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  1. Effect of A-Site Cation Ordering on Chemical Stability, Oxygen Stoichiometry and Electrical Conductivity in Layered LaBaCo2O5+δ Double Perovskite

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    Bernuy-Lopez, Carlos; Høydalsvik, Kristin; Einarsrud, Mari-Ann; Grande, Tor

    2016-01-01

    The effect of the A-site cation ordering on the chemical stability, oxygen stoichiometry and electrical conductivity in layered LaBaCo2O5+δ double perovskite was studied as a function of temperature and partial pressure of oxygen. Tetragonal A-site cation ordered layered LaBaCo2O5+δ double perovskite was obtained by annealing cubic A-site cation disordered La0.5Ba0.5CoO3-δ perovskite at 1100 °C in N2. High temperature X-ray diffraction between room temperature (RT) and 800 °C revealed that LaBaCo2O5+δ remains tetragonal during heating in oxidizing atmosphere, but goes through two phase transitions in N2 and between 450 °C and 675 °C from tetragonal P4/mmm to orthorhombic Pmmm and back to P4/mmm due to oxygen vacancy ordering followed by disordering of the oxygen vacancies. An anisotropic chemical and thermal expansion of LaBaCo2O5+δ was demonstrated. La0.5Ba0.5CoO3-δ remained cubic at the studied temperature irrespective of partial pressure of oxygen. LaBaCo2O5+δ is metastable with respect to La0.5Ba0.5CoO3-δ at oxidizing conditions inferred from the thermal evolution of the oxygen deficiency and oxidation state of Co in the two materials. The oxidation state of Co is higher in La0.5Ba0.5CoO3-δ resulting in a higher electrical conductivity relative to LaBaCo2O5+δ. The conductivity in both materials was reduced with decreasing partial pressure of oxygen pointing to a p-type semiconducting behavior. PMID:28773279

  2. La2SrCr2O7: Controlling the Tilting Distortions of n = 2 Ruddlesden-Popper Phases through A-Site Cation Order.

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    Zhang, Ronghuan; Abbett, Brian M; Read, Gareth; Lang, Franz; Lancaster, Tom; Tran, T Thao; Halasyamani, P Shiv; Blundell, Stephen J; Benedek, Nicole A; Hayward, Michael A

    2016-09-06

    Structural characterization by neutron diffraction, supported by magnetic, SHG, and μ(+)SR data, reveals that the n = 2 Ruddlesden-Popper phase La2SrCr2O7 adopts a highly unusual structural configuration in which the cooperative rotations of the CrO6 octahedra are out of phase in all three Cartesian directions (ΦΦΦz/ΦΦΦz; a(-)a(-)c(-)/a(-)a(-)c(-)) as described in space group A2/a. First-principles DFT calculations indicate that this unusual structural arrangement can be attributed to coupling between the La/Sr A-site distribution and the rotations of the CrO6 units, which combine to relieve the local deformations of the chromium-oxygen octahedra. This coupling suggests new chemical "handles" by which the rotational distortions or A-site cation order of Ruddlesden-Popper phases can be directed to optimize physical behavior. Low-temperature neutron diffraction data and μ(+)SR data indicate La2SrCr2O7 adopts a G-type antiferromagnetically ordered state below TN ∼ 260 K.

  3. Topotactic reductive synthesis of A-site cation-ordered perovskite YBaCo2O x (x = 4.5-5.5) epitaxial thin films

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    Katayama, Tsukasa; Chikamatsu, Akira; Fukumura, Tomoteru; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2016-04-01

    A-site cation-ordered perovskite YBaCo2O x epitaxial films were synthesized by combining pulsed-laser deposition and topotactic reduction using CaH2. The oxygen contents (x) of the films could be controlled in a range of 4.5-5.5 by adjusting the reaction temperature. The c-axis length of the YBaCo2O x films decreased with decreasing x when x ≥ 5.3 but drastically increased when x ˜ 4.5. In contrast, the in-plane lattice constants remained locked-in by the substrate after the reaction. The metal insulator transition observed in bulk YBaCo2O5.5 was substantially suppressed in the present film, likely because of the epitaxial strain effect. The resistivity of the films was significantly enhanced by changing the x value from ˜5.5 to ˜4.5, reflecting the distortion of the CoO x layers.

  4. Magnetodielectric effects in A -site cation-ordered chromate spinels Li M C r4O8 (M =Ga and In)

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    Saha, Rana; Fauth, Francois; Avdeev, Maxim; Kayser, Paula; Kennedy, Brendan J.; Sundaresan, A.

    2016-08-01

    We report the occurrence of a magnetodielectric effect and its correlation with structure and magnetism in the A -site ordered chromate spinel oxides Li M C r4O8 (M =Ga , In). In addition to magnetic and dielectric measurements, temperature dependent synchrotron and neutron diffraction experiments have been carried out for the Ga compound. The results are compared and contrasted with that of a corresponding conventional B -site magnetic chromate spinel oxide, ZnC r2O4 . Like ZnC r2O4 , the A -site ordered chromate spinels exhibit a magnetodielectric effect at the magnetic ordering temperature (TN˜13 -15 K ), resulting from magnetoelastic coupling through a spin Jahn-Teller effect. While the presence of a broad magnetic anomaly, associated with a short-range magnetic ordering (TSO˜45 K ) in ZnC r2O4 , does not cause any dielectric anomaly, a sharp change in dielectric constant has been observed in LiInC r4O8 at the magnetic anomaly, which is associated with the opening of a spin gap (TSG˜60 K ). Contrary to the In compound, a broad dielectric anomaly exists at the onset of short-range antiferromagnetic ordering (TSO˜55 K ) in LiGaC r4O8 . The differences in dielectric behavior of these compounds have been discussed in terms of breathing distortion of the C r4 tetrahedra.

  5. A-site ordered quadruple perovskite oxides

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    Youwen, Long

    2016-07-01

    The A-site ordered perovskite oxides with chemical formula display many intriguing physical properties due to the introduction of transition metals at both A‧ and B sites. Here, research on the recently discovered intermetallic charge transfer occurring between A‧-site Cu and B-site Fe ions in LaCu3Fe4O12 and its analogues is reviewed, along with work on the magnetoelectric multiferroicity observed in LaMn3Cr4O12 with cubic perovskite structure. The Cu-Fe intermetallic charge transfer leads to a first-order isostructural phase transition accompanied by drastic variations in magnetism and electrical transport properties. The LaMn3Cr4O12 is a novel spin-driven multiferroic system with strong magnetoelectric coupling effects. The compound is the first example of cubic perovskite multiferroics to be found. It opens up a new arena for studying unexpected multiferroic mechanisms. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2014CB921500), the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDB07030300), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11574378).

  6. Zener Polarons Ordering Variants Induced by A-Site Ordering in Half-Doped Manganites

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    Daoud-Aladine, Aziz

    2006-03-01

    Zener Polaron (ZP) ordering [1] provides a still polemic [2] and elusive interpretation of the charge ordering (CO) phenomenon in A site disordered half doped (A1/2Ca1/2) MnO3, which is classically pictured by the Goodenough model (GM) of Mn^3+ and Mn^4+ CO [3,4]. ZP ordering considers instead the ordering of pre-formed ferromagnetic Mn pairs sharing an charge and keeping Mn in a Mn^+3.5 valence state. The recently synthesized A site cation ordered ABaMn2O6 were shown to not present the generic magnetic CE state found of (A1/2Ca1/2)MnO3 [5]. We present our magnetic structure determination of YBaMn2O6: the non- collinear magnetic order obtained unexpectedly reveals ferromagnetic plaquettes of four Mn attributable to larger 4-Mn ZPs, whose presence additionally fits very well the effective paramagnetic moments inferred from susceptibility measurements. The results unambiguously reveal the possible existence of ZP ordering variant in charge ordered manganites. [1] A. Daoud-Aladine et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 097205 (2002) [2] S. Grenier et al., Phys. Rev. B 69, 134419 (2004) [3] J. B. Goodenough, Phys. Rev. 100, 564 (1955) [4] P.G. Radaelli et al., Phys. Rev. B, 55, 3015 (1997) [5] T. Arima et al., Phys. Rev. B 66, 140408 (2002)

  7. Topochemical synthesis of cation ordered double perovskite oxynitrides.

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    Ceravola, Roberta; Oró-Solé, Judith; Black, Ashley P; Ritter, Clemens; Puente Orench, Inés; Mata, Ignasi; Molins, Elies; Frontera, Carlos; Fuertes, Amparo

    2017-03-27

    Topochemical nitridation in ammonia at moderate temperatures of cation ordered Sr2FeWO6 produces new antiferromagnetic double perovskite oxynitrides Sr2FeWO6-xNx with 0 < x ≤ 1. Nitrogen introduction induces the oxidation of Fe(2+) to Fe(3+) and decreases TN from 38 K (x = 0) to 13 K for Sr2FeWO5N which represents the first example of a double perovskite oxynitride with both high cationic order and nitrogen content. This synthetic approach can be extended to other cation combinations expanding the possibility of new materials in the large group of double perovskites.

  8. Probing optical band gaps at nanoscale from tetrahedral cation vacancy defects and variation of cation ordering in NiCo2O4 epitaxial thin films

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    Dileep, K.; Loukya, B.; Silwal, P.; Gupta, A.; Datta, R.

    2014-10-01

    High resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) is utilized to probe the optical band gaps at the nanoscale in epitaxial NiCo2O4 (NCO) thin films with different structural order (cation/charge). The structure of NCO deviates from the ideal inverse spinel (non-magnetic and insulating) for films grown at higher temperatures (>500 °C) towards a mixed cation structure (magnetic with metallic conductivity) at lower deposition temperatures (<450 °C). This significantly modifies the electronic structure as well as the nature of the band gap of the material. Nanoscale regions with unoccupied tetrahedral A site cations are additionally observed in all the samples and direct measurement from such areas reveals considerably lower band gap values as compared to the ideal inverse spinel and mixed cation configurations. Experimental values of band gaps have been found to be in good agreement with the theoretical mBJLDA exchange potential based calculated band gaps for various cation ordering and consideration of A site cation vacancy defects. The origin of rich variation in cation ordering observed in this system is discussed.

  9. Cation ordering and superstructures in natural layered double hydroxides.

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    Krivovichev, Sergey V; Yakovenchuk, Victor N; Zolotarev, Andrey A; Ivanyuk, Gregory N; Pakhomovsky, Yakov A

    2010-01-01

    Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) constitute an important group of materials with many applications ranging from catalysis and absorption to carriers for drug delivery, DNA intercalation and carbon dioxide sequestration. The structures of LDHs are based upon double brucite-like hydroxide layers [M(2+)(n)M(3+)(m)(OH)(2(m+n)](m+), where M(2+) = Mg(2+), Fe(2+), Mn(2+), Zn(2+), etc.; M(3+) = Al(3+), Fe(3+), Cr(3+), Mn(3+), etc. Structural features of LDHs such as cation ordering, charge distribution and polytypism have an immediate influence upon their properties. However, all the structural studies on synthetic LDHs deal with powder samples that prevent elucidation of such fine details of structure architecture as formation of superstructures due to cation ordering. In contrast to synthetic materials, natural LDHs are known to form single crystals accessible to single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, which provides a unique possibility to investigate 3D cation ordering in LDHs that results in formation of complex superstructures, where 2D cation order is combined with a specific order of layer stacking (polytypism). Therefore LDH minerals provide an indispensable source of structural information for modeling of structures and processes happening in LDHs at the molecular and nanoscale levels.

  10. High-pressure synthesis, crystal chemistry and physics of perovskites with small cations at the A site.

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    Belik, Alexei A; Yi, Wei

    2014-04-23

    ABO3 perovskites with small cations at the A site (A = Sc(3+), In(3+) and Mn(2+) and B = Al(3+) and transition metals) are reviewed. They extend the corresponding families of perovskites with A(3+) = Y, La-Lu, and Bi and A(2+) = Cd, Ca, Sr and Ba and exhibit the largest structural distortions. As a result of these large distortions, they show, in many cases, distinct structural and magnetic properties. These are manifested in: B-site-ordered monoclinic structures of ScMnO3 and 'InMnO3'; an unusual superstructure of ScRhO3 and InRhO3; antiferromagnetic ground states and multiferroic properties of Sc2NiMnO6 and In2NiMnO6; two magnetic transitions in ScCrO3 and InCrO3 with very close transition temperatures; a Pnma-to-P-1 structural transition and k = (½, 0, ½) magnetic ordering in ScVO3; and incommensurate magnetic ordering of Mn(2+) spins in metallic MnVO3. A large number of simple ScBO3, InBO3 and MnBO3 perovskites has not been synthesized yet, and the number of experimental and theoretical works on each known ScBO3, InBO3 and MnBO3 perovskites counts to only one or two (except for ScAlO3). The synthesis, crystal chemistry and physics of perovskites with small cations at the A site is an emerging field in perovskite science.

  11. Double Double Cation Order in the High-Pressure Perovskites MnRMnSbO6.

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    Solana-Madruga, Elena; Arévalo-López, Ángel M; Dos Santos-García, Antonio J; Urones-Garrote, Esteban; Ávila-Brande, David; Sáez-Puche, Regino; Attfield, J Paul

    2016-08-01

    Cation ordering in ABO3 perovskites adds to their chemical variety and can lead to properties such as ferrimagnetism and magnetoresistance in Sr2 FeMoO6 . Through high-pressure and high-temperature synthesis, a new type of "double double perovskite" structure has been discovered in the family MnRMnSbO6 (R=La, Pr, Nd, Sm). This tetragonal structure has a 1:1 order of cations on both A and B sites, with A-site Mn(2+) and R(3+) cations ordered in columns and Mn(2+) and Sb(5+) having rock salt order on the B sites. The MnRMnSbO6 double double perovskites are ferrimagnetic at low temperatures with additional spin-reorientation transitions. The ordering direction of ferrimagnetic Mn spins in MnNdMnSbO6 changes from parallel to [001] below TC =76 K to perpendicular below the reorientation transition at 42 K at which Nd moments also order. Smaller rare earths lead to conventional monoclinic double perovskites (MnR)MnSbO6 for Eu and Gd.

  12. Antiferromagnetic interaction between A'-site Mn spins in A-site-ordered perovskite YMn3Al4O12.

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    Tohyama, Takenori; Saito, Takashi; Mizumaki, Masaichiro; Agui, Akane; Shimakawa, Yuichi

    2010-03-01

    The A-site-ordered perovskite YMn(3)Al(4)O(12) was prepared by high-pressure synthesis. Structural analysis with synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction data and the Mn L-edges X-ray absorption spectrum revealed that the compound has a chemical composition Y(3+)Mn(3+)(3)Al(3+)(4)O(2-)(12) with magnetic Mn(3+) at the A' site and non-magnetic Al(3+) at the B site. An antiferromagnetic interaction between the A'-site Mn(3+) spins is induced by the nearest neighboring Mn-Mn direct exchange interaction and causes an antiferromagnetic transition at 34.3 K.

  13. Structure and magnetism in S r1 -xAxTc O3 perovskites: Importance of the A -site cation

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    Reynolds, Emily; Avdeev, Maxim; Thorogood, Gordon J.; Poineau, Frederic; Czerwinski, Kenneth R.; Kimpton, Justin A.; Yu, Michelle; Kayser, Paula; Kennedy, Brendan J.

    2017-02-01

    The S r1 -xB axTc O3 (x =0 , 0.1, 0.2) oxides were prepared and their solid-state and magnetic structure studied as a function of temperature by x-ray and neutron powder diffraction. The refined Tc moments at room temperature and Néel temperatures for B a0.1S r0.9Tc O3 and B a0.2S r0.8Tc O3 were 2.32 (14 ) μβ and 2.11 (13 ) μβ and 714 ∘C and 702 ∘C , respectively. In contrast to expectations, the Néel temperature in the series S r1 -xAxTc O3 decreases with increasing Ba content. This observation is consistent with previous experimental measurements for the two series A M O3 (M =Ru , Mn; A =Ca , Sr, Ba) where the maximum magnetic ordering temperature was observed for A =Sr . Taken with these previous results the current work demonstrates the critical role of the A -site cation in the broadening of the π* bandwidth and ultimately the magnetic ordering temperature.

  14. Effects of cation disorder and size on metamagnetism in A-site substituted Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3 system

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    Mavani, K. R.; Paulose, P. L.

    2005-04-01

    The effects of A-site cation disorder and size on metamagnetism of ABO3 type charge and orbital ordered Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3 system have been studied by substituting Ba+2 for Ca+2 or La+3 for Pr+3. Substitution of 5% Ba+2 or 5% La+3 drastically reduces the critical magnetic field (Hc) for metamagnetism and induces successive steplike metamagnetic transitions at low temperatures. Interestingly, with further increase in substitution, Hc rises. We find that there is a sharp decrease in electrical resistivity corresponding to the metamagnetic transitions, which is indicative of strongly correlated magnetic and electronic transitions in these manganites.

  15. Zhang-Rice physics and anomalous copper states in A-site ordered perovskites.

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    Meyers, D; Mukherjee, Swarnakamal; Cheng, J-G; Middey, S; Zhou, J-S; Goodenough, J B; Gray, B A; Freeland, J W; Saha-Dasgupta, T; Chakhalian, J

    2013-01-01

    In low dimensional cuprates several interesting phenomena, including high Tc superconductivity, are deeply connected to electron correlations on Cu and the presence of the Zhang-Rice (ZR) singlet state. Here, we report on direct spectroscopic observation of the ZR state responsible for the low-energy physical properties in two isostructural A-site ordered cuprate perovskites, CaCu(3)Co(4)O(12) and CaCu(3)Cr(4)O(12) as revealed by resonant soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy on the Cu L(3,2)- and O K-edges. These measurements reveal the signature of Cu in the high-energy 3+ (3d(8)), the typical 2+ (3d(9)), as well as features of the ZR singlet state (i.e., 3d(9)L, L denotes an oxygen hole). First principles GGA + U calculations affirm that the B-site cation controls the degree of Cu-O hybridization and, thus, the Cu valency. These findings introduce another avenue for the study and manipulation of cuprates, bypassing the complexities inherent to conventional chemical doping (i.e. disorder) that hinder the relevant physics.

  16. Zhang-Rice physics and anomalous copper states in A-site ordered perovskites

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    Meyers, D.; Mukherjee, Swarnakamal; Cheng, J.-G.; Middey, S.; Zhou, J.-S.; Goodenough, J. B.; Gray, B. A.; Freeland, J. W.; Saha-Dasgupta, T.; Chakhalian, J.

    2013-01-01

    In low dimensional cuprates several interesting phenomena, including high Tc superconductivity, are deeply connected to electron correlations on Cu and the presence of the Zhang-Rice (ZR) singlet state. Here, we report on direct spectroscopic observation of the ZR state responsible for the low-energy physical properties in two isostructural A-site ordered cuprate perovskites, CaCu3Co4O12 and CaCu3Cr4O12 as revealed by resonant soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy on the Cu L3,2- and O K-edges. These measurements reveal the signature of Cu in the high-energy 3+ (3d8), the typical 2+ (3d9), as well as features of the ZR singlet state (i.e., 3d9L, L denotes an oxygen hole). First principles GGA + U calculations affirm that the B-site cation controls the degree of Cu-O hybridization and, thus, the Cu valency. These findings introduce another avenue for the study and manipulation of cuprates, bypassing the complexities inherent to conventional chemical doping (i.e. disorder) that hinder the relevant physics. PMID:23666066

  17. Zhang-Rice physics and anomalous copper states in A-site ordered perovskites

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    Meyers, D.; Mukherjee, Swarnakamal; Cheng, J.-G.; Middey, S.; Zhou, J.-S.; Goodenough, J. B.; Gray, B. A.; Freeland, J. W.; Saha-Dasgupta, T.; Chakhalian, J.

    2013-05-01

    In low dimensional cuprates several interesting phenomena, including high Tc superconductivity, are deeply connected to electron correlations on Cu and the presence of the Zhang-Rice (ZR) singlet state. Here, we report on direct spectroscopic observation of the ZR state responsible for the low-energy physical properties in two isostructural A-site ordered cuprate perovskites, CaCu3Co4O12 and CaCu3Cr4O12 as revealed by resonant soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy on the Cu L3,2- and O K-edges. These measurements reveal the signature of Cu in the high-energy 3+ (3d8), the typical 2+ (3d9), as well as features of the ZR singlet state (i.e., 3d9L, L denotes an oxygen hole). First principles GGA + U calculations affirm that the B-site cation controls the degree of Cu-O hybridization and, thus, the Cu valency. These findings introduce another avenue for the study and manipulation of cuprates, bypassing the complexities inherent to conventional chemical doping (i.e. disorder) that hinder the relevant physics.

  18. Intermetallic charge transfer between A-site Cu and B-site Fe in A-site-ordered double perovskites

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    Long, Youwen; Shimakawa, Yuichi

    2010-06-01

    In this review article, we describe in detail the temperature-induced intermetallic charge transfer between A-site Cu and B-site Fe ions in the A-site-ordered double perovskites RCu3Fe4O12 (R=La, Bi). In these compounds, a very rare Cu3+ valence state at the square-planar-coordinated A sites was stabilized by high-pressure synthesis. By increasing the temperature, a Cu-Fe intermetallic charge transfer producing a high Fe3.75+ valence state occurred. This charge transfer gave rise to a first-order isostructural phase transition with unusual volume contraction, as well as to antiferromagnetism-to-paramagnetism and insulator-to-metal transitions. The substitution of Bi for La stabilized the low-temperature phase containing Cu3+ and increased the charge transfer transition temperature from 393 K for LaCu3Fe4O12 to 428 K for BiCu3Fe4O12.

  19. Enhanced Mixed Electronic-Ionic Conductors through Cation Ordering

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    Jacobson, Allan J.; Morgan, Dane; Grey, Clare

    2014-08-31

    The performance of many energy conversion and storage devices depend on the properties of mixed ionic-electronic conducting (miec) materials. Mixed or ambipolar conductors simultaneously transport ions and electrons and provide the critical interface between chemical and electrical energy in devices such as fuel cells, ion transport membranes, and batteries. Enhancements in storage capacity, reversibility, power density and device lifetime all require new materials and a better understanding of the fundamentals of ambipolar conductivity and surface reactivity.The high temperature properties of the ordered perovksites AA’B2O5+x, where A = rare earth ion, Y and B = Ba, Sr were studied. The work was motivated by the high oxygen transport and surface exchange rates observed for members of this class of mixed ionic and electronic conductors. A combined experimental and computational approach, including structural, electrochemical, and transport characterization and modeling was used. The approach attacks the problem simultaneously at global (e.g., neutron diffraction and impedance spectroscopy), local (e.g., pair distribution function, nuclear magnetic resonance) and molecular (ab initio thermokinetic modeling) length scales. The objectives of the work were to understand how the cation and associated anion order lead to exceptional ionic and electronic transport properties and surface reactivity in AA’B2O5+x perovskites. A variety of compounds were studied by X-ray and neutron diffraction, measurements of thermodynamics and transport and theoretically. These included PrBaCo2O5+x and NdBaCo2O5+x, PrBaCo2-xFexO6- δ (x = 0, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2) and LnBaCoFeO6- δ (Ln = La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu and Gd), Sr3YCo4O10.5, YBaMn2O5+x. A0.5A’0.5BO3 (where A=Y, Sc, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Pm, Sm; A’= Sr

  20. Cationic order versus La-O covalency in La A (Ca,Ba)VMoO6 double perovskites

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    Bandyopadhyay, Abhisek; Neogi, Swarup Kumar; Paul, Atanu; Meneghini, Carlo; Dasgupta, Indra; Bandyopadhyay, Sudipta; Ray, Sugata

    2017-01-01

    We have investigated the structural and physical properties of double perovskite (DP) La A VMoO6 (A =Ca2 + , Ba2 +; abbreviated as LCVMO and LBVMO from now on) compounds, proposed to be possible half-metallic antiferromagnets (HMAFMs). Here we show that within La A VMoO6 double perovskite structure, La-O covalency competes against B -site as well A -site cationic order and this competition critically influences their physical properties. Evidently, the presence of Ca2 + or Ba2 + at the A site along with La3 + would offer a tool to modify the A -site ordering and consequently influence the La-O covalency as well. Our experimental results reveal that LCVMO lies at the extreme end of this family and accommodates large scale phase separation in terms of La, V, and Ca, Mo-rich phases as a result of dominant La-O covalency. On the other hand, LBVMO is more correctly described as a layered A -site ordered and nearly complete B -site disordered double perovskite where cationic order dominates the La-O covalency. The general trend of our experimental findings is in agreement with the ab initio electronic structure calculations, carried out on realistic structures based on local coordination obtained from extended x-ray-absorption fine-structure study.

  1. Cation ordering and effect of biaxial strain in double perovskite CsRbCaZnCl6

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    Pilania, G.; Uberuaga, B. P.

    2015-03-19

    Here, we investigate the electronic structure, energetics of cation ordering, and effect of biaxial strain on double perovskite CsRbCaZnCl6 using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. The two constituents (i.e., CsCaCl3 and RbZnCl3) forming the double perovskite exhibit a stark contrast. While CsCaCl3 is known to exist in a cubic perovskite structure and does not show any epitaxial strain induced phase transitions within an experimentally accessible range of compressive strains, RbZnCl3 is thermodynamically unstable in the perovskite phase and exhibits ultra-sensitive response at small epitaxial strains if constrained in the perovskite phase. We show that combining the two compositions in a double perovskite structure not only improves overall stability but also the strain-polarization coupling of the material. Our calculations predict a ground state with P4/nmm space group for the double perovskite, where A-site cations (i.e., Cs and Rb) are layer-ordered and B-site cations (i.e., Ca and Zn) prefer a rocksalt type ordering. The electronic structure and bandgap in this system are shown to be quite sensitive to the B-site cation ordering and is minimally affected by the ordering of A-site cations. We find that at experimentally accessible compressive strains CsRbCaZnCl6 can be phase transformed from its paraelectric ground state to an antiferroelectric state, where Zn atoms contribute predominantly to the polarization. Furthermore, both energy difference and activation barrier for a transformation between this antiferroelectric state and the corresponding ferroelectric configuration are predicted to be small. As a result, the computational approach presented here opens a new pathway towards a rational design of novel double perovskites with improved strain response and functionalities.

  2. Cation ordering and effect of biaxial strain in double perovskite CsRbCaZnCl{sub 6}

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    Pilania, G. Uberuaga, B. P.

    2015-03-21

    Here, we investigate the electronic structure, energetics of cation ordering, and effect of biaxial strain on double perovskite CsRbCaZnCl{sub 6} using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. The two constituents (i.e., CsCaCl{sub 3} and RbZnCl{sub 3}) forming the double perovskite exhibit a stark contrast. While CsCaCl{sub 3} is known to exist in a cubic perovskite structure and does not show any epitaxial strain induced phase transitions within an experimentally accessible range of compressive strains, RbZnCl{sub 3} is thermodynamically unstable in the perovskite phase and exhibits ultra-sensitive response at small epitaxial strains if constrained in the perovskite phase. We show that combining the two compositions in a double perovskite structure not only improves overall stability but also the strain-polarization coupling of the material. Our calculations predict a ground state with P4/nmm space group for the double perovskite, where A-site cations (i.e., Cs and Rb) are layer-ordered and B-site cations (i.e., Ca and Zn) prefer a rocksalt type ordering. The electronic structure and bandgap in this system are shown to be quite sensitive to the B-site cation ordering and is minimally affected by the ordering of A-site cations. We find that at experimentally accessible compressive strains CsRbCaZnCl{sub 6} can be phase transformed from its paraelectric ground state to an antiferroelectric state, where Zn atoms contribute predominantly to the polarization. Furthermore, both energy difference and activation barrier for a transformation between this antiferroelectric state and the corresponding ferroelectric configuration are predicted to be small. The computational approach presented here opens a new pathway towards a rational design of novel double perovskites with improved strain response and functionalities.

  3. Cation ordering and effect of biaxial strain in double perovskite CsRbCaZnCl6

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    Pilania, G.; Uberuaga, B. P.

    2015-03-19

    Here, we investigate the electronic structure, energetics of cation ordering, and effect of biaxial strain on double perovskite CsRbCaZnCl6 using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. The two constituents (i.e., CsCaCl3 and RbZnCl3) forming the double perovskite exhibit a stark contrast. While CsCaCl3 is known to exist in a cubic perovskite structure and does not show any epitaxial strain induced phase transitions within an experimentally accessible range of compressive strains, RbZnCl3 is thermodynamically unstable in the perovskite phase and exhibits ultra-sensitive response at small epitaxial strains if constrained in the perovskite phase. We show that combining the two compositionsmore » in a double perovskite structure not only improves overall stability but also the strain-polarization coupling of the material. Our calculations predict a ground state with P4/nmm space group for the double perovskite, where A-site cations (i.e., Cs and Rb) are layer-ordered and B-site cations (i.e., Ca and Zn) prefer a rocksalt type ordering. The electronic structure and bandgap in this system are shown to be quite sensitive to the B-site cation ordering and is minimally affected by the ordering of A-site cations. We find that at experimentally accessible compressive strains CsRbCaZnCl6 can be phase transformed from its paraelectric ground state to an antiferroelectric state, where Zn atoms contribute predominantly to the polarization. Furthermore, both energy difference and activation barrier for a transformation between this antiferroelectric state and the corresponding ferroelectric configuration are predicted to be small. As a result, the computational approach presented here opens a new pathway towards a rational design of novel double perovskites with improved strain response and functionalities.« less

  4. Ordered bimetallic coordination networks featuring rare earth and silver cations.

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    Merkens, Carina; Englert, Ulli

    2012-04-21

    Three lanthanide complexes of the ditopic ligand 3-cyanopentane-2,4-dionate (acacCN) have been synthesized and structurally characterized. Longer intermolecular contacts result in ninefold coordination of the cation in Ce(acacCN)(3)(H(2)O)(2), whereas mononuclear complexes of the same stoichiometry with coordination number eight are obtained for the smaller Eu(III) and Yb(III) cations. Reaction of these labile compounds with AgPF(6) leads to re-organization of the coordination sphere of the rare earth cations: neutral extended structures are formed in which the peripheric -CN moieties of Ln(acacCN)(4) anions coordinate to silver cations. The initially formed heterometallic networks show additional coordination of water or inclusion of solvent molecules; three different structure types, two of them as isomorphous pairs, have been characterized. In the case of Eu(III) and Yb(III), these solids are instable when stored in their mother liquor and undergo a slow aging process, finally resulting in phase pure stable and solvent-free 3D networks Ln(acacCN)(4)Ag.

  5. Insights into cationic ordering in Re-based double perovskite oxides.

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    Lim, Tae-Won; Kim, Sung-Dae; Sung, Kil-Dong; Rhyim, Young-Mok; Jeen, Hyungjeen; Yun, Jondo; Kim, Kwang-Ho; Song, Ki-Myung; Lee, Seongsu; Chung, Sung-Yoon; Choi, Minseok; Choi, Si-Young

    2016-01-25

    Cationic ordering in Sr2FeReO6 (SFRO) and Sr2CrReO6 (SCRO) is investigated using magnetic property measurement, atomic-scale imaging, and first-principles calculations. We find that the nature of cationic ordering strongly depends on the host oxides, although they have the same crystal symmetry and chemical formula. Firstly, adding Re is effective to enhance the cationic ordering in SFRO, but makes it worse in SCRO. Secondly, the microscopic structure of antisite (AS) defects, associated with the level of cationic ordering, is also distinguishable; the AS defects in SFRO are clustered in the form of an antiphase-boundary-like feature, while they are randomly scattered in SCRO. Interestingly, we observe that the clustered AS defects deteriorate the ferromagnetism more than the scattered defects. Our findings elevate the importance of the AS defect configuration as well as the amount of defects in terms of magnetic property.

  6. Insights into cationic ordering in Re-based double perovskite oxides

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    Lim, Tae-Won; Kim, Sung-Dae; Sung, Kil-Dong; Rhyim, Young-Mok; Jeen, Hyungjeen; Yun, Jondo; Kim, Kwang-Ho; Song, Ki-Myung; Lee, Seongsu; Chung, Sung-Yoon; Choi, Minseok; Choi, Si-Young

    2016-01-01

    Cationic ordering in Sr2FeReO6 (SFRO) and Sr2CrReO6 (SCRO) is investigated using magnetic property measurement, atomic-scale imaging, and first-principles calculations. We find that the nature of cationic ordering strongly depends on the host oxides, although they have the same crystal symmetry and chemical formula. Firstly, adding Re is effective to enhance the cationic ordering in SFRO, but makes it worse in SCRO. Secondly, the microscopic structure of antisite (AS) defects, associated with the level of cationic ordering, is also distinguishable; the AS defects in SFRO are clustered in the form of an antiphase-boundary-like feature, while they are randomly scattered in SCRO. Interestingly, we observe that the clustered AS defects deteriorate the ferromagnetism more than the scattered defects. Our findings elevate the importance of the AS defect configuration as well as the amount of defects in terms of magnetic property. PMID:26804747

  7. High stability of electro-transport and magnetism against the A-site cation disorder in SrRuO3

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    Wang, Y. L.; Liu, M. F.; Liu, R.; Xie, Y. L.; Li, X.; Yan, Z. B.; Liu, J.-M.

    2016-06-01

    It is known that the electro-transport and magnetism of perovskite alkaline-earth ruthenate oxides are sensitive to the lattice distortion associated with the A-site cation size. Orthorhombic CaRuO3 and cubic BaRuO3 exhibit distinctly different electro-transport and magnetic properties from orthorhombic SrRuO3. It has been suggested that SrRuO3 can be robust against some intrinsic/external perturbations but fragile against some others in terms of electro-transport and magnetism, and it is our motivation to explore such stability against the local site cation disorder. In this work, we prepare a set of SrRuO3-based samples with identical averaged A-site size but different A-site cation disorder (size mismatch) by Ca and Ba co-substitution of Sr. It is revealed that the electro-transport and magnetism of SrRuO3 demonstrate relatively high stability against this A-site cation disorder, characterized by the relatively invariable electrical and magnetic properties in comparison with those of SrRuO3 itself. A simple electro-transport network model is proposed to explain quantitatively the measured behaviors. The present work suggests that SrRuO3 as an itinerant electron ferromagnetic metal possesses relatively high robustness against local lattice distortion and cation occupation disorder.

  8. High stability of electro-transport and magnetism against the A-site cation disorder in SrRuO3.

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    Wang, Y L; Liu, M F; Liu, R; Xie, Y L; Li, X; Yan, Z B; Liu, J-M

    2016-06-14

    It is known that the electro-transport and magnetism of perovskite alkaline-earth ruthenate oxides are sensitive to the lattice distortion associated with the A-site cation size. Orthorhombic CaRuO3 and cubic BaRuO3 exhibit distinctly different electro-transport and magnetic properties from orthorhombic SrRuO3. It has been suggested that SrRuO3 can be robust against some intrinsic/external perturbations but fragile against some others in terms of electro-transport and magnetism, and it is our motivation to explore such stability against the local site cation disorder. In this work, we prepare a set of SrRuO3-based samples with identical averaged A-site size but different A-site cation disorder (size mismatch) by Ca and Ba co-substitution of Sr. It is revealed that the electro-transport and magnetism of SrRuO3 demonstrate relatively high stability against this A-site cation disorder, characterized by the relatively invariable electrical and magnetic properties in comparison with those of SrRuO3 itself. A simple electro-transport network model is proposed to explain quantitatively the measured behaviors. The present work suggests that SrRuO3 as an itinerant electron ferromagnetic metal possesses relatively high robustness against local lattice distortion and cation occupation disorder.

  9. High stability of electro-transport and magnetism against the A-site cation disorder in SrRuO3

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    Wang, Y. L.; Liu, M. F.; Liu, R.; Xie, Y. L.; Li, X.; Yan, Z. B.; Liu, J.-M.

    2016-01-01

    It is known that the electro-transport and magnetism of perovskite alkaline-earth ruthenate oxides are sensitive to the lattice distortion associated with the A-site cation size. Orthorhombic CaRuO3 and cubic BaRuO3 exhibit distinctly different electro-transport and magnetic properties from orthorhombic SrRuO3. It has been suggested that SrRuO3 can be robust against some intrinsic/external perturbations but fragile against some others in terms of electro-transport and magnetism, and it is our motivation to explore such stability against the local site cation disorder. In this work, we prepare a set of SrRuO3-based samples with identical averaged A-site size but different A-site cation disorder (size mismatch) by Ca and Ba co-substitution of Sr. It is revealed that the electro-transport and magnetism of SrRuO3 demonstrate relatively high stability against this A-site cation disorder, characterized by the relatively invariable electrical and magnetic properties in comparison with those of SrRuO3 itself. A simple electro-transport network model is proposed to explain quantitatively the measured behaviors. The present work suggests that SrRuO3 as an itinerant electron ferromagnetic metal possesses relatively high robustness against local lattice distortion and cation occupation disorder. PMID:27297396

  10. Structural Modification of the Cation-Ordered Ruddlesden-Popper Phase YSr2Mn2O7 by Cation Exchange and Anion Insertion.

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    Zhang, Ronghuan; Gibbs, Alexandra S; Zhang, Weiguo; Halasyamani, P Shiv; Hayward, Michael A

    2017-08-21

    Calcium-for-strontium cation substitution of the a(-)b(0)c(0)/b(0)a(-)c(0)-distorted, cation-ordered, n = 2 Ruddlesden-Popper phase, YSr2Mn2O7, leads to separation into two phases, which both retain an a(-)b(0)c(0)/b(0)a(-)c(0)-distorted framework and have the same stoichiometry but exhibit different degrees of Y/Sr/Ca cation order. Increasing the calcium concentration to form YSr0.5Ca1.5Mn2O7 leads to a change in the cooperative tilting on the MnO6 units to a novel a(-)b(-)c(-)/b(-)a(-)c(-) arrangement described in space group P21/n11. Low-temperature, topochemical fluorination of YSr2Mn2O7 yields YSr2Mn2O5.5F3.5. In contrast to many other fluorinated n = 2 Ruddlesden-Popper oxide phases, YSr2Mn2O5.5F3.5 retains the a(-)b(0)c(0)/b(0)a(-)c(0) lattice distortion and P42/mnm space group symmetry of the parent oxide phase. The resilience of the a(-)b(0)c(0)/b(0)a(-)c(0)-distorted framework of YSr2Mn2O7 to resist symmetry-changing deformations upon both cation substitution and anion insertion/exchange is discussed on the basis the A-site cation order of the lattice and the large change in the ionic radius of manganese upon oxidation from Mn(3+) to Mn(4+). The structure property relations observed in the Y-Sr-Ca-Mn-O-F system provide insight into assisting in the synthesis of n = 2 Ruddlesden-Popper phases, which adopt cooperative structural distortions that break the inversion symmetry of the extended lattice and therefore act as a route for the preparation of ferroelectric and multiferroic materials.

  11. On the energetics of cation ordering in tungsten-bronze-type oxides.

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    Olsen, Gerhard Henning; Selbach, Sverre Magnus; Grande, Tor

    2015-11-11

    Oxides with the tetragonal tungsten bronze (TTB) structure are well-known ferroelectrics that show a large flexibility both with respect to chemical composition and cation ordering. Two of the simplest compounds in this family are lead metaniobate (PbNb2O6 or PN) and strontium barium niobate (SrxBa1-xNb2O6 or SBN). While PN is a classical ferroelectric, SBN goes from ferroelectric to relaxor-like with increasing Sr content, with a polar direction different from that in PN. The partially occupied sublattices in both systems give the possibility for cation order-disorder phenomena, but it is not known if or how this influences the polarization and ferroelectricity. Here, we use density functional theory (DFT) calculations to investigate how cation and cation vacancy ordering influences the energetics of these compounds, by comparing both the energy differences and the barriers for transition between different cation configurations. We extend the thermodynamic model of O'Neill and Navrotsky, originally developed for cation interchange in spinels, to describe the order-disorder phenomenology in TTB oxides. The influence of order-disorder processes on the functional properties of PN and SBN is discussed.

  12. Tunneling Motion and Antiferroelectric Ordering of Lithium Cations Trapped inside Carbon Cages

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    Aoyagi, Shinobu; Tokumitu, Akio; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Okada, Hiroshi; Hoshino, Norihisa; Akutagawa, Tomoyuki

    2016-09-01

    Dielectric and X-ray diffraction measurements of [Li@C60](PF6) single crystals reveal the motion of the Li+ cations inside the C60 cages at low temperature. An increase in the dielectric permittivity below 100 K is consistent with a combined tunneling and hopping motion of the Li+ cation between two positions inside the C60 cage. A phase transition accompanied by a decrease in the dielectric permittivity at TC = 24 K is explained by an antiferroelectric ordering of the Li+ cations. The Li+ ordering is caused by interactions among electric dipole moments formed between the Li+ cations inside and the PF6- anions outside the C60 cages. The electric dipole moments that are switched by the Li+ tunneling and interact with each other are potential qubits in a quantum computer using electric dipole moments.

  13. Massive band gap variation in layered oxides through cation ordering

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    Balachandran, Prasanna V.; Rondinelli, James M.

    2015-01-01

    The electronic band gap is a fundamental material parameter requiring control for light harvesting, conversion and transport technologies, including photovoltaics, lasers and sensors. Although traditional methods to tune band gaps rely on chemical alloying, quantum size effects, lattice mismatch or superlattice formation, the spectral variation is often limited to <1 eV, unless marked changes to composition or structure occur. Here we report large band gap changes of up to 200% or ~2 eV without modifying chemical composition or use of epitaxial strain in the LaSrAlO4 Ruddlesden-Popper oxide. First-principles calculations show that ordering electrically charged [LaO]1+ and neutral [SrO]0 monoxide planes imposes internal electric fields in the layered oxides. These fields drive local atomic displacements and bond distortions that control the energy levels at the valence and conduction band edges, providing a path towards electronic structure engineering in complex oxides.

  14. Theoretical study of second-order hyperpolarizability for nitrogen radical cation

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    Tarazkar, Maryam; Romanov, Dmitri A.; Levis, Robert J.

    2015-05-01

    We report calculations of the static and dynamic hyperpolarizabilities of the nitrogen radical cation in doublet state. The electronic contributions were computed analytically using density functional theory and multi-configurational self-consistent field method with extended basis sets for non-resonant excitation. The open-shell electronic system of nitrogen radical cation provides negative second-order optical nonlinearity, suggesting that the hyperpolarizability coefficient, {{γ }(2)}, in the non-resonant regime is mainly composed of combinations of virtual one-photon transitions rather than two-photon transitions. The second-order optical properties of nitrogen radical cation have been calculated as a function of bond length starting with the neutral molecular geometry (S0 minimum) and stretching the N-N triple bond, reaching the ionic D0 relaxed geometry all the way toward dissociation limit, to investigate the effect of internuclear bond distance on second-order hyperpolarizability.

  15. Effect of cation ordering on oxygen vacancy diffusion pathways in double perovskites

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    Uberuaga, Blas Pedro; Pilania, Ghanshyam

    2015-07-08

    Perovskite structured oxides (ABO3) are attractive for a number of technological applications, including as superionics because of the high oxygen conductivities they exhibit. Double perovskites (AA’BB’O6) provide even more flexibility for tailoring properties. Using accelerated molecular dynamics, we examine the role of cation ordering on oxygen vacancy mobility in one model double perovskite SrLaTiAlO6. We find that the mobility of the vacancy is very sensitive to the cation ordering, with a migration energy that varies from 0.6 to 2.7 eV. In the extreme cases, the mobility is both higher and lower than either of the two end member single perovskites. Further, the nature of oxygen vacancy diffusion, whether one-dimensional, two-dimensional, or three-dimensional, also varies with cation ordering. We correlate the dependence of oxygen mobility on cation structure to the distribution of Ti4+ cations, which provide unfavorable environments for the positively charged oxygen vacancy. The results demonstrate the potential of using tailored double perovskite structures to precisely control the behavior of oxygen vacancies in these materials.

  16. Effect of cation ordering on oxygen vacancy diffusion pathways in double perovskites

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    Uberuaga, Blas Pedro; Pilania, Ghanshyam

    2015-07-08

    Perovskite structured oxides (ABO3) are attractive for a number of technological applications, including as superionics because of the high oxygen conductivities they exhibit. Double perovskites (AA’BB’O6) provide even more flexibility for tailoring properties. Using accelerated molecular dynamics, we examine the role of cation ordering on oxygen vacancy mobility in one model double perovskite SrLaTiAlO6. We find that the mobility of the vacancy is very sensitive to the cation ordering, with a migration energy that varies from 0.6 to 2.7 eV. In the extreme cases, the mobility is both higher and lower than either of the two end member single perovskites.more » Further, the nature of oxygen vacancy diffusion, whether one-dimensional, two-dimensional, or three-dimensional, also varies with cation ordering. We correlate the dependence of oxygen mobility on cation structure to the distribution of Ti4+ cations, which provide unfavorable environments for the positively charged oxygen vacancy. The results demonstrate the potential of using tailored double perovskite structures to precisely control the behavior of oxygen vacancies in these materials.« less

  17. Characterization and control of ZnGeN2 cation lattice ordering

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    Blanton, Eric W.; He, Keliang; Shan, Jie; Kash, Kathleen

    2017-03-01

    ZnGeN2 and other heterovalent ternary semiconductors have important potential applications in optoelectronics, but ordering of the cation sublattice, which can affect the band gap, lattice parameters, and phonons, is not yet well understood. Here the effects of growth and processing conditions on the ordering of the ZnGeN2 cation sublattice were investigated using x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Polycrystalline ZnGeN2 was grown by exposing solid Ge to Zn and NH3 vapors at temperatures between 758 °C and 914 °C. Crystallites tended to be rod-shaped, with growth rates higher along the c-axis. The degree of ordering, from disordered, wurtzite-like x-ray diffraction spectra to orthorhombic, with space group Pna21, increased with increasing growth temperature, as evidenced by the appearance of superstructure peaks and peak splittings in the diffraction patterns. Annealing disordered, low-temperature-grown ZnGeN2 at 850 °C resulted in increased cation ordering. Growth of ZnGeN2 on a liquid Sn-Ge-Zn alloy at 758 °C showed an increase in the tendency for cation ordering at a lower growth temperature, and resulted in hexagonal platelet-shaped crystals. The trends shown here may help to guide understanding of the synthesis and characterization of other heterovalent ternary nitride semiconductors as well as ZnGeN2.

  18. Characterization of Ordering in A-Site Deficient Perovskite Ca1-xLa2x/3TiO3 Using STEM/EELS.

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    Danaie, Mohsen; Kepaptsoglou, Demie; Ramasse, Quentin M; Ophus, Colin; Whittle, Karl R; Lawson, Sebastian M; Pedrazzini, Stella; Young, Neil P; Bagot, Paul A J; Edmondson, Philip D

    2016-10-03

    The vacancy ordering behavior of an A-site deficient perovskite system, Ca1-xLa2x/3TiO3, was studied using atomic resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) in conjunction with electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS), with the aim of determining the role of A-site composition changes. At low La content (x = 0.2), adopting Pbnm symmetry, there was no indication of long-range ordering. Domains, with clear boundaries, were observed in bright-field (BF) imaging, but were not immediately visible in the corresponding high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) image. These boundaries, with the aid of displacement maps from A-site cations in the HAADF signal, are shown to be tilt boundaries. At the La-rich end of the composition (x = 0.9), adopting Cmmm symmetry, long-range ordering of vacancies and La(3+) ions was observed, with alternating La-rich and La-poor layers on (001)p planes, creating a double perovskite lattice along the c axis. These highly ordered domains can be found isolated within a random distribution of vacancies/La(3+), or within a large population, encompassing a large volume. In regions with a high number density of double perovskite domains, these highly ordered domains were separated by twin boundaries, with 90° or 180° lattice rotations across boundaries. The occurrence and characteristics of these ordered structures are discussed and compared with similar perovskite systems.

  19. Competition between heavy fermion and Kondo interaction in isoelectronic A-site-ordered perovskites.

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    Meyers, D; Middey, S; Cheng, J-G; Mukherjee, Swarnakamal; Gray, B A; Cao, Yanwei; Zhou, J-S; Goodenough, J B; Choi, Yongseong; Haskel, D; Freeland, J W; Saha-Dasgupta, T; Chakhalian, J

    2014-12-17

    With current research efforts shifting towards the 4d and 5d transition metal oxides, understanding the evolution of the electronic and magnetic structure as one moves away from 3d materials is of critical importance. Here we perform X-ray spectroscopy and electronic structure calculations on A-site-ordered perovskites with Cu in the A-site and the B-sites descending along the ninth group of the periodic table to elucidate the emerging properties as d-orbitals change from partially filled 3d to 4d to 5d. The results show that when descending from Co to Ir, the charge transfers from the cuprate-like Zhang-Rice state on Cu to the t(2g) orbital of the B site. As the Cu d-orbital occupation approaches the Cu(2+) limit, a mixed valence state in CaCu(3)Rh(4)O(12) and heavy fermion state in CaCu(3)Ir(4)O(12) are obtained. The investigated d-electron compounds are mapped onto the Doniach phase diagram of the competing RKKY and Kondo interactions developed for the f-electron systems.

  20. Competition between heavy fermion and Kondo interaction in isoelectronic A-site-ordered perovskites

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    Meyers, D.; Middey, S.; Cheng, J.-G.; Mukherjee, Swarnakamal; Gray, B. A.; Cao, Yanwei; Zhou, J.-S.; Goodenough, J. B.; Choi, Yongseong; Haskel, D.; Freeland, J. W.; Saha-Dasgupta, T.; Chakhalian, J.

    2014-12-17

    With current research efforts shifting towards the 4d and 5d transition metal oxides, understanding the evolution of the electronic and magnetic structure as one moves away from 3d materials is of critical importance. Here we perform X-ray spectroscopy and electronic structure calculations on A-site-ordered perovskites with Cu in the A-site and the B-sites descending along the ninth group of the periodic table to elucidate the emerging properties as d-orbitals change from partially filled 3d to 4d to 5d. The results show that when descending from Co to Ir, the charge transfers from the cuprate-like Zhang-Rice state on Cu to the t2g orbital of the B site. As the Cu d-orbital occupation approaches the Cu2þ limit, a mixed valence state in CaCu3Rh4O12 and heavy fermion state in CaCu3Ir4O12 are obtained. The investigated d-electron compounds are mapped onto the Doniach phase diagram of the competing RKKY and Kondo interactions developed for the f-electron systems.

  1. Cation ordering in Li2M (II)Sn3O8, M( II)= Mn, Zn

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    Kovacheva, D.; Trendafilova, T.; Petrov, K.; Hewat, A.

    2002-11-01

    New complex oxides with general formula Li 2M(II)Sn 3O 8(M= Mn, Zn ) have been synthesized and studied by powder neutron diffraction. They crystallize in the orthorhombic system, space group Cmc2 1, Z=12 . For Li 2MnSn 3O 8, the lattice constants obtained from the refinement are a=18.3795(6), b=10.6080(3); c=9.90056(6) Å; for Li 2ZnSn 3O 8, a=18.2048(8), b=10.5098(5) and c=9.87158(7) Å. The structure consists of a hexagonal close packed array of oxygen layers stacked along < c> direction in a sequence (ABCB) in which cations occupy 1/8 of the tetrahedral and 1/2 of the octahedral interstices. The structure can be derived from that of the partially disordered LiFeSnO 4 (space group P6 3mc) described earlier, assuming complete cation ordering. The influence of two antagonistic factors that govern the cation distribution (the electrostatic repulsion between the adjacent high valence cations and the geometrical factor, that accounts for the ionic size) is discussed.

  2. Structure and cation distribution in perovskites with small cations at the A site: the case of ScCoO3

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    Yi, Wei; Presniakov, Igor A.; Sobolev, Alexey V.; Glazkova, Yana S.; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Tanaka, Masahiko; Kosuda, Kosuke; Tsujimoto, Yoshihiro; Yamaura, Kazunari; Belik, Alexei A.

    2015-04-01

    We synthesize ScCoO3 perovskite and its solid solutions, ScCo1-xFexO3 and ScCo1-xCrxO3, under high pressure (6 GPa) and high temperature (1570 K) conditions. We find noticeable shifts from the stoichiometric compositions, expressed as (Sc1-xMx)MO3 with x = 0.05-0.11 and M = Co, (Co, Fe) and (Co, Cr). The crystal structure of (Sc0.95Co0.05)CoO3 is refined using synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction data: space group Pnma (No. 62), Z = 4 and lattice parameters a = 5.26766(1) Å, b = 7.14027(2) Å and c = 4.92231(1) Å. (Sc0.95Co0.05)CoO3 crystallizes in the GdFeO3-type structure similar to other members of the perovskite cobaltite family, ACoO3 (A3+ = Y and Pr-Lu). There is evidence that (Sc0.95Co0.05)CoO3 has non-magnetic low-spin Co3+ ions at the B site and paramagnetic high-spin Co3+ ions at the A site. In the iron-doped samples (Sc1-xMx)MO3 with M = (Co, Fe), Fe3+ ions have a strong preference to occupy the A site of such perovskites at small doping levels.

  3. Time- and temperature-dependent cation ordering in synthetic Mg- and Al-substituted titanomagnetites

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    Lappe, S. L.; Bowles, J. A.; Jackson, M. J.

    2013-12-01

    The thermoremanent magnetization (TRM) of titanomagnetites (TM) (Fe3-xTixO4, 0 ≤ x ≤ 1) is a vital source of information about geomagnetic field history and tectonic plate motions. Seafloor basalts containing TM60 (x = 0.6) are the principal source of data for the geomagnetic polarity timescale for post-Paleozoic time, as well as providing important records of shorter-period paleofield variations. The vast majority of absolute paleointensity data and a significant fraction of paleodirectional data is derived from TM-bearing lava flows. For proper analyses and interpretations of these data, we rely on a thorough understanding of the magnetic mineralogy and the physical mechanisms involved. Yet there are fundamental aspects of titanomagnetite mineral magnetism that remain inadequately understood, particularly concerning the arrangement of cations in the crystal structure, changes in cation distribution with temperature, and resulting changes in important magnetic properties. Newly acquired data [Bowles et al. 2013] strongly suggests that natural titanomagnetites showing cation substitution of Mg2+ and Al3+ undergo temperature-dependent cation ordering at moderate temperatures (300-500°C) and over timescales of hours to months. The ordering/disordering process has profound effects on magnetic properties including Curie temperature, TC, (which varies by >150°C) and has major implications for the acquisition, retention, and demagnetization of partial thermoremanence and thermoviscous remanence. To better understand the exact mechanism at work in the natural samples we have synthesized titanomagnetites of varying compositions and with varying degrees of cation substitution of Mg2+ and Al3+. For this purpose powders of Fe2O3, TiO2, Fe, MgO and Al2O3 were ground up together under acetone, tightly packed into silver capsules and annealed in evacuated quartz at 900°C for 7 days. X-ray powder diffraction data prove the formation of titanomagnetite. Initial Curie

  4. Titanomagnetite Curie temperatures: Effects of vacancies, chemical/cation ordering and thermal history

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    Jackson, M. J.; Bowles, J. A.; Lappe, S. C. L. L.; Solheid, P.

    2016-12-01

    Recent experimental work [Bowles et al, 2013, Nat. Commun.; Jackson and Bowles, 2014, G-cubed] has shown that the Curie temperatures (Tc) of intermediate-composition titanomagnetites (TM30-TM50) depend strongly on thermal history, with Tc increases of ≥100°C produced by moderate-temperature (300°-400° C) annealing in the lab or in slow natural cooling. Equally large decreases are produced by rapid cooling ("quenching") from higher temperatures. The phenomenon is robustly defined and repeatable, but the underlying mechanism remains enigmatic, presumably involving rearrangement of metal cations within the spinel lattice without any change in bulk composition. Previous studies [e.g., Moskowitz and Wanamaker, 1994, GRL; Lattard et al, 2006, JGR] have shown that cation deficiency controls Tc both directly, by changing the ferrous/ferric ratio, and indirectly, by affecting the cation ordering. Our new experiments examined the effects of oxidation state and nonstoichiometry on the magnitude of Tc changes produced by quenching/annealing. In our synthetic TMs these changes are generally relatively small (ΔTc<35°), but when the samples are oxidized by heating in air (150°-250°C for 23-110 h) prior to annealing (300°-400° C for 10-1000 h in vacuum), ΔTc reaches 100°C or more, similar to the changes observed in our natural TMs. Conversely, in our natural samples annealing and quenching can cause quite large changes (ΔTc>100°), but when the samples are embedded in a reducing material (containing graphite), ΔTc becomes insignificant. These results strongly suggest that cation vacancies play an essential role in the cation rearrangements responsible for the observed changes in Tc. XMCD and low-temperature Mossbauer and magnetization measurements show no evidence of corresponding changes in ferrous/ferric site occupancy, and some form of octahedral-site chemical clustering or short-range ordering appears to be the best way to explain the large observed changes in

  5. Characterization of ordering in A-site deficient perovskite Ca1–xLa 2x/3TiO3 using STEM/EELS

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    Danaie, Mohsen; Kepaptsoglou, Demie; Ramasse, Quentin M.; ...

    2016-09-15

    The vacancy ordering behavior of an A-site deficient perovskite system, Ca1–xLa2x/3TiO3, was studied using atomic resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) in conjunction with electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS), with the aim of determining the role of A-site composition changes. At low La content (x = 0.2), adopting Pbnm symmetry, there was no indication of long-range ordering. Domains, with clear boundaries, were observed in bright-field (BF) imaging, but were not immediately visible in the corresponding high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) image. These boundaries, with the aid of displacement maps from A-site cations in the HAADF signal, are shown to be tilt boundaries.more » At the La-rich end of the composition (x = 0.9), adopting Cmmm symmetry, long-range ordering of vacancies and La3+ ions was observed, with alternating La-rich and La-poor layers on (001)p planes, creating a double perovskite lattice along the c axis. These highly ordered domains can be found isolated within a random distribution of vacancies/La3+, or within a large population, encompassing a large volume. In regions with a high number density of double perovskite domains, these highly ordered domains were separated by twin boundaries, with 90° or 180° lattice rotations across boundaries. In conclusion, the occurrence and characteristics of these ordered structures are discussed and compared with similar perovskite systems.« less

  6. B-site Cation Ordered Double Perovskites as Efficient and Stable Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Evolution Reaction.

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    Sun, Hainan; Chen, Gao; Zhu, Yinlong; Liu, Bo; Zhou, Wei; Shao, Zongping

    2017-03-02

    Simple disordered perovskite oxides have been intensively exploited as promising electrocatalysts for catalysing the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) towards its application in water splitting, reversible fuel cells, and rechargeable metal-air batteries. Here, we demonstrated that B-site cation-ordered double perovskite Ba2BixSc0.2Co1.8-xO6-δ with two types of cobalt local environments are superior electrocatalysts for OER in alkaline solutions, demonstrating ultrahigh catalytic activity. In addition, no obvious performance degradation was observed for the Ba2Bi0.1Sc0.2Co1.7O6-δ sample after a continuous chronopotentiometry test. The critical role of the ordered [Co2+] and [Sc3+, Bi5+, Co3+] dual environments in improving OER activity was exhibited. The aforementioned results indicate that B-site cation-ordered double perovskite oxides may represent a new class of promising electrocatalysts for the OER in sustainable energy storage and conversion systems.

  7. Examination of the effect of the annealing cation on higher order structures containing guanine or isoguanine repeats

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    Pierce, Sarah E.; Wang, Junmei; Jayawickramarajah, Janarthanan; Hamilton, Andrew D.; Brodbelt, Jennifer S.

    2010-01-01

    Isoguanine (2-oxo-6-amino-guanine), a natural but non-standard base, exhibits unique self-association properties compared to its isomer, guanine, and results in formation of different higher order DNA structures. In this work, the higher order structures formed by oligonucleotides containing guanine repeats or isoguanine repeats after annealing in solutions containing various cations are evaluated by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. The guanine-containing strand (G9) consistently formed quadruplexes upon annealing, whereas the isoguanine strand (Ig9) formed both pentaplexes and quadruplexes depending on the annealing cation. Quadruplex formation with G9 showed some dependence on the identity of the cation present during annealing with high relative quadruplex formation detected with six of ten cations. Analogous annealing experiments with Ig9 resulted in complex formation with all ten cations, and the majority of the resulting complexes were pentaplexes. CD results indicated most of the original complexes survived the desalting process necessary for ESI-MS analysis. In addition, several complexes, especially the pentaplexes, were found to be capable of cation exchange with ammonium ions. Ab initio calculations were conducted for isoguanine tetrads and pentads coordinated with all ten cations to predict the most energetically stable structures of the complexes in the gas phase. The observed preference of forming quadruplexes versus pentaplexes as a function of the coordinated cation can be interpreted by the calculated reaction energies of both the tetrads and pentads in combination with the distortion energies of tetrads. PMID:19746468

  8. Atomic-Scale Study of Cation Ordering in Potassium Tungsten Bronze Nanosheets.

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    Li, Luying; Jiang, Fan; Tu, Fanfan; Jia, Shuangfeng; Gao, Yihua; Wang, Jianbo

    2017-09-01

    It has long been accepted that the formation of superlattices in hexagonal-based potassium tungsten bronzes is attributed to K vacancies only, together with small displacements of W cations. Here, the superlattices within potassium tungsten bronze nanosheets both structurally and spectroscopically at atomic resolution using comprehensive transmission electron microscopy techniques are studied. The multidimensional chemical analyses are realized by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the atomic-scale structures are characterized using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy with high-angle annular-dark-field detector. The observed superstructures are mainly attributed to small amount of W vacancies within single atomic layer, which would recover to more uniform distributions of W vacancies with lower concentrations at higher temperature. The band regions of different orientation from the matrix tend to regulate the superstructures to be pinned along the same direction, forming domains of highly ordered structures. The characterization of cation ordering and recovery processes of nanostructures from chemical and structural point of view at atomic resolution enables rational design of optoelectronic devices with controlled physical properties.

  9. Highly conducting divalent Mg{sup 2+} cation solid electrolytes with well-ordered three-dimensional network structure

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    Tamura, Shinji; Yamane, Megumi; Hoshino, Yasunori; Imanaka, Nobuhito

    2016-03-15

    A three-dimensionally well-ordered NASICON-type Mg{sup 2+} cation conductor, (Mg{sub x}Hf{sub 1−x}){sub 4/(4−2x)}Nb(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, was firstly developed by partial substitution of lower valent Mg{sup 2+} cation onto the Hf{sup 4+} sites in a HfNb(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} solid to realize high Mg{sup 2+} cation conductivity even at moderate temperatures. Due to the formation of well-ordered NASICON-type structure, both the high Mg{sup 2+} cation conductivity below 450 °C and the low activation energy for Mg{sup 2+} cation migration was successfully realized for the (Mg{sub 0.1}Hf{sub 0.9}){sub 4/3.8}Nb(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} solid. Pure Mg{sup 2+} cation conduction in the NASICON-type (Mg{sub 0.1}Hf{sub 0.9}){sub 4/3.8}Nb(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} solid was directly and quantitatively demonstrated by means of two kinds of dc electrolysis. - Graphical abstract: Image of the Mg{sup 2+} cation conduction in NASICON-type (Mg{sub 0.1}Hf{sub 0.9}){sub 4/3.8}Nb(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} and its Mg{sup 2+} conductivity. - Highlights: • We develop a three-dimensionally well-ordered NASICON-type Mg{sup 2+} cation conductor. • A high magnesium cation conductivity is realized even at moderate temperatures. • Divalent magnesium cation conduction is demonstrated directly and quantitatively.

  10. Aluminium substitution in iron(II-III)-layered double hydroxides: Formation and cationic order

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    Ruby, Christian Abdelmoula, Mustapha; Aissa, Rabha; Medjahdi, Ghouti; Brunelli, Michela; Francois, Michel

    2008-09-15

    The formation and the modifications of the structural properties of an aluminium-substituted iron(II-III)-layered double hydroxide (LDH) of formula Fe{sub 4}{sup II}Fe{sub (2-6y)}{sup III}Al{sub 6y}{sup III} (OH){sub 12} SO{sub 4}, 8H{sub 2}O are followed by pH titration curves, Moessbauer spectroscopy and high-resolution X-ray powder diffraction using synchrotron radiation. Rietveld refinements allow to build a structural model for hydroxysulphate green rust, GR(SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}), i.e. y=0, in which a bilayer of sulphate anions points to the Fe{sup 3+} species. A cationic order is proposed to occur in both GR(SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}) and aluminium-substituted hydroxysulphate green rust when y<0.08. Variation of the cell parameters and a sharp decrease in average crystal size and anisotropy are detected for an aluminium content as low as y=0.01. The formation of Al-GR(SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}) is preceded by the successive precipitation of Fe{sup III} and Al{sup III} (oxy)hydroxides. Adsorption of more soluble Al{sup III} species onto the initially formed ferric oxyhydroxide may be responsible for this slowdown of crystal growth. Therefore, the insertion of low aluminium amount (y{approx}0.01) could be an interesting way for increasing the surface reactivity of iron(II-III) LDH that maintains constant the quantity of the reactive Fe{sup II} species of the material. - Graphical abstract: (a) Crystallographical structure of sulphated green rust: SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} point to the Fe{sup 3+} cations (red) that form an ordered array with the Fe{sup 2+} cations (green). (b) Width and asymmetry of the synchrotron XRD peaks increase rapidly when some Al{sup 3+} species substitute the Fe{sup 3+} cations; z is molar ratio Al{sup 3+}/Fe{sup 3+}.

  11. XMCD and XAS examination of cation ordering in synthetic Mg- and Al-substituted titanomagnetites

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    Lappe, S. C. L. L.; Bowles, J.; Jackson, M.; Arenholz, E.

    2015-12-01

    composition. X-ray absorption spectra (XAS) of the Ti, Mg and Al show no significant differences for samples of different anneal stages, suggesting no reordering of the Ti4+, Al3+ and Mg2+. The lack of observed (re)ordering between A and B lattice sites suggests the process may be vacancy mediated or there might be short-range cation (re)ordering within the lattice sites.

  12. Structure of magnetite (Fe3O4) above the Curie temperature: a cation ordering study

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    Levy, Davide; Giustetto, Roberto; Hoser, Andreas

    2012-02-01

    A pristine magnetite (Fe3O4) specimen was studied by means of Neutron Powder Diffraction in the 273-1,073 K temperature range, in order to characterize its structural and magnetic behavior at high temperatures. An accurate analysis of the collected data allowed the understanding of the behavior of the main structural and magnetic features of magnetite as a function of temperature. The magnetic moments of both tetrahedral and octahedral sites were extracted by means of magnetic diffraction up to the Curie temperature (between 773 and 873 K). A change in the thermal expansion coefficient around the Curie temperature together with an increase in the oxygen coordinate value above 700 K can be observed, both features being the result of a change in the thermal expansion of the tetrahedral site. This anomaly is not related to the magnetic transition but can be explained with an intervened cation reordering, as magnetite gradually transforms from a disordered configuration into a partially ordered one. Based on a simple model which takes into account the cation-oxygen bond length, the degree of order as a function of temperature and consequently the enthalpy and entropy of the reordering process were determined. The refined values are ΔH0 = -23.2(1.7) kJ mol-1 and ΔS0 = -16(2) J K-1 mol-1. These results are in perfect agreement with values reported in literature (Mack et al. in Solid State Ion 135(1-4):625-630, 2000; Wu and Mason in J Am Ceramic Soc 64(9):520-522, 1981).

  13. Effect of A-site cations on the broadband-sensitive upconversion of AZrO3:Er3+,Ni2+ (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) phosphors

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    Luitel, Hom Nath; Mizuno, Shintaro; Tani, Toshihiko; Takeda, Yasuhiko

    2017-02-01

    We investigated broadband-sensitive upconversion processes in a series of AZrO3 type perovskites codoped with Ni2+ and Er3+, especially giving focus on the effect of the A-site host cations viz. Ca, Sr, Ba. Absorption and Stokes emission of the Ni2+ changed remarkably according to the A-site cations making difference in the Ni2+ to Er3+ energy transfer efficiency. The energy transfer extent from the Ni2+ sensitizers to the Er3+ emitters and the back transfer from the Er3+ to the Ni2+ were studied to clarify the guide for efficient broadband-sensitive upconversion. The Ni2+ to Er3+ energy transfer efficiency and hence the Er3+ upconversion emission intensity was dependent on the extent of overlap between the Er3+ absorption and the Ni2+ emission bands. Larger the overlap, faster was the energy transfer from the Ni2+ to the Er3+, leading to more intense Er3+ upconversion emission. However, back energy transfer from the Er3+ to the Ni2+ due to significant overlap of the Er3+ emission band with the Ni2+ absorption band reduced the upconversion emission intensity. Another important factor is the upconversion efficiency of the Er3+ emitters themselves after the energy transfer from the Ni2+ sensitizers, which was significantly improved when the symmetry around the Er3+ was lowered. As a result of these combined effects, the CaZrO3 host exhibited the most intense Ni2+-sensitized upconversion emission compared to the Sr and Ba analogues. Thus, for the efficient broadband-sensitive upconversion to be realized, a low symmetry host to manifest efficient upconversion of the Er3+ emitters and controlled Ni2+ absorption and emission bands to suppress the back energy transfer while maintaining efficient energy transfer in the forward direction are essential.

  14. Interplay of Cation Ordering and Ferroelectricity in Perovskite Tin Iodides: Designing a Polar Halide Perovskite for Photovoltaic Applications.

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    Gou, Gaoyang; Young, Joshua; Liu, Xian; Rondinelli, James M

    2017-01-03

    Owing to its ideal semiconducting band gap and good carrier-transport properties, the fully inorganic perovskite CsSnI3 has been proposed as a visible-light absorber for photovoltaic (PV) applications. However, compared to the organic-inorganic lead halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3, CsSnI3 solar cells display very low energy conversion efficiency. In this work, we propose a potential route to improve the PV properties of CsSnI3. Using first-principles calculations, we examine the crystal structures and electronic properties of CsSnI3, including its structural polymorphs. Next, we purposefully order Cs and Rb cations on the A site to create the double perovskite (CsRb)Sn2I6. We find that a stable ferroelectric polarization arises from the nontrivial coupling between polar displacements and octahedral rotations of the SnI6 network. These ferroelectric double perovskites are predicted to have energy band gaps and carrier effective masses similar to those of CsSnI3. More importantly, unlike nonpolar CsSnI3, the electric polarization present in ferroelectric (CsRb)Sn2I6 can effectively separate the photoexcited carriers, leading to novel ferroelectric PV materials with potentially enhanced energy conversion efficiency.

  15. Interplay of Cation Ordering and Ferroelectricity in Perovskite Tin Iodides: Designing a Polar Halide Perovskite for Photovoltaic Applications

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    Gou, Gaoyang; Young, Joshua; Liu, Xian; Rondinelli, James M.

    2016-09-28

    Owing to its ideal semiconducting band gap and good carrier transport properties, the fully inorganic perovskite CsSnI3 has been proposed as a visible-light absorber for photovoltaic (PV) applications. However, compared to the organic inorganic lead halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3, CsSnI3 solar cells display very low energy conversion efficiency. In this work, we propose a potential route to improve the PV properties of CsSnI3. Using first-principles calculations, we examine the crystal structures and electronic properties of CsSnI3, including its structural polymorphs. Next, we purposefully order Cs and Rb cations on the A site to create the double perovskite (CsRb)Sn2I6. We find that a stable ferroelectric polarization arises from the nontrivial coupling between polar displacements and octahedral rotations of the SnI6 network. These ferroelectric double perovskites are predicted to have energy band gaps and carrier effective masses similar to those of CsSnI3. More importantly, unlike nonpolar CsSnI3, the electric polarization present in ferroelectric (CsRb)Sn2I6 can effectively separate the photoexcited carriers, leading to novel ferroelectric PV materials with,potentially enhanced energy conversion efficiency.

  16. Magnetization reversal in mixed ferrite-chromite perovskites with non magnetic cation on the A-site.

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    Billoni, Orlando V; Pomiro, Fernando; Cannas, Sergio A; Martin, Christine; Maignan, Antoine; Carbonio, Raul E

    2016-11-30

    In this work, we have performed Monte Carlo simulations in a classical model for RFe1-x Cr x O3 with R  =  Y and Lu, comparing the numerical simulations with experiments and mean field calculations. In the analyzed compounds, the antisymmetric exchange or Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) interaction induced a weak ferromagnetism due to a canting of the antiferromagnetically ordered spins. This model is able to reproduce the magnetization reversal (MR) observed experimentally in a field cooling process for intermediate x values and the dependence with x of the critical temperatures. We also analyzed the conditions for the existence of MR in terms of the strength of DM interactions between Fe(3+) and Cr(3+) ions with the x values variations.

  17. Magnetization reversal in mixed ferrite-chromite perovskites with non magnetic cation on the A-site

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    Billoni, Orlando V.; Pomiro, Fernando; Cannas, Sergio A.; Martin, Christine; Maignan, Antoine; Carbonio, Raul E.

    2016-11-01

    In this work, we have performed Monte Carlo simulations in a classical model for RFe1-x Cr x O3 with R  =  Y and Lu, comparing the numerical simulations with experiments and mean field calculations. In the analyzed compounds, the antisymmetric exchange or Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) interaction induced a weak ferromagnetism due to a canting of the antiferromagnetically ordered spins. This model is able to reproduce the magnetization reversal (MR) observed experimentally in a field cooling process for intermediate x values and the dependence with x of the critical temperatures. We also analyzed the conditions for the existence of MR in terms of the strength of DM interactions between Fe3+ and Cr3+ ions with the x values variations.

  18. Microdomain Formation, Oxidation, and Cation Ordering in LaCa2Fe3O8+y

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    Price, Patrick M.; Browning, Nigel D.; Butt, Darryl P.

    2015-03-23

    The compound LaCa2Fe3O8+y, also known as the Grenier phase, is known to undergo an order-disorder transformation (ODT) at high temperatures. Oxidation has been observed when the compound is cooled in air after the ODT. In this study, we have synthesized the Grenier compound in air using traditional solid state reactions and investigated the structure and composition before and after the ODT. Thermal analysis showed that the material undergoes an order-disorder transformation in both oxygen and argon atmospheres with dynamic, temperature dependent, oxidation upon cooling. Results from scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) suggest that the Grenier phase has preferential segregation ofmore » Ca and La on the two crystallographic A-sites before the ODT, but a random distribution above the ODT temperature. Furthermore, STEM images suggest the possibility that oxygen excess may exist in La-rich regions within microdomains rather than at microdomain boundaries.« less

  19. Intermediate-range chemical ordering of cations in molten RbCl-AgCl

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    Tahara, S.; Kawakita, Y.; Shimakura, H.; Ohara, K.; Fukami, T.; Takeda, S.

    2015-07-28

    A first sharp diffraction peak (FSDP) is observed in the X-ray total structure factor of a molten mixture of RbCl-AgCl, while both pure melts of RbCl and AgCl do not exhibit FSDP individually. Molecular dynamics simulations were performed to investigate the origin of the FSDP with the polarizable ion model (PIM). Coexistence of covalent Ag–Cl and ionic Rb–Cl bonds leads the system to evolve intermediate range ordering, which is simulated by introducing the induced polarization in different ways between Ag–Cl with fully polarizable treatment based on Vashishta-Raman potential and Rb–Cl with suppression over-polarization in the nearest neighbor contribution based on Born-Meyer potential. The partial structure factors for both the Ag–Ag and Rb–Rb correlations, S{sub AgAg}(Q) and S{sub RbRb}(Q), show a positive contribution to the FSDP, while S{sub AgRb}(Q) for the Ag–Rb correlation exhibits a negative contribution, indicating that Ag and Rb ions are distributed in an alternating manner within the intermediate-range length scale. The origin of the intermediate-range chemical ordering of cations can be ascribed to the preferred direction of the dipole moments of anions in the PIM.

  20. Synthetic Control of Kinetic Reaction Pathway and Cationic Ordering in High-Ni Layered Oxide Cathodes

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    Wang, Dawei; Kou, Ronghui; Ren, Yang; ...

