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  1. Does power indicate capacity? 30-s Wingate anaerobic test vs. maximal accumulated O2 deficit.

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    Minahan, C; Chia, M; Inbar, O

    2007-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between anaerobic power and capacity. Seven men and seven women performed a 30-s Wingate Anaerobic Test on a cycle ergometer to determine peak power, mean power, and the fatigue index. Subjects also cycled at a work rate predicted to elicit 120 % of peak oxygen uptake to exhaustion to determine the maximal accumulated O (2) deficit. Peak power and the maximal accumulated O (2) deficit were significantly correlated (r = 0.782, p = 0.001). However, when the absolute difference in exercise values between groups (men and women) was held constant using a partial correlation, the relationship diminished (r = 0.531, p = 0.062). In contrast, we observed a significant correlation between fatigue index and the maximal accumulated O (2) deficit when controlling for gender (r = - 0.597, p = 0.024) and the relationship remained significant when values were expressed relative to active muscle mass. A higher anaerobic power does not indicate a greater anaerobic capacity. Furthermore, we suggest that the ability to maintain power output during a 30-s cycle sprint is related to anaerobic capacity.

  2. Seasonal variations in VO2max, O2-cost, O2-deficit, and performance in elite cross-country skiers.

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    Losnegard, Thomas; Myklebust, Håvard; Spencer, Matt; Hallén, Jostein

    2013-07-01

    Long-term effects of training are important information for athletes, coaches, and scientists when associating changes in physiological indices with changes in performance. Therefore, this study monitored changes in aerobic and anaerobic capacities and performance in a group of elite cross-country skiers during a full sport season. Thirteen men (age, 23 ± 2 years; height, 182 ± 6 cm; body mass, 76 ± 8 kg; V2 roller ski skating VO2max, 79.3 ± 4.4 ml·kg·min or 6.0 ± 0.5 L·min) were tested during the early, middle, and late preparation phase: June (T1), August (T2), and October (T3); during the competition phase: January/February (T4); and after early precompetition phase: June (T5). O2-cost during submaximal efforts, V[Combining Dot Above]O2peak, accumulated oxygen deficitO2-deficit), and performance during a 1,000-m test were determined in the V2 ski skating technique on a roller ski treadmill. Subjects performed their training on an individual basis, and detailed training logs were categorized into different intensity zones and exercise modes. Total training volume was highest during the summer months (early preseason) and decreased toward and through the winter season, whereas the volume of high-intensity training increased (all p < 0.05). There was a significant main effect among testing sessions for 1,000 m time, O2-cost, and ΣO2-deficit (Cohen's d effect size; ES = 0.63-1.37, moderate to large, all p < 0.05). In general, the changes occurred between T1 and T3 with minor changes in the competitive season (T3 to T4). No significant changes were found in V[Combining Dot Above]O2peak across the year (ES = 0.17, trivial). In conclusion, the training performed by elite cross-country skiers induced no significant changes in V[Combining Dot Above]O2peak but improved performance, O2-cost, and ΣO2-deficit.

  3. Relationships between mechanical power, O(2) consumption, O(2) deficit and high-energy phosphates during calf exercise in humans.

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    Francescato, M P; Cettolo, V; Di Prampero, P E

    2003-02-01

    Whole-body O(2) uptake ( VO(2)), O(2) deficit and the concentration of high-energy phosphates (determined by (31)P spectroscopy) in human calf muscle were measured during moderate aerobic square-wave exercise of increasing intensity in ten volunteers. Net VO(2) (above resting) increased linearly with mechanical power, yielding a delta efficiency of 13.1%. "Gross" O(2) deficit increased linearly with net VO(2). The fraction of phosphocreatine (PC) split at steady state increased linearly with the mechanical power and with the O(2) deficit. If the [PC] in resting muscle is known, the slope of the regression between PC split and O(2) deficit (in millimoles) yields the P/O(2) ratio. To calculate this, the O(2) deficit was corrected for the amount of O(2) derived from the body stores, as obtained from literature data. The value so obtained, for a resting [PC] of 30 mM was 5.9, consistent with canonical textbook values. Furthermore, the ratio of "true" O(2) deficit to steady-state VO(2) is a measure of the time constant of VO(2) kinetics at work onset at the muscle level: assuming a monoexponential time course without time delays it amounted to about 17 s, close to the value that can be expected in mammalian muscle at 37 degrees C.

  4. A Rex Family Transcriptional Repressor Influences H2O2 Accumulation by Enterococcus faecalis

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    Vesić, Dušanka

    2013-01-01

    Rex factors are bacterial transcription factors thought to respond to the cellular NAD+/NADH ratio in order to modulate gene expression by differentially binding DNA. To date, Rex factors have been implicated in regulating genes of central metabolism, oxidative stress response, and biofilm formation. The genome of Enterococcus faecalis, a low-GC Gram-positive opportunistic pathogen, encodes EF2638, a putative Rex factor. To study the role of E. faecalis Rex, we purified EF2638 and evaluated its DNA binding activity in vitro. EF2638 was able to bind putative promoter segments of several E. faecalis genes in an NADH-responsive manner, indicating that it represents an authentic Rex factor. Transcriptome analysis of a ΔEF2638 mutant revealed that genes likely to be involved in anaerobic metabolism were upregulated during aerobic growth, and the mutant exhibited an altered NAD+/NADH ratio. The ΔEF2638 mutant also exhibited a growth defect when grown with aeration on several carbon sources, suggesting an impaired ability to cope with oxidative stress. Inclusion of catalase in the medium alleviated the growth defect. H2O2 measurements revealed that the mutant accumulates significantly more H2O2 than wild-type E. faecalis. In summary, EF2638 represents an authentic Rex factor in E. faecalis that influences the production or detoxification of H2O2 in addition to its more familiar role as a regulator of anaerobic gene expression. PMID:23417491

  5. Negative accumulated oxygen deficit during heavy and very heavy intensity cycle ergometry in humans.

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    Ozyener, F; Rossiter, H B; Ward, S A; Whipp, B J

    2003-09-01

    The concept of the accumulated O(2) deficit (AOD) assumes that the O(2) deficit increases monotonically with increasing work rate (WR), to plateau at the maximum AOD, and is based on linear extrapolation of the relationship between measured steady-state oxygen uptake ( VO(2)) and WR for moderate exercise. However, for high WRs, the measured VO(2) increases above that expected from such linear extrapolation, reflecting the superimposition of a "slow component" on the fundamental VO(2) mono-exponential kinetics. We were therefore interested in determining the effect of the VO(2) slow component on the computed AOD. Ten subjects [31 (12) years] performed square-wave cycle ergometry of moderate (40%, 60%, 80% and 90% ), heavy (40%Delta), very heavy (80%Delta) and severe (110% VO(2)(peak)) intensities for 10-15 min, theta(L)where is the estimated lactate threshold and Delta is the WR difference between and VO(2)(peak). VO(2) was determined breath-by-breath. Projected "steady-state" VO(2) values were determined from sub- tests. The measured VO(2) exceeded the projected value after approximately 3 min for both heavy and very heavy intensity exercise. This led to the AOD actually becoming negative. Thus, for heavy exercise, while the AOD was positive [0.63 (0.41) l] at 5 min, it was negative by 10 min [-0.61 (1.05) l], and more so by 15 min [-1.70 (1.64) l]. For the very heavy WRs, the AOD was [0.42 (0.67) l] by 5 min and reached -2.68 (2.09) l at exhaustion. For severe exercise, however, the AOD at exhaustion was positive in each case: +1.69 (0.39) l. We therefore conclude that the assumptions underlying the computation of the AOD are invalid for heavy and very heavy cycle ergometry (at least). Physiological inferences, such as the "anaerobic work capacity", are therefore prone to misinterpretation.

  6. Control of Lactate Dehydrogenase, Lactate Glycolysis, and α-Amylase by O2 Deficit in Barley Aleurone Layers 1

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    Hanson, Andrew D.; Jacobsen, John V.

    1984-01-01

    After 4 days in an atmosphere of N2, aleurone layers of barley (Hordeum vulgare L. cv Himalaya) remained viable as judged by their ability to produce near normal amounts of α-amylases when incubated with gibberellic acid (GA3) in air. However, layers did not produce α-amylase when GA3 was supplied under N2, apparently because α-amylase mRNA failed to accumulate. When an 8-hour pulse of [U-14C]glucose was supplied under N2 to freshly prepared aleurone layers, both [14C]lactate and [14C]ethanol accumulated; the [14C]lactate/[14C]ethanol ratio was about 0.3. Prior incubation of layers for 1 day under N2 changed this ratio to about 0.8, indicating an increase in the relative importance of the lactate branch of glycolysis. l(+)Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity was low in freshly prepared aleurone layers and increased 10-fold during 2 days under N2, whereas alcohol dehydrogenase activity (ADH) was high initially and rose by 60%. The responses of LDH and ADH activities to O2 tension were dissimilar; when layers were incubated in various O2/N2 mixtures, LDH activity peaked at 2 to 5% O2 whereas ADH activity was highest at 0% O2. The LDH activity was resolved into several enzymically active bands by native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. We conclude that barley aleurone layers are highly adapted to O2 deficiency, that they possess an inducible LDH system as well as an ADH system, and we infer that the LDH and ADH systems are independently regulated. Images Fig. 2 Fig. 5 PMID:16663667

  7. Transmission and Accumulation of Nano-TiO2 in a 2-Step Food Chain (Scenedesmus obliquus to Daphnia magna).

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    Chen, Jinyuan; Li, Herong; Han, Xiaoqian; Wei, Xiuzhen

    2015-08-01

    The recent increase in nanomaterial usage has led to concerns surrounding its health risks and environmental impact. The food chain is an important pathway for high-trophic-level organisms absorbing and enriching nanomaterials. Our study therefore simulated nanometer titanium dioxide (nano-TiO2) transfer along a 2-step food chain, from the unicellular alga Scenedesmus obliquus to the water flea Daphnia magna. We also explored the effect of sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) on nano-TiO2 bioavailability. A suspension of 10 mg/L nano-TiO2 was optimally dispersed in aqueous solutions by 5 mg/L SDBS. After 72 h, S. obliquus growth was not significantly affected by 10 mg/L nano-TiO2, 5 mg/L SDBS and their mixed suspension. SDBS not only improved nano-TiO2 stability in water, but also increased its uptake in S. obliquus and enhanced its accumulation in D. magna. Our study suggests that nano-TiO2 is mildly toxic to S. obliquus, and can be transferred along the aquatic food chain with a biomagnification effect.

  8. ABA is required for the accumulation of APX1 and MBF1c during a combination of water deficit and heat stress

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    Zandalinas, Sara I.; Balfagón, Damián; Arbona, Vicent; Gómez-Cadenas, Aurelio; Inupakutika, Madhuri A.; Mittler, Ron

    2016-01-01

    Abscisic acid (ABA) plays a key role in plant acclimation to abiotic stress. Although recent studies suggested that ABA could also be important for plant acclimation to a combination of abiotic stresses, its role in this response is currently unknown. Here we studied the response of mutants impaired in ABA signalling (abi1-1) and biosynthesis (aba1-1) to a combination of water deficit and heat stress. Both mutants displayed reduced growth, biomass, and survival when subjected to stress combination. Focusing on abi1-1, we found that although its stomata had an impaired response to water deficit, remaining significantly more open than wild type, its stomatal aperture was surprisingly reduced when subjected to the stress combination. Stomatal closure during stress combination in abi1-1 was accompanied by higher levels of H2O2 in leaves, suggesting that H2O2 might play a role in this response. In contrast to the almost wild-type stomatal closure phenotype of abi1-1 during stress combination, the accumulation of ascorbate peroxidase 1 and multiprotein bridging factor 1c proteins, required for acclimation to a combination of water deficit and heat stress, was significantly reduced in abi1-1. Our findings reveal a key function for ABA in regulating the accumulation of essential proteins during a combination of water deficit and heat stress. PMID:27497287

  9. Extracellular accumulation of a new amino acid, O-2-hydroxypropylhomoserine, from 1,2-propanediol by flavobacterium rigense.

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    Yamada, S; Nabe, K; Ujimaru, T; Izuo, N; Chibata, M

    1978-01-01

    During an investigation of microorganisms utilizing petrochemicals, a strain identified as Flavobacterium rigense was found to accumulate a new amino acid in a medium containing 1,2-propanediol as the sole carbon source. Cultural conditions for the accumulation of the product were investigated, and as a result, the yield was increased to 2.8 mg/ml after a 5-day incubation in a medium containing 8% 1,2-propanediol. The pure amino acid was isolated, and its structure was investigated. Elemental analysis and infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectral analyses indicated that the amino acids is O-2-hydroxypropylhomoserine. PMID:28076

  10. Microtubule Polymerization Functions in Hypersensitive Response and Accumulation of H2O2 in Wheat Induced by the Stripe Rust.

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    Wang, Juan; Wang, Yang; Liu, Xinjie; Xu, Yuanliu; Ma, Qing

    2016-01-01

    The plant cytoskeleton, including microtubules and microfilaments, is one of the important factors in determining the polarity of cell division and growth, as well as the interaction of plants with invading pathogens. In defense responses of wheat against the stripe rust (Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici) infection, hypersensitive response is the most crucial event to prevent the spread of pathogens. In order to reveal the effect of microtubules on the hypersensitive cell death and H2O2 accumulation in the interaction of wheat (Triticum aestivum) cv. Suwon 11 with an incompatible race, CYR23, wheat leaves were treated with microtubule inhibitor, oryzalin, before inoculation. The results showed that the frequency of infection sites with hypersensitive response occurrence was significantly reduced, and hypersensitive cell death in wheat leaves was suppressed compared to the control. In addition, the frequency and the incidence of infected cells with H2O2 accumulation were also reduced after the treatment with oryzalin. Those results indicated that microtubules are related to hypersensitive response and H2O2 accumulation in wheat induced by the stripe rust, and depolymerization of microtubules reduces the resistance of plants to pathogen infection in incompatible interaction, suggesting that microtubules play a potential role in the expression of resistance of wheat against the stripe rust fungus.

  11. Microtubule Polymerization Functions in Hypersensitive Response and Accumulation of H2O2 in Wheat Induced by the Stripe Rust.

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    Wang, Juan; Wang, Yang; Liu, Xinjie; Xu, Yuanliu; Ma, Qing

    2016-01-01

    The plant cytoskeleton, including microtubules and microfilaments, is one of the important factors in determining the polarity of cell division and growth, as well as the interaction of plants with invading pathogens. In defense responses of wheat against the stripe rust (Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici) infection, hypersensitive response is the most crucial event to prevent the spread of pathogens. In order to reveal the effect of microtubules on the hypersensitive cell death and H2O2 accumulation in the interaction of wheat (Triticum aestivum) cv. Suwon 11 with an incompatible race, CYR23, wheat leaves were treated with microtubule inhibitor, oryzalin, before inoculation. The results showed that the frequency of infection sites with hypersensitive response occurrence was significantly reduced, and hypersensitive cell death in wheat leaves was suppressed compared to the control. In addition, the frequency and the incidence of infected cells with H2O2 accumulation were also reduced after the treatment with oryzalin. Those results indicated that microtubules are related to hypersensitive response and H2O2 accumulation in wheat induced by the stripe rust, and depolymerization of microtubules reduces the resistance of plants to pathogen infection in incompatible interaction, suggesting that microtubules play a potential role in the expression of resistance of wheat against the stripe rust fungus. PMID:27610380

  12. Microtubule Polymerization Functions in Hypersensitive Response and Accumulation of H2O2 in Wheat Induced by the Stripe Rust

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    Liu, Xinjie; Xu, Yuanliu

    2016-01-01

    The plant cytoskeleton, including microtubules and microfilaments, is one of the important factors in determining the polarity of cell division and growth, as well as the interaction of plants with invading pathogens. In defense responses of wheat against the stripe rust (Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici) infection, hypersensitive response is the most crucial event to prevent the spread of pathogens. In order to reveal the effect of microtubules on the hypersensitive cell death and H2O2 accumulation in the interaction of wheat (Triticum aestivum) cv. Suwon 11 with an incompatible race, CYR23, wheat leaves were treated with microtubule inhibitor, oryzalin, before inoculation. The results showed that the frequency of infection sites with hypersensitive response occurrence was significantly reduced, and hypersensitive cell death in wheat leaves was suppressed compared to the control. In addition, the frequency and the incidence of infected cells with H2O2 accumulation were also reduced after the treatment with oryzalin. Those results indicated that microtubules are related to hypersensitive response and H2O2 accumulation in wheat induced by the stripe rust, and depolymerization of microtubules reduces the resistance of plants to pathogen infection in incompatible interaction, suggesting that microtubules play a potential role in the expression of resistance of wheat against the stripe rust fungus.

  13. Microtubule Polymerization Functions in Hypersensitive Response and Accumulation of H2O2 in Wheat Induced by the Stripe Rust

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    Liu, Xinjie; Xu, Yuanliu

    2016-01-01

    The plant cytoskeleton, including microtubules and microfilaments, is one of the important factors in determining the polarity of cell division and growth, as well as the interaction of plants with invading pathogens. In defense responses of wheat against the stripe rust (Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici) infection, hypersensitive response is the most crucial event to prevent the spread of pathogens. In order to reveal the effect of microtubules on the hypersensitive cell death and H2O2 accumulation in the interaction of wheat (Triticum aestivum) cv. Suwon 11 with an incompatible race, CYR23, wheat leaves were treated with microtubule inhibitor, oryzalin, before inoculation. The results showed that the frequency of infection sites with hypersensitive response occurrence was significantly reduced, and hypersensitive cell death in wheat leaves was suppressed compared to the control. In addition, the frequency and the incidence of infected cells with H2O2 accumulation were also reduced after the treatment with oryzalin. Those results indicated that microtubules are related to hypersensitive response and H2O2 accumulation in wheat induced by the stripe rust, and depolymerization of microtubules reduces the resistance of plants to pathogen infection in incompatible interaction, suggesting that microtubules play a potential role in the expression of resistance of wheat against the stripe rust fungus. PMID:27610380

  14. Accumulated oxygen deficit and shuttle run performance in physically active men and women.

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    Ramsbottom, R; Nevill, M E; Nevill, A M; Hazeldine, R

    1997-04-01

    The aim of this study was to establish the validity of using shuttle run performance over 20 m to predict accumulated oxygen deficit. A new high-intensity shuttle run test (HIST) was devised, during which subjects ran to exhaustion at a speed equivalent to 120% of their performance attained during a progressive shuttle run test. The reliability of the new test was examined and found to be acceptable for 18 subjects who performed the test twice on separate days (r = 0.84, P < 0.01, study I). The discriminating ability of the new test was examined by comparing the distance covered by eight sprint- and eight endurance-trained athletes at 120% of their respective progressive shuttle run performances (615 +/- 111 vs 273 +/- 84 m, P < 0.01, study II). The strongest predictor of accumulated oxygen deficit for 27 subjects was found to be the geometric mean of the performances on the new test and on the progressive shuttle run test (r = 0.74, study III). The regression equation for this relationship was then used to estimate the accumulated oxygen deficit for a second group of 16 subjects (study IV). The correlation between the estimated and measured accumulated oxygen deficits was significant (r = 0.79, P < 0.01). The results from studies III and IV were therefore combined with the data from six new subjects to give a regression equation for predictive purposes based on 49 subjects.

  15. Accumulation of multiple oxidative equivalents at a single site by cross-surface electron transfer on TiO2.

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    Song, Wenjing; Ito, Akitaka; Binstead, Robert A; Hanson, Kenneth; Luo, Hanlin; Brennaman, M Kyle; Concepcion, Javier J; Meyer, Thomas J

    2013-08-01

    The photodriven accumulation of two oxidative equivalents at a single site was investigated on TiO2 coloaded with a ruthenium polypyridyl chromophore [Ru(bpy)2((4,4'-(OH)2PO)2bpy)](2+) (Ru(II)P(2+), bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine, ((OH)2PO)2-bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine-4,4'-diyldiphosphonic acid) and a water oxidation catalyst [Ru(Mebimpy) ((4,4'-(OH)2PO-CH2)2bpy)(OH2)](2+) (Ru(II)OH2(2+), Mebimpy = 2,6-bis(1-methylbenzimidazol-2-yl)pyridine, (4,4'-(OH)2PO-CH2)2bpy) = 4,4'-bis-methlylenephosphonato-2,2'-bipyridine). Electron injection from the metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) excited state of -Ru(II)P(2+) (-Ru(II)P(2+)*) to give -Ru(III)P(3+) and TiO2(e(-)) was followed by rapid (<20 ns) nearest-neighbor -Ru(II)OH2(2+) to -Ru(III)P(3+) electron transfer. On surfaces containing both -Ru(II)P(2+) and -Ru(III)OH2(3+) (or -Ru(III)OH(2+)), -Ru(II)OH2(2+) was formed by random migration of the injected electron inside the TiO2 nanoparticle and recombination with the preoxidized catalyst, followed by relatively slow (μs-ms) non-nearest neighbor cross-surface electron transfer from -Ru(II)OH2(2+) to -Ru(III)P(3+). Steady state illumination of coloaded TiO2 photoanodes in a dye sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell (DSPEC) configuration resulted in the buildup of -Ru(III)P(3+), -Ru(III)OH(2+), and -Ru(IV)═O(2+), with -Ru(IV)═O(2+) formation favored at high chromophore to catalyst ratios. PMID:23848562

  16. Overproduction of stromal ferredoxin:NADPH oxidoreductase in H2O 2-accumulating Brassica napus leaf protoplasts.

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    Tewari, Rajesh Kumar; Satoh, Mamoru; Kado, Sayaka; Mishina, Kohei; Anma, Misato; Enami, Kazuhiko; Hanaoka, Mitsumasa; Watanabe, Masami

    2014-12-01

    The isolation of Brassica napus leaf protoplasts induces reactive oxygen species generation and accumulation in the chloroplasts. An activated isoform of NADPH oxidase-like protein was detected in the protoplasts and the protoplast chloroplasts. The purpose of this study is to define the NADH oxidase-like activities in the H2O2-accumulating protoplast chloroplasts. Proteomic analysis of this protein revealed an isoform of ferredoxin:NADPH oxidoreductase (FNR1). While leaves highly expressed the LFNR1 transcript, protoplasts decreased the expression significantly. The protoplast chloroplasts predominantly expressed soluble FNR1 proteins. While the albino leaves of white kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala f. tricolor cv. white pigeon) expressed FNR1 protein at the same level as B. napus leaves, the protoplasts of albino leaves displayed reduced FNR1 expression. The albino leaf protoplasts of white kale generated and accumulated H2O2 in the cytoplasm and on the plasma membrane. Intracellular pH showed that the chloroplasts were acidic, which suggest that excess H(+) was generated in chloroplast stroma. NADPH content of the protoplast chloroplasts increased by over sixfold during the isolation of protoplasts. This study reports a possibility of mediating electrons to oxygen by an overproduced soluble FNR, and suggests that the FNR has a function in utilizing any excess reducing power of NADPH.

  17. Trophic transfer and accumulation of TiO2 nanoparticles from clamworm (Perinereis aibuhitensis) to juvenile turbot (Scophthalmus maximus) along a marine benthic food chain.

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    Wang, Zhenyu; Yin, Liyun; Zhao, Jian; Xing, Baoshan

    2016-05-15

    In the present work, we investigated the potential benthic trophic transfer of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) from clamworm (Perinereis aibuhitensis) to juvenile turbot (Scophthalmus maximus) and their related distribution and toxicity. TiO2 NPs (at 10, 50 and 100 mg/L) could be taken up by clamworms, and mainly accumulated in the lower-digestive tract. TiO2 NPs were able to transfer from clamworms to juvenile turbots. The accumulation of TiO2 NPs in juvenile turbots increased with increasing Ti contents in clamworms during the dietary exposure, however, no biomagnification (BMFs, 0.30-0.33) of TiO2 NPs was observed. For both dietary and waterborne exposure, accumulation of TiO2 NPs was higher in the gill, intestine and stomach of juvenile turbot, following by skin, liver, and muscle. During dietary exposure at Day 20, the growth of turbots was reduced, and abnormal symptoms of liver and spleen were detected. Moreover, both dietary (50 and 100 mg/L TiO2 NPs-treated clamworms) and waterborne (100 mg/L TiO2 NPs) exposures led to significantly lower protein and higher lipid contents, suggesting the nutrition quality reduction of turbots. The findings from this work highlighted the trophic transfer of TiO2 NPs in marine benthic food chain, leading to the potential negative impact on marine aquaculture and food quality. PMID:27010785

  18. Trophic transfer and accumulation of TiO2 nanoparticles from clamworm (Perinereis aibuhitensis) to juvenile turbot (Scophthalmus maximus) along a marine benthic food chain.

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    Wang, Zhenyu; Yin, Liyun; Zhao, Jian; Xing, Baoshan

    2016-05-15

    In the present work, we investigated the potential benthic trophic transfer of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) from clamworm (Perinereis aibuhitensis) to juvenile turbot (Scophthalmus maximus) and their related distribution and toxicity. TiO2 NPs (at 10, 50 and 100 mg/L) could be taken up by clamworms, and mainly accumulated in the lower-digestive tract. TiO2 NPs were able to transfer from clamworms to juvenile turbots. The accumulation of TiO2 NPs in juvenile turbots increased with increasing Ti contents in clamworms during the dietary exposure, however, no biomagnification (BMFs, 0.30-0.33) of TiO2 NPs was observed. For both dietary and waterborne exposure, accumulation of TiO2 NPs was higher in the gill, intestine and stomach of juvenile turbot, following by skin, liver, and muscle. During dietary exposure at Day 20, the growth of turbots was reduced, and abnormal symptoms of liver and spleen were detected. Moreover, both dietary (50 and 100 mg/L TiO2 NPs-treated clamworms) and waterborne (100 mg/L TiO2 NPs) exposures led to significantly lower protein and higher lipid contents, suggesting the nutrition quality reduction of turbots. The findings from this work highlighted the trophic transfer of TiO2 NPs in marine benthic food chain, leading to the potential negative impact on marine aquaculture and food quality.

  19. Mechanism of biphasic charge recombination and accumulation in TiO2 mesoporous structured perovskite solar cells.

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    Wang, Hao-Yi; Wang, Yi; Yu, Man; Han, Jun; Guo, Zhi-Xin; Ai, Xi-Cheng; Zhang, Jian-Ping; Qin, Yujun

    2016-04-28

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells are becoming the next big thing in the photovoltaic field owing to their rapidly developing photoelectric conversion performance. Herein, mesoporous structured perovskite devices with various perovskite grain sizes are fabricated by a sequential dropping method, and the charge recombination dynamics is investigated by transient optical-electric measurements. All devices exhibit an overall power conversion efficiency around 15%. More importantly, a biphasic trap-limited charge recombination process is proposed and interpreted by taking into account the specific charge accumulation mechanism in perovskite solar cells. At low Fermi levels, photo-generated electrons predominately populate in the perovskite phase, while at high Fermi levels, most electrons occupy traps in mesoporous TiO2. As a result, the dynamics of charge recombination is, respectively, dominated by the perovskite phase and mesoporous TiO2 in these two cases. The present work would give a new perspective on the charge recombination process in meso-structured perovskite solar cells.

  20. Mechanism of biphasic charge recombination and accumulation in TiO2 mesoporous structured perovskite solar cells.

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    Wang, Hao-Yi; Wang, Yi; Yu, Man; Han, Jun; Guo, Zhi-Xin; Ai, Xi-Cheng; Zhang, Jian-Ping; Qin, Yujun

    2016-04-28

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells are becoming the next big thing in the photovoltaic field owing to their rapidly developing photoelectric conversion performance. Herein, mesoporous structured perovskite devices with various perovskite grain sizes are fabricated by a sequential dropping method, and the charge recombination dynamics is investigated by transient optical-electric measurements. All devices exhibit an overall power conversion efficiency around 15%. More importantly, a biphasic trap-limited charge recombination process is proposed and interpreted by taking into account the specific charge accumulation mechanism in perovskite solar cells. At low Fermi levels, photo-generated electrons predominately populate in the perovskite phase, while at high Fermi levels, most electrons occupy traps in mesoporous TiO2. As a result, the dynamics of charge recombination is, respectively, dominated by the perovskite phase and mesoporous TiO2 in these two cases. The present work would give a new perspective on the charge recombination process in meso-structured perovskite solar cells. PMID:27076212

  1. Effects of water deficit on radicle apex elongation and solute accumulation in Zea mays L.

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    Velázquez-Márquez, S; Conde-Martínez, V; Trejo, C; Delgado-Alvarado, A; Carballo, A; Suárez, R; Mascorro, J O; Trujillo, A R

    2015-11-01

    In this study, we examined the effects of water deficit on the elongation of radicles of maize seedlings and on the accumulation of solutes in the radicle apices of two maize varieties: VS-22 (tolerant) and AMCCG-2 (susceptible). Sections of radicle corresponding to the first 2 mm of the primary roots were marked with black ink, and the seedlings were allowed to grow for 24, 48, and 72 h in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) tubes filled with vermiculite at three different water potentials (Ψ(w), -0.03, -1.0, and -1.5 MPa). The radicle elongation, sugar accumulation, and proline accumulation were determined after each of the growth periods specified above. The Ψ(w) of the substrate affected the dynamics of primary root elongation in both varieties. In particular, the lowest Ψ(w) (-1.5 MPa) inhibited root development by 72% and 90% for the VS-22 and AMCCG-2 varieties, respectively. The osmotic potential (Ψ(o)) was reduced substantially in both varieties to maintain root turgor; however, VS-22 had a higher root turgor (0.67 MPa) than AMCCG-2 (0.2 MPa). These results suggest that both varieties possess a capacity for osmotic adjustment. Sugar began to accumulate within the first 24 h of radicle apex growth. The sugar concentration was higher in VS-22 root apices compared to AMCCG-2, and the amount of sugar accumulation increased with a decrease in Ψ(w). Significant amounts of trehalose accumulated in VS-22 and AMCCG-2 (29.8 μmol/g fresh weight [FW] and 5.24 μmol/g FW, respectively). Starch accumulation in the root apices of these two maize varieties also differed significantly, with a lower level in VS-22. In both varieties, the proline concentration also increased as a consequence of the water deficit. At 72 h, the proline concentration in VS-22 (16.2 μmol/g FW) was almost 3 times greater than that in AMCCG-2 (5.19 μmol/g FW). Trehalose also showed a 3-fold increase in the tolerant variety. Accumulation of these solutes in the root growth zone may indicate an osmotic

  2. Synchrotron verification of TiO2 accumulation in cucumber fruit: a possible pathway of TiO2 nanoparticle transfer from soil into the food chain.

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    Servin, Alia D; Morales, Maria Isabel; Castillo-Michel, Hiram; Hernandez-Viezcas, Jose Angel; Munoz, Berenice; Zhao, Lijuan; Nunez, Jose E; Peralta-Videa, Jose R; Gardea-Torresdey, Jorge L

    2013-10-15

    The transfer of nanoparticles (NPs) into the food chain through edible plants is of great concern. Cucumis sativus L. is a freshly consumed garden vegetable that could be in contact with NPs through biosolids and direct agrichemical application. In this research, cucumber plants were cultivated for 150 days in sandy loam soil treated with 0 to 750 mg TiO2 NPs kg(-1). Fruits were analyzed using synchrotron μ-XRF and μ-XANES, ICP-OES, and biochemical assays. Results showed that catalase in leaves increased (U mg(-1) protein) from 58.8 in control to 78.8 in 750 mg kg(-1) treatment; while ascorbate peroxidase decreased from 21.9 to 14.1 in 500 mg kg(-1) treatment. Moreover, total chlorophyll content in leaves increased in the 750 mg kg(-1) treatment. Compared to control, FTIR spectra of fruit from TiO2 NP treated plants showed significant differences (p ≤ 0.05) in band areas of amide, lignin, and carbohydrates, suggesting macromolecule modification of cucumber fruit. In addition, compared with control, plants treated with 500 mg kg(-1) had 35% more potassium and 34% more phosphorus. For the first time, μ-XRF and μ-XANES showed root-to-fruit translocation of TiO2 in cucumber without biotransformation. This suggests TiO2 could be introduced into the food chain with unknown consequences.

  3. CKA2 functions in H2O2-induced apoptosis and high-temperature stress tolerance by regulating NO accumulation in yeast.

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    Liu, Wen-Cheng; Yuan, Hong-Mei; Li, Yun-Hui; Lu, Ying-Tang

    2015-09-01

    Nitric oxide (NO) plays key roles in yeast responses to various environmental factors, such as H2O2 and high temperature. However, the gene encoding NO synthase (NOS) in yeast has not yet been identified, and the mechanism underlying the regulation of NOS-like activity is poorly understood. Here, we report on the involvement of CKA2 in H2O2-induced yeast apoptosis and yeast high-temperature stress tolerance. Our results showed that although Δcka2 mutant had reduced NO accumulation with decreased apoptosis after H2O2 exposure, treatment with a NO donor, sodium nitroprusside, resulted in similar survival rate of Δcka2 mutant compared to that of wild-type yeast when subjected to H2O2 stress. This finding occurred because H2O2-enhanced NOS-like activity in wild-type yeast was significantly repressed in Δcka2. Our additional experiments indicated that both high-temperature-enhanced NO accumulation and NOS-like activity were also suppressed in Δcka2, leading to the hypersensitivity of the mutant to high temperature in terms of changes in survival rate. Thus, our results showed that CKA2 functioned in H2O2-induced apoptosis and high-temperature stress tolerance by regulating NOS-like-dependent NO accumulation in yeast.

  4. Association between anaerobic components of the maximal accumulated oxygen deficit and 30-second Wingate test.

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    Bertuzzi, R; Kiss, M A P D M; Damasceno, M; Oliveira, R S F; Lima-Silva, A E

    2015-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to analyze the relationship between the anaerobic components of the maximal accumulated oxygen deficit (MAOD) and of the 30-second Wingate anaerobic test (30-WAnT). Nine male physical education students performed: a) a maximal incremental exercise test; b) a supramaximal constant workload test to determine the anaerobic components of the MAOD; and c) a 30-WAnT to measure the peak power (PP) and mean power (MP). The fast component of the excess post-exercise oxygen consumption and blood lactate accumulation were measured after the supramaximal constant workload test in order to determine the contributions made by alactic (ALMET) and lactic (LAMET) metabolism. Significant correlations were found between PP and ALMET (r=0.71; P=0.033) and between MP and LAMET (r=0.72; P=0.030). The study results suggested that the anaerobic components of the MAOD and of the 30-WAnT are similarly applicable in the assessment of ALMET and LAMET during high-intensity exercise.

  5. The response of Hordeum spontaneum desert ecotype to drought and excessive light intensity is characterized by induction of O2 dependent photochemical activity and anthocyanin accumulation.

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    Eppel, Amir; Keren, Nir; Salomon, Eitan; Volis, Sergei; Rachmilevitch, Shimon

    2013-03-01

    The goal of the current research was to study the role of anthocyanin accumulation, O(2)-related photochemical processes and non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) in the response of desert and Mediterranean plants to drought and excessive light. Plants of Hordeum spontaneum were collected from Mediterranean and desert environments and were subjected to terminal drought for 25 days and then measured for PSII yield at 2 and 21% O(2), NPQ, net carbon assimilation, stomatal conductance, leaf relative water content (LRWC), anthocyanin concentration and leaf absorbance. Under terminal drought, LRWC, carbon assimilation and stomatal conductance decreased similarly and significantly in both the Mediterranean and the desert ecotypes. Anthocyanin accumulated more in the desert ecotype than in the Mediterranean ecotype. NPQ increased more in the Mediterranean ecotype as compared with the desert ecotype. PSII yield decreased significantly in the Mediterranean ecotype under drought and was much lower than in the desert ecotype under drought. The relatively high PSII yield under drought in the desert ecotype was O(2) dependent. The response of the H. spontaneum ecotype from a desert environment to drought stress was characterized by anthocyanin accumulation and induction of O(2) dependent photochemical activity, while the response of the Mediterranean ecotype was based on a higher induction of NPQ.

  6. Anaerobic contribution during maximal anaerobic running test: correlation with maximal accumulated oxygen deficit.

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    Zagatto, A; Redkva, P; Loures, J; Kalva Filho, C; Franco, V; Kaminagakura, E; Papoti, M

    2011-12-01

    The aims of this study were: (i) to measure energy system contributions in maximal anaerobic running test (MART); and (ii) to verify any correlation between MART and maximal accumulated oxygen deficit (MAOD). Eleven members of the armed forces were recruited for this study. Participants performed MART and MAOD, both accomplished on a treadmill. MART consisted of intermittent exercise, 20 s effort with 100 s recovery, after each spell of effort exercise. Energy system contributions by MART were also determined by excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, lactate response, and oxygen uptake measurements. MAOD was determined by five submaximal intensities and one supramaximal intensity exercises corresponding to 120% at maximal oxygen uptake intensity. Energy system contributions were 65.4±1.1% to aerobic; 29.5±1.1% to anaerobic a-lactic; and 5.1±0.5% to anaerobic lactic system throughout the whole test, while only during effort periods the anaerobic contribution corresponded to 73.5±1.0%. Maximal power found in MART corresponded to 111.25±1.33 mL/kg/min but did not significantly correlate with MAOD (4.69±0.30 L and 70.85±4.73 mL/kg). We concluded that the anaerobic a-lactic system is the main energy system in MART efforts and this test did not significantly correlate to MAOD.

  7. Charge accumulation in the buried oxide of SOI structures with the bonded Si/SiO2 interface under γ-irradiation: effect of preliminary ion implantation

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    Naumova, O. V.; Fomin, B. I.; Ilnitsky, M. A.; Popov, V. P.

    2012-06-01

    In this study, we examined the effect of preliminary boron or phosphorous implantation on charge accumulation in the buried oxide of SOI-MOSFETs irradiated with γ-rays in the total dose range (D) of 105-5 × 107 rad. The buried oxide was obtained by high-temperature thermal oxidation of Si, and it was not subjected to any implantation during the fabrication process of SOI structures. It was found that implantation with boron or phosphorous ions, used in fabrication technologies of SOI-MOSFETs, increases the concentration of precursor traps in the buried oxide of SOI structures. Unlike in the case of boron implantation, phosphorous implantation leads to an increased density of states at the Si/buried SiO2 interface during subsequent γ-irradiation. In the γ-irradiated SOI-MOSFETs, the accumulated charge density and the density of surface states in the Si/buried oxide layer systems both vary in proportion to kiln D. The coefficients ki for as-fabricated and ion-implanted Si/buried SiO2 systems were evaluated. From the data obtained, it was concluded that a low density of precursor hole traps was a factor limiting the positive charge accumulation in the buried oxide of as-fabricated (non-implanted) SOI structures with the bonded Si/buried SiO2 interface.

  8. Abscisic Acid-Induced H2O2 Accumulation Enhances Antioxidant Capacity in Pumpkin-Grafted Cucumber Leaves under Ca(NO3)2 Stress

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    Shu, Sheng; Gao, Pan; Li, Lin; Yuan, Yinghui; Sun, Jin; Guo, Shirong

    2016-01-01

    With the aim to clarifying the role of the ABA/H2O2 signaling cascade in the regulating the antioxidant capacity of grafted cucumber plants in response to Ca(NO3)2 stress, we investigated the relationship between ABA-mediated H2O2 production and the activities of antioxidant enzymes in the leaves of pumpkin-grafted cucumber seedlings. The results showed that both ABA and H2O2 were detected in pumpkin-grafted cucumber seedlings in response to Ca(NO3)2 treatment within 0.5 h in the leaves and peaked at 3 and 6 h after Ca(NO3)2 treatment, respectively, compared to the levels under control conditions. The activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), ascorbate peroxidase (APX), and peroxidase (POD) in pumpkin-grafted cucumber leaves gradually increased over time and peaked at 12 h of Ca(NO3)2 stress. Furthermore, in the leaves of pumpkin-grafted cucumber seedlings, the H2O2 generation, the antioxidant enzyme activities and the expression of SOD, POD and cAPX were strongly blocked by an inhibitor of ABA under Ca(NO3)2 stress, but this effect was eliminated by the addition of exogenous ABA. Moreover, the activities and gene expressions of these antioxidant enzymes in pumpkin-grafted leaves were almost inhibited under Ca(NO3)2 stress by pretreatment with ROS scavengers. These results suggest that the pumpkin grafting-induced ABA accumulation mediated H2O2 generation, resulting in the induction of antioxidant defense systems in leaves exposed to Ca(NO3)2 stress in the ABA/H2O2 signaling pathway. PMID:27746808

  9. Single particle ICP-MS method development for the determination of plant uptake and accumulation of CeO2 nanoparticles.

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    Dan, Yongbo; Ma, Xingmao; Zhang, Weilan; Liu, Kun; Stephan, Chady; Shi, Honglan

    2016-07-01

    Cerium dioxide nanoparticles (CeO2NPs) are among the most broadly used engineered nanoparticles that will be increasingly released into the environment. Thus, understanding their uptake, transportation, and transformation in plants, especially food crops, is critical because it represents a potential pathway for human consumption. One of the primary challenges for the endeavor is the inadequacy of current analytical methodologies to characterize and quantify the nanomaterial in complex biological samples at environmentally relevant concentrations. Herein, a method was developed using single particle-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (SP-ICP-MS) technology to simultaneously detect the size and size distribution of particulate Ce, particle concentration, and dissolved cerium in the shoots of four plant species including cucumber, tomato, soybean, and pumpkin. An enzymatic digestion method with Macerozyme R-10 enzyme previously used for gold nanoparticle extraction from the tomato plant was adapted successfully for CeO2NP extraction from all four plant species. This study is the first to report and demonstrate the presence of dissolved cerium in plant seedling shoots exposed to CeO2NPs hydroponically. The extent of plant uptake and accumulation appears to be dependent on the plant species, requiring further systematic investigation of the mechanisms. PMID:27129977

  10. Identification of drought-response genes and a study of their expression during sucrose accumulation and water deficit in sugarcane culms

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    2011-01-01

    Background The ability of sugarcane to accumulate high concentrations of sucrose in its culm requires adaptation to maintain cellular function under the high solute load. We have investigated the expression of 51 genes implicated in abiotic stress to determine their expression in the context of sucrose accumulation by studying mature and immature culm internodes of a high sucrose accumulating sugarcane cultivar. Using a sub-set of eight genes, expression was examined in mature internode tissues of sugarcane cultivars as well as ancestral and more widely related species with a range of sucrose contents. Expression of these genes was also analysed in internode tissue from a high sucrose cultivar undergoing water deficit stress to compare effects of sucrose accumulation and water deficit. Results A sub-set of stress-related genes that are potentially associated with sucrose accumulation in sugarcane culms was identified through correlation analysis, and these included genes encoding enzymes involved in amino acid metabolism, a sugar transporter and a transcription factor. Subsequent analysis of the expression of these stress-response genes in sugarcane plants that were under water deficit stress revealed a different transcriptional profile to that which correlated with sucrose accumulation. For example, genes with homology to late embryogenesis abundant-related proteins and dehydrin were strongly induced under water deficit but this did not correlate with sucrose content. The expression of genes encoding proline biosynthesis was associated with both sucrose accumulation and water deficit, but amino acid analysis indicated that proline was negatively correlated with sucrose concentration, and whilst total amino acid concentrations increased about seven-fold under water deficit, the relatively low concentration of proline suggested that it had no osmoprotectant role in sugarcane culms. Conclusions The results show that while there was a change in stress-related gene

  11. Tau accumulation induces synaptic impairment and memory deficit by calcineurin-mediated inactivation of nuclear CaMKIV/CREB signaling.

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    Yin, Yaling; Gao, Di; Wang, Yali; Wang, Zhi-Hao; Wang, Xin; Ye, Jinwang; Wu, Dongqin; Fang, Lin; Pi, Guilin; Yang, Ying; Wang, Xiao-Chuan; Lu, Chengbiao; Ye, Keqiang; Wang, Jian-Zhi

    2016-06-28

    Intracellular accumulation of wild-type tau is a hallmark of sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD), but the molecular mechanisms underlying tau-induced synapse impairment and memory deficit are poorly understood. Here we found that overexpression of human wild-type full-length tau (termed hTau) induced memory deficits with impairments of synaptic plasticity. Both in vivo and in vitro data demonstrated that hTau accumulation caused remarkable dephosphorylation of cAMP response element binding protein (CREB) in the nuclear fraction. Simultaneously, the calcium-dependent protein phosphatase calcineurin (CaN) was up-regulated, whereas the calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase IV (CaMKIV) was suppressed. Further studies revealed that CaN activation could dephosphorylate CREB and CaMKIV, and the effect of CaN on CREB dephosphorylation was independent of CaMKIV inhibition. Finally, inhibition of CaN attenuated the hTau-induced CREB dephosphorylation with improved synapse and memory functions. Together, these data indicate that the hTau accumulation impairs synapse and memory by CaN-mediated suppression of nuclear CaMKIV/CREB signaling. Our findings not only reveal new mechanisms underlying the hTau-induced synaptic toxicity, but also provide potential targets for rescuing tauopathies. PMID:27298345

  12. Age-related deficit accumulation and the risk of late-life dementia

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    2014-01-01

    Introduction Many age-related health problems have been associated with dementia, leading to the hypothesis that late-life dementia may be determined less by specific risk factors, and more by the operation of multiple health deficits in the aggregate. Our study addressed (a) how the predictive value of dementia risk varies by the number of deficits considered and (b) how traditional (for example. vascular risks) and nontraditional risk factors (for example, foot problems, nasal congestion) compare in their predictive effects. Methods Older adults in the Canadian Study of Health and Aging who were cognitively healthy at baseline were analyzed (men, 2,902; women, 4,337). Over a 10-year period, 44.8% of men and 33.4% of women died; 7.4% of men and 9.1% of women without baseline cognitive impairment developed dementia. Self-rated health problems, including, but not restricted to, dementia risk factors, were coded as deficit present/absent. Different numbers of randomly selected variables were used to calculate various iterations of the index (that is, the proportion of deficits present in an individual. Risks for 10-year mortality and dementia outcomes were evaluated separately for men and women by using logistic regression, adjusted for age. The prediction accuracy was evaluated by using C-statistics. Results Age-adjusted odds ratios per additional deficit were 1.22 (95% confidence interval (CI), 1.18 to 1.26) in men and 1.14 (1.11 to 1.16) in women in relation to death, and 1.18 (1.12 to 1.25) in men and 1.08 (1.04 to 1.11) in women in relation to dementia. The predictive value increased with the number (n) of deficits considered, regardless of whether they were known dementia risks, and stabilized at n > 25. The all-factor index best predicted dementia (C-statistics, 0.67 ± 0.03). Conclusions The variety of items associated with dementias suggests that some part of the risk might relate more to aberrant repair processes, than to specifically toxic results

  13. Learning and Memory Deficits upon TAU Accumulation in "Drosophila" Mushroom Body Neurons

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    Mershin, Andreas; Pavlopoulos, Elias; Fitch, Olivia; Braden, Brittany C.; Nanopoulos, Dimitri V.; Skoulakis, Efthimios M. C.

    2004-01-01

    Mutations in the neuronal-specific microtubule-binding protein TAU are associated with several dementias and neurodegenerative diseases. However, the effects of elevated TAU accumulation on behavioral plasticity are unknown. We report that directed expression of wild-type vertebrate and "Drosophila" TAU in adult mushroom body neurons, centers for…

  14. Water deficit on the accumulation of biomass and artemisinin in annual wormwood (Artemisia annua L., Asteraceae)

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    Despite the importance of Artemisia annua as the only source of the anti-parasitic drug artemisinin, little can be found on the role of biotic and abiotic stress on artemisinin. Water stress is the most limiting factor on plant growth, but can trigger secondary metabolite accumulation, depending on...

  15. Abscisic acid-induced nitric oxide and proline accumulation in independent pathways under water-deficit stress during seedling establishment in Medicago truncatula.

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    Planchet, Elisabeth; Verdu, Isabelle; Delahaie, Julien; Cukier, Caroline; Girard, Clément; Morère-Le Paven, Marie-Christine; Limami, Anis M

    2014-05-01

    Nitric oxide (NO) production and amino acid metabolism modulation, in particular abscisic acid (ABA)-dependent proline accumulation, are stimulated in planta by most abiotic stresses. However, the relationship between NO production and proline accumulation under abiotic stress is still poorly understood, especially in the early phases of plant development. To unravel this question, this work investigated the tight relationship between NO production and proline metabolism under water-deficit stress during seedling establishment. Endogenous nitrate reductase-dependent NO production in Medicago truncatula seedlings increased in a time-dependent manner after short-term water-deficit stress. This water-deficit-induced endogenous NO accumulation was mediated through a ABA-dependent pathway and accompanied by an inhibition of seed germination, a loss of water content, and a decrease in elongation of embryo axes. Interestingly, a treatment with a specific NO scavenger (cPTIO) alleviated these water-deficit detrimental effects. However, the content of total amino acids, in particular glutamate and proline, as well as the expression of genes encoding enzymes of synthesis and degradation of proline were not affected by cPTIO treatment under water-deficit stress. Under normal conditions, exogenous NO donor stimulated neither the expression of P5CS2 nor the proline content, as observed after PEG treatment. These results strongly suggest that the modulation of proline metabolism is independent of NO production under short-term water-deficit stress during seedling establishment.

  16. Water deficit improved the capacity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) for inducing the accumulation of antioxidant compounds in lettuce leaves.

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    Baslam, Marouane; Goicoechea, Nieves

    2012-07-01

    Lettuce, a major food crop within the European Union and the most used for the so-called 'Fourth Range' of vegetables, can associate with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). Mycorrhizal symbiosis can stimulate the synthesis of secondary metabolites, which may increase plant tolerance to stresses and enhance the accumulation of antioxidant compounds potentially beneficial to human health. Our objectives were to assess (1) if the application of a commercial formulation of AMF benefited growth of lettuce under different types and degrees of water deficits; (2) if water restrictions affected the nutritional quality of lettuce; and (3) if AMF improved the quality of lettuce when plants grew under reduced irrigation. Two cultivars of lettuce consumed as salads, Batavia Rubia Munguía and Maravilla de Verano, were used in the study. Four different water regimes were applied to both non-mycorrhizal and mycorrhizal plants: optimal irrigation (field capacity [FC]), a water regime equivalent to 2/3 of FC, a water regime equivalent to 1/2 of FC and a cyclic drought (CD). Results showed that mycorrhizal symbiosis improved the accumulation of antioxidant compounds, mainly carotenoids and anthocyanins, and to a lesser extent chlorophylls and phenolics, in leaves of lettuce. These enhancements were higher under water deficit than under optimal irrigation. Moreover, shoot biomass in mycorrhizal lettuces subjected to 2/3 of FC were similar to those of non-mycorrhizal plants cultivated under well-watered conditions. In addition, lettuces subjected to 2/3 FC had similar leaf RWC than their respective well-watered controls, regardless of mycorrhizal inoculation. Therefore, results suggest that mycorrhizal symbiosis can improve quality of lettuce and may allow restrict irrigation without reducing production.

  17. Comparison between frailty index of deficit accumulation and fracture risk assessment tool (FRAX) in prediction of risk of fractures.

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    Li, Guowei; Thabane, Lehana; Papaioannou, Alexandra; Adachi, Jonathan D

    2015-08-01

    A frailty index (FI) of deficit accumulation could quantify and predict the risk of fractures based on the degree of frailty in the elderly. We aimed to compare the predictive powers between the FI and the fracture risk assessment tool (FRAX) in predicting risk of major osteoporotic fracture (hip, upper arm or shoulder, spine, or wrist) and hip fracture, using the data from the Global Longitudinal Study of Osteoporosis in Women (GLOW) 3-year Hamilton cohort. There were 3985 women included in the study, with the mean age of 69.4 years (standard deviation [SD] = 8.89). During the follow-up, there were 149 (3.98%) incident major osteoporotic fractures and 18 (0.48%) hip fractures reported. The FRAX and FI were significantly related to each other. Both FRAX and FI significantly predicted risk of major osteoporotic fracture, with a hazard ratio (HR) of 1.03 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.02-1.05) and 1.02 (95% CI: 1.01-1.04) for per-0.01 increment for the FRAX and FI respectively. The HRs were 1.37 (95% CI: 1.19-1.58) and 1.26 (95% CI: 1.12-1.42) for an increase of per-0.10 (approximately one SD) in the FRAX and FI respectively. Similar discriminative ability of the models was found: c-index = 0.62 for the FRAX and c-index = 0.61 for the FI. When cut-points were chosen to trichotomize participants into low-risk, medium-risk and high-risk groups, a significant increase in fracture risk was found in the high-risk group (HR = 2.04, 95% CI: 1.36-3.07) but not in the medium-risk group (HR = 1.23, 95% CI: 0.82-1.84) compared with the low-risk women for the FI, while for FRAX the medium-risk (HR = 2.00, 95% CI: 1.09-3.68) and high-risk groups (HR = 2.61, 95% CI: 1.48-4.58) predicted risk of major osteoporotic fracture significantly only when survival time exceeded 18months (550 days). Similar findings were observed for hip fracture and in sensitivity analyses. In conclusion, the FI is comparable with FRAX in the prediction of risk of future fractures, indicating that

  18. Comparison of inhibition of N2 fixation and ureide accumulation under water deficit in four common bean genotypes of contrasting drought tolerance

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    Coleto, I.; Pineda, M.; Rodiño, A. P.; De Ron, A. M.; Alamillo, J. M.

    2014-01-01

    Background and Aims Drought is the principal constraint on world production of legume crops. There is considerable variability among genotypes in sensitivity of nitrogen fixation to drought, which has been related to accumulation of ureides in soybean. The aim of this study was to search for genotypic differences in drought sensitivity and ureide accumulation in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) germplasm that may be useful in the improvement of tolerance to water deficit in common bean. Methods Changes in response to water deficit of nitrogen fixation rates, ureide content and the expression and activity of key enzymes for ureide metabolism were measured in four P. vulgaris genotypes differing in drought tolerance. Key Results A variable degree of drought-induced nitrogen fixation inhibition was found among the bean genotypes. In addition to inhibition of nitrogen fixation, there was accumulation of ureides in stems and leaves of sensitive and tolerant genotypes, although this was higher in the leaves of the most sensitive ones. In contrast, there was no accumulation of ureides in the nodules or roots of stressed plants. In addition, the level of ureides in the most sensitive genotype increased after inhibition of nitrogen fixation, suggesting that ureides originate in vegetative tissues as a response to water stress, probably mediated by the induction of allantoinase. Conclusions Variability of drought-induced inhibition of nitrogen fixation among the P. vulgaris genotypes was accompanied by subsequent accumulation of ureides in stems and leaves, but not in nodules. The results indicate that shoot ureide accumulation after prolonged exposure to drought could not be the cause of inhibition of nitrogen fixation, as has been suggested in soybean. Instead, ureides seem to be produced as part of a general response to stress, and therefore higher accumulation might correspond to higher sensitivity to the stressful conditions. PMID:24638821

  19. Loss of Ceramide Kinase in Arabidopsis Impairs Defenses and Promotes Ceramide Accumulation and Mitochondrial H2O2 Bursts[C][W

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    Bi, Fang-Cheng; Liu, Zhe; Wu, Jian-Xin; Liang, Hua; Xi, Xue-Li; Fang, Ce; Sun, Tie-Jun; Yin, Jian; Dai, Guang-Yi; Rong, Chan; Greenberg, Jean T.; Su, Wei-Wei; Yao, Nan

    2014-01-01

    Arabidopsis thaliana plants that lack ceramide kinase, encoded by ACCELERATED CELL DEATH5 (ACD5), display spontaneous programmed cell death late in development and accumulate substrates of ACD5. Here, we compared ceramide accumulation kinetics, defense responses, ultrastructural features, and sites of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in wild-type and acd5 plants during development and/or Botrytis cinerea infection. Quantitative sphingolipid profiling indicated that ceramide accumulation in acd5 paralleled the appearance of spontaneous cell death, and it was accompanied by autophagy and mitochondrial ROS accumulation. Plants lacking ACD5 differed significantly from the wild type in their responses to B. cinerea, showing earlier and higher increases in ceramides, greater disease, smaller cell wall appositions (papillae), reduced callose deposition and apoplastic ROS, and increased mitochondrial ROS. Together, these data show that ceramide kinase greatly affects sphingolipid metabolism and the site of ROS accumulation during development and infection, which likely explains the developmental and infection-related cell death phenotypes. The acd5 plants also showed an early defect in restricting B. cinerea germination and growth, which occurred prior to the onset of cell death. This early defect in B. cinerea restriction in acd5 points to a role for ceramide phosphate and/or the balance of ceramides in mediating early antifungal responses that are independent of cell death. PMID:25149397

  20. Lamotrigine attenuates deficits in synaptic plasticity and accumulation of amyloid plaques in APP/PS1 transgenic mice.

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    Zhang, Mao-Ying; Zheng, Chuan-Yi; Zou, Ming-Ming; Zhu, Jian-Wei; Zhang, Yan; Wang, Jing; Liu, Chun-Feng; Li, Qi-Fa; Xiao, Zhi-Cheng; Li, Shao; Ma, Quan-Hong; Xu, Ru-Xiang

    2014-12-01

    Hyperactivity and its compensatory mechanisms may causally contribute to synaptic and cognitive deficits in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Blocking the overexcitation of the neural network, with levetiracetam (LEV), a sodium channel blocker applied in the treatment of epilepsy, prevented synaptic and cognitive deficits in human amyloid precursor protein (APP) transgenic mice. This study has brought the potential use of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in AD therapy. We showed that the chronic treatment with lamotrigine (LTG), a broad-spectrum AED, suppressed abnormal spike activity, prevented the loss of spines, synaptophysin immunoreactivity, and neurons, and thus attenuated the deficits in synaptic plasticity and learning and memory in APP and presenilin 1 (PS1) mice, which express human mutant APP and PS1. In contrast with LEV, which failed to reduce the generation of amyloid β, the chronic LTG treatment reduced the cleavage of APP by β-secretase and thus the numbers and the size of amyloid plaques in the brains of APP and PS1 mice. Moreover, the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic growth factor (BDNF) and nerve growth factor (NGF) were enhanced in the brains of APP and PS1 mice by the chronic LTG treatment. Therefore, these observations demonstrate that LTG attenuates AD pathology through multiple mechanisms, including modulation of abnormal network activity, reduction of the generation of amyloid beta and upregulation of BDNF and NGF. PMID:25044076

  1. A Chloroplast-Localized Rubredoxin Family Protein Gene from Puccinellia tenuiflora (PutRUB) Increases NaCl and NaHCO3 Tolerance by Decreasing H2O2 Accumulation

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    Li, Ying; Liu, Panpan; Takano, Tetsuo; Liu, Shenkui

    2016-01-01

    Rubredoxin is one of the simplest iron–sulfur (Fe–S) proteins. It is found primarily in strict anaerobic bacteria and acts as a mediator of electron transfer participation in different biochemical reactions. The PutRUB gene encoding a chloroplast-localized rubredoxin family protein was screened from a yeast full-length cDNA library of Puccinellia tenuiflora under NaCl and NaHCO3 stress. We found that PutRUB expression was induced by abiotic stresses such as NaCl, NaHCO3, CuCl2 and H2O2. These findings suggested that PutRUB might be involved in plant responses to adversity. In order to study the function of this gene, we analyzed the phenotypic and physiological characteristics of PutRUB transgenic plants treated with NaCl and NaHCO3. The results showed that PutRUB overexpression inhibited H2O2 accumulation, and enhanced transgenic plant adaptability to NaCl and NaHCO3 stresses. This indicated PutRUB might be involved in maintaining normal electron transfer to reduce reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation. PMID:27248998

  2. Water deficit effect on ABA accumulation in leaves of two Phaseolus species that differ in drought tolerance

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    Janssen, M.G.; Markhart, A.H. )

    1991-05-01

    Phaseolus acutifolius Gray (Pa) is regarded as a dehydration postponer and has stomata that are more sensitive to low leaf water potential than P. vulgaris L. (Pv). This study was designed to determine if the greater sensitivity of Pa stomata is related to greater ABA concentration in Pa or to a greater sensitivity of Pa stomata to ABA. To test these hypotheses bulk leaf ABA accumulation was measured and the sensitivity to ABA was monitored using epidermal strips. To determine if part of the ABA accumulated in the leaves is produced in the roots a novel detached leaf system was used. Stomatal behavior and ABA accumulation at low leaf water potential was monitored and compared to intact leaves. The results of these experiments and the usefulness of the detached leaf system are discussed.

  3. Leptosphaeria maculans effector AvrLm4-7 affects salicylic acid (SA) and ethylene (ET) signalling and hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) accumulation in Brassica napus.

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    Nováková, Miroslava; Šašek, Vladimír; Trdá, Lucie; Krutinová, Hana; Mongin, Thomas; Valentová, Olga; Balesdent, Marie-HelEne; Rouxel, Thierry; Burketová, Lenka

    2016-08-01

    To achieve host colonization, successful pathogens need to overcome plant basal defences. For this, (hemi)biotrophic pathogens secrete effectors that interfere with a range of physiological processes of the host plant. AvrLm4-7 is one of the cloned effectors from the hemibiotrophic fungus Leptosphaeria maculans 'brassicaceae' infecting mainly oilseed rape (Brassica napus). Although its mode of action is still unknown, AvrLm4-7 is strongly involved in L. maculans virulence. Here, we investigated the effect of AvrLm4-7 on plant defence responses in a susceptible cultivar of B. napus. Using two isogenic L. maculans isolates differing in the presence of a functional AvrLm4-7 allele [absence ('a4a7') and presence ('A4A7') of the allele], the plant hormone concentrations, defence-related gene transcription and reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation were analysed in infected B. napus cotyledons. Various components of the plant immune system were affected. Infection with the 'A4A7' isolate caused suppression of salicylic acid- and ethylene-dependent signalling, the pathways regulating an effective defence against L. maculans infection. Furthermore, ROS accumulation was decreased in cotyledons infected with the 'A4A7' isolate. Treatment with an antioxidant agent, ascorbic acid, increased the aggressiveness of the 'a4a7' L. maculans isolate, but not that of the 'A4A7' isolate. Together, our results suggest that the increased aggressiveness of the 'A4A7' L. maculans isolate could be caused by defects in ROS-dependent defence and/or linked to suppressed SA and ET signalling. This is the first study to provide insights into the manipulation of B. napus defence responses by an effector of L. maculans. PMID:26575525

  4. Pattern of solutes accumulated during leaf osmotic adjustment as related to duration of water deficit for wheat at the reproductive stage.

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    Nio, S A; Cawthray, G R; Wade, L J; Colmer, T D

    2011-10-01

    This study examined expression of osmotic adjustment (OA) and accumulation of solutes in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) leaves in response to water deficit (WD) imposed at the reproductive stage. Two contrasting cultivars, Hartog and Sunco (putatively high and low in OA capacity, respectively), were grown in deep (viz. 80 cm) pots in a controlled environment. In a sandy substrate, leaf OA was 5-times greater in Hartog compared with Sunco. At 21 d of WD treatment, K(+) only accounted for 12% of OA in Hartog and 48% in Sunco with less OA (i.e. tissue K(+) led to different proportions owing to different magnitudes of OA). Glycinebetaine and proline also increased under WD, but these were not significant osmotica on a whole tissue basis. Hartog accumulated dry matter faster than Sunco under WD, and this was consistent with greater water extraction by Hartog than by Sunco. In a second experiment on Hartog, with loam added to the sand to increase water-holding capacity and thus enable a longer draw-down period, leaf OA increased to 0.37 MPa at 37 d of withholding water. K(+) increased up to 16 d of drying and then decreased towards 37 d. Glycinebetaine, proline, glucose and fructose all increased during the draw-down period, although with different dynamics; e.g. glycinebetaine increased linearly whereas glucose showed an exponential increase. By contrast, sucrose declined. K(+) was the major contributor to OA (viz. 54%) up to 30 d of drying, whereas glycinebetaine, proline and glucose were major contributors later (at d 37 these organic solutes each accounted for 19, 21 and 21% of OA). Thus, the various solutes that contributed to leaf OA in wheat cv. Hartog accumulated at different times as WD developed.

  5. Electrochemical degradation of nitrobenzene by anodic oxidation on the constructed TiO2-NTs/SnO2-Sb/PbO2 electrode.

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    Chen, Yong; Li, Hongyi; Liu, Weijing; Tu, Yong; Zhang, Yaohui; Han, Weiqing; Wang, Lianjun

    2014-10-01

    The interlayer of Sb-doped SnO2 (SnO2-Sb) and TiO2 nanotubes (TiO2-NTs) on Ti has been introduced into the PbO2 electrode system with the aim to reveal the mechanism of enhanced electrochemical performance of TiO2-NTs/SnO2-Sb/PbO2 electrode. In contrast with the traditional Ti/SnO2-Sb/PbO2 electrode, the constructed PbO2 electrode has a more regular and compact morphology with better oriented crystals of lower size. The TiO2-NTs/SnO2-Sb interlayer prepared by electrodeposition process improves PbO2 coating structure effectively, and enhances the electrochemical performance of PbO2 electrode. Kinetic analyses indicated that the electrochemical oxidation of nitrobenzene on the PbO2 electrodes followed pseudo-first-order reaction, and mass transport was enhanced at the constructed electrode. The accumulation of nitrocompounds of degradation intermediates on constructed electrode was lower, and almost all of the nitro groups were eliminated from aromatic rings after 6h of electrolysis. Higher combustion efficiency was obtained on the constructed TiO2-NTs/SnO2-Sb/PbO2 electrode. The intermediates of nitrobenzene oxidation were confirmed by IC and GC/MS.

  6. Hydrogen peroxide produced by NADPH oxidases increases proline accumulation during salt or mannitol stress in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Ben Rejeb, Kilani; Lefebvre-De Vos, Delphine; Le Disquet, Isabel; Leprince, Anne-Sophie; Bordenave, Marianne; Maldiney, Régis; Jdey, Asma; Abdelly, Chedly; Savouré, Arnould

    2015-12-01

    Many plants accumulate proline, a compatible osmolyte, in response to various environmental stresses such as water deficit and salinity. In some stress responses, plants generate hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) that mediates numerous physiological and biochemical processes. The aim was to study the relationship between stress-induced proline accumulation and H2 O2 production. Using pharmacological and reverse genetic approaches in Arabidopsis thaliana, we investigated the role of NADPH oxidases, Respiratory burst oxidase homologues (Rboh), in the induction of proline accumulation was investigated in response to stress induced by either 200 mM NaCl or 400 mM mannitol. Stress from NaCl or mannitol resulted in a transient increase in H2 O2 content accompanied by accumulation of proline. Dimethylthiourea, a scavenger of H2 O2 , and diphenylene iodonium (DPI), an inhibitor of H2 O2 production by NADPH oxidase, were found to significantly inhibit proline accumulation in these stress conditions. DPI also reduced the expression level of Δ(1) -pyrroline-5-carboxylate synthetase, the key enzyme involved in the biosynthesis of proline. Similarly, less proline accumulated in knockout mutants lacking either AtRbohD or AtRbohF than in wild-type plants in response to the same stresses. Our data demonstrate that AtRbohs (A. thaliana Rbohs) contribute to H2 O2 production in response to NaCl or mannitol stress to increase proline accumulation in this plant.

  7. Progressive inhibition by water deficit of cell wall extensibility and growth along the elongation zone of maize roots is related to increased lignin metabolism and progressive stelar accumulation of wall phenolics.

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    Fan, Ling; Linker, Raphael; Gepstein, Shimon; Tanimoto, Eiichi; Yamamoto, Ryoichi; Neumann, Peter M

    2006-02-01

    Water deficit caused by addition of polyethylene glycol 6000 at -0.5 MPa water potential to well-aerated nutrient solution for 48 h inhibited the elongation of maize (Zea mays) seedling primary roots. Segmental growth rates in the root elongation zone were maintained 0 to 3 mm behind the tip, but in comparison with well-watered control roots, progressive growth inhibition was initiated by water deficit as expanding cells crossed the region 3 to 9 mm behind the tip. The mechanical extensibility of the cell walls was also progressively inhibited. We investigated the possible involvement in root growth inhibition by water deficit of alterations in metabolism and accumulation of wall-linked phenolic substances. Water deficit increased expression in the root elongation zone of transcripts of two genes involved in lignin biosynthesis, cinnamoyl-CoA reductase 1 and 2, after only 1 h, i.e. before decreases in wall extensibility. Further increases in transcript expression and increased lignin staining were detected after 48 h. Progressive stress-induced increases in wall-linked phenolics at 3 to 6 and 6 to 9 mm behind the root tip were detected by comparing Fourier transform infrared spectra and UV-fluorescence images of isolated cell walls from water deficit and control roots. Increased UV fluorescence and lignin staining colocated to vascular tissues in the stele. Longitudinal bisection of the elongation zone resulted in inward curvature, suggesting that inner, stelar tissues were also rate limiting for root growth. We suggest that spatially localized changes in wall-phenolic metabolism are involved in the progressive inhibition of wall extensibility and root growth and may facilitate root acclimation to drying environments.

  8. Biological and physical controls on N2, O2, and CO2 distributions in contrasting Southern Ocean surface waters

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    Tortell, Philippe D.; Bittig, Henry C.; Körtzinger, Arne; Jones, Elizabeth M.; Hoppema, Mario

    2015-07-01

    We present measurements of pCO2, O2 concentration, biological oxygen saturation (ΔO2/Ar), and N2 saturation (ΔN2) in Southern Ocean surface waters during austral summer, 2010-2011. Phytoplankton biomass varied strongly across distinct hydrographic zones, with high chlorophyll a (Chl a) concentrations in regions of frontal mixing and sea ice melt. pCO2 and ΔO2/Ar exhibited large spatial gradients (range 90 to 450 µatm and -10 to 60%, respectively) and covaried strongly with Chl a. However, the ratio of biological O2 accumulation to dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) drawdown was significantly lower than expected from photosynthetic stoichiometry, reflecting the differential time scales of O2 and CO2 air-sea equilibration. We measured significant oceanic CO2 uptake, with a mean air-sea flux (~ -10 mmol m-2 d-1) that significantly exceeded regional climatological values. N2 was mostly supersaturated in surface waters (mean ΔN2 of +2.5%), while physical processes resulted in both supersaturation and undersaturation of mixed layer O2 (mean ΔO2phys = 2.1%). Box model calculations were able to reproduce much of the spatial variability of ΔN2 and ΔO2phys along the cruise track, demonstrating significant effects of air-sea exchange processes (e.g., atmospheric pressure changes and bubble injection) and mixed layer entrainment on surface gas disequilibria. Net community production (NCP) derived from entrainment-corrected surface ΔO2/Ar data, ranged from ~ -40 to > 300 mmol O2 m-2 d-1 and showed good coherence with independent NCP estimates based on seasonal mixed layer DIC deficits. Elevated NCP was observed in hydrographic frontal zones and stratified regions of sea ice melt, reflecting physical controls on surface water light fields and nutrient availability.

