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  1. Preparation, characterization, and catalytic activity of zirconocene bridged on surface of silica gel

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    El Majdoub, Lotfia; Shi, Yasai; Yuan, Yuan; Zhou, Annan; Abutartour, Abubaker; Xu, Qinghong

    2015-10-01

    Zirconocene catalyst supported on silica gel was prepared for olefin polymerization by surface modification of calcined silica with SiCl4, and the reaction between the modified silica and cyclopentadienyl sodium and ZrCl4. The catalyst was characterized by using Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrometer, thermogravimetric (TG), and differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) analytic spectrometer. It was found that the metallocene structure could be formed and connected on silica surface by chemical bond. Initial catalytic tests showed that the supported metallocene was catalytically active (methylaluminoxane as a cocatalyst), producing polymer with higher molecular weight than the metallocene just immobilized on the surface of silica gel.

  2. Living bacteria in silica gels

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    Nassif, Nadine; Bouvet, Odile; Noelle Rager, Marie; Roux, Cécile; Coradin, Thibaud; Livage, Jacques

    2002-09-01

    The encapsulation of enzymes within silica gels has been extensively studied during the past decade for the design of biosensors and bioreactors. Yeast spores and bacteria have also been recently immobilized within silica gels where they retain their enzymatic activity, but the problem of the long-term viability of whole cells in an inorganic matrix has never been fully addressed. It is a real challenge for the development of sol-gel processes. Generic tests have been performed to check the viability of Escherichia coli bacteria in silica gels. Surprisingly, more bacteria remain culturable in the gel than in an aqueous suspension. The metabolic activity of the bacteria towards glycolysis decreases slowly, but half of the bacteria are still viable after one month. When confined within a mineral environment, bacteria do not form colonies. The exchange of chemical signals between isolated bacteria rather than aggregates can then be studied, a point that could be very important for 'quorum sensing'.

  3. Active fibers from sol-gel derived granulated silica: state of the art and potential

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    Romano, Valerio; Sandoz, Frederic

    2010-10-01

    In the recent past we have studied the granulated silica method as a versatile and cost effective way of fiber preform production. We have used the sol-gel technology combined with a laser-assisted remelting step to produce high homogeneity Rare Earth or Transition Metal - activated microsized particles for the fiber core. For the fiber cladding pure or index-raised granulated Silica has been employed. Silica glass tubes, appropriately filled with these granular materials, are then drawn to fibers, eventually after an optional quality enhancing vitrification step. The process offers a high degree of compositional flexibility with respect to dopants; it further facilitates to achieve high concentrations even in cases when several dopants are used. By this "rapid preform production" technique, that is also ideally suited for the preparation of microstructured optical fibers, several fibers ranging from broadband emitters, PCFs and large mode area fibers have been produced and will be presented here.

  4. Enzyme encapsulation in silica gel prepared by polylysine and its catalytic activity

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    Kawachi, Yuki; Kugimiya, Shin-ichi; Nakamura, Hitomi; Kato, Katsuya

    2014-09-01

    Enzymes used in industrial applications are often immobilized onto different types of supports because they are sensitive to pH, temperature, and various other environmental conditions. However, many of the current immobilization approaches face problems such as the requirement of tedious multi-step procedures, loss of enzyme activity during immobilization, and poor reusability. In this study, we chose poly-L-lysine (Ki) as a catalyst for silica mineralization and attempted a one-step “leave to stand” synthesis method under mild conditions, so as to simultaneously maintain both high enzymatic activity and reusability. To examine the effect of Kx on the enzymatic reaction of lipase, we performed hydrolysis of 2-octylacetate without adding a silica precursor. Results indicate that Kx hardly exerts adverse influence on the enzymatic activity of lipase. The lipase encapsulated in the silica gel prepared by leave to stand (Gelstand) retained 70% of the activity compared to the free solution, which is two times higher than that obtained by mixing (Gelmix). However, the Km value was found to be similar to that of free enzymes. These results suggest that the leave to stand is a suitable procedure for immobilization, without any decrease in the mass transfer of substrate. The Gel-stand sample retained 100% activity even after the 5th cycle, and retained above 95% of its activity after 4 h of heat treatment at 65 °C. Using phenyltriethoxysilane as a silica precursor, tertiary structural stability of enzyme was obtained, and its Kcat value was improved when compared to a free solution.

  5. Adsorption of CO{sub 2} on microporous materials. 1: On activated carbon and silica gel

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    Berlier, K.; Frere, M.

    1997-05-01

    Adsorption isotherms of carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) at temperatures ranging from 278 K to 328 K (seven temperatures) and at pressures up to 3300 kPa on activated carbon and on silica gel are presented. These experimental results are useful as they allow one to broaden, the T, P domain of CO{sub 2} adsorption. These data, together with more classical ones (obtained at low temperature and low pressure (Berlier and Frere, 1996)), will make possible the test of theoretical developments for the prediction of adsorption isotherms in a range of temperature and pressure conditions never studied before.

  6. Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic activity of manganese doped TiO(2) immobilized on silica gel.

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    Xu, Yuehua; Lei, Bo; Guo, Laiqiu; Zhou, Wuyi; Liu, Youqin

    2008-12-15

    A series of Mn-TiO(2)/SiO(2) (silica gel loaded with manganese doped TiO(2)) photocatalysts have been prepared by sol-gel method, and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Photocatalytic activities were enhanced in photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange over Mn-TiO(2)/SiO(2). XPS analysis shows that a Ti-O-Si or Ti-O-Mn bond is formed on the surface of photocatalyst. Mn is doped as a mixture of Mn(2+) and Mn(3+) on the surface of 1.0mol% Mn-TiO(2)/SiO(2). Mn(3+) appears to trap electrons and prohibit the electron-hole recombination. The electrons trapped in Mn(3+) site are subsequently transferred to the adsorbed O(2). As a result, the combination of the electron-hole pair was reduced.

  7. Sol-gel derived silica/siloxane composite materials: The effect of loading level and catalyst activity on silica domain formation

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    Black, E.P.; Ulibarri, T.A.; Beaucage, G.; Schaefer, D.W.; Assink, R.A.; Bergstrom, D.F.; Giwa-Agbomeirele, P.A.; Burns, G.T.

    1993-11-01

    Currently, the production of in situ reinforcement in polymeric systems by sol-gel methods is undergoing rapid development. However, understanding of synthesis/structure/property relationships is still lacking. In order to produce sol-gel derived composite materials with sufficient mechanical properties for commercial applications, this deficit of information must be addressed. We have completed a detailed investigation of in situ silica growth in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)/tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) systems. Factors which affect the domain growth, such as catalyst activity and silica loading, have been examined by solid state {sup 29}Si NMR, SEM, mechanical testing and small angle neutron scattering.

  8. Silica-tin nanotubes prepared from rice husk ash by sol-gel method: Characterization and its photocatalytic activity

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    Adam, Farook; Appaturi, Jimmy Nelson; Thankappan, Radhika; Nawi, Mohd Asri Mohd

    2010-11-01

    Silica-tin material has been synthesized by simple sol-gel method using rice husk ash as the source of silica and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide as the surfactant at room temperature. Calcination of the material at 500 °C for 5 h gave nanotubes with external diameter of 2-4 nm and an internal diameter of 1-2 nm. The BET specific surface area was found to be 607 m 2 g -1. Nitrogen sorption analysis exhibits a type IV isotherm with H3 hysteresis loop. The powder X-ray diffraction pattern showed that the material is amorphous. The photocatalytic activity of the prepared material was studied towards degradation of methylene blue under UV-irradiation. According to the experimental results the silica-tin nanotubes exhibit high photocatalytic activity compared to pure rice husk silica.

  9. Experimental selectivity curves of gaseous binary mixtures of hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide on activated carbon and silica gel

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    Olivier, M.G.; Jadot, R.

    1998-07-01

    The selectivity curves of gaseous binary mixtures of ethane + ethylene, methane + carbon dioxide at 303 K and 700 kPa and butane + 2 methylpropane at 318 K and 200 kPa have been determined on activated carbon and silica gel using an original apparatus. In this paper, a brief description of this apparatus is given. The difference in behavior of these two adsorbents is discussed.

  10. Absorption, luminescent and lasing properties of laser dyes in silica gel matrices and thin gel films

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    Shaposhnikov, A A; Kuznetsova, Rimma T; Kopylova, T N; Maier, G V; Tel'minov, E N; Pavich, T A; Arabei, S M

    2004-08-31

    The absorption and emission properties of eight organic compounds in silica gel matrices of different chemical compositions and different types (bulk samples and thin films) are studied upon excitation by a XeCl laser and the second harmonic of a Nd:YAG laser. The mechanisms of the laser-induced changes in the spectral parameters of molecules in silica gel matrices are discussed and the photostability of the laser dyes in silica gel films is estimated. (active media)

  11. Metal-silica sol-gel materials

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    Stiegman, Albert E. (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    The present invention relates to a single phase metal-silica sol-gel glass formed by the co-condensation of a transition metal with silicon atoms where the metal atoms are uniformly distributed within the sol-gel glass as individual metal centers. Any transition metal may be used in the sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to sensor materials where the sensor material is formed using the single phase metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The sensor materials may be in the form of a thin film or may be attached to an optical fiber. The present invention also relates to a method of sensing chemicals using the chemical sensors by monitoring the chromatic change of the metal-silica sol-gel glass when the chemical binds to the sensor. The present invention also relates to oxidation catalysts where a metal-silica sol-gel glass catalyzes the reaction. The present invention also relates to a method of performing oxidation reactions using the metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to organopolymer metal-silica sol-gel composites where the pores of the metal-silica sol-gel glasses are filled with an organic polymer polymerized by the sol-gel glass.

  12. Sol-gel derived mesoporous cobalt silica catalyst: Synthesis, characterization and its activity in the oxidation of phenol

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    Andas, Jeyashelly; Adam, Farook; Rahman, Ismail Ab.

    2014-10-01

    Highly mesoporous cobalt silica rice husk catalysts with (5-15 wt.%) Co2+ loading were prepared via a simple sol-gel technique at room temperature. The successful insertion of cobalt ions into silica matrix was evidenced from FT-IR, NMR, XPS and AAS analyses. Preservation of the mesoporosity nature of silica upon incorporating Co2+ was confirmed from the N2-sorption studies. The topography and morphology viewed by TEM analysis differs as the cobalt concentration varies from 5 to 15 wt.%. Parallel pore channels and spherical nanoparticles of 9.44 nm were achieved for cobalt silica catalysts with 10 and 15 wt.% respectively. Cobalt catalysts were active in the liquid-phase oxidation of phenol with H2O2 as an oxygen source. The performances of the catalysts were greatly influenced by various parameters such as reaction temperature, catalyst amount, molar ratio of substrate to oxidant, nature of solvent, metal loading and homogeneous precursor salt. Water served as the best reaction medium for this oxidation system. The regeneration studies confirmed cobalt catalyst could be reused for five cycles without experiencing large loss in the conversion. Both leaching and reusability studies testified that the catalysts were truly heterogeneous.

  13. Moisture Transport in Silica Gel Particle Beds: I. Theoretical Study

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    Pesaran, A. A.; Mills, A. F.

    1986-08-01

    Diffusion mechanisms of moisture within silica gel particles are investigated. It is found that for microporous silica gel surface diffusion is the dominant mechanism of moisture transport, while for macroporous silica gel both Knudsen and surface diffusion are important.

  14. Thermal and catalytic degradation of polyethylene wastes in the presence of silica gel, 5A molecular sieve and activated carbon.

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    González, Yovana Sander; Costa, Carlos; Márquez, M Carmen; Ramos, Pedro

    2011-03-15

    A comparative study of thermal and catalytic degradation of polyethylene wastes has been carried out with the aim of obtaining chemical compounds with potential use in the chemical industry and the energy production. Polyethylene wastes were obtained from polyethylene bags used in supermarkets. Catalysts utilized in the study were silica gel, 5A molecular sieve and activated carbon. The pyrolysis was performed in a batch reactor at 450, 500 and 700 °C during 2h for each catalyst. The ratio catalyst/PE was 10% w/w and the solid and gaseous products were analyzed by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. The optimum operation temperature and the influence of the three catalysts are discussed with regards to the products formed. The best temperature for degradation with silica gel and activated carbon as catalysts was 450 °C and with 5A molecular sieve was 700 °C. Degradation products of PE (solid fraction and gas fraction) are depending on temperature and catalyst used. External surface and structure of catalysts were visualized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and the contribution on product distribution is commented. All products from different degradations could be used as feed stocks in chemical industry or in energy production based on the value of heat of combustion for solid fraction (45000 J/g), similar to the heat of combustion of commercial fuels.

  15. Cell response to silica gels with varying mechanical properties

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    Lefebvre, Molly Ann

    Sol-gel encapsulation has a variety of applications in biotechnology and medicine: creating biosensors, biocatalysts, and bioartificial organs. However, encapsulated cell viability is a major challenge. Consequently, interactions between cells and their 3D microenvironment were studied through rheological, metabolic activity, and extraction studies to aid in the development of new gel protocols. The cells were encapsulated in variations of three silica sol-gels with varying stiffness. It was hypothesized that the cell viability and the amount of extracted cells would depend on gel stiffness. For two gels, there was no apparent correlation between the gel stiffness and the cell viability and extracted cell quantity. These gels did strongly depend on the varying gel ingredient, polyethylene glycol. The third gel appeared to follow the hypothesized correlation, but it was not statistically significant. Finally, one gel had a significantly longer period of cell viability and higher quantity of extracted cells than the other gels.

  16. Adhesion of gels by silica particle.

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    Abe, Hidekazu; Hara, Yusuke; Maeda, Shingo; Hashimoto, Shuji

    2014-03-06

    In this study, a method for achieving adhesion between two positively charged gels with high mechanical strength was developed. By utilizing a silica particle dispersion as a binder, the gels easily adhered to each other and remained stable for up to 11 days when immersed in aqueous solution. The adhesion force between the two positively charged semi-interpenetrating network gels with the silica particle was measured to be up to approximately 20 kPa, which is around 10 times larger than that with a charged polymer-rich liquid as a cross-linker (approximately 1.5 kPa). It was demonstrated that the adhesion force was a result of two types of interactions: an electrostatic attractive force between the cationic gel surface and hydrogen bonding among the silica particles. In addition, it was shown that the adhesion force was dependent on solution pH, which was attributed to changes in the charge of the silica particles.

  17. Procedure to prepare transparent silica gels

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    Barber, Patrick G. (Inventor); Simpson, Norman R. (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

    This invention relates to the production of silica gels and in particular to a process for the preparation of silica gels which can be used as a crystal growth medium that simulates the convectionless environment of space to produce structurally perfect crystals. Modern utilizations of substances in electronics, such as radio transmitters and high frequency microphones, often require single crystals with controlled purity and structural perfection. The near convectionless environment of silica gel suppresses nucleation, thereby reducing the competitive nature of crystal growth. This competition limits the size and perfection of the crystal; and it is obviously desirable to suppress nucleation until, ideally, only one crystal grows in a predetermined location. A silica gel is not a completely convectionless environment like outer space, but is the closest known environment to that of outer space that can be created on Earth.

  18. Silica Gel for Enhanced Activity and Hypochlorite Protection of Cyanuric Acid Hydrolase in Recombinant Escherichia coli

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    Radian, Adi; Aukema, Kelly G.; Aksan, Alptekin

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Chlorinated isocyanuric acids are widely used water disinfectants that generate hypochlorite, but with repeated application, they build up cyanuric acid (CYA) that must be removed to maintain disinfection. 3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES)-treated Escherichia coli cells expressing cyanuric acid hydrolase (CAH) from Moorella thermoacetica exhibited significantly high CYA degradation rates and provided protection against enzyme inactivation by hypochlorite (chlorine). APTES coating or encapsulation of cells had two benefits: (i) overcoming diffusion limitations imposed by the cell wall and (ii) protecting against hypochlorite inactivation of CAH activity. Cells encapsulated in APTES gels degraded CYA three times faster than nonfunctionalized tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) gels, and cells coated with APTES degraded CYA at a rate of 29 µmol/min per mg of CAH protein, similar to the rate with purified enzyme. UV spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy showed that the higher rates were due to APTES increasing membrane permeability and enhancing cyanuric acid diffusion into the cytoplasm to reach the CAH enzyme. Purified CAH enzyme was shown to be rapidly inactivated by hypochlorite. APTES aggregates surrounding cells protected via the amine groups reacting with hypochlorite as shown by pH changes, zeta potential measurements, and infrared spectroscopy. APTES-encapsulated E. coli cells expressing CAH degraded cyanuric acid at high rates in the presence of 1 to 10 ppm hypochlorite, showing effectiveness under swimming pool conditions. In contrast, CAH activity in TEOS gels or free cells was completely inactivated by hypochlorite. These studies show that commercially available silica materials can selectively enhance, protect, and immobilize whole-cell biocatalysts for specialized applications. PMID:26530383

  19. Immobilization of enzymes to porous-bead polymers and silica gels activated by graft polymerization of 2,3-epoxypropyl methacrylate.

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    Wójcik, A; Lobarzewski, J; Błaszczyńska, T

    1990-01-01

    Three types of organic polymers and bead-shape silica gels were activated by graft polymerization of 2,3-epoxypropyl methacrylate; in some cases, epoxide groups on the support surface were modified to NH2 groups. Eight active matrices so obtained were assessed as supports for immobilized enzymes using peroxidase, glucoamylase and urease. The immobilization yield of protein and specific activities of enzymes were better with supports containing NH2 groups than with those containing epoxide spacer arms. Maximum enzyme immobilization and storage stabilities were obtained with silica-gel beads activated by graft polymerization of 2,3-epoxypropyl methacrylate. With all eight matrices tested, the immobilized enzymes showed good stability with not less than 82% of the original activity persisting after 28 days. The developed matrices have potential for use in process-scale biotechnological operations.

  20. 78 FR 14540 - Cyromazine, Silica Silicates (Silica Dioxide and Silica Gel), Glufosinate Ammonium, Dioctyl...

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    ... AGENCY Cyromazine, Silica Silicates (Silica Dioxide and Silica Gel), Glufosinate Ammonium, Dioctyl Sodium... ammonium, dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DSS) and undecylenic acid (UDA) and opens a public comment period...-HQ-OPP-2006-0108... Kelly Ballard, (703) 305-8126, Ballard.kelly@epa.gov . Dioctyl...

  1. Adsorption of Pb(II) using silica gel composite from rice husk ash modified 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES)-activated carbon from coconut shell

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    Yusmaniar, Purwanto, Agung; Putri, Elfriyana Awalita; Rosyidah, Dzakiyyatur

    2017-03-01

    Silica gel modified by 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) was synthesized from rice husk ash combined with activated carbon from coconut shell yielded the composite adsorbent. The composite was characterized by Fourier Transform Infra Red spectroscopy (FT-IR), Electron Dispersive X-Ray (EDX), Surface Area Analyzer (SAA) and adsorption test by Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS). This composite adsorbent has been used moderately for the removal of lead ions from metal solutions and compared with silica gel modified APTES and activated carbon. The adsorption experiments of Pb -ions by adsorbents were performed at different pH and contact time with the same metal solutions concentration, volume solution, and adsorbent dosage. The optimum pH for the adsorption was found to be 5.0 and the equilibrium was achieved for Pb with 20 min of contact time. Pb ions adsorption by composite silica gel modified APTES-activated carbon followed by Langmuir isotherm model with qmax value of 46.9483 mg/g that proved an adsorbent mechanism consistent to the mechanism of monolayer formation.

  2. Catalytic activity of acid and base with different concentration on sol-gel kinetics of silica by ultrasonic method.

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    Das, R K; Das, M

    2015-09-01

    The effects of both acid (acetic acid) and base (ammonia) catalysts in varying on the sol-gel synthesis of SiO2 nanoparticles using tetra ethyl ortho silicate (TEOS) as a precursor was determined by ultrasonic method. The ultrasonic velocity was received by pulsar receiver. The ultrasonic velocity in the sol and the parameter ΔT (time difference between the original pulse and first back wall echo of the sol) was varied with time of gelation. The graphs of ln[ln1/ΔT] vs ln(t), indicate two region - nonlinear region and a linear region. The time corresponds to the point at which the non-linear region change to linear region is considered as gel time for the respective solutions. Gelation time is found to be dependent on the concentration and types of catalyst and is found from the graphs based on Avrami equation. The rate of condensation is found to be faster for base catalyst. The gelation process was also characterized by viscosity measurement. Normal sol-gel process was also carried out along with the ultrasonic one to compare the effectiveness of ultrasonic. The silica gel was calcined and the powdered sample was characterized with scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectra, X-ray diffractogram, and FTIR spectroscopy.

  3. Silica scintillating materials prepared by sol-gel methods

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    Werst, D.W.; Sauer, M.C. Jr.; Cromack, K.R.; Lin, Y.; Tartakovsky, E.A.; Trifunac, A.D.

    1993-12-31

    Silica was investigated as a rad-hard alternative to organic polymer hosts for organic scintillators. Silica sol-gels were prepared by hydrolysis of tetramethoxysilane in alcohol solutions. organic dyes were incorporated into the gels by dissolving in methanol at the sol stage of gel formation. The silica sol-gel matrix is very rad-hard. The radiation stability of silica scintillators prepared by this method is dye-limited. Transient radioluminescence was measured following excitation with 30 ps pulses of 20 MeV electrons.

  4. Sol-gel encapsulation of binary Zn(II) compounds in silica nanoparticles. Structure-activity correlations in hybrid materials targeting Zn(II) antibacterial use.

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    Halevas, E; Nday, C M; Kaprara, E; Psycharis, V; Raptopoulou, C P; Jackson, G E; Litsardakis, G; Salifoglou, A

    2015-10-01

    In the emerging issue of enhanced multi-resistant properties in infectious pathogens, new nanomaterials with optimally efficient antibacterial activity and lower toxicity than other species attract considerable research interest. In an effort to develop such efficient antibacterials, we a) synthesized acid-catalyzed silica-gel matrices, b) evaluated the suitability of these matrices as potential carrier materials for controlled release of ZnSO4 and a new Zn(II) binary complex with a suitably designed well-defined Schiff base, and c) investigated structural and textural properties of the nanomaterials. Physicochemical characterization of the (empty-loaded) silica-nanoparticles led to an optimized material configuration linked to the delivery of the encapsulated antibacterial zinc load. Entrapment and drug release studies showed the competence of hybrid nanoparticles with respect to the a) zinc loading capacity, b) congruence with zinc physicochemical attributes, and c) release profile of their zinc load. The material antimicrobial properties were demonstrated against Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus cereus) and negative (Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Xanthomonas campestris) bacteria using modified agar diffusion methods. ZnSO4 showed less extensive antimicrobial behavior compared to Zn(II)-Schiff, implying that the Zn(II)-bound ligand enhances zinc antimicrobial properties. All zinc-loaded nanoparticles were less antimicrobially active than zinc compounds alone, as encapsulation controls their release, thereby attenuating their antimicrobial activity. To this end, as the amount of loaded zinc increases, the antimicrobial behavior of the nano-agent improves. Collectively, for the first time, sol-gel zinc-loaded silica-nanoparticles were shown to exhibit well-defined antimicrobial activity, justifying due attention to further development of antibacterial nanotechnology.

  5. Transparent poly(vinyl acetate)-silica gels by a sol-gel process

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    Wojcik, Anna B.; Klein, Lisa C.

    1993-12-01

    Rod shaped silica-poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) gels have been prepared by a sol gel process. In situ polymerization of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) was accomplished in the presence of low molecular weight PVAc by dissolving various amounts of PVAc in a mixture of TEOS, ethanol, water and hydrochloric acid (HCl). Gelation of this mixture was carried out between room temperature and slightly above. Silica-PVAc rods recovered from cylindrical molds were homogeneous and transparent. Gels with weight percents of PVAc ranging from 2% to 50% were prepared. Silica-PVAc gels have higher flexure strengths, less brittle character and improved water durability in comparison with pure sol- gel silica.

  6. Maintenance of Bacterial Cultures on Anhydrous Silica Gel

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    Lennox, John E.

    1977-01-01

    Suspensions of 20 different cultures were grown on appropriate media, then pipetted into sterile anhydrous silica gel. Silica gel cultures after incubation and refrigerated storage were tested for viability. Results showed little mutation, low replication, low contamination, minimal expenses, and survival up to two years. (CS)

  7. Zirconyl-containing microspheric silica gel surfaces

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    Lanin, S. N.; Kabulov, B. D.; Vlasenko, E. V.; Kovaleva, N. V.; Lanina, K. S.; Strepetova, T. A.; Akhundzhanov, K. A.; Yunusov, F. U.

    2011-01-01

    The adsorption properties of two samples of zirconyl-containing silica gels derived from zirconium oxychloride, polyetoxysiloxane oligomer 3% ZrOCl2/SiO2 (composite 1) and tetraetoxysilane 5% ZrOCl2/SiO2 (composite 2) were investigated by gas chromatography at low surface coverages. n-Alkanes and n-alkenes (C6-C8), C6H6 were used as test adsorbates, along with polar compounds whose molecules had different donor-acceptor interaction abilities. The dispersion and specific (electron-donor and electronacceptor) components of the energy of intermolecular interactions for the studied systems were determined from the experimental data on chromatographic retention. It was shown that composite 2 had a higher dispersion potential and higher surface energy characteristics of the surface's electron-donating and electronacceptor centers, as compared to composite 1.

  8. Synthesis, structure, and mechanical properties of silica nanocomposite polyrotaxane gels

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    Matsui, Daisuke; Mayumi, Koichi

    2015-01-01

    Summary A significantly soft and tough nanocomposite gel was realized by a novel network formed using cyclodextrin-based polyrotaxanes. Covalent bond formation between the cyclic components of polyrotaxanes and the surface of silica nanoparticles (15 nm diameter) resulted in an infinite network structure without direct bonds between the main chain polymer and the silica. Small-angle X-ray scattering revealed that the homogeneous distribution of silica nanoparticles in solution was maintained in the gel state. Such homogeneous nanocomposite gels were obtained with at least 30 wt % silica content, and the Young’s modulus increased with silica content. Gelation did not occur without silica. This suggests that the silica nanoparticles behave as cross-linkers. Viscoelastic measurements of the nanocomposite gels showed no stress relaxation regardless of the silica content for <20% compression strain, indicating an infinite stable network without physical cross-links that have finite lifetime. On the other hand, the infinite network exhibited an abnormally low Young’s modulus, ~1 kPa, which is not explainable by traditional rubber theory. In addition, the composite gels were tough enough to completely maintain the network structure under 80% compression strain. These toughness and softness properties are attributable to both the characteristic sliding of polymer chains through the immobilized cyclodextrins on the silica nanoparticle and the entropic contribution of the cyclic components to the elasticity of the gels. PMID:26664642

  9. Phase behavior and rheological characterization of silica nanoparticle gel

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    Metin, Cigdem O.; Rankin, Kelli M.; Nguyen, Quoc P.

    2014-01-01

    Preferential injection into high permeability thief zones or fractures can result in early breakthrough at production wells and large unswept areas of high oil saturation, which impact the economic life of a well. A variety of conformance control techniques, including polymer and silica gel treatments, have been designed to block flow through the swept zones. Over a certain range of salinities, silica nanoparticle suspensions form a gel in bulk phase behavior tests. These gels have potential for in situ flow diversion, but in situ flow tests are required to determine their applicability. To determine the appropriate scope of the in situ tests, it is necessary to obtain an accurate description of nanoparticle phase behavior and gel rheology. In this paper, the equilibrium phase behavior of silica nanoparticle solutions in the presence of sodium chloride (NaCl) is presented with four phase regions classified as a function of salinity and nanoparticle concentration. Once the gelation window was clearly defined, rheology experiments of silica nanoparticle gels were also carried out. Gelation time decreases exponentially as a function of silica concentration, salinity, and temperature. Following a power law behavior, the storage modulus, G', increases with particle concentration. Steady shear measurements show that silica nanoparticle gels exhibit non-Newtonian, shear thinning behavior. This comprehensive study of the silica nanoparticle gels has provided a clear path forward for in situ tests to determine the gel's applicability for conformance control operations.

  10. Correcting Tritium Concentrations in Water Vapor Monitored with Silica Gel

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    Fledderman, P.D.

    1999-01-19

    A correction is needed to calculate the concentration of airborne tritium oxide when dried silica gel is used as the collector. This tracer study with tritiated water shows that the concentration of tritium in the water desorbed from silica gel is lower than in the adsorbed water by a fraction that increases with the amount of adsorbed water. The hypothesis was tested that the tritium in adsorbed tritiated water is diluted by isotopic exchange with non-tritiated water and hydroxyl groups in the silica gel collector. The extent of dilution was measured from 4 percent to 14 percent adsorbed water, which is typical of moisture on field collectors for monitoring airborne tritium oxide. For this entire range of percent adsorbed water, the inferred percent exchangeable water in the silica gel under study was 6.3 +/- 0.1 percent. This value compares to the silica gel weight loss of 5.3 percent by heating to 1,050 degrees C. An explanation of the difference is proposed. The contribution of the HTO/H2O vapor pressure isotope effect was considered in calculating isotopic exchange. A curve is presented for correcting the measured tritium concentration in the distillate from the silica gel as a function of the amount of adsorbed water. The tritium tracer procedure is recommended for determining the percent exchangeable water in other silica gels to correct tritium measurements of water vapor collected by them.

  11. Platinum/Tin Oxide/Silica Gel Catalyst Oxidizes CO

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    Upchurch, Billy T.; Davis, Patricia P.; Schryer, David R.; Miller, Irvin M.; Brown, David; Van Norman, John D.; Brown, Kenneth G.

    1991-01-01

    Heterogeneous catalyst of platinum, tin oxide, and silica gel combines small concentrations of laser dissociation products, CO and O2, to form CO22 during long times at ambient temperature. Developed as means to prevent accumulation of these products in sealed CO2 lasers. Effective at ambient operating temperatures and installs directly in laser envelope. Formulated to have very high surface area and to chemisorb controlled quantities of moisture: chemisorbed water contained within and upon its structure, makes it highly active and very longlived so only small quantity needed for long times.

  12. Effects of the sol-gel route on the structural characteristics and antibacterial activity of silica-encapsulated gentamicin.

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    Corrêa, G G; Morais, E C; Brambilla, R; Bernardes, A A; Radtke, C; Dezen, D; Júnior, A V; Fronza, N; Santos, J H Z Dos

    2014-04-01

    The effects of sol-gel processes, i.e., acid-catalyzed gelation, base-catalyzed gelation and base-catalyzed precipitation routes, on the encapsulation of gentamicin were investigated. The resulting xerogels were characterized using a series of complementary instrumental techniques, i.e., the adsorption/desorption of nitrogen, small-angle X-ray scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The encapsulated gentamicin samples were tested against a series of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial strains. The best antimicrobial activity was observed with the encapsulated gentamicin that was prepared via the precipitation route, even in comparison with the neat antibiotic, especially in the case of the Gram-positive strain Staphylococcus aureus. The gentamicin concentration on the outermost surface and the zeta potential were identified as factors that affected the highest efficiency, as observed in the case of encapsulation via the base-catalyzed process.

  13. Covalent immobilization of glucose oxidase onto new modified acrylonitrile copolymer/silica gel hybrid supports.

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    Godjevargova, Tzonka; Nenkova, Ruska; Dimova, Nedyalka

    2005-08-12

    New polymer/silica gel hybrid supports were prepared by coating high surface area of silica gel with modified acrylonitrile copolymer. The concentrations of the modifying agent (NaOH) and the modified polymer were varied. GOD was covalently immobilized on these hybrid supports and the relative activity and the amount of bound protein were determined. The highest relative activity and sufficient amount of bound protein of the immobilized GOD were achieved in 10% NaOH and 2% solution of modified acrylonitrile copolymer. The influence of glutaraldehyde concentration and the storage time on enzyme efficiency were examined. Glutaraldehyde concentration of 0.5% is optimal for the immobilized GOD. It was shown that the covalently bound enzyme (using 0.5% glutaraldehyde) had higher relative activity than the activity of the adsorbed enzyme. Covalently immobilized GOD with 0.5% glutaraldehyde was more stable for four months in comparison with the one immobilized on pure silica gel, hybrid support with 10% glutaraldehyde and the free enzyme. The effect of the pore size on the enzyme efficiency was studied on four types of silica gel with different pore size. Silica with large pores (CPC-Silica carrier, 375 A) presented higher relative activity than those with smaller pore size (Silica gel with 4, 40 and 100 A). The amount of bound protein was also reduced with decreasing the pore size. The effect of particle size was studied and it was found out that the smaller the particle size was, the greater the activity and the amount of immobilized enzyme were. The obtained results proved that these new polymer/silica gel hybrid supports were suitable for GOD immobilization.

  14. Fluorescence imaging of the desorption of dye from fused silica versus silica gel.

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    Ludes, Melody D; Anthony, Shyroine R; Wirth, Mary J

    2003-07-01

    The desorption rate constants for a cationic dye from strong adsorption sites are compared for the same chromatographic interface but for two different substrates, fused silica and chromatographic silica gel. The dye is 1,1'-didodecyl-3,3,3'3'-tetramethylindocarbocyanine perchlorate (DiI). The interface consists of acetonitrile and a hydrocarbon monolayer (C8) covalently bound to the silica substrate. To measure slow desorption from fused silica, fluorescence imaging combined with correlation spectroscopy is used. To measure slow desorption from silica gel, fluorescence movies of silica gel particles are used. In both cases, the results show that there are two types of slow desorption processes on time scales exceeding 1 s. The desorption time from one type of site is within an experimental error of 7 s for both silica substrates. The adsorption kinetics for this type of site are slow, and the equilibrium population of DiI on these sites is comparable to that for DiI weakly adsorbed to the hydrocarbon monolayer. For the second type of site, for fused silica, the population of DiI is even higher than that of weakly adsorbed DiI, and the desorption time constant is approximately 2 min, although this is likely shortened by photobleaching. For silica gel, the relative population of DiI on this ultrastrong site is more than an order of magnitude lower, and the desorption time constant is 4.0 +/- 0.1 min. Both silica substrates thus show two types of sites whose time constants agree within experimental error, suggesting that the strong adsorption sites on fused silica are chemically the same as those on chromatographic silica gel.

  15. Adsorption Kinetics at Silica Gel/Ionic Liquid Solution Interface.

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    Flieger, Jolanta; Tatarczak-Michalewska, Małgorzata; Groszek, Anna; Blicharska, Eliza; Kocjan, Ryszard

    2015-12-10

    A series of imidazolium and pyridinium ionic liquids with different anions (Cl(-), Br(-), BF₄(-), PF₆(-)) has been evaluated for their adsorption activity on silica gel. Quantification of the ionic liquids has been performed by the use of RP-HPLC with organic-aqueous eluents containing an acidic buffer and a chaotropic salt. Pseudo-second order kinetic models were applied to the experimental data in order to investigate the kinetics of the adsorption process. The experimental data showed good fitting with this model, confirmed by considerably high correlation coefficients. The adsorption kinetic parameters were determined and analyzed. The relative error between the calculated and experimental amount of ionic liquid adsorbed at equilibrium was within 7%. The effect of various factors such as initial ionic liquid concentration, temperature, kind of solvent, kind of ionic liquid anion and cation on adsorption efficiency were all examined in a lab-scale study. Consequently, silica gel showed better adsorptive characteristics for imidazolium-based ionic liquids with chaotropic anions from aqueous solutions in comparison to pyridinium ionic liquids. The adsorption was found to decrease with the addition of organic solvents (methanol, acetonitrile) but it was not sensitive to the change of temperature in the range of 5-40 °C.

  16. The use of highly ordered vesicle gels as template for the formation of silica gels.

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    Oppel, Claudia; Prévost, Sylvain; Noirez, Laurence; Gradzielski, Michael

    2011-07-19

    A spontaneously forming gel of unilamellar vesicles based on sodium oleate (Na oleate) and 1-octanol as amphiphiles has been employed as a template in the formation of a silica gel formed by the hydrolysis of the inorganic precursor tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS). Up to about 10 wt % TEOS can be incorporated into this vesicle gel without phase separation and in a fully homogeneous formation process by simple mixing of the components. The process itself relies solely upon the self-organizing properties of this amphiphilic template system. The formation process was followed by means of time-resolved turbidity, rheology, and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments. It can be concluded that the presence of the precursor TEOS affects the kinetics of the process but the original vesicle gel structure is retained even up to highest TEOS content. The kinetic studies confirm that under the chosen conditions the vesicle formation proceeds much faster than the hydrolysis of TEOS and the subsequent formation of the silica gel. SANS displays in the low q-range an additional scattering due to the silica gel network, i.e., a hybrid material of an amphiphilic vesicle gel and an inorganic oxide gel is formed. Thus, this method is a very facile novel route of forming a highly ordered silica/vesicle gel by employing a self-organizing amphiphilic system as template and the formation of the silica network proceeds in a fully homogeneous fashion under kinetic control.

  17. Sol-Gel Processing of Neodymia-Silica Glass

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    Pope, Edward John Andrew

    Silica glass containing neodymium is a potentially important laser glass because of its low thermal expansion, and high temperature stability. The sol-gel method is highly advantageous in that it permits the uniform distribution of relatively large concentrations of neodymium in a silica host with respect to conventional processing techniques. In the research herein described, the formation of neodymia-silica gels and glasses and the evolution of structure as a function of heat treatment temperature from the liquid state to the glassy state is discussed. A thorough review of the fundamentals of sol-gel processing, many of which were developed as direct result of this research effort, is presented with an emphasis on gel structural evolution. Inasmuch as sol-gel is an aqueous solution based process, the significant problem of hydroxyl contamination is explored. Two methods of OH removal, by chlorination at elevated temperatures and "In Situ dehydroxylization" are examined and compared. The fluorescence and optical properties of neodymia -silica glass is presented and compared with other laser glasses doped with neodymium. For the first time a tentative structural model of the local environment of neodymium in silica glass is proposed.

  18. Stable and responsive fluorescent carbon nanotube silica gels

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    Dattelbaum, Andrew M; Gupta, Gautam; Doorn, Stephen K; Duque, Juan G

    2010-05-03

    Here we report a general route to prepare silica nanocomposite gels doped with fluorescent single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT). We show that tetramethylorthosilicate (TMOS) vapors can be used to gel an aqueous suspension of surfactant-wrapped SWNT while maintaining fluorescence from the semiconducting nanotubes. The vapor phase silica process is performed at room temperature and is simple, reproducible, relatively quick, and requires no dilution of SWNT dispersions. However, exposure of aqueous SWNT suspensions to TMOS vapors resulted in an acidification of the suspension prior to gelation that caused a decrease in the emission signal from sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) wrapped SWNT. We also show that although the SWNT are encapsulated in silica the emission signal from the encapsulated SWNT may be attenuated by exposing the nanocomposites to small aromatic molecules known to mitigate SWNT emission. These results demonstrate a new route for the preparation of highly luminescent SWNT/silica composite materials that are potentially useful for future sensing applications.

  19. Time and frequency dependent rheology of reactive silica gels.

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    Wang, Miao; Winter, H Henning; Auernhammer, Günter K

    2014-01-01

    In a mixture of sodium silicate and low concentrated sulfuric acid, nano-sized silica particles grow and may aggregate to a system spanning gel network. We studied the influence of the finite solubility of silica at high pH on the mechanical properties of the gel with classical and piezo-rheometers. Direct preparation of the gel sample in the rheometer cell avoided any pre-shear of the gel structure during the filling of the rheometer. The storage modulus of the gel grew logarithmically with time with two distinct growth laws. The system passes the gel point very quickly but still shows relaxation at low frequency, typically below 6 rad/s. We attribute this as a sign of structural rearrangements due to the finite solubility of silica at high pH. The reaction equilibrium between bond formation and dissolution maintains a relatively large bond dissolution rate, which leads to a finite life time of the bonds and behavior similar to physical gels. This interpretation is also compatible with the logarithmic time dependence of the storage modulus. The frequency dependence was more pronounced for lower water concentrations, higher temperatures and shorter reaction times. With two relaxation models (the modified Cole-Cole model and the empirical Baumgaertel-Schausberger-Winter model) we deduced characteristic times from the experimental data. Both models approximately described the data and resulted in similar relaxation times.

  20. Mechanical behavior of PMMA-impregnated silica gels. Technical report

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    Abramoff, B.; Klein, L.C.

    1989-02-27

    Silica xerogels were prepared from tetraethylorthosilicate with 50 vol.% open porosity. Methyl methacrylate monomer has been introduced into xerogel monoliths and polymerized with ultraviolet radiation. The fully infiltrated silica gel - PMMA composite has a bulk density of about 1.6 g/cm cubed. The resulting composite is lightweight and optically transparent. Elastic constants have been determined with ultrasonics. Flexure strengths have been measured in 4-point bending. The flexure strength of the composite is over 100 MPa in comparison to 20 MPa for the silica xerogel. The composite is designed for use at or below room temperature.

  1. Adsorption of light hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide on silica gel

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    Olivier, M.G.; Jadot, R.

    1997-03-01

    The main component of natural gas is methane, but small quantities of other gases are also present. These compounds are in negligible quantities in natural gas but can become a problem for the storage of methane by adsorption, being less volatile than methane and so preferentially occupying the active sites of adsorbents. Adsorption isotherms of methane, ethane, ethylene, propane, propane, propadiene, butane, 2-methylpropane, and carbon dioxide on silica gel are given at three temperatures (278 K, 293 K, and 303 K). The results at pressures up to 0.8 P/P{sub s} for the subcritical compounds and up to 3,500 kPa for the supercritical compounds are measured using an automated apparatus.

  2. Preparation and in vitro evaluation of porous silica gels.

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    Gallardo, Janet; Galliano, Pablo G; Porto López, J M

    2002-11-01

    Porous silica gels with high surface areas were prepared from tetraethylothosilicate and polyacrylic acid (PAA) of high molecular weight in acidic media by a sol-gel method. PAA content and ageing temperatures were varied in order to obtain different microstructures. Samples were sintered at temperatures up to 400 degrees C, and subjected to in vitro evaluation by soaking them in acellular inorganic solutions at 37 degrees C and pH 7.3. Surface precipitation of carbonate-apatite on some of the gels was observed by FTIR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and EPMA. Silica dissolution and re-precipitation phenomena were also observed. The relationship between both phenomena during the in vitro test is discussed mainly in terms of structural and microstructural features of the gel.

  3. Silica and silica-titania sol-gel materials: synthesis and analytical application.

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    Morosanova, Elena I

    2012-12-15

    This review describes last decade progress in the synthesis of sol-gel materials with analytically relevant properties and their application for the determination of metal ions, non-metal and organic compounds. The following types of materials are discussed: silica sol-gel materials doped with various analytical reagents, organofunctional silica sol-gel materials, and silica titania sol-gel materials. The variety of obtained materials allows their application for a wide range of analytical systems: electrochemical sensors, solid phase spectrophotometrical and SIA determination, and also for test determination including the employment of "length-of-stain" indicator tubes. This review surveys the results of studies on mentioned above subjects and summarizes the works accomplished in the field by author's team in Moscow State University.

  4. The Influence of Microgravity on Silica Sol-Gel Formation

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    Sibille, L.; Smith, D. D.; Cronise, R.; Hunt, A. J.; Wolfe, D. B.; Snow, L. A.; Oldenberg, S.; Halas, N.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    We discuss space-flight experiments involving the growth of silica particles and gels. The effect of microgravity on the growth of silica particles via the sol-gel route is profound. In four different recipes spanning a large range of the parameter space that typically produces silica nanoparticles in unit-gravity, low-density gel structures were instead formed in microgravity. The particles that did form were generally smaller and more polydisperse than those grown on the ground. These observations suggest that microgravity reduces the particle growth rate, allowing unincorporated species to form aggregates and ultimately gel. Hence microgravity favors the formation of more rarefied structures, providing a bias towards diffusion-limited cluster-cluster aggregation. These results further suggest that in unit gravity, fluid flows and sedimentation can significantly perturb sol-gel substructures prior to gelation and these deleterious perturbations may be "frozen" into the resulting microstructure. Hence, sol-gel pores may be expected to be smaller, more uniform, and less rough when formed in microgravity.

  5. Surface properties of mesoporous carbon-silica gel adsorbents

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    Leboda, R.; Turov, V.V.; Charmas, B.; Skubiszewska-Zieba, J.; Gun'ko, V.M.

    2000-03-01

    Carbon/silica (carbosil) samples prepared utilizing mesoporous silica gel (Si-60) modified by methylene chloride pyrolysis were studied by nitrogen adsorption, quasi-isothermal thermogravimetry, p-nitrophenol adsorption from aqueous solution, and {sup 1}H NMR methods. The structural characteristics and other properties of carbosils depend markedly on the synthetic conditions and the amount of carbon deposited. The changes in the pore size distribution with increasing carbon concentration suggest grafting of carbon mainly in pores, leading to diminution of the mesopore radii. However, heating pure silica gel at the pyrolysis temperature of 550 C leads to an increase in the pore radii. The quasi-isothermal thermogravimetry and {sup 1}H NMR spectroscopy methods used to investigate the water layers on carbosils showed a significant capability of carbosils to adsorb water despite a relatively large content of the hydrophobic carbon deposit, which represents a nonuniform layer incompletely covering the oxide surface.

  6. A silica gel based method for extracting insect surface hydrocarbons.

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    Choe, Dong-Hwan; Ramírez, Santiago R; Tsutsui, Neil D

    2012-02-01

    Here, we describe a novel method for the extraction of insect cuticular hydrocarbons using silica gel, herein referred to as "silica-rubbing". This method permits the selective sampling of external hydrocarbons from insect cuticle surfaces for subsequent analysis using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The cuticular hydrocarbons are first adsorbed to silica gel particles by rubbing the cuticle of insect specimens with the materials, and then are subsequently eluted using organic solvents. We compared the cuticular hydrocarbon profiles that resulted from extractions using silica-rubbing and solvent-soaking methods in four ant and one bee species: Linepithema humile, Azteca instabilis, Camponotus floridanus, Pogonomyrmex barbatus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), and Euglossa dilemma (Hymenoptera: Apidae). We also compared the hydrocarbon profiles of Euglossa dilemma obtained via silica-rubbing and solid phase microextraction (SPME). Comparison of hydrocarbon profiles obtained by different extraction methods indicates that silica rubbing selectively extracts the hydrocarbons that are present on the surface of the cuticular wax layer, without extracting hydrocarbons from internal glands and tissues. Due to its surface specificity, efficiency, and low cost, this new method may be useful for studying the biology of insect cuticular hydrocarbons.

  7. Spectroscopic and biocatalytic properties of a chlorophyll-containing extract in silica gel

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    Lipke, Agnieszka; Trytek, Mariusz; Fiedurek, Jan; Majdan, Marek; Janik, Ewa

    2013-11-01

    UV-Vis absorption and fluorescence spectra of chlorophyll a (in the form of spinach extract) in acetone solution and in silica gel showed a predominance of pigment dimers in its overall concentration and an evident transformation of chlorophyll a to pheophytin with time. The dimerization constant of chlorophyll a in acetone was log Kdim = 2.14, whereas the constants for chlorophyll a and pheophytin a in alcogel were log Kdim = 4.70 and log Kdim = 5.22, respectively. Biocatalytic experiments indicated the possibility of using the pigment embedded in silica gel, i.e. mainly its dimeric form, for biotransformation of α-pinene to pinocarveyl hydroperoxide, trans-pinocarveol, pinocarvone and myrtenal. The advantage of a heterogeneous biocatalytic system (composed of a solvent and silica gel) over a homogeneous system (single phase of chloroform) is the possibility of reusing the biocatalyst with about 10% preservation of its activity.

  8. 40 CFR 721.9680 - Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name).

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    2011-07-01

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  9. 40 CFR 721.9680 - Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name).

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    2010-07-01

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  10. 40 CFR 721.9680 - Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name).

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    2014-07-01

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  11. 40 CFR 721.9680 - Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name).

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    2012-07-01

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  12. 40 CFR 721.9680 - Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name).

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    2013-07-01

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  13. Structural Evolution of Silica Gel and Silsesquioxane Using Thermal Curing.

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    Hu, Nan; Rao, YuanQiao; Sun, Shengtong; Hou, Lei; Wu, Peiyi; Fan, Shaojuan; Ye, Bangjiao

    2016-08-01

    The curing of coatings of two types of siloxane containing materials, silica gel and silsesquioxane, at a modest temperature (<280℃) was studied with in situ heating Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) in combination with perturbation correlation moving window (PCMW) and two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy (2D-COS) analyses. The result revealed detailed structural evolution of these two different gels. When the silica gel was heated, (Si-O)6 rings appeared from the random Si-O-Si network formed after sol gel reaction, followed by condensation of silanol groups. Upon further heating, the existing (Si-O)4 rings were broken down and converted into (Si-O)6 structures, and finally isolated silanols appeared. The transition from (Si-O)4 rings to (Si-O)6 rings was observed by IR and further confirmed with positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). In comparison, during the curing of hybrid silsesquioxane, the condensation of silanols happens immediately upon heating without the rearrangement of Si-O-Si network. Afterwards, the fraction of (Si-O)6 ring structure increased. (Si-O)4 structures exhibited higher stability in hybrid silsesquioxanes. In addition, the amount of silanols in silsesquioxane continued to reduce without the generation of isolated silanol in the end. The different curing behavior of silsesquioxanes from silica gel originates from the organic groups in silsesquioxanes, which lowers the cross-linking density and reduces the rigidity of siloxane network.

  14. Accelerated subcritical drying of large alkoxide silica gels

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    Wang, Shiho; Kirkbir, Fikret; Chaudhuri, S. R.; Sarkar, Arnab

    1992-12-01

    Fracture during drying has been the key hurdle in fabrication of large monolithic silica glass from alkoxide gels. Although existing literature suggests pore enlargement, aging, chemical additives, supercritical drying and freeze drying as helpful in avoiding fracture during drying, successful accelerated sub-critical drying of large silica monoliths from alkoxide gels has not yet been reported. In the present approach, acid catalyzed sols of TEOS, ethanol and water (pH equals 2) were cast as cylindrical rods in plastic molds of 8.0 and 10.0 cm diameter with volumes of 2000 cc and 3000 cc respectively. The resultant gels were aged for about 7 days and dried in a specially designed chamber under sub-critical conditions of the pore field. We have obtained monolithic dry gels in drying times of 3 - 7 days for sizes of 2000 - 3000 cc. The dry gels have narrow unimodal pore size distributions, with average pore radius of about 20 angstroms as measured by BET. Although capillary stress during drying increases with reduction of pore size, it was found that in this approach it is easier to dry gels of smaller pore size.

  15. [Effect of water on silica gel adsorption of blood plasma components].

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    Gall', L N; Malakhova, M Ia; Melenevskaia, E Iu; Podosenova, N G; Sharonova, L V

    2011-01-01

    In this work, the study of properties of silica gel as an adsorbent for plasmasorption has been performed. Investigations have been realized of the effect of silica gel preliminary treatment conditions and a period of plasma with silica gel contact on plasmasorption characteristics of human blood plasma components, such as protein, triglycerides, cholesterol (high-density and low-density one). The results obtained can be used for variation of silica gel adsorption properties, in situ at the adsorbent preparation process. For explanation of the experimental concentration and kinetic (temporal) characteristics of plasmasorption, the model of silica gel grains charging at the hydration was used.

  16. TOPICAL REVIEW: Encapsulation of biomolecules in silica gels

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    Livage, Jacques; Coradin, Thibaud; Roux, Cécile

    2001-08-01

    A wide variety of biomolecules, ranging over proteins, enzymes, antibodies and even whole cells, have been embedded within sol-gel glasses. They retain their bioactivity and remain accessible to external reagents by diffusion through the porous silica. Sol-gel glasses can be cast into desired shapes and are optically transparent, so it is possible to couple optics and bioactivity to make photonic devices and biosensors. The high specificity and sensitivity of enzymes and antibodies allows the detection of traces of chemicals. Entrapped living cells can be used for the production of metabolites, the realization of immunoassays and even for cell transplantation.

  17. Rheology of Active Gels

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    Chen, Daniel

    2015-03-01

    Active networks drive a diverse range of critical processes ranging from motility to division in living cells, yet a full picture of their rheological capabilities in non-cellular contexts is still emerging, e.g., How does the rheological response of a network capable of remodeling under internally-generated stresses differ from that of a passive biopolymer network? In order to address this and other basic questions, we have engineered an active gel composed of microtubules, bidirectional kinesin motors, and molecular depletant that self-organizes into a highly dynamic network of active bundles. The network continually remodels itself under ATP-tunable cycles of extension, buckling, fracturing, and self-healing. Using confocal rheometry we have simultaneously characterized the network's linear and non-linear rheological responses to shear deformation along with its dynamic morphology. We find several surprising and unique material properties for these active gels; most notably, rheological cloaking, the ability of the active gel to drive large-scale fluid mixing over several orders of flow magnitude while maintaining an invariant, solid-like rheological profile and spontaneous flow under confinement, the ability to exert micro-Newton forces to drive persistent directed motion of the rheometer tool. Taken together, these results and others to be discussed highlight the rich stress-structure-dynamics relationships in this class of biologically-derived active gels.

  18. Effect of silica gel modification with cyclofructans on properties of hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography stationary phases.

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    Kozlík, Petr; Símová, Veronika; Kalíková, Květa; Bosáková, Zuzana; Armstrong, Daniel W; Tesařová, Eva

    2012-09-28

    Hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) offers very good possibilities for separation of polar compounds as an alternative to reversed phase HPLC where polar compounds are not sufficiently retained. HILIC is becoming more popular for the analysis of biologically interesting (active) analytes. Various stationary phases are commercially available however, development of new materials (sorbents) suitable for HILIC systems still continues. Silica gel columns can be used directly but their modification can improve separation ability of the stationary phases. Cyclofructan-based stationary phases are demonstrated as possible HILIC columns in this work. The effect of silica gel modification by cyclofructan and a derivatized cyclofructan was studied in detail. HILIC separation systems with silica gel, cyclofructan and isopropyl cyclofructan modified silica stationary phases were compared. The detailed study of chromatographic behavior of peptides revealed that multimodal retention mechanism is present in systems with these stationary phases. Mobile phase composition changes the types of interactions and their strengths. It appears that ability to donate protons and dispersion forces are the main interactions that affect retention in HILIC with cyclofructan-based columns while they are less important in separation systems with bare silica stationary phase. Suitability of cyclofructan-based stationary phases in HILIC for separation of pentapeptides and nonapeptides was demonstrated.

  19. Evaluations of osteogenic and osteoconductive properties of a non-woven silica gel fabric made by the electrospinning method.

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    Kang, Young-Mi; Kim, Kyoung-Hwa; Seol, Yang-Jo; Rhee, Sang-Hoon

    2009-01-01

    Evaluations of the osteoblast-like cell responses and osteoconductivity of a non-woven silica gel fabric were carried out to determine its potential for application as a scaffold material for use in bone tissue engineering. The silica gel solution was prepared by condensation following hydrolysis of tetraethyl orthosilicate under acidic conditions. The solution was spun under a 2kVcm(-1) electric field. The diameters of the as-spun silica gel fibers were in the range of approximately 0.7-6microm. The fabric was then heat-treated at 300 degrees C for 3h. The proliferation of pre-osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells evaluated by the MTS assay was lower than on the tissue culture plate (TCP) as many cells leaked through the large voids formed by the randomly placed long, narrow silica gel fibers, which further retarded cell growth. However, the expressions of extracellular signal-regulated kinase and transcriptional factor from the cells were higher when cultured on the non-woven silica gel fabrics than on TCP. The alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and differentiation marker expressions assessed by amplication via the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, such as type I collagen, ALP and osteocalcin, were higher for cells cultured on non-woven silica gel fabrics than on TCP. The non-woven silica gel fabric showed good osteoconductivity in the calvarial defect New Zealand white rabbit model. To this end, the non-woven silica gel fabric has good potential as a scaffold material for bone tissue engineering due to its good biological properties.

  20. GRIN optics with transition elements in gel-silica matrices

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    Kunetz, James M.; West, Jon K.; Hench, Larry L.

    1992-12-01

    Sol-gel technology is providing a viable alternative path towards developing doped optical components via impregnation of Type VI gel silica using a vapor or liquid phase. Past work presented an optical technique for determining quantitative mass transport properties of Cr3+ ions within the water filled porous phase of Type VI silica. Ion influx is measured by integrating the strong absorption bands produced by the chromium in the visible region. Diffusion coefficients are determined for an array of pore properties (radius, volume, surface area) as well as solution concentrations. Diffusion coefficients are calculated to be 2.0 X 10-8 cm2/sec for the most restricted case and approach 1.6 X 10-6 cm2/sec, the bulk liquid diffusion coefficient, as the ratio of diffusing solute diameter to the pore diameter decreases. Final chromium distributions are determined using electron microprobe x-ray. Higher chromium distributions are found on surfaces of the gels from which solvent is restricted from evaporating. Sample geometries affect the percent change of concentration across the cross-section.

  1. Applications of Geothermally-Produced Colloidal Silica in Reservoir Management - Smart Gels

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    Hunt, Jonathan

    2013-01-31

    In enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) the reservoir permeability is often enhanced or created using hydraulic fracturing. In hydraulic fracturing, high fluid pressures are applied to confined zones in the subsurface usually using packers to fracture the host rock. This enhances rock permeability and therefore conductive heat transfer to the circulating geothermal fluid (e.g. water or supercritical carbon dioxide). The ultimate goal is to increase or improve the thermal energy production from the subsurface by either optimal designs of injection and production wells or by altering the fracture permeability to create different zones of circulation that can be exploited in geothermal heat extraction. Moreover, hydraulic fracturing can lead to the creation of undesirable short-circuits or fast flow-paths between the injection and extraction wells leading to a short thermal residence time, low heat recovery, and thus a short-life of the EGS. A potential remedy to these problems is to deploy a cementing (blocking, diverting) agent to minimize short-cuts and/or create new circulation cells for heat extraction. A potential diverting agent is the colloidal silica by-product that can be co-produced from geothermal fluids. Silica gels are abundant in various surface and subsurface applications, yet they have not been evaluated for EGS applications. In this study we are investigating the benefits of silica gel deployment on thermal response of an EGS, either by blocking short-circuiting undesirable pathways as a result of diverting the geofluid to other fractures; or creating, within fractures, new circulation cells for harvesting heat through newly active surface area contact. A significant advantage of colloidal silica is that it can be co-produced from geothermal fluids using an inexpensive membrane-based separation technology that was developed previously using DOE-GTP funding. This co-produced silica has properties that potentially make it useful as a fluid diversion agent

  2. Solvent cleanup using base-treated silica gel solid adsorbent

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    Tallent, O.K.; Mailen, J.C.; Pannell, K.D.

    1984-06-01

    A solvent cleanup method using silica gel columns treated with either sodium hydroxide (NaOH) or lithium hydroxide (LiOH) has been investigated. Its effectiveness compares favorably with that of traditional wash methods. After treatment with NaOH solution, the gels adsorb HNO/sub 3/, dibutyl phosphate (DBP), UO/sub 2//sup 2 +/, Pu/sup 4 +/, various metal-ion fission products, and other species from the solvent. Adsorption mechanisms include neutralization, hydrolysis, polymerization, and precipitation, depending on the species adsorbed. Sodium dibutyl phosphate, which partially distributes to the solvent from the gels, can be stripped with water; the stripping coefficient ranges from 280 to 540. Adsorption rates are diffusion controlled such that temperature effects are relatively small. Recycle of the gels is achieved either by an aqueous elution and recycle sequence or by a thermal treatment method, which may be preferable. Potential advantages of this solvent cleanup method are that (1) some operational problems are avoided and (2) the amount of NaNO/sub 3/ waste generated per metric ton of nuclear fuel reprocessed would be reduced significantly. 19 references, 6 figures, 12 tables.

  3. Photochemical oxidation of phenanthrene sorbed on silica gel

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    Barbas, J.T.; Sigman, M.E.; Dabestani, R.

    1996-05-01

    There have been relatively few detailed studies of PAH photochemical degradation mechanisms and products at solid/air interfaces under controlled conditions. Results from mechanistic studies on particulate simulants are important in understanding the fates of PAH sorbed on similar materials in natural settings. In this study, the photolysis of phenanthrene (PH) on silica gel, in the presence of air, has been carefully examined. Once sorbed onto the silica surface, PH is not observed to repartition into the gas phase, even under vacuum, and dark reactions of PH are not observed at the silica/air interface. Photolysis (254 nm) of PH leads to the formation of 2,2`-biformylbiphenyl (1), 9,10-phenanthrenequinone (2), cis-9,10-dihydrodihydroxyphenanthrene (3), benzocoumarin (4), 2,2`-biphenyldicarboxylic acid (5), 2-formyl-2`-biphenylcarboxylic acid (6), 2-formylbiphenyl (7), 1,2-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid (8), and phthalic acid (9). These products account for 85-90% of the reacted PH. The photoproducts are independent of excitation wavelength (254 and 350 nm), and the reaction proceeds entirely through an initial step involving the addition of singlet molecular oxygen to the ground state of phenanthrene with subsequent thermal and/or photochemical reactions of the initially formed product. 20 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Sol-gel-derived biomaterials of silica and carrageenans.

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    Shchipunov, Yurii A

    2003-12-01

    A new precursor, tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl) orthosilicate (THEOS), introduced by Hoffmann et al. (J. Phys. Chem. B 106 (2002) 1528-1533), was used to synthesize monolithic hybrid biomaterials on the basis of silica and three main types of carrageenans, kappa-, iota-, and lambda-carrageenans. The advantage of THEOS over the currently applied TEOS and TMOS is in its complete solubility in water. This negated the need to add organic solvents, thus excluding a denaturating effect on biopolymers. In their turn, carrageenans introduced into the precursor solution made use of common catalysts unneeded to trigger the sol-gel transition. It was found that they promoted the mineralization, acting as a template for the inorganic component. The kinetics of sol-gel processes, mechanical properties, phase behavior, and structure of novel hybrid biomaterials were studied by dynamic rheology, differential scanning calorimetry, and scanning electron microscopy. The material properties were regulated by both the precursor and carrageenan. The increase of silicate concentration led to a rise in the stiffness and brittleness of the material, whereas the polysaccharide addition made it softer and more elastic. It was shown that the formation and properties of mixed gels were determined by the nature of carrageenan. kappa-Carrageenans brought about shrinkage of hybrid materials that led to water separation, while iota- and lambda-carrageenans did not induce the syneresis. This is in line with the difference in polysaccharide properties when they are in aqueous solutions without silicate. Furthermore, kappa- and iota-carrageenans experienced a thermoreversible phase transition in the hybrid materials owing to the helix-coil transition. This resulted in a step like change in the mechanical properties of mixed systems in the corresponding temperature range. lambda-Carrageenan is a nongelling polysaccharide, which is why the rheological parameters of its hybrid gel were unchanged with the

  5. Experimental data of inorganic gel based smart window using silica sol-gel process.

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    Jung, Dayeon; Choi, Woosuk; Park, Jun-Young; Kim, Ki Buem; Lee, Naesung; Seo, Yongho; Kim, Hyun Sub; Kong, Nak Kyoung

    2016-12-01

    In this article experimental data are presented for inorganic gel based smart window fabricated using silica sol-gel process. Parallel beam transmittances were measured as functions of voltages for samples fabricated with different concentrations of nitric acid. Spectroscopic transmittance data at different driving voltages for samples fabricated with different LC concentrations are shown. Transmittance spectra of the Si-Ti based gel-based-liquid-crystal (GDLC) device measured as different driving voltages were compared with those of PDLC. GDLC showed much lower operating voltages, 10-15 V, for on-state. Formation of the LC droplet in gelation process is illustrated. The methyl organic group surrounds LC droplets. Demonstration of GDLC based smart window showed the successful operation with low driving voltages. GDLC window shows clear color, even at off-state, compared with PDLC.

  6. Analytical Chemistry with Silica Sol-Gels: Traditional Routes to New Materials for Chemical Analysis

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    Walcarius, Alain; Collinson, Maryanne M.

    2009-07-01

    The versatility of sol-gel chemistry enables us to generate a wide range of silica and organosilica materials with controlled structure, composition, morphology and porosity. These materials’ hosting and recognition properties, as well as their wide-open structures containing many easily accessible active sites, make them particularly attractive for analytical purposes. In this review, we summarize the importance of silica sol-gels in analytical chemistry by providing examples from the separation sciences, optical and electrochemical sensors, molecular imprinting, and biosensors. Recent work suggests that manipulating the structure and composition of these materials at different scales (from molecular to macromolecular states and/or from micro- to meso- and/or macroporous levels) promises to generate chemical and biochemical sensing devices with improved selectivity and sensitivity.

  7. Sol-gel-based doped granulated silica for the rapid production of optical fibers

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    Romano, Valerio; Pilz, Soenke; Etissa, Dereje

    2014-03-01

    In the recent past we have studied the granulated silica method as a versatile and cost effective way of fiber preform production. We have used the sol-gel technology combined with a laser-assisted remelting step to produce high homogeneity rare earth or transition metal-activated microsized particles for the fiber core. For the fiber cladding pure or index-raised granulated silica has been employed. Silica glass tubes, appropriately filled with these granular materials, are then drawn to fibers, eventually after an optional quality enhancing vitrification step. The process offers a high degree of compositional flexibility with respect to dopants; it further facilitates to achieve high concentrations even in cases when several dopants are used and allows for the implementation of fiber microstructures. By this "rapid preform production" technique, that is also ideally suited for the preparation of microstructured optical fibers, several fibers have been produced and three of them will be presented here.

  8. Phase equilibria and thermodynamic modeling of ethane and propane hydrates in porous silica gels.

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    Seo, Yongwon; Lee, Seungmin; Cha, Inuk; Lee, Ju Dong; Lee, Huen

    2009-04-23

    In the present study, we examined the active role of porous silica gels when used as natural gas storage and transportation media. We adopted the dispersed water in silica gel pores to substantially enhance active surface for contacting and encaging gas molecules. We measured the three-phase hydrate (H)-water-rich liquid (L(W))-vapor (V) equilibria of C(2)H(6) and C(3)H(8) hydrates in 6.0, 15.0, 30.0, and 100.0 nm silica gel pores to investigate the effect of geometrical constraints on gas hydrate phase equilibria. At specified temperatures, the hydrate stability region is shifted to a higher pressure region depending on pore size when compared with those of bulk hydrates. Through application of the Gibbs-Thomson relationship to the experimental data, we determined the values for the C(2)H(6) hydrate-water and C(3)H(8) hydrate-water interfacial tensions to be 39 +/- 2 and 45 +/- 1 mJ/m(2), respectively. By using these values, the calculation values were in good agreement with the experimental ones. The overall results given in this study could also be quite useful in various fields, such as exploitation of natural gas hydrate in marine sediments and sequestration of carbon dioxide into the deep ocean.

  9. Effectiveness of silica based sol-gel microencapsulation method for odorants and flavors leading to sustainable environment

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    Ashraf, Muhammad Aqeel; Khan, Aysha Masood; Ahmad, Mushtaq; Sarfraz, Maliha

    2015-01-01

    Microencapsulation has become a hot topic in chemical research. Technology mainly used for control release and protection purposes. The sol-gel micro encapsulation approach for fragrance and aroma in porous silica-based materials leads to sustainable odorant and flavored materials with novel and unique beneficial properties. Sol-gel encapsulation of silica based micro particles considered economically cheap as capital investment in manufacturing is very low and environmentally friendly. Amorphous sol-gel SiO2 is non-toxic and safe, whereas the sol-gel entrapment of delicate chemicals in its inner pores results in pronounced chemical and physical stabilization of the entrapped active agents, thereby broadening the practical utilization of chemically unstable essential oils (EOs). Reviewing progress in the fabrication of diverse odorant and flavored sol-gels, shows us how different synthetic strategies are appropriate for practical application with important health and environmental benefits. PMID:26322304

  10. Effectiveness of silica based Sol-gel microencapsulation Method for odorants and flavours leading to sustainable Environment

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    Ashraf, Muhammad Aqeel; Khan, Ayesha Masood; Sarfraz, Maliha; Ahmad, Mushtaq

    2015-08-01

    Microencapsulation has become a hot topic in chemical research. Technology mainly used for control release and protection purposes. The sol-gel micro encapsulation approach for fragrance and aroma in porous silica-based materials leads to sustainable odorant and flavored materials with novel and unique beneficial properties. Sol-gel encapsulation of silica based micro particles considered economically cheap as capital investment in manufacturing is very low and environmentally friendly. Amorphous sol-gel SiO2 is non-toxic and safe, whereas the sol-gel entrapment of delicate chemicals in its inner pores results in pronounced chemical and physical stabilization of the entrapped actives, thereby broadening the practical utilization of chemically unstable essential oils. Reviewing progress in the fabrication of diverse odorant and flavoured sol-gels, shows us how different synthetic strategies are appropriate for practical application with important health and environmental benefits.

  11. Effectiveness of silica based sol-gel microencapsulation method for odorants and flavors leading to sustainable environment.

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    Ashraf, Muhammad Aqeel; Khan, Aysha Masood; Ahmad, Mushtaq; Sarfraz, Maliha

    2015-01-01

    Microencapsulation has become a hot topic in chemical research. Technology mainly used for control release and protection purposes. The sol-gel micro encapsulation approach for fragrance and aroma in porous silica-based materials leads to sustainable odorant and flavored materials with novel and unique beneficial properties. Sol-gel encapsulation of silica based micro particles considered economically cheap as capital investment in manufacturing is very low and environmentally friendly. Amorphous sol-gel SiO2 is non-toxic and safe, whereas the sol-gel entrapment of delicate chemicals in its inner pores results in pronounced chemical and physical stabilization of the entrapped active agents, thereby broadening the practical utilization of chemically unstable essential oils (EOs). Reviewing progress in the fabrication of diverse odorant and flavored sol-gels, shows us how different synthetic strategies are appropriate for practical application with important health and environmental benefits.

  12. Formation characteristics of synthesized natural gas hydrates in meso- and macroporous silica gels.

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    Kang, Seong-Pil; Lee, Jong-Won

    2010-05-27

    Phase equilibria and formation kinetics of the natural gas hydrate in porous silica gels were investigated using the natural gas composition in the Korean domestic natural gas grid. The hydrate-phase equilibria in the porous media are found to shift to the inhibition area than that in the bulk phase. The measured phase equilibrium data, combined with the Gibbs-Thomson equation, were used to calculate the hydrate-water interfacial tension. The value was estimated to be 59.74 +/- 2 mJ/m(2) for the natural gas hydrate. In addition, the inhibition effect is observed to be more significant in the meso-sized pore than the macro-sized one. In the formation kinetics, it was found that the hydrate formation reached the steady-state in a short period of time without mechanical stirring. Furthermore, the formation rate was found to be faster at 275.2 K than 273.2 K even though the driving force at 273.2 K is larger than that of 275.2 K. Even though the porous silica gels have smaller volume than other methods for gas storage, the gas consumption was found to be significantly enhanced in this study (for example, 120 vol/vol for the silica gels and 97 vol/vol for wet activated carbon). In this regard, using porous silica gels can be a potential alternative for gas storage and transportation as a nonmechanical stirring method. Although this investigation was performed with the natural gas composition in the Korean domestic grid, the results can also be expanded for designing or operating any hydrate-based process using various gas compositions.

  13. Regenerated silica gel as stationary phase on vacuum column chromatography to purify temulawak's extracts

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    Cahyono, Bambang; Maduwu, Ratna Dewi; Widayat, Suzery, Meiny

    2015-12-01

    Commercial silica gel only used once by many researchers and affected high cost for purification process, also less support the green chemistry program. This research focused in regeneration silica gel that used purification of temulawak's extracts (Curcuma xanthorrhiza Roxb) by vacuum column chromatography. Sample extracts (contains 10.1195±0.5971% of curcuminoids) was purified by vacuum column chromatography (pressure: 45 kPa, column: 100mm on length and 16mm on diameter). Ethanol 96% and acetone were compared as eluent. The amount of solvent and yield of curcuminoids used as indicator purification. The silica gel was regenerated with heating in 600°C for 8 hours The silica gels were analyzed by IR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Furthermore, regenerated silica gel was used as the stationary phase in vacuum column chromatography under the same conditions with the previous purification. All the purification experiments were performed in three repetitions. Based on regression equation, y=0.132x+0.0011 (r2=0.9997) the yield of curcuminoids on purified products using ethanol as the eluent was improved 4.26% (to 14.3724±0.5749%) and by acetone was improved 3,03% (to 13.1450 ±0.6318%). The IR spectrum of both silica gel showed the same vibration profile and also there were three crystallinity peaks missing on its X-ray diffraction. Regenerated silica gel has the same performance with new silica gel in purification of temulawak's extract: by ethanol has increased 4.08% (14.1947±0.7415%) and 2.93% (13.0447±0.4822) by acetone. In addition, all purification products showed similar TLC profiles. Purification using regenerated silica gel as the adsorbent on vacuum column chromatography has exactly same potential with the new silica gel.