    2017-08-25

    Nickel-rich layered transition metal oxides, LiNi1-x(MnCo)xO2 (1-x ≥ 0.5), are appealing candidates for cathodes in next-generation lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) for electric vehicles and other large-scale applications, due to their high capacity and low cost. However, synthetic control of the structural ordering in such a complex quaternary system has been a great challenge, especially in the presence of high Ni content. Herein, synthesis reactions for preparing layered LiNi0.7Mn0.15Co0.15O2 (NMC71515) by solid-state methods are investigated through a combination of time-resolved in situ high-energy X-ray diffraction and absorption spectroscopy measurements. The real-time observation reveals a strong temperature dependence of the kinetics of cationicmore » ordering in NMC71515 as a result of thermal-driven oxidation of transition metals and lithium/oxygen loss that concomitantly occur during heat treatment. Through synthetic control of the kinetic reaction pathway, a layered NMC71515 with low cationic disordering and a high reversible capacity is prepared in air. The findings may help to pave the way for designing high-Ni layered oxide cathodes for LIBs« less

  1. Intermediate-range chemical ordering of cations in molten RbCl-AgCl.

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    Tahara, S; Kawakita, Y; Shimakura, H; Ohara, K; Fukami, T; Takeda, S

    2015-07-28

    A first sharp diffraction peak (FSDP) is observed in the X-ray total structure factor of a molten mixture of RbCl-AgCl, while both pure melts of RbCl and AgCl do not exhibit FSDP individually. Molecular dynamics simulations were performed to investigate the origin of the FSDP with the polarizable ion model (PIM). Coexistence of covalent Ag-Cl and ionic Rb-Cl bonds leads the system to evolve intermediate range ordering, which is simulated by introducing the induced polarization in different ways between Ag-Cl with fully polarizable treatment based on Vashishta-Raman potential and Rb-Cl with suppression over-polarization in the nearest neighbor contribution based on Born-Meyer potential. The partial structure factors for both the Ag-Ag and Rb-Rb correlations, SAgAg(Q) and SRbRb(Q), show a positive contribution to the FSDP, while SAgRb(Q) for the Ag-Rb correlation exhibits a negative contribution, indicating that Ag and Rb ions are distributed in an alternating manner within the intermediate-range length scale. The origin of the intermediate-range chemical ordering of cations can be ascribed to the preferred direction of the dipole moments of anions in the PIM.

  2. It's All Business: A Site Visit Report on Working Order, Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania.

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    Olney, Marjorie F.; Harris, Perri

    This report discusses the results of a case study of Working Order, a Pennsylvania program designed to develop entrepreneurs with and without disabilities by sharing the expertise, resources, and skills of small business owners. The strategy of the program is to invite competitive entrepreneurs, those who could likely produce and sell their…

  3. In Situ Probing and Synthetic Control of Cationic Ordering in Ni-Rich Layered Oxide Cathodes

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    Zhao, Jianqing; Zhang, Wei; Huq, Ashfia; ...

    2016-10-17

    Ni-rich layered oxides (LiNi1-xMxO2; M=Co, Mn, …) are appealing alternatives to conventional LiCoO2 as cathodes in Li-ion batteries for automobile and other large-scale applications due to their high theoretical capacity and low cost. However, preparing stoichiometric LiNi1-xMxO2 with ordered layer structure and high reversible capacity, has proven difficult due to Ni2+/Li+ cation mixing in octahedral sites. Herein, we report on in-situ studies of synthesis reactions and the associated structural ordering in preparing LiNiO2 and the Co-substituted variant, LiNi0.8Co0.2O2, thereby gaining insights into synthetic control of the structure and electrochemical properties of Ni-rich layered oxides. Results from this study indicate amore » direct transformation of the intermediate from the rock salt structure into hexagonal phase, and during the process, Co substitution facilities the nucleation of a Co-rich layered phase at low temperatures and subsequent growth and stabilization of solid solution Li(Ni, Co)O2 upon heat treatment in a highly oxidation environment. Optimal conditions were identified from the in-situ studies and utilized in obtaining stoichiometric LiNi0.8Co0.2O2 that exhibits high capacity of about 200 mAh/g with excellent retention. The findings shed light on designing Ni-rich layered oxide cathodes with enhanced electrochemical properties through synthetic control of the structural ordering in the materials.« less

  4. In Situ Probing and Synthetic Control of Cationic Ordering in Ni-Rich Layered Oxide Cathodes

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    Zhao, Jianqing; Zhang, Wei; Huq, Ashfia; Misture, Scott T.; Zhang, Boliang; Guo, Shengmin; Wu, Lijun; Zhu, Yimei; Chen, Zonghai; Amine, Khalil; Pan, Feng; Bai, Jianming; Wang, Feng

    2016-10-17

    Ni-rich layered oxides (LiNi1-xMxO2; M=Co, Mn, …) are appealing alternatives to conventional LiCoO2 as cathodes in Li-ion batteries for automobile and other large-scale applications due to their high theoretical capacity and low cost. However, preparing stoichiometric LiNi1-xMxO2 with ordered layer structure and high reversible capacity, has proven difficult due to Ni2+/Li+ cation mixing in octahedral sites. Herein, we report on in-situ studies of synthesis reactions and the associated structural ordering in preparing LiNiO2 and the Co-substituted variant, LiNi0.8Co0.2O2, thereby gaining insights into synthetic control of the structure and electrochemical properties of Ni-rich layered oxides. Results from this study indicate a direct transformation of the intermediate from the rock salt structure into hexagonal phase, and during the process, Co substitution facilities the nucleation of a Co-rich layered phase at low temperatures and subsequent growth and stabilization of solid solution Li(Ni, Co)O2 upon heat treatment in a highly oxidation environment. Optimal conditions were identified from the in-situ studies and utilized in obtaining stoichiometric LiNi0.8Co0.2O2 that exhibits high capacity of about 200 mAh/g with excellent retention. The findings shed light on designing Ni-rich layered oxide cathodes with enhanced electrochemical properties through synthetic control of the structural ordering in the materials.

  5. Cationic cyanine dyes: impact of symmetry-breaking on optical absorption and third-order polarizabilities.

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    Yesudas, Kada

    2013-11-28

    A systematic study is carried out to find the exact crossover point from symmetric to asymmetric configurations (symmetry-breaking) in a series of cationic cyanine dyes. Hybrid density functional with varying exact-exchange admixture has been used to understand the impact of HF exchange both in the gas phase and in the presence of dielectric medium. This approach provides a basis for understanding the electronic structure and photophysical properties of cyanine dyes. The crossover points predicted using this method are in good agreement with the experiment. The SAC-CI method is used to evaluate the lowest S0 → S1 transition energies in the gas phase. These transitions are preferably dominated by the promotion of an electron from HOMO → LUMO. The average static third-order polarizabilities, [γ], are obtained within the three-state model approximation. The analysis showed that for symmetric cyanines, the calculated [γ] values are large and negative, mainly originated from the large S0 → S1 transition moments and small S0 → S1 transition energies. For asymmetric cyanines, the [γ] values are positive and mainly originate from the large change in the ground and first excited state dipole moments. However, both configurations do not include contributions from the two-photon absorption. Further, the localization of charge densities in the HOMO and LUMO indicates that the symmetric and asymmetric cyanines act as promising materials for molecular wires and molecular switches which are fundamental building blocks for molecular electronic devices.

  6. Aluminium substitution in iron(II III)-layered double hydroxides: Formation and cationic order

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    Ruby, Christian; Abdelmoula, Mustapha; Aissa, Rabha; Medjahdi, Ghouti; Brunelli, Michela; François, Michel

    2008-09-01

    The formation and the modifications of the structural properties of an aluminium-substituted iron(II-III)-layered double hydroxide (LDH) of formula Fe4IIFe(2-6y)IIIAl6yIII (OH) 12 SO 4, 8H 2O are followed by pH titration curves, Mössbauer spectroscopy and high-resolution X-ray powder diffraction using synchrotron radiation. Rietveld refinements allow to build a structural model for hydroxysulphate green rust, GR(SO 42-), i.e. y=0, in which a bilayer of sulphate anions points to the Fe 3+ species. A cationic order is proposed to occur in both GR(SO 42-) and aluminium-substituted hydroxysulphate green rust when y<0.08. Variation of the cell parameters and a sharp decrease in average crystal size and anisotropy are detected for an aluminium content as low as y=0.01. The formation of Al-GR(SO 42-) is preceded by the successive precipitation of Fe III and Al III (oxy)hydroxides. Adsorption of more soluble Al III species onto the initially formed ferric oxyhydroxide may be responsible for this slowdown of crystal growth. Therefore, the insertion of low aluminium amount ( y˜0.01) could be an interesting way for increasing the surface reactivity of iron(II-III) LDH that maintains constant the quantity of the reactive Fe II species of the material.

  7. Atomic-scale imaging of cation ordering in inverse spinel Zn2SnO4 nanowires.

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    Bao, Lihong; Zang, Jianfeng; Wang, Guofeng; Li, Xiaodong

    2014-11-12

    By using high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) coupled with density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we demonstrate the atomic-level imaging of cation ordering in inverse spinel Zn2SnO4 nanowires. This cation ordering was identified as 1:1 ordering of Zn(2+) and Sn(4+) at the octahedral sites of the inverse spinel crystal with microscopic symmetry transition from original cubic Fd3̅m to orthorhombic Imma group. This ordering generated a 67.8% increase in the elastic modulus and 1-2 order of magnitude lower in the electric conductivity and electron mobility compared to their bulk counterpart.

  8. Microstructure evolution and magnetoresistance of the A-site ordered Ba-doped manganites

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    Trukhanov, S. V. Lobanovski, L. S.; Bushinsky, M. V.; Khomchenko, V. A.; Fedotova, V. V.; Troyanchuk, I. O.; Szymczak, H.

    2007-05-15

    The microstructure, crystal structure, and magnetotransport properties of microsized and nanosized Badoped manganites have been investigated. A 'two-step' reduction-reoxidation procedure has been used to obtain nanosized ceramic manganite Nd{sub 0.70}Ba{sub 0.30}MnO{sub 3} (II). The parent microsized manganite Nd{sub 0.70}Ba{sub 0.30}MnO{sub 3} (I) was prepared by usual ceramic technology in air. Then the sample was annealed in vacuum. The grain size of the reduced sample, determined by scanning electron microscopy, decreased from {approx}5 {mu}m down to {approx}100 nm. To obtain the oxygen stoichiometry nanosized sample, the Nd{sub 0.70}Ba{sub 0.30}MnO{sub 2.60} was again annealed in air. It is established that the (I) sample is a pseudocubic perovskite, whereas (II) is tetrahedral as a consequence of Nd{sup 3+} and Ba{sup 2+} ions as well as the ordering of oxygen vacancies. The (I) sample is a ferromagnet with T{sub C} {approx} 140 K. It has metal-insulator transition at T{sub MI} {approx} 135 K and a peak of magnetoresistance {approx}50% in a field of 9 kOe. For the (II) sample, the critical points of phase transitions move to higher temperatures, T{sub C} {approx} 320 K and T{sub MI} {approx} 310 K. The magnetoresistance of the (II) sample at room temperature (T {approx} 293 K) is about 7% in a field of 9 kOe. The magnetotransport properties are interpreted in the framework of the nanosized effect.

  9. Exploring Ce3+/Ce4+ cation ordering in reduced ceria nanoparticles using interionic-potential and density-functional calculations.

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    Migani, Annapaola; Neyman, Konstantin M; Illas, Francesc; Bromley, Stefan T

    2009-08-14

    The performance of atomistic calculations using interionic potentials has been examined in detail with respect to the structures and energetic stabilities of ten configurational isomers (i.e., distinct Ce3+/Ce4+ cationic orderings) of a low energy octahedral ceria nanoparticle Ce19O32. The outcome of these calculations is compared with the results of corresponding density-functional (DF) calculations employing local and gradient corrected functionals with an additional corrective onsite Coulombic interaction applied to the f-electrons (i.e., LDA+U and GGA+U, respectively). Strikingly similar relative energy ordering of the isomers and atomic scale structural trends (e.g., cation-cation distances) are obtained in both the DF and interionic-potential calculations. The surprisingly good agreement between the DF electronic structure calculations and the relatively simple classical potentials is not found to be due to a single dominant interaction type but is due to a sensitive balance between long range electrostatics and local bonding contributions to the energy. Considering the relatively high computational cost and technical difficulty involved in obtaining charge-localized electronic solutions for reduced ceria using DF calculations, the use of interionic potentials for rapid and reliable preselection of the most stable Ce3+/Ce4+ cationic orderings is of considerable benefit.

  10. Synthesis of ordered mesoporous crystalline CuS and Ag2S materials via cation exchange reaction

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    Wang, Jun; Xu, Weiming; Bao, Haifeng; Shi, Yifeng

    2015-02-01

    Cation exchange reaction is a strong tool for the synthesis of new ionic nanomaterials. Most of them are isolated nanoparticles with simple geometric features, such as nanodots, nanorods and nanospheres. In this work, we demonstrated that ordered mesoporous CdS with a complex cubic Ia3d gyroidal 3D bicontinuous porous structure and large particle size can be successfully converted to crystalline CuS and Ag2S materials via cation exchange reaction without destroying the well-defined nanostructure. The change in crystal structure is an important factor for a successful conversion when the reaction is carried out without the presence of a silica template. In addition, the cation exchange reaction is sufficient for a complete compositional conversion, even when the mesostructured CdS precursor is embedded inside a mesoporous silica matrix. Our results indicate that cation exchange reaction may be applied to highly complex nanostructures with extremely large particle sizes.Cation exchange reaction is a strong tool for the synthesis of new ionic nanomaterials. Most of them are isolated nanoparticles with simple geometric features, such as nanodots, nanorods and nanospheres. In this work, we demonstrated that ordered mesoporous CdS with a complex cubic Ia3d gyroidal 3D bicontinuous porous structure and large particle size can be successfully converted to crystalline CuS and Ag2S materials via cation exchange reaction without destroying the well-defined nanostructure. The change in crystal structure is an important factor for a successful conversion when the reaction is carried out without the presence of a silica template. In addition, the cation exchange reaction is sufficient for a complete compositional conversion, even when the mesostructured CdS precursor is embedded inside a mesoporous silica matrix. Our results indicate that cation exchange reaction may be applied to highly complex nanostructures with extremely large particle sizes. Electronic supplementary

  11. Electricity generation and local ion ordering induced by cation-controlled selective anion transportation through graphene oxide membranes

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    Sun, Pengzhan; Deng, Hui; Zheng, Feng; Wang, Kunlin; Zhong, Minlin; Zhang, Yingjiu; Kang, Feiyu; Zhu, Hongwei

    2014-12-01

    A cation-controlled selective anion transportation through graphene oxide (GO) membranes is demonstrated in this work. The results reveal that the trans-membrane transport of different anions can be modulated by the corresponding cations. The diverse interactions among anions, cations, and the negatively charged GO membranes are responsible for selective anion permeation through GO membranes. During the ion penetration, electrical potential differences can be generated across drain and source as well as across GO membranes; based on this, the ion distributions around GO membranes can be determined. The results indicate that local ion ordering can be achieved by GO membranes. Interestingly, for the cases of KNO3, Ca(NO3)2, and Ba(NO3)2, alternate aggregations of metallic cations and NO3- anions can be formed around GO membranes, demonstrating the fantastic ability of these membranes for ordering the ions locally in solutions. In addition, based on the electrical potential differences generated by different salts, chlorides are demonstrated to be ideal sources for efficient practical electricity production compared to sulfates and nitrates, while the different voltage signals generated can be used to identify different source solutions for liquid sensing applications. These results indicate that GO membranes can find potential applications in membrane separation, energy generation, ion recognition, and local ion organizing.

  12. Relative Order of Sulfuric Acid, Bisulfate, Hydronium, and Cations at the Air-Water Interface.

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    Hua, Wei; Verreault, Dominique; Allen, Heather C

    2015-11-04

    Sulfuric acid (H2SO4), bisulfate (HSO4(-)), and sulfate (SO4(2-)) are among the most abundant species in tropospheric and stratospheric aerosols due to high levels of atmospheric SO2 emitted from biomass burning and volcanic eruptions. The air/aqueous interfaces of sulfuric acid and bisulfate solutions play key roles in heterogeneous reactions, acid rain, radiative balance, and polar stratospheric cloud nucleation. Molecular-level knowledge about the interfacial distribution of these inorganic species and their perturbation of water organization facilitates a better understanding of the reactivity and growth of atmospheric aerosols and of the aerosol surface charge, thus shedding light on topics of air pollution, climate change, and thundercloud electrification. Here, the air/aqueous interface of NaHSO4, NH4HSO4, and Mg(HSO4)2 salt solutions as well as H2SO4 and HCl acid solutions are investigated by means of vibrational sum frequency generation (VSFG) and heterodyne-detected (HD) VSFG spectroscopy. VSFG spectra of all acid solutions show higher SFG response in the OH-bonded region relative to neat water, with 1.1 M H2SO4 being more enhanced than 1.1 M HCl. In addition, VSFG spectra of bisulfate salt solutions highly resemble that of the dilute H2SO4 solution (0.26 M) at a comparable pH. HD-VSFG (Im χ((2))) spectra of acid and bisulfate salt solutions further reveal that hydrogen-bonded water molecules are oriented preferentially toward the bulk liquid phase. General agreement between Im χ((2)) spectra of 1.1 M H2SO4 and 1.1 M HCl acid solutions indicate that HSO4(-) ions have a similar surface preference as that of chloride (Cl(-)) ions. By comparing the direction and magnitude of the electric fields arising from the interfacial ion distributions and the concentration of each species, the most reasonable relative surface preference that can be deduced from a simplified model follows the order H3O(+) > HSO4(-) > Na(+), NH4(+), Mg(2+) > SO4(2-). Interestingly

  13. Effects of the A-site cation number on the properties of Ln{sub 5/8}M{sub 3/8}MnO{sub 3} manganites

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    Collado, J.A.; Garcia-Munoz, J.L.; Aranda, M.A.G.

    2010-05-15

    The properties of manganites can be tuned by changing the doping level x in Ln{sub 1-x}M{sub x}MnO{sub 3}. A second mechanism allows tuning of magnetic and electronic properties, for fixed x values, by varying the average A-cation radius, . Moreover, for fixed x and values, the changes in the A-cation size variance, sigma{sup 2}, also modify the ferromagnetic and metal-insulator transition temperatures. Here, we investigate the influence of the number of A-site cations on Ln{sub 5/8}M{sub 3/8}MnO{sub 3} manganites, where x, and sigma{sup 2} values are kept constant, and in the absence of phase separation phenomena. We have found that the number of cation species at the A site (N{sub A}) has a strong influence on the width of the ferromagnetic and metal-insulator transitions, and a small influence on the average transition temperature. This behavior is opposite to that observed for increasing values of the variance sigma{sup 2} in manganites, with the same x and values, where average transition temperatures are strongly reduced. - Graphical abstract: In this paper the influence of A-site cation number is shown, see attached schematic figure, on the magnetotransport properties of T{sub c}-optimized manganites, Ln{sub 5/8}M{sub 3/8}MnO{sub 3}.

  14. Cation Ordering in [(Tl,M)O] Layers of ``1201''-Based Cuprates: Similarity to Ordering in fcc-Based Alloys

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    Van Tendeloo, G.; De Meulenaere, P.; Letouzé, F.; Martin, C.; Hervieu, M.; Raveau, B.

    1997-08-01

    "1201" Tl-based substituted cuprates of the type (Tl1-xMx)Sr2CuO5have been synthesized forM=Nb, Ta, or W. These materials do not superconduct due to a statistical distribution of some of theMfor Cu. The remarkable feature of these materials is the ordering observed between Tl andMin the (Tl1-xMx-ε)O plane. The type of ordering depends on the composition and shows remarkable similarities with the ordering in Ni-Mo or other so-called 1 1/2 0 type fcc-based alloys or with the ordering in rocksalt oxides TiOx. The short-range order, forM=W, can be readily interpreted in terms of a mixing of nano-clusters with two different compositions. These observations of two-dimensional ordering confirm recent ideas about ordering in three-dimensional fcc-based alloys.

  15. Structure and cation ordering in La2UO6, Ce2UO6, LaUO4, and CeUO4 by first principles calculations

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    Casillas-Trujillo, Luis; Xu, H.; McMurray, Jake W.; ...

    2016-07-06

    In the present work, we have used density functional theory (DFT) and DFT+U to investigate the crystal structure and phase stability of four model compounds in the Ln2O3-UO2-UO3 ternary oxide system: La2UO6, Ce2UO6, LaUO4, CeUO4, due to the highly-correlated nature of the f-electrons in uranium. We have considered both hypothetical ordered compounds and compounds in which the cations randomly occupy atomic sites in a fluorite-like lattice. We determined that ordered compounds are stable and are energetically favored compared to disordered configurations, though the ordering tendencies are weak. To model and analyze the structures of these complex oxides, we have usedmore » supercells based on a layered atomic model. In the layer model, the supercell is composed of alternating planes of anions and cations. We have considered two different ordering motifs for the cations, namely single species (isoatomic) cation layers versus mixed species cation layers. Energy differences between various ordered cationic arrangements were found to be small. This may have implications regarding radiation stability, since cationic arrangements should be able to change under irradiation with little cost in energy.« less

  16. Cation ordering in orthopyroxenes and cooling rates of meteorites: Low temperature cooling rates of Estherville, Bondoc and Shaw

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    Ganguly, J.; Yang, H.; Ghose, S.

    1993-01-01

    The cooling rates of meteorites provide important constraints on the size of their parent bodies, and their accretionary and evolutionary histories. However, the cooling rates obtained so far from the commonly used metallographic, radiometric and fission-track methods have been sometimes quite controversial, such as in the case of the mesosiderites and the meteorite Shaw. We have undertaken a systematic study of the cooling rates of meteorites using a different approach, which involves single crystal x-ray determination of Fe(2+)-Mg ordering in orthopyroxenes (OP(x)) in meteorites, subject to bulk compositional constraints, and numerical simulation of the evolution of the ordering state as a function of cooling rate, within the framework of the thermodynamic and kinetic principles governing cation ordering. We report the results obtained for OP(x) crystals from Shaw and two mesosiderites, Estherville and Bondoc.

  17. Ferrimagnetism as a consequence of cation ordering in the perovskite LaSr2Cr2SbO9

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    Hunter, Emily C.; Battle, Peter D.; Paria Sena, Robert; Hadermann, Joke

    2017-04-01

    A polycrystalline sample of LaSr2Cr2SbO9 has been synthesised using a standard ceramic method and characterized by x-ray and neutron diffraction, magnetometry and electron microscopy. The perovskite-related compound crystallises in the triclinic space group I 1 ̅ with unit cell parameters of a=5.5344(6) Å, b=5.5562(5) Å, c=7.8292(7) Å, α=89.986(12)°, β=90.350(5)° and γ=89.926(9)° at room temperature. The two crystallographically-distinct, six-coordinate cation sites are occupied by Cr3+ and Sb5+ in ratios of 0.868(2):0.132(2) and 0.462(2):0.538(2). Ac and dc magnetometry revealed that LaSr2Cr2SbO9 is ferrimagnetic below 150 K with a magnetisation of 1.25 μB per formula unit in 50 kOe at 5 K. Neutron diffraction showed that the cations on the two sites order in a G-type arrangement with a mean Cr3+ moment of 2.17(1) μB at 5 K, consistent with a magnetisation of 1.32 μB per formula unit.

  18. Self-Assembly of Nanostructured, Complex, Multi-cation Films via Spontaneous Phase Separation and Strain-driven Ordering

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    Goyal, Amit; Wee, Sung Hun; Stocks, George Malcolm; Zuev, Yuri L; More, Karren Leslie; Meng, Jianyong; Zhong, Jianxin

    2013-01-01

    Spontaneous self-assembly of a multi-cation nanophase in another multi-cation matrix phase is a promising bottom-up approach to fabricate novel, nanocomposite structures for a range of applications. In an effort to understand the mechanisms for such self-assembly, we report on complimentary experimental and theoretical studies to first understand and then control or guide the self-assembly of insulating BaZrO3 (BZO) nanodots within REBa2Cu3O7- (RE=rare earth elements including Y, REBCO) superconducting films. It was determined that the strain field developed around BZO nanodots embedded in REBCO matrix is a key driving force dictating the self-assembly of BZO nanodots along REBCO c-axis. The size selection and spatial ordering of BZO self-assembly were simulated using thermodynamic and kinetic models. The BZO self-assembly was controllable by tuning the interphase strain field. REBCO superconducting films with BZO defects arrays self-assembled to align in both vertical (REBCO c-axis) and horizontal (REBCO ab-planes) directions, resulted in the maximized pinning and Jc performance for all field angles with smaller angular Jc anisotropy. The work has broad implications for fabrication of controlled self-assembled nanostructures for a range of applications via strain-tuning.

  19. Divalent cations increase lipid order in erythrocytes and susceptibility to secretory phospholipase A2.

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    Vest, Rebekah S; Gonzales, Laurie J; Permann, Seth A; Spencer, Emily; Hansen, Lee D; Judd, Allan M; Bell, John D

    2004-04-01

    Elevated concentrations of intracellular calcium in erythrocytes increase membrane order and susceptibility to secretory phospholipase A2. We hypothesize that calcium aids the formation of domains of ordered lipids within erythrocyte membranes by interacting directly with the inner leaflet of the cell membrane. The interface of these domains with regions of more fluid lipids may create an environment with weakened neighbor-neighbor interactions that would facilitate phospholipid migration into the active site of bound secretory phospholipase A2. This hypothesis was investigated by determining the effects of seven other divalent ions on erythrocyte membrane properties. Changes in membrane order were assessed with steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy and two-photon microscopy with an environment-sensitive probe, laurdan. Each ion increased apparent membrane order in model membranes and in erythrocytes when introduced with an ionophore, suggesting that direct binding to the inner face of the membrane accounts for the effects of calcium on membrane fluidity. Furthermore, the degree to which ions affected membrane properties correlated with the ionic radius and electronegativity of the ions. Lastly, erythrocytes became more susceptible to enzyme hydrolysis in the presence of elevated intracellular levels of nickel and manganese, but not magnesium. These differences appeared related to the ability of the ions to induce a transition in erythrocyte shape.

  20. Isolation of two-dimensional 2:1 cation-ordered perovskite units by anion vacancy ordering in Ba6Na2Nb2P2O17.

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    Kuang, Xiaojun; Claridge, John B; Price, Tim; Iddles, David M; Rosseinsky, Matthew J

    2008-10-06

    A new six-layer perovskite-related structure Ba 6Na 2Nb 2M 2O 17 (M = P, V), which consists of cubic (c) BaO 3 layers and oxygen-deficient pseudocubic (c') BaO 2 layers stacked in the sequence c'ccccc, is presented. In Ba 6Na 2Nb 2M 2O 17, two-dimensional slabs of the well-known 2:1 octahedral cation-ordered perovskite motif are isolated between layers of tetrahedral units formed by anion vacancy ordering: two consecutive NbO 6 octahedral layers are sandwiched by two single NaO 6 octahedral layers, which, in turn, connect with two isolated MO 4 tetrahedral layers. Both oxides are derived from the 2:1 ordered perovskite structure (e.g., Ba 3ZnTa 2O 9) by ordered removal of O atoms in every sixth BaO 3 layer. Both materials exhibit a relative permittivity of approximately 20-23, Q x f 0 values of approximately 7800-10600 GHz, and negative temperature coefficients of the resonant frequency of approximately -23 to -7 ppm/ degrees C.

  1. Abundances of volatile-bearing phases in carbonaceous chondrites and cooling rates of meteorites based on cation ordering of orthopyroxenes

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    Ganguly, Jibamitra

    1989-01-01

    Results of preliminary calculations of volatile abundances in carbonaceous chondrites are discussed. The method (Ganguly 1982) was refined for the calculation of cooling rate on the basis of cation ordering in orthopyroxenes, and it was applied to the derivation of cooling rates of some stony meteorites. Evaluation of cooling rate is important to the analysis of condensation, accretion, and post-accretionary metamorphic histories of meteorites. The method of orthopyroxene speedometry is widely applicable to meteorites and would be very useful in the understanding of the evolutionary histories of carbonaceous chondrites, especially since the conventional metallographic and fission track methods yield widely different results in many cases. Abstracts are given which summarize the major conclusions of the volatile abundance and cooling rate calculations.

  2. Elucidating the impact of A-site cation change on photocatalytic H2 and O2 evolution activities of perovskite-type LnTaON2 (Ln = La and Pr).

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    Hojamberdiev, Mirabbos; Bekheet, Maged F; Hart, Judy N; Vequizo, Junie Jhon M; Yamakata, Akira; Yubuta, Kunio; Gurlo, Aleksander; Hasegawa, Masashi; Domen, Kazunari; Teshima, Katsuya

    2017-08-23

    Transition metal (oxy)nitrides with perovskite-type structures have been regarded as one of the promising classes of inorganic semiconductor materials that can be used in solar water splitting systems for the production of hydrogen as a renewable and storable energy carrier. The performance of transition metal (oxy)nitrides in solar water splitting is strongly influenced by the crystal structure-related dynamics of photogenerated charge carriers. Here, we have systematically assessed the influence of A-site cation exchange on the visible-light-induced photocatalytic H2 and O2 evolution activities, photoanodic response, and dynamics of photogenerated charge carriers of perovskite-type LnTaON2 (Ln = La and Pr). The structural refinement results reveal the orthorhombic Imma and Pnma structures for LaTaON2 and PrTaON2, respectively; the latter has a more distorted crystal structure from the ideal cubic perovskite due to the smaller size of Pr(3+) cations. Compared with LaTaON2, PrTaON2 exhibits lower photocatalytic H2 and O2 gas evolution activities and photoanodic response owing to an excessive amount of intrinsic defects associated with anionic vacancies and reduced tantalum species stemming from a long high-temperature nitridation process under reductive NH3 atmosphere. Transient absorption signals evidence the faster decay of photogenerated electrons (holes) in Pt (CoOx)-loaded LaTaON2 than that in Pt (CoOx)-loaded PrTaON2, consistent with the photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical performance of the two photocatalysts. This study suggests that in addition to selecting a suitable A-site cation, it is prerequisite to synthesize LnTaON2 (Ln = La and Pr) crystals with a low defect density to improve their photo-conversion efficiency for solar water splitting.

  3. New oxygen-deficient cationic-ordered perovskites containing turquoise-coloring Mn5+O4 tetrahedral layers

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    Han, Yifeng; Ye, Xuanhong; Zhu, Hong; Li, Yuexiang; Kuang, Xiaojun

    2017-03-01

    Ba6Na2M2Mn2O17 (M=Nb, Ta) oxides were synthesized by high-temperature solid-state reaction. The compounds adopt 6-layer perovskite-related structure (referred to as 6C) in P 3 ̅m1, analogous to Ba6Na2Nb2P2O17. The 6C structure consists of cubic (c) BaO3 layers and pseudo-cubic (c') oxygen-vacancy-ordered BaO2 layers stacked according to a sequence of c'ccccc. Ordering of oxygen vacancies in oxygen-deficient c'-BaO2 layers leads to two successive isolated tetrahedral layers, which stabilize an unusual +5 oxidation state for Mn cations in the tetrahedral sites. In Ba6Na2M2Mn2O17, these two Mn5+O4 layers are sandwiched by two single octahedral NaO6 layers that connected by two successive octahedral NbO6 layers, forming alternative 2:1-ordered (Ba3NaM2O9)- and (Ba3NaMn2O8)+ perovskite-like units along the stacking direction. The Mn5+O4 tetrahedral units act as a turquoise chromophore in Ba6Na2M2Mn2O17, making these two compounds potential turquoise-coloring materials for the cool pigments.

  4. The electronic structure of RbTiOPO4 and the effects of the A-site cation substitution in KTiOPO4-family crystals.

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    Atuchin, V V; Kesler, V G; Meng, Guangsi; Lin, Z S

    2012-10-10

    The electronic structure of RbTiOPO(4) has been investigated with x-ray photoemission spectroscopy. Detailed photoemission spectra of the element core levels have been recorded under excitation by nonmonochromatic Al Kα radiation (1486.6 eV). The chemical bonding parameters are compared to those reported for complex titanates and phosphates. The band structures of KTiOPO(4), RbTiOPO(4), K(0.535)R(0.465)TiOPO(4) and TlTiOPO(4) have been calculated by ab initio methods and compared to available experimental results. It is found that the band structure of KTP-type phosphate crystals is weakly dependent on the nature of the A-site (A=K, Rb, Tl) element.

  5. Strong enhancement of spin ordering by A -site magnetic ions in the ferrimagnet CaC u3F e2O s2O12

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    Deng, Hongshan; Liu, Min; Dai, Jianhong; Hu, Zhiwei; Kuo, Changyang; Yin, Yunyu; Yang, Junye; Wang, Xiao; Zhao, Qing; Xu, Yuanji; Fu, Zhaoming; Cai, Jianwang; Guo, Haizhong; Jin, Kuijuan; Pi, Tunwen; Soo, Yunliang; Zhou, Guanghui; Cheng, Jinguang; Chen, Kai; Ohresser, Philippe; Yang, Yi-feng; Jin, Changqing; Tjeng, Liu-Hao; Long, Youwen

    2016-07-01

    A B O3 perovskite is a kind of very important functional material with versatile physical properties. Although B -site chemical substitution with various magnetic ions has been widely investigated, the A -site doping with magnetic transition metal is little known. Here we report A A3'B2B2'O12 -type A - and B -site ordered ferrimagnet CaC u3F e2O s2O12 with magnetic transition metals occupying three different atomic sites (A', B , and B' sites). This compound is synthesized by a special high-pressure annealing process. It possesses a much higher Curie temperature TC of 580 K compared with that of the B -site-only ordered C a2FeOs O6 (TC=320 K ) without magnetic ion at the A site. First-principles numerical calculations reveal that this enhancement primarily originates from the additional spin interaction between the A'-site C u2 + and the B'-site O s5 + , generating a strong C u2 +(↑) F e3 +(↑) O s5 +(↓) ferrimagnetic spin coupling. This work opens up an alternative way for enhancing the spin ordering temperature by introducing A -site magnetic ions.

  6. Role of the A -site cation in determining the properties of the hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbBr3

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    Sarkar, Sagar; Mahadevan, Priya

    2017-06-01

    The presence of a molecule at the A site of an organic perovskite leads to unusual behavior compared to its inorganic counterpart. Considering the case of CH3NH3 , we find that it is both the size of the molecule as well as its orientation in the cage formed by the Pb and Br atoms which determine the favored structure. At the microscopic level, the basic energetics which come into play are steric effects as well as hydrogen bonding. While the molecule is asymmetrically placed in the cuboctahedral cavity, a mapping of the ab initio band structure to a tight-binding model reveals that the movement of the amine end of the molecule towards the Br atoms is driven primarily by electrostatic considerations. While the hydrogen bonding is responsible for driving the octahedral tilts, the energy lowering considerations do not follow a simple prescription of minimizing H-Br bond lengths. The presence of several competing energetics results in a complex low-energy landscape with deep valleys and high barriers between them which could explain the glassy dynamics seen even at low temperatures in the orthorhombic structure where the dipoles are believed to be frozen.

  7. Three Alkali-Metal-Gold-Gallium Systems. Ternary Tunnel Structures and Some Problems with Poorly Ordered Cations

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    Smetana, Volodymyr; Miller, Gordon J.; Corbett, John D.

    2012-06-27

    Six new intermetallic compounds have been characterized in the alkali metal (A = Na, Rb, Cs)–gold–gallium systems. Three isostructural compounds with the general composition A0.55Au2Ga2, two others of AAu3Ga2 (A = Rb, Cs), and the related Na13Au41.2Ga30.3 were synthesized via typical high-temperature reactions and their crystal structures determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis: Na0.56(9)Au2Ga2 (I, I4/mcm, a = 8.718(1) Å, c = 4.857(1) Å, Z = 4), Rb0.56(1)Au2Ga2 (II, I4/mcm, a = 8.950(1) Å, c = 4.829(1) Å, Z = 4), Cs0.54(2)Au2Ga2 (III, I4/mcm, a = 9.077(1) Å, c = 4.815(1) Å, Z = 4), RbAu3Ga2 (IV, Pnma, a = 13.384(3) Å, b = 5.577(1) Å, c = 7.017(1) Å, Z = 4), CsAu3Ga2 (V, Pnma, a = 13.511(3) Å, b = 5.614(2) Å, c = 7.146(1) Å, Z = 4), Na13Au41.2(1)Ga30.3(1) (VI, P6 mmm, a = 19.550(3) Å, c = 8.990(2) Å, Z = 2). The first three compounds (I–III) are isostructural with tetragonal K0.55Au2Ga2 and likewise contain planar eight-member Au/Ga rings that stack along c to generate tunnels and that contain varying degrees of disordered Na–Cs cations. The cation dispositions are much more clearly and reasonably defined by electron density mapping than through least-squares refinements with conventional anisotropic ellipsoids. Orthorhombic AAu3Ga2 (IV, V) are ordered ternary Rb and Cs derivatives of the SrZn5 type structure, demonstrating structural variability within the AAu3Ga2 family. All attempts to prepare an isotypic “NaAu3Ga2” were not successful, but yielded only a similar composition Na13Au41.2Ga30.3 (NaAu3.17Ga2.33) (VI) in a very different structure with two types of cation sites. Crystal orbital Hamilton population (COHP) analysis obtained from tight-binding electronic structure calculations for idealized I–IV via linear muffin-tin-orbital (LMTO) methods emphasized the major contributions of heteroatomic Au–Ga bonding to the structural stability of these compounds. The relative minima (pseudogaps) in the DOS curves for IV

  8. Possible Kondo physics near a metal-insulator crossover in the a-site ordered perovskite CaCu3Ir4O12.

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    Cheng, J-G; Zhou, J-S; Yang, Y-F; Zhou, H D; Matsubayashi, K; Uwatoko, Y; MacDonald, A; Goodenough, J B

    2013-10-25

    The A-site ordered perovskite (AA(3)')B(4)O(12) can accommodate transition metals on both A' and B sites in the crystal structure. Because of this structural feature, it is possible to have narrow-band electrons interacting with broadband electrons from different sublattices. Here we report a new A-site ordered perovskite (CaCu(3))Ir(4)O(12) synthesized under high pressure. The coupling between localized spins on Cu(2+) and itinerant electrons from the Ir-O sublattice makes Kondo-like physics take place at a temperature as high as 80 K. Results from the local density approximation calculation have confirmed the relevant band structure. The magnetization anomaly found at 80 K can be well rationalized by the two-fluid model.

  9. Clarification of possible ordered distributions of trivalent cations in layered double hydroxides and an explanation for the observed variation in the lower solid-solution limit.

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    Richardson, Ian G

    2013-12-01

    The sequence of hexagonal ordered distributions of trivalent cations that are possible in the octahedral layer of layered double hydroxides is clarified, including the link between the composition and the supercell a parameter. A plausible explanation is provided for the observed variation in the lower solid-solution limit.

  10. Clarification of possible ordered distributions of trivalent cations in layered double hydroxides and an explanation for the observed variation in the lower solid-solution limit

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    Richardson, Ian G.

    2013-01-01

    The sequence of hexagonal ordered distributions of trivalent cations that are possible in the octahedral layer of layered double hydroxides is clarified, including the link between the composition and the supercell a parameter. A plausible explanation is provided for the observed variation in the lower solid-solution limit. PMID:24253089

  11. Cationic ordering and role of the B-site lanthanide(III) and molybdenum(V) cations on the structure and magnetism of double perovskites Sr{sub 2}LnMoO{sub 6}

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    Pinacca, R.M.; Larrégola, S.A.; López, C.A.; Pedregosa, J.C.; Pomjakushin, Vladimir; Sánchez, R.D.; Alonso, J.A.

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • Five new double perovskites of formula Sr{sub 2}LnMoO{sub 6} were synthesized. • All the samples crystallize in the monoclinic P2{sub 1}/n space group. • Strong reducing conditions were used in order to stabilized Mo(V) cations. • A complete ordering between the rare earth and molybdenum ions was observed. • Magnetism agrees with the crystal distortions observed from Rietveld analysis. - Abstract: We describe the preparation, crystal structure determination and magnetic properties of a new series of ordered double perovskite oxides Sr{sub 2}LnMoO{sub 6} (Ln = Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb) with Mo{sup 5+} and Ln{sup 3+} electronic configurations. These compounds have been obtained by solid state reaction under reducing conditions in order to stabilize Mo{sup 5+} cations. Structural characterization by XRPD and NPD was performed when Ln = Ho, Er, Yb and just XRPD for absorbing Ln = Eu, Gd, Dy. At room temperature, an excellent Rietveld fit was obtained for all the samples in a monoclinic symmetry, space group P2{sub 1}/n, with long-range ordering of Ln and Mo atoms. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show that some of these materials present magnetic ordering below 25 K and the determined effective magnetic moments are consistent with those expected for the pair Ln{sup 3+}–Mo{sup 5+}. All the phases have negative values​​ of the Weiss temperature indicating dominance of antiferromagnetic interactions.

  12. Polar and magnetic layered A-site and rock salt B-site-ordered NaLnFeWO6 (Ln = La, Nd) perovskites.

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    Retuerto, M; Li, M R; Ignatov, A; Croft, M; Ramanujachary, K V; Chi, S; Hodges, J P; Dachraoui, W; Hadermann, J; Tran, T Thao; Halasyamani, P Shiv; Grams, C P; Hemberger, J; Greenblatt, M

    2013-11-04

    We have expanded the double perovskite family of materials with the unusual combination of layered order in the A sublattice and rock salt order over the B sublattice to compounds NaLaFeWO6 and NaNdFeWO6. The materials have been synthesized and studied by powder X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, electron diffraction, magnetic measurements, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, dielectric measurements, and second harmonic generation. At room temperature, the crystal structures of both compounds can be defined in the noncentrosymmetric monoclinic P2(1) space group resulting from the combination of ordering both in the A and B sublattices, the distortion of the cell due to tilting of the octahedra, and the displacement of certain cations. The magnetic studies show that both compounds are ordered antiferromagnetically below T(N) ≈ 25 K for NaLaFeWO6 and at ∼21 K for NaNdFeWO6. The magnetic structure of NaNdFeWO6 has been solved with a propagation vector k = ((1/2) 0 (1/2)) as an antiferromagnetic arrangement of Fe and Nd moments. Although the samples are potential multiferroics, the dielectric measurements do not show a ferroelectric response.

  13. Temperature-induced A-B intersite charge transfer in an A-site-ordered LaCu(3)Fe(4)O(12) perovskite.

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    Long, Y W; Hayashi, N; Saito, T; Azuma, M; Muranaka, S; Shimakawa, Y

    2009-03-05

    Changes of valence states in transition-metal oxides often cause significant changes in their structural and physical properties. Chemical doping is the conventional way of modulating these valence states. In ABO(3) perovskite and/or perovskite-like oxides, chemical doping at the A site can introduce holes or electrons at the B site, giving rise to exotic physical properties like high-transition-temperature superconductivity and colossal magnetoresistance. When valence-variable transition metals at two different atomic sites are involved simultaneously, we expect to be able to induce charge transfer-and, hence, valence changes-by using a small external stimulus rather than by introducing a doping element. Materials showing this type of charge transfer are very rare, however, and such externally induced valence changes have been observed only under extreme conditions like high pressure. Here we report unusual temperature-induced valence changes at the A and B sites in the A-site-ordered double perovskite LaCu(3)Fe(4)O(12); the underlying intersite charge transfer is accompanied by considerable changes in the material's structural, magnetic and transport properties. When cooled, the compound shows a first-order, reversible transition at 393 K from LaCu(2+)(3)Fe(3.75+)(4)O(12) with Fe(3.75+) ions at the B site to LaCu(3+)(3)Fe(3+)(4)O(12) with rare Cu(3+) ions at the A site. Intersite charge transfer between the A-site Cu and B-site Fe ions leads to paramagnetism-to-antiferromagnetism and metal-to-insulator isostructural phase transitions. What is more interesting in relation to technological applications is that this above-room-temperature transition is associated with a large negative thermal expansion.

  14. Processing control of phase separation, cation ordering, and the dielectric properties of Ba3(Co0.6Zn0.4)Nb2O9

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    Mallinson, P. M.; Rosseinsky, M. J.; Ibberson, R. M.; Price, T.; Iddles, D. M.

    2007-10-01

    The dielectric and crystallographic properties of the ceramic Ba3(Co0.6Zn0.4)Nb2O9 have been investigated in relation to the processing schedule. Regimes incorporating slow cooling or a lower-temperature annealing stage are found to enhance the dielectric properties with the unloaded quality factor value increasing up to Qu=24300 at 3.21GHz, as compared with Qu=14425 at 3.21GHz using the standard schedule, while high relative permittivity ɛr=34 is retained. High-resolution neutron powder diffraction studies reveal the materials to be biphasic assemblages of trigonal perovskites which exhibit varying degrees of cation order. The higher Q samples are found to contain the highest proportion of the fully cation-ordered phase.

  15. Cation order disorder in Pb(BII,BV)O3-related relaxors: The random-layer model investigated by Monte Carlo simulation

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    Dammak, Hichem; Hayoun, Marc

    2005-10-01

    The charge-balanced random-layer model for ordered lead-based perovskites Pb(B1/3IIB2/3V)O was investigated by using the standard Metropolis Monte Carlo method on a rigid lattice with simple ionic model. Our results show that in the structure formula Pb[B‧]1/2[B″]1/2O3, where all B″-sites are occupied by BV cations, chemical order of BII and BV cations does exist in B‧-sites and the ordered structure has an hexagonal symmetry. An order disorder transition as a function of temperature is evidenced by an abrupt variation of both the heat capacity and a long-range order parameter. Finally, the evolution of the short-range order parameter versus temperature shows that a local order remains in B‧-sites contrary to the charge-balanced random-layer model that suggests that B‧-sites are randomly occupied. This local order could be helpful to clarify some experimental results.

  16. Control of L-type ferrimagnetism by the Ce/vacancy ordering in the A-site-ordered perovskite Ce(1/2)Cu3Ti4O12.

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    Saito, Takashi; Yamada, Ryuta; Ritter, Clemens; Senn, Mark S; Attfield, J Paul; Shimakawa, Yuichi

    2014-02-03

    A-site-ordered perovskite Ce1/2Cu3Ti4O12 has been found to crystallize in two different forms, one with random and the other with ordered Ce/vacancy distribution at the A site of the prototype AA'3B4O12 structure. The random phase is isostructural with CaCu3Ti4O12, and the ordered phase is a new ordered derivative of the AA'3B4O12-type perovskite with two crystallographically distinct Cu sites. Although both phases form a G-type antiferromagnetic arrangement of Cu(2+) spins below 24 K, their magnetisms are quite different. A typical antiferromagnetic transition is observed in the random phase, whereas a small ferromagnetic moment appears below 24 K in the ordered phase, which rapidly decreases upon further cooling. A mean-field approximation approach revealed that this unusual behavior in the ordered phase is an L-type ferrimagnetism driven by the nonequivalent magnetizations of the two ferromagnetic Cu(2+) spin sublattices in the G-type spin structure. This unusual ferrimagnetism is a direct consequence of the Ce/vacancy ordering.

  17. Time-Dependent Mechanical Response of APbX3 (A = Cs, CH3NH3; X = I, Br) Single Crystals [The Dynamic Mechanical Properties of Lead-Halide Perovskite Single Crystals are Independent of A-site Cation Chemistry

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    Reyes-Martinez, Marcos A.; Abdelhady, Ahmed L.; Saidaminov, Makhsud I.; ...

    2017-05-02

    The ease of processing hybrid organic–inorganic perovskite (HOIPs) films, belonging to a material class with composition ABX3, from solution and at mild temperatures promises their use in deformable technologies, including flexible photovoltaic devices, sensors, and displays. To successfully apply these materials in deformable devices, knowledge of their mechanical response to dynamic strain is necessary. The authors elucidate the time- and rate-dependent mechanical properties of HOIPs and an inorganic perovskite (IP) single crystal by measuring nanoindentation creep and stress relaxation. The observation of pop-in events and slip bands on the surface of the indented crystals demonstrate dislocation-mediated plastic deformation. The magnitudesmore » of creep and relaxation of both HOIPs and IPs are similar, negating prior hypothesis that the presence of organic A-site cations alters the mechanical response of these materials. Moreover, these samples exhibit a pronounced increase in creep, and stress relaxation as a function of indentation rate whose magnitudes reflect differences in the rates of nucleation and propagation of dislocations within the crystal structures of HOIPs and IP. In conclusion, this contribution provides understanding that is critical for designing perovskite devices capable of withstanding mechanical deformations.« less

  18. Thermally activated cation ordering in ZnGa2Se4 single crystals studied by Raman scattering, optical absorption, and ab initio calculations.

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    Vilaplana, R; Gomis, O; Pérez-González, E; Ortiz, H M; Manjón, F J; Rodríguez-Hernández, P; Muñoz, A; Alonso-Gutiérrez, P; Sanjuán, M L; Ursaki, V V; Tiginyanu, I M

    2013-04-24

    Order-disorder phase transitions induced by thermal annealing have been studied in the ordered-vacancy compound ZnGa2Se4 by means of Raman scattering and optical absorption measurements. The partially disordered as-grown sample with tetragonal defect stannite (DS) structure and I4¯2m space group has been subjected to controlled heating and cooling cycles. In situ Raman scattering measurements carried out during the whole annealing cycle show that annealing the sample to 400 °C results in a cation ordering in the sample, leading to the crystallization of the ordered tetragonal defect chalcopyrite (DC) structure with I4¯ space group. On decreasing temperature the ordered cation scheme of the DC phase can be retained at ambient conditions. The symmetry of the Raman-active modes in both DS and DC phases is discussed and the similarities and differences between the Raman spectra of the two phases emphasized. The ordered structure of annealed samples is confirmed by optical absorption measurements and ab initio calculations, that show that the direct bandgap of DC-ZnGa2Se4 is larger than that of DS-ZnGa2Se4.

  19. Crystal structures and cation ordering of Sr{sub 2}AlSbO{sub 6} and Sr{sub 2}CoSbO{sub 6}

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    Faik, A.; Gateshki, M.; Igartua, J.M. Pizarro, J.L.; Kaindl, R.; Grzechnik, A.

    2008-08-15

    The two double perovskite oxides Sr{sub 2}AlSbO{sub 6} and Sr{sub 2}CoSbO{sub 6} were prepared and their structures studied with the X-ray powder diffraction method. At room temperature the crystal structure of Sr{sub 2}AlSbO{sub 6} is cubic (Fm3-barm), with a=5.6058(1)A. It was found that depending on the preparation conditions, the Al{sup 3+} and Sb{sup 5+} cations can be either entirely or partially ordered. In the case of the partially ordered Sr{sub 2}AlSbO{sub 6} sample, the extension of cation ordering was estimated from the hkl-dependent broadening of the diffraction peaks and the results were interpreted as evidence of the formation of anti-phase domains in the material. Low-temperature Raman spectroscopic measurements demonstrated that the cubic phase of Sr{sub 2}AlSbO{sub 6} is stable down to 79 K. The room-temperature crystal structure of Sr{sub 2}CoSbO{sub 6} is trigonal (space group R3-bar) with a=5.6058(1)A and c=13.6758(3)A. At 470 K, however, the material undergoes a continuous phase transition and its structure is converted to cubic (space group Fm3{sup -}barm). The studied Sr{sub 2}CoSbO{sub 6} sample was partially ordered, but unlike Sr{sub 2}AlSbO{sub 6}, no indication of the formation of anti-phase domains was observed. - Williamson-Hall plot of the diffraction peaks in Sr2AlSbO6, samples 1 and 2, and in Sr{sub 2}CoSbO{sub 6}. {beta} denotes the integral breadth corrected for instrumental effects, {theta} is the diffraction angle. It can be seen that in the case of sample 1, {beta} of the superstructure reflections (solid squares) are clearly larger than those of the rest of the peaks. It was found that depending on the preparation conditions, the Al{sup 3+} and Sb{sup 5+} cations can be either entirely or partially ordered. In the case of the partially ordered Sr{sub 2}AlSbO{sub 6} sample, the extension of cation ordering was estimated from the hkl-dependent broadening of the diffraction peaks and the results were interpreted as evidence of

  20. Intermediate-range order in simple metal-phosphate glasses: The effect of metal cations on the phosphate anion distribution

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    Sales, B.C.; Boatner, L.A.; Ramey, J.O.

    1997-06-01

    The technique of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) has been used to probe the phosphate anion distribution in a variety of metal phosphate glasses including glasses made with trivalent metal cations (Al, In, Ga, La). The composition of each glass was chosen so that the average phosphate chain length was between 2 and 4 PO{sub 4} tetrahedra. The widths of the resulting phosphate anion distributions were determined directly from an analysis of the HPLC chromatograms. Literature values for the free energy of formation of the crystalline metal-orthophosphate compounds with respect to P{sub 2}O{sub 5} and the metal oxide, were compared to the chromatogram widths. It was found that the smaller the energy of formation, the wider the distribution of phosphate chains, and the greater the ease of glass formation.

  1. High-temperature orbital, charge, and structural phase transitions in the cation-ordered manganites TbBa Mn2 O6 and YBa Mn2 O6

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    Williams, Anthony J.; Attfield, J. Paul; Redfern, Simon A. T.

    2005-11-01

    The high-temperature structures and phase transitions of the cation-ordered manganite perovskites TbBaMn2O6 and YBaMn2O6 have been studied by powder neutron diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry. TbBaMn2O6 undergoes an unprecedented transition from a charge and antiferro-orbitally ordered phase to a charge and ferro-orbitally ordered structure at 94.5°C , and the charge and orbital ordering melts at 200°C . An orthorhombic Cmmm phase with rotational order of MnO6 octahedra is observed above the transition, and at 514°C this transforms to the aristotype tetragonal P4/mmm arrangement. YBaMn2O6 is charge and ferro-orbitally ordered up to 225°C . Above this charge ordering transition, a C2/m phase with two rotational orders is found. This transforms to the Cmmm structure at 437°C . Discontinuities in volume and volume expansion, and a limited phase coexistence region are observed at the charge ordering transitions, whereas the other transitions are continuous.

  2. Magnetic properties and cation ordering of nanopowders of the synthetic analogue of kuramite, Cu3SnS4

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    Benedetto, Francesco Di; Borrini, Daniele; Caneschi, Andrea; Fornaciai, Gabriele; Innocenti, Massimo; Lavacchi, Alessandro; Massa, Carlo Andrea; Montegrossi, Giordano; Oberhauser, Werner; Pardi, Luca A.; Romanelli, Maurizio

    2011-06-01

    An extensive characterisation of the magnetic properties of synthetic powders of kuramite, with formal composition Cu3SnS4, was performed. Powders were investigated through superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), scanning and transmission electron microscopies (SEM and TEM) and microanalysis. SEM and TEM reveal the presence of nanodimensioned particles. XRPD clearly shows that Cu3SnS4 crystallised in a cubic sphalerite-type structural model, in spite of the stannite-type tetragonal structure described for the natural phase. This difference arises from a full random distribution of cations. Synthetic kuramite nanopowders exhibit a marked paramagnetism, originated by the presence of Cu(II), definitely assessed by EPR measurements. Moreover, the overall magnetic behaviour of the sample cannot be simply ascribed to diluted paramagnetism, and this suggests the presence of strong superexchange interactions among Cu(II) ions even at room temperature. The main consequences of these results are the definitive assessment of the chemical formula Cu(I)2Cu(II)SnS4 and of a random distribution of Cu(II), Cu(I) and Sn(IV) ions within the available tetrahedral sites.

  3. Magneto-orbital ordering in the divalent A -site quadruple perovskite manganites A Mn7O12 (A =Sr , Cd, and Pb)

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    Johnson, R. D.; Khalyavin, D. D.; Manuel, P.; Radaelli, P. G.; Glazkova, I. S.; Terada, N.; Belik, A. A.

    2017-08-01

    Through analysis of variable-temperature neutron powder-diffraction data, we present solutions for the magnetic structures of SrMn7O12 , CdMn7O12 , and PbMn7O12 in all long-range ordered phases. The three compounds were found to have magnetic structures analogous to that reported for CaMn7O12 . They all feature a higher-temperature lock-in phase with commensurate magneto-orbital coupling and a delocked multi-k magnetic ground state where incommensurate magneto-orbital coupling gives rise to a constant-moment magnetic helix with modulated spin helicity. CdMn7O12 represents a special case in which the orbital modulation is commensurate with the crystal lattice and involves stacking of fully and partially polarized orbital states. Our results provide a robust confirmation of the phenomenological model for magneto-orbital coupling previously presented for CaMn7O12 . Furthermore, we show that the model is universal to the A2 + quadruple perovskite manganites synthesized to date and that it is tunable by selection of the A -site ionic radius.

  4. Breathing Pyrochlore Lattice Realized in the A-Site Ordered Spinel Oxides LiGaCr4O8 and LiInCr4O8

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    Okamoto, Yoshihiko

    2014-03-01

    A Cr spinel oxide ACr2O4 with a nonmagnetic A2+ ion at the tetrahedral site provides an interesting playground for studying magnetic frustration in a pyrochlore lattice made of Cr3+ ions with an S = 3/2 spin. We found a novel type of frustrated lattice called ``breathing'' pyrochlore lattice, which is made of Cr3+ ions in two A-site ordered spinel oxides, LiGaCr4O8 and LiInCr4O8. Because of the large size mismatch between Li+ and Ga3+/In3+ ions, they alternately occupy the tetrahedral sites so as to form a Zinc Blende lattice. This transforms the conventional pyrochlore lattice into an alternating array of small and large tetrahedra, while keeping their shapes regular. LiGaCr4O8, with a lesser degree of alternation, shows similar magnetic properties to the conventional Cr spinel oxides such as ZnCr2O4. In contrast, LiInCr4O8 shows a spin-gap behavior in its magnetic susceptibility caused by a large alternation of magnetic interaction in the more breathing pyrochlore lattice. This suggests that LiInCr4O8 exists in a proximity to an exotic singlet ground state based on a tetramer singlet formed in the smaller tetrahedron, although it finally goes to a magnetically ordered state below 13 K, which may be triggered by a structural transition. We will also present NMR and neutron scattering measurements carried out to elucidate the nature of these compounds, and our recent results on solid solutions between the two compounds.

  5. Interplay between chemical composition and cation ordering in the magnetism of Ni/Fe layered double hydroxides.

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    Abellán, Gonzalo; Coronado, Eugenio; Martí-Gastaldo, Carlos; Waerenborgh, Joao; Ribera, Antonio

    2013-09-03

    We report the synthesis of a family of ferrimagnetic NiFe layered double hydroxides (LDHs) with a variable Ni(2+)/Fe(3+) in-plane composition of [Ni(1-x)Fe(x)(OH)2](CO3)(x/2)·yH2O (x = 0.20, 0.25, and 0.33) by following a modified homogeneous precipitation. These layered magnets display high crystallinity, homogeneous hexagonal morphologies, and micrometric size that enable their quantitative exfoliation into single layers by sonomechanical treatment of the solids in polar solvents. This was confirmed by dynamic light scattering, UV-vis spectroscopy, high-resolution transmission electron miscroscopy, and atomic force microscopy methodologies to study the resulting steady suspensions. Our magnetic study reflects that the iron content in the LDH layers controls the overall magnetism of these lamellae. Hence, the gradual replacement of Ni(2+) with Fe(3+) centers introduces a larger amount of antiferromagnetically coupled Fe-OH-Fe pairs across the layers, provoking that the compound with the highest Fe/Ni ratio displays spontaneous magnetization at higher temperatures (T(irr) = 15.1 K) and the hardest coercive field (3.6 kG). Mössbauer spectroscopy confirms that the cation distribution in the layers is not random and reflects the occurrence of Fe clustering due to the higher affinity of Fe(3+) ions to accommodate other homometallic centers in their surroundings. In our opinion, this clarifies the origin of the glassy behavior, also reported for other magnetic LDHs, and points out spin frustration as the most likely cause.

  6. Intra-layer Cation Ordering in a Brownmillerite Super- Structure: Synthesis, Crystal and Magnetic Structures of Ca2FeCoO5

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    Ramezanipour, Farshid; Greedan, John; Grosvenor, Andrew; Britten, James; Cranswick, Lachlan M.D.; Garlea, Vasile O

    2010-01-01

    The synthesis, crystal and magnetic structures and the bulk magnetic properties of Ca2FeCoO5, a brownmillerite type oxide, are presented. The crystal structure, solved and refined from single crystal x-ray and powder neutron diffraction data, is described in Pbcm with cell parameters, a = 5.3652(3) , b = 11.0995(5) , c = 14.7982(7) . Thus, one axis, b in this setting, is doubled in comparison with the standard brownmillerite structure description giving rise to two sets of octahedral and tetrahedral sites. Aided by the strong scattering contrast between Fe and Co for neutrons, a nearly perfect cation site ordering, unique to this compound, is observed in the tetrahedral layers (which may be implicated in the b-axis doubling). A lesser degree of cation site ordering occurs in the octahedral sites. As well, this material shows an unique arrangement of tetrahedral chains, and a new space group for the brownmillerite family. The magnetic structure is G-type antiferromagnetic, with preferred orientation of magnetic moments parallel to the c-axis between 3.8K to 100K. A spin re-orientation occurs in the range of 100K to 225K, above which and up to 510K the orientation of magnetic moments switches to along the a-axis. This spin re-orientation has not been seen for any brownmillerite material before. The neutron diffraction data indicate different site specific ordering temperatures at about 450(5)K and 520(5)K. The refined ordered moments at 3.8K are somewhat smaller than expected for Fe3+ and Co3+(high spin) but are similar to those found in Sr2FeCoO5. There is evidence for spin canting from isothermal magnetization data that shows well pronounced hysteresis and remnant magnetization at 5K and 200K.

  7. Ordering and lyotropic behavior of a silicon-supported cationic and neutral lipid system studied by neutron reflectivity

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    Domenici, F.; Castellano, C.; Congiu, A.; Pompeo, G.; Felici, R.

    2008-05-01

    Self-assembling of amphipathic lipid films on solid support allows the structural investigation of important biological model systems, such as the vectorlike lipid membranes, in order to improve DNA transfection in nonviral gene therapy. We present a neutron reflectivity study of a binary lipid system composed of dioleoylphosphatidylcholine (DOPC) and dimethyldioctadecylammonium bromide (DDAB) deposited on [100] silicon support by means of spin coating technique. We underline their lyotropic behavior under saturated deuterium oxide (D2O) vapor thus pointing out that the lipid mixture is organized in ordered domains composed of plane lamellar bilayers of noninteractive DOPC and DDAB.

  8. 51V-NMR study of charge order induced by cation order in δ-Ag2/3V2O5

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    Kawasaki, Y.; Morioka, R.; Kishimoto, Y.; Nakamura, K.; Nishiyama, K.; Koyama, T.; Mito, T.; Baba, T.; Yamauchi, T.; Isobe, M.; Ueda, Y.

    2017-04-01

    51V-NMR experiments have been performed to investigate the local magnetic and electronic properties of the mixed-valence oxide δ-Ag2/3V2O5, which shows the novel V4+/V5+ charge ordering trigged by Ag ion ordering. We have observed the abrupt loss of 51V-NMR signal coming from the non-magnetic V5+-like ions above Tc = 225 K. It indicates that the majority of V ions are magnetic above Tc and that the phase transition is accompanied by the charge separation and the charge ordering of 3d electrons on V sites. In the low-temperature phase below Tc, the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T1 shows the thermal activation-type temperature dependence with the activation energy of about 130 K. It has been clarified that the ground state of this material is the charge ordered one with the spin singlet of 3d electrons on V4+-V4+ pair from a microscopic point of view.

  9. Increase of third-order nonlinear optical activity of PbS quantum dots in zeolite Y by increasing cation size.

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    Kim, Hyun Sung; Yoon, Kyung Byung

    2012-02-08

    The third-order nonlinear optical (3NLO) activity of PbS quantum dots (QDs) encapsulated in zeolite Y has been expected to depend sensitively on the countercation of the zeolite host. However, ion exchange of the pristine countercation, H(+), with other cations has not been possible because the framework decomposes and the QDs aggregate immediately when the PbS QD-incorporating zeolite Y with H(+) as the countercation is exposed to the atmosphere. We now report that when H(+) is transformed to NH(4)(+), the framework of PbS QD-containing zeolite Y does not undergo decomposition and the PbS QDs do not undergo aggregation to form larger QDs during the aqueous ion exchange of NH(4)(+) with alkali-metal ions (M(A)(+) = Li, Na(+), K(+), Rb(+)). The 3NLO activity of the M(A)(+)-exchanged PbS QD-incorporating zeolite Y film increases with increasing size of M(A)(+). The stabilization of the surface-bound exciton by the electron-rich framework oxide and electron-poor cation is proposed to be responsible for the increase. This is the first example of a method for systematically increasing the 3NLO activity of QDs dispersed in a dielectric matrix by systematically changing its properties. These results will serve as a guideline for future research and also promote applications of QD-incorporating zeolites in various fields.

  10. A neutron diffraction study of structural distortion and magnetic ordering in the cation-ordered perovskites Ba{sub 2}Nd{sub 1−x}Y{sub x}MoO{sub 6}

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    Collins, Oonagh M.; Cussen, Edmund J.

    2013-04-15

    The cation ordered perovskites Ba{sub 2}Nd{sub 1−x}Y{sub x}MoO{sub 6} (0.04≤x≤0.35) have been synthesised by solid-state techniques under reducing conditions at temperatures up to 1350 °C. Rietveld analyses of X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data show that these compounds adopt a tetragonally distorted perovskite structure. The tetragonal distortion is driven by the bonding requirements of the Ba{sup 2+} cation that occupies the central interstice of the perovskite; this cation would be underbonded if these compounds retained the cubic symmetry exhibited by the prototypical structure. The size and charge difference between the lanthanides and Mo{sup 5+} lead to complete ordering of the cations to give a rock-salt ordering of Nd{sup 3+}/Y{sup 3+}O{sub 6} and MoO{sub 6} octahedra. The I4/m space group symmetry is retained on cooling the x=0.1, 0.2 and 0.35 samples to low temperature ca. 2 K. Ba{sub 2}Nd{sub 0.90}Y{sub 0.10}MoO{sub 6} undergoes a gradual distortion of the MoO{sub 6} units on cooling from room temperature to give two long trans bonds (2.001(2) Å) along the z-direction and four shorter apical bonds (1.9563(13) Å) in the xy-plane. This distortion of the MoO{sub 6} units stabilises the 4d{sup 1} electron in the d{sub xz} and d{sub yz} orbitals whilst the d{sub xy} orbital is increased in energy due to the contraction of the Mo–O bonds in the xy-plane. This bond extension along z is propagated through the structure and gives a negative thermal expansion of −13×10{sup −6} K{sup −1} along c. The overall volumetric thermal expansion is positive due to conventional expansion along the other two crystallographic axes. With increasing Y{sup 3+} content this distortion is reduced in x=0.2 and eliminated in x=0.35 which contains largely regular MoO{sub 6} octahedra. The x=0.1 and x=0.2 show small peaks in the neutron diffraction profile due to long range antiferromagnetic order arising from ordered moments of ca. 2 μ{sub B}. - Graphical

  11. Novel chemically stable Ba3Ca1.18Nb1.82-xYxO9- proton conductor: improved proton conductivity through tailored cation ordering

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    Wang, Siwei; Chen, Yan; Fang, Shumin; Zhang, Lingling; Tang, Ming; An, Ke; Brinkman, Dr. Kyle S.; Chen, Fanglin

    2014-01-01

    Simple perovskite-structured proton conductors encounter significant challenges to simultaneously achieving excellent chemical stability and proton conductivity that are desirable for many important applications in energy conversion and storage. This work demonstrates that Y-doped complex-perovskite-structured Ba3Ca1.18Nb1.82 xYxO9 materials possess both improved proton conductivity and exceptional chemical stability. Neutron powder diffraction refinement revealed a Fm3 m perovskite-structure and increased oxygen vacancy concentration due to the Y doping. High-resolution TEM analysis confirmed the perturbation of the B site cation ordering in the structure for the Ba3Ca1.18Nb1.82 xYxO9 materials. Such combined effects led to improved proton conductivity with a value of 5.3 10 3 S cm 1 at 600 C for Ba3Ca1.18Nb1.52Y0.3O9 (BCNY0.3), a value 2.4 times higher compared with that of the undoped Ba3Ca1.18Nb1.82O9 . The Ba3Ca1.18Nb1.82 xYxO9 materials showed remarkable chemical stability toward water and demonstrated no observable reactions to CO2 exposure. Ionic transport number studies showed that BCNY0.3 had predominantly proton conduction below 600 C. Solid oxide fuel cells using BCNY0.3 as an electrolyte demonstrated cell power output of 103 mW cm 2 at 750 C. These results suggest that a doping strategy that tailors the cation ordering in complex perovskites provides a new direction in the search for novel proton conducting ceramics.

  12. Effect of Co Substitution on the Crystal and Magnetic Structure of SrFeO2.75-δ: Stabilization of the "314-Type" Oxygen Vacancy Ordered Structure without A-Site Ordering.

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    Marik, Sourav; Chennabasappa, Madhu; Fernández-Sanjulián, Javier; Petit, Emmanuel; Toulemonde, Olivier

    2016-10-03

    A study of the structure-composition-properties correlation is reported for the oxygen-deficient SrFe1-xCoxO2.75-δ (x = 0.1-0.85) materials. The introduction of Co in the parent SrFeO2.75 (Sr4Fe4O11) structure revealed an interesting structural transformation. At room temperature (RT), an orthorhombic (space group Cmmm, 2√2ap × 2ap × √2ap type, ap = lattice parameter of the cubic perovskite) → tetragonal (space group P4/mmm, ap × ap × 2ap type) → tetragonal (space group I4/mmm, 2ap × 2ap × 4ap type) structural transformation is observed in parallel with increasing Co content and decreasing oxygen content in the structure. At the same time, a rich variation in the magnetic properties is explored. The samples with x = 0.25, 0.3 show temperature-induced magnetization reversal. With increasing Co content in the structure, magnetic interactions start to weaken due to the random distribution of Fe and Co in the structure; the x = 0.5 sample shows frustration in the magnetic behavior with much smaller magnetization value. With a further increase in the Co content in the structure, RT ferrimagnetic-type behavior is observed for the sample with x = 0.85. The nuclear and magnetic structure refinements using RT and low-temperature neutron powder diffraction (NPD, 10 K) patterns confirm the formation of a "314-type" novel oxygen vacancy ordered phase for the sample with x = 0.85, which is the first case of "314-type" novel oxygen vacancy ordering without A-site (ABO3-δ type perovskite) ordering. The magnetic structure is G-type antiferromagnetic starting at room temperature. Further, the stabilization of the "314-type" complex superstructure is related to the ordering of oxygen vacancies in the oxygen-deficient Co-O layers, and the same assists in building a network of Co ions with different coordination environments, each with different spin states, and forms the spin-state ordering.

  13. Microstrain and short-range ordering of Ca and Mg cations in pyrope-grossular garnet system

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    DU, W.; Clark, S. M.; Walker, D.

    2016-12-01

    Synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to measure the unit cell parameters of synthetic pyrope (Mg3Al2Si3O12), grossular (Ca3Al2Si3O12) and four intermediate garnet solid solutions at the Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (ALS on beamline 12.2.2 at room temperature and pressure). Analysis of X-ray diffraction profiles by using Williamson-Hall plots shows that XRD peak width getting broadened with diffraction angle and the degree of the XRD peak broadening changes with garnet composition. Microstrain in the garnet structure, rather than grain size variation, is the principal reason for the observed XRD peak broadening. Garnets with compositions Py80Gr20 and Py20Gr80, close to the negligibly strained end members pyrope (Py100) and grossular (Gr100), have large microstrains, which is contrast to garnet with intermediate composition Py40Gr60, which almost has no microstrain. This compositional dependent elastic structural strain shows a complex correlation with other nonideal mixing properties along the pyrope-grossular binary, for example, excess volume, mixing enthalpy, thermal expansion etc. The observation that the two end member garnets carry almost zero microstrain indicates that the microstrain calculated from XRD peak broadening is related to the Mg-Ca substitution. A different degree of short-range ordering of Ca-Mg in dodecahedral site that develops during annealing after MA crystallization may be partly responsible for these nonideal-mixing phenomena along the pyrope-grossular join.

  14. Effect of ordered B-site cations on the structure, elastic and thermodynamic properties of KTa0.5Nb0.5O3 crystal

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    Yang, Wenlong; Han, Junsheng; Wang, Li; Shen, Yanqing; Li, Linjun; Yang, Yuqiang; Li, Haidong; Chen, Liangyu

    2017-07-01

    BO6 oxygen octahedral was considered as the key part in ABO3 perovskite structure, and the electro-optical, elastic and thermodynamic properties of potassium tantalate niobate (KTa0.5Nb0.5O3, abbreviated as KTN) were closely depended on the B-site Ta/Nb ratio and ordering. The effect of [100]NT, [110]NT, and [111]NT B-site cations ordering (N means a pure Nb layer parallel to ( h, k, l), T means a pure Ta layer parallel to ( h, k, l)) on structure, elastic properties and Debye temperatures properties of KTN were investigated based on density functional theory (DFT). KTN with [111]NT B-site ordering presents an cubic phase structure with excellent stability from the view of lattice properties. The elastic properties include elastic stiffness coefficients C ij , bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, Young's modulus E and Poisson' ratio ν were calculated. The elastic stiffness coefficients C 11 of KTN with B-site ordering have approached to maximum 485.506 GPa, indicating that KTN materials have better deformation ability along x axis compared with other perovskite materials. The calculated results of bulk modulus B and the shear modulus G show that KTN with [100]NT B-site ordering has stronger ability to resist fracture and plastic deformation. And the criteria B/G <1.75 suggests that KTN should be classified as a brittle material. The KTN with [100]NT B-site has excellent ductility properties compared with any other B-site arrangements. Debye temperatures of KTN with [100]NT, [110]NT, [111]NT are about 650 K, and KTN with [100]NT B-site has best thermodynamic stability.

  15. Coupled anion and cation ordering in Sr{sub 3}RFe{sub 4}O{sub 10.5} (R=Y, Ho, Dy) anion-deficientperovskites

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    Abakumov, Artem M.; D'Hondt, Hans; Rossell, Marta D.; Tsirlin, Alexander A.; Gutnikova, Olga; Filimonov, Dmitry S.; Schnelle, Walter; Rosner, Helge; Hadermann, Joke; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Antipov, Evgeny V.

    2010-12-15

    The Sr{sub 3}RFe{sub 4}O{sub 10.5} (R=Y, Ho, Dy) anion-deficient perovskites were prepared using a solid-state reaction in evacuated sealed silica tubes. Transmission electron microscopy and {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy evidenced a complete A-cations and oxygen vacancies ordering. The structure model was further refined by ab initio structure relaxation, based on density functional theory calculations. The compounds crystallize in a tetragonal a{approx}2{radical}2a{sub p{approx}}11.3 A, c{approx}4c{sub p{approx}}16 A unit cell (a{sub p}: parameter of the perovskite subcell) with the P4{sub 2}/mnm space group. Oxygen vacancies reside in the (FeO{sub 5/4{open_square}3/4}) layers, comprising corner-sharing FeO{sub 4} tetrahedra and FeO{sub 5} tetragonal pyramids, which are sandwiched between the layers of the FeO{sub 6} octahedra. Smaller R atoms occupy the 9-fold coordinated position, whereas the 10-fold coordinated positions are occupied by larger Sr atoms. The Fe sublattice is ordered aniferromagnetically up to at least 500 K, while the rare-earth sublattice remains disordered down to 2 K. -- Graphical abstract: The Sr{sub 3}RFe{sub 4}O{sub 10.5} (R=Y, Ho, Dy) anion-deficient perovskites with a complete ordering of the A-cations and oxygen vacancies have been prepared using a solid-state reaction in evacuated sealed silica tubes. Oxygen vacancies reside in the (FeO{sub 5/43/4}) layers, comprising corner-sharing FeO{sub 4} tetrahedra and FeO{sub 5} tetragonal pyramids, which are sandwiched between the layers of the FeO{sub 6} octahedra. Smaller R atoms occupy the 9-fold coordinated position, whereas the 10-fold coordinated positions are occupied by larger Sr atoms.

