has opened up new possibilities to improve their physical and chemical properties. In this work, new types of monoclinic structured BiVO4 with complex morphologies, namely flowerlike, disclike, tubelike and platelike shapes, have been synthesized in a binary green solvent (water and ethanol) through controlling reaction conditions such as solvent, pH value, concentration of precursors and reaction temperature. The morphology of BiVO4 can transform from three-dimensional (3D) flowerlike superstructures and hexagonal-prismatic nanotubes to two-dimensional (2D) platelike and disclike structures. UV-vis absorption spectra show that all of the prepared nano- and microstructures can respond to visible light and the optical properties of BiVO4 samples are relevant to their structures. More importantly, the photocatalytic activities of various BiVO4 samples are strongly dependent on their morphology for the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible-light irradiation. The 2D (disclike and platelike) BiVO4 demonstrates better photocatalytic activity than 3D and bulk BiVO4. Among the nano- and microstructures, the nanoplate BiVO4 exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity for degradation of organic pollutants. Additionally, it is found that the different microstructure of BiVO4 leads to the different degradation route for organic compounds of RhB. The reasons for the differences in the photocatalytic behavior for these BiVO4 nanostructures are further discussed. The relationship between the microstructure and the photocatalytic activity for BiVO4 may give clues for the preparation of photocatalysts with high activity based on material morphology design. Moreover, the prepared 2D BiVO4 can be a good photocatalyst used in environmental pollution control.

  7. Low-temperature fabrication of VO2 thin film on ITO glass with a Mott transition

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    Lin, Tiegui; Wang, Langping; Wang, Xiaofeng; Zhang, Yufen

    2016-09-01

    Polycrystalline Vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin film can be fabricated on glass substrates by high power impulse magnetron sputtering at a relative high temperature. In order to apply an effective bias voltage on substrate and control the energy of the ions impinged to the substrate, conductive indium-tin oxide (ITO) glass was used as the substrate. UV-visible-near IR transmittance spectra and X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of the as-deposited films exhibited that M-VO2 thin film with a metal-insulator transition temperature of 37∘C was fabricated successfully at 300∘C with a bias voltage of -200V, and the calculated average crystalline size of this film was about 12nm. XRD patterns at varied temperatures showed that the structural change of MIT of the VO2 thin film was suppressed during the phase transition process, and a pure Mott transition was obtained.

  8. Dynamic Control of Light Emission Faster than the Lifetime Limit Using VO2 Phase-Change

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    2015-10-22

    Y2O3 thin-film emitter, a TiO2 spacer layer, a VO2 layer and an Ag mirror. (Expressions for the LDOS in such a five-layer system are explicitly...emission as a function of the thicknesses of both VO2 and TiO2 layers, where M ¼ bMDmetal bMDinsulator and bMD denotes the Er3þ MD branching ratio for...DM TiO2 VO2 Ag Quartz Er 3 :Y 2 O 3 1,450 1,500 1,550 1,600 0 5 10 15 × 105 Wavelength (nm) In te ns ity ( a. u. ) 1,450 1,500 1,550 1,600 0 1 2 3 4

  9. VO2 thin films synthesis for collaborators and various applications.

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    Johnson, Raegan Lynn; Clem, Paul G.

    2016-11-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is an attractive material for a variety of applications due to its metal-to-insulator transition (MIT) observed at modest temperatures. This transition takes VO2 from its low temperature insulating monoclinic phase to a high temperature (above 68°C) metallic rutile phase. This transition gives rise to a change in resistivity up to 5 orders of magnitude and a change in complex refractive index (especially at IR wavelengths), which is of interest for radar circuit protection and tunable control of infrared signature. Recently, collaborations have been initiated between CINT scientists and external university programs. The Enhanced Surveillance funds help fund this work which enabled synthesis of VO2 films for several collaborations with internal and external researchers.

  10. Understanding the synergistic effect of WO3-BiVO4 heterostructures by impedance spectroscopy.

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    Shi, Xinjian; Herraiz-Cardona, Isaac; Bertoluzzi, Luca; Lopez-Varo, Pilar; Bisquert, Juan; Park, Jong Hyeok; Gimenez, Sixto

    2016-04-07

    WO3-BiVO4 n-n heterostructures have demonstrated remarkable performance in photoelectrochemical water splitting due to the synergistic effect between the individual components. Although the enhanced functional capabilities of this system have been widely reported, in-depth mechanistic studies explaining the carrier dynamics of this heterostructure are limited. The main goal is to provide rational design strategies for further optimization as well as to extend these strategies to different candidate systems for solar fuel production. In the present study, we perform systematic optoelectronic and photoelectrochemical characterization to understand the carrier dynamics of the system and develop a simple physical model to highlight the importance of the selective contacts to minimize bulk recombination in this heterostructure. Our results collectively indicate that while BiVO4 is responsible for the enhanced optical properties, WO3 controls the transport properties of the heterostructured WO3-BiVO4 system, leading to reduced bulk recombination.