  9. O2-evolving Chlorite Dismutase as a Tool to Study O2-Utilizing Enzymes†

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    Dassama, Laura M. K.; Yosca, Timothy H.; Conner, Denise A.; Lee, Michael H.; Blanc, Béatrice; Streit, Bennett R.; Green, Michael T.; DuBois, Jennifer L.; Krebs, Carsten; Bollinger, J. Martin

    2012-01-01

    The direct interrogation of fleeting intermediates by rapid-mixing kinetic methods has significantly advanced our understanding of enzymes that utilize dioxygen. The gas’s modest aqueous solubility (< 2 mM at 1 atm) presents a technical challenge to this approach, because it limits the rate of formation and extent of accumulation of intermediates. This challenge can be overcome by use of the heme enzyme chlorite dismutase (Cld1) for the rapid, in situ generation of O2 at concentrations far exceeding 2 mM. This method was used to define the [O2] dependence of the reaction of the class Ic ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) from Chlamydia trachomatis, in which the enzyme’s MnIV/FeIII cofactor forms from a MnII/FeII complex and O2 via a MnIV/FeIV intermediate, at effective O2 concentrations as high as ~10 mM. With a more soluble receptor, myoglobin, an O2 adduct was accumulated to > 6 mM in < 15 ms. Finally, the C–H-bond-cleaving FeIV-oxo complex, J, in taurine:α-ketoglutarate dioxygenase and superoxo-Fe2III/III complex, G, in myo-inositol oxygenase, and the tyrosyl-radical-generating Fe2III/IV intermediate, X, in Escherichia coli RNR were all accumulated to yields more than twice those previously attained. This means of in situ O2 evolution permits a > 5 mM “pulse” of O2 to be generated in < 1 ms at the easily accessible [Cld] of 50 μM. It should therefore significantly extend the range of kinetic and spectroscopic experiments that can routinely be undertaken in the study of these enzymes and could also facilitate resolution of mechanistic pathways in cases of either sluggish or thermodynamically unfavorable O2-addition steps. PMID:22304240

  10. Inorganic mercury accumulation in brain following waterborne exposure elicits a deficit on the number of brain cells and impairs swimming behavior in fish (white seabream-Diplodus sargus).

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    Pereira, Patrícia; Puga, Sónia; Cardoso, Vera; Pinto-Ribeiro, Filipa; Raimundo, Joana; Barata, Marisa; Pousão-Ferreira, Pedro; Pacheco, Mário; Almeida, Armando

    2016-01-01

    The current study contributes to fill the knowledge gap on the neurotoxicity of inorganic mercury (iHg) in fish through the implementation of a combined evaluation of brain morphometric alterations (volume and total number of neurons plus glial cells in specific regions of the brain) and swimming behavior (endpoints related with the motor activity and mood/anxiety-like status). White seabream (Diplodus sargus) was exposed to realistic levels of iHg in water (2μgL(-1)) during 7 (E7) and 14 days (E14). After that, fish were allowed to recover for 28 days (PE28) in order to evaluate brain regeneration and reversibility of behavioral syndromes. A significant reduction in the number of cells in hypothalamus, optic tectum and cerebellum was found at E7, accompanied by relevant changes on swimming behavior. Moreover, the decrease in the number of neurons and glia in the molecular layer of the cerebellum was followed by a contraction of its volume. This is the first time that a deficit on the number of cells is reported in fish brain after iHg exposure. Interestingly, a recovery of hypothalamus and cerebellum occurred at E14, as evidenced by the identical number of cells found in exposed and control fish, and volume of cerebellum, which might be associated with an adaptive phenomenon. After 28 days post-exposure, the optic tectum continued to show a decrease in the number of cells, pointing out a higher vulnerability of this region. These morphometric alterations coincided with numerous changes on swimming behavior, related both with fish motor function and mood/anxiety-like status. Overall, current data pointed out the iHg potential to induce brain morphometric alterations, emphasizing a long-lasting neurobehavioral hazard.

  11. In situ O2 dynamics in submerged Isoetes australis: varied leaf gas permeability influences underwater photosynthesis and internal O2.

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    Pedersen, Ole; Pulido, Cristina; Rich, Sarah Meghan; Colmer, Timothy David

    2011-08-01

    A unique type of vernal pool are those formed on granite outcrops, as the substrate prevents percolation so that water accumulates in depressions when precipitation exceeds evaporation. The O(2) dynamics of small, shallow vernal pools with dense populations of Isoetes australis were studied in situ, and the potential importance of the achlorophyllous leaf bases to underwater net photosynthesis (P(N)) and radial O(2) loss to sediments is highlighted. O(2) microelectrodes were used in situ to monitor pO(2) in leaves, shallow sediments, and water in four vernal pools. The role of the achlorophyllous leaf bases in gas exchange was evaluated in laboratory studies of underwater P(N), loss of tissue water, radial O(2) loss, and light microscopy. Tissue and sediment pO(2) showed large diurnal amplitudes and internal O(2) was more similar to sediment pO(2) than water pO(2). In early afternoon, sediment pO(2) was often higher than tissue pO(2) and although sediment O(2) declined substantially during the night, it did not become anoxic. The achlorophyllous leaf bases were 34% of the surface area of the shoots, and enhanced by 2.5-fold rates of underwater P(N) by the green portions, presumably by increasing the surface area for CO(2) entry. In addition, these leaf bases would contribute to loss of O(2) to the surrounding sediments. Numerous species of isoetids, seagrasses, and rosette-forming wetland plants have a large proportion of the leaf buried in sediments and this study indicates that the white achlorophyllous leaf bases may act as an important area of entry for CO(2), or exit for O(2), with the surrounding sediment.

  12. Accumulate repeat accumulate codes

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    Abbasfar, Aliazam; Divsalar, Dariush; Yao, Kung

    2004-01-01

    In this paper we propose an innovative channel coding scheme called 'Accumulate Repeat Accumulate codes' (ARA). This class of codes can be viewed as serial turbo-like codes, or as a subclass of Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) codes, thus belief propagation can be used for iterative decoding of ARA codes on a graph. The structure of encoder for this class can be viewed as precoded Repeat Accumulate (RA) code or as precoded Irregular Repeat Accumulate (IRA) code, where simply an accumulator is chosen as a precoder. Thus ARA codes have simple, and very fast encoder structure when they representing LDPC codes. Based on density evolution for LDPC codes through some examples for ARA codes, we show that for maximum variable node degree 5 a minimum bit SNR as low as 0.08 dB from channel capacity for rate 1/2 can be achieved as the block size goes to infinity. Thus based on fixed low maximum variable node degree, its threshold outperforms not only the RA and IRA codes but also the best known LDPC codes with the dame maximum node degree. Furthermore by puncturing the accumulators any desired high rate codes close to code rate 1 can be obtained with thresholds that stay close to the channel capacity thresholds uniformly. Iterative decoding simulation results are provided. The ARA codes also have projected graph or protograph representation that allows for high speed decoder implementation.

  13. On the Δ17O budget of atmospheric O2

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    Young, Edward D.; Yeung, Laurence Y.; Kohl, Issaku E.

    2014-06-01

    We modeled the Δ17O of atmospheric O2 using 27 ordinary differential equations comprising a box model composed of the stratosphere, troposphere, geosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. Results show that 57% of the deficit in 17O in O2 relative to a reference water fractionation line is the result of kinetic isotope fractionation attending the Dole effect, 33% balances the positive Δ17O of O(1D) in the stratosphere, and 10% is from evapotranspiration. The predicted Δ‧17O O2 relative to waters is -0.410‰ as measured at the δ18O of air. The value for Δ‧17O O2 varies at fixed δ18O with the concentration of atmospheric CO2, gross primary production, and net primary production as well as with reaction rates in the stratosphere. Our model prediction is consistent with our measurements of the oxygen isotopic composition of air O2 compared with rocks if rocks define a fractionation line with an intercept in δ‧17O = 103ln(δ17O/103 + 1) vs. δ‧18O = 103ln(δ18O/103 + 1) space less than SMOW but more positive than some recent measurements imply. The predicted Δ17O is less negative than that obtained from recent measurements of O2 directly against SMOW. Underestimation of Δ‧17O O2 can only be ameliorated if the integrated (bulk) Δ‧17O for stratospheric CO2 is significantly greater than measurements currently allow. Our results underscore the need for high-precision comparisons of the 17O/16O and 18O/16O ratios of atmospheric O2, VSMOW, and rocks.

  14. Scavenging of H2O2 by mouse brain mitochondria.

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    Starkov, Anatoly A; Andreyev, Alexander Yu; Zhang, Steven F; Starkova, Natalia N; Korneeva, Maria; Syromyatnikov, Mikhail; Popov, Vasily N

    2014-12-01

    Mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) metabolism is unique in that mitochondria both generate and scavenge ROS. Recent estimates of ROS scavenging capacity of brain mitochondria are surprisingly high, ca. 9-12 nmol H2O2/min/mg, which is ~100 times higher than the rate of ROS generation. This raises a question whether brain mitochondria are a source or a sink of ROS. We studied the interaction between ROS generation and scavenging in mouse brain mitochondria by measuring the rate of removal of H2O2 added at a concentration of 0.4 μM, which is close to the reported physiological H2O2 concentrations in tissues, under conditions of low and high levels of mitochondrial H2O2 generation. With NAD-linked substrates, the rate of H2O2 generation by mitochondria was ~50-70 pmol/min/mg. The H2O2 scavenging dynamics was best approximated by the first order reaction equation. H2O2 scavenging was not affected by the uncoupling of mitochondria, phosphorylation of added ADP, or the genetic ablation of glutathione peroxidase 1, but decreased in the absence of respiratory substrates, in the presence of thioredoxin reductase inhibitor auranofin, or in partially disrupted mitochondria. With succinate, the rate of H2O2 generation was ~2,200-2,900 pmol/min/mg; the scavenging of added H2O2 was masked by a significant accumulation of generated H2O2 in the assay medium. The obtained data were fitted into a simple model that reasonably well described the interaction between H2O2 scavenging and production. It showed that mitochondria are neither a sink nor a source of H2O2, but can function as both at the same time, efficiently stabilizing exogenous H2O2 concentration at a level directly proportional to the ratio of the H2O2 generation rate to the rate constant of the first order scavenging reaction.

  15. Comparative study of Laser induce damage of HfO2/SiO2 and TiO2/SiO2 mirrors at 1064 nm.

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    Jiao, Hongfei; Ding, Tao; Zhang, Qian

    2011-02-28

    A comparative study of laser induced damage of HfO2/SiO2 and TiO2/SiO2 mirrors at 1064 nm has been carried out. One TiO2/SiO2 mirror with absorption of 300 ppm and two HfO2/SiO2 mirrors with absorption of 40 and 4.5 ppm were fabricated using electron beam evaporation method. For r-on-1 test, all HfO2/SiO2 mirrors with low average absorption are above 150 J/cm2 at 10 ns. However, the TiO2/SiO2 mirrors with high average absorption are just 9.5 J/cm2, which are probably due to the rather high absorption and rather low band gap energy. Meanwhile, all the samples were irradiated from front and back side respectively using the raster scan test mode. In case of front side irradiation, it is found that: for TiO2/SiO2 high reflectors, the representative damage morphologies are shallow pits that were probably caused by absorbing centers. However, for HfO2/SiO2 high reflectors, the dominant damage morphologies are micrometer-sized nodules ejected pits and the delamination initiating from the pits. The absorption of HfO2/SiO2 coatings is low enough to have minor influence on the laser damage resistance. In case of backside irradiation, the morphology of TiO2/SiO2 mirrors is mainly center melted pits that are thermal melting induced damage. Meanwhile, HfO2/SiO2 mirrors with isometrical fracture rings damage morphology are thermal induced stress damage.

  16. Accumulate-Repeat-Accumulate-Accumulate-Codes

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    Divsalar, Dariush; Dolinar, Sam; Thorpe, Jeremy

    2004-01-01

    Inspired by recently proposed Accumulate-Repeat-Accumulate (ARA) codes [15], in this paper we propose a channel coding scheme called Accumulate-Repeat-Accumulate-Accumulate (ARAA) codes. These codes can be seen as serial turbo-like codes or as a subclass of Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) codes, and they have a projected graph or protograph representation; this allows for a high-speed iterative decoder implementation using belief propagation. An ARAA code can be viewed as a precoded Repeat-and-Accumulate (RA) code with puncturing in concatenation with another accumulator, where simply an accumulator is chosen as the precoder; thus ARAA codes have a very fast encoder structure. Using density evolution on their associated protographs, we find examples of rate-lJ2 ARAA codes with maximum variable node degree 4 for which a minimum bit-SNR as low as 0.21 dB from the channel capacity limit can be achieved as the block size goes to infinity. Such a low threshold cannot be achieved by RA or Irregular RA (IRA) or unstructured irregular LDPC codes with the same constraint on the maximum variable node degree. Furthermore by puncturing the accumulators we can construct families of higher rate ARAA codes with thresholds that stay close to their respective channel capacity thresholds uniformly. Iterative decoding simulation results show comparable performance with the best-known LDPC codes but with very low error floor even at moderate block sizes.

  17. Differential regulation of TRPV1 channels by H2O2: implications for diabetic microvascular dysfunction.

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    DelloStritto, Daniel J; Connell, Patrick J; Dick, Gregory M; Fancher, Ibra S; Klarich, Brittany; Fahmy, Joseph N; Kang, Patrick T; Chen, Yeong-Renn; Damron, Derek S; Thodeti, Charles K; Bratz, Ian N

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrated previously that TRPV1-dependent coupling of coronary blood flow (CBF) to metabolism is disrupted in diabetes. A critical amount of H2O2 contributes to CBF regulation; however, excessive H2O2 impairs responses. We sought to determine the extent to which differential regulation of TRPV1 by H2O2 modulates CBF and vascular reactivity in diabetes. We used contrast echocardiography to study TRPV1 knockout (V1KO), db/db diabetic, and wild type C57BKS/J (WT) mice. H2O2 dose-dependently increased CBF in WT mice, a response blocked by the TRPV1 antagonist SB366791. H2O2-induced vasodilation was significantly inhibited in db/db and V1KO mice. H2O2 caused robust SB366791-sensitive dilation in WT coronary microvessels; however, this response was attenuated in vessels from db/db and V1KO mice, suggesting H2O2-induced vasodilation occurs, in part, via TRPV1. Acute H2O2 exposure potentiated capsaicin-induced CBF responses and capsaicin-mediated vasodilation in WT mice, whereas prolonged luminal H2O2 exposure blunted capsaicin-induced vasodilation. Electrophysiology studies re-confirms acute H2O2 exposure activated TRPV1 in HEK293A and bovine aortic endothelial cells while establishing that H2O2 potentiate capsaicin-activated TRPV1 currents, whereas prolonged H2O2 exposure attenuated TRPV1 currents. Verification of H2O2-mediated activation of intrinsic TRPV1 specific currents were found in isolated mouse coronary endothelial cells from WT mice and decreased in endothelial cells from V1KO mice. These data suggest prolonged H2O2 exposure impairs TRPV1-dependent coronary vascular signaling. This may contribute to microvascular dysfunction and tissue perfusion deficits characteristic of diabetes.

  18. Biodistribution and Clearance of TiO2 Nanoparticles in Rats after Intravenous Injection

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    Elgrabli, Dan; Beaudouin, Remy; Jbilou, Nawel; Floriani, Magali; Pery, Alexandre; Rogerieux, Françoise; Lacroix, Ghislaine

    2015-01-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles are used in many applications. Due to their small size, easy body penetration and toxicological adverse effects have been suspected. Numerous studies have tried to characterize TiO2 translocation after oral, dermal or respiratory exposure. In this study, we focused on TiO2 nanoparticle biodistribution, clearance and toxicological effects after intravenous injection, considering TiO2 translocation in the blood occurs. Using ICP-OES, transmission electron microscopy, and histological methods, we found TiO2 accumulation in liver, lungs and spleen. We estimated TiO2 nanoparticles’ half life in the body to about 10 days. Clinical biomarkers were also quantified for 56 days to identify potential toxicological impact on lungs, blood, liver, spleen and kidneys. Results showed absence of toxicological effects after TiO2 intravenous injection at concentrations of 7.7 to 9.4 mg/kg. PMID:25909957

  19. Accumulate-Repeat-Accumulate-Accumulate Codes

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    Divsalar, Dariush; Dolinar, Samuel; Thorpe, Jeremy

    2007-01-01

    Accumulate-repeat-accumulate-accumulate (ARAA) codes have been proposed, inspired by the recently proposed accumulate-repeat-accumulate (ARA) codes. These are error-correcting codes suitable for use in a variety of wireless data-communication systems that include noisy channels. ARAA codes can be regarded as serial turbolike codes or as a subclass of low-density parity-check (LDPC) codes, and, like ARA codes they have projected graph or protograph representations; these characteristics make it possible to design high-speed iterative decoders that utilize belief-propagation algorithms. The objective in proposing ARAA codes as a subclass of ARA codes was to enhance the error-floor performance of ARA codes while maintaining simple encoding structures and low maximum variable node degree.

  20. Exercise training in chronic heart failure: improving skeletal muscle O2 transport and utilization.

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    Hirai, Daniel M; Musch, Timothy I; Poole, David C

    2015-11-01

    Chronic heart failure (CHF) impairs critical structural and functional components of the O2 transport pathway resulting in exercise intolerance and, consequently, reduced quality of life. In contrast, exercise training is capable of combating many of the CHF-induced impairments and enhancing the matching between skeletal muscle O2 delivery and utilization (Q̇mO2 and V̇mO2 , respectively). The Q̇mO2 /V̇mO2 ratio determines the microvascular O2 partial pressure (PmvO2 ), which represents the ultimate force driving blood-myocyte O2 flux (see Fig. 1). Improvements in perfusive and diffusive O2 conductances are essential to support faster rates of oxidative phosphorylation (reflected as faster V̇mO2 kinetics during transitions in metabolic demand) and reduce the reliance on anaerobic glycolysis and utilization of finite energy sources (thus lowering the magnitude of the O2 deficit) in trained CHF muscle. These adaptations contribute to attenuated muscle metabolic perturbations (e.g., changes in [PCr], [Cr], [ADP], and pH) and improved physical capacity (i.e., elevated critical power and maximal V̇mO2 ). Preservation of such plasticity in response to exercise training is crucial considering the dominant role of skeletal muscle dysfunction in the pathophysiology and increased morbidity/mortality of the CHF patient. This brief review focuses on the mechanistic bases for improved Q̇mO2 /V̇mO2 matching (and enhanced PmvO2 ) with exercise training in CHF with both preserved and reduced ejection fraction (HFpEF and HFrEF, respectively). Specifically, O2 convection within the skeletal muscle microcirculation, O2 diffusion from the red blood cell to the mitochondria, and muscle metabolic control are particularly susceptive to exercise training adaptations in CHF. Alternatives to traditional whole body endurance exercise training programs such as small muscle mass and inspiratory muscle training, pharmacological treatment (e.g., sildenafil and pentoxifylline), and dietary

  1. Stress response and tolerance of Zea mays to CeO2 nanoparticles: cross talk among H2O2, heat shock protein, and lipid peroxidation.

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    Zhao, Lijuan; Peng, Bo; Hernandez-Viezcas, Jose A; Rico, Cyren; Sun, Youping; Peralta-Videa, Jose R; Tang, Xiaolei; Niu, Genhua; Jin, Lixin; Varela-Ramirez, Armando; Zhang, Jian-ying; Gardea-Torresdey, Jorge L

    2012-11-27

    The rapid development of nanotechnology will inevitably release nanoparticles (NPs) into the environment with unidentified consequences. In addition, the potential toxicity of CeO(2) NPs to plants and the possible transfer into the food chain are still unknown. Corn plants (Zea mays) were germinated and grown in soil treated with CeO(2) NPs at 400 or 800 mg/kg. Stress-related parameters, such as H(2)O(2), catalase (CAT), and ascorbate peroxidase (APX) activity, heat shock protein 70 (HSP70), lipid peroxidation, cell death, and leaf gas exchange were analyzed at 10, 15, and 20 days post-germination. Confocal laser scanning microscopy was used to image H(2)O(2) distribution in corn leaves. Results showed that the CeO(2) NP treatments increased accumulation of H(2)O(2), up to day 15, in phloem, xylem, bundle sheath cells and epidermal cells of shoots. The CAT and APX activities were also increased in the corn shoot, concomitant with the H(2)O(2) levels. Both 400 and 800 mg/kg CeO(2) NPs triggered the up-regulation of the HSP70 in roots, indicating a systemic stress response. None of the CeO(2) NPs increased the level of thiobarbituric acid reacting substances, indicating that no lipid peroxidation occurred. CeO(2) NPs, at both concentrations, did not induce ion leakage in either roots or shoots, suggesting that membrane integrity was not compromised. Leaf net photosynthetic rate, transpiration, and stomatal conductance were not affected by CeO(2) NPs. Our results suggest that the CAT, APX, and HSP70 might help the plants defend against CeO(2) NP-induced oxidative injury and survive NP exposure. PMID:23050848

  2. The carbon electrode in nonaqueous Li-O2 cells.

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    Ottakam Thotiyl, Muhammed M; Freunberger, Stefan A; Peng, Zhangquan; Bruce, Peter G

    2013-01-01

    Carbon has been used widely as the basis of porous cathodes for nonaqueous Li-O(2) cells. However, the stability of carbon and the effect of carbon on electrolyte decomposition in such cells are complex and depend on the hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity of the carbon surface. Analyzing carbon cathodes, cycled in Li-O(2) cells between 2 and 4 V, using acid treatment and Fenton's reagent, and combined with differential electrochemical mass spectrometry and FTIR, demonstrates the following: Carbon is relatively stable below 3.5 V (vs Li/Li(+)) on discharge or charge, especially so for hydrophobic carbon, but is unstable on charging above 3.5 V (in the presence of Li(2)O(2)), oxidatively decomposing to form Li(2)CO(3). Direct chemical reaction with Li(2)O(2) accounts for only a small proportion of the total carbon decomposition on cycling. Carbon promotes electrolyte decomposition during discharge and charge in a Li-O(2) cell, giving rise to Li(2)CO(3) and Li carboxylates (DMSO and tetraglyme electrolytes). The Li(2)CO(3) and Li carboxylates present at the end of discharge and those that form on charge result in polarization on the subsequent charge. Li(2)CO(3) (derived from carbon and from the electrolyte) as well as the Li carboxylates (derived from the electrolyte) decompose and form on charging. Oxidation of Li(2)CO(3) on charging to ∼4 V is incomplete; Li(2)CO(3) accumulates on cycling resulting in electrode passivation and capacity fading. Hydrophilic carbon is less stable and more catalytically active toward electrolyte decomposition than carbon with a hydrophobic surface. If the Li-O(2) cell could be charged at or below 3.5 V, then carbon may be relatively stable, however, its ability to promote electrolyte decomposition, presenting problems for its use in a practical Li-O(2) battery. The results emphasize that stable cycling of Li(2)O(2) at the cathode in a Li-O(2) cell depends on the synergy between electrolyte and electrode; the stability of the electrode and

  3. Hydrogen storage in Ti-TiO2 multilayers

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    Tarnawski, Z.; Kim-Ngan, Nhu-T. H.; Zakrzewska, K.; Drogowska, K.; Brudnik, A.; Balogh, A. G.; Kužel, R.; Havela, L.; Sechovsky, V.

    2013-06-01

    Multilayered thin films of Ti-TiO2 system have been investigated, focusing on all of the important parameters in both photocatalysis and H storage. Numerous Ti-TiO2 thin films with a single-, bi- and tri-layered structure have been deposited on different substrates by means of dc pulsed magnetron sputtering from a metallic Ti target in an inert Ar or reactive Ar + O2 atmosphere. The film chemical composition, depth profile, layer thickness and structure were determined by combined analysis of x-ray diffraction, x-ray reflectometry, Rutherford back- scattering and optical reflectivity spectra. The results show that the Ti films deposited on Si(111) exhibit a strong preferred orientation with the (00.1) plane parallel to the substrate, while a columnar structure was developed for TiO2 films. H charging at 1 bar and at 300 °C revealed that, in the case of the tri-layered structure of Ti/TiO2/Ti/Si(111), H diffused through the TiO2 layer without any accumulation in it. Pd acts as a catalyst for gathering H in Ti layers and up to 50% of H is stored in the topmost and bottom Ti layers. The preferential orientation in the Ti films was found to be destroyed upon hydrogenation at 100 bar. The hydride TiHx phase (x < 0.66) was formed under such a high H pressure. Invited talk at the 6th International Workshop on Advanced Materials Science and Nanotechnology IWAMSN2012, 30 October - 2 November, 2012, Ha Long, Vietnam.

  4. Physiological effect of anatase TiO2 nanoparticles on Lemna minor.

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    Song, Guanling; Gao, Yuan; Wu, Hao; Hou, Wenhua; Zhang, Chunyang; Ma, Huiquan

    2012-09-01

    Manufactured metal oxide nanoparticles (NPs) are being used on a large scale, and these particles will inevitably reach a body of water through wastewater and urban runoff. The ecotoxicological study of these NPs on hydrophyte is limited at present. Lemna minor was exposed to media with different concentrations of titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) NPs or bulk TiO(2) for 7 d. The changes in plant growth, chlorophyll, antioxidant defense enzymes (peroxidase [POD], catalase [CAT], and superoxide dismutase [SOD] activities), and malondialdehyde (MDA) content were measured in the present study. The particle size of TiO(2) NPs and the zeta potential of TiO(2) NPs and of bulk TiO(2) in the culture media were also analyzed to complementally study the toxicity of these materials on duckweed. The results showed that the effect of TiO(2) NPs on plant growth was more obvious than bulk TiO(2.) Titanium dioxide NPs stimulated plant growth in low concentrations, but inhibited plant growth at high concentrations. The POD, SOD, and CAT activity of Lemna minor increased when TiO(2) NP concentration was lower than 200 mg/L to eliminate accumulated reactive oxygen species in plant cells. The SOD activity decreased when the TiO(2) NP concentration was higher than 200 mg/L, and the plant cell membrane encountered serious damage from 500 mg/L TiO(2) NP concentration in the culture media.

  5. Comparative study of neurologic effects of nano-TiO2 versus SiO2 after direct intracerebral exposure in mice

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    Balvay, A.; Thieriet, N.; Lakhdar, L.; Bencsik, A.

    2013-04-01

    Titanium and silicon dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 and SiO2 NPs) are now in daily use in many commercial products of which food, sunscreens, toothpastes or cosmetics. However, their effects on human body, especially on the central nervous system, are still unclear. The aim of this study was to determine whether direct exposition of the brain to TiO2 and SiO2 NPs results in alternations in nervous system function. C57Bl6 mice were exposed to 5 and 10 μg doses of TiO2 and SiO2 NPs through intracerebroventricular administration using a stereotaxic approach. Then the neurologic effects were investigated using motor performance parameters, measured on a rotarod at 20 rpm or at an accelerating rod (from 4 to 40 rpm). Before and after injection, motor activity is registered individually for each mouse exposed, once a week, for 8 weeks. Besides, a group of 3 mice is culled at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8 weeks after exposure in order to study the time dependant effect on the histopathology of the brain (gliosis, inflammatory process...). Both rotarod tests (accelerating and at 20 rpm) showed that TiO2 and SiO2 NPs exposure could significantly impair the motor performances, even several weeks after initial acute exposure. The first examination of the brain histopathology revealed microglial activation. As it appeared to grow throughout the brain in a time dependant manner this suggests the induction of a long lasting neuroinflammation. These primary findings indicated that exposure to TiO2 and SiO2 NPs could possibly impair the locomotor ability and this deficit may be possibly attributed at least to an inflammatory process maintained till 8 weeks after exposure in the mouse brain. To fully investigate the neurotoxicological consequences of TiO2 and SiO2 NPs exposure, brain contents in these NPs will be also investigated as well as other alterations like neurotransmitter levels. These preliminary data already underline the necessity of more in vivo studies to better characterize TiO2

  6. Electrodeposition of TiO2–RuO2–IrO2 coating on titanium substrate

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    Yousefpour, Mardali; shokuhy, Amin

    2013-01-01

    TiO2, RuO2, and IrO2 transition metal oxides have many applications in the field of applied electrochemistry. In this work, the mixed solid solutions of TiO2–RuO2–IrO2 coatings have been electrodeposited from aqueous–unaqueous baths. Moreover, the obtained coatings have been heated in the electric furnace at 450 °C. The microstructure of coating was characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Atomic force microscopy (AFM). In order to investigate, the chemical composition and crystalline phases of coating, X-ray analysis, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) were carried out. Furthermore, anodic polarization behavior of coating was investigated. Results show that heat treated coating at 450 °C with the chemical composition of TiO2/RuO2/IrO2 with molar ratio of 70/5/25 with six layer on substrate has the highest quality, stability, adhesion strength and minimum chlorine overvoltage. However, increasing the iridium content in electrolyte enhances the coating thickness and the quality of morphology. PMID:25276006

  7. 3D Visualization of the Temporal and Spatial Spread of Tau Pathology Reveals Extensive Sites of Tau Accumulation Associated with Neuronal Loss and Recognition Memory Deficit in Aged Tau Transgenic Mice

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    Fu, Hongjun; Hussaini, S. Abid; Wegmann, Susanne; Profaci, Caterina; Daniels, Jacob D.; Herman, Mathieu; Emrani, Sheina; Figueroa, Helen Y.; Hyman, Bradley T.; Davies, Peter; Duff, Karen E.

    2016-01-01

    3D volume imaging using iDISCO+ was applied to observe the spatial and temporal progression of tau pathology in deep structures of the brain of a mouse model that recapitulates the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Tau pathology was compared at four timepoints, up to 34 months as it spread through the hippocampal formation and out into the neocortex along an anatomically connected route. Tau pathology was associated with significant gliosis. No evidence for uptake and accumulation of tau by glia was observed. Neuronal cells did appear to have internalized tau, including in extrahippocampal areas as a small proportion of cells that had accumulated human tau protein did not express detectible levels of human tau mRNA. At the oldest timepoint, mature tau pathology in the entorhinal cortex (EC) was associated with significant cell loss. As in human AD, mature tau pathology in the EC and the presence of tau pathology in the neocortex correlated with cognitive impairment. 3D volume imaging is an ideal technique to easily monitor the spread of pathology over time in models of disease progression. PMID:27466814

  8. Melting behavior of (Th,U)O2 and (Th,Pu)O2 mixed oxides

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    Ghosh, P. S.; Kuganathan, N.; Galvin, C. O. T.; Arya, A.; Dey, G. K.; Dutta, B. K.; Grimes, R. W.

    2016-10-01

    The melting behaviors of pure ThO2, UO2 and PuO2 as well as (Th,U)O2 and (Th,Pu)O2 mixed oxides (MOX) have been studied using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The MD calculated melting temperatures (MT) of ThO2, UO2 and PuO2 using two-phase simulations, lie between 3650-3675 K, 3050-3075 K and 2800-2825 K, respectively, which match well with experiments. Variation of enthalpy increments and density with temperature, for solid and liquid phases of ThO2, PuO2 as well as the ThO2 rich part of (Th,U)O2 and (Th,Pu)O2 MOX are also reported. The MD calculated MT of (Th,U)O2 and (Th,Pu)O2 MOX show good agreement with the ideal solidus line in the high thoria section of the phase diagram, and evidence for a minima is identified around 5 atom% of ThO2 in the phase diagram of (Th,Pu)O2 MOX.

  9. Hemoglobin-based O2 carrier O2 affinity and capillary inlet pO2 are important factors that influence O2 transport in a capillary.

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    Dimino, Michael L; Palmer, Andre F

    2007-01-01

    Hemopure (Biopure; Cambridge, MA) and PolyHeme (Northfield Laboratories; Evanston, IL) are two acellular hemoglobin-based O2 carriers (HBOCs) currently in phase III clinical trials for use as red blood cell substitutes. The most common adverse side effect that these HBOCs exhibit is increased vasoconstriction. Autoregulatory theory has been presented as a possible explanation for this physiological effect, where it is hypothesized that low-affinity HBOCs over-deliver O2 to tissues surrounding arterioles, thereby eliciting vasoconstriction. In this paper, we wanted to investigate HBOC oxygenation of tissue surrounding a capillary, which is the smallest element of the circulatory system. An a priori model has been developed in which the performance of mixtures of acellular HBOCs (synthesized by our group and others) and human red blood cells (hRBCs) has been simulated using a Krogh tissue cylinder model (KTCM) comprising a capillary surrounded by a capillary membrane and skeletal muscle tissue in cylindrical coordinates with specified tissue O2 consumption rates and Michaelis-Menten kinetics. In this study, the total hemoglobin (hRBCs and HBOCs) concentration was kept constant. The HBOCs studied possessed O2 affinities that were higher and lower compared to hRBCs (P50's spanned 5-55 mmHg), and the equilibrium binding/release of oxygen to/from the HBOCs was modeled using the Adair equation. At normoxic inlet pO2's, there was no correlation between O2 flux out of the capillary and the O2 affinity of the HBOC. However, a correlation was found between the average pO2 tension in the capillary and the O2 affinity of the HBOC. Additionally, we studied the change in the O2 equilibrium curve of HBOCs with different O2 affinities over a wide range of inlet pO2's and found that changing the inlet pO2 greatly affected which HBOC, having a unique O2 affinity, best delivered O2 to the surrounding tissue. The analysis of oxygen transport presented could lead to a better prediction

  10. H2O2: A Dynamic Neuromodulator

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    Rice, Margaret E.

    2012-01-01

    Increasing evidence implicates hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as an intra- and intercellular signaling molecule that can influence processes from embryonic development to cell death. Most research has focused on relatively slow signaling, on the order of minutes to days, via second messenger cascades. However, H2O2 can also mediate subsecond signaling via ion channel activation. This rapid signaling has been examined most thoroughly in the nigrostriatal dopamine (DA) pathway, which plays a key role in facilitating movement mediated by the basal ganglia. In DA neurons of the substantia nigra, endogenously generated H2O2 activates ATP-sensitive K+ (KATP) channels that inhibit DA neuron firing. In the striatum, H2O2 generated downstream from glutamatergic AMPA receptor activation in medium spiny neurons acts as a diffusible messenger that inhibits axonal DA release, also via KATP channels. The source of dynamically generated H2O2 is mitochondrial respiration; thus, H2O2 provides a novel link between activity and metabolism via KATP channels. Additional targets of H2O2 include transient receptor potential (TRP) channels. In contrast to the inhibitory effect of H2O2 acting via KATP channels, TRP channel activation is excitatory. This review describes emerging roles of H2O2 as a signaling agent in the nigrostriatal pathway and other basal ganglia neurons. PMID:21666063

  11. H2O2: a dynamic neuromodulator.

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    Rice, Margaret E

    2011-08-01

    Increasing evidence implicates hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) as an intracellular and intercellular signaling molecule that can influence processes from embryonic development to cell death. Most research has focused on relatively slow signaling, on the order of minutes to days, via second messenger cascades. However, H(2)O(2) can also mediate subsecond signaling via ion channel activation. This rapid signaling has been examined most thoroughly in the nigrostriatal dopamine (DA) pathway, which plays a key role in facilitating movement mediated by the basal ganglia. In DA neurons of the substantia nigra, endogenously generated H(2)O(2) activates ATP-sensitive K(+) (K-ATP) channels that inhibit DA neuron firing. In the striatum, H(2)O(2) generated downstream from glutamatergic AMPA receptor activation in medium spiny neurons acts as a diffusible messenger that inhibits axonal DA release, also via K-ATP channels. The source of dynamically generated H(2)O(2) is mitochondrial respiration; thus, H(2)O(2) provides a novel link between activity and metabolism via K-ATP channels. Additional targets of H(2)O(2) include transient receptor potential (TRP) channels. In contrast to the inhibitory effect of H(2)O(2) acting via K-ATP channels, TRP channel activation is excitatory. This review describes emerging roles of H(2)O(2) as a signaling agent in the nigrostriatal pathway and basal ganglia neurons.

  12. Catalytic combustion of toluene on Pd/CeO2-TiO2 catalysts.

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    Chen, Yu-Wen; Lee, Der-Shing

    2013-03-01

    Pd/TiO2 and Pd/CeO2 were reported to be very active to destruct toluene. Combination of TiO2 and CeO2 is an interesting candidate to achieve a catalyst with higher activity. In this study, a series of Pd/CeO2-TiO2 catalysts with various Pd loadings were prepared. CeO2-TiO2 was prepared by impregnation of aqueous solution of cerium nitrate into TiO2 support. It was then calcined at 400 degrees C. Pd was loaded by incipient-wetness impregnation method. The Pd loadings in all samples were fixed at 0.5 wt.%. The catalysts were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, temperature-programmed reduction of hydrogen, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The catalysts were tested for total oxidation of toluene. The feed concentration of toluene was 8.564 g/m3 (2085 ppm), with GHSV = 10,000 h(-1). Pd particle sizes were 3-5 nm and well-dispersed on the support. CeO2 on TiO2 was easier to reduce than the bulk CeO2, therefore it could enhance the activity of VOC destruction. Pd/CeO2-TiO2 was more active than Pd/CeO2 and Pd/TiO2. Pd/CeO2-TiO2 with Ce/Ti ratio of 2/8 was very active for toluene destruction, due to its lower oxygen reduction temperature of ceria and higher concentration of Pd(0). PMID:23755662

  13. [Relationship of Sa, No and H2O2 signals in the reponses of Arabidopsis to toxin of Verticillium dahliae].

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    Li, Shuang Shi; Li, Ying Zhang

    2004-08-01

    The accumulation of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in Arabidopsis was induced by toxin of Verticillium dahliae (VD-toxin), exogenous salicylic acid (SA) and nitric oxide donor (SNP). The effect of SNP was the most intense. H2O2 level was not increased in Arabidopsis treated with nitric oxide synthase inhibitor (NNA). It was identified with the results of DAB staining of H2O2 accumulates in the leaves of Arabidopsis. H2O2 was cytochemically detected in the cells of epidermal hair and the cell wall of vascular parenchyma cell. The results suggest that H2O2 acts as a second messenger to involve the defenses in Arabidopsis induced by SA and NO signal transduction. The relationship of NO and H2O2 signals was likely closer.

  14. Self-cleaning and superhydrophilic wool by TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposite

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    Pakdel, Esfandiar; Daoud, Walid A.; Wang, Xungai

    2013-06-01

    Wool fabrics were functionalised using TiO2 and TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposites through a low-temperature sol-gel method. Titanium terta isopropoxide (TTIP) and tetra ethylorthosilicate (TEOS) were employed as precursors of TiO2 and SiO2, respectively. Nanocomposite sols were devised based on three molar ratio percentages of TiO2/SiO2 70:30, 50:50, and 30:70 to investigate the role of each component. The self-cleaning and hydrophilicity of wool fabrics were analysed based on the removal of coffee stain under UV and water droplet contact angle measurements, respectively. It was observed that applying TiO2/SiO2 50:50 and 30:70 sols to wool rendered the fabric superhydrophilic. Fabrics functionalised with TiO2/SiO2 30:70 showed the highest efficiency in stain removal, followed by samples functionalised with TiO2/SiO2 50:50.

  15. Photoelectrochemical Properties of CuS-GeO2-TiO2 Composite Coating Electrode.

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    Wen, Xinyu; Zhang, Huawei

    2016-01-01

    The ITO (indium tin oxide) conductive glass-matrix CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating was generated via EPD (electrophoretic deposition) and followed by a sintering treatment at 450°C for 40 minutes. Characterizations of the CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating were taken by SEM (scanning electron microscope), XRD (X-ray diffraction), EDX (energy dispersive X-ray), UV-Vis DRS (ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection spectrum), and FT-IR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy). Results showed that CuS and GeO2 had dispersed in this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating (mass percentages for CuS and GeO2 were 1.23% and 2.79%, respectively). The electrochemical studies (cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Tafel polarization) of this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating electrode were performed in pH = 9.51 Na2CO3-NaHCO3 buffer solution containing 0.50 mol/L CH3OH under the conditions of visible light, ultraviolet light (λ = 365 nm), and dark (without light irradiation as control), respectively. Electrochemical studies indicated that this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating electrode had better photoelectrocatalytic activity than the pure TiO2 electrode in the electrocatalysis of methanol under visible light. PMID:27055277

  16. Photoelectrochemical Properties of CuS-GeO2-TiO2 Composite Coating Electrode.

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    Wen, Xinyu; Zhang, Huawei

    2016-01-01

    The ITO (indium tin oxide) conductive glass-matrix CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating was generated via EPD (electrophoretic deposition) and followed by a sintering treatment at 450°C for 40 minutes. Characterizations of the CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating were taken by SEM (scanning electron microscope), XRD (X-ray diffraction), EDX (energy dispersive X-ray), UV-Vis DRS (ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection spectrum), and FT-IR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy). Results showed that CuS and GeO2 had dispersed in this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating (mass percentages for CuS and GeO2 were 1.23% and 2.79%, respectively). The electrochemical studies (cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Tafel polarization) of this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating electrode were performed in pH = 9.51 Na2CO3-NaHCO3 buffer solution containing 0.50 mol/L CH3OH under the conditions of visible light, ultraviolet light (λ = 365 nm), and dark (without light irradiation as control), respectively. Electrochemical studies indicated that this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating electrode had better photoelectrocatalytic activity than the pure TiO2 electrode in the electrocatalysis of methanol under visible light.

  17. Photoelectrochemical Properties of CuS-GeO2-TiO2 Composite Coating Electrode

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    Wen, Xinyu; Zhang, Huawei

    2016-01-01

    The ITO (indium tin oxide) conductive glass-matrix CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating was generated via EPD (electrophoretic deposition) and followed by a sintering treatment at 450°C for 40 minutes. Characterizations of the CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating were taken by SEM (scanning electron microscope), XRD (X-ray diffraction), EDX (energy dispersive X-ray), UV-Vis DRS (ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection spectrum), and FT-IR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy). Results showed that CuS and GeO2 had dispersed in this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating (mass percentages for CuS and GeO2 were 1.23% and 2.79%, respectively). The electrochemical studies (cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Tafel polarization) of this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating electrode were performed in pH = 9.51 Na2CO3-NaHCO3 buffer solution containing 0.50 mol/L CH3OH under the conditions of visible light, ultraviolet light (λ = 365 nm), and dark (without light irradiation as control), respectively. Electrochemical studies indicated that this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating electrode had better photoelectrocatalytic activity than the pure TiO2 electrode in the electrocatalysis of methanol under visible light. PMID:27055277

  18. Ground electronic states of RbO2+, CsO2+ and FrO2: the ionization energies of RbO2 and CsO2.

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    Lee, Edmond P F; Wright, Timothy G

    2005-04-14

    Calculations are performed to establish the ground electronic states of RbO2+, CsO2+, and FrO2. In the case of the cations, both linear and C2v orientations were considered; for FrO2, the two lowest electronic states, 2A2 and 2B2, were considered in C2v symmetry. In addition, calculations were also performed on the x2 A2 ground states of RbO2 and CsO2 to derive ionization energies. Binding energies and heats of formation are also derived. The bonding in FrO2 is found to be less ionic than that of RbO2 and CsO2. PMID:16833657

  19. Photoinduced Stepwise Oxidative Activation of a Chromophore–Catalyst Assembly on TiO2

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    Song, Wenjing; Glasson, Christopher R. K.; Luo, Hanlin; Hanson, Kenneth G.; Brennaman, Kyle M.; Concepcion, Javier J.; Meyer, Thomas J.

    2011-07-08

    To probe light-induced redox equivalent separation and accumulation, we prepared ruthenium polypyridyl molecular assembly [(dcb)2Ru(bpy-Mebim2py)Ru(bpy)(OH2)]4+ (RuaII–RubII–OH2) with Rua as light-harvesting chromophore and Rub as water oxidation catalyst (dcb = 4,4'-dicarboxylic acid-2,2'-bipyridine; bpy-Mebim2py = 2,2'-(4-methyl-[2,2':4',4''-terpyridine]-2'',6''-diyl)bis(1-methyl-1H-benzo[d]imidazole); bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine). When bound to TiO2 in nanoparticle films, it undergoes MLCT excitation, electron injection, and oxidation of the remote -RubII–OH2 site to give TiO2(e–)–RuaII–RubIII–OH23+ as a redox-separated transient. The oxidized assembly, TiO2–RuaII–RubIII–OH23+, similarly undergoes excitation and electron injection to give TiO2(e–)–RuaII–RubIV=O2+, with RubIV=O2+ a known water oxidation catalyst precursor. Injection efficiencies for both forms of the assembly are lower than those for [Ru(bpy)2(4,4'-(PO3H2)2bpy)]2+ bound to TiO2 (TiO2–Ru2+), whereas the rates of back electron transfer, TiO2(e–) → RubIII–OH23+ and TiO2(e–) → RubIV=O2+, are significantly decreased compared with TiO2(e–) → Ru3+ back electron transfer.

  20. Comparison of genes required for H2O2 resistance in Streptococcus gordonii and Streptococcus sanguinis.

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    Xu, Yifan; Itzek, Andreas; Kreth, Jens

    2014-12-01

    Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is produced by several members of the genus Streptococcus mainly through the pyruvate oxidase SpxB under aerobic growth conditions. The acute toxic nature of H2O2 raises the interesting question of how streptococci cope with intrinsically produced H2O2, which subsequently accumulates in the microenvironment and threatens the closely surrounding population. Here, we investigate the H2O2 susceptibility of oral Streptococcus gordonii and Streptococcus sanguinis and elucidate potential mechanisms of how they protect themselves from the deleterious effect of H2O2. Both organisms are considered primary colonizers and occupy the same intraoral niche making them potential targets for H2O2 produced by other species. We demonstrate that S. gordonii produces relatively more H2O2 and has a greater ability for resistance to H2O2 stress. Functional studies show that, unlike in Streptococcus pneumoniae, H2O2 resistance is not dependent on a functional SpxB and confirms the important role of the ferritin-like DNA-binding protein Dps. However, the observed increased H2O2 resistance of S. gordonii over S. sanguinis is likely to be caused by an oxidative stress protection machinery present even under anaerobic conditions, while S. sanguinis requires a longer period of time for adaptation. The ability to produce more H2O2 and be more resistant to H2O2 might aid S. gordonii in the competitive oral biofilm environment, since it is lower in abundance yet manages to survive quite efficiently in the oral biofilm.

  1. Preparation and optimization of RuO 2-impregnated SnO 2 xerogel supercapacitor

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    Wu, Nae-Lih; Kuo, Shin-Liang; Lee, Ming-Hsueh

    A Sb (6 mol%)-doped SnO 2 xerogel impregnated with RuO 2 nanocrystallites is prepared via an incipient-wetness method and is optimized for its electrochemical capacitance in aqueous 1 M KOH electrolyte by adjusting the calcination temperature and the RuO 2 loading. The electrode capacitance does not increase monotonically with increasing RuO 2 loading. A maximum electrode capacitance of 15 F g -1, which represents a three-fold increase compared with the blank xerogel and a specific RuO 2 capacitance of 710 F g -1 RuO 2, is obtained with a RuO 2 loading of 1.4 wt.% and by calcination at 200 °C. Higher loadings presumably result in a homogeneous nucleation upon drying, which causes severe reduction in the total surface area of the RuO 2 crystallites.

  2. 'Scarlett Spur Red Delicious' apple volatile production accompanying physiological disorder development during low pO2 controlled atmosphere storage.

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    Lumpkin, Christie; Fellman, John K; Rudell, David R; Mattheis, James

    2014-02-19

    Apple (Malus domestica Borkh.) fruit volatile production is regulated by a variety of factors including low oxygen storage conditions. This study examined the impact of low pO2 controlled atmospheres on 'Scarlett Spur Red Delicious' apple volatile production and disorder development. Accumulation of apple volatile compounds was characterized during long-term cold storage at 0.5 °C in air or low pO2 (0.3, 0.8, or 1.5 kPa) with 1 kPa CO2. Volatile accumulation differed quantitatively with pO2 as acetaldehyde, ethanol, and ethyl ester accumulation increased with decreased pO2 during the first weeks in storage. Differences in volatile accumulation among atmospheres were evident through 6 months. The rate of ethanol accumulation increased with decreased pO2 and could potentially be used to monitor low O2 stress. Incidence of low oxygen disorders after 9 months was highest in fruit held at the lowest pO2. The sesquiterpene α-farnesene was not detected throughout the storage period.

  3. O2 And O2+ Density From The Rings Through Inner Magnetosphere

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    Elrod, Meredith; Johnson, R. E.; Cassidy, T.; Wilson, R.; Tokar, R.

    2009-09-01

    The main rings and the ice grains in the tenuous F and G rings are a source of O2+ ions for the inner magnetosphere. These ions are formed from neutral O2 through the decomposition of ice by incident radiation. As the principle source of O2+ is ionization of O2, O2+ is a marker for the radiation induced decomposition of ice and the subsequent production of O2. Recently, Martens et al (2008) described O2+ beyond the orbit of Enceladus, noting the possibility of Rhea as a source of O2. Here we focus on O2+ inside the orbit of Enceladus (< 4 Rs; Rs = Saturn Radius at 60300 km). Using the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS) data we determine the density of the O2+ ions from the main rings out to Enceladus. This study uses the data from the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) pass, in which Cassini passed directly over the rings, and several subsequent orbits that have passed within 4 Rs. Although, there have been 6 passes of Cassini close to Enceladus, there is little evidence that Enceladus is a source of neutral O2. Therefore, the ring system and the small icy bodies within 4 Rs are the likely sources for the observed O2+ in the inner magnetosphere. Since the main rings are the principle source, and the angle of the sun is now nearly edge on, there could be less neutral O2 produced from the rings and thus less O2+. By looking at the different passes of Cassini from the time of SOI through the equinox portion of the mission, it may be possible to examine, not only the O2+ density in the inner magnetosphere, but also possibly seasonal effects of the sun on the O2+ ion density.

  4. Modeling atmospheric O 2 over Phanerozoic time

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    Berner, R. A.

    2001-03-01

    A carbon and sulfur isotope mass balance model has been constructed for calculating the variation of atmospheric O 2 over Phanerozoic time. In order to obtain realistic O 2 levels, rapid sediment recycling and O 2-dependent isotope fractionation have been employed by the modelling. The dependence of isotope fractionation on O 2 is based, for carbon, on the results of laboratory photosynthesis experiments and, for sulfur, on the observed relation between oxidation/reduction recycling and S-isotope fractionation during early diagenetic pyrite formation. The range of fractionations used in the modeling agree with measurements of Phanerozoic sediments by others. Results, derived from extensive sensitivity analysis, suggest that there was a positive excursion of O 2 to levels as high as 35% during the Permo-Carboniferous. High O 2 at this time agrees with independent modeling, based on the abundances of organic matter and pyrite in sediments, and with the occurrence of giant insects during this period. The cause of the excursion is believed to be the rise of vascular land plants and the consequent increased production of O 2 by the burial in sediments of lignin-rich organic matter that was resistant to biological decomposition.

  5. Accumulate Repeat Accumulate Coded Modulation

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    Abbasfar, Aliazam; Divsalar, Dariush; Yao, Kung

    2004-01-01

    In this paper we propose an innovative coded modulation scheme called 'Accumulate Repeat Accumulate Coded Modulation' (ARA coded modulation). This class of codes can be viewed as serial turbo-like codes, or as a subclass of Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) codes that are combined with high level modulation. Thus at the decoder belief propagation can be used for iterative decoding of ARA coded modulation on a graph, provided a demapper transforms the received in-phase and quadrature samples to reliability of the bits.

  6. The rate of O2 loss from mesenteric arterioles is not unusually high

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    Golub, Aleksander S.; Song, Bjorn K.

    2011-01-01

    The O2 disappearance curve (ODC) recorded in an arteriole after the rapid arrest of blood flow reflects the complex interaction among the dissociation of O2 from hemoglobin, O2 diffusivity, and rate of respiration in the vascular wall and surrounding tissue. In this study, the analysis of experimental ODCs allowed the estimation of parameters of O2 transport and O2 consumption in the microcirculation of the mesentery. We collected ODCs from rapidly arrested blood inside rat mesenteric arterioles using scanning phosphorescence quenching microscopy (PQM). The technique was used to prevent the artifact of accumulated O2 photoconsumption in stationary media. The observed ODC signatures were close to linear, in contrast to the reported exponential decline of intra-arteriolar Po2. The rate of Po2 decrease was 0.43 mmHg/s in 20-μm-diameter arterioles. The duration of the ODC was 290 s, much longer than the 12.8 s reported by other investigators. The arterioles associated with lymphatic microvessels had a higher O2 disappearance rate of 0.73 mmHg/s. The O2 flux from arterioles, calculated from the average O2 disappearance rate, was 0.21 nl O2·cm−2·s−1, two orders of magnitude lower than reported in the literature. The physical upper limit of the O2 consumption rate by the arteriolar wall, calculated from the condition that all O2 is consumed by the wall, was 452 nl O2·cm−3·s−1. From consideration of the microvascular tissue volume fraction in the rat mesentery of 6%, the estimated respiration rate of the vessel wall was ∼30 nl O2·cm−3·s−1. This result was three orders of magnitude lower than the respiration rate in rat mesenteric arterioles reported by other investigators. Our results demonstrate that O2 loss from mesenteric arterioles is small and that the O2 consumption by the arteriolar wall is not unusually large. PMID:21685269

  7. Neurotoxicity and biochemical responses in the earthworm Pheretima hawayana exposed to TiO2NPs.

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    Khalil, Abdelmonem M

    2015-12-01

    Serious concerns have been expressed about potential risks of manufactured TiO2NPs. In this research, toxicity of nanoparticulate and bulk TiO2 were examined to the earthworm Pheretima hawayana. The 24-h median lethal concentration (LC50) and sublethal endpoints were assessed. Both NPs and their bulk counterparts were toxic. The 24-h LC50 for TiO2NPs (145.36 mg kg(-1)) was highly toxic than that of bulk TiO2 (357.77 mg kg(-1)). The aim of the present work is to evaluate the suitability of P. hawayana and its biochemical responses to be used as a bioindicator organism and biomarkers of TiO2 toxicity. Earthworms were exposed to three sublethal concentrations of TiO2NPs (1, 10 and 100 µg kg(-1)) for 28 days to test acetylcholinesterase (AChE), antioxidant enzymes (superoxide dismutase: SOD and catalase: CAT) activities and MDA content. The response of the antioxidant enzymes combined with AChE inhibition and MDA accumulation indicated that TiO2NPs could induce significant impairments to the earthworms at the actual environment tested concentrations. The results pointed out the high sensitivity of the antioxidant and oxidative stress related responses to TiO2NPs exposure, demonstrating their usefulness in environmental monitoring and risk assessment. The study highlights also the usefulness of earthworm P. hawayana as potential bioindicator species for assessing the risk of nanoparticles environmental contamination.

  8. Neurotoxicity and biochemical responses in the earthworm Pheretima hawayana exposed to TiO2NPs.

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    Khalil, Abdelmonem M

    2015-12-01

    Serious concerns have been expressed about potential risks of manufactured TiO2NPs. In this research, toxicity of nanoparticulate and bulk TiO2 were examined to the earthworm Pheretima hawayana. The 24-h median lethal concentration (LC50) and sublethal endpoints were assessed. Both NPs and their bulk counterparts were toxic. The 24-h LC50 for TiO2NPs (145.36 mg kg(-1)) was highly toxic than that of bulk TiO2 (357.77 mg kg(-1)). The aim of the present work is to evaluate the suitability of P. hawayana and its biochemical responses to be used as a bioindicator organism and biomarkers of TiO2 toxicity. Earthworms were exposed to three sublethal concentrations of TiO2NPs (1, 10 and 100 µg kg(-1)) for 28 days to test acetylcholinesterase (AChE), antioxidant enzymes (superoxide dismutase: SOD and catalase: CAT) activities and MDA content. The response of the antioxidant enzymes combined with AChE inhibition and MDA accumulation indicated that TiO2NPs could induce significant impairments to the earthworms at the actual environment tested concentrations. The results pointed out the high sensitivity of the antioxidant and oxidative stress related responses to TiO2NPs exposure, demonstrating their usefulness in environmental monitoring and risk assessment. The study highlights also the usefulness of earthworm P. hawayana as potential bioindicator species for assessing the risk of nanoparticles environmental contamination. PMID:26398239

  9. ZnO-Au-SnO2 Z-scheme photoanodes for remarkable photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Li, Jing-Mei; Cheng, Hao-Yun; Chiu, Yi-Hsuan; Hsu, Yung-Jung

    2016-08-25

    For the first time a ZnO nanorod-based Z-scheme heterostructure system was proposed and realized for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting. The samples were prepared by depositing a thin layer of SnO2 on the Au surface of Au particle-decorated ZnO nanorods. For ZnO-Au-SnO2 nanorods, the embedded Au can mediate interfacial charge transfer by promoting electron transfer from the conduction band of SnO2 to the valence band of ZnO. This vectorial charge transfer resulted in the situation that the photoexcited electrons accumulated at ZnO while the photogenerated holes concentrated at SnO2, giving ZnO-Au-SnO2 substantially high redox powers. Time-resolved photoluminescence spectra suggested that the interfacial charge transfer across the ZnO/Au/SnO2 interface was significantly improved as a result of the Z-scheme charge transfer mechanism. With the substantially high redox powers and significantly improved interfacial charge transfer, ZnO-Au-SnO2 nanorods performed much better as a photoanode in photoelectrochemical water splitting than pristine ZnO, plasmonic Au-decorated ZnO and type-II SnO2-coated ZnO nanorods did. The present study has provided a viable approach to exploit Z-scheme photoanodes in the design of efficient artificial photosynthesis systems for solar energy conversion. PMID:27527337

  10. Band structure calculations of CuAlO2, CuGaO2, CuInO2, and CuCrO2 by screened exchange

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    Gillen, Roland; Robertson, John

    2011-07-01

    We report density functional theory band structure calculations on the transparent conducting oxides CuAlO2, CuGaO2, CuInO2, and CuCrO2. The use of the hybrid functional screened-exchange local density approximation (sX-LDA) leads to considerably improved electronic properties compared to standard LDA and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) approaches. We show that the resulting electronic band gaps compare well with experimental values and previous quasiparticle calculations, and show the correct trends with respect to the atomic number of the cation (Al, Ga, In). The resulting energetic depths of Cu d and O p levels and the valence-band widths are considerable improvements compared to LDA and GGA and are in good agreement with available x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data. Lastly, we show the calculated imaginary part of the dielectric function for all four systems.

  11. Instability of Hydrogenated TiO2

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    Nandasiri, Manjula I.; Shutthanandan, V.; Manandhar, Sandeep; Schwarz, Ashleigh M.; Oxenford, Lucas S.; Kennedy, John V.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Henderson, Michael A.

    2015-11-06

    Hydrogenated TiO2 (H-TiO2) is toted as a viable visible light photocatalyst. We report a systematic study on the thermal stability of H-implanted TiO2 using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and nuclear reaction analysis (NRA). Protons (40 keV) implanted at a ~2 atom % level within a ~120 nm wide profile of rutile TiO2(110) were situated ~300 nm below the surface. NRA revealed that this H-profile broadened preferentially toward the surface after annealing at 373 K, dissipated out of the crystal into vacuum at 473 K, and was absent within the beam sampling depth (~800 nm) at 523 K. Photoemission showed that the surface was reduced in concert with these changes. Similar anneals had no effect on pristine TiO2(110). The facile bulk diffusivity of H in rutile, as well as its activity toward interfacial reduction, significantly limits the utilization of H-TiO2 as a photocatalyst. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a multiprogram national laboratory operated for DOE by Battelle. The research was performed using the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

  12. Thermoelectric Properties of Self Assemble TiO2/SnO2 Nanocomposites

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    Dynys, Fred; Sayir, Ali; Sehirlioglu, Alp

    2008-01-01

    Recent advances in improving efficiency of thermoelectric materials are linked to nanotechnology. Thermodynamically driven spinodal decomposition was utilized to synthesize bulk nanocomposites. TiO2/SnO2 system exhibits a large spinodal region, ranging from 15 to 85 mole % TiO2. The phase separated microstructures are stable up to 1400 C. Semiconducting TiO2/SnO2 powders were synthesized by solid state reaction between TiO2 and SnO2. High density samples were fabricated by pressureless sintering. Self assemble nanocomposites were achieved by annealing at 1000 to 1350 C. X-ray diffraction reveal phase separation of (Ti(x)Sn(1-x))O2 type phases. The TiO2/SnO2 nanocomposites exhibit n-type behavior; a power factor of 70 (mu)W/m sq K at 1000 C has been achieved with penta-valent doping. Seebeck, thermal conductivity, electrical resistivity and microstructure will be discussed in relation to composition and doping.

  13. Thermoelectric Properties of Self Assembled TiO2/SnO2 Nanocomposites

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    Dynys, Fred; Sayir, Ali; Sehirlioglu, Alp

    2008-01-01

    Recent advances in improving efficiency of thermoelectric materials are linked to nanotechnology. Thermodynamically driven spinodal decomposition was utilized to synthesize bulk nanocomposites. TiO2/SnO2 system exhibits a large spinodal region, ranging from 15 to 85 mole % TiO2. The phase separated microstructures are stable up to 1400 C. Semiconducting TiO2/SnO2 powders were synthesized by solid state reaction between TiO2 and SnO2. High density samples were fabricated by pressureless sintering. Self assemble nanocomposites were achieved by annealing at 1000 to 1350 C. X-ray diffraction reveal phase separation of (Ti(x)Sn(1-x))O2 type phases. The TiO2/SnO2 nanocomposites exhibit n-type behavior; a power factor of 70 W/mK2 at 1000 C has been achieved with penta-valent doping. Seebeck, thermal conductivity, electrical resistivity and microstructure will be discussed in relation to composition and doping.

  14. Comparisons between TiO2- and SiO2-flux assisted TIG welding processes.

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    Tseng, Kuang-Hung; Chen, Kuan-Lung

    2012-08-01

    This study investigates the effects of flux compounds on the weld shape, ferrite content, and hardness profile in the tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding of 6 mm-thick austenitic 316 L stainless steel plates, using TiO2 and SiO2 powders as the activated fluxes. The metallurgical characterizations of weld metal produced with the oxide powders were evaluated using ferritoscope, optical microscopy, and Vickers microhardness test. Under the same welding parameters, the penetration capability of TIG welding with TiO2 and SiO2 fluxes was approximately 240% and 292%, respectively. A plasma column made with SiO2 flux exhibited greater constriction than that made with TiO2 flux. In addition, an anode root made with SiO2 flux exhibited more condensation than that made with TiO2 flux. Results indicate that energy density of SiO2-flux assisted TIG welding is higher than that of TiO2-flux assisted TIG welding.

  15. Chemical and Electrochemical Differences in Nonaqueous Li-O2 and Na-O2 Batteries.

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    McCloskey, Bryan D; Garcia, Jeannette M; Luntz, Alan C

    2014-04-01

    We present a comparative study of nonaqueous Li-O2 and Na-O2 batteries employing an ether-based electrolyte. The most intriguing difference between the two batteries is their respective galvanostatic charging overpotentials: a Na-O2 battery exhibits a low overpotential throughout most of its charge, whereas a Li-O2 battery has a low initial overpotential that continuously increases to very high voltages by the end of charge. However, we find that the inherent kinetic Li and Na-O2 overpotentials, as measured on a flat glassy carbon electrode in a bulk electrolysis cell, are similar. Measurement of each batteries' desired product yield, YNaO2 and YLi2O2, during discharge and rechargeability by differential electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS) indicates that less chemical and electrochemical decomposition occurs in a Na-O2 battery during the first Galvanostatic discharge-charge cycle. We therefore postulate that reactivity differences (Li2O2 being more reactive than NaO2) between the major discharge products lead to the observed charge overpotential difference between each battery. PMID:26274476

  16. Nanoimprint lithography using TiO2-SiO2 ultraviolet curable materials

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    Takei, Satoshi

    2015-05-01

    Ultraviolet nanoimprint lithography has great potential for commercial device applications that are closest to production such as optical gratings, planar waveguides, photonic crystals, semiconductor, displays, solar cell panel, sensors, highbrightness LEDs, OLEDs, and optical data storage. I report and demonstrate the newly TiO2-SiO2 ultraviolet curable materials with 20-25 wt% ratio of high titanium for CF4/O2 etch selectivity using nanoimprint lithography process. The multiple structured three-dimensional micro- and nanolines patterns were observed to be successfully patterned over the large areas. The effect of titanium concentration on CF4/O2 etch selectivity with pattern transferring carbon layer imprinting time was investigated. CF4/O2 etching rate of the TiO2-SiO2 ultraviolet curable material was approximately 3.8 times lower than that of the referenced SiO2 sol-gel ultraviolet curable material. The TiO2-SiO2 ultraviolet curable material with high titanium concentration has been proved to be versatile in advanced nanofabrication.

  17. Comparisons between TiO2- and SiO2-flux assisted TIG welding processes.

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    Tseng, Kuang-Hung; Chen, Kuan-Lung

    2012-08-01

    This study investigates the effects of flux compounds on the weld shape, ferrite content, and hardness profile in the tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding of 6 mm-thick austenitic 316 L stainless steel plates, using TiO2 and SiO2 powders as the activated fluxes. The metallurgical characterizations of weld metal produced with the oxide powders were evaluated using ferritoscope, optical microscopy, and Vickers microhardness test. Under the same welding parameters, the penetration capability of TIG welding with TiO2 and SiO2 fluxes was approximately 240% and 292%, respectively. A plasma column made with SiO2 flux exhibited greater constriction than that made with TiO2 flux. In addition, an anode root made with SiO2 flux exhibited more condensation than that made with TiO2 flux. Results indicate that energy density of SiO2-flux assisted TIG welding is higher than that of TiO2-flux assisted TIG welding. PMID:22962749

  18. Chemical and Electrochemical Differences in Nonaqueous Li-O2 and Na-O2 Batteries.

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    McCloskey, Bryan D; Garcia, Jeannette M; Luntz, Alan C

    2014-04-01

    We present a comparative study of nonaqueous Li-O2 and Na-O2 batteries employing an ether-based electrolyte. The most intriguing difference between the two batteries is their respective galvanostatic charging overpotentials: a Na-O2 battery exhibits a low overpotential throughout most of its charge, whereas a Li-O2 battery has a low initial overpotential that continuously increases to very high voltages by the end of charge. However, we find that the inherent kinetic Li and Na-O2 overpotentials, as measured on a flat glassy carbon electrode in a bulk electrolysis cell, are similar. Measurement of each batteries' desired product yield, YNaO2 and YLi2O2, during discharge and rechargeability by differential electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS) indicates that less chemical and electrochemical decomposition occurs in a Na-O2 battery during the first Galvanostatic discharge-charge cycle. We therefore postulate that reactivity differences (Li2O2 being more reactive than NaO2) between the major discharge products lead to the observed charge overpotential difference between each battery.

  19. Relationship of O2 Photodesorption in Photooxidation of Acetone on TiO2

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    Henderson, Michael A.

    2008-07-31

    Organic photooxidation on TiO2 invariably involves the coexistence of organic species with oxygen on the surface at the same time. In the case of acetone and oxygen, both species exhibit their own interesting photochemistry on TiO2, but interdependences between the two are not understood. In this study, a rutile TiO2(110) surface possessing 7% surface oxygen vacancy sites is used as a model surface to probe the relationship between O2 photodesorption and acetone photodecomposition. Temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and photon stimulated desorption (PSD) measurements indicate that coadsorbed oxygen is essential to acetone photodecomposition on this surface, however the form of oxygen (molecular and dissociative) is not known. The first steps in acetone photodecomposition on TiO2(110) involve thermal activation with oxygen to form an acetone diolate ((CH3)2COO) species followed by photochemical decomposition to adsorbed acetate (CH3COO) and an ejected CH3 radical that is detected in PSD. Depending on the surface conditions, O2 PSD is also observed during the latter process. However, the time scales for the two PSD events (CH3 and O2) are quite different, withthe former occurring at ~10 times faster than the latter. By varying the preheating conditions or performing pre-irradiation on an O2 exposed surface, it becomes clear that the two PSD events are uncorrelated. That is, the O2 species responsible for O2 PSD is not a significant participant in the photochemistry of acetone on TiO2(110) and likely originates from a minority form of O2 on the surface. The CH3 and O2 PSD events do not appear to be in competition with each other suggesting either that ample charge carriers exist under the experimental conditions employed or that different charge carriers or excitation mechanisms are involved.

  20. Heat accumulator

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    Bracht, A.

    1981-09-29

    A heat accumulator comprises a thermally-insulated reservoir full of paraffin wax mixture or other flowable or meltable heat storage mass, heat-exchangers immersed in the mass, a heat-trap connected to one of the heat-exchangers, and a heat user connected to the other heat-exchanger. Pumps circulate fluids through the heat-trap and the heat-using means and the respective heat-exchangers, and a stirrer agitates and circulates the mass, and the pumps and the stirrer and electric motors driving these devices are all immersed in the mass.

  1. Hybrid Ag@TiO2 core-shell nanostructures with highly enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Yang, X. H.; Fu, H. T.; Wong, K.; Jiang, X. C.; Yu, A. B.

    2013-10-01

    A new synthetic approach has been developed to prepare silver@titanium dioxide (Ag@TiO2) core-shell nanostructures with controllable size, shape, crystal phase and function at ambient conditions (e.g. in water, ≤100 ° C). This approach shows a few unique features, including short reaction time (a few minutes) for forming core-shell nanostructures, no requirement of high temperature calcinations for generating TiO2 (e.g. at ˜100 ° C in our case), tunable TiO2 shell thickness, high yield and good reproducibility. The experimental results show that the Ag@TiO2 core-shell nanostructures exhibit excellent photocatalytic activity compared to the commercial TiO2 (P25) and Ag-doped TiO2 nanocomposite in the degradation of organic dye molecules (e.g. methyl orange) with ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. This could be attributed to the large surface area of TiO2 nanoparticles for maximum harvesting of UV light, mixed anatase and rutile crystalline phases in the TiO2 shell and the effective charge separation between Ag and TiO2 that can reduce the possible recombination of electron-hole (e--h+) pairs within TiO2 generated under UV radiation. To further understand the charge separation situation within Ag-TiO2 composites, theoretical simulation (e.g. density functional theory, DFT) was employed in this study. The DFT simulation results indicate that for the Ag@TiO2 core-shell nanostructures, photo-generated electrons transfer readily from the external TiO2 layer to the internal Ag layer with heavy accumulation compared to those doping Ag on TiO2 surfaces, which may reduce the recombination of e--h+ pairs and thus enhance the photocatalytic efficiency. The findings may open a new strategy to synthesize TiO2-based photocatalysts with highly enhanced efficiency for environmental remediation applications.