  16. How to change the aggregation in the DNA/surfactant/cationic conjugated polyelectrolyte system through the order of component addition: anionic versus neutral surfactants.

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    Monteserín, María; Burrows, Hugh D; Mallavia, Ricardo; Di Paolo, Roberto E; Maçanita, Antonio L; Tapia, María J

    2010-07-20

    The competitive interaction has been studied between double-stranded DNA (dsDNA), the cationic conjugated polyelectrolyte (CPE) poly[9,9-bis(6-N,N,N-trimethylamonium)hexyl)-fluorene-phenylene)] bromide (HTMA-PFP) and anionic or neutral surfactants (sodium dodecyl sulfonate, SDSu, and n-dodecyl pentaoxyethylene glycol ether, C(12)E(5)) in 4% (v/v) dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)-water using UV/visible absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. Dramatic changes are observed in the spectroscopic behavior of the system depending on the order of addition of the reagents, the surfactant charge, and concentration range. If the neutral C(12)E(5) is added to the HTMA-PFP/dsDNA complex, no significant spectroscopic changes are observed. However, if SDSu is added to the same complex, a dramatic increase of the absorbance and emission intensity is observed for surfactant concentrations above the critical micelle concentration (cmc). In contrast, if dsDNA is added to HTMA-PFP/surfactant systems (with surfactant concentrations above their cmc) no significant changes are observed with SDSu, while a dramatic quenching of polymer emission is observed with C(12)E(5), which can be explained quantitatively in terms of HTMA-PFP/surfactant/DNA complexation and the subsequent polymer aggregation upon charge neutralization. The results are compared with those for the binary systems (HTMA-PFP/DNA and HTMA-PFP/surfactants) and indicate the importance of electrostatic interactions between HTMA-PFP and oppositely charged species in the aggregation processes.

  17. Electron-doping through La{sup III}-for-Sr{sup II} substitution in (Sr{sub 1-} {sub x} La {sub x} ){sub 2}FeTaO{sub 6}: Effects on the valences and ordering of the B-site cations, Fe and Ta

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    Rautama, E.-L.; Chan, T.S.; Liu, R.S.; Chen, J.M.; Yamauchi, H.; Karppinen, M. . E-mail: karppinen@msl.titech.ac.jp

    2006-01-15

    We have employed aliovalent A-site cation substitution, La{sup III}-for-Sr{sup II}, to dope the Sr(Fe{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} perovskite oxide with electrons. Essentially single-phase samples of (Sr{sub 1-} {sub x} La {sub x} )(Fe{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} were successfully synthesized up to x{approx}0.3 in a vacuum furnace at 1400 deg. C. The samples were found to crystallize (rather than with orthorhombic symmetry) in monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}/n that accounts for the partial ordering of the B-site cations, Fe and Ta. With increasing La-substitution level, x, the degree of Fe/Ta order was found to increase such that the La-richest compositions are best described by the B-site ordered double-perovskite formula (Sr,La){sub 2}FeTaO{sub 6}. From Fe L {sub 3} and Ta L {sub 3} XANES spectra it was revealed that upon electron doping the two B-site cations, Fe{sup III} and Ta{sup V}, are both prone to reduction. Magnetic susceptibility measurements showed spin-glass type behaviour for all the samples with a transition temperature slightly increasing with increasing x. -- Graphical abstract: Valence states of Fe and Ta are controlled in the partially ordered perovskite oxide (Sr,La){sub 2}FeTaO{sub 6}, through aliovalent La{sup III}-for-Sr{sup II} substitu0010ti.

  18. Trivalent Cation Substitution Effect into Layered Double Hydroxides Co 2Fe y Al 1- y(OH) 6Cl· nH 2O: Study of the Local Order . Ionic Conductivity and Magnetic Properties

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    Intissar, Mourad; Segni, Rachid; Payen, Christophe; Besse, Jean-Pierre; Leroux, Fabrice

    2002-09-01

    A series of layered double hydroxide materials of composition Co 2Fe yAl 1- y(OH) 6Cl· nH 2O (0≤ y≤1) was prepared via chimie douce. The crystalline parameter related to the cation to cation distance obeys the expected variation, showing that the substitution is effective over the entire range. Local order around Co and Fe cations is studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Moduli of the Fourier transform at the Fe K-edge are superimposable, in agreement with an ordered model, although present in small domains since no superlattice is depicted. The ionic resistivity of the samples is highly dependent on the water molecule content. The conductivity is found to be thermally assisted, and the variation of the slope in the Arrhenius diagram is explained by a Vogel-Tamman-Fulcher-type behavior. Magnetic susceptibility measurements support the proposed cation composition and indicate the onset of local magnetic order at low temperature (below 10 K). The inter-sheet distance influences the magnetic response at low temperature, showing the presence of weak interactions between lamellae.

  19. Epitaxial Ti1- xWxN alloys grown on MgO(001) by ultrahigh vacuum reactive magnetron sputtering: Electronic properties and long-range cation ordering

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    Tian, F.; D'Arcy-Gall, J.; Lee, T.-Y.; Sardela, M.; Gall, D.; Petrov, I.; Greene, J. E.

    2003-01-01

    Epitaxial Ti1- xWxN alloys with 0<=x<=0.6 were grown on MgO(001) substrates at 500 °C by ultrahigh vacuum reactive magnetron sputtering from Ti and W targets in pure N2. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and cross-sectional TEM show that the 0.3-μm-thick Ti1- xWxN(001) alloys are single crystals with the B1-NaCl structure. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy investigations indicate that alloys with x>=0.05 are slightly overstoichiometric with N/(Ti+W)=1.06+/-0.05. The alloy lattice parameter a⊥ along the film growth direction is 4.251 Å, irrespective of the WN concentration, for x<=0.41 and decreases slightly at higher concentrations. TEM analyses show that Ti0.5W0.5N(001) alloys have long-range CuPt-type atomic ordering on the cation sublattice. The room-temperature resistivity increases linearly from 13 μΩ cm for TiN to 287 μΩ cm for Ti0.42W0.58N due primarily to alloy scattering while the temperature coefficient of resistivity is positive in Ti1- xWxN alloys with x<=0.21 and negative for x>0.21 due to weak charge carrier localization. The superconducting critical temperature Tc of Ti1- xWxN alloys initially increases with x, due to a larger density of states at the Fermi level, consistent with valence band x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. Tc reaches a maximum of 6.67 K at x=0.21 and decreases for larger x values.

  20. Three-Dimensional Fe(II)-[Mo(III)(CN)7](4-) Magnets with Ordering below 65 K and Distinct Topologies Induced by Cation Identity.

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    Wu, Dong-Qing; Kempe, David; Zhou, Yan; Deng, Lin-Dan; Shao, Dong; Wei, Xiao-Qin; Shi, Le; Dunbar, Kim R; Wang, Xin-Yi

    2017-06-19

    Two cyanide-bridged compounds based on the Fe(II) cation and the anisotropic [Mo(III)(CN)7](4-) anion, namely, {Fe2(H2O)5[Mo(CN)7]·5H2O}n (1) and {[NH2(CH3)2]2Fe5(H2O)10[Mo(CN)7]3·8H2O}n (2), have been prepared. Single crystal X-ray analyses revealed that their structures exhibit different three-dimensional topologies as a result of the addition of [NH2(CH3)2](+) during the synthesis of 2. For both 1 and 2, the geometry of the [Mo(CN)7](4-) unit is a slightly distorted capped trigonal prism; all Fe(II) centers are hexacoordinate and adopt a distorted octahedral configuration. Compound 1 is a three-nodal 3,4,7-connected net with the point symbol of {4.6(2)}{4(5).6}{4(6).6(12).8(3)}, while compound 2 is a five-nodal 4,4,4,6,7-connected net with the point symbol of {4(4).6(2)}{4(5).6}4{4(6).6(7).8(2)}{4(9).6(11).8}2. Magnetic studies revealed that both compounds exhibit magnetic ordering below 65 K. Apart from the plethora of Mn(II)-[Mo(CN)7](4-) compounds documented in the literature, these two Fe(II)-[Mo(CN)7](4-) compounds are the only other [Mo(CN)7](4-) extended structures to be characterized by single crystal structures to date.

  1. Scandium induced structural transformation and B′:B″ cationic ordering in Pb(Fe{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} multiferroic ceramics

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    Mallesham, B.; Ranjith, R.; Manivelraja, M.

    2014-07-21

    The current study explores non-magnetic Sc{sup 3+} induced structural transformation, evolution of local B-site cation ordering and associated effect on ferroelectric phase transition temperature T{sub max} (temperature corresponding to dielectric maxima) on increasing the atom percent of Sc substitution in [Pb(Fe{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} (PFN)] ceramics. In this regard, the phase pure Pb[(Fe{sub 0.5−x}Sc{sub x})Nb{sub 0.5}]O{sub 3} ceramics with x varying from 0 to 0.5 were synthesized through solid state reaction route. The detailed structural analysis through Rietveld refinement confirms the room temperature transformation from a monoclinic Cm to rhombohedral R3m structure at x = 0.3 mol. % of Sc. Absorption spectra studies show that there is a considerable increment in the bandgap at higher scandium content. Most interestingly, the T{sub max} exhibited an increment for lower scandium contents (x = 0.1 to 0.25) followed by a drop in T{sub max} (x = 0.3 to 0.5). Such anomalous behavior in T{sub max} is expected to arise due to the onset of B′, B″ local cation ordering beyond Sc content x = 0.25. The B-site cation ordering at and beyond x = 0.3 was also confirmed by the evolution of cation order induced Pb-O coupled vibrational mode in Raman scattering studies. In addition, the Mössbauer spectra of PFN (x = 0) and Pb(Fe{sub 0.4}Sc{sub 0.1}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} (x = 0.1) are reported to verify the spin state and oxidation state of iron. The lattice distortion due to the radius ratio difference between a Sc{sup 3+} cation and Fe{sup 3+} cation in low spin state is responsible for the structural transformation, which in turn facilitates a B′:B″ cation ordering.

  2. Competing magnetic ground states in the A-site layer-ordered manganite La[subscript 1−x]Ba[subscript 1+x]Mn[subscript 2]O[subscript 6

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    Chmaissem, O.; Brown, D.E.; Ren, Y.; Kolesnik, S.; Mais, J.; Dabrowski, B.

    2010-10-06

    Using neutron and x-ray diffraction, we report the discovery of competing ground states near a multicritical point in A-site layer-ordered La{sub 1-x}Ba{sub 1+x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 6} materials. We demonstrate the dual effects of deliberate disorder on the system's stability, the freezing of the competing states, and the drastic reduction in magnetic fields required for the suppression of charge- and orbital-ordered phases. Our work suggests that quenched disorder is not the primary reason for phase separation and magnetoresistance and that increased doping leads to electronic phase separation.

  3. K{sub 2}NaOsO{sub 5.5} and K{sub 3}NaOs{sub 2}O{sub 9}: The first osmium perovskites containing alkali cations at the 'A' site

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    Mogare, Kailash M.; Klein, Wilhelm; Jansen, Martin

    2012-07-15

    K{sub 2}NaOsO{sub 5.5} and K{sub 3}NaOs{sub 2}O{sub 9} were obtained from solid-state reactions of potassium superoxide, sodium peroxide and osmium metal at elevated oxygen pressures. K{sub 2}NaOsO{sub 5.5} crystallizes as an oxygen-deficient cubic double perovskite in space group Fm3{sup Macron }m with a=8.4184(5) A and contains isolated OsO{sub 6} octahedra. K{sub 3}NaOs{sub 2}O{sub 9} crystallizes hexagonally in P6{sub 3}/mmc with a=5.9998(4) A and c=14.3053(14) A. K{sub 3}NaOs{sub 2}O{sub 9} consists of face sharing Os{sub 2}O{sub 9} pairs of octahedra. According to magnetic measurements K{sub 2}NaOsO{sub 5.5} is diamagnetic, whereas K{sub 3}NaOs{sub 2}O{sub 9} displays strong antiferromagnetic coupling (T{sub N}=140 K), indicating enhanced magnetic interactions within the octahedral pair. - Graphical abstract: High oxidation states of Os, obtained by high oxygen pressure synthesis, are accommodated in double and triple perovskite matrices. K{sub 3}NaOs{sub 2}O{sub 9} displays enhanced magnetic interactions. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New osmates containing highly oxidized Os were obtained by high O{sub 2} pressure synthesis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High oxidation states of Os are accommodated in double and triple perovskite matrices. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Both compounds represent the first Os perovskites with an alkali metal at the A site. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer K{sub 3}NaOs{sub 2}O{sub 9} displays enhanced magnetic interactions within the octahedral pair.

  4. Enhanced ferroelectric and dielectric properties of (111)-oriented highly cation-ordered PbSc{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} thin films

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    Chopra, Anuj; Birajdar, Balaji I.; Kim, Yunseok; Alexe, Marin; Hesse, Dietrich

    2013-12-14

    Cation-ordered (111)-oriented epitaxial PbSc{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} (PST) thin films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition on SrRuO{sub 3}-electroded SrTiO{sub 3} (111) substrates at three different temperatures of 525 °C, 550 °C, and 575 °C. All the films were well crystalline and (111)-oriented at all the three growth temperatures; however, the films deposited at the temperatures other than 550 °C exhibited the presence of a pyrochlore phase. X-ray diffraction analysis and transmission electron microscopy measurements revealed that the films were epitaxial and highly cation-ordered. In comparison to (001)-oriented PST films, (111)-oriented films on SrRuO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} (111) exhibited enhanced ferroelectric and dielectric properties with a broad size distribution of cation-ordered domains (5–100 nm). At a measurement temperature of 100 K, the remnant polarization of PST (111) films is almost √3 times larger than the remnant polarization observed for (001)-oriented PST films, which is attributed to the (111) orientation of the films, as the spontaneous polarization in PST lies close to the [111] direction. The observed dielectric constant and loss at 1 kHz were around 1145 and 0.11, respectively. The dielectric constant is thus almost three times higher than for previously reported (001)-oriented PST thin films, most probably due to the enhancement in cation-ordering.

  5. A-site ordering and its effect on tilting transition in perovskite La0.75Sr0.25FeO3-δ investigated by mechanical spectroscopy

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    Chen, C. C.; Ying, X. N.

    2017-05-01

    La0.75Sr0.25FeO3-δ polycrystalline samples were prepared by the solid state reaction at different sintering temperatures. An octahedral tilting Pnma ↔ R 3 ¯ c transition in La0.75Sr0.25FeO3-δ was detected by mechanical spectroscopy, where a dip of reduced modulus was observed and accompanied by a sharp internal friction peak. The modulus softening is due to the strain/order parameters coupling at this improper ferroelastic transition. The tilting transition shifts toward lower temperature with reducing sintering temperature in La0.75Sr0.25FeO3-δ samples, which is due to the detriment of A-site ordering in the ABO3 perovskite. A higher degree of A-site ordering favors more homogenous structural modulation, which stabilizes the low temperature Pnma phase and results in the shift of the transition to higher temperature. Another internal friction peak just below the tilting transition was observed, which is attributed to domain wall motions. A correlation between the mobility of ferroelastic domain walls in Pnma perovskite and the existence of the high temperature R 3 ¯ c phase was suggested.

  6. Probing cation and vacancy ordering in the dry and hydrated yttrium-substituted BaSnO3 perovskite by NMR spectroscopy and first principles calculations: implications for proton mobility.

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    Buannic, Lucienne; Blanc, Frédéric; Middlemiss, Derek S; Grey, Clare P

    2012-09-05

    Hydrated BaSn(1-x)Y(x)O(3-x/2) is a protonic conductor that, unlike many other related perovskites, shows high conductivity even at high substitution levels. A joint multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and density functional theory (total energy and GIPAW NMR calculations) investigation of BaSn(1-x)Y(x)O(3-x/2) (0.10 ≤ x ≤ 0.50) was performed to investigate cation ordering and the location of the oxygen vacancies in the dry material. The DFT energetics show that Y doping on the Sn site is favored over doping on the Ba site. The (119)Sn chemical shifts are sensitive to the number of neighboring Sn and Y cations, an experimental observation that is supported by the GIPAW calculations and that allows clustering to be monitored: Y substitution on the Sn sublattice is close to random up to x = 0.20, while at higher substitution levels, Y-O-Y linkages are avoided, leading, at x = 0.50, to strict Y-O-Sn alternation of B-site cations. These results are confirmed by the absence of a "Y-O-Y" (17)O resonance and supported by the (17)O NMR shift calculations. Although resonances due to six-coordinate Y cations were observed by (89)Y NMR, the agreement between the experimental and calculated shifts was poor. Five-coordinate Sn and Y sites (i.e., sites next to the vacancy) were observed by (119)Sn and (89)Y NMR, respectively, these sites disappearing on hydration. More five-coordinated Sn than five-coordinated Y sites are seen, even at x = 0.50, which is ascribed to the presence of residual Sn-O-Sn defects in the cation-ordered material and their ability to accommodate O vacancies. High-temperature (119)Sn NMR reveals that the O ions are mobile above 400 °C, oxygen mobility being required to hydrate these materials. The high protonic mobility, even in the high Y-content materials, is ascribed to the Y-O-Sn cation ordering, which prevents proton trapping on the more basic Y-O-Y sites.

  7. One disorder out of two orders: Synthesis and crystal structures of cation-ordered PbNaF2NO3, anion-ordered Pb2OFNO3, and continuous disordered (Pb, Na)2(O,F)2-δNO3 solid solution with Sillén-derived structures

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    Charkin, Dmitri O.; Plokhikh, Igor V.; Zaloga, Aleksandr N.; Lobanov, Maxim V.; Kazakov, Sergey M.

    2017-09-01

    Two new Sillén-like layered lead fluoride nitrates, PbNaF2NO3 and Pb2OFNO3, have been prepared at 300 °C. PbNaF2NO3 is a structural analog of alkaline earth - bismuth oxyhalides, BaBiO2X and SrBiO2X (X = Cl - I), but not the corresponding nitrates, SrBiO2NO3 or BaBiO2NO3. Pb2OFNO3 is analogous to the corresponding halides, Pb2OFX (X = Cl, Br, I). Both structures belong to orthorhombic symmetry and demonstrate Na/Pb and O/F ordering, respectively. A continuous solid solution is formed between PbNaF2NO3 and Pb2OFNO3 which demonstrates neither cation nor anion ordering; the structure of intermediate composition Pb1.5Na0.5F1.5O0.5NO3 was refined in tetragonal symmetry and is indeed very close to that of PbBiO2NO3 and CaBiO2NO3. In PbNaF2NO3, the O:F ratio may be varied to a slight extent, PbNaF2-2yOyyNO3, which also breaks the Na - Pb cation ordering. Analogous fluoride halides could not be prepared. Structural analogies to lead, bismuth, and antimony oxyhalides are discussed.

  8. Electronic and Electrochemical Properties of Li 1–x Mn 1.5 Ni 0.5 O 4 Spinel Cathodes As a Function of Lithium Content and Cation Ordering

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    Moorhead-Rosenberg, Zach; Huq, Ashfia; Goodenough, John B.; ...

    2015-10-05

    The electronic and electrochemical properties of the high-voltage spinel LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4 as a function of cation ordering and lithium content have been investigated. Conductivity and activation energy measurements confirm that charge transfer occurs by small polaron hopping and the charge carrier conduction is easier in the Ni:3d band than in the in Mn:3d band. Seebeck coefficient data reveal that the Ni2+/3+. and Ni3+/4+ redox couples are combined in a single,3d band, and that maximum charge carrier concentration occurs where the average Ni oxidation state is close to 3+, corresponding to x = 0.5 in Li Li1-xMn1.5Ni0.5O4. Furthermore, maximum electronic conductivity ismore » found at x = 0.5, regardless of cation ordering. The thermodynamically stable phases formed during cycling were investigated by recording the X-ray diffraction (XRD) of chemically delithiated powders. The more ordered spinels maintained two separate two-phase regions upon lithium extraction, while the more disordered samples exhibited a solid-solubility region from LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4 to Li0.5Mn1.5Ni0.5O4. The conductivity and phase-transformation data of four samples with varying degrees of cation ordering were compared to the electrochemical data collected with lithium cells. Only the most ordered spinel showed inferior rate performance, while the sample annealed for a shorter time performed comparable to the unannealed or disordered samples. Our results challenge the most common beliefs about high-voltage spinel: (i) low Mn3+ content is responsible for poor rate performance and (ii) thermodynamically stable solid-solubility is critical for fast kinetics.« less

  9. Nanoscale Phase Separation, Cation Ordering, and Surface Oxygen Chemistry in Pristine Li1.2Ni0.2Mn0.6O2 for Li-Ion Batteries

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    Gu, Meng; Genc, Arda; Belharouak, Ilias; Wang, Dapeng; Amine, Khalil; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Baer, Donald R.; Zhang, Jiguang; Browning, Nigel D.; Liu, Jun; Wang, Chong M.

    2013-05-14

    Li-rich layered material Li1.2Ni0.2Mn0.6O2 possesses high voltage and high specific capacity, which makes it an attractive candidate for the transportation industry and sustainable energy storage systems. The rechargeable capacity of the Li-ion battery is linked largely to the structural stability of the cathode materials during the charge-discharge cycles. However, the structure and cation distribution in pristine (un-cycled) Li1.2Ni0.2Mn0.6O2 have not yet been fully characterized. Using a combination of aberration-corrected scanning/transmission electron microscopy, X-ray dispersive energy spectroscopy (XEDS), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), and complementary multislice image simulation, we have probed the crystal structure, cation/anion distribution, and electronic structure of Li1.2Ni0.2Mn0.6O2 nanoparticle. We discovered that the electronic structure and valence state of transition metal ions show significant variations, which have been identified to be attributed to the oxygen deficiency near the particle surfaces. Characterization of the nanoscale phase separation and cation ordering in the pristine material are critical for understanding the capacity and voltage fading of this material for battery application.

  10. High-temperature orbital, charge, and structural phase transitions in the cation-ordered manganites TbBaMn{sub 2}O{sub 6} and YBaMn{sub 2}O{sub 6}

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    Williams, Anthony J.; Attfield, J. Paul; Redfern, Simon A.T.

    2005-11-01

    The high-temperature structures and phase transitions of the cation-ordered manganite perovskites TbBaMn{sub 2}O{sub 6} and YBaMn{sub 2}O{sub 6} have been studied by powder neutron diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry. TbBaMn{sub 2}O{sub 6} undergoes an unprecedented transition from a charge and antiferro-orbitally ordered phase to a charge and ferro-orbitally ordered structure at 94.5 deg. C, and the charge and orbital ordering melts at 200 deg. C. An orthorhombic Cmmm phase with rotational order of MnO{sub 6} octahedra is observed above the transition, and at 514 deg. C this transforms to the aristotype tetragonal P4/mmm arrangement. YBaMn{sub 2}O{sub 6} is charge and ferro-orbitally ordered up to 225 deg. C. Above this charge ordering transition, a C2/m phase with two rotational orders is found. This transforms to the Cmmm structure at 437 deg. C. Discontinuities in volume and volume expansion, and a limited phase coexistence region are observed at the charge ordering transitions, whereas the other transitions are continuous.

  11. Structure and cation ordering in La2UO6, Ce2UO6, LaUO4, and CeUO4 by first principles calculations

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    Casillas-Trujillo, Luis; Xu, H.; McMurray, Jake W.; Shin, Dongwon; Baldinozzi, G.; Sickafus, Kurt

    2016-07-06

    In the present work, we have used density functional theory (DFT) and DFT+U to investigate the crystal structure and phase stability of four model compounds in the Ln2O3-UO2-UO3 ternary oxide system: La2UO6, Ce2UO6, LaUO4, CeUO4, due to the highly-correlated nature of the f-electrons in uranium. We have considered both hypothetical ordered compounds and compounds in which the cations randomly occupy atomic sites in a fluorite-like lattice. We determined that ordered compounds are stable and are energetically favored compared to disordered configurations, though the ordering tendencies are weak. To model and analyze the structures of these complex oxides, we have used supercells based on a layered atomic model. In the layer model, the supercell is composed of alternating planes of anions and cations. We have considered two different ordering motifs for the cations, namely single species (isoatomic) cation layers versus mixed species cation layers. Energy differences between various ordered cationic arrangements were found to be small. This may have implications regarding radiation stability, since cationic arrangements should be able to change under irradiation with little cost in energy.

  12. Fabrication and orientation control of highly cation-ordered epitaxial PbSc{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} thin films on Si (100)

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    Chopra, Anuj; Alexe, Marin; Hesse, Dietrich

    2015-01-28

    Highly cation-ordered (100) and (110)-oriented PbSc{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} (PST) films were deposited on buffered Si (100) substrates using pulsed laser deposition. Switching of crystal orientation from (100) to (110) was achieved by replacing the Si (100)/ZrO2:Y2O3 (100)/CeO2 (100)/LaNiO3 (100)/PST (100) heterostructure with Si (100)/ZrO2:Y2O3 (YSZ) (100)/SrRuO3 (110)/PST (110). The out-of-plane and in-plane crystal orientation and internal microstructure of (001) and (110) PST films were analyzed in detail by X-ray diffraction, pole figure measurements, and transmission electron microscopy. XRD superstructure reflections indicate that both (100) and (110) PST films are highly cation-ordered and transmission electron microscopy measurements show nano-domains of 15 nm size. The electrical measurements show that the PST films are ferroelectric and that the ferroelectric properties are linked to the microstructure. We have demonstrated the successful integration of PST films on Si substrates with control on growth orientation; this approach can be extended to other oxides to be integrated on silicon substrates for future device applications.

  13. Structural chemistry of the cation-ordered perovskites Sr{sub 2}CaMo{sub 1-x}Te{sub x}O{sub 6} (0=

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    Prior, Timothy J.; Couper, Victoria J.; Battle, Peter D. . E-mail: peter.battle@chem.ox.ac.uk

    2005-01-15

    The crystal structures of Sr{sub 2}CaMoO{sub 6} and Sr{sub 2}CaTeO{sub 6} have been determined at room temperature by neutron powder diffraction. Both compounds crystallize in the perovskite structure with a rock-salt ordered array of Ca{sup 2+} and M{sup 6+} cations (M=Mo, Te) on the six-coordinate sites (space group P2{sub 1}/n (no. 14); for M=Mo, a=5.76228(7), b=5.84790(7), c=8.18707(9)A, {beta}=90.194(1){sup o}, for M=Te, a=5.79919(9), b=5.83756(8), c=8.2175(1)A, {beta}=90.194(1){sup o}). Compositions in the solid solution Sr{sub 2}CaMo{sub 1-x}Te{sub x}O{sub 6} have been synthesized and shown by X-ray diffraction to adopt the same ordered structure. The results are used in a discussion of the cation oxidation states in Ca{sub 2}FeMoO{sub 6} and to establish the similarity between the structural chemistry of hexavalent Mo and Te.

  14. Sr3Bi2(SeO3)6·H2O: A novel anionic layer consisting of second-order Jahn-Teller (SOJT) distortive cations

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    Ahn, Hyun Sun; Lee, Eun Pyo; Chang, Hong-Young; Lee, Dong Woo; Ok, Kang Min

    2015-01-01

    A new layered bismuth selenite hydrate material, Sr3Bi2(SeO3)6·H2O has been synthesized through a hydrothermal reaction using SrCO3, Bi2O3, SeO2, and water as reagents. The crystal structure of the reported material has been determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The anionic layered framework of Sr3Bi2(SeO3)6·H2O consists of polyhedra of second-order Jahn-Teller (SOJT) distortive cations, Bi3+ and Se4+. Attributable to the variable and asymmetric coordination geometry of the constituent cations, a rich structural chemistry including uni-dimensional bands and linkers is observed in the layer. The material is thermally stable up to about 390 °C and starts decomposing due to the sublimation of SeO2 above the temperature. The UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectrum suggests a band gap of 3.3 eV. Elemental analysis, infrared spectrum, local dipole moment calculations, and electronic structure calculations are also reported.

  15. Nanolayer of the A{sub 2}{sup III}B{sub 3}{sup VI}(111) phase with ordered cation vacancies on GaAs(111) and InAs(111)

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    Bezryadin, N. N. Kotov, G. I.; Kuzubov, S. V.; Agapov, B. L.

    2010-09-15

    The surface of GaAs(111) and InAs(111) substrates has been investigated by transmission and scanning electron microscopy after thermal treatment in selenium vapor. A pseudomorphic growth of single-crystal phases of indium selenide In{sub 2}Se{sub 3}(111) and gallium selenide Ga{sub 2}Se{sub 3}(111) is found; these compounds are crystallized into a sphalerite lattice with ordered stoichiometric cation vacancies. A model of an atomic surface is proposed for the In{sub 2}Se{sub 3}(111) and Ga{sub 2}Se{sub 3}(111) structures. The reconstruction of the ({radical}3 x {radical}3)-R30 deg. surface of GaAs(111) and InAs(111) after treatment in Se vapor is considered within this model.

  16. Structural and magnetic study of the cation-ordered perovskites Ba{sub 2-} {sub x} Sr {sub x} ErMoO{sub 6}

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    Cussen, Edmund J.

    2007-02-15

    A series of perovskite phases have been prepared from the appropriate carbonates and oxides by heating under reducing conditions at temperatures up to 1300 deg. C. Complete ordering between ErO{sub 6} and MoO{sub 6} octahedra and a disordered distribution of Sr{sup 2+} and Ba{sup 2+} occur in all compounds. Neutron powder diffraction experiments show that the substitution of Sr{sup 2+} into Ba{sub 2}ErMoO{sub 6} introduces a progressive reduction in symmetry from Fm3-barm (x=0) to I4/m (x=0.5, 0.8) to P2{sub 1}/n (x=1.25, 1.75, 2.0). Magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate that all of these compounds show Curie-Weiss paramagnetism and that for x<1.25 this behaviour persists down to 2 K. The monoclinically distorted compounds show magnetic transitions at low temperature and neutron diffraction has confirmed the presence of long-range antiferromagnetic order below 2.5 and 4 K in Ba{sub 0.25}Sr{sub 1.75}ErMoO{sub 6} and Sr{sub 2}ErMoO{sub 6}, respectively. Ba{sub 0.75}Sr{sub 1.25}ErMoO{sub 6}, Ba{sub 0.25}Sr{sub 1.75}ErMoO{sub 6} and Sr{sub 2}ErMoO{sub 6} do not undergo structural distortion on cooling from room temperature. - Graphical abstract: Introduction of Sr{sup 2+} into the double perovskite Ba{sub 2}ErMoO{sub 6} introduces increasingly large distortions from cubic symmetry and permits antiferromagnetic order at T {sub N}{<=}4 K.

  17. Cation diffusion in titanomagnetites

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    Aragon, R.; McCallister, R. H.; Harrison, H. R.

    1984-02-01

    Interdiffusion couple experiments were performed with titanomagnetite single crystals at 1,000°C, 1,100° C and 1,200° C in various buffered atmospheres. The dependence of the interdiffusion coefficient on oxygen fugacity, composition and temperature was interpreted in terms of point defect structure. Estimates of the cation tracer diffusivities indicate that Fe migrates via a point defect mechanism, involving mixed tetrahedral-octahedral site jumps, with an activation energy of 33 Kcal/mole; whereas Ti migration is one to two orders of magnitude slower, is restricted to octahedral sites and has an activation energy of 60 Kcal/mole.

  18. Sr{sub 3}Bi{sub 2}(SeO{sub 3}){sub 6}·H{sub 2}O: A novel anionic layer consisting of second-order Jahn–Teller (SOJT) distortive cations

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    Ahn, Hyun Sun; Lee, Eun Pyo; Chang, Hong-Young; Lee, Dong Woo; Ok, Kang Min

    2015-01-15

    A new layered bismuth selenite hydrate material, Sr{sub 3}Bi{sub 2}(SeO{sub 3}){sub 6}·H{sub 2}O has been synthesized through a hydrothermal reaction using SrCO{sub 3}, Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}, SeO{sub 2}, and water as reagents. The crystal structure of the reported material has been determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The anionic layered framework of Sr{sub 3}Bi{sub 2}(SeO{sub 3}){sub 6}·H{sub 2}O consists of polyhedra of second-order Jahn–Teller (SOJT) distortive cations, Bi{sup 3+} and Se{sup 4+}. Attributable to the variable and asymmetric coordination geometry of the constituent cations, a rich structural chemistry including uni-dimensional bands and linkers is observed in the layer. The material is thermally stable up to about 390 °C and starts decomposing due to the sublimation of SeO{sub 2} above the temperature. The UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectrum suggests a band gap of 3.3 eV. Elemental analysis, infrared spectrum, local dipole moment calculations, and electronic structure calculations are also reported. - Graphical abstract: Ball-and-stick and polyhedral representation of Sr{sub 3}Bi{sub 2}(SeO{sub 3}){sub 6}·H{sub 2}O in the ab-plane. The stereoactive lone pairs are visualized around the Bi{sup 3+} and Se{sup 4+} as lobelike isosurfaces through ELF calculations with η=0.9. - Highlights: • A novel layered bismuth selenite, Sr{sub 3}Bi{sub 2}(SeO{sub 3}){sub 6}·H{sub 2}O has been hydrothermally synthesized. • The layer is only composed of second-order Jahn–Teller distortive cations in asymmetric environments. • The stereoactive lone pairs are visualized as lobelike isosurfaces through ELF calculations.

  19. Effect of crystal structure and cationic order on phonon modes across ferroelectric phase transformation in Pb(Fe{sub 0.5-x}Sc{sub x}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} bulk ceramics

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    Mallesham, B.; Ranjith, R.; Viswanath, B.

    2016-01-15

    Pb(Fe{sub 0.5-x}Sc{sub x}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} [(PFSN) (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5)] multiferroic relaxors were synthesized and the temperature dependence of phonon modes across ferroelectric to paraelectric transition was studied. With varying Sc content from x = 0 to 0.25 the structure remains monoclinic and with further addition (x = 0.3 - 0.5) the structure transforms into rhombohedral symmetry. Structural refinement studies showed that the change in crystal structure from monoclinic to rhombohedral symmetry involves a volume increment of 34-36%. Associated changes in the tolerance factor (1.024 ≤ t ≤ 0.976) and bond angles were observed. Structure assisted B′-B″ cation ordering was confirmed through the superlattice reflections in selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern of Pb(Sc{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} (x = 0.5). Cation ordering is also evident from the evolution of Pb-O phonon mode in Raman spectra of compositions with rhombohedral symmetry (x ≥ 0.3). The high temperature Raman scattering studies show that the B-localized mode [F{sub 1u}, ∼250 cm{sup −1}] and BO{sub 6} octahedral rotational mode [F{sub 1g}, ∼200 cm{sup −1}], both originating from polar nano regions (PNRs) behave like coupled phonon modes in rhombohedral symmetry. However, in monoclinic symmetry they behave independently across the transition. Softening of B localized mode across the transition followed by the hardening for all compositions confirms the diffusive nature of the ferroelectric transformation. The presence of correlation between the B localized and BO{sub 6} rotational modes introduces a weak relaxor feature for systems with rhombohedral symmetry in PFSN ceramics, which was confirmed from the macroscopic dielectric studies.

  20. Phase Transition and Second Harmonic Generation in Thiophosphates Ag2Cd(P2S6) and AgCd3(PS4)S2 Containing Two Second-Order Jahn-Teller Distorted Cations.

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    Fan, Yu-Hang; Jiang, Xiao-Ming; Liu, Bin-Wen; Li, Shu-Fang; Guo, Wei-Huan; Zeng, Hui-Yi; Guo, Guo-Cong; Huang, Jin-Shun

    2017-01-03

    Two new phases in the Ag-Cd-P-S system containing two second-order Jahn-Teller (SOJT) distorted d(10) cations (Cd(2+) and Ag(+)), namely, Ag2Cd(P2S6) (1) and AgCd3(PS4)S2 (2), are obtained via medium-temperature solid-state synthesis. Compound 1 exhibits a two-dimensional layered structure and undergoes a first-order structural phase transition at approximately 280 °C. This outcome can be ascribed to the significant mismatch in the expansion coefficients between Cd-S (Ag-S) and P-P (P-S) bonds evaluated through bond valence theory. The three-dimensional non-centrosymmetric (NCS) framework of 2 is constructed by two types of tetrahedral layers consisting of corner-shared CdS4, AgS4, and PS4 tetrahedra. Compound 2 exhibits second harmonic generation (SHG) intensity of 0.45 times that of commercial AgGaS2 (AGS) at a laser irradiation of 1.85 μm and an optical band gap of 2.56 eV, and no intrinsic vibrational absorption of chemical bonds is observed in the range of 2.5-18.2 μm. Both phase transition in 1 and SHG properties in 2 are closely related to the SOJT distorted d(10) cations and diverse phosphorus-sulfur polyanions (PaSb)(n-), which together can easily result in NCS distorted structures and interesting properties.

  1. Effects of cation size disorder and lattice distortion on metamagnetism in phase-separated manganites

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    Mavani, K. R.; Paulose, P. L.

    2005-07-01

    The effects of A-site cation size disorder in ABO 3 type charge-ordered and antiferromagnetic Pr 0.5Ca 0.5MnO 3 system have been studied by substituting La 3+, Sr 2+ or Ba 2+, while keeping the valency of Mn ions and the tolerance factor ( t=0.921) constant in the substituted compounds. We find that the substitutions by these larger cations induce successive sharp step-like metamagnetic transitions at 2.5 K. The critical field for metamagnetism is the lowest for 3% Ba substituted compound, which has the largest A-site cation size disorder and the least distorted MnO 6 octahedra, among the compounds reported here. These cation substitutions give rise to ferromagnetic clusters within antiferromagnetic matrix, indicating phase-separation at low temperatures. The growth of the clusters is found to vary with the substitution amount. The local lattice distortion of MnO 6 octahedra enhances the charge ordering temperature and reduces the magnetization at high fields (>1 T) in these manganites.

  2. Divalent cation shrinks DNA but inhibits its compaction with trivalent cation

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    Tongu, Chika; Kenmotsu, Takahiro; Yoshikawa, Yuko; Zinchenko, Anatoly; Chen, Ning; Yoshikawa, Kenichi

    2016-05-01

    Our observation reveals the effects of divalent and trivalent cations on the higher-order structure of giant DNA (T4 DNA 166 kbp) by fluorescence microscopy. It was found that divalent cations, Mg(2+) and Ca(2+), inhibit DNA compaction induced by a trivalent cation, spermidine (SPD(3+)). On the other hand, in the absence of SPD(3+), divalent cations cause the shrinkage of DNA. As the control experiment, we have confirmed the minimum effect of monovalent cation, Na(+) on the DNA higher-order structure. We interpret the competition between 2+ and 3+ cations in terms of the change in the translational entropy of the counterions. For the compaction with SPD(3+), we consider the increase in translational entropy due to the ion-exchange of the intrinsic monovalent cations condensing on a highly charged polyelectrolyte, double-stranded DNA, by the 3+ cations. In contrast, the presence of 2+ cation decreases the gain of entropy contribution by the ion-exchange between monovalent and 3+ ions.

  3. The cubyl cation rearrangements.

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    Jalife, Said; Mondal, Sukanta; Cabellos, Jose Luis; Martinez-Guajardo, Gerardo; Fernandez-Herrera, Maria A; Merino, Gabriel

    2016-02-25

    Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations and high-level ab initio computations predict that the cage-opening rearrangement of the cubyl cation to the 7H(+)-pentalenyl cation is feasible in the gas phase. The rate-determining step is the formation of the cuneyl cation with an activation barrier of 25.3 kcal mol(-1) at the CCSD(T)/def2-TZVP//MP2/def2-TZVP level. Thus, the cubyl cation is kinetically stable enough to be formed and trapped at moderate temperatures, but it may be rearranged at higher temperatures.

  4. Cation binding by bacteriorhodopsin

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    Chang, C.H.; Chen, J.G.; Govindjee, R.; Ebrey, T.

    1984-01-01

    It was found that extensively washed purple membrane has about 1 calcium and 3-4 magnesium ions bound per bacteriorhodopsin molecule. When these divalent cations are removed by any of a variety of means, the pigment changes its color from purple to blue (lambda/sub max/ approx. = 600 nm). This blue pigment, which can be formed at near neutral pH, is probably very similar to blue species formed when the pH of a purple membrane sample is lowered to approx. = 2. When any of a wide variety of cations are added to a blue membrane preparation, the characteristic purple color of bacteriorhodopsin returns. Divalent and trivalent cations are much more efficient than monovalent cations in restoring the purple color and are effective at a ratio approaching one cation per pigment molecule. Besides shifting the absorption spectrum, removal of the divalent cations drastically alters the photochemical cycle of bacteriorhodopsin, including abolishing the unprotonated Schiff base (M-type) intermediate. Finally, lanthanum not only displaces the divalent cations normally bound to the purple membrane but also greatly reduces both the rate of decay of the M412 intermediate and proton uptake.

  5. Cation locations and dislocations in zeolites

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    Smith, Luis James

    The focus of this dissertation is the extra-framework cation sites in a particular structural family of zeolites, chabazite. Cation sites play a particularly important role in the application of these sieves for ion exchange, gas separation, catalysis, and, when the cation is a proton, acid catalysis. Structural characterization is commonly performed through the use of powder diffraction and Rietveld analysis of powder diffraction data. Use of high-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance, in the study of the local order of the various constituent nuclei of zeolites, complements well the long-range order information produced by diffraction. Recent developments in solid state NMR techniques allow for increased study of disorder in zeolites particularly when such phenomena test the detection limits of diffraction. These two powerful characterization techniques, powder diffraction and NMR, offer many insights into the complex interaction of cations with the zeolite framework. The acids site locations in SSZ-13, a high silica chabazite, and SAPO-34, a silicoaluminophosphate with the chabazite structure, were determined. The structure of SAPO-34 upon selective hydration was also determined. The insensitivity of X-rays to hydrogen was avoided through deuteration of the acid zeolites and neutron powder diffraction methods. Protons at inequivalent positions were found to have different acid strengths in both SSZ-13 and SAPO-34. Other light elements are incorporated into zeolites in the form of extra-framework cations, among these are lithium, sodium, and calcium. Not amenable by X-ray powder diffraction methods, the positions of such light cations in fully ion-exchanged versions of synthetic chabazite were determined through neutron powder diffraction methods. The study of more complex binary cation systems were conducted. Powder diffraction and solid state NMR methods (MAS, MQMAS) were used to examine cation site preferences and dislocations in these mixed-akali chabazites

  6. Cation disorder in shocked orthopyroxene.

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    Dundon, R. W.; Hafner, S. S.

    1971-01-01

    The study of cation distributions over nonequivalent lattice sites in minerals may reveal information on the history of temperature and pressure in rocks. Chemically homogeneous orthopyroxene specimens were shocked under well-controlled conditions in the laboratory in order to provide a basis for the interpretation of more complex natural materials. As a result of the investigation it is concluded that the distribution of magnesium and iron over the M1 and M2 positions in Bamle enstatite shocked at 1 megabar is highly disordered. It corresponds to an equilibrium distribution of at least 1000 C.

  7. Diaryldichalcogenide radical cations.

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    Mallow, Ole; Khanfar, Monther A; Malischewski, Moritz; Finke, Pamela; Hesse, Malte; Lork, Enno; Augenstein, Timo; Breher, Frank; Harmer, Jeffrey R; Vasilieva, Nadezhda V; Zibarev, Andrey; Bogomyakov, Artem S; Seppelt, Konrad; Beckmann, Jens

    2015-01-01

    One-electron oxidation of two series of diaryldichalcogenides (C6F5E)2 (13a-c) and (2,6-Mes2C6H3E)2 (16a-c) was studied (E = S, Se, Te). The reaction of 13a and 13b with AsF5 and SbF5 gave rise to the formation of thermally unstable radical cations [(C6F5S)2]˙(+) (14a) and [(C6F5Se)2]˙(+) (14b) that were isolated as [Sb2F11](-) and [As2F11](-) salts, respectively. The reaction of 13c with AsF5 afforded only the product of a Te-C bond cleavage, namely the previously known dication [Te4](2+) that was isolated as [AsF6](-) salt. The reaction of (2,6-Mes2C6H3E)2 (16a-c) with [NO][SbF6] provided the corresponding radical cations [(2,6-Mes2C6H3E)2]˙(+) (17a-c; E = S, Se, Te) in the form of thermally stable [SbF6](-) salts in nearly quantitative yields. The electronic and structural properties of these radical cations were probed by X-ray diffraction analysis, EPR spectroscopy, and density functional theory calculations and other methods.

  8. Hydroxide Degradation Pathways for Imidazolium Cations. A DFT Study

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    Long, H.; Pivovar, B.

    2014-05-15

    Imidazolium cations are promising candidates as covalently tetherable cations for application in anion exchange membranes. They have generated specific interest in alkaline membrane fuel cell applications where ammonium-based cations have been the most commonly applied but have been found to be susceptible to hydroxide attack. In the search for high stability cations, a detailed understanding of the degradation pathways and reaction barriers is required. In this work, we investigate imidazolium and benzimidazolium cations in the presence of hydroxide using density functional theory calculations for their potential in alkaline membrane fuel cells. Moreover, the dominant degradation pathway for these cations is predicted to be the nucleophilic addition–elimination pathway at the C-2 atom position on the imidazolium ring. Steric interferences, introduced by substitutions at the C-2, C-4, and C-5 atom positions, were investigated and found to have a significant, positive impact on calculated degradation energy barriers. Benzimidazolium cations, with their larger conjugated systems, are predicted to degrade much faster than their imidazolium counterparts. Our results provide important insight into designing stable cations for anion exchange membranes. Some of the molecules studied have significantly increased degradation energy barriers suggesting that they could possess significantly improved (several orders of magnitude) durability compared to traditional cations and potentially enable new applications.

  9. Electronic and Electrochemical Properties of Li 1–x Mn 1.5 Ni 0.5 O 4 Spinel Cathodes As a Function of Lithium Content and Cation Ordering

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    Moorhead-Rosenberg, Zach; Huq, Ashfia; Goodenough, John B.; Manthiram, Arumugam

    2015-10-05

    The electronic and electrochemical properties of the high-voltage spinel LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4 as a function of cation ordering and lithium content have been investigated. Conductivity and activation energy measurements confirm that charge transfer occurs by small polaron hopping and the charge carrier conduction is easier in the Ni:3d band than in the in Mn:3d band. Seebeck coefficient data reveal that the Ni2+/3+. and Ni3+/4+ redox couples are combined in a single,3d band, and that maximum charge carrier concentration occurs where the average Ni oxidation state is close to 3+, corresponding to x = 0.5 in Li Li1-xMn1.5Ni0.5O4. Furthermore, maximum electronic conductivity is found at x = 0.5, regardless of cation ordering. The thermodynamically stable phases formed during cycling were investigated by recording the X-ray diffraction (XRD) of chemically delithiated powders. The more ordered spinels maintained two separate two-phase regions upon lithium extraction, while the more disordered samples exhibited a solid-solubility region from LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4 to Li0.5Mn1.5Ni0.5O4. The conductivity and phase-transformation data of four samples with varying degrees of cation ordering were compared to the electrochemical data collected with lithium cells. Only the most ordered spinel showed inferior rate performance, while the sample annealed for a shorter time performed comparable to the unannealed or disordered samples. Our results challenge the most common beliefs about high-voltage spinel: (i) low Mn3+ content is responsible for poor rate performance and (ii) thermodynamically stable solid-solubility is critical for fast kinetics.

  10. Dissecting the cation-cation interaction between two uranyl units.

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    Tecmer, Paweł; Hong, Sung W; Boguslawski, Katharina

    2016-07-21

    We present a state-of-the-art computational study of the uranyl(vi) and uranyl(v) cation-cation interactions (dications) in aqueous solution. Reliable electronic structures of two interacting uranyl(vi) and uranyl(v) subunits as well as those of the uranyl(vi) and uranyl(v) clusters are presented for the first time. Our theoretical study elucidates the impact of cation-cation interactions on changes in the molecular structure as well as changes in vibrational and UV-Vis spectra of the bare uranyl(vi) and uranyl(v) moieties for different total spin-states and total charges of the dications.

  11. Understanding the role of A-site and B-site cations on piezoelectric instability in lead--free (1-x) BaTiO3 -- xA(Cu1/3Nb2/3)O3 (A = Sr, Ca, Ba) solid solutions

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    Maurya, Deepam; Zhou, Yuan; Priya, Shashank

    2013-03-01

    This study provides fundamental understanding of the enhanced piezoelectric instability in lead-free piezoelectric (1-x) BaTiO3-xA(Cu1/3Nb2/3) O3(A: Sr, Ba and Ca and x = 0.0-0.03) solid solutions. These compositions were found to exhibit large longitudinal piezoelectric constant (d33) of ~330 pC/N and electromechanical planar coupling constant (kp) ~ 46% at room temperature. The X-ray diffraction coupled with atomic pair distribution functions (PDF)s indicated increase in local polarization. Raman scattering and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) analysis revealed that substitutions on A and B-site both substantially perturbed the local octahedral dynamics and resulted in localized nano polar regions with lower symmetry. The presence of nano domains and local structural distortions smears the Curie peak resulting in diffuse order-disorder type phase transitions. The effect of these distortions on the variations in physical property was modeled and analyzed within the context of nanodomains and phase transitions. *spriya@vt.edu The financial support from National Science Foundation and Office of Basic Energy Science, Department of Energy (Microscopy analysis) is gratefully acknowledged. The authors would also like to acknowledge the support from KIMS (new piezoelectric)

  12. Simultaneous separation of inorganic anions and cations by using anion-exchange and cation-exchange columns connected in tandem in ion chromatography.

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    Karim, Khairil Juhanni Binti Abd; Jin, Ji-Ye; Takeuchi, Toyohide

    2003-05-02

    Inorganic anions and cations in environmental waters were determined by ion chromatography. Stationary and mobile phases were examined for the simultaneous separation of both anions and cations. Cations detection by UV detection requires a mobile phase with a UV absorbing additive, which indirectly visualizes cations as negative peaks. Simultaneous separation of anions and cations were achieved when using an eluent that consists of inorganic acid with weak basic amino acid as additives. It was convenient to separate both anions and cations by coupling anion-exchange and cation-exchange columns in tandem. The order of the separation columns connected affected the elution profiles. When the eluent comprises of multiple anions and a single cation, the anion-exchange column should be connected in the upper stream, whereas when the eluent comprises multiple cations and a single anion, the cation-exchange column should be connected in the upper stream. Use of switching valves also allowed simultaneous separation of anions and cations in a single chromatographic run. In the present work, operating conditions were optimized for the simultaneous separation of anions and cations.

  13. The distorted perovskite Sr(Na sub 1/4 Sb sub 3/4 )O sub 3 : A novel example of 1:3 B-cation ordering

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    Alonso, J.A.; Mzayek, E.; Rasines, I. )

    1990-01-01

    Powder neutron diffraction data ({lambda} = 1.909 {angstrom}), have been used to refine the crystal structure of the ordered perovskite Sr(Na{sub 1/4}Sb{sub 3/4})O{sub 3} at 295 K. This compound is monoclinic, a = 8.0913(2), b = 8.0871(1), c = 8.0918(2) {angstrom}, {beta} = 89.953(1){degree}, with space group P2{sub 1}/n, Z = 8. R{sub p} = 4.27, R{sub wp} = 5.43, and R{sub z} = 3.44. The fairly distorted NaO{sub 6} and SbO{sub 6} octahedra, ordered in a 1:3 three-dimensional arrangement, are titled according to a system similar to that of the GdFeO{sub 3} structure. The tilting angles for the four kinds of octahedra have been obtained from the atomic positional parameters. Sr atoms are in strongly asymmetrical environments, coordinated to 13 oxygens, in agreement with bond-valence calculations.

  14. Cation specific binding with protein surface charges

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    Hess, Berk; van der Vegt, Nico F. A.

    2009-01-01

    Biological organization depends on a sensitive balance of noncovalent interactions, in particular also those involving interactions between ions. Ion-pairing is qualitatively described by the law of “matching water affinities.” This law predicts that cations and anions (with equal valence) form stable contact ion pairs if their sizes match. We show that this simple physical model fails to describe the interaction of cations with (molecular) anions of weak carboxylic acids, which are present on the surfaces of many intra- and extracellular proteins. We performed molecular simulations with quantitatively accurate models and observed that the order K+ < Na+ < Li+ of increasing binding affinity with carboxylate ions is caused by a stronger preference for forming weak solvent-shared ion pairs. The relative insignificance of contact pair interactions with protein surfaces indicates that thermodynamic stability and interactions between proteins in alkali salt solutions is governed by interactions mediated through hydration water molecules. PMID:19666545

  15. [PAH Cations as Viable Carriers of DIBs

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    Snow, Ted

    1998-01-01

    This report is intended to fill in the blanks in NASA's file system for our lab astro study of molecular ions of astrophysical interest. In order to give NASA what it needs for its files, I attach below the text of the section from our recent proposal to continue this work, in which we describe progress to date, including a large number of publications. Our initial studies were focused on PAH cations, which appear to be viable candidates as the carriers of the DIBs, an idea that has been supported by laboratory spectroscopy of PAH cations in inert matrices. Beginning with the simplest aromatic (benzene; C6H6) and moving progressively to larger species (naphthalene, C10OH8; pyrene, C16H10; and most recently chrysene, C18H12), we have been able to derive rate coefficients for reactions with neutral spices that are abundant in the diffuse interstellar medium.

  16. Triggering protein adsorption on tailored cationic cellulose surfaces.

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    Mohan, Tamilselvan; Niegelhell, Katrin; Zarth, Cíntia Salomão Pinto; Kargl, Rupert; Köstler, Stefan; Ribitsch, Volker; Heinze, Thomas; Spirk, Stefan; Stana-Kleinschek, Karin

    2014-11-10

    The equipment of cellulose ultrathin films with BSA (bovine serum albumin) via cationization of the surface by tailor-made cationic celluloses is described. In this way, matrices for controlled protein deposition are created, whereas the extent of protein affinity to these surfaces is controlled by the charge density and solubility of the tailored cationic cellulose derivative. In order to understand the impact of the cationic cellulose derivatives on the protein affinity, their interaction capacity with fluorescently labeled BSA is investigated at different concentrations and pH values. The amount of deposited material is quantified using QCM-D (quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring, wet mass) and MP-SPR (multi-parameter surface plasmon resonance, dry mass), and the mass of coupled water is evaluated by combination of QCM-D and SPR data. It turns out that adsorption can be tuned over a wide range (0.6-3.9 mg dry mass m(-2)) depending on the used conditions for adsorption and the type of employed cationic cellulose. After evaluation of protein adsorption, patterned cellulose thin films have been prepared and the cationic celluloses were adsorbed in a similar fashion as in the QCM-D and SPR experiments. Onto these cationic surfaces, fluorescently labeled BSA in different concentrations is deposited by an automatized spotting apparatus and a correlation between the amount of the deposited protein and the fluorescence intensity is established.

  17. The Cation-π Interaction

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    DOUGHERTY, DENNIS A.

    2014-01-01

    CONSPECTUS The chemistry community now recognizes the cation-π interaction as a major force for molecular recognition, joining the hydrophobic effect, the hydrogen bond, and the ion pair in determining macromolecular structure and drug-receptor interactions. This Account provides the author’s perspective on the intellectual origins and fundamental nature of the cation-π interaction. Early studies on cyclophanes established that water-soluble, cationic molecules would forgo aqueous solvation to enter a hydrophobic cavity if that cavity was lined with π systems. Important gas phase studies established the fundamental nature of the cation-π interaction. The strength of the cation-π interaction – Li+ binds to benzene with 38 kcal/mol of binding energy; NH4+ with 19 kcal/mol– distinguishes it from the weaker polar-π interactions observed in the benzene dimer or water-benzene complexes. In addition to the substantial intrinsic strength of the cation-π interaction in gas phase studies, the cation-π interaction remains energetically significant in aqueous media and under biological conditions. Many studies have shown that cation-π interactions can enhance binding energies by 2 – 5 kcal/mol, making them competitive with hydrogen bonds and ion pairs in drug-receptor and protein-protein interactions. As with other noncovalent interactions involving aromatic systems, the cation-π interaction includes a substantial electrostatic component. The six (four) Cδ−–Hδ+ bond dipoles of a molecule like benzene (ethylene) combine to produce a region of negative electrostatic potential on the face of the π system. Simple electrostatics facilitate a natural attraction of cations to the surface. The trend for (gas phase) binding energies is Li+>Na+>K+>Rb+: as the ion gets larger the charge is dispersed over a larger sphere and binding interactions weaken, a classical electrostatic effect. On other hand, polarizability does not define these interactions. Cyclohexane

  18. Long range B-site cation ordering and Briet–Wigner–Fano line shape of A{sub 1g}-like Raman mode in Nd{sub 1−x}Sm{sub x}(Mg{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} microwave dielectric ceramics

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    Kiran, S. Roopas; Babu, G. Santosh; Narayana, Chandrabhas; Murthy, V.R.K.; Subramanian, V.

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Q × f of Nd{sub 1–x}Sm{sub x}(Mg{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} are correlated with B-site cation ordering (LRO). ► Correlation between LRO and Γ of A{sub 1g}-like mode in Raman spectrum is observed. ► Reason for asymmetry in A{sub 1g}-like Raman mode in these materials is revealed. ► Briet–Wigner–Fano resonance is confirmed with temperature variation in Raman spectra. -- Abstract: Nd{sub 1−x}Sm{sub x}(Mg{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} (x = 0.0–1.0) samples were prepared by solid-state reaction method. Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction data was done using P2{sub 1}/n space group with monoclinic symmetry, which supports 1:1 B-site cation ordering. Long range ordering (LRO) parameter decreased up to x = 0.5 and then found to increase with further increase in Sm concentration. The A{sub 1g}-like mode in Raman spectra was observed to possess Briet–Wigner–Fano line shape. The variation in obtained line width of the A{sub 1g}-like mode supported LRO. Microwave dielectric characteristics such as dielectric constant (ε{sub r}), quality factor (Q) and temperature coefficient of resonant frequency (τ{sub f}) were measured in the range of 7–9 GHz. ε{sub r} decreased from 26.5 to 24.9 and τ{sub f} become less negative from −58 ppm/°C to −36 ppm/°C with increase in Sm concentration. Q × f decreased from 47,500 GHz (for x = 0) to 39,800 GHz (for x = 0.5) and then increased to 44,600 GHz (for x = 1).

  19. Cationic Nitrogen Doped Helical Nanographenes.

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    Xu, Kun; Feng, Xinliang; Berger, Reinhard; Popov, Alexey A; Weigand, Jan J; Vincon, Ilka; Machata, Peter; Hennersdorf, Felix; Zhou, Youjia; Fu, Yubin

    2017-09-13

    Herein, we report on the synthesis of a series of novel cationic nitrogen doped nanographenes (CNDN) by rhodium catalyzed annulation reactions. This powerful method allows for the synthesis of cationic nanographenes with non-planar, axial chiral geometries. Single-crystal X-ray analysis reveals helical and cove-edged structures. Compared to their all-carbon analogues, the CNDN exhibit energetically lower lying frontier orbitals with a reduced optical energy gap and an electron accepting behavior. All derivatives show quasi reversible reductions in cyclic voltammetry. Depending on the number of nitrogen dopant, in situ spectroelectrochemistry proves the formation of neutral radicals (one nitrogen dopant) or radical cations (two nitrogen dopants) upon reduction. The developed synthetic protocol paves the way for the design and synthesis of expanded nanographenes or even graphene nanoribbons containing cationic nitrogen doping. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. The Ziegler—Natta olefin insertion reaction for cationic metals

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    Jensen, Vidar R.; Siegban, Per E. M.

    1993-09-01

    The catalytic Ziegler—Natta polymerization reaction has been studied for a set of metal cations, in order to identify the role of the positive charge on this process. Geometry optimizations have been performed for the reactant metal—methyl systems, the π-coordinated olefin systems, the transition states for the olefin insertion and finally for the product metal—propyl systems. All valence electrons are correlated. The cations selected for this study are the transition metals Zr + and Ti +, the non-transition metals Be +, Mg +, Al + and finally also Si +. The transition metal cations are found to have very low barriers for the insertion, but the lowest barrier is actually found for Be +. The results are discussed in terms of the ionization energies and the accessibility to valence p and d orbitals. Comparisons are made to previous theoretical work on cationic model systems.

  1. Tuning magnetic frustration on the diamond lattice of the A-site magnetic spinels CoA12-xGax04: lattice expansion versus site disorder

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    Proffen, Thomas E; Melot, Brent C; Page, Katharine; Seshadri, Ramzy; Stoudenmire, E M; Balents, Leon; Bergman, Doron L

    2008-01-01

    The spinels CoB{sub 2}O{sub 4} with magnetic Co{sup 2+} ions on the diamond lattice A site can be frustrated because of competing near-neighbor (J{sub 1}) and next-near neighbor (J{sub 2}) interactions. Here we describe attempts to tune the relative strengths of these interactions by substitution on the non-magnetic B-site. The system we employ is CoAl{sub 2-x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 4}, where Al is systematically replaced by the larger Ga, ostensibly on the B site. As expected, Ga substitution expands the lattice, resulting in Co atoms on the A-site being pushed further from one other and thereby weakening magnetic interactions. In addition, Ga distributes between the B and the A site in a concentration dependent manner displacing an increasing amount of Co from the A site with increasing x. This increased inversion, which is confirmed by neutron diffraction studies carried out at room temperature, affects magnetic ordering very significantly, and changes the nature of the ground state. Modeling of the magnetic coupling illustrates the complexity that arises from the cation site disorder.

  2. Preparation of poly(ethylene glycol)-introduced cationized gelatin as a non-viral gene carrier.

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    Kushibiki, Toshihiro; Tabata, Yasuhiko

    2005-01-01

    The objective of this study was to prepare cationized gelatins grafted with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) (PEG-cationized gelatin) and evaluate the in vivo efficiency as a non-viral gene carrier. Cationized gelatin was prepared by chemical introduction of ethylenediamine to the carboxyl groups of gelatin. PEG with one terminal of active ester group was coupled to the amino groups of cationized gelatin to prepare PEG-cationized gelatins. Electrophoretic experiments revealed that the PEG-cationized gelatin with low PEGylation degrees was complexed with a plasmid DNA of luciferase, in remarked contrast to that with high PEGylation degrees. When the plasmid DNA complexed with the cationized gelatin or PEG-cationized gelatin was mixed with deoxyribonuclease I (DNase I) in solution to evaluate the resistance to enzymatic degradation, stronger protection effect of the PEG-cationized gelatin was observed than that of the cationized gelatin. The complex of plasmid DNA and PEG-cationized gelatin had an apparent molecular size of about 300 nm and almost zero surface charge. These findings indicate that the PEG-cationized gelatin-plasmid DNA complex has a nano-order structure where the plasmid DNA is covered with PEG molecules. When the PEG-cationized gelatin-plasmid DNA complex was intramuscularly injected, the level of gene expression was significantly increased compared with the injection of plasmid DNA solution. It is concluded that the PEG-cationized gelatin was a promising non-viral gene carrier to enhance gene expression in vivo.

  3. Cationic disorder and Mn{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 4+} charge ordering in the B′ and B″ sites of Ca{sub 3}Mn{sub 2}NbO{sub 9} perovskite: a comparison with Ca{sub 3}Mn{sub 2}WO{sub 9}

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    López, C.A.; Saleta, M.E.; Pedregosa, J.C.; Sánchez, R.D.; Alonso, J.A.; and others

    2014-02-15

    We describe the preparation, crystal structure determination, magnetic and transport properties of two novel Mn-containing perovskites, with a different electronic configuration for Mn atoms located in B site. Ca{sub 3}Mn{sup 3+}{sub 2}WO{sub 9} and Ca{sub 3}Mn{sup 3+/4+}{sub 2}NbO{sub 9} were synthesized by standard ceramic procedures; the crystallographic structure was studied from X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) and neutron powder diffraction (NPD). Both phases exhibit a monoclinic symmetry (S.G.: P2{sub 1}/n); Ca{sub 3}Mn{sub 2}WO{sub 9} presents a long-range ordering over the B sites, whereas Ca{sub 3}Mn{sub 2}NbO{sub 9} is strongly disordered. By “in-situ” NPD, the temperature evolution of the structure study presents an interesting evolution in the octahedral size (〈Mn–O〉) for Ca{sub 3}Mn{sub 2}NbO{sub 9}, driven by a charge ordering effect between Mn{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 4+} atoms, related to the anomaly observed in the transport measurements at T≈160 K. Both materials present a magnetic order below T{sub C}=30 K and 40 K for W and Nb materials, respectively. The magneto-transport measurements display non-negligible magnetoresistance properties in the paramagnetic regime. - Graphical abstract: Comparison between the octahedron size and the magnetic behaviour for Ca{sub 3}Mn{sub 2}NbO{sub 9} in the temperature region where the charge and magnetic order occur. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Two novel Mn-containing double perovskites were obtained by solid-state reactions. • Both double perovskites are monoclinic (P2{sub 1}/n) determined by XRPD and NPD. • Ca{sub 3}Mn{sub 2}WO{sub 9} contains Mn{sup 3+} while Ca{sub 3}Mn{sub 2}NbO{sub 9} includes mixed-valence cations Mn{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 4+}. • Ca{sub 3}Mn{sub 2}NbO{sub 9} presents a charge-ordering effect between Mn{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 4+} evidenced by NPD. • The magnetic and transport studies evidenced the charge ordering in Ca{sub 3}Mn{sub 2}NbO{sub 9}.

  4. Infrared Spectroscopy of Matrix-Isolated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Cations

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    Hudgins, D. M.; Allamandola, L. J.

    1995-01-01

    Gaseous, ionized polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are thought to be responsible for a very common family of interstellar infrared emission bands. Here the near- and mid-infrared spectra of the cations of the five most thermodynamically favored PAHs up to coronene: phenanthrene, pyrene, benzo(e)pyrene, benzo-(ghi)perylene, and coronene, are presented to test this hypothesis. For those molecules that have been studied previously (pyrene, pyrene-d(sub 10), and coronene), band positions and relative intensities are in agreement. In all of these cases we report additional features. Absolute integrated absorbance values are given for the phenanthrene, perdeuteriophenanthrene, pyrene, benzo(ghi]perylene, and coronene cations. With the exception of coronene, the cation bands corresponding to the CC modes are typically 2-5 times more intense than those of the CH out-of-plane bending vibrations. For the cations, the CC stretching and CH in-plane bending modes give rise to bands that are an order of magnitude stronger than those of the neutral species, and the CH out-of-plane bends produce bands that are 5-20 times weaker than those of the neutral species. This behavior is similar to that found in most other PAH cations studied to date. The astronomical implications of these PAH cation spectra are also discussed.

  5. Sorption of the organic cation metoprolol on silica gel from its aqueous solution considering the competition of inorganic cations.

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    Kutzner, Susann; Schaffer, Mario; Börnick, Hilmar; Licha, Tobias; Worch, Eckhard

    2014-05-01

    Systematic batch experiments with the organic monovalent cation metoprolol as sorbate and the synthetic material silica gel as sorbent were conducted with the aim of characterizing the sorption of organic cations onto charged surfaces. Sorption isotherms for metoprolol (>99% protonated in the tested pH of around 6) in competition with mono- and divalent inorganic cations (Na(+), NH4(+), Ca(2+), and Mg(2+)) were determined in order to assess their influence on cation exchange processes and to identify the role of further sorptive interactions. The obtained sorption isotherms could be described well by an exponential function (Freundlich isotherm model) with consistent exponents (about 0.8). In general, a decreasing sorption of metoprolol with increasing concentrations in inorganic cations was observed. Competing ions of the same valence showed similar effects. A significant sorption affinity of metoprolol with ion type dependent Freundlich coefficients KF,0.77 between 234.42 and 426.58 (L/kg)(0.77) could still be observed even at very high concentrations of competing inorganic cations. Additional column experiments confirm this behavior, which suggests the existence of further relevant interactions beside cation exchange. In subsequent batch experiments, the influence of mixtures with more than one competing ion and the effect of a reduced negative surface charge at a pH below the point of zero charge (pHPZC ≈ 2.5) were also investigated. Finally, the study demonstrates that cation exchange is the most relevant but not the sole mechanism for the sorption of metoprolol on silica gel.

  6. Cation affinity numbers of Lewis bases.

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    Lindner, Christoph; Tandon, Raman; Maryasin, Boris; Larionov, Evgeny; Zipse, Hendrik

    2012-01-01

    Using selected theoretical methods the affinity of a large range of Lewis bases towards model cations has been quantified. The range of model cations includes the methyl cation as the smallest carbon-centered electrophile, the benzhydryl and trityl cations as models for electrophilic substrates encountered in Lewis base-catalyzed synthetic procedures, and the acetyl cation as a substrate model for acyl-transfer reactions. Affinities towards these cationic electrophiles are complemented by data for Lewis-base addition to Michael acceptors as prototypical neutral electrophiles.

  7. Thermodynamics and Cation Diffusion in the Oxygen Ion Conductor Lsgm

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    Martin, M.; Schulz, O.

    Perovskite type oxides based on LaGaO3 are of large technical interest because of their high oxygen-ion conductivity. Lanthanum gallate doped with Sr on A- and Mg on B-sites, La1-xSrxGa1-yMgyO3-(x+y)/2 (LSGM), reaches higher oxygen-ion conductivities than yttria-doped zirconia (YSZ). Thus LSGM represents a promising alternative for YSZ as electrolyte in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Cells using thin LSGM-layers as electrolyte are expected to operate at intermediate temperatures around 700°C for more than 30000 hours without severe degradation. A potential long term degradation effect of LSGM is kinetic demixing of the electrolyte, caused by different cation diffusion coefficients. In this paper we report on experimental studies concerning the phase diagram of LSGM and the diffusion of cations. Cation self-diffusion of 139La, 84Sr and 25Mg and cation impurity diffusion of 144Nd, 89Y and 56Fe in polycrystalline LSGM samples was investigated by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) for temperatures between 900°C and 1400°C. It was found that diffusion occurs by means of bulk and grain boundaries. The bulk diffusion coefficients are similar for all cations with activation energies which are strongly dependent on temperature. At high temperatures, the activation energies are about 5 eV, while at low temperatures values of about 2 eV are found. These results are explained by a frozen in defect structure at low temperatures. This means that the observed activation energy at low temperatures represents only the migration energy of the different cations while the observed activation energy at high temperatures is the sum of the defect formation energy and the migration energy. The migration energies for all cations are nearly identical, although 139La, 84Sr and 144Nd are occupying A-sites while 25Mg and 56Fe are occupying B-sites in the perovskite-structure. To explain these experimental findings we propose a defect cluster containing cation vacancies in both the A

  8. Glycosyl Cations versus Allylic Cations in Spontaneous and Enzymatic Hydrolysis.

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    Danby, Phillip M; Withers, Stephen G

    2017-08-09

    Enzymatic prenyl and glycosyl transfer are seemingly unrelated reactions that yield molecules and protein modifications with disparate biological functions. However, both reactions employ diphosphate-activated donors and each proceed via cationic species: allylic cations and oxocarbenium ions, respectively. In this study, we explore the relationship between these processes by preparing valienyl ethers to serve as glycoside mimics that are capable of allylic rather than oxocarbenium cation stabilization. Rate constants for spontaneous hydrolysis of aryl glycosides and their analogous valienyl ethers were found to be almost identical, as were the corresponding activation enthalpies and entropies. This close similarity extended to the associated secondary kinetic isotope effects (KIEs), indicating very similar transition state stabilities and structures. Screening a library of over 100 β-glucosidases identified a number of enzymes that catalyze hydrolysis of these valienyl ethers with kcat values up to 20 s(-1). Detailed analysis of one such enzyme showed that ether hydrolysis occurs via the analogous mechanisms found for glycosides, and through a very similar transition state. This suggests that the generally lower rates of enzymatic cleavage of the cyclitol ethers reflects evolutionary specialization of these enzymes toward glycosides rather than inherent reactivity differences.

  9. Heavy metal cations permeate the TRPV6 epithelial cation channel.

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    Kovacs, Gergely; Danko, Tamas; Bergeron, Marc J; Balazs, Bernadett; Suzuki, Yoshiro; Zsembery, Akos; Hediger, Matthias A

    2011-01-01

    TRPV6 belongs to the vanilloid family of the transient receptor potential channel (TRP) superfamily. This calcium-selective channel is highly expressed in the duodenum and the placenta, being responsible for calcium absorption in the body and fetus. Previous observations have suggested that TRPV6 is not only permeable to calcium but also to other divalent cations in epithelial tissues. In this study, we tested whether TRPV6 is indeed also permeable to cations such as zinc and cadmium. We found that the basal intracellular calcium concentration was higher in HEK293 cells transfected with hTRPV6 than in non-transfected cells, and that this difference almost disappeared in nominally calcium-free solution. Live cell imaging experiments with Fura-2 and NewPort Green DCF showed that overexpression of human TRPV6 increased the permeability for Ca(2+), Ba(2+), Sr(2+), Mn(2+), Zn(2+), Cd(2+), and interestingly also for La(3+) and Gd(3+). These results were confirmed using the patch clamp technique. (45)Ca uptake experiments showed that cadmium, lanthanum and gadolinium were also highly efficient inhibitors of TRPV6-mediated calcium influx at higher micromolar concentrations. Our results suggest that TRPV6 is not only involved in calcium transport but also in the transport of other divalent cations, including heavy metal ions, which may have toxicological implications.

  10. Halogenated silanes, radicals, and cations

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    Wang, Liming; He, Yi-Liang

    2008-09-01

    Quantum chemistry study has been carried out on the structure and energetics of halogenated silanes, radicals, and cations (SiHxXy0,+1, X = F, Cl, Br; x + y = 1-4). The geometries are optimized at B3LYP/6-31+G(2df,p) level. The adiabatic ionization energiess (IEas), relative energetics of cations, proton affinities (PAs) of silanes, and the enthalpies of formation are predicted using G3(CC) model chemistry. Non-classical ion complex structures are found for hydrogenated cations and transition states connecting classical and non-classical structures are also located. The most stable cations for silylene and silyl radicals have their classical divalent and trivalent structures, and those for silanes have non-classical structures except for SiH3Br+ and SiH2Br2+. The non-classical structures for halosilane cations imply difficulty in experimentally measurement of the adiabatic ionization energies using photoionization or photoelectron studies. For SiH3X, SiH2X2, and SiHX3, the G3(CC) adiabatic IEas to classical ionic structures closest to their neutrals agree better with the photoelectron spectroscopic measurements. The transition states between classical and non-classical structures also hamper the photoionization determination of the appearance energies for silylene cations from silanes. The G3(CC) results for SiHx0,+1 agree excellently with the photoionization mass spectrometric study, and the results for fluorinated and chlorinated species also agree with the previous theoretical predictions at correlation levels from BAC-MP4 to CCSD(T)/CBS. The predicted enthalpy differences between SiH2Cl+, SiHCl2+, and SiCl3+ are also in accordance with previous kinetics study. The G3(CC) results show large discrepancies to the collision-induced charge transfer and/or dissociation reactions involving SiFx+ and SiClx+ ions, for which the G3(CC) enthalpies of formation are also significantly differed from the previous theoretical predictions, especially on SiFx+ (x = 2-4). The G3

  11. Moessbauer assessment of cation disorder in columbite-tantalite minerals

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    Augsburger, M.S.; Pedregosa, J.C.; Sosa, G.M.; Mercader, R.C.

