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  1. Frailty: Scaling from Cellular Deficit Accumulation?

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    Rockwood, Kenneth; Mitnitski, Arnold; Howlett, Susan E

    2015-01-01

    Cells age in association with deficit accumulation via mechanisms that are far from fully defined. Even so, how deficits might scale up from the subcellular level to give rise to clinically evident age-related changes can be investigated. This 'scaling problem' can be viewed either as a series of little-related events that reflect discrete processes--such as the development of particular diseases--or as a stochastic process with orderly progression at the systems level, regardless of which diseases are present. Some recent evidence favors the latter hypothesis, but determining the best approach to study how deficits scale remains a key goal for understanding aging. In consequence, approaching the problem of frailty as one of the scaling of subcellular deficits has implications for understanding aging. Considering the cumulative effects of many small deficits appears to allow for the observation of important aspects of the behavior of systems that are close to failure. Mathematical modeling offers useful possibilities in clarifying the extent to which different clinical scales measure different phenomena. Even so, to be useful, mathematical modelling must be clinically coherent in addition to mathematically sound. In this regard, queuing appears to offer some potential for investigating how deficits originate and accumulate. PMID:26301975

  2. Operationalizing Frailty Using the Frailty Phenotype and Deficit Accumulation Approaches

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    Theoua, Olga; Walstonb, Jeremy; Rockwooda, Kenneth

    2016-01-01

    In both demographic and clinical studies, frailty is understood as a multidimensional state of increased vulnerability compared with the status of others of the same age. Of the many theoretical definitions of frailty, two are commonly employed: the physical frailty/phenotypic approach and the deficit accumulation approach. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss how frailty is conceptualized and operationalized based on these two approaches. PMID:26301980

  3. The accumulation of deficits with age and possible invariants of aging.

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    Mitnitski, Arnold B; Mogilner, Alexander J; MacKnight, Chris; Rockwood, Kenneth

    2002-06-28

    This paper extends a method of apprising health status to a broad range of ages from adolescence to old age. The "frailty index" is based on the accumulation of deficits (symptoms, signs, disease classifications) as analyzed in the National Population Health Survey, a representative Canadian population sample (n = 81,859). The accumulation of deficits has both an age-independent (background) component and an age-dependent (exponential) component, akin to the well-known Gompertz-Makeham model for the risk of mortality. While women accumulate more deficits than men of the same age, on average, their rate of accumulation is lower, so the difference in the level of deficits between men and women decreases with age. Two possible invariants of the process of accumulation of deficits were found: (1) the age at which the average proportion of deficits coincides for men and women is 94 years, which closely matches the species-specific lifespan in humans (95 +/- 2); (2) the value of the frailty index (proportion of deficits), which corresponds to that age (0.18). The similarity between mortality kinetics and the accumulation of deficits (frailty kinetics), and the coincidence of the time parameters in the frailty and mortality models make it possible to express mortality risk in terms of accumulated deficits. This provides a simple and accessible tool that might have potential in a number of biomedical applications. PMID:12806172

  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. Nitrate accumulation and movement under deficit irrigation in soil receiving cattle manure and commercial fertilizer

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    Nitrate leaching from agricultural soils can increase groundwater nitrate concentrations. The objectives of the study were to assess the accumulation and movement of nitrate in the soil profile over a two year period under deficit irrigation conditions following a one time application of N in cattl...

  6. 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. PMID:26091814

  7. Heritability of Performance Deficit Accumulation During Acute Sleep Deprivation in Twins

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    Kuna, Samuel T.; Maislin, Greg; Pack, Frances M.; Staley, Bethany; Hachadoorian, Robert; Coccaro, Emil F.; Pack, Allan I.

    2012-01-01

    Study Objectives: To determine if the large and highly reproducible interindividual differences in rates of performance deficit accumulation during sleep deprivation, as determined by the number of lapses on a sustained reaction time test, the Psychomotor Vigilance Task (PVT), arise from a heritable trait. Design: Prospective, observational cohort study. Setting: Academic medical center. Participants: There were 59 monozygotic (mean age 29.2 ± 6.8 [SD] yr; 15 male and 44 female pairs) and 41 dizygotic (mean age 26.6 ± 7.6 yr; 15 male and 26 female pairs) same-sex twin pairs with a normal polysomnogram. Interventions: Thirty-eight hr of monitored, continuous sleep deprivation. Measurements and Results: Patients performed the 10-min PVT every 2 hr during the sleep deprivation protocol. The primary outcome was change from baseline in square root transformed total lapses (response time ≥ 500 ms) per trial. Patient-specific linear rates of performance deficit accumulation were separated from circadian effects using multiple linear regression. Using the classic approach to assess heritability, the intraclass correlation coefficients for accumulating deficits resulted in a broad sense heritability (h2) estimate of 0.834. The mean within-pair and among-pair heritability estimates determined by analysis of variance-based methods was 0.715. When variance components of mixed-effect multilevel models were estimated by maximum likelihood estimation and used to determine the proportions of phenotypic variance explained by genetic and nongenetic factors, 51.1% (standard error = 8.4%, P < 0.0001) of twin variance was attributed to combined additive and dominance genetic effects. Conclusion: Genetic factors explain a large fraction of interindividual variance among rates of performance deficit accumulations on PVT during sleep deprivation. Citation: Kuna ST; Maislin G; Pack FM; Staley B; Hachadoorian R; Coccaro EF; Pack AI. Heritability of performance deficit accumulation

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. The rate of aging: the rate of deficit accumulation does not change over the adult life span.

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    Mitnitski, Arnold; Rockwood, Kenneth

    2016-02-01

    People age at different rates. We have proposed that rates of aging can be quantified by the rate at which individuals accumulate health deficits. Earlier estimates, using cross-sectional analyses suggested that deficits accumulated exponentially, at an annual rate of 3.5%. Here, we estimate the rate of deficit accumulation using longitudinal data from the Canadian National Population Health Survey. By analyzing age-specific trajectories of deficit accumulation in people aged 20 years and over (n = 13,668) followed biannually for 16 years, we found that the longitudinal average annual rate of deficit accumulation was 4.5% (±0.75%). This estimate was notably stable during the adult life span. The corresponding average doubling time in the number of deficits was 15.4 (95% CI 14.82-16.03) years, roughly 30% less than we had reported from the cross-sectional analysis. Earlier work also established that the average number of deficits accumulated by individuals (N), equals the product of the intensity of environmental stresses (λ) causing damage to the organism, by the average recovery time (W). At the individual level, changes in deficit accumulation can be attributed to both changes in environmental stresses and changes in recovery time. By contrast, at the population level, changes in the number of deficits are proportional to the changes in recovery time. In consequence, we propose here that the average recovery time, W doubles approximately every 15.4 years, independently of age. Such changes quantify the increase of vulnerability to stressors as people age that gives rise to increasing risk of frailty, disability and death. That deficit accumulation will, on average, double twice between ages 50 and 80 highlights the importance of health in middle age on late life outcomes. PMID:25972341

  11. Differential Growth of and Nanoscale TiO2 Accumulation in Tetrahymena thermophila by Direct Feeding versus Trophic Transfer from Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Mielke, Randall E.; Priester, John H.; Werlin, Rebecca A.; Gelb, Jeff; Horst, Allison M.; Orias, Eduardo

    2013-01-01

    Nanoscale titanium dioxide (TiO2) is increasingly used in consumer goods and is entering waste streams, thereby exposing and potentially affecting environmental microbes. Protozoans could either take up TiO2 directly from water and sediments or acquire TiO2 during bactivory (ingestion of bacteria) of TiO2-encrusted bacteria. Here, the route of exposure of the ciliated protozoan Tetrahymena thermophila to TiO2 was varied and the growth of, and uptake and accumulation of TiO2 by, T. thermophila were measured. While TiO2 did not affect T. thermophila swimming or cellular morphology, direct TiO2 exposure in rich growth medium resulted in a lower population yield. When TiO2 exposure was by bactivory of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the T. thermophila population yield and growth rate were lower than those that occurred during the bactivory of non-TiO2-encrusted bacteria. Regardless of the feeding mode, T. thermophila cells internalized TiO2 into their food vacuoles. Biomagnification of TiO2 was not observed; this was attributed to the observation that TiO2 appeared to be unable to cross the food vacuole membrane and enter the cytoplasm. Nevertheless, our findings imply that TiO2 could be transferred into higher trophic levels within food webs and that the food web could be affected by the decreased growth rate and yield of organisms near the base of the web. PMID:23851096

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 20th Century Trends in the H2O2 Ice Core Record From West Antarctica: Contributions From Accumulation Variability and Stratospheric Ozone Depletion

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    Frey, M. M.; Stewart, R. W.; McConnell, J. R.; Bales, R. C.

    2005-12-01

    An array of centennial-scale ice core records of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) was recently developed using shallow cores drilled at 24 different locations across the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS). H2O2 is a major atmospheric oxidant that is closely linked to chemical feedback mechanisms controlling the composition of the atmosphere. Ice core records of H2O2 offer the potential to reconstruct past changes in the oxidation capacity of the atmosphere if the processes controlling deposition and long-term preservation are quantitatively understood. Comparison of the 1900-50 with the 1950-2000 time period shows in all cores increases of >40% in mean H2O2 during the latter half of the 20th century. Atmospheric concentration, seasonal timing and rate of snow accumulation, as well as the site temperature largely determine the amount of H2O2 preserved in an ice core. Sensitivities of the long-term H2O2 record to changes in annual accumulation and temperature quantified with a semi-empirical deposition model suggest that interannual variability in H2O2 is dominated by the accumulation signal under the current WAIS temperature regime. However, observed trends can only be explained in part by changes in accumulation rate and timing. Recent field and model experiments in West Antarctica showed a negative correlation between stratospheric ozone and summer levels of atmospheric H2O2. Using the NASA-Goddard Flight Center (GSFC) point photochemical model the magnitude of atmospheric H2O2 enhancement due to changes in surface UV radiation over the past decades was estimated and compared to the H2O2 residual not accounted for by the deposition model. We suggest that part of the observed H2O2 increase in the core record is due to the occurrence of the spring time ozone hole since the 1970s.

  15. 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

  16. Anaerobic capacity: a maximal anaerobic running test versus the maximal accumulated oxygen deficit.

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    Maxwell, N S; Nimmo, M A

    1996-02-01

    The present investigation evaluates a maximal anaerobic running test (MART) against the maximal accumulated oxygen deficit (MAOD) for the determination of anaerobic capacity. Essentially, this involved comparing 18 male students performing two randomly assigned supramaximal runs to exhaustion on separate days. Post warm-up and 1, 3, and 6 min postexercise capillary blood samples were taken during both tests for plasma blood lactate (BLa) determination. In the MART only, blood ammonia (BNH3) concentration was measured, while capillary blood samples were additionally taken after every second sprint for BLa determination. Anaerobic capacity, measured as oxygen equivalents in the MART protocol, averaged 112.2 +/- 5.2 ml.kg-1.min-1. Oxygen deficit, representing the anaerobic capacity in the MAOD test, was an average of 74.6 +/- 7.3 ml.kg-1. There was a significant correlation between the MART and MAOD (r = .83, p < .001). BLa values obtained over time in the two tests showed no significant difference, nor was there any difference in the peak BLa recorded. Peak BNH3 concentration recorded was significantly increased from resting levels at exhaustion during the MART. PMID:8664845

  17. 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. PMID:24040965

  18. 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. PMID:26100262

  19. Accumulation of docosahexaenoic acid-rich lipid in thraustochytrid Aurantiochytrium sp. strain T66: effects of N and P starvation and O2 limitation.

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    Jakobsen, Anita N; Aasen, Inga M; Josefsen, Kjell D; Strøm, Arne R

    2008-08-01

    Aurantiochytrium sp. strain T66 was grown in batch bioreactor cultures in a defined glutamate- and glycerol-containing growth medium. Exponentially growing cells had a lipid content of 13% (w/w) of dry weight. A fattening of cells fed excess glycerol occurred in the post-exponential growth phase, after the medium was depleted of N or P. Lipid accumulation was also initiated by O2 limitation (below 1% of saturation). N starvation per se, or in combination with O2 limitation, gave the highest lipid content, i.e., 54% to 63% (w/w) of dry weight. The corresponding maximum culture density was 90 to 100 g/l dry biomass. The content of docosahexaenoic acid (22:6n-3) in N starved, well-oxygenated cells reached 29% (w/w) of total fatty acids but increased to 36% to 52% in O2-limited cells, depending on the time span of the limitation. O2-limited cells did not accumulate the monounsaturated fatty acids that were normally present. We inferred that the biological explanation is that O2 limitation hindered the O2-dependent desaturase(s) and favored the O2-independent polyunsaturated fatty acid synthase. The highest overall volumetric productivity of docosahexaenoic acid observed was 93 mg/l/h. Additionally, we present a protocol for quantitative lipid extraction, involving heat and protease treatment of freeze-dried thraustochytrids. PMID:18560831

  20. 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.

    2015-01-01

    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. PMID:25627804

  1. Bounding the rate of moment deficit accumulation along the Tohoku segment using GEONET GPS data

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    Segall, P.; Johnson, K. M.; Miyazaki, S.

    2011-12-01

    Geodetic estimates of strain accumulation compared to the rate of past moment release provide important input to earthquake hazard forecasts. Prior to the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake a number of studies investigated plate coupling along the Japan Trench in NE Japan using GEONET GPS data. Most of these assumed an elastic back-slip framework, and regularized the underdetermined inverse problem by minimizing some norm of the back-slip rate. All studies apparently smoothed to zero coupling at the trench and therefore infer the highest coupling just offshore. In contrast, we estimate rigorous bounds on the maximum and minimum permissible rates of moment deficit (MDR) accumulation, not a ``favored'' model according to some ad hoc regularization, using methods of Johnson et al [1994] and Murray and Segall [2002]. Given a domain of interest (the Tohoku rupture segment) and Green's functions G relating slip to data, we solve the following optimization problem for back-slip rate m: {minimize}\\ || G m - d ||22 \\ {subject to} \\ A m = M0 \\ \\ {and} \\ \\ 0 ≤ mi ≤ vplate, where A = [1,1, ... 1], such that A m yields the (normalized) moment-rate. on the model domain. Preliminary results find that || G m - d ||22 exhibits a broad minimum over a factor of 2 in MDR. For the minimum MDR the locked zone is just offshore, while the plate-boundary near the trench slips at the plate rate. At the maximum MDR the locked zone is much larger, including the entire fault near the trench. This clearly demonstrates that the shallow fault is completely in the null-space for onshore data, and that there is at least a factor of two uncertainty in MDR. We will present results employing a bootstrap procedure that is independent of an assumed error distribution in the GPS data. We also extend the method to include viscoelastic earthquake cycle effects, including time-dependence due both to past earthquakes and steady backslip. In these models, fault locking near the trench induces flow which

  2. Water deficit stress - host plant nutrient accumulations and associations with phytophagous arthropods

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    In addition to making otherwise arable regions less, or nonarable, from lack of life-sustaining water, water deficit also affects the extent to which crops are afflicted by arthropod pests. This chapter focuses on the effects of water deficit stress on physical and nutritional aspects of host plants...

  3. Study of the accumulation layer and charge losses at the Si-SiO2 interface in p+n-silicon strip sensors

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    Poehlsen, Thomas; Becker, Julian; Fretwurst, Eckhart; Klanner, Robert; Schwandt, Joern; Zhang, Jiaguo

    2013-09-01

    Using the multi-channel transient current technique the currents induced by electron-hole pairs, produced by a focussed sub-nanosecond laser of 660 nm wavelength close to the Si-SiO2 interface of p+n silicon strip sensors have been measured, and the charge-collection efficiency determined. The laser has been operated in burst mode, with bursts typically spaced by 1 ms, each consisting of 30 pulses separated by 50 ns. In a previous paper it has been reported that, depending on X-ray-radiation damage, biasing history and humidity, situations without charge losses, with hole losses, and with electron losses have been observed. In this paper we show for sensors before and after irradiation by X-rays to 1 MGy (SiO2), how the charge losses change with the number of electron-hole pairs generated by each laser pulse, and the time interval between the laser pulses. This allows us to estimate how many additional charges in the accumulation layers at the Si-SiO2 interface have to be trapped to significantly change the local electric field, as well as the time it takes that the accumulation layer and the electric field return to the steady-state situation. In addition, results are presented on the change of the pulse shape caused by the plasma effect for high charge densities deposited close to the Si-SiO2 interface.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Structural properties of rutile TiO2 nanoparticles accumulated in a model of gastrointestinal epithelium elucidated by micro-beam x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy

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    Veronesi, G.; Brun, E.; Fayard, B.; Cotte, M.; Carrière, M.

    2012-05-01

    Micro-beam x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy was used to investigate rutile TiO2 nanoparticles internalized into gastrointestinal cells during their crossing of a gut model barrier. Nanoparticles diluted in culture medium tend to accumulate in cells after 48 h exposure; however, no spectral differences arise between particles in cellular and in acellular environments, as corroborated by quantitative analysis. This finding establishes that no modification of the lattice properties of the nanoparticles occurs upon interaction with the barrier. These measurements demonstrate the possibility of interrogating nanoparticles in situ within cells, suggesting a way to investigate their fate when incorporated in biological hosts.

  7. 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

  8. Variability in Proline-Accumulating Ability of Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) Cultivars Induced by Vapor Pressure Deficit 1

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    Naidu, Bodapati P.; Aspinall, Donald; Paleg, Leslie G.

    1992-01-01

    This work was undertaken in an effort to reconcile the conflicting proline-accumulating responses of the barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) cultivars, Excelsior and Proctor, reported by Singh et al. (1972) and Hanson et al. (1976). It deals with the effects of different vapor pressure deficits (VPD) during growth and subsequent drought stress on several barley cultivars. A higher VPD (1.2 kilopascals) during Clipper seedling growth resulted in higher solute-accumulating ability, seemingly independently of leaf water potential, than a lower VPD (0.12 kilopascals). The higher VPD during stress also resulted in higher solute contents, and this response may be more closely related to leaf water potential. When the responses of Excelsior and Proctor were examined in detail, it was found that the relative proline-accumulating ability of the two cultivars was dependent upon the VPD under which they were grown. At low VPD, Proctor accumulated significantly more proline than did Excelsior; whereas at higher VPD, Excelsior accumulated more proline than did Proctor. The crossover occurred at a VPD of about 0.72 kilopascals. This reversal of cultivar response was enhanced by multiplying seed under the two VPD extremes. Glycinebetaine accumulation did not demonstrate the crossover effect, although the concentration of this compound in all cultivars also depended on the VPD prevailing during growth and/or stress. Solute levels, in general, were more closely related to the decrease in relative water content than to a decrease in leaf water potential. It is concluded that the conflicting proline-accumulating responses of Excelsior and Proctor could be explained by these findings. PMID:16668700

  9. Frailty index of deficit accumulation and falls: data from the Global Longitudinal Study of Osteoporosis in Women (GLOW) Hamilton cohort

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    2014-01-01

    Background To investigate the association between frailty index (FI) of deficit accumulation and risk of falls, fractures, death and overnight hospitalizations in women aged 55 years and older. Methods The data were from the Global Longitudinal Study of Osteoporosis in Women (GLOW) Hamilton Cohort. In this 3-year longitudinal, observational cohort study, women (N = 3,985) aged ≥55 years were enrolled between May 2008 and March 2009 in Hamilton, Canada. A FI including co-morbidities, activities of daily living, symptoms and signs, and healthcare utilization was constructed using 34 health deficits at baseline. Relationship between the FI and falls, fractures, death and overnight hospitalizations was examined. Results The FI was significantly associated with age, with a mean rate of deficit accumulation across baseline age of 0.004 or 0.021 (on a log scale) per year. During the third year of follow-up, 1,068 (31.89%) women reported at least one fall. Each increment of 0.01 on the FI was associated with a significantly increased risk of falls during the third year of follow-up (odds ratio [OR]: 1.02, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.02-1.03). The area under the curve (AUC) of the predictive model was 0.69 (95% CI: 0.67-0.71). Results of subgroup and sensitivity analyses indicated the relationship between the FI and risk of falls was robust, while bootstrap analysis judged its internal validation. The FI was significantly related to fractures (hazard ratio [HR]: 1.02, 95% CI: 1.01-1.03), death (OR: 1.05, 95% CI: 1.03-1.06) during the 3-year follow-up period and overnight hospitalizations (incidence rate ratio [IRR]: 1.02, 95% CI: 1.02-1.03) for an increase of 0.01 on the FI during the third year of follow-up. Measured by per standard deviation (SD) increment of the FI, the ORs were 1.21 and 1.40 for falls and death respectively, while the HR was 1.17 for fractures and the IRR was 1.18 for overnight hospitalizations respectively. Conclusion The FI of deficit

  10. Intrahippocampal administration of the alpha-keto acids accumulating in maple syrup urine disease provokes learning deficits in rats.

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    de Castro Vasques, Vilson; de Boer, Melissa Avila; Diligenti, Felipe; Brinco, Fabrício; Mallmann, Fabrício; Mello, Carlos Fernando; Wajner, Moacir

    2004-01-01

    Learning disability is a common feature of patients affected by maple syrup urine disease (MSUD). However, the pathomechanisms underlying learning deficit in this disorder are poorly known. In the present study, we investigated the effect of acute administration of the alpha-keto acids accumulating in MSUD into the hippocampus on the behavior of rats in the open field and in the inhibitory avoidance tasks. Adult male Wistar rats received intrahippocampal injections of alpha-ketoisocaproic acid (KIC, 8 micromol), alpha-ketoisovaleric acid (KIV, 5 micromol), alpha-keto-beta-methylvaleric acid (KMV, 5 micromol), or NaCl (8 micromol) (controls) immediately after or 10 min before training. Testing session was performed 24 h later. Posttraining administration of the keto acids had no effect on learning in the open-field task. In contrast, pretraining administration of KIV and KMV impaired habituation in the open field. Similarly, pretraining administration of KIC, KIV, and KMV affected rat performance in the inhibitory avoidance task, suggesting disruption of acquisition. The results indicate that the alpha-keto acids accumulating in MSUD induce learning deficits in aversive and nonaversive tasks. We therefore suggest that these findings may be related to the psychomotor delay/mental retardation observed in MSUD, and may indicate the contribution of increased brain concentrations of these organic acids to the pathophysiology of the neurological dysfunction of MSUD patients. PMID:14724056

  11. 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

  12. Cupric stress induces oxidative damage marked by accumulation of H2O2 and changes to chloroplast ultrastructure in primary leaves of beans ( Phaseolus vulgaris L.).

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    Bouazizi, Houda; Jouili, Hager; Geitmann, Anja; Ferjani, Ezzeddine

    2010-06-01

    The effect of copper excess (CuSO 4 ) on lipid peroxidation, H2O2 content, and antioxidative enzyme activities was studied in primary leaves of bean seedlings. Fourteen-day-old bean seedlings were cultured in a nutrient solution containing Cu 2+ at various concentrations (50 and 75 microM) for 3 days. Excess of copper significantly increased malondialdehyde content and endogenous H2O2 . This radical accumulated in the intercellular spaces of palisade mesophyll cells. In addition, cupric stress induced changes in antioxidant enzyme activities. GPX (guaiacol peroxidase, EC 1.11.1.7) activity was decreased in 50 microM Cu-stressed leaves whereas 75 microM of CuSOP 4 resulted in an increase of enzyme activity. On the contrary, CAT (catalase, EC 1.11.1.6) activity was stimulated at 50 microM CuSO 4 but unaltered at 75 microM CuSO 4 . Transmission electron microscopy revealed that excess copper induced changes in the ultrastructure of chloroplasts visible in form of a deterioration in the grana structure and the accumulation and swelling of starch grains in the stroma. PMID:20519173

  13. Salicylic acid treatment reduces the rot of postharvest citrus fruit by inducing the accumulation of H2O2, primary metabolites and lipophilic polymethoxylated flavones.

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    Zhu, Feng; Chen, Jiajing; Xiao, Xue; Zhang, Mingfei; Yun, Ze; Zeng, Yunliu; Xu, Juan; Cheng, Yunjiang; Deng, Xiuxin

    2016-09-15

    To comprehensively analyze the effects of salicylic acid (SA) on the storability of Satsuma mandarin (Citrus unshiu), fruits were treated with 2mM SA. The disease incidence of control/SA-treated fruit at 50d and 120d after treatment was 23.3%/10% and 67.3%/23.3%, respectively, suggesting that SA treatment can significantly reduce the rot rate of postharvest citrus fruit. Fruit quality assays revealed that the treatment can maintain fruit firmness without affecting the inner quality. Furthermore, the contents of H2O2 and some defense-related metabolites, such as ornithine and threonine, in citrus pericarp, were significantly increased by SA treatment. Moreover, it was lipophilic polymethoxylated flavones, rather than flavanone glycosides, that accumulated in SA-treated fruits and these can directly inhibit pathogen development. These results suggest that the effects of SA on postharvest citrus fruit may be attributed to the accumulation of H2O2 and defense-related metabolites. PMID:27080881

  14. 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…

  15. 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...

  16. 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

  17. Mycorrhizal-mediated lower proline accumulation in Poncirus trifoliata under water deficit derives from the integration of inhibition of proline synthesis with increase of proline degradation.

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    Zou, Ying-Ning; Wu, Qiang-Sheng; Huang, Yong-Ming; Ni, Qiu-Dan; He, Xin-Hua

    2013-01-01

    Proline accumulation was often correlated with drought tolerance of plants infected by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), whereas lower proline in some AM plants including citrus was also found under drought stress and the relevant mechanisms have not been fully elaborated. In this study proline accumulation and activity of key enzymes relative to proline biosynthesis (▵(1)-pyrroline-5-carboxylate synthetase, P5CS; ornithine-δ-aminotransferase, OAT) and degradation (proline dehydrogenase, ProDH) were determined in trifoliate orange (Poncirus trifoliata, a widely used citrus rootstock) inoculated with or without Funneliformis mosseae and under well-watered (WW) or water deficit (WD). AMF colonization significantly increased plant height, stem diameter, leaf number, root volume, biomass production of both leaves and roots and leaf relative water content, irrespectively of water status. Water deficit induced more tissue proline accumulation, in company with an increase of P5CS activity, but a decrease of OAT and ProDH activity, no matter whether under AM or no-AM. Compared with no-AM treatment, AM treatment resulted in lower proline concentration and content in leaf, root, and total plant under both WW and WD. The AMF colonization significantly decreased the activity of both P5CS and OAT in leaf, root, and total plant under WW and WD, except for an insignificant difference of root OAT under WD. The AMF inoculation also generally increased tissue ProDH activity under WW and WD. Plant proline content significantly positively correlated with plant P5CS activity, negatively with plant ProDH activity, but not with plant OAT activity. These results suggest that AM plants may suffer less from WD, thereby inducing lower proline accumulation, which derives from the integration of an inhibition of proline synthesis with an enhancement of proline degradation. PMID:24260421

  18. Mycorrhizal-Mediated Lower Proline Accumulation in Poncirus trifoliata under Water Deficit Derives from the Integration of Inhibition of Proline Synthesis with Increase of Proline Degradation

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    Zou, Ying-Ning; Wu, Qiang-Sheng; Huang, Yong-Ming; Ni, Qiu-Dan; He, Xin-Hua

    2013-01-01

    Proline accumulation was often correlated with drought tolerance of plants infected by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), whereas lower proline in some AM plants including citrus was also found under drought stress and the relevant mechanisms have not been fully elaborated. In this study proline accumulation and activity of key enzymes relative to proline biosynthesis (▵1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate synthetase, P5CS; ornithine-δ-aminotransferase, OAT) and degradation (proline dehydrogenase, ProDH) were determined in trifoliate orange (Poncirus trifoliata, a widely used citrus rootstock) inoculated with or without Funneliformis mosseae and under well-watered (WW) or water deficit (WD). AMF colonization significantly increased plant height, stem diameter, leaf number, root volume, biomass production of both leaves and roots and leaf relative water content, irrespectively of water status. Water deficit induced more tissue proline accumulation, in company with an increase of P5CS activity, but a decrease of OAT and ProDH activity, no matter whether under AM or no-AM. Compared with no-AM treatment, AM treatment resulted in lower proline concentration and content in leaf, root, and total plant under both WW and WD. The AMF colonization significantly decreased the activity of both P5CS and OAT in leaf, root, and total plant under WW and WD, except for an insignificant difference of root OAT under WD. The AMF inoculation also generally increased tissue ProDH activity under WW and WD. Plant proline content significantly positively correlated with plant P5CS activity, negatively with plant ProDH activity, but not with plant OAT activity. These results suggest that AM plants may suffer less from WD, thereby inducing lower proline accumulation, which derives from the integration of an inhibition of proline synthesis with an enhancement of proline degradation. PMID:24260421

  19. BAC Transgenic Mice Expressing a Truncated Mutant Parkin Exhibit Age-dependent Hypokinetic Motor Deficits, Dopaminergic Neuron Degeneration, and Accumulation of Proteinase K-Resistant Alpha-Synuclein

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    Lu, Xiao-Hong; Fleming, Sheila M.; Meurers, Bernhard; Ackerson, Larry C.; Mortazavi, Farzad; Lo, Victor; Hernandez, Daniela; Sulzer, David; Jackson, George R.; Maidment, Nigel T.; Chesselet, Marie-Francoise; Yang, X. William

    2009-01-01

    Summary Recessive mutations in parkin are the most common cause of familial early onset Parkinson's disease (PD). Recent studies suggest that certain parkin mutants may exert dominant toxic effects to cultured cells and such dominant toxicity can lead to progressive dopaminergic (DA) neuron degeneration in Drosophila. To explore whether mutant parkin could exert similar pathogenic effects to mammalian DA neurons in vivo, we developed a Bacterial Artificial Chromosome (BAC) transgenic mouse model expressing a C-terminal truncated human mutant parkin (Parkin-Q311X) in DA neurons driven by a dopamine transporter promoter. Parkin-Q311X mice exhibit multiple late-onset and progressive hypokinetic motor deficits. Stereological analyses reveal that the mutant mice develop age-dependent DA neuron degeneration in substantia nigra accompanied by a significant loss of DA neuron terminals in the striatum. Neurochemical analyses reveal a significant reduction of the striatal dopamine level in mutant mice, which is significantly correlated with their hypokinetic motor deficits. Finally, mutant Parkin-Q311X mice, but not wild-type controls, exhibit age-dependent accumulation of proteinase-K resistant endogenous α-synuclein in substantia nigra and co-localized with 3-nitrotyrosine, a marker for oxidative protein damage. Hence, our study provides the first mammalian genetic evidence that dominant toxicity of a parkin mutant is sufficient to elicit age-dependent hypokinetic motor deficits and DA neuron loss in vivo, and uncovers a causal relationship between dominant parkin toxicity and progressive α-synuclein accumulation in DA neurons. Our study underscores the need to further explore the putative link between parkin dominant toxicity and PD. PMID:19228951

  20. 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

  1. A peroxisomal APX from Puccinellia tenuiflora improves the abiotic stress tolerance of transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana through decreasing of H2O2 accumulation.