  2. An Ustilago maydis gene involved in H2O2 detoxification is required for virulence.

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    Molina, Lázaro; Kahmann, Regine

    2007-07-01

    The fungus Ustilago maydis is a biotrophic pathogen of maize (Zea mays). In its genome we have identified an ortholog of YAP1 (for Yeast AP-1-like) from Saccharomyces cerevisae that regulates the oxidative stress response in this organism. yap1 mutants of U. maydis displayed higher sensitivity to H(2)O(2) than wild-type cells, and their virulence was significantly reduced. U. maydis yap1 could partially complement the H(2)O(2) sensitivity of a yap1 deletion mutant of S. cerevisiae, and a Yap1-green fluorescent protein fusion protein showed nuclear localization after H(2)O(2) treatment, suggesting that Yap1 in U. maydis functions as a redox sensor. Mutations in two Cys residues prevented accumulation in the nucleus, and the respective mutant strains showed the same virulence phenotype as Deltayap1 mutants. Diamino benzidine staining revealed an accumulation of H(2)O(2) around yap1 mutant hyphae, which was absent in the wild type. Inhibition of the plant NADPH oxidase prevented this accumulation and restored virulence. During the infection, Yap1 showed nuclear localization after penetration up to 2 to 3 d after infection. Through array analysis, a large set of Yap1-regulated genes were identified and these included two peroxidase genes. Deletion mutants of these genes were attenuated in virulence. These results suggest that U. maydis is using its Yap1-controlled H(2)O(2) detoxification system for coping with early plant defense responses. PMID:17616735

  3. [Relationships between H2O2 metabolism and Ca2+ transport in dormancy-breaking process of nectarine floral buds].

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    Tan, Yue; Gao, Dong-sheng; Li, Ling; Wei, Hai-rong; Wang, Jia-wei; Liu, Qing-zhong

    2015-02-01

    In order to explore regulatory function of H2O2 in bud dormancy release, main effects of three dormancy-breaking treatments (high temperature, hydrogen cyanamide and TDZ) on H2O2 metabolism were determined, and impacts of H2O2 on Ca2+ transport were tested using non-invasive micro-test technique. The results showed that both high temperature and hydrogen cyanamide induced H2O2 accumulation and CAT inhibition were efficient in breaking dormancy during deep dormancy period. However, TDZ showed little impacts on H2O2 metabolism and was much less effective in breaking dormancy. Dormant floral primordium was absorbing state to exogenous Ca2+ due to active calcium channels. The Ca2+ transport could be changed by exogenous H2O2. H2O2 of low concentration reduced the absorption rate of Ca2+, and at high concentration, it changed the Ca2+ transport direction from absorption to release. The results indicated that H2O2 signals were related with Ca2+ signals in dormant buds. Ca2+ signal regulated by H2O2 accumulation might be important in the dormancy-breaking signal transduction process induced by high temperature and hydrogen cyanamide.

  4. Oxygen deficit and stores at onset of muscular exercise in humans

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    Di Prampero, P.E.; Boutellier, U.; Pietsch, P.

    1983-07-01

    Five human subjects performed cycloergometer trials at four different power levels from 50-150 W in trials designed to assess the effects of a reduction of the whole-body O2 stores of the O2 deficit and the single-breath O2 (VO2) consumption at the onset of the exercise. Monitoring was performed on the O2 uptake at the mouth during exercise, at rest, and during recovery, heart rate, blood lactate levels, and VO2 uptake. The subjects breathed either air or a hypoxic mixture. The total body stores of O2 were lower when breathing hypoxic air mixtures during exercise however, the comparative deficit was lower during the onset of exercise than in later stages of the trials. The breathing rate increased at a quicker rate when the subject breathed the hypoxic mixture before beginning the trials, then switched to normal air for exercise. 17 references.

  5. Direct observation of infinite NiO2 planes in LaNiO2 films

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    Ikeda, Ai; Krockenberger, Yoshiharu; Irie, Hiroshi; Naito, Michio; Yamamoto, Hideki

    2016-06-01

    Epitaxial thin films of LaNiO2, which is an oxygen-deficient perovskite with “infinite layers” of Ni1+O2, were prepared by a low-temperature reduction of LaNiO3 single-crystal films on NdGaO3 substrates. We report the high-angle annular dark-field and bright-field scanning transmission electron microscopy observations of infinite NiO2 planes of c-axis-oriented LaNiO2 epitaxial thin films with a layer stacking sequence of NiO2/La/NiO2. Resistivity measurements on the films show T 2 dependence between 400 and 150 K and a negative Hall coefficient.

  6. Mechanism of TiO2-assisted photocatalytic degradation of dyes under visible irradiation: photoelectrocatalytic study by TiO2-film electrodes.

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    Yang, Juan; Chen, Chuncheng; Ji, Hongwei; Ma, Wanhong; Zhao, Jincai

    2005-11-24

    Photoelectrocatalytic degradation of various dyes under visible light irradiation with a TiO(2) nanoparticles electrode has been investigated to reveal the mechanism for TiO(2)-assisted photocatalytic degradation of dyes. The degradation of both cationic and anionic dyes at different biases, including the change in the degradation rate of the dyes and the photocurrent change with the bias potential, the degraded intermediates, the voltage-induced adsorption of dyes, the accumulation of electrons in the TiO(2) electrode, the effect of various additives such as benzoquinone (BQ) and N,N-dimethyl aniline (DMA), and the formation of active oxygen species such as O(2)(*-) and H(2)O(2) were examined by UV-visible spectroscopy, HPLC, TOC, and spin-trap ESR spectrometry. It was found that the dyes could controllably interact with the TiO(2) surface by external bias changes and charging of dyes. The cationic dyes such as RhB and MG underwent efficient mineralization at negative bias, but the N-dealkylation process predominated at positive bias under visible light irradiation. The discolorations of the anionic dyes SRB and AR could not be accelerated significantly at either negative or positive bias. At a negative bias of -0.6 V vs SCE, O(2)(*-) and dye(*+) were formed simultaneously at the electrode/electrolyte interface during degradation of cationic RhB. In the case of anionic dyes, however, it is impossible for the O(2)(*-) and dye cationic radical to coexist at the electrode/electrolyte surface. Experimental results imply both the superoxide anionic radical and the dye cationic radical are essential to the mineralization of the dyes under visible light-induced photocatalytic conditions.

  7. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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    ... finish things? If so, your child may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Nearly everyone shows some of these behaviors at times, but ADHD lasts more than 6 months and causes problems ...

  8. [Effects of water deficit and nitrogen fertilization on winter wheat growth and nitrogen uptake].

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    Qi, You-Ling; Zhang, Fu-Cang; Li, Kai-Feng

    2009-10-01

    Winter wheat plants were cultured in vitro tubes to study their growth and nitrogen uptake under effects of water deficit at different growth stages and nitrogen fertilization. Water deficit at any growth stages could obviously affect the plant height, leaf area, dry matter accumulation, and nitrogen uptake. Jointing stage was the most sensitive stage of winter wheat growth to water deficit, followed by flowering stage, grain-filling stage, and seedling stages. Rewatering after the water deficit at seedling stage had a significant compensation effect on winter wheat growth, and definite compensation effect was observed on the biomass accumulation and nitrogen absorption when rewatering was made after the water deficit at flowering stage. Under the same nitrogen fertilization levels, the nitrogen accumulation in root with water deficit at seedling, jointing, flowering, and grain-filling stages was reduced by 25.82%, 55.68%, 46.14%, and 16.34%, and the nitrogen accumulation in aboveground part was reduced by 33.37%, 51.71%, 27.01%, and 2.60%, respectively, compared with no water deficit. Under the same water deficit stages, the nitrogen content and accumulation of winter wheat decreased with decreasing nitrogen fertilization level, i. e., 0.3 g N x kg(-1) FM > 0.2 g N x kg(-1) FM > 0.1 g N x kg(-1) FM. Nitrogen fertilization had obvious regulation effect on winter wheat plant growth, dry matter accumulation, and nitrogen uptake under water stress.

  9. Nanoparticle size and combined toxicity of TiO2 and DSLS (surfactant) contribute to lysosomal responses in digestive cells of mussels exposed to TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Jimeno-Romero, A; Oron, M; Cajaraville, M P; Soto, M; Marigómez, I

    2016-10-01

    The aim of this investigation was to understand the bioaccumulation, cell and tissue distribution and biological effects of disodium laureth sulfosuccinate (DSLS)-stabilised TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) in marine mussels, Mytilus galloprovincialis. Mussels were exposed in vivo to 0.1, 1 and 10 mg Ti/L either as TiO2 NPs (60 and 180 nm) or bulk TiO2, as well as to DSLS alone. A significant Ti accumulation was observed in mussels exposed to TiO2 NPs, which were localised in endosomes, lysosomes and residual bodies of digestive cells, and in the lumen of digestive tubules, as demonstrated by ultrastructural observations and electron probe X-ray microanalysis. TiO2 NPs of 60 nm were internalised within digestive cell lysosomes to a higher extent than TiO2 NPs of 180 nm, as confirmed by the quantification of black silver deposits after autometallography. The latter were localised mainly forming large aggregates in the lumen of the gut. Consequently, lysosomal membrane stability (LMS) was significantly reduced upon exposure to both TiO2 NPs although more markedly after exposure to TiO2-60 NPs. Exposure to bulk TiO2 and to DSLS also affected the stability of the lysosomal membrane. Thus, effects on the lysosomal membrane depended on the nanoparticle size and on the combined biological effects of TiO2 and DSLS.

  10. Chemical trend of superconducting transition temperature in hole-doped delafossite of CuAlO2, AgAlO2 and AuAlO2

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    Nakanishi, Akitaka; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi

    2012-12-01

    We have performed the first-principles calculations about the superconducting transition temperature Tc of hole-doped delafossite CuAlO2, AgAlO2 and AuAlO2. Calculated Tc are about 50 K (CuAlO2), 40 K (AgAlO2) and 3 K(AuAlO2) at maximum in the optimum hole-doping concentration. The low Tc of AuAlO2 is attributed to the weak electron-phonon interaction caused by the low covalency and heavy atomic mass.

  11. Spectral identification of abiotic O2 buildup from early runaways and rarefied atmospheres

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    Schwieterman, Edward; Meadows, Victoria; Domagal-Goldman, Shawn; Arney, Giada; Luger, Rodrigo; Barnes, Rory

    2015-11-01

    The spectral detection of oxygen (O2) in a planetary atmosphere has been considered a robust signature of life because O2 is highly reactive on planets with Earth-like redox buffers and because significant continuous abiotic sources were thought to be implausible. However, recent work has revealed the possibility that significant O2 may build-up in terrestrial planet atmospheres through (1) photochemical channels or (2) through massive hydrogen escape. We focus on the latter category here. Significant amounts of abiotic O2 could remain in the atmospheres of planets in the habitable zones of late type stars, where an early runaway greenhouse and massive hydrogen escape during the pre-main-sequence phase could have irreversibly oxidized the crust and mantle (Luger & Barnes 2015). Additionally, it has been hypothesized that O2 could accumulate in the atmospheres of planets with sufficiently low abundances of noncondensable gases such as N2 where water would not be cold trapped in the troposphere, leading to H-escape from UV photolysis in a wet stratosphere (Wordsworth & Pierrehumbert 2014). We self-consistently model the climate, photochemistry, and spectra of both rarefied and post-runaway, high-O2 atmospheres. Because an early runaway might not have lasted long enough for the entire water inventory to have escaped, we explore both completely desiccated scenarios and cases where a surface ocean remains. We find “habitable” surface conditions for a wide variety of oxygen abundances, atmospheric masses, and CO2 mixing ratios. If O2 builds up from H escape, the O2 abundance should be very high, and could be spectrally indicated by the presence of O2 collisionally-induced absorption (CIA) features. We generate synthetic direct-imaging and transit transmission spectra of these atmospheres and calculate the strength of the UV/Visible and NIR O2 CIA features. We find that while both the UV/Visible and NIR O2 CIA features are strong in the direct-imaging spectra of very

  12. Catalyst performance and mechanism of catalytic combustion of dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) over Ce doped TiO2.

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    Cao, Shuang; Wang, Haiqiang; Yu, Feixiang; Shi, Mengpa; Chen, Shuang; Weng, Xiaole; Liu, Yue; Wu, Zhongbiao

    2016-02-01

    TiO2 and Ce/TiO2 were synthesized and subsequently used for the catalytic combustion of DCM. TiO2 had abundant Lewis acid sites and was responsible for the adsorption and the rupture of C-Cl bonds. However, TiO2 tended to be inactivated because of chloride poisoning due to the adsorption and accumulation of Cl species over the surface. While, Ce/TiO2 obtained total oxidation of CH2Cl2 at 335°C and exhibited stable DCM removal activity on 100h long-time stability tests at 330°C without any catalyst deactivation. The doped cerium generated Ce(3+) chemical states and surface active oxygen, and therefore played important roles from two aspects as follows. First of all, the poisoning of Cl for Ce/TiO2 was inhibited to some extent by CeO2 due to the rapid removal of Cl on the surface of CeO2, which has been verified by NH3-IR characterization. In the other hand, CeO2 enhanced the further deep oxidation of C-H from byproducts and retained the certain oxidation of CO to CO2. Based on the DRIFT characterization and the catalysts activity tests, a two-step reaction pathway for the catalytic combustion of DCM on Ce/TiO2 catalyst was proposed. PMID:26550781

  13. Catalyst performance and mechanism of catalytic combustion of dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) over Ce doped TiO2.

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    Cao, Shuang; Wang, Haiqiang; Yu, Feixiang; Shi, Mengpa; Chen, Shuang; Weng, Xiaole; Liu, Yue; Wu, Zhongbiao

    2016-02-01

    TiO2 and Ce/TiO2 were synthesized and subsequently used for the catalytic combustion of DCM. TiO2 had abundant Lewis acid sites and was responsible for the adsorption and the rupture of C-Cl bonds. However, TiO2 tended to be inactivated because of chloride poisoning due to the adsorption and accumulation of Cl species over the surface. While, Ce/TiO2 obtained total oxidation of CH2Cl2 at 335°C and exhibited stable DCM removal activity on 100h long-time stability tests at 330°C without any catalyst deactivation. The doped cerium generated Ce(3+) chemical states and surface active oxygen, and therefore played important roles from two aspects as follows. First of all, the poisoning of Cl for Ce/TiO2 was inhibited to some extent by CeO2 due to the rapid removal of Cl on the surface of CeO2, which has been verified by NH3-IR characterization. In the other hand, CeO2 enhanced the further deep oxidation of C-H from byproducts and retained the certain oxidation of CO to CO2. Based on the DRIFT characterization and the catalysts activity tests, a two-step reaction pathway for the catalytic combustion of DCM on Ce/TiO2 catalyst was proposed.

  14. Improved Photodegradation of Organic Contaminants Using Nano-TiO2 and TiO2 -SiO2 Deposited on Portland Cement Concrete Blocks.

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    Jafari, Hoda; Afshar, Shahrara

    2016-01-01

    The photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanoparticles (nano-TiO2 ) and its hybrid with SiO2 (nano-TiO2 -SiO2 ) for degradation of some organic dyes on cementitious materials was studied in this work. Nanohybrid photocatalysts were prepared using an inorganic sol-gel precursor and then characterized using XRD, SEM and UV-Vis. The grain sizes were estimated by Scherrer's equation to be around 10 nm. Then, a thin layer was applied to Portland cement concrete (PCC) blocks by dipping them into nano-TiO2 and nano-TiO2 -SiO2 solution. The efficiency of coated PCC blocks for the photocatalytic decomposition of two dyes, Malachite Green oxalate (MG) and Methylene Blue (MB), was examined under UV and visible irradiation and then monitored by the chemical oxygen demand tests. The results showed that more than 80% and 92% of MG and MB were decomposed under UV-Vis irradiation using blocks coated with nano-TiO2 -SiO2 . TiO2 /PCC and TiO2 -SiO2 /PCC blocks showed a significant ability to oxidize dyes under visible and UV lights and TiO2 -SiO2 /PCC blocks require less time for dye degradation. Based on these results, coated blocks have increased photocatalytic activity which can make them commercially accessible photocatalysts. PMID:26648581

  15. O2(a1Δ) Quenching In The O/O2/O3 System

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    Azyazov, V. N.; Mikheyev, P. A.; Postell, D.; Heaven, M. C.

    2010-10-01

    The development of discharge singlet oxygen generators (DSOG's) that can operate at high pressures is required for the power scaling of the discharge oxygen iodine laser. In order to achieve efficient high-pressure DSOG operation it is important to understand the mechanisms by which singlet oxygen (O2(a1Δ)) is quenched in these devices. It has been proposed that three-body deactivation processes of the type O2(a1Δ)+O+M→2O2+M provide significant energy loss channels. To further explore these reactions the physical and reactive quenching of O2(a1Δ) in O(3P)/O2/O3/CO2/He/Ar mixtures has been investigated. Oxygen atoms and singlet oxygen molecules were produced by the 248 nm laser photolysis of ozone. The kinetics of O2(a1Δ) quenching were followed by observing the 1268 nm fluorescence of the O2a1Δ-X3∑ transition. Fast quenching of O2(a1Δ) in the presence of oxygen atoms and molecules was observed. The mechanism of the process has been examined using kinetic models, which indicate that quenching by vibrationally excited ozone is the dominant reaction.

  16. Evaluation of the electrochemical O2 concentrator as an O2 compressor

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    Marshall, R. D.; Carlson, J. N.

    1975-01-01

    A program was successfully completed to analytically and experimentally evaluate the feasibility of using an electrochemical oxygen (O2) concentrator as an O2 compressor. The electrochemical O2 compressor (EOC) compresses 345 kN/sq m (50 psia) O2 generated on board the space vehicle by the water electrolysis subsystem (WES) in a single stage to 20,700 kN/sq m (3000 psia) to refill spent extravehicular equipment O2 bottles and to eliminate the need for high pressure O2 storage. The single cell EOC designed, fabricated, and used for the feasibility testing is capable of being tested at O2 pressures up to 41,400 kN/sq m (6000 psia). A ground support test facility to test the EOC cell was designed, fabricated, and used for the EOC feasibility testing. A product assurance program was established, implemented, and maintained which emphasized safety and materials compatibility associated with high pressure O2 operation. A membrane development program was conducted to develop a membrane for EOC application. Data obtained using a commercially available membrane were used to guide the development of the membranes fabricated specifically for an EOC. A total of 15 membranes were fabricated.

  17. Site-Specific Photosimulated Reactions of O2 on TiO2(110)

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    Wang, Zhi-Tao; Deskins, N. Aaron; Lyubinetsky, Igor

    2013-03-01

    We report the direct observation at an atomic level with high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy of photostimulated reactions of single O2 molecules on reduced TiO2(110) surfaces at 50 K. Two distinct reactions of O2 desorption and dissociation occur at different active sites of terminal Ti atoms and bridging O vacancies, respectively demonstrating the critical relation between photoreactivity and adsorption sites on TiO2. These two reaction channels follow very different kinetics. Hole-mediated O2 desorption is promptly and fully completed, while electron-mediated O2 dissociation is much slower and is quenched above some critical O2 coverage. Density functional theory calculations indicate that both coordination and charge state of an O2 molecule chemisorbed at specific site largely determine a particular reaction pathway. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, and performed at EMSL, a DOE User Facility sponsored by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at PNNL.

  18. Thermoelectric Properties in the TiO2/SnO2 System

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    Dynys, F.; Sayir, A.; Sehirlioglu, A.; Berger, M.

    2009-01-01

    Nanotechnology has provided a new interest in thermoelectric technology. A thermodynamically driven process is one approach in achieving nanostructures in bulk materials. TiO2/SnO2 system exhibits a large spinodal region with exceptional stable phase separated microstructures up to 1400 C. Fabricated TiO2/SnO2 nanocomposites exhibit n-type behavior with Seebeck coefficients greater than -300 .V/K. Composites exhibit good thermal conductance in the range of 7 to 1 W/mK. Dopant additions have not achieved high electrical conductivity (<1000 S/m). Formation of oxygen deficient composites, TixSn1-xO2-y, can change the electrical conductivity by four orders of magnitude. Achieving higher thermoelectric ZT by oxygen deficiency is being explored. Seebeck coeffcient, thermal conductivity, electrical conductance and microstructure will be discussed in relation to composition and doping.

  19. Enhancement of photocatalytic properties of TiO2 nanoparticles doped with CeO2 and supported on SiO2 for phenol degradation

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    Hao, Chunjing; Li, Jing; Zhang, Zailei; Ji, Yongjun; Zhan, Hanhui; Xiao, Fangxing; Wang, Dan; Liu, Bin; Su, Fabing

    2015-03-01

    A series of CeO2-TiO2 and CeO2-TiO2/SiO2 composites were prepared with TiCl4 and Ce (NO3)3·6H2O as precursors via a facile co-precipitation method. The obtained samples were characterized by various techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption (N2-BET), Fourier transformation infrared spectrum (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV-Vis spectroscopy measurements. The results indicated that TiO2 doped with CeO2 and supported on SiO2 could reduce the crystallite size, inhibit the phase transformation, enhance the thermal stability, and effectively extend the spectral response from UV to visible range. When applied to the phenol photodegradation on a homemade batch reactor with an external cooling jacket, the CeO2-TiO2/SiO2 catalysts exhibited significantly enhanced photodegradation efficiency in comparison with commercial Degussa P25 and CeO2-TiO2. The unique catalytic properties of CeO2-TiO2/SiO2 were ascribed to improved electron-hole pairs separation efficiency and formation of more reactive oxygen species owing to the presence of Ce3+/Ce4+, as well as high dispersion of active component of CeO2-TiO2 as a result of the introduction of SiO2 support. Furthermore, the catalysts can be easily recovered from the reaction solution by centrifugation and reused for four cycles without significant loss of activity.

  20. O2 and O2+ density from the Rings through Inner Magnetosphere

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    Elrod, M. K.; Johnson, R. E.; Cassidy, T. A.; Wilson, R. J.; Tokar, R. L.; Tseng, W. L.; Ip, W. H.

    2008-12-01

    The main rings and the ice grains in the tenuous F and G rings are a source of O2+ ions for the inner magnetosphere (Tokar et. al. 2005). These ions are formed from neutral O2 through the decomposition of ice by incident radiation (Johnson et. al. 2006). As the principal source of O2+ ions is from the ionization of the neutral O2 molecules through photo and electron impact ionization, O2+ becomes a marker for the radiation induced decomposition of ice and the presence of O2 neutrals. Recently, Martens et al (2008) described O2+ beyond the orbit of Enceladus, noting the possibility that Rhea is a source. Here we focus on O2+ inside the orbit of Enceladus. Through simulations of the neutral cloud created by photo- induced decomposition of the ice in the main rings and the tenuous F and G rings (Johnson et. al. 2006, Tseng et. al. 2008) it is possible to calculate the column density of the neutrals and the O2+ source rate in the inner magnetosphere. Using the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS) data we describe the density of the O2+ ions from the rings out to the orbit of Enceladus. The largest source of O2 neutrals is expected to be the main rings. However, here we examine whether or not the energetic ion irradiation of grains in the F and G rings are significant sources of O2 and if ion-neutral reactions in the Enceladus plume are a possible source. References: Johnson, R.E., et. al., "Production, Ionization and Redistribution of O2 Saturn's Ring Atmosphere" Icarus 180, 393-402 (2006). Martens, H. R., et. al., 'Observations of molecular oxygen ions in Saturn's inner magnetosphere'. Geophy. Res. Lett. In press(2008). Tokar, R.L., et. al., 2005. Cassini Observations of the Thermal Plasma in the Vicinity of Saturn's Main Rings and the F and G Rings. Geophys. Res. Lett. 32, doi:10.1029/2005GL022690. L14S04. Tseng et. al. 'Saturn's Ring Atmosphere' to be submitted (2008).

  1. Reaction pathways of dimethyl phthalate degradation in TiO2-UV-O2 and TiO2-UV-Fe(VI) systems.

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    Yuan, Bao-ling; Li, Xiang-zhong; Graham, Nigel

    2008-05-01

    The photocatalytic degradation of dimethyl phthalate (DMP) in aqueous TiO2 suspension under UV illumination has been investigated using oxygen (O2) and ferrate (Fe(VI)) as electron acceptors. The experiments demonstrated that Fe(VI) was a more effective electron acceptor than O2 for scavenging the conduction band electrons from the surface of the catalyst. Some major intermediate products from DMP degradation were identified by HPLC and GC/MS analyses. The analytical results identified dimethyl 3-hydroxyphthalate and dimethyl 2-hydroxyphthalate as the two main intermediate products from the DMP degradation in the TiO2-UV-O2 system, while in contrast phthalic acid was found to be the main intermediate product in the TiO2-UV-Fe(VI) system. These findings indicate that DMP degradation in the TiO2-UV-O2 and TiO2-UV-Fe(VI) systems followed different reaction pathways. An electron spin resonance analysis confirmed that hydroxyl radicals existed in the TiO2-UV-O2 reaction system and an unknown radical species (most likely an iron-oxo species) is suspected to exist in the TiO2-UV-Fe(VI) reaction system. Two pathway schemes of DMP degradation in the TiO2-UV-O2 and TiO2-UV-Fe(VI) reaction systems are proposed. It is believed that the radicals formed in the TiO2-UV-O2 reaction system preferably attack the aromatic ring of the DMP, while in contrast the radicals formed in the TiO2-UV-Fe(VI) reaction systems attack the alkyl chain of DMP.

  2. Regulation of invertase activity in different root zones of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seedlings in the course of osmotic adjustment under water deficit conditions.

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    Königshofer, Helga; Löppert, Hans-Georg

    2015-07-01

    Osmotic adjustment of roots is an essential adaptive mechanism to sustain water uptake and root growth under water deficit. In this paper, the role of invertases (β-fructofuranosidase, EC 3.2.1.26) in osmotic adjustment was investigated in the root tips (cell division and elongation zone) and the root maturation zone of wheat (Triticum aestivum L. cv. Josef) in the course of osmotic stress imposed by 20% polyethylene glycol (PEG) 6000. The two root zones investigated differed distinctly in the response of invertases to water deprivation. In the root tips, the activity of the vacuolar and cell wall-bound invertases increased markedly under water stress resulting in the accumulation of hexoses (glucose and fructose) that contributed significantly to osmotic adjustment. A transient rise in hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) preceded the enhancement of invertases upon exposure to osmotic stress. Treatment with the NADPH oxidase inhibitor diphenylene iodonium (DPI) abolished the stress induced H2O2 production and suppressed the stimulation of the vacuolar invertase activity, whereas the activity of the cell wall-bound invertase was not influenced by DPI. As a consequence of the inhibitory effect of DPI on the vacuolar invertase, hexose levels and osmotic adjustment were also markedly decreased in the root tips under water deficit in the presence of DPI. These data suggest that H2O2 probably generated by a NADPH oxidase is required as a signalling molecule for the up-regulation of the vacuolar invertase activity in the root tips under osmotic stress, thereby enhancing the capacity for osmotic adjustment. In the root maturation zone, an early H2O2 signal could not be detected in response to PEG application. Only an increase in the glucose level that was not paralleled by fructose and a slight stimulation of the activity of the vacuolar invertase occurred in the maturation zone after water deprivation. The stress induced accumulation of glucose in the maturation zone was not

  3. Regulation of invertase activity in different root zones of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seedlings in the course of osmotic adjustment under water deficit conditions.

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    Königshofer, Helga; Löppert, Hans-Georg

    2015-07-01

    Osmotic adjustment of roots is an essential adaptive mechanism to sustain water uptake and root growth under water deficit. In this paper, the role of invertases (β-fructofuranosidase, EC 3.2.1.26) in osmotic adjustment was investigated in the root tips (cell division and elongation zone) and the root maturation zone of wheat (Triticum aestivum L. cv. Josef) in the course of osmotic stress imposed by 20% polyethylene glycol (PEG) 6000. The two root zones investigated differed distinctly in the response of invertases to water deprivation. In the root tips, the activity of the vacuolar and cell wall-bound invertases increased markedly under water stress resulting in the accumulation of hexoses (glucose and fructose) that contributed significantly to osmotic adjustment. A transient rise in hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) preceded the enhancement of invertases upon exposure to osmotic stress. Treatment with the NADPH oxidase inhibitor diphenylene iodonium (DPI) abolished the stress induced H2O2 production and suppressed the stimulation of the vacuolar invertase activity, whereas the activity of the cell wall-bound invertase was not influenced by DPI. As a consequence of the inhibitory effect of DPI on the vacuolar invertase, hexose levels and osmotic adjustment were also markedly decreased in the root tips under water deficit in the presence of DPI. These data suggest that H2O2 probably generated by a NADPH oxidase is required as a signalling molecule for the up-regulation of the vacuolar invertase activity in the root tips under osmotic stress, thereby enhancing the capacity for osmotic adjustment. In the root maturation zone, an early H2O2 signal could not be detected in response to PEG application. Only an increase in the glucose level that was not paralleled by fructose and a slight stimulation of the activity of the vacuolar invertase occurred in the maturation zone after water deprivation. The stress induced accumulation of glucose in the maturation zone was not

  4. Adsorption Kinetics of Acid Orange 7 on Nano-CeO2-TiO2 in Water.

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    Song, Xiaozhen; Zhao, Bin; Gu, Mingjie; Li, Ruixing

    2015-09-01

    To investigate the application of nano-CeO2-TiO2 as a sorbent in wastewater treatment, CeO2-TiO2 powder was prepared by the solvothermal method and then characterized. The adsorption kinetics of the adsorption of acid orange 7 (AO7) on CeO2-TiO2 were investigated under various conditions, such as initial concentration, temperature, and pH of the AO7 solution. Kinetic analyses were conducted with both Lagergren pseudo-first and pseudo-second order models. The results showed that the CeO2-TiO2 powder was composed of cubic CeO2 and anatase TiO2 with a specific surface area of 140.42 m2 x g(-1). The adsorption capacity of AO7 on CeO2-TiO2 increased with increasing starting concentration of AO7, but decreased with increasing temperature. The most favorable pH range of the A07 solution was 3-8 for the adsorption of AO7 on CeO2-TiO2. The results revealed that the adsorption kinetics of AO7 on CeO2-TiO2 matched the pseudo-second order model very well. The results indicate that CeO2-TiO2 has a potential application in the removal of AO7 from wastewater.

  5. Availability of O2 and H2O2 on Pre-Photosynthetic Earth

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    Kasting, James F.; Lee, Sukyoung

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Old arguments that free O2 must have been available at Earth's surface prior to the origin of photosynthesis have been revived by a new study that shows that aerobic respiration can occur at dissolved oxygen concentrations much lower than had previously been thought, perhaps as low as 0.05 nM, which corresponds to a partial pressure for O2 of about 4 × 10−8 bar. We used numerical models to study whether such O2 concentrations might have been provided by atmospheric photochemistry. Results show that disproportionation of H2O2 near the surface might have yielded enough O2 to satisfy this constraint. Alternatively, poleward transport of O2 from the equatorial stratosphere into the polar night region, followed by downward transport in the polar vortex, may have brought O2 directly to the surface. Thus, our calculations indicate that this “early respiration” hypothesis might be physically reasonable. Key Words: Early Earth—Oxygen—Respiration—Tracer transport—General circulation. Astrobiology 11, 293–302. PMID:21545266

  6. Mobilities of ground-state and metastable O/+/, O2/+/, O/2+/, and O2/2+/ ions in helium and neon

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    Johnsen, R.; Biondi, M. A.; Hayashi, M.

    1982-09-01

    The ionic mobilities of O(+), O2(+), O(2+), and O2(2+) in helium and neon have been measured using a selected-ion drift apparatus (SIDA). It is found that the mobilities of both O(+) and O2(+) ions in the metastable states (2D or 4Pi u) are measurably smaller than those of the same ions carried out by using known, state-selective ion-molecule reactions. A similar mobility differentiation of ground-state and metastable ions was not observed for the O(2+) and O2(2+) ions.

  7. Equilibrium constant for the reversible reaction ClO + O2 - ClO-O2

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    Demore, W. B.

    1990-01-01

    It is shown here that the equilibrium constant for the reversible reaction ClO + O2 - ClO-O2 at stratospheric temperatures must be at least three orders of magnitude less than the current NASA upper limit. The new upper limit greatly diminishes the possible role of ClO-O2 in the chlorine-photosensitized decomposition of O3. Nevertheless, it does not preclude the possibility that it is a significant reservoir of ClO, as well as a possible reactant, at low temperatures characteristic of polar vortices.

  8. Culture of Spirulina platensis in human urine for biomass production and O2 evolution*

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    Feng, Dao-lun; Wu, Zu-cheng

    2006-01-01

    Attempts were made to culture Spirulina platensis in human urine directly to achieve biomass production and O2 evolution, for potential application to nutrient regeneration and air revitalization in life support system. The culture results showed that Spirulina platensis grows successfully in diluted human urine, and yields maximal biomass at urine dilution ratios of 140~240. Accumulation of lipid and decreasing of protein occurred due to N deficiency. O2 release rate of Spirulina platensis in diluted human urine was higher than that in Zarrouk medium. PMID:16365923

  9. Photosensitivity enhancement with TiO2 in semitransparent light-sensitive skins of nanocrystal monolayers.

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    Akhavan, Shahab; Yeltik, Aydan; Demir, Hilmi Volkan

    2014-06-25

    We propose and demonstrate light-sensitive nanocrystal skins that exhibit broadband sensitivity enhancement based on electron transfer to a thin TiO2 film grown by atomic layer deposition. In these photosensors, which operate with no external bias, photogenerated electrons remain trapped inside the nanocrystals. These electrons generally recombine with the photogenerated holes that accumulate at the top interfacing contact, which leads to lower photovoltage buildup. Because favorable conduction band offset aids in transferring photoelectrons from CdTe nanocrystals to the TiO2 layer, which decreases the exciton recombination probability, TiO2 has been utilized as the electron-accepting material in these light-sensitive nanocrystal skins. A controlled interface thickness between the TiO2 layer and the monolayer of CdTe nanocrystals enables a photovoltage buildup enhancement in the proposed nanostructure platform. With TiO2 serving as the electron acceptor, we observed broadband sensitivity improvement across 350-475 nm, with an approximately 22% enhancement. Furthermore, time-resolved fluorescence measurements verified the electron transfer from the CdTe nanocrystals to the TiO2 layer in light-sensitive skins. These results could pave the way for engineering nanocrystal-based light-sensing platforms, such as smart transparent windows, light-sensitive walls, and large-area optical detection systems. PMID:24821008

  10. O2 store management in diving emperor penguins

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    Ponganis, P. J.; Stockard, T. K.; Meir, J. U.; Williams, C. L.; Ponganis, K. V.; Howard, R.

    2009-01-01

    Summary In order to further define O2 store utilization during dives and understand the physiological basis of the aerobic dive limit (ADL, dive duration associated with the onset of post-dive blood lactate accumulation), emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) were equipped with either a blood partial pressure of oxygen (PO2) recorder or a blood sampler while they were diving at an isolated dive hole in the sea ice of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Arterial PO2 profiles (57 dives) revealed that (a) pre-dive PO2 was greater than that at rest, (b) PO2 transiently increased during descent and (c) post-dive PO2 reached that at rest in 1.92±1.89 min (N=53). Venous PO2 profiles (130 dives) revealed that (a) pre-dive venous PO2 was greater than that at rest prior to 61% of dives, (b) in 90% of dives venous PO2 transiently increased with a mean maximum PO2 of 53±18 mmHg and a mean increase in PO2 of 11±12 mmHg, (c) in 78% of dives, this peak venous PO2 occurred within the first 3 min, and (d) post-dive venous PO2 reached that at rest within 2.23±2.64 min (N=84). Arterial and venous PO2 values in blood samples collected 1–3 min into dives were greater than or near to the respective values at rest. Blood lactate concentration was less than 2 mmol l–1 as far as 10.5 min into dives, well beyond the known ADL of 5.6 min. Mean arterial and venous PN2 of samples collected at 20–37 m depth were 2.5 times those at the surface, both being 2.1±0.7 atmospheres absolute (ATA; N=3 each), and were not significantly different. These findings are consistent with the maintenance of gas exchange during dives (elevated arterial and venous PO2 and PN2 during dives), muscle ischemia during dives (elevated venous PO2, lack of lactate washout into blood during dives), and arterio-venous shunting of blood both during the surface period (venous PO2 greater than that at rest) and during dives (arterialized venous PO2 values during descent, equivalent arterial and venous PN2 values during

  11. Spectral identification of abiotic O2 buildup from early runaways and rarefied atmospheres

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    Schwieterman, Edward; Meadows, Victoria; Domagal-Goldman, Shawn; Arney, Giada; Robinson, Tyler D.; Luger, Rodrigo; Barnes, Rory

    2016-01-01

    The spectral detection of oxygen (O2) in a planetary atmosphere has been considered a robust signature of life because O2 is highly reactive on planets with Earth-like redox buffers and because significant continuous abiotic sources were thought to be implausible. However, recent work has revealed the possibility that significant O2 may build-up in terrestrial atmospheres through (1) photochemical channels or (2) through the escape of hydrogen. We focus on the latter category here. Significant amounts of abiotic O2 could remain in the atmospheres of planets in the habitable zones of late type stars, where an early runaway greenhouse and massive hydrogen escape during the pre-main-sequence phase could have irreversibly oxidized the crust and mantle (Luger & Barnes 2015). Additionally, it has been hypothesized that O2 could accumulate in the atmospheres of planets with sufficiently low abundances of non-condensable gases such as N2 where water would not be cold trapped in the troposphere, leading to H-escape from UV photolysis in a wet stratosphere (Wordsworth & Pierrehumbert 2014). We self-consistently model the climate, photochemistry, and spectra of both rarefied and post-runaway, high-O2 atmospheres. Because an early runaway might not have lasted long enough for the entire water inventory to escape, we explore both completely desiccated scenarios and cases where a surface ocean remains. We find "habitable" surface conditions for a wide variety of oxygen abundances, atmospheric masses, and CO2 mixing ratios. If O2 builds up from massive or sustained H escape, the O2 abundance should be very high, and could be spectrally indicated by the presence of O2-O2 (O4) collisionally-induced absorption (CIA) features. We generate synthetic direct-imaging and transit transmission spectra of these atmospheres and calculate the strength of the UV/Visible and NIR O4 features. We find that while both the UV/Visible and NIR O4 features are strong in the radiance spectra of very

  12. Enhanced oxygen evolution activity of IrO2 and RuO2 (100) surfaces

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    Stoerzinger, Kelsey; Qiao, Liang; Biegalski, Michael D; Christen, Hans M; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2014-01-01

    The activities of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) on IrO2 and RuO2 catalysts are among the highest known to date. However, the intrinsic OER activities of surfaces with defined crystallographic orientations are not well established experimentally. Here we report that the (100) surface of IrO2 and RuO2 is more active than the (110) surface that has been traditionally explored by density functional theory studies. The relation between the OER activity and density of coordinatively undersaturated metal sites exposed on each rutile crystallographic facet is discussed. The surface-orientation dependent activities can guide the design of high-surface-area catalysts with increased activity for electrolyzers, metal-air batteries, and photoelectrochemical water splitting applications.

  13. Literacies and Deficits Revisited.

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    Scott, Jerrie Cobb

    1993-01-01

    Identifies two factors that contribute to the recycling of deficit pedagogy in programs targeted for marginalized students: traditional, technocratic definitions of literacy; and "uncritical dysconsciousness" (the acceptance of culturally sanctioned beliefs that, regardless of good intentions, defend the advantages of insiders and the…

  14. Rethinking Attention Deficit Disorders.

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    Cherkes-Julkowski, Miriam; And Others

    This book reviews issues concerning attention deficit disorders (ADDs) in the context of a systems perspective. ADDs are viewed as resulting from dynamic interactions of behavior, cognition, and affect, out of which emerge distinct and idiosyncratic ways of coping. Chapter 1 looks at the interaction of attention and behavior. In chapter 2, the…

  15. The Federal Deficit.

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    Schug, Mark C., Ed.

    1986-01-01

    This first edition of a new semiannual publication for secondary school teachers of social studies features the article, "The Federal Deficit: Challenges and Opportunities for Policy Makers" (Walter Heller and Bruce Dalgaard) and provides ideas for subject area teaching activities in economics, U.S. government, and world history that offer…

  16. Nanostructured porous RuO2/MnO2 as a highly efficient catalyst for high-rate Li-O2 batteries.

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    Wang, Guoqing; Huang, Liliang; Huang, Wei; Xie, Jian; Du, Gaohui; Zhang, Shichao; Zhu, Peiyi; Cao, Gaoshao; Zhao, Xinbing

    2015-12-28

    Despite the recent advancements in Li-O(2) (or Li-air) batteries, great challenges still remain to realize high-rate, long-term cycling. In this work, a binder-free, nanostructured RuO(2)/MnO(2) catalytic cathode was designed to realize the operation of Li-O(2) batteries at high rates. At a current density as high as 3200 mA g(-1) (or ∼1.3 mA cm(-2)), the RuO(2)/MnO(2) catalyzed Li-O(2) batteries with LiI can sustain stable cycling of 170 and 800 times at limited capacities of 1000 and 500 mA h g(-1), respectively, with low charge cutoff potentials of ∼4.0 and <3.8 V, respectively. The underlying mechanism of the high catalytic performance of MnO(2)/RuO(2) was also clarified in this work. It was found that with the catalytic effect of RuO(2), Li(2)O(2) can crystallize into a thin-sheet form and realize a conformal growth on sheet-like δ-MnO(2) at a current density up to 3200 mA g(-1), constructing a sheet-on-sheet structure. This crystallization behavior of Li(2)O(2) not only defers the electrode passivation upon discharge but also renders easy decomposition of Li(2)O(2) upon charge, leading to low polarizations and reduced side reactions. This work provides a unique design of catalytic cathodes capable of controlling Li(2)O(2) growth and sheds light on the design of high-rate, long-life Li-O(2) batteries with potential applications in electric vehicles. PMID:26592423

  17. Induction of size-dependent breakdown of blood-milk barrier in lactating mice by TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Zhang, Chengke; Zhai, Shumei; Wu, Ling; Bai, Yuhong; Jia, Jianbo; Zhang, Yi; Zhang, Bin; Yan, Bing

    2015-01-01

    This study aims to investigate the potential nanotoxic effects of TiO2 nanoparticles (TNPs) to dams and pups during lactation period. TiO2 nanoparticles are accumulated in mammary glands of lactating mice after i.v. administration. This accumulation of TiO2 NP likely causes a ROS-induced disruption of tight junction of the blood-milk barrier as indicated by the loss of tight junction proteins and the shedding of alveolar epithelial cells. Compared to larger TNPs (50 nm), smaller ones (8 nm) exhibit a higher accumulation in mammary glands and are more potent in causing perturbations to blood-milk barrier. An alarming finding is that the smaller TNPs (8 nm) are transferred from dams to pups through breastfeeding, likely through the disrupted blood-milk barrier. However, during the lactation period, the nutrient quality of milk from dams and the early developmental landmarks of the pups are not affected by above perturbations.

  18. Plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy of SnO 2 on TiO 2

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    Tsai, M. Y.; White, M. E.; Speck, J. S.

    2008-08-01

    Epitaxial growth of SnO 2 on TiO 2 (1 1 0) substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy was studied under various growth conditions to explore the potential for high-quality single crystalline growth. Phase-pure (1 1 0)-oriented SnO 2 films with an optimum on-axis X-ray rocking curve scan full-width at half-maximum equal to 0.612° were grown. The film epitaxy proceeded in the Volmer-Weber growth mode. We identified different growth regimes by measuring growth rate variations correlated with increasing tin fluxes at a fixed oxygen pressure. Beginning in the oxygen-rich growth regime, growth rates increased linearly as the tin flux increased. Atomically flat surfaces were observed in the oxygen-rich regime. Continued tin flux increases resulted in a maximum growth rate of 470 nm/h. Further tin flux increases prevented SnO 2 formation on the growth surface and acted as a nucleation barrier of SnO 2 on the TiO 2 substrates identifying a metal-rich growth regime.

  19. Effect of SiO 2-ZrO 2 supports prepared by a grafting method on hydrogen production by steam reforming of liquefied natural gas over Ni/SiO 2-ZrO 2 catalysts

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    Seo, Jeong Gil; Youn, Min Hye; Song, In Kyu

    SiO 2-ZrO 2 supports with various zirconium contents are prepared by grafting a zirconium precursor onto the surface of commercial Carbosil silica. Ni(20 wt.%)/SiO 2-ZrO 2 catalysts are then prepared by an impregnation method, and are applied to hydrogen production by steam reforming of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The effect of SiO 2-ZrO 2 supports on the performance of the Ni(20 wt.%)/SiO 2-ZrO 2 catalysts is investigated. SiO 2-ZrO 2 prepared by a grafting method serves as an efficient support for the nickel catalyst in the steam reforming of LNG. Zirconia enhances the resistance of silica to steam significantly and increases the interaction between nickel and the support, and furthermore, prevents the growth of nickel oxide species during the calcination process through the formation of a ZrO 2-SiO 2 composite structure. The crystalline structures and catalytic activities of the Ni(20 wt.%)/SiO 2-ZrO 2 catalysts are strongly influenced by the amount of zirconium grafted. The conversion of LNG and the yield of hydrogen show volcano-shaped curves with respect to zirconium content. Among the catalysts tested, the Ni(20 wt.%)/SiO 2-ZrO 2 (Zr/Si = 0.54) sample shows the best catalytic performance in terms of both LNG conversion and hydrogen yield. The well-developed and pure tetragonal phase of ZrO 2-SiO 2 (Zr/Si = 0.54) appears to play an important role in the adsorption of steam and subsequent spillover of steam from the support to the active nickel. The small particle size of the metallic nickel in the Ni(20 wt.%)/SiO 2-ZrO 2 (Zr/Si = 0.54) catalyst is also responsible for its high performance.

  20. Visible light-sensitive MnO 2- and CeO 2-loaded ZrO 2/carbon cluster/Pt nanocomposite materials

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    Matsui, H.; Ikegami, M.; Karuppuchamy, S.; Hassan, M. A.; Yoshihara, M.

    2012-02-01

    Nano-sized ZrO 2/carbon cluster composite materials (I c's) were successfully prepared by the calcination of ZrOCl 2/starch complex I. I c's were found to reduce methylene blue under the irradiation of visible light ( λ > 460 nm). The materials obtained by calcining at 400 and 500 °C were selectively loaded with Pt particles to obtain Pt-loaded ZrO 2/carbon cluster composite materials denoted as I c400Pt and I c500Pt, respectively. In addition, the resultant materials were modified with MnO 2 and CeO 2 particles to achieve MnO 2- and CeO 2-loaded ZrO 2/carbon cluster/Pt composite materials denoted as I c400PtMn, I c500PtMn, I c400PtCe and I c500PtCe, respectively. The metal oxides-loaded ZrO 2/carbon cluster/Pt composite materials thus synthesized could decompose an aqueous silver nitrate solution by visible light irradiation to give Ag and O 2 with the [Ag]/[O 2] ratios of ca. 4. Visible light-irradiated water splitting examinations with I c400PtMn and I c400PtCe were also investigated and found to yield H 2 and O 2 with the [H 2]/[O 2] ratios of ca. 2.

  1. Oxygen deficit and H2S in hemorrhagic shock in rats

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    2012-01-01

    Introduction Hemorrhagic shock induced O2 deficit triggers inflammation and multiple organ failure (MOF). Endogenous H2S has been proposed to be involved in MOF since plasma H2S concentration appears to increase in various types of shocks and to predict mortality. We tested the hypothesis that H2S increases during hemorrhagic shock associated with O2 deficit, and that enhancing H2S oxidation by hydroxocobalamin could reduce inflammation, O2 deficit or mortality. Methods We used a urethane anesthetized rat model, where 25 ml/kg of blood was withdrawn over 30 minutes. O2 deficit, lactic acid, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha and H2S plasma concentrations (Siegel method) were measured before and after the bleeding protocol in control animals and animals that received 140 mg/kg of hydroxocobalamin. The ability to oxidize exogenous H2S of the plasma and supernatants of the kidney and heart homogenates was determined in vitro. Results We found that withdrawing 25 ml/kg of blood led to an average oxygen deficit of 122 ± 23 ml/kg. This O2 deficit was correlated with an increase in the blood lactic acid concentration and mortality. However, the low level of absorbance of the plasma at 670 nm (A670), after adding N, N-Dimethyl-p-phenylenediamine, that is, the method used for H2S determination in previous studies, did not reflect the presence of H2S, but was a marker of plasma turbidity. There was no difference in plasmatic A670 before and after the bleeding protocol, despite the large oxygen deficit. The plasma sampled at the end of bleeding maintained a very large ability to oxidize exogenous H2S (high μM), as did the homogenates of hearts and kidneys harvested just after death. Hydroxocobalamin concentrations increased in the blood in the μM range in the vitamin B12 group, and enhanced the ability of plasma and kidneys to oxidize H2S. Yet, the survival rate, O2 deficit, H2S plasma concentration, blood lactic acid and TNF-alpha levels were not different from the control

  2. The thioredoxin and glutathione-dependent H2O2 consumption pathways in muscle mitochondria: Involvement in H2O2 metabolism and consequence to H2O2 efflux assays.

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    Munro, Daniel; Banh, Sheena; Sotiri, Emianka; Tamanna, Nahid; Treberg, Jason R

    2016-07-01

    The most common methods of measuring mitochondrial hydrogen peroxide production are based on the extramitochondrial oxidation of a fluorescent probe such as amplex ultra red (AUR) by horseradish peroxidase (HRP). These traditional HRP-based assays only detect H2O2 that has escaped the matrix, raising the potential for substantial underestimation of production if H2O2 is consumed by matrix antioxidant pathways. To measure this underestimation, we characterized matrix consumers of H2O2 in rat skeletal muscle mitochondria, and developed specific means to inhibit these consumers. Mitochondria removed exogenously added H2O2 (2.5µM) at rates of 4.7 and 5.0nmol min(-1) mg protein(-1) when respiring on glutamate+malate and succinate+rotenone, respectively. In the absence of respiratory substrate, or after disrupting membranes by cycles of freeze-thaw, rates of H2O2 consumption were negligible. We concluded that matrix consumers are respiration-dependent (requiring respiratory substrates), suggesting the involvement of either the thioredoxin (Trx) and/or glutathione (GSH)-dependent enzymatic pathways. The Trx-reductase inhibitor auranofin (2µM), and a pre-treatment of mitochondria with 35µM of 1-chloro-2,4-dintrobenzene (CDNB) to deplete GSH specifically compromise these two consumption pathways. These inhibition approaches presented no undesirable "off-target" effects during extensive preliminary tests. These inhibition approaches independently and additively decreased the rate of consumption of H2O2 exogenously added to the medium (2.5µM). During traditional HRP-based H2O2 efflux assays, these inhibition approaches independently and additively increased apparent efflux rates. When used in combination (double inhibition), these inhibition approaches allowed accumulation of (endogenously produced) H2O2 in the medium at a comparable rate whether it was measured with an end point assay where 2.5µM H2O2 is initially added to the medium or with traditional HRP-based efflux

  3. The thioredoxin and glutathione-dependent H2O2 consumption pathways in muscle mitochondria: Involvement in H2O2 metabolism and consequence to H2O2 efflux assays.

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    Munro, Daniel; Banh, Sheena; Sotiri, Emianka; Tamanna, Nahid; Treberg, Jason R

    2016-07-01

    The most common methods of measuring mitochondrial hydrogen peroxide production are based on the extramitochondrial oxidation of a fluorescent probe such as amplex ultra red (AUR) by horseradish peroxidase (HRP). These traditional HRP-based assays only detect H2O2 that has escaped the matrix, raising the potential for substantial underestimation of production if H2O2 is consumed by matrix antioxidant pathways. To measure this underestimation, we characterized matrix consumers of H2O2 in rat skeletal muscle mitochondria, and developed specific means to inhibit these consumers. Mitochondria removed exogenously added H2O2 (2.5µM) at rates of 4.7 and 5.0nmol min(-1) mg protein(-1) when respiring on glutamate+malate and succinate+rotenone, respectively. In the absence of respiratory substrate, or after disrupting membranes by cycles of freeze-thaw, rates of H2O2 consumption were negligible. We concluded that matrix consumers are respiration-dependent (requiring respiratory substrates), suggesting the involvement of either the thioredoxin (Trx) and/or glutathione (GSH)-dependent enzymatic pathways. The Trx-reductase inhibitor auranofin (2µM), and a pre-treatment of mitochondria with 35µM of 1-chloro-2,4-dintrobenzene (CDNB) to deplete GSH specifically compromise these two consumption pathways. These inhibition approaches presented no undesirable "off-target" effects during extensive preliminary tests. These inhibition approaches independently and additively decreased the rate of consumption of H2O2 exogenously added to the medium (2.5µM). During traditional HRP-based H2O2 efflux assays, these inhibition approaches independently and additively increased apparent efflux rates. When used in combination (double inhibition), these inhibition approaches allowed accumulation of (endogenously produced) H2O2 in the medium at a comparable rate whether it was measured with an end point assay where 2.5µM H2O2 is initially added to the medium or with traditional HRP-based efflux

  4. Sensitization of H2O2-induced TRPM2 activation and subsequent interleukin-8 (CXCL8) production by intracellular Fe(2+) in human monocytic U937 cells.

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    Shimizu, Shunichi; Yonezawa, Ryo; Negoro, Takaharu; Yamamoto, Shinichiro; Numata, Tomohiro; Ishii, Masakazu; Mori, Yasuo; Toda, Takahiro

    2015-11-01

    Transient receptor potential melastatin 2 (TRPM2) is an oxidative stress-sensitive Ca(2+)-permeable channel. In monocytes/macrophages, H2O2-induced TRPM2 activation causes cell death and/or production of chemokines that aggravate inflammatory diseases. However, relatively high concentrations of H2O2 are required for activation of TRPM2 channels in vitro. Thus, in the present study, factors that sensitize TRPM2 channels to H2O2 were identified and subsequent physiological responses were examined in U937 human monocytes. Temperature increase from 30°C to 37°C enhanced H2O2-induced TRPM2-mediated increase in intracellular free Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) in TRPM2-expressing HEK 293 cells (TRPM2/HEK cells). The H2O2-induced TRPM2 activation enhanced by the higher temperature was dramatically sensitized by intracellular Fe(2+)-accumulation following pretreatment with FeSO4. Thus intracellular Fe(2+)-accumulation sensitizes H2O2-induced TRPM2 activation at around body temperature. Moreover, intracellular Fe(2+)-accumulation increased poly(ADP-ribose) levels in nuclei by H2O2 treatment, and the sensitization of H2O2-induced TRPM2 activation were almost completely blocked by poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors, suggesting that intracellular Fe(2+)-accumulation enhances H2O2-induced TRPM2 activation by increase of ADP-ribose production through poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase pathway. Similarly, pretreatment with FeSO4 stimulated H2O2-induced TRPM2 activation at 37°C in U937 cells and enhanced H2O2-induced ERK phosphorylation and interleukin-8 (CXCL8) production. Although the addition of H2O2 to cells under conditions of intracellular Fe(2+)-accumulation caused cell death, concentration of H2O2 required for CXCL8 production was lower than that resulting in cell death. These results indicate that intracellular Fe(2+)-accumulation sensitizes TRPM2 channels to H2O2 and subsequently produces CXCL8 at around body temperature. It is possible that sensitization of H2O2-induced TRPM2

  5. Sensitization of H2O2-induced TRPM2 activation and subsequent interleukin-8 (CXCL8) production by intracellular Fe(2+) in human monocytic U937 cells.

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    Shimizu, Shunichi; Yonezawa, Ryo; Negoro, Takaharu; Yamamoto, Shinichiro; Numata, Tomohiro; Ishii, Masakazu; Mori, Yasuo; Toda, Takahiro

    2015-11-01

    Transient receptor potential melastatin 2 (TRPM2) is an oxidative stress-sensitive Ca(2+)-permeable channel. In monocytes/macrophages, H2O2-induced TRPM2 activation causes cell death and/or production of chemokines that aggravate inflammatory diseases. However, relatively high concentrations of H2O2 are required for activation of TRPM2 channels in vitro. Thus, in the present study, factors that sensitize TRPM2 channels to H2O2 were identified and subsequent physiological responses were examined in U937 human monocytes. Temperature increase from 30°C to 37°C enhanced H2O2-induced TRPM2-mediated increase in intracellular free Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) in TRPM2-expressing HEK 293 cells (TRPM2/HEK cells). The H2O2-induced TRPM2 activation enhanced by the higher temperature was dramatically sensitized by intracellular Fe(2+)-accumulation following pretreatment with FeSO4. Thus intracellular Fe(2+)-accumulation sensitizes H2O2-induced TRPM2 activation at around body temperature. Moreover, intracellular Fe(2+)-accumulation increased poly(ADP-ribose) levels in nuclei by H2O2 treatment, and the sensitization of H2O2-induced TRPM2 activation were almost completely blocked by poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors, suggesting that intracellular Fe(2+)-accumulation enhances H2O2-induced TRPM2 activation by increase of ADP-ribose production through poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase pathway. Similarly, pretreatment with FeSO4 stimulated H2O2-induced TRPM2 activation at 37°C in U937 cells and enhanced H2O2-induced ERK phosphorylation and interleukin-8 (CXCL8) production. Although the addition of H2O2 to cells under conditions of intracellular Fe(2+)-accumulation caused cell death, concentration of H2O2 required for CXCL8 production was lower than that resulting in cell death. These results indicate that intracellular Fe(2+)-accumulation sensitizes TRPM2 channels to H2O2 and subsequently produces CXCL8 at around body temperature. It is possible that sensitization of H2O2-induced TRPM2

  6. Low toxicity of HfO2, SiO2, Al2O3 and CeO2 nanoparticles to the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    García-Saucedo, Citlali; Field, James A; Otero-Gonzalez, Lila; Sierra-Álvarez, Reyes

    2011-09-15

    Increasing use of nanomaterials necessitates an improved understanding of their potential impact on environment health. This study evaluated the cytotoxicity of nanosized HfO(2), SiO(2), Al(2)O(3) and CeO(2) towards the eukaryotic model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and characterized their state of dispersion in bioassay medium. Nanotoxicity was assessed by monitoring oxygen consumption in batch cultures and by analysis of cell membrane integrity. CeO(2), Al(2)O(3), and HfO(2) nanoparticles were highly unstable in yeast medium and formed micron-sized, settleable agglomerates. A non-toxic polyacrylate dispersant (Dispex A40) was used to improve nanoparticle stability and determine the impact of enhanced dispersion on toxicity. None of the NPs tested without dispersant inhibited O(2) uptake by yeast at concentrations as high as 1000 mg/L. Dispersant supplementation only enhanced the toxicity of CeO(2) (47% at 1000 mg/L). Dispersed SiO(2) and Al(2)O(3) (1000 mg/L) caused cell membrane damage, whereas dispersed HfO(2) and CeO(2) did not cause significant disruption of membrane integrity at the same concentration. These results suggest that the O(2) uptake inhibition observed with dispersed CeO(2) NPs was not due to reduced cell viability. This is the first study evaluating toxicity of nanoscale HfO(2), SiO(2), Al(2)O(3) and CeO(2) to S. cerevisiae. Overall the results obtained demonstrate that these nanomaterials display low or no toxicity to yeast.

  7. Asymptotic distribution of the maximum deficit with correlated, partially regulated outflows.

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    Troutman, B.M.

    1983-01-01

    The asymptotic distribution of the maximum accumulated deficit with partially regulated, Markov-dependent net outflows having a Bernoulli distribution is derived, and the distribution for independent, continuous outflows is presented. Under partial regulation the maximum deficit behaves as log n, where n is the length of the series.-from Author

  8. Synthesis of Copper-Based Nanostructured Catalysts on SiO2-Al2O3, SiO2-TiO2, and SiO2-ZrO2 Supports for NO Reduction.

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    Namkhang, Pornpan; Kongkachuichay, Paisan

    2015-07-01

    The selective catalytic reduction of NO over a series of Cu-based catalysts supported on modified silica including SiO2-Al2O3, SiO2-TiO2, and SiO2-ZrO2 prepared via a sol-gel process and a flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) was studied. The prepared catalysts were characterized by means of TEM, XRD, XRF, TPR, and nitrogen physisorption measurement techniques, to determine particle diameter, morphology, crystallinity, phase composition, copper reducibility, surface area, and pore size of catalysts. The particles obtained from sol-gel method were almost spherical while the particles obtained from the FSP were clearly spherical and non-porous nanosized particles. The effects of Si:Al, Si:Ti, and Si:Zr molar ratio of precursor were identified as the domain for different crystalline phase of materials. It was clearly seen that a high SiO2 content inhibited the crystallization of materials. The BET surface area of catalysts obtained from sol-gel method was higher than that from the FSP and it shows that surface area increased with increasing SiO2 molar ratio due to high surface area from SiO2. The catalyst performances were tested for the selective catalytic reduction of NO with H2. It was found that the catalyst prepared over 7 wt% Cu on Si02-Al2O3 support was the most active compared with the others which converted NO as more than 70%. Moreover, the excess copper decreased the performance of NO reduction, due to the formation of CuO agglomeration covered on the porous silica as well as the alumina surface, preventing the direct contact of CO2 and AL2O3. PMID:26373151

  9. The origin of the strong microwave absorption in black TiO2

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    Li, Kexue; Xu, Jilian; Yan, Xiaodong; Liu, Lei; Chen, Xiaobo; Luo, Yongshi; He, Jun; Shen, D. Z.

    2016-05-01

    In this study, the mechanism of the strong microwave absorption in black TiO2 nanoparticles has been investigated both experimentally and theoretically. In experiment, the amorphous TiO2 nanoparticles/paraffin wax composites show the reflection loss (RL) of -4.0 dB, which is much smaller compared with the RL of -49.0 dB in those core/shell structure ones. Theoretically, the calculation illustrates that the accumulated charge of 1013 cm-3 at the core/shell interface results in the plasmon resonance with the incident microwave frequency at 9.3 GHz and 27.0 GHz. The microwave absorption enhancement of the black TiO2 nanoparticles is proposed to originate from the synergy mechanism between their crystalline-cores and amorphous-shells, rather than the defects and impurities in amorphous phase.

  10. Influence of Atomic Layer Deposition Temperatures on TiO2/n-Si MOS Capacitor

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    Wei, Daming; Hossain, T; Garces, N. Y.; Nepal, N.; Meyer III, Harry M; Kirkham, Melanie J; Eddy, C.R., Jr.; Edgar, J H

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports on the influence of temperature on the structure, composition, and electrical properties of TiO2 thin films deposited on n-type silicon (100) by atomic layer deposition (ALD). TiO2 layers around 20nm thick, deposited at temperatures ranging from 100 to 300 C, were studied. Samples deposited at 250 C and 200 C had the most uniform coverage as determined by atomic force microscopy. The average carbon concentration throughout the oxide layer and at the TiO2/Si interface was lowest at 200 C. Metal oxide semiconductor capacitors (MOSCAPs) were fabricated, and profiled by capacitance-voltage techniques. Negligible hysteresis was observed from a capacitance-voltage plot and the capacitance in the accumulation region was constant for the sample prepared at a 200 C ALD growth temperature. The interface trap density was on the order of 1013 eV-1cm-2 regardless of the deposition temperature.

  11. Energetics of mixing in ThO 2-CeO 2 fluorite solid solutions

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    Shvareva, Tatiana Y.; Alexandrov, Vitaly; Asta, Mark; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2011-12-01

    Mixing enthalpies (Δ Hmix) of ThO 2-CeO 2 solid solutions with respect to cubic fluorite ThO 2 and CeO 2 have been measured by high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. The system shows a slightly positive mixing enthalpy, with a maximum value of Δ Hmix = 3.7 ± 2.5 kJ/mol at 50% Ce/(Ce + Th). Based on the regular-solution model, with an interaction parameter of 15.1 ± 2.2 kJ/mol fit to the measured data, the phase diagram is predicted to feature a miscibility gap with a calculated critical temperature of 908 ± 132 K. The results are complemented by density-functional-theory and Monte-Carlo calculations, which provide positive mixing enthalpies and a miscibility-gap phase diagram, in qualitative agreement with calorimetric results. The calculations suggest small effects of short-range order (clustering) on the mixing enthalpy above the miscibility gap. The calculated values of Δ Hmix are within the error bars of the measured values, but consistently smaller in magnitude. An analysis of the calculated results indicates that the dominant contribution to the mixing enthalpy arises from the elastic energy associated with cation size mismatch, allowing predictions of the behavior in ThO 2-UO 2 and ThO 2-PuO 2 systems. The analysis also suggests that the slightly smaller values of the computed Δ Hmix relative to experiment can be attributed to an underestimation of the magnitude of the elastic moduli in the calculations.

  12. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Basics

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  13. Water Deficit Increases Stilbene Metabolism in Cabernet Sauvignon Berries

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    2010-01-01

    The impact of water deficit on stilbene biosynthesis in wine grape (Vitis vinifera) berries was investigated. Water deficit increased the accumulation of trans-piceid (the glycosylated form of resveratrol) by 5-fold in Cabernet Sauvignon berries but not in Chardonnay. Similarly, water deficit significantly increased the transcript abundance of genes involved in the biosynthesis of stilbene precursors in Cabernet Sauvignon. Increased expression of stilbene synthase, but not that of resveratrol-O-glycosyltransferase, resulted in increased trans-piceid concentrations. In contrast, the transcript abundance of the same genes declined in Chardonnay in response to water deficit. Twelve single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were identified in the promoters of stilbene synthase genes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. These polymorphisms resulted in eight changes within the predicted cis regulatory elements in Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. These results suggest that cultivar-specific molecular mechanisms might exist that control resveratrol biosynthesis in grapes. PMID:21128664

  14. Porous TiO2 Assembled from Monodispersed Nanoparticles

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    Liu, Xu; Duan, Weijie; Chen, Yan; Jiao, Shihui; Zhao, Yue; Kang, Yutang; Li, Lu; Fang, Zhenxing; Xu, Wei; Pang, Guangsheng

    2016-03-01

    Porous TiO2 were assembled by evaporating or refluxing TiO2 colloid, which was obtained by dispersing the TiO2 nanoparticles with a crystallite size (d XRD) of 3.2 nm into water or ethanol without any additives. Porous transparent bulk TiO2 was obtained by evaporating the TiO2-C2H5OH colloid at room temperature for 2 weeks, while porous TiO2 nanospheres were assembled by refluxing the TiO2-H2O colloid at 80 °C for 36 h. Both of the porous TiO2 architectures were pore-size-adjustable depending on the further treating temperature. Porous TiO2 nanospheres exhibited enhanced photocatalysis activity compared to the nanoparticles.

  15. Promoting formation of noncrystalline Li2O2 in the Li-O2 battery with RuO2 nanoparticles.

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    Yilmaz, Eda; Yogi, Chihiro; Yamanaka, Keisuke; Ohta, Toshiaki; Byon, Hye Ryung

    2013-10-01

    Low electrical efficiency for the lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) electrochemical reaction is one of the most significant challenges in current nonaqueous Li-O2 batteries. Here we present ruthenium oxide nanoparticles (RuO2 NPs) dispersed on multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as a cathode, which dramatically increase the electrical efficiency up to 73%. We demonstrate that the RuO2 NPs contribute to the formation of poorly crystalline lithium peroxide (Li2O2) that is coated over the CNT with large contact area during oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). This unique Li2O2 structure can be smoothly decomposed at low potential upon oxygen evolution reaction (OER) by avoiding the energy loss associated with the decomposition of the more typical Li2O2 structure with a large size, small CNT contact area, and insulating crystals.

  16. Studies on TiO2/SiO2 and Pd/TiO2/SiO2 Catalysts in Photoreduction of CO2 with H2O to Methanol

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    Zbudniewek, K.; Góralski, J.; Rynkowski, J.

    2012-12-01

    The development of industry induced a massive increase in the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. A large amount of CO2 and its general availability causes that it could be a cheap reactant in a reaction that runs in a way similar to photosynthesis in plants. Pure TiO2 and metal doped TiO2 are the most studied semiconductor catalysts for photoreduction of CO2. The TiO2/SiO2 and Pd/TiO2/SiO2 catalysts were prepared and studied by temperature-programmed desorption, X-ray diffraction analysis, SEM-EDS, temperature-programmed reduction and then used for the methanol synthesis. The photoactivity of Pd/TiO2/SiO2 catalysts in the reduction of CO2 with H2O was tested at room temperature using photoreactor equipped with 16 lamps. The wavelength was characteristic of near ultraviolet. Post-reaction products were identified with gas chromatograph equipped with the flame ionization detector. Pd doping made the catalysts photoactive and the photoactivity of catalysts was changing as follows: 1%Pd/5%TiO2/SiO2 > 1% Pd/10% TiO2/SiO2 > 1% Pd/15% TiO2/SiO2. Optimum ultraviolet radiation time in the photoreduction of CO2 to methanol was 7 h. An addition of Pd does not change the surface of the carrier.

  17. Neutral O2 and Ion O2+ Sources from Rings into the Inner Magnetosphere

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    Elrod, M. K.; Johnson, R. E.; Cassidy, T. A.; Wilson, R. J.; Tseng, W.; Ip, W.