    1999-03-01

    The authors have used X-ray diffraction and Moessbauer spectroscopy to investigate the cationic disorder between crystallographic sites of a columbite-tantalite series of pegmatites. The X-ray results show that the pegmatites have different degrees of crystallographic disorder according to the quarries where the samples come from. Moessbauer spectra allow us to distinguish two Fe{sup 2+} different sites. A simple model assuming equal f-factors and occupation probabilities both for Fe and Mn has been used to turn the relative populations for Fe yielded by Moessbauer spectroscopy into effective site occupancy of the 2+ ions. A well-known empirical formula applied to X-ray results to obtain cationic disorder has been found to correlate within experimental errors with the percentage of cationic ordering obtained by Moessbauer spectroscopy.

  12. Electrical conductivity of cationized ferritin decorated gold nanoshells

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    Cortez, Rebecca; Slocik, Joseph M.; Van Nostrand, Joseph E.; Halas, Naomi J.; Naik, Rajesh R.

    2012-06-01

    We report on a novel method of controlling the resistance of nanodimensional, gold-coated SiO2 nanoparticles by utilizing biomolecules chemisorbed to the nanoshell surface. Local electronic transport properties of gold-coated nanoshells were measured using scanning conductance microscopy. These results were compared to transport properties of identical gold nanoshells biofunctionalized with cationized ferritin protein both with and without an iron oxide core (apoferritin). Measured resistances were on the order of mega-ohms. White light irradiation effects on transport properties were also explored. The results suggest that the light energy influences the nanoshells' conductivity. A mechanism for assembly of gold nanoshells with cationized ferritin or cationized apoferritin is proposed to explain the resistivity dependence on irradiation.

  13. Divalent beta aluminas: High conductivity solid electrolytes for divalent cations

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    Farrington, G. C.; Dunn, B.

    1982-10-01

    The Na(+) content of beta alumina can be replaced by a variety of divalent cations in simple ion exchange reactions. The resulting divalent beta' aluminas are the first family of high conductivity solid electrolytes for divalent cations. Divalent beta' aluminas which have been prepared so far include conductors of Ca(2+), Sr(2+), Ba(2+), Zn(2+), Cd(2+), Pb(2+), Hg(2+), and Mn(2+). Most have conductivities of about 0.1/(ohm-cm) at 300-400 C. However, the conductivity of Pb(++) beta alumina is 0.0046/(ohm-cm) at 40 C, nearly equal to that of Na(+) beta alumina. Preliminary structure studies indicate that order-disorder reactions among the divalent cations and vacancies in the conduction region of beta alumina critically influence conductivity in the structure.

  14. Low-Temperature Cationic Rearrangement in a Bulk Metal Oxide.

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    Li, Man-Rong; Retuerto, Maria; Stephens, Peter W; Croft, Mark; Sheptyakov, Denis; Pomjakushin, Vladimir; Deng, Zheng; Akamatsu, Hirofumi; Gopalan, Venkatraman; Sánchez-Benítez, Javier; Saouma, Felix O; Jang, Joon I; Walker, David; Greenblatt, Martha

    2016-08-16

    Cationic rearrangement is a compelling strategy for producing desirable physical properties by atomic-scale manipulation. However, activating ionic diffusion typically requires high temperature, and in some cases also high pressure in bulk oxide materials. Herein, we present the cationic rearrangement in bulk Mn2 FeMoO6 at unparalleled low temperatures of 150-300 (o) C. The irreversible ionic motion at ambient pressure, as evidenced by real-time powder synchrotron X-ray and neutron diffraction, and second harmonic generation, leads to a transition from a Ni3 TeO6 -type to an ordered-ilmenite structure, and dramatic changes of the electrical and magnetic properties. This work demonstrates a remarkable cationic rearrangement, with corresponding large changes in the physical properties in a bulk oxide at unprecedented low temperatures.

  15. Cationic electrodepositable coating composition comprising lignin

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    Fenn, David; Bowman, Mark P; Zawacky, Steven R; Van Buskirk, Ellor J; Kamarchik, Peter

    2013-07-30

    A cationic electrodepositable coating composition is disclosed. The present invention in directed to a cationic electrodepositable coating composition comprising a lignin-containing cationic salt resin, that comprises (A) the reaction product of: lignin, an amine, and a carbonyl compound; (B) the reaction product of lignin, epichlorohydrin, and an amine; or (C) combinations thereof.

  16. Infrared Spectroscopy of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Cations. 3; The Members

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    Hudgins, D. M.; Allamandola, L. J.; Wittebon, Fred C. (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    In spite of the fact that the infrared spectroscopic properties of only a few isolated ionized polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are known, gaseous, ionized PAHs are thought to be responsible for a very common family of infrared interstellar emission bands. In order to provide a data base to test this hypothesis and, if borne out, to use this emission band family as a probe of many different interstellar environments, we are carrying out a thorough study of the infrared spectroscopic properties of neutral and ionized PAHs in argon matrices. Here we present the near and mid-infrared spectra of the cations of the five most thermodynamically favored PAHs up to coronene: phenanthrene, pyrene, benzo[e]pyrene, benzo[ghilperylene, and coronene. The properties of naphthalene, the first member of the series, are given elsewhere. The spectra of perdeuterated phenanthrene and pyrene are also reported. For those molecules which have been previously studied (pyrene, d(10)-pyrene, and coronene), band positions and relative intensities are in agreement. In all cases we report additional features. Absolute integrated absorbance values are given for the phenanthrene, perdeutero-phenanthrene, pyrene, benzo[ghi]perylene, and coronene cations. With the exception of coronene,the cation bands corresponding to the CC modes are typically 2-5 times more intense than those of the CH out-of-plane bending vibrations. For the cations the CC stretching and CH in-plane bending modes give rise to bands which are an order of magnitude stronger than for the neutral species, and the CH out-of-plane bends produce bands which are 5-20 times weaker than in the neutral species. This behavior is similar to that found in most other PAH cations studied to date. The astronomical implications of these PAH cation spectra are also discussed.

  17. Infrared Spectroscopy of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Cations. 3; The Members

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    Hudgins, D. M.; Allamandola, L. J.; Wittebon, Fred C. (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    In spite of the fact that the infrared spectroscopic properties of only a few isolated ionized polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are known, gaseous, ionized PAHs are thought to be responsible for a very common family of infrared interstellar emission bands. In order to provide a data base to test this hypothesis and, if borne out, to use this emission band family as a probe of many different interstellar environments, we are carrying out a thorough study of the infrared spectroscopic properties of neutral and ionized PAHs in argon matrices. Here we present the near and mid-infrared spectra of the cations of the five most thermodynamically favored PAHs up to coronene: phenanthrene, pyrene, benzo[e]pyrene, benzo[ghilperylene, and coronene. The properties of naphthalene, the first member of the series, are given elsewhere. The spectra of perdeuterated phenanthrene and pyrene are also reported. For those molecules which have been previously studied (pyrene, d(10)-pyrene, and coronene), band positions and relative intensities are in agreement. In all cases we report additional features. Absolute integrated absorbance values are given for the phenanthrene, perdeutero-phenanthrene, pyrene, benzo[ghi]perylene, and coronene cations. With the exception of coronene,the cation bands corresponding to the CC modes are typically 2-5 times more intense than those of the CH out-of-plane bending vibrations. For the cations the CC stretching and CH in-plane bending modes give rise to bands which are an order of magnitude stronger than for the neutral species, and the CH out-of-plane bends produce bands which are 5-20 times weaker than in the neutral species. This behavior is similar to that found in most other PAH cations studied to date. The astronomical implications of these PAH cation spectra are also discussed.

  18. Calorimetric study of cationic photopolymerization

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    Czajlik, I.; Hedvig, P.; Ille, A.; Dobó, J.

    1996-03-01

    The photopolymerization of penta-erythritol tetra-glycidyl ether (initiator Degacure KI-85) was studied by a du Pont 910 type DSC. From our experimental results the following conclusions can be drawn: (1) During the cationic polymerization reaction the lifetime of the initiating centers are long compared to the lifetime of free radicals in case of radical polymerization. (2) The rate of deactivation of the initiating centers increases with increasing temperature.

  19. Preparation of cationic waste paper and its application in poisonous dye removal.

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    Yang, Fan; Song, Xiaojie; Yan, Lifeng

    2013-01-01

    Cationic paper was prepared by reaction of paper with 2,3-epoxypropyltrimethylammonium chloride in aqueous suspension, and tested as low-cost adsorbent for wastewater treatment. The experimental results revealed that anionic dyes (Acid Orange 7, Acid Red 18, and Acid Blue 92) were adsorbed on the cationic paper nicely. The maximum amount of dye Acid Orange 7 adsorbed on cationic paper was 337.2 mg/g in experimental conditions. The effects of initial dye concentration, temperature, and initial pH of dye solution on adsorption capacity of cationic paper were studied. The pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order kinetic models were applied to describe the kinetic data. The Freundlich and Langmuir adsorption models were used to describe adsorption equilibrium. The thermodynamic data indicated that the adsorption process of dye on cationic paper occurred spontaneously.

  20. A trapped intracellular cation modulates K+ channel recovery from slow inactivation.

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    Ray, Evan C; Deutsch, Carol

    2006-08-01

    Upon depolarization, many voltage-gated potassium channels undergo a time-dependent decrease in conductance known as inactivation. Both entry of channels into an inactivated state and recovery from this state govern cellular excitability. In this study, we show that recovery from slow inactivation is regulated by intracellular permeant cations. When inactivated channels are hyperpolarized, closure of the activation gate traps a cation between the activation and inactivation gates. The identity of the trapped cation determines the rate of recovery, and the ability of cations to promote recovery follows the rank order K+ > NH4+ > Rb+ > Cs+ > Na+, TMA. The striking similarity between this rank order and that for single channel conductance suggests that these two processes share a common feature. We propose that the rate of recovery from slow inactivation is determined by the ability of entrapped cations to move into a binding site in the channel's selectivity filter, and refilling of this site is required for recovery.

  1. NIR determination of Cation Exchange Capacity and Exchangeable Cations of Italian Corn Areas Soils

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    Cabassi, G.; Piombino, M.; Orfeo, D.; Marino Gallina, P.

    2009-04-01

    The determinations of cation exchange capacity (CSC ) and exchangeable cations of soils using conventional wet methods are time consuming and require skilled analysts in order to obtain both precise and accurate results. Aim of this work was to evaluate NIR reflectance spectroscopy in order to obtain a rapid estimate of these soil parameters. A representative and heterogeneous set of 250 soil samples was selected from a population of soils sampled in all the northern Italy corn areas for which the organic carbon content and the texture were known. In order to maximize CSC variability the model of Courtin et al. (1979, CSC=23+3680*Organic Carbon+510*Clay) was used to estimate the CSC of selected samples. The true CSC was determined using the Barium Chloride-Triethanolamine at pH 8.1 method, and the the exchangeable cations were analyzed by atomic absorption spectroscopy. The results are summarized in table 1: MinMax meanStandard deviationAnalytical error CSC (meq(+)/kg)3.5 90.9 20.6 14.3 0.75 Ca (mg/kg) 220 215933366 2689 97.5 Mg (mg/kg) 18 1483 300 240 7.8 K (mg/kg) 61 1058 273 169 7.9 The NIR spectra on dry soil ground at 0.5 mm were acquired using a FOSS 5000 spectrometer. In order to maximize the calibration performances and to select the smallest calibration set were tested two multivariate design of experiment techniques: Kennard-Stone algorithm (KS) and Neighborhood Mahlanobis Distance (NMD). The regression model built with using NMD design and a Neighborhood distance of 0.5 gave a standard error of prediction of 4.6 cmol(+)/kg and a R2 of 0.853 using 139 sample in calibration set and 111 samples in validation set. For exchangeable Ca, Mg and K the standard error of prediction were 738, 98 and 136 mg/kg and the R2 were 0.837, 0.714 and 0.230 respectively. These results demonstrated the usefulness of the NIR technique for rough determination of CSC and divalent exchangeable cations on heterogeneous soils.

  2. Fly ash adsorbents for multi-cation wastewater treatment

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    Visa, Maria; Isac, Luminita; Duta, Anca

    2012-06-01

    Class "F" fly ash (FA), collected from the Central Heat and Power (CHP) Plant Brasov (Romania), with oxides composition SiO2/Al2O3 over 2.4 proved good adsorbent properties, and was further used for obtaining a new substrate with good adsorption capacity for heavy metals from multi-cation wastewater treatment. Firstly, the new adsorbent was characterized by AFM, XRD, DSC, FTIR and the surface energy was evaluated by contact angle measurements. The experimental data suggested that the new type of substrate is predominant crystalline with highly polar surface. The substrate was used for removing the Pb2+, Cd2+ and Zn2+ cations from mixed solutions. The results show high efficiency and selective adsorption the Pb2+ and Zn2+ cations. The optimized adsorption parameters were further used in thermodynamic and kinetic studies of the adsorption processes. The Langmuir and Freundlich models were used to describe the processes. The pseudo-second order kinetics could well model all the processes, indicating a surface concentration of the adsorption sites with the same order of magnitude as the cation concentrations.

  3. Cation-Inhibited Transport of Graphene Oxide Nanomaterials in Saturated Porous Media: The Hofmeister Effects.

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    Xia, Tianjiao; Qi, Yu; Liu, Jing; Qi, Zhichong; Chen, Wei; Wiesner, Mark R

    2017-01-17

    Transport of negatively charged nanoparticles in porous media is largely affected by cations. To date, little is known about how cations of the same valence may affect nanoparticle transport differently. We observed that the effects of cations on the transport of graphene oxide (GO) and sulfide-reduced GO (RGO) in saturated quartz sand obeyed the Hofmeister series; that is, transport-inhibition effects of alkali metal ions followed the order of Na(+) < K(+) < Cs(+), and those of alkaline earth metal ions followed the order of Mg(2+) < Ca(2+) < Ba(2+). With batch adsorption experiments and microscopic data, we verified that cations having large ionic radii (and thus being weakly hydrated) interacted with quartz sand and GO and RGO more strongly than did cations of small ionic radii. In particular, the monovalent Cs(+) and divalent Ca(2+) and Ba(2+), which can form inner-sphere complexes, resulted in very significant deposition of GO and RGO via cation bridging between quartz sand and GO and RGO, and possibly via enhanced straining, due to the enhanced aggregation of GO and RGO from cation bridging. The existence of the Hofmeister effects was further corroborated with the interesting observation that cation bridging was more significant for RGO, which contained greater amounts of carboxyl and phenolic groups (i.e., metal-complexing moieties) than did GO. The findings further demonstrate that transport of nanoparticles is controlled by the complex interplay between nanoparticle surface functionalities and solution chemistry constituents.

  4. Structure and ionic diffusion of alkaline-earth ions in mixed cation glasses

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    Konstantinou, Konstantinos; Sushko, Petr; Duffy, Dorothy M.

    2015-08-15

    A series of mixed cation silicate glasses of the composition A2O – 2MO – 4SiO2, with A=Li,Na,K and M=Ca,Sr,Ba has been investigated by means of molecular dynamics simulations in order to understand the effect of the nature of the cations on the mobility of the alkaline-earth ions within the glass network. The size of the alkaline-earth cation was found to affect the inter-atomic distances, the coordination number distributions and the bond angle distributions , whereas the medium-range order was almost unaffected by the type of the cation. All the alkaline-earth cations contribute to lower vibrational frequencies but it is observed that that there is a shift to smaller frequencies and the vibrational density of states distribution gets narrower as the size of the alkaline-earth increases. The results from our modeling for the ionic diffusion of the alkaline-earth cations are in a qualitative agreement with the experimental observations in that there is a distinct correlation between the activation energy for diffusion of alkaline earth-ions and the cation radii ratio. An asymmetrical linear behavior in the diffusion activation energy with increasing size difference is observed. The results can be described on the basis of a theoretical model that relates the diffusion activation energy to the electrostatic interactions of the cations with the oxygens and the elastic deformation of the silicate network.

  5. Role of the multipolar electrostatic interaction energy components in strong and weak cation-π interactions.

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    Kadlubanski, Pawel; Calderón-Mojica, Katherine; Rodriguez, Weyshla A; Majumdar, D; Roszak, Szczepan; Leszczynski, Jerzy

    2013-08-22

    Density functional and Møller-Plesset second-order perturbation (MP2) calculations have been carried out on various model cation-π complexes formed through the interactions of Mg(2+), Ca(2+), and NH4(+) cations with benzene, p-methylphenol, and 3-methylindole. Partial hydration of the metal cations was also considered in these model studies to monitor the effect of hydration of cations in cation-π interactions. The binding energies of these complexes were computed from the fully optimized structures using coupled cluster calculations including triple excitations (CCSD(T)) and Gaussian-G4-MP2 (G4MP2) techniques. An analysis of the charge sharing between the donor (the π-systems) and the acceptors (the cations) together with the partitioning of total interaction energies revealed that the strong and weak cation-π interactions have similar electrostatic interaction properties. Further decomposition of such electrostatic terms into their multipolar components showed the importance of the charge-dipole, charge-quadrupole, and charge-octopole terms in shaping the electrostatic forces in such interactions. The computed vibrational spectra of the complexes were analyzed for the specific cation-π interaction modes and have been shown to contain the signature of higher order electrostatic interaction energy components (quadrupole and octopole) in such interactions.

  6. Local A-Site Layering in Rare-Earth Orthochromite Perovskites by Solution Synthesis.

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    Daniels, Luke M; Kashtiban, Reza J; Kepaptsoglou, Demie; Ramasse, Quentin M; Sloan, Jeremy; Walton, Richard I

    2016-12-19

    Cation size effects were examined in the mixed A-site perovskites La0.5 Sm0.5 CrO3 and La0.5 Tb0.5 CrO3 prepared through both hydrothermal and solid-state methods. Atomically resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) in the transmission electron microscope shows that while the La and Sm cations are randomly distributed, increased cation-radius variance in La0.5 Tb0.5 CrO3 results in regions of localised La and Tb layers, an atomic arrangement exclusive to the hydrothermally prepared material. Solid-state preparation gives lower homogeneity resulting in separate nanoscale regions rich in La(3+) and Tb(3+) . The A-site layering in hydrothermal La0.5 Tb0.5 CrO3 is randomised upon annealing at high temperature, resulting in magnetic behaviour that is dependent on synthesis route. © 2016 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

  7. DFT and TDDFT study on cation-π complexes of diboryne (NHC → B ≡ B←NHC).

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    Bania, Kusum K; Guha, Ankur Kanti; Bhattacharyya, Pradip K

    2016-11-14

    In this study, density functional theory calculation on mono-cationic cation-π complexes of diborynes has been made to understand the interaction in cation-π complexes of diboryne. Results suggest that apart from the smaller cations Li(+) and Na(+), larger cation like K(+) ion could also form complexes with diboryne compounds via cation-π interaction. From the calculated structural and spectroscopic analysis (11)B, (13)C NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance), FTIR (Fourier Transform Infra red) (force constant, value), and UV-vis spectra, it is found that the interaction between the cations and π-electron cloud of the diboryne is purely electrostatic. It is also observed that smaller cation (Li(+)) with high electronegativity interacts more strongly compared to larger cation (K(+)). Calculated interaction energy advocates that the π-electron cloud of the B2 unit contributes more to the cation-π interaction than the two aromatic phenyl rings of the NHC (N-heterocyclic carbene) substituted with 2,6-diisopropylphenyl group. The aryl substituent at the NHC-ligands undergoes a change in spatial orientation with respect to the size of cations in order to provide suitable space to the cations for effective cation-π interaction. Quantum theory of atoms in molecules study clarifies further the nature and extent of B-B and B2-cation interactions.(11)B-NMR, (13)C-NMR, and time dependent density functional theory analysis indicate that cation-π interaction annihilates the B → C (NHC) π-back donation and favours the B≡B bond formation.

  8. DFT and TDDFT study on cation-π complexes of diboryne (NHC → B ≡ B←NHC)

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    Bania, Kusum K.; Guha, Ankur Kanti; Bhattacharyya, Pradip K.

    2016-11-01

    In this study, density functional theory calculation on mono-cationic cation-π complexes of diborynes has been made to understand the interaction in cation-π complexes of diboryne. Results suggest that apart from the smaller cations Li+ and Na+, larger cation like K+ ion could also form complexes with diboryne compounds via cation-π interaction. From the calculated structural and spectroscopic analysis 11B, 13C NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance), FTIR (Fourier Transform Infra red) (force constant, value), and UV-vis spectra, it is found that the interaction between the cations and π-electron cloud of the diboryne is purely electrostatic. It is also observed that smaller cation (Li+) with high electronegativity interacts more strongly compared to larger cation (K+). Calculated interaction energy advocates that the π-electron cloud of the B2 unit contributes more to the cation-π interaction than the two aromatic phenyl rings of the NHC (N-heterocyclic carbene) substituted with 2,6-diisopropylphenyl group. The aryl substituent at the NHC-ligands undergoes a change in spatial orientation with respect to the size of cations in order to provide suitable space to the cations for effective cation-π interaction. Quantum theory of atoms in molecules study clarifies further the nature and extent of B-B and B2-cation interactions.11B-NMR, 13C-NMR, and time dependent density functional theory analysis indicate that cation-π interaction annihilates the B → C (NHC) π-back donation and favours the B≡B bond formation.

  9. Anti-arthritis activity of cationic materials

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    Dong, Lei; Xia, Suhua; Chen, Huan; Chen, Jiangning; Zhang, Junfeng

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Cationic materials exhibit remarkable anti-inflammatory activity in experimental arthritis models. Our aim was to confirm this character of cationic materials and investigate its possible mechanism. Adjuvant-induced arthritis (AIA) models were used to test cationic materials for their anti-inflammatory activity. Cationic dextran (C-dextran) with different cationic degrees was used to investigate the influence of the cationic elements of materials on their anti-inflammatory ability. Peritoneal macrophages and spleen cells were used to test the expression of cytokines stimulated by cationic materials. Interferon (IFN)-γ receptor-deficient mice and macrophage-depleted rats were used to examine the possible mechanisms of the anti-inflammatory activity of cationic materials. In AIA models, different cationic materials shared similar anti-inflammatory characters. The anti-inflammatory activity of C-dextran increased with as the cationic degree increased. Cationic materials stimulated interleukin (IL)-12 expression in peritoneal macrophages, and strong stimulation of IFN-γ secretion was subsequently observed in spleen cells. In vivo experiments revealed that circulating IL-12 and IFN-γ were enhanced by the cationic materials. Using IFN-γ receptor knockout mice and macrophage-depleted rats, we found that IFN-γ and macrophages played key roles in the anti-inflammatory activity of the materials towards cells. We also found that neutrophil infiltration at inflammatory sites was reduced when AIA animals were treated with C-dextran. We propose that cationic signals act through an unknown receptor on macrophages to induce IL-12 secretion, and that IL-12 promotes the expression of IFN-γ by natural killer cells (or T cells). The resulting elevated systemic levels of IFN-γ inhibit arthritis development by preventing neutrophil recruitment to inflammatory sites. PMID:19538477

  10. Radical Cations and Acid Protection during Radiolysis

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    Bruce J. Mincher; Christopher A. Zarzana; Stephen P. Mezyk

    2016-09-01

    Ligand molecules for used nuclear fuel separation schemes are exposed to high radiation fields and high concentrations of acid. Thus, an understanding of the complex interactions between extraction ligands, diluent, and acid is critical to understanding the performance of a separation process. The diglycolamides are ligands with important structural similarities to CMPO; however, previous work has shown that their radiolytic degradation has important mechanistic differences from CMPO. The DGAs do not enjoy radioprotection by HNO3 and the kinetics of DGA radiolytic degradation are different. CMPO degrades with pseudo-zero-order kinetics in linear fashion with absorbed dose while the DGAs degrade in pseudo-first-order, exponential fashion. This suggests that the DGAs degrade by simple reaction with some product of direct diluent radiolysis, while CMPO degradation is probably multi-step, with a slow step that is not dependent on the CMPO concentration, and mitigated by HNO3. It is thus believed that radio-protection and the zero-order radiolytic degradation kinetics are related, and that these phenomena are a function of either the formation of strong acid complexes with CMPO and/or to the presence of the CMPO phenyl ring. Experiments to test both these hypotheses have been designed and partially conducted. This report summarizes findings related to these phenomena for FY16, in satisfaction of milestone M3FT-16IN030104053. It also reports continued kinetic measurements for the reactions of the dodecane radical cation with solvent extraction ligands.

  11. Cation Transport in Escherichia coli

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    Schultz, Stanley G.; Solomon, A. K.

    1961-01-01

    Methods have been developed to study the intracellular Na and K concentrations in E. coli, strain K-12. These intracellular cation concentrations have been shown to be functions of the extracellular cation concentrations and the age of the bacterial culture. During the early logarithmic phase of growth, the intracellular K concentration greatly exceeds that of the external medium, whereas the intracellular Na concentration is lower than that of the growth medium. As the age of the culture increases, the intracellular K concentration falls and the intracellular Na concentration rises, changes which are related to the fall in the pH of the medium and to the accumulation of the products of bacterial metabolism. When stationary phase cells, which are rich in Na and poor in K, are resuspended in fresh growth medium, there is a rapid reaccumulation of K and extrusion of Na. These processes represent oppositely directed net ion movements against concentration gradients, and have been shown to be dependent upon the presence of an intact metabolic energy supply. PMID:13909521

  12. Plan a Site Visit with Your Legislator

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    Ochs, Mike

    2005-01-01

    When members of Congress head home for a recess, participants in the grassroots network have an opportunity to use one of their effective education tools: the site visit. A site visit occurs when a legislator actually visits one's business, school, or organization to see one's work firsthand. A local site visit is effective because grassroots…

  13. Dialogue as a Site of Transformative Possibility

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    Sinha, Shilpi

    2010-01-01

    This article examines how affect allows us to view the relational form of dialogue, as built upon the work of Derrida and Levinas, to be a site of transformative possibility for students as they encounter and address issues of social justice and difference in the classroom. The understanding of affect that attends this form of dialogue demands…

  14. The cooling rate dependence of cation distributions in CoFe2O4

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    De Guire, Mark R.; O'Handley, Robert C.; Kalonji, Gretchen

    1989-01-01

    The room-temperature cation distributions in bulk CoFe2O4 samples, cooled at rates between less than 0.01 and about 1000 C/sec, have been determined using Mossbauer spectroscopy in an 80-kOe magnetic field. With increasing cooling rate, the quenched structure departs increasingly from the mostly ordered cation distribution ordinarily observed at room temperature. However, the cation disorder appears to saturate just short of a random distribution at very high cooling rates. These results are interpreted in terms of a simple relaxation model of cation redistribution kinetics. The disordered cation distributions should lead to increased magnetization and decreased coercivity in CoFe2O4.

  15. Modification of potato peel waste with base hydrolysis and subsequent cationization.

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    Lappalainen, Katja; Kärkkäinen, Johanna; Joensuu, Päivi; Lajunen, Marja

    2015-11-05

    Potato peel waste (PW) is a starch containing biomaterial produced in large amounts by food processing industry. In this work, the treatment of PW by alkaline hydrolysis and cationization in the water phase is reported. In order to improve the cationization of starch, PW was hydrolyzed by heating with alkaline (NaOH) ethanol solution (80%) in a water bath. The impact of variable molar ratios of anhydroglucose unit (AGU):NaOH, heating temperatures and times was studied on the degradation of starch and the molecular size distribution of the product. The hydrolyzed PW was cationized subsequently in water by using glycidyltrimethylammonium chloride and catalyzed by NaOH under microwave irradiation or in an oil bath. The impact of the various reaction conditions on the cationization and degree of substitution of starch was studied. The degree of substitution of the cationized starch varied in the range of 0-0.35. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Liquid Crystalline Polymers by Cationic Polymerization,

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    1986-01-01

    cation mechanism of Scholl reaction the Lewis acid and by the benzylic carbocations . Hydride transfer to benzylic carbenium ions leads to methyl groups...reviewed. Examples from ring-opening, carbocationic , and radical-cation poly- merizations and oligomerizations are discussed. Accesion For DrIC TAB3...Examples from ring- opening, carbocationic , and radical-cation polymeri- zations and oligomerizations are discussed. INTRODUCTION This paper will

  17. ADSORPTION METHOD FOR SEPARATING METAL CATIONS

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    Khym, J.X.

    1959-03-10

    The chromatographic separation of fission product cations is discussed. By use of this method a mixture of metal cations containing Zr, Cb, Ce, Y, Ba, and Sr may be separated from one another. Mentioned as preferred exchange adsorbents are resins containing free sulfonic acid groups. Various eluants, such as tartaric acid, HCl, and citric acid, used at various acidities, are employed to effect the selective elution and separation of the various fission product cations.

  18. Quality control of cationic cell-penetrating peptides.

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    Stalmans, Sofie; Gevaert, Bert; Verbeke, Frederick; D'Hondt, Matthias; Bracke, Nathalie; Wynendaele, Evelien; De Spiegeleer, Bart

    2016-01-05

    During fundamental research, it is recommended to evaluate the test compound identity and purity in order to obtain reliable study outcomes. For peptides, quality control (QC) analyses are routinely performed using reversed-phase liquid chromatography coupled to an ultraviolet (UV) detector system. These traditional QC methods, using a C18 column and a linear gradient with formic acid (FA) as acidic modifier in the mobile phase, might not result in optimal chromatographic performance for basic peptides due to their cationic nature and hence may lead to erroneous results. Therefore, the influence of the used chromatographic system on the final QC results of basic peptides was evaluated using five cationic cell-penetrating peptides and five C18-chromatographic systems, differing in the column particle size (high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) versus ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC)), the acidic modifier (FA versus trifluoroacetic acid (TFA)), and the column temperature (30 °C versus 60 °C). Our results indicate that a UHPLC system with the C18 column thermostated at 30 °C and a mobile phase containing TFA, provides the most suitable routine QC analysis method for cationic peptides, outperforming in sensitivity and resolution compared to the other systems. We also demonstrate the use of a single quad mass spectrometry (MS) detector system during QC analysis of (cationic) peptides, allowing identification of the peptide and its impurities, as well as the evaluation of the peak purity.

  19. Absorption and electroabsorption spectra of carotenoid cation radical and dication

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    Krawczyk, Stanisław

    1998-05-01

    Radical cations and dications of two carotenoids astaxanthin and canthaxanthin were prepared by oxidation with FeCl 3 in fluorinated alcohols at room temperature. Absorption and electroabsorption (Stark effect) spectra were recorded for astaxanthin cations in mixed frozen matrices at temperatures about 160 K. The D 0→D 2 transition in cation radical is at 835 nm. The electroabsorption spectrum for the D 0→D 2 transition exhibits a negative change of molecular polarizability, Δ α=-1.2·10 -38 C·m 2/V (-105 A 3), which seems to originate from the change in bond order alternation in the ground state rather than from the electric field-induced interaction of D 1 and D 2 excited states. Absorption spectrum of astaxanthin dication is located at 715-717 nm, between those of D 0→D 2 in cation radical and S 0→S 2 in neutral carotenoid. Its shape reflects a short vibronic progression and strong inhomogeneous broadening. The polarizability change on electronic excitation, Δ α=2.89·10 -38 C·m 2/V (260 A 3), is five times smaller than in neutral astaxanthin. This value reflects the larger energetic distance from the lowest excited state to the higher excited states than in the neutral molecule.

  20. Hydrophobic Moiety of Cationic Lipids Strongly Modulates Their Transfection Activity

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    Koynova, Rumiana; Tenchov, Boris; Wang, Li; MacDonald, Robert C.

    2010-01-18

    Synthetic cationic lipids are widely used components of nonviral gene carriers, and the factors regulating their transfection efficiency are the subject of considerable interest. In view of the important role that electrostatic interactions with the polyanionic nucleic acids play in formation of lipoplexes, a common empirical approach to improving transfection has been the synthesis and testing of amphiphiles with new versions of positively charged polar groups, while much less attention has been given to the role of the hydrophobic lipid moieties. On the basis of data for {approx}20 cationic phosphatidylcholine (PC) derivatives, here we demonstrate that hydrocarbon chain variations of these lipids modulate by over 2 orders of magnitude their transfection efficiency. The observed molecular structure-activity relationship manifests in well-expressed dependences of activity on two important molecular characteristics, chain unsaturation and total number of carbon atoms in the lipid chains, which is representative of the lipid hydrophobic volume and hydrophilic-lipophilic ratio. Transfection increases with decrease of chain length and increase of chain unsaturation. Maximum transfection was found for cationic PCs with monounsaturated 14:1 chains. It is of particular importance that the high-transfection lipids strongly promote cubic phase formation in zwitterionic membrane phosphatidylethanolamine (PE). These remarkable correlations point to an alternative, chain-dependent process in transfection, not related to the electrostatic cationic-anionic lipid interactions.

  1. Cation-specific effects on enzymatic catalysis driven by interactions at the tunnel mouth.

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    Štěpánková, Veronika; Paterová, Jana; Damborský, Jiří; Jungwirth, Pavel; Chaloupková, Radka; Heyda, Jan

    2013-05-30

    Cationic specificity which follows the Hofmeister series has been established for the catalytic efficiency of haloalkane dehalogenase LinB by a combination of molecular dynamics simulations and enzyme kinetic experiments. Simulations provided a detailed molecular picture of cation interactions with negatively charged residues on the protein surface, particularly at the tunnel mouth leading to the enzyme active site. On the basis of the binding affinities, cations were ordered as Na(+) > K(+) > Rb(+) > Cs(+). In agreement with this result, a steady-state kinetic analysis disclosed that the smaller alkali cations influence formation and productivity of enzyme-substrate complexes more efficiently than the larger ones. A subsequent systematic investigation of two LinB mutants with engineered charge in the cation-binding site revealed that the observed cation affinities are enhanced by increasing the number of negatively charged residues at the tunnel mouth, and vice versa, reduced by decreasing this number. However, the cation-specific effects are overwhelmed by strong electrostatic interactions in the former case. Interestingly, the substrate inhibition of the mutant LinB L177D in the presence of chloride salts was 7 times lower than that of LinB wild type in glycine buffer. Our work provides new insight into the mechanisms of specific cation effects on enzyme activity and suggests a potential strategy for suppression of substrate inhibition by the combination of protein and medium engineering.

  2. Promoter Effects of Alkali Metal Cations on the Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide

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    Resasco, Joaquin; Chen, Leanne D.; Clark, Ezra; ...

    2017-07-24

    The electrochemical reduction of CO2 is known to be influenced by the identity of the alkali metal cation in the electrolyte; however, a satisfactory explanation for this phenomenon has not been developed. Here we present the results of experimental and theoretical studies aimed at elucidating the effects of electrolyte cation size on the intrinsic activity and selectivity of metal catalysts for the reduction of CO2. Experiments were conducted under conditions where the influence of electrolyte polarization is minimal in order to show that cation size affects the intrinsic rates of formation of certain reaction products, most notably for HCOO–, C2H4,more » and C2H5OH over Cu(100)- and Cu(111)-oriented thin films, and for CO and HCOO– over polycrystalline Ag and Sn. Interpretation of the findings for CO2 reduction was informed by studies of the reduction of glyoxal and CO, key intermediates along the reaction pathway to final products. Density functional theory calculations show that the alkali metal cations influence the distribution of products formed as a consequence of electrostatic interactions between solvated cations present at the outer Helmholtz plane and adsorbed species having large dipole moments. As a result, the observed trends in activity with cation size are attributed to an increase in the concentration of cations at the outer Helmholtz plane with increasing cation size.« less

  3. Cation-Coupled Bicarbonate Transporters

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    Aalkjaer, Christian; Boedtkjer, Ebbe; Choi, Inyeong; Lee, Soojung

    2016-01-01

    Cation-coupled HCO3− transport was initially identified in the mid-1970s when pioneering studies showed that acid extrusion from cells is stimulated by CO2/HCO3− and associated with Na+ and Cl− movement. The first Na+-coupled bicarbonate transporter (NCBT) was expression-cloned in the late 1990s. There are currently five mammalian NCBTs in the SLC4-family: the electrogenic Na,HCO3-cotransporters NBCe1 and NBCe2 (SLC4A4 and SLC4A5 gene products); the electroneutral Na,HCO3-cotransporter NBCn1 (SLC4A7 gene product); the Na+-driven Cl,HCO3-exchanger NDCBE (SLC4A8 gene product); and NBCn2/NCBE (SLC4A10 gene product), which has been characterized as an electroneutral Na,HCO3-cotransporter or a Na+-driven Cl,HCO3-exchanger. Despite the similarity in amino acid sequence and predicted structure among the NCBTs of the SLC4-family, they exhibit distinct differences in ion dependency, transport function, pharmacological properties, and interactions with other proteins. In epithelia, NCBTs are involved in transcellular movement of acid-base equivalents and intracellular pH control. In nonepithelial tissues, NCBTs contribute to intracellular pH regulation; and hence, they are crucial for diverse tissue functions including neuronal discharge, sensory neuron development, performance of the heart, and vascular tone regulation. The function and expression levels of the NCBTs are generally sensitive to intracellular and systemic pH. Animal models have revealed pathophysiological roles of the transporters in disease states including metabolic acidosis, hypertension, visual defects, and epileptic seizures. Studies are being conducted to understand the physiological consequences of genetic polymorphisms in the SLC4-members, which are associated with cancer, hypertension, and drug addiction. Here, we describe the current knowledge regarding the function, structure, and regulation of the mammalian cation-coupled HCO3− transporters of the SLC4-family. PMID:25428855

  4. Cation-coupled bicarbonate transporters.

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    Aalkjaer, Christian; Boedtkjer, Ebbe; Choi, Inyeong; Lee, Soojung

    2014-10-01

    Cation-coupled HCO3(-) transport was initially identified in the mid-1970s when pioneering studies showed that acid extrusion from cells is stimulated by CO2/HCO3(-) and associated with Na(+) and Cl(-) movement. The first Na(+)-coupled bicarbonate transporter (NCBT) was expression-cloned in the late 1990s. There are currently five mammalian NCBTs in the SLC4-family: the electrogenic Na,HCO3-cotransporters NBCe1 and NBCe2 (SLC4A4 and SLC4A5 gene products); the electroneutral Na,HCO3-cotransporter NBCn1 (SLC4A7 gene product); the Na(+)-driven Cl,HCO3-exchanger NDCBE (SLC4A8 gene product); and NBCn2/NCBE (SLC4A10 gene product), which has been characterized as an electroneutral Na,HCO3-cotransporter or a Na(+)-driven Cl,HCO3-exchanger. Despite the similarity in amino acid sequence and predicted structure among the NCBTs of the SLC4-family, they exhibit distinct differences in ion dependency, transport function, pharmacological properties, and interactions with other proteins. In epithelia, NCBTs are involved in transcellular movement of acid-base equivalents and intracellular pH control. In nonepithelial tissues, NCBTs contribute to intracellular pH regulation; and hence, they are crucial for diverse tissue functions including neuronal discharge, sensory neuron development, performance of the heart, and vascular tone regulation. The function and expression levels of the NCBTs are generally sensitive to intracellular and systemic pH. Animal models have revealed pathophysiological roles of the transporters in disease states including metabolic acidosis, hypertension, visual defects, and epileptic seizures. Studies are being conducted to understand the physiological consequences of genetic polymorphisms in the SLC4-members, which are associated with cancer, hypertension, and drug addiction. Here, we describe the current knowledge regarding the function, structure, and regulation of the mammalian cation-coupled HCO3(-) transporters of the SLC4-family.

  5. Method for encapsulating and isolating hazardous cations, medium for encapsulating and isolating hazardous cations

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    Wasserman, Stephen R.; Anderson, Kenneth B.; Song, Kang; Yuchs, Steven E.; Marshall, Christopher L.

    1998-01-01

    A method for encapsulating hazardous cations is provided comprising supplying a pretreated substrate containing the cations; contacting the substrate with an organo-silane compound to form a coating on the substrate; and allowing the coating to cure. A medium for containing hazardous cations is also provided, comprising a substrate having ion-exchange capacity and a silane-containing coating on the substrate.

  6. Cation exchange capacity of pine bark substrates

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    Cation exchange capacity (CEC) is an important soil and substrate chemical property. It describes a substrate's ability to retain cation nutrients. Higher CEC values for a substrate generally result in greater amounts of nutrients retained in the substrate and available for plant uptake, and great...

  7. Advancements in Anion Exchange Membrane Cations

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    Sturgeon, Matthew R.; Long, Hai; Park, Andrew M.; Pivovar, Bryan S.

    2015-10-15

    Anion-exchange membrane fuel cells (AME-FCs) are of increasingly popular interest as they enable the use of non-Pt fuel cell catalysts, the primary cost limitation of proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Benzyltrimethyl ammonium (BTMA) is the standard cation that has historically been utilized as the hydroxide conductor in AEMs. Herein we approach AEMs from two directions. First and foremost we study the stability of several different cations in a hydroxide solution at elevated temperatures. We specifically targeted BTMA and methoxy and nitro substituted BTMA. We've also studied the effects of adding an akyl spacer units between the ammonium cation and the phenyl group. In the second approach we use computational studies to predict stable ammonium cations, which are then synthesized and tested for stability. Our unique method to study cation stability in caustic conditions at elevated temperatures utilizes Teflon Parr reactors suitable for use under various temperatures and cation concentrations. NMR analysis was used to determine remaining cation concentrations at specific time points with GCMS analysis verifying product distribution. We then compare the experimental results with calculated modeling stabilities. Our studies show that the electron donating methoxy groups slightly increase stability (compared to that of BTMA), while the electron withdrawing nitro groups greatly decrease stability in base. These results give insight into possible linking strategies to be employed when tethering a BTMA like ammonium cation to a polymeric backbone; thus synthesizing an anion exchange membrane.

  8. Tripodal Receptors for Cation and Anion Sensors

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    Kuswandi, Bambang; Nuriman; Verboom, Willem; Reinhoudt, David N.

    2006-01-01

    This review discusses different types of artificial tripodal receptors for the selective recognition and sensing of cations and anions. Examples on the relationship between structure and selectivity towards cations and anions are described. Furthermore, their applications as potentiometric ion sensing are emphasised, along with their potential applications in optical sensors or optodes.

  9. Structural and energetic study of cation-π-cation interactions in proteins.

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    Pinheiro, Silvana; Soteras, Ignacio; Gelpí, Josep Lluis; Dehez, François; Chipot, Christophe; Luque, F Javier; Curutchet, Carles

    2017-04-12

    Cation-π interactions of aromatic rings and positively charged groups are among the most important interactions in structural biology. The role and energetic characteristics of these interactions are well established. However, the occurrence of cation-π-cation interactions is an unexpected motif, which raises intriguing questions about its functional role in proteins. We present a statistical analysis of the occurrence, composition and geometrical preferences of cation-π-cation interactions identified in a set of non-redundant protein structures taken from the Protein Data Bank. Our results demonstrate that this structural motif is observed at a small, albeit non-negligible frequency in proteins, and suggest a preference to establish cation-π-cation motifs with Trp, followed by Tyr and Phe. Furthermore, we have found that cation-π-cation interactions tend to be highly conserved, which supports their structural or functional role. Finally, we have performed an energetic analysis of a representative subset of cation-π-cation complexes combining quantum-chemical and continuum solvation calculations. Our results point out that the protein environment can strongly screen the cation-cation repulsion, leading to an attractive interaction in 64% of the complexes analyzed. Together with the high degree of conservation observed, these results suggest a potential stabilizing role in the protein fold, as demonstrated recently for a miniature protein (Craven et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 1543). From a computational point of view, the significant contribution of non-additive three-body terms challenges the suitability of standard additive force fields for describing cation-π-cation motifs in molecular simulations.

  10. Characterization of the cation-binding capacity of a potassium-adsorption filter used in red blood cell transfusion.

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    Suzuki, Takao; Muto, Shigeaki; Miyata, Yukio; Maeda, Takao; Odate, Takayuki; Shimanaka, Kimio; Kusano, Eiji

    2015-06-01

    A K(+) -adsorption filter was developed to exchange K(+) in the supernatant of stored irradiated red blood cells with Na(+) . To date, however, the filter's adsorption capacity for K(+) has not been fully evaluated. Therefore, we characterized the cation-binding capacity of this filter. Artificial solutions containing various cations were continuously passed through the filter in 30 mL of sodium polystyrene sulfonate at 10 mL/min using an infusion pump at room temperature. The cation concentrations were measured before and during filtration. When a single solution containing K(+) , Li(+) , H(+) , Mg(2+) , Ca(2+) , or Al(3+) was continuously passed through the filter, the filter adsorbed K(+) and the other cations in exchange for Na(+) in direct proportion to the valence number. The order of affinity for cation adsorption to the filter was Ca(2+) >Mg(2+) >K(+) >H(+) >Li(+) . In K(+) -saturated conditions, the filter also adsorbed Na(+) . After complete adsorption of these cations on the filter, their concentration in the effluent increased in a sigmoidal manner over time. Cations that were bound to the filter were released if a second cation was passed through the filter, despite the different affinities of the two cations. The ability of the filter to bind cations, especially K(+) , should be helpful when it is used for red blood cell transfusion at the bedside. The filter may also be useful to gain a better understanding of the pharmacological properties of sodium polystyrene sulfonate.

  11. ESR study of the guanine cation

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    Close, David M.; Sagstuen, Einar; Nelson, William H.

    1985-05-01

    It has been proposed that the primary direct radiation damage products in DNA are guanine cations and thymine anions. Experiments reported here characterize a guanine cation observed in a single crystal of guanine:HCl:H2O. ESR experiments were performed by x-irradiating and observing the crystals at 15 K. Spectral parameters for the cation include N3 and N10 hyperfine couplings, a C8-Hα hyperfine coupling, and two small exchangeable couplings presumably from the N10 protons. The computed spin densities of ρ(N3)=0.283, ρ(N10)=0.168, and ρ(C8)=0.182 agree nicely with those observed for the guanine cation in DNA. In the single crystal the native molecule is protonated at N7. It is proposed that once the native molecule is oxidized it rapidly deprotonates at N7 to form the cation observed.

  12. Structure of alginate gels: interaction of diuronate units with divalent cations from density functional calculations.

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    Agulhon, Pierre; Markova, Velina; Robitzer, Mike; Quignard, Françoise; Mineva, Tzonka

    2012-06-11

    The complexation of (1→4) linked α-L-guluronate (G) and β-D-mannuronate (M) disaccharides with Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Sr(2+), Mn(2+), Co(2+), Cu(2+), and Zn(2+) cations have been studied with quantum chemical density functional theory (DFT)-based method. A large number of possible cation-diuronate complexes, with one and two GG or MM disaccharide units and with or without water molecules in the inner coordination shells have been considered. The computed bond distances, cation interaction energies, and molecular orbital composition analysis revealed that the complexation of the transition metal (TM) ions to the disaccharides occurs via the formation of strong coordination-covalent bonds. On the contrary, the alkaline earth cations form ionic bonds with the uronates. The unidentate binding is found to be the most favored one in the TM hydrated and water-free complexes. By removing water molecules, the bidentate chelating binding also occurs, although it is found to be energetically less favored by 1 to 1.5 eV than the unidentate one. A good correlation is obtained between the alginate affinity trend toward TM cations and the interaction energies of the TM cations in all studied complexes, which suggests that the alginate affinities are strongly related to the chemical interaction strength of TM cations-uronate complexes. The trend of the interaction energies of the alkaline earth cations in the ionic complexes is opposite to the alginate affinity order. The binding strength is thus not a limiting factor in the alginate gelation in the presence of alkaline earth cations at variance with the TM cations.

  13. Structure and dynamics of ionic liquids: Trimethylsilylpropyl-substituted cations and bis(sulfonyl)amide anions.

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    Wu, Boning; Yamashita, Yuki; Endo, Takatsugu; Takahashi, Kenji; Castner, Edward W

    2016-12-28

    Ionic liquids with cationic organosilicon groups have been shown to have a number of useful properties, including reduced viscosities relative to the homologous cations with hydrocarbon substituents on the cations. We report structural and dynamical properties of four ionic liquids having a trimethylsilylpropyl functional group, including 1-methyl-3-trimethylsilylpropylimidazolium (Si-C3-mim(+)) cation paired with three anions: bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide (FSI(-)), bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (NTf2(-)), and bis(pentafluoroethanesulfonyl)imide (BETI(-)), as well as the analogous N-methyl-N-trimethylsilylpropylpyrrolidinium (Si-C3-pyrr(+)) cation paired with NTf2(-). This choice of ionic liquids permits us to systematically study how increasing the size and hydrophobicity of the anions affects the structural and transport properties of the liquid. Structure factors for the ionic liquids were measured using high energy X-ray diffraction and calculated from molecular dynamics simulations. The liquid structure factors reveal first sharp diffraction peaks (FSDPs) for each of the four ionic liquids studied. Interestingly, the domain size for Si-C3-mim(+)/NTf2(-) indicated by the maxima for these peaks is larger than for the more polar ionic liquid with a similar chain length, 1-pentamethyldisiloxymethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (SiOSi-mim(+)/NTf2(-)). For the series of Si-C3-mim(+) ionic liquids, as the size of the anion increases, the position of FSDP indicates that the intermediate range order domains decrease in size, contrary to expectation. Diffusivities for the anions and cations are compared for a series of both hydrocarbon-substituted and silicon-substituted cations. All of the anions show the same scaling with temperature, size, and viscosity, while the cations show two distinct trends-one for hydrocarbon-substituted cations and another for organosilicon-substituted cations, with the latter displaying increased friction.

  14. Temperature-induced vesicle to micelle transition in cationic/cationic mixed surfactant systems.

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    Yang, Yanjuan; Liu, Lifei; Huang, Xin; Tan, Xiuniang; Luo, Tian; Li, Wei

    2015-12-07

    Temperature-induced vesicle to micelle transition (VMT), which has rarely been reported in cationic/cationic mixed surfactant systems, was systemically studied in a didodecyldimethylammonium bromide (DDAB)/dodecyltrimethylammonium chloride (DTAC) aqueous solution. We investigated the effect of temperature on DDAB/DTAC aqueous solutions by means of turbidity, conductivity, cryo-TEM, a UV-vis spectrophotometer, and a steady-state fluorescence spectrometer. It was found that increasing temperature could induce the transformation from the vesicle to the micelle in this cationic/cationic mixed surfactant system. The degree of transformation can be easily controlled by the operation temperature. Additionally, by adjusting the proportion of the mixed cationic/cationic systems and employing cationic surfactants with different chain-lengths, we were able to conclude that the hydrophobic tail length of the surfactant affects the aggregation behavior of cationic/cationic mixed surfactant systems as a function of temperature. It is universal to induce the transformation from the vesicle to the micelle by temperature in cationic/cationic mixed surfactant systems. A possible mechanism for the temperature-induced VMT was proposed based on the experimental results.

  15. Intracellular trafficking mechanism of cationic phospholipids including cationic liposomes in HeLa cells.

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    Un, K; Sakai-Kato, K; Goda, Y

    2014-07-01

    The development of gene delivery methods is essential for the achievement of effective gene therapy. Elucidation of the intracellular transfer mechanism for cationic carriers is in progress, but there are few reports regarding the intracellular trafficking processes of the cationic phospholipids taken up into cells. In the present work, the trafficking processes of a cationic phospholipid (1,2-dioleoyl-3-trimethylammonium-propane, DOTAP) were investigated from intracellular uptake to extracellular efflux using cationic liposomes in vitro. Following intracellular transport of liposomes via endocytosis, DOTAP was localized in the endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus, and mitochondria. Moreover, the proteins involved in DOTAP intracellular trafficking and extracellular efflux were identified. In addition, helper lipids of cationic liposomes were found to partially affect this intracellulartrafficking. These findings might provide valuable information for designing cationic carriers and avoiding unexpected toxic side effects derived from cationic liposomal components.

  16. Drug loading to lipid-based cationic nanoparticles

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    Cavalcanti, Leide P.; Konovalov, Oleg; Torriani, Iris L.; Haas, Heinrich

    2005-08-01

    Lipid-based cationic nanoparticles are a new promising option for tumor therapy, because they display enhanced binding and uptake at the neo-angiogenic endothelial cells, which a tumor needs for its nutrition and growth. By loading suitable cytotoxic compounds to the cationic carrier, the tumor endothelial and consequently also the tumor itself can be destroyed. For the development of such novel anti-tumor agents, the control of drug loading and drug release from the carrier matrix is essential. We have studied the incorporation of the hydrophobic anti-cancer agent Paclitaxel (PXL) into a variety of lipid matrices by X-Ray reflectivity measurements. Liposome suspensions from cationic and zwitterionic lipids, comprising different molar fractions of Paclitaxel, were deposited on planar glass substrates. After drying at controlled humidity, well ordered, oriented multilayer stacks were obtained, as proven by the presence of bilayer Bragg peaks to several orders in the reflectivity curves. The presence of the drug induced a decrease of the lipid bilayer spacing, and with an excess of drug, also Bragg peaks of drug crystals could be observed. From the results, insight into the solubility of Paclitaxel in the model membranes was obtained and a structural model of the organization of the drug in the membrane was derived. Results from subsequent pressure/area-isotherm and grazing incidence diffraction (GID) measurements performed with drug/lipid Langmuir monolayers were in accordance with these conjectures.

  17. Radical cations in radiation chemistry of liquid hydrocarbons

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    Trifunac, A.D.; Sauer, M.C., Jr.; Shkrob, I.A.; Werst, D.W.

    1996-07-01

    The state of knowledge concerning radical cations in liquid alkanes is discussed with particular emphasis on those which exhibit high mobility. Uncertainty has existed in the interpretation of previous results with respect to the nature and reactivity of high mobility ions, especially for cyclohexane. Recent time-resolved studies on pulse radiolysis/transient absorption, photoconductivity, and magnetic resonance in these systems have led us to propose new mechanisms for the high mobility ions. In decalins, scavenging of these ions by solutes is a pseudo-first-order reaction. In cyclohexane, the behavior is more complex and is indicative of the involvement of two species. This bimodality is rationalized in terms of a dynamic equilibrium between two conformers of the solvent radical cation. Several experimental tests supporting these views include a recent study on two-color laser photoionization in cyclohexane.

  18. Cationic Bolaamphiphiles for Gene Delivery

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    Tan, Amelia Li Min; Lim, Alisa Xue Ling; Zhu, Yiting; Yang, Yi Yan; Khan, Majad

    2014-05-01

    Advances in medical research have shed light on the genetic cause of many human diseases. Gene therapy is a promising approach which can be used to deliver therapeutic genes to treat genetic diseases at its most fundamental level. In general, nonviral vectors are preferred due to reduced risk of immune response, but they are also commonly associated with low transfection efficiency and high cytotoxicity. In contrast to viral vectors, nonviral vectors do not have a natural mechanism to overcome extra- and intracellular barriers when delivering the therapeutic gene into cell. Hence, its design has been increasingly complex to meet challenges faced in targeting of, penetration of and expression in a specific host cell in achieving more satisfactory transfection efficiency. Flexibility in design of the vector is desirable, to enable a careful and controlled manipulation of its properties and functions. This can be met by the use of bolaamphiphile, a special class of lipid. Unlike conventional lipids, bolaamphiphiles can form asymmetric complexes with the therapeutic gene. The advantage of having an asymmetric complex lies in the different purposes served by the interior and exterior of the complex. More effective gene encapsulation within the interior of the complex can be achieved without triggering greater aggregation of serum proteins with the exterior, potentially overcoming one of the great hurdles faced by conventional single-head cationic lipids. In this review, we will look into the physiochemical considerations as well as the biological aspects of a bolaamphiphile-based gene delivery system.

  19. Cation Transport in Escherichia coli

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    Schultz, Stanley G.; Epstein, Wolfgang; Solomon, A. K.

    1963-01-01

    The resuspension of K-poor, Na-rich stationary phase E. coli in fresh medium at pH 7.0 results in a rapid uptake of K and extrusion of Na by the cells. In all experiments net K uptake exceeded net Na extrusion. An investigation of the uptake of glucose, PO4, and Mg and the secretion of H by these cells indicates that the excess K uptake is not balanced by the simultaneous uptake of anions but must be accompanied by the extrusion of cations from the cell. The kinetics of net K uptake are consistent with the existence of two parallel influx processes. The first is rapid, of brief duration, and accounts for approximately 60 per cent of the total net K uptake. This process is a function of the extracellular K concentration, is inhibited in acid media, and appears to be a 1 for 1 exchange of extracellular K for intracellular H. The second influx process has a half-time of approximately 12 minutes, and is not affected by acid media. This process is a function of the intracellular Na concentration, is dependent upon the presence of K in the medium, and may be ascribed to a 1 for 1 exchange of extracellular K for intracellular Na. PMID:14080819

  20. INORGANIC CATIONS IN RAT KIDNEY

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    Tandler, C. J.; Kierszenbaum, A. L.

    1971-01-01

    For localization of pyroantimonate-precipitable cations, rat kidney was fixed by perfusion with a saturated aqueous solution of potassium pyroantimonate (pH about 9.2, without addition of any conventional fixative). A remarkably good preservation of the tissue and cell morphology was obtained as well as a consistent and reproducible localization of the insoluble antimonate salts of magnesium, calcium, and sodium. All proximal and distal tubules and glomeruli were delimited by massive electron-opaque precipitates localized in the basement membrane and, to a lesser extent, in adjacent connective tissue. In the intraglomerular capillaries the antimonate precipitate was encountered in the basement membranes and also between the foot processes. In addition to a more or less uniform distribution in the cytoplasm and between the microvilli of the brush border, antimonate precipitates were found in all cell nuclei, mainly between the masses of condensed chromatin. The mitochondria usually contained a few large antimonate deposits which probably correspond to the so-called "dense granules" observed after conventional fixations. PMID:4106544

  1. Aggregation of nucleosomes by divalent cations.

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    de Frutos, M; Raspaud, E; Leforestier, A; Livolant, F

    2001-01-01

    Conditions of precipitation of nucleosome core particles (NCP) by divalent cations (Ca(2+) and Mg(2+)) have been explored over a large range of nucleosome and cation concentrations. Precipitation of NCP occurs for a threshold of divalent cation concentration, and redissolution is observed for further addition of salt. The phase diagram looks similar to those obtained with DNA and synthetic polyelectrolytes in the presence of multivalent cations, which supports the idea that NCP/NCP interactions are driven by cation condensation. In the phase separation domain the effective charge of the aggregates was determined by measurements of their electrophoretic mobility. Aggregates formed in the presence of divalent cations (Mg(2+)) remain negatively charged over the whole concentration range. They turn positively charged when aggregation is induced by trivalent (spermidine) or tetravalent (spermine) cations. The higher the valency of the counterions, the more significant is the reversal of the effective charge of the aggregates. The sign of the effective charge has no influence on the aspect of the phase diagram. We discuss the possible reasons for this charge reversal in the light of actual theoretical approaches. PMID:11463653

  2. Biophysical properties of cationic lipophosphoramidates: Vesicle morphology, bilayer hydration and dynamics.

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    Loizeau, Damien; Jurkiewicz, Piotr; Aydogan, Gokcan; Philimonenko, Anatoly A; Mahfoudhi, Selim; Hozák, Pavel; Maroto, Alicia; Couthon-Gourvès, Hélène; Jaffrès, Paul-Alain; Deschamps, Laure; Giamarchi, Philippe; Hof, Martin

    2015-12-01

    Cationic lipids are used to deliver genetic material to living cells. Their proper biophysical characterization is needed in order to design and control this process. In the present work we characterize some properties of recently synthetized cationic lipophosphoramidates. The studied compounds share the same structure of their hydrophobic backbone, but differ in their hydrophilic cationic headgroup, which is formed by a trimethylammonium, a trimethylarsonium or a dicationic moiety. Dynamic light scattering and cryo-transmission electron microscopy proves that the studied lipophosphoramidates create stable unilamellar vesicles. Fluorescence of polarity probe, Laurdan, analyzed using time-dependent fluorescence shift method (TDFS) and generalized polarization (GP) gives important information about the phase, hydration and dynamics of the lipophosphoramidate bilayers. While all of the compounds produced lipid bilayers that were sufficiently fluid for their potential application in gene therapy, their polarity/hydration and mobility was lower than for the standard cationic lipid - DOTAP. Mixing cationic lipophosphoramidates with DOPC helps to reduce this difference. The structure of the cationic headgroup has an important and complex influence on bilayer hydration and mobility. Both TDFS and GP methods are suitable for the characterization of cationic amphiphiles and can be used for screening of the newly synthesized compounds. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Comparison of covalency in the complexes of trivalent actinide and lanthanide cations.

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    Jensen, Mark P; Bond, Andrew H

    2002-08-21

    The complexes of trivalent actinide (Am(III) and Cm(III)) and lanthanide (Nd(III) and Sm(III)) cations with bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)phosphinic acid, bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)monothiophosphinic acid, and bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)dithiophosphinic acid in n-dodecane have been studied by visible absorption spectroscopy and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements in order to understand the chemical interactions responsible for the great selectivity the dithiophosphinate ligand exhibits for trivalent actinide cations in liquid-liquid extraction. Under the conditions studied, each type of ligand displays a different coordination mode with trivalent f-element cations. The phosphinate ligand coordinates as hydrogen-bonded dimers, forming M(HL2)3. Both the oxygen and the sulfur donor of the monothiophosphinate ligand can bind the cations, affording both bidentate and monodentate ligands. The dithiophosphinate ligand forms neutral bidentate complexes, ML3, with no discernible nitrate or water molecules in the inner coordination sphere. Comparison of the Cm(III), Nd(III), and Sm(III) XAFS shows that the structure and metal-donor atom bond distances are indistinguishable within experimental error for similarly sized trivalent lanthanide and actinide cations, despite the selectivity of bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)dithiophosphinic acid for trivalent actinide cations over trivalent lanthanide cations.

  4. Comparison of covalency in the complexes of trivalent actinide and lanthanide cations.

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    Jensen, M. P.; Bond, A. H.; Chemistry

    2002-08-21

    The complexes of trivalent actinide (Am(III) and Cm(III)) and lanthanide (Nd(III) and Sm(III)) cations with bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)phosphinic acid, bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)monothiophosphinic acid, and bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)dithiophosphinic acid in n-dodecane have been studied by visible absorption spectroscopy and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements in order to understand the chemical interactions responsible for the great selectivity the dithiophosphinate ligand exhibits for trivalent actinide cations in liquid-liquid extraction. Under the conditions studied, each type of ligand displays a different coordination mode with trivalent f-element cations. The phosphinate ligand coordinates as hydrogen-bonded dimers, forming M(HL{sub 2}){sub 3}. Both the oxygen and the sulfur donor of the monothiophosphinate ligand can bind the cations, affording both bidentate and monodentate ligands. The dithiophosphinate ligand forms neutral bidentate complexes, ML{sub 3}, with no discernible nitrate or water molecules in the inner coordination sphere. Comparison of the Cm(III), Nd(III), and Sm(III) XAFS shows that the structure and metal-donor atom bond distances are indistinguishable within experimental error for similarly sized trivalent lanthanide and actinide cations, despite the selectivity of bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)dithiophosphinic acid for trivalent actinide cations over trivalent lanthanide cations.

  5. Cation effects in doped La2CuO4 superconductors

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    Attfield, J. P.; Kharlanov, A. L.; McAllister, J. A.

    1998-07-01

    The critical temperatures of (Ln1-xMx)2CuO4 superconductors, in which Ln3+ (La and other lanthanides) and M2+ (Ca, Sr, Ba) cations are randomly distributed amongst the `type A' lattice sites, are known to depend on the doping level, x, and the mean A-site cation radius, (refs 2, 3). Here we show, by studying series of compositions with the same doping level and , that the critical temperature decreases linearly with increasing A-site disorder, as quantified by the variance in the distribution of A-site cation radii. From this, we are able to show that, in the absence of disorder, the critical temperature should increase quadratically with for superconductors containing a single CuO2 layer. Our results therefore show that the critical temperature is very sensitive to lattice strains, as has also been shown for the metal to insulator transition temperature in the magnetoresistive (Ln1-xMx)MnO3 perovskites.

  6. Cation distributions on rapidly solidified cobalt ferrite

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    De Guire, Mark R.; Kalonji, Gretchen; O'Handley, Robert C.

    1990-01-01

    The cation distributions in two rapidly solidified cobalt ferrites have been determined using Moessbauer spectroscopy at 4.2 K in an 8-T magnetic field. The samples were obtained by gas atomization of a Co0-Fe2O3-P2O5 melt. The degree of cation disorder in both cases was greater than is obtainable by cooling unmelted cobalt ferrite. The more rapidly cooled sample exhibited a smaller departure from the equilibrium cation distribution than did the more slowly cooled sample. This result is explained on the basis of two competing effects of rapid solidification: high cooling rate of the solid, and large undercooling.

  7. Cation distributions on rapidly solidified cobalt ferrite

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    De Guire, Mark R.; Kalonji, Gretchen; O'Handley, Robert C.

    1990-01-01

    The cation distributions in two rapidly solidified cobalt ferrites have been determined using Moessbauer spectroscopy at 4.2 K in an 8-T magnetic field. The samples were obtained by gas atomization of a Co0-Fe2O3-P2O5 melt. The degree of cation disorder in both cases was greater than is obtainable by cooling unmelted cobalt ferrite. The more rapidly cooled sample exhibited a smaller departure from the equilibrium cation distribution than did the more slowly cooled sample. This result is explained on the basis of two competing effects of rapid solidification: high cooling rate of the solid, and large undercooling.

  8. Slow permeation of organic cations in acetylcholine receptor channels

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    1986-01-01

    Block, permeation, and agonist action of small organic amine compounds were studied in acetylcholine receptor (AChR) channels. Single channel conductances were calculated from fluctuation analysis at the frog neuromuscular junction and measured by patch clamp of cultured rat myotubes. The conductance was depressed by a few millimolar external dimethylammonium, arginine, dimethyldiethanolammonium, and Tris. Except with dimethylammonium, the block was intensified with hyperpolarization. A two-barrier Eyring model describes the slowed permeation and voltage dependence well for the three less permeant test cations. The cations were assumed to pause at a site halfway across the electric field of the channel while passing through it. For the voltage- independent action of highly permeant dimethylammonium, a more appropriate model might be a superficial binding site that did not prevent the flow of other ions, but depressed it. Solutions of several amine compounds were found to have agonist activity at millimolar concentrations, inducing brief openings of AChR channels on rat myotubes in the absence of ACh. PMID:2425045

  9. Order Up

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    Gibeault, Michael

    2005-01-01

    Change orders. The words can turn the stomachs of administrators. Horror stories about change orders create fear and distrust among school officials, designers and builders. Can change orders be avoided? If car manufacturers can produce millions of intricately designed vehicles, why can't the same quality control be achieved on a construction…

  10. Order Up

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    Gibeault, Michael

    2005-01-01

    Change orders. The words can turn the stomachs of administrators. Horror stories about change orders create fear and distrust among school officials, designers and builders. Can change orders be avoided? If car manufacturers can produce millions of intricately designed vehicles, why can't the same quality control be achieved on a construction…

  11. Cation-π Interactions: Mimicking mussel mechanics

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    Birkedal, Henrik

    2017-05-01

    Gluing materials together underwater is a mighty challenge faced -- and overcome -- by mussels. It requires good adhesion and cohesion. Molecular-level mechanical measurements have now shown that cation-π interactions provide surprisingly strong cohesive abilities.

  12. Cationic ruthenium alkylidene catalysts bearing phosphine ligands.

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    Endo, Koji; Grubbs, Robert H

    2016-02-28

    The discovery of highly active catalysts and the success of ionic liquid immobilized systems have accelerated attention to a new class of cationic metathesis catalysts. We herein report the facile syntheses of cationic ruthenium catalysts bearing bulky phosphine ligands. Simple ligand exchange using silver(i) salts of non-coordinating or weakly coordinating anions provided either PPh3 or chelating Ph2P(CH2)nPPh2 (n = 2 or 3) ligated cationic catalysts. The structures of these newly reported catalysts feature unique geometries caused by ligation of the bulky phosphine ligands. Their activities and selectivities in standard metathesis reactions were also investigated. These cationic ruthenium alkylidene catalysts reported here showed moderate activity and very similar stereoselectivity when compared to the second generation ruthenium dichloride catalyst in ring-closing metathesis, cross metathesis, and ring-opening metathesis polymerization assays.

  13. Star-like superalkali cations featuring planar pentacoordinate carbon

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    Guo, Jin-Chang; Tian, Wen-Juan; Wang, Ying-Jin; Zhao, Xue-Feng; Wu, Yan-Bo; Zhai, Hua-Jin; Li, Si-Dian

    2016-06-01

    Superalkali cations, known to possess low vertical electron affinities (VEAs), high vertical detachment energies, and large highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO)-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) energy gaps, are intriguing chemical species. Thermodynamically, such species need to be the global minima in order to serve as the promising targets for experimental realization. In this work, we propose the strategies of polyhalogenation and polyalkalination for designing the superalkali cations. By applying these strategies, the local-minimum planar pentacoordinate carbon (ppC) cluster CBe5 can be modified to form a series of star-like superalkali ppC or quasi-ppC CBe5X5+ (X = F, Cl, Br, Li, Na, K) cations containing a CBe5 moiety. Polyhalogenation and polyalkalination on the CBe5 unit may help eliminate the high reactivity of bare CBe5 molecule by covering the reactive Be atoms with noble halogen anions and alkali cations. Computational exploration of the potential energy surfaces reveals that the star-like ppC or quasi-ppC CBe5X5+ (X = F, Cl, Br, Li, Na, K) clusters are the true global minima of the systems. The predicted VEAs for CBe5X5+ range from 3.01 to 3.71 eV for X = F, Cl, Br and 2.12-2.51 eV for X = Li, Na, K, being below the lower bound of the atomic ionization potential of 3.89 eV in the periodic table. Large HOMO-LUMO energy gaps are also revealed for the species: 10.76-11.07 eV for X = F, Cl, Br and 4.99-6.91 eV for X = Li, Na, K. These designer clusters represent the first series of superalkali cations with a ppC center. Bonding analyses show five Be-X-Be three-center two-electron (3c-2e) σ bonds for the peripheral bonding, whereas the central C atom is associated with one 6c-2e π bond and three 6c-2e σ bonds, rendering (π and σ) double aromaticity. Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations indicate that the CBe5 motif is robust in the clusters. As planar hypercoordination carbon species are often thermodynamically unstable and

  14. Star-like superalkali cations featuring planar pentacoordinate carbon.

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    Guo, Jin-Chang; Tian, Wen-Juan; Wang, Ying-Jin; Zhao, Xue-Feng; Wu, Yan-Bo; Zhai, Hua-Jin; Li, Si-Dian

    2016-06-28

    Superalkali cations, known to possess low vertical electron affinities (VEAs), high vertical detachment energies, and large highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO)-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) energy gaps, are intriguing chemical species. Thermodynamically, such species need to be the global minima in order to serve as the promising targets for experimental realization. In this work, we propose the strategies of polyhalogenation and polyalkalination for designing the superalkali cations. By applying these strategies, the local-minimum planar pentacoordinate carbon (ppC) cluster CBe5 can be modified to form a series of star-like superalkali ppC or quasi-ppC CBe5X5 (+) (X = F, Cl, Br, Li, Na, K) cations containing a CBe5 moiety. Polyhalogenation and polyalkalination on the CBe5 unit may help eliminate the high reactivity of bare CBe5 molecule by covering the reactive Be atoms with noble halogen anions and alkali cations. Computational exploration of the potential energy surfaces reveals that the star-like ppC or quasi-ppC CBe5X5 (+) (X = F, Cl, Br, Li, Na, K) clusters are the true global minima of the systems. The predicted VEAs for CBe5X5 (+) range from 3.01 to 3.71 eV for X = F, Cl, Br and 2.12-2.51 eV for X = Li, Na, K, being below the lower bound of the atomic ionization potential of 3.89 eV in the periodic table. Large HOMO-LUMO energy gaps are also revealed for the species: 10.76-11.07 eV for X = F, Cl, Br and 4.99-6.91 eV for X = Li, Na, K. These designer clusters represent the first series of superalkali cations with a ppC center. Bonding analyses show five Be-X-Be three-center two-electron (3c-2e) σ bonds for the peripheral bonding, whereas the central C atom is associated with one 6c-2e π bond and three 6c-2e σ bonds, rendering (π and σ) double aromaticity. Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations indicate that the CBe5 motif is robust in the clusters. As planar hypercoordination carbon species are often thermodynamically

  15. Cation-cation clusters in ionic liquids: Cooperative hydrogen bonding overcomes like-charge repulsion.

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    Knorr, Anne; Ludwig, Ralf

    2015-12-02

    Direct spectroscopic evidence for H-bonding between like-charged ions is reported for the ionic liquid, 1-(2-hydroxyethyl)-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate. New infrared bands in the OH frequency range appear at low temperatures indicating the formation of H-bonded cation-cation clusters similar to those known for water and alcohols. Supported by DFT calculations, these vibrational bands can be assigned to attractive interaction between the hydroxyl groups of the cations. The repulsive Coulomb interaction is overcome by cooperative hydrogen bonding between ions of like charge. The transition energy from purely cation-anion interacting configurations to those including cation-cation H-bonds is determined to be 3-4 kJmol(-1). The experimental findings and DFT calculations strongly support the concept of anti-electrostatic hydrogen bonds (AEHBs) as recently suggested by Weinhold and Klein. The like-charge configurations are kinetically stabilized with decreasing temperatures.

  16. Capability of cation exchange technology to remove proven N-nitrosodimethylamine precursors.

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    Li, Shixiang; Zhang, Xulan; Bei, Er; Yue, Huihui; Lin, Pengfei; Wang, Jun; Zhang, Xiaojian; Chen, Chao

    2017-08-01

    N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) precursors consist of a positively charged dimethylamine group and a non-polar moiety, which inspired us to develop a targeted cation exchange technology to remove NDMA precursors. In this study, we tested the removal of two representative NDMA precursors, dimethylamine (DMA) and ranitidine (RNTD), by strong acidic cation exchange resin. The results showed that pH greatly affected the exchange efficiency, with high removal (DMA>78% and RNTD>94%) observed at pHorder was obtained as follows: Ca(2+)>Mg(2+)>RNTD(+)>K(+)>DMA(+)>NH4(+)>Na(+). The partition coefficient of DMA(+) to Na(+) was 1.41±0.26, while that of RNTD(+) to Na(+) was 12.1±1.9. The pseudo second-order equation fitted the cation exchange kinetics well. Bivalent inorganic cations such as Ca(2+) were found to have a notable effect on NA precursor removal in softening column test. Besides DMA and RNTD, cation exchange process also worked well for removing other 7 model NDMA precursors. Overall, NDMA precursor removal can be an added benefit of making use of cation exchange water softening processes. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  17. Polysaccharide-polynucleotide complexes VIII. Cation-induced complex formation between polyuridylic acid and schizophyllan.