  14. Regenerated silica gel as stationary phase on vacuum column chromatography to purify temulawak’s extracts

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    Cahyono, Bambang; Maduwu, Ratna Dewi; Widayat,; Suzery, Meiny

    2015-12-29

    Commercial silica gel only used once by many researchers and affected high cost for purification process, also less support the green chemistry program. This research focused in regeneration silica gel that used purification of temulawak’s extracts (Curcuma xanthorrhiza Roxb) by vacuum column chromatography. Sample extracts (contains 10.1195±0.5971% of curcuminoids) was purified by vacuum column chromatography (pressure: 45 kPa, column: 100mm on length and 16mm on diameter). Ethanol 96% and acetone were compared as eluent. The amount of solvent and yield of curcuminoids used as indicator purification. The silica gel was regenerated with heating in 600°C for 8 hours The silica gels were analyzed by IR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Furthermore, regenerated silica gel was used as the stationary phase in vacuum column chromatography under the same conditions with the previous purification. All the purification experiments were performed in three repetitions. Based on regression equation, y=0.132x+0.0011 (r{sup 2}=0.9997) the yield of curcuminoids on purified products using ethanol as the eluent was improved 4.26% (to 14.3724±0.5749%) and by acetone was improved 3,03% (to 13.1450 ±0.6318%). The IR spectrum of both silica gel showed the same vibration profile and also there were three crystallinity peaks missing on its X-ray diffraction. Regenerated silica gel has the same performance with new silica gel in purification of temulawak’s extract: by ethanol has increased 4.08% (14.1947±0.7415%) and 2.93% (13.0447±0.4822) by acetone. In addition, all purification products showed similar TLC profiles. Purification using regenerated silica gel as the adsorbent on vacuum column chromatography has exactly same potential with the new silica gel.

  15. Sol-Gel processing of silica nanoparticles and their applications.

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    Singh, Lok P; Bhattacharyya, Sriman K; Kumar, Rahul; Mishra, Geetika; Sharma, Usha; Singh, Garima; Ahalawat, Saurabh

    2014-11-06

    Recently, silica nanoparticles (SNPs) have drawn widespread attention due to their applications in many emerging areas because of their tailorable morphology. During the last decade, remarkable efforts have been made on the investigations for novel processing methodologies to prepare SNPs, resulting in better control of the size, shape, porosity and significant improvements in the physio-chemical properties. A number of techniques available for preparing SNPs namely, flame spray pyrolysis, chemical vapour deposition, micro-emulsion, ball milling, sol-gel etc. have resulted, a number of publications. Among these, preparation by sol-gel has been the focus of research as the synthesis is straightforward, scalable and controllable. Therefore, this review focuses on the recent progress in the field of synthesis of SNPs exhibiting ordered mesoporous structure, their distribution pattern, morphological attributes and applications. The mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNPs) with good dispersion, varying morphology, narrow size distribution and homogeneous porous structure have been successfully prepared using organic and inorganic templates. The soft template assisted synthesis using surfactants for obtaining desirable shapes, pores, morphology and mechanisms proposed has been reviewed. Apart from single template, double and mixed surfactants, electrolytes, polymers etc. as templates have also been intensively discussed. The influence of reaction conditions such as temperature, pH, concentration of reagents, drying techniques, solvents, precursor, aging time etc. have also been deliberated. These MSNPs are suitable for a variety of applications viz., in the drug delivery systems, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), biosensors, cosmetics as well as construction materials. The applications of these SNPs have also been briefly summarized.

  16. Processing, properties, and applications of sol-gel silica optics

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    Nogues, Jean-Luc R.; LaPaglia, Anthony J.

    1989-12-01

    For many years the market share maintained by U.S. optics manufacturers has been declining continuously caused in part by intense competition principally from countries in the Far East, and in part by the lack of a highly trained cadre of opticians to replace the current generation. This fact could place in jeopardy the defense system of the United States in case of international war. For example, in 1987, optical glass component imports accounted for approximately 50 percent of the Department of Defense (DOD) consumption. GELTECH's sol-gel technology is a new process for making a high quality optical glass and components for commercial and military uses. This technology offers in addition to being a local source of optics, the possibility to create new materials for high-tech optical applications, and the elimination of the major part of grinding and polishing for which the skill moved off-shore. This paper presents a summary of the solgel technology for the manufacture of high quality optical glass and components. Properties of pure silica glass made by solgel process (Type V and Type VI silicas) are given and include: ultraviolet, visible and near infrared spectrophotometry, optical homogeneity and thermal expansion. Many applications such as near net shape casting or Fresnel lens surface replication are discussed. Several potential new applications offered by the solgel technology such as organic-inorganic composites for non linear optics or scintillation detection are also reported in this paper.

  17. Encapsulation of cobalt porphyrins in organically modified silica gel glasses and their nonlinear optical properties

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    Zheng, Chan; Huang, Li; Li, Wei; Chen, Wenzhe

    2017-01-01

    2,3,7,8,12,13,17,18-octaethyl-21H,23H-porphyrin Cobalt(II) (CoPor) was introduced into nanostructured organically modified silica (ORMOSIL) using a sol-gel technique. Scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis, and UV-Vis spectroscopy were performed to investigate the morphology, structure, thermal stability, and linear optical properties of the resulting gel glasses. The FT-IR spectrum and UV-Vis spectra strongly indicated the formation of a silica gel glass network and the successful encapsulation of CoPor in ORMOSIL silica gel glasses, respectively. The introduction of guest CoPor molecules induces silica to form more condensed surface characteristics, owing to the fact that CoPor can promote the hydrolysis and polycondensation procedure, and hence have better thermal stability as compared to blank silica gel glasses. Meanwhile, the dimerization phenomenon in a liquid matrix can be effectively suppressed in a silica solid-state matrix and is attributed to the `cage protection effect.' The nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of CoPor gel glasses were investigated using the open-aperture Z-scan technique at 532 nm. The NLO performance of CoPor-incorporated solid-state silica gel glasses has been improved in comparison with those dispersed in dimethylformamide solution. More significantly, the NLO properties of CoPor-doped ORMOSIL gel glasses can be controlled by adjusting the concentration of the CoPor molecules.

  18. Sol-Gel Synthesis of Ordered β-Cyclodextrin-Containing Silicas

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    Trofymchuk, Iryna Mykolaivna; Roik, Nadiia; Belyakova, Lyudmila

    2016-03-01

    New approaches for β-cyclodextrin-containing silicas synthesis were demonstrated. Materials with hexagonally ordered mesoporous structure were prepared by postsynthesis grafting and by co-condensation methods. β-Cyclodextrin activated by a N, N'-carbonyldiimidazole was employed for postsynthesis treatment of 3-aminopropyl-modified MCM-41 support as well as for sol-gel synthesis with β-cyclodextrin-containing organosilane and tetraethyl orthosilicate participation in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide. The successful incorporation of cyclic oligosaccharide moieties in silica surface layer was verified by means of FT-IR spectroscopy and chemical analysis. Obtained β-cyclodextrin-containing materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and low-temperature adsorption-desorption of nitrogen. In spite of commensurable loading of β-cyclodextrin groups attained by both proposed approaches (up to 0.028 μmol · m-2), it was found that co-condensation procedure provides uniform distribution of β-cyclodextrin functionalities in silica framework, whereas postsynthesis grafting results in modification of external surface of silica surface. Adsorption of benzene from aqueous solutions onto the surface of β-cyclodextrin-containing materials prepared by co-condensation method was studied as the function of time and equilibrium concentration. Langmuir and Freundlich models were used to evaluate adsorption processes and parameters. Adsorption experiments showed that β-cyclodextrin-containing silicas could be promising for the trace amount removal of aromatics from water.

  19. Chemistry of the silica surface: liquid-solid reactions of silica gel with trimethylaluminum.

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    Li, Jianhua; DiVerdi, Joseph A; Maciel, Gary E

    2006-12-27

    The reaction of trimethylaluminum and dry, high-surface-area (500 m2/g) silica gel in a mixed slurry was studied using multinuclear, solid-state NMR spectroscopy. The products of the initial reaction were characterized, and their progress through subsequent washing with diethyl ether and reactions with measured amounts of water was followed. The quantitative distribution of different chemical forms of carbon deposited on the silica surface by the initial reaction was measured. The products of the initial reaction are dominated by methyl species of the types Al(CH3)n (with Si-O-Al linkages), Si-O-CH3, and (Si-O)4-nSi(CH3)n; aluminum is seen to exist predominantly as a five-coordinate species. Subsequent treatment with diethyl ether fails to remove any surface species, but instead the ether becomes strongly associated with the surface and highly resistant to removal. Stepwise additions of water hydrolyze the Al-CH3 and Si-O-CH3 moieties, leading to conversion of five-coordinate aluminum to four- and six-coordinate aluminum, and affect the partial release of the surface-associated diethyl ether; Si-CH3 moieties remain. The effect of aromatic and saturated solvents on the initial reaction was examined and found to cause a small but significant change in the distribution of products. Structures of aluminum-centered species on the silica surface consistent with the spectroscopic data are proposed.

  20. Comparative characterization of polymethylsiloxane hydrogel and silylated fumed silica and silica gel.

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    Gun'ko, V M; Turov, V V; Zarko, V I; Goncharuk, E V; Gerashchenko, I I; Turova, A A; Mironyuk, I F; Leboda, R; Skubiszewska-Zieba, J; Janusz, W

    2007-04-01

    Polymethylsiloxane (PMS) hydrogel (C(PMS)=10 wt%, soft paste-like hydrogel), diluted aqueous suspensions, and dried/wetted xerogel (powder) were studied in comparison with suspensions and dry powders of unmodified and silylated nanosilicas and silica gels using (1)H NMR, thermally stimulated depolarization current (TSDC), quasielastic light scattering (QELS), rheometry, and adsorption methods. Nanosized primary PMS particles, which are softer and less dense than silica ones because of the presence of CH(3) groups attached to each Si atom and residual silanols, form soft secondary particles (soft paste-like hydrogel) that can be completely decomposed to nanoparticles with sizes smaller than 10 nm on sonication of the aqueous suspensions. Despite the soft character of the secondary particles, the aqueous suspensions of PMS are characterized by a higher viscosity (at concentration C(PMS)=3-5 wt%) than the suspension of fumed silica at a higher concentration. Three types of structured water are observed in dry PMS xerogel (adsorbed water of 3 wt%). These structures, characterized by the chemical shift of the proton resonance at delta(H) approximately 1.7,3.7, and 5 ppm, correspond to weakly associated but strongly bound water and to strongly associated but weakly or strongly bound waters, respectively. NMR cryoporometry and QELS results suggest that PMS is a mesoporous-macroporous material with the textural porosity caused by voids between primary particles forming aggregates and agglomerates of aggregates. PMS is characterized by a much smaller adsorption capacity with respect to proteins (gelatin, ovalbumin) than unmodified fumed silica A-300.

  1. Radiation hardening in sol-gel derived Er{sup 3+}-doped silica glasses

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    Hari Babu, B. E-mail: matthieu.lancry@u-psud.fr; León Pichel, Mónica; Ollier, Nadège; El Hamzaoui, Hicham; Bigot, Laurent; Savelii, Inna; Bouazaoui, Mohamed; Poumellec, Bertrand; Lancry, Matthieu E-mail: matthieu.lancry@u-psud.fr; Ibarra, Angel

    2015-09-28

    The aim of the present paper is to report the effect of radiation on the Er{sup 3+}-doped sol-gel silica glasses. A possible application of these sol-gel glasses could be their use in harsh radiation environments. The sol-gel glasses are fabricated by densification of erbium salt-soaked nanoporous silica xerogels through polymeric sol-gel technique. The radiation-induced attenuation of Er{sup 3+}-doped sol-gel silica is found to increase with erbium content. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies reveal the presence of E′{sub δ} point defects. This happens in the sol-gel aluminum-silica glass after an exposure to γ-rays (kGy) and in sol-gel silica glass after an exposure to electrons (MGy). The concentration levels of these point defects are much lower in γ-ray irradiated sol-gel silica glasses. When the samples are co-doped with Al, the exposure to γ-ray radiation causes a possible reduction of the erbium valence from Er{sup 3+} to Er{sup 2+} ions. This process occurs in association with the formation of aluminum oxygen hole centers and different intrinsic point defects.

  2. Progress in the fabrication of optical fibers by the sol-gel-based granulated silica method

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    Pilz, S.; Najafi, H.; El Sayed, A.; Boas, J.; Kummer, D.; Scheuner, J.; Etissa, D.; Ryser, M.; Raisin, P.; Berger, S.; Romano, V.

    2016-04-01

    Novel special optical fibers nowadays can take advantage of several new preform production techniques. During the last years we have devoted our attention to the granulated silica method. It is one of the variants of the powder-in-tube technique and potentially offers a high degree of freedom regarding the usable dopants, the maximum possible dopant concentration, the homogeneity of the dopants, the geometry and minimal refractive index contrast. We developed and refined an approach for the production of doped granulated silica material based on the sol-gel process. Here, we present material analysis results of an ytterbium (Yb) doped, aluminum (Al) and phosphorous (P) co-doped glass on the basis of our sol-gel glass based granulated silica method as well as first measurements of two LMA fibers obtained from this material. For the material analysis we used advanced analysis techniques, such as HAADF-STEM and STEM-EDX spectroscopy to determine the composition of the material and the distribution of the dopants and the codopants. The chemical mapping of the STEM-EDX shows an extremely homogeneous distribution of the dopants and co-dopants in nano-scale. Based on self-made LMA fibers, we measured the refractive index contrast of the sol-gelbased granulated silica derived core compared to the pure silica cladding. In addition we quantified optical characteristics such as the emission and absorption spectrum. The measured upper state lifetime of the optical active dopant ytterbium was 0.99ms, which in turn confirms the homogeneous distribution of the Yb atoms. The propagation losses were determined to be 0.2dB/m at 633nm and 0.02414dB/m at1550nm.

  3. Fabrication of SWNT/silica composites by the sol-gel process.

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    Babooram, Keshwaree; Narain, Ravin

    2009-01-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) have successfully been incorporated into a silica matrix using the sol-gel process. The SWNTs were first functionalized with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) through an amide linkage formed between the carboxylic acid groups already present on their surface and the amino group on APTES. The silane moieties were then used to form silica with and without the presence of tetramethylorthosilicate (TMOS) in a sol-gel reaction. The addition of TMOS was found to influence the molecular arrangement of the SWNT in the silica matrix and also to retard the degradation of the silica-SWNT composite.

  4. Study of the racemization observed in the amide bond forming reaction on silica gel.

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    Norick, Amanda L; Li, Tingyu

    2005-01-01

    Racemization resulting from the coupling of N-(3,5-dinitrobenzoyl)-L-leucine and 3-aminopropyl silica gel with several amide-coupling reagents is further investigated in order to explain the much higher degree of racemization on silica gel, as compared with the similar reaction in solution. Based on experiments using different types of solid supports, limited pore access and surface microchemical environment are ruled out as the possible reason for the higher degree of racemization that occurred on silica gel. Steric hindrance of the solid support is thought to have caused the amino group to be more basic relative to its nucleophilicity, leading to a higher degree of racemization.

  5. Synthesis of stable ACC using mesoporous silica gel as a support

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    2014-01-01

    Stable amorphous calcium carbonate supported by mesoporous silica gel was successfully synthesized. The silica gel support is prepared through the hydrolytic polycondensation of ethyl silicate under suitable conditions. Laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM) observations reveal that the morphology of the products is branched with cruciform-like and flower-like structure. Raman spectroscopic analysis and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation of the products confirm the combination of stable amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) nanoparticles and mesoporous silica gel. A possible growth mechanism for the branched structure has been proposed. Results indicate potential application of this work to ACC storage, crystal engineering, biomimetic synthesis, etc. PMID:25246865

  6. Performance of Silica Gel in the Role of Residual Air Drying

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    Jan, Darrell L.; Hogan, John A.; Koss, Brian; Palmer, Gary H.; Richardson, Justine; Linggi, Paul

    2014-01-01

    Removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) is a necessary step in air revitalization and is often accomplished with sorbent materials. Since moisture competes with CO2 in sorbent materials, it is necessary to remove the water first. This is typically accomplished in two stages: bulk removal and residual drying. Silica gel is used as the bulk drying material in the Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) in operation on ISS. There has been some speculation that silica gel may also be capable of serving as the residual drying material. This paper will describe test apparatus and procedures for determining the performance of silica gel in residual air drying.

  7. Interference of silica nanoparticles with the traditional Limulus amebocyte lysate gel clot assay.

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    Kucki, Melanie; Cavelius, Christian; Kraegeloh, Annette

    2014-04-01

    Endotoxin contaminations of engineered nanomaterials can be responsible for observed biological responses, especially for misleading results in in vitro test systems, as well as in vivo studies. Therefore, endotoxin testing of nanomaterials is necessary to benchmark their influence on cells. Here, we tested the traditional Limulus amebocyte lysate gel clot assay for the detection of endotoxins in nanoparticle suspensions with a focus on possible interference of the particles with the test system. We systematically investigated the effects of nanomaterials made of, or covered by, the same material. Different types of bare or PEGylated silica nanoparticles, as well as iron oxide-silica core shell nanoparticles, were tested. Detailed inhibition/enhancement controls revealed enhanced activity in the Limulus coagulation cascade for all particles with bare silica surface. In comparison, PEGylation led to a lower degree of enhancement. These results indicate that the protein-particle interactions are the basis for the observed inhibition and enhancement effects. The enhancement activity of a particle type was positively related to the calculated particle surface area. For most silica particles tested, a dilution of the sample within the maximum valid dilution was sufficient to overcome non-valid enhancement, enabling semi-quantification of the endotoxin contamination.

  8. Insecticidal efficacy of silica gel with Juniperus oxycedrus ssp. oxycedrus (Pinales: Cupressaceae) essential oil against Sitophilus oryzae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) and Tribolium confusum (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae).

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    Athanassiou, Christos G; Kavallieratos, Nickolas C; Evergetis, Epameinondas; Katsoula, Anna-Maria; Haroutounian, Serkos A

    2013-08-01

    the EO. Results herein suggest that the simultaneous use of silica gel and J. oxycedrus ssp. oxycedrus EO enhances significantly its activity against S. oryzae.

  9. Suitability of Silica Gel to Process INEEL Sodium Bearing Waste - Letter Report

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    Kirkham, Robert John; Herbst, Alan Keith

    2000-09-01

    The suitability of using the silica gel process for Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) sodium bearing waste was investigated during fiscal year 2000. The study was co-funded by the Tanks Focus Area as part of TTP No. ID-77WT-31 and the High Level Waste Program. The task also included the investigation of possible other absorbents. Scoping tests and examination of past work showed that the silica gel absorption/adsorption and drying method was the most promising; thus only silica gel was studied and not other absorbents. The documentation on the Russian silica gel process provided much of the needed information but did not provide some of the processing detail so these facts had to be inferred or gleaned from the literature.

  10. Synthesis and adsorption of silica gel modified 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS) from corn cobs against Cu(II) in water

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    Purwanto, Agung; Yusmaniar, Ferdiani, Fatmawati; Damayanti, Rachma

    2017-03-01

    Silica gel modified APTS was synthesized from silica gel which was obtained from corn cobs via sol-gel process. Silica gel was synthesized from corn cobs and then chemically modified with silane coupling agent which has an amine group (NH2). This process resulting modified silica gel 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS). Characterization of silica gel modified APTS by SEM-EDX showed that the size of the particles of silica gel modified APTS was 20µm with mass percentage of individual elements were nitrogen (N) 15.56%, silicon (Si) 50.69% and oxygen (O) 33.75%. In addition, silica gel modified APTS also showed absorption bands of functional groups silanol (Si-OH), siloxane (Si-O-Si), and an aliphatic chain (-CH2-), as well as amine (NH2) from FTIR spectra. Based on the characterization of XRD, silica gel 2θ of 21.094° and 21.32° respectively. It indicated that both material were amorphous. Determination of optimum pH and contact time on adsorption of silica gel 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS) against Cu(II). The optimum pH and contact time was measured by using AAS. Optimum pH of adsorption silica gel modified APTS against metal Cu(II) could be obtained at pH 6 while optimum contact time was at 30 minutes, with the process of adsorption metal Cu(II) occured based on the model Freundlich isotherm.

  11. Silica gel-promoted tandem addition-cyclization reactions of 2-alkynylbenzenamines with isothiocyanates.

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    Ding, Qiuping; Cao, Banpeng; Zong, Zhenzhen; Peng, Yiyuan

    2010-05-10

    Tandem addition-cyclization reactions of 2-alkynylbenzenamines with isothiocyanates promoted by silica gel are described. This reaction proceeds smoothly at 80 degrees C under metal- and solvent-free conditions, which provides an efficient and practical route for the generation of 2,4-dihydro-1H-benzo[d][1,3]thiazines. The recovered silica gel could be reused for several times.

  12. Isotope Exchange and Fractionation Corrections for Extraction of Tritiated Water in Silica Gel by Freeze-Drying Techniques

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    Guthrie, E B; Shen, N C; Bandong, B B

    2001-09-24

    A concentration correction curve was established for measuring the activity concentration of airborne tritiated water collected with dried silica gel and extracted by the LLNL Environmental Monitoring Radiological Laboratory freeze-dry technique. A tracer study using standard tritiated water with silica gel showed that the concentration of tritium in the extracted water is lower than that in the adsorbed water by a fraction proportional to the amount of adsorbed water. The observed decrease in tritium concentration in the extracted water can be accounted for by dilution due to isotopic exchange with both non-tritiated water and hydroxyl groups within the silica gel matrix. For the range of 8-35% adsorbed water, which is typical of samples collected in LLNL monitoring stations, the derived exchangeable water in the silica gel material under investigation was (5.12 {+-} 0.08)%. The contribution of the H{sub 2}O/HTO vapor pressure effect using published empirical data in the literature was also considered in calculating the degree of isotopic exchange.

  13. Ion-exclusion chromatography of carboxylic acids on silica gel modified with aluminium.

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    Ohta, K; Tanaka, K

    1999-07-30

    The modification of silica gel with aluminium by a coating method was effective for the preparation of a silica-based stationary phase, which acted as a cation exchanger under strongly acidic conditions. In order to expand the utility of the laboratory-made aluminium-adsorbing silica gel it was applied as a stationary phase to the ion-exclusion chromatography of various carboxylic acids. Good separations for both aliphatic carboxylic acids and benzenecarboxylic acids with a hydrophobic nature under acidic eluent conditions were achieved in 25 min.

  14. Sol-gel silica films embedding NIR- emitting Yb-quinolinolate complexes

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    Figus, Cristiana; Quochi, Francesco; Artizzu, Flavia; Piana, Giacomo; Saba, Michele; Mercuri, Maria Laura; Serpe, Angela; Deplano, Paola; Mura, Andrea; Bongiovanni, Giovanni

    2014-10-01

    Sol-gel silica thin films embedding an ytterbium quinolinolato complex (YbClQ4) have been obtained using different alkoxides. Homogeneous, crack- and defect-free thin films of optical quality have been successfully deposited on glass substrate by dip-coating. The silica thin films have been characterized by time-resolved photoluminescence. The luminescence properties of the YbClQ4 are preserved in silica films prepared through an optimized sol-gel approach. The excited state lifetime of the lanthanide is comparable to those observed in bulk and longer than the corresponding ones in solution.

  15. Sol-gel silica films embedding NIR- emitting Yb-quinolinolate complexes

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    Figus, Cristiana Quochi, Francesco Piana, Giacomo; Saba, Michele; Mura, Andrea; Bongiovanni, Giovanni; Artizzu, Flavia; Mercuri, Maria Laura; Serpe, Angela; Deplano, Paola

    2014-10-21

    Sol-gel silica thin films embedding an ytterbium quinolinolato complex (YbClQ{sub 4}) have been obtained using different alkoxides. Homogeneous, crack- and defect-free thin films of optical quality have been successfully deposited on glass substrate by dip-coating. The silica thin films have been characterized by time-resolved photoluminescence. The luminescence properties of the YbClQ{sub 4} are preserved in silica films prepared through an optimized sol-gel approach. The excited state lifetime of the lanthanide is comparable to those observed in bulk and longer than the corresponding ones in solution.

  16. An Experimental Study of the Liesegang Phenomenon and Crystal Growth in Silica Gels.

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    Sharbaugh, Amandus H., III; Sharbaugh, Amandus H., Jr.

    1989-01-01

    Reports on a 30-year-old longitudinal study of reactions in gels. Described are reactions and crystal growth in silica gels and diffusion studies of the Liesegang ring formation. Color photographs showing the reactions and graphs upon the diffusions are presented. (YP)

  17. Organoaluminophosphate sol-gel silica glass thin films for integrated optics

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    Touam, Tahar; Milova, Galina; Saddiki, Z.; Fardad, M. A.; Andrews, Mark P.; Juma, Salim K.; Chrostowski, Jacek; Najafi, S. Iraj

    1997-01-01

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of waveguide thin films on silicon by ultraviolet light imprinting in a new photosensitive, organically modified aluminophosphate sol-gel silica glass prepared by a one-step dip-coating process. Appropriate combinations of ultraviolet light exposure time, sol-gel film thickness and postbake parameters produce waveguides suitable for optical telecommunication applications.

  18. Structure and photochromic properties of molybdenum-containing silica gels obtained by molecular-lamination method

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    Belotserkovskaya, N.G.; Dobychin, D.P.; Pak, V.N.

    1992-05-10

    The structure and physicochemical properties of molybdenum-containing silica gels obtained by molecular lamination have been studied quite extensively. Up to the present, however, no studies have been made of the influence of the pore structure of the original silica gel on the structure and properties of molybdenum-containing silica gels (MSG). The problem is quite important, since molybdenum silicas obtained by molecular lamination may find applications in catalysis and as sensors of UV radiation. In either case, the structure of the support is not a factor to be ignored. Here, the authors are reporting on an investigation of the structure of MSG materials with different pore structures and their susceptibility to reduction of the Mo(VI) oxide groupings when exposed to UV radiation. 16 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs.

  19. Preconcentration and Determination of Mefenamic Acid in Pharmaceutical and Biological Fluid Samples by Polymer-grafted Silica Gel Solid-phase Extraction Following High Performance Liquid Chromatography

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    Bagheri Sadeghi, Hayedeh; Panahi, Homayon Ahmad; Mahabadi, Mahsa; Moniri, Elham

    2015-01-01

    Mefenamic acid is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that has analgesic, anti-infammatory and antipyretic actions. It is used to relieve mild to moderate pains. Solid-phase extraction of mefenamic acid by a polymer grafted to silica gel is reported. Poly allyl glycidyl ether/iminodiacetic acid-co-N, N-dimethylacrylamide was synthesized and grafted to silica gel and was used as an adsorbent for extraction of trace mefenamic acid in pharmaceutical and biological samples. Different factors affecting the extraction method were investigated and optimum conditions were obtained. The optimum pH value for sorption of mefenamic acid was 4.0. The sorption capacity of grafted adsorbent was 7.0 mg/g. The best eluent solvent was found to be trifluoroacetic acid-acetic acid in methanol with a recovery of 99.6%. The equilibrium adsorption data of mefenamic acid by grafted silica gel was analyzed by Langmuir model. The conformation of obtained data to Langmuir isotherm model reveals the homogeneous binding sites of grafted silica gel surface. Kinetic study of the mefenamic acid sorption by grafted silica gel indicates the good accessibility of the active sites in the grafted polymer. The sorption rate of the investigated mefenamic acid on the grafted silica gel was less than 5 min. This novel synthesized adsorbent can be successfully applied for the extraction of trace mefenamic acid in human plasma, urine and pharmaceutical samples. PMID:26330865

  20. Using Silica Sol as a Nanoglue to Prepare Nanoscale Mesoporous Composite Gel and Aerogels

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    2000-03-31

    entitled: "USING SILICA SOL AS A NANOGLUE TO PREPARE NANOSCALE MESOPOROUS COMPOSITE GEL AND AEROGELS" Request for release for publication. REF...L. Anderson, Karen E. Swider Lyons, Ceha I. Merzbacher, Joseph V. Ryan and Veronica M. Cepak 3 MESOPOROUS COMPOSITE GELS AND AEROGELS 4 5 6 1...to mesoporous composite gels and aerogels and their various uses. 9 10 2. Description of the Background Art 11 Xerogels and aerogels

  1. A silica sol-gel design strategy for nanostructured metallic materials.

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    Warren, Scott C; Perkins, Matthew R; Adams, Ashley M; Kamperman, Marleen; Burns, Andrew A; Arora, Hitesh; Herz, Erik; Suteewong, Teeraporn; Sai, Hiroaki; Li, Zihui; Werner, Jörg; Song, Juho; Werner-Zwanziger, Ulrike; Zwanziger, Josef W; Grätzel, Michael; DiSalvo, Francis J; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2012-03-18

    Batteries, fuel cells and solar cells, among many other high-current-density devices, could benefit from the precise meso- to macroscopic structure control afforded by the silica sol-gel process. The porous materials made by silica sol-gel chemistry are typically insulators, however, which has restricted their application. Here we present a simple, yet highly versatile silica sol-gel process built around a multifunctional sol-gel precursor that is derived from the following: amino acids, hydroxy acids or peptides; a silicon alkoxide; and a metal acetate. This approach allows a wide range of biological functionalities and metals--including noble metals--to be combined into a library of sol-gel materials with a high degree of control over composition and structure. We demonstrate that the sol-gel process based on these precursors is compatible with block-copolymer self-assembly, colloidal crystal templating and the Stöber process. As a result of the exceptionally high metal content, these materials can be thermally processed to make porous nanocomposites with metallic percolation networks that have an electrical conductivity of over 1,000 S cm(-1). This improves the electrical conductivity of porous silica sol-gel nanocomposites by three orders of magnitude over existing approaches, opening applications to high-current-density devices.

  2. Relationship between sol-gel conditions and enzyme stability: a case study with β-galactosidase/silica biocatalyst for whey hydrolysis.

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    Escobar, Sindy; Bernal, Claudia; Mesa, Monica

    2015-01-01

    The sol-gel process has been very useful for preparing active and stable biocatalysts, with the possibility of being reused. Especially those based on silica are well known. However, the study of the enzyme behavior during this process is not well understood until now and more, if the surfactant is involved in the synthesis mixture. This work is devoted to the encapsulation of β-galactosidase from Bacillus circulans in silica by sol-gel process, assisted by non-ionic Triton X-100 surfactant. The correlation between enzyme activity results for the β-galactosidase in three different environments (soluble in buffered aqueous reference solution, in the silica sol, and entrapment on the silica matrix) explains the enzyme behavior under stress conditions offered by the silica sol composition and gelation conditions. A stable β-galactosidase/silica biocatalyst is obtained using sodium silicate, which is a cheap source of silica, in the presence of non-ionic Triton X-100, which avoids the enzyme deactivation, even at 40 °C. The obtained biocatalyst is used in the whey hydrolysis for obtaining high value products from this waste. The preservation of the enzyme stability, which is one of the most important challenges on the enzyme immobilization through the silica sol-gel, is achieved in this study.

  3. Photophysics and nonlinear optics based on dye-doped sol- gel silica

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    Lam, Sio Kuan

    1998-11-01

    This thesis reports our recent study on the laser and nonlinear optical properties of organic dye-doped sol-gel silica. Eosin Y and Erythrosin B were successfully incorporated in sol gel derived silica. Time resolved spectroscopic study was performed to investigate the dynamics of triplet state of dye molecules in silica gel matrix. Room temperature phosphorescence and delayed fluorescence were observed for both eosin Y and erythrosin B trapped in sol-gel silica. The quantum yields of fluorescence, phosphorescence and delayed fluorescence were measured in vacuum at room temperature and low temperature (at 97°K) respectively. Delayed fluorescence was not observed at low temperature. Quenching of phosphorescence of dye-doped silica gel by oxygen was observed and discussed in term of Stern-Volmer model. The quenching constant was determined as 0.0125 mbar-1 and 0.013 mbar-1 for eosin and erythrosin respectively. Study on nonlinear optical behaviors of dyes in silica gel was also performed. Absorption saturation was observed for eosin Y and the saturation intensity was found to be 1.05 W/cm2. The third order susceptibility X(3) was determined to be 3.1 × 10-3 esu. Optical phase conjugation was demonstrated in eosin Y doped dry silica gel by degenerate four wave mixing. The highest steady state reflectivity of OPC obtained was about 1.15 × 10-4. The intensity dependence of the OPC reflectivity was discussed with Abrams-Lind model. The transient behavior of OPC reflectivity was discussed using the Silberberg model. Aberration correction of the beam image was also demonstrated with DFWM on eosin Y doped silica gel. For silica gel doped with laser dyes, narrow linewidth laser action was achieved. Using a double grating resonator cavity, one grating serving as the beam expander and the other for tuning, laser output linewidth as narrow as 3.3 GHz was realized. The output wavelengths were 560 nm, 474 nm and 378 nm for R6G, Courmarin 460 and Exalite 377 respectively

  4. Pectin-silica gels as matrices for controlled drug release in gastrointestinal tract.

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    Vityazev, Fedor V; Fedyuneva, Maiia I; Golovchenko, Victoria V; Patova, Olga A; Ipatova, Elena U; Durnev, Eugene A; Martinson, Ekaterina A; Litvinets, Sergey G

    2017-02-10

    The synthesis of pectin-silica gels for controlled drug release in gastrointestinal tract (GIT) using low methoxyl (LM) and high methoxy (HM) pectins and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as precursor is described. The FTIR spectra of the pectin-silica gels show intense absorption bands at 1246cm(-1) and 802cm(-1) corresponding to the vibrations COSi bonds, which absent in the FTIR spectra of the native pectins that indicate the formation covalent bond between silica and pectin macromolecules in the pectin-silica gels. Pectin-TEOS, pectin-Ca-TEOS and pectin-TEOS-Ca beads with mesalazine are synthesized by different combinations of sol-gel method using TEOS and ionotropic gelation method using calcium chloride. The best resistant of pectin-TEOS and pectin-Ca-TEOS beads during incubation in simulated gastric fluid for 2h and subsequently in simulated intestinal fluids for 18h is indicated. Pectin-TEOS beads are characterized by higher encapsulation efficiency (to 28%) than pectin-Ca-TEOS beads (to 16%). The drug release of pectin-silica beads in simulated GIT occurs gradually up to 80% and is directly dependent on the hardness of the beads. The surface morphology of beads is shown. The use of pectin-silica beads is promising with regard to the development of controlled release of drug formulations.

  5. Radiation hardening of sol gel-derived silica fiber preforms through fictive temperature reduction.

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    Hari Babu, B; Lancry, Matthieu; Ollier, Nadege; El Hamzaoui, Hicham; Bouazaoui, Mohamed; Poumellec, Bertrand

    2016-09-20

    The impact of fictive temperature (Tf) on the evolution of point defects and optical attenuation in non-doped and Er3+-doped sol-gel silica glasses was studied and compared to Suprasil F300 and Infrasil 301 glasses before and after γ-irradiation. To this aim, sol-gel optical fiber preforms have been fabricated by the densification of erbium salt-soaked nanoporous silica xerogels through the polymeric sol-gel technique. These γ-irradiated fiber preforms have been characterized by FTIR, UV-vis-NIR absorption spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance, and photoluminescence measurements. We showed that a decrease in the glass fictive temperature leads to a decrease in the glass disorder and strained bonds. This mainly results in a lower defect generation rate and thus less radiation-induced attenuation in the UV-vis range. Furthermore, it was found that γ-radiation "hardness" is higher in Er3+-doped sol-gel silica compared to un-doped sol-gel silica and standard synthetic silica glasses. The present work demonstrates an effective strategy to improve the radiation resistance of optical fiber preforms and glasses through glass fictive temperature reduction.

  6. Solidification of Acidic, High Nitrate Nuclear Wastes by Grouting or Absorption on Silica Gel

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    A. K. Herbst; S. V. Raman; R. J. Kirkham

    2004-01-01

    The use of grout and silica gel were explored for the solidification of four types of acidic, high nitrate radioactive wastes. Two methods of grouting were tested: direct grouting and pre-neutralization. Two methods of absorption on silica gel were also tested: direct absorption and rotary spray drying. The waste simulant acidity varied between 1 N and 12 N. The waste simulant was neutralized by pre-blending calcium hydroxide with Portland cement and blast furnace slag powders prior to mixing with the simulant for grout solidification. Liquid sodium hydroxide was used to partially neutralize the simulant to a pH above 2 and then it was absorbed for silica gel solidification. Formulations for each of these methods are presented along with waste form characteristics and properties. Compositional variation maps for grout formulations are presented which help determine the optimum "recipe" for a particular waste stream. These maps provide a method to determine the proportions of waste, calcium hydroxide, Portland cement, and blast furnace slag that provide a waste form that meets the disposal acceptance criteria. The maps guide researchers in selecting areas to study and provide an operational envelop that produces acceptable waste forms. The grouts both solidify and stabilize the wastes, while absorption on silica gel produces a solid waste that will not pass standard leaching procedures (TCLP) if required. Silica gel wastes can be made to pass most leach tests if heated to 600ºC.

  7. Preparation and characterization of Ag nanoparticle-embedded blank and ligand-anchored silica gels.

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    Im, Hee-Jung; Lee, Byung Cheol; Yeon, Jei-Won

    2013-11-01

    Ag nanoparticles, used for halogen (especially iodine) adsorption and an evaluation of halogen behavior, were embedded in synthesized inorganic-organic hybrid gels. In particular, an irradiation method using an electron beam plays a part in introducing Ag nanoparticles to the organofunctionalized silica gels from AgNO3 solutions in a simple way at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. For preparation of the Ag nanoparticle-embedded inorganic-organic hybrid gels, ligands of ethylenediamine (NH2CH2CH2NH-, TMSen) and mercapto (HS-) functionalized three-dimensional porous SiO2 sol-gels were first synthesized through hydrolysis and condensation reactions, and Ag nanoparticles were then embedded into the ethylenediamine- and mercapto-anchored silica gels each, through electron-beam irradiation. The addition of ligands yielded larger average pore sizes than the absence of any ligand. Moreover, the ethylenediamine ligand led to looser structures and better access of the Ag nanoparticles to the ethylenediamine-anchored gel. As a result, more Ag nanoparticles were introduced into the ethylenediamine-anchored gel. The preparation and characterization of Ag nanoparticle-embedded blank and ligand-anchored silica gels are discussed in detail.

  8. Silica sol-gel matrix doped with Photolon molecules for sensing and medical therapy purposes.

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    Podbielska, Halina; Ulatowska-Jarza, Agnieszka; Müller, Gerhard; Holowacz, Iwona; Bauer, Joanna; Bindig, Uwe

    2007-11-01

    Photolon is one of the new photosensitisers that has found application in photodynamic therapy (PDT). Its chemical structure has a partially reduced porphyrin moiety and its molecular structure is comparable to chlorin e(6), which can be isolated after hydrolysis of the 5-membered exocyclic beta-ketoester moiety of pheophorbide a. For this study, a Photolon doped sol-gel matrix was produced in the form of coatings deposited on silica fibers cores. The material was produced from sols prepared from the silicate precursor TEOS mixed with ethyl alcohol. The sol-gel films were prepared with factor R=20, where R denotes the solvent-to-precursor molar ratio. Hydrochloric acid was added as a catalyst in the correct proportion to ensure acid hydrolysis (pH approximately 2). The mixture was stirred at room temperature for 4h using a magnetic stirrer (speed 400 rpm). The coated fibers were examined in different environments, liquid and gaseous, at different pH values and with various zinc cation concentrations. The chemical reactions were studied by means of spectroscopic methods, whereby the fluorescence response was studied. It was demonstrated that Photolon immobilized in a sol-gel matrix is accessible for the environment and shows visible response to the external changes. Furthermore, it was observed that these reactions are reversible. These biomaterials are also examined as carriers for PDT. It was also proved that a toxic effect is observed an environment with microorganisms, meaning that doped coatings have photodynamic activity.

  9. The effect of silica-coating by sol-gel process on resin-zirconia bonding.

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    Lung, Christie Ying Kei; Kukk, Edwin; Matinlinna, Jukka Pekka

    2013-01-01

    The effect of silica-coating by sol-gel process on the bond strength of resin composite to zirconia was evaluated and compared against the sandblasting method. Four groups of zirconia samples were silica-coated by sol-gel process under varied reagent ratios of ethanol, water, ammonia and tetraethyl orthosilicate and for different deposition times. One control group of zirconia samples were treated with sandblasting. Within each of these five groups, one subgroup of samples was kept in dry storage while another subgroup was aged by thermocycling for 6,000 times. Besides shear bond testing, the surface topography and surface elemental composition of silica-coated zirconia samples were also examined using scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Comparison of silica coating methods revealed significant differences in bond strength among the Dry groups (p<0.001) and Thermocycled groups (p<0.001). Comparison of sol-gel deposition times also revealed significant differences in bond strength among the Dry groups (p<0.01) and Thermocycled groups (p<0.001). Highest bond strengths were obtained after 141-h deposition: Dry (7.97±3.72 MPa); Thermocycled (2.33±0.79 MPa). It was concluded that silica-coating of zirconia by sol-gel process resulted in weaker resin bonding than by sandblasting.

  10. Heat of immersion of silica gel in normal alkanes and alcohols

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    Dubinin, M.M.; Isirikyan, A.A.; Nikolaev, K.M.; Polyakov, N.S.; Tatarinova, L.I.

    1986-12-20

    In order to differentiate phenomena on a smooth surface from those related to surface curvature, they must, strictly speaking, study these phenomena separately on completely nonporous and porous adsorbents of the same chemical nature. However, it is virtually impossible to obtain a completely nonporous adsorbent with a sufficiently developed surface. Thus, a permissible compromise for solving this problem lies in the selection of a porous adsorbent such that, on one hand, the effect of surface curvature is excluded due to wide pores and, on the other hand, reliable quantitative data for the properties of this surface with virtually zero curvature are obtained due to the development of the surface. For these purposes, they used a modification of their previous method and obtained silica gel (SG) with a developed surface s = 218 m/sup 2//g and broad pores D/sub max/ = 20 nm. They found that mesoporous silica gel with 20 nm pore diameter may be taken as a practical model of nonporous amorphous silica, according to the liquid immersion heats. The heats of wetting of the hydrated amorphous silica surface by normal aliphatic alcohols and hydrocarbons are independent of the number of carbon atoms in the molecules and are 220 and 65 mJ/m/sup 2/, respectively. The interphase (liquid-solid) surface layer or normal alcohol molecules on silica gel is a Langmuir palisade with the OH alcohol groups directed toward the silica surface.

  11. Thermodynamic properties of adsorbed water on silica gel - Exergy losses in adiabatic sorption processes

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    Worek, W. M.; Zengh, W.; San, J.-Y.

    1991-09-01

    In order to perform exergy analyses to optimize the transient heat and mass transfer processes involving sorption by solid adsorbents, the thermodynamic properties of adsorbed water must be determined. In this paper, the integral enthalpy and entropy are determined directly from isotherm data of water adsorbed on silica gel particles and silica gel manufactured in the form of a felt with 25 percent cotton as a support and Teflon as a binder. These results are then used to evaluate the exergy losses, due to the sorption and the convective heat and mass transfer processes, that occur in each portion of an adiabatic desiccant dehumidificaton cycle.

  12. Porous Silica Sol-Gel Glasses Containing Reactive V2O5 Groups

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    Stiegman, Albert E.

    1995-01-01

    Porous silica sol-gel glasses into which reactive vanadium oxide functional groups incorporated exhibit number of unique characteristics. Because they bind molecules of some species both reversibly and selectively, useful as chemical sensors or indicators or as scrubbers to remove toxic or hazardous contaminants. Materials also oxidize methane gas photochemically: suggests they're useful as catalysts for conversion of methane to alcohol and for oxidation of hydrocarbons in general. By incorporating various amounts of other metals into silica sol-gel glasses, possible to synthesize new materials with broad range of new characteristics.

  13. Shape dependence of nonlinear optical behaviors of nanostructured silver and their silica gel glass composites

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    Zheng Chan; Du Yuhong; Feng Miao; Zhan Hongbing

    2008-10-06

    Nanostructured Ag in shapes of nanoplate, nanowire, and nanoparticle, as well as their silica gel glass composites have been prepared and characterized. Nonlinear optical (NLO) properties were measured at 532 and 1064 nm using open aperture z-scan technique and studied from the view of shape effect. NLO behaviors of the nanostructured Ag are found to be shape dependent in suspensions at both the investigated wavelengths, although they originate differently. Comparing to the mother suspensions, the Ag/silica gel glass nanocomposites present rather dissimilar NLO behaviors, which is quite interesting for further studies.

  14. The structural changes of silica gel by compressions up to 10 GPa

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    Arasuna, A.; Okuno, M.; Xue, X.; Mizukami, T.; Akaogi, M.; Nozawa, M.; Okudera, H.; Arai, S.

    2012-04-01

    Structural change of TEOS-derived silica gel by compression up to 10 GPa has been investigated by XRD, Raman, IR, and 1H and 29Si MAS NMR spectroscopy, in order to gain insight into the compression behavior of silica gel. Silica gels were compressed under 5 and 10 GPa for 1 hr at room temperature by 6-8 Kawai-type multi anvil apparatus. All the measurements have been performed on the recovered samples. Raman spectrum of silica gel has a broad band at around 460cm-1 assigned to a symmetrical Si-O-Si stretching mode. For samples compressed above 5GPa, this broad band loses its intensity in region of about 480cm-1 and becomes much sharper than that before compression. This observation indicates depolymerization of the network structure, decrease of the average Si-O-Si angle and narrowing of the angle distribution after compression. Such distinct spectral changes of silica gel could be related to the presence of Si-OH groups, which causes depolymerization of the structure. Silica gel contains a large quantity of molecular water and silanols. Both the Raman and 1H MAS NMR spectra of silica gel showed decreasing water content with increasing pressure. 1H MAS NMR spectra of silica gel contain a prominent narrow peak near 4.9 ppm and a very weak tail to higher frequency. The former may be largely attributed to relatively mobile molecular H2O, and the latter to more strongly hydrogen-bonded SiOH/H2O groups. For the compressed samples, the narrow peak near 4.9 ppm becomes much less intense, whereas the high-frequency shoulder (extending to about 10 ppm) becomes prominent, suggesting increased proportion of hydrogen-bonded SiOH/H2O groups after compression. Furthermore, 29Si MAS NMR spectra for both the uncompressed and compressed silica gels revealed three peaks near -110, -101 and -92 ppm, which may be, respectively, attributed to Si of Q4, Q3 and Q2 speciation (Si bonded to 0, 1 and 2 OH groups). The relative proportion of Q3 vs. Q4 is higher in the sample compressed at 10

  15. Sol-gel based silica electrodes for inorganic membrane direct methanol fuel cells

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    Kim, Hyea; Kohl, Paul A.

    Inorganic glass electrodes are of interest for use with inorganic proton exchange membranes for direct methanol fuel cells. Platinum-ruthenium glass electrodes (PtRu/C-SiO 2) have been prepared by incorporating the PtRu/C nanoparticles into a silica-based matrix. The SiO 2 matrix was synthesized through the sol-gel reaction of 3-(trihydroxysilyl)-1-propanesulfonic acid (3TPS) and 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS). The distribution of the PtRu/C particles can be controlled by changing the properties of the gel matrix. The effect of gelation time, mole fraction of reactants within the sol, curing temperature, and glass ionomer content were investigated. The adhesion of the catalyst layer on the membrane, catalytic activity for methanol oxidation, and inhibition of methanol permeation through the membrane have been characterized and optimized. The electroless deposition of PtRu onto the PtRu/C nanoparticles was performed to increase the sheet conductivity of the electrode. It was found that the electrolessly deposited metal improved the catalytic activity for methanol oxidation and decreased the methanol cross-over. The methanol fuel cell performance using the inorganic membrane electrode assembly was 236 μA cm -2 at 0.4 V and was stable for more than 10 days.

  16. Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Sulfur-Functionalized Silica Gels as Mercury Adsorbents

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    Johari, Khairiraihanna; Saman, Norasikin; Mat, Hanapi

    2014-03-01

    This paper describes the synthesis, functionalization, and characterization of silica gels as mercury adsorbents. The synthesis was carried out according to the modified Stöber method using tetraethyl orthosilicate [TEOS], 3-mercaptopropyl trimethoxysilane [MPTMS] and bis(triethoxysilylpropyl) tetrasulfide [BTEPST] as precursors. The functionalization was carried out via co-condensation and impregnation methods using MPTMS, BTESPT, elemental sulfur [ES], and carbon disulfide [CS2] as sulfur ligands. The choice of the sulfur ligands as precursors and functionalization agents was due to the existence of sulfur active groups in their molecular structures which were expected to have high affinity toward Hg(II) ions. The synthesized adsorbents were characterized by using scanning electron microscope, fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer, nitrogen adsorption/desorption, and energy dispersive X-ray diffractometer. The batch Hg(II) adsorption experiments were employed to evaluate the Hg(II) adsorption performances of the synthesized adsorbents under different pH values. The results revealed that the highest Hg(II) adsorption capacity was obtained for the SG-MPTMS(10) which was 47.83 mg/g at pH 8.5. In general, the existence of sulfur functional groups, especially MPTMS in the silica matrices, gave a significant enhancement of Hg(II) adsorption capacity and the sulfur functionalization via co-condensation method, which is potential as a superior approach in the mercury adsorbent synthesis.

  17. The evaluation of physical properties and in vitro cell behavior of PHB/PCL/sol-gel derived silica hybrid scaffolds and PHB/PCL/fumed silica composite scaffolds.

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    Ding, Yaping; Yao, Qingqing; Li, Wei; Schubert, Dirk W; Boccaccini, Aldo R; Roether, Judith A

    2015-12-01

    PHB/PCL/sol-gel derived silica hybrid scaffolds (P5S1S) and PHB/PCL/fumed silica composite scaffolds (P5S1N) with a 5:1 organic/inorganic ratio were fabricated through a combination of electrospinning and sol-gel methods and dispersion electrospinning, respectively. In contrast to the silica nanoparticle aggregates appearing on the fiber surface of P5S1N, smooth and uniform fibers were obtained for P5S1S. The fiber diameter distribution, tensile strength, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), and cellular behavior of both types of scaffolds were characterized and studied. The tensile strength results and TGA indicated that the interfacial interaction between the organic and the inorganic phase was enhanced in P5S1S over the nanocomposite scaffolds, and cells exhibited significantly higher alkaline phosphate activity (ALP) for P5S1S, which makes P5S1S hybrid scaffolds candidate materials for bone tissue engineering applications.

  18. Sol-gel network silica/modified montmorillonite clay hybrid nanocomposites for hydrophobic surface coatings.

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    Meera, Kamal Mohamed Seeni; Sankar, Rajavelu Murali; Murali, Adhigan; Jaisankar, Sellamuthu N; Mandal, Asit Baran

    2012-02-01

    Sol-gel silica/nanoclay composites were prepared through sol-gel polymerization technique using tetraethylorthosilicate precursor and montmorillonite (MMT) clay in aqueous media. In this study, both montmorillonite-K(+) and organically modified MMT (OMMT) clays were used. The prepared composites were coated on glass substrate by making 1 wt% solution in ethyltrichlorosilane. The incorporation of nanoclay does not alter the intensity of characteristic Si-O-Si peak of silica network. Thermogravimetric studies show that increasing clay content increased the degradation temperature of the composites. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results of organically modified MMT nanoclay incorporated composite show a shift in the melting behavior up to 38°C. From DSC thermograms, we observed that the ΔH value decreased with increasing clay loading. X-ray diffraction patterns prove the presence of nanoclay in the composite and increase in the concentration of organically modified nanoclay from 3 to 5 wt% increases the intensity of the peak at 2θ=8° corresponds to OMMT. Morphology of the control silica gel composite was greatly influenced by the incorporation of OMMT. The presence of nanoclay changed the surface of control silica gel composite into cleaved surface with brittle in nature. Contact angle measurements were done for the coatings to study their surface behavior. These hybrid coatings on glass substrate may have applications for hydrophobic coatings on leather substrate.

  19. Chemically-Tailored Surfaces of Silica Gel and Alumina Examined Using Color

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    Taralp, Alpay; Buyukbayram, Gulen; Armagan, Onsel; Yalcin, Ender

    2004-01-01

    Color is used for studying the chemically-tailored surfaces of silica gel and alumina. When this technique of using color was applied by the students, they were able to grasp the principles of surface engineering and acquire an appreciation of its merits and at the same time they were able to learn the fundamentals of aldehyde chemistry,…

  20. Thin-film silica sol-gel coatings for neural microelectrodes.

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    Pierce, Andrew L; Sommakia, Salah; Rickus, Jenna L; Otto, Kevin J

    2009-05-30

    The reactive tissue response of the brain to chronically implanted materials remains a formidable obstacle to stable recording from implanted microelectrodes. One approach to mitigate this response is to apply a bioactive coating in the form of an ultra-porous silica sol-gel, which can be engineered to improve biocompatibility and to enable local drug delivery. The first step in establishing the feasibility of such a coating is to investigate the effects of the coating on electrode properties. In this paper, we describe a method to apply a thin-film silica sol-gel coating to silicon-based microelectrodes, and discuss the resultant changes in the electrode properties. Fluorescently labeled coatings were used to confirm coating adherence to the electrode. Cyclic voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy were used to evaluate electrical property changes. The silica sol-gel was found to successfully adhere to the electrodes as a thin coating. The voltammograms revealed a slight increase in charge carrying capacity of the electrodes following coating. Impedance spectrograms showed a mild increase in impedance at high frequencies but a more pronounced decrease in impedance at mid to low frequencies. These results demonstrate the feasibility of applying silica sol-gel coatings to silicon-based microelectrodes and are encouraging for the continued investigation of their use in mitigating the reactive tissue response.

  1. Thin-film silica sol-gels doped with ion-responsive fluorescent lipid bilayers

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    Sasaki, Darryl Y.; Shea, Lauren E.; Sinclair, Michael B.

    1999-05-01

    A metal ion sensitive, fluorescent lipid-bilayer material (5% PSIDA/DSPC) was successfully immobilized in a silica matrix using a tetramethoxysilane (TMOS) sol-gel procedure. The sol- gel immobilization method was quantitative in the entrapment of self-assembled lipid-bilayers and yielded thin films for facile configuration to optical fiber platforms. The silica matrix was compatible with the solvent sensitive lipid bilayers and provided physical stabilization as well as biological protection. Immobilization in the silica sol-gel produced an added benefit of improving the bilayer's metal ion sensitivity by up to two orders of magnitude. This enhanced performance was attributed to a preconcentrator effect from the anionic surface of the silica matrix. Thin gels (193 micron thickness) were coupled to a bifurcated fiber optic bundle to produce a metal ion sensor probe. Response times of 10 - 15 minutes to 0.1 M CuCl2 were realized with complete regeneration of the sensor using an ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) solution.

  2. Synthesis and evaluation of molecularly imprinted silica gel for 2-hydroxybenzoic Acid in aqueous solution.

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    Raof, Siti Farhana Abdul; Mohamad, Sharifah; Abas, Mhd Radzi

    2013-03-14

    A molecularly imprinted silica gel sorbent for selective removal of 2-Hydroxybenzoic acid (2-HA) was prepared by a surface imprinting technique with a sol-gel process. The 2-HA molecularly imprinted silica gel (2-HA-MISG) sorbent was evaluated by various parameters, including the influence of pH, static, kinetic adsorption and selectivity experiments. The optimum adsorption capacity to the 2-HA appeared to be around pH 2 by the polymer. Morevoer, the imprinted sorbent displayed fast uptake kinetics, obtained within 20 min. The adsorption capacity of the 2-HA-MISG (76.2 mg g-1) was higher than that of the non-imprinted silica gel (NISG) (42.58 mg g-1). This indicates that the 2-HA-MISG offers a higher affinity for 2-HA than the NISG. The polymer displays good selectivity and exhibits good reusability. Experimental results show the potential of molecularly imprinted silica sorbent for selective removal of 2-HA.

  3. Thin-film silica sol-gels doped with ion responsive fluorescent lipid bilayers

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    Sasaki, D.Y.; Shea, L.E.; Sinclair, M.B.

    1999-01-12

    A metal ion sensitive, fluorescent lipid-b i layer material (5oA PSIDA/DSPC) was successfully immobilized in a silica matrix using a tetramethoxysilane (TMOS) sol-gel procedure. The sol-gel immobilization method was quantitative in the entrapment of seif-assembled Iipid-bilayers and yielded thin films for facile configuration to optical fiber piatforms. The silica matrix was compatible with the solvent sensitive lipid bilayers and provided physical stabilization as well as biological protection. Immobilization in the silica sol-gel produced an added benefit of improving the bilayer's metal ion sensitivity by up to two orders of magnitude. This enhanced performance was attributed to a preconcentrator effect from the anionic surface of the silica matrix. Thin gels (193 micron thickness) were coupled to a bifurcated fiber optic bundle to produce a metal ion sensor probe. Response times of 10 - 15 minutes to 0.1 M CUCIZ were realized with complete regeneration of the sensor using an ethylenediarninetetraacetic acid (EDTA) solution.

  4. Synthesis and Evaluation of Molecularly Imprinted Silica Gel for 2-Hydroxybenzoic Acid in Aqueous Solution

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    Abdul Raof, Siti Farhana; Mohamad, Sharifah; Abas, Mhd Radzi

    2013-01-01

    A molecularly imprinted silica gel sorbent for selective removal of 2-Hydroxybenzoic acid (2-HA) was prepared by a surface imprinting technique with a sol-gel process. The 2-HA molecularly imprinted silica gel (2-HA-MISG) sorbent was evaluated by various parameters, including the influence of pH, static, kinetic adsorption and selectivity experiments. The optimum adsorption capacity to the 2-HA appeared to be around pH 2 by the polymer. Morevoer, the imprinted sorbent displayed fast uptake kinetics, obtained within 20 min. The adsorption capacity of the 2-HA-MISG (76.2 mg g−1) was higher than that of the non-imprinted silica gel (NISG) (42.58 mg g−1). This indicates that the 2-HA-MISG offers a higher affinity for 2-HA than the NISG. The polymer displays good selectivity and exhibits good reusability. Experimental results show the potential of molecularly imprinted silica sorbent for selective removal of 2-HA. PMID:23493059

  5. Wet powder processing of sol-gel derived mesoporous silica-hydroxyapatite hybrid powders.

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    Andersson, Jenny; Johannessen, Espen; Areva, Sami; Järn, Mikael; Lindén, Mika

    2006-08-01

    This paper describes a method by which a porous silica coating layer can be obtained on different apatite particles through a simple sol-gel synthesis route. Sol-gel derived powders of hydroxyapatite (HAP) and beta tricalciumphosphate (beta-TCP) were coated with a mesoporous silica using C16TAB (hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide) as a template in order to induce mesophase formation. Further calcination of the material removes the template from the mesophase and leaves a highly ordered hexagonal arranged mesoporous silica structure with a core of HAP/beta-TCP. The phase purity of the SiO2/apatite composites has been thoroughly investigated by the means of FT-IR, XRD, and solid state 31P MAS NMR. The phase purity of these materials is shown to be dependent on the solubility properties of the used apatites. The hybrid materials are suitable as a multifunctional biomaterial where osteoconductive properties can be combined with drug delivery.

  6. Moisture sensor based on evanescent wave light scattering by porous sol-gel silica coating

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    Tao, Shiquan; Singh, Jagdish P.; Winstead, Christopher B.

    2006-05-02

    An optical fiber moisture sensor that can be used to sense moisture present in gas phase in a wide range of concentrations is provided, as well techniques for making the same. The present invention includes a method that utilizes the light scattering phenomenon which occurs in a porous sol-gel silica by coating an optical fiber core with such silica. Thus, a porous sol-gel silica polymer coated on an optical fiber core forms the transducer of an optical fiber moisture sensor according to an embodiment. The resulting optical fiber sensor of the present invention can be used in various applications, including to sense moisture content in indoor/outdoor air, soil, concrete, and low/high temperature gas streams.

  7. Silica- and germania-based dual-ligand sol-gel organic-inorganic hybrid sorbents combining superhydrophobicity and π-π interaction. The role of inorganic substrate in sol-gel capillary microextraction.

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    Seyyal, Emre; Malik, Abdul

    2017-04-29

    Principles of sol-gel chemistry were utilized to create silica- and germania-based dual-ligand surface-bonded sol-gel coatings providing enhanced performance in capillary microextraction (CME) through a combination of ligand superhydrophobicity and π-π interaction. These organic-inorganic hybrid coatings were prepared using sol-gel precursors with bonded perfluorododecyl (PF-C12) and phenethyl (PhE) ligands. Here, the ability of the PF-C12 ligand to provide enhanced hydrophobic interaction was advantageously combined with π-π interaction capability of the PhE moiety to attain the desired sorbent performance in CME. The effect of the inorganic sorbent component on microextraction performance of was explored by comparing microextraction characteristics of silica- and germania-based sol-gel sorbents. The germania-based dual-ligand sol-gel sorbent demonstrated superior CME performance compared to its silica-based counterpart. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) of the created silica- and germania-based dual-ligand sol-gel sorbents suggested higher carbon loading on the germania-based sorbent. This might be indicative of more effective condensation of the organic ligand-bearing sol-gel-active chemical species to the germania-based sol-gel network (than to its silica-based counterpart) evolving in the sol solution. The type and concentration of the organic ligands were varied in the sol-gel sorbents to fine-tune extraction selectivity toward different classes of analytes. Specific extraction (SE) values were used for an objective comparison of the prepared sol-gel CME sorbents. The sorbents with higher content of PF-C12 showed remarkable affinity for aliphatic hydrocarbons. Compared to their single-ligand sol-gel counterparts, the dual-ligand sol-gel coatings demonstrated significantly superior CME performance in the extraction of alkylbenzenes, providing up to ∼65.0% higher SE values. The prepared sol-gel CME coatings provided low ng L(-1) limit of detections (LOD

  8. Structures of alkali metals in silica gel nanopores: new materials for chemical reductions and hydrogen production.

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    Shatnawi, Mouath; Paglia, Gianluca; Dye, James L; Cram, Kevin C; Lefenfeld, Michael; Billinge, Simon J L

    2007-02-07

    Alkali metals and their alloys can be protected from spontaneous reaction with dry air by intercalation (with subsequent heating) into the pores of silica gel (SG) at loadings up to 40 wt %. The resulting loose, black powders are convenient materials for chemical reduction of organic compounds and the production of clean hydrogen. The problem addressed in this paper is the nature of the reducing species present in these amorphous materials. The atomic pair distribution function (PDF), which considers both Bragg and diffuse scattering components, was used to examine their structures. Liquid Na-K alloys added to silica gel at room temperature (stage 0) or heated to 150 degrees C (stage I) as well as stage I Na-SG, retain the overall pattern of pure silica gel. Broad oscillations in the PDF show that added alkali metals remain in the pores as nanoscale metal clusters. 23Na MAS NMR studies confirm the presence of Na(0) and demonstrate that Na+ ions are formed as well. The relative amounts of Na(0) and Na(+) depend on both the overall metal loading and the average pore size. The results suggest that ionization occurs near or in the SiO2 walls, with neutral metal present in the larger cavities. The fate of the electrons released by ionization is uncertain, but they may add to the silica gel lattice, or form an "electride-like plasma" near the silica gel walls. A remaining mystery is why the stage I material does not show a melting endotherm of the encapsulated metal and does not react with dry oxygen. Na-SG when heated to 400 degrees C (stage II) yields a dual-phase reaction product that consists of Na(4)Si(4) and Na(2)SiO(3).

  9. Shock compression of silica gel as the analog experiments of hydrous comet and meteorite

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    Arasuna, Akane; Okuno, Masayuki; Mizukami, Tomoyuki; Chen, Liliang; Mashimo, Tsutomu; Arai, Shoji; Okudera, Hiroki

    2013-04-01

    The studies for structural changes of hydrous silica materials by shock compression are important to obtain the information for compression behaviors of comet and meteorite made of silicate material, ice and hydroxyl on the impact event. In this study, TEOS-derived synthetic silica gels for the analog material of hydrous amorphous silica minerals were compressed under shock pressures of 11, 13, 17, 21, 27, and 31 GPa using a single-stage propellant gun. All recovered samples have been investigated by XRD measurements, Raman and IR spectroscopies, in order to elucidate the shock compression behavior of silica gel. Pressure variation of first sharp diffraction peak (FSDP) positions of samples was estimated from measured XRD patterns. FSDP position of as-prepared sample was smaller than silica glass. It indicates that medium range structure of silica gel, i.e. ring structure of SiO4 tetrahedra, is smaller than that of silica glass. FSDP positions showed negative shift with increasing pressure and approached that of silica glass at 31 GPa. It suggests that medium range structure of silica gel approached to silica glass by shock compression. Raman spectrum of as-prepared sample showed an intense D1 band at 480 cm-1 and a broad band at around 450 cm-1. The former is attributed to the oxygen-breathing mode of the four-membered ring of SiO4 tetrahedra and the latter to the symmetrical Si-O-Si stretching mode. The presence of strong D1 band of as-prepared sample indicates that the sample might contain considerable amount of four-membered rings in the structure. Shocked sample showed that the broad band around 450 cm-1 became prominent above 21 GPa, whereas D1 band became much less intense. These indicate that medium range structure of shocked sample above 21 GPa approached to that of silica glass. Furthermore, IR spectrum of shocked silica gel at 21 GPa indicates that the center part of sample showed development of vitrification as compared with the extremity part of the

  10. Synthesis, characterization, and sorption properties of silica gel-immobilized Schiff base derivative.

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    Gübbük, I Hilal; Güp, Ramazan; Ersöz, Mustafa

    2008-04-15

    Silica gel was derivatized with benzophenone 4-aminobenzoylhydrazone (BAH), a Schiff base derivative, after silanization of silica by 3-chloropropyltrimethoxysilane (CPTS) by using a reported method. Characterization of the surface modification was confirmed through infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetry, and elemental analysis. The immobilized surface was used for Cu(II), Ni(II), Zn(II), and Co(II) sorption from aqueous solutions. The influence of the amount of sorbent, ion concentration, pH, and temperature was investigated. The sorption data followed Langmuir, Freundlich, and Dubinin-Radushkevich (D-R) isotherms. The mean sorption energy (E) of benzophenone 4-aminobenzoylhydrazone (BAH) immobilization onto silica gel was calculated from D-R isotherms, indicating a chemical sorption mode for four cations. Thermodynamic parameters, i.e., DeltaG, DeltaS, and DeltaH, were also calculated for the system. From these parameters, DeltaH values were found to be endothermic: 27.0, 22.7, 32.6, and 34.6 kJ mol(-1) for Cu(II), Ni(II), Co(II), and Zn(II) metal ions, respectively. DeltaS values were calculated to be positive for the sorption of the same sequence of divalent cations onto sorbent. Negative DeltaG values indicated that the sorption process for these three metal ions onto immobilized silica gel is spontaneous.

  11. SILICA GEL BEHAVIOR UNDER DIFFERENT EGS CHEMICAL AND THERMAL CONDITIONS: AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY

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    Hunt, J D; Ezzedine, S M; Bourcier, W; Roberts, S

    2012-01-19

    Fractures and fracture networks are the principal pathways for migration of water and contaminants in groundwater systems, fluids in enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), oil and gas in petroleum reservoirs, carbon dioxide leakage from geological carbon sequestration, and radioactive and toxic industrial wastes from underground storage repositories. When dealing with EGS fracture networks, there are several major issues to consider, e.g., the minimization of hydraulic short circuits and losses of injected geothermal fluid to the surrounding formation, which in turn maximize heat extraction and economic production. Gel deployments to direct and control fluid flow have been extensively and successfully used in the oil industry for enhanced oil recovery. However, to the best of our knowledge, gels have not been applied to EGS to enhance heat extraction. In-situ gelling systems can either be organic or inorganic. Organic polymer gels are generally not thermostable to the typical temperatures of EGS systems. Inorganic gels, such as colloidal silica gels, however, may be ideal blocking agents for EGS systems if suitable gelation times can be achieved. In the current study, we explore colloidal silica gelation times and rheology as a function of SiO{sub 2} concentration, pH, salt concentration, and temperature, with preliminary results in the two-phase field above 100 C. Results at 25 C show that it may be possible to choose formulations that will gel in a reasonable and predictable amount of time at the temperatures of EGS systems.

  12. Self-Pumping Active Gel

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    Wu, Kun-Ta; Hishamunda, Jean Bernard; Fraden, Seth; Dogic, Zvonimir

    Isotropic active gels are the network which is consist of cross-linked building blocks and the structure of which changes randomly and isotropically with time. Dogic et. al. show that pairs of anti-parallel microtubules form extensile bundles, which merge, extend, and buckle. In an unconfined system, the dynamics of these bundles causes spontaneous turbulent-like flow driven by motion of microscopic molecular motors. We found that confining these active gels in a millimeter sized toroids causes a transition into a new dynamical state characterized by circulation currents persisting for hours until ATP is depleted. We show how toroid dimensions impact the properties of self-organized circular currents, how directions of circulation can be designed by engineering ratchet-shaped boundaries, and how circulations of connected toroids can be either synchronized or antisynchronized. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the flow rate in the circulation is independent of curvature and length of flow path. The flow rate persists for centimeters without decay, disregarding conventional pipe flow resistance. Such findings pave the path to self-pumping pipe transport and performing physical work with biological system.

  13. NiO-silica based nanostructured materials obtained by microemulsion assisted sol-gel procedure

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    Mihaly, M.; Comanescu, A.F.; Rogozea, A.E.; Vasile, E.; Meghea, A.

    2011-10-15

    Graphical abstract: TEM micrograph of NiO/SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. Highlights: {yields} Microemulsion assisted sol-gel procedure for NiO silica nanomaterials synthesis. {yields} Controlling the size and shape of nanoparticles and avoiding their aggregation. {yields} Narrow band-gap semiconductors (energies <3 eV) absorbing VIS or near-UV light biologically and chemically inert semiconductors entrapping/coating in silica network. {yields} Low cost as the microemulsion is firstly used in water metallic cation extraction. -- Abstract: NiO-silica based materials have been synthesized by microemulsion assisted sol-gel procedure. The versatility of these soft nanotechnology techniques has been exploited in order to obtain different types of nanostructures, such as NiO nanoparticles, NiO silica coated nanoparticles and NiO embedded in silica matrix. These materials have been characterized by adequate structural and morphology techniques: DLS, HR-TEM/SAED, BET, AFM. Optical and semiconducting properties (band-gap values) of the synthesized materials have been quantified by means of VIS-NIR diffuse reflectance spectra, thus demonstrating their applicative potential in various electron transfer phenomena such as photocatalysis, electrochromic thin films, solid oxide fuel cells.

  14. Evolution of microstructure in mixed niobia-hybrid silica thin films from sol-gel precursors.

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    Besselink, Rogier; Stawski, Tomasz M; Castricum, Hessel L; ten Elshof, Johan E

    2013-08-15

    The evolution of structure in sol-gel derived mixed bridged silsesquioxane-niobium alkoxide sols and drying thin films was monitored in situ by small-angle X-ray scattering. Since sol-gel condensation of metal alkoxides proceeds much faster than that of silicon alkoxides, the incorporation of d-block metal dopants into silica typically leads to formation of densely packed nano-sized metal oxide clusters that we refer as metal oxide building blocks in a silica-based matrix. SAXS was used to study the process of niobia building block formation while drying the sol as a thin film at 40-80°C. The SAXS curves of mixed niobia-hybrid silica sols were dominated by the electron density contrast between sol particles and surrounding solvent. As the solvent evaporated and the sol particles approached each other, a correlation peak emerged. Since TEM microscopy revealed the absence of mesopores, the correlation peak was caused by a heterogeneous system of electron-rich regions and electron poor regions. The regions were assigned to small clusters that are rich in niobium and which are dispersed in a matrix that mainly consisted of hybrid silica. The correlation peak was associated with the typical distances between the electron dense clusters and corresponded with distances in real space of 1-3 nm. A relationship between the prehydrolysis time of the silica precursor and the size of the niobia building blocks was observed. When 1,2-bis(triethoxysilyl)ethane was first hydrolyzed for 30 min before adding niobium penta-ethoxide, the niobia building blocks reached a radius of 0.4 nm. Simultaneous hydrolysis of the two precursors resulted in somewhat larger average building block radii of 0.5-0.6 nm. This study shows that acid-catalyzed sol-gel polymerization of mixed hybrid silica niobium alkoxides can be rationalized and optimized by monitoring the structural evolution using time-resolved SAXS.