    2009-12-01

    The primary source of neutral O2 for Saturn’s magnetosphere is due to solar UV photons protons that produce O2 from H2O ice decomposition over the main rings as well as the tenuous F and G rings resulting in a tenuous O2 atmosphere (Johnson et. al. 2006). The O2 atmosphere is very thin to the point of being nearly collisionless. Our model of the atmosphere predict that as it interacts with the ring particles, the O2 is adsorbed and desorbed from the rings causing changes in the trajectories, which in turn, allows for a distribution of O2 from the rings throughout the magnetosphere (Tokar et. al. 2005; Tseng et. al. 2009). Predominately through photo-ionization and ion-exchange these O2 neutrals from the ice grains become a source for O2+ ions in the inner magnetosphere. Once the O2 becomes ionized to become O2+ the ions then follow the field lines. The ions interact with the ice particles in the rings to stick to the ring particles effectively reducing the ion density. As a result the ion density is greater over the Cassini Division and the area between the F and G ring where the optical depth due to the ice grain is less. Accordingly, the neutral O2 densities would tend to be high over the higher optical depth of the B and A main rings where the source rates are higher. Models of the neutral densities have shown high densities over the main rings, with a tail through the magnetosphere. Analysis of the CAPS (Cassini Plasma Spectrometer) data from the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) in 2004 shows a peak in density over the Cassini Division and a higher peak in O2+ ion density between the F and G rings. References: Johnson, R.E., J.G. Luhmann, R.L. Tokar, M. Bouhram, J.J. Berthelier, E.C. Siler, J.F. Cooper, T.W. Hill, H.T. Smith, M. Michael, M. Liu, F.J. Crary, D.T. Young, "Production, Ionization and Redistribution of O2 Saturn's Ring Atmosphere" Icarus 180, 393-402 (2006).(pdf) Tokar, R.L., and 12 colleagues, 2005. Cassini Observations of the Thermal Plasma in the

  18. TiO2-TiO2 composite resistive humidity sensor: ethanol crosssensitivity

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    Ghalamboran, Milad; Saedi, Yasin

    2016-03-01

    The fabrication method and characterization results of a TiO2-TiO2 composite bead used for humidity sensing along with its negative cross-sensitivity to ethanol vapor are reported. The bead shaped resistive sample sensors are fabricated by the drop-casting of a TiO2 slurry on two Pt wire segments. The dried bead is pre-fired at 750°C and subsequently impregnated with a Ti-based sol. The sample is ready for characterization after a thermal annealing at 600°C in air. Structurally, the bead is a composite of the micron-sized TiO2 crystallites embedded in a matrix of nanometric TiO2 particle aggregates. The performance of the beads as resistive humidity sensors is recorded at room temperature in standard humidity level chambers. Results evince the wide dynamic range of the sensors fabricated in the low relative humidity range. While the sensor conductance is not sensitive to ethanol vapor in dry air, in humid air, sensor's responses are negatively affected by the contaminant.

  19. The O2 reduction at the IFC modified O2 fuel cell electrode

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    Fielder, William L.; Singer, Joseph; Baldwin, Richard S.; Johnson, Richard E.

    1992-01-01

    The International Fuel Corporation (IFC) state of the art (SOA) O2 electrode (Au-10 percent Pt electrocatalyst by weight) is currently being used in the alkaline H2-O2 fuel cell in the NASA Space Shuttle. Recently, IFC modified O2 electrode, as a possible replacement for the SOA electrode. In the present study, O2 reduction data were obtained for the modified electrode at temperatures between 23.3 and 91.7 C. BET measurements gave an electrode BET surface area of about 2070 sq. cm/sq. cm of geometric surface area. The Tafel data could be fitted to two straight line regions. The slope for the lower region, designated as the 0.04 V/decade region, was temperature dependent, and the transfer coefficient was about 1.5. The 'apparent' energy of activation for this region was about 19 kcal/mol. An O2 reduction mechanism for this 0.04 region is presented. In the upper region, designated as the 0.08 V/decade region, diffusion may be the controlling process. Tafel data are presented to illustrate the increase in performance with increasing temperature.

  20. In vivo formation of H2O2 in red cells during exposure to hyperoxia.

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    Johnson, W P; Jefferson, D; Mengel, C E

    1972-08-01

    Chow-fed and tocopherol-deficient mice were given aminotriazole (AT), exposed to 100% O(2) at 60 pounds per square inch absolute for 1 hr (OHP), and red blood cells were assayed for catalase activity and lipid peroxide levels. A decrease of catalase activity (CA) in the presence of AT can be taken as evidence of excess formation or accumulation of H(2)O(2). No differences of CA were observed among chow-fed mice, with or without AT and/or OHP. Tocopherol-deficient mice with AT had lower CA (0.174+/-0.040) than chow-fed mice with AT (0.225+/-0.028) P < 0.01. Tocopherol-deficient mice with AT exposed to OHP had even lower CA, 0.137+/-0.024, P < 0.01.The data are consistent with the hypothesis that H(2)O(2) is formed or accumulated in excess in red cells of tocopherol-deficient mice, an effect that is enhanced in the presence of hyperoxia. They imply that tocopherol plays a role in the detoxification of H(2)O(2).

  1. Oxidative stress in the brain of mice caused by translocated nanoparticulate TiO2 delivered to the abdominal cavity.

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    Ma, Linglan; Liu, Jie; Li, Na; Wang, Jue; Duan, Yanmei; Yan, Jinying; Liu, Huiting; Wang, Han; Hong, Fashui

    2010-01-01

    In order to study the mechanisms underlying the effects of TiO(2) nanoparticles on the brain, ICR mice were injected with nanoparticulate anatase TiO(2) (5 nm) of various doses into the abdominal cavity daily for 14 days. We then examined the coefficient of the brain, the brain pathological changes and oxidative stress-mediated responses, and the accumulation of nanoparticulate anatase TiO(2) and levels of neurochemicals in the brain. The results showed that high-dose nanoparticulate anatase TiO(2) could induce some neurons to turn into filamentous shapes and others into inflammatory cells. The concentration of nanoparticulate anatase TiO(2) in the brain was increased as increases in nanoparticulate anatase TiO(2) dosages used. The oxidative stress and injury of the brain occurred as nanoparticulate anatase TiO(2) appeared to trigger a cascade of reactions such as lipid peroxidation, the decreases of the total anti-oxidation capacity and activities of antioxidative enzymes, the excessive release of nitric oxide, the reduction of glutamic acid, and the downregulated level of acetylcholinesterase activities. We concluded that TiO(2) nanoparticles injected at the abdominal cavity could be translocated into the brain and in turn caused the brain injury.

  2. Analytical model of Europa's O2 exosphere

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    Milillo, Anna; Plainaki, Christina; Orsini, Stefano; Mangano, Valeria; Massetti, Stefano; Mura, Alessandro

    2014-05-01

    The origin of the exosphere of Europa is its water ice surface. The existing exosphere models, assuming either a collisionless environment (simple Monte Carlo techniques) or a kinetic approach (Direct Monte Carlo Method) both predicts that the major constituent of the exosphere is molecular oxygen. Specifically, O2 is generated at the surface through radiolysis and chemical interactions of the water dissociation products. The non-escaping O2 molecules circulate around the moon impacting the surface several times, due to their long lifetime and due to their non-sticking, suffering thermalization to the surface temperature after each impact. In fact, the HST observations of the O emission lines have manifested the presence of an asymmetric atomic Oxygen envelope, evidencing the existence of a thin asymmetric molecular Oxygen atmosphere. The existing Monte Carlo models are not easily applicable as input of simulations devoted to the study of the plasma interactions with the moon. On the contrary, it would be important to have a suitable and user-friendly model to use as a tool. This study presents an analytical 3D model that is able to describe the molecular Oxygen exosphere by reproducing the asymmetries due to different configurations among Europa, Jupiter and the Sun. This model is obtained by a non-linear fit procedure of the EGEON Monte Carlo model results to a Chamberlain density profile. Different parameters of the model are able to describe various exosphere properties thus allowing a detailed investigation of the exospheric characteristics.

  3. Mechanical treatment of TiO2 and ZrO2 oxide mixtures.

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    Kraleva, Elka; Spojakina, Alla; Saladino, Maria Luisa; Caponetti, Eugenio; Jiratova, Kveta

    2010-12-01

    The mixed ZrO2-TiO2 system (5-50 wt% of ZrO2) has been studied to investigate the influence of the mechanical treatment on its physicochemical properties depending on the composition, time of milling (5, 10 and 20 min, r.p.m. 82) and temperature (400, 550 and 700 degrees C). Samples were characterized by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy coupled with Energy Dispersion X-ray analyzer, High Resolution-Transmission Electron Microscopy and nitrogen adsorption porosimetry. Results show that srilankite (TiZrO4) phase has been produced. No influence of the milling time and temperature on the phase composition is observed. The presence of zirconia increases the thermal stability of anatase phase up to 700 degrees C hindering the anatase rutile phase transformation.

  4. Mechanical treatment of TiO2 and ZrO2 oxide mixtures.

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    Kraleva, Elka; Spojakina, Alla; Saladino, Maria Luisa; Caponetti, Eugenio; Jiratova, Kveta

    2010-12-01

    The mixed ZrO2-TiO2 system (5-50 wt% of ZrO2) has been studied to investigate the influence of the mechanical treatment on its physicochemical properties depending on the composition, time of milling (5, 10 and 20 min, r.p.m. 82) and temperature (400, 550 and 700 degrees C). Samples were characterized by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy coupled with Energy Dispersion X-ray analyzer, High Resolution-Transmission Electron Microscopy and nitrogen adsorption porosimetry. Results show that srilankite (TiZrO4) phase has been produced. No influence of the milling time and temperature on the phase composition is observed. The presence of zirconia increases the thermal stability of anatase phase up to 700 degrees C hindering the anatase rutile phase transformation. PMID:21121348

  5. Lung tumors from PuO2-ZrO2 aerosol particles in Syrian hamsters.

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    Thomas, R G; Smith, D M

    1979-11-15

    Syrian golden hamsters were given PuO2/ZrO2 particles via inhalation and/or Pu-laden ZrO2 ceramic 10-micron diameter microspheres lodged in the capillary bed of the lung. The mean initial lung burdens ranged from 8 nCi to 143 nCi for the six experimental groups of animals. Significant numbers of primary lung tumors (5-50% per group) were induced in those animals that received inhalation exposures. Additional alpha radiation administered via Pu-laden intravenous microspheres had little or no effect on tumorigenesis or the production of non-neoplastic, degenerative changes in the respiratory tract. PMID:528076

  6. High Thermal Stability of La2O3- and CeO2-Stabilized Tetragonal ZrO2.

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    Wang, Shichao; Xie, Hong; Lin, Yuyuan; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth R; Li, Tao; Winans, Randall E; Cui, Yanran; Ribeiro, Fabio H; Canlas, Christian P; Elam, Jeffrey W; Zhang, Hongbo; Marshall, Christopher L

    2016-03-01

    Catalyst support materials of tetragonal ZrO2, stabilized by either La2O3 (La2O3-ZrO2) or CeO2 (CeO2-ZrO2), were synthesized under hydrothermal conditions at 200 °C with NH4OH or tetramethylammonium hydroxide as the mineralizer. From in situ synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction and small-angle X-ray scattering measurements, the calcined La2O3-ZrO2 and CeO2-ZrO2 supports were nonporous nanocrystallites that exhibited rectangular shapes with a thermal stability of up to 1000 °C in air. These supports had an average size of ∼ 10 nm and a surface area of 59-97 m(2)/g. The catalysts Pt/La2O3-ZrO2 and Pt/CeO2-ZrO2 were prepared by using atomic layer deposition with varying Pt loadings from 6.3 to 12.4 wt %. Monodispersed Pt nanoparticles of ∼ 3 nm were obtained for these catalysts. The incorporation of La2O3 and CeO2 into the t-ZrO2 structure did not affect the nature of the active sites for the Pt/ZrO2 catalysts for the water-gas shift reaction.

  7. Self-cleaning cotton functionalized with TiO2/SiO2: focus on the role of silica.

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    Pakdel, Esfandiar; Daoud, Walid A

    2013-07-01

    This manuscript aims to investigate the functionalization of cotton fabrics with TiO2/SiO2. In this study, the sol-gel method was employed to prepare titania and silica sols and the functionalization was carried out using the dip-pad-dry-cure process. Titanium tetra isopropoxide (TTIP) and tetra ethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) were utilized as precursors of TiO2 and SiO2, respectively. TiO2/SiO2 composite sols were prepared in three different Ti:Si molar ratios of 1:0.43, 1:1, and 1:2.33. The self-cleaning property of cotton samples functionalized with TiO2/SiO2 was assessed based on the coffee stain removal capability and the decomposition rate of methylene blue under UV irradiation. FTIR study of the TiO2/SiO2 photocatalyst confirmed the existence of Si-O-Si and Ti-O-Si bonds. Scanning electron microscopy was employed to investigate the morphology of the functionalized cotton samples. The samples coated with TiO2/SiO2 showed greater ability of coffee stain removal and methylene blue degradation compared with samples functionalized with TiO2 demonstrating improved self-cleaning properties. The role of SiO2 in improving these properties is also discussed.

  8. Improved conversion efficiency of dye sensitized solar cell using Zn doped TiO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite

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    Tomar, Laxmi J.; Bhatt, Piyush J.; Desai, Rahul K.; Chakrabarty, B. S.; Panchal, C. J.

    2016-05-01

    TiO2-ZrO2 and Zn doped TiO2-ZrO2 nanocomposites were prepared by hydrothermal method for dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) application. The structural and optical properties were investigated by X -ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-Visible spectroscopy respectively. XRD results revealed the formation of material in nano size. The average crystallite size is 22.32 nm, 17.41 nm and 6.31 nm for TiO2, TiO2-ZrO2 and Zn doped TiO2-ZrO2 nanocomposites respectively. The optical bandgap varies from 2.04 eV to 3.75 eV. Dye sensitized solar cells were fabricated using the prepared material. Pomegranate juice was used as a sensitizer and graphite coated conducting glass plate was used as counter electrode. The I - V characteristics were recorded to measure photo response of DSSC. Photovoltaic parameter like open circuit voltage, power conversion efficiency, and fill factor were evaluated for fabricated solar cell. The power conversion efficiency of DSSC fabricated with TiO2, TiO2-ZrO2 and Zn doped TiO2-ZrO2 nanocomposites were found 0.71%, 1.97% and 4.58% respectively.

  9. Quench-ring assisted flame synthesis of SiO2-TiO2 nanostructured composite.

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    Worathanakul, Patcharin; Jiang, Jingkun; Biswas, Pratim; Kongkachuichay, Paisan

    2008-12-01

    A flame aerosol reactor (FLAR) was used to synthesize SiO2-based nanocomposite materials of SiO2-TiO2 in different precursor molar ratios and quench ring positions. Processing conditions were determined that resulted in formation of different crystal phases at different precursor concentration molar ratios. The results showed that the addition of SiO2 inhibited TiO2 phase transformation from anatase to rutile. The different morphology of SiO2-TiO2 nanocomposite was primarily the result of changing the quench ring position. Quenching can stop the growth kinetics, and this was obtained by locating the quench ring at different positions in the particle formation process. At a lower position, a binary mixture of SiO2-TiO2 was obtained in a core-shell structure. The difference in residence time for sintering and coalescence yielded different morphologies of SiO2-TiO2 nanocomposites. The results from FTIR confirmed Si-O-Ti bonding for all samples. The samples of SiO2-TiO2 exhibited better suspension in liquid than pure TiO2 as confirmed by zeta potential measurements.

  10. Self-cleaning cotton functionalized with TiO2/SiO2: focus on the role of silica.

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    Pakdel, Esfandiar; Daoud, Walid A

    2013-07-01

    This manuscript aims to investigate the functionalization of cotton fabrics with TiO2/SiO2. In this study, the sol-gel method was employed to prepare titania and silica sols and the functionalization was carried out using the dip-pad-dry-cure process. Titanium tetra isopropoxide (TTIP) and tetra ethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) were utilized as precursors of TiO2 and SiO2, respectively. TiO2/SiO2 composite sols were prepared in three different Ti:Si molar ratios of 1:0.43, 1:1, and 1:2.33. The self-cleaning property of cotton samples functionalized with TiO2/SiO2 was assessed based on the coffee stain removal capability and the decomposition rate of methylene blue under UV irradiation. FTIR study of the TiO2/SiO2 photocatalyst confirmed the existence of Si-O-Si and Ti-O-Si bonds. Scanning electron microscopy was employed to investigate the morphology of the functionalized cotton samples. The samples coated with TiO2/SiO2 showed greater ability of coffee stain removal and methylene blue degradation compared with samples functionalized with TiO2 demonstrating improved self-cleaning properties. The role of SiO2 in improving these properties is also discussed. PMID:23602671

  11. High thermal stability of La2O3 and CeO2-stabilized tetragonal ZrO2

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    Wang, Shichao; Xie, Hong; Lin, Yuyuan; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth R.; Li, Tao; Winans, Randall E.; Cui, Yanran; Ribeiro, Fabio H.; Canlas, Christian P.; Elam, Jeffrey W.; et al

    2016-02-15

    Catalyst support materials of tetragonal ZrO2, stabilized by either La2O3 (La2O3-ZrO2) or CeO2 (CeO2-ZrO2), were synthesized under hydrothermal conditions at 200 °C with NH4OH or tetramethylammonium hydroxide as the mineralizer. From In Situ synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction and small-angle X-ray scattering measurements, the calcined La2O3-ZrO2 and CeO2-ZrO2 supports were nonporous nanocrystallites that exhibited rectangular shapes with thermal stability up to 1000 °C in air. These supports had an average size of ~10 nm and a surface area of 59-97 m2/g. The catalysts Pt/La2O3-ZrO2 and Pt/CeO2-ZrO2 were prepared by using atomic layer deposition with varying Pt loadings from 6.3-12.4 wt %.more » Mono-dispersed Pt nanoparticles of ~3 nm were obtained for these catalysts. As a result, the incorporation of La2O3 and CeO2 into the t-ZrO2 structure did not affect the nature of the active sites for the Pt/ZrO2 catalysts for the water-gas-shift (WGS) reaction.« less

  12. Gibbs free energies of formation of RuO 2, IrO 2, and OsO 2: A high-temperature electrochemical and calorimetric study

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    O'Neill, Hugh St. C.; Nell, Johan

    1997-12-01

    The Gibbs free energies of formation of RuO 2, OsO 2 and IrO 2 have been determined by measuring the chemical potentials of oxygen (μO 2) defined by the reactions M + O 2 = MO 2, where M = Ru, Os. or Ir, using an electrochemical method with calcia-stabilized zirconia (CSZ) solid electrolytes. Measurements were attempted in the temperature ranges from ˜870 K to 1620, 1270, and 1415 K for the Ru, Os, and Ir equilibria, respectively, but inspection of the results reveals that equilibrium could not be established below ˜930 K for all three reactions. For Ru + RuO 2, the highest temperature data (above 1520 K) may be systematically affected by the onset of significant electronic conduction in the CSZ electrolyte, while the attempted measurements of the Os + OsO 2 equilibrium above 1190 K are obscured by the disproportionation of OsO 2 to gaseous Os oxides. The high temperature heat capacities at constant pressure ( Cp) of RuO 2 and IrO 2 were determined from 370 to 1070 K by differential scanning calorimetry. These data were combined with heat content measurements and low-temperature heat capacities from the literature, and fitted to an extended Maier-Kelley equation. The calorimetric data for RuO 2 and IrO 2, together with assessed data for Ru, Os, and Ir metals and estimated data for OsO 2, were used in a third law analysis of the electrochemical measurements. The values of μO 2 of the three equilibria were smoothed and filtered by the third-law analysis to yield the following equations which can be extrapolated to lower and higher temperatures as indicated: μO 2 ( Ru + RuO 2) = -324563 + 344.151 T-22.1155 T ln T (700 ⩽ T ⩽ 1800) μO 2 ( Os + OsO 2) = -300399 + 307.639 T-17.4819 T ln T (700 ⩽ T ⩽ 1500) μO 2 ( Ir + IrO 2) = -256518 + 295.854 T-15.2368 T ln T (700 ⩽ T ⩽ 1500) where μO 2 is in J mol -1, T is in K, the reference pressure for O 2 is 1 bar (10 5 Pa), and estimated accuracies are approximately 200 to 400 J mol -1. For Ru + RuO 2, the drift

  13. Materials and electrical characterization of molecular beam deposited CeO2 and CeO2/HfO2 bilayers on germanium

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    Brunco, D. P.; Dimoulas, A.; Boukos, N.; Houssa, M.; Conard, T.; Martens, K.; Zhao, C.; Bellenger, F.; Caymax, M.; Meuris, M.; Heyns, M. M.

    2007-07-01

    Properties of CeO2 and CeO2/HfO2 bilayers grown by molecular beam deposition on in situ prepared, oxide-free Ge(100) surfaces are reported here. Deposition is achieved by a simultaneous flux of electron-beam evaporated metal (Ce or Hf) and of remote plasma generated atomic oxygen. These conditions result in an interfacial layer (IL) between the cubic CeO2 and Ge substrate. Electron energy loss spectroscopy shows that this IL is comprised of Ge and O and a small amount of Ce, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy suggests that the Ge is in a mix of 2+ and 3+ oxidation states. A comparison of capacitance, conductance, and leakage data shows a higher quality dielectric for 225 °C deposition than for room temperature. However, CeO2-only deposition results in an unacceptably high leakage current due to the small CeO2 band gap, which is remedied by the use of CeO2/HfO2 bilayers. Using the Nicollian-Goetzberger method, interface trap densities in the mid 1011 eV-1 cm-2 are obtained for CeO2/HfO2 gate stacks on both n- and p-Ge.

  14. Electrocatalytic degradation of methylene blue on PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes prepared by pulse electrodeposition.

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    Yao, Yingwu; Zhao, Chunmei; Zhao, Manman; Wang, Xiao

    2013-12-15

    PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) were prepared by pulse electrodeposition and used for the electrocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB). The SEM and XRD tests show that PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) possess more compact structure and finer grain size than PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (D) prepared by direct electrodeposition. The electrochemical measurements show that PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) have higher oxygen evolution overpotential and the oxidation regions of MB and water are significantly separated. The experimental parameters on electrocatalytic degradation of MB by PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) were evaluated, such as initial MB concentration, current density, pH value and supporting electrolyte concentration. The results indicate that MB and COD removal efficiency of PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) reach 100% and 72.7%, respectively, after 120 min electrolysis at initial 30 mg L(-1) MB concentration at current density of 50 mA cm(-2) in 0.2 mol L(-1) Na2SO4 supporting electrolyte solution, and the degradation of MB follows pseudo-first-order kinetics. Compared with PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (D), PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) show higher COD removal efficiency and instantaneous current efficiency with MB degradation. The experimental results demonstrate that PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) possesses the excellent electrocatalytic properties and show great potential applications in refractory pollutants.

  15. Electrocatalytic degradation of methylene blue on PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes prepared by pulse electrodeposition.

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    Yao, Yingwu; Zhao, Chunmei; Zhao, Manman; Wang, Xiao

    2013-12-15

    PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) were prepared by pulse electrodeposition and used for the electrocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB). The SEM and XRD tests show that PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) possess more compact structure and finer grain size than PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (D) prepared by direct electrodeposition. The electrochemical measurements show that PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) have higher oxygen evolution overpotential and the oxidation regions of MB and water are significantly separated. The experimental parameters on electrocatalytic degradation of MB by PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) were evaluated, such as initial MB concentration, current density, pH value and supporting electrolyte concentration. The results indicate that MB and COD removal efficiency of PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) reach 100% and 72.7%, respectively, after 120 min electrolysis at initial 30 mg L(-1) MB concentration at current density of 50 mA cm(-2) in 0.2 mol L(-1) Na2SO4 supporting electrolyte solution, and the degradation of MB follows pseudo-first-order kinetics. Compared with PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (D), PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) show higher COD removal efficiency and instantaneous current efficiency with MB degradation. The experimental results demonstrate that PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) possesses the excellent electrocatalytic properties and show great potential applications in refractory pollutants. PMID:24220200

  16. TiO2 nanoparticles doped SiO2 films with ordered mesopore channels: a catalytic nanoreactor.

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    Saha, Jony; Mitra, Anuradha; Dandapat, Anirban; De, Goutam

    2014-04-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) incorporated ordered 2D hexagonal mesoporous silica (SiO2) films on a glass substrate were fabricated for use as a catalytic nanoreactor. Films were prepared using a tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) derived SiO2 sol and a commercially available dispersion of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) in the presence of pluronic P123 as the structure directing agent. The effect of TiO2 doping (4-10 mol% with respect to the equivalent SiO2) into the ordered mesoporous SiO2 matrix was thoroughly investigated. The undoped SiO2 film showed a mesostructural transformation after heat-treatment at 350 °C whereas incorporation of TiO2 restricted such a transformation. Among all the TiO2 incorporated films, TEM showed that the 7 equivalent mol% TiO2 doped SiO2 film (ST-7) had an optimal composition which could retain the more organized 2D hexagonal (space group p6mm)-like mesostructures after heat-treatment. The catalytic activities of the TiO2 doped (4-10 mol%) films were investigated for the reduction of toxic KMnO4 in an aqueous medium. ST-7 film showed the maximum catalytic activity, as well as reusability. A TEM study on the resultant solution after KMnO4 reduction revealed the formation of MnO2 nanowires. It was understood that the embedded TiO2 NPs bonded SiO2 matrix increased the surface hydroxyl groups of the composite films resulting in the generation of acidic sites. The catalytic process can be explained by this enhanced surface acidity. The mesoporous channel of the ST-7 films with TiO2 doping can be used as a nanoreactor to form extremely thin MnO2 nanowires.

  17. Thermophysical properties of CF4/O2 and SF6/O2 gas mixtures

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    Damyanova, M.; Hohm, U.; Balabanova, E.; Barton, D.

    2016-03-01

    Fitting formulae are presented for the calculation of the second interaction virial coefficients, mixture viscosities and binary diffusion coefficients for CF4/O2 and SF6/O2 gas mixtures in the temperature range between 200 K and 1000 K. The data recommended are obtained from the isotropic (n-6) Lennard-Jones intermolecular interaction potentials of the pure substances by using the Hohm-Zarkova-Damyanova mixing rules. In general, a good agreement is observed between our results and the experimental and theoretical data found in the literature.

  18. Nuclear microscopy as a tool in TiO2 nanoparticles bioaccumulation studies in aquatic species

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    Pinheiro, Teresa; Moita, Liliana; Silva, Luís; Mendonça, Elsa; Picado, Ana

    2013-07-01

    Engineered Titanium nanoparticles are used for a wide range of applications from coatings, sunscreen cosmetic additives to solar cells or water treatment agents. Inevitably environmental exposure can be expected and data on the ecotoxicological evaluation of nanoparticles are still scarce. The potential effects of nanoparticles of titanium dioxide (TiO2) on two model organisms, the water flea, Daphnia magna and the duckweed Lemna minor, were examined in semichronic toxicity tests. Daphnia and Lemna were exposed to TiO2 nanoparticles (average particle size value of 28 ± 11 nm (n = 42); concentration range, 1.4-25 mg/L) by dietary route and growth in medium containing the nanoparticles of TiO2, respectively. Both morphology and microdistribution of Ti in the individuals were examined by nuclear microscopy techniques. A significant amount of TiO2 was found accumulated in Daphnia exposed to nanoparticles. Nuclear microscopy imaging revealed that Ti was localized only in the digestive tract of the Daphnia, which displayed difficulty in eliminating the nanoparticles from their body. Daphnia showed higher mortality when exposed to higher concentrations of TiO2 (>10 mg/L). The exposure to TiO2 nanoparticles above 25 mg/L caused morphological alterations in Lemna. The roots became stiff and fronds colorless. The Ti mapping of cross-sections of roots and fronds showed that Ti was mainly deposited in the epidermis of the fronds and roots, with minor internalization. In summary, exposure of aquatic organisms to TiO2 nanoparticles may alter the physiology of these organisms at individual and population levels, posing risks to aquatic ecosystems.

  19. Photocatalytic activity of the binary composite CeO2/SiO2 for degradation of dye

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    Phanichphant, Sukon; Nakaruk, Auppatham; Channei, Duangdao

    2016-11-01

    In this study, CeO2 photocatalyst was modified by composite with SiO2 to increase efficiency and improve photocatalytic activity. The as-prepared SiO2 particles have been incorporated into the precursor mixture of CeO2 by homogeneous precipitation and subsequent calcination process. The phase compositions of CeO2 before and after compositing with SiO2 were identified by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The morphology and particle size of CeO2/SiO2 composite was analyzed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The results showed SiO2 spheres with the particle size approximately 100-120 nm, and a uniform layer of CeO2 nanoparticles with a diameter of about 5-7 nm that were fully composite to the surfaces of SiO2. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) technique was carried out in order to characterize the change in valence state and composite characteristic by shifted peaks of binding energies. The photocatalytic activity was studied through the degradation of Rhodamine B in aqueous solution under visible light exposure. The highest photocatalytic efficiency of CeO2/SiO2 composite was also obtained. To explain the high photocatalytic efficiency of CeO2/SiO2 composite, the proposed mechanism involves the high surface properties of the CeO2/SiO2 composite, as measured by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method.

  20. Selective adsorption of thiophenic compounds from fuel over TiO2/SiO2 under UV-irradiation.

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    Miao, Guang; Ye, Feiyan; Wu, Luoming; Ren, Xiaoling; Xiao, Jing; Li, Zhong; Wang, Haihui

    2015-12-30

    This study investigates selective adsorption of thiophenic compounds from fuel over TiO2/SiO2 under UV-irradiation. The TiO2/SiO2 adsorbents were prepared and then characterized by N2 adsorption, X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Adsorption isotherms, selectivity and kinetics of TiO2/SiO2 were measured in a UV built-in batch reactor. It was concluded that (a) with the employment of UV-irradiation, high organosulfur uptake of 5.12 mg/g was achieved on the optimized 0.3TiO2/0.7SiO2 adsorbent at low sulfur concentration of 15 ppmw-S, and its adsorption selectivity over naphthalene was up to 325.5; (b) highly dispersed TiO2 served as the photocatalytic sites for DBT oxidation, while SiO2 acted as the selective adsorption sites for the corresponding oxidized DBT using TiO2 as a promoter, the two types of active sites worked cooperatively to achieve the high adsorption selectivity of TiO2/SiO2; (c) The kinetic rate-determining step for the UV photocatalysis-assisted adsorptive desulfurization (PADS) over TiO2/SiO2 was DBT oxidation; (d) consecutive adsorption-regeneration cycles suggested that the 0.3TiO2/0.7SiO2 adsorbent can be regenerated by acetonitrile washing followed with oxidative air treatment. This work demonstrated an effective PADS approach to greatly enhance adsorption capacity and selectivity of thiophenic compounds at low concentrations for deep desulfurization under ambient conditions.

  1. MnO2/CeO2 for catalytic ultrasonic decolorization of methyl orange: Process parameters and mechanisms.

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    Zhao, He; Zhang, Guangming; Chong, Shan; Zhang, Nan; Liu, Yucai

    2015-11-01

    MnO2/CeO2 catalyst was prepared and characterized by means of Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET) method, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The characterization showed that MnO2/CeO2 had big specific surface area and MnO2 was dispersed homogeneously on the surface of CeO2. Excellent degradation efficiency of methyl orange was achieved by MnO2/CeO2 catalytic ultrasonic process. Operating parameters were studied and optimized. The optimal conditions were 10 min of ultrasonic irradiation, 1.0 g/L of catalyst dose, 2.6 of pH value and 1.3 W/ml of ultrasonic density. Under the optimal conditions, nearly 90% of methyl orange was removed. The mechanism of methyl orange degradation was further studied. The decolorization mechanism in the ultrasound-MnO2/CeO2 system was quite different with that in the ultrasound-MnO2 system. Effects of manganese and cerium in catalytic ultrasonic process were clarified. Manganese ions in solution contributed to generating hydroxyl free radical. MnO2/CeO2 catalyst strengthened the oxidation ability of ultrasound and realized complete decolorization of methyl orange.

  2. The excitation of O2 in auroras.

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    Cartwright, D. C.; Trajmar, S.; Williams, W.

    1972-01-01

    Newly measured electron impact cross sections for excitation of the a super 1 Delta sub g and b super 1 Sigma (plus) sub g electronic states of O2 have been employed to predict the absolute volume emission rates from these states under auroral conditions. A secondary electron flux typical of an IBC II nighttime aurora was used, and the most important quenching processes were included in the calculations. The new excitation cross sections for the a super 1 Delta sub g and b super 1 Sigma (plus) sub g states are more than an order of magnitude larger than previous estimates and lead to correspondingly greater intensities in the atmospheric and IR atmospheric band systems. The calculated intensity ratios of the volume emission rates of 7621 A and 1.27 micron to that for 3914 A are smaller than those obtained from aircraft observations and recent rocket experiments.

  3. Ni/TiO2 Ultraviolet Detector

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    Mohamadzade Lajvardi, Mehdi; Jahangiri, Mojtaba

    2016-03-01

    The fabrication technology of solid-state photon detectors based on semiconductors other than silicon is yet to mature, but their recent progress opens new possibilities. Such devices are especially attractive for ultraviolet radiation level measurements because semiconductor materials with band gaps larger than 3.0 eV can be used as “visible-blind” detectors, the operation of which do not require using visible light filters. Here, fabrication and characterization of a UV detector based on nickel/titanium dioxide Schottky junction is reported. The operation of the device is described based on the photoelectric mechanism taking place in the carrier- depleted oxide adjacent to the Ni layer. Simplicity of fabrication, cost-effectiveness and fast response are the positive features of the device. These features of the device are compared with those of the previously reported Ag/TiO2 UV detectors.

  4. Nanostructured porous RuO2/MnO2 as a highly efficient catalyst for high-rate Li-O2 batteries

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    Wang, Guoqing; Huang, Liliang; Huang, Wei; Xie, Jian; Du, Gaohui; Zhang, Shichao; Zhu, Peiyi; Cao, Gaoshao; Zhao, Xinbing

    2015-12-01

    Despite the recent advancements in Li-O2 (or Li-air) batteries, great challenges still remain to realize high-rate, long-term cycling. In this work, a binder-free, nanostructured RuO2/MnO2 catalytic cathode was designed to realize the operation of Li-O2 batteries at high rates. At a current density as high as 3200 mA g-1 (or ~1.3 mA cm-2), the RuO2/MnO2 catalyzed Li-O2 batteries with LiI can sustain stable cycling of 170 and 800 times at limited capacities of 1000 and 500 mA h g-1, respectively, with low charge cutoff potentials of ~4.0 and <3.8 V, respectively. The underlying mechanism of the high catalytic performance of MnO2/RuO2 was also clarified in this work. It was found that with the catalytic effect of RuO2, Li2O2 can crystallize into a thin-sheet form and realize a conformal growth on sheet-like δ-MnO2 at a current density up to 3200 mA g-1, constructing a sheet-on-sheet structure. This crystallization behavior of Li2O2 not only defers the electrode passivation upon discharge but also renders easy decomposition of Li2O2 upon charge, leading to low polarizations and reduced side reactions. This work provides a unique design of catalytic cathodes capable of controlling Li2O2 growth and sheds light on the design of high-rate, long-life Li-O2 batteries with potential applications in electric vehicles.Despite the recent advancements in Li-O2 (or Li-air) batteries, great challenges still remain to realize high-rate, long-term cycling. In this work, a binder-free, nanostructured RuO2/MnO2 catalytic cathode was designed to realize the operation of Li-O2 batteries at high rates. At a current density as high as 3200 mA g-1 (or ~1.3 mA cm-2), the RuO2/MnO2 catalyzed Li-O2 batteries with LiI can sustain stable cycling of 170 and 800 times at limited capacities of 1000 and 500 mA h g-1, respectively, with low charge cutoff potentials of ~4.0 and <3.8 V, respectively. The underlying mechanism of the high catalytic performance of MnO2/RuO2 was also clarified in this

  5. Analytical model of Europa's O2 exosphere

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    Milillo, Anna; Plainaki, Christina; De Angelis, Elisabetta; Mangano, Valeria; Massetti, Stefano; Mura, Alessandro; Orsini, Stefano; Rispoli, Rosanna

    2016-10-01

    The origin of the exosphere of Europa is its water ice surface. The existing exosphere models, assuming either a collisionless environment (simple Monte Carlo techniques) or a kinetic approach (Direct Monte Carlo Method) both predict that the major constituent of the exosphere is molecular oxygen. Specifically, O2 is generated at the surface through radiolysis and chemical interactions of the water dissociation products. The non-escaping O2 molecules circulate around the moon impacting the surface several times, due to their long lifetime and due to their non- sticking, suffering thermalization to the surface temperature after each impact. In fact, the HST observations of the O emission lines proved the presence of an asymmetric atomic Oxygen distribution, related to a thin asymmetric molecular Oxygen atmosphere. The existing Monte Carlo models are not easily applicable as input of simulations devoted to the study of the plasma interactions with the moon. On the other hand, the simple exponential density profiles cannot well depict the higher temperature/higher altitudes component originating by radiolysis. It would thus be important to have a suitable and user-friendly model able to describe the major exospheric characteristics to use as a tool. This study presents an analytical 3D model that is able to describe the molecular Oxygen exosphere by reproducing the two-component profiles and the asymmetries due to diverse configurations among Europa, Jupiter and the Sun. This model is obtained by a non-linear fit procedure of the EGEON Monte Carlo model (Plainaki et al. 2013) to a Chamberlain density profile. Different parameters of the model are able to describe various exosphere properties thus allowing a detailed investigation of the exospheric characteristics. As an example a discussion on the exospheric temperatures in different configurations and space regions is given.

  6. Analytical model of Europa's O2 exosphere

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    Milillo, Anna; Plainaki, Christina; Orsini, Stefano; De Angelis, Elisabetta; Mangano, Valeria; Massetti, Stefano; Mura, Alessandro; Rispoli, Rosanna; Colasanti, Luca

    2015-04-01

    The origin of the exosphere of Europa is its water ice surface. The existing exosphere models, assuming either a collisionless environment (simple Monte Carlo techniques) or a kinetic approach (Direct Monte Carlo Method) both predict that the major constituent of the exosphere is molecular oxygen. Specifically, O2 is generated at the surface through radiolysis and chemical interactions of the water dissociation products. The non-escaping O2 molecules circulate around the moon impacting the surface several times, due to their long lifetime and due to their non- sticking, suffering thermalization to the surface temperature after each impact. In fact, the HST observations of the O emission lines have manifested the presence of an asymmetric atomic Oxygen envelope, evidencing the possible existence of a thin asymmetric molecular Oxygen atmosphere. The existing Monte Carlo models are not easily applicable as input of simulations devoted to the study of the plasma interactions with the moon. On the other hand, the simple exponential density profiles cannot well depict the higher temperature/higher altitudes component originating by radiolysis. On the contrary, it would be important to have a suitable and user-friendly model to use as a tool. This study presents an analytical 3D model that is able to describe the molecular Oxygen exosphere by reproducing the asymmetries due to two configurations among Europa, Jupiter and the Sun, that is illumination at leading and at trailing side. This model is obtained by a non-linear fit procedure of the EGEON Monte Carlo model to a Chamberlain density profile. Different parameters of the model are able to describe various exosphere properties thus allowing a detailed investigation of the exospheric characteristics.

  7. An Ustilago maydis Gene Involved in H2O2 Detoxification Is Required for Virulence[W

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    Molina, Lázaro; Kahmann, Regine

    2007-01-01

    The fungus Ustilago maydis is a biotrophic pathogen of maize (Zea mays). In its genome we have identified an ortholog of YAP1 (for Yeast AP-1-like) from Saccharomyces cerevisae that regulates the oxidative stress response in this organism. yap1 mutants of U. maydis displayed higher sensitivity to H2O2 than wild-type cells, and their virulence was significantly reduced. U. maydis yap1 could partially complement the H2O2 sensitivity of a yap1 deletion mutant of S. cerevisiae, and a Yap1-green fluorescent protein fusion protein showed nuclear localization after H2O2 treatment, suggesting that Yap1 in U. maydis functions as a redox sensor. Mutations in two Cys residues prevented accumulation in the nucleus, and the respective mutant strains showed the same virulence phenotype as Δyap1 mutants. Diamino benzidine staining revealed an accumulation of H2O2 around yap1 mutant hyphae, which was absent in the wild type. Inhibition of the plant NADPH oxidase prevented this accumulation and restored virulence. During the infection, Yap1 showed nuclear localization after penetration up to 2 to 3 d after infection. Through array analysis, a large set of Yap1-regulated genes were identified and these included two peroxidase genes. Deletion mutants of these genes were attenuated in virulence. These results suggest that U. maydis is using its Yap1-controlled H2O2 detoxification system for coping with early plant defense responses. PMID:17616735

  8. TiO2 nanoparticles versus TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposites: A comparative study of photo catalysis on acid red 88

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    Balachandran, K.; Venckatesh, Rajendran; Sivaraj, Rajeshwari; Rajiv, P.

    2014-07-01

    A novel, simple, less time-consuming and cost-effective wet chemical technique was used to synthesis TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposites using Titanium tetra isopropoxide (TTIP) as a precursor relatively at low temperature in acidic pH. Titania sol was prepared by hydrolysis of TTIP and was mixed with silicic acid and tetrahydrofuran mixture. The reaction was carried out under vigorous stirring for 6 h and dried at room temperature. The resulting powders were characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The grain size of the particles was calculated by X-ray diffraction, surface morphology and chemical composition was determined from scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy, metal oxide stretching was confirmed from FT-IR spectroscopy, band gap was calculated using UV-Visible spectroscopy. Surface area of the composite as calculated by BET analyzer and it was found to be 65 and 75 m2/g for TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 respectively. The photocatalytic experiments were performed with aqueous solution of acid red 88 with TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 batch studies for 4 h irradiation, direct photolysis of TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 contributed 94.2% and 96.5% decomposition in solar radiation for the optimized concentration of acid red 88.

  9. TiO2 nanoparticles versus TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposites: a comparative study of photo catalysis on acid red 88.

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    Balachandran, K; Venckatesh, Rajendran; Sivaraj, Rajeshwari; Rajiv, P

    2014-07-15

    A novel, simple, less time-consuming and cost-effective wet chemical technique was used to synthesis TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposites using Titanium tetra isopropoxide (TTIP) as a precursor relatively at low temperature in acidic pH. Titania sol was prepared by hydrolysis of TTIP and was mixed with silicic acid and tetrahydrofuran mixture. The reaction was carried out under vigorous stirring for 6h and dried at room temperature. The resulting powders were characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The grain size of the particles was calculated by X-ray diffraction, surface morphology and chemical composition was determined from scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy, metal oxide stretching was confirmed from FT-IR spectroscopy, band gap was calculated using UV-Visible spectroscopy. Surface area of the composite as calculated by BET analyzer and it was found to be 65 and 75 m(2)/g for TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 respectively. The photocatalytic experiments were performed with aqueous solution of acid red 88 with TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 batch studies for 4h irradiation, direct photolysis of TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 contributed 94.2% and 96.5% decomposition in solar radiation for the optimized concentration of acid red 88. PMID:24682063

  10. TiO2 nanoparticles versus TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposites: a comparative study of photo catalysis on acid red 88.

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    Balachandran, K; Venckatesh, Rajendran; Sivaraj, Rajeshwari; Rajiv, P

    2014-07-15

    A novel, simple, less time-consuming and cost-effective wet chemical technique was used to synthesis TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposites using Titanium tetra isopropoxide (TTIP) as a precursor relatively at low temperature in acidic pH. Titania sol was prepared by hydrolysis of TTIP and was mixed with silicic acid and tetrahydrofuran mixture. The reaction was carried out under vigorous stirring for 6h and dried at room temperature. The resulting powders were characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The grain size of the particles was calculated by X-ray diffraction, surface morphology and chemical composition was determined from scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy, metal oxide stretching was confirmed from FT-IR spectroscopy, band gap was calculated using UV-Visible spectroscopy. Surface area of the composite as calculated by BET analyzer and it was found to be 65 and 75 m(2)/g for TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 respectively. The photocatalytic experiments were performed with aqueous solution of acid red 88 with TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 batch studies for 4h irradiation, direct photolysis of TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 contributed 94.2% and 96.5% decomposition in solar radiation for the optimized concentration of acid red 88.

  11. O2 reduction at the IFC orbiter fuel cell O2 electrode

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    Fielder, William L.; Singer, Joseph

    1990-01-01

    O2 reduction Tafel data were obtained for the IFC Orbiter fuel cell O2 electrode (Au-10 percent Pt catalyst) at temperatures between 24 and 81 C. BET measurements gave an electrode surface area of about 2040 sq cm per sq cm of geometric area. The Tafel data could be fitted to three straight line regions. For current densities less than 0.001 A/sq cm, the slope was essentially independent of temperature with a value of about 0.032 V/decade. Above 0.001 A/sq cm, the two regions, designated in the present study as the 0.04 and 0.12 V/decate regions, were temperature dependent. The apparent energies of activation for these two regions were about 9.3 and 6.5 kcal/mol, respectively. Tafel data (1 atmosphere O2) were extrapolated to 120 C for predicting changes in overpotential with increasing temperature. A mechanism is presented for O2 reduction.

  12. Basal renal O2 consumption and the efficiency of O2 utilization for Na+ reabsorption.

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    Evans, Roger G; Harrop, Gerard K; Ngo, Jennifer P; Ow, Connie P C; O'Connor, Paul M

    2014-03-01

    We examined how the presence of a fixed level of basal renal O2 consumption (Vo2(basal); O2 used for processes independent of Na(+) transport) confounds the utility of the ratio of Na(+) reabsorption (TNa(+)) to total renal Vo2 (Vo2(total)) as an index of the efficiency of O2 utilization for TNa(+). We performed a systematic review and additional experiments in anesthetized rabbits to obtain the best possible estimate of the fractional contribution of Vo2(basal) to Vo2(total) under physiological conditions (basal percent renal Vo2). Estimates of basal percent renal Vo2 from 24 studies varied from 0% to 81.5%. Basal percent renal Vo2 varied with the fractional excretion of Na(+) (FENa(+)) in the 14 studies in which FENa(+) was measured under control conditions. Linear regression analysis predicted a basal percent renal Vo2 of 12.7-16.5% when FENa(+) = 1% (r(2) = 0.48, P = 0.001). Experimentally induced changes in TNa(+) altered TNa(+)/Vo2(total) in a manner consistent with theoretical predictions. We conclude that, because Vo2(basal) represents a significant proportion of Vo2(total), TNa(+)/Vo2(total) can change markedly when TNa(+) itself changes. Therefore, caution should be taken when TNa(+)/Vo2(total) is interpreted as a measure of the efficiency of O2 utilization for TNa(+), particularly under experimental conditions where TNa(+) or Vo2(total) changes.

  13. Distribution of electron traps in SiO2/HfO2 nMOSFET

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    Xiao-Hui, Hou; Xue-Feng, Zheng; Ao-Chen, Wang; Ying-Zhe, Wang; Hao-Yu, Wen; Zhi-Jing, Liu; Xiao-Wei, Li; Yin-He, Wu

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, the principle of discharge-based pulsed I-V technique is introduced. By using it, the energy and spatial distributions of electron traps within the 4-nm HfO2 layer have been extracted. Two peaks are observed, which are located at ΔE ˜ -1.0 eV and -1.43 eV, respectively. It is found that the former one is close to the SiO2/HfO2 interface and the latter one is close to the gate electrode. It is also observed that the maximum discharge time has little effect on the energy distribution. Finally, the impact of electrical stress on the HfO2 layer is also studied. During stress, no new electron traps and interface states are generated. Meanwhile, the electrical stress also has no impact on the energy and spatial distribution of as-grown traps. The results provide valuable information for theoretical modeling establishment, material assessment, and reliability improvement for advanced semiconductor devices. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61334002, 61106106, and 61474091), the New Experiment Development Funds for Xidian University, China (Grant No. SY1434), and the Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, State Education Ministry, China (Grant No. JY0600132501).

  14. Effects of the interaction between TiO2 with different percentages of exposed {001} facets and Cu2+ on biotoxicity in Daphnia magna

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    Liu, Lingling; Fan, Wenhong; Lu, Huiting; Xiao, Wei

    2015-01-01

    Anatase TiO2 nanosheets (NSs) with exposed {001} facets have been widely used because of their high activity and particular surface atomic configuration. However, investigations on their biotoxicity are rare. In this study, bioaccumulation of five different TiO2 (with 10%, 61%, 71%, 74% and 78% exposed {001} facets), as well as copper and enzyme activities in Daphnia magna, are systematically investigated and rationalized. The results indicated that the addition of Cu2+ enhanced agglomeration–sedimentation of TiO2, resulting in the reduction of TiO2 bioaccumulation by 10% to 26%. TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) increased copper bioaccumulation by 9.8%, whereas the other four TiO2 nanosheets (NSs) decreased it by 43% to 53%, which depended on TiO2 variant adsorption and free Cu2+ concentrations in the supernatant. The levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme and Na+/K+-ATPase activities suggested that oxidative stress, instead of membrane damage, was the main toxicity in D. magna. Meanwhile, the SOD enzyme activities increased with decreasing Cu accumulation and increasing Ti accumulation because of the different functions of Cu and Ti in organisms. This research highlighted the important role of the percentage of exposed {001} facets in nanostructured TiO2 on bioaccumulation and biotoxicity of TiO2 and Cu2+ in Daphnia magna. PMID:26242603

  15. Effects of the interaction between TiO2 with different percentages of exposed {001} facets and Cu(2+) on biotoxicity in Daphnia magna.

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    Liu, Lingling; Fan, Wenhong; Lu, Huiting; Xiao, Wei

    2015-08-05

    Anatase TiO2 nanosheets (NSs) with exposed {001} facets have been widely used because of their high activity and particular surface atomic configuration. However, investigations on their biotoxicity are rare. In this study, bioaccumulation of five different TiO2 (with 10%, 61%, 71%, 74% and 78% exposed {001} facets), as well as copper and enzyme activities in Daphnia magna, are systematically investigated and rationalized. The results indicated that the addition of Cu(2+) enhanced agglomeration-sedimentation of TiO2, resulting in the reduction of TiO2 bioaccumulation by 10% to 26%. TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) increased copper bioaccumulation by 9.8%, whereas the other four TiO2 nanosheets (NSs) decreased it by 43% to 53%, which depended on TiO2 variant adsorption and free Cu(2+) concentrations in the supernatant. The levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme and Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase activities suggested that oxidative stress, instead of membrane damage, was the main toxicity in D. magna. Meanwhile, the SOD enzyme activities increased with decreasing Cu accumulation and increasing Ti accumulation because of the different functions of Cu and Ti in organisms. This research highlighted the important role of the percentage of exposed {001} facets in nanostructured TiO2 on bioaccumulation and biotoxicity of TiO2 and Cu(2+) in Daphnia magna.

  16. Effects of the interaction between TiO2 with different percentages of exposed {001} facets and Cu2+ on biotoxicity in Daphnia magna

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    Liu, Lingling; Fan, Wenhong; Lu, Huiting; Xiao, Wei

    2015-08-01

    Anatase TiO2 nanosheets (NSs) with exposed {001} facets have been widely used because of their high activity and particular surface atomic configuration. However, investigations on their biotoxicity are rare. In this study, bioaccumulation of five different TiO2 (with 10%, 61%, 71%, 74% and 78% exposed {001} facets), as well as copper and enzyme activities in Daphnia magna, are systematically investigated and rationalized. The results indicated that the addition of Cu2+ enhanced agglomeration-sedimentation of TiO2, resulting in the reduction of TiO2 bioaccumulation by 10% to 26%. TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) increased copper bioaccumulation by 9.8%, whereas the other four TiO2 nanosheets (NSs) decreased it by 43% to 53%, which depended on TiO2 variant adsorption and free Cu2+ concentrations in the supernatant. The levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme and Na+/K+-ATPase activities suggested that oxidative stress, instead of membrane damage, was the main toxicity in D. magna. Meanwhile, the SOD enzyme activities increased with decreasing Cu accumulation and increasing Ti accumulation because of the different functions of Cu and Ti in organisms. This research highlighted the important role of the percentage of exposed {001} facets in nanostructured TiO2 on bioaccumulation and biotoxicity of TiO2 and Cu2+ in Daphnia magna.

  17. SiH/TiO2 and GeH/TiO2 Heterojunctions: Promising TiO2-based Photocatalysts under Visible Light

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    Niu, Mang; Cheng, Daojian; Cao, Dapeng

    2014-01-01

    We use hybrid density functional calculations to find that the monolayer silicane (SiH) and the anatase TiO2(101) composite (i.e. the SiH/TiO2 heterojunction) is a promising TiO2-based photocatalyst under visible light. The band gap of the SiH/TiO2(101) heterojunction is 2.082 eV, which is an ideal material for the visible-light photoexcitation of electron-hole pairs. Furthermore, the SiH/TiO2(101) heterojunction has a favorable type-II band alignment and thus the photoexcited electron can be injected to the conduction band of anatase TiO2 from that of silicane. Finally, the proper interface charge distribution facilitates the carrier separation in the SiH/TiO2(101) interface region. The electron injection and carrier separation can prevent the recombination of electron-hole pairs. Our calculation results suggest that such electronic structure of SiH/TiO2(101) heterojunction has significant advantages over these of doped TiO2 systems for visible-light photocatalysis. PMID:24787027

  18. Synthesis of Radioisotope Mn-56@SiO2, Sm-153@SiO2, and Dy-165@SiO2 Hybrid Nanoparticles for Use as Radiotracer.

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    Seo, Sang-Ei; Kang, Yun Ok; Jung, Sung-Hee; Choi, Seong-Ho

    2015-09-01

    Radioisotope hybrid nanoparticles (NPs) of Mn-56@SiO2, Sm-153@SiO2, and Dy-165@SiO2 were synthesized by neutron irradiation of Mn-55@SiO2, Sm-150@SiO2, and Dy-163@SiO2 NPs respectively using the HANARO research reactor. The Mn-55@SiO2, Sm-150@SiO2, and Dy-163@SiO2 NPs were synthesized by calcination in air flow at 500 degrees C for 8 h of the hybrid NPs that has been prepared by the sol-gel reaction of tetraethyl silicate in the presence of the complex precursors. Mn-55, Sm-150, and Dy-163 were selected for use as radiotracers were selected because these elements can be easily gamma-activated by neutrons (activation limits: 1 picogram (Dy), 1-10 picogram (Mn), 10-100 picogram (Sm)). The successful synthesis of the radioisotope hybrid NPs was confirmed by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (EDS), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Gamma Spectroscopy analysis. The synthesized the radioisotope hybrid NPs could be used as radiotracers in the scientific, environmental, engineering, and industrial fields.

  19. [Neuroleptic induced deficit syndrome].

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    Szafrański, T

    1995-01-01

    Increasing interest in subjective aspects of therapy and rehabilitation focused the attention of psychiatrists, psychologists and psychopharmacologists on the mental side effects of neuroleptics. For the drug-related impairment of affective, cognitive and social function the name of neuroleptic-induced deficit syndrome (NIDS) is proposed. Patients with NIDS appear to be indifferent to the environmental stimuli, retarded and apathetic. They complain of feeling drugged and drowsy, weird, they suffer from lack of motivation, feel like "zombies". The paper presents description of NIDS and its differentiation from negative and depressive symptoms in schizophrenia and subjective perceiving of extrapyramidal syndromes.

  20. [Neuroleptic induced deficit syndrome].

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    Szafrański, T

    1995-01-01

    Increasing interest in subjective aspects of therapy and rehabilitation focused the attention of psychiatrists, psychologists and psychopharmacologists on the mental side effects of neuroleptics. For the drug-related impairment of affective, cognitive and social function the name of neuroleptic-induced deficit syndrome (NIDS) is proposed. Patients with NIDS appear to be indifferent to the environmental stimuli, retarded and apathetic. They complain of feeling drugged and drowsy, weird, they suffer from lack of motivation, feel like "zombies". The paper presents description of NIDS and its differentiation from negative and depressive symptoms in schizophrenia and subjective perceiving of extrapyramidal syndromes. PMID:7652089

  1. Ultrasound-assisted reductive dissolution of CeO2 and PuO2 in the presence of Ti particles.

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    Beaudoux, Xavier; Virot, Matthieu; Chave, Tony; Leturcq, Gilles; Jouan, Gauthier; Venault, Laurent; Moisy, Philippe; Nikitenko, Sergey I

    2016-06-01

    PuO2 is considered an important material for current and future nuclear fuel; however it is a very refractive compound towards dissolution. Among other techniques, its reprocessing can be performed via complexing dissolution in concentrated and boiling nitric acid containing hydrofluoric acid, or via oxidant dissolution in the presence of reagents with redox couples having high potentials such as Ce(iv)/Ce(iii), or Ag(ii)/Ag(i). Reductive dissolution can be performed under softer conditions and is considered an alternative to these methods which may suffer from several drawbacks (corrosion, effluent management, compatibility with nuclear waste disposal, etc.). In this study, a sonochemical and reductive approach is investigated for PuO2 dissolution under relatively mild conditions. At the first stage, the experiments are performed with CeO2 as an inactive surrogate for PuO2. The quantitative dissolution of both oxides can be achieved under ultrasound (20 kHz, 0.35-0.70 W mL(-1)) in 0.5 M HNO3/0.1 M [N2H5NO3]/2 M HCOOH sparged with Ar at 33-35 °C in the presence of Ti particles as a generating source of reductive species. Ultrasound enables the depassivation of the Ti surface (usually strongly passivated in nitric solutions) through acoustic cavitation which then allows further generation of the intermediate Ti(iii) reductive species. Dissolution rates and yields can be further increased with the injection of dilute fluoride aliquots (NH4F or HF) in the sonicated solution to favor Ti chemical depassivation. The rapid and complete dissolution of PuO2 under selected conditions is accompanied by Pu(iii) accumulation in solution. PMID:27145713

  2. 3D Nanoporous Nitrogen-Doped Graphene with Encapsulated RuO2 Nanoparticles for Li-O2 Batteries.

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    Guo, Xianwei; Liu, Pan; Han, Jiuhui; Ito, Yoshikazu; Hirata, Akihiko; Fujita, Takeshi; Chen, Mingwei

    2015-10-28

    Freestanding nanoporous N-doped graphene with encapsulated RuO2 nanoparticles is developed as a cathode for rechargeable Li-O2 batteries. The stabilized metal oxide catalyst reduces charge overpotentials enabling high-efficiency rechargeable Li-O2 batteries with a long cycling lifetime. This has important implications for the development of highly stable and catalytically active graphene-based cathodes for rechargeable Li-O2 batteries.

  3. Photocatalytic degradation of aqueous propoxur solution using TiO2 and Hbeta zeolite-supported TiO2.

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    Mahalakshmi, M; Vishnu Priya, S; Arabindoo, Banumathi; Palanichamy, M; Murugesan, V

    2009-01-15

    Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 and zeolites supported TiO2 were investigated using propoxur as a model pollutant. Hbeta, HY and H-ZSM-5 zeolites were examined as supports for TiO2. Hbeta was chosen as the TiO2 support based on the adsorption capacity of propoxur on these zeolites (Hbeta>HY=H-ZSM-5). TiO2/Hbeta photocatalysts with different wt.% were prepared and characterized by XRD, FT-IR and BET surface area. The progress of photocatalytic degradation of aqueous propoxur solution using TiO2 (Degussa P-25) and TiO2 supported on Hbeta zeolite was monitored using TOC analyzer, HPLC and UV-vis spectrophotometer. The degradation of propoxur was systematically studied by varying the experimental parameters in order to achieve maximum degradation efficiency. The initial rate of degradation with TiO2/Hbeta was higher than with bare TiO2. TOC results revealed that TiO2 requires 600min for complete mineralization of propoxur whereas TiO2/Hbeta requires only 480min. TiO2/Hbeta showed enhanced photodegradation due to its high adsorption capacity on which the pollutant molecules are pooled closely and hence degraded effectively.

  4. Importance of mitochondrial P(O2) in maximal O2 transport and utilization: a theoretical analysis.

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    Cano, I; Mickael, M; Gomez-Cabrero, D; Tegnér, J; Roca, J; Wagner, P D

    2013-12-01

    In previous calculations of how the O2 transport system limits .VO2(max), it was reasonably assumed that mitochondrial P(O2) (Pm(O2)) could be neglected (set to zero). However, in reality, Pm(O2) must exceed zero and the red cell to mitochondrion diffusion gradient may therefore be reduced, impairing diffusive transport of O2 and .VO2(max). Accordingly, we investigated the influence of Pm(O2) on these calculations by coupling previously used equations for O2 transport to one for mitochondrial respiration relating mitochondrial .VO2 to P(O2). This hyperbolic function, characterized by its P50 and V˙MAX, allowed Pm(O2) to become a model output (rather than set to zero as previously). Simulations using data from exercising normal subjects showed that at .VO2(max), Pm(O2) was usually <1mmHg, and that the effects on .VO2(max) were minimal. However, when O2 transport capacity exceeded mitochondrial V˙MAX, or if P50 were elevated,Pm(O2) often reached double digit values, thereby reducing the diffusion gradient and significantly decreasing .VO2(max).

  5. Effects of CeO2 nanoparticles on system performance and bacterial community dynamics in a sequencing batch reactor.

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    Qiu, Guanglei; Neo, Sin-Yi; Ting, Yen-Peng

    2016-01-01

    The effects of CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) on the system performance and the bacterial community dynamics in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) were investigated, along with the fate and removal of CeO2 NPs within the SBR. Significant impact was observed on nitrification; NH4+-N removal efficiency decreased from almost 100% to around 70% after 6 days of continuous exposure to 1.0 mg/L of CeO2 NPs, followed by a gradual recovery until a stable value of around 90% after 20 days. Additionally, CeO2 NPs also led to a significant increase in the protein content in the soluble microbial products, showing the disruptive effects of CeO2 NPs on the extracellular polymeric substance matrix and related activated sludge structure. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis analysis showed remarkable changes in the bacterial community structure in the activated sludge after exposure to CeO2 NPs. CeO2 NPs were effectively removed in the SBR mainly via sorption onto the sludge. However, the removal efficiency decreased from 95 to 80% over 30 days. Mass balance evaluation showed that up to 50% of the NPs were accumulated within the activated sludge and were removed with the waste sludge.

  6. Influence of Ti nanocrystallization on microstructure, interface bonding, surface energy and blood compatibility of surface TiO 2 films

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    Shao, Honghong; Yu, Chunhang; Xu, Xiaojing; Wang, Ji; Zhai, Rui; Wang, Xiaojing

    2010-12-01

    Recent progress in ultrafine-grained/nano-grained (UFG/NG) titanium permits a consideration for TiO 2 films deposited on nano-grained titanium for antithrombogenic application such as artificial valves and stents. For this paper, the microstructure, interface bonding, surface energy, and blood compatibility features of TiO 2 films deposited by direct current magnetron reactive sputtering technology on NG titanium and coarse-grained (CG) titanium were investigated. The results show that the nanocrystallization of titanium substrate has a significant influence on TiO 2 films. At the same deposition parameters, the content of rutile phase of TiO 2 film was increased from 47% (on the CG titanium substrate) to 72% (on the NG titanium substrate); the adhesion of TiO 2 film was improved from 5.8 N to 17 N; the surface energy was reduced from 6.37 dyn/cm to 3.01 dyn/cm; the clotting time was improved from 18 min to 28 min; the platelets accumulation and pseudopodium of adherent platelets on TiO 2 film on NG titanium were considerably reduced compared to that on CG titanium. The present results demonstrate the possibility of improving the blood compatibility of TiO 2 film through the approach of substrate nanocrystallization. Also it may provide an attractive idea to prepare stents with biological coatings of more outstanding blood compatibility and interface bonding.

  7. Effects of CeO2 nanoparticles on system performance and bacterial community dynamics in a sequencing batch reactor.

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    Qiu, Guanglei; Neo, Sin-Yi; Ting, Yen-Peng

    2016-01-01

    The effects of CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) on the system performance and the bacterial community dynamics in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) were investigated, along with the fate and removal of CeO2 NPs within the SBR. Significant impact was observed on nitrification; NH4+-N removal efficiency decreased from almost 100% to around 70% after 6 days of continuous exposure to 1.0 mg/L of CeO2 NPs, followed by a gradual recovery until a stable value of around 90% after 20 days. Additionally, CeO2 NPs also led to a significant increase in the protein content in the soluble microbial products, showing the disruptive effects of CeO2 NPs on the extracellular polymeric substance matrix and related activated sludge structure. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis analysis showed remarkable changes in the bacterial community structure in the activated sludge after exposure to CeO2 NPs. CeO2 NPs were effectively removed in the SBR mainly via sorption onto the sludge. However, the removal efficiency decreased from 95 to 80% over 30 days. Mass balance evaluation showed that up to 50% of the NPs were accumulated within the activated sludge and were removed with the waste sludge. PMID:26744939

  8. Atomic layer chemical vapor deposition of ZrO2-based dielectric films: Nanostructure and nanochemistry

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    Dey, S. K.; Wang, C.-G.; Tang, D.; Kim, M. J.; Carpenter, R. W.; Werkhoven, C.; Shero, E.

    2003-04-01

    A 4 nm layer of ZrOx (targeted x˜2) was deposited on an interfacial layer (IL) of native oxide (SiO, t˜1.2 nm) surface on 200 mm Si wafers by a manufacturable atomic layer chemical vapor deposition technique at 300 °C. Some as-deposited layers were subjected to a postdeposition, rapid thermal annealing at 700 °C for 5 min in flowing oxygen at atmospheric pressure. The experimental x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and high-resolution parallel electron energy loss spectroscopy results showed that a multiphase and heterogeneous structure evolved, which we call the Zr-O/IL/Si stack. The as-deposited Zr-O layer was amorphous ZrO2-rich Zr silicate containing about 15% by volume of embedded ZrO2 nanocrystals, which transformed to a glass nanoceramic (with over 90% by volume of predominantly tetragonal-ZrO2 (t-ZrO2) and monoclinic-ZrO2 (m-ZrO2) nanocrystals) upon annealing. The formation of disordered amorphous regions within some of the nanocrystals, as well as crystalline regions with defects, probably gave rise to lattice strains and deformations. The interfacial layer (IL) was partitioned into an upper SiO2-rich Zr silicate and the lower SiOx. The latter was substoichiometric and the average oxidation state increased from Si0.86+ in SiO0.43 (as-deposited) to Si1.32+ in SiO0.66 (annealed). This high oxygen deficiency in SiOx was indicative of the low mobility of oxidizing specie in the Zr-O layer. The stacks were characterized for their dielectric properties in the Pt/{Zr-O/IL}/Si metal oxide-semiconductor capacitor (MOSCAP) configuration. The measured equivalent oxide thickness (EOT) was not consistent with the calculated EOT using a bilayer model of ZrO2 and SiO2, and the capacitance in accumulation (and therefore, EOT and kZr-O) was frequency dispersive, trends well documented in literature. This behavior is qualitatively explained in terms of the multilayer nanostructure and nanochemistry that

  9. Preparation and characterization of transparent hydrophilic photocatalytic TiO2/SiO2 thin films on polycarbonate.

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    Fateh, Razan; Dillert, Ralf; Bahnemann, Detlef

    2013-03-19

    Transparent hydrophilic photocatalytic TiO2 coatings have been widely applied to endow the surfaces self-cleaning properties. A mixed metal oxide (TiO2/SiO2) can enhance the photocatalytic performance improving the ability of surface adsorption and increasing the amount of hydroxyl surface groups. The present work introduces a systematic study concerning the effect of the SiO2 addition to TiO2 films on the wettability, the photocatalytic activity, the adhesion strength, and the mechanical stability of the films. Transparent hydrophilic photocatalytic TiO2/SiO2 thin films were used to coat the polycarbonate (PC) substrate which was precoated by an intermediate SiO2 layer. The TiO2/SiO2 thin film was prepared employing a bulk TiO2 powder (Sachtleben Hombikat UV 100) and different molar ratios of tetraethoxysilane in acidic ethanol. A dip-coating process was used to deposit the films onto the polycarbonate substrate. The films were characterized by UV/vis spectrophotometry, FTIR spectroscopy, ellipsometry, BET, AFM, XRD, and water contact angle measurements. The mechanical stability and the UV resistance were examined. The photocatalytic activity of the coated surface was calculated from the kinetic analysis of methylene blue photodegradation measurements and compared with the photocatalytic activity of Pilkington Activ sheet glass. The coated surfaces displayed considerable photocatalytic activity and superhydrophilicity after exposure to UV light. The addition of SiO2 results in an improvement of the photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 film reaching the highest value at molar ratio TiO2/SiO2 equal to 1:0.9. The prepared films exhibit a good stability against UV(A) irradiation.

  10. Influence of ZrO2, SiO2, Al2O3 and TiO2 nanoparticles on maize seed germination under different growth conditions.

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    Karunakaran, Gopalu; Suriyaprabha, Rangaraj; Rajendran, Venkatachalam; Kannan, Narayanasamy

    2016-08-01

    The focus of this investigation is to evaluate the phytotoxicity of selected metal oxide nanoparticles and microparticles as a function of maize seed germination and root elongation under different growth conditions (Petri plate, cotton and soil). The results of seed germination and root elongation experiments reveal that all the growth conditions show almost similar results. Alumina (Al2O3) and titania (TiO2) nanoparticles significantly reduce the germination percentage, whereas silica (SiO2) nanoparticles and microparticles enhance the same. The results of nanoparticles and microparticles of zirconia (ZrO2) are found to be same as those of controls. Root elongation is enhanced by SiO2 nanoparticles and microparticles treatment, whereas inhibition is observed with Al2O3 and TiO2 nanoparticles and microparticles. The X-ray fluorescence spectrometry data of the treated and control seed samples show that seeds uptake SiO2 particles to a greater extent followed by TiO2, Al2O3 and ZrO2. In addition, the uptake of nanoparticles is found to be greater than that of microparticles. Thus, the tested metal oxides penetrated seeds at the nanoscale as compared with the microscale. This study clarifies phytotoxicity of nanoparticles treated in different growth substrates and highlights the impact of nanoparticles on environment and agricultural systems. PMID:27463785

  11. Influence of ZrO2, SiO2, Al2O3 and TiO2 nanoparticles on maize seed germination under different growth conditions.

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    Karunakaran, Gopalu; Suriyaprabha, Rangaraj; Rajendran, Venkatachalam; Kannan, Narayanasamy

    2016-08-01

    The focus of this investigation is to evaluate the phytotoxicity of selected metal oxide nanoparticles and microparticles as a function of maize seed germination and root elongation under different growth conditions (Petri plate, cotton and soil). The results of seed germination and root elongation experiments reveal that all the growth conditions show almost similar results. Alumina (Al2O3) and titania (TiO2) nanoparticles significantly reduce the germination percentage, whereas silica (SiO2) nanoparticles and microparticles enhance the same. The results of nanoparticles and microparticles of zirconia (ZrO2) are found to be same as those of controls. Root elongation is enhanced by SiO2 nanoparticles and microparticles treatment, whereas inhibition is observed with Al2O3 and TiO2 nanoparticles and microparticles. The X-ray fluorescence spectrometry data of the treated and control seed samples show that seeds uptake SiO2 particles to a greater extent followed by TiO2, Al2O3 and ZrO2. In addition, the uptake of nanoparticles is found to be greater than that of microparticles. Thus, the tested metal oxides penetrated seeds at the nanoscale as compared with the microscale. This study clarifies phytotoxicity of nanoparticles treated in different growth substrates and highlights the impact of nanoparticles on environment and agricultural systems.