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    Sakurai, Kazuo; Iguchi, Ritsuko; Koumoto, Kazuya; Kimura, Taro; Mizu, Masami; Hisaeda, Yoshio; Shinkai, Seiji

    2002-10-05

    Schizophyllan belongs to the beta-1,3-D-glucan family, and dissolves as a single chain in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and as a triple helix in water, respectively. It is already known that when we prepare a mixture of poly(C) and schizophyllan in DMSO and subsequently exchange the solvent to water, poly(C) and schizophyllan can form a complex. When we applied this procedure to the poly(U) system, we could not induce the complex formation between poly(U) and schizophyllan at all. However, we found that addition of some alkaline cations is necessary to induce the complexation between poly(U) and schizophyllan. The complex stability strongly depends on both the cation species and the salt concentration. The complexation is sensitively reflected in the CD spectrum. The magnitude of the spectral change is followed by the order; Rb(+) > K(+) > Na(+) ? Cs(+). This cation order in the stability is confirmed by the fluorescence polarization measurements. (23)Na-NMR spectroscopy reveals that the product system is stabilized by addition of the cations, suggesting that the OH group in schizophyllan and the phosphate anion in poly(U) synergistically form a specific ligand system for the cations. To the best of our knowledge, such a cation-induced specific interaction between saccharides and polynucleotides has not been reported, and may provide a new clue to understand the biological role of beta-1,3-D-glucans. Copyright 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Biopolymers 65: 1-9, 2002

  18. Reactions of atomic cations with methane: gas phase room-temperature kinetics and periodicities in reactivity.

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    Shayesteh, Alireza; Lavrov, Vitali V; Koyanagi, Gregory K; Bohme, Diethard K

    2009-05-14

    Reactions of methane have been measured with 59 atomic metal cations at room temperature in helium bath gas at 0.35 Torr using an inductively-coupled plasma/selected-ion flow tube (ICP/SIFT) tandem mass spectrometer. The atomic cations were produced at approximately 5500 K in an ICP source and allowed to decay radiatively and to thermalize by collisions with argon and helium atoms prior to reaction. Rate coefficients and product distributions are reported for the reactions of fourth-row atomic cations from K(+) to Se(+), of fifth-row atomic cations from Rb(+) to Te(+) (excluding Tc(+)), of sixth-row atomic cations from Cs(+) to Bi(+), and of the lanthanide cations from La(+) to Lu(+) (excluding Pm(+)). Two primary reaction channels were observed: C-H bond insertion with elimination of H(2), and CH(4) addition. The bimolecular H(2) elimination was observed in the reactions of CH(4) with As(+), Nb(+), and some sixth-row metal cations, i.e., Ta(+), W(+), Os(+), Ir(+), Pt(+); secondary and higher-order H(2) elimination was observed exclusively for Ta(+), W(+), and Ir(+) ions. All other transition-metal cations except Mn(+) and Re(+) were observed to react with CH(4) exclusively by addition, and up to two methane molecules were observed to add sequentially to most transition-metal ions. CH(4) addition was also observed for Ge(+), Se(+), La(+), Ce(+), and Gd(+) ions, while the other main-group and lanthanide cations did not react measurably with methane.

  19. In vitro biopharmaceutical evaluation of ciprofloxacin/metal cation complexes for pulmonary administration.

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    Brillault, J; Tewes, F; Couet, W; Olivier, J C

    2017-01-15

    Pulmonary delivery of fluoroquinolones (FQs) is an interesting approach to treat lung infections as it may lead to high local concentrations while minimizing systemic exposure. However, FQs have a rapid diffusion through the lung epithelium giving the pulmonary route no advantage compared to the oral route. Interactions between FQs and metal cations form complexes which limit the diffusion through the epithelial barrier and would reduce the absorption of FQs and maintain high concentrations in the lung. The effects of this complexation depend on the FQ and the metal cations and optimum partners should be selected through in vitro experiments prior to aerosol drug formulation. In this study, CIP was chosen as a representative FQ and 5 cations (Ca(2+), Mg(2+), Zn(2+), Al(3+), Cu(2+)) were selected to study the complexation and its effects on permeability, antimicrobial efficacy and cell toxicity. The results showed that the apparent association constants between CIP and cations ranked with the descending order: Cu(2+)>Al(3+)>Zn(2+)>Mg(2+)>Ca(2+). When a target of 80% complexation was reached with the adequate concentrations of cations, the CIP permeability through the Calu-3 lung epithelial cells was decreased of 50%. Toxicity of the CIP on the Calu-3 cells, with an EC50 evaluated at 7μM, was not significantly affected by the presence of the cations. The minimum inhibitory concentration of CIP for Pseudomonas aeruginosa was not affected or slightly increased in the range of cation concentrations tested, except for Mg(2+). In conclusion, permeability was the main parameter that was affected by the metal cation complexation while cell toxicity and antimicrobial activity were not or slightly modified. Cu(2+), with the highest apparent constant of association and with no effect on cell toxicity and antimicrobial activity of the CIP, appeared as a promising cation for the development of a controlled-permeability formulation of CIP for lung treatment. Copyright © 2016

  20. Nutrient leaching from conifer needles in relation to foliar apoplast cation-exchange capacity

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    Turner, D.P.; van Broekhuizen, H.J.

    1992-01-01

    Limited evidence to date suggests that acidic precipitation promotes leaching of nutrient cations from conifer foliage. In order to evaluate the relative contribution of the apoplast cation exchange complex and symplast nutrient pools to the leached ions, the magnitude of potential foliar leaching in response to acidic precipitation was compared to foliar apoplast cation exchange capacity (CEC) for two conifer tree species (Pseudotsuga menziesii and Picea engelmanii). Leaching increased with decreasing pH and increasing time of immersion. At pH 2.1 and 3.1, equivalents of H+ depleted from the acidic solutions approximated equivalent of cations gained by the solutions. Maximum amounts leached were less than 40 micro equiv/g dry weight of needles for all ions combined. Measured foliar apoplast CEC for these species was approximately 120 micro equiv/g dry weight of needles. These relative magnitudes indicated that the apoplast provided the leached ions.

  1. Test procedure for cation exchange chromatography

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    Cooper, T.D.

    1994-08-24

    The purpose of this test plan is to demonstrate the synthesis of inorganic antimonate ion exchangers and compare their performance against the standard organic cation exchangers. Of particular interest is the degradation rate of both inorganic and organic cation exchangers. This degradation rate will be tracked by determining the ion exchange capacity and thermal stability as a function of time, radiation dose, and chemical reaction.

  2. Mechanisms of fragmentation of cationic peptide ions

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    Zhao, Hong; Adams, Jeanette

    1993-06-01

    Fragmentation mechanisms for formation of several commonly occurring product ions in high-energy collision-induced induced decomposition spectra of either (M + Cat2+ - H)+ ions of peptides cationized with alkaline earth metal ions, (M + Ca+)+ ions cationized with alkali metal ions, or (M + H)+ ions are evaluated by using deuterium-labelled peptides. The different sources of hydrogen transferred in the reactions are identified. Our study supports some previously proposed mechanisms but also provides evidence for others.

  3. Method for encapsulating and isolating hazardous cations, medium for encapsulating and isolating hazardous cations

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    Wasserman, S.R.; Anderson, K.B.; Song, K.; Yuchs, S.E.; Marshall, C.L.

    1998-04-28

    A method for encapsulating hazardous cations is provided comprising supplying a pretreated substrate containing the cations; contacting the substrate with an organo-silane compound to form a coating on the substrate; and allowing the coating to cure. A medium for containing hazardous cations is also provided, comprising a substrate having ion-exchange capacity and a silane-containing coating on the substrate. 3 figs.

  4. Tuning aryl, hydrazine radical cation electronic interactions using substituent effects.

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    Valverde-Aguilar, Guadalupe; Wang, Xianghuai; Plummer, Edward; Lockard, Jenny V; Zink, Jeffrey I; Luo, Yun; Weaver, Michael N; Nelsen, Stephen F

    2008-08-14

    Absorption spectra for 2,3-diaryl-2,3-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane radical cations (2(X)(*+)) and for their monoaryl analogues 2-tert-butyl-3-aryl-2,3-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane radical cations (1(X)(*+)) having para chloro, bromo, iodo, cyano, phenyl, and nitro substituents are reported and compared with those for the previously reported 1- and 2(H)(*+) and 1- and 2(OMe)(*+). The calculated geometries and optical absorption spectra for 2(Cl)(*+) demonstrate that p-C6H4Cl lies between p-C6H4OMe and C6H5 in its ability to stabilize the lowest energy optical transition of the radical cation, which involves electron donation from the aryl groups toward the pi*(NN)(+)-centered singly occupied molecular orbital of 2(X)(*+). Resonance Raman spectral determination of the reorganization energy for their lowest energy transitions (lambda(v)(sym)) increase in the same order, having values of 1420, 5300, and 6000 cm(-1) for X = H, Cl, and OMe, respectively. A neighboring orbital analysis using Koopmans-based calculations of relative orbital energies indicates that the diabatic aryl pi-centered molecular orbital that interacts with the dinitrogen pi system lies closest in energy to the bonding pi(NN)-centered orbital and has an electronic coupling with it of about 9200 +/- 600 cm(-1), which does not vary regularly with electron donating power of the X substituent.

  5. Novel Cationic Lipids with Enhanced Gene Delivery and Antimicrobial Activity

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    Fein, David E.; Bucki, Robert; Byfield, Fitzroy; Leszczynska, Katarzyna; Janmey, Paul A.

    2010-01-01

    Cationic lipids facilitate plasmid delivery, and some cationic sterol-based compounds have antimicrobial activity because of their amphiphilic character. These dual functions are relevant in the context of local ongoing infection during intrapulmonary gene transfer for cystic fibrosis. The transfection activities of two cationic lipids, dexamethasone spermine (DS) and disubstituted spermine (D2S), were tested as individual components and mixtures in bovine aortic endothelial cells and A549 cells. The results showed a 3- to 7-fold improvement in transgene expression for mixtures of DS with 20 to 40 mol% D2S. D2S and coformulations with DS, dioleoyl phosphatidylethanolamine, and DNA exhibited potent bactericidal activity against Escherichia coli MG1655, Bacillus subtilis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1, which was maintained in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Complete bacterial killing was demonstrated at ∼5 μM, including gene delivery formulations, with 2 orders of magnitude higher tolerance before eukaryotic membrane disruption (erythrocyte hemolysis). D2S also exhibited lipopolysaccharide (LPS) scavenging activity resulting in significant inhibition of LPS-mediated activation of human neutrophils with 85 and 65% lower interleukin-8 released at 12 and 24 h, respectively. Mixtures of DS and D2S can improve transfection activity over common lipofection reagents, and D2S has strong antimicrobial action suited for the suppression of bacterial-mediated inflammation. PMID:20573781

  6. Gas-phase Electronic Spectra of Coronene and Corannulene Cations

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    Hardy, F.-X.; Rice, Corey A.; Maier, John P.

    2017-02-01

    Gas-phase electronic spectra of the coronene ({{{C}}}24{{{{H}}}12}+) and corannulene ({{{C}}}20{{{{H}}}10}+) cations complexed with helium have been recorded in a quadrupole ion trap at 5 K by photodissociation. The electronic spectrum of {{{C}}}20{{{{H}}}10}+ with two helium atoms was also measured to estimate the perturbation. This method is sufficient for an astronomical comparison because the shift due to the weakly bound helium is on the order of 0.2 Å. {{{C}}}24{{{{H}}}12}+{--}{He} has the origin band of the {{{A}}}2{{{E}}}1g≤ftarrow X{}2{{{E}}}2u transition at 9438.3 Å and that to a much higher state {{{D}}}3≤ftarrow X{}2{{{E}}}2u at 4570 Å. The corannulene cation is subject to a Jahn–Teller distortion in the electronic ground state, leading to the {3}2{{A}}\\prime ≤ftarrow {{X}}{}2{{A}}\\prime \\prime and {3}2{{A}}\\prime \\prime ≤ftarrow {{X}}{}2{{A}}\\prime transitions with origin band maxima when complexed with helium at 5996.1 and 5882.6 Å. These absorptions lie in a region where there is a congestion of diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs). However, the recorded features have no match with astronomical observations, removing coronene and corannulene cations and probably other aromatic hydrocarbons of this size as possible carriers of the DIBs.

  7. Transformation of anthracene on various cation-modified clay minerals.

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    Li, Li; Jia, Hanzhong; Li, Xiyou; Wang, Chuanyi

    2015-01-01

    In this study, anthracene was employed as a probe to explore the potential catalytic effect of clay minerals in soil environment. Clay minerals saturated with various exchangeable cations were tested. The rate of anthracene transformation follows the order: Fe-smectite > Cu-smectite > Al-smectite ≈ Ca-smectite ≈ Mg-smectite ≈ Na-smectite. This suggests that transition-metal ions such as Fe(III) play an important role in anthracene transformation. Among Fe(III)-saturated clays, Fe(III)-smectite exhibits the highest catalytic activity followed by Fe(III)-illite, Fe(III)-pyrophyllite, and Fe(III)-kaolinite, which is in agreement with the interlayer Fe(III) content. Moreover, effects by two common environmental factors, pH and relative humidity (RH), were evaluated. With an increase in pH or RH, the rate of anthracene transformation decreases rapidly at first and then is leveled off. GC-MS analysis identifies that the final product of anthracene transformation is 9,10-anthraquinone, a more bioavailable molecule compared to anthracene. The transformation process mainly involves cation-π bonding, electron transfer leading to cation radical, and further oxidation by chemisorbed O2. The present work provides valuable insights into the abiotic transformation and the fate of PAHs in the soil environment and the development of contaminated land remediation technologies.

  8. Cationized Carbohydrate Gas-Phase Fragmentation Chemistry

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    Bythell, Benjamin J.; Abutokaikah, Maha T.; Wagoner, Ashley R.; Guan, Shanshan; Rabus, Jordan M.

    2016-11-01

    We investigate the fragmentation chemistry of cationized carbohydrates using a combination of tandem mass spectrometry, regioselective labeling, and computational methods. Our model system is D-lactose. Barriers to the fundamental glyosidic bond cleavage reactions, neutral loss pathways, and structurally informative cross-ring cleavages are investigated. The most energetically favorable conformations of cationized D-lactose were found to be similar. In agreement with the literature, larger group I cations result in structures with increased cation coordination number which require greater collision energy to dissociate. In contrast with earlier proposals, the B n -Y m fragmentation pathways of both protonated and sodium-cationized analytes proceed via protonation of the glycosidic oxygen with concerted glycosidic bond cleavage. Additionally, for the sodiated congeners our calculations support sodiated 1,6-anhydrogalactose B n ion structures, unlike the preceding literature. This affects the subsequent propensity of formation and prediction of B n /Y m branching ratio. The nature of the anomeric center (α/β) affects the relative energies of these processes, but not the overall ranking. Low-energy cross-ring cleavages are observed for the metal-cationized analytes with a retro-aldol mechanism producing the 0,2 A 2 ion from the sodiated forms. Theory and experiment support the importance of consecutive fragmentation processes, particularly for the protonated congeners at higher collision energies.

  9. Cationized Carbohydrate Gas-Phase Fragmentation Chemistry.

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    Bythell, Benjamin J; Abutokaikah, Maha T; Wagoner, Ashley R; Guan, Shanshan; Rabus, Jordan M

    2016-11-28

    We investigate the fragmentation chemistry of cationized carbohydrates using a combination of tandem mass spectrometry, regioselective labeling, and computational methods. Our model system is D-lactose. Barriers to the fundamental glyosidic bond cleavage reactions, neutral loss pathways, and structurally informative cross-ring cleavages are investigated. The most energetically favorable conformations of cationized D-lactose were found to be similar. In agreement with the literature, larger group I cations result in structures with increased cation coordination number which require greater collision energy to dissociate. In contrast with earlier proposals, the B n -Y m fragmentation pathways of both protonated and sodium-cationized analytes proceed via protonation of the glycosidic oxygen with concerted glycosidic bond cleavage. Additionally, for the sodiated congeners our calculations support sodiated 1,6-anhydrogalactose B n ion structures, unlike the preceding literature. This affects the subsequent propensity of formation and prediction of B n /Y m branching ratio. The nature of the anomeric center (α/β) affects the relative energies of these processes, but not the overall ranking. Low-energy cross-ring cleavages are observed for the metal-cationized analytes with a retro-aldol mechanism producing the (0,2) A 2 ion from the sodiated forms. Theory and experiment support the importance of consecutive fragmentation processes, particularly for the protonated congeners at higher collision energies. Graphical Abstract ᅟ.

  10. Cationized Carbohydrate Gas-Phase Fragmentation Chemistry

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    Bythell, Benjamin J.; Abutokaikah, Maha T.; Wagoner, Ashley R.; Guan, Shanshan; Rabus, Jordan M.

    2017-04-01

    We investigate the fragmentation chemistry of cationized carbohydrates using a combination of tandem mass spectrometry, regioselective labeling, and computational methods. Our model system is D-lactose. Barriers to the fundamental glyosidic bond cleavage reactions, neutral loss pathways, and structurally informative cross-ring cleavages are investigated. The most energetically favorable conformations of cationized D-lactose were found to be similar. In agreement with the literature, larger group I cations result in structures with increased cation coordination number which require greater collision energy to dissociate. In contrast with earlier proposals, the B n -Y m fragmentation pathways of both protonated and sodium-cationized analytes proceed via protonation of the glycosidic oxygen with concerted glycosidic bond cleavage. Additionally, for the sodiated congeners our calculations support sodiated 1,6-anhydrogalactose B n ion structures, unlike the preceding literature. This affects the subsequent propensity of formation and prediction of B n /Y m branching ratio. The nature of the anomeric center (α/β) affects the relative energies of these processes, but not the overall ranking. Low-energy cross-ring cleavages are observed for the metal-cationized analytes with a retro-aldol mechanism producing the 0,2 A 2 ion from the sodiated forms . Theory and experiment support the importance of consecutive fragmentation processes, particularly for the protonated congeners at higher collision energies.

  11. Cation-dependent stability of subtilisin.

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    Alexander, P A; Ruan, B; Bryan, P N

    2001-09-04

    Subtilisin BPN' contains two cation binding sites. One specifically binds calcium (site A), and the other can bind both divalent and monovalvent metals (site B). By binding at specific sites in the tertiary structure of subtilisin, cations contribute their binding energy to the stability of the native state and increase the activation energy of unfolding. Deconvoluting the influence of binding sites A and B on the inactivation rate of subtilisin is complicated, however. This paper examines the stabilizing effects of cation binding at site B by using a mutant of subtilisin BPN' which lacks calcium site A. Using this mutant, we show that calcium binding at site B has relatively little effect on stability in the presence of moderate concentrations of monovalent cations. At [NaCl] =100 mM, site B is >or=98% occupied with sodium, and therefore its net occupancy with a cation varies little as subtilisin is titrated with calcium. Exchanging sodium for calcium results in a 5-fold decrease in the rate of inactivation. In contrast, because of the high selectivity of site A for calcium, its occupancy changes dramatically as calcium concentration is varied, and consequently the inactivation rate of subtilisin decreases approximately 200-fold as site A becomes saturated with calcium, irrespective of the concentration of monovalent cations.

  12. Quantum chemical studies of Li{sup +} cation binding to polylalkyloxides.

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    Redfern, P. C.; Curtiss, L. A.

    2002-08-22

    A quantum chemical study of the binding of Li+ cation to polyalkyloxides has been carried out. The lithium cation interaction with three polyalkyloxides (polyethylene oxide (PEO), polytrimethylene oxide (PTMO), and polypropylene oxide (PPO)) has been investigated using ab initio molecular orbital theory at the HF/6-31G* level with molecular models for the polymers. Coordination by one to six oxygens was considered. In addition, higher level calculations were carried out using G3(MP2) theory for coordination of Li+ by one oxygen. For coordination of lithium by one oxygen, the binding energy ordering is PTMO>PPO>PEO, with PTMO having the largest lithium cation affinity. The same ordering is found for larger coordination numbers with the exception of coordination by six oxygens, where the ordering changes due to the steric interactions.

  13. Activation of DNA strand exchange by cationic comb-type copolymers: effect of cationic moieties of the copolymers

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    Choi, Sung Won; Kano, Arihiro; Maruyama, Atsushi

    2008-01-01

    We have previously reported that poly(l-lysine)-graft-dextran cationic comb-type copolymers accelerate strand exchange reaction between duplex DNA and its complementary single strand by >4 orders of magnitude, while stabilizing duplex. However, the stabilization of the duplex is considered principally unfavourable for the accelerating activity since the strand exchange reaction requires, at least, partial melting of the initial duplex. Here we report the effects of different cationic moieties of cationic comb-type copolymers on the accelerating activity. The copolymer having guanidino groups exhibited markedly higher accelerating effect on strand exchange reactions than that having primary amino groups. The high accelerating effect of the former is considered to be due to its lower stabilizing effect on duplex DNA, resulting from its increased affinity to single-stranded DNA. The difference in affinity was clearly demonstrated by a fluorescence correlation spectroscopy study; the interaction of the former with single-stranded DNA still remained high even at 1 M NaCl, while that of the latter completely disappeared. These results suggest that some modes of interactions, such as hydrogen bonding, other than electrostatic interactions between the copolymers having guanidino groups and DNAs may be involved in strand exchange activation. PMID:18033803

  14. Power, Politics, and Pecking Order: Technological Innovation as a Site of Collaboration, Resistance, and Accommodation

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    Davis, James N.

    2005-01-01

    The author summarizes and interprets data collected while he was a visiting scholar in a foreign language (FL) department at a large U.S. public research university. This qualitative case study focuses on: (a) the process of developing widely acclaimed Web-based beginning FL teaching software, and (b) the political implications of the development…

  15. INORGANIC CATIONS IN THE CELL NUCLEUS

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    Tres, Laura L.; Kierszenbaum, A. L.; Tandler, C. J.

    1972-01-01

    Earlier reports indicated the presence of significant amounts of inorganic salts in the nucleus. In the present study the possibility that this might be related to the transcription process was tested on seminiferous epithelium of the adult mouse, using potassium pyroantimonate as a fixative. The results indicated that a correlation exists between the inorganic cations comprising the pyroantimonate-precipitable fraction and the RNA synthetic activity. During meiotic prophase an accumulation of cation-antimonate precipitates occurs dispersed through the middle pachytene nuclei, the stage in which RNA synthesis reaches a maximum. At other stages (zygotene to diplotene), where RNA synthesis falls to a low level, that pattern is not seen; cation-antimonate deposits are restricted to a few masses in areas apparently free of chromatin. The condensed sex chromosomes, the heterochromatin of the "basal knobs," the axial elements, and the synaptonemal complexes are devoid of antimonate deposits during the meiotic prophase. The Sertoli cells, active in RNA synthesis in both nucleoplasm and nucleolus, show cation-antimonate deposits at these sites. In the nucleoplasm some "patches" of precipitates appear coincident with clusters of interchromatin granules; in the nucleolus the inorganic cations are mainly located in the fibrillar and/or amorphous areas, whereas relatively few are shown by the granular component. The condensed chromatin bodies associated with the nucleolus were always free of antimonate precipitates. It is suggested that the observed sites of inorganic cation accumulation within the nucleus may at least partially indicate the presence of RNA polymerases, the activity of which is dependent on divalent cations. PMID:4112542

  16. Order Nidovirales

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    This chapter, entitled "Order Nidovirales", is for inclusion in the Ninth Report of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), to be published as both a single volume text and online. The chapter details the taxonomy of members of the Nidovirus order, including family Arteriviridae o...

  17. Nitrogen-doped zirconia: A comparison with cation stabilized zirconia

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    Lee, Jong-Sook; Lerch, Martin; Maier, Joachim

    2006-01-01

    The conductivity behavior of nitrogen-doped zirconia is compared with that of zirconia doped with lower-valent cations and discussed in the framework of defect-defect interactions. While nominally introducing the same number of vacancies as yttrium, nitrogen dopants introduced in the anion sublattice of zirconia lead to substantially different defect kinetics and energetics. Compared to the equivalent yttrium doping nitrogen doping in the Y-Zr-O-N system substantially increases the activation energy and correspondingly decreases the conductivity at temperatures below 500C in the vacancy range below 4 mol%. The comparison of N-doped zirconia and zirconia systems doped with size-matched cation stabilizers, such as Sc, Yb and Y, shows that elastically driven vacancy-vacancy ordering interactions can phenomenologically account for the temperature- and composition-dependence. It is striking that materials with superior high-temperature conductivities due to weak dopant-vacancy interactions undergo severe deterioration at low temperature due to the strong vacancy-ordering. The analysis also explains qualitatively similar effects of Y co-doping in Yb-, Sc-, and N-doped zirconia. Small amount of Y in N-doped zirconia as well as in Sc-doped zirconia appears to hinder the formation of the long-range ordered phase and thus enhance the conductivity substantially.

  18. Nitrogen-doped zirconia: A comparison with cation stabilized zirconia

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    Lee, Jong-Sook . E-mail: jong-sook.lee@fkf.mpg.de; Lerch, Martin; Maier, Joachim

    2006-01-15

    The conductivity behavior of nitrogen-doped zirconia is compared with that of zirconia doped with lower-valent cations and discussed in the framework of defect-defect interactions. While nominally introducing the same number of vacancies as yttrium, nitrogen dopants introduced in the anion sublattice of zirconia lead to substantially different defect kinetics and energetics. Compared to the equivalent yttrium doping nitrogen doping in the Y-Zr-O-N system substantially increases the activation energy and correspondingly decreases the conductivity at temperatures below 500{sup -}bar C in the vacancy range below 4mol%. The comparison of N-doped zirconia and zirconia systems doped with size-matched cation stabilizers, such as Sc, Yb and Y, shows that elastically driven vacancy-vacancy ordering interactions can phenomenologically account for the temperature- and composition-dependence. It is striking that materials with superior high-temperature conductivities due to weak dopant-vacancy interactions undergo severe deterioration at low temperature due to the strong vacancy-ordering. The analysis also explains qualitatively similar effects of Y co-doping in Yb-, Sc-, and N-doped zirconia. Small amount of Y in N-doped zirconia as well as in Sc-doped zirconia appears to hinder the formation of the long-range ordered phase and thus enhance the conductivity substantially.

  19. Preparation of crosslinked chitosan magnetic membrane for cations sorption from aqueous solution.

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    Khan, Adnan; Begum, Samina; Ali, Nauman; Khan, Sabir; Hussain, Sajjad; Sotomayor, Maria Del Pilar Taboada

    2017-05-01

    A chitosan magnetic membrane was prepared in order to confer magnetic properties to the membrane, which could be used for the removal of cations from aqueous solution. The crosslinked magnetic membrane was compared with pristine chitosan membrane in term of stability, morphology and cation adsorption capacity. The fabricated magnetic materials are thermally stable as shown by thermogravimetric curves. The membrane containing nickel magnetic particles (CHNiF-G) shows high thermal stability compared to the other membranes. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy showed successful preparation of chitosan magnetic membrane. Scanning electron microscopy micrographs showed the rough surface of the membrane with increased porosity. The prepared chitosan membranes were applied to cations of copper, nickel and lead in dilute aqueous solution. The chitosan membrane showed the following adsorption order for metallic cations: Cu(2+) > Ni(2+) > Pb(2+), while CHNiF-G showed higher capacity, 3.51 mmol g(-1) for copper, reflecting the improvement in adsorption capacity, since the amount of copper on pristine chitosan gave 1.40 mmol g(-1). The time required for adsorption to reach to the equilibrium was 6 h for the selected cations using different chitosan membranes. The kinetic study showed that adsorption followed pseudo-second order kinetics. The most commonly used isotherm models, Freundlich, Langmuir and Temkin, were applied to experimental data using linear regression technique. However, The Temkin model fits better to experimental data.

  20. Magnetic order in ?

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    Crook, M. R.; Coles, B. R.; Ritter, C.; Cywinski, R.

    1996-10-01

    Neutron powder diffraction has been used to study the evolution of magnetic order with increasing Zr substitution in the C14 Laves phase compounds 0953-8984/8/41/022/img8. For compounds with x = 0.3 and x = 0.4 we find a simple antiferromagnetic structure, similar to that reported for isostructural 0953-8984/8/41/022/img9. In this structure the Fe moments at the 6h sites are aligned along the c-axis, ferromagnetically coupled within the a - b plane, with adjacent planes antiferromagnetically coupled. This spin structure results in a cancellation of the molecular field at the interplanar 2a sites, and the Fe atoms at these sites carry no ordered moment. The neutron diffraction measurements on 0953-8984/8/41/022/img10 compounds in the composition range 0953-8984/8/41/022/img11 provide evidence of a low-temperature spin-canted structure in which the antiferromagnetic structure described above is modified by the appearance of a basal-plane ferromagnetic component which in turn leads to a small ordered Fe moment at the 2a site. The temperature dependence of the staggered magnetization in the antiferromagnetic state of the x = 0.4 compounds is found to closely follow the form 0953-8984/8/41/022/img12, as predicted for weak itinerant antiferromagnets by SCR spin-fluctuation theory.

  1. Using Ylide Functionalization to Stabilize Boron Cations

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    Scherpf, Thorsten; Feichtner, Kai‐Stephan

    2017-01-01

    Abstract The metalated ylide YNa [Y=(Ph3PCSO2Tol)−] was employed as X,L‐donor ligand for the preparation of a series of boron cations. Treatment of the bis‐ylide functionalized borane Y2BH with different trityl salts or B(C6F5)3 for hydride abstraction readily results in the formation of the bis‐ylide functionalized boron cation [Y−B−Y]+ (2). The high donor capacity of the ylide ligands allowed the isolation of the cationic species and its characterization in solution as well as in solid state. DFT calculations demonstrate that the cation is efficiently stabilized through electrostatic effects as well as π‐donation from the ylide ligands, which results in its high stability. Despite the high stability of 2 [Y−B−Y]+ serves as viable source for the preparation of further borenium cations of type Y2B+←LB by addition of Lewis bases such as amines and amides. Primary and secondary amines react to tris(amino)boranes via N−H activation across the B−C bond. PMID:28185370

  2. Effect of divalent cations on RED performance and cation exchange membrane selection to enhance power densities.

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    Rijnaarts, Timon; Huerta, Elisa; van Baak, Willem; Nijmeijer, Kitty

    2017-09-26

    Reverse Electrodialysis (RED) is a membrane-based renewable energy technology that can harvest energy from salinity gradients. The anticipated feed streams are natural river and seawater, both of which contain - next to monovalent ions - also divalent ions. However, RED using feed streams containing divalent ions experiences lower power densities due to both uphill transport and increased membrane resistance. In this study, we investigate the effects of divalent cations (Mg2+ and Ca2+) on RED and demonstrate the mitigation of those effects using both novel and existing commercial cation exchange membranes (CEMs). Monovalent-selective Neosepta CMS is known to block divalent cations transport and can therefore mitigate reductions in stack voltage. The newly developed multivalent-permeable Fuji T1 is able to transport divalent cations without a major increase in resistance. Both strategies significantly improve power densities compared to standard-grade CEMs when performing RED using streams containing divalent cations.

  3. Kinetic Analysis of Cation Exchange in Birnessite using Time-resolved Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction

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    C Lopano; P Heaney; J Bandstra; J Post; S Brantley

    2011-12-31

    In this study, we applied time-resolved synchrotron X-ray diffraction (TRXRD) to develop kinetic models that test a proposed two-stage reaction pathway for cation exchange in birnessite. These represent the first rate equations calculated for cation exchange in layered manganates. Our previous work has shown that the substitution of K, Cs, and Ba for interlayer Na in synthetic triclinic birnessite induces measurable changes in unit-cell parameters. New kinetic modeling of this crystallographic data supports our previously postulated two-stage reaction pathway for cation exchange, and we can correlate the kinetic steps with changes in crystal structure. In addition, the initial rates of cation exchange, R ({angstrom}{sup 3} min{sup -1}), were determined from changes in unit-cell volume to follow these rate laws: R = 1.75[K{sup +}{sub (aq)}]{sup 0.56}, R = 41.1[Cs{sup +}{sub (aq)}]{sup 1.10}, R = 1.15[Ba{sup 2+}{sub (aq)}]{sup 0.50}. Thus, the exchange rates for Na in triclinic birnessite decreased in the order: Cs >> K > Ba. These results are likely a function of hydration energy differences of the cations and the preference of the solution phase for the more readily hydrated cation.

  4. Cation-dependent nutrient transport in shrimp digestive tract.

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    Simmons, Tamla; Mozo, Julie; Wilson, Jennifer; Ahearn, Gregory A

    2012-02-01

    Purified epithelial brush border membrane vesicles (BBMV) were produced from the hepatopancreas of the Atlantic White shrimp, Litopeneaus setiferus, using standard methods originally developed for mammalian tissues and previously applied to other crustacean and echinoderm epithelia. These vesicles were used to study the cation dependency of sugar and amino acid transport across luminal membranes of hepatopancreatic epithelial cells. (3)H-D: -glucose uptake by BBMV against transient sugar concentration gradients occurred when either transmembrane sodium or potassium gradients were the only driving forces for sugar accumulation, suggesting the presence of a possible coupled transport system capable of using either cation. (3)H-L: -histidine transport was only stimulated by a transmembrane potassium gradient, while (3)H-L: -leucine uptake was enhanced by either a sodium or potassium gradient. These responses suggest the possible presence of a potassium-dependent transporter that accommodates either amino acid and a sodium-dependent system restricted only to L: -leucine. Uptake of (3)H-L: -leucine was significantly stimulated (P < 0.05) by several metallic cations (e.g., Zn(2+), Cu(2+), Mn(2+), Cd(2+), or Co(2+)) at external pH values of 7.0 or 5.0 (internal pH 7.0), suggesting a potential synergistic role of the cations in the transmembrane transfer of amino acids. (3)H-L: -histidine influxes (15 suptakes) were hyperbolic functions of external [zinc] or [manganese], following Michaelis-Menten kinetics. The apparent affinity constant (e.g., K (m)) for manganese was an order of magnitude smaller (K (m) = 0.22 μM Mn) than that for zinc (K (m) = 1.80 μM Zn), while no significant difference (P > 0.05) occurred between their maximal transport velocities (e.g., J (max)). These results suggest that a number of cation-dependent nutrient transport systems occur on the shrimp brush border membrane and aid in the absorption of these important dietary elements.

  5. Theoretical studies on the dimerization of substituted paraphenylenediamine radical cations

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    Punyain, Kraiwan; Kelterer, Anne-Marie; Grampp, Günter

    2011-12-01

    Organic radical cations form dicationic dimers in solution, observed experimentally as diamagnetic species in temperature-dependent EPR and low temperature UV/Vis spectroscopy. Dimerization of paraphenylenediamine, N,N-dimethyl-paraphenylenediamine and 2,3,5,6-tetramethyl-paraphenylenediamine radical cation in ethanol/diethylether mixture was investigated theoretically according to geometry, energetics and UV/Vis spectroscopy. Density Functional Theory including dispersion correction describes stable dimers after geometry optimization with conductor-like screening model of solvation and inclusion of the counter-ion. Energy corrections were done on double-hybrid Density Functional Theory with perturbative second-order correlation (B2PLYP-D) including basis set superposition error (BSSE), and multireference Møller-Plesset second-order perturbation theory method (MRMP2) based on complete active space method (CASSCF(2,2)) single point calculation, respectively. All three dication π-dimers exhibit long multicenter π-bonds around 2.9 ± 0.1 Å with strongly interacting orbitals. Substitution with methyl groups does not influence the dimerization process substantially. Dispersion interaction and electrostatic attraction from counter-ion play an important role to stabilize the dication dimers in solution. Dispersion-corrected double hybrid functional B2PLYP-D and CASSCF(2,2) can describe the interaction energetics properly. Vertical excitations were computed with Tamm-Dancoff approximation for time-dependent Density Functional Theory (TDA-DFT) at the B3LYP level with the cc-pVTZ basis set including ethanol solvent molecules explicitly. A strong interaction of the counter-ion and the solvent ethanol with the monomeric species is observed, whereas in the dimers the strong interaction of both radical cation species is the dominating factor for the additional peak in UV/Vis spectra.

  6. Several textural properties of compacted and cation-exchanged bentonite

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    Montes-Hernandez, G.; Duplay, J.; Géraud, Y.; Martinez, L.

    2006-08-01

    One of the principal applications for bentonite is in drilling muds. Moreover it is widely used as a suspending and stabilizing agent, and as an adsorbent or clarifying agent, in many industries. Recently the bentonites have been proposed as engineered barriers for radioactive waste repository because these materials are supposed to build up a better impermeable zone around wastes by swelling. For these reasons, a textural characterization of bentonites in the laboratory is very important. The aim in this study was to estimate several textural properties of compacted and cation-exchanged bentonite by using Hg-porosimetry, N2-adsorption, water vapour adsorption, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations and environmental scanning electron microscopy-digital images analysis measurements. For that, bulk samples were mechanically compressed at atmospheric conditions by using a uniaxial system at four different pressures (21, 35, 49, and 63 MPa) in order to obtain four physical densities. On the other hand, the bulk samples of bentonite were treated separately with four concentrated solutions (1N concentration) of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium chlorides in order to obtain a homoionic interlayer cation in the clay phase. The results showed that the macro-porosity (porous size>50 nm) and eventually the mesoporosity (porous size 2 50 nm) are affected by the uniaxial compaction. In this case, a transformation of the shape of the macro-pores network from tube to crack was observed. On the other hand, the swelling potential and water content are governed by the relative humidity and by the nature of interlayer cation.

  7. Magnetic and electronic transitions in charge-ordered Nd 0.50Ca 0.47Ba 0.03MnO 3 manganite

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    Mavani, K. R.; Paulose, P. L.

    The ABO 3 type charge-ordered antiferromagnetic Nd 0.50Ca 0.50MnO 3 (NCMO) manganite is doped at A-site by 3%of Ba 2+ for Ca 2+. The resulting system, Nd 0.50Ca 0.47Ba 0.03MnO 3 (NCBMO), is studied for the effects of Ba doping on the magnetic and electronic properties. On application of magnetic field to NCBMO, strongly correlated successive sharp metamagnetic and electronic transitions are observed from antiferromagnetic-insulating to ferromagnetic-metallic state at 2.5 K. The critical magnetic field ( Hc) required for metamagnetism is found to reduce drastically from 15 T for undoped NCMO to 3 T for NCBMO. On increasing the temperature, the Hc of NCBMO passes through a minimum. This behavior of Hc of NCBMO contrasts to that of NCMO. The results are discussed in context of A-site cation disorder and size.

  8. Extrinsic Cation Selectivity of 2D Membranes

    PubMed Central

    2017-01-01

    From a systematic study of the concentration driven diffusion of positive and negative ions across porous 2D membranes of graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), we prove their cation selectivity. Using the current–voltage characteristics of graphene and h-BN monolayers separating reservoirs of different salt concentrations, we calculate the reversal potential as a measure of selectivity. We tune the Debye screening length by exchanging the salt concentrations and demonstrate that negative surface charge gives rise to cation selectivity. Surprisingly, h-BN and graphene membranes show similar characteristics, strongly suggesting a common origin of selectivity in aqueous solvents. For the first time, we demonstrate that the cation flux can be increased by using ozone to create additional pores in graphene while maintaining excellent selectivity. We discuss opportunities to exploit our scalable method to use 2D membranes for applications including osmotic power conversion. PMID:28157333

  9. Forging Colloidal Nanostructures via Cation Exchange Reactions

    PubMed Central

    2016-01-01

    Among the various postsynthesis treatments of colloidal nanocrystals that have been developed to date, transformations by cation exchange have recently emerged as an extremely versatile tool that has given access to a wide variety of materials and nanostructures. One notable example in this direction is represented by partial cation exchange, by which preformed nanocrystals can be either transformed to alloy nanocrystals or to various types of nanoheterostructures possessing core/shell, segmented, or striped architectures. In this review, we provide an up to date overview of the complex colloidal nanostructures that could be prepared so far by cation exchange. At the same time, the review gives an account of the fundamental thermodynamic and kinetic parameters governing these types of reactions, as they are currently understood, and outlines the main open issues and possible future developments in the field. PMID:26891471

  10. Cationically polymerizable monomers derived from renewable sources

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    Crivello, J.V.

    1991-10-01

    The objective of this project is to make use of products obtained from renewable plant sources as monomers for the direct production of polymers which can be used for a wide range of plastic applications. In this report is described progress in the synthesis and polymerization of cationically polymerizable monomers and oligomers derived from botanical oils, terpenes, natural rubber, and lignin. Nine different botanical oils were obtained from various sources, characterized and then epoxidized. Their photopolymerization was carried out using cationic photoinitiators and the mechanical properties of the resulting polymers characterized. Preliminary biodegradation studies are being conducted on the photopolymerized films from several of these oils. Limonene was cationically polymerized to give dimers and the dimers epoxidized to yield highly reactive monomers suitable for coatings, inks and adhesives. The direct phase transfer epoxidation of squalene and natural rubber was carried out. The modified rubbers undergo facile photocrosslinking in the presence of onium salts to give crosslinked elastomers. 12 refs., 3 figs., 10 tabs.

  11. Divalent cation signaling in immune cells

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    Chaigne-Delalande, Benjamin

    2016-01-01

    Divalent cations of two alkaline earth metals Ca2+ and Mg2+ and the transition metal Zn2+ play vital roles in the immune system, and several immune disorders are associated with disturbances of their function. Until recently, only Ca2+ was considered to serve as a second messenger. However, signaling roles for Mg2+ and Zn2+ have been recently described, leading to a reevaluation of their role as potential second messengers. Here we review the roles of these cations as second messengers in light of recent advances in Ca2+, Mg2+ and Zn2+ signaling in the immune system. Developing a better understanding of these signaling cations may lead to new therapeutic strategies for immune disorders. PMID:24932518

  12. Cationic acrylamide emulsion polymer brine thickeners

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    Gleason, P.A.; Piccoline, M.A.

    1986-12-02

    This patent describes a thickened, solids free, aqueous drilling and servicing brine having a density of at least 14.4 ppg. comprising (a) an aqueous solution of at least one water-soluble salt of a multivalent metal, and (b) a cationic water-in-oil emulsion polymer of acrylamide or methacrylamide and a cationic monomer selected from the group consisting of a dialkylaminoalkyl acrylamide or methacrylamide, a trialkylaminoalkyl acrylamide or methacrylamide, a trialkylaminoalkyl acrylate or methacrylate, and a dialkyldialkyl ammonium halide. The acrylamide or methacrylamide to cationic monomer molar ratio of the polymer is about 70:30 to 95:5, the polymer having an I.V. in 1.0N KCl of about 1.0 to 7.0 dl/g and being present in a compatible and viscosifying amount; the thickened brine characterized by being substantially non-dilatent.

  13. The influence of various cations on the catalytic properties of clays. [polymerization of alanine adenylate

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    Paecht-Horowitz, M.

    1978-01-01

    The polymerization of alanine adenylate in the presence of the sodium form of various clays was studied, and hectorite was found to cause more polymerization than nontronite and montmorillonite (in that order) although the differences were not great. The effect on polymerization of presaturating montmorillonite with different cations was determined. Hectorite, with increased basicity of the interspatial planes, allows polymerization of lysine, which montmorillonite does not. The general trend is that, for the same amino acid, higher degrees of polymerization are obtained when the cation in the octahedral lattice of the clay is divalent rather than trivalent. With the exchangeable cations the order is reversed, for a reason that is explained. The main role of clays in the polymerization mechanism of amino acids is concentration and neutralization of charges.

  14. Effect of primycin on monovalent cation transport of erythrocyte membrane and lipid bilayer.

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    Blaskó, K; Györgyi, S; Horváth, I

    1979-04-01

    The effects of primycin were investigated on the alkali-cation transport of human erythrocytes and on the electric conduction of bimolecular lipid membranes. In the concentration range of 3.10(-6) approximately 10(-5) M primycin increased the permeability of erythrocytes to alkali-cations according to the sequences Cs+ greater than Rb+ approximately K+ greater than Na+, while the conductance of the negatively charged phosphatidylserine bimolecular lipid membrane increased by 2 approximately 3 orders of magnitude. The resistance-lowering effect of primycin strongly depended on the cationic species applied and a selectivity order Na+ greater than K+ greater than Rb+ greater than Cs+ was found. A possible mechanism of the primycin-membrane interaction is suggested on the basis of experimental data.

  15. Action of extracellular divalent cations on native alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionate (AMPA) receptors.

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    Dorofeeva, N A; Tikhonov, D B; Barygin, O I; Tikhonova, T B; Salnikov, Y I; Magazanik, L G

    2005-12-01

    The effects of divalent cations on Ca2+-impermeable containing (GluR2 subunit) MPA receptors of hippocampal pyramidal neurones isolated from rat brain was studied using patch-clamping. Ca2+, Mg2+, Mn2+, Co2+, Ni2+ and Zn2+ inhibited currents induced by kainate and glutamate. Inhibition was fast, reversible and voltage independent. The rank order of activities was Ni2+ > Zn2+ > Co2+ > Ca2+ > Mn2+ > Mg2+. Cyclothiazide (0.1 mm) significantly reduced inhibition by divalent cations and 6, 7 dinitroquinoxaline-2.3-dione (DNQX). However, high concentrations of Ni2+ and DNQX inhibited AMPA receptors even in the presence of cyclothiazide. The inhibitory effect of divalent cations as well as DNQX was counteracted by an increase in agonist concentration. In the presence of divalent cations the EC50 values of kainate and glutamate were increased, but the maximal response was not changed. An increase in agonist concentration induced a parallel shift in the concentration-inhibition curve for a divalent cation. These data suggest a competitive-like type of inhibition. However, an increase in agonist concentration reduced the inhibitory action of Ni2+ less than that of DNQX. This gave evidence against direct competition between divalent cations and AMPA receptor agonists. A 'complex-competition' hypothesis was proposed to explain the inhibitory action of divalent cations; it is suggested that divalent cations form ion-agonist complexes, which compete with free agonist for agonist-binding sites on AMPA receptors.

  16. Engineered spatial inversion symmetry breaking in an oxide hetero-structure built from isosymmetric room temperature magnetically ordered components

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    Claridge, John; Alaria, Jonathan; Dyer, Matthew; Rosseinsky, Matthew; Borisov, Pavel; Manning, Troy; Lepadatu, Serban; Cain, Markys; Mishina, Elena; Sherstyuck, Natalia; Ilyin, N. A.; Hadermann, Joke; Lederman, David

    2014-03-01

    The oxide heterostructure [(YFeO3)5(LaFeO3)5]40,which is magnetically ordered and piezoelectric at room temperature, has been constructed from two weak ferromagnetic AFeO3 perovskites with different A cations using RHEED-monitored pulsed laser deposition. The polarisation arises by combining ordering on the A site, imposed by the periodicity of the grown structure, with appropriate orientations of the octahedral tilting, according to simple symmetry-controlled rules. Magnetization and MOKE measurements show that the heterostructure's magnetic structure is similar to that of the individual components. Evidence of the polarity was obtained from second harmonic generation and piezoelectric force microscopy measurements. Modeling of the piezoresponse allows extraction of d33 (approximately 10 pC/N) of the heterostructure, which is in agreement with DFT calculations.

  17. Metalated Nitriles: Cation-Controlled Cyclizations

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    Fleming, Fraser F.; Wei, Yunjing; Liu, Wang; Zhang, Zhiyu

    2008-01-01

    Judicious choice of cation allows the selective cyclization of substituted γ-hydroxynitriles to trans- or cis-decalins and trans- or cis-bicyclo[5.4.0]-undecanes. The stereoselectivities are consistent with deprotonations generating two distinctly different metalated nitriles: an internally coordinated nitrile anion with BuLi, and a C-magnesiated nitrile with i-PrMgCl. Employing cations to control the geometry of metalated nitriles permits stereodivergent cyclizations with complete control over the stereochemistry of the quaternary, nitrile-bearing carbon. PMID:17579448

  18. ABSORPTION METHOD FOR SEPARATING METAL CATIONS

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    Tompkins, E.R.; Parker, G.W.

    1959-03-10

    An improved method is presented for the chromatographic separation of fission products wherein a substantial reduction in liquid volume is obtained. The process consists in contacting a solution containing fission products with a body of ion-exchange adsorbent to effect adsorption of fission product cations. The loaded exchange resin is then contacted with a small volume of a carboxylic acid eluant, thereby recovering the fission products. The fission product carrying eluate is acidified without increasing its volume to the volume of the original solution, and the acidified eluate is then used as a feed solution for a smaller body of ion-exchange resin effecting readsorption of the fission product cations.

  19. Cationically polymerizable monomers derived from renewable sources

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    Crivello, J.V.

    1992-10-01

    The objectives of this project are to design and synthesize novel monomers which orginate from renewable biological sources and to carry out their rapid, efficient, pollution-free and energy efficient cationic polymerization to useful products under the influence of ultraviolet light or heat. A summary of the results of the past year's research on cationically polymerizable monomers derived from renewable sources is presented. Three major areas of investigation corresponding to the different classes of naturally occurring starting materials were investigated; epoxidized terpenes and natural rubber and vinyl ethers from alcohols and carbohydrates.

  20. Cationic dialkylarylphosphates: a new family of bio-inspired cationic lipids for gene delivery.

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    Le Corre, Stéphanie S; Belmadi, Nawal; Berchel, Mathieu; Le Gall, Tony; Haelters, Jean-Pierre; Lehn, Pierre; Montier, Tristan; Jaffrès, Paul-Alain

    2015-01-28

    In this work that aims to synthesize and evaluate new cationic lipids as vectors for gene delivery, we report the synthesis of a series of cationic lipids in which a phosphate functional group acts as a linker to assemble on a molecular scale, two lipid chains and one cationic polar head. The mono or dicationic moiety is connected to the phosphate group by an aryl spacer. In this work, two synthesis strategies were evaluated. The first used the Atherton-Todd coupling reaction to introduce a phenolic derivative to dioleylphosphite. The second strategy used a sequential addition of lipid alcohol and a phenolic derivative on POCl3. The two methods are efficient, but the latter allows larger yields. Different polar head groups were introduced, thus producing amphiphilic compounds possessing either one permanent (N-methyl-imidazolium, pyridinium, trimethylammonium) or two permanent cationic charges. All these cationic lipids were formulated as liposomal solutions and characterized (size and zeta potential). They formed stable liposomal solutions both in water (at pH 7.0) and in a weakly acidic medium (at pH 5.5). Finally, this new generation of cationic lipids was used to deliver DNA into various human-derived epithelial cells cultured in vitro. Compared with Lipofectamine used as a reference commercial lipofection reagent, some cationic dialkylarylphosphates were able to demonstrate potent gene transfer abilities, and noteworthily, monocationic derivatives were much more efficient than dicationic analogues.

  1. Hydroxide flux synthesis and crystal structure of the ordered palladate, LuNaPd{sub 6}O{sub 8}

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    Mugavero III, Samuel J.; Smith, Mark D.; Loye, Hans-Conrad zur . E-mail: ZurLoye@mail.chem.sc.edu

    2006-11-15

    We report the single crystal structure of LuNaPd{sub 6}O{sub 8} grown from a sodium hydroxide flux. The utilization of a hydroxide flux has led to the preparation of the first ordered substitution of a lanthanide metal and an alkali metal on the A-site in a platinum group oxide and the first palladate to contain both a lanthanide metal and an alkali metal. The 1:1 ordered substitution of Lu{sup 3+} and Na{sup +} in place of the commonly observed divalent cation leads to slabs of LuO{sub 8} and NaO{sub 8} cubes bridged together by PdO{sub 4} square planes. The compound crystallizes in the cubic space group Pm-3 (no. 200) with a=5.72500(10) A and is structurally related to other cubic palladium oxides. - Graphical abstract: Unit cell of the ordered palladate, LuNaPd{sub 6}O{sub 8} viewed along the z-direction. The Pd{sup 2+} cations (grey) reside in a square planar coordination environment and bridge together the LuO{sub 8} (blue) and NaO{sub 8} (yellow) cubes.

  2. Method for encapsulating and isolating hazardous cations, medium for encapsulating and isolating hazardous cations

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    Wasserman, S.R.; Anderson, K.B.; Song, K.; Yuchs, S.E.; Marshall, C.L.

    1996-12-31

    The problems associated with the disposal of toxic metals in an environmentally acceptable manner continues to plague industry. Such metals as nickel, vanadium, molybdenum, cobalt, iron, and antimony present physiological and ecological challenges that are best addressed through minimization of exposure and dispersion. A method for encapsulating hazardous cations is provided comprising supplying a pretreated substrate containing the cations; contacting the substrate with an organo-silane compound to form a coating on the substrate; and allowing the coating to cure. A medium for containing hazardous cations is also provided, comprising a substrate having ion-exchange capacity and a silane-containing coating on the substrate.

  3. Restructuring of a Peat in Interaction with Multivalent Cations: Effect of Cation Type and Aging Time

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    Kunhi Mouvenchery, Yamuna; Jaeger, Alexander; Aquino, Adelia J. A.; Tunega, Daniel; Diehl, Dörte; Bertmer, Marko; Schaumann, Gabriele Ellen

    2013-01-01

    It is assumed to be common knowledge that multivalent cations cross-link soil organic matter (SOM) molecules via cation bridges (CaB). The concept has not been explicitly demonstrated in solid SOM by targeted experiments, yet. Therefore, the requirements for and characteristics of CaB remain unidentified. In this study, a combined experimental and molecular modeling approach was adopted to investigate the interaction of cations on a peat OM from physicochemical perspective. Before treatment with salt solutions of Al3+, Ca2+ or Na+, respectively, the original exchangeable cations were removed using cation exchange resin. Cation treatment was conducted at two different values of pH prior to adjusting pH to 4.1. Cation sorption is slower (>>2 h) than deprotonation of functional groups (<2 h) and was described by a Langmuir model. The maximum uptake increased with pH of cation addition and decreased with increasing cation valency. Sorption coefficients were similar for all cations and at both pH. This contradicts the general expectations for electrostatic interactions, suggesting that not only the interaction chemistry but also spatial distribution of functional groups in OM determines binding of cations in this peat. The reaction of contact angle, matrix rigidity due to water molecule bridges (WaMB) and molecular mobility of water (NMR analysis) suggested that cross-linking via CaB has low relevance in this peat. This unexpected finding is probably due to the low cation exchange capacity, resulting in low abundance of charged functionalities. Molecular modeling demonstrates that large average distances between functionalities (∼3 nm in this peat) cannot be bridged by CaB-WaMB associations. However, aging strongly increased matrix rigidity, suggesting successive increase of WaMB size to connect functionalities and thus increasing degree of cross-linking by CaB-WaMB associations. Results thus demonstrated that the physicochemical structure of OM is decisive for Ca

  4. Restructuring of a peat in interaction with multivalent cations: effect of cation type and aging time.

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    Kunhi Mouvenchery, Yamuna; Jaeger, Alexander; Aquino, Adelia J A; Tunega, Daniel; Diehl, Dörte; Bertmer, Marko; Schaumann, Gabriele Ellen

    2013-01-01

    It is assumed to be common knowledge that multivalent cations cross-link soil organic matter (SOM) molecules via cation bridges (CaB). The concept has not been explicitly demonstrated in solid SOM by targeted experiments, yet. Therefore, the requirements for and characteristics of CaB remain unidentified. In this study, a combined experimental and molecular modeling approach was adopted to investigate the interaction of cations on a peat OM from physicochemical perspective. Before treatment with salt solutions of Al(3+), Ca(2+) or Na(+), respectively, the original exchangeable cations were removed using cation exchange resin. Cation treatment was conducted at two different values of pH prior to adjusting pH to 4.1. Cation sorption is slower (>2 h) than deprotonation of functional groups (<2 h) and was described by a Langmuir model. The maximum uptake increased with pH of cation addition and decreased with increasing cation valency. Sorption coefficients were similar for all cations and at both pH. This contradicts the general expectations for electrostatic interactions, suggesting that not only the interaction chemistry but also spatial distribution of functional groups in OM determines binding of cations in this peat. The reaction of contact angle, matrix rigidity due to water molecule bridges (WaMB) and molecular mobility of water (NMR analysis) suggested that cross-linking via CaB has low relevance in this peat. This unexpected finding is probably due to the low cation exchange capacity, resulting in low abundance of charged functionalities. Molecular modeling demonstrates that large average distances between functionalities (∼3 nm in this peat) cannot be bridged by CaB-WaMB associations. However, aging strongly increased matrix rigidity, suggesting successive increase of WaMB size to connect functionalities and thus increasing degree of cross-linking by CaB-WaMB associations. Results thus demonstrated that the physicochemical structure of OM is decisive for

  5. Cation Selectivity in Biological Cation Channels Using Experimental Structural Information and Statistical Mechanical Simulation

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    Finnerty, Justin John

    2015-01-01

    Cation selective channels constitute the gate for ion currents through the cell membrane. Here we present an improved statistical mechanical model based on atomistic structural information, cation hydration state and without tuned parameters that reproduces the selectivity of biological Na+ and Ca2+ ion channels. The importance of the inclusion of step-wise cation hydration in these results confirms the essential role partial dehydration plays in the bacterial Na+ channels. The model, proven reliable against experimental data, could be straightforwardly used for designing Na+ and Ca2+ selective nanopores. PMID:26460827

  6. Stabilization of 2,6-Diarylanilinum Cation by Through-Space Cation-π Interactions.

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    Simó Padial, Joan; Poater, Jordi; Nguyen, D Thao; Tinnemans, Paul; Bickelhaupt, F Matthias; Mecinović, Jasmin

    2017-09-15

    Energetically favorable cation-π interactions play important roles in numerous molecular recognition processes in chemistry and biology. Herein, we present synergistic experimental and computational physical-organic chemistry studies on 2,6-diarylanilines that contain flanking meta/para-substituted aromatic rings adjacent to the central anilinium ion. A combination of measurements of pKa values, structural analyses of 2,6-diarylanilinium cations, and quantum chemical analyses based on the quantitative molecular orbital theory and a canonical energy decomposition analysis (EDA) scheme reveal that through-space cation-π interactions essentially contribute to observed trends in proton affinities and pKa values of 2,6-diarylanilines.

  7. Application of a site-binding, electrical, double-layer model to nuclear waste disposal

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    Relyea, J.F.; Silva, R.J.

    1981-09-01

    A site-binding, electrical, double-layer adsorption model has been applied to adsorption of Cs for both a montmorillonite clay and powdered SiO/sub 2/. Agreement between experimental and predicted results indicates that C/sub s//sup +/ is adsorbed by a simple cation-exchange mechanism. Further application of a combination equilibrium thermodynamic model and site-binding, electrical, double-layer adsorption model has been made to predict the behavior of U(VI) in solutions contacting either the montmorillonite clay or powdered SiO/sub 2/. Experimentally determined U solution concentrations have been used to select what is felt to be the best available thermodynamic data for U under oxidizing conditions. Given the existing information about the probable U solution species, it was possible to determine that UO/sub 2//sup +2/ is most likely adsorbed by cation-exchange at pH 5. At higher values (pH 7 and 9), it was shown that UO/sub 2/(OH)/sub 2//sup 0/ is probably the most strongly adsorbed U solution species. It was also found that high NaCl solution concentrations at higher pH values lowered U concentrations (either because of enhanced sorption or lowered solubility); however, the mechanism responsible for this behavior has not been determined.

  8. Process and apparatus for the production of Bi-213 cations

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    Horwitz, E.P.; Hines, J.J.; Chiarizia, R.; Dietz, M.

    1998-12-29

    A process for producing substantially impurity-free Bi-213 cations is disclosed. An aqueous acid feed solution containing Ac-225 cations is contacted with an ion exchange medium to bind the Ac-225 cations and form an Ac-225-laden ion exchange medium. The bound Ac-225 incubates on the ion exchange medium to form Bi-213 cations by radioactive decay. The Bi-213 cations are then recovered from the Ac-225-laden ion exchange medium to form a substantially impurity-free aqueous Bi-213 cation acid solution. An apparatus for carrying out this process is also disclosed. 7 figs.

  9. Process and apparatus for the production of Bi-213 cations

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    Horwitz, E.P.; Hines, J.J.; Chiarizia, R.; Dietz, M.

    1998-12-29

    A process for producing substantially impurity-free Bi-213 cations is disclosed. An aqueous acid feed solution containing Ac-225 cations is contacted with an ion exchange medium to bind the Ac-225 cations and form an Ac-225-laden ion exchange medium. The bound Ac-225 incubates on the ion exchange medium to form Bi-213 cations by radioactive decay. The Bi-213 cations are then recovered from the Ac-225-laden ion exchange medium to form a substantially impurity-free aqueous Bi-213 cation acid solution. An apparatus for carrying out this process is also disclosed. 7 figs.

  10. Process and apparatus for the production of BI-213 cations

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    Horwitz, E. Philip; Hines, John J.; Chiarizia, Renato; Dietz, Mark

    1998-01-01

    A process for producing substantially impurity-free Bi-213 cations is disclosed. An aqueous acid feed solution containing Ac-225 cations is contacted with an ion exchange medium to bind the Ac-225 cations and form an Ac-225-laden ion exchange medium. The bound Ac-225 incubates on the ion exchange medium to form Bi-213 cations by radioactive decay. The Bi-213 cations are then recovered from the Ac-225-laden ion exchange medium to form a substantially impurity-free aqueous Bi-213 cation acid solution. An apparatus for carrying out this process is also disclosed.

  11. NMR studies of cation transport across membranes

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    Shochet, N.R.

    1985-01-01

    /sup 23/Na NMR Studies of cation transport across membranes were conducted both on model and biological membranes. Two ionophores, the carrier monensin and the channel-former gramicidin, were chosen to induce cation transport in large unilamellar phosphatidylcholine vesicles. The distinction between the NMR signals arising from the two sides of the membrane was achieved by the addition of an anionic paramagnetic shift reagent to the outer solution. The kinetics of the cation transport across the membrane was observed simultaneously monitoring the changes in the /sup 23/Na NMR signals of both compartments. Two mathematical models were developed for the estimation of the transport parameters of the monensin- and gramicidin-induced cation transport. The models were able to fit the experimental data very well. A new method for the estimation of the volume trapped inside the vesicles was developed. The method uses the relative areas of the intra- and extravesicular NMR signals arising from a suspension of vesicles bathed in the same medium they contain, as a measure for the relative volumes of these compartments. Sodium transport across biological membranes was studied by /sup 23/ NMR, using suspensions of cultured nerve cells. The sodium influx through voltage-gated channels was studied using the channel modifier batrachotoxin in combination with scorpion toxin.

  12. ADSORPTION OF ORGANIC CATIONS TO NATURAL MATERIALS

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    The factors that control the extent of adsorption of amphiphilic organic cations on environmental and pristine surfaces have been studied. The sorbents were kaolinite, montmorillonite, two aquifer materials, and a soil; solutions contained various concentrations of NaCl and CaCl,...

  13. ADSORPTION OF ORGANIC CATIONS TO NATURAL MATERIALS

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    The factors that control the extent of adsorption of amphiphilic organic cations on environmental and pristine surfaces have been studied. The sorbents were kaolinite, montmorillonite, two aquifer materials, and a soil; solutions contained various concentrations of NaCl and CaCl,...

  14. Anaerobic Toxicity of Cationic Silver Nanoparticles

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    Toxicity data for the impact of nano-silver on anaerobic degradation.This dataset is associated with the following publication:Gitipour, A., S. Thiel, K. Scheckel, and T. Tolaymat. Anaerobic Toxicity of Cationic Silver Nanoparticles. D. Barcelo Culleres, and J. Gan SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT. Elsevier BV, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, 557: 363-368, (2016).

  15. Cationic Nanohydrogel Particles for Therapeutic Oligonucleotide Delivery.

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    Leber, Nadine; Nuhn, Lutz; Zentel, Rudolf

    2017-06-12

    Short pharmaceutical active oligonucleotides such as small interfering RNA (siRNA) or cytidine-phosphate-guanosine (CpG) are considered as powerful therapeutic alternatives, especially to medicate hard-to-treat diseases (e.g., liver fibrosis or cancer). Unfortunately, these molecules are equipped with poor pharmacokinetic properties that prevent them from translation. Well-defined nanosized carriers can provide opportunities to optimize their delivery and guide them to their site of action. Among several concepts, this Feature Article focuses on cationic nanohydrogel particles as a universal delivery system for small anionic molecules including siRNA and CpG. Cationic nanohydrogels are derived from preaggregated precursor block copolymers, which are further cross-linked to obtain well-defined nanoparticles of tunable sizes and with (degradable) cationic cores. Novel opportunities for oligonucleotide delivery in vitro and in vivo with respect to liver fibrosis therapies will be highlighted as well as perspectives toward modulating the immune system. In general, the approach of covalently stabilized cationic carrier systems can contribute to find advanced oligonucleotide therapeutics. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Concave binding of cationic Li to quadrannulene.

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    Dang, Jing-Shuang; Wang, Wei-Wei; Zhao, Xiang; Nagase, Shigeru

    2017-08-09

    Binding of Li(+) to quadrannulene and its influence on buckybowl functionalization are introduced. The concave-trapped Li(+) acts as a Lewis acid and the rate of Diels-Alder cycloaddition is enhanced 10(8) times. A sandwiched bowl-Li(+)-bowl structure is stabilized via concave-cation-convex interactions, indicating the promoted role of Li(+) in buckybowl assembly.

  17. Hybrids of cationic porphyrins with nanocarbons.

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    Girek, Beata; Sliwa, Wanda

    In the review hybrids of cationic porphyrins (i.e. porphyrins functionalized by quaternary pyridinium groups) with nanocarbons such as fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphene are described. Selected examples of these species are characterized in regard of their properties and possible applications.

  18. Viscoelastic cationic polymers containing the urethane linkage

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    Rembaum, A. (Inventor)

    1972-01-01

    A method for the synthesis and manufacturing of elastomeric compositions and articles containing quaternary nitrogen centers and condensation residues along the polymeric backbone of the centers is presented. Linear and cross-linked straight chain and block polymers having a wide damping temperature range were synthesized. Formulae for the viscoelastic cationic polymers are presented.

  19. Biogenic and Synthetic Polyamines Bind Cationic Dendrimers

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    Mandeville, Jean-Sebastian; Bourassa, Phillipe; Thomas, Thekkumkattil John; Tajmir-Riahi, Heidar-Ali

    2012-01-01

    Biogenic polyamines are essential for cell growth and differentiation, while polyamine analogues exert antitumor activity in multiple experimental model systems, including breast and lung cancer. Dendrimers are widely used for drug delivery in vitro and in vivo. We report the bindings of biogenic polyamines, spermine (spm), and spermidine (spmd), and their synthetic analogues, 3,7,11,15-tetrazaheptadecane.4HCl (BE-333) and 3,7,11,15,19-pentazahenicosane.5HCl (BE-3333) to dendrimers of different compositions, mPEG-PAMAM (G3), mPEG-PAMAM (G4) and PAMAM (G4). FTIR and UV-visible spectroscopic methods as well as molecular modeling were used to analyze polyamine binding mode, the binding constant and the effects of polyamine complexation on dendrimer stability and conformation. Structural analysis showed that polyamines bound dendrimers through both hydrophobic and hydrophilic contacts with overall binding constants of Kspm-mPEG-G3 = 7.6×104 M−1, Kspm-mPEG-PAMAM-G4 = 4.6×104 M−1, Kspm-PAMAM-G4 = 6.6×104 M−1, Kspmd-mPEG-G3 = 1.0×105 M−1, Kspmd-mPEG-PAMAM-G4 = 5.5×104 M−1, Kspmd-PAMAM-G4 = 9.2×104 M−1, KBE-333-mPEG-G3 = 4.2×104 M−1, KBe-333-mPEG-PAMAM-G4 = 3.2×104 M−1, KBE-333-PAMAM-G4 = 3.6×104 M−1, KBE-3333-mPEG-G3 = 2.2×104 M−1, KBe-3333-mPEG-PAMAM-G4 = 2.4×104 M−1, KBE-3333-PAMAM-G4 = 2.3×104 M−1. Biogenic polyamines showed stronger affinity toward dendrimers than those of synthetic polyamines, while weaker interaction was observed as polyamine cationic charges increased. The free binding energies calculated from docking studies were: −3.2 (spermine), −3.5 (spermidine) and −3.03 (BE-3333) kcal/mol, with the following order of binding affinity: spermidine-PAMAM-G-4>spermine-PAMMAM-G4>BE-3333-PAMAM-G4 consistent with spectroscopic data. Our results suggest that dendrimers can act as carrier vehicles for delivering antitumor polyamine analogues to target tissues. PMID:22558341

  20. Biogenic and synthetic polyamines bind cationic dendrimers.

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    Mandeville, Jean-Sebastian; Bourassa, Phillipe; Thomas, Thekkumkattil John; Tajmir-Riahi, Heidar-Ali

    2012-01-01

    Biogenic polyamines are essential for cell growth and differentiation, while polyamine analogues exert antitumor activity in multiple experimental model systems, including breast and lung cancer. Dendrimers are widely used for drug delivery in vitro and in vivo. We report the bindings of biogenic polyamines, spermine (spm), and spermidine (spmd), and their synthetic analogues, 3,7,11,15-tetrazaheptadecane.4HCl (BE-333) and 3,7,11,15,19-pentazahenicosane.5HCl (BE-3333) to dendrimers of different compositions, mPEG-PAMAM (G3), mPEG-PAMAM (G4) and PAMAM (G4). FTIR and UV-visible spectroscopic methods as well as molecular modeling were used to analyze polyamine binding mode, the binding constant and the effects of polyamine complexation on dendrimer stability and conformation. Structural analysis showed that polyamines bound dendrimers through both hydrophobic and hydrophilic contacts with overall binding constants of K(spm-mPEG-G3) = 7.6 × 10(4) M(-1), K(spm-mPEG-PAMAM-G4) = 4.6 × 10(4) M(-1), K(spm-PAMAM-G4) = 6.6 × 10(4) M(-1), K(spmd-mPEG-G3) = 1.0 × 10(5) M(-1), K(spmd-mPEG-PAMAM-G4) = 5.5 × 10(4) M(-1), K(spmd-PAMAM-G4) = 9.2 × 10(4) M(-1), K(BE-333-mPEG-G3) = 4.2 × 10(4) M(-1), K(Be-333-mPEG-PAMAM-G4) = 3.2 × 10(4) M(-1), K(BE-333-PAMAM-G4) = 3.6 × 10(4) M(-1), K(BE-3333-mPEG-G3) = 2.2 × 10(4) M(-1), K(Be-3333-mPEG-PAMAM-G4) = 2.4 × 10(4) M(-1), K(BE-3333-PAMAM-G4) = 2.3 × 10(4) M(-1). Biogenic polyamines showed stronger affinity toward dendrimers than those of synthetic polyamines, while weaker interaction was observed as polyamine cationic charges increased. The free binding energies calculated from docking studies were: -3.2 (spermine), -3.5 (spermidine) and -3.03 (BE-3333) kcal/mol, with the following order of binding affinity: spermidine-PAMAM-G-4>spermine-PAMMAM-G4>BE-3333-PAMAM-G4 consistent with spectroscopic data. Our results suggest that dendrimers can act as carrier vehicles for delivering antitumor polyamine analogues to target tissues.

  1. Silica-based cationic bilayers as immunoadjuvants

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    Lincopan, Nilton; Santana, Mariana RA; Faquim-Mauro, Eliana; da Costa, Maria Helena B; Carmona-Ribeiro, Ana M

    2009-01-01

    Background Silica particles cationized by dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DODAB) bilayer were previously described. This work shows the efficiency of these particulates for antigen adsorption and presentation to the immune system and proves the concept that silica-based cationic bilayers exhibit better performance than alum regarding colloid stability and cellular immune responses for vaccine design. Results Firstly, the silica/DODAB assembly was characterized at 1 mM NaCl, pH 6.3 or 5 mM Tris.HCl, pH 7.4 and 0.1 mg/ml silica over a range of DODAB concentrations (0.001–1 mM) by means of dynamic light scattering for particle sizing and zeta-potential analysis. 0.05 mM DODAB is enough to produce cationic bilayer-covered particles with good colloid stability. Secondly, conditions for maximal adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA) or a recombinant, heat-shock protein from Mycobacterium leprae (18 kDa-hsp) onto DODAB-covered or onto bare silica were determined. At maximal antigen adsorption, cellular immune responses in vivo from delayed-type hypersensitivity reactions determined by foot-pad swelling tests (DTH) and cytokines analysis evidenced the superior performance of the silica/DODAB adjuvant as compared to alum or antigens alone whereas humoral response from IgG in serum was equal to the one elicited by alum as adjuvant. Conclusion Cationized silica is a biocompatible, inexpensive, easily prepared and possibly general immunoadjuvant for antigen presentation which displays higher colloid stability than alum, better performance regarding cellular immune responses and employs very low, micromolar doses of cationic and toxic synthetic lipid. PMID:19152701

  2. Electrical properties and water incorporation in A-site deficient perovskite La1-xBaxNb3O9-0.5x

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    Animitsa, I.; Iakovleva, A.; Belova, K.

    2016-06-01

    Barium doped A-site deficient perovskites La1-xBaxNb3O9-0.5x (x=0-0.05) were synthesized by the solid state method, their structure, electrical properties and state of oxygen-hydrogen groups have been investigated. These phases were found to be able to incorporate water from the gas phase and to exhibit proton transport. Hydration is accompanied by the formation of different forms of oxygen-hydrogen groups: OH- - groups and H3O+ - ions. The total conductivities of doped samples increased in a wet atmosphere due to the appearance of proton current carriers (at the temperatures below 700 °C), but the conductivity increased insignificantly (~0.25 order of magnitude) because of a low doping level and, consequently, small concentration of protons. TG-measurements confirmed relatively low water content (below 0.2%). The total conductivity depends substantially on x and exhibits a minimum on σ-f(x) dependencies. It has been suggested that such behavior is a manifestation of a mixed cation effect.

  3. Reactive p-block cations stabilized by weakly coordinating anions

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    Engesser, Tobias A.; Lichtenthaler, Martin R.; Schleep, Mario

    2016-01-01

    The chemistry of the p-block elements is a huge playground for fundamental and applied work. With their bonding from electron deficient to hypercoordinate and formally hypervalent, the p-block elements represent an area to find terra incognita. Often, the formation of cations that contain p-block elements as central ingredient is desired, for example to make a compound more Lewis acidic for an application or simply to prove an idea. This review has collected the reactive p-block cations (rPBC) with a comprehensive focus on those that have been published since the year 2000, but including the milestones and key citations of earlier work. We include an overview on the weakly coordinating anions (WCAs) used to stabilize the rPBC and give an overview to WCA selection, ionization strategies for rPBC-formation and finally list the rPBC ordered in their respective group from 13 to 18. However, typical, often more organic ion classes that constitute for example ionic liquids (imidazolium, ammonium, etc.) were omitted, as were those that do not fulfill the – naturally subjective – “reactive”-criterion of the rPBC. As a rule, we only included rPBC with crystal structure and only rarely refer to important cations published without crystal structure. This collection is intended for those who are simply interested what has been done or what is possible, as well as those who seek advice on preparative issues, up to people having a certain application in mind, where the knowledge on the existence of a rPBC that might play a role as an intermediate or active center may be useful. PMID:26612538

  4. Reactive p-block cations stabilized by weakly coordinating anions.

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    Engesser, Tobias A; Lichtenthaler, Martin R; Schleep, Mario; Krossing, Ingo

    2016-02-21

    The chemistry of the p-block elements is a huge playground for fundamental and applied work. With their bonding from electron deficient to hypercoordinate and formally hypervalent, the p-block elements represent an area to find terra incognita. Often, the formation of cations that contain p-block elements as central ingredient is desired, for example to make a compound more Lewis acidic for an application or simply to prove an idea. This review has collected the reactive p-block cations (rPBC) with a comprehensive focus on those that have been published since the year 2000, but including the milestones and key citations of earlier work. We include an overview on the weakly coordinating anions (WCAs) used to stabilize the rPBC and give an overview to WCA selection, ionization strategies for rPBC-formation and finally list the rPBC ordered in their respective group from 13 to 18. However, typical, often more organic ion classes that constitute for example ionic liquids (imidazolium, ammonium, etc.) were omitted, as were those that do not fulfill the - naturally subjective -"reactive"-criterion of the rPBC. As a rule, we only included rPBC with crystal structure and only rarely refer to important cations published without crystal structure. This collection is intended for those who are simply interested what has been done or what is possible, as well as those who seek advice on preparative issues, up to people having a certain application in mind, where the knowledge on the existence of a rPBC that might play a role as an intermediate or active center may be useful.

  5. Structures of the cation-deficient perovskite Nd(0.7)Ti(0.9)Al(0.1)O3 from high-resolution neutron powder diffraction in combination with group-theoretical analysis.