  15. Ternary Phase-Separation Investigation of Sol-Gel Derived Silica from Ethyl Silicate 40.

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    Wang, Shengnan; Wang, David K; Smart, Simon; da Costa, João C Diniz

    2015-09-28

    A ternary phase-separation investigation of the ethyl silicate 40 (ES40) sol-gel process was conducted using ethanol and water as the solvent and hydrolysing agent, respectively. This oligomeric silica precursor underwent various degrees of phase separation behaviour in solution during the sol-gel reactions as a function of temperature and H2O/Si ratios. The solution composition within the immiscible region of the ES40 phase-separated system shows that the hydrolysis and condensation reactions decreased with decreasing reaction temperature. A mesoporous structure was obtained at low temperature due to weak drying forces from slow solvent evaporation on one hand and formation of unreacted ES40 cages in the other, which reduced network shrinkage and produced larger pores. This was attributed to the concentration of the reactive sites around the phase-separated interface, which enhanced the condensation and crosslinking. Contrary to dense silica structures obtained from sol-gel reactions in the miscible region, higher microporosity was produced via a phase-separated sol-gel system by using high H2O/Si ratios. This tailoring process facilitated further condensation reactions and crosslinking of silica chains, which coupled with stiffening of the network, made it more resistant to compression and densification.

  16. Ternary Phase-Separation Investigation of Sol-Gel Derived Silica from Ethyl Silicate 40

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    Wang, Shengnan; Wang, David K.; Smart, Simon; Diniz da Costa, João C.

    2015-09-01

    A ternary phase-separation investigation of the ethyl silicate 40 (ES40) sol-gel process was conducted using ethanol and water as the solvent and hydrolysing agent, respectively. This oligomeric silica precursor underwent various degrees of phase separation behaviour in solution during the sol-gel reactions as a function of temperature and H2O/Si ratios. The solution composition within the immiscible region of the ES40 phase-separated system shows that the hydrolysis and condensation reactions decreased with decreasing reaction temperature. A mesoporous structure was obtained at low temperature due to weak drying forces from slow solvent evaporation on one hand and formation of unreacted ES40 cages in the other, which reduced network shrinkage and produced larger pores. This was attributed to the concentration of the reactive sites around the phase-separated interface, which enhanced the condensation and crosslinking. Contrary to dense silica structures obtained from sol-gel reactions in the miscible region, higher microporosity was produced via a phase-separated sol-gel system by using high H2O/Si ratios. This tailoring process facilitated further condensation reactions and crosslinking of silica chains, which coupled with stiffening of the network, made it more resistant to compression and densification.

  17. Ternary Phase-Separation Investigation of Sol-Gel Derived Silica from Ethyl Silicate 40

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    Wang, Shengnan; Wang, David K.; Smart, Simon; Diniz da Costa, João C.

    2015-01-01

    A ternary phase-separation investigation of the ethyl silicate 40 (ES40) sol-gel process was conducted using ethanol and water as the solvent and hydrolysing agent, respectively. This oligomeric silica precursor underwent various degrees of phase separation behaviour in solution during the sol-gel reactions as a function of temperature and H2O/Si ratios. The solution composition within the immiscible region of the ES40 phase-separated system shows that the hydrolysis and condensation reactions decreased with decreasing reaction temperature. A mesoporous structure was obtained at low temperature due to weak drying forces from slow solvent evaporation on one hand and formation of unreacted ES40 cages in the other, which reduced network shrinkage and produced larger pores. This was attributed to the concentration of the reactive sites around the phase-separated interface, which enhanced the condensation and crosslinking. Contrary to dense silica structures obtained from sol-gel reactions in the miscible region, higher microporosity was produced via a phase-separated sol-gel system by using high H2O/Si ratios. This tailoring process facilitated further condensation reactions and crosslinking of silica chains, which coupled with stiffening of the network, made it more resistant to compression and densification. PMID:26411484

  18. Study of the release mechanism of Terminalia chebula extract from nanoporous silica gel.

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    Chakraborty, Suparna; Mitra, Manoj Kumar; Chaudhuri, Mahua Ghosh; Sa, Biswanath; Das, Satadal; Dey, Rajib

    2012-12-01

    Sol/gel-derived silica gel was prepared at room temperature from tetraethyl orthosilicate precursor. The extracts of Terminalia chebula (Haritoki) were entrapped into the porous silica gel. Fourier transform infrared analysis revealed the proper adsorption of herbal values in the nanopores of the silica gel. Porosity was estimated by transmission electron microscope studies. The release kinetics of the extract in both 0.1 N HCl, pH 1.2, and Phosphate-buffer saline (PBS), pH 7.2, were determined using UV-Vis spectroscopy. Different dissolution models were applied to release data in order to evaluate the release mechanisms and kinetics. Biphasic release patterns were found in every formulation for both the buffer systems. The kinetics followed a zero-order equation for first 4 h and a Higuchi expression in a subsequent timeline in the case of 0.1 N HCl. In the case of PBS, the formulations showed best linearity with a first-order equation followed by Higuchi's model. The sustained release of the extract predominantly followed diffusion and super case II transport mechanism. The release value was always above the minimum inhibitory concentration.

  19. Effect of two-step sol-gel reaction on the mesoporous silica structure.

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    Choi, Dae-Geun; Yang, Seung-Man

    2003-05-01

    In the present study, we investigated the effects of two-step sol-gel reaction by abrupt pH change on the SBA-15 and mesocellular silica foams (MCF). Mesoporous silica was fabricated by using triblock copolymer templates (poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(propylene oxide)). The prepared silica structure was characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and N(2) sorption experiment. Specifically, we prepared SBA-15 with long-range two-dimensional hexagonal arrangement of 3 to 6-nm feature spacing and MCF with larger pores of a few tens of nanometers. The pore size and ordering were influenced by pH change in a two-step sol-gel reaction and the concentration of organic solvent. Although well-ordered hexagonal arrangement of mesopores was prevalent in acidic conditions, the materials synthesized by a single-step reaction in neutral or basic conditions possessed gel-like structure without mesopores. However, the present two-step reaction (low pH sol-gel reaction followed by high pH reaction) not only produced mesoporous materials but also provided controllability of the pore size. In particular, mesoporous structures with pore sizes as large as those of MCF were successfully fabricated by the two-step reaction without using organic swelling agents. As expected, when xylene was added as a swelling agent, the pore size increased with the xylene/copolymer weight ratio.

  20. Embedding Luminescent Nanocrystals in Silica Sol-Gel Matrices

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    2006-01-01

    ASAP Article. [18] Li, J. J.; Wang, Y. A.; Guo, W .; Keay , J. C.; Mishima, T. D.; Johnson, M. B.; Peng, X., J. Am. Chem. Soc.; 2003; 125(41...Guo, W . Z; Keay , J. C.; Mishima, T. D.; Johnson, M. B.; Peng, X. G.; J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125, 12567. [31] Brinker, C. J.; Scherer, G. W .; J...weeks, any slight inconsistencies in this timeline can change outcome. Also, when a gel is formed, it appears to go through ‘cycles’ of bright and

  1. Tyrosine phenol-lyase and tryptophan indole-lyase encapsulated in wet nanoporous silica gels: Selective stabilization of tertiary conformations

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    Pioselli, Barbara; Bettati, Stefano; Demidkina, Tatyana V.; Zakomirdina, Lyudmila N.; Phillips, Robert S.; Mozzarelli, Andrea

    2004-01-01

    The pyridoxal 5′-phosphate-dependent enzymes tyrosine phenol-lyase and tryptophan indole-lyase were encapsulated in wet nanoporous silica gels, a powerful method to selectively stabilize tertiary and quaternary protein conformations and to develop bioreactors and biosensors. A comparison of the enzyme reactivity in silica gels and in solution was carried out by determining equilibrium and kinetic parameters, exploiting the distinct spectral properties of catalytic intermediates and reaction products. The encapsulated enzymes exhibit altered distributions of ketoenamine and enolimine tautomers, increased values of inhibitors dissociation constants, slow attaining of steady-state in the presence of substrate and substrate analogs, modified steady-state distribution of catalytic intermediates, and a sixfold–eightfold decrease of specific activities. This behavior can be rationalized by a reduced conformational flexibility for the encapsulated enzymes and a selective stabilization of either the open (inactive) or the closed (active) form of the enzymes. Despite very similar structures and catalytic mechanisms, the influence of encapsulation is more pronounced for tyrosine phenol-lyase than tryptophan indole-lyase. This finding indicates that subtle structural and dynamic differences can lead to distinct interactions of the protein with the gel matrix. PMID:15044726

  2. Tyrosine phenol-lyase and tryptophan indole-lyase encapsulated in wet nanoporous silica gels: Selective stabilization of tertiary conformations.

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    Pioselli, Barbara; Bettati, Stefano; Demidkina, Tatyana V; Zakomirdina, Lyudmila N; Phillips, Robert S; Mozzarelli, Andrea

    2004-04-01

    The pyridoxal 5'-phosphate-dependent enzymes tyrosine phenol-lyase and tryptophan indole-lyase were encapsulated in wet nanoporous silica gels, a powerful method to selectively stabilize tertiary and quaternary protein conformations and to develop bioreactors and biosensors. A comparison of the enzyme reactivity in silica gels and in solution was carried out by determining equilibrium and kinetic parameters, exploiting the distinct spectral properties of catalytic intermediates and reaction products. The encapsulated enzymes exhibit altered distributions of ketoenamine and enolimine tautomers, increased values of inhibitors dissociation constants, slow attaining of steady-state in the presence of substrate and substrate analogs, modified steady-state distribution of catalytic intermediates, and a sixfold-eightfold decrease of specific activities. This behavior can be rationalized by a reduced conformational flexibility for the encapsulated enzymes and a selective stabilization of either the open (inactive) or the closed (active) form of the enzymes. Despite very similar structures and catalytic mechanisms, the influence of encapsulation is more pronounced for tyrosine phenol-lyase than tryptophan indole-lyase. This finding indicates that subtle structural and dynamic differences can lead to distinct interactions of the protein with the gel matrix.

  3. Synthesis of biocompatible hydrophobic silica-gelatin nano-hybrid by sol-gel process.

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    Smitha, S; Shajesh, P; Mukundan, P; Nair, T D R; Warrier, K G K

    2007-03-15

    Silica-biopolymer hybrid has been synthesised using colloidal silica as the precursor for silica and gelatin as the biopolymer counterpart. The surface modification of the hybrid material has been done with methyltrimethoxysilane leading to the formation of biocompatible hydrophobic silica-gelatin hybrid. Here we are reporting hydrophobic silica-gelatin hybrid and coating precursor for the first time. The hybrid gel has been evaluated for chemical modification, thermal degradation, hydrophobicity, particle size, transparency under the UV-visible region and morphology. FTIR spectroscopy has been used to verify the presence of CH(3) groups which introduce hydrophobicity to the SiO2-MTMS-gelatin hybrids. The hydrophobic property has also been tailored by varying the concentration of methyltrimethoxysilane. Contact angle by Wilhelmy plate method of transparent hydrophobic silica-gelatin coatings has been found to be as high as approximately 95 degrees . Oxidation of the organic group which induces the hydrophobic character occurs at 530 degrees C which indicates that the surface hydrophobicity is retained up to that temperature. Optical transmittance of SiO2-MTMS-gelatin hybrid coatings on glass substrates has been found to be close to 100% which will enable the hybrid for possible optical applications and also for preparation of transparent biocompatible hydrophobic coatings on biological substrates such as leather.

  4. Imprinted functionalized silica sol-gel for solid-phase extraction of triazolamin.

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    Jin, Guoyou; Zhang, Baofei; Tang, Youwen; Zuo, Xiongjun; Wang, Songcai; Tang, Jingyi

    2011-05-15

    A triazolam-imprinted silica microsphere was prepared by combining a surface molecular-imprinting technique with the sol-gel process. The results illustrate that the triazolam-imprinted silica microspheres provided using γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane and phenyltrimethoxysilane as monomers exhibited higher selectivity than those provided from γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane and methyltriethoxysilane. In addition, the optimum affinity occurred when the molar ratio of γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane, phenyltrimethoxysilane, and the template molecule was 4.2:4.7:0.6. Retention factor (k) and imprinting factor (IF) of triazolam on the imprinted and non-imprinted silica microsphere columns were characterized using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with different mobile phases including methanol, acetonitrile, and water solutions. The molecular selectivity of the imprinted silica microspheres was also evaluated for triazolam and its analogue compounds in various mobile phases. The better results indicated that k and IF of triazolam on the imprinted silica microsphere column were 2.1 and 35, respectively, when using methanol/water (1/1, v/v) as the mobile phase. Finally, the imprinted silica was applied as a sorbent in solid-phase extraction (SPE), to selectively extract triazolam and its metabolite, α-hydroxytriazolam, from human urine samples. The limits of detection (LOD) for triazolam and α-hydroxytriazolam in urine samples were 30 ± 0.21 ng mL(-1) and 33 ± 0.26 ng mL(-1), respectively.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of uniform silica nanoparticles on nickel substrate by spin coating and sol-gel method

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    Ngoc Thi Le, Hien; Jeong, Hae Kyung

    2014-01-01

    Spin coating and sol-gel methods are proposed for the preparation of silica nanoparticles on a nickel substrate using silicon tetrachloride, 2-methoxyethanol, and four different types of alkaline solutions. The effects of the type of alkaline solution, concentration of silica solution, and speed of spin coating on the properties of silica nanoparticles are investigated systematically. Uniform spherical shape of silica nanoparticles on Ni with the smallest size are obtained with sodium carbonate among the alkaline solutions after stirring at 70 °C for 6 h and spin-coating at 7000 rpm. Physical and electrochemical properties of the silica particles are investigated.

  6. Possible silica gel in the Olive Fault, Naukluft Nappe Complex, Namibia: A geologic record of dynamic weakening in faults during continental orogenesis

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    Faber, C.; Rowe, C. D.; Miller, J. A.; Backeberg, N.; Sylvester, F.

    2009-12-01

    The apparently low frictional strength of faults during earthquake slip is not sufficiently well explained. Dynamic weakening has been observed in recent laboratory experiments at seismic slip rates, even if materials are strong at slow slip rates. Di Toro et al. (2004) performed experiments on crystalline rocks at slip rates of 1m/s and observed frictional strength drops to near zero. Examination of the slip surface revealed an amorophous silica had formed during fast slip and interpreted this as a solidified silica gel. If similar silica gel forms during earthquakes, and solidifies to amorphous silica, it would be expected to slowly crystallize over time. Ujiie et al (2007) reported a microcrystalline silica fault vein from the Shimanto Complex (Japan) which contains colloidal microspheres of silica, consistent with its origin as a silica gel. This vein may have been created during seismic slip, although other explanations are possible. No other natural examples of this potentially important coseismic weakening mechanism have been reported. To investigate whether silica gel actually forms during seismic slip, it will be necessary to discover and fully characterize additional natural examples. The Naukluft Nappe Complex in central Namibia is a foreland thrust stack at the distal southern margin of the Pan-African Damara Orogen (active at ~ 550Ma). A fault vein of microcrystalline silica has been found in an intra-nappe thrust fault . The vein occurs as a mostly continuous, planar, 0.1-1.0cm-thick fault vein within dolomite breccias of the Olive Fault. There are no other veins of silica associated with the fault. The hanging wall and footwall are dolomite and calcareous shales, respectively. The layer is petrographically similar to the microcrystalline silica described by Ujiie et al. (2007). The silica layer is purple-blue to white in color cathodoluminescence, in contrast to the bright turquoise typical of quartz. Although X-ray diffraction spectra show only

  7. The effect of glycine on the growth of calcium carbonate in alkaline silica gel

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    Gan, Xiong; He, Kunhuan; Qian, Baosong; Deng, Qin; Lu, Laixian; Wang, Yun

    2017-01-01

    Calcium carbonate was crystallized in alkaline silica gel with the presence of glycine. The crystallization proceeded with a counterdiffusion method by the reaction of calcium chloride and sodium carbonate. Optical microscopy observation showed a significant effect of glycine on the morphology control of calcite crystals. When the initial concentration of glycine was high enough (10 mg/mL, 20 mg/mL), spherical vaterite particles formed in alkaline silica gel concomitantly together with dumbbell shaped calcite particles. The in situ study by micro-Raman spectroscopy demonstrated that both vaterite and the concomitant calcite were stable phases during their growth processes since the initial appearance. A possible mechanism has been discussed to emphasize the effect of glycine on the nucleation of vaterite and the morphological control of calcite.

  8. Synthesis and adsorption properties of chitosan-silica nanocomposite prepared by sol-gel method

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    Budnyak, Tetyana M.; Pylypchuk, Ievgen V.; Tertykh, Valentin A.; Yanovska, Elina S.; Kolodynska, Dorota

    2015-02-01

    A hybrid nanocomposite material has been obtained by in situ formation of an inorganic network in the presence of a preformed organic polymer. Chitosan biopolymer and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), which is the most common silica precursor, were used for the sol-gel reaction. The obtained composite chitosan-silica material has been characterized by physicochemical methods such as differential thermal analyses (DTA); carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen (CHN) elemental analysis; nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherms, scanning electron microscopy (SEM); and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy to determine possible interactions between silica and chitosan macromolecules. Adsorption of microquantities of V(V), Mo(VI), and Cr(VI) oxoanions from the aqueous solutions by the obtained composite has been studied in comparison with the chitosan beads, previously crosslinked with glutaraldehyde. The adsorption capacity and kinetic sorption characteristics of the composite material were estimated.

  9. Tailoring the oxidation state of cobalt through halide functionality in sol-gel silica.

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    Olguin, Gianni; Yacou, Christelle; Smart, Simon; da Costa, João C Diniz

    2013-01-01

    The functionality or oxidation state of cobalt within a silica matrix can be tailored through the use of cationic surfactants and their halide counter ions during the sol-gel synthesis. Simply by adding surfactant we could significantly increase the amount of cobalt existing as Co3O4 within the silica from 44% to 77%, without varying the cobalt precursor concentration. However, once the surfactant to cobalt ratio exceeded 1, further addition resulted in an inhibitory mechanism whereby the altered pyrolysis of the surfactant decreased Co3O4 production. These findings have significant implications for the production of cobalt/silica composites where maximizing the functional Co3O4 phase remains the goal for a broad range of catalytic, sensing and materials applications.

  10. Formation of copper and silver nanometer dimension clusters in silica by the sol-gel process

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    de, G.; Tapfer, L.; Catalano, M.; Battaglin, G.; Caccavale, F.; Gonella, F.; Mazzoldi, P.; Haglund, R. F., Jr.

    1996-06-01

    Ag and Cu (pure and/or mixture) nanoclusters doped silica films were prepared by the sol-gel process. In the case of Ag and Cu codoped silica films, Cu/Ag molar ratio was 1, 2, and 3 at constant (Ag+Cu)/SiO2 molar ratio of 0.175. Separated Ag and Cu nanoclusters are formed in the silica matrix. The size of the clusters and their distribution are dependent on the film composition. Optical absorption was measured from 185 to 800 nm. Intensity-dependent nonlinear refractive index was measured for pure Cu and Ag-Cu (1:1 molar ratio) samples using z-scan technique in the wavelength range from 570 to 596 nm. The measured nonlinear refractive index is of the order of 10-13 m2/W at a pulse repetition rate of 15.2 MHz.

  11. Sol-Gel Processing of Low Dielectric Constant Nanoporous Silica Thin Films

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    2001-11-01

    under the influence of attractive van der Waals forces. Spin coating has been used to deposit the porous thin silica films on desired substrates. This...for spin coating using a Model PC 101 spinner by Headway Research, Inc. All the wafers were used as-received without any pretreatment process... spin coating . Spin coating did not start until the solution reached the about-to-gel point, approximately 6/7 of its gelation time. After spin

  12. Development of novel biocompatible hybrid nanocomposites based on polyurethane-silica prepared by sol gel process.

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    Rashti, Ali; Yahyaei, Hossein; Firoozi, Saman; Ramezani, Sara; Rahiminejad, Ali; Karimi, Roya; Farzaneh, Khadijeh; Mohseni, Mohsen; Ghanbari, Hossein

    2016-12-01

    Due to high biocompatibility, polyurethane has found many applications, particularly in development of biomedical devices. A new nanocomposite based on thermoset polyurethane and silica nanoparticles was synthesized using sol-gel method. Sol-gel process was fulfilled in two acidic and basic conditions by using tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and trimethoxyisocyanatesilane as precursors. The hybrid films characterized for mechanical and surface properties using tensile strength, contact angle, ATR-FTIR and scanning electron microscopy. Biocompatibility and cytotoxicity of the hybrids were assessed using standard MTT, LDH and TUNEL assays. The results revealed that incorporation of silica nanoparticles was significantly improved tensile strength and mechanical properties of the hybrids. Based on the contact angle results, silica nanoparticles increased hydrophilicity of the hybrids. Biocompatibility by using human lung epithelial cell line (MRC-5) demonstrated that the hybrids were significantly less cytotoxic compared to pristine polymer as tested by MTT and LDH assays. TUNEL assay revealed no signs of apoptosis in all tested samples. The results of this study demonstrated that incorporation of silica nanoparticles into polyurethane lead to the enhancement of biocompatibility, indicating that these hybrids could potentially be used in biomedical field in particular as a new coating for medical implants.

  13. Counter-diffusion of isotopically labeled trichloroethylene in silica gel and geosorbent micropores: Model development

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    McMillan, S.A.; Werth, C.J.

    1999-07-01

    A new model was developed to determine if reduced uptake rates observed during isotope exchange experiments could plausibly be attributed to sterically hindered counter-diffusion in one-dimensional micropores. During exchange experiments, hydrogenated trichloroethylene ({sup 1}HTCE) was displaced with deuterated TCE (DTCE) in the slow-desorbing sites of a silica gel, a groundwater sediment, and a clay and silt fraction. To describe this process, the model accounts for co- and counter-diffusion of TCE isotopes in one-dimensional micropores, where each micropore type is defined by a single codiffusion rate constant and a single counter-diffusion rate constant. For silica gel, isotope exchange was simulated in a single micropore type. For geosorbents, isotope exchange was simulated in a distribution of micropore types characterized by a {gamma} distribution of diffusion rate constants. Simulation results indicate that (1) the proposed model accounts for the mechanisms controlling isotope exchange in the silica gel and the groundwater sediment and (2) the rate of counter-diffusion is up to 6 times slower than the rate of codiffusion. This suggests that steric hindrance between counter-diffusing sorbates can significantly affect mass transfer and, consequently, the transport of chemical mixtures in the subsurface.

  14. Silica sol-gel encapsulation of cyanobacteria: lessons for academic and applied research.

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    Dickson, David J; Ely, Roger L

    2013-03-01

    Cyanobacteria inhabit nearly every ecosystem on earth, play a vital role in nutrient cycling, and are useful as model organisms for fundamental research in photosynthesis and carbon and nitrogen fixation. In addition, they are important for several established biotechnologies for producing food additives, nutritional and pharmaceutical compounds, and pigments, as well as emerging biotechnologies for biofuels and other products. Encapsulation of living cyanobacteria into a porous silica gel matrix is a recent approach that may dramatically improve the efficiency of certain production processes by retaining the biomass within the reactor and modifying cellular metabolism in helpful ways. Although encapsulation has been explored empirically in the last two decades for a variety of cell types, many challenges remain to achieving optimal encapsulation of cyanobacteria in silica gel. Recent evidence with Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, for example, suggests that several unknown or uncharacterized proteins are dramatically upregulated as a result of encapsulation. Also, additives commonly used to ease stresses of encapsulating living cells, such as glycerol, have detrimental impacts on photosynthesis in cyanobacteria. This mini-review is intended to address the current status of research on silica sol-gel encapsulation of cyanobacteria and research areas that may further the development of this approach for biotechnology applications.

  15. Silica through the eyes of colloidal models—when glass is a gel

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    Saika-Voivod, Ivan; King, Heather Marie; Tartaglia, Piero; Sciortino, Francesco; Zaccarelli, Emanuela

    2011-07-01

    We perform molecular dynamics simulations of 'floating bond' (FB) models of network-forming liquids and compare the structure and dynamics against the BKS model of silica (van Beest et al 1990 Phys. Rev. Lett. 64 1955), with the aim of gaining a better understanding of glassy silica in terms of the variety of non-ergodic states seen in colloids. At low densities, all the models form tetrahedral networks. At higher densities, tailoring the FB model to allow a higher number of bonds does not capture the structure seen in BKS. Upon rescaling the time and length in order to compare mean squared displacements between models, we find that there are significant differences in the temperature dependence of the diffusion coefficient at high density. Additionally, the FB models show a greater range in variability in the behavior of the non-ergodicity parameter and caging length, quantities used to distinguish colloidal gels and glasses. Hence, we find that the glassy behavior of BKS silica can be interpreted as a 'gel' at low densities, with only a marginal gel-to-glass crossover at higher densities.

  16. Sol-gel preparation of silica and titania thin films

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    Thoř, Tomáš; Václavík, Jan

    2016-11-01

    Thin films of silicon dioxide (SiO2) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) for application in precision optics prepared via the solgel route are being investigated in this paper. The sol-gel process presents a low cost approach, which is capable of tailoring thin films of various materials in optical grade quality. Both SiO2 and TiO2 are materials well known for their application in the field of anti-reflective and also highly reflective optical coatings. For precision optics purposes, thickness control and high quality of such coatings are of utmost importance. In this work, thin films were deposited on microscope glass slides substrates using the dip-coating technique from a solution based on alkoxide precursors of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and titanium isopropoxide (TIP) for SiO2 and TiO2, respectively. As-deposited films were studied using spectroscopic ellipsometry to determine their thickness and refractive index. Using a semi-empirical equation, a relationship between the coating speed and the heat-treated film thickness was described for both SiO2 and TiO2 thin films. This allows us to control the final heat-treated thin film thickness by simply adjusting the coating speed. Furthermore, films' surface was studied using the white-light interferometry. As-prepared films exhibited low surface roughness with the area roughness parameter Sq being on average of 0.799 nm and 0.33 nm for SiO2 and TiO2, respectively.

  17. Transparent Superhydrophobic silica coatings on glass by sol-gel method

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    Mahadik, Satish A.; Kavale, Mahendra S.; Mukherjee, S. K.; Rao, A. Venkateswara

    2010-11-01

    Wetting behavior of solid surfaces is a key concern in our daily life as well as in engineering and science. In the present study, we demonstrate a simple dip coating method for the preparation of Thermally stable, transparent superhydrophobic silica films on glass substrates at room temperature by sol-gel process. The coating alcosol was prepared by keeping the molar ratio of methyltriethoxysilane (MTES), trimethylmethoxysilane (TMMS), methanol (MeOH), water (H2O) constant at 1:0.09:12.71:3.58, respectively with 13 M NH4OH throughout the experiments and the films were prepared with different deposition time varied from 5 to 25 h. In order to improve the hydrophobicity of as deposited silica films, the films were derivatized with 10% trimethylchlorosilane (TMCS) as a silylating agent in hexane solvent for 24 h. Enhancement in wetting behavior was observed for surface derivatized silica films which showed a maximum static water contact angle (172°) and minimum sliding angle (2°) for 25 h of deposition time. The superhydrophobic silica films retained their superhydrophobicity up to a temperature of 550 °C. The silica films were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), surface profilometer, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, thermo-gravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), percentage of optical transmission, water contact angle measurements. The imperviousness behavior of the films was tested with various acids.

  18. Thickness controlled sol-gel silica films for plasmonic bio-sensing devices

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    Figus, Cristiana; Quochi, Francesco; Artizzu, Flavia; Saba, Michele; Marongiu, Daniela; Floris, Francesco; Marabelli, Franco; Patrini, Maddalena; Fornasari, Lucia; Pellacani, Paola; Valsesia, Andrea; Mura, Andrea; Bongiovanni, Giovanni

    2014-10-01

    Plasmonics has recently received considerable interest due to its potentiality in many fields as well as in nanobio-technology applications. In this regard, various strategies are required for modifying the surfaces of plasmonic nanostructures and to control their optical properties in view of interesting application such as bio-sensing, We report a simple method for depositing silica layers of controlled thickness on planar plasmonic structures. Tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) was used as silica precursor. The control of the silica layer thickness was obtained by optimizing the sol-gel method and dip-coating technique, in particular by properly tuning different parameters such as pH, solvent concentration, and withdrawal speed. The resulting films were characterized via atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier-transform (FT) spectroscopy, and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE). Furthermore, by performing the analysis of surface plasmon resonances before and after the coating of the nanostructures, it was observed that the position of the resonance structures could be properly shifted by finely controlling the silica layer thickness. The effect of silica coating was assessed also in view of sensing applications, due to important advantages, such as surface protection of the plasmonic structure.

  19. Active gel model of amoeboid cell motility

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    Callan-Jones, A. C.; Voituriez, R.

    2013-02-01

    We develop a model of amoeboid cell motility based on active gel theory. Modeling the motile apparatus of a eukaryotic cell as a confined layer of finite length of poroelastic active gel permeated by a solvent, we first show that, due to active stress and gel turnover, an initially static and homogeneous layer can undergo a contractile-type instability to a polarized moving state in which the rear is enriched in gel polymer. This agrees qualitatively with motile cells containing an actomyosin-rich uropod at their rear. We find that the gel layer settles into a steadily moving, inhomogeneous state at long times, sustained by a balance between contractility and filament turnover. In addition, our model predicts an optimal value of the gel-substrate adhesion leading to maximum layer speed, in agreement with cell motility assays. The model may be relevant to motility of cells translocating in complex, confining environments that can be mimicked experimentally by cell migration through microchannels.

  20. Preparation and complex characterization of silica holmium sol-gel monoliths.

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    Cacaina, D; Areva, S; Laaksonen, H; Simon, S; Ylänen, H

    2011-01-01

    Amorphous, sol-gel derived SiO(2) are known to biocompatible and bioresorbable materials. Biodegradable and inert materials containing radioactive isotopes have potential application as delivery vehicles of the beta radiation to the cancer tumors inside the body. Incorporation of holmium in the sol-gel derived SiO(2) could lead to the formation of a biodegradable material which could be used as carrier biomaterial for the radiation of radioactive holmium to the various cancer sites. The homogeneity of the prepared sol-gel silica holmium monoliths was investigated by Back Scattered Electron Imaging of Scanning Electron Microscope equipped with Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis, X-ray Induced Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. The biodegradation of the monoliths was investigated in Simulated Body Fluid and TRIS (Trizma pre-set Crystals) solution. The results show that by suitable tailoring of the sol-gel processing parameters holmium can be homogeneously incorporated in the silica matrix with a controlled biodegradation rate.

  1. Surface properties of the Ni-silica gel catalyst precursors for the vegetable oil hydrogenation process: N2 sorption and XPS studies

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    Nikolova, D.; Krstić, J.; Spasov, L.; Simeonov, D.; Lončarević, D.; Stefanov, Pl.; Jovanović, D.

    2011-12-01

    The effect of the type of the silica gel pore structure on the surface properties of the Ni-silica gel catalyst precursors for the vegetable oil hydrogenation process has been examined applying N2 sorption and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques. The nickel catalyst precursors with identical composition (SiO2/Ni = 1.0) has been synthesized by precipitation of Ni(NO3)2 · 6H2O solution with Na2CO3 solution on the three types of silica gel with different pore structures. It is shown that the usage of the silica gel supports with different texture as source of SiO2 causes different location of Ni-species into the support pores and on the external surface area. The XPS data confirm the formation of surface species with different strength of interaction and different dispersion. These surface characteristics of the precursors will predetermine the formation of the active nickel metallic phase as well as the mass transfer of the reactants and products to and from the catalytic sites.

  2. Chemical durability of metallic copper nanoparticles in silica thin films synthesized by sol gel

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    Akhavan, O.

    2008-12-01

    In this study, chemical durability of metallic copper nanoparticles dispersed in sol-gel silica thin films was investigated by exposing the films to air after a reduction process. At first, heat treatment in air for 1 h produced silica films containing crystalline cupric oxide nanoparticles agglomerated on the film surface. Subsequently, reduction of the oxidized films in a reducing environment of N2-H2 for another 1 h at temperatures of 400, 500 and 600 °C resulted in the formation of crystalline metallic Cu nanoparticles diffused in the silica matrix. The time evolution of the surface plasmon resonance absorption peak of the reduced Cu nanoparticles was studied after the reduction processes at different temperatures. By fitting the optical absorption spectra with the Mie model, the conversion of Cu into CuO in the silica films exposed to air was examined as a function of the elapsing time. It was found that increasing the reducing temperature resulted in greater diffusion of the reduced Cu nanoparticles into the substrate, and also, in a decrease in the water content of the silica film. Diffusion of the nanoparticles decreased the number of particles exposed to air, and further, the decrease in the water content densified the silica film surrounding the diffused nanoparticles. While after the reduction process of the films at 400 °C, the presence of water in the film and considerable copper on the surface resulted in conversion of 94% of the reduced Cu into CuO in just 24 h, by reducing the film at the high temperature of 600 °C, no water and small copper concentration could be detected on the silica film so that only 8% of the Cu nanoparticles converted to CuO in as much as 12 months.

  3. Water repellent porous silica films by sol-gel dip coating method.

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    Rao, A Venkateswara; Gurav, Annaso B; Latthe, Sanjay S; Vhatkar, Rajiv S; Imai, Hiroaki; Kappenstein, Charles; Wagh, P B; Gupta, Satish C

    2010-12-01

    The wetting of solid surfaces by water droplets is ubiquitous in our daily lives as well as in industrial processes. In the present research work, water repellent porous silica films are prepared on glass substrate at room temperature by sol-gel process. The coating sol was prepared by keeping the molar ratio of methyltriethoxysilane (MTES), methanol (MeOH), water (H(2)O) constant at 1:12.90:4.74, respectively, with 2M NH(4)OH throughout the experiments and the molar ratio (M) of MTES/Ph-TMS was varied from 0 to 0.22. A simple dip coating technique is adopted to coat silica films on the glass substrates. The static water contact angle as high as 164° and water sliding angle as low as 4° was obtained for silica film prepared from M=0.22. The surface morphological studies of the prepared silica film showed the porous structure with pore sizes typically ranging from 200nm to 1.3μm. The superhydrophobic silica films prepared from M=0.22 retained their superhydrophobicity up to a temperature of 285°C and above this temperature the films became superhydrophilic. The porous and water repellent silica films are prepared by proper alteration of the Ph-TMS in the coating solution. The prepared silica films were characterized by surface profilometer, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, humidity tests, chemical aging tests, static and dynamic water contact angle measurements.

  4. Sol-gel processed mupirocin silica microspheres loaded collagen scaffold: a synergistic bio-composite for wound healing.

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    Perumal, Sathiamurthi; Ramadass, Satiesh kumar; Madhan, Balaraman

    2014-02-14

    Development of a bio-composite using synergistic combination is a promising strategy to address various pathological manifestations of acute and chronic wounds. In the present work, we have combined three materials viz., mupirocin as an antimicrobial drug, sol-gel processed silica microsphere as drug carrier for sustained delivery of drug and collagen, an established wound healer as scaffold. The mupirocin-loaded silica microspheres (Mu-SM) and Mu-SM loaded collagen scaffold were characterized for surface morphology, entrapment efficiency and distribution homogeneity, in vitro drug release, water uptake capacity, cell proliferation and antibacterial activity. In vivo wound healing efficacy of the bio-composite was experimented using full thickness excision wound model in Wistar albino rats. The Mu-SM incorporated collagen scaffold showed good in vitro characteristics in terms of better water uptake, sustained drug availability and antimicrobial activity. The wound closure analysis revealed that the complete epithelialisation was observed at 14.2 ± 0.44 days for Mu-SM loaded collagen, whereas this was 17.4 ± 0.44 days and 20.6 ± 0.54 days for collagen and control groups, respectively. Consequently, the synergistic strategy of combining mupirocin-loaded silica microspheres and collagen as a Mu-SM loaded collagen dressing material would be an ideal biomaterial for the treatment of surface wounds, burns and foot ulcers.

  5. The influence of sol-gel-derived silica coatings functionalized with betamethasone on adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs).

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    Donesz-Sikorska, Anna; Grzesiak, Jakub; Smieszeka, Agnieszk; Krzak, Justyna; Marycz, Krzysztof

    2014-09-01

    Silica-based sol-gel coatings have gained attention in bone therapies and orthopedic applications, due to the biocompatibility and bioactivity, including a high potential for the controlled release both in vitro and in vivo. Bioactive materials are created to facilitate the biocompatibility of orthopedic implants. One of the promising alternatives is biomaterials with immobilized drugs. In this study we demonstrated for the first time novel sol-gel-derived silica coatings with active amino groups (SiO2(NH2)) functionalized with a steroid drug-betamethasone, applied to a substrate 316 L using dip coating technique. The presence of betamethasone in functionalized coatings was directly confirmed by Raman spectroscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopic analysis. The wettability was evaluated by the sessile drop method, while the surface free energy was estimated based on the contact angles measured. Our results showed a shift in surface properties from hydrophobic to hydrophilic after application of the coatings. We have investigated the morphology, proliferation factor, and the population doubling time of adipose-derived stem cells for biological purposes. Moreover, the analysis of the distribution and localization of cellular microvesicles was performed to evaluate the influence of functionalized surfaces on cellular cytophysiological activity. Increased proliferation and activation of cells, determined by the observations of microvesicles shedding processes, provided evidence of the availability of the drug. Therefore, we conclude that the sol-gel synthesis proposed here allows to improve the metal substrates and can be successfully used for immobilization of betamethasone. This in turn enables the direct delivery of the drug with implanted material into the wound site, and to stimulate the activity of cells to enhance tissue regeneration.

  6. Sol-gel processing of anti-inflammatory entrapment in silica, release kinetics, and bioactivity.

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    Catauro, M; Melisi, D; Curcio, A; Rimoli, M G

    2008-12-15

    Controlled and local drug-delivery systems for anti-inflammatory agents are drawing increasing attention for possible pharmaceutical and biomedical applications, because of their extended therapeutic effect and reduced side effects. A single-step sol-gel process was used to precipitate silica microspheres containing Ketoprofen, Indomethacin, Ketorolac tris salt, or Triamcinolone acetonide, for controlled drug delivery applications. The amorphous nature of the gels was ascertained by X-ray diffraction analysis. Release kinetics in a simulated body fluid (SBF) has been subsequently investigated. The amount of drug released has been detected by UV-vis spectroscopy. The pure anti-inflammatory agent exhibited linear release with time, while sol-gel silica-entrapped drugs were released with a logarithmic time dependence, starting with an initial burst effect followed by a gradual decrease. Finally, SEM micrography and EDS analysis showed the formation of a hydroxyapatite layer on the surface of the samples soaked in SBF. All the materials showed good release and therefore could be used as drug-delivery systems.

  7. Shock-wave compression of silica gel as a model material for comets

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    Arasuna, Akane; Okuno, Masayuki; Chen, Liliang; Mashimo, Tsutomu; Okudera, Hiroki; Mizukami, Tomoyuki; Arai, Shoji

    2016-07-01

    A shock-wave compression experiment using synthesized silica gel was investigated as a model for a comet impact event on the Earth's surface. The sample shocked at 20.7 GPa showed considerable structural changes, a release of water molecules, and the dehydration of silanol (Si-OH) that led to the formation of a new Si-O-Si network structure containing larger rings (e.g., six-membered ring of SiO4 tetrahedra). The high aftershock temperature at 20.7 GPa, which could be close to 800 °C, influenced the sample structure. However, some silanols, which were presumed to be the mutually hydrogen-bonded silanol group, remained at pressures >20.7 GPa. This type of silanol along with a small number of water molecules may remain even after shock compression at 30.9 GPa, although the intermediate structure of the sample recovered was similar to that of silica glass.

  8. Nanorods of Various Oxides and Hierarchically Structured Mesoporous Silica by Sol-Gel Electrophoresis

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    Limmer, Steven J.; Hubler, Timothy L.; Cao, Guozhong

    2003-01-02

    In this paper, we report the template-based growth of nanorods of oxides and hierarchically structured mesoporous silica, formed by means of a combination of sol-gel processing and elecrophoretic deposition. Both single metal oxides (TiO2) and complex oxides (Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3) have been grown by this method. This method has also been applied to the growth of nanorods of mesoporous silica having an ordered pore structure, where the pores are aligned parallel to the long axis of the nanorod. Uniformly sized nanorods of about 125-200 nm in diameter and 10 um in length were grown over large areas with near unidirectional alignment. Appropriate sol preparation yielded the desired stoichiometric chemical composition and crystal structure of the oxide nanorods, with a heat treatment (500-700 C for 15-30 min) for crystallization, densification and any necessary pyrolysis.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of sol gel silica films doped with size-selected gold nanoparticles

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    Ferrara, M. C.; Mirenghi, L.; Mevoli, A.; Tapfer, L.

    2008-09-01

    Homogeneous nanocomposite silica films uniformly doped with size-selected gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have been prepared by a combined use of colloidal chemistry and the sol-gel process. For this purpose, stable thiol-functionalized AuNPs (DDT-AuNPs) were first synthesized by a two-phase aqueous/organic system and, subsequently, dispersed in an acid-catalysed sol-gel silica solution. The microstructural morphology of the samples was investigated by x-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-vis optical spectrophotometry were instead employed to investigate the elemental chemical behaviour and the evolution of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band of the AuNPs from their synthesis up to the formation of the Au-doped silica films. The results show that the size, shape and crystalline domains of the AuNPs remain unchanged during the entire preparation process, indicating that their aggregation or decomposition was prevented. XPS results show that the DDT-AuNPs lose the capping shells and oxidize themselves when dispersed in acid-catalysed sol-gel solutions, and that bare AuNPs are embedded in the SiO2 films. A large broadening of the SPR band, observed for systems with DDT-AuNPs, suggests the presence of interface effects which cause a surface electron density lowering. Thiol chain detachment from the AuNPs determines an increase of the SPR peak intensity while the oxidation of the Au surfaces causes a red shift of its position. The latter is no longer observed in doped films, suggesting that no interfacial effects between bare AuNPs and the host medium are present.

  10. Efficient recovery of CO2 from flue gas by clathrate hydrate formation in porous silica gels.

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    Seo, Yu-Taek; Moudrakovski, Igor L; Ripmeester, John A; Lee, Jong-Won; Lee, Huen

    2005-04-01

    Thermodynamic measurements and NMR spectroscopic analysis were used to show that it is possible to recover CO2 from flue gas by forming a mixed hydrate that removes CO2 preferentially from CO2/N2 gas mixtures using water dispersed in the pores of silica gel. Kinetic studies with 1H NMR microimaging showed that the dispersed water in the silica gel pore system reacts readily with the gas, thus obviating the need for a stirred reactor and excess water. Hydrate phase equilibria for the ternary CO2-N2-water system in silica gel pores were measured, which show that the three-phase hydrate-water-rich liquid-vapor equilibrium curves were shifted to higher pressures at a specific temperature when the concentration of CO2 in the vapor phase decreased. 13C cross-polarization NMR spectral analysis and direct measurement of the CO2 content in the hydrate phase suggested that the mixed hydrate is structure I at gas compositions of more than 10 mol % CO2, and that the CO2 molecules occupy mainly the more abundant 5(12)6(2) cages. This makes it possible to achieve concentrations of more than 96 mol % CO2 gas in the product after three cycles of hydrate formation and dissociation. 1H NMR microimaging showed that hydrate yields of better than 85%, based on the amount of water, could be obtained in 1 h when a steady state was reached, although approximately 90% of this yield was achieved after approximately 20 min of reaction time.

  11. Acrylate-silica polymer nanocomposites obtained by sol-gel reactions. Structure, properties and scaffold preparation

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    Rodriguez Hernandez, Jose Carlos

    The manuscript deals with the development and characterization of hybrid materials based on poly(hydroxyethyl acrylate) (hereafter PHEA) reinforced by the inclusion of an amorphous silica phase. Both phases were simultaneously synthesized: the organic phase underwent a free radical polymerization reaction induced by the small addition of a thermal initiator (benzoyl peroxide); besides, silica (SiO2) was polymerized by an acid catalyzed sol-gel reaction of the silicon alkoxide tetraethoxysilane (hereafter TEOS). The sol-gel reaction conditions where silicon dioxide is formed influence the final silica structure: degree of condensation, linear versus branched intermediate species, average size, and so on. Some of the key parameters to control SiO2 topology on sol-gel derived composites include the catalyst nature used to increase the alkoxide reactivity (as well as its amount, pH), the available water to hydrolyze the silica precursor (referred to the stoichiometric amount needed to fully hydrolyze one molecule of TEOS) and ratio between the organic and inorganic phases on the final hybrid. The former (catalyst) and the second (water) conditions were fixed so as to synthesize materials with silica average sizes around tens of nanometres (nanocomposites); the latter, the relative ratio between organic and inorganic phases, was systematically changed. Besides, it is introduced a methodology to prepare a new kind of scaffolds made by nanocomposites whose pore morphology consists of a cylindrical channel mesh, which are perpendicular between themselves. The procedure is based on the well-known method of intermediate templates, this time prepared by a stack of woven fabrics which are first pressed and afterwards sintered. After the filling of the holes left inside the template by the monomeric solution and subsequent thermal polymerization, templates are removed by the selective solvent of the material it is made up. A suitable template preparation is found to be crucial

  12. Behavior of transplutonium elements on thin-layer silica gel using di-2-ethylhexylphosphoric acid

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    Molochnikova, N.P.; Myasoedov, B.F.

    1995-03-01

    The behavior of transplutonium elements (TPE) on thin-layer silica gel on domestic sorbphil thin-layer chromatography (TLC) plates is investigated using di-2-ethylhexylphosphoric acid (D2EHPA) solutions in HNO{sub 3} of various concentrations. Conditions are found for separating Bk(IV) from other TPE in solutions with [HNO{sub 3}] > 5 M and also for separating Bk(III) and Ce. Solutions of D2EHPA as the mobile phase are recommended for TLC identification of tracer amounts of different oxidation states Am in HNO{sub 3}.

  13. Fabrication of silica glass containing yellow oxynitride phosphor by the sol–gel process

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    Segawa, Hiroyo; Yoshimizu, Hisato; Hirosaki, Naoto; Inoue, Satoru

    2011-01-01

    We have prepared silica glass by the sol–gel method and studied its ability to disperse the Ca-α-SiAlON:Eu2+ phosphor for application in white light emitting diodes (LEDs). The emission color generated by irradiating doped glass with a blue LED at 450 nm depended on the concentration of SiAlON and the glass thickness, resulting in nearly white light. The luminescence efficiency of 1-mm-thick glass depended on the SiAlON concentration, and was highest at 4 wt% SiAlON. PMID:27877398

  14. Silica decorated on porous activated carbon nanofiber composites for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Kim, So Yeun; Kim, Bo-Hye

    2016-10-01

    A hybrid of silica decorated on porous activated carbon nanofibers (ACNFs) is fabricated in the form of a web via electrospinning and an activation process as an electrode material for electrochemical capacitors in an organic electrolyte. The introduction of PhSiH3 (PS) into the polyacrylonitrile (PAN) solution induces a porous ACNF structure containing silica nanoparticles (NPs) via the spontaneous sol-gel process of PS by steam in the subsequent physical activation process. These inorganic-organic hybrid composites of porous ACNF containing silica NPs show superior specific capacitance and energy density in electrochemical tests, along with good rate capability and excellent cycle life in an organic electrolyte, which is attributed to the combination of ACNF's high surface area and silica's hydrophilicity. The electrochemical performance decreases with increasing PS concentration, and this trend is consistent with the specific surface area results, which reveal the rapid formation of a double layer.

  15. The porosity of sol-gel silica thin films for optrode applications

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    Harris, T.M.; Knobbe, E.T.

    1995-12-01

    Porous silica thin films produced by sol-gel processing are being considered for use in optical sensor (optrode) applications. In this study, thin films were produced by dip-coating onto glass slides. The porosity was then measured indirectly, by determining the amount of methylene blue adsorption on each slide. Using this technique, it has been determined that the {open_quotes}two-step{close_quotes} sol-gel process provides a greater surface area than the acid-catalyzed process. With the two-step process, increasing the amount of solvent (ethanol) and decreasing the rate of slide withdrawal from the sol provided increased surface area when normalized to the mass of the deposit.

  16. Durable superhydrophobic and antireflective surfaces by trimethylsilanized silica nanoparticles-based sol-gel processing.

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    Manca, Michele; Cannavale, Alessandro; De Marco, Luisa; Aricò, Antonino S; Cingolani, Roberto; Gigli, Giuseppe

    2009-06-02

    We present a robust and cost-effective coating method to fabricate long-term durable superhydrophobic andsimultaneouslyantireflective surfaces by a double-layer coating comprising trimethylsiloxane (TMS) surface-functionalized silica nanoparticles partially embedded into an organosilica binder matrix produced through a sol-gel process. A dense and homogeneous organosilica gel layer was first coated onto a glass substrate, and then, a trimethylsilanized nanospheres-based superhydrophobic layer was deposited onto it. After thermal curing, the two layers turned into a monolithic film, and the hydrophobic nanoparticles were permanently fixed to the glass substrate. Such treated surfaces showed a tremendous water repellency (contact angle = 168 degrees ) and stable self-cleaning effect during 2000 h of outdoor exposure. Besides this, nanotextured topology generated by the self-assembled nanoparticles-based top layer produced a fair antireflection effect consisting of more than a 3% increase in optical transmittance.

  17. Experiments on Hemoglobin in Single Crystals and Silica Gels Distinguish among Allosteric Models

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    Henry, Eric R.; Mozzarelli, Andrea; Viappiani, Cristiano; Abbruzzetti, Stefania; Bettati, Stefano; Ronda, Luca; Bruno, Stefano; Eaton, William A.

    2015-01-01

    Trapping quaternary structures of hemoglobin in single crystals or by encapsulation in silica gels has provided a demanding set of data to test statistical mechanical models of allostery. In this work, we compare the results of those experiments with predictions of the four major allosteric models for hemoglobin: the quaternary two-state model of Monod, Wyman, and Changeux; the tertiary two-state model of Henry et al., which is the simplest extension of the Monod-Wyman-Changeux model to include pre-equilibria of tertiary as well as quaternary conformations; the structure-based model of Szabo and Karplus; and the modification of the latter model by Lee and Karplus. We show that only the tertiary two-state model can provide a near quantitative explanation of the single-crystal and gel experimental results. PMID:26038112

  18. Improvement of arbovirus HA antigens by treatment with a colloidal silica gel and sonication.

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    Traavik, T

    1977-01-01

    A remarkable increase in HA titers for weakly haemagglutinating Norwegian arbovirus strains, Uukuniemi and Runde viruses, was achieved by including treatment with the colloidal silica gel Aerosil in the antigen preparation scheme. By combining this procedure with sonication, the titers of sucrose-aceton extracted, infected suckling mouse brains could be increased several hundred times. Good antigens also were obtained from virus grown in BHK21/c 13 cell cultures and concentrated by polyethylene glycol 6000/NaCl. Rubella virus HA antigen and HBsAg were adsorbed to the gel, and excluded from a preparation by treatment with Aerosil. This indicates a limitation to the universal use of the method, presumably related to the particle size.

  19. Luminescent organosilicon polymers and sol-gel synthesis of nano-structured silica

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    Martinez, H. Paul

    2011-12-01

    There remains a demand for inexpensive and reliable explosive sensors to be used in a field setting for identifying specific explosives. High explosives are considered to be organic and oxidizing, a relatively rare combination that makes them tractable for molecular recognition event. For this reason, fluorescent polymers have had favorable success in their use as sensors for high explosive. Here we report the use of fluorescent, silicon based copolymers, covalently linked to a silica TLC support. A thin layer of the polymer allows for a more efficient interaction with an analyte, thus yielding enhanced detection sensitivity. The attachment of the sensing polymers onto a chromatographic support allows for the separation of a mixture, as well as the identification of multiple explosives through the use of multiple sensing polymers. Hollow hard shell particles of 200 nm and 2 micron diameter with a 10 nm thick porous silica shell have also been synthesized using polystyrene templates and a sol-gel process. The template ensures that the hollow particles are monodispersed, while the charged silica surface ensures that they remain suspended in solution for weeks. When filled with perfluorocarbon gas, the particles behave as an efficient contrast agent for color Doppler ultrasound imaging in human breast tissue. The silica shell provides unique properties compared to conventional soft shell particles employed as ultrasound contrast agents: uniform size control, strong adsorption to tissue and cells immobilizing particles at the tissue injectionsite, a long imaging lifetime, and a silica surface that can be easily modified with biotargeting ligands or small molecules to adjust the surface charge and polarity.

  20. Silica/quercetin sol–gel hybrids as antioxidant dental implant materials

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    Catauro, Michelina; Papale, Ferdinando; Bollino, Flavia; Piccolella, Simona; Marciano, Sabina; Nocera, Paola; Pacifico, Severina

    2015-01-01

    The development of biomaterials with intrinsic antioxidant properties could represent a valuable strategy for preventing the onset of peri-implant diseases. In this context, quercetin, a naturally occurring flavonoid, has been entrapped at different weight percentages in a silica-based inorganic material by a sol–gel route. The establishment of hydrogen bond interactions between the flavonol and the solid matrix was ascertained by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. This technique also evidenced changes in the stretching frequencies of the quercetin dienonic moiety, suggesting that the formation of a secondary product occurs. Scanning electron microscopy was applied to detect the morphology of the synthesized materials. Their bioactivity was shown by the formation of a hydroxyapatite layer on sample surface soaked in a fluid that simulates the composition of human blood plasma. When the potential release of flavonol was determined by liquid chromatography coupled with ultraviolet and electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry techniques, the eluates displayed a retention time that was 0.5 min less than quercetin. Collision-activated dissociation mass spectrometry and untraviolet-visible spectroscopy were in accordance with the release of a quercetin derivative. The antiradical properties of the investigated systems were evaluated by DPPH and ABTS methods, whereas the 2,7-dichlorofluorescein diacetate assay highlighted their ability to inhibit the H2O2-induced intracellular production of reactive oxygen species in NIH-3T3 mouse fibroblast cells. Data obtained, along with data gathered from the MTT cytotoxicity test, revealed that the materials that entrapped the highest amount of quercetin showed notable antioxidant effectiveness. PMID:27877802

  1. Silica/quercetin sol-gel hybrids as antioxidant dental implant materials

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    Catauro, Michelina; Papale, Ferdinando; Bollino, Flavia; Piccolella, Simona; Marciano, Sabina; Nocera, Paola; Pacifico, Severina

    2015-06-01

    The development of biomaterials with intrinsic antioxidant properties could represent a valuable strategy for preventing the onset of peri-implant diseases. In this context, quercetin, a naturally occurring flavonoid, has been entrapped at different weight percentages in a silica-based inorganic material by a sol-gel route. The establishment of hydrogen bond interactions between the flavonol and the solid matrix was ascertained by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. This technique also evidenced changes in the stretching frequencies of the quercetin dienonic moiety, suggesting that the formation of a secondary product occurs. Scanning electron microscopy was applied to detect the morphology of the synthesized materials. Their bioactivity was shown by the formation of a hydroxyapatite layer on sample surface soaked in a fluid that simulates the composition of human blood plasma. When the potential release of flavonol was determined by liquid chromatography coupled with ultraviolet and electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry techniques, the eluates displayed a retention time that was 0.5 min less than quercetin. Collision-activated dissociation mass spectrometry and untraviolet-visible spectroscopy were in accordance with the release of a quercetin derivative. The antiradical properties of the investigated systems were evaluated by DPPH and ABTS methods, whereas the 2,7-dichlorofluorescein diacetate assay highlighted their ability to inhibit the H2O2-induced intracellular production of reactive oxygen species in NIH-3T3 mouse fibroblast cells. Data obtained, along with data gathered from the MTT cytotoxicity test, revealed that the materials that entrapped the highest amount of quercetin showed notable antioxidant effectiveness.

  2. Sol gel synthesis and photoluminescence of AlP nanocrystals embedded in silica glasses

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    Yang, Heqing; Yao, Xi; Huang, Daming

    2007-03-01

    AlP nanocrystals embedded in silica glasses were prepared via an easy sol-gel process. The gels synthesized by the hydrolysis of a complex solution of Si(OC2H5)4, Al(NO3)3 · 9H2O and PO(OC2H5)3 were heated at 600 °C for 10 h in an air atmosphere to form an Al2O3-P2O5-SiO2 gel glass. The gel glasses were then heated in the presence of H2-N2 mixed gas, in which the P(V) are reduced by the H2 gas, and react with Al(III) to form fine cubic AlP crystallites embedded in silica glasses. The X-ray diffraction patterns showed (1 1 1), (2 2 0), and (3 1 1) diffraction lines from cubic AlP crystals. The AlP (2 2 0), (3 1 1), (4 2 2), and (4 4 0) diffraction lines were observed in the electron diffraction pattern. The size of AlP nanocrystals was found to be from 5 to 10 nm in diameter by transmission electron microscopy. A strong room temperature photoluminescence (PL) with peaks at 533, 582, 649, and 688 nm was observed from AlP/SiO2 nanocomposites. The PL is suggested to originate from the hydrogen-related species (PL band at 533 nm), the small "peroxy radical" (PL band at 582 nm), and the nonbridging oxygens (PL bands at 649 and 688 nm), respectively.

  3. Active protease mapping in 2DE gels.

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    Zhao, Zhenjun; Russell, Pamela J

    2009-01-01

    Proteases act as the molecular mediators of many vital biological processes. To understand the function of each protease, it needs to be separated from other proteins and characterized in its natural, biologically active form. In the method described in this chapter, proteases in a biological sample are separated under nonreducing conditions in 2DE gels. A specific small protease substrate, tagged with a fluorescent dye, is copolymerized into the SDS gel in the second dimension. After electrophoresis, the proteins are renatured by washing the gel with Triton X-100 solution or Milli Q water to remove SDS. The gel is then incubated in a protease assay buffer. The hydrolysis of the tagged specific substrate by the renatured protease releases the free fluorescent dye, which fluoresces in situ. The fluorescent spots indicate the location of the specific proteases in the gel and the specificity of the proteases.

  4. Ion-chromatographic behavior of alkali metal cations and ammonium ion on zirconium-adsorbing silica gel.

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    Ohta, K; Morikawa, H; Tanaka, K; Uwamino, Y; Furukawa, M; Sando, M

    2000-07-07

    The preparation and evaluation of zirconium-adsorbing silica gel (Zr-Silica) as an ion-exchange stationary phase in ion chromatography for inorganic anions and cations was carried out. The Zr-Silica was prepared by the reaction of silanol groups on the surface of the silica gel with zirconium butoxide (Zr(OCH2CH2CH2CH3)4) in ethanol. The ion-exchange characteristics of the Zr-Silica were evaluated using 10 mM tartaric acid at pH 2.5 as eluent. The Zr-Silica was found to act as a cation-exchanger under the eluent conditions. The retention behavior of alkali and alkaline earth metal cations was then investigated. The Zr-Silica column was proved to be suitable for the simultaneous separation of alkali metal cations and ammonium ion. Excellent separation of the cations on a 15 cm Zr-Silica column was achieved in 25 min using 10 mM tartaric acid as eluent.

  5. Microwave material characterization of alkali-silica reaction (ASR) gel in cementitious materials

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    Hashemi, Ashkan

    Since alkali-silica reaction (ASR) was recognized as a durability challenge in cement-based materials over 70 years ago, numerous methods have been utilized to prevent, detect, and mitigate this issue. However, quantifying the amount of produced ASR byproducts (i.e., ASR gel) in-service is still of great interest in the infrastructure industry. The overarching objective of this dissertation is to bring a new understanding to the fundamentals of ASR formation from a microwave dielectric property characterization point-of-view, and more importantly, to investigate the potential for devising a microwave nondestructive testing approach for ASR gel detection and evaluation. To this end, a comprehensive dielectric mixing model was developed with the potential for predicting the effective dielectric constant of mortar samples with and without the presence of ASR gel. To provide pertinent inputs to the model, critical factors on the influence of ASR gel formation on dielectric and reflection properties of several mortar samples were investigated at R, S, and X-band. Effects of humidity, alkali content, and long-term curing conditions on ASR-prone mortars were also investigated. Additionally, dielectric properties of chemically different synthetic ASR gel were also determined. All of these, collectively, served as critical inputs to the mixing model. The resulting developed dielectric mixing model has the potential to be further utilized to quantify the amount of produced ASR gel in cement-based materials. This methodology, once becomes more mature, will bring new insight to the ASR reaction, allowing for advancements in design, detection and mitigation of ASR, and eventually has the potential to become a method-of-choice for in-situ infrastructure health-monitoring of existing structures.

  6. Bedded jaspers of the Ordovician Løkken ophiolite, Norway: seafloor deposition and diagenetic maturation of hydrothermal plume-derived silica-iron gels

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    Grenne, Tor; Slack, John F.

    2003-01-01

    The jaspers are interpreted to record colloidal fallout from one or more hydrothermal plumes, followed by maturation (ageing) of an Si-Fe-oxyhydroxide gel, on and beneath the Ordovician sea floor. Small hematitic filaments in the jaspers reflect bacteria-catalysed oxidation of Fe2+ within the plume. The larger tubular filaments resulted from either microbial activity or inorganic self-organized mineral growth of Fe-oxyhydroxide within the Si-Fe-oxyhydroxide gel after deposition on the sea floor, prior to more advanced maturation of the gel as represented by the spheroidal and botryoidal silica-hematite textures. Bleaching and hematite±epidote growth are interpreted to reflect heat and fluids generated during deposition of basaltic sheet flows on top of the gels.

  7. Behavior of amino acids when volatilized in the presence of silica gel and pulverized basaltic lava.

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    Basiuk, V A; Navarro-Gonzalez, R; Basiuk, E V

    1998-04-01

    To evaluate the types of amino acid thermal transformations caused by silicate materials, we studied the volatilization products of Aib, L-Ala, L-Val and L-Leu under temperatures of up to 270 degrees C in the presence of silica gel as a model catalyst and pulverized basaltic lava samples. It was found that silica gel catalyzes nearly quantitative condensation of amino acids, where piperazinediones are the major products, whereas lava samples have much lower catalytic efficiency. In addition bicyclic and tricyclic amidines and several products of their subsequent thermal decomposition have been identified using the coupled technique of GC-FTIR-MS and HPLC-PB-MS, with auxiliary computer simulation of IR spectra and NMR spectroscopy. The decomposition is due to dehydrogenation, elimination of the alkyl substituents and dehydration as well as cleavage of the bicyclic ring system. The imidazole ring appears to be more resistant to thermal decomposition as compared to the pyperazine moiety, giving rise to the formation of different substituted imidazolones. The amidines were found to hydrolyze under treatment with concentrated HCl, releasing the starting amino acids and thus behaving as amino acid anhydrides. The thermal transformations cause significant racemization of amino acid residues. Based on our observations, the formation of amidine-type products is suggested to be rather common in the high-temperature experiments on amino acid condensation.

  8. Experimental comparison of adsorption characteristics of silica gel and zeolite in moist air

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    Xin, F.; Yuan, Z. X.; Wang, W. C.; Du, C. X.

    2017-02-01

    In this work, the macro adsorption characteristic of water vapor by the allochroic silica gel and the zeolite 5A and ZSM-5 were investigated experimentally. BET analysis method presented the difference of the porosity, the micro pore volume, and the specific surface area of the material. The dynamic and the equilibrium characteristics of the sample were measured thermo-gravimetrically in the moist air. In general, the ZSM-5 zeolite showed an inferior feature of the adsorption speed and the equilibrium concentration to the others. By comparison to the result of SAPO-34 zeolite in the open literature, the 5A zeolite showed some superiorities of the adsorption. The equilibrium concentration of the ZSM-5 zeolite was higher than that of the SAPO-34 calcined in the nitrogen, whereas it was lower than that calcined in the air. The adsorption isotherm was correlated and the relation of the isotherm to the microstructure of the material was discussed. With more mesopore volume involved, the zeolite presented an S-shaped isotherm in contrast to the exponential isotherm of the silica gel. In addition, the significance of the S-shaped isotherm for the application in adsorption heat pump has also been addressed.

  9. Quantitative estimates of benthic protozoa in tropical marine systems using silica gel: A comparison of methods

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    Alongi, Daniel M.

    1986-10-01

    The use of silica gel to extract free-living protozoans from fine sediments and their abundances in a variety of tropical marine systems (mangrove, coral reef, intertidal and subtidal nearshore zones) are described. Silica gel was compared with several other extraction techniques: decantation/preservation with formaldehyde, cultivation and serial dilution, pipetting of diluted mud, adhesion onto coverslips, seawater ice and flushing with cold magnesium chloride and seawater. Extraction of protozoans from fine substrates using a Percoll-sorbitol mixture yielded significantly greater densities of organisms than most of the other extraction methods. In autumn, ciliate and flagellate densities ranged from 5·0 × 10 4 to 1·0 × 10 6 m -2 and from 3·7 × 10 5 to 1·4 × 10 7 m -2, respectively, in sediments along a portion of the Northeastern coast of Australia. Highest densities of ciliates were found in intertidal quartz sands; flagellates were most abundant in carbonate sands within the lagoon of Davies Reef, Great Barrier Reef. It is concluded that use of other, commonly-accepted techniques may result in serious underestimates (e.g. seawater ice, pipetting, decantation and coverslip methods) or overestimates (laboratory cultivation) of protozoan densities in fine sediments.

  10. Direct electrochemistry and electrocatalysis of myoglobin based on silica-coated gold nanorods/room temperature ionic liquid/silica sol-gel composite film.

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    Zhu, Wen-Lei; Zhou, Yang; Zhang, Jian-Rong

    2009-11-15

    A novel biosensor based on the silica-coated gold nanorods (GNRs@SiO(2)) and hydrophilic room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluroborate ([bmim][BF(4)]) was fabricated for the determination of hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) and nitrite. GNRs@SiO(2) can not only act as a binder to hinder [bmim][BF(4)] (RTIL) leaking from the electrode surface, but also provide a favorable microenvironment for direct electrochemistry of myoglobin (Mb). A pair of well-defined and quasi-reversible redox peaks of Mb was obtained at the GNRs@SiO(2)-Mb/RTIL-sol-gel composite film modified GCE (GNRs@SiO(2)-Mb/RTIL-sol-gel/GCE) through direct electron transfer between Mb and the underlying electrode. This biosensor showed an excellent electrocatalytic activity towards hydrogen peroxide and nitrite. The linear range for the determination of H(2)O(2) was from 0.2 to 180 microM with a detection limit of 0.12 microM based on the signal-to-noise ratio of 3. In addition, the biosensor also exhibited high selectivity, good reproducibility, and long-term stability. Therefore, this kind of composite film can provide an ideal matrix for protein immobilization and biosensor fabrication.

  11. Fabrication of dendrimer porogen-capsulated mesoporous silica via sol-gel process of silatrane precursor.

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    Tanglumlert, Walairat; Wongkasemjit, Sujitra; Imae, Toyoko

    2009-03-01

    Mesoporous silica materials with ordered structures were prepared from a silatrane precursor and a poly(amido amine) dendrimer porogen under the dilute acidic condition via the sol-gel process. With decreasing the concentration of the dendrimer and adding much water, the production of undesirable amorphous silica was diminished and spherical particles with smooth surface became in majority. Two kinds of crystal arrays were found to be produced in the silica particles. Although pore diameters were within sizes of shrank and extended dendrimers, center-to-center distance of template pores was different each other for two arrays, and the difference was close to a molecular length of silatrane. These results indicate that one molecule of silatrane constructed polysiloxane wall in the first array and origomeric silatranes formed wall in the second array. It was referred that the intrinsic (hydrogen bonding) character of hydroxyl groups in the hydrolyzed silatrane resulted in hydrogen bonded oligomers and reinforced the hydrogen bonding interaction with dendrimer porogen as well as electrostatic interaction, giving rise to two types of template arrays.

  12. Adsorption enhancement of elemental mercury onto sulphur-functionalized silica gel adsorbents.

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    Johari, Khairiraihanna; Saman, Norasikin; Mat, Hanapi

    2014-01-01

    In this study, elemental mercury (EM) adsorbents were synthesized using tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and 3-mercaptopropyl trimethoxysilane as silica precursors. The synthesized silica gel (SG)-TEOS was further functionalized through impregnation with elemental sulphur and carbon disulphide (CS2). The SG adsorbents were then characterized by using scanning electron microscope, Fourier transform infra-red spectrophotometer, nitrogen adsorption/desorption, and energy-dispersive X-ray diffractometer. The EM adsorption of the SG adsorbents was determined using fabricated fixed-bed adsorber. The EM adsorption results showed that the sulphur-functionalized SG adsorbents had a greater Hgo breakthrough adsorption capacity, confirming that the presence of sulphur in silica matrices can improve Hgo adsorption performance due to their high affinity towards mercury. The highest Hgo adsorption capacity was observed for SG-TEOS(CS2) (82.62 microg/g), which was approximately 2.9 times higher than SG-TEOS (28.47 microg/g). The rate of Hgo adsorption was observed higher for sulphur-impregnated adsorbents, and decreased with the increase in the bed temperatures.

  13. Analyzing the adsorption of blood plasma components by means of fullerene-containing silica gels and NMR spectroscopy in solids

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    Melenevskaya, E. Yu.; Mokeev, M. V.; Nasonova, K. V.; Podosenova, N. G.; Sharonova, L. V.; Gribanov, A. V.

    2012-10-01

    The results from studying the adsorption of blood plasma components (e.g., protein, triglycerides, cholesterol, and lipoproteins of low and high density) using silica gels modified with fullerene molecules (in the form of C60 or the hydroxylated form of C60(OH) x ) and subjected to hydration (or, alternatively, dehydration) are presented. The conditions for preparing adsorbents that allow us to control the adsorption capacity of silica gel and the selectivity of adsorption toward the components of blood plasma, are revealed. The nature and strength of the interactions of the introduced components (fullerene molecules and water) with functional groups on the silica surface are studied by means of solid state NMR spectroscopy (NMR-SS). Conclusions regarding the nature of the centers that control adsorption are drawn on the basis of NMR-SS spectra in combination with direct measurements of adsorption. The interaction of the oxygen of the hydroxyl group of silica gel with fullerene, leading to the formation of electron-donor complexes of C60-H, C60-OH, or C60-OSi type, is demonstrated by the observed changes in the NMR-SS spectra of silica gels in the presence of fullerene.

  14. Adsorption of dichlorodifluoromethane, chlorodifluoromethane, chloropentafluoroethane, 1,1-difluoroethane, and 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane on silica gel

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    Frere, M.; Berlier, K.; Bougard, J.; Jadot, R. . Service de Thermodynamique)

    1994-10-01

    The CFC's (chlorofluorocarbons) are used as working refrigerants fluids. The most commonly used are R12, R22, and R502 (48.8% R22 and 51.2% R115). Recent concerns of the effects of CFC's on the ozone layer require the development of efficient recovery methods. One technique is to adsorb the fluids onto a porous medium such as silica gel. Thermodynamic data on the adsorption of dichlorodifluoromethane (R12), chlorodifluoromethane (R22), chloropentafluoroethane (R115), 1,1-difluoroethane (R152a), and 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (R134a) on silica gel are required for the design of recovery units. The results are presented here.

  15. SERI Desiccant Cooling Test Facility. Status report. Preliminary data on the performance of a rotary parallel-passage silica-gel dehumidifier

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    Schultz, K.J.

    1986-04-01

    This report describes the SERI Desiccant Cooling Test Facility. The facility can test bench-scale rotary dehumidifiers over a wide range of controlled conditions. We constructed and installed in the test loop a prototype parallel-passage rotary dehumidifier that has spirally wound polyester tape coated with silica gel. The initial tests gave satisfactory results indicating that approximately 90% of the silica gel was active and the overall Lewis number of the wheel was near unity. The facility has several minor difficulties including an inability to control humidity satisfactorily and nonuniform and highly turbulent inlet velocities. To completely validate the facility requires a range of dehumidifier designs. Several choices are available including constructing a second parallel-passage dehumidifier with the passage spacing more uniform.

  16. Thermoreversible Gels Composed of Colloidal Silica Rods with Short-Range Attractions

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    Murphy, Ryan P.; Hong, Kunlun; Wagner, Norman J.