  11. AgVO3 nanorods: Synthesis, characterization and visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Sivakumar, V.; Suresh, R.; Giribabu, K.; Narayanan, V.

    2015-01-01

    Large scale and high purity silver vanadate (AgVO3) nanorods were synthesized by thermal decomposition method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Ultraviolet-Visible (DRS-UV-Visible) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were employed to characterize the structure, light absorption capacity and morphology of the as-synthesized sample. The photocatalytic activity of AgVO3 nanorods was examined by degradation of methylene blue (MB) as a model organic pollutant. The degradation efficiency is 85.02% in the 120 min visible light illumination. Further, the AgVO3 nanorods were used as a photocatalyst for industrial effluent. 95.4% degradation efficiency was obtained within the visible light irradiation of 120 min. The possible photocatalytic mechanism has also been proposed.

  12. Equivalent circuit for VO{sub 2} phase change material film in reconfigurable frequency selective surfaces

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    Sanphuang, Varittha; Ghalichechian, Nima; Nahar, Niru K.; Volakis, John L.

    2015-12-21

    We developed equivalent circuits of phase change materials based on vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) thin films. These circuits are used to model VO{sub 2} thin films for reconfigurable frequency selective surfaces (FSSs). This is important as it provides a way for designing complex structures. A reconfigurable FSS filter using VO{sub 2} ON/OFF switches is designed demonstrating −60 dB isolation between the states. This filter is used to provide the transmission and reflection responses of the FSS in the frequency range of 0.1–0.6 THz. The comparison between equivalent circuit and full-wave simulation shows excellent agreement.

  13. Durability of VO2-based thin films at elevated temperature: Towards thermochromic fenestration

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    Ji, Yu-Xia; Niklasson, Gunnar A.; Granqvist, Claes G.

    2014-11-01

    An explorative study was performed on sputter-deposited thermochromic VO2 films with top coatings of Al oxide and Al nitride. The films were exposed to dry air at a high temperature. Bare 80-nm-thick VO2 films rapidly converted to non-thermochromic V2O5 under the chosen conditions. Al oxide top coatings protected the underlying VO2 films and, expectedly, increased film thickness yielded improved protection. Specifically, it was found that a 30-nm-thick sputter-deposited Al oxide top coating delayed the oxidation by more than one day upon heating at 300°C. The results demonstrate the importance of protective layers in thermochromic windows for practical application.

  14. Metal-insulator transition in nanocomposite VO{sub x} films formed by anodic electrodeposition

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    Tsui, Lok-kun; Lu, Jiwei; Zangari, Giovanni; Hildebrand, Helga; Schmuki, Patrik

    2013-11-11

    The ability to grow VO{sub 2} films by electrochemical methods would open a low-cost, easily scalable production route to a number of electronic devices. We have synthesized VO{sub x} films by anodic electrodeposition of V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, followed by partial reduction by annealing in Ar. The resulting films are heterogeneous, consisting of various metallic/oxide phases and including regions with VO{sub 2} stoichiometry. A gradual metal insulator transition with a nearly two order of magnitude change in film resistance is observed between room temperature and 140 °C. In addition, the films exhibit a temperature coefficient of resistance of ∼ −2.4%/ °C from 20 to 140 °C.

  15. Development of a branching submaximal treadmill test for predicting VO2max.

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    Swank, A M; Serapiglia, L; Funk, D; Adams, K J; Durham, M; Berning, J M

    2001-08-01

    This study determined the reliability and validity of a branching treadmill protocol in predicting VO2max. Thirty-seven, apparently healthy individuals (19 women and 18 men); volunteered to participate. On 2 separate testing days, each subject underwent maximal exercise testing using the protocol developed. Stepwise regression analysis indicated that the percentage of age-predicted maximum heart rate (APMHR) achieved at stage 3, speed and grade at stage 3, and APMHR accounted for 89% of the variance in VO2max. The 4 predictor variables were statistically significant (p < 0.01), and the standard error of the estimate was 4.56 ml x kg(-1) min(-1). Results indicate that health and fitness professionals can incorporate this protocol into their practices for the purpose of predicting VO2max for their clients outside the laboratory environment. Furthermore, our results indicate that using the proposed regression model is reliable and has received preliminary construct validity support.

  16. Growth and spectroscopic properties of Ca9Nd(VO4)7 single crystal

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    Demesh, M. P.; Yasukevich, A. S.; Kuleshov, N. V.; Kosmyna, M. B.; Mateychenko, P. V.; Nazarenko, B. P.; Shekhovtsov, A. N.; Kornienko, A. A.; Dunina, E. B.; Orlovich, V. A.; Khodasevich, I. A.; Paszkowicz, W.; Behrooz, A.