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    Zhang, Zhaoming; Howard, Christopher J; Knight, Kevin S; Lumpkin, Gregory R

    2006-02-01

    The crystal structures of Nd(0.7)Ti(0.9)Al(0.1)O3, taken to represent the ideal Nd(2/3)TiO3, have been elucidated from 4 to 1273 K using high-resolution neutron powder diffraction in combination with group-theoretical analysis. The room-temperature structure is monoclinic in C2/m, on a cell with a = 7.6764 (1), b = 7.6430 (1), c = 7.7114 (1) A, beta = 90.042 (2) degrees . Pertinent features are the layered ordering of the A-site Nd cations/vacancies along the z axis and out-of-phase tilting of the (Ti/Al)O6 octahedra around both the x and z axes. From about 750 to 1273 K, the octahedra are tilted around just one axis (x axis) perpendicular to the direction of the cation ordering, giving rise to an orthorhombic structure with space-group symmetry Cmmm.

  6. Pressure-induced cation-cation bonding in V2O3

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    Bai, Ligang; Li, Quan; Corr, Serena A.; ...

    2015-10-09

    A pressure-induced phase transition, associated with the formation of cation-cation bonding, occurs in V2O3 by combining synchroton x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell and ab initio evolutionary calculations. The high-pressure phase has a monoclinic structure with a C2/c space group, and it is both energetically and dynamically stable at pressures above 47 GPa to at least 105 GPa. this phase transition can be viewed as a two-dimensional Peierls-like distortion, where the cation-cation dimer chains are connected along the c axis of the monoclinic cell. In conclusion, this finding provides insights into the interplay of electron correlation and lattice distortionmore » in V2O3, and it may also help to understand novel properties of other early transition-metal oxides.« less

  7. Mixed-valent neptunium(IV/V) compound with cation-cation-bound six-membered neptunyl rings.

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    Jin, Geng Bang

    2013-11-04

    A new mixed-valent neptunium(IV/V) compound has been synthesized by evaporation of a neptunium(V) acidic solution. The structure of the compound features cation-cation-bound six-membered neptunyl(V) rings. These rings are further connected by Np(IV) ions through cation-cation interactions (CCIs) into a three-dimensional neptunium cationic open framework. This example illustrates the possibility of isolating neptunyl(V) CCI oligomers in inorganic systems using other cations to compete with Np(V) in bonding with the neptunyl oxygen.

  8. Sorption mechanism and predictive models for removal of cationic organic contaminants by cation exchange resins.

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    Jadbabaei, Nastaran; Zhang, Huichun

    2014-12-16

    Understanding the sorption mechanism of organic contaminants on cation exchange resins (CXRs) will enable application of these resins for the removal of cationic organic compounds from contaminated water. In this study, sorption of a diverse set of 12 organic cations and 8 neutral aromatic solutes on two polystyrene CXRs, MN500 and Amberlite 200, was examined. MN500 showed higher sorbed concentrations due to its microporous structure. The sorbed concentrations followed the same trend of aromatic cations > aliphatic cations > neutral solutes for both resins. Generally, solute-solvent interactions, nonpolar moiety of the solutes, and resin matrix can affect selectivity of the cations. Sorbed concentrations of the neutral compounds were significantly less than those of the cations, indicating a combined effect of electrostatic and nonelectrostatic interactions. By conducting multiple linear regression between Gibbs free energy of sorption and Abraham descriptors for all 20 compounds, polarity/polarizability (S), H-bond acidity (A), induced dipole (E), and electrostatic (J(+)) interactions were found to be involved in the sorption of the cations by the resins. After converting the aqueous sorption isotherms to sorption from the ideal gas-phase by water-wet resins, a more significant effect of J(+) was observed. Predictive models were then developed based on the linear regressions and validated by accurately estimating the sorption of different test set compounds with a root-mean-square error range of 0.91-1.1 and 0.76-0.85 for MN500 and Amberlite 200, respectively. The models also accurately predicted sorption behavior of aniline and imidazole between pH 3 and 10.

  9. Cubic Structure and Cation Disordering in Ybco Thin Film Deposited by High Speed Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Suh, Jeong-Dae; Sung, Gun Yong; Kang, Kwang Yong

    We have investigated the crystalline structure of high rate deposited YBa2Cu3Ox thin films prepared by high speed pulsed laser deposition. A cation disordered cubic structure with lattice parameter of 0.39 nm was found in YBCO thin film deposited at 12.2 nm/s deposition rate and 650°C substrate temperature conditions. The short range ordered cubic YBa2Cu3Ox thin film growth at high deposition rate was explained by the short migration length of Y and Ba cation atoms owing to the high incident flux rate.

  10. Modelling of the Critical Micelle Concentration of Cationic Gemini Surfactants Using Molecular Connectivity Indices.

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    Mozrzymas, Anna

    2013-01-01

    Modelling of the critical micelle concentrations (cmc) using the molecular connectivity indices was performed for a set of 21 cationic gemini surfactants with medium-length spacers. The obtained model contains only the second-order Kier and Hall molecular connectivity index. It is suggested that the index (2)χ includes some information about flexibility. The obtained model was used to predict log10 cmc of other cationic gemini surfactants. The agreement between calculated and experimental values of log10 cmc for the gemini surfactants that were not used in the correlation is very good.

  11. Independent adsorption of monovalent cations and cationic polymers at PE/PG lipid membranes

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    Khomich, Daria A.; Nesterenko, Alexey M.; Kostritskii, Andrei Yu; Kondinskaia, Diana A.; Ermakov, Yuri A.; Gurtovenko, Andrey A.

    2017-01-01

    Synthetic cationic polymers constitute a wide class of polymeric biocides. Commonly their antimicrobial effect is associated to their interaction with bacterial membranes. In the present study we analyze the interaction of various cationic polymers with model bacterial membranes comprised of a mixture of phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and phosphatidylglycerol (PG). We describe a polymer-membrane interaction as a process of modification of the surface charge. It is well known that small monovalent inorganic cations (Na+, K+) cannot overcharge the surface of a bilayer containing anionic lipids. In contrast, polycations are able to overcharge anionic membranes and demonstrate a very large input to the electric field distribution at the membrane-water interface. We aimed here to study the electrostatic effects associated with the interaction of polycations of different types with a model lipid membrane whose composition closely resembles that of bacterial membranes (PE:PG = 1:4). Four different cationic polymers (polyvinylamine, polyallylamine, poly-L-lysine and polyethylenimine) were adsorbed at a model PE/PG bilayer in MD simulations. Adsorption of sodium cations was inspected separately for PE/PG bilayers of different composition and cation’s binding parameters were determined. From computational experiments and consequent theoretical analysis we concluded that sodium adsorption at anionic binding sites does not depend on the presence of polycations. Therefore, we hypothesize that antimicrobial activity of the studied cationic polymers should depend on the ionic composition of the medium.

  12. Improving the alkaline stability of imidazolium cations by substitution.

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    Dong, Huilong; Gu, Fenglou; Li, Min; Lin, Bencai; Si, Zhihong; Hou, Tingjun; Yan, Feng; Lee, Shuit-Tong; Li, Youyong

    2014-10-06

    Imidazolium cations are promising candidates for preparing anion-exchange membranes because of their good alkaline stability. Substitution of imidazolium cations is an efficient way to improve their alkaline stability. By combining density functional theory calculations with experimental results, it is found that the LUMO energy correlates with the alkaline stability of imidazolium cations. The results indicate that alkyl groups are the most suitable substituents for the N3 position of imidazolium cations, and the LUMO energies of alkyl-substituted imidazolium cations depend on the electron-donating effect and the hyperconjugation effect. Comparing 1,2-dimethylimidazolium cations (1,2-DMIm+) and 1,3-dimethylimidazolium cations (1,3-DMIm+) with the same substituents reveals that the hyperconjugation effect is more significant in influencing the LUMO energy of 1,3-DMIms. This investigation reveals that LUMO energy is a helpful aid in predicting the alkaline stability of imidazolium cations.

  13. Natural vermiculite as an exchanger support for heavy cations in aqueous solution.

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    da Fonseca, Maria G; de Oliveira, Michelle M; Arakaki, Luiza N H; Espinola, José G P; Airoldi, Claudio

    2005-05-01

    The natural highly charged lamellar silicate vermiculite was investigated as an exchanger matrix in doubly distilled water solution to exchange magnesium inside the lamella with the heavy cations copper, nickel, cobalt, and lead at the solid/liquid interface. The extension of each exchange reaction was dependent on time of reaction, pH, and cation concentration. The maximum time presented the following order Pb2+ < Ni2+ < Cu2+ < Co2+, which corresponds to 12, 24, 48, and 72 h, respectively. The best performance was observed for nickel, as represented by the exchange capacity Nf, which gave values 0.59, 0.76, 0.84, and 0.93 mmol g(-1) for Pb2+ < Co2+ < Cu2+ < Ni2+, respectively. This capacity is dependent on pH interval variation from 1 to 9, being significantly increased in alkaline condition. The isotherm data were adjusted to a modified Langmuir equation and from the data the spontaneous Gibbs free energy was calculated. Linear correlations were obtained through Gibbs free energy or the maximum capacity against the cationic radius plot, with the lowest values for the largest cation lead. An exponential correlation was also observed for the maximum capacity versus enthalpy of hydration plot, indicating a difficulty of the less hydrated cation, lead, in exchanging with magnesium inside the lamellar space, as suggested by the proposed mechanism. The saturated matrices with cations presented a decrease in interlayer distance in comparison with the original vermiculite, which can be related to the hydrated phases, characteristic for each cation, with a lowest value for lead.

  14. Tree species affect cation exchange capacity (CEC) and cation binding properties of organic matter in acid forest soils.

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    Gruba, Piotr; Mulder, Jan

    2015-04-01

    Soil organic matter (SOM) in forest soil is of major importance for cation binding and acid buffering, but its characteristics may differ among soils under different tree species. We investigated acidity, cation exchange properties and Al bonding to SOM in stands of Scots pine, pedunculate oak, Norway spruce, European beech and common hornbeam in southern Poland. The content of total carbon (Ct) was by far the major contributor to total cation exchange capacity (CECt) even in loamy soils and a strong relationship between Ct and CECt was found. The slope of the regression of CECt to Ct increased in the order hornbeam≈oak

  15. Structural evolution of the methane cation in subfemtosecond photodynamics

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    Mondal, T.; Varandas, A. J. C.

    2015-07-01

    An ab initio quantum dynamics study has been performed to explore the structural rearrangement of ground state CH 4+ in subfemtosecond resolved photodynamics. The method utilizes time-dependent wave-packet propagation on the X ˜ 2 T 2 electronic manifold of the title cation in full dimensionality, including nonadiabatic coupling of the three electronic sheets. Good agreement is obtained with recent experiments [Baker et al., Science 312, 424 (2006)] which use high-order harmonic generation to probe the attosecond proton dynamics. The novel results provide direct theoretical support of the observations while unravelling the underlying details. With the geometrical changes obtained by calculating the expectation values of the nuclear coordinates as a function of time, the structural evolution is predicted to begin through activation of the totally symmetric a1 and doubly degenerate e modes. While the former retains the original Td symmetry of the cation, the Jahn-Teller active e mode conducts it to a D2d structure. At ˜1.85 fs, the intermediate D2d structure is further predicted to rearrange to local C2v minimum geometry via Jahn-Teller active bending vibrations of t2 symmetry.

  16. Mössbauer Assessment of Cation Disorder in Columbite-Tantalite Minerals

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    Augsburger, M. S.; Pedregosa, J. C.; Sosa, G. M.; Mercader, R. C.

    1999-03-01

    We have used X-ray diffraction and Mössbauer spectroscopy to investigate the cationic disorder between crystallographic sites of a columbite-tantalite series of pegmatites. The X-ray results show that the pegmatites have different degrees of crystallographic disorder according to the quarries where the samples come from. Mössbauer spectra allow us to distinguish two Fe 2+different sites. A simple model assuming equal f-factors and occupation probabilities both for Fe and Mn has been used to turn the relative populations for Fe yielded by Mössbauer spectroscopy into effective site occupancy of the 2+ ions. A well-known empirical formula applied to X-ray results to obtain cationic disorder has been found to correlate within experimental errors with the percentage of cationic ordering obtained by Mössbauer spectroscopy.

  17. The intrinsic stabilities and structures of alkali metal cationized guanine quadruplexes.

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    Azargun, M; Jami-Alahmadi, Y; Fridgen, T D

    2017-01-04

    The structures and stabilities of self-assembled guanine quadruplexes, M(9eG)8(+) (M = Na, K, Rb, Cs; 9eG = 9-ethylguanine), have been studied in the gas phase by blackbody infrared radiative dissociation to determine the difference in the stabilizing effect of the alkali metal cations. The order of stabilities to decomposition was determined to be K(+) > Rb(+) > Cs(+) ≫ Na(+), which is consistent with the observation of K(+) being the ion of choice in guanine quadruplexes in nucleic acids. In the gas phase, the sodiated quadruplex was found to lose one 9eG at a time, whereas the quadruplexes of the heavier cations lost a neutral guanine tetrad. Vibrational spectroscopy on the gas-phase quadruplex ions was consistent with the structures in which the metal cations were sandwiched between two guanine tetrads. Electronic structure calculations are also used to compare with the observed stabilities and vibrational spectra.

  18. Electronic and vibrational spectra of matrix isolated anthracene radical cations - Experimental and theoretical aspects

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    Szczepanski, Jan; Vala, Martin; Talbi, Dahbia; Parisel, Olivier; Ellinger, Yves

    1993-01-01

    The IR vibrational and visible/UV electronic absorption spectra of the anthracene cation, An(+), were studied experimentally, in argon matrices at 12 K, as well as theoretically, using ab initio calculations for the vibrational modes and enhanced semiempirical methods with configuration interaction for the electronic spectra. It was found that both approaches predicted well the observed photoelectron spectrum. The theoretical IR intensities showed some remarkable differences between neutral and ionized species (for example, the CH in-plane bending modes and CC in-plane stretching vibrations were predicted to increase by several orders of magnitude upon ionization). Likewise, estimated experimental IR intensities showed a significant increase in the cation band intensities over the neutrals. The implication of these findings for the hypothesis that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon cations are responsible for the unidentified IR emission bands from interstellar space is discussed.

  19. Uptake of cationic dyes from aqueous solution by biosorption onto granular kohlrabi peel.

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    Gong, Renmin; Zhang, Xiaoping; Liu, Huijun; Sun, Yingzhi; Liu, Birong

    2007-04-01

    A new, low cost, locally available biomaterial was tested for its ability to remove cationic dyes from aqueous solution. Granules prepared from kohlrabi peel had been utilized as a sorbent for uptake of three cationic dyes, methylene blue (MB), neutral red (NR) and acridine orange (AO). The effects of various experimental parameters (e.g., dye concentration, particle size, initial pH, contact time and other factors) were investigated and optimal experimental conditions were ascertained. Above the value of initial pH 4, three dyes studied could be removed effectively. The isothermal data fitted the Langmuir model in the case of NR sorption and the Freundlich model for all three dyes sorption. The biosorption processes followed the pseudo-first-order rate kinetics. The results in this study indicated that kohlrabi peel was an attractive candidate for removing cationic dyes from the dye wastewater.

  20. Electronic and vibrational spectra of matrix isolated anthracene radical cations - Experimental and theoretical aspects

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    Szczepanski, Jan; Vala, Martin; Talbi, Dahbia; Parisel, Olivier; Ellinger, Yves

    1993-01-01

    The IR vibrational and visible/UV electronic absorption spectra of the anthracene cation, An(+), were studied experimentally, in argon matrices at 12 K, as well as theoretically, using ab initio calculations for the vibrational modes and enhanced semiempirical methods with configuration interaction for the electronic spectra. It was found that both approaches predicted well the observed photoelectron spectrum. The theoretical IR intensities showed some remarkable differences between neutral and ionized species (for example, the CH in-plane bending modes and CC in-plane stretching vibrations were predicted to increase by several orders of magnitude upon ionization). Likewise, estimated experimental IR intensities showed a significant increase in the cation band intensities over the neutrals. The implication of these findings for the hypothesis that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon cations are responsible for the unidentified IR emission bands from interstellar space is discussed.

  1. Current scenario of peptide-based drugs: the key roles of cationic antitumor and antiviral peptides

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    Mulder, Kelly C. L.; Lima, Loiane A.; Miranda, Vivian J.; Dias, Simoni C.; Franco, Octávio L.

    2013-01-01

    Cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and host defense peptides (HDPs) show vast potential as peptide-based drugs. Great effort has been made in order to exploit their mechanisms of action, aiming to identify their targets as well as to enhance their activity and bioavailability. In this review, we will focus on both naturally occurring and designed antiviral and antitumor cationic peptides, including those here called promiscuous, in which multiple targets are associated with a single peptide structure. Emphasis will be given to their biochemical features, selectivity against extra targets, and molecular mechanisms. Peptides which possess antitumor activity against different cancer cell lines will be discussed, as well as peptides which inhibit virus replication, focusing on their applications for human health, animal health and agriculture, and their potential as new therapeutic drugs. Moreover, the current scenario for production and the use of nanotechnology as delivery tool for both classes of cationic peptides, as well as the perspectives on improving them is considered. PMID:24198814

  2. EPR studies of amine radical cations. Part 2. Thermal and photo-induced rearrangements of propargylamine and allylamine radical cations in low-temperature freon matrices.

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    Knolle, Wolfgang; Janovský, Igor; Naumov, Sergej; Williams, Ffrancon

    2006-12-28

    Matrix EPR studies and quantum chemical calculations have been used to characterize the consecutive H-atom shifts undergone by the nitrogen-centered parent radical cations of propargylamine (1b*+) and allylamine (5*+) on thermal or photoinduced activation. The radical cation rearrangements of these unsaturated parent amines occur initially by a 1,2 H-atom shift from C1 to C2 with pi-bond formation at the positively charged nitrogen; this is followed by a consecutive reaction involving a second H-atom shift from C2 to C3. Thus, exposure to red light (lambda > 650 nm) converts 1b*+ to the vinyl-type distonic radical cation 2*+ which in turn is transformed on further photolysis with blue-green light (lambda approximately 400-600 nm) to the allene-type heteroallylic radical cation 3*+. Calculations show that the energy ordering is 1b*+ > 2*+ > 3*+, so that the consecutive H-atom shifts are driven by the formation of more stable isomers. Similarly, the parent radical cation of allylamine 5*+ undergoes a spontaneous 1,2-hydrogen atom shift from C1 to C2 at 77 K with a t1/2 of approximately 1 h to yield the distonic alkyl-type iminopropyl radical cation 6*+; this thermal reaction is attributed largely to quantum tunneling, and the rate is enhanced on concomitant photobleaching with visible light. Subsequent exposure to UV light (lambda approximately 350-400 nm) converts 6*+ by a 2,3 H-shift to the 1-aminopropene radical cation 7*+, which is confirmed to be the lowest-energy isomer derived from the ionization of either allylamine or cyclopropylamine. Although the parent radical cations of N, N-dimethylallylamine (9*+) and N-methylallylamine (11*+) are both stabilized by the electron-donating character of the methyl group(s), the photobleaching of 9*+ leads to the remarkable formation of the cyclic 1-methylpyrrolidine radical cation 10*+. The first step of this transformation now involves the migration of a hydrogen atom to C2 of the allyl group from one of the methyl

  3. Effects of metal cations and fulvic acid on the adsorption of ciprofloxacin onto goethite.

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    Tan, Yinyue; Guo, Yong; Gu, Xueyuan; Gu, Cheng

    2015-01-01

    Ciprofloxacin (CIP) can be strongly adsorbed by ferric oxides, but some influencing factors, such as multivalent cations and soil organic matter, have not been evaluated extensively. In this study, the interaction between CIP and four divalent metals (Ca, Cd, Cu, and Pb) was investigated using potentiometric titration and the results indicated that CIP can bind to the divalent metals in the following affinity order: Cu(II) > Pb(II) > Cd(II) > Ca(II). The effects of metals and fulvic acid (FA) on the adsorption behavior of CIP onto goethite surfaces were also examined using batch experiments. It was found that metal cations enhanced the CIP retention on goethite surfaces in the same order as the affinity order with CIP, indicating that metals likely increased CIP retention through cation bridging. FA was found to promote CIP sorption rather than compete with it, and the coexistence of FA and Cu(II) in the system exhibited an addictive effect with CIP sorption, indicating that they might influence the sorption separately under the studied loading condition. Taken together, our results suggested that the coexistence of divalent cations or soil organic matter will enhance CIP sorption on goethite surfaces, hence reducing its mobility and bioavailability in the environment.

  4. Quantitative characterization of non-classic polarization of cations on clay aggregate stability.

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    Hu, Feinan; Li, Hang; Liu, Xinmin; Li, Song; Ding, Wuquan; Xu, Chenyang; Li, Yue; Zhu, Longhui

    2015-01-01

    Soil particle interactions are strongly influenced by the concentration, valence and ion species and the pH of the bulk solution, which will also affect aggregate stability and particle transport. In this study, we investigated clay aggregate stability in the presence of different alkali ions (Li+, Na+, K+, and Cs+) at concentrations from10-5 to 10-1 mol L-1. Strong specific ion effects on clay aggregate stability were observed, and showed the order Cs+>K+>Na+>Li+. We found that it was not the effects of ion size, hydration, and dispersion forces in the cation-surface interactions but strong non-classic polarization of adsorbed cations that resulted in these specific effects. In this study, the non-classic dipole moments of each cation species resulting from the non-classic polarization were estimated. By comparing non-classic dipole moments with classic values, the observed dipole moments of adsorbed cations were up to 104 times larger than the classic values for the same cation. The observed non-classic dipole moments sharply increased with decreasing electrolyte concentration. We conclude that strong non-classic polarization could significantly suppress the thickness of the diffuse layer, thereby weakening the electric field near the clay surface and resulting in improved clay aggregate stability. Even though we only demonstrated specific ion effects on aggregate stability with several alkali ions, our results indicate that these effects could be universally important in soil aggregate stability.

  5. Adsorption of mixed cationic-nonionic surfactant and its effect on bentonite structure.

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    Zhang, Yaxin; Zhao, Yan; Zhu, Yong; Wu, Huayong; Wang, Hongtao; Lu, Wenjing

    2012-01-01

    The adsorption of cationic-nonionic mixed surfactant onto bentonite and its effect on bentonite structure were investigated. The objective was to improve the understanding of surfactant behavior on clay mineral for its possible use in remediation technologies of soil and groundwater contaminated by toxic organic compounds. The cationic surfactant used was hexadecylpyridinium bromide (HDPB), and the nonionic surfactant was Triton X-100 (TX100). Adsorption of TX100 was enhanced significantly by the addition of HDPB, but this enhancement decreased with an increase in the fraction of the cationic surfactant. Part of HDPB was replaced by TX100 which decreased the adsorption of HDPB. However, the total adsorbed amount of the mixed surfactant was still increased substantially, indicating the synergistic effect between the cationic and nonionic surfactants. The surfactant-modified bentonite was characterized by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller specific surface area measurement, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric-derivative thermogravimetric/differential thermal analyses. Surfactant intercalation was found to decrease the bentonite specific surface area, pore volume, and surface roughness and irregularities, as calculated by nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. The co-adsorption of the cationic and nonionic surfactants increased the ordering conformation of the adsorbed surfactants on bentonite, but decreased the thermal stability of the organobentonite system.

  6. Comparison of multilayer formation between different cellulose nanofibrils and cationic polymers.

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    Eronen, Paula; Laine, Janne; Ruokolainen, Janne; Osterberg, Monika

    2012-05-01

    The multilayer formation between polyelectrolytes of opposite charge offers possibility for creating new tailored materials. Exchanging one or both components for charged nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) further increases the variety of achievable properties. We explored this by introducing unmodified, low charged NFC and high charged TEMPO-oxidized NFC. Systematic evaluation of the effect of both NFC charge and properties of cationic polyelectrolytes on the structure of the multilayers was performed. As the cationic component cationic NFC was compared with two different cationic polyelectrolytes, poly(dimethyldiallylammoniumchloride) and cationic starch. Quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) was used to monitor the multilayer formation and AFM colloidal probe microscopy (CPM) was further applied to probe surface interactions in order to gain information about fundamental interactions and layer properties. Generally, the results verified the characteristic multilayer formation between NFC of different charge and how the properties of formed multilayers can be tuned. However, the strong nonelectrostatic affinity between cellulosic fibrils was observed. CPM measurements revealed monotonically repulsive forces, which were in good correspondence with the QCM-D observations. Significant increase in adhesive forces was detected between the swollen high charged NFC. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Progress in gene delivery by cationic lipids: guanidinium-cholesterol-based systems as an example.

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    Aissaoui, Abderrahim; Oudrhiri, Noufissa; Petit, Laure; Hauchecorne, Michelle; Kan, Erwan; Sainlos, Matthieu; Julia, Sébastien; Navarro, Jean; Vigneron, Jean-Pierre; Lehn, Jean-Marie; Lehn, Pierre

    2002-02-01

    Artificial self-assembling systems are currently widely investigated as an alternative approach to recombinant viruses for gene transfection in vitro and in vivo. Cationic lipids are particularly attractive, as a great variety of well-characterized reagents can be synthesized from there. Over the last few years, numerous cationic lipid systems have been developed and shown to be efficient for in vitro transfection. However, although some promising results have been reported in the in vivo setting (even in clinical gene therapy trials in man), the in vivo use of cationic lipid-based systems is still problematic, especially when considering the systemic route of administration. Herein, we summarize our own research on a particular class of cationic lipids, cholesterol derivatives characterized by polar headgroups with guanidinium functions, in order to illustrate the basic principles of and the positive results already obtained by cationic lipid-mediated gene delivery as well as the remaining problems that need to be urgently resolved, particularly as regards the systemic administration. In this forward-looking review, we also discuss the present efforts to develop modular systems for improved in vivo transfection. Indeed, lipid-based vectors offer the possibility to create sophisticated modular gene delivery systems capable of self-assembly via hydrophobic interaction between their components, the role of the different functional elements being to help in overcoming the distinct extracellular and cellular barriers to in vivo gene transfection into the various somatic target tissues.

  8. Cationic β-cyclodextrin polymer applied to a dual cyclodextrin polyelectrolyte multilayer system.

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    Junthip, Jatupol; Tabary, Nicolas; Leclercq, Laurent; Martel, Bernard

    2015-08-01

    A polyelectrolyte multilayer film (PEM) based on cationic and anionic β-cyclodextrin polyelectrolytes was coated onto a textile substrate for future drug delivery purposes. We firstly synthesized a novel cationic β-cyclodextrin polymer (polyEPG-CD) by crosslinking β-cyclodextrin (βCD) with epichlorohydrin (EP) under basic conditions, in the presence of glycidyltrimetrylammonium chloride (GTMAC) as cationizing group. The influence of preparation conditions has been investigated in order to preferably obtain a water soluble fraction whose charge density and molecular weights were optimal for the layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition process. The different cationic cyclodextrin polymers obtained were characterized by FTIR, NMR, colloidal titration, conductimetry, thermogravimetric analysis and size exclusion chromatography. Besides, the counterpart polyelectrolyte was a β-cyclodextrin polymer crosslinked with citric acid, polyCTR-CD, whose synthesis and characterization have been previously reported. Finally we realized the Layer by Layer (LbL) build-up of the PEM coating onto the textile support, using the dip coating method, by alternatively soaking it in cationic polyEPG-CD and anionic polyCTR-CD solutions. This multilayer self-assembly was monitored by SEM, gravimetry and OWLS in function of both polyelectrolytes concentrations and ratios. Solutions parameters such as pH, ionic strenght were also discussed.

  9. Divalent cation dependence of the inhibition by phenothiazines of mediator release from mast cells.

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    Peachell, P. T.; Pearce, F. L.

    1989-01-01

    1. The divalent cations calcium, strontium and barium--and in that order of decreasing effectiveness--were capable of supporting the stimulated release of histamine from rat peritoneal mast cells (RPMC). 2. The responsiveness of mast cells to stimulation in the presence of divalent cations was, in general, markedly enhanced when the cells were first depleted of their intracellular calcium stores. 3. The putative calmodulin antagonists, chlorpromazine, promethazine, thioridazine (phenothiazines) and W-7 (a naphthalene sulphonamide) all inhibited histamine release in the presence of divalent cations in both untreated cells and in RPMC depleted of their intracellular calcium. 4. Histamine release induced by antigen, compound 48/80 and ionophore A23187 was inhibited by this class of compounds most effectively in the presence of extracellular barium, less so in the presence of strontium and least so in calcium-containing media. 5. In the experimental situation where the extracellular calcium concentration was reduced (less than 1 mM), the phenothiazines inhibited the stimulated release of histamine more effectively. 6. In toto, these results suggest that strontium and barium, as well as calcium, can support histamine release from RPMC by directly interacting with an intracellular divalent cation-binding site that may be calmodulin. As a consequence, one mechanism by which the phenothiazines and W-7 may modulate the secretory response could reflect an antagonism of a divalent cation interaction at that same site, although other additional potential sites of inhibitory action are indicated, dependent on the stimulus employed for secretion. PMID:2474349

  10. Charge Shielding of PIP2 by Cations Regulates Enzyme Activity of Phospholipase C

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    Seo, Jong Bae; Jung, Seung-Ryoung; Huang, Weigang; Zhang, Qisheng; Koh, Duk-Su

    2015-01-01

    Hydrolysis of phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) of the plasma membrane by phospholipase C (PLC) generates two critical second messengers, inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate and diacylglycerol. For the enzymatic reaction, PIP2 binds to positively charged amino acids in the pleckstrin homology domain of PLC. Here we tested the hypothesis that positively charged divalent and multivalent cations accumulate around the negatively charged PIP2, a process called electrostatic charge shielding, and therefore inhibit electrostatic PIP2-PLC interaction. This charge shielding of PIP2 was measured quantitatively with an in vitro enzyme assay using WH-15, a PIP2 analog, and various recombinant PLC proteins (β1, γ1, and δ1). Reduction of PLC activity by divalent cations, polyamines, and neomycin was well described by a theoretical model considering accumulation of cations around PIP2 via their electrostatic interaction and chemical binding. Finally, the charge shielding of PIP2 was also observed in live cells. Perfusion of the cations into cells via patch clamp pipette reduced PIP2 hydrolysis by PLC as triggered by M1 muscarinic receptors with a potency order of Mg2+ < spermine4+ < neomycin6+. Accumulation of divalent cations into cells through divalent-permeable TRPM7 channel had the same effect. Altogether our results suggest that Mg2+ and polyamines modulate the activity of PLCs by controlling the amount of free PIP2 available for the enzymes and that highly charged biomolecules can be inactivated by counterions electrostatically. PMID:26658739

  11. Charge Shielding of PIP2 by Cations Regulates Enzyme Activity of Phospholipase C.

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    Seo, Jong Bae; Jung, Seung-Ryoung; Huang, Weigang; Zhang, Qisheng; Koh, Duk-Su

    2015-01-01

    Hydrolysis of phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) of the plasma membrane by phospholipase C (PLC) generates two critical second messengers, inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate and diacylglycerol. For the enzymatic reaction, PIP2 binds to positively charged amino acids in the pleckstrin homology domain of PLC. Here we tested the hypothesis that positively charged divalent and multivalent cations accumulate around the negatively charged PIP2, a process called electrostatic charge shielding, and therefore inhibit electrostatic PIP2-PLC interaction. This charge shielding of PIP2 was measured quantitatively with an in vitro enzyme assay using WH-15, a PIP2 analog, and various recombinant PLC proteins (β1, γ1, and δ1). Reduction of PLC activity by divalent cations, polyamines, and neomycin was well described by a theoretical model considering accumulation of cations around PIP2 via their electrostatic interaction and chemical binding. Finally, the charge shielding of PIP2 was also observed in live cells. Perfusion of the cations into cells via patch clamp pipette reduced PIP2 hydrolysis by PLC as triggered by M1 muscarinic receptors with a potency order of Mg2+ < spermine4+ < neomycin6+. Accumulation of divalent cations into cells through divalent-permeable TRPM7 channel had the same effect. Altogether our results suggest that Mg2+ and polyamines modulate the activity of PLCs by controlling the amount of free PIP2 available for the enzymes and that highly charged biomolecules can be inactivated by counterions electrostatically.

  12. Cationic-modified cyclodextrin nanosphere/anionic polymer as flocculation/sorption systems.

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    Xiao, Huining; Cezar, Norlito

    2005-03-15

    Simultaneous removal of dissolved and colloidal substances has been a challenging task. The cationic-modified beta-cyclodextrin nanospheres synthesized in this work, in conjunction with a water-soluble polyacrylamide-based anionic polymer, potentially provide a novel approach to address the problem. The cyclodextrin was rendered cationic using (2,3-epoxypropyl)trimethylammonium chloride as a reagent. The cationicity of the modified cyclodextrin and the reaction between cyclodextrin and the reagent were characterized by electrophoresis measurement, polyelectrolyte titration, and NMR. As a dual-component flocculation system, the cationic cyclodextrin/anionic polymer significantly induced clay flocculation, lowering the relative turbidity of the clay suspension over a wide pH range. Meanwhile, as a nanospherical absorbent, the modified cyclodextrins exhibited strong affinity toward aromatic compounds via inclusion complex formation in the hydrophobic cavities, which was monitored by UV spectroscopy. These systems facilitated the simultaneous removal of dissolved and colloidal substances, which was unachievable previously. In addition, the interaction between anionic polymers and the clay particles pretreated with cationic cyclodextrin was investigated in order to reveal the flocculation mechanism.

  13. Nanoheterostructure cation exchange: anionic framework conservation.

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    Jain, Prashant K; Amirav, Lilac; Aloni, Shaul; Alivisatos, A Paul

    2010-07-28

    In ionic nanocrystals the cationic sublattice can be replaced with a different metal ion via a fast, simple, and reversible place exchange, allowing postsynthetic modification of the composition of the nanocrystal, while preserving its size and shape. Here, we demonstrate that, during such an exchange, the anionic framework of the crystal is preserved. When applied to nanoheterostructures, this phenomenon ensures that compositional interfaces within the heterostructure are conserved throughout the transformation. For instance, a morphology composed of a CdSe nanocrystal embedded in a CdS rod (CdSe/CdS) was exchanged to a PbSe/PbS nanorod via a Cu(2)Se/Cu(2)S structure. During every exchange cycle, the seed size and position within the nanorod were preserved, as evident by excitonic features, Z-contrast imaging, and elemental line scans. Anionic framework conservation extends the domain of cation exchange to the design of more complex and unique nanostructures.

  14. Mechanism of metal cationization in organic SIMS

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    Wojciechowski, I.; Delcorte, A.; Gonze, X.; Bertrand, P.

    2001-09-01

    A mechanism for metal cationization of phenyl group containing hydrocarbons is discussed. Intact molecules and their fragments are emitted from a thin organic layer covering a metal surface bombarded by fast ions. It is shown that the process of associative ionization of a neutral hydrocarbon molecule and a neutral excited metal atom, occurring above the surface, may contribute to the yield of cationized molecules. To demonstrate this we have calculated the potential energy curves for the model system C 6H 6+Me (Me=Ag, Cu, Au) making use of the density functional theory. The initial states of the metal atoms approaching the benzene ring along the C 6 symmetry axis were set as the ground, ionic, and excited in ( n-1)d 9ns 2 electronic configuration.

  15. Expanding the Palette of Phenanthridinium Cations

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    Cairns, Andrew G; Senn, Hans Martin; Murphy, Michael P; Hartley, Richard C

    2014-01-01

    5,6-Disubstituted phenanthridinium cations have a range of redox, fluorescence and biological properties. Some properties rely on phenanthridiniums intercalating into DNA, but the use of these cations as exomarkers for the reactive oxygen species (ROS), superoxide, and as inhibitors of acetylcholine esterase (AChE) do not require intercalation. A versatile modular synthesis of 5,6-disubstituted phenanthridiniums that introduces diversity by Suzuki–Miyaura coupling, imine formation and microwave-assisted cyclisation is presented. Computational modelling at the density functional theory (DFT) level reveals that the novel displacement of the aryl halide by an acyclic N-alkylimine proceeds by an SNAr mechanism rather than electrocyclisation. It is found that the displacement of halide is concerted and there is no stable Meisenheimer intermediate, provided the calculations consistently use a polarisable solvent model and a diffuse basis set. PMID:24677631

  16. Cation channels in the Arabidopsis plasma membrane.

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    Véry, Anne Aliénor; Sentenac, Hervé

    2002-04-01

    In vivo analyses have identified different functional types of ion channels in various plant tissues and cells. The Arabidopsis genome contains approximately 70 genes for ion channels, of which 57 might be cation-selective channels (K(+), Ca(2+) or poorly discriminating channels). Here, we describe the different families of (putative) cation channels: the Shakers, the two-P-domain and Kir K(+) channels (encoded by the KCO genes), the cyclic-nucleotide-gated channels, the glutamate receptors, and the Ca(2+) channel TPC1. We also compare molecular data with the data obtained in planta, which should lead to a better understanding of the identity of these channels and provide clues about their roles in plant nutrition and cell signalling.

  17. Electronic spectrum of 9-methylanthracenium radical cation

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    O'Connor, Gerard D.; Sanelli, Julian A.; Dryza, Vik; Bieske, Evan J.; Schmidt, Timothy W.

    2016-04-01

    The predissociation spectrum of the cold, argon-tagged, 9-methylanthracenium radical cation is reported from 8000 cm-1 to 44 500 cm-1. The reported spectrum contains bands corresponding to at least eight electronic transitions ranging from the near infrared to the ultraviolet. These electronic transitions are assigned through comparison with ab initio energies and intensities. The infrared D1←D0 transitions exhibit significant vibronic activity, which is assigned through comparison with TD-B3LYP excited state frequencies and intensities, as well as modelled vibronic interactions. Dissociation of 9-methylanthracenium is also observed at high visible-photon energies, resulting in the loss of either CH2 or CH3. The relevance of these spectra, and the spectra of other polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon radical cations, to the largely unassigned diffuse interstellar bands, is discussed.

  18. Planar Chiral, Ferrocene-Stabilized Silicon Cations.

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    Schmidt, Ruth K; Klare, Hendrik F T; Fröhlich, Roland; Oestreich, Martin

    2016-04-04

    The preparation of a series of planar chiral, ferrocenyl-substituted hydrosilanes as precursors of ferrocene-stabilized silicon cations is described. These molecules also feature stereogenicity at the silicon atom. The generation and (29)Si NMR spectroscopic characterization of the corresponding silicon cations is reported, and problems arising from interactions of the electron-deficient silicon atom and adjacent C(sp(3))-H bonds or aromatic π donors are discussed. These issues are overcome by tethering another substituent at the silicon atom to the ferrocene backbone. The resulting annulation also imparts conformational rigidity and steric hindrance in such a way that the central chirality at the silicon atom is set with complete diastereocontrol. These chiral Lewis acid catalysts were then tested in difficult Diels-Alder reactions, but no enantioinduction was seen.

  19. A Novel Route to Recognizing Quaternary Ammonium Cations Using Electrospray Mass Spectrometry

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    Shackman, Holly M.; Ding, Wei; Bolgar, Mark S.

    2015-01-01

    Characterizing and elucidating structures is a commonplace and necessary activity in the pharmaceutical industry with mass spectrometry and NMR being the primary tools for analysis. Although many functional groups are readily identifiable, quaternary ammonium cations have proven to be difficult to unequivocally identify using these techniques. Due to the lack of an N-H bond, quaternary ammonium groups can only be detected in the 1H NMR spectra by weak signals generated from long-range 14N-H coupling, which by themselves are inconclusive evidence of a quaternary ammonium functional group. Due to their low intensity, these signals are frequently not detected. Additionally, ions cannot be differentiated in a mass spectrum as an M+ or [M + H]+ ion without prior knowledge of the compound's structure. In order to utilize mass spectrometry as a tool for determining this functionality, ion cluster formation of quaternary ammonium cations and non-quaternary amines was studied using electrospray ionization. Several mobile phase modifiers were compared; however, the addition of small amounts of trifluoroacetic acid proved superior in producing characteristic and intense [M +2TFA]- clusters for compounds containing quaternary ammonium cations when using negative electrospray. By fragmenting this characteristic ion using CID, nearly all compounds studied could be unambiguously identified as containing a quaternary ammonium cation or a non-quaternary amine attributable to the presence (non-quaternary amine) or absence (quaternary ammonium cation) of the resulting [2TFA + H]- ion in the product spectra. This method of analysis provides a rapid, novel, and reliable technique for indicating the presence of quaternary ammonium cations in order to aid in structural elucidation.

  20. Relative role of anions and cations in the stabilization of halophilic malate dehydrogenase.

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    Ebel, C; Faou, P; Kernel, B; Zaccai, G

    1999-07-13

    Halophilic malate dehydrogenase unfolds at low salt, and increasing the salt concentration stabilizes, first, the folded form and then, in some cases, destabilizes it. From inactivation and fluorescence measurements performed on the protein after its incubation in the presence of various salts in a large range of concentrations, the apparent effects of anions and cations were found to superimpose. A large range of ions was examined, including conditions that are in general not of physiological relevance, to explore the physical chemistry driving adaptation to extreme environments. The order of efficiency of cations and anions to maintain the folded form is, for the low-salt transition, Ca(2+) approximately Mg(2+) > Li(+) approximately NH(4)(+) approximately Na(+) > K(+) > Rb(+) > Cs(+), and SO(4)(2)(-) approximately OAc(-) approximately F(-) > Cl(-), and for the high-salt transition, NH(4)(+) approximately Na(+) approximately K(+) approximately Cs(+) > Li(+) > Mg(2+) > Ca(2+), and SO(4)(2)(-) approximately OAc(-) approximately F(-) > Cl(-) > Br(-) > I(-). If a cation or anion is very stabilizing, the effect of the salt ion of opposite charge is limited. Anions of high charge density are always the most efficient to stabilize the folded form, in accordance with the order found in the Hofmeister series, while cations of high charge density are the most efficient only at the lower salt concentrations and tend to denature the protein at higher salt concentrations. The stabilizing efficiency of cations and anions can be related in a minor way to their effect on the surface tension of the solution, but the interaction of ions with sites only present in the folded protein has also to be taken into account. Unfolding at high salt concentrations corresponds to interactions of anions of low charge density and cations of high charge density with the peptide bond, as found for nonhalophilic proteins.

  1. Oligorotaxane Radicals under Orders.

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    Wang, Yuping; Frasconi, Marco; Liu, Wei-Guang; Sun, Junling; Wu, Yilei; Nassar, Majed S; Botros, Youssry Y; Goddard, William A; Wasielewski, Michael R; Stoddart, J Fraser

    2016-02-24

    A strategy for creating foldameric oligorotaxanes composed of only positively charged components is reported. Threadlike components-namely oligoviologens-in which different numbers of 4,4'-bipyridinium (BIPY(2+)) subunits are linked by p-xylylene bridges, are shown to be capable of being threaded by cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) (CBPQT(4+)) rings following the introduction of radical-pairing interactions under reducing conditions. UV/vis/NIR spectroscopic and electrochemical investigations suggest that the reduced oligopseudorotaxanes fold into highly ordered secondary structures as a result of the formation of BIPY(•+) radical cation pairs. Furthermore, by installing bulky stoppers at each end of the oligopseudorotaxanes by means of Cu-free alkyne-azide cycloadditions, their analogous oligorotaxanes, which retain the same stoichiometries as their progenitors, can be prepared. Solution-state studies of the oligorotaxanes indicate that their mechanically interlocked structures lead to the enforced interactions between the dumbbell and ring components, allowing them to fold (contract) in their reduced states and unfold (expand) in their fully oxidized states as a result of Coulombic repulsions. This electrochemically controlled reversible folding and unfolding process, during which the oligorotaxanes experience length contractions and expansions, is reminiscent of the mechanisms of actuation associated with muscle fibers.

  2. Oligorotaxane Radicals under Orders

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    2016-01-01

    A strategy for creating foldameric oligorotaxanes composed of only positively charged components is reported. Threadlike components—namely oligoviologens—in which different numbers of 4,4′-bipyridinium (BIPY2+) subunits are linked by p-xylylene bridges, are shown to be capable of being threaded by cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) (CBPQT4+) rings following the introduction of radical-pairing interactions under reducing conditions. UV/vis/NIR spectroscopic and electrochemical investigations suggest that the reduced oligopseudorotaxanes fold into highly ordered secondary structures as a result of the formation of BIPY•+ radical cation pairs. Furthermore, by installing bulky stoppers at each end of the oligopseudorotaxanes by means of Cu-free alkyne–azide cycloadditions, their analogous oligorotaxanes, which retain the same stoichiometries as their progenitors, can be prepared. Solution-state studies of the oligorotaxanes indicate that their mechanically interlocked structures lead to the enforced interactions between the dumbbell and ring components, allowing them to fold (contract) in their reduced states and unfold (expand) in their fully oxidized states as a result of Coulombic repulsions. This electrochemically controlled reversible folding and unfolding process, during which the oligorotaxanes experience length contractions and expansions, is reminiscent of the mechanisms of actuation associated with muscle fibers. PMID:27163033

  3. Solubilization of pentanol by cationic surfactants and binary mixtures of cationic surfactants

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    Morgan, M.E.

    1993-12-31

    The research reported here has included studies of the solubilization of pentanol in hexadecylpyridinium chloride (CPC), trimethyletetradecylammonium chloride (C{sub 14}Cl), benzyldimethyltetradecylammonium chloride (C{sub 14}BzCl), benzyldimethylhexadecylpyridinium chloride (C{sub 16}BzCl), hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), and binary mixtures of CPC + C{sub 16}BzCl and C{sub 14}Cl + C{sub 14}BzCl. Rather than using calorimetric methods, this project will employ headspace chromatography to measure solubilization of pentanol over a wide range of solute concentrations. While not yielding as much thermodynamic data as calorimetry, headspace chromatography is a more direct measure of the extent of solubilization. Using headspace chromatography, is a more direct measure of the extent of solubilization. Using headspace chromatography, this study will seek to determine whether strongly synergistic mixture ratios exist in the case of binary cationic surfactant systems. There are two equilibria in the pentanol-water-surfactant system: (1) The pentanol solubilized in micelles is in equilibrium with the monomeric pentanol in solution, and (2) the monomeric pentanol is in equilibrium with the pentanol in the vapor above the solution. To establish the link between the two equilibria, a sample of the vapor above pure liquid pentanol must be collected, in order to find the activity of pentanol in solution. Also, a calibration curve for various concentrations of pentanol in solution. From this type of data it is possible to infer both the concentration of pentanol solubilized in micelles and the concentrations of pentanol in the ``bulk`` solution outside the micelles. The method is equally applicable to systems containing a single surfactant as well as mixtures of surfactants.

  4. Interaction between silica and hydrophobic cations.

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    Depasse, J

    1978-01-01

    The interactions between silica and some molecules which have a high affinity for its surface have been studied. The hydrophobic properties and the positive charge of these molecules are likely to be responsible for their strong adsorption on to silica. These observations should be useful in research into new inhibitors of the effects of silica. One of the cations tested, chloroquine, has been shown to be an effective inhibitor of the haemolytic activity of quartz. PMID:204326

  5. Alkaline earth cation extraction from acid solution

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    Dietz, Mark; Horwitz, E. Philip

    2003-01-01

    An extractant medium for extracting alkaline earth cations from an aqueous acidic sample solution is described as are a method and apparatus for using the same. The separation medium is free of diluent, free-flowing and particulate, and comprises a Crown ether that is a 4,4'(5')[C.sub.4 -C.sub.8 -alkylcyclohexano]18-Crown-6 dispersed on an inert substrate material.

  6. Regulation of Cation Balance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Cyert, Martha S.; Philpott, Caroline C.

    2013-01-01

    All living organisms require nutrient minerals for growth and have developed mechanisms to acquire, utilize, and store nutrient minerals effectively. In the aqueous cellular environment, these elements exist as charged ions that, together with protons and hydroxide ions, facilitate biochemical reactions and establish the electrochemical gradients across membranes that drive cellular processes such as transport and ATP synthesis. Metal ions serve as essential enzyme cofactors and perform both structural and signaling roles within cells. However, because these ions can also be toxic, cells have developed sophisticated homeostatic mechanisms to regulate their levels and avoid toxicity. Studies in Saccharomyces cerevisiae have characterized many of the gene products and processes responsible for acquiring, utilizing, storing, and regulating levels of these ions. Findings in this model organism have often allowed the corresponding machinery in humans to be identified and have provided insights into diseases that result from defects in ion homeostasis. This review summarizes our current understanding of how cation balance is achieved and modulated in baker’s yeast. Control of intracellular pH is discussed, as well as uptake, storage, and efflux mechanisms for the alkali metal cations, Na+ and K+, the divalent cations, Ca2+ and Mg2+, and the trace metal ions, Fe2+, Zn2+, Cu2+, and Mn2+. Signal transduction pathways that are regulated by pH and Ca2+ are reviewed, as well as the mechanisms that allow cells to maintain appropriate intracellular cation concentrations when challenged by extreme conditions, i.e., either limited availability or toxic levels in the environment. PMID:23463800

  7. Sn Cation Valency Dependence in Cation Exchange Reactions Involving Cu2-xSe Nanocrystals

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    2014-01-01

    We studied cation exchange reactions in colloidal Cu2-xSe nanocrystals (NCs) involving the replacement of Cu+ cations with either Sn2+ or Sn4+ cations. This is a model system in several aspects: first, the +2 and +4 oxidation states for tin are relatively stable; in addition, the phase of the Cu2-xSe NCs remains cubic regardless of the degree of copper deficiency (that is, “x”) in the NC lattice. Also, Sn4+ ions are comparable in size to the Cu+ ions, while Sn2+ ones are much larger. We show here that the valency of the entering Sn ions dictates the structure and composition not only of the final products but also of the intermediate steps of the exchange. When Sn4+ cations are used, alloyed Cu2–4ySnySe NCs (with y ≤ 0.33) are formed as intermediates, with almost no distortion of the anion framework, apart from a small contraction. In this exchange reaction the final stoichiometry of the NCs cannot go beyond Cu0.66Sn0.33Se (that is Cu2SnSe3), as any further replacement of Cu+ cations with Sn4+ cations would require a drastic reorganization of the anion framework, which is not possible at the reaction conditions of the experiments. When instead Sn2+ cations are employed, SnSe NCs are formed, mostly in the orthorhombic phase, with significant, albeit not drastic, distortion of the anion framework. Intermediate steps in this exchange reaction are represented by Janus-type Cu2-xSe/SnSe heterostructures, with no Cu–Sn–Se alloys. PMID:25340627

  8. Sn cation valency dependence in cation exchange reactions involving Cu(2-x)Se nanocrystals.

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    De Trizio, Luca; Li, Hongbo; Casu, Alberto; Genovese, Alessandro; Sathya, Ayyappan; Messina, Gabriele C; Manna, Liberato

    2014-11-19

    We studied cation exchange reactions in colloidal Cu(2-x)Se nanocrystals (NCs) involving the replacement of Cu(+) cations with either Sn(2+) or Sn(4+) cations. This is a model system in several aspects: first, the +2 and +4 oxidation states for tin are relatively stable; in addition, the phase of the Cu(2-x)Se NCs remains cubic regardless of the degree of copper deficiency (that is, "x") in the NC lattice. Also, Sn(4+) ions are comparable in size to the Cu(+) ions, while Sn(2+) ones are much larger. We show here that the valency of the entering Sn ions dictates the structure and composition not only of the final products but also of the intermediate steps of the exchange. When Sn(4+) cations are used, alloyed Cu(2-4y)Sn(y)Se NCs (with y ≤ 0.33) are formed as intermediates, with almost no distortion of the anion framework, apart from a small contraction. In this exchange reaction the final stoichiometry of the NCs cannot go beyond Cu0.66Sn0.33Se (that is Cu2SnSe3), as any further replacement of Cu(+) cations with Sn(4+) cations would require a drastic reorganization of the anion framework, which is not possible at the reaction conditions of the experiments. When instead Sn(2+) cations are employed, SnSe NCs are formed, mostly in the orthorhombic phase, with significant, albeit not drastic, distortion of the anion framework. Intermediate steps in this exchange reaction are represented by Janus-type Cu(2-x)Se/SnSe heterostructures, with no Cu-Sn-Se alloys.

  9. Low cation coordination in oxide melts

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    Skinner, Lawrie; Benmore, Chris J; Du, Jincheng; Weber, Richard; Neuefeind, Joerg C; Tumber, Sonia; Parise, John B

    2014-01-01

    The complete set of Faber-Ziman partial pair distribution functions for a rare earth oxide liquid were measured for the first time by combining aerodynamic levitation, neutron diffraction, high energy x-ray diffraction and isomorphic substitution using Y2 O3 and Ho2 O3 melts. The average Y- O coordination is measured to be 5.5(2), which is significantly less than the octahedral coordination of crystalline Y2 O3 (or Ho2 O3 ). Investigation of high temperature La2 O3 , ZrO2 , SiO2 , and Al2 O3 melts by x-ray diffraction and molecular dynamics simulations also show lower-than-crystal cation- oxygen coordination. These measurements suggest a general trend towards lower M-O coordination compared to their crystalline counterparts. It is found that this coordination number drop is larger for lower field strength, larger radius cations and is negligible for high field strength (network forming) cations. These findings have broad implications for predicting the local structure and related physical properties of metal-oxide melts and oxide glasses.

  10. Gravity-flow open tubular cation chromatography.

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    Kubán, Petr; Pelcová, Pavlína; Kubán, Vlastimil; Klakurková, Lenka; Dasgupta, Purnendu K

    2008-08-01

    We describe ion chromatography (IC) on open tubular cation exchange columns with a controllable capacity multilayered stationary phase architecture. The columns of relatively large bore (75 microm id) are fabricated by coating fused-silica capillaries with multiple layers of poly(butadiene-maleic acid) (PBMA) copolymer and crosslinking the deposited layers by thermally initiated radical polymerisation. Column capacity increases in a predictable manner with increase in the number of successively coated layers. Gravity flow with a modest head (< 2 m) can provide the desired separations within a reasonable period. We provide a minimalist configuration where no suppression is used, the sample is injected hydrodynamically as in CE, and detection is accomplished by an inexpensive homebuilt contactless conductivity detector or a capacitance to voltage digital converter. A 1 m long 75 microm bore column coated with two layers of PBMA allows gravity-flow open tubular IC to separate four alkali cations in < 10 min with a 1 mM tartaric acid (TA) eluent. Simultaneous separation of alkali and alkaline earth metal cations can be accomplished in less than 25 min using 1.75 mM pyridinedicarboxylic acid as an eluent. Contactless conductometric detection (C(4)D) allows LODs down to 150 nmol/L, corresponding to 30 fmol injections. Analysis of real water samples is demonstrated.

  11. Controlling chemistry with cations: photochemistry within zeolites.

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    Ramamurthy, V; Shailaja, J; Kaanumalle, Lakshmi S; Sunoj, R B; Chandrasekhar, J

    2003-08-21

    The alkali ions present in the supercages of zeolites X and Y interact with included guest molecules through quadrupolar (cation-pi), and dipolar (cation-carbonyl) interactions. The presence of such interactions can be inferred through solid-state NMR spectra of the guest molecules. Alkali ions, as illustrated in this article, can be exploited to control the photochemical and photophysical behaviors of the guest molecules. For example, molecules that rarely phosphoresce can be induced to do so within heavy cation-exchanged zeolites. The nature (electronic configuration) of the lowest triplet state of carbonyl compounds can be altered with the help of light alkali metal ions. This state switch (n pi*-pi pi*) helps to bring out reactivity that normally remains dormant. Selectivity obtained during the singlet oxygen oxidation of olefins within zeolites illustrates the remarkable control that can be exerted on photoreactions with the help of a confined medium that also has active sites. The reaction cavities of zeolites, like enzymes, are not only well-defined and confined, but also have active sites that closely guide the reactant molecule from start to finish. The examples provided here illustrate that zeolites are far more useful than simple shape-selective catalysts.

  12. Reducible cationic lipids for gene transfer.

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    Wetzer, B; Byk, G; Frederic, M; Airiau, M; Blanche, F; Pitard, B; Scherman, D

    2001-01-01

    One of the main challenges of gene therapy remains the increase of gene delivery into eukaryotic cells. We tested whether intracellular DNA release, an essential step for gene transfer, could be facilitated by using reducible cationic DNA-delivery vectors. For this purpose, plasmid DNA was complexed with cationic lipids bearing a disulphide bond. This reduction-sensitive linker is expected to be reduced and cleaved in the reducing milieu of the cytoplasm, thus potentially improving DNA release and consequently transfection. The DNA--disulphide-lipid complexation was monitored by ethidium bromide exclusion, and the size of complexes was determined by dynamic light scattering. It was found that the reduction kinetics of disulphide groups in DNA--lipid complexes depended on the position of the disulphide linker within the lipid molecule. Furthermore, the internal structure of DNA--lipid particles was examined by small-angle X-ray scattering before and after lipid reduction. DNA release from lipid complexes was observed after the reduction of disulphide bonds of several lipids. Cell-transfection experiments suggested that complexes formed with selected reducible lipids resulted in up to 1000-fold higher reporter-gene activity, when compared with their analogues without disulphide bonds. In conclusion, reduction-sensitive groups introduced into cationic lipid backbones potentially allow enhanced DNA release from DNA--lipid complexes after intracellular reduction and represent a tool for improved vectorization. PMID:11389682

  13. Reducible cationic lipids for gene transfer.

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    Wetzer, B; Byk, G; Frederic, M; Airiau, M; Blanche, F; Pitard, B; Scherman, D

    2001-06-15

    One of the main challenges of gene therapy remains the increase of gene delivery into eukaryotic cells. We tested whether intracellular DNA release, an essential step for gene transfer, could be facilitated by using reducible cationic DNA-delivery vectors. For this purpose, plasmid DNA was complexed with cationic lipids bearing a disulphide bond. This reduction-sensitive linker is expected to be reduced and cleaved in the reducing milieu of the cytoplasm, thus potentially improving DNA release and consequently transfection. The DNA--disulphide-lipid complexation was monitored by ethidium bromide exclusion, and the size of complexes was determined by dynamic light scattering. It was found that the reduction kinetics of disulphide groups in DNA--lipid complexes depended on the position of the disulphide linker within the lipid molecule. Furthermore, the internal structure of DNA--lipid particles was examined by small-angle X-ray scattering before and after lipid reduction. DNA release from lipid complexes was observed after the reduction of disulphide bonds of several lipids. Cell-transfection experiments suggested that complexes formed with selected reducible lipids resulted in up to 1000-fold higher reporter-gene activity, when compared with their analogues without disulphide bonds. In conclusion, reduction-sensitive groups introduced into cationic lipid backbones potentially allow enhanced DNA release from DNA--lipid complexes after intracellular reduction and represent a tool for improved vectorization.

  14. Cation effects on interfacial water organization of aqueous chloride solutions. I. Monovalent cations: Li+, Na+, K+, and NH4(+).

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    Hua, Wei; Verreault, Dominique; Huang, Zishuai; Adams, Ellen M; Allen, Heather C

    2014-07-17

    The influence of monovalent cations on the interfacial water organization of alkali (LiCl, NaCl, and KCl) and ammonium chloride (NH4Cl) salt solutions was investigated using surface-sensitive conventional vibrational sum frequency generation (VSFG) and heterodyne-detected (HD-)VSFG spectroscopy. It was found in the conventional VSFG spectra that LiCl and NH4Cl significantly perturb water’s hydrogen-bonding network. In contrast, NaCl and KCl had little effect on the interfacial water structure and exhibited weak concentration dependency. The Im χs(2)(ωIR) spectra from HD-VSFG further revealed that, for all chloride solutions, the net transition dipole moments of hydrogen-bonded water molecules (O → H) are oriented more toward the vapor phase relative to neat water. This suggests the presence of an interfacial electric field generated from the formation of an ionic double layer in the interfacial region with a distribution of Cl(-) ions located above the countercations, in agreement with predictions from MD simulations. The magnitude of this electric field shows a small but definite cation specificity and follows the order Li(+) ≈ Na(+) > NH4(+) > K(+). The observed trend was found to be in good agreement with previously published surface potential data.

  15. Cation uptake and allocation by red pine seedlings under cation-nutrient stress in a column growth experiment

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    Background and aims: Plant nutrient uptake is affected by environmental stress, but how plants respond to cation nutrient stress is poorly understood. We assessed the impact of varying degrees of cation-nutrient stress on cation uptake in an experimental plant-mineral system. Methods: Column experim...

  16. [Sorption properties of carboxyl cation exchangers with a bacteriostatic effect].

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    Ezhova, N M; Zaikina, N A; Shataeva, L K; Dubinina, N I; Ovechkina, T P; Kopylova, J V

    1980-01-01

    Sorption properties of new carboxyl cation exchangers containing components of salicylic acid (CST and CMTS) and benzoic acid (CBT and CMTB) were examined with respect to large organic ions. Such cation exchangers were shown to have greater permeability for high molecular weight proteins that sorbents of the Biocarb type. Bacteriostatic properties of the above cation exchangers were studied. With an increase in the content of the bactericidal component the bacteriostatic effect of the cation exchangers on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus enhanced. The cation exchangers CST and CMTS showed a greater bacteriostatic effect than those CBT and CMTB.

  17. Alkali cation specific adsorption onto fcc(111) transition metal electrodes.

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    Mills, J N; McCrum, I T; Janik, M J

    2014-07-21

    The presence of alkali cations in electrolyte solutions is known to impact the rate of electrocatalytic reactions, though the mechanism of such impact is not conclusively determined. We use density functional theory (DFT) to examine the specific adsorption of alkali cations to fcc(111) electrode surfaces, as specific adsorption may block catalyst sites or otherwise impact surface catalytic chemistry. Solvation of the cation-metal surface structure was investigated using explicit water models. Computed equilibrium potentials for alkali cation adsorption suggest that alkali and alkaline earth cations will specifically adsorb onto Pt(111) and Pd(111) surfaces in the potential range of hydrogen oxidation and hydrogen evolution catalysis in alkaline solutions.

  18. Cell volume-regulated cation channels.

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    Wehner, Frank

    2006-01-01

    Considering the enormous turnover rates of ion channels when compared to carriers it is quite obvious that channel-mediated ion transport may serve as a rapid and efficient mechanism of cell volume regulation. Whenever studied in a quantitative fashion the hypertonic activation of non-selective cation channels is found to be the main mechanism of regulatory volume increase (RVI). Some channels are inhibited by amiloride (and may be related to the ENaC), others are blocked by Gd(3) and flufenamate (and possibly linked to the group of transient receptor potential (TRP) channels). Nevertheless, the actual architecture of hypertonicity-induced cation channels remains to be defined. In some preparations, hypertonic stress decreases K(+) channel activity so reducing the continuous K(+) leak out of the cell; this is equivalent to a net gain of cell osmolytes facilitating RVI. The hypotonic activation of K(+) selective channels appears to be one of the most common principles of regulatory volume decrease (RVD) and, in most instances, the actual channels involved could be identified on the molecular level. These are BKCa (or maxi K(+)) channels, IK(Ca) and SK(Ca) channels (of intermediate and small conductance, respectively), the group of voltage-gated (Kv) channels including their Beta (or Kv ancilliary) subunits, two-pore K(2P) channels, as well as inwardly rectifying K(+) (Kir) channels (also contributing to K(ATP) channels). In some cells, hypotonicity activates non-selective cation channels. This is surprising, at first sight, because of the inside negative membrane voltage and the sum of driving forces for Na(+) and K(+) diffusion across the cell membrane rather favouring net cation uptake. Some of these channels, however, exhibit a P(K)/P(Na) significantly higher than 1, whereas others are Ca(++) permeable linking hypotonic stress to the activation of Ca(++) dependent ion channels. In particular, the latter holds for the group of TRPs which are specialised in the

  19. Hydrophilic monolayer formation of adsorbed cationic starch and cationic hydroxyethyl cellulose derivatives on polyester surfaces.

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    Roos, Peter; Westling, Asa; Chronakis, Ioannis S

    2004-11-01

    Cationic starch, cationic cellulose derivatives, and hydrophobically modified cationic cellulose were physically adsorbed from aqueous solution onto oppositely charged hydrophobic polyester (poly(ethylene terephthalate)) fabric and nonwoven, and this resulted in hydrophilic surface properties. Surface coverage of the polysaccharides occurred primarily by strong electrostatic interactions, and the surface characteristics were evaluated by measuring the time required for a water droplet to be absorbed into the polyester material as well as by electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA). From a comparison of the adsorption characteristics we assess the polysaccharide-dependent and substrate-dependent adsorption behavior and discuss the similarities and differences in the hydrophilic properties and wettability observed. In particular, the temperature of the cationic polysaccharide solutions in which the substrate was immersed, the configuration of the polymer in solution, and the presence of hydrophobic substituents on the cationic moiety have a considerable effect on the polysaccharide affinity and its adsorption on the surface, irrespective of the substrate type (fabric or nonwoven). We also evaluate the relative contribution of the polyelectrolyte molecular weight, concentration in solution, and degree of charge density along the polymer chain which determine the range of interactions and alter surface hydroplilicity dependent on the type of substrate.

  20. Entropy from State Probabilities: Hydration Entropy of Cations

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    2013-01-01

    Entropy is an important energetic quantity determining the progression of chemical processes. We propose a new approach to obtain hydration entropy directly from probability density functions in state space. We demonstrate the validity of our approach for a series of cations in aqueous solution. Extensive validation of simulation results was performed. Our approach does not make prior assumptions about the shape of the potential energy landscape and is capable of calculating accurate hydration entropy values. Sampling times in the low nanosecond range are sufficient for the investigated ionic systems. Although the presented strategy is at the moment limited to systems for which a scalar order parameter can be derived, this is not a principal limitation of the method. The strategy presented is applicable to any chemical system where sufficient sampling of conformational space is accessible, for example, by computer simulations. PMID:23651109

  1. Permeability of human erythrocyte membrane vesicles to alkali cations.

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    Sze, H; Solomon, A K

    1979-02-02

    The permeability of inside-out and right-side-out vesicles from erythrocyte membranes to inorganic cations was determined quantitatively. Using 86Rb as a K analog, we have measured the rate constant of 86Rb efflux from vesicles under equilibrium exchange conditions, using a dialysis procedure. The permeability coefficients of the vesicles to Rb are only about an order of magnitude greater than that of whole erythrocytes. Furthermore, we have measured many of the specialized transport systems known to exist in erythrocytes and have shown that glucose, sulfate, ATP-dependent Ca and ATP-dependent Na transport activities are retained by the vesicle membranes. These results suggest that inside-out and right-side-out vesicles can be used effectively to study transport properties of erythrocyte membranes.

  2. Comparative analysis of cation/proton antiporter superfamily in plants

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    Ye, Chuyu; Yang, Xiaohan; Xia, Xinli; Yin, Weilun

    2013-01-01

    The cation/proton antiporter superfamily is associated with the transport of monovalent cations across membranes. This superfamily was annotated in the Arabidopsis genome and some members were functionally characterized. In the present study, a systematic analysis of the cation/proton antiporter genes in diverse plant specieswas reported.We identified 240 cation/proton antiporters in alga, moss, and angiosperm. A phylogenetic tree was constructed showing these 240members are separated into three families, i.e., Na+/H+ exchangers, K+ efflux antiporters, and cation/H+ exchangers. Our analysis revealed that tandem and/or segmental duplications contribute to the expansion of cation/H+ exchangers in the examined angiospermspecies. Sliding windowanalysis of the nonsynonymous/synonymous substitution ratios showed some differences in the evolutionary fate of cation/proton antiporter paralogs. Furthermore, we identified over-represented motifs among these 240 proteins and foundmostmotifs are family specific, demonstrating diverse evolution of the cation/proton antiporters among three families. In addition, we investigated the co-expressed genes of the cation/proton antiporters in Arabidopsis thaliana. The results showed some biological processes are enriched in the co-expressed genes, suggesting the cation/proton antiporters may be involved in these biological processes. Taken together, this study furthers our knowledge on cation/proton antiporters in plants.

  3. Cation–cation interactions and cation exchange in a series of isostructural framework uranyl tungstates

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    Balboni, Enrica; Burns, Peter C.

    2014-05-01

    The isotypical compounds (UO{sub 2}){sub 3}(WO{sub 6})(H{sub 2}O){sub 5} (1), Ag(UO{sub 2}){sub 3}(WO{sub 6})(OH)(H{sub 2}O){sub 3} (2), K(UO{sub 2}){sub 3}(WO{sub 6})OH(H{sub 2}O){sub 4} (3), Rb(UO{sub 2}){sub 3}(WO{sub 6})(OH)(H{sub 2}O){sub 3.5} (4), and Cs(UO{sub 2}){sub 3}(WO{sub 6})OH(H{sub 2}O){sub 3} (5) were synthesized, characterized, and their structures determined. Each crystallizes in space group Cc. (1): a=12.979 (3), b=10.238 (2), c=11.302 (2), β=102.044 (2); (2): a=13.148 (2), b=9.520 (1), c=11.083 (2), β=101.568 (2); (3): a=13.111 (8), b=9.930 (6), c=11.242 (7), β=101.024 (7); (4): a=12.940 (2), b=10.231 (2), c=11.259(2), β=102.205 (2); (5): a=12.983 (3), b=10.191 (3), c=11.263 (4), β=101.661 (4). Compounds 1–5 are a framework of uranyl and tungsten polyhedra containing cation–cation interactions. The framework has three symmetrically distinct U(VI) cations, one tungsten, sixteen to eighteen oxygen atoms, and in 2–5, one monovalent cation. Each atom occupies a general position. Each U(VI) cation is present as a typical (UO{sub 2}){sup 2+} uranyl ion in an overall pentagonal bipyramidal coordination environment. Each pentagonal bipyramid shares two equatorial edges with two other pentagonal bipyramids, forming a trimer. Trimers are connected into chains by edge-sharing with WO{sub 6} octahedra. Chains are linked through cation–cation interactions between two symmetrically independent uranyl ions. This yields a remarkably complex system of intersecting channels that extend along [0 0 1] and [−1 1 0]. The cation exchange properties of 2 and 3 were characterized at room temperature and at 140 °C. - Graphical abstract: Chains of uranium and tungsten polyhedra are connected into a three dimensional framework by cation–cation interactions occurring between two symmetrically independent uranyl pentagonal bipyramids. Monovalent cations present in channels within the structure can be exchanged by room temperature or mild hydrothermal

  4. Induction of morphogenesis in Geodermatophilus by inorganic cations and by organic nitrogenous cations.

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    Ishiguro, E E; Wolfe, R S

    1974-01-01

    Morphogenesis of Geodermatophilus strain 22-68 involves two stages, a motile rod (R form) and an irregularly shaped cluster of coccoid cells (C form). A variety of mono- and divalent cations have been found to induce R-form to C-form morphogenesis and to maintain the organism in the C form. Concentration optima for all cations exceeded 100 mM. Results indicated that uptake of cations was accompanied by extrusion of intracellular protons, causing an increase in intracellular pH. A variety of organic amines also induced morphogenesis. Organic amines were taken up in the dissociated free base form, causing the intracellular pH to rise. None of these compounds was utilized as a carbon or nitrogen source.

  5. Induction of Morphogenesis in Geodermatophilus by Inorganic Cations and by Organic Nitrogenous Cations

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    Ishigura, Edward E.; Wolfe, R. S.

    1974-01-01

    Morphogenesis of Geodermatophilus strain 22–68 involves two stages, a motile rod (R form) and an irregularly shaped cluster of coccoid cells (C form). A variety of mono- and divalent cations have been found to induce R-form to C-form morphogenesis and to maintain the organism in the C form. Concentration optima for all cations exceeded 100 mM. Results indicated that uptake of cations was accompanied by extrusion of intracellular protons, causing an increase in intracellular pH. A variety of organic amines also induced morphogenesis. Organic amines were taken up in the dissociated free base form, causing the intracellular pH to rise. None of these compounds was utilized as a carbon or nitrogen source. Images PMID:4587602

  6. Effect of cation exchange on major cation chemistry in the large scale redox experiment at Aespoe

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    Viani, B.E.; Bruton, C.J.

    1994-10-01

    Predicting the chemical changes that result from excavating a repository below the groundwater table in granitic terrain is a major focus of the SKB geochemistry program. The modeling study presented here demonstrates that cation exchange can play a major role in controlling the fluid chemistry that results when groundwaters of differing composition mix due to flow induced by excavation of the HRL tunnel. The major goal of this study was to assess whether an equilibrium cation exchange model could explain the composition of groundwater sampled from boreholes in the HRL tunnel. Given the consistency of the cation exchange hypothesis with observations, geochemical modeling was used to assess whether the quantity of exchanger necessary to match model results and observation was physically reasonable. The impact of mineral dissolution and precipitation on fluid chemistry was also evaluated. Finally, the compositions of exchanger phases expected to be in equilibrium with various Aespoe groundwaters were predicted.

  7. Modulation of sodium channel gating by external divalent cations: differential effects on opening and closing rates.

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    Cukierman, S; Krueger, B K

    1990-06-01

    The effects of external divalent cations on the steady-state open probability (Po), opening and closing rates, and conductance of batrachotoxin (BTX)-activated Na channels were studied in planar lipid bilayers. External divalent cations shifted the midpoint of the Po versus membrane potential (Vm) relation (gating curve) to more depolarized potentials. Of the group IIA divalent cations tested, Ca2+ caused the largest depolarizing shift followed by Ba2+, Sr2+ and Mg2+ in that order. In contrast, the order of decreasing efficacy for block of the single channel conductance was Ca2+, Mg2+, Sr2+ and Ba2+. Thus, because it is a relatively good shifter but a poor blocker, Ba2+ was used to study the effects of divalent cations on gating. External Ba2+ decreased the Na channel opening rate and increased the closing rate. At voltages close to the midpoint of the gating curve, the opening rate decreased by a factor of 1/2.8 while the closing rate increased by 2.0-fold. Although Ba2+ would be expected to increase the external surface potential by interacting with negatively charged residues on the channel, this preferential effect on the opening rate indicates that the effects of external Ba2+ cannot be attributed solely to an increase in the potential gradient across the voltage sensing apparatus.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  8. A monovalent cationic conductance that is blocked by extracellular divalent cations in Xenopus oocytes.

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    Arellano, R O; Woodward, R M; Miledi, R

    1995-01-01

    1. Native Xenopus oocytes were voltage clamped and exposed to Ringer solutions containing low concentrations of divalent cations. Oocytes, held at -60 mV, developed a reversible non-inactivating smooth inward current (Ic) associated with an increase in membrane conductance. 2. Ic was selectively carried by cations (Na+, K+), indicating that the current was not the result of a non-specific membrane breakdown, but was due instead to removal of a blocking effect of divalent cations on a specific population of endogenous ionic channels located in the oocyte membrane. 3. The blocking effects of Ca2+ and Mg2+ were voltage dependent, implying action at a binding site within the pore of the cationic channel. For example, the half-maximal inhibition (IC50) of Ic by Ca2+ was 61 microM in oocytes held at -60 mV and 212 microM in oocytes held at 0 mV. 4. The Ic channels could be unblocked by depolarization of the membrane even in the presence of physiological concentrations of Ca2+ or Mg2+. The unblocking of the channels was observed as a slowly developing outward current. 5. The novel cationic current was substantially reduced following in vitro maturation of oocytes by treatment with progesterone (10 microM, 4-5 h). 6. The physiological role of Ic channels remains to be elucidated. Nonetheless, their characteristics explain the ionic basis of the sensitivity of oocytes to reductions in extracellular divalent cations and raise the possibility that the channels play a role in calcium homeostasis. PMID:7542710

  9. Capillary liquid chromatography using a hydrophilic/cation-exchange monolithic column with a dynamically modified cationic surfactant.

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    Lin, Jian; Lin, Jia; Lin, Xucong; Xie, Zenghong

    2009-11-06

    A novel form of reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) by the dynamically modified hydrophilic interaction monolithic column has been described in this paper. A porous poly(SPMA-co-PETA) monolith with strong cation-exchange (SCX) was prepared and the resulting monolith showed a typical hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC) mechanism at higher organic solvent content (ACN%>50%). The good selectivity for neutral, basic and acidic polar analytes was observed in the HILIC mode. In order to increase the hydrophobic interaction, the monolith with SCX was dynamically modified with a long-chain quaternary ammonium salt, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), which was added to the mobile phase. CTAB ions were adsorbed onto the surface of the SCX monolithic material, and the resulting hydrophobic layer was used as the stationary phase. Using the dynamically modified SCX monolithic column, neutral, basic and acidic hydrophobic analytes were well separated with the RPLC mode.