    2016-07-28

    Dynamic arrest transitions of colloidal suspensions containing non-spherical particles are of interest for the design and processing of various particle technologies. To better understand the effects of particle shape anisotropy and attraction strength on gel and glass formation, we present a colloidal model system of octadecyl-coated silica rods, termed as adhesive hard rods (AHR), which enables control of rod aspect ratio and temperature-dependent interactions. The aspect ratios of silica rods were controlled by varying the initial TEOS concentration following the work of Kuijk et al. (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 2346–2349) and temperature-dependent attractions were introduced by coating themore » calcined silica rods with an octadecyl-brush and suspending in tetradecane. The rod length and aspect ratio were found to increase with TEOS concentration as expected, while other properties such as the rod diameter, coating coverage, density, and surface roughness were nearly independent of the aspect ratio. Ultra-small angle X-ray scattering measurements revealed temperature-dependent attractions between octadecyl-coated silica rods in tetradecane, as characterized by a low-q upturn in the scattered intensity upon thermal quenching. Lastly, the rheology of a concentrated AHR suspension in tetradecane demonstrated thermoreversible gelation behavior, displaying a nearly 5 orders of magnitude change in the dynamic moduli as the temperature was cycled between 15 and 40 °C. We find the adhesive hard rod model system serves as a tunable platform to explore the combined influence of particle shape anisotropy and attraction strength on the dynamic arrest transitions in colloidal suspensions with thermoreversible, short-range attractions.« less

  17. Thermoreversible Gels Composed of Colloidal Silica Rods with Short-Range Attractions

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    Murphy, Ryan P.; Hong, Kunlun; Wagner, Norman J.

    2016-07-28

    Dynamic arrest transitions of colloidal suspensions containing non-spherical particles are of interest for the design and processing of various particle technologies. To better understand the effects of particle shape anisotropy and attraction strength on gel and glass formation, we present a colloidal model system of octadecyl-coated silica rods, termed as adhesive hard rods (AHR), which enables control of rod aspect ratio and temperature-dependent interactions. The aspect ratios of silica rods were controlled by varying the initial TEOS concentration following the work of Kuijk et al. (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 2346–2349) and temperature-dependent attractions were introduced by coating the calcined silica rods with an octadecyl-brush and suspending in tetradecane. The rod length and aspect ratio were found to increase with TEOS concentration as expected, while other properties such as the rod diameter, coating coverage, density, and surface roughness were nearly independent of the aspect ratio. Ultra-small angle X-ray scattering measurements revealed temperature-dependent attractions between octadecyl-coated silica rods in tetradecane, as characterized by a low-q upturn in the scattered intensity upon thermal quenching. Lastly, the rheology of a concentrated AHR suspension in tetradecane demonstrated thermoreversible gelation behavior, displaying a nearly 5 orders of magnitude change in the dynamic moduli as the temperature was cycled between 15 and 40 °C. We find the adhesive hard rod model system serves as a tunable platform to explore the combined influence of particle shape anisotropy and attraction strength on the dynamic arrest transitions in colloidal suspensions with thermoreversible, short-range attractions.

  18. Preparation and properties of aqueous castor oil-based polyurethane-silica nanocomposite dispersions through a sol-gel process.

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    Xia, Ying; Larock, Richard C

    2011-09-01

    Waterborne castor oil-based polyurethane-silica nanocomposites with the polymer matrix and silica nanoparticles chemically bonded have been successfully prepared through a sol-gel process. The formation of silica nanoparticles in water not only reinforces the resulting coatings, but also increases the crosslink density of the nanocomposites. The (29)Si solid state NMR spectrum indicates the formation of silica and the TEM indicates that the nanoparticles are embedded in the polymers, resembling a core-shell structure. The silica nanoparticles in the polymer matrix play an important role in improving both the mechanical properties and the thermal stabilities of the resulting nanocomposites. This work provides an effective and promising way to prepare biorenewable, high performance nanocomposite coatings.

  19. Hybrid silica gel as a new tool for studying bio-dissolution of colloidal size mineral particles

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    Grybos, M.; Billard, P.; Michot, L.; Mustin, Ch.

    2009-04-01

    Numerous studies have shown that mineral dissolution occurring in soils and sediments depends on physico-chemical conditions (pH, Eh, T°, ligands), crystallographic and textural properties of minerals as well as microbe-particle interactions. Although the reactivity of small-size particles has long been recognized as playing an important role in the geochemical cycling of elements, many experimental studies of mineral (bio)weathering have been carried out using micrometric particles to limit specific problems (particle flocculation, mineral adhesion to cells, solution recovery) encountered when dealing with colloidal suspensions. Immobilisation of colloids in an inorganic porous matrix (silica gel) could provide a solution to these problems. In this study, we present a new tetraethylortosilicate (TEOS)-based sol-gel procedure for preparing biologically friendly hybrid silica gel (HSG). The proposed synthesis avoids the release of alcohol as a by-product, a feature which has, up to recently, limited the biological use of alkoxide-based gel materials. Various colloidal-size fractions of montmorillonite and nontronite were immobilized in the silica gel and then submitted to chemical and biotic dissolution using several bacterial soil isolates. The results showed (i) homogenous and stable dispersion of colloidal particles in the silica networks, (ii) phyllosilicates availability for (bio)weathering, (iii) efficient bacterial growth on HSG with mineral as a sole source of inorganic nutrients. Hybrid silica gel therefore provides an original way to simulate mineral-bacteria interactions in nutrient-poor mineral environment and to study mineral weathering or nutrients acquisition from mineral by bacteria. Moreover, such impurity free and tuneable inorganic materials can be used to screen microbial strains able to weather a mineral target(s) for sustaining their growth. In addition, the associate optical conduction of the siliceous structure could be of great advantage

  20. Silica nanocontainers for active corrosion protection.

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    Maia, Frederico; Tedim, João; Lisenkov, Aleksey D; Salak, Andrei N; Zheludkevich, Mikhail L; Ferreira, Mário G S

    2012-02-21

    Novel self-healing protective coatings with nanocontainers of corrosion inhibitors open new opportunities for long-term anticorrosion protection of different metallic materials. In this paper a new type of functional nanoreservoir based on silica nanocapsules (SiNC) synthesized and loaded with corrosion inhibitor 2-mercaptobenzothiazole (MBT) in a one-stage process is reported for the first time. Unlike conventional mesoporous silica nanoparticles, SiNC possess an empty core and shell with gradual mesoporosity, arising from the particular conditions of the synthetic route adopted, which confers significant loading capacity and allows prolonged and stimuli-triggered release of the inhibiting species. The kinetics of inhibitor release was studied at different pH values and concentrations of NaCl. The results show a clear dependence of the release profiles on corrosion relevant triggers such as pH and Cl(-) concentration. When SiNC loaded with MBT are dispersed in NaCl solution, there is a significant decrease of the corrosion activity on aluminium alloy 2024. More importantly, when SiNC-MBT is added to a conventional water-based coating formulation, the modified coating hampers corrosion activity at the metal interface, better than in the case of direct addition of corrosion inhibitor. Furthermore, self-healing is observed before and after artificially inflicting defects in the modified coatings. As a result, the developed nanocontainers show high potential to be used in new generation of active protective coatings.

  1. Silica nanocontainers for active corrosion protection

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    Maia, Frederico; Tedim, João; Lisenkov, Aleksey D.; Salak, Andrei N.; Zheludkevich, Mikhail L.; Ferreira, Mário G. S.

    2012-02-01

    Novel self-healing protective coatings with nanocontainers of corrosion inhibitors open new opportunities for long-term anticorrosion protection of different metallic materials. In this paper a new type of functional nanoreservoir based on silica nanocapsules (SiNC) synthesized and loaded with corrosion inhibitor 2-mercaptobenzothiazole (MBT) in a one-stage process is reported for the first time. Unlike conventional mesoporous silica nanoparticles, SiNC possess an empty core and shell with gradual mesoporosity, arising from the particular conditions of the synthetic route adopted, which confers significant loading capacity and allows prolonged and stimuli-triggered release of the inhibiting species. The kinetics of inhibitor release was studied at different pH values and concentrations of NaCl. The results show a clear dependence of the release profiles on corrosion relevant triggers such as pH and Cl- concentration. When SiNC loaded with MBT are dispersed in NaCl solution, there is a significant decrease of the corrosion activity on aluminium alloy 2024. More importantly, when SiNC-MBT is added to a conventional water-based coating formulation, the modified coating hampers corrosion activity at the metal interface, better than in the case of direct addition of corrosion inhibitor. Furthermore, self-healing is observed before and after artificially inflicting defects in the modified coatings. As a result, the developed nanocontainers show high potential to be used in new generation of active protective coatings.

  2. Selective preconcentration of uranyl ion by silica gel phases modified with chelating compounds as inorganic polymeric ion exchangers.

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    Mahmoud, Mohamed E; Kenawy, Ibrahim M M; Soliman, Ezzat M; Hafez, Medhat A; Akl, Magda A A; Lashein, Rabab R A

    2008-03-01

    Four chemically modified chelating silica gel phases (I - IV) with ion exchange groups were tested for their potential capability to selectively bind, extract and preconcentrate uranyl ions (UO(2)(2+)) from different aqueous solutions as well as ore samples. Factors affecting such determination processes were studied and optimized. These included the pH of the contact solution, the mass of the silica gel phase extractant, the stirring time during the application of a static technique and the eluent concentration for desorption of the surface-bound uranyl ion and interfering anions and cations. All these factors were evaluated on the basis of determinations of the distribution coefficient value (K(d)) and the percent recovery (R%). Percent recovery values of 91% for silica phase (II) and 93% for silica phase (IV) were identified in the optimum conditions. The proposed preconcentration method was further applied to uranium ore samples as well as granite samples. The determined percentage and ppm values are in good agreement with the standard assigned ones. The structure of the synthesized silica gel phases (I - IV) and their uranyl bound complexes were identified and characterized by means of infrared analysis, thermal analysis (TGA) and potentiometric titration.

  3. Facile sol-gel synthesis of porous silicas using poly(propylene)imine dendrimers as templates

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    Larsen, Gustavo; Lotero, Edgar; Marquez, Manuel

    2000-08-01

    Commercially available poly(propylene)imine (DAB-Am-32 and DAB-Am-64) dendrimers were used as single-molecule templates to tailor the porosity of silicas via a nonacidic sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction on both the as-prepared (oven-dried at 373 K) and the calcined (833 K) materials revealed that modest contraction took place on template removal and that the cavities created did not achieve three-dimensional ordering under the current synthesis conditions. Transmission electron microscopy of ''Pt-stained'' samples supported this picture. A modified Horvath-Kawazoe analysis of the argon adsorption isotherms indicated that DAB-Am-64 is a much more effective template than DAB-Am-32. Pyrolysis and oxidation protocols for template removal are also presented. (c) 2000 Materials Research Society.

  4. Study of Solar Driven Silica gel-Water based Adsorption Chiller

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    Habib, K.; Assadi, M. K.; Zainudin, M. H. B.

    2015-09-01

    In this study, a dynamic behaviour of a solar powered single stage four bed adsorption chiller has been analysed designed for Malaysian climate. Silica gel and water have been used as adsorbent-refrigerant pair. A simulation program has been developed for modeling and performance evaluation of the chiller using the meteorological data of Kuala Lumpur. The optimum cooling capacity and coefficient of performance (COP) are calculated in terms of adsorption/desorption cycle time and regeneration temperature. Results indicate that the chiller is feasible even when low temperature heat source is available. Results also show that the adsorption cycle can achieve a cooling capacity of 14 kW when the heat source temperature is about 85°C.

  5. Hydrogen generation systems utilizing sodium silicide and sodium silica gel materials

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    Wallace, Andrew P.; Melack, John M.; Lefenfeld, Michael

    2015-07-14

    Systems, devices, and methods combine reactant materials and aqueous solutions to generate hydrogen. The reactant materials can sodium silicide or sodium silica gel. The hydrogen generation devices are used in fuels cells and other industrial applications. One system combines cooling, pumping, water storage, and other devices to sense and control reactions between reactant materials and aqueous solutions to generate hydrogen. Multiple inlets of varied placement geometries deliver aqueous solution to the reaction. The reactant materials and aqueous solution are churned to control the state of the reaction. The aqueous solution can be recycled and returned to the reaction. One system operates over a range of temperatures and pressures and includes a hydrogen separator, a heat removal mechanism, and state of reaction control devices. The systems, devices, and methods of generating hydrogen provide thermally stable solids, near-instant reaction with the aqueous solutions, and a non-toxic liquid by-product.

  6. Hydrogen generation systems and methods utilizing sodium silicide and sodium silica gel materials

    DOEpatents

    Wallace, Andrew P.; Melack, John M.; Lefenfeld, Michael

    2015-08-11

    Systems, devices, and methods combine thermally stable reactant materials and aqueous solutions to generate hydrogen and a non-toxic liquid by-product. The reactant materials can sodium silicide or sodium silica gel. The hydrogen generation devices are used in fuels cells and other industrial applications. One system combines cooling, pumping, water storage, and other devices to sense and control reactions between reactant materials and aqueous solutions to generate hydrogen. Springs and other pressurization mechanisms pressurize and deliver an aqueous solution to the reaction. A check valve and other pressure regulation mechanisms regulate the pressure of the aqueous solution delivered to the reactant fuel material in the reactor based upon characteristics of the pressurization mechanisms and can regulate the pressure of the delivered aqueous solution as a steady decay associated with the pressurization force. The pressure regulation mechanism can also prevent hydrogen gas from deflecting the pressure regulation mechanism.

  7. Knoevenagel reaction in water catalyzed by amine supported on silica gel.

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    Isobe, Kohei; Hoshi, Takashi; Suzuki, Toshio; Hagiwara, Hisahiro

    2005-01-01

    An environmentally benign and sustainable Knoevenagel reaction of aldehyde with ethyl cyanoacetate has been achieved at ambient temperature in water employing 3-aminopropylated silica gel (NAP) as a catalyst. Wide applicability of the reaction is illustrated by the results that not only arylaldehydes of both electronic characters but also aliphatic aldehydes afforded the products. The reaction condition was so mild that aldehydes having acid- or base-sensitive substituents provided substituted alpha-cyano-alpha, beta-unsaturated esters. The catalyst has been efficiently recycled more than five times without any pre-treatment. Catalyst loading was successfully reduced to 0.0029 mmol% (TON = up to 9,226). This protocol was also applicable to the Knoevenagel reaction of malononitrile in good yields in water.

  8. Processing of CuAlMn Shape Memory Foams with Open Spherical Pores by Silica-Gel Beads Infiltration Method

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    Li, Hua; Yuan, Bin; Gao, Yan

    2016-10-01

    A molten metal infiltration process with amorphous SiO2 (silica-gel) beads as space holders was used to prepare Cu-based shape memory foams in this article. We found that the silica-gel beads with micropores inside expanded when being heated to elevated temperatures and that proper control of the expansion of silica-gel beads helped form necks between the beads with different bonding extent, which had been taken advantage of to have a good control of the foam morphology and porosity, by carefully designing suitable procedures and choosing proper parameters for the process. In addition, we studied in detail the effect of heating temperature, silica-gel bead density, and infiltration pressure of the present process on the morphology and porosity of CuAlMn shape memory foams. By coordinating these three key parameters, CuAlMn shape memory foams with open spherical pores and adjustable porosity from 66 to 85 pct were reliably produced.

  9. Facile preparation of transparent and dense CdS-silica gel glass nanocomposites for optical limiting applications

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    Feng, Miao; Zhan, Hongbing

    2014-03-01

    To realize their practical and operable applications as a potential optical limiting (OL) material, quantum dots (QDs) need to have good processability by incorporating them into optical-quality matrices. This work reports a facile route for the room-temperature preparation of large, stable transparent monolithic CdS nanocomposites which can be easily extended to allow the introduction of acid-sensitive functional molecules/nanoparticles into a silica network by sol-gel chemistry. Our strategy involves a two-step sol-gel process (acid-catalyst hydrolysis and basic-catalyst condensation) and the co-condensation of the resulting alkoxysilane-capped CdS QDs with other alkoxysilanes, which allows the CdS QDs to become part of the silica covalent network. The degradation and agglomeration of CdS QDs were thereby effectively restrained, and large monolithic transparent CdS-silica gel glass was obtained. Using Z-scan theory and the resulting open-aperture Z-scan curves, the nonlinear extinction coefficient of the CdS-silica nanocomposite gel glass was calculated to be 1.02 × 10-14 cm W-1, comparable to that of the parent CdS QD dispersion, indicating their promise for OL applications.

  10. Facile preparation of transparent and dense CdS-silica gel glass nanocomposites for optical limiting applications.

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    Feng, Miao; Zhan, Hongbing

    2014-04-21

    To realize their practical and operable applications as a potential optical limiting (OL) material, quantum dots (QDs) need to have good processability by incorporating them into optical-quality matrices. This work reports a facile route for the room-temperature preparation of large, stable transparent monolithic CdS nanocomposites which can be easily extended to allow the introduction of acid-sensitive functional molecules/nanoparticles into a silica network by sol-gel chemistry. Our strategy involves a two-step sol-gel process (acid-catalyst hydrolysis and basic-catalyst condensation) and the co-condensation of the resulting alkoxysilane-capped CdS QDs with other alkoxysilanes, which allows the CdS QDs to become part of the silica covalent network. The degradation and agglomeration of CdS QDs were thereby effectively restrained, and large monolithic transparent CdS-silica gel glass was obtained. Using Z-scan theory and the resulting open-aperture Z-scan curves, the nonlinear extinction coefficient of the CdS-silica nanocomposite gel glass was calculated to be 1.02 × 10(-14) cm W(-1), comparable to that of the parent CdS QD dispersion, indicating their promise for OL applications.

  11. Micro-columns packed with Chlorella vulgaris immobilised on silica gel for mercury speciation.

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    Tajes-Martínez, P; Beceiro-González, E; Muniategui-Lorenzo, S; Prada-Rodríguez, D

    2006-02-28

    A method has been developed for mercury speciation in water by using columns packed with Chlorella vulgaris immobilised on silica gel. The method involves the retention of CH(3)Hg(+) and Hg(2+) in micro-columns prepared by packing immobilised algae in polypropylene tubes, followed by selective and sequential elution with 0.03 and 1.5M HCl for CH(3)Hg(+) and Hg(2+), respectively. The adsorption capacity of the micro-algae for Hg(2+) and CH(3)Hg(+) has been evaluated using free and immobilised C. vulgaris. The efficiency uptake for both species at pH 3 was higher than 97%. Studies were carried out on the effect of retention and elution conditions for both species. Furthermore, the stability of mercury species retained on algae-silica gel micro-columns and lifetime of the columns were also investigated. Hg(2+) showed a higher stability than CH(3)Hg(+) at 0 degrees C (21 and 3 days, respectively) and a better lifetime than for the organic species. The developed method was applied to the analysis of spiked tap, sea and wastewater samples. Recovery studies on tap and filtered seawater provided results between 96+/-3 and 106+/-2 for Hg(2+) and from 98+/-5 to 107+/-5 for CH(3)Hg(+), for samples spiked with single species. For samples spiked with both CH(3)Hg(+) and Hg(2+), the average recoveries varied from 96+/-5 to 99+/-3 and from 103+/-6 to 115+/-5 for Hg(2+) and CH(3)Hg(+), respectively. However, the percentages of retention and elution on wastewater and unfiltered seawater were only adequate for the inorganic species.

  12. Comparison of the surface ion density of silica gel evaluated via spectral induced polarization versus acid-base titration

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    Hao, Na; Moysey, Stephen M. J.; Powell, Brian A.; Ntarlagiannis, Dimitrios

    2016-12-01

    Surface complexation models are widely used with batch adsorption experiments to characterize and predict surface geochemical processes in porous media. In contrast, the spectral induced polarization (SIP) method has recently been used to non-invasively monitor in situ subsurface chemical reactions in porous media, such as ion adsorption processes on mineral surfaces. Here we compare these tools for investigating surface site density changes during pH-dependent sodium adsorption on a silica gel. Continuous SIP measurements were conducted using a lab scale column packed with silica gel. A constant inflow of 0.05 M NaCl solution was introduced to the column while the influent pH was changed from 7.0 to 10.0 over the course of the experiment. The SIP measurements indicate that the pH change caused a 38.49 ± 0.30 μS cm- 1 increase in the imaginary conductivity of the silica gel. This increase is thought to result from deprotonation of silanol groups on the silica gel surface caused by the rise in pH, followed by sorption of Na+ cations. Fitting the SIP data using the mechanistic model of Leroy et al. (Leroyet al., 2008), which is based on the triple layer model of a mineral surface, we estimated an increase in the silica gel surface site density of 26.9 × 1016 sites m- 2. We independently used a potentiometric acid-base titration data for the silica gel to calibrate the triple layer model using the software FITEQL and observed a total increase in the surface site density for sodium sorption of 11.2 × 1016 sites m- 2, which is approximately 2.4 times smaller than the value estimated using the SIP model. By simulating the SIP response based on the calibrated surface complexation model, we found a moderate association between the measured and estimated imaginary conductivity (R2 = 0.65). These results suggest that the surface complexation model used here does not capture all mechanisms contributing to polarization of the silica gel captured by the SIP data.

  13. Tailoring the microstructure of polyimide-silica materials using the sol-gel process

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    Schrotter, J.C.; Smaihi, M.; Guizard, C.

    1996-12-31

    Polyimide-silica materials have been prepared via the sol-gel process by mixing tetramethoxysilane with a polyamic acid. Two polyamic acids have been used. The first is obtained with an equimolar mixture of oxydianiline (ODA) and pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA) in dimethyacetamide. The second is prepared with a mixture of PMDA with aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APrTMOS). The microstructure of the materials obtained with these two polyamic acids are drastically different. The presence of both amino and methoxy side-groups on the APrTMOS enables a chemical bonding between the organic and the inorganic networks resulting in the formation of homogeneous films. On the other side, no chemical bond is provided by the ODA-PMDA polyamic acid resulting in a biphasic microstructure where pure silica particles are embedded in a polyimide matrix. These two types of materials have been characterized in order to point out the key parameters of their microstructure. {sup 29}Si NMR, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy and infra-red spectroscopy have been used to study materials containing various proportions of TMOS and prepared with various hydrolysis ratios.

  14. Comparison of Nanoparticle Exposures Between Fumed and Sol-gel Nano-silica Manufacturing Facilities

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    OH, Sewan; KIM, Boowook; KIM, Hyunwook

    2014-01-01

    Silica nanoparticles (SNPs) are widely used all around the world and it is necessary to evaluate appropriate risk management measures. An initial step in this process is to assess worker exposures in their current situation. The objective of this study was to compare concentrations and morphologic characteristics of fumed (FS) and sol-gel silica nanoparticles (SS) in two manufacturing facilities. The number concentration (NC) and particle size were measured by a real-time instrument. Airborne nanoparticles were subsequently analyzed using a TEM/EDS. SNPs were discharged into the air only during the packing process, which was the last manufacturing step in both the manufacturing facilities studied. In the FS packing process, the geometric mean (GM) NC in the personal samples was 57,000 particles/cm3. The geometric mean diameter (GMD) measured by the SMPS was 64 nm. Due to the high-temperature formation process, the particles exhibited a sintering coagulation. In the SS packing process that includes a manual jet mill operation, the GM NC was calculated to be 72,000 particles/cm3 with an assumption of 1,000,000 particles/cm3 when the upper limit is exceeded (5% of total measure). The particles from SS process had a spherical-shaped morphology with GMD measured by SMPS of 94 nm. PMID:24583511

  15. Study on Au nanoparticles, TiO2 nanoclusters, and SiO2 nanoshells coated multi-wall carbon nanotubes/silica gel-glass

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    Zheng, Chan; Chen, Wenzhe; Ye, Xiaoyun

    2012-05-01

    Multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) coated with crystalline Au nanoparticles, TiO2 nanoclusters, and amorphous SiO2 nanoshells, to represent conductors, semiconductors, and insulators, respectively, were embedded in transparent silica gel-glass. The coated MWCNT/silica gel-glasses were prepared by the sol-gel technique. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV/Vis spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and pore structure measurements were used to investigate the morphology, structure, and texture properties of the coated MWCNT/silica gel-glasses. The hardness and elastic modulus of the silica gel-glasses were characterized using a Nanoindenter and found to depend on the coating materials. Coating the MWCNTs with crystalline Au nanoparticles, TiO2 nanoclusters, and amorphous SiO2 nanoshells leads to an increase in the hardness and elastic modulus, despite the higher specific surface area and pore volume of the coated MWCNT/silica gel-glasses. Consequently, we can conclude that the mechanical properties of coated MWCNT/silica gel-glass might be greatly dependent on the guest MWCNTs rather than the silica gel matrix.

  16. In vitro apatite forming ability of type I collagen hydrogels containing bioactive glass and silica sol-gel particles.

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    Eglin, David; Maalheem, Sonia; Livage, Jacques; Coradin, Thibaud

    2006-02-01

    Type I collagen hydrogel containing bioactive glass (CaO-P2O5-SiO2) and silica sol-gel micrometric particles were prepared and their in vitroapatite-forming ability in simulated body fluid assessed. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analysis showed that bioactive glass particles entrapment in collagen matrix did not inhibit calcium phosphate formation and induced morphology variations on the crystalline phase precipitated on the hydrogel surface. The silica--collagen hydrogel composite precipitated calcium phosphate whereas silica particles and collagen hydrogel alone did not, indicating a possible synergetic effect between collagen and silica on the apatite-forming ability. Mechanisms of calcium phosphate precipitation and its relevance to biomaterial development are discussed.

  17. Structure and dynamics of spin-labeled insulin entrapped in a silica matrix by the sol-gel method.

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    Vanea, E; Gruian, C; Rickert, C; Steinhoff, H-J; Simon, V

    2013-08-12

    The structure and conformational dynamics of insulin entrapped into a silica matrix was monitored during the sol to maturated-gel transition by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. Insulin was successfully spin-labeled with iodoacetamide and the bifunctional nitroxide reagent HO-1944. Room temperature continuous wave (cw) EPR spectra of insulin were recorded to assess the mobility of the attached spin labels. Insulin conformation and its distribution within the silica matrix were studied using double electron-electron resonance (DEER) and low-temperature cw-EPR. A porous oxide matrix seems to form around insulin molecules with pore diameters in the order of a few nanometers. Secondary structure of the encapsulated insulin investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy proved a high structural integrity of insulin even in the dried silica matrix. The results show that silica encapsulation can be used as a powerful tool to effectively isolate and functionally preserve biomolecules during preparation, storage, and release.

  18. Specific Interactions of Neutral Side Chains of an Adsorbed Protein with the Surface of α-Quartz and Silica Gel.

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    Odinokov, Alexey V; Bagaturyants, Alexander A

    2015-07-16

    Many key features of the protein adsorption on the silica surfaces still remain unraveled. One of the open questions is the interaction of nonpolar side chains with siloxane cavities. Here, we use nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations for the detailed investigation of the binding of several hydrophobic and amphiphilic protein side chains with silica surface. These interactions were found to be a possible driving force for protein adsorption. The free energy gain was larger for the disordered surface of amorphous silica gel as compared to α-quartz, but the impact depended on the type of amino acid. The dependence was analyzed from the structural point of view. For every amino acid an enthalpy-entropy compensation behavior was observed. These results confirm a hypothesis of an essential role of hydrophobic interactions in protein unfolding and irreversible adsorption on the silica surface.

  19. Phospholipid Fatty Acids as Physiological Indicators of Paracoccus denitrificans Encapsulated in Silica Sol-Gel Hydrogels

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    Trögl, Josef; Jirková, Ivana; Kuráň, Pavel; Akhmetshina, Elmira; Brovdyová, Tat′jána; Sirotkin, Alexander; Kirilina, Tatiana

    2015-01-01

    The phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) content was determined in samples of Paracoccus denitrificans encapsulated in silica hydrogel films prepared from prepolymerized tetramethoxysilane (TMOS). Immediately after encapsulation the total PLFA concentration was linearly proportional to the optical density (600 nm) of the input microbial suspension (R2 = 0.99). After 7 days this relationship remained linear, but with significantly decreased slope, indicating a higher extinction of bacteria in suspensions of input concentration 108 cells/mL and higher. trans-Fatty acids, indicators of cytoplasmatic membrane disturbances, were below the detection limit. The cy/pre ratio (i.e., ratio of cyclopropylated fatty acids (cy17:0 + cy19:0) to their metabolic precursors (16:1ω7 + 18:1ω7)), an indicator of the transition of the culture to a stationary growth-phase, decreased depending on co-immobilization of nutrients in the order phosphate buffer > mineral medium > Luria Broth rich medium. The ratio, too, was logarithmically proportional to cell concentration. These results confirm the applicability of total PLFA as an indicator for the determination of living biomass and cy/pre ratio for determination of nutrient limitation of microorganisms encapsulated in sol-gel matrices. This may be of interest for monitoring of sol-gel encapsulated bacteria proposed as optical recognition elements in biosensor construction, as well as other biotechnological applications. PMID:25690547

  20. Epoxide opening versus silica condensation during sol-gel hybrid biomaterial synthesis.

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    Gabrielli, Luca; Russo, Laura; Poveda, Ana; Jones, Julian R; Nicotra, Francesco; Jiménez-Barbero, Jesús; Cipolla, Laura

    2013-06-10

    Hybrid organic-inorganic solids represent an important class of engineering materials, usually prepared by sol-gel processes by cross-reaction between organic and inorganic precursors. The choice of the two components and control of the reaction conditions (especially pH value) allow the synthesis of hybrid materials with novel properties and functionalities. 3-Glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS) is one of the most commonly used organic silanes for hybrid-material fabrication. Herein, the reactivity of GPTMS in water at different pH values (pH 2-11) was deeply investigated for the first time by solution-state multinuclear NMR spectroscopic and mass spectrometric analysis. The extent of the different and competing reactions that take place as a function of the pH value was elucidated. The NMR spectroscopic and mass spectrometric data clearly indicate that the pH value determines the kinetics of epoxide hydrolysis versus silicon condensation. Under slighly acidic conditions, the epoxy-ring hydrolysis is kinetically more favourable than the formation of the silica network. In contrast, under basic conditions, silicon condensation is the main reaction that takes place. Full characterisation of the formed intermediates was carried out by using NMR spectroscopic and mass spectrometric analysis. These results indicate that strict control of the pH values allows tuning of the reactivity of the organic and inorganic moities, thus laying the foundations for the design and synthesis of sol-gel hybrid biomaterials with tuneable properties.

  1. Silica Sol-Gel Optical Biosensors: Ultrahigh Enzyme Loading Capacity on Thin Films via Kinetic Doping.

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    Crosley, Matthew S; Yip, Wai Tak

    2017-03-09

    Easy to use and easy to produce biosensors would have a huge range of applications. To reach this goal many see the incorporation of a protein into a sol-gel network as one of the most viable options. The current most prevalent technique of predoping presents inherent limits on the concentration possible for the resulting thin film. In this study we demonstrate a new process utilizing the newly developed kinetic doping method to load silica sol-gel thin films with cytochrome C (CytC) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP). Both enzymes are shown to successfully load and have a concentration increase over their original loading solution by factors of 1300× and 2600×, respectively. Furthermore, each enzyme once loaded retained the ability to act as a catalyst for the detection of hydrogen peroxide. Ultimately the CytC- and HRP-loaded thin films were found to have enzyme concentrations of 11 ± 1 mM and 6.0 ± 0.4 mM, respectively, a considerable step up from any doping method reported in the past.

  2. Incorporating silica into cyanate ester-based network by sol-gel method: Structure and properties of subnano- and nanocomposites

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    Bershtein, V.; Fainleib, A.; Kirilenko, D.; Yakushev, P.; Gusakova, K.; Lavrenyuk, N.; Ryzhov, V.

    2016-05-01

    A series of Cyanate Ester Resins (CER)-based composites containing 0.01-10 wt. % silica, introduced by sol-gel method, was synthesized using tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and γ-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTMS), and their nanostructure and properties were characterized by means of STEM/EDXS, Far-IR spectroscopy, DMA and DSC methods. It was revealed that the most substantial positive impact on CER dynamics, thermal and mechanical properties is attained at ultra-low silica contents, e.g., at 0.1 wt. % silica where Tg and modulus increase, respectively, by 50° and 60%. In this case, silica nanoclusters are absent in the composite, and only chemically incorporated silica junctions of subnanometric size in the densely-crosslinked CER network could be implied. These composites can be designated as "polymer subnanocomposites". Contrarily, formation of silica nanoclusters and especially their aggregates of hundreds nanometers in size at silica contents of 2-10 wt. % led to the distinct negative impact on the matrix properties.

  3. Effect of the support and the reduction temperature on the formation of metallic nickel phase in Ni/silica gel precursors of vegetable oil hydrogenation catalysts

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    Gabrovska, M.; Krstić, J.; Tzvetkov, P.; Tenchev, K.; Shopska, M.; Vukelić, N.; Jovanović, D.

    2011-12-01

    Ni/SiO2 materials with identical composition (SiO2/Ni = 1.0) have been synthesized by precipitation of Ni(NO3)2 · 6H2O solution with Na2CO3 solution on the silica gel, obtained at three different pH values. The present investigation was undertaken in an endeavor to study the effects of the silica gel support type and the reduction temperature on the formation and dispersion of the metallic nickel phase in the reduced Ni/SiO2 precursors of the vegetable oil hydrogenation catalyst. The physicochemical characterization of the unreduced and reduced precursors has been accomplished appropriately by powder X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, temperature programmed reduction and H2-chemisorption techniques. It can be stated that the texture peculiarities of the silica gels used as supports influence on the crystalline state and distribution of the deposited Ni-containing phases during the preparation of the precursors, on the reduction temperature of the investigated solids as well as on the bulk size and surface dispersion of the arising metallic nickel particles. It was shown that two types of Ni2+-species are formed during the synthesis procedure, namely basic nickel carbonate-like and Ni-phyllosilicate with different extent of presence, location and strength of interaction. The different location of these species is supposed to result in various strength of Ni-O and Ni-O-Si interaction, thus determining the overall reducibility of the precursors. It was specified that the Ni2+-species are strongly bonded to the surface of the silica gel obtained at neutral pH value and weakly bonded to the surface of those prepared in acidic and alkaline conditions. It was established that the precursor, derivates from the silica gel obtained at alkaline conditions, demonstrates both significant reduction of the Ni2+ ions at 430°C and finely dispersed metallic nickel particles on its surface. High dispersion of the metallic nickel might be the crucial reason for achieving of

  4. Er3+-activated photonic structures fabricated by sol-gel and rf-sputtering techniques

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    Ferrari, M.; Alombert-Goget, G.; Armellini, C.; Berneschi, S.; Bhaktha, S. N. B.; Boulard, B.; Brenci, M.; Chiappini, A.; Chiasera, A.; Duverger-Arfuso, C.; Féron, P.; Gonçalves, R. R.; Jestin, Y.; Minati, L.; Moser, E.; Nunzi Conti, G.; Pelli, S.; Rao, D. N.; Retoux, R.; Righini, G. C.; Speranza, G.

    2009-05-01

    The realization of photonic structures operating at visible and near infrared frequencies is a highly attractive scientific and technological challenge. Since optical fiber innovation, a huge of activity has been performed leading to interesting results, such as optical waveguides and planar lightwave circuits, microphotonic devices, optical microcavities, nanowires, plasmonic structures, and photonic crystals. These systems have opened new possibilities in the field of both basic and applied physics, in a large area covering Information Communication Technologies, Health and Biology, Structural Engineering, and Environment Monitoring Systems. Several materials and techniques are employed to successfully fabricate photonic structures. Concerning materials, Er3+-activated silica-based glasses still play an important role, although recently interesting results have been published about fluoride glass-ceramic waveguides. As far as regards the fabrication methods sol-gel route and rf sputtering have proved to be versatile and reliable techniques. In this article we will present a review of some Er3+-activated photonic structures fabricated by sol gel route and rf sputtering deposition. In the discussion on the sol-gel approach we focus our attention on the silica-hafnia binary system presenting an overview concerning fabrication protocols and structural, optical and spectroscopic assessment of SiO2-HfO2 waveguides activated by Er3+ ions. In order to put in evidence the reliability and versatility of the sol-gel route for photonics applications four different confined structures are briefly presented: amorphous waveguides, coated microspheres, monolithic waveguide laser, and core-shell nanospheres. As examples of rf sputtering technique, we will discuss Er3+-activated silica-hafnia and silica-germania waveguides, the latter system allowing fabrication of integrated optics structures by UV photo-imprinting. Finally, two examples of photonic crystal structures, one

  5. Effect of addition of silica- and amine functionalized silica-nanoparticles on the microstructure of calcium silicate hydrate (C-S-H) gel.

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    Monasterio, Manuel; Gaitero, Juan J; Erkizia, Edurne; Guerrero Bustos, Ana M; Miccio, Luis A; Dolado, Jorge S; Cerveny, Silvina

    2015-07-15

    In this work we study the influence of adding nano-silica (SiO2, Nyasil™) and aminopropyl (-(CH2)3-NH2,) functionalized silica nanoparticles (Stoga) during the synthesis of calcium-silicate-hydrate (C-S-H gel). Characterization by solid state (29)Si NMR and ATR-FTIR spectroscopy showed that the addition of both particle types increases the average length of the silicate chains in C-S-H gel being this effect slightly more important in the case of Stoga particles. In addition, (13)C NMR and XPS confirmed that the aminopropyl chain remains in the final product cleaved to silicon atoms at the end of the silicate chain of C-S-H gel whereas XRD measurements showed that this result in an increment in the basal distance compared with ordinary CSH. In addition, the dynamics of water within the pores of C-S-H gel was analyzed by broadband dielectric spectroscopy. We observed that water confined in C-S-H formed with the addition of nanoparticles is faster than that in plain C-S-H which can be related to a different porous structure in these materials.

  6. Sol-Gel-Based Titania-Silica Thin Film Overlay for Long Period Fiber Grating-Based Biosensors.

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    Chiavaioli, Francesco; Biswas, Palas; Trono, Cosimo; Jana, Sunirmal; Bandyopadhyay, Somnath; Basumallick, Nandini; Giannetti, Ambra; Tombelli, Sara; Bera, Susanta; Mallick, Aparajita; Baldini, Francesco

    2015-12-15

    An evanescent wave optical fiber biosensor based on titania-silica-coated long period grating (LPG) is presented. The chemical overlay, which increases the refractive index (RI) sensitivity of the sensor, consists of a sol-gel-based titania-silica thin film, deposited along the sensing portion of the fiber by means of the dip-coating technique. Changing both the sol viscosity and the withdrawal speed during the dip-coating made it possible to adjust the thickness of the film overlay, which is a crucial parameter for the sensor performance. After the functionalization of the fiber surface using a methacrylic acid/methacrylate copolymer, an antibody/antigen (IgG/anti-IgG) assay was carried out to assess the performance of sol-gel based titania-silica-coated LPGs as biosensors. The analyte concentration was determined from the wavelength shift at the end of the binding process and from the initial binding rate. This is the first time that a sol-gel based titania-silica-coated LPG is proposed as an effective and feasible label-free biosensor. The specificity of the sensor was validated by performing the same model assay after spiking anti-IgG into human serum. With this structured LPG, detection limits of the order of tens of micrograms per liter (10(-11) M) are attained.

  7. Preparation of 4-butylaniline-bonded silica gel for the solid-phase extraction of flavone glycosides.

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    Chu, Ganghui; Cai, Wensheng; Shao, Xueguang

    2015-04-01

    To extract flavone glycosides efficiently, a new extraction material based on 4-butylaniline-bonded silica gel was prepared using a two-step grafting method including a ring-opening reaction and synchronous hydrolysis. Preparation of the silica-based material was easily achieved under mild conditions, and the material was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. The material was used in solid-phase extraction, and the extraction can be performed in neutral conditions without regard to ionic strength. Selectivity tests of 14 compounds on the extraction cartridge showed that the material has a high affinity to flavone glycosides in contrast to octadecyl silica, and the extraction yields for four flavone glycosides were found to be >93%. Selectivity tests further reveal that the adsorption on its surface is likely attributed to multiple interactions, including hydrophobic interactions, π-π interactions, and hydrogen bonding. To explore the applicability of 4-butylaniline-bonded silica gel, naringin and hesperidin from Simotang oral liquid were extracted, and the extraction yields were >90%, which is distinguished from <28% on octadecyl silica cartridge.

  8. New silica gel-based monolithic column for nano-liquid chromatography, used in the HILIC mode.

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    Silva, Raquel G C; Bottoli, Carla B G; Collins, Carol H

    2012-09-01

    This paper describes the synthesis and chromatographic and morphologic characterization of two monolithic silica nano-columns (50 µm i.d.) prepared by sol-gel processes, using hydrophilic interaction (HILIC) mode separations to evaluate their performance. Two types of monoliths were prepared by varying the precursors (tetraethoxysilane or a tetraethoxysilane-methyltrimethoxysilane mixture) and by changing the type of catalyst (urea and acetic acid or ammonium hydroxide). The monoliths were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, infrared spectroscopy and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. The columns were tested for the separation of several mixtures, with the organically modified silica (ormosil) column successfully separating two challenging mixtures using HILIC conditions.

  9. Preparation of MTMS based transparent superhydrophobic silica films by sol-gel method.

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    Venkateswara Rao, A; Latthe, Sanjay S; Nadargi, Digambar Y; Hirashima, H; Ganesan, V

    2009-04-15

    Superhydrophobic surfaces with water contact angle higher than 150 degrees generated a lot of interest both in academia and in industry because of the self-cleaning properties. Optically transparent superhydrophobic silica films were synthesized at room temperature (27 degrees C) using sol-gel process by a simple dip coating technique. The molar ratio of MTMS:MeOH:H(2)O (5 M NH(4)OH) was kept constant at 1:10.56:4.16, respectively. Emphasis is given to the effect of the surface modifying agents on the hydrophobic behavior of the films. Methyl groups were introduced in the silica film by post-synthesis grafting from two solutions using trimethylchlorosilane (TMCS) and hexamethyldisilazane (HMDZ) silylating agents in hexane solvent, individually. The percentage of silylating agents and silylation period was varied from 2.5 to 7.5% and 1 to 3 h, respectively. The TMCS modified films exhibited a very high water contact angle (166+/-2 degrees) in comparison to the HMDZ (138+/-2 degrees) modified films, indicating the water repellent behavior of the surface. When the TMCS and HMDZ modified films were heated at temperatures higher than 350 degrees C and 335 degrees C, respectively, the films became superhydrophilic; the contact angle for water on the films was smaller than 5 degrees. Further, the humidity study was carried out at a relative humidity of 85% at 30 degrees C temperature over 30 days. The films have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), % optical transmission, humidity tests and contact angle (CA) measurements.

  10. Insights into microstructure and chemistry of active fiber core material produced by the granulated silica method

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    Najafi, H.; Etissa, D.; Romano, V.

    2014-05-01

    The production of special fibers relies on new methods and materials to incorporate new functionalities into optical fibers by virtues of dopants and structure. In particular, the granulated silica method allows to rapidly produce active fibers with high dopant content and with virtually any microstructure. The implementation of this production method requires a multitude of process steps at various temperatures and temperature gradients that can significantly influence the optical properties of the produced preforms and fibers. To better understand and optimize the processes of active material production and fiber drawing parameters we have done a thorough analysis of microstructure, phase development, crystallinity and chemical mapping of active fiber cores produced by a combination of sol-gel process and granulated silica method with and without employment of a CO2 laser treatment. The microstructure of fibers have been analyzed with a diverse suite of techniques in Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), revealing formation of various silica polymorphs and distribution of active elements (i.e. Yb and P) into the core structure. Our results show the presence of another polymorph of silica with low crystallinity dispersed in the main amorphous polymorph (i.e. quartz). We conclude that in spite of importance of homogeneous distribution of Yb and P into the core, the formation of various silica polymorphs resulting from materials processing has to be considered.

  11. Fabrication of bulk-modified carbon paste electrode containing alpha-PW12O40(3-) polyanion supported on modified silica gel: Preparation, electrochemistry and electrocatalysis.

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    Hamidi, Hassan; Shams, Esmaeil; Yadollahi, Bahram; Esfahani, Farhad Kabiri

    2008-01-15

    Alpha-PW(12)O(40)(3-) (PW(12)) supported on the surface of silica gel derivatized by 3-aminopropyl(triethoxy)silane (devoted briefly as SiNH(3)PW(12)) was synthesized and used as bulk modifier to fabricate a renewable three-dimensional chemically modified electrode. The electrochemical behavior of the modified electrode was characterized by cyclic voltammetry. There is an ionic bonding character between PW(12) and the surface amino groups of modified silica, which greatly improves the stability of SiNH(3)PW(12)-modified carbon paste electrode due to insolubility of silica gel in water. The SiNH(3)PW(12) bulk-modified carbon paste electrode not only maintains the electrochemical activity of PW(12), but also exhibits remarkable advantages of renewability, as well as simple preparation and inexpensive material. The modified electrode offers an excellent and stable electrocatalytic response for the reduction of IO(3)(-) and hydrogen peroxide. The SiNH(3)PW(12)-CPE is successfully applied as an electrochemical detector to monitor IO(3)(-) in flow injection analysis (FIA). The catalytic peak current was found to be linear with the IO(3)(-) concentration in the range 5x10(-6) to 1x10(-3)molL(-1). The detection limit of the proposed method was found to be 3.1x10(-6)molL(-1) for IO(3)(-) determination.

  12. Corrections for Measurements of Tritium in Subterranean Vapor using Silica Gel

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    Whicker, Jeffrey; Dewart, Jean M; Allen, Shannon P; Eisele, William F; Mcnaughton, Michael C; Green, Andrew A

    2009-01-01

    Hazardous contaminants buried within vadose zones can accumulate in soil gas. The concentrations and spatial extent of these contaminants are measured to evaluate potential transport to ground water for public risk evaluation. Tritium is an important contaminant found in and monitored for in vadose zones across numerous sites within the United States nuclear weapons complex, including Los Alamos National Laboratory. The extraction, collection, and laboratory analysis of tritium from subterranean soil gas presents numerous technical challenges that have not been fully studied. Particularly, the lack of soil moisture in the soil gas in the vadose zone makes it difficult to obtain enough sample moisture (e.g., > 5 g) to provide for the required sensitivity, and often, only small amounts of moisture can be collected. Further, although silica gel has high affinity for water vapor and is prebaked prior to sampling, there is still sufficient residual moisture in the prebaked gel to dilute the relatively small amount of sampled moisture; thereby, significantly lowering the 'true' tritium concentration in the soil gas. This paper provides an evaluation of the magnitude of the bias from dilution, provides methods to correct past measurements by applying a correction factor (CF), and evaluates the uncertainty of the CF values. For this, ten-thousand Monte Carlo calculations were perfonned and distribution parameters of CF values were detennined and evaluated. The mean and standard deviation of the distribution of CF values were 1.53 {+-} 0.36, and the minimum, median, and maximum values were 1.14, 1.43, and 5.27, respectively.

  13. A large response range reflectometric urea biosensor made from silica-gel nanoparticles.

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    Alqasaimeh, Muawia; Heng, Lee Yook; Ahmad, Musa; Raj, A S Santhana; Ling, Tan Ling

    2014-07-22

    A new silica-gel nanospheres (SiO2NPs) composition was formulated, followed by biochemical surface functionalization to examine its potential in urea biosensor development. The SiO2NPs were basically synthesized based on sol-gel chemistry using a modified Stober method. The SiO2NPs surfaces were modified with amine (-NH2) functional groups for urease immobilization in the presence of glutaric acid (GA) cross-linker. The chromoionophore pH-sensitive dye ETH 5294 was physically adsorbed on the functionalized SiO2NPs as pH transducer. The immobilized urease determined urea concentration reflectometrically based on the colour change of the immobilized chromoionophore as a result of the enzymatic hydrolysis of urea. The pH changes on the biosensor due to the catalytic enzyme reaction of immobilized urease were found to correlate with the urea concentrations over a linear response range of 50-500 mM (R2 = 0.96) with a detection limit of 10 mM urea. The biosensor response time was 9 min with reproducibility of less than 10% relative standard deviation (RSD). This optical urea biosensor did not show interferences by Na+, K+, Mg2+ and NH4+ ions. The biosensor performance has been validated using urine samples in comparison with a non-enzymatic method based on the use of p-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde (DMAB) reagent and demonstrated a good correlation between the two different methods (R2 = 0.996 and regression slope of 1.0307). The SiO2NPs-based reflectometric urea biosensor showed improved dynamic linear response range when compared to other nanoparticle-based optical urea biosensors.

  14. Adsorption of desflurane by the silica gel filters in breathing circuits: an in vitro study

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    Song, Seok Young; Lim, Bo Reum

    2015-01-01

    Background During general anesthesia, a heated breathing circuit (HBC) is used to replace the heat and moisture exchange function of the upper airway. One HBC uses an air dryer filter that employs silica gel (SG) as a desiccant. SG is capable of adsorbing many organic compounds. Therefore, we undertook an in vitro study of the adsorption of desflurane by SG filters. Methods An HBC was connected to an anesthesia machine, and a test lung was connected to the circuit. The test lung was mechanically ventilated with 2 or 4 L/min of fresh gas flow, with and without the air dryer filter. Desflurane was administered at a 6 vol% on the vaporizer dial setting. The experiment was repeated 15 times in each group. The end-tidal concentrations were measured during the experiments. The air dryer filter weights were measured before and after the experiments, and the times required to achieve the specific end-tidal desflurane concentrations were determined. Results Significant differences in the end-tidal concentrations of desflurane were observed between the control and filter groups (P < 0.001). The filter weights increased significantly after the experiments (P < 0.001). The times required to achieve the same end-tidal desflurane concentrations were different with the application of the air dryer filter (P < 0.001). Conclusions The adsorption of desflurane with the use of an air dryer filter was verified in this in vitro study. Careful attention is needed when using air dryer gel filters during general anesthesia. PMID:26045931

  15. A Large Response Range Reflectometric Urea Biosensor Made from Silica-Gel Nanoparticles

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    Alqasaimeh, Muawia; Heng, Lee Yook; Ahmad, Musa; Raj, A.S. Santhana; Ling, Tan Ling

    2014-01-01

    A new silica-gel nanospheres (SiO2NPs) composition was formulated, followed by biochemical surface functionalization to examine its potential in urea biosensor development. The SiO2NPs were basically synthesized based on sol–gel chemistry using a modified Stober method. The SiO2NPs surfaces were modified with amine (-NH2) functional groups for urease immobilization in the presence of glutaric acid (GA) cross-linker. The chromoionophore pH-sensitive dye ETH 5294 was physically adsorbed on the functionalized SiO2NPs as pH transducer. The immobilized urease determined urea concentration reflectometrically based on the colour change of the immobilized chromoionophore as a result of the enzymatic hydrolysis of urea. The pH changes on the biosensor due to the catalytic enzyme reaction of immobilized urease were found to correlate with the urea concentrations over a linear response range of 50–500 mM (R2 = 0.96) with a detection limit of 10 mM urea. The biosensor response time was 9 min with reproducibility of less than 10% relative standard deviation (RSD). This optical urea biosensor did not show interferences by Na+, K+, Mg2+ and NH4+ ions. The biosensor performance has been validated using urine samples in comparison with a non-enzymatic method based on the use of p-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde (DMAB) reagent and demonstrated a good correlation between the two different methods (R2 = 0.996 and regression slope of 1.0307). The SiO2NPs-based reflectometric urea biosensor showed improved dynamic linear response range when compared to other nanoparticle-based optical urea biosensors. PMID:25054632

  16. An improved bonded-polydimethylsiloxane solid-phase microextraction fiber obtained by a sol-gel/silica particle blend.

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    Azenha, Manuel; Nogueira, Pedro; Fernando-Silva, A

    2008-03-10

    A novel procedure for solid-phase microextraction fiber preparation is presented, which combines the use of a rigid titanium alloy wire as a substrate with a blend of PDMS sol-gel mixture/silica particles, as a way of increasing both the mechanical robustness and the extracting capability of the sol-gel fibers. The approximately 30 microm average thick fibers displayed an improvement in the extraction capacity as compared to the previous sol-gel PDMS fibers, due to a greater load of stable covalently bonded sol-gel PDMS. The observed extraction capacity was comparable to that of 100 microm non-bonded PDMS fiber, having in this case the advantages of the superior robustness and stability conferred, respectively, by the unbreakable substrate and the sol-gel intrinsic characteristics. Repeatability (n=3) ranged 1-8% while fiber production reproducibility (n=3) ranged 15-25%. The presence of the silica particles was found to have no direct influence on the kinetics and mechanism of the extraction process, thus being possible to consider the new procedure as a refinement of the previous ones. The applicability potential of the devised fiber was illustrated with the analysis of gasoline under the context of arson samples.

  17. Preparation of TiO2-SiO2 via sol-gel method: Effect of Silica precursor on Catalytic and Photocatalytic properties

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    Fatimah, I.

    2017-02-01

    TiO2-SiO2have been synthesized by the sol-gel method from titanium isopropoxide and varied silica precursors: tetraethyl orthosilicate and tetra methyl ortho silicate. To study the effect of the precursor, prepared materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Diffuse Reflectance UV-vis optical absorption, and also gas sorption analysis. XRD patterns showed the formation of TiO2 anatase in the TiO2-SiO2 composite with different crystallite size from different silica precursor as well as the different surface morphology. The DRUV-vis absorption spectra exhibit similar band gap energy correspond to 3.21eV value while the surface area, pore volume and pore radius of the materials seems to be affected by the precursor. The higher specific surface area contributes to give the enhanced activity in phenol hydroxylation and methylene blue photodegradation.

  18. Synthesis of mesoporous silica-alumina materials via urea-templated sol-gel route and their catalytic performance for THF polymerization

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    Ge, Yuanyuan; Jia, Zhiqi; Gao, Chunguang; Gao, Pengfei; Zhao, Lili; Zhao, Yongxiang

    2014-10-01

    A series of mesoporous silica-alumina materials was successfully synthesized by using urea as a low-cost template via sol-gel routes. The characterization results showed that the employ of urea enhanced the porosity of the silica-alumina materials and made the pore size distributions become narrower. The specific surface area, pore volume and pore diameter of SAU-X firstly increased and then decreased as the urea concentration increased from 0 to 60 wt %, and the maximums were obtained at 40 wt % urea concentration. All samples were tested for the THF polymerization. Among them, SAU-40 exhibited the highest activity and the longest catalyst life due to its superior porosity.

  19. Chemical modification of silica gel with synthesized new Schiff base derivatives and sorption studies of cobalt (II) and nickel (II)

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    Kursunlu, Ahmed Nuri; Guler, Ersin; Dumrul, Hakan; Kocyigit, Ozcan; Gubbuk, Ilkay Hilal

    2009-08-01

    In this study, three Schiff base ligands and their complexes were synthesized and characterized by infrared spectroscopy (IR), thermogravimetric analyses (TGA), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), elemental analysis and magnetic susceptibility apparatuses. Silica gel was respectively modified with Schiff base derivatives, (E)-2-[(2-chloroethylimino)methyl]phenol, (E)-4-[(2-chloroethylimino)methyl]phenol and N, N'-[1,4-phenilendi(E)methylidene]bis(2-chloroethanamine), after silanization of silica gel by (3-aminopropyl)trimethoxysilane (APTS) by using a suitable method. Characterization of the surface modification was also performed with IR, TGA and elemental analysis. The immobilized surfaces were used for Co(II) and Ni(II) sorption from aqueous solutions and values of sorption were detected by atomic absorption spectrometer (AAS).

  20. Immobilization of Chlorosulfonyl-Calix[4]arene onto the surface of silica gel through the directly estrification

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    Taghvaei-Ganjali, Saeed; Zadmard, Reza; Saber-Tehrani, Mandana

    2012-06-01

    For the first time Chlorosulfonyl-Calix[4]arene has been chemically bonded to silica gel through the directly estrification without silane coupling agent to prepare Chlorosulfonyl-Calix[4]arene-bonded silica gel. Sample characterization was performed by various techniques such as elemental analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption-desorption, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), 29Si CP/MAS spectroscopy and acid-base titration. All data approve the successful incorporation of organic group via covalent bond. From the comparison between sulfur content determined by elemental analysis and the number of H+ determined by acid-base titration, it was shown that two ester units took place onto the new synthesized sample and two acidic sites exist on the surface.

  1. Computational Analysis of Silica gel-Water Adsorption Refrigeration Cycle with Mass Recovery

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    Akahira, Akira; Alam, K. C. Amanul; Hamamoto, Yoshinori; Akisawa, Atsushi; Kashiwagi, Takao

    The study aims at clarifying the performance of silica gel-water adsorption refrigeration cycle with mass recovery process.Two kinds of heat exchanger were examined and the performances were compared with each other. One type of heat exchanger was a spiral tube and it was immersed in a low temperature thermostatic bath. The other was coil-shaped double tube heat exchanger using two tubes. The emulsion was circulated to make ice continuously. These systems were operated under various cooling conditions (flow rates of the emulsion and brine temperatures). The effects of the tube materials (fluororesin and non-fluororesin) and thickness were also examined. Slurry ice was formed continuously without adhesion of ice to the cooling wall under certain conditions. Using the fluororesin tube prevented ice from the adhesion and it enlarged the range of the cooling conditions under which slurry ice was formed continuously. Furthermore, by making thickness of the tube thinner and increasing the heat transfer coefficient on the outside of the tube, ice was made continuously without lowering the rate of ice formation at a higher brine temperature.

  2. Voltammetric determination of dopamine at a zirconium phosphated silica gel modified carbon paste electrode.

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    Shams, Esmaeil; Babaei, Ali; Taheri, Ali Reza; Kooshki, Mojtaba

    2009-06-01

    Zirconium phosphated amorphous silica gel (devoted briefly as Si-ZrPH) modified carbon paste electrode (CPE) was used for detection of dopamine (DA) in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA). Cyclic voltammetry demonstrated improved reversibility of the DA on the modified electrode. Cyclic voltammetry of Fe(CN)(6)(3-/4-) as a negatively charged probe revealed that the surface of the Si-ZrPH modified CPE surface had a high density of negative charge. As a result, the modified carbon paste electrode could inhibit the voltammetric response of AA and UA while the redox reaction of dopamine was promoted. Based on this, a selective method has been developed to detect DA in the presence of 2500 and 1000 time higher concentration of AA and UA, respectively. The effect of various experimental parameters on the voltammetric response of dopamine was investigated. Under the chosen conditions, the differential pulse voltammetry peak current was found to be linear with DA concentration in the ranges of 0.04 to 50 microM and 50 to 400 microM. The detection limit of the proposed method in the presence of 100 microM of AA and 40 microM of UA was found to be 0.02 microM for DA determination. Satisfying results are achieved when detecting the DA in injection and human serum samples.

  3. Adsorption of Pb(II) from aqueous solution by silica-gel supported hyperbranched polyamidoamine dendrimers.

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    Niu, Yuzhong; Qu, Rongjun; Sun, Changmei; Wang, Chunhua; Chen, Hou; Ji, Chunnuan; Zhang, Ying; Shao, Xia; Bu, Fanling

    2013-01-15

    The adsorption properties of silica-gel supported hyperbranched polyamidoamine dendrimers (SiO(2)-G0-SiO(2)-G4.0) have been investigated by batch method. The effect of pH of the solution, contact time, initial Pb(II) ion concentration, temperature and coexisting metal ions have been demonstrated. The results indicated that the optimum pH value was 5. Adsorption kinetics was found to follow the pseudo-second-order model and controlled by film diffusion. The adsorption isotherms were fitted by Langmuir, Freundlich and Dubinin-Radushkevich (D-R) isotherm models. Langmuir isotherm model was found to be more suitable to describe the equilibrium data, suggesting the uptake of Pb(II) ions by monolayer adsorption. From D-R isotherm model, the calculated mean free energy E demonstrated the adsorption processes occurred by chemical ion-exchange mechanism. FTIR analysis revealed that amine groups were mainly responsible for the adsorption of Pb(II) by amino-terminated adsorbents, while CO of ester groups also participated in the adsorption process of ester-terminated ones. The adsorbents can selectively adsorb Pb(II) from binary ion systems in the presence of Mn(II), Cu(II), Co(II), and Ni(II). Based on the results, it is concluded that SiO(2)-G0-SiO(2)-G4.0 had great potential for the removal of Pb(II) from aqueous solution.

  4. Heterogeneous polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon degradation with ozone on silica gel carrier

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    Alebic-Juretic, A. ); Cvitas, T.; Klasinc, L. )

    1990-01-01

    Heterogeneous degradation of five polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), perylene (Pe), pyrene (Py), benzo(a)pyrene (BaP), benz(a)anthracene (BaA), and fluoranthene (Flo), adsorbed on nonactivated (moisture-containing) silica gel with ozone in a fluidized-bed reactor has been studied. The concentrations of ozone employed varied from 0.050 to 0.400 ppm. The results obtained show that, concerning their kinetics, there is a clear difference between reactions with less than and more than monolayer coverage of the particle surface with PAHs, those carrying a submonomolecular layer being faster and indicating the effect of the particle surface. In more highly covered samples, the observed degradation obeys two distinct first-order laws, the slow one changing into the faster at monomolecular coverage; the relative reactivities are as follows: Pe > BaP > BaA > Py >> Flo, and BaP > Pe > BaA > Py >> Flo, respectively. According to the present results, heterogeneous degradation of PAHs by ozone on particle surfaces is one of important pathways for their removal from the atmosphere.

  5. Solvents effects on the conformational order of triacontyl modified silica gels as evaluated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.

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    Kailasam, Kamalakannan; Srinivasan, Gokulakrishnan; Müller, Klaus

    2006-11-17

    C30 alkyl modified silica gels have attracted much attention because of their enhanced shape selectivity for various types of analytes, which for instance cannot be separated with conventional C8 and C18 stationary phases. Since the retention processes strongly depend on the nature of solvents and composition of the stationary phases, a FTIR study was conducted to evaluate the influence of solvents on the conformational order of the alkyl chains in C30 alkyl modified silica gels. Variable temperature IR measurements are carried out between 273 and 353 K in the presence of polar and nonpolar solvents. Information about the conformational behavior of the tethered alkyl chains is derived from the analysis of the symmetric and antisymmetric CH2 stretching band regions. Polar solvents show both enhanced conformational order and disorder of the alkyl chains - irrespective of temperature - when compared to dry C30 alkyl modified silica gels, while nonpolar solvents in general give rise to enhanced conformational disorder in the alkyl chain region. Moreover, for polar solvents a correlation exists between the stretching band position, reflecting alkyl chain conformational order, and the solvent solvatochromic parameter pi*. Finally, both partition and adsorption models are considered to play an important role for the solvent-alkyl chain interactions which in turn determines the conformational order of the alkyl chains and thus the chromatographic properties of these phases.

  6. Yeast-based self-organized hybrid bio-silica sol-gels for the design of biosensors.

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    Ponamoreva, O N; Kamanina, O A; Alferov, V A; Machulin, A V; Rogova, T V; Arlyapov, V A; Alferov, S V; Suzina, N E; Ivanova, E P

    2015-05-15

    The methylotrophic Pichia angusta VKM Y-2559 and the oleaginous Cryptococcus curvatus VKM Y-3288 yeast cells were immobilized in a bimodal silica-organic sol-gel matrix comprised of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), the hydrophobic additive methyltriethoxysilane (MTES) and the porogen polyethylene glycol (PEG). Under carefully optimized experimental conditions, employing basic catalysts, yeast cells have become the nucleation centers for a silica-organic capsule assembled around the cells. The dynamic process involved in the formation of the sol-gel matrix has been investigated using optical and scanning electron microscopic techniques. The results demonstrated the influence of the MTES composition on the nature of the encapsulation of the yeast cells, together with the architecture of the three-dimensional (3D) sol-gel biomatrix that forms during the encapsulation process. A silica capsule was found to form around each yeast cell when using 85 vol% MTES. This capsule was found to protect the microorganisms from the harmful effects that result from exposure to heavy metal ions and UV radiation. The encapsulated P. angusta BKM Y-2559 cells were then employed as a biosensing element for the detection of methanol. The P. angusta-based biosensor is characterized by high reproducibility (Sr, 1%) and operational stability, where the biosensor remains viable for up to 28 days.

  7. Immobilized chiral tropine ionic liquid on silica gel as adsorbent for separation of metal ions and racemic amino acids.

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    Qian, Guofei; Song, Hang; Yao, Shun

    2016-01-15

    Tropine-type chiral ionic liquid with proline anion was immobilized on silica gel by chemical modification method for the first time, which was proved by elemental, infrared spectrum and thermogravimetric analysis. Secondly, the performance of this kind of ionic liquid-modified silica gel was investigated in the adsorption of some metal ions, which included Cu(2+), Fe(3+), Mn(2+) and Ni(2+). Then the effects of time, initial concentration and temperature on adsorption for Cu(2+) ions were studied in detail, which was followed by the further research of adsorption kinetics and thermodynamics. The adsorption could be better described by pseudo-second-order kinetics model and that the process was spontaneous, exothermic and entropy decreasing. In the mode of 'reuse after adsorption', the ionic liquid-modified silica gel with saturated adsorption of Cu(2+) was finally used in resolution of racemic amino acids for the first time. The static experiment showed that adsorption rate of two enantiomers was obviously different. Inspired by this, the complex was packed in chromatographic column for the separation of racemic amino acids and d-enantiomers were firstly eluted by water or ethanol. Steric hindrance was found as one of key influencing factors for its effect on the stability of the complex.

  8. Preparation of silver nanoparticle containing silica micro beads and investigation of their antibacterial activity

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    Quang, Dang Viet; Sarawade, Pradip B.; Hilonga, Askwar; Kim, Jong-Kil; Chai, Young Gyu; Kim, Sang Hoon; Ryu, Jae-Yong; Kim, Hee Taik

    2011-05-01

    Silver nanoparticle containing silica micro beads (Ag-NPBs) were successfully prepared by using sodium silicate, a cheap precursor, involving chemical reductive method. First, silica gel was synthesized and crushed into micro beads which have sizes ranging from 0.5 to 1 mm. Silica micro beads were then modified with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane to graft amino functional groups onto their surface. Silver ions were loaded onto the surface of the modified silica and reduced to silver crystal by adding NaBH 4. The presence of silver nanoparticles as well as structure of materials was characterized with FT-IR, XRD, BET, FE-SEM, TEM, UV-vis spectrophotometer, and optical microscope. Silver nanoparticles with an average size about 5 nm were found in the pore and on the surface of amino functionalized silica beads. Ag-NPBs samples were tested for their antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli ( E. coli). The antibacterial activity was examined by both zone inhibition and test tube test method. Biological results indicated that the synthesized materials have an excellent antibacterial performance against E. coli which was completely inhibited after 5 min contact with Ag-NPBs.

  9. Comparative study of controlled pore glass, silica gel and poraver for the immobilization of urease to determine urea in a flow injection conductimetric biosensor system.

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    Limbut, Warakorn; Thavarungkul, Panote; Kanatharana, Proespichaya; Asawatreratanakul, Punnee; Limsakul, Chusak; Wongkittisuksa, Booncharoen

    2004-03-15

    This study compared the responses of three enzyme reactors containing urease immobilized on three types of solid support, controlled pore glass (CPG), silica gel and Poraver. The evaluation of each enzyme reactor column was done in a flow injection conductimetric system. When urea in the sample solution passed though the enzyme reactor, urease catalysed the hydrolysis of urea into charged products. A lab-built conductivity meter was used to measure the increase in conductivity of the solution. The responses of the enzyme reactor column with urease immobilized on CPG and silica gel were similar and were much higher than that of Poraver. Both CPG and silica gel reactor columns gave the same limit of detection, 0.5 mM, and the response was still linear up to 150mM. The analysis time was 4-5 min per sample. The enzyme reactor column with urease immobilized on CPG gave a slightly better sensitivity, 4% higher than the reactor with silica gel. The life time of the immobilized urease on CPG and silica gel were more than 310h operation time (used intermittently over 7 months). Good agreement was obtained when urea concentrations of human serum samples determined by the flow injection conductimetric biosensor system was compared to the conventional methods (Fearon and Berthelot reactions). These were statistically shown using the regression line and Wilcoxon signed rank tests. The results showed that the reactor with urease immobilized on silica gel had the same efficiency as the reactor with urease immobilized on CPG.

  10. Densification of sol-gel silica thin films induced by hard X-rays generated by synchrotron radiation.

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    Innocenzi, Plinio; Malfatti, Luca; Kidchob, Tongjit; Costacurta, Stefano; Falcaro, Paolo; Marmiroli, Benedetta; Cacho-Nerin, Fernando; Amenitsch, Heinz

    2011-03-01

    In this article the effects induced by exposure of sol-gel thin films to hard X-rays have been studied. Thin films of silica and hybrid organic-inorganic silica have been prepared via dip-coating and the materials were exposed immediately after preparation to an intense source of light of several keV generated by a synchrotron source. The samples were exposed to increasing doses and the effects of the radiation have been evaluated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry and atomic force microscopy. The X-ray beam induces a significant densification on the silica films without producing any degradation such as cracks, flaws or delamination at the interface. The densification is accompanied by a decrease in thickness and an increase in refractive index both in the pure silica and in the hybrid films. The effect on the hybrid material is to induce densification through reaction of silanol groups but also removal of the organic groups, which are covalently bonded to silicon via Si-C bonds. At the highest exposure dose the removal of the organic groups is complete and the film becomes pure silica. Hard X-rays can be used as an efficient and direct writing tool to pattern coating layers of different types of compositions.

  11. Additives enhancing the catalytic properties of lipase from Burkholderia cepacia immobilized on mixed-function-grafted mesoporous silica gel.

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    Abaházi, Emese; Boros, Zoltán; Poppe, László

    2014-07-08

    Effects of various additives on the lipase from Burkholderia cepacia (BcL) immobilized on mixed-function-grafted mesoporous silica gel support by hydrophobic adsorption and covalent attachment were investigated. Catalytic properties of the immobilized biocatalysts were characterized in kinetic resolution of racemic 1-phenylethanol (rac-1a) and 1-(thiophen-2-yl)ethan-1-ol (rac-1b). Screening of more than 40 additives showed significantly enhanced productivity of immobilized BcL with several additives such as PEGs, oleic acid and polyvinyl alcohol. Effects of substrate concentration and temperature between 0-100 °C on kinetic resolution of rac-1a were studied with the best adsorbed BcLs containing PEG 20 k or PVA 18-88 additives in continuous-flow packed-bed reactor. The optimum temperature of lipase activity for BcL co-immobilized with PEG 20k found at around 30 °C determined in the continuous-flow system increased remarkably to around 80 °C for BcL co-immobilized with PVA 18-88.

  12. Antioxidative and antiinflammatory activities of quercetin-loaded silica nanoparticles.

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    Lee, Ga Hyun; Lee, Sung June; Jeong, Sang Won; Kim, Hyun-Chul; Park, Ga Young; Lee, Se Geun; Choi, Jin Hyun

    2016-07-01

    Utilizing the biological activities of compounds by encapsulating natural components in stable nanoparticles is an important strategy for a variety of biomedical and healthcare applications. In this study, quercetin-loaded silica nanoparticles were synthesized using an oil-in-water microemulsion method, which is a suitable system for producing functional nanoparticles of controlled size and shape. The resulting quercetin-loaded silica nanoparticles were spherical, highly monodispersed, and stable in an aqueous system. Superoxide radical scavenging effects were found for the quercetin-loaded silica nanoparticles as well as free quercetin. The quercetin-loaded silica nanoparticles showed cell viability comparable to that of the controls. The amounts of proinflammatory cytokines produced by macrophages, such as interleukin 1 beta, interleukin 6, and tumor necrosis factor alpha, were reduced significantly for the quercetin-loaded silica nanoparticles. These results suggest that the antioxidative and antiinflammatory activities of quercetin are maintained after encapsulation in silica. Silica nanoparticles can be used for the effective and stable incorporation of biologically active natural components into composite biomaterials.

  13. Microwave NDE method for health-monitoring of concrete structures containing alkali-silica reaction (ASR) gel

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    Hashemi, A.; Hatfield, S.; Donnell, K. M.; Zoughi, R.; Kurtis, K. E.