  12. Anchoring the Deficit of the Anchor Deficit: Dyslexia or Attention?

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    Willburger, Edith; Landerl, Karin

    2010-01-01

    In the anchoring deficit hypothesis of dyslexia ("Trends Cogn. Sci.", 2007; 11: 458-465), it is proposed that perceptual problems arise from the lack of forming a perceptual anchor for repeatedly presented stimuli. A study designed to explicitly test the specificity of the anchoring deficit for dyslexia is presented. Four groups, representing all…

  13. Active Sites on the Surface of Nano-Sized SiO2-TiO2 Composites

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    Valova, M. S.; Koryakova, O. V.; Maksimovskikh, A. I.; Fedorova, O. V.; Murashkevich, A. N.; Alisienok, O. A.

    2014-07-01

    The nature and amount of active sites on the surface of nano-sized SiO2-TiO2 oxides were studied by FTIR spectroscopy and back-titration methods. Increasing the TiO2 content in the SiO2-TiO2 composites increased the amount of activated surface H2O and adsorbed CO2. This increased the amount of active basic centers on the oxide surface and caused the first of two observed mechanisms for benzaldehyde adsorption (with and without its activation) to begin to prevail.

  14. H2O2 Improves Quality of Radix scutellariae Through Anti-oxidant Effect

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    Qi, Song; Wu-lin, Cao; Hua, Jiang; Ai-hua, Zhang; Xiang-cai, Meng

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: The correlation between the quality and geographical origin of herbal medicine was traced back to Tang Dynasty in China, more than 1200 years, and the effects of ecological environments on the secondary metabolites such as flavonoids have been confirmed. However, little is known about how the adversity impacts on the quality. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) may be medium between the ecological environment and the secondary metabolism. Materials and Methods: The fresh roots of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi were treated with 0.002 μmol/L, 0.2 μmol/L, and 20 μmol/L H2O2, respectively. A stress model was established to elucidate the change of secondary metabolism, anti-oxidant enzyme system, and enzymes relating to flavonoids. Results: The activities of superoxide dismutase, catalase and peroxidase decreased. Too much H2O2, firstly, boosted transformation of flavonoids glycoside into aglucon with the most remarkable activities through UDP-glucuronate baicalein 7-O-glucuronosyltransferase (UBGAT), and β-glucuronidase (GUS), then regulated the gene expression of phenylalanine ammonialyase, GUS, and UBGAT, and increased the contents of flavones, motivated the flavonoid glycoside converting into aglucon. With this action, the flavones displaced the anti-oxidant enzymes. The higher the dosage, the more baicalein and wogonin increased, the later they took action. Conclusion: The plant secondary metabolites to keep ROS constant are identical to the effective materials in clinic. They are closely linked. H2O2 can improve flavones, especially the aglucon, and further increased the quality of herbal medicine, which possesses very important value in medical practice. SUMMARY H2O2 decreasing the activities of CAT and POD lead to accumulation of more H2O2. Excess of H2O2 up-regulated PAL, BUG, promote biosynthesis of flavones, and enhance the nonenzyme system. “↑” and “↓” represent activity or content “up” and “down” respectively. PMID:27019566

  15. [Photocatalytic Degradation of Perfluorooctanoic Acid by Pd-TiO2 Photocatalyst].

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    Liu, Qing; Yu, Ze-bin; Zhang, Rui-han; Li, Ming-jie; Chen, Ying; Wang, Li; Kuang, Yu; Zhang, Bo; Zhu, You-hui

    2015-06-01

    Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a new persistent organic pollutant which has got global concern for its wide distribution, high bioaccumulation and strong biological toxicity. In present study, the photocatalytic degradation of PFOA using palladium doped TiO2 (Pd-TiO2) prepared by chemical reduction method was investigated. The photocatalysts were characterized by XRD, FESEM and UV-vis DRS and were used for PFOA degradation under 365 nm UV irradiation. The results indicated that the grain size of TiO2 was smaller while the specific surface area increased and the absorption of ultraviolet light also enhanced after using chemical reduction method, but all these changes had no influence on PFOA degradation. However, the degradation was significantly enhanced because of the deposition of Pd, the fluoride concentration of PFOA was 6.62 mg x L(-1) after 7 h irradiation which was 7.3 times higher than that of TiO2 (P25). Experiments with the addition of trapping agent and nitrogen indicated that *OH played an important role in PFOA degradation while the presence of O2 accelerated the degradation. The main intermediate products of photocatalytic degradation of PFOA were authenticated by an ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry systems (UPLC-QTOF-MS). The probable photocatalytic degradation mechanism involves h+ attacking the carboxyl of PFOA and resulting in decarboxylation. The produced *CnF(2n +1) was oxidized by *OH underwent defluorinetion to form shorter-chain perfluorinated carboxylic acids. The significant enhancement of PFOA degradation can be ascribed to the palladium deposits, acting as electron traps on the Pd-TiO2 surface, which facilitated the transfer of photogenerated electrons and retarded the accumulation of electrons. PMID:26387318

  16. [Photocatalytic Degradation of Perfluorooctanoic Acid by Pd-TiO2 Photocatalyst].

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    Liu, Qing; Yu, Ze-bin; Zhang, Rui-han; Li, Ming-jie; Chen, Ying; Wang, Li; Kuang, Yu; Zhang, Bo; Zhu, You-hui

    2015-06-01

    Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a new persistent organic pollutant which has got global concern for its wide distribution, high bioaccumulation and strong biological toxicity. In present study, the photocatalytic degradation of PFOA using palladium doped TiO2 (Pd-TiO2) prepared by chemical reduction method was investigated. The photocatalysts were characterized by XRD, FESEM and UV-vis DRS and were used for PFOA degradation under 365 nm UV irradiation. The results indicated that the grain size of TiO2 was smaller while the specific surface area increased and the absorption of ultraviolet light also enhanced after using chemical reduction method, but all these changes had no influence on PFOA degradation. However, the degradation was significantly enhanced because of the deposition of Pd, the fluoride concentration of PFOA was 6.62 mg x L(-1) after 7 h irradiation which was 7.3 times higher than that of TiO2 (P25). Experiments with the addition of trapping agent and nitrogen indicated that *OH played an important role in PFOA degradation while the presence of O2 accelerated the degradation. The main intermediate products of photocatalytic degradation of PFOA were authenticated by an ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry systems (UPLC-QTOF-MS). The probable photocatalytic degradation mechanism involves h+ attacking the carboxyl of PFOA and resulting in decarboxylation. The produced *CnF(2n +1) was oxidized by *OH underwent defluorinetion to form shorter-chain perfluorinated carboxylic acids. The significant enhancement of PFOA degradation can be ascribed to the palladium deposits, acting as electron traps on the Pd-TiO2 surface, which facilitated the transfer of photogenerated electrons and retarded the accumulation of electrons.

  17. Adsorption and desorption kinetics in ZrO2 TiO2 by photoacoustic techniques

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    Pinto Neto, A.; Moura, D.; Kuranaga, C.; Silva, M. D.; Miranda, L. C. M.

    2005-06-01

    In this paper we report on the photoacoustic (PA) characterization of ZrO2-TiO2 ceramic wafers as a sensing element for solvent adulteration evaluation. The experiments consisted of photoacoustic time dependent monitoring of the sorption and desorption of a droplet of a solvent deposited on the outer face of a ceramic wafer. The used solvents were isopropanol and chloroform. For the polar isopropanol molecule the results shown diffusion into the sample, with a characteristic diffusion time τ_1, accompanied by the evaporation at a rate with a time constant τ_2. Indeed, for the non polar chloroform, wetting-drying kinetics is adequately described by a simple diffusion-evaporation.

  18. H2O2 space shuttle APU

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    1975-01-01

    A cryogenic H2-O2 auxiliary power unit (APU) was developed and successfully demonstrated. It has potential application as a minimum weight alternate to the space shuttle baseline APU because of its (1) low specific propellant consumption and (2) heat sink capabilities that reduce the amount of expendable evaporants. A reference system was designed with the necessary heat exchangers, combustor, turbine-gearbox, valves, and electronic controls to provide 400 shp to two aircraft hydraulic pumps. Development testing was carried out first on the combustor and control valves. This was followed by development of the control subsystem including the controller, the hydrogen and oxygen control valves, the combustor, and a turbine simulator. The complete APU system was hot tested for 10 hr with ambient and cryogenic propellants. Demonstrated at 95 percent of design power was 2.25 lb/hp-hr. At 10 percent design power, specific propellant consumption was 4 lb/hp-hr with space simulated exhaust and 5.2 lb/hp-hr with ambient exhaust. A 10 percent specific propellant consumption improvement is possible with some seal modifications. It was demonstrated that APU power levels could be changed by several hundred horsepower in less than 100 msec without exceeding allowable turbine inlet temperatures or turbine speed.

  19. Combining Accurate O2 and Li2O2 Assays to Separate Discharge and Charge Stability Limitations in Nonaqueous Li-O2 Batteries.

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    McCloskey, Bryan D; Valery, Alexia; Luntz, Alan C; Gowda, Sanketh R; Wallraff, Gregory M; Garcia, Jeannette M; Mori, Takashi; Krupp, Leslie E

    2013-09-01

    Li-air batteries have generated enormous interest as potential high specific energy alternatives to existing energy storage devices. However, Li-air batteries suffer from poor rechargeability caused by the instability of organic electrolytes and carbon cathodes. To understand and address this poor rechargeability, it is essential to elucidate the efficiency in which O2 is converted to Li2O2 (the desired discharge product) during discharge and the efficiency in which Li2O2 is oxidized back to O2 during charge. In this Letter, we combine many quantitative techniques, including a newly developed peroxide titration, to assign and quantify decomposition pathways occurring in cells employing a variety of solvents and cathodes. We find that Li2O2-induced electrolyte solvent and salt instabilities account for nearly all efficiency losses upon discharge, whereas both cathode and electrolyte instabilities are observed upon charge at high potentials.

  20. Internal dielectric interface: SiO2- HfO2

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    Sharia, Onise; Demkov, Alex; Bersuker, Genadi; Lee, Byoung Hun

    2006-03-01

    Hafnia is the leading candidate to replace silica as the gate dielectric in CMOS technology. Typically, hafnia films are deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) on the oxidized surface of a silicon wafer. The oxide could be native or thermally grown. Therefore, the high-k dielectric film is not in direct contact with Si, but rather with silicon dioxide. We investigate theoretically the atomic structure of the SiO2-HfO2 interface, its energretics, and thermodynamic stability with respect to oxygen exchange across the interface. We have examined the electronic properties of the interface including the band discontinuity using density functional theory. To model the interface we build a supercell structure by connecting β-crystobalite (crystalline silica polymorph) and cubic hafnia. This model, while being obviously rather simplistic allows for systematic study of the dielectric thickness effects, and consistent placement of defects with respect to the interface. The striking atomic feature of the calculated interface structure is three-fold coordinated interfacial oxygen atoms connected to one Si and two Hf neighbors. The Si-O and Hf-O bond lengths are 1.62 and 2.1 å, respectively. The energy of the interface is estimated to be in the range of 900-4000 erg/cm^2 depending on the oxygen chemical potential. The structure has no states in the gap, and the estimated valence band offset agrees well with the MIGS theory. We discuss the effect of vacancies on the band alignment, and possible implications of our results to Si-SiO2-HfO2-Metal stacks.

  1. Enhanced resistive switching performance for bilayer HfO2/TiO2 resistive random access memory

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    Ye, Cong; Deng, Tengfei; Zhang, Junchi; Shen, Liangping; He, Pin; Wei, Wei; Wang, Hao

    2016-10-01

    We prepared bilayer HfO2/TiO2 resistive random accessory memory (RRAM) using magnetron sputtering on an ITO/PEN flexible substrate. The switching voltages (V SET and V RESET) were smaller for the Pt/HfO2/TiO2/ITO device than for a Pt/HfO2/ITO memory device. The insertion of a TiO2 layer in the switching layer was inferred to act as an oxygen reservoir to reduce the switching voltages. In addition, greatly improved uniformity was achieved, which showed the coefficient of the variations of V SET and V RESET to be 9.90% and 6.35% for the bilayer structure RRAM. We deduced that occurrence of conductive filament connection/rupture at the interface of the HfO2 and TiO2, in combination with the HfO2 acting as a virtual cathode, led to the improved uniformity. A multilevel storage capability can be obtained by varying the stop voltage in the RESET process for bilayer HfO2/TiO2 RRAM. By analyzing the current conduction mechanism, we demonstrated that the multilevel high resistance state (HRS) was attributable to the increased barrier height when the stop voltage was increased.

  2. Evolution of Li2O2 growth and its effect on kinetics of Li-O2 batteries.

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    Xia, Chun; Waletzko, Michael; Chen, Limei; Peppler, Klaus; Klar, Peter J; Janek, Jürgen

    2014-08-13

    Lithium peroxide (Li2O2), the solid and intrinsically electronic insulating discharge product of Li-O2 batteries strongly influences the discharge and charge kinetics. In a series of experiments, we investigated the growth of Li2O2 upon discharge and the corresponding reduction and oxidation processes by varying the depth of discharge. The results indicate that insulating Li2O2 particles with a disc-like shape were formed during the initial discharge stage. Afterward, the nucleation and growth of Li2O2 resulted in the formation of conducting Li2O2 shells. When the discharge voltage dropped below 2.65 V, the Li2O2 discs evolved to toroid-shaped particles and defective superoxide-like phase presumably with high conductivity was formed on the rims of Li2O2 toroids. Both Li2O2 and the superoxide-like phase are unstable in ether-based electrolytes resulting in the degradation of the corresponding cells. Nevertheless, by controlling the growth of Li2O2, the chemical reactivity of the discharge product can be suppressed to improve the reversibility of Li-O2 batteries.

  3. Effect of MnO2 morphology on the catalytic oxidation of toluene over Ag/MnO2 catalysts

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    Li, Jiamin; Qu, Zhenping; Qin, Yuan; Wang, Hui

    2016-11-01

    The Ag/MnO2 catalysts with different morphologies (wire-like, rod-like and tube-like) are used as toluene oxidation catalysts in an attempt to investigate how the structures of support affect the interaction of Ag and MnO2, and thus the toluene catalytic activity. Analysis by TEM, H2-TPR and XPS measurements reveals that the structures of MnO2 influence the particle size and dispersion of silver particles and the combination of silver particles with MnO2. Meanwhile, the addition of Ag regulates the performance of MnO2. The small particle size and hemispherically shaped Ag particles are easily to form and homogeneously dispersed on the surface of wire-like MnO2. And this specific form of Ag shows the strongest interaction with MnO2, which promotes the low-temperature reducibility of support and generated more lattice oxygen in metal oxides. The Ag/MnO2 nanowires sample exhibits the highest reactivity for toluene oxidation with a complete conversion at 220 °C. Therefore, the excellent catalytic performance of Ag/MnO2 nanowires catalyst for toluene oxidation is clearly connected with the interaction between the Ag and MnO2, which is determined by the morphology of MnO2 support.

  4. Nanoporous SiO2/TiO2 coating with enhanced interfacial compatibility for orthopedic applications

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    Zhao, Xiaobing; Cao, Hengchun; You, Jing; Cheng, Xingbao; Xie, Youtao; Cao, Huiliang; Liu, Xuanyong

    2015-11-01

    Topographic modification in nanoscale is one of the most often used strategies to enhance the interfacial biocompatibility of implant materials. The aim of this work is to produce SiO2/TiO2 coatings with nanoporous structures and favorable biological properties by atmospheric plasma spraying technology and subsequently hydrothermal etching method in hydrogen fluoride solution. The effects of hydrothermal time and temperature on the microstructures and osteoblast behavior of the SiO2/TiO2 coatings were investigated. Results demonstrated that the as-sprayed SiO2/TiO2 coating was mainly composed of rutile and quartz phases. After etching, nanoporous topographies were formed on the surface of the coatings and the hydrothermal parameters had important influences on the size and shape of the pores. The interconnected network pores on the coating surface could only produce at the appropriate hydrothermal conditions (the hydrothermal time and temperature were 60 min and 100 °C, respectively). Compared to TiO2 and SiO2/TiO2 coatings, nanoporous SiO2/TiO2 coatings could enhance osteoblast adhesion and promote cell proliferation. The results suggested the potential application of the porous coatings for enhancing the biological performance of the currently used dental and orthopedic implant materials.

  5. Evolution of Li2O2 growth and its effect on kinetics of Li-O2 batteries.

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    Xia, Chun; Waletzko, Michael; Chen, Limei; Peppler, Klaus; Klar, Peter J; Janek, Jürgen

    2014-08-13

    Lithium peroxide (Li2O2), the solid and intrinsically electronic insulating discharge product of Li-O2 batteries strongly influences the discharge and charge kinetics. In a series of experiments, we investigated the growth of Li2O2 upon discharge and the corresponding reduction and oxidation processes by varying the depth of discharge. The results indicate that insulating Li2O2 particles with a disc-like shape were formed during the initial discharge stage. Afterward, the nucleation and growth of Li2O2 resulted in the formation of conducting Li2O2 shells. When the discharge voltage dropped below 2.65 V, the Li2O2 discs evolved to toroid-shaped particles and defective superoxide-like phase presumably with high conductivity was formed on the rims of Li2O2 toroids. Both Li2O2 and the superoxide-like phase are unstable in ether-based electrolytes resulting in the degradation of the corresponding cells. Nevertheless, by controlling the growth of Li2O2, the chemical reactivity of the discharge product can be suppressed to improve the reversibility of Li-O2 batteries. PMID:25006701

  6. Binder-free graphene foams for O2 electrodes of Li-O2 batteries.

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    Zhang, Wenyu; Zhu, Jixin; Ang, Huixiang; Zeng, Yi; Xiao, Ni; Gao, Yiben; Liu, Weiling; Hng, Huey Hoon; Yan, Qingyu

    2013-10-21

    We report a novel method to prepare bind-free graphene foams as O2 electrodes for Li-O2 batteries. The graphene foams are synthesized by electrochemical leavening of the graphite papers, followed by annealing in inert gas to control the amount of structural defects in the graphene foams. It was found that the structural defects were detrimental to the processes of the ORR and OER in Li-O2 batteries. The round-trip efficiencies and the cycling stabilities of the graphene foams were undermined by the structural defects. For example, the as-prepared graphene foam with a high defect level (ID/IG = 0.71) depicted a round-trip efficiency of only 0.51 and a 20(th)-cycle discharge capacity of only 340 mA h g(-1) at a current density of 100 mA g(-1). By contrast, the graphene foam electrode annealed at 800 °C with ID/IG = 0.07 delivered a round-trip efficiency of up to 80% with a stable discharge voltage at ~2.8 V and a stable charge voltage below 3.8 V for 20 cycles. According to the analysis on the electrodes after 20 cycles, the structural defects led to the quickened decay of the graphene foams and boosted the formation of side products.

  7. Amorphous SnO2-SiO2 thin films with reticular porous morphology for lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhang, J.; Chen, L. B.; Li, C. C.; Wang, T. H.

    2008-12-01

    Amorphous SnO2-SiO2 thin films with reticular porous morphology were fabricated by electrostatic spray deposition method for lithium-ion batteries. An initial discharge capacity of the SnO2-SiO2 electrodes with 15% of SiO2 was about 1271 mA h/g, and the reversible capacity stayed in the range of 869-501 mA h/g during the successive 100 cycles, but only 1141 and 694-174 mA h/g for the pure SnO2 electrodes. The high capacity was attributed to the addition of SiO2, which facilitated the formation of the Li-Sn alloy. The improved cycle performance was due to reticular porous structure, which accommodated the volume change during cycling.

  8. Effect of TiO2 nano fillers on the electrical conductivity of PSAN/TiO2 polymer nanocomposites

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    Ningaraju, S.; Munirathnamma, L. M.; Kumar, K. V. Aneesh; Ravikumar, H. B.

    2016-05-01

    The microstructural characterization of Polystyrene co-acrylonitrile and Titanium dioxide (PSAN/TiO2) nanocomposites has been performed by Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy. The decrease of positron lifetime parameters viz. o-Ps lifetime (τ3) and free volume size (Vf) up to 0.6 wt% of TiO2 is attributed to the filling of free volume holes by TiO2 nanoparticles. The increased free volume size (Vf) after 0.6 wt% of TiO2 indicates the formation of interface due to TiO2 nanoclusters. The variation of electrical conductivity at the lower and higher concentration of TiO2 in (PSAN/TiO2) nanocomposites is attributed to the blocking effect and space charge effect respectively.

  9. Selective aerobic oxidation mediated by TiO(2) photocatalysis.

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    Lang, Xianjun; Ma, Wanhong; Chen, Chuncheng; Ji, Hongwei; Zhao, Jincai

    2014-02-18

    TiO2 is one of the most studied metal oxide photocatalysts and has unparal-leled efficiency and stability. This cheap, abundant, and non-toxic material has the potential to address future environmental and energy concerns. Understanding about the photoinduced interfacial redox events on TiO2 could have profound effect on the degradation of organic pollutants, splitting of H2O into H2 and O2, and selective redox organic transformations. Scientists traditionally accept that for a semiconductor photocatalyst such as TiO2 under the illumination of light with energy larger than its band gap, two photocarriers will be created to carry out their independent reduction and oxidation processes. However, our recent discoveries indicate that it is the concerted rather than independent effect of both photocarriers of valence band hole (hvb(+)) and conduction band electron (ecb(-)) that dictate the product formation during interfacial oxidation event mediated by TiO2 photocatalysis. In this Account, we describe our recent findings on the selective oxidation of organic substrates with O2 mediated by TiO2 photocatalysis. The transfer of O-atoms from O2 to the corresponding products dominates the selective oxidation of alcohols, amines, and alkanes mediated by TiO2 photocatalysis. We ascribe this to the concerted effect of both hvb(+) and ecb(-) of TiO2 in contribution to the oxidation products. These findings imply that O2 plays a unique role in its transfer into the products rather than independent role of ecb(-) scavenger. More importantly, ecb(-) plays a crucial role to ensure the high selectivity for the oxygenation of organic substrates. We can also use the half reactions such as those of the conduction band electron of TiO2 for efficient oxidation reactions with O2. To this end, efficient selective oxidation of organic substrates such as alcohols, amines, and aromatic alkanes with O2 mediated by TiO2 photocatalysis under visible light irradiation has been achieved. In

  10. Selective aerobic oxidation mediated by TiO(2) photocatalysis.

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    Lang, Xianjun; Ma, Wanhong; Chen, Chuncheng; Ji, Hongwei; Zhao, Jincai

    2014-02-18

    TiO2 is one of the most studied metal oxide photocatalysts and has unparal-leled efficiency and stability. This cheap, abundant, and non-toxic material has the potential to address future environmental and energy concerns. Understanding about the photoinduced interfacial redox events on TiO2 could have profound effect on the degradation of organic pollutants, splitting of H2O into H2 and O2, and selective redox organic transformations. Scientists traditionally accept that for a semiconductor photocatalyst such as TiO2 under the illumination of light with energy larger than its band gap, two photocarriers will be created to carry out their independent reduction and oxidation processes. However, our recent discoveries indicate that it is the concerted rather than independent effect of both photocarriers of valence band hole (hvb(+)) and conduction band electron (ecb(-)) that dictate the product formation during interfacial oxidation event mediated by TiO2 photocatalysis. In this Account, we describe our recent findings on the selective oxidation of organic substrates with O2 mediated by TiO2 photocatalysis. The transfer of O-atoms from O2 to the corresponding products dominates the selective oxidation of alcohols, amines, and alkanes mediated by TiO2 photocatalysis. We ascribe this to the concerted effect of both hvb(+) and ecb(-) of TiO2 in contribution to the oxidation products. These findings imply that O2 plays a unique role in its transfer into the products rather than independent role of ecb(-) scavenger. More importantly, ecb(-) plays a crucial role to ensure the high selectivity for the oxygenation of organic substrates. We can also use the half reactions such as those of the conduction band electron of TiO2 for efficient oxidation reactions with O2. To this end, efficient selective oxidation of organic substrates such as alcohols, amines, and aromatic alkanes with O2 mediated by TiO2 photocatalysis under visible light irradiation has been achieved. In

  11. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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    Matthews, Marguerite; Nigg, Joel T; Fair, Damien A

    2014-01-01

    Over the last two decades, there have been numerous technical and methodological advances available to clinicians and researchers to better understand attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its etiology. Despite the growing body of literature investigating the disorder's pathophysiology, ADHD remains a complex psychiatric disorder to characterize. This chapter will briefly review the literature on ADHD, with a focus on its history, the current genetic insights, neurophysiologic theories, and the use of neuroimaging to further understand the etiology. We address some of the major concerns that remain unclear about ADHD, including subtype instability, heterogeneity, and the underlying neural correlates that define the disorder. We highlight that the field of ADHD is rapidly evolving; the descriptions provided here will hopefully provide a sturdy foundation for which to build and improve our understanding of the disorder.

  12. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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    Kulkarni, Madhuri

    2015-03-01

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common behavioral disorder in children. It is characterized by motor hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention inappropriate for the age. Approximately 5-10 % of school age children are diagnosed to have ADHD. The affected children show significant impairment in social behavior and academic performance. The DSM-5 criteria are useful in diagnosing three subtypes of ADHD based on presence of symptoms described in 3 domains viz ., inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Co-morbidities like specific learning disability, anxiety disorder, oppositional defiant disorder are commonly associated with ADHD.Education of parents and teachers, behavioral therapy and medication are main components of management. Methylphenidate and Atomoxetine are effective in controlling symptoms of ADHD in most children. Research studies estimated that 30-60 % of children continue to show symptoms of ADHD in adulthood. The general practitioner can play an important role in early diagnosis, appropriate assessment and guiding parents for management of children with ADHD.

  13. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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    Thapar, Anita; Cooper, Miriam

    2016-03-19

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a childhood-onset neurodevelopmental disorder with a prevalence of 1·4-3·0%. It is more common in boys than girls. Comorbidity with childhood-onset neurodevelopmental disorders and psychiatric disorders is substantial. ADHD is highly heritable and multifactorial; multiple genes and non-inherited factors contribute to the disorder. Prenatal and perinatal factors have been implicated as risks, but definite causes remain unknown. Most guidelines recommend a stepwise approach to treatment, beginning with non-drug interventions and then moving to pharmacological treatment in those most severely affected. Randomised controlled trials show short-term benefits of stimulant medication and atomoxetine. Meta-analyses of blinded trials of non-drug treatments have not yet proven the efficacy of such interventions. Longitudinal studies of ADHD show heightened risk of multiple mental health and social difficulties as well as premature mortality in adult life.

  14. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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    Matthews, Marguerite; Nigg, Joel T.

    2014-01-01

    Over the last two decades, there have been numerous technical and methodological advances available to clinicians and researchers to better understand attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its etiology. Despite the growing body of literature investigating the disorder’s pathophysiology, ADHD remains a complex psychiatric disorder to characterize. This chapter will briefly review the literature on ADHD, with a focus on its history, the current genetic insights, neurophysiologic theories, and the use of neuroimaging to further understand the etiology. We address some of the major concerns that remain unclear about ADHD, including subtype instability, heterogeneity, and the underlying neural correlates that define the disorder. We highlight that the field of ADHD is rapidly evolving; the descriptions provided here will hopefully provide a sturdy foundation for which to build and improve our understanding of the disorder. PMID:24214656

  15. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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    Thapar, Anita; Cooper, Miriam

    2016-03-19

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a childhood-onset neurodevelopmental disorder with a prevalence of 1·4-3·0%. It is more common in boys than girls. Comorbidity with childhood-onset neurodevelopmental disorders and psychiatric disorders is substantial. ADHD is highly heritable and multifactorial; multiple genes and non-inherited factors contribute to the disorder. Prenatal and perinatal factors have been implicated as risks, but definite causes remain unknown. Most guidelines recommend a stepwise approach to treatment, beginning with non-drug interventions and then moving to pharmacological treatment in those most severely affected. Randomised controlled trials show short-term benefits of stimulant medication and atomoxetine. Meta-analyses of blinded trials of non-drug treatments have not yet proven the efficacy of such interventions. Longitudinal studies of ADHD show heightened risk of multiple mental health and social difficulties as well as premature mortality in adult life. PMID:26386541

  16. Changes in the microbiological and chemical characteristics of white bread during storage in paper packages modified with Ag/TiO2-SiO2, Ag/N-TiO2 or Au/TiO2.

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    Peter, Anca; Mihaly-Cozmuta, Leonard; Mihaly-Cozmuta, Anca; Nicula, Camelia; Ziemkowska, Wanda; Basiak, Dariusz; Danciu, Virginia; Vulpoi, Adriana; Baia, Lucian; Falup, Anca; Craciun, Grigore; Ciric, Alexandru; Begea, Mihaela; Kiss, Claudia; Vatuiu, Daniela

    2016-04-15

    Microbiological and chemical characteristics of white bread during storage in paper-packages modified with Ag/TiO2-SiO2, Ag/N-TiO2 or Au/TiO2 were investigated. The whiteness and the water retention of the modified packages were slightly superior to those exhibited by the reference sample, as the color of the composite was lighter. The water retention was very good especially for the Ag/TiO2-SiO2-paper. These improvements can be associated with the high specific surface area and with the low agglomeration tendency of Ag nanoparticles in comparison with the Au ones. The preservation activity of the composites for the bread storage is positively influenced by photoactivity and presence of nano-Ag. Packages Ag/TiO2-SiO2-paper and Ag/N-TiO2-paper can find their applicability for extending the shelf life of bread by 2 days as compared with the unmodified paper-package. No influence of the Au/TiO2 on the extending the shelf life of bread was observed. PMID:26617018

  17. Amorphous Li2 O2 : Chemical Synthesis and Electrochemical Properties.

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    Zhang, Yelong; Cui, Qinghua; Zhang, Xinmin; McKee, William C; Xu, Ye; Ling, Shigang; Li, Hong; Zhong, Guiming; Yang, Yong; Peng, Zhangquan

    2016-08-26

    When aprotic Li-O2 batteries discharge, the product phase formed in the cathode often contains two different morphologies, that is, crystalline and amorphous Li2 O2 . The morphology of Li2 O2 impacts strongly on the electrochemical performance of Li-O2 cells in terms of energy efficiency and rate capability. Crystalline Li2 O2 is readily available and its properties have been studied in depth for Li-O2 batteries. However, little is known about the amorphous Li2 O2 because of its rarity in high purity. Herein, amorphous Li2 O2 has been synthesized by a rapid reaction of tetramethylammonium superoxide and LiClO4 in solution, and its amorphous nature has been confirmed by a range of techniques. Compared with its crystalline siblings, amorphous Li2 O2 demonstrates enhanced charge-transport properties and increased electro-oxidation kinetics, manifesting itself a desirable discharge phase for high-performance Li-O2 batteries. PMID:27486085

  18. Changes in the microbiological and chemical characteristics of white bread during storage in paper packages modified with Ag/TiO2-SiO2, Ag/N-TiO2 or Au/TiO2.

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    Peter, Anca; Mihaly-Cozmuta, Leonard; Mihaly-Cozmuta, Anca; Nicula, Camelia; Ziemkowska, Wanda; Basiak, Dariusz; Danciu, Virginia; Vulpoi, Adriana; Baia, Lucian; Falup, Anca; Craciun, Grigore; Ciric, Alexandru; Begea, Mihaela; Kiss, Claudia; Vatuiu, Daniela

    2016-04-15

    Microbiological and chemical characteristics of white bread during storage in paper-packages modified with Ag/TiO2-SiO2, Ag/N-TiO2 or Au/TiO2 were investigated. The whiteness and the water retention of the modified packages were slightly superior to those exhibited by the reference sample, as the color of the composite was lighter. The water retention was very good especially for the Ag/TiO2-SiO2-paper. These improvements can be associated with the high specific surface area and with the low agglomeration tendency of Ag nanoparticles in comparison with the Au ones. The preservation activity of the composites for the bread storage is positively influenced by photoactivity and presence of nano-Ag. Packages Ag/TiO2-SiO2-paper and Ag/N-TiO2-paper can find their applicability for extending the shelf life of bread by 2 days as compared with the unmodified paper-package. No influence of the Au/TiO2 on the extending the shelf life of bread was observed.

  19. Kinetic Studies of Iron Deposition in Horse Spleen Ferritin Using H2O2 and O2 as Oxidants

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    Lowery, Thomas J., Jr.; Bunker, Jared; Zhang, Bo; Costen, Robert; Watt, Gerald D.

    2004-01-01

    The reaction of horse spleen ferritin (HoSF) with Fe(2+) at pH 6.5 and 7.5 using O2, H2O2 and 1:1 a mixture of both showed that the iron deposition reaction using H2O2 is approx. 20- to 50-fold faster than the reaction with O2 alone. When H2O2 was added during the iron deposition reaction initiated with O2 as oxidant, Fe(2+) was preferentially oxidized by H2O2, consistent with the above kinetic measurements. Both the O2 and H202 reactions were well defined from 15 to 40 C from which activation parameters were determined. The iron deposition reaction was also studied using O2 as oxidant in the presence and absence of catalase using both stopped-flow and pumped-flow measurements. The presence of catalase decreased the rate of iron deposition by approx. 1.5-fold, and gave slightly smaller absorbance changes than in its absence. From the rate constants for the O2 (0.044 per second) and H2O2 (0.67 per second) iron-deposition reactions at pH 7.5, simulations of steady-state H2O2 concentrations were computed to be 0.45 micromolar. This low value and reported Fe2(+)/O2 values of 2.0-2.5 are consistent with H2O2 rapidly reacting by an alternate but unidentified pathway involving a system component such as the protein shell or the mineral core as previously postulated.

  20. Decrease of H2O2 plasma membrane permeability during adaptation to H2O2 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Branco, Miguel R; Marinho, H Susana; Cyrne, Luisa; Antunes, Fernando

    2004-02-20

    Contrary to what is widely believed, recent published results show that H2O2 does not freely diffuse across biomembranes. The fast removal of H2O2 by antioxidant enzymes is able to generate a gradient if H2O2 is produced in a different compartment from that containing the enzymes (Antunes, F., and Cadenas, E. (2000) FEBS Lett. 475, 121-126). In this work, we extended these studies and tested whether an active regulation of biomembranes permeability characteristics is part of the cell response to oxidative stress. Using Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model, we showed that: (a) H2O2 gradients across the plasma membrane are formed upon exposure to external H2O2; (b) there is a correlation between the magnitude of the gradients and the resistance to H2O2; (c) there is not a correlation between the intracellular capacity to remove H2O2 and the resistance to H2O2; (d) the plasma membrane permeability to H2O2 decreases by a factor of two upon acquisition of resistance to this agent by pre-exposing cells either to nonlethal doses of H2O2 or to cycloheximide, an inhibitor of protein synthesis; and (e) erg3Delta and erg6Delta mutants, which have impaired ergosterol biosynthesis pathways, show higher plasma membrane permeability to H2O2 and are more sensitive to H2O2. Altogether, the regulation of the plasma membrane permeability to H2O2 emerged as a new mechanism by which cells respond and adapt to H2O2. The consequences of the results to cellular redox compartmentalization and to the origin and evolution of the eukaryotic cell are discussed.

  1. Hemoglobin O2 Saturation with Mild Hypoxia and Microgravity

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    Conkin, J.; Wessel, J. H., III; Norcross, J. R.; Bekdash, O. S.; Abercromby, A. J. F.; Koslovsky, M. D.; Gernhardt, M. L.

    2017-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: The increase in the alveolar-arterial oxygen (O2) partial pressure gradient during increasing hypoxia may further increase in microgravity (microG). METHODS: Four male astronauts on STS-69 (1995) and 4 on STS-72 (1996) submitted to an acute sequential hypoxic challenge by breathing for 4 minutes at 18.0%, 14.9%, 13.5%, 12.9%, and 12.2% O2 - balance nitrogen at sea level. The 18.0% O2 mixture was equivalent to an inspired O2 partial pressure (PIO2) of 127 mm Hg when exposed to 527 mm Hg while breathing 26.5% O2 for several days in ?G. A Novametrix CO2SMO Model 7100 recorded heart rate (HR, beats × min-1) and hemoglobin (Hb) O2 saturation through finger pulse oximetry (SpO2, %), end-tidal carbon dioxide partial pressure (PETCO2, mm Hg), and respiration rate (RR, breaths/min) through an infrared capnograph positioned in a mouthpiece. Measurements were also taken the day of return to Earth (R+0) and at R+2. Linear mixed effects models assessed changes in SpO2 after exposure to ?microG. Interactions between measurement condition and available physiologic measurements were also explored. RESULTS: Astronaut SpO2 levels at baseline, R+0, and R+2 were not significantly different from in flight, about 97% given a PIO2 of 127 mm Hg. There was no difference in astronaut SpO2 levels between baseline and R+0 or R+2 over the hypoxic challenge. Additionally, no significant interactions were identified. CONCLUSIONS: While microG did not affect astronaut Hb O2 saturation in this study, large within- and between-subject variability in SpO2 at increasingly hypoxic doses require a deeper understanding of subject-specific factors that influence O2 transfer onto Hb.

  2. Prevention of PVDF ultrafiltration membrane fouling by coating MnO2 nanoparticles with ozonation.

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    Yu, Wenzheng; Brown, Matthew; Graham, Nigel J D

    2016-01-01

    Pre-treatment is normally required to reduce or control the fouling of ultrafiltration (UF) membranes in drinking water treatment process. Current pre-treatment methods, such as coagulation, are only partially effective to prevent long-term fouling. Since biological activities are a major contributor to accumulated fouling, the application of an oxidation/disinfection step can be an effective complement to coagulation. In this study, a novel pre-treatment method has been evaluated at laboratory scale consisting of the addition of low dose ozone into the UF membrane tank after coagulation and the use of a hollow-fibre membrane coated with/without MnO2 nanoparticles over a test period of 70 days. The results showed that there was minimal fouling of the MnO2 coated membrane (0.5 kPa for 70 days), while the uncoated membrane experienced both reversible and irreversible fouling. The difference was attributed to the greatly reduced presence of bacteria and organic matter because of the catalytic decomposition of ozone to hydroxyl radicals and increase of the hydrophilicity of the membrane surface. In particular, the MnO2 coated membrane had a much thinner cake layer, with significantly less polysaccharides and proteins, and much less accumulated organic matter within the membrane pores. PMID:27436142

  3. Prevention of PVDF ultrafiltration membrane fouling by coating MnO2 nanoparticles with ozonation

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    Yu, Wenzheng; Brown, Matthew; Graham, Nigel. J. D.

    2016-07-01

    Pre-treatment is normally required to reduce or control the fouling of ultrafiltration (UF) membranes in drinking water treatment process. Current pre-treatment methods, such as coagulation, are only partially effective to prevent long-term fouling. Since biological activities are a major contributor to accumulated fouling, the application of an oxidation/disinfection step can be an effective complement to coagulation. In this study, a novel pre-treatment method has been evaluated at laboratory scale consisting of the addition of low dose ozone into the UF membrane tank after coagulation and the use of a hollow-fibre membrane coated with/without MnO2 nanoparticles over a test period of 70 days. The results showed that there was minimal fouling of the MnO2 coated membrane (0.5 kPa for 70 days), while the uncoated membrane experienced both reversible and irreversible fouling. The difference was attributed to the greatly reduced presence of bacteria and organic matter because of the catalytic decomposition of ozone to hydroxyl radicals and increase of the hydrophilicity of the membrane surface. In particular, the MnO2 coated membrane had a much thinner cake layer, with significantly less polysaccharides and proteins, and much less accumulated organic matter within the membrane pores.

  4. Prevention of PVDF ultrafiltration membrane fouling by coating MnO2 nanoparticles with ozonation

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    Yu, Wenzheng; Brown, Matthew; Graham, Nigel. J. D.

    2016-01-01

    Pre-treatment is normally required to reduce or control the fouling of ultrafiltration (UF) membranes in drinking water treatment process. Current pre-treatment methods, such as coagulation, are only partially effective to prevent long-term fouling. Since biological activities are a major contributor to accumulated fouling, the application of an oxidation/disinfection step can be an effective complement to coagulation. In this study, a novel pre-treatment method has been evaluated at laboratory scale consisting of the addition of low dose ozone into the UF membrane tank after coagulation and the use of a hollow-fibre membrane coated with/without MnO2 nanoparticles over a test period of 70 days. The results showed that there was minimal fouling of the MnO2 coated membrane (0.5 kPa for 70 days), while the uncoated membrane experienced both reversible and irreversible fouling. The difference was attributed to the greatly reduced presence of bacteria and organic matter because of the catalytic decomposition of ozone to hydroxyl radicals and increase of the hydrophilicity of the membrane surface. In particular, the MnO2 coated membrane had a much thinner cake layer, with significantly less polysaccharides and proteins, and much less accumulated organic matter within the membrane pores. PMID:27436142

  5. Prevention of PVDF ultrafiltration membrane fouling by coating MnO2 nanoparticles with ozonation.

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    Yu, Wenzheng; Brown, Matthew; Graham, Nigel J D

    2016-01-01

    Pre-treatment is normally required to reduce or control the fouling of ultrafiltration (UF) membranes in drinking water treatment process. Current pre-treatment methods, such as coagulation, are only partially effective to prevent long-term fouling. Since biological activities are a major contributor to accumulated fouling, the application of an oxidation/disinfection step can be an effective complement to coagulation. In this study, a novel pre-treatment method has been evaluated at laboratory scale consisting of the addition of low dose ozone into the UF membrane tank after coagulation and the use of a hollow-fibre membrane coated with/without MnO2 nanoparticles over a test period of 70 days. The results showed that there was minimal fouling of the MnO2 coated membrane (0.5 kPa for 70 days), while the uncoated membrane experienced both reversible and irreversible fouling. The difference was attributed to the greatly reduced presence of bacteria and organic matter because of the catalytic decomposition of ozone to hydroxyl radicals and increase of the hydrophilicity of the membrane surface. In particular, the MnO2 coated membrane had a much thinner cake layer, with significantly less polysaccharides and proteins, and much less accumulated organic matter within the membrane pores.

  6. Vestibular Deficits Following Youth Concussion

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    Corwin, Daniel J.; Wiebe, Douglas J.; Zonfrillo, Mark R.; Grady, Matthew F.; Robinson, Roni L.; Goodman, Arlene M.; Master, Christina L.

    2015-01-01

    Objective To characterize the prevalence and recovery of pediatric patients with concussion who manifest clinical vestibular deficits, and to describe the correlation of these deficits with neurocognitive function, based on computerized neurocognitive testing, in a sample of pediatric patients with concussion. Methods This was a retrospective cohort study of patients age 5–18 years old with concussion referred to a tertiary pediatric hospital-affiliated sports medicine clinic from 7/1/2010–12/31/2011. A random sample of all eligible patient visits was obtained, and all related visits for those patients were reviewed. Results 247 patients were chosen from 3740 eligible visits for detailed review and abstraction. 81% showed a vestibular abnormality on initial clinical exam. Those patients with vestibular signs on initial exam took a significantly longer time to return to school (median 59 days vs. 6 days, p=0.001) or to be fully cleared (median 106 days vs. 29 days, p=0.001). They additionally scored more poorly on initial computerized neurocognitive testing, and took longer for neurocognitive deficits to recover. Those patients with three or more prior concussions had a higher prevalence of vestibular deficits and took longer for those deficits to resolve. Conclusion Vestibular deficits in children and adolescents with a history of concussion are highly prevalent. These deficits appear to be associated with extended recovery times and poorer performance on neurocognitive testing. Further studies evaluating the effectiveness of vestibular therapy on improving such deficits are warranted. PMID:25748568

  7. Degradation characteristic of monoazo, diazo and anthraquinone dye by UV / H2O2 process

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    Abidin, Che Zulzikrami Azner; Fahmi, Muhammad Ridwan; Fazara, Md Ali Umi; Nadhirah, Siti Nurfatin

    2014-10-01

    In this study, the degradation characteristic of monoazo, diazo and anthraquinone dye by UV / H2O2 process was evaluated based on the trend of color, chemical oxygen demand (COD) and total organic carbon (TOC) removal. Three types of dyes consist of monoazo, diazo and anthraquinone dyes were used to compare the degradation mechanism of the dyes. The UV / H2O2 experiments were conducted in a laboratory scale cylindrical glass reactor operated in semi-batch mode. The UV/Vis characterization of monoazo, diazo and anthraquinone dye indicated that the rapid degradation of the dyes by UV / H2O2 process is meaningful with respect to decolourization, as a result of the azo bonds and substitute antraquinone chromophore degradation. However, this process is not efficient for aromatic amines removal. The monoazo MO was difficult to be decolorized than diazo RR120 dye, which imply that number of sulphonic groups in the dye molecules determines the reactivity with hydroxyl radical. The increased in COD removal is the evidence for oxidation and decreased in carbon content of dye molecules. TOC removal analysis shows that low TOC removal of monoazo MO and diazo RR120, as compared to anthraquinone RB19 may indicate an accumulation of by-products that are resistant to the H2O2 photolysis.

  8. Coupling UV-H2O2 to accelerate dimethyl phthalate (DMP) biodegradation and oxidation.

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    Chen, Bin; Song, Jiaxiu; Yang, Lihui; Bai, Qi; Li, Rongjie; Zhang, Yongming; Rittmann, Bruce E

    2015-11-01

    Dimethyl phthalate (DMP), an important industrial raw material, is an endocrine disruptor of concern for human and environmental health. DMP exhibits slow biodegradation, and its coupled treatment by means of advanced oxidation may enhance its biotransformation and mineralization. We evaluated two ways of coupling UV-H2O2 advanced oxidation to biodegradation: sequential coupling and intimate coupling in an internal circulation baffled biofilm reactor (ICBBR). During sequential coupling, UV-H2O2 pretreatment generated carboxylic acids that depressed the pH, and subsequent biodegradation generated phthalic acid; both factors inhibited DMP biodegradation. During intimately coupled UV-H2O2 with biodegradation, carboxylic acids and phthalic acid (PA) did not accumulate, and the biodegradation rate was 13 % faster than with biodegradation alone and 78 % faster than with biodegradation after UV-H2O2 pretreatment. Similarly, DMP oxidation with intimate coupling increased by 5 and 39 %, respectively, compared with biodegradation alone and sequential coupling. The enhancement effects during intimate coupling can be attributed to the rapid catabolism of carboxylic acids, which generated intracellular electron carriers that directly accelerated di-oxygenation of PA and relieved the inhibition effect of PA and low pH. Thus, intimate coupling optimized the impacts of energy input from UV irradiation used together with biodegradation.

  9. Influences of nano-TiO2 on the chloroplast aging of spinach under light.

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    Hong, Fashui; Yang, Fan; Liu, Chao; Gao, Qing; Wan, Zhigang; Gu, Fugen; Wu, Cheng; Ma, Zhenni; Zhou, Juan; Yang, Ping

    2005-06-01

    The effects of nano-TiO2 (rutile) on the chloroplast aging of spinach under light were studied. The results showed that when the chloroplasts were illuminated for 1, 5, and 10 min with 500 micromol/cm2/min light intensity, respectively, the evolution oxygen rate was rapidly increased; when the chloroplasts were treated for 20, 30, and 40 min with 500 micromol/cm2/min light intensity, respectively, the evolution oxygen rate was gradually decreased. While spinach was treated with 0.25% nano-TiO2, the rate of evolution oxygen of chloroplasts in different illumination times (1, 5, 10, 20, 30, and 40 min) was higher than that of control, and when the illumination time was over 10 min, the reduction of the evolution oxygen rate was lower than that of control. It suggested that nano-TiO2 treatment could protect chloroplasts from aging for long-time illumination. The mechanism researches indicated that nano-TiO2 treatment could significantly increase the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and peroxidase (POD), decrease accumulation of reactive oxygen free radicals and the level of malondialdehyde (MDA), and maintain stability of membrane structure of chloroplast under light.

  10. Association-Dissociation of Glycolate Oxidase with Catalase in Rice: A Potential Switch to Modulate Intracellular H2O2 Levels.

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    Zhang, Zhisheng; Xu, Yuanyuan; Xie, Zongwang; Li, Xiangyang; He, Zheng-Hui; Peng, Xin-Xiang

    2016-05-01

    Rapid and dynamic change in hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) levels can serve as an important signal to regulate various biological processes in plants. The change is realized by tilting the balance between its production and scavenging rates, in which membrane-associated NADPH oxidases are known to play a crucial role. Functioning independently from NADPH oxidases, glycolate oxidase (GLO) was recently demonstrated as an alternative source for H2O2 production during both gene-for-gene and non-host resistance in plants. In this study, we show that GLO physically interacts with catalase (CAT) in rice leaves, and that the interaction can be deregulated by salicylic acid (SA). Furthermore, the GLO-mediated H2O2 accumulation is synergistically enhanced by SA. Based on the well-known mechanism of substrate channeling in enzyme complexes, SA-induced H2O2 accumulation likely results from SA-induced GLO-CAT dissociation. In the GLO-CAT complex, GLO-mediated H2O2 production during photorespiration is very high, whereas the affinity of CAT for H2O2 (measured Km ≈ 43 mM) is extraordinarily low. This unique combination can further potentiate the increase in H2O2 when GLO is dissociated from CAT. Taken together, we propose that the physical association-dissociation of GLO and CAT, in response to environmental stress or stimuli, seems to serve as a specific mechanism to modulate H2O2 levels in rice.

  11. The role of acidic sites and the catalytic reaction pathways on the Rh/ZrO2 catalysts for ethanol steam reforming.

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    Zhong, Ziyi; Ang, Hanwee; Choong, Catherine; Chen, Luwei; Huang, Lin; Lin, Jianyi

    2009-02-01

    Rh catalysts supported on ZrO(2)-based oxides were studied for ethanol steam reforming (SR) reaction. Pure ZrO(2) as the support resulted in higher H(2) production yield compared to the ZrO(2) oxide decorated with CeO(2), Al(2)O(3), La(2)O(3) or Li(2)O at the reaction temperature of 300 degrees C. Above 450 degrees C, all the catalysts exhibited similar catalytic activity. However, at low reaction temperatures (below 400 degrees C), a significant enhancement in the catalytic activity, selectivity and stability was achieved by replacing the ZrO(2) support prepared by a precipitation method (ZrO(2)-CP) with that prepared by a hydrothermal method (ZrO(2)-HT). A deactivation was observed during the EtOH SR reaction at 300 degrees C on the two catalysts of Rh/ZrO(2)-CP and Rh/ZrO(2)-HT. NH(3)-TPD experiments confirmed that the ZrO(2)-HT support had two types of acidic sites while the ZrO(2)-CP support had only one type of weak acidic sites. DRIFTS studies showed that the absorption of EtOH molecules was strong on the Rh/ZrO(2)-HT catalyst and a number of C(2) oxygenates were accumulated on the catalyst surface. Meanwhile, the EtOH absorption on the Rh/ZrO(2)-CP catalyst was weak and the accumulation of CO, carbonate and CH(x) was observed. It is concluded that the relatively strong Lewis acidic sites in the Rh/ZrO(2)-HT catalyst is responsible for the strong absorption of EtOH molecules, and the subsequent C-H breakage step (formation of acetaldehyde or called as dehydrogenation reaction) is a fast reaction on it; on the Rh/ZrO(2)-CP catalyst, the EtOH adsorption was weak and the C-C breakage was the dominating reaction which led to the accumulation of surface CO, CH(x) and CO(2) species. Therefore, it is believed that, in order to promote the absorption of EtOH molecules and to reduce the formation of metastable carbonaceous species (C(2) oxygenates) during the reaction, the catalyst should be enhanced both with Lewis acidity and with C-C bond breakage function. Also

  12. Investigations of percutaneous uptake of ultrafine TiO 2 particles at the high energy ion nanoprobe LIPSION

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    Menzel, F.; Reinert, T.; Vogt, J.; Butz, T.

    2004-06-01

    Micronised TiO 2 particles with a diameter of about 15 nm are used in sunscreens as physical UV filter. Due to the small particle size it may be supposed that TiO 2 particles can pass through the uppermost horny skin layer ( stratum corneum) via intercellular channels and penetrate into deeper vital skin layers. Accumulations of TiO 2 particles in the skin can decrease the threshold for allergies of the immune system or cause allergic reactions directly. Spatially resolved ion beam analysis (PIXE, RBS, STIM and secondary electron imaging) was carried out on freeze-dried cross-sections of biopsies of pig skin, on which four different formulations containing TiO 2 particles were applied. The investigations were carried out at the high energy ion nanoprobe LIPSION in Leipzig with a 2.25 MeV proton beam, which was focused to a diameter of 1 μm. The analysis concentrated on the penetration depth and on pathways of the TiO 2 particles into the skin. In these measurements a penetration of TiO 2 particles through the s. corneum into the underlying stratum granulosum via intercellular space was found. Hair follicles do not seem to be important penetration pathways because no TiO 2 was detected inside. The TiO 2 particle concentration in the stratum spinosum was below the minimum detection limit of about 1 particle/μm 2. These findings show the importance of coating the TiO 2 particles in order to prevent damage of RNA and DNA of skin cells by photocatalytic reactions of the penetrated particles caused by absorption of UV light.

  13. Subacute toxicity of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles in male rats: emotional behavior and pathophysiological examination.

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    Younes, Naima Rihane Ben; Amara, Salem; Mrad, Imen; Ben-Slama, Imen; Jeljeli, Mustapha; Omri, Karim; El Ghoul, Jaber; El Mir, Lassaad; Rhouma, Khemais Ben; Abdelmelek, Hafedh; Sakly, Mohsen

    2015-06-01

    Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) have a wide range of applications in many fields (paint, industry, medicine, additives in food colorants, and nutritional products). Over the past decade research, TiO2 NPs have been focused on the potential toxic effects of these useful materials. In the present study, we investigated the effects of subacute exposure to TiO2 NPs on emotional behavior in adult Wistar rats, the biochemical parameters, and the histology of organs. Animals were injected intraperitoneally (ip) with TiO2 NPs (20 mg/kg body weight) every 2 days for 20 days. The elevated plus-maze test showed that subacute TiO2 NPs treatment increased significantly the anxious index (AI) compared to control group. The toxicological parameters were assessed 24 h and 14 days after the last injection of TiO2 NPs. Subacute exposure to nanoparticles increased the AST/ALT enzyme ratio and LDH activity. However, the blood cell count remained unchanged, except the platelet count increase. Histological examination showed a little inflammation overall. Moreover, our results provide strong evidence that the TiO2 NPs can induce the liver pathological changes of rats. The intraperitoneal injection of TiO2 NPs increased the accumulation of titanium in the liver, lung, and the brain. The results suggest that TiO2 NPs could alter the neurobehavioral performance of adult Wistar rats and promotes alterations in hepatic tissues.

  14. Ag-TiO2 nanoparticle codoped SiO2 films on ZrO2 barrier-coated glass substrates with antibacterial activity in ambient condition.

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    Mukhopadhyay, Anindita; Basak, Sujit; Das, Jugal Kishore; Medda, Samar Kumar; Chattopadhyay, Krishnananda; De, Goutam

    2010-09-01

    Anatase TiO2 and Ag nanoparticles (NPs) codoped SiO2 films were prepared by the sol-gel method. Proportionate amounts of 3-(glycidoxypropyl)trimethoxysilane (GLYMO), tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and 3-(methacryloxypropyl)trimethoxysilane (MEMO) derived inorganic-organic silica sol, commercially available dispersed anatase TiO2 NPs, and AgNO3 were used to prepare the sols. The films were prepared on ZrO2 (cubic) precoated soda-lime glass substrates by a single-dipping technique and heat-treated at 450 °C in air and H2/Ar atmosphere to obtain hard, relatively porous, and transparent coatings of thickness>600 nm. The ZrO2 barrier layer was previously applied on soda-lime glass to restrict the diffusion of Ag into the substrate. The Ag-TiO2 NPs incorporated SiO2 films were intense yellow in color and found to be fairly stable at ambient condition for several days under fluorescent light. These films show a considerable growth inhibition on contact with the gram negative bacteria E. coli.

  15. Plant Aquaporin AtPIP1;4 Links Apoplastic H2O2 Induction to Disease Immunity Pathways.

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    Tian, Shan; Wang, Xiaobing; Li, Ping; Wang, Hao; Ji, Hongtao; Xie, Junyi; Qiu, Qinglei; Shen, Dan; Dong, Hansong

    2016-07-01

    Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a stable component of reactive oxygen species, and its production in plants represents the successful recognition of pathogen infection and pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). This production of H2O2 is typically apoplastic but is subsequently associated with intracellular immunity pathways that regulate disease resistance, such as systemic acquired resistance and PAMP-triggered immunity. Here, we elucidate that an Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) aquaporin (i.e. the plasma membrane intrinsic protein AtPIP1;4) acts to close the cytological distance between H2O2 production and functional performance. Expression of the AtPIP1;4 gene in plant leaves is inducible by a bacterial pathogen, and the expression accompanies H2O2 accumulation in the cytoplasm. Under de novo expression conditions, AtPIP1;4 is able to mediate the translocation of externally applied H2O2 into the cytoplasm of yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) cells. In plant cells treated with H2O2, AtPIP1;4 functions as an effective facilitator of H2O2 transport across plasma membranes and mediates the translocation of externally applied H2O2 from the apoplast to the cytoplasm. The H2O2-transport role of AtPIP1;4 is essentially required for the cytoplasmic import of apoplastic H2O2 induced by the bacterial pathogen and two typical PAMPs in the absence of induced production of intracellular H2O2 As a consequence, cytoplasmic H2O2 quantities increase substantially while systemic acquired resistance and PAMP-triggered immunity are activated to repress the bacterial pathogenicity. By contrast, loss-of-function mutation at the AtPIP1;4 gene locus not only nullifies the cytoplasmic import of pathogen- and PAMP-induced apoplastic H2O2 but also cancels the subsequent immune responses, suggesting a pivotal role of AtPIP1;4 in apocytoplastic signal transduction in immunity pathways.

  16. Growth of piezoelectric water-free GeO2 and SiO2-substituted GeO2 single-crystals.

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    Lignie, A; Armand, P; Papet, P

    2011-10-01

    Using the slow-cooling method in selected fluxes, we have grown spontaneously nucleated single-crystals of pure GeO(2) and SiO(2)-substituted GeO(2) materials with the α-quartz structure. These piezoelectric materials were obtained in millimeter size as well-faceted, visually colorless, and transparent crystals. Cubic-like or hexagonal prism-like morphology was identified depending on the chemical composition of the single-crystals and on the nature of the flux. Both the silicon substitution rate and the homogeneity of its distribution were estimated by Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The cell parameters of the flux-grown GeO(2) and Ge(1-x)Si(x)O(2) (0.038 ≤ x ≤ 0.089) solid-solution were deduced from their X-ray powder diffraction pattern. As expected, the cell volumes decrease as the silicon content substitution increases. A room temperature Infrared spectroscopy study confirms the absence of hydroxyl groups in the as-grown crystals. Unlike what was observed for hydrothermally grown GeO(2) crystals, these flux-grown oxide materials did not present any phase transition before melting as pointed out by a Differential Scanning Calorimetry study. Neither a α-quartz/β-quartz transition as encountered in SiO(2) near 573 °C nor a α-quartz to rutile transformation were detected for these GeO(2) and Ge(1-x)Si(x)O(2) single-crystals. PMID:21875033

  17. Amorphous-crystalline transition in thermoelectric NbO2

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    Music, Denis; Chen, Yen-Ting; Bliem, Pascal; Geyer, Richard W.

    2015-06-01

    Density functional theory was employed to design enhanced amorphous NbO2 thermoelectrics. The covalent-ionic nature of Nb-O bonding is identical in amorphous NbO2 and its crystalline counterpart. However, the Anderson localisation occurs in amorphous NbO2, which may affect the transport properties. We calculate a multifold increase in the absolute Seebeck coefficient for the amorphous state. These predictions were critically appraised by measuring the Seebeck coefficient of sputtered amorphous and crystalline NbO2 thin films with the identical short-range order. The first-order phase transition occurs at approximately 550 °C, but amorphous NbO2 possesses enhanced transport properties at all temperatures. Amorphous NbO2, reaching  -173 μV K-1, exhibits up to a 29% larger absolute Seebeck coefficient value, thereby validating the predictions.

  18. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Microwave Sintered ZrO2 Bioceramics with TiO2 Addition

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    Chou, Jyh-Horng

    2016-01-01

    The microwave sintered zirconia ceramics with 0, 1, 3, and 5 wt% TiO2 addition at a low sintering temperature of 1300°C and a short holding time of 1 hour were investigated. Effect of contents of TiO2 addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of microwave sintered zirconia bioceramics was reported. In the sintered samples, the main phase is monoclinic zirconia (m-ZrO2) phase and minor phase is tetragonal zirconia (t-ZrO2) phase. The grain sizes increased with increasing the TiO2 contents under the sintering temperature of 1300°C. Although the TiO2 phase was not detected in the XRD pattern, Ti and O elements were detected in the EDS analysis. The presence of TiO2 effectively improved grain growth of the ZrO2 ceramics. The Vickers hardness was in the range of 125 to 300 Hv and increased with the increase of TiO2 contents. Sintering temperature dependence on the Vickers hardness was also investigated from 1150°C to 1300°C, showing the increase of Vickers hardness with the increase of the sintering temperature as well as TiO2 addition. PMID:27504072

  19. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Microwave Sintered ZrO2 Bioceramics with TiO2 Addition.

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    Kuo, Hsien-Nan; Chou, Jyh-Horng; Liu, Tung-Kuan

    2016-01-01

    The microwave sintered zirconia ceramics with 0, 1, 3, and 5 wt% TiO2 addition at a low sintering temperature of 1300°C and a short holding time of 1 hour were investigated. Effect of contents of TiO2 addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of microwave sintered zirconia bioceramics was reported. In the sintered samples, the main phase is monoclinic zirconia (m-ZrO2) phase and minor phase is tetragonal zirconia (t-ZrO2) phase. The grain sizes increased with increasing the TiO2 contents under the sintering temperature of 1300°C. Although the TiO2 phase was not detected in the XRD pattern, Ti and O elements were detected in the EDS analysis. The presence of TiO2 effectively improved grain growth of the ZrO2 ceramics. The Vickers hardness was in the range of 125 to 300 Hv and increased with the increase of TiO2 contents. Sintering temperature dependence on the Vickers hardness was also investigated from 1150°C to 1300°C, showing the increase of Vickers hardness with the increase of the sintering temperature as well as TiO2 addition. PMID:27504072

  20. Environmental estrogen Bisphenol A adsorption/oxidation on Graphene oxide/MnO2 (GO/MnO2) nanocomposite

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    Bele, Sotiria I.; Deliyanni, Eleni A.

    2015-04-01

    The environmental fate and decontamination of Bisphenol A (BPA), an environmental estrogen that is used as a monomer in plastic industry, are of emerging concern. This study focused on the kinetics, influencing factors and pathways of its adsorption and oxidative decomposition by MnO2. Additionally, Graphene oxide/MnO2 (GO/MnO2) nanocomposite was prepared and tested as a kind of adsorbent and/or catalysts for oxidative decomposition of Bisphenol A (BPA). A suspension of graphene oxide/manganese sulfate (GO/MnSO4) produced by the modified Hummers method was in situ transformed into GO/MnO2 nanocomposite in combination with KMnO4. It is found that MnO2 nanoparticles are uniformly distributed in the structure of GO. The surface chemistry and the porous texture of the prepared nanocomposite were characterized by thermal analysis (DTA), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Nitrogen adsorption (BET). The nanocomposite presented superior catalytic activities, much higher than that of the bare MnO2 for the decomposition of BPA in the presence of H2O2. The high activity of GO/MnO2 nanocomposite for the decomposition of BPA could be related to the synergistic effect of GO and MnO2 with the assistance of H2O2 according to the adsorption-oxidation-desorption mechanism.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of TiO2/SiO2 nano composites for solar cell applications

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    Arun Kumar, D.; Merline Shyla, J.; Xavier, Francis P.

    2012-12-01

    The use of titania-silica in photocatalytic process has been proposed as an alternative to the conventional TiO2 catalysts. Mesoporous materials have been of great interest as catalysts because of their unique textural and structural properties. Mesoporous TiO2, SiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposites were successfully synthesized by sol-gel method using titanium (IV) isopropoxide, tetra-ethylorthosilicate as starting materials. The synthesized samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Brunauett-Emmett-Teller and field-dependent photoconductivity. The UV-Vis spectrum of as-synthesized samples shows similar absorption in the visible range. The crystallite size of the as-synthesized samples was calculated by Scherrer's formula. The BET surface area for TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposite is found to be 303 m2/g and pore size distribution has average pore diameter about 10 nm. It also confirms the absence of macropores and the presence of micro and mesopores. The field-dependent photoconductivity of TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposite shows nearly 300 folds more than that of TiO2 nanoparticle for a field of 800 V/cm.

  2. Electron-induced interaction of selected hydrocarbons with TiO2 surfaces: the relevance to extreme ultraviolet lithography.

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    Yakshinskiy, B V; Zalkind, S; Bartynski, R A; Caudillo, R

    2010-03-01

    The aim of this work is to characterize desorption induced by electronic transition processes that affect the reflectivity of TiO2-capped multilayer mirrors used in extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. A low energy electron beam is employed to mimic excitations initiated by EUV radiation. Temperature programmed desorption, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and low energy ion scattering are used to analyze the surface reactions. Carbon film growth on the TiO2(011) crystalline surface is measured during 10-100 eV electron bombardment in benzene or methyl methacrylate vapor over a wide range of pressures and temperatures near 300 K. Low energy secondary electrons excited by EUV photons contribute substantially to the carbon accumulation on clean TiO2 cap layers. For benzene on clean TiO2, secondary electron effects dominate in the initial stages of carbon accumulation, whereas for C-covered TiO2, direct excitations appear to dominate. We report on the adsorption energy, the steady-state coverage of the molecules on the surface and the cross sections for electron-stimulated dissociation: all key parameters for understanding and modeling the processes relating to the EUV lithography mirrors.

  3. Putative role of the malate valve enzyme NADP-malate dehydrogenase in H2O2 signalling in Arabidopsis.

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    Heyno, Eiri; Innocenti, Gilles; Lemaire, Stéphane D; Issakidis-Bourguet, Emmanuelle; Krieger-Liszkay, Anja

    2014-04-19

    In photosynthetic organisms, sudden changes in light intensity perturb the photosynthetic electron flow and lead to an increased production of reactive oxygen species. At the same time, thioredoxins can sense the redox state of the chloroplast. According to our hypothesis, thioredoxins and related thiol reactive molecules downregulate the activity of H2O2-detoxifying enzymes, and thereby allow a transient oxidative burst that triggers the expression of H2O2 responsive genes. It has been shown recently that upon light stress, catalase activity was reversibly inhibited in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii in correlation with a transient increase in the level of H2O2. Here, it is shown that Arabidopsis thaliana mutants lacking the NADP-malate dehydrogenase have lost the reversible inactivation of catalase activity and the increase in H2O2 levels when exposed to high light. The mutants were slightly affected in growth and accumulated higher levels of NADPH in the chloroplast than the wild-type. We propose that the malate valve plays an essential role in the regulation of catalase activity and the accumulation of a H2O2 signal by transmitting the redox state of the chloroplast to other cell compartments. PMID:24591715

  4. Faststats: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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    ... this? Submit What's this? Submit Button NCHS Home Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)* Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir Data ... attention deficit disorder (ADD)" is used rather than "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)" in some data sources. More data Association ...

  5. Epitaxial Thin Films of Y doped HfO2

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    Serrao, Claudy; Khan, Asif; Ramamoorthy, Ramesh; Salahuddin, Sayeef

    Hafnium oxide (HfO2) is one of a few metal oxides that is thermodynamically stable on silicon and silicon oxide. There has been renewed interest in HfO2 due to the recent discovery of ferroelectricity and antiferroelectricity in doped HfO2. Typical ferroelectrics - such as strontium bismuth tantalate (SBT) and lead zirconium titanate (PZT) - contain elements that easily react with silicon and silicon oxide at elevated temperatures; therefore, such ferroelectrics are not suited for device applications. Meanwhile, ferroelectric HfO2 offers promise regarding integration with silicon. The stable phase of HfO2 at room temperature is monoclinic, but HfO2 can be stabilized in the tetragonal, orthorhombic or even cubic phase by suitable doping. We stabilized Y-doped HfO2 thin films using pulsed laser deposition. The strain state can be controlled using various perovskite substrates and controlled growth conditions. We report on Y-doped HfO2 domain structures from piezo-response force microscopy (PFM) and structural parameters via X-ray reciprocal space maps (RSM). We hope this work spurs further interest in strain-tuned ferroelectricity in doped HfO2.

  6. Photodegradation of Orange II by mesoporous TiO2.

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    Kuang, Liyuan; Zhao, Yaping; Liu, Lu

    2011-09-01

    Mesoporous TiO(2) microspheres were prepared by a hydrothermal reaction and are characterized in this paper. Decoloration and mineralization during photodegradation of Orange II by mesoporous TiO(2) at different pH values, formation of sulfate, relative luminosity to luminous bacteria and recycling experiments of the catalyst were studied. The FTIR results further suggested that the novel mesoporous TiO(2) can not only decolor and mineralize dyes completely but also can be effectively reused several times. On the basis of the research, mesoporous TiO(2) would be a promising photocatalyst for practical use. PMID:21833403

  7. Structural investigations of hybrid TiO2/CNTs nanomaterials.

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    Lin, Kuan-Nan; Liou, Wei-Jen; Lin, Hong-Ming; Yang, Tsung-Yeh; Lin, Chung-Kwei

    2010-05-01

    In the present study, pure TiO2 and hybrid TiO2/CNTs nanomaterials are prepared by sol gel technique. Post heat treatment is performed at 600, 800, and 1000 degrees C, respectively. The structural characterizations are performed by field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy techniques. Experimental results show that anatase to rutile transformation can be observed for pure TiO2 nanomaterials after heat treatment at 800 degrees C. The anatase to rutile transformation is inhibited by carbon nanotubes, and therefore only anatase phases for TiO2 nanomaterials can be observed in the hybrid nanomaterials. The 600 degrees C hybrid nanomaterials show a microstructure with CNTs covered by continuous TiO2 films of numerous small nanoparticles. After applying heat treatment on the hybrid nanomaterials at 1000 degrees C, only TiO2 nanoparticles adhere individually to the uncovered CNTs. Though all hybrid nanomaterials exhibit anatase TiO2, synchrotron X-ray absorption spectra investigations reveal that hybrid TiO2/CNTs exhibit different electronic properties as compared to those of pure TiO2 nanomaterials.