    2016-10-01

    Ca9Nd(VO4)7 single crystal was grown by the Czochralski method in inert atmosphere. The crystal structure and chemical composition were studied. Polarized absorption and luminescence spectra were investigated in details. It was found that the Ca9Nd(VO4)7 crystals belongs to self-activated laser materials with a weak concentration quenching of luminescence. Judd-Ofelt analysis was performed. The emission cross-sections spectra for 4F3/2 → 4I9/2, 4I11/2, 4I13/2 transitions were determined. For the first time Raman spectra of the Ca9Nd(VO4)7 single crystal were recorded and interpreted.

  17. Effects of simulated weightlessness and sympathectomy on maximum VO2 of male rats

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    Woodman, C. R.; Stump, C. S.; Beaulieu, S. M.; Rahman, Z.; Sebastian, L. A.

    1989-01-01

    The effects of simulated weightlessness (hind-limb suspension) and chemical sympathectomy (by repeated injections with guanethidine sulfate) on the maximum oxygen consumption (VO2 max) of female rats were investigated in rats assigned for 14 days to one of three groups: a head-down hind-limb suspension, a horizontal suspension with hind limbs weight bearing, or the caged control. The VO2 max values were assessed by having rats run on a treadmill enclosed in an airtight chamber. The hind-limb-suspended sympathectomized rats were found to exhibit shorter run times and lower mechanical efficiencies, compared to their presuspension values or the values from saline-injected suspended controls. On the other hand, the suspended sympathectomized rats did not demonstrate a decrease in the VO2 max values that was observed in saline-injected controls.

  18. Fabrication and photoelectrocatalytic properties of nanocrystalline monoclinic BiVO4 thin-film electrode.

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    Zhou, Bin; Qu, Jiuhui; Zhao, Xu; Liu, Huijuan

    2011-01-01

    Monoclinic bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) thin film was fabricated on indium-tin oxide glass from an amorphous heteronuclear complex via dip-coating. After annealation at 400, 500, and 600 degrees C, the thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and UV-Vis spectrophotometry. The BiVO4 particles on the ITO glass surface had a monoclinic structure. The UV-Visible diffuse reflection spectra showed the BiVO4 thin film had photoabsorption properties, with a band gap around 2.5 eV. In addition, the thin film showed high visible photocatalytic activities towards 2,4-dichlorophenol and Bisphenol A degradation under visible light irradiation (lambda > 420 nm). Over 90% of the two organic pollutants were removed in 5 hr. A possible degradation mechanism of 2,4-dichlorophenol were also studied.

  19. Self-assembly of highly crystalline spherical BiVO 4 in aqueous solutions

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    Yang, Tao; Xia, Dingguo

    2009-10-01

    Spherical bismuth vanadate particles are self-assembled from aqueous Bi(NO 3) 3 and NH 4VO 3 solutions by adjusting pH and tuning the amount of surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) via facile hydrothermal method. The BiVO 4 samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the peaks suited well with the pure phase monoclinic scheelite BiVO 4. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed the average size of the spherical particles was 5 μm and the assembling stages in the hydrothermal synthesis process were recorded. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) revealed the nanoparticles were single crystal. FT-IR spectroscopy test results demonstrated there was no SDS left in the samples. The mechanism of the self-assembling has also been proposed.

  20. Negative capacitance switching via VO{sub 2} band gap engineering driven by electric field

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    He, Xinfeng; Xu, Jing; Xu, Xiaofeng Gu, Congcong; Chen, Fei; Wu, Binhe Wang, Chunrui Xing, Huaizhong; Chen, Xiaoshuang; Chu, Junhao

    2015-03-02

    We report the negative capacitance behavior of an energy band gap modulation quantum well with a sandwich VO{sub 2} layer structure. The phase transition is probed by measuring its capacitance. With the help of theoretical calculations, it shows that the negative capacitance changes of the quantum well device come from VO{sub 2} band gap by continuously tuning the temperature or voltage. Experiments reveal that as the current remains small enough, joule heating can be ignored, and the insulator-metal transition of VO{sub 2} can be induced by the electric field. Our results open up possibilities for functional devices with phase transitions induced by external electric fields other than the heating or electricity-heat transition.

  1. [Visible-light responding BiVO4/TiO2 nanocomposite photocatalyst].

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    Ji, Tian-hao; Yang, Fang; Zhou, Jiao-yan; Du, Hai-yan; Sun, Jia-yue

    2010-07-01

    The two kinds of new nanocomposites BiVO4/TiO2 nanowires were synthesized by hydrothermal process. Their crystal structure, morphology and photocatalytic activities for degradation of methylene blue solution were characterized using various measurement techniques. The XRD results indicate that they are made up of monoclinic BiVO4 and anatase TiO2 phases. The SEM, TEM and HRTEM images show that the two samples include BiVO4 nanoparticles supported onto TiO2 nanowires. The UV-Vis absorption spectra reveal that the absorption edges of the samples exhibit red-shift in comparison with that of the pure TiO2 nanowires. The measurement results for the visible-light photodegradation of methylene blue show that the nanocomposite sample prepared from the layered titanate nanowires with Bi3+ has the highest photocatalytic activity.