    2014-02-01

    The presence of reactive aggregates combined with sufficient moisture and concentration of alkalis are the three basic requirements for damage due alkali-silica reaction (ASR) gel formation and expansion in concrete. For health-monitoring of concrete structures, and in order to investigate the potential for detecting ASR gel formation in existing structures, one potential technique involves studying changes in the temporal complex dielectric constant of concrete structures. In this paper, a microwave nondestructive testing approach is proposed which involves soaking two hardened mortar samples and measuring the change in their temporal complex dielectric constant in order to distinguish between the sample containing ASR gel and the one devoid of it. Part of the free water becomes bound in the sample containing ASR gel and since a portion of the microcracks in this sample contain ASR gel, the rate of evaporation of water of the two samples is expected to be different. The complex dielectric constant of the samples is significantly dependent upon the volumetric level and movement (in and out of the samples) of free water. Therefore, studying the relative different temporal rate of change in this parameter is expected to yield information about the presence or absence of ASR gel.

  14. Diamond turned master molds for bulk casting of sol-gel silica diffractive optical elements. Final report

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    Maxey, L.C.; Nogues, J.L.; Moreshead, B.

    1997-08-01

    This CRADA has combined the resources of a national laboratory and an innovative small company to investigate the production of diffractive lenses in silica glass, using diamond turned master molds. The method for producing these lenses combines the unique characteristics of the sol-gel silica replication process, pioneered by Geltech, with the state-of-the-art diamond turning expertise of the Oak Ridge Centers for Manufacturing Technology (ORCMT). A conventional lens focuses light by using a curved surface to refract (or bend) the incoming light so that it will form an image. These lenses are usually thick glass elements with one or both surfaces shaped into convex or concave spherical shapes. Traditionally, these lenses are produced by grinding and polishing the glass to the desired shape. Light can also be focused using the phenomenon of diffraction, rather than refraction. A lens of this type uses precision microscopic surface features to bend the light so that it forms an image. The result is a lens that is thinner and lighter than its refractive counterpart. Production of diffractive lenses requires the ability to accurately produce the precision microscopic features necessary to achieve controlled diffraction. Diffractive lenses have, for the most part, been limited to infra-red applications because the manufacturing technologies available have not enabled their use at visible wavelengths. Except in limited applications, these lenses have remained laboratory curiosities, because they must be individually produced by diamond turning infra-red optical materials. Geltech`s sol-gel silica replication process offers the opportunity to mass produce diffractive lenses in high quality silica glass. These lenses can be produced by diamond turning the necessary precision microscopic surface features into master surfaces that are replicated into intermediate molds. These molds are then used to produce a batch of diffractive lenses using the sol-gel process.

  15. C60 aminofullerene immobilized on silica as a visible-light-activated photocatalyst.

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    Lee, Jaesang; Mackeyev, Yuri; Cho, Min; Wilson, Lon J; Kim, Jae-Hong; Alvarez, Pedro J J

    2010-12-15

    A new strategy is described to immobilize photoactive C(60) aminofullerene on silica gel (3-(2-succinic anhydride)propyl functionalized silica), thus enabling facile separation of the photocatalyst for recycling and repeated use. An organic linker moiety containing an amide group was used to anchor C(60) aminofullerene to the functionalized silica support. The linker moiety prevents aqueous C(60) aggregation/agglomeration (shown by TEM images), resulting in a remarkable enhancement of photochemical (1)O(2) production under visible light irradiation. With no loss in efficacy of (1)O(2) production plus insignificant chemical modification of the aminoC(60)/silica photocatalyst after multiple cycling, the system offers a promising new visible-light-activated photocatalyst. Under visible-light irradiation, the aminoC(60)/silica photocatalyst is capable of effective and kinetically enhanced oxidation of Ranitidine and Cimetidine (pharmaceutical pollutants) and inactivation of MS-2 bacteriophage compared to aqueous solutions of the C(60) aminofullerene alone. Thus, this photocatalyst could enable water treatment in less developed areas by alleviating dependence on major infrastructure, including the need for electricity.

  16. Silica dust exposures during selected construction activities.

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    Flanagan, Mary Ellen; Seixas, Noah; Majar, Maria; Camp, Janice; Morgan, Michael

    2003-01-01

    This study characterized exposure for dust-producing construction tasks. Eight common construction tasks were evaluated for quartz and respirable dust exposure by collecting 113 personal task period samples for cleanup; demolition with handheld tools; concrete cutting; concrete mixing; tuck-point grinding; surface grinding; sacking and patching concrete; and concrete floor sanding using both time-integrating filter samples and direct-reading respirable dust monitors. The geometric mean quartz concentration was 0.10 mg/m(3) (geometric standard deviation [GSD]=4.88) for all run time samples, with 71% exceeding the threshold limit value. Activities with the highest exposures were surface grinding, tuck-point grinding, and concrete demolition (GM[GSD] of 0.63[4.12], 0.22[1.94], and 0.10[2.60], respectively). Factors recorded each minute were task, tool, work area, respiratory protection and controls used, estimated cross draft, and whether anyone nearby was making dust. Factors important to exposure included tool used, work area configuration, controls employed, cross draft, and in some cases nearby dust. More protective respirators were employed as quartz concentration increased, although respiratory protection was found to be inadequate for 42% of exposures. Controls were employed for only 12% of samples. Exposures were reduced with three controls: box fan for surface grinding and floor sanding, and vacuum/shroud for surface grinding, with reductions of 57, 50, and 71%, respectively. Exposures were higher for sweeping compound, box fan for cleanup, ducted fan dilution, and wetted substrate. Construction masons and laborers are frequently overexposed to silica. The usual protection method, respirators, was not always adequate, and engineering control use was infrequent and often ineffective.

  17. Superhydrophobic films on glass surface derived from trimethylsilanized silica gel nanoparticles.

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    Goswami, Debmita; Medda, Samar Kumar; De, Goutam

    2011-09-01

    The paper deals with the fabrication of sol-gel-derived superhydrophobic films on glass based on the macroscopic silica network with surface modification. The fabricated transparent films were composed of a hybrid -Si(CH(3))(3)-functionalized SiO(2) nanospheres exhibiting the desired micro/nanostructure, water repellency, and antireflection (AR) property. The wavelength selective AR property can be tuned by controlling the physical thickness of the films. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) studies revealed the existence of SiO(2) nanoparticles of average size ∼9.4 nm in the sols. TEM studies showed presence of interconnected SiO(2) NPs of ∼10 nm in size. The films were formed with uniformly packed SiO(2) aggregates as observed by FESEM of film surface. FTIR of the films confirmed presence of glasslike Si-O-Si bonding and methyl functionalization. The hydrophobicity of the surface was depended on the thickness of the deposited films. A critical film thickness (>115 nm) was necessary to obtain the air push effect for superhydrophobicity. Trimethylsilyl functionalization of SiO(2) and the surface roughness (rms ≈30 nm as observed by AFM) of the films were also contributed toward the high water contact angle (WCA). The coated glass surface showed WCA value of the droplet as high as 168 ± 3° with 6 μL of water. These superhydrophobic films were found to be stable up to about 230-240 °C as confirmed by TG/DTA studies, and WCA measurements of the films with respect to the heat-treatment temperatures. These high water repellant films can be deposited on relatively large glass surfaces to remove water droplets immediately without any mechanical assistance.

  18. Intraparticle heat and mass transfer characteristics of silica-gel/water vapor adsorption

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    Yamamoto, Eri; Watanabe, Fujio; Hasatani, Masanobu

    1999-07-01

    Recently, highly efficient energy utilization systems which extensively employ adsorption phenomena such as pressure swing adsorption, heat storage, adsorption heat pump, etc. are being regarded as one of the countermeasures for environmental issues such as green house effect and ozone layer destruction. An Adsorption Heat Pump (AHP) has been investigated as one of the important techniques via which cold heat energy is obtained from waste thermal energy below 373K without using electricity and CFCs. An AHP normally consists of an adsorber and an evaporator/condenser and cold heat energy is generated by latent heat of evaporation during adsorption process. For realizing the AHP technology, it has been pointed out that the development of an adsorber with optimum heat and mass transfer characteristics is essentially important. In this study, experimental studies were carried out which was based on the data of temperature inside the adsorbent particle and adsorptivity profiles at the adsorption/desorption process by volumetric method. To clarify adsorption mechanism relatively large silica-gel particle (7 mm f) was used. Temperature distribution in the particle is determined at the center, at one half radius in the radial direction and at the surface by using very thin (30 mm f) thermocouples. The temperatures at these points simultaneously increase/decrease as soon as the adsorption/desorption started, reached their respective maximum/minimum values and then return to initial temperature. The temperature profiles for the adsorption process show that the temperature at the surface is initially slightly higher than the other two points. All three points reached their respective maximum temperature at the same time with the temperature at the center point the highest and at the surface the lowest. The temperature profiles during the desorptive process are almost exactly the opposite to that of the adsorption process. This shows that the adsorption phenomena can take

  19. Open-Source-Based 3D Printing of Thin Silica Gel Layers in Planar Chromatography.

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    Fichou, Dimitri; Morlock, Gertrud E

    2017-02-07

    On the basis of open-source packages, 3D printing of thin silica gel layers is demonstrated as proof-of-principle for use in planar chromatography. A slurry doser was designed to replace the plastic extruder of an open-source Prusa i3 printer. The optimal parameters for 3D printing of layers were studied, and the planar chromatographic separations on these printed layers were successfully demonstrated with a mixture of dyes. The layer printing process was fast. For printing a 0.2 mm layer on a 10 cm × 10 cm format, it took less than 5 min. It was affordable, i.e., the running costs for producing such a plate were less than 0.25 Euro and the investment costs for the modified hardware were 630 Euro. This approach demonstrated not only the potential of the 3D printing environment in planar chromatography but also opened new avenues and new perspectives for tailor-made plates, not only with regard to layer materials and their combinations (gradient plates) but also with regard to different layer shapes and patterns. As such an example, separations on a printed plane layer were compared with those obtained from a printed channeled layer. For the latter, 40 channels were printed in parallel on a 10 cm × 10 cm format for the separation of 40 samples. For producing such a channeled plate, the running costs were below 0.04 Euro and the printing process took only 2 min. All modifications of the device and software were released open-source to encourage reuse and improvements and to stimulate the users to contribute to this technology. By this proof-of-principle, another asset was demonstrated to be integrated into the Office Chromatography concept, in which all relevant steps for online miniaturized planar chromatography are performed by a single device.

  20. Investigation of passive and active silica-tin oxide nanostructured optical fibers fabricated by "inverse dip-coating" and "powder in tube" method based on the chemical sol-gel process and laser emission

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    Granger, G.; Restoin, C.; Roy, P.; Jamier, R.; Rougier, S.; Duclere, J.-R.; Lecomte, A.; Dauliat, R.; Blondy, J.-M.

    2015-05-01

    This paper presents a study of original nanostructured optical fibers based on the SiO2-SnO2-(Yb3+) system. Two different processes have been developed and compared: the sol-gel chemical method associated to the "inverse dip-coating" (IDC) and the "powder in tube" (PIT). The microstructural and optical properties of the fibers are studied according to the concentration of SnO2. X-Ray Diffraction as well as Transmission Electron Microscopy studies show that the SnO2 crystallizes into the cassiterite phase as nanoparticles with a diameter ranging from 4 to 50 nm as a function of tin oxide concentration. A comparative study highlights a better conservation of SnO2 into the fiber core with the PIT approach according to the refractive index profile and energy dispersive X-Ray spectrometry measurement. The attenuation evaluated by the classic cut-back method gives respectively values higher than 3 dB/m and 0.2 dB/m in the visible (VIS) and infrared (IR) ranges for the PIT fibers whereas background losses reach 0.5 dB/m in the VIS range for IDC fibers. The introduction of ytterbium ions into the core of PIT fibers, directly in the first chemical step, leads to a laser emission (between 1050 and 1100 nm) according to the fiber length under 850 nm wavelength pumping. Luminescence studies have demonstrated the influence of the tin oxide on the rare earth optical properties especially by the modification of the absorption (850 to 1000 nm) and emission (950 to 1100 nm) by discretization of the bands, as well as on the IR emission lifetime evaluated to 10 μs.

  1. Nano-composite polymer gel electrolytes containing ortho-nitro benzoic acid: role of dielectric constant of solvent and fumed silica

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    Kumar, R.

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, nano-composite polymer gel electrolytes containing polymethylmethacrylate, dimethylacetamide, diethyl carbonate, fumed silica and ortho-nitro benzoic acid have been synthesized. Electrical conductivity, viscosity, pH and thermal behavior of these electrolytes have been studied. The effect of acid, polymer, fumed silica concentration on conductivity, pH and viscosity has been discussed. The effect of dielectric constant of solvent on conductivity behavior of composite polymer gel electrolytes has also been studied. Two maxima in conductivity behavior have been observed with fumed silica concentration for composite polymer gel electrolytes, which have been explained on the basis of double percolation threshold model. Maximum conductivity of 3.20 × 10-4 and 2.46 × 10-6 S/cm at room temperature has been observed for nano-composite polymer gel electrolytes containing 10 wt% polymethylmethacrylate in 1 M solution of o-nitro benzoic acid in dimethylacetamide and diethyl carbonate respectively. The intensity of first maximum observed in conductivity at low concentration of fumed silica has been found to decrease with the decrease in acid concentration for composite polymer gel electrolytes, while the intensity of second maximum at higher fumed silica concentration remains unaffected. The conductivity of composite gels does not show much change in the temperature range of 20-100 °C and also remains constant with time, making them suitable for use as electrolytes in various devices like fuel cells, proton batteries, electrochromic window applications etc.

  2. Structural, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Nickel-Silica Nanocomposite Prepared by a Sol-Gel Route

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    Saha, Mrinal; Soumya Mukherjee; Gayen, Arup; Siddhartha Mukherjee

    2015-10-01

    Nickel-silica nanocomposites have been synthesized by a sol-gel method using dextrose (C6H12O6) as the reducing agent. The dried gel is heat treated at 850 and 900 °C for 30 min in an inert atmosphere by N2 purging to obtain the composite material. The samples have been characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction. Pure polycrystalline nickel granular particle has been found to form with face-centered cubic structure and is entrapped in amorphous silica matrix with particle sizes in between 10 and 30 nm and is almost spherical in shape. The strong ferromagnetic nature of Ni-SiO2 composite became evident from the M-H curve which is quite different from the bulk nickel. The band gap of the synthesized Ni-SiO2 nanocomposite is found to be 2.35 eV. The reported sol-gel technique is a convenient and effective method to prepare high purity nanopowders with uniform size distribution.

  3. Silica gel microspheres decorated with covalent triazine-based frameworks as an improved stationary phase for high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Zhao, Wenjie; Hu, Kai; Hu, Chenchen; Wang, Xiaoyu; Yu, Ajuan; Zhang, Shusheng

    2017-03-03

    A new stationary phase for high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) applications based on silica gel microspheres decorated with covalent triazine-based frameworks (CTF-SiO2) composite has been reported here. In this new hybrid material, sheet-like covalent triazine-based frameworks (CTF) were grown onto the supporting silica spheres, in order to achieve improved chromatographic separation and selectivity. The new material was characterized by infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis and thermogravimetric analysis. The chromatographic performance and retention mechanism of the new stationary phase were investigated in reversed-phase mode and compared against standard C18 and cyano-modified silica (CN-SiO2) columns. A variety of different probe molecules were analyzed, including mono-substituted benzenes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phenols, anilines and bases. The synergism of triazine and aromatic moieties provided several different retention mechanisms, thus improving the selectivity in the CTF-SiO2 composite. The good column packing properties of the uniform silica microspheres combined with the separation ability of the CTF frameworks make the new CTF-SiO2 material a potentially useful stationary phase for the analysis of complex samples.

  4. Silica-gel Particles Loaded with an Ionic Liquid for Separation of Zr(IV) Prior to Its Determination by ICP-OES

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    Marwani, Hadi M.; Alsafrani, Amjad E.; Asiri, Abdullah M.; Rahman, Mohammed M.

    2016-01-01

    A new ionic liquid loaded silica gel amine (SG-APTMS-N,N-EPANTf2) was developed, as an adsorptive material, for selective adsorption and determination of zirconium, Zr(IV), without the need for a chelating intermediate. Based on a selectivity study, the SG-APTMS-N,N-EPANTf2 phase showed a perfect selectivity towards Zr(IV) at pH 4 as compared to other metallic ions, including gold [Au(III)], copper [Cu(II)], cobalt [Co(II)], chromium [Cr(III)], lead [Pb(II)], selenium [Se(IV)] and mercury [Hg(II)] ions. The influence of pH, Zr(IV) concentration, contact time and interfering ions on SG-APTMS-N,N-EPANTf2 uptake for Zr(IV) was evaluated. The presence of incorporated donor atoms in newly synthesized SG-APTMS-N,N-EPANTf2 phase played a significant role in enhancing its uptake capacity of Zr(IV) by 78.64% in contrast to silica gel (activated). The equilibrium and kinetic information of Zr(IV) adsorption onto SG-APTMS-N,N-EPANTf2 were best expressed by Langmuir and pseudo second-order kinetic models, respectively. General co-existing cations did not interfere with the extraction and detection of Zr(IV). Finally, the analytical efficiency of the newly developed method was also confirmed by implementing it for the determination of Zr(IV) in several water samples. PMID:27367692

  5. Thermo-optic characterization of neodymium/nickel doped silica glasses prepared via sol-gel route.

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    Manuel, Ancy; Kumar, B Rajesh; Basheer, N Shemeena; Kumari, B Syamala; Paulose, P I; Kurian, Achamma; George, Sajan D

    2012-12-01

    Intrinsic as well as rare earth (Neodymium) doped silica glasses with various molar ratio of dopant and a metallic (Nickel) co-dopant is prepared via sol-gel route. The structural characterization of the sample is carried out using X-ray diffraction and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The influence of dopant and doping concentration on the optical properties of silica matrix is investigated via UV-VIS absorption spectroscopy. Effect of dopant on thermal effusivity value of the host matrix is carried out by laser induced open cell photoacoustic technique. Analysis of the results showed that doping affect the thermal effusivity value and results are interpreted in terms of structural modification of the lattice and phonon assisted heat transport mechanism.

  6. Adjustable rheology of fumed silica dispersion in urethane prepolymers: Composition-dependent sol and gel behaviors and energy-mediated shear responses

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    Zheng, Zhong Song, Yihu Wang, Xiang Zheng, Qiang

    2015-07-15

    Variation of colloidal and interfacial interactions leads to a microstructural diversity in fumed silica dispersions exhibiting absolutely different sol- or gel-like rheological responses. In this study, fumed silicas with different surface areas (200–400 m{sup 2}/g) and surface characteristics (hydrophilic or hydrophobic) are dispersed into moisture-cured polyurethane. The microstructures investigated using transmission electron microscope are associated perfectly with three different rheological behaviors: (i) Sols with well-dispersed silica aggregates, (ii) weak gels with agglomerate-linked networks, and (iii) strong gels with concentrated networks of large agglomerates. Though sols and gels are well distinguished by shear thickening or sustained thinning response through steady shear flow test, it is interesting that the sols and weak gels exhibit a uniform modulus plateau-softening-hardening-softening response with increasing dynamic strain at frequency 10 rad s{sup −1} while the strong gels show a sustained softening beyond the linear regime. Furthermore, the onset of softening and hardening can be normalized: The two softening are isoenergetic at mechanical energies of 0.3 J m{sup −3} and 10 kJ m{sup −3}. On the other hand, the hardening is initiated by a critical strain of 60%. The mechanisms involved in the generation of the sol- and the gel-like dispersions and their structural evolutions during shear are thoroughly clarified in relation to the polyols, the characteristic and content of silica and the curing catalysts.

  7. Fluidization and Active Thinning by Molecular Kinetics in Active Gels.

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    Oriola, David; Alert, Ricard; Casademunt, Jaume

    2017-02-24

    We derive the constitutive equations of an active polar gel from a model for the dynamics of elastic molecules that link polar elements. Molecular binding kinetics induces the fluidization of the material, giving rise to Maxwell viscoelasticity and, provided that detailed balance is broken, to the generation of active stresses. We give explicit expressions for the transport coefficients of active gels in terms of molecular properties, including nonlinear contributions on the departure from equilibrium. In particular, when activity favors linker unbinding, we predict a decrease of viscosity with activity-active thinning-of kinetic origin, which could explain some experimental results on the cell cortex. By bridging the molecular and hydrodynamic scales, our results could help understand the interplay between molecular perturbations and the mechanics of cells and tissues.

  8. A new precursor for the immobilization of enzymes inside sol-gel-derived hybrid silica nanocomposites containing polysaccharides.

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    Shchipunov, Yurii A; Karpenko, Tat'yana Yu; Bakunina, Irina Yu; Burtseva, Yuliya V; Zvyagintseva, Tat'yana N

    2004-01-30

    Tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl) orthosilicate (THEOS) introduced by Hoffmann et al. (J. Phys. Chem. B., 106 (2002) 1528) was first used to prepare hybrid nanocomposites containing various polysaccharides and immobilize enzymes in these materials. Two different types of O-glycoside hydrolyses (EC3.2.1), 1-->3-beta-D-glucanase LIV from marine mollusk Spisula sacchalinensis and alpha-D-galactosidase from marine bacterium Pseudoalteromonas sp. KMM 701, were taken for the immobilization. To reveal whether the polysaccharide inside the hybrid material influences the enzyme entrapment and functioning, negatively charged xanthan, cationic derivative of hydroxyethylcellulose and uncharged locust bean gum were examined. The mechanical properties of these nanocomposites were characterized by a dynamic rheology and their structure by a scanning electron microscopy. It was found that 1-->3-beta-D-glucanase was usually immobilized without the loss of its activity, while the alpha-D-galactosidase activity in the immobilized state depended on the polysaccharide type of material. An important point is that the amount of immobilized enzymes was small, comparable to their content in the living cells. It was shown by the scanning electron microscopy that the hybrid nanocomposites are sufficiently porous that allows the enzymatic substrates and products to diffuse from an external aqueous solution to the enzymes, whereas protein molecules were immobilized firmly and not easily washed out of the silica matrix. A sharp increase of the enzyme lifetime (more than a hundred times) was observed after the immobilization. As established, the efficient entrapment of enzymes is caused by few advantages of new precursor over the currently used TEOS and TMOS: (i) organic solvents and catalysts are not needed owing to the complete solubility of THEOS in water and the catalytic effect of polysaccharides on the sol-gel processes; (ii) the entrapment of enzymes can be performed at any pH which is suitable

  9. Separation of single-walled carbon nanotubes on silica gel. Materials morphology and Raman excitation wavelength affect data interpretation.

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    Dyke, Christopher A; Stewart, Michael P; Tour, James M

    2005-03-30

    In this report, procedures are discussed for the enrichment of single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) types by simple filtration of the functionalized SWNTs through silica gel. This separation uses nanotube sidewall functionalization employing two different strategies. In the first approach, a crude mixture of metallic and semiconducting SWNTs was heavily functionalized with 4-tert-butylphenyl addends to impart solubility to the entire sample of SWNTs. Two major polarity fractions were rapidly filtered through silica gel, with the solvent being removed in vacuo, heated to 700 degrees C to remove the addends, and analyzed spectroscopically. The second approach uses two different aryldiazonium salts (one with a polar grafting group and one nonpolar), appended selectively onto the different SWNTs by means of titration and monitoring by UV analysis throughout the functionalization process. The different addends accentuate the polarity differences between the band-gap-based types permitting their partial separation on silica gel. Thermal treatment regenerated pristine SWNTs in enriched fractions. The processed samples were analyzed and characterized by Raman spectroscopy. A controlled functionalization method using 4-fluorophenyl and 4-iodophenyl addends was performed, and XPS analyses yielded data on the degree of functionalization needed to affect the van Hove singularities in the UV/vis/NIR spectra. Finally, we demonstrate that relative peak intensity changes in Raman spectra can be caused by morphological changes in SWNT bundling based on differing flocculation or deposition methods. Therefore a misleading impression of separations can result, underscoring the care needed in assessing efficacies in SWNT enrichment and the prerequisite use of multiple excitation wavelengths and similar flocculation or deposition methods in comparative analyses.

  10. [Ion exchange interactions on silica gel in thin-layer chromatography. IV. Plate investigations by UV spectroscopy].

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    Volford, O; Takács, M; Vámos, J

    1996-05-01

    The properties of silica gel as stationary phase are determined mainly by siloxane, silanol and metal-silanate functional groups. The metals (Na, Ca etc.) getting into the product as trace elements in the course of manufacture may cause the appearance of artefacts. In our previous studies the ion exchange interactions between salt-type analytes and silanol or metal-silanate groups were investigated. It was found in the TLC test of the salts of organic acids and N-bases that the acids and bases are separated from their counter ions and accept protons from or donate to the silica gel layer. In the present paper several analytes of above type have been investigated in situ by remission spectroscopy. These are: phenobarbital, sulfinpyrazone, sulfucetamide, benzoic acid, salicylic acid, (and their Na-salts) and papaverine hydrochloride. Remission spectra were registered from the start spot directly after application and then from the spot after development with the CHCl3EtOH (9 + 1) mobile phase. Based on the difference between the remission spectra of protonated and deprotonated forms of the analytes, the deviations from the initial state could be established. On the basis of the shift of lambda max values one can conclude to the approximate ratio of the protonated (acid) and deprotonated (anion, base) form present in the examined points (middle or edge) of the chromatographic spot. Significantly different protonation states of the analytes were found in the start spots and in the developed spots. These findings are interpreted by the ion exchange interactions between the pharmacon and silica gel. The results provide a deeper insight into the mechanisms of TLC process.

  11. Cu-doped CdS and ZnS nanocrystals grown onto thiolated silica-gel

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    Andrade, George Ricardo Santana; Nascimento, Cristiane da Cunha; Xavier, Paulo Adriano; Costa, Silvanio Silverio Lopes; Costa, Luiz Pereira; Gimenez, Iara F.

    2014-11-01

    CdS and ZnS nanocrystals were grown over specific binding sites onto a thiolated silica-gel aiming to favor defect emission processes. This strategy was found to be effective in yielding ZnS nanocrystals with simultaneous blue and blue-green emissions owing to different types of defects. The effects of doping with copper ions have been observed on the photoluminescence properties. The intensity of defect-related emissions from both semiconductor nanocrystals increased with increasing dopant concentration from 0.25% to 1.5% copper, consistent with the presence of sulfur vacancies. Higher dopant concentrations lead to concentration quenching.

  12. Fluidization and Active Thinning by Molecular Kinetics in Active Gels

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    Oriola, David; Alert, Ricard; Casademunt, Jaume

    2017-02-01

    We derive the constitutive equations of an active polar gel from a model for the dynamics of elastic molecules that link polar elements. Molecular binding kinetics induces the fluidization of the material, giving rise to Maxwell viscoelasticity and, provided that detailed balance is broken, to the generation of active stresses. We give explicit expressions for the transport coefficients of active gels in terms of molecular properties, including nonlinear contributions on the departure from equilibrium. In particular, when activity favors linker unbinding, we predict a decrease of viscosity with activity—active thinning—of kinetic origin, which could explain some experimental results on the cell cortex. By bridging the molecular and hydrodynamic scales, our results could help understand the interplay between molecular perturbations and the mechanics of cells and tissues.

  13. Ceria nanoparticles vis-à-vis cerium nitrate as corrosion inhibitors for silica-alumina hybrid sol-gel coating

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    Lakshmi, R. V.; Aruna, S. T.; Sampath, S.

    2017-01-01

    The present work provides a comparative study on the corrosion protection efficiency of defect free sol-gel hybrid coating containing ceria nanoparticles and cerium nitrate ions as corrosion inhibitors. Less explored organically modified alumina-silica hybrid sol-gel coatings are synthesized from 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane and aluminium-tri-sec-butoxide. The microemulsion derived nanoparticles and the hybrid coatings are characterized and compared with coatings containing cerium nitrate. Corrosion inhibiting capability is assessed using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Scanning Kelvin probe measurements are also conducted on the coatings for identifying the apparent corrosion prone regions. Detailed X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis is carried out to comprehend the bonding and corrosion protection rendered by the hybrid coatings.

  14. Crystallized alkali-silica gel in concrete from the late 1890s

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    Peterson, Karl . E-mail: cee@mtu.edu; Gress, David . E-mail: dlgress@unh.edu; Van Dam, Tom . E-mail: cee@mtu.edu; Sutter, Lawrence . E-mail: cee@mtu.edu

    2006-08-15

    The Elon Farnsworth Battery, a concrete structure completed in 1898, is in an advanced state of disrepair. To investigate the potential for rehabilitation, cores were extracted from the battery. Petrographic examination revealed abundant deposits of alkali silica reaction products in cracks associated with the quartz rich metasedimentary coarse aggregate. The products of the alkali silica reaction are variable in composition and morphology, including both amorphous and crystalline phases. The crystalline alkali silica reaction products are characterized by quantitative X-ray energy dispersive spectrometry (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The broad extent of the reactivity is likely due to elevated alkali levels in the cements used.

  15. Direct Evidence for Percolation of Immobilized Polymer Layer around Nanoparticles Accounting for Sol-Gel Transition in Fumed Silica Dispersions.

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    Zheng, Zhong; Song, Yihu; Yang, Ruiquan; Zheng, Qiang

    2015-12-22

    Immobilized polymer fractions have been claimed to be of vital importance for sol-gel transitions generally observed in nanoparticle dispersions but remain a matter of debate regarding mechanism and difficulty for prediction. Here we investigate the immobilized layer structures of trifunctionality polyether polyol (PPG) near the surfaces of hydrophilic and hydrophobic fumed silica (FS) nanoparticles to reveal the role of surface chemistry on the molecular dynamics and sol-gel transitions of the dispersions. Using modulated differential scanning calorimetry, we measure the specific heat capacity during glass transition and the enthalpy during cold-crystallization. Comparing with hydrophobic FS that forms a fully immobilized (glassy) layer, we find that hydrophilic FS immobilizes more PPG, forming a partially immobilized outer layer being unable to crystallize next to the inner glassy layer. By correlating the thickness of the glassy layer with half of the minimum spacing between nanoparticles, we directly evidence the percolation of this layer along the nearest neighbor nanoparticles responsible for the sol-gel transition. Using effective volume fraction including the glassy layer, we successfully construct master curves of relative viscosity of both hydrophilic and hydrophobic FS dispersions, pointing to a common sol-gel transition mechanism mediated by the surface chemistry.

  16. Encapsulation of biomolecules for bioanalytical purposes: preparation of diclofenac antibody-doped nanometer-sized silica particles by reverse micelle and sol-gel processing.

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    Tsagkogeorgas, Fotios; Ochsenkühn-Petropoulou, Maria; Niessner, Reinhard; Knopp, Dietmar

    2006-07-28

    In recent years, the sol-gel technique has attracted increasing interest as a unique approach to immobilize biomolecules for bioanalytical applications as well as biochemical and biophysical studies. For this purpose, crushed biomolecule-doped sol-gel glass monoliths have been widely used. In the present work, for the first time, the encapsulation of anti-diclofenac antibodies in silica nanoparticles was carried out by a combination of reverse micelle and sol-gel technique. Cyclohexane was used for the preparation of the microemulsion as organic solvent, while surfactant Igepal CO-520 was found to be the optimal stabilizer. The antibody source was a purified IgG fraction originating from a polyclonal rabbit antiserum. Tetramethyl orthosilicate (TMOS) was used as precursor. Rather uniform, monodispersed and spherical silica particles of about 70nm diameter size were fabricated, as was demonstrated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence analysis (SEM/EDX). The biological activity of the encapsulated antibodies was evaluated by incubation of the nanoparticles with a diclofenac standard solution and analysis of the filtrate and followed washing solutions by a highly sensitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), using non-doped particles as blanks. While only about 6% of the added diclofenac was nonspecifically retained by the blank, the corresponding amount of about 66% was much higher with the antibody-doped particles. An obvious advantage of this approach is the general applicability of the developed technique for a mild immobilization of different antibody species.

  17. Silica fibers doped with erbium ions obtained by the sol gel method

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    Pawlik, Elzbieta; Strek, Wieslaw; Wojcik, Jan; Wojciechowski, C.; Malashkevich, G. E.; Melnichenko, I. M.; Poddenezhny, E. N.

    1997-08-01

    The paper presents the optical properties of glasses and optical fibers from quartz glass, obtained by the sol-gel method. A new technique of sol-gel glass preparation is described. Rods were formed from the glass thus produced from which PCS-type fibers were next drawn. Using the same sol-gel technology, the erbium-doped quartz glasses were obtained. The transmission and luminescence characteristics were measured for the glasses as well as for fibers drawn from them.

  18. N-doped mesoporous carbons supported palladium catalysts prepared from chitosan/silica/palladium gel beads.

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    Zeng, Minfeng; Wang, Yudong; Liu, Qi; Yuan, Xia; Feng, Ruokun; Yang, Zhen; Qi, Chenze

    2016-08-01

    In this study, a heterogeneous catalyst including palladium nanoparticles supported on nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon (Pd@N-C) is synthesized from palladium salts as palladium precursor, colloidal silica as template, and chitosan as carbon source. N2 sorption isotherm results show that the prepared Pd@N-C had a high BET surface area (640m(2)g(-1)) with large porosity. The prepared Pd@N-C is high nitrogen-rich as characterized with element analysis. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), and Raman spectroscopy characterization of the catalyst shows that the palladium species with different chemical states are well dispersed on the nitrogen-containing mesoporous carbon. The Pd@N-C is high active and shows excellent stability as applied in Heck coupling reactions. This work supplies a successful method to prepare Pd heterogeneous catalysts with high performance from bulk biopolymer/Pd to high porous nitrogen-doped carbon supported palladium catalytic materials.

  19. Designing photobioreactors based on living cells immobilized in silica gel for carbon dioxide mitigation.

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    Rooke, Joanna C; Léonard, Alexandre; Meunier, Christophe F; Su, Bao-Lian

    2011-09-19

    Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have been rising since the industrial revolution, with the most dramatic increase occurring since the end of World War II. Carbon dioxide is widely regarded as one of the major factors contributing to the greenhouse effect, which is of major concern in today's society because it leads to global warming. Photosynthesis is Nature's tool for combating elevated carbon dioxide levels. In essence, photosynthesis allows a cell to harvest solar energy and convert it into chemical energy through the assimilation of carbon dioxide and water. Therefore photosynthesis is regarded as an ideal way to harness the abundance of solar energy that reaches Earth and convert anthropologically generated carbon dioxide into useful carbohydrates, providing a much more sustainable energy source. This Minireview aims to tackle the idea of immobilizing photosynthetic unicellular organisms within inert silica frameworks, providing protection both to the fragile cells and to the external ecosystem, and to use this resultant living hybrid material in a photobioreactor. The viability and activity of various unicellular organisms are summarized alongside design issues of a photobioreactor based on living hybrid materials.

  20. Preparation of Dufulin imprinted polymer on surface of silica gel and its application as solid-phase extraction sorbent.

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    Miao, Shan Shan; Wang, Hua Zi; Lu, Yi Chen; Geng, Hao Ran; Yang, Hong

    2014-04-01

    A new molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) based on silica-gel surface was developed using Dufulin (Duf) as a template, methacrylic acid (MAA) as a functional monomer, ethyleneglycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) as a crosslinker, and azodiisobutyronitrile (AIBN) as an initiator. The synthetic samples were characterized by the techniques of Fourier transmission infrared spectrometry (FT-IR) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Batch experiments were performed to evaluate adsorption isotherms, adsorption kinetics and selective recognition of the MIP. Binding experiments demonstrated that the MIP had a good adsorption capacity, fast mass transfer rate and high recognition selectivity to Dufulin. When the MIP was used as a solid-phase extraction (SPE) material, the recoveries of Dufulin for spiked water, soil and wheat samples were 88.98-102.16%, 85.31-99.57% and 87.84-100.19%, along with LOD of 0.0008 mg L(-1), 0.010 mg kg(-1) and 0.023 mg kg(-1), respectively. Compared with direct determination of HPLC without MIP-SPE, the highly selective separation and enrichment of Dufulin from the complex environmental media can be achieved by the newly developed molecular imprinting at the surface of silica gel.

  1. Selective speciation of inorganic antimony on tetraethylenepentamine bonded silica gel column and its determination by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry.

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    Mendil, Durali; Bardak, Hilmi; Tuzen, Mustafa; Soylak, Mustafa

    2013-03-30

    A speciation system for antimony (III) and antimony (V) ions that based on solid phase extraction on tetraethylenepentamine bonded silica gel has been established. Antimony was determined by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GF-AAS). Analytical conditions including pH, sample volume, etc., were studied for the quantitative recoveries of Sb (III) and Sb (V). Matrix effects on the recovery were also investigated. The recovery values and detection limit for antimony (III) at optimal conditions were found as >95% and 0.020 μg L(-1), respectively. Preconcentration factor was calculated as 50. The capacity of adsorption for the tetraethylenepentamine bonded silica gel was 7.9 mg g(-1). The validation was checked by analysis of NIST SRM 1573a Tomato laves and GBW 07605 Tea certified reference materials. The procedure was successfully applied to speciation of antimony in tap water, mineral water and spring water samples. Total antimony was determined in refined salt, unrefined salt, black tea, rice, tuna fish and soil samples after microwave digestion and presented enrichment method combination.

  2. Electrochemical determination of maltol in beverages with glassy carbon electrode and its silica sol-gel modified electrode.

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    Di, Junwei; Bi, Shuping; Zhang, Feng

    2004-05-28

    The electrochemical behavior of maltol on a glassy carbon (GC) electrode was investigated. The results were applied to differential pulse voltammetric determination of maltol in beverages pretreated by ultrafiltration. Under the optimum experimental conditions, the linear range is 1x10(-5) to 6x10(-4)moll(-1) maltol and the relative standard deviation for 0.4mmoll(-1) maltol is 0.6% (n=9). The detection limit was 5mumoll(-1). Furthermore, silica sol-gel film on GC electrode could be used as suitable selective membrane, which integrated selective membrane on the electrode and substituted for the pretreatment of ultrafiltration. Under the above conditions, maltol was determined by semi-differential linear sweep voltammetry at a silica sol-gel modified GC electrode in the concentration range of 5x10(-6) to 5x10(-4)moll(-1). The detection limit was 2mumoll(-1) and the relative standard deviation for 0.1mmoll(-1) maltol was 0.7% (n=7). The proposed method is of sensitivity, simplicity, rapidness and no contamination. It had been applied to the direct determination of maltol in beverages such as grape wines, drinks and beers without any pretreatment. The results obtained with the present method were satisfactory with those obtained by spectrophotometry. It could be used as a simple and practical method for the determination of the flavor enhancer maltol in beverages.

  3. A Thermally Conductive Composite with a Silica Gel Matrix and Carbon-Encapsulated Copper Nanoparticles as Filler

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    Lin, Jin; Zhang, Haiyan; Hong, Haoqun; Liu, Hui; Zhang, Xiubin

    2014-07-01

    Core-shell-structured nanocapsules with a copper core encapsulated in a carbon shell (Cu-C) were synthesized by a direct-current arc-discharge method. Morphological and microstructural characterization showed that the Cu-C consisted of a nanosized Cu core and carbon shell, with the carbon shells containing 6 to 15 ordered graphitic layers and amorphous carbon that effectively shield the metallic Cu core from oxidation. A thermally conductive composite was successfully fabricated using a silica gel matrix incorporated with Cu-C filler. The Cu-C nanoparticles were homogeneously dispersed in the silica gel. The effects of Cu-C on the thermal conductivity, electrical resistivity, and coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the composite were investigated. For composites with 6.16 vol.%, 11.04 vol.%, 16.70 vol.%, and 23.34 vol.% Cu-C content, the thermal conductivity at 50°C was 0.32 W/(m K) to 0.77 W/(m K), the electrical resistivity was 1.98 × 109, 3.48 × 107, 302, and 1 Ω m, respectively, while the CTE at 200°C was 3.79 × 10-4 K-1 to 3.44 × 10-4 K-1. The results reveal that the ordered graphitic shells in the Cu-C increased both the thermal and electrical conduction, but decreased the CTE by preventing the Cu cores from expanding.

  4. Disiloxanes and Functionalized Silica Gels: One Route, Two Complementary Outcomes—Guanidinium and Pyridinium Ion-Exchangers

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    Tabisz, Łukasz

    2015-01-01

    Five novel disiloxane compounds comprising guanidinium and pyridinium moieties were obtained with high yields and purity. The verified synthetic pathways were then applied for modification of pre-functionalized silica gel, producing materials with the analogous organic side-chains. These halide-containing compounds and materials were then compared as to their ion-exchange properties: two disiloxanes proved to be effective in leaching different anions (nitrate, benzoate and ascorbate) from solid to organic phase, and pyridinium-functionalized silica gels showed selectivity towards perchlorate ion, removing it from methanolic solutions with preference to other singly charged anions. The results presented demonstrate that both compounds and materials containing silicon-carbon bonds can be produced using the same methodology, but offer strikingly different application opportunities. Comparison of their properties provides additional insight into the binding mode of different anions and hints at how the transition from a flexible siloxane bridge to immobilization on solid surface influences anion-binding selectivity. Additionally, one of the siloxane dipodands was found to form a crystalline and poorly soluble nitrate salt (1.316 g/L, water), although it was miscible with a wide range of solvents as a hydrochloride. A possible explanation is given with the help of semi-empirical calculations. A simple, time- and cost-efficient automated potentiometric titration methodology was used as a viable analytical tool for studying ion-exchange processes for both compounds and materials, in addition to standard NMR, FT-IR and ESI-MS methods. PMID:26714187

  5. Examination of the concrete from an old Portuguese dam: Texture and composition of alkali-silica gel

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    Fernandes, Isabel Noronha, Fernando Teles, Madalena

    2007-11-15

    Exudations and pop-outs were identified in the interior galleries of a large dam built in the 1960s. The samples collected were examined by a Scanning Electron Microscope. A dense material with a smooth surface and drying shrinkage cracks or a spongy texture were observed in the samples. The semi-quantitative composition was obtained by energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) and it was concluded that this material corresponds to alkali-silica gel, composed of SiO{sub 2}-Na{sub 2}O-K{sub 2}O-CaO. A viscous white product in contact with an aggregate particle in a cone sampled from a pop-out was observed through use of the scanning electron microscope and it has characteristics similar to the gel present in the exudations and cavities. Reference is made to the potential alkali reactivity of the aggregate present in the concrete. The texture and composition of the products probably resulting from an alkali-silica reaction are presented, set out in ternary diagrams, and discussed.

  6. A new separation and preconcentration method for selenium in some foods using modified silica gel with 2,6-diamino-4-phenil-1,3,5-triazine.

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    Mendil, Durali; Demirci, Zafer; Uluozlu, Ozgur Dogan; Tuzen, Mustafa; Soylak, Mustafa

    2017-04-15

    A novel and simple solid phase extraction method was improved and recommended for selenium. Silica gel was modified with 2,6-diamino-4-phenil-1,3,5-triazine and characterized by FTIR, SEM and elemental analysis and used adsorbent for column solid phase extraction of selenium ions. The experimental parameters (pH, flow rates, amounts of the modified silica gel, concentration and type of eluent, volume of sample, etc.) on the recoveries of selenium were optimized. Standard reference materials were analyzed for validation of method. The present method was successfully applied to the detection of total selenium in water and microwave digested some food samples with quantitative recoveries (> 95%). The relative standard deviations were<8%. Matrix influences were not observed. The adsorption capacity of modified silica gel was 5.90mgg(-1). The LOD was 0.015μgL(-1). Enrichment factor was obtained as 50 for the introduced method.

  7. Low-cost and effective phenol and basic dyes trapper derived from the porous silica coated with hydrotalcite gel.

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    Tao, Yu Fei; Lin, Wei Gang; Gao, Ling; Yang, Jin; Zhou, Yu; Yang, Jia Yuan; Wei, Feng; Wang, Ying; Zhu, Jian Hua

    2011-06-15

    Novel low-cost and effective adsorbents of phenol and basic dyes were made by coating amorphous silica with hydrotalcite (HT) gel followed by soaking in alkaline solution, and the surface basic-acidic properties of resulting composites were evaluated by CO(2)-TPD, Hammett indicator method and NH(3)-TPD, respectively. Both BET surface area and microporous surface area of the composites were increased after they were soaked with alkaline solution; meanwhile the center of pore size distribution was changed from 9 to 3-4 nm. These composites efficiently captured phenol in gaseous and liquid phases, superior to mesoporous silica such as MCM-48 or SBA-15 and zeolite NaY, and the equilibrium data of gaseous adsorption could be well fitted to Freundlich model. These modified silicas also exhibited high adsorption capacity forward basic dyes such as crystal violet (CV) and leuco-crystal violet (LCV), reaching the adsorption equilibrium within 1 h and offering a new material for environment protection.

  8. Characteristic coordination structure around Nd Ions in sol-gel-derived Nd-Al-codoped silica glasses.

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    Funabiki, Fuji; Kajihara, Koichi; Kaneko, Ken; Kanamura, Kiyoshi; Hosono, Hideo

    2014-07-24

    Al codoping can improve the poor solubility of rare-earth ions in silica glasses. However, the mechanism is not well understood. The coordination structure around Nd ions in sol-gel-derived Nd-Al-codoped silica glasses with different Al content was investigated by optical and pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopies. Both tetrahedral AlO4 and octahedral AlO6 units were observed around Nd ions as ligands. The average total number of these two types of ligands for each Nd(3+) ion was ∼ 2 irrespective of Al content and was larger by 1-2 orders of magnitude than that calculated for a uniform distribution of codopant ions (∼ 0.08-0.25). With increasing Al content, AlO4 units disappeared and AlO6 units became dominant. The preferential coordination of AlOx (x = 4, 6) units to Nd ions enabled the amount of Al necessary to dissolve Nd ions uniformly in silica glass at a relatively low temperature of 1150-1200 °C to be minimized, and the conversion of AlO4 units to AlO6 units around Nd ions caused the asymmetry of the crystal field at the Nd sites to increase and the site-to-site distribution to decrease.

  9. Precise size control over ultrafine rutile titania nanocrystallites in hierarchical nanotubular silica/titania hybrids with efficient photocatalytic activity.

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    Gu, Yuanqing; Huang, Jianguo

    2013-08-12

    Hierarchical-structured nanotubular silica/titania hybrids incorporated with particle-size-controllable ultrafine rutile titania nanocrystallites were realized by deposition of ultrathin titania sandwiched silica gel films onto each nanofiber of natural cellulose substances (e.g., common commercial filter paper) and subsequent flame burning in air. The rapid flame burning transforms the initially amorphous titania into rutile phase titania, and the silica gel films suppress the crystallite growth of rutile titania, thereby achieving nano-precise size regulation of ultrafine rutile titania nanocrystallites densely embedded in the silica films of the nanotubes. The average diameters of these nanocrystallites are adjustable in a range of approximately 3.3-16.0 nm by a crystallite size increment rate of about 2.4 nm per titania deposition cycle. The silica films transfer the electrons activated by crystalline titania and generate catalytic reactive species at the outer surface. The size-tuned ultrafine rutile titania nanocrystallites distributed in the unique hierarchical networks significantly improve the photocatalytic performance of the rutile phase titania, thereby enabling a highly efficient photocatalytic degradation of the methylene blue dye under ultraviolet light irradiation, which is even superior to the pure anatase-titania-based materials. The facile stepwise size control of the rutile titania crystallites described here opens an effective pathway for the design and preparation of fine-nanostructured rutile phase titania materials to explore potential applications.

  10. Fluid diversion and sweep improvement with chemical gels in oil recovery processes. [Four types of gels: resorcinol-formaldehyde; colloidal silica; Cr sup 3+ (chloride)-xanthan; and Cr sup 3+ (acetate)-polyacrylamide

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    Seright, R.S.; Martin, F.D.

    1992-09-01

    The objectives of this project were to identify the mechanisms by which gel treatments divert fluids in reservoirs and to establish where and how gel treatments are best applied. Several different types of gelants were examined, including polymer-based gelants, a monomer-based gelant, and a colloidal-silica gelant. This research was directed at gel applications in water injection wells, in production wells, and in high-pressure gas floods. The work examined how the flow properties of gels and gelling agents are influenced by permeability, lithology, and wettability. Other goals included determining the proper placement of gelants, the stability of in-place gels, and the types of gels required for the various oil recovery processes and for different scales of reservoir heterogeneity. During this three-year project, a number of theoretical analyses were performed to determine where gel treatments are expected to work best and where they are not expected to be effective. The most important, predictions from these analyses are presented. Undoubtedly, some of these predictions will be controversial. However, they do provide a starting point in establishing guidelines for the selection of field candidates for gel treatments. A logical next step is to seek field data that either confirm or contradict these predictions. The experimental work focused on four types of gels: (1) resorcinol-formaldehyde, (2) colloidal silica, (3) Cr{sup 3+}(chloride)-xanthan, and (4) Cr{sup 3+}(acetate)-polyacrylamide. All experiments were performed at 41{degrees}C.

  11. Encapsulation of graphene oxide/metal hybrids in nanostructured sol-gel silica ORMOSIL matrices and its applications in optical limiting

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    Zheng, Chan; Zheng, Yingyuan; Chen, Wenzhe; Wei, Li

    2015-05-01

    Optically transparent organically modified silica (ORMOSIL) gel glasses doped with graphene oxide (GO)/metal nanoparticle (NP) hybrids were synthesized using a simple sol-gel technique. The two-dimensional GO/metal NP hybrids dramatically changed the surface characteristics of silica-based gel glasses whilst maintaining their structural integrity during the sol-gel procedure. The optical limiting (OL) properties of GO/metal NP-doped ORMOSIL gel glasses were investigated using a nanosecond open-aperture Z-scan technique at 532 nm. The metal NP hybrids exhibited significantly enhanced OL performance compared with their individual counterparts in ORMOSIL gel glasses. The improvement in GO/Au NP-doped gel glasses is attributed to surface plasmon resonance, while interband transition is responsible for the enhancement in GO/Pd NP-doped gel glasses. The OL behavior of GO/metal NP-doped gel glasses were mostly attributed to the combined mechanisms of excited state absorption and nonlinear scattering.

  12. Sol-Gel Synthesis of Rare-Earth and Phosphorus Codoped Monolithic Silica Glasses from a Cosolvent-Free Phase-Separating System

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    Kajihara, Koichi; Kuwatani, Shungo; Kanamura, Kiyoshi

    2012-01-01

    A cosolvent-free sol-gel method to prepare monolithic transparent silica glasses doped by rare-earth ions at high concentrations has been developed. Despite the simple solution composition, the reaction mixture undergoes a macroscopic phase separation in parallel with the gelation, and the resultant macropores make it possible to considerably shorten the processing time by facilitating the drying and sintering of gels. The addition of a small amount of phosphorus significantly enhances the dissolution of rare-earth ions, demonstrating a notable effect of phosphorus on the solvation of rare-earth ions in silica glasses.

  13. Reaction calorimetry for coal chemistry and catalysis. Quarterly report, February 1, 1985-April 30, 1985. [Heats of immersion of triphenylsilanol and silica gel

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    Arnett, E.M.

    1985-01-01

    Extension of the thermochemical approach to the study of hydrogen bond interactions on silica gel and its homogeneous analogue, triphenylsilanol, is presented here. This thermochemical study is analogous to that presented by R. Haaksma in previous reports (i.e., Annual Report August 1983 to July 1984). Heats of immersion were determined on the Setaram C-80 Tian-Calvet Calorimeter. While Haaksma used Dowex and p-toluene sulfonic acid as models for Broensted (proton transfer) processes in the thermochemical comparison, we are testing silica gel and triphenylsilanol as models for hydrogen bonding interactions. 9 refs., 3 figs., 5 tabs.

  14. Preparation of silane-functionalized silica films via two-step dip coating sol-gel and evaluation of their superhydrophobic properties

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    Ramezani, Maedeh; Vaezi, Mohammad Reza; Kazemzadeh, Asghar

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, we study the two-step dip coating via a sol-gel process to prepare superhydrophobic silica films on the glass substrate. The water repellency of the silica films was controlled by surface silylation method using isooctyltrimethoxysilane (iso-OTMS) as a surface modifying agent. Silica alcosol was synthesized by keeping the molar ratio of ethyltriethoxysilane (ETES) precursor, ethanol (EtOH) solvent, water (H2O) was kept constant at 1:36:6.6 respectively, with 6 M NH4OH throughout the experiment and the percentages of hydrophobic agent in hexane bath was varied from 0 to 15 vol.%. The static water contact angle values of the silica films increased from 108° to 160° with an increase in the vol.% of iso-OTMS. At 15 vol%. of iso-OTMS, the silica film shows static water contact angle as high as 160°. The superhydrophobic silica films are thermally stable up to 440 °C and above this temperature, the silica films lose superhydrophobicity. By controlling the primer particle size of SiO2 about 26 nm, leading to decrease the final size of silica nanoparticles after modification of nanoparticles by isooctyltrimethoxysilane about 42 nm. The films are transparent and have uniform size on the surface. The silica films have been characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transparency, contact angle measurement (CA), Zeta-potential, Thermal stability by TG-DTA analysis.

  15. A Novel Analytical Method of Cisplatin Using the HPLC with a Naphthylethyl Group Bonded with Silica Gel (πNAP) Column.

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    Kato, Ryuji; Sato, Takaji; Kanamori, Michiko; Miyake, Mizuho; Fujimoto, Ayumi; Ogawa, Kyohei; Kobata, Daiki; Fujikawa, Tomoya; Wada, Yukari; Mitsuishi, Rintaro; Takahashi, Kodai; Imano, Hideki; Ijiri, Yoshio; Mino, Yoshiki; Chikuma, Masahiko; Tanaka, Kazuhiko; Hayashi, Tetsuya

    2017-03-01

    Cisplatin is the most widely used anticancer drug in the world. Mono-chloro and none-chloro complexes of cisplatin may be believed to be the activated compounds. The separation of these compounds using octa decyl silyl column or aminopropylsilyl silica gel column is difficult because of high-reactivity and structural similarity. In this study, cisplatin, hydroxo complexes, and OH-dimer were determined by HPLC using a naphthylethyl group bonded with silica gel (πNAP) column. The analytical conditions of HPLC were as follows: analytical column, πNAP column; wave length, 225 nm; column temperature, 40°C; mobile phase, 0.1 M sodium perchlorate, acetonitrile, and perchloric acid (290 : 10 : 3), flow rate, 1.0 mL/min. Sample (20 µL) was injected onto the HPLC system. Retention time of cisplatin, mono-chloride, OH-dimer, and none-chloride was 3.2, 3.4, 3.6, and, 4.3-6.6 min, respectively. Measurable ranges with this method were 1×10(-5) to 4×10(-3) M for cisplatin. Correlation coefficient of the calibration curves of cisplatin was 0.999 (p<0.01). The within- and between-day variations of coefficient of variation (CV) were 5% or lower. In this study, injectable formulations in physiological saline solution, water for injection, 5% glucose solution, and 7% sodium bicarbonate precisely were measured the stability and compositional changes upon mixing by πNAP column rather than C18 column. We successfully determined cisplatin, hydroxo complexes, and OH-dimer by HPLC using a πNAP column. Thus the measurement of cisplatin (cis-diamminedichloro-platinum(II), cis-[PtCl2(NH3)2]) (CDDP) should be done using a πNAP column rather than a C18 column or aminopropylsilyl silica gel column.

  16. Preparation and characterization of urease-encapsulated biosensors in poly(vinyl alcohol)-modified silica sol-gel materials.

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    Tsai, Hsiao-chung; Doong, Ruey-an

    2007-08-30

    The microenvironments of the sol-gel-derived urease biosensors in terms of elemental ratio, surface morphology, specific surface area and pore size were investigated to characterize the physicochemical properties of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)-modified sol-gel materials. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and surface area analyzer were used to identify the surface species, topography and pore distribution of the organically doped sol-gel network. XPS results showed that stoichiometric ratios of oxygen-to-silicon in sol-gel materials were in the range 2.08-2.11. The sol-gel materials were partially dried and negatively charged, which retained 6-8% water content to maintain urease activity. The surface morphology of the sol-gel altered obviously when macromolecules were encapsulated, resulting in the increase in surface mean roughness from 0.207 to 2.636 nm. The specific surface area decreased dramatically after the immobilization of biomolecules and organic additives, which clearly depicts that PVA and urease were co-encapsulated into the sol-gel network. However, there still exist enough pore volumes for analytes to mass transport. The apparent Michaelis-Menten constant value (Km) of the encapsulated urease was similar to that in solution and the overall catalytic efficiency in PVA-doped sol-gel-derived glasses only decreased by a factor of 3.2 relative to the value in solution. In addition, the analytical performance of the entrapped urease in PVA-doped sol-gel materials was examined by determining the Cu(II) concentration in aqueous solution. The analytical range of Cu(II) was in the range 2x10(-6) to 2x10(-2) M with a detection limit of 1.5 microg L(-1). Results obtained in this study demonstrate a strategy for maintaining urease activity for biomedical and environmental applications.

  17. Synthesis of organic-inorganic hybrid sols with nano silica particles and organoalkoxysilanes for transparent and high-thermal-resistance coating films using sol-gel reaction.

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    Na, Moonkyong; Park, Hoyyul; Ahn, Myeongsang; Lee, Hyeonhwa; Chung, Ildoo

    2010-10-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid sols were synthesized from nano silica particles dispersed in water and from organoalkoxysilanes, using the sol-gel reaction. This work focuses on the effects of the three multifunctional organoalkoxysilanes dimethyldimethoxysilane (DMDMS), methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS), and tetramethoxysilane (TMOS) to form a transparent and high-thermal-resistance coating film. The stability of the hybrid sol was evaluated as a function of the reaction time for 10 d through the variation of the viscosity. The viscosity of the silica/DMDMS and silica/MTMS sol was slightly increased for 10 d. The multifunctional organoalkoxysilanes formed dense silica networks through hydrolysis and condensation reaction, which enhanced the thermal resistance of the coating films. No thermal degradation of the silica/DMDMS sample occurred up to 600 degrees C, and none of the silica/MTMS and silica/TMOS samples occurred either up to 700 degrees C. The organic-inorganic hybrid sols were coated on the glass substrate using a spin-coating procedure. The organic-inorganic hybrid sols formed flat coating films without cracks. The transmittance of the hybrid sol coating films using MTMS and DMDMS was shown to be over 90%. The transmittance of the silica/TMOS sol coating film reacted for 10 d abruptly decreased due to faster gelation. The silica/DMDMS and silica/MTMS hybrid sols formed smooth coating films while the surface roughness of the silica/TMOS coating film markedly increased when the hybrid sol reacted for 10 d. The increase of the surface roughness of the silica/TMOS coating film can be attributed to the degradation of the stability of the hybrid sol and to the loss of transmittance of the coating film. It was confirmed in this study that the use of organic-inorganic hybrid sol can yield transparent and high-thermal-resistance coating films.

  18. Anomalous phase separation behavior of gel-derived soda-silica glasses

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    Neilson, G. F.; Weinberg, M. C.

    1982-01-01

    The effects of retained bound hydroxyl groups on amorphous immiscibility behavior and on the kinetics of phase separation were studied in glasses containing from 10 to 19 percent sodium oxide preparaed by the gel process. Differences in behavior as functions of preliminary thermal treatment of the gel precursor and of melting conditions were studied, employing IR spectroscopy, SAXS and WAXD to monitor the variation in glass microstructure. Both the initial gel treatment and the OH concentration in the prepared glasses were found to affect the immiscibility temperatures, and the magnitude of the maximum temperature increase was also a function of the sodium oxide concentration. It is suggested that the variation in thermodynamic behavior may be caused by the structural arrangement attained by the OH groups during the gel condensation process, which in turn affects the extent of hydrogen bonding to nonbridging oxygen ions.

  19. Application of Gel-Silica Optics to Laser Technology and Optical Element Fabrication

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    1992-09-01

    XdT d Thermal Thermal expansion dispersion We define coefficients thus E_ 1 M and y= - o ddT nd1" 6 is positive for silica and p.m.m.a. y is positive...the nitroglycerine would remain stable and free from spontaneous detonation . It is our belief that specialised shaped charges could be fabricated and

  20. Microbial Activity and Silica Degradation in Rice Straw

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    Kim, Esther Jin-kyung

    Abundantly available agricultural residues like rice straw have the potential to be feedstocks for bioethanol production. Developing optimized conditions for rice straw deconstruction is a key step toward utilizing the biomass to its full potential. One challenge associated with conversion of rice straw to bioenergy is its high silica content as high silica erodes machinery. Another obstacle is the availability of enzymes that hydrolyze polymers in rice straw under industrially relevant conditions. Microbial communities that colonize compost may be a source of enzymes for bioconversion of lignocellulose to products because composting systems operate under thermophilic and high solids conditions that have been shown to be commercially relevant. Compost microbial communities enriched on rice straw could provide insight into a more targeted source of enzymes for the breakdown of rice straw polysaccharides and silica. Because rice straw is low in nitrogen it is important to understand the impact of nitrogen concentrations on the production of enzyme activity by the microbial community. This study aims to address this issue by developing a method to measure microbial silica-degrading activity and measure the effect of nitrogen amendment to rice straw on microbial activity and extracted enzyme activity during a high-solids, thermophilic incubation. An assay was developed to measure silica-degrading enzyme or silicase activity. This process included identifying methods of enzyme extraction from rice straw, identifying a model substrate for the assay, and optimizing measurement techniques. Rice straw incubations were conducted with five different levels of nitrogen added to the biomass. Microbial activity was measured by respiration and enzyme activity. A microbial community analysis was performed to understand the shift in community structure with different treatments. With increased levels of nitrogen, respiration and cellulose and hemicellulose degrading activity

  1. Electronic nose screening of ethanol release during sol-gel encapsulation. A novel non-invasive method to test silica polymerisation.

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    Lovino, Magalí; Cardinal, M Fernanda; Zubiri, Diana B V; Bernik, Delia L

    2005-12-15

    Porous silica matrices prepared by sol-gel process yield biocompatible materials adequate for encapsulation of biomolecules or drugs. The procedure is simple and fast, but when alkoxyde precursors like tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) are used the polymerisation reaction leads to the formation of alcohol as a by-product, which can produce undesirable effects on the activity of entrapped enzymes or modify a drug release kinetic. Therefore, it is critical to determine that no remnant ethanol is left prior using or storing the obtained biomaterial. In this regard, the technique used in the alcohol determination should be non-invasive and non-destructive to preserve the encapsulation device intact and ready to use. In this work we have successfully used a portable electronic nose (e-nose) for the screening of silica polymerisation process during theophylline encapsulation. TEOS reaction was "smelt" since precursor pre-hydrolysis until the end of ethanol release, sensed directly at the headspace of matrices slabs. Measurements showed that ethanol was negligible since 10th day in polymeric slabs of 10 mm width and 2 cm diameter. This first use of e-nose following a polymerisation reaction opens a wide number of putative applications in pharmaceutical and biochemical fields.

  2. Study of growth condition and characterization of bisthiourea-zinc acetate (BTZA) crystal grown in silica gel

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    Sivanandan, T.; Kalainathan, S.

    2015-05-01

    Semiorganic crystals of bisthiourea-zinc acetate (BTZA) having nonlinear optical properties was grown in silica gel medium by gel technique at room temperature. The optimum pH, yielding maximum size (35 mm) of transparent title crystal was found to be 4.8 pH. Single crystal XRD analysis reveals that the crystal lattice of BTZA crystal belongs to monoclinic system with cell parameter, a = 7.1243 Å, b = 17.7292 Å and c = 11.1372 Å. The presence of functional groups in the crystals was confirmed by FTIR analysis, and also the presence of elements in the compound was identified by EDAX. The optical constants (lower cutoff wavelength λ = 297 nm, band gap energy = 4.4022 eV) were determined using the recorded UV-Vis-NIR spectrum of BTZA crystal. A surface feature of the crystal was analyzed using AFM (Atomic Force Microscope). The Vickers microhardness number was found to increase with increasing load, and the yield strength (σy), elastic stiffness constant (C11) of BTZA crystal were calculated. The laser damage threshold was measured using Nd:YAG laser (1064 nm). The dielectric properties of BTZA crystal was recorded in the frequency range of 50 Hz-5 MHz, and it shows that the dielectric constant and dielectric loss is found to be decreased with an increase of frequency at various temperature. Further, the valence electron, plasma energy and electronic polarizability for the gel grown BTZA crystal was calculated. Thermal behavior of the gel grown crystal was investigated by thermo gravimetric and differential scanning calorimetric analysis.

  3. Efficient and reversible CO2 capture by amine functionalized-silica gel confined task-specific ionic liquid system.

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    Aboudi, Javad; Vafaeezadeh, Majid

    2015-07-01

    Simple, efficient and practical CO2 capture method is reported using task-specific ionic liquid (IL) supported onto the amine-functionalized silica gel. The results have been shown that both the capacity and rate of the CO2 absorption notably increase in the supported IL/molecular sieve 4 Å system in comparison of homogeneous IL. Additionally, it has shown that the prepared material is capable for reversible carbon dioxide absorption for at least 10 cycles without significant loss of efficiency. The presence of the amine-based IL and the surface bonded amine groups increase the capacity of CO2 absorption even in a CO2/CH4 gas mixture through the formation of ammonium carbamate onto the surface of mesoporous material.

  4. Efficient and reversible CO2 capture by amine functionalized-silica gel confined task-specific ionic liquid system

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    Aboudi, Javad; Vafaeezadeh, Majid

    2014-01-01

    Simple, efficient and practical CO2 capture method is reported using task-specific ionic liquid (IL) supported onto the amine-functionalized silica gel. The results have been shown that both the capacity and rate of the CO2 absorption notably increase in the supported IL/molecular sieve 4 Å system in comparison of homogeneous IL. Additionally, it has shown that the prepared material is capable for reversible carbon dioxide absorption for at least 10 cycles without significant loss of efficiency. The presence of the amine-based IL and the surface bonded amine groups increase the capacity of CO2 absorption even in a CO2/CH4 gas mixture through the formation of ammonium carbamate onto the surface of mesoporous material. PMID:26199747

  5. Simultaneous preconcentration of cadmium and lead in water samples with silica gel and determination by flame atomic absorption spectrometry.

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    Xu, Hongbo; Wu, Yun; Wang, Jian; Shang, Xuewei; Jiang, Xiaojun

    2013-12-01

    A new method that utilizes pretreated silica gel as an adsorbent has been developed for simultaneous preconcentration of trace Cd(II) and Pb(II) prior to the measurement by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The effects of pH, the shaking time, the elution condition and the coexisting ions on the separation/preconcentration conditions of analytes were investigated. Under optimized conditions, the static adsorption capacity of Cd(II) and Pb(II) were 45.5 and 27.1mg/g, the relative standard deviations were 3.2% and 1.7% (for n = 11), and the limits of detection obtained were 4.25 and 0.60 ng/mL, respectively. The method was validated by analyzing the certified reference materials GBW 07304a (stream sediment) and successfully applied to the analysis of various treated wastewater samples with satisfactory results.

  6. Comparison of the morphology of alkali–silica gel formed in limestones in concrete affected by the so-called alkali–carbonate reaction (ACR) and alkali–silica reaction (ASR)

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    Grattan-Bellew, P.E.; Chan, Gordon

    2013-05-15

    The morphology of alkali–silica gel formed in dolomitic limestone affected by the so-called alkali–carbonate reaction (ACR) is compared to that formed in a siliceous limestone affected by alkali–silica reaction (ASR). The particle of dolomitic limestone was extracted from the experimental sidewalk in Kingston, Ontario, Canada that was badly cracked due to ACR. The siliceous limestone particle was extracted from a core taken from a highway structure in Quebec, affected by ASR. Both cores exhibited marked reaction rims around limestone particles. The aggregate particles were polished and given a light gold coating in preparation for examination in a scanning electron microscope. The gel in the ACR aggregate formed stringers between the calcite crystals in the matrix of the rock, whereas gel in ASR concrete formed a thick layer on top of the calcite crystals, that are of the same size as in the ACR aggregate.

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

  8. [Separation of purines, pyrimidines, pterins and flavonoids on magnolol-bonded silica gel stationary phase by high performance liquid chromatography].

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    Chen, Hong; Li, Laishen; Zhang, Yang; Zhou, Rendan

    2012-10-01

    A new magnolol-bonded silica gel stationary phase (MSP) was used to separate the basic drugs including four purines, eight pyrimidines, four pterins and five flavonoids as polar representative samples by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). To clarify the separation mechanism, a commercial ODS column was also tested under the same chromatographic conditions. The high selectivities and fast baseline separations of the above drugs were achieved by using simple mobile phases on MSP. Although there is no end-caped treatment, the peak shapes of basic drugs containing nitrogen such as purines, pyrimidines and pterins were rather symmetrical on MSP, which indicated the the magnolol as ligand with multi-sites could shield the side effect of residual silanol groups on the surface of silica gel. Although somewhat different in the separation resolution, it was found that the elution orders of some drugs were generally similar on both MSP and ODS. The hydrophobic interaction should play a significant role in the separations of the above basic drugs, which was attributed to their reversed-phase property in the nature. However, MSP could provide the additional sites for many polar solutes, which was a rational explanation for the high selectivity of MSP. For example, in the separation of purines, pyrimidines and pterins on MSP, hydrogen-bonding and dipole-dipole interactions played leading roles besides hydrophobic interaction. Some solute molecules (such as mercaptopurine, vitexicarpin) and MSP can form the strong pi-pi stacking in the separation process. All enhanced the retention and improved the separation selectivity of MSP, which facilitated the separation of the basic drugs.

  9. The dependence of phase change enthalpy on the pore structure and interfacial groups in hydrated salts/silica composites via sol-gel.

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    Wu, Yuping; Wang, Tao

    2015-06-15

    It was found that the procedures for incorporating hydrated salts into silica, including mixing with sol in an instant (S1 procedure), mixing with sol via drop by drop (S2 procedure) and mixing until the sol forming the gel (S3 procedure), had pronounced effects on the phase change enthalpy of hydrated salts/silica composite via sol-gel process. The discrepancy of phase change enthalpies of the composites with the same content of hydrated salts can be as high as 40 kJ/kg. To unveil the mechanism behind, the pore structure of silica matrix and interfacial functional groups were investigated extensively. It was revealed that different incorporation procedures resulted in distinct pore structure of silica matrix and different intensities of interfacial Si-OH groups. The S3 procedure was beneficial to induce the silica matrix with bigger pore size and fewer Si-OH groups. Consequently, the phase change enthalpy of the hydrated salts/silica composite prepared by this procedure was the highest because of its lower size confinement effects and weaker adsorption by Si-OH groups. This study will provide insight into the preparation of shape-stabilized phase change materials for thermal energy storage applications.

  10. Trivalent chromium removal from aqueous solutions by a sol–gel synthesized silica adsorbent functionalized with sulphonic acid groups

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    Gomez-Gonzalez, Sergio Efrain; Carbajal-Arizaga, Gregorio Guadalupe; Manriquez-Gonzalez, Ricardo; De la Cruz-Hernandez, Wencel; Gomez-Salazar, Sergio

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Corpuscular sulphonic acid-functionalized silica holds improved uptake of chromium. • Mesopores on adsorbent facilitate (CH{sub 3}COO){sub 2}Cr{sup +} ion uptake on sulphonate sites. • Formation of chromium acetate sulphonate complex proposed from XPS results. • Fixed bed chromium uptake results suggest potential industrial use. - Abstract: A high capacity hybrid silica adsorbent was synthesized via sol–gel processing with sulphonic acid groups as trivalent chromium complex ions chelators from aqueous solutions. The synthesis included co-condensation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) with 3-(mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane (MPS), and oxidation of thiol to sulphonic acid groups. Chromium uptake kinetic, batch and fixed-bed experiments were performed to assess the removal of this metal from aqueous solutions. {sup 13}C, {sup 29}Si CPMAS NMR, FTIR, XPS were used to characterize the adsorbent structure and the nature of chromium complexes on the adsorbent surface. Chromium maximum uptake was obtained at pH 3 (72.8 mg/g). Elemental analysis results showed ligand density of 1.48 mmol sulphonic groups/g. About 407 mL of Cr(III) solution (311 mg/L) were treated to breakthrough point reaching ≤0.06 mg/L at the effluent. These results comply with USEPA regulation for chromium concentration in drinking water (≤0.1 mg/L). The adsorbent shows potential to be used in chromium separations to the industrial level.