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    Guan, Qingjie; Wang, Zhenjuan; Wang, Xuhui; Takano, Tetsuo; Liu, Shenkui

    2015-03-01

    Ascorbate peroxidase (APX, EC 1.11.1.11) is one of the major members of the ROS scavenging system that plays an important role in improving saline-alkali tolerance. Puccinellia tenuiflora, as a perennial wild grass, is able to grow in extreme saline-alkali soil environments. In this study, we investigated the relationship between the P. tenuiflora ascorbate peroxidase (PutAPX) gene and saline-alkali tolerance. A phylogenetic analysis indicated that PutAPX is closely related to AtAPX3 and OsAPX4 and that these genes are on the same branch. The PutAPX-GFP fusion protein is located in the peroxisome in onion epidermal cells. The transcriptional expression of PutAPX increased with prolonged exposure to NaCl, NaHCO3, PEG6000 and H2O2 stresses in P. tenuiflora. The overexpression of PutAPX in Arabidopsis thaliana significantly increased the tolerance of plants treated with 150 and 175mM NaCl and decreased the extent of lipid peroxidation. The transgenic seedlings presented higher chlorophyll content than wild type (WT) seedlings treated with 1, 3, and 5mM NaHCO3 and 3mM H2O2. The DAB staining results revealed that the H2O2 content in transgenic seedlings was significantly lower than that in WT plants under both normal conditions and 200mM NaCl stress. Moreover, the expression of APX proteins and enzyme activity in the transgenic seedlings increased to level that were greater than twofold higher than those found in WT plants exposed to 200mM NaCl. The saline-alkali tolerance conferred by the PutAPX gene may provide a reliable basis for the use of molecular breeding techniques to improve plant tolerance and obtain a better understanding of the physiological mechanism of anti-oxidative and ROS stresses. PMID:25644292

  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. Effect of TiO2 nanoparticle-accumulated bilayer photoelectrode and condenser lens-assisted solar concentrator on light harvesting in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Moon, Kook Joo; Lee, Sun Woo; Lee, Yong Hun; Kim, Ji Hoon; Ahn, Ji Young; Lee, Seung Jun; Lee, Deug Woo; Kim, Soo Hyung

    2013-01-01

    TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) with a size of 240 nm (T240), used as a light-scattering layer, were applied on 25-nm-sized TiO2 NPs (T25) that were used as a dye-absorbing layer in the photoelectrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). In addition, the incident light was concentrated via a condenser lens, and the effect of light concentration on the capacity of the light-scattering layer was systematically investigated. At the optimized focal length of the condenser lens, T25/T240 double layer (DL)-based DSSCs with the photoactive area of 0.36 cm2 were found to have the short circuit current (Isc) of 11.92 mA, the open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.74 V, and power conversion efficiency (PCE) of approximately 4.11%, which is significantly improved when they were compared to the T25 single layer (SL)-based DSSCs without using a solar concentrator (the corresponding values were the Isc of 2.53 mA, the Voc of 0.69, and the PCE of 3.57%). Thus, the use of the optimized light harvesting structure in the photoelectrodes of DSSCs in conjunction with light concentration was found to significantly enhance the power output of DSSCs. PMID:23758633

  4. Sex Differences in the Limit to Deficit Accumulation in Late Middle-Aged and Older Chinese People: Results From the Beijing Longitudinal Study of Aging

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    Shi, Jing; Yang, Zhan; Song, Xiaowei; Yu, Pulin; Fang, Xianghua; Tang, Zhe; Peng, Dantao; Mitnitski, Arnold

    2014-01-01

    Background. On average, as people age, they accumulate more health deficits and have an increased risk of death. The deficit accumulation–based frailty index (FI) can quantify health and its outcomes in aging. Previous studies have suggested that women show higher FI values than men and that the highest FI score (the “limit to frailty”) occurs at a value of FI ~ 0.7. Even so, gender differences in the limit to frailty have not been reported. Methods. Data for this analysis were obtained from the Beijing Longitudinal Study of Aging that involved 3,257 community-dwelling Chinese people, aged 55+ years at baseline. The main outcome measure was 5-year mortality. An FI consisting of 35 health-related variables was constructed. The absolute and 99% FI limits were calculated for different age groups and analyzed by sex. Results. The mean level of the FI increased with age and was lower in men than in women (F = 67.87, p < .001). The 99% FI limit leveled off slightly earlier with a relatively lower value in men (60 years; 0.44 ± 0.02) compared with that in women (65 years; 0.52 ± 0.04). The highest absolute FI value was 0.61 in men and 0.69 in women. In both groups, people with an FI greater than or equal to the 99% limit showed close to 100% mortality by 5 years. Conclusion. Compared with men, women appeared to better tolerate deficits in health, yielding both relatively lower mortality and higher limit values to the FI. Even so, the FI did not exceed 0.7 in any individual. PMID:24127426

  5. 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

  6. Dysregulation of cellular iron metabolism in Friedreich ataxia: from primary iron-sulfur cluster deficit to mitochondrial iron accumulation

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    Martelli, Alain; Puccio, Hélène

    2014-01-01

    Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) is the most common recessive ataxia in the Caucasian population and is characterized by a mixed spinocerebellar and sensory ataxia frequently associating cardiomyopathy. The disease results from decreased expression of the FXN gene coding for the mitochondrial protein frataxin. Early histological and biochemical study of the pathophysiology in patient's samples revealed that dysregulation of iron metabolism is a key feature of the disease, mainly characterized by mitochondrial iron accumulation and by decreased activity of iron-sulfur cluster enzymes. In the recent past years, considerable progress in understanding the function of frataxin has been provided through cellular and biochemical approaches, pointing to the primary role of frataxin in iron-sulfur cluster biogenesis. However, why and how the impact of frataxin deficiency on this essential biosynthetic pathway leads to mitochondrial iron accumulation is still poorly understood. Herein, we review data on both the primary function of frataxin and the nature of the iron metabolism dysregulation in FRDA. To date, the pathophysiological implication of the mitochondrial iron overload in FRDA remains to be clarified. PMID:24917819

  7. 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

  8. 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. PMID:21741263

  9. Atp13a2-deficient mice exhibit neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, limited α-synuclein accumulation and age-dependent sensorimotor deficits

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    Schultheis, Patrick J.; Fleming, Sheila M.; Clippinger, Amy K.; Lewis, Jada; Tsunemi, Taiji; Giasson, Benoit; Dickson, Dennis W.; Mazzulli, Joseph R.; Bardgett, Mark E.; Haik, Kristi L.; Ekhator, Osunde; Chava, Anil Kumar; Howard, John; Gannon, Matt; Hoffman, Elizabeth; Chen, Yinhuai; Prasad, Vikram; Linn, Stephen C.; Tamargo, Rafael J.; Westbroek, Wendy; Sidransky, Ellen; Krainc, Dimitri; Shull, Gary E.

    2013-01-01

    Mutations in ATP13A2 (PARK9), encoding a lysosomal P-type ATPase, are associated with both Kufor–Rakeb syndrome (KRS) and neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL). KRS has recently been classified as a rare genetic form of Parkinson's disease (PD), whereas NCL is a lysosomal storage disorder. Although the transport activity of ATP13A2 has not been defined, in vitro studies show that its loss compromises lysosomal function, which in turn is thought to cause neuronal degeneration. To understand the role of ATP13A2 dysfunction in disease, we disrupted its gene in mice. Atp13a2−/− and Atp13a2+/+ mice were tested behaviorally to assess sensorimotor and cognitive function at multiple ages. In the brain, lipofuscin accumulation, α-synuclein aggregation and dopaminergic pathology were measured. Behaviorally, Atp13a2−/− mice displayed late-onset sensorimotor deficits. Accelerated deposition of autofluorescent storage material (lipofuscin) was observed in the cerebellum and in neurons of the hippocampus and the cortex of Atp13a2−/− mice. Immunoblot analysis showed increased insoluble α-synuclein in the hippocampus, but not in the cortex or cerebellum. There was no change in the number of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra or in striatal dopamine levels in aged Atp13a2−/− mice. These results show that the loss of Atp13a2 causes sensorimotor impairments, α-synuclein accumulation as occurs in PD and related synucleinopathies, and accumulation of lipofuscin deposits characteristic of NCL, thus providing the first direct demonstration that null mutations in Atp13a2 can cause pathological features of both diseases in the same organism. PMID:23393156

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  15. Acute administration of high doses of taurine does not substantially improve high-intensity running performance and the effect on maximal accumulated oxygen deficit is unclear.

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    Milioni, Fabio; Malta, Elvis de Souza; Rocha, Leandro George Spinola do Amaral; Mesquita, Camila Angélica Asahi; de Freitas, Ellen Cristini; Zagatto, Alessandro Moura

    2016-05-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of acute administration of taurine overload on time to exhaustion (TTE) of high-intensity running performance and alternative maximal accumulated oxygen deficit (MAODALT). The study design was a randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover design. Seventeen healthy male volunteers (age: 25 ± 6 years; maximal oxygen uptake: 50.5 ± 7.6 mL·kg(-1)·min(-1)) performed an incremental treadmill-running test until voluntary exhaustion to determine maximal oxygen uptake and exercise intensity at maximal oxygen uptake. Subsequently, participants completed randomly 2 bouts of supramaximal treadmill-running at 110% exercise intensity at maximal oxygen uptake until exhaustion (placebo (6 g dextrose) or taurine (6 g) supplementation), separated by 1 week. MAODALT was determined using a single supramaximal effort by summating the contribution of the phosphagen and glycolytic pathways. When comparing the results of the supramaximal trials (i.e., placebo and taurine conditions) no differences were observed for high-intensity running TTE (237.70 ± 66.00 and 277.30 ± 40.64 s; p = 0.44) and MAODALT (55.77 ± 8.22 and 55.06 ± 7.89 mL·kg(-1); p = 0.61), which seem to indicate trivial and unclear differences using the magnitude-based inferences approach, respectively. In conclusion, acute 6 g taurine supplementation before exercise did not substantially improve high-intensity running performance and showed an unclear effect on MAODALT. PMID:27109264

  16. A Reaction Between High Mn-High Al Steel and CaO-SiO2-Type Molten Mold Flux: Part II. Reaction Mechanism, Interface Morphology, and Al2O3 Accumulation in Molten Mold Flux

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    Kang, Youn-Bae; Kim, Min-Su; Lee, Su-Wan; Cho, Jung-Wook; Park, Min-Seok; Lee, Hae-Geon

    2013-04-01

    Following a series of laboratory-scale experiments, the mechanism of a chemical reaction 4[{Al}] + 3({SiO}_2) = 3[{Si}] + 2({Al}_2{O}_3) between high-alloyed TWIP (TWin-Induced Plasticity) steel containing Mn and Al and molten mold flux composed mainly of CaO-SiO2 during the continuous casting process is discussed in the present article in the context of kinetic analysis, morphological evolution at the reaction interface. By the kinetic analysis using a two-film theory, a rate-controlling step of the chemical reaction at the interface between the molten steel and the molten flux is found to be mass transport of Al in a boundary layer of the molten steel, as long as the molten steel and the molten flux phases are concerned. Mass transfer coefficient of the Al in the boundary layer (k_{{Al}}) is estimated to be 0.9 to 1.2 × 10-4 m/s at 1773 K (1500 ^{circ}C). By utilizing experimental data at various temperatures, the following equation is obtained for the k_{{Al}}; ln k_{{Al}} = -14,290/T - 1.1107. Activation energy for the mass transfer of Al in the boundary layer is 119 kJ/mol, which is close to a value of activation energy for mass transfer in metal phase. The composition evolution of Al in the molten steel was well explained by the mechanism of Al mass transfer. On the other hand, when the concentration of Al in the steel was high, a significant deviation of the composition evolution of Al in the molten steel was observed. By observing reaction interface between the molten steel and the molten flux, it is thought that the chemical reaction controlled by the mass transfer of Al seemed to be disturbed by formation of a solid product layer of MgAl2O4. A model based on a dynamic mass balance and the reaction mechanism of mass transfer of Al in the boundary layer for the low Al steel was developed to predict (pct Al2O3) accumulation rate in the molten mold flux.

  17. 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. PMID:25065789

  18. Doyle O-2 Oriole

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    1929-01-01

    Doyle O-2 Oriole: The parasol-winged Doyle O-2 Oriole monoplane was flown by the NACA at Langley starting in 1929. The O-2 designation was not a military type number, but rather a company designation. The Oriole was later traded as partial payment for a Fairchild 22. The O-2 was outfitted with a fore-and-aft sliding weight in the cockpit for longitudinal stability tests.

  19. 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

  20. Neurologic deficit

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    ... neurologic deficit refers to abnormal function of a body area due to weaker function of the brain, spinal cord, muscles, or nerves. Examples include: Abnormal reflexes Inability to speak Decreased sensation Loss of balance ...

  1. Abnormal beharviors of O_2^- mobility in O_2/O3 mixtures.

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    Itoh, H.; Norimoto, K.; Hayashi, T.

    1996-10-01

    Negative ion mobilities in O2 have been investigated at atmospheric pressure footnote H. Itoh, K. Norimoto and T. Hayashi, Proc. Korea-Japan Symp. on Electrical Discharge and High Voltage Engineering, 179 (1996). The measured range of E/p0 for our experiment is the lowest among in the reported ones. The zero field mobility of O_2^- is determined to 2.07 ± 0.02 cm^2/V\\cdots in 99.9995% O_2. This value agrees well with the value mesured by Sunggs et al footnote R.M. Sunggs et al, Phys. Rev. A, 3, 477 (1971). These experiment is expanded in O_2/O3 mixtures. Ozone is produced by a silent discharge tube connected at the upstream side of gas inlet of the main chamber. The concentrations of ozone are maintained at 270 and 500 ppm during the experiment. Our value of mobility of O_2^- in O_2/O3 mixtures becomes smaller than that in O_2. The dependence of E/p0 of the mobility do not appeares. We assume the accumulative effect of any neutrals generated by silent discharge.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. TiO2 Nanoparticles Induced Hippocampal Neuroinflammation in Mice

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    Ze, Xiao; Yu, Xiaohong; Pan, Xiaoyu; Lin, Anan; Zhao, Yue; Zhang, Chi; Zhou, Qiuping; Wang, Ling; Hong, Fashui

    2014-01-01

    Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) have been used in various medical and industrial areas. However, the impacts of these nanoparticles on neuroinflammation in the brain are poorly understood. In this study, mice were exposed to 2.5, 5, or 10 mg/kg body weight TiO2 NPs for 90 consecutive days, and the TLRs/TNF-α/NF-κB signaling pathway associated with the hippocampal neuroinflammation was investigated. Our findings showed titanium accumulation in the hippocampus, neuroinflammation and impairment of spatial memory in mice following exposure to TiO2 NPs. Furthermore, TiO2 NPs significantly activated the expression of Toll-like receptors (TLR2, TLR4), tumor necrosis factor-α, nucleic IκB kinase, NF-κB-inducible kinase, nucleic factor–κB, NF-κB2(p52), RelA(p65), and significantly suppressed the expression of IκB and interleukin-2. These findings suggest that neuroinflammation may be involved in TiO2 NP-induced alterations of cytokine expression in mouse hippocampus. Therefore, more attention should be focused on the application of TiO2 NPs in the food industry and their long-term exposure effects, especially in the human central nervous system. PMID:24658543

  7. 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.

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:26907473

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Enhanced magnetoresistance in half-metallic CrO2-TiO2 composites

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    Fan, Yinbo; Zhang, Caiping; Du, Xiaobo; Wen, Gehui; Ma, Hongan; Jia, Xiaopeng

    2013-06-01

    CrO2-TiO2 composites were synthesized by a high temperature and high pressure method (HTHP). The CrO2-TiO2 composites are composed of large rod-like CrO2 crystals separated by TiO2 nanoparticles. The saturation magnetization of the CrO2 in the composites is very close to the theoretical value. The CrO2-TiO2 composites show greatly enhanced magnetoresistance than that of pure CrO2. This is mainly attributed to spin-dependent tunneling between adjacent CrO2 grains enhanced by the addition of TiO2. The tunneling mechanism in the composites can be best described by the fluctuation-induced tunneling model as convinced by the temperature dependence of the conductivity of the CrO2-TiO2 composites at low temperature.

  11. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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    ... us to find out more about ADHD. Share Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Easy-to-Read) Download PDF Download ePub Order ... attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder , or ADHD . What is attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD? ADHD is a common mental disorder ...

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Vought O2U-1 Corsair

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    1930-01-01

    Vought O2U-1 Corsair: The Vought O2U-1 was the first Vought airplane to carry the name Corsair. The O2U was built as an observation aircraft for the Navy, and the example flown by the NACA for evaluation and cowling tests was one of the last O2U-1s built. This Corsair came from the Naval Reserve squadron at Naval Air Station Anacostia, Washington, D. C.

  16. Vought O2U-1 Corsair

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    1928-01-01

    Vought O2U-1 Corsair: Suspended from the roof of the NACA's hangar at Langley Field, this Vought O2U-1 Corsair retains its float undercarriage, a contrast to other O2Us flown by the NACA which were operated on wheeled landing gear.

  17. Surface chemistry study of RuO2/IrO2/TiO2 mixed-oxide electrodes.

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    Barison, Simona; Daolio, Sergio; Fabrizio, Monica; De Battisti, Achille

    2004-01-01

    DSA metal oxide electrodes such as the RuO(2)/IrO(2)/TiO(2) mixed system are widely studied for their excellent electrocatalytic activity. In order to understand their catalytic properties, the comprehension of the surface chemistry involved during electrochemical treatments is crucial. With this aim, RuO(2)/IrO(2)/TiO(2) mixed-oxide electrodes having various noble metal contents were studied by means of secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). In particular, cathodic and anodic polarization and O(2) evolution reactions were carried out to test the electrode behaviour and SIMS analyses were performed after all these treatments. In this way, surface changes induced by electrochemical treatments and depending on electrode composition were widely investigated by SIMS, revealing, for example, the presence of hydration or preferential dissolution phenomena induced by electrochemical processing. PMID:14755612

  18. 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. PMID:22760594

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. Molecular identification of O2 sensors and O2-sensitive potassium channels in the pulmonary circulation.

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    Archer, S L; Weir, E K; Reeve, H L; Michelakis, E

    2000-01-01

    an "O2 sensor". Certain Kv channels are rich in cysteine, and respond to the local redox environment, tending to open when oxidized and close when reduced. Candidate sensors vary the PASMC redox potential in proportion to O2. These include Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide Phosphate Oxidase, (NADPH oxidase) and the cytosolic ratio of reduced/oxidized redox couples (i.e. glutathione GSH/GSSG), as controlled by electron flux in the mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC). Using a mouse that lacks the gp91phox component of NADPH oxidase, we have recently shown that loss of the gp91phox-containing NADPH oxidase as a source of activated oxygen species does not impair HPV. However, inhibition of complex 1 of the mitochondrial electron transport chain mimics hypoxia in that it inhibits IK, reduces the production of activated O2 species and causes vasoconstriction. We hypothesize that a redox O2 sensor, perhaps in the mitochondrion, senses O2 through changes in the accumulation of freely diffusible electron donors. Changes in the ratio of reduced/oxidized redox couples, such as NADH/NAD+ and glutathione (GSH/GSSG) can reduce or oxidize the K+ channels, resulting in alterations of PA tone. PMID:10849663

  3. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of CeO 2/TiO 2 interface composite film

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    Jiang, Bangtong; Zhang, Shengyi; Guo, Xiaozhu; Jin, Baokang; Tian, Yupeng

    2009-03-01

    The CeO 2/TiO 2 and TiO 2/CeO 2 interface composite films were prepared on glass substrates by the sol-gel process via dip-coating and calcining technique. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that the TiO 2 layer has a compact and uniformity glasslike surface with 200 nm in thickness, and the CeO 2 layer has a coarse surface with 240 nm in thickness. The X-ray diffractometer (XRD) analysis showed that the TiO 2 layer is made up of anatase phase, and the CeO 2 layer is structured by cubic fluorite phase. Through a series of photo-degradation experiments, the relationship of the photocatalytic activity with the constituents of the films was studied. In virtue of the efficient interfacial charge separation via the process of electron transfer from TiO 2 to CeO 2, the photocatalytic activity of the CeO 2/TiO 2 composite film is high. Contrarily, the photocatalytic activity of the TiO 2/CeO 2 composite film is low, due to its inert surface made up of CeO 2 with broad bandwidth. Apart from the effect of the film structure, the effect of film thickness on photocatalytic activity was also discussed.

  4. 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. PMID:21666063

  5. '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. PMID:24502565

  6. 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.

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

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    Xu, Yifan; Itzek, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    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. PMID:25280752

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Preparation and Characterization of SiO 2/TiO 2 composite microspheres with microporous SiO 2 core/mesoporous TiO 2 shell

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    Zhao, Li; Yu, Jiaguo; Cheng, Bei

    2005-06-01

    SiO 2/TiO 2 composite microspheres with microporous SiO 2 core/mesoporous TiO 2 shell structures were prepared by hydrolysis of titanium tetrabutylorthotitanate (TTBT) in the presence of microporous silica microspheres using hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) as a surface esterification agent and porous template, and then dried and calcined at different temperatures. The as-prepared products were characterized with differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetric (DTA/TG), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption. The results showed that composite particles were about 1.8 μm in diameter, and had a spherical morphology and a narrow size distribution. Uniform mesoporous titania coatings on the surfaces of microporous silica microspheres could be obtained by adjusting the HPC concentration to an optimal concentration of about 3.2 mmol L -1. The anatase and rutile phase in the SiO 2/TiO 2 composite microspheres began to form at 700 and 900 °C, respectively. At 700 °C, the specific surface area and pore volume of the SiO 2/TiO 2 composite microspheres were 552 and 0.652 mL g -1, respectively. However, at 900 °C, the specific surface area and pore volume significantly decreased due to the phase transformation from anatase to rutile.

  13. Sandwich structure of Pd doped nanostructure TiO2 film as O2 sensor.

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    Wang, Hairong; Sun, Quantao; Chen, Lei; Zhao, Yulong

    2013-09-01

    In this paper, we investigated the sensing properties of sandwich structure of TiO2/Pd/TiO2 thin films at various operating temperatures and oxygen partial pressures. The nanostructure TiO2 thin films were prepared by the sol-gel method. Various thickness of Pd buried layer was deposited by magnetron sputtering of a pure Pd target. The films were characterized using X-ray diffraction analysis and SEM. It was found that TiO2/Pd/TiO2 thin films have the p-type behavior while the pure TiO2 thin film is n-type semiconductor materials. We found that the structure of TiO2/Pd/TiO2 thin films with 10 s sputtering Pd layer has a better stability at 240 °C. PMID:24089853

  14. Synthesis and characterization of TiO2 and Ag/TiO2 nanostructure

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    Gahlot, Swati; Thakur, Amit Kumar; Kulshrestha, Vaibhav; Shahi, V. K.

    2013-02-01

    Single phase anatase TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared using Titanium tertachloride (TiCl4) as precursor through an inexpensive method. Well dispersed nanocomposites of silver at TiO2 were synthesized successfully by photochemical route. Both TiO2 and Ag/TiO2 were characterized using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The particle size of TiO2 is found to be ˜ 11 nm and ˜ 22 nm for Ag/TiO2, by XRD and confirmed by TEM. TEM micrographs also show the single phase crystal of TiO2 and confirm the deposition of silver among TiO2.

  15. Synthesis and Magnetotransport Properties of CrO2-TiO2 Composites

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    Fan, Yin-Bo; Zhang, Cai-Ping; Du, Xiao-Bo; Wen, Ge-Hui; Ma, Hong-An; Jia, Xiao-Peng

    2013-03-01

    CrO2-TiO2 composites are synthesized by using a high temperature and high pressure method using CrO3 and H2TiO3 as precursors. The composites consist of large rod-like CrO2 crystals separated by small TiO2 grains. The CrO2 in the composites is very pure and its saturation magnetization is very close to the theoretical value (i.e., 2μB per formula unit). The composites exhibit a large negative magnetoresistance (MR) at 5K. The MR in CrO2-TiO2 composites is mainly attributed to spin-polarized tunneling between CrO2 crystals. The conductivity of the composites is best described by a fluctuation-induced tunneling model below 230K.

  16. Electronic Structure Differences in ZrO2 vs. HfO2

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    Zheng, Weijun; Bowen Jr., K.H.; Li, Jun; Dabkowska, Iwona; Gutowski, Maciej S.

    2005-12-22

    While ZrO2 and HfO2 are, for the most part, quite similar chemically, subtle differences in their electronic structures appear to be responsible for differing MO2/Si (M = Zr, Hf) interface stabilities. In order to shed light on the electronic structure differences between ZrO2 and HfO2, we have conducted joint experimental/theoretical studies. Since electron affinities are a sensitive probe of electronic structure, we have measured them by conducting photoelectron spectroscopic experiments on ZrO2- and HfO2-. The electron affinity of HfO2 was determined to be 2.14? 0.03 eV, while that of ZrO2 was determined to be 1.64 ? 0.03 eV. Concurrently, electronic structure calculations were conducted to determine electron affinities, vibrational frequencies, and geometries of these systems. The calculated electron affinities of HfO2 and ZrO2 were found to be 2.05 and 1.62 eV, respectively. The molecular results confirm earlier predictions from solid phases that HfO2 is more ionic than ZrO2. The excess electron in MO2- occupies an sd-type hybrid orbital localized on the M atom (M=Zr, Hf). The structural parameters of ZrO2 and HfO2 were found to be very similar. The difference in geometries between the neutral and the anion is along the symmetrical stretching and bending modes. Together, these studies unveil significant differences in the electronic structures of ZrO2 and HfO2.

  17. 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.

  18. Focal neurological deficits

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    A focal neurologic deficit is a problem with nerve, spinal cord, or brain function. It affects a specific ... of the back, neck, or head Electromyogram (EMG)/ nerve conduction velocities (NCV) MRI of the back, neck, or head Spinal tap

  19. 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 ...

  20. Understanding Attention Deficit Disorders.

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    Villegas, Orlando; And Others

    This booklet provides basic information regarding attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), in their separate modalities, with hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. Explanations are offered concerning short attention span, impulsive behavior, hyperactivity, and beginning new activities before completing the previous one. Theories…

  1. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

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    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a problem caused by the presence of 1 or more of ... of these behaviors. INATTENTIVE SYMPTOMS Doesn't pay attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork ...

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Explaining the Paleoproterozoic Rise of O2

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    Anbar, A. D.; Rye, R.; Kaufman, A. J.

    2001-12-01

    The Paleoproterozoic rise of atmospheric O2 is not understood. Geochemical evidence indicates pO2 \\leq 5 x 10-4 atm before ~ 2.2 Ga and >= 0.03 atm by 2.0 Ga [1]. Most models of this rapid oxygenation account for the timing in an ad hoc manner. In contrast, we suggest oxygenation was driven by rising solar luminosity, a hypothesis consistent with emerging geochemical evidence. Solar luminosity was { ~} 80 % of present value 2.75 Ga. Climate models indicate that pCO2 > 0.2 atm was required before 2.75 Ga if CO2 alone accounted for greenhouse enhancement that averted global glaciation [2]. Paleosols reveal pCO2 <= 10-1.4 atm between 2.75 and 2.2 Ga [3]. This constraint may extend earlier [4]. Given insufficient CO2, CH4 likely helped maintain surface temperature. pCH4 > 10-4 atm would have been adequate 2.75 Ga; Methanogens could sustain this level as long as pO2 was negligible [5]. Atmospheric CH4 and O2 are incompatible. If CH4 was a critical greenhouse gas, increases in pO2 caused global cooling. Temperature and photosynthetic O2 production are probably positively correlated between 273 and 300 K. Combined, these effects constituted a negative feedback on pO2: Excess O2 production cooled the surface, decreasing O2 production until pCH4 was restored. Methanogenesis was decoupled from this feedback as the bulk of Archean methanogens presumably lived in the deep ocean, insulated from surface temperature. Hence, the CH4 greenhouse acted as a cap on pO2 in the Archean. This cap would have eased as rising solar luminosity permitted "titration" of CH4 by increased O2 production; pO2 increased slowly as pCH4 decreased. This feedback suppressed pO2 until solar luminosity allowed the CO2-H2O greenhouse to maintain equable temperatures without appreciable CH4. This threshold was crossed { ~} 2.5 to 2.0 Ga [2], explaining Paleoproterozoic oxygenation. As Earth approached the threshold the CH4 buffer shrank and the likelihood of the feedback being temporarily overwhelmed by

  7. Extension of pulmonary O2 tolerance in man at 2 ATA by intermittent O2 exposure

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    Hendricks, P. L.; Hall, D. A.; Hunter, W. L., Jr.; Haley, P. J.

    1977-01-01

    To study extension of O2 tolerance by interruption of hyperoxic exposure, five healthy volunteers were exposed to oxygen at 2 ATA on an intermittent schedule of 20 min breathing O2, alternating with 5 min on a normoxic N2-O2 mixture. The cycle was repeated until symptoms or signs of O2 toxicity caused cessation of the experiment. Tracheal irritation and burning on inspiration occurred after 6-9 'oxygen hours' of exposure and progressed to severe tracheobronchial burning sensation, chest pain, and dyspnea after 11-15 h of O2. With intermittent O2 administration, nearly a doubling of the average duration of actual oxygen breathing was required to induce marked vital capacity change (more than 10%) as compared to the previous studies of continuous O2 exposure.

  8. Novel TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites with high photocatalytic activity

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    Wu, Hao-Shuai; Sun, Ling-Dong; Zhou, Huan-Ping; Yan, Chun-Huan

    2012-05-01

    This article reports a facile and controllable two-step method to construct TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites. TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs), with small size and high surface energy, were synthesized by a solvothermal reaction process. The TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites were fabricated by a reverse micro-emulsion method. SiO2 shell coated NPs were adopted for further photocatalytic reaction. Because of their small size and high surface energy, TiO2@SiO2 and TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites show higher photocatalytic activity than commercial Degussa P25. Compared with TiO2@SiO2, TiO2-Pt@SiO2nanocomposites have improved photocatalytic activity due to the Pt induced spatial separation of electrons and holes. The silica shells not only maintain the structure of the nanocomposites but also prevent their aggregation during the photocatalytic reactions, which is highly important for the good durability of the photocatalyst. This strategy is simple, albeit efficient, and can be extended to the synthesis of other composites of noble metals. It has opened a new window for the construction of hetero-nanocomposites with high activity and durability, which would serve as excellent models in catalytic systems of both theoretical and practical interest.This article reports a facile and controllable two-step method to construct TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites. TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs), with small size and high surface energy, were synthesized by a solvothermal reaction process. The TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites were fabricated by a reverse micro-emulsion method. SiO2 shell coated NPs were adopted for further photocatalytic reaction. Because of their small size and high surface energy, TiO2@SiO2 and TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites show higher photocatalytic activity than commercial Degussa P25. Compared with TiO2@SiO2, TiO2-Pt@SiO2nanocomposites have improved photocatalytic activity due to the Pt induced spatial separation of electrons and holes. The silica shells not only maintain the structure of the

  9. [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. PMID:26094456

  10. Instability of hydrogenated TiO2.

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

    2015-11-19

    Hydrogenated TiO2 (H-TiO2) is touted as a viable visible light photocatalyst. We report a systematic study on the thermal stability of H-implanted TiO2 using nuclear reaction analysis (NRA), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. 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 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 at low temperatures, as well as its interfacial activity toward reduction, significantly limits the utilization of H-TiO2 as a photocatalyst. PMID:26545303

  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. Geminate recombination of O2 and hemoglobin.