  8. Bacterial inactivation by a singlet oxygen bubbler: identifying factors controlling the toxicity of (1)O2 bubbles.

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    Bartusik, Dorota; Aebisher, David; Lyons, Alan M; Greer, Alexander

    2012-11-01

    A microphotoreactor device was developed to generate bubbles (1.4 mm diameter, 90 μL) containing singlet oxygen at levels toxic to bacteria and fungus. As singlet oxygen decays rapidly to triplet oxygen, the bubbles leave behind no waste or byproducts other than O(2). From a comparative study in deaerated, air saturated, and oxygenated solutions, it was reasoned that the singlet oxygen bubbles inactivate Escherichia coli and Aspergillus fumigatus, mainly by an oxygen gradient inside and outside of the bubble such that singlet oxygen is solvated and diffuses through the aqueous solution until it reacts with the target organism. Thus, singlet oxygen bubble toxicity was inversely proportional to the amount of dissolved oxygen in solution. In a second mechanism, singlet oxygen interacts directly with E. coli that accumulate at the gas-liquid interface although this mechanism operates at a rate approximately 10 times slower. Due to encapsulation in the gaseous core of the bubble and a 0.98 ms lifetime, the bubbles can traverse relatively long 0.39 mm distances carrying (1)O(2) far into the solution; by comparison the diffusion distance of (1)O(2) fully solvated in H(2)O is much shorter (~150 nm). Bubbles that reached the outer air-water interface contained no (1)O(2). The mechanism by which (1)O(2) deactivated organisms was explored through the addition of detergent molecules and Ca(2+) ions. Results indicate that the preferential accumulation of E. coli at the air-water interface of the bubble leads to enhanced toxicity of bubbles containing (1)O(2). The singlet oxygen device offers intriguing possibilities for creating new types of disinfection strategies based on photodynamic ((1)O(2)) bubble carriers.

  9. ARTICLES: Synthesis of Biomorphic ZrO2-CeO2 Nanostructures by Silkworm Silk Template

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    Zhang, Zong-jian; Li, Jia; Sun, Fu-sheng; Dickon, H. L. Ng; Luen Kwong, Fung

    2010-06-01

    A simple and green technique has been developed to prepare hierarchical biomorphic ZrO2-CeO2, using silkworm silk as the template. Different from traditional immersion technics, the whole synthesis process depends more on the restriction or direction functions of the silkworm silk template. The analytic results showed that ZrO2-CeO2 exhibited a well-crystallized hierarchically interwoven hollow fiber structure with 16-28 μm in diameter. The grain size of the sample calcined at 800 °C was about 14 nm. Consequently, the interwoven meshwork at three dimensions is formed due to the direction of biotemplate. The action mechanism is summarily discussed here. It may bring the biomorphic ZrO2-CeO2 nanomaterials with hierarchical interwoven structures to more applications, such as catalysts.

  10. XPS study of the Al/SiO2 interface viewed from the SiO2 side

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    Hecht, M. H.; Grunthaner, F. J.; Maserjian, J.

    1984-01-01

    The first nondestructive measurement of the chemical and physical characteristics of the interface between bulk SiO2 and thick aluminum films is presented. Both X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electrical measurements of unannealed resistively evaporated Al films on thermal SiO2 indicate an atomically abrupt interface. Postmetallization annealing (PMA) at 450 C induces reduction of the SiO2 by the aluminum, resulting in the layer ordering SiO2/Al2O3/Si/Al. The XPS measurement is performed from the SiO2 side after removal of the Si substrate after etching with XeF2 gas and thinning of the SiO2 layer with HF:ETOH. This represents a powerful new approach to the study of metal-insulator and other interfaces.

  11. Stability and migration of charged oxygen interstitials in ThO2 and CeO2

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    Xiao, Haiyan; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J

    2013-01-01

    Density functional theory calculations have been carried out to study the stability and migration of charged oxygen interstitial in ThO2 and CeO2. The calculations demonstrate that the oxygen interstitial is likely to lose electrons under p-type conditions and gain electrons under n-type conditions. Neutral (Osplit0) and singly positive (Osplit+) O-O<110> split interstitials, and doubly negative octahedral (Oocta.2-) oxygen interstitial are found to be the lowest-energy configurations within a certain Fermi energy range. In both oxides, the Osplit+ is the most mobile, and the migration energies of the split oxygen interstitials in ThO2 are lower than in CeO2, indicating high oxygen interstitial mobility in ThO2 than in CeO2.

  12. Process development for Ni-Cr-ThO2 and Ni-Cr-Al-ThO2 sheet

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    Cook, R. C.; Norris, L. F.

    1973-01-01

    A process was developed for the production of thin gauge Ni-Cr-ThO2 sheet. The process was based on the elevated temperature deposition of chromium onto a wrought Ni-2%ThO2 sheet and subsequent high temperature diffusion heat treatments to minimize chromium concentration gradients within the sheet. The mechanical properties of the alloy were found to be critically dependent on those of the Ni-2%ThO2 sheet. A similar process for the production of a Ni-Cr-Al-ThO2 alloy having improved oxidation resistance was investigated but the non-reproducible deposition of aluminum from duplex Cr/Al packs precluded successful scale-up. The mechanical properties of the Ni-Cr-Al-ThO2 alloys were generally equivalent to the best Ni-Cr-ThO2 alloy produced in the programme.

  13. Correlation between dispersion properties of TiO2 colloidal sols and photoelectric characteristics of TiO2 films.

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    Jung, Hyun Suk; Lee, Sang-Wook; Kim, Jin Young; Hong, Kug Sun; Lee, Young Cheol; Ko, Kyung Hyun

    2004-11-15

    TiO2 film for use as dye-sensitized solar cell was prepared using the TiO2 colloidal sols (unpeptized sol and peptized sol). The optical properties and photocurrent-voltage characteristics of the resultant films were investigated. The optical transmittance of TiO2 thin film prepared from the peptized colloidal sol was over 90%, while that of TiO2 film from the unpeptized sol was under 80%. The TiO2 photoelectrode prepared from the peptized colloidal sol showed low photoelectric conversion efficiency (eta), 1.30%, whereas the efficiency of photoelectrode from the unpeptized sol was 2.21%. The high optical transmittance and low conversion efficiency of TiO2 film from the peptized sol are discussed in terms of dense microstructure due to the drying nature of well-dispersed colloidal sol.

  14. Characteristics of SnO2 nanofiber/TiO2 nanoparticle composite for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Gong, Jiawei; Qiao, Hui; Sigdel, Sudhan; Elbohy, Hytham; Adhikari, Nirmal; Zhou, Zhengping; Sumathy, K.; Wei, Qufu; Qiao, Qiquan

    2015-06-01

    SnO2 nanofibers and their composites based photoanodes were fabricated and investigated in the application of dye-sensitized solar cells. The photoanode made of SnO2/TiO2 composites yielded an over 2-fold improvement in overall conversion efficiency. The microstructure of SnO2 nanofibers was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A compact morphology of composites was observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). A long charge diffusion length (62.42 μm) in the composites was derived from time constant in transient photovoltage and photocurrent analysis. These experimental results demonstrate that one-dimensional nanostructured SnO2/TiO2 composites have a great potential for application in solar cells.

  15. The Vibrational Frequencies of CaO2, ScO2, and TiO2: A Comparison of Theoretical Methods

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    Rosi, Marzio; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Chertihin, George V.; Andrews, Lester; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1997-01-01

    The vibrational frequencies of several states of CaO2, ScO2, and TiO2 are computed at using density functional theory (DFT), the Hatree-Fock approach, second order Moller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2), and the complete-active-space self-consistent-field theory. Three different functionals are used in the DFT calculations, including two hybrid functionals. The coupled cluster singles and doubles approach including the effect of unlinked triples, determined using perturbation theory, is applied to selected states. The Becke-Perdew 86 functional appears to be the cost effective method of choice, although even this functional does not perform well for one state of CaO2. The MP2 approach is significantly inferior to the DFT approaches.

  16. Laboratory measurements of the O+/2D/ + N2 and O+/2D/ + O2 reaction rate coefficients and their ionospheric implications

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    Johnsen, R.; Biondi, M. A.

    1980-01-01

    Rate coefficients which have been measured at thermal energies for the charge transfer reactions of metastable O+/2D/ ions with N2 and O2 are reported. It is found that at an effective temperature of about 550 K, k(n2) = (8 + or - 2) x 10 to the -10 cu cm/sec and k(O2) = (7 + or - 2) x 10 to the -10 cu cm/sec. Drift tube-mass spectrometer measurements employ the reaction He(+) + O2 as the source of metastable O+ ions, showing that the ions produced in this manner are in the 2D state rather than the 2P state, a possible alternative identification. Finally, consideration is given to the ionospheric implications of the laboratory measurements.

  17. The Perceived Deficits Questionnaire

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    Binder, Allison; Nikelshpur, Olga M.; Chiaravalloti, Nancy; DeLuca, John

    2016-01-01

    Background: Cognitive dysfunction affects approximately 43% to 70% of individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) and is an important determinant of several functional outcomes in MS and quality of life. Brief neuropsychological test batteries have been developed specifically for use in MS and are widely used to aid clinicians in assessing levels of cognitive impairment in MS. Neuropsychologists and neurologists also frequently use briefer screening measures, such as the Perceived Deficits Questionnaire (PDQ), to assist in determining whether a more extensive neuropsychological evaluation is warranted. However, despite the ease of such measures, the relationship between self-report and objective cognitive impairment has been inconsistent, at best. Moreover, factors such as depression, fatigue, anxiety, and personality have been found to be more related to reports of cognitive difficulties. The purpose of the present study was to clarify the relationship between subjective cognitive concerns and objective cognitive impairment while accounting for related symptoms. Methods: We examined the association of self-reported cognitive concerns on the PDQ with objective cognitive measures, as well as depression, anxiety, fatigue, and self-efficacy. Results: There was no relationship between self-reported cognitive concerns and objective performance. Rather, reports on the PDQ were more correlated with reports of depression, anxiety, fatigue, and self-efficacy. Conclusions: Depression and poor self-efficacy can contribute to reports of cognitive difficulties. Effective treatment to improve these factors seems warranted given the impact of perceived cognitive impairment on outcomes in MS and the potential for more accurate self-reports. PMID:27551243

  18. [Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].

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    Cunill, Ruth; Castells, Xavier

    2015-04-20

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood psychiatric disorders and can persist into the adulthood. ADHD has important social, academic and occupational consequences. ADHD diagnosis is based on the fulfillment of several clinical criteria, which can vary depending on the diagnostic system used. The clinical presentation can show great between-patient variability and it has been related to a dysfunction in the fronto-striatal and meso-limbic circuits. Recent investigations support a model in which multiple genetic and environmental factors interact to create a neurobiological susceptibility to develop the disorder. However, no clear causal association has yet been identified. Although multimodal treatment including both pharmacological and psychosocial interventions is usually recommended, no convincing evidence exists to support this recommendation. Pharmacological treatment has fundamentally shown to improve ADHD symptoms in the short term, while efficacy data for psychosocial interventions are scarce and inconsistent. Yet, drug treatment is increasingly popular and the last 2 decades have witnessed a sharp increase in the prescription of anti-ADHD medications coinciding with the marketing of new drugs to treat ADHD.

  19. [Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].

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    Cunill, Ruth; Castells, Xavier

    2015-04-20

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood psychiatric disorders and can persist into the adulthood. ADHD has important social, academic and occupational consequences. ADHD diagnosis is based on the fulfillment of several clinical criteria, which can vary depending on the diagnostic system used. The clinical presentation can show great between-patient variability and it has been related to a dysfunction in the fronto-striatal and meso-limbic circuits. Recent investigations support a model in which multiple genetic and environmental factors interact to create a neurobiological susceptibility to develop the disorder. However, no clear causal association has yet been identified. Although multimodal treatment including both pharmacological and psychosocial interventions is usually recommended, no convincing evidence exists to support this recommendation. Pharmacological treatment has fundamentally shown to improve ADHD symptoms in the short term, while efficacy data for psychosocial interventions are scarce and inconsistent. Yet, drug treatment is increasingly popular and the last 2 decades have witnessed a sharp increase in the prescription of anti-ADHD medications coinciding with the marketing of new drugs to treat ADHD. PMID:24787685

  20. Gamma irradiation-induced effects on the electrical properties of HfO2-based MOS devices

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    Manikanthababu, N.; Arun, N.; Dhanunjaya, M.; Nageswara Rao, S. V. S.; Pathak, A. P.

    2016-02-01

    Hafnium Oxide (HfO2) thin films were synthesized by e-beam evaporation and Radio frequency magnetron sputtering techniques. Au/HfO2/Si-structured Metal Oxide Semiconductor capacitors have been fabricated to study the effects of gamma irradiation on the electrical properties, leakage current versus voltage (I-V) and capacitance versus voltage (C-V) characteristics, as a function of irradiation dose. Systematic increase in leakage current as well as accumulation capacitance has been observed with increase in the irradiation dose. The influence of gamma irradiation and pre-existing defects on the evolution of oxide and interface traps have been studied in detail.

  1. Pt and Pd catalyzed oxidation of Li2O2 and DMSO during Li–O2 battery charging

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    Gittleson, Forrest S.; Ryu, Won-Hee; Schwab, Mark; Tong, Xiao; Taylor, André D.

    2016-01-01

    Rechargeable Li-O2 and Li-air batteries require electrode and electrolyte materials that synergistcally promote long-term cell operation. We investigate the role of noble metals Pt and Pd as catalysts for the Li-O2 oxidation process and their compatibility with a dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) based electrolyte. Lastly, we identify a basis for low potential Li2O2 evolution followed by oxidative decomposition of the electrolyte to form carbonate side products.

  2. Pt and Pd catalyzed oxidation of Li2O2 and DMSO during Li-O2 battery charging.

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    Gittleson, Forrest S; Ryu, Won-Hee; Schwab, Mark; Tong, Xiao; Taylor, André D

    2016-05-01

    Rechargeable Li-O2 and Li-air batteries require electrode and electrolyte materials that synergistically promote long-term cell operation. In this study, we investigate the role of noble metals Pt and Pd as catalysts in the Li-O2 oxidation process and their compatibility with dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) based electrolytes. We identify a basis for low potential Li2O2 evolution followed by oxidative decomposition of the electrolyte to form carbonate side products. PMID:27111589

  3. Oxygen diffusion in ThO2-CeO2 and ThO2-UO2 solid solutions from atomistic calculations.

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet S

    2016-06-01

    We elucidate oxygen diffusivity in ThO2-CeO2 and ThO2-UO2 solid solutions across their whole concentration ranges in the phase diagram using static pair-potential calculations and molecular dynamics simulations. Between pure CeO2 (and UO2) and pure ThO2, oxygen diffusivity is higher in CeO2 (and UO2) due to lower oxygen migration barriers. With the addition of Th to CeO2 (and UO2) in the phase diagram, the diffusivity decreases due to the increase in the migration barriers introduced by a larger ionic radius of Th. On the other side of the phase diagram, with the addition of Ce to ThO2 oxygen diffusion decreases due to oxygen vacancy binding with Ce, even though the migration barriers decrease due to the smaller size of Ce than the host Th. Using these calculations, we provide a schematic of high oxygen diffusivity regions in the phase diagram. We also compare the impact of tetravalent dopants (e.g. actinides) on oxygen vacancy energetics to that of trivalent dopants (e.g. lanthanides). We find that trivalent dopants bind much more strongly with oxygen vacancy than the tetravalent dopants. We also find that the tetravalent dopants that have larger radii than the host cation have negative oxygen vacancy binding energy, whereas all trivalent dopants have positive binding energy irrespective of their ionic radii. This work thus highlights key differences in the oxygen vacancy energetics between the trivalent and tetravalent cations.

  4. Optical properties of the Al2O3/SiO2 and Al2O3/HfO2/SiO2 antireflective coatings

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    Marszałek, Konstanty; Winkowski, Paweł; Jaglarz, Janusz

    2014-01-01

    Investigations of bilayer and trilayer Al2O3/SiO2 and Al2O3/HfO2/SiO2 antireflective coatings are presented in this paper. The oxide films were deposited on a heated quartz glass by e-gun evaporation in a vacuum of 5 × 10-3 [Pa] in the presence of oxygen. Depositions were performed at three different temperatures of the substrates: 100 °C, 200 °C and 300 °C. The coatings were deposited onto optical quartz glass (Corning HPFS). The thickness and deposition rate were controlled with Inficon XTC/2 thickness measuring system. Deposition rate was equal to 0.6 nm/s for Al2O3, 0.6 nm - 0.8 nm/s for HfO2 and 0.6 nm/s for SiO2. Simulations leading to optimization of the thin film thickness and the experimental results of optical measurements, which were carried out during and after the deposition process, have been presented. The optical thickness values, obtained from the measurements performed during the deposition process were as follows: 78 nm/78 nm for Al2O3/SiO2 and 78 nm/156 nm/78 nm for Al2O3/HfO2/SiO2. The results were then checked by ellipsometric technique. Reflectance of the films depended on the substrate temperature during the deposition process. Starting from 240 nm to the beginning of visible region, the average reflectance of the trilayer system was below 1 % and for the bilayer, minima of the reflectance were equal to 1.6 %, 1.15 % and 0.8 % for deposition temperatures of 100 °C, 200 °C and 300 °C, respectively.

  5. Toxicity of nano-TiO2 on algae and the site of reactive oxygen species production.

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    Li, Fengmin; Liang, Zhi; Zheng, Xiang; Zhao, Wei; Wu, Miao; Wang, Zhenyu

    2015-01-01

    Given the extensive use of nanomaterials, they may enter aquatic environments and harm the growth of algae, which are primary producers in an aquatic ecosystem. Thus, the balance of an aquatic ecosystem may be destroyed. In this study, Karenia brevis and Skeletonema costatum were exposed to nano-TiO2 (anatase, average particle size of 5-10 nm, specific surface area of 210±10 m(2) g(-1)) to assess the effects of nano-TiO2 on algae. The findings of transmission electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (TEM-EDX) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) demonstrate aggregation of nano-TiO2 in the algal suspension. Nano-TiO2 was also found to be inside algal cells. The growth of the two species of algae was inhibited under nano-TiO2 exposure. The 72 h EC50 values of nano-TiO2 to K. brevis and S. costatum were 10.69 and 7.37 mg L(-1), respectively. TEM showed that the cell membrane of K. brevis was destroyed and its organelles were almost undistinguished under nano-TiO2 exposure. The malondialdehyde (MDA) contents of K. brevis and S. costatum significantly increased compared with those of the control (p<0.05). Meanwhile, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase activities (CAT) of K. brevis and S. costatum changed in different ways. The reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels in both species were significantly higher than those of the control (p<0.05). The site of ROS production and accumulation in K. brevis and S. costatum under nano-TiO2 exposure was explored with the addition of inhibitors of different electron transfer chains. This study indicated that nano-TiO2 in algal suspensions inhibited the growth of K. brevis and S. costatum. This effect was attributed to oxidative stress caused by ROS production inside algal cells. The levels of anti-oxidative enzymes changed, which destroyed the balance between oxidation and anti-oxidation. Thus, algae were damaged by ROS accumulation, resulting in lipid oxidation and inhibited algae growth. The inhibitors of the

  6. Toxicity of nano-TiO2 on algae and the site of reactive oxygen species production.

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    Li, Fengmin; Liang, Zhi; Zheng, Xiang; Zhao, Wei; Wu, Miao; Wang, Zhenyu

    2015-01-01

    Given the extensive use of nanomaterials, they may enter aquatic environments and harm the growth of algae, which are primary producers in an aquatic ecosystem. Thus, the balance of an aquatic ecosystem may be destroyed. In this study, Karenia brevis and Skeletonema costatum were exposed to nano-TiO2 (anatase, average particle size of 5-10 nm, specific surface area of 210±10 m(2) g(-1)) to assess the effects of nano-TiO2 on algae. The findings of transmission electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (TEM-EDX) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) demonstrate aggregation of nano-TiO2 in the algal suspension. Nano-TiO2 was also found to be inside algal cells. The growth of the two species of algae was inhibited under nano-TiO2 exposure. The 72 h EC50 values of nano-TiO2 to K. brevis and S. costatum were 10.69 and 7.37 mg L(-1), respectively. TEM showed that the cell membrane of K. brevis was destroyed and its organelles were almost undistinguished under nano-TiO2 exposure. The malondialdehyde (MDA) contents of K. brevis and S. costatum significantly increased compared with those of the control (p<0.05). Meanwhile, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase activities (CAT) of K. brevis and S. costatum changed in different ways. The reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels in both species were significantly higher than those of the control (p<0.05). The site of ROS production and accumulation in K. brevis and S. costatum under nano-TiO2 exposure was explored with the addition of inhibitors of different electron transfer chains. This study indicated that nano-TiO2 in algal suspensions inhibited the growth of K. brevis and S. costatum. This effect was attributed to oxidative stress caused by ROS production inside algal cells. The levels of anti-oxidative enzymes changed, which destroyed the balance between oxidation and anti-oxidation. Thus, algae were damaged by ROS accumulation, resulting in lipid oxidation and inhibited algae growth. The inhibitors of the

  7. Oxidative stress responses of Daphnia magna exposed to TiO(2) nanoparticles according to size fraction.

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    Kim, Ki Tae; Klaine, Stephen J; Cho, Jaeweon; Kim, Sang-Hoon; Kim, Sang D

    2010-04-15

    Size is one of important factors determining titanium dioxide nanoparticle (TiO(2) NP) toxicity since penetration is eased with decreasing particle size and bioavailability is increased. The effect of particle size on oxidative stress against titanium dioxide nanoparticle (TiO(2) NP) exposure to Daphnia magna was investigated with both acute and chronic toxicity tests. Experiments on biochemical responses, repeatedly performed after size fractionation of the NPs using filtration, focused on the activities of four antioxidant enzymes: catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GPX), and glutathione-S-transferase (GST). In the chronic bioassay, the mortality was significantly increased at TiO(2) NP concentrations of 5 and 10mg/L; however, no reduction of the reproduction ability was observed. Biochemical measurements showed that TiO(2) NP exposure significantly increased the antioxidant enzyme activities in D. magna. CAT, GPX and GST, but not SOD, showed a concentration-dependent increase. In terms of size fraction, particles ranging from 400 to 800nm exhibited an increase of antioxidant enzyme activities in GST and GPX. These biochemical level observations suggested that TiO(2) NP toxicity was mediated by reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation via oxidative stress in D. magna. The increased mortality at the concentration of 5mg/L in the chronic bioassay was attributed to accumulated TiO(2) NPs in the intestine of D. magna, which might induce effects such as oxidative stress relating to the induction of antioxidant enzymes.

  8. Photocatalytic TiO2 nanoparticles enhanced polymer antimicrobial coating

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    Wei, Xiaojin; Yang, Zhendi; Tay, See Leng; Gao, Wei

    2014-01-01

    Copper (Cu) containing coatings can provide sustainable protection against microbial contamination. However, metallic Cu coatings have not been widely used due to the relatively high cost, poor corrosion resistance, and low compatibility with non-metal substrates. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) possesses antibacterial functions by its photocatalytic properties which can destroy bacteria or suppress their reproduction. TiO2 also has the function of improving the mechanical properties through particle dispersion strengthening. We have recently developed an innovative polymer based coating system containing fine particles of Cu and TiO2 nanoparticles. These polymer based coatings simultaneously display excellent antimicrobial and good mechanical properties. The results showed that the addition of TiO2 has improved the antimicrobial property under sunlight, which provides extended applications in outdoor environment. The elimination of 106 bacterial by contacting the coatings without TiO2 needs 5 h, while contacting with the Cu/TiO2- 1 wt.% TiO2 took only 2 h to kill the same amount of bacteria. The coatings also presented enhanced hardness and wear resistance after adding TiO2. The width of wear track decreased from 270 μm of the Cu-polymer coating to 206 μm of Cu/TiO2-polymer coatings with 10 wt.% TiO2. Synchrotron Infrared Microscopy was used to in-situ and in-vivo study the bacteria killing process at the molecular level. The real-time chemical images of bacterial activities showed that the bacterial cell membranes were damaged by the Cu and TiO2 containing coatings

  9. Sandwich SrTiO3/TiO2/H-Titanate nanofiber composite photocatalysts for efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution

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    Liu, Yuanxu; Wang, Zhonglei; Wang, Wendong; An, Xiaoqiang; Mi, Shiyang; Tang, Junwang; Huang, Weixin

    2014-10-01

    SrTiO3/TiO2/H-Titanate nanofiber composites were synthesized through facile thermal treatment of Sr(OH)2 and H-titanate nanofibers in an ethanol/water solution and their photocatalytic activities for H2 evolution from a methanol/water solution under simulated solar irradiation were evaluated. TiO2/H-titanate nanofiber composites were acquired without Sr(OH)2 addition. At low Sr/Ti molar ratios, SrTiO3/TiO2/H-titanate nanofiber composites form. SrTiO3 nanoparticles were found to selectively grow on the surface of TiO2 nanoparticles, forming a unique SrTiO3-TiO2-H-titanate sandwich heterojunction. Upon increasing the Sr/Ti molar ratio, the fraction of TiO2 in the resultant composites decreases and eventually SrTiO3/H-titanate nanofiber composites form. SrTiO3/TiO2/H-titanate nanofiber composites are significantly more photocatalytically active than SrTiO3/H-titanate nanofiber and TiO2/H-titanate nanofiber composites due to the mitigated charge recombination and the accumulation of photo-excited electrons on the photocatalytically active TiO2 component. These results demonstrate an effective strategy of multi-heterojunctions with both appropriately-aligned band structures and appropriately-arranged composite structures to fabricate efficient composite photocatalysts.

  10. Comparative x-ray absorption spectroscopy study of Co-doped SnO2 and TiO2

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    Lussier, A.; Dvorak, J.; Idzerda, Y. U.; Ogale, S. B.; Shinde, S. R.; Choudary, R. J.; Venkatesan, T.

    2004-06-01

    We performed x-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements at the cobalt L2,3 edge and the oxygen K edge of Co-doped SnO2 and Co-doped TiO2. Our measurements confirm that doped cobalt atoms are in the same local environment in both compounds. Furthermore, the results support the idea that cobalt atoms occupy substitutional cation sites. Additionally, the oxygen spectral shapes offer insight into a possible cause for the observed giant magnetic moment of cobalt atoms present in SnO2, but not in TiO2.

  11. Direct Imaging of Site-Specific Photocatalytic Reactions of O2 on TiO2(110)

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    Wang, Zhitao; Deskins, N. Aaron; Lyubinetsky, Igor

    2012-01-01

    Photo-stimulated reactions on TiO2 have attracted much attention due to the variety of potential applications ranging from a hydrogen production by water splitting to environmental remediation through organic pollutant oxidation.[1,2] In the majority of these processes the oxygen plays a crucial role, serving as a simplest oxidizing reagent and/or as an electron scavenger.[3,4] Hence, the physicochemical properties of O2 adsorbed on rutile TiO2(110) (model oxide surface) has been extensively investigated,[7-13] and, in particular, the chemisorbed O2 molecules have been recently imaged by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM).[14-16] While the O2 desorption from rutile TiO2(110) is the most comprehensively studied photoreaction on TiO2 (by traditional ensemble-averaging techniques), details of its mechanism are still far from being understood. On a basis of extensive research of photostimulated desorption (PSD) of O2 from TiO2(110) by ultraviolet (UV) light, Yates and co-workers have developed a hole-mediated desorption model.

  12. Ferroelectricity of nondoped thin HfO2 films in TiN/HfO2/TiN stacks

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    Nishimura, Tomonori; Xu, Lun; Shibayama, Shigehisa; Yajima, Takeaki; Migita, Shinji; Toriumi, Akira

    2016-08-01

    We report on the impact of TiN interfaces on the ferroelectricity of nondoped HfO2. Ferroelectric properties of nondoped HfO2 in TiN/HfO2/TiN stacks are shown in capacitance–voltage and polarization–voltage characteristics. The Curie temperature is also estimated to be around 500 °C. The ferroelectricity of nondoped HfO2 clearly appears by thinning HfO2 film down to ∼35 nm. We directly revealed in thermal treatments that the ferroelectric HfO2 film on TiN was maintained by covering the top surface of HfO2 with TiN, while it was followed by a phase transition to the paraelectric phase in the case of the open surface of HfO2. Thus, it is concluded that the ferroelectricity in nondoped HfO2 in this study was mainly driven by both of top and bottom TiN interfaces.

  13. Insight into unusual impurity absorbability of GeO(2) in GeO(2)∕Ge stacks.

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    Ogawa, Shingo; Suda, Taichi; Yamamoto, Takashi; Kutsuki, Katsuhiro; Hideshima, Iori; Hosoi, Takuji; Shimura, Takayoshi; Watanabe, Heiji

    2011-10-01

    Adsorbed species and its diffusion behaviors in GeO(2)∕Ge stacks, which are future alternative metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) materials, have been investigated using various physical analyses. We clarified that GeO(2) rapidly absorbs moisture in air just after its exposure. After the absorbed moisture in GeO(2) reaches a certain limit, the GeO(2) starts to absorb some organic molecules, which is accompanied by a structural change in GeO(2) to form a partial carbonate or hydroxide. We also found that the hydrogen distribution in GeO(2) shows intrinsic characteristics, indicative of different diffusion behaviors at the surface and at the GeO(2)∕Ge interface. Because the impurity absorbability of GeO(2) has a great influence on the electrical properties in Ge-MOS devices, these results provide valuable information in realizing high quality GeO(2)∕Ge stacks for the actual use of Ge-MOS technologies.

  14. Robust NaO2 Electrochemistry in Aprotic Na-O2 Batteries Employing Ethereal Electrolytes with a Protic Additive.

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    Abate, Iwnetim I; Thompson, Leslie E; Kim, Ho-Cheol; Aetukuri, Nagaphani B

    2016-06-16

    Aprotic metal-oxygen batteries, such as Li-O2 and Na-O2 batteries, are of topical research interest as high specific energy alternatives to state-of-the-art Li-ion batteries. In particular, Na-O2 batteries with NaO2 as the discharge product offer higher practical specific energy with better rechargeability and round-trip energy efficiency when compared to Li-O2 batteries. In this work, we show that the electrochemical deposition and dissolution of NaO2 in Na-O2 batteries is unperturbed by trace water impurities in Na-O2 battery electrolytes, which is desirable for practical battery applications. We find no evidence for the formation of other discharge products such as Na2O2·H2O. Furthermore, the electrochemical efficiency during charge remains near ideal in the presence of trace water in electrolytes. Although sodium anodes react with trace water leading to the formation of a high-impedance solid electrolyte interphase, the increase in discharge overpotential is only ∼100 mV when compared to cells employing nominally anhydrous electrolytes. PMID:27214400

  15. Photocatalytic degradation of dyestuff wastewater with Zn(2+)-TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposite.

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    Sui, Guozhe; Liu, Tao; Li, Jinlong; Jia, Lihua; Lv, Jun

    2013-06-01

    A novel photocatalyst of Zn(2+)-TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposite has been prepared by a sol-gel method, which is used for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) and Congo red (CR) as the probe dyestuff that are notorious organic compounds present in dyes wastewater. The prepared samples are characterized by low temperature N2 adsorption (BET), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). It is found that the nanocomposite of Zn(2+)-TiO2-SiO2 exhibits much higher photocatalytic activity under both UV light and visible light irradiation as compared with Degussa P25, Zn(2+)-TiO2 and SiO2-TiO2. The photodegradation efficiencies of RhB (5 mg/L) and CR (10 mg/L) can reach above 90% and 83% for 1.5 h visible light irradiation, respectively. Synergetic effect between Zn(2+)-SiO2-doping not only inhibit the crystal growth and anatase-to-rutile transformation of TiO2 nanocatalyst, but also extend the light response to the visible region, which provides a good way and material in the degradation field of dyes wastewater.

  16. Preparation of SnO2 -TiO2 /Fly Ash Cenospheres and its Application in Phenol Degradation.

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    Liu, Shaomin; Zhu, Jinglin; Yang, Qing; Xu, Pengpeng; Ge, Jianhua; Guo, Xuetao

    2015-11-01

    SnO2 -TiO2 /fly ash cenospheres (FAC) were prepared via hydrothermal method and used as an active photocatalyst in a photocatalytic system. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction analysis, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and N2 adsorption-desorption measurements were used to determine the structure and optical property of SnO2 -TiO2 /FAC. Phenol was selected as the model substance for photocatalytic reactions to evaluate catalytic ability. Results showed that the degradation efficiency of phenol by SnO2 -TiO2 /FAC was 90.7% higher than that decomposed by TiO2 /FAC. Increased efficiency could be due to the enhanced synergistic effect of semiconductors and FAC could provide more adsorption sites for the pollutant in the photocatalytic reaction. Furthermore, SnO2 -TiO2 /FAC composites exhibited excellent photocatalytic stability in four reuse cycles. Radical-trapping experiments further revealed the dominating functions of holes in the photocatalytic reaction. PMID:26342185

  17. Synthesis and Overall Photophysical Characterization of SiO2:(Ag/SiO2) Nanostructured Sonogel Hybrid Glasses

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    Morales-Saavedra, Omar G.; Zanella, Rodolfo

    2014-08-01

    Bulk SiO2-based inorganic-inorganic sonogel (SG) hybrid glasses were fabricated with Ag/SiO2 supported metal nanoparticles (MNPs). The catalyst-free SG route was implemented to produce these optically active nanostructured composites by doping the liquid sol-phase with Ag/SiO2 synthesized according to the deposition-precipitation method. As prepared Ag/SiO2-MNPs exhibited particle diameters below 10 nm and homogeneous size distribution. The easy and homogeneous Ag/SiO2 loading within the micro/mesoporous SiO2-SG network has evidenced the guest-host chemical affinity of these systems. This fact allowed us to fabricate outstanding chemically, photo-physically and mechanically stable bulk hybrid monoliths with controllable geometry and doping rates, suitable for linear and nonlinear optical (NLO)-spectroscopic characterizations. Indeed, the hosting SG matrix provided an elevated thermal and mechanical stability protecting the reactive Ag nanoparticles from environment conditions, diminishing their tendency to from aggregates and, above all, preserving their pristine photophysical properties. Comprehensive morphological, structural, spectroscopic and NLO characterizations were performed on the obtained SiO2:(Ag/SiO2) hybrid composites. Results have shown that the nanocrystalline (NC) properties, multipolar nature and small sizes of the implemented Ag/SiO2-nanoparticles, together with the bulk guest-host mechanical interactions, play a crucial role for the observation of outstanding spectroscopic and quadratic NLO properties of the developed hybrid systems.

  18. Robust NaO2 Electrochemistry in Aprotic Na-O2 Batteries Employing Ethereal Electrolytes with a Protic Additive.

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    Abate, Iwnetim I; Thompson, Leslie E; Kim, Ho-Cheol; Aetukuri, Nagaphani B

    2016-06-16

    Aprotic metal-oxygen batteries, such as Li-O2 and Na-O2 batteries, are of topical research interest as high specific energy alternatives to state-of-the-art Li-ion batteries. In particular, Na-O2 batteries with NaO2 as the discharge product offer higher practical specific energy with better rechargeability and round-trip energy efficiency when compared to Li-O2 batteries. In this work, we show that the electrochemical deposition and dissolution of NaO2 in Na-O2 batteries is unperturbed by trace water impurities in Na-O2 battery electrolytes, which is desirable for practical battery applications. We find no evidence for the formation of other discharge products such as Na2O2·H2O. Furthermore, the electrochemical efficiency during charge remains near ideal in the presence of trace water in electrolytes. Although sodium anodes react with trace water leading to the formation of a high-impedance solid electrolyte interphase, the increase in discharge overpotential is only ∼100 mV when compared to cells employing nominally anhydrous electrolytes.

  19. Characterization of TiO 2/Au/TiO 2 films deposited by magnetron sputtering on polycarbonate substrates

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    Kim, Daeil

    2010-11-01

    Transparent and conducting TiO 2/Au/TiO 2 (TAuT) films were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering on polycarbonate substrates to investigate the effect of the Au interlayer on the optical, electrical, and structural properties of the films. In TAuT films, the Au interlayer thickness was kept at 5 nm. Although total thickness was maintained at 100 nm, the stack structure was varied as 50/5/45, 70/5/25, and 90/5/5 nm. In XRD pattern, the intermediate Au films were crystallized, while all TAuT films did not show any diffraction peaks for TiO 2 films with regardless of stack structure. The optical and electrical properties were dependent on the stack structure of the films. The lowest sheet resistance of 23 Ω/□ and highest optical transmittance of 76% at 550 nm were obtained from TiO 2 90 nm/Au 5 nm/TiO 2 5 nm films. The work function was dependent on the film stack. The highest work function (4.8 eV) was observed with the TiO 2 90 nm/Au 5 nm/TiO 2 5 nm film stack. The TAuT film stack of TiO 2 90 nm/Au 5 nm/TiO 2 5 nm films is an optimized stack that may be an alternative candidate for transparent electrodes in flat panel displays.

  20. Crystallization of a Li2O2SiO2 Glass under High Hydrostatic Pressures

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    Fuss, T.; Day, D. E.; Lesher, C. E.; Ray, C. S.

    2004-01-01

    The crystallization behavior of a Li2O.2SiO2 (LS2) glass subjected to a uniform hydrostatic pressure of 4.5 or 6 GPa was investigated between 550 and 800 C using XRD, IR, Raman, TEM, NMR, and DTA. The density of the glass subjected to 6 GPa was between 2.52 plus or minus 0.01 and 2.57 plus or minus 0.01 grams per cubic centimeters, depending upon the processing temperatures, and was higher than that of the stoichiometric LS2 crystals, 2.46 plus or minus 0.01 grams per cubic centimeter. Thus, crystallization in 6 GPa glass occurred in a condition of negative volume dilatation, deltaV = V(sub glass) - V(sub crystal), while that for the 4.5 GPa glass occurred in the condition deltaV greater than 0. For deltaV greater than 0, which also includes the control glass at ambient (one atmosphere) pressure, the glasses always crystallize Li2Si2O5 (orthorhombic, Ccc2) crystals, but for deltaV less than 0 (6 GPa), the glasses crystallize Li2SiO3 crystals with a slightly deformed structure. The crystal growth rate vs. temperature curve moved to higher temperature with increasing pressure, and was independent of the sign of deltaV. These results for the effect of hydrostatic pressure on the crystallization of LS2 glass were discussed from thermodynamic considerations.

  1. Development of ZrO2/SiO2 bioinert ceramic coatings for biomedical application.

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    Morks, M F; Kobayashi, A

    2008-04-01

    Gas tunnel-type plasma spraying (GTPS) was employed to deposit ZrO(2)/SiO(2) bioinert ceramic composite coatings with an appropriate thickness on SUS 304 substrate. Zirconia and fused silica powders, with equal wt%, have been mixed together in ceramic pot for 30 min and internally fed in the plasma jet. The composite coatings were sprayed at two different gas flow rates (120 and 150 l/min) and constant vortex arc current of 450 A and gun current of 50 A. The microstructure of as-sprayed coatings was examined by scanning electron microscope. Elemental analysis was achieved for the composite coatings using EDS analysis unit which is attached to SEM. Phase structure was investigated by X-ray diffraction. The hardness and abrasive wear test of the coatings were investigated. The biological property of the coatings was examined by immersing the as-sprayed coatings in simulated body fluid (SBF) solution for 20 days at 36.5 degrees C. The growth of apatite (HA) on the coatings surfaces was observed by SEM and EDX analysis.

  2. Faster Proton dynamics of water on SnO2 compared to TiO2.

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    Kumar, Nitin; Kent, Paul R; Bandura, Andrei V.; Kubicki, James D.; Wesolowski, David J; Cole, David R; Sofo, Jorge O.

    2011-01-01

    Proton jump processes in the hydration layer on the iso-structural TiO2 rutile (110) and SnO2 cassiterite (110) surfaces were studied with density functional theory molecular dynamics. We find that the proton jump rate is more than three times faster on cassiterite compared with rutile. A local analysis based on the correlation between the stretching band of the O H vibrations and the strength of H-bonds indicates that the faster proton jump activity on cassiterite is produced by a stronger H-bond formation between the surface and the hydration layer above the surface. The origin of the increased H-bond strength on cassiterite is a combined effect of stronger covalent bonding and stronger electrostatic interactions due to differences of its electronic structure. The bridging oxygens form the strongest H-bonds between the surface and the hydration layer. This higher proton jump rate is likely to affect reactivity and catalytic activity on the surface. A better understanding of its origins will enable methods to control these rates. 2011 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3509386

  3. Cytochrome c peroxidase is a mitochondrial heme-based H2O2 sensor that modulates antioxidant defense.

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    Martins, Dorival; Kathiresan, Meena; English, Ann M

    2013-12-01

    Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a key signaling molecule that also induces apoptosis. Thus, cells must rapidly sense and tightly control H2O2 levels. Well-characterized cellular responses to exogenous H2O2 involve oxidation of specific cytosolic protein-based thiols but sensing of H2O2 generated by mitochondrial respiration is less well described. Here we provide substantial biochemical evidence that the heme enzyme Ccp1 (cytochrome c peroxidase), which is targeted to the intermembrane space, functions primarily as a mitochondrial H2O2 sensing and signaling protein in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Key evidence for a sensing role for Ccp1 is the significantly higher H2O2 accumulation in ccp1-null cells(ccp1Δ) vs ccp1(W191F) cells producing the catalytically inactive Ccp1(W191F) variant. In fact, intracellular H2O2 levels (ccp1Δ>wildtype >ccp1(W191F)) correlate inversely with the activity of the mitochondrial (and peroxisomal) heme catalase, Cta1 (ccp1Δwildtype >ccp1(W191F)) and ccp1Δ cells exhibit low superoxide levels. Notably, Ccp1(W191F) is a more persistent H2O2 signaling protein than wild-type Ccp1, and this enhanced mitochondrial H2O2 signaling decreases the mitochondrial fitness of ccp1(W191F) cells. However, these cells are fully protected from a bolus (0.4mM) of exogenous H2O2 added after 12h of growth, whereas the viability of ccp1Δ cells drops below 20%, which additionally associates Ccp1 with Yap1-dependent H2O2 signaling. Combined, our results strongly implicate Ccp1, independent of its peroxidase activity, in mitochondrial H2O2 sensing and signaling to maintain reactive oxygen species homeostasis. PMID:23831190

  4. Promotion effects of SiO2 or/and Al2O3 doped CeO2/TiO2 catalysts for selective catalytic reduction of NO by NH3.

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    Zhao, Wenru; Tang, Yu; Wan, Yaping; Li, Liang; Yao, Si; Li, Xiaowei; Gu, Jinlou; Li, Yongsheng; Shi, Jianlin

    2014-08-15

    A series of the CeO2-based catalysts loaded on TiO2, TiO2-SiO2, TiO2-Al2O3, and TiO2-SiO2-Al2O3 supports were prepared by incipient impregnation method for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO by NH3 in the presence of oxygen. The SCR activities of the catalysts with different supports increases in the order of Ce/TiO2 < Ce/TiO2-20SiO2 ≈ Ce/TiO2-3.5Al2O3 < Ce/TiO2-20SiO2-3.5Al2O3. The Ce/TiO2-20SiO2-3.5Al2O3 catalyst showed 100% NO conversion in the temperature range of 250-425°C and 100% N2 selectivity in the whole temperature range. The catalytic activity of Ce/TiO2-20SiO2-3.5Al2O3 exhibited good stability and strong resistance to SO2 and H2O poisoning. The co-introduction of SiO2 and Al2O3 into TiO2 could increase the amount of chemisorbed oxygen and Lewis acid sites on the surface of catalyst, which should be responsible for the excellent SCR activity.

  5. Effect of TiO2, ZrO2, and TiO2-ZrO2 on the performance of CuO-ZnO catalyst for CO2 hydrogenation to methanol

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    Xiao, Jie; Mao, Dongsen; Guo, Xiaoming; Yu, Jun

    2015-05-01

    The influence of TiO2, ZrO2, and TiO2-ZrO2 mixed oxide on the catalytic performance of CuO-ZnO catalyst in the methanol synthesis from CO2 hydrogenation was studied. The catalysts were prepared by oxalate co-precipitation method and characterized by TGA, N2 adsorption, XRD, reactive N2O adsorption, XPS, H2-TPR, H2-TPD, and CO2-TPD techniques. Characterization results reveal that all the additives improve the CuO dispersion in the catalyst body and increase the Cu surface area and adsorption capacities of CO2 and H2. The results of catalytic test reveal that the additives increase both the CO2 conversion and methanol selectivity, and TiO2-ZrO2 mixed oxide is more effective than single components of TiO2 or ZrO2. Moreover, the activity of methanol synthesis is correlated directly with CO2 adsorption capacity over the catalysts.

  6. RuO2 Thermometer for Ultra-Low Temperatures

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    Hait, Thomas; Shirron, Peter J.; DiPirro, Michael

    2009-01-01

    A small, high-resolution, low-power thermometer has been developed for use in ultra-low temperatures that uses multiple RuO2 chip resistors. The use of commercially available thick-film RuO2 chip resistors for measuring cryogenic temperatures is well known due to their low cost, long-term stability, and large resistance change.

  7. Dielectrical properties of PANI/TiO2 nanocomposites

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    Chaturmukha, V. S.; Naveen, C. S.; Rajeeva, M. P.; Avinash, B. S.; Jayanna, H. S.; Lamani, Ashok R.

    2016-05-01

    Conducting polyaniline/titanium dioxide (PANI/TiO2) composites have been succesfully synthesized by insitu polymerization technique. The PANI/TiO2 nanocomposites of different compositions were prepared by varying weight percentage of TiO2 nanoparticles such as 10 wt%, 20 wt%, 30 wt%, 40 wt% and 50 wt% into the fixed amount of the aniline monomer. The prepared powder samples were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and Scanning electron microscope (SEM). The intensity of diffraction peaks for PANI/TiO2 composites is lower than that for TiO2. SEM pictures show that the nanocomposite were prepared in the form of long PANi chains decorated with TiO2 nanoparticles. The dielectric properties and AC conductivity were studied in the frequency range1K Hz-10M Hz. At higher frequencies, the composites exhibit almost zero dielectric loss and maximum value of σac is found for a concentration of 20 wt% TiO2 in polyaniline. The interface between polyaniline and TiO2 plays an important role in yielding a large dielectric constant in nanocomposites.

  8. Thermomechanical and electrophysical properties of a solid electrolyte based on Na-β"-Al2O3 with t-ZrO2 additions

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    Sitnikov, A. I.; Tel'nova, G. B.; Baikin, A. S.; Solntsev, K. A.

    2016-04-01

    The strength, the fracture toughness, the thermal shock resistance, and the electrical conductivity of a ceramic Na-β"-Al2O3 solid electrolyte modified by t-ZrO2 additions are studied. The influence of the reverse t-ZrO2 → m-ZrO2 transformation on the mechanical and functional properties of the ceramics is discussed. The ZrO2 addition concentration is found to affect the sodium-ion conductivity of the solid electrolyte and its activation energy. The degree of defect accumulation in the ceramics modified by 8.5 wt % t-ZrO2 is shown to decrease during a thermal shock.

  9. Copper-Adenine Complex Catalyst for O2 Production from

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    Vergne, Jacques; Bruston, F.; Calvayrac, R.; Grajcar, L.; Baron, M.-H.; Maurel, M.-C.

    The advent of oxygen-evolving photosynthesis is one of the central event in the development of life on earth. The early atmosphere has been midly reducing or neutral in overall redox balance and water photolysis by UV light can produce hydrogen peroxide. Before oxidation of water, intermediate stages are proposed in which H_2^O_2 was oxidized. The oxidation of H_2^O_2 to oxygen can be carried out by a modestly oxidizing species in which a metal-catalase like enzyme could extract electrons from H_2^O_2 producing the first oxygen-evolving complex. After what, modern photosynthesis with chlorophyll, to help transform H_2^O in O_2 was ready to come to light. In preliminary UV studies we were able to show that [Cu(adenine)2] system, containing copper coordinated to nitrogen activates H_2^O_2 disappearance. This was confirmed with the help of Raman and polarographic studies. Raman spectroscopy shows the formation of [Cu(adenine)2] complex in solution, quantifies H_2^O_2 consumption, polarography quantifies O_2 production. In both cases CuCl_2 addition entails H_2^O_2 disappearance. Without adenine, Cu_2^+ has only a weak catalytic effect. The molar activity of the [Cu(adenine)2] complex is much larger and concentration dependent. We emphasize that Cu(adenine)2 may have mimicked enzyme properties in the first stage of life evolution, in order to split H_2^O_2 into O_2 and H_2^O. Moreover, diluted copper and adenine, in small ephemeral prebiotic ponds , could have preserved biologically active entities from H_2^O_2 damage via dual properties: catalyzing H_2^O_2 disproportionation and also directly acting as a reductant complex. Finally, the present Mars surface is considered to be both reactive and embedded with oxydants. As it has been shown that the depth of diffusion for H_2^O_2 is less than 3 meters, it is important to study all the ways of H_2^O_2 consumption.

  10. Acetaldehyde Photochemistry on TiO2(110)

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    Zehr, Robert T.; Henderson, Michael A.

    2008-07-01

    The ultraviolet (UV) photon induced decomposition of acetaldehyde adsorbed on the oxidized rutile TiO2(110) surface was studied with photon stimulated desorption (PSD) and thermal programmed desorption (TPD). Acetaldehyde desorbs molecularly from TiO2(110) with minor decomposition channels yielding butene on the reduced TiO2 surface and acetate on the oxidized TiO2 surface. Acetaldehyde adsorbed on oxidized TiO2(110) undergoes a facile thermal reaction to form a photoactive acetaldehyde-oxygen complex. UV irradiation of the acetaldehyde-oxygen complex initiated photofragmentation of the complex resulting in the ejection of methyl radical into gas phase and conversion of the surface bound fragment to formate.

  11. Ventilatory response to transient hypoxia in O2 divers.

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    Melamed, Y; Kerem, D

    1988-05-01

    This study addresses the question of whether repeated acute exposure to hyperbaric oxygen, such as encountered in O2 diving, affects the peripheral oxygen chemosensors. Groups of nondivers, active O2 divers, and ex-O2 divers, as well as active air scuba divers, were given 1 or both of 2 tests that measure the ventilatory response to transient hypoxia. Results showed that all groups of divers have a mean response similar to or higher than that of nondivers as well as that of normal subjects, as reported in the literature. A repeat test on 10 diving candidates before and after 200 h of accrued O2 diving also did not show an impairment in the hypoxic ventilatory response. Oxygen diving within the established depth and time limits does not seem to cause cumulative damage to the peripheral O2 chemosensors.

  12. Hormetic Effect of H2O2 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Valishkevych, Bohdana V.

    2016-01-01

    In this study, we investigated the relationship between target of rapamycin (TOR) and H2O2-induced hormetic response in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae grown on glucose or fructose. In general, our data suggest that: (1) hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) induces hormesis in a TOR-dependent manner; (2) the H2O2-induced hormetic dose–response in yeast depends on the type of carbohydrate in growth medium; (3) the concentration-dependent effect of H2O2 on yeast colony growth positively correlates with the activity of glutathione reductase that suggests the enzyme involvement in the H2O2-induced hormetic response; and (4) both TOR1 and TOR2 are involved in the reciprocal regulation of the activity of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase and glyoxalase 1. PMID:27099601

  13. Growth of One-Dimensional MnO2 Nanostructure

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    Lu, Pai; Xue, Dongfeng

    Large scale MnO2 nanorods were controllably synthesized from the inexpensive precursors (e.g., manganese acetate, ammonium persulfate) via a facile one-step low temperature hydrothermal strategy. The crystal phase and microscopic morphology of the as-prepared MnO2 nanorods were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Through investigating the morphology evolution of MnO2 products in the whole synthesis process, a novel growth mechanism of these MnO2 nanorods was proposed, which may be efficiently extended to other material systems as a general approach towards one-dimensional nanostructures. The obtained MnO2 nanorods may have potential applications in Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors.

  14. Heterogeneous interaction of H2O2 with TiO2 surface under dark and UV light irradiation conditions.

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    Romanias, Manolis N; El Zein, Atallah; Bedjanian, Yuri

    2012-08-01

    The heterogeneous interaction of H(2)O(2) with TiO(2) surface was investigated under dark conditions and in the presence of UV light using a low pressure flow tube reactor coupled with a quadrupole mass spectrometer. The uptake coefficients were measured as a function of the initial concentration of gaseous H(2)O(2) ([H(2)O(2)](0) = (0.17-120) × 10(12) molecules cm(-3)), irradiance intensity (J(NO(2)) = 0.002-0.012 s(-1)), relative humidity (RH = 0.003-82%), and temperature (T = 275-320 K). Under dark conditions, a deactivation of TiO(2) surface upon exposure to H(2)O(2) was observed, and only initial uptake coefficient of H(2)O(2) was measured, given by the following expression: γ(0)(dark) = 4.1 × 10(-3)/(1 + RH(0.65)) (calculated using BET surface area, estimated conservative uncertainty of 30%) at T = 300 K. The steady-state uptake coefficient measured on UV irradiated TiO(2) surface, γ(ss)(UV), was found to be independent of RH and showed a strong inverse dependence on [H(2)O(2)] and linear dependence on photon flux. In addition, slight negative temperature dependence, γ(ss)(UV) = 7.2 × 10(-4) exp[(460 ± 80)/T], was observed in the temperature range (275-320) K (with [H(2)O(2)] ≈ 5 × 10(11) molecules cm(-3) and J(NO(2)) = 0.012 s(-1)). Experiments with NO addition into the reactive system provided indirect evidence for HO(2) radical formation upon H(2)O(2) uptake, and the possible reaction mechanism is proposed. Finally, the atmospheric lifetime of H(2)O(2) with respect to the heterogeneous loss on mineral dust was estimated (using the uptake data for TiO(2)) to be in the range of hours during daytime, i.e., comparable to H(2)O(2) photolysis lifetime (~1 day), which is the major removal process of hydrogen peroxide in the atmosphere. These data indicate a strong potential impact of H(2)O(2) uptake on mineral aerosol on the HO(x) chemistry in the troposphere.

  15. New silica-containing ferrite phases in the system NaFeO 2SiO 2

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    Grey, I. E.; Li, C.

    1987-07-01

    Phase equilibria on the pseudobinary join NaFeO 2SiO 2 have been determined for SiO 2 contents in the range 0-20 mole% and for temperatures in the range of 700-1350°C, using thermal analysis methods and high-temperature X-ray diffraction. A new cubic polymorph, δ-NaFeO 2, has been found to be stable from 1250°C up to the melting point. The δ-phase forms solid solutions with SiO 2, extending over the full composition range studied. The lower-temperature γ and β polymorphs of NaFeO 2 form limited solid solutions with SiO 2, containing up to 5 and 11 mole% SiO 2, respectively. A new solid solution, γ' ss, was identified with a lower SiO 2 composition limit of 7.5 mole%, at 1050°C, that extends beyond the upper SiO 2 content considered in this study. The γ' ss members have orthorhombic symmetry with unit cell parameters a γ' ⋍ a γ, b γ' ⋍ 2b γ, c γ' ⋍ 2c γ. X-ray diffraction data are given for the various silica-containing ferrite phases as a function of temperature and SiO 2 content, and a new mechanism is proposed for the β to γ structure transformation. The applicability of the results to a new process for regeneration of spent paper-pulp liquors is discussed.

  16. L-carnitine attenuates H2O2-induced neuron apoptosis via inhibition of endoplasmic reticulum stress.

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    Ye, Junli; Han, Yantao; Chen, Xuehong; Xie, Jing; Liu, Xiaojin; Qiao, Shunhong; Wang, Chunbo

    2014-12-01

    Both oxidative stress and endoplasmic reticulum stress (ER stress) have been linked to pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases. Our previous study has shown that L-carnitine may function as an antioxidant to inhibit H2O2-induced oxidative stress in neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells. To further explore the neuroprotection of L-carnitine, here we study the effects of L-carnitine on the ER stress response in H2O2-induced SH-SY5Y cell injury. Our results showed that L-carnitine pretreatment could increase cell viability; inhibit apoptosis and ROS accumulation caused by H2O2 or tunicamycin (TM). L-carnitine suppress the endoplasmic reticulum dilation and activation of ER stress-associated proteins including glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78), CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein-homologous protein (CHOP), JNK, Bax and Bim induced by H2O2 or TM. In addition, H2O2-induced cell apoptosis and activation of ER stress can also be attenuated by antioxidant N-acetylcysteine (NAC), CHOP siRNA and the inhibitor of ER stress 4-phenylbutyric acid (4-PBA). Taken together, our results demonstrated that H2O2 could trigger both oxidative stress and ER stress in SH-SY5Y cells, and ER stress participated in SH-SY5Y apoptosis mediated by H2O2-induced oxidative stress. CHOP/Bim or JNK/Bim-dependent ER stress signaling pathways maybe related to the neuroprotective effects of L-carnitine against H2O2-induced apoptosis and oxidative injury.

  17. Effect of surface pretreatment of TiO2 films on interfacial processes leading to bacterial inactivation in the dark and under light irradiation

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    Rtimi, Sami; Nesic, Jelena; Pulgarin, Cesar; Sanjines, Rosendo; Bensimon, Michael; Kiwi, John

    2015-01-01

    Evidence is presented for radio-frequency plasma pretreatment enhancing the amount and adhesion of TiO2 sputtered on polyester (PES) and on polyethylene (PE) films. Pretreatment is necessary to attain a suitable TiO2 loading leading to an acceptable Escherichia coli reduction kinetics in the dark or under light irradiation for PES–TiO2 and PE–TiO2 samples. The amount of TiO2 on the films was monitored by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and X-ray fluorescence. X-ray electron spectroscopy shows the lack of accumulation of bacterial residues such as C, N and S during bacterial inactivation since they seem to be rapidly destroyed by TiO2 photocatalysis. Evidence was found for Ti4+/Ti3+ redox catalysis occurring on PES–TiO2 and PE–TiO2 during the bacterial inactivation process. On PE–TiO2 surfaces, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) provides evidence for a systematic shift of the na(CH2) stretching vibrations preceding bacterial inactivation within 60 min. The discontinuous IR-peak shifts reflect the increase in the C–H inter-bond distance leading to bond scission. The mechanism leading to E. coli loss of viability on PES–TiO2 was investigated in the dark up to complete bacterial inactivation by monitoring the damage in the bacterial outer cell by transmission electron microscopy. After 30 min, the critical step during the E. coli inactivation commences for dark disinfection on 0.1–5% wt PES–TiO2 samples. The interactions between the TiO2 aggregates and the outer lipopolysaccharide cell wall involve electrostatic effects competing with the van der Waals forces. PMID:25657831

  18. A key discovery at the TiO2/dye/electrolyte interface: slow local charge compensation and a reversible electric field.

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    Yang, Wenxing; Pazoki, Meysam; Eriksson, Anna I K; Hao, Yan; Boschloo, Gerrit

    2015-07-14

    Dye-sensitized mesoporous TiO2 films have been widely applied in energy and environmental science related research fields. The interaction between accumulated electrons inside TiO2 and cations in the surrounding electrolyte at the TiO2/dye/electrolyte interface is, however, still poorly understood. This interaction is undoubtedly important for both device performance and fundamental understanding. In the present study, Stark effects of an organic dye, LEG4, adsorbed on TiO2 were well characterized and used as a probe to monitor the local electric field at the TiO2/dye/electrolyte interface. By using time-resolved photo- and potential-induced absorption techniques, we found evidence for a slow (t > 0.1 s) local charge compensation mechanism, which follows electron accumulation inside the mesoporous TiO2. This slow local compensation was attributed to the penetration of cations from the electrolyte into the adsorbed dye layer, leading to a more localized charge compensation of the electrons inside TiO2. Importantly, when the electrons inside TiO2 were extracted, a remarkable reversal of the surface electric field was observed for the first time, which is attributed to the penetrated and/or adsorbed cations now being charge compensated by anions in the bulk electrolyte. A cation electrosorption model is developed to account for the overall process. These findings give new insights into the mesoporous TiO2/dye/electrolyte interface and the electron-cation interaction mechanism. Electrosorbed cations are proposed to act as electrostatic trap states for electrons in the mesoporous TiO2 electrode.

  19. Effects of nano-TiO2 on perfluorooctanesulfonate bioaccumulation in fishes living in different water layers: Implications for enhanced risk of perfluorooctanesulfonate.

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    Qiang, Liwen; Pan, Xiaoyu; Zhu, Lingyan; Fang, Shuhong; Tian, Shengyan

    2016-01-01

    Nano-titanium dioxide (nano-TiO2) is one of the most universal engineered nano-materials while perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) is a typical new persistent organic pollutant. They are widely used and present in aquatic environment. In this study, a novel semi-static multilayer microcosm was setup to investigate the impacts of nano-TiO2 on PFOS bioaccumulation in fish species [Danio rerio (D. rerio), Ctenopharyngodon idella (C. idella), Hypostomus plecostomus (H. plecostomus)] living in different vertical layers. As a result of aggregation and deposition, the concentration of TiO2 increased from upper to bottom layers in the water column. Concomitantly, due to adsorption of PFOS on the nano-TiO2 particles, PFOS also displayed an increasing trend from upper to bottom layer. Owing to ingestion of the TiO2-PFOS complexes, more PFOS was taken-up by fish. With the aid of intestinal fluid, PFOS was readily released from TiO2 particles and absorbed by fish. As a result, accumulation of PFOS in whole fish was facilitated and the bioaccumulation factors of PFOS in D. rerio, C. idella and H. plecostomus were 3.01, 2.42 and 1.11 times of that in the groups without TiO2. However, TiO2 aggregates were too large to penetrate biological membranes to participate body circulation, and no significant accumulation of TiO2 was observed in fish muscle. The results suggested that the ecological risk of PFOS could be enhanced due to the presence of nano-TiO2 in water.

  20. Why Don't Well-Educated Adults Understand Accumulation? A Challenge to Researchers, Educators, and Citizens

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    Cronin, Matthew A.; Gonzalez, Cleotilde; Sterman, John D.

    2009-01-01

    Accumulation is a fundamental process in dynamic systems: inventory accumulates production less shipments; the national debt accumulates the federal deficit. Effective decision making in such systems requires an understanding of the relationship between stocks and the flows that alter them. However, highly educated people are often unable to infer…

  1. Trapping and diffusion of fission products in ThO2 and CeO2

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    Xiao, Haiyan; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J

    2011-01-01

    The trapping and diffusion of Br, Rb, Cs and Xe in ThO2 and CeO{sub 2} have been studied using an Ab Initio total energy method in the local-density approximation of density functional theory. Fission products incorporated in cation mono-vacancy, cation-anion di-vacancy and Schottky defect sites are found to be stable, with the cation mono-vacancy being the preferred site in most cases. In both oxides, Rb and Cs are the most likely to be trapped, and Xe is more difficult to incorporate than other fission products. The energy barriers for migration of each species in ThO{sub 2} and CeO{sub 2} are also calculated. Alkali metals are relatively more mobile than other fission products, and bromine is the least mobile.

  2. O2(a1Δ) quenching in O/O2/O3/CO2/He/Ar mixtures

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    Azyazov, V. N.; Mikheyev, P. A.; Postell, D.; Heaven, M. C.

    2010-02-01

    The development of discharge singlet oxygen generators (DSOG's) that can operate at high pressures is required for the power scaling of the discharge oxygen iodine laser. In order to achieve efficient high-pressure DSOG operation it is important to understand the mechanisms by which singlet oxygen (O2(a1Δ)) is quenched in these devices. It has been proposed that three-body deactivation processes of the type O2(a1Δ))+O+M-->2O2+M provide significant energy loss channels. To further explore these reactions the physical and reactive quenching of O2(a1Δ)) in O(3P)/O2/O3/CO2/He/Ar mixtures has been investigated. Oxygen atoms and singlet oxygen molecules were produced by the 248 nm laser photolysis of ozone. The kinetics of O2(a1Δ)) quenching were followed by observing the 1268 nm fluorescence of the O2 a1Δ-X3Ε transition. Fast quenching of O2(a1Δ)) in the presence of oxygen atoms and molecules was observed. The mechanism of the process has been examined using kinetic models, which indicate that quenching by vibrationally excited ozone is the dominant reaction.

  3. Oxygen Photochemistry on TiO2(110): Recyclable, Photoactive Oxygen Produced by Annealing Adsorbed O2

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    Petrik, Nikolay G.; Kimmel, Gregory A.

    2011-11-03

    Photon-stimulated reactions between chemisorbed and physisorbed oxygen on TiO2(110) are investigated. Experiments using O2 isotopologues show that UV irradiation results in the exchange of atoms between chemisorbed and physisorbed oxygen. Annealing chemisorbed oxygen to {approx}350 K maximizes these exchange reactions, while dissociatively adsorbing oxygen on TiO2(110) at 300 - 350 K does not lead to reactions with physisorbed O2. After annealing to 350 K, the exchange products photodesorb in the plane perpendicular to the bridge-bonded oxygen rows at an angle of 45{sup o}. In contrast, the chemisorbed O2 photodesorbs normal to the surface. Remarkably, the chemisorbed species is stable under multiple cycles of UV irradiation with physisorbed O2. The active atoms in the chemisorbed species can be changed from 18O to 16O and then back to 18O via the exchange reactions. The results show that annealing oxygen adsorbed on TiO2(110) to {approx}350 K produces a stable chemical species with interesting photochemical properties. Possible forms for the photoactive species include O2 adsorbed in a bridging oxygen vacancy or tetraoxygen.

  4. The comparison of photocatalytic activity of synthesized TiO 2 and ZrO 2 nanosize onto wool fibers

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    Moafi, Hadi Fallah; Shojaie, Abdollah Fallah; Zanjanchi, Mohammad Ali

    2010-04-01

    TiO 2 and ZrO 2 nanocrystals were successfully synthesized and deposited onto wool fibers using the sol-gel technique at low temperature. The photocatalytic activities of TiO 2-coated and ZrO 2-coated wool fibers were measured by studying photodegradation of methylene blue and eosin yellowish dyes. The initial and the treated samples were characterized by several techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and X-ray diffraction. The TEM study shows dispersed particles with 10-30 nm in size for TiO 2-coated and 20-40 nm in size for ZrO 2-coated samples on the fiber surface. Comparison of the photocatalytic activity of the coated samples reveals superiority of TiO 2 modified sample with respect to that of ZrO 2 for degradation of both dyes. Our observations indicate that by applying this technique to the fabrics, self-cleaning materials could be designed for practical application.

  5. Effective nitrogen doping into TiO2 (N-TiO2) for visible light response photocatalysis.

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    Yoshida, Tomoko; Niimi, Satoshi; Yamamoto, Muneaki; Nomoto, Toyokazu; Yagi, Shinya

    2015-06-01

    The thickness-controlled TiO2 thin films are fabricated by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. These samples function as photocatalysts under UV light irradiation and the reaction rate depends on the TiO2 thickness, i.e., with an increase of thickness, it increases to the maximum, followed by decreasing to be constant. Such variation of the reaction rate is fundamentally explained by the competitive production and annihilation processes of photogenerated electrons and holes in TiO2 films, and the optimum TiO2 thickness is estimated to be ca. 10nm. We also tried to dope nitrogen into the effective depth region (ca. 10nm) of TiO2 by an ion implantation technique. The nitrogen doped TiO2 enhanced photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation. XANES and XPS analyses indicated two types of chemical state of nitrogen, one photo-catalytically active N substituting the O sites and the other inactive NOx (1⩽x⩽2) species. In the valence band XPS spectrum of the high active sample, the additional electronic states were observed just above the valence band edge of a TiO2. The electronic state would be originated from the substituting nitrogen and be responsible for the band gap narrowing, i.e., visible light response of TiO2 photocatalysts.

  6. Iron Accumulation During Cellular Senescence in Human Fibroblasts In Vitro

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    KILLILEA, DAVID W.; ATAMNA, HANI; LIAO, CHARLES; AMES, BRUCE N.

    2015-01-01

    Iron accumulates as a function of age in several tissues in vivo and is associated with the pathology of numerous age-related diseases. The molecular basis of this change may be due to a loss of iron homeostasis at the cellular level. Therefore, changes in iron content in primary human fibroblast cells (IMR-90) were studied in vitro as a model of cellular senescence. Total iron content increased exponentially during cellular senescence, resulting in 10-fold higher levels of iron compared with young cells. Low-dose hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) induced early senescence in IMR-90s and concomitantly accelerated iron accumulation. Furthermore, senescence-related and H2O2-stimulated iron accumulation was attenuated by N-tert-butylhydroxylamine (NtBHA), a mitochondrial antioxidant that delays senescence in vitro. However, SV40-transformed, immortalized IMR-90s showed no time-dependent changes in metal content in culture or when treated with H2O2 and/or NtBHA. These data indicate that iron accumulation occurs during normal cellular senescence in vitro. This accumulation of iron may contribute to the increased oxidative stress and cellular dysfunction seen in senescent cells. PMID:14580305

  7. Silicon improves seed germination and alleviates oxidative stress of bud seedlings in tomato under water deficit stress.

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    Shi, Yu; Zhang, Yi; Yao, Hejin; Wu, Jiawen; Sun, Hao; Gong, Haijun

    2014-05-01

    The beneficial effects of silicon on plant growth and development under drought have been widely reported. However, little information is available on the effects of silicon on seed germination under drought. In this work, the effects of exogenous silicon (0.5 mM) on the seed germination and tolerance performance of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) bud seedlings under water deficit stress simulated by 10% (w/v) polyethylene glycol (PEG-6000) were investigated in four cultivars ('Jinpengchaoguan', 'Zhongza No.9', 'Houpi L402' and 'Oubao318'). The results showed that the seed germination percentage was notably decreased in the four cultivars under water stress, and it was significantly improved by added silicon. Compared with the non-silicon treatment, silicon addition increased the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT), and decreased the production of superoxide anion (O2·) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in the radicles of bud seedlings under water stress. Addition of silicon decreased the total phenol concentrations in radicles under water stress, which might contribute to the decrease of peroxidase (POD) activity, as observed in the in vivo and in vitro experiments. The decrease of POD activity might contribute to a less accumulation of hydroxyl radical (·OH) under water stress. Silicon addition also decreased the concentrations of malondialdehyde (MDA) in the radicles under stress, indicating decreased lipid peroxidation. These results suggest that exogenous silicon could improve seed germination and alleviate oxidative stress to bud seedling of tomato by enhancing antioxidant defense. The positive effects of silicon observed in a silicon-excluder also suggest the active involvement of silicon in biochemical processes in plants.