  10. Nonlinearity of cationic aromatic amine sorption to aluminosilicates and soils: role of intermolecular cation-π interactions.

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    Vasudevan, Dharni; Arey, Teresa A; Dickstein, Daniel R; Newman, Mark H; Zhang, Tina Y; Kinnear, Heather M; Bader, Mohammad M

    2013-12-17

    Through the study of substituted anilines and benzylamines, we demonstrated that cooperative cation-π, π-π, and van der Waals interactions can increase aromatic cationic amine sorption to Na/Ca-montmorillonite well beyond the extent expected by cation exchange alone. Cationic amines exhibiting cooperative interactions displayed nonlinear S-shaped isotherms and increased affinity for the sorbent at low surface coverage; parallel cation exchange and cooperative interactions were noted above a sorption threshold of 0.3-2.3% of exchange sites occupied. Our experiments revealed the predominance of intermolecular cation-π interactions, which occurred between the π system of a compound retained on the surface via cation exchange and the cationic amine group of an adjacent molecule. Compounds with greater amine charge/area and electron-donating substituents that allowed for greater electron density at the center of the aromatic ring showed a greater potential for cation-π interactions on montmorillonite surfaces. However, benzylamine sorption to nine soils, at charge loadings comparable to the experiments with montmorillonite, revealed no significant cooperative interactions. It appears that cation-π interactions may be likely in soils with exceptionally high cation exchange capacities (>0.7 mol charge/kg) and low organic matter contents, abundant in montmorillonite and other expanding clay minerals.

  11. Cationic niosomes an effective gene carrier composed of novel spermine-derivative cationic lipids: effect of central core structures.

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    Opanasopit, Praneet; Leksantikul, Lalita; Niyomtham, Nattisa; Rojanarata, Theerasak; Ngawhirunpat, Tanasait; Yingyongnarongkul, Boon-Ek

    2017-05-01

    Cationic niosomes formulated from Span 20, cholesterol (Chol) and novel spermine-based cationic lipids of multiple central core structures (di(oxyethyl)amino, di(oxyethyl)amino carboxy, 3-amino-1,2-dioxypropyl and 2-amino-1,3-dioxypropyl) were successfully prepared for improving transfection efficiency in vitro. The niosomes composed of spermine cationic lipid with central core structure of di(oxyethyl)amino revealed the highest gene transfection efficiency. To investigate the factors affecting gene transfection and cell viability including differences in the central core structures of cationic lipids, the composition of vesicles, molar ratio of cationic lipids in formulations and the weight ratio of niosomes to DNA. Cationic niosomes composed of nonionic surfactants (Span20), cholesterol and spermine-based cationic lipids of multiple central core structures were formulated. Gene transfection and cell viability were evaluated on a human cervical carcinoma cell line (HeLa cells) using pDNA encoding green fluorescent protein (pEGFP-C2). The morphology, size and charge were also characterized. High transfection efficiency was obtained from cationic niosomes composed of Span20:Chol:cationic lipid at the molar ratio of 2.5:2.5:0.5 mM. Cationic lipids with di(oxyethyl)amino as a central core structure exhibited highest transfection efficiency. In addition, there was also no serum effect on transfection efficiency. These novel cationic niosomes may constitute a good alternative carrier for gene transfection.

  12. The sequence to hydrogenate coronene cations: A journey guided by magic numbers

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    Cazaux, Stéphanie; Boschman, Leon; Rougeau, Nathalie; Reitsma, Geert; Hoekstra, Ronnie; Teillet-Billy, Dominique; Morisset, Sabine; Spaans, Marco; Schlathölter, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    The understanding of hydrogen attachment to carbonaceous surfaces is essential to a wide variety of research fields and technologies such as hydrogen storage for transportation, precise localization of hydrogen in electronic devices and the formation of cosmic H2. For coronene cations as prototypical Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules, the existence of magic numbers upon hydrogenation was uncovered experimentally. Quantum chemistry calculations show that hydrogenation follows a site-specific sequence leading to the appearance of cations having 5, 11, or 17 hydrogen atoms attached, exactly the magic numbers found in the experiments. For these closed-shell cations, further hydrogenation requires appreciable structural changes associated with a high transition barrier. Controlling specific hydrogenation pathways would provide the possibility to tune the location of hydrogen attachment and the stability of the system. The sequence to hydrogenate PAHs, leading to PAHs with magic numbers of H atoms attached, provides clues to understand that carbon in space is mostly aromatic and partially aliphatic in PAHs. PAH hydrogenation is fundamental to assess the contribution of PAHs to the formation of cosmic H2. PMID:26821925

  13. The sequence to hydrogenate coronene cations: A journey guided by magic numbers.

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    Cazaux, Stéphanie; Boschman, Leon; Rougeau, Nathalie; Reitsma, Geert; Hoekstra, Ronnie; Teillet-Billy, Dominique; Morisset, Sabine; Spaans, Marco; Schlathölter, Thomas

    2016-01-29

    The understanding of hydrogen attachment to carbonaceous surfaces is essential to a wide variety of research fields and technologies such as hydrogen storage for transportation, precise localization of hydrogen in electronic devices and the formation of cosmic H2. For coronene cations as prototypical Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules, the existence of magic numbers upon hydrogenation was uncovered experimentally. Quantum chemistry calculations show that hydrogenation follows a site-specific sequence leading to the appearance of cations having 5, 11, or 17 hydrogen atoms attached, exactly the magic numbers found in the experiments. For these closed-shell cations, further hydrogenation requires appreciable structural changes associated with a high transition barrier. Controlling specific hydrogenation pathways would provide the possibility to tune the location of hydrogen attachment and the stability of the system. The sequence to hydrogenate PAHs, leading to PAHs with magic numbers of H atoms attached, provides clues to understand that carbon in space is mostly aromatic and partially aliphatic in PAHs. PAH hydrogenation is fundamental to assess the contribution of PAHs to the formation of cosmic H2.

  14. Cation occupancies in Mg, Co, Ni, Zn, Al ferrite spinels: a multi-element EXAFS study

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    Henderson, C. M. B.; Charnock, J. M.; Plant, D. A.

    2007-02-01

    The distribution of cations between tetrahedral (A) sites and octahedral (B) sites in ferrite spinels has been studied using K-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy. The samples include natural and synthetic end-member magnetites (Fe3O4), a natural Mn- and Zn-rich magnetite (franklinite) and synthetic binary, ternary and quaternary ferrites of stoichiometry M2+M23+O4, where M2+ = Mg, Co, Ni, Zn and M3+ = Fe, Al. XAS data were obtained for all metals. Complete, unfiltered, EXAFS spectra were refined to determine the percentage distribution of each element over the A and B sites and these data were combined with microprobe analyses to quantify the tetrahedral occupancy for each element in each sample. Measured site occupancies and an internally consistent set of (M-O)A and (M-O)B bond lengths were used to calculate unit-cell parameters, which show excellent agreement with measured values, pointing to the reliability of the measured occupancy factors. The average occupancies determined for the tetrahedral sites in ferrites are (atoms per formula unit) Mg 0.44, Co 0.24, Ni 0.11, Zn 0.76, Al 0.11 and Fe3+ 0.92-0.19. The wide range found for Fe3+ is consistent with it playing a relatively passive role by making good any A-site deficit left by the other competing cations.

  15. Cation occupancies in Mg, Co, Ni, Zn, Al ferrite spinels: a multi-element EXAFS study.

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    Henderson, C M B; Charnock, J M; Plant, D A

    2007-02-21

    The distribution of cations between tetrahedral (A) sites and octahedral (B) sites in ferrite spinels has been studied using K-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy. The samples include natural and synthetic end-member magnetites (Fe₃O₄), a natural Mn- and Zn-rich magnetite (franklinite) and synthetic binary, ternary and quaternary ferrites of stoichiometry M(²+)M₂(³+)O₄, where M(²+) = Mg, Co, Ni, Zn and M(³+) = Fe, Al. XAS data were obtained for all metals. Complete, unfiltered, EXAFS spectra were refined to determine the percentage distribution of each element over the A and B sites and these data were combined with microprobe analyses to quantify the tetrahedral occupancy for each element in each sample. Measured site occupancies and an internally consistent set of (M-O)(A) and (M-O)(B) bond lengths were used to calculate unit-cell parameters, which show excellent agreement with measured values, pointing to the reliability of the measured occupancy factors. The average occupancies determined for the tetrahedral sites in ferrites are (atoms per formula unit) Mg 0.44, Co 0.24, Ni 0.11, Zn 0.76, Al 0.11 and Fe(³+) 0.92-0.19. The wide range found for Fe(³+) is consistent with it playing a relatively passive role by making good any A-site deficit left by the other competing cations.

  16. Nonclassical 21-Homododecahedryl Cation Rearrangement Revisited.

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    Jalife, Said; Mondal, Sukanta; Osorio, Edison; Cabellos, José Luis; Martínez-Guajardo, Gerardo; Fernández-Herrera, María A; Merino, Gabriel

    2016-03-04

    The degenerate rearrangement in the 21-homododecahedryl cation (1) has been studied via density functional theory computations and Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics simulations. Compound 1 can be described as a highly fluxional hyperconjugated carbocation. Complete scrambling of 1 can be achieved by the combination of two unveiled barrierless processes. The first one is a "rotation" of one of the six-membered rings via a 0.8 kcal·mol(-1) barrier, and the second one is a slower interconvertion between two hyperconjomers via an out-of-plane methine bending (ΔG(⧧) = 4.0 kcal·mol(-1)).

  17. Development of cationic nanocrystals for ocular delivery.

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    Romero, Gregori B; Keck, Cornelia M; Müller, Rainer H; Bou-Chacra, Nadia A

    2016-10-01

    A cationic nanocrystal formulation containing dexamethasone acetate nanocrystals (0.05%) and polymyxin B (0.10%) for ophthalmic application was produced using a self-developed small scale method for wet bead milling. The formulation developed offers the advantage of increased saturation solubility of the drug (due to the nano-size of the crystals) and increased residence time in the eye (due to small size and increased mucoadhesion by the cationic charge) resulting ultimately in potential increased bioavailability. Characterization of the nanosuspensions by photon correlation spectroscopy (PCS) and transmission electron microscopy showed that the production method was successful in achieving dexamethasone crystals in the range of about 200-250nm. The physical stabilization of the nanocrystals and generation of the positive charge were realized by using cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) and benzalkonium chloride (BAC) at the concentration of 0.01%. In contrast to other cationic excipients, they are regulatorily accepted due to their use as preservatives. The drug polymyxin B also contributed to the positive charge. Positive zeta potentials in the range +20 to +30mV were achieved. Isotonicity was adjusted using NaCl and non-ionic excipients (glycerol, sorbitol, dextrose). Physical and chemical stabilities were monitored for a period of 6months at room temperature, 5°C and 40°C. Particle size of the bulk population assessed by PCS remained practically unchanged over 6months of storage for the various formulations without isotonicity agents, and for the CPC-containing formulations with non-ionic isotonicity excipients. The chemical content also proved stable after 6months for all 3 temperatures evaluated. In vitro investigation of mucoadhesion was tested using mucin solutions at different concentrations, and the generated negative zeta potential was used as a measure of the interaction. The zeta potential reversed to about -15mV, indicating distinct interaction. The

  18. Fragmentation Pathways in the Uracil Radical Cation

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    Zhou, Congyi; Matsika, Spiridoula; Kotur, Marija; Weinacht, Thomas C.

    2012-08-24

    We investigate pathways for fragmentation in the uracil radical cation using ab initio electronic structure calculations. We focus on the main fragments produced in pump–probe dissociative ionization experiments. These are fragments with mass to charge ratios (m/z) of 69, 28, 41, and 42. Barriers to dissociation along the ground ionic surface are reported, which provide an estimate of the energetic requirements for the production of the main fragments. Finally, direct and sequential fragmentation mechanisms have been analyzed, and it is concluded that sequential fragmentation after production of fragment with m/z 69 is the dominant mechanism for the production of the smaller fragments.

  19. Soil Cation Status in Southern California: Interactions of Vehicular Emissions

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    Rossi, R.; Bain, D. J.; Jenerette, D.; Clarke, L. W.

    2012-12-01

    Roadside soils are often enriched in trace metals due to vehicular deposition. However, less attention is given to base cation pools in roadside soils. Relatively high loadings of nitrate from vehicular exhaust should acidify roadside soils, potentially mobilizing cationic species by displacing them from soil exchange sites. In contrast, weathering of road materials can contribute substantial amounts of these cations to the same soils, potentially replenishing cation pools. Base cations are essential nutrients and these dynamics may alter ecosystem processes in near-road environments. Metal concentrations in park and garden soils collected from Southern California (Los Angeles and Riverside Counties) were examined across gradients of road network intensity, climate and geology. In these samples, base cation concentrations decrease in areas of denser road networks. Base cation concentrations also decrease with distance from the road, with near-road samples relatively depleted in base cation concentrations. In addition, base cation concentrations are associated with traffic flux density, with exchange pools decreasing near heavily trafficked areas. These relationships suggest road activity is mobilizing cations, depleting near-road soils of essential nutrient pools, despite road material weathering. This depletion of soil nutrients from exchange pools in roadside soils likely influences local ecological function in unpredictable ways. This observation lays the groundwork for continued characterization of soil metal processes in the increasingly common roadside environment.

  20. Electron spin resonance spectroscopic studies of radical cation reactions

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    Dai, S.

    1990-01-01

    A spin Hamiltonian suitable for theoretical analyses of ESR spectra is derived using the general effective Hamiltonian theory in the usual Schroedinger representation. The Permutation Indices method is extended to obtain the dynamic exchange equations used in ESR lineshape simulation. The correlation between [beta]-hydrogen coupling constants and their geometric orientations are derived using a perturbation method. The three electron bond model is extended to rationalize unimolecular rearrangements of radical cations. The ring-closed radical cations of 9,10-octalin oxide and synsesquinorbornene oxide have been characterized by ESR spectroscopy in the CFCl[sub 3] matrix at low temperature. The self-electron-transfer rate constants between the methyl viologen dication and cation have been determined by dynamic ESR lineshape simulations at room temperature in allyl alcohol, water, methanol and propargyl alcohol solvents. The radical cation formed by the radiolytic oxidation of allylamine in Freon matrices at 77 K is the 3-iminiopropyl distonic species(3-iminium-1-propyl radical). The nucleophilic endocylization of the but-3-en-1-ol radical cation to the protonated tetrahydrofuran-3-yl radical was observed in the radiolytic oxidation of but-3-en-1-ol in Freon matrices. ESR studies of the radiolytic oxidation of 1,5-hexdiyne have resulted in characterization the 1,5-hexadiyne radical cation isomerizing to the 1,2,4,5-hexatetraene radical cation. The symmetric (C[sub 2v]) bicyclo[3.3.0]-octa-2,6-diene-4,8-diyl(a bridged 1,4-bishomobenzene species) radical cation is produced by the radiolytic oxidation of semibullvalene in Freon matrices. The ring-opening 3,4-dimethylenecyclobutene radical cation to 1,2,4,5-hexatetraene radical cation was observed in the photolysis of 3,4-dimethylenecyclobutene radical cation. The cyclooctatetraene radical cation generated by radiolytic oxidation photoisomerizes to bicyclo[3.3.0]octa-2,6-diene-4,8-diyl radical cation.

  1. Aminoglycoside antibiotics: A-site specific binding to 16S

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    Baker, Erin Shammel; Dupuis, Nicholas F.; Bowers, Michael T.

    2009-06-01

    The A-site of 16S rRNA, which is a part of the 30S ribosomal subunit involved in prokaryotic translation, is a well known aminoglycoside binding site. Full characterization of the conformational changes undergone at the A-site upon aminoglycoside binding is essential for development of future RNA/drug complexes; however, the massiveness of 16S makes this very difficult. Recently, studies have found that a 27 base RNA construct (16S27) that comprises the A-site subdomain of 16S behaves similarly to the whole A-site domain. ESI-MS, ion mobility and molecular dynamics methods were utilized in this study to analyze the A-site of 16S27 before and after the addition of ribostamycin (R), paromomycin (P) and lividomycin (L). The ESI mass spectrum for 16S27 alone illustrated both single-stranded 16S27 and double-stranded (16S27)2 complexes. Upon aminoglycoside addition, the mass spectra showed that only one aminoglycoside binds to 16S27, while either one or two bind to (16S27)2. Ion mobility measurements and molecular dynamics calculations were utilized in determining the solvent-free structures of the 16S27 and (16S27)2 complexes. These studies found 16S27 in a hairpin conformation while (16S27)2 existed as a cruciform. Only one aminoglycoside binds to the single A-site of the 16S27 hairpin and this attachment compresses the hairpin. Since two A-sites exist for the (16S27)2 cruciform, either one or two aminoglycosides may bind. The aminoglycosides compress the A-sites causing the cruciform with just one aminoglycoside bound to be larger than the cruciform with two bound. Non-specific binding was not observed in any of the aminoglycoside/16S27 complexes.

  2. Development of a Site Comparison Index: Southeast Upland Forests

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    2007-05-01

    ER D C/ CE R L TR -0 7 -1 2 Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Development of a Site Comparison Index : Southeast...Development of a Site Comparison Index : Southeast Upland Forests Anthony J. Krzysik Prescott College 220 Grove Avenue Prescott, AZ 86301 Harold E...jective site comparison index (SCI), a combination of metrics: soil A- horizon depth, soil compaction, ground cover, canopy cover, basal area, remote

  3. Permeation and block by internal and external divalent cations of the catfish cone photoreceptor cGMP-gated channel

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    1995-01-01

    The ability of the divalent cations calcium, magnesium, and barium to permeate through the cGMP-gated channel of catfish cone outer segments was examined by measuring permeability and conductance ratios under biionic conditions and by measuring their ability to block current carried by sodium when presented on the cytoplasmic or extracellular side of the channel. Current carried by divalent cations in the absence of monovalent cations showed the typical rectification pattern observed from these channels under physiological conditions (an exponential increase in current at both positive and negative voltages). With calcium as the reference ion, the relative permeabilities were Ca > Ba > Mg, and the chord conductance ratios at +50 mV were in the order of Ca approximately Mg > Ba. With external sodium as the reference ion, the relative permeabilities were Ca > Mg > Ba > Na with chord conductance ratios at +30 mV in the order of Na >> Ca = Mg > Ba. The ability of divalent cations presented on the intracellular side to block the sodium current was in the order Ca > Mg > Ba at +30 mV and Ca > Ba > Mg at -30 mV. Block by external divalent cations was also investigated. The current-voltage relations showed block by internal divalent cations reveal no anomalous mole fraction behavior, suggesting little ion-ion interaction within the pore. An Eyring rate theory model with two barriers and a single binding site is sufficient to explain both these observations and those for monovalent cations, predicting a single-channel conductance under physiological conditions of 2 pS and an inward current at -30 mV carried by 82% Na, 5% Mg, and 13% Ca. PMID:8786345

  4. The Infrared Spectra of BF_3 Cation and BF_2OH Cation Trapped in Solid Neon

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    Jacox, Marilyn E.; Thompson, Warren E.

    2010-06-01

    New, more detailed studies of the photoionization and Penning ionization of BF_3 trapped in solid neon have confirmed the earlier infrared spectroscopic identification of BF_2 and BF_2 cation and have yielded a revised assignment for the infrared absorptions of BF3 cation. The position of the absorption attributed to ν_3 of that molecule is consistent with the distortion of the ground-state cation from D3h symmetry because of strong vibronic interaction between levels of the Btilde ^2E^' state and E^' levels of the ~X ^2A_2^' ground state, as predicted by Haller and co-workers. The facile reaction of BF_3 with traces of H_2O desorbed from the walls of the vacuum system leads to the stabilization of sufficient BF_2OH for the identification of two vibrational fundamentals of BF_2OH cation. M. E. Jacox and W. E. Thompson, J. Chem. Phys. 102, 4747 (1995). E. Haller, H. Koppel, L. S. Cederbaum, W. von Niessen, and G. Bieri, J. Chem. Phys. 78, 1359 (1983).

  5. Laser Spectroscopy and Density Functional Study on Niobium Dimer Cation

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    Aydin, Metin; Lombardi, John R.

    2009-06-01

    Resonant multiphoton fragmentation spectra of niobium dimer cation (Nb2+) have been obtained by utilizing laser vaporization of a Nb metal target. Ions are mass-selected with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer followed by a mass gate, then fragmented with a pulsed dye laser, and the resulting fragment ions are detected with a second time-of-flight reflectron mass spectrometer and multichannel plate. Photon resonances are detected by monitoring ion current as a function of fragmentation laser wavelength. A rich, but complex spectrum of the cation is obtained. The bands display a characteristic multiplet structure that may be interpreted as due to transitions from the ground state X^{4}{Σ}^{-}({Ω}g) to several excited states, X^{4}{Π}({Ω}u) and X^{4}{Σ}(^{-}{Ω}u). The ground state X^{4}{Σ}^{-}({Ω}g) is derived from the electron configuration ({π}{_u})^{4} (1{σ}{_g})^{2}(2{σ}{_g})^{1} ({δ}{_g})^{2}. The two spin-orbit components are split by 145 cm^{-1} due to a strong second-order isoconfigurational spin-orbit interaction with the low-lying ^{2}{Σ}^{+}({Ω}g) state. The vibrational frequencies of the ground sate and the excited state of Nb2+ are identified as well as molecular spin-orbit constants (A{_S}{_O}) in the excited state. The electronic structure of niobium dimer cation was investigated using density functional theory. For the electronic ground state, the predicted spectroscopic properties were in good agreement with experiment. Calculations on excited states reveal congested manifolds of quartet and doublet electronic states in the range 0-30,000 cm^{-1}, reflecting the multitude of possible electronic promotions among the 4d- and 5s-based molecular orbitals. Comparisons are drawn between Nb^{+}{_2} and the prevalent isoelectronic molecules V^{+}{_2}/NbV^{+}/Nb{_2}/V{_2}/NbV. M. Aydin and John R. Lombardi J. Phys. Chem. A. xx XXXX 2009.

  6. Fluoride ion recognition by chelating and cationic boranes.

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    Hudnall, Todd W; Chiu, Ching-Wen; Gabbaï, François P

    2009-02-17

    Because of the ubiquity of fluoride ions and their potential toxicity at high doses, researchers would like to design receptors that selectively detect this anion. Fluoride is found in drinking water, toothpaste, and osteoporosis drugs. In addition, fluoride ions also can be detected as an indicator of uranium enrichment (via hydrolysis of UF(6)) or of the chemical warfare agent sarin, which releases the ion upon hydrolysis. However, because of its high hydration enthalpy, the fluoride anion is one of the most challenging targets for anion recognition. Among the various recognition strategies that are available, researchers have focused a great deal of attention on Lewis acidic boron compounds. These molecules typically interact with fluoride anions to form the corresponding fluoroborate species. In the case of simple triarylboranes, the fluoroborates are formed in organic solvents but not in water. To overcome this limitation, this Account examines various methods we have pursued to increase the fluoride-binding properties of boron-based receptors. We first considered the use of bifunctional boranes, which chelate the fluoride anion, such as 1,8-diborylnaphthalenes or heteronuclear 1-boryl-8-mercurio-naphthalenes. In these molecules, the neighboring Lewis acidic atoms can cooperatively interact with the anionic guest. Although the fluoride binding constants of the bifunctional compounds exceed those of neutral monofunctional boranes by several orders of magnitude, the incompatibility of these systems with aqueous media limits their utility. More recently, we have examined simple triarylboranes whose ligands are decorated by cationic ammonium or phosphonium groups. These cationic groups increase the electrophilic character of these boranes, and unlike their neutral analogs, they are able to complex fluoride in aqueous media. We have also considered cationic boranes, which form chelate complexes with fluoride anions. Our work demonstrates that Coulombic and chelate

  7. Electronic absorptions of the benzylium cation

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    Dryza, Viktoras; Chalyavi, Nahid; Sanelli, Julian A.; Bieske, Evan J.

    2012-11-01

    The electronic transitions of the benzylium cation (Bz+) are investigated over the 250-550 nm range by monitoring the photodissociation of mass-selected C7H7+-Arn (n = 1, 2) complexes in a tandem mass spectrometer. The Bz+-Ar spectrum displays two distinct band systems, the S1←S0 band system extending from 370 to 530 nm with an origin at 19 067 ± 15 cm-1, and a much stronger S3←S0 band system extending from 270 to 320 nm with an origin at 32 035 ± 15 cm-1. Whereas the S1←S0 absorption exhibits well resolved vibrational progressions, the S3←S0 absorption is broad and relatively structureless. Vibronic structure of the S1←S0 system, which is interpreted with the aid of time-dependent density functional theory and Franck-Condon simulations, reflects the activity of four totally symmetric ring deformation modes (ν5, ν6, ν9, ν13). We find no evidence for the ultraviolet absorption of the tropylium cation, which according to the neon matrix spectrum should occur over the 260 - 275 nm range [A. Nagy, J. Fulara, I. Garkusha, and J. Maier, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 50, 3022 (2011)], 10.1002/anie.201008036.

  8. Photodissociation of Cerium Oxide Nanocluster Cations.

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    Akin, S T; Ard, S G; Dye, B E; Schaefer, H F; Duncan, M A

    2016-04-21

    Cerium oxide cluster cations, CexOy(+), are produced via laser vaporization in a pulsed nozzle source and detected with time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The mass spectrum displays a strongly preferred oxide stoichiometry for each cluster with a specific number of metal atoms x, with x ≤ y. Specifically, the most prominent clusters correspond to the formula CeO(CeO2)n(+). The cluster cations are mass selected and photodissociated with a Nd:YAG laser at either 532 or 355 nm. The prominent clusters dissociate to produce smaller species also having a similar CeO(CeO2)n(+) formula, always with apparent leaving groups of (CeO2). The production of CeO(CeO2)n(+) from the dissociation of many cluster sizes establishes the relative stability of these clusters. Furthermore, the consistent loss of neutral CeO2 shows that the smallest neutral clusters adopt the same oxidation state (IV) as the most common form of bulk cerium oxide. Clusters with higher oxygen content than the CeO(CeO2)n(+) masses are present with much lower abundance. These species dissociate by the loss of O2, leaving surviving clusters with the CeO(CeO2)n(+) formula. Density functional theory calculations on these clusters suggest structures composed of stable CeO(CeO2)n(+) cores with excess oxygen bound to the surface as a superoxide unit (O2(-)).

  9. Transition-Metal Hydride Radical Cations.

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    Hu, Yue; Shaw, Anthony P; Estes, Deven P; Norton, Jack R

    2016-08-10

    Transition-metal hydride radical cations (TMHRCs) are involved in a variety of chemical and biochemical reactions, making a more thorough understanding of their properties essential for explaining observed reactivity and for the eventual development of new applications. Generally, these species may be treated as the ones formed by one-electron oxidation of diamagnetic analogues that are neutral or cationic. Despite the importance of TMHRCs, the generally sensitive nature of these complexes has hindered their development. However, over the last four decades, many more TMHRCs have been synthesized, characterized, isolated, or hypothesized as reaction intermediates. This comprehensive review focuses on experimental studies of TMHRCs reported through the year 2014, with an emphasis on isolated and observed species. The methods used for the generation or synthesis of TMHRCs are surveyed, followed by a discussion about the stability of these complexes. The fundamental properties of TMHRCs, especially those pertaining to the M-H bond, are described, followed by a detailed treatment of decomposition pathways. Finally, reactions involving TMHRCs as intermediates are described.

  10. Nanoheterostructure Cation Exchange: Anionic Framework Conservation

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    Jain, Prashant K.; Amirav, Lilac; Aloni, Shaul; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2010-05-11

    In ionic nanocrystals the cationic sub-lattice can be replaced with a different metal ion via a fast, simple, and reversible place-exchange, allowing post-synthetic modification of the composition of the nanocrystal, while preserving its size and shape. Here, we demonstrate for the first time that during such an exchange, the anionic framework of the crystal is preserved. When applied to nanoheterostructures, this phenomenon ensures that compositional interfaces within the heterostructure are conserved throughout the transformation. For instance, a morphology composed of a CdSe nanocrystal embedded in a CdS rod (CdSe/CdS) was exchanged to a PbSe/PbS nanorod via a Cu2Se/Cu2S structure. During every exchange cycle, the seed size and position within the nanorod were preserved, as evident by excitonic features, Z-contrast imaging, and elemental line-scans. Anionic framework conservation extends the domain of cation exchange to the design of more complex and unique nanostructures.

  11. Cationic Antimicrobial Polymers and Their Assemblies

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    Carmona-Ribeiro, Ana Maria; de Melo Carrasco, Letícia Dias

    2013-01-01

    Cationic compounds are promising candidates for development of antimicrobial agents. Positive charges attached to surfaces, particles, polymers, peptides or bilayers have been used as antimicrobial agents by themselves or in sophisticated formulations. The main positively charged moieties in these natural or synthetic structures are quaternary ammonium groups, resulting in quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs). The advantage of amphiphilic cationic polymers when compared to small amphiphilic molecules is their enhanced microbicidal activity. Besides, many of these polymeric structures also show low toxicity to human cells; a major requirement for biomedical applications. Determination of the specific elements in polymers, which affect their antimicrobial activity, has been previously difficult due to broad molecular weight distributions and random sequences characteristic of radical polymerization. With the advances in polymerization control, selection of well defined polymers and structures are allowing greater insight into their structure-antimicrobial activity relationship. On the other hand, antimicrobial polymers grafted or self-assembled to inert or non inert vehicles can yield hybrid antimicrobial nanostructures or films, which can act as antimicrobials by themselves or deliver bioactive molecules for a variety of applications, such as wound dressing, photodynamic antimicrobial therapy, food packing and preservation and antifouling applications. PMID:23665898

  12. Ceramic Spheres From Cation Exchange Beads

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    Dynys, F. W.

    2003-01-01

    Porous ZrO2 and hollow TiO2 spheres were synthesized from a strong acid cation exchange resin. Spherical cation exchange beads, polystyrene based polymer, were used as a morphological-directing template. Aqueous ion exchange reaction was used to chemically bind (ZrO)(2+) ions to the polystyrene structure. The pyrolysis of the polystyrene at 600 C produces porous ZrO2 spheres with a surface area of 24 sq m/g with a mean sphere size of 42 microns. Hollow TiO2 spheres were synthesized by using the beads as a micro-reactor. A direct surface reaction - between titanium isopropoxide and the resin beads forms a hydrous TiO2 shell around the polystyrene core. The pyrolysis of the polystyrene core at 600 C produces hollow anatase spheres with a surface area of 42 sq m/g with a mean sphere size of 38 microns. The formation of ceramic spheres was studied by XRD, SEM and B.E.T. nitrogen adsorption measurements.

  13. Antibacterial Activity of Geminized Amphiphilic Cationic Homopolymers.

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    Wang, Hui; Shi, Xuefeng; Yu, Danfeng; Zhang, Jian; Yang, Guang; Cui, Yingxian; Sun, Keji; Wang, Jinben; Yan, Haike

    2015-12-22

    The current study is aimed at investigating the effect of cationic charge density and hydrophobicity on the antibacterial and hemolytic activities. Two kinds of cationic surfmers, containing single or double hydrophobic tails (octyl chains or benzyl groups), and the corresponding homopolymers were synthesized. The antimicrobial activity of these candidate antibacterials was studied by microbial growth inhibition assays against Escherichia coli, and hemolysis activity was carried out using human red blood cells. It was interestingly found that the homopolymers were much more effective in antibacterial property than their corresponding monomers. Furthermore, the geminized homopolymers had significantly higher antibacterial activity than that of their counterparts but with single amphiphilic side chains in each repeated unit. Geminized homopolymers, with high positive charge density and moderate hydrophobicity (such as benzyl groups), combine both advantages of efficient antibacterial property and prominently high selectivity. To further explain the antibacterial performance of the novel polymer series, the molecular interaction mechanism is proposed according to experimental data which shows that these specimens are likely to kill microbes by disrupting bacterial membranes, leading them unlikely to induce resistance.

  14. Irrigant divalent cation concentrations influence bacterial adhesion

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    Dass, Clarissa L.; Walsh, Mary F.; Seo, Sue; Shiratsuchi, Hiroe; Craig, David H.; Basson, Marc D.

    2009-01-01

    Background Surgical wounds are frequently contaminated by microbes, but rarely become infected if the bacterial burden is low, and irrigation is used to reduce contamination. Wound fluids are low in calcium and high in magnesium. We hypothesized that manipulating irrigant divalent cation concentrations might influence bacterial adhesion. Methods Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa were stained with fluorescent Calcein AM before plating onto fibroblast monolayers, collagen I, or uncoated bacteriologic plastic. After one hour, wells were washed with HEPES-buffered pH-balanced sterile water without or with 5mM CaCl2, 5mM MgCl2 or 1mM EDTA+EGTA, and the remaining adherent bacteria were assayed fluorometrically. Results Supplementing the irrigation with magnesium or chelators increased but calcium-supplemented irrigation reduced bacterial adhesion to collagen or fibroblasts. Non-specific electrostatic bacterial adhesion to uncoated plastic was unaffected by calcium. Conclusion Bacterial adhesion to mammalian cells and matrix proteins is influenced by divalent cations, and pathogenic bacteria may be adapted to adhere under the low calcium high magnesium conditions in wounds. Although these results await confirmation for other bacteria, and in vivo validation and safety-testing, they suggest that supplementing wound irrigation with 5mM CaCl2 may reduce bacterial adhesion and subsequent wound infection. PMID:19577252

  15. A cation counterflux supports lysosomal acidification

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    Steinberg, Benjamin E.; Huynh, Kassidy K.; Brodovitch, Alexandre; Jabs, Sabrina; Stauber, Tobias; Jentsch, Thomas J.

    2010-01-01

    The profound luminal acidification essential for the degradative function of lysosomes requires a counter-ion flux to dissipate an opposing voltage that would prohibit proton accumulation. It has generally been assumed that a parallel anion influx is the main or only counter-ion transport that enables acidification. Indeed, defective anion conductance has been suggested as the mechanism underlying attenuated lysosome acidification in cells deficient in CFTR or ClC-7. To assess the individual contribution of counter-ions to acidification, we devised means of reversibly and separately permeabilizing the plasma and lysosomal membranes to dialyze the cytosol and lysosome lumen in intact cells, while ratiometrically monitoring lysosomal pH. Replacement of cytosolic Cl− with impermeant anions did not significantly alter proton pumping, while the presence of permeant cations in the lysosomal lumen supported acidification. Accordingly, the lysosomes were found to acidify to the same pH in both CFTR- and ClC-7–deficient cells. We conclude that cations, in addition to chloride, can support lysosomal acidification and defects in lysosomal anion conductance cannot explain the impaired microbicidal capacity of CF phagocytes. PMID:20566682

  16. Electrostatics of DNA complexes with cationic lipids

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    Cherstvy, Andrey

    2007-03-01

    We present the exact solutions of the linear Poisson-Boltzmann theory for several problems relevant to electrostatics of DNA complexes with cationic lipids. We calculate the electrostatic potential and energy for lamellar and inverted hexagonal phases, concentrating on the effects of water-membrane dielectric boundaries. Our results for the complex energy agree qualitatively well with the known numerical solutions of the nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann equation. Using the solution for the lamellar phase, we calculate its compressibility modulus and compare our findings with experimental data available suggesting a new scaling dependence on DNA-DNA separations in the complex. Also, we treat analytically charge-charge electrostatic interactions across, along, and in between two low-dielectric membranes. We obtain an estimate for the strength of electrostatic interactions of 1D DNA smectic layers across a lipid membrane. We discuss also some aspects of 2D DNA condensation and DNA-DNA attraction in DNA-lipid lamellar phase in the presence of di- and tri-valent cations and analyze the equilibrium intermolecular separations using the recently developed theory of electrostatic interactions of DNA helical charge motifs.

  17. Ferrocenylbenzobisimidazoles for recognition of anions and cations.

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    Alfonso, María; Tárraga, Alberto; Molina, Pedro

    2013-07-01

    The preparation of 2,7-disubstituted benzobisimidazoles decorated with substituents displaying different electrooptical properties is described. The presence of redox, chromogenic, and fluorescent groups at the heteroaromatic core, which acts as ditopic binding site, made these receptors potential candidates as multichannel probes for ions. The triad 4 behaves as a selective redox and fluorescent chemosensor for HSO4(-) and Hg(2+) ions, whereas receptor 5 acts as a redox and chromogenic chemosensor molecule for AcO(-) and SO4(2-) anions. The change in the absorption spectra is accompanied by a color change from yellow to orange, while sensing of Zn(2+), Hg(2+), and Pb(2+) cations is carried out only by electrochemical techniques. Receptor 6 exhibits a remarkable cathodic shift of the oxidation wave only in the presence of AcO(-), H2PO4(-), and HP2O7(3-) anions, whereas addition of Pb(2+) induces an anodic shift. A new low energy band in the absorption spectra, which is responsible for the color change from colorless to pale yellow, and an important increase of the monomer emission band is observed only in the presence of H2PO4(-), and HP2O7(3-) anions. The most salient feature of the receptor 6 is its ability to act as a multichannel (redox, chromogenic, and fluorescent) chemodosimeter for Cu(2+), and Hg(2+) metal cations.

  18. Penicillamine disulfide (PNS) and alkaline cations.

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    Apruzzese, Fabrizio; Bottari, Emilio; Festa, Maria Rosa

    2004-01-01

    D-penicillamine disulfide (PNS) shows protolytic properties and is able to form complexes with cations, because it has two aminic groups and two carboxylic groups. The four protonation constants of its deprotonated species were determined by means of electromotive force (e.m.f.) measurements of a galvanic cell involving a glass electrode at 25 degrees C and in a constant ionic medium constituted by N(CH3)4Cl 3.00 or 1.00 mol dm-3. At 25 degrees C and in 3.00 mol dm-3 N(CH3)4Cl as ionic medium, equilibria taking place between PNS and lithium, sodium and potassium ions were investigated. Experimental data, again obtained from e.m.f. measurements, were explained by assuming the formation of species of the type MH2PNS ed M2H2PNS, where M indicates a cation. Stability constants for each proposed species were calculated. A comparison with cystine is discussed.

  19. Improved chemical and electrochemical stability of perovskite oxides with less reducible cations at the surface

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    Tsvetkov, Nikolai; Lu, Qiyang; Sun, Lixin; Crumlin, Ethan J.; Yildiz, Bilge

    2016-06-13

    Segregation and phase separation of aliovalent dopants on perovskite oxide (ABO 3 ) surfaces are detrimental to the performance of energy conversion systems such as solid oxide fuel/electrolysis cells and catalysts for thermochemical H 2 O and CO 2 splitting. One key reason behind the instability of perovskite oxide surfaces is the electrostatic attraction of the negatively charged A-site dopants (for example, Sr La ') by the positively charged oxygen vacancies (V $••\\atop{o}$) enriched at the surface. Here we show that reducing the surface V $••\\atop{o}$ concentration improves the oxygen surface exchange kinetics and stability significantly, albeit contrary to the well-established understanding that surface oxygen vacancies facilitate reactions with O 2 molecules. We take La 0.8 Sr 0.2 CoO 3 (LSC) as a model perovskite oxide, and modify its surface with additive cations that are more and less reducible than Co on the B-site of LSC. By using ambient-pressure X-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopy, we proved that the dominant role of the less reducible cations is to suppress the enrichment and phase separation of Sr while reducing the concentration of V $••\\atop{o}$ and making the LSC more oxidized at its surface. Consequently, we found that these less reducible cations significantly improve stability, with up to 30 times faster oxygen exchange kinetics after 54 h in air at 530 °C achieved by Hf addition onto LSC. Finally, the results revealed a 'volcano' relation between the oxygen exchange kinetics and the oxygen vacancy formation enthalpy of the binary oxides of the additive cations. This volcano relation highlights the existence of an optimum surface oxygen vacancy concentration that balances the gain in oxygen exchange kinetics and the chemical stability loss.

  20. Improved chemical and electrochemical stability of perovskite oxides with less reducible cations at the surface

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    Tsvetkov, Nikolai; Lu, Qiyang; Sun, Lixin; Crumlin, Ethan J.; Yildiz, Bilge

    2016-09-01

    Segregation and phase separation of aliovalent dopants on perovskite oxide (ABO3) surfaces are detrimental to the performance of energy conversion systems such as solid oxide fuel/electrolysis cells and catalysts for thermochemical H2O and CO2 splitting. One key reason behind the instability of perovskite oxide surfaces is the electrostatic attraction of the negatively charged A-site dopants (for example, ) by the positively charged oxygen vacancies () enriched at the surface. Here we show that reducing the surface concentration improves the oxygen surface exchange kinetics and stability significantly, albeit contrary to the well-established understanding that surface oxygen vacancies facilitate reactions with O2 molecules. We take La0.8Sr0.2CoO3 (LSC) as a model perovskite oxide, and modify its surface with additive cations that are more and less reducible than Co on the B-site of LSC. By using ambient-pressure X-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopy, we proved that the dominant role of the less reducible cations is to suppress the enrichment and phase separation of Sr while reducing the concentration of and making the LSC more oxidized at its surface. Consequently, we found that these less reducible cations significantly improve stability, with up to 30 times faster oxygen exchange kinetics after 54 h in air at 530 °C achieved by Hf addition onto LSC. Finally, the results revealed a `volcano' relation between the oxygen exchange kinetics and the oxygen vacancy formation enthalpy of the binary oxides of the additive cations. This volcano relation highlights the existence of an optimum surface oxygen vacancy concentration that balances the gain in oxygen exchange kinetics and the chemical stability loss.

  1. Improved chemical and electrochemical stability of perovskite oxides with less reducible cations at the surface.

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    Tsvetkov, Nikolai; Lu, Qiyang; Sun, Lixin; Crumlin, Ethan J; Yildiz, Bilge

    2016-09-01

    Segregation and phase separation of aliovalent dopants on perovskite oxide (ABO3) surfaces are detrimental to the performance of energy conversion systems such as solid oxide fuel/electrolysis cells and catalysts for thermochemical H2O and CO2 splitting. One key reason behind the instability of perovskite oxide surfaces is the electrostatic attraction of the negatively charged A-site dopants (for example, ) by the positively charged oxygen vacancies () enriched at the surface. Here we show that reducing the surface concentration improves the oxygen surface exchange kinetics and stability significantly, albeit contrary to the well-established understanding that surface oxygen vacancies facilitate reactions with O2 molecules. We take La0.8Sr0.2CoO3 (LSC) as a model perovskite oxide, and modify its surface with additive cations that are more and less reducible than Co on the B-site of LSC. By using ambient-pressure X-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopy, we proved that the dominant role of the less reducible cations is to suppress the enrichment and phase separation of Sr while reducing the concentration of and making the LSC more oxidized at its surface. Consequently, we found that these less reducible cations significantly improve stability, with up to 30 times faster oxygen exchange kinetics after 54 h in air at 530 °C achieved by Hf addition onto LSC. Finally, the results revealed a 'volcano' relation between the oxygen exchange kinetics and the oxygen vacancy formation enthalpy of the binary oxides of the additive cations. This volcano relation highlights the existence of an optimum surface oxygen vacancy concentration that balances the gain in oxygen exchange kinetics and the chemical stability loss.

  2. Improved chemical and electrochemical stability of perovskite oxides with less reducible cations at the surface

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    2016-06-13

    Segregation and phase separation of aliovalent dopants on perovskite oxide (ABO 3 ) surfaces are detrimental to the performance of energy conversion systems such as solid oxide fuel/electrolysis cells and catalysts for thermochemical H 2 O and CO 2 splitting. One key reason behind the instability of perovskite oxide surfaces is the electrostatic attraction of the negatively charged A-site dopants (for example, Sr La ') by the positively charged oxygen vacancies (Vmore » $$••\\atop{o}$$) enriched at the surface. Here we show that reducing the surface V $$••\\atop{o}$$ concentration improves the oxygen surface exchange kinetics and stability significantly, albeit contrary to the well-established understanding that surface oxygen vacancies facilitate reactions with O 2 molecules. We take La 0.8 Sr 0.2 CoO 3 (LSC) as a model perovskite oxide, and modify its surface with additive cations that are more and less reducible than Co on the B-site of LSC. By using ambient-pressure X-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopy, we proved that the dominant role of the less reducible cations is to suppress the enrichment and phase separation of Sr while reducing the concentration of V $$••\\atop{o}$$ and making the LSC more oxidized at its surface. Consequently, we found that these less reducible cations significantly improve stability, with up to 30 times faster oxygen exchange kinetics after 54 h in air at 530 °C achieved by Hf addition onto LSC. Finally, the results revealed a 'volcano' relation between the oxygen exchange kinetics and the oxygen vacancy formation enthalpy of the binary oxides of the additive cations. This volcano relation highlights the existence of an optimum surface oxygen vacancy concentration that balances the gain in oxygen exchange kinetics and the chemical stability loss.« less

  3. Thermally induced A'-A site exchange in novel layered perovskites Ag2[Ca1.5M3O10] (M = Nb, Ta).

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    Bhuvanesh, Nattamai S P; Woodward, Patrick M

    2002-12-04

    We have synthesized and characterized new layered perovskites Ag2[A1.5M3O10] (A = Ca, M = Nb, Ta), from their lithium analogues, by soft-chemical ion exchange. These oxides show topotactic irreversible thermally induced A'-A site exchange, resulting in Ag1.1Ca0.9[Ca0.6Ag0.9M3O10], conferred from our high-temperature X-ray and ionic conductivity studies. The latter phases are the first compounds where Ag+ ions reside in both A' and A sites in layered perovskites. The absence of similar phase transition for A = Sr suggests that these transitions strongly depend on the size, charge, and the coordination preference of A' and A cations. This result provides a new synthetic tool for modifying the occupation of the 12-coordinate A site of layered perovskites using soft chemical routes.

  4. Alkali-cation affinities of polyoxyethylene dodecylethers and helical conformations of their cationized molecules studied by electrospray mass spectrometry.

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    Yokoyama, Yukio; Hirajima, Rui; Morigaki, Ken; Yamaguchi, Yoshitaka; Ueda, Kazuyoshi

    2007-11-01

    Relative alkali-cation affinity of polyoxyethylene (POE) dodecylethers in gas phase was studied by electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectrometry using dodecylether-poly-ethoxylate (C(12)EO:n, "n" denotes ethyleneoxide unit number) nonionic surfactants, and possible helical conformations of the cationized molecules were demonstrated. The alkali-cation affinity highly depended on the cation diameters. The mass spectra of C(12)EO:8 cationized by alkali-metal ions were dominated by potassiated molecules. The results indicated that the POE moiety could have specific affinity to K(+) ions based on a host-guest interaction between POE helix and potassium ions. This is very similar to the relationships between 18-crown-6 and K(+). The ESI mass spectra exhibited the multiply cationized C(12)EO:n in addition to the singly cationized molecules. The critical EO unit numbers necessary for producing the multiply-charged cationized molecules also depended on the cation diameters. In addition, the POE surfactants highly preferred alkali cations to proton. The results were strongly supported by molecular mechanics/dynamics calculations. A helical conformation of the POE moiety of C(12)EO:15 including two K(+) ions gave a potential minimum, while a lowest energy structure of the protonated molecule took irregular conformations due to the formation of local hydrogen bonds.

  5. Spectroscopic detection, reactivity, and acid-base behavior of ring-dimethoxylated phenylethanoic acid radical cations and radical zwitterions in aqueous solution.

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    Bietti, Massimo; Capone, Alberto

    2004-01-23

    A product and time-resolved kinetic study of the one-electron oxidation of ring-dimethoxylated phenylethanoic acids has been carried out at different pH values. Oxidation leads to the formation of aromatic radical cations or radical zwitterions depending on pH, and pK(a) values for the corresponding acid-base equilibria have been measured. The radical cations undergo decarboxylation with first-order rate constants (k(dec)) ranging from <10(2) to 5.6 x 10(4) s(-1) depending on radical cation stability. A significant increase in k(dec) (between 10 and 40 times) is observed on going from the radical cations to the corresponding radical zwitterions. The results are discussed in terms of the ease of intramolecular side chain to ring electron transfer required for decarboxylation, in both the radical cations and radical zwitterions.

  6. New cationic vesicles prepared with double chain surfactants from arginine: Role of the hydrophobic group on the antimicrobial activity and cytotoxicity.

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    Pinazo, A; Petrizelli, V; Bustelo, M; Pons, R; Vinardell, M P; Mitjans, M; Manresa, A; Perez, L

    2016-05-01

    Cationic double chain surfactants have attracted much interest because they can give rise to cationic vesicles that can be used in biomedical applications. Using a simple and economical synthetic approach, we have synthesized four double-chain surfactants with different alkyl chain lengths (LANHCx). The critical aggregation concentration of the double chain surfactants is at least one order of magnitude lower than the CMC of their corresponding single-chain LAM and the solutions prepared with the LANHCx contain stable cationic vesicles. Encouragingly, these new arginine derivatives show very low haemolytic activity and weaker cytotoxic effects than conventional dialkyl dimethyl ammonium surfactants. In addition, the surfactant with the shortest alkyl chain exhibits good antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive bacteria. The results show that a rational design applied to cationic double chain surfactants might serve as a promising strategy for the development of safe cationic vesicular systems.

  7. Plant rhamnogalacturonan II complexation of heavy metal cations

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    O'Neill, Malcolm A.; Pellerin, Patrice J. M.; Warrenfeltz, Dennis; Vidal, Stephane; Darvill, Alan G.; Albersheim, Peter

    1999-01-01

    The present invention provides rhamnogalacturonan-II (RG-II) and relates to its ability to complex specific multivalent heavy metal cations. In the presence of boric acid, RG-II monomers form dimers that are cross-linked by a borate ester. The yield of such borate ester cross-linked dimers of RG-II is enhanced in the presence of specific heavy metal cations. The present invention further relates to the utility of RG-II in assays for the detection of specific heavy metal contamination; as a reagent useful in the removal of specific heavy metal cations contaminating foods and liquids, for example, fish, wines, etc.; as a pharmaceutical composition useful as an antidote in specific heavy metal cation poisoning; as a treatment for the detoxification of specific heavy metal cations from blood and/or tissues; and in a method of remediation of waters and soils contaminated with specific heavy metal cations.

  8. Plant rhamnogalacturonan II complexation of heavy metal cations

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    O`Neill, M.A.; Pellerin, P.J.M.; Warrenfeltz, D.; Vidal, S.; Darvill, A.G.; Albersheim, P.

    1999-03-02

    The present invention provides rhamnogalacturonan-II (RG-II) and relates to its ability to complex specific multivalent heavy metal cations. In the presence of boric acid, RG-II monomers form dimers that are cross-linked by a borate ester. The yield of such borate ester cross-linked dimers of RG-II is enhanced in the presence of specific heavy metal cations. The present invention further relates to the utility of RG-II in assays for the detection of specific heavy metal contamination; as a reagent useful in the removal of specific heavy metal cations contaminating foods and liquids, for example, fish, wines, etc.; as a pharmaceutical composition useful as an antidote in specific heavy metal cation poisoning; as a treatment for the detoxification of specific heavy metal cations from blood and/or tissues; and in a method of remediation of waters and soils contaminated with specific heavy metal cations. 15 figs.

  9. Understanding the Effect of Cation Disorder on the Voltage Profile of Lithium Transition-Metal Oxides

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    Abdellahi, Aziz; Urban, Alexander; Dacek, Stephen; ...

    2016-07-13

    Cation disorder is a phenomenon that is becoming increasingly important for the design of high-energy lithium transition metal oxide cathodes (LiMO2) for Li-ion batteries. Disordered Li-excess rocksalts have recently been shown to achieve high reversible capacity, while in operando cation disorder has been observed in a large class of ordered compounds. The voltage slope (dV/dxu )is a critical quantity for the design of cation-disordered rocksalts, as it controls the Li capacity accessible at voltages below the stability limit of the electrolyte (~4.5-4.7 V). In this study, we develop a lattice model based on first principles to understand and quantify themore » voltage slope of cation-disordered LiMO2. We show that cation disorder increases the voltage slope of Li transition metal oxides by creating a statistical distribution of transition metal environments around Li sites, as well as by allowing Li occupation of highvoltage tetrahedral sites. We further demonstrate that the voltage slope increase upon disorder is generally smaller for highvoltage transition metals than for low-voltage transition metals due to a more effective screening of Li-M interactions by oxygen electrons. Short-range order in practical disordered compounds is found to further mitigate the voltage slope increase upon disorder. In conclusion, our analysis shows that the additional high-voltage tetrahedral capacity induced by disorder is smaller in Liexcess compounds than in stoichiometric LiMO2 compounds.« less

  10. Controlling Cesium Cation Recognition via Cation Metathesis within and Ion Pair Receptor

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    Kim, Sung Kuk; Vargas-Zuniga, Gabriela; Hay, Benjamin; Young, Neil J; Delmau, Laetitia Helene; Lee, Prof. Chang-Hee; Kim, Jong Seung; Lynch, Vincent M.; Sessler, Jonathan L.

    2012-01-01

    Ion pair receptor 3 bearing an anion binding site and multiple cation binding sites has been synthesized and shown to function in a novel binding-release cycle that does not necessarily require displacement to effect release. The receptor forms stable complexes with the test cesium salts, CsCl and CsNO{sub 3}, in solution (10% methanol-d{sub 4} in chloroform-d) as inferred from {sup 1}H NMR spectroscopic analyses. The addition of KClO{sub 4} to these cesium salt complexes leads to a novel type of cation metathesis in which the 'exchanged' cations occupy different binding sites. Specifically, K{sup +} becomes bound at the expense of the Cs{sup +} cation initially present in the complex. Under liquid-liquid conditions, receptor 3 is able to extract CsNO{sub 3} and CsCl from an aqueous D{sub 2}O layer into nitrobenzene-d{sub 5} as inferred from {sup 1}H NMR spectroscopic analyses and radiotracer measurements. The Cs{sup +} cation of the CsNO{sub 3} extracted into the nitrobenzene phase by receptor 3 may be released into the aqueous phase by contacting the loaded nitrobenzene phase with an aqueous KClO{sub 4} solution. Additional exposure of the nitrobenzene layer to chloroform and water gives 3 in its uncomplexed, ion-free form. This allows receptor 3 to be recovered for subsequent use. Support for the underlying complexation chemistry came from single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses and gas-phase energy-minimization studies.

  11. Immune complexes with cationic antibodies deposit in glomeruli more effectively than cationic antibodies alone.

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    Mannik, M; Gauthier, V J; Stapleton, S A; Agodoa, L Y

    1987-06-15

    In previously published studies, highly cationized antibodies alone and in immune complexes bound to glomeruli by charge-charge interaction, but only immune complexes persisted in glomeruli. Because normal IgG does not deposit in glomeruli, studies were conducted to determine whether cationized antibodies can be prepared which deposit in glomeruli when bound to antigen but not when free in circulation. A series of cationized rabbit antiHSA was prepared with the number of added amino groups ranging from 13.3 to 60.2 per antibody molecule. Antibodies alone or in preformed soluble immune complexes, prepared at fivefold or 50-fold antigen excess, were administered to mice. With the injection of a fixed dose of 100 micrograms per mouse, antibodies alone did not deposit in glomeruli with less than 29.6 added amino groups by immunofluorescence microscopy. In contrast, 100 micrograms of antibodies with 23.5 added amino groups in immune complexes, made at fivefold antigen excess, formed immune deposits in glomeruli. With selected preparations of cationized, radiolabeled antibodies, deposition in glomeruli was quantified by isolation of mouse glomeruli. These quantitative data were in good agreement with the results of immunofluorescence microscopy. Immune complexes made at 50-fold antigen excess, containing only small-latticed immune complexes with no more than two antibody molecules per complex, deposited in glomeruli similar to antibodies alone. Selected cationized antibodies alone or in immune complexes were administered to mice in varying doses. In these experiments, glomerular deposition of immune complexes, made at fivefold antigen excess, was detected with five- to 10-fold smaller doses than the deposition of the same antibodies alone. These studies demonstrate that antibody molecules in immune complexes are more likely to deposit in glomeruli by charge-charge interactions than antibodies alone.

  12. Methodology for the calculation of the potential of mean force for a cation-pi complex in water.

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    Ghoufi, Aziz; Archirel, Pierre; Morel, Jean-Pierre; Morel-Desrosiers, Nicole; Boutin, Anne; Malfreyt, Patrice

    2007-08-06

    We report potential of mean force (PMF) calculations on the interaction between the p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene and a monovalent cation (Cs(+)). It has been recently shown from microcalorimetry and (133)Cs NMR experiments that the association with Cs(+) is governed by favourable cation-pi interactions and is characterized by the insertion of the cation into the cavity of the macrocycle. We show that the PMF calculation based upon a classical model is not able to reproduce both the thermodynamic properties of association and the insertion of the cation. In order to take into account the different contributions of the cation-pi interactions, we develop a new methodology consisting of changing the standard PMF by an additional contribution resulting from quantum calculations. The calculated thermodynamic properties of association are thus in line with the microcalorimetry and (133)Cs NMR experiments and the structure of the complex at the Gibbs free-energy minimum shows the insertion of the cation into the cavity of the calixarene.

  13. Infrared Spectroscopy of Matrix-Isolated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Cations. 3; The Polyacenes Anthracene, Tetracence, and Pentacene

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    Hudgins, D. M.; Allamandola, L. J.

    1995-01-01

    Gaseous, ionized polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHS) are thought to be responsible for a very common family of interstellar infrared emission bands. Unfortunately, very little infrared spectroscopic data are available on ionized PAHS. Here we present the near- and mid-infrared spectra of the polyacene cations anthracene, tetracene, and pentacene. We also report the vibrational frequencies and relative intensities of the pentacene anion. The cation bands corresponding to the CC modes are typically about 10-20 times more intense than those of the CH out-of-plane bending vibrations. For the cations the CC stretching and CH in-plane bending modes give rise to bands which are an order of magnitude stronger than for the neutral species, and the CH out-of-plane bends produce bands which are 3-20 times weaker than in the neutral species. This behavior is similar to that found for most other PAH cations. The most intense PAH cation bands fall within the envelopes of the most intense interstellar features. The strongest absorptions in the polyacenes anthracene, tetracene, and pentacene tend to group around 1400/cm (between about 1340 and 1500/cm) and near 1180/cm, regions of only moderate interstellar emission. These very strong polyacene bands tend to fall in gaps in the spectra of the other PAH cations studied to date suggesting that while PAHs with polyacene structures may contribute to specific regions of the interstellar emission spectra, they are not dominant members of the interstellar PAH family.

  14. Infrared Spectroscopy of Matrix-Isolated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Cations. 3. The Polyacenes Anthracene, Tetracene, and Pentacene

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    Hudgins, D. M.; Allamandola, L. J.

    1995-01-01

    Gaseous, ionized Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH's) are thought to be responsible for a very common family of interstellar infrared emission bands. Unfortunately, very little infrared spectroscopic data are available on ionized PAH's. Here we present the near- and mid-infrared spectra of the polyacene cations anthracene, tetracene, and pentacene. We also report the vibrational frequencies and relative intensities of the pentacene anion. The cation bands corresponding to the CC modes are typically about 10-20 times more intense than those of the CH out-of-plane bending vibrations. For the cations the CC stretching and CH in-plane bending modes give rise to bands which are an order of magnitude stronger than for the neutral species, and the CH out-of-plane bends produce bands which are 3-20 times weaker than in the neutral species. This behavior is similar to that found for most other PAH cations. The most intense PAH cation bands fall within the envelopes of the most intense interstellar features. The strongest absorptions in the polyacenes anthracene, tetracene, and pentacene tend to group around 1400 / cm (between about 1340 and 1500 / cm) and near 1180 /cm, regions of only moderate interstellar emission. These very strong polyacene bands tend to fall in gaps in the spectra of the other PAH cations studied to date suggesting that while PAHs with polyacene structures may contribute to specific regions of the interstellar emission spectra, they are not dominant members of the interstellar PAH family.

  15. Kinetics of Isovalent (Cd(2+)) and Aliovalent (In(3+)) Cation Exchange in Cd1-xMnxSe Nanocrystals.

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    Chakraborty, Pradip; Jin, Yu; Barrows, Charles J; Dunham, Scott T; Gamelin, Daniel R

    2016-10-05

    Ion exchange, in which an in-diffusing ion replaces a lattice ion, has been widely exploited as a synthetic tool for semiconductor doping and solid-to-solid chemical transformations, both in bulk and at the nanoscale. Here, we present a systematic investigation of cation-exchange reactions that involve the displacement of Mn(2+) from CdSe nanocrystals by Cd(2+) or In(3+). For both incoming cations, Mn(2+) displacement is spontaneous but thermally activated, following Arrhenius behavior over a broad experimental temperature range. At any given temperature, cation exchange by In(3+) is approximately 2 orders of magnitude faster than that by Cd(2+), illustrating a critical dependence on the incoming cation. Quantitative analysis of the kinetics data within a Fick's-law diffusion model yields diffusion barriers (ED) and limiting diffusivities (D0) for both incoming ions. Despite their very different kinetics, indistinguishable diffusion barriers of ED ≈ 1.1 eV are found for both reactions (In(3+) and Cd(2+)). A dramatically enhanced diffusivity is found for Mn(2+) cation exchange by In(3+). Overall, these findings provide unique experimental insights into cation diffusion within colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals, contributing to our fundamental understanding of this rich and important area of nanoscience.

  16. Gas-Phase Conformations and Energetics of Sodium Cationized 2^'-DEOXYGUANOSINE and Guanosine: Irmpd Action Spectroscopy and Theoretical Studies

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    Zhu, Yanlong; Hamlow, Lucas; He, Chenchen; Bao, Xun; Rodgers, M. T.; Gao, Juehan; Oomens, J.

    2015-06-01

    In living systems, the local structures of DNA and RNA are influenced by protonation, deprotonation and noncovalent binding interactions with cations. In order to determine the effects of Na+ cationization on the gas-phase structures of 2^'-deoxyguanosine, [dGuo+Na]+, and guanosine, [Guo+Na]+, infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) action spectra of these two sodium cationized DNA and RNA mononucleosides are measured over the range extending from ~500 to ~1850 cm-1 using the FELIX free electron laser. Complementary electronic structure calculations are performed to determine the stable low-energy conformations of these complexes. Geometry optimizations and frequency analyses of these species are performed at the B3LYP/6-31G* level of theory, whereas single-point energies are calculated at the B3LYP/6-311+G(2d,2p) level of theory to determine the relative stabilities of these conformations. Comparison of the measure IRMPD action spectra and computed linear IR spectra enable the conformations accessed in the experiments to be elucidated. In both cases, preferential binding of the Na+ cation to O6 and N7 positions of the nucleobase is observed. Present results for the sodium cationized nucleosides are compared to results for the analogous protonated forms of these nucleosides to elucidate the effects of multiple chelating interactions with the sodium cation to hydrogen bonding interactions in the protonated systems on the structures and stabilities of these nucleosides.

  17. Properties of a cationic peroxidase from Citrus jambhiri cv. Adalia.

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    Mohamed, Saleh A; El-Badry, Mohamed O; Drees, Ehab A; Fahmy, Afaf S

    2008-08-01

    The major pool of peroxidase activity is present in the peel of some Egyptian citrus species and cultivars compared to the juice and pulp. Citrus jambhiri cv. Adalia had the highest peroxidase activity among the examined species. Four anionic and one cationic peroxidase isoenzymes from C. jambhiri were detected using the purification procedure including ammonium sulfate precipitation, chromatography on diethylaminoethanol-cellulose, carboxymethyl-cellulose, and Sephacryl S-200 columns. Cationic peroxidase POII is proved to be pure, and its molecular weight was 56 kDa. A study of substrate specificity identified the physiological role of POII, which catalyzed the oxidation of some phenolic substrates in the order of o-phenylenediamine > guaiacol > o-dianisidine > pyrogallol > catechol. The kinetic parameters (K (m), V (max), and V (max)/K (m)) of POII for hydrolysis toward H2O2 and electron donor substrates were studied. The enzyme had pH and temperature optima at 5.5 and 40 degrees C, respectively. POII was stable at 10-40 degrees C and unstable above 50 degrees C. The thermal inactivation profile of POII is biphasic and characterized by a rapid decline in activity on exposure to heat. The most of POII activity (70-80%) was lost at 50, 60, and 70 degrees C after 15, 10, and 5 min of incubation, respectively. Most of the examined metal ions had a very slight effect on POII except of Li+, Zn2+, and Hg2+, which had partial inhibitory effects. In the present study, the instability of peroxidase above 50 degrees C makes the high temperature short time treatment very efficient for the inactivation of peel peroxidase contaminated in orange juice to avoid the formation of off-flavors.

  18. Structural analysis of DNA complexation with cationic lipids

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    Marty, Regis; N'soukpoé-Kossi, Christophe N.; Charbonneau, David; Weinert, Carl Maximilian; Kreplak, Laurent; Tajmir-Riahi, Heidar-Ali

    2009-01-01

    Complexes of cationic liposomes with DNA are promising tools to deliver genetic information into cells for gene therapy and vaccines. Electrostatic interaction is thought to be the major force in lipid–DNA interaction, while lipid-base binding and the stability of cationic lipid–DNA complexes have been the subject of more debate in recent years. The aim of this study was to examine the complexation of calf-thymus DNA with cholesterol (Chol), 1,2-dioleoyl-3-trimethylammonium-propane (DOTAP), dioctadecyldimethylammoniumbromide (DDAB) and dioleoylphosphatidylethanolamine (DOPE), at physiological condition, using constant DNA concentration and various lipid contents. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), UV-visible, circular dichroism spectroscopic methods and atomic force microscopy were used to analyse lipid-binding site, the binding constant and the effects of lipid interaction on DNA stability and conformation. Structural analysis showed a strong lipid–DNA interaction via major and minor grooves and the backbone phosphate group with overall binding constants of KChol = 1.4 (±0.5) × 104 M−1, KDDAB = 2.4 (±0.80) × 104 M−1, KDOTAP = 3.1 (±0.90) × 104 M−1 and KDOPE = 1.45 (± 0.60) × 104 M−1. The order of stability of lipid–DNA complexation is DOTAP>DDAB>DOPE>Chol. Hydrophobic interactions between lipid aliphatic tails and DNA were observed. Chol and DOPE induced a partial B to A-DNA conformational transition, while a partial B to C-DNA alteration occurred for DDAB and DOTAP at high lipid concentrations. DNA aggregation was observed at high lipid content. PMID:19103664

  19. Enhanced Bioactivity of Internally Functionalized Cationic Dendrimers with PEG Cores

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    2012-11-09

    REPORT Enhanced Bioactivity of Internally Functionalized Cationic Dendrimers with PEG Cores 14. ABSTRACT 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: See attached...Prescribed by ANSI Std. Z39.18 - Enhanced Bioactivity of Internally Functionalized Cationic Dendrimers with PEG Cores Report Title ABSTRACT See...55012.570-LS-ICB Enhanced Bioactivity of Internally Functionalized Cationic Dendrimers with PEG Cores Lorenzo Albertazzi,†,‡,$ Frauke M. Mickler

  20. Fully Cationized Gold Clusters: Synthesis of Au25(SR(+))18.

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    Ishida, Yohei; Narita, Kunihiro; Yonezawa, Tetsu; Whetten, Robert L

    2016-10-06

    Although many thiolate-protected Au clusters with different numbers of Au atoms and a variety of thiolate ligands have been synthesized, to date there has been no report of a fully cationized Au cluster protected with cationic thiolates. Herein, we report the synthesis of the first member of a new series of thiolate-protected Au cluster molecules: a fully cationized Au25(SR(+))18 cluster.

  1. Structure-activity relationship in cationic lipid mediated gene transfection.

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    Niculescu-Duvaz, Dan; Heyes, James; Springer, Caroline J

    2003-07-01

    Non-viral synthetic vectors for gene delivery represent a safer alternative to viral vectors. Their main drawback is the low transfection efficiency, especially in vivo. Among the non-viral vectors currently in use, the cationic liposomes composed of cationic lipids are the most common. This review discusses the physicochemical properties of cationic lipids, the formation, macrostructure and specific parameters of the corresponding formulated liposomes, and the effect of all these parameters on transfection efficiency. The optimisation of liposomal vectors requires both the understanding of the biological variables involved in the transfection process, and the effect of the structural elements of the cationic lipids on these biological variables. The biological barriers relevant for in vitro and in vivo transfection are identified, and solutions to overcome them based on rational design of the cationic lipids are discussed. The review focuses on the relationship between the structure of the cationic lipid and the transfection activity. The structure is analysed in a modular manner. The hydrophobic domain, the cationic head group, the backbone that acts as a scaffold for the other domains, the linkers between backbone, hydrophobic domain and cationic head group, the polyethyleneglycol chains and the targeting moiety are identified as distinct elements of the cationic lipids used in gene therapy. The main chemical functionalities used to built these domains, as well as overall molecular features such as architecture and geometry, are presented. Studies of structure-activity relationships of each cationic lipid domain, including the authors', and the trends identified by these studies, help furthering the understanding of the mechanism governing the formation and behaviour of cationic liposomes in gene delivery, and therefore the rational design of new improved cationic lipids vectors capable of achieving clinical significance.

  2. A simple method to estimate relative stabilities of polyethers cationized by alkali metal ions.

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    Kuki, Ákos; Nagy, Lajos; Shemirani, Ghazaleh; Memboeuf, Antony; Drahos, László; Vékey, Károly; Zsuga, Miklós; Kéki, Sándor

    2012-02-15

    Dissociation of doubly cationized polyethers, namely [P + 2X](2+) into [P + X](+) and X(+), where P = polyethylene glycol (PEG), polypropylene glycol (PPG) and polytetrahydrofuran (PTHF) and X = Na, K and Cs, was studied by means of energy-dependent collision-induced dissociation tandem mass spectrometry. It was observed that the collision voltage necessary to obtain 50% fragmentation (CV(50)) determined for the doubly cationized polyethers of higher degree of polymerization varied linearly with the number of degrees of freedom (DOF) values. This observation allowed us to correlate these slopes with the corresponding relative gas-phase dissociation energies for binding of alkali ions to polyethers. The relative dissociation energies determined from the corresponding slopes were found to decrease in the order Na(+)  > K(+)  > Cs(+) for each polyether studied, and an order PPG ≈ PEG > PTHF can be established for each alkali metal ion.

  3. Modeling the Interaction between Integrin-Binding Peptide (RGD) and Rutile Surface: The Effect of Cation Mediation on Asp Adsorption

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    Wu, Chunya; Skelton, Adam; Chen, Mingjun; Vlcek, Lukas; Cummings, Peter T

    2012-01-01

    The binding of a negatively charged residue, aspartic acid (Asp) in tripeptide arginine-glycine-aspartic acid, onto a negatively charged hydroxylated rutile (110) surface in aqueous solution, containing divalent (Mg{sup 2+}, Ca{sup 2+}, or Sr{sup 2+}) or monovalent (Na{sup +}, K{sup +}, or Rb{sup +}) cations, was studied by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The results indicate that ionic radii and charges will significantly affect the hydration, adsorption geometry, and distance of cations from the rutile surface, thereby regulating the Asp/rutile binding mode. The adsorption strength of monovalent cations on the rutile surface in the order Na{sup +} > K{sup +} > Rb{sup +} shows a 'reverse' lyotropic trend, while the divalent cations on the same surface exhibit a 'regular' lyotropic behavior with decreasing crystallographic radii (the adsorption strength of divalent cations: Sr{sup 2+} > Ca{sup 2+} > Mg{sup 2+}). The Asp side chain in NaCl, KCl, and RbCl solutions remains stably H-bonded to the surface hydroxyls and the inner-sphere adsorbed compensating monovalent cations act as a bridge between the COO{sup -} group and the rutile, helping to 'trap' the negatively charged Asp side chain on the negatively charged surface. In contrast, the mediating divalent cations actively participate in linking the COO{sup -} group to the rutile surface; thus the Asp side chain can remain stably on the rutile (110) surface, even if it is not involved in any hydrogen bonds with the surface hydroxyls. Inner- and outer-sphere geometries are all possible mediation modes for divalent cations in bridging the peptide to the rutile surface.

  4. Effects of cation on electrical responses of ionic polymer-metal composite sensors at various ambient humidities

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    Zhu, Zicai; Horiuchi, Tetsuya; Takagi, Kentaro; Takeda, Jun; Chang, Longfei; Asaka, Kinji

    2016-08-01

    In this study, we investigated the effects of various cations on the electrical responses of ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) sensors at various ambient humidities. Four typical Au-Nafion IPMC samples were prepared with H+, Li+, Na+, and K+ cations. The voltage and current responses of the IPMCs were investigated under static and dynamic bending displacements. The orders of the voltage and current amplitudes were generally Li+ > Na+ > K+ > H+ and depended on the cation transport properties and the water content. The static voltage response first increased to a peak and then slowly decreased to a steady state. A negative steady-state voltage was initially observed for the IPMC with H+ cations under near saturation conditions. The voltage amplitude increased monotonously with increasing frequency from 0.1 to 10 Hz at a high relative humidity (RH, ˜90%), first increased and then decreased at moderate humidity (RH, ˜50%), and decreased continuously at low humidity (RH, ˜20%). The static current response first rapidly increased to a peak and then quickly decayed. During current decay, free oscillation decay occurred at high humidity and attenuated with decreasing humidity. This was confirmed to be the result of cation movement in the IPMC. There are three necessary conditions for oscillation: sufficient migrated cations, high cation mobility, and high stiffness of the polymer network. For the dynamic current response, the amplitude increased with increasing frequency (0.1-10 Hz) and showed good linearity. The underlying physics, mainly involving cation forward migration and back diffusion caused by mechano-chemo-electrical coupling, was clarified.

  5. Interactions between Cytochrome c2 and the Photosynthetic Reaction Center from Rhodobacter sphaeroides : The Cation-pi Interaction†

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    Paddock, M. L.; Weber, K. H.; Chang, C.; Okamura, M. Y.

    2008-01-01

    The cation-pi interaction between positively charged and aromatic groups is a common feature of many proteins and protein complexes. The structure of the complex between cytochrome c2 (cyt c2) and photosynthetic reaction center (RC) from Rhodobacter sphaeroides exhibits a cation-pi complex formed between Arg-C32 on cyt c2 and Tyr-M295 on the RC (Axelrod et. al (2002) J. Mol. Biol. 319, 501–515). The importance of the cation-pi interaction for binding and electron transfer was studied by mutating Tyr-M295 and Arg-C32. The first and second order rates for electron transfer were not affected by mutating Tyr-M295 to Ala indicating that the cation-pi complex does not greatly affect the association process or structure of the state active in electron transfer. The dissociation constant KD showed a greater increase when Try-M295 was replaced by non-aromatic Ala (3-fold) than by aromatic Phe (1.2-fold) characteristic of a cation-pi interaction. Replacement of Arg-C32 by Ala increased KD (80-fold) largely due to removal of electrostatic interactions with negatively charged residues on the RC. Replacement by Lys, increased KD (6-fold) indicating that Lys does not form a cation-pi complex. This specificity for Arg may be due to a solvation effect. Double mutant analysis indicates interaction energy between Tyr-M295 and Arg-C32 of about −24 meV (−0.6 kcal/mole). This energy is surprisingly small considering the widespread occurrence of cation-pi complexes and may be due to the trade-off between the favorable cation-pi binding energy and the unfavorable desolvation energy needed to bury Arg-C32 in the short-range contact region between the two proteins. PMID:16008347

  6. Spectral response of magnetic nanofluid to toxic cations

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    Mahendran, V.; Philip, John

    2013-04-01

    We probe the spectral response of a magnetically polarizable nanofluid in the presence of different toxic metal cations. In the presence of cations like Ni2+, Mn2+, Pb2+, and Cd2+, the nanofluid shows large blue shift in the diffracted Bragg peak and a visually perceivable color change due to changes in the interparticle spacing of the self-assembled nano-arrays. The observed spectral response of the nanofluid offers the possibility of rapid and selective detections of cations optically. Because the emulsion used is easy to produce and inexpensive, this approach may find several interesting applications in rapid detection of cations.