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    Chernoff, D A; Hochstrasser, R M; Steele, A W

    1980-01-01

    The photolysis of HbO2 and HbCO has been studied by measuring transient absorption spectra in the Soret region after excitation with picosecond pulses at 530 nm. Dissociation occurred promptly in both cases, followed (for HbO2) by geminate recombination of ca. 40% of the photodissociated O2 with a lifetime of 200 +/- 70 psec (25 degrees C). No recombination of Hb + CO was observed up to 1200 psec after photolysis. The HbO2 and HbCO photoproduct spectra were broader, weaker, and red-shifted in comparison to the spectrum of stable Hb and Gibson's fast-reacting form, Hb. For HbO2 the spectrum was initially much broader to longer wavelengths but relaxed to a constant shape within 90 psec, whereas for HbCO there was no spectral evolution. The photophysics is analyzed by considering the effect of spin constraints as well as spin--orbit coupling and orbital correlation among the various electronic states of liganded and deoxy hemoglobins. The small quantum yield of HbO2 dissociation is not primarily due to rebinding but rather to electronic relaxation to nonreactive states. PMID:6932659

  13. 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

    2013-10-18

    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. PMID:24045164

  14. 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.

  15. Structure compatibility of TiO2 and SiO2 surfaces

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    Tokarský, Jonáš; Čapková, Pavla

    2013-11-01

    A simple method for the estimation of the most suitable mutual crystallographic orientations of TiO2 nanoparticles anchored on SiO2 substrate is presented in this work. Number of overlapping titanium and oxygen atoms creating atomic pairs can be used to quantify the structure compatibility. These atomic pairs are obtained directly from non-optimized TiO2 and SiO2 atomic planes. The descriptions of algorithms being implemented as scripts into the MATLAB environment in order to make the method more effective are also provided. This method can help with the selection of the most promising (h k l) planes of TiO2 and SiO2 adjacent surfaces and the outputs are in good agreement with results of molecular modeling of TiO2 nanoparticles anchored on SiO2 surfaces within the meaning of ability to determine the optimized models with the highest and the lowest TiO2-SiO2 adhesion energies. To the best of our knowledge, there is no other such simple and efficient method providing this information, which is very important for molecular modeling of nanoparticle-crystalline substrate systems.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Electronic and magnetic properties of SnO2/CrO2 thin superlattices

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    Borges, Pablo D.; Scolfaro, Luísa Mr; Leite Alves, Horácio W.; da Silva, Eronides F.; Assali, Lucy Vc

    2011-12-01

    In this article, using first-principles electronic structure calculations within the spin density functional theory, alternated magnetic and non-magnetic layers of rutile-CrO2 and rutile-SnO2 respectively, in a (CrO2) n (SnO2) n superlattice (SL) configuration, with n being the number of monolayers which are considered equal to 1, 2, ..., 10 are studied. A half-metallic behavior is observed for the (CrO2) n (SnO2) n SLs for all values of n. The ground state is found to be FM with a magnetic moment of 2 μB per chromium atom, and this result does not depend on the number of monolayers n. As the FM rutile-CrO2 is unstable at ambient temperature, and known to be stabilized when on top of SnO2, the authors suggest that (CrO2) n (SnO2) n SLs may be applied to spintronic technologies since they provide efficient spin-polarized carriers.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Controls on the Stability of Atmospheric O2 over Geologic Time Scales (Invited)

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    Rothman, D.; Bosak, T.

    2013-12-01

    The concentration of free oxygen in Earth's surface environment represents a balance between the accumulation of O2, due to long-term burial of organic carbon in sediments, and the consumption of O2 by weathering processes and the oxidation of reduced gases. The stability of modern O2 levels is typically attributed to a negative feedback that emerges when the production and consumption fluxes are expressed as a function of O2 concentration. Empirical studies of modern burial of organic carbon suggest that the production of O2 is a logarithmically decreasing function of the duration of time---the "oxygen exposure time (OET)"--over which sedimentary organic carbon is exposed to O2. The OET hypothesis implies that a fraction of organic matter is physically protected from anaerobic decay by its association with clay-sized mineral surface area, but susceptible to aerobic decay, either oxidatively or via free extracellular hydrolytic enzymes. By assuming that the long-term aerobic degradation is diffusion-limited, we predict the logarithmic decay of the OET curve. We note, however, that exposure to O2 may enhance not only degradation but also physical protection due to the precipitation of iron oxides and clay minerals. When the rate of transformation from the unprotected state to the protected state exceeds a small fraction of the average oxidative degradation rate, our theoretical OET curve develops a maximum at small O2 exposure times. In this case, the equilibrium O2 concentration can lose its stability. These observations may help explain major fluctuations in Earth's carbon cycle and the rise of O2 during the Proterozoic (2000--542 Ma).

  4. 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

  5. Europa's near-surface O2 atmosphere

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    Cassidy, T. A.; Johnson, R. E.

    The surfaces of 'airless' bodies in our solar system are covered by porous regoliths; granular, porous surfaces generated by micrometeor impact. Europa's tenuous neutral atmosphere (composed primarily of O2 ) is generated by UV and plasma irradiation of, and sublimation from, this regolith. Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observation by McGrath et al. (2004) suggested that Europa's O2 atmosphere is spatially nonuniform. Previous simulations (e.g. Shematovich et al., Icarus, 2005), which assumed that O2 could only be lost by pickup and escape, found that a spatially nonuniform source could not produce the morphology suggested by the HST observations. It is shown here that a nonuniform surface/O2 interaction, treated here as surface reactivity, results in a spatially nonuniform O2 atmosphere with the highest column density above the regions of lowest reactivity. We can reproduce this nonuniformity even with very slight reactivity. Slight reactivity makes a difference because of the many interactions an O2 molecule experiences with the surface during its lifetime; for which there are two reasons: (1) the many returns to the surface experienced by a thermal molecule; desorption followed by ballistic arc followed by desorption and so on. (2) the regolith structure: each time an O2 molecule returns to the surface it interacts not just once, but many times due to the porous nature of the regolith (Cassidy and Johnson, Icarus, 2005). Thus, in addition to the atmosphere above the surface, there is a substantial amount of gas in the porous regolith. This "regolith atmosphere" may resolve a question surrounding CO2 condensed on Europa's surface.

  6. 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.

  7. 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. PMID:27241615

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Planning for deficit irrigation

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    Irrigators with limited water supplies that lead to deficit irrigation management need to make decisions about crop selection, water allocations to each crop, and irrigation schedules. Many of these decisions need to occur before the crop is planted and depend on yield-evapotranspiration (ET) and yi...

  11. Mononuclear Cu/O2 Complexes

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    Cramer, Christopher J.; Tolman, William B.

    2008-01-01

    Using interwoven experimental and theoretical methods, detailed studies of several structurally defined 1:1 Cu/O2 complexes have provided important fundamental chemical information useful for understanding the nature of intermediates involved in aerobic oxidations in synthetic and enzymatic copper-mediated catalysis. In particular, these studies have shed new light onto the factors that influence the mode of O2 coordination (end-on vs. side-on) and the electronic structure, which can vary between Cu(II)-superoxo and Cu(III)-peroxo extremes. PMID:17458929

  12. 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

  13. SiO2/TiO2/n-Si/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 thin films with superhydrophilicity and low-emissivity

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    Loka, Chadrasekhar; Ryeol Park, Kyoung; Lee, Kee-Sun

    2016-01-01

    In this study, SiO2/TiO2/n-Si/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 multilayer structures have been designed and deposited by the RF and DC magnetron sputtering at room temperature. The as-deposited TiO2/glass films which are initially amorphous in nature were subjected to post annealing at 673 K for anatase phase TiO2. The anatase TiO2 films showed an optical bandgap ˜3.32 eV. The Ag(Cr)/TiO2 showed very low-emissivity (low-e) value ˜0.081 which is evaluated by using the sheet resistance (6.51 Ω/□) of the films. All the deposited films showed high visible transmittance (˜81%) and high infrared reflectance (72%) which are recorded by using the UV-vis-NIR spectrophotometer. In addition, experimentally obtained optical properties were in good agreement with the simulation data. The TiO2/n-Si heterojunction concept has been employed to enhance the superhydrophilicity of the deposited multilayer stack, TiO2/n-Si/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 films exhibited best superhydrophilicity with water contact angle ˜2°. The deposited multilayer structures SiO2/TiO2/n-Si/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 and TiO2/n-Si/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 achieved significant low-e and superhydrophilicity.

  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. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Basics

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    ... us to find out more about ADHD. Share Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Basics Download PDF Download ePub Order a free ... attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder , or ADHD . What is attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD? ADHD is a common mental disorder ...

  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. 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.

  1. [Electrochemical oxidation of ammonia nitrogen wastewater using Ti/RuO2-TiO2-IrO2-SnO2 electrode].

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    Xu, Li-li; Shi, Han-chang; Chen, Jin-luan

    2007-09-01

    Electrochemical oxidation ammonia is a new method of ammonia nitrogen wastewater treatment. A study was undertaken of electrochemical oxidation ammonia wastewater in cycle mobil-electrobath. The anode was Ti/RuO2-TiO2-IrO2-SnO2 expanded metal sheet electrode. The cathode was expanded metal sheet electrode. The parameters investigated were the optimal available time for the measurement of ammonia nitrogen, flowrate and current density. The energy consumption, anode efficiency and current efficiency were analysed in different current densities. Experimental results show that when the concentration of the chlorine ion was 400 mg/L and the initial ammoniac nitrogen concentration was 40 mg/L, the flowrate had little impact on ammonia nitrogen removal, but current density had greater impact. Under the condition with flowrate 600 mL/min, current density 20 mA/cm2, electrolytic time 90 min, ammonia nitrogen removal ratio was 99.37%. The energy consumption was 500 kW x h and the anode efficiency was 2.68 h x m2 x A per kg NH4+ -N removed, and instantaneous current efficiency (ICE) was 0.28. Research has shown that electrochemical oxidation ammonia wastewater has better prospects. PMID:17990548

  2. Short-term effects of TiO2, CeO2, and ZnO nanoparticles on metabolic activities and gene expression of Nitrosomonas europaea.

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    Yu, Ran; Fang, Xiaohua; Somasundaran, Ponisseril; Chandran, Kartik

    2015-06-01

    Nanosized TiO2 (n-TiO2), CeO2 (n-CeO2), and ZnO (n-ZnO) and bulk ZnO were chosen for a 4-h exposure study on a model ammonia oxidizing bacterium, Nitrosomonas europaea. n-ZnO displayed the most serious cytotoxicity while n-TiO2 was the least toxic one. The change of cell morphologies, the retardance of specific oxygen uptake rates and ammonia oxidation rates, and the depression of amoA gene expressions under NP stresses were generally observed when the cell densities and membrane integrities were not significantly impaired yet. The TEM imaging and the synchrotron X-ray fluorescence microscopy of the NPs impacted cells revealed the increase of the corresponding intracellular Ti, Ce or Zn contents and suggested the intracellular NP accumulation. The elevation of intracellular S contents accompanied with higher K contents implied the possible activation of thiol-containing glutathione and thioredoxin production for NP stress alleviation. The NP cytotoxicity was not always a function of NP concentration. The 200 mg L(-1) n-TiO2 or n-CeO2 impacted cells displayed the similar ammonia oxidation activities but higher amoA gene expression levels than the 20 mg L(-1) NPs impacted ones. Such phenomenon further indicated the possible establishment of an anti-toxicity mechanism in N. europaea at the genetic level to redeem the weakened AMO activities along with the NP aggregation effects. PMID:25710320

  3. Defect- and Strain-enhanced Cavity Formation and Au Precipitation at nano-crystalline ZrO2/SiO2/Si Interfaces

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    Edmondson, Philip D.; Zhang, Yanwen; Namavar, Fereydoon; Wang, Chong M.; Zhu, Zihua; Weber, William J.

    2011-01-15

    Defect- and strain-enhanced cavity formation and Au precipitation at the interfaces of a nanocrystalline ZrO2/SiO2/Si multilayer structure resulting from 2 MeV Au+ irradiation at temperatures of 160 and 400 K have been studied. Under irradiation, loss of oxygen is observed, and the nanocrystalline grains in the ZrO2 layer increase in size. In addition, small cavities are observed at the ZrO2/SiO2 interface with the morphology of the cavities being dependent on the damage state of the underlying Si lattice. Elongated cavities are formed when crystallinity is still retained in the heavily-damaged Si substrate; however, the morphology of the cavities becomes spherical when the substrate is amorphized. With further irradiation, the cavities appear to become stabilized and begin to act as gettering sites for the Au. As the cavities become fully saturated with Au, the ZrO2/SiO2 interface then acts as a gettering site for the Au. Analysis of the results suggests that oxygen diffusion along the grain boundaries contributes to the growth of cavities and that oxygen within the cavities may affect the gettering of Au. Mechanisms of defect- and strain-enhanced cavity formation and Au precipitation at the interfaces will be discussed with focus on oxygen diffusion and vacancy accumulation, the role of the lattice strain on the morphology of the cavities, and the effect of the binding free energy of the cavities on the Au precipitation.

  4. Unexpected Li2O2 Film Growth on Carbon Nanotube Electrodes with CeO2 Nanoparticles in Li-O2 Batteries.

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    Yang, Chunzhen; Wong, Raymond A; Hong, Misun; Yamanaka, Keisuke; Ohta, Toshiaki; Byon, Hye Ryung

    2016-05-11

    In lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) batteries, it is believed that lithium peroxide (Li2O2) electrochemically forms thin films with thicknesses less than 10 nm resulting in capacity restrictions due to limitations in charge transport. Here we show unexpected Li2O2 film growth with thicknesses of ∼60 nm on a three-dimensional carbon nanotube (CNT) electrode incorporated with cerium dioxide (ceria) nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs). The CeO2 NPs favor Li2O2 surface nucleation owing to their strong binding toward reactive oxygen species (e.g., O2 and LiO2). The subsequent film growth results in thicknesses of ∼40 nm (at cutoff potential of 2.2 V vs Li/Li(+)), which further increases up to ∼60 nm with the addition of trace amounts of H2O that enhances the solution free energy. This suggests the involvement of solvated superoxide species (LiO2(sol)) that precipitates on the existing Li2O2 films to form thicker films via disproportionation. By comparing toroidal Li2O2 formed solely from LiO2(sol), the thick Li2O2 films formed from surface-mediated nucleation/thin-film growth following by LiO2(sol) deposition provides the benefits of higher reversibility and rapid surface decomposition during recharge. PMID:27105122

  5. 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).

  6. Preparation of SiO2/TiO2 and TiO2/TiO2 micropattern and their effects on platelet adhesion and endothelial cell regulation

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    Li, Jing-an; Yang, Ping; Zhang, Kun; Ren, Hui-lan; Huang, Nan

    2013-07-01

    TiO2 films were applied on blood contact biomaterials for its excellent biocompatibility. The topological structure of the biomaterial surfaces have a significant impact on cell adhesion, spreading and proliferation. Thus, it is anticipated that the combination of TiO2 film deposition and surface micro-patterning will provide a potential application for cardiovascular implants materials. In this work, TiO2/TiO2 and SiO2/TiO2 micro-groove/ridge stripes on Si (100) were prepared by photolithography, wet etching and unbalanced magnetron sputtering (UBMS). Their surface morphology, chemical composition and wettability were investigated. The crystal structure of TiO2 films was characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Platelet adhesion on the SiO2/TiO2 and TiO2/TiO2 surfaces was tested, and the morphology and behaviour of endothelial cells cultured on the micropatterned surfaces were observed. It was proved that the SiO2/TiO2 pattern could reduce platelet adhesion and aggregation compared with TiO2/TiO2 pattern, endothelial cells grew along the micro-stripes and their behaviour could be effectively regulated by micropatterned surface. So, it is suggested that the micropatterned SiO2/TiO2 surface can contribute more bio-compatible function of regulating and coordinating the behaviour of endothelial cells and platelets.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Pathway for H2O2 and O2 detoxification in Clostridium acetobutylicum

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    Riebe, Oliver; Fischer, Ralf-Jörg; Wampler, David A.; Kurtz, Donald M.; Bahl, Hubert

    2009-01-01

    An unusual non-haem diiron protein, reverse rubrerythrin (revRbr), is known to be massively upregulated in response to oxidative stress in the strictly anaerobic bacterium Clostridium acetobutylicum. In the present study both in vivo and in vitro results demonstrate an H2O2 and O2 detoxification pathway in C. acetobutylicum involving revRbr, rubredoxin (Rd) and NADH: rubredoxin oxidoreductase (NROR). RevRbr exhibited both NADH peroxidase (NADH: H2O2 oxidoreductase) and NADH oxidase (NADH: O2 oxidoreductase) activities in in vitro assays using NROR as the electron-transfer intermediary from NADH to revRbr. Rd increased the NADH consumption rate by serving as an intermediary electron-transfer shuttle between NROR and revRbr. While H2O2 was found to be the preferred substrate for revRbr, its relative oxidase activity was found to be significantly higher than that reported for other Rbrs. A revRbr-overexpressing strain of C. acetobutylicum showed significantly increased tolerance to H2O2 and O2 exposure. RevRbr thus appears to protect C. acetobutylicum against oxidative stress by functioning as the terminal component of an NADH peroxidase and NADH oxidase. PMID:19118342

  10. MnO2/CeO2 for catalytic ultrasonic degradation of methyl orange.

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    Zhao, He; Zhang, Guangming; Zhang, Quanling

    2014-05-01

    Catalytic ultrasonic degradation of aqueous methyl orange was studied in this paper. Heterogeneous catalyst MnO2/CeO2 was prepared by impregnation of manganese oxide on cerium oxide. Morphology and specific surface area of MnO2/CeO2 catalyst were characterized and its composition was determined. Results showed big differences between fresh and used catalyst. The removal efficiency of methyl orange by MnO2/CeO2 catalytic ultrasonic process was investigated. Results showed that ultrasonic process could remove 3.5% of methyl orange while catalytic ultrasonic process could remove 85% of methyl orange in 10 min. The effects of free radical scavengers were studied to determine the role of hydroxyl free radical in catalytic ultrasonic process. Results showed that methyl orange degradation efficiency declined after adding free radical scavengers, illustrating that hydroxyl free radical played an important role in degrading methyl orange. Theoretic analysis showed that the resonance size of cavitation bubbles was comparable with the size of catalyst particles. Thus, catalyst particles might act as cavitation nucleus and enhance ultrasonic cavitation effects. Measurement of H2O2 concentration in catalytic ultrasonic process confirmed this hypothesis. Effects of pre-adsorption on catalytic ultrasonic process were examined. Pre-adsorption significantly improved methyl orange removal. The potential explanation was that methyl orange molecules adsorbed on catalysts could enter cavitation bubbles and undergo stronger cavitation. PMID:24369902

  11. Structure and microwave characteristics of Co/TiO2 nanocomposites prepared by ball milling.

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    Ni, Xia; Ma, Ji; Li, Jiangong; Huang, Juanjuan; Jiao, Dongmao; Lu, Zhibin

    2008-09-01

    Co/TiO2 nanocomposites were fabricated via direct ball milling. The structure and microwave characteristics of the Co/TiO2 nanocomposites were investigated. The results show that the hcp and fcc Co phases coexist in the nanocomposites for a long milling duration. The accumulation of the stacking faults in Co and the increase of the Co/TiO2 interfaces were detected by nuclear magnetic resonance. The measured relative complex permittivity of the ComTiO2 nanocomposite-paraffin wax mixture indicates that a high electrical resistivity and a dielectric loss exist in the Co/TiO2 nanocomposites. The dielectric loss mainly results from the polarisation of the metal/insulator interfaces. The imaginary part of the relative complex permeability of the mixture exhibits a broad resonance peak at 5.1 GHz which originates from the natural resonance in Co. The broadening of the resonance peak can be attributed to the fluctuating magnetocrystalline anisotropy at the stacking faults and interfaces regions. The calculated reflection loss curves show that the minimal reflection loss value of the Co/TiO2 nanocomposite-paraffin wax mixture can reach -32 dB at 4.0 GHz with a 3 mm sample thickness. The improved microwave absorption properties may result from the high electrical resistivity, dielectric loss and natural resonance. PMID:19049042

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. ESR investigation of ROS generated by H2O2 bleaching with TiO2 coated HAp.

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    Saita, Makiko; Kobayashi, Kyo; Kobatashi, Kyou; Yoshino, Fumihiko; Hase, Hiriko; Nonami, Toru; Kimoto, Katsuhiko; Lee, Masaichi-Chang-il

    2012-01-01

    It is well known that clinical bleaching can be achieved with a solution of 30% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) or H2O2/titanium dioxide (TiO2) combination. This study examined the hypothesis that TiO2 coated with hydroxyapatite (HAp-TiO2) can generate reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS are generated via photocatalysis using electron spin resonance (ESR). The bleaching properties of HAp-TiO2 in the presence of H2O2 can be measured using hematoporphyrin litmus paper and extracted teeth. We demonstrate that superoxides (O2(•-)) and hydroxyl radicals (HO(•)) can be generated through excitation of anatase TiO2, rutile TiO2, anatase HAp-TiO2, and rutile HAp-TiO2 in the presence of H2O2. The combination of R HAp-TiO2 with H2O2 produced the highest level of HO(•) generation and the most marked bleaching effects of all the samples. The superior bleaching effects exhibited by R HAp-TiO2 with H2O2 suggest that this combination may lead to novel methods for the clinical application of bleaching treatments. PMID:22673461

  15. Molybdenum accumulation and storage in Klebsiella pneumoniae and Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Pienkos, P T; Brill, W J

    1981-01-01

    In Klebsiella pneumoniae, Mo accumulation appeared to be coregulated with nitrogenase synthesis. O2 and NH+4, which repressed nitrogenase synthesis, also prevented Mo accumulation. In Azotobacter vinelandii, Mo accumulation did not appear to be regulated Mo was accumulated to levels much higher than those seen in K. pneumoniae even when nitrogenase synthesis was repressed. Accumulated Mo was bound mainly to a Mo storage protein, and it could act as a supply for the Mo needed in component I synthesis when extracellular Mo had been exhausted. When A. vinelandii was grown in the presence of WO2-(4) rather than MoO2-(4), it synthesized a W-containing analog of the Mo storage protein. The Mo storage protein was purified from both NH+4 and N2-grown cells of A. vinelandii and found to be a tetramer of two pairs of different subunits binding a minimum of 15 atoms of Mo per tetramer. Images PMID:7007348

  16. Molybdenum accumulation and storage in Klebsiella pneumoniae and Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Pienkos, P T; Brill, W J

    1981-02-01

    In Klebsiella pneumoniae, Mo accumulation appeared to be coregulated with nitrogenase synthesis. O2 and NH+4, which repressed nitrogenase synthesis, also prevented Mo accumulation. In Azotobacter vinelandii, Mo accumulation did not appear to be regulated Mo was accumulated to levels much higher than those seen in K. pneumoniae even when nitrogenase synthesis was repressed. Accumulated Mo was bound mainly to a Mo storage protein, and it could act as a supply for the Mo needed in component I synthesis when extracellular Mo had been exhausted. When A. vinelandii was grown in the presence of WO2-(4) rather than MoO2-(4), it synthesized a W-containing analog of the Mo storage protein. The Mo storage protein was purified from both NH+4 and N2-grown cells of A. vinelandii and found to be a tetramer of two pairs of different subunits binding a minimum of 15 atoms of Mo per tetramer. PMID:7007348

  17. Acetylcholinesterase inhibition ameliorates deficits in motivational drive

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    2012-01-01

    Background Apathy is frequently observed in numerous neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, as well as neuropsychiatric disorders including schizophrenia. Apathy is defined as a lack of motivation characterized by diminished goal-oriented behavior and self-initiated activity. This study evaluated a chronic restraint stress (CRS) protocol in modeling apathetic behavior, and determined whether administration of an anticholinesterase had utility in attenuating CRS-induced phenotypes. Methods We assessed behavior as well as regional neuronal activity patterns using FosB immunohistochemistry after exposure to CRS for 6 h/d for a minimum of 21 d. Based on our FosB findings and recent clinical trials, we administered an anticholinesterase to evaluate attenuation of CRS-induced phenotypes. Results CRS resulted in behaviors that reflect motivational loss and diminished emotional responsiveness. CRS-exposed mice showed differences in FosB accumulation, including changes in the cholinergic basal forebrain system. Facilitating cholinergic signaling ameliorated CRS-induced deficits in initiation and motivational drive and rescued immediate early gene activation in the medial septum and nucleus accumbens. Conclusions Some CRS protocols may be useful for studying deficits in motivation and apathetic behavior. Amelioration of CRS-induced behaviors with an anticholinesterase supports a role for the cholinergic system in remediation of deficits in motivational drive. PMID:22433906

  18. Effect of band structure on the hot-electron transfer over Au photosensitized brookite TiO2.

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    Zhao, Ming; Xu, Hua; Ouyang, Shuxin; Li, Dewang; Meng, Xianguang; Ye, Jinhua

    2016-02-01

    Au photosensitization can endow TiO2 visible-light-driven photocatalytic properties. Herein, via facet-optimized brookite TiO2 with tunable electronic band structures as the substrate, we found that intense visible light excitation of Au will result in the accumulation of hot-electrons, which will negatively shift the EF of Au and lower the Schottky barrier, thus ensuring their consecutive injections into the CB of TiO2; in this case, hot-electrons with more reduction potential will lead to superior photocatalytic activity. PMID:26784860

  19. Contribution of non-endothelium-dependent substances to exercise hyperaemia: are they O2 dependent?

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    Marshall, Janice M; Ray, Clare J

    2012-01-01

    This review considers the contributions to exercise hyperaemia of substances released into the interstitial fluid, with emphasis on whether they are endothelium dependent or O2 dependent. The early phase of exercise hyperaemia is attributable to K+ released from contracting muscle fibres and acting extraluminally on arterioles. Hyperpolarization of vascular smooth muscle and endothelial cells induced by K+ may also facilitate the maintained phase, for example by facilitating conduction of dilator signals upstream. ATP is released into the interstitium from muscle fibres, at least in part through cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator-associated channels, following the fall in intracellular H+. ATP is metabolized by ectonucleotidases to adenosine, which dilates arterioles via A2A receptors, in a nitric oxide-independent manner. Evidence is presented that the rise in arterial achieved by breathing 40% O2 attenuates efflux of H+ and lactate, thereby decreasing the contribution that adenosine makes to exercise hyperaemia; efflux of inorganic phosphate and its contribution may likewise be attenuated. Prostaglandins (PGs), PGE2 and PGI2, also accumulate in the interstitium during exercise, and breathing 40% O2 abolished the contribution of PGs to exercise hyperaemia. This suggests that PGE2 released from muscle fibres and PGI2 released from capillaries and venular endothelium by a fall in their local act extraluminally to dilate arterioles. Although modest hyperoxia attenuates exercise hyperaemia by improving O2 supply, limiting the release of O2-dependent adenosine and PGs, higher O2 concentrations may have adverse effects. Evidence is presented that breathing 100% O2 limits exercise hyperaemia by generating O2−, which inactivates nitric oxide and decreases PG synthesis. PMID:23045341

  20. Microglial cells (BV-2) internalize titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles: toxicity and cellular responses.

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    Rihane, Naima; Nury, Thomas; M'rad, Imen; El Mir, Lassaad; Sakly, Mohsen; Amara, Salem; Lizard, Gérard

    2016-05-01

    Because of their whitening and photocatalytic effects, titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2-NPs) are widely used in daily life. These NPs can be found in paints, plastics, papers, sunscreens, foods, medicines (pills), toothpastes, and cosmetics. However, the biological effect of TiO2-NPs on the human body, especially on the central nervous system, is still unclear. Many studies have demonstrated that the brain is one of the target organs in acute or chronic TiO2-NPs toxicity. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of TiO2-NPs at different concentrations (0.1 to 200 μg/mL) on murine microglial cells (BV-2) to assess their activity on cell growth and viability, as well as their neurotoxicity. Different parameters were measured: cell viability, cell proliferation and DNA content (SubG1 peak), mitochondrial depolarization, overproduction of reactive oxygen species (especially superoxide anions), and ultrastructural changes. Results showed that TiO2-NPs induced some cytotoxic effects with a slight inhibition of cell growth. Thus, at high concentrations, TiO2-NPs were not only able to inhibit cell adhesion but also enhanced cytoplasmic membrane permeability to propidium iodide associated with a loss of mitochondrial transmembrane potential and an overproduction of superoxide anions. No induction of apoptosis based on the presence of a SubG1 peak was detected. The microscopic observations also indicated that small groups of nanosized particles and micron-sized aggregates were engulfed by the BV-2 cells and sequestered as intracytoplasmic aggregates after 24-h exposure to TiO2-NPs. Altogether, our data show that the accumulation TiO2-NPs in microglial BV-2 cells favors mitochondrial dysfunctions and oxidative stress. PMID:26846246

  1. 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

  2. Laser characteristics of KCL:O2(-)

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    Wilk, S. R.; Boyd, R. W.; Teegarden, K. J.

    1983-10-01

    Amplified spontaneous emission and laser action have been observed at 77 K in KCl crystals containing the superoxide ion (O2/-/). The laser operates in two bands of width approximately 50 A centered at 6350 A and 5984 A. These bands are the (lattice) phonon sidebands of vibronic transitions of the superoxide ion. At lower temperatures (approximately 6 K) amplified spontaneous emission is observed in the zero phonon line at 6294 A.

  3. 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.

  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

    2015-12-28

    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

  5. XPS Study of SiO2 and the Si/SiO2 Interface

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    Grunthaner, F. J.; Grunthaner, P. J.; Vasquez, R. P.; Lewis, B. F.; Maserjian, J.; Madhukar, A.

    1982-01-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is analytical technique for understanding electronic structure of atoms close to surface in solids, in preference to bulk structure of material. Study found evidence for core-level chemical shifts arising from changes in local structural environment in amorphous SiO2 and at Si/SiO2 interface. Observed XPS spectra may be understood as sequential convolution of several functions, each with well-defined physical interpretation.

  6. Synthesis and mechanism study of mesoporous SnO2/SiO2 composites.

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    Zhu, Jie; Tay, B Y; Ma, Jan

    2006-07-01

    Mesoporous SnO2/SiO2 composite particles (Si/Sn < or = 0.25) sustainable to calcination up to 600 degrees C have been fabricated using a stepwise sol-gel technique on nonionic surfactant template (tetradecylamine, TDA). The newly designed preparation method involved the pre-formation of SnO2 sol solution from SnCl4. Subsequently, SnO2 nanocrystals were covered by the silicate species (from the hydrolysis of tetraethylorthosilicate, TEOS) in a pH controlled colloidal solution. Upon mixing with the surfactant solution, mesophase composite was obtained. After the removal of templates at various temperatures (400 to 600 degrees C), worm-like mesoporous SnO2/SiO2 with large specific surface area and pore volume as high as 362 m2/g and 0.33 cc/g were obtained, respectively. High thermal stability is mainly due to the effective inhibition of SnO2 crystal growth (mean crystallite size <30 A) by the amorphous SiO2 species at the grain boundaries. Formation of mesoporous silicate skeleton such as M41S family material was prevented. The obtained materials maintain the relatively narrow pore size distribution typically in the range of 30 to 70 A. Relations between material properties and key synthesis parameters (i.e. TDA/Si/Sn molar ratio and calcination temperature) were investigated by TGA, wide/small-angle X-ray scattering, (HR)TEM, BET, and FTIR techniques. Mechanisms on the mesostructure formation and crystal growth inhibition were also proposed with detailed discussion. PMID:17025123

  7. Fine Structure in Swift Heavy Ion Tracks in Amorphous SiO2

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    Kluth, P.; Schnohr, C. S.; Pakarinen, O. H.; Djurabekova, F.; Sprouster, D. J.; Giulian, R.; Ridgway, M. C.; Byrne, A. P.; Trautmann, C.; Cookson, D. J.; Nordlund, K.; Toulemonde, M.