  2. Field Effect and Strongly Localized Carriers in the Metal-Insulator Transition Material VO(2).

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    Martens, K; Jeong, J W; Aetukuri, N; Rettner, C; Shukla, N; Freeman, E; Esfahani, D N; Peeters, F M; Topuria, T; Rice, P M; Volodin, A; Douhard, B; Vandervorst, W; Samant, M G; Datta, S; Parkin, S S P

    2015-11-06

    The intrinsic field effect, the change in surface conductance with an applied transverse electric field, of prototypal strongly correlated VO(2) has remained elusive. Here we report its measurement enabled by epitaxial VO(2) and atomic layer deposited high-κ dielectrics. Oxygen migration, joule heating, and the linked field-induced phase transition are precluded. The field effect can be understood in terms of field-induced carriers with densities up to ∼5×10(13)  cm(-2) which are trongly localized, as shown by their low, thermally activated mobility (∼1×10(-3)  cm(2)/V s at 300 K). These carriers show behavior consistent with that of Holstein polarons and strongly impact the (opto)electronics of VO(2).

  3. Direct observation of the M2 phase with its Mott transition in a VO2 film

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    Kim, Hoon; Slusar, Tetiana V.; Wulferding, Dirk; Yang, Ilkyu; Cho, Jin-Cheol; Lee, Minkyung; Choi, Hee Cheul; Jeong, Yoon Hee; Kim, Hyun-Tak; Kim, Jeehoon

    2016-12-01

    In VO2, the explicit origin of the insulator-to-metal transition is still disputable between Peierls and Mott insulators. Along with the controversy, its second monoclinic (M2) phase has received considerable attention due to the presence of electron correlation in undimerized vanadium ions. However, the origin of the M2 phase is still obscure. Here, we study a granular VO2 film using conductive atomic force microscopy and Raman scattering. Upon the structural transition from monoclinic to rutile, we observe directly an intermediate state showing the coexistence of monoclinic M1 and M2 phases. The conductivity near the grain boundary in this regime is six times larger than that of the grain core, producing a donut-like landscape. Our results reveal an intra-grain percolation process, indicating that VO2 with the M2 phase is a Mott insulator.

  4. Hybrid metamaterial switching for manipulating chirality based on VO2 phase transition

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    Lv, T. T.; Li, Y. X.; Ma, H. F.; Zhu, Z.; Li, Z. P.; Guan, C. Y.; Shi, J. H.; Zhang, H.; Cui, T. J.

    2016-01-01

    Polarization manipulations of electromagnetic waves can be obtained by chiral and anisotropic metamaterials routinely, but the dynamic and high-efficiency modulations of chiral properties still remain challenging at the terahertz range. Here, we theoretically demonstrate a new scheme for realizing thermal-controlled chirality using a hybrid terahertz metamaterial with embedded vanadium dioxide (VO2) films. The phase transition of VO2 films in 90° twisted E-shaped resonators enables high-efficiency thermal modulation of linear polarization conversion. The asymmetric transmission of linearly polarized wave and circular dichroism simultaneously exhibit a pronounced switching effect dictated by temperature-controlled conductivity of VO2 inclusions. The proposed hybrid metamaterial design opens exciting possibilities to achieve dynamic modulation of terahertz waves and further develop tunable terahertz polarization devices. PMID:27000427

  5. Photoluminescence response of colloidal quantum dots on VO2 film across metal to insulator transition.

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    Kuznetsov, Sergey N; Cheremisin, Alexander B; Stefanovich, Genrikh B

    2014-01-01

    We have proposed a method to probe metal to insulator transition in VO2 measuring photoluminescence response of colloidal quantum dots deposited on the VO2 film. In addition to linear luminescence intensity decrease with temperature that is well known for quantum dots, temperature ranges with enhanced photoluminescence changes have been found during phase transition in the oxide. Corresponding temperature derived from luminescence dependence on temperature closely correlates with that from resistance measurement during heating. The supporting reflectance data point out that photoluminescence response mimics a reflectance change in VO2 across metal to insulator transition. Time-resolved photoluminescence study did not reveal any significant change of luminescence lifetime of deposited quantum dots under metal to insulator transition. It is a strong argument in favor of the proposed explanation based on the reflectance data. 71.30. + h; 73.21.La; 78.47.jd.