  7. Infrared spectroscopic investigations of cationic ethanol, propanol, and butanol

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    Matsuda, Yoshiyuki; Harigaya, Hiroyuki; Xie, Min; Takahashi, Kaito; Fujii, Asuka

    2015-11-01

    Infrared spectroscopy of the alcohol cations of ethanol, propanol, and butanol was performed to investigate their structures and hyperconjugation mechanisms. In the ethanol cation, the Csbnd C bond hyperconjugates with the singly occupied molecular orbital (SOMO) at the oxygen atom, so that the Csbnd C bond weakens and the bond length elongates. Multiple hyperconjugations among SOMO, the Csbnd C bond, and the end Csbnd H bond occur in the propanol cation and enhance the acidity of the Csbnd H bond through the delocalization of its bonding σ electron. The butanol cation forms the oxonium-type structure through the proton transfer from the terminal CH bond.

  8. Uniformly cationized protein efficiently reaches the cytosol of mammalian cells.

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    Futami, Midori; Watanabe, Yasuyoshi; Asama, Takashi; Murata, Hitoshi; Tada, Hiroko; Kosaka, Megumi; Yamada, Hidenori; Futami, Junichiro

    2012-10-17

    Protein cationization techniques are powerful protein transduction methods for mammalian cells. As we demonstrated previously, cationized proteins with limited conjugation to polyethylenimine have excellent ability to enter into cells by adsorption-mediated endocytosis [Futami, J., et al. (2005) J. Biosci. Bioeng. 99, 95-103]. In this study, we show that proteins with extensive and uniform cationization covering the protein surface reach the cytoplasm and nucleus more effectively than proteins with limited cationic polymers or proteins that are fused to cationic peptides. Although extensive modification of carboxylates results in loss of protein function, chicken avidin retains biotin-binding ability even after extensive amidation of carboxylates. Using this cationized avidin carrier system, the protein transduction ability of variously cationized avidins was investigated using biotinylated protein as a probe. The results revealed that cationized avidins bind rapidly to the cell surface followed by endocytotic uptake. Small amounts of uniformly cationized avidin showed direct penetration into the cytoplasm within a 15 min incubation. This penetration route seemed to be energy dependent and functioned under cellular physiological conditions. A biotinylated exogenous transcription factor protein that penetrated cells was demonstrated to induce target gene expression in living cells.

  9. The formation of singly and doubly cationized oligomers in SIMS

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    Delcorte, A.; Wojciechowski, I.; Gonze, X.; Garrison, B. J.; Bertrand, P.

    2003-01-01

    The cationization of sputtered organic species via metal particle adduction is investigated using poly-4-methylstyrene molecules in combination with Cu, Pd, Ag and Au substrates. Metal-cationization occurs for these four substrates. The cationized molecule yields vary with the considered substrate and they are not correlated with the metal ion yields. In addition, double cationization with two metal particles is observed with a very significant intensity for Cu, Ag and Au supports. We interpret the results with an emission scheme in which excited molecules and metal atoms recombine above the surface and decay via electron emission, thereby locking the complex in the ionic state.

  10. XMCD and Magnetic Evidence for Cation Reordering in Synthetic Mg- and Al-substituted Titanomagnetites

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    Lappe, S. C. L. L.; Bowles, J.; Jackson, M.; Keavney, D.

    2014-12-01

    The titanomagnetite (TM) solid solution (Fe3-xTixO4, 0 ≤ x ≤ 1) is one of the most important natural magnetic minerals used in paleomagnetic studies. Natural TMs with Mg- and Al-substitution have recently been shown to have Curie temperatures (TC) that vary strongly with thermal history, and these variations have been indirectly linked to cation reordering in the crystal lattice (Bowles et al. 2013). Here we present the first direct evidence for cation reordering linked to these TC variations. We have synthesized TMs with varying degrees of Mg2+ and Al3+ substitution to better understand the mechanism at work in the natural samples. TC was determined by measuring magnetic susceptibility as function of temperature under Argon atmosphere. Isothermal annealing experiments between 10-1 to 103 h at temperatures between 300-500°C were conducted. Subsequent TC measurements showed that TC on warming increases for longer anneal times and higher anneal temperatures, whereas TC on cooling decreases. These resulting TC changes can be linked to cation ordering within the crystal structure. Splits of the same samples were studied via X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD), which is sensitive to both Fe valence state and site occupancy. Preliminary results suggest differences in Fe2+/Fe3+ site occupancy for samples of different compositions for different annealing treatments. Using the data collected for these synthetic samples we hope to gain further insight into the complex relationship between thermal history and cation distribution leading to changes in TC. So far, our understanding of the acquisition of thermal remanent magnetization (TRM) in TMs is predicated on the assumption that TC is a constant only depending on the mineral composition. However, the distribution of the magnetic Fe2+ and Fe3+ cations within the crystal lattice has a strong influence on the value of TC and cation (dis-)/ordering processes can result in large changes in TC. In natural samples

  11. Competitive sorption of anionic and cationic dyes onto cetylpyridinium-modified montmorillonite.

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    Shin, Won Sik

    2008-10-01

    Single-and multi-solute competitive sorptions of anionic dyes; Eriochrome Black T (EBT), Orange II (OR) and Methyl Orange (MO) and cationic dyes; Thioflavin T (TT), Methylene Blue (MB) and Crystal Violet (CV) onto montmorillonite modified with a cationic surfactant, cetylpyridinium chloride (CP), were investigated. In single-solute sorption, the sorption affinity, as represented by Freundlich sorption coefficient (K(F)) and Langmuir sorption capacity (q(mL)), was in the order of EBT > OR > MO for anionic dyes and in the order of TT > MB > CV for cationic dyes. The sorption affinity of the cationic dye was higher than that of the anionic dye mainly due to the difference in sorption mechanisms: ion exchange to the bare montmorillonite surface plus two dimensional surface adsorption onto the pseudo-organic medium formed by the conglomeration of the long-chain hydrocarbon tail groups of the CP cation on the montmorillonite for cationic dyes vs. two dimensional surface adsorption only for anionic dyes. Three-parameter models (dual-mode and Song models) fitted better than the two-parameter models (Freundlich, Langmuir and Dubinin-Radushkevich models) due to the number of parameters involved. The conventional Dubinin-Radushkevich (D-R) model often used to classify sorption mechanisms based on the mean free energy were not able to explain the higher sorption of cationic dyes than anionic dyes. Among the tested models, the Song model was the best in predicting single-solute sorption in terms of the coefficient of determination (R2) and the sum of squared errors (SSE) values. Although both dual-mode and Song models fitted well to the sorption data, the results of asymptotic behavior analyses showed that Song model was better than dual-mode model in predicting sorption behaviors and in explaining sorption mechanisms. Competition between the solutes in the bisolute and trisolute system reduced the sorbed amount of each solute compared with that in the single-solute system

  12. Intermolecular forces between low generation PAMAM dendrimer condensed DNA helices: role of cation architecture.

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    An, Min; Parkin, Sean R; DeRouchey, Jason E

    2014-01-28

    In recent years, dendriplexes, complexes of cationic dendrimers with DNA, have become attractive DNA delivery vehicles due to their well-defined chemistries. To better understand the nature of the forces condensing dendriplexes, we studied low generation poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer-DNA complexes and compared them to comparably charged linear arginine peptides. Using osmotic stress coupled with X-ray scattering, we have investigated the effect of molecular chain architecture on DNA-DNA intermolecular forces that determine the net attraction and equilibrium interhelical distance within these polycation condensed DNA arrays. In order to compact DNA, linear cations are believed to bind in DNA grooves and to interact with the phosphate backbone of apposing helices. We have previously shown a length dependent attraction resulting in higher packaging densities with increasing charge for linear cations. Hyperbranched polycations, such as polycationic dendrimers, presumably would not be able to bind to DNA and correlate their charges in the same manner as linear cations. We show that attractive and repulsive force amplitudes in PAMAM-DNA assemblies display significantly different trends than comparably charged linear arginines resulting in lower DNA packaging densities with increasing PAMAM generation. The salt and pH dependencies of packaging in PAMAM dendrimer-DNA and linear arginine-DNA complexes were also investigated. Significant differences in the force curve behaviour and salt and pH sensitivities suggest that different binding modes may be present in DNA condensed by dendrimers when compared to linear polycations.

  13. Misfit strain driven cation inter-diffusion across an epitaxial multiferroic thin film interface

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    Sankara Rama Krishnan, P. S.; Morozovska, Anna N.; Eliseev, Eugene A.; Ramasse, Quentin M.; Kepaptsoglou, Demie; Liang, Wen-I.; Chu, Ying-Hao; Munroe, Paul; Nagarajan, V.

    2014-02-01

    Cation intermixing at functional oxide interfaces remains a highly controversial area directly relevant to interface-driven nanoelectronic device properties. Here, we systematically explore the cation intermixing in epitaxial (001) oriented multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BFO) grown on a (001) lanthanum aluminate (LAO) substrate. Aberration corrected dedicated scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy reveal that the interface is not chemically sharp, but with an intermixing of ˜2 nm. The driving force for this process is identified as misfit-driven elastic strain. Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire-based phenomenological theory was combined with the Sheldon and Shenoy formula in order to understand the influence of boundary conditions and depolarizing fields arising from misfit strain between the LAO substrate and BFO film. The theory predicts the presence of a strong potential gradient at the interface, which decays on moving into the bulk of the film. This potential gradient is significant enough to drive the cation migration across the interface, thereby mitigating the misfit strain. Our results offer new insights on how chemical roughening at oxide interfaces can be effective in stabilizing the structural integrity of the interface without the need for misfit dislocations. These findings offer a general formalism for understanding cation intermixing at highly strained oxide interfaces that are used in nanoelectronic devices.

  14. Liquid-like cationic sub-lattice in copper selenide clusters.

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    White, Sarah L; Banerjee, Progna; Jain, Prashant K

    2017-02-20

    Super-ionic solids, which exhibit ion mobilities as high as those in liquids or molten salts, have been employed as solid-state electrolytes in batteries, improved thermoelectrics and fast-ion conductors in super-capacitors and fuel cells. Fast-ion transport in many of these solids is supported by a disordered, 'liquid-like' sub-lattice of cations mobile within a rigid anionic sub-lattice, often achieved at high temperatures or pressures via a phase transition. Here we show that ultrasmall clusters of copper selenide exhibit a disordered cationic sub-lattice under ambient conditions unlike larger nanocrystals, where Cu(+) ions and vacancies form an ordered super-structure similar to the bulk solid. The clusters exhibit an unusual cationic sub-lattice arrangement wherein octahedral sites, which serve as bridges for cation migration, are stabilized by compressive strain. The room-temperature liquid-like nature of the Cu(+) sub-lattice combined with the actively tunable plasmonic properties of the Cu2Se clusters make them suitable as fast electro-optic switches.

  15. Adsorption properties of crosslinking carboxymethyl cellulose grafting dimethyldiallylammonium chloride for cationic and anionic dyes.

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    Lin, Qingwen; Gao, Mengfan; Chang, Jiali; Ma, Hongzhu

    2016-10-20

    Novel and efficient microspheres adsorbent (MCA-E0.7/CMC-g- PDMDAAC), based on monochloroacetic acid (MCA) modified epichlorohydrin (ECH) cross-linked carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), then grafting by dimethyldiallylammonium chloride (DMDAAC), was synthesized and its adsorption properties on cationic and anionic dyes were investigated. The results demonstrated that such MCA-E0.7/CMC-g-PDMDAAC microspheres showed pH-sensitive and could effectively adsorb cationic dye methylene blue (MB) or anionic dye orange II (OR II), at near neutral (pH>4) or acidic (pH<3) condition, respectively. Moreover, it could selectively adsorb the cationic dye MB from the cationic/anionic dye mixture at neutral pH condition. The desorption experiments were mainly performed under acidic (pH 3) or basic (pH 11) condition, over 98.54% of MB and 83.07% of OR II can be desorbed within 20min, respectively. The pseudo-second-order kinetic model and Langmuir isotherm provide better correlation with the experimental data for the adsorption of dyes onto MCA-E0.7/CMC-g-PDMDAAC microspheres.

  16. Quantitative Characterization of Non-Classic Polarization of Cations on Clay Aggregate Stability

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    Hu, Feinan; Li, Hang; Liu, Xinmin; Li, Song; Ding, Wuquan; Xu, Chenyang; Li, Yue; Zhu, Longhui

    2015-01-01

    Soil particle interactions are strongly influenced by the concentration, valence and ion species and the pH of the bulk solution, which will also affect aggregate stability and particle transport. In this study, we investigated clay aggregate stability in the presence of different alkali ions (Li+, Na+, K+, and Cs+) at concentrations from10−5 to 10−1 mol L−1. Strong specific ion effects on clay aggregate stability were observed, and showed the order Cs+>K+>Na+>Li+. We found that it was not the effects of ion size, hydration, and dispersion forces in the cation–surface interactions but strong non-classic polarization of adsorbed cations that resulted in these specific effects. In this study, the non-classic dipole moments of each cation species resulting from the non-classic polarization were estimated. By comparing non-classic dipole moments with classic values, the observed dipole moments of adsorbed cations were up to 104 times larger than the classic values for the same cation. The observed non-classic dipole moments sharply increased with decreasing electrolyte concentration. We conclude that strong non-classic polarization could significantly suppress the thickness of the diffuse layer, thereby weakening the electric field near the clay surface and resulting in improved clay aggregate stability. Even though we only demonstrated specific ion effects on aggregate stability with several alkali ions, our results indicate that these effects could be universally important in soil aggregate stability. PMID:25874864

  17. Influence of Surrounding Cations on the Surface Degradation of Magnesium Alloy Implants under a Compressive Pressure.

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    Ning, Chengyun; Zhou, Lei; Zhu, Ye; Li, Ying; Yu, Peng; Wang, Shuangying; He, Tianrui; Li, Weiping; Tan, Guoxin; Wang, Yingjun; Mao, Chuanbin

    2015-12-22

    The effect of cations in the surrounding solutions on the surface degradation of magnesium alloys, a well-recognized biodegradable biomaterial, has been neglected compared with the effect of anions in the past. To better simulate the compressive environment where magnesium alloys are implanted into the body as a cardiovascular stent, a device is designed and employed in the test so that a pressure, equivalent to the vascular pressure, can be directly applied to the magnesium alloy implants when the alloys are immersed in a medium containing one of the cations (K(+), Na(+), Ca(2+), and Mg(2+)) found in blood plasma. The surface degradation behaviors of the magnesium alloys in the immersion test are then investigated using hydrogen evolution, mass loss determination, electron microscopy, pH value, and potentiodynamic measurements. The cations are found to promote the surface degradation of the magnesium alloys with the degree decreased in the order of K(+) > Na(+) > Ca(2+) > Mg(2+). The possible mechanism of the effects of the cations on the surface degradation is also discussed. This study will allow us to predict the surface degradation of magnesium alloys in the physiological environment and to promote the further development of magnesium alloys as biodegradable biomaterials.

  18. Liquid-like cationic sub-lattice in copper selenide clusters

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    White, Sarah L.; Banerjee, Progna; Jain, Prashant K.

    2017-02-01

    Super-ionic solids, which exhibit ion mobilities as high as those in liquids or molten salts, have been employed as solid-state electrolytes in batteries, improved thermoelectrics and fast-ion conductors in super-capacitors and fuel cells. Fast-ion transport in many of these solids is supported by a disordered, `liquid-like' sub-lattice of cations mobile within a rigid anionic sub-lattice, often achieved at high temperatures or pressures via a phase transition. Here we show that ultrasmall clusters of copper selenide exhibit a disordered cationic sub-lattice under ambient conditions unlike larger nanocrystals, where Cu+ ions and vacancies form an ordered super-structure similar to the bulk solid. The clusters exhibit an unusual cationic sub-lattice arrangement wherein octahedral sites, which serve as bridges for cation migration, are stabilized by compressive strain. The room-temperature liquid-like nature of the Cu+ sub-lattice combined with the actively tunable plasmonic properties of the Cu2Se clusters make them suitable as fast electro-optic switches.

  19. Liquid-like cationic sub-lattice in copper selenide clusters

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    White, Sarah L.; Banerjee, Progna; Jain, Prashant K.

    2017-01-01

    Super-ionic solids, which exhibit ion mobilities as high as those in liquids or molten salts, have been employed as solid-state electrolytes in batteries, improved thermoelectrics and fast-ion conductors in super-capacitors and fuel cells. Fast-ion transport in many of these solids is supported by a disordered, ‘liquid-like' sub-lattice of cations mobile within a rigid anionic sub-lattice, often achieved at high temperatures or pressures via a phase transition. Here we show that ultrasmall clusters of copper selenide exhibit a disordered cationic sub-lattice under ambient conditions unlike larger nanocrystals, where Cu+ ions and vacancies form an ordered super-structure similar to the bulk solid. The clusters exhibit an unusual cationic sub-lattice arrangement wherein octahedral sites, which serve as bridges for cation migration, are stabilized by compressive strain. The room-temperature liquid-like nature of the Cu+ sub-lattice combined with the actively tunable plasmonic properties of the Cu2Se clusters make them suitable as fast electro-optic switches. PMID:28216615

  20. Effect of alkali cations on heterogeneous photo-Fenton process mediated by Prussian blue colloids.

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    Liu, Shou-Qing; Cheng, Shi; Feng, Lian-Rong; Wang, Xiao-Mei; Chen, Zhi-Gang

    2010-10-15

    This article evaluates Prussian blue (iron hexacyanoferrate) colloids as a heterogeneous photo-Fenton catalyst for the degradation of Rhodamine B. The emphasis is laid on the effects of alkali metal cations on the photo-Fenton process. The facts show that alkali cations strongly affect the degradation rate of organic species. The degradation rates of Rhodamine B, Malachite Green, and Methyl Orange in the presence of KCl, KNO(3), and K(2)SO(4), respectively, are faster than their degradation rates in the presence of the corresponding sodium salts. The average degradation rates of Rhodamine B in 0.2 M KCl, NaCl, RbCl, and CsCl solution, decline in sequence, and the rate in KCl solution is greater than that without any salt added deliberately. Thus, potassium ions accelerate the degradation rate, but sodium, rubidium, and cesium ions slow the rate. The order of the rates is R(K)>R>R(Na)>R(Rb)>R(Cs), which is consistent with that of the voltammetric oxidation currents of Prussian blue in the corresponding cation solutions. This phenomenon is attributed to the molecular recognition of the microstructure in Prussian blue nanoparticles to the alkali cations. The reaction mechanism of the photo-Fenton process has also been explored.

  1. Interaction of polyamines with proteins of photosystem II: Cation binding and photosynthetic oxygen evolution

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    Beauchemin, R.; Harnois, J.; Rouillon, R.; Tajmir-Riahi, H. A.; Carpentier, R.

    2007-05-01

    Polyamines are organic cations that function in diverse physiological processes that share as a common thread a close relationship to cell proliferation and growth. Polyamines also affect photosynthetic oxygen evolution and therefore, this study was designed to investigate the interaction of 1,3-diaminopropane, 1,4-diaminobutane (putrescine), and 1,5-diaminopentane (cadaverine) cations with proteins of photosystem II (PSII) using PSII-enriched submembrane fractions with diamine concentrations between 0.01 and 20 mM. Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) difference spectroscopy with its self-deconvolution and second derivative resolution enhancement, as well as curve-fitting procedures were applied in order to determine the diamine binding mode, the protein conformational changes, and the structural properties of diamine-protein complexes. Spectroscopic evidence showed that diamines interact with proteins (H-bonding) through polypeptide C dbnd O groups with no major perturbations of protein secondary structure. At very low diamine concentration (0.01 mM), no inhibition of oxygen-evolution occurred, while at higher diamine content (5-10 mM), 100% inhibition was observed. Chorophyll fluorescence measurements demonstrated that the inhibition mainly affects the oxygen evolving complex of PSII. Comparisons of the effects of these dipositive organic cations with divalent metal cations on one hand and with polyvalent spermine and spermidine on the other hand, show major alterations of the protein secondary structure as positive charge increases.

  2. Degradation of aqueous carbon tetrachloride by nanoscale zerovalent copper on a cation resin.

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    Lin, Chin Jung; Lo, Shang-Lien; Liou, Ya Hsuan

    2005-06-01

    Nanoscale zerovalent copper supported on a cation resin was successfully synthesized to enhance the removal of carbon tetrachloride (CCl(4)) from contaminated water. The use of the cation resin as a support prevents the reduction of surface area due to agglomeration of nanoscale zerovalent copper particles. Moreover, the cation resin recycles the copper ions resulting from the reaction between CCl(4) and Cu(0) by simultaneous ion exchange. The decline in the amount of CCl(4) in aqueous solution results from the combined effects of degradation by nanoscale zerovalent copper and sorption by the cation resin; thus the amount of CCl(4) both in aqueous solution and sorbed onto the resin were measured. The pseudo-first-order rate constant normalized by the surface-area and the mass concentration of nanoscale zerovalent copper (k(SA)) was 2.1+/-0.1 x 10(-2)lh(-1)m(-2), approximately twenty times that of commercial powdered zerovalent copper (0.04 mm). Due to the exchange between Cu(2+) and the strongly acidic ions (H(+) or Na(+)), the pH was between 3 and 4 in unbuffered solution and Cu(2+) at the concentration of less than 0.1 mg l(-1) was measured after the dechlorination reaction. In the above-ground application, resin as a support would facilitate the development of a process that could be designed for convenient emplacement and regeneration of porous reductive medium.

  3. Rates and Mechanisms of Complexation Reactions of Cations with Crown Ethers and Related Macrocycles

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    1989-01-23

    as stability constants and entropies of solvation t, be of paramount importance. Complexation rate constants alone seldom disclose a great deal more...sample equilibrium to assure detectability of the reaction. Disadvantages include 1) the need for high solute concentrations in order to detect small...ultrasonic techniques. In principle, the stability constants of macrocycles complexing various cations can be deduced from the amplitudes of the experimental

  4. Cation exchange on the nanoscale: an emerging technique for new material synthesis, device fabrication, and chemical sensing.

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    Rivest, Jessy B; Jain, Prashant K

    2013-01-07

    Cation exchange is an age-old technique for the chemical conversion of liquids or extended solids by place-exchanging the cations in an ionic material with a different set of cations. The technique is undergoing a major revival with the advent of high-quality nanocrystals: researchers are now able to overcome the limitations in bulk systems and fully exploit cation exchange for materials synthesis and discovery via rapid, low-temperature transformations in the solid state. In this tutorial review, we discuss cation exchange as a promising materials synthesis and discovery tool. Exchange on the nanoscale exhibits some unique attributes: rapid kinetics at room temperature (orders of magnitude faster than in the bulk) and the tuning of reactivity via control of nanocrystal size, shape, and surface faceting. These features make cation exchange a convenient tool for accessing nanocrystal compositions and morphologies for which conventional synthesis may not be established. A simple exchange reaction allows extension of nanochemistry to a larger part of the periodic table, beyond the typical gamut of II-VI, IV-VI, and III-V materials. Cation exchange transformations in nanocrystals can be topotactic and size- and shape-conserving, allowing nanocrystals synthesized by conventional methods to be used as templates for production of compositionally novel, multicomponent, or doped nanocrystals. Since phases and compositions resulting from an exchange reaction can be kinetically controlled, rather than governed by the phase diagram, nanocrystals of metastable and hitherto inaccessible compositions are attainable. Outside of materials synthesis, applications for cation exchange exist in water purification, chemical staining, and sensing. Since nanoscale cation exchange occurs rapidly at room temperature, it can be integrated with sensitive environments such as those in biological systems. Cation exchange is already allowing access to a variety of new materials and processes

  5. Electrical properties and water incorporation in A-site deficient perovskite La{sub 1−x}Ba{sub x}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 9−0.5x}

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    Animitsa, I.; Iakovleva, A.; Belova, K.

    2016-06-15

    Barium doped A-site deficient perovskites La{sub 1−x}Ba{sub x}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 9−0.5x} (x=0–0.05) were synthesized by the solid state method, their structure, electrical properties and state of oxygen-hydrogen groups have been investigated. These phases were found to be able to incorporate water from the gas phase and to exhibit proton transport. Hydration is accompanied by the formation of different forms of oxygen-hydrogen groups: OH{sup −} – groups and H{sub 3}O{sup +} – ions. The total conductivities of doped samples increased in a wet atmosphere due to the appearance of proton current carriers (at the temperatures below 700 °C), but the conductivity increased insignificantly (~0.25 order of magnitude) because of a low doping level and, consequently, small concentration of protons. TG-measurements confirmed relatively low water content (below 0.2%). The total conductivity depends substantially on x and exhibits a minimum on σ−f(x) dependencies. It has been suggested that such behavior is a manifestation of a mixed cation effect. - Highlights: • Barium doped perovskites La{sub 1−x}Ba{sub x}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 9−0.5x} (x=0–0.05) are capable to incorporate water from the gas phase and to exhibit proton transport. • The hydration is accompanied by the formation of OH{sup −} – groups and H{sub 3}O{sup +} – ions. • The total conductivity exhibits a minimum on σ−f(x) dependencies as a result of a mixed cation effect.

  6. Cation-π interaction of the univalent silver cation with meso-octamethylcalix[4]pyrrole: Experimental and theoretical study

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    Polášek, Miroslav; Kvíčala, Jaroslav; Makrlík, Emanuel; Křížová, Věra; Vaňura, Petr

    2017-02-01

    By using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS), it was proven experimentally that the univalent silver cation Ag+ forms with meso-octamethylcalix[4]pyrrole (abbrev. 1) the cationic complex species 1·Ag+. Further, applying quantum chemical DFT calculations, four different conformations of the resulting complex 1·Ag+ were derived. It means that under the present experimental conditions, this ligand 1 can be considered as a macrocyclic receptor for the silver cation.

  7. Crystallographic Studies of the Ribosomal A-Site Molecular Switches by Using Model RNA Oligomers.

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    Kondo, Jiro

    2016-01-01

    An RNA molecular switch in the aminoacyl-tRNA decoding site (A site) of the ribosome plays a key role in the decoding process of the protein biosynthesis. The switch discriminates a single cognate-tRNA from near-cognate tRNAs by changing its conformation from "off" to "on" states and recognizing the first two base pairs of codon-anticodon mini-helix to check whether these base pairs are of the canonical Watson-Crick type or not. Aminoglycoside antibiotics specifically target the "on" state of the bacterial A-site molecular switch and disturb the fidelity of the decoding process, resulting to cell death. If it occurs in human who was given aminoglycosides, it can lead to undesirable side effects. In order to understand the molecular bases of the decoding and the antibacterial and toxic side effects of aminoglycosides, it is necessary to determine the three-dimensional structures of the A-site molecular switches both in the presence and absence of aminoglycosides. This chapter focuses on methods in crystallographic studies of the A-site switches by using model RNA oligomers. The methods can be utilized in crystallographic studies of any DNA/RNA oligomers.

  8. Ultrasonic preparation of cationic cotton and its application in ultrasonic natural dyeing.

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    Guesmi, A; Ladhari, N; Sakli, F

    2013-01-01

    Cationization of cotton fabric was conferred by the sonicator reaction of cellulose with bromoacetyl bromide, followed by substitution of the terminal bromo groups by triethylamine. Experiments showed that the optimal volume of bromoacetyl bromide necessary to succeed the first stage was 0.4 mL. The order of weight gain for various processes indicates, ultrasound, 25 kHz> ultrasound, 40 kHz> mechanical stirring. Also, for the second stage the order of nitrogen contents indicates ultrasound, 25 kHz> ultrasound, 40 kHz> mechanical stirring. The structures of both untreated and cationic fibres were investigated by FTIR spectroscopy. Modified cotton fabric was subsequently dyed in both conventional and ultrasonic techniques with isosalipurposide dye isolated from Acacia cyanophylla yellow flowers. The effect of dye bath pH, ultrasonic power and frequency, dyeing time and temperature were studied and the order of K/S values indicates ultrasound, 25 kHz > ultrasound, 40 kHz > CH. ultrasound was also found to enhance the dye uptake and the overall fastness properties. Analysis of the sorption isotherms of isosalipurposide dye on cationic cotton fabric shows that the Languimir isotherm equation is best able to correlate the data.

  9. Cation Distributions and Microwave Dielectric Properties of Spinel-Structured MgGa2O4 Ceramics

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    Kan, Akinori; Moriyama, Tohru; Takahashi, Susumu; Ogawa, Hirotaka

    2013-09-01

    The Mg2+ and Ga3+ cation distributions in the MgGa2O4 lattice were characterized by the refinement of the crystal structure and the firing temperature dependence of microwave dielectric properties was described in this study. The crystal structure refinement of MgGa2O4 ceramics fired at different temperatures indicated that the degree of inversion x, which represents the Mg2+ and Ga3+ cation distributions in the 8(a) and 16(d) sites in (Mg1-xGax)[MgxGa2-x]O4, slightly decreases from 0.88 to 0.84 with increasing firing temperature from 1500 to 1600 °C. This implies that the Mg2+ cation preferentially occupies the 8(a) site, i.e., the tetrahedral site, with increasing firing temperature. The dielectric constant (ɛr) of the MgGa2O4 ceramics fired above 1520 °C was almost constant (ɛr = 9.2), whereas their Q.f significantly increased from 92,000 to 298,000 GHz, depending on the firing temperature. Such an increase in the Q.f may be related to the Mg2+ and Ga3+ cation distributions in the MgGa2O4 lattice.

  10. Structural and cytotoxic studies of cationic thiosemicarbazones

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    Sinniah, Saravana Kumar; Sim, Kae Shin; Ng, Seik Weng; Tan, Kong Wai

    2017-06-01

    Schiff bases from the thiosemicarbazones family with variable N4 substituents are known to show enhanced growth inhibitory properties. In view of these facts and as a part of our continuous interest in cationic Schiff bases, we have developed several Schiff base ligands from (3-formyl-4-hydroxyphenyl)methyltriphenylphosphonium (T) in present study. The compounds were characterized by various spectroscopic methods (infrared spectra, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, HRESIMS and X-ray crystallography). Three of the N4 substituents, namely P(tsc)T, FP(tsc)T and EP(tsc)T exerted strong growth inhibitory properties by inhibiting the highly metastasis prostate cancer growth (PC-3). The thiosemicarbazone with ethylphenyl (EP) moiety displayed most potent activity against all cell lines tested. The MTT data obtained from analysis establishes that phenyl substituent enhances the growth inhibitory properties of the compound. The result affirms that EP(tsc)T would serve as a lead scaffold for rational anticancer agent development.

  11. Structures of small bismuth cluster cations

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    Kelting, Rebecca; Baldes, Alexander; Schwarz, Ulrike; Rapps, Thomas; Schooss, Detlef; Weis, Patrick; Neiss, Christian; Weigend, Florian; Kappes, Manfred M.

    2012-04-01

    The structures of bismuth cluster cations in the range between 4 and 14 atoms have been assigned by a combination of gas phase ion mobility and trapped ion electron diffraction measurements together with density functional theory calculations. We find that above 8 atoms the clusters adopt prolate structures with coordination numbers between 3 and 4 and highly directional bonds. These open structures are more like those seen for clusters of semiconducting-in-bulk elements (such as silicon) rather than resembling the compact structures typical for clusters of metallic-in-bulk elements. An accurate description of bismuth clusters at the level of density functional theory, in particular of fragmentation pathways and dissociation energetics, requires taking spin-orbit coupling into account. For n = 11 we infer that low energy isomers can have fragmentation thresholds comparable to their structural interconversion barriers. This gives rise to experimental isomer distributions which are dependent on formation and annealing histories.

  12. Retention of Cationic Starch onto Cellulose Fibres

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    Missaoui, Mohamed; Mauret, Evelyne; Belgacem, Mohamed Naceur

    2008-08-01

    Three methods of cationic starch titration were used to quantify its retention on cellulose fibres, namely: (i) the complexation of CS with iodine and measurement of the absorbency of the ensuing blue solution by UV-vis spectroscopy; (ii) hydrolysis of the starch macromolecules followed by the conversion of the resulting sugars to furan-based molecules and quantifying the ensuing mixture by measuring their absorbance at a Ι of 490 nm, using the same technique as previous one and; finally (iii) hydrolysis of starch macromolecules by trifluoro-acetic acid and quantification of the sugars in the resulting hydrolysates by high performance liquid chromatography. The three methods were found to give similar results within the range of CS addition from 0 to 50 mg per g of cellulose fibres.

  13. Electrodialytic matrix isolation for metal cations.

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    Ohira, Shin-Ichi; Hiroyama, Yuri; Nakamura, Koretaka; Koda, Takumi; Dasgupta, Purnendu K; Toda, Kei

    2015-01-01

    Electrodialytic ion transfer was studied as a matrix isolation tool for heavy metal determinations. An ion transfer device (ITD) was used for the transfer of heavy metal cations. Under optimized flow rates applied voltage and receptor composition, heavy metal ions were quantitatively transferred at concentrations spanning µg L(-1) to mg L(-1). As long as the sample pH was acidic, there was no significant sample pH effect on the transfer efficiencies. Significant salt concentrations (>1 mM NaCl), however, decreased the transfer efficiency. This could be ameliorated (up to 5 mM NaCl) by transient instead of continuous sample introduction. The device was applied to the determination of Fe, Cu and Zn in equine and bovine serum; the reproducibility was better than conventional digestion method.

  14. Cell Penetrating Peptides and Cationic Antibacterial Peptides

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    Rodriguez Plaza, Jonathan G.; Morales-Nava, Rosmarbel; Diener, Christian; Schreiber, Gabriele; Gonzalez, Zyanya D.; Lara Ortiz, Maria Teresa; Ortega Blake, Ivan; Pantoja, Omar; Volkmer, Rudolf; Klipp, Edda; Herrmann, Andreas; Del Rio, Gabriel

    2014-01-01

    Cell penetrating peptides (CPP) and cationic antibacterial peptides (CAP) have similar physicochemical properties and yet it is not understood how such similar peptides display different activities. To address this question, we used Iztli peptide 1 (IP-1) because it has both CPP and CAP activities. Combining experimental and computational modeling of the internalization of IP-1, we show it is not internalized by receptor-mediated endocytosis, yet it permeates into many different cell types, including fungi and human cells. We also show that IP-1 makes pores in the presence of high electrical potential at the membrane, such as those found in bacteria and mitochondria. These results provide the basis to understand the functional redundancy of CPPs and CAPs. PMID:24706763

  15. Computational study of cation substitutions in apatites

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    Tamm, Toomas . E-mail: tamm@yki.ttu.ee; Peld, Merike

    2006-05-15

    Density-functional theory plane-wave modeling of fluor- and hydroxyapatites has been performed, where one or two calcium ions per unit cell were replaced with cadmium or zinc cations. It was found that cadmium ions favor Ca(1) positions in fluorapatites and Ca(2) positions in hydroxyapatites, in agreement with experiment. A similar pattern is predicted for zinc substitutions. In the doubly substituted cases, where only hydroxyapatites were modeled, a preference for the substituting ions to be located in Ca(2) position was also observed. Displacement of the hydroxide ions from their symmetrical positions on the hexagonal axis can be used to explain the preferred configurations of substituting ions around the axis. -- Deformation of the hydroxide ion chain due to substitutions around the ion channel in substituted hydroxyapatites.

  16. Predicting Organic Cation Sorption Coefficients: Accounting for Competition from Sorbed Inorganic Cations Using a Simple Probe Molecule.

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    Jolin, William C; Goyetche, Reaha; Carter, Katherine; Medina, John; Vasudevan, Dharni; MacKay, Allison A

    2017-06-06

    With the increasing number of emerging contaminants that are cationic at environmentally relevant pH values, there is a need for robust predictive models of organic cation sorption coefficients (Kd). Current predictive models fail to account for the differences in the identity, abundance, and affinity of surface-associated inorganic exchange ions naturally present at negatively charged receptor sites on environmental solids. To better understand how organic cation sorption is influenced by surface-associated inorganic exchange ions, sorption coefficients of 10 organic cations (including eight pharmaceuticals and two simple probe organic amines) were determined for six homoionic forms of the aluminosilicate mineral, montmorillonite. Organic cation sorption coefficients exhibited consistent trends for all compounds across the various homoionic clays with sorption coefficients (Kd) decreasing as follows: Kd(Na(+)) > Kd(NH4(+)) ≥ Kd(K(+)) > Kd(Ca(2+)) ≥ Kd(Mg(2+)) > Kd(Al(3+)). This trend for competition between organic cations and exchangeable inorganic cations is consistent with the inorganic cation selectivity sequence, determined for exchange between inorganic ions. Such consistent trends in competition between organic and inorganic cations suggested that a simple probe cation, such as phenyltrimethylammonium or benzylamine, could capture soil-to-soil variations in native inorganic cation identity and abundance for the prediction of organic cation sorption to soils and soil minerals. Indeed, sorption of two pharmaceutical compounds to 30 soils was better described by phenyltrimethylammonium sorption than by measures of benzylamine sorption, effective cation exchange capacity alone, or a model from the literature (Droge, S., and Goss, K. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2013, 47, 14224). A hybrid approach integrating structural scaling factors derived from this literature model of organic cation sorption, along with phenyltrimethylammonium Kd values, allowed for

  17. Polar Cation Ordering: A Route to Introducing >10% Bond Strain Into Layered Oxide Films

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    Nelson-Cheeseman, Brittany B.; Zhou, Hua; Balachandran, Prasanna V.; ...

    2014-09-05

    The 3d transition metal (M) perovskite oxides exhibit a remarkable array of properties, including novel forms of superconductivity, magnetism and multiferroicity. Strain can have a profound effect on many of these properties. This is due to the localized nature of the M 3d orbitals, where even small changes in the M–O bond lengths and M–O–M bond angles produced by strain can be used to tune the 3d– O 2p hybridization, creating large changes in electronic structure. We present a new route to strain the M–O bonds in epitaxial two-dimensional perovskite films by tailoring local electrostatic dipolar interactions within every formulamore » unit via atomic layer-by-layer synthesis. The response of the O anions to the resulting dipole electric fields distorts the M–O bonds by more than 10%, without changing substrate strain or chemical composition. We found that this distortion is largest for the apical oxygen atoms (Oap), and alters the transition metal valence state via self-doping without chemical substitution.« less

  18. Ordering of cations in the voids of the anionic framework of the crystal structure of catapleiite

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    Yakubovich, O. V.; Karimova, O. V.; Ivanova, A. G.; Yapaskurt, V. O.; Chukanov, N. V.; Kartashov, P. M.

    2013-05-15

    The pseudohexagonal crystal structure of the mineral catapleiite Na{sub 1.5}Ca{sub 0.2}[ZrSi{sub 3}(O,OH){sub 9}] {center_dot} 2(H{sub 2}O,F) from the Zhil'naya Valley in the central part of the Khibiny alkaline massif (Kola Peninsula, Russia) is studied by X-ray diffraction (XCalibur-S diffractometer, R = 0.0346): a = 20.100(4), b = 25.673(5), and c = 14.822(3) A; space group Fdd2, Z = 32, and {rho}{sub calcd} = 2.76 g/cm{sup 3}. Fluorine atoms substituting part of H{sub 2}O molecules in open channels of the crystal structure have been found for the first time in the catapleiite composition by microprobe analysis. The pattern of distribution of Na and Ca atoms over the voids of the mixed anionic framework consisting of Zr-octahedra and three-membered rings of Si-tetrahedra accounts for the pronounced pseudoperiodicity along the a and c axes of the pseudohexagonal unit cell and for the lowering of crystal symmetry to the orthorhombic one. It is shown that part of the hydrogen atoms of water molecules is statistically disordered; their distribution correlates with the pattern of the population of large eight-vertex polyhedra by Na and Ca atoms.

  19. Polar Cation Ordering: A Route to Introducing >10% Bond Strain Into Layered Oxide Films

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    Nelson-Cheeseman, Brittany B.; Zhou, Hua; Balachandran, Prasanna V.; Fabbris, Gilberto; Hoffman, Jason; Haskel, Daniel; Rondinelli, James M.; Bhattacharya, Anand

    2014-09-05

    The 3d transition metal (M) perovskite oxides exhibit a remarkable array of properties, including novel forms of superconductivity, magnetism and multiferroicity. Strain can have a profound effect on many of these properties. This is due to the localized nature of the M 3d orbitals, where even small changes in the M–O bond lengths and M–O–M bond angles produced by strain can be used to tune the 3d– O 2p hybridization, creating large changes in electronic structure. We present a new route to strain the M–O bonds in epitaxial two-dimensional perovskite films by tailoring local electrostatic dipolar interactions within every formula unit via atomic layer-by-layer synthesis. The response of the O anions to the resulting dipole electric fields distorts the M–O bonds by more than 10%, without changing substrate strain or chemical composition. We found that this distortion is largest for the apical oxygen atoms (Oap), and alters the transition metal valence state via self-doping without chemical substitution.

  20. Local-site cation ordering of Eu3+ ion in doped PbTiO3

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    Mendez-González, Y.; Pentón-Madrigal, A.; Peláiz-Barranco, A.; Figueroa, Santiago J. A.; de Oliveira, L. A. S.; Concepción-Rosabal, B.

    2014-02-01

    X-ray diffraction (XRD), extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS), and scanning electron microscopy experiments were carried out in the (Pb0.88Eu0.08)TiO3 ferroelectric compound with a perovskite type structure. Qualitative EXAFS analysis has shown that Eu3+ ions substitute to Pb2+ and Ti4+ ions at A and B sites of the ABO3 structure, respectively. The XRD pattern refinement was consistent with the Eu3+ substitution at both A and B sites, which provides the formation of donor and acceptor-type defects. The shape of the observed X-ray lines profiles has shown features, which are known for this kind of ferroelectric material to be typical of the ferroelectric domains microstructure. A phenomenological model has been used for fitting the diffraction profiles by the Rietveld method.

  1. Tuning the LSPR in copper chalcogenide nanoparticles by cation intercalation, cation exchange and metal growth.

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    Wolf, Andreas; Kodanek, Torben; Dorfs, Dirk

    2015-12-14

    Localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs) of degenerately doped copper chalcogenide nanoparticles (NPs) (Cu2-xSe berzelianite and Cu1.1S covellite) have been modified applying different methods. The comparison of the cation exchange (Cu2-xSe) and intercalation (Cu1.1S) of Ag(I) and Cu(I) has shown that Ag(I) causes a non reversible, air stable shift of the LSPR. This was compared to the influence of Au(I) cation exchange into Cu1.1S platelets under the formation of Cu1.1S-Au2S mixed nanoplatelets. Furthermore, we show the growth of Au domains on Cu2-xSe, and discuss the interaction of the two plasmonic parts of the obtained dual plasmonic Cu2-xSe-Au hybrid particles.

  2. Crystal structure of channelrhodopsin, a light-gated cation channel - all cations lead through the monomer.

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    Kato, Hideaki E; Nureki, Osamu

    2013-01-01

    Channelrhodopsin (ChR) is a light-gated cation channel derived from green algae. Since the inward flow of cations triggers the neuron firing, neurons expressing ChRs can be optically controlled even within freely moving mammals. Although ChR has been broadly applied to neuro-science research, little is known about its molecular mechanisms. We determined the crystal structure of chimeric ChR at 2.3 Å resolution and revealed its molecular architecture. The integration of structural, electrophysio-logical, and computational analyses provided insight into the molecular basis for the channel function of ChR, and paved the way for the principled design of ChR variants with novel properties.

  3. Extracellular divalent and trivalent cation effects on sodium current kinetics in single canine cardiac Purkinje cells.

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    Hanck, D A; Sheets, M F

    1992-01-01

    1. The effects of the extracellular divalent cations barium, calcium, cadmium, cobalt, magnesium, manganese, nickel and zinc and the trivalent cation lanthanum on macroscopic sodium current (INa) were characterized in enzymatically isolated single canine cardiac Purkinje cells under voltage clamp at 9-14 degrees C. 2. All di(tri)valent cations produced depolarizing shifts in the conductance-voltage relationship. The order of efficacy, taken as the concentration required to produce a 5 mV shift in the mid-point of peak INa conductance, from least to most effective was (mM): Ca2+ (2.97) approximately Mg2+ (2.67) approximately Ba2+ (1.93) > CO2+ (1.02) approximately Mn2+ (0.88) > Ni2+ (0.54) > La3+ (0.095) approximately Cd2+ (0.083) approximately Zn2+ (0.076). 3. Addition of di(tri)valent cations also produced depolarizing shifts in voltage-dependent availability. The order of efficacy from the least to most effective was (mM): Cd2+ (7.70) approximately Mg2+ (6.86) approximately Ba2+ (4.50) > Ca2+ (2.47) approximately CO2+ (1.87) approximately Mn2+ (1.24) approximately Ni2+ (1.20) > Zn2+ (0.300) > La3+ (0.060). 4. The Gouy-Chapman-Stern equations were used to evaluate di(tri)valent cation efficacy in binding to surface charges. Surface charge density was estimated as 0.72 sites nm-2, and it was assumed that Mg2+, the divalent cation that produced the smallest shift, screened but did not bind to surface charges. Based on voltage-dependent availability, KD from lowest to highest affinity were (mM): Ba2+ (2500) > CO2+ (1670) approximately Mn2+ (1430) approximately Ca2+ = Cd2+ = Ni2+ (1200) > Zn2+ (250) > La3+ (30). 5. All di(tri)valent cations also produced a concentration-dependent acceleration of INa tail current relaxation. The addition of Ca2+ and La3+ produced acceleration of tail current relaxations that could be accounted for by the surface charge effects predicted from the shift in voltage-dependent availability. Cd2+, which produced almost no change in voltage

  4. 14N solid-state NMR: a sensitive probe of the local order in zeolites.

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    Dib, Eddy; Mineva, Tzonka; Gaveau, Philippe; Alonso, Bruno

    2013-11-14

    Local order in as-synthesised zeolites templated by tetraalkylammonium cations is proven from solid-state (14)N NMR and related quadrupolar parameters, opening new perspectives in the study of porous materials.

  5. The absence of ferroelectric polarization in layered and rock-salt ordered NaLnMnWO6 (Ln = La, Nd, Tb) perovskites.

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    De, Chandan; Kim, Tai Hoon; Kim, Kee Hoon; Sundaresan, A

    2014-03-21

    The ordered perovskites, NaLnMnWO6 (Ln = La, Nd, Tb), are reported to exhibit simultaneous ordering of A-site cations (Na and Ln) in layered arrangement and B-site cations (Mn and W) in rock salt structure. They have been shown to crystallize in a monoclinic structure with the polar space group P21. Based on density functional calculations and group theoretical analysis, it has recently been proposed that NaLaMnWO6 should be ferroelectric with a relatively large polarization (16 μC cm(-2)). Contrary to this prediction, our electrical measurements such as conventional P-E loop, Positive-Up and Negative-Down (PUND), piezoelectric response and Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) reveal the absence of ferroelectric polarization in NaLnMnWO6 (Ln = La, Nd, Tb). A dielectric anomaly is observed just below room temperature (∼270 K) for all the three compounds, which is related to the change in conductivity as revealed by temperature dependent ac and dc resistivity. A pyrocurrent peak is also observed at the same temperature. However, its origin cannot be attributed to a ferroelectric transition.

  6. U(VI) uranyl cation-cation interactions in framework germanates.

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    Morrison, Jessica M; Moore-Shay, Laura J; Burns, Peter C

    2011-03-21

    The isomorphous compounds NH(4)[(UO(6))(2)(UO(2))(9)(GeO(4))(GeO(3)(OH))] (1), K[(UO(6))(2)(UO(2))(9)(GeO(4))(GeO(3)(OH))] (2), Li(3)O[(UO(6))(2)(UO(2))(9)(GeO(4))(GeO(3)(OH))] (3), and Ba[(UO(6))(2)(UO(2))(9)(GeO(4))(2)] (4) were synthesized by hydrothermal reaction at 220 °C. The structures were determined using single crystal X-ray diffraction and refined to R(1) = 0.0349 (1), 0.0232 (2), 0.0236 (3), 0.0267 (4). Each are trigonal, P(3)1c. 1: a = 10.2525(5), c = 17.3972(13), V = 1583.69(16) Å(3), Z = 2; 2: a = 10.226(4), c = 17.150(9), V = 1553.1(12) Å(3), Z = 2; 3: a = 10.2668(5), c = 17.0558(11), V = 1556.94(15) Å(3), Z = 2; 4: a = 10.2012(5), c = 17.1570(12), V = 1546.23(15) Å(3), Z = 2. There are three symmetrically independent U sites in each structure, two of which correspond to typical (UO(2))(2+) uranyl ions and the other of which is octahedrally coordinated by six O atoms. One of the uranyl ions donates a cation-cation interaction, and accepts a different cation-cation interaction. The linkages between the U-centered polyhedra result in a relatively dense three-dimensional framework. Ge and low-valence sites are located within cavities in the framework of U-polyhedra. Chemical, thermal, and spectroscopic characterizations are provided.

  7. Organic cation rhodamines for screening organic cation transporters in early stages of drug development.

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    Ugwu, Malachy C; Oli, Angus; Esimone, Charles O; Agu, Remigius U

    The aim of this study was to investigate the suitability of rhodamine-123, rhodamine-6G and rhodamine B as non-radioactive probes for characterizing organic cation transporters in respiratory cells. Fluorescent characteristics of the compounds were validated under standard in vitro drug transport conditions (buffers, pH, and light). Uptake/transport kinetics and intracellular accumulation of the compounds were investigated. Uptake/transport mechanisms were investigated by comparing the effect of pH, temperature, concentration, polarity, OCTs/OCTNs inhibitors/substrates, and metabolic inhibitors on the cationic dyes uptake in Calu-3 cells. Fluorescence stability and intensity of the compounds were altered by buffer composition, light, and pH. Uptake of the dyes was concentration-, temperature- and pH-dependent. OCTs/OCTNs inhibitors significantly reduced intracellular accumulation of the compounds. Whereas rhodamine-B uptake was sodium-dependent, pH had no effect on rhodamine-123 and rhodamine-6G uptake. Transport of the dyes across the cells was polarized: (AP→BL>BL→AP transport) and saturable: {Vmax=14.08±2.074, Km=1821±380.4 (rhodamine-B); Vmax=6.555±0.4106, Km=1353±130.4 (rhodamine-123) and Vmax=0.3056±0.01402, Km=702.9±60.97 (rhodamine-6G)}. The dyes were co-localized with MitoTracker®, the mitochondrial marker. Cationic rhodamines, especially rhodamine-B and rhodamine- 6G can be used as organic cation transporter substrates in respiratory cells. During such studies, buffer selection, pH and light exposure should be taken into consideration. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Aqueous complexation of trivalent lanthanide and actinide cations by N,N,N'{sub 2},N'-tetrakis(2-pyridylmethyl)ethylenediamine.

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    Beitz, J. V.; Ensor, D. D.; Jensen, M. P.; Morss, L. R.

    1999-06-16

    The aqueous complexation reactions of trivalent lanthanide and actinide cations with the hexadentate ligand N,N,N{prime},N{prime}-tetrakis(2-pyridylmethyl)ethylenediamine (TPEN), have been characterized using potentiometric and spectroscopic techniques in 0.1 M NaClO{sub 4} At 25 C, the stability constant of Am(TPEN){sup 3+} is two orders of magnitude larger than that of Sm(TPEN){sup 3+}, reflecting the stronger interactions of the trivalent actinide cations with softer ligands as compared to lanthanide cations.

  9. High capacity nickel battery material doped with alkali metal cations

    DOEpatents

    Jackovitz, John F.; Pantier, Earl A.

    1982-05-18

    A high capacity battery material is made, consisting essentially of hydrated Ni(II) hydroxide, and about 5 wt. % to about 40 wt. % of Ni(IV) hydrated oxide interlayer doped with alkali metal cations selected from potassium, sodium and lithium cations.

  10. Effects of cationic hydroxyethyl cellulose on glucose tolerance and obesity

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    Cholestyramine is a cationic polymer prescribed to lower cholesterol in humans. We investigated the effects of cationic hydroxyethyl cellulose (cHEC) on weight loss and metabolic disorders associated with obesity using both hamster and diet-induced obese mouse models. Golden Syrian hamsters and ob...

  11. CATION EXCHANGE METHOD FOR THE RECOVERY OF PROTACTINIUM

    DOEpatents

    Studier, M.H.; Sullivan, J.C.

    1959-07-14

    A cation exchange prccess is described for separating protactinium values from thorium values whereby they are initially adsorbed together from an aqueous 0.1 to 2 N hydrochloric acid on a cation exchange resin in a column. Then selectively eluting the thorium by an ammonium sulfate solution and subsequently eluting the protactinium by an oxalate solution.

  12. Tubular cationized pullulan hydrogels as local reservoirs for plasmid DNA.

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    San Juan, Aurélie; Ducrocq, Grégory; Hlawaty, Hanna; Bataille, Isabelle; Guénin, Erwann; Letourneur, Didier; Feldman, Laurent J

    2007-12-01

    In the present study, we measured the ability of various cationized pullulan tubular hydrogels to retain plasmid DNA, and tested the ability of retained plasmid DNA to transfect vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Cationized pullulans were obtained by grafting at different charge densities ethylamine (EA) or diethylaminoethylamine (DEAE) on the pullulan backbone. Polymers were characterized by elemental analysis, acid-base titration, size exclusion chromatography, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and proton nuclear magnetic resonance. The complexation of cationized pullulans in solution with plasmid DNA was evidenced by fluorescence quenching with PicoGreen. Cationized pullulans were then chemically crosslinked with phosphorus oxychloride to obtain tubular cationized pullulan hydrogels. Native pullulan tubes did not retain loaded plasmid DNA. In contrast, the ability of cationized pullulan tubes to retain plasmid DNA was dependent on both the amine content and the type of amine. The functional integrity of plasmid DNA in cationized pullulan tubes was demonstrated by in vitro transfection of VSMCs. Hence, cationized pullulan hydrogels can be designed as tubular structures with high affinity for plasmid DNA, which may provide new biomaterials to enhance the efficiency of local arterial gene transfer strategies.

  13. Cation and anion sequences in dark-adapted Balanus photoreceptor

    PubMed Central

    1977-01-01

    Anion and cation permeabilities in dark-adapted Balanus photoreceptors were determined by comparing changes in the membrane potential in response to replacement of the dominant anion (Cl-) or cation (Na+) by test anions or cations in the superfusing solution. The anion permeability sequence obtained was PI greater than PSO4 greater than PBr greater than PCl greater than Pisethionate greater than Pmethanesulfonate. Gluconate, glucuronate, and glutamate generally appeared more permeable and propionate less permeable than Cl-. The alkali-metal cation permeability sequence obtained was PK greater than PRb greater than PCx greater than PNa approximately PLi. This corresponds to Eisenman's IV which is the same sequencethat has been obtained for other classes of nerve cells in the resting state. The values obtained for the permeability ratios of the alkali-metal cations are considered to be minimal. The membrane conductance measured by passing inward current pulses in the different test cations followed the sequence, GK greater than GRb greater than GCs greater than GNa greater than GLi. The conductance ratios obtained for a full substitution of the test cation agreed quite well with permeability ratios for all the alkali-metal cations except K+ which was generally higher. PMID:199688

  14. Cationized milled pine bark as an adsorbent for orthophosphate anions

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    Mandla A. Tshabalala; K.G. Karthikeyan; D. Wang

    2004-01-01

    More efficient adsorption media are needed for removing dissolved phosphorus in surface water runoff. We studied the use of cationized pine bark as a sorbent for dissolved phosphorus in water. Cationized pine bark was prepared by treating extracted milled pine bark with polyallylamine hydrochloride (PAA HCl) and epichlorohydrin (ECH) in aqueous medium. Attachment of...

  15. Effect of Divalent Cation Removal on the Structure of Gram-Negative Bacterial Outer Membrane Models

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    Clifton, Luke A.; Skoda, Maximilian W. A.; Le Brun, Anton P.; Ciesielski, Filip; Kuzmenko, Ivan; Holt, Stephen A.; Lakey, Jeremy H.

    2014-12-09

    The Gram-negative bacterial outer membrane (GNB-OM) is asymmetric in its lipid composition with a phospholipid-rich inner leaflet and an outer leaflet predominantly composed of lipopolysaccharides (LPS). LPS are polyanionic molecules, with numerous phosphate groups present in the lipid A and core oligosaccharide regions. The repulsive forces due to accumulation of the negative charges are screened and bridged by the divalent cations (Mg2+ and Ca2+) that are known to be crucial for the integrity of the bacterial OM. Indeed, chelation of divalent cations is a well-established method to permeabilize Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli. Here, we use X-ray and neutron reflectivity (XRR and NR, respectively) techniques to examine the role of calcium ions in the stability of a model GNB-OM. Using XRR we show that Ca2+ binds to the core region of the rough mutant LPS (RaLPS) films, producing more ordered structures in comparison to divalent cation free monolayers. Using recently developed solid-supported models of the GNB-OM, we study the effect of calcium removal on the asymmetry of DPPC:RaLPS bilayers. We show that without the charge screening effect of divalent cations, the LPS is forced to overcome the thermodynamically unfavorable energy barrier and flip across the hydrophobic bilayer to minimize the repulsive electrostatic forces, resulting in about 20% mixing of LPS and DPPC between the inner and outer bilayer leaflets. These results reveal for the first time the molecular details behind the well-known mechanism of outer membrane stabilization by divalent cations. This confirms the relevance of the asymmetric models for future studies of outer membrane stability and antibiotic penetration.

  16. Effect of Divalent Cation Removal on the Structure of Gram-Negative Bacterial Outer Membrane Models

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    Clifton, Luke A.; Skoda, Maximilian W. A.; Le Brun, Anton P.; ...

    2014-12-09

    The Gram-negative bacterial outer membrane (GNB-OM) is asymmetric in its lipid composition with a phospholipid-rich inner leaflet and an outer leaflet predominantly composed of lipopolysaccharides (LPS). LPS are polyanionic molecules, with numerous phosphate groups present in the lipid A and core oligosaccharide regions. The repulsive forces due to accumulation of the negative charges are screened and bridged by the divalent cations (Mg2+ and Ca2+) that are known to be crucial for the integrity of the bacterial OM. Indeed, chelation of divalent cations is a well-established method to permeabilize Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli. Here, we use X-ray and neutronmore » reflectivity (XRR and NR, respectively) techniques to examine the role of calcium ions in the stability of a model GNB-OM. Using XRR we show that Ca2+ binds to the core region of the rough mutant LPS (RaLPS) films, producing more ordered structures in comparison to divalent cation free monolayers. Using recently developed solid-supported models of the GNB-OM, we study the effect of calcium removal on the asymmetry of DPPC:RaLPS bilayers. We show that without the charge screening effect of divalent cations, the LPS is forced to overcome the thermodynamically unfavorable energy barrier and flip across the hydrophobic bilayer to minimize the repulsive electrostatic forces, resulting in about 20% mixing of LPS and DPPC between the inner and outer bilayer leaflets. These results reveal for the first time the molecular details behind the well-known mechanism of outer membrane stabilization by divalent cations. This confirms the relevance of the asymmetric models for future studies of outer membrane stability and antibiotic penetration.« less

  17. [Influence of strength and species of cation on adsorption of norfloxacin in typical soils of China].

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    Zhang, Jin-qiang; Dong, Yuan-hua

    2007-10-01

    On the basis of OECD Guideline 106, batch sorption methods were employed to reveal the effect of Ca2+ ion strength and different cations (0.01 mol/L solution of NaCl, KCl, NH4LCl, MgCl2, CaCl2, ZnCl2 and AlCl3) on norfloxacin (NOR) sorption-desorption process in four tested soils (Ustic Cambosols, Udic Argosols, Gleyic-Stagnic Anthrosols and Ali-Perudic Ferrosols). Results indicate that sorption coefficient Kf values of NOR gradually decrease to a steady state with the increased concentration of calcium ion in solution. There exists a significantly negative correlation between Ca2+ ion strength and Kf value (p < or = 0.05). Compared with higher NOR concentrations, the effect of calcium ion concentration is negligible to the sorption at lower NOR concentrations. At the low pH, cationic form of NOR is predominant in equilibrium solutions, so cation sorption and hydrogen bonding could be the main sorption mechanism. Whilst at the zwitterionic form of NOR (pH 6.3-8.4), electrostatic adsorption or dipole moment may control the sorption process. This causes the different sorption behavior of NOR in the four soils. Thus, the calcium ion in solutions is competitively adsorbed to the active sorption sites so as to decrease the NOR sorption amount. Moreover, the different cations result in difference of NOR sorption. Cations of higher valencies are adsorbed more strongly to surface active sorption sites, with the following order: M+ (Na+, K+, NH4+) < M2+ (Ca2+, Mg2+, Zn2+) < M3+ (Al3+).

  18. 40 CFR 60.4805 - What is a siting analysis?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... such alternatives, the analysis may consider costs, energy impacts, nonair environmental impacts, or... (CONTINUED) STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE FOR NEW STATIONARY SOURCES Standards of Performance for New Sewage... siting analysis must consider air pollution control alternatives that minimize, on a site-specific...

  19. 40 CFR 60.2895 - What is a siting analysis?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... health or the environment. In considering such alternatives, you may consider costs, energy impacts... (CONTINUED) STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE FOR NEW STATIONARY SOURCES Preconstruction Siting Analysis § 60.2895 What is a siting analysis? (a) The siting analysis must consider air pollution control...

  20. 40 CFR 60.4805 - What is a siting analysis?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... such alternatives, the analysis may consider costs, energy impacts, nonair environmental impacts, or... (CONTINUED) STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE FOR NEW STATIONARY SOURCES Standards of Performance for New Sewage... siting analysis must consider air pollution control alternatives that minimize, on a site-specific...

  1. 40 CFR 60.2050 - What is a siting analysis?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... (CONTINUED) STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE FOR NEW STATIONARY SOURCES Standards of Performance for Commercial and... alternatives that minimize, on a site-specific basis, to the maximum extent practicable, potential risks to public health or the environment. In considering such alternatives, the analysis may consider...

  2. 40 CFR 60.4805 - What is a siting analysis?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... such alternatives, the analysis may consider costs, energy impacts, nonair environmental impacts, or... (CONTINUED) STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE FOR NEW STATIONARY SOURCES Standards of Performance for New Sewage... siting analysis must consider air pollution control alternatives that minimize, on a site-specific...

  3. 40 CFR 60.2050 - What is a siting analysis?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... (CONTINUED) STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE FOR NEW STATIONARY SOURCES Standards of Performance for Commercial and... alternatives that minimize, on a site-specific basis, to the maximum extent practicable, potential risks to public health or the environment. In considering such alternatives, the analysis may consider...

  4. 40 CFR 60.2895 - What is a siting analysis?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... health or the environment. In considering such alternatives, you may consider costs, energy impacts... (CONTINUED) STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE FOR NEW STATIONARY SOURCES Standards of Performance for Other Solid... What is a siting analysis? (a) The siting analysis must consider air pollution control...

  5. 40 CFR 60.2895 - What is a siting analysis?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... health or the environment. In considering such alternatives, you may consider costs, energy impacts... (CONTINUED) STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE FOR NEW STATIONARY SOURCES Standards of Performance for Other Solid... What is a siting analysis? (a) The siting analysis must consider air pollution control...

  6. 40 CFR 60.4805 - What is a siting analysis?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... such alternatives, the analysis may consider costs, energy impacts, nonair environmental impacts, or... (CONTINUED) STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE FOR NEW STATIONARY SOURCES Standards of Performance for New Sewage... siting analysis must consider air pollution control alternatives that minimize, on a site-specific...

  7. 40 CFR 60.2895 - What is a siting analysis?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... health or the environment. In considering such alternatives, you may consider costs, energy impacts... (CONTINUED) STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE FOR NEW STATIONARY SOURCES Preconstruction Siting Analysis § 60.2895 What is a siting analysis? (a) The siting analysis must consider air pollution control...

  8. 40 CFR 60.1115 - What is a siting analysis?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 6 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false What is a siting analysis? 60.1115 Section 60.1115 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) AIR PROGRAMS... Modification or Reconstruction is Commenced After June 6, 2001 Preconstruction Requirements: Siting Analysis...

  9. 40 CFR 60.2895 - What is a siting analysis?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 6 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false What is a siting analysis? 60.2895 Section 60.2895 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) AIR PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE FOR NEW STATIONARY SOURCES Preconstruction Siting Analysis § 60.2895...

  10. 40 CFR 60.1115 - What is a siting analysis?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 6 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false What is a siting analysis? 60.1115 Section 60.1115 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) AIR PROGRAMS... Modification or Reconstruction is Commenced After June 6, 2001 Preconstruction Requirements: Siting Analysis...

  11. Handle with CARE: A Site-Based Character Development Project.

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    Theel, Ronald K.

    Van Duyn Elementary School (Syracuse, New York) implemented a site-based project to develop student character. The neighborhood is a racially mixed, stable, private home community with 58 percent of students eligible for free or reduced price lunches. The school's objectives as part of a shared decision making, pilot school process were to have…

  12. 12. VIEW OF A SITE RETURN WEAPONS COMPONENT. AFTER SEGREGATION, ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    12. VIEW OF A SITE RETURN WEAPONS COMPONENT. AFTER SEGREGATION, PLUTONIUM MATERIALS WERE EITHER RETURNED TO THE BUILDING 776 FOUNDRY WHERE THEY WERE CAST INTO FEED INGOTS, OR UNDERWENT CHEMICAL RECOVERY FOR PURIFICATION. (8/7/62) - Rocky Flats Plant, Plutonium Fabrication, Central section of Plant, Golden, Jefferson County, CO

  13. 11. VIEW OF A SITE RETURN WEAPONS COMPONENT. SITE RETURNS ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    11. VIEW OF A SITE RETURN WEAPONS COMPONENT. SITE RETURNS WERE NUCLEAR WEAPONS SHIPPED TO THE ROCKY FLATS PLANT FROM THE NUCLEAR WEAPON STOCKPILE FOR RETIREMENT, TESTING, OR UPGRADING. FISSILE MATERIALS (PLUTONIUM, URANIUM, ETC.) AND RARE MATERIALS (BERYLLIUM) WERE RECOVERED FOR REUSE, AND THE REMAINDER WAS DISPOSED. (8/7/62) - Rocky Flats Plant, Plutonium Fabrication, Central section of Plant, Golden, Jefferson County, CO

  14. The pi-Cation Radical of Chlorophyll a.

    PubMed

    Borg, D C; Fajer, J; Felton, R H; Dolphin, D

    1970-10-01

    Chlorophyll a undergoes reversible one-electron oxidation in dichloromethane and butyronitrile. Removal of the electron by controlled potential electrolysis or by stoichiometric charge transfer to a known cation radical yields a radical (epr line width = 9 gauss, g = 2.0025 +/- 0.0001) whose optical spectrum is bleached relative to that of chlorophyll. Upon electrophoresis this bleached species behaves as a cation. By comparison with the known properties of pi-cation radicals of porphyrins and chlorins, the chlorophyll radical is also identified as a pi-cation. Further correlation of optical and epr properties with published studies on photosynthesis leads to the conclusion that oxidized P700, the first photochemical product of photosystem I in green plants, contains a pi-cation radical of the chlorin component of chlorophyll a. This radical is the likely source of the rapidly-decaying, narrow epr signal of photosynthesis.

  15. Anion order in perovskites: a group-theoretical analysis.

    PubMed

    Talanov, M V; Shirokov, V B; Talanov, V M

    2016-03-01

    Anion ordering in the structure of cubic perovskite has been investigated by the group-theoretical method. The possibility of the existence of 261 ordered low-symmetry structures, each with a unique space-group symmetry, is established. These results include five binary and 14 ternary anion superstructures. The 261 idealized anion-ordered perovskite structures are considered as aristotypes, giving rise to different derivatives. The structures of these derivatives are formed by tilting of BO6 octahedra, distortions caused by the cooperative Jahn-Teller effect and other physical effects. Some derivatives of aristotypes exist as real substances, and some as virtual ones. A classification of aristotypes of anion superstructures in perovskite is proposed: the AX class (the simultaneous ordering of A cations and anions in cubic perovskite structure), the BX class (the simultaneous ordering of B cations and anions) and the X class (the ordering of anions only in cubic perovskite structure). In most perovskites anion ordering is accompanied by cation ordering. Therefore, the main classes of anion order in perovskites are the AX and BX classes. The calculated structures of some anion superstructures are reported. Comparison of predictions and experimentally investigated anion superstructures shows coherency of theoretical and experimental results.

  16. Radical cation cyclization of 1,5-hexadiene to cyclohexene via the cyclohexane-2,5-diyl radical cation intermediate

    SciTech Connect

    Guo, Q.X.; Qin, X.Z.; Wang, J.T.; Williams, F.

    1988-03-16

    The classical example of a neutral carbon-centered radical cyclization reaction is the regioselective 1,5-ring closure (exocyclization) of the 5-hexenyl radical to the cyclopentylcarbinyl radical. Here the authors report the title reaction, a comparable addition process whereby an ..cap alpha.., omega-diene radical cation reacts by endocyclization and hydrogen shift(s) to produce a cycloolefin radical cation.

  17. Biodegradable cationic poly(carbonates): Effect of varying side chain hydrophobicity on key aspects of gene transfection.

    PubMed

    Ong, Zhan Yuin; Yang, Chuan; Cheng, Wei; Voo, Zhi Xiang; Chin, Willy; Hedrick, James L; Yang, Yi Yan

    2017-05-01

    The degree of hydrophobicity in cationic polymers plays an important but often underappreciated role in the safety and efficacy of gene delivery processes. In order to further elucidate structure-activity relationships of biodegradable cationic poly(carbonate) gene carriers, we synthesized a series of narrowly dispersed homo-polymers via metal-free organocatalytic living ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of cyclic carbonate monomers bearing either alkyl (propyl, hexyl or nonyl) or 4-methyl benzyl halide side chains. The polymers were then quaternized using bis-tertiary amines to install both quaternary ammoniums and tertiary amines for DNA binding and endosomal escape, respectively. Among the polymers with similar molecular lengths and charge densities, it was found that an increase in side chain alkyl spacer length from 3 to 6 carbons significantly enhanced cellular uptake and luciferase gene expression in HepG2 and HeLa cell lines without causing overt hemolysis and cytotoxicity. A further increase of side chain alkyl length to 9 carbons, however, led to a drastic decline in gene expression due to increased cellular toxicity, which was correlated with an increased disruption and lysis of red blood cell membranes. Interestingly, the incorporation of an aromatic 4-methyl benzyl spacer increased DNA binding strength, reduced particle sizes of resultant DNA complexes, and enhanced cellular uptake, leading to improved luciferase gene expression, albeit with higher levels of hemolysis and cytotoxicity. Taken together, the findings of this study demonstrate that a delicate balance between cationic charge density and hydrophobicity could be achieved by utilizing a hexyl spacer in the side chains of cationic poly(carbonates), hence providing insights on the future development of non-viral cationic polymeric gene delivery systems. Owing to their ease of synthesis and well-controlled polymerization, biodegradable cationic poly(carbonates) have emerged as a highly promising

  18. Nitrogen dioxide reactions with 46 atomic main-group and transition metal cations in the gas phase: room temperature kinetics and periodicities in reactivity.

    PubMed

    Jarvis, Michael J Y; Blagojevic, Voislav; Koyanagi, Gregory K; Bohme, Diethard K

    2013-02-14

    Experimental results are reported for the gas-phase room-temperature kinetics of chemical reactions between nitrogen dioxide (NO(2)) and 46 atomic main-group and transition metal cations (M(+)). Measurements were taken with an inductively-coupled plasma/selected-ion flow tube (ICP/SIFT) tandem mass spectrometer in helium buffer gas at a pressure of 0.35 ± 0.01 Torr and at 295 ± 2 K. The atomic cations were produced at ca. 5500 K in an ICP source and allowed to decay radiatively and to thermalize to room temperature by collisions with Ar and He atoms prior to reaction with NO(2). Measured apparent bimolecular rate coefficients and primary reaction product distributions are reported for all 46 atomic metal cations and these provide an overview of trends across and down the periodic table. Three main types of reactions were observed: O-atom transfer to form either MO(+) or NO(+), electron transfer to form NO(2)(+), and addition to form MNO(2)(+). Bimolecular O-atom transfer was observed to predominate. Correlations are presented between reaction efficiency and the O-atom affinity of the metal cation and between the prevalence of NO(+) product formation and the electron recombination energy of the product metal oxide cation. Some second-order reactions are evident with metal cations that react inefficiently. Most interesting of these is the formation of the MNO(+) cation with Rh(+) and Pd(+). The higher-order chemistry with NO(2) is very diverse and includes the formation of numerous NO(2) ion clusters and a number of tri- and tetraoxide metal cations. Group 2 metal dioxide cations (CaO(2)(+), SrO(2)(+), BaO(2)(+)) exhibit a unique reaction with NO(2) to form MO(NO)(+) ions perhaps by NO transfer from NO(2) concurrent with O(2) formation by recombination of a NO(2) and an oxide oxygen.

  19. The binding of cationic probes to apical and basal surfaces of rat lung capillary endothelium and of endothelial cells in tissue culture.

    PubMed

    Rounds, S; Vaccaro, C A

    1987-03-01

    The reasons for greater lung vascular permeability to anionic macromolecules are not understood. In order to determine whether the luminal or abluminal surfaces of lung capillary endothelial cells differ with respect to surface charge, we compared the binding of cationic ferritin, an electron dense probe, with these cell surfaces in lung capillaries. Because lung capillaries are not normally permeable to cationic ferritin, lungs were examined from rats with increased permeability edema caused by pretreatment with alpha-naphthylthiourea (ANTU). We found that more cationic ferritin particles bound to the luminal than to the abluminal surfaces of lung capillary endothelium. In order to determine whether this was due to inaccessibility of cationic ferritin to the lung interstitium, we also compared cationic ferritin binding to the apical and basal surfaces of bovine calf aortic and main pulmonary arterial endothelial cells in tissue culture. We found that more cationic ferritin bound to the apical than to the basal surface of the cultured cells. The binding of cationic ferritin to cultured endothelial cells was due to charge since native, anionic ferritin did not bind to either surface and binding was decreased by neuraminidase pretreatment of cultures. Cultures incubated with thiourea, another thiocarbamide that causes increased permeability edema in vivo, also showed greater binding of cationic ferritin to the apical cell surface, suggesting that the differences seen in vivo were not due to thiocarbamide injury. However, another cationic probe, ruthenium red, bound to both the apical and basal surfaces of cultured endothelial cells. These results suggest that the basal endothelial cell surface does not lack anionic sites.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  20. Microcrystals engineering using assemblies of di-protonated meso-tetraphenylporphine dimers under Zundel cations operation

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    Udal'tsov, Alexander V.

    2015-03-01

    New approach based on the usage of self-organized assemblies of di-protonated meso-tetraphenylporphine (TPP) dimers under Zundel cations action is suggested for the microcrystals engineering. Properties of the assemblies consisting of water and the protonated dimers, as produced in aqueous HCl in the presence of a small concentration of water-soluble organic solvent were investigated by UV-Vis and infrared spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM) in thin films. The self-organized assemblies consisting of water and di-protonated TPP dimers looked like long rods produced green crystals. These crystals were found by light microscopy. The ordered assembled structures crystallized into thin layers at open air at relative humidity of least 60%. Three acts of the microcrystals engineering actions are needed to obtain the green crystals that are (i) self-assembling of protonated TPP dimers under Zundel cations operation; (ii) generation of pure rod precursor in the di-protonated state and (iii) application of gaseous water to initiate the crystallization in order to Zundel cations action in the surface layer could occur. The size of the green crystals produced by the self-organized assemblies varies within 30-35 μm.