    2008-10-01

    We report on the observation of a fine structure in ion tracks in amorphous SiO2 using small angle x-ray scattering measurements. Tracks were generated by high energy ion irradiation with Au and Xe between 27 MeV and 1.43 GeV. In agreement with molecular dynamics simulations, the tracks consist of a core characterized by a significant density deficit compared to unirradiated material, surrounded by a high density shell. The structure is consistent with a frozen-in pressure wave originating from the center of the ion track as a result of a thermal spike.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. [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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Enhanced ionic conductivity in polycrystalline TiO2 by "one-dimensional doping".

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    Adepalli, Kiran Kumar; Kelsch, Marion; Merkle, Rotraut; Maier, Joachim

    2014-03-14

    The influence of line defects (dislocations) on the electrical properties of polycrystalline TiO2 was investigated. Line defects were created in TiO2 during spark plasma sintering at 1000 °C and 400 MPa. TEM characterisation indicates dislocations to be preferably oriented on {110} and {101} planes. The measured electrical conductivity as a function of oxygen partial pressure and temperature revealed that the dislocations play a vital role in modifying the defect chemistry of TiO2. The presence of dislocations enhanced the ionic conductivity over a wide range of oxygen partial pressures. The observed changes can be interpreted in terms of negatively charged dislocation cores and adjacent space charge accumulation layers. The present findings point towards an alternative method to tune the electrical properties of ionic solids. PMID:24477488

  14. Delayed reperfusion deficits after experimental stroke account for increased pathophysiology

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    Burrows, Fiona E; Bray, Natasha; Denes, Adam; Allan, Stuart M; Schiessl, Ingo

    2015-01-01

    Cerebral blood flow and oxygenation in the first few hours after reperfusion following ischemic stroke are critical for therapeutic interventions but are not well understood. We investigate changes in oxyhemoglobin (HbO2) concentration in the cortex during and after ischemic stroke, using multispectral optical imaging in anesthetized mice, a remote filament to induce either 30 minute middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAo), sham surgery or anesthesia alone. Immunohistochemistry establishes cortical injury and correlates the severity of damage with the change of oxygen perfusion. All groups were imaged for 6 hours after MCAo or sham surgery. Oxygenation maps were calculated using a pathlength scaling algorithm. The MCAo group shows a significant drop in HbO2 during occlusion and an initial increase after reperfusion. Over the subsequent 6 hours HbO2 concentrations decline to levels below those observed during stroke. Platelets, activated microglia, interleukin-1α, evidence of BBB breakdown and neuronal stress increase within the stroked hemisphere and correlate with the severity of the delayed reperfusion deficit but not with the ΔHbO2 during stroke. Despite initial restoration of HbO2 after 30 min MCAo there is a delayed compromise that coincides with inflammation and could be a target for improved stroke outcome after thrombolysis. PMID:25407273

  15. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of ZnO/TiO 2/SnO 2 mixture

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    Wang, Cun; Xu, Bo-Qing; Wang, Xinming; Zhao, Jincai

    2005-11-01

    ZnO/TiO 2/SnO 2 mixture was prepared by mixing its component solid oxides ZnO, TiO 2 and SnO 2 in the molar ratio of 4ː1ː1, followed by calcining the solid mixture at 200-1300 °C. The products and solid-state reaction process during the calcinations were characterized with powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller measurement of specific surface area. Neither solid-state reaction nor change of crystal phase composition took place among the ZnO, TiO 2 and SnO 2 powders on the calcinations up to 600 °C. However, formation of the inverse spinel Zn 2TiO 4 and Zn 2SnO 4 was detected at 700-900 and 1100-1200 °C, respectively. Further increase of the calcination temperature enabled the mixture to form a single-phase solid solution Zn 2Ti 0.5Sn 0.5O 4 with an inverse spinel structure in the space group of Oh7-Fd3m. The ZnO/TiO 2/SnO 2 mixture was photocatalytically active for the degradation of methyl orange in water; its photocatalytic mass activity was 16.4 times that of SnO 2, 2.0 times that of TiO 2, and 0.92 times that of ZnO after calcination at 500 °C for 2 h. But, the mass activity of the mixture decreased with increasing the calcination temperature at above 700 °C because of the formation of the photoinactive Zn 2TiO 4, Zn 2SnO 4 and Zn 2Ti 0.5Sn 0.5O 4. The sample became completely inert for the photocatalysis after prolonged calcination at 1300 °C (42 h), since all of the active component oxides were reacted to form the solid solution Zn 2Ti 0.5Sn 0.5O 4 with no photocatalytic activity.

  16. H2O2: A precursor for O2 on icy satellites? Laboratory studies

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    Loeffler, M. J.; Baragiola, R. A.

    2005-08-01

    Radiation processes affect the surface chemistry in planetary systems and in the ISM, and thus they need to be studied extensively. Recently, we have studied H2O2 production in water ice by 100 keV H+ irradiation at temperatures relevant to Europa and the ISM. Although hydrogen peroxide has only been detected so far in the infrared reflectance of Europa, this molecule is believed to be an important factor for the radiation-induced chemistry that occurs in water ice in other outer solar system objects. In particular, it has been proposed that this molecule may be a precursor for the production of O2 exospheres around icy satellites and Saturn's rings. Previously, we have irradiated crystalline H2O2 and identified the synthesis of H2O and O3. The saturation water concentration appeared to be high, but quantification of initial radiation yields (G values) was not possible because of the large change in the shape of the infrared absorption bands due to the concurrent amorphization. Further measurements could not be made, because we could only grow H2O2 at high temperatures by distillation, and thus growing amorphous H2O2 was not possible. Recently, we developed a method to grow amorphous H2O2 in the solid phase that allowed us to measure H2O2 destruction quantitatively. We have performed radiolysis with 50 keV H+ at 17 K to ensure that most radiolytic products stay in the ice and have detected H2O, O2 and O3 but not HO2; we have measured initial radiation yields for H2O and O2. Annealing the irradiated samples at 0.2 K/min to 200 K we found that most of the O2 produced stays trapped in the ice until 154 K, where it leaves immediately. Infrared absorption shows the production of dangling H bonds, which grow in importance during annealing and can even be observed at 150 K.

  17. Increased hemoglobin O2 affinity protects during acute hypoxia.

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    Yalcin, Ozlem; Cabrales, Pedro

    2012-08-01

    Acclimatization to hypoxia requires time to complete the adaptation mechanisms that influence oxygen (O(2)) transport and O(2) utilization. Although decreasing hemoglobin (Hb) O(2) affinity would favor the release of O(2) to the tissues, increasing Hb O(2) affinity would augment arterial O(2) saturation during hypoxia. This study was designed to test the hypothesis that pharmacologically increasing the Hb O(2) affinity will augment O(2) transport during severe hypoxia (10 and 5% inspired O(2)) compared with normal Hb O(2) affinity. RBC Hb O(2) affinity was increased by infusion of 20 mg/kg of 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furfural (5HMF). Control animals received only the vehicle. The effects of increasing Hb O(2) affinity were studied in the hamster window chamber model, in terms of systemic and microvascular hemodynamics and partial pressures of O(2) (Po(2)). Pimonidazole binding to hypoxic areas of mice heart and brain was also studied. 5HMF decreased the Po(2) at which the Hb is 50% saturated with O(2) by 12.6 mmHg. During 10 and 5% O(2) hypoxia, 5HMF increased arterial blood O(2) saturation by 35 and 48% from the vehicle group, respectively. During 5% O(2) hypoxia, blood pressure and heart rate were 58 and 30% higher for 5HMF compared with the vehicle. In addition, 5HMF preserved microvascular blood flow, whereas blood flow decreased to 40% of baseline in the vehicle group. Consequently, perivascular Po(2) was three times higher in the 5HMF group compared with the control group at 5% O(2) hypoxia. 5HMF also reduced heart and brain hypoxic areas in mice. Therefore, increased Hb O(2) affinity resulted in hemodynamics and oxygenation benefits during severe hypoxia. This acute acclimatization process may have implications in survival during severe environmental hypoxia when logistic constraints prevent chronic acclimatization. PMID:22636677

  18. Increased hemoglobin O2 affinity protects during acute hypoxia

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    Yalcin, Ozlem

    2012-01-01

    Acclimatization to hypoxia requires time to complete the adaptation mechanisms that influence oxygen (O2) transport and O2 utilization. Although decreasing hemoglobin (Hb) O2 affinity would favor the release of O2 to the tissues, increasing Hb O2 affinity would augment arterial O2 saturation during hypoxia. This study was designed to test the hypothesis that pharmacologically increasing the Hb O2 affinity will augment O2 transport during severe hypoxia (10 and 5% inspired O2) compared with normal Hb O2 affinity. RBC Hb O2 affinity was increased by infusion of 20 mg/kg of 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furfural (5HMF). Control animals received only the vehicle. The effects of increasing Hb O2 affinity were studied in the hamster window chamber model, in terms of systemic and microvascular hemodynamics and partial pressures of O2 (Po2). Pimonidazole binding to hypoxic areas of mice heart and brain was also studied. 5HMF decreased the Po2 at which the Hb is 50% saturated with O2 by 12.6 mmHg. During 10 and 5% O2 hypoxia, 5HMF increased arterial blood O2 saturation by 35 and 48% from the vehicle group, respectively. During 5% O2 hypoxia, blood pressure and heart rate were 58 and 30% higher for 5HMF compared with the vehicle. In addition, 5HMF preserved microvascular blood flow, whereas blood flow decreased to 40% of baseline in the vehicle group. Consequently, perivascular Po2 was three times higher in the 5HMF group compared with the control group at 5% O2 hypoxia. 5HMF also reduced heart and brain hypoxic areas in mice. Therefore, increased Hb O2 affinity resulted in hemodynamics and oxygenation benefits during severe hypoxia. This acute acclimatization process may have implications in survival during severe environmental hypoxia when logistic constraints prevent chronic acclimatization. PMID:22636677

  19. 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

  20. Myoglobin O2 desaturation during exercise. Evidence of limited O2 transport.

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    Richardson, R S; Noyszewski, E A; Kendrick, K F; Leigh, J S; Wagner, P D

    1995-01-01

    The assumption that cellular oxygen pressure (PO2) is close to zero in maximally exercising muscle is essential for the hypothesis that O2 transport between blood and mitochondria has a finite conductance that determines maximum O2 consumption. The unique combination of isolated human quadriceps exercise, direct measures of arterial, femoral venous PO2, and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to detect myoglobin desaturation enabled this assumption to be tested in six trained men while breathing room air (normoxic, N) and 12% O2 (hypoxic, H). Within 20 s of exercise onset partial myoglobin desaturation was evident even at 50% of maximum O2 consumption, was significantly greater in H than N, and was then constant at an average of 51 +/- 3% (N) and 60 +/- 3% (H) throughout the incremental exercise protocol to maximum work rate. Assuming a myoglobin PO2 where 50% of myoglobin binding sites are bound with O2 of 3.2 mmHg, myoglobin-associated PO2 averaged 3.1 +/- .3 (N) and 2.1 +/- .2 mmHg (H). At maximal exercise, measurements of arterial PO2 (115 +/- 4 [N] and 46 +/- 1 mmHg [H]) and femoral venous PO2 (22 +/- 1.6 [N] and 17 +/- 1.3 mmHg [H]) resulted in calculated mean capillary PO2 values of 38 +/- 2 (N) and 30 +/- 2 mmHg(H). Thus, for the first time, large differences in PO2 between blood and intracellular tissue have been demonstrated in intact normal human muscle and are found over a wide range of exercise intensities. These data are consistent with an O2 diffusion limitation across the 1-5-microns path-length from red cell to the sarcolemma that plays a role in determining maximal muscle O2 uptake in normal humans. PMID:7560083

  1. Preparation and Mechanism of Cu-Decorated TiO2-ZrO2 Films Showing Accelerated Bacterial Inactivation.

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    Rtimi, Sami; Pulgarin, Cesar; Sanjines, Rosendo; Nadtochenko, Victor; Lavanchy, Jean-Claude; Kiwi, John

    2015-06-17

    Antibacterial robust, uniform TiO2-ZrO2 films on polyester (PES) under low intensity sunlight irradiation made up by equal amounts of TiO2 and ZrO2 exhibited a much higher bacterial inactivation kinetics compared to pure TiO2 or ZrO2. The TiO2-ZrO2 matrix was found to introduce a drastic increase in the Cu-dopant promoter enhancing bacterial inactivation compared to Cu sputtered in the same amount on PES. Furthermore, the bacterial inactivation was accelerated by a factor close to three, by Cu- on TiO2-ZrO2 at extremely low levels ∼0.01%. Evidence is presented by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for redox catalysis taking place during bacterial inactivation. The TiO2-ZrO2-Cu band gap is estimated and the film properties were fully characterized. Evidence is provided for the photogenerated radicals intervening in the bacterial inactivation. The photoinduced TiO2-ZrO2-Cu interfacial charge transfer is discussed in term of the electronic band positions of the binary oxide and the Cu TiO2 intragap state. PMID:26023896

  2. 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

    2016-12-01

    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. PMID:27000026

  3. Odd oxygen formation in the laser irradiation of O2 at 248 nm - Evidence for reactions of O2 in the Herzberg states with ground state O2

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    Shi, Jichun; Barker, John R.

    1992-01-01

    Two O3 formation processes (initiation and autocatalytic) are studied in pure O2 and in O2+N2 and O2+Ar mixtures at pressures between 200 and 1600 torr and at temperatures between 298 and 370 K. Evidence is presented that the initiation process produces O3 through chemical reactions between ground state O2 and excited O2 in the Herzberg states, which are produced by the photoabsorption of O2 at 248 nm. For the autocatalytic process, the results are consistent with the proposal that the O3 formation is accelerated by photodissociating vibrationally excited O2(nu), produced in the photolysis of O3 following its initial formation. It is argued that the O2 Herzberg states and O2(nu) may play important roles in the odd oxygen chemistry in the middle atmosphere. It is estimated that the O2(A3Sigma-u(+))+O2 reaction may yield up to about 6 percent of the total odd oxygen production rate near 50 km.

  4. 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.

  5. ZrO2 and HfO2 dielectrics on (001) n-InAs with atomic-layer-deposited in situ surface treatment

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    Babadi, Aein S.; Lind, Erik; Wernersson, Lars-Erik

    2016-03-01

    The electrical properties of ZrO2 and HfO2 gate dielectrics on n-InAs were evaluated. Particularly, an in situ surface treatment method including cyclic nitrogen plasma and trimethylaluminum pulses was used to improve the quality of the high-κ oxides. The quality of the InAs-oxide interface was evaluated with a full equivalent circuit model developed for narrow band gap metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitors. Capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements exhibit a total trap density profile with a minimum of 1 × 1012 cm-2 eV-1 and 4 × 1012 cm-2 eV-1 for ZrO2 and HfO2, respectively, both of which are comparable to the best values reported for high-κ/III-V devices. Our simulations showed that the measured capacitance is to a large extent affected by the border trap response suggesting a very low density of interface traps. Charge trapping in MOS structures was also investigated using the hysteresis in the C-V measurements. The experimental results demonstrated that the magnitude of the hysteresis increases with increase in accumulation voltage, indicating an increase in the charge trapping response.

  6. 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…

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. Hierachically grown RuO2 nanowires on electrospun IrO2 nanofiber

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    Lee, Jaeyeon; Yang, Hee-Sung; Cho, Yukyung; Shin, Hae-Young; Yoon, Seokhyun; Baik, Jeong Min; Seo, Young-Soo; Kim, Myung Hwa

    2012-02-01

    Electrospinning is a well known tool to synthesize nanofibers with the various diameters. Iridium oxide(IrO2) and Ruthenium oxide(RuO2) have a great potential as materials for electrodes in electrochemical devices due to their high electrical conductivity, chemical stability, and characteristics. So when they are mixed, we expect superior electrochemical properties and stability. We synthesize IrO2 nanofibers from mixture of Iridium precursor and polymer. At certain condition, we were able to obtain uniform and continuous fibers that the average diameter of nanofibers is approximately 150 nm. After calcination, RuO2 nanowires were then hierarchically grown on IrO2 nanofibers by APCVD at about 650 ^o without any catalyst. The diameters of nanowires are about 50 nm and the length is ˜ 1.5 μm. The structures and morphologies were examined using scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), high resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectrum and Raman spectroscopy.

  10. XANES studies of photocatalytic active species in nano TiO 2-SiO 2

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    Li Hsiung, Tung; Paul Wang, H.; Wang, H. C.

    2006-11-01

    Combined post-edge XANES (X-ray absorption near-edge structural) and 29Si magic angle spinning solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS SSNMR) observations show that Ti was dispersed in the frameworks of nano SiO 2 (synthesized with the sol-gel method). In addition, the nano TiO 2-SiO 2 photocatalyst have features such as A1 (4969 eV), A2 (4970.5 eV) and A3 (4972 eV) that can be attributed to 1s-to-3d transitions for four- (TiO 4), five- ((Ti=O)O 4), and six- (TiO 6) coordinated Ti species, respectively. The A2 ((Ti=O)O 4) in TiO 2-SiO 2 may be the main active species, for instance, in the photocatalytic decomposition of trace 2-chlorophenol in H 2O. This work exemplifies the utilization of XANES to reveal the active species in nano photocatalysts in detail.

  11. 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.

  12. Preparation and solar-light photocatalytic activity of TiO2 composites: TiO2/kaolin, TiO2/diatomite, and TiO2/zeolite

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    Li, Y.; Li, S. G.; Wang, J.; Li, Y.; Ma, C. H.; Zhang, L.

    2014-12-01

    Three TiO2 loaded composites, TiO2/kaolin, TiO2/diatomite, and TiO2/zeolite, were prepared in order to improve the solar-light photocatalytic activity of TiO2. The results showed that the photocatalytic activity could obviously be enhanced by loading appropriate amount of inorganic mineral materials. Meanwhile, TiO2 content, heat-treatment temperature and heat-treatment time on the photocatalytic activity were reviewed. Otherwise, the effect of solar light irradiation time and dye concentration on the photocatalytic degradation of Acid Red B was investigated. Furthermore, the degradation mechanism and adsorption process were also discussed.

  13. Formation mechanism of TiO2 nanotubes

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    Yao, B. D.; Chan, Y. F.; Zhang, X. Y.; Zhang, W. F.; Yang, Z. Y.; Wang, N.

    2003-01-01

    Transmission electron microscopic observation showed that TiO2 nanotubes synthesized via a simple hydrothermal chemical process formed a crystalline structure with open-ended and multiwall morphologies. Unlike multiwalled carbon nanotubes, the TiO2 nanotube walls were not seamless. During alkali treatment, crystalline TiO2 raw material underwent delamination in the alkali solution to produce single-layer TiO2 sheets. TiO2 nanotubes were formed by rolling up the single-layer TiO2 sheets with a rolling-up vector of [001] and attracting other sheets to surround the tubes.

  14. H2O2 Signalling Pathway: A Possible Bridge between Insulin Receptor and Mitochondria

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    Pomytkin, Igor A

    2012-01-01

    This review is focused on the mechanistic aspects of the insulin-induced H2O2 signalling pathway in neurons and the molecules affecting it, which act as risk factors for developing central insulin resistance. Insulin-induced H2O2 promotes insulin receptor activation and the mitochondria act as the insulin-sensitive H2O2 source, providing a direct molecular link between mitochondrial dysfunction and irregular insulin receptor activation. In this view, the accumulation of dysfunctional mitochondria during chronological ageing and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a risk factor that may contribute to the development of dysfunctional cerebral insulin receptor signalling and insulin resistance. Due to the high significance of insulin-induced H2O2 for insulin receptor activation, oxidative stress-induced upregulation of antioxidant enzymes, e.g., in AD brains, may represent another risk factor contributing to the development of insulin resistance. As insulin-induced H2O2 signalling requires fully functional mitochondria, pharmacological strategies based on activating mitochondria biogenesis in the brain are central to the treatment of diseases associated with dysfunctional insulin receptor signalling in this organ. PMID:23730255

  15. 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.

  16. Optical properties of self-assembled TiO2-SiO2 double-layered photonic crystals.

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    Oh, Yong Taeg; Koo, Bo Ra; Shin, Dong Chan

    2013-01-01

    The optical properties of self-assembled TiO2/SiO2 double-layered photonic crystals were examined using SiO2 and TiO2 nanopowders. The SiO2 and TiO2 nanopowders were fabricated using the well-known Stöber process, and the double-layered structure was self-assembled by an evaporation method. Self-assembled TiO2 thin film was coated at a 1.2 mm thickness by the evaporation process, and 3 atomic layers of the SiO2 layer was coated onto the TiO2 thin film. The relative reflectance peak intensity of the photonic bandgap in the specimen was 13% before thermal treatment. The peak value was increased by sequential heat-treatments and reached the highest value of 21% at 400 degrees C. PMID:23646797

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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. PMID:26878202

  1. 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. PMID:25186567

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  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. 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

  7. Are the Surfaces of CrO2 Metallic?

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    Ventrice, Jr.,C.; Borst, D.; Geisler, H.; van Ek, J.; Losovyj, Y.; Robbert, P.; Diebold, U.; Rodriguez, J.; Miao, G.; Gupta, A.

    2007-01-01

    Previous photoelectron spectroscopy studies of CrO2 have found either no density of states or a very low density of states at the Fermi level, suggesting that CrO2 is a semiconductor or a semi-metal. This is in contradiction to calculations that predict that CrO2 should be a half-metallic ferromagnet. Recently, techniques have been developed to grow high-quality epitaxial films of CrO2 on TiO2 substrates by chemical vapour deposition. We present photoelectron spectroscopy measurements of epitaxial CrO2(110)/TiO2(110) and CrO2(100)/TiO2(100) grown using a CrO3 precursor. In addition, measurements of epitaxial Cr2O3(0001)/Pt(111) films grown by thermal evaporation of Cr in an oxygen atmosphere are presented as a reference for reduced CrO2 films. The measurements of the CrO2 surfaces show no emission at the Fermi level after sputtering and annealing the surfaces in oxygen, even though our soft core photoemission data and low-energy electron diffraction measurements provide evidence that stoichiometric CrO2 is present. The consequence of this is that neither surface of CrO2 is metallic. This behaviour could result from a metal to semiconductor transition at the (110) and (100) surfaces.

  8. 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

  9. Magnetic and magnetotransport properties of half-metallic CrO2-SnO2 composites

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    Fan, Yinbo; Wang, Fangbiao; Wen, Gehui; Li, Faming; Zhang, Caiping; Zhang, Songbo; Ma, Hongan; Jia, Xiaopeng

    2013-12-01

    Half-metallic (CrO2)1-x-(SnO2)x composites were prepared under high temperature and high pressure conditions. The composites are composed of large rod-like CrO2 grains and small SnO2 nanoparticles. The CrO2 in the composites is very pure and its saturation magnetization is very close to the theoretical value. The composition dependence of magnetic and magnetotransport properties of the composites was studied. The coercive force (Hc) and remanence ratio (Mr/Ms) of the composites increase dramatically with increasing SnO2 content x for x > 0.6. This should be due to that the CrO2 grains have been well separated by SnO2 nanoparticles and the magnetic interactions among CrO2 grains become weak when x > 0.6. The resistivity and magnetoresistance at 5 K of the composites increase with increasing x, and the increase quickens up at x = 0.5. When x ≥ 0.5, the (CrO2)1-x-(SnO2)x composites show insulator behavior, and the temperature dependence of the resistivity can be well described by fluctuation-induced tunneling model. But when x ≤ 0.4, the (CrO2)1-x-(SnO2)x composites show insulator-metal transitions, and the transition temperature increases with increasing SnO2 concentration. Below the transition temperature, their resistivity can also be explained by fluctuation-induced tunneling model. The (CrO2)1-x-(SnO2)x composites show greater magnetoresistance than pure CrO2 at low temperature, which is attributed to enhancement of tunneling magnetoresistance by adding of SnO2.

  10. SiO2/TiO2/Ag multilayered microspheres: Preparation, characterization, and enhanced infrared radiation property

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    Ye, Xiaoyun; Cai, Shuguang; Zheng, Chan; Xiao, Xueqing; Hua, Nengbin; Huang, Yanyi

    2015-08-01

    SiO2/TiO2/Ag core-shell multilayered microspheres were successfully synthesized by the combination of anatase of TiO2 modification on the surfaces of SiO2 spheres and subsequent Ag nanoparticles deposition and Ag shell growth with face-centered cubic (fcc) Ag. The composites were characterized by TEM, FT-IR, UV-vis, Raman spectroscopy and XRD, respectively. The infrared emissivity values during 8-14 μm wavelengths of the composites were measured. The results revealed that TiO2 thin layers with the thickness of ∼10 nm were coated onto the SiO2 spheres of ∼220 nm in diameter. The thickness of the TiO2 layers was controlled by varying the amount of TBOT precursor. Homogeneous Ag nanoparticles of ∼20 nm in size were successfully deposited by ultrasound on the surfaces of SiO2/TiO2 composites, followed by complete covering of Ag shell. The infrared emissivity value of the SiO2/TiO2 composites was decreased than that of pure SiO2. Moreover, the introduction of the Ag brought the remarkably lower infrared emissivity value of the SiO2/TiO2/Ag multilayered microspheres with the lowest value down to 0.424. Strong chemical effects in the interface of SiO2/TiO2 core-shell composites and high reflection performance of the metal Ag are two decisive factors for the improved infrared radiation performance of the SiO2/TiO2/Ag multilayered microspheres.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

    2015-01-01

    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 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. PMID:26242603

  13. 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.

  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. 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. PMID:26223016

  16. 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 ...

  17. ACIDIFICATION OF RAIN IN THE PRESENCE OF SO2, H2O2, O3, AND HNO3

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    The production of acid sulfate and the accumulation of acid nitrate are calculated for falling raindrops using a physico-chemical model that accounts for the mass transfer of SO2, H2O2, O3, HNO3, and CO2. The acidification is postulated to occur through the absorption of free gas...

  18. 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

  19. Photoinduced interaction between riboflavin and TiO 2 colloid

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    Kathiravan, A.; Renganathan, R.

    2008-12-01

    The adsorption of riboflavin on the surface of TiO 2 colloidal particles and the electron transfer process from its singlet excited state to the conduction band of TiO 2 were examined by absorption and fluorescence quenching measurements. The apparent association constants ( Kapp) were determined. The quenching mechanism is discussed involving electron transfer from riboflavin to TiO 2.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

  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. Acidification of rain in the presence of SO2, H2O2, O3, and HNO3

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    Overton, J.H. Jr; Durham, J.L.

    1982-01-01

    The production of acid sulfate and the accumulation of acid nitrate are calculated for falling raindrops using a physico-chemical model that accounts for the mass transfer of SO2, H2O2, O3, HNO3, and CO2. The acidification is postulated to occur through the absorption of free gaseous HNO3 and the absorption and reaction of SO2, H2O2, and O3 to yield H2SO4. Investigated are the relative effectivness of H2O2(aq) and O3(aq) for oxidizing SO2(aq) to yield H(+1) and SO-2(-2), and the role of HNO3(aq) in acidifying raindrops and influencing SO4(-2) formation. Results indicate: that H2O2 is more effective than O3, HNO3 inhibits SO4(-2) formation due to O3 oxidation, and in all cases, HNO3 is important in acidifying rain.

  8. The role of LiO2 solubility in O2 reduction in aprotic solvents and its consequences for Li-O2 batteries

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    Johnson, Lee; Li, Chunmei; Liu, Zheng; Chen, Yuhui; Freunberger, Stefan A.; Ashok, Praveen C.; Praveen, Bavishna B.; Dholakia, Kishan; Tarascon, Jean-Marie; Bruce, Peter G.

    2014-12-01

    When lithium-oxygen batteries discharge, O2 is reduced at the cathode to form solid Li2O2. Understanding the fundamental mechanism of O2 reduction in aprotic solvents is therefore essential to realizing their technological potential. Two different models have been proposed for Li2O2 formation, involving either solution or electrode surface routes. Here, we describe a single unified mechanism, which, unlike previous models, can explain O2 reduction across the whole range of solvents and for which the two previous models are limiting cases. We observe that the solvent influences O2 reduction through its effect on the solubility of LiO2, or, more precisely, the free energy of the reaction LiO2* ⇌ Li(sol)+ + O2-(sol) + ion pairs + higher aggregates (clusters). The unified mechanism shows that low-donor-number solvents are likely to lead to premature cell death, and that the future direction of research for lithium-oxygen batteries should focus on the search for new, stable, high-donor-number electrolytes, because they can support higher capacities and can better sustain discharge.

  9. Low-cost bidirectional selector based on Ti/TiO2/HfO2/TiO2/Ti stack for bipolar RRAM arrays

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    Li, Yingtao; Li, Rongrong; Yuan, Peng; Gao, Xiaoping; Chen, Enzi

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, a low-cost Ti/TiO2/HfO2/TiO2/Ti stack structure is proposed as a selector for bipolar resistive random access memory (RRAM) cross-bar array applications. We demonstrate reproducible resistive switching characteristics with significant nonlinearity and good uniformity in the one selector and one resistor (1S1R) structure device that integrate the bidirectional selector with a bipolar Pt/Ti/HfO2/Pt RRAM device. These results provide a good point of reference for evaluating the potential low-cost applications in bipolar RRAM cross-bar array.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. [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

  14. Preparation and characterization of CuCrO2/TiO2 heterostructure photocatalyst with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Xiong, Dehua; Chang, Haimei; Zhang, Qingqing; Tian, Shouqin; Liu, Baoshun; Zhao, Xiujian

    2015-08-01

    A series of novel p-type CuCrO2/n-type TiO2 heterostructure photocatalysts were fabricated for the first time by depositing CuCrO2 nanoparticles on TiO2 nanorod-array film through a facile spin-coating method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and photocurrent response were employed to characterize the as-synthesized composites. The photocatalytic activity of CuCrO2/TiO2 for degradation of methylene blue (MB) aqueous solution was much higher than pure TiO2, which could be ascribed to the formation of p-n heterojunctions between CuCrO2 nanoparticles and TiO2 nanorods. In particular, the best degradation efficiency of CuCrO2/TiO2 heterojunction was 85.3%, about 1.14 times higher than pure TiO2 (74.6%), which could be attributed to their high separation efficiency of photogenerated electrons and holes. It is expected this strategy of p-n junction for enhancing photocatalytic activity can have considerable impact to promote the development of high efficient photocatalyst and industrial application for degrading pollutant, treating waste water and other environmental protection fields.