  6. Negative capacitance switching via VO2 band gap engineering driven by electric field

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    He, Xinfeng; Xu, Jing; Xu, Xiaofeng; Gu, Congcong; Chen, Fei; Wu, Binhe; Wang, Chunrui; Xing, Huaizhong; Chen, Xiaoshuang; Chu, Junhao

    2015-03-01

    We report the negative capacitance behavior of an energy band gap modulation quantum well with a sandwich VO2 layer structure. The phase transition is probed by measuring its capacitance. With the help of theoretical calculations, it shows that the negative capacitance changes of the quantum well device come from VO2 band gap by continuously tuning the temperature or voltage. Experiments reveal that as the current remains small enough, joule heating can be ignored, and the insulator-metal transition of VO2 can be induced by the electric field. Our results open up possibilities for functional devices with phase transitions induced by external electric fields other than the heating or electricity-heat transition.

  7. The oxygen deficiency effect of VO{sub 2} thin films prepared by laser ablation

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    Nagashima, M.; Wada, H.

    1997-02-01

    Vanadium dioxide thin films (VO{sub 2}) have been deposited by laser ablation. The temperature dependence of resistivity and temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) for each deposition condition were investigated. It was clarified that the TCR at room temperature (RT) can be optimized by controlling the oxygen pressure introduced during deposition as the deposition parameter. In the result, larger TCR{close_quote}s at RT were observed for the oxygen deficient condition of VO{sub 2} than for oxygen-richer samples. Obtained TCR values were 0.072/K and 0.045/K at 25{degree}C for VO{sub 2} thin films deposited onto R-cut sapphire and SiO{sub 2}/Si, respectively. {copyright} {ital 1997 Materials Research Society.}

  8. Thermochromic VO{sub 2} nanorods and other vanadium oxides nanostructures

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    Kam, Kinson C.; Cheetham, Anthony K. . E-mail: cheetham@mrl.ucsb.edu

    2006-05-25

    Thermochromic VO{sub 2} nanorods were prepared via thermal conversion of the metastable VO{sub 2}-B phase synthesized by hydrothermal methods. We observe an increased thermochromic transition temperature to {approx}75-80 deg. C by variable-temperature infrared spectroscopy. Nano- and sub-micron structures of other vanadium oxides (V{sub 3}O{sub 7} (NH{sub 4}){sub 0.5}V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, and V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) were obtained simply by varying the starting materials in the hydrothermal synthesis. We also obtained nanostructures of the high temperature tetragonal rutile phase of VO{sub 2} by thermolysis of single-source vanadium (IV) precursors.

  9. Theoretical investigation of the optical and EPR parameters for VO 2+ion in some complexes

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    Kalfaoğlu, Emel; Karabulut, Bünyamin

    2012-04-01

    The molecular orbital coefficients and the EPR parameters of trisodium citrate dihydrate, sodium hydrogen oxalate monohydrate, potassium d-gluconate monohydrate and L-Alanine vanadyl complexes are calculated theoretically. Two d-d transition spectra and EPR parameters for the VO2+ complex are calculated theoretically by using crystal-field theory. The calculated g and A paramaters have indicated that paramagnetic center is axially symmetric. Having the relations of g∥A⊥ for VO2+ ions, it can be concluded that VO2+ ions are located in distorted octahedral sites (C4v) elongated along the z-axis and the ground state of the paramagnetic electron is dxy.

  10. Effects of simulated weightlessness and sympathectomy on maximum VO2 of male rats

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    Woodman, C. R.; Stump, C. S.; Beaulieu, S. M.; Rahman, Z.; Sebastian, L. A.

    1989-01-01

    The effects of simulated weightlessness (hind-limb suspension) and chemical sympathectomy (by repeated injections with guanethidine sulfate) on the maximum oxygen consumption (VO2 max) of female rats were investigated in rats assigned for 14 days to one of three groups: a head-down hind-limb suspension, a horizontal suspension with hind limbs weight bearing, or the caged control. The VO2 max values were assessed by having rats run on a treadmill enclosed in an airtight chamber. The hind-limb-suspended sympathectomized rats were found to exhibit shorter run times and lower mechanical efficiencies, compared to their presuspension values or the values from saline-injected suspended controls. On the other hand, the suspended sympathectomized rats did not demonstrate a decrease in the VO2 max values that was observed in saline-injected controls.

  11. Enhanced luminous transmittance of thermochromic VO2 thin film patterned by SiO2 nanospheres

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    Zhou, Liwei; Liang, Jiran; Hu, Ming; Li, Peng; Song, Xiaolong; Zhao, Yirui; Qiang, Xiaoyong

    2017-05-01

    In this study, an ordered SiO2 nanosphere array coated with vanadium dioxide (VO2) has been fabricated to enhance transmittance with the potential application as an energy-efficient coating in the field of smart windows. SiO2 arrays were formed using the methods of self-assembly, and VO2 thin films were prepared by rapid thermal annealing (RTA) of sputtered vanadium films. VO2@SiO2 arrays were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, a four-point probe, and UV-vis-NIR spectrophotometry. Compared with the planar films, the films deposited on 300 nm diameter SiO2 nanospheres can offer approximately 18% enhancement of luminous transmission (Tlum) because the diameter is smaller than the given wavelength and the protuberance of the surface array behaves as a gradation of refractive index producing antireflection. The solar regulation efficiency was not much deteriorated.