  11. Agar-Silica-Gel Heating Phantom May Be Suitable for Long-Term Quality Assurance of MRgHIFU

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    Partanen, Ari

    2009-04-01

    In MRgHIFU, the purpose of frequent quality assurance is to detect changes in system performance to prevent adverse effects during treatments. Due to high ultrasound intensities in MRgHIFU, it is essential to assure that the procedure is safe and efficacious and that image-based guidance of the treatment is reliable. We aimed to develop a guideline for MRgHIFU QA by acquiring MR temperature maps during ultrasonic heating of an agar-silica-gel phantom over a four month-period using three separate MRgHIFU uterine leiomyoma treatment systems. From this data, the stability of the maximum temperature elevation, the targeting accuracy, and the dimensions of the heated volume were analyzed. Additionally, we studied the sensitivity of these parameters to reveal hypothetical decrease in HIFU performance. After calibration, the mean targeting offsets of the heated volume were observed to be less than 2 mm in the three orthogonal directions. The measured maximum temperature elevation and the length and the width of the heated volume remained consistent throughout the four-month period. Furthermore, it was found that the parameters under investigation were sensitive to reveal the decreased HIFU performance. We conclude that an agar-silica -based phantom is suitable for targeting accuracy and heating properties QA of MRgHIFU system even in long-term use. Moreover, this simple QA method may be used to reveal small changes in HIFU performance assuring consistent functionality and safety of the MRgHIFU system.

  12. Application of microwave-assisted desorption/headspace solid-phase microextraction as pretreatment step in the gas chromatographic determination of 1-naphthylamine in silica gel adsorbent.

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    Yan, Cheing-Tong; Jen, Jen-Fon; Shih, Tung-Sheng

    2007-03-30

    Pretreatment of silica gel sample containing 1-naphthylamine by microwave-assisted desorption (MAD) coupled to in situ headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) has been investigated as a possible alternative to conventional methods prior to gas chromatographic (GC) analysis. The 1-naphthylamine desorbs from silica gel to headspace under microwave irradiation, and directly absorbs onto a SPME fiber located in a controlled-temperature headspace area. After being collected on the SPME fiber, and desorbed in the GC injection port, 1-naphthylamine is analyzed by GC-FID. Parameters that influence the extraction efficiency of the MAD/HS-SPME, such as the extraction media and its pH, the microwave irradiation power and irradiation time as well as desorption conditions of the GC injector, have been investigated. Experimental results indicate that the extraction of a 150mg silica gel sample by using 0.8ml of 1.0M NaOH solution and a PDMS/DVB fiber under high-powered irradiation (477W) for 5min maximizes the extraction efficiency. Desorption of 1-naphthylamine from the SPME fiber in GC injector is optimal at 250 degrees C held for 3min. The detection limit of method is 8.30ng. The detected quantity of 1-naphthylamine obtained by the proposed method is 33.3 times of that obtained by the conventional solvent extraction method for the silica gel sample containing 100ng of 1-naphthylamine. It provides a simple, fast, sensitive and organic-solvent-free pretreatment procedure prior to the analysis of 1-naphthylamine collected on a silica gel adsorbent.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of polymer-silica hybrid latexes and sol-gel-derived films

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    Petcu, Cristian; Purcar, Violeta; Ianchiş, Raluca; Spătaru, Cătălin-Ilie; Ghiurea, Marius; Nicolae, Cristian Andi; Stroescu, Hermine; Atanase, Leonard-Ionuţ; Frone, Adriana Nicoleta; Trică, Bogdan; Donescu, Dan

    2016-12-01

    Sol-gel derived organic-inorganic hybrid systems were obtained by applying alkaline-catalyzed co-hydrolysis and copolycondensation reactions of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), methyltriethoxysilane (MTES), isobutyltriethoxysilane (IBTES), diethoxydimethylsilane (DMDES), and vinyltriethoxysilane (VTES), respectively, into a polymer latex functionalized with vinyltriethoxysilane (VTES). The properties of the latex hybrid materials were analyzed by FTIR, water contact angle, environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM), TEM and AFM analysis, respectively. FT-IR spectra confirmed that the chemical structures of the sol-gel derived organic-inorganic materials are changed as function of inorganic precursor and Sisbnd Osbnd Si networks are formed during the co-hydrolysis and copolycondensation reactions. The water contact angle on the sol-gel latex film containing TEOS + VTES increased to 135° ± 2 compared to 65° ± 5 for the blank latex, due VTES incorporation into latex material. TGA curves of hybrid sample modifies against neat polymer, the thermal stability being influenced by the presence of the inorganic partner. ESEM analysis showed that the latex hybrid films prepared with different inorganic precursors were formed and the Si-based polymers were distributed on the surface of the dried sol-gel hybrid films. TEM and AFM photos revealed that the latex emulsion morphology was modified due to the VTES incorporation into system.

  14. Phenyl Functionalized Sol-gel Silica Sorbent for Capillary Microextraction and Chromia-Based Sol-gel Ucon Stationary Phase for Capillary Gas Chromatography

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    McLean, Michael M.

    The first chapter of this thesis presents an introduction to sol-gel methodology whose usefulness as a synthetic route will be demonstrated with two applications in chromatography. The first application involves the fabrication of a capillary micro-extraction (CME) device by coating a phenyl functionalized extracting phase on the inner surface of a fused silica capillary for analyte pre-concentration. The device was coupled on-line to a RP-HPLC system and practicality was demonstrated using allergens as target analytes. The allergens chosen as model analytes are typically found in fragrance products and food. Most of the 26 fragrance allergens that are monitored by various government authorities have a phenyl organic moiety (a strong chromophore), thus making them appropriate probes for exploring the extraction efficiency of the coating using a UV detector. The CME device showed ppt level limit of detection which makes it suitable for trace analyses of allergens and similar compounds in a variety of matrices. The second application explores the feasibility of using sol-gel derived chromia-based stationary phase in gas chromatographic columns. The organic moiety of the stationary phase was derived from Ucon 75-H-90,000 while the inorganic backbone was prepared using chromium(III) dichloride hydroxide - methacrylic acid - aqua complex, 40% in isopropanol/acetone . Usefulness of prepared chromia-based GC stationary phase was examined for petrochemical application. Promising results were obtained using aliphatic-aromatics, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, BTEX test mixture, cycloalkanes, branched alkanes and akylbenzenes. The column was able to perform without degradation despite being rinsed multiples times sequentially with the following solvents: dichloromethane, methanol, water and finally methanol again. Maximum theoretical plate number calculated is around 2,400 plates/m. The plate number clearly needs improvement but is a promising result for the newly explored

  15. Influence of a silica interlayer on the structural and magnetic properties of sol-gel TiO₂-coated magnetic nanoparticles.

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    De Matteis, Laura; Fernández-Pacheco, Rodrigo; Custardoy, Laura; García-Martín, María L; de la Fuente, Jesús M; Marquina, Clara; Ibarra, M Ricardo

    2014-05-13

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles coated with titanium dioxide have been synthesized, growing the titanium dioxide directly either on the magnetic nuclei or on magnetic nanoparticles previously coated with a semihydrophobic silica layer. Both coatings have been obtained by sol-gel. Since it is well-known that the existence of the intermediate silica layer influences the physicochemical properties of the material, a detailed characterization of both types of coatings has been carried out. The morphology, structure, and composition of the synthesized nanomatrices have been locally analyzed with subangstrom spatial resolution, by means of aberration corrected transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM and STEM-HAADF). Besides magnetization measurements, proton relaxivity experiments have been also performed on water suspensions of the as-synthesized nanoparticles to investigate the role of the silica interlayer in the relaxometric properties. The silica interlayer leads to nanoparticles with much higher water stability and to higher relaxivity of the suspensions.

  16. Silica/polyacrylonitrile hybrid nanofiber membrane separators via sol-gel and electrospinning techniques for lithium-ion batteries

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    Yanilmaz, Meltem; Lu, Yao; Zhu, Jiadeng; Zhang, Xiangwu

    2016-05-01

    Silica/polyacrylonitrile (SiO2/PAN) hybrid nanofiber membranes were fabricated by using sol-gel and electrospinning techniques and their electrochemical performance was evaluated for use as separators in lithium-ion batteries. The aim of this study was to design high-performance separator membranes with enhanced electrochemical performance and good thermal stability compared to microporous polyolefin membranes. In this study, SiO2 nanoparticle content up to 27 wt% was achieved in the membranes by using sol-gel technique. It was found that SiO2/PAN hybrid nanofiber membranes had superior electrochemical performance with good thermal stability due to their high SiO2 content and large porosity. Compared with commercial microporous polyolefin membranes, SiO2/PAN hybrid nanofiber membranes had larger liquid electrolyte uptake, higher electrochemical oxidation limit, and lower interfacial resistance with lithium. SiO2/PAN hybrid nanofiber membranes with different SiO2 contents (0, 16, 19 and 27 wt%) were also assembled into lithium/lithium iron phosphate cells, and high cell capacities and good cycling performance were demonstrated at room temperature. In addition, cells using SiO2/PAN hybrid nanofiber membranes with high SiO2 contents showed superior C-rate performance compared to those with low SiO2 contents and commercial microporous polyolefin membrane.

  17. Preconcentration and determination of mercury(II) at a chemically modified electrode containing 3-(2-thioimidazolyl)propyl silica gel.

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    Dias Filho, Newton L; do Carmo, Devaney R; Caetano, Laércio; Rosa, André H

    2005-11-01

    A mercury-sensitive chemically modified graphite paste electrode was constructed by incorporating modified silica gel into a conventional graphite paste electrode. The functional group attached to the (3-chloropropyl) silica gel surface was 2-mercaptoimidazole, giving a new product denoted by 3-(2-thioimidazolyl)propyl silica gel, which is able to complex mercury ions. Mercury was chemically adsorbed on the modified graphite paste electrode containing 3-(2-thioimidazolyl)propyl silica (TIPSG GPE) by immersion in a Hg(II) solution, and the resultant surface was characterized by cyclic and differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry. One cathodic peak at 0.1 V and other anodic peak at 0.34 V were observed on scanning the potential from -0.1 to 0.8 V (0.01 M KNO3; v = 2.0 mV s(-1) vs. Ag/AgCl). The anodic peak at 0.34 V show an excellent sensitivity for Hg(II) ions in the presence of several foreign ions. A calibration graph covering the concentration range from 0.02 to 2 mg L(-1) was obtained. The detection limit was estimated to be 5 microg L(-1). The precision for six determinations of 0.05 and 0.26 mg L(-1) Hg(II) was 3.0 and 2.5% (relative standard deviation), respectively. The method can be used to determine the concentration of mercury(II) in natural waters contaminated by this metal.

  18. Giant Volume Change of Active Gels under Continuous Flow

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    2014-04-21

    communication17 of BZ droplets and chemical self-organiza- tion,18 the properties and potential of self-oscillating gels in a microfluidic system have yet to be...active gels driven by the Belousov−Zhabotinsky reaction. These results demon- strate that microfluidics offers a useful and facile experimental...soft materials and microfluidic systems. ■ INTRODUCTION This paper reports the use of a continuous reactant flow in a microfluidic system to achieve

  19. Pillaring effects in macroporous carrageenan-silica composite microspheres.

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    Boissière, M; Tourrette, A; Devoisselle, J M; Di Renzo, F; Quignard, F

    2006-02-01

    The impregnation of a carrageenan gel by a silica sol is an efficient method to form a composite material which can be conveniently activated by CO2 supercritical drying. The textural properties of the solids have been characterized by nitrogen adsorption-desorption at 77 K and their composition by thermogravimetric analysis and EDX microprobe. Morphology was examined by SEM. The silica-carrageenan composites present an open macroporous structure. Silica particles retained inside the gel behaved as pillars between the polysaccharide fibrils and form a stick-and-ball network. The stiffening of the carrageenan gel by silica prevented its shrinkage upon drying. The nature of the alkali cations affected the retention of silica particles inside the gel. In the absence of silica, carrageenan fibrils rearrange under supercritical drying and form an aerogel with cavities in the mesopore range.

  20. Impact of carbon on the surface and activity of silica-carbon supported copper catalysts for reduction of nitrogen oxides

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    Spassova, I.; Stoeva, N.; Nickolov, R.; Atanasova, G.; Khristova, M.

    2016-04-01

    Composite catalysts, prepared by one or more active components supported on a support are of interest because of the possible interaction between the catalytic components and the support materials. The supports of combined hydrophilic-hydrophobic type may influence how these materials maintain an active phase and as a result a possible cooperation between active components and the support material could occur and affects the catalytic behavior. Silica-carbon nanocomposites were prepared by sol-gel, using different in specific surface areas and porous texture carbon materials. Catalysts were obtained after copper deposition on these composites. The nanocomposites and the catalysts were characterized by nitrogen adsorption, TG, XRD, TEM- HRTEM, H2-TPR, and XPS. The nature of the carbon predetermines the composite's texture. The IEPs of carbon materials and silica is a force of composites formation and determines the respective distribution of the silica and carbon components on the surface of the composites. Copper deposition over the investigated silica-carbon composites leads to formation of active phases in which copper is in different oxidation states. The reduction of NO with CO proceeds by different paths on different catalysts due to the textural differences of the composites, maintaining different surface composition and oxidation states of copper.

  1. Effect of silica sand on activation energy for diffusion of sodium ions in montmorillonite and silica sand mixture.

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    Liu, Jinhong; Yamada, Hiromichi; Kozaki, Tamotsu; Sato, Seichi; Ohashi, Hiroshi

    2003-03-01

    The effect of silica sand on the diffusion of sodium ions in mixtures of montmorillonite and silica sand was studied by measuring the apparent diffusion coefficients, activation energies for diffusion, and the basal spacing of the mixed samples. These diffusion experiments suggest that the apparent diffusion coefficients of sodium ions in the mixed samples were almost the same as those of pure montmorillonite samples having the same partial dry densities of montmorillonite. The activation energy dependence for diffusion of sodium ions on the partial dry density was different between the mixed samples and the pure montmorillonite samples. The activation energy increased by adding silica sand at the partial dry density of 1.0 Mg m(-3), and decreased by adding silica sand at the partial dry densities higher than 1.2 Mg m(-3). A change in the XRD profile was observed after adding silica sand at the partial dry density of 1.6 Mg m(-3). Here, a three-water-layer hydrate state of montmorillonite was found in the mixed sample whereas only a two-water-layer hydrate state was observed in the pure montmorillonite sample. These experimental results suggest that silica sand changed the montmorillonite microstructure in the mixed samples, which then altered the sodium-ion diffusion process.

  2. Heterogeneous copper-silica catalyst from agricultural biomass and its catalytic activity

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    Andas, Jeyashelly; Adam, Farook; Rahman, Ismail Ab.

    2013-11-01

    A series of highly mesoporous copper catalysts (5-20 wt.%) supported on silica rice husk were synthesized via sol-gel route at room temperature. The FT-IR and 29Si MAS NMR spectroscopic studies revealed the successful substitution of copper into the silica matrix. Copper in the +2 oxidation state was evidenced from the DR/UV-vis and XPS analyses. Introduction of copper up to 10 wt.% (RH-10Cu) results in a progressive enhancement in the BET surface area. The activity of the copper catalysts was studied in the liquid-phase oxidation of phenol with H2O2 yielding catechol (CAT) and hydroquinone (HQ). Phenol conversion was influenced by various experimental conditions such as temperature, catalyst dosage, molar ratio of reactants, nature of solvent and percentage metal loading. Excellent activity was achieved when 10 wt.% copper was used and decreased with further increase in the copper loading. RH-10Cu could be regenerated several times without significant loss in the catalytic activity.

  3. Activation volumes of enzymes adsorbed on silica particles.

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    Schuabb, Vitor; Czeslik, Claus

    2014-12-30

    The immobilization of enzymes on carrier particles is useful in many biotechnological processes. In this way, enzymes can be separated from the reaction solution by filtering and can be reused in several cycles. On the other hand, there is a series of examples of free enzymes in solution that can be activated by the application of pressure. Thus, a potential loss of enzymatic activity upon immobilization on carrier particles might be compensated by pressure. In this study, we have determined the activation volumes of two enzymes, α-chymotrypsin (α-CT) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP), when they are adsorbed on silica particles and free in solution. The experiments have been carried out using fluorescence assays under pressures up to 2000 bar. In all cases, activation volumes were found to depend on the applied pressure, suggesting different compressions of the enzyme-substrate complex and the transition state. The volume profiles of free and adsorbed HRP are similar. For α-CT, larger activation volumes are found in the adsorbed state. However, up to about 500 bar, the enzymatic reaction of α-CT, which is adsorbed on silica particles, is characterized by a negative activation volume. This observation suggests that application of pressure might indeed be useful to enhance the activity of enzymes on carrier particles.

  4. Relationships Between Photosynthetic Activity and Silica Accumulation with Ages of Leaf in Sasa veitchii (Poaceae, Bambusoideae)

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    Motomura, Hiroyuki; Hikosaka, Kouki; Suzuki, Mitsuo

    2008-01-01

    Background and Aims Bamboos have long-lived, evergreen leaves that continue to accumulate silica throughout their life. Silica accumulation has been suggested to suppress their photosynthetic activity. However, nitrogen content per unit leaf area (Narea), an important determinant of maximum photosynthetic capacity per unit leaf area (Pmax), decreases as leaves age and senescence. In many species, Pmax decreases in parallel with the leaf nitrogen content. It is hypothesized that if silica accumulation affects photosynthesis, then Pmax would decrease faster than Narea, leading to a decrease in photosynthetic rate per unit leaf nitrogen (photosynthetic nitrogen use efficiency, PNUE) with increasing silica content in leaves. Methods The hypothesis was tested in leaves of Sasa veitchii, which have a life span of 2 years and accumulate silica up to 41 % of dry mass. Seasonal changes in Pmax, stomatal conductance, Narea and silica content were measured for leaves of different ages. Key Results Although Pmax and PNUE were negatively related with silica content across leaves of different ages, the relationship between PNUE and silica differed depending on leaf age. In second-year leaves, PNUE was almost constant although there was a large increase in silica content, suggesting that leaf nitrogen was a primary factor determining the variation in Pmax and that silica accumulation did not affect photosynthesis. PNUE was strongly and negatively correlated with silica content in third-year leaves, suggesting that silica accumulation affected photosynthesis of older leaves. Conclusions Silica accumulation in long-lived leaves of bamboo did not affect photosynthesis when the silica concentration of a leaf was less than 25 % of dry mass. Silica may be actively transported to epidermal cells rather than chlorenchyma cells, avoiding inhibition of CO2 diffusion from the intercellular space to chloroplasts. However, in older leaves with a larger silica content, silica was also

  5. Quaternary Ammonium Salts Immobilized on Silica Gel: Exchange Properties and Application as Potentiometric Sensor for Perchlorate Ions.

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    de Campos, Elvio A.; da Silva Alfaya, Antonio A.; Ferrari, Rosilene T.; Costa, Creusa Maieru M.

    2001-08-01

    Ammonium chlorides immobilized on silica gel, SA(+)/Cl(-) and SE(+)/Cl(-), were obtained from silica previously modified with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane and N-[3-(trimethoxysilyl)-propyl]ethylenediamine, respectively. Both materials showed potential use as an anion exchanger: they are thermically stable (up to 413 K), achieve equilibrium rapidly in the presence of suitable exchanger ions, and are easily recovered. The exchange capacities observed for SA(+)/Cl(-) and SE(+)/Cl(-) are 0.70 and 1.19 mmol Cl(-) g(-1), respectively. Through the exchange isotherms and competitive Cl(-)-X(-) exchange (X(-)=F(-), Br(-), I(-), N(3)(-), NO(3)(-), SCN(-), ClO(4)(-)) it was observed that: (i) SE(+)/Cl(-) exchanges the counterion Cl(-) more easily than SA(+)/Cl(-); (ii) SA(+)/Cl(-) presents higher selectivity than SE(+)/Cl(-); and (iii) SA(+)/Cl(-) presents high affinity for ClO(4)(-). Because of these two latter properties presented by the SA(+)/Cl(-), the derivative SA(+)/ClO(4)(-) was used as a potentiometric sensor for this anion, prepared from the supported material on a mixture of graphite powder with epoxy resin. The electrode showed a nernstian behavior and a limit of response of 0.13 mmol L(-1). Potentiometric selectivity coefficients, K(pot)(A, B), were obtained for some interfering anions, and the following interference order was observed: F(-) > SCN(-) > NO(3)(-) > Br(-) > Cl(-) > CH(3)COO(-). The electrode showed fast and stable responses and was useful for approximately 200 measures. Copyright 2001 Academic Press.

  6. CCN activation of fumed silica aerosols mixed with soluble pollutants

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    Dalirian, M.; Keskinen, H.; Ahlm, L.; Ylisirniö, A.; Romakkaniemi, S.; Laaksonen, A.; Virtanen, A.; Riipinen, I.

    2015-04-01

    Particle-water interactions of completely soluble or insoluble particles are fairly well understood but less is known of aerosols consisting of mixtures of soluble and insoluble components. In this study, laboratory measurements were performed to investigate cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) activity of silica particles mixed with ammonium sulfate (a salt), sucrose (a sugar) and bovine serum albumin known as BSA (a protein). The agglomerated structure of the silica particles was investigated using measurements with a differential mobility analyser (DMA) and an aerosol particle mass analyser (APM). Based on these data, the particles were assumed to be compact agglomerates when studying their CCN activation capabilities. Furthermore, the critical supersaturations of particles consisting of pure and mixed soluble and insoluble compounds were explored using existing theoretical frameworks. These results showed that the CCN activation of single-component particles was in good agreement with Köhler- and adsorption theory based models when the agglomerated structure was accounted for. For mixed particles the CCN activation was governed by the soluble components, and the soluble fraction varied considerably with particle size for our wet-generated aerosols. Our results confirm the hypothesis that knowing the soluble fraction is the key parameter needed for describing the CCN activation of mixed aerosols, and highlight the importance of controlled coating techniques for acquiring a detailed understanding of the CCN activation of atmospheric insoluble particles mixed with soluble pollutants.

  7. Nanosilver on nanostructured silica: Antibacterial activity and Ag surface area

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    Sotiriou, Georgios A.; Teleki, Alexandra; Camenzind, Adrian; Krumeich, Frank; Meyer, Andreas; Panke, Sven; Pratsinis, Sotiris E.

    2013-01-01

    Nanosilver is one of the first nanomaterials to be closely monitored by regulatory agencies worldwide motivating research to better understand the relationship between Ag characteristics and antibacterial activity. Nanosilver immobilized on nanostructured silica facilitates such investigations as the SiO2 support hinders the growth of nanosilver during its synthesis and, most importantly, its flocculation in bacterial suspensions. Here, such composite Ag/silica nanoparticles were made by flame spray pyrolysis of appropriate solutions of Ag-acetate or Ag-nitrate and hexamethyldisiloxane or tetraethylorthosilicate in ethanol, propanol, diethylene glucolmonobutyl ether, acetonitrile or ethylhexanoic acid. The effect of solution composition on nanosilver characteristics and antibacterial activity against the Gram negative Escherichia coli was investigated by monitoring their recombinantly synthesized green fluorescent protein. Suspensions with identical Ag mass concentration exhibited drastically different antibacterial activity pointing out that the nanosilver surface area concentration rather than its mass or molar or number concentration determine best its antibacterial activity. Nanosilver made from Ag-acetate showed a unimodal size distribution, while that made from inexpensive Ag-nitrate exhibited a bimodal one. Regardless of precursor composition or nanosilver size distribution, the antibacterial activity of nanosilver was correlated best with its surface area concentration in solution. PMID:23730198

  8. Nanosilver on nanostructured silica: Antibacterial activity and Ag surface area.

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    Sotiriou, Georgios A; Teleki, Alexandra; Camenzind, Adrian; Krumeich, Frank; Meyer, Andreas; Panke, Sven; Pratsinis, Sotiris E

    2011-06-01

    Nanosilver is one of the first nanomaterials to be closely monitored by regulatory agencies worldwide motivating research to better understand the relationship between Ag characteristics and antibacterial activity. Nanosilver immobilized on nanostructured silica facilitates such investigations as the SiO2 support hinders the growth of nanosilver during its synthesis and, most importantly, its flocculation in bacterial suspensions. Here, such composite Ag/silica nanoparticles were made by flame spray pyrolysis of appropriate solutions of Ag-acetate or Ag-nitrate and hexamethyldisiloxane or tetraethylorthosilicate in ethanol, propanol, diethylene glucolmonobutyl ether, acetonitrile or ethylhexanoic acid. The effect of solution composition on nanosilver characteristics and antibacterial activity against the Gram negative Escherichia coli was investigated by monitoring their recombinantly synthesized green fluorescent protein. Suspensions with identical Ag mass concentration exhibited drastically different antibacterial activity pointing out that the nanosilver surface area concentration rather than its mass or molar or number concentration determine best its antibacterial activity. Nanosilver made from Ag-acetate showed a unimodal size distribution, while that made from inexpensive Ag-nitrate exhibited a bimodal one. Regardless of precursor composition or nanosilver size distribution, the antibacterial activity of nanosilver was correlated best with its surface area concentration in solution.

  9. Photoluminescence from terbium doped silica-titania prepared by a sol-gel method

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    Ismail, Adel Ali; Abboudi, Mostafa . E-mail: abboudi14@hotmail.com; Holloway, Paul; El-Shall, Hassan

    2007-01-18

    Terbium doped (0.5 at.%) TiO{sub 2}-SiO{sub 2} (30%/70%) was prepared by a sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to characterize the powder calcined at two different temperatures. At a low temperature of 550 deg. C an amorphous phase was obtained, but at a higher temperature of 1000 deg. C, the anatase TiO{sub 2} phase was crystallized in the amorphous SiO{sub 2} phase. Green photoluminescence from ultraviolet excitation was detected after heating to either temperature, but the amorphous sample heated to 550 deg. C exhibited a higher intensity. X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence excitation data are discussed to explain these observations.

  10. Development of a bi-functional silica monolith for electro-osmotic pumping and DNA clean-up/extraction using gel-supported reagents in a microfluidic device.

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    Oakley, Jennifer A; Shaw, Kirsty J; Docker, Peter T; Dyer, Charlotte E; Greenman, John; Greenway, Gillian M; Haswell, Stephen J

    2009-06-07

    A silica monolith used to support both electro-osmotic pumping (EOP) and the extraction/elution of DNA coupled with gel-supported reagents is described. The benefits of the combined EOP extraction/elution system were illustrated by combining DNA extraction and gene amplification using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) process. All the reagents necessary for both processes were supported within pre-loaded gels that allow the reagents to be stored at 4 degrees C for up to four weeks in the microfluidic device. When carrying out an analysis the crude sample only needed to be hydrodynamically introduced into the device which was connected to an external computer controlled power supply via platinum wire electrodes. DNA was extracted with 65% efficiency after loading lysed cells onto a silica monolith. Ethanol contained within an agarose gel matrix was then used to wash unwanted debris away from the sample by EOP (100 V cm(-1) for 5 min). The retained DNA was subsequently eluted from the monolith by water contained in a second agarose gel, again by EOP using an electric field of 100 V cm(-1) for 5 min, and transferred into the PCR reagent containing gel. The eluted DNA in solution was successfully amplified by PCR, confirming that the concept of a complete self-contained microfluidic device could be realised for DNA sample clean up and amplification, using a simple pumping and on-chip reagent storage methodology.

  11. Silver nanoparticles attached to silica gel as a new solid phase adsorbent for preconcentration and determination of iron from biological samples

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    Khajeh, Mostafa; Dastafkan, Kamran

    2012-11-01

    In this study, an easy and fast procedure based on solid phase extraction was developed that is intended to pre-concentrate, separate, and determine trace amounts of Fe(III) ions in biological samples using flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS). Silver nanoparticles coated with silica gel were modified by morin and then used as a sorbent. It was synthesized by mixing slurried silica gel with silver nitrate and sodium citrate. The effects of experimental conditions, including pH, sample and eluent flow rates, and the type and least amount of an eluent to the elute iron from the sorbent were studied, and optimum values of these parameters have been found. Under the optimum conditions, the limit of detection of this procedure for Fe(III) was 67 ng/l. The relative standard deviation (RSD%) was 2.5 % (n = 10, C = 0.5 mg/l). The developed procedure was used to determine iron in biological samples.

  12. Variable recoveries of fatty acids following the separation of lipids on commercial silica gel TLC plates Selective loss of unsaturated fatty acids on certain brands of plates.

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    Sowa, Jennifer M; Subbaiah, Papasani V

    2004-12-25

    Since we recently noticed poor recoveries of unsaturated fatty acids (UFA) when the parent lipids were first separated on TLC plates, we investigated the source of this error by examining several variables, including the brand of TLC plate, nature of the lipid, and conditions of methylation. Of the five commercial brands of plates used, two (Baker and Whatman) showed loss of UFA, and three (Alltech Hardlayer, Alltech Softlayer, and Merck) did not. This loss occurred in both neutral and phospholipids, did not affect saturated acids, and was independent of the methylation reagent used. No loss occurred, however, if the lipids were eluted from the silica gel before methylation, indicating that the loss is due to oxidation of UFA in presence of certain brands of silica gel. These results show that some brands of TLC plates may be unsuitable for lipid analysis, if the aim is to determine the fatty acid composition by GC using direct methylation.

  13. Remaining Sites Verification Package for the 100-F-44:4, Discovery Pipeline in Silica Gel Pit, Waste Site Reclassification Form 2008-030

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    J. M. Capron

    2008-09-23

    The 100-F-44:4, Discovery Pipeline in Silica Gel Pit subsite is located in the 100-FR-1 Operable Unit of the Hanford Site, near the location of the former 110-F Gas Storage Tanks structure. The 100-F-44:4 subsite is a steel pipe discovered October 17, 2004, during trenching to locate the 118-F-4 Silica Gel Pit. Based on visual inspection and confirmatory investigation sampling data, the 100-F-44:4 subsite is a piece of non-hazardous electrical conduit debris. The 100-F-44:4 subsite supports unrestricted future use of shallow zone soil and is protective of groundwater and the Columbia River. No residual contamination exists within the deep zone. Therefore, no deep zone institutional controls are required.

  14. Antibacterial Activity of Copaiba Oil Gel on Dental Biofilm

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    Simões, Cláudia A.C.G.; Conde, Nikeila C. de Oliveira; Venâncio, Gisely N.; Milério, Patrícia S.L.L.; Bandeira, Maria F.C.L.; da Veiga Júnior, Valdir F.

    2016-01-01

    Amazonian biodiversity products that have been used for years in folk medicine, have emerged as feasible and promising alternatives for the inhibition of microorganisms in dental biofilm. Copaiba oil, a phytotherapic agent widely used by the Amazonian populations, is known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anesthetic, healing and antitumor medicinal properties. Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the in vitro antibacterial activity of copaiba oil (Copaifera multijuga) gel against strains of Streptococcus sp present in dental biofilm. Materials and Methods: The copaiba oil was obtained and the chemical components were identified. The oil emulsions were formulated and used with the Brain Heart Infusion agar diffusion method with strains of Streptococcus mitis, Streptococcus constellatus and Streptococcus salivarius isolated from patients as well as standard strains of S. mitis (ATCC903), S. mutans (ATCC10449), S. sanguinis (ATCC15300) and S. oralis (ATCC10557). The study groups were as follows: experimental copaiba oil gel, 1% chlorhexidine gel (positive control) and base gel (negative control). The seeded plates were incubated at 37ºC for 12, 24 and 48 hours, respectively. The results obtained were analyzed by Shapiro-Wilk and Friedman Tests (p<0.05) for non parametric data and the Tukey test was used for pH values with 5% level of significance. Results: The experimental copaiba oil gel and 1% chlorhexidine gel showed antibacterial activity against the tested microorganisms. Conclusion: The copaiba oil gel demonstrated antibacterial activity against all the strains of Streptococcus sp tested, suggesting that it can be used for dental biofilm control. PMID:27386004

  15. Recyclable Bifunctional Polystyrene and Silica Gel-Supported Organocatalyst for the Coupling of CO2 with Epoxides.

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    Kohrt, Christina; Werner, Thomas

    2015-06-22

    A bifunctional ammonium salt covalently bound to a polystyrene or silica support proved to be an efficient and recyclable catalyst for the solvent-free synthesis of cyclic carbonates from epoxides and CO2 . The catalyst can be easily recovered by simple filtration after the reaction and reused in up to 13 consecutive runs with retention of high activity and selectivity even at 90 °C. The scope and limitations of the reaction has been evaluated in terms of reaction conditions and substrate scope.

  16. Separation of human thymocytes at different stages of maturation by centrifugation on a discontinuous gradient of colloidal silica gel.

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    Goust, J M; Perry, L R

    1981-06-01

    Separation of human intrathymic cells on a discontinuous gradient of colloidal silica gel (Percoll) yielded four layers. The first (density 1.054 +/- 0.002 g/ml) contained stromal cells and a few thymocytes positive for terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (Tdt), most of which were bound to large Tdt-negative non-T cells. The second layer (1.069+/- 0.003 g/ml) contained large Tdt-negative thymocytes. The third and forth layers (1.075 +/-0.004 and 1.085 +/- 0.003 g/ml, respectively) contained smaller T cells, more than 95% of which were Tdt-positive. Functional studies revealed that cells from the first layer had a high level of spontaneous [3H]thymidine uptake but did not respond to lectins; the second layer responded to PHA, ConA, and allogeneic stimuli; and the third and fourth layers did not respond to lectin stimulation. Addition of cells from the first layer to the other layers at a 1 : 10 ratio significantly increased the mitogenic responses of the cells from the second layer, but not of those from the third or fourth layer. These results suggest that, as in mice and rats, low-density intrathymic thymocytes in humans represent more mature T cells, the percentage of which increases with age.

  17. Preparation and adsorption behavior of berberine hydrochloride imprinted polymers by using silica gel as sacrificed support material

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    Li, Hui; Li, Yuzhuo; Li, Zhiping; Peng, Xiyang; Li, Yanan; Li, Gui; Tan, Xianzhou; Chen, Gongxi

    2012-03-01

    Preparation of berberine hydrochloride (B-Cl) imprinted polymers (MIPs) based on surface imprinting technique with silica gel as sacrificial support material was performed successfully by using B-Cl as template, methacrylic acid (MAA) and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) as functional monomer and cross-linker, respectively. The prepared polymers were characterized by Fourier transmission infrared spectrometry (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Adsorption behavior of the MIPs for the template and its structural analogues was investigated. Sites distribution on the surface of MIPs was explored by using different isotherm adsorption models and thermodynamic parameters for the adsorption of B-Cl on the MIPs determined. Sample application and reusability for the MIPs was also evaluated. Results indicated the strong adsorption and high selectivity of the MIPs for B-Cl. Saturated adsorption capacity reached 27.2 μmol g-1 and the selectivity coefficient of the MIPs for B-Cl relative to jatrorrhizine hydrochloride (J-Cl) and palmatine palmatus hydrochloride (P-Cl) are 3.70 and 6.03, respectively. In addition, the MIPs were shown with good reusability and selectively retention ability in sample application.

  18. Purification of coenzyme Q10 from fermentation extract: high-speed counter-current chromatography versus silica gel column chromatography.

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    Cao, Xue-Li; Xu, Ya-Tao; Zhang, Guang-Ming; Xie, Sheng-Meng; Dong, Ying-Mao; Ito, Yoichiro

    2006-09-15

    High-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) is applied to the purification of coenzyme Q(10) (CoQ(10)) for the first time. CoQ(10) was obtained from a fermentation broth extract. A non-aqueous two-phase solvent system composed of heptane-acetonitrile-dichloromethane (12:7:3.5, v/v/v) was selected by analytical HSCCC and used for purification of CoQ(10) from 500 mg of the crude extract. The separation yielded 130 mg of CoQ(10) at an HPLC purity of over 99%. The overall results of the present studies show the advantages of HSCCC over an alternative of silica gel chromatography followed by recrystallization. These advantages extend to higher purity (97.8% versus 93.3%), recovery (88% versus 74.3%) and yield (26.4% versus 23.4%). An effort to avoid the toxic, expensive solvent CH(2)Cl(2) was unsuccessful, but at least its percentage is low in the solvent system.

  19. Effect of complexing ligands on the adsorption of Cu(II) onto the silica gel surface. 1: Adsorption of ligands

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    Park, Y.J.; Jung, K.H.; Park, K.K.; Park, K.K.

    1995-04-01

    The adsorption of several ligands on silica gel was investigated in aqueous solutions. The ligands used were 2,2{prime},6{prime},2{double_prime}-terpyridine, pyridine, 3,4-lutidine, 2-aminomethyl pyridine, 2-pyridine methanol, picolinic acid, salicylic acid, and 5-sulfosalicylic acid. The adsorption behaviors of these ligands were interpreted by means of three adsorption modes: ion exchange, hydrogen bonding, and hydrophobic interaction. For 2,2{prime},6{prime},2{double_prime}-terpyridine, pyridine, and 3,4-lutidine, the adsorption maxima appeared near their respective pK{sub a} values and were found to be due mainly to ion exchange, whereas the adsorption of these ligands at low pH was strongly attributed to hydrophobic interaction. The adsorption of 2-aminomethyl pyridine increased with increasing pH over the entire pH range investigated and was due mainly to ion exchange. Picolinic acid was adsorbed mainly by hydrogen bonding either via pyridine N atoms at low pH or via carboxylic O atoms at high pH. 2-Pyridine methanol was adsorbed by hydrophobic interaction at low pH and by hydrogen bonding at high pH. The adsorptions of salicylic and 5-sulfosalicylic acid were very small over the entire pH ranges investigated. For the adsorption mechanism, the Stern model was used to fit adsorption data.

  20. Optical Degradation of Colloidal Eu-Complex Embedded in Silica Glass Film Using Reprecipitation and Sol-Gel Methods.

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    Fukuda, Takeshi; Kurabayashi, Tomokazu; Yamaki, Tatsuki

    2016-04-01

    A reprecipitation method has been investigated for fabricating colloidal nanoparticles using Eu-complex. Herein, we investigated optical degradation characteristics of (1,10-phenanthroline)tris [4,4,4-trifluoro-1-(2-thienyl)-1,3-butanedionato]europium(III) colloidal nanoparticles, which were embedded into a silica glass film fabricated by a conventional sol-gel process. At first, we tried several types of good solvents for the reprecipitation method, and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is found to be a suitable solvent for realizing the small diameter and the high long-term stability against the ultraviolet irradiation even though the boing point of DMSO is higher than that of water used as a poor solvent. By optimizing the good solvent and the concentration of Eu-complex, the relative photoluminescence intensity of 0.96 was achieved even though the ultraviolet light was continuously irradiated for 90 min. In addition, the average diameter of 106 nm was achieved when DMSO was used as a good solvent, resulting in the high transmittance at a visible wavelength region. Therefore, we can achieve the transparent emissive thin film with a center wavelength of 612 nm, and the optical degradation was drastically reduced by forming nanoparticles.

  1. Polymer particles filled with multiple colloidal silica via in situ sol-gel process and their thermal property

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    Byun, Hongsik; Hu, Jiayun; Pakawanit, Phakkhananan; Srisombat, Laongnuan; Kim, Jun-Hyun

    2017-01-01

    The in situ formation of dielectric silica (SiO2) particles was carried out in the presence of temperature-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) particles. Unlike the typical sol-gel method used to prepare various SiO2 particles, the highly uniform growth of SiO2 particles was achieved within the cross-linked polymer particles (i.e., the polymer particles were filled with the SiO2 particles) simply by utilizing interfacial interactions, including the van der Waals attractive force and hydrogen bonding in nanoscale environments. The structural and morphological features as well as the thermal behaviors of these composites were thoroughly examined by electron microscopes, dynamic light scattering, and thermal analyzers. In particular, the thermal properties of these composites were completely different from the bare polymer, SiO2 particles, and their mixtures, which clearly suggested the successful incorporation of multiple SiO2 particles within the cross-linked polymer particles. Similarly, titanium oxide (TiO2) particles were easily embedded within the polymer particle template which exhibited improved overall properties. As a whole, understanding in situ formation of nanoscale inorganic particles within polymer particle templates can allow for designing novel composite materials possessing enhanced chemical and physical properties.

  2. Liquid-Gel-Liquid Transition and Shear-Thickening in Mixed Suspensions of Silica Colloid and Hyperbranched Polyethyleneimine

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    Yuan, Guangcui; Zhang, Huan; Han, Charles C.

    2014-03-01

    The rheological property of mixed suspensions of silica colloid and hyperbranched polylethyleneimine was studied as functions of particle volume fraction, ratio of polymer to particle, and pH value. A mechanism of liquid-gel-liquid transition for this mixed system was proposed based on the amount and the conformation of polyelectrolyte bridges which were able to self-arrange with solution environments. The equilibrium adsorbed amount (Cp*) for a given volume fraction of particles is an important concentration ratio of polymer to particle denoting the transition of irreversible and reversible bridging. For mixed suspensions at equilibrium adsorbed state (Cp ~Cp *), the adsorption-desorption of polymer bridges on the particles can reversibly take place, and shear thickening is observed under a steady shear flow as a result of rapid extension of bridges when the relaxation time scale of extension is shorter than that of desorption. This work is supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program, 2012CB821503).

  3. Determination of fluoride and oxalate using the indicator reaction of Zr(IV) with methylthymol blue adsorbed on silica gel.

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    Zaporozhets, Olga A; Tsyukalo, Lyudmila Ye

    2007-07-30

    Solid-phase spectrophotometric and visual test-methods of fluoride and oxalate determination are proposed. The methods are based on the competitive reactions of ZrOCl2 with methylthymol blue immobilized on silica gel and fluoride or oxalate in solution. Absorbance of the solid-phase reagent at 590 nm decreases with the growth of fluoride and oxalate contents in solution. The developed methods demonstrate high selectivity. The interference of Bi(III) and SO4(2-), PO4(3-) is eliminated by the addition of 0.01 mol L(-1) solution of ascorbic acid and 0.01 mol L(-1) of BaCl2, respectively. To eliminate the fluoride interference with oxalate determination 1x10(-3) mol L(-1) solution of Ca(NO3)2 at pH 1.5 was added. The anions of the organic acids were destructed prior to F- determination by ultrasonic exposition (44 kHz, intensity of < or = 10 W cm(-2) for 3 min). The proposed methods were applied to the analysis of mineral water, toothpaste and biological fluids.

  4. The synthesis of controlled shape nanoplasmonic silver-silica structures by combining sol-gel technique and direct silver reduction

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    Ramanauskaite, Lina; Snitka, Valentinas

    2015-03-01

    In this work, we have obtained nanoplasmonic silver structures deposited on the glass substrates by combining sol-gel technology and direct silver ion reduction on the film surfaces. The key point of the work was the usage of polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG 400) both as the pore former and reducing agent for silver ions. We have investigated the influence of PEG 400 amount on the formation of silver nanoparticles on the film surface. It was found that control of PEG 400 amount in the sols allows the creation of porous films with specific organized silver nanoparticles or clusters on the surface. Optical, morphological and structural characteristics of the structures were measured and studied. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used for nanostructure size and shape characterization. We were able to form a 40- to 200-nm-diameter ring-type, spherical and self-assembled nanoparticles on the film surface. The results of UV-vis absorbance spectra have shown the high quality of plasmonic structures with plasmon resonance wavelength in the region between 470 and 480 nm. The synthesized silica films decorated with silver nanoparticles were tested as substrates for the surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and showed an enhancement relative to micro-Raman of more than 200 times.

  5. Densitometric HPTLC method for qualitative, quantitative analysis and stability study of Coenzyme Q10 in pharmaceutical formulations utilizing normal and reversed-phase silica gel plates.

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    Abdel-Kader, Maged Saad; Alam, Prawez; Alqasoumi, Saleh Ibrahim

    2016-03-01

    Two simple, precise and stability-indicating densitometric HPTLC method were developed and validated for qualitative and quantitative analysis of Coenzyme Q10 in pharmaceutical formulations using normal-phase (Method I) and reversed phase (Method II) silica gel TLC plates. Both methods were developed and validated with 10×20 cm glass-backed plates coated with 0.2 mm layers of either silica gel 60 F254 (E-Merck, Germany) using hexane-ethyl acetate (8.5:1.5 v/v) as developing system (Method I) or RP-18 silica gel 60 F254 (E-Merck, Germany) using methanol-acetone (4:6 v/v) as mobile phase (Method II). Both analyses were scanned with a densitometer at 282 nm. Linearity was found in the ranges 50-800 ng/spot (r(2)=0.9989) and 50-800 ng/spot (r(2)=0.9987) for Method I and Method II respectively. Stability of Coenzyme Q10 was explored by the two methods using acid, base, hydrogen peroxide, temperature and different solvents. Due to the efficiency of the method in separating Coenzyme Q10 from other ingredients including its degradation products, it can be applied for quality control, standardization of different pharmaceutical formulations and stability study.

  6. Electron spin resonance probe for the solvation of ionomer membranes and other microscopically heterogeneous systems. Cu[sup 2+] in nafion, sephadex and silica gel

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    Bednarek, J.; Schlick, S. )

    1992-01-01

    Cu[sup 2+] is a sensitive electron spin resonance (ESR) probe for the penetration of various polar solvents in membranes made of Nafion and as an indicator for the replacement of one solvent by another. The ESR parameters (g and [sup 63]Cu hyperfine tensors) can be translated into a structure of the solvent around the cation. The replacement of a solvent in the membrane by another depends on the polarity of the two solvents. The solvent with the largest dielectric constant, N-methylformamide (NMF), can be replaced by water but not by methanol or acetonitrile (dielectric constants 182, 78.5, 32.7, and 37.5, respectively). Preferential solvation of the cation by water in three water/acetonitrile mixtures (9:1, 1:1, and 1:9 by volume) in contact with silica gel, Sephadex, and Nafion has been observed in various degrees. Nafion is most selective, followed by Sephadex and by silica gel. The selectivity appears to be related to electrostatic interactions which are strongest in Nafion and weakest in silica gel. 43 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  7. Sol-gel-derived silica films with tailored microstructures for applications requiring organic dyes

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    Logan, M.N.; Prabakar, S.; Brinker, C.J. |

    1994-09-01

    A three-step sol-gel process was developed to prepare organic dye-doped thin films with tailored porosity for applications in chemical sensing and optoelectronics. Varying the acid- and base-catalyzed hydrolysis steps of sols prepared from tetraethoxysilane with identical final H{sub 2}O/Si ratios, dilution factors and pH resulted in considerably different distributions of the silicate polymers in the sol (determined by {sup 29}Si NMR) and considerably different structures for the polymer clusters (determined by SAXS). During film formation these kinetic effects cause differences in the packing and collapse of the silicate network, leading to thin films with different refractive indices and volume fraction porosities. Under conditions where small pore-plugging species were avoided, the porosities of as-deposited films could be varied by aging the sol prior to film deposition. This strategy, which relies on the growth and aggregation of fractal polymeric clusters, is compatible with the low temperature and near neutral pH requirements of organic dyes.

  8. Application of zirconium-modified silica gel as a stationary phase in the ion-exclusion chromatography of carboxylic acids. I. Separation of benzenecarboxylic acids with tartaric acid as eluent and with UV-photometric detection.

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    Ohta, K

    2001-06-22

    The application of zirconium-modified silica gels (Zr-Silicas) as stationary phases for ion-exclusion chromatography with UV-photometric detection (IEC-PD) for mono-, di-, tri- and tetrabenzenecarboxylic acids (pyromellitic, trimellitic, hemimellitic, o-phthalic, salicylic and benzoic acids) and phenol was carried out using tartaric acid as the eluent. Zr-Silicas were prepared by the reaction of the silanol group on the surface of silica gel with zirconium tetrabutoxide [Zr(OCH2CH2CH2CH3)4] in ethanol solution. The effect of the amount of zirconium adsorbed on silica gel on chromatographic behavior of these benzenecarboxylic acids and phenol was investigated. As a result, Zr-Silica adsorbed on 20 mg zirconium g(-1) silica gel was the most suitable stationary phase in the IEC-PD for the simultaneous separation of these benzenecarboxylic acids and phenol. Excellent simultaneous separation and highly sensitive UV detection at 254 nm for these benzenecarboxylic acids and phenol were achieved in 20 min by the IEC-PD using the Zr-Silica column (250x4.6 mm I.D.) and a 10 mM tartaric acid at pH 2.5 as eluent.

  9. Effect of the size of silica nanoparticles on wettability and surface chemistry of sol-gel superhydrophobic and oleophobic nanocomposite coatings

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    Lakshmi, R. V.; Bera, Parthasarathi; Anandan, C.; Basu, Bharathibai J.

    2014-11-01

    Superhydrophobic sol-gel nanocomposite coatings have been fabricated by incorporating silica nanoparticles with different particle sizes separately in an acid-catalyzed sol of methyltriethoxysilane (MTEOS). Water contact angle (WCA) of the coatings increased with increase in the concentration of silica nanoparticles in both the cases. The coatings became superhydrophobic at an optimum silica concentration. The water repellency was further improved by the addition of fluoroalkylsilane (FAS). The optimum silica concentration was found to depend on the size of silica nanoparticles and FAS content and the coatings exhibited WCA of about 160° and water sliding angle (WSA) of <2°. FAS addition also improved the oleophobicity of the coatings. The coatings exhibited oil-repellency with a lubricant oil contact angle of 126° and ethylene glycol contact angle of 153.3°. Surface morphology of the coatings analyzed using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) showed a rough surface with microscale bumps and nanoscale pores. XPS was used to study the surface composition of the coatings. The superhydrophobic property of the coatings was due to the synergistic effect of surface chemistry and surface microstructure and can be explained using Cassie-Baxter model.

  10. Organic-inorganic crosslinked and hybrid membranes derived from sulfonated poly(arylene ether sulfone)/silica via sol-gel process

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    Feng, Shaoguang; Shang, Yuming; Wang, Yingzi; Xie, Xiaofeng; Mathur, V. K.; Xu, Jingming

    A series of covalently crosslinkable organic-inorganic hybrid membranes have been prepared from sulfonated poly(arylene ether sulfone) (SPAES) with pendant propenyl moiety and various amounts of vinyl substituted silica via sol-gel process which are then thermally crosslinked in the presence of benzoyl peroxide (BPO) initiator. The obtained membranes are characterized in terms of oxidative stability, thermal property, ion exchange capacity (IEC), water uptake, swelling ratio in methanol aqueous solution, proton conductivity, and methanol permeability coefficient. The results indicate that the oxidative stability and thermal stability of the hybrid membranes are improved. Moreover, introduction of silica reduces the water uptake and methanol swelling of membranes. The swelling ratio of membranes in 2 mol L -1 methanol aqueous solution at 80 °C slowly decreases from 26 to 19% with the increase of SiO 2 content from 0 to 12 wt.%. Furthermore, with the increase in silica content, the methanol permeability coefficient of the hybrid membranes decreases at first and then increases. When the silica content reaches 8 wt.%, the methanol permeability coefficient is at the minimum of 6.02 × 10 -7 cm 2 s -1, a 2.64-fold decrease compared with that of the pristine SPAES membrane. Moreover, the proton conductivity is found to be at about 95% of that of pristine polymer at that silica content.

  11. Extraction of metal ions using chemically modified silica gel covalently bonded with 4,4'-diaminodiphenylether and 4,4'-diaminodiphenylsulfone-salicylaldehyde Schiff bases.

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    Dey, R K; Jha, Usha; Singh, A C; Samal, S; Ray, Alok R

    2006-08-01

    Two new chelating materials (Si-DDE-o-HB, and Si-DDS-o-HB) were synthesized by modifying the activated silica gel phase with Schiff bases of 4,4'-diaminodiphenylether (DDE)/4,4'-diaminodiphenylsulfone (DDS) and o-hydroxybenzaldehyde (o-HB). The synthesized materials were characterized by FTIR and BET surface area measurement techniques. The extraction of metal ions such as Zn2+, Mn2+ and Cr3+ by the chelating material Si-DDE-o-HB was found to be higher than that by Si-DDS-o-HB. The order of metal sorption was found to be Zn2+ > Mn2+ > Cr3+. The correlation coefficients for Freundlich and Langmuir adsorption isotherms were compared for the sorption of Zn2+ onto the chelating material. The loading and elution of the metal ion solution was examined at optimum pH 7.5 and 0.5 cm3 min-1 flow rate of the solution using a column technique. The preconcentration factor for the elution of Zn2+ using dilute HNO3 was found to be 66.2 with a breakthrough volume of 15 cm3. The data obtained for the preconcentration of Zn2+ by the column technique suggested that the material Si-DDE-o-HB can find industrial applications.

  12. Enzymatically active biomimetic micropropellers for the penetration of mucin gels

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    Walker, Debora; Käsdorf, Benjamin T.; Jeong, Hyeon-Ho; Lieleg, Oliver; Fischer, Peer

    2015-01-01

    In the body, mucus provides an important defense mechanism by limiting the penetration of pathogens. It is therefore also a major obstacle for the efficient delivery of particle-based drug carriers. The acidic stomach lining in particular is difficult to overcome because mucin glycoproteins form viscoelastic gels under acidic conditions. The bacterium Helicobacter pylori has developed a strategy to overcome the mucus barrier by producing the enzyme urease, which locally raises the pH and consequently liquefies the mucus. This allows the bacteria to swim through mucus and to reach the epithelial surface. We present an artificial system of reactive magnetic micropropellers that mimic this strategy to move through gastric mucin gels by making use of surface-immobilized urease. The results demonstrate the validity of this biomimetic approach to penetrate biological gels, and show that externally propelled microstructures can actively and reversibly manipulate the physical state of their surroundings, suggesting that such particles could potentially penetrate native mucus. PMID:26824056

  13. Boundaries steer the contraction of active gels

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    Schuppler, Matthias; Keber, Felix C.; Kröger, Martin; Bausch, Andreas R.

    2016-10-01

    Cells set up contractile actin arrays to drive various shape changes and to exert forces to their environment. To understand their assembly process, we present here a reconstituted contractile system, comprising F-actin and myosin II filaments, where we can control the local activation of myosin by light. By stimulating different symmetries, we show that the force balancing at the boundaries determine the shape changes as well as the dynamics of the global contraction. Spatially anisotropic attachment of initially isotropic networks leads to a self-organization of highly aligned contractile fibres, being reminiscent of the order formation in muscles or stress fibres. The observed shape changes and dynamics are fully recovered by a minimal physical model.

  14. Boundaries steer the contraction of active gels

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    Schuppler, Matthias; Keber, Felix C.; Kröger, Martin; Bausch, Andreas R.

    2016-01-01

    Cells set up contractile actin arrays to drive various shape changes and to exert forces to their environment. To understand their assembly process, we present here a reconstituted contractile system, comprising F-actin and myosin II filaments, where we can control the local activation of myosin by light. By stimulating different symmetries, we show that the force balancing at the boundaries determine the shape changes as well as the dynamics of the global contraction. Spatially anisotropic attachment of initially isotropic networks leads to a self-organization of highly aligned contractile fibres, being reminiscent of the order formation in muscles or stress fibres. The observed shape changes and dynamics are fully recovered by a minimal physical model. PMID:27739426

  15. Surface effects on the structure and mobility of the ionic liquid C6C1ImTFSI in silica gels.

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    Nayeri, Moheb; Aronson, Matthew T; Bernin, Diana; Chmelka, Bradley F; Martinelli, Anna

    2014-08-14

    We report on how the dynamical and structural properties of the ionic liquid 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (C6C1ImTFSI) change upon different degrees of confinement in silica gels. The apparent diffusion coefficients of the individual ions are measured by (1)H and (19)F pulsed field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance (PFG-NMR) spectroscopy, while the intermolecular interactions in the ionogels are elucidated by Raman spectroscopy. In addition, the local structure of the ionic liquid at the silica interface is probed by solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Importantly, we extend this study to a wider range of ionic liquid-to-silica molar ratios (x) than has been investigated previously, from very low (high degree of confinement) to very high (liquid-like gels) ionic liquid contents. Diffusion NMR measurements indicate that a solvation shell, with a significantly lower mobility than the bulk ionic liquid, forms at the silica interface. Additionally, the diffusion of the C6C1Im(+) and TFSI(-) ions decreases more rapidly below an observed molar ratio threshold (x < 1), with the intrinsic difference in the self-diffusion coefficient between the cation and anion becoming less pronounced. For ionic liquid molar ratio of x < 1, Raman spectroscopy reveals a different conformational equilibrium for the TFSI(-) anions compared to the bulk ionic liquid, with an increased population of the cisoid isomers with respect to the transoid. Concomitantly, at these high degrees of confinement the TFSI(-) anion experiences stronger ion-ion interactions as indicated by the evolution of the TFSI(-) characteristic vibrational mode at ∼740 cm(-1). Furthermore, solid-state 2D (29)Si{(1)H} HETCOR NMR measurements establish the interactions of the ionic liquid species with the silica surface, where the presence of adsorbed water results in weaker interactions between (29)Si surface moieties and the hydrophobic alkyl protons of the cationic C6C1Im(+) molecules.

  16. Effect of gamma irradiation on the texture, acidity and catalytic activity of silica-aluminium and silica-magnesia catalysts

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    Youssef, A. M.; Samra, S. E.; Ahmed, Awad I.

    The textural properties of non-irradiated and γ-irradiated silica-aluminium and silica-magnesia catalysts were determined from nitrogen adsorption. The acidities of these catalysts were measured by the chemisorption of pyridine. Cracking of cumene and dehydration of isopropanol were investigated on non-irradiated and γ-irradiated catalysts. Irradiation with γ-rays enhanced sintering, i.e. decreased the surface area and increased pore size. For silica-magnesia, γ-irradiation enhanced crystallization of Forsterite and Enstatite. The surface acidity decreased upon γ-irradiation and consequently the activity of the catalysts towards cracking of cumene and dehydration of isopropanol was reduced. The former reaction is structure-sensitive, while the latter is structure-insensitive.

  17. Sol-gel derived silica/chitosan/Fe3O4 nanocomposite for direct electrochemistry and hydrogen peroxide biosensing

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    Satvekar, R. K.; Rohiwal, S. S.; Tiwari, A. P.; Raut, A. V.; Tiwale, B. M.; Pawar, S. H.

    2015-01-01

    A novel strategy to fabricate hydrogen peroxide third generation biosensor has been developed from sol-gel of silica/chitosan (SC) organic-inorganic hybrid material assimilated with iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4). The large surface area of Fe3O4 and porous morphology of the SC composite facilitates a high loading of horseradish peroxidase (HRP). Moreover, the entrapped enzyme preserves its conformation and biofunctionality. The fabrication of hydrogen peroxide biosensor has been carried out by drop casting of the SC/F/HRP nanocomposite on glassy carbon electrode (GCE) for study of direct electrochemistry. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) confirms the phase purity and particle size of as-synthesized Fe3O4 nanoparticles, respectively. The nanocomposite was characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) for the characteristic structure and conformation of enzyme. The surface topographies of the nanocomposite thin films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Dynamic light scattering (DLS) was used to determine the particle size distribution. The electrostatic interactions of the SC composite with Fe3O4 nanoparticles were studied by the zeta potential measurement. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) of the SC/F/HRP/GCE electrode displays Fe3O4 nanoparticles as an excellent candidate for electron transfer. The SC/F/HRP/GCE exhibited a pair of well-defined quasi reversible cyclic voltammetry peaks due to the redox couple of HRP-heme Fe (III)/Fe (II) in pH 7.0 potassium phosphate buffer. The biosensor was employed to detect H2O2 with linear range of 5 μM to 40 μM and detection limit of 5 μM. The sensor displays excellent selectivity, sensitivity, good reproducibility and long term stability.

  18. Synthesis of silica gel supported salicylaldehyde modified PAMAM dendrimers for the effective removal of Hg(II) from aqueous solution.

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    Niu, Yuzhong; Qu, Rongjun; Chen, Hou; Mu, Lei; Liu, Xiguang; Wang, Ting; Zhang, Yue; Sun, Changmei

    2014-08-15

    A series of silica gel supported salicylaldehyde modified PAMAM dendrimers (SiO2-G0-SA ∼ SiO2-G2.0-SA) were synthesized and their structures were characterized by FTIR, XRD, SEM, TGA, and porous structure analysis. The feasibility of these adsorbents for the removal of Hg(II) from aqueous solution was first described and the adsorption mechanism was proposed. The adsorption was found to depend on solution pH, the generation number of salicylaldehyde modified PAMAM dendrimers, contact time, temperature, and initial concentration. Results showed that the optimal pH was about 6 and the adsorption capacity increased with the increasing of generation number. Density functional theory (DFT) method was used to investigate the coordination geometries and the chelating mechanism. Adsorption kinetics was found to follow the pseudo-second-order model with film diffusion process as rate controlling step. Adsorption isotherms revealed that adsorption capacities increased with the increasing of temperature. Langmuir, Freundlich and Dubinin-Radushkevich (D-R) isotherm models were employed to analyze the equilibrium data. The adsorption can be well described by Langmuir isotherm model and took place by chemical mechanism. The thermodynamics properties indicated the adsorption processes were spontaneous and endothermic nature. The maximum adsorption capacity of SiO2-G0-SA, SiO2-G1.0-SA, and SiO2-G2.0-SA were 0.91, 1.52, and 1.81 mmol g(-1), respectively. The considerable higher adsorption capacity compared with other adsorbents indicates SiO2-G0-SA ∼ SiO2-G2.0-SA are favorable and useful for the uptake of Hg (II), and can be potentially used as promising adsorbents for the effective removal of Hg(II) from aqueous solution.

  19. Raman investigation of germanium- and phosphorus-doping effects on the structure of sol-gel silica-based optical fiber preforms

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    El Hamzaoui, Hicham; Bouazaoui, Mohamed; Capoen, Bruno

    2015-11-01

    This works reports the structural investigation of homogeneously doped sol-gel-derived silica optical fiber preforms. Crack-free germanosilicate (2.7 wt% Ge) and phosphosilicate (2.5 wt% P) glasses, suitable for optical fiber fabrication, have been prepared using the polymeric sol-gel route combined with the sol-doping technique. Space homogeneity of the doping oxide (GeO2 or P2O5) in the cylindrical preforms has been checked by chemical analysis. The structure of these glasses have been studied using Raman spectroscopy and compared to pure silica glasses. It is shown that phosphorus has a much more sensitive effect on the glassy structure than germanium, both at small and medium scales. Indeed, in the low-wavenumber region (7-100 cm-1), the phosphorus-doping was found to affect the intensity of the boson peak, suggesting an enhancement of heterogeneity at the nanometer scale. At a shorter scale, both germanium- and phosphorus-doping were found to reduce the number of three- and four-membered rings in the silica glass network.

  20. Electrical activation of artificial muscles containing polyacrylonitrile gel fibers.

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    Schreyer, H B; Gebhart, N; Kim, K J; Shahinpoor, M

    2000-01-01

    Gel fibers made from polyacrylonitrile (PAN) are known to elongate and contract when immersed in caustic and acidic solutions, respectively. The amount of contraction for these pH-activated fibers is 50% or greater, and the strength of these fibers is shown to be comparable to that of human muscle. Despite these attributes, the need of strong acids and bases for actuation has limited the use of PAN gel fibers as linear actuators or artificial muscles. Increasing the conductivity by depositing platinum on the fibers or combining the fibers with graphite fibers has allowed for electrical activation of artificial muscles containing gel fibers when placed in an electrochemical cell. The electrolysis of water in such a cell produces hydrogen ions at an artificial muscle anode, thus locally decreasing the pH and causing the muscle to contract. Reversing the electric field allows the PAN muscle to elongate. A greater than 40% contraction in artificial muscle length in less than 10 min is observed when it is placed as an electrode in a 10 mM NaCl electrolyte solution and connected to a 10 V power supply. These results indicate potential in developing electrically activated PAN muscles and linear actuators, which would be much more applicable than chemically activated muscles.

  1. The effect of high temperature sol-gel polymerization parameters on the microstructure and properties of hydrophobic phenol-formaldehyde/silica hybrid aerogels.

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    Seraji, Mohamad Mehdi; Sameri, Ghasem; Davarpanah, Jamal; Bahramian, Ahmad Reza

    2017-05-01

    Phenol-formaldehyde/silica hybrid aerogels with different degree of hydrophobicity were successfully synthesized via high temperature sol-gel polymerization. Tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and methyltriethoxysilane (MTES) were used as precursor and co-precursor of the hydrophobic silica-based phase, respectively. The hydrolysis step of silica based sols were conducted by acid catalyzed reactions and HCl was used as hydrolysis catalyst. The chemical structure of prepared hybrid aerogels was characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The effect of MTES/TEOS proportion and catalyst content on the morphology and microstructure of samples were investigated by FE-SEM and C, Si mapping analysis. The acid catalyzed hydrolysis of TEOS and MTES sols leads to formation of a sol with primarily silica particles in the organic-inorganic hybrid sol and varying colloid growth mechanisms were occurred with change in MTES and HCl molar ratio. With the increasing of MTES content, the microstructure of samples changed from uniform colloidal network, core-shell structure to polymeric structure with a huge phase separation. The increasing of HCl mole fraction leads to smaller particle size. Moreover, the shrinkage of samples was decreased and water contact angles of the resulted aerogels were increased from 40 to 156.8° with the increases of MTES content.

  2. Preparation of an aminopropyl imidazole-modified silica gel as a sorbent for solid-phase extraction of carboxylic acid compounds and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

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    Wang, Na; Guo, Yong; Wang, Licheng; Liang, Xiaojing; Liu, Shujuan; Jiang, Shengxiang

    2014-05-21

    In this paper, a kind of aminopropyl imidazole-modified silica sorbent was synthesized and used as a solid-phase extraction (SPE) sorbent for the determination of carboxylic acid compounds and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The resultant aminopropyl imidazole-modified silica sorbent was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and elemental analysis (EA) to ensure the successful binding of aminopropyl imidazole on the surface of silica gel. Then the aminopropyl imidazole-modified silica sorbent served as a SPE sorbent for the enrichment of carboxylic acid compounds and PAHs. The new sorbent exhibited high extraction efficiency towards the tested compounds and the results show that such a sorbent can offer multiple intermolecular interactions: electrostatic, π-π, and hydrophobic interactions. Several parameters affecting the extraction recovery, such as the pH of sample solution, the pH of eluent, the solubility of eluent, the volume of eluent, and sample loading, were also investigated. Under the optimized conditions, the proposed method was applied to the analysis of four carboxylic acid compounds and four PAHs in environmental water samples. Good linearities were obtained for all the tested compounds with R(2) larger than 0.9903. The limits of detection were found to be in the range of 0.0065-0.5 μg L(-1). The recovery values of spiked river water samples were from 63.2% to 112.3% with relative standard deviations (RSDs) less than 10.1% (n = 4).

  3. Anomalous discontinuity at the percolation critical point of active gels.

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    Sheinman, M; Sharma, A; Alvarado, J; Koenderink, G H; MacKintosh, F C

    2015-03-06

    We develop a percolation model motivated by recent experimental studies of gels with active network remodeling by molecular motors. This remodeling was found to lead to a critical state reminiscent of random percolation (RP), but with a cluster distribution inconsistent with RP. Our model not only can account for these experiments, but also exhibits an unusual type of mixed phase transition: We find that the transition is characterized by signatures of criticality, but with a discontinuity in the order parameter.

  4. Modification of silica gel by attachment of 2-mercaptobenzimidazole for use in removing Hg(II) from aqueous media: a thermodynamic approach.

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    Alcântara, Edésio F C; Faria, Elaine A; Rodrigues, Deyse V; Evangelista, Sheila M; DeOliveira, Edimar; Zara, Luiz F; Rabelo, Denílson; Prado, Alexandre G S

    2007-07-01

    The compound 2-mercaptobenzimidazole (MBI) was attached onto a silica gel surface by homogeneous and heterogeneous routes. Both silica modification methodologies resulted in similar products, named SiM(hom) and SiM(het), respectively. These materials were characterized by surface area, infrared, thermogravimetry, and 13C and 29Si NMR spectroscopy. The ability of these materials to remove divalent mercury from aqueous solution was followed by a series of adsorption isotherms adjusted to a modified Langmuir equation. The maximum number of moles adsorbed was determined to be 1.35+/-0.3 and 1.42+/-0.17 mmolg-1 for SiMhet and SiMhomt, respectively. These interactions were calorimetrically followed and the thermodynamic data showed the following exothermic enthalpic values: -23.04+/-1.4 and -20.08+/-1.2 kJmol-1 for SiMhom and SiMhet, respectively. All liquid/solid interface adsorptions were spontaneous in nature and enthalpically driven.

  5. One-step preparation of CdS nanocrystals supported on thiolated silica-gel matrix and evaluation of photocatalytic performance.

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    Andrade, George R S; Nascimento, Cristiane C; Neves, Erick C; Barbosa, Cintya D'Angeles Espirito Santo; Costa, Luiz P; Barreto, Ledjane S; Gimenez, Iara F

    2012-02-15

    Here we report the use of a thiol-functionalized silica-gel to prepare supported CdS nanocrystals by a facile one-step procedure. Upon changing the relative proportion of the matrix we obtained nanocrystals with different average sizes and size distributions, as evidenced by spectroscopic measurements as well as TEM images. Photoluminescence spectra also indicated that the main effect of the matrix is related to the size control since the spectral profiles were found to be strongly dependent on the excitation wavelength. The performance of the material in the photocatalytic degradation of two commercial dyes (methylene blue and rhodamine 6G) has been tested under sunlight radiation, showing promising results. Almost complete decolorization has been observed after 80 min of exposure, with no adsorption on the silica surface.

  6. A needle trap device packed with a sol-gel derived, multi-walled carbon nanotubes/silica composite for sampling and analysis of volatile organohalogen compounds in air.

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    Heidari, Mahmoud; Bahrami, Abdolrahman; Ghiasvand, Ali Reza; Shahna, Farshid Ghorbani; Soltanian, Ali Reza

    2013-06-27

    A needle trap device (NTD) packed with silica composite of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) prepared based on sol-gel technique was utilized for sampling and analysis of volatile organohalogen compounds (HVOCs) in air. The performance of the NTD packed with MWCNTs/silica composite as sorbent was examined in a variety of sampling conditions and was compared with NTDs packed with PDMS as well as SPME with Carboxen/PDMS-coated fibers. The limit of detection of NTDs for the GC/MS detection system was 0.01-0.05 ng mL(-1) and the limit of quantitation was 0.04-0.18 ng mL(-1). The RSD were 1.1-7.8% for intra-NTD comparison intended for repeatability of technique. The NTD-MWCNTs/silica composite showed better analytical performances compared to the NTD-PDMS composite and had the same analytical performances when compared to the SPME-Carboxen/PDMS fibers. The results show that NTD-MWCNTs-GC/MS is a powerful technique for active sampling of occupational/environmental pollutants in air.

  7. Immobilization of Zidovudine Derivatives on the SBA-15 Mesoporous Silica and Evaluation of Their Cytotoxic Activity.

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    Lewandowski, Dawid; Lewandowska, Marta; Ruszkowski, Piotr; Pińska, Anita; Schroeder, Grzegorz

    2015-01-01

    Novel zidovudine derivatives, able to be covalently conjugated to silica surface, have been obtained and grafted to SBA-15 mesoporous silica. Cytotoxic activity of the hybrid organic-inorganic (zidovudine derivatives-silica) systems against HeLa and KB cell lines has been analyzed. Addition of folic acid had a positive influence on the cytotoxicity. Up to 69% of HeLa and 65% of KB tumor cells growth inhibition has been achieved at low silica concentration used (10 μg/mL).

  8. Removing Dissolved Silica from Waste Water with Catechol and Active Carbon

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    Sasan, Koroush; Brady, Patrick; Krumhansl, James L.; Nenoff, Tina M.

    2017-01-01

    Fresh water scarcity is going to be a global great challenge in the near future because of the increasing population. Our water resources are limited and, hence, water treatment and recycling methods are the only alternatives for fresh water procurement in the upcoming decades. Water treatment and recycling methods serve to remove harmful or problematic constituents from ground, surface and waste waters prior to its consumption, industrial supply, or other uses. Scale formation in industrial and domestic installations is still an important problem during water treatment. In water treatment, silica scaling is a real and constant concern for plant operations. The focus of this study is on the viability of using a combination of catechol and active carbon to remove dissolved silica from concentrated cooling tower water (CCTW). Various analytical methods, such as ICP-MS and UV-vis, were used to understand the structure-property relationship between the material and the silica removal results. UV-Vis indicates that catechol can react with silica ions and form a silica-catecholate complex. The speciation calculation of catechol and silica shows that catechol and silica bind in the pH range of 8 – 10; there is no evidence of linkage between them in neutral and acidic pHs. The silica removal results indicate that using ~4g/L of catechol and 10g/L active carbon removes up to 50% of the dissolved silica from the CCTW.