  15. CO2 and O2 Exchanges in the CAM Plant Ananas comosus (L.) Merr

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    Cote, François Xavier; Andre, Marcel; Folliot, Michel; Massimino, Daniel; Daguenet, Alain

    1989-01-01

    Photosynthesis and light O2-uptake of the aerial portion of the CAM plant Ananas comosus (L.) merr. were studied by CO2 and O2 gas exchange measurements. The amount of CO2 which was fixed during a complete day-night cycle was equal to the amount of total net O2 evolved. This finding justifies the assumption that in each time interval of the light period, the difference between the rates of net O2-evolution and of net light atmospheric CO2-uptake give the rates of malate-decarboxylation-dependent CO2 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 O2 evolved/net CO2 fixed) was higher than 1. This indicates that malate-decarboxylation supplied CO2 for the photosynthetic carbon reduction cycle during this period. (b) In phase III and early phase IV, the rate of CO2 assimilation deduced from net O2-evolution was 3 times higher than the maximum rate of atmospheric CO2-fixation during phase IV. A conceivable explanation for this stimulation of photosynthesis is that the intracellular CO2-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 CO2-fixation by phosphoenolpyruvate-carboxylase activity and malate accumulation. Based upon this hypothesis, the gas exchange data indicates that at least 50% of the CO2 fixed during the last hour of the light period was stored as malate. Light O2-uptake determined with 18O2 showed two remarkable characteristics: from the onset of the light until midphase IV the rate of O2-uptake increased progressively; during the following part of the light period, the rate of O2-uptake was 3.5 times higher than the maximum rate of CO2-uptake. When malate decarboxylation was reduced or suppressed after a night in a CO2-free atmosphere or in continuous illumination, the rate of O2-uptake

  16. Anti-fogging nanofibrous SiO(2) and nanostructured SiO(2)-TiO(2) films made by rapid flame deposition and in situ annealing.

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    Tricoli, Antonio; Righettoni, Marco; Pratsinis, Sotiris E

    2009-11-01

    Transparent, pure SiO(2), TiO(2), and mixed silica-titania films were (stochastically) deposited directly onto glass substrates by flame spray pyrolysis of organometallic solutions (hexamethyldisiloxane or tetraethyl orthosilicate and/or titanium tetra isopropoxide in xylene) and stabilized by in situ flame annealing. Silicon dioxide films consisted of a network of interwoven nanofibers or nanowires several hundred nm long and 10-15 nm thick, as determined by microscopy. These nanowire or nanofibrous films were formed by chemical vapor deposition (surface growth) on bare glass substrates during scalable combustion of precursor solutions at ambient conditions, for the first time to our knowledge, as determined by thermophoretic sampling of the flame aerosol and microscopy. In contrast, titanium dioxide films consisted of nanoparticles 3-5 nm in diameter that were formed in the flame and deposited onto the glass substrate, resulting in highly porous, lace-like nanostructures. Mixed SiO(2)-TiO(2) films (40 mol % SiO(2)) had similar morphology to pure TiO(2) films. Under normal solar radiation, all such films having a minimal thickness of about 300 nm completely prevented fogging of the glass substrates. These anti-fogging properties were attributed to inhibition of water droplet formation by such super-hydrophilic coatings as determined by wetting angle measurements. Deactivated (without UV radiation) pure TiO(2) coatings lost their super-hydrophilicity and anti-fogging properties even though their wetting angle was reduced by their nanowicking. In contrast, SiO(2)-TiO(2) coatings exhibited the best anti-fogging performance at all conditions taking advantage of the high surface coverage by TiO(2) nanoparticles and the super-hydrophilic properties of SiO(2) on their surface. PMID:19621912

  17. Biocidal effects of photocatalytic semiconductor TiO2.

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    Rajagopal, G; Maruthamuthu, S; Mohanan, S; Palaniswamy, N

    2006-08-15

    Photocatalytic action of the commercial TiO(2) was the subject of study on the destruction of the microbes within the biofilms. The TiO(2) powder was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) for identifying its type and the particle size was determined. The biofilm was allowed to form over TiO(2) coatings over glass slides irradiated with polychromatic light for different time durations and distances. It indicates that a five-fold decrease in bacterial count due to the formation of H(2)O(2) at TiO(2)/biofilm interface. The formation of H(2)O(2) at the TiO(2)/biofilm interface is estimated and it does not destroy the entire bacterial population within the biofilm. Bacterial killing effect is supported by FT-IR analysis. PMID:16870404

  18. 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

  19. 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. PMID:23363048

  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. 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

  2. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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    Barkley, Russell A.

    1998-01-01

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may arise when key brain circuits do not develop properly, perhaps due to an altered gene or genes. Describes ADHD in detail and introduces a psychological model of ADHD. (ASK)

  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.

    2016-01-01

    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

  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.

    2016-07-01

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. RuO2/MnO2 composite materials for high-performance supercapacitor electrodes

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    Jianming, Lei; Xiaomei, Chen

    2015-08-01

    Ruthenium oxide and manganese oxide nanomaterials were respectively prepared by a sol-gel process and hydrothermal synthesis method. The morphologies and microstructures of the composite nanomaterials were characterized by SEM and XRD. Based on the cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and constant current charge-discharge techniques, the performances of the electrodes were investigated. The results show that the composite of manganese oxide and ruthenium oxide is beneficial to improve the impedance characteristic. The electrode with 60% (mass ratio) manganese oxide has a high specific capacitance of 438 F/g and a lower inner resistance of 0.304 Ω using 38% (mass ratio) H2SO4 solution. The capacitance retention of RuO2/MnO2 composite electrode was 92.5% after 300 cycles.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Effect of ZrO2 addition on the mechanical properties of porous TiO2 bone scaffolds.

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    Tiainen, Hanna; Eder, Georg; Nilsen, Ola; Haugen, Håvard J

    2012-08-01

    This study aimed at the investigation of the effect of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) addition on the mechanical properties of titanium dioxide (TiO2) bone scaffolds. The highly biocompatible TiO2 has been identified as a promising material for bone scaffolds, whereas the more bioinert ZrO2 is known for its excellent mechanical properties. Ultra-porous TiO2 scaffolds (>89% porosity) were produced using polymer sponge replication with 0-40 wt.% of the TiO2 raw material substituted with ZrO2. Microstructure, chemical composition, and pore architectural features of the prepared ceramic foams were characterised and related to their mechanical strength. Addition of 1 wt.% of ZrO2 led to 16% increase in the mean compressive strength without significant changes in the pore architectural parameters of TiO2 scaffolds. Further ZrO2 additions resulted in reduction of compressive strength in comparison to containing no ZrO2. The appearance of zirconium titanate (ZrTiO4) phase was found to hinder the densification of the ceramic material during sintering resulting in poor intergranular connections and thus significantly reducing the compressive strength of the highly porous ceramic foam scaffolds. PMID:24364936

  11. Hierarchical MnO2/SnO2 heterostructures for a novel free-standing ternary thermite membrane.

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    Yang, Yong; Zhang, Zhi-Cheng; Wang, Peng-Peng; Zhang, Jing-Chao; Nosheen, Farhat; Zhuang, Jing; Wang, Xun

    2013-08-19

    We report the synthesis of a novel hierarchical MnO2/SnO2 heterostructures via a hydrothermal method. Secondary SnO2 nanostructure grows epitaxially on the surface of MnO2 backbones without any surfactant, which relies on the minimization of surface energy and interfacial lattice mismatch. Detailed investigations reveal that the cover density and morphology of the SnO2 nanostructure can be tailored by changing the experimental parameter. Moreover, we demonstrate a bottom-up method to produce energetic nanocomposites by assembling nanoaluminum (n-Al) and MnO2/SnO2 hierarchical nanostructures into a free-standing MnO2/SnO2/n-Al ternary thermite membrane. This assembled approach can significantly reduce diffusion distances and increase their intimacy between the components. Different thermite mixtures were investigated to evaluate the corresponding activation energies using DSC techniques. The energy performance of the ternary thermite membrane can be manipulated through different components of the MnO2/SnO2 heterostructures. Overall, our work may open a new route for new energetic materials. PMID:23905515

  12. The hybrid photocatalyst of TiO2-SiO2 thin film prepared from rice husk silica

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    Klankaw, P.; Chawengkijwanich, C.; Grisdanurak, N.; Chiarakorn, Siriluk

    2012-03-01

    The TiO2-SiO2 thin film was prepared by self-assembly method by mixing SiO2 precursor with titanium precursor solution and aged to obtain a co-precipitation of silica and titanium crystals. Dip coating method was applied for thin film preparation on glass slide. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) of the self-assembly thin film had no characteristic property of SiO2 and even anatase TiO2 but indicated new crystal structure which was determined from the Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer (FTIR) as a hybridized Ti-O-Si bonding. The surface area and surface volume of the self-assembly sample were increased when SiO2 was incorporated into the film. The self-assembly TiO2-SiO2 thin film exhibited the enhanced photocatalytic decolorization of methylene blue (MB) dye. The advantages of SiO2 are; (1) to increase the adsorbability of the film and (2) to provide the hydroxyl radical to promote the photocatalytic reaction. The self-assembly thin film with the optimum molar ratio (SiO2:TiO2) as 20:80 gave the best performance for photocatalytic decolorization of MB dye with the overall efficiency of 81%.

  13. Synthesis of nanostructured TiO2/SiO2 as an effective photocatalyst for degradation of acid orange

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    Cetinkaya, Tugrul; Neuwirthová, Lucie; Kutláková, Kateřina M.; Tomášek, Vladimír; Akbulut, Hatem

    2013-08-01

    TiO2/SiO2 composites were produced as photocatalysts both by hydrolysis of TiCl4 and from TiO2 suspension prepared by hydrolysis of TiCl4. TiO2/SiO2 composites were dried at 70 °C and calcinated at 400 °C and 600 °C to investigate the effect of calcination temperature on the phase transformation of TiO2 structure. Photocatalytic effects of produced TiO2/SiO2 composites were measured against degradation of acid orange 7 (AO7) by UV-vis spectroscopy. The chemical compositions of produced samples were studied by X-ray fluorescence (XRF) technique. The composite structures were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) facilities to reveal the surface morphology and their phase structures. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) was conducted to understand the elemental surface composition of composites. Photocatalytic activity of composites normalized with surface area, and TiO2/SiO2 composite produced by TiO2 suspension prepared by hydrolysis of TiCl4 and calcinated at 600 °C indicated 40% photocatalytic degradation of AO7 after 2 h under UV radiation.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Application of phosphorescence quenching by O2 to the investigation of O2 delivery to ocular tissues

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    Chamot, Stephane R.; Petrig, Benno L.; Pournaras, Constantin J.; Percicot, Christine L.; Lambrou, George N.; Riva, Charles E.

    2001-10-01

    The technique of phosphorescence quenching by O2 (PQ) allows the non-invasive measurement of the partial pressure of oxygen in blood (pO2blood). This technique and its application to the investigation of the pO2blood in the microvasculature of the retina and optic nerve head (ONH) of two animal species is described. Using the imaging mode of PQ, 2-dimensional pO2blood maps were obtained to investigate the response of the pO2blood to various physiological stimuli in miniature pigs and the effect of experimental glaucoma in monkeys. Applied in its focal mode, PQ allows measurements of the pO2blood with a time resolution of 1 second and is adequate to investigate the pO2blood time course during light stimulation.

  19. Nano-TiO2 enhances the toxicity of copper in natural water to Daphnia magna.

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    Fan, Wenhong; Cui, Minming; Liu, Hong; Wang, Chuan; Shi, Zhiwei; Tan, Cheng; Yang, Xiuping

    2011-03-01

    The acute toxicity of engineered nanoparticles (NPs) in aquatic environments at high concentrations has been well-established. This study demonstrates that, at a concentration generally considered to be safe in the environment, nano-TiO(2) remarkably enhanced the toxicity of copper to Daphnia magna by increasing the copper bioaccumulation. Specifically, at 2 mg L(-1) nano-TiO(2), the (LC(50)) of Cu(2+) concentration observed to kill half the population, decreased from 111 μg L(-1) to 42 μg L(-1). Correspondingly, the level of metallothionein decreased from 135 μg g(-1) wet weight to 99 μg g(-1) wet weight at a Cu(2+) level of 100 μg L(-1). The copper was found to be adsorbed onto the nano-TiO(2), and ingested and accumulated in the animals, thereby causing toxic injury. The nano-TiO(2) may compete for free copper ions with sulfhydryl groups, causing the inhibition of the detoxification by metallothioneins. PMID:21177008

  20. 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.

  1. Inactivation and mineralization of aerosol deposited model pathogenic microorganisms over TiO2 and Pt/TiO2.

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    Kozlova, E A; Safatov, A S; Kiselev, S A; Marchenko, V Yu; Sergeev, A A; Skarnovich, M O; Emelyanova, E K; Smetannikova, M A; Buryak, G A; Vorontsov, A V

    2010-07-01

    Air disinfection from bacteria and viruses by means of photocatalytic oxidation is investigated with microorganisms loaded over photocatalysts' films from aerosols. Deposition method and equipment have been developed to load Mycobacterium smegmatis , Bacillus thuringiensis , vaccinia virus, and influenza A (H3N2) virus on slides with undoped TiO(2) and platinized sulfated TiO(2) (Pt/TiO(2)). Inactivation dynamics was measured under UVA irradiation and in the dark. About 90% inactivation is reached in 30 min irradiation on TiO(2) and from 90 to 99.8% on Pt/TiO(2). The first-order inactivation rate coefficient ranged from 0.18 to 0.03 min(-1), over Pt/TiO(2) being higher than on TiO(2) for all microorganisms except Bacillus thuringiensis. The photocatalytic mineralization of Bacillus thuringiensis was performed on TiO(2) and Pt/TiO(2) with different photocatalyst and microorganism loadings. Completeness of mineralization depended on the TiO(2) to bacteria mass ratio. The rate of the photocatalytic carbon dioxide production grows with both the cell mass increase and the photocatalyst mass increase. Pt/TiO(2) showed increased rate of mineralization as well as of the inactivation likely due to a better charge carrier separation in the doped semiconductor photocatalyst. The results demonstrate that photocatalytic filters with deposited TiO(2) or Pt/TiO(2) are able to inactivate aerosol microorganisms and completely decompose them into inorganic products and Pt/TiO(2) provides higher disinfection and mineralization rates. PMID:20521809

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Preparation and characterization of CNT-CeO2 nanocomposite

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    Kaur, Jasmeet; Anand, Kanika; Singh, Ravi Chand

    2015-06-01

    This paper reports decoration of CeO2 nanoparticles on multi-walled carbon nanotubes through a reflux process in which Ce (NO3) 3.6H2O serves as precursor and hydrazine hydrate (N2H4.H2O) as reducing agent. Successful deposition of cubic fluorite CeO2 nanoparticles onto multi-walled carbon nanotubes has been confirmed by x-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). It was found that CeO2 nanoparticles formed in the presence of CNTs were larger as compared to pure CeO2 nanoparticles. Raman analysis showed that CeO2 induced a decrease in the size of the carbon grain in the CNTs. A red shift from 460 cm-1 to 463 cm-1 for F2g mode of CeO2 has also been observed in Raman spectra of CNT- CeO2 nanocomposite as compared to pure CeO2. The CeO2 coated multi-wall carbon nanotubes (CNT-CeO2) nanocomposite would be a promising candidate for practical applications such as catalysis, sensing and power source applications.

  5. 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

  6. 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. PMID:25572266

  7. 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.

  8. Rapid photochemical equilibration of isotope bond ordering in O2

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    Yeung, Laurence Y.; Ash, Jeanine L.; Young, Edward D.

    2014-09-01

    The abundances of 18O18O and 17O18O in the atmosphere were recently found to be enriched relative to the stochastic distribution of isotopes in O2. The enrichment is believed to arise from O(3P) + O2 isotope exchange reactions, which reorder the isotopes in O2 to a distribution that favors bonds between heavy isotopes. Theoretical predictions and laboratory experiments suggest that the reordered distribution of isotopes should reflect internal isotopic equilibrium, but a laboratory test of this hypothesis for the complete O2 isotopologue system has not yet been realized. Here we use a simple photochemical experiment that reorders the isotopes in O2 at temperatures between 200 K and 350 K. Using simultaneous measurements of five O2 isotopologues, we show that O(3P) + O2 reorders the isotopes in O2 to isotopic equilibrium. Furthermore, we use this scheme to calibrate measurements of isotopic ordering in samples of O2, obtaining Δ36 and Δ35 values within ±0.1‰. Measurements of atmospheric O2 sampled at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 2012 to 2014 have mean values of Δ36 = 1.97 ± 0.07‰ and Δ35 = 1.0 ± 0.1‰ (2 SE; n = 23), with no detectable long-term trend. These measurements are consistent with values for air reported earlier, but with a threefold to fourfold improvement in precision. Together, the experiments and observations support the case that isotopic ordering in tropospheric O2 is altered by O(3P) + O2; however, they also suggest that tropospheric Δ36 and Δ35 values do not reflect complete isotopic equilibration in the troposphere. Isotopic ordering in atmospheric O2 likely reflects the decadal-scale balance of stratospheric and tropospheric air masses modulated by variations in tropospheric photochemistry and convection.

  9. 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

  10. Fast carry accumulator design

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    Mastin, W. C.

    1971-01-01

    Simple iterative accumulator combined with gated-carry, carry-completion detection, and skip-carry circuits produces three accumulators with decreased carry propagation times. Devices are used in machine control, measurement equipment, and computer applications to increase speed of binary addition. NAND gates are used in combining network.

  11. TiO2 nanopores with high sensitivity to ultraviolet light

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    Rodríguez, D. F.; Perillo, P. M.

    2015-04-01

    We investigated the UV photoconductivity and transient response of TiO2 nanopores on silicon substrate. Ti thin films were first deposited by radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering and then anodized in glycerol electrolytes containing ammonium fluoride (NH4F). For the UV irradiation, the rise and decay curves of photocurrent are well fitted to a bi-exponential function. In both cases, the photocurrent was dominated by an initial fast response about 2 s. The ohmic I-V characteristic of the TiO2 nanopores under illumination could be ascribed to the decrease of the Schottky barrier height, to the accumulation of conduction electrons, resulted from the neutralization between photogenerated holes and negatively charged oxygen ions. These nanopores arrays could be useful in serving as photodetectors, chemical and biological sensors, and switching devices for nanoscale optoelectronics.

  12. Photo response of silver-TiO2 film.

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    Viernes, M A J; Mahinay, C L S; Villamayor, M M S; Ramos, H J

    2014-02-01

    Silver and TiO2 films were deposited on glass substrates via the plasma sputter type negative ion source and a compact planar magnetron, respectively. A silver target was biased and is sputtered by argon plasma for 30 min. TiO2 was deposited by sputtering a titanium disk and introducing oxygen in a 1:13 ratio with argon plasma for 2 h. The resulting composite films (silver on TiO2 and TiO2 on silver) were analyzed by its transmissivity in the UV-VIS region showing increased optical absorbance. The synthesized films were used in the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue showing an increase in photocatalytic degradation when only TiO2 is used. The introduction of silver with TiO2 inhibited the effective photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue. PMID:24593655

  13. Crystal structure of Si-doped HfO2

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    Zhao, Lili; Nelson, Matthew; Aldridge, Henry; Iamsasri, Thanakorn; Fancher, Chris M.; Forrester, Jennifer S.; Nishida, Toshikazu; Moghaddam, Saeed; Jones, Jacob L.

    2014-01-01

    Si-doped HfO2 was prepared by solid state synthesis of the starting oxides. Using Rietveld refinement of high resolution X-ray diffraction patterns, a substitutional limit of Si in HfO2 was determined as less than 9 at. %. A second phase was identified as Cristobalite (SiO2) rather than HfSiO4, the latter of which would be expected from existing SiO2-HfO2 phase diagrams. Crystallographic refinement with increased Si-dopant concentration in monoclinic HfO2 shows that c/b increases, while β decreases. The spontaneous strain, which characterizes the ferroelastic distortion of the unit cell, was calculated and shown to decrease with increasing Si substitution.

  14. C 180O 2, a V-shaped fullerene trimer

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    Deng, Jin-Pei; Mou, Chung-Yuan; Han, Chau-Chung

    1996-06-01

    C 180O 2 is synthesized simply by heating a mixture of C 60 and C 60O 1-3. Electrospray ionization generates doubly charged anions that are assigned as C 120O 1-6 and C 180O 2-6. From C 60O 2+2C 60 → C 180O 2, we propose a V-shaped structure for C 180O 2 which retains the bonding sites of the two oxygen atoms in C 60O 2. Under similar reaction conditions, adducts containing C 70 and C 70O building blocks are not observed. Laser desorption ionization mass spectra of C 70O indicate that the CO bond in C 70O is weak, providing a plausible account for the difficulty in the formation of C 130O and C 140O.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Template-directed synthesis and characterization of microstructured ceramic Ce/ZrO2@SiO2 composite tubes

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    Naumann, Meike

    2014-01-01

    Summary An exo-templating synthesis process using polymeric fibers and inorganic sol particles deposited onto structured one-dimensional objects is presented. In particular, CeO2/ZrO2@SiO2 composite tubes were synthesized in a two-step procedure by using electrospun polystyrene fibers as fiber template. First, a sol–gel approach based on an exo-templating technique was employed to obtain polystyrene(PS)/SiO2 composite fibers. These composite fibers were subsequently covered by spray-coating with ceria and zirconia sol solutions. After drying and final calcination of the green body composites, the PS polymer template was removed, and composite tubes of the composition CeO2/ZrO2@SiO2 were obtained. The SiO2/ZrO2/CeO2 microtubes, which consist of interconnected silica particles, are held together by ceria and zirconia deposits formed during the thermal treatment process. These microtubes are mainly located in the pendentive connecting the individual spherical silica particles and glue them together. The composition and crystallinity of this material connecting the individual silica particles contains the elements Ce and Zr and O as mixed oxide solid solution identified by XRD, Raman and high-resolution TEM and EFTEM. High-resolution microscopy techniques allowed for an elemental mapping on the surface of the silica host structure and determination of the O, Zr and Ce elemental distribution with nm precision. PMID:25161848

  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. Template-directed synthesis and characterization of microstructured ceramic Ce/ZrO2@SiO2 composite tubes.

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    Schneider, Jörg J; Naumann, Meike

    2014-01-01

    An exo-templating synthesis process using polymeric fibers and inorganic sol particles deposited onto structured one-dimensional objects is presented. In particular, CeO2/ZrO2@SiO2 composite tubes were synthesized in a two-step procedure by using electrospun polystyrene fibers as fiber template. First, a sol-gel approach based on an exo-templating technique was employed to obtain polystyrene(PS)/SiO2 composite fibers. These composite fibers were subsequently covered by spray-coating with ceria and zirconia sol solutions. After drying and final calcination of the green body composites, the PS polymer template was removed, and composite tubes of the composition CeO2/ZrO2@SiO2 were obtained. The SiO2/ZrO2/CeO2 microtubes, which consist of interconnected silica particles, are held together by ceria and zirconia deposits formed during the thermal treatment process. These microtubes are mainly located in the pendentive connecting the individual spherical silica particles and glue them together. The composition and crystallinity of this material connecting the individual silica particles contains the elements Ce and Zr and O as mixed oxide solid solution identified by XRD, Raman and high-resolution TEM and EFTEM. High-resolution microscopy techniques allowed for an elemental mapping on the surface of the silica host structure and determination of the O, Zr and Ce elemental distribution with nm precision. PMID:25161848

  20. 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.

  1. Preparation and characterization of amine-functionalized SiO 2/TiO 2 films for formaldehyde degradation

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    Photong, Somjate; Boonamnuayvitaya, Virote

    2009-09-01

    This paper investigated the gaseous formaldehyde degradation by the amine-functionalized SiO 2/TiO 2 photocatalytic films for improving indoor air quality. The films were synthesized via the co-condensation reaction of methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMOS) and 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTMS). The physicochemical properties of prepared photocatalysts were characterized with N 2 adsorption/desorption isotherms measurement, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FT/IR). The effect of amine-functional groups and the ratio of MTMOS/APTMS precursors on the formaldehyde adsorption and photocatalytic degradation were investigated. The results showed that the formaldehyde adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of the APTMS-functionalized SiO 2/TiO 2 film was higher than that of SiO 2/TiO 2 film due to the surface adsorption on amine sites and the relatively high of the specific surface area of the APTMS-functionalized SiO 2/TiO 2 film (˜15 times higher than SiO 2/TiO 2). The enhancement of the formaldehyde degradation of the film can be attributed to the synergetic effect of adsorption and subsequent photocatalytic decomposition. The repeatability of photocatalytic film was also tested and the degradation efficiency was 91.0% of initial efficiency after seven cycles.

  2. Cr magnetization reversal at the CrO2/RuO2 interface: Origin of the reduced GMR effect

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    Zafar, K.; Audehm, P.; Schütz, G.; Goering, E.; Pathak, M.; Chetry, K. B.; Leclair, P. R.; Gupta, A.

    2011-10-01

    Due to very high spin polarization in CrO2 and its good epitaxy, in principle, CrO2/RuO2/CrO2 trilayers should show significant giant magnetoresitive (GMR) effects, but very small GMR has experimentally been observed so far. Here, we report our soft x-ray resonant reflectivity results at the Cr L2,3 edges performed on (100) CrO2/RuO2 bilayer. By the use of linear and circular polarized light, this method is able to determine the chemical and the magnetic profiles including roughness or diffusion length. We could clearly exclude the presence of an induced Ru magnetization at the CrO2/RuO2 interface as an origin for the reduced GMR effect. On the other hand, we found instability to an antiparallel-oriented CrO2 magnetization top layer at the RuO2 interface. No tendency of a dead layer could be found. This result directly explains the rather small GMR observed in this system.

  3. 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

  4. Exoelectron emission at Cs surfaces by accelerated O 2 molecules

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    Böttcher, A.; Morgante, A.; Gießel, T.; Greber, T.; Ertl, G.

    1994-12-01

    The exoemission in the reaction of O 2 with Cs surfaces is found to depend strongly on the translational energy of the impinging O 2 molecules. Seeded beam experiments show that in the initial oxidation state exoemisson increases with increasing O 2 velocity. Above 0.5 eV of kinetic energy the increase is found to be proportional to exp (- v∗/ v) with a value v∗ of 1.6 × 10 4m/s.

  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. Nanostructured Er3+-doped SiO2-TiO2 and SiO2-TiO2-Al2O3 sol-gel thin films for integrated optics

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    Predoana, Luminita; Preda, Silviu; Anastasescu, Mihai; Stoica, Mihai; Voicescu, Mariana; Munteanu, Cornel; Tomescu, Roxana; Cristea, Dana

    2015-08-01

    The nanostructured multilayer silica-titania or silica-titania-alumina films doped with Er3+ were prepared by sol-gel method. The sol-gel method is a flexible and convenient way to prepare oxide films on several types of substrates, and for this reason it was extensively investigated for optical waveguides fabrication. The selected molar composition was 90%SiO2-10%TiO2 or 85%SiO2-10%TiO2-5% Al2O3 and 0.5% Er2O3. The films were characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Spectroellipsometry (SE), as well as by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and photoluminescence (PL). The films deposited on Si/SiO2 substrate by dip-coating or spin-coating, followed by annealing at 900 °C, presented homogenous and continuous surface and good adherence to the substrate. Differences were noticed in the structure and properties of the prepared films, depending on the composition and the number of deposited layers. Channel optical waveguides were obtained by patterning Er3+-doped SiO2-TiO2 and SiO2-TiO2-Al2O3 sol-gel layers deposited on oxidized silicon wafers.

  7. 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.

  8. Interfacial Electron Transfer Barrier at Compact TiO2 /CH3 NH3 PbI3 Heterojunction.

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    Xing, Guichuan; Wu, Bo; Chen, Shi; Chua, Julianto; Yantara, Natalia; Mhaisalkar, Subodh; Mathews, Nripan; Sum, Tze Chien

    2015-08-01

    Low-temperature solution-processed CH3 NH3 PbI3 interfaced with TiO2 has recently been demonstrated as a highly successful type-II light harvesting heterojunction with ≈20% efficiency. Therefore, an efficient ultrafast photoexcited electron transfer from CH3 NH3 PbI3 to TiO2 is expected. However, by probing the photoexcited charge carrier dynamics in CH3 NH3 PbI3 /quartz, CH3 NH3 PbI3 /TiO2 (compact), and CH3 NH3 PbI3 /PCBM in a comparative study, an electron transfer potential barrier between CH3 NH3 PbI3 and the compact TiO2 (prepared with the spray pyrolysis method) formed by surface states is uncovered. Consequently, the CH3 NH3 PbI3 photoluminescence intensity and lifetime is enhanced when interfaced to compact TiO2 . The electron accumulation within CH3 NH3 PbI3 needed to overcome this interfacial potential barrier results in the undesirable large current-voltage hysteresis observed for CH3 NH3 PbI3 /TiO2 planar heterojunctions. The findings in this study indicate that careful surface engineering to reduce this potential barrier is key to pushing perovskite solar cell efficiencies toward the theoretical limit. PMID:25824264

  9. Synthesis of highly active thin film based on TiO2 nanomaterial for self-cleaning application

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    Saif, M.; El-Molla, S. A.; Aboul-Fotouh, S. M. K.; Hafez, H.; Ibrahim, M. M.; Abdel-Mottaleb, M. S. A.; Ismail, L. F. M.

    2013-08-01

    Highly active self-cleaning surfaces were prepared from hydrothermally treated TiO2 nanomaterials for different times (0, 12, 24 and 36 h) under acidic condition. TiO2 thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). TiO2 thin film (hydrothermal 24 h) exhibited hybrid morphology from accumulated plates, clusters, rods and spheres. The photo self-cleaning activity in term of quantitative determination of the active oxidative species (rad OH) produced on the thin film surfaces was evaluated using fluorescent probe method. The results show that, the highly active thin film is the hydrothermally treated for 24 h at 200 °C. The structural, morphology and photoactivity properties of nano-TiO2 thin films make it promising surfaces for self-cleaning application. Mineralization of commercial textile dye (Remazol Red RB-133, RR) from highly active TiO2 thin film surface was applied. Moreover, the durability of this nano-TiO2 thin film (hydrothermal 24 h) was studied.

  10. 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.

  11. [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

  12. Mixed films of TiO2-SiO2 deposited by double electron-beam coevaporation

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    Chen, Jyh-Shin; Chao, Shiuh; Kao, Jiann-Shiun; Niu, Huan; Chen, Chih-Hsin

    1996-01-01

    We used double electron-beam coevaporation to fabricate TiO2-SiO2 mixed films. The deposition process included oxygen partial pressure, substrate temperature, and deposition rate, all of which were real-time computer controlled. The optical properties of the mixed films varied from pure SiO2 to pure TiO2 as the composition of the films varied accordingly. X-ray diffraction showed that the mixed films all have amorphous structure with a SiO2 content of as low as 11%. Atomic force microscopy showed that the mixed film has a smoother surface than pure TiO2 film because of its amorphous structure. Linear and Bruggeman's effective medium approximation models fit the experimental data better than other models.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial CrO2 thin films grown on TiO2 (001) substrates

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    Zhang, Xueyu; Zhong, Xing; Visscher, P. B.; LeClair, Patrick R.; Gupta, Arunava

    2013-04-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial CrO2 thin films grown on (001)-oriented TiO2 substrates by atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition are investigated. Due to the competition between demagnetization and a relatively weak perpendicular magnetocrystalline anisotropy, the deposited CrO2 (001) films exhibit magnetic properties that are significantly different from CrO2 (100) and CrO2 (110) films grown on TiO2 substrates. Based on the thickness dependence of M-H curves, a surface anisotropy is confirmed to exist, likely originating from strain in the film. The out-of-plane hysteresis curves can be well described by a distribution of effective anisotropy that may be due to a varying local demagnetizing field and a distribution of strain across the film. For the in-plane magnetization, the hysteresis curves are consistent with stripe or vortex domain structures of an almost closed flux configuration at remanence.