  12. Structural and magnetic properties of quasi-one-dimensional doped LiCuVO4

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    Kumar, Abhishek; Kumari, Poonam; Das, A.; Dwivedi, G. D.; Shahi, P.; Shukla, K. K.; Ghosh, A. K.; Nigam, A. K.; Chattopadhyay, K. K.; Chatterjee, Sandip

    2013-12-01

    The Neutron diffraction, X-ray photoemission and Magnetic properties of Zn, Co and Mn-doped LiCuVO4 were investigated. Both with Zn and Co doping the antiferromagnetic correlation increase. On the other hand Mn-doping induces the short range ferromagnetic ordering. Neutron diffraction study does not show any phase transition down to 5 K i.e., there is no indication of long range magnetic ordering. Neutron diffraction study also indicates that with Zn, Co and Mn doping the V-O lengths are changed. Maximum change in the V-O distances is observed for Mn-doped sample. On the other hand, X-ray photoemission spectroscopic data indicates Mn doping converts some Cu2+ ions into Cu3+ ions.

  13. Controlled synthesis of T-shaped BiVO{sub 4} and enhanced visible light responsive photocatalytic activity

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    Dong, Shuying; Yu, Chongfei; Li, Yukun; Li, Yihui; Sun, Jianhui; Geng, Xiaofei

    2014-03-15

    A novel T-shaped BiVO{sub 4} microcrystal photocatalyst was successfully synthesized by the hydrothermal method with the aid of a structure-directing surfactant SDBS in the present study. Having received well characterization with the aid of various techniques and the results showed that the SDBS greatly changed the microstructure of BiVO{sub 4}, which had a unique T shape and belonged to the monoclinic family. The fast exchange dynamics between the surfactants bound to the Bi{sup 3+} seed surface and the free VO{sub 3}{sup −} in the solution significantly increase the rate of heterogeneous nucleation. In addition, the photocatalytic activity of the prepared T-shaped BiVO{sub 4} was evaluated by the degradation of Methylene Blue solution under visible light irradiation, 17% and 47% higher decolorization rates than the commercial P25 and BiVO{sub 4} synthesized without SDBS, respectively. Meanwhile, it has been found that the degradation kinetics of MB fitted the pseudo-first-order kinetics and the T-shaped BiVO{sub 4} also displayed high photocatalytic performance for metronidazole degradation. -- Graphical abstract: H{sub 2}O{sub 2} molecules function as electron trapping reagent to react with e{sup −} to enhance the photocatalytic degradation efficiency of MB in the BiVO{sub 4}/H{sub 2}O{sub 2} system under visible light irradiation. Highlights: • T-shaped BiVO{sub 4} was synthesized using SDBS as a structure-directing surfactant. • SDBS greatly changed the microstructure of BiVO{sub 4}. • The T-shaped BiVO{sub 4} had a better visible-light photocatalytic activity. • Degradation kinetics of MB by BiVO{sub 4} fitted the pseudo-first-order kinetics.

  14. Electrical and optical properties of VO2 thin films grown on various sapphire substrates by using RF sputtering deposition

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    Jung, Dae Ho; So, Hyeon Seob; Ko, Kun Hee; Park, Jun Woo; Lee, Hosun; Nguyen, Trang Thi Thu; Yoon, Seokhyun

    2016-12-01

    VO2 thin films were grown on a-, c-, m-, and r-plane sapphire and SiO2/Si substrates under identical conditions by using RF sputtering deposition from a VO2 target. The structural and the morphological properties of all VO2 films were investigated. The grain sizes of the VO2 films varied between 268 nm and 355 nm depending on the substrate's orientation. The electrical and the optical properties of all VO2 thin films were examined in detail. The metal-insulator transition temperature (TMI) varied with the substrate's orientation. The (200)/(bar 211 )-oriented VO2 films on the a-plane sapphire showed the lowest TMI of about 329.3 K (56.3 °C) while the (020)/(002)-VO2 films on the c-plane sapphire displayed the highest TMI of about 339.6 K (66.6 °C). The VO2 films showed reversible changes in the resistivity as large as 1.19 × 105 and a hysteresis of 2 K upon traversing the transition temperature. The variations observed in the TMI with respect to the substrate's orientation were due to changes in the lattice strain and the grain size distribution. Raman spectroscopy showed that metal (rutile) - insulator (monoclinic) transitions occurred via the M2 phase for VO2 films on the c-plane substrate rather than the direct M1 to rutile transition. The shifts in the phonon frequencies of the VO2 film grown on various sapphire substrates were explained in terms of the strain along the V-V atomic bond direction (cR). Our work shows a possible correlation between the transition parameters ( e.g., TMI, sharpness, and hysteresis width) and the width ( σ) of the grain size distribution. It also shows a possible correlation between the TMI and the resistivities at the insulating and the metallic phases for VO2 films grown on various sapphire substrates.