  9. Deactivation of photocatalytically active ZnO nanoparticle and enhancement of its compatibility with organic compounds by surface-capping with organically modified silica

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    Cao, Zhi; Zhang, Zhijun

    2011-02-01

    Tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and dimethyldiethoxysilane (DEDMS) were used as co-precursors to prepare organically modified silica (ormosil) via sol-gel process. The resultant ormosil was adopted for surface-capping of ZnO nanoparticle, where methyl (organic functional group) and silica (inorganic component) were simultaneously introduced onto the surface of the nanoparticles for realizing dual surface-modification. The ormosil-capped ZnO nanoparticle showed strong hydrophobicity and good compatibility with organic phases, as well as effectively decreased photocatalytic activity and almost unchanged ultraviolet (UV)-shielding ability. More importantly, the comprehensive properties of ormosil-capped ZnO nanoparticle could be manipulated by adjusting the molar ratio of TEOS to DEDMS during sol-gel process. This should help to open a wider window to better utilizing the unique and highly attractive properties such as high UV-shielding ability and high-visible light transparency of ZnO nanoparticle in sunscreen cosmetics.

  10. Detection of organophosphorus compound based on a sol-gel silica planar waveguide doped with a green fluorescent protein and an organophosphorus hydrolase

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    Enami, Y.; Tsuchiya, K.; Suye, S.

    2011-06-01

    In this letter, the authors report the real-time detection of an organophosphorus compound using a sol-gel silica planar waveguide doped with a green fluorescent protein and an organophosphorus hydrolase on a yeast-cell surface display. The waveguide was pumped at 488 nm, and it emitted green fluorescence at the far field. The green fluorescent light at 550 nm changed by 50% from the original power 1 min after application of the organophosphorus compound. The results enable the real-time detection of sarin and other biochemicals by using an in-line fiber sensor network.

  11. Synchronization of oscillations in hybrid gel-piezoelectric active materials

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    Yashin, Victor V.; Levitan, Steven P.; Balazs, Anna C.

    We model the hybrid gel-piezoelectric active material that could perform oscillator based unconventional computing tasks (``materials that compute''). The material is assumed to have a cellular structure, where each cell contains a polymer gel, which undergoes cyclic swelling and deswelling due to the oscillatory Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction, and is coupled to a piezoelectric (PZ) film. Upon electrical connection, oscillations in the BZ-PZ units get synchronized, and the mode of synchronization is shown to depend on the number of units in the system, type of circuit connection, etc. Introduction of capacitors into the circuits allows us to further manipulate the synchronization modes, i.e., the distinctive patterns in phase of oscillations. The results indicate the BZ-PZ systems could be used for spatio-temporal pattern recognition.

  12. Application of zirconium-modified silica gel as a stationary phase in the ion-exclusion chromatography of carboxylic acids. II. Separation of aliphatic carboxylic acids with pyromellitic acid as eluent and with suppressed conductimetric detection.

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    Ohta, K

    2001-06-22

    The application of zirconium-modified silica gels (Zr-Silica) as stationary phases for ion-exclusion chromatography with conductimetric detection (IEC-CD) for C1-C8 aliphatic carboxylic acids (formic, acetic, propionic, butyric, valeric, caproic, heptanoic and caprylic acids) was carried out using pyromellitic acid as the eluent. Zr-Silicas were prepared by the reaction of the silanol group on the surface of silica gel with zirconium tetrabutoxide [Zr(OCH2CH2CH2CH3)4] in ethanol solution. An ASRS-Ultra anion self-regenerating suppressor in the K+ form was used for the enhancement of conductimetric detector response of these aliphatic carboxylic acids. A Zr-Silica adsorbed on 10 mg zirconium g(-1) silica gel was the most suitable stationary phase in IEC-CD for the separation of these aliphatic carboxylic acids. Excellent simultaneous separation and highly sensitive detection for these aliphatic carboxylic acids were achieved in 25 min by IEC-CD with the Zr-Silica column (250x4.6 mm I.D.) and a 0.2 mM pyromellitic acid containing 0.15% heptanol as the eluent.

  13. Highly efficient up-conversion and bright white light in RE co-doped KYF4 nanocrystals in sol-gel silica matrix

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    Méndez-Ramos, J.; Yanes, A. C.; Santana-Alonso, A.; del-Castillo, J.

    2013-01-01

    Transparent nano-glass-ceramics comprising Yb3+, Er3+ and Tm3+ co-doped KYF4 nanocrystals have been developed from sol-gel method. A structural analysis by means of X-ray diffraction confirmed the precipitation of cubic KYF4 nanocrystals into a silica matrix. Visible luminescence has been analyzed as function of treatment temperature of precursor sol-gel glasses. Highly efficient up-conversion emissions have been obtained under 980 nm excitation and studied by varying the doping level, processing temperature and pump power. Color tuneability has been quantified in terms of CIE diagram and in particular, a white-balanced overall emission has been achieved for a certain doping level and thermal treatment.

  14. Novel adsorbent based on multi-walled carbon nanotubes bonding on the external surface of porous silica gel particulates for trapping volatile organic compounds.

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    Wang, Li; Liu, Jiemin; Zhao, Peng; Ning, Zhanwu; Fan, Huili

    2010-09-10

    A novel adsorbent, 3-amino-propylsilica gel-multi-walled carbon nanotubes (APSG-MW), was prepared by chemical bonding multi-walled carbon nanotubes on silica gel. The surface area of APSG-MW was 98 m(2)/g, and the particle size was between 60 and 80 mesh with the average size of 215.0 microm. The adsorption capability of the new adsorbent to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) was measured. The effect of water to the adsorbent and its stability during storage were also investigated. Duplicate precision (DP) and distributed volume pair (DVP) on the basis of the EPA TO-17 criteria were estimated. The results showed that the sampling precision of the adsorbent was more superior compared to the MWCNTs because of the better air permeability. The new adsorbent was successfully applied in the determination of VOCs in ambient indoor air.

  15. Colloidal titania-silica-iron oxide nanocomposites and the effect from silica thickness on the photocatalytic and bactericidal activities

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    Chanhom, Padtaraporn; Charoenlap, Nisanart; Tomapatanaget, Boosayarat; Insin, Numpon

    2017-04-01

    New types of colloidal multifunctional nanocomposites that combine superparamagnetic character and high photocatalytic activity were synthesized and investigated. The superparamagnetic nanocomposites composed of anatase titania, silica, and iron oxide nanoparticles (TSI) were synthesized using thermal decomposition method followed by microemulsion method, without calcination at high temperature. Different techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) were used to characterize and confirm the structure of the nanocomposites. These nanocomposites showed high photocatalytic activity when used in the photodegradation of methylene blue under irradiation with a black light lamp. Moreover, the nanocomposites exhibited high antibacterial properties. From our study, the nanocomposites can be useful in various applications such as removal of pollutants with readily separation from the environment using an external magnetic field. These composites could effectively photo-degrade the dye at least three cycles without regeneration. The effects of silica shell thickness on the photocatalytic activity was investigated, and the thickness of 6 nm of the silica interlayer is enough for the inhibition of electron translocation between titania and iron oxide nanoparticles and maintaining the efficiency of photocatalytic activity of titania nanoparticles.

  16. Two schemes for production of biosurfactant from Pseudomonas aeruginosa MR01: Applying residues from soybean oil industry and silica sol-gel immobilized cells.

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    Bagheri Lotfabad, Tayebe; Ebadipour, Negisa; Roostaazad, Reza; Partovi, Maryam; Bahmaei, Manochehr

    2017-04-01

    Rhamnolipids are the most common biosurfactants and P. aeruginosa strains are the most frequently studied microorganisms for the production of rhamnolipids. Eco-friendly advantages and promising applications of rhamnolipids in various industries are the major reasons for pursuing the economic production of these biosurfactants. This study shows that cultivation of P. aeruginosa MR01 in medium contained inexpensive soybean oil refinery wastes which exhibited similar levels and homologues of rhamnolipids. Mass spectrometry indicated that the Rha-C10-C10 and Rha-Rha-C10-C10 constitute the main rhamnolipids in different cultures of MR01 including one of oil carbon source analogues. Moreover, rhamnolipid mixtures extracted from different cultures showed critical micelle concentrations (CMC) in the range of ≃24 to ≃36mg/l with capability to reduce the surface tension of aqueous solution from 72 to ≃27-32mN/m. However, the sol-gel technique using tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) was used as a gentler method in order to entrap the P. aeruginosa MR01 cells in mold silica gels. Immobilized cells can be utilized several times in consecutive fermentation batches as well as in flow fermentation processes. In this way, reusability of the cells may lead to a more economical fermentation process. Approximately 90% of cell viability was retained during the silica sol-gel immobilization and ≃84% of viability of immobilized cells was preserved for 365days of immobilization and storage of the cells in phosphate buffer at 4°C and 25°C. Moreover, mold gels showed good mechanical stability during the seven successive fermentation batches and the entrapped cells were able to efficiently preserve their biosurfactant-producing potential.

  17. [Kinetic study on the in situ synthesis of nickle phthalocyanine in silica gel glass matrix by UV/Vis absorption spectra].

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    Huang, Juan; Zheng, Chan; Feng, Miao; Zhan, Hong-Bing

    2009-01-01

    In decades, metallo-phthalocyanines (MPcs) have undergone a renaissance because of their singular and unconventional physical properties. However, for the successful application of MPcs in practical devices, it is important to disperse MPc molecules into solid state matrix to fabricate MPc doped composite with desired properties. Inorganic glass is an ideal matrix because of its transparency and high environmental stability. One attractive approach to fabricating MPc/inorganic composite is sol-gel technique. In the present paper, silica gel glass matrix was prepared by hydrolysis and poly-condensation of tetraethyloxysilane. 1,2-dicyanobenzene and analytically pure soluble nickle salt were used as the nickle phthalocyanine (NiPc) reactants and chemical synthesis technique was used to prepare NiPc doped sol-gel materials at several temperatures. During the heat treatment, four 1, 2-dicyanobenzene molecules and one nickle ion collide to form a NiPc molecule. In-situ synthesizing process of NiPc in the pores of silica gel glass matrix was traced by UV/Vis absorption spectra. Owing to the remarkable absorption band of NiPc in visible region, quantity of in-situ synthesized NiPc was calculated by the absorbance at certain wavelength of 670 nm, using composites with physically doped NiPc as a reference. The in-situ synthesized kinetics was studied in detail and found to be consistent with Avrami-Erofeev equation The reaction grades were deduced to be 4.5, 4.5, 3.7, 3.2 and 1.9 respectively at temperatures of 180 degrees C, 185 degrees C, 190 degrees C, 195 degrees C and 200 degrees C, respectively.

  18. [High performance liquid chromatography of peptide bioregulators, their fragments and derivatives. II. Sorption of peptides from aqueous-organic eluents on octadecylsilylsilica gel and unmodified silica gel].

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    Grigor'eva, V D; Brivkalne, L A; Shats, V D

    1985-04-01

    Dependence of the peptide retention upon the organic component concentration in eluent has been studied. A parabolic dependence has been found in a wide range of acetonitrile concentrations. The effect observed with ODS- and unmodified silica as stationary phases extends analytical and preparative potentialities of HPLC of peptides.

  19. The Solid Phase Extraction of Some Metal Ions Using Palladium Nanoparticles Attached to Silica Gel Chemically Bonded by Silica-Bonded N-Propylmorpholine as New Sorbent prior to Their Determination by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Ghaedi, M.; Rezakhani, M.; Khodadoust, S.; Niknam, K.; Soylak, M.

    2012-01-01

    In this research at first palladium nanoparticle attached to a new chemically bonded silica gel has been synthesized and has been characterized with different techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Then, this new sorbent (chemically modified silica gel with N-propylmorpholine (PNP-SBNPM)) was efficiently used for preconcentration of some metal ions in various food samples. The influence of effective variables including mass of sorbent, flow rate, pH of sample solutions and condition of eluent such as volume, type and concentration on the recoveries of understudy metal ions were investigated. Following the optimization of variables, the interfering effects of some foreign ions on the preconcentration and determination of the investigated metal ions described. At optimum values of variables, all investigated metal ions were efficiently recovered with efficiency more than 95%, relative standard deviation (RSD) between 2.4 and 2.8, and detection limit in the range of 1.4–2.7 ng mL−1. The present method is simple and rapidly applicable for the determination of the understudied metal ions (ng mL−1) in different natural food samples. PMID:22666150

  20. The solid phase extraction of some metal ions using palladium nanoparticles attached to silica gel chemically bonded by silica-bonded N-propylmorpholine as new sorbent prior to their determination by flame atomic absorption spectroscopy.

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    Ghaedi, M; Rezakhani, M; Khodadoust, S; Niknam, K; Soylak, M

    2012-01-01

    In this research at first palladium nanoparticle attached to a new chemically bonded silica gel has been synthesized and has been characterized with different techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Then, this new sorbent (chemically modified silica gel with N-propylmorpholine (PNP-SBNPM)) was efficiently used for preconcentration of some metal ions in various food samples. The influence of effective variables including mass of sorbent, flow rate, pH of sample solutions and condition of eluent such as volume, type and concentration on the recoveries of understudy metal ions were investigated. Following the optimization of variables, the interfering effects of some foreign ions on the preconcentration and determination of the investigated metal ions described. At optimum values of variables, all investigated metal ions were efficiently recovered with efficiency more than 95%, relative standard deviation (RSD) between 2.4 and 2.8, and detection limit in the range of 1.4-2.7 ng mL⁻¹. The present method is simple and rapidly applicable for the determination of the understudied metal ions (ng mL⁻¹) in different natural food samples.

  1. Design of electro-active polymer gels as actuator materials

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    Popovic, Suzana

    Smart materials, alternatively called active or adaptive, differ from passive materials in their sensing and activation capability. These materials can sense changes in environment such as: electric field, magnetic field, UV light, pH, temperature. They are capable of responding in numerous ways. Some change their stiffness properties (electro-rheological fluids), other deform (piezos, shape memory alloys, electrostrictive materials) or change optic properties (electrochromic polymers). Polymer gels are one of such materials which can change the shape, volume and even optical properties upon different applied stimuli. Due to their low stiffness property they are capable of having up to 100% of strain in a short time, order of seconds. Their motion resembles the one of biosystems, and they are often seen as possible artificial muscle materials. Despite their delicate nature, appropriate design can make them being used as actuator materials which can form controllable surfaces and mechanical switches. In this study several different groups of polymer gel material were investigated: (a) acrylamide based gels are sensitive to pH and electric field and respond in volume change, (b) polyacrylonitrile (PAN) gel is sensitive to pH and electric field and responds in axial strain and bending, (c) polyvinylalcohol (PVA) gel is sensitive to electric field and responds in axial strain and bending and (d) perfluorinated sulfonic acid membrane, Nafion RTM, is sensitive to electric field and responds in bending. Electro-mechanical and chemo-mechanical behavior of these materials is a function of a variety of phenomena: polymer structure, affinity of polymer to the solvent, charge distribution within material, type of solvent, elasticity of polymer matrix, etc. Modeling of this behavior is a task aimed to identify what is driving mechanism for activation and express it in a quantitative way in terms of deformation of material. In this work behavior of the most promising material as

  2. Detection of Non-Equilibrium Fluctuations in Active Gels

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    Bacanu, Alexandru; Broedersz, Chase; Gladrow, Jannes; Mackintosh, Fred; Schmidt, Christoph; Fakhri, Nikta

    Active force generation at the molecular scale in cells can result in stochastic non-equilibrium dynamics on mesoscpopic scales. Molecular motors such as myosin can drive steady-state stress fluctuations in cytoskeletal networks. Here, we present a non-invasive technique to probe non-equilibrium fluctuations in an active gel using single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). SWNTs are semiflexible polymers with intrinsic fluorescence in the near infrared. Both thermal and active motor-induced forces in the network induce transverse fluctuations of SWNTs. We demonstrate that active driven shape fluctuations of the SWNTs exhibit dynamics that reflect the non-equilibrium activity, in particular the emergence of correlations between the bending modes. We discuss the observation of breaking of detailed balance in this configurational space of the SWNT probes. Supported by National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Student Fellowship (NDSEG).

  3. Effect of the silanization conditions on chromatographic behavior of an open-tubular capillary column coated with a modified silica-gel thin layer.

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    Nakano, Yusuke; Kitagawa, Shinya; Miyabe, Kanji; Tsuda, Takao

    2005-10-01

    The performance of an open-tubular capillary column coated with a modified silica-gel thin layer was investigated, particularly concerning the effect of the silanization process on it. Although the increase in the octadecyltriethoxysilane (ODTES) concentration in the silanization process could enhance the retention factor of naphthalene, its theoretical plate number was significantly reduced (ODTES, 5 to 50%; k, 0.2 to 4.3; N, 79600 to 2600 m(-1)). Namely, the increase in the retention factor was accompanied by a decrease in the theoretical plate number. A similar phenomenon was also observed when octadecyldimethylchlorosilane (ODCS) was used as the silanization regent. However, increases in both the retention factor and the theoretical plate number could be achieved (sample, naphthalene; k, 0.05 to 0.09; N, 149000 to 220000 m(-1)) by a NaOH treatment to the fabricated thin porous silica-gel layer before silanization with ODCS. The electrochromatographic separation of proteins and peptides by using the NaOH-treated column could obtain more peaks than electrophoretic separation.

  4. Molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction method based on SH-Au modified silica gel for the detection of six Sudan dyes in chili powder samples.

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    Ji, Wenhua; Zhang, Mingming; Wang, Tao; Wang, Xiao; Zheng, Zhenjia; Gong, Junjie

    2017-04-01

    In this research, the successfully developed molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction (MISPE) method based on SH-Au modified silica gel for Sudan dyes determination has been described. Gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) were organized onto the surface of silica gel through the covalent binding between sulfydryl and Au. Subsequently, molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) were prepared via the graft polymerization using Au NPs as the functional monomer. The composition and morphology of MIPs were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and thermogravimetric analysis (TG). Binding property was systematically evaluated through adsorption isotherm, adsorption kinetics, and selective recognition capacity. MISPE pretreatment was successfully established after optimizing various parameters. Under optimized conditions, good linearity for six investigated Sudan dyes was ranged from 0.005 to 10.0μgg(-1) (R(2)>0.999) with low limits of detection and quantification (1.5-4.7 and 5.2-15.5ngg(-1), respectively). The recoveries at three different spiked levels (0.05, 0.5, and 2.0μgg(-1) of each Sudan dye) were ranged from 87.2% to 94.7% with RSD below 6.1% (n=3). The results demonstrated one reliable, sensitive and accurate MISPE pretreatment technique with excellent reproducibility for the determination of six Sudan dyes in chili powder samples.

  5. Silica sol-gel glasses incorporating dual-luminescent Yb quinolinolato complex: processing, emission and photosensitising properties of the 'antenna' ligand.

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    Artizzu, Flavia; Quochi, Francesco; Saba, Michele; Loche, Danilo; Mercuri, Maria Laura; Serpe, Angela; Mura, Andrea; Bongiovanni, Giovanni; Deplano, Paola

    2012-11-14

    The [Yb(5,7ClQ)(2)(H5,7ClQ)(2)Cl] (1) complex, that exhibits dual-luminescence in the visible (ligand-centered) and in the NIR (Yb-centered), has been incorporated into a silica sol-gel glass obtaining 1-doped glassy material which is optically transparent and homogeneous and with good mechanical properties. The doped sol-gel glass can be considered a "solid state solution" and photophysical studies demonstrate that the emissive properties of the dopant complex are preserved in the silica matrix. Observed NIR decay times fall in the μs range and are likely limited by "second-sphere" matrix interactions. The ligand-to-metal energy transfer mechanism occurs on ultrafast timescale and involves ligand triplet states. The sensitization efficiency of the antenna quinolinolato ligand toward Yb(3+) is estimated to be as high as ~80%. The Yb natural radiative lifetime observed for 1 in MeCN-EtOH solution (τ(rad) = 438 μs) is the shortest reported so far for ytterbium complexes.

  6. A disposable amperometric immunosensor for chlorpyrifos-methyl based on immunogen/platinum doped silica sol-gel film modified screen-printed carbon electrode.

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    Wei, Wei; Zong, Xiaomin; Wang, Xuan; Yin, Lihong; Pu, Yuepu; Liu, Songqin

    2012-12-01

    A disposable amperometric immunosensor for sensitive detection of chlorpyrifos-methyl (CM) has been developed by combining dual signal amplification of platinum colloid with an enzymatic catalytic reaction. The immunosensor was fabricated by modification of the screen-printed carbon electrodes (SPCE) with nanocomposites made by skillful doping of bovine serum albumin conjugated chlorpyrifos-methyl antigen (BSA-Ag) and platinum colloid into silica sol-gel. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and electrochemical measurements showed that platinum colloid domains in the nanocomposite material could enhance electron transfer and change the brittleness of the silica sol-gel. The immobilisation of BSA-Ag on the nanocomposite retained its immunoactivities, which allowed the immobilised BSA-Ag to effectively capture unbound Ab-HRP in the detection solution. A linear response to CM concentration was exhibited, ranging from 0.4 to 20ng/mL. Detection of CM with the presented method in soil or grape samples treated with CM matched the reference values well, which indicated that the proposed disposable immunosensor hold promising applications in environmental and food monitoring.

  7. Preparation of xylenol orange functionalized silica gel as a selective solid phase extractor and its application for preconcentration--separation of mercury from waters.

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    Fan, Jing; Wu, Chunlai; Wei, Yafang; Peng, Chuanyun; Peng, Pingan

    2007-06-25

    A new selective solid phase extractor was prepared from silica gel modified with xylenol orange (SGMXO). The solid phase extractor is stable in 6molL(-1) HCl, common organic solvents, and pH 1.0-9.0 buffer solutions. In the batch experiments, Hg(II) can be adsorbed on SGMXO at pH 1.0 with 90.0% retention, whereas the retention of other common coexisting metal ions such as Cd(II), Pb(II), Cu(II), Ni(II), Co(II), Mn(II), Zn(II), and Fe(III) is less than 4.1%.. The adsorption equilibration for Hg(II) was achieved within 3min. At optimum conditions, the adsorption capacity of the extractor is 18.26micromolg(-1) of dry modified silica gel, and the preconcentration factor is as high as 333. The recovery is still higher than 95% for the preconcentration of 10ngmL(-1) Hg(II). The new solid phase extractor has been used for the preconcentration of low level of Hg(II) in surface water, tap water in chemistry laboratory and student's dormitory and a simulated sea water samples, recoveries of 98.2-100.6% were obtained. It is showed that low level of Hg(II) can be effectively preconcentrated by this new selective solid phase extractor.

  8. F/Yb-codoped sol-gel silica glasses: toward tailoring the refractive index for the achievement of high-power fiber lasers.

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    El Hamzaoui, Hicham; Bouwmans, Geraud; Cassez, Andy; Bigot, Laurent; Capoen, Bruno; Bouazaoui, Mohamed; Vanvincq, Olivier; Douay, Marc

    2017-04-01

    Accurate control of both the doping distribution inside the fiber core and the low refractive index contrast between the fiber core and cladding materials is essential for the development of high-power fiber lasers based on the use of single-mode large-mode-area (LMA) optical fibers. Herein, sol-gel monolithic F/Yb3+-codoped silica glasses were prepared from porous large silica xerogels doped with ytterbium salt solution, which had been subjected to fluorination with hexafluoroethane gas, before subsequent sintering. The fluorine content inside the doped glass has been varied by adjusting the fluorination duration. The space homogeneity of fluorine and ytterbium concentrations in the cylindrical preforms has been checked by chemical analysis and Raman spectroscopy. Moreover, the glass with the lowest fluorine content has been successfully integrated as a core material in a microstructured optical fiber made using the stack-and-draw method. This fiber was tested in an all-fiber cavity laser architecture to evaluate potential lasing performances of the F/Yb3+-codoped silica glass. It presents a maximum efficiency of 70.4%, achieved at 1031 nm from a 1.16 m length fiber. These results confirm the potentialities of the obtained F/Yb3+-codoped glasses for the fabrication of LMA optical fiber lasers.

  9. Thioglycolic acid grafted onto silica gel and its properties in relation to extracting cations from ethanolic solution determined by calorimetric technique.

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    Arakaki, Luiza N H; Espínola, José G P; da Fonseca, Maria G; de Oliveira, Severino F; de Sousa, Antonio N; Arakaki, Tomaz; Airoldi, Claudio

    2004-05-01

    Thioglycolic acid was immobilized onto silica gel surface using 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane as precursor silylating agent to yield silica. The amount of thioglycolic acid immobilized was 1.03 mmol per gram of silica. This new surface displayed a chelating moiety containing nitrogen, sulfur, and oxygen basic centers which are potentially capable of extracting cations from ethanolic solution, such as MCl3 ( M=Fe, Cr, and Mo). This process of extraction was carried out by the batch method when similar chemisorption isotherms were observed for all cations. The data were adjusted to a modified Langmuir equation. The sequence of the maximum retention capacity was Cr(III) > Mo(III) > Fe(III). The same adsorption was determined by calorimetric titration and the enthalpic values of -35.75 +/- 0.02, 32.90 +/- 0.15, and -84.08 +/- 0.12 kJmol(-1) for chromium, molybdenum, and iron, respectively, were obtained. From the calculated Gibbs free energy -23.4 +/- 0.2, -27.2 +/- 0.2, and -32.7 +/- 0.3 kJmol(-1), the variations in entropy obtained were 42 +/- 1, 201 +/- 1, 172 +/- 1 JK(-1)mol(-1) for the same sequence. All thermodynamic values are in agreement with the spontaneity of the proposed cation-basic center interactions for these chelating processes.

  10. Evolution of the nonionic inverse microemulsion-acid-TEOS system during the synthesis of nanosized silica via the sol-gel process.

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    Asaro, F; Benedetti, A; Freris, I; Riello, P; Savko, N

    2010-08-03

    The cyclohexane-igepal inverse microemulsion, comprehensively established for the synthesis of silica nanoparticles in an ammonia-catalyzed sol-gel process, was alternatively studied with an acid-catalyzed sol-gel process. Tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) was used as the silica precursor, while two different aqueous phases containing either HNO(3) or HCl at two different concentrations, 0.1 and 0.05 M, were examined in the presence and in the absence of NaF, a catalyst of the condensation step. The evolution of the overall reacting system, specifically hydrolysis and polycondensation of reaction intermediates, was monitored in situ by time-resolved small-angle X-ray scattering. No size variation of the inverse micelles was detected throughout the sol-gel process. Conversely, the density of the micellar core increased after a certain time interval, indicating the presence of the polycondensation product. The IR spectra of the reacting mixture were in agreement with such a hypothesis. (1)H and (13)C NMR measurements provided information on the soluble species, the surfactant, and TEOS. The TEOS consumption was well fitted by means of an exponential decay, suggesting that a first-order kinetics for TEOS transpires in the various systems examined, with rate constants dependent not only on the acid concentration but also on its nature (anion specific effect), on the presence of NaF, and on the amount of water in the core of the inverse micelle. The self-diffusion coefficients, determined by means of PGSTE NMR, proved that a sizable amount of the byproduct ethanol was partitioned inside the inverse micelles. Characterization of the final product was carried out by means of thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which concurrently confirmed that the silica isolated from the inverse nonionic microemulsion is not significantly different from the product of a bulk acid-catalyzed sol-gel synthesis

  11. Simultaneous immunoblotting analysis with activity gel electrophoresis and 2-D gel electrophoresis.

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    Lee, Der-Yen; Chang, Geen-Dong

    2015-01-01

    Diffusion blotting method can couple immunoblotting analysis with another biochemical technique in a single polyacrylamide gel, however, with lower transfer efficiency as compared to the conventional electroblotting method. Thus, with diffusion blotting, protein blots can be obtained from an SDS polyacrylamide gel for zymography assay, from a native polyacrylamide gel for electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA) or from a 2-D polyacrylamide gel for large-scale screening and identification of a protein marker. Thereafter, a particular signal in zymography, electrophoretic mobility shift assay, and 2-dimensional gel can be confirmed or identified by simultaneous immunoblotting analysis with a corresponding antiserum. These advantages make diffusion blotting desirable when partial loss of transfer efficiency can be tolerated or be compensated by a more sensitive immunodetection reaction using enhanced chemiluminescence detection.

  12. Nonaqueous sol-gel chemistry applied to atomic layer deposition: tuning of photonic band gap properties of silica opals.

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    Marichy, Catherine; Dechézelles, Jean-Francois; Willinger, Marc-Georg; Pinna, Nicola; Ravaine, Serge; Vallée, Renaud

    2010-05-01

    Combining both electromagnetic simulations and experiments, it is shown that the photonic pseudo band gap (PPBG) exhibited by a silica opal can be fully controlled by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) of titania into the pores of the silica spheres constituting the opal. Different types of opals were assembled by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique: homogeneous closed packed structures set up of, respectively, 260 and 285 nm silica spheres, as well as opal heterostructures consisting of a monolayer of 430 nm silica spheres embedded within 10 layers of 280 nm silica spheres. For the stepwise infiltration of the opals with titania, titanium isopropoxide and acetic acid were used as metal and oxygen sources, in accordance with a recently published non-aqueous approach to ALD. A shift of the direct PPBG, its disappearance, and the subsequent appearance and shifting of the inverse PPBG are observed as the opal is progressively filled. The close agreement between simulated and experimental results is striking, and promising in terms of predicting the properties of advanced photonic materials. Moreover, this work demonstrates that the ALD process is rather robust and can be applied to the coating of complex nanostructures.

  13. Antiinflammatory activity of extracts from Aloe vera gel.

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    Vázquez, B; Avila, G; Segura, D; Escalante, B

    1996-12-01

    We studied the effects of aqueous, chloroform, and ethanol extracts of Aloe vera gel on carrageenan-induced edema in the rat paw, and neutrophil migration into the peritoneal cavity stimulated by carrageenan. We also studied the capacity of the aqueous extract to inhibit cyclooxygenase activity. The aqueous and chloroform extracts decreased the edema induced in the hind-paw and the number of neutrophils migrating into the peritoneal cavity, whereas the ethanol extract only decreased the number of neutrophils. The antiinflammatory agents indomethacin and dexamethasone also decreased carrageenan-induced edema and neutrophil migration. The aqueous extract inhibited prostaglandin E2 production from [14C]arachidonic acid. The chemical tests performed in the aqueous extract for anthraglycosides, reductor sugars and cardiotonic glycosides were positive. In the ethanol extract, the chemical tests performed for saponins, carbohydrates naftoquinones, sterols, triterpenoids and anthraquinones were also positive. In the chloroform extract, the chemical tests performed for sterols type delta 5, and anthraquinones were positive. These results demonstrated that the extracts of Aloe vera gel have antiinflammatory activity and suggested its inhibitory action on the arachidonic acid pathway via cyclooxygenase.

  14. Injectable silica-permanganate gel as a slow-release MnO4(-) source for groundwater remediation: rheological properties and release dynamics.

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    Yang, S; Oostrom, M; Truex, M J; Li, G; Zhong, L

    2016-02-01

    Injectable slow-release permanganate gels (ISRPGs), formed by mixing aqueous KMnO4 solution with fumed silica powders, may have potential applications in remediating chlorinated solvent plumes in groundwater. A series of batch, column, and two-dimensional (2-D) flow cell experiments has been completed to characterize the ISRPG and study the release of permanganate (MnO4(-)) under a variety of conditions. The experiments have provided information on ISRPG rheology, MnO4(-) release dynamics and distribution in porous media, and trichloroethene (TCE) destruction by the ISRPG-released oxidant. The gel possesses shear thinning characteristics, resulting in a relatively low viscosity during mixing, and facilitating subsurface injection and distribution. Batch tests clearly showed that MnO4(-) diffused out from the ISRPG into water. During this process, the gel did not dissolve or disperse into water, but rather maintained its initial shape. Column experiments demonstrated that MnO4(-) release from the ISRPG lasted considerably longer than that from an aqueous solution. In addition, due to the longer release duration, TCE destruction by ISRPG-released MnO4(-) was considerably more effective than that when MnO4(-) was delivered using aqueous solution injection. In the 2-D flow cell experiments, it was demonstrated that ISRPGs released a long-lasting, low-concentration MnO4(-) plume potentially sufficient for sustainable remediation in aquifers.

  15. Pharmacodynamic activity of Dapivirine and Maraviroc single entity and combination topical gels for HIV-1 prevention

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    Dezzutti, Charlene S.; Yandura, Sarah; Wang, Lin; Moncla, Bernard; Teeple, Elizabeth A.; Devlin, Brid; Nuttall, Jeremy; Brown, Elizabeth R.; Rohan, Lisa C.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Dapivirine (DPV), a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, and maraviroc (MVC), a CCR5 antagonist, were formulated into aqueous gels designed to prevent mucosal HIV transmission. Methods 0.05% DPV, 0.1% MVC, 0.05% DPV/0.1% MVC and placebo gels were evaluated for pH, viscosity, osmolality, and in vitro release. In vitro assays and mucosal tissues were used to evaluate anti-HIV activity. Viability (Lactobacilli only) and epithelial integrity in cell lines and mucosal tissues defined safety. Results The gels were acidic and viscous. DPV gel had an osmolality of 893 mOsm/kg while the other gels had an osmolality of <100 mOsm/kg. MVC release was similar from the single and combination gels (~5 μg/cm2/min1/2), while DPV release was 10-fold less from the single as compared to the combination gel (0.4331 μg/cm2/min1/2). Titrations of the gels showed 10-fold more drug was needed to protect ectocervical than colonic tissue. The combination gel showed ~10- and 100-fold improved activity as compared to DPV and MVC gel, respectively. All gels were safe. Conclusions The DPV/MVC gel showed a benefit blocking HIV infection of mucosal tissue compared to the single entity gels. Combination products with drugs affecting unique steps in the viral replication cycle would be advantageous for HIV prevention. PMID:26078001

  16. Synthesis, characterization and catalytic activity of carbon-silica hybrid catalyst from rice straw

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    Janaun, J.; Safie, N. N.; Siambun, N. J.

    2016-07-01

    The hybrid-carbon catalyst has been studied because of its promising potential to have high porosity and surface area to be used in biodiesel production. Silica has been used as the support to produce hybrid carbon catalyst due to its mesoporous structure and high surface area properties. The chemical synthesis of silica-carbon hybrid is expensive and involves more complicated preparation steps. The presence of natural silica in rice plants especially rice husk has received much attention in research because of the potential as a source for solid acid catalyst synthesis. But study on rice straw, which is available abundantly as agricultural waste is limited. In this study, rice straw undergone pyrolysis and functionalized using fuming sulphuric acid to anchor -SO3H groups. The presence of silica and the physiochemical properties of the catalyst produced were studied before and after sulphonation. The catalytic activity of hybrid carbon silica acid catalyst, (H-CSAC) in esterification of oleic acid with methanol was also studied. The results showed the presence of silica-carbon which had amorphous structure and highly porous. The carbon surface consisted of higher silica composition, had lower S element detected as compared to the surface that had high carbon content but lower silica composition. This was likely due to the fact that Si element which was bonded to oxygen was highly stable and unlikely to break the bond and react with -SO3H ions. H-CSAC conversions were 23.04 %, 35.52 % and 34.2 7% at 333.15 K, 343.15 K and 353.15 K, respectively. From this research, rice straw can be used as carbon precursor to produce hybrid carbon-silica catalyst and has shown catalytic activity in biodiesel production. Rate equation obtained is also presented.

  17. Click on silica: systematic immobilization of Co(II) Schiff bases to the mesoporous silica via click reaction and their catalytic activity for aerobic oxidation of alcohols.

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    Rana, Bharat S; Jain, Suman L; Singh, Bhawan; Bhaumik, Asim; Sain, Bir; Sinha, Anil K

    2010-09-07

    The systematic immobilization of cobalt(II) Schiff base complexes on SBA-15 mesoporous silica via copper catalyzed [3 + 2] azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) "click reaction" involving either step-wise synthesis of silica-bound Schiff base ligand followed by its subsequent complexation with cobalt ions, or by the direct immobilization of preformed Co(II) Schiff base complex to the silica support is described. The catalytic activity of the prepared complexes was studied for the oxidation of alcohols to carbonyl compounds using molecular oxygen as oxidant. The immobilized complexes were recycled for several runs without loss in catalytic activity and no leaching was observed during this course.

  18. Enhanced antibacterial activity of silver/polyrhodanine-composite-decorated silica nanoparticles.

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    Song, Jooyoung; Kim, Hyunyoung; Jang, Yoonsun; Jang, Jyongsik

    2013-11-27

    This work describes the synthesis of silver/polyrhodanine-composite-decorated silica nanoparticles and their antibacterial activity. Polymerization of polyrhodanine proceeded preferentially on the surface of the silica nanoparticles where Ag(+) ions were located. In addition, the embedded Ag(+) ions were reduced to form metallic Ag nanoparticles; consequently, silver/polyrhodanine-composite nanoparticles (approximately 7 nm in diameter) were formed on the surface of the silica nanoparticles. The resulting nanostructure was investigated using electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The silver/polyrhodanine-nanocomposite-decorated silica nanoparticles exhibited excellent antimicrobial activity toward gram-negative Escherichia coli and gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus because of the antibacterial effects of the silver nanoparticles and the polyrhodanine. The silver/polyrhodanine-composite nanoparticles may therefore have potential for use as a long-term antibacterial agent.

  19. Mesoporous CLEAs-silica composite microparticles with high activity and enhanced stability

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    Cui, Jiandong; Jia, Shiru; Liang, Longhao; Zhao, Yamin; Feng, Yuxiao

    2015-01-01

    A novel enzyme immobilization approach was used to generate mesoporous enzymes-silica composite microparticles by co-entrapping gelatinized starch and cross-linked phenylalanine ammonia lyase (PAL) aggregates (CLEAs) containing gelatinized starch into biomemitic silica and subsequently removing the starch by α-amylase treatment. During the preparation process, the gelatinzed starch served as a pore-forming agent to create pores in CLEAs and biomimetic silica. The resulting mesoporous CLEAs-silica composite microparticles exhibited higher activity and stability than native PAL, conventional CLEAs, and PAL encapsulated in biomimetic silica. Furthermore, the mesoporous CLEAs-silica composite microparticles displayed good reusability due to its suitable size and mechanical properties, and had excellent stability for storage. The superior catalytic performances were attributed to the combinational unique structure from the intra-cross-linking among enzyme aggregates and hard mesoporous silica shell, which not only decreased the enzyme-support negative interaction and mass-transfer limitations, but also improved the mechanical properties and monodispersity. This approach will be highly beneficial for preparing various bioactive mesoporous composites with excellent catalytic performance. PMID:26374188

  20. SBA-15 Mesoporous Silica Modified with Gallic Acid and Evaluation of Its Cytotoxic Activity

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    Lewandowski, Dawid

    2015-01-01

    Gallic acid has been covalently conjugated to SBA-15 mesoporous silica surface through different linkers. Cytotoxic activity of the hybrid organic-inorganic systems against HeLa and KB cell lines has been analyzed. Up to 67% of HeLa or KB tumor cells growth inhibition has been achieved at low silica concentration used (10 μg mL-1). PMID:26151908

  1. Mineralogical characteristics of the silica polymorphs in relation to their biological activities

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    Guthrie, G.D. Jr.; Heaney, P.J.

    1993-10-01

    Numerous aspects of minerals (including the silica polymorphs) can effect their biological activities. These include periodic structures, compositional variations, dissolution characteristics, surface properties, and particle size/shape. In order to understand mineral-induced pathogenesis in a mechanistic way, the links between these properties and biochemical processes must be elucidated. This paper presents some of the basic properties of the silica polymorphs that may relate to pathogenicity and mineralogical strategies for designing biological assays to evaluate these properties.

  2. Active gels: dynamics of patterning and self-organization

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    Backouche, F.; Haviv, L.; Groswasser, D.; Bernheim-Groswasser, A.

    2006-12-01

    The actin cytoskeleton is an active gel which constantly remodels during cellular processes such as motility and division. Myosin II molecular motors are involved in this active remodeling process and therefore control the dynamic self-organization of cytoskeletal structures. Due to the complexity of in vivo systems, it is hard to investigate the role of myosin II in the reorganization process which determines the resulting cytoskeletal structures. Here we use an in vitro model system to show that myosin II actively reorganizes actin into a variety of mesoscopic patterns, but only in the presence of bundling proteins. We find that the nature of the reorganization process is complex, exhibiting patterns and dynamical phenomena not predicted by current theoretical models and not observed in corresponding passive systems (excluding motors). This system generates active networks, asters and even rings depending on motor and bundling protein concentrations. Furthermore, the motors generate the formation of the patterns, but above a critical concentration they can also disassemble them and even totally prevent the polymerization and bundling of actin filaments. These results may suggest that tuning the assembly and disassembly of cytoskeletal structures can be obtained by tuning the local myosin II concentration/activity.

  3. Photocatalytic activity of erbium-doped TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles immobilized in macro-porous silica films

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    Castaneda-Contreras, J.; Maranon-Ruiz, V.F.; Chiu-Zarate, R.; Perez-Ladron de Guevara, H.; Rodriguez, R.; Michel-Uribe, C.

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Erbium-doped TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles were immobilized on macro-porous silica films. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The films were obtained by a phase separation process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The samples exhibited photo-catalytic activity under visible light. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The sensitization of TiO{sub 2} was attributed to a red shift in the TiO{sub 2} band-gap. -- Abstract: A macro-porous silica film served as mechanical support to immobilize TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles, which were doped with erbium. The films and the nanoparticles were prepared by sol-gel route. The nanoparticles exhibited photocatalytic activity under visible light. We obtained a degradation rate of methylene blue that followed first order kinetics. The sensitization of the nanoparticles to visible light was attributed to a red shift in the band-gap of the TiO{sub 2} due to the addition of erbium ions.

  4. A mechanism for cell motility by active polar gels

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    Marth, W.; Praetorius, S.; Voigt, A.

    2015-01-01

    We analyse a generic motility model, with the motility mechanism arising by contractile stress due to the interaction of myosin and actin. A hydrodynamic active polar gel theory is used to model the cytoplasm of a cell and is combined with a Helfrich-type model to account for membrane properties. The overall model allows consideration of the motility without the necessity for local adhesion. Besides a detailed numerical approach together with convergence studies for the highly nonlinear free boundary problem, we also compare the induced flow field of the motile cell with that of classical squirmer models and identify the motile cell as a puller or pusher, depending on the strength of the myosin–actin interactions. PMID:25926698

  5. Adsorption of simazine on zeolite H-Y and sol-gel technique manufactured porous silica: A comparative study in model and natural waters.

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    Sannino, Filomena; Marocco, Antonello; Garrone, Edoardo; Esposito, Serena; Pansini, Michele

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we studied the removal of simazine from both a model and well water by adsorption on two different adsorbents: zeolite H-Y and a porous silica made in the laboratory by using the sol-gel technique. The pH dependence of the adsorption process and the isotherms and pseudo-isotherms of adsorption were studied. Moreover, an iterative process of simazine removal from both the model and well water, which allowed us to bring the residual simazine concentration below the maximum concentration (0.05 mg L(-1)) of agrochemicals in wastewater to be released in surface waters or in sink allowed by Italian laws, was proposed. The results obtained were very interesting and the conclusions drawn from them partly differed from what could reasonably be expected.

  6. Effect of sintering temperature on mechanical behaviour and bioactivity of sol-gel synthesized bioglass-ceramics using rice husk ash as a silica source

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    Nayak, J. P.; Bera, J.

    2010-11-01

    Bioglass-ceramics with SiO2-Na2O-CaO composition was prepared by sol-gel method using rice husk ash as a silica source. Material was sintered at different temperatures ranging from 900 to 1050 °C for 2 h. Phase-formation behaviour, densification characteristics, and mechanical strength of glass-ceramics were investigated. The material sintered at 1000 °C showed a good mechanical strength. Mechanical properties were correlated with microstructural features. Both in vitro bioactivity and biodegradability of sintered material were investigated by incubating in simulated body fluid and Tris buffer solution, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction were used to investigate the surface deposition during body fluid incubation. Both bioactivity and degradability decreased with increase in sintering temperature.

  7. Annealing behavior of silver, copper, and silver-copper nanoclusters in a silica matrix synthesized by the sol-gel technique

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    De, G.; Gusso, M.; Tapfer, L.; Catalano, M.; Gonella, F.; Mattei, G.; Mazzoldi, P.; Battaglin, G.

    1996-12-01

    Silver, copper, and mixed silver-copper nanocluster-doped silica thin layers were prepared by the sol-gel process. Samples were heat treated in different annealing atmospheres (air, argon, or 5%H2-95%N2) in the temperature range 500-1100 °C. Specimens were characterized by optical absorption spectroscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, x-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Cluster growth and dissolution, as well as migration of metal atoms towards the sample surface, with a subsequent evaporation, were observed to occur at temperatures that depend on the annealing atmosphere. In the mixed silver-copper system, the formation of Ag-Cu phase-separated clusters was observed.

  8. Topical anti-inflammatory activity of pinda thailam, a herbal gel formulation.

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    Periyanayagam, K; Venkatarathnakumar, T; Nagaveni, A; Subitha, V G; Sundari, P; Vaijorohini, M; Umamaheswari, V

    2004-07-01

    The present study aims to evaluate the topical anti-inflammatory activity of "Pinda thailam", a herbal gel formulation containing aqueous extract of roots of Rubia cordifolia (Rubiaceae) and Hemidesmus indicus (Asclepiadaceae) which are known for their anti-inflammatory activity using the technique of carrageenin induced paw oedema in albino rats. The herbal gel formulation showed significant anti-inflammatory activity comparable to the reference standard Diclofenac sodium gel.

  9. Interference sources in ATP bioluminescence assay of silica nanoparticle toxicity to activated sludge.

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    Sibag, Mark; Kim, Seung Hwan; Kim, Choah; Kim, Hee Jun; Cho, Jinwoo

    2015-06-01

    ATP measurement provides an overview of the general state of microbial activity, and thus it has proven useful for the evaluation of nanoparticle toxicity in activated sludge. ATP bioluminescence assay, however, is susceptible to interference by the components of activated sludge other than biomass. This paper presents the interference identified specific to the use of this assay after activated sludge respiration inhibition test of silica nanoparticles (OECD 209). We observed a high degree of interference (90%) in the presence of 100 mg/L silica nanoparticles and a low level of ATP being measured (0.01 μM); and 30% interference by the synthetic medium regardless of silica nanoparticle concentration and ATP level in the samples. ATP measurement in activated sludge with different MLSS concentrations revealed interference of high biomass content. In conclusion, silica nanoparticles, synthetic medium and activated sludge samples themselves interfere with ATP bioluminescence; this will need to be considered in the evaluation of silica nanoparticle toxicity to activated sludge when this type of assay is used.

  10. Preparation and characterization of multi-carboxyl-functionalized silica gel for removal of Cu (II), Cd (II), Ni (II) and Zn (II) from aqueous solution

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    Li, Min; Li, Ming-yu; Feng, Chang-gen; Zeng, Qing-xuan

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, the multi-carboxyl-functionalized silica gel was prepared by surface grafting method and applied for the removal of Cu (II), Cd (II), Ni (II) and Zn (II) from aqueous solution. The adsorbent was characterized by FT-IR, thermogravimetry, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area measurement and elemental analysis, and it proved that the organic functional group, carboxyl group, was grafted successfully onto the silica gel surface. The effect of solution pH on removal efficiencies of Cu (II), Cd (II), Ni (II) and Zn (II) was investigated and it was found that with the exception of Zn (II), the removal efficiencies of the rest of metal ions increased with the increasing of pH in the solution, the maximum removal efficiency occurred at pH 6.0, whereas the maximum removal efficiency for Zn (II) was found to be at pH 7.0. Adsorption equilibrium data were well fitted to Langmuir than Freundlich isotherm model and the maximum adsorption capacity for Cu (II), Cd (II), Ni (II) and Zn (II) was 47.07, 41.48, 30.80 and 39.96 mg/g, respectively. Competitive adsorption experiments demonstrated that the adsorbent material had excellent adsorption amount and high affinity for the Cu (II) in the binary systems. In addition, the column experiments were used to investigate stability and reusability of the adsorbent, the dynamic adsorption performance, and desorption of metal ions absorbed from the adsorbent. The results confirmed that the adsorbent presents good dynamic adsorption performance for Cu (II), Cd (II), Ni (II) and Zn (II) and these metal ions adsorbed were easy to be desorbed from the adsorbent. The adsorption capacities of metal ions did not present an obvious decrease after five cycles of adsorption-desorption.

  11. Syntheses, characterization and adsorption properties for Pb2+ of silica-gel functionalized by dendrimer-like polyamidoamine and 5-sulfosalicylic acid

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    Wu, Xiongzhi; Luo, Liangliang; Chen, Ziyan; Liang, Kailing

    2016-02-01

    Silica-gel adsorbents PAMAM-n.0SSASG (n = 1-4) with dendrimer-like polyamidoamine (PAMAM) and 5-sulfosalicylic acid as functional groups were prepared and characterized with FTIR, SEM, TG, elemental analysis and porous structure analysis. Micro-column enrichment and measurement of Pb2+ with graphite furnace atomic absorption spectroscopy (GFAAS) was studied with PAMAM-n.0SSASG (n = 1-4) as adsorbent. It was emphasized to investigate the relationship between dynamic adsorption/desorption rates, adsorption capacities, and grafting percentage of PAMAM onto silica-gel surface. Experiments showed that the generation increase of grafted PAMAM changed the pore diameter distribution of adsorbent and obviously improved adsorption/desorption property for Pb2+. Adsorption capacity of PAMAM-n.0SSASG (n = 1-4) was 14.04, 17.43, 20.07 and 25.05 mg g-1 for Pb2+ respectively. An enrichment factor of 200 was obtained with PAMAM-4.0SSASG as adsorbent and with 2000 mL Pb2+ solution (1.0 ng mL-1). The priority of adsorption property of PAMAM-4.0SSASG was explained by steric hindrance effect of PAMAM on adsorption/desorption, and selective adsorption of 5-sulfosalicylic acid with Pb2+. With PAMAM-4.0SSASG as adsorbent, GFAAS method for analysis of Pb2+ combined with micro-column enrichment was proposed and applied to the determination of Pb2+ of standard reference sample and sea water sample.

  12. A hybrid enrichment process combining conjugated polymer extraction and silica gel adsorption for high purity semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT)

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    Ding, Jianfu; Li, Zhao; Lefebvre, Jacques; Cheng, Fuyong; Dunford, Jeffrey L.; Malenfant, Patrick R. L.; Humes, Jefford; Kroeger, Jens

    2015-09-01

    A novel purification process for the enrichment of sc-SWCNTs that combines selective conjugated polymer extraction (CPE) with selective adsorption using silica gel, termed hybrid-CPE (h-CPE), has been developed, providing a high purity sc-SWCNT material with a significant improvement in process efficiency and yield. Using the h-CPE protocol, a greater than 5 fold improvement in yield can be obtained compared to traditional CPE while obtaining sc-SWCNT with a purity >99.9% as assessed by absorption spectroscopy and Raman mapping. Thin film transistor devices using the h-CPE derived sc-SWCNTs as the semiconductor possess mobility values ranging from 10-30 cm2 V-1 s-1 and current ON/OFF ratio of 104-105 for channel lengths between 2.5 and 20 μm.A novel purification process for the enrichment of sc-SWCNTs that combines selective conjugated polymer extraction (CPE) with selective adsorption using silica gel, termed hybrid-CPE (h-CPE), has been developed, providing a high purity sc-SWCNT material with a significant improvement in process efficiency and yield. Using the h-CPE protocol, a greater than 5 fold improvement in yield can be obtained compared to traditional CPE while obtaining sc-SWCNT with a purity >99.9% as assessed by absorption spectroscopy and Raman mapping. Thin film transistor devices using the h-CPE derived sc-SWCNTs as the semiconductor possess mobility values ranging from 10-30 cm2 V-1 s-1 and current ON/OFF ratio of 104-105 for channel lengths between 2.5 and 20 μm. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04851f

  13. Application of graphene nanoplatelets silica composite, prepared by sol-gel technology, as a novel sorbent in two microextraction techniques.

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    Heidari, Mahmoud; Bahrami, Abdolrahman; Ghiasvand, Ali Reza; Shahna, Farshid Ghorbani; Soltanian, Ali Reza; Rafieiemam, Maryam

    2015-12-01

    In this study, the application of a novel nanomaterial composite was investigated in two microextraction techniques of solid-phase microextraction and a needle trap device in a variety of sampling conditions. The optimum sampling temperature and relative humidity were 10°C and 20%, respectively, for both techniques with two sorbents of graphene/silica composite and polydimethyl siloxane. The two microextraction techniques with the proposed sorbent showed recoveries of 95.2 and 94.6% after 7 days. For the needle trap device the optimums desorption time and temperature were 3 min at 290°C and for SPME these measures were 1 and 1.5 min at 240-250°C for the graphene/silica composite and polydimethyl siloxane, respectively. The relative standard division obtained in inter- and intra-day comparative studies were 3.3-14.3 and 5.1-25.4, respectively. For four sample the limit of detection was 0.021-0.25 ng/mL, and the limit of quantitation was 0.08-0.75 ng/mL. The results show that the graphene/silica composite is an appropriate extraction media for both techniques. Combining an appropriate sorbent with microextraction techniques, and using these in conjunction with a sensitive analytical instrument can introduce a strong method for sampling and analysis of occupational and environmental pollutants in air.

  14. Synthesis of magnetic FexOy@silica-pillared clay (SPC) composites via a novel sol-gel route for controlled drug release and targeting.

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    Mao, Huihui; Liu, Xiaoting; Yang, Jihe; Li, Baoshan; Yao, Chao; Kong, Yong

    2014-07-01

    Novel magnetic silica-pillared clay (SPC) materials with an ordered interlayered mesopore structure were synthesized via a two-step method including gallery molecular self-assembly and sol-gel magnetic functionalization, resulting in the formation of FexOy@SPC composites. Small-angle XRD, TEM and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms results show that these composites conserved a regular layered and ordered mesoporous structure after the formation of FexOy nanoparticles. Wide-angle XRD and XPS analyses confirmed that the FexOy generated in these mesoporous silica-pillared clay hosts is mainly composed of γ-Fe2O3. Magnetic measurements reveal that these composites with different γ-Fe2O3 loading amounts possess super-paramagnetic properties at 300K, and the saturation magnetization increases with increasing Fe ratio loaded. Compared to the pure SPC, the in vitro drug release rate of the FexOy@SPC composites was enhanced due to the fact that the intensities of the SiOH bands on the pore surface of SPC decrease after the generation of FexOy. However, under an external magnetic field of 0.15T, the drug release rate of the FexOy@SPC composites decreases dramatically owing to the aggregation of the magnetic FexOy@SPC particles triggered by non-contact magnetic force. The obtained FexOy@SPC composites imply the possibility of application in magnetic drug targeting.

  15. Physicochemical properties of silica gel coated with a thin layer of polyaniline (PANI) and its application in non-suppressed ion chromatography.

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    Sowa, Ireneusz; Kocjan, Ryszard; Wójciak-Kosior, Magdalena; Swieboda, Ryszard; Zajdel, Dominika; Hajnos, Mieczysław

    2013-10-15

    Physicochemical properties of a new sorbent and its potential application in non-suppressed ion chromatography (IC) have been investigated. The sorbent was obtained in a process of covering silica gel particles with a film of polyaniline (PANI). The properties of silica modified with polyaniline such as particle size, porosity, average quantity of polyaniline covering carrier and density of sorbent were determined. In our study the following methods were used: microscopic analysis, laser diffraction technique, combustion analysis, mercury porosimetry and helium pycnometry. Column with the newly obtained packing was used for the separation of inorganic anions. Optimized chromatographic system was successfully employed for analysis of iodide and bromide in selected pharmaceutical products (Bochnia salt and Iwonicz salt) applied in chronic respiratory disease. Analysis was carried out using 0.1M solution of HCl in mixture of methanol/water (50:50v/v) as a mobile phase; the flow rate was 0.3 mL min(-1), temperature was 24°C and λ=210 nm. Validation parameters such as correlation coefficient, RSD values, recovery, detection and quantification limits were found to be satisfactory.

  16. Dual mode signaling responses of a rhodamine based probe and its immobilization onto a silica gel surface for specific mercury ion detection.

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    Pal, Ajoy; Bag, Bamaprasad

    2015-09-14

    A 3-aminomethyl-(2-amino-1-pyridyl) coupled amino-ethyl-rhodamine-B based probe (2) exhibited simultaneous chromogenic and fluorogenic dual mode signaling responses in the presence of Hg(II) ions only among all the metal ions investigated in an organic aqueous medium. The spiro-cyclic rhodamine signaling subunit undergoes complexation induced structural transformation to result in absorption and fluorescence modulation. Its complexation induced signaling exhibited reversibility with various contrasting reagents having higher affinity towards Hg(II) ions, such as anions (AcO(-)) and competing chelating agents (En). It also exhibited Hg(II)-specific photophysical signaling responses when immobilized onto a silica gel surface attached through its amino-ethyl-receptor end, owing to its structure-conformational advantages for effective coordination. The surface modified silica appended with 2 (SiR-1), as evaluated through the FTIR spectral pattern, thermogravimetric analysis, FESEM images, elemental analysis, X-ray diffraction, surface area determination and particle size analysis, also exhibited reversible Hg(II)-specific signaling in its suspension state in an aqueous medium, enhancing the probe's utility for practical applications such as the detection, isolation and extraction of Hg(II) ions in the presence of other competitive metal ions.

  17. Silica-titania sol-gel hybrid materials: synthesis, characterization and potential application in solid phase extraction.

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    de Moraes, Sandra V M; Passos, Joana B; Schossler, Patricia; Caramão, Elina B; Moro, Celso C; Costa, Tania M H; Benvenutti, Edilson V

    2003-04-10

    The biphenilaminepropylsilica and biphenilaminepropylsilicatitania were synthesized by sol-gel method, in two steps: (a) biphenylamine reacts with chloropropyltrimethoxysilane and (b) the product of reaction was polycondensed with tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) or TEOS and titanium isopropoxide. The sol-gel materials were characterized using infrared spectroscopy and N(2) adsorption-desorption isotherms and they were employed as sorbents for carcinogenic N-containing compound retention, in aqueous solution, using the SPE technique. The N-containing compounds adsorption was influenced by the titania presence and the sorption process seems to happen in the pores with higher organic density.

  18. Functionalized mesoporous silica films as a matrix for anchoring electrochemically active guests.

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    Fattakhova Rohlfing, Dina; Rathouský, Jirí; Rohlfing, Yven; Bartels, Oliver; Wark, Michael

    2005-11-22

    Mesoporous silica thin films were shown to be an appropriate matrix for immobilization of discrete electroactive moieties, yielding uniform transparent thin film electrodes with defined texture and enhanced electrochemical activity. The mesoporous silica films prepared on conducting FTO-coated glass substrate were postsynthetically functionalized. Alkoxysilanes were used as precursors for subsequent grafting via ionic or covalent bonds of representative electroactive species, such as polyoxometalate PMo12O(40)3-, hexacyanoferrate(III), and ferrocene. The electrochemically active concentration within the silica-based composite electrodes achieves 90, 260, and 60 micromol cm(-3) for polyoxometalate, hexacyanoferrate(III), and ferrocene, respectively. The amount of molecules involved in the charge-transfer sequence is proportional to the film thickness and comparable to the total amount of embedded guests. Thus, eventually the whole bulk volume of the modified silica films is electrochemically accessible. Immobilization in the chemically modified silica matrix alters the redox potential of the electroactive molecules. Electron exchange between the adjacent redox centers (electron hopping) is proposed as a possible charge propagation pathway through the insulating silica matrix, which is supported by the fact that the high charge uptake is observed also for the hybrid electrodes with the covalently anchored redox guests.

  19. Determination of trace lead in water samples by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry after preconcentration with nanometer titanium dioxide immobilized on silica gel.

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    Liu, Rui; Liang, Pei

    2008-03-21

    Nanometer titanium dioxide immobilized on silica gel (immobilized nanometer TiO2) was prepared by sol-gel method and characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The adsorptive capability of immobilized nanometer TiO2 for lead was assessed in this work using column method. It was found that lead can be quantitatively retained by immobilized nanometer TiO2 in the pH range 4-7, then eluted completely with 1.0molL(-1) HCl. The adsorption capacity of immobilized nanometer TiO2 for Pb was found to be 3.16mgg(-1). A new method has been developed for the determination of trace lead based on preconcentration with a microcolumn packed with immobilized nanometer TiO2 prior to its determination by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS). The detection limit of this method for Pb was 9.5ngL(-1) with an enrichment factor of 50, and the relative standard deviations (R.S.D.s) was 3.2% at the 10ngmL(-1) Pb level. The method was validated using a certified reference material, and was applied for the determination of trace lead in water samples.

  20. Modification of the sensitivity and selectivity of thin porous layers coated by the sol-gel method on silica optical fibers to gases

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    Matejec, Vlastimil; Berkova, Daniela; Chomat, Miroslav; Kuncova, Gabriela

    1999-12-01

    It has been found that thin layers of aerogels applied by the sol-gel method on silica optical fibers change their optical properties due to the interaction with gases such as hydrocarbons. This paper deals with modification of the sensitivity and selectivity to vapors of hydrocarbons and chlorinated hydrocarbons of siloxane aerogel layers based on their doping with TiOTi chains and/or immobilizing in them Cu-ephedrine and Cu-phthalocyanine. The sensing fibers were prepared by the sol-gel application of porous siloxane and doped-siloxane layers on bare cores of PCS fibers. By using the excitation of the fiber with inclined laser beams it is experimentally shown that there are positive or negative changes of the output optical power from the fibers due to bringing the prepared layers into contact with vapors of aliphatic, aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons in nitrogen. These effects may be related to a difference between the refractive index of the layer and refractive index of liquid hydrocarbon or hydrocarbon its derivative. It is shown experimentally that doping porous siloxane layers with copper complexes changes their refractive index and optical losses changing thus their sensitivity and selectivity to hydrocarbons and hydrocarbon derivatives.

  1. Practical tethering of vitamin B1 on a silica surface via its phosphate group and evaluation of its activity.

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    Vartzouma, Ch; Louloudi, M; Butler, I S; Hadjiliadis, N

    2002-03-07

    A convenient immobilization of thiamine pyrophosphate molecules on a silica surface through the phosphate group is developed, leading to a very active heterogenized biocatalyst for pyruvate decarboxylation.

  2. Improved Mobility Control for Carbon Dioxide (CO{sub 2}) Enhanced Oil Recovery Using Silica-Polymer-Initiator (SPI) Gels

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    Oglesby, Kenneth

    2014-01-31

    SPI gels are multi-component silicate based gels for improving (areal and vertical) conformance in oilfield enhanced recovery operations, including water-floods and carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) floods, as well as other applications. SPI mixtures are like-water when pumped, but form light up to very thick, paste-like gels in contact with CO{sub 2}. When formed they are 3 to 10 times stronger than any gelled polyacrylamide gel now available, however, they are not as strong as cement or epoxy, allowing them to be washed / jetted out of the wellbore without drilling. This DOE funded project allowed 8 SPI field treatments to be performed in 6 wells (5 injection wells and 1 production well) in 2 different fields with different operators, in 2 different basins (Gulf Coast and Permian) and in 2 different rock types (sandstone and dolomite). Field A was in a central Mississippi sandstone that injected CO{sub 2} as an immiscible process. Field B was in the west Texas San Andres dolomite formation with a mature water-alternating-gas miscible CO{sub 2} flood. Field A treatments are now over 1 year old while Field B treatments have only 4 months data available under variable WAG conditions. Both fields had other operational events and well work occurring before/ during / after the treatments making definitive evaluation difficult. Laboratory static beaker and dynamic sand pack tests were performed with Ottawa sand and both fields’ core material, brines and crude oils to improve SPI chemistry, optimize SPI formulations, ensure SPI mix compatibility with field rocks and fluids, optimize SPI treatment field treatment volumes and methods, and ensure that strong gels set in the reservoir. Field quality control procedures were designed and utilized. Pre-treatment well (surface) injectivities ranged from 0.39 to 7.9 MMCF/psi. The SPI treatment volumes ranged from 20.7 cubic meters (m{sup 3}, 5460 gallons/ 130 bbls) to 691 m{sup 3} (182,658 gallons/ 4349 bbls). Various size and types

  3. Functionalisation of mesoporous silica gel with 2-[(phosphonomethyl)-amino]acetic acid functional groups. Characterisation and application

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    Caldarola, Dario; Mitev, Dimitar P.; Marlin, Lucile; Nesterenko, Ekaterina P.; Paull, Brett; Onida, Barbara; Bruzzoniti, Maria Concetta; Carlo, Rosa Maria De; Sarzanini, Corrado; Nesterenko, Pavel N.

    2014-01-01

    A new complexing adsorbent was prepared by chemical modification of mesoporous silica Kieselgel 60 (dp = 37-63 μm, average pore size 6 nm, specific surface area 425 m2 g-1) with 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane and 2-[(phosphonomethyl)amino]acetic acid (PMA), commonly known as glyphosate. The prepared adsorbent was fully characterised using elemental analysis, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), acid-base potentiometric titration, Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), nitrogen adsorption isotherms at 77 K (BET), scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS). The concentration of bonded PMA groups calculated from the nitrogen content was 0.38 mmol per gram. The adsorption of transition metal ions on PMA functionalised silica (HEPMAS) was studied from aqueous solutions having different pH and the following selectivity was established, Zn(II) < Co(II) < Cd(II) < Mn(II) < Ni(II) < Cu(II). The calculated values of distribution coefficients D for the adsorption of ecotoxic metal ions on HEPMAS are 5.0 × 104, 4.9 × 105 and 2.6 × 104 for Zn(II), Pb(II) and Cd(II), respectively.

  4. Simultaneous determination of silica and alumina in bulk bauxite samples by fast neutron activation

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    Borsaru, M.; Eisler, P.L.

    1981-10-01

    A prototype of a bulk bauxite analyzer based on fast neutron activation analysis has been developed for simultaneously determining the chemical concentrations of alumina and silica in both dried and undried bulk bauxite samples (about 3.5 kg). The determination of alumina is based on measuring the count rate in the 0.844 MeV ..gamma..-ray peak emitted by /sup 27/Mg formed in the activation of aluminum. The determination of silica is based on measuring the count rate in the 1.78 MeV ..gamma..-ray peak emitted by /sup 28/Al formed in the activation of silicon. The interference from alumina in the determination of silica was eliminated by measuring an additional parameter, the thermal neutrons underneath the bulk sample. The technique enables up to 10 analyses per hour with an accuracy (1 sigma) of 0.28% silica and 0.9% alumina. The samples analyzed contained 48 to 62% alumina and 2 to 11% silica. The tests indicated that the accuracy of analysis was similar for samples which had been oven-dried (0 to 5% free moisture) and samples which were taken from the benefication plant with free moisture varying in a narrow range (10 to 14% free moisture). The results also indicated that crushing and grinding of samples did not significantly improve the accuracy.

  5. Silica-Based Carbon Source Delivery for In-situ Bioremediation Enhancement

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    Zhong, L.; Lee, M. H.; Lee, B.; Yang, S.

    2015-12-01

    Colloidal silica aqueous suspensions undergo viscosity increasing and gelation over time under favorable geochemical conditions. This property of silica suspension can potentially be applied to deliver remedial amendments to the subsurface and establish slow release amendment sources for enhanced remediation. In this study, silica-based delivery of carbon sources for in-situ bioremediation enhancement is investigated. Sodium lactate, vegetable oil, ethanol, and molasses have been studied for the interaction with colloidal silica in aqueous suspensions. The rheological properties of the carbon source amendments and silica suspension have been investigated. The lactate-, ethanol-, and molasses-silica suspensions exhibited controllable viscosity increase and eventually became gels under favorable geochemical conditions. The gelation rate was a function of the concentration of silica, salinity, amendment, and temperature. The vegetable oil-silica suspensions increased viscosity immediately upon mixing, but did not perform gelation. The carbon source release rate from the lactate-, ethanol-, and molasses-silica gels was determined as a function of silica, salinity, amendment concentration. The microbial activity stimulation and in-situ bioremediation enhancement by the slow-released carbon from the amendment-silica gels will be demonstrated in future investigations planned in this study.

  6. Solid-state active media on the base of silica matrices doped with UV and visible laser dyes

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    Kuznetsova, R. T.; Manekina, Ju. A.; Telminov, E. N.; Mayer, G. V.; Arabei, S. M.; Pavich, T. A.; Solovyov, K. N.

    2007-06-01

    New results on the influence of the composition of a silica gel-matrix and the process of its production on the spectral, lasing and photochemical properties of embedded luminophores: rhodamine, phenalemine, oxazole, coumarine and other dyes series, which have lasing in the UV, blue-green and red spectral regions under excitation by poweful laser radiation of various wavelength (308 and 532 nm) and intensity (from 0,1 to 100 MW/cm2) have been obtained. The shortest-wavelength lasing is achieved for silica solid matrices with para-terphenyl (342 nm). Optimal conditions have been selected and the lasing of thin silica solid films doped with aminocoumarine (457 nm) with resource exceeding that in solutions has been obtained. It is established, that organic luminophores are fixed in nanodimensional pores of silica and hybrid matrices by specific interactions, that compete with the association of dyes.

  7. Biological activity of insulin in GMO gels and the effect of agitation.

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    Sadhale, Y; Shah, J C

    1999-11-25

    Glyceryl monooleate (GMO)-water cubic phase gel was previously shown to protect insulin from agitation induced aggregation. However, it is not known if insulin is biologically active in the gel and what effect agitation has on insulin in the gel. Therefore, the objective was to determine the stability of insulin in cubic phase gel in terms of its biological activity in a suitable animal model such as Sprague-Dawley rats. Effect of agitation on biological activity of insulin in cubic phase GMO gel was determined by subcutaneous injections of the agitated and non-agitated gels to two groups of previously fasted rats and measuring the effect on their blood glucose levels. Two groups of rats administered with agitated insulin solution and normal saline were used as controls. The biological activity of insulin was evaluated by comparing AAC (area above the blood glucose level-time curve, in %-h), C(max) (maximum % decrease in blood glucose levels) and t(max) (time required to attain C(max), in h) values for the four groups of rats. Since cubic phase gel is highly viscous, therapeutic equivalency of insulin in the lamellar phase gel, which converts in situ into cubic phase gel, was compared to insulin solution with normal saline as the control, using AAC, C(max) and t(max) of the blood glucose profile. Insulin was biologically active in both agitated and non-agitated gels; however, upon agitation, insulin in solution totally lost its hypoglycemic activity. Agitation of insulin in the cubic phase gel was seen to have very little deleterious effect on its biological activity. Insulin in the lamellar phase gel was not only biologically active but also therapeutically equivalent to insulin solution based on AAC (327.9+/-100.8 and 431.7+/-113.3), C(max) (57. 1+/-7.0 and 70.2+/-6.5) and t(max) (2.8+/-0.7 and 4.0+/-1.7) for the lamellar phase gel and insulin solution, respectively (no significant difference, P0.05). In summary, GMO cubic phase gel protected insulin from

  8. Sol-gel silica-based nanocomposites containing a high PEG amount: Chemical characterization and study of biological properties

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    Catauro, Michelina; Bollino, Flavia; Gloria, Antonio

    2016-05-01

    The objective of the present study was to synthesize and to characterize Silica/polyethylene glycol (SiO2/PEG) organic-inorganic hybrid materials containing a high polymer amount (60 and 70 wt%) for biomedical applications. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed that the samples are homogeneous on the nanometer scale, confirming that they are nanocomposites. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) proved that the materials are class I hybrids because the two phases (SiO2 and PEG) interact by hydrogen bonds. To evaluate the possibility of using them in the biomedical field, the bioactivity and biocompatibility of the synthesized hybrids have been ascertained. The formation of a hydroxyapatite layer was observed on the hybrid surface by SEM/EDX and FTIR after soaking in simulated body fluid (SBF). Moreover, their biocompatibility was assessed by performing WST-8 cytotoxicity assay in vitro.

  9. Hydrogen adsorption on two catalysts for the ortho- to parahydrogen conversion: Cr-doped silica and ferric oxide gel.

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    Hartl, Monika; Gillis, Robert Chad; Daemen, Luke; Olds, Daniel P; Page, Katherine; Carlson, Stefan; Cheng, Yongqiang; Hügle, Thomas; Iverson, Erik B; Ramirez-Cuesta, A J; Lee, Yongjoong; Muhrer, Günter

    2016-06-29

    Molecular hydrogen exists in two spin-rotation coupled states: parahydrogen and orthohydrogen. Due to the variation of energy with rotational level, the occupation of ortho- and parahydrogen states is temperature dependent, with parahydrogen being the dominant species at low temperatures. The equilibrium at 20 K (99.8% parahydrogen) can be reached by natural conversion only after a lengthy process. With the use of a suitable catalyst, this process can be shortened significantly. Two types of commercial catalysts currently being used for ortho- to parahydrogen conversion are: iron(iii) oxide (Fe2O3, IONEX®), and chromium(ii) oxide doped silica catalyst (CrO·SiO2, OXISORB®). We investigate the interaction of ortho- and parahydrogen with the surfaces of these ortho-para conversion catalysts using neutron vibrational spectroscopy. The catalytic surfaces have been characterized using X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) and X-ray/neutron pair distribution function measurements.