  17. 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.

  18. Synthesis and photolysis of NaYF4@SiO2@TiO2 core-shell nanocomposites

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    Shi, Guoyou; Mao, Yifu; Ren, Guozhong; Gong, Lunjun; Zhi, Zhugong

    2014-12-01

    Monodisperse β-NaYF4 nanocrystals were synthesized with oleic acid as capping ligands by solvothermal method, and then, SiO2 and TiO2 were coated successively. Intense ultraviolet light is emitted from NaYF4:Yb/Tm under the 980 nm laser and the intensity of ultraviolet light reduce dramatically after these nanocrystals were coated with SiO2 and TiO2 shells, which means NaYF4@SiO2@TiO2 core-shell nanocomposites can be used to realize the infared photocatalysis. Photocatalytic activity of these nanocomposites is demonstrated using methyl orange (MO) as a chemical probe under the 980 nm laser excitation.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Lateral transport properties of Nb-doped rutile- and anatase-TiO2 films epitaxially grown on c-plane GaN

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    Hazu, K.; Ohtomo, T.; Nakayama, T.; Tanaka, A.; Chichibu, S. F.

    2012-08-01

    Valence-band offsets for Nb-doped (100) rutile (R-TiO2) epilayer on (0001) GaN and (001) anatase (A-TiO2) epilayer mixed with R-TiO2 on (0001) GaN were determined using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to be +0.2 eV and +0.6 eV, respectively. Accordingly, they form type-I and type-II heterojunctions, respectively. The electron mobility as high as 260 cm2 V-1 s-1 was measured for the A(+R)-TiO2:Nb epilayer on undoped GaN, which is quantitatively explained in terms of electron accumulation at the interfacial region of GaN. The intrinsic mobility of approximately 30 cm2 V-1 s-1 at 300 K was obtained for the A(+R)-TiO2:Nb epilayer grown on a p-type GaN.

  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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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. PMID:27193867

  6. 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.

  7. Verbal processing deficits in schizophrenia.

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    Stevens, A A; Donegan, N H; Anderson, M; Goldman-Rakic, P S; Wexler, B E

    2000-08-01

    The authors reported that a subgroup of schizophrenic patients performed well on a tone serial position task but was impaired on an auditory word serial position task (Wexler, Stevens, Bowers, Cerniak, & Goldman-Rakic, 1998). This study assessed 30 schizophrenic and 32 controls (matched for comparable tone discrimination) on 4 versions of the verbal serial position tasks and 2 tone serial position tasks. Patients performed poorly on all verbal tasks but performed comparably to controls when tones served as stimuli. Proactive interference and visual presentation further compounded the verbal deficits. Deficits persisted with pronounceable nonword stimuli. These findings provide evidence of specific deficits in language-related processing, although the authors could not rule out the possibility that the differential effects that were observed between the tone and word tasks, and particularly among the verbal tasks, may result from differing discriminating power of the different tests. PMID:11016116

  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. Studies on the reconstitution of o(2)-evolution of chloroplasts.

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    Sayre, R T; Cheniae, G M

    1982-05-01

    Extraction of spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) chloroplasts with cholate-asolectin in the absence of Mg(2+) results in the rapid and selective inactivation of O(2) evolution and a partial (30 to 40%) loss of photosystem II (PSII) donor activity without extraction of thylakoid bound Mn ( approximately 5 to 6 Mn per 400 Chlorophyll). Inclusion of ethylene glycol in the extractions inhibits loss of O(2) evolution and results in quantitative and qualitative differences in proteins solubilized but does not significantly inhibit the partial loss of PSII donor activity. Similarly, in two stage experiments (extraction followed by addition of organic solvent and solubilized thylakoid protein), O(2) evolution (V and V(max)) of extracted chloroplasts is enhanced approximately 2.5- to 8-fold. However, PSII donor activity remains unaffected. This reversal of cholate inactivation of O(2) evolution can be induced by solvents including ethanol, methanol, 2-propanol, and dimethyl sulfoxide. Such enhancements of O(2) evolution specifically required cholate-solubilized proteins, which are insensitive to NH(2)OH and are only moderately heat-labile. NH(2)OH extraction of chloroplasts prior to cholate-asolectin extraction abolishes reconstitutability of O(2) evolution. Thus, the protein(s) affecting reconstitution is unlike those of the O(2).Mn enzyme. The specific activity of the protein fraction effecting reconstitution of O(2) evolution is greatest in fractions depleted of the reported Mn-containing, 65-kilodalton, and the Fe-heme, 232-kilodalton (58-kilodalton monomer), proteins. Divalent ( approximately 3 millimolar) and monovalent ( approximately 30 millimolar) cations do not affect reconstitution of PSII donor activity but do affect reconstitution of O(2) evolution by decreasing the protein(s) concentration required for reconstitution of O(2) evolution in nonfractionated, cholate-asolectin extractions. The data indicate a reconstitution of the PSII segment linking the PSII

  10. Influence of Water Deficit on Maize Endosperm Development 1

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    Ober, Eric S.; Setter, Tim L.; Madison, James T.; Thompson, John F.; Shapiro, Paul S.

    1991-01-01

    In maize (Zea mays L.), drought during the post-pollination stage decreases kernel growth and often leads to grain yield losses. Kernels in the apical region of the ear are more severely affected than basally positioned kernels. We hypothesized that water deficit during early endosperm development might inhibit kernel growth by decreasing endosperm cell division, and that this response might be mediated by changes in endosperm abscisic acid (ABA) levels. Greenhouse-grown maize, cultivar Pioneer 3925, was subjected to water limitation from 1 to 15 days after pollination (DAP), spanning the period of endosperm cell division and induction of storage product accumulation. Water deficit decreased the number of endosperm nuclei during the treatment period; the most substantial effect was in the apical region of ears. Correspondingly, endosperm fresh weight, starch accumulation and dry mass at maturity were decreased by water limitation. Abscisic acid concentrations in endosperm were quantified by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Water deficit increased ABA concentration in apical-region endosperm by four-fold compared to controls. ABA concentrations were also increased in middle and basal regions of the ear, but to a lesser extent. Two key enzymes in the starch synthesis pathway, sucrose synthase and granule-bound ADP-glucose starch synthase, and zein, the major storage protein in maize endosperm, were studied as markers of storage product synthesis. Water deficit did not affect sucrose synthase enzyme activity or RNA transcript abundance relative to total RNA. However, ADP-glucose starch synthase activity and RNA transcript abundance decreased slightly in apical-region endosperm of water-limited plants by 15 DAP, compared with well-watered controls. In contrast to starch, there was no treatment effect on the accumulation of zein, evaluated at either the polypeptide or RNA level. We conclude that under the conditions tested, the establishment of starch and zein

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  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. 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. PMID:24996153

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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. PMID:26554840

  1. 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. PMID:26061451

  2. 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.

  3. TiO(2) nanotube arrays: intrinsic peroxidase mimetics.

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    Zhang, Lingling; Han, Lei; Hu, Peng; Wang, Li; Dong, Shaojun

    2013-11-18

    TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTA), prepared by potentiostatic anodization, were discovered to possess an intrinsic peroxidase-like activity. The colorimetric and electrochemical assays both demonstrated their excellent catalytic activity towards H2O2 reduction. On this basis, a simple and inexpensive electrochemical biosensor for glucose detection was developed. PMID:24084751

  4. 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.

  5. Alveolar accumulation/concentration of nitrogen during apneic oxygenation with arteriovenous carbon dioxide removal.

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    Nielsen, Niels D; Andersen, Gratien; Kjaergaard, Benedict; Staerkind, Mette E; Larsson, Anders

    2010-01-01

    In a model of acute lung injury (ALI), previously, we have shown that apneic oxygenation, using an inspiratory O2 fraction (FiO2) of 1.0 combined with extracorporeal arteriovenous CO2 removal (AO-AVCR) maintains adequate arterial O2 and CO2 levels for a prolonged period. However, it is important that FiO2 lower than 1.0 can be used to avoid possible pulmonary oxygen toxicity. In preliminary studies, arterial oxygenation decreased to extreme low levels, when FiO2 <1 was used in apneic oxygenation. We assumed that this was caused either by alveolar accumulation/concentration of N2 or by absorption atelectasis. In four anesthetized and mechanically ventilated pigs, mild lung injury was induced. After a lung recruitment maneuver, we initiated two 20-minute periods of AO-AVCR with FiO2 of 1 and 0.5, respectively. By using FiO2 = 1, PaO2 remained above 300 mm Hg. At the end of the period, the alveolar O2 fraction (FAO2) was 0.89 (0.88-0.89; median and ranges). With FiO2 = 0.5, PaO2 decreased 90% compared with baseline values and FAO2 decreased to 0.07 (0.06-0.07). No atelectasis was visible on computed tomography after either period, and we, therefore, conclude that the alveolar hypoxia was caused by the alveolar N2 accumulation/concentration and subsequently by the O2 depletion. PMID:20038832

  6. 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.

  7. Mixed Valent Gold Oxides: Syntheses, Structures, and Properties of Rb 5Au 3O 2, Rb 7Au 5O 2, and Cs 7Au 5O 2

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    Mudring, Anja-Verena; Nuss, Jürgen; Wedig, Ulrich; Jansen, Martin

    2000-11-01

    The title compounds Rb5Au3O2, Rb7Au5O2, and Cs7Au5O2 are the first examples of mixed valent phases containing gold in the oxidation states +1 and -1. Their crystal structures (Rb5Au3O2, Pbam, a=736.4(1) pm, b=1430.8(2) pm, c=567.9(1) pm, Z=2, R(F)=0.053, 647 reflections; Rb7Au5O2, Immm, a=567.1(2) pm, b=930.1(1) pm, C=1659.4(3) pm, Z=2, R(F)=0.066, 409 reflections; Cs7Au5O2, Immm, a=599.4(1) pm, b=960.6(3) pm, c=1720.8(12) pm, Z=2, R(F)=0.039, 386 reflections) are characterized by the combination of distinctive structural features of gold(I) oxides and aurides: for Au(+1) a typical linear coordination by oxygen is found and the surroundings of Au(-1) bear a close resemblance to the binary 1:1 aurides. In consequence the overall structures of Rb5Au3O2 and M7Au5O2 can be described as intergrowths of M3AuO2 and MAu (M=Rb, Cs), constituting members of a homologous series [MAu]n[M3AuO2] with n=2 and 4, respectively. The crystal chemical evidence for the valence states assumed, also confirmed by Mößbauer spectroscopy, is supported by various band structure calculations (Hartee-Fock and density functional) clearly indicating the coexistence of two different oxidation states. The compounds have been synthesized by reacting binary aurides MAu and alkali monoxides M2O (M=Rb, Cs) with elemental gold in the required stochiometric amounts. Hereby, a further astonishing parallel to the chemistry of halogens is revealed. Like these, gold disproportionates upon interaction with bases.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  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. The influence of ionic strength and organic compounds on nanoparticle TiO2 (n-TiO2) aggregation.

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    Lee, Jaewoong; Bartelt-Hunt, Shannon L; Li, Yusong; Gilrein, Erica Jeanne

    2016-07-01

    This study investigated the aggregation of n-TiO2 in the presence of humic acid (HA) and/or 17β-estradiol (E2) under high ionic strength conditions simulating levels detected in landfill leachate. Aggregation of n-TiO2 was strongly influenced by ionic strength as well as ionic valence in that divalent cations (Ca(2+)) were more effective than monovalent (Na(+)) at the surface modification. HA or E2 enhanced aggregation of n-TiO2 in 20 mM CaCl2, however little aggregation was observed in 100 mM NaCl. Similarly, we observed only the increased aggregation of n-TiO2 in the presence of HA/E2. These results showed the critical role of particles' surface charges on the aggregation behaviors of n-TiO2 that HA plays more significantly than E2. However, the slightly increased zeta potential and aggregation of n-TiO2 in the combination of HA and E2 at both 20 mM CaCl2 and 100 mM NaCl means that E2 has influenced on the surface modification of n-TiO2 by adsorption. Based on the aggregation of n-TiO2 under high ionic strength with HA and/or E2, we simulated the mobility of aggregated n-TiO2 in porous media. As a result, we observed that the mobility distance of aggregated n-TiO2 was dramatically influenced by the surface modification with both HA and/or E2 between particles and media. Furthermore, larger mobility distance was observed with larger aggregation of n-TiO2 particles that can be explained by clean bed filtration (CFT) theory. PMID:27045636

  12. Nuclear spin resonance of (129)Xe doped with O(2).

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    McNabb, J W; Balakishiyeva, D N; Honig, A

    2007-10-01

    Spin-lattice relaxation of (129)Xe nuclei in solid natural xenon has been investigated in detail over a large range of paramagnetic O(2) impurity concentrations. Direct measurements of the ground state magnetic properties of the O(2) are difficult because the ESR (electron spin resonance) lines of O(2) are rather unstructured, but NMR measurements in the liquid helium temperature region (1.4-4 K) are very sensitive to the effective magnetic moments associated with the spin 1 Zeeman levels of the O(2) molecules and to the O(2) magnetic relaxation. From these measurements, the value of the D[Sz(2)-(1/3)S(2)] spin-Hamiltonian term of the triplet spin ground state of O(2) can be determined. The temperature and magnetic field dependence of the measured paramagnetic O(2)-induced excess line width of the (129)Xe NMR signal agree well with the theoretical model with the spin-Hamiltonian D=0.19 meV (2.3 K), and with the reasonable assumption that the E[S(x)(2)-S(y)(2)] spin-Hamiltonian term is close to 0 meV. An anomalous temperature dependence between 1.4 K and 4.2K of the (129)Xe spin-lattice relaxation rate, T(1n)(-1)(T), is also accounted for by our model. Using an independent determination of the true O(2) concentration in the Xe-O(2) solid, the effective spin lattice relaxation time (which will be seen to be transition dependent) of the O(2) at 2.3 K and 0.96 T is determined to be approximately 1.4 x 10(-8)s. The experimental results, taken together with the relaxation model, suggest routes for bringing highly spin-polarized (129)Xe from the low temperature condensed phase to higher temperatures without excessive depolarization. PMID:17689279

  13. Word Production Deficits in Schizophrenia

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    Marvel, Cherie L.; Schwartz, Barbara L.; Isaacs, Keren L.

    2004-01-01

    Fronto-cerebellar circuitry is implicated in word production. Data suggest that the cerebellum is involved in word "search," whereas the prefrontal cortex underlies the "selection" of words from among competing alternatives. We explored the role of search and selection processes in word production deficits in schizophrenia patients. In Experiment…

  14. Evapotranspiration of deficit irrigated sorghum

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    Deficit irrigation is used commonly in regions with reduced or limited irrigation capacity to increase water use efficiency (WUE). This research measured sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) water use (ET) and yield so WUE could be determined. Two precision weighing lysimeters were used to accurate...

  15. Management of attention deficit disorder.

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    Delcau, C M

    1984-10-01

    Attention deficit disorder occurs in 5% to 10% of school-aged children. Retrospective studies have shown an increased incidence of academic and social failure in untreated children. This paper reviews the natural course of the disorder and describes some therapeutic interventions. PMID:6484648

  16. Rhythm Deficits in "Tone Deafness"

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    Foxton, Jessica M.; Nandy, Rachel K.; Griffiths, Timothy D.

    2006-01-01

    It is commonly observed that "tone deaf" individuals are unable to hear the beat of a tune, yet deficits on simple timing tests have not been found. In this study, we investigated rhythm processing in nine individuals with congenital amusia ("tone deafness") and nine controls. Participants were presented with pairs of 5-note sequences, and were…

  17. Photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange: influence of H2O2 in the TiO2-based system.

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    Andronic, Luminita; Manolache, Simona; Duta, Anca

    2008-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the photocatalytic oxidation of a reactive azo dye. The photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 was studied using a reactor equipped with UV-A sources, with maximum emission at 365 nm. The photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 powder (99.9% anatase) and thin films has been measured through the decomposition of methyl orange solutions. The thin film was prepared by doctor blade and spray pyrolysis deposition (SPD). The TiO2 suspensions were prepared at 1 g/L concentration, and the initial methyl orange concentration was fixed at 7.8125 mg/L. The influence of the TiO2 (powder or thin films) and/or O2 and H2O2 on the photobleaching rate, was tested under different experiments, at pH = 5. Thin films (doctor blade) of TiO2 formed of mezo-sized aggregates formed of nanosized anatase crystallites show better photobleaching efficiency than thin film (SPD) due to their large internal surface. The rate is even higher in H2O2 compared to oxygen environment. PMID:18464398

  18. 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.

  19. Fabrication of TiO2 Thick Film for Photocatalyst from Commercial TiO2 Powder

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    Asteti, S. Fuji; Syarif, D. Gustaman

    2008-03-01

    Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 thick film ceramics made of commercial TiO2 powder has been studied. The TiO2 powder was nano sized one that was derived from dried TiO2 suspension. The TiO2 suspension was made by pouring some blended commercial TiO2 powder into some amount of water. The paste of TiO2 was made by mixing the nano sized TiO2 powder with organic vehicle and glass frit. The paste was spread on a glass substrate. The paste was dried at 100 °C and heated at different temperatures (400 °C and 500 °C) for 60 minutes to produce thick film ceramics. The photocatalytic activity of these films was evaluated by measuring the concentration of a solution of methylene blue where the thick films were inside after being illuminated by UV light at various periods of times. The initial concentration of the methylene blue solution was 5 ppm. Structural analyses were carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The XRD analyses showed that the produced thick film ceramic had mainly crystal structure of anatase. According to the photocatalytical data, it was known that the produced thick film ceramics were photocatalyst which were capable of decomposing an organic compound such as the methylene blue.

  20. Synthesis of hybrid cellulose nanocomposite bonded with dopamine SiO2/TiO2 and its antimicrobial activity

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    Ramesh, Sivalingam; Kim, Gwang-Hoon; Kim, Jaehwan; Kim, Joo-Hyung

    2015-04-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid material based cellulose was synthesized by the sol-gel approach. The explosion of activity in this area in the past decade has made tremendous progress in industry or academic both fundamental understanding of sol-gel process and applications of new functionalized hybrid materials. In this present research work, we focused on cellulose-dopamine functionalized SiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposite by sol-gel process. The cellulose-dopamine hybrid nanocomposite was synthesized via γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (γ-APTES) coupling agent by in-situ sol-gel process. The chemical structure of cellulose-amine functionalized dopamine bonding to cellulose structure with covalent cross linking hybrids was confirmed by FTIR spectral analysis. The morphological analysis of cellulose-dopamine nanoSiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposite materials was characterized by XRD, SEM and TEM. From this different analysis results indicate that the optical transparency, thermal stability, control morphology of cellulose-dopamine-SiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposite. Furthermore cellulose-dopamine-SiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposite was tested against pathogenic bacteria for antimicrobial activity.

  1. 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.

  2. Predicted ferromagnetic insulator CrO2/TiO2 superlattice with the modified Becke-Johnson potential

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    Guo, San-Dong

    2015-11-01

    The ferromagnetic insulator plays a major role in high-performance spintronic applications. So, it is very necessary to search for better ferromagnetic insulators that are compatible with current semiconductor technology. We investigate the electronic structures and magnetic properties of the \\text{Cr}{{\\text{O}}2}/\\text{Ti}{{\\text{O}}2} superlattice by using Tran and Blaha’s modified Becke and Johnson exchange potential. The calculated results show that the \\text{Cr}{{\\text{O}}2}/\\text{Ti}{{\\text{O}}2} superlattice is a ferromagnetic insulator, which combines ferromagnetic properties of \\text{Cr}{{\\text{O}}2} with insulating properties of \\text{Ti}{{\\text{O}}2} . The ferromagnetic stability is proven by magnetic energy differences for a series of lattice constants a. It is very interesting that both the majority-spin channel and spin non-conservation gaps firstly decrease with increasing lattice constants a, and then increase. However, the minority-spin channel gap firstly decreases, then remains nearly steady. These trends of gaps can be understood by changes of electronic band structures. If the \\text{Cr}{{\\text{O}}2}/\\text{Ti}{{\\text{O}}2} superlattice was experimentally synthesized with ferromagnetic insulator properties, it should be used to design high-performance spintronic devices, achieving new functionality.

  3. Predicted ferromagnetic insulator CrO2/TiO2 superlattice with the modified Becke-Johnson potential

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    Guo, San-Dong

    2014-11-01

    The ferromagnetic insulator plays a major role in high-performance spintronic applications. So, it is very necessary to search for better ferromagnetic insulators that are compatible with current semiconductor technology. We investigate the electronic structures and magnetic properties of the \\text{Cr}{{\\text{O}}2}/\\text{Ti}{{\\text{O}}2} superlattice by using Tran and Blaha’s modified Becke and Johnson exchange potential. The calculated results show that the \\text{Cr}{{\\text{O}}2}/\\text{Ti}{{\\text{O}}2} superlattice is a ferromagnetic insulator, which combines ferromagnetic properties of \\text{Cr}{{\\text{O}}2} with insulating properties of \\text{Ti}{{\\text{O}}2} . The ferromagnetic stability is proven by magnetic energy differences for a series of lattice constants a. It is very interesting that both the majority-spin channel and spin non-conservation gaps firstly decrease with increasing lattice constants a, and then increase. However, the minority-spin channel gap firstly decreases, then remains nearly steady. These trends of gaps can be understood by changes of electronic band structures. If the \\text{Cr}{{\\text{O}}2}/\\text{Ti}{{\\text{O}}2} superlattice was experimentally synthesized with ferromagnetic insulator properties, it should be used to design high-performance spintronic devices, achieving new functionality.

  4. Preparation and photocatalytical performance of TiO2:SiO2 nanocomposites produced by the polymeric precursors method.

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    Dawson, Margaret; Soares, Gabriela Byzynski; Ribeiro, Caue

    2013-07-01

    Anatase TiO2 is a promising photocatalyst due to its chemical stability, non-toxic characteristics, notable UV light absorption as well as photo-corrosion resistance and oxidative properties. Surface area and TiO2 dispersion quality are important factors that affect photoactivity of TiO2:SiO2 nanocomposites. In order to improve these factors, TiO2 nanoparticles were immobilized on mesoporous silica substrate through the polymeric precursors method, obtaining the nanocomposites in a simple routine. The TiO2 resin was synthesized by the polymeric precursors method and different resin thickness (0.5; 1.0; 2.0; 3.5; 5.0 nm) on silica were synthesized by calcination during 4 hours at 450 degrees C in pH 1.5. The selected pH for immobilization ensured adhesion of TiO2 nanoparticles onto the silica substrate surface. X-Ray Diffraction patterns indicate that all samples were predominantly anatase phase and immobilization improved surface area. Ametryn kinetic evaluation presents better results for SAM 3.5 and SAM 0.5. The results show that difference in TiO2 loading, surface area and crystallinity of samples are factors that influence photocatalytic efficiency. PMID:23901540

  5. The effects of O2 pressure on Li-O2 secondary battery discharge capacity and rate capability

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    Nemanick, E. Joseph; Hickey, Ryan P.

    2014-04-01

    The nonaqueous lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) battery is investigated in a contained, high pressure O2 system. Increasing the O2 pressure from 1 atm to 10 atm of O2 increased the discharge potential by 10% when discharged at 100 μA cm-2 from 2.65 V to 2.77 V. In addition, the cell discharge capacity increased from 1400 mAh gC-1 at 1 atm of O2 to 2100 mAh gC-1 at 10 atm at 100 μA cm-2. The discharge capacity of the 1 atm O2 cell decreased to 100 mAh gC-1 at 1000 μA cm-2, while at 10 atm of O2 it retained one third of the 100 μA cm-2 capacity at 2100 μA cm-2 and two thirds the 1 atm/100 μA cm-2 capacity at 500 μA cm-2. This increase in capacity results from a more efficient utilization of the carbon electrode surface at higher pressures. As seen by SEM, the thickness of the discharge product layer was much greater when discharged under higher pressures, indicating more O2 reached the active carbon surfaces and was reduced. In addition, at high pressure the electrode surface was more evenly used, having fewer areas with little or no discharge products.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Enhanced separation efficiency of photoinduced charges for antimony-doped tin oxide (Sb-SnO2)/TiO2 heterojunction semiconductors with varied Sb doping concentration

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    Zhang, Zhen-Long; Ma, Wen-Hai; Mao, Yan-Li

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, antimony-doped tin oxide (Sb-SnO2) nanoparticles were synthesized with varied Sb doping concentration, and the Sb-SnO2/TiO2 heterojunction semiconductors were prepared with Sb-SnO2 and TiO2. The separation efficiency of photoinduced charges was characterized with surface photovoltage (SPV) technique. Compared with Sb-SnO2 and TiO2, Sb-SnO2/TiO2 presents an enhanced separation efficiency of photoinduced charges, and the SPV enhancements were estimated to be 1.40, 1.43, and 1.99 for Sb-SnO2/TiO2 composed of Sb-SnO2 with the Sb doping concentration of 5%, 10%, and 15%, respectively. To understand the enhancement, the band structure of Sb-SnO2 and TiO2 in the heterojunction semiconductor was determined, and the conduction band offsets (CBO) between Sb-SnO2 and TiO2 were estimated to be 0.56, 0.64, and 0.98 eV for Sb-SnO2/TiO2 composed of Sb-SnO2 with the Sb doping concentration of 5%, 10%, and 15%, respectively. These results indicate that the separation efficiency enhancement is resulting from the energy level matching, and the increase of enhancement is due to the rising of CBO.

  9. 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.

  10. Calculated vibrational populations of O2 Herzberg states in the mixture of CO2, CO, N2, O2 gases

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    Kirillov, A. S.

    2014-05-01

    Calculated in (Kirillov, 2014) constants are applied for simulations of vibrational populations of Herzberg states in mixtures of O2 with CO2, CO, N2 gases for laboratory conditions. Results show very important role of electronic-vibrational processes in redistribution of electronic excitation energy among vibrational levels. It is shown that the interaction between O2(A‧3Δu) and O2 causes effective production O2(c1Σu-,v = 0) observed in laboratory conditions. The inclusion of the interaction between O2(A‧3Δu) and CO2 molecules may explain high intensities of Herzberg II system observed in laboratory experiments with high CO2 concentrations and registered in the nightglow of Venusian atmosphere.

  11. 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

  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. 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. PMID:26854616

  14. Role of peroxiredoxin 2 in H2O2‑induced oxidative stress of primary Leydig cells.

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    Duan, Ting; Fan, Kai; Chen, Shengrong; Yao, Qi; Zeng, Rong; Hong, Zhiwei; Peng, Longping; Shao, Yong; Yao, Bing

    2016-06-01

    Late‑onset hypogonadism is defined as a condition caused by a decline in the levels of testosterone with aging. One of the major factors contributing to the low levels of testosterone is the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in Leydig cells during the ageing process. Peroxiredoxin 2 (Prdx2), a member of the peroxiredoxin family, is an antioxidant protein, the predominant function of which is to neutralize ROS. However, its role in Leydig cells remains to be elucidated. In the present study, primary Leydig cells were exposed to low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to induce oxidative stress. Cell apoptosis was measured using an Annexin V fluorescein isothiocyanate/propidium iodide apoptosis detection kit and flow cytometry. The level of testosterone was determined by radioimmunoassay, and the mRNA and protein expression levels of Prdx2 were detected by reverse transcription‑polymerase chain reaction and western blotting, respectively. The results revealed a significant increase in cell apoptosis and decrease in testosterone production. In addition, the expression of Prdx2 was decreased by H2O2 in a dose‑ and time‑dependent manner, and this decrease may have been caused by the induction of its molecular structure transformation due to H2O2 elimination. The above findings indicated that Prdx2 may prevent H2O2 accumulation in Leydig cells, and may be important in oxidative stress‑induced apoptosis and decreased testosterone production. PMID:27082744

  15. Impact of nano and bulk ZrO2, TiO2 particles on soil nutrient contents and PGPR.

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    Karunakaran, Gopalu; Suriyaprabha, Rangaraj; Manivasakan, Palanisamy; Yuvakkumar, Rathinam; Rajendran, Venkatachalam; Kannan, Narayanasamy

    2013-01-01

    Currently, nanometal oxides are used extensively in different industries such as medicine, cosmetics and food. The increased consumption of nanoparticles (NPs) leads the necessity to understand the fate of the nanoparticles in the environment. The present study focused on the ecotoxicological behaviour of bulk and nano ZrO2 (Zirconia) and TiO2 (Titania) particles on PGPR (plant growth promoting rhizobacteria), soil and its nutrient contents. The microbial susceptibility study showed that nano TiO2 had 13 +/- 0.9 mm (B. megaterium), 15 +/- 0.2 mm (P. fluorescens), 16 +/- 0.2 mm (A. vinelandii) and 12 +/- 0.3 mm (B. brevis) zones of inhibition. However, nano and bulk ZrO2 particles were non-toxic to PGPR. In addition, it was found that toxicity varied depends on the medium of reaction. The soil study showed that nano TiO2 was found to be highly toxic, whereas bulk TiO2 was less toxic towards soil bacterial populations at 1000 mg L(-1). In contrast, nano and bulk ZrO2 were found to be inert at 1000 mg L(-1). The observed zeta potential and hydrophobicity of TiO2 particles causes more toxic than ZrO2 in parallel with particle size. However, nano TiO2 decreases the microbial population as well as nutrient level of the soil but not zirconia. Our finding shows that the mechanism of toxicity depends on size, hydrophobic potential and zeta potential of the metal oxide particles. Thus, it is necessary to take safety measures during the disposal and use of such toxic nanoparticles in the soil to prevent their hazardous effects. PMID:23646796

  16. Au and Pd nanoparticles supported on CeO2, TiO2, and Mn2O3 oxides

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    Nascente, P. A. P.; Maluf, S. S.; Afonso, C. R. M.; Landers, R.; Pinheiro, A. N.; Leite, E. R.

    2014-10-01

    Gold and palladium nanoparticles were incorporated on CeO2, TiO2, and Mn2O3 supports prepared by a sol-gel method. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution TEM (HRTEM), scanning TEM (STEM) in high angle annular dark field mode (HAADF), and energy filtered TEM (EFTEM) using electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). The XRD diffractograms presented sharp and intense peaks indicating that the samples are highly crystalline, but it did not detected any peak corresponding to Au or Pd phases. This indicates that the Au and Pd NPs were incorporated into the structures of the oxides. It was not possible to obtain an Au 4f spectrum for Au/Mn2O3 due to an overlap with the Mn 3p spectrum. The XPS Au 4f spectra for Au/CeO2 and Au/TiO2 present negative chemical shifts that could be attributed to particle-size-related properties. The XPS Pd 3d spectra indicate that for both CeO2 and TiO2 substrates, the Pd NPs were in the metallic state, while for the Mn2O3 substrate, the Pd NPs were oxidized. The HRTEM results show the formation of nanocrystalline oxides having particles sizes between 50 and 200 nm. TEM micrographs show that the addition of Au caused the formation of Au clusters in between the CeO2 NPS, formation of Au NPs for the TiO2 support, and homogeneous distribution of Au clusters for the Mn2O3 support. The addition of Pd yielded a homogeneous dispersion throughout the CeO2 and TiO2, but caused the formation of Pd clusters for the Mn2O3 support.