  15. Photocurrent of BiVO4 is limited by surface recombination, not surface catalysis.

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    Zachäus, Carolin; Abdi, Fatwa F; Peter, Laurence M; van de Krol, Roel

    2017-05-01

    Bismuth vanadate is one of the most promising photoanode materials for photoelectrochemical water splitting. In order to achieve high photocurrents the surface of BiVO4 always has to be modified with water oxidation catalysts, such as cobalt phosphate (CoPi), FeOOH, or NiFeO x . While this has generally been attributed to the poor intrinsic catalytic activity of BiVO4, detailed insight into the fate of the photogenerated charge carriers at the surface is still lacking. We used intensity modulated photocurrent spectroscopy (IMPS) to investigate the surface carrier dynamics of bare and CoPi-modified spray-deposited BiVO4 films. Using a model developed by Peter et al., it was possible to distinguish the reaction rate constants for surface recombination and charge transfer to the electrolyte. We found that modification with CoPi reduced the surface recombination of BiVO4 with a factor of 10-20, without significantly influencing the charge transfer kinetics. Control experiments with RuO x , one of the best known OER electrocatalysts, did not affect surface recombination and led to an actual decrease of the photocurrent. These results show that the main role of the CoPi is to passivate the surface of BiVO4 and that, contrary to earlier assumptions, the photocurrent of BiVO4 is limited by surface recombination instead of charge transfer. The importance of surface recombination is well recognized for conventional semiconductors in the field of photovoltaics; these findings show that it may also play a crucial role in oxide-based semiconductors for photoelectrochemical energy conversion.

  16. Synthesis and thermal stability of W-doped VO{sub 2} nanocrystals

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    Kong, F.Y.; Li, M.; Pan, S.S.; Zhang, Y.X.; Li, G.H.

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} The VO{sub 2} nanocrystals with a nearly spherical morphology with size ranging from 50 to 100 nm were synthesized by using V{sub 2}O{sub 5} and oxalic acid as precursors via a thermolysis method. {yields} The W dopant is in the W{sup 6+} form, and there is a small amount of V{sup 3+} in the VO{sub 2} nanocrystals. VO{sub 2} (R) nanocrystals with phase transition temperature at room temperature were obtained with 2.5 at% W-doing. {yields} A high stability upon heating-cooling cycles was observed with respect to MIT temperature, peak temperature and latent heat of the phase transition due to both the size effect and the existence of V{sup 3+} in the VO{sub 2} nanocrystals. -- Abstract: Pure and W-doped vanadium dioxide nanocrystals have been synthesized by using V{sub 2}O{sub 5} and oxalic acid as precursors via a thermolysis method. The VO{sub 2} nanocrystals have a nearly spherical morphology with size ranging from 50 to 100 nm. The metal-insulator transition (MIT) temperature of the nanocrystals decreases with increasing W-doping content. The successive heat-induced fatigue character of the MIT in W-doped VO{sub 2} nanocrystals was investigated by DSC analysis together with structural study, and a high stability upon heating-cooling cycles was found with respect to MIT temperature, peak temperature and latent heat of the phase transition.

  17. Peak treadmill running velocity during the VO2 max test predicts running performance.

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    Noakes, T D; Myburgh, K H; Schall, R

    1990-01-01

    Twenty specialist marathon runners and 23 specialist ultra-marathon runners underwent maximal exercise testing to determine the relative value of maximum oxygen consumption (VO2max), peak treadmill running velocity, running velocity at the lactate turnpoint, VO2 at 16 km h-1, % VO2max at 16 km h-1, and running time in other races, for predicting performance in races of 10-90 km. Race time at 10 or 21.1 km was the best predictor of performance at 42.2 km in specialist marathon runners and at 42.2 and 90 km in specialist ultra-marathon runners (r = 0.91-0.97). Peak treadmill running velocity was the best laboratory-measured predictor of performance (r = -0.88(-)-0.94) at all distances in ultra-marathon specialists and at all distances except 42.2 km in marathon specialists. Other predictive variables were running velocity at the lactate turnpoint (r = -0.80(-)-0.92); % VO2max at 16 km h-1 (r = 0.76-0.90) and VO2max (r = 0.55(-)-0.86). Peak blood lactate concentrations (r = 0.68-0.71) and VO2 at 16 km h-1 (r = 0.10-0.61) were less good predictors. These data indicate: (i) that in groups of trained long distance runners, the physiological factors that determine success in races of 10-90 km are the same; thus there may not be variables that predict success uniquely in either 10 km, marathon or ultra-marathon runners, and (ii) that peak treadmill running velocity is at least as good a predictor of running performance as is the lactate turnpoint. Factors that determine the peak treadmill running velocity are not known but are not likely to be related to maximum rates of muscle oxygen utilization.