  8. Release of TiO2 from paints containing pigment-TiO2 or nano-TiO2 by weathering.

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    Al-Kattan, Ahmed; Wichser, Adrian; Vonbank, Roger; Brunner, Samuel; Ulrich, Andrea; Zuin, Stefano; Nowack, Bernd

    2013-12-01

    The release of nanomaterials from products and applications that are used by industry and consumers has only been studied to a very limited extent. The amount and the characteristics of the released particles determine the potential environmental exposure. In this work we investigated the release of Ti from paints containing pigment-TiO2 and nano-TiO2. Panels covered with paint with and without nano-TiO2 were exposed to simulated weathering by sunlight and rain in climate chambers. The same paints were also studied in small-scale leaching tests to elucidate the influence of various parameters on the release such as composition of water, type of support and UV-light. Under all conditions we only observed a very low release close to background values, less than 1.5 μg l(-1) in the climate chamber over 113 irrigations per drying cycle and between 0.5 and 14 μg l(-1) in the leaching tests, with the highest concentrations observed after prolonged UV-exposure. The actual release of Ti over the 113 weathering cycles was only 0.007% of the total Ti, indicating that TiO2 was strongly bound in the paint. Extraction of UV-exposed and then milled paint resulted in about 100-times larger release of Ti from the nano-TiO2 containing paint whereas the paint with only pigment-TiO2 did not show this increase. This indicated that the release of Ti from the paints is an effect of the addition of nano-TiO2, either by photocatalytic degradation of the organic paint matrix (observed by electron microscopic imaging of the paint surface) or by direct release of nano-TiO2. Our work suggests that paints containing nano-TiO2 may release only very limited amounts of materials into the environment, at least over the time-scales investigated in this work.

  9. Ferroelectricity-modulated resistive switching in Pt/Si:HfO2/HfO2-x /Pt memory

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    Ran, Jiang; Xianghao, Du; Zuyin, Han

    2016-08-01

    It is investigated for the effect of a ferroelectric Si:HfO2 thin film on the resistive switching in a stacked Pt/Si:HfO2/highly-oxygen-deficient HfO2-x /Pt structure. Improved resistance performance was observed. It was concluded that the observed resistive switching behavior was related to the modulation of the width and height of a depletion barrier in the HfO2-x layer, which was caused by the Si:HfO2 ferroelectric polarization field effect. Reliable switching reproducibility and long data retention were observed in these memory cells, suggesting their great potential in non-volatile memories applications with full compatibility and simplicity. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11374182), the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province (No. ZR2012FQ012), and the Jinan Independent Innovation Projects of Universities (No. 201303019).

  10. Carbon cladded TiO2 nanotubes: fabrication and use in 3D-RuO2 based supercapacitors.

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    Gao, Zhi-Da; Zhu, Xu; Li, Ya-Hang; Zhou, Xuemei; Song, Yan-Yan; Schmuki, Patrik

    2015-05-01

    In this work we introduce a facile procedure that allows a highly conformal coating of self-organized TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) with a graphite-like thin carbon layer. This provides a platform to enhance the functionality of TiO2 nanotubes for a wide range of applications. Here we show that such modified nanotubes can serve as a 3D scaffold for an ideal decoration with RuO2 nanoparticles. Used as 3D pseudocapacitor electrode, capacitance values of up to 80 times higher than plain TiO2 NTs, and a very high yield of utilization of RuO2 (872 F g(-1)) and excellent long-term cycling stability can be reached. PMID:25848658

  11. Effect of TiO2 blocking layer on TiO2 nanorod arrays based dye sensitized solar cells

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    Sivakumar, R.; Paulraj, M.

    2016-05-01

    Highly ordered rutile titanium dioxide nanorod (TNR) arrays (1.2 to 6.2 μm thickness) were grown on TiO2 blocking layer chemically deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate and were used as photo-electrodes to fabricate dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC's). Homogeneous layer of TiO2 on FTO was achieved by using aqueous peroxo- titanium complex (PTC) solutions via chemical bath deposition. Structural and morphological properties of the prepared samples were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements. TNR arrays (6.2 μm) with TiO2 blocking layer showed higher energy conversion efficiency (1.46%) than that without TiO2 blocking layer. The reason can be ascertained to the suppression of electron-hole recombination at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface by the effect of TiO2 blocking layer.

  12. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of bicrystal phase TiO2 nanotubes containing TiO2-B and anatase

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    Huang, Chuanxi; Zhu, Kerong; Qi, Mengyao; Zhuang, Yonglong; Cheng, Chao

    2012-06-01

    Bicrystal phase TiO2 nanotubes (NTS) containing monoclinic TiO2-B and anatase were prepared by the hydrothermal reaction of anatase nanoparticles with NaOH aqueous solution and a heat treatment. Their structure was characterized by XRD, TEM and Raman spectra. The results showed that the bicrystal phase TiO2 NTS were formed after calcining H2Ti4O9·H2O NTS at 573 K. The bicrystal phase TiO2 NTS exhibit significantly higher photocatalytic activity than the single phase anatase NTS and Dessuga P-25 nanoparticles in the degradation of Methyl Orange aqueous solution under ultraviolet light irradiation, which is attributed to the large surface and interface areas of the bicrystal phase TiO2 NTS.

  13. Electrical Characteristics of TiO(2-x)/TiO2 Resistive Switching Memory Fabricated by Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Heo, Kwan-Jun; Kim, Won-You; Kim, Sung-Jin

    2016-06-01

    The rewritable low-power operated nonvolatile resistive random access memory device composed of Al(top)/TiO(2-x)/TiO2/Al(bottom) are demonstrated. The active component, the TiO2 layer of the device, is fabricated by atomic layer deposition. The oxygen vacancy TiO(2-x)/TiO2 layer annealed at 600 degrees C using rapid thermal annealing and it was proven to be in the rutile phase by X-ray diffraction analysis. The device exhibits nonvolatile memory behavior consistent with resistive switching properties, demonstrates an ON/OFF ratio of approximately 1,000:1, requires range of low voltage less than 0.4 V, and is still operational more than 120 times. PMID:27427707

  14. Formation of O Adatom Pairs and Charge Transfer upon O-2 Dissociation on Reduced TiO2(110)

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    Du, Yingge; Deskins, N. Aaron; Zhang, Zhenrong; Dohnalek, Zdenek; Dupuis, Michel; Lyubinetsky, Igor

    2010-06-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy and density functional theory have been used to investigate the details of O2 dissociation leading to the formation of oxygen adatom (Oa) pairs at terminal Ti sites. An intermediate, metastable Oa-Oa configuration with two nearest-neighbor O atoms is observed after O2 dissociation at 300 K. The nearest-neighbor Oa pairs are destabilized by Coulomb repulsion of charged Oa’s that separate further along the Ti row into energetically more favorable second-nearest neighbor configuration. The potential energy profile calculated for O2 dissociation on Ti rows and following Oa’s separation strongly supports the experimental observations. Furthermore, our results suggest that the itinerant electrons associated with the O vacancies are being utilized in the O2 dissociation process at the Ti row, whereas at least two oxygen vacancies per O2 molecule are required in order for this process to become viable.

  15. Correlation of nanochemistry and electrical properties in HfO2 films grown by metalorganic molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Moon, Tae-Hyoung; Ham, Moon-Ho; Myoung, Jae-Min

    2005-03-01

    We present the annealing effects on nanochemistry and electrical properties in HfO2 dielectrics grown by metalorganic molecular-beam epitaxy. After the postannealing treatment of HfO2 films in the temperature range of 600-800°C, the thicknesses and chemical states of the films were examined by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. By comparing the line shapes of core-level spectra for the samples with different annealing temperatures, the concentrations of SiO and Hf-silicate with high dielectric constant are found to be highest for HfO2 film annealed at 700°C. This result supports that the accumulation capacitance of the sample annealed at 700°C is not deteriorated in spite of a steep increase in interfacial layer thickness compared with that of the sample annealed at 600°C.

  16. Where the O2 goes to: preservation of human fetal oxygen delivery and consumption at high altitude

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    Postigo, Lucrecia; Heredia, Gladys; Illsley, Nicholas P; Torricos, Tatiana; Dolan, Caitlin; Echalar, Lourdes; Tellez, Wilma; Maldonado, Ivan; Brimacombe, Michael; Balanza, Elfride; Vargas, Enrique; Zamudio, Stacy

    2009-01-01

    Fetal growth is decreased at high altitude (> 2700 m). We hypothesized that variation in fetal O2 delivery might account for both the altitude effect and the relative preservation of fetal growth in multigenerational natives to high altitude. Participants were 168 women of European or Andean ancestry living at 3600 m or 400 m. Ancestry was genetically confirmed. Umbilical vein blood flow was measured using ultrasound and Doppler. Cord blood samples permitted calculation of fetal O2 delivery and consumption. Andean fetuses had greater blood flow and oxygen delivery than Europeans and weighed more at birth, regardless of altitude (+208 g, P < 0.0001). Fetal blood flow was decreased at 3600 m (P < 0.0001); the decrement was similar in both ancestry groups. Altitude-associated decrease in birth weight was greater in Europeans (−417 g) than Andeans (−228 g, P < 0.005). Birth weight at 3600 m was > 200 g lower for Europeans at any given level of blood flow or O2 delivery. Fetal haemoglobin concentration was increased, decreased, and the fetal / curve was left-shifted at 3600 m. Fetuses receiving less O2 extracted more (r2= 0.35, P < 0.0001). These adaptations resulted in similar fetal O2 delivery and consumption across all four groups. Increased umbilical venous O2 delivery correlated with increased fetal O2 consumption per kg weight (r2= 0.50, P < 0.0001). Blood flow (r2= 0.16, P < 0.001) and O2 delivery (r2= 0.17, P < 0.001) correlated with birth weight at 3600 m, but not at 400 m (r2= 0.04, and 0.03, respectively). We concluded that the most pronounced difference at high altitude is reduced fetal blood flow, but fetal haematological adaptation and fetal capacity to increase O2 extraction indicates that deficit in fetal oxygen delivery is unlikely to be causally associated with the altitude- and ancestry-related differences in fetal growth. PMID:19074967

  17. Understanding oxygen reactions in aprotic Li-O2 batteries

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    Shunchao, Ma; Yelong, Zhang; Qinghua, Cui; Jing, Zhao; Zhangquan, Peng

    2016-01-01

    Although significant progress has been made in many aspects of the emerging aprotic Li-O2 battery system, an in-depth understanding of the oxygen reactions is still underway. The oxygen reactions occurring in the positive electrode distinguish Li-O2 batteries from the conventional Li-ion cells and play a crucial role in the Li-O2 cell’s performance (capacity, rate capability, and cycle life). Recent advances in fundamental studies of oxygen reactions in aprotic Li-O2 batteries are reviewed, including the reaction route, kinetics, morphological evolution of Li2O2, and charge transport within Li2O2. Prospects are also provided for future fundamental investigations of Li-O2 chemistry. Project supported by the Recruitment Program of Global Youth Experts of China, the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDA09010401), the Science and Technology Development Program of Jilin Province, China (Grant No. 20150623002TC), and the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, China (Grant No. BK20131139).

  18. Detecting O2 binding sites in protein cavities

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    Kitahara, Ryo; Yoshimura, Yuichi; Xue, Mengjun; Kameda, Tomoshi; Mulder, Frans A. A.

    2016-01-01

    Internal cavities are important elements in protein structure, dynamics, stability and function. Here we use NMR spectroscopy to investigate the binding of molecular oxygen (O2) to cavities in a well-studied model for ligand binding, the L99A mutant of T4 lysozyme. On increasing the O2 concentration to 8.9 mM, changes in 1H, 15N, and 13C chemical shifts and signal broadening were observed specifically for backbone amide and side chain methyl groups located around the two hydrophobic cavities of the protein. O2-induced longitudinal relaxation enhancements for amide and methyl protons could be adequately accounted for by paramagnetic dipolar relaxation. These data provide the first experimental demonstration that O2 binds specifically to the hydrophobic, and not the hydrophilic cavities, in a protein. Molecular dynamics simulations visualized the rotational and translational motions of O2 in the cavities, as well as the binding and egress of O2, suggesting that the channel consisting of helices D, E, G, H, and J could be the potential gateway for ligand binding to the protein. Due to strong paramagnetic relaxation effects, O2 gas-pressure NMR measurements can detect hydrophobic cavities when populated to as little as 1%, and thereby provide a general and highly sensitive method for detecting oxygen binding in proteins. PMID:26830762

  19. Novel preparation of carbon-TiO2 composites.

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    Elizalde-González, María P; García-Díaz, Esmeralda; Sabinas-Hernández, Sergio A

    2013-12-15

    Carbon-TiO2 sulfated composites were obtained from TiOSO4 · xH2O and glycerol as the TiO2 and carbon sources, respectively. The precursor xerogels were prepared in a one-step ultrasonic-assisted sol-gel reaction, followed by thermal treatment at 400°C under a nitrogen atmosphere to produce carbon-TiO2 sulfated composites. XRD, micro-Raman, SEM, and TEM studies showed that the composites consisted of nanocrystalline clusters of TiO2 and carbon. Ultrasonication in glycerol promoted the crystallinity of the xerogel precursors prior to thermal treatment. X-ray powder diffraction and Raman spectroscopy studies confirmed that glycerol also facilitated the formation of small crystallites. The band gaps of carbon-TiO2 composites with two different carbon loadings were found to be 3.06 eV and 2.69 eV. By contrast, the band gap of TiO2 prepared by our method was 3.53 eV. Calcination of the precursors led to an unusual increase in the specific surface and porosity of the composites compared to TiO2. The photocatalytic activities of the prepared composites were tested in a decomposition assay of Acid Orange 7. The reaction was monitored by UV-vis spectrophotometry and by LC-ESI-(Qq)-TOF-MS-DAD. Some intermediate species were identified by LC-ESI-QTOF-MS.

  20. Greywater treatment by UVC/H2O2.

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    Chin, W H; Roddick, F A; Harris, J L

    2009-09-01

    Greywater treatment by UVC/H(2)O(2) was investigated with regard to the removal of chemical oxygen demand (COD). A COD reduction from 225 to 30 mgl(-1) (overall removal of 87%) was achieved after settling overnight and subsequent irradiation for 3h with 10mM H(2)O(2). Most of the contaminants were removed by oxidation since only 13% COD was removed by settlement. The removal of COD in the greywater followed a second-order kinetic equation, r=0.0637[COD][H(2)O(2)], up to 10mM H(2)O(2). A slightly enhanced COD removal was observed at the initial pH of 10 compared with pH 3 and 7. This was attributed to the dissociation of H(2)O(2) to O(2)H(-). The treatment was not affected by total concentration of carbonate (c(T)) of at least 3 mM, above which operation between pH 3 and 5 was essential. The initial biodegradability of the settled greywater (as BOD(5):COD) was 0.22. After 2h UVC/H(2)O(2) treatment, a higher proportion of the residual contaminants was biodegradable (BOD(5):COD=0.41) which indicated its potential as a pre-treatment for a biological process. PMID:19656542

  1. Greywater treatment by UVC/H2O2.

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    Chin, W H; Roddick, F A; Harris, J L

    2009-09-01

    Greywater treatment by UVC/H(2)O(2) was investigated with regard to the removal of chemical oxygen demand (COD). A COD reduction from 225 to 30 mgl(-1) (overall removal of 87%) was achieved after settling overnight and subsequent irradiation for 3h with 10mM H(2)O(2). Most of the contaminants were removed by oxidation since only 13% COD was removed by settlement. The removal of COD in the greywater followed a second-order kinetic equation, r=0.0637[COD][H(2)O(2)], up to 10mM H(2)O(2). A slightly enhanced COD removal was observed at the initial pH of 10 compared with pH 3 and 7. This was attributed to the dissociation of H(2)O(2) to O(2)H(-). The treatment was not affected by total concentration of carbonate (c(T)) of at least 3 mM, above which operation between pH 3 and 5 was essential. The initial biodegradability of the settled greywater (as BOD(5):COD) was 0.22. After 2h UVC/H(2)O(2) treatment, a higher proportion of the residual contaminants was biodegradable (BOD(5):COD=0.41) which indicated its potential as a pre-treatment for a biological process.

  2. O2 (1Δg) detection using broadband CARS

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    Liu, Jinbo; Guo, Jingwei; Cai, Xianglong; Gai, Baodong; Meng, Qingkun; Jin, Yuqi

    2015-02-01

    1 Δg oxygen was the active medium of chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL), the concentration and distribution of 1 Δg oxygen was important for the output power and beam quality. However, the current test technique, such as fluorescence detection method, absorption spectrum method could not get accurate 1 Δg oxygen information, due to the interference from the iodine fluorescence or the rigorous request of the laser source and optics and detection elements. The anti-stokes Raman spectrum of 1 Δg oxygen was regarded as a potential technique to obtain desirable signal, and the coherent anti-stokes Raman scatter (CARS) was the most feasible technique to get better signal to noise ratio (SNR). In this paper, we reported a broadband nanosecond coherent anti-stokes Raman scatter (CARS) detecting system built up for the detection of the concentration and distribution of O2( 1 Δg) in COIL:The second harmonic of a Nd: YAG pulse laser was separated into two parts, one part was used to pump a broadband nanosecond dye laser to generate light of 578-580 nm, which covered both stokes lines of O2 ( 1 Δg)and O2 (3 ∑) The other part was combined with dye laser output by a dichroic mirror, and then introduced into the detection region of COIL through a focus lens. CARS signals for O2(1 Δg)and O2 (3 ∑)have different wavelengths, and their intensity was proportional to the square of the concentration of O2(1 Δg) and O2( 3 ∑). By changing the focus spot of pump and stokes laser, the concentration distribution of O2(1 Δg) and O2(3 ∑)at different position could be obtained.

  3. H2O2 Activates the Nuclear Localization of Msn2 and Maf1 through Thioredoxins in Saccharomyces cerevisiae▿

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    Boisnard, Stéphanie; Lagniel, Gilles; Garmendia-Torres, Cecilia; Molin, Mikael; Boy-Marcotte, Emmanuelle; Jacquet, Michel; Toledano, Michel B.; Labarre, Jean; Chédin, Stéphane

    2009-01-01

    The cellular response to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is characterized by a repression of growth-related processes and an enhanced expression of genes important for cell defense. In budding yeast, this response requires the activation of a set of transcriptional effectors. Some of them, such as the transcriptional activator Yap1, are specific to oxidative stress, and others, such as the transcriptional activators Msn2/4 and the negative regulator Maf1, are activated by a wide spectrum of stress conditions. How these general effectors are activated in response to oxidative stress remains an open question. In this study, we demonstrate that the two cytoplasmic thioredoxins, Trx1 and Trx2, are essential to trigger the nuclear accumulation of Msn2/4 and Maf1, specifically under H2O2 treatment. Contrary to the case with many stress conditions previously described for yeast, the H2O2-induced nuclear accumulation of Msn2 and Maf1 does not correlate with the downregulation of PKA kinase activity. Nevertheless, we show that PP2A phosphatase activity is essential for driving Maf1 dephosphorylation and its subsequent nuclear accumulation in response to H2O2 treatment. Interestingly, under this condition, the lack of PP2A activity has no impact on the subcellular localization of Msn2, demonstrating that the H2O2 signaling pathways share a common route through the thioredoxin system and then diverge to activate Msn2 and Maf1, the final integrators of these pathways. PMID:19581440

  4. Physical and electrical properties of band-engineered SiO2/(TiO2) x (SiO2)1- x stacks for nonvolatile memory applications

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    Oh, Jinho; Na, Heedo; Mok, In-Su; Kim, Jonggi; Lee, Kyumin; Sohn, Hyunchul

    2012-09-01

    In our study, the physical properties of (TiO2) x (SiO2)1- x , including band-gap, band-offset, and thermal stability and the electrical properties of band-engineered SiO2/(TiO2) x (SiO2)1- x tunnel barrier stacks, including the tunneling current and charge-trapping characteristics for applications to nonvolatile memory devices were investigated. It was observed that the band-gap and band-offset of (TiO2) x (SiO2)1- x can be controlled by adjustment in the composition of the (TiO2) x (SiO2)1- x films. Ti-silicate film with TiO2:SiO2 cycle ratio of 1:5 was maintained in an amorphous phase, even after annealing at 950 °C. The tunneling current of the band-engineered SiO2/(TiO2) x (SiO2)1- x stacked tunnel barrier was larger than that of a single SiO2 barrier under a higher external bias, while the tunneling current of a SiO2/(TiO2) x (SiO2)1- x stacked tunnel barrier under a lower external bias was smaller. Charge-trapping tests showed that the voltage shift for SiO2/(TiO2) x (SiO2)1- x is slightly larger than that for single SiO2.

  5. Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Low-Energy Recoil Events in ThO2, CeO2, and ZrO2

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    Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J.

    2012-08-13

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of low-energy recoil events in ThO2, CeO2, and ZrO2 have been carried out to determine the threshold displacement energies, resulting defect configurations, dynamics of defect generation, and role of charge transfer during the process. The results reveal that, in most cases, these fluorite structure oxides exhibit a similar response to low-energy recoils. A variety of different defect configurations are created, consisting mainly of vacancies and interstitials. Charge transfer occurs during the dynamic displacement process. Local charge redistribution leads to cation and O vacancies being negatively and positively charged, respectively. Likewise, due to charge redistribution, the cation and O interstitials are less positively and negatively charged, respectively, than the ions on lattice sites in perfect MO2.

  6. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of low energy recoil events in ThO2, CeO2 and ZrO2

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    Xiao, Haiyan; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J

    2012-01-01

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of low energy recoil events in ThO2, CeO2 and ZrO2 have been carried out to determine the threshold displacement energies, resulting defect configurations, dynamics of defect generation, and role of charge transfer during the process. The results reveal that, in most cases, these fluorite structure oxides exhibit a similar response to low-energy recoils. A variety of different defect configurations are created, consisting mainly of vacancies and interstitials. Charge transfer occurs during the dynamic displacement process. Local charge redistribution leads to cation and O vacancies being negatively and positively charged, respectively. Likewise, due to charge redistribution, the cation and O interstitials are less positively and negatively charged, respectively, than the ions on lattice sites in perfect MO2.

  7. Evaluation of micro-abrasion-corrosion on SiO2-TiO2-ZrO2 coatings synthesized by the sol-gel method

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    Bautista Ruiz, J.; Aperador, W.; Caballero Gómez, J.

    2016-02-01

    The medical science and the engineering, work to improve the materials used in the manufacture of joint implants, since they have a direct impact on the quality of people life. The surgical interventions are increasing worldwide with a high probability of a second or even a third intervention. Around these circumstances, it was evaluated the behaviour against microabrasion-corrosion phenomena on SiO2 TiO2 ZrO2 coatings, synthesized by the sol-gel method with concentration of the Si/Ti/Zr precursors: 10/70/20 and 10/20/70. The coatings were deposited on AISI 316 LVM stainless steel substrates. The morphological characterization of the wear was made by AFM techniques. It was observed that the coatings with higher levels of titanium have a good response to the phenomena of microabrasion-corrosion.

  8. Strongly birefringent pb3o2cl2 nanobelts.

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    Sigman, Michael B; Korgel, Brian A

    2005-07-20

    Orthorhombic Pb3O2Cl2 (mendipite) nanobelts micrometers in length and tens of nanometers wide were synthesized by a solventless thermolysis of a single-source precursor in the presence of capping ligands. The nanobelts are single crystals elongated preferentially in the [010] direction. Pb3O2Cl2 is a birefringent material due to its anisotropic crystal structure. The nanobelts exhibit birefringence enhanced by 1 order of magnitude as a result of their small size and belt geometry exceeding the birefringence of naturally occurring minerals, including CaCO3 and TiO2. The preferential elongation of the nanobelts in the [010] direction contributes to this enhancement.

  9. Mesospheric ionization and O2 1Delta(g) depletion

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    Spear, K. A.; Solomon, S.

    1987-01-01

    Observations of O2 1Delta(g) emission during solar proton events reveal large depletions below 80 and near 90 km. The lower-altitude depletions are believed to be due to odd hydrogen production and associated depletion of ozone, but the mechanism producing the depletion near 90 km has not yet been established. In this paper, it is proposed that an exothermic charge exchange reaction between O2(+) and O2 1Delta(g) is likely to be responsible for these high-altitude depletions. In particular, it is shown that the vertical structure of the observed change in airglow emission is consistent with this mechanism.

  10. O2scl: Object-oriented scientific computing library

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    Steiner, Andrew W.

    2014-08-01

    O2scl is an object-oriented library for scientific computing in C++ useful for solving, minimizing, differentiating, integrating, interpolating, optimizing, approximating, analyzing, fitting, and more. Many classes operate on generic function and vector types; it includes classes based on GSL and CERNLIB. O2scl also contains code for computing the basic thermodynamic integrals for fermions and bosons, for generating almost all of the most common equations of state of nuclear and neutron star matter, and for solving the TOV equations. O2scl can be used on Linux, Mac and Windows (Cygwin) platforms and has extensive documentation.

  11. Production of SnO 2 nanorods by redox reaction

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    Liu, Yingkai; Zheng, Chenglin; Wang, Wenzhong; Zhan, Yongjie; Wang, Guanghou

    2001-11-01

    SnO 2 nanorods were prepared by annealing precursor powders produced by mixing three kinds of inverse microemulsions (IμE). The microstructures of the resultant nanorods were studied by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAD). It has been found that the as-prepared materials have a rod-like shape with lengths of tens of micrometers and diameters of 30-200 nm under different conditions. We discussed the influences of temperature and surfactant on the formation of SnO 2 nanorods and the mechanism of the formation of SnO 2 nanorods.

  12. First-principles calculations of high-pressure phase transition of TiO2 during decompression: From baddeleyite-type TiO2 to α-PbO2-type TiO2

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    Murata, Hidenobu; Taniguchi, Takashi; Tanaka, Isao

    2016-10-01

    First-principles calculations were used to investigate the phase transition from baddeleyite-type to α-PbO2-type TiO2 during decompression. An intermediate structure was found, and its space group is Pbc21, which is polarized along [001]. The phase transition was mainly caused by oxygen diffusion, which has low activation energy for the phase transition. The activation energy increased as the pressure decreased. These results suggest that rapid decompression and preventing oxygen diffusion would be an effective way of recovering baddeleyite-type TiO2.

  13. Growth of TiO2 nanoparticles under heat treatment

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    Bahadur, J.; Sen, D.; Mazumder, S.; Sastry, P. U.; Paul, B.

    2013-02-01

    The effect of heat treatment, on growth of NiO doped TiO2, have been investigated. The nanoparticle size has been estimated by small-angle x-ray scattering. The average particle size increases with increasing temperature. The growth of crystallite size has been probed by X-ray diffraction. A polymorphic phase transition of TiO2 is observed beyond 600°C due to growth of TiO2 nanoparticles beyond 14 nm of size.

  14. Low temperature crystallisation of mesoporous TiO2.

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    Kohn, Peter; Pathak, Sandeep; Stefik, Morgan; Ducati, Caterina; Wiesner, Ulrich; Steiner, Ullrich; Guldin, Stefan

    2013-11-01

    Conducting mesoporous TiO2 is rapidly gaining importance for green energy applications. To optimise performance, its porosity and crystallinity must be carefully fine-tuned. To this end, we have performed a detailed study on the temperature dependence of TiO2 crystallisation in mesoporous films. Crystal nucleation and growth of initially amorphous TiO2 derived by hydrolytic sol-gel chemistry is compared to the evolution of crystallinity from nanocrystalline building blocks obtained from non-hydrolytic sol-gel chemistry, and mixtures thereof. Our study addresses the question whether the critical temperature for crystal growth can be lowered by the addition of crystalline nucleation seeds.

  15. TiO2 and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) coated polyester filter in bioreactor for wastewater treatment.

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    Liu, Lifen; Zhao, Chuanqi; Yang, Fenglin

    2012-04-15

    Prepared by coating TiO(2)/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) on a low cost polyester filter cloth (22 μm), a composite membrane (10 μm pore size) was successfully used in an anoxic/oxic membrane bioreactor (A/O-MBR) for treating a simulate wastewater in removing nitrate/ammonium for water reuse in a polyester fiber production plant. Its permeate flux and the anti-fouling properties against extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) were studied. Comparing with a commercial (0.1 μm) PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) membrane, similar effluent qualities were achieved, meeting the basic COD requirements for reuse. Anti-EPS accumulation, the TiO(2)/PVA Polyester composite membrane had higher sustained permeability and required less frequent cleaning. Its filtration time was 4 times longer when operated at a higher flux than the PVDF membrane. The nano-TiO(2) enhances the interaction between PVA and polyester, forms a more hydrophilic surface, drastically reduces the contact angle with water and reduces EPS fouling. The slow (trans-membrane pressure) TMP rise, loose cake layer, the low filtration resistances, and the EPS, SEM analysis confirmed the advantage of the composite membrane. Potential in lowering the membrane cost, the operation and maintenance cost, and in enhancing MBR waste water treatment efficiency is expected by the use of this new composite membrane. PMID:22325932

  16. A Reactive 1O2 - Responsive Combined Treatment System of Photodynamic and Chemotherapy for Cancer

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    Wang, Xiaojun; Meng, Guoqing; Zhang, Song; Liu, Xinli

    2016-07-01

    The development of reactive oxygen species (ROS)-responsive drug delivery and drug release has gradually attracted much attention in recent years as a promising therapeutic strategy. Singlet oxygen (1O2) as the major ROS species is widely used in photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancer. In the present study, we introduce a combined treatment using ROS-sensitive thioketal (TK) linkage as a linker between upconversion nanoparticles (UNs)-based PDT and doxorubicin (DOX)-based chemotherapy. UNs can not only play a role in PDT, but can also be used as a nanocarrier for drug delivery of DOX. Moreover, the products of 1O2 during PDT are able to cleave TK linker inducing the release of DOX which can further achieve the goal of chemotherapy. By using this 1O2-responsive nanocarrier delivery system, DOX can easily reach the tumor site and be accumulated in the nuclei to effectively kill the cancer cells, and therefore decreasing the side effects of chemotherapy on the body. Thus, PDT also has the function of controlling drug release in this combination treatment strategy. Compared with monotherapy, the combination of PDT with chemotherapy also possesses excellent drug loading capability and anticancer efficiency.

  17. Electrical study of Al/HfO2/p-Si (100) gate stack

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    Kumar, Arvind; Mondal, Sandip; Rao, K. S. R. Koteswara

    2016-05-01

    Low leakage current density and high relative permittivity (dielectric constant) are the key factors in order to replace the SiO2 from Si based technology towards its further down scaling. HfO2 thin films received significant attention due to its excellent optoelectronic properties. In this work, ultra - thin (17 nm) HfO2 films on Si substrate are fabricated by RF sputtering. As deposited films are amorphous in nature and in order to get the reasonable high dielectric constant the films are annealed (700°C, 30 min) in nitrogen environment. A high refractive index (2.08) and small grain size (~10) nm was extracted from ellipsometry and XRD, respectively. The AFM study revealed a small RMS surface roughness 9 Å. Towards electrical exploration, the films are integrated in Metal - Insulator - Semiconductor (MIS) capacitors structure. The oxide capacitance (Cox), flat band capacitance (CFB), flat band voltage (VFB), and oxide trapped charges (Qot) calculated from high frequency (1 MHz) C-V curve are 490 pF, 183 pF, 1.33 V and 1.61x10-10 C, respectively. The dielectric constant calculated from accumulation capacitance is 17. The films show a very low leakage current density 4.3×10-8 A/cm2 at ±1 V.

  18. TiO2 and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) coated polyester filter in bioreactor for wastewater treatment.

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    Liu, Lifen; Zhao, Chuanqi; Yang, Fenglin

    2012-04-15

    Prepared by coating TiO(2)/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) on a low cost polyester filter cloth (22 μm), a composite membrane (10 μm pore size) was successfully used in an anoxic/oxic membrane bioreactor (A/O-MBR) for treating a simulate wastewater in removing nitrate/ammonium for water reuse in a polyester fiber production plant. Its permeate flux and the anti-fouling properties against extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) were studied. Comparing with a commercial (0.1 μm) PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) membrane, similar effluent qualities were achieved, meeting the basic COD requirements for reuse. Anti-EPS accumulation, the TiO(2)/PVA Polyester composite membrane had higher sustained permeability and required less frequent cleaning. Its filtration time was 4 times longer when operated at a higher flux than the PVDF membrane. The nano-TiO(2) enhances the interaction between PVA and polyester, forms a more hydrophilic surface, drastically reduces the contact angle with water and reduces EPS fouling. The slow (trans-membrane pressure) TMP rise, loose cake layer, the low filtration resistances, and the EPS, SEM analysis confirmed the advantage of the composite membrane. Potential in lowering the membrane cost, the operation and maintenance cost, and in enhancing MBR waste water treatment efficiency is expected by the use of this new composite membrane.

  19. A Reactive 1O2 - Responsive Combined Treatment System of Photodynamic and Chemotherapy for Cancer

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    Wang, Xiaojun; Meng, Guoqing; Zhang, Song; Liu, Xinli

    2016-01-01

    The development of reactive oxygen species (ROS)-responsive drug delivery and drug release has gradually attracted much attention in recent years as a promising therapeutic strategy. Singlet oxygen (1O2) as the major ROS species is widely used in photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancer. In the present study, we introduce a combined treatment using ROS-sensitive thioketal (TK) linkage as a linker between upconversion nanoparticles (UNs)-based PDT and doxorubicin (DOX)-based chemotherapy. UNs can not only play a role in PDT, but can also be used as a nanocarrier for drug delivery of DOX. Moreover, the products of 1O2 during PDT are able to cleave TK linker inducing the release of DOX which can further achieve the goal of chemotherapy. By using this 1O2-responsive nanocarrier delivery system, DOX can easily reach the tumor site and be accumulated in the nuclei to effectively kill the cancer cells, and therefore decreasing the side effects of chemotherapy on the body. Thus, PDT also has the function of controlling drug release in this combination treatment strategy. Compared with monotherapy, the combination of PDT with chemotherapy also possesses excellent drug loading capability and anticancer efficiency. PMID:27443831

  20. Behavior of TiO(2) released from Nano-TiO(2)-containing paint and comparison to pristine Nano-TiO(2).

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    Al-Kattan, Ahmed; Wichser, Adrian; Zuin, Stefano; Arroyo, Yadira; Golanski, Luana; Ulrich, Andrea; Nowack, Bernd

    2014-06-17

    In the assessment of the fate and effects of engineered nanomaterials (ENM), the current focus is on studying the pristine, unaltered materials. However, ENM are incorporated into products and are released over the whole product life cycle, though mainly during the use and disposal phases. So far, released ENMs have only been characterized to a limited extent and almost nothing is known about the behavior of these materials under natural conditions. In this work we obtained material that was released from aged paint containing nano-TiO2, characterized the particulate materials, and studied their colloidal stability in media with different pH and ionic composition. A stable suspension was obtained from aged paint powder by gentle shaking in water, producing a dilute suspension of 580 μg/L TiO2 with an average particle size of 200-300 nm. Most particles in this suspension were small pieces of paint matrix that also contained nano-TiO2. Some free nano-TiO2 particles were observed by electron microscopy, but the majority was enclosed by the organic paint binder. The pristine nano-TiO2 showed the expected colloidal behavior with increasing stability with increasing pH and strong agglomeration above the isoelectric point and settling in the presence of Ca. The released TiO2 showed very small variations in particle size, ζ potential, and colloidal stability, even in the presence of 3 mM Ca. The results show that the behavior of released ENM may not necessarily be predicted by studying the pristine materials. Additionally, effect studies need to focus more on the particles that are actually released as we can expect that the toxic effect will also be markedly different between pristine and product released materials. PMID:24844402

  1. Behavior of TiO(2) released from Nano-TiO(2)-containing paint and comparison to pristine Nano-TiO(2).

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    Al-Kattan, Ahmed; Wichser, Adrian; Zuin, Stefano; Arroyo, Yadira; Golanski, Luana; Ulrich, Andrea; Nowack, Bernd

    2014-06-17

    In the assessment of the fate and effects of engineered nanomaterials (ENM), the current focus is on studying the pristine, unaltered materials. However, ENM are incorporated into products and are released over the whole product life cycle, though mainly during the use and disposal phases. So far, released ENMs have only been characterized to a limited extent and almost nothing is known about the behavior of these materials under natural conditions. In this work we obtained material that was released from aged paint containing nano-TiO2, characterized the particulate materials, and studied their colloidal stability in media with different pH and ionic composition. A stable suspension was obtained from aged paint powder by gentle shaking in water, producing a dilute suspension of 580 μg/L TiO2 with an average particle size of 200-300 nm. Most particles in this suspension were small pieces of paint matrix that also contained nano-TiO2. Some free nano-TiO2 particles were observed by electron microscopy, but the majority was enclosed by the organic paint binder. The pristine nano-TiO2 showed the expected colloidal behavior with increasing stability with increasing pH and strong agglomeration above the isoelectric point and settling in the presence of Ca. The released TiO2 showed very small variations in particle size, ζ potential, and colloidal stability, even in the presence of 3 mM Ca. The results show that the behavior of released ENM may not necessarily be predicted by studying the pristine materials. Additionally, effect studies need to focus more on the particles that are actually released as we can expect that the toxic effect will also be markedly different between pristine and product released materials.

  2. TiO2 Nanotubes with Open Channels as Deactivation-Resistant Photocatalyst for the Degradation of Volatile Organic Compounds.

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    Weon, Seunghyun; Choi, Wonyong

    2016-03-01

    We synthesized ordered TiO2 nanotubes (TNT) and compared their photocatalytic activity with that of TiO2 nanoparticles (TNP) film during the repeated cycles of photocatalytic degradation of gaseous toluene and acetaldehyde to test the durability of TNT as an air-purifying photocatalyst. The photocatalytic activity of TNT showed only moderate reduction after the five cycles of toluene degradation, whereas TNP underwent rapid deactivation as the photocatalysis cycles were repeated. Dynamic SIMS analysis showed that carbonaceous deposits were formed on the surface of TNP during the photocatalytic degradation of toluene, which implies that the photocatalyst deactivation should be ascribed to the accumulation of recalcitrant degradation intermediates (carbonaceous residues). In more oxidizing atmosphere (100% O2 under which less carbonaceous residues should form), the photocatalytic activity of TNP still decreased with repeating cycles of toluene degradation, whereas TNT showed no sign of deactivation. Because TNT has a highly ordered open channel structure, O2 molecules can be more easily supplied to the active sites with less mass transfer limitation, which subsequently hinders the accumulation of carbonaceous residues on TNT surface. Contrary to the case of toluene degradation, both TNT and TNP did not exhibit any significant deactivation during the photocatalytic degradation of acetaldehyde, because the generation of recalcitrant intermediates from acetaldehyde degradation is insignificant. The structural characteristics of TNT is highly advantageous in preventing the catalyst deactivation during the photocatalytic degradation of aromatic compounds.

  3. First-Principles Study of CuGaO2 Polymorphs: Delafossite α-CuGaO2 and Wurtzite β-CuGaO2.

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    Suzuki, Issei; Nagatani, Hiraku; Kita, Masao; Iguchi, Yuki; Sato, Chiyuki; Yanagi, Hiroshi; Ohashi, Naoki; Omata, Takahisa

    2016-08-01

    The electronic structures of delafossite α-CuGaO2 and wurtzite β-CuGaO2 were calculated based on density functional theory using the local density approximation functional including the Hubbard correction (LDA+U). The differences in the electronic structure and physical properties between the two polymorphs were investigated in terms of their crystal structures. Three major structural features were found to influence the electronic structure. The first feature is the atomic arrangements of cations. In the conduction band of α-CuGaO2 with a layered structure of Cu2O and Ga2O3, Cu and Ga states do not mix well; the lower part of the conduction band mainly consists of Cu 4s and 4p states, and the upper part consists of Ga 4s and 4p states. By contrast, in β-CuGaO2, which is composed of CuO4 and GaO4 tetrahedra, Cu and Ga states are well-mixed. The second feature is the coordination environment of Cu atoms; the breaking of degeneracy of Cu 3d orbitals is determined by the crystal field. Dispersion of the Cu 3d valence band of β-CuGaO2, in which Cu atoms are tetrahedrally coordinated to oxygen atoms, is smaller than those in α-CuGaO2, in which Cu atoms are linearly coordinated to oxygen atoms; this results in a larger absorption coefficient and larger hole effective mass in β-CuGaO2 than in α-CuGaO2. The interatomic distance between Cu atoms-the third feature-also influences the dispersion of the Cu 3d valence band (i.e., the effective hole mass); the effective hole mass decreases with decreasing interatomic distance between Cu atoms in each structure. The results obtained are valuable for understanding the physical properties of oxide semiconductors containing monovalent copper and silver. PMID:27438905

  4. Gas dispersal potential of infant bedding of sudden death cases (II): Mathematical simulation of O2 deprivation around the face of infant mannequin model.

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    Sakai, Jun; Takahashi, Shirushi; Funayama, Masato

    2009-04-01

    We assessed O(2) gas deprivation potential of bedding that had actually been used by 26 infants diagnosed with sudden unexpected infant death using FiCO(2) time course of baby mannequin model. All cases were the same ones in our poster paper (I). Mathematically, time-FiCO(2) (t) graphs were given as FiCO(2) (t)=C(1-e(Dt)). Here, "C" approximates the maximum FiCO(2) value, while "D" is the velocity to reach maximum FiCO(2). FiO(2) in a potential space around the mannequin's nares was estimated using a formula: FiO(2)=0.21-FiCO(2)/RQ. RQ is the respiratory quotient, and the normal human value is 0.8. The graph pattern of FiO(2) is roughly the inverse of the FiCO(2) time course. Four cases showed the bottom of estimated FiO(2) to be more than 15%, 15 were 15-6%, and the other seven were 6% or less. Considering the minimal tissue stores of O(2), changes in FiO(2) may be affected by both CO(2) production and gas movement around the infant's face. Especially, the latter seven cases may suggest the participation of the role not only of CO(2) accumulation but also of the decrease of O(2) around the face. PMID:19342284

  5. Transcriptional Regulation of Zein Gene Expression in Maize through the Additive and Synergistic Action of opaque2, Prolamine-Box Binding Factor, and O2 Heterodimerizing Proteins

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    Zhang, Zhiyong; Yang, Jun; Wu, Yongrui

    2015-01-01

    Maize (Zea mays) zeins are some of the most abundant cereal seed storage proteins (SSPs). Their abundance influences kernel hardness but compromises its nutritional quality. Transcription factors regulating the expression of zein and other SSP genes in cereals are endosperm-specific and homologs of maize opaque2 (O2) and prolamine-box binding factor (PBF). This study demonstrates that the ubiquitously expressed transcription factors, O2 heterodimerizing proteins (OHPs), specifically regulate 27-kD γ-zein gene expression (through binding to an O2-like box in its promoter) and interact with PBF. The zein content of double mutants OhpRNAi;o2 and PbfRNAi;o2 and the triple mutant PbfRNAi;OhpRNAi;o2 is reduced by 83, 89, and 90%, respectively, compared with the wild type. The triple mutant developed the smallest zein protein bodies, which were merely one-tenth the wild type’s size. Total protein levels in these mutants were maintained in a relatively constant range through proteome rebalancing. These data show that OHPs, O2, and PBF are master regulators of zein storage protein synthesis, acting in an additive and synergistic mode. The differential expression patterns of OHP and O2 genes may cause the slight differences in the timing of 27-kD γ-zein and 22-kD α-zein accumulation during protein body formation. PMID:25901087

  6. [Cognitive deficits in bipolar disorder].

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    Sachs, Gabriele; Schaffer, Markus; Winklbaur, Bernadette

    2007-01-01

    Bipolar disorders are often associated with cognitive deficits which have an influence on social functioning and the course of the illness. These deficits have an impact on occupational ability and social integration. To date, specific cognitive domains have been found which characterize bipolar affective disorders. However, there is evidence of stable and lasting cognitive impairment in all phases of the disorder, including the remission phase, in the following domains: sustained attention, memory and executive functions (e.g. cognitive flexibility and problem solving). Although their cognitive deficits are comparable the deficits in patients with schizophrenia are more severe than those with bipolar disorder. Recent brain imaging findings indicate structural and functional abnormalities in the cortical and limbic networks of the brain in patients with bipolar disorder compared to healthy controls. Mood stabilizer and atypical antipsychotics may reduce cognitive deficits in certain domains (e.g. executive functions and word fluency) and may have a positive effect on quality of life and social functioning. PMID:17640495

  7. Synthesis and photocatalytic properties of highly stable and neutral TiO2/SiO2 hydrosol.

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    Zhang, Meihong; Shi, Liyi; Yuan, Shuai; Zhao, Yin; Fang, Jianhui

    2009-02-01

    Stable, neutral TiO(2) hydrosols were prepared using TiCl(4) as titanium source, HNO(3) as peptizing agent, and SiO(2) as stabilizer. Based on XRD, TEM, and FTIR measurements, the TiO(2) was rodlike anatase crystallite with a major axis of 15-25 nm and a minor axis of 5 nm. TiOSi bonds were formed, which suppressed the TiO(2) grain growth and stabilized the TiO(2) hydrosols. The isoelectric points (IEP) of the series hydrosols were 3.1-4.7 pH values and the absolute zeta potentials of the SiO(2)-modified TiO(2) hydrosols were much higher than 50.0 mV under neutral conditions. Methylene blue and reactive brilliant red X-3B were taken as the simulated pollutants to study the adsorption and photocatalytic properties of the obtained hydrosols. The results suggested that the prepared hydrosols had strong adsorption capacity for cationic pollutants rather than anionic ones, and high photodegradation rate of both cationic and anionic pollutants.

  8. Double-layered TiO2-SiO2 nanostructured films with self-cleaning and antireflective properties.

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    Zhang, Xintong; Fujishima, Akira; Jin, Ming; Emeline, Alexei V; Murakami, Taketoshi

    2006-12-21

    Dual function of self-cleaning and antireflection can be created in double-layered TiO2-SiO2 nanostructured films. The film were prepared by (1) layer-by-layer deposition of multilayered SiO2 nanoparticles with polydiallyldimethylammonium (PDDA) cations, (2) layer-by-layer deposition of multilayered titanate nanosheets with polications on PDDA/SiO2 multilayer films, and (3) burning out the polymer and converting titanate nanosheets into TiO2 by hearing at 500 degrees C. The as-prepared films, consisting of a porous SiO2 bottom layer and a dense TiO2 top layer, improved the transmittance of glass or quartz substrates, as demonstrated by transmission spectra collected at normal incidence. The photocatalytic properties of the films were studied by the change of the water contact angle together with the decay of the IR absorption of the hydrocarbon chain of octadecylphosphonic-acid-modified films under 2.6 mW cm-2 UV illumination. Both the antireflective and the photocatalytic properties of the films were dependent on the number of PDDA/nanosheet bilayers deposited. however, excellent surface wettability of the films for water was obtained, independent of the preparation conditions. The experimental findings are discussed in terms of the special structure of the double-layered nanostructured film.

  9. Bi3+ Luminescence in ABiO2Cl (A = Sr, Ba) and BaBiO2Br

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    Porter-Chapman, Yetta D.; Bourret-Courchesne, Edith E.; Derenzo,Stephen E.

    2007-01-18

    Trivalent bismuth luminescence is reported in three Sillenbismuth oxyhalide phases, SrBiO2Cl, BaBiO2Cl, and BaBiO2Br. Thesecompounds exhibit Bi 6s6->6 s2 emission under UV and X-ray radiation.At room temperature, BaBiO2Cl shows the most intense light emission, withspectral and decay properties similar to those found in Bi4Ge3O12 (BGO).At low temperatures, each phase show an increase in the photoluminescenceintensities and a narrowing of the emission peaks. In contrast to thetemperature dependence of BGO, X-ray excited luminescence intensities ofall three phases remain relatively constant throughout the temperaturerange 10 - 295 K. This result indicates that the Sillen phases undergoless thermal quenching than BGO. The low temperature and room temperatureradio-luminescence decay times were determined from pulsed x-raymeasurements. At room temperature, SrBiO2Cl exhibits faster decays thanBGO, while, BaBiO2Cl and BaBiO2Br have decay times similar toBGO.

  10. Prediction of 10-fold coordinated TiO2 and SiO2 structures at multimegabar pressures

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    Lyle, Matthew J.; Pickard, Chris J.; Needs, Richard J.

    2015-01-01

    We predict by first-principles methods a phase transition in TiO2 at 6.5 Mbar from the Fe2P-type polymorph to a ten-coordinated structure with space group I4/mmm. This is the first report, to our knowledge, of the pressure-induced phase transition to the I4/mmm structure among all dioxide compounds. The I4/mmm structure was found to be up to 3.3% denser across all pressures investigated. Significant differences were found in the electronic properties of the two structures, and the metallization of TiO2 was calculated to occur concomitantly with the phase transition to I4/mmm. The implications of our findings were extended to SiO2, and an analogous Fe2P-type to I4/mmm transition was found to occur at 10 TPa. This is consistent with the lower-pressure phase transitions of TiO2, which are well-established models for the phase transitions in other AX2 compounds, including SiO2. As in TiO2, the transition to I4/mmm corresponds to the metallization of SiO2. This transformation is in the pressure range reached in the interiors of recently discovered extrasolar planets and calls for a reformulation of the equations of state used to model them. PMID:25991859

  11. Photolysis of H2O-H2O2 Mixtures: The Destruction of H2O2

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    Loeffler, M. J.; Fama, M.; Baragiola, R. A.; Carlson, R. W.

    2013-01-01

    We present laboratory results on the loss of H2O2 in solid H2O + H2O2 mixtures at temperatures between 21 and 145 K initiated by UV photolysis (193 nm). Using infrared spectroscopy and microbalance gravimetry, we measured the decrease of the 3.5 micrometer infrared absorption band during UV irradiation and obtained a photodestruction cross section that varies with temperature, being lowest at 70 K. We use our results, along with our previously measured H2O2 production rates via ionizing radiation and ion energy fluxes from the spacecraft to compare H2O2 creation and destruction at icy satellites by ions from their planetary magnetosphere and from solar UV photons. We conclude that, in many cases, H2O2 is not observed on icy satellite surfaces because the H2O2 photodestruction rate is much higher than the production rate via energetic particles, effectively keeping the H2O2 infrared signature at or below the noise level.

  12. Ideal band shape in the potential thermoelectric material CuAlO2: Comparison to NaxCoO2

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    Mori, Kouta; Sakakibara, Hirofumi; Usui, Hidetomo; Kuroki, Kazuhiko

    2013-08-01

    A potential thermoelectric material CuAlO2 is theoretically studied. We first construct a model Hamiltonian of CuAlO2 based on the first principles band calculation, and calculate the Seebeck coefficient. Then, we compare the model with that of a well-known thermoelectric material NaxCoO2, and discuss the similarities and the differences. It is found that the two materials are similar from an electronic structure viewpoint in that they have a peculiar pudding-mold type band shape, which is advantageous for thermoelectric materials. There are, however, some differences, and we analyze the origin of the difference from a microscopic viewpoint. The band shape (a very flat band top but with an overall wide bandwidth) of CuAlO2 is found to be even more ideal than that of NaxCoO2, and we predict that once a significant amount of holes is doped in CuAlO2, thermoelectric properties (especially the power factor) even better than those of NaxCoO2 can be expected.

  13. Prediction of 10-fold coordinated TiO2 and SiO2 structures at multimegabar pressures.

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    Lyle, Matthew J; Pickard, Chris J; Needs, Richard J

    2015-06-01

    We predict by first-principles methods a phase transition in TiO2 at 6.5 Mbar from the Fe2P-type polymorph to a ten-coordinated structure with space group I4/mmm. This is the first report, to our knowledge, of the pressure-induced phase transition to the I4/mmm structure among all dioxide compounds. The I4/mmm structure was found to be up to 3.3% denser across all pressures investigated. Significant differences were found in the electronic properties of the two structures, and the metallization of TiO2 was calculated to occur concomitantly with the phase transition to I4/mmm. The implications of our findings were extended to SiO2, and an analogous Fe2P-type to I4/mmm transition was found to occur at 10 TPa. This is consistent with the lower-pressure phase transitions of TiO2, which are well-established models for the phase transitions in other AX2 compounds, including SiO2. As in TiO2, the transition to I4/mmm corresponds to the metallization of SiO2. This transformation is in the pressure range reached in the interiors of recently discovered extrasolar planets and calls for a reformulation of the equations of state used to model them. PMID:25991859

  14. Preparation of DNA-adsorbed TiO2 particles--augmentation of performance for environmental purification by increasing DNA adsorption by external pH regulation.

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    Amano, Takeharu; Toyooka, Tatsushi; Ibuki, Yuko

    2010-01-01

    We have previously developed a novel photocatalyst, DNA-attached titanium dioxide (DNA-TiO(2)), useful for the recovery and decomposition of chemicals [Suzuki et al. Environ. Sci. Technol. 42, 8076, 2008]. Chemicals accumulated in DNA near the surface of TiO(2) and were degraded under UV light. The efficiency of their removal was dependent on the amount of DNA adsorbed on TiO(2), indicating the attachment of larger amounts of DNA to result in higher efficiency. In this study, we succeeded in improving the performance of DNA-TiO(2) by increasing the amount of DNA adsorbed by regulating the external pH. The adsorption of DNA by TiO(2) dramatically increased at pH2, to about fourfold that at other pH values (pH4-10). Repeating the process of DNA addition increased the adsorption further. The attached DNA was stable on the surface of TiO(2) at pH2-10 and 4-56 degrees C, the same as DNA-TiO(2) prepared at pH7. As the DNA-TiO(2) prepared at pH2 retained much DNA on its surface, chemicals (methylene blue, ethidium bromide, etc.) which could intercalate or react with DNA were effectively removed from solutions. The photocatalytic degradation was slow at first, but the final degradation rate was higher than for non-adsorbed TiO(2) and DNA-TiO(2) prepared at pH7. These results indicated that preparation of DNA-TiO(2) at pH2 has advantages in that much DNA can be attached and large amounts of chemicals can be concentrated in the DNA, resulting in extensive decomposition under UV light.

  15. Plasmonic properties of Ag nanoparticles embedded in GeO2-SiO2 matrix by atom beam sputtering.

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    Mohapatra, Satyabrata

    2016-02-01

    Nanocomposite thin films containing Ag nanoparticles embedded in the GeO2-SiO2 matrix were synthesized by the atom beam co-sputtering technique. The structural, optical and plasmonic properties and the chemical composition of the nanocomposite thin films were studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). UV-visible absorption studies on Ag-SiO2 nanocomposites revealed the presence of a strong localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) peak characteristic of Ag nanoparticles at 413 nm, which showed a blue shift of 26 nm (413 to 387 nm) along with a significant broadening and drastic decrease in intensity with the incorporation of 16 at% of Ge into the SiO2 matrix. TEM studies on Ag-GeO2-SiO2 nanocomposite thin films confirmed the presence of Ag nanoparticles with an average size of 3.8 nm in addition to their aggregates with an average size of 16.2 nm. Thermal annealing in air resulted in strong enhancement in the intensity of the LSPR peak, which showed a regular red shift of 51 nm (from 387 to 438 nm) with the increase in annealing temperature up to 500 °C. XPS studies showed that annealing in air resulted in oxidation of excess Ge atoms in the nanocomposite into GeO2. Our work demonstrates the possibility of controllably tuning the LSPR of Ag nanoparticles embedded in the GeO2-SiO2 matrix by single-step thermal annealing, which is interesting for optical applications.

  16. Respiratory deficits in a rat model of Parkinson's disease.

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    Tuppy, M; Barna, B F; Alves-Dos-Santos, L; Britto, L R G; Chiavegatto, S; Moreira, T S; Takakura, A C

    2015-06-25

    Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by loss of the dopaminergic nigrostriatal pathway. In addition to deficits in voluntary movement, PD involves a disturbance of breathing regulation. However, the cause and nature of this disturbance are not well understood. Here, we investigated breathing at rest and in response to hypercapnia (7% CO2) or hypoxia (8% O2), as well as neuroanatomical changes in brainstem regions essential for breathing, in a 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) rat model of PD. Bilateral injections of 6-OHDA (24μg/μl) into the striatum decreased tyrosine hydroxylase (TH(+))-neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc), transcription factor phox2b-expressing neurons in the retrotrapezoid nucleus and neurokinin-1 receptors in the ventral respiratory column. In 6-OHDA-lesioned rats, respiratory rate was reduced at rest, leading to a reduction in minute ventilation. These animals also showed a reduction in the tachypneic response to hypercapnia, but not to hypoxia challenge. These results suggest that the degeneration of TH(+) neurons in the SNpc leads to impairment of breathing at rest and in hypercapnic conditions. Our data indicate that respiratory deficits in a 6-OHDA rat model of PD are related to downregulation of neural systems involved in respiratory rhythm generation. The present study suggests a new avenue to better understand the respiratory deficits observed in chronic stages of PD.

  17. H2O2 Release from Human Granulocytes during Phagocytosis

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    Root, Richard K.; Metcalf, Julia A.

    1977-01-01

    Normal and cytochalasin B-treated human granulocytes have been studied to determine some of the interrelationships between phagocytosis-induced respiration and superoxide and hydrogen peroxide formation and release into the extracellular medium by intact cells. By using the scopoletin fluorescent assay to continuously monitor extracellular hydrogen peroxide concentrations during contact of cells with opsonized staphylococci, it was demonstrated that the superoxide scavengers ferricytochrome c and nitroblue tetrazolium significantly reduced the amount of H2O2 released with time from normal cells but did not abolish it. This inhibitory effect was reversed by the simultaneous addition of superoxide dismutase (SOD), whereas the addition of SOD alone increased the amount of detectable H2O2 in the medium. The addition of sodium azide markedly inhibited myeloperoxidase-H2O2-dependent protein iodination and more than doubled H2O2 release, including the residual amount remaining after exposure of the cells to ferricytochrome c, suggesting its origin from an intracellular pool shared by several pathways for H2O2 catabolism. When cells were pretreated with cytochalasin B and opsonized bacteria added, reduced oxygen consumption was observed, but this was in parallel to a reduction in specific binding of organisms to the cells when compared to normal. Under the influence of inhibited phagosome formation by cytochalasin B, the cells released an increased amount of superoxide and peroxide into the extracellular medium relative to oxygen consumption, and all detectable peroxide release could be inhibited by the addition of ferricytochrome c. Decreased H2O2 production in the presence of this compound could not be ascribed to diminished bacterial binding, decreased oxidase activity, or increased H2O2 catabolism and was reversed by the simultaneous addition of SOD. Furthermore, SOD and ferricytochrome c had similar effects on another H2O2-dependent reaction, protein iodination, in

  18. Synthesis of ruthenium (IV) oxide (RuO2) nanocrystals

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    Nguyen, Nga

    This research concerns the synthesis of well-defined RuO2 nanocrystals. Our hypothesis is RuO2 nanoparticles can be synthesized by oxidation of ruthenium (Ru) nanoparticles with retention of size and shape. Ru nanoparticles were prepared from the decomposition of triruthenium(0)dodecacarbonyl (Ru3(CO)12) or ruthenium(III) trichloride trihydrate (RuCl3.3H2O) in the presence of surfactant, oxidant, and solvent at high temperature. The stabilized nanocrystals were isolated by centrifugation and characterized with transmission electron microscopy (TEM). RuO2 was synthesized by addition Ru nanocrystals and an oxygen atom source to a high temperature solution containing a molecular surfactant. TEM, powder X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy were used to characterize RuO2 nanoparticles.

  19. O2 on ganymede: Spectral characteristics and plasma formation mechanisms

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    Calvin, W.M.; Johnson, R.E.; Spencer, J.R.

    1996-01-01

    Weak absorption features in the visible reflectance spectrum of Jupiter's satellite Ganymede have been correlated to those observed in the spectrum of molecular oxygen. We examine the spectral characteristics of these absorption features in all phases of O2 and conclude that the molecular oxygen is most likely present at densities similar to the liquid or solid ??-phase. The contribution of O2 to spectral features observed on Ganymede in the near-infrared wavelength region affects the previous estimates of photon pathlength in ice. The concentration of the visible absorption features on the trailing hemisphere of Ganymede suggests an origin due to bombardment by magneto-spheric ions. We derive an approximate O2 formation rate from this mechanism and consider the state of O2 within the surface.

  20. Stability of polymer binders in Li-O2 batteries

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    Nasybulin, Eduard N.; Xu, Wu; Engelhard, Mark H.; Nie, Zimin; Li, Xiaohong S.; Zhang, Jiguang

    2013-06-24

    A number of polymers with various chemical structures were studied as binders for air electrodes in Li-O2 batteries. The nature of the polymer significantly affects the binding properties in the carbon electrodes thus altering the discharge performance of Li-O2 batteries. Stability of polymers to the aggressive reduced oxygen species generated during discharge was tested by ball milling them with KO2 and Li2O2, respectively. Most of the polymers decomposed under these conditions and mechanisms of the decompositions are proposed for some of the polymers. Polyethylene was found to have excellent stability and is suggested as robust binder for air electrodes in Li-O2 batteries.

  1. Acetaldehyde photochemistry on TiO2(110)

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    Zehr, Robert T.; Henderson, Michael A.

    2008-07-01

    The ultraviolet (UV) photon induced decomposition of acetaldehyde absorbed on the oxidized retile TIO2(110) surface was studied with photon stimulated desorption (PSD) and theral programmed desorption (TPD). Acetaldehyde desorbs molecularly from TiO2(110) with minor decomposition channels yielding butene on the reduced TiO2 surface and acetate on the oxidized TiO2 surface. Acetaldehyde absorbed on oxidized TiO2(110) undergoes a facile thermal reaction to form a photoactive acetaldehyde-oxygen complex. UV irradiation of the acetaldehyde-oxygen complex resulting in the ejection of methyl radical into gas phase and conversion of the surface bound fragment to formate.

  2. Photocatalytic metamaterials: TiO2 inverse opals.

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    Sordello, Fabrizio; Duca, Clara; Maurino, Valter; Minero, Claudio

    2011-06-01

    The study of the photocatalytic activity of TiO(2) inverse opals showed that these structures behave as metamaterials: their properties arise principally from the 3D periodic structure of the material and marginally from porosity, reflectivity and scattering.

  3. Response of Prochlorococcus to varying CO2:O2 ratios.

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    Bagby, Sarah C; Chisholm, Sallie W

    2015-10-01

    Carbon fixation has a central role in determining cellular redox poise, increasingly understood to be a key parameter in cyanobacterial physiology. In the cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus-the most abundant phototroph in the oligotrophic oceans-the carbon-concentrating mechanism is reduced to the bare essentials. Given the ability of Prochlorococcus populations to grow under a wide range of oxygen concentrations in the ocean, we wondered how carbon and oxygen physiology intersect in this minimal phototroph. Thus, we examined how CO2:O2 gas balance influenced growth and chlorophyll fluorescence in Prochlorococcus strain MED4. Under O2 limitation, per-cell chlorophyll fluorescence fell at all CO2 levels, but still permitted substantial growth at moderate and high CO2. Under CO2 limitation, we observed little growth at any O2 level, although per-cell chlorophyll fluorescence fell less sharply when O2 was available. We explored this pattern further by monitoring genome-wide transcription in cells shocked with acute limitation of CO2, O2 or both. O2 limitation produced much smaller transcriptional changes than the broad suppression seen under CO2 limitation and CO2/O2 co-limitation. Strikingly, both CO2 limitation conditions initially evoked a transcriptional response that resembled the pattern previously seen in high-light stress, but at later timepoints we observed O2-dependent recovery of photosynthesis-related transcripts. These results suggest that oxygen has a protective role in Prochlorococcus when carbon fixation is not a sufficient sink for light energy.

  4. Investigation of physical properties of TiO2 nanolayers

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    Struk, Przemyslaw; Pustelny, Tadeusz

    2015-12-01

    We present applications of titanium dioxide wide bandgap oxide semiconductor and its application in integrated optics devices. The paper is focus on research of physical properties TiO2 such as: spectral transmittance, refractive index, extinction coefficient in the UV-VIS-IR range of light as well as surface topography. In addition we show the numerical calculation and optical characterization of fabricated optical planar waveguide based on TiO2.

  5. Response of Prochlorococcus to varying CO2:O2 ratios

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    Bagby, Sarah C; Chisholm, Sallie W

    2015-01-01

    Carbon fixation has a central role in determining cellular redox poise, increasingly understood to be a key parameter in cyanobacterial physiology. In the cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus—the most abundant phototroph in the oligotrophic oceans—the carbon-concentrating mechanism is reduced to the bare essentials. Given the ability of Prochlorococcus populations to grow under a wide range of oxygen concentrations in the ocean, we wondered how carbon and oxygen physiology intersect in this minimal phototroph. Thus, we examined how CO2:O2 gas balance influenced growth and chlorophyll fluorescence in Prochlorococcus strain MED4. Under O2 limitation, per-cell chlorophyll fluorescence fell at all CO2 levels, but still permitted substantial growth at moderate and high CO2. Under CO2 limitation, we observed little growth at any O2 level, although per-cell chlorophyll fluorescence fell less sharply when O2 was available. We explored this pattern further by monitoring genome-wide transcription in cells shocked with acute limitation of CO2, O2 or both. O2 limitation produced much smaller transcriptional changes than the broad suppression seen under CO2 limitation and CO2/O2 co-limitation. Strikingly, both CO2 limitation conditions initially evoked a transcriptional response that resembled the pattern previously seen in high-light stress, but at later timepoints we observed O2-dependent recovery of photosynthesis-related transcripts. These results suggest that oxygen has a protective role in Prochlorococcus when carbon fixation is not a sufficient sink for light energy. PMID:25848872

  6. Carbon nanotube TiO2 hybrid films for detecting traces of O2

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    Llobet, E.; Espinosa, E. H.; Sotter, E.; Ionescu, R.; Vilanova, X.; Torres, J.; Felten, A.; Pireaux, J. J.; Ke, X.; Van Tendeloo, G.; Renaux, F.; Paint, Y.; Hecq, M.; Bittencourt, C.

    2008-09-01

    Hybrid titania films have been prepared using an adapted sol-gel method for obtaining well-dispersed hydrogen plasma-treated multiwall carbon nanotubes in either pure titania or Nb-doped titania. The drop-coating method has been used to fabricate resistive oxygen sensors based on titania or on titania and carbon nanotube hybrids. Morphology and composition studies have revealed that the dispersion of low amounts of carbon nanotubes within the titania matrix does not significantly alter its crystallization behaviour. The gas sensitivity studies performed on the different samples have shown that the hybrid layers based on titania and carbon nanotubes possess an unprecedented responsiveness towards oxygen (i.e. more than four times higher than that shown by optimized Nb-doped TiO2 films). Furthermore, hybrid sensors containing carbon nanotubes respond at significantly lower operating temperatures than their non-hybrid counterparts. These new hybrid sensors show a strong potential for monitoring traces of oxygen (i.e. <=10 ppm) in a flow of CO2, which is of interest for the beverage industry.

  7. A cytoplasmic prolyl hydroxylation and glycosylation pathway modifies Skp1 and regulates O2-dependent development in Dictyostelium.

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    West, Christopher M; Wang, Zhuo A; van der Wel, Hanke

    2010-02-01

    The soil amoeba Dictyostelium is an obligate aerobe that monitors O(2) for informational purposes in addition to utilizing it for oxidative metabolism. Whereas low O(2) suffices for proliferation, a higher level is required for slugs to culminate into fruiting bodies, and O(2) influences slug polarity, slug migration, and cell-type proportioning. Dictyostelium expresses a cytoplasmic prolyl 4-hydroxylase (P4H1) known to mediate O(2)-sensing in animals, but lacks HIFalpha, a major hydroxylation target whose accumulation directly induces animal hypoxia-dependent transcriptional changes. The O(2)-requirement for culmination is increased by P4H1-gene disruption and reduced by P4H1 overexpression. A target of Dictyostelium P4H1 is Skp1, a subunit of the SCF-class of E3-ubiquitin ligases related to the VBC-class that mediates hydroxylation-dependent degradation of animal HIFalpha. Skp1 is a target of a novel cytoplasmic O-glycosylation pathway that modifies HyPro143 with a pentasaccharide, and glycosyltransferase mutants reveal that glycosylation intermediates have antagonistic effects toward P4H1 in O(2)-signaling. Current evidence indicates that Skp1 is the only glycosylation target in cells, based on metabolic labeling, biochemical complementation, and enzyme specificity studies. Bioinformatics studies suggest that the HyPro-modification pathway existed in the ancestral eukaryotic lineage and was retained in selected modern day unicellular organisms whose life cycles experience varying degrees of hypoxia. It is proposed that, in Dictyostelium and other protists including the agent for human toxoplasmosis Toxoplasma gondii, prolyl hydroxylation and glycosylation mediate O(2)-signaling in hierarchical fashion via Skp1 to control the proteome, directly via degradation rather than indirectly via transcription as found in animals.

  8. Induction of Size-Dependent Breakdown of Blood-Milk Barrier in Lactating Mice by TiO2 Nanoparticles

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    Wu, Ling; Bai, Yuhong; Jia, Jianbo; Zhang, Yi; Zhang, Bin; Yan, Bing

    2015-01-01

    This study aims to investigate the potential nanotoxic effects of TiO2 nanoparticles (TNPs) to dams and pups during lactation period. TiO2 nanoparticles are accumulated in mammary glands of lactating mice after i.v. administration. This accumulation of TiO2 NP likely causes a ROS-induced disruption of tight junction of the blood-milk barrier as indicated by the loss of tight junction proteins and the shedding of alveolar epithelial cells. Compared to larger TNPs (50 nm), smaller ones (8 nm) exhibit a higher accumulation in mammary glands and are more potent in causing perturbations to blood-milk barrier. An alarming finding is that the smaller TNPs (8 nm) are transferred from dams to pups through breastfeeding, likely through the disrupted blood-milk barrier. However, during the lactation period, the nutrient quality of milk from dams and the early developmental landmarks of the pups are not affected by above perturbations. PMID:25849145

  9. TiO2/GeOxNy stacked gate dielectrics for Ge-MOSFETs

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    Bera, M. K.; Mahata, C.; Chakraborty, A. K.; Nandi, S. K.; Tiwari, Jitendra N.; Hung, Jui-Yi; Maiti, C. K.

    2007-12-01

    In this work, we present the results of physical and electrical characterization of Ti-based high-k gate dielectrics on Ge substrates. Titanium tetrakis iso- propoxide (TTIP) was used as the organometallic source for the deposition of ultra-thin TiO2 films on p-Ge (1 0 0) at low temperature (<200 °C) by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) technique in a microwave (700 W, 2.45 GHz) plasma cavity discharge system at a pressure of ~65 Pa. The presence of an ultra-thin lossy GeO2 interfacial layer between the deposited high-k film and the substrate, results in frequency-dependent capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics in strong accumulation and a high interface state density (~1013 cm-2 eV-1). To improve the electrical properties, nitrogen engineering has been employed to convert the lossy GeO2 interfacial layer to its oxynitride, thus forming TiO2/GeOxNy/Ge stacked-gate structure with improved interface/electrical properties. Different N sources, such as NO, NH3 and NO/NH3, have been used for nitrogen engineering. XPS and Raman spectroscopy analyses have been used for surface morphological study. Electrical properties, such as gate leakage current density, interface state density, charge trapping, flatband voltage shift, etc, have been studied in detail for TiO2/GeOxNy/Ge MIS capacitors using the current-voltage (I-V), capacitance-voltage (C-V), conductance-voltage (G-V) and stress (both constant voltage and current) measurements. Although a significant improvement in electrical characteristics has been observed after nitridation in general, the formation of the interfacial GeOxNy layer, obtained from NO-plasma nitridation, is found to provide the maximum improvement among all the nitridation techniques used in this study. It is shown that the insertion of an ultra-thin oxynitride (GeOxNy) interfacial layer is advantageous for producing gate-quality TiO2 high-k dielectric stacks on Ge substrates.