  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. 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.

  19. 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

  20. A Reactive (1)O2 - 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 ((1)O2) 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 (1)O2 during PDT are able to cleave TK linker inducing the release of DOX which can further achieve the goal of chemotherapy. By using this (1)O2-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

  1. 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

  2. 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).

  3. MnO2-modified hierarchical graphene fiber electrochemical supercapacitor

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    Chen, Qing; Meng, Yuning; Hu, Chuangang; Zhao, Yang; Shao, Huibo; Chen, Nan; Qu, Liangti

    2014-02-01

    A novel hybrid fiber that MnO2 modified graphene sheets on graphene fiber has been fabricated by direct deposition of MnO2 onto graphene network surrounding graphene fiber (MnO2/G/GF). In this hierarchical structure, the graphene fiber with a sheath of 3D graphene network is coated with MnO2 nanoflowers. The 3D graphene on graphene fibers (G/GF) serves as highly conductive backbones with high surface area for deposition of nanostructured MnO2, which provide the high accessibility of electrolytic ions for shorten diffusion paths. An all-solid-state flexible supercapacitor based on a MnO2/G/GF hybrid fiber structure has been developed on the basis of the intrinsic mechanical flexibility of GF and the unique hierarchical structure. By combination of electric double layer capacitance of graphene network with the pseudocapacitance of MnO2 nanostructures, the all-solid-state fiber supercapacitor shows the much enhanced electrochemical capacitive behaviors with robust tolerance to mechanical deformation, promising for being woven into a textile for wearable electronics.

  4. 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

  5. Impact of Gd2O3 passivation layer on interfacial and electrical properties of atomic-layer-deposited ZrO2 gate dielectric on GaAs

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    Gong, Youpin; Zhai, Haifa; Liu, Xiaojie; Kong, Jizhou; Wu, Di; Li, Aidong

    2014-02-01

    ZrO2 gate dielectric films were fabricated on n-GaAs substrates by atomic layer deposition (ALD), using metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD)-derived ultrathin Gd2O3 film as interfacial control layer between ZrO2 and n-GaAs. The interfacial structure, capacitance-voltage and current-voltage properties of ZrO2/n-GaAs and ZrO2/Gd2O3/n-GaAs metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitors have been investigated. The introduction of an ultrathin Gd2O3 control layer can effectively suppress the formation of As oxides and high valence Ga oxide at the high k/GaAs interface which evidently improved the electrical properties of GaAs-based MOS capacitors, such as higher accumulation capacitance and lower leakage current density. It was found that the current conduction mechanism of MOS capacitors varied from Poole-Frenkel emission to Schottky-Richardson emission after introducing the thin Gd2O3 layer. The band alignments of interfaces for ZrO2/GaAs and ZrO2/Gd2O3/GaAs were established, which indicates that the conduction band offset (CBO) for ZrO2/GaAs and ZrO2/Gd2O3/GaAs stacks are ˜1.45 and ˜1.62 eV, correspondingly.

  6. Uptake and distribution of ultrasmall anatase TiO2 Alizarin red S nanoconjugates in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Kurepa, Jasmina; Paunesku, Tatjana; Vogt, Stefan; Arora, Hans; Rabatic, Bryan M; Lu, Jinju; Wanzer, M Beau; Woloschak, Gayle E; Smalle, Jan A

    2010-07-14

    While few publications have documented the uptake of nanoparticles in plants, this is the first study describing uptake and distribution of the ultrasmall anatase TiO(2) in the plant model system Arabidopsis. We modified the nanoparticle surface with Alizarin red S and sucrose and demonstrated that nanoconjugates traversed cell walls, entered into plant cells, and accumulated in specific subcellular locations. Optical and X-ray fluorescence microscopy coregistered the nanoconjugates in cell vacuoles and nuclei. PMID:20218662

  7. 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.

  8. Pyruvate Protects Pathogenic Spirochetes from H2O2 Killing

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    Troxell, Bryan; Zhang, Jun-Jie; Bourret, Travis J.; Zeng, Melody Yue; Blum, Janice; Gherardini, Frank; Hassan, Hosni M.; Yang, X. Frank

    2014-01-01

    Pathogenic spirochetes cause clinically relevant diseases in humans and animals, such as Lyme disease and leptospirosis. The causative agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, and the causative agent of leptospirosis, Leptospria interrogans, encounter reactive oxygen species (ROS) during their enzootic cycles. This report demonstrated that physiologically relevant concentrations of pyruvate, a potent H2O2 scavenger, and provided passive protection to B. burgdorferi and L. interrogans against H2O2. When extracellular pyruvate was absent, both spirochetes were sensitive to a low dose of H2O2 (≈0.6 µM per h) generated by glucose oxidase (GOX). Despite encoding a functional catalase, L. interrogans was more sensitive than B. burgdorferi to H2O2 generated by GOX, which may be due to the inherent resistance of B. burgdorferi because of the virtual absence of intracellular iron. In B. burgdorferi, the nucleotide excision repair (NER) and the DNA mismatch repair (MMR) pathways were important for survival during H2O2 challenge since deletion of the uvrB or the mutS genes enhanced its sensitivity to H2O2 killing; however, the presence of pyruvate fully protected ΔuvrB and ΔmutS from H2O2 killing further demonstrating the importance of pyruvate in protection. These findings demonstrated that pyruvate, in addition to its classical role in central carbon metabolism, serves as an important H2O2 scavenger for pathogenic spirochetes. Furthermore, pyruvate reduced ROS generated by human neutrophils in response to the Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) agonist zymosan. In addition, pyruvate reduced neutrophil-derived ROS in response to B. burgdorferi, which also activates host expression through TLR2 signaling. Thus, pathogenic spirochetes may exploit the metabolite pyruvate, present in blood and tissues, to survive H2O2 generated by the host antibacterial response generated during infection. PMID:24392147

  9. Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation

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    ... Diversity Find People About NINDS NINDS Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation Information Page Synonym(s): Hallervorden-Spatz Disease, ... done? Clinical Trials Organizations What is Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation? Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) ...

  10. 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.

  11. Water Adsorption and Dissociation on CeO2 (111)

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    Gao, Yi; Han, Zhong-Kang; Shao, Nan; Mei, Wai-Ning

    The complexity and flexibility of ceria surface hinders the fully understanding of its reactivity and real applications. Here, we use H2O/CeO2(111) as the model system to investigate the water effect on the electron localization and vacancy diffusion on CeO2(111) surface by the first-principle calculations. Our results indicate the water adsorption would high affect the electronic structures of CeO2(111) surface, which further induce the dissociation of H2O molecule. This molecular mechanism might provide more guidance to the future applications including the watergas shift reactions.

  12. O2 microsensors for minimally invasive tissue monitoring.

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    Wang, W.; Vadgama, P.

    2004-01-01

    Tissue oxygenation is a key factor ensuring normal tissue functions and viability. Continuous real-time monitoring of the partial pressure of oxygen, pO(2), in tissues gives insight into the dynamic fluctuations of O(2) supplies to tissues by blood circulation. Small oxygen sensors enable investigations of the spatial variation of pO(2) in tissues at different locations in relation to local microvessels. In this paper, pO(2) measurement using microelectrodes and biocompatible sensorsv is discussed and recent progress of their application in human skin is reviewed. Emphasis is given to working principles of a number of existing oxygen sensors and their potential application in vivo and in tissue engineering. Results on spatial and temporal variations of the pO(2) in human skin introduced by localized ischaemia-reperfusion are presented when the surface of the skin is covered by an oxygen-free paraffin oil layer and the range of the tissue pO(2) is deduced to be between 0 and 60 mmHg. In the study, pO(2) increases from 8.0 +/- 3.2 mmHg (n = 6) at the surface of the skin to 35.2 +/- 8.0 mmHg (n = 9) at a depth just above the subpapillary plexus. Temporal decay in pO(2) following tissue compression and rise in pO(2) following pressure release can be described using mono-exponential functions. The time constant for the exponential decay, tau = 8.44 +/- 1.53 s (n = 7) is consistently greater than that for the exponential rises, tau' = 4.75 +/- 0.82 s (n = 6). The difference in pO2 change with the time following tissue compression and pressure release reveals different dynamic mechanisms involved in the two transient phases. The elevated steady state pO(2) following reperfusion, which is approximately 20% higher than the pre-occlusion value, indicates localized reactive hyperaemia. Possible applications of O(2) microsensors in diseases, e.g. tumours, pressure ulcers, are also discussed. PMID:16849157

  13. Antiferromagnetism in Bulk Rutile RuO2

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    Berlijn, T.; Snijders, P. C.; Kent, P. R. C.; Maier, T. A.; Zhou, H.-D.; Cao, H.-B.; Delaire, O.; Wang, Y.; Koehler, M.; Weitering, H. H.

    While bulk rutile RuO2 has long been considered to be a Pauli paramagnet, we conclude it to host antiferromagnetism based on our combined theoretical and experimental study. This constitutes an important finding given the large amount of applications of RuO2 in the electrochemical and electronics industry. Furthermore the high onset temperature of the antiferromagnetism around 1000K together with the high electrical conductivity makes RuO2 unique among the ruthenates and among oxide materials in general. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division.

  14. 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.

  15. Charge transfer coefficients for the O+/2D/ + N2 and O+/2D/ + O2 excited ion reactions at thermal energy. [from ionospheric observations

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    Johnsen, R.; Biondi, M. A.

    1980-01-01

    An investigation of the reactions of metastable O(+) ions and O2 using drift tube-mass spectrometer techniques is presented. It was shown that ordinary charge transfer is the dominant reaction branch in both cases; it occurs with large rate coefficients, k(N2) = (8 + or - 2) x 10 to the -10th cu cm/s and k(O2) = (7 + or - 2) x 10 to the -10th cu cm/s, at an effective ion temperature of about 550 K. The reaction He(+) + O2 is used as a source of metastable O(+) ions, and evidence is presented that the O(+) ions so produced are in the 2D state rather than the 2P state. The results are compared with previous measurements, and inferences drawn from ionospheric observations.

  16. 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.

  17. Innovative Management of Budget Deficits: A Proportional Salary and Time Reduction Scheme.

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    Sloper, David

    1989-01-01

    An approach to institutional budgeting designed to alleviate accumulated deficits is described. The proposal introduces flexibility into the salary component, alleviating cash flow difficulties in the short to medium term and encouraging more proactive budgeting, by allowing employees to contract for reduced annual salary in exchange for reduced…

  18. Plastids and Carotenoid Accumulation.

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    Li, Li; Yuan, Hui; Zeng, Yunliu; Xu, Qiang

    2016-01-01

    Plastids are ubiquitously present in plants and are the organelles for carotenoid biosynthesis and storage. Based on their morphology and function, plastids are classified into various types, i.e. proplastids, etioplasts, chloroplasts, amyloplasts, and chromoplasts. All plastids, except proplastids, can synthesize carotenoids. However, plastid types have a profound effect on carotenoid accumulation and stability. In this chapter, we discuss carotenoid biosynthesis and regulation in various plastids with a focus on carotenoids in chromoplasts. Plastid transition related to carotenoid biosynthesis and the different capacity of various plastids to sequester carotenoids and the associated effect on carotenoid stability are described in light of carotenoid accumulation in plants. PMID:27485226

  19. Pragmatic Communication Deficits in Children with Epilepsy

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    Broeders, Mark; Geurts, Hilde; Jennekens-Schinkel, Aag

    2010-01-01

    Background: Various psychiatric and neurological disorders including epilepsy have been associated with language deficits. Pragmatic language deficits, however, have seldom been the focus of earlier studies in children with epilepsy. Moreover, it is unknown whether these pragmatic deficits are related to general intellectual functioning. Both…

  20. 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

  1. Understanding degradation and breakdown of SiO2 gate dielectric with ``negative Hubbard U'' dangling bonds

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    Karp, James; Gitlin, Daniel; Jeong, Steve; Moyzhes, Boris

    2004-03-01

    Degradation and time dependent breakdown of SiO2 gate oxides are discussed based on the Anderson-Mott theory of amorphous solids with dangling bonds as diamagnetic "negative Hubbard U" centers. Negative-U dangling bonds in the oxide are either positive D+ centers or two-electron negative D- centers. Due to a large difference in mobility between electrons and holes, hopping current in SiO2 is mainly electron current on D+ centers. Degradation of isolation properties and time dependent breakdown of SiO2 gate oxide under voltage stress are due to the conversion of D- into D+ centers caused by the hole-hopping current in SiO2. The reaction of conversion is stress polarity dependent. Thermal conductivity of Si is approximately 100 times higher than thermal conductivity of SiO2. Heat dissipation and accumulation of D+ centers inside the oxide are important in understanding the time dependent breakdown of the oxide.

  2. 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

  3. An intercomparison of model ozone deficits in the upper stratosphere and mesosphere from two data sets

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    Siskind, David E.; Connor, Brian J.; Eckman, Richard S.; Remsberg, Ellis E.; Tsou, J. J.; Parrish, Alan

    1995-06-01

    We have compared a diurnal photochemical model of ozone with nighttime data from the limb infrared monitor of the stratosphere (LIMS) and ground-based microwave observations. Consistent with previous studies, the model underpredicts the observations by about 10-30%. This agreement is strong confirmation that the model ozone deficit is not simply an artifact of observational error since it is unlikely to occur for two completely different ozone data sets. We have also examined the seasonal, altitudinal, and diurnal morphology of the ozone deficit. Both comparisons show a deficit that peaks in the upper stratosphere (2-3 mbar) and goes through a minimum in the lower mesosphere from 1.0 to 0.4 mbar. At lower pressures (<0.2 mbar) the deficit appears to increase again. The seasonal variation of the deficit is less consistent. The deficit with respect to the LIMS data is least in winter while with respect to the microwave data, the deficit shows little seasonal variation. Finally, the night-to-day ratio in our model is in generally good agreement with that seen in the microwave experiment. Increasing the rate coefficient for the reaction O + O2 + M → O3 + M improves the fit, while a very large (50%) decrease in the HOx catalytic cycle is not consistent with our observations. Increasing the atomic oxygen recombination rate also improves the overall agreement with both data sets; however, a residual discrepancy still remains. There appears to be no single chemical parameter which, when modified, can simultaneously resolve both the stratospheric and mesospheric ozone deficits.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Optical and electrochemical properties of sol-gel spin-coated CeO2-TiO2 films

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    Ozer, Nilgun; De Souza, Selmar; Lampert, Carl M.

    1995-08-01

    The optical and electrochemical properties of sol-gel spin coated CeO2-TiO2 (50% CeO2) films were investigated for electrochromic applications. The coating solutions were prepared by using mixed organic-inorganic [Ti(OC2H5)4 and Ce(NH4)2 (NO3)6] precursors. X-ray diffraction studies showed the sol-gel spin- coated films were composed of an amorphous matrix of titanium oxide containing nanocrystallites of cerium oxide. The coating solar transmission value was Ts equals 0.8 (250 nm thick). The refractive index and the extinction coefficient were derived from transmittance measurements in the UV-VIS-NIR regions. These films had refractive index value of n equals 2.18 and extinction coefficient value of k equals 8 X 10-4 at (lambda) equals 550 nm. Cyclic voltametric measurements showed reversible electrochemical insertion of lithium ions in a CeO2-TiO2/LiClO4-propylene carbonate electrochemical cell. During cycling the films maintain high optical transmittance. Spectrophotometric and electrochemical investigations performed on CeO2-TiO2 films revealed that these films are suitable as an optically passive counter-electrode in lithium electrochromic devices.

  9. 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).

  10. 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.

  11. 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. PMID:26766559

  12. Chimpanzee accumulative stone throwing.

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    Kühl, Hjalmar S; Kalan, Ammie K; Arandjelovic, Mimi; Aubert, Floris; D'Auvergne, Lucy; Goedmakers, Annemarie; Jones, Sorrel; Kehoe, Laura; Regnaut, Sebastien; Tickle, Alexander; Ton, Els; van Schijndel, Joost; Abwe, Ekwoge E; Angedakin, Samuel; Agbor, Anthony; Ayimisin, Emmanuel Ayuk; Bailey, Emma; Bessone, Mattia; Bonnet, Matthieu; Brazolla, Gregory; Buh, Valentine Ebua; Chancellor, Rebecca; Cipoletta, Chloe; Cohen, Heather; Corogenes, Katherine; Coupland, Charlotte; Curran, Bryan; Deschner, Tobias; Dierks, Karsten; Dieguez, Paula; Dilambaka, Emmanuel; Diotoh, Orume; Dowd, Dervla; Dunn, Andrew; Eshuis, Henk; Fernandez, Rumen; Ginath, Yisa; Hart, John; Hedwig, Daniela; Ter Heegde, Martijn; Hicks, Thurston Cleveland; Imong, Inaoyom; Jeffery, Kathryn J; Junker, Jessica; Kadam, Parag; Kambi, Mohamed; Kienast, Ivonne; Kujirakwinja, Deo; Langergraber, Kevin; Lapeyre, Vincent; Lapuente, Juan; Lee, Kevin; Leinert, Vera; Meier, Amelia; Maretti, Giovanna; Marrocoli, Sergio; Mbi, Tanyi Julius; Mihindou, Vianet; Moebius, Yasmin; Morgan, David; Morgan, Bethan; Mulindahabi, Felix; Murai, Mizuki; Niyigabae, Protais; Normand, Emma; Ntare, Nicolas; Ormsby, Lucy Jayne; Piel, Alex; Pruetz, Jill; Rundus, Aaron; Sanz, Crickette; Sommer, Volker; Stewart, Fiona; Tagg, Nikki; Vanleeuwe, Hilde; Vergnes, Virginie; Willie, Jacob; Wittig, Roman M; Zuberbuehler, Klaus; Boesch, Christophe

    2016-01-01

    The study of the archaeological remains of fossil hominins must rely on reconstructions to elucidate the behaviour that may have resulted in particular stone tools and their accumulation. Comparatively, stone tool use among living primates has illuminated behaviours that are also amenable to archaeological examination, permitting direct observations of the behaviour leading to artefacts and their assemblages to be incorporated. Here, we describe newly discovered stone tool-use behaviour and stone accumulation sites in wild chimpanzees reminiscent of human cairns. In addition to data from 17 mid- to long-term chimpanzee research sites, we sampled a further 34 Pan troglodytes communities. We found four populations in West Africa where chimpanzees habitually bang and throw rocks against trees, or toss them into tree cavities, resulting in conspicuous stone accumulations at these sites. This represents the first record of repeated observations of individual chimpanzees exhibiting stone tool use for a purpose other than extractive foraging at what appear to be targeted trees. The ritualized behavioural display and collection of artefacts at particular locations observed in chimpanzee accumulative stone throwing may have implications for the inferences that can be drawn from archaeological stone assemblages and the origins of ritual sites. PMID:26923684

  13. Chimpanzee accumulative stone throwing

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    Kühl, Hjalmar S.; Kalan, Ammie K.; Arandjelovic, Mimi; Aubert, Floris; D’Auvergne, Lucy; Goedmakers, Annemarie; Jones, Sorrel; Kehoe, Laura; Regnaut, Sebastien; Tickle, Alexander; Ton, Els; van Schijndel, Joost; Abwe, Ekwoge E.; Angedakin, Samuel; Agbor, Anthony; Ayimisin, Emmanuel Ayuk; Bailey, Emma; Bessone, Mattia; Bonnet, Matthieu; Brazolla, Gregory; Buh, Valentine Ebua; Chancellor, Rebecca; Cipoletta, Chloe; Cohen, Heather; Corogenes, Katherine; Coupland, Charlotte; Curran, Bryan; Deschner, Tobias; Dierks, Karsten; Dieguez, Paula; Dilambaka, Emmanuel; Diotoh, Orume; Dowd, Dervla; Dunn, Andrew; Eshuis, Henk; Fernandez, Rumen; Ginath, Yisa; Hart, John; Hedwig, Daniela; Ter Heegde, Martijn; Hicks, Thurston Cleveland; Imong, Inaoyom; Jeffery, Kathryn J.; Junker, Jessica; Kadam, Parag; Kambi, Mohamed; Kienast, Ivonne; Kujirakwinja, Deo; Langergraber, Kevin; Lapeyre, Vincent; Lapuente, Juan; Lee, Kevin; Leinert, Vera; Meier, Amelia; Maretti, Giovanna; Marrocoli, Sergio; Mbi, Tanyi Julius; Mihindou, Vianet; Moebius, Yasmin; Morgan, David; Morgan, Bethan; Mulindahabi, Felix; Murai, Mizuki; Niyigabae, Protais; Normand, Emma; Ntare, Nicolas; Ormsby, Lucy Jayne; Piel, Alex; Pruetz, Jill; Rundus, Aaron; Sanz, Crickette; Sommer, Volker; Stewart, Fiona; Tagg, Nikki; Vanleeuwe, Hilde; Vergnes, Virginie; Willie, Jacob; Wittig, Roman M.; Zuberbuehler, Klaus; Boesch, Christophe

    2016-01-01

    The study of the archaeological remains of fossil hominins must rely on reconstructions to elucidate the behaviour that may have resulted in particular stone tools and their accumulation. Comparatively, stone tool use among living primates has illuminated behaviours that are also amenable to archaeological examination, permitting direct observations of the behaviour leading to artefacts and their assemblages to be incorporated. Here, we describe newly discovered stone tool-use behaviour and stone accumulation sites in wild chimpanzees reminiscent of human cairns. In addition to data from 17 mid- to long-term chimpanzee research sites, we sampled a further 34 Pan troglodytes communities. We found four populations in West Africa where chimpanzees habitually bang and throw rocks against trees, or toss them into tree cavities, resulting in conspicuous stone accumulations at these sites. This represents the first record of repeated observations of individual chimpanzees exhibiting stone tool use for a purpose other than extractive foraging at what appear to be targeted trees. The ritualized behavioural display and collection of artefacts at particular locations observed in chimpanzee accumulative stone throwing may have implications for the inferences that can be drawn from archaeological stone assemblages and the origins of ritual sites. PMID:26923684

  14. Accumulation of the planets

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    Wetherill, G. W.

    1987-01-01

    In modeling the accumulation of planetesimals into planets, it is appropriate to distinguish between two stages: an early stage, during which approximately 10 km diameter planetesimals accumulate locally to form bodies approximate 10 to the 25th g in mass; and a later stage in which the approximately 10 to the 25th g planetesimals accumulate into the final planets. In the terrestrial planet region, an initial planetesimal swarm corresponding to the critical mass of dust layer gravitational instabilities is considered. In order to better understand the accumulation history of Mercury-sized bodies, 19 Monte-Carlo simulations of terrestrial planet growth were calculated. A Monte Carlo technique was used to investigate the orbital evolution of asteroidal collision debris produced interior to 2.6 AU. It was found that there are two regions primarily responsible for production of Earth-crossing meteoritic material and Apollo objects. The same techniques were extended to include the origin of Earth-approaching asteroidal bodies. It is found that these same two resonant mechanisms predict a steady-state number of Apollo-Amor about 1/2 that estimated based on astronomical observations.

  15. Comparison of Multilayer Dielectric Thin Films for Future Metal-Insulator-Metal Capacitors: Al2O3/HfO2/Al2O3 versus SiO2/HfO2/SiO2

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    Park, Sang-Uk; Kwon, Hyuk-Min; Han, In-Shik; Jung, Yi-Jung; Kwak, Ho-Young; Choi, Woon-Il; Ha, Man-Lyun; Lee, Ju-Il; Kang, Chang-Yong; Lee, Byoung-Hun; Jammy, Raj; Lee, Hi-Deok

    2011-10-01

    In this paper, two kinds of multilayered metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitors using Al2O3/HfO2/Al2O3 (AHA) and SiO2/HfO2/SiO2 (SHS) were fabricated and characterized for radio frequency (RF) and analog mixed signal (AMS) applications. The experimental results indicate that the AHA MIM capacitor (8.0 fF/µm2) is able to provide a higher capacitance density than the SHS MIM capacitor (5.1 fF/µm2), while maintaining a low leakage current of about 50 nA/cm2 at 1 V. The quadratic voltage coefficient of capacitance, α gradually decreases as a function of stress time under constant voltage stress (CVS). The parameter variation of SHS MIM capacitors is smaller than that of AHA MIM capacitors. The effects of CVS on voltage linearity and time-dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB) characteristics were also investigated.

  16. 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.

  17. Kapitza resistance of Si/SiO2 interface

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    Bowen Deng; Aleksandr Chenatynskiy; Marat Khafizov; David Hurley; Simon Phillpot

    2014-02-01

    A phonon wave packet dynamics method is used to characterize the Kapitza resistance of a Si/SiO2 interface in a Si/SiO2/Si heterostructure. By varying the thickness of SiO2 layer sandwiched between two Si layers, we determine the Kapitza resistance for the Si/SiO2 interface from both wave packet dynamics and a direct, non-equilibrium molecular dynamics approach. The good agreement between the two methods indicates that they have each captured the anharmonic phonon scatterings at the interface. Moreover, detailed analysis provides insights as to how individual phonon mode scatters at the interface and their contribution to the Kapitza resistance.

  18. 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.

  19. O2 Uptake in the Light in Chlamydomonas

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    Peltier, Gilles; Thibault, Pierre

    1985-01-01

    The nature of the process responsible for the stationary O2 uptake occurring in the light under saturating CO2 concentration in Chlamydomonas reinhardii has been investigated. For this purpose, a mass spectrometer with a membrane inlet system was used to measure O2 uptake and evolution in the algal suspension. First, we observed that the O2 uptake rate was constant (about 0.5 micromoles of O2 per milligram chlorophyll per minute) during a light to dark transition and was not affected by 3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea. Salicylhydroxamic acid had no effect on O2 uptake in the dark or in the light, but was found to have the same inhibitory effect either in the dark or in the light when added to cyanide-treated algae. The stimulation of the O2 uptake rate due to the uncoupling effect of carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone was about the same in the dark or in the light. From these results, we conclude that mitochondrial respiration is maintained during illumination and therefore is not inhibited by high ATP levels. Another conclusion is that in conditions where photorespiration is absent, no other light-dependent O2 uptake process occurs. If Mehler reactions are involved, in Chlamydomonas, under conditions where both photosynthetic carbon oxidation and reduction cycles cannot operate (as in cyanide-treated algae), their occurrence in photosynthesizing algae either under saturating CO2 concentration or at the CO2 compensation point appears very unlikely. The comparison with the situation previously reported in Scenedesmus (R. J. Radmer and B. Kok 1976 Plant Physiol 58: 336-340) suggests that different O2 uptake processes might be present in these two algal species. PMID:16664375

  20. 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.

  1. Visuospatial deficits of dyslexic children

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    Lipowska, Małgorzata; Czaplewska, Ewa; Wysocka, Anna

    2011-01-01

    Summary Background The visuospatial deficit is recognized as typical for dyslexia only in some definitions. However problems with visuospatial orientation may manifest themselves as difficulties with letter identification or the memorizing and recalling of sign sequences, something frequently experienced by dyslexics. Material/Methods The experimental group consisted of 62 children with developmental dyslexia. The control group consisted of 67 pupils with no diagnosed deficits, matched to the clinical group in terms of age. We used the Clock Drawing Test (CDT), the Spatial Span subtest from the Wechsler Memory Scale – third edition (WMS – III), the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure Test in order to analyze visuospatial functioning. Results The results show that dyslexics experienced problems with visuospatial functioning, however only while performing difficult tasks. Significant group differences were found for the Clock Drawing Test, Spatial Span – Backward and the precision of figure coping in the Rey-Osterrieth Test. In addition, the results of dyslexic boys were lower than those obtained by all other groups. Conclusions Our findings provide support for the hypothesis concerning visual deficit as characteristic for dyslexia. PMID:21455108

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. TiO2 Photocatalytic Degradation of Phenylarsonic Acid

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    Zheng, Shan; Cai, Yong; O’Shea, Kevin E.

    2010-01-01

    Phenyl substituted arsenic compounds are widely used as feed additives in the poultry industry and have become a serious environmental concern. We have demonstrated that phenylarsonic acid (PA) is readily degraded by TiO2 photocatalysis. Application of the Langmuir–Hinshelwood kinetic model for the initial stages of the TiO2 photocatalysis of PA yields an apparent rate constant (kr) of 2.8 µmol/L·min and the pseudo-equilibrium constant (K) for PA is 34 L/mmol. The pH of the solution influences the adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of PA due to the surface charge of TiO2 photocatalyst and speciation of PA. Phenol, catechol and hydroquinone are observed as the predominant products during the degradation. The roles of reactive oxygen species, •OH, 1O2, O2−• and hVB+ were probed by adding appropriate scavengers to the reaction medium and the results suggest that •OH plays a major role in the degradation of PA. By-products studies indicate the surface of the catalyst plays a key role in the formation of the primary products and the subsequent oxidation pathways leading to the mineralization to inorganic arsenic. TiO2 photocatalysis results in the rapid destruction of PA and may be attractive for the remediation of a variety of organoarsenic compounds. PMID:20473340

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. MnO 2-Pt/C composite electrodes for preventing voltage reversal effects with polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

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    Wei, Z. D.; Ji, M. B.; Hong, Y.; Sun, C. X.; Chan, S. H.; Shen, P. K.

    Water is produced at the cathode of proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC). If water were not being removed effectively, it would accumulate at the cathode of PEMFC causing the electrode flooding. The consequence is oxygen starvation, thus increasing the concentration overpotential of the cathode. In the worst scenarios, a proton (H +) reduction reaction (PRR), instead of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), might occur at the cathode. Not only will this cause a cathode potential drop, but the output voltage of a single cell would likely be reversed due to oxygen starvation. This phenomenon is termed the voltage reversal effect (VRE) in this paper. To study and resolve the VRE problem, a MnO 2-Pt/C composite electrode was used to replace the conventional Pt/C electrode. The authors suggest that the electrochemical reduction of MnO 2 in the composite electrode has almost the same Nernstian potential as the ORR, which would serve as a substitute for the ORR in the case of oxygen starvation. Thus, the voltage reversal effect caused by the PRR could be avoided. Two environments, N 2- and O 2-saturated H 2SO 4, were adopted to simulate two cases, i.e., O 2 starvation and O 2 rich. It was found that MnO 2-Pt/C can prevent the voltage reversal effect to a certain extent. In a N 2-saturated 1 M H 2SO 4 solution, the current density of the Pt/C electrode made of 0.6 mg Pt cm -2 was close to 0, while for the MnO 2-Pt/C composite electrode made of 0.4 mg Pt cm -2 and 0.8 mg MnO 2 cm -2, it was as high as 10 mA cm -2. Though the current generated on the MnO 2-Pt/C composite electrode in the case of oxygen starvation is not as great as that in the case when oxygen rich, it might be high enough for some cases, such as powering a radio, hearing-aid and so like miniature devices. In an O 2-saturated 1 M H 2SO 4, the presence of MnO 2 in a MnO 2-Pt/C composite electrode primarily plays a catalytic role in the ORR. It enhances the catalytic behavior of Pt for the ORR. The

  10. 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).