  18. Induction of cyto-protective autophagy by paramontroseite VO2 nanocrystals

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    Zhou, Wei; Miao, Yanyan; Zhang, Yunjiao; Liu, Liang; Lin, Jun; Yang, James Y.; Xie, Yi; Wen, Longping

    2013-04-01

    A variety of inorganic nanomaterials have been shown to induce autophagy, a cellular degradation process critical for the maintenance of cellular homeostasis. The overwhelming majority of autophagic responses elicited by nanomaterials were detrimental to cell fate and contributed to increased cell death. A widely held view is that the inorganic nanoparticles, when encapsulated and trapped by autophagosomes, may compromise the normal autophagic process due to the inability of the cells to degrade these materials and thus they manifest a detrimental effect on the well-being of a cell. Here we show that, contrary to this notion, nano-sized paramontroseite VO2 nanocrystals (P-VO2) induced cyto-protective, rather than death-promoting, autophagy in cultured HeLa cells. P-VO2 also caused up-regulation of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), a cellular protein with a demonstrated role in protecting cells against death under stress situations. The autophagy inhibitor 3-methyladenine significantly inhibited HO-1 up-regulation and increased the rate of cell death in cells treated with P-VO2, while the HO-1 inhibitor protoporphyrin IX zinc (II) (ZnPP) enhanced the occurrence of cell death in the P-VO2-treated cells while having no effect on the autophagic response induced by P-VO2. On the other hand, Y2O3 nanocrystals, a control nanomaterial, induced death-promoting autophagy without affecting the level of expression of HO-1, and the pro-death effect of the autophagy induced by Y2O3. Our results represent the first report on a novel nanomaterial-induced cyto-protective autophagy, probably through up-regulation of HO-1, and may point to new possibilities for exploiting nanomaterial-induced autophagy for therapeutic applications.

  19. Synthesis of water-soluble luminescent LaVO4:Ln3+ porous nanoparticles

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    Ansari, Anees A.; Labis, Joselito P.; Alrokayan, Salman A. H.

    2012-08-01

    Water-soluble luminescent Eu3+ and Tb3+-doped LaVO4 porous nanoparticles were synthesized by co-precipitation method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field emission-transmission electron microscopy (FE-TEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, UV/Vis absorption, and photoluminescence spectroscopic techniques were employed to characterize the structure and morphology of as-prepared products. The results of the XRD confirm the formation of well-crystallized LaVO4 phase with a tetragonal zircon structure. The TEM images illustrate that the as-formed Eu3+ and Tb3+-doped LaVO4 nanoparticles have irregular spherical shape, hairy nanoporous structures with an average particle size 50-130 nm. These nanoparticles were well-dispersed in polar and non-polar organic solvents to form clear colloidal solutions. The colloidal solutions of Eu3+ and Tb3+-doped zircon-type LaVO4 nanoparticles show the most dominant characteristic emissions (hypersensitive transitions) of Eu3+ at 615 nm (5 D 0 → 7 F 2) and Tb3+ at 543 nm (5 D 4 → 7 F 5), respectively, as the result of an energy transfer from the VO4 3- to luminescent metal ions activators. Compared with other-shape nanocrystals, the luminescence intensity of the irregular hairy spherical porous-like nanoparticles are obviously enhanced. It therefore, suggests that we could obtain function-improved materials by tailoring the size and shape of the LaVO4:Ln3+ nanostructures that are very suitable for use in biological applications, such as protein-labeling, drug delivery, and fluorescent bioprobes.

  20. Development of a rowing-specific VO2max field test.

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    Huntsman, Heather D; DiPietro, Loretta; Drury, Daniel G; Miller, Todd A

    2011-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop an aerobic capacity test for rowers using minimal equipment that could be used in the field. Thirty rowers (15 men and 15 women) between the ages of 18 and 26 years were recruited on a volunteer basis from the District of Columbia metro area. The testing protocol consisted of a maximum of 7 2-minute stages on a rowing ergometer, separated by 30-second breaks where lactic acid concentrations were analyzed. Starting intensity for men was 200 W, although women started at 150 W, and each stage increased by 50 W. Expired gasses were collected during the test, and athletes were asked to row until maximal volition so that the directly measured VO2max could be compared to predicted values. Peak heart rates from each completed stage were plotted, and regression equations were calcula