  10. Understanding of the Venus upper atmosphere dynamics with O2(a1Δ) Venus Express observations

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    Soret, L.; Gérard, J.-C.; Piccioni, G.; Drossart, P.

    2012-04-01

    The O2(a1Δ) nightglow emission at 1.27 μm may be used as a tracer of the dynamics prevailing in the Venusian upper mesosphere. This emission has thus been observed with ground-based telescopes and from space with instruments such as VIRTIS on board Venus Express. Observations have shown that the emission maximum is statistically located close to the antisolar point at ~96 km. As originally suggested by Connes et al. (1979), such an emission results from the production of oxygen atoms on the Venus dayside by photodissociation and electron impact dissociation of CO2 and CO, which are then transported to the nightside by the subsolar to antisolar general circulation, where they recombine to create excited O2(a1Δ) molecules. Their radiative deexcitation produces the O2(a1Δ) nightglow with a maximum near the antisolar point. However, VIRTIS observations indicate that the O2(a1Δ) nightglow emission is highly variable, both in intensity and location. Actually, when considering individual observations, the patch of bright emission is rarely located at the antisolar point and the brighter area around this point is the result of statics accumulation. Also, when considering several individual observations acquired in a short period of time, it is possible to follow an individual emission patch and to deduce its displacement and its brightness variation due to activation or deactivation. In this study, we analyze several sequences of VIRTIS observations in order to understand the Venus upper mesosphere dynamics. We show that the intensity can vary by several megaRayleighs in a couple of hours with effective lifetimes on the order of several hours. The horizontal motion of the spots leads to the conclusion that winds in the 95-100 km region are in the range of 25 to 150 m s-1, in good agreement with the study by Hueso et al. (2008).

  11. Synthesis of Au-CeO 2/SiO 2 catalyst via adsorbed-layer reactor technique combined with alcohol-thermal treatment

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    Jiang, Xin; Deng, Hui

    2011-10-01

    Au-CeO 2/SiO 2 was prepared via adsorbed-layer reactor technique combined with alcohol-thermal treatment. The catalytic performance in complete oxidation of benzene was investigated. TEM, Raman characterization showed that Au particles grew up obviously during alcohol-thermal process, while CeO 2 particles maintained 4 nm in diameter. The content of oxygen vacancies and adsorbed oxygen species on catalysts surface increased apparently. Alcohol-thermally treated Au-CeO 2/SiO 2 and CeO 2/SiO 2 showed similar change in catalytic performance, and were much superior to calcined CeO 2/SiO 2. Of alcohol-thermally treated and calcined CeO 2/SiO 2, initial temperatures of the reaction were 80 °C and 150 °C, respectively. The benzene conversions reached 85% and 40% at 300 °C.

  12. Oxygen adsorption at noble metal/TiO2 junctions

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    Hossein-Babaei, F.; Alaei-Sheini, Navid; Lajvardi, Mehdi M.

    2016-03-01

    Electric conduction in titanium dioxide is known to be oxygen sensitive and the conductivity of a TiO2 ceramic body is determined mainly by the concentration of its naturally occurring oxygen vacancy. Recently, fabrications and electronic features of a number of noble metal/TiO2-based electronic devices, such as solar cells, UV detectors, gas sensors and memristive devices have been demonstrated. Here, we investigate the effect of oxygen adsorption at the noble metal/TiO2 junction in such devices, and show the potentials of these junctions in chemical sensor fabrication. The polycrystalline, poly-phase TiO2 layers are grown by the selective and controlled oxidation of titanium thin films vacuum deposited on silica substrates. Noble metal thin films are deposited on the oxide layers by physical vapor deposition. Current-voltage (I-V) diagrams of the fabricated devices are studied for Ag/, Au/, and Pt/TiO2 samples. The raw samples show no junction energy barrier. After a thermal annealing in air at 250° C, I-V diagrams change drastically. The annealed samples demonstrate highly non-linear I-V indicating the formation of high Schottky energy barriers at the noble metal/TiO2 junctions. The phenomenon is described based on the effect of the oxygen atoms adsorbed at the junction.

  13. Emerging micropollutant oxidation during disinfection processes using UV-C, UV-C/H2O2, UV-A/TiO2 and UV-A/TiO2/H2O2.

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    Pablos, Cristina; Marugán, Javier; van Grieken, Rafael; Serrano, Elena

    2013-03-01

    Regeneration of wastewater treatment plant effluents constitutes a solution to increase the availability of water resources in arid regions. Water reuse legislation imposes an exhaustive control of the microbiological quality of water in the operation of disinfection tertiary treatments. Additionally, recent reports have paid increasing attention to emerging micropollutants with potential biological effects even at trace level concentration. This work focuses on the evaluation of several photochemical technologies as disinfection processes with the aim of simultaneously achieving bacterial inactivation and oxidation of pharmaceuticals as examples of emerging micropollutants typically present in water and widely studied in the literature. UV-C-based processes show a high efficiency to inactivate bacteria. However, the bacterial damages are reversible and only when using H(2)O(2), bacterial reproduction is affected. Moreover, a complete elimination of pharmaceutical compounds was not achieved at the end of the inactivation process. In contrast, UV-A/TiO(2) required a longer irradiation time to inactivate bacteria but pharmaceuticals were completely removed along the process. In addition, its oxidation mechanism, based on hydroxyl radicals (OH), leads to irreversible bacterial damages, not requiring of chemicals to avoid bacterial regrowth. For UV-A/TiO(2)/H(2)O(2) process, the addition of H(2)O(2) improved Escherichia coli inactivation since the cell wall weakening, due to OH attacks, allowed H(2)O(2) to diffuse into the bacteria. However, a total elimination of the pharmaceuticals was not achieved during the inactivation process.

  14. TiO2 optical sensor for amino acid detection

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    Tereshchenko, Alla; Viter, Roman; Konup, Igor; Ivanitsa, Volodymyr; Geveliuk, Sergey; Ishkov, Yuriy; Smyntyna, Valentyn

    2013-11-01

    A novel optical sensor based on TiO2 nanoparticles for Valine detection has been developed. In the presented work, commercial TiO2 nanoparticles (Sigma Aldrich, particle size 32 nm) were used as sensor templates. The sensitive layer was formed by a porphyrin coating on a TiO2 nanostructured surface. As a result, an amorphous layer between the TiO2 nanostructure and porphyrin was formed. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra were measured in the range of 370-900 nm before and after porphyrin application. Porphyrin adsorption led to a decrease of the main TiO2 peak at 510 nm and the emergence of an additional peak of high intensity at 700 nm. Absorption spectra (optical density vs. wavelenght, measured from 300 to 1100 nm) showed IR shift Sorret band of prophiryn after deposition on metal oxide. Adsorption of amino acid quenched PL emission, related to porphyrin and increased the intensity of the TiO2 emission. The interaction between the sensor surface and the amino acid leads to the formation of new complexes on the surface and results in a reduction of the optical activity of porphyrin. Sensitivity of the sensor to different concentrations of Valine was calculated. The developed sensor can determine the concentration of Valine in the range of 0.04 to 0.16 mg/ml.

  15. Hydrogen Impurity Defects in Rutile TiO2

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    Mo, Li-Bin; Wang, Yu; Bai, Yang; Xiang, Qing-Yun; Li, Qun; Yao, Wen-Qing; Wang, Jia-Ou; Ibrahim, Kurash; Wang, Huan-Hua; Wan, Cai-Hua; Cao, Jiang-Li

    2015-01-01

    Hydrogen-related defects play crucial roles in determining physical properties of their host oxides. In this work, we report our systematic experimental and theoretical (based on density functional theory) studies of the defect states formed in hydrogenated-rutile TiO2 in gaseous H2 and atomic H. In gas-hydrogenated TiO2, the incorporated hydrogen tends to occupy the oxygen vacancy site and negatively charged. The incorporated hydrogen takes the interstitial position in atom-hydrogenated TiO2, forming a weak O-H bond with the closest oxygen ion, and becomes positive. Both states of hydrogen affect the electronic structure of TiO2 mainly through changes of Ti 3d and O 2p states instead of the direct contributions of hydrogen. The resulted electronic structures of the hydrogenated TiO2 are manifested in modifications of the electrical and optical properties that will be useful for the design of new materials capable for green energy economy. PMID:26627134

  16. Hydrogen Impurity Defects in Rutile TiO2

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    Mo, Li-Bin; Wang, Yu; Bai, Yang; Xiang, Qing-Yun; Li, Qun; Yao, Wen-Qing; Wang, Jia-Ou; Ibrahim, Kurash; Wang, Huan-Hua; Wan, Cai-Hua; Cao, Jiang-Li

    2015-12-01

    Hydrogen-related defects play crucial roles in determining physical properties of their host oxides. In this work, we report our systematic experimental and theoretical (based on density functional theory) studies of the defect states formed in hydrogenated-rutile TiO2 in gaseous H2 and atomic H. In gas-hydrogenated TiO2, the incorporated hydrogen tends to occupy the oxygen vacancy site and negatively charged. The incorporated hydrogen takes the interstitial position in atom-hydrogenated TiO2, forming a weak O-H bond with the closest oxygen ion, and becomes positive. Both states of hydrogen affect the electronic structure of TiO2 mainly through changes of Ti 3d and O 2p states instead of the direct contributions of hydrogen. The resulted electronic structures of the hydrogenated TiO2 are manifested in modifications of the electrical and optical properties that will be useful for the design of new materials capable for green energy economy.

  17. Emerging micropollutant oxidation during disinfection processes using UV-C, UV-C/H2O2, UV-A/TiO2 and UV-A/TiO2/H2O2.

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    Pablos, Cristina; Marugán, Javier; van Grieken, Rafael; Serrano, Elena

    2013-03-01

    Regeneration of wastewater treatment plant effluents constitutes a solution to increase the availability of water resources in arid regions. Water reuse legislation imposes an exhaustive control of the microbiological quality of water in the operation of disinfection tertiary treatments. Additionally, recent reports have paid increasing attention to emerging micropollutants with potential biological effects even at trace level concentration. This work focuses on the evaluation of several photochemical technologies as disinfection processes with the aim of simultaneously achieving bacterial inactivation and oxidation of pharmaceuticals as examples of emerging micropollutants typically present in water and widely studied in the literature. UV-C-based processes show a high efficiency to inactivate bacteria. However, the bacterial damages are reversible and only when using H(2)O(2), bacterial reproduction is affected. Moreover, a complete elimination of pharmaceutical compounds was not achieved at the end of the inactivation process. In contrast, UV-A/TiO(2) required a longer irradiation time to inactivate bacteria but pharmaceuticals were completely removed along the process. In addition, its oxidation mechanism, based on hydroxyl radicals (OH), leads to irreversible bacterial damages, not requiring of chemicals to avoid bacterial regrowth. For UV-A/TiO(2)/H(2)O(2) process, the addition of H(2)O(2) improved Escherichia coli inactivation since the cell wall weakening, due to OH attacks, allowed H(2)O(2) to diffuse into the bacteria. However, a total elimination of the pharmaceuticals was not achieved during the inactivation process. PMID:23276426

  18. Dynamical network model for age-related health deficits and mortality

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    Taneja, Swadhin; Mitnitski, Arnold B.; Rockwood, Kenneth; Rutenberg, Andrew D.

    2016-02-01

    How long people live depends on their health, and how it changes with age. Individual health can be tracked by the accumulation of age-related health deficits. The fraction of age-related deficits is a simple quantitative measure of human aging. This quantitative frailty index (F ) is as good as chronological age in predicting mortality. In this paper, we use a dynamical network model of deficits to explore the effects of interactions between deficits, deficit damage and repair processes, and the connection between the F and mortality. With our model, we qualitatively reproduce Gompertz's law of increasing human mortality with age, the broadening of the F distribution with age, the characteristic nonlinear increase of the F with age, and the increased mortality of high-frailty individuals. No explicit time-dependence in damage or repair rates is needed in our model. Instead, implicit time-dependence arises through deficit interactions—so that the average deficit damage rates increase, and deficit repair rates decrease, with age. We use a simple mortality criterion, where mortality occurs when the most connected node is damaged.

  19. Biomedical bandpass filter for fluorescence microscopy imaging based on TiO2/SiO2 and TiO2/MgF2 dielectric multilayers

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    Butt, M. A.; Fomchenkov, S. A.; Ullah, A.; Verma, P.; Khonina, S. N.

    2016-08-01

    We report a design for creating a multilayer dielectric optical filters based on TiO2 and SiO2/MgF2 alternating layers. We have selected Titanium dioxide (TiO2) for high refractive index (2.5), Silicon dioxide (SiO2) and Magnesium fluoride (MgF2) as a low refractive index layer (1.45 & 1.37) respectively. Miniaturized visible spectrometers are useful for quick and mobile characterization of biological samples. Such devices can be fabricated by using Fabry-Perot (FP) filters consisting of two highly reflecting mirrors with a central cavity in between. Distributed Bragg Reflectors (DBRs) consisting of alternating high and low refractive index material pairs are the most commonly used mirrors in FP filters, due to their high reflectivity. However, DBRs have high reflectivity for a selected range of wavelengths known as the stopband of the DBR. This range is usually much smaller than the sensitivity range of the spectrometer range. Therefore a bandpass filters are required to restrict wavelength outside the stopband of the FP DBRs. The proposed filter shows a high quality with average transmission of 97.4% within the passbands and the transmission outside the passband is around 4%. Special attention has been given to keep the thickness of the filters within the economic limits. It can be suggested that these filters are exceptional choice for florescence imaging and Endoscope narrow band imaging.

  20. Voxelwise Bayesian Lesion Deficit Analysis

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    Chen, Rong; Hillis, Argye E.; Pawlak, Mikolaj; Herskovits, Edward H

    2008-01-01

    Relating cognitive deficits to the presence of lesions has been an important means of delineating structure-function associations in the human brain. We propose a voxel-based Bayesian method for lesion-deficit analysis, which identifies complex linear or nonlinear associations among brain-lesion locations, and neurological status. We validated this method using a simulated data set, and we applied this algorithm to data obtained from an acute-stroke study to identify associations among voxels with infarct or hypoperfusion, and impaired word reading. We found that a distributed region involving Brodmann areas (BA) 22, 37, 39, and 40 was implicated in word reading. PMID:18328733

  1. Attention Deficits, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Intellectual Disabilities

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    Deutsch, Curtis K.; Dube, William V.; McIlvane, William J.

    2008-01-01

    Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and its earlier nosologic classifications have been extensively investigated since the 1960s, with PubMed listings alone exceeding 13,000 entries. Strides have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in individuals with intellectual function in the normal range, as described in companion…

  2. Visual Search Deficits Are Independent of Magnocellular Deficits in Dyslexia

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    Wright, Craig M.; Conlon, Elizabeth G.; Dyck, Murray

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the theory that visual magnocellular deficits seen in groups with dyslexia are linked to reading via the mechanisms of visual attention. Visual attention was measured with a serial search task and magnocellular function with a coherent motion task. A large group of children with dyslexia (n = 70) had slower…

  3. Variations in the structural, optical and electrochemical properties of CeO 2-TiO 2 films as a function of TiO 2 content

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    Verma, Amita; Joshi, Amish G.; Bakhshi, A. K.; Shivaprasad, S. M.; Agnihotry, S. A.

    2006-05-01

    Alcohol based sols of cerium chloride (CeCl 3·7H 2O) and titanium propoxide (Ti(OPr) 4) in ethanol mixed in different mole ratios have yielded mixed oxide films on densification at 500 °C. The reversibility of the intercalation/deintercalation reactions has shown electrochemical stability of the films. Addition of TiO 2 in an equivalent mole ratio manifests in producing highly transparent films with appreciable ion storage capacity. The electrochemical studies have revealed the significant role of TiO 2 in controlling the ion storage capacity of the films, as it tends to induce the disorder. In addition, the films prepared from an aged sol are observed to exhibit a much higher ion storage capacity than the films deposited using the as-prepared sol. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies have provided information on the variation of Ce 4+/Ce 3+ ratio as a function of increased TiO 2 content in the films. This study has led to a better understanding of the increased ion storage capacity with the increased TiO 2 proportion. The transmission electron microscopic study has demonstrated the presence of CeO 2 nanograins even in films, which are amorphous to X-rays. Elucidation of the structural, optical and electrochemical features of the films has yielded information on aspects relevant to their usage in transmissive electrochromic devices. The films have been found to exhibit properties that can find application as counter electrode in electrochromic smart windows in which they are able to retain their transparency under charge insertion, high enough for practical uses. Also, the fastest coloration-bleaching kinetics for the primary electrochromic electrode (WO 3) working in combination with Ce/Ti (1:1) electrode stimulates the use of latter in electrochromic windows (ECWs).

  4. Ultrathin-layer chromatography on SiO(2), Al(2)O(3), TiO(2), and ZrO(2) nanostructured thin films.

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    Wannenmacher, Julia; Jim, Steven R; Taschuk, Michael T; Brett, Michael J; Morlock, Gertrud E

    2013-11-29

    We explored four different inorganic oxides and determined their merits in miniaturized planar chromatography. Despite progression of chromatographic techniques over several decades, such alternatives to traditional planar silica gel stationary phases have not been fully evaluated. Glancing angle deposition(GLAD) provided an excellent platform for engineering nanostructured thin films in these materials for ultrathin-layer chromatography (UTLC). Separations of carotenoids and synthetic food dyes were used to investigate the attributes of SiO(2), Al(2)O(3), TiO(2), and ZrO(2)GLAD UTLC media. These anisotropic high surface area thin films possessed similar channel-like features but different chromatographic properties.TiO(2)and ZrO(2)media were especially interesting since analyte retention could be modified through sim-ple oxidation heat treatments and UV irradiation. Generally, oxidation reduced analyte retention while UV exposure increased retention. Changes in retention factor as large as ΔhRF∼ 40 (for Acid Red 14 on titanium oxide) were achieved. Food dye mixtures were applied using consumer inkjet printers as per the Office Chromatography concept and separation performance was quantified using advanced video instrumentation designed for miniaturized plates. Enhanced time-resolved UTLC methods were used to calculate figures of merit from recorded dye separation videos. Small theoretical plate heights (<4 μm)and low limits of detection (<2 ng per zone for the food dye tartrazine) were measured. The combination of engineered GLAD UTLC plates, inkjet application of analyte spots, time-resolved UTLC, and custom analysis algorithms enabled some of the best performance achieved on GLAD UTLC layers. Separations on the inorganic oxide thin films were also successfully hyphenated with electrospray ionization mass spectrometry for the first time. This investigation demonstrates the utility of alternative inorganic oxide GLADUTLC media and probes avenues of expanding

  5. Comparison of Sterilizing Effect of Nonequilibrium Atmospheric-Pressure He/O2 and Ar/O2 Plasma Jets

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    Li, Shouzhe; Lim, Jinpyo

    2008-02-01

    The sterilizing effect of the non-equilibrium atmospheric pressure plasma jet by applying it to the Bacillus subtilis spores is invesigated. A stable glow discharge in argon or helium gas fed with active gas (oxygen), was generated in the coaxial cylindrical reactor powered by the radio-frequency power supply at atmospheric pressure. The experimental results indicated that the efficiency of killing spores by making use of an Ar/O2 plasma jet was much better than with a He/O2 plasma jet. The decimal reduction value of Ar/O2 and He/O2 plasma jets under the same experimental conditions was 4.5 seconds and 125 seconds, respectively. It was found that there exists an optimum oxygen concentration for a certain input power, at which the sterilization efficiency reaches a maximum value. It is believed that the oxygen radicals are generated most efficiently under this optimum condition.

  6. Controlling the particle size of ZrO2 nanoparticles in hydrothermally stable ZrO2/MWCNT composites.

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    Liu, Changchang; Lee, Sungchul; Su, Dong; Lee, Byeongdu; Lee, Sungsik; Winans, Randall E; Yin, Chunrong; Vajda, Stefan; Pfefferle, Lisa; Haller, Gary L

    2012-12-11

    The composite of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) decorated with ZrO(2) nanoparticles, synthesized by a grafting method followed by high-temperature annealing, was studied. The oxygen functionalized MWCNT surface uniformly disperses and stabilizes the oxide nanoparticles to an extent that is controlled by the metal oxide loading and thermal annealing temperature. This ZrO(2)/MWCNT also withstands decomposition in a hydrothermal environment providing potential applications in the catalysis of biomass conversion (e.g., aqueous phase reforming). The ZrO(2)/MWCNT have been characterized by (scanning) transmission electron microscopy ((S)TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), in situ small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), in situ wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS), and near edge X-ray fine structure (NEXAFS) for the purpose of a comprehensive analysis of the ZrO(2) particle size and particle size stability. PMID:23151155

  7. Photocatalytic treatment of pharmaceutical wastewater using new multiwall-carbon nanotubes/TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposites.

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    Czech, Bożena; Buda, Waldemar

    2015-02-01

    For the photocatalytic removal of bisphenol A (BPA) and carbamazepine (CBZ) from water solution a new multiwall-carbon nanotubes and TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposites (MWCNT-TiO2-SiO2) were applied. Nanocomposites with the addition of 0.15-17.8 wt% MWCNT show high potential for the removal of both pollutants. The starting concentration of each contaminant was halved during 20 min of UVA irradiation. The decomposition process of CBZ over investigated nanocomposites proceeded differently than it was observed for the classical photocatalyst P25. The kinetics of the removal followed as a pseudo-first order regime with the k1 in range 0.0827-0.1751 min(-1) for BPA and 0.0131-0.0743 min(-1) for CBZ. Toxicity to Vibrio fischeri and Daphnia magna was significantly reduced indicating formation of non-toxic products of photooxidation of tested contaminants.

  8. Orientation-Dependent Oxygen Evolution Activities of Rutile IrO2 and RuO2.

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    Stoerzinger, Kelsey A; Qiao, Liang; Biegalski, Michael D; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2014-05-15

    The activities of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) on IrO2 and RuO2 catalysts are among the highest known to date. However, the intrinsic OER activities of surfaces with defined crystallographic orientations are not well-established experimentally. Here we report that the (100) surface of IrO2 and RuO2 is more active in alkaline environments (pH 13) than the most thermodynamically stable (110) surface. The OER activity was correlated with the density of coordinatively undersaturated metal sites of each crystallographic facet. The surface-orientation-dependent activities can guide the design of nanoscale catalysts with increased activity for electrolyzers, metal-air batteries, and photoelectrochemical water splitting applications. PMID:26270358

  9. Structural, Optical and Thermal Investigations of TiO2 and S-Doped TiO2 Nanoparticles

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    Bhatnagar, Divyanshu; Kumar, Ashavani

    2011-12-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) and sulfur doped titanium dioxide (S-doped TiO2) nanoparticles are synthesized by Coprecipitation technique using titanium trichloride (TiCl3) as precursor, ammonium hydroxide (NH4OH) as solvent and sodium sulfite as source of sulfur. The X-ray diffraction (xrd) pattern reveals that TiO2 Nanoparticles are in anatase phase and anatase content decreases with increasing S-doping. The Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) analysis elucidates the metastable anatase phase changes to stable rutile phase at 746 °C temperature. The UV/Vis study predicts larger band gap of TiO2 Nanoparticles as compare to bulk and blue shift with increasing S-doping.

  10. Interfacial chemical bonding effect on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2-SiO2 nanocoupling systems.

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    Fujishima, Musashi; Takatori, Hiroaki; Tada, Hiroaki

    2011-09-15

    TiO(2) nanoparticles (NPs) were deposited on the surfaces of SiO(2) microspheres with a mesoporous structure prepared by a hydrolysis-controlled sol-gel technique. The TiO(2) NPs were firmly combined on the surfaces of SiO(2) microspheres through the interfacial Si-O-Ti bonds. The coupling causes the bandgap widening up to 3.37 eV, enhancing the photocatalytic activity for the decomposition of acetaldehyde under illumination of UV-light (330 < λ < 400 nm). Density functional theory calculations for model clusters suggested that the observed results are derived from the lowering in the valence band edge energy with the interfacial bond formation.

  11. Influence of vanadia content onto TiO 2-SiO 2 matrix for photocatalytic oxidation of trichloroethylene

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    Ismail, Adel Ali; Matsunaga, Hideyuki

    2007-10-01

    Direct synthesis of vanadia onto titania-silica matrices as photocatalysts was achieved by using simple sol-gel method. This synthetic strategy revealed that the vanadia species could be loaded into TiO 2-SiO 2 matrices up to 18.5 wt%. Results from FTIR indicated that at low loading amounts of vanadia species (i.e. ⩽1), the formation of monolayer vanadia species onto the matrices was successfully fabricated; however, a polymeric vanadate could be formed with high loading of vanadia species. On such heterogeneous photocatalytic systems, the oxidation affinity of trichloroethylene was substantially affected by the loading amount and the degree of dispersion V 2O 5 particles onto the TiO 2-SiO 2 support matrices, indicating the exclusive effect of the V 2O 5 nanoparticles on this photocatalytic reaction. Clearly evident is that this polymeric vanadate was a relatively inactive photocatalysts for the oxidation of trichloroethylene.

  12. Theoretical study of the alkaline-earth metal superoxides BeO2 through SrO2

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Partridge, Harry; Sodupe, Mariona; Langhoff, Stephen R.

    1992-01-01

    Three competing bonding mechanisms have been identified for the alkaline-earth metal superoxides: these result in a change in the optimal structure and ground state as the alkaline-earth metal becomes heavier. For example, BeO2 has a linear 3Sigma(-)g ground-state structure, whereas both CaO2 and SrO2 have C(2v)1A1 structures. For MgO2, the theoretical calculations are less definitive, as the 3A2 C(2v) structure is computed to lie only about 3 kcal/mol above the 3Sigma(-)g linear structure. The bond dissociation energies for the alkaline-earth metal superoxides have been computed using extensive Gaussian basis sets and treating electron correlation at the modified coupled-pair functional or coupled-cluster singles and doubles level with a perturbational estimate of the triple excitations.

  13. TiO2 (B) nanosheets mediate phase selective synthesis of TiO2 nanostructured photocatalyst

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    Wang, Yuxi; Wang, Changhua; Zhang, Xintong; Sun, Panpan; Kong, Lina; Wei, Yongan; Zheng, Han; Liu, Yichun

    2014-02-01

    Phase selective synthesis is particularly valuable in revealing performance of photocatalyst existing as several polymorphic phases. In this work, we develop a general soft chemical route that used a TiO2 (B) nanosheet as a precursor to synthesize TiO2 nanostructures of desired phase. Benefiting from the structural similarity and ultrathin thickness feature, TiO2 (B) nanosheet precursor can readily transform to pure phase of anatase, rutile and brookite as well as mixed phase of brookite/anatase. A possible dissolution-recrystallization mechanism is proposed for the phase transition of TiO2 (B) nanosheets to other phases. Photocatalytic activity tests demonstrated that the brookite/anatase mixture had the highest activity in degrading acetaldehyde under UV light irradiation, due to the synergistic effect of high crystallinity, large surface area and mixed phase structure.

  14. Gradual micronutrient accumulation and depletion in Alzheimer's disease.

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    Johnson, S

    2001-06-01

    Cadmium is a carcinogen that accumulates relentlessly with age, reaching high levels in the liver and kidneys. It is known to hyperactivate the Kupffer cells (hepatic macrophages). On the other hand, the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease increases considerably with age and it involves neuronal damage by hyperactive microglia (brain macrophages). Moreover, many of the metals that accumulate in the liver and kidneys, also accumulate in the brain (Fe, Cu, Zn, Mn, etc.). Therefore, it is possible that Cd also hyperactivates the microglia, playing a role in Alzheimer's disease (AD).Fe also accumulates in the brain as we age and catalyzes super oxide (O2-) formation, which reacts with nitric oxide (NO) to form the very harmful peroxynitrite (ONOO-). ONOO- causes considerable damage that exacerbates the damage caused by the hyperactive microglia, accelerating the progress of AD. Moreover, as we age we become less efficient at absorbing and retaining Cu, Zn and Mg. Since Cu and Zn are necessary for the synthesis of copper-zinc superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD), which disables the noxious O2-, the deficiencies cause considerable damage as we age. Similarly, Mg is a cofactor for CuZnSOD and is necessary for NO to leave the cell and perform its vasodilating job. Unfortunately, a Mg deficiency traps the NO in the cell, where it reacts with O2-, forming the harmful ONOO-. Furthermore, Se and vitamins B6 and D are required for Mg absorption and vitamin E is required to minimize the oxidative damage. PMID:11399105

  15. Phonons and stability of infinite-layer iron oxides SrFeO2 and CaFeO2

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    Gupta, M. K.; Mittal, R.; Chaplot, S. L.; Tassel, Cédric; Kageyama, Hiroshi; Tomiyasu, K.; Taylor, Jon

    2016-09-01

    We present detailed ab-initio lattice dynamical analysis of the Fe-O infinite-layer compounds CaFeO2 and SrFeO2 in various magnetic configurations. These indicate strong spin-phonon coupling in SrFeO2 in contrast to that in case of CaFeO2. From our ab-initio calculations in SrFeO2 as a function of volume, we suggest that the distortion in SrFeO2 above 300 K is similar to that in CaFeO2 at ambient conditions. The distortion of the planer structure of CaFeO2 involves doubling of the planer unit cell that may be usually expected to be due to a soft phonon mode at the M-point (1/2 1/2 0). However, our ab-initio calculations show quite unusually that all the M-point (1/2 1/2 0) phonons are stable, but two stable M3+ and M2- modes anharmonically couple with an unstable Bu mode at the zone center and lead to the cell doubling and the distorted structure. Magnetic exchange interactions in both the compounds have been computed on the basis of the ideal planar structure (P4/mmm space group) and with increasing amplitude of the Bu phonon mode. These reveal that the magnetic exchange interactions reduce significantly with increasing distortion. We have extended the ab-initio phonon calculation to high pressures, which reveal that, above 20 GPa of pressure, the undistorted planer CaFeO2 becomes dynamically stable. We also report computed phonon spectra in SrFeO3 that has a cubic structure, which is useful to understand the role of the difference in geometry of oxygen atoms around the Fe atom with respect to planer SrFeO2. Finally, powder neutron inelastic scattering experiments on SrFeO2 have also been performed at temperatures from 5 K to 353 K in the antiferromagnetic phase. The 5-K data are compared to the ab-initio calculations.

  16. Selectivity Changes During Organic Photooxidation on TiO2: Role of O2 pressure and Organic Coverage

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    Henderson, Michael A.; White, J M.; Uetsuka, H; Onishi, Hiroshi

    2006-02-15

    The selectivity of trimethyl acetate (TMA) photodecomposition on TiO2(110) as a function of O2 pressure and TMA coverage was probed at room temperature (RT) using isothermal mass spectrometry (ISOMS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The selectivity of TMA photodecomposition on TiO2(110) is sensitive to the initial TMA coverage and the O2 pressure. TMA bridge bonds to the surface via the carboxylate end of the molecule in a manner consistent with the binding of other carboxylate species (e.g., formate and acetate) on TiO2 surfaces. Under all conditions, photodecomposition of TMA was initiated via hole reaction with the electron in carboxylate's ? system resulting in opening of the O-C-O bond angle, and formation of CO2 and a t-butyl radical by cleavage of the C-C bond between these groups. The CO2 product desorbs from the surface at RT, but the t-butyl radical has several options for thermal chemistry. In ultrahigh vacuum (UHV), where the O2 partial pressure is <1x10-10 torr, the TMA photodecomposition results in a near 1:1 yield of isobutene (i-C4H8) and isobutane (i-C4H10) from surface chemistry of the t-butyl radicals. STM results show that the reaction occurs fairly homogeneously across the TiO2(110) surface. In the presence of O2, the photodecomposition selectivity switches from initially i-C4H8 to a mixture of i-C4H8 and i-C4H10 and then back to predominately i-C4H8. The latter selectivity change occurs at the point at which void regions form and grow in the TMA overlayer. At this point, the photodecomposition rate accelerates and the reaction occurs preferentially at the interface between the TMA-rich and TMA-void regions on the surface. These results illustrate both the changing dynamics of a typical photooxidation reaction on TiO2, and how factors such as O2 pressure and TMA coverage, impact the photooxidation reaction selectivity. We also present results that suggest the rate of photodecomposition of monodentate carboxylates is greater than that of

  17. Understanding structural stability of monoclinic LiMnO2 and NaMnO2 upon de-intercalation.

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    Tian, Meng; Gao, Yurui; Wang, Zhaoxiang; Chen, Liquan

    2016-07-14

    Although many strategies for Li-ion batteries have been successfully transplanted in Na-ion batteries, distinctions between these two kinds of secondary batteries are still clear. For example, monoclinic-NaMnO2 demonstrates high structural stability during charging and discharging, but its iso-structured LiMnO2 transforms to a spinel upon de-lithiation and the specific capacity fades quickly with cycling. In this work, first-principles calculations were carried out to have a better understanding of their difference in structural stability upon de-intercalation. Our studies show that the Mn-ions migrate into the Li layer of LiMnO2via an interstitial tetrahedral O atom when a triple-vacancy of the Li-ion is produced. This process follows a double-vacancy mechanism and results in blocking of the diffusion of other Li-ions. In contrast, it is very difficult for the Mn-ions to migrate into the Na layer in NaMnO2 even when triple-vacancies are generated. The drastic differences between LiMnO2 and NaMnO2 in charge distribution and in the length of the Mn-O bond are believed to be responsible for the Mn-ion migration in them. These findings provide revelations for understanding the de-intercalation behaviors of electrode materials for Li- and Na-ion batteries as well as insights into the structural stability of LiMnO2vs. NaMnO2 upon alkali metal ion de-intercalation. PMID:27315463

  18. Partial nitrogen loss in SrTaO2N and LaTiO2N oxynitride perovskites

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    Chen, Daixi; Habu, Daiki; Masubuchi, Yuji; Torii, Shuki; Kamiyama, Takashi; Kikkawa, Shinichi

    2016-04-01

    SrTaO2N heated in a helium atmosphere began to release nitrogen of approximately 30 at% at 950 °C while maintaining the perovskite structure and its color changed from orange to dark green. Then it decomposed above 1200 °C to a black mixture of Sr1.4Ta0.6O2.73, Ta2N, and Sr5Ta4O15. The second decomposition was not clearly observed when SrTaO2N was heated in a nitrogen atmosphere below 1550 °C. After heating at 1500 °C for 3 h under a 0.2 MPa nitrogen atmosphere, the perovskite product became dark green and conductive. Structure refinement results suggested that the product was a mixture of tetragonal and cubic perovskites with a decreased ordering of N3-/O2-. The sintered body was changed to an n-type semiconductor after a partial loss of nitrogen to be reduced from the originally insulating SrTaO2N perovskite lattice. LaTiO2N was confirmed to have a similar cis-configuration of the TiO4N2 octahedron as that of TaO4N2 in SrTaO2N. It also released some of its nitrogen at 800 °C changing its color from brown to black and then decomposed to a mixture of LaTiO3, La2O3, and TiN at 1100 °C. These temperatures are lower than those in SrTaO2N.

  19. Segregation of O2 and CO on the surface of dust grains determines the desorption energy of O2

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    Noble, J. A.; Diana, S.; Dulieu, F.

    2015-12-01

    Selective depletion towards pre-stellar cores is still not understood. The exchange between the solid and gas phases is central to this mystery. The aim of this paper is to show that the thermal desorption of O2 and CO from a submonolayer mixture is greatly affected by the composition of the initial surface population. We have performed thermally programmed desorption (TPD) experiments on various submonolayer mixtures of O2 and CO. Pure O2 and CO exhibit almost the same desorption behaviour, but their desorption differs strongly when mixed. Pure O2 is slightly less volatile than CO, while in mixtures, O2 desorbs earlier than CO. We analyse our data using a desorption law linking competition for binding sites with desorption, based on the assumption that the binding energy distribution of both molecules is the same. We apply Fermi-Dirac statistics in order to calculate the adsorption site population distribution, and derive the desorbing fluxes. Despite its simplicity, the model reproduces the observed desorption profiles, indicating that competition for adsorption sites is the reason for lower temperature O2 desorption. CO molecules push-out or `dislodge' O2 molecules from the most favourable binding sites, ultimately forcing their early desorption. It is crucial to consider the surface coverage of dust grains in any description of desorption. Competition for access to binding sites results in some important discrepancies between similar kinds of molecules, such as CO and O2. This is an important phenomenon to be investigated in order to develop a better understanding of the apparently selective depletion observed in dark molecular clouds.

  20. Lithium insertion in nanostructured TiO(2)(B) architectures.

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    Dylla, Anthony G; Henkelman, Graeme; Stevenson, Keith J

    2013-05-21

    Electric vehicles and grid storage devices have potentialto become feasible alternatives to current technology, but only if scientists can develop energy storage materials that offer high capacity and high rate capabilities. Chemists have studied anatase, rutile, brookite and TiO2(B) (bronze) in both bulk and nanostructured forms as potential Li-ion battery anodes. In most cases, the specific capacity and rate of lithiation and delithiation increases as the materials are nanostructured. Scientists have explained these enhancements in terms of higher surface areas, shorter Li(+) diffusion paths and different surface energies for nanostructured materials allowing for more facile lithiation and delithiation. Of the most studied polymorphs, nanostructured TiO2(B) has the highest capacity with promising high rate capabilities. TiO2(B) is able to accommodate 1 Li(+) per Ti, giving a capacity of 335 mAh/g for nanotubular and nanoparticulate TiO2(B). The TiO2(B) polymorph, discovered in 1980 by Marchand and co-workers, has been the focus of many recent studies regarding high power and high capacity anode materials with potential applications for electric vehicles and grid storage. This is due to the material's stability over multiple cycles, safer lithiation potential relative to graphite, reasonable capacity, high rate capability, nontoxicity, and low cost (Bruce, P. G.; Scrosati, B.; Tarascon, J.-M. Nanomaterials for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed.2008, 47, 2930-2946). One of the most interesting properties of TiO2(B) is that both bulk and nanostructured forms lithiate and delithiate through a surface redox or pseudocapacitive charging mechanism, giving rise to stable high rate charge/discharge capabilities in the case of nanostructured TiO2(B). When other polymorphs of TiO2 are nanostructured, they still mainly intercalate lithium through a bulk diffusion-controlled mechanism. TiO2(B) has a unique open crystal structure and low energy Li

  1. Effects of CeO2 Support Facets on VOx/CeO2 Catalysts in Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Methanol

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    Li, Yan; Wei, Zhehao; Gao, Feng; Kovarik, Libor; Peden, Charles HF; Wang, Yong

    2014-05-13

    CeO2 supports with dominating facets, i.e., low index (100), (110) and (111) facets, are prepared. The facet effects on the structure and catalytic performance of supported vanadium oxide catalysts are investigated using oxidative dehydrogenation of methanol as a model reaction. In the presence of mixed facets, Infrared and Raman characterizations demonstrate that surface vanadia species preferentially deposit on CeO2 (100) facets, presumably because of its higher surface energy. At the same surface vanadium densities, VOx species on (100) facets show better dispersion, followed by (110) and (111) facets. The VOx species on CeO2 nanorods with (110) and (100) facets display higher activity and lower apparent activation energies compared to that on CeO2 nanopolyhedras with dominating (111) facets and CeO2 nanocubes with dominating (100) facets. The higher activity for VOx/CeO2(110) might be related to the more abundant oxygen vacancies present on the (110) facets, evidenced from Raman spectroscopic measurements.

  2. Self-cleaning properties of TiO2/palygorskite and TiO2/halloysite nanocomposite coatings

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    Panagiotaras, Dionisios; Kaplani, Eleni; Stathatos, Elias; Papoulis, Dimitrios

    2014-10-01

    Tubular halloysite and microfibrous palygorskite clay mineral combined with nanocrystalline TiO2 are involved in the preparation of nanocomposite films on glass substrates via sol-gel route at 450°C. The synthesis employing nonionic surfactant molecule as pore directing agent along with the acetic acid-based sol-gel route without addition of water molecules. Drying and thermal treatment of composite films ensure elimination of organic material lead to the formation of TiO2 nanoparticles homogeneously distributed on the palygorskite and halloysite surfaces. Nanocomposite films without cracks of active anatase crystal phase on palygorskite and halloysite surfaces are characterized by microscopy techniques, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and porosimetry methods in order to examine their structural properties. The composite palygorskite-TiO2 and halloysite/TiO2 films with variable quantities of palygorskite and halloysite were tested as photocatalysts in the photo-oxidation of Basic Blue 41 azo dye in water. These nanocomposite films proved to be most promising photocatalysts and highly effective to dye's decoloration in spite of small amount of palygorskite/TiO2 or halloysite/TiO2 catalyst immobilized onto glass substrates.

  3. Highly branched RuO2 Nanorods on Electrospun TiO2 Nanofibers toward Electrochemical Catalysts

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    Cho, Yukyung; Kim, Su-Jin; Lee, Nam-Suk; Kim, Myung Hwa; Lee, Youngmi

    2014-03-01

    We report a facile growth route to synthesize hierarchically grown single crystalline metallic RuO2 nanorods on electrospun TiO2 nanofibers via a combination of a simple vapour phase transport process with an electrospinning process. This synthetic strategy could be very useful to design a variety of highly branched network architectures of the functional hetero-nanostructures for electrochemical applications. Particularly, Ruthenium oxide (RuO2) 1-dimensional nanostructures can be used as the effective catalysts or electrochemical electrode materials. Thus, we first synthesize TiO2 nanofibers from mixture of titanium isopropoxide precursor and polymer and then ruthenium hydroxide precursor on TiO2 nanofibers are transformed into RuO2 nanorods by thermal treatment at 250oC in air. The crystalline structures of products are confirmed using scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectrum, Raman spectroscopy, and high resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM). The fundamental electrochemical performances are examined using cyclic voltammetry (CV).

  4. HfO2/SiO2 multilayer based reflective and transmissive optics from the IR to the UV

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    Wang, Jue; Hart, Gary A.; Oudard, Jean Francois; Wamboldt, Leonard; Roy, Brian P.

    2016-05-01

    HfO2/SiO2 multilayer based reflective optics enable threat detection in the short-wave/middle-wave infrared and high power laser targeting capability in the near infrared. On the other hand, HfO2/SiO2 multilayer based transmissive optics empower early missile warning by taking advantage of the extremely low noise light detection in the deep-ultraviolet region where solar irradiation is strongly absorbed by the ozone layer of the earth's atmosphere. The former requires high laser damage resistance, whereas the latter needs a solar-blind property, i.e., high transmission of the radiation below 290 nm and strong suppression of the solar background from 300 nm above. The technical challenges in both cases are revealed. The spectral limits associated with the HfO2 and SiO2 films are discussed and design concepts are schematically illustrated. Spectral performances are realized for potential A and D and commercial applications.

  5. Theoretical prediction of Grüneisen parameter for SiO2.TiO2 bulk metallic glasses

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    Singh, Chandra K.; Pandey, Anjani K.; Pandey, Brijesh K.

    2016-05-01

    The Grüneisen parameter (γ) is very important to decide the limitations for the prediction of thermoelastic properties of bulk metallic glasses. It can be defined in terms of microscopic and macroscopic parameters of the material in which former is based on vibrational frequencies of atoms in the material while later is closely related to its thermodynamic properties. Different formulation and equation of states are used by the pioneer researchers of this field to predict the true sense of Gruneisen parameter for BMG but for SiO2.TiO2 very few and insufficient information is available till now. In the present work we have tested the validity of two different isothermal EOS viz. Poirrior-Tarantola EOS and Usual-Tait EOS to predict the true value of Gruneisen parameter for SiO2.TiO2 as a function of compression. Using different thermodynamic limitations related to the material constraints and analyzing obtained result it is concluded that the Poirrior-Tarantola EOS gives better numeric values of Grüneisen parameter (γ) for SiO2.TiO2 BMG.

  6. Amorphization of ZrO2 + CeO2 Powders Through Mechanical Milling for the Use of Kinetic Spray

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    Li, Songlin; Wang, Lei; Xiong, Yuming; Bae, Gyuyeol; Lee, Changhee

    2013-12-01

    The coating formation in a kinetic spray process mainly depends on the impact of inflight particles at a high velocity. The plastic deformation at the impact interface would disrupt the native oxide scale on the particle and the substrate to generate the intimate contact of the atomic structures. Accordingly, it poses a challenge in producing ceramic coating during kinetic spray because of the lack of plasticity of ceramic powders at room temperature. In this study, we proposed to prepare ZrO2 ceramic coatings using partially amorphized powder with nanometer size in the kinetic spray process. To prepare the powder for the use of the kinetic spray, the amorphization and grain refinement of ZrO2 powder in mechanical ball milling were studied. The results showed that the amorphization and grain refinement were improved because of the formation of solid solution when the CeO2 agent was added. Subsequently, a nearly spherical powder was achieved via spray drying using the milled powders. The plasticity of the milled powders was tested in the kinetic spray process using Nitrogen as process gas. A dense ZrO2-CeO2 coating with a thickness of 50 μm was formed, whereas spraying milled ZrO2 powder can only lead to an inhomogeneous dispersion of the destructible particles on the surface of the substrate.

  7. Microstructures and properties of plasma sprayed FeAl/CeO 2/ZrO 2 nano-composite coating

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    Yin, Bin; Liu, Guang; Zhou, Huidi; Chen, Jianmin; Yan, Fengyuan

    2010-04-01

    Commercial FeAl powders and ZrO 2 nano-particles as well as CeO 2 additive were reconstituted into a novel multi-compositional feedstock powders via spray drying. The resulting feedstock powders were used to deposit FeAl/CeO 2/ZrO 2 nano-composite coating by plasma spraying on 1Cr18Ni9Ti stainless steel. An X-ray diffractometer (XRD), a scanning electron microscope equipped with an energy dispersive spectrometer (SEM/EDS), and a field emission scanning electron microscope equipped with an energy dispersive spectrometer (FESEM/EDS) were employed to characterize the microstructure of the as-prepared feedstock powders and nano-composite coating. At the same time, the mechanical properties and friction and wear behavior of the nano-composite coating and pure FeAl coating were comparatively evaluated by using a Vickers microindentation tester and ball-on-disk sliding wear tribotester, respectively. And the wear mechanisms for the two types of coatings are discussed in terms of their microstructure and mechanical properties. Results indicate that the nano-composite coating has a much higher hardness and fracture toughness as well as drastically increased wear resistance than pure FeAl coating, which could be mainly attributed to the reinforcing effect of ZrO 2 nano-particles and partially attributed to the refining effect of CeO 2 in the nano-composite coating.

  8. Cluster synthesis of monodisperse rutile-TiO2 nanoparticles and dielectric TiO2-vinylidene fluoride oligomer nanocomposites

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    Balasubramanian, B; Kraemer, KL; Valloppilly, SR; Ducharme, S; Sellmyer, DJ

    2011-09-13

    The embedding of oxide nanoparticles in polymer matrices produces a greatly enhanced dielectric response by combining the high dielectric strength and low loss of suitable host polymers with the high electric polarizability of nanoparticles. The fabrication of oxide-polymer nanocomposites with well-controlled distributions of nanoparticles is, however, challenging due to the thermodynamic and kinetic barriers between the polymer matrix and nanoparticle fillers. In the present study, monodisperse TiO2 nanoparticles having an average particle size of 14.4 nm and predominant rutile phase were produced using a cluster-deposition technique without high-temperature thermal annealing and subsequently coated with uniform vinylidene fluoride oligomer (VDFO) molecules using a thermal evaporation source, prior to deposition as TiO2-VDFO nanocomposite films on suitable substrates. The molecular coatings on TiO2 nanoparticles serve two purposes, namely to prevent the TiO2 nanoparticles from contacting each other and to couple the nanoparticle polarization to the matrix. Parallel-plate capacitors made of TiO2-VDFO nanocomposite film as the dielectric exhibit minimum dielectric dispersion and low dielectric loss. Dielectric measurements also show an enhanced effective dielectric constant in TiO2-VDFO nanocomposites as compared to that of pure VDFO. This study demonstrates for the first time a unique electroactive particle coating in the form of a ferroelectric VDFO that has high-temperature stability as compared to conventionally used polymers for fabricating dielectric oxide-polymer nanocomposites.

  9. Cluster synthesis of monodisperse rutile-TiO2 nanoparticles and dielectric TiO2-vinylidene fluoride oligomer nanocomposites.

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    Balasubramanian, Balamurugan; Kraemer, Kristin L; Valloppilly, Shah R; Ducharme, Stephen; Sellmyer, David J

    2011-10-01

    The embedding of oxide nanoparticles in polymer matrices produces a greatly enhanced dielectric response by combining the high dielectric strength and low loss of suitable host polymers with the high electric polarizability of nanoparticles. The fabrication of oxide-polymer nanocomposites with well-controlled distributions of nanoparticles is, however, challenging due to the thermodynamic and kinetic barriers between the polymer matrix and nanoparticle fillers. In the present study, monodisperse TiO(2) nanoparticles having an average particle size of 14.4 nm and predominant rutile phase were produced using a cluster-deposition technique without high-temperature thermal annealing and subsequently coated with uniform vinylidene fluoride oligomer (VDFO) molecules using a thermal evaporation source, prior to deposition as TiO(2)-VDFO nanocomposite films on suitable substrates. The molecular coatings on TiO(2) nanoparticles serve two purposes, namely to prevent the TiO(2) nanoparticles from contacting each other and to couple the nanoparticle polarization to the matrix. Parallel-plate capacitors made of TiO(2)-VDFO nanocomposite film as the dielectric exhibit minimum dielectric dispersion and low dielectric loss. Dielectric measurements also show an enhanced effective dielectric constant in TiO(2)-VDFO nanocomposites as compared to that of pure VDFO. This study demonstrates for the first time a unique electroactive particle coating in the form of a ferroelectric VDFO that has high-temperature stability as compared to conventionally used polymers for fabricating dielectric oxide-polymer nanocomposites.

  10. CeO2 nanorods and gold nanocrystals supported on CeO2 nanorods as catalyst.

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    Huang, P X; Wu, F; Zhu, B L; Gao, X P; Zhu, H Y; Yan, T Y; Huang, W P; Wu, S H; Song, D Y

    2005-10-20

    The formation mechanism of uniform CeO2 structure at the nanometer scale via a wet-chemical reaction is of great interest in fundamental study as well as a variety of applications. In this work, large-scale well-crystallized CeO2 nanorods with uniform diameters in the range of 20-30 nm and lengths up to tens of micrometers are first synthesized through a hydrothermal synthetic route in 5 M KOH solution at 180 degrees C for 45 h without any templates and surfactants. The nanorod formation involves dehydration of CeO2 nanoparticles and orientation growth along the 110 direction in KOH solution. Subsequently, gold nanoparticles with crystallite sizes between 10 and 20 nm are loaded on the surface of CeO2 nanorods using HAuCl4 solution as the gold source and NaBH4 solution as a reducing agent. The synthesized Au/CeO2 nanorods demonstrate a higher catalytic activity in CO oxidation than the pure CeO2 nanorods. PMID:16853472

  11. Biochemical effects of six TiO2 and four CeO2 nanomaterials in HepG2 cells

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    Biochemical effects of six TiO2 and four CeO2 nanomaterials in HepG2 cellsBecause of their growing number of uses, nanoparticles composed of CeO2 (cosmetics, polishing materials and automotive fuel additives) and TiO2 (pigments, sunscreens and photocatalysts) are of particular to...

  12. Exploration of LiO2 by the method of electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance in TEGDME based Li-O2 battery

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    Lu, Yong; Tong, Shengfu; Qiu, Feilong; Jiang, Jie; Feng, Ningning; Zhang, Xueping; He, Ping; Zhou, Haoshen

    2016-10-01

    We confirmed the existence of LiO2 by electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) in TEGDME based Li-O2 batteries. Our results indicated that Li2O2 is generated through stepwise electrochemical reactions rather than disproportionation. We report for the first time that the formed Li2O2 oxidizes to LiO2 at relative negative potential and O2 at positive potential respectively. Our conclusions were based on both experimental observations and quantitative analysis. This may enlighten us to reconsider the Li-O2 batteries mechanisms in a quantitative way.

  13. Nanometer-size alpha-PbO(2)-type TiO(2) in garnet: A thermobarometer for ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism

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    Hwang; Shen; Chu; Yui

    2000-04-14

    A high-pressure phase of titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) with an alpha-PbO(2)-type structure has been identified in garnet of diamondiferous quartzofeldspathic rocks from the Saxonian Erzgebirge, Germany. Analytical electron microscopy indicates that this alpha-PbO(2)-type TiO(2) occurred as an epitaxial nanometer-thick slab between twinned rutile bicrystals. Given a V-shaped curve for the equilibrium phase boundary of alpha-PbO(2)-type TiO(2) to rutile, the stabilization pressure of alpha-PbO(2)-type TiO(2) should be 4 to 5 gigapascals at 900 degrees to 1000 degrees C. This suggests a burial of continental crustal rocks to depths of at least 130 kilometers. The alpha-PbO(2)-type TiO(2) may be a useful pressure and temperature indicator in the diamond stability field.

  14. CO(2) and O(2) Exchanges in the CAM Plant Ananas comosus (L.) Merr: Determination of Total and Malate-Decorboxylation-Dependent CO(2)-Assimilation Rates; Study of Light O(2)-Uptake.

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    Cote, F X; Andre, M; Folliot, M; Massimino, D; Daguenet, A

    1989-01-01

    Photosynthesis and light O(2)-uptake of the aerial portion of the CAM plant Ananas comosus (L.) merr. were studied by CO(2) and O(2) gas exchange measurements. The amount of CO(2) which was fixed during a complete day-night cycle was equal to the amount of total net O(2) evolved. This finding justifies the assumption that in each time interval of the light period, the difference between the rates of net O(2)-evolution and of net light atmospheric CO(2)-uptake give the rates of malate-decarboxylation-dependent CO(2) assimilation. Based upon this hypothesis, the following photosynthetic characteristics were observed: (a) From the onset of the light to midphase IV of CAM, the photosynthetic quotient (net O(2) evolved/net CO(2) fixed) was higher than 1. This indicates that malate-decarboxylation supplied CO(2) for the photosynthetic carbon reduction cycle during this period. (b) In phase III and early phase IV, the rate of CO(2) assimilation deduced from net O(2)-evolution was 3 times higher than the maximum rate of atmospheric CO(2)-fixation during phase IV. A conceivable explanation for this stimulation of photosynthesis is that the intracellular CO(2)-concentration was high because of malate decarboxylation. (c) During the final hours of the light period, the photosynthetic quotient decreased below 1. This may be the result of CO(2)-fixation by phosphoenolpyruvate-carboxylase activity and malate accumulation. Based upon this hypothesis, the gas exchange data indicates that at least 50% of the CO(2) fixed during the last hour of the light period was stored as malate. Light O(2)-uptake determined with (18)O(2) showed two remarkable characteristics: from the onset of the light until midphase IV the rate of O(2)-uptake increased progressively; during the following part of the light period, the rate of O(2)-uptake was 3.5 times higher than the maximum rate of CO(2)-uptake. When malate decarboxylation was reduced or suppressed after a night in a CO(2)-free atmosphere or

  15. Structural evolution and the control of defects in atomic layer deposited HfO2-Al2O3 stacked films on GaAs.

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    Kang, Yu-Seon; Kim, Dae-Kyoung; Jeong, Kwang-Sik; Cho, Mann-Ho; Kim, Chung Yi; Chung, Kwun-Bum; Kim, Hyoungsub; Kim, Dong-Chan

    2013-03-01

    The structural characteristics and interfacial reactions of bilayered dielectric stacks of 3 nm HfO2/2 nm Al2O3 and 3 nm Al2O3/2 nm HfO2 on GaAs, prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD), were examined during film growth and the postannealing process. During the postdeposition annealing (PDA) of the Al2O3/HfO2/GaAs structures at 700 °C, large amounts of Ga oxides were generated between the Al2O3 and HfO2 films as the result of interfacial reactions between interdiffused oxygen impurities and out-diffused atomic Ga. However, in the case of the HfO2/Al2O3/GaAs structures, the presence of an Al2O3 buffer layer effectively blocked the out-diffusion of atomic Ga, thus suppressing the formation of Ga oxide. Microstructural analyses showed that HfO2 films that were deposited on Al2O3/GaAs had completely crystallized during the PDA process, even at 700 °C, because of the Al2O3 diffusion barrier. Capacitance-voltage measurements showed a relatively large frequency dispersion of the Al2O3/HfO2/GaAs structure in accumulation capacitance compared to the HfO2/Al2O3/GaAs structure due to a higher interface state density. Conductance results revealed that the Al2O3 buffer layer on GaAs resulted in a significant reduction in gap states in GaAs. The induced gap state in the Al2O3/HfO2/GaAs structure originated from the out-diffusion of atomic Ga into the HfO2 film. Density functional theory calculations supported this conclusion.

  16. Design and Preparation of MnO2/CeO2-MnO2 Double-Shelled Binary Oxide Hollow Spheres and Their Application in CO Oxidation.

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    Zhang, Jian; Cao, Yidan; Wang, Chang-An; Ran, Rui

    2016-04-01

    Herein, we designed an extremely facile method to prepare well-defined MnO2@CeO2-MnO2 ball-in-ball binary oxide hollow spheres by employing carbon spheres (CSs) as sacrificial templates. The synthesis process involves a novel self-assembled approach to prepare core-shell CSs@CeO2 precursor, which would directly react with KMnO4 aqueous solution to form yolk-shell CSs@MnO2/CeO2-MnO2 precursor in the following step. Well-dispersed Ce-Mn binary oxide with double-shelled hollow sphere structure could be achieved after annealing the precursor in air. The evolution process and formation mechanism of this novel structure were thoroughly studied in this paper. Especially the as-prepared double-shell MnO2/CeO2-MnO2 hollow spheres exhibited enhanced catalytic activity for CO oxidation compared with the pure MnO2 hollow spheres and pure CeO2 hollow spheres. We believe the high surface area, hierarchical porous structures, and strong synergistic interaction between CeO2 and MnO2 contribute to the excellent catalytic activity. Most importantly, this method could be extended to prepare other transition metal oxides. As an example, triple-shelled Co-Mn composite hollow spheres assembled by ultrathin nanoplates were successfully prepared.

  17. PECVD grown SiO2 film process optimization

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    Ping, Song; Jie, Lian; Gao, Shang; Li, Ping; Wang, Xiao; Wu, Shiliang; Ma, Zheng

    2011-02-01

    SiO2 films have been widely applied in the production of electronic devices, integrated devices, optical thin film devices, sensors because of their desirable properties, such as good insulation, high light transmittance, strong corrosion resistance, good dielectric properties, etc. Amorphous silicon dioxide was fabricated by plasma enhanced chemical deposition on GaAs substrate. The thickness and refractive index are obtained by optical transmittance of the film, which are measured by ellipsometer. The deposition rate of the film and the refractive index are studied at different time, pressure, and the ratio of SiH4/N2O. The SiO2 thin film growth rate remained basically unchanged versus time. The reaction chamber pressure, which make the SiO2 thin film growth rate getting the peak, should be about 105Pa. But the SiO2 thin film growth rate and the refractive index are anti-related. The enormous changes of the gas flow rate do not have huge impact to the response rate. However, the refractive index of SiO2 thin film changed greatly when the SiH4flow increased the refractive index of the thin films is highest when the ratio of SiH4/N2O is 200:20

  18. Role of Metabolic H2O2 Generation

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    Sies, Helmut

    2014-01-01

    Hydrogen peroxide, the nonradical 2-electron reduction product of oxygen, is a normal aerobic metabolite occurring at about 10 nm intracellular concentration. In liver, it is produced at 50 nmol/min/g of tissue, which is about 2% of total oxygen uptake at steady state. Metabolically generated H2O2 emerged from recent research as a central hub in redox signaling and oxidative stress. Upon generation by major sources, the NADPH oxidases or Complex III of the mitochondrial respiratory chain, H2O2 is under sophisticated fine control of peroxiredoxins and glutathione peroxidases with their backup systems as well as by catalase. Of note, H2O2 is a second messenger in insulin signaling and in several growth factor-induced signaling cascades. H2O2 transport across membranes is facilitated by aquaporins, denoted as peroxiporins. Specialized protein cysteines operate as redox switches using H2O2 as thiol oxidant, making this reactive oxygen species essential for poising the set point of the redox proteome. Major processes including proliferation, differentiation, tissue repair, inflammation, circadian rhythm, and aging use this low molecular weight oxygen metabolite as signaling compound. PMID:24515117

  19. Electrochemical, H2O2-Boosted Catalytic Oxidation System

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    Akse, James R.; Thompson, John O.; Schussel, Leonard J.

    2004-01-01

    An improved water-sterilizing aqueous-phase catalytic oxidation system (APCOS) is based partly on the electrochemical generation of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). This H2O2-boosted system offers significant improvements over prior dissolved-oxygen water-sterilizing systems in the way in which it increases oxidation capabilities, supplies H2O2 when needed, reduces the total organic carbon (TOC) content of treated water to a low level, consumes less energy than prior systems do, reduces the risk of contamination, and costs less to operate. This system was developed as a variant of part of an improved waste-management subsystem of the life-support system of a spacecraft. Going beyond its original intended purpose, it offers the advantage of being able to produce H2O2 on demand for surface sterilization and/or decontamination: this is a major advantage inasmuch as the benign byproducts of this H2O2 system, unlike those of systems that utilize other chemical sterilants, place no additional burden of containment control on other spacecraft air- or water-reclamation systems.

  20. Reactions of Hydrogen with Si-SiO2 Interfaces

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    Rashkeev, S. N.; Pantelides, S. T.; Buczko, R.; Fleetwood, D. M.; Schrimpf, R. D.

    2001-03-01

    Two contrasting behaviors have been observed for H in Si-SiO2 structures: a) Radiation experiments established that H^+ released in SiO2 migrates to the Si-SiO2 interface where it induces new defects; b) For oxides exposed first to high-temperature annealing and then to molecular hydrogen, mobile positive charge believed to be H^+ can be cycled to and from the interface by reversing the oxide electric field. We report first-principles calculations that identify atomic-scale mechanisms for the two types of behavior and the conditions that are necessary for each. Si-Si bonds on the oxide side, i.e., ``suboxide bonds'', can trap H^+ in deep wells with asymmetric barrier (1.5 eV on the Si side, 1 eV on the SiO2 side). In radiation experiments these centers can act as fixed positive charge. In the mobile-positive-charge experiments, the protons can be cycled between opposite Si-SiO2 interfaces if the density of suboxide bonds is high. This work was supported in part by AFOSR Grant F-49620-99-1-0289.

  1. Thermal stability of HfO2 nanotube arrays

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    Qiu, Xiaofeng; Howe, Jane Y; Meyer III, Harry M; Tuncer, Enis; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans

    2010-01-01

    Thermal stability of highly ordered hafnium oxide (HfO2) nanotube arrays prepared through an electrochemical anodization method in the presence of ammonium fluoride is investigated in a temperature range of room temperature to 900 C in flowing argon atmosphere. The formation of the HfO2 nanotube arrays was monitored by current density transient characteristics during anodization of hafnium metal foil. Morphologies of the as-grown and post-annealed HfO2 nanotube arrays were analyzed by powder Xray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Although monoclinic HfO2 is thermally stable up to 2000K in bulk, the morphology of HfO2 nanotube arrays degraded at 900 C. A detailed X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) study revealed that the thermal treatment significantly impacted the composition and the chemical environment of the core elements (Hf and O), as well as F content coming from the electrolyte. Possible reasons for the degradation of the nanotube at high temperature were discussed based on XPS study and possible future improvements have also been suggested. Moreover, dielectric measurements were carried out on both the as-grown amorphous film and 500 C post-annealed crystalline film. This study will help us to understand the temperature impact on the morphology of nanotube arrays, which is important to its further applications at elevated temperatures.

  2. Photocatalytic Properties of TiO2 Porous Network Film.

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    Yu, Lianqing; Zhi, Qianqian; Huang, Chengxing; Zhang, Yaping; Dong, Kaituo; Neppolian, B

    2015-09-01

    Three-dimensional porous network TiO2 film (PW-film) and nanoparticles film were synthesized on surface of the Ti foil by a facile method to investigate both the photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic properties. The prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD) techniques. Methylene blue was used as a target molecule to estimate the photocatalytic activity of the films. Results revealed that the hydrothermal temperature and time have great influence on the crystal type and film morphology of TiO2 catalysts. A higher hydrothermal temperature is benefit for the formation of anatase phase of TiO2 nanotubes with PW-film, which had a large number of nodes. After investigation of the photoelectrochemical properties, a maximum photoconversion efficiency of 4.79% is observed for nanoparticles film with rutile phase of TiO2 under UV light illumination, which was incredible 2 times higher than that of the PW-film with anatase phase. It was shown that the morphology of TiO2 film contributes more significant effect on photocatalytic and photoelectric performance than its crystal type. PMID:26716214

  3. Photocatalytic Properties of TiO2 Porous Network Film.

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    Yu, Lianqing; Zhi, Qianqian; Huang, Chengxing; Zhang, Yaping; Dong, Kaituo; Neppolian, B

    2015-09-01

    Three-dimensional porous network TiO2 film (PW-film) and nanoparticles film were synthesized on surface of the Ti foil by a facile method to investigate both the photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic properties. The prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD) techniques. Methylene blue was used as a target molecule to estimate the photocatalytic activity of the films. Results revealed that the hydrothermal temperature and time have great influence on the crystal type and film morphology of TiO2 catalysts. A higher hydrothermal temperature is benefit for the formation of anatase phase of TiO2 nanotubes with PW-film, which had a large number of nodes. After investigation of the photoelectrochemical properties, a maximum photoconversion efficiency of 4.79% is observed for nanoparticles film with rutile phase of TiO2 under UV light illumination, which was incredible 2 times higher than that of the PW-film with anatase phase. It was shown that the morphology of TiO2 film contributes more significant effect on photocatalytic and photoelectric performance than its crystal type.

  4. O:2-CRM197 Conjugates against Salmonella Paratyphi A

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    Micoli, Francesca; Rondini, Simona; Gavini, Massimiliano; Lanzilao, Luisa; Medaglini, Donata; Saul, Allan; Martin, Laura B.

    2012-01-01

    Enteric fevers remain a common and serious disease, affecting mainly children and adolescents in developing countries. Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi was believed to cause most enteric fever episodes, but several recent reports have shown an increasing incidence of S. Paratyphi A, encouraging the development of a bivalent vaccine to protect against both serovars, especially considering that at present there is no vaccine against S. Paratyphi A. The O-specific polysaccharide (O:2) of S. Paratyphi A is a protective antigen and clinical data have previously demonstrated the potential of using O:2 conjugate vaccines. Here we describe a new conjugation chemistry to link O:2 and the carrier protein CRM197, using the terminus 3-deoxy-D-manno-octulosonic acid (KDO), thus leaving the O:2 chain unmodified. The new conjugates were tested in mice and compared with other O:2-antigen conjugates, synthesized adopting previously described methods that use CRM197 as carrier protein. The newly developed conjugation chemistry yielded immunogenic conjugates with strong serum bactericidal activity against S. Paratyphi A. PMID:23144798

  5. Spermidine exodus and oxidation in the apoplast induced by abiotic stress is responsible for H2O2 signatures that direct tolerance responses in tobacco.

    PubMed

    Moschou, Panagiotis N; Paschalidis, Konstantinos A; Delis, Ioannis D; Andriopoulou, Athina H; Lagiotis, George D; Yakoumakis, Dimitrios I; Roubelakis-Angelakis, Kalliopi A

    2008-06-01

    Polyamines (PAs) exert a protective effect against stress challenges, but their molecular role in this remains speculative. In order to detect the signaling role of apoplastic PA-derived hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) under abiotic stress, we developed a series of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum cv Xanthi) transgenic plants overexpressing or downregulating apoplastic polyamine oxidase (PAO; S-pao and A-pao plants, respectively) or downregulating S-adenosyl-l-methionine decarboxylase (samdc plants). Upon salt stress, plants secreted spermidine (Spd) into the apoplast, where it was oxidized by the apoplastic PAO, generating H2O2. A-pao plants accumulated less H2O2 and exhibited less programmed cell death (PCD) than did wild-type plants, in contrast with S-pao and samdc downregulating plants. Induction of either stress-responsive genes or PCD was dependent on the level of Spd-derived apoplastic H2O2. Thus, in wild-type and A-pao plants, stress-responsive genes were efficiently induced, although in the latter at a lower rate, while S-pao plants, with higher H2O2 levels, failed to accumulate stress-responsive mRNAs, inducing PCD instead. Furthermore, decreasing intracellular PAs, while keeping normal apoplastic Spd oxidation, as in samdc downregulating transgenic plants, caused enhanced salinity-induced PCD. These results reveal that salinity induces the exodus of Spd into the apoplast, where it is catabolized by PAO, producing H2O2. The accumulated H2O2 results in the induction of either tolerance responses or PCD, depending also on the levels of intracellular PAs.

  6. Spermidine Exodus and Oxidation in the Apoplast Induced by Abiotic Stress Is Responsible for H2O2 Signatures That Direct Tolerance Responses in Tobacco[W

    PubMed Central

    Moschou, Panagiotis N.; Paschalidis, Konstantinos A.; Delis, Ioannis D.; Andriopoulou, Athina H.; Lagiotis, George D.; Yakoumakis, Dimitrios I.; Roubelakis-Angelakis, Kalliopi A.

    2008-01-01

    Polyamines (PAs) exert a protective effect against stress challenges, but their molecular role in this remains speculative. In order to detect the signaling role of apoplastic PA-derived hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) under abiotic stress, we developed a series of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum cv Xanthi) transgenic plants overexpressing or downregulating apoplastic polyamine oxidase (PAO; S-pao and A-pao plants, respectively) or downregulating S-adenosyl-l-methionine decarboxylase (samdc plants). Upon salt stress, plants secreted spermidine (Spd) into the apoplast, where it was oxidized by the apoplastic PAO, generating H2O2. A-pao plants accumulated less H2O2 and exhibited less programmed cell death (PCD) than did wild-type plants, in contrast with S-pao and samdc downregulating plants. Induction of either stress-responsive genes or PCD