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Preparation and characterization of SiO2/TiO2/methylcellulose hybrid thick films for optical waveguides

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    Yang, Jun; Zhang, Xinyu; Wang, Pei; Ming, Hai; Wu, Yunxia; Xie, Jianping; Zhang, Junying

    2005-07-01

    SiO2/TiO2/methylcellulose composite materials processed by the sol-gel technique were studied for optical waveguide applications. With the help of methylcellulose, an organic binder, SiO2/TiO2/methylcellulose hybrid thick films were prepared by a single spin-coating processes. After annealing at 70 Celsius degree for an hour, 2.5-?m crack-free and dense organic--inorganic hybrid optical films with a refractive index of 1.537 were achieved. Optical losses of plane waveguide made up of those films and ordinary slide glass substrate are around 0.3 dB/cm at 650 nm. Scanning electronmicroscopy (SEM) and UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-VIS), have been used to characterize the thick films.

  16. Andreev spectroscopy of CrO2 thin films on TiO2 and Al2O3

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    Yates, K. A.; Anwar, M. S.; Aarts, J.; Conde, O.; Eschrig, M.; Löfwander, T.; Cohen, L. F.

    2013-09-01

    Here we analyse the spectroscopic information gathered at a number of single CrO2/Pb interfaces. We examine thin films requiring additional interfacial layers to generate long-range spin triplet proximity effect superconductivity (CrO2/TiO2) or not (CrO2/Al2O3). We analyse the data using two theoretical models and explore the use of a parameter-free method to determine the agreement between the models and experimental observations, showing the necessary temperature range that would be required to make a definitive statement. The use of the excess current as a further tool to distinguish between models is also examined. The analysis of the spectra demonstrates that the temperature dependence of the normalised zero-bias conductance is independent of the substrate onto which the films are grown. This result has important implications for the engineering of interfaces required for the long-range spin triplet proximity effect.

  17. Optical, Structural and Electrochemical Properties of CeO2--Al2O3--SiO2 Thin Films

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    Saygin Hinczewski, Dursen; Hinczewski, Michael; Sorar, Idris; Pehlivan, Esat; Tepehan, Fatma Z.; Tepehan, Galip G.

    2008-03-01

    CeO2 thin films can be used as counter-electrodes in electrochromic devices, but have the disadvantage of slow reaction kinetics. Thus research has shifted to composite CeO2 films as more promising ion-storage candidates. In this work, we examine the sol-gel coating and characterization of CeO2--Al2O3--SiO2 transparent thin films deposited onto glass microslides and indium-tin-oxide-coated conducting glass. We investigate the evolution of the surface morphology, and the optical, structural and electrochemical properties of the films with varying Si-Al-Ce mol ratios. In particular we find the formation of novel complex phase-segregated structures at the surface, which have the potential for enhancing Li ion insertion/extraction.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. Control of silica-zirconia nanoparticles for uniform porous SiO2-ZrO2 membranes.

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    Ryeon Lee, Hye; Lee, Jinkyeong; Seo, Bongkuk

    2014-11-01

    Silica-zirconia composite sols were prepared by means of a sol-gel method, using tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and zirconium tetra-n-butoxide (ZrTB) precursors. TEOS, ZrTB, HCl, H2O and EtOH were mixed at 70 degrees C for 24 hours to give molar ratios of 1:1:8-80:0.2-1.0:100-300. The mean particle size of the silica-zirconia sol was controlled by the concentration of the alkoxides and catalyst, as well as the water molar ratio in the starting solution. The particle size of the SiO2-ZrO2 sol, which was analyzed by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), was in the range of 20 to 350 nm. The SiO2-ZrO2 sol solutions of different sol sizes were coated onto porous stainless steel supports (O.D. 10 mm, length: 20 mm, 316L SUS, Mott corp. USA) by a dipping-rolling-freezing-fast drying (DRFF) and soaking-rolling-freezing-fast drying (SRFF) method. After coating with SiO2-ZrO2 sol, the single gas permeation characteristics (He, H2 and N2) of the resulting SiO2-ZrO2 membranes were evaluated at room temperature. This produced a decrease in the mean flow diameter and H2/N2 permselectivity in the range of 2.0-3.5. Finally, following the results of gas permeation testing, the pore size of the membranes was controlled by changing their particle size. PMID:25958574

  2. Electrochemical Performance of PbO2 and PbO2-CNT Composite Electrodes for Energy Storage Devices.

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    Soumya, M S; Binitha, G; Praveen, P; Subramanian, K R V; Lee, Y S; Nair, V Shantikumar; Sivakumar, N

    2015-01-01

    In this work we report the electrochemical performance comparison of two new hybrid supercapacitors one based on graphene as negative electrode and lead dioxide thin film as positive electrode and the other with graphene as negative electrode and lead dioxide-carbon nanotube composite as positive electrode in 0.1 M KOH electrolyte. In the present work, PbO2 was synthesized using sol-gel method which is one of the promising materials for hybrid supercapacitors. The XRD confirmed the single phase of the PbO2 and the grain size is 39 nm which has been determined using Scherrer's formula. Thin films of PbO2, PbO2-CNT composite and graphene were coated on the titanium substrate by electrophoretic deposition. Further material characterisation has been carried out using SEM, TEM, XPS and electrochemical characterisation using CV, charge/discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) for obtaining energy density and power density, cyclic stability and internal resistance respectively. The present results revealed that PbO2-CNT composite/graphene asymmetric hybrid supercapacitor exhibits large specific capacitance and energy density over PbO2/graphene based system. The PbO2-CNT composite/graphene asymmetric hybrid supercapacitor exhibited maximum power density and energy density of 1200 W/Kg and 65 Wh/Kg respectively at a current density of 2 A/g. The PbO2-CNT composite/graphene asymmetric hybrid system exhibited excellent cycling stability with the capacitance retained 85% of its maximum value up to 3000 cycles. PMID:26328430

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  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. Detection and characterization of SiO2 and TiO2 nanostructures in dietary supplements.

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    Lim, Jin-Hee; Sisco, Patrick; Mudalige, Thilak K; Sánchez-Pomales, Germarie; Howard, Paul C; Linder, Sean W

    2015-04-01

    Nanomaterials are beginning to enter our daily lives through various consumer products as the result of technology commercialization. The development of methodologies to detect the presence of nanomaterials in consumer products is an essential element in understanding our exposure. In this study, we have developed methods for the separation and characterization of silicon dioxide (SiO2) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanostructures in dietary supplements marketed in products specifically targeted for women. A total of 12 commercial products claiming the inclusion of SiO2 and TiO2, but not making any claims regarding the particle size, were randomly selected for purchase through various retailers. To isolate nanostructures from these products, a simple methodology that combines acid digestion and centrifugation was utilized. Once isolated, the chemical composition, size, morphology, and crystal structure were characterized using mass spectroscopy, light scattering, electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction techniques. SiO2 and TiO2 nanostructures were detected in 11 of 12 products using these methods. Many of the isolated nanoscale materials showed a high degree of aggregation; however, identified individual structures had at least one dimension below 100 nm. These robust methods can be used for routine monitoring of commercial products for nanoscale oxides of silica and titanium. PMID:25738207

  7. Direct tunneling stress-induced leakage current in ultrathin HfO2/SiO2 gate dielectric stacks

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    Samanta, Piyas; Man, Tsz Yin; Zhang, Qingchun; Zhu, Chunxiang; Chan, Mansun

    2006-11-01

    The conduction mechanism(s) and behavior of direct tunneling stress-induced leakage current (SILC) through ultrathin hafnium oxide (HfO2)/silicon dioxide (SiO2) dual layer gate stack in metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) devices have been experimentally investigated in-depth. Both transient and steady-state SILCs have been studied after constant voltage stress (CVS) and constant current stress (CCS) in n-MOS capacitors with negative bias on the tantalum nitride (TaN) gate. The present report clearly indicates that the observed steady-state SILC is due to assisted tunneling via both monoenergetic trapped positive charges and neutral electron traps generated in the HfO2 layer during either CVS or CCS. SILC measured immediately after stress decays slowly due to tunnel detrapping of stress-induced trapped holes in the HfO2 layer. Furthermore, the mechanisms for stress-induced charge carrier generation/trapping and trap creation in the dielectric have been discussed. Our analysis also shows that CVS degrades the dielectric integrity more severely than CCS in the 4.2nm physically thick HfO2/SiO2 stack.

  8. 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).

  9. Photothermal Study of Two Different Nanofluids Containing SiO2 and TiO2 Semiconductor Nanoparticles

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    Jiménez-Pérez, J. L.; Sánchez-Ramírez, J. F.; Cornejo-Monroy, D.; Gutierrez-Fuentes, R.; Pescador Rojas, J. A.; Cruz-Orea, A.; Algatti, M. A.; Jacinto, C.

    2012-01-01

    Thermal and optical properties of two different nanofluids containing SiO2 and TiO2 semiconductor nanoparticles were studied by thermal lens spectrometry (TLS) and spectrophotometry. In the case of SiO2 nanofluids the transmission electron microscopy technique was used to obtain the SiO2 nanoparticle sizes to investigate the size effect of these nanoparticles on the sample thermal diffusivity which is important in some medical applications such as photothermal-modulated drug delivery systems. On the other hand for the case of TiO2 nanofluids, the photopyroelectric technique, TLS, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction were employed to investigate the concentration effect on the thermal properties of these nanofluids. Thermal diffusivities and effusivities as functions of the TiO2 nanoparticle concentrations were obtained. From the experimental results, an incremental increase in the thermal diffusivities and effusivities was observed when the nanoparticle concentration was increased, indicating that the nanoparticle concentration is an important factor to be considered to obtain nanofluids with more thermal efficiency which are required for some applications, such as degradation of residual water.

  10. 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. PMID:21911930

  11. 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 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Strain analysis and structural characterization of SrCuO 2/CaCuO 2 infinite layer superlattices

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    Del Vecchio, A.; Mirenghi, L.; Tapfer, L.; Aruta, C.; Petrocelli, G.; Balestrino, G.

    1997-02-01

    A detailed structural characterization of SrCuO 2/CaCuO 2 infinite layer superlattices is presented. The analyses are performed by using high-resolution X-ray diffraction, reciprocal space mapping and X-ray specular reflectivity. In addition, preliminary results of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are reported. The X-ray analyses confirm the high structural quality of infinite layer superlattices deposited by pulsed laser technique on slightly misoriented SrTiO 3 substrates. The strain analyses indicate that (i) a macroscopic tilt of the superlattice with respect to the substrate lattice occurs, and (ii) the SrCuO 2 layers are in a relaxed state, while the CaCuO 2 unit cells are tetragonally distorted with respect the SrCuO 2 lattice. The low-angle X-ray measurements reveal good interfacial properties and indicate a partial correlation of the interface roughness across the layers. A computer simulation of the experimental X-ray specular reflectivity patterns yields an average interface roughness of about 4 Å. Finally, the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy investigations confirm the good quality of the infinite layer superlattices with a correct stoichiometric contents and, particularly, a chemical state of CuO 2 planes similar to that of typical high quality superconducting YBCO thin films.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Experimental and Computational Analysis of the Solvent-Dependent O2/Li(+)-O2(-) Redox Couple: Standard Potentials, Coupling Strength, and Implications for Lithium-Oxygen Batteries.

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    Kwabi, David G; Bryantsev, Vyacheslav S; Batcho, Thomas P; Itkis, Daniil M; Thompson, Carl V; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2016-02-24

    Understanding and controlling the kinetics of O2 reduction in the presence of Li(+)-containing aprotic solvents, to either Li(+)-O2(-) by one-electron reduction or Li2 O2 by two-electron reduction, is instrumental to enhance the discharge voltage and capacity of aprotic Li-O2 batteries. Standard potentials of O2 /Li(+)-O2(-) and O2/O2(-) were experimentally measured and computed using a mixed cluster-continuum model of ion solvation. Increasing combined solvation of Li(+) and O2(-) was found to lower the coupling of Li(+)-O2(-) and the difference between O2/Li(+)-O2(-) and O2/O2(-) potentials. The solvation energy of Li(+) trended with donor number (DN), and varied greater than that of O2 (-) ions, which correlated with acceptor number (AN), explaining a previously reported correlation between Li(+)-O2(-) solubility and DN. These results highlight the importance of the interplay between ion-solvent and ion-ion interactions for manipulating the energetics of intermediate species produced in aprotic metal-oxygen batteries. PMID:26822277

  20. 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...

  1. Sol-Gel-derived TiO2-SiO2 implant coatings for direct tissue attachment. Part II: Evaluation of cell response.

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    Areva, Sami; Aäritalo, Virpi; Tuusa, Sari; Jokinen, Mika; Lindén, Mika; Peltola, Timo

    2007-08-01

    Silica-releasing sol-gel derived TiO2-SiO2 coatings with tailored nanostructure were evaluated in fibroblast and osteoblast cell cultures. The adhesion of both fibroblasts and osteoblasts proceeded within two hours. The highest fibroblast proliferation activities were observed on the TiO2-SiO2 (70:30) and (30:70) coatings. However, the cell layer on TiO2-SiO2 (30:70) coating was disordered. Prolonged osteoblast activity was observed on the coatings as a function of increased amount of released silica. At day 21 the surfaces were fully covered by the calcified nodules and extracellular matrix except for the coatings TiO2-SiO2 (10:90) i.e. having the highest SiO2 amount. The results suggested that TiO2-SiO2 (70:30) was the best for fibroblasts and TiO2-SiO2 (30:70) for osteoblasts. The applicability of the sol-gel derived TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 coatings as an alternative for the calcium phosphate based implant coatings are discussed. PMID:17483880

  2. Arsenate Accumulation, Distribution, and Toxicity Associated with Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in Daphnia magna.

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    Li, Mengting; Luo, Zhuanxi; Yan, Yameng; Wang, Zhenhong; Chi, Qiaoqiao; Yan, Changzhou; Xing, Baoshan

    2016-09-01

    Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (nano-TiO2) are widely used in consumer products. Nano-TiO2 dispersion could, however, interact with metals and modify their behavior and bioavailability in aquatic environments. In this study, we characterized and examined arsenate (As(V)) accumulation, distribution, and toxicity in Daphnia magna in the presence of nano-TiO2. Nano-TiO2 acts as a positive carrier, significantly facilitating D. magna's ability to uptake As(V). As nano-TiO2 concentrations increased from 2 to 20 mg-Ti/L, total As increased by a factor of 2.3 to 9.8 compared to the uptake from the dissolved phase. This is also supported by significant correlations between arsenic (As) and titanium (Ti) signal intensities at concentrations of 2.0 mg-Ti/L nano-TiO2 (R = 0.676, P < 0.01) and 20.0 mg-Ti/L nano-TiO2 (R = 0.776, P < 0.01), as determined by LA-ICP-MS. Even though As accumulation increased with increasing nano-TiO2 concentrations in D. magna, As(V) toxicity associated with nano-TiO2 exhibited a dual effect. Compared to the control, the increased As was mainly distributed in BDM (biologically detoxified metal), but Ti was mainly distributed in MSF (metal-sensitive fractions) with increasing nano-TiO2 levels. Differences in subcellular distribution demonstrated that adsorbed As(V) carried by nano-TiO2 could dissociate itself and be transported separately, which results in increased toxicity at higher nano-TiO2 concentrations. Decreased As(V) toxicity associated with lower nano-TiO2 concentrations results from unaffected As levels in MSFs (when compared to the control), where several As components continued to be adsorbed by nano-TiO2. Therefore, more attention should be paid to the potential influence of nano-TiO2 on bioavailability and toxicity of cocontaminants. PMID:27485179

  3. 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

  4. Electronic structure and chemical bonding in PuO2

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    Teterin, Yu. A.; Maslakov, K. I.; Teterin, A. Yu.; Ivanov, K. E.; Ryzhkov, M. V.; Petrov, V. G.; Enina, D. A.; Kalmykov, St. N.

    2013-06-01

    Quantitative analysis of the x-ray photoelectron spectra structure in the binding energy (BE) range of 0 eV-˜35 eV for plutonium dioxide (PuO2) valence electrons was done. The BEs and structure of the core electronic shells (35 eV-1250 eV BE), as well as the relativistic discrete variation calculation results for the finite fragments of the PuO2 lattice and the data of other authors, were taken into account. The experimental data show that the many-body effects and the multiplet splitting contribute to the spectral structure much less than the outer (0 eV-˜15 eV) and the inner (˜15 eV-˜35 eV) valence molecular orbitals (OVMO and IVMO, respectively). The filled Pu 5f electronic states were shown to form in the PuO2 valence band. The Pu 6p electrons participate in the formation of both the IVMO and the OVMO (bands). The filled Pu 6p3/2 and the O 2s electronic shells were found to take maximum part in the IVMO formation. The MO composition and the sequence order in the BE range of 0 eV-˜35 eV in PuO2 were established. The experimental and theoretical data allowed a quantitative MO scheme for PuO2, which is fundamental for understanding both the chemical bond nature in plutonium dioxide and the interpretation of other x-ray spectra of PuO2.

  5. Photoinduced electron transfer in perylene-TiO2 nanoassemblies.

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    Llansola-Portoles, Manuel J; Bergkamp, Jesse J; Tomlin, John; Moore, Thomas A; Kodis, Gerdenis; Moore, Ana L; Cosa, Gonzalo; Palacios, Rodrigo E

    2013-01-01

    The photosensitization effect of three perylene dye derivatives on titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) has been investigated. The dyes used, 1,7-dibromoperylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxy dianhydride (1), 1,7-dipyrrolidinylperylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxy dianhydride (2) and 1,7-bis(4-tert-butylphenyloxy)perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxy dianhydride (3) have in common bisanhydride groups that convert into TiO2 binding groups upon hydrolysis. The different substituents on the bay position of the dyes enable tuning of their redox properties to yield significantly different driving forces for photoinduced electron transfer (PeT). Recently developed TiO2 NPs having a small average size and a narrow distribution (4 ± 1 nm) are used in this work to prepare the dye-TiO2 systems under study. Whereas successful sensitization was obtained with 1 and 2 as evidenced by steady-state spectral shifts and transient absorption results, no evidence for the attachment of 3 to TiO2 was observed. The comparison of the rates of PeT (kPeT ) for 1- and 2-TiO2 systems studied in this work with those obtained for previously reported analogous systems, having TiO2 NPs covered by a surfactant layer (Hernandez et al. [2012] J. Phys. Chem. B., 117, 4568-4581), indicates that kPeT for the former systems is slower than that for the later. These results are interpreted in terms of the different energy values of the conduction band edge in each system. PMID:23742178

  6. Fabrication of rattle-type TiO2/SiO2 core/shell particles with both high photoactivity and UV-shielding property.

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    Ren, Yuan; Chen, Min; Zhang, Yang; Wu, Limin

    2010-07-01

    Rattle-type TiO(2)@void@SiO(2) particles, with commercial TiO(2) particles encapsulated into hollow SiO(2) shell, were fabricated by successive coating of multilayer polyelectrolytes and SiO(2) shell onto TiO(2) particles and then treatment by UV irradiation to remove the polyelectrolyte layers. TEM observation showed that the composite particles had a unique rattle-type structure in which there existed void space between TiO(2) core and SiO(2) shell. The photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B indicated that these composite particles with larger void space tended to have higher photoactivity. The polyurethane films doped with rattle-type TiO(2)@void@SiO(2) composite particles had very good UV-shielding property. PMID:20536170

  7. Bulk and Interface effects on voltage linearity of ZrO2-SiO2 multilayered metal-insulator-metal capacitors for analog mixed-signal applications

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    Park, S. D.; Park, C.; Gilmer, D. C.; Park, H. K.; Kang, C. Y.; Lim, K. Y.; Burham, C.; Barnett, J.; Kirsch, P. D.; Tseng, H. H.; Jammy, R.; Yeom, G. Y.

    2009-07-01

    Quadratic voltage coefficient of capacitance (VCC) for ZrO2-SiO2 multilayered dielectric metal-insulator-metal capacitors depends strongly on the stacking sequence of the layered dielectrics. The quadratic VCC of an optimized SiO2/ZrO2/SiO2 stack and ZrO2/SiO2/ZrO2 stack were +42 and -1094 ppm/V2, respectively, despite the same total SiO2 and ZrO2 dielectric thickness in the stack. The observed difference in quadratic VCC depending on dielectric stacking sequence is explained by taking into account both the interface and bulk dielectric responses to the applied voltage.

  8. Effect of TiO2 nanoparticles on adipose derived stromal cell differentiation, morphology, ECM deposition and its susceptibility to bacterial infections

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    Mironava, Tatsiana; Xu, Yan; Rafailovich, Miriam

    The growing annual production of Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles is proportional to an increase in the chances of occupational and consumer exposure. Considering, that these nanoparticles are currently being used in multiple personal care products many concerns have arisen about their health impact. Human skin is in constant contact with the external environment and is one of the most important routes of exposure to TiO2. In this study we have investigated the effect of two forms of TiO2, rutile and anatase, on human adipose derived stromal cells (ADSCs). Here, we focus on the effects of TiO2 exposure on intracellular lipid accumulation and expression of adipogenic markers; on whether different forms of TiO2 have similar effects on cell function; and whether nanoparticle localization inside cells correlates with loss of cell function. In addition presence of bacteria on the skin is taken into account in its complex interaction with ADSCs and TiO2 nanoparticles. Altogether, the present study indicates that nanosized TiO2 particles adversely effects the differentiation of ADSCs, have profound effects on cell function and increase the rate of bacterial infection.

  9. 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. PMID:26998672

  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. PMID:26900141

  11. Multicomponent attention deficits in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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    Kiliç, Birim Günay; Sener, Sahnur; Koçkar, Aylin Ilden; Karakaş, Sirel

    2007-04-01

    The aim of this study was to examine the specific aspects of attention, such as selective attention, sustained attention, and short-term memory in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, combined subtype (ADHD-C). A total of 40 children with a diagnosis of ADHD from the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, aged 6-11 years old were compared with 40 controls matched for age and gender on a battery of tests. Short-term memory span and attention was measured by Visual Aural Digit Span Test-Revised. Stroop test and the Turkish version of Cancellation Test were used to assess selective and sustained attention, respectively. In order to check for factor structure in two groups on the test scores, principal component analysis was conducted for both groups separately. Relative to the comparison children, children with ADHD showed significant deficits on tests that are related to different aspects of attention. The results are consistent with the theories explaining the biological basis of ADHD by scattered attention networks in the brain, which have reciprocal dynamic interactions. Further comparative studies are needed to elucidate whether the cognitive processes that are known to be assessed by these tests are specific to ADHD. PMID:17362431

  12. Structural studies of gels and gel-glasses in the SiO2-GeO2 system using vibrational spectroscopy

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    Mukherjee, Shyama P.; Sharma, Shiv K.

    1986-01-01

    GeO2 gel and gels in the SiO2-GeO2 system synthesized by the hydrolytic polycondensation of metal alkoxides have been studied by infrared and Raman spectroscopic techniques. The molecular structures, hydroxyl contents, and crystallinity of gels and gel-glasses in relation to the thermal history and GeO2 concentration were investigated. The binary compositions having up to 70 mol percent GeO2 were examined.

  13. Why O2 is required by complex life on habitable planets and the concept of planetary "oxygenation time".

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    Catling, David C; Glein, Christopher R; Zahnle, Kevin J; McKay, Christopher P

    2005-06-01

    Life is constructed from a limited toolkit: the Periodic Table. The reduction of oxygen provides the largest free energy release per electron transfer, except for the reduction of fluorine and chlorine. However, the bonding of O2 ensures that it is sufficiently stable to accumulate in a planetary atmosphere, whereas the more weakly bonded halogen gases are far too reactive ever to achieve significant abundance. Consequently, an atmosphere rich in O2 provides the largest feasible energy source. This universal uniqueness suggests that abundant O2 is necessary for the high-energy demands of complex life anywhere, i.e., for actively mobile organisms of approximately 10(-1)-10(0) m size scale with specialized, differentiated anatomy comparable to advanced metazoans. On Earth, aerobic metabolism provides about an order of magnitude more energy for a given intake of food than anaerobic metabolism. As a result, anaerobes do not grow beyond the complexity of uniseriate filaments of cells because of prohibitively low growth efficiencies in a food chain. The biomass cumulative number density, n, at a particular mass, m, scales as n (> m) proportional to m(-1) for aquatic aerobes, and we show that for anaerobes the predicted scaling is n proportional to m (-1.5), close to a growth-limited threshold. Even with aerobic metabolism, the partial pressure of atmospheric O2 (P(O2)) must exceed approximately 10(3) Pa to allow organisms that rely on O2 diffusion to evolve to a size approximately 10(3) m x P(O2) in the range approximately 10(3)-10(4) Pa is needed to exceed the threshold of approximately 10(2) m size for complex life with circulatory physiology. In terrestrial life, O(2) also facilitates hundreds of metabolic pathways, including those that make specialized structural molecules found only in animals. The time scale to reach P(O(2)) approximately 10(4) Pa, or "oxygenation time," was long on the Earth (approximately 3.9 billion years), within almost a factor of 2 of the Sun

  14. The potential health challenges of TiO2 nanomaterials.

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    Sha, Baoyong; Gao, Wei; Cui, Xingye; Wang, Lin; Xu, Feng

    2015-10-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2 ) nanomaterials (NMs) have found widespread applications owing to their attractive physical and chemical properties. As a result, the potential adverse impacts of nano-TiO2 exposure on humans have become a matter of concern. This review presents the state-of-the-art advances on the investigations of the adverse effects of NMs, including the potential exposure routes of nano-TiO2 (e.g. respiratory system, skin absorption and digestive system), the physico-chemical characterizations of nano-TiO2 (e.g. crystal structure, shape,size, zeta potential, treatment media, aggregation and agglomeration tendency, surface characteristics and coatings), risk evaluation of nanotoxicity (e.g. cytotoxicity, ecotoxicity, phototoxicity, and phytotoxicity) and potential mechanisms of adverse effects (e.g. generation of reactive oxygen species, oxidative stress and organelle dysfunction). The review aims to facilitate scientific assessments of health risks to nano-TiO2 , which would guide the safe applications of NMs in our daily life. PMID:26179748

  15. Elementary photocatalytic chemistry on TiO2 surfaces.

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    Guo, Qing; Zhou, Chuanyao; Ma, Zhibo; Ren, Zefeng; Fan, Hongjun; Yang, Xueming

    2016-07-01

    Photocatalytic hydrogen production and pollutant degradation provided both great opportunities and challenges in the field of sustainable energy and environmental science. Over the past few decades, we have witnessed fast growing interest and efforts in developing new photocatalysts, improving catalytic efficiency and exploring the reaction mechanism at the atomic and molecular levels. Owing to its relatively high efficiency, nontoxicity, low cost and high stability, TiO2 becomes one of the most extensively investigated metal oxides in semiconductor photocatalysis. Fundamental studies on well characterized single crystals using ultrahigh vacuum based surface science techniques could provide key microscopic insight into the underlying mechanism of photocatalysis. In this review, we have summarized recent progress in the photocatalytic chemistry of hydrogen, water, oxygen, carbon monoxide, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones and carboxylic acids on TiO2 surfaces. We focused this review mainly on the rutile TiO2(110) surface, but some results on the rutile TiO2(011), anatase TiO2(101) and (001) surfaces are also discussed. These studies provided fundamental insights into surface photocatalysis as well as stimulated new investigations in this exciting field. At the end of this review, we have discussed how these studies can help us to develop new photocatalysis models. PMID:26335268

  16. 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.

  17. Tailoring of electron diffusion through TiO2 nanowires

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    Jose, R.; Yusoff, M. M.

    2012-11-01

    Charge transport through a random network of onedimensional TiO2 nanostructures such as nanorods, nanowires, and nanofibers developed by electrospinning technique has been studied in the presence of an electrolyte by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and transient photocurrent measurements. The results have been compared with the charge transport parameters of random TiO2 nanoparticle (25 nm) network. The charge transport was discussed under the framework of hopping transport. Continuous nanofibers had longer charge collecting times and short nanorods have enhanced scattering losses. The TiO2 films containing random network of nanowires of aspect ratio 10:1 can have an order of magnitude higher diffusion coefficient than other morphologies. Furthermore, charge transport through Nb-doped anatase TiO2 nanofibers was studied. It was observed that the Fermi level of TiO2 rise close to its conduction band and result in a band-edge type diffusion mechanism even at low bias voltages when 2 wt% Nb atoms replaces the Ti atoms in the anatase lattice. The Nb-doped anatase electrospun nanofibers showed high chemical capacitance, high effective diffusion coefficient, and lower transport resistance compared to the undoped samples and conventional nanoparticles.

  18. Synthesis and Photoluminescence Properties of SnO2 Nanopowder

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    Arai, Takahiro; Adachi, Sadao

    2012-10-01

    SnO2 nanopowder was synthesized by calcining metastannic salt (SnO2·H2O) prepared by chemically etching metallic Sn in aqueous HNO3 solution. The calcined SnO2 nanopowder was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The XRD and PL intensities increased with increasing calcining temperature, yielding an activation energy of ˜0.65 eV. The PL spectra of the calcined SnO2 nanopowder exhibited green (G) and red (R) emission bands with peaks at ˜2.5 and ˜2.0 eV, respectively, that were clearly dependent not only on the excitation light wavelength but also on the sample temperature. The temperature dependence of the PL intensity between 20 and 300 K was explained by the thermal quenching with activation energies of ˜15 meV (T=20-60 K) and ˜0.12-0.18 eV (T ≥100 K). The G and R emission states were found to originate from the Jahn-Teller effect of the 5s2 (Sn2+) ions in the SnO2 matrix and were similar to those generally observed in many ns2-doped alkali halides and SnCl2.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. Oscillation in O2 uptake in impulse exercise.

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    Yano, T; Afroundeh, R; Yamanaka, R; Arimitsu, T; Lian, C S; Shirakawa, K; Yunoki, T

    2014-06-01

    The purpose of the present study was to examine 1) whether O(2) uptake (VO(2)) oscillates during light exercise and 2) whether the oscillation is enhanced after impulse exercise. After resting for 1 min on a bicycle seat, subjects performed 5-min pre-exercise with 25 watts work load, 10-s impulse exercise with 200 watts work load and 15-min post exercise with 25 watts work load at 80 rpm. VO(2) during pre-exercise significantly increased during impulse exercise and suddenly decreased and re-increased until 23 s after impulse exercise. In the cross correlation between heart rate (HR) and VO(2) after impulse exercise, VO(2) strongly correlated to HR with a time delay of -4 s. Peak of power spectral density (PSD) in HR appeared at 0.0039 Hz and peak of PSD in VO(2) appeared at 0.019 Hz. The peak of the cross power spectrum between VO(2) and HR appeared at 0.0078 Hz. The results suggested that there is an oscillation in O(2) uptake during light exercise that is associated with the oscillation in O(2) consumption in active muscle. The oscillation is enhanced not only by change in O(2) consumption but also by O(2) content transported from active muscle to the lungs. PMID:24901075

  3. Water - Based TiO2 Suspensions: A Raman Study

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    Rangel, Roberto; Chipara, Dorina; Yust, Brian; Padilla, Desiree; Chipara, Mircea

    The antibacterial features of TiO2 are under scrutiny due to the UV radiation, which contributes to the generation of reactive oxygen species, mainly in water environments. A study of TiO2 suspensions in water and broth is reported. TiO2 has a low solubility in water. TiO2 (anatase), with average diameter of 15 nm from Nanostructured & Amorphous Materials, Inc. has been added to the fluid (water, broth) and the mixture was stirred for 1-10 h, followed by a 10-60 minutes sonication. The suspension was left to sediment for 1 day before measurements. Quasistable suspensions of TiO