  10. Tetraazacalix[2]arene[2]triazine modified silica gel: a novel multi-interaction stationary phase for mixed-mode chromatography.

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    Zhao, Wenjie; Wang, Wenjing; Chang, Hong; Cui, Shiwei; Hu, Kai; He, Lijun; Lu, Kui; Liu, Jinxia; Wu, Yangjie; Qian, Jiang; Zhang, Shusheng

    2012-08-17

    A novel multi-interaction and mixed-mode stationary phase based on tetraazacalix[2]arene[2]triazine modified silica (NCS) was synthesized and characterized by infrared spectra, elemental analysis and thermogravimetric analysis. Mechanism involved in the chromatographic separation is the multi-interaction including hydrophobic, π-π, hydrogen-bonding, inclusion and anion-exchange interactions. Based on these interactions, successful separation could be achieved among polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, aromatic position isomers, organic bases and phenols in reversed-phase chromatography. Inorganic anions were also shown to be individually separated in anion-exchange chromatography by using the same column. Moreover, the results here also demonstrated that NCS based stationary phase could effectively reduce the adverse effect of residual silanol in the separation process. Such stationary phase with characteristics of multi-interaction mechanism and mixed-mode separation is potential for the analysis of complex samples.

  11. A sustainable route for the preparation of activated carbon and silica from rice husk ash.

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    Liu, Yan; Guo, Yupeng; Zhu, Yanchao; An, Dongmin; Gao, Wei; Wang, Zhuo; Ma, Yuejia; Wang, Zichen

    2011-02-28

    An environmentally friendly and economically effective process to produce silica and activated carbon form rice husk ask simultaneously has been developed in this study. An extraction yield of silica of 72-98% was obtained and the particle size was 40-50 nm. The microstructures of the as-obtained silica powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and infrared spectra (IR). The surface area, iodine number and capacitance value of activated carbon could achieve 570 m(2)/g, 1708 mg/g, 180 F/g, respectively. In the whole synthetic procedure, the wastewater and the carbon dioxide were collected and reutilized. The recovery rate of sodium carbonate was achieved 92.25%. The process is inexpensive, sustainable, environmentally friendly and suitable for large-scale production.

  12. Matrix effects on the photocatalytic oxidation of alcohols by [nBu4N]4W10O32 incorporated into sol-gel silica.

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    Molinari, Alessandra; Bratovcic, Amra; Magnacca, Giuliana; Maldotti, Andrea

    2010-09-07

    Two heterogeneous photocatalysts have been prepared by entrapment of [nBu(4)N](4)W(10)O(32) in a silica matrix, through a sol-gel procedure: SiO(2)/W30% and SiO(2)/W10% with 30% and 10% of decatungstate, respectively. They are characterized by the presence of micropores of about 7 A and 15 A and mesopores of about 25 A. Due to different preparation procedures, SiO(2)/W10% presents a more remarkable porous network than SiO(2)/W30%. The morphological features of SiO(2)/W30% and SiO(2)/W10% differ from those of their parent material SiO(2)/W0%, indicating that incorporation of the decatungstate induces a significant modification of the porous texture of the siliceous material. These photocatalysts demonstrate good stability in the oxygen-assisted photooxidation of 1-pentanol and 3-pentanol, which have been chosen as models of primary and secondary aliphatic alcohols. In particular, photoexcitation (lambda > 290 nm, 25 degrees C, 760 torr of O(2)) leads to conversion of these two substrates to pentanal or 3-pentanone, with a mass balance of about 90%. There is a strong effect of the solid support on the reactivity of the two alcoholic substrates. In particular, oxidation of 1-pentanol with SiO(2)/W10% is about four times faster than with [nBu(4)N](4)W(10)O(32) in homogeneous solution. Preferential adsorption phenomena, due to the hydrophilic character of silica explain the photocatalytic properties of the two heterogeneous systems, because adsorption favours the contact between the photoexcited decatungstate and the primary OH group of 1-pentanol. Moreover, some kind of shape selectivity, due to the microporous structure of the investigated materials, likely contributes to control the conversion yields.

  13. Sol-gel immobilization as a suitable technique for enhancement of α-amylase activity of Aspergillus oryzae PP.

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    Evstatieva, Yana; Yordanova, Mariya; Chernev, Georgi; Ruseva, Yanislava; Nikolova, Dilyana

    2014-07-04

    Bioencapsulation of microbial cells in silica-based matrices has proved to be a good strategy to enhance the biosynthetic capabilities and viability of bioproducers. In the present study, mycelium and pellet cultures of strain Aspergillus oryzae PP were successfully immobilized in sol-gel hybrid matrices composed of tetraethylorthosilicate as an inorganic precursor, 5% (w/v) starch and 10 or 15% (w/v) polyethylene oxide, or 10% (w/v) calcium alginate as organic compounds. Biosynthetic activity of immobilized cultures was investigated by batch and fed-batch cultivation and the obtained results of 3042.04 IU cm(-3) were comparable with the enzyme activity of the free cell culture. Immobilized cultures retained their viability and biosynthetic capabilities up to the 744th h during fed-batch fermentation processes. Consequently, sol-gel encapsulation in hybrid matrices could be considered as a promising technique for immobilization of Aspergillus oryzae PP in order to increase the α-amylase production.

  14. Sol–gel immobilization as a suitable technique for enhancement of α-amylase activity of Aspergillus oryzae PP

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    Evstatieva, Yana; Yordanova, Mariya; Chernev, Georgi; Ruseva, Yanislava; Nikolova, Dilyana

    2014-01-01

    Bioencapsulation of microbial cells in silica-based matrices has proved to be a good strategy to enhance the biosynthetic capabilities and viability of bioproducers. In the present study, mycelium and pellet cultures of strain Aspergillus oryzae PP were successfully immobilized in sol–gel hybrid matrices composed of tetraethylorthosilicate as an inorganic precursor, 5% (w/v) starch and 10 or 15% (w/v) polyethylene oxide, or 10% (w/v) calcium alginate as organic compounds. Biosynthetic activity of immobilized cultures was investigated by batch and fed-batch cultivation and the obtained results of 3042.04 IU cm−3 were comparable with the enzyme activity of the free cell culture. Immobilized cultures retained their viability and biosynthetic capabilities up to the 744th h during fed-batch fermentation processes. Consequently, sol–gel encapsulation in hybrid matrices could be considered as a promising technique for immobilization of Aspergillus oryzae PP in order to increase the α-amylase production. PMID:26740773

  15. Sensitive detection of influenza viruses with Europium nanoparticles on an epoxy silica sol-gel functionalized polycarbonate-polydimethylsiloxane hybrid microchip.

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    Liu, Jikun; Zhao, Jiangqin; Petrochenko, Peter; Zheng, Jiwen; Hewlett, Indira

    2016-12-15

    In an effort to develop new tools for diagnosing influenza in resource-limited settings, we fabricated a polycarbonate (PC)-polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) hybrid microchip using a simple epoxy silica sol-gel coating/bonding method and employed it in sensitive detection of influenza virus with Europium nanoparticles (EuNPs). The incorporation of sol-gel material in device fabrication provided functionalized channel surfaces ready for covalent immobilization of primary antibodies and a strong bonding between PDMS substrates and PC supports without increasing background fluorescence. In microchip EuNP immunoassay (µENIA) of inactivated influenza viruses, replacing native PDMS microchips with hybrid microchips allowed the achievement of a 6-fold increase in signal-to-background ratio, a 12-fold and a 6-fold decreases in limit-of-detection (LOD) in influenza A and B tests respectively. Using influenza A samples with known titers, the LOD of influenza µENIA on hybrid microchips was determined to be ~10(4) TCID50 titer/mL and 10(3)-10(4) EID50 titer/mL. A comparison test indicated that the sensitivity of influenza µENIA enhanced using the hybrid microchips even surpassed that of a commercial laboratory influenza ELISA test. In addition to the sensitivity improvement, assay variation was clearly reduced when hybrid microchips instead of native PDMS microchips were used in the µENIA tests. Finally, infectious reference viruses and nasopharyngeal swab patient specimens were successfully tested using μENIA on hybrid microchip platforms, demonstrating the potential of this unique microchip nanoparticle assay in clinical diagnosis of influenza. Meanwhile, the tests showed the necessity of using nucleic acid confirmatory tests to clarify ambiguous test results obtained from prototype or developed point-of-care testing devices for influenza diagnosis.

  16. RADIOLOGICAL RELEASES DUE TO AIR AND SILICA DUST ACTIVATION IN EMPLACEMENT DRIFTS

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    J.S. Tang

    2003-05-07

    The purpose of this calculation is to determine the quantity and significance of annual Monitored Geologic Repository (MGR) subsurface normal radiological releases due to neutron activation of air and silica dust in emplacement drifts. This calculation includes the following items: (1) Calculate activation of ventilation airflow through emplacement drifts to quantify radioactive gaseous releases; and (2) Calculate the bounding potential activated silica dust concentration and releases. The sources of silica dust may arise from air supply to emplacement drifts as well as host rock around emplacement drifts. For this calculation, the source of dust is conservatively assumed to be the host rock (Assumption 3.6), which is subject to long-term neutron exposure resulting in saturated radioactivity. The scope of this calculation is limited to releases from activated air and silica dust only, excluding natural radioactive releases such as radon or releases from defective waste packages (breached or contaminated). This work supports the repository ventilation system design and Preclosure Safety Analysis. This includes MGR items classified as Quality Level 1, for example, the Uncanistered Spent Nuclear Fuel Waste Package (CRWMS M&O [Civilian Radioactive Waste Management and Operation Contractor] 1999a, page 7). Therefore, this calculation is subject to the requirements of the ''Quality Assurance Requirements and Description'' (DOE [U.S. Department of Energy] 2003). The performance of the calculation and development of this document are carried out in accordance with AP-3.12Q, ''Design Calculation and Analyses'' and LP-3.30Q-BSC, ''Hazards Analysis System''.

  17. Development and characterization of ultra-porous silica films made by the sol-gel method. Application to biosensing

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    Desfours, Caroline; Calas-Etienne, Sylvie; Horvath, Robert; Martin, Marta; Gergely, Csilla; Cuisinier, Frédéric; Etienne, Pascal

    2014-02-01

    The aim of this work is to demonstrate the sensing ability of reverse-symmetry waveguides to investigate adsorption of casein and build-up of poly-L-lysine mediated casein multilayers. A first part of this study is dedicated to the elaboration and characterization of ultra-porous thin films with very low refractive indices by an appropriate sol-gel method. This will form the basis of our planar optical sensors. Optical waveguide light mode spectroscopy is a real-time and sensitive method to study protein adsorption kinetics and lipid bilayers. We used it to test the obtained waveguides for in-situ monitoring of biomolecule adsorption. As a result, significant changes in the incoupling peak position were observed during the layer-by-layer adsorption. Finally, refractive index and thickness of the adsorbed layers were established.

  18. Regularities of the sorption of cycloalkenyl-substituted thiophenes and 2,2'-bithiophenes from water-acetonitrile solutions on hexadecyl silica gel under conditions of high-performance liquid chromatography

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    Emel'Yanova, N. S.; Kurbatova, S. V.; Saifutdinov, B. R.; Yudashkin, A. V.

    2011-08-01

    Regularities of the sorption of newly synthesized cycloalkenyl-substituted thiophenes and 2,2'-bithiophenes from water-acetonitrile solutions of different compositions on hexadecyl silica gel are investigated by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The retention factors and Henry constants of adsorption of these substances are determined. We discuss the effect of the molecular structure of the investigated heterocycles, and the nature and positions of the substituents, on the sorption. The equilibrium constants for the quasi-chemical reactions of sorption of the investigated compounds at the interface, and their solvation in a multicomponent bulk solution, are calculated using the Lanin-Nikitin equation. Based on the obtained results, we suggest that structural self-organization in the bulk solution and at the interface with the hydrophobic surface of hexadecyl silica gel plays an important part in the sorption of cycloalkenylsubstituted thiophenes and 2,2'-bithiophenes from multicomponent solutions.

  19. Ionic Liquid and Silica Sol-Gel Composite Materials Doped with N,N,N ',N '-tetra(n-octyl)diglycolamide for Extraction of La3+ and Ba2+

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    Bell, Jason R; Dai, Sheng; Yu, Bo; Luo, Huimin

    2012-01-01

    Sol-gel processed silica materials which incorporated ionic liquids and tetraoctyldiglycolamide (TODGA) were prepared and used for extraction of La3+ and Ba2+ from aqueous solution. Imidazolium-based ionic liquids, 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide ([Cnmim][NTf2]) were entrapped in the monolithic composite sorbents. Extraction efficiency was found to be dependent upon both the volume of IL used in the silica matrix, and the alkyl chain length of the IL cation. The silica composite sorbent containing [C8mim][NTf2] exhibited the best extraction efficiency for La3+ and the best separation factor for La3+ / Ba 2+. The results were analyzed by both Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherm models, and the Freundlich model was found to give better fit.

  20. Preparation and characterization of kasuga-silica-conjugated nanospheres for sustained antimicrobial activity

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    Ding, Guanglong; Li, Deguang; Liu, Yao; Guo, Mingcheng; Duan, Yongheng; Li, Jianqiang; Cao, Yongsong

    2014-11-01

    Controlled release formulation of pesticides is highly desirable for attaining the most effective utilization of the pesticide as well as reducing environmental pollution. Nano-sized controlled release formulations can provide better penetration through cuticle and deliver the active ingredients efficiently to the targeted tissue. In this study, a novel strategy for the preparation of a nanoconjugate derived from kasugamycin with amino-modified silica was developed. The kasugamycin was connected with amino-modified silica matrix by an amide bond, which could avoid the initial burst release effectively and prolong the duration remarkably. The results showed the kasuga-silica can protect kasugamycin against photo-degradation effectively and the release rate of the active ingredient of nanoconjugate was related to the temperature, pH value, and the particle size (52.5-315.4 nm). With reduced particle size as well as increased temperature and acidity, the release of the active ingredient was faster. This amide linkage of kasuga-silica could be degraded by amidase effectively. This nanoconjugate displayed a better and a sustained bactericidal efficacy against E. coli than kasugamycin technical, which makes it a potential candidate as a controlled release conjugate for kasugamycin in the future.

  1. Sol-gel thin-film based mesoporous silica and carbon nanotubes for the determination of dopamine, uric acid and paracetamol in urine.

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    Canevari, Thiago C; Raymundo-Pereira, Paulo A; Landers, Richard; Benvenutti, Edilson V; Machado, Sérgio A S

    2013-11-15

    This work describes the preparation, characterization and application of a hybrid material composed of disordered mesoporous silica (SiO2) modified with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), obtained by the sol-gel process using HF as the catalyst. This hybrid material was characterized by N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high resolution transmission microscopy (HR-TEM), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). This new hybrid material was used for the construction of a thin film on a glassy carbon electrode. The modified electrode using this material was designated SiO2/MWCNT/GCE. The electrocatalytic properties of the electrode toward dopamine, uric acid and paracetamol oxidation were studied by differential pulse voltammetry. Well-defined and separated oxidation peaks were observed in phosphate buffer solution at pH 7.0, in contrast with the ill-defined peaks observed with unmodified glassy carbon electrodes. The electrode had high sensitivity for the determination of dopamine, uric acid and paracetamol, with the limits of detection obtained using statistical methods, at 0.014, 0.068 and 0.098 µmol L(-1), respectively. The electrode presented some important advantages, including enhanced physical rigidity, surface renewability by polishing and high sensitivity, allowing the simultaneous determination of these three analytes in a human urine sample.

  2. TiO2 coating of high surface area silica gel by chemical vapor deposition of TiCl4 in a fluidized-bed reactor.

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    Xia, Wei; Mei, Bastian; Sánchez, Miguel D; Strunk, Jennifer; Muhler, Martin

    2011-09-01

    TiO2 was deposited on high surface area porous silica gel (400 m2g(-1)) in a fluidized bed reactor. Chemical vapor deposition was employed for the coating under vacuum conditions with TiCl4 as precursor. Nitrogen physisorption, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-vis spectroscopy were applied to characterize the obtained TiO2-SiO2 composites with different Ti loadings up to 5 wt%. Only a slight decrease in the specific surface area was detected at low Ti loadings. At a Ti loading of 2 wt%, TiO2 was found to be highly dispersed on the SiO2 surface likely in form of a thin film. At higher Ti loadings, two weak reflections corresponding to anatase TiO2 were observed in the diffraction patterns indicating the presence of crystalline bulk TiO2. High resolution XPS clearly distinguished two types of Ti species, i.e., Ti-O-Si at the interface and Ti-O-Ti in bulk TiO2. The presence of polymeric TiOx species at low Ti loadings was confirmed by a blue shift in the UV-vis spectra as compared to bulk TiO2. All these results point to a strong interaction between the TiO2 deposit and the porous SiO2 substrate especially at low Ti loadings.

  3. Evaluation of silica gel cartridges coated in situ with acidified 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine for sampling aldehydes and ketones in air.

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    Tejada, S B

    1986-01-01

    A procedure for coating in situ silica gel in prepacked cartridges with 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH) acidified with hydrochloric acid is described. The coated cartridge was compared with a validated DNPH impinger method for sampling organic carbonyl compounds (aldehydes and ketones) in diluted automotive exhaust emissions and in ambient air for subsequent analysis of the DNPH derivatives by high performance liquid chromatography. Qualitative and quantitative data are presented that show that the two sampling devices are equivalent. The coated cartridge is ideal for long-term sampling of carbonyls at sub to low parts-per-billion level in ambient air or for short-term sampling of carbonyls at low ppb to parts-per-million level in diluted automotive exhaust emissions. An unknown degradation product of acrolein has been tentatively identified as x-acrolein. The disappearance of acrolein in the analytical sample matrix correlates quantitatively almost on a mole for mole basis with the growth of x-acrolein. The sum of the concentration of acrolein and x-acrolein appears to be invariant with time.

  4. Purification of d-a-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) by a temperature-modulated silica gel column chromatography: use of Taguchi method to optimize purification conditions.

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    Chang, Yinzi; Cao, Yucheng; Zhang, Jin; Wen, Yangyi; Ren, Qilong

    2011-12-05

    The demand for high purity d-a-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) is increasing with the exploitation of TPGS-related products. Previously, we synthesized a TPGS mixture by esterifying vitamin E succinate with polyethyleneglycol 1000. In this study, a temperature-modulated silica gel chromatographic column was used to purify the synthesized TPGS. Taguchi method was used to optimize purification conditions associated with column temperature, loading amount, feedstock concentration and flow rate of mobile phases. Purification efficacy under the Taguchi optimized conditions was predicted theoretically and the predicted results were verified experimentally. High-performance liquid chromatography was used to quantify the unpurified and purified TPGS. The Taguchi-based analysis separately produced an optimum combination of purification conditions for TPGS purity and recovery. Under the optimized conditions, both the theoretical prediction and the confirmatory experiment yielded TPGS purity and recovery approximating to 98% each. Impressively, the study also found that column temperature had a considerable effect on purification efficacy, in particular on TPGS purity, although it was a less influential factor compared to loading amount and feedstock concentration.

  5. Mesoporous Silica Gel-Based Mixed Matrix Membranes for Improving Mass Transfer in Forward Osmosis: Effect of Pore Size of Filler

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    Lee, Jian-Yuan; Wang, Yining; Tang, Chuyang Y.; Huo, Fengwei

    2015-11-01

    The efficiency of forward osmosis (FO) process is generally limited by the internal concentration polarization (ICP) of solutes inside its porous substrate. In this study, mesoporous silica gel (SG) with nominal pore size ranging from 4-30 nm was used as fillers to prepare SG-based mixed matrix substrates. The resulting mixed matrix membranes had significantly reduced structural parameter and enhanced membrane water permeability as a result of the improved surface porosity of the substrates. An optimal filler pore size of ~9 nm was observed. This is in direct contrast to the case of thin film nanocomposite membranes, where microporous nanoparticle fillers are loaded to the membrane rejection layer and are designed in such a way that these fillers are able to retain solutes while allowing water to permeate through them. In the current study, the mesoporous fillers are designed as channels to both water and solute molecules. FO performance was enhanced at increasing filler pore size up to 9 nm due to the lower hydraulic resistance of the fillers. Nevertheless, further increasing filler pore size to 30 nm was accompanied with reduced FO efficiency, which can be attributed to the intrusion of polymer dope into the filler pores.

  6. Validation of an RPHPTLC-Densitometric Method Using Silica Gel 60 RP18WF254 for Simultaneous Determination of Nicotinamide in Selected Pharmaceutical Formulations

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    Dołowy, Małgorzata; Pyka, Alina

    2015-01-01

    This research study describes the applicability of silica gel 60 RPW18F254 plates for the development and validation of new, simple, economic, accurate, and precise RPHPTLC-densitometric method suitable for the quantification of nicotinamide (as Vitamin PP) in three marketed preparations. The mobile phase used was methanol-water in volume composition 3 : 7. Detection wavelength was 200 nm. The proposed method was validated according to ICH guidelines and also based on Ferenczi-Fodor and Konieczka reports. Results were found to be linear over a range of 1.00 to 2.00 μg/spot. Limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantification (LOQ) were 0.15 μg/spot and 0.45 μg/spot, respectively. The percent content of nicotinamide in the investigated preparations was found to be 99.2% (Product 1), 99.3% (Product 2), and 99.4% (Product 3). Developed method is accurate and precise (CV < 3%) and may be successfully applied for the quality control of pharmaceutical formulations containing nicotinamide in the presence of its derivatives, such as N,N-diethylnicotinamide, N-methylnicotinamide, and nicotinic acid. PMID:25834751

  7. A comparison study of carbon dioxide adsorption on polydimethylsiloxane, silica gel, and Illinois No. 6 coal using in situ infrared spectroscopy

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    A.L. Goodman

    2009-01-15

    Adsorption of supercritical carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), silica gel (SiO{sub 2}), and Illinois No. 6 coal was compared using in situ attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy at pressures up to 14 MPa and temperatures at 40{sup o}C and 50{sup o}C. Only physical adsorption of CO{sub 2} was recorded for PDMS, SiO{sub 2}, and Illinois no. 6. There was no evidence of the formation of carbonic acid, bicarbonates, carbonates, or any other reaction product between CO{sub 2} and PDMS, SiO{sub 2}, and Illinois No. 6 coal. Carbon dioxide adsorption on PDMS and SiO{sub 2} produced a linear isotherm while a typical Langmuir-like isotherm was observed for Illinois No. 6 coal. Attempts to measure CO{sub 2} induced swelling of the three materials was unsuccessful due to the design of the ATR-FTIR cell. 51 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  8. Synthesis of organic/inorganic hybrid gel with acid activated clay after γ-ray radiation.

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    Kim, Donghyun; Lee, Hoik; Sohn, Daewon

    2014-08-01

    A hybrid gel was prepared from acid activated clay (AA clay) and acrylic acid by gamma ray irradiation. Irradiated inorganic particles which have peroxide groups act as initiator because it generates oxide radicals by increasing temperature. Inorganic nanoparticles which are rigid part in hybrid gel also contribute to increase the mechanical property as a crosslinker. We prepared two hybrid gels to compare the effect of acid activated treatment of clay; one is synthesized with raw clay particles and another is synthesized with AA clay particles. The composition and structure of AA clay particles and raw clay particles were confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence instrument and surface area analyzer. And chemical and physical property of hybrid gel with different ratios of acrylic acid and clay particle was tested by Raman spectroscope and universal testing machine (UTM). The synthesized hydrogel with 76% gel contents can elongated approximately 1000% of its original size.

  9. Preparation of Self-Activated Fluorescence Mesoporous Silica Hollow Nanoellipsoids for Theranostics.

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    Singh, Rajendra Kumar; Kim, Tae-Hyun; Mahapatra, Chinmaya; Patel, Kapil Dev; Kim, Hae-Won

    2015-10-20

    The newly developed multifunctional (self-activated fluorescent, mesoporous, and biocompatible) hollow mesoporous silica nanoellipsoids (f-hMS) are potentially useful as a delivery system of drugs for therapeutics and imaging purposes. For the synthesis of f-hMS, self-activated fluorescence hydroxyapatite (fHA) was used as a core template. A mesoporous silica shell was obtained by silica formation and subsequent removal of the fHA core, which resulted in a hollow-cored f-hMS. Although the silica shell provided a highly mesoporous structure, enabling an effective loading of drug molecules, the fluorescent property of fHA was also well-preserved in the f-hMS. Cytochrome c and doxorubicin, used as a model protein and anticancer drug, respectively, were shown to be effectively loaded onto f-hMS and were then released in a sustainable and controllable manner. The f-hMS was effectively taken up by the cells and exhibited fluorescent labeling while preserving excellent cell viability. Overall, the f-hMS nanoreservoir may be useful as a multifunctional carrier system for drug delivery and cell imaging.

  10. Kraft lignin/silica-AgNPs as a functional material with antibacterial activity.

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    Klapiszewski, Łukasz; Rzemieniecki, Tomasz; Krawczyk, Magdalena; Malina, Dagmara; Norman, Małgorzata; Zdarta, Jakub; Majchrzak, Izabela; Dobrowolska, Anna; Czaczyk, Katarzyna; Jesionowski, Teofil

    2015-10-01

    Advanced functional silica/lignin hybrid materials, modified with nanosilver, were obtained. The commercial silica Syloid 244 was used, modified with N-(2-aminoethyl)-3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane to increase its chemical affinity to lignin. Similarly, kraft lignin was oxidized using a solution of sodium periodate to activate appropriate functional groups on its surface. Silver nanoparticles were grafted onto the resulting silica/lignin hybrids. The systems obtained were comprehensively tested using available techniques and methods, including transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, elemental analysis and atomic absorption spectroscopy. An evaluation was also made of the electrokinetic stability of the systems with and without silver nanoparticles. Conclusions were drawn concerning the chemical nature of the bonds between the precursors and the effectiveness of the method of binding nanosilver to the hybrid materials. The antimicrobial activity of the studied materials was tested against five species of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. The addition of silver nanoparticles to the silica/lignin hybrids led to inhibition of the growth of the analyzed bacteria. The best results were obtained against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a dangerous human pathogen.

  11. Enhanced photocatalytic activity for titanium dioxide by co-modifying with silica and fluorine.

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    Yang, Shaogui; Sun, Cheng; Li, Xinyong; Gong, Zhongqiang; Quan, Xie

    2010-03-15

    F-Si-co-modified TiO(2) (FST) samples with different ratios of fluorine to titanium (R(F)) and silica to titanium (R(x)), were successfully synthesized by ultrasound-assisted hydrolysis. The structure and properties of the as-prepared codoped titania were characterized by means of XRD, TEM, XPS, BET, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra and ESR. XRD analysis showed that Si and F atoms prevented phase transition of anatase to rutile and suppressed the growth of titania crystalline. ESR results showed that the concentration of the active species (.OH) on 1%-FST(R(x)=10%) was higher than that on other FST samples and P25 titania. The improvement in photocatalytic activity relative to titania can be achieved by co-modifying fluorine and silica to fabricate FST composite material. The photocatalytic activity of FST powders for decomposition of methyl orange was affected by the content of fluorine and the content of silica. When the ratios of R(F) and R(x) were 1 and 10%, respectively, 1%-FST(R(x)=10%) shows the best among photocatalytic activity, which is much superior to P25 under UV-Vis irradiation. The possible reasons for the high photocatalytic activity of the FST powders were proposed in the paper. In addition, the stability of the FST powders in photocatalytic process was confirmed based on the XPS analysis.

  12. Phosphate glass core/silica clad fibres with a high concentration of active rare-earth ions

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    Egorova, O. N.; Galagan, B. I.; Denker, B. I.; Sverchkov, S. E.; Semjonov, S. L.

    2016-12-01

    We report a study of silica-clad composite optical fibres having a phosphate glass core doped with active rare-earth elements. The phosphate glass core allows a high concentration of active rare-earth ions to be obtained, and the silica cladding ensures high mechanical strength and facilitates fusion splicing of such fibres to silica fibres. Owing to the high concentration of active rare-earth ions, this type of fibre is potentially attractive for applications where a small cavity length and high lasing efficiency are needed.

  13. In vivo evidence of the immunomodulatory activity of orally administered Aloe vera gel.

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    Im, Sun-A; Lee, Young-Ran; Lee, Young-Hee; Lee, Myung-Koo; Park, Young In; Lee, Sungwon; Kim, Kyungjae; Lee, Chong-Kil

    2010-03-01

    The gels of Aloe species contain immunomodulatory components such as aloctin A and acemannan. Most studies on these gels were performed in in vitro cell culture systems. Although several studies examined their immunomodulatory activity in vivo, the route of administration was intraperitoneal or intramuscular. Here, we evaluated the in vivo immunomodulatory activity of processed Aloe vera gel (PAG) in mice. Oral administration of PAG significantly reduced the growth of C. albicans in the spleen and kidney following intravenous injection of C. albicans in normal mice. PAG administration also reduced the growth of C. albicans in streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice. PAG administration did not increase ovalbumin (OVA)-specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) generation in normal mice, but did increase it in high-fat-diet induced diabetic mice. These findings provide the first clear evidence for the immunomodulatory activity of orally administered Aloe vera gel.

  14. Tuning the Interfacial Activity of Mesoporous Silicas for Biphasic Interface Catalysis Reactions.

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    Xue, Fen; Zhang, Yabin; Zhang, Fengwei; Ren, Xiaomin; Yang, Hengquan

    2017-03-08

    Interface-active particle materials that are able to assemble at the oil/water interface so as to stabilize droplets, are gaining unprecedented interest due to the intriguing applications in catalysis and materials synthesis, etc. In contrast to these potential applications, this kind of materials are still limited and cannot meet some particular demands of practical utilizations such as rationally designed interfacial activity and high stability against concentrated salts. In this contribution, interface-active mesoporous silica nanospheres (MSS@CxZy) are synthesized through simultaneous incorporation of extremely hydrophilic zwitterionic moiety and hydrophobic octyl moiety in the shell. The textural properties of these materials are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), and nitrogen sorption. The successful decoration of these functionalities in the shell is confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), (13)C nuclear cross-polar magnetic resonance ((13)C CP/MAS NMR), and (29)Si nuclear cross-polar magnetic resonance ((29)Si CP/MAS NMR). The prepared mesoporous silicas exhibit tunable interfacial activity, so that oil-in-water (O/W) and water-in-oil (W/O) Pickering emulsions can be easily obtained by varying the molar fraction of these two functionalities. The MSS@CxZy-stabilized Pickering emulsions exhibit high stability to coalescence even at 6.0 M NaCl and have relatively low surface coverage of droplets due to electrostatic repulsion, which is normally difficult to obtain for conventional particles. Interestingly, such interface-active mesoporous silicas can also carry polyoxometalate that is hosted in the nanopore to assemble at the oil/water interface and thus efficiently promotes biphasic epoxidation reactions without any external stirring, exemplifying an innovative application of theses developed mesoporous silicas.

  15. Evaluation of Skin Permeation and Analgesic Activity Effects of Carbopol Lornoxicam Topical Gels Containing Penetration Enhancer

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    Al-Suwayeh, Saleh A.; Taha, Ehab I.; Al-Qahtani, Fahad M.; Ahmed, Mahrous O.; Badran, Mohamed M.

    2014-01-01

    The current study was designed to develop a topical gel formulation for improved skin penetration of lornoxicam (LOR) for enhancement of its analgesic activity. Moreover, the effect of different penetration enhancers on LOR was studied. The LOR gel formulations were prepared by using hydroxylpropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and carbopol. The carbopol gels in presence of propylene glycol (PG) and ethanol were developed. The formulated gels were characterized for pH, viscosity, and LOR release using Franz diffusion cells. Also, in vitro skin permeation of LOR was conducted. The effect of hydroxypropyl β-cyclodextrin (HP β-CD), beta-cyclodextrin (β-CD), Tween 80, and oleic acid on LOR permeation was evaluated. The optimized LOR gel formulation (LORF8) showed the highest flux (14.31 μg/cm2/h) with ER of 18.34 when compared to LORF3. Incorporation of PG and HP β-CD in gel formulation (LORF8) enhanced the permeation of LOR significantly. It was observed that LORF3 and LORF8 show similar analgesic activity compared to marketed LOR injection (Xefo). This work shows that LOR can be formulated into carbopol gel in presence of PG and HP β-CD and may be promising in enhancing permeation. PMID:25045724

  16. Silica nanoparticles as indicator of hydrothermal activities at Enceladus ocean floor

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    Postberg, F.; Hsu, S.; Sekine, Y.; Kempf, S.; Juhasz, A.; Horanyi, M.; Moragas-Klostermeyer, G.; Srama, R.

    2013-12-01

    Silica nanoparticles as indicator of hydrothermal activities at Enceladus ocean floor F. Postberg, H.-W. Hsu, Y. Sekine, S. Kempf, A. Juhasz, M. Horanyi, G. Moragas-Klostermeyer, R. Srama Silica serves as a unique indicator of hydrothermal activities on Earth as well as on Mars. Here we report the Cassini Cosmic Dust Analyser (CDA) observation of nanosilica particles from the Saturnian system. Based on their interaction with the solar wind electromagnetic fields, these charged nanosilica particles, so-called stream particles, are found to be originated in Saturn's E ring, indicating Enceladus being their ultimate source. CDA stream particle mass spectra reveal a metal-free but silicon-rich composition that is only plausible for nearly pure silica particles. The size range derived from our measurements confines the size of these particles to a radius of 2 - 8 nm. The unique properties of nano-grains with the observed composition and size are a well-known phenomenon on Earth and their formation requires specific hydrothermal rock-water interactions. The observation of Saturnian nanosilica particles thus serves as an evidence of hydrothermal activities at the interface of Enceladus subsurface ocean and its rocky core. Considering plasma erosion as the major mechanism of releasing embedded nanosilica particles from their carriers, the much larger E ring ice grains, our dynamical model and CDA observation provide a lower limit on the average nanosilica concentration in E ring grains. Together with dedicated hydrothermal experiments (Sekine at al., 2013) this can be translated into constraints on the hydrothermal activities on Enceladus. Measurements and experiments both point at dissolved silica concentrations at the ocean floor in the order of 1 - 3 mMol. The hydrothermal reactions likely take place with a pristine, chondritic rock composition at temperature higher than 130°C (Sekine at al. 2013). Colloidal nano-silica forms upon supersaturation during cooling of the

  17. Crystallization of steroids in gels

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    Kalkura, S. Narayana; Devanarayanan, S.

    1991-03-01

    The crystal growth and characterization of certain steriods, viz., cholesterol, cholesteryl acetate, β-sitosterol, progesterone and testosterone, in a silica gel medium is discussed. The present study shows that the single test tube diffusion method can be used to grow crystals of steroids in a silica gel medium by the reduction of steroid solubility.

  18. Innate Immune Activation Through Nalp3 Inflammasome Sensing of Asbestos and Silica

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    Dostert, Catherine; Pétrilli, Virginie; Van Bruggen, Robin; Steele, Chad; Mossman, Brooke T; Tschopp, Jürg

    2008-01-01

    The inhalation of airborne pollutants, such as asbestos or silica, is linked to inflammation of the lung, fibrosis, and lung cancer. How the presence of pathogenic dust is recognized and how chronic inflammatory diseases are triggered are poorly understood. Here, we show that asbestos and silica are sensed by the Nalp3 inflammasome, whose subsequent activation leads to interleukin 1β secretion. Inflammasome activation is triggered by reactive oxygen species, which are generated by a NADPH oxidase upon particle phagocytosis (NADPH is the reduced form of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate). In a model of asbestos inhalation, Nalp3−/− mice showed diminished recruitment of inflammatory cells to the lungs, paralleled by lower cytokine production. Our findings implicate the Nalp3 inflammasome in particulate matter–related pulmonary diseases and support its role as a major proinflammatory “danger” receptor. PMID:18403674

  19. An ion-imprinted amino-functionalized silica gel sorbent prepared by hydrothermal assisted surface imprinting technique for selective removal of cadmium (II) from aqueous solution

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    Fan, Hong-Tao; Li, Jing; Li, Zhan-Chao; Sun, Ting

    2012-02-01

    A new ion-imprinted amino-functionalized silica gel sorbent was synthesized by the hydrothermal-assisted surface imprinting technique using Cd2+ as the template, 3-[2-(2-aminoethylamino)ethylamino]propyl-trimethoxysilane (AAAPTS) as the functional monomer, and epichlorohydrin as the cross-linking agent (IIP-AAAPTS/SiO2) for the selective removal of Cd2+ from aqueous solution, and was characterized by FTIR, SEM, nitrogen adsorption and the static adsorption-desorption experiment method. The specific surface area of the IIP-AAAPTS/SiO2 sorbents was found to be 149 m2 g-1. The results showed that the maximum static adsorption capacities of IIP-AAAPTS/SiO2 sorbents by hydrothermal heating method and by the conventional heating method were 57.4 and 31.6 mg g-1, respectively. The IIP-AAAPTS/SiO2 sorbents offered a fast kinetics for the adsorption and desorption of Cd(II). The relative selectivity coefficients of IIP-AAAPTS/SiO2 sorbents for Cd2+/Co2+, Cd2+/Ni2+, Cd2+/Zn2+, Cd2+/Pb2+ and Cd2+/Cu2+ were 30.68, 14.02, 3.00, 3.12 and 6.17, respectively. IIP-AAAPTS/SiO2 sorbents had a substantial binding capacity in the range of pH 4-8 and could be used repeatedly. Equilibrium data fitted perfectly with Langmuir isotherm model compared to Freundlich isotherm model. Kinetic studies indicated that adsorption followed a pseudo-second-order model. Negative values of ΔG° indicated spontaneous adsorption and the degree of spontaneity of the reaction increased with increasing temperature. ΔH° of 26.13 kJ mol-1 due to the adsorption of Cd2+ on the IIP-AAAPTS/SiO2 sorbents indicated that the adsorption was endothermic in the experimental temperature range.

  20. Designing Active Coatings and Multilayer Composites: Harnessing Mechano-chemical Transduction in Responsive Gels

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    2011-03-02

    underlying components need to be checked for incipient damage. Importantly, Profs. Irv Epstein and Bing Xu at Brandeis University have just...of a BZ gel using the tip of a needle. Image courtesy of Irving Epstein and Jorge Delgado, Brandeis University (unpublished data). Fig. I...Motion of Active Gels”, Langmuir , 25 (2009) 4298-4301. *6. Dayal, P., Kuksenok, O. and Balazs, A.C., “Designing autonomously motile gels that follow

  1. A novel low-molecular-mass gelator with a redox active ferrocenyl group: tuning gel formation by oxidation.

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    Liu, Jing; Yan, Junlin; Yuan, Xuanwei; Liu, Kaiqiang; Peng, Junxia; Fang, Yu

    2008-02-15

    A novel low-molecular-mass gelator containing a redox-active ferrocenyl group, cholesteryl glycinate ferrocenoylamide (CGF), was intentionally designed and prepared. It was demonstrated that the gelator gels 13 out of the 45 solvents tested. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements revealed that the gelator self-assembled into different supramolecular network structures in different gels. Chemical oxidation of the ferrocenyl residue resulted in phase transition of the gel from gel state to solution state. FTIR and (1)H NMR spectroscopy studies revealed that hydrogen bonding between the gelator molecules in the gel was one of the main driving forces for the formation of the gels.

  2. Efficient dual-wavelength excitation of Tb3+ emission in rare-earth doped KYF4 cubic nanocrystals dispersed in silica sol-gel matrix

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    del-Castillo, J.; Yanes, A. C.; Santana-Alonso, A.; Méndez-Ramos, J.

    2014-11-01

    Energy transfer from Ce3+ to Tb3+ ions under UV excitation, giving rise to visible emissions, is investigated in sol-gel derived transparent nano-glass-ceramics containing cubic KYF4 nanocrystals, for different doping concentrations of rare-earth ions. Moreover, visible emissions of Tb3+ are also obtained under near-infrared excitation through energy transfer from Yb3+ ions by means of cooperative up-conversion processes. Thus, Ce3+-Tb3+-Yb3+ doped nano-glass-ceramics can be activated in a dual-wavelength mode yielding efficient blue-green emissions of particular interest in photovoltaic silicon solar cells and white-light emitting diodes.

  3. The Impact of Silica Nanoparticle Design on Cellular Toxicity and Hemolytic Activity

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    Yu, Tian; Malugin, Alexander; Ghandehari, Hamidreza

    2011-01-01

    Understanding the toxicity of silica nanoparticles (SiO2) on the cellular level is crucial for rational design of these nanomaterials for biomedical applications. Herein, we explore the impacts of geometry, porosity and surface charge of SiO2 on cellular toxicity and hemolytic activity. Nonporous Stöber silica nanospheres (115 nm diameter), mesoporous silica nanospheres (120 nm diameter, aspect ratio 1), mesoporous silica nanorods with aspect ratio of 2, 4 and 8 (width by length 80 × 200 nm, 150 × 600 nm, 130 × 1000 nm) as well as their cationic counterparts were evaluated on macrophages, lung carcinoma cells, and human erythrocytes. It was shown that the toxicity of SiO2 is cell-type dependent and that surface charge and pore size govern cellular toxicity. Using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, the cellular association of SiO2 was quantitated with the association amount increasing in the following order: mesoporous SiO2 (aspect ratio 1, 2, 4, 8) < amine-modified mesoporous SiO2 (aspect ratio 1, 2, 4, 8) < amine-modified nonporous Stöber SiO2 < nonporous Stöber SiO2. Geometry did not seem to influence the extent of SiO2 association at early or extended time points. The level of cellular association of the nanoparticles was directly linked to the extent of plasma membrane damage, suggesting a biological cause-and-effect relationship. Hemolysis assay showed that the hemolytic activity was porosity- and geometry- dependent for bare SiO2 and surface charge-dependent for amine-modified SiO2. A good correlation between hemolytic activity and cellular association was found on a similar dosage basis. These results can provide useful guidelines for the rational design of SiO2 in nanomedicine. PMID:21630682

  4. Influence of calcination temperature on structural and magnetic properties of nanocomposites formed by Co-ferrite dispersed in sol-gel silica matrix using tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl) orthosilicate as precursor

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    2011-01-01

    Effects of calcination temperatures varying from 400 to 1000°C on structural and magnetic properties of nanocomposites formed by Co-ferrite dispersed in the sol-gel silica matrix using tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl) orthosilicate (THEOS) as water-soluble silica precursor have been investigated. Studies carried out using XRD, FT-IR, TEM, STA (TG-DTG-DTA) and VSM techniques. Results indicated that magnetic properties of samples such as superparamagnetism and ferromagnetism showed great dependence on the variation of the crystallinity and particle size caused by the calcination temperature. The crystallization, saturation magnetization Ms and remenant magnetization Mr increased as the calcination temperature increased. But the variation of coercivity Hc was not in accordance with that of Ms and Mr, indicating that Hc is not determined only by the crystallinity and size of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles. TEM images showed spherical nanoparticles dispersed in the silica network with sizes of 10-30 nm. Results showed that the well-established silica network provided nucleation locations for CoFe2O4 nanoparticles to confinement the coarsening and aggregation of nanoparticles. THEOS as silica matrix network provides an ideal nucleation environment to disperse CoFe2O4 nanoparticles and thus to confine them to aggregate and coarsen. By using THEOS as water-soluble silica precursor over the currently used TEOS and TMOS, the organic solvents are not needed owing to the complete solubility of THEOS in water. Synthesized nanocomposites with adjustable particle sizes and controllable magnetic properties make the applicability of Co-ferrite even more versatile. PMID:21486494

  5. Assessment of Anti HSV-1 Activity of Aloe Vera Gel Extract: an In Vitro Study

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    Rezazadeh, Fahimeh; Moshaverinia, Maryam; Motamedifar, Mohammad; Alyaseri, Montazer

    2016-01-01

    Statement of the Problem Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection is one of the most common and debilitating oral diseases; yet, there is no standard topical treatment to control it. The extract of Aloe vera leaves has been previously reported to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and also antiviral effects. There is no data on anti-Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) activity of Aloe vera gel. Purpose This study aimed to evaluate the anti-HSV-1 activity of Aloe vera gel in Vero cell line. Materials and Method In this study, gel extraction and cytotoxicity of various increasing concentrations of Aloe vera gel (0.2, 0.5, 1, 2, and 5%) was evaluated in Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle Medium (DMEM) containing 2% fetal bovine serum (FBS). Having been washed with phosphate buffered saline, 50 plaque-forming units (PFU) of HSV-1 was added to each well. After 1 hour of incubation at 37°C, cell monolayers in 24 well plates were exposed to different increasing concentrations of Aloe vera gel. The anti-HSV-1 activity of Aloe vera gel in different concentrations was assessed by plaque reduction assays. Data were analyzed by using One-way ANOVA. Results The cytotoxicity assay showed that Aloe vera in prearranged concentrations was cell-compatible. The inhibitory effect of various concentrations of Aloe vera was observed one hour after the Vero cell was infected with HSV-1. However, there was no significant difference between two serial concentrations (p> 0.05). One-way ANOVA also revealed no significant difference between the groups. The findings indicated a dose-dependent antiviral effect of Aloe vera. Conclusion The findings showed significant inhibitory effect of 0.2-5% Aloe vera gel on HSV-1 growth in Vero cell line. Therefore, this gel could be a useful topical treatment for oral HSV-1 infections without any significant toxicity. PMID:26966709

  6. Preparation of aluminum-containing mesoporous silica with hierarchical macroporous architecture and its enhanced catalytic activities.

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    Kamegawa, Takashi; Tanaka, Shota; Seto, Hiroki; Zhou, Dayang; Yamashita, Hiromi

    2013-08-28

    Aluminum-containing mesoporous silica with hierarchical macroporous architecture (Al-MMS) was successfully prepared using a solvent evaporation method through the combination of precursor solution for synthesis of Al-containing mesoporous silica (Al-MS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) colloidal crystals as a hard template. The porous structure and the state of aluminum were investigated using various characterization techniques. The construction of combined structure of Al-MMS, i.e., hierarchical macroporous architecture consisting of thin mesoporous silica frameworks, led to the formation of many mesopore entrances and the shortening of the mesoporous channels. In the tetrahydropyranylation of linear alcohols with dihydropyran (DHP), Al-MMS exhibited higher catalytic activities for the formation of corresponding tetrahydropyranyl ethers as compared to Al-MS. The advantageous structure of Al-MMS enables the efficient transport of reactants to the catalytically active sites, which realizes the significant enhancement of catalytic performances in the reaction of DHP with alcohols having longer alkyl chains.

  7. "JCE" Classroom Activity Connections: NaCl or CaCl[subscript 2], Smart Polymer Gel Tells More

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    Chen, Yueh-Huey; Lin, Jia-Ying; Wang, Yu-Chen; Yaung, Jing-Fun

    2010-01-01

    This classroom activity connection demonstrates the differences between the effects of NaCl (a salt of monovalent metal ions) and CaCl[subscript 2] (a salt of polyvalent metal ions) on swollen superabsorbent polymer gels. Being ionic compounds, NaCl and CaCl[subscript 2] both collapse the swollen polymer gels. The gel contracted by NaCl reswells…

  8. Heterogeneity of mammalian DNA ligase detected on activity and DNA sequencing gels.

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    Mezzina, M; Sarasin, A; Politi, N; Bertazzoni, U

    1984-01-01

    A new method to detect DNA ligase activity in situ after NaDodSO4 polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis has been developed. After renaturation of active polypeptides the ligase reaction occurs in situ by incubating the intact gel in the presence of Mg++ and ATP. Further treatment with alkaline phosphatase removes the unligated 5'-32P-end of oligo (dT) used as a substrate and active polypeptides having ligase activity are identified by autoradiography. Analysis on DNA sequencing gels of the oligo (dT) reaction products present in the activity bands ensures that the radioactive material detected in activity gels or in standard in vitro ligase assays corresponds unambiguously to a ligase activity. Using these methods, we have analysed the purified phage T4 DNA ligase, and the activities present in crude extracts and in purified fractions from monkey kidney (CV1-P) cells. The purified T4 enzyme yields one or two active peptides with Mr values of 60,000 and 70,000. Crude extracts from CV1-P cells contain several polypeptides having DNA ligase activity. Partial purification of these extracts shows that DNA ligase I isolated from hydroxylapatite column is enriched in polypeptides with Mr 200,000, 150,000 and 120,000, while DNA ligase II is enriched in those with Mr 60,000 and 70,000. Images PMID:6377238

  9. Inhibitory activity of Aloe vera gel on some clinically isolated cariogenic and periodontopathic bacteria.

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    Fani, Mohammadmehdi; Kohanteb, Jamshid

    2012-03-01

    Aloe vera is a medicinal plant with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antidiabetic and immune-boosting properties. In the present study we investigated the inhibitory activities of Aloe vera gel on some cariogenic (Streptococcus mutans), periodontopathic (Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Porphyromonas gingivalis) and an opportunistic periodontopathogen (Bacteroides fragilis) isolated from patients with dental caries and periodontal diseases. Twenty isolates of each of these bacteria were investigated for their sensitivity to Aloe vera gel using the disk diffusion and microdilution methods. S. mutans was the species most sensitive to Aloe vera gel with a MIC of 12.5 µg/ml, while A. actinomycetemcomitans, P. gingivalis, and B. fragilis were less sensitive, with a MIC of 25-50 µg/ml (P < 0.01). Based on our present findings it is concluded that Aloe vera gel at optimum concentration could be used as an antiseptic for prevention of dental caries and periodontal diseases.

  10. Repetitive Dosing of Fumed Silica Leads to Profibrogenic Effects through Unique Structure–Activity Relationships and Biopersistence in the Lung

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    Sun, Bingbing; Wang, Xiang; Liao, Yu-Pei; ...

    2016-08-02

    Contrary to the notion that the use of fumed silica in consumer products can “generally (be) regarded as safe” (GRAS), the high surface reactivity of pyrogenic silica differs from other forms of synthetic amorphous silica (SAS), including the capacity to induce membrane damage and acute proinflammatory changes in the murine lung. Additionally, the chain-like structure and reactive surface silanols also allow fumed silica to activate the NLRP3 inflammasome, leading to IL-1β production. This pathway is known to be associated with subchronic inflammation and profibrogenic effects in the lung by α-quartz and carbon nanotubes. Different from the latter materials, bolus dosemore » instillation of 21 mg/kg fumed silica did not induce sustained IL-1β production or subchronic pulmonary effects. In contrast, the NLRP3 inflammasome pathway was continuously activated by repetitive-dose administration of 3 × 7 mg/kg fumed silica, 1 week apart. We also found that while single-dose exposure failed to induce profibrotic effects in the lung, repetitive dosing can trigger increased collagen production, even at 3 × 3 mg/kg. The change between bolus and repetitive dosing was due to a change in lung clearance, with recurrent dosing leading to fumed silica biopersistence, sustained macrophage recruitment, and activation of the NLRP3 pathway. These subchronic proinflammatory effects disappeared when less surface-reactive titanium-doped fumed silica was used for recurrent administration. Finally, these data indicate that while fumed silica may be regarded as safe for some applications, we should reconsider the GRAS label during repetitive or chronic inhalation exposure conditions.« less

  11. Repetitive Dosing of Fumed Silica Leads to Profibrogenic Effects through Unique Structure–Activity Relationships and Biopersistence in the Lung

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    Sun, Bingbing; Wang, Xiang; Liao, Yu-Pei; Ji, Zhaoxia; Chang, Chong Hyun; Pokhrel, Suman; Ku, Justine; Liu, Xiangsheng; Wang, Meiying; Dunphy, Darren R.; Li, Ruibin; Meng, Huan; Mädler, Lutz; Brinker, C. Jeffrey; Nel, André E.; Xia, Tian

    2016-08-02

    Contrary to the notion that the use of fumed silica in consumer products can “generally (be) regarded as safe” (GRAS), the high surface reactivity of pyrogenic silica differs from other forms of synthetic amorphous silica (SAS), including the capacity to induce membrane damage and acute proinflammatory changes in the murine lung. Additionally, the chain-like structure and reactive surface silanols also allow fumed silica to activate the NLRP3 inflammasome, leading to IL-1β production. This pathway is known to be associated with subchronic inflammation and profibrogenic effects in the lung by α-quartz and carbon nanotubes. Different from the latter materials, bolus dose instillation of 21 mg/kg fumed silica did not induce sustained IL-1β production or subchronic pulmonary effects. In contrast, the NLRP3 inflammasome pathway was continuously activated by repetitive-dose administration of 3 × 7 mg/kg fumed silica, 1 week apart. We also found that while single-dose exposure failed to induce profibrotic effects in the lung, repetitive dosing can trigger increased collagen production, even at 3 × 3 mg/kg. The change between bolus and repetitive dosing was due to a change in lung clearance, with recurrent dosing leading to fumed silica biopersistence, sustained macrophage recruitment, and activation of the NLRP3 pathway. These subchronic proinflammatory effects disappeared when less surface-reactive titanium-doped fumed silica was used for recurrent administration. Finally, these data indicate that while fumed silica may be regarded as safe for some applications, we should reconsider the GRAS label during repetitive or chronic inhalation exposure conditions.

  12. Spectrum of antimicrobial activity and user acceptability of the hand disinfectant agent Sterillium Gel.

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    Kampf, G; Rudolf, M; Labadie, J-C; Barrett, S P

    2002-10-01

    The antimicrobial efficacy of alcohol-based hand gels has been shown to be significantly less than liquid hand rubs probably because of a lower concentration of alcohol. Sterillium Gel is the first hand gel with 85% ethanol. Its antimicrobial efficacy and user acceptability was studied. Bactericidal activity was tested according to prEN 12054 against Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus hirae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli (suspension test) and EN 1500 (15 volunteers; four replicates), fungicidal activity according to EN 1275 against Candida albicans and spores of Aspergillus niger (suspension test) and tuberculocidal activity against Mycobacterium terrae using the DGHM suspension test. Virucidal activity was determined in suspension tests based on reduction of infectivity with and without interfering substances (10% fetal calf serum; 0.3% erythrocytes and 0.3% bovine serum albumin). Ninety-six healthcare workers in hospitals in France and the UK used the gel for four weeks and assessed it by filling out a questionnaire. The gel was bactericidal (a reduction factor of > 10(5)-fold), tuberculocidal (reduction factor > 10(5)) and fungicidal (reduction factor > 10(4)) in 30 s. Irrespective of interfering substances the gel inactivated orthopoxvirus and herpes simplex virus type 1 and 2 in 15 s, adenovirus in 2 min, poliovirus in 3 min and papovavirus in 15 min by a factor of > 10(4)-fold. Rotavirus and human immunodeficiency virus were inactivated in 30 s (without interfering substances). Under practical use conditions it was as effective in 30 s as the reference alcohol in 60 s. Most users described the tackiness, aggregation, skin feeling after use and smell as positive or acceptable. A total of 65.6% assessed the new gel to be better than a comparator irrespective of its type (gel or liquid). Overall Sterillium Gel had a unique spectrum of antimicrobial activity. It is probably the first alcohol-based hand gel to pass EN 1500 in 30 s. Due to the

  13. Tuning of an active photonic crystal cavity by an hybrid silica/silicon near-field probe.

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    Le Gac, G; Rahmani, A; Seassal, C; Picard, E; Hadji, E; Callard, S

    2009-11-23

    The influence of a near-field tip on the spectral characteristics of a resonant mode of an active photonic crystal micro-cavity was investigated. The wavelength shift of the mode was theoretically and experimentally demonstrated and evaluated as a function of the nature and the position of the tip above the cavity. Experiment showed that the shift induced is ten times higher with a Si-coated silica probe than with a bare silica tip: a shift until 2 nm was reached with Si-coated tip whereas the shift with bare silica tip is in the range of the tenth of nanometer, for wavelengths around 1,55 microm.

  14. Synthesis of N-halamine-functionalized silica-polymer core-shell nanoparticles and their enhanced antibacterial activity

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    Dong, Alideertu; Huang, Jinfeng; Lan, Shi; Wang, Tao; Xiao, Linghan; Wang, Weiwei; Zhao, Tianyi; Zheng, Xin; Liu, Fengqi; Gao, Ge; Chen, Yuxin

    2011-07-01

    N-halamine-functionalized silica-polymer core-shell nanoparticles with enhanced antibacterial activity were synthesized through the encapsulation of silica nanoparticles as support with polymeric N-halamine. The as-synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometry (EDX), dynamic light scattering (DLS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR). These N-halamine-functionalized silica-polymer core-shell nanoparticles displayed powerful antibacterial performance against both Gram-positive bacteria and Gram-negative bacteria, and their antibacterial activities have been greatly improved compared with their bulk counterparts. Therefore, these N-halamine-functionalized silica-polymer core-shell nanoparticles have the potential for various significant applications such as in medical devices, healthcare products, water purification systems, hospitals, dental office equipment, food packaging, food storage, household sanitation, etc.

  15. The coexistence of geopolymeric gel and calcium silicate hydrate at the early stage of alkaline activation

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    Yip, C.K.; Lukey, G.C.; Deventer, J.S.J. van . E-mail: jannie@unimelb.edu.au

    2005-09-01

    Scanning electron microscopy was used to study the effects of the addition of ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS) on the microstructure and mechanical properties of metakaolin (MK) based geopolymers. It was found that it is possible to have geopolymeric gel and calcium silicate hydrate (CSH) gel forming simultaneously within a single binder. The coexistence of these two phases is dependent on the alkalinity of the alkali activator and the MK / GGBFS mass ratio. It has been found that the formation of CSH gel together with the geopolymeric gel occurs only in a system at low alkalinity. In the presence of high concentrations of NaOH (> 7.5 M), the geopolymeric gel is the predominant phase formed with small calcium precipitates scattered within the binder. The coexistence of the two phases is not observed unless a substantial amount of a reactive calcium source is present initially. It is thought that voids and pores within the geopolymeric binder become filled with the CSH gel. This helps to bridge the gaps between the different hydrated phases and unreacted particles; thereby resulting in the observed increase in mechanical strength for these binders.

  16. Method 1664, Revision A: n-hexane extractable material (HEM; oil and grease) and silica gel treated n-hexane extractable material (SGT-HEM; non-polar material) by extraction and gravimetry

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    Not Available

    1999-02-01

    This method is for determination of n-hexane extractable material (HEM; oil and grease) and n-hexane extractable material that is not adsorbed by silica gel (SGT-HEM; non-polar material) in surface and saline waters and industrial and domestic aqueous wastes. Extractable materials that may be determined are relatively non-volatile hydrocarbons, vegetable oils, animal fats, waxes, soaps, greases, and related materials. This method is capable of measuring HEM and SGT-HEM in the range of 5 to 1000 mg/L, and may be extended to higher levels by analysis of a smaller sample volume collected separately.

  17. Sustainability of the Catalytic Activity of a Silica-Titania Composite (STC) for Long-Term Indoor Air Quality Control

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    Coutts, Janelle L.; Levine, Lanfang H.; Richards, Jeffrey T.

    2011-01-01

    TiO2-assisted photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) is an emerging technology for indoor air quality control and is also being evaluated as an alternative trace contaminant control technology for crew habitats in space exploration. Though there exists a vast range of literature on the development of photocatalysts and associated reactor systems, including catalyst performance and performance-influencing factors, the critical question of whether photocatalysts can sustain their initial catalytic activity over an extended period of operation has not been adequately addressed. For a catalyst to effectively serve as an air quality control product, it must be rugged enough to withstand exposure to a multitude of low concentration volatile organic compounds (VOCs) over long periods of time with minimal loss of activity. The objective of this study was to determine the functional lifetime of a promising photocatalyst - the silica-titania composite (STC) from Sol Gel Solutions, LLC in a real-world scenario. A bench-scale STC-packed annular reactor under continuous irradiation by a UV-A fluorescent black-light blue lamp ((lambda)max = 365 nm) was exposed to laboratory air continuously at an apparent contact time of 0.27 sand challenged with a known concentration of ethanol periodically to assess any changes in catalytic activity. Laboratory air was also episodically spiked with halocarbons (e.g., octafluoropropane), organosulfur compounds (e.g., sulfur hexafluoride), and organosilicons (e.g., siloxanes) to simulate accidental releases or leaks of such VOCs. Total organic carbon (TOC) loading and contaminant profiles of the laboratory air were also monitored. Changes in STC photocatalytic performance were evaluated using the ethanol mineralization rate, mineralization efficiency, and oxidation intermediate (acetaldehyde) formation. Results provide insights to any potential catalyst poisoning by trace halocarbons and organosulfur compounds.

  18. Antiproliferative effect of Antrodia camphorata polysaccharides encapsulated in chitosan-silica nanoparticles strongly depends on the metabolic activity type of the cell line

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    Kong, Zwe-Ling; Chang, Jenq-Sheng; Chang, Ke Liang B.

    2013-09-01

    Chitosan molecules interact with silica and encapsulate the Antrodia camphorata extract (ACE) polysaccharides to form composite nanoparticles. The nanoparticle suspensions of ACE polysaccharides encapsulated in silica-chitosan and silica nanoparticles approach an average particle size of 210 and 294 nm in solution, respectively. The encapsulation efficiencies of ACE polysaccharides are 66 and 63.5 %, respectively. Scanning electron micrographs confirm the formation of near-spherical nanoparticles. ACE polysaccharides solution had better antioxidative capability than ACE polysaccharides encapsulated in silica or silica-chitosan nanoparticles suspensions. The antioxidant capacity of nanoparticles increases with increasing dissolution time. The antitumor effects of ACE polysaccharides, ACE polysaccharides encapsulated in silica, or silica-chitosan nanoparticles increased with increasing concentration of nanoparticles. This is the first report demonstrating the potential of ACE polysaccharides encapsulated in chitosan-silica nanoparticles for cancer chemoprevention. Furthermore, this study suggests that antiproliferative effect of nanoparticle-encapsulated bioactive could significantly depend on the metabolic activity type of the cell line.

  19. In vitro studies of interaction of modified silica nanoparticles with different types of immunocompetent cells.

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    Kulikova, Galina A; Parfenyuk, Elena V; Ryabinina, Irina V; Antsiferova, Yuliya S; Sotnikova, Nataliya Yu; Posiseeva, Lubov V; Eliseeva, Mariya A

    2010-11-01

    Interactions between different types of immune cells and organically-modified silica nanoparticles were studied. The silica particles functionalized with amine groups were prepared by sol-gel technique. Sheep immunoglobulin labeled with fluoresceine isothiocyanate was immobilized by adsorption onto the nanoparticles. The presence of the functional groups was confirmed by infrared absorption measurements. The level of immunocompetent cells interacting with the silica nanoparticles was estimated as the amount of fluorescence-bright cells by flow cytometry method. A low level of interaction of the peripheral blood lymphocytes with the silica nanoparticles was found. On the contrary, the macrophages are actively involved in interaction with the silica nanoparticles. The influence of different size of the silica nanoparticles and incubation time on viability and functional activity of peripheral blood lymphocytes and peritoneal macrophages were investigated.

  20. Light-activated, in situ forming gel for sustained suprachoroidal delivery of bevacizumab.

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    Tyagi, Puneet; Barros, Matthew; Stansbury, Jeffrey W; Kompella, Uday B

    2013-08-05

    A light-activated polycaprolactone dimethacrylate (PCM) and hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) based gel network was developed to sustain the release of stable, active bevacizumab (an anti-VEGF antibody used to treat choroidal neovascularization) and used to assess sustained ex vivo delivery in rabbit eyes and in vivo delivery in rat eyes following in situ gel formation in the suprachoroidal space. PCM was synthesized from polycaprolactone diol (PCD) and evaluated using NMR spectroscopy. PCM was used to cross-link HEMA in the presence of 365 nm UV light and 2,2-dimethoxy-2-phenylacetophenone (DMPA) as a photoinitiator. Bevacizumab was entrapped in the gel using three different cross-linking durations of 3, 7, and 10 min. In vitro release of bevacizumab in PBS pH 7.4 at 37 °C during a 4 month study was quantified using a VEGF-binding based ELISA. The stability of released bevacizumab was monitored by size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and circular dichroism. Alexa Fluor 488 dye conjugated bevacizumab mixed with polymers was injected suprachoroidally in rabbit eyes to study the effect of different cross-linking durations on the spread of the dye conjugated bevacizumab. In vivo delivery was assessed in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats by injecting Alexa Fluor 488 dye conjugated bevacizumab mixed with polymers followed by cross-linking for 10 min. Spread in the rabbit eyes and in vivo delivery in rat eyes was monitored noninvasively using a fundus camera and Fluorotron Master. The formation of PCM was confirmed by the disappearance of hydroxyl peak in NMR spectra. A cross-linking duration of 10 min resulted in a burst release of 21% of bevacizumab. Other cross-linking durations had ≥62% burst release. Bevacizumab release from 10 min cross-linked gel was sustained for ∼4 months. Release samples contained ≥96.1% of bevacizumab in the monomeric form as observed in SEC chromatograms. Circular dichroism confirmed that secondary β-sheet structure of bevacizumab was maintained

  1. Thermodynamic analysis of sol-gel transition of gelatin in terms of water activity in various solutions.

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    Miyawaki, Osato; Omote, Chiaki; Matsuhira, Keiko

    2015-12-01

    Sol-gel transition of gelatin was analyzed as a multisite stoichiometric reaction of a gelatin molecule with water and solute molecules. The equilibrium sol-gel transition temperature, Tt , was estimated from the average of gelation and melting temperature measured by differential scanning calorimetry. From Tt and the melting enthalpy, ΔHsol , the equilibrium sol-to-gel ratio was estimated by the van't Hoff equation. The reciprocal form of the Wyman-Tanford equation, which describes the sol-to-gel ratio as a function of water activity, was successfully applied to obtain a good linear relationship. From this analysis, the role of water activity on the sol-gel transition of gelatin was clearly explained and the contributions of hydration and solute binding to gelatin molecules were separately discussed in sol-gel transition. The general solution for the free energy for gel-stabilization in various solutions was obtained as a simple function of solute concentration.

  2. Physicochemical properties of the surfaces of silica species

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    Roshchina, T. M.; Shoniya, N. K.; Tegina, O. Ya.; Tkachenko, O. P.; Kustov, L. M.

    2017-02-01

    The results from studying the physicochemical characteristics of the adsorption of n-alkanes, arenes, and acetonitrile on silicas of different origins, silica gels, and silochromes are presented. It is shown that increasing the concentration of silanol groups reduces the role of dispersion interactions accompanied by the intensification of specific interactions on silica gels, compared to silochromes. According to diffuse reflectance FTIR spectroscopy data, the acidity of silanol groups on silica gel is in this case less pronounced.

  3. An electrochemical double layer capacitor using an activated carbon electrode with gel electrolyte binder

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    Osaka, Tetsuya, Liu, X.; Nojima, Masashi; Momma, Toshiyuki

    1999-05-01

    An electric double layer capacitor (EDLC) was prepared with an activated carbon powder electrode with poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) based gel electrolyte. Ethylene carbonate (EC) and propylene carbonate (PC) were used as plasticizer and tetraethylammonium tetrafluoroborate (TEABF{sub 4}) was used as the supporting electrolyte. An optimized gel electrolyte of PVdF-HFP/PC/EC/TEABF{sub 4} - 23/31/35/11 mass ratio exhibited high ionic conductivity of 5 {times} 10{sup {minus}3} S/cm, high electrode capacitance, and good mechanical strength. An electrode consisting of activated carbon (AC) with the gel electrolyte as the binder (AC/PVdF-HFP based gel, 7/3 mass ratio) showed a higher specific capacitance and a lower ion diffusion resistance within the electrode than a carbon electrode, prepared with PVdF-HFP binder without plasticizer. This suggests that an electrode mixed with the gel electrolyte has a lower ion diffusion resistance inside the electrode. The highest specific capacitance of 123 F/g was achieved with an electrode containing AC with a specific surface area of 2500 m{sup 2}/g. A coin-type EDLC cell with optimized components showed excellent cycleability exceeding 10{sup 4} cycles with ca. 100% coulombic efficiency achieved when charging and discharging was repeated between 1.0 and 2.5 V at 1.66 mA/cm{sup 2}.

  4. Activation of the inflammasome by amorphous silica and TiO2 nanoparticles in murine dendritic cells.

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    Winter, Meike; Beer, Hans-Dietmar; Hornung, Veit; Krämer, Ursula; Schins, Roel P F; Förster, Irmgard

    2011-09-01

    Nanomaterials are increasingly used in various food applications. In particular, nanoparticulate amorphous SiO2 is already contained, e.g., in spices. Since intestinal dendritic cells (DC) could be critical targets for ingested particles, we compared the in vitro effects of amorphous silica nanoparticles with fine crystalline silica, and micron-sized with nano-sized TiO2 particles on DC. TiO2- and SiO2-nanoparticles, as well as crystalline silica led to an upregulation of MHC-II, CD80, and CD86 on DC. Furthermore, these particles activated the inflammasome, leading to significant IL-1β-secretion in wild-type (WT) but not Caspase-1- or NLRP3-deficient mice. Silica nanoparticles and crystalline silica induced apoptosis, while TiO2 nanoparticles led to enhanced production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Since amorphous silica and TiO2 nanoparticles had strong effects on the activation-status of DC, we suggest that nanoparticles, used as food additives, should be intensively studied in vitro and in vivo, to ensure their safety for the consumer.

  5. Artifactual prolongation of activated partial thromboplastin time with PEGylated compounds in silica-based assays.

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    Murphy, Bethanne; Parrula, Maria C M; Perigard, Christopher J; Li, Jinze

    2014-12-01

    Conjugation of polyethylene glycol (PEG) to another molecule prolongs its half-life in the body, but has a potential to artifactually increase the activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) as measured with certain assays. Studies conducted in-house at Bristol-Myers Squibb using the STA-PTT Automate 5 assay, the routine assay used to measure aPTT, demonstrated prolongation of aPTT in plasma samples spiked in vitro with 40-kDa branched PEG (PEG40) conjugated compounds or PEG40 alone, but not in samples spiked with vehicle or non-PEGylated compound, suggesting that the interference is because of the PEG40 moiety. To investigate the cause of this phenomenon, cynomolgus monkey and rat plasma samples were spiked with different concentrations of PEG40 and the aPTT was measured using different proprietary assays. With one exception, prolongation of aPTT was observed with all assays containing silica as the contact activator. No changes in aPTT were noted in assays using kaolin as a contact activator. The findings indicated that the observed prolongation of aPTT is largely because of interference of PEG40 with the silica, but other features of the reagent mixture may also influence aPTT times.

  6. Asters, Vortices, and Rotating Spirals in Active Gels of Polar Filaments

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    Kruse, K.; Joanny, J. F.; Jülicher, F.; Prost, J.; Sekimoto, K.

    2004-02-01

    We develop a general theory for active viscoelastic materials made of polar filaments. This theory is motivated by the dynamics of the cytoskeleton. The continuous consumption of a fuel generates a nonequilibrium state characterized by the generation of flows and stresses. Our theory applies to any polar system with internal energy consumption such as active chemical gels and cytoskeletal networks which are set in motion by active processes at work in cells.

  7. Antimicrobial activity of silica coated silicon nano-tubes (SCSNT) and silica coated silicon nano-particles (SCSNP) synthesized by gas phase condensation.

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    Tank, Chiti; Raman, Sujatha; Karan, Sujoy; Gosavi, Suresh; Lalla, Niranjan P; Sathe, Vasant; Berndt, Richard; Gade, W N; Bhoraskar, S V; Mathe, Vikas L

    2013-06-01

    Silica-coated, silicon nanotubes (SCSNTs) and silica-coated, silicon nanoparticles (SCSNPs) have been synthesized by catalyst-free single-step gas phase condensation using the arc plasma process. Transmission electron microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy showed that SCSNTs exhibited a wall thickness of less than 1 nm, with an average diameter of 14 nm and a length of several 100 nm. Both nano-structures had a high specific surface area. The present study has demonstrated cheaper, resistance-free and effective antibacterial activity in silica-coated silicon nano-structures, each for two Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) was estimated, using the optical densitometric technique, and by determinin